Ecumenical Service for Parliament 2017

On Tuesday 7th February 2017 at St Christopher’s Cathedral, Forrest there will be an Ecumenical Service to commemorate the commencement of the Australian Parliament for 2017. The event will commence at 7.30am and conclude at approximately 8.15am.

The Parliamentary Christian Fellowship has issued an invitation to all Churches reminding us that this service is an opportunity to remember our privileges and responsibilities before God and to ask for His blessing on our nation. As with previous services, it is anticipated that lessons will be read by the Governor General, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. The Sermon will be delivered by the Rev David Campbell, Senior Minister of the Presbyterian Church of St Andrew, Forrest.

There will be limited parking available from 7am to 8.30am in the grounds of the Catholic Education Office (Opposite the Cathedral, 52-54 Franklin St). Parking can also be accessed from the public parking available in the Manuka area.

Please rsvp by email or to Sarah on (08) 8205 1040 to confirm your attendance.

‘Catholic Voice’ reports on Family Violence Forum

Download the prayer for family violence booklet  “For Such a Time As This”.

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Vanessa Crimmins, UCA Canberra Region Presbytery Chairperson, with Shane Mortimer, Ngambri nation; Dean Phillip Saunders, St Saviours Anglican, Goulburn; Archbishop Christopher Prowse, Catholic Diocese Canberra Goulburn. (Image from Catholic Voice July 2016 page 7)

Family violence ‘a bloody battlefield’ is the headline of an article by Siobhan Reeves in the July 2016 edition of Catholic Voice, reporting on the recent Canberra forum: An Ecumenical Response to Domestic Violence attended by over 100 people. Catholic Voice is the newspaper of the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn and the article, which can be viewed here,  says:

Vanessa Crimmins, quoting from her foreword to the book, “For Such a Time As This”, reminded those present of the power of prayer in such times:

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Feedback – Family Violence Forum

for such a time cmykAn Ecumenical Response to Domestic Violence, “For Such a Time As This”, was held in Canberra on Saturday 18 June 2016 at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Barton, by the Catholic Women’s Commission. Archbishop Christopher Prowse, Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn and Ministers from the Anglican and Uniting Churches shared opening comments. There was an outline of Domestic/Family Violence, a panel discussion with leading advocates participating and time to hear from victims of Domestic Violence. The booklet, “For Such a Time as This”, was this Presbytery’s contribution.

Thanks from an attendee:
I would not have wanted to be anywhere else that Sat 18/6. It was a brilliant success. As Phil mentioned in her conclusion, ‘all those who were meant to be here, were here!’

As well as the experienced, generous-in-their-sharing, humble, courageous, knowledgeable, front-of-house speakers, presenters, facilitators, there was a wonderful opportunity to obtain information, and to network with other attendees.
I appreciated the ecumenical, and cross agency relationship. I also appreciated the concluding prayer, liturgy. So much thought and effort went into the inclusivity of this part, and in fact, the whole day.

The booklet, ‘For such a time as this’ is a little gem.

So, a huge THANK YOU to you personally, and for the team with whom you worked.

Queanbeyan Live Christmas Nativity Trail

Nativity trail pic

Download the flyer here: Nativity trail flyer A4 2015

The Queanbeyan Live Christmas Nativity Trail celebrates its third year with five churches taking part in 2015, and will be held on Sunday 20 December from 4pm to 6pm. Everyone is invited to begin by hearing the Roman census proclamation at the Salvation Army, then pick up a passport and map and take a walking tour of the interactive Nativity Scenes (including live participants) at:

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