Diocesan Pastoral Planning Update â Thanksgiving Weekend 2015

All 26 parishes and 26 missions of the Diocese completed the survey and sent it in. A number of parishes and missions noted in their reflections that they had found this survey process to be a very positive experience, that it had given them an opportunity to reflect on their faith community’s situation and to discuss how to move forward with more focus and enthusiasm. Many responses noted their faith communities were vibrant and healthy, with a large number of committed volunteers who were generously and enthusiastically involved in supporting and building up both the Church and the local community. While some communities expressed satisfaction with the involvement and participation of youth and young families, many others expressed concern over the “aging” of their congregation and volunteers and they wondered if a next generation will emerge in their communities willing to take over the support and maintenance of the local church.

In the next couple of weeks the Diocesan Pastoral Planning Advisory Committee will begin meeting to review together the results of the Survey. They will be seeking to discern how best to move forward with this Pastoral Planning Process at both the diocesan and the local level. Meanwhile some individual parishes and missions are moving forward locally with plans that came out of their discussion of the Survey’s reflection questions.

God in His goodness has blessed the people and the Church of this diocese in many ways, not least of those blessings being a deep faith and generous, loving spirit. The First Reading of today’s liturgy began with the words: “I prayed, and understanding was given to me; I called on God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.” (Wisdom 7: 7) As we continue in the celebration of this Thanksgiving weekend, let us do so with great gratitude to God for all His many gifts to us. And, as we continue on in this Diocesan Pastoral Planning Process, let us continue to do so with a trusting and prayerful spirit, asking God to bless us with the understanding and wisdom we need to discern His plan for us and to faithfully and joyfully implement it together.

Yours in Christ,

+Peter Hundt

Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador