Come back for Christmas

Adeste Fideles!

Dear All,

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

Over the last five or six 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 remains the site of … Continue reading

Secret WYD at St Vincent’s

There have been some unannounced and unexplained activities in recent weeks that suggest the Neocats are preparing St Vincent’s for some kind of World Youth Day involvement, despite the parish clergy’s repeated refusals to discuss the matter.

For a start, parts of the church that have not been touched for years have suddenly been cleaned. The Church Mouse’s favourite haunts are now barely suitable for murine habitation. Furniture has been moved, a couple of old heaters (which will be sorely missed by the Friday evening meditation and discussion groups) and some of the Community’s liturgical artefects have disappeared, the choir … Continue reading

Annoying WYD pilgrims

Catholic teaching affirms freedom that may annoy pilgrims

Eureka Street – Frank Brennan
July 03, 2008


World Youth Day Amendment

The NSW Government’s controversial Amendment to the World Youth Day Act is a dreadful interference with civil liberties, and contrary to the spirit of Catholic Social Teaching on human rights.

As an Australian Catholic lawyer, I am saddened that the state has seen fit to curtail civil liberties … Continue reading

Reconciliation Week 2008

The following speech was given by Professor Lowitja O’Donoghue at the Public Lecture and Prayers for Reconciliation at St Peter’s Anglican Cathedral, Adelaide on Tuesday 27th May 2008.

Thank you very much.

It is a great honour to be here tonight to kickstart Reconciliation Week for 2008.

I would like to thank, especially, the Very Reverend Dr Steven Ogden, Dean of St Peter’s Anglican Cathedral, for inviting me to present this lecture. I’m sorry he is unable to be here tonight.

I would also like to thank … Continue reading

PM Kevin Rudd’s sorry speech

The text of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s speech to Parliament.

February 13, 2008 – 3:55PM

I move:

That today we honour the indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

We reflect on their past mistreatment.

We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were stolen generations – this blemished chapter in our nation’s history.

The time has now come for the nation to … Continue reading

Sharing the Christmas Meal 2007

This year’s Christmas Sharing of the Meal will be held on Tuesday, December 18, starting at 11:00am.

The above excerpt from last Sunday’s Neocat bulletin tells us more by what has been excluded and/or misrepresented.

Walk to Eveleigh Street – “Block” at Redfern. Pilgrimage of Reconciliation with Catholic School representatives accompanying the Cross and Icon.
Tue Dec 18 10:30 – Tue Dec 18 11:00

Prayer to be prepared by Aboriginal community Tue Dec 18 11am – Tue Dec … Continue reading