November 23, 2017

Author Archive | Marilyn Rodrigues

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Listen to lead, Archbishop tells students

Catholic school student leaders have fired candid questions to Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP in an open yet respectful forum at St Mary’s Cathedral Hall on November 7. The Archbishop of Sydney urged more than 200 newly-elected leaders from 49 systemic and congregational schools throughout the archdiocese to “cultivate the art of conversation” which is sorely […]

Pope Francis smiles as he visits the "White Houses," a housing development for the poor, on the outskirts of Milan on 25 March 2017. PHOTO: CNS

Pope issues special message for the ACYF

With just over a month to go before the Australian Catholic Youth Festival kicks off in Sydney, Pope Francis has sent a message to Australia’s young people assuring them of his prayers and spiritual closeness and his hope that the festival will be an occasion for them to “deepen their relationship with the Lord”. Imparting […]

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Christine’s angelic mural is a true labour of love

Christine de Stoop, a parishioner at Holy Name parish at Wahroonga, has transformed a plain arch over the sanctuary at Our Lady of the Angels, Rouse Hill, into a vibrant depiction of heaven. Her mural was a 160-day marathon which included long days and at times working into the night. The roughly 60-square metre mural […]

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Sydney to host biggest outdoor Mass since World Youth Day 2008

The biggest Catholic outdoor Mass since Pope Benedict XVI was here for World Youth Day in 2008 will be celebrated at The Domain in Sydney on Saturday, December 9. Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP announced the major event this week, and that all Vigil masses in the archdiocese have been cancelled for that date. Instead, Archbishop […]

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Uncertainty is nothing to be afraid of for HSC students

For HSC students Isaac Atienzo and Pamela Tsiamis the future may be uncertain but it is nevertheless looking extremely bright. The Year 12 students at Casimir Catholic College in Marrickville met with The Catholic Weekly after sitting their Modern History exam last week. They are among the 4,637 students from Sydney Catholic schools and the […]

Schoenstatt Sister, Sr Rebecca Brcar helps out at the Schoenstatt Shrine's Time for Us event. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Schoenstatt gives parents a break

Many a young parent struggles with the challenges of raising a family but some Catholic parents are taking advantage of extra support, with a formal dinner for two and babysitting thrown in. The Time For Us weekend run at the Mt Schoenstatt retreat centre in Mulgoa each year welcomes families for a program of fun […]

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Sydney writer and mum Marilyn Rodrigues describes her struggle with the marriage plebiscite. PHOTO: Alexander Mils

Stuck between ‘yes’ and ‘no’ in the marriage plebiscite debate

Like pretty much everyone else in this country I’m being asked, by government survey and by friends, for my opinion on whether the legal definition of marriage should be changed to accommodate same-sex couples. Try as I might, I cannot reconcile these two things: firstly, my deep desire that the law affirm and protect the […]

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Marilyn Rodrigues: Reading as spiritual practice

I have always admired people of deep prayer and wanted to be more like them. Some of the most impressive are women I’ve met who spend a very early quiet hour with God before their young kids wake up or before heading off to work every day. I am yet to be able to claim […]

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Marilyn Rodrigues: Keep your eye on AI for your kids’ sake

Elon Musk, the guy partly responsible for bringing online commerce, electric cars, and private space-flights to the world, was in Australia recently. I wouldn’t normally notice, but for an apparently successful and erudite business leader he has been so over-the-top in his warnings about the potential for new forms of artificial intelligence (AI) to out-think […]

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Marilyn Rodrigues – Reading as spiritual practice

I have always admired people of deep prayer and wanted to be more like them. Some of the most impressive are women I’ve met who spend a very early quiet hour with God before their young kids wake up or before heading off to work every day. I am yet to be able to claim […]

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Marilyn Rodrigues: The girl doth blush too much

I thought my 11-year-old daughter looked weirdly flushed at the park the other day. She was pushing her younger brother on a swing in the shade, and it was a warm day, but still, winter. I felt her cheek with the back of my hand; her skin was cool, not feverishly warm. She assured me […]

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Marilyn Rodrigues: First Holy Communion perfection

On the weekend our eldest boy received his first Holy Communion along with 38 other children at one of four first Holy Communion Masses at our parish this month. That’s a lot of boys fidgeting in their suits and girls shivering in sleeveless white dresses and sheer veils. Our boy looked handsome in his blue […]