Every human person is a being of immeasurable dignity because each is created in the image and likeness of God, with a spiritual and immortal soul (or spirit), intelligence and free will.

“I came that they may have life and have it to the full”  [John 10:10]

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The ministry of Adult Faith Education in the Diocese of Sandhurst responds to the Church’s expressed need for programs and resources to support Faith Education, Spiritual Formation and Ministry Skills Training, recognising that all the baptized are called to share Christ’s mission in the Church for the world:

 “We will be learning communities providing diverse, flexible and accessible opportunities for adults across the diocese to explore scripture, Vatican II, theology, Catholic social teaching, and a spirituality which connects prayer, faith, life, culture and mission.” [Sandhurst Diocese Pastoral Plan 2005, Goal 5]

“…spiritual formation ought to occupy a privileged place in a person's life. Everyone is called to grow continually in intimate union with Jesus Christ in conformity with the Father’s will, in devotion to others in charity and justice. ..” [Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II, Christifidelis Laici, 1988,  par 60] .

“As sharers in the role of Christ as priest, prophet, and king, the laity have their work cut out for them in the life and activity of the Church. Their activity is so necessary within the Church communities that without it the apostolate of the pastors is often unable to achieve its full effectiveness.”(cf. 1 Cor. 16:17-18)”
[Vatican II, Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, 1965, par 10].

Adult Faith Education Sandhurst pages: Catholic Faith & Life, Scripture, Prayer & Spirituality -
Nihil Obstat: Fr Andrew Fewings, MA PP, Censor Deputatus,
Imprimatur: + Leslie R Tomlinson DD, Bishop of Sandhurst, 7th August 2012

Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:24

MISSION and MINISTRY

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•    Catherine of Siena InstituteClick to visit Choose CSI Library link.
•    The Catholic Church in Australia - Australian Catholic Bishops Conference  Click to visit

Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:14

THEOLOGY

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The Creed: Click to visit A series of short videos presented by the Oblate communities and Oblatemedia.
Theological Library, Spring Hill Jesuit College, Texas US: Click to visit  Articles on theological topics available online.
Theological Library, College of St Benedict, St John’s University School of Theology, Minnesota US: Click to visit

JOURNALS OF THEOLOGY

Compass Review of Topical Theology Click to visit Articles on many topics are available from this journal published by the Australian Province of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.
Pacifica Click to visit  Australian journal of Theology
The Tablet Click to visit Catholic news journal from Britain.
Australian eJournal of Theology Click to visit

THE VATICAN

•    Follow links to the Vatican Museum and Archives: Click to visit
•    A virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel  Click to visit  
•    Christusrex gives access to Vatican documents on numerous topics.  Click to visit

CHURCH HISTORY

•    The Australian Catholic University - Centre for Early Christian Studies: Click to visit Select ‘Publications’ to learn more about Church History.
•    Yale University: Click to visit Follow the links for Ad Hoc: Resources for Teaching and Research relating to the History of Christianity
•    US Catholic: Click to visit Articles on many topics relating to faith and life.

SAINTS FOR 2010

•    Mary MacKillop (Canonization October  17 2010):  Click to visit  A great site to explore the story of Mary MacKillop, under headings ; Beginnings, Growth, Challenges, Influences & Legacy.  Includes a Timeline and information relating to pilgrimage and the canonization.
•    John Henry Cardinal Newman (Beatification September  19  2010):The National Centre for Newman Studies Click to visit Stories, writings, news and events.

Sermons 4 Kids Click to visit This site offers reflections on Scripture stories, forums and activities such as colouring in sheets, suited to children of various ages.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:56

THE BIBLE

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Recently, the Sandpiper presented the first of a short series of articles on internet resources for Faith Education and Prayer.  Many readers will recognize the difficulties involved in finding resources via the ‘web’ which are theologically sound. In this article, consideration is given to Bible Study resources. 

CathNews  Daily eNews Journal offering Australian and overseas news, movie reviews, featured website, and positions vacant produced by Church Resources with links to daily prayer and podcasts Click to visit

Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:43

PRAYER

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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.

PRAY AS YOU GO    Click to visit
Produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives (UK), this site offers you daily prayer for listening at the computer, or via MP3 or WMA.  The Church’s Scripture Readings for each day are the basis for prayer and reflection which also includes quiet time, supported by peaceful traditional or contemporary music.  Also provided are; Prayer exercises to help prepare for the day, a four minute breathing exercise and body exercises to assist calm and readiness for prayer and an eight minute prayerful review at the end of the day.

PRAY ONLINE        Click to visit
This site offers a variety of options for prayer, based on the Scripture readings for each day onscreen, and available for MP3, podcast. The site provides prayer for adults, plus prayer links for use with children in schools.

SACRED SPACE        Click to visit
Produced by the Irish Jesuits, this site invites you to “make a 'Sacred Space' in your day, and spend ten minutes, praying here and now, as you sit at your computer, with the help of on-screen guidance and scripture chosen specially every day.” Beautiful photographic images accompany a gentle progression from one part of the prayer to another.

TAIZE            Click to visit
For decades, the ecumenical French Taize Christian community has drawn thousands of people, especially young adults, from all around the world to join in prayer and catechesis. Taize chants for Christian prayer are also well known.  ‘Taize’ prayer groups are continually active in many parts of the world.
The ‘Prayer and Song’ link on the Taize home page, English language link, provides resources for prayer, including MP3,  podcasts and reflections on topics such as; preparing a time of prayer, preparing a welcoming space for meditative prayer, meditative singing, the value of silence, icons in worship.

Creighton University Online Ministries     Click to visit
Resources attached to this site, drawn from the Ignatian tradition. Include daily reflections and prayer guides, online retreats, resources and information for prayer, and much more.

Ignatian Spirituality – Resources from Loyola Press Click to visit

The World Community of Christian Meditation    Click to visit   Website for a worldwide community of people committed to a form of meditation which owes much to the Benedictine traditions. Fr John Main and Fr Laurence Freeman are well known teachers of meditation in this tradition.

Christian Meditation Australia Click to visit   Australian website for the community committed to meditation, which draws upon Benedictine traditions. Well known teachers include; Fr John Main and Fr Laurence Freeman and others.

Online Resources and Links for Prayer, eJournals, Faith Education and Ministry

The internet offers a seemingly limitless supply of resources and information. Anyone with skills can add to it.  Many sites offer resources for faith education and prayer.  It can be difficult to decide which may offer trustworthy resources based on a sound theology and approaches to spirituality consistent with authentic Catholic tradition and teaching.

How do I locate trustworthy internet sites?
As a general rule, if you are unsure, it is good to look for ‘links’ attached to reliable websites such as those for; Catholic Dioceses or Archdioceses, diocesan Catholic Education Offices, Catholic Universities, Theological Institutes and Libraries, recognised Spirituality and Retreat Centres.  Many religious orders also offer resources for faith education or prayer attached to their websites.

Contemplation may be described as simply resting in God’s presence. Some see it as a way of ‘looking’ at God and listening with the heart. We do not have to ‘do’ much in this form of prayer.

Items of Interest

Psalms and readings from the Liturgy of the Hours, and Mass readings.

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