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Autumn 2017

01 February 2017


Magazine

Many voices one song

01 February 2017 | Brendon D’Souza

Nine choirs share the space at Good Shepherd Parish in Sydney. Each brings its own unique voice to the celebration of the Mass.


Music in God’s image

01 February 2017 | Rosie Hoban

Fiona Dyball loves to hear the 1400 boys at Marcellin College belt out the school’s song, Sub Tuum, the oldest known song to Mary, with enthusiasm and camaraderie. The image of a school full of adolescent boys lifting the roof singing a song about Mary is a little counter-cultural. But Fiona says the students ‘get it’ and that’s what matters. Without faith and prayer life, none of the trimmings matter.


Hallelujah is our song 

01 February 2017 | Clare Deignan

Australian Catholics magazine caught up with two Catholic performers making their way to Australia for tours during Lent and Easter this year. 


Fr Rob Galea’s long road home

01 February 2017 | Anna Watt

When his life seemed most desperate, Fr Rob Galea found hope and purpose in God. Now the performer dedicates his life, and his music, to helping others discover the same thing.


A musician for all seasons

01 February 2017 | Anna Watt

Jacinta Jakovcevic is a driving force in Perth music ministry. Her love of music has made the liturgy accessible to all parishioners in the expansive congregation of St Mary’s Cathedral. Australian Catholics sat down with Jacinta to hear about her role as St Mary’s Cathedral Director of Music and Principal Organist.


Making the Mass sing

01 February 2017 | Paul Mason

For Catholics, the Mass is central to our way of life. The vibrancy of a Catholic parish can be measured by the joy and beauty of its celebrations. Parishoners who choose music for Mass have a great responsibility.


Compiling a worship booklet

01 February 2017 | Clare Deignan

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s National Liturgical Music Board (NLMB) has brought a new version of the Catholic Worship Book to Australian parishes. We spoke to Dr Paul Taylor about what parishioners can expect to hear—and sing—at Sunday Mass.


How the light gets in

01 February 2017 | Robert Fedele

The musician Leonard Cohen once wrote that ‘There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in’. An outreach program is using the power of music to help disadvantaged young people shine. 


Dancing to a different tune

01 February 2017 | Peter Fleming

What music did St Cecilia hear as she sat alone on her wedding day, singing to God?


The key to tackling family violence

01 February 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Tackling the issue of domestic violence means seriously addressing issues like porn and violence in our community.


Explorations: The music of faith

01 February 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

While music is a central part of our celebrations of the liturgy, it’s also often a source of conflict. 


Once lost now found

19 April 2017 | Kate Mani

In the lead up to ANZAC Day, WWI history and religious tradition blur on the Western Front.


The soundtrack of our lives

01 February 2017 | Ann Rennie

Looking back on our favourite music is a good way of remembering our lives.


The loss of a beloved one

01 February 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

This Lent, Madonna magazine will take readers on a special journey through the Easter story, using a series of daily meditations on the Gospel story. Here is the first entry.


Easter Reflection: Look for beating angel wings

01 February 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Angels today are usually seen as cuddly. They belong on wedding cakes, Christmas cards and play harps on clouds. At Jesus’ time they were serious. They were God’s messengers, bringing destruction to empires and striking fear in people. 


Choirs of angels

01 February 2017 | Kate Moriarty

Getting a gig at the parish for a new choir isn’t always easy. Sometimes you have to start as the undercard. 


Reviving an ancient tradition

01 February 2017 | Jemimah McMurray

When I think of millennials and church music, upbeat tunes and remixes come to mind. But for some young Australians, it is the most ancient traditions that breathe new life into the liturgy.


Finding the beat

01 February 2017 | Fatima Measham

There is a series of moments in a parent’s life when their child presents as a person in his or her own right. Like when their son or daughter learns to say ‘no’, or expresses a preference for something, or displays behaviour that has not been taught or modelled.


Helping students find their voice

01 February 2017 | Brendan Nicholls

How do you change the culture when students aren’t used to singing during liturgies? 


A letter to Bob Dylan

01 February 2017 | Michael McGirr

Dear Bob Dylan, I respond to much in the way of correspondence. Even the committee that awarded you the Nobel Prize for Literature didn’t hear much back from you and a letter from me is hardly in the same category. 


A concerted effort

01 February 2017 | James O’Brien

At the age of eight I began to learn how to play a small cello. Alex Zivkovic, an accomplished cellist, would be my teacher for 15 years. In meeting the Zivkovic family, musicians through seven generations in Serbia and now Australia, I was to have a connection to living musical history. In their house Beethoven’s spirit came alive.


My favourite song, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

01 February 2017 | Brenna Dempsey

This song is an absolute joy to sing, with its powerful lyrics, intense low and high harmonies. It reminds me of lunch times in Year 9. I would sit in the shade surrounded by the most amazing group of friends, eating and chatting and belting out various renditions of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, harmonies and all, simply for our own enjoyment. We always had so much fun. Being surrounded by such supportive, funny and intelligent friends was enough for me, but knowing they all had such good taste in music simply topped it off.


Quiz: Catholic family fun

01 February 2017 |

Try our Catholic family fun quiz!


Recipe: Vegetarian Chickpea Burgers 
with Avocado

01 February 2017 | Brendon D'Souza

It amazes me that after almost three years, the burger craze here in Sydney still lives on. New burger joints are opening up all across the city. The burger is no-doubt an Aussie favourite and I want to share a greener twist on one of my favourite meals! 


Lessons on motherhood from Mary

19 April 2017 | Dinelle Hettiarachchi

The Catholic Church provides us with inspirational women all the time, but there’s one pretty amazing mother in particular that models motherhood perfectly. And she is Mary, mother of Jesus; a pivotal and inspirational female in the Catholic Church. So what can we actually learn about motherhood from Mary?  


From the school hall to the world stage

01 February 2017 | Nieve Walton and Kiara Aboo

These artist's stories can inspire other Catholic school students to follow their musical dreams.


The Sneaky Stations of the Cross Playlist

01 February 2017 | Theadosia Kurniawan

Where most people hear trashy pop songs, we hear songs that, with a little imagination, could be used to connect people with God. This ‘sneaky’ playlist makes a journey through the Stations of the Cross, using music you’d normally only find on the radio.


A community in harmony

01 February 2017 | Caitlin Hardy

Finding a place where you can feel at home is an important part of coming to understand yourself. 


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