5 Phases of Renew My Church grouping process based on lessons from other dioceses and
Preparation Ensuring parish leaders can begin a planning phase
spiritually prepared and confident in their abilities to
shepherd their people through a difficult change
Discernment & Ensuring significant local input and ownership exists
Decisions in a process that faces realities and reaches
Transitions - Supporting parishes through a difficult transition in a
Accompaniment way that respects and values the past while instilling
**(We are here)** a spirit of hopefulness about the future.
We have begun the “Transitions and Accompaniment” phase in the RMC process. “Supporting parishes through a difficult transition in a way that respects and values the past while instilling a spirit of hopefulness about the future”. LeRoy Chalmers, the facilitator in our RMC process, and the staff from St. Bernardine, met virtually on Thursday, April 8, to discuss this process. Carol Palmer, the Human Resources representative for our Vicariate, was also present. (Both LeRoy and Carol will meet with the staff of St. Luke on April 15). The Operational Transition phase will include the following: streamlining financial operations, creating new leadership teams (Pastoral Council, Finance Council), and creating viable and sustainable facility plans.
The first step, “Onboarding” will include the following:
Transitions - Providing on-the-ground operating support for
Operations parishes and groupings transitioning to new models.
Building the Support the grouping in developing collaborative
New Reality pastoral plans to form vital parishes and make
A Prayer For “Renew My Church”
Lord Jesus, you speak to us today, as you spoke to holy men and women who have gone before us.
In every age and in our own time, you call to us and say: Renew My Church. Pour out the gift of your Holy Spirit upon us, and so enable us
to hear you clearly
to listen to each other attentively
to imagine our future boldly
to discern your direction wisely
to persevere in your holy will courageously
to stay together in charity
to surrender our own plans readily
to embrace the greater good
to hand on your gifts to future generations.
May we remain in the holy company of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the apostles and all the saints. May their example and presence inspire us with patient confidence in the work of your grace.
We ask this of you who live and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen