Pastoral Plan

Encounter the Joy of the Gospel and Set the World Ablaze is the Diocese of Richmond’s five-year pastoral plan for evangelization, anchored in Jesus joyful message. It captures the joy of the Gospel re-imagined in two movements: the internal conversion of individuals and parishes and the external proclamation of this Good News to the world.

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Overview of the Plan


STAGE I

Personal Encounter

  • Introduce “active” parishioners to a personal encounter with Jesus Christ through a call to continual conversion
  • Equip people with skills to “tell their story” of personal encounters
  • Assess parish existing evangelization efforts and areas of opportunity
  • Build an evangelization team to further efforts in the parish

STAGE II

Focusing the Domestic Church

  • Integrate new diocesan marriage preparation instructions
  • Strengthen existing marriages
  • Address ways to alleviate alienation of divorce/single-parent families
  • Interweave outcomes of Synod on the Family
  • Propose methods to evangelize fallen away family members
  • Finalize parish evangelization plan

STAGE III

Equipping the Parish

  • Implement strategies for “welcoming back” fallen away Catholics
  • Introduce programs that encourage personal contact with parishioners
  • Harness the natural moments of evangelization that take place in the midst of parish life (i.e. baptisms, marriages, funerals)
  • Ensure the muti-cultural nature of the parish fully reflects the demographics of the parish boundaries

STAGE IV

Missioning Disciples – Locally

STAGE V

Missioning Disciples – Globally

  • Coordinate door-to-door evangelization efforts to reach Catholics who have never been members of the community
  • Expand ecumenical dialogue so as to encourage education about the Catholic faith to other local faith traditions
  • Coordinate regionally and through LPAs to broaden the reach of the church to local and regional communities
  • Begin work to expand the reach of parish communities across the diocese to other dioceses and other countries