With the flame of the Easter candle extinguished for the year, I slip in to the ordinary times of the Liturgical calendar, feeling renewed, bolstered by the ritual reminders of Jesus’ love and sacrifice; comforted and held by the clear sense of Church community that we experienced through the solemn ceremonies of Holy week, and the triumphant soaring of the heart on Easter Sunday. And yet a niggle persists, zapping some life out of an otherwise wonderful Season, as I am reminded that the perspective of faith presented to us is essentially all male…
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Situated within the Australian Catholic University, the ACU Centre for Liturgy aims to support and strengthen the liturgical life of the Australian Catholic Church through tertiary education, research, scholarship and pastoral formation. The ACU Centre for Liturgy has the endorsement of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
Originally, Parish Consultations and Forums resulted in the establishment of three Parish Goals, namely, Worship, Outreach and Welcome, and all leadership action and planning is based on these Goals. The Parish Ministry Team consists of the Parish Priest, Assistant Priest, Deacon and two Pastoral Associates, supported by three incredibly efficient part-time Parish Secretaries, one at each Mass Centre.
Located at the Valley of Temples, outside the Sicilian city of Agrigento, is an olive tree that is thought to be 1,000 years old. Its trunk is large, gnarled and complex. And from this entangled mass of trunk comes healthy foliage. Somehow there is an imprint of a natural memory in this tree that forces it to respond to the cycle of nature and unfold and move to the call of growth each year. In the midst of the ruins of the ancient temples, the olive tree is layered with years of responding to nature. It is a sign that life continues.