Flourishing Families – Strategic Planning

Diocesan Strategic Planning Resources

Diocesan Strategic Planning Presentation for Parishes

Values as Proposed by the Committee

  • We believe that the Holy Spirit is leading the planning process.
  • We will observe all relevant norms of Church doctrine and law.
  • We will not presume that the way it has always been, is the way that it must be. Under the direction of the Holy Spirit, we will learn and be open to change as we engage this process.
  • Every effort will be made to provide opportunities for all members of the parish to be aware of and involved in the planning process.
  • The strategic pastoral plan should include proposals for the recruitment, formation, affirmation and support for priests, deacons, religious, and lay leadership for ministry and parishes.
  • We acknowledge that not every part of the diocese, especially mission territory, functions according to the norms that typically govern parish structure and life. We will respect this diversity, and work as one body to meet the needs of all.
  • The weekend Mass will remain central to our planning efforts.
  • The support and nurture of healthy, viable parishes is paramount to our efforts.
  • Parish priests should not say more than four weekend Masses (2 per day).
  • Priests will not be asked or expected to serve beyond the canonical age of seventy-five.
  • Considering the vast distances and small populations in much of our diocese, we will strive to balance the distance the faithful drive to attend Mass, the distance the priest drives to provide Mass, and the distances at which priests live from one another.
  • If the parish church can accommodate everyone in one Mass unnecessary duplication of weekend Masses for the convenience of people will be avoided.