Monthly Archives: August 2011

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The Ultimate Gift MOVIE

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Jason thought his inheritance was going to be the gift of money and lots of it. Was he ever in for a big surprise. Based on the best-selling book “The Ultimate Gift” by Jim Stovall, the story sends trust fund baby Jason Stevens on an improbable journey of discovery, having to answer the ultimate question: “What is the relationship between wealth and happiness?” Jason had a very simple relationship with his impossibly wealthy Grandfather, Howard “Red” Stevens. He hated him. No heart-to-heart talks, no warm fuzzies, just cold hard cash.

So of course he figured that when Red died, the whole “reading of the will” thing would be another simple cash transaction, that his Grandfather’s money would allow him to continue living in the lifestyle to which he had become accustomed. But what Red left him was anything but simple. Red instead devised a plan for Jason to experience a crash course on life. Twelve tasks, which Red calls “gifts,” each challenging Jason in an improbable way, the accumulation of which would change him forever.

via The Ultimate Gift Experience | MOVIE | DVD | BOOK.

Rated PG: for thematic elements, some violence and language. Running time 114 minutes


This is a brilliant movie which shows the value of hard work the importance of family and the things that really matter in life. The transformation of the main character Jason Stevens was performed really well. The actress that plays Emily Rose is great too. This is highly recommended for teens and up.

The Hobbit: or There and Back Again

First published back in 1937. J.R.R. Tolkien’s own description for the original edition: If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take an interest in a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), here is a record of such a journey and such a traveler. The period is the ancient time between the age of Faerie and the dominion of men, when the famous forest of Mirkwood was still standing, and the mountains were full of danger. In following the path of this humble adventurer, you will learn by the way (as he did) — if you do not already know all about these things — much about trolls, goblins, dwarves, and elves, and get some glimpses into the history and politics of a neglected but important period.

Bag End, as used in the Lord of the Rings films.

For Mr. Bilbo Baggins visited various notable persons; conversed with the dragon , Smaug the Magnificent; and was present, rather unwillingly, at the Battle of the Five Armies. This is all the more remarkable, since he was a hobbit. Hobbits have hitherto been passed over in history and legend, perhaps because they as a rule preferred comfort to excitement. But this account, based on his personal memoirs, of the one exciting year in the otherwise quiet life of Mr. Baggins will give you a fair idea of the estimable people now (it is said) becoming rather rare. They do not like noise.

via The Hobbit: or There and Back Again (0807728454708): J.R.R. Tolkien: Books.

The Lord of the Rings

Film poster for The Lord of the Rings: The Fel...

The Fellowship of the Ring. An ancient Ring thought lost for centuries has been found, and through a strange twist in fate has been given to a small Hobbit named Frodo. When Gandalf discovers the Ring is in fact the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, Frodo must make an epic quest to Mount Doom in order to destroy it! However he does not go alone. He is joined by Gandalf, Legolas the elf, Gimli the Dwarf, Aragorn, Boromir and his three Hobbit friends Merry, Pippin and Samwise. Through mountains, snow, darkness, forests, rivers and plains, facing evil and danger at every corner the Fellowship of the Ring must go. Their quest to destroy the One Ring is the only hope for the end of the Dark Lords reign!

Rated M15+: Recommended for mature audiences 15 years and over. Supernatural themes, medium level violence.


These films are among some of the best films ever made. Though to really appreciate and understand them you need to have read the books The Hobbit and then the Lord of the Rings before watching the movies. There is the standard theatrical release or the extended versions available. Get the extended versions as they are well worth it. They are some of the most highly successful movies ever and yet have no sex scenes, or swearing. But they are not for children. Teens and up.

The priests who survived the atomic bomb

August 6 is also an important date in world history: the fateful day on which the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in Japan. On that day, a Monday, at 8.15 in the morning, an American B-29 bomber, Enola Gay, dropped its bomb “Little Boy”, which fell to a predetermined detonation height of about 1,900 feet above the city. It exploded with a blinding flash, creating a giant fireball, which vaporised practically everything and everyone within a radius of about a mile of the point of impact. It is estimated that up to 80,000 people were directly killed by the blast, and by the end of the year, that figure had climbed considerably higher, due to injuries and the effects of radiation. Over two thirds of the city’s buildings were completely destroyed.

But in the midst of this terrible carnage, something quite remarkable happened: there was a small community of Jesuit Fathers living in a presbytery near the parish church, which was situated less than a mile away from detonation point, well within the radius of total devastation. And all eight members of this community escaped virtually unscathed from the effects of the bomb. Their presbytery remained standing, while the buildings all around, virtually as far as the eye could see, were flattened.

Fr Hubert Schiffer, a German Jesuit, was one of these survivors, aged 30 at the time of the explosion, and who lived to the age of 63 in good health. In later years he travelled to speak of his experience, and this is his testimony as recorded in 1976, when all eight of the Jesuits were still alive. On August 6 1945, after saying Mass, he had just sat down to breakfast when there was a bright flash of light.

Since Hiroshima had military facilities, he assumed there must have been some sort of explosion at the harbour, but almost immediately he recounted: “A terrific explosion filled the air with one bursting thunderstroke. An invisible force lifted me from the chair, hurled me through the air, shook me, battered me [and] whirled me round and round…” He raised himself from the ground and looked around, but could see nothing in any direction. Everything had been devastated.

He had a few quite minor injuries, but nothing serious, and indeed later examinations at the hands of American army doctors and scientists showed that neither he nor his companions had suffered ill-effects from radiation damage or the bomb. Along with his fellow Jesuits, Fr Schiffer believed “that we survived because we were living the message of Fatima. We lived and prayed the rosary daily in that home.”

via The priests who survived the atomic bomb |

Dr. Stephen Rinehart of the U.S. Department of Defense is widely recognised as an international expert in the field of atomic blasts. Says Rinehart: “A quick calculation shows that at one kilometre the bulk temperature was in excess of 20,000 to 30,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and the blast wave would have hit at sonic velocity with pressures on buildings greater than 600 psi [pounds per square inch]. If the Jesuits, at one kilometre from the geometric epicentre, were outside the atomic bomb’s plasma their residence should still have been utterly destroyed. Unreinforced masonry or brick walls, representative of commercial construction, are destroyed at three psi, which will also cause ear damage and burst windows. At ten psi, a human will experience severe lung and heart damage together with burst eardrums and at 20 psi your limbs can be blown off. Your head will be blown off by 40 psi and no human would be alive because your skull would be crushed. All the cotton clothes would be on fire at 350 Fahrenheit, and your lungs would be inoperative within a minute of breathing even one lungful of air at these temperatures.
No way could any human have survived – nor should anything have been left standing at one kilometre. At ten times the distance, about ten to fifteen kilometres, I saw the brick walls standing from an elementary school and I think there were a few badly burned survivors; all died within fifteen years of some form of cancer.


Get the kids to display their talents, wow an appreciative audience and stretch their creativity! Get together with another family and pull out all the stops!

Annual Home Schooling Concert in Melbourne
Time: 7.15pm (there is Mass at 6.00pm if you would like to go before the concert) Cost: $15.00 per family to cover the cost of hiring the hall and refreshments.

The hall will be available from 1:30pm so that children can practice in the environment. If you would also like to volunteer to set up and to help clean up at the end of the concert, we would greatly appreciate it. There is a piano at the hall and we will have an electric keyboard available. There will also be an arts and crafts section which children may like to contribute to. Other suggestions are poetry recitals (maybe your own?), a dance, juggling act or magic tricks.

RSVP and registration of acts: 2/9/11;
please include number of people attending as the hall has limited seating.

For more details Contact Us

Toorongo falls and Trestle Bridge near Noojee

Had a great trip to the Toorongo falls and Trestle bridge near Noojee. The Toorongo Falls Reserve is situated 100 kms east of Melbourne, north of the town of Noojee in Gippsland. The reserve encompasses a number of waterfalls and provides opportunities for walking, picnicking and camping.

Sunshine Rollerskating Tuesday 9/8/11

Thanks to Natalia for organizing another great day out. There were about 50 or so people of all ages there. Everyone seemed to have a good time skating even if it included a few bumps, bruises and blisters.

Facing The Giants movie review

Facing the Giants

From the award-winning producers of FLYWHEEL & Fireproof comes a new, action-packed, family-friendly drama about a high school football coach who draws up a new game plan for his team and himself.

In his six years of coaching, Grant Taylor has never had a winning season. Even the hope of a new season is squelched when the best player on his Shiloh Eagles decides to transfer schools. After losing their first three games of the season, the coach discovers a group of fathers are plotting to have him fired. Combined with pressures at home, Coach Taylor has lost hope in his battle against fear and failure.

However, an unexpected challenge helps him find a purpose bigger than just victories.

via Facing The Giants – DVD In Stores January 30, 2007.

Rated PG: for thematic material and some peril. 2008 running time 115 min.

Colouring Competition and awards by Clare