Christmas Mass attendees invited to participate in Plenary Council

As Christmas Masses draw in many more people each year, it is a great opportunity for those that don’t attend Mass regularly to have their say in the Plenary Council process.

“We are excited about the Christmas season. It is an opportunity to connect with those who maintain a spiritual and cultural connection with the Church and attend Christmas Mass,” said Lana Turvey-Collins, the Plenary Council facilitator.

“Their story matters and they have a lot to contribute to the Plenary Council.”

Ms Turvey-Collins said the national network of Plenary Council Coordinators is helping to ensure such people are reached.

“Across the country, tens of thousands of special Christmas cards have been printed and will be given out at Christmas Masses, inviting people to reflect on their lives and faith.

“There will be several ways in which people can engage with the Plenary Council process, including via the QR code on the card or on the Council website. They can also simply write on the card and post it back or give it to their local parish.”

Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, President of the Plenary Council, said Christmas revolves around a remarkable story that changed the course of human history.

“Christmas is also a time when we share our own stories with family and friends, some of whom we only see once or twice a year,” he said.

“In a particular way this year, we want to hear people’s stories of faith, their experience of the Church and their hopes for how we can better reflect the face of Christ in Australia.

“It’s important to hear about the lived experience of the many people who attend Mass just at Christmas and consider how the encouragement and nourishment of a faith community can be more a part of everyone’s lives.”

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Brooke Robinson

Brooke is Content Officer for the Communications Team in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle