Transforming Parish Communities

Posted on Sep 27, 2018 in Parishes
Transforming Parish Communities

On Saturday 15 September, more than 30 people from 12 parishes gathered at St Francis Xavier and St Clare combined Parish of Greater Box Hill to share ways parishes might respond to Pope Francis’ encyclical ,Laudato Si’. Fr Tony Kerin, Parish Priest, hosted the forum jointly with Catholic Social Services. Fr Joe McKay OFM and three students Cosmas, Gerald and Nelson led us in liturgical celebration and thanksgiving. Pat Long, took us to the heart of the encyclical, while Sr Bernadette […]

Mercy to Earth Weekend – April 22nd & 23rd, 2017

Posted on Jan 31, 2017 in Inspiration, News, Parishes
Mercy to Earth Weekend – April 22nd & 23rd, 2017

  Mercy to Earth Weekend 2017 Both the celebration of Mercy Sunday and Earth Day are the on same weekend in 2017, and to celebrate, the #Mercy2Earth Weekend is a global campaign to encourage Catholics to reflect on Pope Francis’ important “Mercy to Earth” message and put it into action. This weekend in partnership with the Global Catholic Climate Movement and has a number of special resources for you to celebrate #Mercy2Earth Weekend, both online from your home and in […]

Invitation to the Blessing of the Animals and Season of Creation

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 in Inspiration, News, Parishes
Invitation to the Blessing of the Animals and Season of Creation

September 1st is the World Day of Prayer for Creation and begins an extended month-long Season of Creation which ends on the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Ecology, October 4th. St. Francis saw the importance of all creatures. He often laid his hands on them and blessed them and talked lovingly to them about God. This is why many Churches have animal blessings on or around the feast of St Francis. He simply saw animals as having great […]


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