Annual Report FY2019-20
Placing our hope in Him…The steadfast commitment of parishioners to share faith, sacrifice resources, and serve each other in love is a sign of faith in Christ. When the parish was operating under normal conditions, we exemplified our hope in a variety of ways by
- hosting more than 700 people who attended an Archdiocesan Synod Listening Session with Archbishop Hebda.
- providing Christmas for 650 individuals (144 families) through our ‘Comfort & Joy’ 2019 Christmas Outreach.
- donating an average of 607 pounds of food each month to our local area food shelves.
- continuing to encourage participation in parish small groups, including hosting a ‘Made for More’ event in January, providing opportunity for small group study in the following weeks and months.
HOPE for each other
Consistent parishioner giving made it possible for us to
- call all parishioners over the age of 70 to see how they were faring and offering a chance to pray with, and for them.
- establish Mary’s Pantry for the spring and summer months, allowing us to provide for the immediate needs of our own parishioner families who faced furloughs and layoffs.
- deliver more than 300 spiritual bouquets (gift bags with spiritual gifts and resources) to the home of every child preparing for First Eucharist, every young person preparing for Confirmation, and every adult preparing to be received into the Church.
- address challenges so children enrolled in our school could successfully complete the school year from home and allow us to diligently prepare for them to safely return in the fall.
- adapt our Faith Formation and Sacrament Preparation programs to meet the varied spiritual and practical needs of families who were juggling hybrid and/or distance learning, in addition to demands at work and in the community.
HOPE in the community
Generosity of parishioners in gifts of time and financial resources allowed us to
- sing weekly for the senior residents in the courtyards at Highview Hills and/or the Fountains in Lakeville.
- deliver handmade greeting cards regularly to three senior facilities in the hopes of bringing a smile to their face with the knowledge that we care for them and hold them in our prayers.
- pivot our monthly Dinner on the Hill from a modest parish-based community meal for 75-100 people, to curbside pick-up for more than 400 each month, with 90-120 meals being delivered to local senior communities.
- partner with ‘The Open Door’ to provide lunch to 200 Lakeville children two days a week for 10 weeks this summer.
- provide support to other local parishes and organizations who faced significant challenges trying to meet the needs in their communities this summer. These included:
- Financial contributions of $2000 to St. Stephens in south Minneapolis and $1500 to assist the Hispanic Ministry at Church of the Risen Savior in Burnsville.
- Product collection and deliveries to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 360 Communities, The Open Door, Pregnancy Choices, Trinity Care Center, and ReStored Thrift Store.
HOPE in prayer and worship
Parishioner’s generosity, patience, and adaptability allowed for
- moving quickly to provide online options for Sunday liturgy in March and develop our current “3 ways to Pray with Us” once we could return to public prayer. Mass attendance across the three options in Church, in the parking lot, and online - average more than 1800 people per week.
- the Anointing of the Sick and the sacrament of Reconciliation to continue. In addition to Fr. Gifford serving the area as part of team providing last sacraments to those gravely ill with Covid-19.
- celebrating Sacraments over the summer - including 129 First Communions, 144 Confirmations, and 6 adult Baptisms.
- after needing to suspend public celebrations of Baptisms for a short time, we resumed them weekly in June with more than 40 Baptisms in the last five months.
- the parish to continue to celebrate funeral Masses with those who have lost loved ones, although we have suspended funeral lunches.
ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC CHURCH FY2019-20 Annual Report