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Lay Ecclesial Ministry

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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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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Guidelines for the Funding of Parish Lay Ecclesial Ministers (2019)

Parish Priests and Administrators are invited to submit an application to the Pastoral Associate Funding Assessment Committee for consideration for the funding of a Lay Ecclesial Minister (LEM), i.e. a Pastoral Worker, Pastoral Associate or Senior Pastoral Associate, for the 2019 Church financial year. The funding is to assist with the parish’s own financial contribution to the employment of a Lay Ecclesial Minister. The level of a parish’s contribution must indicate a preparedness and ability to support a LEM’s salary and a proposed budget for 2019 is required to support the application.
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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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Faithful Stewards of God's Grace

Faithful Stewards of God’s Grace, the first national resource for lay pastoral ministry, was launched by the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, at Proclaim 2018 in Brisbane. Faithful Stewards of God’s Grace recognises the place of lay pastoral ministry within the common vocation of discipleship in relation to other forms of ministry. The document offers a practical description of lay pastoral ministry and outlines a process of authorisation, from certification to commissioning.

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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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Accreditation

Lay Ecclesial Ministers 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. Accreditation is both a recognition and affirmation of the professionalism that is required by ministers in contemporary ministry. If you have been thinking about seeking accreditation for the first time, gaining accreditation at a higher grade or re-accrediting your current level, please contact our Office and we can guide you through the application process. 
 

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WATCH: Encountering Jesus in our biblical tradition

Internationally-renowned biblical scholar Rev Dr Francis Moloney points to our biblical heritage as the key to encountering the Risen Jesus. "Ritual, law, doctrine, pomp, ceremony, and ecclesiastical dignity dominate our Catholic lives, despite the prophetic words and witness of Pope Francis. God’s word and Christ’s flesh are daily poured into our ears, but we take no heed. It is to this Word that we turn to reflect upon the encounter with Jesus made possible through our biblical heritage."

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WATCH: Exercising an adult faith in a pluralistic world

Rev. Dr Kevin Lenehan spoke as part of the 2018 lecture series exploring Christian leadership for the 21st-century context. Entitled, "Exercising an Adult Faith: Wrestle. Challenge. Move.”, he explored the changing landscape in Australia and its implications for leaders of communities of faith. Drawing on the writings of Pope Paul VI on Christian Identity in Dialogue (Ecclesiam suam, 1964), he discussed the qualities and competencies needed by faith leaders to express a mature, resilient and Gospel-based belief stance in a pluralistic world.
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