"The declaration envisions a local church in which a growing number of Catholics return to weekly Mass and the Eucharist. They would go to confession regularly; enroll their children in Catholic schools; encourage them to become priests, nuns and lay leaders; and reconnect with ancient devotional practices, such as praying the rosary and Eucharistic adoration. The driving force for it all would be local parishes."For comparison, here are "the Top Seven Recommendations...from Synod 1987".
"Such evangelization is a major focus of the declaration, along with enhancing Catholic identity and stewardship.
"To further those goals, the church would:
"Place a renewed emphasis on Mass and devotions, and develop instructional materials that explain their structure, symbolism and purpose.
"Embrace the church's cultural diversity by encouraging parishes to collaborate across racial and ethnic divides, as well as by studying and addressing the pastoral needs of the archdiocese's Latino, African-American and Asian-Pacific communities.
"Bolster service opportunities that promote Catholic social teaching on care for the poor and marginalized.
"Provide training across the archdiocese — in parishes, schools and homes — on how to teach and form Catholics in their faith.
"Expand pastoral programs and resources for couples and families, 'especially troubled marriages, single-parent families, those who've experienced divorce, families with mixed religious traditions, and couples dealing with infertility.'"
1. Promote proper stewardship of time, talent, and treasure
2. Provide for parish lifelong Christian formation
3. Meet the educational and spiritual needs of families and individuals
4. Develop a sense of community through small group experience
5. Acknowledge and respond to racism
6. Promote quality preaching
7. Plan and develop a process to train parish lay ministers