The lovely Hilltops region of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn put on an autumn show for the Archdiocesan Women’s Taskforce as they consulted with women of Young, Boorowa, Grenfell, Harden, Cootamundra and surrounds.

The Taskforce engaged in a robust and lively discussion on 17 April at St Mary’s Parish Centre, Young, around the ways in which we might enhance and celebrate the contributions of women to the Church.

As part of our mandate, the Women’s Taskforce (womenstaskforceacg.org) is making a special effort to consult with people across the length and breadth of the Archdiocese, beginning with our first consultation in Goulburn in early March.

The earnest discussion and deliberations that took place reflected women who want a Church that better reflects the face of God.

Some who attend these meetings and consultations no longer regularly participate in the Eucharistic celebration due to deep wounds.

Others continue to attend with a view toward change, citing challenges as varied as genuine inclusion, music ministry, preaching, community community and social justice activities in keeping with Catholic Social Teaching.

A common theme that emerges in these consultations is a cry of the heart for more collaboration and a need for more opportunities to liaise and work with our Church leaders to make for more spirit-filled experiences of church. The taskforce seeks for women to feel affirmed, included and welcome.

An ongoing theme that has emerged from women who have been in touch with the taskforce is a growing need and desire to be informed of all current Catholic events especially those organised by laypeople in the lead up to the Plenary Council.

Coming up in July, the Taskforce will hold its inaugural St Mary Magdalene Dinner at the Canberra Southern Cross Club and all are welcome to attend. The evening will feature scripture scholar Sr Margaret Beirne RSC. More information about this event will become available in the coming weeks.

To keep in touch with the activities and work of the Women’s Taskforce, check out our website womenstaskforceacg.org.

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