Begun in 2017, a new Diocesan-wide parish planning is underway “Rebuilding in Faith and Hope” focusing on three major goals: revitalizing our parishes; renewing the ministries of the Diocese; and strengthening support for clergy.
This strategic planning proposal addresses the process that each parish will adopt prior to any decision about its future. Those decisions will be made with the advice and counsel of the individual parish revitalization teams, working in close and facilitated collaboration with other parishes. This strategic planning is designed to engage clergy and laity in the decision-making process, so that they own the outcome – that they have invested themselves appropriately and meaningfully, and are able to make an informed and inspired judgment about the future of their parish.
Successful transition and change must be well managed, and this strategic planning proposal is an opportunity for forging a new vision, and creating a new plan, for the life-changing work of our parishes.
A strategic planning effort has started here and with a pilot group of 10-12 parishes. A three-phased plan has been developed. First–A listening session was held on Island with Fr. Nagle and Marilyn Blanchette back in January, 2018. Currently, Phase Two is now focusing on six priority areas: pastoral leadership; “The Sunday Experience;” Life-long Faith Formation and Evangelization; Community Outreach; Campus Care and Finances. Concurrently, Phase Three is funding the plan and efforts are underway with a newly formed finance committee.
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The Parish Planning Council would serve Good Shepherd Parish as a long-range, or strategic, planning group not as a managerial committee making decisions on day-to-day operations. The group generally met one Friday evening, or Saturday morning, per month for 2 hours at the parish center. Thank you to our previous council consisting of clergy and parish staff, plus active parishioners, who served a 3-year-term which ended December 2014.
Remaining staff members are:
Joe Capobianco firstname.lastname@example.org 508-274-1170
Beth Mello email@example.com 508-693-0342
Fr. Michael Nagle firstname.lastname@example.org 508-878-0331
Sue Pagliccia email@example.com 480-276-3071