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A publication of the Archdiocese of Hobart

Volume 3: Issue 5 2007

Who is my





A vote for Social Justice

Faith Series: Part 2 - Judaism

St Brendan’s Centenary, Bruny Island





Catholic Church Directory

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Catholic Diocesan Centre

Features A vote for Social Justice


A look into Judaism

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Seeing the Gaps: Duncan McLaren

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Diary Notes


35 Tower Road New Town 7008, GPO Box 62 Hobart 7001 Phone: (03) 6208 6222 Fax: (03) 6208 6292 The Office of the Archbishop Phone: (03) 6208 6222 Fax: (03) 6208 6293 Business Manager

Archbishop Doyle writes Social Commentary

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Peter Cusick CPA Phone: (03) 6208 6227 Fax: (03) 6208 6292 Catholic Development Fund

Workplace Relations: A Catholic Perspective

Phone: (03) 6208 6260 Fax: (03) 6208 6290 General News

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Liturgy Office

Apostolic Nuncio dies after long illness

Phone: (03) 6208 6257 Fax: (03) 6208 6299

Society of Christian Doctrine centenary

Marriage Tribunal

Parish News

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Phone: (03) 6208 6250 Fax: (03) 6208 6297

The Office of Church Life and Mission Phone: (03) 6208 6270 Fax: (03) 6208 6299 Tasmanian Catholic Justice and Peace Commission Phone: (03) 6208 6271 Fax: (03) 6208 6299 Towards Healing Help Line Phone: 1800 356 613 Museum and Archives Phone: (03) 6225 0683 Heritage Office Phone/Fax: (03) 6224 5920

Stations of the Cross across Tasmania

Vicar General Fr Mark Freeman VG VF PO Box 362 Devonport 7310 Phone: (03) 6424 2783 Fax: (03) 6423 5160

Heritage revived in Coal River Valley St Brendan’s Centenary, Bruny Island From rot into roses

Chancellor Fr Terry Rush VF PP PO Box 42 Richmond 7025 Phone/Fax: (03) 6260 2189

Taybeh’s ingenious solution Parish formation days ‘07 Rachel’s Vineyard founder visits us The Question Box


Kids’ Page


School and College News




Book and film reviews Destinations Rites of Passage




Obituary Mrs Thelma McKay


Catholic Youth Ministry Chaplain Phone: (03) 6326 1970 Credo Books and Gifts 162 Macquarie Street Hobart 7000 Phone: (03) 6223 6774 Fax: (03) 6223 8785 Email: Website: Catholic Education Office 5 Emmett Place New Town 7008 Phone: (03) 6210 8888 St Vincent de Paul Society State Administration Phone: (03) 6333 0822

Published six times per year by the Archdiocese of Hobart, The Tasmanian Catholic is distributed to Catholic schools, hospitals, retirement villages and parishes statewide.

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Production and Design Archdiocese of Hobart Printing Foot and Playsted, Launceston


Cover photo: The congregation in front of St Brendan’s Church, Bruny Island.

Dinka wallhanging. Thanks to Sr Philippa Chapman and the Sudanese Community in Tasmania.

What we would like to do is change the world. Make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe and shelter themselves as God intended them to do. By fighting for better conditions, by crying out unceasingly for the rights of workers, the poor, the destitute, we can to a certain extent change the world. We can work for the oasis, the little cell of joy and peace in a harried world.

We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever-widening circle will reach around the world. We repeat, there is nothing we can do but love, and dear God, please enlarge our hearts to love each other, to love our neighbour, to love our enemy as well as our friend. Dorothy Day (Founder of the Catholic Worker Movement)

Our apologies for the lateness of this issue of the Tasmanian Catholic, due to circumstances beyond our control. We are working hard to bring you the Christmas edition.



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Tasmanian Catholic wins award T

he Tasmanian Catholic is very proud to announce that it has won Best Regional Publication at the recent Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) awards - held in Auckland, New Zealand. The judges said: “the magazine was an outright winner in this category thanks to its beautiful layout and range of stories that would appeal to a wide audience, not just Catholics. It features stories that are informative and entertaining, and clearly has a good sense of what’s happening in its community. Very nice use of photographs and particularly good graphics which set it apart from the other regional publications”. Editor, Pip Barnard (pictured right) wishes to thank Cherie O’Meara (Graphic Designer, pictured left), Vanessa Kaczorek (Advertising/ Finance), and our printer, Foot and Playsted of Launceston.

Letters to the Editor

Interfaith story too touchy feely

More lodgings for Bethlehem House H

obart’s Bethlehem House has acquired a new residence opposite its existing Warwick Street location. The new property at 69 Warwick Street, named Hallam House, was opened on November 9, 2007 by His Excellency the Honourable William Cox, Governor of Tasmania and blessed by Archbishop Adrian Doyle. Hallam House will be a share-house for those men who have demonstrated the capacity to live independently, therefore freeing up beds at Bethlehem House for men with higher support needs. For some time now, the Board and Management at Bethlehem House have been concerned with the number of men they are forced to turn away due to a lack of beds. In addition to generous support from within the Society of St Vincent de Paul, a significant proportion of bequest money had been left to Bethlehem House by the late Chris Hallam. Bethlehem House also received a tremendous response from the public and many local businesses, with donations of both money and furniture.

OCLAM welcomes Anne Sherston


n a magazine that is emblazoned with the title “Tasmanian Catholic”, why then is there a page 3 special on Islam? I am certainly not a zealot in only acknowledging Christianity as the one true faith. But considering you only have bit page articles on Catholic religious formation, it seems that the magazine is more concerned with touchy feely notions such as interfaith knowledge and understanding. With declining mass attendances, no vocations and closing of churches, it’s now becoming more obvious even to the liberal-minded that we need to return to core principles and disregard all the peripheral spin. We need to get our own house in order, before opening the door to someone else’s. N. Williams, Moonah * Pope Benedict XVI (like his predecessor Pope John Paul II) has called for the promotion of interfaith dialogue and understanding. Ed.


he Office of Church Life and Mission (OCLAM) warmly welcomes Mrs Anne Sherston to her new role as Pastoral and Administrative Assistant. Anne has lived and worked in parishes all around Australia being the wife of an Australian Naval officer. She has two adult daughters. Anne is also the Director of Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats Tasmania.

Relaxation CD C

of Tranquility is a CD of relaxation techniques enhanced with soothing music. It was produced as an initiative of the award winning Centacare Tasmanian C-Change Plus programme. Trish Friedenson, who recorded the CD, has fifteen years experience teaching relaxation. The CD has four tracks of calming relaxation exercises such as deep breathing, meditation and a full body relaxation technique. It is suitable for group sessions or individual use and is for all ages. The CD costs $20. Contact: Trish Friedenson on (03) 6248 8247 or

Parishes... we need you! W e want to hear from you. The Tasmanian Catholic is the voice of our Church in Tasmania and, to achieve this we need your help. We accept contributions for short news items, longer features as well as inclusions for our community diary. You don’t need to have a computer or online access to submit your story. Please contact either your local parish secretary or Pip Barnard on 6208 6230 to enquire about making a submission.


Prayers for new book T

he Office for the Participation of Women is currently producing a book containing prayers, reflections or meditations from Catholic women throughout Australia. The prayer book is planned to reflect the diversity of the Australian landscape, along with the cultural heritage and backgrounds of women in our Church. An open invitation has been extended to women of all ages, experiences and cultures to submit a prayer, reflection or meditation of no more than 250 words in length. Original artwork or photographs are also most welcomed. The deadline for submissions is December 14, 2007. Visit or phone (02) 6201 9864 for details.


his year’s Social Justice Sunday statement, Who is my neighbour? Australia’s role as a global citizen was launched in Hobart recently as part of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ national call for action on global issues of justice, development and peace. Even in times of crisis or in the face of the seemingly insurmountable challenges of war, terrorism, hunger and disease, we are called to recommit ourselves to our neighbours and to act in the interests of people who do not share our prosperity and security. When Jesus Christ spoke to the people, he set a higher standard than that of the law of the day. His disciples were called upon to extend the new commandment of love so that it embraced the stranger, the outcast and even the most despised enemy. As individuals and as a nation, we are invited to consider the response Jesus gave in the parable of the Good Samaritan, particularly now that we are called to action when voting in the federal election. Turn to page 4 for The Tasmanian Catholic’s feature on election issues.

Tasmanian Pilgrimage to WYD08

You can still register!


ver 300 Tasmanians have registered with the Tasmanian Pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2008. It’s not too late to join us! However, transport and accommodation for July 2008 is at a premium and therefore we can’t guarantee the early bird package price of $1,000. So, if you would like to be a part of the largest gathering in Australian history, contact Catholic Youth Ministry as soon as you can and we will register you for this once in a lifetime experience!

Oberammergau 2010 T

he Oberammergau Passion Play performed in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau every decade next occurs in 2010. This dramatic presentation depicting the Passion of Christ: the trial, suffering and death of Jesus is traditionally performed in Lent. There will be two information sessions in Tasmania regarding travel to the famous village festival in Germany. Contact or 6267 2857 for more info. Hobart Wednesday, 21 November, 5:30-7:00 pm Church House, 125 Macquarie Street, Hobart Drinks & Nibbles Launceston Thursday, 22 November, 5:30-7:00 pm Tamar Yacht Club, Park Street, Launceston Drinks & Nibbles

South: Rachelle 0400 045 368 North: Tom 0407 533 925 North-West: Belinda 0418 502 415



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A vote for Social Justice A vote for us all


s Christians, we need to be active and informed participants in our society. This article aims to help you think about some important issues that will be decided in this election and offers some questions that you could raise with all candidates in your electorate. Some of these issues aren’t the ones you will see in headlines or hear about from parties, but they are still crucial in shaping what kind of society we live in. The Catholic Church does not tell us how to cast our vote, nor does it endorse any political party. However, the Australian Catholic

Justice for Indigenous people 2007 has seen terrible revelations – sadly, not new – about abuse in Indigenous communities. These revelations are part of a larger picture. Life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is now 17 years less than for the total population. Rates of many preventable diseases are several times higher. There is an acute shortage of adequate housing. Unemployment is at least three times the national average. Indigenous people represent 2.4% of the population but 22% of those in prison. Any lasting solutions to these issues demand consultation with Indigenous people in their communities to reverse the negative effects of a fractured culture. Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians need to work together to address these issues and produce comprehensive, achievable and long-term policies that provide justice for Indigenous people. QUESTIONS FOR CANDIDATES How will you work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to ensure justice for them? How will you work towards national reconciliation? How would you ensure a national Indigenous voice in Australia’s political life?

Bishops urge all Catholics to take our democratic freedoms seriously and become involved in the political process. “We encourage Catholics to look beyond their own individual needs and apply a different test at the ballot box – the test of the common good”. Catholic tradition holds that the common good is underpinned by the promotion and protection of human dignity. Implicit in seeking the common good is the desire to serve the poor, the marginalised, the sick and the forgotten in our society.

Justice in the workplace Governments over the past 20 years have deregulated the workplace, created more casual work and introduced enterprise bargaining and individual contracts. Many vulnerable workers encounter less job security and poorer wages and conditions. Workers are entitled to a just wage that will support them and their families without excessive overtime or the need for both parents to enter the labour market. They are entitled to security of employment and work conditions that will leave them time for family life, worship and recreation. The Church has expressed concerns about the growing demands of work on families. Jobs with low pay and poor conditions often make it harder to establish stable and loving families that can welcome the sacred gift of life, nurture children and provide them a decent future.

Justice for those made poor This is a prosperous country, but some people have missed out on its wealth – for example, Indigenous Australians, single parents, pensioners, the disabled, young workers and recent arrivals. Most importantly, research shows that poverty is entrenched in particular localities and groups. The Gospel tells us our good fortune is for all, not just the lucky ones. It’s important to empower people to find work, pursue education and support themselves, but it’s vital not to punish them if they’re slow to find a job or fulfil a multitude of requirements. We have a responsibility to address the structural forces that leave people in poverty. A rich country must also be generous. We can make opportunities available for those who haven’t benefited from economic growth and treat them with dignity.

QUESTIONS FOR CANDIDATES What do you think should be the priorities for Australia’s industrial relations laws? How will your policies ensure vulnerable workers get a fair deal in workplace negotiations? How would you make Australian workplaces more responsive to the needs of families?

QUESTIONS FOR CANDIDATES How will you help those struggling to find a place in our prosperous economy? How would you assist communities experiencing prolonged and severe disadvantage through lack of decent affordable housing or the high cost of living? Would you support a national strategy to address the poverty that persists in Australia?


Justice for asylum seekers Australia is obliged under international law to help people who come here seeking protection. Such people deserve a quick decision, (taken in Australia), about their refugee status. Even those who are not entitled to refugee status deserve humane treatment. Most importantly, children are entitled to security, schooling and social contact. The prolonged detention of asylum seekers and sending them to offshore camps, conflicts with our nation’s moral and legal responsibilities. Far too often, people in such places sink into despair and mental illness as they wait for a decision. We must treat all those who come to our shores with justice. If we decide legally that someone must leave Australia, it is also vital that they are not returned to danger, victimisation or harm. QUESTIONS FOR CANDIDATES What are your policies with regard to people who arrive in Australia seeking protection? How can we protect children whose parents are seeking protection here? How can we ensure unsuccessful asylum seekers who are deported by Australia are not harmed or persecuted on their return?


Climate and the environment The overwhelming weight of scientific opinion says that the earth’s climate is changing, in part because of human activity. This is likely to have significant effects on weather, agriculture and life on earth – including human life. We cannot ignore the ecological effects of climate change or our overuse of resources. Those resources are God’s gift to sustain us in this life and for future generations. No matter what other countries decide to do, we have a responsibility to conserve these gifts. Our abundance of natural resources as well as the potential of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal power, places Australia in a unique position to promote alternatives in energy use that can reduce emissions and protect vulnerable ecosystems. QUESTIONS FOR CANDIDATES What is Australia’s responsibility for lessening human impact on the ecosystem? How will your policies achieve this? How do you believe we can best develop ways of generating energy from renewable resources? For further information visit

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A look into Judaism M

any of us may have come by knowledge of Judaism via stories about the Holocaust, and indeed a study of Judaism does provide an opportunity to look back into the often dark history of humanity. However, as one of the three great Abrahamic faiths, Judaism is, of course, as rich and complex as Christianity and Islam. This article intends to convey an impression of Judaism, its similarities to and differences from Christianity and Catholicism. The Jews are not a race, but a people. They see themselves as a family, dating back to the origins of the biblical patriarchs: Abraham, Jacob, Israel, David and Solomon to name a few. It’s also important to remember that Jewishness can either mean a person identifies only with their Jewish cultural heritage or, they identify themselves through their religion. Of course, many embrace both aspects. Although one of the oldest religions in the world, dating back to the time of Abraham in 1900 BCE (Before Common Era), Judaism has not remained static - adapting and evolving - which has enabled the faith to survive well into the modern era. Jews believe in a single God who prescribes a moral law for humanity. This concept is known as ethical monotheism and is common to both Christianity and Islam. It is not a proselytising religion, and Jews do not seek to convert others as Judaism accepts that there are many paths to God. The Jewish people received their moral law – The Torah – at Sinai during their Exodus journeying in the wilderness following their redemption from slavery. The “exodus” from Mitzrayim (or Egypt) -the Passoveris understood as a watershed event – that decisive redemptive moment in the religious self understanding of Israel, in which God acted to change the course of experienced reality. That is why the Passover (or Pesach) remains central in Judaism, celebrated as though each Jew is once again a part of the experience. The journey from slavery to redemption is indeed everyones personal and communal story of redemption. The Passover Haggadah, the “retelling” of the redemption from Egypt celebrated each year, emphasises the personal relevance of the story. The Mishnah (220 Common Era) says

Wearing prayer shawl and Kippah

A Menorah

Moses depicted with the Torah

These Torah scrolls on display at Hobart Synagogue were reclaimed from a Nazi horde after World War II.

that “each person, in every generation, must regard oneself as having personally come forth out of Mitzrayim for it is written, ‘And you shall tell your children on that day saying, It is because of that which the Lord did for me when I came forth out of Mitzrayim (Ex 13:8)’” (Pesachim 10.5). The Torah is comprised of the Five Books of Moses, although the term is sometimes used to refer to the Nevi’im (Books of the Prophets) and the Ketuvim (Holy Writings). All three sections form the Hebrew Bible, the Tanach. The Tanach is known to Christians as

the Old Testament. Following the destruction of Solomon’s Temple in Israel in 70 CE, the Jewish people dispersed all over Europe and North Africa, and in the twentieth century, throughout the modern world. Two main strands of tradition, the Ashkenazi (Northern European) and the Sephardi (Spanish and North African) formed. The differences between the two are found in liturgy, ritual, pronunciation of Hebrew, music and customs. Each group, however, share the same tenets of Judaism.


Identity Orthodox Judaism The term orthodox is not a description of a unified body of Jews for there are degrees of “orthodoxy”. In general, orthodox Jews tend to adhere to a more strict sense of halachah (the way) as interpreted in Jewish law, but they differ in the ways they respond to modern cultures. Chasidic (“ch”as in loch) Jews, often noticed for their distinctive dress, are a more mystically focused group of orthodox Jews, who emerged from the Ukraine in the seventeenth century. They emphasise the spiritual intensity and joy of Jewish worship. The term Chasid means “pious” and the Chasidic are often perceived as ultra orthodox. Perhaps a better description might be the pursuit of inwardness and spirituality. The gift of Chasidic thought to humanity is rich and continues to influence the word through the writings of Martin Buber, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Arthur Green, among many others. Orthodox law defines a Jew as having been born of a Jewish mother. It is possible to convert to Judaism, even Orthodoxy, but it is a long and scholarly process, taking around two years. Orthodox women are expected to manage the domestic requirements of Orthodox practice in the home, which includes Kosher dietary requirements of eating certain foods and keeping meat and dairy separate at all times from preparation to consumption. Orthodox women are not required to pray at the Synagogue but may choose to do so.

“Jews do not seek to convert others as Judaism accepts that there are many paths to God.”


Conservative/Progressive/Reform Judaism These are the different names for the many modern forms, in the United States, the UK and Australia, respectively, which have allowed modifications to strict Orthodox practices. For example, allowing the use of electricity, or the use of cars for transport to the Synagogue, on the Sabbath. Although there is variation between the modern forms, examples of modernisation include both men and women taking part equally in synagogue services and/or being ordained as rabbis (teachers of Jewish Law).

Prayer All religious Jews of every denomination pray every day. The daily prayer is the Amidah Prayer (Standing Prayer), which may be said individually or in the synagogue. The Shema (which translates as hear) is the central part of Jewish prayer. The words of the Shema are known to us all as more a tripartite proclamation of the divine creation, revelation and redemption. Its opening statement “Shema Oh Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one” begins a recitation of the following verses of scripture; Deut. 6:4-5; Deut. 6:6-9; 11:13-21; and Num. 15: 37-41, that call for a ‘God-consciousness’ in all human activity. The Shema is a call to prayer, a call to the Torah, a call to love. One of the gifts of Judaism to Christianity and Islam is the Shema, echoed in Christianity through the words of Jesus who pronounced the two pillars of the Torah (Mark 12: 28-31) as “Hear Oh Israel the Lord is our God, The Lord is One”, and in Islam as “there is no God but Allah.”

Shabbat (Sabbath) Shabbat is a day of rest, commencing at sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. The Shabbat has two significant injunctions or teachings. The first is to “Remember” what God has done for humanity. The second is to “Observe” the Shabbat by lighting candles at a family gathering in the home and through prayers recited over wine and bread. “Rest” is the subject of many complex definitions with the absence of work as the central feature. For example, as Orthodox Jews, this means they will not leave their home, or designated area unless to visit the synagogue, nor will they carry anything on that journey, as this is considered work. However Jewish law has always upheld the primacy of life over the laws pertaining to work during Shabbat. The Talmud records: “Man shall live in the laws of God, but not die by means of them” …“Where human life is in danger, any laws may be set aside, except those concerning idolatry, incest, and murder” (Yoma 85b, 82a). The Mekilta de Rabbi Ishmael says, “The Shabbat was given to you, not you to the Shabbat.”


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Jewish Symbols As communities, Jews have frequently existed as a minority hence a constant battle to resist assimilation, if not direct persecution. Their historic struggles, in particular the experience of slavery and redemption from Egypt, exile and return from Babylon, and the gift of the Land, feature strongly in their rituals, beliefs and customs. The Kotel (Wailing Wall) The only surviving remnant of Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem, the Western Wall, (formerly known as the Wailing Wall), It is the most sacred place for prayer for Jewish people, despite it being under the control of Islamic authorities. Yarmulkes/Kippah Small caps worn by Jewish men to show submission to God.

Upstairs gallery at Hobart Synagogue.

Tallit The fringed cloak or shawl worn during prayer. Tefillin During weekday prayers a Jewish man or boy wears the tefillin (Small boxes containing tiny scrolls of scripture) bound to his forehead, left arm and hand so that the words of the Shema (daily prayers) are close to his mind and his heart. Hebrew The language of all holy texts and spoken by Israeli Jews. The written form of Hebrew reads from right to left, and traditionally contains no vowels. A system of writing vowels called niqqud is used today in printed Bibles, other religious books and poetry, children’s literature, and texts for introductory students of Hebrew.

Torah Scrolls within the Ark.

Yiddish The language spoken by Eastern European Jews. It is a mixture of middle German, Slav and Hebrew. Menorah Refers to either a seven or nine branched candelabrum filled with Sacred oil. The nine branched menorah used during Hanukkah is also called a Hanukiah. Minyan A group of ten adult male Jews which make up the quorum necessary for communal prayer. Succah A temporary structure, often built from wood, symbolising the fragility of life and the need for God’s protection, used during Succot.

Interior view of Hobart Synagogue.

Seating within the Synagogue.

Symbolic Events in the Jewish Calendar Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Both Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and the ten day period of repentance leading up to Yom Kippur (the holiest day of the Jewish calendar), occur in September or October and are times for personal resolutions and healing relationships. Succot (Tabernacles) Commemorates the time when the Israelites lived in temporary shelters in the desert during their journey to the Promised Land. Jews are expected to sleep or at least eat meals in a Succah (see symbols) at their home during the week of Succot, which follows Yom Kippur.

Pesach (Passover) Falls in either March or April and lasts eight days, marking the deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. On the first two nights a ceremony known as a seder is held in people’s homes, with prayers and food which symbolise the bitterness of slavery and the sweetness of freedom. Matzah (unleavened bread) is eaten. Simchat Torah (Celebration of the Torah) The end of Succot, which also marks the end of the year long reading of the Torah, is celebrated with processions around synagogues in which the Torah scrolls

are carried, accompanied by singing and dancing. Chanukah (Hanukah) An eight day festival celebrating the victory of the Israelites over their oppressors and their right to practice their religion. Sacred oil is burned for eight days in a special chanukiah or menorah. With special thanks to David Clark for allowing The Tasmanian Catholic to photograph inside the Hobart Synagogue and to Elizabeth Young for her scholarly input.

Leviticus 19:17



Diary notes notes November – January Diary Nov 24 & 25 Men Alive Weekend Retreat Men Alive Weekend Retreat for Men in Glenorchy. Featuring talks, personal testimonies, opportunities for discussion, and space to reflect. For more information phone Duncan MacFarlane 0400 095 807, Arnold Markham 6234 2480 or Martin Stone 6223 8132 Nov 24 Formation Session for all North West WYD Pilgrims 11am – 4pm at St. Patrick’s School, Latrobe Contact Belinda 0418 502415 Nov 25

Newman Association Annual General Meeting There will be a brief meeting to decide next year’s committee. Followed by a talk by Dr Noel Roberts on the thought of John Henry Cardinal Newman. All welcome: Holy Spirit Foyer, Sandy Bay, 7:30 pm

Nov 28 The Coming of Light into Darkness (Advent Series) Dec 5,12,19 Venue: Sacred Heart Church, Ulverstone. Cost $20 (4 sessions) Bookings: MacKillop Hill 6428 3095 Email: Nov 28

Dec 1

Dec 1-3

Dec 7-9

Rachel’s Vineyard Tasmania Rachel’s Vineyard Tasmania retreat will be at the Emmanuel Centre Launceston. For more details please contact Anne 6229 8739

Jan 16

Eight Day Directed Retreat Emmanuel, Launceston. January 16-25, 2008. Further information 6334 1082 or

Reflection Day – Preparing for Advent 10am-3pm, Wednesday. Presenters: Emmanuel Team. BYO lunch. Donation. Enquiries 6334 1082. Emmanuel Centre


Formation Session /Christmas Get-together For: All Southern WYD Pilgrims 11am – 4pm at Guilford Young College, Hobart Campus. Contact Rachelle 0400 045 368 World Youth Day 2008 is looking for Jesus! And Mary, and Pontius Pilate‌. World Youth Day organisers are holding an Open Casting Call to find actors who can play pivotal roles in the Stations of the Cross. The casting call is open to males and females of all backgrounds, and is available to those with and without acting experience. Registrations are essential at or call (02) 9390 5900





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Seeing the gaps: Duncan MacLaren “We can eradicate world poverty in our lifetime”, says Duncan MacLaren, the former Secretary-General of Caritas Internationalis.


he weekend of May 18-20 saw the first official gathering of those interested in making the World Youth Day pilgrimage to Sydney as small group leaders. A mix of people from all over the state came together with one goal in mind – to start preparations for guiding the young people of Tasmania through their WYD experience. On the Saturday morning we began with a stroll to the beach for prayer, which put us in touch with nature as we basked in the morning sun. The day’s sessions then took us through our own journey to what brought us here; to times when Jesus was with us on our journey but we missed him; then what it means to be a disciple of Jesus’ and the actions that we currently do and could do in the future to help fulfil our role as a disciple.

Courtesy of Caritas

Courtesy of Caritas

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cotsman Duncan MacLaren once considered becoming a priest. But as a lay Dominican working with Caritas for more than 25 years, he has travelled the world working with the poor and needy as only those fully committed to their vocation can. The Dominicans are his worldwide family. As the retiring Secretary-General of Caritas Internationalis, Duncan has been in a unique position to oversee how international aid operates from the G8 (the international forum for the world’s eight richest nations) promises to local community cooperation. He has sat in boardrooms alongside the world’s most powerful politicians just as ably he has shared a meal with those living in the “slums” of developing countries. Duncan was in Hobart recently as part of his role as Visiting Professor at the Australian Catholic University. Caritas Internationalis which is the confederation of 162 Catholic aid and development agencies worldwide, has as its main goal to “end dehumanising poverty”. Few people realise that the Catholic agency is the second largest aid agency in the world as it doesn’t ‘enjoy’ the same level of global recognition as the Red Cross. Duncan has explained this as: “manifesting Christ’s love for humanity, and that means actually doing the Gospel, rather than preaching the Gospel…We always put the human person at the centre of our concerns, not the visibility of the organisation – which I’m afraid happens very often.” Duncan says the working Caritas philosophy is about “seeing the gaps” where conventional aid (food and medicine) may not be addressing the whole complexity of a problem. He mentions a chilling example where Caritas bought cats for people living in the Korogocho slums of Nairobi who were suffering from leprosy. “At night, rats were gnawing away at their limbs. So we bought cats to chase the rats away. That kind of poverty is immoral. It’s sinful that that kind of poverty happens in our world,” he said. In another example of cooperation “at the coalface” Caritas operate fourteen mother and child health clinics in Iraq for the poor, regardless of their faith. This work has taken on even more urgency since U.S led war


in Iraq began and caused part of the fabric of society to break down. Muslim women are now coming into these clinics to have prescriptions from their own doctors verified by Caritas staff. There have been increasing cases of deliberate poisoning of children by doctors, who then harvest and sell the organs. Trust is one of Caritas’ most valued gifts. Part of this trust is earned through the agencies’ representation by locals and parishioners at a grass roots level, including in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. Many interventions fostered by Caritas emanate straight from the local parishes. When the Catholic Archbishop of Gulu, in Northern Uganda, spoke out about human rights violations by government armed forces against the resistance militia, local and then international media picked up the story and a ceasefire was enforced. And while Caritas does what it can to promote others from the Pope to ordinary Catholics to speak out against poverty and injustice, it does not “preach on the ground� as such. “Proselytising and humanitarian aid don’t mix, as it breeds mistrust,� says Duncan. Caritas Internationalis differs from other aid agencies in that they often remain after other NGOs have left, working to avoid disharmony that often continues after crises. But poverty, says Duncan MacLaren, can be diminished if not eradicated if we, as governments and fellow human beings, commit to prioritising aid and support for those who don’t share our wealth. Jack de Groot, CEO of Caritas Australia, reiterates this view with a direct challenge to Australian government policy makers: “This vow to the world’s poor demands Australia to not only increase its aid to 0.7 of GNI (Gross National Income) but to make sure that our aid is complemented by fair trade agreements that meets the needs of the


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Archbishop Doyle in Nigeria

Archbishop Doyle visiting the community of Cistercian Monks outside Onitsha.

Archbishop Doyle with staff of the Minor Seminary in Onitsha.

Archbishop Okeke, Archbishop Doyle and Emeritus Archbishop Obiefuna.

Archbishop Doyle with parents of some of the students at the Minor Seminary, present for the reception of their sons as students.


Archbishop Doyle Writes Dear Friends in Christ,


s many of you know, I made a short trip to Nigeria during the month of September. The purpose of this visit was to build on the relationship that I had been able to form with the Archbishop of Onitsha, Archbishop Valerian Okeke. The outcome of the discussions was that three priests from the Archdiocese of Onitsha will come to Tasmania for a period of three years, to serve in Tasmanian parishes. It will take some time for the immigration requirements to be completed, permitting the three priests to come to Australia as temporary residents. Those procedures are now well in hand. I have been heartened by the interest and the responses I have received to the information I have already provided in Archbishop’s Reflections which were circulated soon after my return to Tasmania. I have detected a great openness on the part of many to this new, and indeed very radical initiative. But is it that new or that radical? While I was in Nigeria, I heard regular references to the first Bishop of Onitsha, Bishop Joseph Ignatius Shanahan. Bishop Shanahan was born in Glanken, Ireland in 1871 and he was professed as a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (The Holy Ghost Fathers as they were known earlier) in 1898. Just five years after his ordination as a priest, he was made responsible for the area which was then known as Lower Niger, and which today forms the Archdiocese of Onitsha. In 1920 he was ordained a bishop with pastoral responsibility for the same area, a position he held until his resignation in 1931. In Onitsha, Bishop Shanahan is spoken of with great affection even today, and he is seen as

“Is the initiative to invite priests to Tasmania either new or radical?... The Catholic Church is a wonderful gathering of people from many nations...” a very important person in the history of the Archdiocese. In the information provided by the Holy Spirit Fathers, reference is made to the fact that the Bishop had two nieces who lived in Ballarat, Australia. It has been part of the history of my own family, that my mother was

related to a Bishop who served as a missionary in Africa. The further enquiries which have been made by my family are leading to the conclusion that it is to Bishop Shanahan that I am related. It makes me wonder whether the initiative to invite the priests to Tasmania is either so new or so radical. The Catholic Church is a wonderful gathering of people from many nations, races, languages and cultures, who are all drawn together by a common faith in Jesus Christ, and in the Church that Jesus founded, under the leadership of the successor of St Peter. I wish to commend the Editor, Philippa Barnard, and those who are involved in the publication of The Tasmanian Catholic which was recognised recently as the Best Catholic Regional Publication in Australia and New Zealand. It is quite an achievement after just two years in existence. I have always viewed The Tasmanian Catholic and the publications before it, such as The Standard and The New Standard as important opportunities for communication within the Archdiocese. Each time I read the latest edition, I am reminded about the many things that are happening in the Archdiocese, and that gives me great heart. Very soon now, we will be entering into the season of Advent. It is a special time in the calendar of the Church, but one which has to compete with many other activities which mark the end of the year. I hope that you will join with me in making a very conscious effort to prepare the way of the Lord during the four weeks of December. May God continue to bless you and your families. Yours sincerely in Christ Adrian L. Doyle Archbishop of Hobart

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Workplace relations: A Catholic perspective Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations (ACCER) 2007 Tasmanian Catholic Justice and Peace Commission. A review by Commissioner Diane Craig.


quiet revolution has been taking place in Australia over the past decade. There have been sweeping changes in the way services are provided by the Federal Government in the key areas of welfare, health and education. One major force for change has been the implementation of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Act 2005. For the general public these changes have been difficult to understand. The main features of the new legislation have all too often been reduced to a set of simplistic statements, while useful for grabbing headlines or two minute snatches on a news report, do little to educate the public about what is happening. In order for voters to make decisions about the future direction of workplace reform there is a need for them to be clear about what the changes in legislation are, how this differs from what we have known previously and the implications for employment and welfare. Wo r k p l a ce R e l a t i o n s : A Catholic Perspective published recently by ACCER is a very comprehensive and easy to read document. It describes the changes in such a way to enable the reader to understand what has happened and what this means for the workers of this country. The important contribution of this publication is that it analyses Work Choices from the perspective of Catholic social teaching. This is solid ground upon which to stand as Catholic social teaching establishes a set of principles about human rights and responsibilities. In this instance it calls us to reflect upon the fundamental values that should underpin our workplaces and society as a whole. The key concerns raised in this document are whether or not the system provides for fair remuneration and security of employment ,particularly in regards to protection of the poor and the vulnerable. In the past the minimum wage was assessed in light of what was fair in meeting the needs of a family rather than those of a single person. Work Choices moves away from this important consideration. It has also dropped the concept of ‘fairness’- in terms of adequacy, equity and incentive – as one of its parameters. Work Choices contains major change in the guaranteed safety net for workers, so that the right to protection against unfair agreements

is an issue of concern. The question raised is whether those with the least bargaining power will now be in a position of having to bargain away some of their entitlements, in particular overtime rates, penalty breaks and rest breaks. The rights of workers to participate in a union is based upon the Catholic understanding that individuals have a right to solidarity and association. Pope John Paul II described unions as, “a mouthpiece for the struggle for social justice” (Laborem Exercens, 20). In less than a decade our national legislation has gone from an explicit object of encouraging union participation to providing for workplace agreements in which there can be no encouragement of unions. (ACCER Workplace Relations p98). ACCER requests that parliament give close consideration to the potential impact that Work Choices will have on the capacity of unions to represent their members. Considerable publicity has been generated around the removal of the unfair dismissal laws for businesses that employ less than 100 people. Security of employment is a matter of fundamental importance to the security of the family. In this book ACCER suggest that while there is a case for the amendment of current unfair dismissal laws the “size of a business is an arbitrary touchstone” and one that is not necessarily consistent with the sense of justice that ought to be the guiding principle. The purpose of the publication is two-fold, firstly, to explain Catholic social teaching on work and employment related issues and, secondly, to make a contribution to the national debate on workplace relations. The final section of the book is devoted to the promotion of discussion within the community and includes four meeting plans that are a practical guide to organising at a parish level. Although the book is targeted primarily at a Catholic audience, the principles and objectives that are being promoted are congruent with many other groups in society. It is refreshing to read such an articulate document that brings the focus of the debate back to the pursuit of social justice and the fundamental values which underpin it. Find out more by visiting the ACCER website:



Apostolic Nuncio dies after long illness H

is Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Australian Catholic Bishops and the Australian Catholic Community have expressed great sadness at the death of the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Ambrose De Paoli. Archbishop De Paoli, who had been diagnosed with leukaemia in 2005, died at Mt Sinai Hospital, Miami, Florida on Wednesday, October 10, 2007. He was 73. He had returned to the United States, to the Archdiocese where he was incardinated, on doctors’ advice some weeks ago, and died peacefully after farewelling family and having received the last rites by a priest of the Archdiocese. A solemn Memorial Mass at St Christopher’s Cathedral, Canberra was principally celebrated by Archbishop Mark Coleridge and the homily was given by the Charge D’Affaires at the Nunciature, Monsignor Jude Okolo. Among those concelebrating were Cardinal Edward Cassidy, Bishop Pat Power and Bishop Max Davis. A large number of priests also concelebrated. Archbishop De Paoli was remembered at his memorial service as a dedicated and highly experienced diplomat, a warm and personable man with a great sense of humour, and first and foremost, a man of great faith. In his homily, Monsignor Okolo spoke on the meaning of death from a philosophical and Christian point of view. He said, “when Archbishop De Paoli learned he had only a matter of months to live, he began to get ready, with a very serene attitude. In fact, most of his colleagues here wouldn’t have even known that this man was dying,” he said. “He enjoyed life intensively. He was very happy.” Monsignor Okolo said the way Archbishop De Paoli lived his life and particularly his last months, gave much meaning to his death. “Death is not nothingness. It is something. It is passing from life to life. How we live is how we will die”. At the conclusion of the Mass, the congregation heard brief eulogies from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Chief of Protocol, Ms Lyndall McLean as well as the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of Sweden, Ms Karin Ehnbom-Palmquist. Ms McLean said Archbishop De Paoli was “a dedicated and highly experienced” diplomat, whose appointment to Australia was welcomed. “He left us much earlier than we would’ve wanted, but not before making an indelible mark, not only here in Australia, but elsewhere.”

Ms McLean said that Archbishop De Paoli would joke that after Australia, Antarctica was the only continent still to be included on his life’s itinerary. “Intelligent, thoughtful and reflective, he was also modest but not to be underestimated,” she said. “Underpinning all that the Archbishop did in Australia and elsewhere was the depth of his faith in God, his commitment to the Catholic values by which he lived his life, and his dedication to the welfare of others. He was open, engaged, tolerant and focused on working with all men and women of goodwill to enhance the common good and to promote faith and values that endure,” she said. Ambassador Ehnbom-Palmquist told the congregation that the Diplomatic Corps had lost “a most appreciated colleague and a very dear friend”. “Archbishop De Paoli had a long and distinguished career in the diplomatic service of the Holy See. He always had a smile and a twinkle in the eye and a great sense of humour that I will never forget,” she said. “To all of us, he was, above all, a kind and trustworthy friend you could feel you could always turn to. “Ambrose never spoke of his illness. Indeed I believe many of us were not aware of how sick he was and I believe that was how Ambrose wanted it. “We will miss you dearly and keep your memory in our hearts.” At the conclusion of the Mass, Archbishop Coleridge read a message from Pope Benedict XVI for the family of Archbishop De Paoli, that was read during his funeral Mass in Miami, Florida. The Holy Father’s message said: “Deeply saddened to learn of the death of the Most Reverend Ambrose De Paoli, Apostolic Nuncio, I offer you and your family my heartfelt condolences and the assurance of my closeness in prayer,”“I recall with gratitude the Archbishop’s resolute commitment to the spread of the Gospel during his selfless years of service to the Universal Church as an official in the Secretariat of State and then as Papal Representative in Sri Lanka, South Africa, Japan and most recently in Australia. “In a special way during this time of sorrow, I join you and all who mourn the late Archbishop in commending his noble soul to the infinite mercy of God our loving Father. To all assembled for the solemn mass of Christian burial, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of consolation and strength in the Lord.”

“We will miss you dearly and keep your memory in our hearts.”

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Society of Christian Doctrine Centenary Canonisation of the Founder – St George Preca By Ben Brooks


his year marks the centenary of the foundation of the Society of Christian Doctrine (SDC for the latin societas doctrinae christianae), a society of lay men and women who are devoted to spreading God’s word. It was founded in the Mediterranean country of Malta by a diocesan priest, Fr George Preca, after being inspired by the words of St Paul to Timothy – “What you have heard me teach in public, entrust to reliable people, who in turn will teach it to others” Tim 2:2. What began as informal catechism meetings with a few young men in a local field has developed into an international Society of dedicated lay people who live a single life, work in regular employment and spend their spare time in personal formation and providing faith education for children and young adults. Today, the SDC numbers approximately 1000 members and is active in Malta, Australia, England, Albania, Kenya, Sudan and Peru. The SDC came to Hobart in 1961 at the invitation of the late Archbishop, Sir Guilford Young, and has been active in various parishes around Hobart. Today, there are four members of the Society based in Tasmania who minister to young people and their families in Bridgewater/Brighton/Claremont and Bellerive/Lindisfarne parishes. An important aspect of this ministry today is supporting parish communities through assisting in Sacramental preparation and Children’s Liturgy of the Word. The centenary was marked by a week-long seminar held in Malta during Easter week, which was attended by members from all countries where the SDC is present, including members from Tasmania. To be part of such an international gathering brought home

to par ticipants the universal mission of the SDC, given to it in a prayer composed by its founder: “Lord, may the whole world follow your Gospel”. This year, the SDC is doubly blessed as its founder, Fr George Preca was canonised on June 3, 2007. Saint George Preca who died in 1962, aged 82, personally commissioned the first group of members who came to Melbourne in 1956 to establish the Society in Australia. Among them was Maurice Mifsud, who has lived in Tasmania since the Society’s arrival here in 1961. Maurice remembers St George as a person who inspired, rather than simply taught. The canonisation ceremony was held at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican, and was attended by some Tasmanian members, including Charles Caruana who heard St George speak on numerous occasions. Charles recalls how St George evoked a sense of being close to God through his simple style of speaking, his reverent posture and witty sense of humour. In 2007, the SDC faces circumstances quite different from those in which it was founded 100 years ago, however, the need for dedicated people to pass on the faith in a relevant way, through instruction and example is just as pertinent. With the rich legacy of its saintly founder and God’s grace, its members are committed to responding in relevant ways to the needs of the Church and its people.

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Stations of the Cross to form pilgrimage sites in Tasmania By Rachelle Smith, CYM South Coordinator


St Peter’s, New Norfolk

rchbishop Adrian Doyle has officially commissioned the construction of fourteen permanent Stations of the Cross around the state, to serve as a pilgrimage route through Tasmania. The stations are intended to serve as a place of gathering for local communities. They will also be used to commemorate World Youth Day 2008 and the Tasmanian Journey of the World Youth Day Cross and Icon. Pilgrimage is a long held tradition by Catholics, which over the years has lost some of its significance. One of the aims of Pope John Paul II, in initiating pilgrimages to World Youth Days, was to re-awaken the tradition

of pilgrimage. Earlier this year, Parishes around Tasmania were invited to take up the challenge of constructing a Cross. Applications for these projects have now been approved and Archbishop Adrian has officially announced the locations of the Crosses. The construction project is being coordinated by the Catholic Youth Ministry team, with each station consisting of a Cross, but they will not be specific to any particular station. Each Parish has determined a suitable place for the Cross along with a design that is representative of its local area. Some Crosses make use of local products, which the area is well known for; Other Crosses include symbols of local industries, history, produce and people. There will be fourteen stations around the state. Construction on these Crosses has already begun and it is hoped that all will be completed by Palm Sunday 2008.

On completion of the Stations of the Cross, visitors from overseas, interstate and Tasmanians alike will be able to take up this pilgrimage. With the assistance of a booklet, which will be produced in due course, all will be able to travel the state on pilgrimage. Congratulations to the following parish communities and their Mission ACT1V8 teams for their vision and enthusiasm in taking up the Tasmanian Permanent Stations of the Cross Project: St John’s, Richmond Sacred Heart, Somerset St Augustine’s, Longford St Peter Chanel, Smithton Church of Apostles, Launceston St Joseph’s, Queenstown Holy Redeemer, Deloraine St Peter’s, New Norfolk MacKillop Hill, Forth St Virgil’s Chapel, GYC, Hobart Site of former Our Lady Queen of Peace , Flowerpot St Paul’s, Oatlands. We will see the benefits of this project for many years to come.



Heritage revived at Coal River Valley O

n Sunday November 18, 2007, the Richmond and Colebrook Catholic communities celebrated the completion of two significant milestones in the conservation of Tasmania’s magnificent cultural heritage. At St Patrick’s Church, Colebrook, the first official ringing of the bells in the reinstated bellcote took place in front of parishioners and invited guests. A ringing demonstration of the ten programmed peals by a representative of the parish followed. St Patrick’s was designed by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, England’s greatest early-Victorian architect. The original bellcote was destroyed by a storm in 1895 and never replaced. It has just been reconstructed with the support of the Pugin Foundation. The photograph shows the new bellcote still surrounded by scaffolding.

Reconstruction of the bellcote at St Patrick’s, Colebrook nearing completion. Photo courtesy of John Miller.

Later on Sunday at St John’s Church, Richmond, His Excellency the Governor of Tasmania, the Hon William Cox, unveiled the restored 1828 painting, The Adoration of the Wise Men, by major American painter Mather

Brown. This important work has hung in the church since 1838. There will be photos from the event and of The Adoration of the Wise Men in the Christmas issue of The Tasmanian Catholic.

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Terra Repromissionis: A monk, a A brief history of St Brendan’s Church, Bruny Island by Judy Redeker, Kingston-Channel parish


is name was Brendan and he had a dream: accompanied by other monks he would leave his monastic cell in sixth century Ireland and take to the high seas in search of paradise, Terra Repromissionis, the ‘repromised’ land.

It was a journey that would take seven long years, and one for which, in its details, there is no absolute historical documentary proof. Nor is there an exact geographical position for the island destination that legend claims they eventually reached. Stories passed down orally were eventually documented in literature. Charts plotted the reputed journey and indicated his ‘paradise’ could have been, perhaps, just a little to the south, or maybe just a little to the west, of his native Ireland. Or among the Canaries. Or perhaps it was the island of Madeira. Or even – and good reasons are given to substantiate this claim – America.

Wherever he landed and found this paradise, he and his eighteen, or 60 perhaps, or some even say 150 fellow sailor-monks, the voyage was an inspiration to Ireland, a country in the first glow of Christian conversion. Pilgrims and students flocked to Brendan for spiritual guidance. He founded churches and monasteries in all the countries of Great Britain, doing many good works in the name of Christianity. A century ago a group of Catholic Christians, living on a Tasmanian island, were convinced their home is the next best thing to paradise. So when they built a church it was dedicated it to St Brendan. The church named for the voyager is at Alonnah on Bruny Island, and has just celebrated its centenary of consecration.

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Mrs Agnes Clark

Three acres, three roods and twentyfive perches St Brendan’s Church was meant to stand on the ground now occupied by the Alonnah cemetery. Instead, a ‘swap’ was done, and King Edward VII graciously yielded the above measurement of land for the building of a church, for the cost of £7 ($14) and an annual rent of ‘one peppercorn’. Its style is “Federation Romanesque, a small weatherboard church with high walls, a gabled roof, a small enclosed gabled porch, a gabled wing and arched timbered windows throughout.” There’s a “simple cross above the ridge … the internal lining appearing to be Baltic pine. “The surrounds are informal. Immediately around is native eucalypt forest.” Opened in 1906, and the only Catholic church, it’s the oldest church still existing on Bruny Island and “of acknowledged historical and social significance … as part of the spread of organised religion to rural Tasmania.” (Quotes courtesy Kingborough Council and Heritage Tasmania.) Originally part of the Huon Valley Parish of Cygnet, Bruny Island residents had Mass celebrated “for the first time since Creation” at Taylors Bay in 1870, by Fr Thomas Kelsh. It was under the auspices of Fr O’Flynn, parish priest 1894-1926, that St Brendan’s Church was built and opened. Many years later when Hobart priest Fr John Wallis visited Bruny Island, a mother’s plea for religious education for country children led him to found a new order that has since spread Australia-wide, the Missionary Sisters of Service, known particularly in Tasmania as the Caravan Sisters. Today, St Brendan’s community is part of the Kingston-Channel parish, with Mass celebrated monthly by Fr Chris Hope.



Church and the Caravan sisters

Sr Carmel Hall, Sr Paul Coad, Sr Barb Hateley and Sr Pat Kelly (from Townsville).

Something to celebrate One hundred years of community worship is something to celebrate. On September 30, 2007, Mass was celebrated at 3pm and an open welcome extended to everyone for afternoon tea. Baby Ruby Lillian Stokely was baptised – a serendipitous combining of the old and the new. Sr Mechtilde, whose parents were born on Bruny Island and who has returned in her retirement years to live and work in the community, helped to organise the celebrations. “Everyone I asked [to do something] was

so wonderful. They all agreed to whatever I wanted,” she said. “I’m amazed,” – she corrected herself – “no, I’m not amazed, at the generosity.” Kingborough Council waived the fee for the Hall for the day and the Cork Club contributed the afternoon tea. “Everything has been donated,” said Sr Mechtilde. Two years ago a new organ was donated by Meg Hansson who played it at the celebration Mass. Ten years ago two leadlighted, stained glass windows, designed and made by local

artists, were donated by Bruny resident Anita Sigrist, representing the sea, sand, sunrise and sunset, mountains and rainforest that colour Bruny Island. Each window is centred by a shell – one a short spindle shell, the other a scallop shell, symbolic also of the pilgrim. St Brendan, host to pilgrims and patron saint of seafarers and voyagers, would be proud of the church that carries his name. This story and photographs were provided by Kingston-Channel Parish. We encourage other parishes to send in your ‘stories’ to share.

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From rot into roses By Annie March, Cathedral parish


hen my spine spontaneously fractured in three places and I was diagnosed with osteoporosis, I decided to become a WWOOF host – Willing Workers On Organic Farms. Backpackers, with their boundless energy, would do the heavy work in my rambling, overgrown garden; and by caring for other people’s children, I would be thanking all the beloved strangers who tend my own nomadic offspring.

The basic contract is simple; I provide food and accommodation in exchange for four hours work a day. The adventure – the risky, soulful, trusting part – is that half a dozen strangers commit to living together for a week. It beats reality television hands down! There is the occasional disaster. Very rarely, I have to ask someone to leave. More and more, I trust my gut response to travellers when they first ring; my body knows who to invite, whom to gently, firmly turn down. Most of the time it’s a privilege to be a way

Photos courtesy of Jana Felbrich.

“Alongside the work and the play and dance, there are dozens of conversations and questions, often in several languages.” halt for these passionate, compassionate, questing young. Some of them are now lifelong friends. An artist from Bavaria has become my goddaughter. Another young Bavarian is doing a Ph.D. in England so she can migrate to Australia; she has already asked me, I’ve joyfully agreed, to be the Tasmanian grandmother to her children. Some WWOOFers are highly skilled gardeners; others don’t know which way up to plant a tomato. Many have never cooked or kept house before. We all teach. We all learn. What a treat it is to know that the makings

of the salad we’re about to eat were planted by two Canadians, mulched and watered and weeded by a tribe of Germans, and have just been assembled by a Swedish engineer with a dressing dreamed up by a musician from Japan. A favourite, sweaty task is making compost. It’s magic every time. We build a carefully layered, head-high heap of food scraps, weeds, screwed up paper, house dust, lawn clippings, last year’s leaves, well-chopped prunings, soil, yarrow and comfrey, then yeast it with mature compost. Within three or four days it’s literally so hot it’s steaming. And six weeks later, it’s rich, sweet, living soil. Rot has transformed into roses. Alongside the work and the play and dance, there are dozens of conversations and questions, often in several languages: How do oak-trees get into acorns? In view of climate change, how ethical is flying? What does organic mean? Whose turn is it to make morning tea? Can coffee be delicious if it’s been grown by slave labour? Human beings are currently living at 30 percent beyond Earth’s capacity to restore itself; whose capital are we embezzling? What shall we have for lunch? If everyone lived as we do, it would require the resources of three and a half planets; we only have one – how then must we change? Shall we have yoghourt or ice cream or chocolate sauce with our apple crumble? When do we begin to live in such a way that our choices about how we work, play, dress, clean, build, learn, travel and eat don’t harm our miraculously, intricately beautiful Earth? How do we make more love than terrorism makes fear? And then there’s the question that seems to me to go to the heart of the matter, to encompass and underpin all the others. Living my way to an answer might take me the rest of my life. It was asked simply, prophetically by an American architect called Bill McDonough. He said, “How do we love all the children of all species for all time?” It is impossible. Let us begin.



Taybeh’s ingenious solution By Nancy McNally, Caritas Internationalis


estled on a rocky hilltop not far from Ramallah, the small village of Taybeh is quickly becoming an unusual model of economic success in the West Bank, where one-third of the population now lives below the poverty line. The source of Taybeh’s economic ingenuity comes directly from one man, Fr Raed Abusahlia, the Latin Catholic parish priest in this entirely Christian town. Fr Raed explained: “The situation is much better here compared to other places. Here, we try to find solutions. He said it is true that many villagers, like Muslims and Christians alike in other towns and villages across the West Bank, have been emigrating due to the nearly unliveable political and economic situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Whereas in the 1960s the town had a population of about 3,400 people, the number today is about 1,300. “That is our big challenge. How do we get people to stay? Because with each person that leaves, we are weakened. So we have to give them a reason to stay. “If people have the opportunity to have a job, a house and a family, then they will stay. So we have to make sure we create those possibilities here.” Fr Raed said that four years ago, he had his first idea that started a series of small business activities in Taybeh. “People here are obviously poor. So one year, when it came time to pay for school, I decided that the villagers could pay me with their olive oil. The fee for each student was six 16-litre barrels of oil for the year. In the end, I had 800 gallons of oil left at the school door. And I thought, why don’t we sell what we have?”

The town and the surrounding villages are home to some 30,000 olive trees. Several years before, Jordan closed its markets to olive oil imports in order to protect its own producers. So the market for Taybeh’s olive oil was reduced to some buyers in Jericho and Jerusalem, and the fall in demand cut the going price in half. Many farmers, also suffering from the economic effects of the Second Intifada that started in 2000 and the resulting Israeli security measures, were no longer even bothering to harvest. By allowing villagers to pay school fees with their olive oil, Fr Raed gave the local product a newfound value. Through the Olive Branch Fund (now Foundation), which he created, Fr Raed in 2003 signed an agreement with a consortium called Alter Eco, which distributes Taybeh’s fair trade oil in over 2,500 supermarkets and hypermarkets across France. Taybeh’s olive oil can now be found in Carrefour, for example. It is also organic. And Fr Raed negotiated a tax exemption for up to 3000 tons per year of Taybeh’s oil. “Now we are also improving the quality of the oil, we’re constantly improving our product,” he said. Working closely with an Italian non - gove rnment al organisation called Coltiviamo la Pace and the Archdiocese of Florence, the town has bought a new olive press to increase and improve output. Caritas Jerusalem contributed 20% of the money necessary to purchase the modern olive press. The oil is also used in a

project supported by the international Caritas network, called “Peace Lamps for the Holy Land.” A ceramics laboratory in Taybeh makes each one by hand, and the goal is to have one prayer lamp in each of 100,000 churches in the first five years. The business it generates gives employment to 20 people in Taybeh. Fr Raed has also begun working with the village women to sell maftoul, popularly considered “Palestinian couscous” but in fact made from toasted bulgur wheat and flour instead of semolina. Twenty women now work at home to support their families, and proceeds go toward further development in Taybeh. “This year, we expect to turn our first profit with our olive oil,” Fr Raed said, having now absorbed the start-up costs. In addition, with funds from Caritas Jerusalem, the Taybeh community has been able to support and renovate a medical centre serving some 20,000 people in the region. The medical centre was also expanded this year with support from Caritas. The Olive Branch Fund (now Foundation) has also helped to build the elderly home, and funds also support the school in the village. The school, where some 500 children – Christian and Muslims from the surrounding villages – learn together, provides 32 people with jobs. In all, the local initiatives provide employment to 80 people in Taybeh, or one-quarter of the working-age population. “The spirit behind all of it,” he said, “is that we don’t want Palestinians to become professional beggars.” “We don’t want to depend on the charity and solidarity of others. We want and we can survive with dignity with our own ingenuity,” he said. “We must resist, but we must resist cleverly,” he added with an almost mischievous grin.

“By allowing villagers to pay school fees with their olive oil, Fr Raed gave the local product a newfound value.”

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Parish formation days ‘07 By the Office of Church Life and Mission (OCLAM)

Mersey-Leven parish Following a whole parish gathering in July 2007, the Mersey-Leven parish is in the process of choosing about twenty people to train as lay leaders for the Liturgy of the Word and Communion. In October, under the facilitation



ver recent months, parishes from all around Tasmania have invited Mrs Cathy Murrowood and Sr Barbara Hateley mss to provide information sessions and formation for lay leaders.

of Cathy Murrowood, the leaders spent time studying various aspects of Liturgical Prayer. Two more sessions have been undertaken by the parish so far.

Central parish The parish of Central Tasmania gathered at Bridgewater, for a session on Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest. This followed previous sessions held recently in a number of Mass centres that were facilitated by Sr Barbara. The parish is undergoing considerable

catechesis and is discussing its vision for the future as it seeks to nourish the spiritual life of each worshipping community in light of its available resources. The parish is also beginning a process of discerning suitable leaders for Sunday Celebrations.

Flinders Island The Catholic community of Flinders Island held some formation sessions for members of their Parish Council, as well as for existing lay leaders and liturgical ministers. Cathy Murrowood spent two days with the

people discussing various aspects of liturgical ministry and was able to hear some of the challenges facing the community as they endeavour to nurture the faith life of the parish community on the Island.

Huon Valley parish Members of the Huon Valley parish gathered at Cygnet recently to look at Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest. This was an opportunity to discuss the importance of the Church gathering on Sundays and the place of the Word of God in the life of the community. The Diocesan Rites for Sunday Celebrations of the Word

and Communion as well as the 2006 Guidelines were presented. The gathering was facilitated by Cathy Murrowood and Sr Barbara Hateley who were assisted by Mrs Anne Sherston, the new Pastoral and Administrative Assistant at the Office of Church Life and Mission.


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Rachel’s Vineyard founder visits us By Mary-Anne Johnson


n Thursday September 27, 2007 around 40 people gathered at the Murphy Room, Diocesan Centre, Hobart to listen to a fascinating presentation from the founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, Dr Theresa Burke from America. Theresa is a mother of five, psychologist and author who was in Australia for the National Conference of Rachel’s Vineyard. Theresa spoke of the traumas connected with abortion and then detailed the healing process available at Rachel’s Vineyard. In her book, Forbidden Grief, she documents some of the effects of abortion on a woman, which can be completely overwhelming. It is a shock that can disconnect people from reality and provoke debilitating psycho-physiological reactions. Extensive research has been conducted to understand the physical and emotional effects of abortion on women. Many people now recognise the reality of Post-Abortion Syndrome/Stress (PAS) either immediately after the abortion or later on in life. Some of the emotions and behaviours connected with PAS are excessive anger, attention deficit, anxiety, promiscuity, panic attacks, mood swings, lack of trust, low self-esteem, insomnia, nightmares, worrying, helplessness, isolation, sadness, avoidance, depression, risk taking, confusion, substance abuse, guilt, suicidal thoughts, violence and fear of failure. Women who have experienced stillbirth and miscarriage can also be affected by trauma symptoms. Pope John Paul II said “I would like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed ... do not lose hope ... you will be able to ask forgiveness from your child, who is now living in the Lord.” John Paul II Evangelium Vitae, 1995, #99

Peter Callendar, Theresa Burke and Emma Ikin

Rachel’s Vineyard provides weekend retreats for healing after abortion in many countries throughout the world. Healing is available as attested by several women present at the evening who had experienced a weekend. The good news is that the retreat can help women deal with their trauma by integrating and resolving the experience. The aim, as Theresa puts it, is to ‘bring them into the presence of the Divine Physician’. This is achieved by a program of re-enactment of scriptures which involve reading a piece of scripture, meditating on it and performing some ritual. Rituals may be lighting a candle, carrying a bereavement doll around, being anointed with oil, drinking of a cup of bitterness and a cup of grace, wrapping part of oneself then unwrapping it, singing lullabies, naming the unborn child and writing a letter to that child. Specifically Catholic practices are included if appropriate such as confession to a priest, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Mass and renewal of baptismal vows. The symbol of Rachel’s

Eileen Jelfs and Carol Pritchard

Vineyard is the butterfly. In the same way as the death of the caterpillar results in the emergence of the beautiful butterfly, so we can transform death experiences to a healthy life. This is especially cogent for those with a Christian background. Origins of Project Rachel’s name Rachel mourns her children; she refuses to be consoled because her children are no more. Thus says the Lord: Cease your cries of mourning. Wipe the tears from your eyes. The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward. There is hope for your future. Jeremiah 31:15-17 The next Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Emmanuel Centre, Launceston from Friday – Sunday, December 7 - 9, 2007. Contact Anne Sherston 6229 8739, or Project Rachel PO Box 478, Kingston 7050.



Question Box – Questions about the Catholic faith Q A

What is the difference between Confession and Reconciliation?


How does the Catholic Church differ from other Christian Churches?

Reconciliation and Confession are two names for the one Sacrament. A Sacrament is a sign or symbolic action through which the Church manifests and celebrates its faith and communicates the saving grace of God. Reconciliation is a sacrament of forgiveness and relates to the individual recognising that he or she has consciously done something that has damaged a relationship and has the desire to make “right” what is experienced as “not right”. The first relationship that needs repairing is with God. It is a sacrament that has a number of component parts:

The Catholic Church has its origins in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and his Apostles who, filled with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, were called to make “disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you.” Jesus concluded this statement with: “And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time” Mt. 28:19-20 Catholics believe that Christ, who is with us to the end of time, is the head of the Church.

The first movement involves being alert to the stirrings of one’s heart. This is part of the process of a person becoming more aware of the invitation from God to live life in its fullness. Reconciliation also calls for alertness with regard to how a person’s actions or inactions are affecting those close to them; the community in which they live and work, the culture of the broader society; and the natural environment. The second is naming the actions that led to the fracturing of the relationships. In speaking with God’s minister (a Bishop or Priest) a person can confidentially name and discuss those matters weighing on their heart, express regret and sorrow for the action, and receive some guidance for the future.

Thirdly, reconciliation is about being forgiven by God through the person of the Priest. It is not so much about guilt and wiping the slate clean to start again (although this is true), it is much more about the power of God’s love to heal and restore broken relationships. This begins with the often damaged relationship we all have with our authentic self - that part of us that is sometimes deeply hidden in our heart of hearts. In the experience of being radically forgiven by God a person is then empowered to work towards forgiving others and fractured relationships can begin to heal.

According to the New Testament, we believe that Peter was appointed by Christ to be the head of the Church on earth. Each Pope is a successor of Peter as head of the whole Catholic Church. In a document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith entitled “Responses to some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church (dated 29 June 2007) the following is stated: “Christ ‘established here on earth’ only one Church and instituted it as a ‘visible and spiritual community’, that from its beginning and throughout the centuries has always existed and will always exist, and in which alone are found all the elements that Christ himself

instituted. ’This one Church of Christ, which we confess in the Creed as one, holy, catholic and apostolic... and apostolic Church, constituted and organised in this world as a society, subsists in the Catholic Church, governed by the successor of Peter and the Bishops in communion with him’.” There are hundreds of Christian groups in the world today. All of these groups differ from the Catholic Church on points of belief and practice yet they all possess some important aspect of Christian life. For many and varied reasons during the course of history these groups became separated from full union with the Catholic Church.

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Students endorse The Glenorchy Protocol By Adam Croser, Bosco House Leader GYC


ore than 300 Tasmanian secondary students from across the state, and representing all sectors of Tasmanian E d u c at i o n , at te n d e d t h e J u s t i ce Action Day conference held at the Derwent Entertainment Centre last September. The conference was initiated and directed by Guilford Young College’s Acting Director of Ministry, Mr Eamonn Pollard, who was ably assisted by a strong team of teachers, not only from Guilford Young College, but also from other schools throughout Hobart and representatives from Development groups. The event was focused on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The United Nations Millennium Declaration, signed in September 2000, commits the nations of the world to: 1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger 2. Achieve universal primary education 3. Promote gender equality and empower women 4. Reduce child mortality 5. Improve maternal health 6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases 7. Ensure environmental sustainability 8. Develop a global partnership for development Glenorchy City mayor, Mrs Adriana Taylor, opened the conference with a challenge to the students to develop a Glenorchy Protocol which captured the concerns of young Tasmanians concerned with social justice. Guilford Young College student Pasquina Hilary told the conference that her family originated in Sudan and fled to a refugee camp in Uganda when she was very young, where they experienced extremes of hunger, cold and inadequate shelter. Pasquina told us that thousands of infant children died in the camp from measles, which everybody in Australia knows is easy and cheap to prevent. She spoke of her mother’s joy when the UN High Commissioner for Refugees finally supplied the family with the basics of bed linen. Pasquina said, “refugees were people of hope, who were reliant on the love and compassion of fellow humans around the world for their very survival”. She said, “the world could not be changed in a single day,

but that it can be changed one day at a time when good people act on their beliefs”. Pasquina concluded by reminding us of Nelson Mandela’s words “the world waits for actions, not words”. The conference heard keynote speakers Rev Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision and Jack de Groot, CEO of Caritas Australia, outline the state of play at the halfway point in the fifteen year time-frame for the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The conference was told that while 3,000 good Americans were killed by terrorists on 9/11 2001, 30,000 innocent children died from poverty – induced diseases on the very same day – and on every single day since. It is sobering to reflect that the figure converts

The Glenorchy Protocol 1. Welcome APEC leaders to Australia and respectfully appeal to them to address the Millennium Development Goals; specifically to: a. re nounce war b. develop, and commit to, effective global climate change strategies c. create fair trade agreements that benefit the region’s poorest nations d. promote the cancellation of the debt of poor nations in ways that promote educational and economic opportunity for the poorest people of those nations. 2. Call upon all political parties in the forthcoming federal election to put the Millennium Development Goals at the centre of their policy platforms. In particular, the young people of Tasmania demand that politicians of all parties: a. ratify all relevant international climate change protocols and treaties

to over ten million a year. Tim Costello said “that grim as these statistics are, there was cause for hope, because not so long ago, the statistic was 50,000 children a day!” The Glenorchy Protocol calls on the APEC leaders to commit to global climate change strategies, to create fair trade agreements that favour struggling nations, and to facilitate the cancellation of foreign debt for those poorer nations that commit to social justice programmes. It also calls upon all political parties in the forthcoming federal election to put the Millennium Development Goals at the centre of their policy platforms. A Schools Justice Action Network was also formed during the day with the aim of coordinating students working for social justice.

b. increase Australian foreign aid to internationally agreed standards and target that aid to; i. protect and promote the welfare of women and girls, ii. provide clean water and sanitation, iii. eliminate extreme poverty and hunger; c. commit to fair trade measures that benefit the world’s poorest nations. d. respect and promote the human rights of all, particularly of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. 3. Call upon the Tasmanian Government to: a. stop all logging of Tasmania’s old growth forests b. develop domestic and industry energy efficiency measures c. export Tasmanian health expertise and training to developing nations in our region in the areas of communicable diseases and maternal health d. address the growing problem of homelessness in our cities.


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he order of The Good Samaritans was established in Australia 150 years ago this year and one particular focus for their mission is to bring hospitality to the world. The Good Sams hospitality centres, which can be found dotted around the globe, are places of welcome, spiritual formation, faith, education, rest and retreat. Cooking is important in the tradition of these convent communities. Two of the octogenarian sisters who live at St Scholastica’s in Glebe, Sydney, bake up a storm each Christmas and deliver biscuits, cakes, food and sweets to those in need. But don’t expect the sisters to help your diets! The recipes come from a tradition of hard workers, so they have all those wonderful ingredients we are no longer allowed such as butter, sugar and lashings of cream. This easy to use, spiral bound cookbook contains many of these ‘perfected’ recipes and much more. A sample of the recipes includes Pork Chops in Ginger Ale, Passionfruit Flummery, Rolled Pavlova and Milo Thrifty Biscuits.

hrough four different studies, Bill Kramer explores aspects of grace – attracting human behaviour such as selfless service; friendship and giving; forgiveness and empathy. The book begins with a very moving first hand account of the 9/11 terrorist attack and the nine month recovery effort at Ground Zero. The focus is on the ‘miracle chapel’ that survived the holocaust and the amazing accounts of generosity, service and grace that emanated from it. In the following three studies, as the subtitle implies, there is a strong emphasis on the ‘science’ behind them. The book becomes quite clinical, focussing on the process, the researchers themselves and the participants. Even though some of the findings are interesting, unfortunately there is little of the palpable grace which was found in the first part of the book. For this reason I found the book disappointing. It promised much in the beginning, but I could have done with more actual stories of unexpected grace instead of focussing on the mechanics of the scientific studies.

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Reviewer: Trish Friedenson


n the film, Going My Way, Bing Crosby sang: “How would you like to swing on a star, carry moonbeams home in a jar?” How like the song is this story? When I read Safely Through the Night to my four year old grandson he asked “Was that a dream”? And of course, the book is a dream – a beautifully told and illustrated dream. We are taken on a starbeam from Emily’s bed, through the night sky rightup to the moon to meet an angel and her grandmother, who likes to knit. On the way to the moon we chat with a sparrow, an owl and some mice. Emily is accompanied on her trip by her dearly beloved Cinnamon Bear and Hug, her quilt. These items have comforted children and given them a sense a security for generations and this story touchingly demonstrates their value in transporting little ones to the land of Nod. Emily and Cinnamon wind up the starbeam until they are able to present the ball of heavenly wool to an angel who was holding it for her grandmother when it slipped from her grasp. As a thank you, Granny Angel gives Emily a soft ball which turns to bright gold and is seen as the rising sun when Emily awakens in the morning. The book is presented on very good quality paper and Dubravka Kolanovic’s illustrations are really endearing. It says “pick me up and read me” and I’m sure grandparents will delight in reading it to their little ones. Reviewer: Mrs Audrey White, Bellerive/Lindisfarne Parish


LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! The Lives of Others Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck & Sebastian Koch. Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. 137 mins. Rated MA15+ (strong sexual refs).


y first introduction to the horror of living in East Germany before the Berlin Wall fell was Anna Funder’s outstanding book, Stasiland. It deservedly won many awards. This beautifully crafted film puts pictures around the world Anna Funder describes. And it is a chilling place to be. The Lives of Others recently won the 2007 Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. It deserves all the awards it has won too. Set in East Germany of 1984, five years before the Berlin Wall collapsed, the terrifying Stasi, the secret police, made it their business to use an extensive network of spies and surveillance to know everything about their citizens. Stasi Captain Gerd Wiesler (Mühe), appears at first to be a soulless servant of the state. We meet him interrogating a

Lovestruck: Wrestling’s No. 1 Fan Documentary film by Megan Spencer. 60 mins. Rated M.


egan Spencer is well known to some people through Triple j, The Movie Show, Project Greenlight Australia. In 2007 she took up the position of Artistic Director of the 10th Perth Revelation International Film Festival. Lovestruck: Wrestling’s No. 1 Fan is a 52minute independent documentary about

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prisoner suspected of aiding an escapee to the West, and then we watch him teach his interview techniques to the next generation of secret police. Bruno Hempf (Thomas Thieme), a highranking powerful minister with a wandering eye, and used to exploiting his position to eliminate rivals in politics or love, takes a fancy to Christa-Maria Sieland (Gedeck), a popular and very attractive actress. She is living with one of the country’s most loyal playwrights, Georg Dreyman (Koch). Dreyman’s conscience is raised when a black-listed fellow writer commits suicide. East Germany stopped keeping official records on the number of suicides many years before. Why? As Dreyman researches his topic, Hempf orders Colonel Anton Grubitz (Ulrich Tuker), the director of Stasi surveillance, to uncover dirt on Dreyman so that he can eliminate the other man in his mistress’ life. Grubitz appoints his best officer, Wiesler, to do the job. Wiesler throws himself into the mission with his usual passion and attention to detail. But something happens to him. Does he fall in love with Sieland? Does he fall out of love with East Germany? Does he come to admire Dreyman’s courage?

Whatever causes Wiesler to change, he does. Walls in Berlin were falling earlier than 1989. It is the moral journey of Wiesler that makes this film so compelling. Not even a lifetime of indoctrination and the intimate knowledge of the consequences of his betrayal if caught by the State, obliterates the spark of goodness in him. The story might be bleak, but everything about this film is excellent. The acting is underscored and illuminating. The direction is tight. The grey production design masterfully recreates a grey world. And the screenplay gives us complex moral people in an amoral world. Not one character here is squeaky clean. Best of all the film’s conclusion leaves enough loose ends for the story to breathe, which is a welcome relief from the usual script. Anna Funder says at one stage in her book that the only thing the Stasi did not know at the beginning of 1989 was that by end of that year they would be out of business. The Lives of Others is the story of humanity winning out. It is not to be missed. Reviewer: Fr Richard Leonard SJ

Australia’s No. 1 wrestling fan, Sue Chuter. Sue is in her 50s, lives in Melbourne and for the last 35 years has dedicated her life to following professional wrestling. Sue has taken her love for wrestling to extreme lengths by travelling twice to the USA to attend fan conventions and live stadium matches. She owns 4,000 wrestling videos and DVDs from around the world and has wallpapered her house with over 3,000 wrestling photos. Starting in the halcyon days of 1960s World Championship Wrestling at Melbourne’s Festival Hall, Sue knows – or has met – just about everyone in the business. I think most people would find Sue a bit mad. They would have good reason for this judgment. At the very least, her obsession with wrestling is, what professionals call,

“emotional displacement”. That’s the ‘what’ of her behaviour. But obsessions come out of somewhere, and the turning point of this film is when we begin to discover the ‘why’ of Sue’s obsession. Even though these issues are never fully explored, and nor should they be in this forum, these revelations change the tone of Lovestruck: Wrestling’s No. 1 Fan, bringing it depth and poignancy. That said, one question remains unresolved throughout the film. How does Sue afford her obsession? In all other respects she’s a battler, so who is paying for the tickets, phone calls, trips and memorabilia? It’s a nagging oversight in what is, otherwise, a surprisingly engaging and sad tale. Reviewer: Fr Richard Leonard SJ

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Pat is pictured with Hilda, right, his daughter Jane Blythe left, and grandsons Mitchell right and Harrison left.

Lilydale – Karoola parish celebrates R

ecently a special morning tea and presentation was held at Saint Anne’s Church, Lilydale, to mark the retirement of parish stalwart Pat Griffin. Pat has lived in the parish all his life and for almost sixty years of that time has been involved in many areas such as reading, taking up the collection, as a member of the parish council, including being president of parish council several times. Pat and his wife Hilda, have been enthusiastic fundraisers, being involved with organising various functions, working bees and raffles. Pat has been a loyal support to at least ten past parish priests and continues to do so.

Baptism at St Brendan’s, Bruny Island A s part of the Centenary celebrations at St Brendan’s Church, Bruny Island, Ruby Lillian Stokely was baptised by Archbishop Adrian Doyle during the Mass. Her parents are Paul and Deidre Stokely.

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Brett Walker and Elizabeth Brennan. Married at St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cathedral, Hobart. October 6, 2007. Celebrant, Fr Brian Nichols.

Craig Will and Monica Grech, with Dane, Lauren, Craig, Monica, Erin, Henny, Victor, Nathan, Renee and Emily. Married at St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cathedral, Hobart. October 20, 2007. Celebrant Fr Chris Hope.


4UPSNBOTUPO )PVTF Sharni Lavers and Matthew McConnell. Married at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Devonport. November 3,2007. Celebrant, Fr Mike Delaney.

The Tasmanian Catholic accepts for publication photographs of weddings in Catholic churches. Every effort will be made to publish such photographs at the first opportunity, but delays may occur due to limited space. Original photographs sent by mail will be returned if requested. Digital photographs should be submitted on disk with a minimum resolution of 300dpi. All photographs must be supported by written confirmation of the marriage.



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Via courage, patience and faith she entered eternal life

Thelma May McKay September 28, 1915 – October 26, 2007 An excerpt from the eulogy delivered by her son Fr John McKay during the Mass of Christian Burial, St Peter’s Catholic Church, New Norfolk, November 6, 2007.


hroughout this month of November we remember all who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. On this day, we remember a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, relation and friend. We do not judge Thelma but rather commend her to the merciful embrace of Christ. Mum will hear those encouraging words, “Come good and faithful, inherit the place in the kingdom prepared for you”. The family meant everything to mum. Our hurts were her hurts, our joys and triumphs, she shared in with joy. Any triumph we had she never took as reflected glory. So typically

portrayed at my ordination when people congratulated her and said you must be so proud, her response was, “Why? It is John’s vocation, not mine”. When I told mum the Archbishop and priests would be present at her funeral her typical comment, as on so many occasions, “I don’t understand what all the fuss is about”. It is about you Mum, and our love for you. The following verse Mum read at my brother Barry’s funeral and asked that it be read today, “I am home in heaven, dear ones; Oh so happy and so bright! There is perfect joy and beauty in this everlasting light. All the pain and grief is over, every restless tossing passed, I am now at peace for ever, safely home in heaven at last. Did you wonder I so calmly trod the valley of the shade? Oh! But Jesus’ love illumined every dark and fearful glade. He comes Himself to meet me in that way so hard to tread and with Jesus’ arm to lean on, could I have one doubt or dread? Then you must grieve so sorely, for I love you dearly still, try to look beyond earth’s shadows, pray to trust our Father’s will. There is still work waiting for you, so you must not idly stand, do it now, while life remains – you rest in Jesus’ land. When that work is all completed, He will gently call you home. Oh the rapture of that

meeting. Oh, the joy to see you come”! No longer does Thelma stride with pride across this valley that was home. The soil which she toiled in will now be the place in which she rests until she is awakened to the resurrection. That promise given to Thelma on the day of her baptism sustained her all her life. She gave to us, her family! With lamp well and truly lit, she goes to meet her God. There is also a goodly supply of oil! Four words sum up Mum, courage, adaptability, patience and faith. The last – faith – underpinned all the others and she needed them all in good measure. Without faith, Mum would not have co p e d w i t h t h e traumas in her life. So often she would say to me, “How do people without faith cope”? Faith is a gift, it cannot be borrowed, we cannot depend on the faith of others. We are given to it, we have to respond to it. Cut very firmly into Thelma was that faith told her she would inherit eternal life. She now sees God face to face and recounts her life story. In that encounter she is healed and welcomed home. We now entrust you, gentle and loving soul to Mary’s maternal care. May she enfold you in her mantle and present you to her Son.

“The family meant everything to mum. Our hurts were her hurts, our joys and triumphs, she shared in with joy. Any triumph we had she never took as reflected glory.”

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