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A Pastoral Planning Experience for Parishes

Pastoral Planning
Key Contacts

Parish Pastoral Services Liaison
Denise Barnes
573-635-9127, ext. 246

Consultant, Diocesan Communications
Helen Osman
573-635-9127, ext. 232



Alphonse J. Schwartze Catholic Center
2207 West Main St.
Jefferson City, MO 65109-4900

Additional Resources

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.


Simply click the link above, and click "Download" in the gray box beneath the video.

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 As Pope Francis wrote in Evangelii Gaudium, "The parish is not an outdated institution; precisely because it possesses great flexibility, it can assume quite different contours depending on the openness and missionary creativity of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.’”

EG No.28

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.

One means to determine the strength of our stewardship spirituality is by considering the sacramental engagement in our parishes. Please find your relevant indexes below for download.

Sacramental Indexes By Deanery: