TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: "True culture change requires changes in environment, values, attitudes, relationships and behaviours." IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: "True culture change requires changes in environment, values, attitudes, relationships and behaviours."

September 06, 2016 Comments Teresa Brierley

You would have to admit that the past week has been a big week for the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, for those who have appeared before the Royal Commission, for the broader community and most especially for those who have been harmed by the perpetrators of child sexual abuse and a system which failed to act.

RAY COLLINS: 19th Special Needs Mass IMAGE Opinion & Comment

RAY COLLINS: 19th Special Needs Mass

September 05, 2016 Comments Ray Collins

The influence parents can have in the education of their children is celebrated in a rather special way each year through the annual Special Needs Mass.

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Learning humility from the ground up IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Learning humility from the ground up

August 30, 2016 Comments Teresa Brierley

Once again this message is being written on Sunday evening after spending the day at the Upper Hunter Regional Gathering and then going to Mass at the Cathedral for my parish commitment.

RAY COLLINS:  Mr Soane Vahe IMAGE Opinion & Comment

RAY COLLINS: Mr Soane Vahe

August 29, 2016 Comments Ray Collins

Since 2005, the Catholic Schools Office has undertaken study tours of countries such as India, Vietnam and Cambodia. The purpose of those tours was for teachers and CSO staff to experience the work of the Catholic Church in addressing poverty in these countries.

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Seeing with the eyes of love and mercy IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Seeing with the eyes of love and mercy

August 23, 2016 Comments Teresa Brierley

On Sunday night at the Cathedral, we experienced the joy of being joined by about 20 children for our singing at Mass. Their parents formed part of the congregation along with others who were there with their young families. These children were clearly excited to be there and to learn some of the words and indeed actions to our responses and hymns. Their parents were delighted at the joy which exuded from their children. In my experience children do not have any difficulty with religion or in expressing their faith as something beyond us.

RAY COLLINS: A Vision for Catholic Schools IMAGE Opinion & Comment

RAY COLLINS: A Vision for Catholic Schools

August 22, 2016 Comments Ray Collins

A number of years ago I was enrolling my eldest daughter into a school and, with all the enrolment material with which we were provided, I was struck by the words of the school’s Vision Statement.

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Be with us on our journey IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Be with us on our journey

August 16, 2016 Comments Teresa Brierley

Luke’s Gospel reading (Lk 12:49-53) for the weekend begins with these words:

Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already!”

RAY COLLINS: Feast of The Assumption  IMAGE Opinion & Comment

RAY COLLINS: Feast of The Assumption

August 15, 2016 Comments Ray Collins

One of the special features of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, was the Catechesis session held on each of the first three days of this week of joy and celebration.