The Diocese invites adjoining parish communities to explore the possibilities of working together more closely, sharing gifts and resources in their pastoral care and outreach in the wider community. Collaboration allows parishes to realise goals and opportunities they could not achieve on their own, minimises duplication in pastoral life and activity, and provides compelling witness to our Church as a communion.
Parish priests, parish pastoral councils and ministry groups are encouraged to explore the opportunities of working together, across parishes, in areas including:
- the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) in which there are often smaller numbers of candidates and catechumens that could be enriched by one another’s faith and life experience;
- youth events and activities that bring together young people in a local area or deanery;
- social justice initiatives as a form of common witness to faith in the wider community;
- combined welcome and outreach campaigns, particularly at Easter and Christmas;
- shared faith formation events and social gatherings between parishes, minimising duplication;
- sacramental preparation and resource sharing where practical;
- other areas of pastoral life where working together can enable good outcomes.
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