Pilgrims in Grace Online Pilgrimage

Looking for a way to experience the grace of the Advent and Christmas season? Take a few minutes each week to join an online ‘pilgrimage’ through these important feasts of our faith.

Tuesday, 06 November 2012 13:25

Year of Faith

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Year-of-Faith-logo 125pxA Year of the Faith announced by Pope Bendict extends from October 11th 2012, the anniversary of the opening of Vatican II, until November 24th, 2013, The Solemity of Christ the King.

 The year links with Australian Church's Year of Grace. 

As with our ongoing faith journeys, a ‘YEAR OF FAITH’ is about ....

  • Encounter with Jesus Christ Revealer of the God of Love
  • Living Faith daily, and more deeply, in Charity and Hope, in our Prayer and Community Celebration of Liturgy
  • Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ (‘evangelisation’) to support others in finding meaning, hope and fullness of life in him.

pdf  Click to download "Pope John XXIII Address on Vatican II"
pdf click to download Church Councils and Vatican II

In the coming year, you may like to consider ways to support growth in understanding of one or more of the following -
•    Word of God in Scripture
•    Faith History & Story
•    Creed
•    Catechism
•    Vatican II Council

Click ‘Year of Faith’ Vatican homepage – Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation to visit the official site.

pdf  Click to download "A Year of Faith - Vatican II 50 years on"

Vatican II Council, 50 years on

vaticanIIcover 125pxOn 11 October 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, and the 20th anniversary of publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the worldwide Church will begin a ‘Year of Faith’, to conclude on the Solemnity of Christ the King 24 November 2013. Pope Benedict XVI announced this in an Apostolic Letter Porta fidei on 11 October 2011.

1.    THANKS:
I give thanks for the graces, benefits and good things of my day.

2.    HELP:
I ask the Holy Spirit for help to discern my day with openness.

rosary beads 125px1. Make the Sign of the Cross and pray the Apostle's Creed.
2.Pray the Our Father.
3. Pray three Hail Mary's.
4. Pray the Glory Be to the Father.
5. Announce the mystery for reflection and pray the Our Father.

Online Prayer

The following sites offer regular opportunities for being actively led through prayer forms adapted from the Church’s great spiritual traditions. The experience of being led through prayer, for about 10-15 minutes a day, using a computer or downloaded files, is increasingly popular.  You may read, listen to Scripture, music or guided reflection and gaze at inspirational or calming images, while sitting in front of a computer, or listen to downloaded MP3 or WMA files while travelling.

'Vatican II: An Event of Grace' eConference

2012-econference 125pxThe eConference on Vatican II is ahead of us, a marvellous opportunity to
-    introduce ‘younger’ generations to the Vatican II Council and ...
-    renew memory and understanding for all who lived through the significant event and the continued unfolding of its contribution to the modern world; an event which Pope Benedict XVI calls “the great grace bestowed on the Church in the twentieth century”.

A Prayer Before Meetings

We gather together in this meeting in Christ’s name,
and as servants of his kingdom,
and we remember that Jesus promised
that wherever two or more are gathered in his name,
he is in our midst.

A prayer for Young People

Lord Jesus,
I thank You for my life and for all the good qualities You have gifted me with.
I thank You for friendships, family life and for so many opportunities to grow.

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