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Parish Life blog

15 February 2017

Parish life

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.