What are wonderful day we had on Sunday 15 October! For anyone with an affinity for the Discalced Carmelites, October 15 is a special day. It is the feast of St Teresa of Jesus, otherwise known as Teresa of Avila. Inspired by Teresa's desire for renewal and reform in the Church of 16th century Spain, we chose this day to gather as a community of faith and assess the situation of our Parish.
We had for our reflection the recently published results from the National Church Life Survey (NCLS) for our Parish. Certain areas were highlighted in the presentations by the Parish Pastoral Council and we were also ably assisted in our deliberations by Darren McDowell from the Bishop's Office.
A big "THANK YOU" to all who particpated in this plenary meeting - almost 100 parishioners attended. Thanks to all who worked behind the scenes to make the day such a great success: those who ensured that we were suitably "fed and watered"; the PPC, for the the many hours of meetings they held to prepare the presentation of the survey results.
I am very proud to belong to this Parish and I look forward to the exciting and challenging times ahead. We can be encouraged by the words of Pope Francis:
The parish is not an outdated institution; precisely because it possesses great flexibility, it can assume quite different contours depending on (its) openness and missionary creativity...
The Joy of the Gospel, 28
NCLS Results for OLMC Parish
Our responses to the National Church Life Survey have been compiled and are available in the "WHO WE ARE" drop-down menu at the top of the page.
There you will find an 8 page summary and the full 32 page report for our Parish. There are some very interesting statistics.