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Four-week guide to participate in the Plenary


The first stage of preparation for the Plenary Council 2020—the listening and dialogue phase—concludes on Ash Wednesday (6 March). This short guide offers some suggestions for how a parish may invite a response to the Plenary Council question including sample notices for the bulletin, Plenary posters and weekly Plenary prayers of intercession.

Materials you’ll need:
Download and print copies of the listening and dialogue discussion guide and have them available in the church gathering space and office. The Plenary prayer is included on the first page of this guide. Download the discussion guide—and promotional materials such as posters and banners—from the links provided below.
 

Week 1

Bulletin notice:
Plenary Council 2020: What is God asking of us in Australia at this time?
The Plenary Council 2020 is a gathering of the Church in Australia to make decisions for the future. All people are invited to contribute to the Plenary Council agenda by sharing their experience of faith and of the Church. The Plenary Council agenda will be developed from the stories you share and the questions you raise. Our questions about and our hopes for the Church will arise from hearts that listen to the Spirit. This week, we are inviting all our parishioners to pray the Plenary Council prayer each day as a way of preparing to share our stories.
 
Prayer of the Faithful:
For the Plenary Council: that our hearts will be open to the work of the Spirit in our lives and our world: ... Let us pray to the Lord

Week 2

Create opportunities for people to gather and to have a listening and dialogue session in small groups, perhaps after Mass on a Saturday evening or Sunday morning or as part of New-Year meetings. Ensure you have copies of the listening and dialogue discussion guide available in the church.

Bulletin notice:
Plenary Council 2020: What is God asking of us in Australia at this time?
Our questions about and our hopes for the Church arise from hearts that listen to the Spirit. Having spent time in prayer over the past week, this week,
we are inviting all our parishioners to share their hopes for the Church. Parish groups that gather during the week are encouraged to enter into a listening and dialogue process, responding to the question of ‘What is God asking of us in Australia this time?’ See www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au for more information.

Prayer of the Faithful:
For the Plenary Council: that the Spirit will enable us to listen deeply to each other as we think about what we are being called to in Australia at this time. ... Let us pray to the Lord
 

Week 3

This week is an opportunity to gather responses. A simple ‘Plenary Wall’ at the back of the Church may help. Provide post-it notes so that people can place their responses on the wall and/or invite them to upload their responses directly to the Plenary Council (www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au).

Bulletin notice:
Plenary Council 2020: What is God asking of us in Australia at this time?
Our questions about and our hopes for the Church arise from hearts that listen to the Spirit. Having spent time listening to each other’s stories over the past week, this week, we are inviting all our parishioners to share what it is they think God is asking of us at this time. You can respond via or by writing on a post-it note and placing it on the Plenary Wall at the back of the Church.

Prayer of the Faithful:
For the Plenary Council: that the Spirit will enable us to respond with a discerning heart to the question of What God is asking of us in Australia at this time. ... Let us pray to the Lord
 

Week 4

Bulletin notice:
The Plenary Council 2020 is a gathering of the Church in Australia to make decisions for the future. All people are invited to contribute to the Plenary Council agenda by sharing their experience of faith and of the Church. The Plenary Council agenda will be developed from the stories we share and the questions we raise. Our questions about and our hopes for the Church will arise from hearts that listen to the Spirit. Everyone is invited to be part of this process. Information about how to be involved is available at the back of the church of via www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au.

Prayer of the Faithful:
For the Plenary Council: that the Spirit will enable us to respond with a discerning heart to the question of What God is asking of us in Australia at this time. ... Let us pray to the Lord
 

Other helpful links and resources:

Background/purpose for the Plenary Council:

Discussion guides:

Promotional materials:

To make a submission to the Plenary, visit the national Plenary website at www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au.

Need further information about the Plenary Council 2020? Please contact Cathy Jenkins at the Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation on 9926 5600 or cathy.jenkins@cam.org.au.