A letter from Br. Nathanael on Dioscean Restructuring
Planning For The Future ~ Dartmouth Eastern Shore Regional Meeting
Pastors, administrators and lay people belonging to the Dartmouth eastern shore region met on February 17, 2018 to discuss a possible proposal being presented that would involve restructuring the parishes in each community.
The proposal being considered consists of establishing four parishes broken down as follows:
Dartmouth Centre – Saint Anthony, Saint Paul, Saint Peter And Immaculate Conception;
Saint Thomas More, Saint Vincent De Paul And The French Catholic Community Of Mission La Sainte-Famille;
Saint John 23rd, Saint Clement And St. Andrew;
The Rural Parishes - Saint Anselm, Saint Genevieve (Saint Philip Neri Mission); Saint Dennis And Saint Peter (Sheet Harbour) With Missions Saint Martin And Saint Michael.
The immediate challenge for us right now is to gather a working group to discuss if this grouping proposed is a possibility for us; are there any other suggestions/ideas to be presented.
We will be meeting with our grouping in the near future and will express any questions or concerns on this proposed change.
Restructure will require a need for dialogue, prayer and discernment as we go through a process to bring people back to the pews and put emphasis on out reach and community work.
The process is meant to help us better pool our resources and make changes to our financial and administration but also the process is about creating communities where our faith can be experienced, shared and grown.