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2011 – A letter to Santa

18 Sep 2018 | Michael McGirr

A letter to SantaDear Father Christmas,
We are writing to let you know that your application for asylum in Australia has been denied. You will not be permitted to enter Australian airspace on December 24. The relevant matters are dealt with below. We are taking a bi-partisan approach to this matter.


A field guide to your local parish

21 Aug 2018 | Kate Moriarty

home truthsThe post-Mass morning tea provides the amateur enthusiast a unique opportunity to examine Australian Catholics in their natural environment. Grab a cup of Earl Grey and a Scotch Finger biscuit and see how many you can identify.


The saint who watched the door

21 Aug 2018 | Peter Fleming

St Alphonsus Rodriguez is proof that there are many paths to holiness, and that there is holiness in many paths.


A confirmation memory

21 Aug 2018 | Tatiasna Kurniawan

In a homily I once heard, the priest spoke about how our church only ever overflowed two days a year – Christmas and Easter. But sacraments like confirmation definitely provide a third opportunity.


What young people want

21 Aug 2018 | Luke Bogoni

Luke BogoniStarting out his career as a teacher, Luke Bogoni remembered how boring he’d found RE class. So he asked his students what they wanted out of the class, and was surprised by their response.


My spiritual landscape

21 Aug 2018 | Ann Rennie

spring flower in meadowHow we see ourselves in relation to God is shaped by our background, our community, our experiences and our desires.


A letter to an old rocker

21 Aug 2018 | Michael McGirr

bruce springsteenDear Bruce Springsteen, Many of your songs tell stories of struggling people and celebrate their dignity.


A mission that endures

20 Aug 2018 | Suzanne Greenwood

cabrini nursesCatholic Health Australia was one of the original sponsors of Australian Catholics magazine. This year it celebrates its 40th anniversary. Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Greenwood reflects on how Catholic health has changed over the years.


A letter to Dr Frankenstein

22 May 2018 | Michael McGirr

frankenstein monster face close upDear Dr Frankenstein, Congratulations on your 200th birthday. We all know that fictional characters can outlive real ones but, even so, two hundred years is a pretty good effort.


The coat I wear

21 May 2018 | Ann Rennie

American essayist Brian Doyle wrote, ‘Catholic is my language, Catholic is the coat I wear, Catholic is the house in which I live.’ I know just what he means.


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