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Fertility Awareness Evening: 19 March

February 15, 2019

Fertility Awareness Evening: Diocesan Ministry Centre, 51-59 Allawah St, Blacktown 19 March 2019, 7pm   Abnormalities in a woman’s menstrual cycle can indicate underlying health issues. Hear about how irregularities to a normal cycle can be addressed and how an awareness of a regular cycle is a sign of good health. You’re warmly welcomed to… Read More ›

Vasco’s Story: A male’s perspective on Natural Fertility

Vasco gives a male’s perspective of how using Natural Family Planning (NFP) has positively impacted his life and that of his wife. He uncovers some myths and shares his intimate story of conversion from the more common methods used to plan families. He challenges you to become a better man and a better husband. A… Read More ›

Teachings of Humanae Vitae help couples have life “to the full”

by Steven Buhagiar In Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis reminds us that “we need to return to the message of the encyclical Humanae Vitae”. (82) How are we to understand this call? I think the key is to be found in the Pope’s recent statement to doctors that “the Church is for life!” It always has… Read More ›

Feast of St Joseph Men’s Breakfast – March 19

The event will begin with 8am Mass for the Feast of St Joseph. The event will then move to the Cathedral Hall for breakfast where Paul Ninnes will address the gathering. Small group discussion will follow and the event will end with morning tea. A range of Men’s groups will be present to promote their… Read More ›

Fatherhood: A journey that changes you forever

By Ben Smith, Director Family & Life Office I hope all fathers enjoy the presents and affection they receive on Father’s Day on September 6. The wonderful hand-made cards that I usually get from my children are special to me and make me reflect on how fatherhood has changed me over the last 10 years…. Read More ›

What happens when gender theory does not fit with reality: Rediscovering the complementarity of men and women

By Ben Smith, Director Family & Life Office Thirty years ago I watched one of my uncles win a trip to the Whitsunday Islands on the dating show Perfect Match. The theme song for the show used a number of images such as peaches and cream, sand and the sea and an oyster and a… Read More ›

The importance of fatherhood for our Church and society

Fathers have a special role in our Church and society to be a living image of Our Father in Heaven. The Our Father prayer that Jesus taught us in Sacred Scripture has some valuable lessons for all fathers especially in terms of their threefold mission to be a leader, provider and protector for their families…. Read More ›