• THE SUMMIT ONLINE:

    Weekly Reflections

    These short reflections on various scripture readings and feasts during the week are ideal for personal or group reflection. They can also be used for opening/closing prayers at gatherings.
  • PLENARY COUNCIL 2020:

    A Listening Church

    Around the country people are reflecting on the question: “What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?” It's an opportunity to engage in conversations about God and the Church. 
  • WORKSHOP:

    Reader of God's Word

    The ministry of the Reader of God’s Word is an essential component of the Liturgy. When delivered well, it can have a profound impact on the celebration and on all those participating.
  • WORKSHOP:

    Ministry of Communion to the Sick

    Rev Monsignor Tony Ireland (Episcopal Vicar for Health, Aged and Disability Care) explores the spiritual, liturgical and pastoral dimensions of this vital ministry.
News and Resources

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Plenary Council 2020

The last time the Catholic Church in Australia held a Plenary Council was in 1937. It has been more than 80 years since we gathered all of the Church together and much has changed. In 2020, we will have a Plenary Council about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia. What are we called to do? Who are we called to be? How do we need to change?

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Ruah Parish Renewal Day

Saturday 16 June --- Thank you to those who showed an interest in the Ruah Parish Renewal Day scheduled for Saturday 16 June. After much consultation, we have decided to postpone this event until another time in early 2019. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we will be in touch with ticketholders to organise a full refund. Please do not hesitate to contact Suzanne Hermon at our Office on 9926 5761 if you have any enquiries. 
 

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ACU Short Course: From death to new life: preparing and celebrating Catholic funerals

June --- What do Catholics believe about death? How do Catholics celebrate death? How do priests and funeral directors care for the grieving? Learn how to prepare your Catholic funeral at this new short course being offered by ACU this June, in Melbourne and Geelong.


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Christian Leadership in the 21st Century

Wednesdays 9, 16, 23, 30 May --- The Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation Melbourne is hosting a four-week lecture series on Christian leadership for the 21st-century context. Explore scripture, church history, pastoral research and the joys and challenges of leading in a changing environment. Speakers include Dr Trudy Dantis, Ms Cathy Jenkins, Rev. Dr Kevin Lenehan, Rev. Dr Francis Moloney SDB and Rev. Dr Max Vodola.  

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RCIA National Conference 2018

The Christian Initiation Australia Network (CIAN) is hosting a three-day national conference in Melbourne this October. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you and your parish to enliven, reignite and add a spark to evangelisation and the RCIA in your parish community and diocese.

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‘Your God is too small’: The Pope’s astronomer putting faith in science

Thursday 26 April --- "Your God is too small," Br Guy Consolmagno posited to his audience. Br Guy is the President of the Vatican Observatory, one of the oldest astronomical research institutions in the world. "Now we have a universe that is 13.8 billion light years in every direction and bigger than that is the God that made it. But it’s still a God that acts out of love, beauty and joy. ... It’s not because of my science I believe in God but it is because of my God I believe in science."
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2018 Liturgical Formation Dates

May & July --- The mass is made up of two parts: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist, inextricably connected to form one single act of worship. The ministries of the Reader of God’s Word and Extraordinary Minister of Communion during Mass are essential components of this ritual action. When delivered well, they have a profound impact on the celebration and on all those participating. View upcoming workshop dates >
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Sparks of Beauty Program 2018

Thursday 26 April --- Sparks of Beauty continues this April, as Vatican astronomer Br Guy Consolmagno SJ shares the wonders of exploring the skies: “Only by discovering other planets, do we have a really good idea of understanding what it is to be a planet. ... Only by discovering life elsewhere will we really understand what makes life, life."  The Sparks of Beauty program seeks to provide a space for an imaginative conversation about what it means to be ‘spiritual’ in 21st century Australia—and what we can learn from the fields of art, science, literature, sports and music. 

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The Summit Online
Articles from The Summit Online:

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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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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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