Information regarding Diocesan Liturgical guidelines and policies – click here
Stations of the Cross
Fr Gary Jones has kindly offered “Stations of the Cross” for use in the diocese.
Pope Challenges the Faithful to Seek to Change the World this Lent
As the Catholic Church enters the Liturgical Period of Lent today, Pope Francis’ offers his Lenten message to be people who seek to change the world this Lent. “Lent is a season of conversion, a time of freedom” during which Christians seek to rediscover God’s call and promise. Francis reminds the faithful of the “multiple forms that slavery can take including the attraction to the security of familiar things which can be to the detriment of freedom.’
Read the message here.
Watch the presentation at here.
Garratt Publishing 2024 Virtual Lent Series
Garratt Publishing presents a series of Lent talks by four Australian biblical scholars from Yarra Theological Union, a College of the University of Divinity. Each week this group of accomplished guides will work together to explore the readings for the week. These free talks will be held on Mondays February 12, 19, 26 and March 4, 11 , 18 from 7.00pm – 8.00pm AEDT via zoom meeting. Online registration is essential here.
Speaking to us from their own area of expertise will be:
• Prof Mary Coloe PBVM
• Dr Mary Reaburn NDS
• Dr Chris Monaghan CP
• Dr Janina Hiebel
Garratt Publishing Lent Calendar 2024
This year, the Garratt Publishing Lent Calendar 2024 is taking you on The Hildegard of Bingen Pilgrimage Trail. Hildegard (c1098–1179), who lived her entire life in the area now known as the Rhineland-Palatine region of Germany, is probably the most famous person from the Middle Ages. The 135-kilometre pilgrimage takes you through the land on which Hildegard lived. The Hildegard of Bingen Pilgrimage Book by Annette Esser has been used to help create the calendar. Each day also includes a brief reflection selected from one of our popular Lenten titles. Download the calendar here.
Majellan Media: Prayer is Life Podcast
Fr David Hore CSsR reflects on the profound significance of prayer during the Lenten season and unpacks Lent as a spiritual retreat, a time for self-examination and growth, mirroring the yearly spring cleaning of our homes but with a focus on our inner selves. Listen to the podcast here.
Laudato Si’ Lent
This resource explores themes such as action, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, inviting a response from participants to live this special liturgical season by reading and reflecting on the content of a Lenten calendar, and reconciling their relationship with Earth through concrete actions according to the regional campaigns. To access this resource, participants need to subscribe/register here, which is free.
How to Find Time in Your Day for Lent
A reflection from Loyola Press could be used in a group discussion or for individual reflection. Possible questions for discussion/reflection:
• What is the best part of this reflection for you?
• How/Why does this reflection speak to you?
• If you had the chance, what questions would you ask the author of this reflection?
• I wonder if you wrote a reflection about Lent what would you consider important to include?
• For you, what are the challenges in this reflection?
• How is this a hope filled document?
The Cry from the Cross
A resource that is produced from the Jesuits in Britain. Each week during Lent a session will be released on Mondays.
Sandhurst Diocese Lent Leaflets
Every year, at the start of Lent, the Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst publishes a series of prayer and reflection guides for each week of lent. This year, the Sandhurst Diocese Lent Leaflets invite reflection on Pope Francis’ ‘Our Father: Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer’, in this the Worldwide Year of Prayer’. The leaflets aim to guide and facilitate individual or small group reflection, discussion and prayer.
The Centre for Liturgy (Australian Catholic University)
The ACU Centre for Liturgy provides specialist expertise, teaching, research and formation in liturgical studies, sacramental theology, and the sacred arts. Officially endorsed by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, they offer formative education at every level from training programs for parish ministers through to doctoral degrees for higher degree research students. Programs are tailored to meet the training and formation needs of individual parishes and schools, Catholic education offices, and dioceses in urban and rural locations throughout Australia and the region. We provide workshops, seminars, short-courses and online educational opportunities in liturgy, sacramental theology, and the sacred arts. Click here for more information.
Xavier Society for the Blind
Xavier Society for the Blind has been providing free braille and audio materials to blind and visually impaired Catholics worldwide since 1900. Although an overseas organisation, the society serves many people in Australia and hopes to reach many more people in need of accessible materials. There are hundreds of books available in braille and audio and serve clients of all ages worldwide. One of the biggest lines of service is the Mass Propers – the readings, prayers, and responses to the Mass on Sundays and special Feast days (basically the Missalette). These are available in braille, audio, and large print. For more information go their website.
Liturgy Brisbane online liturgical formation & training courses
The Diocesan Liturgical Commission recommends the following online courses offered by Liturgy Brisbane:
- Ministers of the Word (Readers) (180 mins);
- Lay Ministers of Communion Course (150 mins);
- Combined Course: Ministers of Word & Communion (240 mins);
- Music Ministry in the Liturgy (180 mins)
Lay liturgical ministers can now access quality online training and learn at their own pace, in their own homes, at times that suit them. No need to wait for a scheduled zoom meeting or face-to-face course – new volunteers can begin training immediately. Courses can be completed over multiple sessions – participants stop at any time and pick up where they left off. Each fully online course contains short videos, readings, quizzes and course notes. Content includes an introduction to liturgical ministry and an overview of ministries and the Mass, followed by specific training for each ministry. This short video provides more information. Purchase a voucher bundle and distribute to ministers for course access. To purchase vouchers and for more information visit the Liturgy Brisbane website.
Liturgy Resource for Schools
Together at One Altar website, developed by the National Catholic Education Commission, is a resource for school aged children in years F-12 in Australia to develop their formation in the Eucharist and assist their full, active and conscious participation in the Eucharist. Click here to go to the website.
Catholic Worship Book II
The new Catholic Worship Book II will be the official liturgical music resource for the Catholic Church in Australia. Click here for more information.
Mass Planning Resources
- St Paul’s Missal available from St Paul’s Publications.
- Ordo available from Liturgy Brisbane.
- Weekly Prayers of the Faithful: Australian Catholics; Archdiocese of Adelaide
Praying with Children
Praying with Children” from Brisbane Liturgy is designed not only for Children’s Liturgy of the Word celebrated at Sunday Mass in the parish but also for families with young children to use at home. Schools can also use each week’s resources to explore the coming Sunday’s gospel at school. Each week’s resource includes an extract from the Sunday gospel in the Children’s Lectionary translation, along with some reflection questions, music for gathering, psalm and gospel acclamation, family activities, a short video to watch and a worksheet for children.provide an online resource for parishes, schools and families which provides a Children’s Liturgy of the Word for Sundays. More information available here.
Audio Prayer Resource for Children and Families
An audio resource called ‘Time With Jesus’ (TWJ) is a collection of short five minute meditations that take children (and adults) on an adventure through 13 popular New Testament bible stories to meet Jesus and speak with Him. For a free sample meditation, tips on how to use the TWJ resource in families and children’s ministries and to make a purchase visit www.beheldmedia.com, www.parousiamedia.com. TWJ is available on CD or mp3 format and is a joint production of Beheld Media and Parousia.
Thank God for Mass!
Just as lockdown begins to ease and Churches open for prayer and the celebration of Mass, Sue Ellis has produced an interactive book that will help every family, school and church to inspire children to enjoy the many aspects of this key event in the life of every Catholic. Click here for flyer.
A free resource from the Diocese of Wollongong for Parish Prayer & Discussions groups. Click here for more details.
Liturgy Brisbane have produced a resource called LabOra Marriage – a program designed to help couples, parishes and priests prepare Catholic wedding liturgies quickly, accurately and simply! Click here to go to the Liturgy Brisbane website.
Sharing the Word
Sharing the Word is a free E-Library of educational resources for Catholic Ministry. Sharing the Word is an ongoing project of Catholic Mission Australia and includes full texts of over 8000 open source ebooks, periodicals, podcasts and church documents. It is free and available here.
Bread 4 Today
Bread 4 Today provides access to daily prayers for reflection and meditation whenever you can spare a moment during the day. The prayer archive allows users to search past entries by category so that they can reflect on prayers that match their frame of mind. Its categories include: Courage, A just world, Relationships, Hope, Hard Times, Faith, Forgiveness and special intensions (calendar days of prayer and reflection). All prayers can be shared via social media with a tap of the screen, thanks to its integrated social media capabilities.
A prayer APP for life – it will serve as a free, accessible meditation aid which people can use to come closer to God and effect positive change in their lives and their community. Please click here for further information. Bread 4 Today is available on both Google Play and the App Store.