01 Aug 2018
August 2018 | Issue 17
Some have wondered whether it’s possible to focus on renewing our parishes, schools and communities while our Church is in the midst of challenging times. Undeniably, complex and protracted issues can foster levels of disappointment and uncertainty, even lethargy. With sensitivity, we respect the way others and ourselves may be bruised and hurting, ‘who live in a land of deep shadow’ (Isaiah 9.2).
Yet ever anew, the Gospel gently and patiently reminds us that God’s Grace remains close to us wherever we may be emotionally or spiritually. This is the ‘great light’ that shines into our world: ‘where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more’ (Romans 5.20).
The Eight Gospel Characteristics challenge us individually, and as parishes, schools and communities, to discern afresh the light of Grace humbly present among us, especially those ‘who live in a land of deep shadow’. We hope this issue of Renewing! is a helpful expression of the Grace that ‘abounds all the more’.
01 May 2018
May 2018 | Issue 16
The joyful completion of the Easter season, the Feast of Pentecost, marks the return to Ordinary Time in the liturgical calendar. The colour green symbolises ‘life in the Spirit’, living out the newness of the Spirit in everyday life. Are we deeply open to the Spirit’s prompts and surprises, or are we closed and timid before the gift of everlasting newness? ‘Do we have the courage to strike out along the new paths which God’s newness sets before us, or do we resist, barricaded in transient structures which have lost their capacity for openness to what is new?’
– (Pope Francis, Homily for Pentecost 2013)
We hope this issue of Renewing! highlights some ways God’s newness brings fulfilment and true joy to our lives.
13 Mar 2018
March 2018 | Issue 15
During this grace-filled season of Lent, do you recall sharing in this opening prayer at Mass: ‘nourish us inwardly by your word, that, with spiritual sight made pure, we may rejoice to behold your glory’ (Collect, Second Sunday of Lent, Year B)? An allusion to 'spiritual sight made pure' is included in Marilynn Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Gilead: ‘Wherever you turn your eyes the world can shine like transfiguration. You don’t have to bring a thing to it except a little willingness to see. Only who could have the courage to see? …Theologians talk about a prevenient grace that precedes grace itself and allows us to accept it. I think there must also be a prevenient courage that allows us to be brave—that is, to acknowledge that there is more beauty than our eyes can bear’ (2006, Picador, New York, pp 14-15).
As parishes, schools and communities giving creative expression to the Eight Gospel Characteristics of a Healthy, Vibrant, Renewing Parish, we hope this issue of Renewing! will encourage us to be brave, so that we and others may more clearly behold the surplus of beauty of a healthy, vibrant and renewing Church.
21 Dec 2017
December 2017 | Issue 14
Renewing! reaches you just days before the Feast of Christmas. The season of Advent has graced us anew in ‘the highest form of prayer – to stand silently in awe before God’ (St Isaac the Syrian). We hope that this issue's several articles on prayer and meditation nurtures such prayer as we behold in our hearts the wonder of Immanuel, God with us!
The next issue of Renewing! will be in February 2018.
01 Nov 2017
November 2017 | Issue 13
We are about to be graced with prayerful reflection, time to review and renew our course through life – personally and collectively as the Body of Christ. The season of Advent gently, yet urgently, calls us to ‘prepare a way for the Lord’, to ‘make his paths straight’ in our lives and in our communities (Isaiah 40.3b; Mark 1.3b).
Will we allow ourselves to be readied – newly surprised by the joy and peace of the Feast of Christmas? Advent is a creative invitation to suspend familiar expectations, to enter afresh into the wonder and mystery of Christ among us.
We pray that this issue of Renewing! assists in some way the removal of roadblocks to the Peaceable Kingdom in our midst.
We chose not to produce an October issue of Renewing! so that our resources could be directed towards producing an Advent reflection booklet, Renewing through Advent 2017. Check out the view-only version – click on the link in the first article. Request your free, hard-copy Advent booklet by contacting the Office for Renewing Parishes.
27 Sep 2017
September 2017 | issue 12
‘How can an everlasting covenant retain its freshness and vitality without injections of the new, the daring, the untried?’ These words, from the US priest-poet, Fr Edward Hays (1931-2016), remind us of the abundant presence of God, always alive and faithfully surprising in each ‘now’ of today.
Just as the Spirit of Spring all around us teems with buds of new life, we hope this issue of Renewing! nurtures a gentle openness of heart to fresh and creative ways to give expression to the living Gospel.
01 Aug 2017
August 2017 | Issue 11
Parish renewal—let it begin with me! Renewal begins in the personal, courageous and daily plea for the grace to relate to Jesus more intimately. It’s the ongoing revelation of the image of Christ gracefully engraved in us through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. Whenever we allow inattentiveness, lack of love or hardheartedness to edge out the Gospel in our witness to the world, we are called to renewal – to conversion. We pray this issue of Renewing! assists in some way that turning of heart, which gives the Lord space to move among our world with the Light of Life.
05 Jul 2017
July 2017 | Issue 10
Rhythms of renewal daily pervade our world—gentle, ever-present signs of God’s grace. The Daily Office acknowledges this reality in the following intercession:
‘As a sign of your love, you renew each day for the sake of our wellbeing and happiness, – renew us daily for the sake of your glory.’ – Wednesday in the 13th week of Ordinary Time
We hope this issue of Renewing! will help deepen our individual call to personal renewal, so that our parishes, schools and communities may become even richer places ‘of prayer and of formation…in the cause of the kingdom of God in our world (Gospel Characteristic #1).
31 May 2017
May 2017 | Issue 9
Soon we will contemplate and re-live Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit sent by the risen Christ to animate Christ’s Church.
Like the early Church, we are granted courage to ‘take to the streets of the world’.
‘The Holy Spirit makes us look to the horizon and drives us to the very outskirts of existence in order to proclaim life in Jesus Christ. Let us ask ourselves: do we tend to stay closed in on ourselves, on our group, or do we let the Holy Spirit open us to mission?’ – (Pope Francis, Homily on Pentecost 2013)
We pray that this issue of Renewing! helps you and your parish to become more open to mission. To help other parishes do the same, please share with us what you see or hear that testifies to God’s Spirit moving among us.
07 Apr 2017
April 2017 | Issue 8
Holy Week 2017 is upon us, when we join our voices with all the faithful, praying ‘Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth!’ (Easter Vigil, Responsorial Psalm after 1st Reading – Psalm 104).
Each issue of Renewing! is a discovery of how God’s Spirit moves among us, personally and as parishes within the Archdiocese of Adelaide. Many thanks to all who thoughtfully shared traces of the Spirit’s renewal in this issue.
23 Feb 2017
February 2017 | Issue 7
As we prepare for the season of Lent, you’ll find this issue of Renewing! chock full of relevant reflections. What better time than during the Church’s annual call to renewal to explore ways to become ever more faithful to the Gospel - ‘Repent, and believe in the Gospel’
Personally, and as a parish, school or community, we pray that you will receive a fresh, rich experience of God’s grace: ‘Enlighten the minds of your people, Lord, we pray, with the light of your glory, that they may see what must be done and have the strength to do what is right’ (Prayer over the People, Monday of the 1st Week of Lent).
15 Jan 2017
January 2017 | issue 6
Life in our parishes, schools and communities is returning to normal as a new year unfolds. In this summer issue of Renewing! you’ll find plenty of ideas and resources to support your plans for the year ahead: formation resources for lectors, online scripture study options, a new, free liturgy preparation resource, and two apps - the Pope’s very own, and the new Mass app for the Archdiocese of Adelaide!
14 Dec 2016
December 2016 | Issue 5
This Advent issue of Renewing! is graced with a nativity scene from the hand of Lucas Jucha, age 7, who crafted his nativity scene out of everyday household items while in the care of his grandmother, Jill Gallio.
10 Nov 2016
November 2016 | Issue 4
‘Impressive plus plus!’
That’s the way one participant described the Diocesan Spring Gathering held on Saturday October 29 2016 at Hilton Adelaide.
More than 370 parish, school and community leaders from around the diocese gathered with Archbishop Philip Wilson for an inspirational day focused on renewal of the Archdiocese.
According to many long term observers, this was the first time that parish leadership teams throughout the diocese came together in this way.
No wonder this issue of Renewing! is entirely devoted to the Diocesan Spring Gathering (DSG). Scroll your way through the content and colour of the DSG!
01 Sep 2016
September 2016 | Issue 3
Spring is in the air! Its many sights and smells, warmth and sunshine herald a profound renewal of God’s creation all around us! May we take joyful inspiration from this time of fresh beginnings to prayerfully consider how the Holy Spirit is leading us to a more lively expression of the faith, both personally and as parish communities. In this September issue of Renewing! (yes, we skipped August), you’ll find plenty of rich reflection and resources to assist you. If you like what you see and read, or have a suggestion, please let us know at renewal.
15 Jul 2016
July 2016 | Issue 2
Welcome to the second issue of Renewing! This e-newsletter is your ‘central market’ for sharing in the renewal of the Adelaide Archdiocese. Learn, but also share, about the many ways God’s Spirit moves among us. Your practical examples, questions and suggestions are welcomed! Whenever you hear about something that is sound, encouraging, fresh, innovative and effective, ask yourself: ‘Is this a piece of the renewal future happening now? Would others want to know about it?’ Renewal, the work of God’s Spirit, is very much at work in the archdiocese. Our goal is to help make this work more widely known and appreciated, transparent for the benefit of all!
15 Jun 2016
Welcome to Renewing!
June 2016 | Vol 1
Welcome to the first edition of Renewing! a regular e-newsletter linking parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Adelaide with one another and the newly-formed Office for Renewing Parishes. The newsletter provides a forum for sharing the many ways individual parishes give expression to renewal and keeps you informed on the activities of the Renewal Taskforce. Parish priests, parish pastoral council chairs, pastoral associates, principals, APRIMs, parish office managers/secretaries, migrant chaplains – anyone working to foster renewing at the parish communities level – is encouraged to subscribe.
01 Jan 2016
Letter from the Vicar General
Dear fellow disciples of Jesus,
Getting communication right is one of our biggest challenges. I'd like to reframe some understandings of our "renewal" so I'd be grateful if you can find time to read this, and I welcome dialogue with you about it. Our present "renewal" is not a programme, but a way of paying attention to the ordinary and ongoing dynamic of life as a community of disciples.