Edition: Easter 2015 Sacraments

Anointing of the sick: A sacramental presence

28 May 2015 TH

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.

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All quiet on the classroom front

23 March 2015 TH

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.

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

23 March 2015 TH

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. 

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Playlist: Going sacramental

23 March 2015 TH

A sacraments-inspired movie playlist. 

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Recipe: Mussel and sweet corn chowder

23 March 2015 TH

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

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Levelling up: The game of life

23 March 2015 TH

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. 

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Catholics facing questions on family

23 March 2015 TH

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. 

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A letter to Desmond Tutu

23 March 2015 TH

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. 

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Behind the prayer: The Sign of the Cross

23 March 2015 TH

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

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Baptism: With great power comes great responsibility

23 March 2015 TH 2 comment(s)

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

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Reconciliation: Standing in God's spotlight

23 March 2015 TH

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’.   

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

23 March 2015 TH

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. 

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