Although parishioners often don't know who has written the music they sing at Mass, for many years we have sung a number of hymns by American composer, David Haas. Like many parishes in the English-speaking world, our repertoire has included several songs by the prolific writer. Earlier this year, media reports surfaced of allegations of … Continue reading The Music of David Haas
This weekend, the Church in Australia celebrates the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. It takes on particular significance this year, given that our weekly celebration of the Eucharist has been put on hold due to coronavirus restrictions. Reflecting on this experience gives us an opportunity to more deeply appreciate what … Continue reading Three Things About the Eucharist We’ve Learnt from COVID-19
How can the early days of the Australia's Catholic history (including the hard work of Australia's first Carmelites!) help us as Catholics today get through COVID-19?
In many parts of the world now, including our own Diocese, the global COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it something that we have never experienced before in our lives - the complete suspension of liturgical celebrations in our church buildings, including the Eucharist. The digital world that we live in has made it much easier … Continue reading During COVID-19, do we watch the Church, or be the Church?
While it is Australia Day here in this part of the world, universally today the Church celebrates its first ever Sunday of the Word of God. Last September, Pope Francis decreed that “the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the word of God.” (Apostolic Letter … Continue reading Sunday of the Word of God