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Parish Newsletter – 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2018 (2)
Welcome to St Vincent de Paul Redfern Catholic Church
As a Catholic Church Parish, we are gathered from many nations, and have become even more diverse in recent years. This has brought diverse groups, spiritualties and charisms together which actively reach out far and wide to announce the Gospel including the needy of the area. Aside from the regular sacramental celebrations to sustain the faithful, it is also a missionary parish which endeavours to serve both the spiritual and material needs of the wider community. There is the Australian Christian Meditation community; two ‘Sharing of the Meal’ groups to serve the needy of the area; the ministry of the Legion of Mary doing active work; the presence of the aboriginal ministry; the Tongan families with their singing and pastoral work with the youth; the gospel discussion group; the prayer group in the McKell building to provide a prayerful presence. By virtue of God’s grace many members of the community serve with zeal and voluntarily in fulfilment of their own personal vocation. These make our parish Church alive and active.
We endeavour that our parish is a communion of the faithful, a sanctuary which provides spiritual nourishment for its members and those they serve, through life’s journey as well as a centre of constant missionary outreach. In a spirit of evangelisation we continue to support the parish communities and lay movements mentioned above as they provide new dynamism and a new way of approaching people who may not otherwise be introduced to the Gospel message or a personal encounter with Jesus.
It remains our vision that our community of communities gathered together at the Lord’s table will continue to grow in one faith and be committed to the missionary mandate of all the baptised: so that each individual may grow in holiness; families are sustained in their love for each and strengthened to pass the faith to their children; foster vocation to the priesthood and religious life; announce the Gospel to all, to the poor and the sick and serve the needy.
Vision for the Archdiocese
By Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP
When I was installed as Archbishop on 12 November 2014, I had the opportunity to share with you my hope for our Church in Sydney: My hope for a Church in which the Gospel is preached with joy, the wisdom of our tradition mined with fidelity, the sacraments celebrated with dignity and welcome, and the seminaries, convents and youth groups teeming with new life; a Church in which our parishes, chaplaincies and educational institutions are true centres of the new evangelisation, our laity theologically literate and spiritually well-formed, our outreach to the needy effective and growing, and God glorified above all.
Growing vital and sustainable Christian Communities – ‘Parish 2020’
I am committed to ensuring that the whole of our Archdiocese continues to grow in the great commission Christ gave his disciples to “Go therefore
and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19). By God’s grace our parishes have nurtured the faith of hundreds of thousands of people across the years, and as we give thanks for the past, we must plan for the future. I want to ensure that the people of Sydney continue to encounter Christ and grow in their faith and I am convinced that the Christian communities found in our parishes remain our most vital asset to facilitate this. I have commenced a new pastoral project called ‘Parish 2020’ with the goal of reinvigorating our mission in support of new approaches to evangelisation and more effective pastoral care. ‘Parish 2020’ aims to renew and strengthen parishes for our future Catholic communities committed to both an inward focus on a deepening relationship with Christ, and an outward orientation toward proclaiming the Gospel and reaching those who do not form an active part of our parishes.
Goals for ‘Parish 2020’
I have established a working group for the Archdiocese which will be focused on the task of helping to support the growth of more vibrant parishes in the Archdiocese. ‘Parish 2020’ will be entrusted with the tasks of hearing our priests, lay leaders and people with a view to:
• renewing the pastoral plan;
• bringing the best demographic and planning expertise to bear upon the distribution of our deaneries, parishes, schools and agencies;
• reducing silos and promoting greater collaboration between parishes, schools, agencies and chancery;
• ensuring our parishes are sustainable