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Was there really a star at Bethlehem?

Was there really a star of Bethlehem at the time of Christ’s birth? In this 7min video, Brother Guy Consolmagno, a Jesuit brother and an astronomer at the Vatican, explores the possibility of a real astronomical event. More importantly, we can ponder what Matthew’s Gospel may be saying to us through the star’s inclusion in...
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Was Jesus really born in a stable?

An isolated stable or a crowded family dwelling? Was Jesus born in a lonely stable, having been rejected by the inn keeper? Or in the cramped quarters of a welcoming peasant home, in the midst of extended family? (Read Matthew 2:1-7) Scholars continue to debate the general sense and specific referent of the Greek word...
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Blessing

A prayer of blessing over teachers/leaders inspired by video ‘Images of the Word’ (Click on Play button on image of drummer on Home Page. Feel free to edit prayer) May you grow in knowledge of the Word of God who has called you to a ministry of teaching/leadership May you delight in the Word you...
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Your Advent Journey with Scripture

The season of Advent begins on Sunday, 2 December 2018. Advent is a special time to draw close to the Scriptures, preparing our hearts for an encounter with Jesus Christ. Here are some resources which can assist: By Bishop David Walker: Advent Lectio Divina Year C By Catholic Diocese of Wollongong: Saviour – Advent &...
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Teachers review “trek to the summit”

Report by Mary Connor (CSO Diocese of Broken Bay): On Monday 19 November, teachers who presented at the “Sweeter than Honey” Teaching Scripture Summit came together to finalise their 10 month journey, for which they gained 12 hours accreditation at Lead Teacher level. The presenters shared stories about how they have impacted practice in their...
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Make your own Jesse Tree

With Advent fast approaching, the tradition of the Jesse Tree is a lovely way of remembering the great stories and personalities of the Hebrew Scriptures as we prepare our hearts for the Christ child.  Here is one family-friendly way to make your own Jesse Tree. There are lots more Jesse Tree resources online. Loyola...
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Parents engaging with Scripture

Invitation: PARENT RETREAT DAY Friday 2nd Nov 2018. 9am-4pm St Joseph’s Spirituality Centre 8 Humphrey’s Rd, Kincumber South N.S.W. Our retreat theme: “Ancient Wisdom, Contemporary Lives” Guest presenter: Rabbi Gad Krebs Despite every obstacle imaginable, the Jewish people have managed to maintain their traditions over millennia, with a remarkable capacity to adapt and innovate while...
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Women in the Scriptures

Bible education series: 15, 22 Oct Women in the Scriptures: Discovering their Stories There are many intriguing stories in the Bible which feature women across both the Old and New Testaments. Over two evenings, rediscover these stories with biblical scholars and educators Dr Michele Connolly, RSJ and Dr Debra Snoddy from the Catholic Institute of...
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Public Lecture 17th Oct

Upcoming Bible education event: 17 Oct 2018 Under the Skin? Debating the Bible in Australian History Public Lecture by Dr Meredith Lake, 17 October 2018 Dr Meredith Lake is an Honorary Associate in the Department of History at the University of Sydney From the outset of its career in Australia, the Bible has been a...
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