In 2007 the Catholic Bishops of NSW and the ACT released a Pastoral Letter titled Catholic Schools at a Crossroads where they stated, “the Catholic school system is one of “the jewels in the crown” of the Catholic community in our region, with few parallels overseas”. Twelve years on this Pastoral Letter still defines and guides our Catholic schools today.
I have finally made it to my desk on this Sunday evening, partly due to my lack of motivation to do so, and also because of our viewing of the program on the ABC about ten years on from the Black Saturday bush fires in Victoria in 2009.
On this very hot summer’s day which is known as Australia Day, I remain inside at my desk and begin the year with this first message to you. I do not wish to enter into the dialogue/debate around Australia Day but will share with you the reading from Isaiah (32:15-18), for this day. Each year when this is read I am touched by its beauty, relevance and meaning for us as a people of God in this place.
The following TUESDAYS WITH TERESA article is from the week of 18 December. Please disregard the date listed.
I don’t imagine there were too many priests in our diocese who wore rose coloured vestments on Sunday to mark the third Sunday of Advent or what we call Gaudete Sunday. The term Gaudete refers to the first word of the Entrance Antiphon, Rejoice – “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.” Rose vestments are worn to emphasise our joy that Christmas is near, and the rose candle on our Advent wreath is also lit.
The following TUESDAYS WITH TERESA article is from the week of 5 November. Please disregard the date listed.
The month of the Holy Souls has begun, a month in our liturgical year when we remember those who have gone before us.