May 23, 2017

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Youth Ministry Game Changers: Changing the game for parish ministry

The YMGC (Youth Ministry Game Changers) team is a brand new group made up of enthusiastic and experienced youth leaders looking to share their resources, ideas and knowledge to provide new leaders with “practical youth ministry experience”. On May 1 the YMGC team received an opportunity to meet the youth leaders of the Sydney Archdiocese […]


Walk With Christ in Parishes ready to witness again

What’s the best way to deal with challenging times as a Catholic: to hide in the bunkers or to return to our mission of taking the love of God to the people around us? Seven parishes took up the option of organising local Eucharistic processions through their neighbourhood streets, last year, as part of the […]

Central African Republic, diocese of Bangassou 25.11.2013
Bishop Juan Jose Aguirre with women and children of his diocese

Catholic bishop acts to shield Muslims from killings in the Central African Republic

Spanish missionary Bishop Juan José Aguirreof Bangassou in the Central African Republic, has denounced the outbreak of revenge violence against Muslims in his city by the Anti-balaka, a group of mainly animist and anti-Muslim guerrillas. He spoke about the problem in a recent interview with the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. “They […]


Catholic-Orthodox fraternity is a great blessing in the wake of troubles, Bishop tells Cardinal

Melkite Bishop Robert Rabbat has renewed the call of many Catholic and Orthodox Church leaders that there be a common date for Easter, speaking at an ecumenical prayer service in the presence of Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the head of the Holy See’s congregation for Oriental Churches. (See the Catholic Weekly Facebook Page for more photos). Cardinal Sandri joined Eastern Catholic and […]


Matt Maher to headline Australian Catholic Youth Festival in December

Matt Maher, arguably the biggest Catholic name in global contemporary Christian music, will be coming to Sydney for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in December 2017. The news was announced this week by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney and the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Delegate for Youth. The internationally acclaimed Canadian songwriter and worship […]


Registrations open for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney

With seven months to go, registration is now open online for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF), to be held in Sydney from 7-9 December 2017. Groups and individuals can register online at Groups are encouraged to register early with additional incentives for those groups who register before 31 May. The ACYF is expected […]


May 13: Major Fatima events in Sydney and Indulgence details

Celebrations abound in the city of Sydney to mark 100 years since Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. Bishop Richard Umbers is encouraging people to share their prayer experiences on social media, using the hashtag #LetsPraySydney (See his Facebook page for more details.) Here are three of the biggest events (click […]

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Bishop wonders if the Government is trying to undermine Catholic education as a sector

The spokesman for the bishops of Australia on education has asked whether the Federal Government is trying to undermine the autonomy of Catholic education with its mooted changes to funding, changes which took the sector by surprise earlier this week. Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, Chair of the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education, in suggesting that the government’s proposed […]

Louisa Cataldo and Robyn Ross, both experienced music teachers, visited the Dominican Sisters of St Cecelia on their US visit. The Aussies described their encounter with the sisters as a highlight of their trip. Both feel a schola can help evangelisation via liturgy.

Sydney teachers inspired to bring Gregorian Chant to schools

An American conference on Gregorian chant has inspired leading Sydney Catholic educators. The conference entitled ‘Gregorian Chant in Pastoral Ministry and Religious Education’ was part of a two-week professional development opportunity for Louisa Cataldo, Professional Officer for Religious Education and Evangelisation at Sydney Catholic Schools and Robyn Ross, a Senior Teacher of Music and Religious […]

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Catholic education slams Government for lack of consultation and foresight over Gonski 2.0

The Catholic education sector has come out swinging at Federal Government plans to overhaul education funding, saying they strike at the heart of how Catholic education authorities spread funding to their schools in disadvantaged communities. Danielle Cronin, acting Executive Director of the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC), said the Catholic schools sector had been unfairly […]


Archbishop’s Easter Message 2017: The power to break out of our tombs

The transcript of the 2017 Easter Message of the Archbishop of Sydney, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, is below, as are the dates and times of Easter Services at St Mary’s Cathedral. Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP: Easter Message 2017 – Transcript Brexit, impeached presidents in Brazil and South Korea, new presidents in America and the Philippines, […]