Posts Tagged ‘Closing parishes’

Parishes: Leadership and other issues associated with clustering and mergers

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021
Brendan Daly

Today the most common experience of church and Christian community is in a parish. In many dioceses and archdioceses, parishes are being clustered into pastoral areas,2 and often the number of Masses in these pastoral areas is being rationalised and timed so that it is easier for neighbouring priests to celebrate Masses in the other Read more

Parish communities are greater than the parish priest

Thursday, August 20th, 2020
martinborough catholics

I am frustrated by the Vatican’s recent instruction on “The pastoral conversion of the parish community in the service of the evangelizing mission of the church,” issued on July 20. At first, the document evokes an expansive vision of parish transformation by citing Pope Francis’ call for “creativity” in “seeking how best to proclaim the Read more