We congratulate all our children who will receive Our Lord Jesus this weekend. Our children are witnesses to all of us, of the very special gift we share as Catholics in Holy Communion.
Lachlan Appleton-Seymour, Rauiri Brennan, Evelyn Bretherton, Sienna Brown, Tristan Burke, Claire Butler, Hannah Cameron, Rocco Cartella, John Cowen, Lacey Elmore, Anthony Emery, Laura Gray, Jasmine Gray, Matilda Harris, Jorden Harvison, Elleia Hawkins, Emma Humphries, Cameron Jagga, Bailey Johnston, Harrison Keogh, Lilliana Lambert, James Lawlor, Sean Larking, Eva Leben, Samuel Leotta, Lucas Marsh, Mikayla McClurg, Anneliese Musch, Darcy Nichols, Emily O'Brien, Michaela O'Leary, Aila O'Rourke, Tais Parry, Brendan Pearson, Niko Puljic, Oliver Puljic, Jacob Rowling, Harrison Skillender, Emily Sullivan, Hugh Taylor, Hayden Tickle, Rhiannon Van Belkom, Gabrielle Van Belkom, Mia Van Kretschmar, Ruby Wissemann.
In recent weeks a number of parishioners have asked me about the Plenary Council 2020. A Plenary Council is the highest formal gathering of all local churches (dioceses) in a country. The Plenary Council 2020 is focused on listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit in its many expressions and to discern the future of the Catholic Church in Australia. The Plenary Council has already started, as all the local churches start to work towards facilitating the process of hearing the many voices that will contribute to the Council.
The official launch of the Plenary Council was on Pentecost Sunday, although the journey really began back in May 2016 when the bishops decided to move towards the Council. Technically, we are now in the “preparation phase” and the Council will be celebrated in two sessions, one in October 2020 and the other is early 2021; and the “implementation phase” will stretch far and wide. In the Archdiocese of Brisbane, the Archbishop has convened a Plenary Council Task Force, who will promote and coordinate all our efforts at the local level and who will work closely with the national Plenary Council Executive Committee. When more news develops on this front I will make it public through this newsletter. In the meantime, if you are after more information please visit the website: http://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/ Let us also pray for the Church in Australia as we prepare for the Plenary Council in 2020. May we listen to what the Spirit is saying as we share with one another our joys and hopes.