The Department of Pastoral Planning celebrates and supports the many culturally diverse parish communities of the Diocese of Trenton, working to establish an environment of welcome, provide a variety of resources and promote awareness of the richness cultural diversity brings to the Church.
A new evangelization is synonymous with mission, requiring the capacity to set out anew, go beyond boundaries and broaden horizons. The new evangelization is the opposite of self-sufficiency, a withdrawal into oneself, a status quo mentality and an idea that pastoral programs are simply to proceed as they did in the past. Today a “business as usual” attitude can no longer be the case. Some local Churches, already engaged in renewal, reconfirm the fact that now is the time for the Church to call upon every Christian community to evaluate their pastoral practice on the basis of the missionary character of their program and activities.
- Synod of Bishops XIII Ordinary General Assembly, The New Evangelization for the Transmission of Christian Faith, Lineamenta, #10
A Multicultural Liaison Council has been convened by Bishop O’Connell with appointed representatives from each of the major cultural groups within the diocese. With the support of the Council, the Department of Multicultural Ministry will bring attention to the most pressing needs and concerns of the various cultural communities, and will assist parishes and diocesan offices as they address the needs that are identified. Parishioners of our diocese who wish to speak with a diocesan representative regarding one of our cultural communities may call the Director of the Department of Multicultural Ministry (see ‘contact us’) who which in turn will contact the appropriate liaison.
The bishop-appointed liaisons for each of our diocesan cultural communities are as follows:
The Department of Multicultural Ministry web page will contain information that may: