Issue 1 (Oct. 15/04)

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Welcome to Postings
Father Paul Baillargeon
New Pastoral Plan Website Launched
Liturgy Resources
Pastoral Plan Posters
Creating the Church of Tomorrow
Archbishop Oscar Romero

Welcome to Postings!
In an effort to keep all the partners to the Diocesan Pastoral Plan up-to-date about ongoing developments in the creation and launch of the plan, I have undertaken to produce this small newsletter. Postings will be the vehicle used to communicate news about the plan in the next weeks as Stage II of the process — the drafting of objectives and implementation steps — draws to a close. In the months and years ahead, as we move into Stage III — the implementation of the Pastoral Plan — the new diocesan web site, devoted exclusively to the Pastoral Plan, will be the means used to share news, information and ideas. So Postings is just an interim or temporary tool, but, hopefully, it will help everyone concerned to be aware of what’s going on and to have the information they need to follow through on this important undertaking in the diocese.

Father Paul Baillargeon

The Pastoral Plan is not something to do, rather how we do things.

New Pastoral Plan Website Launched
The Information Systems Services at the Chancery Office has created a new web site devoted solely to the Diocesan Pastoral Plan. Joseph Edward, Connie Côté and their team have worked very hard and very quickly to build this web site and to have it ready for the submission of objectives and implementation steps by all the partners by October 22. They only began work on the site in early September, but in a mere six weeks they have developed a wonderful tool for promoting, managing and overseeing the Pastoral Plan. The address of the Pastoral Plan web site is:

Before October 22, Information Systems Services will be sending every partner in the process directions on using the new web site, as well as individual access codes. Once you have received your access code, you will be able to utilize the “Member’s site”. This is where all objectives and implementation steps are to be posted. Again, directions as to how to do so are clearly given on those pages within the “Member’s site”. For those partners who do not have access to the web site, please mail your objectives and implementation steps to: Bernardine Ketelaars, Diocese of London, 1070 Waterloo Street, London, Ontario N6A 3Y2. She will see to it that your objectives and implementation steps are posted on the Pastoral Plan web site.

Once you have gained access to the “Member’s site”, you will be able to view the efforts of all the other partners who have submitted their work. First of all, this is a good way to appreciate all the various and creative responses to the goals of the Pastoral Plan. It is also a means to discover other partners who may have created objectives that parallel some of your own, and which fact perhaps offers you the possibility of joining with them in realizing some of your common objectives more completely. Or it may, at least, allow the possibility of sharing ideas or resources with others in achieving an objective.

In the weeks and months ahead, the web site will become a source of information about the Pastoral Plan, a place to ask questions about the plan, to receive answers, and to share with others your experiences in carrying out your portion of the plan — both the successes and the challenges.

The web site is now the vehicle for all communication about the Diocesan Pastoral Plan. Keep watching it for news, developments and pertinent information.

Liturgy Resources
The Liturgy Office has created some resources in connection with the Diocesan Pastoral Plan. These can be used in the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist or as a part of prayer services devised for use in the deanery, parish, office or ministry.

The first of these resources is entitled “Making Connections with the Diocesan Pastoral Plan”. This weekly one-page tool provides a brief reflection, linking the readings for the particular Sunday with some aspect of the Pastoral Plan; it also offers suggestions as to possible Mass texts, sample intercessions and ideas for music selections.

Another helpful resource is several sets of general intercessions based on the goals of the Pastoral Plan. These, too, may be used at the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist or in other prayer services. (The inclusion of one or two intercessions concerning the Pastoral Plan at every Sunday celebration will keep the plan before parishioners and assure constant prayer for its successful implementation.)

Both of these resources may be found on the Liturgy Office page of the web site for the Roman Catholic Diocese of London (

Pastoral Plan Posters
If you did not receive a Pastoral Plan poster at your deanery meeting or at the sessions held for the diocesan offices and ministries, or if you would like further copies, there are extra posters still available. The 11” x 17” poster, which presents the preamble and goals of the Pastoral Plan, is available in French or English. If you would like such a poster, please call Carol East, the receptionist at the Chancery Office (433-0658), and she will mail one to you.

Creating the Church of Tomorrow

It helps, now and then, to step back
and take a long view.

The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish, in our lifetime, only a fraction
Of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying
that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water the seeds
already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation
In realizing that. This enables us to do something,
and to do it well. It may be incomplete,
but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but that is the difference
between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.


Archbishop Oscar Romero

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