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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BY DR GERARD MOORE The season of advent signals to the faithful that Christmas is approaching.  In doing this it also reveals the deeper liturgical understanding of the celebration of the nativity, providing a theological and spiritual reference point

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An unprecedented coalition of 11 education groups representing public, independent and Catholic schools has accused the state government of evading its legal and ethical responsibilities to provide a quality education to all children. A strongly worded

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BY DAN McALOON "Education is the soul of a society passed from one generation to another", wrote the English intellectual GK Chesterton. He was referring to the bequeathing of literacy and numeracy to the young.  Yet his words apply even more to

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BY KRISTINA KENEALLY By their fruits you shall know them,' says Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount. He is talking about the religious leaders of his time, and reminding people that actions speak louder than words, especially when it comes to discerning

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There's a story told about a newly qualified psychologist who gave a series of lectures on “How to raise your child.” Five years later, he became a father and changed the title of his lectures to 'Suggestions on how to raise your child.' When

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Not sure about the relationship between Advent and Christmas? You thought they were the same thing?  Busted Halo’s two-minute video describes why we celebrate Advent and wait to celebrate Christmas. FULL ARTICLE: Advent in two minutes (Busted

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Watching The Heist on SBS recently made me think of the Lord’s Prayer: the “lead us not into temptation” bit.  It was a chilling exploration of how to break down people’s resistance to dishonesty and even violence. It was

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Gospel for Sunday 2 December: Luke 21:25-28,34-36 Jesus spoke to his disciples about his return in glory. “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the

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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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