The Layers of Pentecost The Layers of Pentecost

The Layers of Pentecost

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Andrew Hamilton 
Pentecost Sunday recalls the time when the Holy Spirit came down on the Church. It also continues to remind us that, both in our personal lives and society, God does not do everything at once but works in stages. As we know with children who want everything now, when we do things in stages we need to ourselves that saying please, waiting and saying thank you are essential parts of our relationship with God and with one another. As we move through our time of trial with coronavirus, this aspect of Pentecost may help us.

Back to school: Phase one

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Catholic Education Melbourne 
Students and teachers in Melbourne’s Catholic schools were reunited as the first phase of the return to classroom teaching began yesterday. Following a student-free day on Monday to prepare learning areas, primary students in Prep, Years 1 and 2, secondary students studying VCE and VCAL, and all students in specialist schools returned to face-to-face learning.

Palliative Care: Disability and dying well

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Palliative Care is not a comfortable topic for most. Though it is fair to say it’s more accepted in an aged care setting where the person has “lived a good life” and death is the next natural step. But what about children and young people with disabilities? This week is National Palliative Care Week, and an important opportunity to raise some questions in this area. 

The five systems of a fruitful parish

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Mission Team
In 1 Samuel 17, we read the story of David—young, inexperienced and seemingly ill-equipped—standing before a huge giant, Goliath. Beginning the process of changing the culture of your parish can also feel like taking on a giant. There are two possible attitudes when facing a giant. One is to say, ‘It’s too big. There’s nothing I can do.’ The other is to say, ‘It’s so big I can’t miss!’ The five-systems framework outlined here is a great way to make an effective start on the ‘giant’ of growing a more missionary and fruitful parish.