Discernment papers for Plenary Council released Discernment papers for Plenary Council released

Discernment papers for Plenary Council released

Sunday 31 May 2020

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB says the six discernment papers for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia signify the latest milestone as the Church considers its present circumstances and discerns its future.Six Discernment and Writing Groups, one each for the six national themes for discernment that emerged from the Council’s Listening and Dialogue phase, were tasked with writing papers to bring some major themes and issues into focus.“The papers are the fruits of communal discernment. The aim of the discernment process was to...

The first gift at Pentecost

Sunday 31 May 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
Homily: Pentecost (Year A) 
Here’s a question to ask yourself: What did the Holy Spirit give as the first gift to the disciples at Pentecost? We might be tempted to focus on how the Spirit was experienced by the disciples: we hear of the wind; we are told of the fire; we learn that the disciples experience a fullness of the Holy Spirit. But notice that none of these are what the disciples received as a gift to have as their own; these are, rather, manifestations of the presence of the Holy Spirit. The gift came as a result of the manifestation, and it was quite specific: “… they began to speak in foreign languages, as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.”

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.

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