Establish stewardship committees in 30-40 parishes by September 30, 2015.
“The promotion of the practice of stewardship is important for the mission of the Church and for the spiritual well-being of each individual Christian. Everyone benefits from the sacrificial gift one makes of his time, talent and treasure.” (Pope Benedict the XVI).
We are all called to accept God’s gifts gratefully, to care for them in a responsible manner, to share them for the well being of all and to return them more fully to the Lord.
Stewardship parishes understand and appreciate the importance of gratitude beginning with the Eucharist, focusing on prayer and thanksgiving and resulting in service. In order to care for the collective gifts in a faith community they must be recognized, affirmed, developed and used wisely to build up the Kingdom of God. Understanding that all is gift brings about a conversion of heart that promotes a culture of life, fosters vocations and sustains the new evangelization.
Parishioners are inspired to give generously in time, talent and treasure, not from what is left over but because they see the need to give and to share. Parishes thrive when they focus on the gifts of the Spirit and use them wisely for the good of all.
– Barb Dowding
Jan 2, 2014
Complete planning for each parish’s Infrastructure Renewal by November 30, 2015.
Two years ago, the Archdiocese of Vancouver announced a major undertaking – assessing every one of its school and church buildings to determine their capacity to protect occupants during a significant earthquake. Previously, there had not been a centralized effort to determine the condition of schools and churches, and Archbishop Miller decided there needed to be a coordinated approach to building infrastructure assessment.
The Archdiocese began visiting and assessing RCAV properties. One of their first tasks was to work with school principals and parish pastors to identify and remediate any safety concerns with non-structural elements such as equipment and furniture.
With that underway, a professional engineering firm was then engaged to assess the building structures themselves, more than 125 buildings serving 450,000 Catholics.
This engineering study will culminate in comprehensive seismic reports from which parishes and schools will begin the task of planning for the future.
Under the Archdiocese of Vancouver’s Priorities and Goals initiative, and specifically the Priority of Stewarding God’s Gifts, the Archdiocese is committed to seeing planning for each parish’s infrastructure renewal completed by Nov. 30, 2015.
At the end of this period, all parishes will have a master plan for addressing the future use of all of their buildings. The initial focus of this long term plan will be on infrastructure development designed to improve safety to school children.
A critical aspect of this planning will be working together to raise the necessary funds to achieve these important goals.
This is both a daunting task and exciting opportunity: out of a need to upgrade buildings, we will be developing a complete vision for the Archdiocese of Vancouver’s properties. The active involvement of all parishioners will be necessary and the result will be a Church better prepared to deal with the challenges of tomorrow: truly a Church with a Mission.
– Dan Moric
Jan 2, 2014