Monthly Archives: August 2012

Why Do Catholics Dress Up for Mass?

Because if we love someone, we should honor him with both our souls and our bodies.

Why do we dress up for weddings, funerals, and certain jobs? To honor those whom we love or those whom we serve. In the Scriptures we read: “Worship the Lord in holy attire” 1 Chronicles 16:29, Psalms 29:2, 96:9. And, the Catholic Catechism teaches that our gestures and our clothing “ought to convey the respect, solemnity, and joy of this moment when Christ becomes our guest” in Holy Communion CCC 1387.

Clothes say something about what we think, what we value. They also influence how we behave and feel. Sunday is special, and God’s House is special. Some things are really important, and our clothing and demeanor ought to reflect this truth.

The exterior reflects the interior, and God definitely deserves the best we have inside and out! This is also why altar dressings, items for the Mass, vestments the priests wear etc., are normally the best we can manage – made from expensive materials and adorned with gold, silver and jewels. However, we have to remember that our fancy dress clothes should be reflecting that our soul is just as dressed up.

Dressing properly for Mass means nothing if we have no love in our hearts.


Leah Darrow’s National Tour

America’s Next Top Model contestant Leah Darrow, shares her amazing journey of rediscovering her Catholic faith, and the immense freedom, hope and profound purpose, she found along the way.


Sun, Sep 2 – 8pm “From Top Model to Role Model” – Our Lady of Lebanon – 40 Alice St Harris Park

Wed, Sep 5 – 8pm “From Top Model to Role Model” – Guardians – 142 Highclere Ave Punchbowl

Thurs, Sep 6 – 9:30am – Private School Event – CEO Sydney – For bookings please call Sandra Bejjani on 02 9568 8419

Thurs, Sep 6 – 1pm“Meant to be More” – ACU – 25A Barker Rd Strathfield

Thurs, Sep 6 – 7:30pm“The Faithful Fashionista: Where Faith & Fashion meet” – St Joseph’s Church – 7 Acton St Croydon

Fri, Sep 7 8am & 12:30pm – Private School Events for teachers/students CEO Sydney Bookings please call Sandra Bejjani on 02 9568 8419

Fri, Sep 7 – 6:30pm – A Night with Leah : “From Top Model to Role Model” – CYS / Western Deanery – St Thomas Church: 66 Quarry Road Bossley Park

Sat, Sep 8 – 8am – Breakfast with Leah – Pepper Tree Cafe – 63 The Mall Bankstown (under Hoyts)

Mon, Sep 10 – 7:30pm“America’s Next Top Model turned Chastity Speaker” – Theology on Tap Commercial Hotel – 2 Hassall St Parramatta


Mon, Sep 3 – 1pm –Meant to be More” – ACU (Brisbane Campus) – 1100 Nudgee Rd Banyo

Mon, Sep 3 – 7:30pm – “From Top Model to Role Model”- Faith on Tap – Pineapple Hotel: 706 Main St Kangaroo Point


Tues, Sep 4 – 6:30pm “Meant to be More” – Catholic Life / ACU / Guinness and God – King O’Malley’s Irish Pub City Walk Civic, Canberra


Sat, Sep 8 – 3:30pm – “An afternoon with Leah Darrow Modesty & Fashion : How it fits together” – Ignition – St Gerard’s Church: 71 Gladestone Rd, Dandenong

Sun, Sep 9 – 2pm – High Tea Talk: The Faithful Fashionista:Where Faith & Fashion meet” – ACU Pre Bookings Essential. Please email

Sun, Sep 9 – 7pm – Melbourne Mega Event “From Top Model to Role Model : Meant to be More” with LIVE music by Fr Rob Galea

More Information on Leah Darrow can be found here:

For more information on Leah Darrow’s National Tour, visit

The Mystery of the Assumption

On August 15th, we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. The Church teaches that her body as well as her soul was assumed into Heaven. According to tradition, the apostles discovered her missing body only a few days after she was entombed. One of the apostles was late in arriving, so the others opened her tomb for him to see her, but her body was no longer there.

The Assumption of the Blessed Mother reminds us that we are not meant for this world, that God’s Plan is for us to remain only for a time on this planet. Our final and eternal destination is Heaven.

While we go about the usual day-to-day homeschooling, fixing meals, and planning daily events, we need to keep within us an awareness of the Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother. We need to be constantly aware of our responsibility to adore Him continually in everything we say and do and think and work and pray.

Read more via The Mystery of the Assumption – Seton Home Study School.

Of course today is also a holy day of obligation and so we are all bound to attend Mass at some time throughout the day. 

Novena Prayer in Honour of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Majestic Queen Assumed into Heaven, Mary, Mistress of the Angels, you received from God the power and commission to crush the head of Satan. We, therefore, humbly beseech you to send forth the angelic legions of Heaven, that under your command, they may seek out all evil spirits, engage them everywhere in battle, curb their insolence and hurl them back into hell.

Most High Queen of the Universe, Mary, Ever Virgin, you who bore the Incarnate Word, Jesus Christ, the Lord and Saviour of all mankind, intercede for us and for those who have commended their prayer intentions to us,

O Mary, Mother of God, and our own Good and Tender Mother, You shall always be our hope and the object of our love.

Holy Archangels and Angels of God, defend us and lead us to heaven. Amen.

Mary assumed into Heaven, pray for us!

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Memorable quotes


“PIPPIN: I didn’t think it would end this way.

GANDALF: End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.

PIPPIN: What? Gandalf? See what?

GANDALF: White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.

PIPPIN: Well, that isn’t so bad.

GANDALF: No. No, it isn’t.”

Today is the feast day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

The 8th of August is the feast day of Australia’s first saint.

Prayer to St Mary

Ever generous God,
You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop
To live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
and constant in bringing hope and encouragement
to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy.
With confidence in your generous providence
and through the intercession of Saint Mary MacKillop
We ask that you grant our request……………….
We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit
so that we too, like Mary MacKillop, may live with courage, trust and openness.
Ever generous God hear our prayer.
We ask this through Jesus Christ.

First Place at the 2012 Film Factor Short Film Festival goes to……………………..

Paul for his stop motion animation Lego’s Got Talent, the only film not featuring any people. But that is not all.

Third place also went to Andrew for directing a short film A Pointless Journey, although it would not have been possible without thirteen of the finest actors.

This year the festival was held in a theatrette at The State Library  in Swanston Street, Melbourne.

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We congratulate both Paul and Andrew on a terrific result.

Now sit back and enjoy the winning films below.

First place. Running time 4 minutes.

Third place. Running time 8 minutes. Rated PG: Some scenes may frighten small children.

In case you didn’t already know Andrew won first place in this Festival last year. You can read about it on this related post Winner of the Film Festival 2011