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A DEMONSTRATION ON HOW TO APPROACH THE SYNOD QUESTIONS. OBJECTIVES OF THIS EXERCISE. Objective One: The Theory = To understand the meaning of the synod questions Objective Two: The Practicum = To demonstrate its application by using two parish synod reports.

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A demonstration on how to approach the synod questions

ADEMONSTRATIONON HOW TO APPROACH THE SYNODQUESTIONS


Objectives of this exercise

OBJECTIVES OF THIS EXERCISE

Objective One: The Theory

= To understand the meaning of the synod questions

Objective Two: The Practicum

= To demonstrate its application by using two parish synod reports


The philosophy of questions

THE PHILOSOPHY OF QUESTIONS

Significance of a question: A methodology provision to achieve a particular goal

Example: The structure of two different questions point to two separate outcomes

+ Question 1: “What is your name?”

+ Question 2: “What is your full name?”


Philosophy of questions

PHILOSOPHY OF QUESTIONS

  • Question 1: Gives the responder an option to provide a portion of or the persons full name

  • Question 2: Requires the responder to give name in entirety.

  • Conclusion: If question is about method, then the manner of framing the question determines outcome


Bernard lonergan says

Bernard Lonergan says,

  • “Method is not a set of rules to be followed meticulously by a dolt. It is a framework for collaborative creativity. It would outline the various clusters of operations to be performed . . .when. . . go[ing] about. . . various tasks.”

  • The purpose of the Synod questionnaire is meant exactly this – “ a framework for collaborative creativity.”


Implications

IMPLICATIONS

  • Need to understand the nature of the questions

  • Need to respect the framework of the question and respond appropriately

  • If in doubt about a question, need to seek clarification

  • Need to respect the sequence of the questionnaire


An analysis of the synod questions

AN ANALYSIS OF THE SYNOD QUESTIONS


An analysis of question 1

AN ANALYSIS OF QUESTION 1

  • What broad direction did you set to achieve the Synod Initiatives . . .?

    = Having identified the Synod Initiatives, reflect on an overarching visionthat serves as a guide. Generally, mission

    statement expresses an institution’s vision or broad direction.


Analysis of question 2

ANALYSIS OF QUESTION 2

  • How were you able to execute your decisions . . .?

    = Decisions relate to goals and objectives: a set of measureable proposed actions that assist in goal achievement


Analysis of questions 3 4

ANALYSIS OF QUESTIONS 3 & 4

  • What have you done in the past two years to give sustainability to your targeted activities. . .?

  • Were you able to put the right people in the right areas to drive the activities forward?

    - “Sustainability” and “drive” points:

    * organizational structure of the parish

    * methods, frequency and lines of communication

    * clear understanding of roles and responsibilities

    * formation and on-going formation in preparation to be drivers of objectives

    * Planning, execution and evaluation

    * method of discernment


Analysis of questions 5 6 7

ANALYSIS OF QUESTIONS5,6,7

  • These questions relate to evaluation.

  • Evaluation serves the following purposes:

    + To measure qualitative and quantitative growth

    + To assess strengths and weaknesses

    + To be able to adjust objectives and goals

    + To objectively judge the reality with the least amount of bias


Analysis of questions 5 6 71

ANALYSIS OF QUESTIONS5,6,7

+ provide directions for the future

+ provide corrective measures


Parish pastoral models

PARISH PASTORAL MODELS

OF

TWO

PARISHES: HOLY CROSS & SACRED HEART, OLD HARBOUR


Broad directions

BROAD DIRECTIONS

HOLY CROSS

Captured in the form of a mission statement of the parish.

  • “Inspired by our encounter with Jesus Christ, our mission is to understand, accept and practise stewardship as a way of life leading to a deeper sense of belonging and evangelization by our faith community”


Broad direction

BROAD DIRECTION

SACRED HEART

Captured in the form of a mission statement of the parish.

“We, the Sacred Heart Community, Old Harbour empowered by the Holy Spirit, called to be faithful in proclaiming the Word of God, knit together God’s people . . .”


Decision goals objectives

DECISION – GOALS & OBJECTIVES

HOLY CROSS

Goals and the related measurable objectives were constructed using the seven essential elements of parish ministry:

= Evangelization

= Worship

= Service

= Community

= Catechesis


Decesion goals objectives

DECESION – GOALS & OBJECTIVES

= Leadership

= Service

= Stewardship


Decision goals objectives1

DECISION – GOALS & OBJECTIVES

SACRED HEART

Goal: A two year goal established (2008-2010)

Four objectives were constructed in the following areas:

= Stewardship and Evangelization

= Community Building

= Catechesis

= Outreach


Sustainability

SUSTAINABILITY

HOLY CROSS

After a TOWS analysis (Threats leading to Opportunities & Weaknesses leading to Strengths) Holy Cross recognised several weaknesses in the following areas:


Holy cross

HOLY CROSS

= organizational structure of the parish

= methods, frequency and lines of communication

= clear understanding of roles and responsibilities

= formation and on-going formation in preparation to be drivers of objectives

= Planning, execution and evaluation

= method of discernment


Holy cross1

HOLY CROSS

Solution: to ensure “sustainability” and suitable “drivers”

= Development of the Pastoral Model related to the unique position and situation of the church

= Amendment of Parish Pastoral Council Constitution in light of the Pastoral Model

= Investment in laity formation

+ Quarterly liturgical workshops

+ Enrolment of students at St. Michael’s

+ Enrolment of students at CIJ

+ Participation in annual stewardship conf.


Holy cross2

HOLY CROSS

+ Investment in Parish Pastoral Periodicals

+ Adult faith Update

= Quarterly meetings with executive members of ministries and organizations

= Execution of a parish census

= Quarterly report of parish finance

= Representatives of the 7 elements of parish life sits on the Parish Pastoral Council

= Use of bulletin to communicate with parishioners on the life and mission of the community


Holy cross3

HOLY CROSS

= Team and collaborative approach to ministries that involve the 7 elements of parish life. For example, liturgical team, catechetical team, Service team.


Sustainability1

SUSTAINABILITY

SACRED HEART

Embarked on a pastoral analysis of the parish: Strengths and Weaknesses


Sustainability2

SUSTAINABILITY

SACRED HEART

= Laity formation

+ Seminars,Conferences and Days of recollection in the vicariate

+ Ongoing formation for evangelizers and catechists

= Establishment of Parish Organizational Structure: Parish priest, pastoral team, parish pastoral council, finance council, school, and the lines of communication among themselves


Sacred heart

SACRED HEART

+ Pastoral Team: One person responsible to a pastoral minsitry – Worship, Catechesis, Service, temporalities and Youth.

- Ministry covered

- Roles and function

- Accountability to whom

- Tenure of office

- Programme of activities


Sacred heart1

SACRED HEART

= Development of a pastoral plan that consist of four phases:

+ Phase 1: Identifying the data

+ Phase 2: Development process

+ Phase 3: Consolidation Process

+ Phase 4: Celebration


Evaluation

EVALUATION

HOLY CROSS

Question 5: Catechesis – Based on the measurable objectives the parish achieved the following:

= Introduction of Adult Faith Update

= Restructuring of Catechetical programme

= Increasing the number of catechists

= Formation programme for new catechists


Holy cross4

HOLY CROSS

= Introduction of Catechetical Ministry Fair and registration on Catechetical Sunday

= Increase enrollment of candidates in each programme

= Catechetical section in Sunday bulletin


Holy cross5

HOLY CROSS

Question 5: Evangelization

= Objectives achieved

+ Representatives attend diocesan workshop

+ Emphasis on evangelization component in: Street people min.,Health and wellness min., St. Vincent de Paul min.

+ Increase interests groups and neighbouring businesses in attendance to Eucharist


Holy cross6

HOLY CROSS

+ Use of electronic media to broadcast

services and mass

= Objectives unachieved

+ Improved ecumenical relations with neighbouring churches

+ Structured evangelization programme for the parish

+ Insufficient outreach to the people who converge or passing through the cross road of Half-Way-Tree


Evaluation1

EVALUATION

  • Question 6: Obstacles

    Evangelization & Catechesis

    + Expensive Catechetical materials

    + Difficulty in raising awareness

    + Difficulty in breaking persons out of a spiritual comfort zone

    + Distraction of materialism, consumerism and other competing factors such as school or work


Holy cross7

HOLY CROSS

+ Multiple involvement of parishioners in non-ecclesial activities, but humanitarian such as Kiwanis, Lions clubs etc.

+ Traffic congestion: Accessibility to the Church for pastoral activities is challenging.

+ No full-time members of our pastoral team including the pastor


Evaluation2

EVALUATION

  • Question 7:

    No specific group targeted.

    However efforts are made to increase the awareness of Stewardship – Living and Witnessing for Jesus (theme of Year 2 of Stewardship Year) among the following groups:

    + Young Adults

    + Children, eg. Special collection envelops

    + Youths


Evaluation3

EVALUATION

Sacred Heart, Old Harbour

No detail evaluation offered.


Conclusion

CONCLUSION

  • “THE ART OF DISCERNMENT IS LIKE THE SKILL OF MOUNTAIN CLIMBING. YOU STUDY CAREFULLY THE PATH AND ITS SURROUNDINGS BY ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. SATISFIED . . . ONE PLOTS A DIRECTION AND AIM FOR THE MOUNTAIN TOP”


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