• RCIA FORMATION:

    Come and See

    Two workshops exploring the practicalities and possibilities of RCIA in your parish/school
  • PARISH LEADERSHIP:

    Becoming a Synodal Parish

    Parish pastoral leaders are invited to explore how synodality can be expressed in the context of local communities
  • 1-3 OCTOBER:

    Have you registered yet for APMN?

    Are you involved in preparing liturgies and music for your parish or school? Then this conference is for you! 
  • PLENARY COUNCIL UPDATE:

    National themes for discernment

    Hundreds of topics raised by Australians around the country have been narrowed down to six key themes for discernment.
News and Resources

parish_plenary.jpg

Plenary2020: Exploring communal discernment

Saturday 10 August --- Plenary coordinators and facilitators are invited to gather for a session exploring the practice of communal discernment. At this session Fr Kevin Lenehan will reflect on the age-old practice of discernment—from its patristic origins to how it informed the work of the Second Vatican Council and continues to do as Pope Francis encourages a theology of encounter, accompaniment and dialogue. In the second half of the morning, Lana Turvey-Collins will give an update on national preparations and the resources for this second phase of listening and discernment. 
read more
parish_synodality.jpg

PPC formation: Becoming a synodal parish

Thursday 8 August --- Parish priests, pastoral associates, pastoral workers and members of parish pastoral councils are invited to gather for this formation opportunity and discussion, exploring how the disposition and practice of synodality can be expressed in the leadership of local parish communities. 
 

read more
rcia_workshopday.jpg

Exploring the practicalities and possibilities of RCIA in your parish/school

Tuesday 13 August --- We are offering two RCIA workshops this August—one focused on the planning, preparation and promotion of RCIA in the parish and the other on adapting the Rite for the preparation and initiation of children. These workshops are suitable for those new to and interested in the RCIA and those involved in catechetics or sacrament preparation (particularly the sacraments of initiation). Both workshops will be offered twice, to enable as many coordinators to attend. 
read more
training_2019leadershipseries.jpg

Watch talks from the 2019 Christian Leadership Series

The Christian Leadership Series is an annual offering for parish leaders and all those interested in exploring what Christian leadership looks and feels like in the context of 21st century Australia. This year’s four-week series offered participants a survey of key books, themes and figures from our biblical tradition. Guided by some of the country’s leading biblical scholars, a range of topics were explored from creation through to the prophetic movement, the Lukan narrative and the Pauline letters. Missed the series? Watch them online >
read more
The Summit Online
Articles from The Summit Online:

summit_articlemoloney.jpg

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?

read more
summit_psalms.jpg

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.
read more
summit_capraart.jpg

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."
read more
summit_liturgicalyear.jpg

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. 

read more
summit_lentscrutinies19.jpg

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).'

read more
summit_lentenvironment19.jpg

The Lent environment

'From the moment we hear the cry from the book of Joel on Ash Wednesday, "Now, now—it is the Lord who speaks—come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning" (Joel 2:12), we are invited to plunge into a different world, a different way of being. Cathy Jenkins writes about the "Australian colour of Lent"—a Lent that, in this part of the world, takes place amidst the changing of seasons from summer into autumn, thus encouraging an invitation to 'cultivate a Lenten spirit'. She offers insights into the colours, symbols, prayers and sounds of Lent.

read more
1 2 3 4 5
Copyright 2019 - Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation | Archdiocese of Melbourne | Login