Getting ready for Advent

With Advent 2021 starting on 28 November, we want to let you know about the various ways you can get involved!

Encountering the Mystery of God: An invitation to become a mystagogue!

During November we invite anyone who is interested to ‘have a go’ at mystagogical reflection. We hope this experience will introduce you to a different form of prayer that will become part of your faith life.

This is an opportunity to become familiar with mystagogical reflection ahead of Advent, particularly for anyone who would like to gather and guide an Advent group. Our diocesan Advent Reflection Resource Waiting with Purpose invites us to reflect mystagogically on the Advent gospels.

You can register for one, two or weekly reflection opportunities.

  • Week 1 - Mon 1 Nov, 10–11.30 AM | Thu 4 Nov, 4–5.30 PM
  • Week 2 - Mon 8 Nov, 10–11.30 AM | Thu 11 Nov, 4–5.30 PM
  • Week 3 - Mon 15 Nov, 10–11.30 AM | Thu 18 Nov, 4–5.30 PM
  • Week 4 - Mon 22 Nov, 10–11.30 AM | Thu 25 Nov, 4–5.30 PM

Zoom link and resources (Sunday Readings and an outline of the process of Mystagogical Reflection) are available upon registration.

View an introduction to Mystagogical Reflection: Encountering the Mystery of God … Living from Christ.

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Diocesan Advent Reflection: Waiting with Purpose

As we continue our Synodal journey, an Advent resource Waiting with Purpose has been created for our Diocese. Waiting with Purpose responds to the voices heard during Synod reflections of longing for different forms of prayer that include faith sharing. Waiting with Purpose invites us to use Mystagogical Reflection as our way of encountering Christ in the Advent gospels. It invites us to focus on the presence of Christ in our experience and in the living tradition of our faith, to connect it to life now and to be changed by it.

Mystagogical reflection meets us where we are. No preparation is needed. It’s about being open to encountering Christ so we can live from Christ. It’s deeply personal and communal.

During Advent, our hope is that anyone and everyone will gather a circle of people to reflect on the Advent gospels using Waiting with Purpose, our diocesan Advent Reflection Resource.  

Parishes and schools may like to schedule some gatherings to capture those who are not able to form a group. Pastoral Ministries will host four such opportunities across each week of Advent

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