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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The Gospel for Sunday April 1: Mark 14:1 - 15:47 14It was two days before the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him; 2for they said, "Not during

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BY SISTER HILDEGARD RYAN OSB Sunday, April 1st, 2012 is Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. The readings are: Isaiah 50:4-7, Philippians 2:6-11, Mark 14:1-15:47. Lectio:  Read the Gospel from Mark 14:1-15:47.  This is Mark's account of

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BY REV DR DAVID RANSON Not so long ago we were confronted with the most disturbing story that 24 Afghan children had been found living in filthy conditions in the sewer system under a Rome railway station.   The children, ranging from 10 to 15,

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BY VIRGINIA RYAN This question fascinates me: Why do Catholics throng to Church on Good Friday? It's a strange reality that the darkest moment in our Christian story draws the biggest crowd.  Is it custom or habit or guilt? Or do we naturally

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BY EVA TEJSZERSKI The colouring-in pencils and story time sing-a-longs are not gone yet, but the digital invasion has already taken hold in the classroom. Teachers say it is making Australia's younger generation smarter and more confident. Children as

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BY FATHER FRANK FREEMAN SDB Michael Billington volunteered for the Cagliero Project, the Australia-Pacific Salesian Province's volunteer missionary program, after hearing about it from friends.  When Michael began work a week after he arrived

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Why the Angelus?

20-Mar-2012

BY BISHOP GREG O'KELLY Why did an angel come to earth to confront the young woman Mary, not much more than a girl, with the invitation to become nothing less than the Mother of God?  It was the incident that changed the Universe, that the Word

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BY MICHAEL McVEIGH There's an old adage, "give me a child until he's seven, and I will give you the man". It implies that what we teach children when they are young determines the sort of adult they will be.  But any parent who has had to chase

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What is Lent? What are the three practices the Church suggests we do during Lent based on the teachings of Jesus?  Why do Catholics eat fish on Fridays and why is it called "Good" Friday, anyway?  Father Jack Collins, CSP, is once again

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BY JULIE MYERSON "Please don't feel you always have to be good," eight-year-old Barnaby Johnson is advised, on what is almost the final page of Patrick Gale's new novel.  "Sometimes you're so good it hurts to watch you." Wise words, but in the

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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

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