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Many Gifts, One Spirit

Pastoral and Sacramental Policies for the Archdiocese of Seattle

My Dear Friends in Christ!

In listening sessions throughout 2001–2003, the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council heard a call for updated policies and procedures that would guide sacramental life, assist pastoral ministry, and serve the needs of the people of the Archdiocese of Seattle. Their call is recorded in our Archdiocesan Vision Statement, A Future Full of Hope, paragraph 29, which I promulgated in September, 2004.

These policies, entitled Many Gifts, One Spirit, enshrine best practices for sacramental and pastoral ministry in the Archdiocese of Seattle and are essential for sound, responsible stewardship. Therefore, these policies strengthen our ties of communion among the parishes, faith communities and other Catholic institutions across the Archdiocese of Seattle. As such, this manual is a living document. We continue to welcome suggestions consistent with your best lived pastoral experience that are grounded in the universal Church’s documents and teachings. Updates will be routinely published and promulgated and will be both mailed and posted on the Archdiocesan web site.

These policies were written and revised after extensive consultation in every deanery of the Archdiocese, several readings by the Presbyteral Council and the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission, and after advice from the Delegates and Vicars responsible for each area. I am grateful for everyone who contributed their wisdom and time to this project, and am especially grateful for the work of Bishop Joseph Tyson and Father Stephen Rowan in leading us through this very complex process. I would also like to express my appreciation to the members of my curia who provided content and feedback during the writing process. I sincerely hope that these policies bring to light the “… many gifts…and one Spirit” so prominent in our parish communities all across Western Washington.

Accordingly, I promulgate these policies as particular law for the Archdiocese of Seattle, effective March 29, 2007, at our Chrism Liturgy, all things to the contrary notwithstanding. With this promulgation, all previous pastoral and sacramental policies are abrogated. With this promulgation, all previous pastoral and sacramental policies are abrogated. In addition, and in order to give clergy and parish staff enough time to fully implement the changes the policies require, I hereby impose a vacatio legis until July 1, 2007. This means that the policies I promulgate on March 29, 2007, do not bind, or become effective, until July 1, 2007. I am confident this will provide us with an appropriate interval of time to put into practice any changes required by these policies.

May the renewing light of Jesus Christ guide us forward into a “Future Full of Hope.”

Sincerely yours in Christ,

The Most Rev. Alex J. Brunett
Archbishop of Seattle

Christine Taylor, JCLChancellor
March 29, 2007

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