Events

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Plenary Council 2020 Briefing Sessions

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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Wheel of Prayer: Growing Contemplative Communities

Sat 18 Aug --- 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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Archbishop-elect Comensoli’s message to Melbourne

Pope Francis has appointed Most Reverend Bishop Peter Andrew Comensoli of the Diocese of Broken Bay as the ninth Archbishop of Melbourne. Archbishop Hart will serve as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese until the installation of Archbishop-elect Comensoli on Wednesday 1 August. Watch Archbishop-elect Comensoli's message to the people of Melbourne >

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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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2018 Liturgical Formation Dates

July & August --- In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis describes the parish as “an environment for hearing God’s word, for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration ... the parish encourages and trains its members to be evangelisers.” To support parishes in this mission, the following workshops are offered for liturgy teams, parish groups and all those serving or interested in parish ministry. View upcoming workshop dates >

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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

Thursday 26 April --- Sparks of Beauty continues this April, as Vatican astronomer Br Guy Consolmagno SJ shares the wonders of exploring the skies: “Only by discovering other planets, do we have a really good idea of understanding what it is to be a planet. ... Only by discovering life elsewhere will we really understand what makes life, life."  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. 

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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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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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