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The Year of Grace

Pentecost 2012 – Pentecost 2013
Parramatta Diocesan parishes and schools celebrating together

A resource to support schools in the Parramatta Diocese

Contents:












Year of Grace Logo explanation
Year of Grace & Faith explained
Bishop Anthony’s words on Year of Grace
Definitions of Grace and Faith
Significant Dates & Focus
National prayers for Year of Grace
Prayers for Year of Grace & Faith
Ideas for School/Parish Activities
Candle transparency
Sharing Our Story Unit themes & the connection with the Year of Faith & Grace:
Primary:

Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3

Secondary:

Stage 4
Stage 5
Stage 6

Mass Suggestions for the Pentecost launch in 2012
Pentecost Mass PowerPoint
Liturgy of the Word Suggestions for the Pentecost launch in 2012
Liturgy of the Word PowerPoint

Sample of the Book mark which will be available – suggest 1 per primary student
Sample of the prayer card which will be available – suggest 1 per secondary student

Explanation of the Year of Grace Logo
There is no one symbol or message that the Year of Grace logo is intended to
convey.
It is a bright and stylish image which, in looking at it, has many significant
symbols and connections that can be drawn:










The cross
The sun
A circle that represents the infinity of God
The halo incorporating a cross that surrounds the
head of Jesus in Eastern iconography
The host used at Mass
The monstrance used in Eucharistic adoration
A link with the artistic tradition of our Indigenous people
The earthen, ochre colours of Australia
A diversity of peoples and cultures, gathered into one community
A star-burst
Light

There may be other ways in which the logo speaks to people.

The Year of Grace and Faith explained:
This year past the Diocese of Parramatta has celebrated its silver jubilee since
Blessed John Paul II erected it on 8th April 1986.
In 2012 the whole Church marks another Anniversary: the golden jubilee of the
opening of the Second Vatican Council. Another blessed pope, John XXIII,
gathered the world’s bishops together as one to consider how the Church might
best renew herself and respond to the challenges - both internal and external – of
serving God and humanity today. Beseeching a new Pentecost, the Church had
a Gospel confidence that Christ would be with her always and that her mission of
worship and evangelization would be carried forward in new ways.
To mark this the Church in Australia will be celebrating a ‘Year of Grace’ from this
coming Pentecost (27 May 2012 to 19 May 2013) and the Church throughout the
world will be celebrating a ‘Year of Faith’ from later in the year (11 October 2012
to 24 November 2013).
Grace might be said to be our experience of God, especially of His free and
undeserved gifts – gifts like our very existence, our being redeemed by Christ,
our participating in His word and Sacraments in the Church, our personal
vocation as God’s adopted children. Every God-given opportunity is a grace, from
life itself to our family and friendships, from work and leisure to our participation
in all that is true and good and beautiful.
Faith is our personal response to those divine gifts or graces. It is our saying ‘yes’
to them, internalizing them, responding to them. So our two overlapping
celebrations of grace and faith over the coming year will, as Pope Benedict XVI
has said, be a chance “for an even fuller conversation to God, to strengthen our
faith in Him and to proclaim Him with joy to the people of our time”.
(Most Rev Anthony Fisher op, Bishop of Parramatta. Faith in our Future. 2012)

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As the fastest growing Diocese in the country we have many families in newly developing suburbs. comes to us through one man. 2012) 2 . has developed a number of resources and planned events that will help you to celebrate some of the particular strengths of our Diocese. It enables us to be the person we are meant to be. Throughout the coming year we implore you to take every opportunity to strengthen your relationship with God and that your life will be a reflection of His love to those you meet on a daily basis. as you have heard. The ‘Year of Grace’ committee.Invitation to embrace the ‘Year of Grace’ Grace is a free gift from a loving God. Jesus Christ as an abundant free gift.     We are ethnically diverse as can be seen by attending Mass in any one of our parishes. Parramatta Diocese has the highest concentration of Indigenous people in an urban area. Your support and attendance at these events is a visible sign of living out the command of Christ to love one another. God simply waits for our response. St Paul tells us that Grace. As we are asked to ‘put out into the deep’ and to ‘start afresh from Christ’ we invite the Holy Spirit to enlighten our communities to open their hearts to God’s Grace in the world. Grace is a relationship with God that is offered to everyone. Through Catholic Care we are mindful of the needs and aspirations of people with disabilities in our community. (Diocesan Committee for Year of Grace.

” Bishop Anthony Fisher in his Pastoral Letter. 2012. our participating in His word and Sacraments in the Church. our being redeemed by Christ.” (General Directory for Catechesis 55) Faith is a gift of God. “Grace might be said to be our experience of God especially of his free and undeserved gifts – gifts like our very existence.” Bishop Anthony Fisher in his Pastoral Letter. a supernatural virtue infused by him. Although other definitions have been cited. “Faith is our personal response to those divine gifts or graces. ‘Faith in our Future’. within this resource the main reference definition will be that used by Bishop Anthony Fisher in his Pastoral Letter. from work and leisure to our participation in all that is true and good and beautiful. internalizing them responding to them. man must have the grace of God to move and assist him… (CCC: 153) 3 .What do we understand by Grace and Faith? There are many definitions of Grace and Faith. 2012. 2012. ‘Faith in our Future’. ‘Faith in our Future’. It can only be born in the intimacy of a man’s heart as a fruit of grace which moves and assists him and as a completely free response to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Every God-given opportunity is a grace from life itself to our family and friendships. Before this faith can be exercised. the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God. It is our saying ‘yes’ to them. “Grace is favour.” (CCC :1996) “Faith is a gift from God.

Faces we know – A celebration of Holiness All Saints Day.Vatican 11 documents via Sunday homilies.Year of Grace Launch July 1st to September 24th . Significant Dates and Focus areas 2012 May 27th . Parramatta Diocese will combine the celebration of both of these to make The Year of Faith and Grace. The Church throughout the world will be celebrating a ‘Year of Faith’ from later in the year (11 October 2012 to 24 November 2013). The launch will coincide with the feast of Pentecost.Dates: The Australian Catholic Church will be celebrating the ‘Year of Grace’ from Pentecost 2012 to Pentecost 2013 (27 May 2012 to 19 May 2013). 2013 March 17th March 24th – November 1st - National Event – Bringing our wounds to Jesus – A celebration of Repentance Local event – Youth Palm Sunday (Cathedral) Face of Jesus. Individual schools and parishes will mark the focus of this year according to their own parish calendars. People with disabilities and other needs to build on last year’s focus of welcome and inclusion. Focus:     Our ethnic diversity Young families with Parramatta being the fastest growing diocese in the country. Indigenous Australians with Parramatta having the highest concentration of indigenous people in the urban area. 4 .

leaflets.Prayers for the Year of Grace The following is the text of “national” Prayers for the Year of Grace. and our nation grow in compassion and justice. Gracious God. we make our prayer through Christ our Lord. that we may experience a new wave of grace. pray for us. Heal me of my weaknesses and sin and fill me with compassion for others. who showed us new ways of living the Gospel.) please include the Year of Grace logo. our relationships be healed. especially its people. Reveal your saving grace and give me a grateful heart. and that the light of Christ may burn more brightly in our lives. (prayer cards. We thank you for the Year of Grace. a time to start afresh from Christ. etc. Amen. In reproducing them. Alternative: Jesus. Gift me with the wisdom of the Spirit and encourage me to be a faithful witness to the Gospel. let me experience your great love for me. You have blessed this ancient land with many gifts. With the intercession of St Mary MacKillop. Mary. as I contemplate your face. that our Church may be transformed. Help of Christians. You invite us to contemplate the face of Jesus your Son. Attune our hearts and minds to the presence of your Holy Spirit. 5 . Amen.

Christ in the heart of everyone Who thinks of me. As I show my love for you. Christ on my left. Christ behind me. So your grace I’ll come to know. your love in how I act And to respond to those in need with respect and generous care. Christ above me. Help me reflect and pray. Lord. 6 . Believe. be ever with us. teach me.Additional prayers for school use Year of Grace 2012 Infants Prayer (can be said or sung to the tune of Twinkle. Christ within me. Guide me. Christ before me. Christ in every ear that hears me. Secondary Prayer Breastplate of St Patrick Christ be with me. Christ in every eye that sees me. Christ beneath me. Christ where I sit down. Salvation is of the Christ Salvation is of the Lord. heal me too. Twinkle Little Star) Jesus now I want to be. Christ where I arise. Help me to give to all I meet. Thankful for your gifts to me. Help me to show Your Grace to all in the way that I believe And so all people then will know a faith-filled way to live. Christ on my right hand. Christ where I lie down. May your salvation. Christ in the mouth of everyone Who speaks to me. Help me change and help me grow. Primary Prayer (can be said or sung to the tune of Amazing Grace) Dear God in this your year of Grace. seek healing and renew so I will know your way.

From National Planning committee for the Year of Grace These activities are suggestions only. They are not meant to be taken on by the school as additional/stand-alone activities. They can be undertaken simultaneously to support parish activities. 7 .Ideas for School/Parish Pentecost Activities for the Year of Grace:           Our Father spoken in own language – said at the same time Prayers of intercession in own language National costumes worn to the launch celebration National flags hung in the church for the Pentecost Mass launch Parish Twilight picnic Parish International Food Festival Parish Cultural presentation/concert Icons of Face of Jesus from different cultures Use of the resources from the websites Use the Year of Grace liturgy suggestions.

8 . Trim the excess transparency.Candle Transparency Copy this logo onto an overhead transparency in colour. Place around plain white candle and secure at the back with cello tape. if possible.

As a family.………………. focus on a Grace given to your family and give thanks to God.” Bishop Anthony Fisher in his Pastoral Letter. Share a prayer Dear God. Amen 9 .Family page ‘Grace’ Every God-given opportunity is a grace from life itself to our family and friendships. You give us the free gift of Grace. We ask this in your name. from work and leisure to our participation in all that is true and good and beautiful. The ……. ‘Faith in our Future’. family has received the gift of Grace in many ways. The evening meal may be a good opportunity for this to take place. 2012 Read the words of Bishop Anthony written above.. This evening we give thanks for the gift of ……………………………… Help us to find ways to respond in faith and use this gift to benefit others. make a list of all the gifts of Grace which are evident in the lives of each member of the family. Recognise God given Grace in your life Each evening. Decorate and display the list in your home.

our family has good food to eat. we recognize the Grace given to us by God. Our Faith is when we accept the Grace of God and respond.” Bishop Anthony Fisher in his Pastoral Letter. “Faith is our personal response to those divine gifts or graces. internalizing them responding to them. Using the words of Bishop Anthony Fisher as a guide.Family Page – ‘Faith’ What is meant by Grace and Faith? By saying ‘Yes’ to our gifts. How do we use this gift of God to help those who may need to be helped?) Our gifts of Grace Our response in Faith 10 . ‘Faith in our Future’. 2012. (An example may be that by the Grace of God. It is our saying ‘yes’ to them. have a family discussion about when we have said ‘yes’ to the gifts of Grace given to us by God.

discuss why the images may be important depictions of Jesus for that particular culture. Discuss how the images are similar or different from our own image of Jesus. 11 . We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen. Display or print some of these images. Images of Jesus Use Google images to find images of Jesus from different cultures. Help us to respond in our actions And to live our faith to those we meet each day. As a family.Share a Prayer Dear God. We know you have given us your gift of Grace.

within the units of Sharing Our Story. the gift of His Son. God’s Grace is reflected in the gift of my family. who died and rose again. 1KC4 God is our Creator God’s Grace is reflected in the gift of the beauty of Creation. 1KC2 God’s gift of His Son God’s Grace is reflected in the gift of his son Jesus. 1KE We can show God’s grace by helping those who need to be helped. 1KC5 We join with members of God’s family in the Church God’s Grace is reflected in the gift of the community of the Church. our gift of love to others. our family. 1KC3 God’s gift of Love.The following table highlights. We can show God’s grace by being a loving person in my family. my family. 1KC6 Advent: Waiting God’s Grace is reflected in how Mary and Joseph waited for the gift of the baby Jesus. where teachers can make a connection with the year of Grace. Stage 1 Stage Early Stage 1 Sharing Our Story Unit Name Theme Connection which can be made with Year of Faith and Grace 1KC1 God’s gifts to us God’s Grace is reflected in the gift of God’s love. Living as Jesus showed us God’s Grace is reflected in how we give the gifts we have to others. 12 . The ideal would be for the connection to be continuous throughout the year. 1KC7 Jesus’ birth God’s Grace is reflected in the birth of Jesus. We can show God’s grace by caring for Creation. Members of God’s Church family share his gift of grace by helping to serve and care for others. who love me as God loves me. The priests in our parish help us to live as good people and share God’s gift of grace.

11C5 Baptism Grace is a gift of God freely given and celebrated at the time of their Baptism. our gifts. 11C10 Advent/ Christmas God’s Grace is reflected in how Mary and Joseph waited for the gift of the baby Jesus. the gift of His Son. at the Last Supper. Jesus gave us a very special means of building our relationship with God. 11C7 Senses: A Gift from God The many gifts each person receives are through the Grace of God. 11C8 Advent: Getting Ready for Jesus God’s Grace is reflected in how Mary and Joseph waited for the gift of the baby Jesus. 12C2 Lent: Being Alone Jesus is always with us even in times of hurt and disappointment. 11C4 Easter Season: Together The Grace of God can be seen in the members of our family. Jesus is our friend therefore Jesus is a gift of God’s grace. Combined unit Mary is full of God’s Grace. 11E1 Mission: Sharing with others as Jesus showed us We reveal the Grace of God to others when we reach out in love to those in need. Naming the gifts we have and recognizing the Grace of God. 11C9 Christmas: Celebrating Jesus’ Birthday God’s Grace is reflected in the birth of Jesus. 12C1 Jesus Helps Me to Love Jesus is the greatest gift of God’s Love.Stage 1 Stage Sharing Our Story Unit Name Theme Stage 1 11C1 Jesus Our Friend The Grace of God can be witnessed in our friends. He shows us how to use the Grace of God. Connection which can be made with Year of Faith and Grace 13 . Mary is full of God’s Grace. God’s Grace is reflected in the birth of Jesus. in loving others as Jesus did. Jesus. the gift of His Son. 11C2 Lent: Growing Together Jesus is our friend therefore Jesus is a gift of God’s grace. 11C3 Easter Triduum: The Last Supper The Grace of God is revealed in the gift of His Son.

12C8 Advent: Waiting for Jesus God’s Grace is reflected in how Mary and Joseph waited for the gift of the baby Jesus. We can show God’s grace by forgiving those who need healing.Stage 1 Stage Sharing Our Story Unit Name Theme 12C3 Easter Triduum: Never Alone 12C4 Easter Season: Jesus is with Us Connection which can be made with Year of Faith and Grace We are never really alone. 12C7 Eucharist: Celebrating God’s Love The Sacraments are signs of God’s grace and love. Mary is full of God’s Grace. Mary is full of God’s Grace. the gift of His Son. 12C9 Christmas: Waiting is Over God’s Grace is reflected in the birth of Jesus. The Grace of God is revealed in the gift of His Son. Jesus is a gift of God’s grace and Jesus is always with us. 12C6 Reconciliation: Belonging to a Forgiving Community God’s gift of Grace is seen especially in the Sacraments which are the signs of God’s gift of love. 14 . Jesus who is always with us. It is also a time of increased awareness and appreciation of the Christian community. 12C5 The Pentecost Story The Pentecost event is a time when we reflect on and remember the gift and Grace of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is our friend. 12C10 Advent Christmas Combined Unit God’s Grace is reflected in how Mary and Joseph waited for the gift of the baby Jesus. Participation at Mass is the acceptance of God’s gift of Grace. 12E1 Mission: Loving God and Others Like Jesus We reveal the Grace of God to others when we reach out in love to those in need. God’s Grace is reflected in the birth of Jesus. the gift of His Son.

e. His gift of love. Stage 2 Stage Sharing Our Story Unit Name Stage 2 23C1 Jesus Shares His Gifts Grace is God’s gift to us. reached out to others in loving service. God’s gift of His son. Initiation into the Christian community reflects acceptance of God’s gift of Grace. full of Grace” 23C7 Caring for God’s Wondrous Creation God’s gift of Grace is freely given and is seen in everything we have i.The following table highlights. and everything in Creation. 23C5 Sacraments of Initiation The Sacraments are signs of God’s Grace. Theme Journeying with Jesus Connections which can be made with Year of Faith and Grace 23C4 The Journey to Emmaus The disciples witnessed the Grace of God in the person of Jesus. 23C2 Lent: Reaching Out Jesus shows us how to reveal God’s grace to others in how he. within the units of Sharing Our Story. Our sharing of our gifts with others reveals the Grace of God to others. The ideal would be for the connection to be continuous throughout the year. 23E Mission: Reaching out with Jesus We reveal the Grace of God to others when we reach out in love to those in need. 15 . where teachers can make a connection with the year of Grace. 23C3 Easter Triduum The Grace of God is revealed in the gift of His Son. “Hail Mary. 23C9 Christmas: The Promise Comes True Grace is a gift from God. We respond to the gift of Grace by respecting and caring for creation. 23C8 Advent: Making Promises The Old Testament reveals the promise of God to send His Son. our very life. who they encountered on the road to Emmaus. 23C6 Mary: A Woman of Faith Mary responded to the Gift of God’s grace in her life when she said ‘Yes’ to God. God’s love graces us with the gift of His Son. Jesus. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. himself.

24C2 Lent: An Invitation to Believe The gift of Grace is freely given to us by God. 24C8 The Bible: A Special Book The Grace of God is revealed in the words of Scripture.Stage 2 Stage Sharing Our Story Unit Name Theme 23E1 The Nativity Tree Grace is a gift from God. The act of faith. God offers this gift to everyone. We can show God’s grace by forgiving those who need healing. We are free to respond to the invitation to exercise faith and to embrace those divine gifts and graces in our actions. we accept the gift of God’s Grace. is given as a gift of God. Lent is a time to engage with the message and renew our relationship with God in acceptance of his gifts. as we enter into the celebration of the Mass. 24C1 Talking and Listening to God Grace is a free gift of God. 24C3 Lent Year B: Practices and Promises Lent gives us the opportunity to renew and revitalise our relationship with God and the acceptance of His gift of Grace. 24C5 Easter Triduum Passover: Exodus The Grace of God is revealed in the gift of His Son. Jesus. 16 . the Son of God. Connections which can be made with Year of Faith and Grace When we live by the words of Scripture. 24C6 Easter Season New Life The Grace of God is revealed to us in the gift of God’s Son. 24C4 Lent Year C: A Time for Reconciliation God’s gift of Grace is seen in how we relate to the message of Jesus to forgive and to be forgiven. 24C7 Eucharist: The Structure of the Mass The Sacraments are signs of God’s grace and love. is the acceptance of God’s gift of Grace. Jesus. Jesus. 24C9 Reconciliation: God’s Forgiveness and Healing God’s gift of Grace is seen especially in the Sacraments which are the signs of God’s gift of love. We respond to the gift of Grace with prayer as the way we deepen our relationship with God by talking and listening.

We gather as a Christian community to celebrate God’s love and the graces that accompany the gift of His Son.Stage 2 Stage Sharing Our Story Unit Name Theme 24C10 Advent Year A Prophets of Hope 24C11 Advent Year B Be a Joyful Messenger Connections which can be made with Year of Faith and Grace The prophets foretold of the gift of God’s Son. 24C13 Christmas: A Time to Gather Grace is a gift from God. 24E Mission: Serving others with Jesus We reveal the Grace of God to others when we reach out in love to those in need. During Advent we are challenged to reveal God’s grace to those we help. His gift of love. 24C12 Advent Year C: Prepare Scripture tells us how John the Baptist reveals the promise of God to send His Son. 17 . Faith calls us to respond. God’s gift of His son. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. We bring the joy of the Christmas message. to all we meet. We can share the grace of God by being prophets of God’s love. the birth of God’s own Son.

35C6 Living the Message of Jesus Scripture reveals how to use our gift of grace to live as Jesus wants us to live. We have the opportunity to respond in faith and action. 35C4 Stories of the Early Church The life and faith of members of the early church show us how they responded in faith to the gift of God’s grace. within the units of Sharing Our Story. 35C2 The Way of the Cross Lent gives us the opportunity to renew and revitalize our relationship with God and to accept of His gift of Grace especially in times of disappointment. Stage 3 Stage Stage 3 Sharing Our Story Unit Name Theme Connections which can be made with Year of Faith and Grace 35C1 The Parables of Jesus The Parables of Jesus give an example to us of how to respond in love to those in need and to show the grace of Jesus by our actions. The ideal would be for the connection to be continuous throughout the year.The following table highlights. 35E2 Mission: Witnessing and Proclaiming Jesus Throughout the World We reveal the Grace of God to others when we reach out in love to those in need. where teachers can make a connection with the year of Grace. 35C3 Easter Season: Follow Me God’s gift of Grace is an invitation to follow the way Jesus showed us to live. 18 . 35C5 Faith Communities in My Local Area The life and faith of members of our local community show us how to respond to the gift of God’s Grace by helping those in need. Our response is our faith in action.

36C3 The Easter Season: God’s gift of Grace is an invitation to follow the way Jesus showed us to live. 36C5 Eucharist Nourishes us for the Journey The Sacraments are signs of God’s grace and love. is the acceptance of God’s gift of Grace. Key symbols and ritual actions within the sacraments of Holy Orders and Marriage formalize the call to service and revealing God’s grace and love to those we serve. and everything in Creation. It is particularly revealed in the actions of Jesus in Holy Week as he endures His passion and death which are also freely accepted. We respond to the gift of Grace by respecting and caring for creation. The Road Ahead 36C4 The Story of the Catholic Church in Australia We recognize the faith responses made by members of the early Church in Australia. 36C7 Sacraments of Service Sacraments are signs of God’s grace. His gift of love. Identify how the Grace of God is present in our own local school community. We respond in faith as we live by their example. 19 . We also reflect on ‘Crossroad Experiences’ in our life and recognize God’s grace as we respond in faith and action. 36C2 Crossroads: Easter Triduum & Holy Week The Grace of God is freely given and is revealed in the gift of His Son. The act of faith. 36C6 Stewards of Creation God’s gift of Grace is freely given and is seen in everything we have i. We recall the events of Holy Week and reflect on our faith response. as we enter into the celebration of the Mass. Responding to the gift of Grace is saying ‘yes’ and welcoming God into our life.e. 36C8 Advent Year A: Wake Up and Be Ready Scripture reveals the promise of God to send His Son. our life. Jesus.Stage 3 Stage Sharing Our Story Unit Name Theme Connections which can be made with Year of Faith and Grace 36C1 Servant Leadership God’s grace is revealed in the Gift of Jesus and in the characteristics of Moses as a servant leader.

36C11 Advent/Christmas Reflect on the gifts of grace evident in the people in our lives who have influenced our growth and development. Sing and Dance with Joy 20 . God’s gift of love is reflected in the people in their lives. 36E2 Living and Sharing in the Mission of Jesus Scripture reveals how to use our gift of grace to live as Jesus wants us to live.Stage 3 Stage Sharing Our Story Unit Name Theme Connections which can be made with Year of Faith and Grace 36E1 Heroes for God We recognize the faith responses made by members of the Early Church in Australia. To respond to the needs of others is to show the Grace of God. Jesus. Our response is our faith in action. 36C10 Advent Year C: The Jesse Tree The people of the Old Testament point the way to God’s greatest gift of love. Identify how the Grace of God is represented in their lives and how we can learn from them.

where teachers can make a connection with the year of Grace. created in His image Reconciliation God’s gift of forgiveness God’s grace is reflected in our experience of peace and reconciliation Easter Experiences God’s gift of Jesus Christ God’s grace is reflected in the revelation of Jesus Christ as fully human and fully divine Ways People Pray God’s gift of relationship God’s grace is reflected in our relationship with him that is developed through the experience of prayer Religion in the World God’s gift of diversity God’s grace is reflected in the diversity and tolerance that exists in our world. The ideal would be for the connection to be continuous throughout the year. within the units of Sharing Our Story.The following table highlights. 21 . Stage 4 Stage Sharing Our Story Unit Name Theme Connection Stage 4 Images of God God’s gift to us God’s grace is reflected in the action of God in the world The life and times of Jesus God’s gift of His Son God’s grace is reflected on the gift of his son Jesus who died and rose again Literary forms in the Bible God’s gift of tradition God’s grace is reflected in the tradition of the church and the scriptures that document the story People of the Covenant God’s gift if himself to us God’s grace is reflected in the gift of God’s relationship with his people The Church Spreads the Good News God’s gift of the Church God’s grace is reflected in the proclamation of the Good News Initiation and Belonging God’s gift of our individuality God’s grace is reflected in the beauty of our individuality.

where teachers can make a connection with the year of Grace. within the units of Sharing Our Story. Eucharist God’s gift of the Eucharist God’s grace is reflected in the Eucharist as the source and summit of Catholic life Mary and the Saints God’s gift of Mary and the Saints God’s grace is reflected in the fidelity to church teaching as reflected in the lives of holy men and women Christianity in the Middle Ages God’s gift of religious life God’s grace is reflected in the call to expressions of holiness 22 .The following table highlights. The ideal would be for the connection to be continuous throughout the year. Stage 5 Stage Stage 5 Unit Name Theme Connection Reverence for life God’s gift of the strength of the spirit God’s grace is reflected in the sacredness of life Images of Jesus God’s gift of Jesus Christ God’s grace is reflected in the revelation of Jesus Christ as fully human and fully divine The New Testament God’s gift of the Word God’s grace is reflected in the proclamation of the Good News A call to unity God’s gift of diversity God’s grace is reflected in the diversity and tolerance that exists in our world.

The following table highlights. leisure and work God’s gift of life God’s grace is reflected in the call to expressions of holiness A Christian vision of the world God’s gift of hope God’s grace is reflected in the proclamation and actions of Jesus Christ as Hope for our world Spiritual pathways God’s gift of life God’s grace is reflected in the call to expressions of holiness Religion in Australia God’s gift of diversity God’s grace is reflected in the role religion plays in our Australian culture 23 . Stage 6 Stage Stage 6 Sharing Our Story Unit Name Theme Connection Search for meaning God’s gift of purpose and meaning God’s grace is reflected sacred purpose of our lives Jesus of history Christ of faith God’s gift of Jesus Christ God’s grace is reflected I the revelation of Jesus Christ as fully human and fully divine Living Texts God’s gift of the Word God’s grace is reflected in the proclamation of the Good News Christian vocation. within the units of Sharing Our Story. where teachers can make a connection with the year of Grace. The ideal would be for the connection to be continuous throughout the year.

schools and homes (e. The centrality of prayer is a feature of the Year of Grace. The Year of Grace logo may be displayed prominently – on a poster or banner. and/or an Order of Service that may be handed out. This may be accompanied. it may be good to screen material from the website (either before or during the Service) – the logo. Following the liturgy. or possibly several of them in different styles. if it is to be used during the liturgy.Year of Grace Launch Suggestions for Feast of Pentecost Mass General Notes “Contemplate the Face of Christ” is a key phrase from Pope John Paul II’s Novo Millennio Ineunte (NMI) and is a central concern of the Year of Grace. after Pentecost Sunday the Paschal candle “is now given a place of honour in the baptistery”). brought to it from the Bishops Conference earlier in the month. An extended period of time for silent prayer is recommended at key points in the liturgy. images of the Ritual at North Sydney. leaflets). by the comments about the possible “meanings” of the logo. The Paschal Candle will be prominent in the sanctuary and lit. It would be good to have a prominent icon or image of the face of Jesus. It is recommended these are distributed at the conclusion with the exception of the prayer card. on screen or in the hand-out. the interviews with the Bishops. If facilities permit. with the Year of Grace candles forming the logo. 24 . Note: The Diocese will have a Year of Grace candle. on a screen.g. for use in parishes. an opportunity for exposition may be offered. (As the Ordo notes. prayer cards. etc. Materials may also be distributed.

firstly and most urgently. Most deeply. For several years the Bishops have been reflecting deeply on the life of the Church in Australia. We are resolved. As Bishops. God’s faithful people. to contemplate the face of Christ. Like the disciples at the first Pentecost. we desire for the light of Christ to burn more brightly in the heart of each Australian. in large public celebrations such as World Youth Day in Sydney and the Canonisation of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. We need to extend the hand of friendship to those of other nations and faiths and to be good stewards of the created world. God’s abundant blessings to us. 25 . You will know many of these in your own lives. in the words of Pope John Paul II. … We recognise. Our response in faith is to start afresh from Christ. We have seen them. We also acknowledge with sadness that we are a Church in need of healing. There is also the struggle to defend the dignity of the first Australians and those who come as migrants and refugees to our shores. too.Introduction The following from Archbishop Wilson’s letter announcing the Year of Grace may be adapted for local settings: We call the Catholic people in Australia to a Year of Grace …. in bringing the peace and good news of Jesus Christ to our nation. We have asked how we can better serve the needs of you. We make this call. we invite you to walk this journey with us in hope. to ourselves as Bishops. we commit ourselves to start afresh from Christ. firstly. … As we address this challenge to ourselves. we asked ourselves where we can turn with so many issues confronting us. There are many wounds – most especially the wounds of abuse which have left not only those abused but the whole Church in need of healing.

We pray for repentance for the areas in which we have failed. Let us now turn to God with our needs and the needs of the world. Lord.General Intercessions Leader: All grace flows from God. Lord. hear us. Leader: Dear God. Lord. that we may be of one mind and heart in Jesus Christ. cultivating the many gifts of the Spirit and seeking to grow as disciples of Jesus so as to witness to his resurrection. hear us. seeking healing and renewal through the grace of Christ’s forgiveness. we entrust our efforts in the Year of Grace to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. confident that our prayers will be answered. We pray for holiness. hear us. Lord. hear us. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. contemplating the face of Jesus. We pray for a recommitment to prayer. Through this renewed commitment. We pray that in all we do we may start afresh with Christ. hear us. Lord. 26 . We pray for our nation that all Australians may become more deeply aware of the grace of God in their lives. may the Church in Australia be transformed by the power of Christ’s resurrection in our lives. individually and together.

Help of Christians. Amen. that we may experience a new wave of grace. Call to Prayer As we light the Year of Grace candle. [extended period of silent prayer] Year of Grace Prayer Gracious God. The candle is now lit Let us pray in silence. who showed us new ways of living the Gospel. there may a ritual lighting of the Year of Grace candle. Mary. In church setting. 27 . especially its people. that our Church may be transformed.Lighting of the Year of Grace Candle After Communion. our relationships be healed. asking for the grace to start afresh from Christ. We thank you for the Year of Grace. and our nation grow in compassion and justice. You have blessed this ancient land with many gifts. and that the light of Christ may burn more brightly in our lives. a time to start afresh from Christ. pray for us. it may be lit from the Paschal Candle. may its light be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation. we make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Attune our hearts and minds to the presence of your Holy Spirit. You invite us to contemplate the face of Jesus your Son. With the intercession of St Mary MacKillop.

TiS-398. CWB-653. Saint Joseph pray for us. GA-397) Amazing grace (AOV1-29. TiS-129. TS-433) Legend: AOV As One Voice GA Gather Australia CWB Catholic Worship Book NLP New Living Parish Hymnal TiS Together in Song TS The Source 28 . TS-71) Now thank we all our God (AOV1-189. CWB-755. the great foundation (GA-483) Praise. and of the church or locality. NLP-43. TS-1718) Come down. GA-392. TiS-106) O Christ. NLP-166. GA-375. The names of other saints may be added. TiS-134. The litany concludes: All holy men and women pray for us. NLP-4. O Love divine (AOV1-118. GA-425. CWB-789.A short litany of saints may now be offered Saint John the Baptist pray for us. especially local patrons. GA-437. TiS-586. the King of heaven (AOV1-78. my soul. Saint Peter and Saint Paul pray for us. TS-2) All you works of God (AOV1-19. TS-18. NLP-18. Opening and Closing Hymn Suggestions Abide with me (AOV2-128.

prayer cards. This may be accompanied. schools and homes (e. or possibly several of them in different styles. Opening Hymn See attached suggestions 29 . etc. In a church setting. Following the liturgy. with the Year of Grace candles forming the logo. an opportunity for exposition may be offered. (As the Ordo notes. The Year of Grace logo may be displayed prominently – on a poster or banner. An extended period of time for silent prayer is recommended at key points in the liturgy. the interviews with the Bishops. It is recommended these are distributed at the conclusion with the exception of the prayer card. It would be good to have a prominent icon or image of the face of Jesus. on a screen. by the comments about the possible “meanings” of the logo. brought to it from the Bishops Conference earlier in the month. after Pentecost Sunday the Paschal candle “is now given a place of honour in the baptistery”). Note: The Diocese will have a Year of Grace candle. leaflets).g. and/or an Order of Service that may be handed out. for use in parishes. if it is to be used during the liturgy. If facilities permit. Materials may also be distributed. it may be good to screen material from the website (either before or during the Service) – the logo.Year of Grace Liturgy of the Word General Notes “Contemplate the Face of Christ” is a key phrase from Pope John Paul II’s Novo Millennio Ineunte (NMI) and is a central concern of the Year of Grace. the Paschal Candle will be prominent in the sanctuary and lit. The centrality of prayer is a feature of the Year of Grace. on screen or in the hand-out. images of the Ritual at North Sydney.

in bringing the peace and good news of Jesus Christ to our nation. Our response in faith is to start afresh from Christ. we asked ourselves where we can turn with so many issues confronting us. firstly and most urgently. You will know many of these in your own lives. We make this call. and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Like the disciples at the first Pentecost. too. Introduction The following from Archbishop Wilson’s letter announcing the Year of Grace may be adapted for local settings: We call the Catholic people in Australia to a Year of Grace …. All: And with your spirit. … As we address this challenge to ourselves. to contemplate the face of Christ. All: Amen. There is also the struggle to defend the dignity of the first Australians and those who come as migrants and refugees to our shores. in large public celebrations such as World Youth Day in Sydney and the Canonisation of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. and of the Son. 30 . God’s abundant blessings to us. to ourselves as Bishops. We need to extend the hand of friendship to those of other nations and faiths and to be good stewards of the created world. God’s faithful people. in the words of Pope John Paul II. … We recognise. we commit ourselves to start afresh from Christ. We have asked how we can better serve the needs of you. As Bishops. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. and the love of God. There are many wounds – most especially the wounds of abuse which have left not only those abused but the whole Church in need of healing. firstly. and of the Holy Spirit. We also acknowledge with sadness that we are a Church in need of healing. We are resolved. Most deeply. we desire for the light of Christ to burn more brightly in the heart of each Australian. For several years the Bishops have been reflecting deeply on the life of the Church in Australia.Greeting In the name of the Father. We have seen them. we invite you to walk this journey with us in hope.

for his love has no end.24 Psalm settings attached (R. a marvel in our eyes. I shall live and recount his deeds. one God. 16-17. pour out. you sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation. This is the work of the Lord. his right hand raised me up. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good. 1. let us rejoice and be glad. the gifts of the Holy Spirit across the face of the earth and. your Son. I shall not die. (R. The Lord’s right hand has triumphed. R. with the divine grace that was at work when the Gospel was first proclaimed.) 3.’ (R. First Reading Acts 4:32-4:35 Responsorial Psalm Ps 117:1-2. (R. we pray. Through our Lord Jesus Christ. v.) 2. Let the sons of Israel say: ‘His love has no end. or (R) Alleluia. who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit. fill now once more the hearts of believers. for ever and ever.) 31 .) This is the day the Lord has made. The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.Opening Prayer O God. 22-23.

meaning God’s anointed One. Alleluia. to listen to the words of Your Son. 16-18 Notes for Reflecting on the Word Acts 4:32-4:35 You may wish to focus on the link between the apostles’ witness to the resurrection of Jesus and the ‘great grace’ of God that is upon the whole community. Grace is God’s gift revealed to believers in Jesus the Christ/Messiah. We know God through our encounter with the Word made flesh who ‘lived among us’. the ‘apostles’ (the leaders. Gospel John 1:14-15.     In a graced community. John 1:14-15. but not only the leaders) witness ‘with great dynamism’ to the resurrection of Jesus. We might attend in this Year of Grace to the ‘fullness’ of grace. O Lord. The members of a ‘graced’ community are of one heart and one mind. 16-18 You may like to focus on Jesus as the Christ/Messiah. in the community.Gospel Acclamation Alleluia. the source of grace and truth. no one is in need. ‘the grace upon grace’ we have all received. In a ‘graced’ community. We encounter the Word made flesh in the gospel. in the Eucharist. 32 . as the revelation of God. and link this with the Year of Grace as a time to start afresh from Christ    Christ/Messiah is a title for Jesus. Alleluia! Open our hearts. in all that has come into being.

33 . we entrust our efforts in the Year of Grace to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Leader: Dear God. We pray for repentance for the areas in which we have failed. Lord. it may be lit from the Paschal Candle. We pray for holiness. hear us. individually and together. In a church setting. Through this renewed commitment. cultivating the many gifts of the Spirit and seeking to grow as disciples of Jesus so as to witness to his resurrection. may the Church in Australia be transformed by the power of Christ’s resurrection in our lives. seeking healing and renewal through the grace of Christ’s forgiveness. that we may be of one mind and heart in Jesus Christ. hear us. Lighting of the Year of Grace Candle There may now be a ritual lighting of the Year of Grace candle. We pray for our nation that all Australians may become more deeply aware of the grace of God in their lives. hear us. We pray that in all we do we may start afresh with Christ. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. hear us. Lord. contemplating the face of Jesus. We pray for a recommitment to prayer. Lord.General Intercessions Leader: All grace flows from God. Let us now turn to God with our needs and the needs of the world. Lord. Lord. confident that our prayers will be answered. hear us.

Attune our hearts and minds to the presence of your Holy Spirit. may its light be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation. that we may experience a new wave of grace. especially its people. Mary. that our Church may be transformed. a time to start afresh from Christ. Help of Christians. You have blessed this ancient land with many gifts. asking for the grace to start afresh from Christ. who showed us new ways of living the Gospel. You invite us to contemplate the face of Jesus your Son. 34 . We thank you for the Year of Grace. our relationships be healed. and that the light of Christ may burn more brightly in our lives. we make our prayer through Christ our Lord. pray for us.Call to Prayer As we light the Year of Grace candle. [extended period of silent prayer] Year of Grace Prayer Gracious God. The candle is now lit Let us pray in silence. With the intercession of St Mary MacKillop. and our nation grow in compassion and justice. Amen.

ready to recognise his face and run to our brothers and sisters with the good news: "We have seen the Lord!" We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Dismissal Go now in peace to love and serve the Lord Thanks be to God Closing Hymn See attached suggestions 35 . Saint Peter and Saint Paul pray for us.A short litany of saints may now be offered Saint John the Baptist pray for us. as the disciples of Emmaus did. Blessing May almighty God bless you in the name of the Father. especially local patrons. Your Son. the Risen Jesus. May he find us watchful. and of the church or locality. Saint Joseph pray for us. The litany concludes: All holy men and women pray for us. The names of other saints may be added. accompanies us on our way and enables us to recognise him. "in the breaking of the bread". and of the Holy Spirit. and of the Son. Closing Prayer Let us pray Dear God.

GA-392.Opening and Closing Hymn Suggestions Abide with me (AOV2-128. 36 . O’Brien – Psalms for Sundays of the Year) This is the day (C. NLP-166. Mason – Psalms for All Time) This is the day (J. TS-18.Proulx – Lectionary Psalms: Grail/Gelineau) This is the day (P. CWB-789. or being printed in a leaflet or projected onto a screen. Willcock – Psalms for Feasts and Seasons) Legend AOV As One Voice GA Gather Australia CWB Catholic Worship Book NLP New Living Parish Hymnal TiS Together in Song TS The Source Other resources On the following page are two passages from NMI. CWB-653. either or both of which may be used in the Ritual – either by being read out (though not in the same way as a Reading from the Word of God). my soul. NLP-43. Gelineau / R. TS-433) Responsorial Psalm Suggestions This is the day (J. NLP-18. the King of heaven (AOV1-78. NLP-4. TS-2) All you works of God (AOV1-19. GA-437. TiS-129. TS-1718) Come down. GA-375. TiS-134. TiS-586. GA-425. Smith – Responsorial Psalms for the Year) This is the day (C. TiS-106) O Christ. the great foundation (GA-483) Praise. CWB-755. TiS-398. GA-397) Amazing grace (AOV1-29. TS-71) Now thank we all our God (AOV1-189. O Love divine (AOV1-118.

We are certainly not seduced by the naive expectation that. and with him transform history until its fulfillment in the heavenly Jerusalem. so that in him we may live the life of the Trinity. 37 . however. even though it takes account of time and culture for the sake of true dialogue and effective communication. and has now been renewed in our hearts by the celebration of the Jubilee. From it we must gain new impetus in Christian living. to make his face shine also before the generations of the new millennium? Our witness. but without underestimating the problems we face. who is to be known. we shall not be saved by a formula but by a Person. This request. faced with the great challenges of our time. This assurance. storing in our hearts the treasures of this very special time. "We wish to see Jesus" (Jn 12:21). This is a programme which does not change with shifts of times and cultures. it has its centre in Christ himself. No. addressed to the Apostle Philip by some Greeks who had made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the Passover. The Great Jubilee has certainly helped us to do this more deeply. dear brothers and sisters. This programme for all times is our programme for the Third Millennium. has accompanied the Church for two thousand years.A FACE TO CONTEMPLATE 16. And is it not the Church's task to reflect the light of Christ in every historical period. and the assurance which he gives us: I am with you! It is not therefore a matter of inventing a "new programme". making it the force which inspires our journey of faith. We put the question with trusting optimism. would be hopelessly inadequate if we ourselves had not first contemplated his face. echoes spiritually in our ears too during this Jubilee Year. "I am with you always. we ask ourselves today the same question put to Peter in Jerusalem immediately after his Pentecost speech: "What must we do?" (Acts 2:37). our gaze is more than ever firmly set on the face of the Lord. STARTING AFRESH FROM CHRIST 29. At the end of the Jubilee. to the close of the age" (Mt 28:20). we shall find some magic formula. loved and imitated. Conscious of the Risen Lord's presence among us. but in a certain sense to "show" him to them. as we go back to our ordinary routine. Like those pilgrims of two thousand years ago. Ultimately. it is the same as ever. the men and women of our own day — often perhaps unconsciously — ask believers not only to "speak" of Christ. The programme already exists: it is the plan found in the Gospel and in the living Tradition.

common day experiences for us. Then you hear us say. run out of the words we need to describe certain experiences in our lives. “I just can’t tell you how much…” or “Words just can’t describe how I feel…” or “There’s no way I could tell you…” And we mean precisely what we are saying: we’ve run out of language. We go along in our lives. these experiences are no longer ordinary. or even several times per day. from Bill Huebsch – A New Look at Grace may be read aloud.Similarly. or reproduced in a leaflet or on a screen. but every now and then. We begin to identify these experiences as important … Only when we are touched and moved by the everyday events and people of our lives. can we be touched and moved by God. They just sort of happen ……. living everyday in a willy-nilly sort of way We don’t think much about our common tasks ideas. Bill Huebsch – A New Look at Grace 38 . conversations or events. those plain old words just don’t do it. this passage. sometimes every day. duly acknowledged and attributed.

Acknowledgements This resource was compiled using resources and with the collaboration of personnel from: National Committee for the Year of Grace (an initiative for the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference) Diocesan Committee for the Year of Grace Catholic Education Office. Parramatta 2012 39 .