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St. Joseph’s
Information
Meeting
Opening Prayer Please observe the opening
prayer by: Father Fernando
Lunch will be Served
Following The Meeting!
All are Welcome
Bilingual
Attendance
• Because there are English and Portuguese
attendees in our audience, we will be
presenting in both Languages today.
Agenda
1. Where we were
2. Meeting with the Diocese
3. Where We Are Now
4. Future of Parish
5. Parish Financials
Where We Were
Scenario 1
 Our Church does
nothing
 The number of
parishioners
declines until
there is no
church
Scenario 2
 The Diocese moves
the remainder of
the Parish to St.
James
 We lose our identity
for ourselves our
community and our
kids
Past alternatives to our church
(These are no longer options)
 We build a
stronger
community of
Portuguese
people within the
existing parish
land
 A community
where the
parishioners can
walk to their
church
Scenario 3
Meeting With
The Diocese
Appeal To The Diocese
Petition with 423 Signatures To keep
Father Fernando
Video of Parishioners plea To keep
Father Fernando
Where We
Are Now
What Happened at the Diocese
Juvenalia Jesus
• Juve will give us a Portuguese
Version of what happened at the
Diocese.
Juliette Silva
• Juliette will give us an English
Version of what happened at the
Diocese.
Response Of
Diocese
• Their response:
•
They were impressed with the love and appreciation towards Fr. Pinto, BUT
• Canon Law stipulates that when a priest turns 75, they have to retire. They
mentioned that Fr. Pinto turned 75 in August 2022, and he had already extended his
stay and would already have been gone. Because new appointments are generally
announced on June 30th, the Diocese will let Fr. stay until then. Bishop Crosby added
that he, too, will have to retire next year, as he turns 75. Not his law, it’s Canon Law.
• They mentioned that in previous years, they contacted Portugal to try and have a
Priest come to the Diocese. They were told that there were no priests available and
the ones that were, were not suitable.
• We were told that there are plenty of English speaking priests available in the
Halton Region. They did not promise any priest, but would try and get one, even if
not born here, but able to speak and recite the Mass in English.
• They will let us know in writing, via mail, addressed to Fr. Pinto, who the next
priest would be coming to our Parish. Parishioners can also view on the Diocese’s
website, the Diocese’s new clergy appointments.
•
We were reassured that there were no intentions of building a new church as we
already have one. They also reassured us that the Diocese has no intention of closing
our Parish. They remarked quite emphatically, that
the Diocese does not close parishes;
parishioners are the ones who close parishes,
either because there is not enough attendance, either due to elderly passing on, or
not being able to financially maintain the parish.
Decisions of The Diocese
Father Fernando will be
retiring as the Head Parish
Priest (Whether Father
Fernando stays on as a Priest
will be up to the new Priest
and Father Fernando).
The New Priest for St.
Joseph’s Church will most
likely be an English Priest.
Future Projects of
Parish
Parish Growth Campaigns
Word of
Mouth – Invite
a Friend
Catholic
Resources
Youth
Initiatives
Revitalization
Projects
Community
Outreach
Programs
New
Parishioners
Drive
Parish
Feedback
Program
Partial List of
Movies and…
 Documentary – Dramas
Partial List of Kids
Movies and Shows
Programs on The Sacraments
Portuguese Programing
A Movie
About Fatima
Much More
Holy Spirit
• Duarte Benevides
• Will tell us what our
church will be doing for
Holy Spirit.
Espirito Santo-Holy Spirit
 Holy Spirit Crown (available for weekly
Parishioner Home Visits)
Schedule with Duarte
Tel. 289-885-3191
 50 th Anniversary Holy Spirit Book –
Under Development
 Our Largest Fund Raiser
 The Feast of The Holy Spirit
( Festa do Espirito Santo )
 Date: May 28th, 2023
 Spread The Word through Portuguese
Television, Multimedia, YouTube and
Facebook Advertising, Website, etc.
 Invite Your Friends To Attend
St. Joseph’s
Financials
Accounting
• Maria da Silva will tell us about
our current accounting situation
in the Parish.
One HEART
One SOUL
Reached
Our Goal!
Projects To Commence in 2023
Air Conditioning
Shrine of Fatima
Bell Tower
Additional Parish Funds
St. Joseph’s Church Expenses
Expenses
Revenue
Revenue
Balance Sheet
Lunch is Served
All are Welcome!
The End

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St Josephs Information Meeting 2023 Rev.pptx

  • 2. Opening Prayer Please observe the opening prayer by: Father Fernando
  • 3. Lunch will be Served Following The Meeting! All are Welcome
  • 4. Bilingual Attendance • Because there are English and Portuguese attendees in our audience, we will be presenting in both Languages today.
  • 5. Agenda 1. Where we were 2. Meeting with the Diocese 3. Where We Are Now 4. Future of Parish 5. Parish Financials
  • 7. Scenario 1  Our Church does nothing  The number of parishioners declines until there is no church Scenario 2  The Diocese moves the remainder of the Parish to St. James  We lose our identity for ourselves our community and our kids Past alternatives to our church (These are no longer options)  We build a stronger community of Portuguese people within the existing parish land  A community where the parishioners can walk to their church Scenario 3
  • 9. Appeal To The Diocese Petition with 423 Signatures To keep Father Fernando Video of Parishioners plea To keep Father Fernando
  • 10.
  • 12. What Happened at the Diocese Juvenalia Jesus • Juve will give us a Portuguese Version of what happened at the Diocese. Juliette Silva • Juliette will give us an English Version of what happened at the Diocese.
  • 13. Response Of Diocese • Their response: • They were impressed with the love and appreciation towards Fr. Pinto, BUT • Canon Law stipulates that when a priest turns 75, they have to retire. They mentioned that Fr. Pinto turned 75 in August 2022, and he had already extended his stay and would already have been gone. Because new appointments are generally announced on June 30th, the Diocese will let Fr. stay until then. Bishop Crosby added that he, too, will have to retire next year, as he turns 75. Not his law, it’s Canon Law. • They mentioned that in previous years, they contacted Portugal to try and have a Priest come to the Diocese. They were told that there were no priests available and the ones that were, were not suitable. • We were told that there are plenty of English speaking priests available in the Halton Region. They did not promise any priest, but would try and get one, even if not born here, but able to speak and recite the Mass in English. • They will let us know in writing, via mail, addressed to Fr. Pinto, who the next priest would be coming to our Parish. Parishioners can also view on the Diocese’s website, the Diocese’s new clergy appointments. • We were reassured that there were no intentions of building a new church as we already have one. They also reassured us that the Diocese has no intention of closing our Parish. They remarked quite emphatically, that the Diocese does not close parishes; parishioners are the ones who close parishes, either because there is not enough attendance, either due to elderly passing on, or not being able to financially maintain the parish.
  • 14. Decisions of The Diocese Father Fernando will be retiring as the Head Parish Priest (Whether Father Fernando stays on as a Priest will be up to the new Priest and Father Fernando). The New Priest for St. Joseph’s Church will most likely be an English Priest.
  • 16. Parish Growth Campaigns Word of Mouth – Invite a Friend Catholic Resources Youth Initiatives Revitalization Projects Community Outreach Programs New Parishioners Drive Parish Feedback Program
  • 17.
  • 18.
  • 19. Partial List of Movies and…  Documentary – Dramas
  • 20. Partial List of Kids Movies and Shows
  • 21. Programs on The Sacraments
  • 25. Holy Spirit • Duarte Benevides • Will tell us what our church will be doing for Holy Spirit.
  • 26. Espirito Santo-Holy Spirit  Holy Spirit Crown (available for weekly Parishioner Home Visits) Schedule with Duarte Tel. 289-885-3191  50 th Anniversary Holy Spirit Book – Under Development  Our Largest Fund Raiser  The Feast of The Holy Spirit ( Festa do Espirito Santo )  Date: May 28th, 2023  Spread The Word through Portuguese Television, Multimedia, YouTube and Facebook Advertising, Website, etc.  Invite Your Friends To Attend
  • 28. Accounting • Maria da Silva will tell us about our current accounting situation in the Parish.
  • 30. Reached Our Goal! Projects To Commence in 2023 Air Conditioning Shrine of Fatima Bell Tower Additional Parish Funds
  • 36.
  • 37. Lunch is Served All are Welcome!