Pastoral Planning for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta

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Growing Leadership for Mission

The season of Lent calls the whole Church to conversion, to a deeper and dedicated relationship to Christ and our neighbour. This weekend we will hear the Gospel of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Jesus claims the right of kings as he arrives on a colt and fulfils the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9 (‘Behold your… Read More ›

Blessings in this New Year 2015!

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that this New Year brings abundant blessings to you, your loved ones and the communities of faith in which you find life and faith! The beginning of a new year provides a precious opportunity to reflect on our deepest hopes and aspirations, not only as individuals but… Read More ›

Breaking New Ground for Christ

As part of our commitment to respond to the gifts and needs of our people, our Pastoral Planning Office is excited to launch a new resource which will arrive in your parish in the first weeks of November and will also be made available online at our website. Earlier this year, parish priests and parish… Read More ›

An Exciting Time for Our Church

It is with great joy that we celebrate the appointment of Bishop Anthony as the new Archbishop of Sydney! It was wonderful to be part of the press conference last Friday in which Bishop Anthony shared his hopes for the ongoing renewal of the Church, expressed his gratitude for his time as chief shepherd and… Read More ›

Growing the Faith of Our Church

This month’s blog is a little different to previous updates on our Diocesan Pastoral Plan, Faith in Our Future. August 2014 presents a number of opportunities for the lay men and women of the Parramatta Diocese to hear about the best practices taking place in parish ministry, to experience meaningful formation which connects life and… Read More ›

Living Mission Together

One of the most striking elements of Pope Francis’ papacy to date is the way in which he has drawn attention to both the Church’s identity and mission and shown each to be essential to the other. In his first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (‘The Joy of the Gospel’) and in his preaching, interviews and personal witness,… Read More ›

A Testimony of Faith in Our Future – Zara

Our new Pastoral Plan seeks to support our people to become mature and missionary disciples. Zara, a young leader in our Diocese, shares her love of parish community as well as her hopes to grow in faith and share her faith in the years to come, “I will strive to be a better Catholic and… Read More ›

Renewing Spirit and Structure

Our new Diocesan Pastoral Plan moves forward with several key developments in the past weeks. One of the priorities of our Pastoral Plan was for the Chancery to achieve a renewed focus on service delivery to our parishes and people, and growing the resources available to the Bishop, parishes, chaplaincies and agencies of the Diocese…. Read More ›

Growing Momentum for Mission

The first months of our Pastoral Plan have been an adventure of faith with parishes throughout our Diocese reading, reflecting and putting Faith in Our Future (2014-2018) into action. As shared in previous blogs, parishes including Quakers Hill, Baulkham Hills, Marayong, St Clair, Seven Hills and the parishes of Blacktown have gathered leaders and pastoral… Read More ›

The Faith and Courage to Change

Since the launch of Faith in Our Future some two months ago our parishes have embraced the call to renewal with enthusiasm and determination. It has been a delight to encounter so many people full of faith and creativity who see our Pastoral Plan not merely as a guiding document but as a mission to… Read More ›