How were groupings assigned?
Groupings were originally assigned through a consultative process in 2016 that included feedback and input from archdiocesan and parish leadership, including vicars, deans, pastors, parish councils and lay leadership. Since then some parishes have changed groupings as we have learned more about the grouping discernment process based on the early pilot experiences and reviewed the original groupings with each regional vicar’s team and pastors.
A set of parishes should be considered a good grouping if they:
- are reasonably close geographically.
- serve the same broader community (e.g. the parishes serve the same public-school district).
- have obvious commonalities and affinities (e.g. parishioners occasionally attend Mass at more than one parish in the grouping).