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John 13:34

love one another as I have loved you

John 13:34

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Plenary Council 2020 | Information

The Final Report for the Plenary Council Phase I may be downloaded from:

Below is a media article that appeared in Cath News today, outlining the release of the final report of the listening and dialogue phase of Plenary Council. I would encourage you to read it, as it provides a good description of the report and the challenges that lie ahead in the next phase of Discernment.

We have in recent weeks been working on the Diocesan process for phase 2 discernment. John Tubridy will in touch in coming days with details and dates for training in this process.

Thanks for all you have done and hopefully your willingness to be involved in this next stage of discernment.

Cath News Report 29/7/19

The National Centre for Pastoral Research has published the final report of the Listening and Dialogue phase of the Plenary Council, capturing the voices of more than 222,000 people.

The 314-page report provides insights into the 17,457 individual and group submissions received from May 2018 until March 2019. It also outlines the Listening and Dialogue process, including the questions asked, the research methodology and the preparation of the final report.
Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, president of the Plenary Council, said he hoped when people read the report they “will be encouraged by the passion and commitment which the invitation to enter the journey has generated in such an extraordinary way”.
“In the first phase of our journey, this listening has produced an extraordinary treasure of ideas and proposals which represents the heartfelt response of many people,” he said.
“The great challenge ahead of us now is to ‘catch’ the voice of the Holy Spirit within the passionate, hopeful but sometimes contradictory voices of God’s people.”
National Centre for Pastoral Research director Trudy Dantis said the Plenary Council has already been one of the most ambitious research projects the Church has ever undertaken.
“We could not have predicted the number of voices from which we would hear, but we were able to use high-level research and analysis tools to understand the threads and topics on which people spoke,” Dr Dantis said.
“This report is faithful to the stories told, the questions asked and the opinions shared.”
Archbishop Costelloe acknowledged that the invitation to open listening and dialogue, and the honest and open reporting of what arose from that, means that people “may be challenged, and even disturbed” by some of the responses.
“The ongoing journey of the Plenary Council provides us all with an opportunity to deepen our own reflection in the light of what other members of the Church have expressed, as together we now enter into the next phase of the journey: the Listening and Discernment phase,” he said.
Plenary Council facilitator Lana Turvey-Collins said the second phase of preparation – Listening and Discernment – will begin in earnest in August. It is after that time of discernment, which will run for several months, that the agenda for the Plenary Council will begin to emerge.
The final report of the Listening and Dialogue phase can be found on the Plenary Council website 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Diocese’s new video shows “who we are”

It started off as a short 20 second background video for the homepage of the Diocese of Wollongong's new website. Six months and 23 separate film shoots later, the diocese has today released it's new "It's Who We Are" video on their website at
The short sub-three-minute video clip narrated by Bishop Brian Mascord and shot by master filmmaker, Hugh Clark, showcases the wonderful people and works of the diocese that happen every day and often go unnoticed.
The diocese's director of media and communications, Daniel Hopper, said, "Unlike a number of diocesan websites that we saw from around the world, the primary focus for our new website was to be outward focused in terms of appealing to those who are not Catholic but may be interested in what the Church has to offer. So, we wanted to include a background video at the top of the homepage as an initial introduction that demonstrated 'who we are' as a diocese.
"When discussing the various shots that we wanted to capture, we quickly came to the conclusion that the video was not just relevant to non-Catholic seekers on the website. Everyone in our diocese—especially our unwavering Catholics—need to be reminded, more than ever, of who they are and to be proud of the good things that are happening in our Church.
"The video project became a work of passion as we combined our efforts as a diocese—Office of the Bishop, parishes, schools and CatholicCare—to produce a beautiful and concise visual story of who we are.
"We engaged Sydney-based filmmaker, Hugh Clark, to assist with the project. Hugh conducted over 35 interviews with various laity, clergy and religious in the diocese before beginning to shoot on Christmas Eve 2018 in our Varroville parish. Hugh undertook a further 22 shoots wrapping on Pentecost Sunday 2019 with Bishop Brian during Confirmation at Fairy Meadow."
The video is now online at the "About us" page of the diocese's website and on their Facebook page, and will also be used as part of the diocese's other promotional activities such as the Bishop's Annual Appeal in September. CatholicCare and Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong engaged Hugh for additional days of shooting during the process in order to capture footage for their own agency-specific videos that will be released soon.
Daniel said, "It is our hope that the new video and website will be a great resource for all seeking the love of God in the Illawarra, Macarthur, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands regions of our diocese..