On October 11 this year, we celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. In his opening address Pope John XXIII said: 'The greatest concern of this council is this: that the sacred and central truths of our Christian faith should be guarded and taught more effectively.' He continued: 'The substance of our central beliefs is one thing, and the way in which it is presented is another....we will also be attentive to these times, to new forms of life present in the modern world.'
One of two motions relating to the Sacrament of Penance passed by the Plenary Council in Sydney recommended that: ‘The Bishops Committee for Liturgy institute a sustained program of catechesis of the Sacrament of Penance to promote an understanding of the conditions for, and appropriate practice of, each of the three forms of the Rite of Penance’.
To mark the 25th anniversary of his death, a memorial Mass for Fr Hugh O’Sullivan was celebrated at The Monastery on May 29. FR DEAN MARIN reflects on Fr Hugh’s work with the YCW, and the importance of the movement and the ministry of its founder, Cardinal Joseph Cardijn.
So soon after our State election we are now facing a Federal election. Once again let’s reflect upon the election in the light of our faith and take seriously the responsibility of voting for the best outcome for all in our country.
March 19 is the date for the State elections in South Australia and we know that there will be a Federal election in May. As Catholics what ought our response be?
After winning the Australian Open Women’s tennis title, Ash Barty spoke of her victory and showed a wisdom and maturity beyond her years.