HAPPY DAYS WITH HELENE O'NEILL: The circle of mercy IMAGE Opinion & Comment

HAPPY DAYS WITH HELENE O'NEILL: The circle of mercy

June 14, 2016 Comments Helene O'Neill

If I could be so humble as to quote Pope Francis to paint a picture of my role as a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Ministries team, I would say that the role encompasses a space “where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the gospel”.

Let me share some of the joy, energy and variety of my role.

RAY COLLINS: Year of Mercy - A Local Perspective IMAGE Opinion & Comment

RAY COLLINS: Year of Mercy - A Local Perspective

June 14, 2016 Comments Ray Collins

The Year of Mercy, proclaimed by Pope Francis, is very much reflected in the readings from last Sunday, particularly the Gospel Reading.

Jihad: Interpretation is time and place IMAGE Opinion & Comment

Jihad: Interpretation is time and place

June 07, 2016 Geri Williams

I remember the first time I ever felt frightened for the world and future generations. It was 11 September 2001.  I thought World War III was imminent. It was a time when I learnt the word Jihad, or ‘holy war’, and to be fearful of Muslims and Islam.

TUESDAYS WITH MELISSA FENECH: Hope: an extraordinary experience IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH MELISSA FENECH: Hope: an extraordinary experience

June 07, 2016 Comments Melissa Fenech

While Vice Chancellor Pastoral Ministries, Teresa Brierley, is on annual leave, guest writers will contribute a message to the Diocesan Update. This week, Family Community Faith Coordinator, Melissa Fenech, shares some reflections.

RAY COLLINS: DioSounds 2016 IMAGE Opinion & Comment

RAY COLLINS: DioSounds 2016

June 06, 2016 Comments Ray Collins

​On Thursday night, 2 June, a large audience gathered for the 10th DioSounds Concert, a celebration of the Performing Arts in our Catholic Secondary Schools across the diocese.

JOHN DONNELLY: Reconciling lifestyle IMAGE Opinion & Comment

JOHN DONNELLY: Reconciling lifestyle

May 31, 2016 Comments John Donnelly

While Vice Chancellor Pastoral Ministries, Teresa Brierley, is on annual leave, guest writers will contribute a message to the Diocesan Update. This week, Director of the Office of Life and Faith, John Donnelly, shares some reflections.

RAY COLLINS: National Reconciliation Week IMAGE Opinion & Comment

RAY COLLINS: National Reconciliation Week

May 30, 2016 Comments Ray Collins

When the then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, gave the apology to the Stolen Generation in our national parliament, I was struck by the question posed by one of the radio commentators who asked an Aboriginal co-commentator, Why do we begin a lot of meetings, conferences, with a "Welcome to Country"?

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Voting for justice and mercy for Australia IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Voting for justice and mercy for Australia

May 24, 2016 Comments Teresa Brierley

Election fever is upon us, which means our news is filled with the election trail. The Australian Bishops have issued a statement titled A Vote for the Voiceless. This statement can be found on the Church’s national website www.catholic.org.au/election.