“We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome…yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.”
– Acts of the Apostles 2:9-11
Two inexorable trends are shaping our parishes: First, people from around the US and the world continue to choose the 69 counties of our Archdiocese as the place where they want to live, work, play and retire. The result is ever larger parishes and a shortage of space to serve the people of God. Second, the diversity of the general and Catholic population has reached a point where there is no single ethnic group that constitutes a majority in our largest counties. Both trends challenge us to redefine the meaning of “parish” in our Archdiocese.
Discernment Session Recommendations:
Tools to help you consider the recommendations:
- Parish Management Consultant Services for parish leadership
- Parish Needs Assessment
- Parish Strategic Planning tools & services
- A Shared Parishes on-line course designed for clergy will be available in January 2016
These are tools to BEGIN the brainstorming. Contact the Pastoral Plan Support Center For Parish Leadership
Pastoral Plan Special Projects Program
Are you a parish or mission that is overcrowded and unsure how to finance an expansion? Please visit our Special Projects webpage for more details on a program that might help.