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  • Pope Francis - World Day of Prayer 2020
    1 September 2020
    Each year, particularly since the publication of the Encyclical Laudato Si (24 may 2015), the first day of September is celebrated by the Christian family as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and the beginning of the Season of Creation, which concludes on the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on the fourth of October. During this period, Christians worldwide renew their faith in the God of creation and join in prayer and work for the care of our common home. more ...
  • Easter Sunday 2019
    23 April 2019
    Mary of Magdala walked, sometimes stumbling as the tears, which had been flowing since the terrible events of Friday, clouded her vision. On she went, past the city walls where the tombs of the honoured ancestors slept, stumbled blindly past them to where her beloved was buried. more ...
  • Good Friday 2019
    18 April 2019
    They called him the good thief; and someone, somewhere at some time gave him the name Dismas. It is a dismal sounding name. Perhaps, I thought, it is so because of the sadness of his life? I only recently learned Dismas is a name given to him in the gospel of Nicodemus, an apocryphal writing, and the name means sunset or death. We do not know his age or his village. We do not know his crime, although over the centuries he has been called the good thief. more ...
  • Holy Week 2019
    13 April 2019
    ‘And then the beating began.’ The first words that burst forth, uninvited from ‘CocoJo’s lips when I met him on a glorious February afternoon a few weeks ago. I had dropped into the Medaille Safe House to deliver clothes donations from my local parishioners. Clearly in need of a listening ear, CocoJo approached me. Bearing his untouched cup of coffee in his hands, he recounted without bitterness how ‘his friends’ had said they were offering him a job and a better life in the U.K Now he was trapped in the back of a van more ...
  • 5th Sunday of Lent 2019
    6 April 2019
    My father always said that I did more and better work than two grown men could do. It wasn't difficult for me because I suppose that I was a bit of a perfectionist. I liked things done quickly, efficiently, and tidily and, as we weren't well off, I was very useful about our little holding. But I found later that, riches don't make a person good or happy, and on the whole my family was both. We were faithful to the law and we all cared about each other and that was enough. more ...
  • 4th Sunday of Lent 2019
    29 March 2019
    Have you ever experienced losing something you treasured, or something important in your life? You never notice it is missing until the moment comes to use it, wear it, display it or pass it on to someone else. Then comes the frustration of: “Did I put it somewhere for safekeeping? Did I give it to someone? Did I loan it to someone? Did I carelessly put it somewhere? Was it stolen from me?” more ...
  • 3rd Sunday of Lent 2019
    25 March 2019
    In catechism lessons many years ago, we learned that God created us in His own image and likeness, to know love and serve Him on this earth and to be happy with Him forever in heaven. This tells us that we are pilgrims on a spiritual journey. St Ignatius encourages us “to put on the mind of a pilgrim and set out on a journey. more ...
  • 2nd Sunday of Lent 2019
    15 March 2019
    Since I started the Master of Divinity program here at JST, my dad has taken to  asking me theological questions. I love our conversations and appreciate how  interested he is in what I am studying, but honestly, sometimes I do not know the  answers. Recently he asked me why Jesus calls himself, “the Son of Man.”  more ...
  • 1st Sunday of Lent 2019
    9 March 2019
    The Church offers us a variety of moods during the liturgical year as we re-live the life of Jesus. On this first Sunday of Lent we find ourselves at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. He has just been baptized and had his identity confirmed 'You are my beloved Son . . .' more ...
  • Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking
    3 February 2019
    The purpose of the Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking is to provide a reading of Human Trafficking and an understanding that motivates and sustains the much-needed long-term struggle. The Migrant and Refugee Section invites everyone to engage vigorously in learning, communication and action about preventing and healing Human Trafficking, nourished by reflection, prayer, and the teachings of Pope Francis. more ...
  • Share the Journey 2018
    30 August 2018
    The Lampedusa cross is made from the driftwood of a boat that was wrecked off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy on 11 October, 2013. We walked in solidarity with those millions of refugees who flee from war, poverty and exploitation, searching for safety for themselves and their families         more ...
  • World Day of the Poor - 19th November 2017
    11 November 2017
    The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has declared 19th November this year as the first World Day of the Poor. In his apostolic letter to close the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis suggested the Catholic Church set aside one day each year when communities can “reflect on how poverty is at the very heart of the Gospel.” more ...
  • Feast of St. Margaret Mary 2017
    15 October 2017
    On reflecting on the life of Saint Margaret Mary I am always aware of how different I am to her because (apart from holiness), of our differences in culture and the great differences in understanding or expressions of penance or reparation. In the 17th century many practices in the Church were strict more ...
  • Congratulations to the Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
    14 August 2017
    Our Austrian sisters of the Victor Braun Federation, the Servants of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus, held their General Chapter from July 29th to August 12th 2017 in Vienna. The theme of the Chapter was "Go with us and enlighten us, For you are our God." more ...