3.5.1 Vicars Forane

1. The vicar fosters cooperative pastoral efforts among the parishes and institutions of the vicariate. Illustratively, these may include the pastoral care of the sick, the hospitalized, the incarcerated and the migrants as well as the formation of catechists, marriage preparation and enrichment, or programs for special groups.

2. The vicar assembles the clergy and certain others periodically to consider common concerns of the vicariate and diocese, to discuss theological matters, to pray together, and to offer opportunities for fostering community among them.

3. The vicar advises parish staff and people in the absence, illness or death of the pastor. (The duties of the vicar upon the death of a priest are treated in # Funerals of Priests and in Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant, May 2008.)

4. The vicar grants matrimonial permissions and dispensations in certain urgent situations. (See # Power of Vicars Forane to Grant Matrimonial Permissions and Dispensations.)

5. The vicar advises in urgent cases when a priest is not available for a scheduled Mass on Sunday or other holy day of obligation at a parish. (See # Authorizations of those Entrusted with Participation in the Pastoral Care of Parishes.)

6. The vicar promotes Catholic involvement in community and ecumenical concerns, projects and efforts within the vicariate.

7. The vicar takes a leadership role in fostering a healthy moral climate in his vicariate.

8. The vicar may meet with the bishop and the other vicars periodically to confer on the state of the diocesan Church. They are invited to the regular meetings of the Presbyteral Council.

Date approved by Bishop

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Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor