Faith and vision in Blacktown
The 'Faith in Our Future' Blog reports that parishioners from St Patrick’s Blacktown and St Michael’s Blacktown South have shared their ideas toward the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta's Pastoral Plan during a consultation Thursday 1 March.
Parishiones who considered ‘family life’ as a priority noted children’s liturgies as a positive initiative that continued to support families. It was suggested, however, that further resources for families to pray and live faith together were called for.
Better support for men and fathers was a further area of need identified, as well as developing connections between families and raising awareness of services that could assist families, particularly during family crisis or breakdown.
The challenge of retaining newly arrived migrants in parish life was a challenge named by those who addressed the ethnic diversity of the Diocese, as well as the need to offer practical support including language services to encourage participation in parish life.
The role of migrant chaplains was also noted as vital in fostering interaction between migrant groups and the broader Catholic community.For more, visit the 'Faith in Our Future' Blog
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