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Unlocking growth in your parish: The power of invitation Unlocking growth in your parish: The power of invitation

Unlocking growth in your parish: The power of invitation

Wednesday 9 September 2020

Proclaim: Office for Mission Renewal We all want our parishes to be healthy and growing. Pope Francis dreams of a ‘missionary impulse, capable of transforming everything’ and inspiring ‘a constant desire to go forth and … elicit a positive response from all whom Jesus summons to friendship’ (Evangelii Gaudium, §27). At the heart of this missionary impulse is a people confident and equipped to invite others into relationship with Jesus and the Church. Building a strong invitational culture is an essential element of a missionary parish. In the...

Caring for Those Facing Sickness and Death: Statement from Archbishop Comensoli

Friday 11 September 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Caring for Those Facing Sickness and Death: The seriousness and duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic has worn heavily, and stretched and challenged each and every person. On behalf of the Catholic community of Melbourne, I express my gratitude for the Premier’s confirmation this morning that ministers of religion may visit the sick and the dying in hospitals, care facilities and homes. This is a fundamental obligation of Catholic clergy to people in their time of need, and an expectation not only of our people, but for many who are struggling to be present with their loved-ones in their last days.


Building a culture of safety in our parishes

Thursday 10 September 2020

Professional Standards Unit
Across the Archdiocese, parish leadership and safeguarding teams have been working hard to implement safeguarding practices and policies that reinforce the Church's commitment to protecting children and those most vulnerable in the community. Fr Tony Doran, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ringwood, says it has required his parishioners to look at every aspect of parish life. 'What we do, how we do it, the spaces in which we do what we do. Now we know where the gaps are in our policies and procedures, so we can begin to address them. We also know where we're doing well.'

'Think laterally': Meet Auslan interpreter Janette Murphy rsj

Thursday 10 September 2020

Communications Office
For more than 20 years, Janette Murphy rsj has been an advocate and friend of the Deaf community, having worked at the John Pierce Centre as a chaplain and now as a volunteer. These days, Janette assists with the provision of Auslan during the weekly Mass livestreamed from St Patrick’s Cathedral. While she acknowledges that this time of the pandemic has been challenging, she says in some ways it’s also been a good opportunity for the needs of the Deaf community to be recognised by the mainstream.

A closer look at St Patrick’s Cathedral: Part three

Wednesday 9 September 2020

Communications Office
During lockdown, we’re already learning to adapt without many simple pleasures like going to cafés, or restaurants, or a bookshop. But also, one of the things we miss is being in and around those beautiful sacred spaces that we frequent each week for Mass. That’s why we’re running a series on spaces around the Archdiocese – particularly St Patrick’s Cathedral – that reminds people of the beauty around us in the Archdiocese, but also to inspire hope that we’ll come to these places with new appreciation once the lockdown ends. Let us pray for the triumph of Christ as we continue during lockdown and we welcome you tune in to celebrate Mass this Sunday at 11am.