Ongoing Faith Formation for Adults and Young Adults
Faith Enrichment for groups and individuals
Parishes are encouraged to initiate Faith Formation opportunities and events in their parish or with other parishes in their ministry area
It was daybreak and Jesus was standing on the shore John 21:4
Diocesan Lay Pastoral Ministry Program
You might like to considering some online formation study through this program. Find out more information here.
Evangelisation: Encounter, Discipleship, Mission
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has published “Evangelisation” that offers a spiritual and theological reflection on the proclamation of the Gospel through the lenses of encounter, discipleship and mission.
The Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry (BCELM) has launched a new online resource designed to enable more people to easily access formational Australian Catholic video content.
Evangelise Plus is a video resource library that will host a range of audiovisual content from various Catholic events and initiatives, bringing the material to a wider audience in an effort to inspire, form and encourage viewers in their faith life.
Many of the resources you find on this page are free and would suit small groups, with multiple or single sessions.
Free and affordable downloads are available here.
A free resource for Parish Pastoral Councils is available to download below:
The ACBC Shop has a variety of affordable books available to purchase.
The Liturgical Year begins on the first Sunday of Advent. The three-year cycle of readings is built around readings from the three synoptic Gospels—Matthew (Year A), Mark (Year B), and Luke (Year C). You can read and view more about these Gospels here.
Reflecting on Art
The Columban’s have produced another beautiful and in-depth Art Guide which gives an insightful explanation of each painting featured in the 2021 Columban Art Calendar. Click here for more information or to order.
Guest Speakers Available Free to View
- David Suchet “In the Footsteps of St Paul”
Episode 1 Episode 2
- Sr Hilda Scott OSB
“Experiencing the Joy of God” 45 mins
“Experiencing the Joy of God” (Excerpt) 14 mins
- James Martin SJ & Richard Leonard SJ “Encountering Jesus”
- Hugh Mackay & Fr David Ranson
“The Good Life: Discovering Spirit in Australia Today”
with thanks to Broken Bay Diocese
- Fr James Mallon “Divine Renovation”
- Thomas Groome “Will there be Faith”
- Laurence Freeman OSB Christain Meditation
* Balance, Integration & Spirituality 9 mins
* What is Meditation 9 mins
* The Meaning of Wholeness 25 mins
* Meditation with Fr Laurence Freeman 55 mins
- Sr Veronica Lawson includes:
* The Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor
* Areas of Concern
* An Approach to Biblical Texts
* Biblical Texts Luke
- Dennis Edwards various topics available
BALLARAT DIOCESE & NATIONAL EVENTS
Proclaim Conference 2018
The Brisbane Archdiocese hosted the national Proclaim Conference from 12-14 July. PROCLAIM 2018 focused on inspiring, equipping and encouraging parishes and Catholic communities to engage in Evangelisation and Renewal. The theme of this year’s Conference was “Make your home in me” (Jn 15:4). More info is available here.
BBI eConference: Synodality in Practice: Listening to the Spirit and Leading Change
The 14th National eConference focused on engaging communities around Australia in a landmark discussion around the future vision and direction for the Catholic Church in this country. Download the e-conference here.
ONGOING FAITH FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES
Mystery and Mission: The Art of Liturgical Celebration – September 28-30, 2023
The National Liturgy and Liturgical Music Conference was held at the Brisbane Hilton from September 28 – 30: Mystery and Mission: The Art of Liturgical Celebration. International keynote presenters were Sarah Hart, one of the leading figures in contemporary Catholic music, and Dr Timothy O’Malley, professor of liturgical-sacramental theology and academic director of the Notre Dame Centre for Liturgy (USA). These international guests were joined by acclaimed local presenters: Rev Dr Tom Elich, liturgist and Director of Liturgy Brisbane, and Dr Maeve Louise Heaney VDMF, theologian and composer. In addition to these keynote presenters, there were more than 50 workshops on offer across the three days. The full program of keynotes and workshops on available from the Conference website.
Alpha Film Series:
Several parishes in Ballarat Diocese have presented the Alpha series which has been very well received. See more of it here.
A free resource from the Diocese of Wollongong for Parish Prayer & Discussions groups. Faith Circles is the ideal post-Alpha resource for continuing to build and develop strong community and faith relationships with God and one another. Click here to download resources and sign up for more details.
Apps for Personal Prayer
- The Bible
- Readings for Mass, Order of Mass and Divine Office
- The Joy of the Gospel – Pope Francis
- Laudato Si – Pope Francis
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church
Sharing the Word eLibrary of Educational Resources for Catholic Ministry
An eLibrary of Catholic resources that has been made available with the support of Catholic Mission Australia. The initiative is called the Sharing the Word Project. The eLibrary can be accessed here.
Assoc Prof Mary Coloe PBVM
Mary Coloe PBVM is a Presentation Sister and a Scripture scholar and teacher of international repute. In the interests of adult education in Scripture Mary has developed a one page website that gives details on her books and articles. Click here for more information.
At Home with God’s People – new edition
A new version of the book At Home with God’s People – our Catholic Faith is a wonderful resource for new and refreshing Catholics and RCIA. Includes information, prayers and discussion questions on all the key topics. Click here to order or go to www.ahwgp.com
Journey Catholic Radio 94.1FM
The Journey is a weekly program developed by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong aired on a growing number of Christian Radio Stations around Australia. The Journey includes a variety of weekly inputs including Wisdom from the Abbey with Sr Hilda Scott & Bruce Downes the Catholic Guy inspires you to Dream. There are great tips for vibrant marriages, a section on Healthy Christian Living, and a segment on parenting. Each week, there is a reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. Add to that some great music and interviews with people doing amazing things right around the globe and you’ve got a show that is all about faith, hope, love and life. Listen here.
Online Scripture Resources
Fr. John McKinnon (Western Border Parish, Ballarat Diocese), provides online Gospel commentaries, Sunday and Weekday Reflections and more. Click here to access them.