Events

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Best-selling author speaks on the impact of books in our lives

Michael McGirr is a best-selling Australian author, essayist and reviewer of over 1,000 books. Speaking at the recently held Sparks of Beauty event at the State Library of Victoria, he reflected on books and authors who have shaped his life. Michael is also the Dean of Faith at St Kevin's College Melbourne and says, "...the best thing you can do is to lead them (students) into the stories... the open-ended stories. The story of Elijah ... the story of Ruth and Naomi ... the story of Jacob... the story of the wedding at Cana ... these stories they are so richly textured. We are lucky, I think, to have such a religion of the book."

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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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Workshop: Liturgy of the Word with Children

Tuesday 13 November --- The Liturgy of the Word with Children is not a lesson, nor simply an activity time with young children, but rather a prayerful celebration of God’s Word. Led by Mary Ryan from the Archbishop's Office for Evangelisation, this workshop will explore the liturgical principles underpinning this ministry, practical strategies and creative techniques for sharing the Good News with children. It is ideal for parish liturgy teams, parent groups, classroom/student teachers and all those serving or interested in bringing liturgy alive for children.

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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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Blessed are those who mourn - LEM Professional Learning Day

Monday 8 October --- This session aims to deepen our understanding of the range of losses people may experience; gain a more informed awareness of the possible impacts of such losses; and enhance and strengthen our manner in offering empathetic support to people in our ministry as Pastoral Associates, Pastoral Workers and Lay Chaplains. 

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Advent/Christmas Preparation Seminars

Tuesdays 16 & 23 October --- Offered over two weeks, these Advent formation sessions are ideal for liturgy and parish leadership teams looking to bring the season to life in their local communities. In week 1, participants will be given an overview of the Gospel of Luke and then in week 2, a range of workshops will be offered focused on the Advent readings, developing a music repertoire for the seasons, creating an Advent and Christmas sacramental environment, communicating the Advent message, celebrating a new liturgical year and how to implement a special plenary-focused approach to Advent. Come to one session or come to both!


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Sparks of Beauty in Literature

Tuesday 30 October --- Great stories can be life-changing. They can feed your hungry mind and take your heart on a journey. Join us for the final Sparks of Beauty session for the year, "Stories that make us", where best-selling Australian author Michael McGirr takes us on a journey through stories—some ancient, some new—that have changed his life. In dialogue with speakers from a variety of fields – art, science, music, literature, sport – the Sparks of Beauty series seeks to encourage a new imagining to Catholic spirituality in 21st century Australia.


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Archbishop Comensoli on listening and discernment

The Plenary Council’s first stage of preparation is the Listening and Dialogue phase. During this time, people will have the chance to gather with friends, family and fellow parishioners to share their experiences of faith, life and the Church. As Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli describes in this video, the invitation to participate in this Plenary process is something many of us are already familiar with -- especially in our family relationships where listening is so essential. He also talks about discernment as an invitation to "look more and more like Jesus." 

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VIDEO: Creating inclusive environments for people with disability

In 2017, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, through the Bishops’ Commission for Pastoral Life released a document providing Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with People with Disability. The guidelines draw upon the Church’s rituals and experience in ministering to or with people with a disability. To help unpack and implement the Principles, a number of practitioners working in parish, school, healthcare and pastoral care networks across the Archdiocese of Melbourne were invited to reflect on how parishes and workplaces can work towards creating more inclusive environments for people with disability. 

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Letter to the Faithful of Melbourne

Pope Francis has overnight written a letter to all People of God, expressing his heartfelt concern for the suffering endured by many due to sexual abuse, and the ecclesial cover-up that often has accompanied it. Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli echoed these sentiments, saying "...looking ahead, it falls to me, as your Archbishop, to ensure that our local Church in Melbourne is unequivocally committed to attending to the harm done, prioritising the dignity and care of all who are young and vulnerable, rebuilding trust among our people, and creating safe environments in our communities, agencies and organisations." Read Archbishop Comensoli's message to the church of Melbourne >

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Sparks of Beauty in Sport

3 September @ Fed Square --- A conversation on the role of sport in building community, celebrating diversity and imparting worth—and not just the monetary kind. Featuring voices from Melbourne’s other religion: Footy! Come and hear from three-time premiership player for the Richmond Tigers Mervyn Keane and premiership winner and AFLW star Emma Kearney.

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ACU Short Course: Listening to the Spirit: Towards the 2020 Plenary Council

1, 8, 15 & 22 August --- ACU is hosting a four-week short course on exploring the future of the Church in Australia, with a specific focus on the 2020 Plenary Council. Topics covered include the future of Catholic education (by Dr Paul Sharkey Director, Catholic Education Services, Catholic Education Melbourne), the mission of the Church in the 21st century, and a week four listening and dialogue session led by Dr Joel Hodge.

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Plenary Council 2020 Briefing Sessions

9, 11, 30 August --- The Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation is hosting a number of information sessions around the Archdiocese in the month of August. These sessions will offer an overview of the Plenary process and ways that people can take part in this listening and dialogue phase. Anyone interested in learning more about the Plenary Council 2020 is invited to come along and bring fellow parishioners, family members, colleagues and friends.

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Watch talks from the Christian Leadership Series

A selection of talks from the Christian Leadership Series are available to watch and are ideal for personal learning or formation tools for members of parish pastoral councils and leadership teams. Each video is accompanied by speaker notes and points for reflection/group discussion. Topics covered include the challenge of exercising an adult faith in a pluralistic environment, the principles of Christian dialogue, re-discovering our rich biblical heritage and the sensus fidei.

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Wheel of Prayer: Growing Contemplative Communities

18 August --- Step away from the busyness of doing for the Lord and come together for being with the Lord. The day offers a variety of prayer experiences to learn, experience and model in local parishes and schools including Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Christian Meditation, the First Spiritual Exercises, Lectio Divina, Praise and Worship, Taizé and an exploration of Indigenous symbols, prayers and protocols for use in different settings. Special rates available for parish and school groups.
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LEM Retreat: Spirituality of Encounter

Wed 1 August --- This retreat is open to Lay Ecclesial Ministers and will be facilitated by Marea Richardson, a Registered Guided Imagery and Music Therapist (Music Psychotherapy) and Accredited Grief and Loss Counsellor (NALAG). Marea works within a Christian perspective supporting people towards greater emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing.
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Plenary Council 2020

The last time the Catholic Church in Australia held a Plenary Council was in 1937. It has been more than 80 years since we gathered all of the Church together and much has changed. In 2020, we will have a Plenary Council about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia. What are we called to do? Who are we called to be? How do we need to change?

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Christian Leadership in the 21st Century

Wednesdays 9, 16, 23, 30 May --- The Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation Melbourne is hosting a four-week lecture series on Christian leadership for the 21st-century context. Explore scripture, church history, pastoral research and the joys and challenges of leading in a changing environment. Speakers include Dr Trudy Dantis, Ms Cathy Jenkins, Rev. Dr Kevin Lenehan, Rev. Dr Francis Moloney SDB and Rev. Dr Max Vodola.  

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RCIA National Conference 2018

The Christian Initiation Australia Network (CIAN) is hosting a three-day national conference in Melbourne this October. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you and your parish to enliven, reignite and add a spark to evangelisation and the RCIA in your parish community and diocese.

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‘Your God is too small’: The Pope’s astronomer putting faith in science

Thursday 26 April --- "Your God is too small," Br Guy Consolmagno posited to his audience. Br Guy is the President of the Vatican Observatory, one of the oldest astronomical research institutions in the world. "Now we have a universe that is 13.8 billion light years in every direction and bigger than that is the God that made it. But it’s still a God that acts out of love, beauty and joy. ... It’s not because of my science I believe in God but it is because of my God I believe in science."
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Sparks of Beauty Program 2018

In his message at the annual meeting of Pontifical Academies, Pope Francis spoke of ‘sparks of beauty and love’ as necessary to heal and mend humanity. In dialogue with speakers from a variety of fields – art, science, music, literature, sport – the Sparks of Beauty series seeks to encourage a new imagining to Catholic spirituality in 21st century Australia. In 2018, the Sparks of Beauty program has taken place in some of Melbourne's most notable locations – the purpose of which is to encourage conversations about spirituality and faith outside of the usual spaces and 'in the marketplace'.

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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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