St. Pius Catholic Parish of the Blantyre Archdiocese last Sunday launched a five-year strategic plan which will help the parish reposition itself to deliver ecclesiastical work in line with the teaching of the Catholic Church.
The plan runs from 2013 to 2017.
Parish priest Father Benito Masuwa called on all stakeholders at the parish to own the document for easy implementation. He said the plan will transform the parish if implemented.
“Let us all own this strategic plan to avoid it being perceived as purely a document for the elite. The strategic plan should assist us to become truly faithful Christians as we move together as a family of God on a continuous learning experience,” said Masuwa.
Outgoing parish chairperson Sebastian Chimthiko said the plan included key issues raised by the Christians which are intensified ward visitations by parish priests, catechist and the executive, creation of offices for the catechist and clerk; initiating sustainable developmental projects and improving spiritual and social development of the youth.
The goals highlighted in the plan include deep-rooted liturgy, cultural values which are acceptable by the church, a strong and stable Catholic Women Organisation; a financially independent parish with sustainable developments, a healthy church; civilised politics; Christians that foster justice and peace and promote human rights; conservation of nature and protection of the environment as an integral part in church activities and Christians who take part on social responsibility who also consider the plight of people with disabilities.