Holy Family Randallstown Pastoral Plan – To believe in Christ, belong to His Church and bless our communities
The Planning team at Holy Family, Randallstown were part of the 2018 cohort of parishes. They worked on their plan through the pandemic and have now updated and released their new evangelization-based plan. The team wants to focus their resources on accomplishing the God-given mission of the parish. The parish looks to reach out to those in the community who are not part of the parish, including the new housing that is going up in their community. They are interested in engaging families and young adults in their parish and community. They also want to spend some intentional time looking at their facilities and seeing how they serve the mission of their parish to bring people to Christ, help them to belong and participate in His Church and to continue to be a blessing to the Randallstown community.
Click here to view Holy Family’s plan.
St. Joseph Odenton Pastoral Plan – A Beacon of God’s Love and Hope in Service to all of His People
The Planning team at St. Joseph, Odenton were part of the 2018 cohort of parishes. They completed their plan just prior to the pandemic and have now updated and released their new evangelization-based plan. The plan builds on the four well-established pillars of the parish; To Build, To Believe, To belong and to Bear Witness. The Plan leverages the diversity of the St. Joseph community with a focus on celebrating diverse liturgies and feast days and identifying different groups in the community that are not being served by the parish to engage them. They have already begun to shift their faith formation model away from a classroom model to engaging family catechesis. They also hope to engage their parishioners in outreach that will connect their faith with service.
Click here to view St. Joseph Odenton’s plan.
St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Pastoral Plan – Know the Gift, Live the Gratitude
The Planning team at St. Alphonsus Rodriguez revised their 2018 Pastoral Plan to lead their parishioners to make missionary disciples in the Jesuit tradition. Their motto of “Know the Gift, Live the Gratitude” permeates their plan based on the six Core Mission Priorities as outlined by Archbishop Lori in his pastoral letter, Light Brightly Visible 2.0. The parish has already identified most of the lay leaders who will lead working groups to implement the plan. They have internally and externally focused goals for each of the Core Mission Priorities, and will focus on Welcome and Encounter in the first year of implementation. When sharing their plan with Archbishop Lori, he commented that this approach to evangelization was what he was hoping that parishes would embrace.
Click here to view St. Alphonsus Rodriguez’s plan.
Partnership in Mission plan for St. John, Long Green Valley
For the past two years, a group of about 15 parishioners and parish staff have been meeting to discuss specific ways that their “Partnership in Mission” building blocks of Vibrant Liturgy and Sacraments, Membership, Spiritual Maturity, Ministry, and Mission can be put into action at St. John the Evangelist parish in Long Green Valley. Their plan hinges on inviting their parishioners to:
- Commit to Vibrant Liturgy and the sacraments
- Commit to Membership
- Commit to Spiritual Maturity
- Commit to Ministry
- Commit to Mission
They are calling their parishioners to consider how God might be calling them to make this plan a reality and help them to achieve their vision. Click here to read the executive summary and the plan.
New Pastorate Plan Completed for St. John Columbia
St. John the Evangelist parish in Columbia began their planning efforts in November of 2019. The planning team wanted to build on the diversity of their parishioners and community by welcoming all, by serving the underserved, and by being a beacon of hope that fights injustice. They launched their plan with a revival this past fall. They are focusing their initial efforts on:
- Actively engaging diversity in their liturgy planning and celebrations seeking a more inclusive community
- Creating Outreach to Underserved Groups
- Incorporating into all programming a follow-up experience to seek continued engagement in parish life
- Strategically improving their planning and communications seeking to engage greater ownership and volunteerism in parish activities
Click here to read the plan!
New Pastorate Plans Completed for St. Leo Parish and Divine Mercy Parish
St. Leo Pastorate Plan
St. Leo, located in Little Italy in Baltimore, began their planning efforts in July of 2019. Their planning team focused on engaging their current parishioners and reaching out to those in the community and those attracted to the Italian heritage of the parish. They believed that the plan should focus on enhanced communication. To this end, they have hired a Communications director as a member of their small staff. They also want to build up strengths-based ministry, where people’s gifts are discerned as part of their call to different ministries in the parish. They also hope to build small faith-sharing groups, leveraging the groups that have been forming online during the pandemic and offering other gatherings in person. Click here to read the plan!
Divine Mercy Pastorate Plan
Divine Mercy began their evangelization-based planning process in 2018 under the leadership of their Director of Mission, Margie Meyers. The plan kept at the forefront the vision of missionary transformation that guides their strategies and implementation. Lay leadership was heavily involved and this plan is truly the work and inspiration of the people and the Holy Spirit. Some key areas of focus are:
- Strengthening the liturgies at all four of their worship sites
- Increasing their outreach to young adults (both in the community and at Frostburg)
- Forming and strengthening volunteers
- Developing their small faith sharing groups
You can read the plan here, and if you would like more information about their plan and process, please contact Margie Meyers or Fr. Ed Hendricks.