• LITURGICAL FORMATION:

    Refreshing liturgical ministers for parish service

    A combined workshop day for all those engaged in outreach to the homebound, hospitalised, the sick or elderly.
  • PLENARY COUNCIL UPDATE:

    National themes for discernment announced

    Hundreds of topics raised by Australians around the country have been narrowed down to six key themes for discernment.
  • 1-3 OCTOBER:

    Have you registered yet for APMN?

    Are you involved in preparing liturgies and music for your parish or school? Then this conference is for you! 
News and Resources

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Watch talks from the 2019 Christian Leadership Series

The Christian Leadership Series is an annual offering for parish leaders and all those interested in exploring what Christian leadership looks and feels like in the context of 21st century Australia. This year’s four-week series offered participants a survey of key books, themes and figures from our biblical tradition. Guided by some of the country’s leading biblical scholars, a range of topics were explored from creation through to the prophetic movement, the Lukan narrative and the Pauline letters. Missed the series? Watch them online >
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Six national themes for discernment announced

More than 222,000 people participated in listening and dialogue encounters and contributed 17,457 submissions during the first stage of preparation for the Australian Plenary Council. The voices of the faithful help all of us to understand something of the historical experience and the current reality of the Catholic Church in Australia. The six National Themes for Discernment are inspired by the data and call us toward the future.

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Melbourne to host 4th APMN conference in October 2019

AOFE is proud to be supporting the fourth Australian Pastoral Musicians Network Conference, taking place in Melbourne from 1-3 October 2019. Preparations are underway for this conference that's open to all musicians, cantors, conductors, composers, choristers, teachers, catechists, campus ministers, clergy, liturgy teams … and all who love sung prayer! Special early bird registration is available until 30 June. Don't miss out!

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Upcoming liturgical formation workshops

19 June --- Those engaged in these ministries through local parish service and/or outreach to homebound or hospitalised sick or elderly will find this day enriching. The day includes formation for those involved in Ministry of Communion to the Sick, Readers of God’s Word and the Ministry of Welcome. Participants are welcome to attend one or more sessions to develop and assist their personal faith, knowledge and practice of these vital ministries.


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The Summit Online
Articles from The Summit Online:

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The gift of the Johannine Spirit-Paraclete

The Gospel of John enriches the Christian tradition of Jesus’ gift of the Spirit. The overall theology and Christology of the Gospel of John generates a striking presentation of the Spirit, often called ‘the Paraclete’ (14:16; 15:26; 16:7) or ‘the Spirit-Paraclete’ (14:26; 15:26). Internationally recognised biblical scholar Francis J. Moloney SDB argues that to properly grasp Johannine thought, two questions need to be asked: What is the role of the Spirit? When is the Spirit given?

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Making sense of psalm numbering

Why does the responsorial psalm of the day sometimes have a different number in the Catholic Lectionary from the one in the Bible? Fiona Dyball sheds some light on this sometimes perplexing question.
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Fall in love and stay in love

Rev. Dr Elio Capra SDB talks about the period of mystagogy, which takes place during the fifty days of Easter. "For those who have gone through the RCIA journey, this is the period for ‘mystagogy’. It is a time for mystagogical catechesis, not only for the ‘neophytes’ (the newly baptised), but also for the rest of us, the ‘old-phytes’. We are all on a mystagogical journey which only finishes ‘when our lives return to their source in the inexhaustible mystery of God’ (Nathan Mitchell, in Assembly: A Journal of Liturgical Theology, 2000). This is a theological way of saying that we all need mystagogical catechesis until the day we die and meet Jesus Christ face to face."
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Celebrating the Paschal Mystery: From Ash to Flame

Every moment of human life is subject to the play of multiple rhythms of time, some daily, others weekly, monthly, yearly or seasonal. Annual rhythms include the calendar year, the financial year, the school year, the sporting year and the cycle of nature’s seasons. For Christian believers, there’s another, more fundamental rhythm. It’s the calendar of faith, the annual cycle of feasts and seasons by which the church celebrates the mystery of Jesus Christ. The proper name for this is the ‘liturgical year’, though this expression only became current in the twentieth century. 

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Is it really Lent without catechumens and the scrutinies?

Rev. Dr Elio Capra SDB reflects on the original meaning of Lent: 'a time when God calls us into the desert so that through a process of purification and enlightenment, [so] we will once again fall in love with Christ and make him the centre of our lives. ... The process of purification and enlightenement becomes evident and alive through the celebration of the scrutinies. They are rituals celebrated during the third, fourth and fifth weeks of Lent to prepare those who are to be initiated (the elect) during the Easter Vigil (RCIA §133).'

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The Lent environment

'From the moment we hear the cry from the book of Joel on Ash Wednesday, "Now, now—it is the Lord who speaks—come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning" (Joel 2:12), we are invited to plunge into a different world, a different way of being. Cathy Jenkins writes about the "Australian colour of Lent"—a Lent that, in this part of the world, takes place amidst the changing of seasons from summer into autumn, thus encouraging an invitation to 'cultivate a Lenten spirit'. She offers insights into the colours, symbols, prayers and sounds of Lent.

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