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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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
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?”
= 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.
= Decisions relate to goals and objectives: a set of measureable proposed actions that assist in goal achievement
- “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
+ 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
+ provide directions for the future
+ provide corrective measures
PARISHES: HOLY CROSS & SACRED HEART, OLD HARBOUR
Captured in the form of a mission statement of the parish.
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 . . .”
Goals and the related measurable objectives were constructed using the seven essential elements of parish ministry:
Goal: A two year goal established (2008-2010)
Four objectives were constructed in the following areas:
= Stewardship and Evangelization
= Community Building
After a TOWS analysis (Threats leading to Opportunities & Weaknesses leading to Strengths) Holy Cross recognised several weaknesses in the following areas:
= 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
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.
+ 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
= Team and collaborative approach to ministries that involve the 7 elements of parish life. For example, liturgical team, catechetical team, Service team.
Embarked on a pastoral analysis of the parish: Strengths and Weaknesses
= 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
+ 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
= 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
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
= Introduction of Catechetical Ministry Fair and registration on Catechetical Sunday
= Increase enrollment of candidates in each programme
= Catechetical section in Sunday bulletin
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
+ 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
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
+ 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
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
Sacred Heart, Old Harbour
No detail evaluation offered.