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Listening with mercy 

10 Mar 2016 | Clare Deignan

It has been 150 years since Mary MacKillop founded the Sisters of St Joseph, committed to supporting families in need across Australia. Continuing in that tradition, MacKillop Family Services reaches out to families in a variety of ways, including out-of-home care, disability and education services, parenting, youth and substance abuse programs and integrated family support. But the workers there believe all the services, support and programs in the world can’t begin to help a family, if no one is willing to listen to their story. 

AC Classroom: A Christian community

10 Mar 2016 | Anna Watt

The early Christian communities were the first to embrace Jesus’ radical new vision for how we should relate to one another. We asked one of our young writers to imagine what it was like living in these communities – called to love those around you, yet surrounded by a hostile world. 

A short history of reconciliation

26 Jan 2016 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

While the forgiveness of sins was a part of the earliest Church, the sacrament of reconciliation took some time to develop. 

Mercy, maths and the Crucifixion

26 Jan 2016 | Fr Jim McDermott SJ

In the teaching of the Catholic Church, God’s forgiveness of our sins is only possible because of Christ’s death on the cross. But what does this really mean? Fr Jim McDermott takes a deeper look. 

Cups of tea with the Queen of Heaven

26 Jan 2016 | Peta Edmonds

The Sisters of Mercy first came into my life on the eve of the millennium. They were plain-clothed nuns.


Shining a light on mental illness - Xavier's speech

26 Jan 2016 | Xavier Eales

St Ignatius College Riverview 2015 school captain Xavier Eales shared his experiences battling depression at his school assembly in the hope of raising awareness among his peers. This is his speech. 

The icing on the Christmas cake? Helping the poor

03 Nov 2015 | Clare Deignan

The kitchen in the Madeleine Centre at Genazzano FCJ College in Melbourne is all a-bustle. Students are cracking eggs, sifting flour, creaming butter and sugar, marinating fruit and pouring batter in tins, as cakes are rising in the oven while some cool on racks. It’s the annual Friends of Romania and the Philippines: Great Cake Bake. 

Home truths: Yummy Mummy

03 Nov 2015 | Kate Moriarty

Our new columnist wonders if she can ever become one of those women on the cover of a recipe book.

Where would Jesus eat at Christmas?

03 Nov 2015 | Michael Walter

Where would Jesus be most likely to celebrate Christmas? Father Terry Kean has a pretty good idea.  

A cabbage patch for kids

03 Nov 2015 | Clare Deignan

A school in Western Australia is changing the way kids think about food. There, teachers and parents aren’t wagging their fingers, reminding kids to eat their fruits and veggies. They don’t have to. The students at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Kununurra have learned how to make their own nutritious meals using fruits and veggies grown in their own schoolyard. 

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