In June 2014, Blessed Sacrament Parish became part of a new pastoral collaborative under the Disciples in Mission pastoral plan for the Archdiocese of Boston. Disciples in Mission is a groundbreaking plan for the future of the Archdiocese, preparing for the next 50 or 100 years of the Church in eastern Massachusetts, ensuring that every parish is a strong, stable, intentional, and effective center of the New Evangelization.
DIM groups parishes into collaboratives of up to four with one pastoral team consisting of a pastor, parochial vicars, a permanent deacon, and pastoral staff that serves all the parishes.
By grouping parishes, Cardinal Seán was able to make sure that every parish had a pastor assigned and brought together the resources of multiple parishes to begin the process of a New Evangelization that would see a new growth in the Church.
Phase 1 of Disciples in Mission began in June 2013 and Phase 2 began the following June with Blessed Sacrament joining St. Mary's in East Walpole in the new Matthew 13 Catholic Collaborative under the leadership of Fr. George "Chip" Hines. (The collaborative had originally included Our Lady of Sorrows in Sharon, but Cardinal Seán in consultation with the parishes and archdiocesan staff decided to remove the parish from the collaborative in June 2015.)
The Matthew 13 Catholic Collaborative has undertaken the pastoral planning process as outlined by the Archdiocese of Boston’s Disciples in Mission Pastoral Plan. As the Pastoral Planning Team develops the elements of the plan, they will post them HERE in draft and final forms for the benefit of the parishes and to receive feedback. If you have questions, comments, or feedback, please the form at the bottom of the linked page. Thank you.
The 13th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew begins with Jesus' Parable of the Sower, who scatters seeds willy-nilly over good soil, rocky ground, weed-strewn areas, and where birds can snatch it up. The parable reminds us that the Word of God goes forth into every kind of place in the world and in the human heart, but it always returns fruitful a hundred times over.
As Blessed Sacrament and St. Mary's began the process of collaboration under the Disciples in Mission pastoral plan, we looked toward the example of Jesus' parable to find a vision for our way forward. In the New Evangelization, the Church re-proposes the Gospel to the whole faithful, those we count among us each Sunday at Mass and those who might have left this path we travel. With Christ as our model, we sow the seeds of the Gospel by the joy with which we live our lives, the faith by which we praise God, the love with which we serve God's people, and the hope with which we look for God's blessings.
We know through faith, as Christ tells us in this parable, that His Word always comes back fruitful. As our two individual parishes approach this renewed mission together, our collaborative gathers under its own identity that recalls Jesus' Parable of the Sower:
The Matthew 13 Catholic Collaborative
Let us go out with confidence that the Holy Spirit will strengthen us and guide our hands as we sow the seeds of the Gospel.
(This new collaborative name does not supersede those of the parishes in any way. All parish websites and other parish entities will continue under the parish names. Only collaborative functions will use the new domain, such as email addresses for the priests and certain staff.)