The COVID-19 crisis has had a profound, lasting effect on our world, and our parishes are no exception. As our parishes begin to reopen following local guidelines, the Catholic faithful have many questions and legitimate concerns about what life will look like post-pandemic.
A Pastoral Guide to Opening Your Parish is the go-to playbook for parish leadership to welcome back parishioners following the shutdown. This resource will equip you to move forward in a careful, hopeful, and prayerful direction. Covering pastoral ministry, finance, technology, and additional areas of parish governance, this guide provides pastors, pastoral leaders, and pastoral councils the tools they need to lead their parishes effectively in these challenging, uncertain times.
This pandemic has caused all of us to hit pause in our busy lives. It has been a time of reflection and space to take a breath. Now, as our governments, businesses, and economies begin to reopen, parishes must take action. This is the time to explore new opportunities and use them wisely. Above all, this time offers us an invitation to trust in the Lord, believing that "all things work for good for those who love God" (Rom 8:28).