Parish leadership

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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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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Seen and Unseen

Director's Reflection (October 2017): "At this point in the liturgical year the second reading is being drawn from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. ... It is thought that Paul is writing to the community from prison – and even from prison the author is able to encourage the people of Philippi not to worry. Perhaps we can learn from Paul’s advice to our ancestors about how to maintain a peaceful heart."
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A Change of Era

Director's Reflection (September): "In November 2015, Pope Francis, in an address to a conference of the Italian Church, suggested that we are living in a change of era (rather than an era of change). An era can be defined as a period in history and I wonder if this idea of a shift in our history might help our thinking about parish and church life. The signs of this shift are all around – but living this experience can be difficult and disconcerting."  

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Final round of Accreditation for 2017

Applications for accreditation as a Lay Ecclesial Minister in the Archdiocese of Melbourne are assessed by the LEM Assessment Panel. The final round of applications for 2017 is currently underway and all applications must be received by Friday 29 September. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in early November. 

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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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Wounds & Wonder: Retreat Day

Friday 11 August --- Pastoral Associates, Pastoral Workers and Lay Chaplains are invited to a day of contemplation and reflection. Focused on nourishing the spirit, the session will explore ways in which we can identify, grow from and embrace the ‘brokenness’ we encounter in the everyday.

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"The Holy Spirit needs landing permission" --- Mark Patrick Hederman OSB

Author and teacher Mark Patrick Hederman OSB visited Australia in June 2017. As part of his visit, he led a conversation on 'caring for the soul', and why we (as church) need to 'rearrange' the way we carry out the mission and acknowledge that "the Holy Spirit is already out there... but it needs landing permission, and we cannot control this. ... It is we who have to rearrange and read the signs of the times."
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