Over the past two Sundays, Catholics in Australia have celebrated (albeit in very different ways due to COVID lockdowns) two important feast days – those of our first saint, St Mary MacKillop, and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. These two days are a week apart in the Australian liturgical calendar, but have not … Continue reading Maintaining the Rhythm
In 2019, Pope Francis invited the Church throughout the world each year to observe a Sunday of the Word of God, 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 … Continue reading Sunday of the Word of God
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
On Thursday, the Church marked the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. During this Year of Grace, we have been invited to revisit the constitutions of Vatican II. The first of these constitutions was on the liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium. After addressing general principles that were to underpin the constitution’s understanding of … Continue reading 14/10/12 – Fifty Years Since Vatican II – Noble Simplicity and Scripture