• 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.
  • FORMATION DAY:

    Wheel of Prayer

    Experience the richness of our Christian tradition at this Retreat Day for parish leaders, volunteers and teachers. Become equipped with a range of prayer styles to use in growing contemplative communities.
  • 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. 
News and Resources

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Wheel of Prayer: Growing Contemplative Communities

Sat 18 Aug --- Step away from the busyness of doing for the Lord and come together for being with the Lord. The day offers a variety of prayer experiences to learn, experience and model in local parishes and schools including Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Christian Meditation, the First Spiritual Exercises, Lectio Divina, Praise and Worship, Taizé and an exploration of Indigenous symbols, prayers and protocols for use in different settings. Special rates available for parish and school groups.
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Archbishop-elect Comensoli’s message to Melbourne

Pope Francis has appointed Most Reverend Bishop Peter Andrew Comensoli of the Diocese of Broken Bay as the ninth Archbishop of Melbourne. Archbishop Hart will serve as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese until the installation of Archbishop-elect Comensoli on Wednesday 1 August. Watch Archbishop-elect Comensoli's message to the people of Melbourne >

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Lessons on Parish Discipleship

Tue 17 July --- The Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation invites parish leadership teams to a Q&A session with guest speaker Ron Huntley, Director of Coaching & Development for Divine Renovation Ministry Canada. His work includes coaching and mentoring pastors who seek to bring their parish from maintenance to mission.

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LEM Retreat: Spirituality of Encounter

Wed 1 August --- This retreat is open to Lay Ecclesial Ministers and will be facilitated by Marea Richardson, a Registered Guided Imagery and Music Therapist (Music Psychotherapy) and Accredited Grief and Loss Counsellor (NALAG). Marea works within a Christian perspective supporting people towards greater emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing.
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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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