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Heythrop 26th June 2010


  • 1. Parish Mission
    Research to make a difference to your work

2. Aims
To draw together themes from previous modules
To apply these themes to the work you do in Parishes
To construct and conduct a research project (e.g. a survey) which demonstrates the students understanding of principles and their practical outworking in Parish life.
3. Learning Outcomes
Clarity of purpose and expectations of your Parish work
Measure how far these are achieved
Understand different research methods and how to use them
Produce, analyse and interpret data from your parish in the light of learning over past year
4. 5. What do you mean by Mission?
6. What do you mean by Parish?
7. How is what I do Mission?
8. Parish as Territory

  • Rooted in Place and History


  • Balance of priorities

Pastoral Care
Primary Evangelisation
New Evangelisation
(Cf GDC 58)
9. Parish as Territory
CIC 102, 518: Territory in which people live
(NB Pre Vatican II juridical emphasis of Parish purely territorial)
Still typical emphasis of CoE
Implications for parish Mission:

  • How do we serve this territory and all the people who live within it?

What do we do for those outside or on the fringe of believing and belonging?
How is what we do experienced/perceived by those outside or on the fringe of believing and belonging?
Engagement with context, collaboration with partners (Ecumenical, Inter-faith, secular)
10. Parish as Portion of People of God
CIC 515: Community of Christs faithful
(Cf CIC 369 Diocese as portion of people ofGod)
Emphasis on sacramentally initiated community
Implications for Mission:
Constructed of people who choose to be part of Parish
Primarily care for regular and occasional worshippers
Witness to surroundings: Openness to allow others in
Equipping insiders to engage in world.
11. Mission
Sending of Divine Son and Holy Spirit
Sending of the Church
12. Mission
Evangelising mission of the Church
13. Mission
In the Church's evangelizing activity there are of course certain elements and aspects to be specially insisted on. Some of them are so important that there will be a tendency simply to identify them with evangelization. Thus it has been possible to define evangelization in terms of proclaiming Christ to those who do not know Him, of preaching, of catechesis, of conferring Baptism and the other sacraments.
Any partial and fragmentary definition which attempts to render the reality of evangelization in all its richness, complexity and dynamism does so only at the risk of impoverishing it and even of distorting it....
For the Church, evangelizing means bringing the Good News into all the strata of humanity, and through its influence transforming humanity from within and making it new.
EN 17,18
14. Mission
To live, share and celebrate the Good News of Jesus

  • Proclamation

15. Missio Dei 16. TransformationCfConstants in Context
17. Mission
Mission is a single but complex reality
Missionary activity is nothing other and nothing less than the manifestation or epiphany of God's plan and its fulfilment in the world and in history; in this history God, by means of missions, clearly accomplishes the history of salvation.What paths does the Church follow in order to achieve this goal?
Mission is a single but complex reality, and it develops in a variety of ways. Among these ways, some have particular importance in the present situation of the Church and the world.
RM 41
18. Mission
Life of missionary, families, communities
Concern for people, charity to the poor
Initial Proclamation of Christ the Saviour
Conversion and Baptism
Forming Local Churches
Incarnating the Gospel in cultures
Dialogue with brothers and sisters of other faiths
Promoting Development
Forming Consciences
Works of Charity
RM 42-60
19. The What of Mission
Witness and proclamation
Catechesis and formation
Liturgy, prayer and contemplation
Justice, peace and the integrity of creation
Interreligious and secular dialogue
20. The How of Mission
Spirituality of Mission
Spirituality OF x Spirituality FOR
Discovering how the Reign of God is already present
Discovering how the Reign of God is Not Yet Present
The Practice of Mission
Table Fellowship as Goal of Mission in its fullness
Daily Life, Eucharist, World
21. What is your mission?
What do you aim to do for the evangelising mission of the Church through the work you do?
Write a concise
(max three sentence) Mission Statement for your own ministry
22. Research Methods
More from Dr BiruteBrilute next week
23. Research Methods
Statistical analysis
24. Research Methods
Discovery, explanation, directions
Statistical analysis
25. How many RCIA candidates did you have in 2010?
Why was RCIA good this year?
Most worthwhile research has elements of both Qualitative and Quantitative
26. Typical Research process
Awareness of area that needs study
Possession of some initial questions
Review of what is already out there in the field
Prepare survey/questionnaire
Introductory letter (Ethics and legalities)
Roll out survey/questionnaire
Analyse results
Qualitative reflection
27. Some examples of Mission Research
Analysis of Mission Trends(Literature Review)
1,200 Parishioners (5,000 distributed)
450 Parish Priests (1,250 distributed)
60 Bishops and Diocesan Officers and Staff
Interviews and lenses
28. Some examples of Mission Research
29. Some examples of Mission Research
PAK undertook audit
Produced Questionnaire
Information entered into Database
Face to face interview with Each Dean
Examined Demographic Data from ODPM and Local Government
Wrote report
30. Audit Questionnaire
Mix of closed and open questions
Mostly numbers which could be fed into spreadsheets
Bare numbers cannot tell whole story, needed to hear peoples stories and feelings
Have a look yourself.
Quickly fill in Section 5 about your own Parish as best you can.
31. Audit Questionnaire
What sort of questions were being asked?
What sort of information would the answers give?
Why ask these things?
Who can use the results?
32. Some examples of Mission Research
Time frame too ambitious
Too many stakeholders wanting too many questions
Lack of focus
Not enough action in consequence
33. Some examples of Mission Research
No Questionnaire!
Completely Qualitative!
Gathered people for colloquium
Talking Together
Listening to stories
Critical Friend
Mirroring back and signposting
Diversity and Vitality
34. Some examples of Mission Research
Commission from Edinburgh 2010 Study Process
Discussion by ecumenical research team
Web analysis
Questionnaire and analysis
Interviews with sample of those who filled in the questionnaire
35. Some examples of Mission Research
Survey Introduction
Page 1 and 2 of questions
Letter to interviewees
Focussed questions for interviewer
36. 37. 38. 39. What do you want from your research?
What context/situation needs examining?
What is the background in existing thinking (literature review etc.)
What information do you want to find out?
What learning are you seeking?
What questions do you need to ask?
How do you need to ask them?
40. Bibliography
Stephen B. BevansConstants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today (OrbisMaryknoll 2004)
Roger P. Schroeder What is the Mission of the Church: A guide for Catholics? (OrbisMaryknoll, 2008)
Philip Knights and Andrea Murray Evangelisation in England and Wales (Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales , 2002)
Philip Knights Changing Evangelisation: Themes and Stories from Catholics in local Mission (CTBI, London, 2007
Anne Richards et al Foundations for Mission (CTBI, London 2010)


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