Sepotember 2019



APRIL 2018


Archbishop’s Message Archbishop Christopher Prowse

Archbishop’s Message Archbishop Christopher Prowse

Dear Friends in Christ, HAPPY EASTERTO YOU ALL! I continue the pastoral reflections on the upcoming AUSTRALIAN PLENARY COUNCIL (2020/2021) that I began in the March edition of CATHOLIC VOICE. 2. Making the Church the home and t e school of Communion Dear Friends in Christ, We need now embrace the second phase of the Plenary Council 2020/2021: “Let’s Listen and Discern”. Just very briefly, the first phase – “Listening and Dia- us to be a Christ-centred Church in Australia that is (… the chosen national theme for discernment)?”. Then follows the listing The plenary council: phase 2 – listen and discern

National Child ProtectionWeek SUNDAY, 8 to WEDNESDAY, 11 Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Oceania, Port Moresby TUESDAY, 17 SATURDAY, 21 6.00pm Mass, St Joseph’s Parish, O’Connor National: Bishop’s pay tribute to Tim Fischer SUNDAY, 29 11.00am Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church Feast Day St Joseph’s Bombala booms 7 6 Protecting our children into the future SUNDAY, 22 11.00am Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral WEDNESDAY, 25 8.00am ANZAC Day Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral SATURDAY, 28 6.00pm Mass, Our Lady Help of Christians Parish South Woden 4

H aving established 2020/2021 is marked by a lgrimage of conversion, we ed to then remind ourselves at we do this as Catholics. St John Paul II, in one of his onderful documents at the turn our new millennium, reflected at the great challenge facing in the millennium which is w beginning is precisely this o make the Church the home d the school of Communion.” ovo Millennio Ineunte, 2001, 43) Reflecting on this key term promoting a spirituality communion, Pope Francis mments: “The pastoral journey of e local community has as an sential reference point the storal plan of the diocese, hich is to be placed before the ogrammes of the associations, ovements and any particular oup. This pastoral unity, of eryone around the bishop, will eate unity in the Church.” Catholics have a particular eological understanding of logue” – produced a total of 360 submissions from this Archdio- cese and 324 from the Diocese of Wagga Wagga. Further details can be obtained from the website. (www.plenary.council@ This is quite a good response. Thank you. Let us continue. Whether or not we really listened to each other is some- thing that is hard to gauge. The sessions I attended ade me rather sceptical about our real listening skills. As Pope Francis stresses, hearing is one thing but listening is another. Deep listening is a profoundly religious experience and involves conversion. It means that I have something to share but, also, I have something to learn. That is what true dialogue means. Otherwise, it is purely a polite (or otherwise) mono- logue of various opinions – hardly worthy of the sons and daughters of God! It is certainly impossible to truly even begin answering the seminal question, “What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?”, if the humility required to listen to each other is ot present in abundance! Let’s think long and hard about this. So now – the second phase. Given that I have received strong that the journey to the Plenary Council TUESDAY 3 , 12.15pm Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral THURSDAY, 5 9.00am Council of Priests/Trustees & Consultors Meeting SATURDAY, 7 9.30am Mass, 60TH Anniversary Merici College, Braddon SUNDAY, 8 10.00am Confirmation Mass, Yass & Gunning

Women. of some practical examples whereby t at theme could be lived out nationally. From this list two or three e erg- ing actions could be chosen as response to what the Holy Spirit might be suggesting within the group. Reflections would then be centred upon the local application of these suggestions. Your report (max 150 words) would

this term “pastoral plan”. For example, the documents of the Vatican II Council make it quite clear that our Church has both a hierarchical and a collegial structure. It is this living experience of Communion – of all of the baptised working in the service of the Kingdom of God among us – that is essential. Following from this is the understanding that we all have equal dignity but we serve in different tasks. The Lay Faithful direct the entire world towards the Kingdom of God. The Clergy specifically serve in the governance, teaching and sanctification of the Church. Even in this they are assisted by the Lay Faithful. The Bishops, as successors of the Apostles, serve under the leadership of the Pope, and become signs of unity and Communion of their entire diocese. We are all part of this school of communion. This is different from viewing the Church purely from the prism of a parliamentary democ- racy. The principle in a democ- racy rests on the understanding

that all power comes from the people. In the Church, however, all power comes from Christ. It is the power of the Holy Spirit to serve. There are many wonderful examples in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn over the years of the practical living out of this ecclesial vision of Communion and Service. For example, there have been several attempts in the Archdio- cese to articulate a pastoral plan for herself. In more recent years, diocesan-wide and regional deanery assemblies have moved towards a vision of encouraging our people in the crucial areas of married and family life. So many of our diocesan agencies give incredible service in this area. This pastoral plan needs further development. Diocesan Pastoral Councils have also been created to flesh out pastoral plans. These have lapsed over the years. They need to be re-freshed in a manner that involves as many as possible. Similar observa- tions could be said too about a new Diocesan Commission for

In this Year of Youth, our common vision too must be focussed on the place of youth in the Archdiocese. Surprising to some, this is a very dynamic pastoral area in the Archdiocese at present. Let us encourage it together. These and other possible examples, especially responding to the incredible thirst for prayer among so many, the pastoral care and dynamic contribution of our migrants and refugees, care for the poor and margin- alised, and the welcome of new Catholics via the RCIA, ought be areas of our communion in listening and practical charity to ensure that all find a “home” in our Archdiocese. Our pilgrimage to the national Plenary Assembly in 2020/21 offers us increased Gospel urgency to focus on these vital pastoral areas. In the next edition of Catholic Voice I will continue on these reflections in preparations for the Plenary Assembly. God bless us all in the excit- ing times ahead.

then be sent to the national Discernment and Writi g Group attached to the theme you have chosen. I do pray that as many as possible can join in this vital communal dis- cernment. We join all the dioceses of Australia in this phase of the Plenary Council. It is a great opportunity for conversion of the Catholic Church of Australia in our troubled times. Let us reflect upon what is asked of us. Let us correct any wrong ideas about what is called for and be better informed before we start phase two. Let us not become Babel Chris- tians (speaking many incomprehensi- ble languages to each other – Genesis 11/1-9). But let us be more and more Pentecost Christians (speaking one universal and missionary language “as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves.” Acts 2/4). In anticipation, I thank the many people who will be responsible for gathering us together again. THURSDAY, 19 5.30pm ACU, ACT Chapter Meeting, Canberra 7.00pm Confirmation Mass, Garran FRIDAY, 20 7.30am Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral SATURDAY, 21 6.00pm Confirmation Mass, Goulburn SUNDAY, 22 9.00am Confirmation Mass, Crookwell TUESDAY, 24 12.15pm Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral FRIDAY, 27 12 .15pm Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral SUNDAY, 29 11.00am Multicultural Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral

endorsement that our deanery based consultations practically worked well, let us continue this ay of gathering for the second phase. We are to LISTEN and DISCERN. I have made some comments about listening above. What about DISCERNING together? The f ndamental task here is, as Pope Francis phrases it, is “to do what is most pleasing to the Lord” (Christus Vivit 294). It involves deep listening. It is an attentiveness to the Lord to distinguish what is of G d and what is n t of God. It is a rejection of what is simply subjective likes and dislikes. It scrutinizes our common intentions of the heart. In our regroupings, each gathering will be asked to choose one of the six themes for discernment. There will be much listening to scripture in silence and sharing. The key question will be asked: “How is God calling THURSDAY, 12 7.00pm Confirmation Mass, Bega FRIDAY, 13 12.00pm Parish Visitation, St Jude & St John Vianney’s Parishes, Holder & Waramanga SATURDAY, 14 Parish Visitation, St Jude & St John Vianney’s Parishes, Holder & Waramanga 5.00pm Confirmation Mass, Holder SUNDAY, 15 Parish Visitation, St Jude & St John Vianney’s Parishes, Holder & Waramanga 9.00am Confirm tion M ss, Waramanga TUESDAY, 17 12.15pm Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral 7.00pm Confirmation Mass, Curtin

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Archbishop’s Diary SEPTEMBER 2019


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HE RECENT fires at Tathra have brought great destruction properties and immense trauma to this close coastal ommunity in our Archdiocese. It reminds us all that we are a passing world as pilgrims on a journey to the Father’s eavenly home. This Easter time can help us all re-focus n the things that will never end. In Jesus Christ, our pil- rim leader, “we have this hope, and sure and steadfast nchor of the soul.” (Hebrew 6/19) As we pray for the frag- TUESDAY, 10 11.00am Australian Centr for Christianity a d Culture Board Meeting, Barton 6.00pm Confirmation Mass, Kaleen WEDNESDAY, 11 9.00am Bishop’s Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry, Canberra 6.00pm Confirmation Mass, Evatt

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Cover picture: Grace Edwards, Joseph Doyle and Anna Kirk from Canberra join 10,000 people at the Rally for Life in Sydney. Picture Supplied Cover Pictures: John McLaurin Cover picture features L-R McRae

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