As you may be aware we are moving forward with the next steps of the Master Plan process, however we have received questions from a few parishioners about the background of this project.
I want to take a moment and share a brief history of the process with everyone, and let you know that more information can be found on the parish website by clicking on the Facilities Master Plan button on the left menu.
In 2009, the Diocese started a planning and development project and named Our Lady of Consolation as the “flagship” parish of northern Kent County. As a parish, this is a serious and sacred responsibility that we have. So we were asked to develop a 20-30 year plan to address the expected population growth and the growing needs of our faith community.
Through the past several years we’ve been moving toward making our plan into reality with the help and support of many of you. If you look around the parish right now you will see many areas that need to be addressed as quickly as possible. Parking is becoming increasingly tighter; office space is at its capacity and classroom space has also reached its maximum.
At the beginning of every school year, all departments schedule their facility needs for the entire year and have them reserved on the calendar. This year, we have nearly no remaining meeting rooms or times available to host potential new ministries. These are the best kind of problems to have. Our Lady is growing. We are doing amazing things in our parish and in our community, but we are outgrowing the space we have.
In the 12 months of 2016, we had 50 new families register with our parish. In only the first 7 months of 2017 we have had 65 families register. This success is because of you; how you welcome people, how you are spreading the Gospel and how you are inviting people to join us.
I am asking that you pray for our parish as we grow, and as we move forward with this Master Plan process and the proposed parish project.
We will be updating you frequently with the progress being made, however all information is also available in the website. I encourage you to read through the material on the website and to reach out to the parish office with any questions you may have.