Sacraments

Exploring the Word Catechumenate Resource

Previously known as the 'Take Home Sheet' and 'The Catechumenal Journey', Exploring the Word is useful for catechists as it offers a closer look at the Scripture of the day and how it makes more explicit God’s word to us through the teachings of Jesus Christ. Practical ideas are also offered for connecting the Gospel and daily life, and suggested music and environment.

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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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ACU Short Course: The Sacraments (August)

The School of Theology at the Australian Catholic University is offering a short course on the Sacraments this August. It will be an opportunity to understand sacraments in the Christian tradition: What are sacraments? What is sacramentality? What do Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist and Reconciliation mean? Sessions run on Wednesday evenings in August.
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The Revision of the Lectionary

"Prior to the Second Vatican Council the percentage of the Old Testament used in the liturgy, excluding the psalms, was only one per cent (255 verses) ... Put another way, before the Second Vatican Council Catholics never heard readings at their Sunday celebration of the Eucharist from thirty-seven Old Testament books!" Fr Chris Monaghan cp discusses the key changes to the lectionary after the Second Vatican Council.
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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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Preparing parish celebrations: First Communion and Confirmation

Tricia Murray reflects on the unique opportunity that parish celebrations of First Communion and Confirmation provide for hospitality toward families and visitors.
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The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

The following information is provided as background to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and is helpful as a ‘refresher’ for those seeking to receive this Sacrament.
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Liturgical Brochure Series

This brochure series offers guidance and support for those involved in the various liturgical and pastoral ministries in parishes, schools and other religious and ecclesial communities. 


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Parish Faith Formation Sessions & Workshops

Our Office currently offers a number of workshops to help parishes with their formation programs. All sessions are interactive and practical in application.
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