Parish leadership

Plenary2020: Exploring communal discernment

Saturday 10 August --- Plenary coordinators and facilitators are invited to gather for a session exploring the practice of communal discernment. At this session Fr Kevin Lenehan will reflect on the age-old practice of discernment—from its patristic origins to how it informed the work of the Second Vatican Council and continues to do as Pope Francis encourages a theology of encounter, accompaniment and dialogue. In the second half of the morning, Lana Turvey-Collins will give an update on national preparations and the resources for this second phase of listening and discernment. 
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PPC formation: Becoming a synodal parish

Thursday 8 August --- Parish priests, pastoral associates, pastoral workers and members of parish pastoral councils are invited to gather for this formation opportunity and discussion, exploring how the disposition and practice of synodality can be expressed in the leadership of local parish communities. 

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Exploring the practicalities and possibilities of RCIA in your parish/school

Tuesday 13 August --- We are offering two RCIA workshops this August—one focused on the planning, preparation and promotion of RCIA in the parish and the other on adapting the Rite for the preparation and initiation of children. These workshops are suitable for those new to and interested in the RCIA and those involved in catechetics or sacrament preparation (particularly the sacraments of initiation). Both workshops will be offered twice, to enable as many coordinators to attend. 
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Watch talks from the 2019 Christian Leadership Series

The Christian Leadership Series is an annual offering for parish leaders and all those interested in exploring what Christian leadership looks and feels like in the context of 21st century Australia. This year’s four-week series offered participants a survey of key books, themes and figures from our biblical tradition. Guided by some of the country’s leading biblical scholars, a range of topics were explored from creation through to the prophetic movement, the Lukan narrative and the Pauline letters. Missed the series? Watch them online >
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Six national themes for discernment announced

More than 222,000 people participated in listening and dialogue encounters and contributed 17,457 submissions during the first stage of preparation for the Australian Plenary Council. The voices of the faithful help all of us to understand something of the historical experience and the current reality of the Catholic Church in Australia. The six National Themes for Discernment are inspired by the data and call us toward the future.

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Resource: Social Profile of the Catholic Community in Australia

The Social Profile of the Catholic Community in Australia (based on the 2016 census) was recently released by the National Centre for Pastoral Research.  The profile provides information about key demographic indicators; how the Catholic community is changing across the country as well as over time, with some comparisons provided from earlier reports (e.g. 2011). The report is a valuable tool in seeking to understand the contemporary Australian Catholic community and assessing its needs.
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Alpha: A tool for encountering Jesus

Focusing on the Kerygma—the initial proclamation of the Good News—Alpha introduces participants to a personal encounter with Jesus. A series of sessions which explore the Christian faith, Alpha is typically run over eleven weeks, with the process comprising a shared meal, film and discussion exploring a different topic or faith question such as: ‘Is there more to life than this?' Does your parish want to know more about Alpha? Contact us.

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Parishioners attend planning day for Lent and Holy Week

Saturday 16 February --- More than 150 people from various parishes across the Archdiocese of Melbourne gathered at the Catholic Leadership Centre to attend a seminar in preparation for the Season of Lent and Holy Week. The day included two keynote presentations and 10 workshops for participants to choose from that focused on scripture, prayer, music, service and outreach.

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Advent-themed Plenary2020 materials

The Advent/Christmas period offers another wonderful opportunity for evangelisation. For some parishes, Advent may provide an opportunity to animate the Plenary process. This short guide offers some suggestions for how a parish may invite a response to the Plenary Council question in Advent including sample notices for the bulletin, a weekly Plenary prayer of intercession and Advent plenary prayer cards/PowerPoint slides.

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Archbishop Comensoli on listening and discernment

The Plenary Council’s first stage of preparation is the Listening and Dialogue phase. During this time, people will have the chance to gather with friends, family and fellow parishioners to share their experiences of faith, life and the Church. As Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli describes in this video, the invitation to participate in this Plenary process is something many of us are already familiar with -- especially in our family relationships where listening is so essential. He also talks about discernment as an invitation to "look more and more like Jesus." 

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