|South Australia||PUSH FOR TWINNING OF RURAL AND CITY PARISHES|
A Working Party within the Catholic Church in South Australia has initiated a major push for "twinning" between city and rural Catholic parishes and schools.|
The proposal was a key recommendation from last year's rural assembly. Deirdre McInerney, from the state's Rural Assembly Working Party, has written to all parishes and principals of Catholic schools in the Adelaide Archdiocese urging them to actively pursue "twinning" programs.
Initially the Goodwood parish in suburban Adelaide had offered financial support to the Mallee parish, although twinning programs did not need to involve financial help.
"Goodwood was mindful of the harsh economic times and the demands being experienced by their country friends and they extended the hand of friendship through this generous financial contribution to a rural parish," Mrs McInerney said.
The two parishes meet for social events, swap news in their newsletters and they offer practical support and accommodation in times of need.
The report, which has now been sent to all parishes, includes recommendations on youth issues, outreach through the Basic Ecclesial Communities, communication, financial strategies, leadership and faith development.
|9 Aug 00|