We wish all our readers a Happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year

Palm Sunday observed by the Sri Lankan NSW Catholic Association
The Sri Lankan NSW Catholic Association organised the Way of the Cross, followed Holy Mass for Passion (Palm) Sunday on 13th April at Mt Schoenstatt Shrine in Mulgoa to enable the Catholic community to prayerfully commence Holy Week. The service commenced with Stations of the Cross, which was organised by the Sri Lankan NSW Catholic Youth group. The Stations of the Cross was done in Sinhalese, Tamil and English. After the Stations of the Cross, palms were blessed by Fr. Chrishantha Kumara the Chaplain for the Sri Lankan Catholics and the congregation proceeded with the palms to the Family Hall for Holy Mass. Fr Chrishantha celebrated the mass in all three languages. The majority youth choir lead the singing and read the Readings of the Mass. This indicated that the Christian faith and the commitment are very much alive and are growing in our youth.  

Sydney Bens held yet another enjoyable evening with 195 guests and five children attending their Hopper Night
Numerous prizes awaited the lucky winners of the raffle draw which proved most popular. All Old Bens on the night unfailingly thronged front of stage to render a rousing "Boys of St Benedict's" - their College anthem – with usual gusto.
The committee, led by Sherwell Fernando and the boys (with a lot of help from the Benedictine ladies) spared no pain to ensure that all guests had a great evening and must be congratulated for their hard work in making the event the success it was.


Film Review: Sri Siddhartha Gautama – the experiential factor
Six years of labour to create a great epic, brought alive by the visual medium composed of sensitive acting, excellent direction and dialog, undoubtedly makes it an epic film for the East and West. A most commendable creation produced by Navin Gooneratne, Chairman of the Light of Asia Foundation with able direction from Saman Weeraman. This review emphasizes the "experiential" aspect as the story develops bringing alive the viewer to both imbibe and reflect on the several basic precepts of Buddhism. It is a priceless creation for posterity with a special focus on the philosophical and historical, aspects enriched by a central space for Buddhism, ahimsa, equanimity and compassion.
This Film will screen at the EVENTS CINEMAS, Castle Towers Shopping Center, Castle Hill - on May 4th from 6PM



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