Each Family of Parishes will follow the Pastoral Planning Pathway to guide its future. This Pathway will assist each Family in creating a pastoral plan for the parishes in the Family, articulating how they will live out the six Beacons principles and abide by each of the parameters, all aimed towards vital, mission-driven parish life within the Family of Parishes and ultimately, as one canonical parish.
Conformity to canon law & the Vatican instruction on parishes “The pastoral conversion of the parish community in the service of the evangelizing mission of the Church.” (2020)
Grounded in prayerful discernment.
A theology of Families of Parishes grounded in Church teaching, including Evangelii Gaudium and Journeying Together.
Pastoral planning within the Family of Parishes supports vocational discernment and supports family life as the “domestic church”.
Co-responsibility among ordained and lay ministers within the Family for planning.
Coordination among Families within the deanery, led by the dean.
A Planning Team in each Family (led by the pastor) to oversee the planning process.
Included on the principle/focus area pages are each of the following:
Things also included in the platform for each principle/focus area: