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WELCOME to the new digital version of The Bridge. Here we bring together stories and resources to inspire and assist intergenerational, collaborative and dynamic evangelisation in Australia. We especially welcome members of those networks which now fall within the care of the renewed National Centre for Evangelisation, including evangelisation, lay ministry, women and youth. We thank you for your ongoing support as we navigate a number of changes.
In this issue Clara Geoghegan highlights the importance of discerning your gifts, and Bishop Greg Homeming explores the importance of asking questions. Qwayne Guevara’s unique evangelisation strategies are sure to inspire you, and our story on Mersey Leven Parish is likely to strike a chord with those striving to lead their parish from maintenance to mission. Dr Sandie Cornish introduces us to the new document, Aqua fons vitae – water is a source of life. And we highlight resources from the US Bishops Conference regarding the growing number of religious unaffiliated in our society.Malcolm Hart
We seek the intercession of Mary Help of Christians and continue to pray for and support those deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We pray for peace among all those who strive to make Christ known in our world.
Every blessing,
Malcolm Hart, NCE Director

Compass pointing to God's will

Discerning God’s plan for each of us: Clara Geoghegan

Clara Geoghegan writes on how discovering our charisms can help us fully discover how we have been called and gifted by God. Such a discovery can bear fruit not only in our own lives, but for the good of our communities. 

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Qwayne Guevara

Are you serious, God?
Qwayne Guevara

Meet Qwayne Guevara, an energetic and inspiring young woman from the Parramatta Diocese.  With sport and good coffee as part of her strategies, Qwayne is developing initiatives that help people know they are loved and belong. And when this is achieved, she believes that they will be open to hearing the Good News of Christ.

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Mersey Leven parishioners

Mersey Leven Parish, Tasmania:  Do we need a revolution? 

Moving a parish from maintenance to mission requires hard work, often a little heartbreak and a huge amount of prayer. Four members of the Mersey Leven Parish in Tasmania reflect on their struggles and joys in trying to bring a renewed vitality to their parish community.

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Bishop Greg Homeming with young people at ACYF 2019

The importance of asking questions: Bishop Greg Homeming

The Catholic Enquiry Centre is a valued work of the National Centre for Evangelisation and the Bishops Conference. In this article,  Bishop Greg Homeming OCD reflects on the importance of asking questions and how questions allow us to both express and form our inner being. 

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Waterfall into river

Aqua fons vitae: Dr Sandie Cornish

Friday, 5 June is World Environment Day. Care for the environment has been a steady theme of Pope Francis’ pontificate, expressed clearly through his encyclical Laudato si’. More recently, the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development has released Aqua fons Vitae – Water is a Source of Life.  Dr Sandie Cornish introduces this document and how our response has an evangelising effect.

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Woman smiling

Outreach to the Unaffiliated: US Conference of Catholic Bishops

Bishop Robert Barron, in his role as Chair of the Committee on Evangelisation and Catechesis for the USCCB, has created a video aimed at animating discussion around evangelising the unaffiliated.

Whilst the Australian culture is a little different to the US, there is food for thought for all of us in this initiative.

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Visit the Events page on the NCE website for details of conferences and other significant events. Due to COVID-19 this list is currently limited.  

Also see the ACBC Catholic Events Calendar and the new dates for the Plenary Council 2020.
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