Latest News from the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney

  • Homily for the Solemn Pontifical Requiem Mass for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
    by cathcomms on September 26, 2022 at 3:15 am

    The Bible is ambivalent about monarchy.[1] The kings of the earth threatened the security of Israel, and the people long resisted having their own king, lest he be a rival to God’s sovereignty. The Jews were taught to “put not your trust in princes, in mortal men in whom there is no help”.[2] On the other hand, they thought of God as their heavenly king ... The post Homily for the Solemn Pontifical Requiem Mass for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • Homily for Mass of the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
    by cathcomms on September 26, 2022 at 2:40 am

    He was only 15 when the Nazis deported him and his family to Auschwitz. His mother and younger sister were killed on arrival. He felt his God and his soul died that day also, and all his dreams turned to dust. But the boy and his father were able-bodied and selected for hard labour. They were transferred to Buchenwald in Germany where the father died soon after. But the boy survived to be liberated ... The post Homily for Mass of the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • Homily for Mass of the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C + Centenary Celebration of St Michael’s Parish
    by cathcomms on September 19, 2022 at 2:57 am

    Recently the ACCC reported that Australian businesses and consumers lost over $2B to scams and frauds in 2021.[1] This is more than double the amount lost in 2020. The numbers are staggering: more than one in ten adults has experienced some form of personal fraud, with credit and debit card ... The post Homily for Mass of the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C + Centenary Celebration of St Michael’s Parish appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • Visitor’s Address at the Annual Archbishop’s Dinner
    by cathcomms on September 16, 2022 at 1:56 am

    Thank you, Ms Hastings. It’s a pleasure to be back with you for this feast, both liturgical and culinary! This week our nation, the Commonwealth of nations, and the world beyond are mourning the greatest woman leader of modern times. Whatever our views of monarchy and democracy, of the past or present role of Britain and its children in the world, of colonisation ... The post Visitor’s Address at the Annual Archbishop’s Dinner appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • Catholic Women’s Network Launch
    by cathcomms on September 16, 2022 at 1:49 am

    Welcome to my place for tonight’s official launch of the Catholic Women’s Network, a ministry to acknowledge all that Catholic women bring to our Church and city, and connect and support them better. I welcome distinguished guests, friends and colleagues. This initiative would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of its faith-filled organisers. Here I want especially to recognise ... The post Catholic Women’s Network Launch appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • Homily for Solemn Mass of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross + Annual Visit to Sancta Sophia College
    by cathcomms on September 16, 2022 at 1:43 am

    It was born out of boredom. Birmingham was one of the most heavily bombed cities during World War II and so Anthony Pratt spent a fair share of his time bored in bomb shelters. Inspired by Agatha Christie’s murder-mysteries, as well as the parlour games of his youth, Pratt devised a “who done it” boardgame. Players ... The post Homily for Solemn Mass of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross + Annual Visit to Sancta Sophia College appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • Homily for the Ritual Mass of the Dedication of an Altar and Blessing of Other Liturgical Furnishings
    by cathcomms on September 12, 2022 at 3:14 am

    The annual gala at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has been dubbed the “Oscars of Fashion.”[1] The event sees A-list celebrities, fashion royalty, the uber wealthy and politicians rubbing shoulders as they vie for the paparazzi’s attention by dressing in ornate themed costumes. Controversially ... The post Homily for the Ritual Mass of the Dedication of an Altar and Blessing of Other Liturgical Furnishings appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • A MONARCH WHO UNITED US ALL
    by cathcomms on September 12, 2022 at 12:44 am

    All Australians are united in sorrow as we mourn the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Catholic community pauses to remember a wonderful Christian woman. While Her Majesty was not born to rule, posterity will record her reign as a benchmark against which leaders will be judged for generations to come. Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered as a model of public service ... The post A MONARCH WHO UNITED US ALL appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • 10:10 PROJECT CONFERENCE “LIFE TO THE FULL”
    by cathcomms on September 12, 2022 at 12:16 am

    I’m delighted to see so many faithful and joyful young people here today! Many say religious beliefs and values are out of favour with young people, that they’ve given up on God, and that while some are willing to volunteer for a bit for a good cause, they’ve largely moved on from those more idealistic days. Young people, the pundits claim, are more interested in getting ahead, having a series of short-term relationships ... The post 10:10 PROJECT CONFERENCE “LIFE TO THE FULL” appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • Homily for Prayer Service after Archbishop’s Awards for Student Excellence
    by cathcomms on September 12, 2022 at 12:01 am

    The winner of the Most Outstanding Entertainment or Comedy Program at the recent Logie Awards was… Lego Masters. The hit show’s host, comedian Hamish Blake, also took home the prestigious Gold Logie for his role as the face of the program. Lego Masters is now in its fourth season and as the accolades prove, it’s a real crowd pleaser. The show charts ... The post Homily for Prayer Service after Archbishop’s Awards for Student Excellence appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.