Welcome to the May edition of "Liturgy Notes", the liturgy and music section of the Faith & Life E-Newsletter. This month contains an update on the upcoming music workshops, a review of the Ascension seasonal psalm, as well as our regular section on recommended music selections for upcoming Sunday Masses. It also contains two recommended liturgies for the launch of the Year of Grace.
A parish priest was inviting people to share their gifts in the parish. One parishioner said: "Father, I really have no gifts. I can't read or sing and I'm shy, so I don't like standing up in front of people." The priest asked, "What do you like to do, what gives you joy and energy?" The parishioner replied, "I love baking and feel great pleasure in cooking for others." The priest said, "We've just started working with a local homeless shelter. How about sharing your gifts with us in that way?"
The word is out! Hundreds of young students in Catholic Primary Schools are joining Mini Vinnies! Mini Vinnies is the name given to a group of primary school students who get together to help those in need within their school and the local community. Mini Vinnies introduces students to social justice issues, to the St Vincent de Paul Society and to living faith through action.
The English writer C. S. Lewis described his conversion to Christianity as being "surprised by joy." Lewis had a very particular understanding of joy, which he carefully distinguished from both happiness and pleasure. Joy comes with the satisfaction of our deepest desires. Joy is what we long for always and rarely find.
Catholic Schools Week (CSW), 29 April – 5 May , is a wonderful celebration of Catholic Education involving all our Catholic parish primary and secondary schools throughout the Diocese. This years' theme is Faith in Every Student.
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National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week occur at the end of this month. They are important times for commemoration, recognition and action. In our Diocese we celebrate the gift of a number of Indigenous and Aboriginal Communities.
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As you might know, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is presenting the Australian Catholic Media Congress (Communicating the Word: Timeless Messages, New Media) in Sydney for three days from the end of April. This is a broad overview of the changing landscape of social media now, from Twitter to Facebook, Pinterest to LinkdeIn.
Keynote speaker for the Congress is Mons Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Vatican's Council for Social Communications.
It promises to be a comprehensive overview of this apparently complicated subject. But not too many of us have three days in our schedules to devote to the subject – no matter how much we would like to know about it.
And we in the Church seem particularly to want to know about it. During the course of my interactions with many in the church, I have often been asked about social media, what it is, what it means, how to manage it. We are all a bit in the dark, I feel, about how social media can serve mission.
So, Church Resources, through our flagship, faith-based publication, CathNews, is presenting Mons Tighe in an umbrella event – New Media, New Paradigms: Church Communications in a Digital Age – which will be held on May 3 at Riverview in Sydney from 7.30 pm.
To view the invitation to this free public lecture Click here. It explains the event, and also includes a click-through to enable you to register for tickets. I do hope you can join us, for an insight into the new media in the new world of social communications.
Apologies for the very Sydney-centric nature of the event, but Mons Tighe's schedule was both short and packed. However, I encourage you to circulate the invitation to your friends and subscribing to the event as indicated. I look forward to welcoming you, and them, on May 3 at Riverview.
Our Diocesan Pastoral Plan, Bearers of Christ's Love , calls for the re-establishment of the Diocesan Pastoral Council. The Diocesan Pastoral Council considers the pastoral questions of our day and makes appropriate recommendations to the Bishop.
It acts as a significant form of collaborative dialogue and discernment in service of the pastoral needs of the Diocese.
Bishop Peter Ingham is now calling on people to nominate for the Council. These nominations include a questionnaire offering a reflective process to detail the gifts and experience that the nominee would bring to the Council. Interested applicants will need to be endorsed by the priest in their parish of worship and send in their nomination before the end of April . Then, at the beginning of May, Bishop Peter will appoint the final Council from nominations received.