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Archbishop’s Message Archbishop Christopher Prowse Archbishop’s Message Archbishop Christopher Prowse Viewing life from the “Wound” A i ’ ishop h i On the journey to the Plenary C uncil 2020/21 automatically respond about practical matters they feel should be happening at this time in the
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Youth - Belong, Believe, Become DEAR friends in Christ, In recent weeks I listened
throughout the morning. There were searching questions for the Arch- bishop. At the same time there was an equally penetrating capacity to listen and respond. The gathering was also linked to our ongoing Listening Sessions of the Plenary Council of Australia 2020/2021. I am thankful our deanery groups around our Archdiocese are participating in this vital process. Thank you so much! Have you thought of inviting some of our youth to your sessions? Please do so. Also, don’t forget about our migrant groups. They have wonderful insights to offer. Despite what people may say about youth in the Catholic Church in general, I want you to know that one of the most dynamic dimensions of our pastoral life at present in our Archdiocese is coming from our youth apostolate. ‘Youth speaks to Youth’ is a Gospel winning pastoral strategy that is championed by our youth leaders to their peers. I heard recently one of our youth leaders speak of the “3Bs” necessary for Catholic Life to a room full of youth. They were captivated by his presentation. The first ‘B’ is to BELONG. He talked of belonging to the community called Church. We cannot live life in splendid isolation from everyone else. We are social beings not individualists who think they have to “put up” with the rest of society. The second ‘B’ is to BELIEVE. This is about opening our entire lives to the greatest of all encounters – friendship with Jesus. Making Jesus out boldly, your observation is a missed opportunity to contribute on our journey of faith together. Let us reflect on these responses carefully in the years up until 2021. As we gather in the times ahead in all different types of coming together, we are to reflect deeply on this seminal question: “What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?” It is what “God is asking of us” not what “we are asking of God.” This is crucial. It enables the whole journey to be a time of deep conversion What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time? 7.00pm Plenary Council Listening Session, Eastlake Football Club, Kingston SATURDAY, 23 6.00pm Confirma- tion Mass, Sacred Heart Parish, Temora SUNDAY, 24 10.00am Confirma- However painful for us all, the re lity prophetic lly disclosed to u by the victims and the Royal Co mission have left us all with raw feelings of be rayal and dis- belief. Amongst many responses, two words hav become m n ra words to assist us on the practi- cal responses: transparency and acc ntability. Although we have a long way to go, the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulb rn has made great strides in child safety and t e gradual implement tion of t e recomme dations of the Royal Commission. This has all been d ne i a growing archdi- ocesan attitude of transparency a d accountability. I comm nd the hard work of our Institute of Pr fessional Standards and Safeguarding ( PSS) in this area. Work as comme ced on updating the website o advise of this progress. (https://www. cath licvoice.org. u/ -new-era- for-professionalsta dards/). It is perhaps the cultural attitudes in our society and the Church that will ake n ev n longer time to mature in the sam ar a of conc rn. Althoug there are many aspects of our church life that rightly come u der the scru- tiny of t secular world, the Catholic Church is not simply THURSDAY, 8 7.00pm Confirmation Mass, Latin Rite Community, Sts Peter’s and Paul’s, Garran SUNDAY, 11 11.00pm Mass, Polish Centenary of Regaining Independence/Remembrance Day, St Christopher’s Cathedral MONDAY, 12 - FRIDAY, 16 Clergy Retreat, Galong SUNDAY, 18 11.00am Mass for Deceased Bishops and Priests in the Archdiocese, St Christopher’s Cathedral WEDNESDAY, 21 2.00pm Council of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd Meeting, Homebush, Sydney (“apostolic courage”) without listening humbly is unworthy of mature Christians. Yet, “to listen humbly” without speaking tion Mass, Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Ardlethan WEDNESDAY, 27 6.00pm Confirmation Mass, St Matthew’s & St Vinc nt’s Parish, St Matthew’s Church, Page THURSDAY, 28 6.00pm Confir- mation Mass, St Matthew’s & St Vincent’s Parish, St Vincent De Paul Church, Aranda FRIDAY, 29 12.15pm Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral 5.00pm THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL – Program of Leadership and Mission, St Christopher’s Pastoral Centre, Forrest SATURDAY, 30 10.00am THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL – Program of Lead- ership and Mission, St Christopher’s Pastoral Centre, Forrest 6.00pm Aboriginal Sunday Mass, St Benedict’s Church, Narrabundah
leading to pastoral action. My desire is that each of our six Deaneries (Canberra dividing into two) are to become LIS- TENING POSTS to what the Holy Spirit is truly saying to us in these times. We need to follow carefully the four step template given to the entire Catholic Church of Australia on how to engage and respond as we gather in small or larger groups on several occa- sions in the times ahead. (See the website) The reflections of each gathering are submitted online to the National Plenary Council team. These will be examined and will develop the agenda for the Plenary Council in 2020/21. Soon I will gather my Catholic Voice theological/pastoral reflec- tions over the last four months and present them to you both electronically and hard copies for your prayerful consideration. I hope you can reflect on these to help shape our listening and sharing sessions. Let us pray for each other. Pray for me sometimes. another internati nal corporation amongst thers in the world. Due to our Bap ism we have become the people of God, the Body of Christ. So, therefore, our long journey ahead is be t described t eologically as a journ y of deeper conv rsio to Christ. It demands a leadership posture of truly listening in a mble spi i to all that the Holy Spirit is veali g to us in t s troubled times. We do not ek to be “new” Church but t Church that God has always truly willed us to be. W may wish to change ll sorts f arrangements i the Church but such change may not b deep enough. That is why t e ord “conversion” is so rich and fund mental to all cha g . Never fear, the Holy Spirit is surely with us more than ever to i pire within us faith to respond to the grace of G d prayed f r and longed for in our time. We really truggle with this statement of faith. For example, I a still noticing in our Pl nary Council discussions progressing through- out the archdiocese at p esent that so many of us struggle with the question: “What do you think God is asking f us in Australia at this time?” So many almost POPE Francis has sent his support and blessings to the Catholic Church in Australia as it commences a three-year process to consider its future through the Plenary Council 2020. The Church i Australia, n the feast of Pentecost, yesterday marked the official launch of the Plenary Council, which will culminate in gatherings in 2020 and 2021 to consider the Church’s governance, laws and practice. In a special message for the Catholic community in Australia, Pope Francis said that he hoped “through patient dialogue and faith-filled discernment, the conciliar journey will confirm the Catholics in Australia in a spirit of fraternal unity and missionary discipleship”. That, the Holy Father said, would enable them to be “a leaven of holiness, justice and reconciliation in today’s rapidly
T hese past weeks have been very much focussed on our youth – both from local and international levels. Internationally, the Synod of Bishops in Rome has just com- pleted its month long focus on the topic “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” Our own youth assisted in an earlier document sent from Australia to give shape to these discussions in Rome. Soon Pope Francis will gather all these reflections and publish a post-Synodal Exhortation on the topic. It will shape our youth policies throughout the Catholic world for many years to come. Locally, we have just recently celebrated the priestly ordinations of two of our youth, Frs. Namora Anderson and Adrian Chan. It was a wonderful time for us all. My prayer is that it will encourage other young people to indicate their readiness to consider seriously a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. Then, of course, there is the beautiful vocation to marriage and family life. Remain- ing single for the Lord is another important way of responding to the Lord’s call in life. We can talk a lot about careers, and so we should, however, the deep vocational call within must also be considered high in our priorities. Mentioning a local youth focus makes me recall a recent gathering of youth leaders from our upper Pri- mary to Middle Secondary schools in Australia’s YEAR OF YOUTH . It was part of Child Protection Week. I was quite staggered at the mature and articulate nature of our interaction Ju e DEAR FRIENDS in Christ, This will be my fourth and final reflection on the Plenary Council of Australia (2020/2021). For my other theological/pastoral Reflections refer to Catholic Voice editions (March, April and May 2018) May I encourage you to access the Plenary Council website at http://plenarycouncil.catholic. org.au/ to access resources and vital information on this exciting journey of faith for all of us. We are to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us in these challenging times. The Plenary Council official prayer asks the Holy Spirit to: “Give us the courage to tell our stories and to speak boldly of your truth. Give us ears to listen humbly to each other and a discerning heart to hear what you are saying”. These petitions “to speak boldly…to listen humbly” are close to the pastoral heart of Pope Francis in his wisdom for the Catholic Church in this “change of era.” Both responses are necessary simul- taneously. “To speak boldly” THURSDAY, 7 9.00am Council of Priests Meeting TUESDAY, 12 11.00am Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture Board Meeting, Barton THURSDAY, 14 10.15am Confirma- tion Retreat, Transfiguration Parish, Curtin SATURDAY, 16 6.00pm Confirma- tion Mass, Sacred Heart Parish, Cootamundra attentively and for s me time to several sex abus victims/ survivors. They are courageous people. They are all at different phases f coming to t rms deep within from criminal an iaboli- cal actio s perpetrated by people in the co munity, some f whom are committed Catholics even religiou l aders. The deep wound f abuse are not healed i some apid man er One the secondary s rvi- vors coi ed the expression of “sitting in the wound” of all t at has taken place and looking t the future from this per pective. e found this viewpoint painful but red mptiv . I found great wisdom in his insight. Over the next p ri d of ime you may wish t read the official respo se from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia (https://www.catholic.org. u/ acbc-media/media-centre/ media- eleases-new/2139-acbc- and-cra-response-to-the-royal- commission/file) to the Royal Commis i n. There e ls the four volumes advice offered to u from our “Truth, Justice and Healing Council” published for your p rusal (http://www. tj council.org.au/). Archbishop’s Diary November 2018 SUNDAY, 17 9.00am Confirmation Mass, Transfiguration Parish, Curtin 11.00am Confirmation Mass, Transfiguration Parish, Curtin TUESDAY, 19 10.00am Plenary Council Listening Session, Eastlake Football Club Gungahlin 7.00pm Plenary Council Listening Session, Eastlake Football Club Gungahlin WEDNESDAY, 20 Overnight St Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout THURSDAY, 21 St Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout 10.00am Plenary Council Listening Session, Eastlake Football Club, Kingston THURSDAY, 1 12.15pm Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral SATURDAY, 3 9.30am Catholic Charismatic Teaching Day,“Call to Holiness,” St Christopher’s Pastoral Centre 5.00pm Mass, Sesquicentenary of Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St Anthony’s Church, Harden/Murrumburrah SUNDAY, 4 11.00amThanksgiving Mass, Sisters of Mercy, Sacred Heart Church, Cootamundra
our number one is both a grace and a decision of faith. With this newfound faith the arising spiritual hunger will be fed by (re)connecting with prayer, a thorough catechesis of Catholic beliefs, and sacramental participation. The third ‘B’ is to BECOME . We are to become the people God wants us to be – missionaries of mercy to a needy world. It must start in our family, among our acquain- tances, and then go out to the poor and abandoned of society. It is this type of teaching from our youth leaders that is captivating so many of our youth at present. It comes from the mouths of youth to the hearts of other youth. Please pray that this continues to grow in our Archdiocese! So in this 2018 YEAR OF YOUTH we can feel the Holy Spirit flourishing in our youth. It may be only a small spark at present, but we know in Australian summers how a fire spark can have a huge effect on the dry land. May I remind you finally that in November we pray particularly for “our departed brothers and sisters”. This is an important responsibility for all of us in the Faith. Let us pray sincerely to the Lord Jesus to “renew the face of the world” and start with us! For this we pray! THURSDAY, 22 9.00am Bishops NSW/ACT meeting, Sydney FRIDAY, 23 1.30pmVisit to Alexander Maconochie Centre 7.00pm Ordination to the Diaconate – Deacon Alexander Osborne, St Christopher’s Cathedral SATURDAY, 24 St Vincent de Paul Festival Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral SUNDAY, 25 10.00am Mass Mary MacKillop Memorial Chapel, Sydney
JORNALIST: Chris Gordon email@example.com Ph. (02) 6239 9831 ADDRESS: GPO Box 3089 Canberra ACT 2606 the Holy Father is aware of what we are doing and fully supportive of it. “The Pope’s prayer for us reminds us of our great need for the wisdom, harmony and open- ness to God’s will, which are the gift of the Holy Spirit, without which the Plenary Council will not bear the appropriate fruit which we pray will renew the face of the Church in Australia.” Visit the Plenary Council website at: www.plenarycouncil. catholic.org.au www.cgcatholic.org.au DEADLINE: Editorial and advertising 15th of the month before publication. Cover Pictures:Chris Gordon Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, president of the Plenary Council, expressed his gratitude for the Pope’s encour- aging message. “We are embarking together on an important initiative that holds great promise for the Catholic Church in Australia,” Archbishop Costelloe said. “It is wonderful to know that Amen. some oth r time our spiritual foundations and opt purely for the governance/corp ration resp nse will never truly change the human heart. In a TOTAL response let us walk forward together allowing the Holy Spirit to lea us out of the “Babylon” of today. For this we pray. Church. This is an important question, but it is not THE first question of the Plenary Council. Wh t is God doing? Perhaps we could all learn from taking the advice of t survivor above who finds hope by “sitting in the wound”. For Christians, salvation arises from sitting in the wounds of the Sav- iour. Only in t se wound can redeeming healin be found. St Thomas was invited to touch the w unds of J s . It pr mpt d faith in him. He gave us one f the most beautiful prayers in Christianity: “My L rd and my God” (John 20/28). Let us do the same as we continue the path of conversion. To overly spiritualise our cur- rent dilemmas in the Church is to avoid t e necessary transforma- tion of our “culture” desperately needed. However, to transfer for changing society”.
Come, Holy Spirit of Pentecost. Come, Holy Spirit of the great South Land.
O God, bless and unite all your people in Australia and guide us on the pilgrim way of the Plenary Council.
Give us the grace to see your face in one another and to recognise Jesus, our companion on the road.
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Give us the courage to tell our stories and to speak boldly of your truth.
Give us ears to listen humbly to each other and a discerning heart to hear what you are saying.
Lead your Church into a hope-filled future, that we may live the joy of the Gospel.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, bread for the journey from age to age.
Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us. St Mary MacKillop, pray for us.
Pope Francis sends blessings as Plenary Council process begins
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MONDAY, 26 - FRIDAY, 30 Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Sydney THURSDAY, 29 10.00amACU Senate, Mass/Meeting, North Sydney THURSDAY, 29 2.30pm Senate Listening and Dialogue Session, Sydney
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