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)
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.