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Cashel & Emly Listening Process 

6th May 2020

Cashel & Emly Listening Process Follow-Up: – invitation for feedback.

The Listening Process has been completed throughout Cashel & Emly.  We prepared a detailed ‘Diocesan Listening Process Report and next steps – a discussion document’ (Report) and a Listening to Priests report, both of which have been the subject of discussion at our Gatherings of Parishes throughout 2019.

The draft pastoral plan can be accessed via the following link  (Click to download). In order to obtain feedback to our Draft pastoral plan we organised eight (8) Gatherings of Parishes during March 2020, four (4) of which, involving 25 parishes, took place until the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Thereafter, the imposition of the necessary public health guidelines meant that all such gatherings could no longer take place.   We then invited, by email/text, all our Listening Contacts in the remaining 21 parishes to feedback on our Draft pastoral plan online or by post.    Also, we invited all our Listening Contacts throughout the diocese to reflect again upon our Draft pastoral plan in light of COVID-19.  We have now received an amount of feedback, both from our actual Gatherings of Parishes and online which, of course, in recent weeks, takes account of the significant impact of COVID-19 upon the life of our parish communities.

Currently, our Diocesan Pastoral Council (DPC) are working to collate all the feedback and to integrate it into the drafting of our Diocesan Pastoral Plan.  Our original aim, pre-COVID-!9, was to be ready to launch diocesan pastoral initiatives at Pentecost (31st May 2020).  This, of course, will not happen as the necessary public health guidelines restricting gatherings, remain in place.   However, we now have time to reflect further upon how COVID-19 pandemic has ‘fast-forwarded our parishes into the future’, in view of less available personnel and the greater need to use modern communications technology.  As we proceed to draft our Pastoral Plan throughout this month of May, you are welcome to continue to respond with feedback to our Draft pastoral plan and to reflect upon the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This current crisis may indeed, be an opportunity, with God’s help, to design a pastoral plan which can be relevant, realistic and assure the nurturing of faith in our parishes into the future.

Please email any further feedback to; [email protected]

or post to; Fr Martin Hayes,

Parochial House, Knockanrawley, Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary E34 XD90

With thanks for your support as we move towards launching and implementing pastoral initiatives for the parishes of Cashel & Emly whenever the public health safety guidelines allow.

Keeping each other in prayer.

Fr Martin Hayes.

[email protected]