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...

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.'

The Father's love

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Communications Office
While Father's Day for many is a time to remember the blessings of fathers and family, for many it brings to mind memories of pain. This piece explores the complex dynamics of the father-child relationship and that even when an earthy father lets us down, nothing can compare to the love our Heavenly Father has for us.  

Pastoral Care during lockdown

Tuesday 1 September 2020

Powerless. Distressed. Sad. Anxious. Uncertain. We are all growing weary of restrictions, lockdowns and safety precautions. This is especially true for those who live with us across our aged care residences. Helping them to navigate their emotions and maintain their faith at this difficult time are our dedicated pastoral care practitioners. Sr Kate Mannes, Pastoral Care Practitioner at VMCH Bundoora Aged Care Residence says residents’ feelings are swinging in multiple directions at the moment. 

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.'