On June 20, 2016 Annunciation B.V.M. and St. Nicholas of Tolentine entered as Parishes into a partnership, by which the pastoral leadership and administration of the parishes were combined, but they otherwise remained separate parishes. The parishes kept their own finances and, each maintained a separate Parish Finance Council. Rev. Nicholas Martorano, O.S.A. serves as the pastor of these partnered parishes.
The parish partnership is a new model of parish collaboration. Parish partnerships are intended to strengthen the Catholic presence in the community and to assure parish vitality and sustainability.
Father Martorano invited parishioners from both parishes to serve on the Partnership Pastoral Planning Committee. The committee members attended two evenings of training in September. They learned more about the nature of pastoral planning, and the requirements for creating a plan for their partnership.
The Partnership Pastoral Planning Committee is charged to develop a pastoral plan for the partnership for the next 3 to 5 years. This task will take several months. The committee will submit regular reports concerning the development of the plan to the Archdiocesan Strategic Planning Committee for review and responses. Evangelization needs to be one of the goals of the Partnership Pastoral Plan.
Please pray for the members of the Partnership Pastoral Planning Committee as they provide their insights about the needs of their parishes and give generously of their time in service to the parish partnership.