"A Church which 'goes forth' is a Church whose doors are open…"
- Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium - The Joy of the Gospel)
CONSIDERING THE ‘FUTURE’
We started to have an important conversation at Mass towards the end of last year – a conversation about how to prepare for the future. The future is, of course, uncertain. But there is one thing that we can be sure about. There will be fewer priests. And we will need to work out how best to support our priests in the important work that only they can do. We all need to be part of a continuing conversation about how to shape our future as a faith community.
The Bishop asked us some significant questions in the Diocesan survey. Questions that go to the heart of why we come to church, what change we would like to see as we cope with the challenges of the future – and what we, as individuals, can do to help meet those challenges. As a parish, you gave a tremendous response. Many of you put real thought and energy into responding to those questions. We are really grateful for your input. We want to take this to the next level by engaging with you as a community of parishioners. As a next step we would like to invite you to come along to an open parish meeting at 4pm on Sunday 21 January in the Parish Rooms. Please come along and join in the conversation.
This is our church; we, our children and our children’s children are the future of our church. Take this opportunity to help shape that future.