A year ago a new Pastoral Plan, 2015 ‐2020 was launched. This Plan has served to guide us on directions that needed to be taken so as to best animate Canadian Martyrs Parish. This was indeed an auspicious undertaking.
The past few months we have been busy reviewing and reflecting on what has been and yet again we ponder how best to proceed in the coming year. I am impressed with the number of people who have gathered to share their visions, dreams, and yes we heard of things that need improving.
It must always be remembered that Canadian Martyrs Parish is a living organism. It is constituted from a variety of cultures and age groups. Because it is alive it is really not possible to freeze it in time and conclude that we don’t need to plan any further.
I am entirely grateful for the people who undertook to steer this project to its conclusion. In particular, I thank Magda Kubasiewicz who has taken on the responsibility of ushering this process forward and keeping us on track. We thank all who actively participated in the process. It has taken some significant time and energy on the part of all.
I am happy to present to you the revised Pastoral Plan for 2016‐17. On the whole the plan has not changed substantially but it has been updated to incorporate new objectives for the year 2016 – 2017
Needless to say putting our plan on paper is only the first step. It is only with the active participation and co‐cooperation of all that will make the Parish community a life‐giving experience for all. I encourage everyone to get involved in something.
To one and all I say Thank You. I pray God’s Blessings on the Parish. May this Pastoral Plan guide us to holiness. Grant us, Oh Lord the gift of your Holy Spirit that we might walk in justice and peace with a lot of laughter and good fun that our life journey will be profound but also joyful.
May it be so.
In Christ and Mary Immaculate,
James Fiori, OMI Pastor