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The Journey So Far!

In 2020 we undertook a major survey which we called 1000 voices, some 1700 people took part, and we received a great deal of insight into what was important to you concerning the Church and faith. We asked our clergy to take part in reviews by pastoral areas about what was working well and what needed to change, and this was shared at a gathering of clergy over two days last November. We have also heard from over 3000 people as part of the most recent synodal process.

All of this feedback has helped us to develop some emerging priorities which will eventually underpin the strategy. Bishop Philip and Heather Hauschild (chief operating officer) are now going out to different parts of the diocese to talk to parishioners about the challenges we face and to test out what this may all mean. They have already been to the Isle of Wight, to Guernsey and Jersey and each of these meetings have been lively occasions where the commitment and love for the Lord and His Church has shone through. The Diocesan Pastoral Council also met in March to look at some of the detail and many of the central teams across the diocese have also taken part.

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Let Us Dream: The Diocese of 2032 - A Ten Year Plan

Our fundamental aims are:

  • To build Christ-centred parishes, devoted to the Lord and passionate about proclaiming His Good News of the gospel to the world
  • To ensure we are responsibly using the Church’s human and material resources in service of that mission
  • To ensure that the programmes and initiative we are beginning will be sustainable in the long-term.

To help us plan for the future we have identified the following priorities and discerned what outcomes we would would like to see. Take a look.

To help us plan for the future we have identified the following priorities and discerned what outcomes we would would like to see. Take a look.

CHRIST AT THE CENTRE: Liturgy & Prayer

Outcomes for 2032

holyspirit

Dependence

True Dependence on the Holy Spirit for our hope in the future and inspiration in all our work will require us to priorities above all else

prayer

Prayer

A radical recommitment to Our Lord Jesus Christ in prayer, without with none of our works and efforts will bear lasting fruit

mass

Mass

Worthy participation and celebration of the Holy Mass reaffirming the source and summit of our lives

catechesis

Catechesis

Renewal of sacramental life including reconciliation with the Lord through inspiring catechesis

devotion

Devotion

Nourishing devotional life so that we truly become a Church at prayer

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:4-5

Vibrant & Welcoming MISSIONARY PARISHES

Outcomes for 2032

As a diocese, parishes and schools we will:

welcome

Welcome

All will feel welcomed, known, cared for and part of the parish community

home parish

Home

Strangers and seekers will feel at home in our churches

support parish

Support

Our parishes will be known as places of support and encouragement for the young, the old, and everyone in between

valued parish

Valued

All will be valued for the varied gifts, talents. and experiences they bring

nurture parish

Nurture

The social life of the community will nurture a positive relationships with Jesus and with each other

So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another

Romans 12:5

CHURCH WITHOUT WALLS: Charity, Outreach & Creation

Outcomes for 2032

As a diocese, parishes and schools we will

need mission

Respond to Need

Clearly identify and understand the needs Or people in our local areas who are lonely with affliction, and be moved to respond

visible mission

Be Visible

Be visible within our local communities in providing support to the poor and marginalised

workothers mission

Work With Others

Work well with other faith communities and outside agencies to help those in need

creation

Care for Creation

Encourage care for creation to realise the challenge of Laudato Si and make choices about now we use resources informed by our ethical principles

chaplaincy

Enable Chaplaincy

Enable confident and inspiring hospital, sea and prison ministry

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pityon him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us knot lvoe with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

1 John 3:17-18

CLERGY LEADERS, PASTORS, TEACHERS & BROTHERS

Outcomes for 2032

Throughout their ministry, from ordination to retirement, our priests and deacons will:

clergysupport

Support

Have the opportunity for personalised support according to their stage of life and ministry.

clergy formation

Formation

Have agreed personal development plans tor ongoing formation, reflecting the requirements of leadership and contemporary ministry

accountabilityclergy

Accountability

Undertake a form of appraisal which is constructive and affirming and which fosters effective accountability

brotherhood clergy

Brotherhood

Live out their vocation in a culture of friendship and brotherhood across the Diocese

You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ

1 Peter 2:5

LAITY FORMED, INSPIRED, INVOLVED

Outcomes for 2032

Throughout their pilgrim journey, from childhood to the end of life, our laity will be:

laityformed

Formed

Formed to foster a deep, lasting, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

laityinspired

Inspired

Inspired bv the Mass and Sacraments of the Church and confident in evangelising others, including the "nones"

laityinvolved

Involved

Involved in the life and mission of the Church

I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me

Galatians 2:20

THE YOUNG CHURCH Today And Tomorrow

Outcomes for 2032

handing on the faith youth

Handing on the Faith

Parents and grandparents will be enabled to confidently hand on the faith to their children and grandchildren.

laityinspired

Inspiration

From childhood to early adulthood, young people will be inspired by the gospel message and the lived reality of being a young catholic.

youthinvolved

Involvement

Young people will be involved in the life of the parish through age-appropriate opportunities in outreach and care for creation

parishhomeschool

Home, School & Parish

Young people will expereince natural continuum between home, school and parish in their life of faith, development of talents and fostering of friendships.

vocationyouth

Vocation in Life

Young people will be supported to recognise their vocation in life

safeyouth

Safe Places

Our parishes and schools will be, and be seen to be, safe places for children and young people.

"Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity"

1 Timothy 4:12

EFFECTIVE & TRANSPARENT STEWARDSHIP OF RESOURCES

Outcomes for 2032

prudence budgets

Prudence

An eased financial burden througn the careful release of assets, Wise investments committed giving, creative fundraising and the prudent allocation of budgets

responsibilityresources

Responsibility

A shared understanding and responsibilitv for our financial position of across the diocese and in each parish

prudenceresources

Economy

Centralised contracts and shared resources between parishes

streetpastor

Effectiveness

Supported, developed and celebrated volunteers effective in their chosen roles

dsaas

Service

An ethos or service to parishes and adherence to charity law and requlation adopted throughout our support structures

He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the floods arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built

Luke 6:48

FOUNDATIONS FOR MISSION

Outcomes for 2032

Careful pruning to enable

resoure foundations

Resources

Resources, including clergy, to be deployed effectively for mission and service

MISSIONARY FOUNDATIONS

Missionary Church

A cohesive structure for a missionary Church which meets local needs

estate

Estate

A well-maintained, fit-for-purpose, estate which is welcoming, inspiring and sustainable

Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, so that is may bear more fruit

John 15:2

ENGAGEMENT WITH SECULAR CULTURE, INTER-FAITH & ECUMENICAL DIALOGUE

Outcomes for 2032

As a diocese, parishes and schools we will:

fosterengagement

Foster Mutual Understanding

Work with others on areas or shared Interest and foster mutual understanding and respect between our communities.

faithresponse

Co-ordinate A Faith Response

Play our part in influencing the secular working with other agencies co-ordinate a faith response on key Issues.

spreadtheword

Spread the Word

Remind the secular world of the Gospel Message and the person of Jesus Christ through witness and works.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go

Joshua 1:9

RE-IMAGINING THE FUTURE

Outcomes for 2032

Investing in technology to

communicate

Learn, Communicate & Collaborate

Provide resources for learning, communicating, and collaborating widely

donate

Give

Enabling opportunities to give through nontraditional routes

visible

Be Visible & Accessible

Be visible online so that information about who we are are and where to join us is readily accessible

safe

Be Safe & Well-Supported

Ensure our online activities and communities are as safe and well-supported as possible

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

Matthew 28:19

Once the strategy document has been compiled following the period of listening and sharing, we will make it available and parishes will be asked to provide feedback. We will keep you updated.

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