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The Good Shepherd

24-Apr-2012

John 10:11-18 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and

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BY SISTER HILDEGARD RYAN OSB Sunday, April 29th, 2012 is the Fourth Sunday of Easter.  It is also Good Shepherd  Sunday, and a day of prayer for all forms of Christian vocation. Lectio:  Read the Gospel from John 10:11-18. Father Karl

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BY FATHER DAVID RANSON Recently I had the opportunity to catch up with some young friends of mine who have not long been married. Karl and Cindy have been trying to have a family for a little while but without success.  Some weeks ago, after

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The empty nest

24-Apr-2012

BY VIRGINIA RYAN "If only," sighed my baby daughter, “I was taller, thinner, brighter!” "Stop right there, I said, "you’re wonderful just as you are. There’ll never be another you in the history of the world. Please don’t

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BY LAURA SPERANZA The Catholic Church will spend more than $1 billion over the next 20 years buying land and building classrooms across NSW to expand its network of schools. The Sydney Catholic Education Office intends to offer more places to

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Bishop Anthony Fisher has nominated Brother Patrick Howlett for the Croce Pro Ecclesia et Pontfice, the highest recognition for a Religious. The Marist brother is principal of Parramatta Marist High School Westmead. Bishop Fisher nominated Brother

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BY DAVID BROOKS Usually when you visit a school you walk down a quiet hallway and peer in the little windows in the classroom doors. You see one teacher talking to a bunch of students. Every 50 minutes or so a chime goes off and the students fill the

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50 years ago, new dads might have celebrated the news of the birth of their first child with a drink with their mates. These days, most new fathers will be at their partner's side for the birth, sharing the intimacy of the moment. The now cliched

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Father Robert Barron, author (and host) of the widely successful book (and series) Catholicism, reviews the hit movie "The Hunger Games," from a very Catholic (and very thoughtful) point of view, writes Father James Martin in America magazine’s In

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BY SALLY, ACU STRATHFIELD LIBRARY STAFF I first read this book as part of a class and I fell in love with it. The book is a picture book which makes me think of how it’s for little kids, however it is because it is so deceptively

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Gospel: John 20:1-9 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus

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BY BISHOP DAVID WALKER It was early on Easter morning and the two Marys went to the place where Jesus has been buried. Who knows what they expected to see – certainly no miracle! They may well have spent the Sabbath by themselves, perhaps in a fury

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BY FATHER DAVID RANSON There is an old African parable about how best to catch a lion.  When looking for a lion never go hunting for it, says the parable.  The lion will always elude you.  To catch a lion it is necessary to stop still, to

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BY TERESA PIROLA 1. Bask in the light of Christ Bring out the baptismal candles of your children and pray around them after dinner or before bedtime. With the aid of photos, remember and retell the stories of the special day of their baptism. 2. Live

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BY KATE McILWAIN "When you tease, hit, ignore, it scars." "I am a loser, fat, stupid, gay, worthless, invisible." "Please, please, please don't let me hurt any more." This is the start of a new film clip made by students from three Illawarra Catholic

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BY SELINA VENIER Vince O'Rourke had "three days off in six years" when caring for his wife Margaret who died from Alzheimer's disease in October 2006. In hindsight Vince admitted "it was stupid to not take time off" when his energies were so

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BY SUZANNE MOORE Where do babies come from? No idea. It is amazing that I have managed to have some without being assessed, vetted and put on special measures.  For my complete lack of belief in testing small children at every stage would surely

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BY TRACEY EDSTEIN The speaker is Loren Hartcher, 32, wife of Joel, 33, and mother of George, 2, and Rose, 4 months. Joel teaches Year 6 at Out Lady of Lourdes Primary, Tarro, on a part time basis, so that he can spend three days at home with George

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Father James Martin describes how Catholic saints can encourage humour and foster laughter. Martin is author of My Life with the Saints. This best-selling memoir of spiritual self-discovery is an homage to the Catholic saints who have accompanied him

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BY CHARLOTTE Fans of Madeline have cause for rejoicing.  Madeline and the Cats of Rome, written by John Bemelmans Marciano, was published in 2008 by Viking Juvenile. Marciano is the grandson of Ludwig Bemelmans, author of the original Madeline

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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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