Unveiling a desire for God

I was intrigued when I set out to interview four Sydney Catholics who choose to wear veils or scarves as head coverings at Mass and or/make them. I love donning a hat or cap whenever I leave the house but veiling for church settings (though I’m seeing it more frequently among young people) is quite…

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…

First Holy Communion Perfection

Recently our eldest boy received his first Holy Communion along with 38 other children at one of four first Holy Communion Masses at our parish this month. As with any big occasion where there are families, high emotions, layers of traditions, and a lack of personal space involved, there were some truly memorable moments…the delightful,…

Halloween. Do you love it or hate it?

Halloween has really irked me in recent years. For one thing, there’s a beautiful Catholic tradition behind the celebration of October 31 that has got almost completely submerged by the Halloween phenomenon. But mainly, there’s the fact that culturally it’s largely an American celebration and so, being an Australian, to me it feels even more…