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Easter 2015

22 March 2015


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Anointing of the sick: A sacramental presence

27 May 2015 | Catherine Marshall

For 15 years Fr Paul Bourke’s inland mission parish stretched all the way from Woomera in the south of South Australia to Uluru in the Northern Territory, encompassing isolated places like Oodnadatta, Coober Pedy and William Creek. Fr Bourke tells Catherine Marshall the region’s emptiness was filled in turn by a spiritual richness that could be felt most acutely when ministering to the dying and the bereaved – such as the time a helicopter crashed over Lake Eyre in 2011, killing the three ABC camera crew members on board.


Marriage: Hope that leads to life

22 March 2015 | Fatima Measham

Two generations of the Pirola family discuss life, love and the sacrament of marriage. 


Communion: 'Do we have to go to Mass, Dad?'

22 March 2015 | Mark Reidy

The mystery of the Eucharist is tough to grasp at any age. But in this interview with the Batticci family from Western Australia, we see even the youngest family members can have a strong sense of how going to Mass each week is a good thing. 


Holy Orders: Falling for the priesthood

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22 March 2015 | Fr Richard Leonard SJ

A Jesuit priest once asked an ordination class not if they were strong enough to be ordained, but if they were weak enough? At his own ordination, Fr Richard Leonard came to understand what this meant. 


All quiet on the classroom front

22 March 2015 | Clare Deignan

The students at Stella Maris Primary School in Beaumaris, Victoria are silent – at least for the first five minutes of the day. Legs crossed, eyes closed, lights dimmed, soft music playing, you might ask, ‘Is this a classroom?’ Yes, and shhh...they’re meditating.


Catholics facing questions on family

22 March 2015 | Michael McVeigh

Discussions on the family are happening right across the Church this year. Australian Catholics editor Michael McVeigh provides a guide to the Synods of Bishops on the Family. 


Explorations: Keeping faith real

22 March 2015 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

When we think of faith we often imagine people praying alone, thinking religious thoughts, and believing religious things. We imagine faith being in the mind and heart, not in doing things. Yet faith is as much about what we do as what we believe. The sacraments help keep our faith grounded in community and in action. 


Reconciliation: Standing in God's spotlight

22 March 2015 | Clare Deignan

Australian Catholics’ assistant editor Clare Deignan recalls how her first reconciliation caused her to fall in love with the sacrament and why she aspires to ‘popcorn sins’. 

 


Shine on

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22 March 2015 | Ann Rennie

The good Lord shines his light on all of us, especially at those moments when we make the sacraments. 


Baptism: With great power comes great responsibility

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22 March 2015 | Michael McVeigh

Baptism is the beginning of a heroic quest for God – for those brave followers who choose to accept it. 


Behind the prayer: The Sign of the Cross

22 March 2015 |

Australian Catholics takes a look behind another popular prayer in the Catholic tradition – the Sign of the Cross. 


Levelling up: The game of life

22 March 2015 | Michael McVeigh

We don’t normally think about video games when we think about sacraments in the Catholic Church. But in a sense, the sacraments are missions that we need to complete as Catholics. 


A letter to Desmond Tutu

22 March 2015 | Michael McGirr

Dear Archbishop Tutu, it’s hard to believe that you turn 84 this year. Even in the darkest days of South Africa’s apartheid regime, you embodied a hope and an optimism that always made you seem young. 


Recipe: Mussel and sweet corn chowder

22 March 2015 | Brendon D'Souza

This rich, filling chowder recipe is a great way to celebrate Easter. 


Playlist: Going sacramental

22 March 2015 | Rebecca Gauci

A sacraments-inspired movie playlist. 


AC Classroom: Breaking news - Jesus is the Son of God

22 March 2015 | Various

Thinking about how the Bible started as stories shared between early Christians got us thinking - how would journalists today cover the exploits of Jesus? We asked some of our young journalists to 'report' on the Biblical stories that inspired the sacraments. 


Confirmation: Discovering God for yourself

22 March 2015 | Various

Confirmation is our chance to make our own choice to follow God. It’s where we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and become fully part of the Catholic community. We asked some of our young writers to look back on their confirmation, and what it meant for them


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