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Dancing to a different tune

01 Feb 2017 | Peter Fleming

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


How the light gets in

01 Feb 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. 


Making the Mass sing

01 Feb 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 Feb 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.


News: From Rome, ‘Care for creation’, our saint for this edition & Australian Catholics Awards

31 Oct 2016 |

News: From Rome, ‘Care for creation’, our saint for this edition & Australian Catholics Awards 


AC Classroom: Acknowledging our country’s traditional owners

31 Oct 2016 | Francine Crimmins

Aboriginal people have existed in Australia for over sixty thousand years, making them the oldest surviving people in the world. While this is something we should celebrate, we also must remember the hurt and struggle that many First Nations People continue to face due to the loss of sacred sites and traditional culture. The ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ is one of the ways in which Catholic communities can recognise our relationship with Aboriginal people.


Where every ribbon has a story

31 Oct 2016 | Michael McVeigh

The Royal Commission has provided an opportunity for thousands of survivors of abuse to have their stories heard. Australians have been shocked and moved by the stories that have emerged of abuse in institutions across the country, including many Catholic schools and parishes. The Loud Fence movement, which started in Ballarat, has provided a way for the community to show solidarity with survivors. 


90 deeds for 90 years

31 Oct 2016 | Brooke Myler

St Rita’s College in Clayfield, Queensland, decided to do something different to celebrate their anniversary this year. They launched a campaign to encourage students to get involved in the local community with a specific target – to do 90 deeds to celebrate 90 years.


Taking mercy to the streets

17 Aug 2016 | Caine Wilkins

Proclaim Lismore works to support young people as they navigate their way into adulthood, building relationships with their family, their peers and with God. This year, Proclaim is focusing its activities in the Year of Mercy, with events focused around the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.


Students take charge of faith education

17 Aug 2016 | Clare Deignan

15 years ago the Diocese of Parramatta needed more Special Religious Educators to meet the needs of their growing community. They found eager volunteers that primary school students could identify with, as well as an opportunity to create an enduring relationship between Catholic and State schools. Australian Catholics spoke to Cecilia Zammit, Director for the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine in the Diocese of Parramatta and some student volunteers about the Student Scripture Teacher Program.


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