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Pastoral Letter from
Bishop Toal on the launch of Wellspring

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Wellspring seeks to form disciples who are enthused and inspired by our common vision.

This will become the centre piece of all our prayer, missionary outreach and pastoral activity.

IMAGINE A CHURCH:

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Fully alive with committed witnesses to the great commission to

“go make disciples of all nations” (Mt28.19)

 

Filled with engaged Christians whose “hearts burn within them”, having encountered the presence of God in their lives (Lk 24)

 

Where all - regardless of background - are invited, welcomed and heard. Where their dignity as children of God, created in his image and likeness, is always recognised (1 Jn3.2); Genesis (1.27).

 

Where young people live and share their deep love for the Gospel

 

In which Sunday Mass and the vibrant celebration of Sacraments are a foretaste of the wonder of heaven for all – old, young, regular parishioners and guests

 

That looks beyond our Church buildings to share the “the joys and hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of all people, especially the poor”; bringing the healing love of Jesus Christ “until the end of time” (Mt28.20)

WILL YOU JOIN US?

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FIVE KEY MISSION TO TRANSFORM OUR PARISHES

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LITURGY

Ensuring high-quality, dignified and engaging Masses & Services, especially the Sunday Eucharist

ADULT FORMATION

Offering opportunities for prayer and learning to deepen
our understanding of the faith

YOUTH FORMATION

Providing programs of prayer, fellowship and learning
for our young Catholics

POVERTY RELIEF

Ensuring we offer generous practical and material support
to those most in need

EDUCATION

Supporting our Catholic schools to be nurturing environments fully alive with faith

Wellspring will also look at other practical areas of our diocesan life such as property management, finances and effective working practices.

Every parish will be supported in the work of parish renewal in a programme led by the Parish Priest and supported by lay mission teams.

PARISH RENEWAL

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Prayer, listening and discussion

  • Praying with Discernment

  • Where do we want our parish to be in 10 years?

  • What's working now?

  • What can we improve?

  • How can we collectively do more?

Designing the parish we want to be

  • How we worship

  • How we evangelise and reach new people

  • How we deepen our own faith

  • How we nurture our community

  • How we reignite our baptismal vocation

Creating the parish we want to be

  • Trusting in the Holy Spirit

  • Making it all happen together

  • Prioritising our pastoral initiatives

  • Engaging lap people disciples in active ministry

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HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN
PROJECT WELLSPRING?

1. Attend your parish conversation as we prayerfully explore the big questions together

2. Consider joining one of the parish teams that will engage with the five Missions

3. Help your parish decide how quickly you want to move into a parish renewal programme

4. Consider joining the parish team that will lead renewal in your Parish

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