A resource from the Australian Catholic Bishops' National Centre for Evangelisation  

WELCOME to The Bridge for 2021. This year we continue to share with you stories and reflections on communities, resources and the people of God seeking to evangelise Australia.

In this issue we begin with Bishop Shane Mackinlay reflecting on Pope Francis' latest encyclical, Fratteli Tutti. We hear from Sacred Heart Parish Hindmarsh-Findon in Adelaide and Evangelisation Brisbane about the new ways they are reaching out and inviting people into their communities. Trudy Dantis and Louise Zavone share the important and influential role of women who are working with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and we hear from Helen Melarekere in Townsville, a youth ministry coordinator, who will this year begin the women’s Leadership for Mission Program. Finally, Parramatta’s James Camden explores the new opportunities offered by the change of date for World Youth Day local celebrations, now to be held in November each year. 

The National Centre for Evangelisation (NCE) begins 2021 by welcoming Matthew Biddle to our team as Digital Engagement Officer. Working with Sharon Brewer (Formation Coordinator) and myself, Matthew will be focused on enhancing our digital effectiveness and the promotion of NCE resources and initiatives.

We look forward to accompanying you in 2021 and sharing your stories with others around Australia.

Every blessing,

Malcolm Hart
Director, National Centre for Evangelisation

Who is my neighbour

Fratelli Tutti: Bishop Shane Mackinlay

Some commentators suggest that this encyclical completes a trilogy for Pope Francis, which began with his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (2013) and continued in his environmental encyclical Laudato Si' (2015). Bishop Shane Mackinlay offers us his reflection on Fratelli Tutti (2020).

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A parish with a heart for the Gospel: Sacred Heart Parish Hindmarsh-Findon, Adelaide

In 2018, the parishioners of Sacred Heart Parish Hindmarsh-Findon in Adelaide were advised that although their parish would continue to exist, they would not have a resident priest for the foreseeable future — if at all. 

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The Call to All Catholics Initiative: Archdiocese of Brisbane

The team at Evangelisation Brisbane are taking a brave step into the unknown by reaching out to the 640,000 people in Brisbane who no longer include attending Mass as a practice of their faith.

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The women of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

The valuable role that women in the Catholic Church play may seem to many to be overshadowed by a focus on bishops and priests. Yet, at the Women as Church Conference hosted by the BBI-TAITE in October 2020, Mrs Louise Zavone and Dr Trudy Dantis sought to make attendees aware of the many and varied leadership positions that women now hold within the structures of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

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Serving the law to serving the Lord

Helen Melarekere, a participant in the Leadership for Mission program, reflects on her journey from being born in Port Moresby, her Catholic upbringing, studies in law and her move into youth ministry. 

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Local World Youth Day moves to a new date

James Camden from Parramatta Diocese writes on the Pope's announcement of a new date for local celebrations of World Youth Day.

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