“Parishes will move to a missionary footing
when we believe in our heart-of-hearts
that there is a harvest”
Daniel Ang, Subiaco, July 2019
The Next Step
Now that we are in the discernment phase,
we continue to seek the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
In the parish of Saint Joseph, there will be two sessions.
Each will be held immediately after the Monday evening Mass.
Each session will last for approximately 2 hours,
followed by fellowship and refreshments.
There will be three themes for each session,
with participants selecting the theme
they would like to discern at each session.
Some pre-reading [from the Plenary Council website]
will be required on the selected theme.
Our three facilitators
– Mary McComish, Tina Perez and Daniel Lynch –
will each facilitate one theme at each session.
Discernment Session 1: Monday 25 November
Theme 1: Missionary and Evangelising
Theme 2: Inclusive, Participatory and Synodal
Theme 3: Humble, Healing and Merciful
Discernment Session 2: Monday 17 February
Theme 4: Prayerful and Eucharistic
Theme 5: A Joyful, Hope-filled and Servant Community
Theme 6: Open to Conversion, Renewal and Reform
Before the next part of the process begins,
take some time to reflect on what discernment is.
To get help with that reflection,
There are also some very interesting videos on
and where-we’re going-from-here
If English is your second language
and you would like to access the Listening-and-Discernment
materials in other languages, please follow the appropriate link:
The notion of synodality
is unclear for some and challenging for others;
you might consider reading a wonderful article
written by Australian Catholic theologian Ormond Rush.
Pope Francis’ dream for the Church in Australia
is that it may become
“a synodal Church.
A synodal church is one which listens,
which realizes that listening is more than simply hearing.
It is a mutual listening
in which everyone has something to learn….
the faithful people,
the bishop of Rome:
all listening to each other,
and all together listening to the Holy Spirit,
in order to know
what the Spirit says to the churches. “
Pope Francis’understanding of synodality,
while expressed in the language and theology of Vatican II,
is rooted in the way the Church understood itself
from earliest times…
‘Just as you did it to one of the least of these,
who are members of my family,
you did it to me”.
May our eyes be opened to the hungry, thirsty, naked, sick and imprisoned.
May our minds be freed from the bounds of self-interest, fear and prejudice.
May our hearts be moved to recognise and respond to the needs of your people.
May we be open to the fruits of your Spirit,
so that our thoughts, words and actions
can be infused with love, peace, compassion and selflessness.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen
Plenary Council Prayer
The National Plenary Council Committee
has produced its final summary
Please click HERE
Saint Joseph’s Parish Documents