Nazareth Catholic Parish

Grovedale, Torquay and Anglesea

Creating a Synodal Church - speaking with and listening to each other

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Small Group 11


After brief discussion about how the Plenary Council is approved, sets an agenda and is prosecuted,

After brief discussion about how the Plenary Council is approved, sets an agenda and is prosecuted, the sharing session started with the Council prayer.
After some minutes of reflection and writing on the question of what God is calling us to at this time we shared our thoughts and feelings.
In summary we are called to:
• support our priests.
• own up to the outcomes of the Royal Commission and make restitution.
• work out what the Church should look like today.
• in doing that we should do away with the old style of rules based doing as we are told.
• influence others by our Christian example.
• welcome all Catholics to Eucharist. (specifically divorced people or people of all sexuality or users of contraception or non-Catholic partners)
• participate more actively in Church life particularly in reach out activities.
• be proud to say “I am a Catholic”.
• make Mass attendance easier by being flexible in timing.
• emphasise the centrality of the Mass.
• be less judgemental in many other matters including abortion.
• make better use of our assets and general wealth.
In discussion about how we should follow these callings, the following points were noted and in part discussed.
There is a need for much greater local autonomy in managing our physical assets. All assets including schools should be managed by someone other than the priest to release the priest to pastoral activities.
As an inclusive church it is not our place to judge but to listen and be accepting. This applies to many circumstances.