The vision of Saint Peter’s Parish Surry Hills is the vision of the Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher, OP, as outlined in His Grace’s project entitled “Go Make Disciples”:
“The ‘great commission’ given by Jesus as He ascended to the Father was: to “go out and preach the Good News” to all nations, that is, to evangelise;
to “baptise them” in God’s name, that is, to sacramentalise;
to “teach them to do all I have commanded you”, that is, to catechise; and
to “remember I am with you always”, that is to memorialise His presence amongst us.
Though the recent popes have called us to ‘a new evangelisation’, that mission is as old as Christianity itself. It belongs to every generation to ‘go make disciples’.”
What’s new about it is our enthusiasm, our audiences and our approaches.
After several years of consulting and listening, researching and discerning through Parish 2020, our Archdiocesan mission plan, “Go Make Disciples” was launched during Advent 2020.
Go Make Disciples focuses on:
what we can all do about evangelisation, bringing others to encounter Christ and His friendship;
what we can all do about leadership, influencing people toward building God’s Kingdom;
what we can all do about community, building and belonging to a communion of saints and saints-in-the-making;
what we can all do about formation, enabling growth in faith, understanding and holiness; and
what we can all do about worship, those precious encounters with God’s mercy in the sacraments, devotions and prayer.
The Parish of Saint Peter in Surry Hills needs your gifts and generosity if we are to renew our parish, revitalise our mission, and be the Church God is calling us to be in Surry Hills in the 2020s and beyond. We can’t give what we haven’t got: therefore our natural gifts need to be harnessed and channeled in the service of Holy Mother Church and her Christ given mission. We need to undergo a thorough Catholic Christian formation if we are to grow as disciples ourselves and become missionaries. Through our baptism, each one of us is called to a disciplined following of the Lord and to mission. The pattern of this following will vary according to our own circumstances in life. To be called by God through Jesus Christ and his Church is something wonderful and a great adventure, if only we will open ourselves more and more to God’s call to intimacy with Him and to His mission.
Christ Jesus Our Lord, with the apostles, Pope Francis, Archbishop Fisher and our Regional Bishop Brady charge us all today and every day: “Go make disciples!”