There will be a Parish Gathering in the Church on Monday 12 November at 7.30pm. All are welcome.
This is in response to a request from Archbishop Martin in the wake of the recent World Meeting of Families (copy attached). In his letter to Parish Pastoral Councils, Archbishop Martin said: “The question now arises: where do we go forward now in the challenge of renewing the faith we carry in our own hearts and renewing the life of the Church?” He invited each parish to find concrete ways of reflecting on this challenge. “The aim” he said “is not to provide instant answers but to begin to set out a realistic agenda for renewal of the Church in the years to come.”
Archbishop Martin suggested that questions which might be considered include the following;
* Why are we no longer captivating so many of our young people for the message of Jesus Christ?
* Which models of pastoral activity and reflection are most likely to win the hearts of young people for the message of Jesus?
* How do we teach young people about prayer?
* How can our parishes respond to these challenges?
The Archbishop asked each Parish Pastoral Council to organise some form of parish gathering to discuss the future and forward a short report of the findings to him. Once the reports have been analysed, the Church in Dublin will look at what processes we can adopt to move forward.
Archbishop Martin concluded by saying; “At the RDS Pastoral Congress, the enthusiasm of priests and people celebrating together was tangible. I hope that we can keep that positive atmosphere alive and build on those renewed relationships.”
See the full text of the letter here