Plenary Council - Walking in the Spirit

“For more than four years, we have sensed the power of prayer and the presence of the Holy Spirit in the work of the [Plenary] Council. As we move towards the development, consideration and approval of key proposals to renew the Church in Australia, the need for prayer has never been greater."

Those are some of the words of Bishop Shane Mackinlay, the Plenary Council vice-president, as he reflected on the importance of prayer for the Council. He was speaking about the Walking in the Spirit resources, which were launched in time for Easter Sunday and with the hope they can accompany the Members and the wider Catholic community in the weeks leading to the second general assembly.

As we move towards the second assembly, the Plenary Council website continues to be a useful place to stay up-to-date with what's happening and where we are walking together.

Catholics across the country are being invited to participate in a new prayer pilgrimage as the Church journeys towards the second assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia.

The 'Walking in the Spirit' pilgrimage has been prepared to encourage individuals, families, parishes, schools and other ministries to keep the Plenary Council in their prayers.

The pilgrimage starts on Easter Sunday, April 17, and leads up to the opening of the second – and final – assembly on Sunday, July 3.

Sophy Morley, the co-chair of the Liturgy Working Group for the Plenary Council, said the 'Walking in the Spirit' resources can be incorporated easily into existing prayer and liturgical contexts.

'Whether it’s for the celebration of the Eucharist, morning liturgy in a school or an addition to one’s nightly prayer routine, these resources will help keep the Plenary Council in our spiritual focus,' she said.

Click here to access the resources.

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Teresa Brierley

Teresa Brierley is Director Pastoral Ministries of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.