LITURGY MATTERS: Connecting through Spirit and Song

Last month we invited readers to consider attending the 4th National Conference of the Australian Pastoral Musicians Network (APMN) which will run from 1-3 October 2019 at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) in Melbourne.

This conference is not to be missed. It is a great example of the intrinsic connection between all things. It feels like the Holy Spirit is moving and shaking our Australian Church, drawing together a number of threads that lead to and from the conference.

Titled ‘Listen to the Spirit and sing’ the conference theme reflects the 2020 Plenary Council’s urging to listen to what the Spirit is saying and discover how God is calling us to be a Christ-centred Church.

Scanning the extensive range of APMN conference workshops, I’m delighted to see a number of conference speakers with a connection to local learning opportunities in our diocese.

  • LiturgyHelp, platinum sponsor of the 2019 APMN Conference, is a comprehensive online resource for liturgy planning available to each of our schools and parishes. CEO, Patrick Nisbet, recently visited our diocese to introduce the new version of LiturgyHelp. If you missed his July visit you might catch his breakout session on day one of the conference.
  • Diana Macalintal, a keynote conference presenter, is co-founder of TeamRCIA who will visit our diocese in October to work with us on fanning the flame of Christian Initiation in the Church of Maitland-Newcastle. This is a great opportunity for all in sacramental ministry within our schools and parishes. Click here for date claimer.
  • Local and notable women of talent, Catherine Mahony and Anne Millard-Doherty, from our Sacred Heart Cathedral Choir, will each present breakout sessions on day one and day two of the APMN conference. Their bright approach and love of music are sure to delight and inform. Click here to read their conference session profiles.

All diocesan roads are leading to our participation, not only in the Plenary Council, but also our own Diocesan Synod.  This conference will inspire and enrich our participation in both, supporting us as we listen to what the Spirit is saying through the opportunities and connections that abound this year.

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Sharon Murphy

Sharon Murphy is the Administration Support Officer for the Liturgy & Adult Faith Formation Office.