• LAY ECCLESIAL MINISTRY:

    Building a Theology of Communion

    This colloquium will explore the expression of the vocation of the lay faithful and outline various pathways for growth for existing and emerging leaders. 
  • ADVENT:

    Advent templates

    Download a number of free, easy-to-use Advent/Christmas templates including real estate board designs, pull-up banners, postcards, giving tree tags and a special Plenary-themed prayer card. 
  • PRAYER RESOURCES:

    The month of remembrance

    This month we remember especially the many women and men who have gone before us and who have responded to the challenges in their time—with faith, hope and love. 
  • 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. 
News and Resources

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November: The Remembrance Month

In the Catholic tradition, November is traditionally a month of remembrance of the dead. The Church has consistently encouraged prayers for the faithful departed and, in the early years, a list of the names of the dead was placed in the church so that the community would remember them in prayer. November begins with the Solemnity of All Saints on Thursday 1 November and the Commemoration of the All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day), on Friday 2 November. 

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Colloquium: Building a Theology of Communion

Thursday 22 November --- This colloquium will explore the expression of the vocation of the lay faithful and outline various pathways for growth for existing and emerging leaders. It is ideal for parish priests, accredited lay ecclesial ministers, leaders in various parish ministries, emerging leaders or those interested in learning more about lay ecclesial ministry in the Archdiocese. Panel members include Paul Beirne (Heart of Life Centre for Spiritual and Pastoral Formation), Rev. Dr Shane Mackinlay (Catholic Theological College), Sue Richardson PBVM (Vicar for Religious) and Paul Zammit (CatholicCare).

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Upcoming Plenary Listening & Dialogue Sessions

24 November --- From now until Ash Wednesday 2019, everyone is invited to take part in the Listening and Dialogue phase, reflecting on the plenary question: “What do you think God is asking of us at this time in Australia?”  We are grateful to the parishes, groups and individuals around the Archdiocese who have already begun the Plenary process. Let’s keep the dialogue happening! View dates for some upcoming sessions around the archdiocese >

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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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An Overview of Readings for Advent (Year C)

Rev. Dr Michael Trainor AM is a lecturer at Catholic Theological College and is a member of the Department of Biblical Studies. Here he provides an overview of the readings for the Sundays of Advent. "Luke’s story celebrates God’s beloved disposition upon all beings of our planet revealed in Jesus’ birth. This is the essential truth and mystery in the angelic chorus sung to the shepherds and the repeated sign, of Jesus ‘wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger’. Jesus’ presence in a manger (a product of Earth) and surrounded with Earth’s cloth highlight Jesus as Earth’s child. Ecological implications to celebrate with our planet flow from this and provide a wonderful opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ birth in the light of Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si." 

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Planning Advent liturgies

Cathy Jenkins reflects on the opportunity we have in Advent to take a ‘Holy Pause’, and gives some practical guidance on how we might plan Advent liturgies that renew and deepen our sense of joyful anticipation as we prepare—amid all the bustle and activity of the festive season—for ‘the greatest mystery’.
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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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