2018 Strategic Plan
Following the 5 year plan adopted by CCCR/Council of the Baptized in October 2016, the CCCR amd Council of the Baptized adopt the following goals in 2018:
- Develop among ourselves a firm and articulated Vatican II vision of Church as developed over the past 50 years and interpreted by Pope Francis. “In a talk to the Italian Theological Association on Friday (Dec. 29), [Pope Francis} laid out what he believes is the true vocation of a theologian. Theologians must always refer back to Vatican II, where the church recognized its responsibility to proclaim the Gospel in a new way." Quoted by Thomas Reese in the January 3, 2018, edition of NCR:
- Develop a profile of the various understandings of a Vatican II Church prevalent in our Archdiocese,
- Counteract polarization in our Archdiocese by inviting Archdiocesan staff to converse with us about how we can work together.
The Council of the Baptized and CCCR will each have its own tactical goals to achieve these strategic goals, according to the mission of each for communication and for action respectively.
Council of the Baptized Tactical Goals:
- Each Council member research central themes in the direction of Vatican II. See bibliography for suggested reading; examples: Jesus of Nazareth. Understanding of Church, Revelation, Pluralism, Action of the Holy Spirit, Reading the signs of the times/postmodernity, liturgy
- Council members lead Open Forums on Vatican II themes
- Council members write position statements, papers as inspired
- Open Forums inviting Archdiocesan staff or Office directors to discuss Vatican II directions
CCCR Tactical Goals:
Vatican II called for participation of lay people in the mission of the Church. It emphasized the action of the Holy Spirit among all Church members and the need for communication among them to manifest the reign of God.
- Board members oversee construction of a design for an Archdiocesan Synod to present to Archbishop Hebda by mid June 2018; obtain signatures of endorsers before submitting the design; one chief outcome of the Synod to be an Archdiocesan Pastoral Council to facilitate ongoing, two-way communication between lay people and the Archbishop
- Board members design and implement plans for Lay Deanery Councils in the 15 parish deaneries to facilitate communication among lay people and to provide delegates for the Synod and for the future Archdiocesan Pastoral Council; to be administered by CCCR with Archdiocesan support and approval or, if approval is not obtained, then independently of the Archdiocese.
- See attached "Proposal for a Lay Advisory Council (LAC) and Lay Deanery Council (LDC)"