Parish Participation towards the Plenary Council of 2020-2021

Outcomes of our Parish Pastoral Council Meeting on Tuesday 19 November re our Parish Participation in the journey towards the Plenary Council of 2020-2021

Through the “Listening Phase” of the journey towards the Plenary Council which opens in October 2019, six themes emerged for consideration in the current “Discernment Phase.” The six themes are about a Christ-centred Church which is:

  • Missionary and evangelising
  • Inclusive, participatory and synodal
  • Prayerful and Eucharistic
  • Humble, healing and merciful
  • A joyful, hope filled and servant community
  • Open to conversion, renewal and reform You will see posters reflecting these themes on the wall of our church.

Next year, we will take these themes and ask, “What might these mean for us a parish community?”

We propose to do this in several ways:

  • In February we will host a community evening with Dr Paul Collins, historian and social commentator about the themes;
  • During Lent we will invite our community to pray these themes. On each of the six Thursdays of Lent we will invite our parishioners to come together for a meal at Prouille followed by a guided prayer and faith reflection on each theme;
  • In the second half of the year we will stage a facilitated process of six parish forums, each on a theme, discussing how the theme might be realised in our own context. The outcomes of the forums will be at the service of developing a 3 year strategic pastoral plan for our community.