1. Parish 2020
    Parish and Communities Consultation Survey: January - March 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The Catholic Church in Sydney has been blessed with tremendous growth over nearly 200 years – chiefly through over 140 Parishes, in which countless people have come to know and love God.
As Sydney has changed, so Parishes have changed over my lifetime and yours.  Although Parishes provide the most basic experience of “local church” for most people, it is also true that many people identify with other communities and movements, and often travel out of their neighbourhood to the parish they prefer.  In the words of Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium), 'let us embrace these changes as graced opportunities to rediscover the original source of mission in our contemporary world'.
When I was installed as Archbishop on 12 November 2014, I shared with you my hope for our Church in Sydney – for  a Church in which the Gospel is preached with joy, the wisdom of our tradition mined with fidelity, the sacraments celebrated with dignity and welcome, and the seminaries, convents and youth groups teeming with new life; a Church in which our Parishes, chaplaincies and educational institutions are true centres of the new evangelisation, our laity theologically literate and spiritually well-formed, our outreach to the needy effective and growing, and God glorified above all.

I have commenced a new pastoral project called ‘Parish 2020’ with the aim of renewing and strengthening Parishes and Communities of the Archdiocese for our future, and I want to hear from you about how our Parishes can better collaborate to grow the Church in Sydney.   Between January and March 2017 I am asking you to provide me with your thoughts about ways to strengthen Parishes and Communities in our Archdiocese. This survey provides an important opportunity for your views to be heard, and for us all to share together in prayerfully discerning future directions. 

I commend the renewal of the Church of our Archdiocese to your special prayers, as through the Holy Spirit we are united as Church, of one mind and one spirit, working with joy for the growth of God's Kingdom.
Yours in Christ 
Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP

We appreciate your taking the time to complete the following survey.It should take about 10 minutes of your time. Your responses are voluntary and confidential. Please answer each question as fully as possible.    All responses will be compiled and analysed by the Parish 2020 Working Group established by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, in order to enable him to propose some re-configuration of our Parishes that will ensure their future strength and vitality.

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