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A Redemptorist Publication




David Ahern

Majellan House


Phone (03) 9592 2777 Fax (03) 9593 1337

A small magazine’s big celebration


Chief Executive Officer

Christmas without stress



Christmas facts


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Tony Biviano Sue Wallace

Carol Bengough

Volume 70. 1 Published with ecclesiastical approval by the Redemptorists, PO Box 43 Brighton Vic 3186


© Redemptorists 2018 ABN 23 152 266 720

Designed by

Michael Kuszla J&M Typesetting

Printed by

Complete Colour Printing, Cheltenham, Victoria






St Gerard’s feast day


Grand designs


Happy snaps


Shedding light on Parkinson’s disease 23 Haidar’s cool win


The rosary priest


Kids right at home with their schooling 36

Images are from unless otherwise specified.

The humble servant


A prayer to St Gerard


Our thanks to our readers for photos of families and children.

Turning the page


The Majellan Bookshop


The Archdiocese of Sydney is gearing up for the third Australian Catholic Youth Festival to be held in the harbour city from December 7 to 9.

The three-day festival has the theme ‘Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy: Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment’, and will be hosted by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in partnership with the Archdiocese of Sydney. Guest performers will include speaker, author and musician, Emily Watson and Canadian songwriter

and worship leader, Matt Maher. Young people will celebrate their faith as one at Sydney Olympic Park and other locations around the city. The Festival will mark the start of the Year of Youth in 2018, proclaimed by the Bishops of Australia to celebrate 10 years since Sydney’s World Youth Day. The theme of the Sydney festival will continue throughout the Year of Youth in 2018. The Year of Youth will be part of a journey of ‘dialogue and discernment’ as the Church in Australia contributes to the next Synod of Bishops in Rome during 2018 with its focus on ‘Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment’. Previous festivals were held in Melbourne in 2013 and in Adelaide two years ago. For registration and further details go to: www.youthfestival. 

The Majellan OCTOBER– DECEMBER 2017

Catholic youth gather


The Majellan Bookshop I would like to order (please insert number of copies):

Tell Them Stories of Saint Gerard  In this booklet for children, there are some uplifting stories about St Gerard’s life and his enormous love for Jesus. W D Creede.  $2.95 These Fifty Days of Easter  The Christian ‘experience’ of Easter often seems to end on Easter Sunday. But every Sunday is a mini-Easter Sunday, and the ‘experience’ of Easter is one that ought to last all year. Hans Christoffersen. $3.00 Meditations for Lent  This pamphlet consists of three parts: preparation, consideration and conclusion. The contemplations are easy to practice. Saint Alphonsus Liguori.  $3.00 One-Minute Reflections for Lent  When you have a moment on any given day during Lent you may wish to take a peek at some of the daily meditations contained in this booklet.  $3.00 Tell Me About Jesus  Children learn about the basics of what Jesus taught but there is much more to understanding and loving the risen Christ. In this pamphlet, the reader learns about Jesus as a friend, redeemer and ‘personal guide’ in life. Steve and Jon Givens.  $3.00 Faith of our Fathers  This book covers the history of the Redemptorists in Australia from 1882 to 1982. The Redemptorist story in its first 100 years in Australia is one of hard work and commitment. S J Boland CSsR.  $9.95

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Manual of St Gerard   This small booklet provides prayers and reflections about St Gerard, the mother’s saint. It also provides a brief history of St Gerard’s life and the wonderful work he did during his short 29 years on earth.  $3.45

May the peace and joy of Christ be with you and your family this Christmas. The Majellan team would like to wish you a Holy Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for your loyalty and we look forward to your continued support in 2018. Majellan Publications will be closed from Wednesday December 20 and will re-open on Monday January 8 2017.

Would you like to receive The Majellan at home or gift a subscription? See the subscription form on the inside back cover. PO Box 43 Brighton Victoria 3186 Australia

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The majellan 2018  

A small sample of what The Majellan has to offer readers

The majellan 2018  

A small sample of what The Majellan has to offer readers