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Thursday, 10 May 2018 19:08

Prayer resources ready to go for Plenary Council's Pentecost launch

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0517PlenaryCouncil 150The Plenary Council 2020 will be officially launched across Australia on Pentecost Sunday, May 20.

To prepare for that, the Plenary Council website has a range of prayer resources for parishes, religious communities, families, schools, and Catholic workplaces to help them prayerfully celebrate the beginning of this important event in the life of the Church in Australia.

In a recent interview the newly elected President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Mark Coleridge said the Plenary Council 2020 offered an opportunity for Church renewal.

“The Spirit is asking us to listen in deeper ways – to God and to each other,” he told The Catholic Leader.

“The Plenary Council isn’t a talkfest; it’s a time to discern, decide and act.

“If we do that under the influence of the Holy Spirit, things will change in unexpected and hope-filled ways.”

Below is the Plenary Council Prayer, which is downloadable from the Plenary Council's website, along with other resources, including a video from Plenary Council President, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe sdb explaining the vision for the Plenary Council.

Plenary Council Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit of Pentecost.
Come, Holy Spirit of the great South Land.
O God, bless and unite all your people in Australia
and guide us on the pilgrim way of the Plenary Council.
Give us the grace to see your face in one another
and to recognise Jesus, our companion on the road.
Give us the courage to tell our stories
and to speak boldly of your truth.
Give us ears to listen humbly to each other
and a discerning heart to hear what you are saying.
Lead your Church into a hope-filled future,
that we may live the joy of the Gospel.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
bread for the journey from age to age.
Amen.

Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us.
St Mary MacKillop, pray for us.