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Francine and Byron Pirola: True confessions of an Advent failure

Advent is full of opportunities for spiritual nourishment. There’s community celebrations, family gatherings and beautiful church services.

Good retreats make rejoicing Catholics at Advent

This weekend is all about rejoicing, but it’s hard to rejoice when you’re flat as a tack. It’s the end of the year and everyone is tired.

George Weigel: Books for Christmas 2023

Advent 2023 is as short as Advent can be, so this annual column on Christmas gift books that will inspire, entertain, and inform.

Philippa Martyr: Five easy ways to make the most of Advent

Advent is an excellent time to start your new year’s resolutions for 2024. You can use it as a dress rehearsal for Lent.

Melto D’Moronoyo: Maronites set off on another year’s liturgical pilgrimage

Australia prides itself on being a multi-cultural country. Unknown to many Australians, the Catholic Church is not only multi-cultural but also multi-ritual.

Phillipa Martyr: Trust: where rubber hits the road

Advent is the season of penance, which is why it’s normally purple. But today we’re breaking out the rose vestments, if you’re lucky enough...

It’s Advent. Go to Confession

Last year I said that the Australian Catholic bishops should issue a pastoral letter on the First Sunday of Advent, calling the entire Catholic...

Simcha Fisher: Four ways to keep the Advent season in proportion

Off we go, into Advent and Christmas! If you're a mother, you're probably in charge of setting the tone for the entire family for...

Simcha Fisher: Screen-free Advent evenings can make all the difference

Over the years, we have tried many family activities for Advent -- some of them elaborate, some of them bare bones. Some of them...

Patrick O’Shea: Make Advent count!

By Patrick O’Shea Although we know that the festive season must arrive at the end of the year, somehow everyone manages to be caught off...

Defiant Hope

Advent is a season of anticipation. The birth of any child, not least the Messiah, gives us cause for hope. Earlier this week, we heard...

St Mary’s set to shine brightly for Christmas

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney is set to transform the St Mary’s Cathedral forecourt into the spectacular centre of Christmas celebrations in Sydney. Commencing Thursday,...
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