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Way Forward


Response to Parish Survey Findings (2007)

A parish survey was carried out between October 2001 and May 2002 in order to capture the thoughts and attitudes of adults in the parish towards the parish, parish facilities and parish activities. The guest speaker at the official launch of the survey results in May 2002 was eminent sociologist, Fr. Micheál McGréil, SJ. His analysis of the survey results is even more relevant to the Blessington of 2007 than they were in 2002:

The findings describe a community experiencing expansion of population with pressure coming on all the institutions within the town, i.e. education, religion, economy, family, recreation, policy and law.
Fr. Micheál McGréil SJ,
speaking at the launch of the survey results, May 2002

When we undertook the survey we hoped that the findings would help us to continue to improve existing services and facilities and would inform our decisions in meeting the challenges of the future. Now, in 2007, we have undertaken an informal review of what we have achieved over the intervening five years. The review is presented in the context of the original survey findings.
We should be proud of what we have achieved over the past five years. There are still some areas that we need to address and we would welcome the input and support of all parishioners as we undertake this work together.

Fr Tim Murphy PP
March 2007

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