Focus Questions as we look to the future or St. Patrick Parish.

1.  How do we continue to honor our 108 year legacy of faithful witness in this community, holding onto all that we have been taught and all that we have become?

2.  How do we see this moment of change as an opportunity for growth and evangelization?

3.  How do we prepare to welcome new leadership and be open to new ideas?

4.  How do we inspire and challenge parishioners to stay committed to this parish during this period of transition?

Our Fears
& Concerns

Managing Transition Video from Amazing Parish


Looking to the Future

On May 24, 2018, we celebrated our 107th birthday!

Fr. Noga will celebrate his 70th birthday in March of 2019.  He has been our faithful pastor for 34 years and is beginning to consider retirement. THERE IS NO DEFINITE DATE YET.  However, as a parish we are beginning to look at this transition and how best to prepare for it.  How do we celebrate and honor all that Fr. has shared with us AND be prepared to welcome a new leader.

Speaking of a new parish leader, we may be asked to welcome a Lay Parish Leader and a Canonical Pastor rather than a Resident Pastor which we have been  accustomed to.  There are three parishes in Mahoning County and two more in other parts of the Youngstown Diocese that have adopted this leadership model.  It's no secret that we have more parishes than active priests and that many of those priests have multiple responsibilities.  This is a creative way to keep active parishes open and engage the gifts and talents of the laity.  Details about these five parishes as well as other parishes across the country can be found to the right.

This is meant to be a resource page for our parishioners and others.  We gathered information from our Diocesan Evangelization office as well as resources from other parishes and dioceses.  We are hopeful that the more information we have and the better we understand lay leadership, the better prepared we will be for our own transition whether we are welcoming a resident pastor or a lay leader and canonical pastor.  For a detailed explanation of these various roles, please see the resources listed below.

On the right side of this page is the letter sent to every registered parishioner at St. Patrick Parish regarding continued steps in our transition process. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact any one of our team members.


Vicki Vicars  

Parish Evangelization Coordinator

Transition Team Members

Ruthanne Grant     Mary Green      Colleen Hendel     Carla Hlavac     Carl James     Brian Kennedy Tony Lape     Fred Kurz      Jeannie Mulichak      Elizabeth Orlando    Cynthia Sanders     Tom Welsh     

Resources from the Diocese of Youngstown
What is a Parish Leader                Guidelines and Roles     
“I invite everyone to be bold and creative in this task of rethinking the goals, structures, style and methods of evangelization in their respective communities.” Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel, 33.  

Letter to our 


Naming our Strengths
Voicing our Concerns
If you would like participate in this conversation, but were not able to be at  Mass on June 24th or July 1st, please feel free to email your responses to 
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        Parishes in the       Diocese of Youngstown with Lay Leaders  & Canonical Pastors
Saint Luke, Boardman
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Austintown
Holy Rosary , Lowellville 
Holy Family, Navarre
Saint Patrick, Leetonia
National Resources
On Mission for the Church Alive
Take a look at our neighbors         restructuring and strategic planning.
CARA report on Church Statistics
First Lay Administrator Installed in LA
November 2007
Saint Marcellinus Catholic Church