RSSArchive for November, 2015

The Jesse Tree ~ December 1: Creation

The Jesse Tree ~ December 1: Creation

  Symbol: earth Gen. 1:1-31; 2:1-4 1 In the beginning God created heaven and earth. 2 Now the earth was a formless void, there was darkness over the deep, with a divine wind sweeping over the waters. 3 God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. 4 God saw that light was good, […]

Gospel Reflections ~ 1st Sunday Of Advent (2015)

Gospel Reflections ~ 1st Sunday Of Advent (2015)

AUDIO GOSPEL REFLECTIONS ~  1st Sunday Of Advent Recorded Homily, Sunday 29th November 2015: By Father Peter Murphy, Parish Priest, Holy Spirit Lavington, New South Wales. LISTEN NOW

Fashion, Corruption And Respect Part Two

Fashion, Corruption And Respect Part Two

    We continue our series on fashion. To recap Part One click here. Fashion and the Church During all of these changes in fashion, the Church has spoken out against immodesty and in defence of purity, but on mostly deaf ears. Sure, at one point Catholic countries banned the bikini, but that solidarity did […]

When Bad Influences Are Family

When Bad Influences Are Family

   We want the best for our children and so we try to limit their exposure to harmful influences. This is no easy feat. It’s harder still when those influences are within your extended family. On the one hand you want your children to know and love their family but on the other hand you’re […]

Prayer Is Provocative

Prayer Is Provocative

      The secular world finds prayer provocative and confrontational. Only recently a volunteer, praying outside the Abortion clinic in Albury was attacked in an unprovoked assault and had his jaw broken. His crime: praying. Donna Maria Cooper O’Boyle recounts her own experiences of the provocative nature of prayer in her book Rooted in […]

Gospel Reflections ~ Christ The King (2015)

Gospel Reflections ~ Christ The King (2015)

AUDIO GOSPEL REFLECTIONS ~  Christ The King Recorded Homily, Sunday 22nd November 2015: By Father Peter Murphy, Parish Priest, Holy Spirit Lavington, New South Wales. LISTEN NOW

Gospel Reflections ~ 33rd Sunday In Ordinary Time (2015)

Gospel Reflections ~ 33rd Sunday In Ordinary Time (2015)

AUDIO GOSPEL REFLECTIONS ~  33rd Sunday In Ordinary Time Recorded Homily, Sunday 15th November 2015: By Father Peter Murphy, Parish Priest, Holy Spirit Lavington, New South Wales. LISTEN NOW

The Changing Face Of Motherhood

The Changing Face Of Motherhood

  We are entering interesting times. Influential women such as Helen Mirren, Dolly Parton, Julia Gillard and Julie Bishop are the faces of a wave of childless women. These are successful, intelligent women who made a decision not to have children. They are not alone. There are many successful career women in their late forties […]

7 Tips For Encouraging Your Children To Pray The Rosary

7 Tips For Encouraging Your Children To Pray The Rosary

  Forming good habits is always difficult. Forming good prayer habits can, at times, seem impossible, especially when you have small children. Fitting prayer, quality family prayer, into the busyness of parenting can be a challenge but it is worth it! Here are some tips for encouraging children, from a young age, to pray: Start […]

Book Review: Father Elijah Series

Book Review: Father Elijah Series

    Books Reviewed: Father Elijah: An Apocalypse and Elijah in Jerusalem   This two book series certainly packs a punch. Michael O’Brien’s novels have a rollicking plot, complete with conspiracy theories, assassinations and intrigue and yet they are also interwoven with intense discussions on politics, Catholicism and the Antichrist. Father Elijah himself is a […]