Looking Forward 2016
Looking Forward - a process of preparing now for the future
The Looking Forward Pastoral Planning process will continue in 2016. Initiated in 2013 by Bishop Paul Bird and the Bishop's Advisory Council, the Looking Forward process assists parishes and church communities to understand and meet the challenges of the future, through resources, information, gatherings, and consultation.
In 2016, meetings will be held in parishes in some areas of the diocese to share updated information and to further develop the discussions started in the larger Gatherings of 2014 and 2015. Thank you to everyone who participated in these Gatherings.
Parishes will be contacted directly to arrange meeting dates for late 2016 and in 2017.
For more information contact 53377125 or Email: email@example.com
The Looking Forward Resource document is still very relevant to discussion and reflection about pastoral planning.
Download the Looking Forward document here
Download the Looking Forward Prayer here
Pope Francis The Joy of the Gospel:
The parish is the presence of the Church in a given territory,
an environment for hearing God’s word,
for growth in the Christian life,
for dialogue, proclamation,
worship and celebration.
In all its activities the parish encourages and trains its members
to be evangelisers.
It is a community of communities,
a sanctuary where the thirsty
come to drink
in the midst of their journey,
and a centre of constant missionary outreach.
Click here to read full text of The Joy of the Gospel
The Diocesan Resource Centre has a wide range of books and other resources available for free borrowing in person or by mail. Phone: 5337 7149.
Information from the powerpoint presented at the Gatherings can be found by clicking on the titles below:
* Why the steady decline in engagement with Catholic faith?
* Quotes from Pope Francis
* Continuous Improvement
Books to read
These books have lots of good ideas and information.
Titles mentioned are available from the Resource Centre and also available for purchase from Pauline Books and Media (03) 9882 3424.
Youth and Young Adults
Looking Forward means reaching out to young people. Go to the Ballarat Diocese Youth and Young Adult Ministry pages
e-News has lots of information and news as well as reflections. e-News is available on the Diocesan website under News and Events. You can subscribe there too.