Lay Ecclesial Ministry
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Templates for Father's Day prayers
If your parish or school is looking for something special to distribute to fathers in your community, you might wish to download and print these pre-prepared bookmarks.
Ministry Overview: Serving at Mass
Servers are those who are called forward from the community to help everybody pray well. Their special role, along with all the other ministers, is to assist the priest presider to lead the community in prayer. Serving is a ministry, a service to be given, not a job to be done. The following information provides an overview of the role of the server at mass.
The Spring Heart
Director's Reflection (August): "There is a sense that the earth is gradually re-awakening as the fruits of the hidden underground work are starting to be revealed. It is a season of growth and great beauty. With the eyes of faith we cannot help but be drawn into a sense of wonder about God’s presence in our world expressed in creation."
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.
The holiness of the day
Director's Reflection (July 2017). "I wonder if the ability to see the holiness of the world is one of the great challenges we face. In the midst of our daily struggles to live as though we truly believe that goodness overcomes evil and that in our own little ways we do make a difference. To keep our eyes ‘fixed on the Lord’ so that we are able to recognise and respond to the presence of God in the ordinariness of our lives. And to remember that because of Jesus, the world really is a graced place."
Letters from Home Sunday (16 July)
16 July ---
At the conclusion of the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis in
Misericordia et misera
offered an invitation to "make the Sacred Scriptures better known and more widely diffused .." In the Archdiocese of Melbourne the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Sunday 16 July) has been suggested for this purpose and a range of resources have been prepared to assist in this regard.
Reflections on Mary: Prison Chaplaincy
In this brief video, Good Samaritan sister
reflects on the challenging yet rewarding ministry of prison chaplaincy. She reflects on the witness by Mary, mother of God and advocate for those without a voice.
Includes reflection questions for personal/group discussion.
A Joyous Death
Director's Reflection (May 2017). "We know, because the apostles have told us, that death is really the start of a new story. ... that is why we also know that ‘Christ’s resurrection is not an event of the past; it contains a vital power which has permeated this world."
Opening Our Hearts & Minds (Lenten Program, Year A)
This free and accessible Lenten resource is ideal for parish/school groups or for anyone seeking some personal reflection time. A reflection has been prepared for each of the five weeks of Lent (Year A) and follows three simple steps (1. Be Still 2. Gospel Reading 3. Respond). Suggested songs have also been recorded and provided for users.
Templates for Mother's Day Celebrations
If your parish or school is looking for something special to distribute to mothers in your community, you might wish to download and print/display these pre-prepared bookmark and PPT templates.
Ask. Seek. Knock: Joyful Encounters of RCIA
Preparing for Lent and Easter 2017
Letters from Home Sunday (16 July)
Our ‘bright sadness’: The Eucharist and Christian unity today