Making time for God

Life can be full of distractions from the things that really matter. Prayer is an antidote to this—a tried and tested way to shift our focus from ourselves and to put things in perspective, to make time for God.

In his latest video message, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli reflects on how, in this Year of Prayer, we might punctuate our days with praise by embracing one of the great prayers of the Catholic tradition, the Glory Be.

In this week’s stories, we also hear from Deacon Ferdinand Correya, who was recently ordained to the permanent diaconate. He speaks about his hopes for his ministry and about the ways permanent deacons can help people bring their focus back to God in the midst of busy lives.

And as we prepare to observe two Sea Sundays this year, on 21 and 28 July, Stella Maris encourages us to support them in their important work with the seafarers who visit our shores, caring for them in practical ways and helping them find time for God when they are far from home.

Archbishop Comensoli: praying the Glory Be
To help us enter more deeply into this Year of Prayer—and following on from his video reflections on the Our Father and the Hail Mary—Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has offered some reflections on the Glory Be, the short but powerful prayer of praise to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that punctuates so much of our prayer life in the Catholic tradition.
Deacon Ferdinand Correya, building relationship with God
Broad smiles and a spirit of great joy filled St Patrick’s Cathedral on the morning of Saturday 15 June as Archbishop Peter A Comensoli ordained Deacon Ferdinand Correya to the ministry of the permanent diaconate—a ministry he will exercise in the partnered parishes of St Gabriel and St Stephen of Hungary, Reservoir and Reservoir East, and St Raphael, Preston West, alongside his teaching work and family life.
Catholics asked to offer Stella support for seafarers
This year, Catholics around Australia are being asked to reflect on and support seafarers over two Sea Sundays, 21 and 28 July, giving Catholics an even greater opportunity to pray for and support seafarers. ‘Without seafarers, we would not have most of the items we rely on for daily living,’ Stella Maris chairman Ray Collins said. ‘They work tirelessly to bring into our ports products that sustain us and our economy.’
Building new kindergartens in growing communities
Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) is proud to be partnering with the Victorian Government to build 12 early years education centres to meet the increasing demand from families in Melbourne’s growing communities. ‘MACS is deeply committed to nurturing the development of children in their early years, setting them up for lifelong learning and success,’ MACS Executive Director Dr Edward Simons said.
France’s ‘night of churches’ an opportunity to understand Christian culture through art
La nuit des églises has become a must-go-to event in recent years for many French Catholics and those wanting to experience the beauty of the country’s Christian heritage. From 22 June to 7 July, many of France’s churches are opening their doors in the evenings, after dark, for artistic and cultural events of ‘The Night of Churches’, organised by the French bishops since 2011.
CatholicCare NT visits Caritas Australia’s Timor-Leste Protection Program
Caritas Australia in Timor-Leste has hosted a visit by CatholicCare NT, also attended by four women’s shelters that are partners of the Caritas Australia Protection Program in Timor-Leste. This meeting was an opportunity for the organisations to share knowledge and expertise around running effective safe houses for those escaping gender-based violence.
Pope confirms Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati will be canonised ‘soon’
Pope Francis has said that Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati ‘will be a saint soon’. Known as ‘the Man of the Eight Beatitudes’, he was beatified by St John Paul II in 1990 after his sainthood cause was launched in 1932. The Polish pope had said the young blessed, who died at the age of 24 in 1925, had served as ‘a beneficial influence’ on him during his youth in Poland and that as a student he ‘was impressed by the force of his Christian testimony’.
ACU’s unique pro bono placement program wins Uniservitate Award
Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Thomas More Law School has received global recognition of its distinctive pro bono placement program by winning first prize in the Uniservitate Award. Established in 2014, the Thomas More Law School pro bono program supports around 250 students annually across three Australian capital cities to provide supervised legal service to individuals and communities experiencing disadvantage.
Catholic Mission and the Don Bosco Caring Center: providing a kind hand to homeless children in Ulaanbaatar
Missionaries worldwide answer the call to give of themselves and to provide a kind hand to those most in need. The Don Bosco Caring Center in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia—a partner ministry of Catholic Mission—is a great example of this, offering a safe and loving home to children left to fend for themselves on the streets of the world’s coldest capital.
‘When you’re ready, God’s ready for you as well. God is always there for you, but we need to take the first step, despite our busy schedules.’
Deacon Ferdinand Correya
on making time for God
Upcoming events
2024 NAIDOC Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral
Sunday 7 July 2024
11.00am–12.00pm
On the first Sunday of July each year, the Catholic Church in Australia observes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday. On this day we gather as one to honour and celebrate the rich cultural heritage and contributions of our First Nations Peoples to our Catholic Church. The theme for this ...
Celebrating Liturgy Today: Exploring the Ritual Enactment of Faith
Monday 8 July 2024, 9.00am
– Thursday 11 July 2024, 5.00pm
Celebrating Liturgy Today: Exploring the Ritual Enactment of Faith (THLS606) is being offered through ACU’s Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. The unit will be taught by Prof Clare Johnson and guests over four full days (9am–5pm) and will be delivered live online via Zoom as a professional learning seminar and ...
2024 NAIDOC Mass at St Francis’ Church
Sunday 14 July 2024
11.00am–12.00pm
Join the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) and Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria (ACMV) in a Mass to mark the end of NAIDOC Week (7–14 July) and to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Banner image: Urapun Muy (detail) by Deb Belyea of the Samuawgadhalgal Cassowary Clan ...
Seventh ACMRO National Conference: ‘Welcoming seasonal workers in Australia’
Thursday 18 July 2024, 8.15am
– Friday 19 July 2024, 5.00pm
How faith communities can better welcome seasonal workers will be the focus of the seventh Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) National Conference, to be held at the Australian Catholic University campus in Melbourne. With the theme ‘Welcoming seasonal workers in Australia: Gift and Responsibility’, the conference will address ...
Open House Melbourne: Catholic Theological College
Saturday 27 July 2024
11.00am–3.00pm
Catholic Theological College will open for self-guided tours as part of the popular Open House Melbourne weekend. The striking bluestone building—designed by celebrated 19th-century Catholic architect William Wardell, who also designed St Patrick’s Cathedral—previously housed Catholic secondary schools Parade College (1871–1967) and Cathedral College (1968–94). Award-winning architect Gregory Burgess’ 199 ...
Service of Compline, Newman College
Thursday 1 August 2024
8.30pm–9.15pm
With hymns sung by the Newman College Choir, Compline offers a serene way to wind down the mind, body and spirit before sleep. Soothing prayers, calming music and moments of reflection provide a welcome break from the hustle and busyness of daily life. Newman College is a co-educational Catholic residential ...
Theology of Marriage and Holy Orders
Saturday 3 August 2024, 9.00am
– Sunday 18 August 2024, 5.00pm
Theology of Marriage and Holy Orders (THCT 608) is a postgraduate unit offered by ACU’s Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. Teachers, clergy, parish and diocesan personnel and interested others are welcome to enrol in this unit as professional learners or auditors, or as part of a postgraduate program (through ACU ...
Dr Myriam Wijlens on ‘The prophetic voice of the laity in the renewal of the Church’
Wednesday 14 August 2024
5.00pm–7.30pm
The next speaker in the Helder Camara lecture series is internationally recognised Dutch theologian, ecumenist and consultor to several Vatican bodies Dr Myriam Wijlens. She will speak on ‘The prophetic voice of the laity in the renewal of the Catholic Church.’ Myriam’s work focuses on reform of Church structures and ...
Melbourne Catholic Professionals luncheon: Prof Helen Alvare
Thursday 15 August 2024
12.00pm–2.00pm
Join us for the third Melbourne Catholic Professionals (MCP) event for 2024, where Prof Helen Alvaré, international author and Catholic scholar, will join us as guest speaker. Prof Alvaré is the Robert A Levy Endowed Chair in Law and Liberty at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University. She publishes ...
‘Living with Joy’ Women’s Retreat with Fr Frankie Mulgrew
Saturday 17 August 2024
9.30am–4.00pm
The Catholic Women’s League of Victoria warmly invites you to a day retreat at the Catholic Leadership Centre. Fr Frankie was a professional entertainer in the UK before answering a calling to become a Catholic priest. The retreat commences 9.30am with Holy Mass, followed by adoration, Confession and three inspiring ...
Australian Catholic Communications Congress, Sydney
Wednesday 28 August 2024, 9.00am
– Friday 30 August 2024, 12.15pm
The Australian Catholic Communications Congress will be held in Sydney from 28 to 30 August. This three-day event will be held at the Miller Hotel, North Sydney, with the theme ‘Missionary message for the modern world’. The congress is for all Catholics who are interested in improving their media and ...

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