National Plenary Council
A Plenary Council of the Church in Australia is to be held in 2020. This is a journey which we begin now and will last beyond the year 2021.
The Plenary Council is envisaged to be held in two gatherings, one in October 2020, another in May 2021.
A Plenary Council is a rare occurrence in Australia, with the last being held in 1937.
In 2019, it is proposed that we have a Diocesan Assembly in preparation for the Plenary Council.
Bishop O’Regan has convened a local working group, to be known by the title the Gaudium et Spes, (Joy and Hope) (G&S) Committee.
This group of 10 members of the diocesan family, which met for the first time on January 30, will be responsible for assisting us as a diocese to prepare for the coming Plenary Council. Sophy Morley is the convenor of this committee. See the Diocesan contacts page for a list of members.
Open parish meetings
In 2018 the Bishop will be conducting a meeting in each of our 27 Parishes.
This has the aim of letting people know what this process is all about; introducing who the members of local Gaudium et Spes committee are; giving an update of what the Sale Diocese looks like in 2018, and beginning the process of listening to members of each parish.
This is an open meeting and all are invited. Please watch for your local Bulletin for the date of your local parish meeting. It will begin at 7.30pm and conclude at 9pm. Reminders will also be placed on the Diocesan Facebook page. Please attend the meeting in your own parish community.
These parish meetings are but a simple and first step, among many. Once the G&S Committee gets going you can expect to see more information coming forward.
A significant event that will be helpful in the preparation for the 2020 Plenary Council will be held in Brisbane this year from the July 12-14.
It is a national conference called Proclaim. The Bishop has invited the members of the G&S Committee to attend. Parishes are asked to considered sending a representative or two to this conference.