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Plenary Post, Edition 37 – August 27, 2021

September 2, 2021

PlenaryPost is the Plenary Council e-newsletter. It is periodically and keeps you up-to-date with all the news and information related to the Plenary Council happenings around the country.

Plenary Post, Edition 37 – August 27, 2021

The Steering Team for the Plenary Council’s assemblies, with sub-committees across a range of key areas, are ramping up preparations for the first assembly, which opens on October 3. Council president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB will celebrate the opening Mass at 11am AWST (2pm AEDT), which will be livestreamed from St Mary’s Cathedral in Perth on the Council website.

Lots of Church communities are ramping up their engagement with the Council’s agenda, which was published last month. In the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, for example, a six-week process of discussing each of the six themes has just begun, leading up the first assembly. How are you and your friends, family or community responding to the agenda’s 16 questions?

As we write, about two-thirds of Australians are in lockdown, with other communities having just emerged from their own COVID-19 restrictions. The plan to hold five hubs across the country had to be abandoned, given those lockdowns, but some dioceses (where local health and government regulations allow it) are expecting to bring local members together for some aspects of the assembly. All the hard work already carried out to prepare for the online assembly with hubs has meant the change to the majority of members participating individually was not a drastic one. We have outstanding technical support teams in place to ensure the assembly runs smoothly.

Preview stories before the opening of the Council continue to be published across the country. Keep an eye on our social media channels (links are at the end of this newsletter) to keep abreast of what’s happening. We’ll also have a bumper edition of Plenary Post next month, explaining how the whole Church in Australia can participate in the Plenary Council from wherever you are.

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