Going forward together - a new message from Bishop Alan
Diocese publishes formal proposals for change
The First Formal Proposal for the Renewal and Restructuring of Our Diocese were published here: 17.11.17_01_Diocese_Working-Together_Advent_2017.
Bishop Alan introduced them in the video below.
The intention was that people read it, prayed about it and then discussed it within the parish and then with neighbours. Feedback was asked for and received. Under the resources section you can find examples of feedback from parishes, a summary of the Question Time session in September 2017 and an aid which sketched different scenarios to help with deliberations. These resources are also available on the Stewards page.
Bishop Alan's message
Diocese asks parishes to comment on renewal and restructuring proposals
On 7th August 2017 the Diocese of Brentwood published a Draft Working Plan putting forward ideas for its future renewal and restructuring. In his foreword to the document, Bishop Alan Williams sm reiterates the challenges facing the church in a changing world and his desire to collaborate and consult with the lay faithful on the difficult decisions to be made. “With your help and prayers and with confidence in Christ and Mary I am sure that we can find a way to build on the strong foundations of the last 100 years,” he says.
Steven Webb, Diocesan Director of Development, wrote to the Stewards of all parishes to launch the proposed strategy, which aims to maximise the opportunities for evangelisation and sacramental provision across the diocese, given the resources available during the decades to come.
He said: “This document explains how we recommend that we move forward together in order to evangelise our diocese, care for one another, exercise the ministry of charity and celebrate the sacraments. It sets out principles for how we could work together to achieve our vision through our objectives and a strategy that combines both renewal and restructuring.”
He asked that all parishioners read and discuss the Draft Working Plan, which is available on the website and in hard copy form. “Try to consider what is best for our diocese as a whole rather than just what is best for your parish alone. Please bear in mind that renewal and restructuring are equally important and try to look beyond the obvious possibilities that first spring to mind. There is always more than one way in which we can do things in every location across our wonderful diocese.”
He invited people to be creative with ideas and feed them back to the diocese. “The framework we are proposing does not necessarily lead to one outcome rather than another. We want people to think how their church might look in their locality. Be bold, be creative and let us know your ideas before we begin to make proposals for individual locations.”
He added: “Later in the year we will set out the First Formal Proposals for the Renewal and Restructuring of the Diocese but first we want feedback from you on the strategy and framework we propose in this document.”
Download the document: Diocese-of-Brentwood_Working-Together (2)
A message from the Director of Development
The work of the Stewards of the Gospel is key to the development of our diocese and everything will be done with two clear purposes in mind; namely ensuring that together and with the help of God we can:
- evangelise our diocese as well as we can;
- offer the best possible pastoral care to all Catholics across our diocese.
For these reasons there is a considerable overlap with the work of the Episcopal Vicariate for Evangelisation and you are warmly encouraged to visit its pages at http://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/departments/evangelisation/
You will find there all manner of information and resources specifically relating to evangelisation; this development section of the website will be kept for all other aspects of our work along with links to other sections of the website.