Season of Creation begins

The idea of celebrating a Season of Creation began in the Lutheran Church in Adelaide, Australia in 2000. Now many different churches all over the world take part. In 2016 the Catholic Church joined in. The season embraces the four Sundays of September before the Feast of St Francis of Assisi - 4 October. Norman… Read More »Season of Creation begins

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

"The Church has celebrated Mary’s birth since at least the sixth century. A September birth was chosen because the Eastern Church begins its Church year with September. The September 8 date helped determine the date for the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8."Franciscan Media Image: The Birth of the Virgin | fresco by Giotto

Saint Peter Claver

"When he was 29 years old, Peter left his home in Spain and went to Cartagena (in what is now Colombia), South America. There he continued his studies and was ordained a priest. Cartagena was the main market for the slave trade in the New World. Whenever a ship carrying Africans arrived in port, Peter… Read More »Saint Peter Claver

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

"The cross is a sign of suffering, a sign of human cruelty at its worst. But by Christ’s love shown in the Paschal Mystery, it has become the sign of triumph and victory, the sign of God, who is love itself."Loyola Press

1981: Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Laborem Exercens (‘On Human Work’)

"Pope John Paul II issued Laborem Exercens to mark the ninetieth anniversary of Rerum Novarum. It is also known by the English title On Human Labour. John Paul II’s own experience as a manual labourer and his personalist philosophical ethics shape this social encyclical. Unemployment and the impact of technology on work are major concerns of this encyclical. As… Read More »1981: Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Laborem Exercens (‘On Human Work’)

Saint Robert Bellarmine

Robert Bellarmine was a Jesuit scholar who was eventually made a Cardinal. His major work Disputations on the Controversies of the Christian Faith, helped to discredit the divine right of kings theory. This paved the way for Catholic Social Teaching's contemporary understanding of the Pope's role in temporal affairs, and of the role of the… Read More »Saint Robert Bellarmine

Migrant and Refugee Sunday

The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office's kit for Migrant and Refugee Sunday 2021 is now available: The theme for this year is, Towards an ever wider 'we'. Migrant and Refugee Sunday is celebrated in Australia on the last Sunday in September. This brings the practice of the Church in Australia into line with… Read More »Migrant and Refugee Sunday