There are many reasons for this planning process:
By gathering and analyzing demographic, sacramental, financial and school data, while also considering the pastoral situations that affect life in our communities, we will be forming Families of Parishes in the cities, towns, rural communities and suburbs throughout our 19 counties in Southwest Ohio.
Each previous process has addressed the situations of parishes and the archdiocese at the time in which they took place. The goal of Beacons of Light is for the new Families of Parishes to truly become faith communities that live and work together in mission and ministry — not simply associate parishes with a common pastor.
As the Families of Parishes grow stronger together, we will prayerfully decide how to ensure vital pastoral life. Every Family of Parishes will initially discern Sunday Mass schedules and locations, bring parish staff and pastoral councils together and develop a plan for parish programs and activities with the long-term goal of becoming one parish led by a single pastor. The pace at which parishes join together within the families will be variable and determined by the readiness of the parishes to move forward.
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