The Catholic parishes of Arlington -- St. Camillus and St. Agnes -- have held a one-day convocation on Saturday, Oct. 26, at St. Camillus Church Hall, 1185 Concord Turnpike.
The day began at 9:30 a.m. in the lower Church (all are welcome to the 9 a.m. daily Mass upstairs before the start) and closed with the 4:30 p.m. Vigil Mass. Lunch and snacks will be provided.
The convocation is a "one-day immersive experience that affords us all the opportunity to learn about the state of our parishes, to pray together and get to know each other, and to discuss how we can energize our worship, extend our generosity, educate ourselves in our faith, and evangelize more effectively," a statement says.
"This discussion will aid us in developing our pastoral plan to respond to the very real challenges facing our Church and will shape how we move forward to grow and prosper spiritually as a faith family.
"It has been over a year since our parishes have officially formed a collaborative. New collaboratives assign a small committee to create a pastoral plan which sets a course for the new collaborative.
"But a small committee can never fully represent the diverse needs of a community nor bring that plan to fruition. For this reason, we decided to plan a Collaborative Convocation for everyone to attend and weigh in on our future together.
"We need your voice. Our collaborative will become what we make it, and this endeavor will be greatly enhanced by your participation."
More details and sign-up information are available at the collaborative website, cparl.org/convocation.
This news announcement was published Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019.
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