Married Man to be Ordained to Priesthood in Texas
Extract from Deacon Greg Kandra, Catholine Online, Tuesday 30 December 2008
"Waldo Emerson "Knick" Knickerbocker, a married former Episcopalian minister, will be ordained as a Roman Catholic deacon at 11:15 a.m. Sunday at St. Theresa Church in Junction. The ceremony will be conducted by Bishop Michael Pfeifer, OMI . A month later, on Jan. 28 at Sacred Heart Cathedral Church in San Angelo, Knickerbocker will be ordained a priest for the Catholic Church. Knickerbocker will be the first married man to be ordained a priest for the Diocese of San Angelo, according to a news release. Knickerbocker's ordination to the diaconate and priesthood is in accord with the 1981 decision by the Holy See to make an exception to the general rule calling only non-married men to priesthood (more).
Spirituality found in our bond with others
Extract from Opinion Piece, The Age, John Chesterman, Friday 26 December 2008
Earlier this year I mourned for someone I barely knew, a woman who had never spoken or walked. Simone lived her 40-year life trapped in a body that didn't work. She was a person whose severe physical disabilities masked, at least to an outsider, any sense of the internal capacities that she might have had. I still think about Simone, not because she was related to me, or even a friend, but because her life and death makes me question what it is to be human.... (more).
Christmas Eve Masses 2008
Wednesday 24 December
Capacity and over-capacity congregations at Parish Christmas Eve Masses (see Liturgy page photos).
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. 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.
Christianity's diverse flock
Extract from The Age, John Mangan, Sunday 21 December 2008
The lavish vestments and walls crowded with ornate images of the Virgin Mary, Jesus and African saints evoke an ancient Ethiopian cathedral, but this is a church in suburban Maribyrnong......More than 5500 Ethiopians live in Australia, and for members of the Ethiopian Orthodox church, Christmas, or "Genna", is one of the great feast days in their calendar (more).
Extract from SMH, Paola Totaro in
The ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge - and the looming
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).
Senior Youth Ministry Projects Officer
Extract from ACBC, Friday 19 December 2008
A young father with 15 years experience in youth ministry around Australia has been appointed to take up the new position as Senior Youth Ministry Projects Officer with the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life (more).
Realism is base of Human Rights
Extract from Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Thursday 18 December 2008
Defence of human rights must be based in an objective knowledge of human nature, lest terminology be reinterpreted at the service of private desires or ideologies, says a Holy See representative (more).
A Church in Guantánamo
Extract from Robert Cohen, International Herald Tribune, Sunday 14 December 2008 ......In Guantánamo, we pulled up by the main plaza. Dusk was falling. Old folk sat on benches under the palms. I set out across the square toward a whitewashed church, Santa Catalina de Ricci, whose heavy wooden doors were flung open.
A surprise awaited me. The church was full. A young priest in luminous green vestments was holding Mass. His words met me as I entered: "La Misa es siempre un encuentro con Dios" - "Mass is always an encounter with God."
I am a stranger to faith. Yet a wave of physical relief swept over me. After 10 days in Cuba, with its hymns to the heroism of Fidel, Che Guevara, the revolution and socialism, the priest seemed a merciful figure. Instead of the deification of Fidel and the utopian perfectibility of mankind, he posited human fallibility and a consoling salvation....(more).
Economists and Economics!
Opinion Piece: A 'no-prejudice' selection of Economic Quotes! John Costa
An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
Laurence J. Peter
Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.
John Kenneth Galbraith
Have more than thou showest, Speak less than thou knowest.
Prime Minister sings praises of the Catholic Liberal Arts
Extracts from Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Friday 12 December 2008
The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, believes that there is more to Higher Education than simply studying for a job....."In the long run, a liberal arts education may even prove the best preparation for the jobs of the future." (...more)
Security guards hired for Grade 1 BBQ
Extract from The Age, Tuesday 9 December 2008
Security guards were hired to watch over a grade 1 barbecue at a Melbourne Primary school.....security guards would also patrol the grade 6 graduation and other future events....The Principal said "I want to stress that this is not about students' behaviour but about the actions of a small number of parents".....(more)
News from the Plenary Meeting of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
Extract from ACBC, Tuesday 9 December 2008
Amongst other items Reports include:
- Power of National Apology to stolen generations
- New Missal edges closer
- Bishops reflect on anti-life laws
- Accessible new pamphlets on Catholic doctrine to be issued next year.....(more)
Charities in High Court win over ATO
Extract from Catholic news, Thursday 4th November 2008
In a decision with great significance for church organisations, the High Court has ruled that profits from a business enterprise operated by a charity and used to fund its activities are exempt from taxation.The Age reports the judges ruled four to one that the profits from a funeral service used to fund the activities of Wycliffe Bible Translation, a missionary organisation, should be exempt.They said the principal issue in whether an institution was charitable was its purposes, not just its activities (more).
Advent - Reaching out,
Friday 28 November 2008
The Parish is full of life and activity, involves people of all ages, and is continuing to evolve. Its Newsletter and this Website (the "Online Parish") offer a birds eye view of its rich and diverse character, which changes with the world from moment to moment.
In particular the Parish offers support for those with spiritual and/or social or practical needs, and challenge for those in a position to reach out and assist others in even small ways.This reflects the Parish values of Inclusiveness, Hospitality, Mission and Service. These will receive particular focus during the forthcoming period of Advent.
At this start of the new church year Advent represents a "new beginning", and in that context a conspicuous green banner has been installed outside Mary Immaculate Church in Upper Heidelberg Road. Apart from offering a seasonal message it effectively invites passers-by to visit the Parish via its Website, and in one way or another to observe or visit this vibrant and evolving community. Downloadable details of Advent activities are available on the "Mass Times" page.
Friday 28 November 2008
We rejoice with and ask blessings upon Deirdre Ragless who will bee ordained a priest at
Pope appoints Korean Economics Professor to oversee Holy See economic Affairs
Extract from Catholic News, Friday 18 November 2008
Pope Benedict has appointed Korean economics professor Thomas Han Hong-Soon as international controller for the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See. As financial controller, Han will be responsible for examining the Vatican's accounts and balance sheets A professor of economics at the College of Business and Economics of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Han is president of the Catholic Lay Apostolate Council of Korea. The professor explained that "formation in the Word of God must be 'performative'" and "must include a solid formation in the Church's social doctrine" (more).
Holy See fears rich countries becoming stingy
Extract from Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Thursday 27 November 2008
Rich nations' concern with the financial crisis could mean that aid to developing countries is put on a back burner, the Holy See fears (more).
Bishops approve post WYD Youth Ministry Blueprint
Extract from ACBC, Thursday 27 November 2008
The Catholic Bishops of Australia have approved a blueprint, received from the National Youth Leaders’ Gathering, for the future coordination of youth ministry across the nation.In approving the blueprint, the Bishops praised the post-WYD spirit of faith that was evident both at the National Gathering and also in the direction of the initiatives presented to them in the NYLG report.
The blueprint outlines three key areas for national co-ordination, while also leaving room for each diocese, religious order, school, group or movement to implement their own specific initiatives.The three areas highlighted are: Formation for Young People; Support for Youth Ministry; and National Events (more).
Lennon Jesus quip reviewed
Extract from BBC News, David Willey, Saturday 22 November 2008
Extract from Catholic news. Friday 21 November 2008
Instead of Schoolies Week, Students from
Heaven a place not on earth?
Extract from The Age, Saturday 15 November 2008
A US funeral business that specialises in launching cremated human remains into Earth's orbit has begun taking reservations for landing small capsules of ashes on the moon. "Celestis' first general public lunar mission could occur as early as 2010 and reservations are now being taken," said Charles Chafer, Celestis founder and president. For sending a tiny, one gram portion of cremated remains to the moon, the company charges $A14,997, according to Celestis's website (more).
Defense of life and religious freedom in final declaration of Catholic-Muslim Forum
Extract from Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Friday 7 November 2008
At the conclusion of the Catholic-Muslim Forum which took place at the Vatican, the participants issued a joint statement underscoring, among other themes, the importance of the defense of life as a gift from God to each person, religious freedom and the promotion of common moral values.
The text states that Christians and Muslims believe that "human life is a very precious gift from God for each person, and therefore it should be preserved and honoured in all of its stages." (read more)
Vatican II "extraordinary" - Pope
Extract from Catholic news, Wednesday 29th October 2008
The Second Vatican Council was an "extraordinary ecclesial event" that must continue to be applied, Pope Benedict said yesterday....Writing to an international congress on the pontificate of John Paul II and the Council, Pope Benedict said that the council's documents must continue to be applied to the Church to lead people to Christ and give them hope, Catholic News Agency reports (read more).
Jesus Not God: Bathurst priest
Extract from Catholic news, Wednesday 29th October 2008
"No human being can ever be God, and Jesus was a human being. It is as simple as that," Bathurst priest Fr Peter Dresser argues in a booklet on sale in several Catholic parishes, including South Brisbane's St Mary's (read more).
Navigating towards spirituality
Extract from ACBC, Wednesday 29th October 2008
The call to live life in the Holy Spirit was a powerful and unforgettable theme of the recent World Youth Day celebration and to aid in this, a new booklet has been published to help guide Christians towards an authentic understanding of spirituality (read more).
Benedict XVI's "Complete Works" being published
Extract from Melbourne Catholic Archdiocese, Thursday 23 October 2008
The secret of Pope Benedict XVI's theology is not just in his extraordinary knowledge, but in the fact that he lives what he believes, says the bishop in charge of the publication of his "Complete Works." (read more)
Extract from Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, 1 October 2008
Politics needs Christianity and it is therefore totally legitimate for believers to participate in the public square, says Benedict XVI's secretary of state.....Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said in Rome today that without God, politics begins to lose the ability to respect law and recognize the common good.
This is confirmed by "the tragic end of all political ideologies" and even by the "present financial crisis," the Vatican official said. "Wherever one's own benefit is sought in the short term, virtually identifying that with the good, one ends up by cancelling one's own benefit"(read more here).
Catholic? Been away?
From Archbishop Philip Wilson on behalf of all the bishops of Australia
The Catholic Bishops of Australia want to welcome back people who have drifted away from the life of the Church for whatever reason or who have never really been part of it. The Church is God’s family and, like any family, has its differences. Sometimes people are hurt by other family members. We ask your forgiveness if you have been hurt in some way through the Church. Sometimes people can leave home just through the pressures of the world. We want you to know that, if you have been away, you are still called by God to the fullness of life, and to live that life in the community of the Church, where Christ with his life-giving Word and his Sacraments of salvation are available. (Full letter here).
Changes in the Church - Fr Frank O'Loughlin21 May 2008