My friend Rose McAllister is a natural mystagogue. And so is my grandnephew Cooper who is 20 months old. During Advent you are invited to participate in the diocesan Advent Reflection Process Waiting with Purpose and become a mystagogue!
Last Thursday many of us participated in the third diocesan Plenary Council conversation focusing on the two agenda questions on Prayer.
On 15 September we remember the harm caused by our history of child sexual abuse and failure to protect children within the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. In 2020 Bishop Bill decreed that Perpetual Day of Remembrance Sunday would be celebrated each year as a special Feast Day on the Sunday of or immediately prior to 15 September.
Love is all around. In elderly couples walking hand in hand. In the look between my niece and her newborn son. Not even two weeks and the look he gives her is miraculous. In the look between my youngest brother and his daughter as he held her arm and walked her down the aisle. In heart wrenching grief. In text messages, emails, phone calls and Zoom drinks where we check in with each other to make sure people are OK in lockdown. Love is all around us.