Friends in Spain

Encomun is a Spanish collective of some 30 Christian communities from Madrid. Their blog is intended to serve as a virtual meting place for the communities. Intrepid translator, Joe C., has produced this English version of Part 2 of a recent article entitled WYD08 in Sydney and the parish of Redfern that the Mouse stumbled across during the week.

Many thanks for your support, members of Encomun.

It’s some time now, a couple of years, that I have been following the vicissitudes of a small Australian parish community, that of St Vincent’s in Redfern, a poor suburb … Continue reading

Cause for celebration

Last Sunday the community celebrated a special Mass in honour of the 96th birthday of one of its members, Eileen. Photos may be viewed here. The following message of thanks comes from one of Eileen’s daughters: Dear all

Many thanks for the humungous effort you all put into making yesterday such a memorable and joyful event for Eileen. Eileen was deeply moved, as were we her family. It was wonderful to feel the joy of the Redfern community, and to know that we are capable of recovering a spirit of optimism untarnished by the tensions, hurt and so many … Continue reading

Mural under threat

The iconic St Vincent’s mural is under serious threat from the poor adhesion to the wall of the original painted surface beneath the mural. Unfortunately, the circumstances under which the mural were painted precluded the wall from being adequately prepared.

The condition of the wall has been exacerbated by the parlous state of repair of the church’s roof, guttering and drainage allowing the ingress of water during several periods of heavy rain earlier this year, and accelerating the separation of the mural from the wall in numerous areas.

Running repairs were performed as recently as last Friday evening, so the … Continue reading

Save Black Fella’s Dreaming

The Blackfellas’ Dreaming Museum (and here) is a large and overwhelming testimony of Australian History through Aboriginal eyes. And it easily moves people.

Gathered by an Aboriginal man, Gordon Syron, an urban Aboriginal art pioneer, it is one of the largest Aboriginal owned collections that is not connected to any institution. The art works are currently being catalogued for a Bonhams & Goodmans auction with a date set for 9 May 2007. This collection should not be spilt up and sold off to private collectors overseas. It should be a National Treasure, placed safely in the hands … Continue reading

Easter Timetable

Holy Thursday – Mass of Lord’s Supper – April 5, 6:00pm

Good Friday – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion -April 6, 3:00pm

Easter Saturday – Easter Vigil – April 7, 7:00pm

Easter Sunday – Mass – April 8, 10:00am

Come and join us if you can. All welcome!

Spirituality in the Pub

Michael Gravener is talking to Spirituality in the Pub, North Sydney at an evening devoted to Human Dignity and the Justice System on Mon Mar 19.  Speaking with him is Paul Flannery former District Court Judge.  Each will talk for 10-15 mins and then there will be questions and discussion.
The Union Hotel, cnr Pacific Hwy and West St, North Sydney, 7.30-9.00pm.
Good cheap counter meals available before the evening begins.
Parking in street or at St Mary’s North Sydney.

Enquiries Michelle Kamper: 9958 5963.

Come back to Redfern

Adeste Fideles!

Dear All,

It is time to re-issue the call to come back to St Vincent’s.

Over the last few years, we at St Vincent’s have been challenged to reconsider our faith in unexpected ways ever since a gracious Cardinal recommended to an ailing Ted Kennedy that it might be time for him to retire, with an assurance that the fruits of three decades of priestly labour would be respected.

Redfern today is the site of two … Continue reading

Poor Church

On Sunday 25 July 2004 Encounter’s David Rutledge presented a program on St Vincent’s Redfern, entitled Poor Church.

Encounter is a radio program that may be heard on Sundays at 7.10am (repeated Wednesday at 7.10pm) on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National network.

This highly acclaimed series, co-ordinated by Florence Spurling, explores the connections between religion and life.

With an emphasis on a high standard of creative production, Encounter invites the listener … Continue reading