Pastoral Planning - St. Isidore
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Fr. Walter's Update - January 20, 2013
Earlier this month, the Archdiocese of Boston announced the twelve parish groupings (aka collaboratives) that would be in Phase One of the new pastoral planning initiative. Upon learning that our collaborative (St. Elizabeth and St. Isidore parishes) was not among them, many parishioners have wondered what that means and where it leaves us. Here are some reflections.
Fr. Walter's Update - December 23, 2012
Dear Parishioners of St. Elizabeth of Hungary and St. Isidore parishes,
Bp.-Elect Robert Deeley, Vicar General, recently announced a procedure for appointing pastors to the collaboratives or
This approach gives the Cardinal a freer hand in deciding who will be responsible for each collaborative and establishes one
Some background might help as you think about all this. My position as administrator of St. Isidore Parish entails no tenure or right to become its pastor. My term as pastor of St. Elizabeth Parish expired nine years ago, and my continuance in that office has been at the pleasure of the archbishop. Since I’ve been literally one telephone call away from a transfer for some time now, submitting a resignation doesn’t really change these “facts on the ground.” In addition, official actions toward our two parishes and me all seem to have envisioned the long term. So, while I could still be transferred and someone else made pastor of the new SIP/SEOH collaborative, I don’t think that scenario is very likely. We shall see.
This news will elicit many responses and feelings. Neither parish needs the insecurity or uncertainty that this procedure
Finally, the Cardinal and his advisors recognize that input from parishioners must have a place in their deliberations on so
As always, let us walk together in faith, hope, charity, and in the peace of Christ,
Planning for one priest serving St. Elizabeth of Hungary and St. Isidore parishes (12/23/2012)
As all are aware, the number of priests available for service in our parishes continues to decline. As a result, there is likely to come a time when the archdiocese is able to assign only one priest to serve both St. Elizabeth of Hungary and St. Isidore parishes. Although we don't know when that day will arrive, prudence suggests that we prepare now for that unwelcome but probably inevitable development. I have brought this matter to joint meetings of both parish pastoral councils. After a thorough discussion and with their support, I have assembled a committee of parishioners to examine the challenges that we face and make recommendations. The members are: Charlie Corley, Tom Moroney, Patricia Noone, Joyce Pinney, and Ed Reverdy from St. Isidore's and Melinda Donovan, Diahne Goodwin, Owen Neville, Cathy Rudolph, and Steve Ryan from St. Elizabeth's. The committee and I will have our first meeting early in the new year. At that time I will set forth my own outlook and some expectations. Above all, I will ask the members to do their work prayerfully and with the generosity, wisdom, and charity that distinguish brothers and sisters in Christ.
Parish Open Meeting: April 25, 2012 - 7-9PM in the Church Hall
Our parish open meeting will be held in the Church Hall on Wednesday evening, April 25th. We will start by outlining the history and main points of the proposal for strengthening the Church's mission in Boston.
This proposal was developed for the whole Archdiocese by the Archdiocesan Pastoral Planning Commission (APPC) under the direction of Fr. David Couturier, OFM who heads the Office of Pastoral Planning for the Archdiocese of Boston.
We will poll all present on these main points. We will then present the proposed collaboration of St. Isidore with St. Elizabeth of Hungary and poll all present on a few aspects of that proposal. Then there will be a time for open questions and comments.
To prepare yourself for the meeting you can see the one page outline of the proposal here.
If you have specific questions about St. Isidore's with regard to the APPC plan, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
January 28, 2012
As was mentioned at the end of the masses this weekend, what is being reported on in the media starting back in December and most recently this past week is a proposal that is in the process of being reviewed and commented on by a wide circle of Catholics in the Archdiocese.
First of all here is what this is NOT:
It IS a proposal that came from a process that started in this form back in 2006. At that time, the Cardinal commissioned a group to study how to strengthen the Archdiocese. They produced a report in May 2007 that identified 10 or so models and recommended that these be studied and a proposal crafted. In 2009 the Cardinal hired Fr. David Couturier to head up this effort in the office of Pastoral Planning. After much research and study by the Pastoral Planning Office, the Cardinal convened the Archdiocesan Pastoral Planning Commission (APPC) to propose a plan for review at all levels of the Archdiocese.
What is being reviewed at the current time (and what papers are reporting on) is this proposed plan.
If you have questions or comments, please email the parish at email@example.com.
If you are interested in the progress of the process, please keep checking disciplesinmission.com periodically. You should especially check it when you read something or someone tells you something about the process to make sure you are getting the correct story.