What is Bridges?
Simply put, Bridges is about forming people who serve in their parishes, and building a parish that lives the mission of Jesus Christ as a strong faith community. Bridges is not only parish staff members, but every parishioner who is part of a ministry or organization. Really, Bridges is for everyone, since it is about adopting a common vision for the parish and developing ways to bring that vision about as people and as a strong community.
We call this process Bridges because we believe each of us is called to build bridges to others -- bridges to faith in Jesus Christ through the parish community; bridges between Mass and the rest of our lives; bridges from the parish out, in mission, service and love.
Bridges includes many elements:
Bridges workbooks: extensive content that reflects our Catholic theological depth and tradition, self-paced and electronically delivered videos and participant guides, all reasonably priced, with full handout duplication permission included;
Bridges events: at your parish, diocese, or in your region. Bridges events are live introductions to the Bridges process and often include the modules with event registration;
The vision that Bridges proposes is simple and is rooted in Sacred Scripture, Church documents, particularly those of Vatican II, and the exhortation of Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel. It is a vision of the parish as an evangelizing community, recognizing that it is up to each of us to reach out to others with the love of God and to draw one another closely to Christ as disciples, good stewards of all we are, have and will be.