This plan results from the hard work of the Parish Council which met, prayed, discussed, argued and arrived at a consensus regarding what we need to do over the course of the next five years to grow stronger and better. As you read through the plan, you will notice it unfolds over five years with each year dedicated to a particular theme of parish life: evangelization, community, discipleship, ministry and worship.
Each year, our parish will work together on four goals within one of the themes of parish life mentioned above. All are aimed at making us the best parish we can be. This entire plan rests on the vision we proclaim that tells us why we exist as a parish: Divine Mercy is a welcoming community that inspires disciples to share God’s love and transform the world.
It's a bold vision. It’s big.
We have no desire to aspire to a small vision. A small vision will not take us where we want to go. And where we want to go is to be on mission with Jesus Christ. He himself is Good News for us and for the entire world.
We want to share that news with others. We want to be Good News for others. This five-year plan outlines how we will become that Good News, that welcoming community that inspires disciples to share God’s love and transform the world.
As you read through the plan, there are some concepts you need to understand. These things explain the thinking that went into the plan. The concepts are -
The Holy Spirit has been leading us to this moment. We are in this time and place for a reason. As the Popes over the past 50 years have expressed uniformly, we must go forth and proclaim the Gospel in new ways. It is an imperative of our personal journey as Catholics.
God is calling us to renew the Church for our children and their children, to commit fresh energy to Christ’s call, the same call he gave to St. Francis of Assisi 800 years ago, “Go and rebuild my Church.” In every age, Christ renews his Church and he will do so again through us. It’s our turn.
To read the plan in it's entirety, click here.
Year One: Evangelization,
Sharing the Good News
Year Two: Community
Year Three: Discipleship,
Year Four: Ministry,
Service and Outreach
Year Five: Worship
Frequently Asked Questions
Why were these particular five themes chosen as opposed to others?
Why isn't the school or Children's Ministry specifically mentioned in the plan?
Can we not address goals earlier than the year to which they are assigned?
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