NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
July 5 is a time where Catholics from all over Australia come together to celebrate and acknowledge the gifts that Indigenous people bring to the Catholic Church in Australia. It is also a time to reflect on our own relationships with Australia's first people. NATSICC has compiled the resources below to assist in planning for the day. Should you wish to have a hardcopy of the resouces mailed to you, please contact the NATSICC Secretariat.
Today (3 June 2015) is not only the first Friday of the month where we honour the Sacred Heart of Jesus in a special way... it also the feast of St Thomas the Apostle. Poor Thomas is also known as "Doubting Thomas" because he demanded proof when Jesus rose from the dead. But we often forget about his incredible acclamation of faith that followed. Watch this video for more.
Watch this video and find out exactly why the government must not and cannot redefine marriage.
A Prayer for Trust and Confidence in God’s Mercy by St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Commenting on the recent Bruce Jenner “gender reassignment” issue, Father Mike Schmitz discusses the difference between one’s perception of gender and gender reality. Gender stereotypes have altered our perception of what it means to be a man or a woman, but it is unhealthy to expect reality to conform to our perceptions. If there is someone in your life struggling with gender identity, or any other brokenness, Father Mike encourages you to be there for them.
This month, the Holy Father has asked Catholics everywhere to pray: "That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity." Throughout history people have held a negative view of politicians. Yet this month’s prayer intention reminds us that the ultimate goal of politics is justice and charity. In The Joy of the Gospel Pope Francis wrote: “Politics, though often denigrated, remains a lofty vocation and one of the highest forms of charity, inasmuch as it seeks the common good.”
On the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, new Archbishops from around the world concelebrated Mass with Pope Francis, where they recieved the pallium from the Holy Father. In this video, some of the Archbishops explain the meaning of the traditional vestment - look out for Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP!
St. Peter and St. Paul are two of the most well known saints, and are often spoken of as the two men most responsible for spreading the Christian message in the days of the early church. Because of his Roman citizenship, St. Paul was beheaded. St. Peter was reportedly crucified upside down because he said he was not worthy to be sacrificed in the same manner as Christ.
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference recently published the Pastoral Letter Don't Mess With Marriage, explaining the truth about the Catholic Church teaching on marriage. This Pastoral Letter was distributing through parishes and schools.
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