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The Liturgy of Christmas (0)

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

  • Saturday 20 December
  • Isaiah 7:10-14, Psalm 24, Luke 1:26-38

    The old/new story

    We’ve heard it many times. Mary’s visit from the angel. The birth in Bethlehem. Still we meditate on it. Ponder the various meanings and the enjoyable event. The rest of the world flies by. Gifts, buying, holidays, work parties, shop parties, company parties. These can irritate us. Don’t they know what Christmas is really about? God

Bill Lambert»

You Must Be Joking! (0)

Bill Lambert

Bill Lambert

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS BANNED

Cairns: Christmas lights in Cardwell, North Queensland, have been barred by the local Council after a complaint from the new Al Shalala Mosque built in the town just weeks ago.

Imam Adnan Janutab said that the town’s 100 Muslim residents found the lights to be an offensive celebration of Christmas, and urged Christians to practice their beliefs privately within their …

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 (0)

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 (0)

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 (0)

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 (0)

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? (0)

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 (0)

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 (0)

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 (0)

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 (0)

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»

December Saints (0)

Blessed Liduina Meneguzzi

Saint Dec1  (1901-1941)

Elisa Angela Meneguzzie was born in 1901 in Giarre, Italy. From her humble farming family, she learned strong values of honesty and faith. As a child she also formed a deep spirit of prayer, and would walk two kilometres to attend daily Mass. She loved her catechism, was happy to speak about God to her siblings and eventually became a catechist.…

Theological Reflection»

Mary for Today – Encountering Darkness – Mary the Refugee. (0)

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 …