Plenary Council 2020

Plenary 2020 Discussion Parish Reading Guide

Reading Notes for St. Michael’s Parishioners, December 2018

This record of Plenary discussions has been confirmed by several members of the Parish Plenary
Committee as accurate.
Over 200 parishioners have had a voice… the majority on the Plenary Wall. A smaller but significant
number entered into extended dialogue at the luncheon and afternoon tea meetings. The Prayer
Group was the largest group to have extended discussions.

Trends

A cursory glance reveals what is on the hearts of parishioners… some of the issues are

  • A welcoming church
  • Upholding the Traditions (large T)
  • Inclusiveness
  • The role of women
  • Support for Young People
  • Broadening Sacramental authority (e.g. priesthood: who &how)
  • Centrality of Jesus and his Gospel
  • Parish Participation & Cohesion
  • Sunday liturgy… (e.g. language, music)
  • Ecology & the Christian response
  • Ecumenism
  • Evangelisation
  • Prayer & Sacraments

Reflection

Perhaps there are no surprises in this list. I would point out that there are two distinct groups of insights and suggestions for further action.

There are some things we as a parish can do nothing about (e.g. Married priests)… we send these concerns and suggestions into the organising committee for national discernment and discussion. There are, however, many concerns and suggestions in the record which we can actually start working on or continue to strengthen right here and right now (e.g. Support for the Young of the Parish)

If we were to sum up the parish possibilities for action I suggest we could do no better than to check out the Plenary Wall Comment on the last page of the Plenary Discussions Record… go to the seventh dot point: Love within yourself & to others… compassion to others and to all… understanding of The Word… giving of yourself… assist more with charity.

I believe that this is a fabulously powerful tool for Parish Renewal… a central document for all of us to carefully consider and act upon. A prayerful reading of this record of what is on the hearts of our parish members will inform opportunities for personal action. We are all called to co-responsibility for the health and vitality of the life of the parish and the church community.

Please click here for the full report.

Mike Hansen, convener of the Parish Plenary 2020 Committee