“From the beginning, this one Church has been marked by a great diversity which comes from both the variety of God’s gifts and the diversity of those who receive them. Within the unity of the People of God, a multiplicity of peoples and cultures are gathered together.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 814
DIRECTION I: As Church, we will welcome, acknowledge and accept cultural diversity as a strength and a Catholic value, in order to build unity and promote evangelization in the diocese.
Outcome 1. Each parish within one year will have an assessment of the demographic profile of Catholics residing within its parish boundaries in order to have an awareness of its cultural diversity and of pastoral needs related to this diversity.
Outcome 2. Based on its assessment of its cultural diversity, each parish within one year will develop a plan to address its cultural diversity, utilizing as a guide the principles, insights and recommendations in “Best Practices for Shared Parishes” published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Outcome 3. Each parish within one year will have a coordinator, paid or volunteer, appointed by the pastor to oversee a committee of parishioners responsible for the parish’s cultural diversity plan, and that coordinator will report regularly to the parish pastoral council to ensure the plan’s implementation.
Outcome 4. To foster unity and celebrate the gifts of each culture, each parish will hold an annual event (such as a parish festival, international potluck, multicultural night), that brings together culturally diverse groups within the parish.
DIRECTION III: As Church, we will assure that all diverse groups are welcome and have access to full participation in the liturgical and sacramental life of the parish and the diocese.
Outcome 1. Based on its assessment of its demographic profile, each parish within one year will use every means possible to offer at least one Sunday Mass in the language that serves the spiritual needs of its parishioners.
Outcome 2. The diocesan Director of Ethnic Ministries will collaborate with parishes to establish within two years a plan to use various media to reach out to diverse cultural groups and to provide information so they can have access to full participation in the liturgical and sacramental life of the parish and the diocese.
Outcome 3. Each parish will offer sacramental preparation, such as for Baptism and Marriage, and catechesis, such as for Quinceañeras, family life, etc., that respond to the cultural and linguistic needs of parishioners as identified in the parish’s cultural diversity plan.
DIRECTION II: As Church, we will identify and empower new ethnic leaders to participate more fully in the life of the Church.
Outcome 1. The diocesan Director of Ethnic Ministries, in collaboration with parishes, within two years will provide formation in building intercultural competence for parish ministers and leaders and in models of shared parishes, utilizing the resources of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Outcome 2. The coordinator of the parish diversity plan will collaborate with the pastor to identify and encourage members of diverse cultural groups to become leaders through participation in the diocesan leadership formation program.
Outcome 3. The diocesan Director of Lay Ministry Formation and the diocesan Director of Ethnic Ministries will collaborate to ensure that formation programs for lay ministers and pastoral leaders address the pastoral issues of cultural diversity