This week, the Liturgy Committee had the privilege of meeting with Fr Stephen Hackett MSC. Our meeting with Stephen marked another step forward in the process our developing a renovation plan for our church. We started our conversation by looking at the following quote:
A shared vision is not an idea…it is rather, a force in people’s hearts…at its simplest level, a shared vision is the answer to the question “What do we want to create?”
While Peter Senge, the man who made this statement, is a university professor in business management, the words ring very true for what we are trying to achieve here in Wentworthville.
It is a shared vision which has seen the Catholic Church survive, grow and flourish over a period of two thousand years. It is a shared vision which saw Catholics establish a Church here in Wentworthville that grew into a parish community, with its own school and the many diverse ministries its parishioners engage in.
It is a shared vision which will bring our desire to renovate and improve our church building to life. Many people in our community have ideas on how our church should look, feel and allow us to celebrate. Many people have shared those ideas with us. Yet ideas alone will not get us to the destination.
The common desire to create something, the passion and the determination to see it realised is what takes those ideas and makes them a shared vision. It is what we hope to achieve within our community, and thus lead us forward into the development of our renovation plans. Keep an eye out for opportunities in the remainder of 2009 and into 2010 where you can make your contribution to the shared vision.