Reaching Out to the Religiously Unaffiliated
This video of Bishop Robert Barron speaking at the USCCB Plenary Assembly is suggested as an additional resource in week one. Please find the video linked below to play or download for your convenience.
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The Diocesan pastoral letter and plan were promulgated on February 6, 2021, at St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia, Missouri.
Using the teachings of the Church, especially from the Second Vatican Council and Pope Francis, our diocese is embarking on a pastoral plan to help our communities deepen their ability to engage in charity and mercy, embrace a stewardship spirituality, and empower an understanding of the co-responsibility of laity and clergy in this effort. As Pope Francis wrote in Evangelii Gaudium, "The parish is not an outdated institution; precisely because it possesses great flexibility, it can assume quite different contours depending on the openness and missionary creativity of the pastor and the community. While certainly not the only institution which evangelizes, if the parish proves capable of self-renewal and constant adaptivity, it continues to be ‘the Church living in the midst of the homes of her sons and daughters.’”
Tools and Resources
Data offers one touchpoint for discernment in pastoral planning. These studies and indexes can be of assistance to pastors and their lay collaborators.
Priestly Personnel Projections
The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) analyzed the demographics of priests in our diocese and provided projections regarding the number of active priests in the future. Learn how CARA came to the estimate that the number of priests available for active service is projected to be somewhere between 39 and 65 in seven years ... and more.
Social Health Indexes
There are several sources to help you in assessing the social health of your communities. These include:
These documents are referenced in our diocesan pastoral planning resources and can be found in their entirety via the links below.
- Pope Francis: “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”)
- Second Vatican Council: “Apostolicam Actuositatem” (“Apostolate of the Laity”)
- Second Vatican Council: “Gaudium et Spes” (“Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World”)
- Second Vatican Council: “Lumen Gentium” (“Dogmatic Constitution on the Church”)
- US Conference of Catholic Bishops: Stewardship: “A Disciple’s Response, a Pastoral Letter on Stewardship, Tenth Anniversary Edition”