BY SR HILDEGARD RYAN Sunday, November 18th, 2012, is the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. Lectio:  Read the Gospel text from Mark 13:24-32.   Read it slowly and reflectively, and maybe a second time.  Try to read aloud rather than with

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What motivates you? What causes you to continue to serve God’s children? What makes you say “yes” to Jesus Christ in good times and in bad? For the widow in the Gospel, one can only imagine that love is what moved her to such generosity.

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While on a skiing holiday, a young man became separated from his party and spent three days in below-zero weather. He managed to survive, but he suffered extensive damage to his feet. So severe was the frostbite and gangrene that doctors wanted to amputate

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Between 2006 and 2011, the number of families with at least one Catholic parent increased by almost 126,000 families to 2,019,534, according to official data from last year’s Census released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The E-News Bulletin

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BY SELINA VENIER Shanelle Bennett is so much more than executive director of National Evangelisation Teams (NET). As the ministry approaches its 25th year in Australia there's time to reflect on the spiritual and emotional motherhood she's offered to more

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BY JAMES MARTIN SJ Millions of people on the East Coast of the US were frightened as Hurricane Sandy made landfall last week. Frightened of many things: terrible damage from the wind and water, especially the surging, recor d-breaking tides; widespread

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BY MICHAEL McGIRR There are patron saints for everything from accountants (St Matthew) to zookeepers (St Francis). But what about the unofficial patrons? There could, indeed, be a saint for every purpose under heaven September 21 is the feast of St

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The Australian Catholic Youth Festival is an event which gathers young people from year 9 to those aged 25 years.  It seeks to celebrate the life of young people in the Catholic Church in Australia, providing them with an encounter with the Catholic

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BY PETER W. SHEEHAN THE INTOUCHABLES. Starring: Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, and Audrey Fleurot. Directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. Rated M (Coarse language and drug use). 112 min. This subtitled French film tells the story of a very

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Who Jesus condemns

06-Nov-2012

Gospel for Sunday 11 November: Mark 12:38-44 As Jesus taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of

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BY SR HILDEGARD RYAN OSB Sunday, November 11th,  2012 is the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. Lectio:  Read the Gospel from Mark 12:38-44. Meditatio:  Some background to the text, so that we understand its meaning.  As in the

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They travelled great distances to study with the master, a man renowned for his great wisdom and holiness. Before agreeing to teach anyone, however, the master secured a promise from every student who came to him. “I’m going to teach you the

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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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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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