Full speed ahead for Sydney pastoral plan

Parishes and church agencies in the Sydney Archdiocese are set to begin the process of implementing the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan, in 2008.

The Sydney Archdiocese's new pastoral plan will "strengthen Catholic life" through a public commitment to Christ, according to Cardinal George Pell, quoted in the week's Catholic Weekly.

Cardinal Pell said the archdiocese wants to "renew and revitalise its life and mission" through this plan, which he launched during last Sunday's Mass at St Mary's Cathedral.

The document, Starting a Fresh with Christ: 2008-2011 Mission, Priorities, Goals and Strategies, was produced by the Archdiocesan Renewal Planning Committee and has been an extensive program of consultation with priests, agencies and parishes of the archdiocese.

"I wish to thank Bishop Julian Porteous and his committee for the immense amount of hard work, discussion and consultation that has gone into the preparation of this plan," he said.

"This is only a start; it provides a focus and a framework and, please God, we will be able to identify a set of targets towards which all the different agencies and parishes in the archdiocese can aim," he said.

Archdiocesan Renewal Planning Committee Bishop Julian Porteous, says the new plan is the opportunity for the archdiocese to "bring a new vitality to the mission and life of the archdiocese," Bishop Porteous said.

"The plan has been a chance to have a quite comprehensive look at archdiocese in the parishes and agencies, and how we can move forward to develop and strengthen the life of the Church."

The plan takes its inspiration from Pope John Paul II's apostolic letter, Novo Millennio Ineunte and is divided into eight critical areas - evangelisation and spiritual renewal; clergy and religious renewal; parish renewal, marriage and family life; pastoral care, outreach and social welfare; ministry to young people; Catholic education; and World Youth Day.

Pastoral plan will boost Catholic life (Catholic Weekly 18/11/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Archdiocese of Sydney
Archdiocese of Sydney Pastoral Plan 1008-2011 (March 2007 Draft)

Pastoral plan a "fresh start", Bishop Porteous says (CathNews, 17/10/07)
Sydney draft pastoral plan "seriously flawed": ACU lecturer(CathNews, 18/05/07
Sydney Pastoral plan for Archdiocese of Sydney(CathNews, 02/11/04
Sydney Pastoral plan update for Sydney priests(CathNews, 03/06/05

16 Nov 2007