John 15:9-17 Jesus said to his disciples: ‘As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11I

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BY SISTER HILDEGARD RYAN OSB Sunday, May 13th, 2012, is the Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B. Lectio:  Read the Gospel text from John 15:9-17.   Read it slowly and reflectively, and maybe a second time.  Try to read aloud rather than with the

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BY FATHER JOHN FRAUENFELDER In recent weeks our department stores have been ceaseless in reminding us that  on Sunday 13 May we will be celebrating Mother’s Day.  It may be worth a few moments of our time  to stop and reflect on the

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God our Creator, we pray: for new mothers, coming to terms with new responsibility; for expectant mothers, wondering and waiting; for those who are tired, stressed or depressed; for those who struggle to balance the tasks of work and family; for those

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Cyber-bullying and traditional bullying are two very different problems, with a new study showing even the factors that lead to the different types vary, reports the Catholic Weekly. An international research project lead by Professor Sheryl Hemphill of

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The Opposition Leader’s politics have been deeply influenced by his identification with political propagandists of the Catholic Church and his adherence to its dogma. Father Edmund Campion, the distinguished literary priest, peers at his

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BY BISHOP GREG O'KELLY We live in an Australia of burgeoning secularism, one where individual choice can be seen as its own justification. Within this context, educators of young people, particularly within the Catholic system, face two challenges in

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Engaging young people in Church - particularly those from Generation Y and Z - was high on the agenda when parish pastoral councillors of Brisbane archdiocese met recently. Generation Y is generally known as the 17-34-year-olds of today while

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The chilling sight of Norwegian mass-killer, Anders Behring Breivik, giving a fascist salute when he appeared in an Oslo court this week is symbolic of a worrying minority trend: in the face of a perceived threat from the complex pluralistic world we

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BY LUCY GIBSON The Way, stars Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger. Directed by Emilio Estevez Like most road trips, Emilio Estevez' The Way is a journey best taken with an open mind. When I read the premise of former Brat Pack member

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I am the vine

30-Apr-2012

Gospel: John 15:1-8 Jesus said to his disciples: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. 2He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3You have already been

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BY SISTER HILDEGARD RYAN OSB Sunday, May 6th, 2012,  is the Fifth Sunday of Easter. Lectio:  The Gospel is John 15:1-8  Read the text.  Stand back from the text. Reflect.  Read it a second time.  Take space. Allow the

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BY FATHER JOHN FRAUENFELDER  “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” Challenging words of Robert Fulghum! How might I respond? Ruth sits on the garden bench holding young James in

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Happy birthday

30-Apr-2012

BY DR CARMEL BENDON DAVIS When I was a young mother with pre-school children, the “at-home” birthday party with the games in the backyard was still the norm.  This did not mean, however, that there was any less pressure to impress the

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NSW secondary school leaders have united to push for action on the Gonski Review's recommendations, describing this as a ''once in a generation opportunity'' to address the shortcomings of Australian education funding. With the Council of Australian

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It’s somewhat challenging "to get a word in" when speaking with psychologist Dr John Barletta. The Ducati motorcycle enthusiast, who was "born and raised just outside Bundaberg city", was "spirited" speaking on various topics and particularly

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BY JOHN DONNELLY, Director of Children's Ministries, Dioces of Maitland-Newcastle There has been much written in the last few years about the place of religion in schools, and no doubt debates over Special Religion Education (SRE) vs. Ethics Classes

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While not all of us will be saints, we are all called to play a part in God’s plan for the world. Try our quiz to see what sort of life you might be called to live. At a party, I am more likely to be found: a) Running around making sure

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The two women featured in this video have both had family members who took their own lives. In the supportive environment of closed group sessions, one facilitates members metaphorically trying on the shoes of the loved one who has suicided, then

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ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS. Starring:  Isabelle Carre, Benoit Poelvoorde, Christine Demarest, and Lorella Cravotta. Directed by Jean-Pierre Ameris. Rated M (Sex scene). 80 min. This delightful French, subtitled comedy tells the story of Jean-Rene (Benoit

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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