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500th Anniversary of the Reformation Commemoration - An historical event from the 16th century which left its imprint on many areas of society throughout the centuries and launched a history of learning. Wednesday 11 October 10.00am to 5.00pm-  St Mary’s Cathedral Chapter Hall Adult -$40. Concession – $20 (including  morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea) Enquiries: (02) 9390 5172 Register here Speakers include: … Continue reading 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Commemoration
Religious Freedom Conference - On September 5 2016, The PM Glynn Institute and The Ambrose Centre for Religious Liberty are hosting a conference titled "Protecting Rights, Protecting People: Dignitatis Humanae and Religious Freedom"
James Parker – Sydney Tour - James Parker is a founding member of the international Catholic network for men, Harvesters, under whose umbrella he has brought the Gospel message to thousands of men. He has taught extensively on same-sex attraction and sexual addiction and has run programmes and seminars across Europe to help foster new groups and organisations to help support … Continue reading James Parker – Sydney Tour
Memorial Mass for the Unborn 2016 - Teachers, system leaders, senior students, parents and friends of the Sydney Catholic Schools community are invited to the annual Memorial Mass for the Unborn, which will be held on Friday, 2 September 2016 at St Mary’s Cathedral. This year the Mass will be preceded by a social gathering and catechesis (including finger food and refreshments), … Continue reading Memorial Mass for the Unborn 2016
World Youth Day 2016 - Between July 16 and August 7, approximately 660 staff and students from Sydney Catholic Schools attended WYD in Krakow, Poland; the homeland of WYD founder, Pope John Paul II. After months of preparation our 17 bus groups headed to Krakow via three main pilgrimages – the Holy Land, Saints of Italy and Prague Direct. During … Continue reading World Youth Day 2016
The Christmas Story – Art Competition - The Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney, Dr. Dan White, Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) for the Archdiocese of Sydney, and Mr. Anthony Cleary, Director of Religious Education and Evangelisation, invite schools from the Archdiocese of Sydney, Dioceses of Wollongong and Bathurst, and Catholic students in State schools, to participate in … Continue reading The Christmas Story – Art Competition
Theology of The Body 2016 - Sydney Catholic Schools is proud to present two new courses based on Pope Saint John Paul II’s work on Theology of the Body. The Head and Heart Immersion course is a five day residential course, led by Bill Donaghy, that examines the main themes of Theology of the Body. This course is available to both … Continue reading Theology of The Body 2016
Life Week 2016 - The Life Committee was founded in September 2014 to provide strategic direction, advice and practical support for teachers in Sydney Catholic Schools. This support aims to respond to ‘Life’ issues in a manner that is relevant and faithful to the teaching of the Catholic Church. This year from 2 – 9 September 2016, Sydney Catholic Schools … Continue reading Life Week 2016
Two new Auxiliary Bishops for the Sydney Archdiocese - The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney has two new Auxiliary Bishops. Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Anthony Randazzo and Father Richard Umbers to be the new Auxiliary Bishops of Sydney under Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP. They will join Auxiliary Bishop Terry Brady in the governance and pastoral care of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. Both priests … Continue reading Two new Auxiliary Bishops for the Sydney Archdiocese
Guild of St Stephen’s Altar Girls’ Retreat - The Guild of St Stephen (the Guild) is an association for those who are involved in the ministry at the altar. Through its activities, the Guild encourages all who serve at Mass and at other liturgies to grow in their ministry and to grow in their Catholic faith. Guild National Conferences are held about every … Continue reading Guild of St Stephen’s Altar Girls’ Retreat
Federal Election Guide – Archbishop Anthony Fisher - With the federal election just around the corner, we all have to decide who to vote for. This is not always an easy decision, but it is a very important responsibility, for Catholics as for others. We all must decide who deserves our vote. It is said that an unusually high proportion of Australian voters … Continue reading Federal Election Guide – Archbishop Anthony Fisher
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday - The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) has developed a number of resources to assist Catholic Schools in celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday on July 3. For 2016 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday Resources, NATSICC decided to adopt the following theme: Let the earth cry out to God with … Continue reading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday
Feast of St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop) - FEAST DAY – 8 AUGUST Mary MacKillop was born in 1842 in Fitzroy, Melbourne. On 8 August 1909, she died, having suffered a disabling stroke in 1902. Inspired by a meeting with Fr. Julian Tenison-Woods, Mary MacKillop took her vows at the age of twenty five, and the religious name, “Mary of the Cross”. In … Continue reading Feast of St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop)
Media Release - Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP condemns Orlando shooting – calls for prayers for victims. The news of the mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida is heartbreaking. We know 49 innocent people have been killed and many more injured, some fighting for their lives in hospital. Sadly the horror and the pain, the turmoil and … Continue reading Media Release
World Youth Day Formation Event - Approximately 500 students and their teachers gathered on May 17 at Holy Cross Catholic College Ryde for an exciting day of information, inspiration and formation in preparation for their upcoming WYD pilgrimage to Poland. Holy Cross Catholic College hosted the event, generously making available the College Chapel, hall, new learning spaces and playing fields. Mr … Continue reading World Youth Day Formation Event
Safe Schools Coalition Australia - Teachers of Religious Education are reminded that the materials produced by the Safe Schools Coalition Australia are not appropriate for use in Sydney Catholic Schools. While bullying, discrimination and vilification can never be tolerated, the materials developed by the Safe Schools Coalition are not consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church, especially in the … Continue reading Safe Schools Coalition Australia
Our Lady, Help of Christians - The Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians will be celebrated on 24 May. It is a special day of thanksgiving and honour of Our Lady, the patroness of Australia. Please click here to access support materials for your school Our Lady, Help of Christians – Prayer Service Preparations for the Cathedral Mass to celebrate … Continue reading Our Lady, Help of Christians
Year of Mercy “Holy Door” Pilgrimage - Staff from Sydney Catholic Schools flocked through the Holy Doors at St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney on Friday, 1 April to take up the challenge of Pope Francis, to “go on pilgrimage” to celebrate the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. The pilgrimage began at Mary MacKillop Place North Sydney. Pilgrims then moved to Mass at St … Continue reading Year of Mercy “Holy Door” Pilgrimage
Short course: Abrahamic Perspectives on Mercy - For the Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis, this Short Course provided by The Australian Catholic University will explore the understanding of mercy in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions. The Short Course will be held on Wednesday evenings in May. Topics and Speakers Wednesday, 4 May: “Mercy in Judaism”, Dr Avril Alba (University … Continue reading Short course: Abrahamic Perspectives on Mercy
Angelus or Regina Caeli during the Easter Season? - The Regina Caeli is a Marian prayer synonymous with the Easter Season. Traditionally, it replaces the Angelus during this time. Some schools have asked whether they should adopt this during the Easter Season. There is no system position regarding this. Rather, this is a local decision. This decision might be influenced by the age of … Continue reading Angelus or Regina Caeli during the Easter Season?
Easter Pastoral Message - ARCHBISHOP ANTHONY FISHER OP ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY EASTER PASTORAL MESSAGE 2016 ‘Cheers,’ people say as they raise their glasses, ‘Your health’. We are rarely conscious that such a toast is a prayer – for health, healing, safety, happiness – for ourselves and each other. The Risen Christ returns to us on Easter day and, raising … Continue reading Easter Pastoral Message
Staff Faith Formation Survey - The Strategic Improvement Plan ‘New Horizons’ highlights the importance of staff faith formation, and it outlines that during the next three years Sydney Catholic Schools will enhance and diversify the faith formation and religious leadership opportunities for staff (1.2). To this end, we seek feedback to assist in goal setting and future planning. Your completion … Continue reading Staff Faith Formation Survey
The Problem with the Safe Schools Coalition - As many of you would already be aware, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for a review of the controversial Safe Schools Coalition program, a program used by approx. 5% of Australian schools. This independent review will be conducted by Emeritus Professor Bill Louden (University of Western Australia). While some politicians and media commentators have … Continue reading The Problem with the Safe Schools Coalition
Year of Mercy – Holy Door Pilgrimage - The Religious Education and Evangelisation team are offering a pilgrimage opportunity to all Sydney Catholic School staff to experience the ‘Year of Mercy’. Please register early, in order to secure your preferred option.
800 years of the Order of Preachers – Lecture Series - As part of the great Jubilee celebrating 800 years of the Order of Preachers, the Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia invite you to join them to discover how the Scriptures shaped Dominic and his preaching. Dr Michele Connolly rsj will reflect on St Dominic’s favourite Scriptures. ALL are WELCOME to attend all of the scheduled … Continue reading 800 years of the Order of Preachers – Lecture Series
Ecce Homo – In the Footsteps of Jesus - Participants will experience a combined study program and first hand experience of the religious practices in and around Jerusalem. These include visits to Galiliee, Synagogues and the Holocaust Museum – Yad Vashem. Applications are required, using the following document: Ecce Homo 2016 Application Form Contact: Rebecca Ters on 9568 8419 or rebecca.ters@syd.catholic.edu.au
New RECs Orientation Day - On Tuesday, 9 February, newly appointed Religious Education Coordinators of the Archdiocese gathered at Sydney Catholic Schools Central Office for their induction and commissioning. The induction was led by the Director of Religious Education and Evangelisation, Mr. Anthony Cleary. In his presentation , Anthony spoke of the role of the REC, challenges and priorities, and … Continue reading New RECs Orientation Day
Year of Mercy Resources - A Jubilee Year has been called by the Church, to receive a blessing and pardon from God. This jubilee year began on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary on 8 December 2015, and will close on the Solemnity of Christ the King on 20 November 2016. This Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy celebrates … Continue reading Year of Mercy Resources
Further Study in RE & Theology - Teachers and system leaders wishing to commence post-graduate studies in Religious Education and/or Theology in 2017 are required to complete an Expression of Interest Form prior to course enrolment. Once submitted, this form will be assessed, and an interview will be arranged with the prospective student. This interview may be a phone interview, or conducted … Continue reading Further Study in RE & Theology
Prayer for Archbishop Anthony Fisher - Prayers are requested for Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, who fell ill shortly before Christmas. The Archbishop has subsequently been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an auto-immune condition that causes the immune system to attack the body’s nerves, causing muscle weakness and possible paralysis. Archbishop Anthony’s condition is one that will require some time for recovery. Chris … Continue reading Prayer for Archbishop Anthony Fisher
The Sydney Archdiocese Door of Mercy -    On Sunday 13 December, staff and students from Catholic schools across Sydney participated in the Opening of the Door of Mercy at St Mary’s Cathedral. The congregation also included representatives of many parishes of the Archdiocese of Sydney. The congregation processed around the Cathedral before entering through the Holy Door of Mercy for the … Continue reading The Sydney Archdiocese Door of Mercy
Year of Mercy Resources - Merciful Like the Father is a new collection by John Burland and Gary Pinto, composed for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. These songs echo the message of Pope Francis, and are drawn from the Scriptures identified in Misericordiae Vultus and the Holy Father’s writings. The collection encompasses the themes of mercy, compassion, justice and forgiveness. … Continue reading Year of Mercy Resources
Year 10 with Cardinal João Braz de Aviz - Yesterday’s Year 10 student gathering at The University of Notre Dame was a wonderful experience for those who attended. Cardinal João Braz de Aviz is the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. During the event he was engaging and enthusiastic, speaking with passion. Even with his … Continue reading Year 10 with Cardinal João Braz de Aviz
Opening of the Door of Mercy - All Sydney Catholic Schools are invited to the Opening of the Door of Mercy, at St Mary’s Cathedral at 10.30am with the celebration of Mass, Sunday 13 December. Pope Francis has dedicated an extraordinary Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy from December 8 2015 to November 20 2016. The Door of Mercy is a special Holy … Continue reading Opening of the Door of Mercy
Requiem Mass and Prayer for the victims of recent terrorist attacks - Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has led a Requiem Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral for the victims of recent terrorist attacks. Please click on the links below for more information on the Mass: CathNews article on the Requiem Mass on November 16 Michael Toohey, the Religious Education Co-ordinator at Freeman Catholic College, has prepared the following … Continue reading Requiem Mass and Prayer for the victims of recent terrorist attacks
Further Study in 2016 – Endorsement Deadline - The deadline for submission of endorsement forms for study in Religious Education and Theology for Summer School and Semester 1 of 2016 is on Friday 27 November 2015. Endorsement Forms need to be received by this date to ensure eligibility for reimbursement. Furthermore, those who are commencing in 2016 will need to advise the Religious … Continue reading Further Study in 2016 – Endorsement Deadline
Congratulations to Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP - Staff and teachers of the Catholic Education Office Sydney extend their heartfelt congratulations to Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on the anniversary of his installation as Archbishop of Sydney. Over the course of the past year, Archbishop Fisher has actively worked with Sydney Catholic schools in order that they may take up the opportunity to be … Continue reading Congratulations to Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP
Pastoral Message “For All The Saints” - Please click the image below to view the pastoral letter from Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP to the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Sydney, for the Year of Consecrated Life. Entitled “For all the Saints”, the Pastoral Letter was delivered on the Feast of All Saints, 2015.
Life Week Competitions 2015 - The inaugural ‘Write to Life’ competition student winners have been praised by judges for the high quality and diverse range of entries that focused on racism, refugees, drug abuse and the value of families. The competition for schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney offered students three sections – Primary, Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary in … Continue reading Life Week Competitions 2015
2015 Acton Lecture - On 14 October, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP delivered the 2015 Acton Lecture at Sydney’s Centre for Independent Studies. Titled Should Bakers be Forced to Bake Cakes for Same-Sex Weddings: Democracy and the Rights and Limits of Religion and Conscience in Contemporary Australia, the lecture addressed pressing issues that Australian society is currently facing. Archbishop Fisher … Continue reading 2015 Acton Lecture
Marriage and the Rights of Children - The St Thomas More Society and McAuley Hawach Lawyers invite you to attend a lecture by Joe de Bruyn, Chairman of Campion College and National President of Australia’s largest union, the Shop Distributive & Allied Employees Association. It will be held on 12 November in St Patrick’s Cathedral Hall, Parramatta. Please click on the flyer … Continue reading Marriage and the Rights of Children
Anti-trafficking Seminar - The St Joseph’s Enfield parish has an anti-trafficking group that are hosting a seminar on the issue on 14 October at 7pm. The guest speakers will be Jennifer Burn and Ruth Pilkinton. This seminar provides insights and background information that may be relevant for Secondary teachers, particularly in the teaching of “E Strand” units that … Continue reading Anti-trafficking Seminar
Nostra Aetate Commemorative Event - This year marks the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the Papal Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions. To celebrate this anniversary Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, Rabbi Dr. Benjamin Elton and other guest speakers will lead a series of presentations on the past, present and future of the Christian-Jewish Relationship. The event … Continue reading Nostra Aetate Commemorative Event
National Rosary Day – 13 October 2015 - In the second week of Term 4, on Tuesday 13 October, a National Rosary Day is being held to pray for Australia, the youth of our country, and to promote the popular Marian prayer, given that October is the month of the Rosary. It is hoped that schools will pray either the full Rosary or … Continue reading National Rosary Day – 13 October 2015
Divine Mercy Evening - On Friday 21 August, Casimir College Marrickville hosted a Divine Mercy Night for students across Sydney Catholic schools. It was great to see around 260 students from the schools across the diocese gathering to pray. The night was a fantastic opportunity to immerse students in the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and get a real sense of … Continue reading Divine Mercy Evening
Deacon Harold Talks - Students across Sydney Catholic schools were recently privileged to experience an empowering presentation by the ‘Dynamic Deacon”. Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers serves at the Immaculate Heart Catholic Church Portland Oregon, and is currently travelling the world to passionately spread his deep knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. Students filed into the hall with the routine and … Continue reading Deacon Harold Talks
Memorial Mass for the Unborn - Teachers, system leaders, senior students, parents and friends of the Sydney Catholic Schools community are invited to the annual Memorial Mass for the Unborn, which will be held on Friday, 11 September 2015 at St Mary’s Cathedral. The Mass will start promptly at 7:00pm, and will include a moving candlelit procession of 82 candles, symbolizing … Continue reading Memorial Mass for the Unborn
Life Week - From the 7 – 11 September 2015, Sydney Catholic Schools will celebrate the first annual Life Week, with students being invited to participate in one of a number of activities: · Writing Competition (Primary & Secondary) · Art Competition (Primary students only) · Film competition (Secondary students only) The attached documents provide details for each … Continue reading Life Week
Ex Corde Ecclesiae – 25th Anniversary - In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, you are invited to attend a book launch and panel discussion exploring Pope John Paul II’s vision for the Catholic University.
WYD16 Pilgrim Group Leaders and Staff Pilgrim Applications - The Catholic Education Office Sydney is inviting staff in Systemic Primary and Secondary schools to submit applications for consideration as Pilgrim Group Leaders and Staff Pilgrims for WYD16 in Krakow. The accompanying documentation contains all relevant information to assist applicants, including FAQs Information Sheet, the PGL Role Description, Staff Pilgrim Expectations, Selection Criteria for PGLs … Continue reading WYD16 Pilgrim Group Leaders and Staff Pilgrim Applications
WYD16 Journey Begins! - On Friday July 31 students from across the Sydney Archdiocese gathered to begin the journey to WYD16 in Krakow Poland. The students were joined by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, Dr Dan White, the Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools, and clergy and teachers from across the Archdiocese. The day was an exciting celebration that included … Continue reading WYD16 Journey Begins!
Euthanasia Debate - On 13 August, The Archbishop of Sydney, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, will debate the influential ethicist, Peter Singer, on the topic Should Voluntary Euthanasia be Legalised? The debate, to be held at Sydney Town hall, promises to be an important and insightful exchange. Archbishop Fisher holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), a Bachelor of Laws, … Continue reading Euthanasia Debate
Timor-Leste Encounter - Over the last holidays I travelled with six other teachers from our schools to Timor-Leste, on a Palms Australia Encounter. Timor-Leste is one of our closest northern neighbours. The first people of Timor are believed to have arrived 40,000 years ago in a migration movement, which also saw the initial human habitation of Australia and … Continue reading Timor-Leste Encounter
Unpacking The Archbishop’s Charter - On Wednesday, leadership teams from schools across the diocese met at Homebush, in order to unpack the Archbishop’s Charter. This was in preparation for the Cyclic Review process. The Keynote address given by Archbishop John Miller, from Vancouver, provided insights into fostering authentic Catholic schools, based upon the charter’s eleven items and corresponding reflection points. … Continue reading Unpacking The Archbishop’s Charter
Catholic Youth Festival Teacher-Pilgrims - Young teachers (up to 25 years of age) from our primary schools are invited to participate in the Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2015. By participating in this festival, we hope to encourage and inspire young teachers in their faith and work within Sydney Catholic Communities and the life of the Catholic Church. The Festival will … Continue reading Catholic Youth Festival Teacher-Pilgrims
The Pallium - The Pallium has been worn by the Popes since at least the Fourth Century, and its use by certain other bishops was permitted as a sign of a close connection with the Church in Rome, or as a particular honour. In current practice, the Pope grants the Pallium to Metropolitan Archbishops, to the Latin patriarch … Continue reading The Pallium
Laudato Si – Pope Francis’ Encyclical - Laudato Si – Pope Francis’ Encyclical Pope Francis has released his historic Encyclical Letter on the care for our common home – the environment. Click here to view the entire Encyclical Vatican News Overview of ‘Laudato Si’ Vatican Video on ‘Laudato Si’ Rome Reports – Breaking Down The Encyclical It’s a call to dialogue, on … Continue reading Laudato Si – Pope Francis’ Encyclical
HSC Studies of Religion Focus Day 2014 - On Tuesday the 25th June 2014, the Australian Catholic University in Strathfield was the venue for the fifth Annual Studies of Religion HSC Focus Day. This event was coordinated by the Religious Education and Evangelisation Team from the Catholic Education Office (CEO) Sydney and offered approximately 1200 Year 12 students and their teachers an opportunity … Continue reading HSC Studies of Religion Focus Day 2014
Combined Regions Year Nine Evangelisation Day - Domremy College, Five Dock was recently host to an Evangelisation Day that was aimed at animating Year 9 students across the Inner West and Eastern Regions, to be witnesses to the love of God in their school communities The Sydney Catholic School System has adopted the theme of ‘Blessed Are The Pure In Heart, For … Continue reading Combined Regions Year Nine Evangelisation Day
Southern Region Year Nine Evangelisation Day - The theme for the ‘Evangelisation Day’ was based upon the Beatitude: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Mat 5.8). This was expanded to simply be “A Pure Heart: An Open Heart!” The day began with a Lectio Divina Prayer based on the Beatitudes, led by a selection of students from … Continue reading Southern Region Year Nine Evangelisation Day
Voicing the Vision 23-24 June - The Voicing the Vision Conference aims to provide information, strategies and resources related to the work of the Family Educators, especially in the areas of family evangelisation and faith formation. Workshops and keynote addresses will be of particular benefit to Principals, Family Educators, RECs, Parish Priests and Parish Staff who are seeking ways to engage … Continue reading Voicing the Vision 23-24 June
Pastoral Letter on Marriage - The issue of ‘same-sex marriage’ has dominated the media’s news cycle in recent weeks, and politicians have become more outspoken in proposing changes to the definition of marriage, contained within the Marriage Act. In light of these circumstances, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has released the Pastoral Letter, ‘Don’t Mess With Marriage’ The Pastoral Letter … Continue reading Pastoral Letter on Marriage
Beginning Teachers Retreat - Two First Year Teacher retreats have been completed for 2015, with very successful results. Approximately sixty-five teachers attended the two-day residential retreat in the beautiful surroundings of Benedict XVI Retreat Centre at Grose Vale. A special presentation was made by Dr Dan White, (Executive Director of Catholic Schools, Sydney) whose presentation was titled ‘Catholic Pedagogy: Nurturing … Continue reading Beginning Teachers Retreat
Our Lady Help Of Christians Mass 2015 - The bi-annual Archdiocesan Mass for the Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians was celebrated with primary students on Monday 25 May at St Mary’s Cathedral. The celebration will live in our memories for many reasons. The 116 primary schools, including Congregational schools, represented on the day sent eight of their year five and six … Continue reading Our Lady Help Of Christians Mass 2015
Walk With Christ – June 7 2015 - Join in next Sunday, 7 June, on the Feast of Corpus Christi, when thousands of Sydney Catholics will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the modern Eucharistic Procession in Sydney. Bishop Terry Brady will lead the Procession through the streets of Sydney, starting at St Patrick’s Church Hill, Wynyard at 2:30pm and finishing at St Mary’s … Continue reading Walk With Christ – June 7 2015
Archbishop Fisher’s Response to Allegations - This morning, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP spoke on Radio National about the allegations and criticisms levelled at Cardinal Pell in relation to claims raised of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Ballarat. The Archbishop has also written this formal letter of response. Click below to listen to the entire interview with James Carleton on Radio … Continue reading Archbishop Fisher’s Response to Allegations
A Vision for Catholic Education - On the 18th May, an Archdiocesan Gathering Day was held at the Waterview, Bicentennial Park. The day was attended by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, Dr Dan White – Executive Director of Catholic Schools, Mr Anthony Cleary- Director of Religious Education and Evangelisation, Sydney Catholic schools Religious Education Coordinators, Youth Ministry Coordinators and staff of the … Continue reading A Vision for Catholic Education
The Family Educator Project visits USA - Last month, the Family Educator Project was taken on a journey to the United States, where it was presented to over 70 people from different diocese in the US, as well as a number of other countries, such as England, the Bahamas and Scotland. The event was the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Convention and … Continue reading The Family Educator Project visits USA
Archdiocesan Gathering Day – 18 May - On Monday 18 May, REC’s, Assistant REC’s, YMC’s will gather at the Waterview Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park in order to listen to insights and updates from keynote speakers, and discuss issues facing Religious Education. Speakers will cover the following areas: World Youth Day & Youth Ministry – Robert Haddad Keynote Address – Archbishop Anthony … Continue reading Archdiocesan Gathering Day – 18 May
University of Notre Dame Folk Choir - The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir will be touring Australia during late May, performing in Sydney on the 30-31st May. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience these talented and spirit filled singers and musicians on their first visit from Southbend, Indiana (USA) The Notre Dame Folk Choir began have been singing since the … Continue reading University of Notre Dame Folk Choir
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Each year, the World Council of Churches sets aside a week specifically for Christians to pray together for Christian unity. In the southern hemisphere in 2015, this week is 17 – 24 May; the week between Ascension and Pentecost. The scriptural basis for this year’s week of prayer is John 4:1-42, and in particular, the … Continue reading Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Secondary Religious Education Curriculum Review - The Secondary Religious Education Curriculum has been undergoing a review of its focus and content for the past four years. This has been in consultation with Secondary Religious Education Coordinators and Religious Education teachers from across the Archdiocese, and also from other dioceses, who also use this Religious Education Curriculum. The review has also been … Continue reading Secondary Religious Education Curriculum Review
Open Heart Concert - Excitement is building for the ‘Open Heart’ concert, presented by the Catholic Education Office Sydney, welcoming back Steve Angrisano for a special performance for students in Years 10 and 11 at St Patrick’s College Sutherland on Friday 22 May 5:30pm – 9:00pm. Steve Angrisano is regarded by many as one of the most effective and … Continue reading Open Heart Concert
Mass for Year of Consecrated Life - His Grace Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney celebrated a magnificent Mass on Saturday 11th April to mark the Year for Consecrated Life, which Pope Francis has called the Church to celebrate in 2015. Around six hundred people attended the Mass. In his address His Grace declared, “in looking at our past with gratitude, living … Continue reading Mass for Year of Consecrated Life
Seminarians Join Catholic Schools - In recent years, the Sydney Catholic Education Office and the Seminary of the Good Shepherd have co-operated to train seminarians for pastoral placements in Catholic schools. During Term 1, 2015, six second year and four fourth year seminarians were prepared for placement in the following five System schools: St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Oatley St … Continue reading Seminarians Join Catholic Schools
Easter Pastoral Letter - The Easter Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP to the clergy, religious and people of the Archdiocese of Sydney, on hope and peace in a time of insecurity.
Year of Consecrated Life - Pope Francis has proclaimed a year to celebrate consecrated life, commencing on 30th November 2014 and concluding on 2nd February 2016, the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. The purpose of the Year of Consecrated Life is to give thanks for the many joys and fruits that consecrated life brings. The system … Continue reading Year of Consecrated Life
The Angelus at Our Lady of The Annunciation, Pagewood - Students and staff of Our Lady of The Annunciation Catholic Primary school, Pagewood joined thousands of others in Catholic school and office communities across Sydney, to pray the Angelus at midday on 25 March 2015. The church at Pagewood was beautifully decorated with student artwork depicting the moment that the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary … Continue reading The Angelus at Our Lady of The Annunciation, Pagewood
Praying the Angelus - On 25 March, the feast of the Annunciation, staff at the Catholic Education Office, Leichhardt gathered at midday to pray the Angelus. The Angelus is an ancient prayer recalling the events of the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would conceive by the Holy Spirit and become the mother of God. … Continue reading Praying the Angelus
Reflecting on the Angelus - Dear Brothers, Friends and Colleagues, As an opinionated Year Eleven student, I helped to lead a protest on the demise of our school’s bell. Student protests were a bit more de rigueur in the early seventies, and I found myself embroiled in more than one. We had a great bell. A venerable, old bell. A … Continue reading Reflecting on the Angelus
Abrahamic Pilgrimage Reflection - Encountering The Abrahamic Faiths: Reflections On A Pilgrim’s Journey to the Holy Land January 2015 At the start of 2015 the rich tradition of the pilgrimage is alive and well across the globe and shows no sign of going out of fashion. The very word pilgrimage has the power to evoke a host of images: … Continue reading Abrahamic Pilgrimage Reflection
Abrahamic Faiths Pilgrimage - Encountering The Abrahamic Faiths Pilgrimage – Signs Of Hope In A Complex Land. In January of this year I was extremely privileged to lead a group of 45 very excited and very eager pilgrims, ranging in age and teaching background and life experiences, to the Holy Land. We gathered for 3 pre-pilgrimage meetings in 2014 … Continue reading Abrahamic Faiths Pilgrimage
Valentines Day Initiative - The Australian Catholic Marriage & Family Council is pleased to offer the 2016 edition of the St Valentine’s Day initiative. This initiative is part of the Council’s ongoing desire to use the innate joyfulness of the feast of St Valentine to promote and affirm marriage and life-long romantic love. In a culture that is increasingly … Continue reading Valentines Day Initiative
De La Salle Cronulla’s Pilgrimage Meeting with Bishop Marcello Sanchez Sorondo -  De La Salle Cronulla’s Pilgrimage Meeting with Bishop Marcello Sanchez Sorondo Students and staff from De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla have just returned from Italy for the beginning of the new school year. As well as studying the HSC subjects Ancient History, Visual Arts and Studies of Religion first hand, they have made a … Continue reading De La Salle Cronulla’s Pilgrimage Meeting with Bishop Marcello Sanchez Sorondo
Marist College North Shore Awarded by St. Vincent de Paul Society - Last month, the St. Vincent de Paul’s Society Night Patrol committee announced their first annual awards in 2014 in recognition of those in the community who help serve along side them in Night Patrol, a food and beverage service that drives through the Sydney CBD providing assistance to Sydney’s homeless. There are 1,200 volunteers who … Continue reading Marist College North Shore Awarded by St. Vincent de Paul Society
Welcome Archbishop Fisher OP. DD - At 8pm on Thursday September 18, the official announcement came from the Apostolic Nuncio in Australia, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, indicating that Sydney has a new Archbishop. The statement read in part: “His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed as Archbishop of Sydney the Most Reverend Anthony Colin Fisher, O.P., who has been until now the Bishop … Continue reading Welcome Archbishop Fisher OP. DD
Social Justice Day – 2014 - SOCIAL JUSTICE DAY 2014 Approximately 350 students from 40 Catholic Secondary Colleges across Sydney gathered at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College Burwood on the 12th November to participate in the annual Archdiocesan Social Justice Day. Students and staff reflected on the 2014-15 Social Justice Statement: ‘A Crown for Australia. Striving for the best in our … Continue reading Social Justice Day – 2014
New Archbishop for Sydney - At 8pm on Thursday September 18, the official announcement came from the Apostolic Nuncio in Australia, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, indicating that Sydney has a new Archbishop. The statement read in part: “His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed as Archbishop of Sydney the Most Reverend Anthony Colin Fisher, O.P., who has been until now the Bishop … Continue reading New Archbishop for Sydney
Design Thinking in Religious Education at St Felix Catholic Primary School Bankstown - During Term Three, Years 4, 5 and 6 implemented the ‘Design Thinking Process’ into the teaching of a Unit of work in Religious Education incorporating Immersion, Synthesis, Ideation, Prototyping, Feedback and Feedforward. Students and teachers participated in active discussions, purposeful research, exploration and rich learning experiences. The construction of each grade’s Learning Wall was developmental, … Continue reading Design Thinking in Religious Education at St Felix Catholic Primary School Bankstown
Vale Cardinal Clancy - Edward Bede Cardinal Clancy AC Cardinal Priest of Santa Maria in Vallicella 7th Archbishop of Sydney (1983-2001) Edward Bede Clancy was born in Lithgow on 13 December 1923. He was educated at Holy Camp Public School (Grenfell), St Monica’s Primary School and Good Samaritan School, Richmond and Marist Brothers’ College, Parramatta. He was ordained a … Continue reading Vale Cardinal Clancy
A prayer service for peace in our world - A prayer service for peace in our world
Farewell Cardinal Pell - On Tuesday March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation, Sydney Catholic Schools farewelled His Eminence, George Cardinal Pell AC., from the Archdiocese of Sydney, in a solemn Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Toward the end of February it was announced that His Holiness, Pope Francis, had appointed Cardinal Pell to the newly created ministry within … Continue reading Farewell Cardinal Pell
‘Into The Desert” Holy Land Pilgrimage - ‘Into the Desert’- Holy Land Pilgrimage On January 11 2014, 43 Pilgrims from the Sydney Archdiocese began a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Dr. Dan White and Bishop Comensoli led the group together with Harvest Pilgrimages. Our group was a mixture of beginning teachers and experienced teachers, along with RECs, APs and principles and some … Continue reading ‘Into The Desert” Holy Land Pilgrimage
Fish On Fridays Of Lent - Fish On Fridays Some people often wonder why Catholics fast on some days and do not eat meat on Fridays during Lent. In the past, fasting and abstinence were practices that characterised Catholics and gave them a distinct religious and cultural identity. Nowadays, these practices are not so common and some wonder whether they still … Continue reading Fish On Fridays Of Lent
Embracing The Archbishop’s Charter At All Saints Catholic Primary School Liverpool - At all Saints Catholic Primary School, the Archbishop’s Charter has been included in all recent documentation. Staff has received in servicing on this document and this will be an ongoing occurrence. During 2013 we re wrote our vision and mission statements. Parents, students and staff were involved in this activity. A competition was held among … Continue reading Embracing The Archbishop’s Charter At All Saints Catholic Primary School Liverpool