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Newsletter of the Ministry Resource & Community Hub
Edition 16
Filled with the Spirit, We can do all things in Christ.
Called… Blessed… Broken… Restored. 

Pray our full Alive in the Spirit prayer here.
  • Date Claimer, Saturday 6 November,
    for our Ministry Symposium"Fresh Heart, Fresh Hope!" 
  • Online Events for October offer engagement, support and fresh ideas.
  • Reflection Guide now available for all workshops
  • Links to Oceania Webinars
  • Please note: The links to the workshops in this newsletter will only take you to the destination if you are logged in. If you are not logged in it will take you our site's public home page.

Ministry Symposium: "Fresh Heart, Fresh Hope"
Saturday 6 November

Our upcoming online symposium addresses key questions raised by those in ministry seeking fresh heart, and fresh hope:
* How do I keep going, when the going gets tough?
* So many ideas, but where do I start?
* How do we connect the dots across different groups and visions and approaches?

Our symposium theme echoes the prophet Isaiah (43:19),
"Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?" 

Participants will engage in a range of inputs with pathways and opportunities for creativity, shared wisdom and formation.

This significant opportunity is FREE for all registered members of Alive in the Spirit. New members who sign up for the symposium also receive access to our ministry resource and community hub until 31 December ($40 for individuals, $200 for 11 registrations).

Registration details coming soon. For now, please date claim Saturday 6 November, 10am to 3pm AEST.

Keep an eye on our website and next newsletter for more information.

New Resource: Workshop Reflection Questions

Individuals and small groups now have ready-made questions available for their reflection. Whether you are viewing a workshop in a community setting, or for your own personal formation, these questions offer good ways to continue your conversation or personal reflection. Click here to view the resource.

Oceania Pastoral Ministry Webinar
Walking Together: Caring for All in Times of Change

  • As we transition to a world living with COVID, how do we pastorally prepare for these permanent changes?
  • How do we care for the spiritual and emotional needs of our own self, and for the people in our communities - members and leaders - in a prayerful and practical way?
Register Now

Oceania Pastoral Ministry Webinars - A Hidden Treasure!

For over twelve months, Oceania Webinars have been held every two months to address key ministry questions facing those in Australia and New Zealand. Topics have included:
  • Being Alive in the Spirit - exploring practical ways to live as missionary disciples
  • Lay Pastoral Ministry - spotlights the Australian Guidelines and theological foundations
  • Being People of the Invitation - how we connect and invite others to share in the Good News
  • Reflecting on the Joys and Struggles - a prayerful recollection on 2020 adaptable for this year
  • Parishes and Schools - One Community in Christ - explores how communities work together to grow parishes and schools as one community
  • Exploring Best Practices for Pastoral Governance - insights offered on how we can serve Christ's mission via our leadership and structures.
  • Knowing the Community we are called to serve - offers resources from the National Pastoral Research Centre.
The Mission Planners Network of Oceania now offers a complete library of these resources. Clicking the link takes you to a recording of the webinar and also access to accompanying videos and resources.
Preparing for our Symposium: Wednesday 20 October 7.30pm (AEST)

Our Let's Have a Yarn runs for a bit over an hour, and offers an opening segment for a short catch up with four or five others in pastoral ministry. We then have the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming symposium on 6 November through exploring the symposium themes. Join us for our next session by registering here.
Community Renewal: Monday 25 October 7.30pm (AEST)

Our Let's Have a Yarn runs for a bit over an hour, and offers an opening segment for a short catch up with four or five others in pastoral ministry. We will then explore how participants have been bringing to life content from Alive in the Spirit with their community groups and some helpful tips and approaches to community renewal, including making the most out of our Ministry Symposium on 6 November. Join us for our next session by registering here.
Thursday 9 October 2.00pm (AEST)

For our Delve Deeper Session, you have the opportunity to meet and share wisdom with Sue Martin, one of our workshop presenters, For this session, we recommend you view our workshop Bringing your Parish to life through Laudato Si'  in advance, and then bring your responses, questions and wisdom to the conversation.

Catholic Earthcare Australia (, a program of Caritas, is a place of dialogue to encourage ecological conversion across our parish communities. Laudato Si’ the 2015 environment encyclical is our inspiration. In this workshop, Catholic Earthcare share their change process to support parishes in their journey to an integral ecology. Click here to book your spot.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get started with Alive in the Spirit?
After you register, our site can feel a little overwhelming. We suggest you experience the keynote speakers first, then ask yourself what is stirring in your heart. What is God's vision for yourself, or for your community? Articulating a vision offers you a way to access the workshops, prayer spaces and online community. They become ways in which you can bring your vision to life.

What happens to the site after December? 
Many people want to offer a renewal experience in 2022, hopeful that their community will have emerged from the worst of the pandemic. We are currently exploring possibilities. Part of the challenge is the ongoing costs to maintain the website and the other consideration is honouring our commitment to our workshoppers to make the videos available to them after the end of the year. If you have any suggestions or ways of supporting this work, please contact us.

Visit our FAQ page - hopefully someone else has asked your question!

"Alive in the Spirit" enlivens my spirit.  It takes a community to bring a parish together.  The insight, knowledge and inspiration shared in this space has the potential to help many parishes and ministries.

- Mary Lozina, Alive in the Spirit Community Hub Member

Build Our Community - Share the Word - Upgrade to a Group

People are still only now just finding out about Alive in the Spirit. Your friends may well be among them. Many of us are in lockdown and so this is a wonderful opportunity to experience a virtual retreat with people in your circle of friends or wider faith community.

If you have a faith sharing group who currently cannot meet, you may consider taking out the group registration. For the price of $200, you receive 11 registrations. Individual registrations are $40.

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Once I had asked God for one or two extra inches in height, but instead he made me as tall as the sky, so high that I could not measure myself.

Malala Yousafza

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