Pastoral Planning
Topeka Region

January 24, 2014

Director of Communication & Planning

The Reid Group consultants:

John Reid

Karen Castellon


Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas

12615 Parallel Parkway

Kansas City, Kansas 66109


Core Team Update #6


Dear Core Team Members:


The next phase of the planning process will begin on February 6 with the Cluster training:


Where: St. Matthew, Topeka

When: 7:00 p.m.

What to bring: Parish Summary form (salmon-colored pages 68-70 in Section I of Planning Guide) and Data Verification form for each parish 


Parish core team secretaries should bring a paper copy of their Parish Summary and the Data Verification form for each member of their Cluster team.  So, if there are four parishes in your Cluster and each parish has a core team of five people, you would bring 20 copies of each form to the Cluster training on February 6.


Here is a list of the parishes that are in each regional grouping (which our planning process calls a Cluster):


Topeka City Cluster (7 parishes)

Mother Teresa

Christ the King

Most Pure Heart of Mary

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Sacred Heart-St. Joseph

St. Matthew

Mater Dei


Topeka West Cluster (6 parishes)

St. Stanislaus, Rossville

Immaculate Conception-St. Mary's

St. Bernard, Wamego

Sacred Heart, Paxico

St. Joseph, Flush

Holy Family, Alma


Topeka East Cluster (4 parishes)

St. Theresa, Perry

St. Aloysius, Meriden

St. Dominic, Holton

St. Francis Xavier, Mayetta 

For your information . . .

Here are a few other updates for your information:

  1. Parish core team chairs have received a list of the core team members for every parish in their Cluster.  This is the most current information we have--if there need to be additions or corrections, please send this information to Kathy Johnson,  
  2. As an aid to your work in the coming weeks, we are providing you with a one-page timeline with all the relevant tasks and dates. 
  3. During the Cluster phase, you will be working with a number of forms, leading up to the Cluster Suggestions that will go to the Planning Commission. All the forms that you will be working with in the Cluster phase have been posted as individual Word documents on the archdiocesan web site: .    
  4. Parish facilitators are ready to assist your team in facilitating Cluster core team meetings, parish town hall gatherings and more.  These talented men and women can also help you prepare meeting agendas if you wish.  There is no cost to you for this service.  Please call or email  one of the Reid Group consultants (contact information at the left) to make the necessary arrangements.
  5. Continue to communicate with your parishioners about the planning process, using regular bulletin announcements.  Sample announcements can be found beginning in Section II, page 78 of 82.  Please adjust the content to your own situation.
  6. Some of you have asked if there is a sample flyer or bulletin insert that can serve as a template for announcing Town Hall meetings. We don't have a template per se, but we do encourage you to be as creative as possible. We can offer a sample agenda for the meeting as well as share Power Point slides you may find useful. 



Thank you again for all your good work. Please do not hesitate to call on one of your Reid Group team members if you have questions.




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