Pastorate planning has looked very different over the past year, especially in the last six months! Find out what the 2019 cohort has been up to and how they have successfully navigated pastorate planning in a pandemic. Also in the newsletter you will find information about nominating your pastorate for the 2020 cohort, testimony from those who have taken up pastorate planning about the positive effect it has had, and ideas for how to get your pastorate headed on a path of missionary discipleship even if you have not been activated for planning.
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.
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.
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.
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)