May 26, 2017

Author Archive | Catherine Sheehan

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP with youth of the Emmnanuel Community and Sydney priest Fr Josh Miechels, who first discerned his calling to the priesthood through the Community. PHOTO: Supplied

Emmanuel Community begins new ‘Fire and Hope’ youth evangelisation initiative

‘Fire and Hope’ is an exciting new initiative seeking to form young Catholics as missionary disciples and evangelisers in today’s world. Run by the Emmanuel Community, ‘Fire and Hope’ is a mission for young adults aged 18 to 25, consisting of monthly Masses, Eucharistic adoration, praise, talks and social time. Held on the third Sunday […]

The Benedict XVI Retreat Centre chapel. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

The Benedict XVI Retreat Centre: An oasis of silence on Sydney’s doorstep

Sometimes in order to hear the still, small voice of God in our lives, we need to do as Christ did in the Gospels—remove ourselves from the crowds and withdraw to a lonely place. For it is only in a quiet place that we can truly hear the Father’s voice. The Benedict XVI Retreat Centre […]

A woman listens to speakers at a recent Abortion Rethink event at NSW Parliament House, 3 May. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Galaxy poll shows Australians are not in favour of abortion on demand

The findings of a recent Galaxy poll of NSW voters fly in the face of claims from Greens MLC Mehreen Faruqi that her bill seeking to remove all legal restrictions on abortion corresponds with community attitudes. According to the poll, 81 per cent believe that abortion is harmful to women’s health, while 74 per cent […]

Jaya Taki speaks to guests at an event of Abortion Rethink about her experience of abortion. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

NRL ex Jaya Taki speaks to Abortion Rethink event about the toll of termination

Jaya Taki shed tears as she described to Members of the NSW Parliament what it was like to be pressured into aborting her unborn child. At the centre of one of the recent NRL scandals to hit the media, Ms Taki was allegedly pressured into abortion by her former boyfriend – a high profile NRL […]

Children marvel at the images forming part of a heritage display at St Patrick’s, Bondi, on 30 April. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Heritage of 100 years celebrated at St Patrick’s Parish, Bondi

What do Captain America, the Book of Genesis, Aristotle, C S Lewis and St Francis de Sales have in common? They all demonstrated the importance of friendship, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP told those gathered on Sunday 30 April for the 100th Anniversary Mass of the foundation of St Patrick’s Parish in Bondi. One of the […]

Almost 1500 signatures were collected from St Raymond’s parishioners who were concerned about the proposed laws. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Thousands of Catholics rally behind petition to defeat radical abortion bills in NSW

Tens of thousands of parishioners across Sydney signed a petition last weekend voicing their opposition to proposed changes to abortion laws in NSW. The petition was the initiative of an online grass roots campaign called Abortion Rethink, started by a group of young women concerned about the proposed changes to the law. The proposed legislation […]

An icon of St Mary Magdalene depicting her long association with the red Easter egg of many Orthodox and Eastern Catholic traditions.

Catherine Sheehan: Did Mary Magdalene invent the Easter egg?

Catherine Sheehan interviewed on ABC Melbourne by Andy Bellairs. Source: ABC Radio Melbourne In researching the history of Easter eggs, I came across a fascinating tradition within the Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Churches that links Mary Magdalene with the invention of the Easter egg. There are a couple of legends regarding Mary Magdalene and eggs, […]


Standing in solidarity with the women left to ‘choice’

Often what makes a pregnancy a ‘crisis pregnancy’ is the lack of support a woman receives from those around her. Feeling alone, facing financial difficulties, often under pressure to abort, and receiving no encouragement or practical help, many women decide abortion is their only option. This was brought to light recently in the media with […]