Sunday marks the 200th anniversary since the arrival of Frs John Therry and Philip Connolly as the first official Catholic priests in Australia. Prior to that, some priests (mostly sent as convicts) were allowed at different times to minister to Catholics in New South Wales. Their tenures, however, never lasted long.Continue reading “Looking Back in Order to Move Forward”
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.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 Aperuit Illis, no. 3). It fulfils a proposal that he made at the end of the Holy Year of Mercy.Continue reading “Sunday of the Word of God”
A short liturgical season such as Advent can be easily lost in Australia amidst the pre-Christmas hype and end-of-year rush to the summer holidays. As such, its symbols, prayers and music can help us to hold on to this time of joyful expectation.