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Renewing hearts and minds

The season of Lent is a time for reflection on the gospels, renewal and conversion of mind and heart to a gracious God who desires to come close to us. This God, as shown to us by Jesus, is full of compassion and tenderness, slow to anger and rich in mercy.

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Ash Wednesday starts journey to Easter

The season of Lent extends from Ash Wednesday until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening, when the Easter Triduum begins. During this period neither the Gloria nor the Alleluia are sung, and a different Collect (Opening Prayer) is provided for every day, to emphasise the importance of these weeks.

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The Archdiocese hosted the pre-synod gathering and presented the diocesan synod report at The Monastery on Saturday April 30. The report highlights the various consultations that have taken place in the Archdiocese over the past few years and the many voices of the Catholic community. It also presents a synthesis of the Diocesan Assembly recommendations and signals a commitment to a continued journey of synodality. The report, which will be sent to the Bishops Conference and directly to the Vatican, can be found at

Easter: the death of death

What is Easter? For people of faith it is the high point of the year; for some it is simply an extended long weekend. How many of us really believe that it lasts for 50 days? That’s 50 days to receive the gift of new life and integrate it more deeply into all aspects of our lives; 50 days as God’s holy people to make sure the new life that transforms us allows us to make a difference in the church and the world.


Palm Sunday celebrations

Students at St Francis Xavier's Regional Catholic School, Wynn Vale, had two special visitors join them in their Palm Sunday celebrations this week.


Church must adapt to changing times: Coleridge

As the number of sporting events and other activities on Good Friday increases, the president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, says the Church needs to celebrate Easter in a way that “attracts people and speaks to their heart”.