Spring is here. There is a warmth in the air, the days are lengthening and the plants are blooming. This is a great time to celebrate the Season of Creation (1st Sept- 4th Oct). While so many of the Church’s festivals have a date and symbolism that seems suited to the northern hemisphere, the Season of Creation is perfectly timed for us. It is easy to appreciate creation and our place within it in Australia during springtime.
Over the past month, I have also seen growth and change within the Church and Australian society. I won’t repeat the many events and news which I have addressed in various website posts listed below.
In federal politics, we heard the announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care and of a breakthrough on federal funding for Catholic schools. I know Catholic Health Australia and the ministries of many ministerial PJPs are actively contributing to the development of terms of reference for the Royal Commission. There are certainly systemic issues which the Royal Commission could highlight so there is hope of it making positive recommendations. I am sure I am not the only person who cringes at each media report that the federal funding for Catholic schools represents a victory of our lobbying to benefit ourselves at the expense of public schools. I know our educational PJPs have a strong commitment to social justice for all Australians – not just the students in our schools.
We are more people of the Spring than of Autumn… Let us view the buds of a new world rather than the yellowed leaves on its branches. Let us not cultivate nostalgia, regret and sorrow: we know that God wants us to be heirs of a promise and tireless growers of dreams.
These were the words of Pope Francis as he reflected on the scripture “Behold, I make all things new” (Rev 21: 5). The Pope spoke of how God brings “newness and surprise” even in circumstances that initially appear hopeless.
The public news section of the AMPJP website now has the following posts:
Members of AMPJP can access the following news items that I have posted in the Member area of our website:
Please remember in your prayers all those participating in the Synod of Bishops on Young people, faith and vocational discernment (3-28 Oct 2018). Young people from across the world have contributed honestly and fully in preparation for the synod. May the Holy Spirit move the Bishops as they discern throughout the synod.
|UN dates||Australian Dates||Catholic Church Dates||Other Spiritual Dates|
|01-Oct-2018||International Day of Older Persons||Public Holiday (NSW, QLD)||St Therese of the Child Jesus, Virgin, Doctor||Simchat Torah (Jewish)|
|02-Oct-2018||International Day of Non-violence||The Holy Guardian Angels|
|04-Oct-2018||National Amputee Awareness Week||General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: “Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment” (3-28 Oct 2018)
St Francis of Assisi
|05-Oct-2018||World Teachers’ Day|
|06-Oct-2018||St Bruno, Priest|
|07-Oct-2018||Daylight savings starts|
|09-Oct-2018||World Post Day||St Denis, Bishop and his companions, Martyrs or
St John Leonardi, Priest
|10-Oct-2018||World Mental Health Day|
|11-Oct-2018||International Day of the Girl Child|
|12-Oct-2018||World Sight Day|
|13-Oct-2018||International Day for Disaster Reduction|
|15-Oct-2018||International Day of Rural Women||Foot Health Week||St Theresa of Avila, Virgin, Doctor|
|16-Oct-2018||World Food Day||
St Hedwig, Religious or
St Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin
|17-Oct-2018||International Day for the Eradication of Poverty||St Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, Martyr|
|18-Oct-2018||St Luke, Evangelist|
|19-Oct-2018||St Paul of the Cross, Priest or
Sts John of Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues, priests and their Companions
|Vijay Dashami (Dasera) (Hindu)|
|20-Oct-2018||World Osteoporosis Day|
|21-Oct-2018||Lead Poisoning Prevention Week||World Mission Day|
|23-Oct-2018||St John of Capistrano, Priest|
|24-Oct-2018||United Nations day||St Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop|
|27-Oct-2018||World Day for Audiovisual Heritage|
|29-Oct-2018||Blue Knot Day|
|31-Oct-2018||World Cities Day|