This weekend, the Church in Melbourne joins the rest of the world in the diocesan launch of the Synod on Synodality. It marks the start of a two-year process of prayerful listening in a journey of communion, participation and mission. This is something not unfamiliar to the Church in Australia, having just concluded the first assembly of the fifth Plenary Council. Melbourne Catholic Susan Pascoe has been in Rome for the global launch of the Synod and in her blog this week provided us with an inside look at the planning and preparation.
We also hear from Fr Gerard Keith, who reflects on the call to stewardship and mission in a time of change. Before his current appointment at Resurrection Parish in Kings Park, Fr Gerard was parish priest in Geelong for 15 years and during that time oversaw the coming together of three parishes into one. He says change can be a time of opportunity and learning. ‘The take-home message for me was that by working together in partnership with goodwill, we can emerge better than before.’
And finally, this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Catholic Walking Club of Victoria, which has provided a weekly source of outdoor enjoyment, exploration and enduring friendships for its members. As former club president Peter Naughtin says, 'Members have been able to share their lives and to provide support in the various difficulties.' Their story is a welcome reminder that we walk this journey of faith together!