We congratulate Selva Anthony and Sophi and Peter and Rosy Vyverberg on their wedding anniversary today. We pray blessings on them.

On 18 July 2022 (10-11:30am AEST) the ACU Centre for Liturgy will host the Rev Dr Paul Turner (Director of the Office of Divine Worship for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph) who will give an online public lecture (via Zoom) entitled “Celebrating Catholic funerals in the face of secularism, COVID and other challenges”. Over the past several decades, the Catholic Church’s Order of Christian Funerals has not changed, but the culture surrounding funerals has. People are thinking differently about cremation, the timing of the funeral, the nature of the service, the location of the funeral, and the final disposition of remains. This presentation will review key points from the funeral tradition and engage ways to make it more meaningful. To register, please go to www.acu.edu.au/publiclectureCfL

More information about this lecture, including a flyer which can be downloaded and shared with interested staff and parishioners if you wish, can be found on our News, Resources and Events page here. Registration to attend can be done by following this link.

Last Sunday, we celebrated a significant milestone in the history of the Catholic Church in Melbourne: the 175th anniversary of its establishment as a diocese!

At St Patrick’s Cathedral, a special Mass brought people together from across the Archdiocese, and during the homily Archbishop Peter A Comensoli reflected on the ways in which we have, over this time, truly become ‘a family of families’, with so many histories and peoples present to celebrate.

That evening, the celebrations continued at St Paul’s Cathedral as members of the Anglican and Catholic communities participated together in a Choral Evensong to mark the 175th anniversary of both dioceses and a shared history as the people of God in Melbourne.

We have much to be thankful for as an archdiocese. We can also be grateful for our first bishop, James Alipius Goold, who invested the sudden, gold-derived prosperity of his diocese in the future, allowing us to enjoy a cultural patrimony we wouldn’t have without his visionary contribution to the building of Melbourne. We continue our look at the ‘Goold rush’ and the interesting approach of Goold and others to being missionaries in colonial Australia.

On 3 July—this Sunday!—the Second Assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia will commence. It is an exciting time for the Church, an opportunity to discern together where the Holy Spirit is leading us. This week, we’ve put together a brief refresher on the significance of this assembly, what will be taking place and why it’s important to pray for all those involved.

St Thomas the apostle is also traditionally celebrated on 3 July, and Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ reflects on Thomas’ story of learning to trust.

Last Saturday also marked the conclusion of the 10th World Meeting of Families. During the homily of the closing Mass, Pope Francis reflected on the beauty of the family as an important institution for society and the Church.

As of 3 July 2022, the Second Assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia will commence in Sydney, ending on 9 July. This marks the final assembly of the Council, the conclusion of a four-year journey of collective discernment around the theme: ‘Listen to what the Spirit is saying.’

Last year, we heard from Plenary Members from Melbourne, listening to their thoughts and experiences before and during this exciting event. We also heard from important Plenary periti, theological experts and advisors whose role is to be a voice of clarity amidst the discussions.

As Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli noted at the beginning of last year’s deliberations, the purpose of the Council is to ‘reveal the face of Christ’ in our own time and place:

We are the people Christ now calls to go out into the depths of missionary endeavour, there to find a catch, but also to be caught ourselves.

Shifting gears

The Second Assembly moves the Council into a more practical mode. The First Assembly was a mixture of online and in-person; some COVID complications notwithstanding, the Second Assembly will mostly be in-person.

Early in June, the Framework for Motions was published, a document that will guide the deliberations this time around. The document outlines eight key areas with practical motions that will be voted on in Sydney. The areas are:

  1. Reconciliation: Healing Wounds, Receiving Gifts
  2. Choosing Repentance – Seeking Healing
  3. Called by Christ – Sent Forth as Missionary Disciples
  4. Witnessing to the Equal Dignity of Men and Women
  5. Communion in Grace: Sacrament to the World
  6. Formation and Leadership for Mission and Ministry
  7. At the Service of Communion, Participation, and Mission: Governance
  8. Integral Ecology and Conversion for the Sake of our Common Home

The breadth of issues on the table is a sign of the holistic approach being taken to the crises currently facing the Church.

There are thirty motions in total, and they will be voted on in two rounds. On each of the first four days of the Assembly there will be a ‘consultative vote’ on the motions across two of the sections named above. Members who aren’t bishops have a consultative vote. Then, on the following morning, the bishops will cast a ‘deliberative vote’ on the same motions that will either affirm or reject the consultative one. The results of the deliberative vote are binding.

The motions are available for you to read online. They include a diversity of proposals, some of them broad, focussing on longer-term plans, and some of them more specific.

Among the many issues the Council seeks to address is the call to discipleship that springs from our baptismal identity, a call that needs awakening in every baptised person. The Framework for Motions says:

Each of us is called by our Baptism to be a missionary disciple, hearing and responding to God’s invitation to follow Jesus Christ with joy. As a people anointed with the oil of gladness, all the baptised share in Christ’s three-fold office that is priestly, prophetic and royal (Lumen Gentium 31). In this way, the Church proclaims that ‘the kingdom of heaven is at hand’ (Matt 10:17) and embodies the in-breaking reign of God that transforms human history.

Towards renewal

As we noted in last year’s guide to the Plenary, the motions that are passed at this assembly, once they have been sent to Rome for approval by Pope Francis, will be enacted and become binding on the Church in Australia. This is why the Second Assembly is so vitally important: the motions implemented will be, God willing, the Catholic Church in Australia’s first major and collective step on the road to renewal.

In its introduction, the Framework for Motions notes the growing ‘awareness that the Catholic community in this country is facing a time of both crisis and hope’ (§8). It is because of this crisis the Plenary Council emerged. It is into this crisis the Council wants to breathe new hope. During the coming week, we invite you to pray for the Plenary Members and for the bishops, that God’s will be done and the Church in Australia can enter a new springtime.

Each day, the Masses will be livestreamed through the Plenary Council’s YouTube Channel, as will the opening sessions. You can access the livestreaming schedule here. You can also stay up-to-date with Plenary coverage by visiting the Council’s news page here.

Funeral Notice

Announcing the passing of Raoul Gerard Monty. the funeral service will in in our church on Thursday 7th July at 10.30 am.

Please pray for the family members

Jim has been a long time parishioner and now he joins with his family up in Queensland, we wish him all the best.

Last Sunday we had a small celebration with coffee and tea. Jim was so happy and said “Keep doing what you do”.


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