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Deanery and Diocesan Pastoral Council Gathering 2/12/17

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December 12, 2017

Our inaugural gathering of the Diocesan and Deanery Pastoral Councils was held in the hall of St Andrew’s Parish Marayong. Nearly one hundred people assembled, drawn from the majority of our parishes. Councils were seated together and members valued the opportunity to get to know each other, share something of their faith journey and of… Read More ›

Diocesan and Deanery Pastoral Councils – Why they Matter

How do we cooperate across parishes and regions in our mission to serve Jesus Christ? How do we listen to one another, identify key priorities and make informed decisions to serve those in need and increase the faith and witness of our church? About five years ago, consultations took place across our diocese, as lay… Read More ›

Parish Assemblies? A Big Yawn or New Dawn

The small gaggle of parishioners shuffles into a cold hall. The overhead projector clicks on, and after the opening prayer, the first of a series of reports is delivered ranging from parish finances, to pastoral council and ministry news for the year. It is an excellent exercise in transparency and accountability, yet too often shunned… Read More ›

Sharing faith with primary school parents

Can we take photos? Will there be room for extended family in the pew? Why do we need to prepare our children? Isn’t that why we pay school fees? When involved in a parish some years ago, one irate parent contacted me to complain about having to jump through hoops with his son to receive… Read More ›

How Do We Engage Our People?

We have the same people turning up every time! Mary has been the ministry coordinator for so long, but no one else wants to take it on. No one seems interested in what is being offered. These are just some of the concerns raised by good people passionate about involving their communities. It may be… Read More ›

The Way of Mercy

The Way of Mercy is a diocesan-wide initiative of the Pastoral Planning Office in cooperation with the Year of Mercy Committee, centred upon the journey of a large cross of mercy. Where possible, the Cross will be accompanied by a relic of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and a letter penned by Blessed Teresa… Read More ›

Engaging with Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Gatherings of people who not only talk about asylum seekers and refugees, but bring our brothers and sisters from across the seas into the heart of our gathering, to listen to their wisdom, are much needed at this time in our nation’s history. One such conference, held on Tuesday 3rd May in Lidcombe, NSW, entitled “For… Read More ›

Make A Connection This Easter

An elderly lady rang me recently. Her husband passed away last year and she is very isolated. She just wants to connect with someone. We all know someone who needs a friend: at work, in our family circle, in our neighbourhood. But we sometimes get stuck when it comes to the next step. Here are… Read More ›

How are we planning to be a light for the world in 2016?

A new year can seem a little like venturing into a dark cave, unsure of where we are heading, and if we will find a way through! Caving, or spelunking, offers five great tips for beginners and these can be applied to planning for ourselves individually, with our loved ones, and with our local community: There’s… Read More ›

New Pastoral Planning Support for 2016

  Our Pastoral Planning Office offers the following priorities for 2016: Prayer support for all our endeavours Please contact our Pastoral Planning Office if you have a particular pastoral need. We will add your intention to our prayer requests. A means for parishes and schools to have their voice heard, to celebrate the good we do,… Read More ›