Questions and Answers
1. How can I be sure the gift I give to the PSA will be restricted only for the pastoral ministries listed in the brochure?
Bishop Vann is bound by church and civil law to honor the restrictions placed on gifts by donors. Your gifts will only be used for pastoral services and ministries described in the PSA brochure, not for any other purpose. The gifts given to the 2013 PSA through the capital campaign will be used to fund the July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 ministry budgets.
2. What beneﬁt does my parish receive from the ministries supported through the PSA?
Parishes could not provide the same level of service without the essential ministries supported through the PSA. Catechists are certiﬁed through the Institute for Pastoral Ministry; DRE’s, liturgical ministers and lay leaders who serve our local parishes are trained and supported through opportunities for continuing education and enrichment; our clergy and seminarians receive education and ongoing formation; deacons are instructed and nurtured; vocations to the priesthood and religious life are encouraged; we reach out to those in need through Catholic Schools Tuition Assistance, Catholic Charities, Detention Ministry, and the Catholic Deaf Community. All of these services are indispensable and critical to the mission of the local parish and our Church of Orange.
3. What is a diocese and why do we have them?
Parishes in every geographic area of the world are grouped into a local church or diocese with its own bishop who is in union with the Bishop of Rome – the Pope. Every Catholic in Orange County is a parishioner in a parish as well as a member of the “Church of Orange”, with Bishop Kevin Vann as our shepherd. While we practice our faith in our 57 parish communities and 5 Catholic centers, we are also members of one diocese, just as we are all part of the universal worldwide Church, the Body of Christ.
4. What is the role of the bishop and the diocese?
Under canon (church) law, the bishop is responsible for shepherding the people of his diocese and insuring that the Catholic community conducts public worship in a digniﬁed and reverent manner. The bishop is the authentic teacher of the faith. He is responsible for promoting and selecting candidates for the priesthood and diaconate, attends to people’s spiritual needs, sustains the priests, deacons, religious and lay leaders entrusted to his care, and obtains the human, physical and ﬁnancial resources needed to minister to the people of God. The administrative and pastoral ofﬁces of the Bishop, primarily located at Marywood Pastoral Center, play an important leadership and supportive role by providing new parish sites, assigning clergy to parishes, and administering Catholic high schools, elementary schools, cemeteries and human resources. The Marywood Center also provides guidance for parish business practices and pastoral services to people directly when it is beyond the scope of any one parish.
5. What is a deanery and what is my parish’s role in it?
In order to provide pastoral care through common action, several neighboring parishes are joined together in smaller groups called deaneries. The priests of each deanery meet on a regular basis to coordinate pastoral activity within the deanery. Deaneries promote a better connection between parishes and the diocese, share ministerial leadership and resources, give a sense of belonging to something larger than a parish, facilitate common events, and allow parishes to be more sensitive to the cultural diversity throughout the local Church of Orange.