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Parish Life blog: Australia Day prompts reflection

19 Jan 2020 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

This summer’s bushfires impel us to reflect on the way in which Indigenous Australians and the European settlers have related to the world.

Go forth and set the world on fire. . . ?

12 Jan 2020 | Monika Lancucki

‘Go forth and set the world on fire’ is a phrase heard often around Jesuit ministry. They are the words with which Jesuit founder St Ignatius of Loyola, sent St Francis Xavier on his pioneering missionary journey into Asia.

Parish Life blog: Christmas and New Year resources

14 Dec 2019

Homily notes, scripture reflections and prayers of the people for Christmas Day, Feast of the Holy Family (29 December), the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (1 January 2020) and the Feast of the Epiphany.

Parish Life blog: Christmas in a time of fire

11 Dec 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Christmas reminds us that Jesus shared our human life with all its uncertainties, its betrayals, its hopes and its afflictions.

Parish Life blog: What's in a name

04 Dec 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Perhaps the most striking thing about International Migrants Day on 18 December is its name. It is not Immigration Day but Migrants Day.

Pacific Voices: Climate action needed at the heart of Pacific

27 Nov 2019 | Caritas Australia

Ahead of this week’s UN climate summit (UN Climate Change Conference 2-13 December 2019), Pacific Island voices are highlighting the need for climate action to be front and centre of the Australian government’s Pacific Step Up.


Parish Life blog: Rights are inter-related

27 Nov 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

As we celebrate Human Rights Day on 10 December we need to realise rights do not stand alone and need to be seen in relationship to one another.

Parish Life blog: Celebrating Dorothy Day

20 Nov 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

On 29 November the Uniting Church celebrates the inspiring Christian life of Dorothy Day. This is a generous gesture because she was not a member of that church but a convert to the Catholic Church.

Parish Life blog: First Sunday of Advent

20 Nov 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

The public celebration of Advent in the early church involved rigorous fasting and times of prayer. While in the modern Australian context of Advent is a time when the ringing of cash registers is heard throughout the land, it does offer us a time to find a moment of space in a busy world.

Parish Life blog: Day for elimination of violence against women

13 Nov 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

An International Day for elimination of violence against women is sadly necessary because such violence is so frequent and destructive.











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