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Narrow defeat for NSW assisted dying bill

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November 22, 2017

Article appeared on CathNews, published on 17 November 2017:  It was an emotional debate in the NSW upper house, with many MPs tearing up as they made their pleas for and against. Even if the proposed legislation passed the upper house, it would have likely fallen through in the Legislative Assembly with both Premier Gladys… Read More ›

Reflection Day for Women, Saturday 25th Nov 2017

To download flyer please click on this link: Reflection day for Women 25 Nov 2017

National Month of Prayer & Fasting for Families-October 2017

The Australian Catholic Marriage and Family Council (ACMFC), a Council of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, produced great resources: posters, prayers, bulletin notices, information and social media graphics that will provide parishes, schools and community groups with many opportunities to raise awareness for the Nationwide Month of Prayer and Fasting for Marriage and Families in October.. The resources… Read More ›

POSTAL PLEBISCITE-A CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY

Vote No, to keep marriage as a unique relationship between a woman and a man! For Resources from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference go to https://www.catholic.org.au/plebiscite If you believe that the traditional definition of marriage has served society, families and children well, and should continue to be protected under the law, but maybe feel as… Read More ›

Postal plebiscite on “same-sex marriage” announced

The Australian Government has announced there will be a postal plebiscite on whether the definition of marriage in the Marriage Act 1961 should be changed to include “same-sex marriage”. Ballot papers will be sent out to households on Tuesday, 12 September and all votes must be received back by Tuesday, 7 November. (ABS strongly encourages… Read More ›

URGENT: Please sign the petition!

Parishes across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains will this week be receiving information packs around a proposed bill – Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 – that is expected to be introduced into the New South Wales Parliament sometime during the second half of 2017. These packs include posters, information material and a petition to… Read More ›

Diocesan Family Sunday

Diocesan Family Sunday – “Family – An Oasis of Mercy” The Shrine of the Holy Innocents – what a beautiful place to host an event for families! Not just because of the surrounding gentle grassy slopes so wonderfully enjoyed by the children in the lovely sunny spring weather, or because of the path which takes… Read More ›

The death penalty for Chan and Sukumaran: Was it justice or just brute force?

“Free of blindfolds, the eight did sing, as they faced their final end. The echo of the barrel sounded then the silence did descend. Like statues, there the crowd stood mute, pondering whether this was justice or just brute.” The death of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran on 29 April 2015 exposed a surprising amount of… Read More ›