May 12, 2016

His Eminence Sean Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap.
Archdiocese of Boston – Pastoral Center
66 Brooks Drive
Braintree, MA 02184

Your Eminence:

On behalf of the Quincy Catholic Collaborative, it is with great pride that I submit for your approval our Pastoral Plan as we continue our mission as disciples of the Lord Jesus. Embracing the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan Disciples in Mission as a guideline, the Quincy Catholic Collaborative has spent the last two years preparing for this pastoral plan while reflecting on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, “Joy of the Gospel.” During the past year, the work of the writing team focused on the words of Pope Francis regarding ecclesial renewal. The Pope stated:

“The parish is not an outdated institution; precisely because it possesses great flexibility, it can assume quite different contours depending on the openness and missionary creativity of the pastor and the community. While certainly not the only institution which evangelizes, if the parish proves capable of self-renewal and constant adaptivity, it continues to be the Church living in the midst of homes of her sons and daughters...In all its activities the parish encourages and trains its members to be evangelizers.” #28

It is our hope that the Pastoral Plan of the Quincy Catholic Collaborative will be a roadmap not only to re-evangelize our current parishioners, but a means to reach out to those who for whatever reason feel separated from the Church.

As we prepare for the Feast of Pentecost, I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide our collaborative as we seek to renew our parishes and become more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

May God bless you as you continue to shepherd the Church in Boston.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Rev. Louis R. Palmieri, Pastor



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