Plenary Council 2020 -our preparation
Towards the Plenary 2020, Listening and Dialogue sessions with the Bishop
All are welcome to participate in these upcoming sessions.
What is God asking of us in Australia at this time?
7.30 pm Wednesday 24th October School Hall, St Ita’s Primary School, Victoria St, Drouin
7.30 pm Thursday 25th October Sacred Heart School Hall, Wilson St, Morwell
7.30 pm Tuesday 30th October The Old Church, St Michael’s Primary School, High St, Berwick
7.30 pm Thursday 1st November St Laurence’s Parish Centre, cnr Brumley & Ogilvy Sts, Leongatha
7.30 pm Thursday 13th November Chapter House, St Mary’s Cathedral Parish, Pearson St, Sale
Parish and school animators with the skills gained from their recent training can now also conduct local Listening and Dialogue sessions. Contact your local parish for information on what might be happening in your local area.
Visit the Official Plenary Council 2020 website for videos, parish and school resources, articles and listening and dialogue guides. We encourage people people to be proactive in accessing the website for these as well as to subscribe to Plenary Post e-news.
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 Adelaide 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, we have a Diocesan Assembly in preparation for the Plenary Council on 13 and 14 September.
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.
Open parish meetings
In the first half of 2018 the Bishop held meetings in each of our 27 Parishes.
The aim of the meetings being to let people know what this process is all about; to introduce who the members of local Gaudium et Spes committee are; give an update of what the Sale Diocese looks like in 2018, and to begin the process of listening to members of each parish.
More than 1,000 people attended the meeting and shared their thoughts with the Bishop and members of the G & S Committee.
These parish meetings were first step, among many. With the official launch of the Plenary Council 2020 at Pentacost the preparation phase has now begun.
The Bishop, the members of the G&S Committee and representatives from various parishes attended the Proclaim Conference in July. This enabled them to gather ideas for the preparation phase.
Parish Plenary Groups
Each parish is now being asked to have a plenary group which will assist in animating the many plenary conversations and gatherings in the coming months. The plenary group may be the parish pastoral council or could be another group formed for the plenary process.
Official Plenary Council 2020 website At this website you can subcribe to the monthly e-news Plenary Post.