The first session of the Synod on Synodality ended in Rome at the end of October. Our Archbishop Patrick was present with other representatives from the Church in Australia, along with those from all around the world.
In reflecting on the Christian life in homilies over the years I’ve often said ‘no one is a Christian on their own’. It’s my way of naming how we are saved in Christ.
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.