New pastoral plan identifies parishes as the key to community life

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New pastoral plan identifies parishes as the key to community life

Active involvement in Catholic life is an important feature of the new pastoral plan for the Archdiocese of Hobart.

After 18 months of consultation, Archbishop Julian recently released the plan entitled Christ, our Joy and Hope, at a special Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral in Hobart.

Parish representatives, priests, religious and laypeople were in attendance for the launch of the document.

Archbishop Julian said he hoped everyone would find something relevant to them in the plan, which was aimed at providing a vision and establishing priorities and directions for the diocese.

“What I’m hoping for the plan is that people will take it up, read it, reflect upon it, and that they will see aspects of the plan that have relevance [and] value to themselves,” Archbishop Julian said.

A draft of the plan was distributed to parishes last year for discussion and consultation, with close to 140 responses received from parishes and individuals from across Tasmania.

A report outlining the collated responses was then presented to clergy and pastoral associates at the Pastoral Conference, held in Hobart, in October 2014.

The final 26 page document touches on many important aspects of Catholic life including the essential role of parishes, Catholic schools and clergy.

Archbishop Julian said parishes, especially parish councils, were of principal importance to the plan.

The plan identified parishes as “the heart of Catholic life within a diocese” and as places where Catholics come together as a community, to celebrate the Sacraments and Mass.

Archbishop Julian said he was particularly eager for parish councils to look over the plan and reflect on their needs and future direction.

He also said that each parish may have a unique connection to the plan.

“The plan is a way of people seeing where we are going, seeing some things we’re trying to achieve, and [for parishioners] to see a way that they can make a contribution to it,” Archbishop Julian said.

“So the plan is not prescriptive, or about what can be achieved in a certain space of time.”

Printed copies of the plan will be delivered to parishes in the coming weeks or an on-line version can be viewed here.

The Mass also coincided with a procession and blessing of a statue of San Carlo Borromeo, following  the Feast Day of San Carlo Borromeo on November 4.