• FORMATION:

    Know Your Parish

    A session focused on equipping parish leaders with strategies for growth and development with guest speaker Fr Brendan Reed
  • RESOURCE:

    Letters from Home Sunday

    Responding to Pope Francis' invitation to "make the Sacred Scriptures better known and more widely diffused."
  • FORMATION:

    Ask. Seek. Knock.

    Don't miss the RCIA State Seminar with guest speakers Bishop Mark Edwards omi and Fr Rob Galea
  • SACRAMENTS:

    The Celebration of Mercy

    Celebrating the liberating power of forgiveness, through the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
News and Resources

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Letters from Home Sunday (16 July)

16 July --- At the conclusion of the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis in Misericordia et misera offered an invitation to "make the Sacred Scriptures better known and more widely diffused .." In the Archdiocese of Melbourne the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Sunday 16 July) has been suggested for this purpose and a range of resources have been prepared to assist in this regard.
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Upcoming Liturgical Formation Workshops

20 July -- Readers of God's Word: this workshop explores liturgical principles and techniques of proclamation to assist those in this ministry. 

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Know Your Parish - Formation for Parish Pastoral Councils

Thursday 27 July --- Parish pastoral councils are invited to a formation session focused on equipping parish leaders with strategies for reviewing their community’s strengths and opportunities for growth and development. Includes input by Fr Brendan Reed. 
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Ask. Seek. Knock: Joyful Encounters of RCIA

Saturday 26 August --- Guest speakers including Bishop Mark Edwards OMI and Fr Rob Galea offer insights on being 'joyful missionary disciples' and how to attract young people to embark on the exciting RCIA journey. Workshops will explore the pastoral and practical aspects of the RCIA.
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The Summit Online
eNews reflection
Instead of living a life of quiet desperation – how can we live a life of quiet hope?
Read this month's eNewsletter reflection from the Director.
 
 
Articles from The Summit Online:

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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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Chef's Choice: Feasting on the Word

"The four stages of Lectio Divina are like having a good meal: You take a bite (lectio), you chew on it (meditatio), enjoy the taste (oratio) and then swallow it (contemplatio). Fr John Dupuche reminds us that 'feasting on the Word’ that leads to a better knowledge of Christ. This article includes a guided reflection on the readings for weekend of Sunday 16 July, which Pope Francis has encouraged as a 'Sunday for the Word of God' in dioceses around the world. 
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Psalms and liturgical life, psalms and life

"St Athanasius said a psalm ‘is a mirror in which you contemplate yourself and movements of your soul’. This beautiful insight encourages us to pray the psalms and to allow them to teach us about ourselves and to give expression to our deepest feelings, concerns and desires." Mary Reaburn nds reflects on the Psalms and how they can be a prism through which we see differently. 
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The travelling Mary

"Her faith, I learned, gave her a particular place in our collective religious history. For a beginner little Catholic, it was also an introduction to the world of the mystical." Cathy Jenkins recalls the tradition of the 'travelling Mary.' 
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Preparing parish celebrations: First Communion and Confirmation

Tricia Murray reflects on the unique opportunity that parish celebrations of First Communion and Confirmation provide for hospitality toward families and visitors.
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