This is the first of a series of bulletin notes that is meant to keep you informed about the changing landscape of our diocese. In 1983, the diocese, aware that there would be a diminishing number of priests and religious, began its conversation about the transformation of the leadership that serves our parishes. In the early nineties, it became clear that demographics of population, business, industry and culture would each blend into a period of change in our seven counties. The Pastoral Planning process invited parish leadership and others to consider the best ways to provide for dynamic, sustainable, vital, faith communities in a time of contracting economies and populations. These weekly notes invite you to walk with the process. We hope that it will provide a time of prayer and reflection that will lead parishioners to actively engage their own discipleship.