• LITURGICAL FORMATION:

    Advent/Christmas Preparation

    Offered over two weeks, these sessions are ideal for parish and school liturgy teams. Includes an overview of the Gospel of Luke (Year C of the liturgical cycle) and a range of workshops. 
  • PLENARY COUNCIL 2020:

    A Listening Church

    “What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?” Come and learn about this national invitation to listening and dialogue. 
  • PROFESSIONAL LEARNING:

    Grief and Loss

    A session to help Pastoral Associates, Pastoral Workers and Lay Chaplains understand and accompany people through various kinds of loss. Facilitated by Sr Nicole Rotaru rsm. 
  • SPARKS OF BEAUTY:

    Stories that make us

    Ours is a Tradition built on story. Join us for an evening with author Michael McGirr as he takes us on a journey through stories - ancient and new - that have changed his life. 
News and Resources

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Guidelines for the Funding of Parish Lay Ecclesial Ministers (2019)

Parish Priests and Administrators are invited to submit an application to the Pastoral Associate Funding Assessment Committee for consideration for the funding of a Lay Ecclesial Minister (LEM), i.e. a Pastoral Worker, Pastoral Associate or Senior Pastoral Associate, for the 2019 Church financial year. The funding is to assist with the parish’s own financial contribution to the employment of a Lay Ecclesial Minister. The level of a parish’s contribution must indicate a preparedness and ability to support a LEM’s salary and a proposed budget for 2019 is required to support the application.
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Advent/Christmas Preparation Seminars

Tuesdays 16 & 23 October --- Offered over two weeks, these Advent formation sessions are ideal for liturgy and parish leadership teams looking to bring the season to life in their local communities. In week 1, participants will be given an overview of the Gospel of Luke and then in week 2, a range of workshops will be offered focused on the Advent readings, developing a music repertoire for the seasons, creating an Advent and Christmas sacramental environment, communicating the Advent message, celebrating a new liturgical year and how to implement a special plenary-focused approach to Advent. Come to one session or come to both!


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Sparks of Beauty in Literature

Tuesday 30 October --- Great stories can be life-changing. They can feed your hungry mind and take your heart on a journey. Join us for the final Sparks of Beauty session for the year, "Stories that make us", where best-selling Australian author Michael McGirr takes us on a journey through stories—some ancient, some new—that have changed his life. In dialogue with speakers from a variety of fields – art, science, music, literature, sport – the Sparks of Beauty series seeks to encourage a new imagining to Catholic spirituality in 21st century Australia.


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Faithful Stewards of God's Grace

Faithful Stewards of God’s Grace, the first national resource for lay pastoral ministry, was launched by the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, at Proclaim 2018 in Brisbane. Faithful Stewards of God’s Grace recognises the place of lay pastoral ministry within the common vocation of discipleship in relation to other forms of ministry. The document offers a practical description of lay pastoral ministry and outlines a process of authorisation, from certification to commissioning.

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The Summit Online
Articles from The Summit Online:

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Music for graduation Masses in Catholic secondary schools

Fiona Dyball offers some advice for all those planning graduation Masses, encouraging careful planning and consideration of these important moments for evangelisation. "The music and sung prayer in these Masses will ideally reflect and honour this preparation and commitment by the extended school community. So sufficient time needs to be allowed for graduation Masses to be consultatively planned, carefully prepared and thoroughly rehearsed. The music on these occasions can offer a fitting tribute to the character of a community, while also staying true to Catholic identity and to the liturgy itself."

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The Yeast of St Francis

"In October we celebrate the feast of St Francis, the patron of animals and the environment. We cherish his words, and through the generations men and women have passed on his charism. His influence continues to spread far and wide, as a witness to Jesus that is deeply rooted in our lived experience. He is both rooted in the Christian tradition and idealistic—a challenge to the powerful and a hope for the powerless. Francis’ influence lives on in us today as yeast: an agent of inspiration, of the Spirit, of the reign of God in our midst." Elizabeth Young is a Sister of Mercy and a member of Australian Religious Response to Climate Change. Here, she reflects on the radical nature of St Francis' attitude toward God and creation and the ever-present call to ‘care for our Common Home’.

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Guidelines on Reverent Reception of Holy Communion

The Bishops Commission for Liturgy has prepared a series of guidelines on reverent reception of Holy Communion. The following guidelines are based on the Catholic Church’s liturgical norms and offered in order to encourage reverent reception of Holy Communion in the Latin Rite, under the form of consecrated bread and wine, as the highpoint of sacramental participation in the Celebration of the Eucharist, the source and summit of the Christian life [cf. Vatican Council II, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (1963) art. 10].

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Recognising Jesus

Dr Mary Coloe pbvm guides us through the old and new testaments to understand the seemingly incomprehensible experience of Jesus' resurrection; the event ultimately fulfilling of God's promise of eternity life. "Out of context we do not immediately recognise people. Read through the familiar story of the Emmaus Journey. Two former disciples of Jesus ... are walking away from Jerusalem going over the horror of 'all that had happened'. Then they meet someone apparently ignorant about all these events. So they tell him the facts: Jesus, a mighty prophet, condemned to death then crucified, and now, in their minds and experience, dead. Jesus walks with them, but they fail to recognise him, as recognition demands more than good eyesight." 
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Project Compassion 2018: For a Just Future

For over 50 years, Caritas has, through the generosity of Australians, been able to sponsor aid and development and emergency relief programs in over 35 countries. In 2018, as Caritas Diocesan Director Deacon Jim Curtain shares, the focus is on young people. 

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Celebrating liturgy in schools: Catholic identity in song

Fiona Dyball shares how school liturgies, when done well, can help ensure that every student leaves school "with a solid intergenerational Catholic liturgical music repertoire to carry them forward in their lives, and to connect them in prayer to a life-giving faith, lived in community."
 

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Reaching Out with Hospitality to People with Mental Illness

Thomas P. Welch is a psychiatrist at the Northwest Catholic Counseling Centre in Portland, Oregon and a member of the Council on Mental Illness of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability. In an article originally published in Pastoral Liturgy, Welch reflects on how parishes can better respond to parishioners with mental illness, and ways to create welcoming and inclusive spaces.
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Psalmody and Hymnody: Scripture in Song

Fiona Dyball reminds us that "singing has been part of the life of the church from the very earliest times; and Sacred Scripture has traditionally formed the basis of this sung prayer, with the psalms taking a central role. The psalms formed the 'prayerbook' of ancient Israel, and the Jewish and Christian traditions of worship, over many centuries." 
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The Revision of the Lectionary

"Prior to the Second Vatican Council the percentage of the Old Testament used in the liturgy, excluding the psalms, was only one per cent (255 verses) ... Put another way, before the Second Vatican Council Catholics never heard readings at their Sunday celebration of the Eucharist from thirty-seven Old Testament books!" Fr Chris Monaghan cp discusses the key changes to the lectionary after the Second Vatican Council.
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