RAY COLLINS: ASPIRE:	 Aspirational! Inspirational!! IMAGE Opinion & Comment

RAY COLLINS: ASPIRE: Aspirational! Inspirational!!

August 11, 2016 Comments Ray Collins

The fifth production of the Catholic Schools’ ASPIRE Performing Arts program certainly lived up to its aim for the students involved to aspire to higher levels of performance in their various performing arts disciplines.

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Breaking open God’s mystery IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Breaking open God’s mystery

August 09, 2016 Comments Teresa Brierley

I imagine many of you have been connecting into the coverage of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. I also realise that there will be differing opinions on the purpose and outcome for this event and certainly the cost to the host country. I am conscious of those who have been displaced from their lives living in the favelas.

RAY COLLINS: World Youth Day: A memorable experience IMAGE Opinion & Comment

RAY COLLINS: World Youth Day: A memorable experience

August 08, 2016 Comments Ray Collins

This week, our World Youth Day Pilgrims will return to the normality of life after was has been just on four weeks of amazing experiences as the young and the “vintaged” from our diocese and from Melbourne and Sydney took part in an inter-generational pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland.

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Sometimes silence is more eloquent than words IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Sometimes silence is more eloquent than words

August 02, 2016 Comments Teresa Brierley

I hope you have taken the time to read the good news of our WYD pilgrims, who have joined the millions with Pope Francis for WYD in Krakow. I have certainly enjoyed reading about their journey in the Footsteps of the Saints, and seeing the great joy depicted in the many photographs, video blogs and Instagram messages.

RAY COLLINS: World Youth Day Pilgrimage Update - 1 August IMAGE Opinion & Comment

RAY COLLINS: World Youth Day Pilgrimage Update - 1 August

August 01, 2016 Comments Ray Collins

One of my lasting memories of the 2008 World Youth Day was the sense of joy that existed both in our diocese and in Sydney during the week long celebrations there. I distinctly recall two runners on their lunchtime jog through Hyde Park commenting on the atmosphere created by the "invasion" of hundreds of thousands of young people from across the world.

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Your Kingdom come, every day IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Your Kingdom come, every day

July 26, 2016 Comments Teresa Brierley

If you have ever attended a celebration of our Eucharist at which Bishop Bill presides, you may be struck by how, at the end of the Eucharistic prayer, he brings us to pray the Our Father. He almost always breaks it open with some relevant contemplative words. It is as if each time he prays this prayer and invites us to pray it, there is some new emerging meaning to this prayer. I find this amazing and therefore respond to his invitation to pray this traditional prayer with a renewed heart.

RAY COLLINS: World Youth Day Pilgrimage Update IMAGE Opinion & Comment

RAY COLLINS: World Youth Day Pilgrimage Update

July 25, 2016 Comments Ray Collins

The World Youth Day pilgrims from the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle have completed the first leg of their pilgrimage and depart for Kraków in Poland today.

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Praying collectively for world peace IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Praying collectively for world peace

July 19, 2016 Comments Teresa Brierley

Our sense of peace has once again been rocked by intentional acts of violence in France and Turkey. And as I write this message on Sunday 17 July, we remember the second anniversary of the shooting down of aircraft MH17 over the Ukraine in which 298 passengers were killed.