( No Mass on Easter Sunday Evening)
11-8-19 – Marriage Encounter, Alpha and Multicultural Mass
What an amazing weekend I spent presenting at my first Marriage Encounter (ME) Weekend!! I remembered doing my original weekend as a seminarian in 2013. I’ve always had a sense that I’d be involved in this important movement. Some of you might be wondering why a priest needs to be present on a weekend for married couples. Well you’d be surprised at some of the similarities between the vocations of Marriage and Holy Orders. Of course marriage is the love of God being manifested between a man and a woman committed to each other. The ministers of Holy Matrimony are the spouses, which is unique to marriage only. In every other Sacrament it’s either a priest or a Bishop that is the ordinary minister. For a priest, my spouse is you the people of God. So we are both called to love and serve each other. If Marriage is such a commonly experienced sacrament why doesn’t the Church provide more support before and during the lifetime of marriages? That’s why I think movements like ME and Smart Loving needed to be promoted in couples who are engaged. I’m sure too there are plenty of couples who’ve never had the opportunity to further enrich their relationships. It makes sense to provide on-going support as every relationship changes. It’s common that every relationship experiences initially a romantic stage where both spouses are euphoric and can see no fault in the other. The attention is focused on each other. Naturally the joy slowly disappears when children come along and the attention once experienced towards each other is channeled towards the needs of children. During this stage we need tools to be intentional about appreciating our spouse, especially how they feel. I won’t spoil, what happens on a Weekend. This can be a gift that you give each other. Here’s a date claimer for 2020, May 29- 31, 2020 is the next ME Weekend. Save the date and elevate your marriage to a place that it deserves. I can’t recommend any more highly its significance for both Marriage and as well as my priesthood. Seeing strong, intimate and communicative relationships not only inspires other couples but it encourages me to be vulnerable with you, the people I serve and minister too. This weekend we’re starting to plug Alpha for the 22 nd August. If you’ve always wanted more from your relationship and faith in God, you’ll be amazed at the journey Alpha can take you. Don’t forget the Multicultural Day Mass is scheduled for the 10am, Mass 22 nd , September followed by a cultural feast and celebrations afterwards. Remember the 10am Mass is the only Mass that weekend. Blessings Fr Nev
THE REFORMATION TODAY: AN ECUMENICAL PERSPECTIVE
2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Many historians consider the Reformation one of those epoch changing events in the history of the Western world. But what does it mean for people in Australia 500 years later? Was the Reformation just a series of pointless disputes which have little relevance to the church today? Or is the church today the living legacy of the Reformation, and if so, what does this mean for us? Join us as we ask these questions together.
Dr. Chris Hanlon — The Reformation a Catholic perspective, 8 August 7:30pm Holy Family Catholic Church, Indooroopilly