|Progress reports from the parishes – July 19, 2009
| In an effort to follow up on Synod Implementation, Synod Corner has decided to reach out to the implementation teams already at work in the parishes of the Archdiocese. The reports will salute those parishes that are pushing ahead while trying at the same time to do whatever we can to assist those who are a little behind.
Linda Besson, Synod Coordinator at St Finbar’s reports that the process is moving along well, being led by a steering committee, which took the position that it was important to prepare the parish for the new structure.
In April, Fr Jason Gordon (now Monsignor), Vicar of Administration, shared with the committee the plans and provided the building blocks in moving the process forward. “This allowed us as Church to be involved, to dialogue, to collaborate and to share ideas in charting the course for St Finbar’s,” said Ms Besson.
The steering committee meets monthly to discuss and dialogue on ways to move ahead, but has adopted a cautious stand in putting the full implementation team together and as Ms Besson explained, “We would like to do it right and ensure that the persons who assume the responsibility of implementation will do so with passion and commitment.”
She said this process was almost complete and as soon as the appointments were made, the steering committee would be dissolved to give way to the Implementation Team. “Also,” she added, “we are currently working on the Parish Work Plan 2009 around the theme The Vocation to be Catholic.
In Pointe-à-Pierre, Rosemary Davis-Joseph said in her parish, the various DVDs and a Power Point presentation from Monsignor Allan Ventour regarding implementation have already been viewed by parishioners in Marabella, Pointe-à-Pierre, Plaisance Park and is scheduled to be shown in Claxton Bay today.
This has served to sensitise and explain to the various congregations of the parish what Synod and Synod Implementation was all about. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month.
Further south at La Divina Pastora in Siparia, Synod Implementation is not going as fast as it should. Shirley Hivee, admitted that her Parish Implementation Team had not yet been selected; that exercise was expected to have been completed by the time this paper hits the churches. A lot of the preliminary work has been finished though, and once the implementation team is finalised, it is hoped that things will begin to move a little faster.
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