Features on the site include “Parish Resources,” “Articles” and “Best Practices.” The site is designed to be interactive, said Livingstone.
“Parishes are encouraged to share their best practices,” he said. “We want the website to be a forum for parishes to collaborate together. The ‘Articles’ section offers blog format entries from different individuals who are serving as liaisons for each of the pastoral areas.”
The website represents a collaborative effort of the diocesan departments of Communications and Stewardship and Pastoral Services, added Livingstone.
“The goal is to better equip parishes to live out the vision and the call of the pastoral letter,” he said. “We are looking for parish leadership to tap into it. We would also like to get parishioners to read it, reflect and implement it into their faith life.”
So far, the website, primarily designed for parishes within the diocese, has attracted visitors from throughout the United States and other countries, including Canada, India, Poland, Italy and New Zealand.
“It shows the message and the vision,” said Livingstone. “Strengthening parishes impacts our diocese and can be duplicated globally.”
Mark Mogilka, diocesan director of Stewardship and Pastoral Services, and Fr. Dan Felton, vicar general, are the co-chairs for the effort to develop and implement “Parishes: Called to be Holy, Fully Engaged, Fully Alive.” Their contact information as well as the contact information for the liaisons for the six pastoral focus areas is available on the site for those with questions or in need of support in implementation of the vision.