Breaking new ground for Christ
|St Bernadette’s Castle Hill Parish and St Madeleine’s Kenthurst Parish Pastoral Planning Consultation, February 2012. Photography: Alphonsus Fok|
From the Faith in Our Future Blog of Pastoral Planning Office Director Daniel Ang
As part of our commitment to respond to the gifts and needs of our people, our Pastoral Planning Office is excited to launch a new resource which will arrive in your parish in the first weeks of November and will also be made available online at our website.
Earlier this year, parish priests and parish pastoral councils provided their feedback on the experiences, achievements and challenges in implementing our Diocesan Pastoral Plan, Faith in Our Future, in their respective communities. These comments have significantly shaped our new parish resource, entitled Welcome and Evangelise: A Parish Resource in Support of Faith in Our Future.
Inside this resource, you will find practical tools including websites, guidelines, recommended programs, reading and activities, contacts for partner organisations, retreat venues, prayer initiatives and events that will assist your parish, ministry groups and migrant community bring to life the actions outlined in our Diocesan Pastoral Plan.
We have committed ourselves to research and networking with other dioceses and organisations so that our parishes can move ahead with the latest and most effective resources available to the Australian Church, sharing and growing their faith with real vigour.
In other news, it is invigorating to see that our Diocesan Pastoral Plan has been widely recognised for the vision, sense of communion and missionary discipleship that it has generated among our agencies, parishes and people even in this first year of its life. We are seeking to break new ground in availing ourselves of new ways in which to live the original gift, the life and message of Christ, in all the cultures and contexts that form our Diocese.
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