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 Contents - Apr 2005AD2000 April 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Pope's suffering a potent Easter witness - Michael Gilchrist
Australia prepares for World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne - AD2000 Report
News: The Church Around the World
'Flying bishops' consecrated for orthodox Anglicans - Fr Nigel Zimmerman
Exploding myths about the 'pre-Vatican II' Church - John Young
Vocations: Why some new religious orders are attracting recruits - Fr John Hogan
Events: Carnivale Christi returning to Sydney with an Easter theme - Liz Arblaster and Anthony McCarthy
Cardinal Ratzinger: Liturgy should be God-centred - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
Letters: Dissent - Fr John Speekman
Scripture: So, what else did Jesus say? - Gavan O'Farrell
Adore 05: Sydney's successful Eucharistic Youth Congress - Nicole Osmak
Letters: ACU - Sabina Sannen
Letters: Chavagnes International College - Raymond De Souza
Letters: Teaching the faith - Rosanna Sherman
Letters: Stations of the Cross - D.T.S. Moorhouse
Letters: Religious habit - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Practice of faith - Br Con Moloney CFC
Letters: Confession - J.G. Wilson
Letters: Talking in Church - Judith McRae
Letters: Christ the Creator - Gerard J. Keane
Letters: Good news - Geoff Storey
Letters: Pregnancy Assistance - Brian A. Peachey
Books: The Path to Rome: Modern Journeys to the Catholic Church - Michael Casanova (reviewer)
Books: Love Alone Is Credible, by Hans urs von Balthasar - Kerrie Allen (reviewer)
Books: Mass Without a Congregation: A Sign of Unity or Division? - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Poetry: A Centurion Reflects - Bruce Dawe
Books: Religious resources for 2005
Reflection: Pope John Paul II: 'In the risen Christ all creation rises to new life' - Pope John Paul II
Marian Valley Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians, Canungra

In these days of crisis in the Church, to be the bearer of good news is always a welcome change. Here is one: "The Marian Eucharistic Alliance".

Since October 2004, when the Year of the Eucharist began, lay Catholics throughout Australia have been making a commitment to Our Lord in the Eucharist, Our Lady and the Holy Father, to become apostles in proclaiming the knowledge, love and worship of Jesus in the Eucharist and to offer reparation for the "insults, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended".

The Alliance is a positive response to the Holy Father's Encyclical Letter Ecclesia de Eucharistia, the Holy See's document Redemptionis Sacramentum, and the Australian Bishops' Conference Pastoral Letter on the Eucharist.

It is a lay initiative to celebrate the Year of the Eucharist by revitalising belief in the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and rediscovering the sense of the sacred in the Liturgy.

St Paul exhorts us: "Preach the word. Be constant in season and out of season ... for there shall be a time when they shall not endure sound doctrine" (2 Tim 4:1-3).

All lay Catholics who are faithful to the Church need to be empowered to understand, proclaim and defend the sound doctrine on the Real Presence, and the Year of the Eucharist is just the right season to do so.

Catholics interested in receiving a free information package about this project, may send their name and postal address to: Marian Eucharistic Alliance, PO Box 111, Forrestfield, WA 6058, or email to Alliance

The information package contains a colour prayer card designed specifically for the Alliance, a copy of the newsletter Adoro Te and a letter from Fr Douglas Harris, Parish Priest, Saint Bernadette's Church, Glendalough (Perth), which provides an explanation. Fr Harris is a Missionary of the Blessed Sacrament and member of the priests' Advisory Board to St Gabriel Communications.

Perth, WA
Mob 0418 933 152

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 3 (April 2005), p. 16

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