Jesus said to his disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The outcome of a successful pastoral planning process will be a Church that reflects the Risen Christ to others. The goal is to help people have a conversion experience so they can draw closer to the Church and joyfully share Christ with the world today.
An Invitation to Encounter Jesus
The Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, in partnership with Catholics, developed the new pastoral planning process, which invites people to prayerfully discern how we are living our faith and carrying out the mission of the Church. This process provides the vision to help people encounter Jesus. It is an invitation for parishes, schools, ministries and individuals to more faithfully live out the mission Jesus is calling them to. Archbishop Etienne invites all Catholics to reflect on the mission, focus areas and values.
Exploring the Focus Areas
At the heart of our mission is a relationship with Jesus Christ. The pastoral planning focus areas are intended to help all Catholics re-examining and renew their relationship with Jesus. They are intentionally broad so that particular goals and actions may be developed according the unique circumstances, gifts and callings of each person, family, parish, school and ministry.
Exploring the Values
Our values support our fundamental beliefs, guide our behaviors and provide a helpful framework both for decision making and for evaluating past actions. When we faithfully consider, consistently follow and prayerfully reflect on these values, we are better able to hear where the Lord is calling us to go and become who we are called to be.
What can I do?
Archbishop Paul D. Etienne is inviting all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Seattle to go deeper in their relationship with Jesus. While people can encounter Christ in many ways, here are a few simple steps to help guide you in your journey to encounter the Lord and share his love and joy with others.
Prayer for Pastoral Planning
Lord Jesus, we give you thanks for your ministry on earth,
in which you proclaimed the Kingdom of God and conversion of life.
We give you thanks for your passion, death and resurrection
by which you manifested the perfect love of God,
offering all who believe in you the gift of eternal life.
We thank you for your promise to remain with us always
as we faithfully carry out your mission.
As members of your Mystical Body, the Church,
we come to you seeking the gift
and guidance of your Holy Spirit.
Help us to become who you call us to be
and to accomplish all you ask of us
according to the will of the Father.
Grant us the grace of knowing you, loving you and serving you
in all our brothers and sisters.
Grant that our faith in you may permeate every aspect of our lives.
Help us to shed all worldly ways
that we may live the Gospel with truth and integrity.
Grant that we may be more perfectly conformed to you
and live as your witnesses in the world today. Amen.
Mother of the New Evangelization, pray for us!