Parish Renewal and Growth

Parish Renewal and Growth

Get involved in this energizing initiative

Parish Renewal and Growth Initiative History

At the Annual General Assembly in May 2016, the Parish Renewal and Growth initiative was introduced. Over the previous few months the Parish Pastoral Council had decided to "rethink how we do church." The decision was made to change from a maintenance parish to a missionary parish.

A Steering Committee was put in place with the goal of launching the initiative in September. And this deadline was met with the launch taking place the weekend of September 10/11, 2016.

After a successful 2016/17 year, the Steering Committee created a Vision Statement to further assist our efforts in moving to a missionary parish.

Mission Statement

Love God. Love Others. Reach Out. Build Disciples. This is the new Mission Statement for Mary, Mother of the Church.

Under Love God comes prayer, liturgy, and worship. Under Love Others comes fellowshipo, community, charity, healing, social justice, and welcoming. Reach Out includes evangelization, dialogue, witnessing, inviting, and gathering to discover Christ. Build Disciples focuses on faith formation, spiritual renewal, equipping parishioners to do ministry and serve, leadership formation and small groups.

Vision Statement

Mary, Mother of the Church is a vibrant Catholic community growing together in faith, inviting all to encounter Christ and forming missionary disciples.

Click here for background details.

Getting Started and Continuing

For 2016/17, the two major thrusts to bring the Mission Statement and the Parish Renewal and Growth initiative into being were the Prayer Ministry and the Evangelization Ministry.

2017/18 continues to focus on the Prayer Ministry and Evangelization Ministry, but is now working hard on enhancing the Sunday Experience, which includes Hospitality, Hymns, and Homilies.

The rest of the initiative steps will follow.

Theme Prayers

  • The following two theme prayers, one used with permission from Dynamic Catholic and the other created by a parishioner, were chosen to assist parishioners in praying for the ongoing success of this initiative and our collective spiritual growth (long and short).
  • Check them out and pray them along with us.

Theme Song 

  • The song that resonated with our initiative, providing a great message and energy is - Go Make a Difference!
  • Save this to your favorites and sing along with it too!

Parish Website and Logo

Introducing a new, vibrant parish website and Mary logo were vital to the initiative.

Key Priorities for Fall/Winter/Spring 2018

  • Evangelization/Faith Formation:
    • Alpha Program
    • Connect Sundays
    • Small Group Studies
      • Perfectly Yourself book - during Lent.
  • Creating awesome Sunday church experiences, such as friendly, warm welcomes and inviting coffee gatherings after Masses, upbeat music, meaningful homilies, simple registration process and helpful welcome packages.
    • New audio/visual equipment
    • Welcome and Information Centre
  • Revitalizing the Youth programs
  • Stewardship - Time, Talent and Treasure
  • Website updates so that the information remains current.

Upcoming Events

Volunteer Appreciation - Youth

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Volunteer Fair

February 3 - 4, 2018

Connect Sunday - Invite a friend!

Saturday, February 10, 2018 & other dates



Volunteer Ministry Fair

Each of you has been blessed with one of God’s many wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others. So use your gift well. (1 Peter 4:10) What is one way you can serve others this next year? Be part of MMOC’s... Read More


Are You Using Your Talent Wisely? Volunteer Tips

You Have Something to Offer - Volunteer! "Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received." 1 Peter 4:10 "God loves a cheerful giver." 2 Cor 9:7 All of... Read More


Sobeys/Superstore Fundraiser - $4,770 profits! Pick up cards Dec 2/3

A big thank you to all the parishioners placing Sobeys/Superstore gift card orders. MMOC received $4,770 proceeds to be spent on items to move us along from a maintenance to a missionary parish - such as new sound... Read More


MMOC Vision Statement

Mary, Mother of the Church is a vibrant Catholic community growing together in faith, inviting all to encounter Christ and forming missionary disciples. MMOC is excited to share our new vision statement, which was... Read More


Superstore/Sobeys Gift Card Fundraiser - deadline Nov12

Fundraising Goal: $10,000 Profit (target average $400 sales per family) Purpose - to help fund costs required to achieve MMOC vision of moving our parish from a maintenance-based church to a missionary parish.... Read More


MMOC Connections - Have You Signed Up?

MMOC is excited to launch our monthly newsletter - MMOC Connections! As part of our ongoing efforts to communicate with parishioners, we are expanding to on-line newsletters.  Click here to see the November... Read More