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4th ARUA DIOCESAN SYNOD
BACKGROUND TO THE FIVE YEAR
It is Christ who tells us how his church should
live in these days. His plan is our plans as the local church
of Arua. Poverty is one of the things that dehumanizes our people
and affects the work of evangelization.
Christ said “I have come that they may have life and have
it to the Full” Jn 10:10 we would like to put it clearly
that the followers of Christ must avoid tragic separation between
faith and every day life. They can neither shrike their earthly
duties, nor, as second Vatican council declared “Immerse
themselves in earthly foreign to religion and were nothing more
than the fulfillment of acts of worship and the observance of
a few moral obligation” (Pastoral Constitution on the
church in the Modern World no 43).
By this Synod we believe that people shape the
economy and in turn they are shaped by it. Economic arrangements
can be sources of fulfillment of hope of the community or of
frustration, isolation and even despair, they teach virtues
or vices and day by day help to mold our characters. They affect
the quality of people’s live at the extreme even determining
whether people live or die. Serious economic choices go beyond
purely technical issues to fundamental questions of value and
human purpose. We believe in facing these questions, the teachings
of the church and moral tradition can make an important contribution.
OVERVIEW OF OUR PASTORAL PLAN
Our theme Economic empowerment of the Christians and Christian
Communities sums up the many steps we want to take during the
coming five years and beyond in order to reduce and alleviate
poverty so that our Christians and Christian communities live
full spiritual and human life.
Poverty is one of the greatest scandals of our time because
it is an attack on human dignity. When people are unable to
meet their basic needs, such as housing, food, clothing, security,
health and especially work, then they are indeed poor.
In our pastoral plans we would like to address the root causes
of poverty in Arua Diocese like misdirected priorities dependence
thinking, lack of awareness, lack of skills and knowledge, lack
of Co-operation especially among men. Negative beliefs, customs
and superstitions lack of capital and saving, irregular rainfall.
We want our plans to be person centered because one of the reasons
for the failure, of the past efforts by the church and other
organizations and the government, to reduce the level of poverty
is aiming to do something “for the poor” rather
than “doing with the poor”. In this way we shall
be able to empower them. As the Second Vatican Council explained
the importance of the development of people in the document.
“It states just as human activities proceeds from man,
so it is ordered towards man, for when a man works he not only
alters things and society, he develops himself as well. He learns
much, he cultivates his resources, he goes outside of himself
and beyond himself. Rightly understood, this kind of growth
is of greater value than any external riches. A man is more
precious for what he is than for what he has”. (GS no
Therefore by economic empowerment we want to mean;
• Ability to set up the community’s standard of
• Ability to restore human dignity of every human being
• Ability to identify and mobilize resources
• Ability to have access to property and ideas.
When the above are being done we will be empowering the Christians
and Christian Communities.
This means that all stakeholders intensify ‘their activities
right from the families small Christian Communities, Chapel
Parish, Diocesan departments and institutions. Much has to be
done to the families and Sccs so that they became a Center for
spiritual and material development of the Christians. Therefore
the role of parents and Sccs be reinforced in order to change
the negative attitudes of the people.
The diocesan departments and institutions must be restructured
with regard to logistics and personnel in order to give good
service to the Christians and Christian Communities. A special
attention is to be given to vocations office, Justice and peace
commission, Arua Diocese Garage and Procure, and income Generating
Our Pastoral Plans Builds on the Work of
We have already gone through three Synods, where we were able
to use the time talents, energy and lives of our Christians
so that the faith might take root throughout our diocese.
The plans of this Fourth Synod is an expression of that gratitude.
We have gone through a variety of activities, Christian education
of children and adolescents, ministry to youth, adult catechesis,
caring of the sick, here we do not want to overlook the effort
in fighting HIV/Aids, the poor and the needy; encouraging vocation
to the priesthood and religious life; preparing couples for
Christian marriage enriching marriage and family life, in cultivating
participation in liturgy; making parishes self-supporting, training
local leaders, building up lay movements establishing small
The purpose of this synod pastoral plan is not to do away with
all these but to empower the Christians and Christian communities
by providing them with a vision within which they can relate
the plans to one another.
We believe that as a community we can work to reduce the poverty
level in our area. Therefore the poor must be provided with
a means to help themselves through learning opportunities, ready
access to the means of production, provision of affordable basic
services and the protection of law. Self-reliance is the means
to this through economic empowerment.
Therefore we make the following plans of action as we continue
to implement the previous plans of the past Synod.
Responsibilities of families and Small
1. Parents shall teach their children the true value of material
goods. Children must grow up with a correct attitude of freedom
with regard to work and material goods, by adopting a simple
and austere life style and being and being fully convinced that
a person is more precious for what s/he is than for what s/he
has. Every SCC shall discuss this issue and determine ways forward
at their community meetings at least six times a year using
materials like God renews the world through us.
2. Parents shall within these five years teach children the
right use of leisure. Excessive use of the media for passive
entertainment displaces conversation and other activities, such
as reading and handicrafts and so prevents children’s
development. Every SCC shall discuss this issue and determine
ways forward at their community meetings at least six times
3. Parents shall prefer choosing a sound Catholic school for
their children’s education. Sound Catholic schools are
a great help to parents in fulfilling their responsibilities
regarding the religious formation and moral education of their
children. Parish Education Committees shall ensure that PTA’s
exist in every Catholic-founded school and that parents take
an active role in the PTA meetings.
4. Parents shall provide their children proper and timely
education in sexuality. Children should not be told everything
about sexuality all at one time. Instead, some aspects of sexuality
shall be explained repeatedly and in different ways as they
mature. The chapel family life coordinator shall discuss this
issue and ways forward with the parents when they meet during
sacrament preparation sessions (Infant Baptism, First Communion,
5. Parents shall try to find or form a suitable community
where they can be fully involved in the SCC activities. Since
a hostile social environment makes it far more difficult for
parents to fulfill their responsibility, they should try, to
raise their children in a community friendly to their faith.
Every SCC shall discuss this issue and determine ways forward
at their community meetings at least six times a year.
6. The DFPC in collaboration with the Parish and chapel Finance,
Planning and Development Committees shall encourage and develop
schemes for savings and investments for Christians and Diocesan
Institutions by the end of 2007.
7. The Diocesan Finance and Planning Commission in collaboration
with the Parish Finance, Planning and Development Committee
shall establish at least one vital income Generating Activity
for each parish by the end of 2009.
8. The Priests saving in the parishes and parish pastoral council
shall help the community to identify their needs, prioritize
them and identify the sources of income to achieve then annually.
9. The Caritas Department in collaboration with the Diocesan
Finance and Planning Commission shall develop materials and
training for use in parishes on self-reliance at lower levels
in regard to human, spiritual and material resources annually.
The Diocesan Technical Institution shall promote the training
of our youth to instill in them skills and spirit of self-reliance.
10. The Caritas Department in collaboration with the deans
shall establish catholic cooperatives societies and village
banks for the farmers by the year 2007. the Caritas Department
with the help of CERUDEB and other Microfinance Institutions
shall revitalize the activities of loans to groups.
11. Diocesan Education Commission shall develop materials
to be used by the Parish and chapel Education Committees to
sensitize teachers and parents on the importance of vocational
and technical schools. The materials shall be ready at the end
12. The chapel Pastoral Council shall meet and identify persons
to be trained as instructors who be trained be the Diocesan
Education Commission using the materials developed by it by
the end of 2007. The Parish Education Committee shall supervise
the learning process.
13. The Diocesan Education Commission shall develop Constitution
for Catholic Teachers’ Association to guide the association.
Every Parish Priest shall facilitate the formation of the Catholic
Teacher’s Association not later than 2006.
14. The On-going formation Commission shall appoint a committee
of four persons to research or make feasibility studies on necessary
requirements, finances, etc for the establishment of a theological
school and make recommendations ready for the Diocesan Pastoral
Council Meeting of 2007.
15. The Diocesan Education Commission shall develop policies
for the management and government of Catholic founded schools
to be approved by the local ordinary by the end of 2006.
Vulnerable and Disabled
16. The Diocesan Health Coordinator’s Office shall establish
and train Parish Health Committees which shall identify health
Conditions of the Vulnerable and disabled groups in the Christian
Committees by the end of the year 2006.
17. The Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission shall establish
Parish and chapel Justice and Peace Committees who shall carry
out sensitization programme on the rights of vulnerable and
disabled groups in the Christian Communities by the end of the
18. The Diocesan Education Commission and Parish Education
Committees shall identify the educational needs of the vulnerable
and disabled groups and after relevant education opportunities
for the same, in the Christian Communities by the year 2010.
19. The Pastoral Finance Planning Committees in collaboration
with Parish/Chapel Pastoral Councilors shall sensitize the Christian
Communities on their solidarity role towards the vulnerable/disabled
groups within the Christian Communities.
20. The Parish/Chapel Finance, Planning and Development Committees
in collaboration with the office of Caritas/SSD shall ensure
that vulnerable/disabled groups in their Christian Communities
form their own Associations in their Christian Communities to
enable them to have joint ventures.
21. The Parish Finance, Planning & Development Committees
shall establish Parish Agricultural Committees and train them
by the end of 2006.
22. The Parish Pastoral Council together with Parish Finance,
Planning and Development Committee shall acquire a piece of
land at zone level for demonstrations by the meddle of 2007.
23. The Department of Caritas/SSD in collaboration with Parish/Chapel
Agricultural Committee shall ensure food security in the communities
and encourage proper storage facilities by the year 2007.
24. Parish/Chapel Agricultural Committees shall encourage
Christian Communities to form cooperatives to market their goods
by the 2007.
Land and Its Use
25. The Diocesan Land Board in collaboration with Parish Pastoral
shall ensure the formation of Parish and Chapel land Committees
and train them on the “Land Acts” by 2007.
26. The Chapel land Committees in collaboration with the Parish
Land Committee and Diocesan Land Board shall acquire land and
lease it for the chapels and encourage the families to ensure
the ownership proper use and conservation of their land by the
end of the 5 years (2006-2010).
27. The chapel Land Committee in collaboration with Parish
Land Committee shall sensitize the Christians and the Sccs to
make proper use of their land for crop and animal farming for
2006 to 2010.
28. The Diocesan finance & Planning Commission in Collaboration
with Diocesan Land Board shall seek to acquire land for extensive
and integrated farming by the year 2010.
29. The Diocesan Health Coordinator’s Office in collaboration
with Pastoral Coordinator’s Office (Family Life Desk)
shall organize to meet and plan for trainings with the parish/chapel
CFA educate the Christians about the dangers of Alcoholism,
Drug Abuse and Suicide from 2006 onwards.
30. The Diocesan Health Coordinator’s Office in collaboration
with the Diocesan Youth Office/Catholic Associations and Movements
and Health Centres (or Parish Health Committees) shall organize
awareness course, trainings and counseling on HIV/AIDS through
Music, Drama, Poems and films in the parishes, chapels and schools
for the Christians from 2006 onwards.
31. The Diocesan Health Coordinator’s Office in collaboration
with the Health Centres/Parish Health Committees shall identify
and organize the traditional medical practitioners together
in each parish/chapel for training/sharing of ideas to help
the Christian community Communities on Health issues from 2006
32. The Diocesan Health Coordinator’s Office in collaboration
with the Health Committees formed at all levels shall ensure
that Primary Health Care Services rich the Christians at all
levels by 2008.
33. The Diocesan Health Coordinator’s Office in collaboration
with the Pastoral Coordinator’s Office shall ensure that
functional Health Commission/ Committees be formed at functional
Health Commission/Committees be formed at all levels by December
Vocation and Seminary
34. The Diocesan Vocations Director’s Office shall form
a functional Diocesan Vocations Commission which shall ensure
that Vocations Teams are formed in all the parishes and chapels
by the year 2006, for effective advocacy and animation of vocations
in all the schools by the year 2007.
35. The Rector of Pokea Seminary shall establish PTA for the
Seminary by the year 2006.
36. The Bishop (of Arua and Nebbi) and the Diocesan Vocations
Commission shall study the possibility of having foster Parents
and scholarships for seminarians by the year 2007.
37. The Parish Finance, Planning and Development Committees,
and Vocations Teams shall find ways of supporting Pokea Seminary
and Major Seminarians annually by special collections, contributions,
fundraising and income generating activities from 2006 to 2010.
Personnel Development and Management
38. The Diocesan Finance and Planning Commission with the
Diocesan Personnel Board shall develop an Employment and Retirement
Policy by the of the year 2006. This shall include Personnel/staff
39. The Personnel Board in collaboration with the Diocesan
Finance and Planning Commission shall develop an Appointment
and Transfer Policy concerning the Pastoral Agents of Arua Diocese
to be approved by the Local Ordinary and the Presbyteral Council
by the end of 2006. This must state clearly the direct role
of the Christians in their welfare.
40. Arua Diocese CARITA/SSD department shall develop a staff
Loan-Scheme in collaboration with the Diocesan Finance &
Planning Commission by the end of 2007.
41. The Administrators at various levels shall be responsible
to supervise staff and Pastoral Agents within their territories
of jurisdiction as a routine. For Diocesan Departments, this
shall be quarterly
Liturgy and Catechesis
42. The Pastoral Coordinator’s Office in collaboration
with the Catechetical Commission shall prepare materials about
the Social Teaching of the Church, justice and peace and defence
of creation to be used for catechesis by the end of 2007.
43. The Pastoral Coordinator’s Office shall prepare
courses for Parish leaders using the materials prepared on justice
and peace, defence of creation by the end of 2007.
44. The diocesan Liturgy Commission shall prepare materials
on the need to share with and to sacrifice for other as Christ
Sacrificed himself for us. The materials shall be used by priests
and catechists in their homilies several times every year to
help Christians participate in the life of the church beyond
the celebration of Mass.
45. The Pastoral Coordinator’s Office by the end of
2006 shall prepare materials on the theological and scriptural
reasons on the duty of Christians to cooperate financially and
materially on the needs of the church in the form of tithe,
stole fee decimal and other forms of collections.
46. The Liturgy Commission in collaboration with the Diocesan
Youth Office shall Organize Music, drama, and dance as a means
to pass out the Gospel Massage and generate income for self-sustainability
yearly from the year 2006.
Ecumenism and Inter-religious Dialogue:
47. The Pastoral Coordinator’s Office shall set up a
desk for Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue to handle the
issues arising among Catholics and other protestant denominations
and other religions.
48. The Personnel Board in collaboration with SSD/CARITAS
Department shall ensure that all institutions, cooperatives,
groups, etc from grass root level upto Diocesan level are headed
by Catholics but the personnel employed and beneficiaries may
be all the people of God by the end of the year 2007.
49. The Ecumenism and Dialogue and Commission shall undertake
research on why more Catholics are joining other religions rather
than others joining the Catholics, poor material support by
the Catholics to the Church, undermining Catholics in Business
sector & politics by other religions.