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Getting Started: The Basics

Are you a new Pastoral Priority Point Person? First visit to our website? Need a refresher on the basics of Harvesting Gifts or Pastoral Priorities? This section addresses basic questions about: the role of the Pastoral Priority Point Person; new deanery assignments; Plan-Do-Check and the Key Factors of Successful Implementation; what parish toolkits are (the purpose of this website); and getting started in pastoral planning.

What is the role of the Pastoral Priority Point Person?

The Pastoral Priority Point Person is someone who will work very closely with the Pastor and assist him in implementing the parish’s plans.  This does not require hiring another staff member; but that the Pastor enlist the assistance of someone who is especially dedicated to the people he ministers to in the parish.

What qualifications would be helpful?
o It is crucial that the Pastoral Priority Point Person have access to his/her own email account and is comfortable using the internet.
o Has excellent communication skills – can keep in touch with the diocesan staffs and with the parishioners
o Is already a recognized leader in some capacity in the parish and has the capacity to be a leader of leaders in the parish
o Is able to mobilize committees and facilitate small groups
o Understands the importance of prayer and the six pastoral priorities
o Is future oriented and has some ability to plan pastorally
o Is generous with their time and talent and shares in the diocesan vision and the parish’s mission.

What deanery is my parish in?

Why parish toolkits?

Getting Started in Pastoral Planning

What Deanery Are You In?

Bishop Galante has announced a reorganization of the deaneries. You can find the full article in the Catholic Star Herald, January 19, 2011. This map and list show you what the new structure looks like. There are now only 9 deaneries, and they are configured a bit differently than they were in the past. Later this week, the newly named deans will meet to learn more about the new way deaneries are organized. Parish leaders may want to familiarize themselves with who their deanery neighbors are. So, what deanery are you in?








Deanery 1: Parish of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Camden; St. Josephine Bakhita, Camden; St. Joseph (Polish), Camden; Sacred Heart, Camden; Immaculate Heart of Mary/Transfiguration, West Collingswood (which will merge to become Most Precious Blood); Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Collingswood; St. Aloysius/St. Vincent Pallotti, Haddon Township (which will merge to become St. Joseph the Worker); Emmaus Catholic Community, Mt. Ephraim; St. Mary, Gloucester City; Annunciation/St. Maurice/St. Anne, Bellmawr (which will merge to become St. Joachim); Holy Angels, Woodbury; Infant Jesus, Woodbury Heights.

Deanery 2: St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, Camden; St. Anthony of Padua, Camden; Mary, Queen of All Saints, Pennsauken; St. Peter, Merchantville; St. Stephen, Pennsauken; Catholic Community of Christ Our Light, Cherry Hill; Christ the King, Haddonfield; Holy Eucharist, Cherry Hill; St. Mary, Cherry Hill; St. Thomas More, Cherry Hill.

Deanery 3: St. Rose of Lima, Haddon Heights; St. Rita, Bellmawr, Holy Child, Runnemede; Our Lady of Guadalupe, Lindenwold; St. Andrew the Apostle, Gibbsboro; St. Simon Stock, Berlin; and Mater Ecclesiae Mission, Berlin.

Deanery 4: Our Lady of Hope, Blackwood; Holy Family, Sewell; Our Lady of Lourdes/Our Lady Queen of Peace, Glassboro (which will merge to become Mary, Mother of Mercy); Saints Peter and Paul, Turnersville; St. Charles Borromeo, Sicklerville; St. Bridget, Glassboro; St. Michael the Archangel, Franklinville.

Deanery 5: St. Clare of Assisi, Gibbstown; Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit, Mullica Hill; St. Gabriel the Archangel, Carneys Point; Incarnation, Mantua.

Deanery 6: Christ the Redeemer, Atco; Our Lady of Peace, Williamstown; Our Lady of the Lakes, Collings Lakes; St. Mary of Mt. Carmel, Hammonton.

Deanery 7: Queen of Angels/St. Rose of Lima/St. Mary, Newfield (which will merge to become Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament); St. Padre Pio, Vineland; Divine Mercy, Vineland; Sacred Heart/St. Isidore, Vineland (which will merge to become Christ, the Good Shepherd); Holy Cross, Bridgeton; All Saints, Millville.

Deanery 8: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Cape May; St. John Neumann, North Cape May; Notre Dame de la Mer, Wildwood; Our Lady of the Angels, Cape May Court House; St. Brendan the Navigator, Avalon; St. Joseph, Sea Isle City; Resurrection/St. Casimir, Marmora (which will merge to become St. Maximillan Kolbe); St. Augustine/St. Frances Cabrini/Our Lady of Good Counsel, Ocean City (which will merge to become St. Damien).

Deanery 9: Our Lady Star of the Sea, St. Michael, and St. Monica, Atlantic City; Holy Trinity, Margate; St. Nicholas of Tolentine, Atlantic City; St. Thomas, Brigantine; St. Vincent de Paul, Mays Landing; St. Katharine Drexel, Egg Harbor Twp.; St. Joseph, Somers Point; Our Lady of Sorrows, Linwood; St. Gianna Beretta Molla, Northfield; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Absecon; Assumption/St. Nicholas, Galloway (which will merge to become Our Lady of Perpetual Help).



Printable List of Deaneries and Deans

Unsure About How To Get Started?

Is your Parish Pastoral Council formed and functioning but you are looking for some direction?   Would you like them to engage in a conversation that may provide your council with some pre-planning insights?

Contact the Pastoral Planning Office.  We will come for a 45 minute portion of your meeting and help you focus on any of these aspects to support your pastoral planning for the pastoral priorities.

    Exploratory meeting:

  • How familiar the Council is with the efforts to meet the challenges facing us as Catholics?
    • Through stronger parishes
    • Better understanding of our baptismal calling
  • How ready is this Council to undertake development of a pastoral plan?
  • What is the process of pastoral planning?
  • What might the next steps be for us?
  • What about the Pastoral Priorities?
  • How can Harvesting Gifts help us?

Why Parish Toolkits?

The 4th Key Factor for Successful Implementation of the Pastoral Priorities is the availability of resources that parishes may use to facilitate their pastoral plan for a particular priority. The diocesan offices, whose ministry is to be of service to parishes, have designed a collection of Parish Toolkits for this purpose.

How can I access a Parish Toolkit?

Since the diocese began the Harvesting Gifts phase of Pastoral Planning on September 18, 2010, a workplace on the diocesan website has been dedicated to parishes to assist them as they plan their approach to the Pastoral Priorities. These parish Toolkits may be accessed by clicking onto the name of the Pastoral Priority, such as Priestly Vocations, or other listed resource locations, and by searching for a Parish Toolkit that will address the need.


What is in a Parish Toolkit?

A Parish Toolkit is a suggested process that may be used to enhance parish life. There are some Toolkits that may be downloaded directly from the site; others may recommend the assistance of a diocesan leader; and some that may be listed on the site, but will require scheduling a visit with the diocesan leader listed there. Some are simply directions, others are worksheets, and some are programs in the form of power point presentations which may be either downloaded or requested.


Can I expect additional help?

Periodically, new Parish Toolkits will be added to Harvesting Gifts. Parishes are invited to contact the persons listed there to request toolkits that are not yet constructed or posted, and to clarify, to adapt, or to invite assistance in using a Parish Toolkit.