Last weekend, our parish held a second meeting with liturgical advisor Fr Stephen Hackett MSC to continue the work of our Church Renewal Process. A good number of people were in attendance, and we thank those who came along and took part.
The purpose of this meeting was to begin the development of some guiding concepts for the project. These concepts would form the parish’s own contribution to a design brief. A design team will take our guiding concepts, as well as the existing plans of the building, relevant church documents, and diocesan and government policies. Their task will be to develop a plan for our church building which not only meets the various requirements for church buildings, but also reflects our unique nature, beliefs and values as the parish of Wentworthville.
With this in mind, people began to identify areas of need within not only our church building, but within our broader parish community. Those present were then invited to work in groups (based on their particular topics of interest) to consider these needs in greater detail. Groups then reported back to all present on the fruit of their deliberations.
The topics discussed covered a range of needs within our community, including Liturgical Ministry, the Disabled and the Elderly, Building and Facilities, Community, Inclusion, Mission, Spirituality, the Liturgical Environment, Finance, Children’s Liturgy of the Word and Devotional Prayer Spaces in the Church.
Over the next few months, a committee formed of members from the Liturgy Committee, Parish Pastoral Council and participants at previous renewal process meetings will take the large amount of data collected and formulate these into the guiding concepts. Once a draft has been produced, it will be presented to the Liturgy Committee, Pastoral Council and all parishioners for feedback and comment prior to completion.
Thank you again to everyone who supported the meeting and shared their ideas and hopes for our community into the future.