Last week, you received my weekly message on the feast day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, and this week, it comes to you on the Feast of the Assumption.
Last week Vivien Williams, Diocesan Co-ordinator of Adult Faith Formation, assembled the weekly message with contributions from Massimo Faggioli along with Sam Hill, Carmel Moore, Michael O’Connor, Paul O’Heir, Lidy Waanders and Helen Whale.
As a diocese we take seriously the requirement to provide opportunities for people’s growth in faith, and over recent weeks Teresa has been speaking about our array of visiting speakers. Building so well on our previous visitors (Cardinal John Dew and Dr James McEvoy), our most recent guest, courtesy of the Catholic Schools Office – Professor Massimo Faggioli – really fired imaginations. Co-ordinator of Adult Faith Formation, Vivien Williams, reports.
Pope Francis was not present at the Second Vatican Council, but he has absorbed its relevance and meaning for directing the Catholic Church in the modern era.
The final phrase spoken by Jesus at the end of this weekend’s Gospel reading (Mt 13:24-43) was “Listen, anyone who has ears!”
Last week the CSO RE & Spirituality Team hosted Professor Massimo Faggioli from Villa Nova Pensylvannia who addressed several diocesan groups on Vatican II and its history, relevance and impact upon society and the Catholic Church fifty years since the event.
During the past week I have accompanied members of the Diocesan Council for Ministry with Young People (DCMYP) on a road trip to three locations in our diocese. This will continue again this week with visits to three other locations.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Mt 11:28).