February 29, 2024
Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 10am in the parish meeting room. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 20 March 2024.
This year there is the possibility of a weekend meeting via zoom—possibly Sunday afternoon. Those who express an interest will be consulted to set a time and day. Please express your interest through the parish office by 11 February. More information is available on the parish website. This group is a faith sharing activity, not an academic exercise.
There will be five books this year. The first book for this year is titled: Jesus and the Natural World by Denis Edwards, an Adelaide Diocesan priest, encourages Christians to wholeheartedly embrace ecological conversion and to connect with people around the globe in their deepening commitment to the survival of life on Earth. (Available from Garratt Publishing $19.95).
- Jesus and the Natural World – Denis Edwards
Denis Edwards, an Adelaide Diocesan priest, encourages Christians to wholeheartedly embrace ecological conversion and to connect with people around the globe in their deepening commitment to the survival of life on Earth.
2. Church Interrupted – John Cornwell
With unique insights and original reporting, Cornwell reveals how Francis has persistently provoked and disrupted his stubbornly unchanging Church, purging clerical corruption and reforming entrenched institutions, while calling for action against global poverty, climate change, and racism.
OR for zoom Book Club as the Cornwall book may now be unavailable
A Vision for Renewal – Michael Casey
Michael Casey, a monk of Tarrawarra Abbey near Melbourne, explores some key themes of the Pope’s social teaching – paradigm shift, joy, synodality, inclusivity, fraternity and our common home. He then considers the significance of these themes for religious life before sketching some of the challenges inherent in the Pope’s teaching. His reflections are not intended to provide a definitive analysis but to help readers further explore the issues in their own hearts and minds.
3. Maximilian Kolbe (The Life of) – William LaMay
In it you will read how his personal experience of an apparition of the Virgin Mary sent him on the path to a religious vocation with the Franciscan order and to the mission of spreading Marian devotion that eventually reached to all four corners of the globe. Father Kolbe was dedicated to saving souls through Christ and his Mother by making both physical and spiritual sacrifices.
4. Come Forth – James Martin
Father James Martin examines one of the most intriguing events in the New Testament—the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead—and explains its significance for us today. He analyses the miracle of Lazarus’s resurrection and asks us to consider what Jesus means when he calls Lazarus—and each of us—to “come forth.”
5. Joy to the World – Scott Hahn
Scott Hahn shines a different light on the Christmas narrative. Christmas is made familiar all over again by showing it to be a family story. Christmas, as it appears in the New Testament, is the story of a father, a mother, and a child–their relationships, their interactions, their principles, their individual lives, and their common life. To see the life of the Holy Family is to gaze into heaven.