Season of great expectation
|Pastoral Planning Consultation in Blacktown, February 2012.|
Photography: Alphonsus Fok
From the Faith in Our Future Blog of Pastoral Planning Office Director Daniel Ang
As the Church prepares itself for the Feast of Christmas we hear the call to ‘stay awake’ in expectation and longing for Jesus Christ, the one in whom God enters human history and who leads humanity back to God. We will soon celebrate the fact that God has not entered into a mere sympathy with human existence but literally lived it, been born within it, so that we might follow him in the fabric of our own lives.
The season of Advent calls us to prepare our hearts to receive this gift of Christ completely and unconditionally in our lives. We are called to entrust ourselves to Him, to realise that the birth of this man who is God is the birth of a new creation, of our new selves, if we allow it to be.
This journey of spiritual renewal has already begun as the Diocese of Parramatta, with the conclusion of the first year of our Diocesan Pastoral Plan, Faith in Our Future. Our blog readers will know much has been achieved in the past twelve months. This accomplishment has been enabled by our common vision under grace, the united direction we have in hand, to grow in faith ourselves and share that faith with others for the building up of God’s Kingdom.
As a Pastoral Planning Office, we have visited countless parishes, parish pastoral councils, ministry reflection days and formation sessions, hosted leadership days, assembled resources and networked with people and partner organisations to drive and strengthen our common mission. The support and passion among the people we have met has been a tremendous source of joy and affirmed our conviction that Faith in Our Future is much more than a document but a living vision that animates and brings clarity to all that we do as the Church in Western Sydney.
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