Word and Faith Group training begins
Bishop McKenna has called for Word and Faith groups to be established in each Parish, to give people a chance to become familiar with the Scriptures. There are training sessions, in five Regions, for people who may lead these groups. The sessions are held in:-
8th October - ORANGE (Molong, Eugowra, Canowindra, Cowra) – Kenna Hall, Orange – 7pm
10th October - BATHURST (Lithgow, Portland, Oberon, Blayney) – Cathedral Parish Centre, Bathurst – 7.30pm
16th October - MUDGEE (Kandos, Gulgong) – St. Mary’s Parish Centre, Mudgee - 5.00pm
17th October - DUBBO (Gilgandra, Wellington) – St. Brigid’s Meeting Rooms, Dubbo – 6.30pm.
Bishop will celebrate the Parish Mass at 5.45pm
5th November - COONABARABRAN (Coonamble, Dunedoo/Coolah) – Presbytery, Coonabarabran - 6pm
An extract from Bishop McKenna's Pastoral Letter "In the Beginning, the Word"
"In the Assembly process, we have learnt that, for many, the Bible is unfamiliar; and its relationship with the teaching of the Church obscure. Even the best homilies can do only so much to help us connect our lives and faith with the Word of God. Where do we go from here? As a first step, I will ask every parish to choose and call men and women who are willing and able to be trained to lead small groups to read the Scriptures together.
Later in the year, there will be regional sessions to give these leaders the basic formation they will need. Once the groups are going, there will be continuing opportunities for formation, both for the leaders and for those who want to learn more.
These Word and Faith groups will not be about the academic study of scripture or theology. Those activities have their place, but not here. Nor are they to be discussion groups, either over-structured or going round in circles. They are to be simple meetings with Christ, who is the Word of God, present in the scriptures, speaking to the lives of those who gather to listen and share what touches or puzzles them.
The readings for the following Sunday will be used. There may be questions about them that the group cannot answer. The leaders will meet regularly with the parish priest, who will help as he can, and also be helped in preparing his homily to know better what people might need to hear. I hope that priests will join the meetings of groups in their parishes. It will nourish their faith, too.
I hope that these groups will be able to invite and welcome those who are distant from the Church, or have never been inside"