Even before we became a Parish Voice, we have had a close, collaborative relationship with the pastor at Our Lady's, Fr. Austin Fleming. We sought out his advice at every important juncture, we have asked for his blessing, his support, and his endorsement, we have invited him to meetings, and we keep him well informed about all of our activities. We have also started our own Support Priests Working Group which is reaching out to priests in our immediate surrounding area.
In turn, Fr. Fleming has permitted us to meet in our parish hall, he has commented supportively about VOTF during mass, he has written supportively about VOTF in his weekly letters in our parish bulletin, he has included announcements of VOTF meetings in the bulletin, he has been supportive of VOTF when we have met to ask the support of the Parish Pastoral Council, and he has even allowed us to place our minutes and a link to the VOTF web site on our own parish web site. This could not have been possible without a commitment to a close, collaborative relationship with our priest.
He also learns (and was an active member before it went belly-up)from the "learned students" of the defunct Priest's Forum.