July 19, 2018

Author Archive | Marilyn Rodrigues


Revamp sheds light on parish

People who live in Lurnea are used to having their south-western Sydney suburb confused with Leumeah or lumped in with Liverpool. But there is no mistaking their stunning Catholic church and its vibrant and diverse faith community. When former parish priest Fr Robert Hayes built the current St Francis Xavier church with its stunning contemporary […]


Philosopher’s lecture draws largest crowd to Scholarship in the Cathedral

Scottish Professor John Haldane has drawn the largest crowd ever to the Scholarship in the Cathedral lecture series with his in-depth analysis of faith and reason. St Mary’s Cathedral crypt was full for his lecture titled, ‘Athens and Jerusalem: faith or reason, opponents or allies?’ In it, Prof. Haldane outlined some ways in which in […]


Dynamic day lifts young spirits

The Holy Spirit’s presence was evident when Sydney Catholic School students gathered for a high-energy day of music, prayer, and power-packed talks on World Youth Day. About 500 Year 9-11 students from nine schools gathered at Holy Spirit College, Lakemba, for the evangelisation day to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of World Youth Day held in […]


Constitutional recognition ‘vital’

Australian Catholics should support constitutional recognition of our indigenous people as one of the “great moral issues” of our time, according to Australian Catholic University (ACU) vice-chancellor Professor Greg Craven. “Constitutional recognition and reconciliation is a fundamental moral issue and something that we have to put in place,” he said. “We’ve got something at the […]


Andrew Brazier completes solo Pacific sail for Indigenous literacy

Sydney parishioner Andrew Brazier has braved injury and inclement weather to complete a 15,000km solo trip across the Pacific Ocean – finishing it without even the use of his boat engine. Ending his three-month sail to raise awareness and $100,000 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation brought “an amazing mix of emotions” he told The Catholic […]


Columbans celebrate 100 years with Mass at Mary MacKillop Chapel

A “deep and earthy spirituality” of inclusiveness and hospitality marks the Missionary Society of St Columban, said auxiliary Bishop Terry Brady last Sunday. Bishop Brady was the chief celebrant at a thanksgiving Mass for the Society’s centenary attended by Columban benefactors and supporters at the Mary MacKillop Chapel, North Sydney. Columban Superior General Fr Kevin […]


A conversation with Archbishop-elect Peter Comensoli

Melbourne’s new archbishop Peter Comensoli says he wasn’t completely surprised at being appointed an archbishop but it was “certainly unexpected”. There were ‘inklings’ that his was one of the names floating around for a replacement for Archbishop Denis Hart, aged 77, who was due to retire. “But I genuinely expected that a couple of others […]


Fancy running in the City2Surf? Join this team and help young mums in need

Ashleigh Green says there’s nothing like the feeling that comes from knowing you have helped to give someone hope and a future. The community engagement coordinator at CatholicCare Sydney is inviting youth and young adults to join her in the City2Surf fun run to raise $75,000 for CatholicCare’s HOPE Program. The early intervention program supports […]


Fun family ideas for the school holidays

OUT AND ABOUT Ice-skating at Cathedral Square Glide on Australia’s biggest open-air ice-skating rink against the backdrop of St Mary’s Cathedral. Date:June 29-July 22 Ages: 2+ Where:  St Mary’s Cathedral Forecourt Cost: $10 kids under 5, $21 kids 5-13, $28 adults, $89 family skate (discounts for online booking) Website: sydney.skatingat.com.au Sydney Astrofest 2018 The stars […]

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Sydney’s Aboriginal Catholic community welcomes its new chaplain

Fr Darryl Mackie says it was a “very honouring experience” when he was presented to Sydney’s Aboriginal Catholic community as its new chaplain on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday. Fr Frank Brennan SJ was the main celebrant at the 1 July Mass at the packed Reconciliation Church at La Perouse. He presented Fr Darryl […]


Archbishop-elect Peter A Comensoli to Melbourne: Together the Lord will speak into us

Melbourne’s new Archbishop Peter A Comensoli doesn’t know his new people, their geography, culture, or football code, but he already loves them. “I may not love them effectively at times, we all fail in our loving, but I love them,” he told The Catholic Weekly today. “It might sound trite but it’s very genuine. The […]


Arresting decline in kids’ sport participation should be child’s play, says expert

Health experts are warning that Australian children are dropping out of sport and their general activity levels will continue to decline unless drastic action is taken to reverse the decline. Dr Gert-Jan Pepping, of the Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) School of Exercise Science, places part of the blame on an excessive focus on high performance […]