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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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Gospel John 12:20-33 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, 'Sir, we wish to see Jesus.' 22Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip

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The hour has come

20-Mar-2012

BY SISTER HILDEGARD RYAN OSB It is the time of the Passover. People are coming to Jerusalem for the Passover. The most important word is "hour".  This is the culmination of His mission on earth. His "hour" has come. At the wedding feast in Cana, He

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Getting the call

20-Mar-2012

BY BISHOP DAVID WALKER Two things seem clear when God calls someone to a really important role. God usually chooses someone weak and insignificant and God calls that person to die. As a young girl Mary would not have been taught to read – young

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Are we there yet?

20-Mar-2012

BY VIRGINIA RYAN Daniel: Are we there yet?Sally: NoDaniel: Are we there yet?Sally: NoDaniel: Are we there yet?Sally: No  No you're not there yet but one day you will be and we'll say good-bye.  Being a parent is learning to say goodbye. Goodbye to

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BY SELINA VENIER Dominican Father Dom Murphy has spoken of the need for more "St Josephs", using the patron saint of fathers as "a key role model for a world that desperately needs good men". "There is a great aching heart of young men in our society,"

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BY SHARYN McCOWEN Education is a family business for John Couani, who, in 2011, became the first lay principal of St Pius X College, Chatswood.  John’s wife, Maree is assistant principal of St Paul of the Cross, Dulwich Hill, and two of

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BY AMANDA JACKSON Ever since the global financial crisis, people have been questioning whether money equals happiness. For years we were told that economic growth was vital for our well-being and the best way to help keep the economic engine healthy was

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BY MONSIGNOR DAVID CAPPO What is the future for the Church? A remnant on the sidelines of society or a vibrant people of God engaged in life and the community? Australia continues to grow as a secular society. Secularism seems to be deep in the

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BY FOXNEWS Some experts believe a higher moral standard to be the one of the reasons behind US private and Catholic schools excelling over public schools, reports FoxNews. FULL ARTICLE: Catholic Schools Outperforming Many Public School Counterparts

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BY FATHER PETER MALONE Hugo. Starring Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ray Winstone, Jude Law and Christopher Lee. Directed by Martin Scorsese. 127 minutes. PG (mild themes). Fans wondered when they heard that Martin

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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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