Lay Ecclesial Ministry
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Seen and Unseen
Director's Message (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."
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.
World Day of the Poor (33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)
In his apostolic letter to close the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis suggested the Catholic Church set aside one day each year when communities can “reflect on how poverty is at the very heart of the Gospel.” He designated this day as the “World Day of the Poor.”
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."
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.
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