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Korea this month, and at the Junior World
Championship in March.
Jim Carney of Merewether Heights wrote,
“I usually read Aurora and was intrigued by
Bishop Bill’s column about Father Therry. I
thought you may be interested in someone
who exists today because of Father
Therr y.” Jim’s Irish ances tor, Hugh Carney,
was sent to Australia for insurrection in
1821, leaving behind a wife and young child.
After working hard to gain his ticket of
leave and being granted 640 acres, Hugh,
who was illiterate, asked Fr Therry to apply
to have his wife and child sent to Australia.
Fr Therry acquiesced and they duly arrived.
Fr Therry baptised the Carneys’ second
child, Jim’s great-gr andfather, in 1831. Jim’s
letter concluded, “Currently Catholics and
Protestants can be friends which was not
the case when I was young.”
Recent tragic events remind us of the
gospel’s simple and timeless imperative,
“Love your enemies, and pray for those
who persecute you...” (Matthew 5:44).
The greater the injustices that surround us,
the greater the need to be our most loving
In this month’s “The Catholic Thing”, titled
“ What ‘on earth’ are Catholics doing at
Sunday Mass?”, Sr Louise Gannon rsj looks
at Charlie Hebdo and Mar tin Place, Sydney,
through the lens of liturgy. “The world
needs us all to be more. And it needs all
of us – Christians of all varieties, Jews,
Muslims, people of all faiths – to celebrate
our faith in the way that is uniquely ours.”
Isabella and Aidan Beckett love climbing
their favourite tree. See stor y page 13.
Photograph cour tesy of Melissa Grant.
I hope you feel that 2015 promises much
for you and yours. And in the words of
John O’Donohue, one of my favourite
When the canvas frays
In the currach of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.
Benedic tus: A Book of Blessings, T
A recent story from the United States
concerned parents who allowed their ten-
year-old son and six-year-old daughter to
walk home from a park a kilometre and a
half away. The children, unusually, weren’t
carrying a card saying, “I am not lost. I am a
free-range kid” and police intervened after
someone reported seeing the children
Associate Professor Paul Tranter wrote
our cover story about practical ways
for parents and teachers to develop
resilience in children. He would, I think,
be sympathetic to the parents of
Congratulations to Kailani Craine, our
November figure skating cover girl, who
achieved her goal in December to be
the first to win both Junior and Senior
Australian Figure Skating Championships.
What’s more, in her first senior
international competition (while still a
junior), Kailani won silver in the Mentor
Nestle Torun Cup in Poland. After
commencing Year 11 at St Francis Xavier’s
College, Hamilton, Kailani will compete in
TRACEY EDSTEIN – Editor
THE CHURCH AND
TAKE THE LEAP OF FAITH !
MUSIC TEACHING SPANS
TWO BY TWO
NEWCASTLE LIGHTS UP
THE CATHOLIC THING
SEASONS OF GRACE
LIGHT TO THE DARKNESS
WHY NOT SPEAK UP?
L’ARCHE: COME AS YOU ARE
NEEDS US ALL
TO BE MORE
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