For the past year, the Diocesan Pastoral Council, comprised of parishioners from across the Diocese of Joliet, has been developing a comprehensive pastoral plan. “This type of plan is not focused on our financial or strategic needs,” explains Bishop R. Daniel Conlon. “Instead, it looks at ways for us to build community and to strengthen faith. In fact, it delineates, as well as we can, how Christ and the Holy Spirit are fulfilling their mission through us here and now.”
Through numerous workshops, surveys, and group discussion sessions, a planning group within the Diocesan Pastoral Council has pinpointed a few key pastoral topics that need more input from all parishioners in the Diocese. Some of the topics being explored are:
Increasing participation in Christian life.
Strengthening all aspects of married family life.
Identify and develop leaders, especially within the multicultural and multilingual communities in our parishes.
Demonstrate that teens and young adults are a valued part of our Church community.
Build collaboration and coordination between parish communities and within the whole Diocese.
Build collaboration and coordination between parish communities.
In order to reach these goals, the pastoral planning group is asking for your input. An online survey has been set up at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ActionsIdeasto gather your suggestions. In addition, members of the Diocesan Pastoral Council will be conducting forums organized in churches around the Diocese to gather comments in a face-to-face setting. Locations will be announced soon, but you can take the survey immediately.
Please participate in this endeavor to carry out the work that Christ has given to us as faithful Catholics. Let us “go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.”