Review the reality of the Hispanic/Latino community in the Diocese of Owensboro on page 14 of the pastoral plan. How does it reflect the reality of the Hispanic/Latino community in the geographical boundaries of your parish? How is it different?
Review the quotes from the pastoral plan on page 15.
Study these sections of the ecclesial documents to further study this topic:
- Evangelii Gaudium
- Having more lay people at the service of the Church (102), charisms at the service of a communion which evangelizes (130-131), we have to initiate everyone in the “art of accompaniment” (169-173), study of the Sacred Scriptures (174-175)
- Living as Missionary Disciples
- Effective Planning for Ministry Requires Leaders (p. 24-29)
- The Proceedings and Conclusions of the V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry
- Integrating Hispanics into Church leadership (p. 59-63), Evangelization & Mission and Faith Formation & Catechesis (p. 73-76, p. 96-98, p. 98-100), Intercultural Competencies (p. 79-80, p. 114-116), Leadership Development & Ministry Formation (p. 80-81, p. 122-125), Stewardship and Development (p. 147-149)
- Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers
- Module 3: Develop Intercultural Communication Skills in Pastoral Settings
- Best Practices for Shared Parishes: So That They May All Be One
- Part III: The Developmental Process of Ecclesial Integration/Inclusion and Stewardship in Shared Parishes (p. 77-105)
Questions for Parish Leadership
- In what stage of ecclesial integration is the Hispanic/Latino community in your parish?
- Have Hispanic leaders emerged?
- How can you help them discern their gifts and charisms?
- How could you accompany, form and train them better as leaders?
- What specific training do they need to serve in different ministry areas?
- How could you challenge committed parishioners to share more of their time, talent, and treasure?
- Pick one or two areas to focus on for one or two years.
- What support or resources would be needed from the diocesan offices?