Building a culture of safety in our parishes Building a culture of safety in our parishes

Building a culture of safety in our parishes

Thursday 10 September 2020

Professional Standards Unit Across the Archdiocese, parish leadership and safeguarding teams have been working hard to implement safeguarding practices and policies that reinforce the Church's commitment to protecting children and those most vulnerable in the community. Fr Tony Doran, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ringwood, says it has required his parishioners to look at every aspect of parish life. 'What we do, how we do it, the spaces in which we do what we do. Now we know where the gaps are in our policies and procedures, so we can begin to address them. We also...

'Think laterally': Meet Auslan interpreter Janette Murphy rsj

Thursday 10 September 2020

Communications Office
For more than 20 years, Janette Murphy rsj has been an advocate and friend of the Deaf community, having worked at the John Pierce Centre as a chaplain and now as a volunteer. These days, Janette assists with the provision of Auslan during the weekly Mass livestreamed from St Patrick’s Cathedral. While she acknowledges that this time of the pandemic has been challenging, she says in some ways it’s also been a good opportunity for the needs of the Deaf community to be recognised by the mainstream.

Unlocking growth in your parish: The power of invitation

Wednesday 9 September 2020

Proclaim: Office for Mission Renewal
We all want our parishes to be healthy and growing. Pope Francis dreams of a ‘missionary impulse, capable of transforming everything’ and inspiring ‘a constant desire to go forth and … elicit a positive response from all whom Jesus summons to friendship’ (Evangelii Gaudium, §27). At the heart of this missionary impulse is a people confident and equipped to invite others into relationship with Jesus and the Church. 

Building a strong invitational culture is an essential element of a missionary parish. In the past, all that was required to grow a parish was to build a church, open the doors and welcome those who came. Today, however, ‘We cannot passively and calmly wait in our church buildings’ (Evangelii Gaudium, §15). People are no longer coming to our doors. There is a prior step required. We need to go out, beyond our doors, to meet people where they are and then invite them in.