Parishes are encouraged to work with other parishes and join in archdiocesan initiatives according to the interests of the parishioners. Frequently the ethnic and cultural mix of the parishes will impact these choices. Each
Parish Pastoral Council should include consideration of such joint and archdiocesan efforts in making recommendations to the pastor and assisting the parish and its schools and other operations in their planning. The various offices at the
Archdiocesan Catholic Center that are focused on social, religious, cultural, and ethnic issues and endeavors for the archdiocese provide information, ongoing training, and opportunities for participation and leadership in all of these matters. Many of these opportunities are featured on the
Archdiocese of Los Angeles website and in communications to the parishes from the archdiocese.
Increasingly, pastoral regions and deaneries are hosts for in-person and virtual meetings, training, and planning sessions for all persons involved in parish life. In particular, parishes and schools are encouraged to participate actively in ongoing training on archdiocesan policies and procedures set forth in this Administrative Handbook. Such training sessions are sponsored and led by regional bishops through their deacons, parish business managers, Archdiocesan Catholic Center department heads, the C3 program and the
Department of Catholic Schools.