Pastoral Planning for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta

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Catholic Diocese of Parramatta – Created in 1986, the Diocese is home to around 330,000 Catholics in one of the fastest-growing areas of New South Wales, Australia. The Diocese is made up of 47 parishes. More than 45,000 students attend one of the 83 Catholic schools in the Diocese. As well as nurturing the spiritual lives of the hundreds of thousands of Catholics in its care, the Diocese supports thousands more in the local community. Its Catholic education system is committed to giving every student a quality education, while CatholicCare and its other agencies and ministries work alongside local people from all walks of life, as well as organisations committed to enhancing the way of life we enjoy in Western Sydney.

Institute for Mission, Parramatta Diocese – The IFM exists in and for the support of the Church of Parramatta Diocese to facilitate formative means for life and faith and for the furthering of capacity in the personal and ecclesial participation in God’s mission.

Office for Worship, Parramatta – The Office for Worship serves the diocese in the area of liturgical formation, coordination and practice; and assists local parish communities to implement diocesan policy regarding the Sacraments of Initiation for Children and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Services include courses and workshops at diocesan, regional and local level; resources and information and consultancy on request.

CatholicCare Social Services, Diocese of Parramatta – An agency of the Parramatta Diocese, CCSS aims to serve the community of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta by overseeing the provision of high-quality social services operating according to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. Programs include support for families, counselling and education and Aboriginal Catholic Social services.

Catholic Youth Parramatta – Catholic Youth Parramatta aims to assist the young of the diocese to develop an intimate and dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ, and brings together all young people throughout the diocese to share in one another’s journey through life and the faith.

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine – The CCD supports the 49 parishes of the diocese by conducting training courses that accredit Catechists – or Special Religious Education Teachers – to teach in state schools. These classes provide the opportunity for the seeds of faith to be sown and then nourished by parents, parish life and future Catechists.

Parish Councils in Australia (ACBC)  This website, established by the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference, provides resources for the ongoing formation and renewal of parish pastoral councils. Topics covered include theology of the PPC, the role and function of the PPC, structures, meetings and meeting processes.

National Pastoral Planners Network – The National Pastoral Planners Network (NPPN) is a professional pastoral planning body that promotes and advocates a culture of planning within the Catholic Church in Oceania. It promotes consultation, facilitates the exchange of knowledge, provision of resources and training among pastoral planners.

National Office for Evangelisation – The National Office for Evangelisation acts as a national base for Catholic evangelisation, and seeks to liaise with different dioceses and groups within the Catholic Church in Australia that are involved in sharing the Good News. It shares information about successful outreach initiatives around the country, including diocesan-based agencies for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, for those wanting to formalise their relationship with the Catholic Church. It also seeks to give dioceses and groups access to sufficient resources and training opportunities to empower and encourage them in effective evangelisation.

National Liturgical Council – This is an advisory body established by the Australian Catholic Bishops under provisions 4.3 and 5.1 of the Mandate of the Bishops Commission for Liturgy for the purpose of advising the Commission on matters pertaining to Catholic liturgical worship. This website includes parish resources for liturgy and music.

Liturgy Brisbane – Liturgy Brisbane aims to encourage the full, conscious and active participation of all people in liturgical rites that are noble in their simplicity yet powerful in their expression of the sacred mysteries. Its efforts are directed to education and consulting for the parishes of the Brisbane Archdiocese, and publishing liturgical resources for the Australian Church.

Catholic Mission – Catholic Mission is the international mission aid agency of the Catholic Church in Australia. Catholic Mission operates in over 160 countries to support initiatives in 1100 dioceses, including remote Australia. Compelled by the message, life and love of Jesus Christ, Catholic Mission forms Australians for mission and raises funds for mission – in Australia and around the world. This enables missionaries to reach out to help children and communities in need, and provide vital training for seminarians and other young church leaders.

The Amazing Parish – The Amazing Parish movement seeks to give Catholic leaders, both clergy and lay, the resources and support they need to create strong, fruitful parishes. The Amazing Parish movement is the work of a group of committed Catholics from around the United States who love the Church and simply want to help parishes be amazing by connecting them to great resources.

Called and Gifted – The Catherine of Siena Institute is an affiliated ministry of the Western Dominican Province dedicated to equipping parishes for the evangelization and formation of lay Catholics for the sake of their mission to the world. The Institute provides innovative resources and programming that are faithful to the teaching of the Church and will enable parishes to become lively and dynamic centers of evangelization and formation.   The Called & Gifted process is designed to help Christians discern the presence of charisms in their life.

Alpha in a Catholic Context –  Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. Suited to small group formation, talks are designed to encourage debate and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, honest and informal environment.

Documents of the Second Vatican Council – This website presents the full text documents of the Second Vatican Council

The Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development  – The CPPCD promotes and advocates consultative processes that foster effective planning for the pastoral life of the church. Through member involvement, education, personal development, and professional programming, the organization and its members work together to develop their full potential in their unique ministries. The website also provides podcasts delivered on the subjects of  pastoral councils, leadership and pastoral planning.





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