Ecumenical Marriages

By |2017-09-06T05:57:32+10:00February 21st, 2013|Categories: Articles, Marriage, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Jesus prayed that we “may all be one” in faith. Married couples of two different Christian traditions are perfectly placed to be living examples of Christian unity. They show the world the way forward to unity between the Christian churches. 'That they may all be one' ‘Ecumenism’ comes from the Greek word οἰκουμένη (oikoumene) which

Faithful, Faulty Families

By |2017-09-06T05:51:59+10:00February 19th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Ordinary Time|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It is in the family that we learn what it is to love. Christ calls us not be perfectly happy, but to trust in him and be open to growth and grace. Families can be wonderfully, and awfully, messy can’t they? They may be the fundamental unit of society, but there’s no question that families

Christ the King!

By |2017-09-06T05:32:54+10:00November 30th, 2012|Categories: Articles, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Despite the machinations of those who had rejected Christ’s peace, Christ’s reign is complete and eternal... writes Marilyn Rodrigues In 1925 the world was lurching from one major crisis to another, rocked by waves of political, social and economic disorder. Mussolini dismantled the Italian government and took control of the country. Hitler published Mein Kampf

The Rosary

By |2017-09-06T05:29:31+10:00September 18th, 2012|Categories: Articles, Mary & the Saints|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

A Calling Card for Heaven Does your family pray the rosary? Would you like to begin it as a family tradition but it’s just too hard to manage? By Marilyn Rodrigues Toddlers with their short attention spans, older children and spouses all with their own schedules can certainly test a commitment to any kind of

The Daddy Difference

By |2017-09-06T05:15:27+10:00August 14th, 2012|Categories: Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Studies have highlighted the impact of fathers as distinct to that of mothers on children’s development. By Marilyn Rodriguez A person is singing in my dream, very loudly, and doesn't stop. Then I realise it isn't singing, it’s one of my children calling out in the night. I untangle myself from bed and stagger, half

St Mary of the Cross Mackillop

By |2017-09-06T05:13:30+10:00August 14th, 2012|Categories: Articles, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

For the first time, on August 8, 2011, the universal Church will honour Australia’s first saint, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. It has always been her feast day, but from this year the liturgical observance of this feast will be raised to a ‘solemnity’. What is a solemnity? A solemnity is the highest rank

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

By |2017-09-06T05:12:40+10:00August 7th, 2012|Categories: Articles, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

A look at scripture and tradition can take us back to the feast of the sacred heart of Jesus and give our devotion new life. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is not nearly as popular today as a couple of generations ago, when almost every Catholic at least knew about the nine first

God is Here: The Eucharist

By |2017-09-06T05:06:14+10:00August 7th, 2012|Categories: Articles, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Do we live our belief that Jesus is really present in the Eucharist, present in our churches each day? The feast of Corpus Christi gives us an opportunity to reflect anew on the real and living  presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. It was a school morning and I had lost my temper too many times

The Announcement!

By |2019-03-15T14:50:39+10:00July 18th, 2012|Categories: Articles, Mary & the Saints|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Celebrate the world’s biggest announcement with Mary this Lent. What if Mary had said ‘no’? Would the Archangel Gabriel have tried the maiden next door? Did God have a plan B for saving the world? I remember the excitement and nervous anticipation with which my husband and I went to tell our parents that we