Notre Dame College Theme for 2019

 

The Faith and Ministry Team have been working diligently to improve Catholic Identity across all areas of the College. Visibility of scripture is one area that is being targeted and this year’s theme gives all Pastoral Groups and House areas an opportunity to display various verses from scripture in prominent locations. 

Listen with a Discerning Heart 

Listen

To make an effort to hear something: To pay attention, to heed: To concentrate on hearing

Discerning

Having or showing good judgement.
Discerning is an adjective that comes from the Old French  'discerner', meaning to "distinguish, separate."  Which makes sense, because someone with a discerning ear, or a discerning eye, or a discerning heart is good at distinguishing the good from the bad.

DIscerning Heart:

Reflecting on one's own experiences to discover what might be hidden from those who are not so attuned or aware; there is a spiritual movement that registers in our heart; interior reactions made up of feelings, thoughts, emotions, directions, urges and then, understanding.

There is a web site devoted to this :https://www.discerninghearts.com/catholic-podcasts/ 

Plenary Council 2020

Next year we are being asked to make a submission to the Plenary Council 2020

The Church in Australia, on the feast of Pentecost in 2018, marked the official launch of the Plenary Council, which will culminate in gatherings in 2020 and 2021 to consider the Church’s governance, laws and practice.

Together, we are on a journey of listening to God by listening to one another. We invite all Australians to engage in an open and inclusive process of listening, dialogue and discernment about the future of the Catholic Church (and Catholic Education) in Australia.

In a special message for the Catholic community in Australia, Pope Francis said:

“Upon all taking part in the preparatory process, I invoke the Holy Spirit’s gifts of wisdom, harmony and openness to the Lord’s will for the future of his pilgrim Church in the country.

It is my hope that, through patient dialogue and faith-filled discernment, the conciliar journey will confirm the Catholics in Australia in a spirit of fraternal unity and missionary discipleship, thus enabling them to be a leaven of holiness, justice and reconciliation in today’s rapidly-changing society.

Plenary Council Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit of Pentecost. Come, Holy Spirit of the great South Land.

O God, bless and unite all your people in Australia and guide us on the pilgrim way of the Plenary Council. Give us the grace to see your face in one another and to recognise Jesus, our companion on the road. Give us the courage to tell our stories and to speak boldly of your truth. Give us ears to listen humbly to each other and a discerning heart to hear what you are saying. Lead your Church into a hope-filled future, that we may live the joy of the Gospel.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, bread for the journey from age to age. Amen.

Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us. St Mary MacKillop, pray for us

 
Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

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