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Celebrating Sea Sunday (12 July)

Wednesday 8 July 2020

Apostleship of the Sea Australia This Sunday (12 July) is Sea Sunday, an opportunity to recognise the important work being done by seafarers across the world. The theme for this year is “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Mt 11:28) We only have to look around us, in our homes and in our work, to recognise the many commodities that are brought to our shores by cargo ships. The Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) ministry concerns itself totally with the welfare and pastoral care of seafarers who crew these ships....

Monsignor Greg Bennet appointed tenth Bishop of Sale

Saturday 27 June 2020

Communications Office

On the Feast Day of St Cyril of Alexandria, The Holy Father has announced Monsignor Gregory Charles Bennet, former Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, as the tenth Bishop of the Diocese of Sale in eastern Victoria. In accepting this appointment, Bishop-Elect Bennet said, “I am humbled by Pope Francis’ nomination of me to be the next Bishop of Sale. It is an enormous responsibility and privilege to be asked to undertake this appointment.”

You need a team to grow your dream: Structuring for impact

Thursday 18 June 2020

Mission Team

Leadership in twenty-first-century organisations, including parishes, is becoming more and more complex. Factors such as safeguarding, workplace law, declining church attendance, aging leadership and an aggressively secular culture make our traditional model of parish leadership—of the priest who lives alone, ministers alone and makes decisions alone—increasingly untenable and ineffective. This is definitely not how Jesus led. The reality is that the skill set of any one person, on its own, is inadequate. To achieve fruitful parishes, we need to work in teams.

Creativity in the Time of COVID

Wednesday 10 June 2020

Fiona Basile, Catholic Social Services Victoria

On Monday 30 March 2020, Premier Daniel Andrews announced that as of 11:59pm that evening, all Victorians must stay at home, able to leave only for four essential reasons: for food and supplies, medical care, exercise, and work or education. Since that time, more than 10 weeks have passed, and from June 1, the isolation restrictions eased a little. But what of this time, this COVID-time? Have we learnt anything as a society, or as individuals? What can we make out of this time, which is still unfolding as we continue to find our feet individually, as families and as communities of people?