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

WELCOME to our December 2021 edition of The Bridge.

In this issue we respond to highlights from the first assembly of the Plenary Council by listening to a young member's experience, Madeline Forde, and opening ourselves to the learnings and gifts of the Syro-Malabar Eparchy with an interview with Bishop Bosco Puthur. We share highlights from the recent consultation with youth ministers as they explore how a network can support their local community. Jenny Collins-White shares her story and how it drives her mission, and members of the Teams movement in Australia share how their network supports married couples, new and old. We also highlight Catholic streaming services and how they can support the evangelising mission of your community or family.  

We hope you enjoy this collection of articles and find inspiration to deepen your formation as a disciple of Christ. The whole NCE team includes you in its Advent prayers, hoping you have a wonderful and faithful Christmas and New Year.  

Every blessing,

Malcolm Hart
Director, National Centre for Evangelisation

Youth Consultation

Youth ministries begin national network journey

More than 70 youth ministry leaders gathered online on November 25 to start the process of establishing a new national youth network. Hosted by the Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry (BCELM), in partnership with the Australian network of diocesan youth ministry coordinators (ANDYMC), the event attracted youth leaders from more than 40 parishes, schools, dioceses and youth ministries around the country.
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Jenny Collins-White

My faith journey: Jenny Collins-White

The NCE recently connected with Jenny Collins-White, who is based in Sydney and works with Catholic Mission. Jenny’s story is one that speaks to the pain of losing a sibling, the joys of parish life after Vatican II and a deep commitment to social justice. 

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Couples on the journey together: The Teams Movement

In the late 1930s in France, four young couples asked their parish priest what help might be available to support their Christian marriage. Fr Henri Caffarel recommended they join with him to “journey together and see”.

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Syro-Malabar Catholics bringing unique traditions and culture to the Church

During October’s first assembly of the Plenary Council of Australia, Catholics were encouraged to deepen their understanding of the various Eastern Rite Churches that exist in Australia. The NCE recently spoke with Bishop Bosco Puthur of the Syro-Malabar Eparchy in Australia, to learn more about the Syro-Malabar Church and its growth around the country.

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M Forde

Plenary Council a unique experience for youth member

Just two months after the first assembly of Australia’s Fifth Plenary Council, Adelaide member Madeline Forde is already eagerly preparing for the second assembly, due to be held in July 2022.

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Streaming services

Catholic streaming alternatives steadily growing

Building on our previous exploration of the multitude of streaming services available today, we now highlight some Catholic alternatives and provide a guide to the best faith-based services on offer.

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People looking at resources

The NCE has a collection of resources useful for various ministries. Click here to view.​​

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Visit the Events page on the NCE website for details of conferences and other significant events.    

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