Pastoral Planning


“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

Matthew 28:19-20

Pastoral Planning is a process that engages members of the faith community, invites them to take and express their baptismal responsibility to build up the church through prayer, discernment, and actions that address the needs of the faith community and those served by it.

The aim of the Office for Pastoral Planning is to collaborate with pastoral leaders who choose to strategically rebuild in faith and hope toward the future as vibrant communities of faith. The role of pastoral planning is to encourage dialogue regarding the management and growth of gifts and resources available to fulfill the mission entrusted to us.

The Office for Pastoral Planning currently has three main focuses. They are:

  1. Assisting parishes in forming competent Parish Pastoral Councils according to guidelines approved by Bishop da Cunha.
  2. To act as liaison between the Parish Pastoral Task Force and the Task Force on Catholic Education (schools).
  3. Implementation of pastoral priorities identified by Bishop da Cunha from the work of the task forces on schools and parishes.

“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.”

Niccolò Machiavelli

Mass Counts

Mass count worksheets will no longer be e-mailed to parishes. Please click the link below, which will take you to the Mass count letter for the appropriate deanery (ies). Within the letter is the link to download the Excel workbook, which is where you enter counts.

Please click here for the Cape Cod Deanery Mass count letter for January 2016.

Contact Information

Deacon Joseph E. Regali
Director, Office for Pastoral Planning
P.O. Box 2577
450 Highland Ave.
Fall River, MA 02722
508-675-1311 – Office
508-730-2887 – Fax