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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.

Parish Life blog: International Day for Tolerance

06 Nov 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

The International Day for Tolerance will be celebrated on 16 November. Although tolerance may not be the highest of the virtues, it is the indispensable platform on which hospitality, love and generosity can be built.

Apostleship of Prayer: Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Near East

30 Oct 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

That a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Near East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.

Parish Life blog: All Souls Day

23 Oct 2019

All Souls Day (2 November) is an intensely personal celebration.

Parish Life blog: World Cities Day

16 Oct 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

The UN has designated 31 October as World Cities Day. The Day is expected to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanisation and contribute to sustainable urban development around the world.

Parish Life blog: Eradication of poverty

09 Oct 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty will be held on 17 October. According the UN, poverty is not solely an economic issue, but rather a multidimensional phenomenon that encompasses a lack of both income and the basic capabilities to live in dignity.

Parish Life blog: World Mental Health Day

02 Oct 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

The experience of mental illness and our exposure to it tests the value we place on human beings and their lives.

Parish Life blog: A missionary 'spring'

29 Sep 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

The Pope has dedicated October to praying for a missionary 'spring' in the Church. The image of the changing seasons helps understand what Pope Francis means by a missionary spring. 

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