2018 Liturgical Formation Dates

The Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation Melbourne is offering the following workshops for liturgy teams, parish groups and all those serving or interested in parish ministry. Workshops include An Introduction to Christian Meditation, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion During Mass, Liturgy of the Word with Children and more.
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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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Sparks of Beauty Program 2018

Saturday 10 February --- Sparks of Beauty kicks off at the National Gallery of Victoria, with a conversation on the special relationship between art and faith. The Sparks of Beauty program seeks to provide a space for an imaginative conversation about what it means to be ‘spiritual’ in 21st century Australia—and what we can learn from the fields of art, science, literature, sports and music. Drawing on the insights of St John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis that “sparks of beauty” can change the world, the series encourages a holistic, Catholic and grounded approach to faith and life.

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Rite of Election 2018

Online registrations are now open for the 2018 Rite of Election. It will take place on the First Sunday of Lent (Sunday 18 February) at St Patrick's Cathedral. This year, registration will be done online using Trybooking, to enable a more efficient method of collating parish information. 

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Pastoral Notes for Parishes

The release of the final report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will stir a range of emotions amongst parishioners. To support parishes who may wish to prepare a message regarding the report, we have prepared a sample bulletin notice and intercessory prayers which may be of assistance. 

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2017 LEM Thanksgiving Mass & Christmas Luncheon

Over 50 Lay Ecclesial Ministers gathered for the annual LEM Christmas gathering. Archbishop Hart celebrated mass and thanked all the LEMs for their continued service and faith witness to those in parishes, prisons and hospitals. Following lunch, the Archbishop presented certificates to all who have received accreditation in 2017, as well as those who will be retiring from ministry. 

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Advent Resources

There are a number of resources and formation opportunities on offer to assist parishes in their preparations for the joyous season of Advent --- which is much closer than you think! Includes templates for Christmas postcards, pull-up banners, giving tree tags and real estate boards.  

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2018 Planning and Events

Many parishes have already begun planning and thinking about their formation and offerings in 2018. To assist, we have prepared a '2018 calendar planning tool' for parishes to download and adapt (MS Word). These templates have been prepared as a free, editable resource and are pre-designed and populated with the liturgical seasons, memorials and major feast days.

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Watching & Waiting: Advent Daily Reflections

The Watching & Waiting Advent calendar provides short but deep reflections, emailed to you daily beginning this Sunday 3 December until Christmas Eve. 

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Video: How to use The Summit Online

New to The Summit Online? Watch this brief video to gain an overview of the online resource and learn how to access and download the various elements on the webpage. 

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The Advent Heart: Preparing for the Season of Advent

Tuesdays 10 & 17 October - In the first session, participants will be guided through the Gospel of Mark by renowned Australian scholar Rev. Frank Moloney sdb. The following week will focus on the practicalities of the season: the Advent readings, music selection and preparing the liturgical environment. 

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Preparing for the Year of Youth

To help parishes prepare for the Year of Youth, the Archdiocesan Office for Youth is hosting a workshop day especially for parishes, offering strategies and models for youth engagement and formation.

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The Reader of God’s Word: 10 tips to improve your proclamation

Involved in liturgical ministries at your parish? This short video provides lectors - new or existing - with practical tips for improving their proclamation of the word.

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Ask. Seek. Knock: Joyful Encounters of RCIA

Saturday 26 August --- Guest speakers including Bishop Mark Edwards OMI and Fr Rob Galea offer insights on being 'joyful missionary disciples' and how to attract young people to embark on the exciting RCIA journey. Workshops will explore the pastoral and practical aspects of the RCIA.
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Catechist Support and Resources

We encourage catechists to visit the new webpage ‘Catechist Central’ which provides a wealth of information, guidance and support for this vitally important parish ministry. 
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