Our Planning Together in Christ
From the 'Faith in Our Future' Blog with Diocese of Parramatta Pastoral Planning Officer Daniel Ang
At a recent formation session for prospective deacons within the Diocese, I was privileged to share the story of the Diocesan Pastoral Planning process to date.
In reflecting back on the past year, from the preparations that began in late 2011, through to the eight months of consultation that followed, and the development of recommendations in the past few weeks, I was brought back time and again to the central goal of our collective undertaking: to nourish and support faith in Jesus Christ. It is Christ who is both the source and summit of our discipleship and the foundation and fulfilment of all that the Church is called to be.
As the Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, noted in the Pastoral Letter which launched our work, ‘pastoral planning’ can sound somewhat less glamorous than many other aspects of Church life. However, this work takes us to the very heart of how we understand ourselves as a Church and what we are for. It invites our reflection on how we are to live our mission faithfully in discipleship to Jesus as his community, his Body enlivened by the Spirit, in the midst of great social, cultural and technological change.
It should be remember that we are, as Church, both bearers and receivers of Christ’s mystery.
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