Pastoral Planning for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta

Month: February 2014

Faith in Our Future: Our Launch Message 2014

Pope Francis made headlines when he kissed and blessed a man in St Peter’s Square who suffered with boil-like tumours appearing over his head and body. Like Jesus responding to cries for help from the sick, our Holy Father courageously and lovingly embraced him. At the dawn of the third millennium, his predecessor and soon-to-be-saint… Read More ›

Welcome to our New Website

Dear friends, We are excited to welcome you to the new website for Faith in Our Future, the Pastoral Plan for the Diocese of Parramatta! To our long time readers, thank you for journeying with us to this watershed moment for our Diocese. To our new readers, it is great to have you with us… Read More ›

Download Our Pastoral Plan

You can download our Diocesan Pastoral Plan, Faith in Our Future, in two versions provided below, the complete 72-page version or a 8-page summary version. Hardcopies of both versions of the Pastoral Plan can also be requested through this website. “Faith in Our Future Diocese of Parramatta – Full Version” (7MB) “Faith in Our Future… Read More ›

More Resources

Below you will find links to a number of resources to help your parish or community grow and share its faith. These include worksheets and prayers to assist your group put Faith in Our Future into action, as well as links to websites and blogs offering the very latest resources in Church planning and parish renewal from… Read More ›

100 Parish Actions

Parishes are communities of the Christian faithful, empowered by a common baptism and gathered around the Word and Eucharist for the sake of the worship of God and discipleship in the world. Parishes are central to the life of our Diocese and serve as centres of sacramental encounter, prayer and catechesis, pastoral care, Christian outreach… Read More ›

Our Consultation Process

Faith in Our Future represents the culmination of one of the largest consultation processes undertaken in the Diocese of Parramatta. Over a period of eighteen months, feedback and advice was gathered from parishes in Rydalmere to Blackheath, from Kenthurst to Granville. Written and online submissions were also received throughout the process, in addition to feedback from… Read More ›

Growing & Sharing Faith

The Diocese of Parramatta has two goals that shape its life and structures : growing in faith and sharing our faith. By committing ourselves to these two goals as a Diocese – including our parishes, agencies, migrant communities, movements, families and individual members – we seek to become what Pope Francis has described as a… Read More ›

Faith in Our Future: A time of hope and anticipation

By Fr Paul Marshall and Daniel Ang, Pastoral Planning Team, Catholic Outlook, December 2013/January 2014 As we enter the Advent season, a time of hope and anticipation, we look ahead to the launch of Faith in Our Future, our Diocesan Pastoral Plan, in February 2014. It is time to give thanks to the many hundreds… Read More ›

Faith in Our Future: A new landscape for faith

By Fr Paul Marshall EV, Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation and Pastoral Planning, Catholic Outlook, November 2013 The Year of Faith has followed the Year of Grace and both these seasons are now drawing to a close. However, grace and faith are ongoing gifts: grace is about God reaching down to us; faith is about us… Read More ›

Upper Blue Mountains, Blackheath – 15 Sept 2012

Growing our Faith Together with Blackheath and the Upper Blue Mountains On Saturday 15 September, 2012, we joined the parishes of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Parish, Upper Blue Mountains, and Sacred Heart Parish, Blackheath for the final consultation of this phase of the planning process. It was an immensely rich conversation, full of… Read More ›