Publications

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Resurrection Thinking

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."
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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."
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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.
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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."
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Blessed Ordinariness

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.

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Christmas blessings

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."
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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.


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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. 

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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."
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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."  

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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.

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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."

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