Piarist Project

The network wants to strengthen the pastoral project of the parishes
existing, putting them in connection, to enrich themselves,
mutually and gain in Piarist identity.

 

Parish project

Elements
of a Piarist Parish
in the network

In each of the areas, we propose some criteria and activities that can help to design the Piarist pastoral project. Most of them appear already in the mentioned document “Elements of identity of the Piarist parish”. Others we propose as a suggestion. 

piarist parish

Identifying elements

Liturgy
  1. It has appropriate spaces, both to celebrate Christian worship, and to promote and develop training and recreational processes with children and young people.

  2. The Christian cult is carefully cared for by performing specific liturgical and spiritual celebrations for children and young people.

  3. Participation is given to the faithful in the celebrations: acolytes, choruses, readers…

  4. The homily is taken care of as a privileged means of formation in the faith of the faithful.

Evangelization & Catechesis
  1. Catechesis and catechists are carefully cared for.

  2. Transition ages are attended in a special way: as, for example, after the First Communion and after the Confirmation.

  3. It favors the biblical, theological, pastoral, liturgical and homiletics formation, both in the IF and in the PF of the Piarists.

  4. Catechesis is used to evangelize the families of children and young people, preferably in ongoing processes.

  5. The missionary dimension is promoted and the search and approach to the furthest.

  6. It participates in the proposals of evangelization presented by the Local Church and the Pious Schools.

Social Pastoral
  1. Processes of Community integration and solidarity development are promoted.

  2. Processes of direct social assistance (financial assistance, food banks, health care, etc.) are promoted.

  3. Volunteering and social action are organized as a form of pastoralism.

  4. Processes of coexistence that integrate in diversity, including working with immigrants are promoted

  5. Spaces of dialogue Faith-Culture are promoted

  6. The defense is clearly chosen of life from its origin to natural death, of the family, of human rights and of the right to freedom in education

  7. Training for commitment and active participation in the solution of social problems is promoted.

  8. Awareness-raising and solidarity campaigns with the poorest are promoted.

  9. Work spaces are promoted with groups with special social needs: addictions, depression, unemployment, etc.

  10. The operation of Justice and Peace Commissions is promoted.

Family Pastoral
  1. There is a comprehensive Family Pastoral program.

  2. Families are offered, with all their diversity, accompaniment and training, as well as help in the formation of their children.

  3. The families are offered processes of reflection and clarification of the faith, as well as a meaningful ecclesial reference.

  4. Host and accompaniment processes are promoted for broken families.

  5. Parochial instances of counselling and mediation are promoted for family problems.

  6. The process of accompanying the new marriages is favored.

  7. It favors the formation of values for family life, especially among young people.

Non-formal education
  1. Educational, recreational, cultural and solidarity processes designed for children and young people (V.gr. task rooms, school review, etc…) are organized.

  2. Human development and Non-Formal Education processes (school support, psychology, language immersion, labour insertion, etc.) are proposed.

  3. There are social volunteering processes with stimulation and Piarist training.

  4. The formation of social development centres is promoted wherever possible.

Calasanz Movement
  1. The Calasanz Movement is proposed, accompanied and developed, in communion with the whole of the Pious Schools

  2. There are groups of human and Christian growth beyond the school age; with a well-defined process, objectives and a reference community.

  3. Catechesis is used to evangelize the families of children and young people, preferably in ongoing processes.

  4. Volunteering and social action are organized as a form of pastoralism.

  5. There are proposals for group initiation into prayer, interiority, listening and sharing, especially of children and young people.

  6. The Piarist Vocation Ministry is boldly proposed.

Transversal options

Initial and permanent training
  1. The suitability of the evangelizing agents is taken care of.

  2. Evangelizing agents are formed that can accompany people in the inner and spiritual dimension.

  3. Group initiation is promoted to prayer, interiority, listening and sharing, especially of children and young people.

  4. The theological, spiritual and liturgical formation of our lay collaborators is cared for and encouraged.

  5. The suitability of the catechists with their: fidelity to the Church, ability to close and care for children and youth, training in relation to the fight against all types of abuse, coherence of Christian life and capacity for teamwork, is taken care of.

  6. There are trainers open to continuous training, and capable of transmitting faith through their own lives.

  7. We offer the possibility of continuous training and specific courses (didactics, orientation, etc.) for our lay collaborators.

  8. There is a basic Training and Accompaniment Plan for our lay collaborators.

  9. The participation of our lay collaborators in training meetings is promoted, both from the Local Church and from the Pious Schools.

Shared mission
  1. A positive and fraternal working and relational environment is enhanced, where good reception and respectful treatment predominate.

  2. The community environment is favoured among the same lay collaborators, with some training and recreational encounters.

  3. Adequate formation in the Piarist charism is promoted.

  4. We propose our own Piarist vocation to the laity.

  5. It favors the existence of stable groups of lay Piarists who reflect and grow from their own charism. 

  6. The various ecclesial and Piarists ministries are developed

Accompaniment.
  1. The presence and closeness of the priests in the real life of their parish is favored.

  2. A continuous accompaniment process is promoted for the various stages of life.

  3. Encourage the availability of priests for listening and accompaniment, especially children and young people.

  4. Accompaniment of all through the sacrament of Reconciliation.

  5. Accompaniment and training of our lay collaborators.

  6. Accompaniment also in the educational, social and recreational processes, etc.

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