At the recent Parent-Teacher interviews, you may have noticed a display by members of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish here in Sunbury promoting the forthcoming Plenary Council 2020 for the Australian Catholic Church.
This is an important event happening in two years’ time in the Catholic Church in Australia. Popular perception might be that it’s just another meeting of bishops to discuss various matters—something that will not greatly affect them or other ordinary Catholics. Well, it’s not. It’s actually a meeting of the entire Church in Australia, meaning everyone—bishops, clergy, religious and lay faithful—with the intention of shaping the future course of the Catholic Church in this country. And while it won’t affect matters of doctrine (official Church teachings), it will have legislative power to mould practices within the Australian Catholic Church. So, as a Catholic community here at the college, the outcome of the meeting will most definitely have an impact on us.
The word “Plenary” simply means “entire” or “open”. In theory, everyone will be allowed a voice through different forums and feedback that has been invited in these initial planning days, leading up to Ash Wednesday next year. The Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish is working very hard behind the scenes to gather feedback from its parishioners, and here our college families who are members of the parish are warmly invited to share their thoughts on life in the Catholic Church.
Through the Plenary Council of 2020, the Catholic Church in Australia will determine its structures and strategies for the future. And this of course will affect its mission of evangelisation—how it will spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in a culture that the recent national Census date recognises is becoming increasingly secular in its values.
This is a pressing matter of consideration for Catholics in Australia at this point in time. And this is a theme that Pope Francis has emphasised—how do we evangelise in a culture moving rapidly away from the Christian world view?
“The way in which we locate ourselves in history has changed. Things we thought would never happen, or that we never thought we would see, we are experiencing now, and we dare not even imagine the future. That which appeared normal to us – family, the Church, society and the world – will probably no longer seem that way. We cannot simply wait for what we are experiencing to pass, under the illusion that things will return to being how they were before.”
There is much to contemplate in this quote from Pope Francis.
So there is a context for the Plenary Council to gather, to listen, to discern and to move forward. We pray that in these initial planning days that all members of the Australian Catholic family will feel that they have a voice and have something to contribute to the future of the Catholic Church.
Read an update from Acting Principal, Mrs Angela Romano
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
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