What examples of best pastoral practise are happening at this time in our diocese?
Below are some examples of what I have seen as best pastoral practise. If you have any others that you would like to offer then please contact Mike Stopforth.
Parish Primary Religious Education (PPRE)
Previously known as CCD, a parish in the Christchurch East Pastoral Area has the PPRE programme and other parishes in the pastoral area are invited to participate. A great use of resources.
PPRE Poster.pdf (202KB)
Parish Christmas Flyer and Information
At the end of each year Papanui parish delivers a Christmas newsletter to every home on the parish roll. This is a valuable outreach to all Catholics, practising or not, reminding them of the meaning of Christmas, and encouraging them to come along. There has been very positive feedback to this initiative. It's about keeping people connected to their local community of faith.
When parents request the Sacrament of Baptism, Papanui offer the attached flyer providing some information about the Sacrament and the information required for the baptism to occur.
Papanui Baptism Leaflet.pdf (70KB)
Parish Information Booklet
This booklet provides useful information to all parishioners, but particularly useful for parishioners new to the parish. The information includes the diverse parish groups, Mass times and much more.
Information for New Parishioners
This flyer produced by Our Lady of Perpetual help Parish, St Albans provides information to new parishioners about the parish.