Parish priests meet to launch diocesan pilot fund-raising campaign
A group of priests has joined Bishop Mark Davies for the launch of the Our Mission Together campaign to help to raise funds for the Diocese of Shrewsbury.
Bishop Mark Davies hosted a lunch at the Curial Offices in Prenton, the Wirral, for the priests involved in the pilot parishes of the campaign.
Present at the event (pictured seated, left to right) were Canon Michael Gannon, a Vicar General, and Fr Nicholas Kern, parish priest of St Michael and All Angel’s Church, Birkenhead.
Also attending (pictured standing, left to right) were Fr Bernard Forshaw, parish priest of St John the Evangelist Church, New Ferry; Fr Peter Burke, parish priest of St Alban’s Church, Macclesfield, and Fr William Fitzgerald, parish priest of the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and St Luke, Telford.
Three other priests of the pilot parishes – Fr Niall Mullaley of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Ellesmere Port; Canon David Roberts of the Church of Christ the King, Bromborough, and Fr Philip Kuzhiparambil of Our Lady & St Oswald’s, Oswestry – were absent.
The pilot parishes are the first to take part in this fund-raising campaign, which is expected to last between 12 and 16 weeks.
The campaign aims to strengthen parishes, develop mission and social outreach and support the clergy of the Diocese from formation right through to retirement.
Each of the parishes involved will also be developing their own “local case”.
Our Mission Together follows the announcement of the fund-raising appeal by Bishop Davies in a pastoral letter on the first Sunday of Lent.
The letter explained that Catholics of the Diocese can choose to financially contribute to pastoral and missionary goals, including the training of a new generation of priests; the formation of lay catechists; the creation of a youth mission team and efforts to promote and support the vocation to marriage and to develop the social mission of the Church.
The plans will also entail “a fresh look at our planning for the parishes of the future”, Bishop Davies said.
The Bishop also reminded parishioners that the ultimate guarantee of the future mission of the Church is being true to their faith, especially in the Holy Eucharist.
(Photo by Simon Caldwell)