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Rationale for Our Lady Help of Christian Parish Pastoral Planning

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Each of you has a special grace, so, like good stewards responsible for all these varied graces of God, put it at the service of others.      1 Peter 4:10

Stewardship is about putting the Gospel into action. In being good stewards, as Peter says, we acknowledge that all we have are gifts from God. As good stewards we are encouraged to:

  • Be committed to Jesus and his teachings
  • Participate actively in the communion of the parish and networks of relationships
  • Live out our baptismal mission in the world.

We are guided by the principles of our pastoral planning, which are:

  • Create a pastoral plan for the parish which designates 1 to 3 year goals
  • Create deeper relationships and initiate community dialogue around the fulfilling God’s mission through good stewardship
  • Engage the entire faith community in the planning process
  • Educate the parish about the parish and stewardship
  • Strengthen the leadership role of pastor, pastoral staff, parish leaders and Parish Pastoral council
  • Increase participation in parish life through identifying parishioners gifts and talents
  • Hold all activities of the parish accountable to the Gospel mission

Pastoral planning is not a means to an end. The conversation and reflection, the dialogue and prayer which mark the process of pastoral planning are themselves an exercise in being Church.

There are five goals. Please read each goal in its entirety. Some goals have more than one objective. Each objective identifies a particular action, tasks and necessary steps to achieve the goal, who the goal will benefit, a timeline, cost to the parish, and who will be responsible for carrying out each objective