Big Strides for Little Feet

Dimitri at Figtree Early Learning Centre. Photo by St Anthony’s Family Care.

When you have a baby, your mind takes you on a journey. Immediately you start to think about what your child’s life has in store and how you, as a parent, can ensure they enjoy every opportunity in life.

In January 2018 my husband and I, along with our daughter Olympia, welcomed our twins Dimitri and Marissa to the world. Having twins was a challenge on its own, but we were so excited to be growing our family, that we took this new adventure in our stride.

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Mary and Flora MacKillop

Mary MacKillop.

A mother’s love is epitomized by sacrifice, self-giving, nurturing, shaping and supporting.

Mothers rejoice in the creation of a child and enjoy the happiness of family life.

Flora MacKillop was an exceptional mother to her children, despite shouldering many of the burdens of the family alone.

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The Two Mothers of Julian Tenison Woods

Grave of Julian Tenison Woods located at Waverley Cemetery NSW.

Julian Tenison Woods had a dream at age six of a heavenly mother. At age 15 he suffered the death of his earthly mother.

These two mothers held a special place in Julian’s life: Mary, whom he described as “my darling, sweet mother”, and Henrietta Marie St Eloy Tenison, his quiet, gentle and kindly mother whose life ended at age 46, in 1847.

The death of his mother was a profound loss for Julian.

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ethica and Fair Trade

Women working in Peru. Photo provided by ethica.

Want to join us in making a fairer world?

Unfair vs fair: Buying ethica fair trade products is just the beginning. Trade is about long-term relationships, between producers and consumers and between countries and regions. For us to truly achieve fair trade, we must see the world in a different way, as a world where everybody should have the same opportunities and rights, a world of fairness for all.

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150 Days for Refugees: Josephite Justice Network Launches New Campaign

Sr Jan Barnett rsj with Sayed Musavie. Photo by Cyrilla Almeida.

Refugee advocates and members of the Josephite Justice Network launched a new campaign, 150 Days of Action for Refugees, on 1 May for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker.

The campaign is a response to Pope Francis’ declaration of 2021 as the Year of St Joseph, who was himself a refugee in Egypt and is “the special patron of all those forced to leave their native lands because of war, hatred, persecution and poverty.”

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St Joseph: An Encounter

Statue of St Joseph the Worker located in the Mary MacKillop Chapel at Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre, East Melbourne VIC.

An encounter is an unexpected meeting. Thus there is always a surprise element in an encounter. Sometimes hearing the same story over and over we can miss the element of surprise and take for granted that there is nothing new in what we are hearing.

When we listen to the Scripture passages referring to St Joseph does this happen?

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ANZAC Day 2021

Poppies by Adina Voicu obtained from Pixabay.

My great grandfather Duncan was an ANZAC, served as a Sergeant-Major, and survived both World Wars. My aunty Sally fought leukemia and unfortunately did not survive, dying on ANZAC Day in 2002.

On ANZAC Day I remember them both. When they went to fight their own wars they were in their twenties – like me.

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Flora – A Woman of Faith

Peter MacKillop with mother Flora MacKillop ca 1867 [1]
Flora MacKillop (née MacDonald) was born in The Ben Nevis (Hotel) in Fort William in the Scottish Highlands in 1816. At the time her father Donald was the proprietor. She was the only girl with two brothers, Alexander and Donald. The family migrated to Melbourne in 1840 with their mother Catherine, while their father came later after he had paid off some outstanding debts at home. He eventually arrived in 1842 after the birth of his granddaughter Mary.

Their voyage was marred by tragedy, for Alexander aged 28 years, fell overboard during a fit of delirium brought on by an attack of typhoid fever. They eventually arrived in Melbourne in April 1840; however the sorrowing family had to spend two months in quarantine.

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