Dr Edward Sri to arrive in Sydney on Thursday June 27

Dr Edward Sri will arrive in Sydney on Thursday the 27th of June to give five full days of presentations. The tour will begin at Rooty Hill RSL where he will present to over 300 teachers from the Parramatta Diocese for two days. Religious coordinators, religious educators in both primary and secondary schools along with almost every principal will be present at these two days.

The theme is on the Gospel of Matthew, so please pray for the teachers during these two days and may Dr Ed Sri have a strong impact on them all.

Dr Ed Sri will then be speaking to the Sydney Catholic University students at their three day annual retreat at the Benedict XVI Centre in Grose Vale. Dr Sri will also give the keynote address at The Culture Project’s inaugural fundraising dinner. Adding to his already packed schedule, Dr Sri gives 2 talks at St Bernadette’s in Castle Hill on Saturday the 29th of June followed by a day conference on the Sunday at the Croatian Catholic Centre in Blacktown.

We are excited to have Robert Haddad join in as he gives a presentation to the men while Dr Sri will give a presentation to the women, as well as the whole group. They will then come together and do a Q & A panel. That evening Dr Sri will speak at Our Lady of Lebanon Church after 7pm Mass and then also give an all day workshop for the teachers of Gilroy College.

Finally Dr Sri will speak at Theology on Tap at the Two Wolves Cantina on the evening of Monday the 1st of July. This will be another fantastic trip by the one and only Ed Sri, so please make sure you get to some of these events!

Fire Up Ministries First Family Night

I was privileged to be invited to give a presentation at the first ever Fire Up Family Night. Simon and Madeleine Carrington are doing an amazing job with this ministry teaching the message of chastity across the country.

I gave a talk on The Great Adventure of the Bible in an hour. I had a great time and it is always encouraging to see the excitement in people when they see scripture laid out for them. I can’t encourage you enough to please support Fire Up Ministries.

They are having their second fundraiser dinner at the Epping Club again with keynote speaker Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers. It is on Friday September 6 so save the date and make an effort to go!

Please visit http://fireupministries.com/ and visit their Facebook page.

The Hernons from the Messy Family Project were a hit!

Mike and Alicia Hernon, the founders of the Messy Family Project, came out to Australia this past month. They gave several talks in Sydney, Albury, Melbourne and the Central Coast.

They visited our Cradio office for an interview with myself and recorded some short videos for our YouTube channel. Be sure to look out for that interview later this month. To find out more about this exciting couple and parents of 10 children, subscribe to their podcast at https://www.messyfamilyproject.org.

Did you notice our New Look Website?

Earlier this month we went LIVE on our new look website which looks fantastic. As you know, we announced that we will now be known as simply ‘Parousia’.

We did this because Media is only one part of our mission now. We released a document explaining the new vision of Parousia and the different things we do which can be found on our website.

When you visit the home page you will now see a new tagline – “More than informed. Transformed. In Christ.”

This sums up what we are wanting to achieve with God’s grace – transformation.

You will notice three boxes that showcase our three streams…

Parousia MEDIA – This includes all of our social media, website, TV and radio shows, blogs, CDs, DVDs, books and other resources. This was the foundation of Parousia in those early years and from 20 titles we have now grown to over 2,000 titles in a range of formats.

Parousia LIVE – This includes all of our speakers, study groups, the interactive component of the Narrow Gate comments section, the Parousia Hour LIVE show and of course Pilgrimages. Anything where we are physically present or engaged in some capacity online fits into this category.

Parousia Parish – We believe the future of the Church is dependent on two major vocations, the Priesthood and Married life, in particular in the context of the family. These both meet at the Parish and that’s where we need to meet them! We will offer priests specialised conferences and seminars along with focused retreat days for families. This new initiative will be launched with a campaign called “Support Your Priest Sunday” on the 4th of August, the feast of St Jean Vianney.

We will lead a nine day novena in preparation for this day and will create a web page with downloadable material for the initiative. More information is coming soon so stay tuned! All of our blogs are now categorised and a map showing the location of all our study groups and parish stands is also online. I welcome your feedback so please share your thoughts about our site.

Author of By Violence Unavenged comes in studio for the Parousia Hour

I was very pleased to host the Parousia Hour with Annette Young, the author of two books, ‘A Distant Prospect’ and ‘By Violence Unavenged’.

‘A Distant Prospect’ is a novel that brings the reader into a world scarred by war. The main character Lucy, an Irish girl in 1920s Sydney, finds hope after encountering tragedy through music, friendship and sacrifice.

The second book ‘By Violence Unavenged’ has been described online as “an Australian violinist Phoebe Raye who sees her dreams of romance and revenge dashed when Nazi Germany annexes Austria in 1938. Engaging first person account of Sydney and Vienna between the wars.”

It was a great interview and both of these books are available through the online Parousia store. Annette does a wonderful job of promoting Christian values and morals through her fictional writing. I encourage you to get a copy of these and listen to our interview as well. To know more about the author Annette Young, please visit www.annetteyoung.net.

I want to invite you to think of any friends who are in a position to support the Parousia mission financially.

As we expand and reach more parishes and schools our costs do increase and we rely on donations to make up the short fall. If you can please pray for us at this time and spread the word to anyone who may be able to support us.

Thank you so much for all of your support, it is greatly appreciated and is having a huge impact in this country. If you have not yet subscribed to our YouTube channel or liked our Facebook page, please do so and keep up to date with everything we are doing.

God Bless you!

Charbel Raish – Director

CD of the Month! Know Your Story: The Love of God in the Narrative of Your Life

People love stories. But when we lose sight of where the story of our life is going, the “narrative” and meaning of our lives becomes confusing to us, and we can lose hope.

In this dynamic talk, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, renews our sense of hope and wonder (and humor), revealing that the reason we love stories is that we are part of a good story; one that answers the deepest desires and longings of our hearts.

Into His Likeness – Dr Edward Sri – (Paperback)

In Into His Likeness, Dr. Edward Sri provides an approachable but in-depth exploration of what it means to be a disciple of Christ. At the outset, he emphasizes the importance of every Christian developing the desire to be a true disciple of Christ and gives the reader a first glimpse of what the life of a disciple looks like. As the book progresses, he unfolds what a true encounter of love with Christ entails and explores the transforming power of God’s grace.

First Comes Love: What is the Catholic Gospel? – Dr Scott Hahn (DVD)

In First Comes Love Dr. Scott Hahn delves into the Gospels to show that family terminology—words like brother, sister, mother, father, and home—dominate Jesus’ speech and the writings of His first followers.

These are the very words that illuminate Christianity’s central ideas.

His Name is Mercy (Audiobook) – Fr Ken Barker MGL (MP3)

In an age of ever increasing litigation we have become highly tuned to the need for justice. But is there room for mercy? Fr Ken Barker argues passionately that without mercy, justice will not be complete.

He makes a compelling case for mercy through the use of stories about remarkable human beings who, faced with hurt and violence, have chosen to forgive rather than to seek vengeance.

By Violence Unavenged (In the Heart of Kings Vol 1) – Annette Young

Beautiful, vulnerable Phoebe Raye pursues a vendetta despite her father’s warnings and her yearning for love and fulfilment.

Leaving post-War and Depression-era Sydney, Australia, Phoebe travels via Istanbul to Vienna, Austria, and enters a cultured and complex society fraught with political tension and besieged by a malignant foreign aggressor.

‘The Old Testament’ – 20 Answers – Jimmy Akin – Catholic Answers (Booklet)

Now that we have the New Covenant and Gospels, how is the Old Testament still relevant to Christians? Even for many believers, the Old Testament can be a dense, daunting collection of exotic names, places, and practices. Its sprawling histories can overwhelm us, its strict rules and rituals even scandalize us.

20 Answers: The Old Testament helps you make sense of it all—not only by breaking down its key themes, figures, and timelines in an easy-to-understand way but also by showing its beautiful continuity with the revelation of Jesus Christ.

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