Diocese of Elphin
Parish Development & Renewal Gathering
“The Joy of the Gospel”
Does Pope Francis have a game plan?
St. Joseph’s Hall & Abbey Community College,
Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
9.30 .m. - 4.15 p.m.
October 18th, 2014.
Parking available at Abbey Community College
Come and be encouraged and challenged.
Come and enjoy participating in Fr. Eamonn’s seminar.
Come and join in the conversations at the thought-provoking and informative workshops.
Come and encourage a friend or family member to come with you.
Come for part of the day if you cannot come for it all.
Come and be blessed.
+ Kevin Doran
Bishop of Elphin
09.30: Registration / Tea & Coffee in St. Joseph’s Hall
09.45: Word of Welcome & Morning Prayer led by Bishop Kevin
10.00: Pope Francis: re-imagining the Mission of the Church
- a seminar with Rev. Prof. Eamonn Conway (more information below)
12.05: Bishop Kevin’s Address
12.20: Introduction to Workshops (more informaton below)
12.30: Lunch (Soup & sandwiches) in Abbey Community College
01.30 pm: Afternoon Workshops in Abbey Community College (1st Choice)
02.30 pm: Afternoon Workshops in Abbey Community College (2nd Choice)
03.30 pm: Tea / Coffee
03.40 pm A final reflection
- Rev. Prof. Eamonn Conway
04.00 pm: Word of Appreciation, Evening Prayer & Blessing led by Bishop Kevin
MORNING SEMINAR (10 - 12 noon)
For this part of the day participants will be invited to sit in groups
and to engage from time to time with questions that Fr. Eamonn will pose.
Pope Francis: Re-imagining the Mission of the Church
with Rev. Prof. Eamonn Conway
Fr. Eamonn Conway is a priest of the Tuam diocese and Professor of Catholic Theology at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. Hisrecent publications include Priesthood Today: Ministry in a Changing Church, Dublin: Veritas 2013, and Blueprint for the Church: An Introduction to The Joy of the Gospel, to be published by The Irish Catholic in October 2014.
It is fifty years since bishops from all over the world gathered and drew up a ‘charter’ for communicating the unchanging message of the Gospel in a language and manner that would touch our hearts and minds and call us to conversion (Vatican II). In the intervening period, there have been many calls for Church renewal.
Pope Francis’s The Joy of the Gospel, published in 2013, is among the most encouraging and challenging. Here we get to see the direction in which Pope Francis wishes to lead the Church. Here we encounter the open, straightforward and ‘down to earth’ style of communication that has made The Joy of the Gospel an international bestseller.
This truly remarkable and radical document ranges widely and challenges complacency at every level. It offers us powerful challenges, the key one being to transpose all our pastoral activity into "a missionary key". This seminar will examine what Pope Francis means by this, and its implications for us personally as well as for our local Church.
AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS (1.30 – 2.30 pm & 2.30 – 3.30 pm)
All workshops will invite participants into conversations relating with the workshop titles.
Parish Pastoral Councils: from potential to purpose.
A workshop in two parts lead by Colette Furlong, Catechist to the cluster of parishes in Sligo. Part one will look briefly at the expectations and challenges faced by the Parish Pastoral Council, and will include the insights and experience of members of PPCs in the Sligo Parishes Cluster, from both urban and rural parish perspectives. Part two will be a participative conversation looking at the potential and purpose of the PPC now and into the future.
How do Parishes pray when they do not have a celebration of Mass? Exploring weekday Liturgy.
As more priests retire the pattern of daily worship in some parishes has already begun to adapt to this change. During the first part Fr. John Coughlan (Boyle) and Fr. John McManus SPS (Kilgefin) will listen to the current experience of participants in the workshop. The second part will be a related input, sharing what is happening at a national level. Finally, the third part will be another listening moment, sharing what we have learned about possible best practice in our own communities.
Fostering Faith in the Parish: lessons from the Roscommon cluster of parishes
During the first part of this workshop a panel of people from Roscommon, led by Deacon Seamus Talbot, will reflect on how they have been encouraging and supporting faith development in their parishes in recent years. The second part will be an open conversation involving all workshop participants, i.e. on fostering faith in our parishes today
Handing on faith to the next generation: exploring practical ways that we can hand on the faith
During this workshop Frank McGuinness, the Elphin diocese’s Director of Youth Ministry and Safeguarding Children, and team will offer insight on how parishes may and are engaging with young people. The workshop will include input on the Pope John Paul II Awards (www.thepopejohnpauliiaward.com/elphin) that were completed by 122 teenagers and young adults in the Elphin Diocese last year.
Post-Primary Religious Education: An introduction to the Junior Certificate programme (syllabus)
Many of us have no idea what the aims and content of the Department of Education and Skills Post-Primary Religious Education programme are. Through this workshop Dermot Ryan, Religious Education Teacher in Coola Post-Primary School, will offer a succinct introduction, respond to participants’ questions and engage with participants’ insights. This workshop has been included by way of contributing to parents’ and Parish Pastoral Council members’ understanding of Religious Education at Post-Primary level. A brief introduction to a diocesan consultation with Post-Primary School Communities will also be offered.
COST TO PARTICIPANTS
Owing to generous donations from the Knights of St. Columbanus and the Diocese of Elphin, the goodwill of Conference Volunteers and Workshop Providers many costs and anticipated needs have been met.
The organisers, nonetheless, would appreciate a contribution of €8.00 from each participant toward the cost of lunch (soup and sandwiches) and tea-breaks. Contributions will be taken up during registration.
On the day but please advise Justin that you are coming before Thursday October 16th so provision can be made for you.
Pastoral Development Office,
Mobile: 087 6171526
Answering machine: 071 9635960.
Please contact Justin Harkin (contact details above).
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