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WELCOME to our February 2022 edition of The Bridge. Happy New Year.

As we begin this new year in anticipation of moving forward from two years of COVID reality, this issue of The Bridge refreshes some ongoing, and explores some new, ways of evangelising in today’s world. We are reminded of Caritas’ enduring evangelising mission during Lent and also begin a three-part series on how parishes can reinvigorate their RCIA programs. We hear the story of the Morisset parish’s journey to lay leadership and highlight the new international Laudato Si' platform sharing resources from around the globe in caring for our common home. Finally, we share the impact of how an art competition has evangelised children and families in dioceses across New South Wales and how sport can be used as a platform for witness and empowering young people.   

The NCE team is looking forward to an exciting year with significant initiatives planned to share our Australian evangelisation stories.

Every blessing,

Malcolm Hart
Director, National Centre for Evangelisation


Evangelising during Lent: Project Compassion at Caritas Australia

For centuries, Lent has been a time for walking the way of the cross. Sometimes this happens inside a church as Christians move quietly around 14 stations depicted on the walls. In their hearts, they share experiences with someone close to them who may be sick or suffering in some way. Other times, it happens in more public settings, as when congregations gather from different denominations to acknowledge the journey they share with each other and with Jesus.
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Helen O'Neill

Bringing faith to the playing field

Helene O’Neill admits that when she was a child, she would choose to play sport rather than attend Mass before school with her brother. Now, she’s seeking to share her Catholic faith with the multitude of people who devote their Sundays to physical exercise.

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The RCIA process in your parish

Over the next few editions of The Bridge, the National Centre for Evangelisation will explore the RCIA process and how its use has the power to transform the life of a parish community. We hope these articles provide encouragement and stimulate conversation in your parish.

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Christmas Art

Young evangelisers spreading the Gospel through religious art

In the renowned Marian apparitions of Lourdes and Fatima, God entrusted children with the task of helping to evangelise the world. Today, in a smaller but similar manner, children in Australia are evangelising their families and communities through religious art.

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Australian Catholics embracing Laudato Si’ platform

Australian parishes, religious communities and schools are joining other groups from around the world in pursuit of sustainability by signing up for the Vatican’s Laudato Si’ Action Platform.

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Morisset Parish, NSW: A different way of doing parish leadership

The Catholic parish of St John Vianney, Morisset, is led by a lay leadership team operating with the guidance of a priest supervisor and the support of a sacramental priest. 

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