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New government MUST tackle Poverty - Vinnies say

23 May 2019

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Coalition face the major challenge of helping three million Australians living in poverty, the St Vincent de Paul Society says. Source: The Catholic Leader.

5th Sunday of Easter Year C 2019 Fr Francis Afu

21 May 2019

The love that isn’t ashamed of those who are unable to live up to the defined truth. The love that encounters others, listens to their stories, pain and struggles, accompanies them step by step and leads them to the revealed Truth.

Religious Electorates Came Out Swinging

20 May 2019

Religious communities across western Sydney have punished Labor, with the growing concerns around religious freedoms swinging votes towards the Liberal Party in the traditional ALP heartland. Source: The Australian.

Catholic sector condemns Greens funding policy

09 May 2019

The Catholic education sector has hit out at the Greens’ “divisive” rhetoric on school funding, warning families that the party’s policies, if implemented, would force schools to hike up fees. Source: The Australian.

Death penalty banned, assisted suicide planned

07 May 2019

The Fifth Commandment (Exodus 20:6) is in fact a principle of social order enshrined in the laws of almost every society in history, providing for citizens a degree of protection against unjust assault or injury as we go about our daily work.

IS RELIGION JUST A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT

03 May 2019

One of the arguments against religion is that it’s a social construction – that is, that religion (particularly, belief in an interventionist or “moralistic” go.

Church Governance Review

02 May 2019

A panel of experts has been convened to conduct a national review of the governance and management structures of Catholic dioceses and parishes, including in relation to issues of transparency, accountability, consultation and lay participation.

Religion has a place in the Class room

30 Apr 2019

There is much misinformation about special religious education in New South Wales government schools, writes Christian SRE chief executive Murray Norman. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

St ATHANASIUS AGAINST THE WORLD

24 Apr 2019

St. Athanasius lived when the blood of the Church’s earliest martyrs was still fresh in the memories of Christians—and the intensity of his faith was a tribute to those who had suffered and died rather than recant the apostolic faith.

Holy Saturday Waiting to cross over

22 Apr 2019

We tend to think of Holy Saturday as a day ‘in between’ Good Friday and Easter Sunday, without any particular significance of its own.

EASTER VIGIL HOMILY - Pope Francis

22 Apr 2019

The women, remembering Jesus, left the tomb. Easter teaches us that believers do not linger at graveyards, for they are called to go forth to meet the Living One.

Good Friday’s Silence Speaks

20 Apr 2019

Indeed, the silence in the church on Good Friday is as much visual as aural. The altar, bare. The cross, empty. The Eucharist, absent. Candles, snuffed out. Even the stomach is empty.

EASTER EDITORIAL - The AUSTRALIAN

20 Apr 2019

Robert Thomson observed that “seething secularism’’ had created a situation in which any person of faith could be portrayed as a nutter, a fruitcake or even a “devotee of the deviant”.

GOOD FRIDAY 2019 - Fr Francis Afu

19 Apr 2019

He hangs on the Cross naked. Gathering to Himself all the naked. Crying their cry, “My God, My God, why have you abandoned Me”. The cry of a broken heart. Perhaps, it is your cry. He can feel your pain, your wound ....

THE EVERLASTING MAN

19 Apr 2019

It has itself returned to life many times after having been apparently defeated. It has, as Chesterton says, “died many times and risen again; for it had a God who knew the way out of the grave.”

THE EASTER EFFECT

19 Apr 2019

The best sign of Catholic vitality will be found at the Easter Vigil on April 20 when tens of thousands of adults, fully aware of the current crisis, will be baptized or will enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.

EASTER GREETINGS

18 Apr 2019

Sacred Days - Holy Days....Gather Us In O Lord to your Table of WORD and EUCHARISTIC SACRIFICE

STAY WITH US - Bishop Barron

18 Apr 2019

A Reflection on the Problem of the Unaffiliated. Bishop Barron's Keynote from the 2019 LA Religious Education Congress on March 22, 2019

Can Christianity Stop at Good Friday

18 Apr 2019

Simone Weil confessed that “if the Gospel omitted all mention of Christ’s resurrection, faith would be easier for me. The Cross by itself suffices me.”[1] This confession should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Weil’s life or thought.

The Notre-Dame Cathedral Fire Isn’t a Sign

17 Apr 2019

For Catholics, churches are not reducible to a well-arranged construction of stones, brick, or concrete...Rather, churches “become” in the moment of consecration something sacramental, a living image of Christ’s very Body.

The WAY of HOLY WEEK

13 Apr 2019

The liturgies of Holy Week invite us to engage with the words, actions and experiences that constituted Jesus’s way to the Father.

Reading the Writing in the Dirt

12 Apr 2019

Only Jesus can teach the Church how to interpret God’s law, for it is he—so much more than we, heavy with hearts of stone—who knows our frailty, who remembers that we are dust.

Pastoral Research Online

11 Apr 2019

Reporting on the 2016 Australian Catholic Bishops Conference National Count of Mass Attendance

Catholic Education a Force for Social Harmony

08 Apr 2019

Faith-based institutions, including Catholic organisations, are under siege in many countries as leaders address the delicate balance between religion, law and the state in increasingly secular societies.

Karl Schmude Lents subversive signs

02 Apr 2019

The paradox of freedom, we are encouraged to understand, lies in practices of hardship, so often the means by which true love is expressed, rather than indulgence.

Pope Francis on the importance of the Seal of Confession

02 Apr 2019

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Pope said is “a path to holiness”..... This Sacrament, he explained, restores “full communion with God”, from which man sometimes strays by misusing the magnificent gift of freedom.

National Principles for Child Safe Organisations

20 Mar 2019

Catholic Professional Standards Ltd welcomes the release of the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations by the National Office of Child Safety following the endorsement of all states and territories at the recent COAG meeting.

St JOSEPH HUSBAND OF MARY - FEAST

19 Mar 2019

He then went down with them and came to Nazareth and lived under their authority. His mother stored up all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom, in stature, and in favour with God and men. (Lk 2:51-52)

The Solemn Joy of LENT

07 Mar 2019

The joy of Lent is a solemn one. We joyfully shoulder our crosses through our practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, because we know where we’re headed at the end of these forty days

The Biblical Roots of Ash Wednesday

06 Mar 2019

In this video, Dr. Pitre gives insight into the Biblical foundation for Ash Wednesday, as well as the rationale and purpose of the season of Lent.

Out of Ashes by Michael Mangan

06 Mar 2019

St Joseph's Catholic School children sand this Song so beautifully as the Recessional at Mass today.....it made us think, and reflect, and imagine at the beginning of LENT

Homily for ASH WEDNESDAY - Fr Francis Afu

06 Mar 2019

Like the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32, our memories not only torment us, they also serve us. They remind of where we have come from or from where we have fallen. They give us hope. They tell us we have a home.

Beyond Personal Piety

05 Mar 2019

G. K. Chesterton once commented that every modern conversation begins one step too late. His assertion pertains, unfortunately, when we think of the church.
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