Plenary 2020 Theme: Missionary And Evangelising

St Bridgets Parish Greythorn Submission

ON Sunday, November 24, some 14 parishioners met after the 10am Mass to reflect on the Plenary 2020 theme: Missionary and Evangelising and offer recommendations to the Council.

Key points of discussion:

  1. This is a challenging theme largely because the Church of today does not look like the Church described in Luke 10:1-12. (text below)
  2. People felt they needed help from the Church leadership to become more actively engaged with the missionary and evangelising theme in their own faith journey.
  3. Most Catholics know very little of the great work already being done by Catholic organisations helping people in need, within our communities and farther afield.

These are three issues the group feels that need to be addressed at a national level. However, we struggled to develop many actionable recommendations.

We see a need for greater two-way communication between church leadership and others in the church.

Therefore we recommend the establishment of consultative groups of women and men to advise diocesan leadership. We wish to see equal participation of women in all aspects of the Church.

We also recommend that Church leadership become more visibly present in, and identified with, the missionary and evangelising work of the Church.

We support the recommendations made by Catholic Social Services Victoria and published in Plenary Council 2020 – An initial submission, 21 December 2018which addresses our three priority areas of concern.

For our Church to achieve this vision we need to:

  • embrace young people, and speak to their needs and interests
  • support our priests and religious as colleagues in the Body of Christ; invite them to be co-ministers with us as servant leaders in the work of the Church; and foster a culture where clergy are pastors, not administrators
  • embrace and make a place for all people of goodwill, especially the many thousands who work in our various agencies, which will so richly allow the Spirit to work in them and in us and in the people we serve
  • be open, merciful and loving
  • be informed of our rich tradition
  • be boldly Catholic – to speak the truth; to be always ready to give an account for the hope that we hold.

Luke 10:1-12

The Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. Jesus said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.”