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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Sunday, December 2nd, 2012, is the First Sunday of Advent.   Lectio:  Read the Gospel text from Luke 21:25-28 and 34-36. Read it slowly and reflectively, and maybe a second time.  Try to read aloud rather than with the mind.  Listen to

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God as a midwife

27-Nov-2012

As our civil year is drawing to a close, the Christian community is celebrating its liturgical “New Year”, and this makes it a kind of ‘beginning-end” time, a season of contradictions and challenges. Advent is the greening of our

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It was a bleak day, raining and cold. Vic and Liz were out shopping with their three year old son. Liz pushed the child’s stroller while Vic walked along side holding the umbrella. ‘Next stop’s the post office,’ said Liz.

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As Iraq's first Catholic school in 40 years takes tentative steps into the future it will draw on the expertise of two religious sisters trained in educational administration at  Australian Catholic University. Daughters of Jesus' Sacred Heart Sisters

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Martin's Way

20-Nov-2012

BY FATIMA MEASHAM At 72, Martin Sheen still sees life as ‘filled with endless possibilities’. ‘Each day I wake up, there’s a new adventure’, he says. ‘It’s not always a welcome one [but] I found out that the more

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BY MARILYN RODRIGUES Last Sunday was our baby’s estimated due day. The day before, I was waiting in a queue to buy tickets for the girls’ end of year dance concert and thinking about horses (of all things) when the thought popped into my mind

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While many school students and teachers were enjoying their recent school holiday, a group of teachers and students from St Mary’s Campus, All Saints College Maitland was immersed in a very different experience in the remote Aboriginal community of

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The Mass is one of the areas within the Catholic tradition that has a mixed impact and success. But the Mass is the source and summit of the faith.  Young people think it’s boring, but the mass is not designed to entertain them. It is designed

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BY PETER W. SHEEHAN THE MASTER. Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Rated MA15+. Restricted. (Strong sexual references, coarse language and nudity). 137 min. This is a US film about a

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King of the Jews

20-Nov-2012

Gospel for Sunday 25 November, Feast of Christ the King: John 18:33-37 Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” Pilate replied, “I am

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LECTIO DIVINA:  Holy Reading Sunday, November 25th, 2012,  is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.    The Readings are for Year B are: Daniel 7:13-14. Apocalypse 5:1-8. John 18:33-37. For those praying the

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Every evening you and your family gather around the table in your kitchen for the evening meal. The entree might be some epicurean delight from the pages of Bon Appétit - but more often than not it’s Chinese takeaway or pizza from

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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

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