The Southern Cross : November 2012
Page 20 November 2012 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | worship Crossword No. 136 Solution on page 22. Across 1. Slowing device of last resort at sea or Melbourne Cup winner of 1880's (5,6) 8. Statute, rule. 9. Placed a restraining or directing device on an animal. 12. Viola (abbr.) 13. Mineral aggregate. 14. Three-toed sloth. 15. Unwell. 17. Shows clearly, demonstrates. 18. Verbose person or a Melbourne Cup winner of 1920's. 21. Information will become available later. (abbr.) 23. You (sing.; Romance languages). 24. Golf accessory. 26. Railway (abbr.) 27. More unpleasant or less exciting. 29. Internet address (abbr.) 30. Something a vine grower might want or a Melbourne Cup winner of 1990s (7,4) Down 2. Hourly. 3. Reverberate; resound. 4. Bringing relief; making better. 5. Remove dirt; prepare for re- use. 6. Bean or Melbourne Cup winner of 1870s. 7. Be in debt. 10. Have existence; unit of area. 11. Daunt; dishearten. 12. Looked at or recent Melbourne Cup winner. 16. Light source or early Melbourne Cup winner. 19. Distributed cards; traded. 20. Cry to urge on horses. 22. Shout of approval or Melbourne Cup winner of 1880s. 25. Personal name. 28. I fell in a heap (L). 1 2345 6 7 8 91 0 1 1 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 RELIGIOUS THINK TANK: Every month, a group of religious leaders meet in Adelaide to coordinate the best response for supporting the thousands of religious men and women working throughout South Australia in their various missions. Pictured at the most recent meeting of Catholic Religious SA, are, from left: CRSA chairwoman and Sisters of Saint Joseph SA Province Leader Sister Marion Gambin, Sr Anna Genovese (Pastorelle Sisters), Adelaide Archdiocese Vicar for Religious Sr Marie Ralph RSM, Passionist Father Tiernan Doherty, Sr Margaret Ann Connelly (Good Samaritan Sisters), Local Superior at Somerton Park Brother David Blay (Marist Brothers), Christian Brothers Leader Br John Webb, Loreto Sisters Community Leader Sr Francine Roberts and Sr Giovanna Gauci (Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of Jesus). Photo: Nat Rogers Most parishes say the Prayer for Year of Grace towards the end of Mass but one parish I visited recently said it each Sunday after the prayers of intercession. That seemed a good place to insert it, so that it became part of the Mass, rather than just tacked on at the end. A number of parishes have tried Lectio Divina either in committee meetings or in special prayer times. In the Brothers' Community we include 'Year of Grace' in our evening prayer each Thursday evening. We spend a few minutes with our eyes-closed, seeing what image comes to each of us. In this way we are trying to 'start afresh with Christ'. Some other practices in which parishes are engaged are linking the Year of Grace with new evangelisation, and with the e-conference on Vatican II. Here we see the richness of Vatican II as we continually rediscover new insights. The concentration on Gaudiem et Spes (Church in the Modern World) in the e-conference showed how much the laity is valued by the Church. In this document we were presented with a clear mandate to be involved for the mission of God. The e-conference explained how the sacrament of God is Christ, and the sacrament of Christ is the Church. Christ's presence is made present again for us through the seven sacraments. Now we have many groups in our parishes engaged with new evangelisation -- what better way to start afresh from Christ? The simple process of "awareness examen" from Ignatian practices can be adapted for the Year of Grace. For example, we can spend a few minutes at the end of each day pondering these questions: • What am I thankful for today? • Where can I see God's love in the moments of my day? • When did I see the face of Christ in the people I met? • Were there difficult moments for which I seek forgiveness? • What opportunities will I have tomorrow to start afresh from Christ? In other parishes there are lay associates who are engaged in the work of new evangelisation. This incorporates all the 'old' forms such as those in St Vincent de Paul Society, the Legion of Mary, but also awareness of the 'newer' forms such as Catenians, Operation Ark, Alpha for Catholics, and Reconnect (a program of welcome for inactive Catholics). We are aware of the many people who seek admittance to the Church through adult baptism or reception in the RCIA (adult catechumenate). They are truly 'starting afresh from Christ.' As the Year of Grace continues with the Year of Faith, we see that faith is our response to the graces we have been given. Our faith now is strengthened after we have been pondering so many moments of grace that have touched our hearts. Maybe now we can be not just the parish ambassadors of grace but Christ's ambassadors as we strive to let others see our faith. Grace in the parishes After attending an evening for ambassadors of the Year of Grace at The Monastery, Brother Patrick Cronin cfc, from the Office for Worship, reports on some of the ways that parishes are seeking the face of Christ anew. Jesus Christ Superstar First 10 people to email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 8210 8117 will win a double pass to the movie which opens in cinemas from November 8. Winners must be able to pick up the tickets from the Diocesan Centre 39 Wakefield Street, Adelaide. Win tickets Book launch A new book, Child Protection, by Professor Freda Briggs AO was launched by Ita Buttrose in Adelaide last month. The book provides a comprehensive overview of child abuse and child protection with important information for all people whose work involves children. Professor Briggs, a former South Australian of the Year, is emeritus professor at the University of South Australia, is the author or co-author of 20 books on child protection and education. The book is available for purchase online at www.jojopublishing.com for the RRP of $59.99.