During November, the Church invites us to remember those people who have touched our lives and now, beyond death, live in a new way in the “communion of saints”. It is a time to remember and, indeed, celebrate life and its purpose for us. As we

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The Catholic Church has emerged as a potential saviour for a doomed Uniting Church college near Melbourne. About 700 Acacia College students fear they will left without a school after learning crippling debts would force the closure of their new college in

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BY JANE REES Almost 400 people from around the world attended the 8th International Holocaust Conference in Jerusalem. I encountered many stories during my time at Yad Vashem.  Other parts of the Jewish story were absorbed via sensory overload in the

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BY MARIETTE ULRICH With apologies to the Beatles (or maybe just Paul McCartney), I don’t believe in Yesterday. This is not a critique of the song (I am, indeed, very fond of it), Mr McCartney, or any music for that matter. It’s a commentary on

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One of the most powerful experiences schools can offer students is to take them out of their comfort zones, to have them experience the lives of others first-hand.  Some offer street retreats, giving students a chance to work among the homeless or

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Fr Jack Collins is in the streets of New York City’s East Village to find out what people know about the saints.  Are they all perfect people? Do they have to be Catholic? What are their best qualities?  Fr Jack journeys the city to find

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BY PETER MALONE ARBITRAGE. Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth and Brit Marling. Directed by Nicholas Jarecki. 100 minutes. Rated MA 15+ (Strong themes and coarse language). We might not be able to win an economics quiz accurately describing what

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First of all ...

30-Oct-2012

Gospel for Sunday 4 November: Mark 12:28-34 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29Jesus answered, “The

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Sunday, November 4th, 2012, is the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B.   Lectio:  Read the Gospel text from Mark 12:28-34. Read it slowly and reflectively, and maybe a second time.  Try to read aloud rather than with the mind. 

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Jesus’ “mission” – his life, ministry and message – was all about Love. When asked for the most important commandment Jesus answered, “You shall love the lord your God with all your heart, and with your soul, and with all

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Mike lived next door to Yahaira and her husband. A serious car accident left him severely handicapped and dependent on others. Yahaira was happy to help Mike anytime he called. Mike came to depend on her for little things like cooking and cleaning. One

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A month after the school bus crash at Singleton which claimed the life of nine-year-old Harry Dunn, his younger brother Luke, has returned to school. Police are still investigating the fatal collision between the bus and a truck, which also left

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Olympic swimming sensation Alicia Coutts returned to her former school fresh from her Gold medal performance at the London Olympics. Alicia won gold in the 4x100m relay, silver in the 200m individual medley, 4x100m medley relay and 4x200m relay, and bronze

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Be a drug dealer

23-Oct-2012

BY DEVETT O’BRIEN A few years ago I was listening to a CD of an American priest who talked about a conversation that he had with a former drug dealer who had become a Christian.   The priest asked 'Why is is that so many more young people are

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BY MARK REIDY I once heard it said that one of the most dangerous places in the world is a Catholic church car park after Mass. No doubt the person was trying to be humorous, but there is perhaps an element of truth to the observation. We live in an era

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Pope Benedict XVI has proclaimed the Year of Faith in order to help the faithful rediscover the truth of the Christian faith, especially the person of Jesus Christ. FULL ARTICLE: Year of Faith (Life Teen)

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BY PETER W. SHEEHAN   SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED. Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, and Karan Soni. Directed by Colin Trevorrow. Rated M (Sexual references and coarse language). 85 min. An advertisement has been placed in a paper by an

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Gospel for Sunday 28 October: Mark 10:46-52 As Jesus and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and

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The power to see

23-Oct-2012

LECTIO DIVINA:  Holy Reading Sunday, October 28th, 2012,  is the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B.  Lectio:  The Gospel is Mark 10:46-52. Meditatio:  Some background to the text which will help us respond. I have chosen a

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1. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an ‘uplift’ for the bird following. By flying in a ‘V’ formation the flock adds 71 per cent greater flying range than if the bird flew alone. Lesson: People who share a common direction

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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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