How can I contribute to the Catholic life and mission of the Curia?
There are a number of ways you can share your gifts and talents with colleagues in the Curia. These include
There are a number of ways you can participate in building up the Christian life and community of the Curia. These include
When is staff prayer and Mass?
On Monday mornings of school term weeks, staff working in the Caroline Chisholm Centre are all invited to pray in the Mary Star of the Sea Chapel on Level 8. Whilst no one is required to attend, there is a hope that everyone would attend. The prayer is generally short - 10-15 minutes.
Prayer is a feature of meetings held in the Centre. Often a passage of scripture will be read, or a simple Christian prayer such as the Lord's Prayer or Catholic prayer such as the Hail Mary or Glory Be will be prayed.
There are also regular opportunities for staff in the Caroline Chisholm Centre to gather together for Eucharist or Mass. Masses are often held on special feasts such as the Feast of the Assumption. You don’t have to be Catholic to come to prayer or Mass. Your would be most welcome!
You can attend Mass without receiving Holy Communion. If you can truly say 'Amen' to the words said by the priest or ministers in distributing Communion, 'The Body of the Christ', 'The Blood of Christ', you are welcome to receive Communion.
I do not pray or attend church. If a prayer is prayed at a CSO or Team what should I do?
Most meetings and professional learning experiences begin with prayer. There is always an invitation to everyone present to participate in a way that that is appropriate for them. For some it will be full and active participation, for others it will be participation in some aspects of the prayer, for others their participation will be a respectful presence.
If you're asked to contribute in some way to prayer or the celebration of Mass and would feel very nervous or uncomfortable in doing so, just simply say 'No, I'm sorry. Could you please find someone else."
What is the Curia Staff Day?
Each year all Curia staff are invited to participate in a day of mission education on a topic or theme of particular relevance to the life and mission of the Church in Broken Bay. This has traditionally been towards the end of the year.
You are not asked to share or discuss anything you would rather keep private, you will never put on the spot. The day is designed to build a renewed sense of mission and community.
What if I want to learn more about the Catholic faith?
You may wish to explore the Bishop David Walker Library off the Foyer which contains a wonderful range of books and multimedia. A good start would be 'So you're working for the Catholic Church'.
A website has also been created called Introducing the Catholic Faith that offers articles and short videos.
If you would like to inquire about becoming a Catholic, speak with a colleague in a leadership position or contact your Parish Priest. There is a program of initiation for adults called the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) To learn more click here.
Catholics conclude the Lord's Prayer or Our Father with the words, "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen." In Mass, the Our Father does not conclude with Amen but with a prayer prayed by the priest. The response is a variation on the the ending to the Lord's Prayer prayed by many other Christians, "For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever."