The First Assembly of the Plenary Council. In January 2018, Bishop Pat began our Plenary Journey with a 6-month series of visits to every parish in the Diocese, preparing us for the Plenary Council Journey which began on Pentecost Sunday in 2018. Finally, after three years of journeying with each other, in listening, dialoguing and discerning and sharing, we have come to the moment of celebrating – the event of the Plenary Council itself.

Our Bishop - Bishop Greg Bennet, Fr Peter Slater, Fr Denis O’Bryan, Katherine Jelavic and Lize Privitera will be representing our Diocese at the First Assembly. Sr Mary Olofu SON from St Agatha’s Parish Cranbourne, is representing the Order of the Sisters of the Nativity. Please continue to hold them and the rest of the Plenary Council Members in prayer.

How can we get involved?

The Plenary Council proceedings are not confined to Members alone. Indeed, the whole Church in Australia is invited to get on board and participate.

Celebrating through Liturgy and Prayer

Opening Mass of the Plenary Council 3rd October 2021


  • 9.30 am Sunday 3rd October

Visit St Mary’s Cathedral YouTube channel and watch Bishop Greg celebrate the Opening Mass of the Plenary Council from St Mary’s Cathedral Sale.


Homily -Bishop Greg Bennet                                                 Mass Booklet (PDF)


  • 2.00 pm Sunday 3rd October

Watch the livestream of the official Opening Mass of the Plenary Council which will be broadcast from St Mary’s Cathedral in Perth. Access the Plenary Council website or the Plenary Council YouTube channel.

Daily Mass and Prayer

  • Participate in the daily Masses broadcast via the Plenary Council website or via the Plenary Council You Tube channel
  • Celebrate the daily Plenary Council Masses in your own parishes, downloading the daily Mass booklets provided in the Liturgy and Prayer pages of the Plenary Council website. Click on Pray With Us on the Plenary Council Website or go to
  • Engage in virtual Morning Prayer or one of the other prayer experiences available on the Plenary Council website, click on Pray With Us or go to

Follow the Plenary Council assembly online

With the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia being an event for the whole Church, parts of the first general assembly will be livestreamed each day. The home page of the Plenary Council website will be the place to go to find the livestream each day.

Here are some highlights from the livestream schedule:

October 3:       Opening Mass of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia, 2.00 pm AEDT from St  Mary's Cathedral in Perth.

October 4-9:    Daily Mass broadcast at 9.30am AEDT and on demand afterwards.

October 4-6:    Plenary session livestream starts at 11.00 am AEDT until approx. 12.15 pm.

October 7:       Plenary session livestream starts at 12 noon AEDT until approx. 12.45 pm.

October 8-9:    Plenary session livestream starts at 11.00 am AEDT until approx. 12.15pm

October 10:     Closing Mass of the First General Assembly, 11.00 am AEDT from St Stephen's  Cathedral, Brisbane.

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Information and support

Mrs Sophy Morley, Diocese of Sale Gaudium et Spes Plenary Convenor, , Phone 03 5622 6677