As part of my work across the Birmingham Archdiocese I am coming across interesting ways that priests and parishioners are engaging with their parishes in order to create a culture of evangelisation – in the words of Pope Francis, to build “missionary parishes”.
The first one I’d particularly like to share with you is this example from the parishes in Tamworth. Fr Michael is eager to engage as many parishioners as possible in the mission of the parish. Tamworth already has a strong commitment to the poorest in the community and meets many practical needs through the groups they host and the individuals they support. Fr Michael was also keen to make sure that the parish involved everyone in sharing the Good News and building the kingdom.
A questionnaire was distributed this Pentecost to all, and feedback was sought on a number of areas, especially on how the parish could be more purposeful in sharing the Gospel and in welcoming newcomers. Fr Michael hopes that this will feed into a project he is planning for this autumn, which will give an opportunity for Catholics to invite their friends to learn more about the faith.
Take a look at the attached document and let me know what you think or if you have done anything similar – I’d love to share your ideas too!