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Priests from around the Archdiocese are preparing “Two Minute
Homilies” and uploading them on social media platforms on a weekly
basis now. To view or listen to a podcast please visit http:// brisbanecatholic.org.au/multimedia/two-minute-homilies/ at your
BREAK OPEN THE WORD is a book for
all Catholics to prepare for the
weekend’s Mass. It is especially important for
ALL Readers! In it you have two versions of
the readings at Mass and also simple
explanations of the readings. For Readers,
there is the added advantage of suggestions
on how to read the passage and also how to
pronounce those difficult words. Order your
copy on the form near the main door of the
church. RRP is $24 – we can sell it for $20.
Please Order no later than THIS Sunday
(25th). Any orders received after this date will be at the RRP $24.
SOCIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY - 25th September
We celebrate Social Justice Sunday on 25 September. This
year, the Australian Bishops’ Social Justice Statement is titled: ‘A Place
at the Table: Social justice in an aging society’.
The Statement celebrates the value and dignity of older people in
Australian life. It challenges us to recognise their significant
contribution to society and emphasises that this contribution should not
be valued in mere economic terms. The statement calls for justice for
those who are most vulnerable and warns about a view of older people
as burdensome or dispensable.
For further details about the Social Justice Statement, visit the
Australian Catholic Social justice Council website
(www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au) or call (02) 8306 3499.
THE LIVING BIBLICALLY FORMATION SERIES continues with Archbishop
Mark Coleridge focusing on the Year of Mercy.
Dates: 19 October – Mercy in the Letters of Paul (7:00pm to
8:30pm). Venue: Hanly Room, Francis Rush Centre, 277 Elizabeth Street,
Brisbane. Parking: Cathedral Car park open from 6pm (entrance via Charlotte
THE 2016 NATIONAL CHURCH LIFE SURVEY
The 2016 National Church
Life Survey is about the LIFE
of the Australian Church: the lives
and hopes of people who attend
churches all around the country.
It is about the lives of leaders and how they can be effective and
sustainable. It is about the life and times of Australians, how they
approach matters of faith and how churches and communities can
The 2016 National Church Life Survey (2016 NCLS) will take place in
October and November 2016, continuing the largest longitudinal survey
of local church life in the world. Conducted by NCLS Research,
partnering with more than 20
Christian denominations across
Australia, it is expected that the 2016
NCLS will, once again, involve
hundreds of thousands of church
attenders and leaders.
The survey identifies core qualities of
vitality so churches can build on
strengths, to more effectively
steward the gifts and skills of their people. The 2016 NCLS is
expected to include 400 000 attenders, 3000+ Churches and 7000
This year our Stafford Parish has been invited to participate in
the National Church life Survey and the Australian Catholic Bishops
will pay for the cost of the parish’s participation in the survey. The
Stafford Parish Pastoral Council will
administer the survey and have
decided to hold the survey over all
masses held on the weekend of the
12th and 13th of November 2016. If
you would like to participate in this
survey all you need to do is attend a
regular mass held over that weekend. A survey form will be
distributed during mass and you will have time to complete the
survey (approximately 20 minutes) and return it before the end of
mass. Please see the newsletter for more information about the survey.