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Parish Survey Results Released – Parish Survey Results (June 2016)

St. Cecilia Parish recently completed a survey of parishioners. This supports one of the Pastoral Council’s initiatives to “Evaluate current programs against needs as identified by a parishioner survey & parishioner forum.” The survey is intended to establish a baseline against which future surveys will be compared, similar to the citizen survey which the City of Ames conducts annually. The short (10-question) survey could be conducted online or through paper copies located in the Narthex for several weeks.

Roughly 830 emails were sent to registered parishioners containing a link to the survey via Fifty percent of the emails (415) were opened and 210 surveys completed. That’s 25% of the emails sent and 50% of those opened … an excellent response rate! An additional 29 surveys were completed via paper.

Here are some of the major findings of the survey:

  • 90% of respondents reported attending Mass at least weekly (thus respondents tended to be among our most active members)
  • 80% of respondents either “Strongly Agree” or “Agree” with the statement, “St. Cecilia liturgies nurture my relationship with Jesus.”
  • 72% of respondents either “Strongly Agree” or “Agree” with the statement, “St. Cecilia Parish helped me develop a stronger personal relationship with Christ during the past year.”
  • 45% of respondents reported participating in two or more parish activities (outside of Mass) during a typical month.
  • 87% of respondents either “Strongly Agree” or “Agree” with the statement, “I feel welcome at St. Cecilia.”
  • 72% of respondents either “Strongly Agree” or “Agree” with the statement, “I’m satisfied with how my contributions (time, talent, treasure) are used at St. Cecilia.”
  • Questions regarding learning and volunteering opportunities identified that several parishioners struggle to fit everything into their busy schedules.

While the results are overall encouraging, they do point to specific areas where we can continue to improve. Specific comments that were harvested from the surveys will be shared with the appropriate parish personnel and leaders

The link to the survery results is provided above.  Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete the survey!


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