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Plenary Council 2020/2021

"Listening to Christ

by listening to one another"

                               After around nine months the Parish process for collecting the considered thoughts
of Parishioners and School families for the 2020 Plenary concluded on 5 March 2019
and a submission from our Parish was sent to the Plenary Council Team.
Phase 2 "Listening & Discerning" commences June 6 (details below)

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Parish submission to the Plenary Council Team (4 March 2019) HERE
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Plenary Update on the process ahead, Sunday 10 March 2019
The Plenary Council Team website has published a clear and comprehensive update on the Plenary process ahead, among other things including an overall process CHART , and the extract underneath. These update the report below. The next phase of the Plenary process as it affects Parishes launches the 'Listening and Discernment" phase on 9 June. It launches the Plenary THEMES but not the Plenary Agenda at that stage. The Agenda will follow from the Listening and Discernment phase

Based on the Chart The steps ahead are: 
  • Draft preliminary National Report (published early June) with emergent themes for the Plenary Council identified. Listening and Discernment stage (start 9 June)
  • Application and selection of Working Group Chairs and members – one Working Group for each identified theme – to develop council papers for discussion as 1st session (starts in June 2019)
  • Working Groups meet for first time and local group discernment begins (July 2019)
  • Nominations open for [selection] of lay delegates to Plenary Council (September 2019)
  • Diocesan qualitative reports published by NCPR (October 2019)
  • Draft Plenary Council papers prepared by Working Groups made available for download and discussion (April 2020)
  • 1st Session 4-11 October 2020 in Adelaide
  • 2nd Session May 2021 in Sydney

EXTRACT The Plenary Team website update refers to the Listening and Discernment phase & what happens before then:
 With the Listening and Dialogue phase now complete, the National Centre for Pastoral Research will continue the deep listening process, conducting a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the submissions received and, using best-practice research methods, will identify key themes that have emerged.     Then, in May, the Bishops Commission for the Plenary Council, the Plenary Council Executive Committee and the Facilitation Team will work together with the National Centre for Pastoral Research to finalise the National Themes for Discernment.  Those themes will become the focus for the Listening and Discernment phase and will be the foundations for the Plenary Council agenda.
    With the second phase of the Plenary Council process – Listening and Discernment – to begin in June, it is important to understand what discernment is. In the coming weeks and months, there will be a number of articles and videos created to help explain discernment."

So what does all this mean for our Parish?
As per the above, the 'Listening and Discernment' phase will be the foundation for the Plenary Council agenda, based on the National Themes for Discernment' document. Articles and videos before June 6 will explain discernment. Then  "Local small group discernment" (presumably in Parishes) will be part of a wider discernment process.  In September Nominations will also  "open for [selection] of lay delegates to Plenary Council." Furthermore,  "In April 2020 "draft Plenary Council papers discerned by the Working Group become available for download and discussion."
Parish submission sent to the Plenary Council Team   (link HERE)
John Costa, Parish Plenary input Convenor, Friday 8 March 2019, updated Sunday 10 March
Meeting the deadline of Ash Wednesday one year after formal launch of the Plenary Council 2020/2021 process to listen to what what people think "Christ is asking us to make our Church today", our response was formally submitted Tuesday. It is also being forwarded to Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli.  Over 100 people from small family groups in the Parish, School groups (some including children), some young adults, friend groups,  Outreach Group, Parish Pastoral Council, Men's Group and individuals are telling Australia's bishops exactly what they think.              All responses were frank, forthright and constructive. In the true spirit of the Plenary process they were also thoughtful, considered, and respectful, capturing what everyone involved honestly thinks. This listening process in the Catholic Church is the first of its kind in the world and very much a tribute to the idea of Pope Francis who introduced it.         Plenary proceedings and outcomes will be watched with great interest across the whole Catholic world. Our participation is a particular tribute to those from our Parish and Schools who spoke out honestly "hoping to help renew our Church".            Our submission is joined by many others around Australia.  It includes  individual comments as well as summaries and may be seen/downloaded HERE.      It also includes some late responses not included in the prior A, B & C Question summaries. Shortly all Australian bishops will have been told what People of God in our Parish and across Australia think they should do.   Will they listen?   The future of our Church depends on their response.              Guided by all these inputs the Plenary Themes will be announced on 9 June with the launch of the the "Listening and Discernment' phase.  Our website will continue to provide updates.
Parish and School communities  "Collected Responses to Question 'C'
- available for download below  Helping to Renew our Church via input to the '2020 Plenary Council'
19 February 2019
What do we as Church need to do to move from 'A' to 'B' (what respondents suggest the Plenary Council  needs to do to move from where we are now as a Church to what Christ is calling us to make the Church become).  
Now that members of our Parish and School communities have thoughfully considered all these three questions  while respectfully listening to one another a final summary report will be prepared for formal submission to the Church's Plenary Council agenda-setting group, and our local Archbishop Peter Comensoli before the due date of Ash Wednesday (6 March) 2019. It will also be published on this website.  The final report will briefly summarise overall comments and include three Appendices, for each of the A, B & C responses below.
The collection of responses to Question 'C' is available HERE
Parish and School communities "Collected responses to Question ‘B’"
- available for download below  Helping to Renew our Church via input to the '2020 Plenary Council'
26 January 2019
Responses have now been captured from a mix of small groups and individuals in our Parish and school communities in answer to the second Question (B) “What is Christ calling us to make our Church today?” (Listening to the Holy Spirit).     To assist the  Australian Plenary Council 2020/2021  in its deliberations these responses together with previously collected responses to Question ‘A’ (available below) and subsequent responses to Question 'C' (to follow)  will be refined and collectively summarised for submission to the Church’s Plenary Council agenda-setting group, and our local Archbishop Peter Comensoli, before the due date of Ash Wednesday (6 March) 2019.
Inputs to Questions 'A' and 'B' and 'C' are now closed.
The collection of responses to Question 'B'  is available HERE
Parish and School communities "collected responses to Question ‘A’" - available for download below  Helping to Renew our Church via Inputs to the ‘2020 Plenary Council’
Thursday 6 December 2018
A compilation of captured answers from across our Parish and School communities to Question 'A'  "What does our Church look like now" has now been published (below). It's part of the process of "listening to God by listening to one another" and an important  step towards answering the even more important second Question 'B' "What is Christ calling us to make our Church today?", followed by the final question "What do we, as Church, need to do to move from A to B?".       From collected responses to these questions a summary will be submitted to the '2020 Plenary' agenda-setting process, and also to Archbishop Peter Comensoli of Melbourne Archdiocese by Ash Wednesday 2019.  Responses so been  very helpful and honest, though received later than hoped. Time is running out, so responses to Question 'B' (and 'C' if possible at this stage) are now required by 23 December.  A video progress report will be presented at Masses this weekend.  The collection of  raw responses to Question A at this stage (for later summary after Questions  B&C responses are available)   is available     HERE.
  • Plenary Council Questions for parish  ONLINE  submission  (now closed):

A). "What does our Church look like now"   (listening to one other)                                                                                     
B). "What is Christ asking us to make our Church today?"   (listening to the Holy Spirit), and                                              
C). "What do we, as Church, need to do to move from A to B?"   (Listening must lead us to response and action)                  

Video Update on Parish and School communities input to the 2020 Plenary
Thursday 6 December 2018
This 3 minute video provides a progress update and announces availability of Mary Mother of the Church Parish and school community responses  to the 2020 Plenary input Question 'A' (of A, B,C) "What does our church look like now" (Listening to one another). It also describes the next step in our Parish plenary preparation process. Video HERE
  • Plenary Council 2020 Website HERE
  • Mary Mother of the Church Ivanhoe Launch Video (20 October 2018, 8 minutes)  describing our Parish process for providing Plenary Inputs
  • Information sheet on the Ivanhoe Parish process for providing inputs to the Plenary Council agenda-setting process   HERE
  • Guidelines for leaders of small, informal, 'listening and sharing' groups preparing inputs to the Plenary Council preparation process  Here
  • Plenary Council  Questions' hard-copy proforma for Parish use may be downloaded HERE
  • Indexed background resources to assist those discerning and preparing inputs to the Plenary Council HERE. These augment and are are complementary to those on the Plenary Council website. NOTE: The Preface explains how this user-friendly set of resources may be easily used.
  • Enquiries on your Parish participation in the Plenary 2020 agenda setting process?   Fr Bill, or John Costa 0409 967 207 or email HERE
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