Plenary Council 3 – 10 October 2021

October 8, 2021

Plenary Council – The First General Assembly of the Plenary Council concludes
As the First General Assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia closed over the weekend, the members approved a concluding statement sharing the fruits of the first assembly and looking forward to nine months of “prayer, reflection, maturation and development” leading up to the second assembly. Please find attached a media release and a copy of the concluding statement.

Links to daily Masses and each morning session LIVE of the plenary is available at Masses during the Plenary Council via https://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/

On Tuesday, 12 October, Sr Sue Barker SGS will lead us in Lectio Divina. Come and listen to God speak to you, wherever you are at, through the Scriptures, in the beautiful practice of Lectio Divina.

Prayer Seminars to experience different prayer styles – All Welcome There has been an overwhelming response to the Prayer Seminar series that runs each Tuesday evening, 7pm – 8:30pm via Zoom. Prayer Seminars are hosted by the CCD Team but are open to anyone and everyone in the Diocese to attend. Each week a different presenter will lead us in a style of prayer that is meaningful to them. The seminars will include information, but also the opportunity to be led by an expert in the prayer experience. Each week, the importance of praying for the Plenary Council and its members will be remembered, amongst many important prayer intentions for the Church and the world. You are welcome to come to any or all of the seminars. Registering does not require you to attend every seminar. Please follow the link to register for Prayer Seminars: https://www.dow.org.au/events.

Masses will be livestreamed. Opening mass this Sunday Oct 3, 2pm weekday masses are 9.30am, and the closing Mass 11am, Sunday Oct 10.

Checkout: Advisers, Chairpersons named for Plenary Council

The clergy members from the Diocese of Wollongong are: Most Rev Brian G Mascord DD, Very Rev Bernard L Gordon VG, Very Rev Kenneth Cafe OFM EV, Very Rev Sean Cullen PP EV.

Hear from the three lay members of Plenary Council from the Diocese of Wollongong Mr Paul Fleming, Mrs Erin Gillard (who has grown up in Campbelltown) and Dr Jodi Steel via a short interview that can be accessed at https://dow.sh/plenarychats and which will be released via social media over the next week.

DoW in collaboration with ACBC will also be producing a daily podcast of 3 interviews from the Plenary Council form 3-10 October which we will share on our website daily. https://anchor.fm/plenarypodcast including the full interview we did last week with Lana Turvey Collins. interview with Lana Turvey Collins: Free access at jcr.org.au. We will also be producing a daily podcast of 3 interviews from the Plenary Council form 3-10 October which we will share on our website daily.

The Journey Weekly Podcast:  Great show this week as we jump into an interview with Lana Turvy Collins who is the chief organiser of the upcoming Plenary Council. Plenty of great music and the regular God spots you’ve come to expect from the Journey available at www.jcr.org.au.

The Diocesan Prayer Seminar series that will commence next Tuesday Evening September 21 will provide the experience and practice of different forms of prayer, with the opportunity to pray for the Plenary Council and its members amongst many important prayer intentions for the Church and the world each week. For more info and to register go to https://www.dow.org.au/events

Plenary Council 2021   We are counting down less than a month now to the long-awaited multi-modal First Assembly. In this time of pandemic, the Plenary Council remains focused on the questions that will help form the future of the Catholic Church in Australia.
There is much information to digest on the website for the Plenary at https://plenaryconcil.catholic.org.au. You might wish to explore more but here are some gems
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Plenary Council prayer: http://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Plenary-Council-Prayer-Card-Print-at-Home.pdf

Weekly reflections: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bzz_Aapc5BDguj12lZyWbv3ydOKz3biL/view

In preparation for the Plenary Council there is a working document “Instrumentum Laboris” and excerpts from that document have been included for the Sunday reflections leading up to the Council which begins on October 3. 

You are invited to read all the questions in the Agenda for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia: plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/keydocuments

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the first Assembly will be a mix of in-person and online delivery. See the up-to-date PLENARY COUNCIL JOURNEY 2020-2022.