15: Review of Parish Plans
Parish continues establishing details for Parish Plan for next 36 months
29: Parish Council/Pastor submits draft of Parish Plan to Protopresbyter for review
Census data gathered at each liturgy every weekend
15: Protopresbyter, in consultation with the Bishop, approves Parish Plans
31: Revisions due to Protopresbyter, if necessary
15: Parish Plans finalized and approval documented
Parish Plans reviewed: July 15, October 15, & January 15
March and October annual census data collected
Parishes continue to plan 36 months into the future
Pastoral Plan reviewed and revised annually
The Eparchial Pastoral Plan, put forth by Bishop John in October 2014, is a guiding vision for the Eparchy of Parma. The Pastoral Plan is based on four priorities and ten goals supporting those priorities:Priorities
Strengthening participation in Sacramental Practice
Assisting in the understanding of and on-going formation of Vocation
Establishing our Parishes as vibrant centers of hope and evangelization
Across the eparchy 1,000 adult and 50 teen parishioners will improve their understanding of basic Christian teaching from a Byzantine Catholic perspective.
Across the eparchy 50 parishioners will become more involved in various roles of leadership and/or service.
Increase average Sunday Liturgy participation by 10% across the eparchy.
Increase encouragement of and opportunity for participation in the holy mystery of repentance.
Improve singing of liturgical chant in each parish.
Initiate programs to promote teaching of and support for traditional marriage in each parish.
Increase support of priests, deacons and monastics in their on-going formation and wellness.
Evaluate vitality and future of all parishes and missions with plans for restructuring and re-configuration.
Each parish participates in an annual pilgrimage to a shrine or hosting parish.
Strengthen financial position of eparchy and parishes.
Each parish in the eparchy has the responsibility to develop a Parish Plan that supports the priorities and goals. Plans will differ among parishes, each bringing their own resources, talents, strengths and weaknesses to the process.
Also important are key strategies to be utilized for the implementation of goals.
Invest in our clergy and lay leaders to maximize their God-given potential.
Share models and resources to provide guidance and support for local ministry.
Communicate with the parishes and with the world at large.
Leverage technology to expand our reach and improve collaboration.