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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A Space for Grace

Each Sunday of the Year of Grace, parishes are asked to make a small space available in their bulletins for a brief reflection on grace, based on the readings of the day. You are invited to ponder on aspects of your own daily life in the light of God’s grace, and your own insights from Scripture, as the Holy Spirit speaks to you.
These reflections are designed by Glen Avard. 

"Reaching out to all with the Good News!” Fr Paul Murray speaks.

reaching out st mels 2012 125pxTHE Sandhurst Diocese has been blessed with a visit from two prominent Catholic priests recently, when Cardinal Rodriguez and Father Paul Murray OP spent two days in the Diocese visiting and meeting with priests, school students, teachers, the youth ministry reference group, Caritas and Justice representatives and parishioners.