A publication of the Archdiocese of Hobart
Volume 4: Issue 4 2008
Be prophets of a new age
World Youth Day ‘08
Vocations in Tasmania
Diocesan Assembly 2008 – Preview
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE News in Brief
Catholic Church Directory www.hobart.catholic.org.au Catholic Diocesan Centre
Our WYD’08 Archbishop Doyle writes Special Supplement
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Everyone has a vocation General News
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Centacare’s Conference – Running on empty Time for a change Knights pray for vocations Social Commentary
Fouling the future Lifestyle
Book and film reviews Kids’ Page
School and College News
St John’s School, Richmond The Question Box
William Joseph Carrick
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To the Most Reverend Phi lip E.Wilson Archbishop of Adelaide President of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Confere nce As I look back over my rec ent Pastoral Visit to Austra lia for World Youth Day, more to thank you and I wish once all the Bishops of Austra lia for the warm welcome hospitalit y which I, and and gracious those who accompanied me, received during my country. stay in your At the beginning of my visi t I said that young people appreciate the opportuni together to deepen the ty to come ir faith in Christ and to sha re with one another a joy of communion in his Ch ful experience urch. In the unfolding of the various events of Wo 2008 - both catechetical rld Youth Day and liturgical - we saw a viv id illustration that it is ind confident that the young eed so. I am pilgrims will be strengthen ed in their commitment and his Church and enc to the Lord ouraged to articulate the spiritual and moral dim questions which feature ensions of the prominently in contempor ary debate. Aware of the of time and energy made commitment by so many individuals and groups across Austra thank once again, on my lia I ask you to behalf, the parish and sch ool communities togeth families who so generousl er with the host y welcomed pilgrims into their homes. May the Lor all for their kindness and d bless them goodness! Finally, I wish to assure you of my great affection and my continuing prayers for Australians! May the catech young etical initiatives which I kno w you are now assiduous bear much spiritual fruit, ly promoting and may all the clergy, reli gious and laity entrusted care be renewed by the to your pastoral Holy Spirit. To all of you I cor dially impart my Apostolic a pledge of lasting joy and Blessing as peace in the Risen Christ. From the Vatican, 25 Jul y 2008
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John Falzon coming to Tasmania D r John Falzon, CEO of the St Vincent De Paul Society National Council Australia, is coming to Tasmania to speak in September. A long time advocate of the socially marginalized, Dr Falzon is also a sociologist and speaker on the structural causes of inequality in Australia. Dr Falzon will speak about poverty in Australia at St Patrick’s College, Launceston on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 and at Guildford Young College, Hobart on Thursday, September 25, 2008. His visit to Tasmania is timed to coincide with the Catholic Bishops’ 2008 Social Justice Sunday Statement. This year’s statement is titled, A Rich Young Nation: The challenge of affluence and poverty in Australia. It considers issues of materialism, consumerism and the
overall affluence of our nation against the circumstances of vulnerable Australians who have been denied a fair share of Australia’s prosperity. The Tasmanian Catholic Justice and Peace Commission will be hosting an official launch of the Social Justice Sunday Statement at 11am, Thursday, September 25, at the Diocesan Centre, Hobart in the Murray Room. Dr Falzon will be the keynote speaker at that event. If you would like any more information about either Dr Falzon’s visit or the Catholic Bishops’ 2008 Social Justice Sunday Statement, contact the Tasmanian Catholic Justice and Peace Commission at (03) 6208 6271 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ur next edition of the magazine will be a special 12-page feature focussing on the forthcoming Diocesan Assembly in November, 2008. Ten years have passed since Call to Change and Archbishop Adrian Doyle has declared it is now time for us to evaluate those changes and identify where our challenges lie in the next five to ten years. The Diocesan Assembly is being held in Launceston on the weekend of November 15 and 16, 2008. For more information on the Diocesan Assembly turn to page 23. Our next regular edition will be the Christmas Edition. Please submit your articles to us for that edition by Wednesday, November 19, 2008.
Thank you from Project Compassion T asmanians have donated $146,780 to Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion 2008 – an increase of 4.6% on the amount raised last year and 20% more than for 2006. The total raised nationally was $9.218 million. Pat O’Halloran, Tasmanian Diocesan Director of Caritas Australia, wishes to thank everyone who supported the annual Lenten appeal. C a r i t a s Au s t r a l i a , t h e C a t h o l i c Church’s agency for international aid and development, is also grateful to the many people who assisted in the promotion of Project Compassion 2008 and to those who processed the donations including: parish priests, pastoral associates, office staff, religious education coordinators, teachers, volunteers as well as principals in Catholic schools. During the 2007-08 financial year, Caritas Australia also received
$138,380 from Tasmanians in response to special appeals, such as the recent Burma Cyclone, Nargis Appeal which raised $21,854, and through its regular giving programmes. The latter includes the Workplace Giving programme and the Hopegiver programme. Anyone wishing to learn more about the work of Caritas Australia may do so by visiting www.caritas.org.au or by calling us on 1800 024 413. Subscriptions are available to our very informative and free e-magazine, OzSpirit, at www.ozspirit.com.
Vocations forum coming to Hobart H
ave you ever wondered how to be an effective witness of God’s love? Are all of us called to be the same kind of witness? How can we encourage others to be the best witness they can be? In the wake of WYD’08, you are invited to come along to an evening to share in discussions about being a witness in today’s church. Following on from National Vocations Week, August 3 – 10, guest speaker Sr Veronica McCluskie sgs, Executive Officer from Catholic Vocations Ministry Australia will be talking about ways to encourage and foster a vocational culture for our church’s future. A “vocations culture” is one which encourages all people to respond to their Baptismal call to be involved in the life and mission of the Church. While some will be called to the consecrated religious life or to the priesthood, all the Baptised – whether married or single, are invited to use their gifts for the mission of Christ and the Church. WYD’08 provided an opportunity for young Tasmanians to be more closely connected with their parish communities and to experience being a part of the Church in new ways. It is hoped these young people will remain open to discovering how they may continue to be part of the community and what contribution they can make to being “witnesses to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) The gathering is aimed at priests, religious, teachers, youth group leaders, parishioners – basically anyone who is interested in promoting an environment where all acknowledge and respond to their Baptismal call and use their own unique gifts for the Mission. The event is free and will be held in the Murphy Room, Diocesan Centre, 35 Tower Road, New Town on Monday, September 29, 2008 commencing at 7:30pm. Please RSVP to Ben Brooks by Thursday, September 25, 2008. For further details, contact Ben ph: (03) 6208 6273 f: (03) 6208 6299 or email: email@example.com Turn to page 11 for The Tasmanian Catholic’s special vocations supplement: Everyone has a vocation.
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erdita Sonntag is the new Resource O f f icer for the Tasmanian Catholic Justice and Peace Commission. The goal of seeking justice and peace is not just a day job for Perdita. She first became passionate about social justice and human rights after reading about the injustices of Apartheid as a child. Since that time, she has been involved with a number of community non-profit organisations aimed at promoting and sustaining human dignity. Her work has involved research and submissions on issues such as Immigration law, Australia’s anti-terrorism laws, the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and the Federal Government’s current National Plan to Stop Violence Against Women and Children. Perdita has recently graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Political Science and Law. She is currently attempting to learn German through Adult Education and plans to return to university next year to complete a Masters degree part time. Perdita is engaged to Paul and lives in Battery Point with a rotund orange cat named Harry.
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Our World Youth Day ‘08 At WYD’08, we were called to be a Church of Hope for the future. These are our stories of hope.
ven though some say WYD is over now, I believe this is not true. This is only the beginning, as the spirit of WYD lives on in our everyday actions, as we live out the mission to go out into our nation to heighten awareness of Jesus Christ. WYD’08 was a pilgrimage that helped me to do this. I believe that
we as Christians, sisters and brothers, together, we mustt w work to transform the world with the love and kindness of our ow own nh hearts as, “Only through the charity of Christ can we truly transform s the world”. Damian Tarnowka
Pilgrim’s diary By Olivia Hogarth
ur first couple of days in Sydney were spent easing into the experience. The first night we slept on the floor of a large shed at Olympic Park. The scene was being set for the week to come – a walk of faith: each not knowing what the next part of the journey would bring, but together on that journey with determination to finish it together in the best spirit possible. As we entered into the official events the atmosphere became overwhelming. Our accommodation was in a small parish primary school and, just as Fr Richard Ross suggested, it soon felt like ‘home’. We were greeted in the streets by local residents wishing us well and motorists tooting their horns. T he sight s and sounds of central Sydney were simply awe-inspiring. At every gathering point there were people from all nations singing and dancing - it really was one big street party with one significant difference – we were simply ‘high on life’; exhilarated to be part of such a significant event. The highlight for many Tasmanian Pilgrims was the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. Many words, pins, and flags were exchanged and photos taken as our young Tasmanians embraced the spirit of the occasion.
Our mornings began with the ‘animators’ from the Diocese of Manhattan, New York, a group assigned to the Catechesis sessions in our host parish to get us ‘animated’! The sessions focussed on the Holy Spirit and ours were delivered by a Bishop from India, the Bishop of Brooklyn – a very dynamic and engaging speaker – and our very own Archbishop Adrian Doyle. The big events for the week certainly did not disappoint either. The Opening Mass and Concert were filled with feelings of unity and love for all. The arrival of the Pope again brought that sense of unity as people gathered and were joined together in the Spirit. The Stations of the Cross was just incredible and the image of Jesus on the Cross with Sydney Harbour as the backdrop will remain imprinted on my memory for a long time. Most significant was the feeling of togetherness as we as a group of Tasmanian Pilgrims shared mass with the Pope amidst a congregation of over 400,000. Catholics from all corners of the globe, all here at ‘the ends of the earth’ to share in the power of the Holy Spirit as we are sent out to become witnesses for Christ.
“The arrival of the Pope brought that sense of unity as people gathered and were joined together in the Spirit.”
Stations of the Cross By Zoe Cooke, Marist Regional College
s we walked into Barangaroo to watch the Stations of the Cross on the screens I was once again amazed by the amount of people. Everywhere there were pilgrims looking up at the screens in anticipation. Of course, most people there knew the stations, and knew what was going to happen but still we were drawn into the experience. By having the stations live we could ‘be with’ Jesus along His journey and watch His final hours unfold before us. On that day it felt like we were the original crowd, taken back almost 2000 years. Pilgrims lined the roads that led to the site of the ‘crucifixion’ and watched as Jesus passed. But the main difference between us and the original
crowds was that with the sadness we felt in His trials came joy, for we knew something that they had only read as prophesy. We knew that He would rise again. As we watched Jesus climb to His final resting place, be nailed to the cross and be raised upon it, we saw the fear and sadness in His eyes. Of course this was not the real Jesus but it was as though it was. Every detail had been taken into account. The man we saw was as most people there would have imagined Him, and He acted as we would have envisioned Him to. The sheer brilliance of the spectacle made the whole thing unforgettable.
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One special moment for me was the pilgrimage to Randwick. I loved soaking up the atmosphere as we walked. The singing, the chanting, the dancing, the music - I did not realise my heart could smile so much! But, it was the reason we were walking that filled me with joy, people from all walks of life, from all over the world were walking, for one reason which unified us all. We were all trying to be witnesses to Him and to me that was awe-inspiring!
One of the mos t amazing mom ents for me happen ed sitting on th e train. Imagine a pack ed train carria ge so full that we had to sit on the step s. It was hot and all the win dows were op en. We sat across from a group of Italia ns . Doing what we did al l the time, we began to sing. At first the song s were ones on ly we knew, then we started singin g th e WYD theme song (R eceive the Pow er ). It didnâ€™t take long for th e Italians to re cognise the tune and th ey joined in, si nging in Italian, in time with us. Not lo ng after, the Brazilians sittin g across from the Italians started playin g the guitar an d another girl started to play the Tambo rine. It was so cool to thin k that all of us st rangers could sit on a train and sing an d play the same song in different lang uages. Just one of those m oments that m ade you realise what W YD was all abou t.
Heading bac k to the train station we passed a homeless m an lying on the side of th e tunnel next to some boxe s and under some blanke ts. He was unshaven, d ishevelled, ye t smiling. Smili ng at the larg e amount of fo od pilgrims had given h im whilst walking pas t. Despite our belief th at this was a small and si mple act of generosity it was, for him ,a much bigger act!
The memory that has stuck wit h me is from the opening mass. The first communion hymn was the the me song from a past WYD and its chorus is, â€œwe are one body, one body in chr ist and we do not stand aloneâ€?. During this song I was standing with my arms link ed with two other pilgrims and fina lly felt included and at home.
L’Arche pilgrims share their joy By Heidi Rimpali, long term assistant and member of L’arche Beni-Abbes, Hobart.
his past July, L’Arche Beni Abbes community had the wonderful opportunity of sending eight community members to WYD’08. L’arche is an international organization whose aim is to create mutual relationships between those with and without intellectual disabilities and to create and share a home together. Our journey as pilgrims started out on Wednesday, July 9. First, we travelled to Canberra where we met up with pilgrims from other L’Arche communities from Australia and New Zealand. There we prepared for Sydney by practicing the various presentations we would be giving during the catechesis sessions in Sydney. These performances included a drama, dances, singing, and of course lots of wonderful music for all to enjoy and sing along with. After several days of preparation in Canberra, we then travelled by bus to Sydney. Over the next three days, Beni Abbes along with other L’Arche pilgrims, gave performances during the catechesis sessions held at the Parkside Ballroom in Darling Harbour and at a youth festival held at Paddington Town Hall. All of us had a wonderful time performing.
In addition to our per formances, we also attended various activities during World Youth Day. Sean and I had the opportunity to attend the Ceremonial welcome of Pope Benedict at Government house. Many L’Arche pilgrims walked across Sydney Harbour Bridge. Craig and Raphael camped out at Randwick racecourse and then attended the final mass with Pope Benedict. Along with the activities, World Youth Day provided many great opportunities to meet people from around the world. At all of the events we attended, we were able to meet pilgrims from different countries and hear about their journeys to World Youth Day. We had a lot of good times, great conversations as well as the opportunity to proclaim the vision of L’arche. We all have wonderful memories of WYD that will stay with us forever. We are very thankful to Archbishop Adrian Doyle for the generous contribution towards our expenses that enabled us to attend.
Crime down during WYD S
ydney’s crime rate during the World Youth Day week was the lowest it has been in a long time according to New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione. News service Zenit reported that Mr Scipione attributed the drop to the presence of the pilgrims and a general ‘sense of spirituality’ in the air. He told Sky News that extra police forces on hand seemed almost unnecessary, since the pilgrims were well-mannered and wellbehaved. Cardinal Pell said “this World Youth Day has demonstrated that the great majority of Australians are quite open to what we have to say,” he said. “They might disagree with us,” he acknowledged, “but they recognize us as being in the mainstream of Australian life; that religious considerations are important; people need meaning and purpose; and that overwhelmingly, people recognise the necessity of being open to the transcendent.”
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Sexual abuse victims get Papal apology
Be prophets of a new age
Pope says he shares in their suffering P By Anthony Barich
enedict XVI expressed his deep sorrow for the suffering of sexual abuse victims during his homily at Mass with Australian clergy during World Youth Day. Departing from his prepared homily during the Saturday liturgy at St Mary’s Cathedral, the Pope said, “Indeed, I am deeply sorry for the pain and suffering the victims have endured, and I assure them that as their pastor, I too share in their suffering”. The Pontiff’s prepared speech addressed acknowledge “the shame which we have all felt as a result of the sexual abuse of minors by some clergy and religious in this country”. “These misdeeds,” he said, “which constitute so grave a betrayal of trust, deserve unequivocal condemnation. They have caused great pain and have damaged the Church’s witness. I ask you to support and assist your bishops, and to work together with them in combating this evil”.
Who went to WYD08? W
“The younger group were unabashedly YD08 was a great chance to celebrate faith, but also to make new friends, attracted to all the aspects of WYD08 which seek adventure and have fun - according naturally appeal to younger people; they to a survey of more than 12,000 people loved the adventure of it, the excitement of who registered to attend. being part of a huge youth crowd, making Pilgrims Progress 2008, conducted by the new friends and celebrating. It might be a Australian Catholic University and Monash religious occasion, but it had lots of other University, studied the responses of 12,275 appeal as well.” registered English-speaking pilgrims from “While the majority of pilgrims expressed 164 countries. a strong faith, most of the remainder were The survey found that open to the possibility “to have a stronger of spiritual growth,” Dr 85% were going to their first World Youth Day. Mason said. sense of what it “It also revealed what “The pilgrims were not pilgrims most wanted at means to be Catholic” just a random collection of WYD08 was a spiritual experience and in younger Catholics; they were special; they that context, to see and listen to the Holy took some trouble to get to this gathering; Father,” said researcher Michael Mason. they wanted to be there,” “They said they wanted a closer Dr Mason said the biggest motivating relationship with God and Jesus, they factors to attend were: friends who were wanted to really live what they believe, and going, encouragement from parents to have a stronger sense of what it means and teachers, and personal contact with to be Catholic.” somebody who had been to a previous Dr Mason said the older pilgrims, aged WYD. 20-35, showed some marked differences “There was a surprisingly strong measure from pilgrims aged 15-19, most of whom of spirituality among teenagers in this group. were still at school. Previous research had indicated younger “The older group was very focused ones were not much involved with the local on spiritual values. They were making church. sacrifices to take a week out to come to “However, that only seems to be the case WYD08, so they weren’t messing around. with only about a quarter of the younger Their spirituality was very full-on and so group. Nearly half of them are regular was their approach to WYD08; they saw it churchgoers, have a strong faith and a firm as sacred time. sense of Catholic identity,” said Dr Mason. www.hobart.catholic.org.au
ope Benedict has urged all of us to become prophets of a new age to bring faith to a ‘spiritually barren’ world. Declaring the spirit of the Church alive and well, the Pope told pilgrims from more than 170 countries he had shared an “unforgettable experience” in the great south land. “Our eyes have been opened to see the world around us as it truly is, ‘charged’ with the grandeur of God’, filled with the glory of His creative love,” he said. His Holiness said a new generation of Christians was being called to help build a world in which God’s gift of life was welcomed and love was not greedy or self seeking but pure, faithful and genuinely free. He spoke of a “new age in which hope liberates us from the shallowness, apathy and self absorption which deaden our souls and poison our relationships”. “In so many of our societies, side by side with material prosperity, a spiritual desert is spreading: an interior emptiness, an unnamed fear, a quiet sense of despair. “How many of our contemporaries have built broken cisterns in a desperate search for meaning, the ultimate meaning that only love can give?” The Church also needed this renewal, he said, adding: “She needs your faith, your idealism and your generosity so that she can always be young in the spirit. “Do not be afraid to say yes to Jesus, to find your joy in doing his will, giving yourself completely to the pursuit of holiness, and using all your talents in the service of others,” His Holiness said. Sydney Archbishop George Pell, told pilgrims the Church was too often weighed down with the sins of her children, too often appeared disfigured and discouraged. But at World Youth Day, the Church “appeared as she truly is, alive with evangelical energy”.
Archbishop Doyle Writes Dear Friends in Christ lthough the experience of World Youth Day is now some weeks in the past, there are still some very memorable experiences which the pilgrims are able to recall very vividly. I thought that I might reflect on my own experience of being in Sydney for the week. The experience of a bishop differs in some ways from that of the young pilgrims, and those who accompany them. I believe that the organisers and the planners of this historic event did a marvellous job. There may have been some glitches, as one would expect, but overall the planning was excellent. The public occasions in particular were beautifully prepared and truly they were moments of our Liturgy being celebrated in the best possible way. I have in mind the Opening Mass, the arrival of the Holy Father, the Stations of the Cross, the Vigil on the Saturday Evening and the Final Mass on the Sunday morning. The music was magnificent, and there was a very reverent atmosphere created at each of the events. As a bishop, I had a special responsibility, having accepted an invitation to conduct the sessions of catechesis on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, and also, to be the Principal Celebrant of the Mass which concluded the programme each morning. At each of the three venues, I was assisted by an “animation team”, the members of which prepared the venue, provided the music, and introduced the bishop to those present. On the first morning, I was assigned to the parish facility at Kenthurst, and the animation team was composed of members from the Sydney Community of the Disciples of Jesus. This group of local young people reflected very strongly the diverse ethnic composition of the Catholic Church in our larger cities, such as Sydney and Melbourne. The majority of the pilgrims attending the Wednesday morning session were from Kuwait, but they originally came from
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India. They were accompanied by an Indian priest who is a member of the Salesians, which drew attention to the fact that life is quite challenging for Christians in Kuwait. Although some of the pilgrims were born in that country, they are never entitled to citizenship of the country itself. The following day, I was assigned to speak at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, located at the Inner-City church, Waterloo. The pilgrims on that occasion were all people who came o riginall y f ro m Samoa, although they now live in Wellington, New Zealand. The animation team came from the same community, and so there they formed a very united group with their special songs and movements. It was a special joy to be assigned on the Friday morning to join our own Tasmanian pilgrims at the parish of Padstow. In addition to our own pilgrims, we were joined by pilgrims from Canada and Malaysia. Our animation team was a group from New York, USA, most of them were African-Americans or young people whose families had migrated from places such as the Dominican Republic. If I could reduce the themes for the catechesis to their very basic expression,
“Once again I wish to acknowledge the enormous contribution of the Catholic Youth Ministry Team”
they would be: The Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus, the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church, and the Holy Spirit in the lives of each of us as witnesses of Jesus. The culmination of the reflection on the Holy Spirit certainly came on the Sunday, during the Final Mass, when Pope Benedict confirmed 24 young pilgrims, including two young Tasmanians. It was a very special experience for the two candidates, and their sponsors as well. What was also very special was the fact that they were pilgrims, and that they had the love and support of the entire Tasmanian group of pilgrims as well. Once again I wish to acknowledge the enormous contribution of the Catholic Youth Ministry Team, guided so well and with such enthusiasm by Fr Richard Ross. There were many who supported the team and pilgrims during their week in Sydney, and while it was a special experience for them also, they had a very responsible role to play. Over the coming weeks, time will be expended reflecting on the WYD experience, as we search for ways to build on the effort and the experience over the past months, and indeed years. I am very hopeful that the steps forward will be articulated at the Diocesan Assembly to be held in November, 2008. I invite you all to join me in giving thanks to God for the wonderful blessings which have come to so many through the recent experience of World Youth Day 2008. ADRIAN L. DOYLE Archbishop of Hobart
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“World Youth Day will have benefits in Vocations for many years to come. As Pope John Paul II once said: ‘All the baptised have a vocation, a calling to tell the good News. We just need time, reflection and faith in action to discover what God is calling us to. Sacramental Marriage, Priesthood, Religious Life and the call to the single life, are all vocations we should encourage in our young people’. “ Kevin Hennessy CP, Vocations coordinator, Passionists.
Everyone has a vocation! Making an informed life-choice…
How is God calling me?
ach and every one of us is in touch with the mystery of God. At the core of each person is a call, or vocation. It is a call to holiness, to becoming a living response to God’s call. It is common to everyone, but discovering the mystery of God’s calling for us is not like solving the mystery laid out in a novel or a TV series. However, God is gracious, so that as we choose our direction, there are a multitude of paths before us toward our goal of union with God. As you try to discover whether God is calling you to holiness through marriage or single life, as a sister, priest, deacon or a member of a congregation, it is important to remember that your call is not a narrow plan that God is hiding from you. Trusting that God loves you and always gives what you need to attain the fullness of life will help you discern your call in a healthy way.
Ask Which vocation would enable you to grow as a person? To develop and use your gifts fully? To reach your potential? By Sr Fidelis Tracey CDP (adapted from from an article published by Catholic Vocations Ministry Australia (CVMA).
Prayer Make a habit of praying – even a few minutes a day Talking with others: Consult with people whom you trust, about your future. Be willing to explore your options
Study Learn more about your Catholic faith. Discuss with others what it means to be a Catholic today
Service Look for ways to be involved in ongoing service to others
Belonging Participate in a Parish community on a regular basis through worship and outreach
Connecting Invite others to share their vocation stories. Contact your diocesan vocations office (03 6261 2326) or the National Vocations Office (02 9550 6212) or email email@example.com
Religious orders in Tasmania Austins Ferry
Clarendon Vale – Rokeby
Br Jack Higgins, CFC, college archivist Br Peter Flint, CFC, college counsellor, prisons inspector
Br Geoff Whitefield, CFC, School Principal Br Anthony Case, SDC, Catechist
Fr Lawrence Moate, SDB, Salesian community rector and parish priest Fr Aleki Piula, SDB, parish assistant priest Fr Phillip Gleeson, SDB, college principal Fr Brian Ahern, SDB, college teacher Fr Robert Curmi, SDB, pastoral ministry Sr Mary Rickards, OP, prayerful presence
Sr Monica Shelverton, PBVM, parish pastoral associate Sr Julianne Tapping, PBVM, pastoral presence Sr Ona Kaukenas, PBVM, lecturer university
Bridgewater-Brighton-Claremont Fr Dudley Perera, OMI, parish priest Sr Carmel Hinkley, RSM, APRE at school and parish pastoral support Sr Fina Woollcombe, RSM, parish and school pastoral support Sr Paul Coad, MSS, visitation, prayerful presence
Burnie-Wynyard Fr Bernie McFayden, SM, parish priest Sr Kathlyn O’Brien, RSM, college home school liaison & archivist Sr Stella Williams, RSM, school volunteer worker
Campbell Town Sr Marjorie Boutchard, PBVM, parish pastoral associate
Hobart Fr Graham Orwin, CP, Community Superior Fr Gerard Glynn, CP, parish priest Fr David Wilkie, CP, parish pastoral work Fr Gerald Quinn, CP, hospital chaplain Br Ed Braden, CP, parish pastoral work Br Terence Burke, CFC, college counsellor Sr Pamela Davis, OP, Cathedral parish pastoral ministry Sr Philomena Thomas, OP, retired Sr Majella Kelly, PBVM, Congregational Leader Sr Cecily Kirkham, PBVM, retired Sr Mary Noonan, SSJ, retired Sr Philippa Chapman, (Diocesan) Centacare, Social Work
Sr Janet Sexton, PBVM, school support
Huon Valley Fr Michael Hickey, CP, parish priest Sr Joan Cowmeadow, SSJ, young adult ministry Sr Martina Roberts, SSJ, parish pastoral support Sr Veronica Dillon, SSJ, parish pastoral support
Kingston-Channel Sr Mechtilde Dillon, SSJ, pastoral presence – Bruny Island Sr Pat Kingsley, PBVM, Maryknoll prayer house Sr Sarah Hogan, PBVM, Maryknoll prayer house
Kings Meadows Fr John O’Connor, MSC, parish priest Sr Marie Connolly, PBVM, pastoral care Mt Esk Nursing Home
Launceston Parish All the Sisters at the Carmelite Monastery Sr Colleen Power, SSJ, Emmanuel Centre ministry Sr Margaret Cousins, SSJ, Emmanuel Centre ministry Sr Patricia Dance, SSJ, Emmanuel Centre spiritual direction Sr Valerie Burns, SSJ, pastoral ministry Sr Elizabeth Vagg, PBVM, chaplaincy/registrar Sr Campion Luttrell, PBVM, pastoral care Sr Agnes Webster, PBVM, Mt Esk Nursing Home Sr Augustine Healy, PBVM, pastoral visitor Sr Lucy Healy, PBVM, Mt Esk Nursing Home Sr Margaret Smith, PBVM, correspondence ministry Sr Andrew Carroll, PBVM, Mt Esk Nursing Home
Religious Institutes of Women
Religious Institutes of Men
Carmelites Discalced Nuns of the Order of Our Lady of Mt Carmel (OCD) prayer
Passionists – Congregation of the Passion (CP) parish ministry, chaplaincy
Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia and the Solomon Islands (OP) spirituality, parish pastoral and support work
Missionaries of the Sacred Heart – Society of the Missionaries of The Sacred Heart (MSC) parish ministry, chaplaincy
Little Company of Mary (LCM) hospital and aged administration and pastoral care, spirituality Missionary Sisters of Christ the King (MSChr) ministry to the Polish community Missionary Sisters of Service (MSS) faith formation, archives, parish pastoral work, parish visitation Presentation Sisters - Society of Australian Congregations of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM) education, chaplaincy, parish, school and aged care pastoral support, spirituality, hospitality, administration Sisters of Charity – Congregation of the Religious Sisters of Charity of Australia (RSC) hospital pastoral work, school and parish pastoral work
Christian Brothers – Congregation of Christian Brothers (CFC) education, administration, counselling Marist Fathers – Society of Mary (SM) parish ministry Oblates – Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) parish ministry Salesians – Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) education, parish ministry Franciscan Friars – Order of Friars Minor (OFM) parish ministry Society of Christ (SChr) ministry to the Polish community Apostolic Societies Society of Christian Doctrine (SDC)
Sisters of Mercy - Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia (RSM) education, parish and school pastoral and support work Sisters of St Joseph - The Australian/New Zealand Federation of Sisters of St Joseph (SSJ) education, parish, school and hospital pastoral support, spirituality, hospitality, diocesan pastoral ministries, family support, administration
New Town Lenah Valley
Fr Jim McMahon, MSC, parish supply and priest in residence Sr Carmel Jones, SSJ, parish pastoral associate, spiritual direction Sr Margaret Chandler, SSJ, spiritual direction
Br Tony Smith, CFC, CEO Office Manager Br Ben Brooks, SDC, Catechist, RCIA & Sacraments of Initiation Co-ordinator. Sr Margaret Henderson, RSM, CEO Mission and Religious Education Sr Gabrielle Morgan, PBVM, CEO Religious Ed/Adult Formation Sr Barbara Hateley, MSS, CDC Adult Faith Formation and Family Ministry Sr Carmel Hall, MSS, CDC Archivist Sr Sue McGuinness SSJ, CDC Marriage Tribunal/Vicar for Religious Sacred Heart Convent, Sisters of St Joseph, Sr Anna Durkin, Sr Tess Ransom – community and prayer support St Joseph’s Convent, Sisters of St Joseph, Sr Kathleen Howe, Sr Lucy Jarvis, Sr Alacoque Cornish, Sr Cecilia Newman, Sr Cyril Andrews, Sr Josepha Aiken, Sr Luke McMahon, Sr Paulinus Durkin, Sr Valerie Becker – community and prayer support Rosary Gardens, Sr Kieran Cahill.
Fr Christopher Brennan, SSP, Emmaus Monastic Community Sr Virgil Virtue, SSJ, parish pastoral ministry Sr Maria Goretti Smith, SSJ, parish pastoral ministry
Sr Norah Donnelly, PBVM, parish pastoral associate
Sr Angela Dance, LCM, spirituality Sr Pauline Ransom, LCM, pastoral support Sr Barbara Amott PBVM, tutoring Sr Joseph McVilly, PBVM, tutoring/new arrivals
Moonah Fr Peter Wood, MSC, parish priest Fr Stanislaw Wrona, SChR, Chaplain, Polish Community Sr Jillian Dance, SSJ, Sister Guardian Sr Gwen Dooley, SSJ, Emmanuel Outreach Centre pastoral ministry Sr Helen Hickey, SSJ, pastoral care Sr Elzbieta Cieslarczyk, MChR, Polish Community Sr Krystiana Pucik, MChR, Polish Community
St Mary’s Sr Lorraine Groves, MSS, parish pastoral associate
Sandy Bay/ Lower Sandy / Taroona Br Denis Phillips, CFC, retired Sr Monica Franklin, MSS, prayerful presence Sr Christine Astell, LCM, prayerful presence Sr Virgilius McShane, LCM, prayerful presence Sr Doreen Williams, PBVM, pastoral care Sr Marilyn Fryett, PBVM, congregation administration Sr Mary Morgan, PBVM, retired Sr Anne Turner, RSC, volunteer librarian Sr Honorata Scanlon, RSC, prayerful presence Sr Josephine Cannell, RSC, prayerful presence Sr Kathleen Kennedy, RSC, prayerful presence Br Charles Caruana, SDC, Catechist Br Maurice Mifsud, SDC, Catechist
West Coast – Rosebery & Queenstown Sr Pam Barlow, RSM, APRE at both schools and parish pastoral work
West Tamar Fr Allan Hartcher, OFM, parish priest – Riverside Sr Frances McShane, MSS, pastoral associate – Beaconsfield
The Call to Priesthood By Father Greg Barker, Vocations Director, Archdiocese of Hobart.
was asked recently what inspired me to be a Priest and, more particularly, a Priest in the Catholic Church here in Tasmania. I’ve been asked this question a hundred times or more as most of my brother priests would have been as well. I wish I had an easy off-the-pat response as well as a dollar for each time I’ve been asked. They might well have asked too what inspires me to keep going. Perhaps the two answers are not that dissimilar. I’d thought about Priesthood for a long time before actually making the move to apply. Thought about it off and on from the age of 15 or 16 and I didn’t make the move till I was 22 so that is a significant period of time.
saw people in other countries eating out of garbage cans and sleeping on the street and quite naively believed it didn’t happen here. It wasn’t until I returned home that I found it was, even in a sleepy but beautiful place like Launceston. What was worse was that I actually worked for Welfare Housing at the time and came in contact with people in need each day. I guess in my defence in part those people were getting the help they needed. It was the realization that there were many others that needed much more action. The shock of that reality jump-started the process for me.
Family I found it very difficult to find the words to tell my family what I was thinking. I guess I was a little embarrassed and a little uncertain of their response. Of course, once it is said it is very hard to take back the words or the thoughts behind them, at least to deny them. My mother’s first words were “but you’re not religious”! I’ve never been really sure what that meant exactly or what she thought priests of the day were. My mum still tells me that I’m not religious. I still take her words though as a huge compliment. I felt at that moment so normal! Secretly however, my family, mother and grandmother especially were not the least bit surprised and were in fact overjoyed. This was not the case with everyone I found but most were really supportive.
Why not me? My initial thoughts of joining the priesthood I suspect came from a couple of sources. The Christian Brothers at the school I attended regularly ran vocation camps and invited some of the boys to attend: I was never invited and often wondered why. I never asked though the ‘why not me?’ question but I know that it got me thinking what was it about the religious life and about the young men who went on those camps that made it all so special as to be by invitation only. The good old negative psychology I suppose! Many priests however will tell you that being invited to think about life as a priest by family, friend or priest, was an important and pivotal part in their own journey to priesthood. There was a steady stream of Assistant Priests through the Parish where I worshipped with my family. They were often out going and colourful characters in stark contrast to the Parish Priest. I was a very shy person and I found something of their personalities appealing. I wasn’t however courageous enough at that stage of my life to step up and ask the question. I know too they would have been surprised that I was even thinking of a vocation to the priesthood even if they’d known my name. There was something appealing about their lives and the way they lived them which made them colourful and happy. It wasn’t until much later and after I had been given an opportunity to go overseas that I finally worked up the courage to make contact with the then Vocation Director and put the question to him about Priesthood. It was a momentous occasion for me when I finally was able to ask the ‘why not me?’ question. Going away opened my eyes a lot. I
clearer sign than I’d been getting so far. I remember feeling that a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders at that point. It was up to God! I settled back into my pew and picked up the local Catholic Paper (The New Standard) feeling very safe and smug. I guess that God just didn’t send messages as I had demanded! I confidently opened the paper to the centre pages and the very first thing I laid eyes on was the Vocation Director’s ad: Are you being called to serve as a Priest in Tasmania? The message couldn’t have been any clearer than that!
Am I normal?
A personal journey This call to priesthood is a very personal journey. I kept the whole priesthood thing to myself for a very long time even after I made contact with the Vocation Director. I really didn’t want to share any of it until I knew that it was really what I wanted and was being called too. It’s funny that my start was so secretive and ironic I suppose that now as the Vocation Director for my own Diocese I spend much of my life trying to get more people to air their personal call and ask the questions they need to ask. I think secretly too I hoped that I might wake one day and discover that I wasn’t really called at all! I remember sitting in Church one Sunday night before Mass trying to work it all out. At some point through the prayer and reflection I said out loud to God that if this was what he wanted he would need to give me a much www.hobart.catholic.org.au
I often reflect on my mother’s words and smile knowing and believing that the call to the ‘religious life’ is as normal for so many people, even those who choose not to answer the call as any other career, life choice or vocation on offer. It is normal. The main difference, I suspect, is that in many other career choices they can be changed at will - this one is a call for life. This also happens to be the source of reluctance, fear and doubt for many who, like me in the beginning, worry whether they are strong enough to do this for life.
Taking a risk You will all know the story in Luke’s Gospel when Jesus calls the first four of the disciples. In the event the disciples led by Peter have fished all night but caught nothing. Jesus has taught the crowd during the day from Peter’s boat and afterwards he instructs Peter to ‘put out into deep water’ which they do catching lots and lots of fish. The invitation to the Priesthood for me personally was like this story - the beginning of the story anyway.
Priesthood is important and they wanted to celebrate it. That stood out for me. And they were all as excited to be there as I was.
Learning to ‘swim’
And like the disciples it was full of uncertainty. Sometimes, or more times, if the thought keeps coming back at some point it has to be explored regardless of the uncertainty or risk. Eventually it demands to be explored to the point where the fear and uncertainty run the risk of giving way to hindsight and regret. In both cases it was going to be a put out into the deep, to apply or to stay home. I discovered it wasn’t so deep once I got there. I loved the seminary! It was the very best of times. When I started there were 78 students from all parts of Victoria and Tasmania with a ring-in from Wagga Wagga. The study was fantastic and living with others of like mind was great. There was a real spirit at Corpus Christi College. It wasn’t always perfect and there were times of conflict and challenge. That’s all part of life however, and I think a necessary part of life for growth. The older I get the more certain I am of that reality. The spirit is what carried us through those times. But we had fun.
The first year I was in the seminary every part of the study was a challenge - the concepts were very different to life in the Public Service in Launceston and of course, my simple country faith found new depth. It took a while to get a grip on the life of faith and the Church. There were days when I really felt I was out of my depth. I thought I’d really been put out in to the deep! But learning to ‘swim’ was also exciting and the seminary staff helped engender that excitement. I’m surprised I passed any subjects that first year. I did and am very grateful for the help I got from some wonderful men and women. It was also a challenge to keep going some days when others decided it wasn’t for them. Good men who discerned that they were being called to something different. Good men who appeared on the surface at any rate to have a genuine calling to Priestly life. And a huge judgment on my part they always looked better candidates for priesthood than me!
Life as a Priest As a priest there are two things that really stand out: presiding at Mass and being present when someone is dying. There are other times which are good and fulfilling but I get an enormous amount of energy and happiness from presiding over the Eucharist. I love preaching and the prayers. It is a ‘wow’ moment nearly every time. There is no other gift like being present at someone’s last moment. It is such an honour to be present at such a vulnerable time in a person’s life and a really privileged place to be on the journey, often with strangers, but always with people in faith. I feel the honour every time I’m called to anoint someone and then to stay with them as they go to God. Sometimes it is overwhelming but always such an amazing place to be. My advice to any one who has a thought about the priesthood is very simply to ask the question of the people around you. Most of your friends and family, you might be surprised to know, won’t be surprised. They will have noticed in you the qualities of God’s call. This call to priesthood is an invitation. Like the disciples in John’s Gospel when Jesus calls them, all you have to do is simply ‘come and see’ where he lives; quite seriously you’ve actually got nothing to lose!
Ordination Day The highlight of my life to date has been my ordination day. If only I could be ordained every day! It was the most pivotal moment of my life. I couldn’t believe how many people came to help celebrate - the Church was full to overflowing. People who had been part of my life throughout my life: family, friends, parishioners, work mates. And there were people who came simply because the
This call to priesthood is an invitation. Like the disciples in John’s Gospel when Jesus calls them, all you have to do is simply ‘come and see’ where he lives; quite seriously you’ve actually got nothing to lose!
THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS s your relationship with God gives you strength and direction our Catholic faith and are faithful to the Eucharist s you enjoy working with people s you are often out of your way for others in some kind of service s you are physically, emotionally and spiritually her people have suggested to you that you may be called to priesthood or religious life s you don’t of the call; you are somewhat afraid but at the same time excited by the possibility s you are able apply yourself to your studies or your job at the present time s people can count on you to come them s you have a sense of humour. RECOGNIZE ANY OF THESE SIGNS IN YOURSELF?
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Presentation Sisters T
he Presentation Sisters were founded by Nano Nagle in 1775 in defiance of the unjust Penal Laws, which attempted to stamp out Catholicism in Ireland. They came to Tasmania in 1866 to open schools and have been involved in the Ministry of Education since then. At Baptism, each of us is called to share in the mission of Jesus. In the daily situations of life, we need to listen to God speaking in the depths of our heart and respond to his call with love, according to our gifts. That call may often take us on unexpected paths. Some of the ways in which a Presentation Sister of today might find herself following in the footsteps of Nano are: Answering a phone call at 2:00 am to take a young mother to hospital for the birth of her baby Encouraging a staff member undertaking staff development activities Rejoicing with a successful student or exploring options with a student with a problem Giving some practical advice to help allay the anxieties of a mature-age learner Standing beside those who mourn Conducting a memorial service Providing pastoral care in a nursing home Managing a House of Prayer and giving spiritual direction
Dialogue with other Christian ministers Praying with a group of Presentation Associates
Elizabeth Vagg PBVM For Elizabeth, that call led to the Australian Maritime College and the University of Tasmania at Launceston. In 1987, after more than twenty years of teaching in Catholic schools in Hobart, Launceston and George Town, Elizabeth assumed the role of chaplain at the former Tasmanian State Institute of Technology and the Australian Maritime College. She provides support and care to staff and students, across the boundaries of faith or culture. In addition, she has worked in a number of roles as a staff member of the institutions over the past 21 years, living on campus and becoming an integral part of the university community. Understanding the issues, whether at the administrative level or educational aspects, she is qualified to assist staff and students with special needs – those away from home, international
students, especially those from developing countries or those from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, Indigenous students, mature-age students, students with learning difficulties and students from low socio-economic backgrounds. Elizabeth was also Chaplain to the Mayor of Launceston and is currently President of the Tasmanian Council of Churches, both roles leading to an involvement in the wider Church and community.
In the daily situations of life, we need to listen to God speaking in the depths of our heart and respond to his call with love, according to our gifts.
Missionary Sisters of Service Into the highways and byways
asmania’s own Missionary Sisters of Service continue their ministry of loving pastoral service in five states of Australia and Singapore. Their ability to be with people in their everyday lives remains the hallmark of their call. Founded in Launceston in July 1944 by the late Father John Wallis to take the faith to families beyond the reach of the local parish in the remote areas of Tasmania and later Australia, the Sisters still find themselves on the edge. July’s World Youth Day provided a recent example of today’s athome missionary challenges. Congregational Leader, Sr Bernadette Wallis, from Melbourne, attended WYD with a group of Deaf people from several countries including Korea, the United States, Spain, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands and Australia. She said the experience of WYD reminded her of the words of Cardinal Newman: The world is growing old but the Church is ever young. Sr Cheryle Thompson travelled from South Australia’s Whyalla with a parish group while Sr Kath Clune, from Sydney, worked throughout
the WYD week as a volunteer and other Sisters were involved with Days in the Diocese around the country. Sr Stancea Vichie, also from Melbourne, was one of the presenters at Magis 08, held in July just before WYD. Magis is the young adult ministry of the Jesuits supported by the Loreto Sisters, the Sisters of Charity, the Religious of the Sacred Heart and the Faithful Companions of Jesus. The Magis 08 programme brought together 1200 pilgrims from 40 countries. In Sr Stancea’s experiment, a group of young people
Where Polish hearts beat By Sr Elzbieta Cieslarczyk MChR
ur Congregation, the Missionary Sisters of Christ the King for Polish Immigrants, was called to existence in 1959 in Poland by Servant of God Father Ignacy Posadzy TChr. As our name implies, the Congregation has as its charism to work with Polish immigrants through the cultivation of Polish traditions, religious festivities and national holidays. We accept young women from Polish families within Poland and well as from other countries. Formation of our sisters takes place at our main mother house in Poznan, Poland. The motto of our Congregation: “Everything for God and Polish immigrants” is very real in our lives. Everything that we do, through our work, our prayer, our entire lives, we offer to God for the salvation of our countrymen, who live on all the continents of the world. Our sisters work where “Polish hearts beat” - in Brazil, USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, England, Belarus and Poland. In 1991, we commenced work on the Antipodes. We thank God that He has given us the opportunity to work on Tasmanian soil as well. After WWII, many Polish ex-servicemen made their way to this island state. They worked together to construct the Polish House in New Town. They gathered for worship at St Therese’s Church in Moonah. They created a second homeland. In 1994, our sisters
commenced work within the Polish Welfare Office of the Polish Association in Hobart Inc. Our main work is with the elderly, sick and dying of the Polish Community, but we also provide spiritual support to second and subsequent generations within the community. As our Congregation approaches its golden anniversary in 2009, we humbly ask for your prayers for us, for new vocations and for God’s blessings on every sister, so we can better serve God, through our service to others and the Church.
committed themselves to a week-long residential examination of the topic, A Fair Go for All? They listened, reflected individually and collectively and they offered service. Through this intensive week, they deepened their understanding and commitment to community, spirituality and justice by looking at four key issues: Seeking asylum,; human trafficking; the stolen generations, and fair trade and human trafficking. Their response, in part, was: We are reminded not to have more but to be more. Meanwhile, in Tasmania, Srs Frances McShane (Beaconsfield) and Lorraine Groves (St Mary’s) continue to minister as Pastoral Associates; Sr Carmel Hall (Claremont) is the diocesan archivist; Sr Barbara Hateley (Claremont), looks after family and adult faith formation through the diocesan Office of Church Life and Mission; Sr Paul Coad (Claremont) lives in active retirement and Sr Monica Franklin (Sandy Bay) is about to celebrate her 60th anniversary of religious profession.
We are reminded not to have more but to be more.”
Sr Kath Clune
Missionary Sisters of Service PO Box 2075 Rangeview Vic 3132 Ph: 03 9873 5520 Fax: 03 9873 5457 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sisters of the Little Company of Mary T
he Little Company of Mary in Tasmania is little in name and number. Our vocation as Little Company of Mary sisters impels us to enter into the suffering of others to help bring about equality for all. We collaborate with others to create a world of justice, love and peace, making visible the healing presence of Jesus who died that all might live. Venerable Mary Potter founded the Little Company of Mary in Nottingham, England in 1877. From an early age, God was the guiding principle in her life. During her prayer time one Friday, which she later refers to as ‘the Friday I was called’, she describes how she felt drawn to the suffering of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, as she stood on Calvary, watching her only son, dying in such agony. Mary Potter was profoundly moved and realized she was drawn to pray with the suffering Mary on Calvary for the dying of the world. The Congregation took its name from the little company of women who remained with his mother, Mary, faithful to Jesus at the foot of the Cross at Calvary. Mary Potter, in founding the Congregation, understood the importance of a contemplative life for her sisters, and that prayer for the dying and living compassionately and lovingly like Mary, the mother of Jesus would be central to their spirituality. Mary Potter’s vision was to bring hope, courage and new life to those in need: the poor, the sick, the dying, those who lived and died without the support of another human person. The Little Company of Mary is now an international congregation located in Australia,
United States of America, New Zealand, Tonga, Korea, South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Ireland and Italy. We live out our mission through the following ministries: Healthcare Palliative care and pastoral care Aged care Refugee ministry Youth work Conducting a memorial service Counselling In Tasmania, involvement in the Emmanuel Spirituality Centres in Hobart and Launceston, in the area of spirituality.
Sr Helen, Linley and Sr Joan
Here in Tasmania, the Mission of the Little Company of Mary continues today through Calvary Health Care, which has four campuses - Calvary Lenah Valley, Calvary St John’s, Hobart and Calvary St Vincent’s and St Luke’s in Launceston. Calvary Health Care in Tasmania is a leader in the provision of excellent Palliative Care, which is at the heart of the ministry of the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary and is given with special love, compassion and respect. For Sr Angela Dance, it has been 50 years on April 7, 2008, since she left her home in Glenorchy to enter the Novitiate of the LCM in Sydney.
As I look back with a very grateful heart, I appreciate just how my life has been enriched by those with whom I have ministered and by those to whom I have ministered.
“As I look back with a very grateful heart, I appreciate just how my life has been enriched by those with whom I have ministered and by those to whom I have ministered. While I was attracted to the spirit of the LCM through the Sisters I met and their care of the sick and dying at Calvary Hospital in Hobart in 1956, I also appreciate the contemplative dimension of our lives. It opens us up to new possibilities in ministry where sisters are encouraged to use their particular gifts,” said Sr Angela. At present, Sr Angela Dance ministers at the Josephite Spirituality Centres in Hobart and Launceston. In Hobart, Sr Angela is involved in coordinating programs at Moonah, where she presents short courses and is engaged in the ministry of Spiritual Direction.
For more information Sr. Helen Kelly lcm Little Company of Mary, PO Box 789 Hurstville , bc 1481 NSW Mobile: 1418 966 845. Email: email@example.com. Web: www.lcm.org.au or www.lcmglobal.org
The Little Company of Mary Sisters can help you explore your spiritual journey through Young Adult Gatherings, Volunteer Experiences, Retreats, Spiritual Direction and Accompaniment. Contact Sr Angela Dance on 03 6278 1460 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.hobart.catholic.org.au
The Josephite web Louise Cotton’s experience
hen I go to work each day at Centacare Catholic Family Services in Melbourne, I do so in the knowledge that I do not go alone or on my own behalf. I know that I am connected to a long line, or rather network, of Josephite women, who throughout our history have found themselves serving struggling families. I draw great inspiration from that one idea! I belong to something so much bigger than me, that stretches back into the past and across the landscape… like a web. While in each era, Josephite sisters will have approached this mission according to the practices and understandings of their time, these women, who I see as my forebears, sought to meet needs and lighten burdens just as I and many others do today. Lest this all starts to sound a little idealistic, honesty requires me to admit that sometimes the complex situations to which I must respond can seem overwhelming. But I know this is a sign that I have fallen into a particularly insidious mindset – the one that says, I am supposed to ‘fix it’; that I am supposed to have the answer. The antidote (when I remember) is to return to the wisdom of the Josephite story: our belief in the resources and strength of the people themselves; the
Josephite way of privileging ‘being with’ people and learning from them; and the sentiments expressed in the following words of Julian Tenison Woods: “We are but instruments in the hands of God and must never act as if we were more”. The families with which I work, often have torn and damaged webs; human connections have been broken. Integrity challenges me to recognise and strengthen my sense of connection with my own religious family, those Sisters who have gone before and, more importantly, those who are my companions today. Perhaps the most tangible of all the gifts the Josephite life offers me, is the opportunity to be part of a community, a generous group of women, diverse and talented. Our mutual commitment to support each other enables us to take the best of ourselves to our work and to enjoy companionship at home. I don’t take either of these things for granted! This ‘connected sense’ is central to religious life. We do not act alone. The Josephite web – that resilient, yet delicate network of human relationships – gives all I do its true meaning. Needless to say, I am delighted that this is so! Louise Cotton ssj, Tasmania
For any information Enquiries: Phone (02) 9929 7344 email: email@example.com or visit: www.josephite.org.au
Sisters of Mercy O
ur Congregation, The Sisters of Mercy, was founded in Dublin in 1831, by Catherine McAuley, an Irish Catholic woman - her image can be seen in one of the windows of St Mary’s Cathedral, Hobart. Through the loss of her parents, Catherine experienced great hardship as a child, but she also developed a sense of kinship and love for her people, particularly those living in poverty. Later, Catherine spent much time helping the poor and teaching them their faith. Catherine established the House of Mercy in Baggot Street Dublin, in 1827, to provide accommodation and education for poor women. Five years after her death in 1846, the first Sisters of Mercy arrived in Perth, W.A. and later to Latrobe, Tasmania, in 1892. The most recent
arrival being to Bridgewater, Tasmania, in 1984. Our leadership team is situated in Alphington, Victoria, where most of our congregation’s 280 sisters live and minister. There are 17 member congregations in Australia and together we form the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy in Australia. Our specific congregation is the Melbourne Congregation. Some of our Sisters minister not only in Australia but in UK, Kenya, Pakistan and PNG. Our sisters who have joined us recently spend time in formation and our traditional and emerging ministries before making their first Vows. In this era of fewer vocations such occasions are joyous and times for much celebration.
Sisters of Mercy in Tasmania:
Carmel Hinkley rsm, Bridgewater
Fina Woollcombe rsm, Bridgewater
I teach at St Paul’s School, Bridgewater teaching kindergarten and assisting some children with literacy needs. I also support parents in their role as faith educators of their children.
I do volunteer work with students from St Paul’s Catholic Primary School with special needs, and sometimes those with behavioural problems. I also volunteer with Loui’s Van in Gagebrook and Bridgewater.
Stella Williams rsm, Burnie After 40 years in the education ministry in Victorian schools, I now teach at Stella Maris Primary School, Burnie helping individual children with literature, and engaging with parents, teachers and grandparents.
Kathlyn O’Brien rsm, Burnie I am Family Liaison Person at Marist Regional College which involves supporting families who may be experiencing an emotional, social or economic need.
Pam Barlow rsm, Rosebery Pam works on the West Coast at Queenstown and Rosebery helping young teachers fulfil the schools’ mandate to teach religious education.
Margaret Henderson rsm, Hobart Margaret Henderson RSM is an education officer on the Mission and religious education team at the CEO in Hobart.
For any information The Institute of the Sisters of Mercy at 1 Thomas Street, Lewisham NSW 2049 or (02) 9564 1911 or visit www.mercy.org.au
Marist fathers By Fr Pius Jones SM
he first time I was asked the question: ‘Why do you want to be a priest?’ was when I was working at McDonald’s. The question took me by surprise. My peers had never asked me such a significant question before. My vocation had been something I kept fairly quiet, for no particular reason except that I thought that my peers wouldn’t have been interested. I made a poor attempt at answering the question and said something like: ‘Because I like people.’ Even though I can’t remember the exact words I said in response to their enquiries, I do know that I was surprised at the amount of support and encouragement I received. To feel affirmed in this way is something that I will always remember. The questions of my friends made me think more deeply about how to verbalise something that was very deep, a personal ‘yes’ to God’s invitation to join a religious congregation. From talking to others I soon found that each vocation story is different, and now I appreciate that this is only natural. Each person has their own ‘conversation’ with God, their own experience of God and others. For me, the death of my mother at the age of 11 made
me ask many questions about the purpose of life. For others their experience was one of significant conversion. Some radical encounter with God had led them to a vocation. My own personal experience was more like an evolving call from God to follow him in a particular way. The Marist Fathers had a particular appeal and so I joined the Society of Mary (Marist Fathers). The charism or spirit of the Marists - who look to Mary as their inspiration as a way or working in the Church - resonated with me. The day I was called to take my vows and say ‘yes’ was the happiest day of my life. Today, I am still challenged to keep saying or renewing that ‘yes’. The word can appear so easy but to really mean it and attempt to live it, is always challenging. There have been moments of struggle, disappointment and failure along the way, but there has been a far greater amount of joy. The inner sense that this is where I belong and that this is what gives meaning and purpose to my life; to believe that I have a particular part to play in the wonderful mystery of God’s plan and to attempt each day to live that out helps me to know that this is truly my vocation in life.
For further information contact Fr Bob Barber SM. ph: (02) 9816 3190 or 0418 260 686 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The SDC Vocation By Ben Brooks, SDC
ince I was eight years old, the Society of Christian Doctrine (SDC) has been a part of my life. Its members have provided me with an environment which supported my spiritual formation, a network of friends and a link to my local parish community. When I was nearing the end of school and I was thinking about what to do with my life, I could see that many young people could benefit from the same opportunities that I was given. Also, it was difficult to see my future without this support, and I could sense a calling to contribute to this work. So in many ways it was a natural step to becoming a candidate at 16 where I studied the life of the SDC, two years later - In December 1990 - I was incorporated at a Mass in Adelaide, South Australia. It felt a comfortable life-choice. As all the formation and training is done internally, I wasn’t daunted by the prospect of having to study for years at a university, and my faith formation is still continuing. As an SDC member I am committed to meeting with my community daily and have been involved in ministry with children four
nights per week, plus Sunday afternoons, in parishes around Hobart. It is a busy lifestyle, and requires much sacrifice, but at the same time it is fulfilling because I have the opportunity to share my faith with others who, God willing, can benefit from this sharing, and I see that connections are being made between some of the children and their families with their parish communities. It hasn’t all been plain sailing however. There have been times, as in any vocation, where the boat gets rocked due to disagreements or if members leave. These were the times where I have had to sit and reflect about my own involvement and ask God in prayer: “Am I supposed to be here?” Thankfully each time the answer is “YES!” and, ultimately, they have been experiences where I have grown and had a renewed outlook on my ministry and life. I feel blessed that over the last 18 years. I have had the opportunity to work with many other SDC members who have unselfishly given so much to me, whether it is teaching me, training, supporting, helping out when I was sick, or travelling together – The SDC www.hobart.catholic.org.au
community has become a real family, with people who can be relied on. The SDC was founded in 1907 by St George Preca, a diocesan priest, in Malta. It is a dynamic society of lay men and women catechists who today share in the spreading of the message of Jesus Christ, in Malta, Australia, the United Kingdom, Sudan, Kenya, Albania and Peru. It is a Society of Apostolic Life, meaning that while its members do not make vows, they pursue an apostolate, or a ministry, while undertaking to live the spirit of the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience. The apostolate SDC members devote their time to is Catechetics. After a period of studying the life of the SDC, usually 2 to 3 years, a Candidate becomes a Member during a “Ceremony of Incorporation”. The SDC came to Australia in 1956 and has had a presence in Tasmania since 1961.
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Hidden with Christ: Carmelite Nuns A
mong the many forms of consecrated life which enrich the Church today, the purely contemplative life continues to hold an indispensable place in the Church’s life and holiness. This special vocation is a call to follow Jesus into the desert and to be with Him in prayer on the mountain… Jesus went up into the hills by himself to pray. (Mt 14:23) From the earliest centuries of the Church, men and women have been called by the Holy Spirit to withdraw from the world, heading out into the desert, so as to share - in this solitude of Our Lord - in a life of more intense prayer for the sake of the Church and the world.
In addition to this liturgical worship and praise, the nuns make two hours of silent contemplative prayer each day, one in the morning and one in the evening. Gathered together in their Choir before the Blessed Sacrament, this is a time of silent presence to the Lord. A small hermitage in the monastery garden enables the nuns to withdraw into greater solitude for the sake of more prolonged recollection and prayer during their annual private retreat and monthly day of recollection. This life of intimacy with the Lord is also nourished by daily spiritual reading in the cell. Humble, manual work has an important place in Carmel, as in all monastic life. The nuns also enjoy two periods of recreation each day, supporting each other in simple sisterly communion, and allowing time for necessary relaxation. Through this daily rhythm of prayer and work, solitude and silence, community life and recreation, as well as adequate rest, the healthy balance desired by St Teresa for her Carmels is fostered.
The Carmelite Charism Extolled for its beauty in the Scriptures, Mount Carmel was the place chosen by a group of hermits in the 12th century for a contemplative life under the patronage of Our Lady, to whom they had a special devotion, and the spiritual fatherhood of the great Prophet Elijah. In the 16th century, in the midst of great turmoil in the Church of her day, the Spanish Carmelite, St Teresa of Jesus was graced with a special charism, to restore the desert ideal of those first hermits on Mount Carmel. She did this by founding small monasteries (no more than 21 nuns) secluded by strict enclosure in order to maintain the silence and solitude necessary to enable a life of deep prayer and friendship with Christ to flourish for the sake of His Mystical Body.
Praying for the Church, the Holy Father, missionaries and especially for priests was at the heart of St Teresa’s charism, and remains so to this day. The needs and hopes, joys and sorrows of people throughout the Archdiocese and beyond are also confided to the nuns’ prayers. In this way, although hidden from the world in their enclosure, which they leave for only necessary medical attention, Carmelites are profoundly inserted into the very heart of the Church’s mystery, their life of praise and adoration, thanksgiving and supplication rendered to God for the salvation of all.
Mary, Mother and Queen of Carmel Like the first hermits on Mount Carmel, all Carmelites have a deep love for Our Lady, whose habit they wear as a sign of their consecration. Mary guides her daughters at every moment of the day, as she teaches them to ponder in their hearts, as she did, the Word of God, who is her Divine Son.
Carmel in Tasmania Since 1948, this hidden life of prayer and sacrifice has been lived in the Archdiocese of Hobart by the Discalced Carmelite Nuns, originally at Longford, and now at the Monastery of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Launceston. Within the ‘cloistered desert’ of their enclosure, the nuns’ life of prayer is centred daily in the celebration of Holy Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours.
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The Passionists By Fr Kevin Hennessy CP
YD shows vocations are alive amongst young people in a universal church. World Youth Day was just an awesome experience of colour, race and culture, giving us the Australian Church hope in our future. Young people coming from Asia, Europe, South America, in fact from every corner of the world, celebrated in the streets of Sydney that it is ‘cool’ to be Catholic. To sing and pray in the streets, to greet people of all faiths and Catholics who may express their faith in different ways, was a great sign that our God accepts people from all Nations. Australia, being a multicultural society, was affirmed by the experience of having young people with the Pope celebrating life and faith. I am sure that many people were moved by Pope Benedict’s warm welcoming presence and smile. He won the hearts of the millions of people watching on television with his challenges to, and acceptance of young people. The charism of the Passionists encourages each member to preach the message of Christ crucified. It is one of four vows that the Passionist men and women commit themselves to: to care for the suffering, to live a life of poverty, obedience and celibacy. The Passionists, who run St Joseph’s Church in Hobart, had two major gatherings before WYD, which were held in Endeavour Hills and Templestowe, Melbourne. Over 350 young people from different Nations and Passionist Sisters and Priests shared their story and faith in action at our Parish in Endeavour Hills. They came from Africa, South America, Papua New Guinea sharing traditional dance in the liturgies. Even though it
was so cold in the Melbourne Winter, the friendships that grew over that week of activities glowed hope and new life to the meaning of being a follower of Jesus. Seventy young passionist priests, brothers and seminarians gathered at a conference held at Holy Cross in Templestowe, to share their dreams for the future of the Passionists world wide. The Passionists work in 59 countries trying in various ways, to bring Christ’s hope through the story of the Cross into peoples’ lives. Spanish, Italian and English were used to tell their story of suffering of the people they are working with and encouraging each other to overcome injustices. It was a powerful experience. Cultures were different in the people who have all been called to be Passionists but faith and goodwill, enabled all to overcome the barrier of speaking different languages.
For more information Fr Kevin Hennessy CP, Vocation coordinator. 0408 461 622 or email@example.com
Franciscan Friars H
aving a friar for a teacher is a new experience for my students. The brown Franciscan h a b i t ce r t a i n l y stopped them in their tracks in the beginning. Once we got past the “Are you a Jedi?” type questions, the students have been quite up-front about their take on religious vocations today. The most common question is “Why did you decide to become a friar?” I suppose some see it as a life regulated by a series of negative reinforcements: what I ‘can’t do’ as opposed to what I have ‘chosen to do’. The idea of voluntary poverty, healthy chastity or liberating obedience takes painstaking explanation leaving us all wondering whether we are convinced or not. So why did I join? I perhaps felt isolated in my faith, especially having moved to the city and so the idea of living fraternally, an
important Franciscan value, was appealing. I was surprised at how ‘normal’ the Franciscans I had met were: men of tremendous faith and devotion but also compassionate, selfless people who were involved in the lives of the disadvantaged - and genuinely happy. It struck me as I was exposed to more and more people in need that the real sin in society now is the growing loneliness experienced by people. So, to me Franciscanism is a calling to companionship, with Jesus’ unconditional acceptance as the model. Sometimes it can be disheartening to see all the walking sticks and white hair at Franciscan gatherings, but this is the reality of religious life in Australia. When I tell students about our community life – Mass and morning prayer at 6:30am, evening prayer, community meals, days of recollection and retreats – it all seems too much. Yet, they are the first to ask for our prayers when they need it. Being a friar, for me, is a fulfilling and yet challenging life. I have met some amazing friars who light up rooms and some equally amazing friars who you would probably www.hobart.catholic.org.au
pass on the street without comment. It has required me to do things that I never thought I would have the courage to attempt. It has asked me to be a man of faith in action rather than just word. It is not all ‘beer and skittles’ – there are moments of hardship and difficulty just as for everybody else. However, it is a life that I believe still captures the imagination; the call of St Francis “to observe the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by living in obedience, without anything of one’s own, and in chastity.” Matthew Hufer is a young man completing his training as a Franciscan Friar. He also teaches at Aquinas College in Melbourne’s East. He is preparing to take his Solemn Vows on October 4, feast of St Francis of Assisi.
For more information Paul Ghanem OFM Vocation Director Phone: (02) 9369 9369 Mobile: 0408 163 257 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diocesan Assembly 2008
Our context and focus
early ten years has passed since the programme Call to Change was launched in the Archdiocese in 1999. It is time to stop, listen, reflect, discern and plan. The Diocesan Assembly is an opportunity for stopping, listening, sharing, reflecting, discerning, considering challenges for the next 5 to 10 years and priorities and concrete steps for the next three years.
The working agenda Within the context of the Vision, Mission and Values of the Archdiocese, questions to be explored during the Assembly include: What is the story of the last decade? What are the themes and trends emerging over the past decade? What are the challenges looking forward to the next 5 to 10 years? What do we value? What is it important to hold onto? What are the priorities for the next three years? What needs to happen next in relation to each of the priorities to ensure some action will follow to enable a lived vision?
Getting it organised There is a planning group. It met on August 1, 2008 to work on the broad purpose and process for the Assembly. The planning group includes Archbishop Adrian Doyle, Vicar General Fr Mark Freeman, Frs Greg Barker and Richard Ross, youth ministry, religious, pastoral associates and teachers. The planning group established a working party to work on the details. The working party includes Frs Mark Freeman, Greg Barker and Richard Ross and Sr Barbara Hateley mss, Tony Webb (who is primarily responsible for organising the Assembly), Tracey Owers, Eamonn Pollard and TCJPC commissioner Paul Crowe. The working party met via teleconference on August 22, 2008 to get the concrete planning underway. The Assembly will be facilitated by an independent facilitator, Paul Bullen – who is on the Working Party.
Gathering ideas In the lead up to the Assembly, the working party will be gathering ideas from both those who are registering to come to the Assembly and also from the wider Tasmanian Catholic community. There is also a web site (hosted by independent facilitator, Paul Bullen) to gather and share ideas in the lead up to the Assembly. If you want to have a say into the Assembly process and planning, please go to the following web site and make a contribution: www.mapl.com.au/AssemblyTas
Some questions you could answer are: From your experience what is one of the best things to have happened in the Archdiocese in the Past 10 years? From your experience what is one of the big disappointments in the Archdiocese over the past 10 years? What is one of the big challenges for the next decade? What is one of the concrete priorities you want to see action on in the next three years? What are the priorities for the next three years? Do you have other comments and ideas for the Assembly? Comments can be made anonymously. A summary of contributions to the web site before October 8 will be included in a special Assembly edition of The Tasmanian Catholic. Comments contributed after October 8 will be summarised and circulated before the Assembly on 15 and 16 November. Dates: weekend of the 15 and 16 November, 2008 Location: Launceston Time frame: Saturday 10am to Sunday 3pm There will be 80 to 100 people coming to the Archdiocesan Assembly. They will include members of: Parishes and youth ministry; Catholic Education Office and schools; Human services - welfare services - aged services, hospitals etc; Religious congregations; Diocesan administration and finance.
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New Jewish and Christian Liturgical Calendar E
tz Hayim - the Tree of Life - is a Christian entity whose mission is to encourage Christians to develop interfaith connections with Judaism. Central to this mission is the development of fruitful spiritual connections between the two faith traditions. Etz Hayim is Hebrew for “tree of life”. With this is mind, The Etz Hayim Jewish and Christian Liturgical calendar has been produced for both Christians and Jews to promote interfaith awareness and facilitates planning for joint interfaith activities. Beginning with Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year), the calendar will become an instrument by which Christians are drawn into the Jewish feasts and cycle of liturgical readings and so engender an understanding and awareness of Judaism as a living faith. In the same way Jews, through the calendar, become aware and familiar with Christianity. The Calendar is endorsed by The International Council of Christians and Jews Since the Second Vatican Council’s groundbreaking document of interreligious relations Nostra Aetate in 1965, the Church has encouraged Christians to actively pursue dialogue and develop interfaith studies with Jews and to remove all anti-Semitic notions from Christian teachings. Part of this process
is being achieved through biblical studies, especially with Jews, and in building an understanding of the Jewish faith background and practices from which Christianity and the Church emerged. The calendar is unique in that it provides references for the weekly readings for both the Christian and the Jewish reading cycles throughout the year. The Jewish and Christian Liturgical Calendar features: Liturgical readings for both the Christian and the Jewish liturgical cycles—Sundays and Sabbaths—all together on each monthly spread. The major feasts, festivals and holy days for both the Christian and the Jewish traditions. Complete cycles of both the Jewish liturgical calendar and the Christian liturgical calendar for 2008-2009/5769-5700 begins with Rosh Hashanah (30 September 2008) and finishes, December 31, 2009. Raises interfaith awareness, knowledge and sensitivity “Easy to Read” type face. Glossaries for both Christian and Jewish terms: feasts, holy days, festivals and seasons.
Copies of the calendar can be purchased for $14.95 from Elizabeth Young (03) 6249 4585 or 0417 494 585, or via www.etz-hayim.com, or computers+more, 19 Main Rd, Moonah, (03) 6228 5909 or through Credo Books and Gif ts, Macquarie Street Hobart (03) 6223 6774.
About Elizabeth Young Tasmanian Elizabeth Young has a Bachelor and Masters degree in Theology and has studied extensively in Jerusalem. She has a particular interest in Jewish and Christian spiritualities and biblical interpretation. Elizabeth Young founded Etz Hayim—“Tree of Life” in 2007 to support Jewish-Christian dialogue. Etz Hayim Calendar giveaway The Tasmanian Catholic has two copies of the Etz Hayim Calendar to giveaway. The first two readers to contact us on (03) 6208 6230 will each receive a copy.
Ethics prizewinner says giving is human A
ustralian philosopher and ethicst, Professor Garrett Cullity, has tackled an age-old question: “To what extent are we morally obliged to help those in need?” and developed a new and compelling answer, in his latest book, The Moral Demands of Affluence – the book also recently won him the $10,000 Australian Catholic University (ACU), Eureka Prize for Ethics. In a world where we see daily evidence of both excessive personal indulgence and appalling poverty, the constant question is: “How much giving is, morally speaking, ‘enough’?”.
Cullity argues that the altruistic model of restricting one’s life in order to aid another is flawed; that it is not morally wrong to live a life of rich personal fulfillment. In fact, this is exactly what it is to be human. But, helping others is also part of being human and must be done with perspective, the book says. Not letting the affluent off lightly, Professor Cullity states: “If you are not making an effort to find an effective way of helping the poor, then you are acting wrongly”. ACU National Chancellor Brother Julian McDonald CFC says: “Too often, we find reasons not to give. I congratulate Professor www.hobart.catholic.org.au
Cullity for presenting a strong case for all people to help those in need. Failure to reach out to the needy diminishes us as humans.” The Moral Demands of Affluence has farreaching repercussions for aid agencies, NGOs and governments around the globe.
St Mary’s Cathedral restoration appeal launched Michael Kent and Archbishop Doyle
L-R: Tom Wise, Fr Terry Rush and Steve Shirley
L-R: Neville Behrens, Ed Gauden and Bobby Court
am delighted to announce a project of great significance, not only for the Catholic community but for all Tasmanians, has begun. Now, following decades of planning, consultation, research and organisation, the restoration and renewal of St Mary’s Cathedral will see the Cathedral re-emerge – respectful of its heritage and with the ability to meet the contemporary needs of the Church and the community. When pioneer priest, Fr Philip Conolly, built Tasmania’s first Catholic place of worship in 1822, little would he have realised that St Mary’s as a magnificent Cathedral would be standing just a stone’s throw from his original and simply constructed building. Later constructions, to the dismay of the community, had to be demolished due to the development of dangerous faults. However, in 1881, the Cathedral as it is today was opened, complete with nave.
The effects of both time and an inconsistency in the Cathedral’s development over the years have certainly taken their toll. Foundations will be reinforced, crumbling brickwork repaired, and care will be given to works of art requiring restoration. A much needed new Parish Centre, including courtyard, hospitality areas and facilities, meeting rooms, choir rehearsal rooms and storage areas is to be constructed beside the Cathedral. A new crypt will be constructed where all the Archbishops of Hobart will be interred – with provision for future Archbishops. I urge you to support this important historic project with your prayers and your enthusiasm while you, your family and your parish consider carefully how best to support it with your generosity. Thank you and God bless, Adrian L. Doyle Archbishop of Hobart
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Seven decades of service celebrated F
rom small beginnings as a Catholic based library to a large modern store with around 100,000 titles, Credo Books and Gifts in Macquarie St recently celebrated it’s 70th anniversary.
“Often people drop in who are seeking guidance or comfort. They may just want someone to listen or to have some quite time by browsing.”
“Initially known as the Catholic Centre Bookshop, the store was first set up in 1938 by Father John Wallis,” says Credo manager, Annie Young. Books were lent at a fee of around threepence as a service to the Catholic faithful. Fr Wallis also founded the order of the Missionary Sisters of Service to provide pastoral care and religious education for persons in isolated rural communities. From 1957 until February 2003, the Missionary Sisters of Service managed the Catholic Book Centre for the Archdiocese of Hobart. “Sr Frances McShane managed the store from 1975 until 2003 and we still have people dropping in to ask about her.” Apart from the three permanent sales staff, the store is also assisted by a number of volunteers – one who has been there for over 30 years. “The volunteers have been an essential part of the bookshop through-out its 70 year history and it is appropriate that we remember their service on this anniversary,” said Ms Young. She believes that part of Credo’s success is the service it provides to the wider Tasmanian community. “Often people drop in who are seeking guidance or comfort. They may just want
Credo Books and Gifts recently celebrated their 70 year anniversary with a Mass celebrated at St Josephs Church and a supper, complete with a cake, at Legacy House. Over 150 people attended, including Archbishop Doyle, Fr Wallis’ niece, Sr Bernardette Wallis of the Missionary Sisters, Sr Francis McShane, and many former and current staff of the book-shop. Above L:R - Carol Thompson, Annie Young, Jan Dickson, David Green, Meiko Carr, Margaret Cusick, Sr Frances McShane and Nora Wills. Right: Present and past managers Annie Young, Sr Frances McShane and David Green. Left: Sr Bernadette Wallis and Sr Barb Hateley.
someone to listen or to have some quite time by browsing.” Ms Young says the service is provided to more than just the Catholic community – with corporations, other denominations, nonChristian religions and members of the wider community purchasing products, especially candles. “It is this wider level of service to all members of the Tasmanian community which hopefully ensure that Credo Books and Gifts continue for another 70 years.
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Running on empty Centacare’s conference on poverty, disadvantage and social exclusion for Anti-Poverty Week, October 14, 2008
his year’s conference will be jointly convened by Centacare and Door of Hope, who are very excited to be able to present an exceptional line-up of renowned presenters and keynote speakers covering topics such as: mental health discrimination and stigma, Tasmania-specific research regarding indicators of poverty and social exclusion, - social inclusion policies and practices with international comparisons, community development models, as well as global poverty issues. Professors Peter Saunders and Robert Tanton will be keynote speakers at the conference, which aims to build community capacity and work towards a socially inclusive society, by facilitating networking and service education. Professor Peter Saunders was the Director
of the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales from February 1987 until July 2007, when he retired from that position and took up a Research Chair in Social Policy within the Centre. His research interests include poverty and income distribution, household needs and living standards, social security reform, comparative social policy and ageing and social protection in China. Professor Tanton is a Principal Research Fellow at the University of Canberra’s National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling. His research interests include social inclusion, poverty, housing stress, disadvantage, spatial micro-simulation, and statistical analysis of social data. Recent work from his team includes Child Social Exclusion indexes, estimates of housing stress used by the Prime Minister, and estimates of housing affordability and housing stress used in two recent reports to government.
Running on Empty will also feature the Hobart Visual Index of Deprivation. This project features a series of high quality pictures of a cross-section of Hobart’s diverse suburbs and their public spaces. The exhibition forms the centrepiece to a public conversation about the challenges and future directions for the city and its environs. It will be on display at The Door Gallery as part of the conference venue for viewing during Antipoverty Week.
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Time for a change Senator Guy Barnett moves to disallow medicare funding for second trimester and late term abortions By Pat Gartlan, Catholic Women’s League, Tasmania.
t is God’s design that has us spending the first 40 weeks of our lives in the womb. Medical science divides this into three time zones: the first trimester up to 13 weeks, the second 14 to 26 weeks, and the third 27 to 40 weeks. The law governing the performance of abortions varies among the states and territories. Tasmanian law allows for abortions throughout the 40 weeks. Medicare funding is determined at the Federal level, and is provided for abortions up to 26 weeks. Third trimester abortions, lawful in some states, are not funded by Medicare. Where lawful, and performed in public hospitals, they are funded by state health grants, not Medicare. On September 17, 2008, Tasmanian Senator Guy Barnett will move a Bill in the Senate to disallow Medicare funding for second trimester and late term abortions. If he succeeds, the laws allowing abortion would not change, only the funding. This move is timely. A national opinion poll - conducted in 2005 by Market Facts (Qld) - found that 67% of Australians are opposed to Medicare funding of second trimester abortions. Only 13.9% supported the current arrangement.
Present Medicare funding regulations date back more than 40 years, to 1974, and reflect the medical and technological knowledge and capacity of the day. However, the scene has changed dramatically. We are fortunate that giant steps have been taken in the management of problems relating to pregnancy and the unborn, as well as the care of premature babies. Hence, the rationale used to justify abortion on the grounds of gross fetal abnormality or life-threatening maternal disease is out of date. Archbishop Adrian Doyle has written to Senator Barnett in full support of the Bill. To read the Senator’s paper go to www.guybarnett.com.au
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Be uplifted by the sacred harmony of chanting monks beckoning us forward to Compostela along the pilgrims road. Lourdes (3) Loyola Santo Domingo De Silos (1) Burgos Leon Astorga (1) Sarria (1) Santiago De Compostela (2) Coimbra Fatima / Anniversary (3)
Unearth our rich faith heritage of past and present as we traverse through some of Europe’s great cities. Czestochowa (2) Auschwitz Wadowice Krakow (3) Shrine of Divine Mercy Budapest (2) Vienna (2) Prague (2)
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Fr Denis Nolan Graces of Italy Visit great Italian villages and shrines 17 October 2008
Fr Don Kettle Exodus Journey Cairo, Jordan & The Holy Land 2 October 2008
Fr Brian Connolly Pathways of St Paul Greece, Turkey & Malta 4 October 2008
Fr Richard Healey Way of St James Lourdes, Compostela, & Fatima 2 October 2008
Fr Frank Perry Rome & Medjugorje Rome, Medjugorje Pilgrimage 8 October 2008
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30 Volume 4 Issue 3 2008
Knights pray for vocations T
he Knights of the Southern Cross (KSC) recently launched their second National Prayer Crusade for Vocations. The aim of the Crusade is to pray for a general increase in vocations, so that more priests and deacons can be released to provide desperately needed Military Chaplains for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Bishop Max Davis AM DD, Military Ordinary for Australia, has advised KSC that there are 36 full-time Catholic Chaplain positions available currently, but only 13 are filled. The situation for part-time Catholic Chaplains is similar with only 18 positions filled out of 47 . He is in need of more Chaplains to care for the 40,000 or so Catholic members of the ADF and their families in Australia and overseas. KSCâ€™s Supreme Knight, Mr David Huppatz, has called on all Catholics throughout Australia to join the Crusade, which will run from September 7 to November 29, 2008. The commitment is simple. All we ask is that you contact Bob Perkins, National Executive Officer, KSC by e-mail at neo@ksca. org.au or by phone (02) 6247 2977 to obtain
You can choose the week. Thatâ€™s all! All schools, colleges, parishes, Catholic organisations, retirement villages, individual Catholics and members of the ADF are invited to join. Already, over 7,200 participants have been registered for the 2008 Crusade including the members of the Knights of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Mauritius, who have offered their support. The first Crusade in 2007 attracted 17,600 participants and resulted in 6 priests volunteering their services as Military Chaplains.
Obtain a Crusade registration form Bishop Max Davis AM DD, Military Ordinary for Australia gives an address at the Australian War Memorial during a pilgrimage by Australian and international military pilgrims prior to World Youth Day events in Sydney.
a Crusade registration form. Fill in and return the registration form. Pray the special Crusade Prayer (available on the registration form) each day for one week during the Crusade.
e-mail email@example.com or phone (02) 6247 2977 Fill in and return the registration form. Pray the special Crusade Prayer (available on the registration form) each day for one week during the Crusade.
Fouling the future? By Annie March.
ater is almost as indescribable as as a reminder. (At Highgrove, Prince Charles God. Perhaps that’s why it’s such estate, the royal sewerage runs through a a beloved and powerful symbol in our system of reed beds and flow forms into a religious tradition; Jesus calming the storm wetland where the water quality is almost or talking with the woman at the well; the as pure as a mountain spring.) River Jordan and the sacrament of baptism. Waste water from the kitchen, bathroom Water gives life, transforms, hallows and and washing machine gets bucketed out to purifies. the fruit trees. I’d love a simple greywater One of our family rituals on the rare recycling system and a rainwater tank. occasions when we are all in Tasmania at The garden is increasingly home to native, the same time, is a drought-hardy, wildlife walk, preferably wild friendly plants, and and wet, on Mount deeply mulched. The Wellington. There’s a vegetable patch is particular spring near co m p o s t- r i c h a n d the Organ Pipes where swaled to retain water. I like to stop and rinse In summer, amidst my face and hands, then groans from people like drink the sweet, clear, me with long hair, we lissom, earthy water. egg-time showers. The creek fed by that I’m also accountable spring becomes in a few for my impacts beyond short miles the Hobart the backyard. Do the Rivulet. No-one in their beef scraps the cats are right minds would want purring over come from to wash in, yet alone feed-lot cattle, whose drink the lifeless, filthy waste is a generator sludge that runs past of the blue - green the hospital. algae that suffocate I grieve over this our waterways? Is this desecration, this t-shirt, pillowcase, or ugliness, even as I carpet made in Gujarat struggle with how or Tamil Nadu in India and why, and my own where the rivers are accountability. Benedict XVI, July 2008. toxic with dyes used by Earth is a closed the textile industry? system. There is no ‘away’ to throw things The Exxon Valdez oil-spill, which wreaked to. All water is recycled. Every drop of oil, environmental havoc on the Alaskan coast, detergent, paint and weed killer, every was blamed on the ships captain, yet it is cigarette butt, dog-dropping and plastic us, as consumers of oil, who are ultimately bag will sooner or later come back to haunt responsible for that catastrophe. if not destroy us. When I spit on the Earth, I spit on myself. How, then, do I look a mountain spring A Native American saying goes “Water is a in the face? glory, an infinitely precious, infinitely finite I can begin by being mindful around the resource.” Yet we treat our seas and lakes and ways I use water. My current rule of thumb rivers as a cross between an abattoir and a is that I won’t give room to any substance sewer. We are fouling both the stuff of our I can’t recycle, or compost and mulch in baptism, and the amniotic fluid in which our my own garden. I’ve long since dispensed children’s children will one day await their with household cleaners that poison and births. How can something be sacred in one pollute, choosing instead bicarb, vinegar context and a rubbish dump in another? and elbow grease. Since compost loos aren’t Po l l u t i o n i s a n o t h e r w o r d f o r yet legal where I live, there’s a note on the blasphemy. cistern, Tributary to the River Derwent - just
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32 Volume 4 Issue 4 2008
Between the lines
Emotional processing – Healing through feeling Author: Dr Roger Baker ISBN: 9780745952598 RRP: $19.95
he title of this book could not have been an accident it is an actual process. Dr Roger Baker offers a new psychological approach to the mechanics of human emotions. Basing his writing on twenty years
Together But Alone Author: Donna Erikson Couch ISBN: 9780867168525 RRP: $18.95
very now and then a book comes along that will be useful to many readers. This is such a book. In Together But Alone, Erikson Couch addresses, in a highly readable way, the challenges of relationships where one spouse
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of experience in therapy and the ground breaking research he has undertaken with his research team, he explains how emotional processing works. This book makes available new insights to the wider community, using simpler language, it provides useful ‘tools’ that anyone can use to help with everyday emotions and situations. The book has been divided into four parts: 1. The Secret Life of Emotions 2. Emotional Processing 3. Healing through feeling and, 4. How to Sabotage Healing Dr Baker looks at the comparison between men and women originally made by medieval authors. For example, women were seen as leaky vessels - menstruating, crying and lactating. Men were regarded as the perfect version of humanity, and women were flawed. In the modern context, this can seem a bit humorous. But, have we really moved away from this mentality?
As the theme of the book is introduced, Dr Baker explains how emotional lives and rational lives are equally as valid. This book is a worthy read providing the reader with the tools to use to work through their emotions, by explaining the many reasons why people do certain things and the different methods of working through one’s emotions. It also describes how important it is to work through feelings and to eventually find healing. It does this through examples from patients with whom we can relate to in some way thus benefiting from their experience and from Dr Baker’s comments regarding these experiences. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn more about emotional processing as it is an easy book to read and one which I enjoyed, so much that I will probably read it again. Reviewer: Anne Sherston
is Christian and the other is not. She writes from her own experience and I found it also touched mine. It is for those of us who have longed for a faith shared with our spouses, who have yearned to share prayer and sacrament with them and who may have questioned the very relationship because of the spiritual “disharmony”. Part one explores the “walking alone” part of the spiritual journey – “a choice between stagnation and growth, longing and loneliness, solitude and community”. Part two moves to the “walking together” aspects – “the mystery of relationships, children and family, friends and guides”. Throughout, there is no “either/or” but “both/and”. She also includes some suggestions for journalling and prayer. There are no easy answers offered here. It is not a manual for converting your spouse – what Couch is advocating is much more challenging! Using personal stories and anecdotes she urges readers to take the courage to answer the call to our own
journey in faith, to live our faith and to grow in relationship with God. The unfulfilled longing for shared faith, deep union and intimacy can be met in our relationship with the divine. She sees the bonding monogamy of marriage as an extension of the unconditional love of God. “The more I learn to love you, the more I learn to love God. The more I learn to love God, the more I learn to love you”. She is clear in saying that being married to a non-Christian does not diminish our relationship with God. “My deep, intentional and intimate relationship with God is meant to enhance all of my other connections. I get a taste of the divine in the intimate human moments of deep committed love”. This book offers good practical advice and is, at times, very amusing. What do you do when your daughter wants to bring home from school a four-foot high statue of Mary and she suggests placing it in the lounge?! Highly recommended. Reviewer: Vivienne Luke
Lights, camera, action! Lars and the Real Girl Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer. Directors Patricia Clarkson and Craig Gillespie. Rated PG. 106 mins.
his film is about a socially undeveloped young midwestern man who buys a lifesize doll called Bianca (who comes with her own back story of being a Brazilian teacher), whom he presents to his brother and sisterin-law. He then proceeds to relate to her as a real person, always within the boundaries of proper behaviour, but talking with her, telling others what she is saying and always being most attentive. Ryan Gosling makes what might be a rather unbelievable character credible. Lars lives near his brother Gus (Paul Schneider) and his wife Karen (Emily Mortimer), but stays within himself, resisting Karen’s efforts to have him over for meals. While he is polite, he has very few social graces.
Juno Starring: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman and Allison Janney. Director: Jason Reitman. Rated M. 91 mins.
mart, sassy, cool and sweet, this is Juno (Ellen Page). And the last thing she had in mind was fertility when she decided to ‘do it’ with boyfriend, Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera). Set in generic middle American suburbia, this bitter sweet comedy rides buoyantly over the edge of cliché and farce into something wise and poignant. Juno is pregnant. No need for secrecy in this modern workaday world and once Juno has convinced her cheer leader girl friend Leah that this is for real, they consider her options. At the same time they remain children - always more vulnerable than they think. Bleeker receives the news stoically but washes his hands of the final decision. Juno
He goes to his local Lutheran church. He goes to work. And that is about it. Yet, everybody warms to him and is concerned about him. The concern increases somewhat with the arrival of Bianca. Once Gus and Karen have got over their shock and allowed Bianca to stay in their spare room - Karen providing clothes - the word gets round. This is where the film enters the realm of fantasy – in the sense that everybody is kind, understanding, and plays along with the make-believe in a way that, unfortunately, most people would not. Bianca is welcomed at the hairdresser’s, at the church (as the minister asks a group, “What would Jesus do?”) and the school board. The reason for all this is that the doctor (a sympathetic Patricia Clarkson) tells Gus and Karen that Lars has a mental illness. He is suffering from a delusional disorder. But in the end, Bianca has more of a good effect on the townspeople than on Lars. This film is recommended for its humanity. Reviewer: Fr Peter Malone MSC
visits the local ‘Women’s Health Clinic’ to procure a hasty abortion, but is repulsed, partly by the crassness of the woman at the desk, but more by the revelation from one of her school friends picketing outside, who tells her, “It has fingernails already”. Juno decides to just have the baby and adopt it out to the ‘perfect couple’. At the time this seems to be a practical, even a fun solution. The razor sharp wit of the script, the tough eye in the directing and the honesty and edge to all the actors, particularly Ellen Page, but also the adults, build a muscular story. This adolescent movie now hits the sharp corners. But at the end of the film, it is hard to stop the tears. Having babies touches the heart of our humanity. Giving them away is almost unimaginable. Until you have to do it. This clever comedy has wit and heart, it is about self reliance and growing up; a definite must see. Reviewer: Mrs Jenny MacMillan www.hobart.catholic.org.au
Fr Richard Leonard SJ presents new to dvd titles. He is the director of the Australian Catholic Film Office
There Will Be Blood Starring: Daniel-DayLewis, Paul Dano and Dillon Freasier. Director: Paul Thomas Anderson. Rated M. 158 mins.
his film is advertised as a story about family, greed, religion and oil, centred around a turn-of-the-century Texas prospector, Daniel Plainview (Daniel DayLewis). Such a description fails to even hint at its power and complexity. At one level, it is about a ruthless man’s rise and fall through absolute greed, as he isolates himself from everyone around him in his drive to compete as a successful oil magnate. At another level, the film is about a clash of morality, involving an almost equally driven Evangelical preacher, Eli Sunday (Paul Dano), who leads a fervent religious community where the latest oil field has been located. Predictably, the oil magnate, and the preacher ably battle it out. What is significant for this movie that both lose, and in the loss there is arguably an anti-moral feeling to the movie as a whole. Based on a novel by Upton Sinclair called Oil!, the film is marvellous to look at and to listen to. Paul Anderson’s direction is assured, and the film is magnificently photographed by Robert Elswit. It is hard to forget the opening scenes at the mine where the griminess and risks of shaft-life are brought vividly to life through superb photography, editing and control. There is always enormous tension that surrounds survival on this film’s mine sites, and not a word is spoken for some 20 minutes at the beginning of the movie, not until the wail of a baby breaks the silence. The acting on all fronts is virtually without fault. The scenes shot in California and Texan landscape scenes are almost surreal in their vast sweep and isolation. Rarely has mining and all its accompanying tragedies been more compellingly portrayed. Reviewer: Peter W. Sheehan
34 Volume 4 Issue 4 2008
Invite the poor to your feast
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
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Who would you invite to your party? Fill out the invitation.
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Getting Hoodwinked at St John’s School Richmond I
It seemed like an ideal way to spend a cold winter day – getting “Hoodwinked” at St John’s Catholic School in Richmond. And it was! The play, written by Margaret Carpenter, which had an excellent cast made up of students from Grades 3 - 6, saw over a thousand tickets sold for the three matinee and two night performances. Principal Denise Long said “Musical productions are a bi-yearly event at St John’s with students involved either as a singer, stagehand or cast member”. “The production of Hoodwinked saw many people attend and it wasn’t just the adults who went away impressed, it was a laugh for the children too,” Mrs Long said. The main characters of Robin Hood (Thomas Gauden), Maid Marian (Sarah Mazengarb), the Sheriff of Nottingham (Jack Waller) and the jesters (Luke Visentin and Jonty Dalton), along with the other cast members, were a very talented group of children. B u t t h e su cce s s o f any production lies with the hardest critics – the audience!
“We’ve received so many positive comments from those who came to see the show,” Mrs Long said. “Dazzling, breathtaking, heart stopping and best musical ever are just some of the reactions from audiences who had watched Hoodwinked”. Monies raised from the production will be used to contribute to Archbishop Adrian Doyle’s Samaritan Fund.
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Question Box – Questions about the Catholic faith Are all Christians who attend Mass invited to partake in Communion? (This is an edited version of a question sent into The Tasmanian Catholic).
People of all faiths are welcome to attend Mass in a Catholic Church. It is entirely appropriate for non-Catholics to be present for the celebration but it is only Catholics, in a state of grace, who are able to receive Holy Communion during Mass. There could be a number of people present at Mass who do not participate in receiving the Eucharist for a variety of reasons, be it that they are not Catholic or that they are not in a position to receive communion. However, all are welcome to share in the prayer and celebration. Receiving Communion at Mass is a sign that the person receiving is in communion with all of the others who share in the celebration. While in one sense all Christians share baptism and the scriptures, there is a difference between Catholics and Protestants with regard to the understanding of Communion in terms of the real and continuing presence of Jesus Christ under the appearance of bread and wine. For Catholics, understanding of the nature of Communion is intrinsically linked with the idea of communion with each other as a community. In the Catholic Church, these two aspects are so linked
together it is not possible to have one aspect without the other. From a Catholic perspective, it makes no sense for a person who does not share the Catholic belief as to the nature of Communion to receive communion. You might have seen media reports during February of last year about the Catholic and Anglican Churches merging, but that was officially explained this way: Growing Together in Unity and Mission has not yet been officially published. It is unfortunate that its content has been prematurely reported in a way which misrepresents its intentions and sensationalizes its conclusions. The first part of the document - which treats doctrinal matters - is an attempt to synthesize the work of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) over the past 35 years. It identifies the level of agreement which has been reached by ARCIC, but is also very clear in identifying ongoing areas of disagreement, and raises questions which still need to be addressed in dialogue.It is a very honest document assessing the state of Anglican-Roman Catholic relations at the present moment.” (Full text is available on the Bishops Conference website, www.acbc.catholic.org.au)
Many years ago I remember that my old parish had a parish council. Is this required by canon law? Do they still exist today, if so what is their function?
Q Where do we make the sign of the cross before the gospel and why?
The priest and people make the Sign of the Cross on their foreheads, lips and chest at the beginning of the Gospel, asking that the words of the Gospel be on their minds, on their lips and in their hearts.
According to the Church Administrator’s Handbook, written by Fr P Slack, Fr B Lucas and Mr W d’Apice, “Canon law provides for formal consultative bodies”. A parish pastoral council is only obligatory if the local bishop, after consulting the council of priests, has determined this in diocesan law. (Canon 536) A parish finance council is obligatory by virtue of universal law. (Canon 537) If a parish has a pastoral council, which has a consultative vote only (Canon 536, 2), it is to be presided over by the parish priest.
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Members are appointed by the parish priest and should include those who share in the pastoral care of the parish, such as the assistant priest(s), the pastoral associate(s), the school principal(s), youth minister and liturgical coordinator. The orientation of the pastoral council is to propose, study, and facilitate pastoral initiatives responding to the needs of the local community. It is best understood as a coordinating body rather than a governing body. Where the diocesan bishop has not mandated pastoral councils, they may be established at the initiative of the parish priest. The Church Administrator’s Handbook, is published by St Pauls Publications, 2008, p180ff.
Diary notes notes September and October Diary Sep 20
FULLSTOP! The final WYD’08 Pilgrims retreat for all Tassie Pilgrims. An opportunity to reflect on our last 18 months together and look towards the future. Date: Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 September Time: 10am Sat – 3.30pm Sun Place: St. Virgil’s College, Austins Ferry Please Bring your journal, pen and everything you need for overnight.
Reflection and Prayer in the Botanical Gardens Venue: Training Centre, Main Building, Botanical Gardens. Time: 9.45am – 12.30pm A time to enjoy the blessings of Nature. An opportunity for quiet, personal reflection and prayer with your Creator God. Cost: $7. Emmanuel Spirituality Centre. BYO lunch. Tea & coffee provided. Presenter: Jenny Coe, (03) 6260 2474.
Social Justice Sunday Statement Launch Diocesan Centre, Hobart in the Murphy Room. Time: 11am. Dr Falzon, CEO St Vincent De Paul Society National Council of Australia will be the keynote speaker. Light refreshments will be available. Spirituality in the Pub The Duke Hotel, cnr Barrack and Macquarie Streets Meals from 6pm and speakers at 7.30pm sharp. Dr John Falzon (CEO St Vincent De Paul Society National Council of Australia) and a local person, speaking on poverty and related issues.
Rachel’s Vineyard National Conference This is an opportunity to learn more about how Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats helps those who have had an abortion experience. You are able to attend the whole weekend or just a part of it. For further detail please contact Anne Sherston on (03) 6229 8739 or www.rachelsvineyard.org.au to get the registration form. Limited places are available so please book early.
Emmanuel Centre Jubilee Celebration for Sr Trish Dance
Oct 13-17 Nov 17-24
Book Discussion Four discussion sessions over two months 7.00pm – 8.30pm. Book Discussion Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson Cost: Donation Contact: (03) 6248 6738 for bookings and book loans Facilitator: Beth Rees..
Centacare Conference Centacare has been busy preparing once again for a conference during Anti-Poverty Week titled, Running on Empty: Poverty, Disadvantage and Social Exclusion and is a full day event. We hope that this conference will again provide interesting and useful information on the matter of poverty. You can download a registration form on the Archdiocesan website: www.hobart.catholic.org.au/centacareconference
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Above: Stephen Dobbie and Rachel Williams. Married at Star of the Sea, Burnie. Saturday, July 19, 2008. Celebrant, Cardinal Tom Williams (NZ). Right: Stephen, Rachel, Ruben and Katelyn Mills (Rachelâ€™s nephew and niece). Photographer, Kristey Whiteley.
Michael Brennan and Victoria Hervey. Married at Meadowbank Estate. Saturday, August 2, 2008. Celebrant, Fr Chris Hope. Photographer, Karen Brown.
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40 Volume 4 Issue 4 2008
Bill Carrick: Reflection of a full life September 27, 1927 – August 5, 2008
illiam Joseph Carrick, better known as Bill to his family and many friends, led a full and rich life over 80 years. Sandy Bay Parish member, Terry Kay, knew Bill for nearly thirty years and gave a personal assessment in memory of a man who contributed so much to the Catholic Church in Tasmania. “I got to know Bill many years ago through Centacare when we were looking at setting up a training facility,” said Terry. “ I n 19 8 0 , y o u t h unemployment was a major issue and Fr Kilby, Centacare accountant, Bill McKay, along with associated business people, planned to assist young people through the provision of skills training which linked into business needs.” “A survey amongst the business community, other training organisations and young unemployed was conducted and a submission was forwarded to the Federal Government with the recommendation for the establishment of a dedicated training facility.” Initially funding was provided for the 17 weeks during which Willson Training Centre was up and running exceptionally quickly – with no one knowing if the facility would go past that point of funding expiration. “Of course Willson Training Centre did survive and I became the first manager and Bill remained as chairman of the advisory committee for years – forging a life-long friendship with each other.”
In 1986, Bill was present at Willson Training Centre where Pope John Paul II made a major speech on the plight of the unemployed. This was a high level acknowledgement of the efforts of all those who came together to create a training facility that was recognised nationally at the time as a leader in the field. “He was very active in the Catholic Church and it seemed that each committee I was on was chaired by Bill.” It was Bill’s humble beginnings during the Depression that gave him the drive to change his life and go on to become a successful businessman in the motoring industry. These beginnings in what could only be described as conditions of poverty also saw Bill connect to the Church through the influence, and assistance, of the nuns at Sacred Heart. “Never forgetting his background, Bill put so much back into the community during his life,” said Terry. “This was either through the Church, business activities or the Rotary Club of Hobart.” His love for his wife Fay saw them married for nearly 50 years and produce three children: Chris, Jenny and Bridget. Later Bill and Fay would become grandparents – six times over. “Often described as a leader, Bill was also a generous and a strong family man - putting
“Often described as a leader, Bill was also a generous and a strong family man putting a remarkable effort into all aspects of his life,” a remarkable effort into all aspects of his life,” said Terry. “If Bill said he was going to do something, it certainly got done which was very reflective of managerial and leadership talents.” Over the years some of the following positions Bill filled within the Church were: Chair of the Willson Training Centre Advisory Committee; Board Member of Calvary Hospital; Chair of the Guilford Young Memorial Window Committee; Chair of the Management Committee of the International Liturgical Committee; and Chair of the Organising Committee – Archbishop Guilford Young’s Funeral. Even at the time of his passing, Bill was actively involved in a project at the Sandy Bay Parish – the refurbishment of the presbytery. His wife, Fay, and Lillian Kay are now working to bring this project to completion. Bill leaves behind his wife, Fay, children Chris, Jenny, Bridget and their partners Lee, Rick, and Tony and grandchildren, Laura, Erin, William, Lewis, Allie and Jessica.
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