1 July 2014, Morning tea gathering
Recently the ACBC General Secretariat staff gathered for a celebratory morning tea to mark ‘Stirring Hearts’, a digital storytelling project celebrating the 48th World Communications Day across the Catholic Church in Australia.
Our neighbours and friends at the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee office and CatholicLIFE within the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn also popped into the Secretariat for the morning brew.
Everyone enjoyed viewing some of the digital stories including the enduring faith story of Sr Hilda Scott and the courageous story about Lulu Mitshabu’s life and trust in God.
Each of the 12 digital stories is unique, blessed, and oftentimes a challenging story of life and faith.
The stories are of women and men, lay and religious, young and old, ordinary and at the same time extraordinary, who share their joys, their sorrows and their struggles. They share pain and they share triumphs.
Most importantly, they share of an encounter with Christ.
Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter is the 2014 theme promulgated by the Holy Father Pope Francis for the 48th World Communications Day.
Stirring Hearts is a resource that we hope can be used in parishes, schools, young adult groups, agencies and organisations to reflect on the theme of World Communications Day 2014.
It is a response to the Holy Father’s Message, which speaks of social networks as one way to experience the call to discover the beauty of faith and the beauty of encountering Christ.
Pope Francis expressly says that in the area of communications “we need a Church capable of bringing warmth and of stirring hearts”.
View the digital stories, say the prayer for World Communications Day or download the parish toolkit at: www.stirringhearts.org.au