Are we ready to be Christians full time, showing our commitment by word and deed?
Bishop Patrick Dunn launched the Catholic Diocese of Auckland Pastoral Plan at Pentecost 2014. The Pastoral Plan is called Fit for Mission.
In order to engage every Catholic in the diocese to reach out to bring the Good News and love of Jesus to ALL, the Catholic diocese of Auckland urges diocesan agencies, parishes, schools and individuals to grow and become more in the following ways;
- Reach out to those outside or distant from our communities
- Go out and share the Word
- Welcome new and returning members
Pastoral Areas for Mission
- Work collaboratively across community boundaries
- Build stronger links among schools, parishes, and families
Leadership for Mission
- Promote shared and co-responsible leadership among clergy and laity
- Acknowledge and celebrate lay leadership
- Support our bishop and clergy
Communication for Mission
- Share the Good News by all means and in all modes
- Create a sense of belonging
- Encourage life-long faith learning
Bishop Pat Reflects on Fit for Mission
The Meaning of Mission
For great ideas on ways to implement Fit for Mission and interesting information about what is happening around the diocese. Download the latest newsletter may16news
So what can we do?
There are so many ideas about how to implement Fit for Mission that sometimes the question is where do we begin?
Here is a list of possible initiatives for stimulation. Don’t be scared to adapt and modify as suits your situation.
- Sponsor a school or classroom
- Resource centre for senior programmes, etc
- Offer your community a Halloween alternative
- Celebrate community heroes
- Offer your community a Christmas nativity tour
- Build a prayer labyrinth
- Offer a parents’ night out
- Offer a mothers’ morning out
- Thanksgiving for singles, seniors, and others
- Day trips for seniors,
- offer to clear garden, change lightbulbs
- Host a community senior adult programs with lunch
- Free carwash as a community service not a fundraiser
- Make a difference day: Invite a lonely person for a meal.
- English as a second language for those who need to practice, refugees, new migrants
- Computer or phone training
- Grief workshop
- Rest home ministry
- Christmas parties for seniors, kids, families, refugees, target groups
- Host an election forum
- Volunteer recognition and thanks
- Social services, community action partnerships recognition
- Literacy programme
- Health screenings, exercise classes
- Diet and cooking classes
- Book discussions, book swap
- Open sanctuary or prayer room
- Pray the daily office open to all
- Food, clothing, and cleaning supplies pantry/storage
- Taize services open to all
- Helping resource inventory and volunteer directory
- Clean up neighbourhood exercises; parks, coastlines, coastlines, shopping centres
- Plan regular ecumenical services: World Day of Prayer (March): Good Friday processions, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Around Pentecost); Advent and Lenten joint prayer. Prayers for Peace.
- Prison visiting