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 “Father Stu”a movie to watch. 

“Father Stu,” directed by Rosalind Ross and starring Mark Wahlberg, tells the compelling true story of Stuart Long, a former boxer who becomes a Catholic priest after a life-altering motorcycle accident. The film delves into themes of redemption, faith, and the power of personal transformation.

Mark Wahlberg delivers a heartfelt performance as Stuart Long, capturing the character’s journey from a rough-around-the-edges boxer to a man deeply committed to his faith. His portrayal is raw and emotional, bringing depth to the character’s struggles and triumphs. Mel Gibson, who plays Stuart’s estranged father, adds another layer of complexity to the narrative with his strong supporting role.

The film’s strength lies in its inspirational message and the authenticity of Stuart’s story. It does not shy away from portraying the difficulties and challenges Stuart faces, both physically and spiritually. The narrative is grounded in real-life events, making Stuart’s transformation all the more impactful.

However, “Father Stu” does have its shortcomings. The pacing can be uneven at times, with certain parts of the story feeling rushed while others drag on. Some viewers might find the film’s heavy-handed approach to religious themes a bit overbearing. Despite these issues, the film’s sincerity and the powerful performances by its lead actors make it a worthwhile watch.

Overall, “Father Stu” is a touching and inspirational film that highlights the power of faith and redemption. It is a story of a man’s incredible journey to find purpose and meaning in his life, leaving a lasting impression on the audience.

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It is with great joy that the Archdiocese of Melbourne shares the news of Pope Francis’ appointment of the Very Rev Joseph (Joe) John Caddy AM, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, as the new Bishop of Cairns in Far North Queensland.

In accepting his appointment, Fr Joe expressed his gratitude to the Holy Father:

‘I am deeply humbled by this appointment and wish to express my deepest thanks to all the Clergy and faithful of Melbourne, with whom I have shared all of my priestly ministry. It has been an absolute privilege for me to minister with you.

‘I also offer my personal thanks for the support and encouragement of Archbishop Peter Comensoli over these past five years as his Vicar General and Episcopal Vicar for Social Services.’

Born and raised in Melbourne, Fr Joe was ordained to the priesthood for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne in 1990.

He completed a Bachelor of Theology from Melbourne College of Divinity and holds degrees in Social Sciences from the Gregorian University Rome, where he focused his studies on Catholic social teaching and social ethics and economics.

From 2004-2017, he served as Chief Executive Officer of CatholicCare (Greater Melbourne, Geelong and Gippsland), and oversaw the successful integration of diocesan pastoral services including healthcare chaplaincy, prison ministry and youth justice into the operations of CatholicCare.

In June 2018, Fr Joe was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list and awarded an Order of Australia Medal (AM) in the General Division for ‘significant service to the community through a range of social welfare initiatives and policy reforms, and to the Catholic Church in Australia’.

He has served in several Melbourne parishes including as Parish Priest to Fitzroy and St Kilda East; and is currently at St Carthage’s Parkville.

In acknowledging what a great change this will be, Fr Joe expressed his excitement in heading ‘north’.

‘I know that I will have a lot to learn as I visit the parishes and communities of the Cairns Diocese.

‘I am very much looking forward to meeting with, listening closely, and learning as together we will seek to uncover the presence of the liberating Christ in the lives of the people and communities of Far North Queensland.’

Archbishop Comensoli noted with joy the episcopal responsibility Bishop-elect Joe Caddy has been called to.

‘This is a wonderful recognition of the dedicated pastoral ministry Fr Joe has brought to so many.’

‘Although there is a sense of sadness in his leaving Melbourne, I wish to assure his new flock that they are receiving a great gift, and a man of deep prayer and service. My prayers are with Fr Joe and God’s good people of Cairns.’

Details about the Bishop-elect’s Ordination and installation in the Diocese of Cairns will be announced in coming days.

Mass attendance Count for our parish, May 2024

St. Anne’s Church

Date Time Venue Attendance
04 May  06:00 PM Church 157
05 May  08:30 AM Church 105
05 May  10:00 AM Church 178
Total 440
11 May  06:00 PM Church 149
12 May  08:30 AM Church 115
12 May  10:00 AM Church 211
Total 475
18 May  06:00 PM Church 150
19 May  08:30 AM Church 112
19 May  10:00 AM Church 168
19 May  10:30 AM Holy Family Hall 86
Total 516
25 May  06:00 PM Church 140
26 May  08:30 AM Church 112
26 May  10:00 AM Church 211
Total 463
Average  473

Pope Francis proclaims Jubilee: ‘May hope fill our days!’

At a ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica on Ascension Thursday, Pope Francis solemnly proclaims the upcoming Jubilee Year 2025, consigning the Bull of Indiction –“Spes non confundit. (Hope does not disappoint”) – to the Archpriests of the Papal Basilicas and representatives of the world’s bishops.

“Hope” is the overarching theme of the upcoming Ordinary Jubilee of 2025, a theme reflected in the opening words of the Bull of Indiction. Long passages of the Bull were read out ahead of Vespers on Ascension Thursday, during a ceremony in which the document was solemnly consigned to the Archpriests of the four Papal Basilicas, the Pro- Prefects of the Dicastery for Evangelization, and representatives of the world’s Bishops.

In Spes non confundit, Pope Francis announces that the Jubilee Year will begin with the opening of the Holy Door of St Peter’s Basilica on Christmas Eve, 2024. Later, on 29 December, the Pope will open the Holy Door of the Archbasilica of St John Lateran, the Cathedral of Rome. On the same day, every Cathedral and co-Cathedral throughout the world will have Mass celebrated by the local Bishop to mark the opening of the Jubilee.

On the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, 1 January 2025, Pope Francis will open the Holy Door for the Basilica of St Mary Major, with the Holy Door for the Basilica of St Paul’s Outside the Walls being opened on Sunday, 5 January, the Vigil of Epiphany.

“In the course of the year,” Pope Francis writes, “every effort should be made to enable the People of God to participate fully in its proclamation of hope in God’s grace and in the signs that attest to their efficacy.”

The Jubilee will end in the particular Churches throughout the world on 28 December 2025, with the Holy Doors of St John Lateran, St Mary Major, and St Paul’s Outside the Walls being closed on that same date.

And finally, the Jubilee Year will draw to a close in Rome on the Solemnity of Epiphany, 6 January 2026.

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