Cork people invited to forum in Bishopstown parish
Invitation to a Forum
“We, the Faith in Action Group, Ballineaspaig Parish, Dennehy’s Cross, Cork invite you to join with us to address the structures, roles and needs of the Catholic Church at this time, and to discern how we can best move forward and progress the issues which confront us.
“Who we are: The Faith in Action Group is a small group which endeavours to take action based on our faith. Increasingly over the past couple of years we have been discussing, among other matters, problems in the Church, and what we might do as responsible members of the Church.
“Following on the recent meetings of the Association of Catholic Priests and the Association of Catholics of Ireland, we find ourselves asking What Now?
“In the proposed Forum meeting we would like now to focus on the positive, with a view to making progress, innovations and changes where necessary and to crystallise plans to address issues. So we would ask that you would come prepared to share what you see as the most important issues for you, and how you believe they might be addressed. From this sharing we hope to have a clearer view on how to move forward, whether collectively or individually.
Sunday 25th November: 3 – 5pm
in the Crypt, Dennehy’s Cross Church, Model Farm Road, Cork
Daithi O’hAodha, Chair
RSVP: If possible, please let us know if you intend to participate.
Congratulations to you and your colleagues on taking the initiative to follow up the ACP Assembly in Cork with this ‘next step’. I think it is a very positive (and indeed necessary) step in building on the momentum created at the ‘Assembly’. I spoke at the Cork meeting on behalf of the ACI so I witnessed ‘first hand’ the frustration and concern of those in attendance in regard to the crisis in our church. A crisis epitomised by the falling attendances at Sunday mass, the virtual absence of younger people from our church communities, the dearth of vocations, etc. I hope your meeting will be a starting point for building a new, vibrant organisation in Cork committed to addressing the reform and renewal needs in our church.
The ACI is holding a General Meeting in the Regency Hotel to-morrow (Saturday 10th November) and I will be delighted to relay the news about your proposed gathering to those in attendance. I think it will serve as a fine example and encouragement for ‘like minded’ people around the country, highlighting the importance of coming together, organising and facilitating discussion on the issues which have formed the agenda at meetings around the country since the Regency Meeting on the 7th May.
I wish you every success.
The follow up in Cork is good news and serves to remind us that there is work to be done. Thanks for giving us a push forward