From Pentecost 2012, the Bishops of Australia have invited all Catholics throughout the country to join with them in a 'Year of Grace'. This Year is an invitation for the entire Church community in Australia – bishops, priests, religious and lay faithful – to 'start afresh from Christ'. But if we are to embrace well this special time, it might be helpful to take a little time to reflect
Welcome to the June edition of "Liturgy Notes", the liturgy and music section of the Faith & Life e-newsletter. This month sees the announcement of PSALMIST, a new music ministry development program for the Diocese. Also there are details of the upcoming liturgy training and music workshops, a review of one of the Ordinary Time seasonal psalms, as well as our regular section on recommended music selections for upcoming Sunday Masses.
For anyone engaged in ministry with young people today, there is no escaping the world of social networking. It has its joys and pitfalls but there is no doubt it is here to stay, so love it or hate it we have to embrace it. Fr Chris Ryan reflected on this in his recent blog entitled, "What Would Thomas Merton Have Thought of Facebook? On Being Unplugged in a Digital Age."
A Year of Grace for Catechists and the Children that we Teach
One of the most rewarding features of my work as Director of CCD involves engaging with Catechists of our Diocese who are just so passionate about their work. Each training day or Parish meeting that I am able to attend allows me to hear unique personal stories from Catechists who love working with kids in State Schools and helping to make the Person of Jesus better known and loved.
Supporting our Children - Dr Michael Carr-Gregg in the Diocese
CatholicCare is bringing Dr Michael Carr-Gregg to the Wollongong Diocese on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 June. Dr Michael Carr-Gregg appearing by arrangement with Saxton Speakers Bureau (Sydney) will be presenting topics relevant to families and professionals in our community.
Ten Questions With...
Fr Tony Daly PP Parish Priest, St Thomas More Parish, Ruse and Diocesan Chaplain to the Aboriginal Community and the Diocesan Council of the St Vincent De Paul Society
RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the sharing of our faith with people who are looking for a faith to follow. The church encourages this Rite as the way of bringing people into our community. It is a Rite that takes as long as it takes. Within the main Rite there are various liturgies to mark progress. The Rite is aimed at Baptism or Reception into the Church.
Regularly remind students that our faith is a living relationship with God. Like all our relationships, this requires communication to remain healthy. Our communication with God is what we call 'prayer.'
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