St Joseph’s Parish is warm and welcoming and provides inspiring Masses that involve the community, according to the results of our Parish survey – but there is room for improvement. Read a summary and the full results from the survey here…
Key stats from the survey (which can be seen in full below) include:
- More than 85% of respondents say the newsletter and website are key sources of information.
- Almost 90% feel welcome at Masses.
- Around 55% replied positively that the parish makes sufficient efforts to involve young adults and older children.
- People are generally positive about the Masses – the frequency, the coming together at Easter and Christmas, the provision of special Masses, inspiring homilies and liturgies, the music.
- People think the parish is well run and helpful, and has helped the Parish become closer over the past 10 years.
- Social activities and group events help bring people closer together, and special outings are welcomed – though all respondents felt the social side needed to be improved.
- Greeting and welcoming could be improved, and many suggestions were given about how this could be done.
- Many suggested different types of Masses, which would help reduce the length of longer Masses, with more opportunities for evening prayers.
- Some respondents said there was a lack of unity between parishioners and that a focus on fostering family groups and better communication would be a good thing.
- Respondents felt more parishioners should get involved with volunteering, and that parishioners with specific skills could benefit the Parish team.
- There were a lot of suggestions about getting young people involved in more events.
- A number of respondents said they would like the church to do more to reach out to the poor and disadvantaged in the community.