wcc Part of my conversion as a Catholic involved the evangelisation and push from protestant brothers and sisters. I know I am not alone in this experience – I know other Catholics who would not have a living faith without other Christian denominations. For many years I sat in my parish and wanted more – more friends, more community, more formation and more opportunity to learn how to love Jesus. I spent 30 minutes in a Baptist Youth Group and I got the MORE I wanted and only wished that Catholics would get their act together. There was so much we could learn from this Christian community. 
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An excerpt of the Pentecost Pastoral Letter written by Bishop Christopher Prowse to the Diocese of Sale in 2013 focusing on family in our Catholic Missionary Tradition.

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 I dream of a “missionary option”, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything.
In Evangelii Gaudium Pope Francis has issued an exciting call for pastoral conversion. Not just in the grassroots of the Parish but also in the ministry of the Papacy.
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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 11:00

HOMILY OF JOHN PAUL II

In celebration of the canonisation of Pope John Paul II, this month’s From the Bishops is an excerpt of a Homily during his first visit to Australia on 26th November 1986 in Sydney.

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 familyweb When I first moved out of my family home I found it strange how my housemates did certain things -like wash the dishes or set the table or did the shopping. I was a little amused at one of my housemates obsession with mayonnaise; it went on all her food!  Then when I moved to a different country and then it reached a different level of bizarre – they had different theories on how to drink wine, what to drink with lunch, the time of lunch and which meal is the biggest during the day. My stomach and I were perturbed by the different feeding habits; that’s not the way I was raised! These are little things but it shows how our family impacts the way we think and what we do.
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Tuesday, 18 March 2014 11:00

MH370 and The Search for Lost Souls

20140318 malaysia airlines 150The news of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 grows more and more mysterious every day. If you have not heard an International Flight from Kuala Lumpur never landed at its destination, Beijing. Nor does anyone know where it has landed, whether it crashed or was hijacked. News is breaking with different information, rumours and mixed messages with new satellite images and claims that plane wreckage has been found daily. In short, the plane is lost. 25 countries are now looking, but it is not so much for the plane but rather for the 239 people that were on board. Ultimately, it is a search for lost souls.

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20140226 girl-pray 150Recently I attended Mass with my 4 year old cousin. I was intrigued by her behavioural change and development of attitude during the Mass. Over a single hour she moved from distracting and restless preschooler to a pious and prayerful (dare I say it) Saint! What could possibly have instigated such a change in a short period of time? At one point during the Mass my cousin noticed “the girl” in front of her. The Girl was her age and I think my cousin noticed that the Girl was a princess and angel in comparison to her. I saw that childish competitive fire light in my cousins as if to say, “She knows what she’s doing and I look like I don’t. Well, I can be an Angel too.” And soon she was copying everything the Girl was doing; kneeling, praying and singing. As my cousin prayed through the Mass, I noticed that my cousin would make quick glances at the Girl firstly to reassure herself that what she was doing was correct and more importantly, if the Girl ever looked her way, that she was an angel too.

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 11:00

To ‘Like’ and to Love?

20140218 facebook-like 150Chances are you found out about this blog on Facebook. And if you are one of the few people in the world who do not have Facebook, the social network just turned 10. And to celebrate Facebook is allowing users to create their own video summarising their life – you can see your whole life flash before your eyes! For me, it seems bizarre and I’m cynical of the process of people downsizing their lives to 15 photos with the most ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ and publicising them to the world. It seems superficial. Are we just those photos and thoughts? Do we model ourselves on a popularity contest?

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20140122 xewkija-gozo-church1 150If you ever explore the Maltese Island of Gozo, you will notice small villages clustered in the valleys and on the hilltops with Church spires poking above the rooftops, seeming like a tower amidst the small Gozitan houses. The spires poke through the heart of the village. The parish being in the centre of the village is not a statement but symbol of a living reality – the Parish is the heart of community life. People come to the centre to go out, radiating to the outskirts of the village.

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20140116 mh900252635 150For many of us it’s back to work this week. This means getting back into a rhythm and when the family ask, “How was work?” you reply, “Just another ordinary day.” And I am sure, now that we have returned from our holidays, we have returned to our parishes and we might be tempted to say the same thing – especially as we enter Ordinary Time!

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