Posts Tagged ‘Mission’

Moving Church from maintenance to mission

Monday, June 27th, 2022
maintenance to mission

The Catholic Church in Ireland is “moving from maintenance to mission” and needs to renew and refresh itself, Archbishop Eamon Martin says. Martin made the comment after attending Ireland’s national pre-synodal assembly this week. “The question is — what next? “We are still not entirely certain, but we are open to what the Holy Spirit Read more

Vatican finances must serve Church’s mission, not vice versa

Monday, May 23rd, 2022
Vatican finances must serve mission

The Vatican’s top finance man Fr Juan Antonio Guerrero has warned that in economic matters Vatican finances must serve  Church’s mission and not the other way around. “As the pope has often repeated, it is not for us to serve the economy, but for the economy to serve us,” said Father Guerrero at a symposium Read more

Needed: Service-oriented leaders to change church culture

Monday, March 7th, 2022
service-oriented leaders Cardinal John Dew

The church is experiencing widespread calls for reform and has responded with platforms for listening and reflection through the 2023 Synod of Bishops in Rome. Many calls for reform have stressed the need to address changes in the church’s culture. However, the history of organisational and cultural change underscores leadership as being the most important Read more

Mission, Ministries and co-responsibility

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

The front line of the Church’s work is the Christian people whose lives are leaven in the dough of all the ordinary circumstances of ordinary life. The purpose of ministries within the Church is to provide nurture and formation for that mission.  It is the mission that matters. Part I – Ministries For some years Read more

The Australian Plenary Council: Abundance of goodwill or the last throw of the dice?

Monday, July 5th, 2021
Australian Plenary Council

With a few months to the first session of the long-awaited Australian Plenary Council (PC2020), we are finally headed down the home stretch. The initial phase of listening drew nearly 220,000 people across Australia and 17,500 individual and group submissions. These submissions were distilled into the six national theme papers and then further distilled again Read more

Can reinventing parish life save it?

Monday, March 1st, 2021

In a pastoral message released in December, Cardinal Gerald Lacroix of the Archdiocese of Quebec announced a dramatic transformation in how the Catholic Church in the province should understand itself. Faced with declining resources and a faithful but increasingly small cohort of weekly Mass attendees—between 2 and 11 percent of the province, according to The Read more

Can TikTok bring Gen Z into the fold?

Monday, November 23rd, 2020
TikTok

While TikTok may seem like a frivolous app, teenagers and 20-somethings play with on their phones, the platform — which is relatively new to the U.S. market — has already shown the power to make change “IRL.” The video-centric app is credited with popularizing the runaway hit “Stunnin’” by Curtis Waters. In another instance, it Read more

Shaping the Mission conference postponed because of Covid-19

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

The Takirua 2020: Shaping the Mission conference planned for Wellington from 24 to 26 April has been postponed till later this year because of uncertainties caused by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. The decision to postpone has been made before setting a new date, to provide clarity and certainty for people around the April dates in the face Read more

Build bridges of hope, show empathy in dialogue urges Pope

Monday, November 11th, 2019
bridges of hope

The example of St Paul and his mission to Greece is a reminder to Christians to approach those of other cultures as people who know the love of God not as non-believers worthy of hostility and contempt. He is encouraging Christians to create bridges of hope rather than hostility. The comments were made by Pope Read more

From maintenance to missionary: 20 years on

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

We know what to do for someone who comes to church, but we don’t know how to get someone to come to church. We know how to be Christian when we are poor, under-educated, and culturally marginalized, but we struggle to be Christian when we are affluent, educated, and have a full place in the Read more