Last revised on November 5th, 2019.
GOAL 1: St. Catherine of Siena Parish will establish and/or enhance youth ministry opportunities by September 1, 2021
For this goal, we may need assistance in the area of: none at this time.
Strategy 1: Develop a Faith Formation Youth/Young Adult Commission of 7-9 members by July 2021.
STATUS: Completed as of July 27th 2019. We exceeded our goal and have 11 members on our Faith Formation/Young Adult Commission.
St. Catherine Siena’s Life Teen program includes a diverse student population relative to configuration of their families, culture practices, maturity levels, motivation to involved in Faith Formation opportunities, and experiences with and knowledge/practice of their Catholic Faith, including the sacraments, scripture, and the Mass in general. The Core Team of Faith Formation leadership are primarily adults who feel the need for greater understanding of what is relevant to teens of this age and era, strategies that may more effectively and productively engage them in faith formation activities and facilitate their understanding of and yearning for more interactions and relationships with the Lord and their Catholic Faith.
This type of effort is: brand new for us & a major leap of faith
- Identify and send 1-2 active high school aged parishioners to attend a leadership camp by July 30, 2019. Status: Completed. Faith Formation Staff, Monsignor Morris and 4 high school youth attended Notre Dame Vision for June 17th – 21st. This is a national leadership conference which provided our youth and adults the education to explore how God is calling them to use their talents in service to the Church and world. High school teens participated in the “ND Vision for Youth” track to empower them to be leaders in the Church and in our world. During the Fall, all the high school teens who attended ND Vision are actively serving in a leadership role in either our Children’s Faith Formation, the Edge program in Youth Ministry, or our Confirmation sacramental preparation program.
- Identify 3-5 youth/young adults to serve on the Youth/Young Adult Faith Formation Commission by June 30, 2020. Status: Completed. July 27th 2019 was the inaugural Life-Long Faith Formation Commission with 8 attendants. The Commission will meet every other month to plan how to guide and direct various aspects of Faith Formation at the St. Catherine of Siena Parish Community. The next meeting is September 26th, 2019.
- Create a commission of 7-9 youth/young adults who will attend sessions with the teen core members in order to share information and recommendations for Youth Ministry by September 1, 2021. Status: In Progress. 4 teenagers attended ND Vision for Youth, a leadership camp, and will be assisting as student peer ministers in the 2019-2020 Faith Formation Year. We are allowing one year to give these teenagers the time to grow in their leadership skills before establishing a youth commission. As of September 2019, the teen leaders are already communicating and working with our Youth Ministry about the direction of the program. The teens specifically provide feedback on the effectiveness of the relational ministry, programming, and effective evangelization of the ministry sessions.
Point person(s): Sherri Briand and Mandy Westrich
Strategy 2: Recruit an additional 20-30 Faith Formation Volunteers by September 2021
Status: In Progress
St. Catherine Siena currently has 100 plus students enrolled in the Kindergarten to 5th grade program on Sunday mornings, over 50 students enrolled in EDGE, the middle school program, and approximately 20 students enrolled in Life Teen, the high-school program. Additionally, St. Catherine’s instituted a youth Faith Formation program that aligns with RCIA for those youth who have not received one or all sacraments of initiation. Given the vast and divergent needs of the students and numbers of those participating, St Catherine’s Faith Formation programs are in always in need of volunteers who can assist with programming and instruction in each of the Faith Formation programs.
This type of effort is: Building on current efforts
- Identify a minimum of 6-8 tasks essential for classroom management that will equip and empower volunteers/catechists by July 30, 2019. Status: Completed. We have utilized our team to serve more than 6 tasks; this includes serving our “Purpose” Confirmation Program, First Holy Communion Team, Edge Middle School Youth Ministry, Hall monitors, floating substitute catechists, and additional volunteers who support the Life Teen High School Youth Ministry behind the scenes.
On Sunday August 11th, our Faith Formation staff members hosted a training for catechists and volunteers featuring a representative from Sadlier. Sadlier is our catechetical resource that we use for our religious education classes in Children’s Faith Formation. This training included implementing classroom management strategies to make our programs effective in sharing the faith with our youth.We have implemented a special needs “cool down box” to serve our students who require specific behavioral accommodations. Another task we have implemented is that we have lengthened the class morning session time as a means to enhance our evangelization.
- Advertise in all social media available to the parish the need for Faith Formation volunteers including responsibilities and tasks expected of such volunteers by August 1, 2019. Status: Incomplete. Social media was not utilized to promote our need for Faith Formation catechists for volunteers. Our Faith Formation was able to recruit members to the team to fulfill the needs of the program. This was done through personal invitation as well as promoting in the weekly bulletin and Mass announcement slides.
- Recruit, train and maintain 5-10 volunteers by August 1, 2020. Status: In Progress. We have retained 99% of our catechists from the 2018-2019 Catechetical year. We have recruited an additional 10+ volunteers to service our program from Kindergarten through our adult programs for the 2019-2020 Faith Formation year. Our Faith Formation team plans to continue to grow our relationships with volunteers and families as we seek to complete this goal.
- Recruit, train and maintain an additional 5-10 volunteers by August 1, 2021.
- Recruit, train and maintain an additional 5-10 volunteers by August 1, 2022.
Point person(s): Sherri Briand and Mandy Westrich
Strategy 3: Hire a full-time Communications/IT individual by May 1, 2019
STATUS: Completed; Nora Bourke was hired as Communications Coordinator in March 2019
St. Catherine of Siena had two part-time employees each of whom works independently to maintain St. Catherine’s web site and social media. The discrepancy between the work schedules of social media/technology staff and the other Parish staff have compromised opportunities to share information. The hiring of a full time individual with expertise in both social media and technology who will work similar hours as the parish staff will alleviate current communication issues.
This type of effort is: Brand new for us
- Establish a communication plan for the resourcing of photos, events and other information pertinent to the parish community by
August 1, 2019 October 1st, 2019. Status: Completed as of August 12th, 2019. New Communication Request Form was created and distributed to ministry leaders and parish staff by June 1st, 2019. This new Communication Request Form is a more efficient way for ministry leaders, parishioners, and organizations within the diocese to request announcements through any of the parish’s communication forums (bulletin, website, mass announcement slides, and social media).Click here to read the SCOS Parish Communication Plan.
- Establish a committee of volunteers to assist in the dissemination of photos and information for the various ministries of the parish by January 30, 2020. Status: In Progress. The SCOS Communications Advisory Committee has 3 members, with varying ages and involvement in our parish ministries, who serve the needs of our Communications. As of September 2019, we have had three monthly meetings to analyze the social media communication, website, and will plan upcoming initiatives. In addition to meeting monthly, the team also has a text group chat as well as emails each other on a weekly basis. We are presently recruiting in order to expand the committee by January 30th 2020.
- Establish a “featured family/parishioner” program to run at various times throughout the year beginning
October 2019. November 1st, 2019. Status: Incomplete. The goal for the featured family/parishioner program, referred to as the Parishioner Highlight, is included in the Communication Plan. We are planning to have various parishioners featured, including new and seasoned veterans of the parish. We are building a photography team within our Communications Advisory Committee to take the photos of all the highlighted parishioners. The process of creating the highlights will involve obtaining the photos and quotes from of multiple parishioners at the same time; Our team will disseminate the highlights throughout our social media channels over the course of the following 8 or 12 months. Due to the issue of time commitment that is required of inviting participants and organize this initiative, we are currently re-evaluating the best course of action and will establish a new deadline soon.
- Increase social media presence of the parish by August 2020. Status: Complete. Presently making weekly posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Every monthly meeting, the Communications Advisory Committee will analyze our social media and website analytics to notice trends and statistical data; looking at our statistics will continue to give us a sense of direction as to which direction we need to go in as we increase our online presence.
- Additional Update: Though this was not specified in the initial Parish Action Plan, a need was made present when our parish began to suffer many technology issues. Beginning September 1st, 2019 we began a 2-year contract with Data Integrity Services. This new IT support does a more preventative and hands-on approach to maintenance of our parish server, phone system, and computers. Data Integrity is a highly reputable company that is experienced in support for churches, as they are highly familiar with ParishSoft. As the parish grows and as technology continues to evolve, our IT support falls under Communications.
Point person(s): Monsignor Morris
GOAL 2: St. Catherine of Siena parish will enhance or establish family ministries to respond to the diverse needs of families by Pentecost 2020 (May 31, 2020)
For this goal, we may need assistance in the area of: Intercultural competency, Communications
Strategy 1: Engage parents more fully in the life of the parish by giving them the tools to practice their faith within the domestic church by June 30, 2020.
Status: In Progress.
Debbie Barry is a parishioner and student with the Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute, LPMI. Her practicum focuses on engaging parents more fully in the life of the parish. She is planning activities for the upcoming 2019-2020 year.
RELEVANCY: Parents of the Parish have requested assistance with ideas and strategies so they can more fully engage their children in the Catholic Faith. providing carry over into the home of concepts and activities discussed and implemented in Faith Formation classes.
This type of effort is: Brand new for us
- Host two to four parent sessions by June 2020. Status: In Progress. Presently this is being planned with the Faith Formation staff and Debbie Barry as part of her LPMI practicum.
We have three sessions planned for the coming year for parents: one for the parents of children in our sacramental preparation programs and four Family Faith Cafes. Our first one will have the topic of the liturgical year and will take place on Sunday, October 20th during our Sunday morning Children’s Faith Formation classes. Free refreshments and coffee will be provided as families experience fellowship while participating in an interactive lesson about our faith. Parents have been notified of this in multiple ways such as by word-of-mouth in announcements, at the Mass Announcement slides, bulletin, through handmade invitations that children made and then gave to their parents.
September 9th, we hosted a Family Sacramental Preparation Meeting. This meeting was not only a practical way for families to learn about the required steps for their children to make a sacrament, but we asked them to reflect about the spiritual needs of their families. This part of the meeting involved small group discussion, inviting the parents to think about how to live out the mission of the domestic church in their homes. We filled out a survey from the parents about how the parish can support families in today’s challenges, which we will use as a sense of direction moving forward with Debbie’s LPMI practicum initiatives.
At our first Super Saturday, on September 21st, we had the parents attend the morning mass with their children, followed by a parent’s session once the children and teens began their sacramental preparation classes.
- Establish a core team of leading families who will identify priorities of Parish families by January 1, 2020. Status: Presently this is being planned by Debbie Barry as part of her LPMI practicum. As previously stated in Progress Milestone 1, we filled out a survey from the parents about how the parish can support families in today’s challenges, which we will use as a sense of direction moving forward with Debbie’s LPMI practicum initiatives.
- Implement identified priorities of the family core team with 30-50 additional families by June 1, 2021. Status: In Progress. Debbie Barry, as part of her LPMI practicum, is planning an information session in which she and her volunteer team can identify the needs of parents and families. This feedback will shape how this ministry will move forward. Our Faith Formation staff will continue to touch base on updates from Debbie Barry as she continues to plan for a recruit a core team.
- Provide parents with Faith Formation resources, activities and religious instructions so the faith can be nourished within the home life by September of 2019. Status: In Progress. Vacation Bible School, VBS, took place in June 2019, as it was re-introduced to the parish after taking a break for a year. The event was energetic and successful, with great feedback from our families. Parents, young adults, and teenagers served as leaders which helped equip sharing of the faith for the families involved. Our Faith Formation staff sent a daily email update about the VBS theme, allowing families to extend the catechetical message to their domestic church in the home after their children had the experience.
Faith Formation Staff, Monsignor Morris and 4 high school youth attended Notre Dame Vision for June 17th – 21st. Monsignor Morris and Mandy Westrich, Faith Formation Coordinator, attended the track titled “Liturgical Formation: Forming Families for Full Conscious, and Active Participation.”
Our Faith Formation is providing Book-of-the-Month Club through Dynamic Catholic to be distributed to adults. Beginning in September, the Book-of-the-Month club is being targeted to parents and adults within the parish to meet at 10:15 am on Sunday mornings to coincide with Children’s Faith Formation classes. Not only is this an intentional way to invite parent participation in a ministry while their children are in religious education classes, but it is a priority that we provide opportunities for adults to deepen their faith. The simple format for this new Book-of-the-Month Club is meant to be approachable for busy adults to encounter the Lord alongside one another in prayer, fellowship, and candid conversation. The first book featured in this ministry on September 29th, 2019 was Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly. Our Director of Discipleship, Sherri Briand, ran out of free copies of the book for participants a week before the first Book-of-the-Month session due to the high volume of individuals interested.
Point person(s): Mandy Westrich, Sherri Briand and Debbie Barry
Strategy 2: Offer presentations that will meet the diverse needs of families by June 1, 2021
Status: In Progress.
Our parish staff and clergy are utilizing various programs in order to support the diverse needs of the families. These program include: Rite for Christian Initiation (RCIA), Children’s Faith Formation, Youth Ministry, Parishioner Highlight Communications initiative, and the Parish Assistance Program through BayCare Behavioral Health.
Families of St. Catherine of Siena reflect the diversity of the world in which we live. Including, but not limited to, blended families, families of divorce, families with unique cultural traditions, families with members who have special needs/disabilities, widows/widowers, etc. SCOS families have expressed a desire to create family-based activities that are inclusive for all.
This type of effort is: Building on current efforts
- Develop and implement three annual family activities by September 1, 2020. Status: In Progress. We are planning the Family Fall Festival, Caroling for Cans, Easter Egg Hunt, and the Living Rosary to commemorate the end of the Faith Formation year.
The Fall Festival and Trunk-or-Treat event will take place on October 26th at 5:30 pm. This new event will feature carnival food, festival games, Haunted Hay Rides, a Not-So-Spooky Halloween Trail, and Trunk-or-Treating; this new parish family event has created a lot of buzz within our parish and local community. Our Facebook Event reached over 12,000 users and over 700 people have responded (either RSVP-ing as “Going” or “Interested”). We have about 70 people who have RSVP-ed their attendance on the Facebook Event. Our Faith Formation volunteers and high school teenagers in Youth Ministry will assist out parish team in the coordination of the event while our ministries will run the carnival games. By the beginning of October, most volunteers and ministries/organizations within the parish have committed to hosting almost all the carnival games. We intentionally have invited ministries to run carnival games as a way for them to organically promote their ministry to parishioners and non-parishioners who participate in the games. We have planned to have enough food to accommodate the crowd who will walk over after 4:00 pm Saturday Vigil Mass. Due to the fact that a Trunk-or-Treat event has a target audience of families and children, we have intentionally planned to make it easier for the elderly community, who commonly attend 4 pm Saturday Vigil Mass, of our parish to easily attend. We extended the invitation of this event to the displaced members of Transfiguration Catholic Church as the following day was the first Spanish Mass. The event was a big success as it was well organized and was a joyful evening for all. About 400 people attended, making for a diverse group in both age and culture. Many parishioners as well as non-parishioners attended. Feedback was given in person as well as on our Facebook page that the event felt very welcoming.
Upon evaluating the event, it has been determined that next year we will change the time from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm to 5:00pm – 7:00 pm as the event is more ideal with the sun still out and right after the 4:00 pm Vigil Mass. Next year we will also seek to enhance how we are to market more to the middle aged and elderly demographic of our parish as this event easily appeals to young families. We will also re-think how to make directions to the restrooms in the Church more clear as part of our hospitality.
Recruit six families to witness their faith in family life by July 1, 2021. Status: In Progress. This is already being planned and implemented by the Communications team. In July 2019, we highlighted 6 members who were involved in our RCIA programs as both candidates and sponsors, to highlight their experiences this the RCIA process. This video, inviting others to attend the RCIA inquiry sessions, was shown at all weekend Masses and distributed on all social media channels.
Provide counseling opportunities through Baycare for 10-15 families by July 1, 2021. Status: In Progress. We are looking to BayCare Behavioral Health and other programs to provide presentations and resources for families. The first program, a Suicide Prevention presentation, happened on October 20th at 4 pm in the Family Life Center and was advertised to the rest of the diocese by the diocesan Office of Life, Justice, and Advocacy. Over 40 people attended both within the parish and in the local community. Our parish has invested in a Parish Assistance Program through BayCare Behavioral Health, which our parishioners have been made aware of through the website, social media, bulletin, and word-of-mouth within our ministries. Through this program, parishioners are entitled to 3 free professional sessions to help them in mental health counseling with anxiety/depression, stress, relationship issues, family issues, grief/loss, and addictive behaviors. This has been promoted in our website and bulletin, so that parishioners can continue to utilize this important resource.
Point person(s): Sandra Garcia-Olivares and Bethany Davis
GOAL 3: St. Catherine of Siena Parish will equip Parishioners as Missionary Disciples who are inspired to invite and accompany others by July 1, 2021.
For this goal, we may need assistance in the area of: Intercultural competency, Technology, Communications
Strategy 1: Provide ministry and services to the Spanish-speaking residents of our parish by July 1, 2020.
Status: In Progress.
Our parish presently has a part-time priest, Fr. Jesús Martinez effective July 1st, 2019. We have Deacon Paco Martinez-Pacini assigned to our parish and serves various parish ministries and faith formation. Both Deacon Paco and Fr. Jesús have been collaborating in completing the milestones of these strategy milestones.
St. Catherine of Siena has an increasing population of Parishioners whose primary language is Spanish however there is currently no priest in residence who can preside at a mass in Spanish. As the Spanish population continues to grow within our parish boundaries, the need for a weekly mass, faith formation, sacramental preparation, sacraments, etc. in Spanish is evident.
This type of effort is: Brand new to us & a leap of faith
We are in partnership with: Holy Cross for this strategy
- Establish a Sunday Mass
(Saturdays at 6pm) in Spanish by July 1, 2019 October 27th, 2019. Status: Completed. On September 8th, it was announced to the parish that a regular Spanish Mass will begin the weekend of October 27th at 2:30 pm. The first Spanish Mass had an attendance of over 200 people. All deacons of our parish were present at the mass as well as Fr. Jack Marino, Fr. Jesús Martinez and Fr. Carlos Rojas (former pastor of Transfiguration Parish). The congregation included about 300 participants of a diverse age range, from infants to the elderly, of Spanish-speaking participants from both Transfiguration parish as well as St. Catherine of Siena. There was a reception afterwards in Resurrection Hall to further welcome our current and new parishioners.
- Begin to offer various parish announcements and communication in both English and Spanish by November 1, 2019. Status: Complete. As of April 2019, the parish bulletin was featured a bilingual cover. As of September 2019 the parish staff collaborated on an improved and new parish registration form. Our staff members collaborated about a better solution to accommodate unique family situations, Spanish-speaking parishioners, and important criteria for our ParishSoft database. Our new parishioner registration form is designed to accommodate mixed families with varying last names, Spanish speaking parishioners, and families with adult children or other adult relatives living in the home. All promotional materials for the new Spanish mass time were bilingual. It has been determined that everything pertaining to our Spanish Mass and hispanic ministries will be bilingual as the event being promoted is in Spanish. As our Hispanic population increases at the parish we will continue to evaluate how to continue to incorporate Spanish in our bulletins and other communication forums. Our liturgical ministries have established a translation procedure in which Spanish speaking parishioners and volunteers to create our Spanish Mass powerpoint (used for announcements, mass responses, and worship songs). On November 18th, 2019 we added a new Spanish phone line (ext. 125) which has a voicemail in Spanish phone voice message so when there are no Spanish-speaking clergy or volunteers people who call may leave a message so that we may assist them in their needs.
- Invite 15 to 20 Spanish-speaking parishioners to serve in various liturgical ministries by September 1, 2020. Status: In-Progress. Multiple Spanish-speaking volunteers have stepped forward to serve as sacristans, readers, and altar servers have stepped forward to assist in our new Spanish Mass. We will continue to invite volunteers in our liturgical ministries as the new mass brings more involvement from our Spanish-speaking parishioners. The parish purchased new Spanish lectionaries and hymnals so as to enhance our Spanish liturgy.
- Work collaboratively with partnership parish in faith formation programs. Status: Completed. Deacon Paco has office hours at the parish on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 12 pm. Not only does Deacon Paco meet one-on-one with Spanish speaking families, but assists the Faith Formation staff in how to serves the needs of our Latino and Spanish speaking community in our parish. As of November 2019, Deacon Paco will no longer be of service to St. Cecelia parish.
- Provide parish facilities for prayer groups and ministries by July 1, 2019. Status: Incomplete. Our Spanish groups and ministries will be established with the influx of a growing Spanish-speaking community with the addition of our Spanish Mass. We will provide a new deadline date soon.
Point person(s): Deacon Paco
Strategy 2: Invite 750 current parishioners to invite a non-parishioner to attend a Mass or parish event by January 1, 2020.
Status: In Progress.
We are presently planning a Parish Welcome Weekend in which a witness talk, from an active parishioner who was personally invited to our community, will be shared at each mass. The congregation will be encouraged and prepared to invite non-Catholics and/or non-practicing Catholics to events and opportunities of worship at the parish. In the months/weeks following, we will plan a follow up with the individuals who had been invited into various opportunities of parish involvement.
Our parish DMI survey indicated that 25% of survey respondents never invite someone to Mass.
This type of effort is: Brand new to us & a leap of faith
- Create and distribute promotional parish invitation cards by
June 2019 March 2020 (revised date). Status: In Progress. These are in the plans for our Welcome Weekend. The welcome cards, to encourage parishioners to invite someone, are being designed by Nora Bourke and Fr. Jack Marino. We will have them professionally printed by VistaPrint. As of October Nora and Fr. Jack have narrowed down the specific design and content of the cards. We have determined that 2 cards will be created and distributed; one that is a prayer card for the parishioners to pray about our parish mission statement to invite people to encounter Christ, a second one is a folding invitation card which includes details about opportunities to come to the parish and its ministries. We are presently planning and revising the cards with the assistance of Monsignor Morris.
- Promote the program at various masses and parish events by September
2019 March 2020 (revised date). Status: In Progress. These are in the plans for our Welcome Weekend. Our clergy who coordinate how the liturgy, specifically the homily and prayers of the faithful, will focus on welcoming one another. The Welcome Weekend Video Sub-Committee, comprised of members from the Communications Advisory Committee, will select the individual(s) giving their witness and will produce/edit the video. This witness video will be shown during the homily at each mass. The video will also additionally be distributed on our parish Vimeo account, social media channels, and our website. On October 7th Fr. Jack, with Nora and Monsignor Morris, planned out that the witness video will be the inspiration with the homily to be the specific instruction and motivation on how to practically welcome people in our daily lives.
- Invite ministry members to become ambassadors in extending the invitation to those outside the current parish community by September
2019 January 18, 2020 (revised date). Status: In Progress. We have planned that the invitation card will be given to each parishioner during the Welcome Weekend. Individuals at each mass will be asked to give out at least one invitation card, but may take multiple invitation cards if they feel so inclined. They will be instructed to give out the invitation card to one person who does not practice the Catholic faith or is a disassociated Catholic/Christian. The card will work in conjunction with a personal welcoming from the parishioner in the context of a conversation. It has been determined that once they give out the invitation cards, parishioners will write down their name on a sign up sheet available in the narthex so we can measure how many people in our parish have invited someone. We are presently brainstorming other options to follow up with the individuals who were invited.
2 Corinthians 5:20 – “We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us”
Point person(s): Father Jack Marino and Nora Bourke
Strategy 3: Establish an additional 12-Step Program as a service to the Community by January 1, 2020.
RELEVANCY: There is a growing need of 12-Step programs in Pinellas County. We presently host weekly Narcotics Anonymous and Al-Anon meetings at St. Catherine of Siena Parish.
This type of effort is: Brand new for us
- Establish a committee by July 1, 2019 Status: In Progress. Wayne Price and Monsignor Morris are planning how to implement a new committee. Due to scheduling conflicts and other challenges in planning, we are presently exploring what would be an alternative initiative.
- Research the demographics of the Clearwater/Largo area (Coral Heights communities). Contact National/Regional delegates.
- Find locations and times of present meetings by October 1, 2019. Status: In Progress. Due to scheduling conflicts and other challenges in planning, we are presently exploring what would be an alternative initiative.
Point person(s): Walter Price
Proposal for Southwest Deanery Catholic Impact Initiative
What is Pinellas Hope?
Pinellas Hope began as temporary solution for homeless adults in response to St. Petersburg’s increasingly visible homeless population. The homeless resided in what was referred to as “tent city” and the mayor finally had ordered the police to slash the tents to put an end to the homeless camp. Formed as a partnership between Pinellas County, the city of St. Petersburg and Catholic Charities, Pinellas Hope was only a short term solution and was not to stay open more than 6 months. Bishop Robert Lynch gave 10 acres of diocesan land to make this pilot project happen. Eleven years later, Pinellas Hope has expanded from a small tent shelter to a facility that includes over 160 tents, 72 “Hope Cottages” made from shipping containers, 10 of which are set aside for medical respite residents and 156 supportive apartments.
In addition to providing emergency shelter, Pinellas Hope provides case managements, substance abuse programs, transportation, continued education classes through Pinellas County Schools, laundry and shower facilities as well as three volunteer provided meals each day when able to do so. Since the opening of Pinellas Hope in December 2007, it has assisted more than 10,000 people with about 3,800 moving to stable housing.
The next four phases of Pinellas Hope began in 2011 and was completed in 2016. Pinellas Hope II-V is a 156 until Permanent Supportive Housing Program for the homeless of which, thirty percent of these units are dedicated to veterans. This program is a natural progression for homeless to transition from the shelter to permanent housing.
Pinellas Hope continues to mission to provide a safe living environment for homeless individuals as well as provide support for them to gain a sense of self sufficiency.
It is the conviction of the dean and pastors of the Southwest deanery that each parish should offer a regular commitment of the following:
Education- each parish of the Southwest deanery will be provided an informational session of the mission for Pinellas Hope.
Serving – it is the conviction of the dean and pastors of the Southwest deanery that each parish should provide a meal once a quarter to Pinellas Hope.
St. Catherine of Siena, through the leadership of Sr. Kathleen Beatty SSJ who prepares and serves one meal per month to the residents of Pinellas Hope.
Financial – each year the Southwest deanery will support a capital project that has a lasting and sustainable impact to Pinellas Hope and its residents.
Spiritual – each parish of the Southwest deanery will support the spiritual life of Pinellas Hope residents by hosting weekly masses to shelter and housing residents. In addition the Southwest deanery will provide support and further religious education for residents of Pinellas Hope I & II who desire to become a member of the Catholic Church.
Status: In Progress.
Deacon John Ustick, a parishioner of our parish and deacon assigned to St. Cecelia parish, currently does all planning and implementing of the spiritual ministry and various community events for the residents of Pinellas Hope. As of September 2019, Deacon Ustick and Monsignor Morris are planning how to build the team to serve which will serve under Deacon Ustick’s leadership. The team will build upon the ministry and events he has already begun in order strengthen our efforts of evangelization.
Counseling/Wellness – it is required by Pinellas Hope that Deacon John Ustick continues his service to our shelter and housing residents. It is encouraged for more volunteers serve as mentors, counselors, etc. to help encourage and support Pinellas Hope’s residents.
Status: In Progress.
Deacon John Ustick and Monsignor Morris are working on recruiting his team of volunteers and mentors. Deacon Ustick is working with the Communications team to create cards of a saint (who is a patron of the poor) as well as a list of their weekly events. Deacon John worked with Nora on the design of these promotional prayer cards.