The Feast of Christ the King, celebrated on the last Sunday of Ordinary Time, this year being Sunday 21st November, serves to remind us of his love. We are urged not to lose our perspective. Through the power of love, we can effect change in our world and continue to create a life filled with forgiveness and mercy in a world where justice and peace reign supreme.
November 10th is a day to celebrate Saint Leo the Great, also known as Pope Saint Leo I, his response to the call of the Lord transforming him into one of the greatest popes of Christian history. In fact, he was the first pope to be given the title, ‘the Great’.
St Luke, in Christian tradition, is the author of the Gospel according to Luke as well as the Acts of the Apostles.
Luke is believed to have been a Greek Gentile (non-Jew) from Antioch (modern Turkey). In Colossians, (4:14) Paul describes Luke as the ‘beloved physician.’
Not all saints start out saintly but the complete turnaround and conversion of St Augustine of Hippo has been an inspiration to many who struggle with a particular vice or habit they long to break.
July 22 is the Feast of St Mary Magdalene, also called Mary of Magdala. Once only celebrated as a memorial in remembrance of St Mary Magdalene, Pope Francis announced the status of the Mass was to be elevated to a Feast in June of 2016. Other than Sundays and Solemnities, it is the next highest rank of importance, raising her to be equal to that of the Apostles who are also celebrated as Feasts.
Observed annually in July, NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Each year, a different focus, something to strive towards not only for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, but for all Australians. The team at NAIDOC writes about the celebrations each year, to guide and encourage the Australian community to get behind the First Nations’ culture.
Observed annually on 26 May, National Sorry Day remembers and acknowledges the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who were forcibly removed from their families and communities, which we now know as ‘The Stolen Generations’. Communities across Australia gathered to reflect and grow.
ANZAC Day is on April 25 and is a national day of remembrance and commemoration. This day remembers all Australians who have served and died in war. The date marks the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps 1915 landing at Gallipolli, Turkey, in World War I.
Earth Hour is organised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Hundreds of millions of people around the world take part in Earth Hour by switching off for 60 minutes as a symbolic gesture of solidarity.
Polycarp was a disciple of Saint John the Evangelist.
As a disciple of John the Evangelist, Polycarp was able to hear firsthand stories about the life of Jesus from the apostles. After the apostles had gone, many heresies sprang up about Jesus’ true teachings and controversy arose about how to worship Christ. Christians were also being persecuted.