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The Magic of Mothers

Mother’s Day on Sunday will give families the chance to come together and show mothers how much they are loved and appreciated. And sadly, for those who have lost their mums, the day is an opportunity to say a prayer and give thanks for their wonderful mothers. This week’s article from Rebecca DiGirolamo proclaims the magic of mothers.

Official prayer for 10th World Meeting of Families

Praying is a way to enter the heart of the Amoris Laetitia Year and the preparation for the World Meeting of Families in Rome in June, 2022. Many families and communities around the world will be eagerly awaiting this event, especially considering the tumultuous times we have experienced during the pandemic. Prayer will hopefully assist families as they prepare for this important gathering.

A spotlight on veteran mental health this Anzac Day

The Anzac Spirit has continued to develop since the images long past of young men scaling the steep cliffs of Gallipoli or trudging along the harsh Kokoda Track. Courage, mateship, endurance, and sacrifice were hallmark qualities that emerged from those desperate times. The Anzac spirit lives on in today’s service people, and so do the challenges. Veterans have a higher rate of suicide than the average Australian, and a royal commission has now been established to better understand how we can prevent further tragedy.

Walking With Families

Pope Francis says “the Christian proclamation of the Family is good news indeed.” Laity Family life has shared a list of twelve proposals and suggestions for a commitment to family pastoral care in the light of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation.

The list is an invitation for us to consider which measures could feasibly be developed or implemented in our own parishes or archdiocese.

A Guide to Living the Year of the Family

In March the Church celebrated the fifth anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia on the beauty and joy of love in the family.

This Amoris Laetitia family guide is a resource to help your family to realise the values and teachings of this papal exhortation in your daily family life.

New Parenting Podcast Out Now

In this Parenting Session, parenting expert and mother of two, Rachel Schofield explains how to use Giggle Games. These games help a child adjust to a new sibling, assist to settle squabbles between children and build lasting sibling bonds. The podcast contains great tips on what games to play and the effectiveness of Giggle Games to help children in dealing with issues.

Healing Our World

A reminder that the ‘Healing Our World’ retreat at St Clement’s Conference Centre in Galong, NSW will take place from October 5 to 8. ‘Healing Our World’ is an Australian Ecumenical response to global health crises drawing on:

1. Laudato Si’ – On Care for our Common home

2. Fratelli Tutti – Fraternity & Social Friendship

3. The Economy of Francesco- A response to the world’s inequalities

4. The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

To Register or express interest, email the centre at: info@stclement.com.au or phone at 02 6380 5222.

Climate Changes Everything

Climate change is a serious issue for the entire planet, but especially for those nations in the developing world. Wealthier countries like Australia have a responsibility to protect the poorest and most vulnerable among us. There is a notion that relying less on fossil fuels will have an immediate and negative impact for people living in poverty. This video challenges that view and argues that our changing climate will have more of an impact on those at the margin.

Majellan Family Prayers

Families often face a range of challenges and experiences. But a meaningful prayer life will help get your family through the tough times. So, ‘toughing it out’ is the theme of this week’s Magellan Family Prayer. If you are interested in more prayers for your family, a great resource can be found in Renee Bartkowski’s ”Family Prayers for Daily Grace’. Click below to find out more.

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