A resource from the Australian Catholic Bishops' National Centre for Evangelisation  

WELCOME to our April 2021 edition of The Bridge, where we continue to share stories and reflections on communities, resources and the people of God seeking to evangelise Australia.

In this issue we consider a number of perspectives on how the Church and social culture intersect. Fr Stephen Hackett MSC, General Secretary of the Bishops Conference, explains how art continues to be a component of our evangelisation. Matthew Biddle of the NCE explores the urgent need for the Church to expand its evangelical engagement into new media and mediums including gaming, apps and podcasts, while the NCE team reflects on Pope Francis' invitation for World Communications Day to "Come and See", to move beyond our screens and interact with real people and stories. We hear how the Milton Parish's response to their local community's needs continues one year on from the 2020 bushfires. Finally, we review two initiatives of the NCE: the Catholic Enquiry Centre's snapshot of work during 2020, and the recent Women’s Consultation hosted by the Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry.

In recent months the NCE has regrouped its social media profiles and now has four main profiles to promote its scope of works. These are all on Facebook, with some connected accounts: National Centre for Evangelisation, Catholic Enquiry Centre, Catholic Women Australia, Catholic Youth Australia. Please follow these pages to source latest news and ongoing networks in these areas. The NCE has also collated its resources into a central promotional tool which can be found in the 'Resources' section of this edition of The Bridge.

The Bridge seeks to share stories of evangelisation and co-responsibility in the Church in Australia, so please share your local initiatives with us via info@nce.catholic.org.au

Every blessing,

Malcolm Hart
Director, National Centre for Evangelisation

CEC Snapshot

Catholic Enquiry Centre: Snapshot of 2020

The Catholic Enquiry Centre, since its establishment in 1959, has sought to assist all those who enquire about the Catholic faith. The Snapshot Report for 2020 provides a summary of the work undertaken by the CEC in 2020.

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New Media

Engaging with the world of new media

Various forms of “new media” have become commonplace in society almost overnight. But what challenges and opportunities do these new media forms present, for the Church and for society as a whole?

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The evangelising power of Christian art

Jesus said nothing about art. He did, however, speak using images that were at once familiar enough to be grasped and yet evocative enough to provide a glimpse of the mystery about which he was speaking. 

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Rising from the Ashes: Collaboration in a time of crisis

When faced with the recent bushfire crisis, a small coastal parish in New South Wales took up the challenge to be the Gospel in action. Read how the initiatives of Milton Parish have brought local community groups together to work for the good of all.

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Come and See: An invitation to encounter Jesus

This year’s World Communications Day message is an invitation to be the presence and seek out the presence of Christ in the world.

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Connecting women in ministry and mission

Catholic women gathered online on March 27 for a national consultation organised by the Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry.

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People looking at resources

The NCE has a compilation of resources useful for various ministries. Click here to view.

In this edition the NCE is announcing a number of changes to our resources available through the ACBC Online Store. Please note, for a limited time some resources are being given away, and postage is currently FREE. Click here to view our resources available.

People going to an event

Visit the Events page on the NCE website for details of conferences and other significant events.    

Claim the Date - ACBC Online Events:
  • Catholic Men Gather - July 31
  • Catholic Women Gather - September 11
  • Catholic Youth Gather - November 21
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