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Viewed overall, the state of the Church is not too encouraging. In the space of a single generation, the deepening dearth of priests will lead to the collapse of the entire structure of parish administration, says Fr Michael Kelly SJ in a speech

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Matthew 28:16-20 – Ascension

Matthew 28:16-20 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has

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There's a much-quoted line from Leonard Cohen that suggests that the place where we are broken is also the place where our redemption starts: There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in, writes Ron Rolheiser. That's true, a major wound is

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James Martin SJ pays tribute to women religious since Vatican II.

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When my aunt was dying in hospital in the late 1990s, she asked to see a priest. The hospital's Catholic chaplain was away sick, so I knocked on the door of a nearby, inner-suburban presbytery, writes Will Day in The Sydney Morning Herald. The kind priest

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A round of farewells for Bishop Pat Power in Canberra-Goulburn, the Catholic guy minstry tour gets under way, the Bishop of Bathurst is saddened by the departure of a parish priest and Brisbane mourns the passing of refugees advocate Sister Mary de

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Lady Gaga's Jakarta concert is cancelled, US bishops join a petition to change the government's nuclear policy, Polish bishops call for an alcohol-free Euro soccer tournament and the Pope's favourite band (pictured) releases a new single. Terror threat shuts

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BILL STAFF OAM 1918-2011 -   By Amy McNeilage Bill Staff had a lifelong passion for the people of Rylstone and published six books about the small country town. He was a teacher but the endlessly energetic family man was also an admired

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Saints, Sacrilege and Sedition: religion and conflict in the Tudor Reformations  By Eamon Duffy (Bloomsbury) - Review by Christopher Howse What happened when Mary Tudor died and Elizabeth came to the throne? Well, at Much Wenlock in

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Before dementia entered Judy and Ted Kelso’s life, Judy remembers her husband as an active person and ‘jack of all trades’, who took care of the cooking and housework while she worked, reports the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. Now, Ted

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In 2000, the Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam published a book called Bowling Alone, in which he developed his famous thesis that more Americans than ever are going ten-pin bowling but fewer than ever are joining ten-pin bowling clubs or leagues. In other

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John 20:19-23 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’20 After he said

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A number of years ago, accompanied by an excellent Jesuit director, I did a 30-day retreat using the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. In the third week of that retreat there's a meditation on Jesus' agony in the garden, writes Ron Rolhesier. I did the

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Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli is the current President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Archbishop Celli followed Cardinal John Foley, considered by many to be a great instrument and ambassador of Church communications for over a quarter

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The battle for religious freedom between the Catholic Church in the United States and the Obama administration just entered the second quarter, writes George Weigel in Ethics and Public Policy Centre. The first quarter was bureaucratic and rhetorical. The

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Wellington in NSW farewells its former mayor, more couples reject church weddings, private schools urge a deferral on the Gonski reforms and a large turnout in Adelaide for the Marian procession. Large turnout for Adelaide Marian procession (Adelaide

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The pope praises American nuns, French Catholics march against their new president, the Vatican makes rulings on Marian apparitions and Mary Kennedy is buried. Mary Kennedy mourned at private funeral (Sky) Pope praises American nuns (NCR) French

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Roy Shaw, arts administrator and writer Born July 8, 1918, died  May 15, 2012 Sir Roy Shaw, who has died aged 93, was Secretary-General of the Arts Council of Great Britain between 1975 and 1983. For a quarter of a century before that, he worked in

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The Face of God: the Gifford Lectures by Roger Scruton (Continuum) When this book arrived for review, I was already well into J A Baker's almost miraculous book The Peregrine - a coincidence, if you believe in coincidences - so I decided to read them

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Living and working with marginalised people for the past 21 years, Sister Carmel Hanson rsj knows a thing or two about unemployment, homelessness and poverty, reports Catholic Religious Australia. In 1991 the Lochinvar Sister of St Joseph set up the

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Mass on Demand

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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