COLLABORATION WITH NEIGHBORING PARISHES
In January 2011, Cardinal Seán O’Malley established an Archdiocesan Pastoral Planning Commission. The Planning Commission is a representative group of the archdiocesan community, including a bishop, pastors, deacons, religious, lay ecclesial ministers, parish staff, school personnel, parish council members, and parishioners who are raising families and working in the business world. In his letter of appointment to the members of the Commission the Cardinal stated, “The particular work of the commission will be to develop a recommendation for a pastoral plan for the Archdiocese that identifies the resources available for the foreseeable future and allocates these in a manner that will allow the mission of Christ and his Church to grow stronger in our Catholic community.”
Because of the centrality of the parish in Catholic life, the Planning Commission conducted extensive studies of the parishes in the archdiocese and led widespread consultations of all the faithful. These studies and consultations identified many serious challenges facing our parishes. Three challenges that are particularly noteworthy are the continuing decline in participation by Catholics in their parishes; fewer priests, religious, and trained laity available for parochial service; and an increasing number of parishes that are unable to sustain themselves financially.
For a complete explanation of the Collaborative effort in the Archdiocese of Boston, please see the Disciples in Mission website.
How does this affect St. Anthony Parish?
We can expect for our collaboration to begin in June 2019.