Maitland-Newcastle set for Session 2 of Diocesan Assembly

About 300 priests, lay and religious representatives from parishes, agencies and groups across the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will gather on Saturday for a continuation of the Diocesan Assembly that began last year.

A statement from the Diocese says that it normally holds a Diocesan Assembly every two years, and according to Bishop Michael Malone an Assembly "is a very important gathering that will take us forward in our life and mission as Catholics in the Newcastle, Hunter and Manning Regions."

"This Saturday's Assembly is the second session of an Assembly which began in August 2004. It's significant that it also falls on the weekend of Pentecost, a feast which commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciples, fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus," said Bishop Malone. "At Pentecost we are reminded of what happened to the disciples - they were changed by the experience and emboldened to go out with courage to live the message of Jesus. At this gathering I pray that in our deliberations we will be guided and emboldened by the Spirit."

While session one of the Diocesan Assembly explored pastoral issues, according to Mr Michael Healy, Diocesan Assembly Co-ordinator, "the focus of session two will be to consider changes to our Diocesan Pastoral Plan, in order to provide greater flexibility in planning for both parishes and regions, and to increase the opportunities for collaborative ministry.

"It is about providing the opportunity for clergy, religious and laity to work together in partnership to further Christ's mission."

Catholic community to gather at Maitland for Diocesan Assembly: Session Two (Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle 11/5/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Dioceses of Maitland-Newcastle | Diocesan Assembly 2004-2005 | Diocesan Pastoral Plan (PDF)

Maitland-Newcastle demonstrates "full and active participation of the faithful" (CathNews 1/9/04)

12 May 2005