Introducing Beacons of Light
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has launched Beacons of Light, a comprehensive process of pastoral planning, to study every aspect of the archdiocese and parishes to determine how to best array our resources – human, physical and financial – to spread the Gospel far and wide.
Everyone wants to belong to a vibrant parish.
Full, joyful and centered on the Eucharist.
Nurturing an ever-closer relationship with Jesus.
Spreading the love of Jesus through charitable outreach.
Unfortunately, not all of our parishes meet this description.
Religious practice is declining nationwide.
The average Sunday Mass in our archdiocese is only one-third full.
Fewer Catholics are involved in parish life.
The number of registered Catholic households in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has declined at a rate of 2.72 per day for the past decade.
Our priests are stretched to the limit.
The number of available priests will decrease by approximately 20% by 2026.
Beacons of Light is a multi-year process of pastoral planning for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Groupings of parishes will come together as one faith community. These new “Families of Parishes” will be stronger, with the resources to focus more on mission than on maintenance. Pastors and parish leaders will then plan for the future of their Family of Parishes.
JUST IMAGINE …
People united on a journey of missionary discipleship. Full churches. Joyous liturgies.
Priests who have the time to be present and attend to the needs of their people.
Parishes that are alive in faith, filled with vitality, ready to form people to radiate Christ.
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