Edition: Easter 2011 Parish In The 21St Century

Editorial: Parish in the 21st century

24 April 2011 TH

A great deal has been written in recent years about the decline of the Catholic Church. Certainly if you look at the numbers, there has been a diminishment over the last few decades. Where once Sunday Mass was a major part of people's lives, today fewer than 14 per cent of Catholics attend Mass regularly.

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Unguarded moments: The beauty of parish life

24 April 2011 TH

A parish is about encouraging people to commit time to one another. That requires someone in the middle of everything with a gift for love.

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A moment's pause

24 April 2011 TH

Taking time out at Jamberoo Abbey, and learning a new way to pray.

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One community

One community

10 March 2011 TH

Catholic communities today need to involve both the school and the parish working together to provide faith education for families.

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Changing the mass

Changing the Mass

10 March 2011 TH

This year is a time of significant change for Catholics, not only in Australia but throughout the English‑speaking world, as a new translation of the Roman Missal is introduced. While some within the Church are frustrated with the liturgical changes and by the process of its introduction, others see this as an opportunity for catechesis and deepened faith.

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A letter to Kate

A letter to Kate

10 March 2011 TH

Dear Miss Middleton,Thank you for your enquiry about celebrating your wedding in our school chapel in April. Allow me to try to answer some of your questions.

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The changing face of the Church in Australia

The changing face of the Church in Australia

10 March 2011 TH

There is no doubt that the Catholic Church in Australia is in the middle of a period of change. Three generations have been turning their backs away from going to Mass each week. It began with the Baby Boomer generation and new ideas on individual expression and freedom that broke down older social structures. The Church attempted to move with the times after Vatican II , but the reforms were either too much, or too little, depending on who you talk to.

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The Church in 2061

The Church in 2061

10 March 2011 TH

We asked writer Fatima Measham to imagine what the Church might look like in 50 years time, and how some of the technological possibilities we see today might change the way we connect with each other, and with God.

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The future of the parish

Explorations: The future of the parish

10 March 2011 TH

Parishes grew out of the scattered communities of the early Catholic Church, and became places of gathering and celebration for centuries afterwards. Changes in today's society may mean that the Church needs to find new ways of bringing people together, but is there a continuing role for the local parish?

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Support floods in

Support floods in

10 March 2011 TH

Communities are pitching in together to help families affected by the devastating floods in Queensland, with parishes providing volunteers and funds to help with the efforts.

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