Unified Pastoral Plan – Progress Report – June 2016
As announced in February of this year, our Pastoral Council formulated a Diocesan/St. Pius X Unified Pastoral Plan, based on an integration of the St. Pius X Parish Pastoral Plan with the Diocesan Framework for Pastoral Action: Discipleship, Evangelization and Charity. The UPP reveals not only the relationship between the plans, it also sets forth specific ways to fulfill common goals/aims.
In February we rolled out the UPP through our Commissions to our ministries. The good news is that having the plan in place has stimulated an examination of how we are working together to strengthen and fulfill our goals. Here is a sampling of what is already taking place.
PILLAR I – DISCIPLESHIP
Within the scope of Worship, Family Liturgy is a priority. Both the Faith Formation Commission and the School Board are discussing various approaches to reach this goal collaboratively. The challenge is to encourage parents to become involved. Children are more likely to participate if parents demonstrate the value of what is being asked of them.
Two new ministries have been established:
Men’s Group: Faith Sharing and Formation: This group meets weekly to encourage and build one another up in Christ through friendship and accountability; and to support one another in living out our vocations as Catholic men who are fathers, husbands, disciples in the work place, and servants in the church.
Contact: Mark Reznicek (630) 915-5954
Vocation Ministry: The work of the Vocation Ministry is to pray and to develop uplifting, encouraging, educational activities that create a fertile environment in which parishioners can discern God’s will in their lives, whether they are being called to the vocations of priesthood, religious life, marriage or the single life.
Contact: Ken LeBeau – (630) 818-6261 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Stewardship Council challenges parishioners to share their time, talent and treasure with the parish by:
- Encouraging involvement in ministries
- Providing a clearinghouse of ideas
- Promoting community life in the parish
- Coordinating the collection and distribution of materials to promote ministry involvement
- Facilitating the various annual appeals for time, talent and treasure
PILLAR II – EVANGELIZATION
The Elizabeth Ministry will conduct follow-ups with families of the newly baptized as well as with those who go through our RCIA program. It is important that we welcome and invite these individuals and families to become actively involved in parish life. Receiving the sacraments is only the beginning of their journey.
PILLAR III – CHARITY
The Pastoral Council reviewed the social outreach programs already in place within our Deanery to determine whether our parish might collaborate with one or more of them. While our parish currently ministers to those in need in various ways, the Council feels we are missing a ministry that directly addresses Justice and Peace.
Deacon Larry Lissak spoke with the Council to help them understand the true meaning of social justice as it applies to serving others, especially those in need. To help the Council think beyond the boundaries of how our parish currently serves in this area, he cited a number of resources such as the Diocese of Joliet Office of Human Dignity and Pontifical Mission Societies. The next step is to contact the Diocese to request a presentation.
The full text of the UPP is on the parish website: www.stpiuslombard.org or available from the Parish Office. If you’d like more information or wish to participate in any of the initiatives above – or if you have ideas to share with us, please contact the Parish Office at 630-627-4526 or email@example.com. Thank you.