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    Preparing for Advent

    Explore the Gospel of Matthew (Year A) and how to animate the season through music, children’s liturgy, hospitality and visio divina
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Preparing for the Season of Advent

Over two nights in October, parish liturgy teams and school teachers from across Melbourne gathered at the Catholic Leadership Centre to begin their preparations for Advent and for a new liturgical year. Guest speaker Ria Greene explained that the centrality of the kingdom of God is a particular feature of Matthew’s gospel, emphasising the teaching of Jesus rather than his actions. This results in a more ‘reflective and didactic account’, designed to keep its audience focused on the kingdom at a time when evidence of God’s reign was often hard to discern—an emphasis that is still relevant today, particularly in a climate that is often hostile to the church. Read more >
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Celebrating the Extraordinary Month of Mission

This October, the Universal Church is celebrating an Extraordinary Missionary Month, whose theme is ‘Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World’. The month coincides with the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV's Apostolic Letter ‘Maximum Illud' and Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of October, which is for a ‘Missionary Spring’ in the Church. The initiative aims to awaken the awareness of the meaning of mission and reinvigorate the sense of responsibility for proclaiming the Gospel with new enthusiasm. View the resources available for parishes >

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Accreditation

Lay Ecclesial Ministers need and deserve formation of high standards that will provide them with the necessary skills and resources to adequately minister to the community they serve within. Accreditation is both a recognition and affirmation of the professionalism that is required by ministers in contemporary ministry. If you have been thinking about seeking accreditation for the first time, gaining accreditation at a higher grade or re-accrediting your current level, please contact our Office and we can guide you through the application process. Submissions for the next round of accreditation are due 20 September.
 

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Plenary2020: Exploring communal discernment

Over 100 parish priests and parish representatives from across the Archdiocese (and beyond) recently gathered for an opportunity to learn about the next phase of the Plenary Council process. On hand to present were Rev. Dr Kevin Lenehan (Associate Dean, Catholic Theological College) and Lana Turvey-Collins (Facilitator for the Plenary Council). Lana said that this next phase invites communities to enter into the practice of ‘spiritual conversations’. “This is not meant to be a debate of ideas but a prayerful, spiritual conversation ... It’s a process that involves prayer, listening, discernment, and having our minds and hearts moved,” she said.
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The Summit Online
Articles from The Summit Online:

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Opening to the sacred in presence and absence

In this month of remembrance, Bishop Shane Mackinlay reflects on the powerful connection between absence and presence in our lives, the liturgy and the church.


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The gift of the Johannine Spirit-Paraclete

The Gospel of John enriches the Christian tradition of Jesus’ gift of the Spirit. The overall theology and Christology of the Gospel of John generates a striking presentation of the Spirit, often called ‘the Paraclete’ (14:16; 15:26; 16:7) or ‘the Spirit-Paraclete’ (14:26; 15:26). Internationally recognised biblical scholar Francis J. Moloney SDB argues that to properly grasp Johannine thought, two questions need to be asked: What is the role of the Spirit? When is the Spirit given?

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Making sense of psalm numbering

Why does the responsorial psalm of the day sometimes have a different number in the Catholic Lectionary from the one in the Bible? Fiona Dyball sheds some light on this sometimes perplexing question.
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Fall in love and stay in love

Rev. Dr Elio Capra SDB talks about the period of mystagogy, which takes place during the fifty days of Easter. "For those who have gone through the RCIA journey, this is the period for ‘mystagogy’. It is a time for mystagogical catechesis, not only for the ‘neophytes’ (the newly baptised), but also for the rest of us, the ‘old-phytes’. We are all on a mystagogical journey which only finishes ‘when our lives return to their source in the inexhaustible mystery of God’ (Nathan Mitchell, in Assembly: A Journal of Liturgical Theology, 2000). This is a theological way of saying that we all need mystagogical catechesis until the day we die and meet Jesus Christ face to face."
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Celebrating the Paschal Mystery: From Ash to Flame

Every moment of human life is subject to the play of multiple rhythms of time, some daily, others weekly, monthly, yearly or seasonal. Annual rhythms include the calendar year, the financial year, the school year, the sporting year and the cycle of nature’s seasons. For Christian believers, there’s another, more fundamental rhythm. It’s the calendar of faith, the annual cycle of feasts and seasons by which the church celebrates the mystery of Jesus Christ. The proper name for this is the ‘liturgical year’, though this expression only became current in the twentieth century. 

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Is it really Lent without catechumens and the scrutinies?

Rev. Dr Elio Capra SDB reflects on the original meaning of Lent: 'a time when God calls us into the desert so that through a process of purification and enlightenment, [so] we will once again fall in love with Christ and make him the centre of our lives. ... The process of purification and enlightenement becomes evident and alive through the celebration of the scrutinies. They are rituals celebrated during the third, fourth and fifth weeks of Lent to prepare those who are to be initiated (the elect) during the Easter Vigil (RCIA §133).'

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