August 22, 2018

Author Archive | Sharyn McCowen

Bruce and Pauline Creenaune this year celebrate 65 years of marriage. Photo: Daniel Hopper

Wollongong couple celebrates 65 years of marriage

In what kind of soil do healthy male-female relationships leading to marriage grow, and with what kinds of attitudes and support might those marriages not only survive but thrive? Bruce and Paulene Creenaune know – in the deepest sense – having lived it out for the past 65 years. Theirs was one of 72 marriages […]

On for young and old, families and singles: walkers at the 2015 walk for Christ. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

Walk With Christ to close Year of Mercy in Sydney

Walk With Christ will bring to a close Year of Mercy celebrations for Sydney Catholics next month. With a new date – the 20 November feast of Christ the King – and a new path through the city, event organiser Cathy Kennedy, director of the Catholic Renewal and Evangelisation Diocesan Office (CREDO), , said the […]

St John Bosco College students are presented with candles at their graduation Mass at Engadine last week.

St John Bosco College students let their light shine at graduation Mass

Lit up by the glow of candles, St John Bosco College’s class of 2016 bid farewell to their school days with a graduation Mass last week. Parish priest Fr Mick Court sdb and college chaplain Fr Peter Carroll sdb presided over the Mass at St John Bosco College church, Engadine, on 20 September. Gathered in […]

Photographer Giovanni Portelli.

Photography gong for CW snapper Giovanni Portelli

Spirited Catholic Weekly photographer Giovanni Portelli took out first prize in the best original photograph category at the Australasian Religious Press Association awards on 3 September. The winning photo, published on the front page of the 2 August, 2015, edition of The Catholic Weekly, depicted Fr Lewi Barakat performing his first baptism. Recalls Giovanni: “I […]

Regional superior of the Missionaries of Charity, Sr Maria Lucy, pictured at the Sydney mother house in Surry Hills. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

Canonisation joy for local Missionary who was at Mother Teresa’s death bed

The local leader of the order of women who have dedicated their lives to continuing the work of Mother Teresa says she “can’t explain the joy” she feels that Pope Francis will today canonise the champion of the poor and downtrodden. Despite her jubilation, Sr Maria Lucy, regional superior of the Missionaries of Charity, gave […]

The 2016 Proclaim conference got underway at Chatswood on 1 September. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

Evangelise with joy and courage, Cardinal Wuerl tells Proclaim

Evangelisers must embrace the qualities of courage, connectedness, urgency, and joy to combat growing secularism and revive parishes, the Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, said on 1 September. In Australia as a keynote speaker at the 2016 Proclaim conference on the new evangelisation, the cardinal told The Catholic Weekly that “the overwhelming reality of […]

Ephpheta Sunday celebrations. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

‘Deafness is a gift from God’: Ephpheta Sunday celebrations

Ephpheta Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate deafness as a gift from God, say the leaders of the Ephpheta Centre, the Sydney archdiocesan agency for the deaf and hearing impaired. “It enables us to celebrate the unique gifts and talents which deafness brings, the strength of our community and the beauty of the sign language […]


Samoan culture on show at St John Bosco College as Alafua students kick off Australian tour

The culture of Samoa and the Salesian charism were on display at St John Bosco College, Engadine, on 26 August. Forty-five students from Don Bosco Technical Centre in the Samoan capital of Alafua performed at the college on the first leg of a fundraising tour of Salesian schools and parishes across Australia. College principal Damien Carlton said Engadine […]

Teacher and leader in innovation Zeina Chalich was awarded the 2016 Br John Taylor Fellowship.

$25,000 Catholic education research fellowship up for grabs

It is the Catholic education research grant that enabled one Sydney teacher to further his studies into the ‘death spiral’ of mathematics education, and inspired a second to continue trailblazing Makerspace in her primary school. Entries are open now for the third annual Br John Taylor Fellowship, worth $25,000. Offered by the Catholic Education Commission NSW […]

Bishop Terry Brady, auxiliary bishop of Sydney, with a confirmation candidate and her sponsor at St John Bosco parish, Engadine, on 14 August.

‘Live your confirmation to the full’ priest tells parents of candidates

Parents should help their children make the most of the sacrament of confirmation by living their own confirmations to the full, says Engadine parish priest Fr Mick Court SDB. In a parish bulletin dated the weekend of 14 August, which saw more than 100 children confirmed at St John Bosco, Engadine, the priest asked parishioners to […]

Nikki Webster performs at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Photo: Craig Golding, Fairfax Syndication

Sydney Catholic teacher’s place in Olympic history

Every four years, St John Bosco College teacher Maria Millward is reminded of her Olympic success. She didn’t win a medal, break a record or represent her country in the pool, track or field. But her work was witnessed by an estimated 3.6 billion people around the world as part of the opening ceremony of […]

The 2015 Walk With Christ in 2015 attracted more than 5000 worshippers who processed through Sydney CBD streets between St Patrick’s Church, Church Hill, and St Mary’s Cathedral. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

Walk With Christ to return to CBD in November

Walk With Christ will return to the streets of Sydney in November, months after light rail works forced the Eucharistic procession out of the CBD. After reaching an agreement with the Transport Management Centre, event organisers have confirmed the procession will be held on 20 November. The new date marks both the feast of Christ […]