We have received news that the following announcement has been made by Bishop Mark regarding a postponement of Diocesan plans for parish review:
Since it was issued on 1 November 2020, “A Precious Place of God’s Grace”, on the development of the pastoral structures in our diocese over the next five years and beyond, has rightly generated a lot of interest amongst our clergy and laypeople, with a number of individuals and parish groups having already fed back their initial thoughts. However, the on-going Covid-19 restrictions have impeded parish communities from being able to engage fully and widely with the document and its accompanying Parish Self-Assessment Tool. Therefore, in order to ensure that the important voice and views of our laypeople and parish communities are heard in this process of discernment, “A Precious Place of God’s Grace” will be relaunched, with the Parish Self-Assessment Tool, when lockdown restrictions are eased. I hope in this way, we can hear from as many people as possible. Anyone in the diocese is still welcome to send any feedback directly to Canon Kristian Paver (firstname.lastname@example.org ), who is collating it on behalf of myself and the Bishops Council. Please also note Saturday 1st May in your diaries, when an online event for Clergy and faithful in the Diocese, on “A Precious Place”, will be facilitated by Michael Dopp, Director of the International Summit on the New Evangelisation. Further details will be sent out by the Vicariate for Evangelisation and Catechesis soon.