Monday, 8 July 2019

The International Community Cannot Tolerate Such Grave Events,’ Pope at Angelus Appeals Following Libya Air Attack

The International Community Cannot Tolerate Such Grave Events,’ Pope at Angelus Appeals Following Libya Air Attack

Remembers Also Victims of Massacres Recently in Afghanistan, Mali, Burkina Faso & Niger
“The International Community cannot tolerate such grave events.”
Pope Francis made this appeal as he recalled a recent tragedy in the North African country of Libya that took place Tuesday, during his Sunday Angelus address today, July 7, 2019.
According to the UN, the air strikes on the Tajoura center, near the country’s capital of Tripoli, are believed to have claimed at least 53 migrants’ lives and injured another 130, reported BBC. The air strikes–Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has suggested–could constitute a war crime.
“Even though several days have passed,” Francis said, “I invite you to pray for the poor helpless people killed or wounded in the air attack that struck a migrants’ detention center in Libya.”
“The International Community cannot tolerate such grave events,” the Pope appealed, noting: “I pray for the victims.”
The Holy Father prayed “the God of Peace take the deceased to Himself and sustain the wounded,” expressing his hope that “humanitarian corridors for the neediest migrants are organized in an extended and concerted way.”
Noting he also was remembering the victims of the massacres carried out recently in Afghanistan, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, Francis urged, “Let us pray together,” calling for a moment of silence.
After the dramatic appeal, Francis greeted various groups present, including the students of the Saint Ignatius School of Cleveland, in the United States.
Pope Francis’ Angelus address before the midday prayer recalled today’s Sunday Gospel according to Luke, and on our mission as Christians to proclaim the Gospel to all people. “Let us invoke,” Pope Francis prayed, “the maternal protection of Mary Most Holy, that She may sustain the Mission of Christ’s disciples everywhere; the mission to proclaim to all that God loves us, He wants to save us and calls us to form part of His Kingdom.”
The Holy Father wished everyone a good Sunday, lunch, and reminded them to pray for him.
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source: Zenit. 

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Regular Mass Times in Surfers Paradise Parish

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NATIONAL THEMES FOR DISCERNMENT OPENS NEXT PHASE FOR PLENARY COUNCIL

  MEDIA RELEASE June 9, 2019

Australian Catholic Bishop Conference |

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NATIONAL THEMES FOR DISCERNMENT OPENS NEXT PHASE FOR PLENARY COUNCIL


The Plenary Council 2020 moves into its next phase of preparation today with the announcement of the National Themes for Discernment that emerged from a historic process of listening to the voices of more than 222,000 people.

Between May 2018 and March 2019, almost 17,500 submissions, from individuals and groups of all sizes, addressed the Plenary Council’s central question: “What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?”

Over several days of listening to what the people of God said, with intense moments of prayer and discernment, the Bishops Commission for the Plenary Council and its Executive Committee, joined by the Facilitation Team, considered what people were longing for. Six National Themes for Discernment emerged. “The National Centre for Pastoral Research was able to pinpoint more than 100 recurring subject areas from those 17,500 submissions,” said Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, president of the Plenary Council. “In some ways, those subject areas described what one might call ‘the messy reality’ of Catholic life in Australia today.

The voices of the faithful help all of us to understand something of the historical experience and the current reality of the Catholic Church in Australia. “We worked to discern what people were yearning for as we move into this next stage of preparing for the Plenary Council.” Archbishop Costelloe said there was a clear desire expressed for the Church to renew herself and focus on the person of Jesus Christ. “Accordingly, the six National Themes for Discernment flow from that primary goal of being a Christ-centred community of people,” he explained.

The six National Themes for Discernment invite people to reflect, to pray and to consider how God is calling the People of God to be a Christ-centred Church in Australia that is:

• Missionary and Evangelising
• Inclusive, Participatory and Synodal
• Prayerful and Eucharistic
• Humble, Healing and Merciful
• A Joyful, Hope-Filled and Servant Community
• Open to conversion, Renewal and Reform.

Plenary Council facilitator Lana Turvey-Collins said many topics relate to one or more of the National Themes for Discernment and this next stage of preparation – “Listening and Discernment” – is a time of prayerful consideration of the “big” questions that have been raised by the faithful. --------



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“The emergence of the National Themes for Discernment is an important moment in our journey towards the Plenary Council. It is an expression of the sense of the faith from the faithful and, from this, we can proceed in our discernment of what the Spirit is saying to us in Australia,” Ms Turvey-Collins said.

Part of that progression will take place later this month, when the Australian bishops gather for a retreat prior to their Ad Limina Apostolorum visit in Rome. Archbishop Costelloe said: “We will take the opportunity to reflect carefully on the National Themes for Discernment and share our reflections and conclusions with the Plenary Council’s Facilitation Team and the Executive Committee, based on our own prayerful discernment and pastoral experience.”

Ms Turvey-Collins said those reflections and conclusions will be supplemented by a period of several months, beginning in August, when people across the country will again be asked to engage locally with the Plenary Council process. “This discernment process will involve establishing working groups for each National Theme for Discernment.

People in faith communities across Australia will also be called to participate locally in their own communal Listening and Discernment encounters,” she said. “The fruits of what is discerned during this time will shape the agenda for the first session of Plenary Council in October 2020.”

More information on the National Themes for Discernment can be found on the re-launched Plenary Council website:

www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au

Thursday, 14 March 2019

A Reflection inspired by recent turmoil in the Church

"The Priests in my Life"

By Charlotte Grossetête.
France
March 11, 2019

Like many Catholics, I have learned of the clerical sex abuse scandals that have emerged in recent years with horror and disgust.

Like many Catholics, I have suffered at how slow the Church has been in facing up to the scandal.

As a mother, I can clearly imagine the suffering of the children and the parents who have experienced such despicable behavior destroying their lives.

I feel an immense anger at these hypocritical men in Roman collars who have led double lives and betrayed the promises of their priesthood to the greatest extent possible.

They spat on the Lord that they claimed to serve.

They spat on Christ who came for the little ones, the poor, the defenseless, for "the children and those who resemble them"!

Having written and said all this with a broken heart, I would like to summarize what I, a person who has never had to deal with such evil priests, have experienced.

I was 13 in 1990 when I joined in a series of summer camps that became highlights of my adolescence and which gave direction to my life's search for the beautiful and the good.

The priests whom I met there filled me with enthusiasm, energy and hope as well as humility at the level of constant progress needed, which would be difficult to achieve over the course of one's whole life.

That's what priests meant to me in my adolescent life.

I was 19 in 1996 when in a choked voice my philosophy professor read us the testament of Father Christian de Chergé, which had been published the day before.
In the space of two pages, Father de Chergé explained everything from the meaning of a life dedicated to God, to the peace that comes even at the most difficult moments, and respect for another religion, which, properly understood, should not lead to hate.

In my youthful life in search of testimonies, that's what priests meant to me.

I was 20 in 1997 when the Paris Metro took on an exceptional allure. We sang, we laughed and chatted in a whole host of languages at World Youth Day. Nor did the feeling remain ephemeral.
Afterwards, prayer, reflection and sharing groups formed.

I got to know tremendously knowledgeable priests, who "opened up my heart to understanding the Scriptures."

They were profound, wise men of prayer, who transmitted to me the joy of combining my faith with reason.

In my student life, that's what priests meant.

I was 24 in 2001 when the chaplain at the Institute of Political Science took our group to India to help build houses in a Dalit village.
There, I got to know Father Pierre Ceyrac, who, refused a well deserved retirement. He continued to endlessly spend himself in the battle against misery to which so many priests have given and still give their lives.

That's what priests meant in my life as a young woman.

I was 32 in 2009 when our discrete, gentle and ever present priest accompanied us in the loss of a child.

He appreciated how to offer the balm of hope to a deep wound. Although hope cannot hide the bruises, it does help remind us that the doors to Eternal Life are still open.

In our society, which avoids the issue of death as much as possible, priests are among those who light a flame in the midst of shadows when we are confronted with death.

In my life as a mourning mum, that's what priests meant to me.

I certainly do not idealize the person of the priest, even though I have been lucky enough to only meet good priests.

I have too many friends and cousins who have become priests over the years to believe that they are perfect.

And they laugh if I allow them to be enveloped in any kind of aurora. Clericalism exists here and there, but not around me.

The priests whom I know are gifted with beautiful balance and a "sacredness" sprinkled with self-deprecating humor.

They will need such humor and balance to deal with frequent insults in these difficult times. If it's not you, it's your brother, people will say. Wearing a Roman collar in the street today is to expose oneself to suspicion and to accusation without any presumption of innocence.

However, I also believe that, as difficult as this is for priests who are irreproachable to the highest level possible, the current ordeal is necessary for the Church to advance, freed from an insidious gangrene.

Even when gangrene does not affect every limb of the body it can still cause death.

The crimes of some priests, the silence of others who sought to stop the infection by denying it – all this leads to death. The Church now has the opportunity to choose life.

I have confidence that the priests of today will take up the challenge by cherishing and honoring the call they received on the day of their ordination as deacons. This is a call to transparency and to personal coherence.

"Receive the Gospel of Christ that it is your mission to announce. Be careful to believe in the Word that you read, to teach what you believe and to live out what you teach," the text reads.

Thus, they will become servants of Jesus Christ, faithful to their vocation and to the world's expectations.

They will be committed to sharing the message they have received, from which I have also greatly benefited myself owing to the work of many good priests, namely the gift of a Christian faith which invites to build a better, more just and loving world.

(Charlotte Grossetête is a writer and publisher).

Article originally published: https://international.la-croix.com/news/the-priests-in-my-life/9635

Thursday, 7 March 2019

INFORMATION ON PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS WITHIN THE CHURCH AND PROTECTION POLICIES:

Professional Standards Brochure


Towards Healing Brochure

Professional Standards Office Queensland

Vision

All pastoral ministries performed on behalf of the Catholic Church in Queensland are carried out in a safe and ethical manner.

Purpose

Reduce the opportunity for pastoral misconduct within Queensland and manage misconduct complaints in a fair and effective manner.

Values

  • Integrity and impartiality
  • Fairness and respect
  • Responsiveness and diligence
  • Partnerships

Objectives

  1. Church Authorities in Queensland improve safeguarding practices.
  2. Church Authorities in Queensland improve decision-making and complaints
    management practices.
  3. Improve opportunities for individuals to raise and resolve complaints.
  4. Fair and effective management of pastoral misconduct complaints.

Our Commitment

The Professional Standards Office will provide stewardship in our approach embedding safe and ethical practices, responding to incidents of abuse and misconduct and managing complaints to resolution.
The Professional Standards Office will provide a professional, fair and impartial case management service for the resolution of complaints of abuse and misconduct.
The Professional Standards Office will be responsive to incidents and events when notified and provide assistance where possible.
The Professional Standards Office will work in partnership and collaboration with Church Authorities in implementing and improving safe and ethical practices, responding to incidents of abuse and misconduct and managing complaints to resolution.

Governance

The Professional Standards Office is overviewed by and reports to a Professional Standards Liaison Committee established by the representatives of the Dioceses and Religious Orders of Queensland on behalf of the Conference of Queensland Bishops and Catholic Religious Australia (Queensland).



For more information, please visit:   http://psoqld.catholic.net.au/

Sunday, 3 March 2019

OUR MASS TIMES FOR ASH WEDNESDAY

OUR MASS TIMES FOR ASH WEDNESDAY, 6TH MARCH 2019: 

7am in St Vincent’s Church, 40 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise.

9am in Stella Maris Church, 254 Hedges Avenue, Broadbeach.

9am and 6pm in Sacred Heart Church, 50 Fairway Drive, Clear Island Waters.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Statement from Archbishop Mark Coleridge. Archbishop of Brisbane.

Statement from Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Statement from Archbishop Mark Coleridge RE: the verdict in the Cardinal Pell case:

The news of Cardinal George Pell’s conviction on historical child sexual abuse charges has shocked many across Australia and around the world, including the Catholic Bishops of Australia. The Bishops agree that everyone should be equal under the law, and we respect the Australian legal system. The same legal system that delivered the verdict will consider the appeal that the Cardinal’s legal team has lodged. Our hope, at all times, is that through this process, justice will be served.


In the meantime, we pray for all those who have been abused and their loved ones, and we commit ourselves anew to doing everything possible to ensure that the Church is a safe place for all, especially the young and the vulnerable.




A message  to the entire community of the Archdiocese of Brisbane

These last few weeks have been bruising for the Catholic Church in Australia. It seems that everywhere we turn we see stories about the Church and its failures with child sexual abuse.
We have to accept that. The Church will never walk away from its responsibilities in this area. We have much to atone for. We have much to do and much to continue learning.
But today I want to say a word about the Church that’s almost never mentioned in mainstream media. It’s the Church that you’re part of every day and, often enough, through the night as well. Because of what you do, the Church changes lives for the better, and it does so through the power of the Gospel. Yes, we face serious challenges now, but there is a whole dimension of the Church that should never be forgotten.
It’s the Church that works every day with refugees who have come to Australia seeking a better life. You help them to find accommodation, to fight for a permanent stay and to reunite with loved ones.
It’s the Church that works on the frontline with domestic violence victims. You help them and their children in the toughest moments that they will face. You walk with them at every step, especially when they feel helpless.
It’s the Church that works with Australians with a disability. You help create a society that welcomes, includes and respects people with a disability as people first – and you support them to follow their dreams.
It’s the Church that works with people on the poverty line. You provide them with accommodation, meals and support when they have nowhere else to turn.
It’s the Church that works with the homeless. You bring a friendly smile, food and warmth to them. Most of all, you help by spending time with them.
It’s the Church that works with people living with dementia. You brighten their lives, you relate to the real person and you provide support for their families.
It’s the Church that provides pastoral support to prisoners. You sit with them, listen to their stories and provide counselling.
It’s the Church that works to protect our environment. You help raise awareness of our common home, the earth on which we live and the need to preserve it for those who come after us.
Of course, it’s the Church that has educated millions of Australian children over generations. Your work in that area continues to have a major impact on our young people and the future of our country.
And it’s the Church that has provided first-class medical treatment in our hospitals for generations. You have literally saved lives and continue to save lives. You have also accompanied the dying with tender care.
Thank you for all this and more – because that’s not an exhaustive list of what you do from day to day in the Catholic Church.

At this time, I wanted you to know that your work is priceless and that it does not go unrecognised.
Thank you for your work in parishes, schools, hospitals and on the frontline wherever it may be.
It’s work that should make you both proud and humble - proud for what has been achieved and humble before the God whose gifts make it all possible and who is as close to us now as ever before.

+ Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane.

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Reflection by Fr Paul
Surfers Paradise: -

In this time of distress and turmoil, the vital thing is for us all to keep our eyes and our hearts firmly fixed on the example and message of Jesus.  Christ and gospel show us clearly God's priorities and values. This reveals Jesus' profound concern for the poor,  the vulnerable,  and the abused. Our Lord demands justice,  peace, and healing for those wronged.  These are extremely uncertain and upsetting times,  and we need more than ever to stay focused on Christ’s priorities of practical action,  respect, and unrelenting protection of human dignity, (particularly the young as well as vulnerable adults). Also, respectful listening and understanding, and leadership that serves the needs of people in need. We continue to pray and work for Christ's vision to be fully present for all people.