Do you have a passion for liturgy? Do you find yourself wondering why we do what we do in the liturgy? Do you have ideas about how liturgical celebrations might be more nourishing? Do you want to deepen your knowledge of, and participation in, the liturgy? Then this is an opportunity for you!
An event to be held in Newcastle on 17-20 May is effectively part of a response to the call of Pope Francis in his encyclical letter Laudato Si’ (2015) for ‘care for our common home’. Pope Francis wrote, “Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded.” (#13)
The celebration of ANZAC Day enables all of us to remember not only the courageous actions of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) who fought in the battle of Gallipoli but also to honour those who died on the shores of Gallipoli on that fateful day - on 25 April 1915.
In the past, I have sometimes at Easter written as a Christian to Christians, sometimes to the broader community. On the latter occasions, I’ve tried to find meanings in the Easter celebration for those who don’t believe in Christ, such as the value in coming together as families, celebrating hopefulness in a generalised sort of way or even just taking the opportunity for refreshment that a few days off can afford us. This year, looking around at our nation, I feel I have to try to speak to the community about what the Christians are on about at Easter, what it means to us.