TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: A year filled with mercy IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: A year filled with mercy

November 22, 2016 Comments Teresa Brierley

The Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, marks the close of another liturgical year and next Sunday the beginning of Advent.

RAY COLLINS: Celebrating the Year of Mercy IMAGE Opinion & Comment

RAY COLLINS: Celebrating the Year of Mercy

November 21, 2016 Comments Ray Collins

Yesterday marked the end of two coinciding celebrations. The first was the conclusion to the Year of Mercy, proclaimed throughout the world by Pope Francis and featured in our daily lives from the feast of the Immaculate Conception to the feast of Christ the King, the end of the Church’s liturgical year.

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Happy Days with Helene IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Happy Days with Helene

November 15, 2016 Comments Helene O'Neill

I’m often asked “What do you do exactly in your role as Parish Family Liaison Officer?” Well, after four years on the job it’s fair to say that it’s a responsive ministry where no two days are the same. I sub- title the role ‘Faith, Family, Food and Fun’.

RAY COLLINS: Enriching and fulfilling experiences IMAGE Opinion & Comment

RAY COLLINS: Enriching and fulfilling experiences

November 14, 2016 Comments Ray Collins

In the last week I have had the opportunity, indeed the privilege, to attend and be a participant in two retreats held at the Riverwood Downs Conference Centre near Gloucester.

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: St John the Baptist Church in Maitland reopens IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: St John the Baptist Church in Maitland reopens

November 08, 2016 Comments Teresa Brierley

170 years ago, in 1846, the people of Maitland opened St John the Baptist Church in Maitland, right next to the Hunter River. Then in 1866, Bishop James Murray proclaimed this church as the Cathedral of the Diocese of Maitland.

RAY COLLINS: An historic occasion IMAGE Opinion & Comment

RAY COLLINS: An historic occasion

November 07, 2016 Comments Ray Collins

The celebration of the 150 years since the arrival of the first residential Bishop in the Diocese of Maitland, Bishop James Murray, came to a fitting climax on Sunday with the dedication of the former St John the Baptist Cathedral as St John’s Chapel.

Beyond Belief: How we find meaning, with or without religion IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Beyond Belief: How we find meaning, with or without religion

November 02, 2016 Comments Hugh Mackay

Globally, religion is on the rise. Almost three-quarters of the world’s population identify with one of the great world religions − Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism − and the graph is pointing upwards. By the middle of this century, 80 percent of the world’s population will be identified with one of those four religions.

Why resettlement is not the solution to the world's refugee crisis IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Why resettlement is not the solution to the world's refugee crisis

November 02, 2016 Comments Oliver White

Every minute of every day in 2015, some 24 people were displaced from their homes. That’s 34,000 people per day, worldwide, who were forced to seek refuge elsewhere. These large numbers of newly displaced persons further swelled the 16.1 million refugees in the world who, according to the UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR), were already displaced.