New Brunswick

Click here for the Catholic Spirit article on the meeting with Bishop Bootkoski for the conclusion of the Renewing the Church in New Brunswick process

Renewing the Church in New Brunswick Prayer and Discernment Process

The "Renewing the Church in New Brunswick Prayer and Discernment Process" is an effort to bring the churches of New Brunswick together to collectively assess the current ecclesial and secular "Signs of the Times" and discern the best ways of collaborating going forward, utilizing a planning council structure to plan together and develop "pastoral partnership agreements" as called for in Synod Norm #9.

This particular process does not seek parish closures or mergers as an outcome.

Goals:

  1. To promote fraternity, collegiality, and the free exchange of pastoral ideas among pastors, staffs, and parishioners of the Church in New Brunswick.
  2. To identify and address specific pastoral needs of the Church in New Brunswick on a citywide basis, breaking down parochialism while maintaining parish identity.

New Brunswick Area Community Health Assessment

Parish Profiles

Click here for a brief description of the Parishes in New Brunswick

Renewing the Church in New Brunswick Schedule of Meetings

Click here for the complete Schedule of Meetings (PDF).

February

  • Monthly Priest Eucharistic Adoriation, faith reflection and meal begins

May-June

  • Parish Pastoral Councils informed (or formed and informed) of the Renewing the Church in New Brunswick process.
  • Selection of Planning Council Members occurs

June

  • Parish Pastoral Profiles updated.
  • Joint Meeting with Parish Staffs to explain Renewing the Church in New Brunswick process.
  • Announcements and prayers for Jeff Korgen and Pastors success in each parish

August

  • Binders for Renewing the Church in New Brunswick prepared

September 15 (First Meeting)

  • Prayer
  • Remarks by Bishop Bootkoski or Msgr. Benwell
  • Ecclesiology Presentation by Lori Albanese
  • Presentation: Overview of Renewing the Church in New
  • Brunswick by Jeff Korgen Give out binders
  • Homework: 150 Word profile of parish (by parish core teams)

October 20  (Second Meeting)

  • Prayer and Faith reflection
  • Review Parish Profiles
  • Signs of the Times: Church demographics and trends
  • Signs of the Times: City demographics, population shifts
  • Homework: ID fundamental assets and core competencies of parish

November 17 (Third Meeting)

  • Prayer and Faith Reflection
  • Discuss Parish Core Competencies
  • Financials
  • Zip-Code Analysis
  • Homework:  Reflect on the social mission of the church and the role of your parish/organization/ministry.

December 15 (Fourth Meeting)

  • Prayer & Faith Reflection
  • Discussion: Social Ministry in New Brunswick: Current and Possible
  • Homework: Propose Future Goals for the Church in New Brunswick in other ministries.

January 19, 2010 (Fifth Meeting)

  • Prayer & Faith Reflection
  • Discussion of Goals for the Church in New Brunswick
  • Consider steps needed to accomplish goals and objectives.
  • Initial Proposals for pastoral partnerships agreements between parishes in New Brunswick

February 16, 2010 (Sixth Meeting)

  • Prayer & Faith Reflection
  • Revisit goals and objectives
  • Revisit proposals for parish pastoral agreements, comparing to data and refining them.
  • Homework: Communicate progress to Parish Pastoral Council Members and Parishioners.
  • Get feedback.

March 16, 2010 (Seventh Meeting)

  • Prayer & Faith Reflection
  • Refine proposals. Draft preliminary report for Bishop Bootkoski.
  • Homework: Communicate progress to Parish Pastoral Council Members and Parishioners.
  • Get feedback.

Aprtil 20, 2010 (Eighth Meeting)

  • Prayer & Faith Reflection
  • Feedback from Bishop Bootkoski Presented.
  • Proposal refined.
  • Prepare for Parish Meetings

By May 25

  • Parish Feedback Meetings

May 25

  • Prayer & Faith Reflection
  • Report back from Parish Meetings
  • Refine recommendations

June 15

  • Presentation of Report to Bishop Bootkoski
  • Mass and Reception

July

  • Implementation of Parish Pastoral Agreements Begins

September

  • New Deanery Council Meets