September has much on offer in faith and ministry formation. With spring upon us and the weather warming we can be encouraged to "step out" and nurture the new life of faith that, like the spring flowers, may be coming into bloom.
Of special mention is a workshop on 22 September by Mr Nick Wagner. This international speaker brings a wealth of experience and insight in the area of sharing and nurturing faith. This workshop will assist us connecting each of our ministries with the task of sharing faith and welcoming people into our communities. See below for more details.
Liturgy Notes is now available at www.liturgydow.org.au including music suggestions for September, Children's liturgy suggestions for August, the latest information on the Year of Mercy, and the latest updates to the Liturgy Handbook.
How do we 'BE' merciful in our parishes and neighbourhoods? Feeding the hungry, sheltering the traveller, visiting the sick, to forgive, provide comfort and prayer. These workshops, led by Deacon Peter Presdee (1/9) and Mr Sean Donovan (3/9 & 8/9) will focus upon the Corporal & Spiritual Works of Mercy and how we can lead lives of practical mercy with all whom we meet. Registration essential to Helen Bennett on 4222 2403 or email@example.com
THURSDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2016 7pm-9pm Parish Meeting Room St Columbkille's Parish (99 Princes Highway Corrimal)
SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2016 2pm-5pm Parish Hall St Paul's Parish (24 Garrett St Moss Vale)
THURSDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2016 7:30pm-9:30pm Parish Hall St John the Evangelist Parish (36 Cordeaux St Campbelltown)
What do I Hear? Effective Communication Within & Beyond Parish
Communication is critical to the success of our service to the parish and community. In this practical workshop participants will explore effective communication skills for advertising, inviting, engaging & supporting those involved and not yet involved in parish life. This is a 'stand-alone' session as part of the four week Life Giving Service – Skills for Involvement and Outreach series. Registration to Helen Bennett on 4222 2403 or firstname.lastname@example.org
TUESDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 7:30pm-9:30pm Parish Meeting Room Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish (193 St Andrews Rd Varroville)
I'm in, Now What? Encouraging & Supporting Ongoing Involvement
How do we encourage and support those within our areas of ministry so that they can give of their best in an enthusiastic and ongoing way. In this practical workshop participants will look at different ways to induct, train and care for those involved in parish life. This is a 'stand-alone' session as part of the four week Life Giving Service – Skills for Involvement and Outreach series. Registration to Helen Bennett on 4222 2403 or email@example.com
TUESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 7:30pm-9:30pm Parish Meeting Room Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish (193 St Andrews Rd Varroville)
We Did Well, Right? Renewing, Improving and Growing our Ministries
How do we know we're doing well? Answering this questions effectively enables us to improve and grow our area of service making it more effective within the parish. This session assists us with tools to review and plan for growth in our area of ministry. This is a 'stand-alone' session as part of the 4 week Life Giving Service – Skills for Involvement and Outreach series. Registration to Helen Bennett on 4222 2403 or firstname.lastname@example.org
TUESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 7:30pm-9:30pm Parish Meeting Room Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish (193 St Andrews Rd Varroville)
Exploring Ministry - St Paul's Letter to the Corinthians
We are all called to discipleship and ministry, whether in home, work, church or communities. Living out our calling comes with both highs and lows, challenges and successes. Through exploring St Paul's 2nd Letter to the Corinthians we will explore how St Paul coped with the ups and downs of his ministry, defending himself and continuing to do God's work. Lessons to learn for our own lives. Registration to Helen Bennett on 4222 2403 or email@example.com
WEDNESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2016 1pm - 3pm Parish Meeting Room St Columbkille's Parish (99 Princes Highway Corrimal)
Evangelisation & Ministry: A Liturgical Ministry Enrichment Workshop
We are all engaged in sharing faith with others. This special ministry formation event for 2016 features our International Guest Speaker Nick Wagner whom we have secured for one night only on his Australian tour. He has over 25 years experience in leading and training people in liturgical ministries. This workshop will assist us in connecting each of our ministries with the task of sharing faith and welcoming people into our communities. A special focus on how the community as a whole and those involved in specific liturgical ministries are, through the Sunday worship experience and the Rites of Initiation (children and adult), part of the task and practice of evangelisation and initiation. For further information contact Paul Mason 4222 2462 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration to Helen Bennett on 4222 2403 or email@example.com.
THURSDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2016 7:30pm-9:30pm Xavier Conference Centre (38 Harbour St Wollongong)
Integral Ecology: Responding Creatively & Practically Across Social, Economic & Environmental Arenas
Everything is connected – society, relationships, environment and economics – in an integrated whole. Pope Francis invites us to consider this deep interconnection as we strive to bring about a world where respect for human life and the environment go hand in hand. This workshop will explore these connections and through discussion and reflection we will consider some ways in which we can respond in our practical day to day lives. Registration to Helen Bennett on 4222 2403 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2016 7:30pm-9:30pm Xavier Conference Centre (38 Harbour St Wollongong)
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Children must be listened to and reports of abuse taken seriously
Authority and respect for trusted institutions in Australian society should never override reports of danger to young people, Justice Peter McClellan told the Association of Children's Welfare Agencies in Sydney this week.
He said allegations made by children must be appropriately heard and investigated, regardless of where they originate, and without institutions or their leaders being able to diminish the preparedness of adults to act.
This week the Royal Commission issued a rare statement on the question of a public hearing into the sexual abuse of children in immigration detention centres. It beggars belief that as the child abuse Royal Commission was underway, both major parties sanctioned the detention of children and young people in circumstances that were far from safe. It's hard not to see the situation on Nauru as another example of the inertia of governments to deal with glaring issues of abuse.
And speaking of inertia, the Federal Government has had the Royal Commission's final report calling for a national redress scheme since September last year, and we've heard nothing, unless you call a commitment to look at the recommendations a response.
Teachers and other education professionals will be able to develop their knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues and responses to safeguarding children and young people through a unique new course developed by the Australian Catholic University at the request of Catholic Education Melbourne being launched today.
The Royal Commission's public hearing to inquire into the response of Catholic Church authorities in the Maitland-Newcastle region to allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy and religious will now commence on Wednesday 31 August 2016.
Case Study 43 was initially scheduled to start on Monday 29 August 2016, however it has been delayed to accommodate two additional hearing days for the public hearing into the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.
RC publishes submissions to Catholic wrap-up hearing
The Royal Commission has published 44 submissions received in response to Issues Paper 11, which deals with factors which may have contributed to the occurrence of child sexual abuse in Catholic institutions and the Church's response.
The issues paper and submissions will inform the Commission's final public hearing into the Catholic Church to be held in early 2017.
The Royal Commission announced this week it has an ongoing investigation in relation to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's response to allegations of child sexual abuse in detention centres. Whether or not a public hearing is warranted has not been determined.
18 Aug 2016: Holy Name of Mary Parish presentation Hunters Hill 25 August 2016: Catholic Theological College Royal Commission seminar 29 August 2016 to 9 September 2016: Case study 43: Diocese of Maitland Newcastle hearing 12 September: Case study 44, Fr Farrell - Dioceses of Parramatta 20 Sept 2016: St Aloysius College staff development day 31 September 2016: St Vincent De Paul social justice meeting 8 November 2016: Spirituality in the Pub, Notting Hill, Victoria