Our parishes are spiritual homes where we meet one another to encounter Christ. Our plan calls on us to make our 225 parishes places of welcome and hospitality, both for those who are with us each week and those who return home after many years. We will prepare ourselves with care each week to celebrate the sacraments and encourage attentive and active participation from everyone. We will support our priests and deacons as they lead the way, and when asked to assist, we will respond. We’re all in this together. It’s important that we celebrate the many parishes already engaged in outreach ministries and programs that support the family, the domestic church. We can learn from their wonderful example.
To be used at parish meetings, personal reflection, etc.
Lord, we thank you for making our Church a place of community where people of all walks of life can worship you with one heart and mind. Inspire each of us to seek ways of using our gifts and talents in service of the Church and to encourage others to do the same. Imbue in the people of this parish a deep missionary identity that reaches out and draws in those thirsting for your love.
We pray for the Pastoral Plan of the Archdiocese of Toronto and our efforts to realize the goals of this spiritual roadmap. May our parish be a place of welcome and hospitality and may our ministries draw people into the mission of the church and closer to the heart of God. We pray to the Lord.