Bethlehem now

20-Dec-2013
Bishop Pat Power

Bethlehem: 'The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee.' Bishop Pat Power offers this Christmas reflection.

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A Sydney digital creative and father of three, Galvin Scott Davis, has taken the idea that the anonymity of technology encourages bullying and turned it on its head. Galvin Scott Davis's eight-year-old son, Carter, came to him for help after being bullied.

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BY PATRICIA FEENAN I learned that the Prime Minister had announced a Royal Commission into child sex abuse on the radio, while I was driving. An interview on the topic of sexual abuse was interrupted to say that the Royal Commission would happen. I put my

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Last Thursday was the Feast of St Nicholas, Bishop of Myra and progenitor of Santa Claus. Santa’s red suit is a product of an iconic Coca-Cola advertising campaign. I’m not sure how he was moved from Turkey to the North Pole. As for the

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BY MICHAEL McGIRR There are patron saints for everything from hats (St Barbara, who was beheaded) to shoes (St Crispin, who was also beheaded). What about the unofficial patrons? St Ambrose (340–397) is unofficial patron of those who won’t be

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Sydney Archdiocese’s online youth community xt3 has an Advent Calendar for 2012 at www.xt3.com/advent.  Every day they are releasing a new reflection or resource as they prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. FULL ARTICLE: What is Advent?

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BY JOHN MULDERIG Rise of the Guardians, stars Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine , Dakota Goyo, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law. Director: Peter Ramsey. Running time 97 minutes. Rated PG. Opens Thurs 13 Dec. What better way to spend a few hours over the

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Gospel for Sunday 9 December – Gospel Luke 3:10-18 The crowds, who were gathering to be baptised by John, asked him, “What should we do?” In reply John said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and

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Sunday December 16th, 2012, is the Third Sunday of Advent, Year C. Lectio:  Read the Gospel text from Luke 3:10-18.   Read it slowly and reflectively, and maybe a second time.  Try to read aloud rather than with the mind.  Listen to the

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (pictured) was a renowned Lutheran pastor, preacher and theologian. He was one of the most outspoken Christian voices raised in opposition against Adolph Hitler and the Nazis during World War II. His adamant resistance led to his arrest

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BY JAMES MARTIN SJ Everybody seems to be spiritual these days – from your college roommate, to the person in the office cubicle next to yours, to the subject of every other celebrity interview. But if ‘spiritual’ is fashionable,

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Catholic teachers have accepted a wage deal, but their union says it is a "mean" one. After seven months of negotiations and statewide strikes Catholic teachers have accepted a 2.7 per cent annual salary increase over the next three years - the same

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BY SELINA VENIER Kym Keady and Paul Ninnes "have dived into" what they describe as their "life's call" to spread positive messages about sexuality and faith in God with young people and parents. Since July this year they have delivered 50 Real Talk

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BY DEBRA VERMEER I’ve struggled with Advent in recent years. It makes me sad. All this preparing and waiting for the birth of a baby at Christmas is painful when in your own life you are trying desperately to come to terms with the heartache of

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Advent is an exciting but busy season. It would be nice to be able to slow down and devote more time to prayer and traditions. However, most of us are busy people – we have work, school, or children with their own busy schedules. It’s hard to

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Preparing pilgrims for an event such as World Youth Day starts with us, says Bishop Peter Comensoli, Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney. He was speaking at the World Youth Day Formation for Pilgrimage Group Coordinators in September. He said pilgrimage involves

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BY TIM KROENERT A Moody Christmas (M). TV series director: Trent O'Donnell. Starring: Ian Meadows, Patrick Brammall, Danny Adcock, Tina Bursill, Guy Edmonds, Jane Harber, Rachel Gordon, Phil Lloyd, David Field, Mandy McElhinney. Six 30-minute episodes If

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Gospel for Sunday December 9: Luke 3:1-6 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias

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LECTIO DIVINA: Holy Reading Sunday, December 9th, 2012 is the Second Sunday of Advent, Year C. Lectio: Read the Gospel from 3:1-6 Meditatio: Some background to the text, so that we understand its meaning. John the Baptist has received the prophetic

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BY DR CARMEL DAVIS As a society, we Australians are not very good at waiting. Being at the end of a long queue in the supermarket, or at the petrol station, or the ticket office is enough to send us into an agitated frenzy. Trolley rage, road rage, crowded

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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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