Canton and Patterson Park Pastorate Plans for Outreach to Young Adults, Long-Time Residents

The pastorate of St. Casimir-St. Brigid-St. Elizabeth of Hungary has completed their evangelization-based strategic plan.  Their goal has been to bring their parishes together to evangelize the Canton/Patterson Park neighborhoods.  Fr. Dennis Grumsey has been using his Pastorate Council to help to refine and implement the plan, which will focus on the large proportion of young adults in their community, who are often living in the neighborhoods for a short period of time.  Some of their key initiatives include intentional accompaniment for young adults in the sacraments of marriage and baptism, as well as an expanded website and social media presence and direct outreach to new residents in the area.  At the same time, the plan seeks to accompany and draw on the gifts of long-time residents and parishioners. The plan was shared with the parish communities at a series of listening sessions in November 2019 and presented to the Archbishop in March 2020.  To view the plan, click here.

 

Pastorate of St. Francis-St. Mary and Holy Family Puts Plan into Action, Even During Crisis

The pastorate of St. Francis-St. Mary & Holy Family continues to use their pastorate plan as a guiding document during the COVID-19 crisis.  Their Mission to “Love God. Love Others. Make Disciples” has been echoed in their recent efforts to create an online campus along with their new website that is geared to seekers.  Msgr. Jaskot and his team shared the plan during a message series called Blessed! in February.  He commented recently that almost all of their priority strategies continue to be pursued, the only exception being the physical welcome initiatives that will resume when church starts to gather for Mass again.  Their vision for their pastorate is to “Make Church matter that all may be fully alive in Christ” and this vision continues to guide all of their new initiatives.  To see a copy of their plan, please click here.

 

Latest Update on Pastorate Planning

Members of the St. Andrew by the Bay Planning Team participate in the Sacred Purpose workshop.

The latest update on pastorate planning shares some of the early work of the 2019 cohort, as well as further accomplishments of the previous cohorts. To read about the good work being done, click here (en Espanol).

 

St. Ignatius Pastorate Plan Unveiled

St. Ignatius in Baltimore recently completed its pastorate plan. In the pastorate’s e-zine, Parish: ‘the thought,’ Fr. Jim Casciotti shared an abbreviated version of the plan, which highlights the vision, sacred purpose (mission), guiding principles, and goals, as well as the priority strategies the parish will focus on first and ways parishioners can get involved. The plan is the result of a year’s worth of prayer, discussion, and discernment that included the focused work of a planning team, as well as broader input from the parish as a whole. To read Fr. Casciotti’s introduction and link to the plan, click here.

2019 Cohort Announced for Pastorate Planning

In early July, ten pastorates became the 2019 Cohort, activated to engage in intentional, evangelization-based pastorate planning in the coming year. This will be the third cohort to enter into this graced time of prayer, reflection, conversation, and discernment about the ways in which Christ’s saving love might be made known more profoundly – in this time and in these places.
The 2019 Cohort pastorates are:

  • St. Peter (Hancock) (Fr. Jack Lombardi, pastor)
  • St. John (Columbia) (Fr. Gerry Bowen, pastor)
  • Our Lady of Victory (Fr. John Rapisarda, pastor)
  • St. Philip Neri – St. Clement (Fr. Michael DeAscanis, pastor)
  • Holy Family (Randallstown) (Fr. Ray Harris, pastor)
  • St. Michael – St. Clement Mary Hofbauer – Annunciation (Friar Tim Dore, pastor)
  • St. John (Hydes) (Fr. Pete Literal, pastor)
  • St. Andrew by the Bay (Fr. Jeff Dauses, pastor)
  • St. Wenceslaus – St. Ann – St. Francis Xavier (Rev. Xavier Edet, S.S.J., pastor)
  • St. Leo (Fr. Bernie Carman, S.A.C., pastor)

Redesigned Be Missionary Disciples Website Launched; New Tool for Missionary Discipleship Available

The Be Missionary Disciples website (www.BeMissionaryDisciples.org) has been updated and redesigned. With two pastorate phases already activated and another one just getting started, the updated content captures not only the work that is being undertaken and the fruit that is being produced from this work, but also places a stronger emphasis on the Gospel-inspired priorities that underpin this work.

We call these priorities the Core Mission Priorities – the six areas within which each pastorate should be examining their missionary impulse to know and make known the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Click here to go directly to the Core Mission Priorities page and download a copy of the new workbook, a tool designed for facilitated or self-guided reflection and discernment on the Core Mission Priorities.

Four-Part Update on Pastorate Planning Now Available!

With the Pilot Phase (2017 Cohort) and Phase IA (2018 Cohort) pastorates’ planning work completed or well on its way, a four-part update on the experience so far has been compiled. The series reminds us of the reasons why Be Missionary Disciples is being undertaken, summarizes the work being done and some of the lessons learned along the way, and answers some frequently asked questions about pastorate planning. Click below to view or download the series, or go to the Planning tab on the website for additional detail about all of these topics and more!

Mission Matters: July 17, 2018

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: Equip for Ministry – Hispanic Pastoral Formation – update; Msgr. O’Dwyer 55th Annual Golf Tournament; Volunteers Needed for Holy Innocents Ministry Read more

Mission Matters: June 19, 2018

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: Religious Freedom week; Cardinal Turkson’s visit to Basilica Read more

Mission Matters: June 5, 2018

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: V Encuentro testimony videos; Video tools for understanding Missionary Discipleship and Evangelization Read more

Mission Matters: May 22, 2018

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: Equip Lay Ministry Formation Program for Hispanic Community; Young Adult Ministry Summit in DC; Reminder about Spanish Missal training and Diaconate Ordinations; A Quiet Place Movie Review – surprising religious themes Read more

Mission Matters: May 8, 2018

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: Office of Divine Worship – Important Dates; Pontifical High Mass in the Extraordinary Form in DC Read more