Catholic Enquiry Centre: Snapshot of 2020

CEC Snapshot

The Catholic Enquiry Centre (CEC) is a work of the National Centre for Evangelisation (NCE). Since its establishment in 1959, the CEC has played a significant role in journeying with people on the road to becoming a Catholic. In recent years, its mandate has broadened to also include resourcing and assisting those who want to know more about their faith, as well as catechists and others who are assisting people on their faith journey.


Engaging with the world of new media

New Media

A generation ago, the media most households consumed consisted of radio, television, newspapers, books and magazines. Today, as technology advances rapidly, our homes are filled instead with music and television streaming services, online video games, virtual and augmented reality, smartphone apps, podcasts and a plethora of social media.

These forms of “new media” – which refers to any media delivered digitally – 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?

Rising from the Ashes: Collaboration in a time of crisis

Rising from the ashes

On New Year’s Eve 2019, a devasting bushfire licked the walls of St Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in Milton, NSW. Fortunately, the church and nearby school were saved. Sadly, this was not the case for many people in nearby towns and villages.

Homes, livelihoods and lives were lost. And then, just as the community started to claw its way back, COVID-19 hit. However, this is not a story of gloom and doom. It is the story of how the local Catholic parish did exactly what Pope Francis calls us to do: “to go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the ‘peripheries’ in need of the light of the Gospel”.

The Call to All Catholics Initiative - Archdiocese of Brisbane

The Call to All Catholics Initiative - Archdiocese of BrisbaneImagine you are a Catholic.

Imagine you are a Catholic who stopped going to Mass because you were fed up with the Church or you had been hurt by the Church or life just got in the way of your weekly attendance. There could be many reasons.

Fratelli Tutti: Bishop Shane Mackinlay

Fratelli TuttiFratelli Tutti was published in October 2020 and is Pope Francis’ third encyclical, which is the kind of document used by popes for what they regard as their most serious and long-term contribution to Church teaching and reflection. Some commentators suggest that this encyclical completes a trilogy for Pope Francis, which began with his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (2013) and continued in his environmental encyclical Laudato Si’ (2015).

Serving the law to serving the Lord: Helen Melarekere

Serving the law to serving the LordI am Helen Melarekere. I was born in Port Moresby into a Catholic family and am the second of my four siblings. We were raised by my dearest mum and her immediate family. I lived most of my childhood and completed my primary education in Port Moresby. In 2005, my mum, siblings and I moved to Townsville. Townsville is home for us.

A parish with a heart for the Gospel message: Sacred Heart Parish Hindmarsh-Findon, Adelaide

Sacred Heart ParishIn 2018, the parishioners of Sacred Heart Parish Hindmarsh-Findon in Adelaide were advised that although their parish would continue to exist, they would not have a resident priest for the foreseeable future — if at all. Suddenly, it was up to the parishioners to plot their way forward in uncharted waters. How would they manage it?  

Local World Youth Day celebration moves to new date

Local World Youth Day celebration moves to new date Late last year, as Pope Francis concluded Mass for the handing over of the World Youth Day (WYD) cross between Panama and Portugal, he paused and made an unexpected announcement.

The Women of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

The Women of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference The valuable role that women in the Catholic Church play may seem to many to be overshadowed by a focus on bishops and priests. Yet, at the Women as Church Conference hosted by the BBI-TAITE in October 2020, Mrs Louise Zavone and Dr Trudy Dantis sought to make attendees aware of the many and varied leadership positions that women now hold within the structures of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC).

Setting our Hearts on the Word

Setting our Hearts on the WordPope Francis begins his apostolic letter Aperuit Illis with this quote from Luke, which resounds so appropriately to instituting the Sunday of the Word of God in this time. Immediately we are transported to the road to Emmaus, walking with those disciples going away from Jerusalem in the aftermath of the death of Jesus.

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