CCD committed to supporting mission of evangelisation
|The Parish SRE team at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Kellyville, meets with the Parish Priest, Fr Joseph Nguyen OFM Conv; Bro Louis Schmid OFM Conv; the Principal of Our Lady of the Rosary Primary, John Spradbrow; and CCD Director Paul Worthington.|
Paul Worthington, Catholic Outlook, April 2012
In February this year, Bishop Anthony Fisher OP launched the diocesan consultation process, Faith in Our Future – planning together in Christ for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta.
Consultation sessions are being held across the Diocese (see report on P12-13 of this issue of Catholic Outlook). A major question for us is: How do we equip people for Christian living and ministry in the 21st Century?
In essence, the question invites each of us to look at how we can support the mission of evangelisation in our parishes and across the Diocese.
The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine provides training for catechists to enable them to support Catholic families with children in state schools – more than 20,000 students in this Diocese.
At the end of 2011, we had 1020 catechists (special religious educators/scripture teachers) in more than 230 state primary, special and high schools.
The Church in Australia will celebrate a Year of Grace commencing on Pentecost this year, and the Church throughout the world will celebrate a Year of Faith commencing on 11 October 2012.
The article by Fr Paul Marshall, Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation and Pastoral Planning, in the March 2012 issue of Catholic Outlook, ‘Pastoral Planning: A Priestly Perspective’, prompts me to frame a CCD response:
*Our SRE teachers are very much involved in the changing circumstances in our Church and the world.
* Our SRE teachers are very aware of the declining numbers of parishioners in the pews but rejoice in the spirit of the youth who are joining our ranks via Catholic secondary schools and tertiary institutions.
* We are very aware of the impact of secularisation and opposition to religious education but we continue to represent our parishes with Christ’s message by our example and teaching.
* As SRE teachers we age but it is terrific to see some youth taking up the mantle, which encourages and re-invigorates our energy for the mission.
* As a mostly lay group we take seriously our role as supporters of Catholic parents with the education in faith of the leaders of tomorrow … we are a people of hope and spirit. We certainly play a part in the evangelising mission of the Church – local, diocesan and universal.
* We are multicultural in our SRE teams representing the identity of the Diocese in all its diversity.
* We are a strong component of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan now and into the future.
* We wish to work collaboratively within our parish and diocesan ministries to foster an even stronger pastoral plan for our Diocese.The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine: www.parra.catholic.org.au/ccd
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