• 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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Parish liturgy teams attend Easter season planning day

Saturday 24 February --- Over 120 parish liturgy team members gathered at the Catholic Leadership Centre for an Easter Season planning day entitled "Finding Jesus". The day included a keynote presentation by Dr Mary Coloe pbvm who explored the psalms and books of the Old Testament to reflect on the Jewish ideas about ‘death’ and how even before Jesus’ birth, this began to develop and reaches a new meaning with Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

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Cathedral overflows for the 2018 Rite of Election

Sunday 18 February --- The air of excitement was unmistakable yesterday at St Patrick's Cathedral, as over a thousand people gathered for the annual Rite of Election, where those seeking to receive the sacraments of initiation at Easter are presented and recognised by the Archbishop and the wider community. View photos from the day >

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Sparks of Beauty kicks off at the NGV

Saturday 10 February --- The Sparks of Beauty series kicked off at the National Gallery of Victoria, with David Menzies noting that for some, art galleries are 'the cathedrals of the modern world'... These spaces provide a portal into the spiritual world too, as they offer an entry point to pondering the great mysteries of life. 
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Professional Development opportunities for Lay Ecclesial Ministers

Lay Ecclesial Ministers, just like the ordained, 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. These professional development days and retreats cover a range of topics including responding to family violence, praying with the psalms, developing a spirituality of encounter and accompanying those on a journey of grief and loss.
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Pastoral Notes and Prayers for Parish Communities

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has proclaimed the days from Ash Wednesday until the Saturday after Ash Wednesday 2018 as days of fasting and reparation in sorrow for child sexual abuse and for the healing of victims. To support parishes, the following resources have been prepared and may be adapted according to the needs of the local community. They include sample penitential liturgies, prayers, litanies and prayer sheets.


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Resources for Lent 2018

Parishes are invited to make use of the following resources during Lent 2018: Day-by-day reflections (40-day calendar), Weekly reflections on the psalms and gospels, a weekly podcast series exploring the Sunday readings, Stations of the Cross (based on the Gospel of Mark), Liturgical planning materials (including a ‘Triduum checklist’), Holy Week/Easter real estate board templates and more.

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Finding Jesus: An Easter Season Planning Day

Saturday 24 February --- Come and join us for an Easter Season planning day, commencing with a keynote presentation by Associate Professor Dr Mary Coloe pbvm exploring the readings for the Season, followed by a range of workshops to assist parishes in planning for this significant time in the Liturgical year. This is an opportunity to gather your local parish and/or school liturgy teams for some inspiration and best practices.

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2018 Commissioning Mass for Lay Ecclesial Ministers

Wednesday 7 February @ ACU Chapel --- All pastoral associates, pastoral workers and lay chaplains are invited to join us at the annual commissioning mass for Lay Ecclesial Ministers, to be celebrated by Archbishop Denis Hart. Following the mass, we invite you to stay for an afternoon tea. 

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The Summit Online
Articles from The Summit Online:

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Preparing parish celebrations: First Communion and Confirmation

Tricia Murray reflects on the unique opportunity that parish celebrations of First Communion and Confirmation provide for hospitality toward families and visitors.
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Celebrating the centenary of Fatima

On 13 May this year, Pope Francis will visit Portugal to mark 100 years since the Virgin Mary appeared to three young children in the town of Fatima. Bishop Peter Elliott reflects on the events of 1917, their message and what Pope Francis can expect when he arrives.
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A Eucharistic Ecology

Rev. Anthony J Kelly reflects on the unique way that the celebration of the Eucharist brings nature and culture together, inspiring an integral ecology of nature and culture, person and community, creation and God.
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Music in contemporary culture: Some implications for our celebrations of the Eucharist

Music is integral to our Eucharistic celebrations, and can help participants experience God’s presence. Maeve Louise Heaney examines sacred music’s value for liturgy, and what it can achieve that other art cannot.
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Our ‘bright sadness’: The Eucharist and Christian unity today

Fr Denis Stanley explores eucharistic faith, practice and dialogue among the different Christian churches in relation to our journey to Christian unity.
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The Eucharist makes (and breaks) the Church

Neil Ormerod notes that as a Church we are made by the Eucharist when we take Jesus’ own self-sacrificial love as the template of our lives. However, as Church we can be broken when we sacrifice the less powerful to maintain our own power.
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