How is God calling us to be a Christ-centred Church in Australia that is missionary and evangelising?
As we move into this second stage of the Plenary Council journey, we continue to seek the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Beginning in July 2019, we are called to reflect on Scripture, Church teaching and our contemporary situation in order to discern the answer to this question. The fruits of what is discerned during this time will help shape the agenda of the first session of Plenary Council in October 2021.
This National Theme for Discernment is inspired by the voices of the People of God who shared a passion for participating in the missionary nature of the Church and desire stronger support, involvement and formation among all the baptised who make up the Church. The data also identified the need to reach out and communicate more effectively and to find new ways of living and proclaiming the Gospel in Australia today. There was a call for the strengthening of leadership and ministries in parishes and schools, training to equip leaders for ministry, pastoral support for various groups within parish and faith communities, and a desire for a unified voice in engaging social issues such as life and religious freedom.
Peter Grace 49, NSW
The Plenary Council offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for members of the Church in Australia to come together to consider how God is calling us to be a Christ-centred Church. Much of my professional and personal life has encompassed being “missionary and evangelising”, including through children’s sacramental programs and adult faith formation.
Members of a group, both individually and collectively, can seek and clarify God’s will through the presence of the Holy Spirit by harnessing the power of silence, by listening to God’s Word and the wisdom of each other, and by the power of prayer.