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Study to look at how pandemic affects prayer Study to look at how pandemic affects prayer

Study to look at how pandemic affects prayer

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Communications OfficeHow do people’s prayer habits change during a pandemic? The COVID pandemic has affected all areas of life. But still unknown is the degree to which some areas of life has been affected, especially spiritually, given people’s inability to attend Mass, after all places of worship were closed on 23 March. A new national study from Monash University will look at trends in prayer and worship habits during lockdown. The study will explore how Catholics in Australia have responded to church closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study will also look at the...

The Ministry Hub: Meeting our youth leaders

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Proclaim: Office for Mission Renewal
'This year it has been great to be a part of a newly established online community for youth and young adult ministry leaders called 'The Ministry Hub'. The community has provided a valuable way to network with others in ministry, sharing resources, ideas and opportunities for faith formation and training in ministry skills.' Young adult minister India shares her journey and her thoughts on the vibrant state of youth ministry across Melbourne. 
'The Ministry Hub is overflowing with young people on fire and excited about continuing to build a community in Jesus Christ, offering affirmation and advice like St Paul did in his letters, strengthening our mission. With budding leaders from my young adult community, it’s been a wonderful platform to assist them in ministry formation, create new friendships, continue to develop their prayer life and strengthen them in seeing that the Church is alive and constant as ever. With Christ at the centre, there is no storm that we cannot face together.'

Read something spiritually nourishing: Message from Archbishop Comensoli

Wednesday 2 September

Communications Office

In his latest video message, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli welcomes the new season of spring as recognition of 'the hope that the Lord has for each one of us.' He also invites everyone to take up the chance to read something new: 'Make it something spiritually nourishing ... something that can bring the Gospel alive in your life.'

Building connection: Meet Auslan interpreter Teresa Paulet

Thursday 3 September 2020

Communications Office

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the John Pierce Centre (JPC), a place where deaf and hard of hearing Catholics and their families are supported and encouraged in their personal and spiritual growth. ‘The Deaf community have a unique bond through their language of Auslan, and having a space to come to at the JPC is vital for people’s sense of identity,’ says Teresa Paulet, Communications Coordinator at JPC. 'JPC is a comfortable space where people can communicate effortlessly and where others have a shared understanding of Deaf life. JPC is like a home for many and it is where their “cultural family” is.’ During this time of COVID-19, Teresa says JPC has stepped up its efforts to remain connected to members of the Deaf community. ‘We are putting lots of videos online of prayer and faith and providing interpreters at Mass,’ she says. 

This week we chat with Auslan interpreter Teresa Paulet, who works as Communications Coordinator at the John Pierce Centre.

Victorian Bishops respond to latest Voluntary Assisted Dying Report

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Communications Office 
MEDIA STATEMENT: On behalf of the Catholic Bishops in Victoria, on the release of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board
Report of Operation January – June 2020

“The latest report from the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board is not a celebration of good healthcare, but a sad story of the loss of hope and care for vulnerable people. The report is notable mostly for what it does not address: mental health, the proportion of patients who died alone, and the number of patients who were able to receive a comprehensive palliative care assessment before a VAD assessment. Despite assurances that VAD numbers would not increase significantly in its early years, the numbers presented in the report are alarming. Comparatively, it took the State of Oregon in the United States 17 years to reach the same number of deaths that Victoria has reached in its first 12 months of VAD.