Pastoral Planning: Summer/Fall 2014 Part 5

Pastoral Planning: Summer/Fall 2014 Part 5

“Seeing Natural Bridges: A Collaborative Visioning Process” provided a context for the work of the PCAs in autumn 2013. The process asked the representatives in each PCA to meet four times to consider; 1) the manner in which parishes collaborate with each other and to develop a joint plan for evangelization in their area; 2) to acknowledge the mutual need for a change in Mass schedules to reflect the capacity of churches and the number of people at weekend Masses. The second session also considered concrete, specific ways for building their own parish identity and the mutual identity of the parishes in the PCA. 3) The diminishing number of priests and the linking and clustering of parishes will require planning for the selection, training and placing of new types of parish staff members and leadership. PCAs were invited to envision what parish and cluster staff might look at in their area, and to prepare for collaborating now for the sake of the future. 4) Representatives enjoyed a hearty conversation about parish resources (spiritual, financial, volunteer, and personnel) and what steps that they might take to make the local vision possible. This conversation particularly sought to engage lay parish leaders in naming the future.