Key Church Documents
Advancing our Diocesan Pastoral Plan – May-June 2013
Download a PDF version of Advancing our Diocesan Pastoral Plan – May-June 2013
Pastoral Planning Interim Report – September 2012
Download a PDF version of Towards our Diocesan Pastoral Plan: Interim Report – September 2012
A Pastoral Letter from Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP Bishop of Parramatta, on Planning Together in Christ for the Diocese of Parramatta
Download a PDF version of Bishop Anthony’s initial Pastoral Planning Letter
Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”) – November 2013
Click here to read Pope Francis’ first Apostolic Exhortation on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World.
Lumen Fidei (“The Light of Faith”) – June 2013
Click here to read Pope Francis’ first encyclical on the subject of faith
Year of Faith: Pope Benedict XVI’s Announcement & Apostolic Letter
Click here to read Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement of a special “Year of Faith”, which commenced in October 2012, to help Catholics appreciate the gift of faith, deepen their relationship with God and strengthen their commitment to sharing faith with others.
Pope Benedict explained his intention more fully in Porta Fidei (“The Door of Faith”), an apostolic letter released the following day. You can read the apostolic letter here.
Pope John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte (“At the beginning of the new millennium”)
This Apostolic Letter from Pope John Paul II provides a sound theological foundation for our planning as a Diocese.
In it, John Paul II remarked that “it is not a matter of inventing a ‘new programme’. The programme already exists: it is the plan found in the Gospel and in the living Tradition, it is the same as ever. Ultimately, it has its centre in Christ himself, who is to be known, loved and imitated”.
John Paul II also recognised that this one, living programme “must be translated into pastoral initiatives adapted to the circumstances of each community” (#29). It is available here.