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Meitler - “Envisioning Our Future”

Help Us Shape the Future of Parishes and Schools in Chippewa Falls

One of our greatest hopes for the future is that the Church in Chippewa Falls will grow and thrive. Since last October, all the parishes in Chippewa Falls and MACS have been involved in a process to plan for the future. There have been site visits, meetings with parish and school leaders, and studies of area-wide, school and parish data. A report on the findings with possibilities for the future will soon be completed and made available.

Please look to the right side column of this page for parish location, date, time, and ways you can attend any of the meetings. 

The initial report will be presented and parishioners will have an opportunity to help shape a future plan. Please join us for this “Envisioning Our Future” event.

November 29, 2020 | 1st Sunday of Advent

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I write to make you aware of a new joint initiative between our three city parishes of Notre Dame, St. Charles Borromeo, and Holy Ghost, along with MACS.  With the permission of Bishop Callahan, we have decided to hire Meitler Consultants, Inc., a Catholic consulting firm from the Milwaukee area, to help us invest our resources wisely and to bring about a new evangelization in Chippewa Falls.  

Our deepest desire is to most effectively use all the spiritual and temporal resources we have to spread the Gospel and grow Christ’s Church here in our local community.  In the coming years, our community will be facing significant decisions regarding facilities, especially for our schools.  While enrollment is promising, with 8% growth in 2020-21, many of our current parish-owned facilities are not sustainable without significant maintenance to major systems.  These are questions of equal importance for our parishes as well.  As parishes, we want to know how we can together more effectively serve our community.   In order to develop a plan for how to best utilize our personnel and temporal resources, and be good stewards of what we have, we realized that we needed some professional expertise that we did not have ourselves.  Meitler brings with them years of experience in consulting schools, parishes, and dioceses, including recent work for the Diocese of Green Bay.

For the next seven months, Meitler will be conducting a study of our parishes and schools, including our ministries, programs, staffing, buildings and grounds, as well as taking into consideration community demographics, statistics and trends.  They will also be conducting interviews with parishioners, faculty and staff.  Perhaps you might be asked to participate in some capacity along the way.  It is our hope that the conclusions of Meitler’s study will provide us with good recommendations to make confident decisions going forward for our parishes and school system together.

The three parishes and MACS have agreed to split the cost of this consulting work four ways.  Please pray for the success of this endeavor, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to speak to me, Fr. Kizewski, Msgr. Gorman, our school system president, Mrs. Molly Bushman, or our Education Commission chair, Mr. TJ Proue.

May God bless you,

Fr. Jesse Burish
Dean, Pastor of Notre Dame

Meitler Meetings for Parishioners 

Holy Ghost
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021
6:30-8:00 PM
Register at this link
(Virtual and in person at church options)
412 S Main St. CF
Rectory 715.723.4890

St. Charles Borromeo
Tuesday, February 9 
6:30-8:00 PM
Register at this link
(Virtual Only)
Rectory 715.723.4088

Church of Notre Dame
Wednesday, February 10
6:30-8:00 PM
Register at this link
(Virtual and in person at church options)
117 Allen St., CF
Rectory 715.723.7108