Lay Ecclesial Ministry
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A Change of Heart
Director's message (August 2018): "Disruption is a term that is being increasingly used by sociologists and analysts to describe what is happening in the world. We may feel this way about the church. And yet. Our hearts would have been touched, I’m sure, by the stories of suffering and loss as a result of the recent bushfires in Greece and California. Or by the stories of heroism that emerged from the Thai cave rescue. The human capacity for empathy, awe and wonder has not really changed. And when we enter into the texts of the ancient peoples we realise that the universal questions about life remain."
Director's message (July 2018): "The Israeli museum holds in their permanent collection the hauntingly beautiful painting by Rembrandt van Rijn of
St. Peter in Prison
St. Peter Kneeling
). St Peter has been arrested and is painted in a prison cell in Jerusalem. The figure of St Peter is bathed in soft light although his surroundings are in darkness. ... All is not dark; all is not lost. There is a potential for transformation."
The presence of grace
Director's message (June 2018): "And now it is Ordinary Time. A time when, for those with the imagination to see and the ears to hear, God continues to be revealed in the events of daily life. The faithful imagination has this capacity, I suspect. A capacity to be inspired by the Word of God that is daily offered to us and to see how it forms our work in the world. To not just read the words of Scripture but to hear them. To listen. To be formed by them and to act."
The face of good news
Director's message (May 2018): "As we journey through this Easter Season time we have the opportunity to take into our minds and hearts the stories of the very earliest Christians. And how dramatic they are! Saul the persecutor of the followers of Jesus becomes Paul the messenger of the Good News, his life forever altered as a result of his encounter with Jesus. His travel was rigorous and the invitation he offered into the world of the Good News came at great cost. ... I wonder if Paul might have been the earliest person accused of perpetuating fake news!"
Director's message (April 2018): "This is a sacred story that ends with us moving on. This is a story of an empty tomb, a story that tells us not to remain with the death and darkness but to look toward life. And so, on Easter night, we lit our candles from the Paschal candle and gradually filled our darkened church with light; where we had brought our lives to the cross, we now brought our lives to the font of blessed water and we moved back into life as Easter people."
The Autumn Heart
Director's reflection (March 2018): "So as we continue on our Lenten ways perhaps we can take a cue from the physical world around us. Perhaps it is time to think about what it is that we need to let go of, confident that in the letting go we are preparing the way for something new. Perhaps it is a time to sit with this in-between time, this liminal space time, and allow God to work in the hidden depths of our hearts."
Lenten Podcasts: Listen now or download for later
Available weekly, these audio recordings provide listeners with a reading of the Sunday gospel (by Bishop Mark Edwards OMI), followed by a brief reflection from a range of teachers, musicians and writers. These recordings can be downloaded and saved for easy listening at any time.
Lent – the heart of it all
Director's reflection (February 2018): "We are offered an invitation to actively re-orientate ourselves to God: because for Christians, God and the one who was so loved, Jesus, is the heart and the soul of life. We are offered this gracious time when we can reflect on what has formed us since we tread last year’s Lenten path. And we are offered beautifully ancient tools to assist us with entering into this time."
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.
Director's reflection (January 2018): Thomas Moore in
A Life At Work
(2008) writes about the experience of work as being a mixture of vision, intention and care. ... Perhaps thinking about our work – in whatever shape that takes – as a form of human prayer might help bring a sparkle of light and energy with us into this beginning year.
Director's reflection (December): "May the Emmanuel of 2017 bring joy: to weary hearts, to lonely hearts, to lost hearts. May we be strengthened in our belief that we, too, can be bearers of hope, healing and justice and that this is a beautiful, graced, albeit imperfect world because Jesus is God with us."
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.