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Autumn Ember Day

In case you may have missed it amongst the other things that have been taking place in recent days, today is an Ember Day in Australia.

The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference decided in recent years that the first Fridays of Autumn and Spring should be kept as special days of prayer and penance.

On rogation and ember days the practice of the Church is to offer prayers to the Lord for the needs of all people, especially for the productivity of the earth and for human labour, and to give him public thanks.

(General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar)

Amidst our prayers for the cardinals as they prepare for the papal election, we continue our prayers and offer the sacrifices of our fasting and penance for all those facing the effects of storms, flooding and fire in our country.

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More or less coinciding with the Year of Faith called for by Pope Benedict XVI, the Australian Bishops have called the Church in Australia to celebrate a Year of Grace from Pentecost 2012 to Pentecost 2013.  The Bishops see this Year as a chance to “start afresh from Christ” and to renew our contemplation of the face of Christ.

In a letter to Australia’s Priests and Deacons, Archbishop Philip Wilson, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, wrote:

“We make the same call to the members of your parishes and communities, to the Religious, and to all the agencies which are part of our mission – our schools and universities, our social justice and welfare organisations, our myriad committees and agencies.  We will challenge ourselves to keep asking the question: “What’s this got to do with Jesus?” 

We ask and invite ourselves to pray, to grow in prayer, to help others to pray and to pray better.  We hope you will share this challenge with us.

We will call ourselves to repentance for the areas in which we have failed, individually and corporately, by commission and omission.

And we will celebrate the gift of holiness, the gifts of the Spirit, with which the Father has blessed us through the Risen Lord.”

I’m interested to hear your practical suggestions of how we can achieve these goals that Archbishop Wilson mentions.   We can exhort people to pray – or deepen their prayer life – but would actually help you to do that?

What would help you to make Pentecost 2012 to Pentecost 2013 truly a Year of Grace that would draw you closer to Christ?

Leave a comment below!

See: Year of Grace – Starting Afresh from Christ

Archbishop Wilson’s message to Catholics in Australia:

On the Media blog of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference is the following invitation:


Dear friends,

It is my great pleasure to invite you to the Australian Catholic Media Congress 2012. The congress is run by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference through the Australian Catholic Media Council and aims to bring together Catholic media, Christian media, secular media, people working within Church agencies, and anyone with an interest in how we communicate the Gospel message in our society today.

The ACMC will be held from Monday April 30 to Wednesday May 2 at the Menzies Hotel, Sydney with the theme Communicating the Word: Timeless messages, new media.

The Congress aims to look at the phenomenon of Social Media and how the Church can use everything from Facebook, to Twitter to more traditional means to spread the message of Christ in our world.

Already, we have booked a tremendously exciting international guest Monsignor Paul Tighe from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and we are planning to have great line-up of Australian guests also including former Young Australian of the Year and filmmaker Khoa Do; Social commentator Melinda Tankard Reist; and musical contributions by Fr Rob Galea and Simon Hyland.

Please enter the site here and browse the program, and register early! This Congress promises to be the Catholic Media event of the year and I warmly invite you to consider attending.

With every blessing in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Bishop Peter Ingham


Sandhurst has a bishop

The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Les Tomlinson, currently one of the Auxiliary Bishops in Melbourne, as the Bishop of Sandhurst.  He will be installed on 1 March 2012.  Sandhurst has been without a bishop since the sudden death of Bishop Joe Grech over a year ago.

Prayers for Bishop Tomlinson as he takes up this new position.

Some of the mentions of this story that I have seen so far:

Media Statement by Bishop Tomlinson: Sandhurst MEDIA STATEMENT – Appointment to Sandhurst 3FEB12 (2)

Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne: Melbourne’s Bishop Les Tomlinson Appointed Bishop of Sandhurst

A Priest Downunder: Bishop Tomlinson new bishop of Sandhurst

Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference: Media Releases

Australia Incognita: A bishop for Sandhurst: Bishop Les Tomlinson