CARDINAL APPROVES LOCAL PASTORAL PLANS
Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley has approved the pastoral plans for ten collaboratives all included in Phase One of the implementation of Disciples in Mission – A Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese of Boston. This is a milestone moment for the collaboratives in developing innovative and effective plans for evangelization.
Cardinal Seán said, “We are grateful for the commitment of the pastors and parishioners in each of the collaboratives. The development of these pastoral plans will guide the collaboratives in their mission and ministry on behalf of the people of God. We are confident these faithful efforts will result in a strengthening of our parishes and renewal among the people of God.”
Fr. Paul Soper, Secretary for Evangelization and Discipleship, said, “These plans are the fruit of the hard work of many at the parish level. We are inspired by their dedication. Our prayer is one with them in gratitude for the work of the Phase I clergy, staff, and parishioners. May God prosper the work of their hands.”
The plans can be reviewed here.
The goal of Disciples in Mission is that “every Parish become a center of the New Evangelization,” to grow the Church and provide the Church with a richness of vocations. These are parishes that are strong, stable, intentional and effective. Together they develop pastoral plans for their local collaborative, focused on serving the needs of the parishes in their particular collaborative and advancing the mission of the New Evangelization.
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. Registration is open for August 29 here and for October 17 here. More information is available here.
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.