A constant challenge to the Church is the need to inspire and re-engage the faithful to take up their baptismal responsibility to evangelise the culture around them and be true missionary disciples.
A Men’s Breakfast on Saturday 20 May aims to re-ignite this sense of mission in men and re-engage them in the renewal of their local parishes and the work of the New Evangelisation.
The guest speaker at the breakfast will be Mr Anthony Hill, Director, Evangelisation Project for the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. Mr Hill will speak on the topic, ‘Is the coffee mug half empty or half full?’ He said the breakfast is intended to be a call to action for those who attend and seeks to “bring men to life in their varying roles in their families, their communities and parishes and to address the current absence of men in these areas.”
The breakfast is the initiative of the Inner-Western Sydney Catholic Men’s Fellowship and aims to engage Catholic men in the Parish 2020 project in the Sydney Archdiocese. Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has said that Parish 2020 seeks to support the clergy by reducing silos and promoting “greater collaboration between parishes, schools, agencies and chancery; ensuring our parishes are sustainable and that they receive the best possible support going forward; all with the goals of the New Evangelisation and better pastoral care.”
Parish 2020 is a response to the call for a New Evangelisation and addresses Pope Francis’ hope expressed in Evangelli Gaudium that “all communities will devote the necessary effort to advancing along the path of a pastoral and missionary conversion which cannot leave things as they presently are.” The Pope has also stated that “Mere administration can no longer be enough. Throughout the world, let us be permanently in a state of mission.”
Mr Hill said the Men’s Breakfast is part of this overall effort to revitalise “the call to be missionary in the people of Sydney and support them in their on-going journey of faith.”
“We are pleased to support this Men’s Breakfast as a way of building collegiality and fellowship among Catholic men in the Archdiocese of Sydney,” he said.
The Men’s Breakfast will begin at 8am on Saturday 20 May 2017 at St Mary’s Parish Hall, 56 Burton Street, Concord NSW. All men are welcome to attend.
To register for the breakfast go to www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=272937 ($15 waged or $10 unwaged).
For more information contact Ivo Favotto 0423 564 057 or Kevin Smith 0470 284 590.