Lay Ecclesial Ministry
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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.
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.
November – the month of holiness
Director's Reflection (November): For Catholics, November is traditionally the month of remembrance for the dead – a time when all those holy women and men who have gone before us are prayed for and remembered in a particular way. Many parishes have the practice of maintaining a remembrance book and I wonder if, over time, this book takes on a sacred character. In some ways, it holds the faith memory of the community because the names of our ‘everyday’ saints are inscribed there.
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."
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."
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."