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Focus On The Journey Too

Focus On The Journey Too

  It’s Sunday morning and you’re on your way to Mass. You go about your usual morning ritual and arrive at the Church a few seconds before the opening hymn begins and taking your place you fulfil your weekly obligation, watching the clock until this chore is complete. Does this sound like you? Sadly, we’ve […]

Mary: The Immaculate Conception

Mary: The Immaculate Conception

  One of the most tiring gags of the secular world is the use of the term ‘Immaculate Conception’ to explain an unexpected pregnancy. Even within the Catholic laity there is a general misconception about this term and what it means. Those who do not understand its meaning attribute the term to the conception of […]

It Just Gets Worse…

It Just Gets Worse…

  This year my children have discovered scissors in a big way. And I know from experience that scissors, in the hands of a small child, and hair are not a good combination. The first haircut of note was not noticed until the morning after it had occurred when my four year old daughter woke […]

Gospel Reflections ~ Christmas Special (2014)

Gospel Reflections ~ Christmas Special (2014)

AUDIO GOSPEL REFLECTIONS ~ “The Christmas Truce” Recorded Homily, Sunday 21st December 2014: By Father Peter Murphy, Parish Priest, Holy Spirit Lavington, New South Wales.

The Assumption Of Mary

The Assumption Of Mary

  ‘And to the man he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns […]

3 Elements Of Mass

3 Elements Of Mass

  ‘We must therefore consider the Eucharist as: — thanksgiving and praise to the Father ; — the sacrificial memorial of Christ and his Body; — the presence of Christ by the power of his word and of his Spirit .’ (CCC 1358) The above quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church lists the […]

Mass Throughout History

Mass Throughout History

  ‘On the day we call the day of the sun, all who dwell in the city or country gather in the same place. ‘The memoirs of the apostles and the writings of the prophets are read, as much as time permits. ‘When the reader has finished, he who presides over those gathered admonishes and […]

DIY Felt Christmas Tree

DIY Felt Christmas Tree

  As a mother of a very inquisitive two-year-old girl, I was very reluctant to put up Christmas decorations on the first Sunday of Advent. But then I stumbled across this idea; a felt Christmas tree where she was in charge of the decorating and exploring the shapes of this festive and holy season. There […]

 Gospel Reflections ~ Fourth Sunday of Advent 

 Gospel Reflections ~ Fourth Sunday of Advent 

  AUDIO GOSPEL REFLECTIONS ~ Fourth Sunday of Advent  Recorded Homily, Sunday 21st December 2014: By Father Peter Murphy, Parish Priest, Holy Spirit Lavington, New South Wales. LISTEN NOW

Pilgrimage From Earth, To Heaven

Pilgrimage From Earth, To Heaven

  ‘O God, great and omnipotent judge of the living and the dead, we are to appear before you after this short life to render an account of our works. Give us the grace to prepare for our last hour by a devout and holy life, and protect us against a sudden and unprovided death. […]