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Stewardship

Feedback (THREE DOCS BELOW!) from our Parish Stewardship Day of Oct 29 at Cardinal McKeefry School.  And a letter from Cardinal John Dew.

6 December, 2016

Dear Participant

Thank you for your warm welcome of me and of my team to the Stewardship day on October 27, 2016.  Your attendance and participation was much appreciated.  As explained on that day it is my fervent wish that our archdiocese becomes a Stewardship archdiocese where each of us can grow in our response to the call of Jesus to be his disciples.

I was delighted with the day and the enthusiastic conversations which resulted from our considering what it means to

Stand on life-giving ground

Journey together with respect

Shape a more human society

Enclosed, as promised, please find the notes from your conversations of the day, those arising from the individual topics addressed in the World Café and also those from your discussion of how to provide leadership in putting the many good ideas expressed into action.

I trust and hope that these will be helpful to you in your ministry of service as leaders in your various groups, or as parishioners involved in growing and nurturing the parish.  Again I thank you wholeheartedly for all that you are doing and will do as intentional disciples.

With my prayerful best wishes,

Cardinal John Dew

 

 

OTARI PARISH STEWARDSHIP DAY
JOURNEY WITH RESPECT notes.docx (18.27KB)
OTARI PARISH STEWARDSHIP DAY
JOURNEY WITH RESPECT notes.docx
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OTARI PARISH STEWARDSHIP DAY
STAND ON LIFE.docx (18.67KB)
OTARI PARISH STEWARDSHIP DAY
STAND ON LIFE.docx
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OTARI PARISH STEWARDSHIP DAY
SHAPE A MORE HUMAN SOCIETY.docx (17.91KB)
OTARI PARISH STEWARDSHIP DAY
SHAPE A MORE HUMAN SOCIETY.docx
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Reflection on Stewardship day.

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" Isaiah 52:7

Last Saturday many of us gathered at Cardinal McKeefry School to take part in Stewardship day. This was an opportunity to think about our aims for Otari Parish around three key themes – Journey with respect, Stand on Life-giving ground and Shape a more human society. Using the world café method, over one hundred parishioners were able to discuss each of these themes and have their ideas recorded by the table facilitator through the following questions:

Journey with respect:  How do we recognise the gits God has given each of us?  What would we need to be in place for me to share more of my gifts?  What do I need to let go of, to allow the gifts of others to flourish?

Stand on life-giving ground:  What does a life giving disciple look like?  What might a disciple do for our community?  How can we enable this to happen more frequently?

Shape a more human society: How can I, we create communities of solidarity and belonging?  Who are the poor and marginalised in our local area?  How can we as a parish community become more aware of our relationships with the whole of creation?

In the evening the leaders of various groups within the parish, including our two parish schools St Teresa's and Cardinal McKeefry, were able to spend time with this feedback to begin forming some goals for Otari Parish. It was an honour to be involved in such important work for the parish and I’d like to thank Lorraine McArthur, Mary-Ann Greaney and Cardinal John Dew for facilitating this day for us. If you were unable to attend I encourage you to talk with those who did so we can continue the wonderful dialogue started through this special event.

Tania Savage (Principal, Cardinal McKeefry)