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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Parish Statement from Parish Future Meeting


ST JOSEPH’S NEWTOWN
A WELCOMING CATHOLIC FAITH COMMUNITY.
CELEBRATING DIVERSITY
AND
VALUING FAITH, HOPE, LOVE, PEACE, JUSTICE AND COMPASSION

Who we are and what we value
We acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which St Joseph’s stands. St Joseph’s aims to provide a safe place for all people to pray regardless of age, race, creed, gender, cultural background or sexual orientation.

We are a welcoming and inclusive faith community bringing our diverse life experiences, gifts and talents. We celebrate and value our diversity.
We are united in a strong faith committed to gospel values of love, hope, peace, justice and compassion.
 We are open, accepting and non-judgemental. Our faith community participate in ways of meaning to each of us. We do not demand conformity in how we participate.
 We celebrate liturgy with simplicity, grounded in our real world around us and utilising the diverse talents of our faith community.
 We value unity through difference and actively reach out to those marginalised in our Church.
 We offer hope, healing and reconciliation.
 We reach out to support and strengthen our community through interfaith, advocacy and making our facilities and resources available for wider community use.
 We are proud to provide a safe space and home through our ministry with LGBTI Catholics.
 We are actively committed to social justice in our community, our nation and our world.
 We value gathering together for conversations, discussion and social events. 

Faith “For we walk by faith and not by sight.”
A true “Catholic” parish
An inclusive, reality centred liturgy calling us to live the gospel in our lives
Respecting each other’s gifts
Active participation in liturgy through readers, special ministers and music
Supporting and encouraging the gospel in action through advocacy, social justice and ministry to the marginalised
Ecumenical, through shared Advent and Lent programs and special services

Love “Let all that you do be done in love.”
Inclusiveness and acceptance, all are created in the image of God and are our neighbour
Warmly welcoming all who wish to journey in faith, no matter what stage they are at
Special ministries to those who have been or feel excluded

Hope “In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection.”
Authentic engagement with each other, valuing relationship, reconciliation and healing
Seeking to live the gospel message of hope through our liturgies and our inclusiveness, welcome and acceptance
Belief in the power of advocacy and social movements to achieve change
A positive “optimism”

Justice And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Advocacy
Active outreach to the marginalised in our church and in our community
Commitment to reconciliation with our Indigenous citizens
Practical support for asylum seekers and refugees
Ministry with LGBTI Catholics
Faithworks program
St Vincent de Paul
Making our parish facilities and resources available to groups working with and supporting people in need
Partnering with and building coalitions with others
Genuinely valuing diversity

Compassion “Love one another as I have loved you
Accepting people as they are
Acting in love and with empathy to affirm and care for others
Accompaniment, walking with, listening and sharing with others
Hospitality and welcome
Looking out for each other
Sharing ourselves and our parish resources with others

Our faith community “tree” has deep roots of faith, many strong branches of diversity and shade and shelter for all who seek to journey with us.
Developed with the Parish community May 2017
Download the document here


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