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people to find Jesus is the plan he said, it is about focusing the spirit of bringing Jesus to others. “Listen to people who have a wisdom for life,” he told the staff. The third area in the planning process is to look at the methods used to “evangelize people in our communities.” The bishop said there is going to be a lot of work, but the idea is “to be able to reach out to the world that we live in.” The current Pastoral Plan of the diocese was adopted in 2009 and has become outdated, requiring new approaches to achieving the evangelization the Holy Father has been calling for, at times in colorful language. “An evangelizing community gets involved by word and deed in people’s daily lives; it bridges distances, it is willing to abase itself if necessary, and it embraces human

Town Hall Meetings 6-6:30 p.m. – Social (Light Refreshments) 6:30-9 p.m. – Town Hall Meeting Feb. 19 Sites: St. Joseph Church, Beeville English St. Joseph Church, Alice English and Spanish Holy Family Church, Corpus Christi Spanish Feb. 20 Sites: St. Martin of Tours, Kingsville Spanish St. Gertrude Church, Kingsville English Ss.. Cyril and Methodius Church, Corpus Christi English

life, touching the suffering flesh of Christ in others. Evangelizers thus take on the ‘smell of the sheep’ and the sheep are willing to hear their voice,” the pope said in the “The Joy of the Gospel”. During the last year, Bishop Mulvey has met with the priests of the diocese on a number of occasions to discuss how to move forward with the Holy Father’s pleas for the New Evangelization. Bishop Mulvey’s desire for the pastoral planning is to—in the words of Pope Francis—“invite everyone to be bold and creative in…rethinking the goals, structures, style and methods of evangelization in their respective communities.” The diocese has set up an online page (diocesecc.org/pastoralplan) on its website to keep the faithful up to date on the planning process . This page includes the video shown at all Masses on Jan. 6-7, a podcast of the video, a pastoral planning prayer, a calendar of upcoming pastoral planning events and a sign-in form to be kept abreast of latest developments. Other important elements of the planning process, such as a survey form, will be made available at parishes and online as they become available. The formal kick off of the Pastoral Planning will be on Saturday, Feb. 3, with a concert performance at the Cathedral with Eric Genuis. The concert will begin after the 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass to be celebrated by Bishop Mulvey. Genuis is a world-renowned pianist, composer and inspirational speaker. The pastoral plan will address areas such as evangelization, catechesis, worship, family life, vocations, youth and stewardship, as well as parish life. A number of town hall meetings will be held throughout the diocese on Feb. 19 and 20 to afford the laity an opportunity to provide their ideas. The idea is to prioritize the plan elements for three to five years. After all the input has been received, a leadership team will put it all together.“It’s not going to happen overnight,” Bishop Mulvey said. “We can do this.” February 2018 |  South Texas Catholic  11

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