Introduction to Marist Laity

40 day - Prayer and Fast - For Peace

Marist Laity Australia has organized a 40-day Novena and Fast dedicated to praying for peace in regions including Gaza, Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Myanmar/Burma, Yemen, Ethiopia, Syria, and Afghanistan. Participants are encouraged to engage in daily meditation, focusing initially on their breathing followed by scripture reading and prayer. If possible, attending daily mass and praying for peace as a family or community are also key components of the Novena. Participants are asked to fast by skipping one meal a day, substituting it with bread and water, and keeping other meals light. Additionally, engaging in the sacrament of reconciliation, to foster a deeper spiritual commitment throughout this period.
 

Gospel - The First time matters - Sowing a seed

Father Jim's homily begins with a vivid comparison, likening the first experiences of prominent figures like Lionel Messi, Ash Barty, and Taylor Swift in their respective fields to the first Holy Communion for the children in the parish. He emphasizes the potential life-defining impact of these initial moments, suggesting that receiving Holy Communion could similarly shape the lives of these young parishioners.

Mindful Colouring - Calming the Storm

Pray this prayer with your family, community, school or friends. Download the prayer. PRINT the prayer for each person. Spend 15 minutes praying through mindfulness. In Drawing, Colouring, Writing, Sharing, Discussion, and Song. Tell your family. Set a time. Pray mindfully.
 

Francis and the Sultan - Studies of Religion - Christian Significant Person

The video 'Francis and the Sultan' explores the historical encounter between St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan al-Kamil of Egypt during the time of the Crusades. It highlights themes of dialogue, mutual respect, and understanding across religious and cultural divides.The story begins with the backdrop of the Crusades, specifically the conflict over Jerusalem, a holy site for both Christians and Muslims. Despite the ongoing violence, the video focuses on the efforts of Francis, who, disillusioned by the crusades' violence, seeks a path of peace and brotherhood. He travels to the Muslim camp, not as a crusader but as a peacemaker, aiming to understand and engage with the Muslim world through dialogue rather than confrontation.


 




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Father Jim's homily begins with a vivid comparison, likening the first experiences of prominent figures like Lionel Messi, Ash Barty, and Taylor Swift in their respective fields to the first Holy Communion for the children in the parish. He emphasizes the potential life-defining impact of these initial moments, suggesting that receiving Holy Communion could similarly shape the lives of these young parishioners.
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