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The Liturgy of Christmas (Comments Off)

November 30, 2014 • Category: Liturgy, This Month's Cover
Fr Merv Duffy sm

by Fr Merv Duffy sm

The Liturgy of Christmas In the year of Our Lord 2014 on 25 December at Midnight Mass we will celebrate the birth of Jesus. How historical is the liturgy in its counting of the years, its choice of day, and the hour? What has shaped our Christmas liturgies? 

The calendar in common use throughout the world counts the years from …

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Daily Reflections

  • Friday 30 January
  • Hebrews 10:32-39, Ps.37, Mark 4:26-34

    Ministers, Not Messiahs

    Each of us shares in the work of building the Kingdom of God. Everything good we do, whether big or small becomes a part of that holy edifice. However, we must never forget that it is God’s Kingdom, God’s work, not ours. As Bishop Oscar Romero said “We may never see the end results, but that is …

Bill Lambert»

You Must Be Joking! (Comments Off)

Bill Lambert

Bill Lambert

COMPULSORY ABORTION FUNDING

A formal complaint has been filed with the US Department of Health and Human Services over the California Department of Managed Health Care’s decision to force all employers, including churches, to pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plans. Filing the complaint, the Life Legal Defence Foundation and Alliance Defending Freedom allege that this coercion of abortion coverage violates …

Book Review»

Lofty, No Ordinary Bishop – by Kathleen Baran (Comments Off)

Reviewed by Fr John Craddock sm

G Loft BookLofty, No Ordinary Bishop by Kathleen Baran is no ordinary biography. It is not only the outline of the life of a holy priest and Bishop but also one which allows reflections by people who knew and loved Bishop Gerry. It is more than a life’s story for it encompasses insights into war time and post World War II …

Catholic Life»

An Angel at Advent (Comments Off)

by Philippa Winch by Philippa Winch

As a child, Christmas was a big occasion involving family, food and lots of festivities. However, as an adult with a family of my own neither my husband nor I had any close relatives living near. It was up to us to create our own family Christmas traditions.
To make Christmas just as exciting, would take careful planning! The first year my …

Death of a Marist»

Fr Peter Bradley sm (Comments Off)

PBradley Funeral OrigEulogy by Fr Barry Scannell sm
It is a great honour to say a few words about Father Peter Bradley s.m. – a friend and brother in the Society of Mary. My name is Barry Scannell – I am the present Parish Priest of St Mary of the Angels in Wellington where Fr Peter was Parish Priest from 1982 to 1988.

Like our Provincial, Father …

Focus Editorial»

Christmas – A Broken world – A Ray of Hope (Comments Off)

Fr Bernard Carney sm

Fr Bernard Carney sm

For once the weather of the Southern hemisphere matches the mood of the Church. The birth of Jesus tells us of a new hope. With Spring and early Summer come newly turned furrows and planting of crops. A fresh shade of green sweeps the countryside. The familiar list of woes of a broken world is with us. They run from the …

Francis Speaks»

Francis speaks to the Synod and on St Teresa of Avila (Comments Off)

Pope Francis weigel“Speak clearly, listen with humility, accept with an open heart”

Vatican City, 6 October 2014 (VIS) – Vatican City, 6 October 2014 (VIS) – This morning, in the presence of the Holy Father, the First General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops on “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of new evangelisation” took place in the Synod Hall. The Pope greeted the Synod …

Jokes»

Can You Bear It? (Comments Off)

Bear Laughing_cropA doctor and a lawyer were talking at a party. Their conversation was constantly interrupted by people describing their ailments and asking the doctor for free medical advice. After an hour of this, the exasperated doctor asked the lawyer, “What do you do to stop people from asking you for legal advice when you’re out of the office?”
“I give it to them,” replied the …

Liturgy»

The Liturgy of Christmas (Comments Off)

Fr Merv Duffy sm

by Fr Merv Duffy sm

The Liturgy of Christmas In the year of Our Lord 2014 on 25 December at Midnight Mass we will celebrate the birth of Jesus. How historical is the liturgy in its counting of the years, its choice of day, and the hour? What has shaped our Christmas liturgies? 

The calendar in common use throughout the world counts the years from …

Missionary News»

Guns and Nuns (Comments Off)

Sisters share personal encounters of violent shootings in visit for Catholic Mission
Sister Anne Quinn SMSM before a poster featuring Sister Teresia SMSM and a Jamaican  Family.

Sister Anne Quinn SMSM before a poster featuring Sister Teresia SMSM and a Jamaican Family.

Two Marist missionary sisters on a six-week tour of Jamaica are deeply moving Australians with stories of guns, drugs and violent crimes.

Speaking in Catholic dioceses across Australia as guests of Catholic Mission, Fijian Sister Teresia Tinanisolo and …

Opinion»

Perfectly Less Than Ideal (Comments Off)

by Maria Kennedy

by Maria Kennedy

Sometimes mothers give birth in less than ideal conditions, such as in a car on the side of the road, unable to reach the hospital in time. I don’t think Mary planned on giving birth in a stable at Bethlehem either. But these things happen.

Still, what was God thinking? He organised visitors, a star in the sky but He couldn’t organise …

Poetry and Art»

Canticle to the God of Light (Comments Off)

Praise be to the God of Light!
praise at morning, praise in the silvered night!

Dust are we and live in darkened ways
Unless we search and find His lighted rays.
We therefore lift our hearts and minds aloft
-to praise the God of Light!

We praise Him for His kaleidoscopic world
His light and dark alternately unfurled.

For moonlight on a forest floorSunlight
star-light …

Saints»

January Saints (0)

Saint Jan1Blessed Lojze Grozde (1923-1943)

Lojze Grozde was born, an illegitmate child, on 27 May 1923 in the village of Gorenje Vodale, Slovenia. When he was four, his mother married, but his stepfather kept the boy away from his mother as much as he could. Because Lojze was a good pupil at school, the stepfather changed his attitude and allowed the boy to stay at the …

Theological Reflection»

Mary for Today – Encountering Darkness – Mary the Refugee. (Comments Off)

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

The Flight into Egypt: A real woman lies at the heart of all the Church celebrates about Mary. As I look back on this recent series of articles, I am struck by how human the life of Mary really was, how much she shared the experiences of so many of humanity: the process of giving birth, the terror of being …