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Monday, February 13, 2006
Planning for the future 12th Feb 2006

Cardinal Cormac has just published his “White Paper” concerning future parochial life of the diocese. Here are excerpts from his five priorities. There are a limited number of the full document in the Church porch.

Priority 1: The Call to Holiness, Prayer and the Eucharist

The first priority must be the universal call to holiness manifested in each one of us through a life of prayer & worship… I will be asking the Liturgy Commission to look at the provision of courses & resources for all involved in the liturgical life of a parish.

Priority 2: Formation of Adults and Young People

… formation of all the baptised for their mission of bearing witness to Jesus Christ. I wish to place special emphasis on formation for leadership and on formation for young people… People are looking for a deeper appreciation of the faith in order to communicate the reason for their hope to their neighbours and those with whom they work … in our ever changing world. … we must have a proper formation of lay people in their faith. …. A new Agency for Evangelisation … will begin by surveying … and then look at how to fill the gaps in provision.

Priority 3: Small Communities

The formation of small communities has been one of the fruits of At Your Word, Lord. ….. As Pope Benedict has indicated: “In the Church’s Liturgy, in her prayer, in the living community of believers, we experience the love of God, we perceive his presence and we thus learn to recognize that presence in our daily lives.”…. I have increasingly called the Diocese to be a ‘community of communities’. ….

Priority 4: Priesthood and Vocations

The priest is the spiritual leader of the people of the parish. He presides at the Eucharist and the other Sacraments. He preaches the Word of God … He is himself a sign of Christ by the example of faith and by the pastoral service that he gives. I am convinced that priests need to continue to renew their appreciation and their manner of celebrating the liturgy. …. More broadly, I would like us all to be involved in creating in the Diocese a stronger culture of vocations in the years ahead. I am asking the Vocations Director and his team to provide assistance … in order to foster vocations from the diverse communities within the Diocese.

Priority 5: Structures for Participation, Change and Accountability….

One element of renewal must be to provide for increased participation, collaboration and accountability in our diocesan mission. …. Each parish should have a parish council/team …. who are regularly consulted by the parish priest in relation to the history, the life, the structure of the parish, its resources and its mission….

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