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My Catholic Faith Delivered


My Catholic Faith Delivered is far more than on online course. It is a platform that also houses the Certification Management System. Our system tracks and stores progress, reports and certifications for yourself, your students and/or your catechists. It also enables group administrators to post notifications and discussions for their groups or classes. In other words, paper trails and file cabinets are a thing of the past! Administrators are now able to create and manage their classes 24/7 with the ease and click of a button.

Our courses provide in-depth learning programs and video tutorials on the web for all levels of knowledge of the Catholic faith. This is accomplished by combining Catholic content with innovative technology. It is the ideal program for a teacher or a catechist looking for resources and courses, and for a Catholic who simply wants a better understanding of the faith. These fantastic courses are available on the Internet anytime, anywhere-making learning convenient and fun. Our dynamic courses feature engaging lessons, interactive activities, games, voiceovers, and immediate assessments that give real-time feedback on learner progress. Many of our courses are available in Spanish, as well!

via Overview – Dynamic Catholic Courses.

The Choir Loft


The Choir Loft is a new website dedicated to the recovery of the authentic sacred music of the Catholic Church and its restoration to its rightful place in the sacred liturgy.

The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy. (Sacrosanctum Concilium 112 –Vatican II)

The Church acknowledges Gregorian Chant as specially suited to the Roman liturgy: therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services. But other kinds of sacred music, especially Polyphony, are by no means excluded from liturgical celebrations, so long as they accord with the spirit of the liturgical action. (Sacrosanctum Concilium 116 – Vatican II)

via About | sacredmusic.org.au.

Habemus Papam – We have a Pope :: EWTN News


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Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires has become the next Pope of the Catholic Church, taking the name Francis I. Pope Francis greeted the crowds of faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square shortly after 8:00 p.m. local time, after spending time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in the Pauline Chapel.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, was Archbishop of Buenos Aires. He is a Jesuit and is 76. He is the first Latin American Pope and the first Jesuit Pope. In 2005, he received the second-most votes in the conclave the elected Pope Benedict. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1958, and obtained a licentiate in philosophy.

He was ordained a priest in 1969, and was a theology professor. He was a provincial leader for the Society and a seminary rector.The College of Cardinals came to an agreement on the Holy Father’s election the afternoon of March 13, after a total of four inconclusive votes earlier that day and the previous day.

via Cardinal Bergoglio elected as Pope Francis :: EWTN News.

via http://en.radiovaticana.va/index.asp Video images are produced by Centro Televisivo Vaticano (CTV), texts by Vatican Radio (RV) and CTV.

Pope Francis began his first words to the Church by saying that the cardinals “went to the end of the world” to find the new Bishop of Rome.

“Brothers and Sisters, good evening. You know that the charge of the conclave was to give a bishop of Rome.

“It would seem that my brothers went to the end of the world to choose him,” he said March 13 from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.

The Pope then called on the crowd of tens of thousands to pray for “our Bishop Emeritus Benedict.”

“This way of the Church that we commence on,” he said, is one of “an evangelization in this beautiful city.”

Before he closed his remarks, Pope Francis asked the crowd for the favor of praying for him in silence before he gave his blessing.

He then bowed at the waist as silence settled over St. Peter’s Square.

The Pope blessed the throng of people, saying, “I give my blessing to you and all people of good will in the world.”

“I’m going to say goodbye now, thank you so much for your welcome.

I say good night “because tomorrow I want to go and pray to Mary for her protection.”

A marching band playing and the bells of St. Peter’s ringing in the night followed Pope Francis’ first words.

Read more: http://www.ewtnnews.com/catholic-news/Vatican.php?id=7233#ixzz2NYYH5mJC

Read the Catechism of the Catholic Church in a year


For this Year of Faith, Pope Benedict has encouraged you to study and reflect on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Well, here’s an easy and free way to do it. Simply enter your email address and – starting October 11, 2012 – you’ll start getting a little bit of the Catechism emailed to you every morning. Read that little bit every day and you’ll read the whole catechism in a year. Cool, right?

http://www.flocknote.com/catechism

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary 7th October


From http://www.churchmilitant.tv

Young Nuns in the news


What is a Sister? A religious sister is a woman who has been consecrated to God through the Church, responding to His invitation of love through vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Each religious sister belongs to a particular religious community, serving God and the Church and world in a distinct way. A religious sister is truly a bride of Jesus Christ the greatest Lover and a spiritual mother of an enormous family–over 6.8 billion worldwide!

Do young women still become sisters? The answer is yes . . . but, why? Simple: they have fallen in love!  A religious sister is a bride and a mother who has uncovered the deepest desire of her heart: to follow Christ in a life-long adventure for the Glory of God and the Salvation of Souls!

via What is a Sister? – Imagine Sisters Movement.

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.

 

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:)

Parish Mission Our Lady of Lourdes Bayswater


We have just completed a family mission held at Our Lady of Lourdes in Bayswater. It ran over five nights from Sunday to Thursday night, and what an amazing five nights it has been. The church was full every night.

I can’t remember the last time I went to a mission. I do remember going to some when I was growing up but you just don’t hear very much about them these days.

Our Missionary was Fr. Wade Menezes and he was fantastic. He is such a dynamic and gifted speaker mixing in just the right amount of humour with some very funny stories. 

Every night he made some kind of reference to “the home schooling Mother of 8” and that heroic work that she is doing. Last night I made mention of this to him and he said he is such a “strong advocate of home schooling”. It’s great to know we have his support as well. 

You should invite Fr Wade Menezes to your parish for a Mission. Make no bones about it, you would love it!

Fr. Wade L. J. Menezes, CPM is a member of the Fathers of Mercy, a missionary preaching Religious Congregation based in Auburn, Kentucky. Ordained a priest during the Great Jubilee Year 2000, he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Catholic Thought from the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Toronto, Canada and his dual Master of Arts and Master of Divinity Degrees in Theology from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. His secular college degrees are in journalism and communications.

Having served as Director of Vocations and Director of Seminarians for the Fathers of Mercy, Fr. Wade has also served as the Chaplain-in-Residence at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama. While at the Shrine, Fr. Wade was a daily Mass celebrant, homilist and confessor; he also gave spiritual conferences on specialized points of Catholic Christian doctrine to the many pilgrims who visit the Shrine. Both the Monastery and Shrine are affiliated with EWTN, the Eternal Word Television Network.

Fr. Wade has been a contributing writer for The National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, Catholic Twin Circle, Catholic Faith and Family, The Wanderer, Pastoral Life, The Catholic Faith, Lay Witness and Christian Ranchman publications. Several homiletic series of his have appeared in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, an international journal for Priests. Fr. Wade has also been a guest on various episodes of EWTN’s “Mother Angelica Live” and “Life on the Rock” programs during which he discussed such topics as the sanctification of marriage and family life, vocations and the Sacred Liturgy. He has also hosted several televised series for EWTN, which have covered such topics as the necessity of the spiritual life, the Four Last Things, the Ten Commandments of Catholic Family Life, and the Gospel of Life vs. the Culture of Death. He is also host of the EWTN segment series, The Crux of the Matter.

via Fr. Wade Menezes – The Fathers of Mercy.

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