Assumption parish will be in a family with St. Alphonsus and St. Angela Merici. Once fully implemented, there will be one pastor and twoe associates in our family, one of whom will need to speak Italian.
So what does this mean for us? At the moment, it only means that we get used to the idea. The next step in the process is for each of the parishes in a given family to come to know the others — each partner’s origins and story, strengths and weaknesses, plans and projects, challenges and needs. The intent in this what might be called “Getting to know you” phase is to foster a sense of community even in the differences, to begin to build a relationship and trust, and eventually to cultivate a spirit of communion, whereby the family appreciates the call to share of themselves within, outside and beyond itself.
Gradually the communities within the family will be urged to share ministry and formation resources and eventually to undertake a project of mission beyond the family, one that all the parishes can share in equally — a project that is outward focused toward the larger Church or the larger community, and a project that benefits others beyond the parishioners or the parishes involved.
Fine more information on the Dicoese of London website.