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."20After he said this, he showed

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BY SR HILDEGARDE RYAN OSB Sunday, May 27th, 2012 is Pentecost Sunday and the beginning of our Year of Grace. The Gospel Verse is the traditional prayer for the coming of the Holy Spirit:  COME HOLY SPIRIT, FILL THE HEARTS OF YOUR FAITHFUL AND KINDLE

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BY SR HILDEGARD RYAN OSB This text (John 15:26-27 and 16:12-15) recounts the event which happened on the 50th day after Easter.  The 50th day is what the word “Pentecost” means. It was the name given to the Jewish Feast of Weeks,

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BY REV DR JOHN FRAUENFELDER They met at a party. Maria was a third-generation university student from an Italian/Irish family and he was a doctoral student from Iran. Despite their differences in just about everything, they fell in love and married. That

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The Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of Sydney welcomed some of the Federal Government’s 2012 budget measures for education. These include the $2.1b for families under the Schoolkids Bonus scheme, which replaces the current Education Tax

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A woman of words

15-May-2012

BY FR EDMUND CAMPION Sr Margaret Press RSJ knew death was near when she began to lose her words. “I’m losing my words”, she told her friends; and they too knew what this meant.  She had always been a word woman. Her facility

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BY FR JOHN COLEMAN SJ I recently saw the excellent documentary film, Bully, which I found both quite absorbing and equally disturbing.  It tells the stories of several victims of bullying, mostly in rural school settings.  What about the

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BY ANN RENNIE When we’re doing what God wants us to do, we know it at the depths of our being.  Sometimes when the phone rings the last thing I want to do is answer it. Why is someone calling me now, right on dinner, when I’m

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Even though Hildegard of Bingen was already on  the list of Catholic saints, she had not been officially canonised. So to remove all doubt,  Benedict XVI  extended the liturgical cult of St Hildegard of Bingen, to the Universal Church, which

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BY PETER W. SHEEHAN   LA DELICATESSE (Delicacy). Starring: Audrey Tautou, Francois Damiens, Pio Marmai, and Bruno Todeschini, Directed by David Foenkinos, and Stephane Foenkinos. Rated M (Coarse language). 105 min. This sub-titled French film is

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Gospel Mark 16:9-20 Jesus showed himself to the eleven and said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. 16The one who believes and is baptised will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be

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How to heal

15-May-2012

BY SR HILDEGARD RYAN Sunday, May 20th 2012, is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord.  Lectio:  The Gospel Verse:  The text is taken from Matthew 28, verses 19 & 20.  GO AND TEACH ALL PEOPLE MY GOSPEL.  I AM WITH YOU

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BY REV DR JOHN FRAUENFELDER Joseph Healey in his book Once Upon a Time in Africa: Stories of Wisdom and Joy, records a parable about an African two villages separated by a river. In each village, there lived a woodworker who knew how to make chairs and

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BY JANETTE DAVIDSON “The family is the ‘first and vital cell of society… The future of the world and of the Church passes through the family.” – Excerpt from Homily of Pope John Paul II, Perth  30 November

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BY BIANCA HALL Performance bonuses for high-performing teachers should be shelved, the Productivity Commission recommended in a report released on Friday. Victoria is the only state taking part in a pilot pay bonus trial for top teachers, which has been

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For most people, the South East Asian country of Cambodia conjures images of the horrific Pol Pot regime, widespread poverty and despair. Not the sort of people where one might want to work. However following a call from God, it is exactly where Sue Morgan

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BY DEAN ASHENDEN The prospect of applying the economists' notion of 'productivity' to schooling was more inspiriting than the resulting Productivity Commission Schools Workforce report has proven to be. One problem for the report is that it has been

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Eat, pray, live!

07-May-2012

It's not unusual to hear people express concern about the death of young people in churches and church communities. However the parish communities of the Maitland region are proud to host a ground-breaking initiative called ACTiv8. Youth Team leader

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It’s important that we incorporate into our social media use what we’ve learned over many years about proclaiming the Word of God, says Bishop David Walker. Bishop David Walker has been chief pastor to the people of the Diocese of Broken

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BARBARA, ACU LIAISON LIBRARIAN I was cajoled into reading Shantaram by my Canadian relatives who wondered how it was that I had not read this epic Australian title.  It is about an Australian bank robber who escapes jail and flees to Bombay where he

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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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