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Christus Rex Pilgrimage – 2013


The Christus Rex Pilgrimage is a 3 day walk from Ballarat to Bendigo, covering over 90 kilometres. This route takes us from one great cathedral – St. Patricks, Ballarat – to another splendid cathedral – Sacred Heart, Bendigo. Over the 3 days we walk through the picturesque and serene countryside and forests of Victoria, through the towns of Creswick, Smeaton, Newstead and Lockwood. Along the route we engage in prayers and song – rosaries, litanies, hymns and medieval pilgrim songs that unite all in fellowship. Daily Mass in the extraordinary form 1962 is celebrated every day in local churches, except on the Saturday where Solemn Mass is celebrated in the woodlands of Campbelltown at a woodlands site; sacred polyphony and Gregorian chant are apart of each Mass. There are many opportunities for confession and spiritual guidance from the priests who join us on the pilgrimage.

via About Us | Christus Rex Pilgrimage.

The Pilgrimage is held annually over the last weekend in October.

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RealCatholicTV.com – Baltimore Catechism Videos


aogOutfit yourself for spiritual warfare with this educational program based on the Baltimore Catechism.

If you are looking for a program based on the Baltimore Catechism these online videos from RealCatholicTV.com are great.

To access them you need to sign up for a free account and then upgrade it to a Premium user. The Free programs are just the tip of the iceberg – Premium users have access to hundreds of hours of educational, apologetic & catechetical material, for only $10 a month.

We think it is great value and essential viewing not only for our children but for everyone. Each episode is about half an hour and all you have to do it click play. If you can plug your PC into your TV you could watch it from the comfort of your couch.

Click here to learn more RealCatholicTV.com

Catholic Heritage Curricula – Summer Enrichment Program


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Catholic Heritage Curricula invites you to try our Summer Enrichment Program! We offer materials that can be used for remedial reading, math, and spelling; or for wholesome summer activities and enrichment to keep skills up and children excited at the wonder of discovery over the long summer break from school.

Phonics, reading, spelling, and math workbooks may be used for catch-up tutoring in the child’s comforting, supportive home environment. (For remedial work, select materials that are suited to the ability of the child.)

As the student progresses through the work, point out to him the areas that he/she has mastered, praising him/her for his achievement. When the student’s weak areas begin to show, slow down a bit to make sure he/she understands the new concept. Then remind him that, just as he mastered previous concepts, he will soon master this one. Praise, praise, praise.

Students who are ahead of their grade level and thrive on challenges might use materials above their grade level, also suited to their abilities.

Or perhaps your family would like to create a summer of memories, exploring the wonders of God’s creation through simple astronomy; bird study; or teaching your children how to whittle; or to cook over an open fire. See Tin Cups and Tinder, The Young Man’s Handybook, or Pilgrims of the Holy Family. Would your daughter like to learn simple sewing and cooking skills with Mom or Grandma this summer? Create memories with Sewing with Saint Anne or Tea and Cake with the Saints.

Whether your child needs tutoring, or engaging enrichment activities, Catholic Heritage Curricula’s Summer Enrichment Program gives your family the tools to fill summer days with wholesome, character-building activities.

Praying God’s blessing and protection on your family this summer,

Theresa Johnson

www.chcweb.com

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Wallace and Gromit: Scienceworks Excursion


Wallace and Gromit are moving into Scienceworks!

From May 2012, explore 62 West Wallaby Street, a life-size version of Wallace and Gromit’s home and discover how simple ideas transform into life-changing inventions.

Join the Oscar® winning duo as they guide you through their home, a world of cracking interactive contraptions, hands-on activities, games and more!

See some of their more colourful inventions, including the Telly-scope II, the Blend-o-matic, the Thinking Cap and the Karaoke Disco Shower, as well as Wallace’s half half-baked ideas – from the Chocolate Teapot to the Ice Hot Water Bottle.

Marvel at the original Wallace and Gromit film sets including Top Bun Bakery (as seen in A Matter of Loaf and Death), the Living Room, the Dining Room, Wallace’s Vegetable Plot and the Garden & Greenhouse (as seen in The Curse of the Were-rabbit), just to name a few.

Take on the role of an apprentice inventor and create everything from household tools to logos and find out how to protect your own big ideas.

Unleash your inner inventor and journey through a world of amazing inventions with Wallace and Gromit at Scienceworks!

via Wallace and Gromit: Scienceworks.

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Everyone had a good time at Scienceworks last Friday. Scienceworks has done a great job putting all this together. Of course movie night consisted of The Wrong trousers, A close shave and The Chicken Run.

“Where’s the cheese Gromit?”

Soul Surfer Movie


The Dove Foundation review. 
Bethany (AnnaSophia Robb) was born to surf. A natural talent who took to the waves at a young age, she was leading an idyllic life on Kauai, participating in national surf competitions with her best friend Alana (Lorraine Nicholson), when everything changed. On Halloween morning, a 14-foot tiger shark came out of nowhere and seemed to shatter all her dreams.

Soul Surfer reveals Bethany’s fight to recover from her ordeal and how she grappled with the question of her future. Strengthened by the love of her parents, Tom (Dennis Quaid) and Cheri (Helen Hunt), and supported by her youth group leader Sara (Carrie Underwood), Bethany refuses to give in or give up, and begins a bold return to the water.

Bethany Hamilton was also home schooled “I homeschool. My mom is my teacher and I get a lot of my assignments online. A lot of my friends are homeschooled as well (such as Alana), so we end up having the same schedule of surfing, traveling, and then homework” 

The real Bethany

Dove Worldview:
2011 Crystal Dove Seal Award Winner for Best Drama – Bethany Hamilton is one of the most amazing people we have come across in years; an avid surfer living in Hawaii who had her arm completely removed by a tiger shark when she was only 13 years old. This film, based on the true life story of Bethany’s experience, is one of few truly uplifting family films released by a major Hollywood studio in recent memory. The level of faith in God that Bethany and her family have is clearly portrayed in the film. Most of the story takes place on the water with incredible surfing scenes. (Real-life Bethany does all of the one-arm surfing in the film.)

This inspiring film is well-made and features a very convincing A-list cast; Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid, Kevin Sorbo and Carrie Underwood. AnnaSophia Robb (Bridge to Terabithia) is spot on as Bethany. Dove is pleased to award this moving inspirational story our “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages. Caution to parents of young children: there is a very quick scene of a shark attack.

The Dove Foundation – Family Friendly Movie, DVD, Video and Game Reviews.

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Frightening/Intense Scenes

You know the shark attack is coming. Little kids might not.

Again, the shark attack scene was very intense, with loud music, and chaotic film-work.

Also, the aftermath of the shark attack may be found grotesque for some time.

Bethany goes with her church group on a mission trip to Thailand, where they are dealing with a mass casualty. Many of the people there are hurt or crying, and have lost many family members. Bethany gets emotional in one scene as a result. Audiences might, too.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1596346/parentalguide

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Feast of the Visitation 31st May


On this day we celebrate the Blessed Virgin visiting her cousin Elizabeth, and telling her about her conception of the Messiah. Watch this video from the people who bring you RealCatholicTv.com.

May is Mary’s month


We Catholics think of May as Mary’s month, the month we decorate our May altars and rededicate ourselves to saying the daily Rosary. For many of us, May is the month we recall the wonderful apparitions of the Blessed Mother to the three children, Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco, in the year 1917 in Fatima, a village north of Lisbon, Portugal. The most fantastic miracle was the “dancing” of the sun, seen by thousands of people. There were three other visions in the sky at the sixth apparition which many saw, and there were many cures and healings.

Father Robert Fox, now deceased, was dedicated to promoting the prayers of the Rosary and to teaching about the apparitions of Fatima. For years, Father traveled with Catholics, especially teens, on pilgrimages to Fatima. In addition, he promoted Catholic homeschooling, and wrote the preface to my book, Catholic Home Schooling.

When Father Fox visited us some years ago in Front Royal on May 13, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, Father Fox spoke about the Blessed Mother’s promise for the conversion of Russia if people would pray and sacrifice, but especially to pray the Rosary. Father believed that the changes we have seen in Russia and Eastern Europe are the miraculous consequences of the mercy of Our Lord and Our Lady, especially in response to the many Rosaries being prayed by people all over the world.

Read the rest of the article via Our Lady of Fatima – Seton Home Study School.

Excursion to HMB Endeavour


We had an excursion to the HMB Endeavour last Friday 27th April which was docked at the Waterfront City Marina, Docklands. Everyone had a great time and had the opportunity to experience what life was like on this amazing ship.

About the Endeavour: A replica of Captain Cook’s famous ship of discovery, HMB Endeavour, is displayed at the Australian National Maritime Museum as one of the nation’s foremost historical exhibits. The magnificent Endeavour is a full scale, Australian-built replica and one of the world’s most accurate maritime reproductions. On board the beautifully crafted ship, you glimpse a sailor’s life during one of history’s great maritime adventures, Cook’s epic 1768-71 world voyage.The museum maintains Endeavour for the public to experience 18th-century square-rig voyaging and seamanship by voyaging to other ports, where the ship berths and opens to the public. via http://www.endeavourvoyages.com.au/

 

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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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40 Days for Life – Melbourne, Victoria


While we are too late to be involved with the 40 days for life this year we wanted to share this with you so we can all get involved now and for the 40 days next year, and to also share this beautiful song “The Call”.

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Touch hearts. Save lives. Pray to end abortion.

You can help save lives!

The 40 days for life ran from February 22 to April 1, 2012. Our community joined many cities around the world in a faith-filled, groundbreaking, coordinated pro-life movement.

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life effort that consists of:

– 40 days of prayer and fasting

– 40 days of peaceful vigil

– 40 days of community outreach

We are praying that with God’s help, this groundbreaking effort will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our city and throughout Australia.

Since the first 40 Days for Life campaign was held in 2004, internationally:

– Over 5000 children have been spared from abortion (and these are just the ones we know about!)

– Over 60 abortion workers have quit their jobs;

– 19 abortion facilities have completely shut down; and

– Numerous women (and men too) are finding healing & forgiveness after having experienced an abortion.

There is much you can do, and this is where we need your help and involvement in the 40 Days for Life Melbourne campaign. Can you spare an hour, or two, or more, to pray for the life of a baby? The life you save through prayer will be made known to you in heaven.

Will you respond to “The Call”

Watch this heart moving clip with exquisite vocals by Majella McKendry.

via 40 Days for Life – Melbourne, Victoria.

More about the song

http://www.sydneycatholic.org/news/latest_news/2010/2010318_446.shtml

Related post: Just what would you give to end abortion?