Definitions and resources

Key terms for parish restructuring

Key indicators for a vibrant parish in the Diocese of Erie

Definitions of parish/church/mission and other similar terms

New Wine, New Wineskins: A faith-sharing resource for restructuring parishes is a publication of RENEW International which provides a pastoral process to support the spiritual and emotional needs of parishioners at various stages of merging or restructuring. Books can be purchased here. Catholic Charities has a limited number of copies of this book available for parish preview or use. Call 814-824-1250 to inquire.


Implementation guides



Facilitator’s guide to parish pastoral planning

Parish Restructuring Preparation Guide

Implementation guide for merged parishes

Implementation guide for partnered parishes

Implementation guide for parishes not restructuring at this time

Prayer resources



Pastoral Planning prayer card

Download "Prayer Reflection in Time of Uncertainty"

Download the worship aid "Prayer on Hearing the Parish Pastoral Plan"