As the jacaranda flowers begin to drop, and the agapanthus and hydrangea dot our landscape with the colour of Advent, we journey towards Christmas.
This week I had been contemplating what I might share with you, when I came across this Prayer for our Community, in an email from Churches Together SA (South Australia). I wanted to share this with you because, continuing to be confronted by so much, we can feel paralysed, and prayer invites us into a different space of solidarity.
The Document for the Continental Stage is a working document that seeks to bring out the voices of the People of God, with their insights, their questions, their disagreements.
This week’s message comes to you from Brendon Mannyx, Manager Mission and Outreach.
Last Sunday, 6th November, was Prison Sunday. During the Year of Mercy in 2016, Pope Francis announced a Jubilee for Prisoners, and since that time the Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service has continued to encourage dioceses and parishes to mark the first Sunday in November in recognition of those in prison and those who provide pastoral support to them.
Our Diocese currently supports two full-time prison chaplains and, through them, hundreds of incarcerated people and their families every year.
From 2013 – 2016, I was privileged to serve as a sessional chaplain, attending prison one day a week. In 2015, I shared the following reflection with my parish community.
I am writing this week’s message after returning home once again, from our family on the Gold Coast. This time we went for the weekend to assist with the celebration of the 40th birthday of one of our sons-in-law.
The image I share with you this week is our diocesan World Youth Day image, The Visitation, by Sr Therese Quinn RSJ.