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Glen Innes parishioner celebrates 100th birthday

It was unforgettable: 100-year-old Dorothea ‘Dot’ Correy, sitting with a two-tier cake, conducting 200 relatives and friends from across Australia in singing her favourite song, You Are My Sunshine to the strains of accordion music. She was celebrating her birthday on 12 March, at...

Embers set a fire on and off the court

Every week at an indoor basketball centre in Sydney’s Castle Hills, a group of women gather briefly to pray before their evening game.Five years ago nine young women were growing out of their parish youth ministry activities and getting busier juggling working and family...

It’s ok to not be ok: breaking the stigma of youth mental illness

When the largest-ever national survey of the mental health of our young people was released in 2015, it presented a confronting picture of teenage depression, self-harm and suicide.It found that 560,000 children had experienced a mental health disorder in the past year and one...

Where Love and Respect fill the Gaps

Tom lives alone. His only companion his severe mental illness. The walls in his Darlinghurst flat are covered in mould and the stench of cigarettes, urine and sheer filth slaps you in the face.He is usually quite irritable and cranky and goes weeks on...

Prayers, support pour in for ‘beautiful’ Milan’s fight for life

Milan Nguyen-Mai is only five years old but is in the midst of the fight of her life.The kindergarten pupil of Our Lady of Fatima School, Caringbah, has undergone a last-ditch attempt to rid her of a virulent form of brain cancer. Last July...

A mission of love to Pakistan’s poor and persecuted

In Pakistan there is “nobody to speak for the poor ones,” says Fr Yacub Barkat, who has ministered to Catholics in the country for over two decades.Currently, Fr Yacub is administrator of twin parishes, St Gabriel’s in Bexley and St Mary MacKillop’s in Rockdale....

The Holy Family, going radical and … Paella!

However, there is another aspect to the family that has a potentially powerful political effect: The family is the nucleus of our society.

Red Wiggle to light up young hearts

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This year, Sydney’s iconic Christmas sound and light show at St Mary’s Cathedral will feature an animated children’s story by an expert in all that delights the young, and the young-at-heart.Roger Robot has been written and narrated by none other than the Red Wiggle...

Bishop Peter Ingham recuperating after breaking collar bone in weekend fall

Bishop Peter Ingham
Bishop Peter Ingham is recovering after breaking his collar bone during a fall on 11 September.The Bishop of Wollongong collapsed prior to a confirmation Mass on Sunday.He was admitted to Campbelltown Hospital for treatment, and underwent tests to determine the cause of the fall.While...

Bishop opposes death sentence for Charleston church killer

The bishop in the local area of one of America’s most horrifying, racially-motivated killings has re-iterated his opposition to the death penalty after the perpetrator was sentenced to death.Jurors unanimously agreed to sentence Dylann Roof to death for killing nine black churchgoers on 17...