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Patterns emerging in Plenary Council responses – laity, culture, youth among the hotspots

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THE Holy Spirit has spoken in 40,000 ways during the Listening and Dialogue phase of the Plenary Council 2020, and analysis of the responses show patterns are emerging.  The Listening and Dialogue phase ends on Ash Wednesday, March 6. National Plenary Council facilitator Lana Turvey-Collins said the community in Brisbane archdiocese responded with “great heart” to the first stage of ... Read More »

Parish community vows to restore St Columba’s to near-original shape

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IT took a lightning bolt to push the faithful keepers of St Columba’s Church, Wilston, into an action plan to ensure the sacred icon stays standing for another 100 years. Last year lightning struck the 104-year-old church, which is part of the Good Samaritan Parish and St John the Baptist Parish, prompting the community to launch a three-year plan to ... Read More »

Everyone is equal in Reg’s eyes

THINGS happen in pie shops, as politicians have learned to their cost. It was in just such a humble location that Reg Goves knew he’d landed in a country different to his birthplace. Fresh off a flight from his native India, he set out from his uncle’s place to find food for his wife and three young children. He wandered ... Read More »

Volunteers make a world of difference in Port Macquarie

St Agnes volunteers

NATIONAL Volunteer Week 2018 was celebrated with gusto at St Agnes’ Parish, Port Macquarie, where the parish thanked its volunteers with a recognition Mass. The Mass was concelebrated by Fr Paul Gooley and Fr Peter Wood, who went with the national theme – Give a little, change a lot. It was a time to reflect on the importance volunteers have ... Read More »

Pope calls Australians to be leaven of ‘holiness, justice and reconciliation’ in Plenary Council blessing

Pope Francis offers blessing for Plenary Council

THE Catholic Church in Australia has officially launched the Plenary Council 2020 – with support and blessings from Pope Francis – setting off a three-year conversation about the future shape of the Church and its mission. Launched on the feast of Pentecost, May 20, the plenary council will culminate in gatherings in 2020 and 2021 to consider the Church’s governance, ... Read More »

Co-author of US study into why young Catholics leave the Church praises Australia’s efforts to evangelise in schools

John Vitek

CHURCH leaders in Australia are ahead of those in the United States when it comes to finding new ways of evangelising millennials, the co-author of a recent American study into disaffiliated Catholics has said. John Vitek, the president and chief executive officer of Saint Mary’s Press in Minnesota, which commissioned a study into why young Catholics leave the Church, said ... Read More »

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