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SLIDE SHOW BLESSING OF THE FLEET

Posted in blessing of the fleet, city of fremantle, religion, Uncategorized by freoview on October 28, 2018

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FREMANTLE BLESSING OF THE FLEET PROCESSION

Posted in blessing of the fleet, city of fremantle, religion, Uncategorized by freoview on October 28, 2018

 

 

It is amazing to think that the Fremantle Blessing of the Fleet is 70 years old, as old as I am.

I love the beautiful tradition every year when the procession parades from the St Patrick’s Basilica to the Fishing Boat Harbour. It is very special for the entire Fremantle community.

Mayor Brad Pettitt, Councillor Bryn Jones and Labor MP Josh Wilson took part, and Councillor Jeff McDonald was also on the scene.

I am only operating on 25% so had to take it slow, so here the photos I managed to get today.

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THOUGHTFUL ABRAHAM DAY AT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in city of fremantle, notre dame university, religion, Uncategorized by freoview on September 6, 2018

 

 

The third ABRAHAM DAY was held at Fremantle’s Notre Dame University on Wednesday afternoon and attracted 200 people.

Archbishop of Perth Timothy Costello, the Chief Rabbi of WA Daniel Lieberman and Langford Islamic College teacher Sheikh Muhammad Agherdien talked about the topic of the day; How do people of faith engage in a secular society?

NDA’s Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond said that Abraham provides a meeting point for the three religions, but she was concerned about the dwindling number of people who embraced religion, with 30 per cent of Australians stating they are non believers. She said the data did not show us why this is the case and how it impacts on society.

Archbishop Costello said that for people with faith their heart must be in the right place to engage with a secular society, and that it is the duty, privilege and right of Catholics to propose their belief to society.

Rabbi Lieberman said that people of belief are different, as Abraham was in his life, but that his preaching has been that through believers all the children will be blessed. “Humility is understanding your place in society”

Sheikh Agherdien said that silence is sometimes the best answer, as we all know from personal relationships. Abraham was involved and engaged and asked questions. The great teachers of the past engaged across cultures and religions and that needs to happen today in our secular society.

A question about euthanasia initially received only a one word response-NO-from the archbishop, but he later said it was not permissible to take someone else’s life.

Rabbi Lieberman said we are allowed to be angry and question why God allows things to happen, while Archbishop Costello said that he does not question God, but sometimes he does question people, the church and religious institutions.

Sheikh Agherdien said that the ultimate reality is perfection, but we are human beings and if we don’t have the issues of war, infidelity, crime, etc. what is there to aspire for.

Archbishop Costello said that one had to honour, respect and tolerate different faith and that it opens you up to the richness of the other religion and culture and see the beauty in other traditions.

There is always plenty to contemplate and think about after Abraham Day, even for a non believer like I. I wonder though if there is a correlation between fewer people embracing religion and fewer people joining political parties, and if the issues are not very similar. Is it not so that many people are nor walking away from God or politics, but are more and more rejecting political and religious leaders and religious institutions and political parties, because they believe that they are too remote from the realities of our daily life and often seem to act hypocritically?

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DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS LECTURE AT NOTRE DAME FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, religion, Uncategorized by freoview on July 24, 2018

 

 

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Your invitation to Notre Dame’s Distinguished Scholars Lecture with Professor Tracey Rowland

“What is the sensus fidelium?”

Professor Rowland will explore Cardinal Newman’s idea that the laity have an understanding of the faith which can be a valuable asset for the Church in times of doctrinal confusion and crisis. This idea is often described in theological short-hand as the ‘sensus fidelium’.

Wednesday 8 August | 6pm

Venue: The University of Notre Dame Australia, Tannock Hall of Education (ND4, Corner Cliff and Croke Streets), Fremantle

RSVP: Melissa Southcott at fremantle.philosophytheology@nd.edu.au
or 08 9433 0138 by Friday 3 August 2018.

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MEET THE MONK AT REPLANTS

Posted in buddhism, city of fremantle, religion, Uncategorized by freoview on April 28, 2018

 

May 6 meet the monk

 

Lobsang Phuntsok, one of the ten Buddhist monks selected by the Dalai Lama to travel the West to teach Buddhism, will be at REPLANTS in 96 Wray Avenue, Fremantle on Sunday May 6 at 6 pm.

Tickets are by donation and a light vegetarian meal will be served during the evening.

For more information see poster above.

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MUSLIMS CARE FOR HOMELESS

Posted in city of fremantle, islam, muslim, religion, Uncategorized by freoview on January 21, 2018

 

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I finally caught up today with six handsome Muslim men from the Perth Homeless Run.

I have noticed them for several months on Sundays when they come to Fremantle to offer food, cold drinks, and today even icecream to the homeless people around town.

They also do it in Northbridge on Friday night they told me.

With all the negativity about Muslims supposedly not integrating it is important to show that the reality is quite different and that Australian Muslims make a very positive contribution to society.

Well done gentlemen!

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FREO BLESSING OF THE FLEET TODAY!

Posted in blessing of the fleet, city of fremantle, religion, Uncategorized by freoview on October 29, 2017

 

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The BLESSING OF THE FLEET is one of the great Fremantle traditions for me and I never miss being there. It is on TODAY, so make sure to come and watch it!

It is very special to see the procession slowly walking through the inner city and ending up at the Fishing Boat Harbour where they all board fishing boats that then snake through the harbour.

There are fireworks at 3 pm and 8 pm, so come along for this very special Freo afternoon!

It starts at 2 pm at the Basilica in Adelaide Street.

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FREE-RANGE LOVE AT FREO ARTS CENTRE

Posted in fremantle, fremantle arts centre, religion by freoview on April 2, 2017

Happy hippy days at the Fremantle Arts Centre with the exhibition Orange: Sannyas in Fremantle about all the many lovers of the Indian guru Osho, also known as Bagwan, the leader of the Rajneesh movement and free-range sex who used to roam the streets of Freo, and there are still quite a few of them around.

We’re stepping back in time tonight with the opening of Orange Sannyas in Fremantle! Filled with new multimedia works, the exhibition investigates the legacy of the ‘Orange People’ – one of the most controversial religious movements to arrive in Australia.

I’ll have a look at the exhibition tomorrow and will report a bit more about it.

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REFLECTION OF THE SCOTS CHURCH

Posted in architecture, fremantle, heritage, religion by freoview on February 20, 2017

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I took this reflection photo of the Scots Presbyterian Church at Norfolk Street in a window of the old Fremantle Oval this morning.

The Dockers have left Freo Oval for Cockburn, so good riddance to them.

The church was designed by architects Talbot Hobbs and the foundation stone was laid by John Forres on March 26, 1890. The church officially opened seven months later on November 26, 1890.

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FEW FREO CAFES OPEN ON CHRISTMAS DAY

Posted in cafe, christmas, fremantle, hospitality, religion by freoview on December 25, 2016

 

While I respect everyone to believe in whatever god they want to believe in I always find it disappointing on Christmas Day that most cafes and restaurants close, because there are many people, myself included, who are not Christian and who  just want to have a nice coffee and breakfast.

So my research this morning found that on the Cappuccino Strip only Ali Baba is open, and just below in the Piazza Exquise is also open.

No cafes open in South Fremantle, but Lenny the Ox in Wray Avenue is open and in East Freo the Seven Seeds on Marmion Street as well.

Did you know that the lady at Exquise makes all the pastries in house herself and I hear the food at Ali Baba is very good, great fish&chips as well I was told!

Have a great Christmas Day and relax because tomorrow the hectic of shopping and sales already starts again.

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