Padre Pio Glenmore Park

Role of parents in handing on the faith identified as critical


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Quakers Hill-Schofields and Riverstone 'Faith in Our Future' consultation. Photo: Monique O’Callaghan.

From Catholic Diocese of Parramatta's Pastoral Planning Officer Daniel Ang's
'Faith in Our Future' report, published in Catholic Outlook August 2012

We have now completed two-thirds of the parish consultations towards our Diocesan Pastoral Plan and we have been delighted with the response of the 1300 live and online participants to date.

Our 12 diocesan agencies and ethnic communities are in the process of submitting their responses to the pastoral priorities and consultation feedback.

On 14 June, 47 people took part in the consultation held at St Aidan’s parish, Rooty Hill, which included parishioners from St John Vianney Parish, Doonside.

The critical role of parents in handing on the faith was emphasised with the witness and interaction of participating and non-participating families in schools and in the wider community identified as opportunities for evangelisation.

The evening also focused on the need to encourage youth to be more involved in ministry as well as the importance of teaching and witnessing to faith in Catholic schools.

On 19 June, the pastoral planning team joined parishioners of Padre Pio and Sacred Heart parishes at Glenmore Park, where there was great enthusiasm for building upon the good works already underway in parish communities and beyond.

In support of families, it was suggested that connecting with families following Baptism was essential in realising and growing a community of faith in life.

It was recommended that consideration be given to the ways in which parent relationships could be supported, as well as parent-child relationships in the context of parish life and faith. The generation of resources, literature and support for this purpose was discussed.

On 26 June, the parishes of Quakers Hill-Schofields and Riverstone came together in the multipurpose area of Mary Immaculate Primary to share their ideas.

A challenge identified in the area of supporting family life was the need to better identify new parishioners and sustaining connections with our people between Baptism and First Communion.

A strong idea to encourage exchange between parishes and schools was the need for parishes to be represented at school orientation days, whether by clergy and/or laity, witnessing to the integral faith dimension of our Catholic schools.

In the area of youth, the issue of succession in leadership was raised as essential in building sustainable ministry. Indeed, this seems to apply to many other areas of parish life where continuity and the invitation of new leaders in ministry are ongoing challenges.

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