August 19, 2018

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How to Keep Tabs on the Apps Kids Download

When was the last time you checked your child’s apps? As our lives get busier and our children’s technology gets more confusing, it’s easy for things to fall through the cracks.  Our children may have downloaded apps or games we don’t necessarily want them to be playing or using.  It might seem overwhelming, but doing […]

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Why You Need to Talk About Porn

To win a set of Melinda’s latest releases How to Talk to Your Kids about Pornography and Good Pictures Bad Pictures send an email to with “Melinda” in the subject line and supply your name, address and phone contact. Good luck! Two years ago, the deputy principal of a Sydney Catholic primary school approached me at […]


“A genuine peacemaker”: Fr Paul Ryan

By Dr Damian John Gleeson Rev Dr Paul Anthony Ryan has died at the age of 83 on 23 July. One of the oldest and most respected priests of the Archdiocese of Sydney, provided 60 years’ impeccable service as an academic, mentor, parish priest, and Dean. His death has cast a deep shadow over his […]


Former Eileen’s Nurses head returns to God

The congregation founded by Eileen O’Connor was saddened this week by the death of its former Congregation Leader, Sister Patricia Murphy, in the 60th year of her religious life. Sr Patricia died peacefully in Liverpool Hospital on the evening of the Feast of St Anthony, 13 June, following a short illness. She was accompanied by her […]

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Raising resilient kids

WIN a copy of Girl Wise or Wise Guys! To be in the running email your name and contact details to and identify which book you would like to win in the subject line. By Sharon Witt We all want to raise strong and resilient children and teenagers. Resilience is best described as the […]


Schooners, sport, and the Holy Spirit – it’s not just cricket

I love my cricket but the best things that happen in our team are off the field. I’ve played with the Papal Bulls cricket club as soon as I was old enough, at 16, as part of the NSW Church Cricket competition. It’s an organisation of teams across greater Sydney that represent their local churches. […]


Dr William Leonard, Sydney’s forgotten mystic

In June 1961, a casket was carried down the steps of St Mary’s Cathedral. Cardinal Gilroy, with miter and crosier, led the funeral procession. The casket carried one of Australia’s great Biblical scholars, Rev. Dr William Leonard, a theologian, academic, priest and mystic who taught at St Patrick’s Seminary, Manly. As the decades passed, the […]

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Bishops Conference, Religious leaders on the release of Royal Commission’s final report

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has today released its final report, which includes a large number of recommendations, many of which will have a significant impact on the way the Catholic Church operates in Australia. President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart, said the release of the […]

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, greets people during his September 21, 2016 welcoming ceremony. PHOTO: CNS

Trump’s Jerusalem decision will cause ‘explosion’

The Holy Land’s most senior Roman Catholic bishop has spoken out against President Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Talking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, warned that the move could increase tensions in the region. He said: […]

Friends and parishioners of Fr Leo Donnelly (back row, left) attending his 90th birthday recently. PHOTO: Supplied

Oldest serving priest celebrates 90th birthday

Over 400 members of the Port Macquarie community gathered at St Agnes’ Church in Hay Street on Sunday 19 November for Mass and a special morning tea to celebrate the 90th birthday of their much-loved Parish Priest, Father Leo Donnelly. The Bishop of the Lismore, Bishop Greg Homeming concelebrated Mass with Father Donnelly and Assistant […]

MacKillop Services award recipient Maureen Visser. Source: MacKillop Services

MacKillop heroes recognised

The outstanding achievements of carers, young people, families and staff have been recognised by MacKillop Family Services in their annual Excellence Awards, presented at MacKillop’s Annual Public Meeting. The Awards recognise excellence in practice and an outstanding commitment to MacKillop’s values and are named in recognition of Edmund Rice, Catherine McAuley and Mary MacKillop – […]