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Ideal parish

Ideal parish



Saturday 3rd July Heythrop

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    • Parish Mission
      Research to make a difference to your work
    • Last week
      Some considerations of Parish
      Parish Mission
      Research projects
      Small research project
      More on
      The Ideal Parish?
      Research Methods
      What precisely you are being asked to do
      Beginning the process of doing it!
      This week
    • What is your mission?
      What do you aim to do for the evangelising mission of the Church through the work you do?
      Write a concise
      (max three sentence) “Mission Statement” for your own ministry
    • Ideal Parish
    • Ideal Parish?
    • Is my Parish Ideal?
    • It is essentially the parish which gives the Church concrete life, so that she may be open to all. Whatever its size, it is not merely an association. It must be a home where members of the Body of Christ gather together, open to meeting God…
      The parish institution is meant to provide the church’s great services: prayer in common and the reading of God’s Word, celebrations, especially that of the Eucharist, catechesis for children and the adult catachumenate, the ongoing formation of the faithful, communications designed to make the Christian message known, services of charity and solidarity and the local work of movements.
      25th January 1997 Ad Liminavisit of French Bishops
    • Parish is where:
      Principles become practices;
      Body of Christ is open to God, the Holy Trinity;
      The Churches services are provided:
      Service of Neighbour (Charity and Solidarity)
      A Community where God’s gifts are received, and where the baptised generously make their response of faith, hope and love to the call of the Gospel
    • A Philosophical/theological interlude
      The ‘Ideal’
      Ethics: Universal principles or values which one pursues as goals
      Plato: The non-material abstract true forms which the things we directly perceive are but shadows
    • A Philosophical/theological inerlude
      The ‘Ideal Parish’
      Ethics: Universal principles or values which one pursues as parish goals?
      The general vision which inspires specific action
      Plato: The non-material abstract true forms of Parish?
      That eschatological culmination of Christian Community
    • No Sacraments
      Constant Presence of the Lamb
      No committees
      No social problems
      No Catechesis
      No Parishes!
    • No Parish is ideal
      : living as an alien: temporary dwelling in exile, Pilgrim
      All Parishes are local not universal
      All Parishes are specific not general
      Specific geographical territories
      Specific collective of peoples, community of faith
      Specific location in time and history
      Specific needs, possibilities and priorities
      Play the hand you are dealt
    • One Non-ideal Parish
    • One Non-ideal Parish
      Shadows of the ideal
      Priest (Bishop) celebrates Mass (nearly) daily, visits sick, hears confessions, contacts with schools, teaches, represents the Church at Public events, etc., etc.
      No deacon(s), no ‘Parish Sister’, no Lay Pastoral Worker
      Finance Committee and Parish Pastoral Council
      Trained Catechists and helpers: Children’s Liturgy, First Communion. Confirmation, RCIA
      No one except PP for Baptism, Marriage Prep
      Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Sacristans
      Parish secretary/parish office
      Cleaners, flower arrangers, handymen etc.
      SVP and parish visitors/befrienders
    • One Non-ideal Parish
      Shadows of the ideal
      Justice and Peace: FairTrade, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Eco-Congregation
      Prayer Groups: Meditation, Rosary, Charismatic
      No Liturgy group or faithful preparing prayers of the faithful
      Regular Small faith sharing groups and adult formation
      Ecumenical and Inter-faith
      Churches Together in Hatfield folded 2009
      Local Community Forums and Volunteers
      APF Local Secretary and International Solidarity
      No Evangelisation team.
      Limited number of people willing and able to do important things
      Youth Provision
      Difficulty in Parking
    • Parish in Canon Law
      CIC 515 §1 Certain portion of the Christian faithful
      Stably established
      entrusted to a Pastor
      Can. 517 §1. When circumstances require it, the pastoral care of a parish or of different parishes together can be entrusted to several priests in solidum
      CIC 518 General rule is to be territorial
      Can. 526 §1. A pastor is to have the parochial care of only one parish; nevertheless, because of a lack of priests or other circumstances, the care of several neighbouring parishes can be entrusted to the same pastor.
      CIC 528 §2. The pastor is to see to it that the Most Holy Eucharist is the centre of the parish assembly of the faithful.
    • Parish in Canon Law
      Can. 529 §1. … a pastor is to strive to know the faithful entrusted to his care.
      Therefore he is:
      to visit families, to help the sick, particularly those close to death,
      to seek out the poor, the afflicted, the lonely, those exiled from their country, and similarly those weighed down by special difficulties.
      He is to work so that spouses and parents are supported in fulfilling their proper duties and is to foster growth of Christian life in the family.
    • Parish in Canon Law
      CIC 529 §2. A pastor is to recognize and promote the proper part which the lay members of the Christian faithful have in the mission of the Church,
      He is to cooperate with his own bishop and the presbyterium of the diocese,
      also working so that the faithful have concern for parochial communion, consider themselves members of the diocese and of the universal Church, and participate in and sustain efforts to promote this same communion.
    • Parish in Canon Law
      Can. 535 §1. Each parish is to have parochial registers
      Can. 536 §1. If the diocesan bishop judges it opportune … a pastoral council is to be established in each parish
      Can. 537 In each parish there is to be a finance council
      Can. 781 Since the whole Church is by its nature missionary and the work of evangelization must be held as a fundamental duty of the people of God, all the Christian faithful, conscious of their responsibility, are to assume their part in missionary work.
    • A Parish:
      Is a Community of Christ’s faithful
      In a particular territory
      With a Pastor
      Who celebrates sacraments
      Connects to wider Diocese and World Church
      Encourages lay ministries
      and supports Bishops and other priests
      Has Finance Committee (and Parish Council)
      Keeps records
      Is missionary
      Parish in Canon Law
    • Some New Testament Concepts
    • Some New Testament Concepts
      Participation in Divine and human Community
      of neighbour
      of church
      of world
      Proclamation of the Good News
      Making new Christians
    • Research Methods
    • What do you want from your research?
      What context/situation needs examining?
      What is the background in existing thinking (literature review etc.)
      What information do you want to find out?
      What learning are you seeking?
      What questions do you need to ask?
      How do you need to ask them?
    • Some useful tools
      There are many organisations and businesses offering online surveys
      Many will offer a limited free basic service (and hope customers will be so impressed they subscribe)
      And others