Jesus is our Guardian (Homily, 23rd Sunday in OT, Father's Day)

Sunday 6 September 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Homily (23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A): We all know that magpies make for excellent sentries. They are always looking around, checking their surroundings, watching for danger, ensuring their safety, protecting their young. They are the guardians above the neighbourhood, the sentries in our domestic skies. They know how to protect their own, and will do what is necessary to safeguard them. We might hold in our minds this image, as we listen again to the words of the Lord to the Prophet Ezekiel: I have appointed you as sentry to the House of Israel. In the old days, a sentry or watchman was tasked to be the eyes and ears of protection at a city’s gate. They signalled warning to the inhabitants when danger approached, and they were the first line of defence. But not all dangers can be seen or heard, not all are physical in nature. Some dangers – perhaps the worst of them – are more insidious, entering into our minds and hearts, undermining our moral compass and subverting our human dignity.

Building connection: Meet Auslan interpreter Teresa Paulet

Thursday 3 September 2020

Communications Office

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the John Pierce Centre (JPC), a place where deaf and hard of hearing Catholics and their families are supported and encouraged in their personal and spiritual growth. ‘The Deaf community have a unique bond through their language of Auslan, and having a space to come to at the JPC is vital for people’s sense of identity,’ says Teresa Paulet, Communications Coordinator at JPC. 'JPC is a comfortable space where people can communicate effortlessly and where others have a shared understanding of Deaf life. JPC is like a home for many and it is where their “cultural family” is.’ During this time of COVID-19, Teresa says JPC has stepped up its efforts to remain connected to members of the Deaf community. ‘We are putting lots of videos online of prayer and faith and providing interpreters at Mass,’ she says. 

This week we chat with Auslan interpreter Teresa Paulet, who works as Communications Coordinator at the John Pierce Centre.

Mental ill-health not moral failure: Archbishop Coleridge

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Archbishop Mark Coleridge and ACBC

'Mental ill-health is not a moral failure, the result of a lack of faith, or of weak will,' writes Archbishop Mark Coleridge in the foreword to the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2020-21, To Live Life to the Full: Mental health in Australia. 'Jesus himself was labelled mad (Mark 3:21; John 10:19) and, like us, he suffered psychological distress (Luke 22:44; Matt 26:37; Mark 14:33; John 12:27). People experiencing mental ill-health are not some "other" people, they are "us".' The statement was released ahead of the Church’s Social Justice Sunday celebrated on 30 August.