Weekend reading

October always starts with a long weekend here, and with our city still in strict lockdown that meant opportunities for long walks, baking, reading and watching TV. I also took our eldest for another little driving lesson and that’s coming along nicely. And I read my review copy of Michael D. O’Brien’s latest novel, The…

St Therese the brave

St Therese of Lisieux is depicted in statues in many a Catholic church; a young woman with soft brown eyes and high cheekbones, dressed with a light coloured cloak over floor-length dark brown habit. She’s generally recognised by the pink or yellow roses and a crucifix held with slender hands to her breast. A perfect…

Taking light and hope into prisons

Fran Schubert, Deacon Mike Williams, Fr Greg Walsh CM and Geraldine Bowes are prison chaplains for the Diocese of Bathurst. They shared with The Catholic Weekly the highs and lows of their role and why they love it so much. I really enjoyed chatting with them and one of the prison’s govenors, who told me the chaplain…

Livestreamed Mass and cinnamon rolls

Just a quick lockdown weekend update – Saturday saw the usual house chores, grocery shopping and a neighbourhood walk and ended with watching some Netflix. I woke early on Sunday and got an hour’s work done on a book I’m putting together before taking our eldest for a short driving lesson in a car park…