BY SR HILDEGARD RYAN OSB Sunday, September 16th, 2012 is the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. Lectio: Read the Gospel from Mark 8:27-35. Meditatio: Some background to the text, so that we understand its meaning. This Gospel contains Peter’s

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BY DR JOHN FRAUENFELDER As I was waiting to buy some fish at the supermarket my attention was drawn to the oysters neatly arranged in lots of twelve and I began to think…an oyster is soft, tender and vulnerable. Without the sanctuary of its shell it

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BY DR CARMEL BENDON DAVIS For a variety of social reasons, including the rise of the mendicant orders and their preaching of the gospel directly to the people in simple, straightforward terms, the High Middle Ages saw an intensification of focus on the

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Almost 700,000 students will enrol in Australia in the next eight years resulting in an additional 1700 schools being built. A report in The Australian, “Schools to chalk up massive growth” indicated that the federal Department of Education is

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No place like home

04-Sep-2012

BY CLARE HOWLETT There is a place in our home where the secrets of life unfold on a daily basis. Joys are shared, patience is learned, tears are shed, kindness is applauded, sorrow experienced, my mental health challenged, discipline taught, love

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BY PHIL FOX ROSE Let’s say you invited me to a dinner party and I had no intention of going. Odds are I’d say, “I’ll try to make it.” You’d get enough food and refreshments to include me. Not lying is a good practice in

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A total of 83,112 people are employed in our Catholic schools, the majority of them teachers. Teachers in Catholic schools are committed not only to the highest academic standards for students, but also to the development of the whole person, within the

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The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Christian formation process for children aged 3 to 12 years, in which they experience and form an authentic, faithful relationship with God. The Catechesis is grounded in scriptural and liturgical study framed by

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Moonrise Kingdom

04-Sep-2012

BY PETER W. SHEEHAN MOONRISE KINGDOM. Starring: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton. Directed by Wes Anderson. Rated PG (Mild violence, sexual references and coarse language). 94 min. This is a comedy-drama that takes place on a fictional New England Island

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Gospel for Sunday September 9 – Mark 7:31-37 Then Jesus returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and

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The touch of Jesus

04-Sep-2012

BY SR HILDEGARD RYAN OSB Sunday, Sept 9th, 2012, is the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B.   Lectio:  Read the Gospel text from Mark 7:31-37. Read it slowly and reflectively, and maybe a second time.  Try to read aloud rather than with

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BY VIRGINIA RYAN On Friday night my husband and I were rushing to meet friends at the local cinema to see The Sapphires. I couldn’t recall that I actually agreed to go to the movies. Yes I’ve been busy and distracted. I was tired, really tired.

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THE KITCHEN TABLE  There are lots of things wrong with Australia today, And I'd like to have something to say if I may. You know that, forsooth, our problem with youth, Untidy, ill-mannered, untamed and uncouth, Is the fact that

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The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) welcomed this month’s announcement by the Prime Minister that “every independent school in Australia will see their funding increased” under the Government’s new funding

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Stoke the fires of your dreams and work towards them and the universe will conspire to do the rest.  That's the message medical doctor, entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr Sam Prince had for The University of Notre Dame Australia's alumni at a reunion

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BY JUDITH LYNCH My newest grandson is just a few weeks old.  He needed a bit of help to be born, so instead of being one of my daughter’s birth buddies, I waited anxiously in her room while a doctor in the hospital theatre gently lifted her

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BY ANDREW HAMILTON We should not simply exploit the world as a source of food and income, but also take time to watch the circling stars at night, to enjoy the sunset and the sand and waves along the beach. We should also wonder at the delicate structures

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Jesuit Father James Schall, who lived in Rome from 1965 until 1977, talks about the real meaning of leisure.  August in Rome is famous for being a month of vacation. It is crowded with tourists but empty of locals.  During vacation, we devote

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BY PETER MALONE   BULLY. Documentary Film. Directed by Lee Hirsch. Rated M (Mature themes and coarse language). 98 mins. Bullying is one of the harshest realities close to parents and families as they try to communicated with their bullied child.

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You hypocrites!

28-Aug-2012

Gospel for Sunday 2 September: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them.

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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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