A Brief History of Australia Day

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The tradition of having Australia Day as a national holiday on 26 January is a recent one. Not until 1935 did all the Australian states and territories use that name to mark that date. Not until 1994 did they begin to celebrate Australia Day consistently as a public holiday on that date….-Via http://www.australiaday.org.au/australia-day/history/

Image result for Australian Flag PrintableHappy Australia Day!

Feast of St. Francis de Sales

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Feastday: January 24

Patron of Catholic writers, the Catholic press, the deaf, journalists, adult education

Birth: August 21, 1567

Death: December 28, 1622

Beatified By: January 8, 1661 by Pope Alexander VII

Canonized By: April 19, 1665 by Pope Alexander VII

to learn more click here: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=51

Christmas Flash Mob by Journey of Faith at South Bay Galleria

The History of the Christmas Tree

61abwvvtr2blThe Christmas Tree – An extract from the book Religious Customs in the Family by Fr. Franics X. Weiser, S.J.

“…The first description of a Christmas tree with familiar features is given in a German manuscript of the year 1605. It was in the sections at the left bank of the Rhine that the tree developed, and from there it spread through of the country, slowly at first, but with sudden great speed from about 1800 on. It came to America through the immigrants towards the middle of the 19th century.

Considering these historical facts, it will be clear to parents how the meaning and message of the Christmas tree is completely religious. It stands in the house at Christmas time as a symbol and reminder that Our Lord is the “Tree of Life” and the “Light of the world.” Its many individual lights might be explained to the children as symbols of His divine and human traits and virtues. The glittering decorations indicate His great glory. The fact that it is evergreen is an ancient symbol of eternity.”

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More information about the history of the Christmas tree on ewtn.com;  The Christmas Tree: Legends, Traditions, History

How to create a Braided updo

Items you will need: hair brush, 2-3 hair elastics, 1 hair tie and a handful of bobby pins.

  1. to start of with you will need to part your hair off to one side….
  2. separate a small section of hair from the front and french braid it until you get to just in front of your ear…
  3. then finish it off with a plait, and secure with an elastic…
  4. then go back and gently tug on the outside edges of the braid to make it look bigger and softer..
  5. keep the braid out of the way while you gather all of the rest of your hair in to a messy bun..
  6. once you have the bun where you want it, secure it with bobby pins…
  7. and the wrap the braid around the bun and secure into place with a few more bobby pins.
  8. add hairspray if desired.

I hope you liked this hairstyle, and please leave a comment below, letting me know what you think 😀

The Personal Ordinariate of OLSC, Gippsland


I am a Catholic priest in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, a new non-geographical diocese of the Catholic Church here in Australia. We are established by Pope Benedict XVI, in 2012, under Anglicanorum Coetibus (AC), a way for former Anglican ministers and their congregations to come into communion with the Catholic Church. We are not Anglicans, we are not liberal, and we are not in any way supportive of any teachings on faith and morals that is not supported by the Magisterium.

We are fiercely faithful to the Magisterium (see article AC §5 The Catechism of the Catholic Church is the authoritative expression of the Catholic faith professed by members of the Ordinariate) as codified in the Catechism. While we do not celebrate mass in Latin we do have our own Missal, we worship Ad Orientum, church language is classical English, we sing the mass, and take communion in both kinds kneeling.

I know of some homeschoolers in the Gippsland area in Bruthen and Orbost. Are there others?

It is possible to offer a small programme of confession, spiritual direction, catechesis (using the Baltimore Catechism), and support for sacramental preparation, if needed. How can I help?

At present I run a small parish at Heyfield on a Sunday morning, and mass on a Wednesday at Cowwarr.

If you want to know more, our blog is https://gippslandordinariate.wordpress.com/

Fr Ken Clark Episcopal Vicar The Personal Ordinariate of OLSC Ken.clark@gmail.com

Catholic Home Schooling – Seton Home Study School

Seton Home Study School is an accredited Catholic home schooling apostolate under the Roman Catholic bishop of Arlington, Virginia. We provide curricula, materials, grading, counseling, record-keeping, online testing, standardized testing, and other services, including personalized online assignment management.

Source: Catholic Home Schooling – Seton Home Study School

Going Against the Current and Other Lessons from the Salmon-Seton Magazine

Going Against the Current and Other Lessons from the Salmon - Andrew Murphy

When right is wrong and wrong is right, Andrew Murphy shows what the salmon can teach us about swimming against the current and living the Catholic Faith…….

Click here to read this article.

Source: Going against the current and other lessons from the salmon


All Saints Day

All Saints’ Day is a celebrated on November 1, and is less than two weeks away.

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For more information please click here

Leave a comment of who your favourite saint(s) are.

Seton Summer Quarter Art Challenge – Bayley Bulletin


Congratulations to Paul for winning the Grade 12 level Art challenge for – “Elijah Assumed”


Click here to read more: Seton Summer Quarter Art Challenge – Bayley Bulletin

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