The mission of the Archdiocese is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Pastoral Planning is the process we use to make preparations to carry out that work. Pastoral Planning is a critical tool in helping us understand our task today and work together to manage the resources available to meet the needs of the people of God. Needed at all times, it is particularly important as we cope with demographic and other major changes.
This website will provide you with the tips and tools you need to start or reinvigorate planning and pastoral decision-making in your parish. It will also provide insight into the steps needed for collaboration and cooperation with other parishes. It is designed to be used by parish staffs and councils, as well as other Archdiocesan offices and institutions.
Cardinal Seán O’Malley has called us to develop a culture of planning in the Archdiocese, so that we can become more effective evangelizers of God’s Good News.
The Archdiocese of Boston continues to evolve. We are a Church on the move, faithful and resilient. We look forward to God’s gracious future.
Please join us in the effort of pastoral planning.
LOCAL, NATIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL, NEWS
Phase III Collaboratives Begin Plan Writing
Kick Off Meetings for Phase III Collaboratives took place in April; now begins the work of crafting a Local Pastoral Plan (LPP). Consultants from the Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI) and Pastoral Center Central Ministry offices - Human Resources, Vocations, Parish Financial Services, Real Estate, Evangelization, and Pastoral Planning - will be on deck to assist. The process begins this month when the consultants and collaborative Writing Teams look at the results of the Disciple Maker Index, the survey that Phase III parishioners were encouraged to take in February. The survey is one factor that provides a glimpse of strengths and challenges in the collaborative. As they survey the landscape of the collaborative, the Writing Team can hone in on what priorities should be addressed in their plan. Writing Teams and consultants will meet in May, June, September, and October, but the Writing Teams will meet on their own, between the monthly meetings to continue thier work. A draft of the Local Plan is due in December.
Cardinal O'Malley Names Phase IV Collaboratives
Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, OFM Cap. has announced that the following parishes will be part of Phase Four of Disciples in Mission:
* St. Paul, Cambridge (Stand Alone)
* St. Michael, Avon and St. Joseph, Holbrook
* Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ and St. Paul, Hingham
* St. Ann, West Bridgewater and St. John the Evangelist, East Bridgewater
* Sacred Heart and St. Patrick, Watertown
Here is a quick summary of Disciples in Mission and what a collaborative is and is not. Check out the FAQs for more details.
A Workshop in Parish-Based Evangelization
This workshop is designed to provide the tools to understand the New Evangelization, live as an intentional disciple, share your personal witness, form others as disciples, and create parish structures to support discipleship. The day includes time together in prayer, as well as lunch and a light breakfast. This workshop is free for any and all collaborative participants and any and all Archdiocesan clergy. For other attendees, prices vary. Click here for upcoming dates and registration