What is a Collaborative?
A collaborative is a grouping of one, two, or three parishes that work together for the goal of evangelization. A collaborative has one pastor, one set of assigned priests and deacons, and one Pastoral Team (including Pastoral Associates, Religious Education and Faith Formation leaders, Finance and Operations specialists, and administrative and facilities personnel.) All of these work together for all of the parishes of the collaborative.
The collaborative has one Pastoral Council, and one Pastoral Plan for evangelization. Because the patrimony of each parish continues to belong to that parish, as well as the obligations of each parish continuing to belong to that parish, each parish has its own Finance Council. The collaborative does not share money or bank accounts or other financial assets or obligations.
In June of 2015, St. John the Evangelist Parish and St. Paul Parish, two vibrant Catholic communities of faith, were joined in the St. John – St. Paul Catholic Collaborative through the Disciples in Mission pastoral plan for the Archdiocese of Boston. We continue to grow together in faith and in service to those in need, both within and beyond our parishes.
Vision Statement for Our Collaborative Pastoral Plan
Joined together in faith and Christ’s love, the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative seeks to be a place where faith and life come together. The essence of the Collaborative is our relationship with Jesus Christ, as individuals and as a community. In encountering Christ and living our faith through service, we find the source and inspiration of all our efforts to share the Good News with and beyond our Collaborative, as we examine more deeply the mystery of God’s love, respond to His call to holiness, and discern His plan for us.
“Growing Together in Faith”
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