Evangelisation Today and Tomorrow
In the past few weeks we have continued to meet with our diocesan agencies to discuss the feedback you provided through our live parish consultations and also through our website (www.faithinourfuture.org.au). The range of services provided by these agencies in support of our parish communities and chaplains is wide-ranging, spanning from formation in liturgical ministry, through to the professional development and support of our catechists, and social support services that embrace a wide array of people in need.
We have learnt a great deal through this experience. We heard of the effective collaboration of catechists and parish sacramental teams in many of our parishes in service to the young, the extensive support that is provided by our Marriage Tribunal to the Eastern Catholic Churches, the practical response of our Catholic schools to the ‘preferential option for the poor’ through co-contribution schemes and counselling and family services, a commitment that finds expression as well in centres for refugees and asylum seekers that the Diocese actively supports. It has certainly enlarged our perspective on the work of the Church in Western Sydney, a missionary spirit that the Pastoral Plan will seek to nourish through inviting a renewed proclamation and practice of the Gospel in our midst.
This renewed missionary zeal has been the very focus of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelisation which has just concluded at the Vatican after three weeks of discussion and deliberation. Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, the Synod Fathers canvassed a range of pastoral initiatives for strengthening outreach to those baptised who have perhaps lost a living sense of faith. You can read more about the first output of the Synod here. As you will read, it includes a sound proposal to assemble ‘qualities and guidelines for the formation of Catholic evangelisers today.’ What qualities do you consider essential to our future evangelisers in the Church? You might share your thoughts with us through our website. We are certainly keeping our eyes on developments flowing from the Synod while we continue to focus on the ideas surfaced by you at our diocesan consultations.
Thank you to all those who have written to us in recent weeks, sharing your further suggestions and also your prayerful support and affirmation as we work toward our Diocesan Pastoral Plan. It is much appreciated and encouraging. The upcoming November issue of the Catholic Outlook includes a short update on our progress as we enter the final months of the year. Until our next blog update,
Yours in Christ,
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