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When it comes time to elect a new pope, the College of Cardinals gets together to convene what is referred to as a papal conclave, during which they vote on who will become the next successor of St Peter. Watch this video to find out more about what

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Gospel: John 6:1-15 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3Jesus went up the mountain and sat down

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BY FR DAVID RANSON Once upon a time there was a king who ruled a small kingdom. It wasn’t great, and it wasn’t really known for any of its resources or people. But the king did have a diamond, a great perfect diamond that had been in his family

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The Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Schools Office has introduced a new role that aims to enhance student wellbeing in schools. Maree Martin is responsible for programs and frameworks at schools throughout the Hunter and Manning regions. She told

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BY ERWIN CABUCOS At a church wedding I attended recently, the first reading was read from an iPhone.  Whether or not they had planned to place the big book at the lectern before the event, I was captivated by the new possibilities for liturgical

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At 99.5 years of age, Fr Geoffrey Schneider is most likely Australia's oldest teacher still working. He is a Jesuit priest at St Aloysius' College, Milson's Point.  Sky News reporter Tom Nicol returned to his old school to interview his former

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Gospel                Mark 6:30-34 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by

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BY FR DAVID RANSON We all probably feel from time to time the need to get away from it all.  Most often this is a result of life getting out of hand for us, and it all becoming a little too much.  We long for a freedom from all the pressures

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BY RONALD TASAYCO I was about 15 or 16 years of age and at high school when I began to smoke marijuana. I was in it for the fun with a few friends and within three years I was addicted.  Some years prior my younger sister had a serious injury and for

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Just how helpful are the lessons we learn in movies? We turn the tables on some iconic movie teachers and grade them on how well their wisdom stacks up against the teachings of Jesus. Yoda (Star Wars) Yoda's wisdom: ‘Fear is the path to the dark

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I’m not scared

17-Jul-2012

BY PAMELA PAUL ALFIE IS NOT AFRAID Written and illustrated by Patricia Carlin 32 pp. Disney-Hyperion. $A23.95. (Picture book; ages 3 to 7) CHICO THE BRAVE Written and illustrated by Dave Horowitz 32 pp. Nancy Paulsen Books. $A33.99. (Picture book; ages 4

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BY SR HILDEGARD RYAN OSB Sunday, July 22nd,  2012 is the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. Lectio:  Read the Gospel from Mark 6:30-34. Meditatio:  Some background to the text, so that we understand its meaning.  Most commentaries

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BY VIRGINIA RYAN Recently I had to have an operation on my right hand. The doctor assured me: “it’s a very simple operation, you’ll only be in hospital for the day.” It all sounded quite straightforward.  He then added,

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Over 1000 Catholic pastors and school leaders in Catholic Education from NSW and the ACT, particularly the Diocese of Parramatta, Broken Bay, Sydney and Wollongong gathered at Rosehill Gardens on Thursday 14 June for a day of reflecting, sharing and

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BY TRISH BOGAN Saturday 6 August 2011 is firmly carved into the minds of Nicholas Kennedy, Mum Julie, step Dad Peter and sister Emily. Nicholas was driving to help a friend when he was involved in a horrific car accident; their lives were instantly

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BY TOM BEAUDOIN As a parent, I am witness daily to the mysteries of my daughter's growing-up and find myself rehearsing memories of my own childhood. This is an experience that many parents have. Noticing the substantial theological influences from books,

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Students at an Adelaide Catholic college are actively encouraged to use their mobile phones in class as part of a cyber-smart curriculum using YouTube and gaming consoles to help nurture an e-intelligence without fear. St Mary’s College Technology

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St Columban’s Mission Society has published a 16 page booklet teaching children how to make the sign of the cross. Images and text from the book are included in a YouTube video also produced by the Columbans. The book is available for purchase from

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BY TIM KROENERT Margaret (MA 15+). Director: Sarah Polley. Starring Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo. 150 minutes Can you make amends without accepting responsibility? This ethical oxymoron is at the heart of the news film Margaret.  Bright but

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Gospel                      Mark 5:21-43 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by

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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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