Social Justice Sunday

The last Sunday of September is designated by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference as Social Justice Sunday. The social justice aspect of Christian teaching and action will be emphasised at Masses today, but we need to be aware that worship and justice are always intimately connected. On this Sunday every year the Bishops release their…

Sharing in the Mission

“If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets, and the Lord gave his Spirit to them all!” – Nm11.29 Today’s first reading illustrates a dynamic image of God pouring out his life and love on the seventy elders of the community to share in the mission entrusted to Moses. It is a beautiful…

At Home with Us

“Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me.” – Mk 9.37 There’s something about celebrating First Holy Communion that reminds me of home. Home – a place where everybody knows me and I know everybody; a place where all generations gather around the table to celebrate a meal; a place where I…

Living Prayer

This weekend, we celebrate with the families of 13 children sharing in the Eucharistic meal for the first time. May they, and all of us, come to know Jesus more deeply through the celebration of Eucharist, and through this Holy Communion we share with each other as God’s family.

More than Words

“I don’t just talk the talk, I walk the walk…” – James (“I will prove to you that I have faith by showing you my good deeds…” – Jas 2:18) Sometimes, I feel like the biggest hypocrite! I profess to be a Christian, and yet I find myself doing the opposite of what a Christian…

Living Prayer

This weekend, the families of the children preparing for First Eucharist will gather together for a ‘Family Day’ filled with activities to help them grow in relationship with the community and with Jesus. Let us keep them in our prayers this weekend, and in the week coming, as they prepare to join us in celebrating…

Drought Appeal

We have had a few people ask what can be done to help drought-affected farmers in New South Wales. Our preferred mechanism for helping is through Vinnies state-wide appeal in New South Wales so please feel free to contribute in whatever way, shape or form that you can. You can also donate by phoning 131812 and by envelope collections. Vinnies shops…

Give Us a Sign

We are responsible for earth’s flourishingGod, neighbour and the natural world are all connectedEnergy innovation not earth desecrationMove away from what I need to what God’s world needsOur common home is falling into serious disrepairThere is no planet BMatter mattersNurture natureCounter the throwaway cultureCurrent lifestyle practices are not sustainableCare for the planet: No learners; we…

Bringing Others

“And they brought him a deaf man…” – Mk 7.32 As a community, we are always seeking ways to build relationships – genuine relationships. We all desire real connection and a place to belong. Over the last twelve months, our community has hosted three successful ALPHA courses. The success of ALPHA has been an increase…