Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Hobbit Trilogy?


It has just been released that the previously proposed two part hobbit films will be expanded to a trilogy. Peter Jackson posted this on his Facebook page on the 30th of July “So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of “The Hobbit” films, I’d like to announce that two films will become three.”

Read more here

Classical Liberal Arts Academy!


At the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, our goals are very clear. We collaborate with pastors and parents to educate children to know, love and serve God. Our concerns are wisdom and holiness, faith and charity, work and prayer. We don’t talk college admission. We don’t talk standardized testing.

After all, there are plenty of schools designed to get kids into college or through a job interview, but few concerned that students learn what St. Paul said was the aim of the Churchs teaching:

love from a pure heart,a good conscience, and a sincere faith.

Read more via Welcome to the Classical Liberal Arts Academy!.

The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey


The principle photography on the hobbit movies (parts one and two) wrapped up in New Zealand on the 6th of July, the 266 day shoot is not far of the time it took to film the lord of the rings which was three films! Now there’re into post production, the editing and special effects though on the hobbit blog Peter Jackson has said that they may return to do pick-up shots in 2013 for the second film, There And Back Again. The Hobbit Part 1 : An Unexpected Journey is scheduled to hit theatres on the 14th December this year.

http://www.thehobbit.com/index.html check out the trailer here

Just what would you give to end abortion?


What sacrifice would you make to end abortion? Do you hate it that our state has nearly the worst laws supporting abortion throughout the world? Want to do something about it?

It really irks me about the abortion laws, and I know I will answer to God if I don’t try to do something for the babies. So I am, and I was wondering if anyone out there would like to join us in this?

You see, along time ago in a parish far, far away was a priest called Fr Des Byrne. He founded the rebel forces, I mean, the Confraternity of St Michael, and educated us in our faith, both intellectually and spiritually. Many of us found our future spouses there, and hence quite a few of the homeschooling families in Victoria were begun.

But back to the point. Fr filled our hearts and heads with talks on various topics. One particular talk always struck me. It was on the Polish people and how they rid their country of communism with out one drop of blood being shed. They had survived the cruelty and destructive reign of the Third Reich, only to be dominated by Russian Communism. Although not trying to destroy their race physically, like the Germans did, the Russians aimed at destroying the Church, which for our good Polish people amounted to the same thing. To live without faith was to be dead spiritually.

So they turned to prayer and fasting – but with the lifestyles enforced on them by the Russians, such hard labour for so little, they took a very sensible way. One member of a family would fast on Friday for Poland to be free. They all took turns, so that no one family member would carry a burden too heavy for them. And it worked. Eventually, Poland was liberated without war.

My friends, I’m not a good faster. So I thought that if I could fast from 10am till 5 pm on Fridays, and offer it for an end to abortion, then at least I would really be doing something. I found that sometimes when we’ve been on an outing and for whatever reason been delayed, we have missed our lunch. And, amazingly, it didn’t kill us!

So, in our family, we are beginning to take turns fasting on Fridays between 10am and 5pm. We’ve been doing it for a while, and we’ve found it hasn’t made us too crabby or unable to cope etc… It made us hungry, all right. That was the point.

Could you imagine if lots of families did this? On our own, it’s not a lot, but if there were others out there willing to make this sacrifice, the impact could be amazing. The ending of abortion is matter of grace, therefore grace needs to be won, and it is within our means to do so.

Are you willing? Can you do it? Is this something your family could join in? I invite your participation in this small, but potentially great, sacrifice. Will you help us rid our country of the scourge of abortion? Deus vult!! And may we be the poor instruments He uses.

God Bless you all.

Bernie

2012 Catholic Home Educators Camp – North Coast NSW


North Coast Catholic Homeschool Camp

For many Catholic Home Educating families in Australia homeschool camps are an integral part of our lives. Lifelong friendships are formed, isolation is eased, support is given. This year our family will be attending (and hosting) the North Coast Catholic Homeschool camp for our 12th year! Excitement is building in our home, our children are asking, “what activities are we doing this year, who is coming? Will my friends from last year be there, will we have new friends?”

We warmly invite you to consider joining us for our 12th year!:) we still have a few cabins available. Held on the 10-14th September we are located at Lennox Head (Lismore Diocese), near the Gold Coast. Two hours south of Brisbane, nine hours north of Sydney.

At the core of our week is our shared Catholic Faith, our day begins with Mass, ends with the Rosary and Benediction and is woven throughout with Spiritual Talks and the opportunity for Confession. This year Fr John Rizzo (FSSP) will be our Camp Chaplain.

On the Tuesday Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett (Lismore diocese) celebrates Mass offering the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion.

It will be a wonderful week of making, renewing and building friendships. Impromptu games of soccer, dancing, fun and laughter into the night are our ‘stock in trade.’ Icebreaking games at the beginning and a time for parents to share ensures we all get to know one another.

Every day we enjoy swimming at one of the beautiful nearby beaches, we also enjoy a sand castle building contest, each year we hold a sports day, a concert and on the final night we have a grand finale with a bonfire.

If you are interested please don’t hesitate to contact Erin with further questions or for a brochure with more details at aussiethreads@gmail.com

We’d love to have you join us:)