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15 February 2017


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ANZAC Day 2019 Liturgy

17 April 2019 | James O'Brien

Suggestions for an ANZAC Day liturgy service.


Holy Week reflections and homily notes

10 April 2019 |

Holy Week is the most important week in the Christian calendar. We have gathered a number of resources – reflections and homily notes – to help you prepare for Easter and the Triduum ceremonies.


Parish Life blog: Palm Sunday is a holy day

04 April 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

Palm Sunday celebrations and marches remind us that the story of Jesus’ life, death and rising does not remain in the past but continues to be a compass bearing for our lives today.


Pray for doctors and their collaborators in war zones

27 March 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

Pope Francis' prayer intention for April is for doctors and their humanitarian collaboraters in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of other.


Parish Life blog: A new Lenten fast

20 March 2019 | Brendan Nicholls

flowers at christchurch botanic gardens-getty imagesAs you continue to prepare for the coming of Jesus at Easter over the remaining weeks look for those moments where you might respond differently and be attentive to thoughts that do not match who you are called to be.


Parish Life blog: Time to hear women’s voices

13 March 2019 | Michele Frankeni

The church can only benefit when it listens to a diversity of views.


Parish Life blog: Ash Wednesday

20 February 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

As a Christian celebration Ash Wednesday is about conversion – coming to see life differently and acting accordingly.


Parish Life blog: Social Justice in our hands

06 February 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

We are not isolated individuals but shaped by our relationships to our environment and to others.


Parish Life blog: The power of an apology

30 January 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

As we near the anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations on 13 February it is important to remember that saying sorry arouses hope and gives life.

 


Time to end slavery

30 January 2019 |

The Feast of St Josephine Bakhita is a World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking.


Parish Life blog: A day off to work on reconciliation

16 January 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

The controversy around the Australia Day date is a powerful impetus to ensuring our future as a country needs to be built on reconciliation.


Parish Life blog: Christmas Day

12 December 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

The birth, death, Resurrection and second coming of Christ all speak of God’s great love for us.


Parish Life blog: Day of Peace

12 December 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

The fact that most people do very little on New Year's Day, may just make it ideal to be a 'Day of Peace'.


Parish Life blog: Feast of the Epiphany

12 December 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

The Gospels of Matthew and Mark both bring out the unique importance of Jesus in God's plan. He is the Son of God come among us for the salvation of the world.


Reflections for the Christmas-New Year period

12 December 2018 |

Reflections and prayers to help prepare for Masses over the Christmas-New Year period.


Parish Life blog: Arabic Language Day

11 December 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

International Migrants Day and Arabic Language Day, which both occur on 18 December, fit well together. We are reminded that those who are rebuilding lives often struggle with an unfamiliar language.


Parish Life blog: Resource for lay pastoral ministers

29 November 2018 | Debra Vermeer

resourceLay pastoral ministry takes many forms and the job description often varies from parish to parish, but a new national resource aims to support and encourage all people engaged in lay pastoral ministry around Australia.


Parish Life blog: Men for others

05 November 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

To understand and practice being a 'Man for others' calls for the development of a deeper imagination than our culture commends.


Parish Life blog: Science and war

30 October 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

When celebrations are linked they each evoke stories that help us to understand each day better. That is so in the case of World Science Day for Peace and Development (10 November) and Remembrance Day (11 November).


Parish Life blog: Democracy requires journalism

25 October 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

photojournalistA just and democratic society requires people who speak truth to power. For that reason, a Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists (2 November) has reasonance for us all.


Parish Life blog: Combatting poverty and hunger

10 October 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

The twin events of Anti-Poverty Week and World Food Day invite us to imagine the reality of poverty. Hunger eats at our spirits as well as at our bodies.


Parish Life blog: Mental Health Day

03 October 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

Mental Health Day on 10 October is important because it reminds us that all human beings are precious and we have a responsibility to respect and support one another.


Parish Life blog: International Translation Day

19 September 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

thank you in different languagesAs we celebrate St Jerome's Feast Day and the International Day of Translation on 30 September, we need to remember the art of translation and conversation is to listen attentively to ourselves as much as others.


Parish Life blog: World Tourism Day

12 September 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

World Tourism Day (27 September) is a time for reflection on travel, both on its good and bad sides. 


Parish Life blog: Suicide Prevention Week

04 September 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

sad womanCommunity and conversation are at the heart of healthy living. Suicide Prevention Week (9-15 September) draws our attention to people whose hold on life is fragile.


Parish Life blog: Australian Citizenship Day

29 August 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

australian flagAs we celebrate Australian Citizenship Day on 17 September, we should know that our national identity becomes richer through diversity. However, the onus is on us to broaden our links to people and groups different from ourselves.


Parish Life blog: Worth A Second Chance

22 August 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

Young people are worth a second chance. With accompaniment and support they can connect with society.


Parish Life blog: The value of compassion

06 August 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

family shadows against a wallThe Pope’s message this Migrant and Refugee Week is built around four words – welcome, protect, promote and integrate.


Parish Life blog: Economics and politics for families

01 August 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

Economics and politics give us much to pray about and many people to pray for.


Parish Life blog: The choice between light and dark

25 July 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

Sunshine through the cloudsThe contrast between the light that brings life and the light that brought death has haunted Christian reflection on Hiroshima.


Parish Life blog: Like sheep without a shepherd

17 July 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

People are time-poor in a world where time ought to be more richly at our disposal.


Parish Life blog: Lessons from the Spanish Flu

11 July 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

The 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic teaches us about relationships, with each other and God, as much as it does about medical interventions.


Parish Life blog: NAIDOC Week is time to reflect

04 July 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

naidoc week logoThis year's theme for NAIDOC Week is 'Because of her, we can' and points to the central role played by women in the nurturing of Indigenous culture.


Parish Life blog: The feeling of consolation

20 June 2018 | Brendan Nicholl

Examples of consolation are often found moments that elicit the emotions of happiness, joy, love, peace and humility.


Parish Life blog: Celebrating 25 years

20 June 2018 | Michael McVeigh

cupcakes with a 2 and 5 candle-ShutterstockMake sure your parish doesn’t miss out on the next edition of Australian Catholics. It’s going to be a special one. 


Parish Life blog: World Refugee Week

12 June 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

Refugee Week logoThis week is Refugee Week and we are invited to raise our eyes from our own walled-in world to look down through God's eyes on the world in which we live.


Parish Life blog: Truth matters

06 June 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

hand on keyboardWe need to be able to trust what others say because trust is essential to the wellbeing of ourselves and society. If there is no truth in the thing we say and do, there can be no trust.


Parish Life blog: Promoting healthy men

31 May 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

young men sitting a cliffAs communities and families celebrate Men's Health Week (11-17 June), it's also a time to consider spiritual health as well as physical.


Parish Life blog: Lessons from Len

17 May 2018 | Michelle Coram

Archbishop Len FaulknerPersonal remembrances of former Adelaide Archbishop Len Faulkner, who died earlier this month.


Parish Life blog: Season of the Spirit

06 May 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

LeavesPentecost is the season of the Spirit in which we live, a season in which our lives are changed. 


World Families Day

02 May 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

The theme of World Families Day this year concerns the role of families in promoting peaceful and inclusive societies.


Parish life blog: Brevity is the soul of Christ

22 April 2018 | Peter Fleming

Jesus was a great communicator, who knew how to use few words to convey much.


Parish Life blog: Mother Earth Day

09 April 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

We must see ourselves as interconnected with the environment and each other.


Parish Life blog: A time of shadows

04 April 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

Meditating around a fire - flickr.comJesus invites us to share our joy in the knowledge that God loves each and every one of us, no matter what.


Parish life blog: Sent out in peace

02 April 2018 | James O'Brien

On his official visit to the UN in 1979, Pope John Paul II presented the UN with a mosaic of the 'Dove of Peace'-unmultimedia.org/photoThe resurrected Jesus brings us peace.


Parish life blog: Walk for Justice 2018

12 March 2018 | Michele Frankeni

You are welcome here sign from Palm Sunday Walk for JusticeJoin with thousands of others throughout the country as they march in protest at the treatment of asylum seekers and urge the government to show justice and compassion to refugees.


Parish life blog: What the Church owes women

26 February 2018 | Dr Anne O'Brien

To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, Dr Anne O’Brien says the Church owes the majority of women profound apologies and reparation for their subjugation. If the Church is to survive in the 21st century, it must become a church of inclusion.


Parish life blog: Build a just future from any age

18 February 2018 |

Sabna and Rajeev hold a baby shower to raise money for CaritasWays to raise money for the aid agency Caritas this Lent are only limited by imagination.


Parish Life Blog: Days of Fasting and Reparation

05 February 2018 |

Church puts child abuse victims healing at the centre of Lent.


Parish Life Blog: Taking on Modern Slavery

29 January 2018 |

In early February, as the feast of St Josephine Bakhita is marked, the Church remembers all those who have been trafficked and sold into slavery.


Parish Life blog: Demographics of Australian Catholic Mass attenders

12 November 2017 |

More than four in ten Australian Catholic mass attenders (43%) were born overseas, according to the latest National Church Life Survey results.


Parish Life blog: Treasure in clay jars

05 July 2017 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

In past times the Church cultivated a high image of itself because it believed that that was the best way to preserve its credibility. If that image of the church has been shattered—painful as it has been for all who love the church to accept—that is no bad thing. What will continue to give the Church credibility is its quietly going along the way of service. By Fr Brendan Byrne SJ.


A priest's journey with Mary MacKillop

20 March 2017 |

Fr Paul Gardiner SJ passed away last weekend, aged 93. He is best remembered for his pioneering work in support of the canonisation of Australia's first saint, Mary MacKillop. 


Parish Life blog: Back to following The Way

13 March 2017 | Fr Eric Hodgens

Before they were known as Christians they were Followers of The Way. Now, after fifteen centuries, the Church is trying to return to walking that way again. 


Parish Life blog: No one can serve two masters

26 February 2017 | Fr Frank Brennan SJ

Fr Frank Brennan SJ offers a reflection on the future of clericalism in the Catholic Church after the conclusion of the Royal Commission.


Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long at the Royal Commission

21 February 2017 |

The transcript of Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long's testimony at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Tuesday 21 February. 


Parish Life blog: Communion for the divorced and remarried

15 February 2017 | Fr Gerald O'Collins SJ

Fr Gerald O'Collins SJ says Pope Francis' teaching on the possibility of Holy Communion for Catholics who are divorced and remarried are proper, life-giving developments in Church teaching. 


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