Extract from Tamara McLean,The Australian, AAP, Friday 11 December 2009
Statistics show Kiwis are giving up on God, and a controversial new campaign hopes to send religion packing even faster. An atheist movement plans to erect billboards on buses that tell New Zealanders: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."The organiser, Simon Fisher, says he's sick of God being a social no-go zone."Religion should not be a taboo subject that no one brings up at dinner parties," he wrote on the website www.nogod.org.nz. "We should be discussing what we believe and why."He said the aim of the bus ads was to "challenge people to think critically about their beliefs, and especially to think critically about how much control they give over their lives to a supernatural being for which there is no evidence" (more).
Obama team seeks enlightenment on Muslim relations
Extract from Barney Zwartz, The Age, December 10, 2009
THE Obama Administration secretly sent staff to
European Court of Human Rights Puts Pro-life Ireland in hot seat
Extract from Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne,Thursday 10 December 2009
Irish abortion laws and sovereignty stand in the dock next week when the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) hears a challenge to Ireland's constitutional protection of life.Three petitioners in the case A, B & C v. Ireland allege that they were forced to travel overseas to obtain abortions, undergoing unnecessary expenses and hardship due to the nation's pro-life laws. They claim violations of various rights under the European Convention on Human Rights (more).
Pope slams "deceitful" liberation theology
Extracts from Catholic News, Thursday 10 December 2009
In an address to Brazilian bishops, Pope Benedict said the "visible consequences" of the "deceitful principles" of liberation theology have been "rebellion, division, dissent, offense, anarchy (that) are still being felt." In his address, Pope Benedict recalled the 25th anniversary of the document "Libertatis nuntius" by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which condemned Marxist liberation theology trends, Lifesite News reports.
"Youth Mass for Everyone"
Sunday 6 December 2009
Parish young people helped plan the Liturgy and actively took part in a "Youth Mass for Everyone" this evening. Youth Leader Tom Stammers (shown here with Fr John listening intently) spoke on today's Gospel reading relating it directly to the lives of young and all people. Fellow Youth Leaders Elly McGarvie and Alison Rogers (our New YL) respectively lead the Mass and sang unaccompanied. Judging by the response to Paul's electric guitar Reflection we might perhaps anticipate more such liturgies ahead (more photos on the Mass Times page).
Spotlight on Parish Youth
Saturday 5 December 2009
A very successful Deanery Youth Concert at St Peter & Paul Parish this evening to raise funds for Caritas also demonstrated the extraordinary talents amongst our young people, including from Ivanhoe Parish Paul Kascaminidis, Luva Genna and Stephen Yoannides.There's a brief report and photos on the Young peoples' Group page.
Religions Parliament opens in Melbourne
Edited extracts from Catholic News, Friday 4 December 2009
About 4,000 delegates are gathered for the Parliament of the World's Religions in
Edited extracts from The Australian, AAP, Friday 4 December 2009
Tony Abbott was late for his meeting and press conference with the Dalai Lama in
Catechism calls for compassion for homosexuals: Vatican
Extract from Catholic News, Friday 4 December, 2009
Answer the questions: Martin tells Irish clergy
Extract from Catholic News, Thursday 3 December 2009
Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has urged bishops and priests mentioned in the Irish government report on abused children to admit their mistakes and resign or stand over their belief that they made no mistakes.
He also challenged them to publicly answer questions raised by the report in parishes of the Dublin Archdiocese where clergy sexually abused children, RTE reports (more).
Pope notes limits of looking through a telescope
Extracts from Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Thursday 3 December 2009
Scientific success should not blind humanity to God, Pope Benedict XVI said in a message marking an event for the Year of Astronomy....Pope Benedict XVI suggested that...."the universe continues to raise questions to which simple observation, however, is unable to give a satisfactory answer....."Natural and physical sciences, paying recourse only to their own resources, run the risk of presenting the cosmos as "an unresolved enigma."......But Galileo's lesson, Pope Benedict XVI said, is that matter "has an intelligibility capable of speaking to man's intelligence and of indicating a path that goes beyond a simple phenomenon."(more)
Parish Leadership Team Meeting, Monday 30 November
This evening's PLT meeting focussed more on pastoral than administrative and financial issues. The Bishop's Ivanhoe visit was discussed (feedback from the Bishop is anticipated shortly). The outstanding program of activities by the Outreach Group was discussed, but also the fact that due to work overload their program for 2010 will be reduced unless new volunteers are forthcoming. The same applies to the possibility of another parish dinner next year, to be further considered if new volunteers can be found. Liturgy and favourable use of multimedia was discussed. No multimedia in St Bernadette's yet due to lack of volunteers to regularly operate a system there. Youth affairs were discussed, on one hand strong interest in our existing youth members, but apparent lack of response from Year 6 students this year from MOG and MI Schools. On the admin. side there is good progress on concept plan for stage 1 of the Parish Master Plan. Excellent progress with Parish financial modelling, with Pastoral modelling also being pursued. Important discussion also on declining availability of priests and Ivanhoe impacts.
Vatican ban on Bendigo offer to Anglicans
Extract from Barney Zwartz, The Age, Saturday November 28, 2009
The Vatican has ordered a Victorian bishop to withdraw an offer to let Anglicans ordain deacons in a Catholic church tomorrow because four of the seven are women. Bendigo Catholics and Anglicans have both expressed sadness at the decision, which comes a month after Pope Benedict XVI told Anglicans they were welcome to become Catholics and keep their Anglican identity. Sandhurst Bishop Joe Grech offered Bendigo Anglican Bishop Andrew Curnow use of the city's oldest Catholic church for the celebratory service because the Anglican cathedral is closed for repairs (more).
Life in Ivanhoe Parish
Opinion piece, John Costa, Friday 27 November 2009
During his visit to Ivanhoe Parish Bishop LesTomlinson spoke amongst many other things of the importance of young people and Catholic schools. It has been very pleasing that all the members of the Parish Young People's group who show enthusiasm in all that the Group does have so willingly offered to actively participate in the "Youth Mass for Everyone" at the 5:00pm Mass on Sunday 6 Dec. These young people are full of life, honesty and talent and offer the Parish and future society a great deal. It is appropriate both to support them and also listen and respond to what they are telling us.
Advent in 2009
Sunday 29th November is the first Sunday of Advent, a very significant time in the Church Calendar. Although we may have experienced many Advents in the past the world is changing and it is always worthwhile reflecting on its meaning again, particularly in the context of a changing world with new perspectives. The Weekly Reflection offers helpful thoughts in that regard. A full program of 2009 Advent and Christmas events may be downloaded from the Mass Times page.
A plea for change (The whale and the butterfly)
Extract from Opinion Piece, Jacques Noyer, Bishop Emeritus of
I am happy to be part of the Church but I ask that it be fully alive. I ask that it be faithful to its mission and that it bring the word of Christ to our contemporaries, that it bear witness to a world renewed by the Spirit (more).
Reinventing our gathering places
The global financial crisis has strengthened the appeal of community as an antidote to crass individualism and material gain. And I mean flesh-and-blood community, whether relaxing at main street village cafes, fairs or festivals, creating vegetable gardens and attending farmers markets, or going to face-to-face meetings of people previously only communicated with via the internet on local or global campaigns.....Equally design can only achieve so much.... 'It does not matter how attractive and modern the building is if the core funding for the services it can provide is not adequate.' Social inclusion requires the resources to make a building live and service its users — an argument for more funding to match the revitalisation that modern design can bring (more). (Ed: Is this perhaps relevant to Ivanhoe?)
Atheists cross as religious forum secures taxpayer funding
Extract from Kate Lahey,The Age, Thursday 26 November 2009
Atheists have accused the Brumby Government of discriminating against them by refusing to fund the movement's global conference in Melbourne, but giving $2 million to a religious conference.The Parliament of the World's Religions begins on December 3 at the new Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and has also received $2 million from the Federal Government and $500,000 from the Melbourne City Council.Premier John Brumby launched the event this morning (more).
Cardinal Pell warns of move to silence Christians
Extract from catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Wednesday 25 November 2009
An Australia commission purportedly established to protect human rights seems to be omitting freedom of religion and conscience from its lists, according to Cardinal George Pell.In fact, as explained by the archbishop of Sydney, there's only one question about the outcome of an inquiry the Human Rights Commission has been doing in Australia for more than a year: "How bad it will be?" Cardinal George Pell noted his lack of optimism about the project because right from the start, he said, the commission’s race discrimination commissioner, Tom Calma, was reported as expressing his concern about a "growing fundamentalist religious lobby" in matters such as same-sex relationships, stem-cell research and abortion (more).
Women religious not complying with Vatican study
Extracts from Thomas C. Fox National Catholic Reporter,Tuesday 24 November 2009
The vast majority of U.S. women religious are not complying with a Vatican request to answer questions in a document of inquiry that is part of a three-year study of the congregations. Leaders of congregations, instead, are leaving questions unanswered or sending in letters or copies of their communities' constitutions."There's been almost universal resistance," said one women religious familiar with the responses compiled by the congregation leaders. "We are saying 'enough!' In my 40 years in religious life I have never seen such unanimity."(more)
Christ is a King who rules with love, says BXVI
Extracts from Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Monday 23 November 2009
Christ is a King who dominates with love, who does not impose himself but rather respects human freedom, Pope Benedict XVI is affirming. The Pontiff affirmed that Christ's royalty is not like that of the great ones of the world, but rather, it is the power to defeat evil and death and to "awaken hope" even in the hardest of hearts.....He continued: "It is the power of love, that knows how to bring good out of evil, soften a hard heart, bring peace to the most bitter conflict, awaken hope in the most impenetrable darkness (more).
Update on Bishop Tomlinson's Ivanhoe Visit
Friday 20 November 2009
His Lordship Bishop Les Tomlinson is currently visiting the Catholic Parish of Ivanhoe and the the three Parish Primary Schools. The Bishop shared an evening meal at 6.00pm Wednesday with the Executive of the Parish Leadership Team at the Parish Office and was briefed on Parish issues. He later interacted informally with parishioners during a free-ranging Open Forum at St Bernadette’s Church (shown in this photo) that evening. During introductory remarks he spoke encouragingly of common challenges facing many Parishes and the need for Parishes themselves to respond directly whilst also supporting those uncomfortable with necessary changes. He spoke of a growing need for lay support including such people as Secretaries, Pastoral Associates and volunteers. Discussion ranged widely across topics such as discomfort with change, parish schools, church as community, young people, declining church attendances, partnering with other Parishes, growing secularism of society, retirement of priests and the important need for spiritual as well as pastoral growth.
Comment from Fr John - On Sunday 22 November Bishop Tomlinson will celebrate Mass at 9am at
Bishop Les Tomlinson to visit Ivanhoe Parish
Friday 6 November 2009
Our Regional Bishop Most Reverend Les Tomlinson will visit our Parish on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th November. Bishop Tomlinson will celebrate Mass at two of our churches on Sunday 22nd November. Further details later - Fr John
Bishop Tomlinson was born to Edward and Alice Tomlinson on August 27, 1943 in
Euthanasia Bill defeated in SA Parliament
Extract from ABC News, Friday 20 November 2009
A bill to legalise voluntary euthanasia in South Australia has been defeated in State Parliament when a supporter had a late change of heart.A conscience vote was poised to finish at 10-all with the president of the Legislative Council, Bob Sneath, to make the casting vote in its favour.But Liberal MP David Ridgway rose just before the vote to withdraw his support and the bill was defeated 11 votes to nine (more).
A nation moving on
Extracts from Catholic News, Friday 20 November 2009
The path to nationhood for the East Timorese people was never going to be easy. After a few centuries of oppressive colonial rule by Portugal, including Japan's occupation during World War II, the East Timorse suffered Indonesia's brutal 24 year occupation and the killing and starvation of over 100,000 people.....But in the last 12 months, Australian Sister of Mercy, Helen Nolen has seen positive developments and has a strong sense that the people are "about to stride out" (more).
Concerns over effects of "Schoolies Week"
Extract from Catholic News Thursday November 19, 2009
Dr Dan White, executive director of Catholic schools in the Sydney archdiocese, is urging parents to consider encouraging their kids to participate in other ways than "Schoolies Week" to celebrate the end of school."While I acknowledge that the end of school is a rite of passage worth celebrating, the idea of large numbers of students who have only recently turned 18 (or in some cases are still 17) being together in an unfamiliar environment far from home without any support or supervision is worrying," he was quoted as saying by The Catholic Weekly (more).
The True Mission for Catholic Universities - Pope
Extracts from Catholic Online Zenit News Agency, Friday 13th November 2009
University communities cannot be satisfied with merely imparting knowledge; they must also teach students values and profound motivations, says Benedict XVI.The Catholic university is called to act...with fidelity to the Christian message exactly as it is presented by the Church'.The Pope spoke of the role of universities today, taking up the theme of the "educational crisis," about which he has often expressed concern (more).
Federal axe possible for ACT same sex ceremonies legalisation
Extract from Catholic News, Friday 13 November 2009
The ACT legislation granting same sex couples the right to legally binding ceremonies will "almost certainly" be vetoed by the Federal Government, The Canberra Times reported, although this could not be officially confirmed. The newspaper cites a spokesman for Federal Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O'Connor saying the Government's position was unchanged and that such provisions "undermined and mimicked" marriage, however he would not say whether the new laws would be disallowed (more). Image: Catholic News
Woman jailed for conning priest
Extract from Catholic News, Thursday 12 November 2009
The Victorian County Court judge Howard Mason sentenced confidence trickster Olivia Raymond to four years and eight months in jail for defrauding elderly priest Father Paul Kane of parish funds and his life savings. Ms Raymond, a reported gambling addict, used fake documents and sad stories to trick the 83 year old priest into handing over $400,000 from accounts belonging to St Matthew's Parish in the northern
Facebook, Google, Wikipedia and YouTube for faith
Extract from Catholic news, Thursday 12th November 2009
Media experts will join European bishops to show how best to communicate the Catholic Church's message using the tools of the 21st century. Representatives from the social network Facebook, the search engine Google, the YouTube video sharing website and the online encyclopedia Wikipedia will explain the importance of "new media" in the lives of young people, the UK's Telegraph reports (more).
ACT legalises civil ceremonies between same sex couples
Extract from Catholic News, Thursday 12 November 2009
The ACT Parliament passed a Greens Bill to legalise civil ceremonies between same sex couples, allowing gay and lesbian couples to create their civil partnerships through a legally binding ceremony (more).
Christianity ended the cold war peacefully
Extracts from Opinion piece, Adrian Pabst, guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 11 November 2009
Religion brought down communism and it is religion which will help us resist naked capitalism, too. Without Christianity the cold war would not have ended peacefully. Across the East, churches and religious organisations brought together workers, students and intellectuals. Under totalitarian rule, church services and religious festivals often provided the last bastion of freedom and resistance (more).
Church leaders too literal: Hockey
Extract from The Age, AAP, Monday November 9, 2009
Christianity's declining popularity in the West is a result of many church leaders interpreting the Bible too literally, opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey says.Delivering a speech called In Defence of God to the Sydney Institute on Monday, Mr Hockey said priests applied an "alienating literalism" to their readings of the old and new testaments."By encouraging literalist analysis of the Bible, many churches have inadvertently invited people to question the validity of a faith that seems to be based on questionable facts of outdated prescriptions," he said (more).
Politics without morality damages Australia
Morality and politics don't mix, The Age, 28 October 2009. In a reflective article in the Fairfax Press, Shaun Carney argued that it is not helpful to expect that politicians will treat the arrival of asylum seekers as a moral issue. Their decisions almost always involve compromise and conflict between professed values and actions. I would like to argue that, whatever of political practice, we should ask politicians to consider the morality of their policies, and that to divorce politics from morality damages
Benedict invites Blair, Berlusconi and friends
Extract from Catholic News, Friday 6 November 2009
Pope Benedict is planning a two day summit of Catholic politicians across the globe at the
L'Osservatore slams Kung "lies and inaccuracies"
Extract from Catholic News, Friday 6 November 2009
A L’Osservatore Romano column by editor Giovanni Maria Vian has criticised the Swiss born Roman Catholic theologian Hans Kung after he accused Pope Benedict of an "unecumenical luring away" of discontented Anglicans. The article in last week’s edition said an article by Kung published in several European newspapers contained "lies and inaccuracies," BeliefNet reports. In his article, published in English by The Guardian newspaper in
The Vatican "thirst for power" divides Christianity and damages Catholicism
Extracts from Hans Kung, The Guardian,Tuesday 27 October 2009
The astonishing efforts to lure away Anglican priests show that Pope Benedict is set on restoring the Roman imperium....This Roman action is a dramatic change of course: steering away from the well-proven ecumenical strategy of eye-level dialogue and honest understanding; steering towards an un-ecumenical luring away of Anglican priests, even dispensing with medieval celibacy law to enable them to come back to Rome under the lordship of the pope..... Can it be that those caught in the Roman dragnet do not see that they will never be more than second-class priests in the Roman church, that other Catholics are not meant to take part in their liturgical celebrations? (more)
St Luke's eConference draws prison inmates, international participants
Extract from Catholic News, Thursday 5 November 2009
Prisoners in Sydney's Long Bay and Silverwater prisons joined thousands of people from across Australia and as far away as Rome, Britain, the US and Ireland yesterday to learn more about the Gospel of Luke in an eConference. Bishop David Walker, a member of the Bishops Commission for Mission and Faith Formation, and in whose diocese the forum was hosted, said the eConferences were tapping into a need for top quality adult faith formation in an accessible format (more).
Today's scientists need awe: Benedict XVI
Extract from Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Monday 2 November 2009
"Knowledge, in a word, must be understood and pursued in all its liberating breadth," the Bishop of Rome affirmed. "It can certainly be reduced to calculation and experiment, yet if it aspires to be wisdom, capable of directing man in the light of his first beginnings and his final ends, it must be committed to the pursuit of that ultimate truth which, while ever beyond our complete grasp, is nonetheless the key to our authentic happiness and freedom, the measure of our true humanity, and the criterion for a just relationship with the physical world and with our brothers and sisters in the great human family."(more). The painting is of Galileo.
Liturgy needs not 'sacred language' but pastoral language: Bishop Donald Trautman
Edited Extract from Jerry Filteau, National Catholic Reporter,Monday 26 October 2009
(American) Bishop Trautman says major flaws afflict the new Mass translation. There is much good in the new English translation of the Roman Missal, but "there is much more that still needs improvement to make the text grammatical and accessible to the people,""The present text still contains improper syntax, incomplete sentences, archaic and obscure words and idioms, lengthy and incomprehensible sentences and fails to respect the natural rhythm and cadences of the English language," he said. He also criticized
Monday 26 October 2009
This week we are taking the opportunity of a visit to
Economic development and new initiatives to provide meaningful opportunities to many under-priviliged youth in particular are encouragingly now starting to reduce crime rates. Overall the Brazilian economy is very strong and together with the Australian economy has been highly resilient to the global economic crisis.
Matthew, Mark, Luke & John welcoming visitors to the Cathedral in Brazil's capital city Brasilia
The Cathedral was dedicated in March 1970 and like most of the great buildings of
6 pm Mass at
Dom Bosco was an Italian saint, and the founder of the Order of Salesians. In 1883, he had a dream, which is believed by many to be a prophecy of the building of the city of
Students from across
No shortage of priests?
Sao Paolo, Friday 23 October 2009
Extract from Catholic News, Friday 23 October 2009
FutureChurch executive director, Sr Christine Schenk, says that her organisation welcomes the
Mother of dead tourist doesn't want attacker jailed
Extract from The Australian, Friday 30 October 2009
THE mother of an Irish tourist who died after after a fight in a
Rejected asylum seekers return
Edited Extract,Phil Glendenning, Catholic News, Friday 30 October 2009
Nine Afghans, who were returned home by the Howard Government with promises and compensation, have come back and were granted protection by the Rudd Government, The Australian reports.The controversial "reintegration package" paid asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island $2,000 each, or $10,000 per family, airfares and the promise of counselling and job training to abandon their claim for protection. They were to relinquish any claims for asylum, the report says (more).
Proclaim the Gospel on the ‘Digital Continent': Benedict XVI
Edited Extract from Catholic Online, Friday 30 October 2009
Addressing the full Pontifical Council for Social Communications today, Benedict XVI urged its members to help communicate the teachings of the Church on the “digital continent” of the ever-changing technological landscape. Reflecting on the role of social networking and increasingly real-time electronic communication, Pope Benedict XVI said on Thursday that "modern culture is established, even before its content, in the very fact of the existence of new forms of communication that use new languages; they use new technologies and create new psychological attitudes."Effectively," he continued, the advent of new technology “supposes a challenge for the Church, which is called to announce the Gospel to persons in the third millennium, maintaining its content unaltered but making it understandable.” (more).
Korean women church leadership well behind wider society.
Request to bishops for 30 percent women quotas on parish councils goes unanswered
Edited Extracts from Thomas C. Fox, National Catholic Reporter Thursday 28 October 2009.
Like many other Asian countries,
The great discovery: It's a human issue, not a woman's issue
Extract from Joan Chichester, National Catholic Reporter, Tuesday 27 October 2009
Every science student in the country knows that for every action we can expect an equal and opposite reaction. Which translated means that whatever we try to do, someone else will try to stop it. So here's the question: Given the kind of explanatory data that is coming out of "The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation" on the social condition and challenges facing women at this moment in history, what can we expect now? (more)
Battle looming on human rights as committee backs new act, role for courts
Extract from Michael Pelly, The Australian, Friday 9 October 2009
Battle lines were drawn yesterday for a fierce political debate after the government's hand-picked committee said Australia should adopt a charter of human rights and give the High Court power to declare laws incompatible.The Human Rights Consultation panel, headed by Jesuit priest Frank Brennan, said the "dialogue model" operating in Victoria and the ACT should be the template for any new act or charter. It urged a comprehensive audit of "all federal legislation, policies and practices" to ensure compliance with international human rights obligations.
Secrecy protects perpetrators of child killers: welfare advocates
Extract from Catholic News, Friday 9 October 2009
Australian Catholic University academic Patricia Hansen and child welfare advocate Frank Ainsworth have come out strongly against protecting the anonymity of children killed by their parents, saying it protects the perpetrators (more).
Communities in Crisis, Asia-Pacific
Extract from Caritas, Friday 9 October 2009
With the spread of Typhoon Ketsana across the Asia Pacific severely affecting the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia; a tsunami in the Pacific devastating communities in Samoa and Tonga; massive flooding in India; landslides in Nepal; and the earthquake in Indonesia centring on Padang in Sumatra, people across our region are in desperate need (more). To assist in relief work in these areas there will be a leaving collection for Caritas at Masses this weekend.
Mental Health Week and Open Mind Fiesta 2009!
Extract form MI Fellowship Website, Friday 9 October 2009
Every year, Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria celebrates Mental Health Week with the annual Open Mind Fiesta, a vibrant community-based festival held along
Old meets new in faith lives of two New Mexico women
Extract from Tom Roberts, National Catholic Reporter, Wednesday 7 October 2009
Though separated in age by at least two generations, and worlds apart in life experience, Nolan and Garcia represent some of the strong impulses within the Catholic community that are shaping its future: the growing role of laity in the church, especially women, despite prohibitions against ordination of women; the conviction reinforced by the Second Vatican Council that Catholics, by virtue of their baptism, have an essential part to play in salvation history; and the rising awareness throughout Christianity of the social dimension of a life of faith (more).
Melbourne host for Parliament of the World’s Religions
Exract, October 2009
First held in Chicago in 1893, the Parliament of the World’s Religions brings together the world’s religious and spiritual communities, their leaders and their followers to a gathering where peace, diversity and sustainability are discussed and explored in the context of interreligious understanding and cooperation.Since 1993, a Parliament of the World’s Religions has convened every five years in a major international city (Chicago 1993, Cape Town 1999, Barcelona 2004). Sponsored by the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, the 2009 Parliament will take place in
Brennan Committee's final submission on possible Bill of Rights
Edited extracts from Catholic News, Friday 2 October 2009
The National Human Rights Consultation Committee handed over its final assessment about a possible bill of rights for Australia to the Federal Government on Wednesday, after perusal of more than 35,000 public submissions.The committee headed by Jesuit priest Father Frank Brennan also held more than 65 public hearings. A recent Amnesty International poll of 1,000 Australians found that more than 80 percent would be in favour of a charter but there is also fierce opposition to the move, The Age said (more).
Eucharist as a Celebration of Everyday Life
Extract from opinion piece, Ron Rolheiser OMI
We sometimes forget that Jesus was born in a barn, not a church, and that the God of the Incarnation is as much about kitchen tables as ecclesial altars. God is as much domestic as monastic. This is important to keep in mind as we try to understand the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the body of Christ, a continuation of the Incarnation, and, like Jesus' birth, is meant to bring the divine into concrete, everyday life (more).
How to be a Hypocrite and Still be OK
Extract from opinion piece Bill Farrelly, Marist Messenger (NZ), Thursday 2 October 2009
I wonder whether Jesus’ audience ever got tired of listening to Him. I wonder whether He ever got tired of preaching? No doubt he got physically and mentally tired, but did He ever tire of the subject? Did He ever wake up of a morning and think to Himself, I’d rather talk about something else today; I don’t feel like talking about God? I guess the answer is no, and yet because He was human, and because he hung around with humans, I reckon He would often have talked about other stuff. I mean, it just stands to reason (more). Image from Catholic News
Extract from Peter Gregory, The Age, Thursday 1 October 2009
YOUNG people engaging in street crime are spiritual anorexics whose behaviour can be changed through structured and regular activities, a leading adolescent psychologist has told a forum on street crime (more).
Priests must promote "community of co-responsibility" cardinal says
Extract from opinion piece, Catholic News Service, Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Priests must guard against becoming limited to sacramental ministry and must help lay Catholics take up their duty to try to solve "the massive problems we are facing," Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles said in a talk at the University of Notre Dame. "As a leader of a faith community of co-responsibility, the ordained priest best serves his people by promoting their royal priesthood at a moment of world crisis," he said (more).
Parishes of Ivanhoe and St Kevins share
Sunday 27 September 2009
Sunday Mass at St Kevins in Templestowe usually enjoys live music but today one of the two musicians was unable to attend at short notice. As they knew about the "multimedia liturgy" prepared each week in the Ivanhoe Parish we were pleased to provide St Kevins with this liturgy for Sunday at their request. The multimedia liturgy fitted in seamlessly and response from those celebrating Mass at St Kevins was enthusiastic. It's good when we can share not only within our Parish but across Parishes. This is already starting to happen even more broadly - for Youth activities across the Deanery. Perhaps in future we can anticipate more opportunities for sharing in various ways?
Father Bob Maguire
Extract from Denis Hart Statement, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne,Friday 25 September 2009
Denis Hart, Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, released the following statement today. “As Archbishop of Melbourne, I have pleasure in announcing that I have agreed with Father Bob Maguire that he continue as Parish Priest of Saints Peter and Paul Parish in
An important question
From Parish Newsletter, Friday 25 September 2009
How can we deal with the situation when the expected priest does not come, or the scheduled priest is unavailable at the last minute? - Let’s think about strategies we can put in place to respond to this situation.
Friday 25 September 2009
The Parish Office will be attended at different intervals from 28 Sept – 2 Oct as our Secretary Ruth will be on leave. Notices such as deaths, anniversaries and prayers for the sick will be noted and where possible included as part of Prayers of the Faithful within Mass the following weekend and can be included in the following newsletter if wished.
Pope Benedict to Visit
Extract from Deacon Keith Fournie, Catholic Online, Thursday 24 September 2009
May this visit to England hasten the recovery of a dynamically orthodox Christian witness in that Nation; one which opens up the path to the recovery of a genuinely Christian Europe (more).
Where does Evolution leave God?
Extract from the Wall Street Journal, September 2009
We commissioned Karen Armstrong and Richard Dawkins to respond independently to the question "Where does evolution leave God?" Neither knew what the other would say. Karen Armstrong says we need God to grasp the wonder of our existence. Richard Dawkins argues that evolution leaves God with nothing to do. Here are the responses (more).
Reversing the liturgical field
Extract from Richard McBrien, National Catholic Reporter, Monday September 21, 2009
According to a report late last month by Andrea Tornielli in the Italian daily Il Giornale, the prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, met with Pope Benedict XVI on April 4 (the fact that we have a precise date is significant) to present a list of proposed changes to the liturgical norms for the celebration of the Eucharist (more).
Churches confront 1000-year schism
Extract from Christopher Pearson Opinion Piece, The Australian, Saturday 19 September 2009
Are the Catholic and Orthodox branches of Christianity at long last about to settle their differences? According to Catholic Archbishop of Moscow Paolo Pezzi, "it is possible, indeed it has never been so close". In an interview with Corriere della Sera that appeared on Monday, he said the end of the schism "could happen within a few months" (more).
Festival of Dangerous Ideas
Extracts from Catholic News, Thursday 17 September 2009
Cardinal George Pell will join British journalist and prominent atheist Christopher Hitchens and outspoken feminist and academic, Germaine Greer as keynote speaker for a "Festival of Dangerous Ideas". His talk on October 14, "Without God We Are Nothing" will draw not only on his own faith and scholarship and from statements of scientific figures such as physicist Stephen Hawking, who admitted he was no closer to knowing whether God existed or not, "only that God was arbitrary", the Archdiocese of Sydney said in a media statement. The first day of the festival, October 13, will feature Hitchens' Opening Address on the topic "Religion Poisons Everything"(more). Photo - Flickr, Mimi-K
Social Justice Sunday statement recognises commitment of youth
Extracts from Catholic news, Wednesday 16 September 2009
The Bishops of Australia have pledged their support for young people's commitment to social justice, reasserting last year's World Youth Day central theme of witnessing through the power of the Holy Spirit. In a statement for this year's Social Justice Sunday, which will be celebrated on September 27, the Bishops have urged youth to acts as "ambassadors" for faith, justice and hope. Bishop Saunders said the challenge for young people was to "persevere in our calling, to remember that as Christians we are a new creation, part of a holy world in which God is not eclipsed or deemed irrelevant by a secularist ideology." ...He said that although the statement was about youth, "it is for all of us". "What will you leave to the next generation?(more).
God after Auschwitz
Extracts from opinion piece, Barney Schwartz, The Age, Wednesday September 16, 2009
Did God die in
Sympathy for (Fr Bob, Archbishop Hart, the Parish community)
The story of Fr Bob Maguire's retirement can be told in many ways. It has generally been represented as the struggle of a brave battler against a heartless large corporation. Whatever of that, it has a more universal and poignant relevance as the story of the predicament of ageing community workers. These include general practitioners, teachers and religious ministers (more). Subscription to
Alternate thoughts for this Year for Priests
Extracts from opinion piece, Richard McBrien, National Catholic Reporter, Monday 14 September 2009
Pope Benedict XVI declared this a Year for Priests, beginning on June 19, the feast of the Sacred Heart, and ending next June with an international gathering of priests in Rome.....Undoubtedly, the pious thing for most priests to do is to get fully into the spirit of this Year for Priests and for lay people to renew their appreciation for the good work that so many priests have done and continue to do in the life of the church.......But there is a more realistic dimension to this Year for Priests, and it is one that never sees the light of day in most of the diocesan papers in the United States and Canada because bishops will not permit any discordant opinions to be expressed (more).
On Reclaiming Christianity from the West
Extract from Eureka Street, Monday September 14, 2009
During an episode of ABCTV's Q&A on 27 August, Mr Abbott claimed, 'I think everyone who has grown up in a western country is profoundly shaped and formed by the New Testament, because this is the core document of our civilisation.' In other words, he linked being Christian with being Western. He went onto make both Jews and Muslims feel somewhat left out of the 'western civilisation equation' when he described the Koran as 'the Old Testament on steroids'. As a South Asian Muslim, I'd like to think many Christian believers would be as incensed by attempts to treat Christianity as a uniquely Western phenomenon as I am when Islam is treated as a uniquely Arab phenomenon. Talking about monolithic and mutually exclusive Christian and Muslim 'civilisations' and 'countries' is nonsense (more). Subscription to
Communication with above?
Saturday 12 September 2009
All is revealed on the "Photo Gallery" page of this website
Alive with the Sound of Music - a parish Hall near you
Friday 11th September 2009
The Parish Hall will be alive this weekend with folk from our Maintenance Group, Communication Group and Outreach Group repairing, installing, painting and many other things - making this a more attractive and friendly place for numerous Parish and Youth Group events and activities in future. In anticipation of the football Grand Final a "big screen" will be set up with new sound system, also to be used in many other ways at other times. This is thanks to the funds raised by our Outreach and Wellbeing Groups during their recent Monster Garage Sale at MI Hall. Thanks to minimal (and minimally) paid staff plus generous volunteers the Parish is alive. New volunteers are always welcome.
On stuffing up
Extract from Opinion Piece, Andrew Hamilton,
An early Christian hymn speaks of Adam's 'happy sin'. Happy, because Jesus came to set it right. A happy sin is a striking idea, but it does resonate with experience. Actions that we later regret are often turning points in our lives. They make us ask what matters in life, and remind us of the gap that exists between our ideals and the messy reality of our lives (more). Subscription to
Learning from suicide
Extracts from Gillian Bouras,
In December 1996 my sister Jacqui killed herself. She was 50. Three years later our first cousin Andrew did the same thing. He was 33.We do not want to admit that suicide has always been part of the human condition, but the first known suicide document is an Egyptian New Kingdom papyrus entitled 'Dialogue of a World-Weary Man with his Ba-Soul'. Philosophers have debated the matter interminably, with many considering the act to be a paradox, for it is life's central issue: Wittgenstein considered it to be the pivot on which every ethical system turns, while Camus wrote that suicide 'is prepared within the silence of the heart, as is a great work of art'...Today is World Suicide Prevention Day (more) Image Flickr
Why a Fr Bob Maguire must call it a day - Archbishop Denis Hart
Extracts from the Herald Sun, Wednesday 9 September 2009
You will have heard that I have invited Fr Bob Maguire of Saints Peter and Paul parish in
Foreign priests being used to fill clerical void - Maguire
Extract from Catholic News,Wednesday 9 September 2009
Church asks Fr Bob to retire
Extract from The Age, Monday 7 September 2009
The Catholic Church appears to have left the door ajar for Father Bob Maguire, a tireless advocate for the homeless, to continue working in his inner city Melbourne parish past the retirement age of 75. One of
MOG Church's 1st "Multimedia Mass"
Sunday 6 September 2009
Mother Of God Church is already fortunate to have an outstanding choir but today was the congregations' opportunity to participate further in the Mass now that words of hymns and prayers can be projected onto a screen behind and above the altar.
Exploring new possibilities
Ivanhoe Parish, 5:00pm Sunday 23 August 2009
This was the first of what might possibly become a more regular pattern of occasional "Experimental Masses" in the Parish at 5:00pm on selected Sundays at each of our three Churches. What is experimental is not so much the Mass itself but its more abbreviated form, "interactive Homily", and getting together briefly afterwards for "refreshments, cuppa and chat".
Squalor problem for elderly unveiled
Extract from Catholic News, Friday 4 September 2009
Severe domestic squalor is twice as common as previously believed, brought to light by the Severe Domestic Squalor Project run by Catholic Community Services, the Daily Telegraph reported. "It is such a widespread problem. I think everyone is aware of someone in their neighbourhood who collects things or has excess goods on their front veranda," said the organisation's senior coordinator Ruth Melville said. The $375,000 Severe Domestic Squalor Project was funded by the NSW State Government after a
Loreto order launches book
Extract from Catholic news, Friday 4 September 2009
Author Mary Ryllis Clark's book on the Loreto sisters, Loreto in
The book follows the tale of the small band of Irish nuns who arrived in Ballarat in 1875, with their charismatic leader Mother Gonzaga Barry. It explores the women's influence on Catholic education in
Marriage conference confronts myths
Extracts from Catholic News, Friday 4 September 2009
US marriage expert Dr William Doherty, at a national marriage conference last week, explored five modern myths including that marriage without prior cohabitation is foolish and that men aren't interested in relationships (more).
Why green Catholics are not communists
Extract from Eureka Stree, Neil Ormerod September 04, 2009
As various commentators have indicated one of the significant features of the recent encyclical Caritas in Veritate by Pope Benedict XVI is its explicit mention of environmental themes. The Pope's contributions are not startling or unusual. He emphasises the importance of stewardship over all creation, the grave duty to hand on to future generations something worth having, the dangers of consumerism, the squandering of resources and the deep interconnections between human existence and the rest of creation. 'Benedict has been careful not to prejudge the science of this complex subject ... As someone who has labored ceaselessly for the priority of truth over ideology, Benedict knows that neither international organisations nor public opinion determine the truth about climate change and its causes. That's a question for science, and many reputable scientists dispute aspects of the prevailing tenets of climate change to which some environmentalists seem religiously wedded ... As anyone who has studied his life and thought knows, Joseph Ratzinger has never been intimidated by political correctness.' (more). Subscription to
Blake Prize win for "religious" video
Extract from The Australian, Thursday 3 September 2009
A silent, ten minute video of young music fans letting loose in front of rock gods playing on stage has won the main award at this year's Blake Prize for religious art. 32 year old winning Artist Angela Mesiti said the work was exploring the “extreme experiences” when people become lost in the moment outside sanctioned religious spaces.“I was just interested in these notions of worship and ecstasy and transcendence and where they're actually found in a contemporary setting,” she said. Christopher Allen, The Australian's national art critic, said of the winner: “Ecstasy is cheap.” And of the show overall, he was less than impressed. “The show itself is fairly lacklustre,” he said. “There's very little that has any inspiring sense of the religious or the spiritual.” (more).
Guide proposes prayer before sex
Extract from Catholic News, Thursday 3 September 2009
The prayer implores God to place within us love that truly gives, tenderness that truly unites, self offering that tells the truth and does not deceive, forgiveness that truly receives, loving physical union that welcomes, reports The Daily Mail.
According to Southwark Auxiliary Bishop Paul Hendricks, the prayer's inclusion was "brave but good". "I suppose it is a bit idealistic but it is recognising that God is at the heart of the marriage relationship between husband and wife," he said (more).
Faith alone won't help the first Australians to better lives
Extract from Michele Grattan Opinion Piece, The Age, Friday 28 August 2009
Kevin Rudd says we should put behind us the ''history wars and the culture wars'' that raged in the Howard years. In a speech yesterday, he sought centre ground, arguing it was time to move beyond the polarisation between negative and positive interpretations of our past, between ''straight narrative'' and ''extreme relativism'' (more).
League tables demoralising say parents
Extract from Catholic news,Friday 28 August 2008
Teacher and parent groups rallied at Rosehill Racecourse yesterday to protest government plans to allow the publication of school league tables later this year, the Brisbane Times and Sydney Morning Herald reported....NSW Premier Nathan Rees is planning to move to overturn legislation that will impose $55,000 fines for the publication of league tables, the report said....The NSW Parents and Citizens Federation spokesman, Steve Carpenter, said governments were using children as a "political tool"...."We don't want league tables ... We don't want to devalue and demoralise our young learners by saying this one is a winner and this one is a loser." (more)
Catholic Womens' Canberra Conference
Extracts from ABCB Media release, Tuesday 25 August 2009
Catholic women from across Australia will gather for a landmark conference in Canberra this week to
mark 10 years since the launch of ‘Woman and Man: One in Christ Jesus’, the Report into the
Participation of Women in the Catholic Church in Australia.... “The Church in Australia is richly blessed by talented, gifted women who seek out a voice and place in the life of the Church,”....The dinner speaker will be broadcaster Rebecca Gorman and the conference will also feature sessions highlighting what’s been happening in dioceses in relation to the participation of women and consideration of the question, ‘Where to from here?’ (more).
How Catholic schools are failing the poor
Extracts from Ross Fitzgerald, Eureka Street, August 24, 2009
In a secular country like Australia it is ironic that Catholic schools are mainly funded by the state....Yet the fact remains that most Catholic school provision in English-speaking countries is fully publicly funded....Since the Second World War, a decline in religious vocations, coupled with a dramatic increase in Australia's population, brought pressure on Australian political parties to overturn the ban on state aid to private schools.....Since the mid-1980s funding deregulation has imposed a different set of problems on Catholic schools. Their demographic shows that they have become cheap private schools and that lower socio-economic Catholic enrolments in them have plummeted.....Catholics do not operate comprehensive schools through which their students are exposed to the entire curriculum that is available in a government school......If the Catholic Church fails to engage Labor's 'education revolution'... its commitment to the Gospel of social justice will be in ruins (more).
The Next stage in the evolution of humanity
Extracts from Opinion Piece, Fr Bob Maguire (Fr Bob's Blog), Friday 21 August 2009
"Until we, humans, are roboticised out of our positions of indispensable responsibility, the buck stops with each of us....Just being alive puts each of us in a position of responsibility....Anything that diminishes that personal power, lessens our free will, puts us and our sphere of influence in harm’s way....We are our brother’s/sister’s keeper. The life of each of us influences the lives of all of us....Maybe this is the next stage in the evolution of humanity – the development of eyes located in the human heart. We need to feelingly see. We need to learn to walk the extra mile in the other person’s shoes (more).
AusAID can now fund abortions abroad
Extract from Catholic News, Friday 21 August 2009
Funds from the AusAID overseas aid program can now be used to fund abortions of foetuses of up to 20 weeks in countries where the procedure is legal, The Age reported.The formal revoking of a ban on AusAID funded abortion services emerged yesterday after Foreign Minister Stephen Smith signed off on new family planning guidelines for dispensing federal funds overseas, the newspaper said.The change has been described by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as opposed to his personal "long standing conservative views", and it has fomented debate within the government. The ban was introduced by the Howard Government in 1996, influenced by Tasmanian independent and Catholic senator Brian Harradine (more).
Aung San Suu Kyi Verdict
Extracts from Opinion Piece, Religion Dispatches, Thursday 20 August 2009
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has spoken out today, calling her renewed house arrest “totally unfair,” adding to the criticism that this verdict is summoning worldwide.It was a bizarre turn of events that led to an extension of Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest. A few months before she was to be released, an American intruder, John Yettaw (who believed he was on a mission from God, and wanted to warn Suu Kyi of danger) swam across
Renewing the Priesthood
Extracts from Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Thursday 20 August 2009
At Wednesday's general audience, Pope Benedict XVI looked at the life of St. John Eudes and the importance of ongoing formation of the clergy. Pope Benedict urged the faithful to pray for priests and candidates to the priesthood, saying that their proper formation is crucial for the renewal of the priesthood (more).....The Vatican is aiming to prepare a "brief, forceful and very clear" document on the formation of seminarians as one of the elements to close the Year for Priests (more)
Richness of Diaconate
Extract from Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Wednesday 19 August 2009
The Congregation for Clergy is affirming the richness of the permanent diaconate, and is urging these ordained ministers to strive for holiness through meditation on God's Word and charitable works.Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, the congregation's prefect, wrote about this topic in an Aug. 10 letter on the feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr......The cardinal urged deacons to a continual, in-depth "intellectual, theological and pastoral formation" to support a "qualified and up-to-date ministry of the Word."....He added, "One could not understand a deacon who did not personally involve himself in charity and solidarity toward the poor, who again today are multiplying in number." (more).
Sunday 16 August
When all of our children celebrating their First Eucharist have done so over the next few weeks we will publish further photographs of these important Parish events.
At today's celebration shown in this photo Fr John remembered his 1st Eucharist as a time when he was told that to receive this Sacrament one had to be "perfect", which he found impossible. He said that the true spirit of Christ was not like that, as demonstrated so well by Mary MacKillop who loved people even when they were at their worst.
N.I.C.K Foundation Inaugural Event for parents and teenagers a resounding success
Wednesday 5 August 2009
A very large audience of parents and teenagers attended the first event of this newly established foundation dedicated to serve the needs of young people and parents grappling with the complications of life and society. A group of outstanding people helpfully shared their experiences in overcoming adversities and coping with a challenging world. The foundation was inspired by the suicide of a young person in our Parish, and an outpouring of reaction by a very large number of young and older people. Further supportive events are being planning and will be made known. N.I.C.K. Nurturing,
Migrant & Refugee Week 24-30 August 2009
Extract from ACBC, Wednesday 5 August 2009
The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) has produced a
resources kit with the theme, ‘St Paul, Migrant, Apostle of Migrants and Refugees in
Australia’.This resource is now available from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
website at www.catholic.org.au . The migration phenomenon has grown to take on the dimension of the entire world and the Catholic Church in
Golgotha never like this
Saturday 25 July 2009, 11:00am
Putting up the cross, or rather relocating the cross at Mother of God Church today was no small feat, but thanks to the generous effort of some parishioners and a friend of the parish, together with a generous financial contribution from an anonymous donor in the parish, and the help of modern technology, not forgetting consultation with a Parish Priest and around 764 others (or so it seems) this particular location was chosen. The purpose for this relocation was to allow Mother of God Church to enhance its liturgies in future using multimedia - via a screen located directly above the altar. The next step will be installation of the multimedia equipment, as has occurred at
Papal "circle" to discuss Church mission
Extract from Catholic News, Friday 14 August 2009
Pope Benedict will meet some of his former students in his annual "Ratzinger School Circle", or "Ratzinger Schulerkreis", gathering at Castel Gandolfo at the end of this month.Since 2005, the Pope has kept the tradition of meeting with the "Ratzinger Schulerkreis," with discussions in previous years focusing on issues such as evolution and Islam. This year the group will focus on the "
Update: Ruling on Perth right to die case
Extract from The Age, 6:33 pm, AAP, Friday 14 July 2009
Perth quadriplegic Christian Rossiter says he could be talked out of a plan to starve himself to death by having his feeding tube removed, despite a court giving him the right to die. Prior to the Western Australia Supreme Court ruling today, Mr Rossiter described his life as "a living hell". The Brightwater Care Group, which cares for Mr Rossiter in
Assisted suicide preferred over starvation, says Perth quadriplegic
Extracts from Catholic News, Friday 14 August 2009
Quadriplegic Perth man Christian Rossiter has asked The Brightwater Care Group, which cares for him, to stop feeding him through a tube, but would rather travel to Switzerland for assisted death. Mr Rossiter, 49, is seeking to end his life. The Brightwater Care Group has lodged an application in the West Australian Supreme Court to see if it could legally keep feeding Mr Rossiter despite his requests, according to an AAP report in The Australian....."Reports that I wish to have my feeding stopped immediately to bring about my death are not correct," he said...."Where there is the chance that I can go to Switzerland to take advantage of that country's civilising legislation I want to pursue this (more).
Iraq's Christian community at risk of disappearing - Vatican official
Extract from John Thavis, Catholic News Service, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne,Thursday 13 August 2009
A leading Vatican official called for greater protection of Iraq's beleaguered Christian minority, saying the disappearance of Christianity from the country would be an enormous religious and cultural loss for everyone (more).
Church painfully slow to learn lessons of abuse
Extract from Editorial, The Age, Wednesday 12 August, 2009
Catholic leaders have been loath to tackle institutional complicity. FOR an institution in which confession is a sacrament, the Catholic Church struggles to openly acknowledge its responsibilities for the sins of its priests. At times, it has given the clear impression that it wishes sexual abuse victims would shut up and go away. A year ago, the World Youth Day organiser, Bishop Anthony Fisher epitomised that attitude when he accused those calling for a papal apology of ''dwelling crankily on old wounds'' (more).
New 'Green' partnership for Catholic Schools
Extract from Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne,Tuesday 11 August 2009
A partnership between the Catholic Education Office Melbourne (CEOM) and Sustainability Victoria (SV) aimed at promoting ecological projects in Catholic schools was launched today (more).
Parish "Monster Garage Sale" a great success
Sunday 9th August 2009
An opportunity to socialise, have fun, discover and purchase interesting items and some great bargains, have wonderful Devonshire tea and scones, a sausage sizzle, all contributed to a highly successful Parish garage sale this weekend. The beneficiaries of this fund-raising event will include many people across the Parish from young to old. Thanks to all those who came along in support, thanks to those hard-working volunteers from Outreach, Wellbeing and the Young Peoples Group, and many other helpers and contributors of items for sale, and instigator Pat Jones.The sum of $3,000 was raised and will be put to very good immediate use. The photo shows one of many helpers. Further images from this event can be seen on the "Photo gallery" page of this website.
Mary MacKillop update
Saturday 8th August 2009
The good news was announced at Saturday's Mary MacKillop Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral that a major step towards her canonisation had now been taken with confirmation of her 2nd miracle.
Centenary spotlight on Australia's first saint
Extract from Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Friday 7 August
Victoria will celebrate the centenary of the death of Blessed Mary MacKillop with a Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday 8 August. Archbishop Denis Hart will be the principal celebrant for the Mass, together with other Victorian bishops and priests.Mary MacKillop was born a short distance from the Cathedral, in
Caritas social and environmental justice campaign
Extract from Catholic News, Friday 7 August 009
Court orders suicide ruling
Extract from The Age, Afua Hirsch, London Saturday August 1, 2009
Britain's highest court has issued a historic judgment that could remove the fear of prosecution from people who travel overseas to support relatives seeking an assisted suicide (more).
Government rejects change on gay marriage
Extracts from The Age, Saturday August 1, 2009
The Rudd government is refusing to budge on gay marriage or civil unions but a senior minister believes the momentum for change is "unstoppable"..... Instead Labor agreed to a compromise removing the explicit definition of marriage being between a man and a woman from its national platform...And across the country Labor will continue towards a nationally-consistent framework for the registration of same-sex unions, as occurs in
Disunity in the Year of the Priest
Extracts from Andrew Hamilton,
Like many other organisations, the
N.I.C.K. Foundation to be launched 5th August:
The N.I.C.K. Foundation (Nurturing,
Centacare Collection 2009
The Annual Appeal for Centacare Catholic Family Services will take place at all Masses this weekend. Centacare has supported and cared for families of the Melbourne Archdiocese for over 70 years, and is grateful for the support of our Catholic communities.
Brennan says Rights Charter won't curtail religious freedom
Extract from Catholic News, Thursday July 30, 2009
Human rights campaigner Fr Frank Brennan has rejected the former Treasurer Peter Costello's assertions that the national human rights charter would in effect curtail religious conscience or practice. "As a Catholic priest who abhors trendy laws aimed at curtailing religious conscience or peaceful religious practice, I beg to differ," Fr Brennan wrote in a letter to the Sydney Morning Herald, in response to an opinion piece by Mr Costello on Wednesday. Fr Brennan suggests the "misunderstanting" that has arisen in
Edited Extract from Caritas report, Thursday 30 July 2009
National Deacons Conference to focus on “Word, Worship, Service”
Extract from National Committee of Deacons (via ACBC), Thursday 27 July 2009
“Word, Worship, Service” will be the focus when more than 50 deacons and their
wives gather at Pennant Hills, in the Diocese of Broken Bay, next month for a
National Deacons’ Conference....“The ministry of the deacon goes back to the earliest Church communities and we read in the Acts of the Apostles how the Apostles chose seven men as deacons to
help them in their ministry of service,” he said. “The need arose because a certain
group of people in the community were being neglected. Today, deacons are called
to continue these ministries of service, to meet people where they are, and
especially on the margins.” The role of the permanent deacon was revitalised at the Second Vatican Council and has begun to grow more strongly in recent decade (more).
Anointed and Sent
Extract from ACBC Media Release, Sunday 23 July 2009
Anointed and Sent: An Australian Vision for Catholic Youth Ministry has been hailed as “essential reading for those entering youth ministry” during its launch at the annual gathering of Lay Movements, held on the anniversary of Pope Benedict’s arrival in Sydney for World Youth Day. It will be distributed to parishes and secondary schools around
Marginalisation of Ted Kennedy
Extract from Andrew Hamilton,
Idealism often leads people who belong to idealistic groups to live and work among the marginalised. In time they often feel marginalised and are seen as marginalised within the organisations to which they belong. They are said to 'go native'.
This is often seen as an event to be avoided and as a problem to be solved. Wiser counsel suggests it is a fact to be accepted. If you live at the margins, you will be marginalised, if you work at the boundaries you will be seen to be outside the main game, if you dwell beyond the frontiers you will lose your citizenship. That is what happens. The real question is: how do you handle this fact of life? (more). Subscription to
School suicides prompts call for funding for youth mental health
Extracts from Catholic News, Wednesday July 22, 2009
The Victorian Government has sent extra counsellors to Geelong's Western Heights secondary college, after four current or former students committed suicide in six months.
An adolescent psychologist says the Federal Government needs to invest more in youth mental health, including programs to teach parents how to spot depression, ABC reported.
Karen Rae, one of the grieving mothers, said her 14 year old daughter, Chanelle, would still be alive if she did not use the internet on Friday night - because of internet bullying (more).
St Bernadette's Korean "multimedia homily" from afar
Sunday 19 July 2009
Fr Youn Marie Joseph, Priest-in-residence of the Catholic Korean Community at St Bernadette's Church recently became ill while travelling in South Korea and required surgery. Extraordinarily that didn't stop him last Sunday as usual from presenting his homily at St Bernadette's, from his sick bed in a South Korean hospital, via the Korean Community multimedia facility. Not speaking Korean this writer is unable to report on the substance of his commentary on last Sunday's Gospel reading, however from observing the highly attentive response from the Korean Mass community at St Bernadette's the homily clearly commanded full attention from those for who it was intended. Fr Marie-Joseph looked understandably tired but his talk gained energy as it progressed. Judging by the reaction his homily clearly hit the spot for the Korean community, and also effectively demonstrated the power of modern communications. We wish Fr Marie Joseph a speedy recovery.
Sunday 19 July 2009
According to Wilkipedia the history of Catholicism in
Church weighs in to mining and farming battle
Extract from Catholic News, Friday 17 July 2009
Catholic, Anglican and Uniting Church leaders have issued a joint statement underscoring their solidarity with farmers against mining in southern Queensland's Darling Downs.
The churches' representatives acknowledge the contribution of mining and the generation of electricity throughout the region, but they said it is a "social justice" issue that is troubling many of their parishioners, Queensland Country Life reported (more).
Harry's spell converts Pontiff
Extract from The Australian, Thursday 16 July 2009
ONCE condemned by the Pope for undermining the soul of Christianity, Harry Potter has been forgiven.......In 2003, two years before he was elected, Joseph Ratzinger, then a cardinal and head of Vatican doctrine, said J.K. Rowling's stories of the boy wizard threatened to corrupt an understanding of Christian faith among the impressionable young. The Pope now appears to have fallen under the Potter spell. The latest in the film franchise, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, has won praise from the
Pastoral Letter on "threat to religious freedom"
Extract from Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Wednesday 15 July 2009
The Catholic bishops of Victoria have made a submission to the Victorian parliamentary inquiry being conducted into the exemptions available in the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act and have issued a pastoral letter on the threat to religious freedoms (more).
Jesuit Social Services founder leaves
Extracts from Catholic News, Wednesday 15 July 2009
Jesuit Social Services founder, Fr Peter Norden is leaving the religious order and contemplating his future as a priest, burnt out from decades of overwork and heavyweight social work, a news report said. Fr Norden, who was ordained in 1981, said that in his last year as a part time parish priest at St Ignatius,
Broadband for Catholic Schools & Agencies
Extracts from Catholic News, Wednesday 15 July 2009
More than 90 percent of Catholic schools in the country have committed to linking up through a new $146 million national broadband network, to be rolled out by Telstra over the next two years.....Catholic Network Australia Ltd, a subsidiary company of Catholic Resources Ltd, will manage the network....... which will enable Catholic Education Offices to share and exchange resources across Australia....The CNA is hoped to reduce overall costs for Catholic networks and agencies, push the Catholic schools into the forefront of providing IT services and education, and foster online learning communities.....(more). See also Catholic Archdiocese of
"How God changes your Brain"
Edited extract from Brian Coyne, Catholica, 12 July 2009
On 10 March 2009 we published a report on a study on this subject by two neuroscientists. In this commentary and reference to recent reviews on their report Brian Coyne considers this subject further.
Many would seem to wonder these days if Catholicism is worth saving. I think it is but the real question to my mind is "what, precisely, are you trying to save?" Are you trying to "save" some set of rules, or the culture and the physical institution — all the parishes, schools and works of charity around the world — or is it something more fundamental than that? My own attitude is that it is something more fundamental than trying to save the equivalent of some football club whose 'rules of play' have gone out of fashion (more).
No place to call home
Extract from The Australian, Stephen Lunn, 9 July 2009
TIME is of the essence. For homeless Australians, the 105,000 on the Australian Bureau of Statistics count and likely thousands more sleeping rough, living in boarding houses, emergency accommodation or bumming a room from friends or relatives, those five words couldn't be more profound......"Time has moved on when it comes to homelessness in Australia. It's not like the 1950s and 60s any more where the homeless tended to be older single men on skid row," Mackenzie says. "Overall the report (Counting the Homeless) shows the number of homeless remains just over 100,000 (between 2001 and 2006 when the latest ABS figures were compiled), however for families there has been a 17 per cent increase and for single people a 10 per cent increase (more).
Pope calls for "moral market" authority
Extract from Barney Zwartz, The Age, Thursday July 9, 2009.
POPE Benedict XVI has proposed a new world political authority "with real teeth", possibly in place of the United Nations, to enforce an ethical financial order and end the global financial crisis. Calling for more aid, a bigger role for trade unions and an economic system aimed at the common good as well as profit, the Pope said only a moral market could end the crisis and solve world poverty. The proposals were in his long-awaited encyclical, the second-highest level of papal teaching, released in
Kevin Rudd audience with Pope Benedict
Extracts from Lenore Taylor, Vatican City,The Australian, Thursday 9 July 2009
KEVIN Rudd presented Pope Benedict with a leather-bound copy of the Australian parliament's motion of apology to the Stolen Generations during a 20-minute audience at the Vatican tonight.During the meeting in the ornately decorated library of the Papal apartments, the Prime Minister also gave the pontiff six bottles of De Bortoli Noble No 1 dessert wine in a small wooden crate....The Pope gave Mr Rudd a signed copy of his recent Encyclical on truth and charity and a pen that replicates the design of one of the bronze alter columns in St Peter's Basilica. Before the meeting, Mr Rudd had said the Pope's encyclical that urged world leaders to give more consideration to ethics and values as they responded to the economic crisis was a welcome contribution "which all political leaders should take seriously and examine".Mr Rudd raised with the Pope the campaign by the Australian Sisters of St Joseph to have their founder Mother Mary MacKillop canonised, to become Australia's first saint (more). Photo The Australian
New Website for Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
It is called The Catholic Church in Australia
Slumdog Millionaire scores a home
Extract from The Age. Thursday 9 July 2009
SLUMDOG Millionaire child star Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail and his mother have moved into their new home, leaving behind a corrugated metal slum shanty for four solid walls, doors that lock and an indoor toilet. "I was shocked when I saw this house," Azhar, 11, said, before turning on one of his favourite Hindi songs and dancing around the living room. "I want to thank Danny Boyle for giving us this flat." Boyle, the director of the Oscar-winning hit, and producer Christian Colson will transfer the $62,000 one-bedroom apartment to Azhar's name when he turns 18, provided he finishes school (more). Photo Reuters
Growth in Parish Young Peoples' Group
Thursday 9 July 2009
In its third year now the Parish Young Peoples Group is continuing to grow and cover a wider range of ages, from Years 9 and 10 down to Year 6. Invitations to join will shortly be sent to those in the Parish who recently made their Confirmation. We are now looking for two additional Youth Workers, one male one female, and would love to here from interested persons. Today the YPG enjoyed its first school holiday event - at the "Dark Zone" - followed by an enjoyable (though low budget) restaurant meal.
Year of the Priest - some initial reflections
Wednesday 8 July
Pope Benedict has appropriately declared the Year of the Priest. It's a timely opportunity to reflect on the critical and challenging issue of the nature and role of priesthood in today's world. The following edited Extracts from an email published by Brian Coyne, Editor and Publisher of Catholica offer some food for thought.
......I don't think you need to be a futurologist to suggest, whichever way you look at it, priesthood as we've known it is dead — or a museum artefact for a remnant. The challenge for the rest of us, if we still place some value on the role of spiritual leaders, is how do we re-invent the role for the future in ways that are both economically viable and which do truly respond to the needs of the community? .....(more)
The Vatican and U.S. women religious
Extracts from Essays in Theology by Richard O'Brien,National Catholic Reporter, Monday July 6 2009
I did not intend to comment on the Vatican's decision late last year to conduct a visitation of religious communities of women in the United States because I expected such a study, to be done under the auspices of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, to come up more or less empty-handed as did the Vatican's earlier study of U.S. seminaries and theologates...... I experienced a change-of-mind about the study of women religious in the
Anne has gone but her music remains
Monday 6 July 2009
It's difficult suddenly losing a musician and singer who have lead at Mass for the last two years. Thanks to the new multimedia facility and special digital sound recordings made of Anne Pulju just before she left
Farewell Anne & Tony, and thanks!
Catholic Parish of Ivanhoe, Sunday 5 July 2009
Over two years ago Anne Pulju and her husband Tony arrived in the Parish after searching over a while for a Parish they felt comfortable with. Fortunately for us that Parish was ours, and ever since Anne has been complementing Sunday Mass at Mary Immaculate with her wonderful music and singing. In keeping with change in the Church and throughout all of Society Anne, her husband Tony and two children are now moving to
Falls Creek priority over Catholic Parish of Ivanhoe
Friday 3 July 2009
This website has been regularly updated throughout its nearly 1.5 year life and not a single weekend has passed without a Website Update - excepting for this weekend. The whole of our website production team - Designer, Editor-In-Chief, Executive Editor, Editor, Reporter, Photographer, Production Assistant, Administrative Support Officer, Youth Representative, Outreach Representative, Liturgy Representative, Parish Leadership Team Representative, Technical Support Officer, Overseas Correspondent, Gossip Correspondent and VLO (Vatican Liaison Officer) are giving the snow at Falls Creek a higher priority this weekend and hope you don't mind? Hopefully they will return refreshed for continuing this onerous if not well paid job.
Michael Jackson dead at 50.
Friday 3 July 2009
Michael Jackson's death today has been greeted with a mixture of shock, sadness and disbelief, as fans jumped online to confirm the news and express their grief.Many fan sites and social networking sites had buckled and some even ground to a halt as discussion about Jackson's heart attack, and ultimate death, took hold. On the website of iconic music magazine Rolling Stone, many fans equated the King of Pop's passing to that of other music greats such as Elvis Presley and John Lennon.
In other sad news Catholic News reports on the death of Former Charlie's Angel Farrah Fawcett who died of cancer at age 62. She received the last rites from a Catholic priest.
A voice of reason in a maelstrom of condemnations
Extracted from opinion piece, Joan Chittister National Catholic Reporter, 2 July 2009
Well, we're in trouble now.
Extract from Laurie Goodstein, New York times. 1 July 2009
The Vatican is quietly conducting two sweeping investigations of American nuns, a development that has startled and dismayed nuns who fear they are the targets of a doctrinal inquisition. Nuns were the often-unsung workers who helped build the Roman Catholic Church in this country, planning schools and hospitals and keeping parishes humming. But for the last three decades, their numbers have been declining — to 60,000 today from 180,000 in 1965. While some nuns say they are grateful that the
Homosexual group wants
Edited Extracts from Catholic News, Friday 26 June 2009
A homosexual rights group wants the St Mary of the Angels' parish priest and the Australian Family Association to apologise for criticising a ratepayer funded night for gay youths in
The Parish Communication Group has completed its comprehensive analysis of cost-effective ways to extend multimedia to all Churches in our Parish and also for use by the Young Peoples' Group, Outreach, Wellbeing and other Parish groups to enhance community life within the Parish. The report has been submitted to the Parish Leadership Team Executive.
Pope calls for "frank" recognition of Church's weaknesses
Edited Extracts from Catholic News, Friday June 19, 2009
In a letter to priests around the world to launch the Year for Priests, Pope Benedict deplored priests who were unfaithful to their vows and called for a "frank and complete acknowledgment" of the Catholic Church's weaknesses........ In the face of scandal, "what is most helpful to the Church is not only a frank and complete acknowledgment of the weaknesses of her ministers, but also a joyful and renewed realisation of the greatness of God's gift of the priesthood," the pope said in his letter for the Year for Priests. Pope Benedict said he hoped priests would use the year and its special events to deepen their commitment to their own renewal "for the sake of a more forceful and incisive witness to the Gospel in today's world." (more)
Bishop Christopher Prowse Appointed Eighth Bishop of
Extract from ACBC, Thursday 18 June 2009
The news was announced by the
Resignation of Bishop Toohey
Resignation of the the Bishop of Wilcannia Forbes Christopher Toohey at the age of 57 has been accepted by the Pope after less than 8 years as Bishop. According to "TheTablet" the bishop resigned under canon law which refers to “ill health or some other grave cause”. He is well known for his pioneering advocacy on environmental issues and helped set up Catholic Earthcare
Youth Mass recognises Fr John's anniversary
Sunday 14 June 2009
What better way to recognise Fr John's significant contribution to the Parish, in particular his belief in young people and his commitment to serving their needs, than through a Youth Mass. Merely b
eing present at this Mass effectively provided such recognition and young people played a significant role in this very well attended 5:00pm Mass. Fr John welcomed everyone and reflected on the the fact that the future of the Church very much lay in the hands of young people today.
This was subsequently demonstrated extraordinarily well that evening through the Mass Leadership of Youth Leader Elly McGarvie, and talk on the Gospel Reading by Youth Leader Tom Stammers that greatly impressed eveyone - in cluding Fr John. With appropriate minimalism towards the end of Mass Pat Kelly referred to Fr John's 50th anniversary as a priest and warmly thanked him on behalf of the Parish, repeating comments at an earlier Mass. Fr John's brother Felix from
Thank You Fr John and other 50 year Anniversary Priests
Fr. John, the people of the Catholic Parish of Ivanhoe thank you for your vision and your inspiration, your encouragement and your example, your love and your care.
We pray that you will be blessed with fullness of life and peace. 14th June 1959 - 14th June 2009
We also congratulate the many priests in our Archdiocese who are 2009 Jubilarians including Joseph Browne, Gerard Fitzgerald and Bernard Maxwell who were ordained overseas in June 1959.
Refugee Week celebrations – 'Freedom from Fear'
Extract from Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Thursday 25 June 2009
Centacare Catholic Family Services’ Burmese and African Refugee Support Groups have just celebrated Refugee Week with cultural shows, dancing and a traditional lunch. Refugee Week aims to acknowledge the remarkable journeys of some of our newest Australians, to celebrate a sense of belonging and to promote understanding in the broader community (more).
Catholic Submission to The National Human Rights Consultation 2009
Extact from ACBCB, Wednesday 24 June 2009
......Discussion framed in terms of “human rights” is used nowadays to identify, protect and promote the dignity of the human person and the universal demand for justice. Classifications of human rights have become the category upon which moral rights and legal rights are based and against which they are evaluated. In the words of the Preamble to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR) “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world” (more).
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il's Health
Extract from Times Online, Leo lewis in
Speculation over the declining health of Kim Jong Il, the Dear Leader of North Korea, has intensified after reports that Pyongyang may be on an emergency quest to buy high-tech medical equipment from abroad..........Mr Kim’s health is closely linked to his country’s destiny. The visibly ailing despot runs his country via an inherited personality cult that has emphasised the vigour, strength and youthfulness of the Dear Leader (more).
Website for Teens in Families affected by Mental Illness
Ryan Report: crimes of the 'human' Church
Edited Extracts from Eureka Street Opinion Piece, Julian Butler June 15, 2009
The drama that surrounded the death of Richard Pratt showed the manner in which the desire for simplicity can distort reality. It seemed beyond the capacity of the media, and of many public figures, to acknowledge that Pratt, although a man of extraordinary generosity, also committed immoral acts that defrauded many people. The inability to see that a single person is capable of committing both good and bad confines us to a morality painted without any shade of grey. This can only hurt our society. Just as individuals are capable of both good and bad, so are institutions. Take the Irish Commission to Report into Child Abuse, known as the Ryan Report. The report details abuse in Catholic educational institutions in
.....The Pope was reported to be 'very distressed' by the report after meeting on 6 June with the Archbishops of Armagh and
Buildings & Community: Fr John
Friday 12 June 2009
Each time I enter any of our three Church buildings I stand for a few minutes and acknowledge and thank those who have gone before us. They built the buildings – churches, school, hall, and presbyteries. Under God’s guiding Spirit they built faith communities. They did this in a world so different from ours!
We in our time are challenged to face the issues in our world. We are challenged to build with the guidance of God’s Spirit communities of faith and hope that will give life and hope to our community, and especially to our young – to offer hope to our society and our world.
I consider myself to be so fortunate that I am part of this community where so many people are giving so much to build our future.
Milestone for the Catholic Parish of Ivanhoe
Outcomes of the PLT meeting on Tuesday 9 June 2009
At the Parish Leadership Team meeting tonight and after a long period of deliberation, consultation, discussion and exhaustive analysis the decision was unanimously made to proceed with Stage one of the Parish Master Plan, that is the development of ten independent units and community building on the current Tennis Court site at St Bernadette’s.
Commenting on this Landmark decision PLT Chair Pat Kelly said “This unanimous decision tonight is a milestone in advancing towards the future Catholic Parish of Ivanhoe. The financial benefit derived from this project will enable us to draw our community closer together and provide greater confidence as we progress to the future against the challenges ahead. Most importantly it will nourish and help ensure the continuing development of Christian Faith for people of all ages in the new Catholic Parish of Ivanhoe”.
Other significant outcomes tonight (here).
Vote on Stage 1 of the future of the Parish
Friday 5 June 2009
After very many years of discussion and consultation followed by a more detailed financial analysis the Parish Leadership Team will vote at their meeting on June 9th on implementation of Phase 1 of the Plan as presented at the most recent general Parish meeting. As has been made clear agreement on Phase 1 would not constitute agreement on subsequent phases. These would follow similar exhaustive Parish consultations and further analysis, based also on circumstances at the time.
Schools should teach virtue, values and character: Nichols
Extract from Catholic News, Friday 5 June 2009
Children should be taught Christian values, according to the new Archbishop of Westminster, who has called for religion to be allowed to flourish in schools. Archbishop Nichols warned that treating students as "consumers" and neglecting their "innate spirituality" would damage society, the UK Telegraph reports. He stressed that schools play a key role in developing virtues and a sense of civic responsibility (more).
Swine Flu and Masses
Considering the current human swine flue outbreak and a letter from Archbishop Hart to all priests in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, for the time being at Masses in Ivanhoe shared cups will not be offered at Communion and other steps will be taken along the lines outlined in the letter.
"Priests told to return to basics on sin" - report
Extract from The Age,Tom Kington, Rome, Source - Guardian, June 5, 2009
Confessing in the Catholic Church has long provided material for Hollywood screenwriters, with a dark wooden booth, a priest's stern silhouette glimpsed through a screen and the uttered phrase: "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned." But, according to the
Obama aims for 'new beginning'
Extract from Jason Koutsoukis, Middle East Correspondent, Cairo, The Age, Friday 5 June 2009
US President Barack Obama last night called for a new beginning in relations between the
Friday 22 May 2009
The 14th June marks the 50th anniversary of Fr. John’s ordination to the priesthood. Typically, he has said that he does not want any special event or celebration but the people of Ivanhoe do want to acknowledge the occasion in a suitable way (more).
It is written: Borrrow and ye shall prosper
Extract from Kenneth Davidson, The Age, Thursday 21 may 2009
The principle is as old as the New Testament parable of the talents. Christ tells the story of the three servants each given by their master talents to invest during his absence. The two servants who invested the money wisely to increase the master's wealth were thanked and rewarded. The third servant hid the money to ensure it was not lost. He was abused for his caution (more).
Pope Encourages young to Evangelise through the Internet
Edited Extract from Deacon Keith Fournier, Catholic Online, Thursday 21 May 2009
World Communications Day will be celebrated on 24 May. There is no question that the Internet and the tools of the digital age present an extraordinary opportunity to the Church in this new missionary moment, the Third Christian Millennium. As in every age, the Church does not reject new technologies or new advances. Instead she seeks to ensure that they are placed at the service of the truth (more).
Ida provides unique link with our past
Edited Extract from The Age, Thursday 21 May 2009
Ida, a recently discovered 47 million-year-old primate fossil is being hailed by scientists as a virtual road-map for our understanding of early evolution. Scientists believe Ida comes from the time when the primate lineage, which diversified into monkeys, apes and ultimately humans, split from a separate group that went on to become lemurs and other less well-known species. She is one of the most immaculately preserved primate fossils ever found and her secrets promise to provide the missing link between apes, monkeys and us (more). Photo Reuters.
Multimedia in our Parish
Thursday 30 April 2009
As part of making the Liturgy more accessible to people of ALL ages some parishioners sampled first use of a new multimedia capability at last Sunday's Mass at Mary Immaculate Church with a special ANZAC reflection. Arrangements are under way for these facilities to be available at all of our three Churches. However what is needed for this to succeed is to have some people with an interest in the Mass willing to help operate the new facilities at our main weekend Masses. People interested in pursuing this are welcome to enquire here.
Cheers, Protests at Notre Dame
Extract From Michael D Shear, The Washington Post, Monday 18 May 2009
Amid a scattering of angry protests over his support for abortion rights, President Obama addressed the issue head-on Sunday at the Catholic University of Notre Dame, calling for "open hearts, open minds, fair-minded words" in the pursuit of "common ground" (more).
Learning "World English" in Korea
Extract from The Korea Herald, Friday 15 May 2009
....Korean learners and educators prefer American English, including its accent and idiomatic expressions. The evidence: Korean textbooks on the subject are mostly if not entirely based on American English.......The idea behind World English is the use of English as a lingua franca. English, after all, is widely used outside of United States, Canada, Britain, Australia and other English-speaking countries......(more)
Korean media bias against foreign teachers?
Extract from The Korea Herald, Friday 15 May 2009
........We recently read that 12 percent of native speaker English teachers in Ulsan were "expelled" from their jobs. The report said that the teachers were let go because they had "methods ... inappropriate for teaching students in English." It is certainly the district's or the school's prerogative to hire or fire whomever they please, and there are no doubt some that deserve to go. However, the information and the way it was reported reveal two big problems frequently seen in media coverage of teachers. It is consistent with a trend to portray foreign English teachers in an unfairly negative way, and it begs the question why Korean teachers' methods are, as a whole, not under similar scrutiny (more).
Outreach & Wellbeing Group busy
Friday 15 May 2009
Throughout the year the Outreach and Wellbeing group do much to bring people from across our whole parish (all three Churches) together. In addition and in the background they do many more things to support those with personal, social or emotional needs. The "Outreach" area of this website is very frequently visited. To share in the celebration of their many and varied activities, photos of a recent Outreach social luncheon in early May have been published on this website's "Photo Gallery".
Pope sings Ode to Peace in Nazareth
Extract from Albion Land, The Age, Thursday 15 May 2009
In a poignant moment, the rarely spontaneous pope rose to his feet on Thursday and held hands with religious leaders at a meeting at Nazareth's Basilica of the Annunciation as a rabbi sang a peace song that he composed for the pontiff. "Lord grant us peace," a smiling Benedict mouthed in English, as Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein soulfully sang Shalom, Salam, Lord grant us peace at the end of an inter-faith meeting of Christians, Jews and Muslims of the Galilee (more).
"Slumdog Millionaire" star no place to live
Extract from The Age, Friday 15 May 2009
The 10-year-old child star of Slumdog Millionaire was awakened Thursday by a policeman wielding a bamboo stick and ordered out of his home. Minutes later it was bulldozed along with dozens of other shanties in the Mumbai slum he calls home."I was frightened," said Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, who lost his pet kittens in the chaos."Where is my chicken?" he asked forlornly, picking through the shamble of broken wood and twisted metal sheeting in search of the family hen (more) .Photo AP
Pope Urges Muslims and Christians to ‘Repair Damage’
Extract from International herald tribune, Thursday 14 May 2009
Since arriving in Israel on Monday as “a pilgrim of peace,” the pope has sought to promote dialogue between Christians, Jews and Muslims. But he has also stepped into the tangled thicket of Mideast politics. In Bethlehem on Wednesday, he visited the Aida Palestinian refugee camp and stood just yards from the barrier separating Israelis and Palestinians and expressed solidarity with “all the homeless Palestinians who long to be able to return to their birthplace, or live permanently in a homeland of their own.” This afternoon the pope is expected to have a private meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose hawkish Likud government has been in power for six weeks, and who has not endorsed the creation of a Palestinian state (more). Photo Doron Horovitz/GPO, via European Pressphoto Agency
Teachers also bullied: Another ACU study
Extract from Catholic News, Thursday 14 May 2009
The first national online survey into staff bullying in Australian schools conducted by ACU National and the University of New England has shown that a staggering 99.6 percent of participants have experienced bullying in the workplace (more).
A plus for Budget education initiatives
Extract from Stephen Elder, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne,Thursday 14 May 2009
The Director of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Stephen Elder, has praised aspects of the Federal Budget for Catholic schools. Important initiatives that had been previously announced, include the Building the Education Revolution (BER) program; National Partnerships for low SES literacy and numeracy and teacher quality; and the Trade Training Centres in Schools program.
Hope in hand, Pope arrives in Middle East
Extract from Rachel Donadio, International Herald Tribune, Photo Ahmed Jadalah Reuters, Friday 8 May 2009
When Benedict XVI flew to the region Friday, landing in Jordan before travelling on next week to Israel and the Palestinian territories, it was much more about him personally. A man whose four-year papacy has been marked by missteps that angered and offended Jews and Muslims will deliver 32 speeches at some of the holiest sites in the world to Muslims, Jews and Christians. Each word will be scrutinized, particularly by listeners with little affection for him. Already, Islamic groups in Jordan are protesting (more).
Priests tap into Paramatta
Extract from Catholic News, Friday 8 May 2009
Fr David Delargy, and brothers Fr Eugene and Fr Martin O'Hagan, who have sold more than a million copies of their self titled debut album, are here on a concert tour, The Catholic Weekly reports. Irish singing trio The Priests drew a record crowd of young people to a Parramatta pub this week for a session of Theology on Tap (more).
McKillop Canonisation "soon"
Extract from Catholic news, Friday 8 May 2009
Mary McKillop may be canonised within 18 months with her second miracle expected to be approved by the Vatican within a few weeks....The Sister of St Joseph said the second miracle attributed to Mary MacKillop's intercession was the 1995 cure of a woman suffering from an invasive and inoperable cancer (more).
No Vilification Laws: Brennan
Extract from Catholic News, Friday 8 May 2009
National human rights charter consultancy head, Jesuit Fr Frank Brennan, will today move to dispel concerns by some church leaders that the charter could entail the introduction of federal religious vilification laws(more).
"Macho" songs in Church?
Extract from Catholic News, Thursday 7 May 2009
Men prefer to sing "proper macho songs" in church and feel uncomfortable with hugging, holding hands or sitting in circles discussing their feelings, a British survey has found. Nearly 60 percent of men who surveyed said they enjoyed singing at church, the UK Daily Telegraph reports. A majority of men, 60 percent, said they do not like flowers and embroidered banners in church with 52 percent saying they do not like dancing in church.
New Melbourne Auxiliary Appointed
Extract from ACBC, Tuesday 5 May 2009
Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Monsignor Les Tomlinson as Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne. The appointment was announced in Rome at 12pm today (more).
Celebrating the Sundays of May
Parish Liturgy Group, Thursday 30 April 2009
The Liturgy Group meeting today recognised the significance of several events during this month, events that point very strongly to one of our Parish values - Service.
In keeping with that, this Sunday, Good Shepherd Sunday, calls us to think about leadership. This Sunday also, very relevantly, is Vocations Sunday in the Archdiocese. As the month continues, we journey with the young people as they prepare to take a further step in their faith journey. We look forward, to the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost and pray that we will be open to ways to respond to our call to build a Christian community here in Ivanhoe.
100 Rabbis Prepare to Welcome Benedict XVI to Holy Land
Extract from Catholic Online, 1 May 2009, from Zenit News Agency.
Jerusalem - From May 8 to 15 the Pope will visit the Holy Land, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories. More than a hundred rabbis of various denominations will sign a message welcoming Benedict XVI to the Holy Land and encouraging dialogue between Jews and Christians.
Visiting priest blames flu, earthquake on abortion law
Extract from Graham Downie, Religious Reporter, The Canberra Times, Thursday 30 April 2009
Swine flu and Mexico's recent earthquake had been the judgment of God for that country's abortion laws, a visiting US priest told members of Canberra's St Christopher's Parish onTuesday (more).
Historic apology to Josephites
Extract from Catholic News, Wednesday 29 April 2009
Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has made a public apology to the Sisters of St Joseph over the wrongful excommunication of Mary MacKillop in 1871. He stressed the apology was a follow up to the regret expressed by the dying Bishop Sheil when he revoked his excommunication of Mary in 1872, The Southern Cross reports (more).
US Study finds high retention rate among Catholics, points out concerns for disaffected youth
Extract from US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Monday 27 April 2009
A Pew Forum poll on Americans and their religious affiliation finds Catholics have one of the highest retention rates, 68 percent, among Christian churches when it comes to carrying the Catholic faith into adulthood. It also found that a determining factor in whether or not one remains Catholic as an adult is whether or not the individual attended Mass as a child and teenager (more)
Howell has hope for St Mary's
Extract from Catholic News,Wednesday 22 April 2009
New St Mary's South Brisbane administrator, Fr Ken Howell, says that he has received a lot of support and hopes for a large congregation. "I'm very much into seeing that parish is sustained as a parish," Fr Howell, who picked up the keys to the church on Monday, told the Courier-Mail. "There's been a great number of people who have worshipped there in recent times and I have no reason to believe that's not going to be the case into the future. I think the numbers will be surprising in a positive way, not just a handful of people." Fr Howell acknowledged his new role would be challenging but urged the community not to abandon St Mary's....Fr Howell said he wished former administrator Fr Peter Kennedy well.
Pope denounces racism
Extract from Catholic News, Tuesday April 21, 2009
Pope Benedict has hailed this week's United Nations anti-racism conference, which is being boycotted by the US, Australia and some European nations, and urged countries to join forces to eliminate intolerance. The conference beginning today in Geneva is an important initiative, the pope said, because "even today, despite the lessons of history, such deplorable phenomena take place." Some countries are boycotting the meeting to protest language in the meeting's final document that they say could single out Israel for criticism and restrict free speech, PR Inside reports (more).
Vatican to build Europe's biggest solar plant
Extract from Catholic News, Tuesday April 21, 2009
In a project slated to cost $A1 billion, the Vatican is planning to build Europe's biggest solar plant on a 300 hectare site north of Rome. Bloomberg reports the Holy See plans to build the plant on the same site where Guglielmo Marconi set up the Vatican broadcasting service in 1931. Advised by German solar panel maker Solarworld AG, the Holy See is running counter to many governments that say harnessing sunlight on a grand scale is too costly to help curb global warming, especially in the deepest recession since World War II (more).
Gallipoli Diggers and the 'forgotten' holocaust
Extract from Eureka Street, Nick Toscano, Monday April 20, 2009
Anzac Day is a day history has immortalised. We know 25 April 1915 was when the 'digger' — one of Australia's most identifiable and beloved icons — dug the first trench into the rocky canyon at Gallipoli that would soon be his grave. Albeit a military disaster, many recognise the battle as a defining moment, one that forged a nation. That same day, the same place and the same battle also mark a nation's destruction. The battle at Gallipoli was the first stage in an effort to systematically exterminate the Armenian race (more).
Holy week the most important week of the year: Pope
Extract from ACBC, Thursday 9 April 2009
The Pope explained how Jesus "did not wish to use the fact of His being God, His glorious dignity and His power, as an instrument of triumph and a sign of distance." Out of love for us, "He wished to 'empty Himself' and become our brother. For love, He shared our condition, the condition of all men and women."...(more)
Parish Master Plan Easter Update: Pat Kelly begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Extract of letter from PLT Chair Pat Kelly, Thursday 9 April 2009
The implementation of the Master Plan will be considered at the April meeting of the PLT. In preparation for the meeting the Executive has developed a number of policy positions and undertaken the following actions....(more).
Pope: Young people, be the hope of the Church as John Paul II taught
Extract from Catholic Online, Thursday 2 April 2009
Benedict XVI, on the anniversary of John Paul II’s death, calls the young to carry forward in the mission of the Church as the source and sign of Christian Hope.
Young people must be the “hope” of the Church and avoid the danger, so much present in our society, that “Christian hope” might be “reduced to ideology, group slogan, an outer cover.” Giving young people Jesus as the true basis for hope was John Paul II”s deepest concern, something that continues to motivate Benedict XVI in his quest to confront today’s “educational emergency.” (more)
Discovering St Paul - the man, the Mission and his Message for today
Thursday 2 April 2009
Subject to your interest and other practicalities the Parish might have the opportunity of directly participating in an interactive broadcast "Year of St Paul e-Conference" on Tuesday 30 June, from 10:30am to 4:15 pm. It will be presented by an eminent panel of experts but will be very accessible and is designed for "anyone and everyone" interested in learning more about
Innovative parish June "e-conference" on the year of
Extract from ACBC, Tuesday 24 March 2009
The Catholic Church in Australia is to embark on its first ever national e-conference this year, with Parishes and Church groups encouraged to gather on Tuesday, June 30 to take part in the innovative conference on St Paul, “Paul – The Man, the Mission and Message for Today: igniting his purpose and passion”.
It will be hosted by television identity Mike Bailey and will feature sessions from world renowned Scripture scholars, Brendan Byrne SJ, Michele Connolly RSJ and film, media and communication scholar, Richard Leonard SJ.
These sessions will be web-cast live to video-equipped Parishes and other sites across the nation, and will be interspersed with opportunities for local gatherings to discuss the sessions with the guidance of a trained facilitator. There will be no cost for participating (more).
Extract from CathNews
As crowds poured out of the new Jesus Christ Prince of Peace Church in
….The new church combines 5 parishes that were consolidated in the 90's, but worshipped in separate buildings until now. Though some parishioners say they miss their old church, they agree being under one roof has its advantages (more).
Greedy Easter Story
Extract from Eureka Street, Andrew Hamilton, Thursday 9 April 2009
This Easter is a time of mistrust. It is hard to escape the prevailing economic gloom, the impression that our future has been handed over to those who have proved themselves venal and untrustworthy in managing our past, and the signs that the world our children will inherit is being despoiled so that we can live on undisturbed...(more). Note that subscription to Eureka Street is free.
Catholic Mission congratulates Australian Government on signing UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Extract from Catholic Archdiocese of
“The signing of the Declaration is significant. The Australian Government is to be applauded for supporting the rights of indigenous peoples. This action will encourage the dissenting nations - the
Australians are mostly believers: Survey
Extract from Catholic News, Tuesday April 07, 2009
Eighty seven percent of respondents know that Easter concerns the resurrection of Jesus while four percent confused Easter and Christmas, a survey by the Centre for Public Christianity shows. More than four in ten non "born again" Australians believe Jesus rose from the dead while one in ten doesn't believe he even existed, The Age reports.
These are two of the surprising results from an independent survey of 2,500 Australians, according to noted author and church historian John Dickson, co-director of the Centre for Public Christianity in
Hitchcock's Easter drama
Extract from Scott Stephens,
Although it might seem a little strange to invoke Hitchcock at Easter, we can see a similar horror at work in the trial of Jesus. The Gospel narratives depict Jesus as paraded, like some freak at a carnival, before Pilate and then Herod, both of whom taunt and goad him to accept their supposed power and thus to join in their insanity (more).
Church and State reunited
Extract from Amanda O'Brien, The Australia, 4 April 2009
Six months after being elected, a god-squad of devout Liberals preaching morality and Christian values in a parliament better known for misconduct and lewd behaviour is shaping as a new force in West Australian politics.While their views are not unique - other state politicians such as Liberal David Clarke, Christian Democrats Fred Nile and Gordon Moyes in NSW, and Family First's Robert Brokenshire and Dennis Hood in
Not just chocolate eggs,
Extract from Father Bob Maguire website, Friday 3 April 2009,
"A friend of mine, known to disciples of the ABC and SBS (radio and TV), John Safran, sent this email today: “I’m in
So, here we are, in the deep south of
Vic. Government called to act urgently to protect vulnerable people and young children
Extract from Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Friday 3 April 2009
“The Victorian Government must act decisively to better protect vulnerable young people in out of home care,” said Denis Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Catholic Social Services Victoria. “The system of care for young people in Victoria is at breaking point. It does not respect the dignity and needs of those who need our care. It does not reflect the solidarity and concern that we all want to express for the most vulnerable members of our society.” (more)
"Catholics come Home" president to speak at National Catholic Media Conference"
Extract from ACBC, Wednesday 1 April 2009
The architect of one of the world’s most successful outreach programs to non-practicing Catholics, Mr Tom Peterson, of the US-based Catholics Come Home, will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming National Catholic Media Congress in
Darwin Attacked by Texas educators
Extract from Stephanie Simon, The Wall Street Journal, Monday 23 march 2009
The Texas Board of Education will vote this week on a new science curriculum designed to challenge the guiding principle of evolution, a step that could influence what is taught in biology classes across the nation.
The proposed curriculum change would prompt teachers to raise doubts that all life on Earth is descended from common ancestry.
Extract from Caboolture Parish Newsletter article, Fr Wrex Woolnough (14/15 February 2009)
"One of the worrying things I can see coming out of all the hoo-haa surrounding The South Brisband saga is that it will all be put down to a runaway parish doing weird things which is stomped on and all will be well again. That would be tragic, not just for the injustice it would allow to take place at the moment, but also because of the implications for the future. For there isn't just one or two, but FOUR key players in the mess as it unfolds (more).
Courage and cowardice
Extract from Editorial, The Tablet, Saturday 28 March 2009
The image of the Catholic Church as an unchanging monolith seems to be crumbling before our eyes. The conventional wisdom - that it is bad for the laity to see their pastors as fallible human beings disagreeing among themselves - has given way under various pressures, including palpable mistakes made by the
St Marys, Bishop Robinson and the value of dialogue
Extracts from Frank Brennan,
On Monday I passed St Mary's Church South Brisbane, en route to a national human rights consultation at the local Convention Centre. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags were flying outside the church as were proclamations of Aboriginal treaty and the protest chant, 'We shall not be moved'……
…. The mainstream media has now canonised Kennedy and demonised Bathersby. The former may be justified, but the latter is not. Bathersby and Kennedy are both very pastoral, down to earth, no nonsense men. And yet it has come to this....(more)
Palliative care delays inevitable
Extract from a series of personal opinions published in The Age, Friday 27 March 2009
A significant proportion of deaths under palliative care are actually a form of extended euthanasia involving the escalating use of increasing levels of painkillers that are fatal above a certain dose (more).
Rebel priest in Qld to quit after Easter
Extract from The Age, Friday 27 March 3009
Parish Dinner Dance
Saturday 22 March 2009
The Heritage listed
One of those attending remembered attending "old time dancing" here during his military leave in the 1940s! This evening featured Andy McGarvie's fine band and other great local talent including solo performances from Robert Barbaro, (vocalist) Elizabeth Kofoed (harpist), and from our Ivanhoe Korean community (choir and backing) Park So-Hyun, Lee Jae-Hyuk, Oh Kyung-Ae, Hong Ji-Hyun and Ha Ji-Sun.
The event celebrated the coming together of three Ivanhoe Catholic Churches into one Parish, and was organised by the Outreach Group, and Pam Benton in particular. Did it succeed in carrying on the tradition of great events and performances at this venue? Let this picture of two fit and light-footed young dancers, and others published in the website Picture Gallery tell their own story! (photos: Joe Chiera and John Costa)
New message to Youth from Pope Benedict
Includes extracts from Papal letter published on Vatican Website, Friday 20 March '09
On Sunday 5th April, Palm Sunday (the start of holy Week), the 24th Diocesan level World Youth Day will be celebrated in many places in anticipation of WYD2011 in
".....Youth is a special time of hope because it looks to the future with a whole range of expectations. When we are young we cherish ideals, dreams and plans. Youth is the time when decisive choices concerning the rest of our lives come to fruition. Perhaps this is why it is the time of life when fundamental questions assert themselves strongly: Why am I here on earth? What is the meaning of life? What will my life be like? And again: How can I attain happiness? Why is there suffering, illness and death? What lies beyond death? These are questions that become insistent when we are faced with obstacles that sometimes seem insurmountable: difficulties with studies, unemployment, family arguments, crises in friendships or in building good loving relationships, illness or disability, lack of adequate resources as a result of the present widespread economic and social crisis. We then ask ourselves: where can I obtain and how can I keep alive the flame of hope burning in my heart? ....." .
African response to Pope's condom remark
Extract from The Age, Nick Pisa and Martine Nouaille,
The Pope provoked a furious response from AIDS campaigners on the first day of his visit to
Pope says Church can help
Extract from Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, John Thavis, Catholic News Service, Wednesday 18 March 2009
Making his first trip to
Cantor at MOG
Wednesday 18 March 2009
The beautiful and uplifting singing heard coming from Mother of God Church on Monday 23rd February of this year was performed by a Jewish Cantor. In the picture note also the subtle lighting. This is probably another first for MOG and comes with a story - that unfolds with more photos from the occasion. These can be seen on the Website Photo Gallery (photo Joe Chiera)
Pope admits mistake on Bishop
Extract from Paola Totard,
POPE Benedict XVI has written a letter apologising for the Vatican's handling of the decision to lift the excommunication of Holocaust denier Bishop Williamson but says he has been hurt by the "vehemence and hostility" of world reaction.
Jesuits Lenten podcasts "Finding God in crisis and change"
Friday 13 March 2009
For the first time this year's Jesuit Lenten Series presentations can be heard directly via the Internet as podcasts of interviews. This year's theme is Reversals: Finding God in times of crisis and change.
The Victorian bushfires and floods in
Master Plan Parish meeting - brief summary
Held at Mary Immaculate Church, Thursday 12 March 2009 (8 - 9 pm)
See report on Leadership Team page.
Brains "wired up for God"?
Extract from Leigh Dayton, The Australian, Tuesday 10 March 2009
The brain of every human being, from believers to atheists, has been revealed to contain at least three "god spots", all linked to religious beliefs and thoughts (more).
15 y.o. Parish visitor from
Sunday 8 March 2009
A fifteen year old speaks at Mass about her experience in
Dialogue heals division - Philip Freier
Extract from The Age, Thursday 19 March 2009
Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne Dr Philip Freier says there is much that we can learn from visiting national leaders (more).
Rebel priest moves to overturn removal by
Extract from The Australian, Thursday March 19, 2009, AAPRebel priest Peter Kennedy has launched legal action against the Catholic Church in
Doubts cast on Dead Sea Scrolls
Extract from The Australian, James Hider,
For more than 60 years, scholars have believed that the Dead Sea Scrolls were the work of an ascetic Jewish sect called the Essenes, who lived in the 1st century and recorded their religious observances on parchments. But a theory challenging the broadly accepted history is sending shockwaves through the archeological community. Rachel Elior, a professor of Jewish philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, claims in a forthcoming study that not only were the 930 scrolls written by Jewish priests living in Jerusalem, but also that the Essenes as a sect did not exist (more).
Population explosion 'heralds disaster' - Professor Short
Extract from Tony Wright, The Age, Friday 6 March 2009
The world is overpopulating itself to a catastrophic future of terrorism and climatic disaster, according to a
Professor Roger Short will tell an international conference in
Draft Parish Facilities Master Plan
Sunday 21 December 2008
At Masses this weekend Parish Leadership Team executives introduced the Draft Parish Facilities Master Plan and provided copies of a summary.
In introducing the Draft, PLT Chairperson Pat Kelly and fellow exec Geoff Crawford said that whatever the eventual outcome there is simply no option to do nothing. The draft plan has been discussed with the Archdiocese which responded encouragingly. The Heidellberg Council has so far responded similarly.
A Parish consultative process will follow in the new year. The summary document may be downloaded here. The separate cover page (in colour) includes an architects visual impression of part of the development. This larger electronic file (takes a little longer to download) may be or the Leadership Team page. (Update 27 February 2009 - The full Master Plan is now available for download from the website "Documents & Forms" page (very large file size - 17 Mbytes). ownloaded here
Members of the PLT have full copies of the draft and would be pleased to show them to anyone and to discuss viewpoints.
Public comments to the Parish Leadership Team (PLT) are invited and welcomed at any time via the "Your Views" section of the website, or if you prefer privately to the PLT, or both.
Evolution and faith complementary - Cardinal Levada
Extract from Catholic News, Thursday March 05, 2009
Speaking outside a
Newsday reports some of the world's top biologists, paleontologists and molecular geneticists joined theologians and philosophers for the five day seminar at the
In a world lacking hope, look to Jesus, Pope tells youth
Extract from Catholic Archdiocese of melbourne, Thursday 5 March 2009
Pope Benedict XVI has made public his message for the 24th World Youth Day, which will be celebrated at the diocesan level this year. In his message, the Pope calls on young people to seek out true hope, a firm and reliable hope rooted in a personal encounter with Jesus.
The theme for the 2009 World Youth Day, to be held on Palm Sunday, 5 April, is: "We have set our hope on the living God." The Pope begins his message by mentioning his “deep gratitude” for the spiritual enthusiasm of World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney (more).
Art and the Piss Christ Umbrella
Paintings that once would have once sparked controversy now adorn biscuit tins, umbrellas, notebooks and a range of other merchandise. We have killed the controversy and challenges faced in the past by branding it to death (read more).
This article comes from "
Extract fom Marny Swartz, The Age, Monday 2 March 2009
On the Origin of Species was published 150 years ago. Barney Zwartz examines the social legacy of Charles Darwin's seminal work and asks, must faith and science always collide? (more)
Future Parish leaders?
Opinion piece, John Costa, Friday 27 January 2007
This photograph celebrates both the joy and vast potential of our children and young people, as well as the success of the Parish Playgroup, thanks to the voluntary effort of parents and friends. A set of Playgroup photos has been added to the website page "Photo Gallery".
It also provides an opportunity to reflect on some recent ABS research on attitudes of young people and others to the Church published in their recent report "A Picture of the Nation" which shows from census data that:
Perhaps there is greater scope, as WYD helped demonstrate, to express our faith in ways that are meaningful and helpful to those who will hopefully lead the church into the future!
US Bishops give Internet Lenten Tools
Extract from Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Thursday 26 February 2009
The US Bishops Conference is offering website resources to help people live the Lenten season (more) .
Polish priests want to marry
Extract from Catholic News, Wednesday 25 February 2009
Most Polish priests favour an end to celibacy and twelve percent say they are already in a relationship with a woman, a survey has found.
The research has dealt a blow to the country's reputation as a champion of traditional Catholic values, the UK Telegraph reports. A survey of over 800 priests carried out by Professor Josef Baniak, a sociologist specialising in religious affairs, found that 53 percent would like to have a wife, while 12 percent admitted that they were involved in a relationship. A further 30 percent said that they had had a sexual relationship with a woman (more).
Parishes urged to celebrate inspirational women.
Extract from ACBC, 23 February 2009
Parishes around Australia will have the opportunity to reflect on the inspirational role of the women in their midst and to pray for women both here and overseas with the help of a parish kit prepared for the celebration of International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8 (more).
The "true history of religion" on Radio National
The public response to the axing of The Religion Report and other specialist programs late last year by ABC Radio National management was astonishing. Thousands of people came out to support the programs, particularly The Religion Report (more).
Defiant priest plans Mass after sacking
Extract from Cosima Marriner, The Age,Friday 20 February 2009
The first Australian priest to be sacked from his parish for being "not in communion" with
Responses to Draft Master Plan due Friday 20th March 2009
Whilst there have been as many varied responses to the plan now as ever before there at least appears this time to be a sense that the Parish needs to move on and implement some changes whilst at the same time detail the feasibility of other proposed changes. There also appears to be recognition that much good hard work has gone into the plan and that this work will be continuing.
Recognising that some people had been away on holidays, the PLT agreed to again promote the Plan and seek further comments until Friday 20th March.
For those who may not wish to write but prefer to express views personally, one further public meeting will be held to accept further feedback from parishioners.
Following all of these interactions, the Parish Leadership Team will make recommendations and decide on a course of action which will probably be implemented in stages over time.
Church has irrevocably rejected anti-Semitism
Extract from Catholic News, Friday 13 February 2009
Meeting with Jewish leaders yesterday, Pope Benedict re-affirmed the Catholic Church is "profoundly and irrevocably committed to reject all anti-Semitism." Associated Press reports the
Furnished with kindness of strangers
Includes extracts from Jewel Topsfield, The Age. Friday 20 February 2009
Together with the horror and tragedy of recent bush fires there are many continuing uplifting stories of goodness, community support, generosity, sacrifice and hope. Within the Parish alone several people know people directly involved in the bushfires, and our volunteer relief workers have shared some of their experiences, including even the simple cases of:
Read here about another family who were given a home thanks to a coordinated community effort.
Call for Safe Surrender havens
Extract from Catholic News, Friday 20 November 2009
Sydney CatholicCare director of children and youth services Maureen Eagles says that "safe surrender" havens for mothers to be could help avoid tragedies such as the discovery of the body of a new born baby boy at a
PM Calls on Parishes to Pass on Messages of Support
Extract from ACBC,Wednesday 18 February 2009
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has called on parish communities to pass on their prayers and condolences this weekend to those affected by the disastrous Victorian bushfires.
The Prime Minister’s office has made available to parishes a template for a Bushfire Message Book which can be placed at Church services across the nation this Sunday (more).
Failing to understand the nature of an understanding God
Extract from Barny Zwartz, The Age, Thursday 12 February 2009
Controversial Christian leader Danny Nalliah says the Victorian bushfires are a punishment for decriminalising abortion. Danny Nalliah is wildly wrong. He is wrong as a theologian, a thinker and a pastor, and has shocked and appalled both the mainstream community and the vast majority of his fellow Christians. They feel he has brought the name of Christ into disrepute. At a time like this, the role of religion is not explanation; it is consolation. It is to seek to offer comfort and hope, a way of going on (more).
Church delegation seeks assurance on ABC religious broadcasting
From ABCB website, Wednesday 12 February 2009
On Friday 6 February representatives of the Uniting Church, the National Council of Churches in Australia, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and the Anglican General Synod, met with Mark Scott, the Managing Director of the ABC, to discuss religious broadcasts on the ABC.
Benedict XVI Bushfire condolences
Tuesday 10 November 2009
Amongst many other world and relisious leaders Pope Benedict XVI has sent a message to the Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce, expressing his sadness at the tragic consequences of the Victorian bushfire disaster.
Churches look to buses
Extract from The Age, Mark Sweeney, Friday 6 February 2009
In the beginning, there was the atheist bus campaign.....Now they are planning to get their own back. A trinity of Christian groups has created its own series of advertisements to run across
Marketeers lose their Religion
Extract from The Age, Joseph Stiglitz, Friday 6 February 2009
The belief that markets are self-correcting has been junked by Davos devotees....The spirit was captured by one speaker who suggested that we had gone from "boom and bust" to "boom and Armageddon".... Equally striking was the loss of faith in markets. In a widely attended brainstorming session at which participants were asked what single failure accounted for the crisis, there was a resounding answer: the belief that markets are self-correcting... Joseph Stiglitz is a professor of economics at Columbia University. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for economics in 2001 (more).
Cardinal Pell on the Financial Crisis
Extract from ABC Radio National, Thursday 5 February 2009
Fixing the financial crisis is not just about greater transparency, stronger unions and more effective regulation of the marketplace, it must also involve rebuilding our radically eroded social and moral capital. That was the message yesterday that earned the Catholic Archbishop of
Vatican clarifies position on lifted bans and Holocaust
Extract form ACBC, Thursday 5 February 2009
Benedict XVI did not know Bishop Richard Williamson's position as a denier of the Holocaust when he lifted the prelate's excommunication in order to facilitate dialogue with the Lefebvrites, affirmed the Vatican. A statement issued yesterday by the Vatican Secretariat of State addressed the recent decree by which "the excommunication of four prelates of the Fraternity of St. Pius X were lifted." It also looked at the "reductionist declarations on the Shoah from Bishop Williamson of that same fraternity." (more)
Dissident Anglicans poised to join Catholics?
Extract from Barney Zwartz, The Age, Friday 30 January 2009
Nearly half a million dissident Anglicans are on the verge of rejoining the Catholic Church in a move their leader suggests may be the beginning of a flood to Rome of millions of Anglicans worldwide who oppose gay and female clergy.
Atheists cry foul on ads
Extract from The Age, Barney Zwartz, Thursday 29 January 2009
The Atheist Foundation of Australia has lodged complaints of religious discrimination in Melbourne and Hobart after being refused permission to put atheist advertising on buses (more).
Pope encourages Church Life and
Extract from Catholic Archdiocese of
Pope Benedict XVI says he wants the life of the Church, and particularly of the Holy See, to be present in audio, text and video on the Internet (more).