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Daramalan Theatre Company GENDER, MEANING AND RELATIONSHIPS  IN A TEMPESTUOUS SHAKESPEARE  Helen Mirren did it. Now it is Year 11 student from Daramalan, Irena Reedy’s turn Shakespeare’s reflective comedy, THE TEMPEST, is to be performed with the lead character of Prospero to be played as a woman, “Prospera”, in Daramalan…
The service of the Missionaries assumes many forms. Working as pastors, teachers of religious and secular subjects, tradesmen, nurses, bookeepers and administrators they not only do things that need to be done, but help the people they serve acquire these skills, so that they can take care of themselves and…
Thursday, 18 October 2012 16:39

THE WAY OF THE HEART

The Way of the Heart A Pilgrimage The Program. . This unique program invites participants to embark on a journey of personal transformation, the journey of the heart. The process is holistic, and includes input, guided reading and reflection, exposure to and immersion in religious traditions other than one’s own,…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 09:19

COMPASS THEOLOGY REVIEW 2012/3

Compass Theology Review describes itself as a review of 'topical theology'. It began life in 1967 as a response to the reporting  and reflection on Vatican II.  It was the brainchild of Fr Dennis Murphy MSC.  There are four issues a year.  The current issue is 2012/3. The present editor…
Monday, 15 October 2012 09:02

MSC Prayers: ONLY WITH THE HEART

In the forthcoming revamp of the MSC website, we will include a section, Pray with us. Fr Laurie Bissett MSC has produced a booklet which offers many ways to 'Pray with Us'.  It is Only with the Heart, A Guide for Seeing with the Heart, a collection of quotations from…
Saturday, 13 October 2012 11:15

MSC FAMILY GATHERING: MSC, OLSH, MSC SISTERS

On the way back from Korea I stopped off in Vietnam for a couple of days.  While there I managed to spend time with the pre-novices; the students and the young lay MSC group. These men and women continue to inspire me every time I visit. The OLSH Sisters were…
Friday, 12 October 2012 09:18

MSC REGIONAL CONFERENCE

MSC APIA CONFERENCE (ASIA, PACIFIC AUSTRALIA), SEOUL, KOREA,  September 2012. The APIA Conference is a biennial gathering of MSC representatives from Asia, the Pacific Islands and Australia (APIA). Two years ago, it was held in Bangalore, India. This year, it was hosted by our confreres in Seoul, South Korea. There…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 15:49

SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL, 50 YEARS

Today there will be so many articles, photos and reflections on Vatican II, what it meant in its time, how it was implemented in the 1960s and 1970s, the disappointments when renewal energy drooped, and wondering what has happened since, where we are, moving ahead, standing still or stepping back…
Tuesday, 09 October 2012 10:39

MSC PARISH MINISTRY

On Monday 1st October, 2012 over thirty MSC involved in parish ministry met at Chevalier Resource Centre for a two day gathering.   We were scheduled to have the normal tri-annual parish conference during this time at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish at Blackburn in Melbourne.   The  Provincial, John Mulrooney, called…
Australian elected as Columban Superior General   Fr Kevin O'Neill SSC from Geelong, Victoria has been elected as Superior General of the Missionary Society of St Columban at the Columban General Assembly in Los Angeles on the 20th September, 2012. Fr Kevin was born in Geelong on 23rd November, 1962…
Vatican II: Reception and implementation in the Australian Church September has seen the publication (by Garrett Publishing) of an Australian response to the anniversary of Vatican II, Vatican II, Reception and implementation in the Australian Church. This is a book to dip into rather than read from cover to cover.…
Thursday, 04 October 2012 06:45

ON THIS DAY...

Many newspapers and media outlets have a feature: On this day… With the upcoming 50th anniversary of Vatican II, this site will follow suit… a little. On October 4th 1962, the feast of St Francis of Assisi, John XXIII boarded a train for Loreto and Assisi. That doesn’t seem a…
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 08:16

MINISTRY WITH ASYLUM SEEKERS, NAURU

The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart have served for many decades on the island of Nauru.  During the first use of Nauru for asylum seekers, Fr Karl Maria Brandt (the retired German priest referred to in the report below) ministered to those sent to the island.  The report mentions Sisters…
Monday, 01 October 2012 14:00

ATTENTION: VOCATION RECRUITERS

Whether this Vocations' Promotion activity will become standard...   But, after all, it is from Ireland.  Alan Neville MSC writes: National Ploughing Championships ’12 The most essential piece of kit for the NPC When people speak of the largest gathering of people in the world they often point to the…
Sunday, 30 September 2012 09:13

SOCIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH 2012

THE GIFT OF FAMILY IN DIFFICULT TIMES The social and economic challenges facing families today Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Chairman’s message On behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, I present the 2012–2013 Social Justice Statement, The Gift of Family in Difficult Times: The social and economic challenges facing families…
Friday, 28 September 2012 06:07

SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS' CONFERENCE

The Conference of Spiritual Directors (CSD) held its annual conference in Melbourne, at the James Knox Centre, on September 21st.  The Conference held its first conference in 1986. In 2011, the CSD sponsored an e-conference, The Way of the Heart, with Paul Beirne as the keynote speaker.  The 2012 conference…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 08:50

SYNOD 2012, SUE PHILLIPS FMM AN OBSERVER

Superior General of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Sue Phillips, has been appointed an observer at the forthcoming Synod of Bishops on New Evangelisation for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.  There are almost 100 experts and observers named by Benedict XVI, 45 experts, 49 observers.  It has been noted…
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 11:18

THE VICTORIAN INQUIRY INTO SEXUAL ABUSE

MSC Provincial Superior, John Mulrooney, writes on the Victorian Inquiry into sexual abuse.  The Catholic Church has made a submission, acknowledging the widespread cases.  The Inquiry is for all religious organisations (not limited to the Catholic Church). The Victorian Inquiry into the criminal abuse of children by personnel with non-government…
Sunday, 23 September 2012 19:05

St JOHN'S PARISH, KIPPAX, NEW BOOK

Fr Jim Littleton MSC has published his next booklet, focusing on the history of the MSC Australian province. Heart Speaks to Heart considers the forty years of the history of St John's Parish, Kippax, in the ACT.  It was established in 1972 with Fr Harry Morrissey as first parish priest.…
Thursday, 20 September 2012 09:32

SYMPOSIUM ON VATICAN II

Fruits and Future of Vatican II Symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council 19-21 September 2012, Melbourne, Australia On the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, this Symposium is open to people of all faiths to explore the fruits and future of…
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 11:58

AN AIDS MINISTRY, SOUTH AFRICA

The Divine In Everyone By Alan Neville, MSC Ireland Vocations website. After Mass in the neighbouring township of Ivory Park There’s a clock on the office wall of the Tshwaranang Hospice and Care Centre that advertises the services of a local funeral director. It’s a sombre reminder of the reality…
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 11:44

TSHWARANANG HOSPICE

A South African AIDS ministry and service, OLSH and MSC Two testimonies: I didn't know about my status. It all started when I got shingles and my family thought that I was bewitched. My feet were very painful and my hands got cramps. I didn't know what to do or…
Sunday, 16 September 2012 09:22

LEBANON, VISIT OF BENEDICT XVI

Googling the Pope's three-day visit to Lebanon, there is practically nothing listed for the Australian media. For the top US and British media, yes, but there is merely a small reference in Australian media that the visit was clouded by the uproar over the bigoted film, The Innocence of Islam,…
Friday, 14 September 2012 10:42

STAR OF THE SEA CATHEDRAL, DARWIN, 50 YEARS

HISTORY In the Northern Territory Times of 15 July 1882 it was reported that “Two Roman Catholic priests of the Order of the Sacred Heart …came ashore and baptised some young children belonging to Catholic families” This is the first record of activity of the Church in Darwin. In September…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 09:27

WELCOMING ANDREW PAPARANG MSC

Andrew Paparang MSC, from the Indonesian Province has arrived and has gone to Melbourne, to the Blackburn community. Andrew has been working in Vietnam for 18 months and during that time has been learning English and Vietnamese. He will now do an intensive English program at the Australian Catholic University…
Monday, 10 September 2012 09:10

SIGNIFICANT SEPTEMBER DATES

SOME SIGNIFICANT SEPTEMBER DATES FOR THE CHEVALIER FAMILY Marie-Louise Hartzer features in many of these dates. 1 September, 1897 The erection of the German MSC Province. Blessing of the first MSC house in Hiltrup, Germany. 1 September, 1899 First 8 candidates of the MSC Sisters are received as postulants in…
Sunday, 09 September 2012 13:20

CHILD PROTECTION SUNDAY, 9th SEPTEMBER

Child protection has become one of the biggest of society's justice issues.  There are many resources available contributing to understanding and to safety. This week, Monsieur Lazhar was released in Australian cinemas.  The setting is a primary school in Montreal, a class affected by the suicide of their teacher, trying…
Friday, 07 September 2012 20:58

LIFE AND VOCATION CHOICES

Thursday, 06 September 2012 09:59

ST THOMAS CHURCH, CAMP HILL

On Sunday August 19, parishioners of St Thomas the Apostle Parish, Camp Hill, gathered to celebrate the rite of the Dedication of a Church, an event marking the completion of extensive renovations to the church building. Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrated the rite together with Stephen Hackett MSC, Gerard McCormick MSC,…
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 13:57

BETWEEN HEAVEN AND MIRTH

Recently, John Mulrooney MSC recommended James Martin's Between Heaven and Mirth.  It is full of thoughtful reflections as well as much humour, many jokes - at Jesuit expense!  James Martin is often referenced in CathNews. In Between Heaven and Mirth, James Martin, SJ, assures us that God wants us to…