OUR THREE YEAR PARISH PLAN


HOLY REDEEMER BY THE SEA CATHOLIC PARISH
KITTY HAWK
NORTH CAROLINA

THREE-YEAR PASTORAL PLAN 2015-2017

 

HOLY REDEEMER BY THE SEA CATHOLIC PARISH

THREE-YEAR PASTORAL PLAN 2015-2017

PARISH MISSION STATEMENT

We are a diverse Catholic Community that welcomes our visitors, serves all God’s Children and gathers to worship with our Faith Community.

PARISH VISION STATEMENT

Empowered by the teachings of Jesus Christ and enriched by the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales, the Parish of Holy Redeemer by the Sea will reach out to the many diverse groups within the greater community of the Outer Banks.

Holy Redeemer by the Sea shall be committed to serve to the best of our abilities the needs of all in our community, in particular: the needy, the homebound, the elderly, the infirm and the marginalized. We will continue to develop self-help and other programs as needed to accomplish this vision.

Holy Redeemer by the Sea will foster a greater reverence for the Eucharist and other Sacraments, providing a welcoming environment for all believers.

Listed below are the seven goals of the Diocese of Raleigh Pastoral Plan. Our pastoral plan focuses on these priorities and how they will be accomplished.

1. PROMOTE THE LIFE AND DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON

1. Establish a retreat program promoting life and dignity that will include seniors, young adults and married couples (topics such as euthanasia, abortion, etc.).

2. Provide an opportunity/venue for our community to participate locally on the annual “Right to Life Day” (an ecumenical day of prayer).

3. Establish a system to transport the elderly (Rideshare).

2. FOCUS ON FAITH FORMATION AND SACRAMENTAL PRACTICE

1. Establish an Evangelization Ministry:

a. Theology On Tap

b. Catholics Come Home

c. Implement prayer sessions for specific needs

d. Promote prayer at every Parish activity/meeting

2. Implement a Post-Sacramental Outreach program.

3. Establish a process to ensure extraordinary ministers to visit parishioners in The Outer Banks Hospital (note in bulletin).

4. Implement training for The Good Shepherd Catechesis.

5. Establish and maintain a lending library with books that focus on Catholic life.

6. Provide “Theology of the Body” educational programs for adults and youth.

7. Implement web-based RCIA training.

3. PROMOTE CULTURAL DIVERSITY

1. Establish a Parish (positive outreach) liaison with the Latino community.

2. Ensure activities coordinator encourages Latino youth involvement in all Parish youth activities.

3. Provide space for multicultural activities.

4. Implement the Diocesan course on cultural diversity that will be a part of the new faith formation initiatives.

4. PROMOTE VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD AND CONSECRATED LIFE

1. Invite priests and religious (other than local clergy) to participate in Parish youth activities.

2. Expose Parish youth to Catholic vocation testimonials using the media.

3. Plan an annual event that promotes religious vocations.

5. IMPLEMENT THE PASTORAL INITIATIVE ON MARRIAGE AND SUPPORT OF FAMILY LIFE

1. Create opportunities to integrate newly married couples and families with newly baptized babies into the spiritual life of the Parish.

2. Promote family events (e.g. movie night, sports event, parents’ night out):
a. Hold annual Parish retreats for married couples at remote locations

3. Develop a list of resources (e.g. natural family planning, “Women of Grace”, “Crossing the Goal”, etc…) to strengthen marriage and family life.

6. PRACTICE THE EFFECTIVE STEWARDSHIP OF RESOURCES

1. Review and revise registration form to gather information (e.g. parishioner talents, hobbies, skills, certifications and language).

2. Re-evaluate the relevance of accumulated parishioner information we accumulate and streamline and regularly update the information.

3. Improve flow of parishioner information between Diocese and Parish to ensure a high level of accuracy of contact information.

7. PLAN FOR THE EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF GROWTH

1. Nurture an atmosphere that encourages people to attend Mass as an experience of renewal by improving the worship environment (e.g. improving the church sound system).

2. Expand the use of social media in the Parish (e.g. “thought/message of the day”, Fr Bill, Pope Francis).

3. Establish an integrated youth council and place a youth council representative on the Pastoral Council.

4. Create a Parish fundraising committee to design an annual event-based fundraising activity.