We, the Catholic Church in Santa Clara County, are blessed with great opportunities and challenges as we seek to carry out the work that Christ has given to us. Blessed with the gift of faith and the vision it affords, we must renew our local Church by taking an honest look at our past and present circumstances and realistically plan for the future.
We are filled with great hope for the future of our Church. As members of the Body of Christ, our hopes and dreams are rooted in Our Lord’s life, message, death, and resurrection. This is the rock upon which our plans are based.
How can we, Christ’s Church in Santa Clara County, be a sign of unity and an instrument of God’s peace? How can we fulfill the work that God has given to us?
As your bishop, I have been entrusted with the shepherding of our local Church. An essential part of my ministry is to discern the promptings of the Holy Spirit as to how we might be both a sign and an instrument of Christ’s Kingdom.
I engaged in a broad consultative process over the course of more than a year. I am grateful to all who have taken part in the consultation process. Much, however, remains to be done. I rely upon you – and I thank you in advance – for the work you will do in the months and years ahead.
In these pages, you will find a brief description of the three pastoral issues and the organizational issue, including recommendations for strategies to be adopted. I pray that, in following this new Pastoral Plan, we will fulfill the mission Christ has given us to build the Kingdom promised by His resurrection. May we truly be a sign of unity and an instrument of the peace of God’s Kingdom.
I entrust our plan to the care of Mary, mother of the Church, and to Joseph, that just and faithful servant of God. With their intercession and example, may we truly be one holy people, Together in Christ.
With every best wish and kind regard,I remain,
Patrick J. McGrath
Bishop of San José
As the Catholic Community of Santa Clara County, we seek to be a local Church that will inspire the people of this Valley to live the values taught by Jesus Christ, inspiring them to integrity and action.
We seek to be:
After months of study and consultation, the Planning Process identified three critical pastoral issues for the future. While these are not the only things we will do together, they represent areas of ministry in which we may have the greatest impact by devoting attention and resources to them.
The Catholic Church in Santa Clara County must recruit, develop and support lay leaders to meet the changing needs of our Church. We will:
The Catholic Church of Santa Clara County must attract and engage youth and young adults in the life and leadership of the Church in significant ways. We will:
The Catholic Church of Santa Clara County must help all Catholics to live out Catholic Social Justice Teaching in areas such as the dignity of human life, housing, immigration, and labor. We will:
The Catholic Church in Santa Clara County must conduct its business affairs in a way that fully supports its participation in the mission of Christ as priest, prophet and shepherd.
It is essential to the health and welfare of our local Church and its participation in the mission of Christ that we undertake aggressive action in the following six areas:
Our future work will challenge us to new forms of partnership in planning and evaluation. The implementation efforts that begin now will determine how successful we will be.
Bishop McGrath will lead the implementation, together with his Implementation Program Team, the Office for Parish and Planning and other Project Teams and appropriate advisory bodies.
Based on this Pastoral Plan, the Implementation Program Team will prepare an integrated work-plan for implementation. This will include both pastoral and organizational changes. Some of these initiatives, by their nature, will need to be implemented on the diocesan level, while other initiatives are more appropriately implemented at the deanery or parish level.
Involvement of each parish in the implementation will be critical to the program’s success. Each parish will form teams to work on the program initiatives. Diocesan level projects will also call on volunteers from parishes to work on those projects.
In order to assist the process of implementation of the strategies of this Plan, a diocesan “Implementation Fund” has been established. This fund will be available in the form of grants to help parishes and groupings of parishes to have sufficient resources to address the strategies linked to the critical issues of the pastoral and organizational elements of the Plan.
There will be many opportunities for individuals to become involved in the plans and activities that will bring the diocesan Pastoral Plan into reality. Committed and faithful workers are needed in individual parishes, in inter-parish cooperative efforts and in diocese-wide programs.
Check with your own parish office to see what action your parish is taking in relation to the Pastoral Plan.