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Church marketing personnel need to be up-to-date with the latest church marketing strategies and resources to successfully implement the church / parish marketing plan. This church marketing blog enables church marketing personnel to engage in blog discussions relating to the church marketing issues of today. The 'Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed)', 2011, by Bryan Foster, forms the basis for most of these blog posts.

Canonisation of Mary MacKillop - Review of Mary MacKillop Website at marymackillop.org.au/

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Review of Mary MacKillop Website  at marymackillop.org.au/ begins with full praise to the website's designers. First impressions at the homepage encourage the reader to delve more fully into the website. Images of Mary MacKillop from various stages of her life set a wonderful scene to explore this marvellous website much further.

Blessed Mary MacKillop was canonized in Rome on 17 October, 2010. Mary is the first Australian to be canonised. As this is such a significant event for all Australians, especially the Catholics of Australia, it is marked by a count-down clock on the
canonisation page.

The clean homepage invites you to enter either through the image and photo banners to:

  • Beginnings
  • Growth
  • Challenge
  • Influences
  • Legacy

or through the toolbar below to:

  • Timeline
  • Pligrimage
  • Pryaer Space
  • Canonisation
  • Support Our Work Donate Now

The Canonisation webpage has a large variety of links to some truly, very special webpages, including:

The Canonisation Ceremony:

The
Canonisation of Blessed Mary MacKillop Ceremony is taken from the marymackillop.org.au website:

09.30am

  • The reading of a brief biography of each Blessed being canonised.
  • The preparation for the ceremony – features short readings or prayers written by the Blessed. At this point there will be a prayer or hymn (chosen to fit the biography which has been submitted by each Postulator).

10.00am

The Rite of Canonisation – the Mass celebrated by the Holy Father

  • The pope begins with a greeting.
  • The Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints accompanies the Postulators to the Holy Father and requests the Holy Father to proceed with the Canonisation of the Blesseds using the formula: Most blessed Father, The holy Mother Church, asks your Holiness that these blessed ones be written in Book of Saints and thus be invoked as such by all Christians.
  • The Prefect then presents a brief biography of those to be canonised.
  • Prayer and Litany of the Saints follows with the concluding prayer to the Litany
  • THE HOLY FATHER SOLEMNLY PRONOUNCES THE OFFICIAL FORMULA OF CANONISATION.
  • ALL RESPOND with the sung AMEN
  • The relics of the Saints are placed near the altar
  • The choir /cantor sings alleluiax3
  • The assembly repeats the above alleluia x3
  • The choir/cantor sings a brief acclamation.
  • The Prefect thanks the Holy Father and asks that arrangements be made that the Apostolic letter be written regarding the Canonisation
  • Holy Father responds – may this be so!
  • The Prefect and the Postulators exchange a sign of peace with Holy Father
  • THE EUCHARIST FOLLOWS AS NORMAL – the Gloria, the opening Prayer, the Readings etc.

This website is definitely worth the visit. In fact, I would encourage all Catholics, especially those from Australia, to visit this website and to gain a truly remarkable appreciation of this most incredible women and to explore how she is very much the role model for all Australians!

The 'Canonisation of Mary MacKillop - Review of Mary MacKillop Website at marymackillop.org.au/' blog post was written by Bryan Foster, author of, Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed) - the paperback and ebook manual for Church communications and marketing personnel - 304 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points, which allow for a considerably large number of quality stategies and examples to be detailed and available for church marketing personnel - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com


 


Love is the Meaning of Life - Human Frailties Affect Loving Relationships

Thursday, January 26, 2012
Love is the meaning of life. To love and to be loved being the main purpose for our whole existence. Why then do so many people allow all the other lifestyle issues, values, resources, relationships, etc, get in the way? Why then do so many people let the distractions interfere and often dominate their lives?

Most people would believe that the desire to love and be loved to be an intrinsic part of life - you are born with it. You are born to love and be loved. That people living a balanced life, where they are loved and loved others within their family and friendship circle, truly appreciate this message. Once this message is appreciated and lived, then it is the normal thing to do when relating with others and the world.

However, somewhere along the way, many get distracted for so many reasons and then lose that true focus. The human frailties of greed, selfishness, envy, failure to forgive and be forgiven, lust, gluttony, etc, come to the fore and seductively entice people to follow this distracting and destructive pathway.

This transfer of priorities may even occur in early to mid-childhood, where parents or other significant adults or people within the young person's life, live an alternate destructive lifestyle, which is seen by the young person as the norm, and hence worthy of following (even if subconsciously). This then becomes the accepted lifestyle as they grow up.

People may then follow this pathway until challenged to do otherwise. Challenged to see the destructiveness of these chosen ways, challenged to confront the situation they then find to be wrong, challenged to become a better more loving person. This challenge often comes at a time of complete lowness / loneliness within their lives.

To love and to be loved is the meaning of life. It is the primary and quite raw need within all people. It is not only a basic emotional and social need of each person but it is also the main spiritual desire and need.

Appreciating that love is the meaning of life brings with it the challenge to love and to be loved in all its manifestations. To not get distracted and damaged by allowing all the other stuff to get in the way. This belief should be at the core of all church and religious school philosophies and theologies.

When 'Love is the Meaning of Life' then the future holds no bounds.

Love rules! Most people would believe that the desire to love and to be loved is an intrinsic part of all humanity.

The 'Love is the Meaning of Life - Human Frailties Affect Loving Relationships' blog post was written by Bryan Foster, author of Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed), - the paperback and ebook manual for Church communications and marketing personnel - 304 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points, which allow for a considerably large number of quality stategies and examples to be detailed and available for church marketing personnel - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com



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