Perth Archdiocese’s Parish Renewal Team has completed a research project that explored what clergy believe is pivotal to a vibrant parish as well as the effectiveness of the team's work over the past five years. Source: The eRecord.
The Parish Renewal Team has the responsibility for implementing the vision, strategies and actions for strengthening and revitalising parishes, one of the seven key priority areas of the 2016-2021 Perth Archdiocesan Plan.
Conducted by Nigel Hayward, some 50 parish priests were interviewed as part of the research to provide their feedback on all aspects of the work of the Parish Renewal team.
Episcopal Vicar for Parish Renewal, Auxiliary Bishop Don Sproxton said, very importantly, the project also researched what clergy believe is pivotal to a vibrant parish.
“The survey revealed that our priests are enthusiastic about building parish communities that are active and vibrant,” Bishop Sproxton said.
“More than 40 per cent of those surveyed describe the parish community to be a place where all are welcome, a place that is pastorally concerned for people, especially the marginalised, and a place which brings people together,” he said.
“The aim of the parish then, is to improve community spirit and build stronger foundations for growing the faith and the spiritual lives of parishioners. In essence, a community that demonstrates a faith which goes beyond the Mass.”
Part of the parish renewal program for the archdiocese over the past five years has been the initiative of working in parish hubs.
Parish renewal co-ordinator Fr Nino Vinciguerra, said the research showed that the greatest benefit of parish renewal is that hubs give priests and parishes the opportunity to share resources in areas such as adult faith formation, children’s sacramental formation, RCIA, liturgy, youth and music.
The data and the findings of the report are accessible on the parish renewal website www.parishrenewal.com.au under Parish Renewal News.