“ I have a dream. I dream of a ‘missionary Church’, so that all her structures can be used for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her own self-preservation.”
Evangelii Gaudium, 27 (On the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s Word), Pope Francis, 2013.
Renew, Re-source and Restructure
We are called to embrace the challenge of Pope Francis for the joyful and pastoral conversion of our parishes, so that our practices, resources, language and structures can be suitably channelled for the evangelisation of today’s world (Evangelii Gaudium 27).
Pope Francis has called that the time had come to proclaim the Gospel in a new way – “a new phase of evangelisation that (has) existed from the beginning” (Misericordiae Vultus 4), and calls us to reawaken parishes to new life, instil courage to look to the future with hope, and to promote the evangelisation of cultures and our world with new enthusiasm and renewed missionary intent.
The Diocesan Pastoral Plan
The Diocesan Pastoral Plan is the roadmap which all parishes and communities should use in order to build a strong and authentic Christian community. It listens to the signs of the times and spreads the message of Christ in words and deeds.
All communities in the diocese: parishes, ethnic chaplaincies and Catholic schools, are to incorporate the Diocesan Pastoral Plan in their individual pastoral planning, in order to have a unified and comprehensive pastoral approach for all the faithful in the entire diocese.
In the Diocesan Pastoral Plan, Bishop Patrick Dunn urges all the baptised in the diocese to follow Pope Francis’ call to reach out beyond their parish, community and school boundaries to bring the good news and the love of Jesus to all.
“Fit For Mission – Takatu Ki Te Mau I Te Rongo Pai” is the Diocesan Pastoral Plan that was launched on Pentecost Sunday 2014. Go to our Fit for Mission page to learn more.