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A publication of the Archdiocese of Hobart

Volume 6: Issue 1 2010

Blueprint for a better world




Centacare expands into Child Care

We are loved, we are called, and we are inspired‌

The school made of car tyres



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INSIDE THIS ISSUE Centacare expands into Child Care

Catholic Church Directory


News in Brief

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Archbishop Doyle writes

Catholic Diocesan Centre 35 Tower Road New Town 7008, GPO Box 62 Hobart 7001 Phone: (03) 6208 6222 Fax: (03) 6208 6292



The Office of the Archbishop

We are loved, we are called and we are inspired:

Phone: (03) 6208 6222 Fax: (03) 6208 6293

Vision for the Catholic Church in Australia

6– 7

Project Compassion ’10: Blueprint for a better world

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Focus on Haiti


Peter Cusick CPA Phone: (03) 6208 6227 Fax: (03) 6208 6292 Catholic Development Fund Phone: (03) 6208 6260 Fax: (03) 6208 6290

Catholic Youth Ministry: Palm Sunday Pilgrimage and World Youth Day 2010

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The school made of car tyres

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Year of the Priest: Fr Terry Southerwood Year of the Priest: Fr Chris Hope

Business Manager


Liturgy Office Phone: (03) 6208 6257 Fax: (03) 6208 6299 Marriage Tribunal Phone: (03) 6208 6250 Fax: (03) 6208 6297

The Office of Church Life and Mission Phone: (03) 6208 6272 Fax: (03) 6208 6299 Tasmanian Catholic Justice and Peace Commission Phone: (03) 6208 6271 Fax: (03) 6208 6299 Towards Healing Help Line Phone: 1800 356 613 Museum and Archives Phone: (03) 6231 4740 Heritage Office Phone/Fax: (03) 6224 5920

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Social Commentary Happy Families


General News Blueline Employment rates five stars


Parish News Focusing on Circular Head Parish


Pastoral Life CWL urges Catholics to join the battle over internet safety 21 The Secular Franciscan Order


News Australia Day Honours for Tasmanian Catholics


Vicar General Fr Mark Freeman VG PO Box 62 Cygnet 7112 Phone: (03) 6295 1239 Fax: (03) 6295 1013 Chancellor Fr Terry Rush VF PP PO Box 42 Richmond 7025 Phone/Fax: (03) 6260 2189 Catholic Youth Ministry Chaplain Fr Richard Ross Phone: (03) 6326 1970

Centacare Welfare Services Hobart 35 Tower Road New Town 7008 Phone: (03) 6278 1660 Launceston 201 York Street, Launceston 7250 Phone: (03) 6332 0600 Burnie 108 Mount Street Burnie 7320 Phone: (03) 6431 8555 Devonport 85 Best Street Devonport 7310 Phone: (03) 6423 6100

Catholic Education Office 5 Emmett Place New Town 7008 Phone: (03) 6210 8888

Willson Training Centre

Vocations Ministry 99 Barrack Street, Hobart Phone: (03) 6234 4463

Diocesan Ecumenical Commission

35 Tower Road New Town 7008 Phone: (03) 6208 6000 Phone: (03) 6335 4708 A/H: (03) 6335 4826

Catholic Aid Missionaries remembered for their ultimate sacrifice


Kids’ Page


Lifestyle Book and film reviews The Question Box

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Weddings Mary Lou Ridsdale and Doug Rutledge


School and College News Project Compassion: Fundraising ideas for schools



Obituary Peter Foale 26.07.26 – 14.12.2009

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Charities 1000kms and 1.8 million paddle strokes later…

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


Editor Pip Atkinson (03) 6208 6230

Printing Foot and Playsted, Launceston Production and Design (03) 6332 1400 Fax: (03) 6332 1444 Cherie O’Meara

Pictured is Teneille (9) from Derby in WA. She attends the Jalaris Kids Future Club after school which helps kids improve their reading, writing and numeracy skills as well as teaching them the importance of being active and having a healthy diet. The Kids Club is supported by Caritas’ Project Compassion. DEADLINE FOR NEXT EDITION : March 9, 2010


Centacare expands into Child Care Centacare to partner with Catholic Education for new Child Care Services


entacare Tasmania commences 2010 with its new Child Care services opening in four Catholic schools around the State. The Church engages in Christ’s mission of spreading the Gospel in a variety of ways and Catholic Education and Centacare Tasmania serve the Archdiocese of Hobart in support of that mission. Archbishop Adrian Doyle recently announced the commencement of Centacare Tasmania’s Child Care Services in partnership with our Catholic Schools. The four schools involved in this exciting partnership are: Corpus Christi Catholic School in Bellerive, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School in Deloraine, Holy Rosary Catholic School in Claremont and St Cuthberts Catholic School in Lindisfarne. “The cooperation of individual Catholic schools and Centacare Tasmania in this important ministry will provide a service based on the dignity of each person, the common good, and the needs of the poor and the disadvantaged,” said Archbishop Doyle. “Parents and children of participating Catholic schools will have outside school hours care available to them before school, after school and during vacations.” It is hoped that all-day care will be available at a later stage. The care provided will meet the requirements of the Department of Education (Tasmania), the Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations (Australia), and the National Child Care Accreditation Council. This service will take account of the circumstances of the parents of the children

State Coordinator of Centacare Tasmania Child Care Services Mel Kean with daughter Ava.

“We will be offering child care to those families who’ve traditionally been unable to afford it” while at the same time not disadvantaging others. Melanie (Mel) Kean, formerly the Director of Child Care Services at Corpus Christi Catholic School, has agreed to take on the role of State Coordinator of Centacare Tasmania Child Care Services. She commenced in November. “Having my daughter, Ava, in child care gives me a unique insight into the views of the parents using our services, their concerns, their wishes and their aspirations for their children,” said Ms Kean, who also understands that quality family time is something that families are constantly striving for. “We will be offering child care to those families who’ve traditionally been unable to afford it,” said Ms Kean.

“And all staff working at Centacare Child Care centres will be fully trained, through Willson Training,” said Ms Kean. Existing employees of the Archdiocese employed to provide child care services will be retained in their employment by the Archdiocese and transferred to Centacare Tasmania Child Care Services while continuing to provide child care services at our schools. There will be no adverse impact on the staff in relation to their wages and conditions. As a result of this partnership, and the capacity for staff to participate in the broader child care network of Centacare Tasmania Child Care Services, training and development opportunities, formation opportunities and networking opportunities will be provided. This will enable staff to improve their skills and knowledge in the child care industry and to gain a full understanding of child care services as part of the mission of the Church. Centacare Tasmania Child Care Services and the Catholic schools are committed to the provision of high quality Outside School Hours Care for the benefit of parents and children that meet the standards of the National Child care Accreditation Council. Centacare Tasmania Child Care Services is in discussions with other Catholic Schools in Tasmania to offer the same opportunities to school communities, parents and their children.


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Anthony Fisher new Bishop of Parramatta T he Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has named Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP as the third Bishop of Parramatta. He succeeds Most Rev Kevin Manning who has been Bishop of Parramatta since 1997 and is retiring. Bishop Anthony is a Dominican friar and ethicist. He was Coordinator of World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney. At 49, Bishop Anthony Fisher is the youngest Catholic bishop in Australia. Of his role with WYD08 Bishop Anthony said, “World Youth Day brought home to me

the importance of youth ministry and the major contribution young people can make to our Church today.” The liturgical celebration of Bishop Anthony’s installation will take place at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, at 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 4, 2010.

Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land T his year you have the opportunity to join with other Tasmanians on an Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The Pilgrimage will include places and sights such as Lake Galilee, Dead Sea, Nazareth Village, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Dome of the Rock, site of Emmaus, Mount of Beatitudes, the Baptismal site of Jesus and much, much more. The pilgrimage will take place in September 2010 and is open to EVERYONE. Information sessions have already taken place in the first week of February. If you are at all interested contact Fr Peter O’Loughlin on (03) 6245 0501 or, or Rachelle Smith on (03) 6208 6274 or 0400 045 368 or For more information turn to page 11.

New Priest for North-West R

ecently Fr Anthony Kennedy, who is replacing Fr Bernard McFadyen as the Parish Priest of the Burnie-Wynyard Parish, was welcomed to the Archdiocese of Hobart by Archbishop Adrian Doyle. Fr Kennedy’s main pastoral ministry since his ordination in 1992 has been in the parishes, particularly in Queensland. He was the parish priest of St John’s Wood/The Gap Parish as well as acting parish priest in Gladstone. More recently, Fr Kennedy has been involved in formation work in Auckland as part of a combined Australia-New ZealandOceania seminary. “ We welcome Fr Kennedy to the Archdiocese of Hobart as part of the continuing support of the Marist Fathers to the Archdiocese of Hobart,” Archbishop Doyle said. His Grace acknowledged the work of Fr McFadyen, including for his readiness to include Wynyard in his pastoral ministry. “In relation to Fr McFadyen, I thank him for his strong priestly commitment of the past seven years in the Burnie-Wynyard Parish and wish him well for the future.”

Other Priest changes Fr Mark Freeman to Launceston Fr Christopher Igboanuato Central Fr Greg Barker to Huon Valley Fr Terry Southerwood – retiring



CWL volunteer ambassador for ovarian cancer prevention P

atricia Brown of the Catholic Woman’s League NSW teamed up with comedienne Jean Kittson, to be one of Ovarian Cancer Australia’s, 11th Hour Ambassadors, delivering an important health message: “Don’t leave learning the symptoms of ovarian cancer until the 11th hour!” The majority of Australian women are largely unaware about ovarian cancer in comparison to breast and cervical cancer and assume a Pap smear also tests for ovarian cancer. It does not. Patricia Brown, who is a volunteer for St Vincent de Paul Society and the Catholic Woman’s League, is one of the 11th Hour Ambassadors for the campaign.

Patricia Brown said, “If, by working with Ovarian Cancer Australia, we can help save the life of just one woman, then we will have helped to make a difference,” Patricia Brown said. Nearly all sufferers of ovarian cancer have symptoms, and if detected in the early stages the majority of women will be alive and well after five years. Currently, 75% of sufferers are diagnosed in the advanced stages and do not live beyond five years. The aim of this campaign is to inform women about what is believed to be a ‘silent killer’ and to be aware that in actual fact it is not silent. If only women knew the symptoms, they could listen to their body and not join

DVD giveaway winners! T he simple answer to the question, “Who was the architect of St Peter’s Basilica?” was Michelangelo. However, quite a few readers correctly pointed out that many other architects also contributed including: Donato Bramante, Antonio da Sangallo the Younger and Carlo Maderno. Congratulations to: B & G Hughes of New Town Irene Brigham of Beauty Point Michele Holmes of Launceston Leon Correos of Hobart M Manzone of West Launceston Fr Peter O’Loughlin of Bellerive Fr Mike Delaney of Queenstown Paul Mannion of Launceston Gayle Devyer of Devon Hills Fr John O’Connor of Kings Meadows.

Jean Kittson and Patricia Brown

the 75% of women who are unaware of the symptoms until it is too late. For more information visit: www.

Broken Bay to host two E-Conferences B

roken Bay Institute (BBI) will be hosting two National EConferences in 2010. In conjunction with the Australian Catholic Bishops, BBI presents: Mary – First Disciple on May 18, 2010 and Jesus the Christ September 16, 2010 with Gerald O’Collins SJ. The Archdiocese of Hobart’s Office of Church Life and Mission will again be facilitating gatherings around the state for Tasmanians interested in participating in either of the E-Conferences. Further details will be published in forthcoming editions of The Tasmanian Catholic, or else you can contact Ben Brooks on (03) 6208 6273 or via For more information on conference content, please contact Virginia Ryan, Adult Faith and Pastoral Formation Coordinator, on (02) 9847 0556 or email:



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Will you do The Reflection this Easter? T

he Church gives us a wonderful period of preparation and journey in the Lenten weeks preceding Easter. But, Lent can seem “heavy� in comparison to the anticipation and excitement of preparing for Christmas. For many of us growing up, Lent meant a time of “sacrifice�. Simply giving up something for Lent, without welcoming a whole spirituality can leave us dreading Lent, more than looking forward to it. This Lenten season, bring to your family, parish group or community the same Lenten hope that the liturgy of the Church expresses. Instead of “giving something up� why not, “take something up� – and share in a wonderful experience for your family or community group. In preparation for Easter 2010, the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference invites you to partake in an exciting and unique journey. Each week during Lent, the Bishops of Australia will be sharing their thoughts and reflections on the Sunday Gospels leading to Easter. This innovative programme, The Reflection, is an Internet based resource that will comprise six short pre-recorded segments (one for each week of Lent 2010). Each segment will follow a lectio divina process for the forthcoming Sunday of Lent (an exploration of the Gospel through reflection and prayer). The segments will be posted online each week, starting the Monday prior to Ash Wednesday – February 15, 2010.

A final segment will be posted during Holy Week and will involve a small number of Bishops and lay people who will share their thoughts and reflections of their Lenten journey around the celebration of an Easter meal. It is hoped this final segment (appropriate to the Season) will reflect the warmth, invitation, sharing and community that has been built through people’s ‘getting together’ in their own homes over the seven-week period. We all understand that life doesn’t stop during Lent – it relentlessly marches on with work, sporting commitments, school plays, weddings etc. This coming year why not plan to spend some quality time with those around you as you journey to Easter? As the Church family welcomes its new members with open arms at Easter, let’s take up the challenge and invite others to come to our table to share. The website is online, keeping you informed of this exciting programme. For any further information please contact Annie Carrett, Diocese Broken Bay, (02) 9847 0724 or

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Archbishop Doyle Writes Dear Friends in Christ,


t was a great pleasure for me to receive, in the last days before Christmas, the final version of the Mission Statement which has been prepared by a Working Party, chaired by the Vicar General, Fr Mark Freeman. It was the final expression of what was discussed and considered during the Diocesan Assembly, which took place on 15/16 November 2008. I am very grateful to the members of the Working Party for the time and effort they expended during last year to achieve this very important outcome, a Mission Statement for the Archdiocese of Hobart. I have come to the conclusion that every 10 years or so, we have to sit down again and take a look at the situation of the moment. In my opening address at the Assembly, I made reference to the changes that had taken place in the Tasmanian context of the Church, the changes which have occurred in people’s lives, and the changes which have occurred in the Church itself during the first decade of the third millennium. When we stop and think about those last ten years, those changes have been considerable. In the early years of the decade, we were well served, I believe, by the process known as “Call to Change”. It provided us with a clear direction to help us meet up with some challenges which we could see out ahead of us. One situation that we did not anticipate was the emergence of some serious instances of sexually abusive clerical behaviour. As a consequence, the whole Catholic community as well as the victims in Tasmania were left with a very deep scar.

“My commitment this year is to take up the recommendations” We remember however the good things during the decade, in particular the celebration of World Youth Day in Sydney in 2008. I believe that here in Tasmania we tried very hard to take every advantage of that wonderful opportunity, and to a large extent we succeeded. One of basic approaches which I have always encouraged is to make the

Diocesan Working Party members L-R: Mrs Christine O’Halloran, Fr Mark Freeman, Sr Gabrelle Morgan, Archbishop Adrian Doyle and Mrs Mary Hemming.

collaborative approach a very high priority. I am very pleased that the different agencies within the Catholic Church are working more collaboratively. An instance of this is the initiative which is just beginning for Centacare to provide after-school care to school communities. The first signs are very encouraging. The Mission Statement which is now in our possession should form the basis for the approach of each and every organisation within the Archdiocese. It can be a point of reflection and evaluation to ensure that we are all giving the same priority to the same things. It should be the opening statement for the constitution of a Parish Pastoral Council, or of a school board, and all the other groups that are formed to further the overall mission of the Church in Tasmania. My commitment this year is to take up the recommendations that accompany the document. I have long wished to have the benefit of a forum which represents the various facets of the life of the Church in Tasmania, a Diocesan Pastoral Council. I intend to plan for the formation of such a Council during 2010. During the time of Lent, we have the opportunity to reflect on our personal lives and to take up the invitation to change our lives and to the faithful to the Gospel. On the First Sunday of Lent, we hear about the experience of Jesus, who was tempted by the devil at the conclusion of a period of forty days of prayer and fasting in the desert. The Gospel tells us that Jesus was “filled with the Spirit” and “led by the Spirit.” At all significant points in His life, Jesus was accompanied by the Spirit. That same Spirit is with us as well, as we embark on a new phase in the life of the Tasmanian Catholic Church. We are also told through the Gospel passage that Jesus was totally committed to the task, that he was fully engaged, ready to forego power, prestige and the pursuit of his own interest and desires, in order to stay true to what was being asked of Him. He was prepared to endure the risks, and to endure the pain that the mission entailed. I am sure that we are prepared to do the same, and to embrace this new Mission Statement, and to allow it to guide us into the future. ADRIAN L. DOYLE AM Archbishop of Hobart


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Vision for the Catholic Church in Tasmania We are people of God, loved unconditionally by God. We are called into a communion of life and love with Jesus Christ, who impels us to deepen our relationship with each other and with all people. We are inspired by the Holy Spirit of God to use our gifts in the service of others and as stewards of creation.

Mission statement of the Catholic Church in Tasmania We are loved

We are called

We are inspired

We respond to God’s unconditional love for each of us

We respond to Jesus Christ as a Catholic community of faith

We respond to the promptings of the holy spirit

We pray

We celebrate

Ways we do this include: Personal Prayer Sacred Reading Contemplation Christian Meditation Family Prayer Small Group Prayer Liturgical Prayer

Ways we do this include: Family Rituals Parish and Diocesan Celebrations Feasts and Seasons Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick Marriage, Holy Orders

We reflect

Ways we do this include: Family-Parish-School Partnerships Encouraging the Gifts and Talents of All Collaborative Ministry Subsidiarity Authentic Models of Leadership Effective Communication Catholic Agencies working together Ecumenical and Interfaith Collaboration

Ways we do this include: Reading the Scriptures Spiritual Direction Scriptural and Theological Study Lifelong Formation for all Vocations

We share Ways we do this include: Family and Community Life Sacramental Preparation Small Group Faith Sharing Ecumenical Faith Sharing and Study Interfaith Dialogue

We collaborate

We include Ways we do this include: Being Welcoming Respecting the Dignity of All Enabling Full Participation in the Life of the Church regardless of Gender, Age, Location Drawing on the Gifts of All in Leadership and Decision-Making Advocacy for the Values of the Gospel in Public Life Ecumenical and Interfaith Openness

We evangelize Ways we do this include: Authentic Witness as People of Faith, Hope and Love Liturgical Celebrations Teaching and Preaching Using Contemporary Technology Justice and Outreach

We serve Ways we do this include: Love of Neighbour Ministry in its Various Forms Vocational Commitment: Single, Married, Ordained, Consecrated Life Involvement in Education, Health, Welfare, Justice and Outreach

We nurture Ways we do this include: Living a Balanced and Healthy Life Spiritual Formation D e ep ening our K nowle dge and Understanding of our Faith Support for and Formation of our Youth Development of Future Leaders Advocacy for and Outreach to the Marginalized Care for the Environment


By Fr Mark Freeman, Vicar General


e are entering into the Season of Lent. It’s our time for reflecting more deeply on our life in Christ and for committing ourselves anew as disciples. These forty days challenge us to face our sinfulness and to change our hearts so that who we are proclaims to the world that we are loved by God, called into relationship with Jesus and inspired and empowered by the Holy Spirit. For just over 12 months a small Working Party has been reflecting on the ideas, initiatives and priorities that came forward at the Diocesan Assembly held at St Patrick’s College, Launceston on the weekend of November 14 and 15, 2008. Early in the Working Party’s time together it became clear that if the energy of the Assembly was to be carried forward in an ongoing way into the life of the Church in Tasmania, there needed to be articulated both a Vision and a Mission Statement. A Vision is meant to be aspirational. It identifies what we are striving to become. Its purpose is to inspire and to call us to something more while building on the firm foundation of our tradition and history. A Mission Statement expresses what we need to do in order to attain that to which we aspire. It identifies the purpose for which we exist. The Vision for the Catholic Church in Tasmania and the Mission Statement of the Catholic Church in Tasmania are expressions of our deep faith in the Lord. They are both very simple and uncomplicated documents that are to be seen as starting points rather than expressions of the whole picture. The Vision is based on the Trinity and is influenced by the mystery, communion and mission dynamic presented by Bishop David Walker at the Assembly in 2008. During the past year, a number of people and parishes commented on the draft Vision. While the original Vision has changed very little, many

of the comments and suggestions have been taken up in the Mission Statement. The Mission Statement contains many verbs. These ‘doing’ words express the call for us to be active and always seeking something more in our response to God. This Mission Statement, far from being prescriptive, is invitational in character. Each parish, each group, and each agency within the family of the Church in Tasmania will find more and more to add to these lists as they go about their work for the Lord. The Vision and the Mission are designed to be filters through which we can test all our programmes and projects. When we take an initiative as a parish, as a group, as an agency we need to reflect on how this is an expression of both the Vision and Mission of the Catholic Church in Tasmania. As we begin the journey of Lent, the journey to Easter, members of the Working Party are preparing a means of introducing and explaining the Vision and the Mission throughout the Archdiocese. It is proposed to meet with Pastoral Councils, agencies and groups in order to open up the Vision and to explain how the Mission Statement can be used to support and enhance all that is done as we seek to build the Kingdom of God here in Tasmania. Just as Lent is meant to be a time of conversion and renewed commitment, so too, the Vision and Mission are offered to us to enable and bring about a deepening of our life in Christ.


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The Haiti Emergency Response appeal:

Your questions answered

Blueprint for a better world A letter from the Caritas Australia Chair, Archbishop Adrian Doyle Dear Friends, The season of Lent that is about to begin invites us into a time of reflection, transformation and conversion as we seek healing for the brokenness of our world and its people. Our efforts should not be just inward and individual but outward and social; in this way we take the opportunity to respond to God’s call for a better world. Blueprint for a better world is this year’s theme for Project Compassion and is inspired by the Millennium Development Goals. Also known as the MDGs, they are eight life-changing goals to halve world poverty by 2015. With 1 billion people still living in extreme poverty, we must become aware of the sufferings of humanity, and put our compassion and faith into action. For the Church, these goals are not just objectives for freedom from hunger, for the right to an education and health, for equality and for a sustainable environment; they encompass all that is necessary for our brothers and sisters to realise their human dignity and enable everyone to “have life and have it to the full” (Jn 10:10). The world as a whole is on track to achieve MDG 1: eradicate extreme poverty; yet there is great concern, especially with the financial crisis, that without a collective and unswerving effort from the global community, the seven remaining goals might not be reached. In his latest encyclical Caritas in Veritate, Pope Benedict XVI affirms the approach of Caritas Australia in achieving these goals through participation, subsidiarity, and solidarity. Each of us has a duty to make these goals a reality. This year as you journey through Lent, you will come to know how Caritas Australia, with the support of generous Australians, has been able to implement life-changing projects to contribute to the achievement of these eight goals. The projects include: Eradicating hunger and poverty for vulnerable families in Cambodia Ensuring children can access primary schooling in Derby, WA Supporting women survivors of violence and working for just relationships in East Timor Improving child and maternal health in Papua New Guinea Helping to combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases in El Salvador Assisting community access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and working towards environmental sustainability in Malawi. In 2009, Project Compassion raised $8.7 million dollars. Your generosity, through almsgiving and solidarity with others, has enabled Caritas Australia to continue to support some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the world. This Lent, as we pray, fast and give alms, may we reflect on who we are and who God is calling us to become: the loving, healing presence of Christ in the world today. Yours sincerely in Christ, Archbishop Adrian L Doyle Chairperson, Caritas Australia

1. What is Caritas doing about security? The security situation in Haiti has always been difficult and our experience there, our broad network and links through the Church ensure we have great access at the grass roots level into the affected communities. US Caritas affiliate Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has appointed a security manager who has arrived in Port au Prince. In addition, there will be a Caritas focal point in Port au Prince. Generators for camp lighting will be procured to ensure the safety and security of communities particularly for women and children at night. The planning starts a long time before the disaster occurs and our staff are highly trained. Our warehouses have good security and we have had no trouble shipping goods from the Dominican Republic (except for traffic and logistical difficulties caused by the aftermath of the earthquake). Local staff ensure we have a good understanding of community and awareness of changing situations/dangerous scenarios. 2. How will Caritas work with the Haiti government if they are non-responsive and corrupt? Governance has long been a problem in Haiti. The Caritas network is coordinating with local church, government and non-government agencies who are involved in the emergency response efforts. This coordination is essential to ensuring we can get the aid moving more quickly and assist more people who are in desperate need. 3. Adoption of orphans The full extent of the disaster is not known and although there is anecdotal evidence to suggest there may be a significant number of orphans - at this point we simply don’t know if this is the case. Caritas’ preferred approach is to support extended families and home communities to continue to care for their children, rather than separating them from their natural environment and sending them abroad. Our first priority is delivering immediate assistance and once these systems are established we will look at the medium to longer term needs of all those affected. Adoption of orphans to Australia from Haiti would be something Caritas Australia would be unlikely to support as such significant trauma as has been experienced by so many. Orphans need appropriate culturally sensitive care. Something in Australia, with such a small Haitian community, would be unlikely to be able to offer.



Samaritan donation to Haiti Earthquake Appeal

Archbishop Doyle with Caritas’ Tasmanian Diocesan Director, Pat O’Halloran.

neighbouring Dominican Republic, and receive supplies via a severely damaged sea-port. Almost two weeks after the devastating earthquake, people are becoming more desperate for food, but the constant flow of helicopters carrying crates over the city show that aid is getting through. In the past year, the Samaritan Fund has made donations to the Caritas Samoa Tsunami Appeal and other non-profit organisations. The Fund also provides assistance at His Grace’s discretion for Catholic families suffering financial hardship. Further donations can be made to the Caritas Haiti Emergency Response Appeal at






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he plight of the people of Haiti following the devastating earthquake and aftershocks saw a donation of $3,000 from the Samaritan Fund to Caritas Australia to assist in the relief effort. Each year, many people make donations into the fund which allows Archbishop Doyle to distribute money when needed for a particular cause. “Last year the Tasmanian Catholic community raised over $94,000 for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal which was a wonderful response,â€? Archbishop Doyle said. “With the country of Haiti undergoing unimaginable levels of human suffering, I believe it is very appropriate that the Samaritan Fund provides a financial contribution to assist the work of Caritas partners in this impoverished nation.â€? Recently His Grace handed the cheque over to the Tasmanian Diocesan Director of Caritas, Pat O’Halloran, to forward to Caritas Australia’s Haiti Emergency Response Appeal. A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean island on the afternoon of Wednesday 12th January, flattening buildings and destroying homes. Thousands of people remain missing and it is feared the death toll may top 100,000. Caritas Haiti and Catholic Relief Services (a Caritas member in the USA with an office in Haiti) in partnership with church aid agencies from around the world recently delivered almost 100 tonnes of food to Port-au-Prince to feed at least 50,000 people in one of the city’s biggest camps, Petionville Club. Working in a joint response to the earthquake, the Caritas agencies have already brought food, water, medical and other supplies to more than 25,000 people. But the needs remain great, and logistics, communication and security have been serious challenges. So far the public has donated over US $60 million (Euro â‚Ź45 million) so far to Caritas members worldwide. Caritas says it is not possible to have the amount of resources required to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of people overnight. However Caritas Haiti had stocks already pre-positioned in their warehouses, which enabled them to respond to the crisis within a short matter of hours. They have also managed to bring in at least 40 truckloads so far from

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Palm Sunday Pilgrimage and World Youth Day 2010 By Rachelle Smith


alm Sunday and World Youth Day, 2010 will be celebrated in style and with bundles of energy as we gather as a whole Archdiocese for the third Archdiocesan Palm Sunday Pilgrimage! Palm Sunday was specifically chosen by Pope John Paul II as the day in which people all around the world would gather to celebrate World Youth Day at a diocesan level. The theme chosen by Pope Benedict XVI for World Youth Day 2010 is ‘Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Mk 10:17. Jesus’ answer to this question is one of invitation and of hope, two aspects we share in Palm Sunday Pilgrimage. Jesus invites us to ‘Come, follow me’ and gives us encouragement and hope when he says ‘all things are possible with God’. People from right across the state, of all ages and walks of life are invited to come and join with the rest of the diocese in this fantastic display of faith, fun and friendship which embodies hope and life for the Church in Tasmania. People who participated in the pilgrimage last year said it made them feel like the Church in Tasmania is ‘young, alive and involved!’, that it had a “real presence in the community” and made them feel “proud, strong, hopeful and optimistic”.

The feedback from last year’s Palm Sunday Pilgrimage was astounding and included comments such as: ‘The procession through Hobart was a high like no other!’, ‘the whole experience was very uplifting’, ‘It was inspiring to see the young people gathered with the large palm branches at the liturgy’, ‘It was great to see the Cathedral full of people of all ages!’, ‘A fitting celebration to a day that was a celebration and proclamation of our faith’, ‘Highlight was my kids having a good time’, ‘feeling a sense of belonging to the church in Tassie’, ‘coming together of the Catholic community – young and old’, ‘The whole day was a highlight!’. The Palm Sunday Pilgrimage will begin at Corpus Christi in Bellerive for lunch, and feature a 7km pilgrimage walk, encompassing the Tasman Bridge, to St David’s Park. The event will once again include the Family Fun Day where young families, or those not so keen on a 7km walk, can enjoy free activities for the children (including face painting, zoo doo animals, jumping castle, crafts and life be in it activities), the wonderful sounds of St Joe’s Big Band and food and drink while they await the arrival of the pilgrims walking from Bellerive. We will then join together for the beginning of Mass at St David’s Park for the Blessing of Palms, and then process,

with police escort and the road to ourselves, through Hobart to the Cathedral, where we will finish the day with a wonderful celebration of the Mass. You are welcome to join the day at any point, but if you are unable to make the longer walk, we strongly encourage you to get to St David’s Park to join in the Blessing of Palms and procession as a beginning to the celebration of Mass at the Cathedral. Buses will be available from Burnie, Ulverstone, Devonport, and Launceston & Hobart. You will need to book a place on these buses and you can do so by contacting your Parish ACT1V8 team, Parish office or Catholic Youth Ministry.

Timetable: March 28, 2010 12noon: Gathering and Lunch at Bellerive Pilgrimage Walk, by the waterfront, across the Tasman Bridge, to St David’s Park 3pm – 5pm: Family Fun Day at St David’s Park (free children’s activities, bands, food and drink available to purchase) 5.00pm: Blessing of Palms Liturgy at St David’s Park Large procession through Hobart to St Mary’s Cathedral 6.00pm: Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral For any queries contact Rachelle Smith on 6208 6274 or 0400 045 368 or e-mail: rachelle.



Immersion opportunity A Tassie Pilgrimage East Timor By Rachelle Smith


Photo: Sugu

atholic Youth Ministry along with Eddie Rice Camps and Young Vinnies are proud to offer the opportunity for some lucky Tasmanians to participate in an immersion experience to East Timor in September of this year. An immersion experience is the chance of a lifetime where you can experience first-hand

the reality facing those in a majority (third) world country. Australia’s closest neighbours, the people of East Timor, are materially poor but spiritually rich. A few weeks experiencing their life and being immersed in the culture and lifestyle of East Timor will challenge you and the way you see the world. The immersion programme includes a comprehensive and compulsory programme of preparation. You must be able to make the actual immersion experience, travelling to East Timor for two weeks in early September, 2010. Following this life-changing experience will be a commitment to put your learning into action back home in Tassie. Please note that you must be 18 years or older as at 3rd September 2010 to be eligible to participate. If you missed the information sessions which were held in the first week of February and would like to find out more, or to get an application pack, you can contact Rachelle Smith (CYM) on 0400 045 368 or rachelle. or Andrew McMaster (ERC) on 6236 9943 or

Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land H

ave you ever considered what it would be like to experience the very land in which Jesus lived and worked His ministry? A pilgrimage to the Holy Land will give you a privileged insight into the life of Jesus as a child of Nazareth, as the healer of Galilee and as our Saviour on Calvary. In 2010 you will have the opportunity to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with a group from the Archdiocese of Hobart. This will be a special pilgrimage for members of our diocese designed by Harvest pilgrimages and with our very own Tasmanian chaplain, Fr Peter O’Loughlin (Bellerive-Lindisfarne Parish). This pilgrimage will include places and sights such as: Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Lake Galilee, Mount

of Beatitudes, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Church of Calvary, site of Emmaus, Dome of the Rock and much, much more. This pilgrimage will run for approximately two weeks in early September, 2010 and is open to people of all ages, backgrounds and corners of the state; you may even like to take your family. However, you must be 18 years or older, or travelling with a parent, to participate. If you missed the information sessions in the first week of February and are interested in finding out more, please contact Rachelle: 0400 045 368 or rachelle.smith


ollowing the visit of the World Youth Day Cross & Icon to Tasmania in May 2008 and as a legacy of World Youth Day 2008, a pilgrimage route was constructed around Tasmania, marked by 14 life size crosses. These crosses were designed, constructed, funded and erected by local Parishes and communities to reflect something of their local area and story, and also represent a station of the Cross. In 2009, Catholic Youth Ministry launched this pilgrimage with a bus pilgrimage of ‘The Way of the Cross’. In 2010 CYM intend to actually walk ‘The Way of the Cross: A Tasmanian Pilgrimage’ and you are invited to join us! This will be a unique Easter experience and will happen in two parts. We will first walk the Southern Cirque (including Kingston, New Norfolk, Pontville, Richmond and finishing in Hobart for Palm Sunday Pilgrimage) in the week leading up to Holy Week. After Easter, we will walk the Northern Traverse (including Smithton, Somerset, Forth, Deloraine, Beaconsfield, and Longford and Launceston). You are invited to walk both, either, or parts of either that you can! If you are interested in joining either the Southern Cirque or Northern Traverse group, you need to register your interest NOW! Southern Cirque (Stations of the Cross): March 21 – 28 Northern Traverse (Stations of the Resurrection): April 5 – 11 If you would like to join either or both of these pilgrimage groups, please contact Michael Hangan on 0407 533 925 or e-mail to as soon as possible.

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The school made of car tyres By Mary Marsh, Bellerive – Lindisfarne Parish


ast year I had the good fortune of visiting Israel to attend a Biblical course in Jerusalem. I remember feeling delighted about the prospect of visiting a Bedouin school on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The Bedouin are a predominantly desert dwelling Arab group which includes some Palestinians. About 50,000 Bedouin are believed to live in the Israeli occupied West Bank. We were invited to join Sister Vivas to show us a small Bedouin School made from car tyres. I must admit my preconceived notions of what I would see were blown out the window as I clambered off the bus and looked before me at the rickety dwellings that made up the small camp of the Bedouin. These dwellings spoke of their great hardship and political

struggle - the corrugated pieces of iron and broken planks spoke of their absolute poverty. As we climbed up the hill towards the school, I struggled to comprehend what life was like out here in the desert amongst the harsh elements of the land with no fresh water in sight and no electricity or sewerage amenities. The Bedouin were expelled in 1948 from Tel Arad in the Negev. This was now their temporary home. Previously they had been free to roam as shepherds according to the seasons, between the Jordan Valley, the hills and the springs. As we watched the weathered faces of the adults I could hear their voices sing of optimism that God would provide their children with a brighter future just as he had

provided them with the establishment of a school. Somehow, this little school brought with it a glimmer of hope and a glimpse of a brighter future for their children. And as they spoke of the school and the prospects of an education their eyes sparkled. On this small plot of land southeast of Jerusalem, we walked around the buildings made solely of old tyres and mud. Though its walls were bare of any colour and no resources could be seen, they were happy to have the opportunity of teachers coming in to educate their children. As a teacher I was aware of the lack of resources compared with the plentiful supply in our schools back home. The only furnishings in the classrooms were tables, chairs and a white board. There were none of the teaching


aids we take for granted. The textbooks we saw were very basic. Yet the Bedouin were so proud of their school, which was by far the finest building in their settlement. O n J u n e 24 , 2 0 0 9, C i v i l Administration inspectors served the residents with orders to cease work on the school, stating that a permit was never issued for the establishment of such a building. The inspectors also acted to issue orders to demolish every tent, hut and pen for their goats and other animals. But, despite all this, on August 20, 2009 the children of the tribe’s three encampments began their instruction at the school. Although the success of this school remains uncertain at the hands of the Civil Administration, which continues to fight


the nomadic land dwellers, the Bedouin are happy that the children are no longer inconvenienced by travelling all the way to Jericho on dangerous thoroughfares and

When asked to write this article, I saw it as an opportunity to share with you the reader the mysterious working hand of God. I saw it as a way to make known to you the plight of these people. I ask that you pray with me for the success of this little school that it may remain open and be a beacon of hope for these Palestinian children. Help to keep their dream alive, for every child no matter where they live deserves an education. This little Palestinian school, built from the ash coloured sandy soil and tyres, stands as a testament to what the United Nations promises ‘Access to education is a basic human right. And if this is true, Palestinian children living in the occupied West Bank should not be challenged to attend school’.

Help to keep their dream alive, for every child no matter where they live deserves an education. roads that have already claimed the lives of four of their children. As I walked back down the rugged, rocky terrain, out of the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse of their man-made mosque and I knew that God was in their midst and I thanked him for bringing me to this little corner of the Western Bank.

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Life as a Priest

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By Fr Terry Southerwood


was born in Launceston in 1938, the eldest of four siblings. From an early age, I was an altar server at the Church of the Apostles and felt drawn to the priesthood. During my first year of secondary studies at St Patrick’s Christian Brothers’ College, a Redemptorist priest suggested some of his hearers might have a vocation to serve God’s people in priestly ministry. I began to think seriously that God might be calling me. I have always had a deep love for the Mass. I am sure the love of a good mother and father and their example of living Faith turned my thoughts towards a life of commitment to God and the priestly people of God. Af ter matriculating in 1954 at the age of 16, I planned to work until the age of 21 and then apply to Archbishop Young to go to Corpus Christi Seminary in Victoria. However, he wanted me to go immediately. Although I survived the eight-year course, there were times when I felt like giving it away. There were moments of doubt and questioning. Was I really suited to the life of a diocesan priest? Would I be able to cope with celibacy or a lonely life in isolated districts? Eventually I was ordained, together with John Williams and Terry Sullivan. For more than 47 years, through good times and not so good, I have tried to serve the Lord and His faith-filled disciples in the parishes of Lower Sandy Bay-Taroona, Glenorchy, Kingston, George Town, Sandy Bay, Bellerive, and Launceston. I also spent two

years as full-time editor of The Standard and ten years editing the monthly New Standard, while also working as pastor to an extensive parish. The constant prayer, love and unfailing support of Catholic parishioners and many non-Catholics (I have experienced an enriching involvement in the Ecumenical Movement) have been life-giving and indispensable for my growth, both in nature and grace. Although I have always found the call to work as a priest very fulfilling and happy,

Fr Southerwood’s final Mass before his retirement at Church of the Apostles, Launceston.

appointed Diocesan Archivist and Historian. I have been able to use literary talents by publishing 22 books and more than 100 articles in professional journals. Parish involvement has ever been my first love. The prayer, encouragement and affirmation of God’s people has been wonderful as I have rejoiced with them at the birth and baptism of little ones, offered other sacraments of Reconciliation, the Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage and the healing Anointing of the Sick – as well as sharing grief and sorrow at the death of loved ones. As a ‘Father’, I have been an instrument of Christ in bringing a share in His risen life and in preparing people for eternal life. Dedicated Ministry to the aged and sick has been a special joy in more recent years. Why do I stay a priest? I suppose a basic answer is because my people continue to love me. Despite times of disappointment and disillusionment, coupled with a humbling sense of my personal weakness and sinful failure, it is my privilege to break open the divine living Word to a hungry Faith-family and bring the Mass and Sacraments to fellow members of the Body of Christ. I continue to need renewal of spiritual strength and commitment to priestly vocation. The pilgrim people of God ARE Christ for me and to me, so I need always to thank them for generous ongoing support and tolerant acceptance.

“I continue to need renewal of spiritual strength and commitment to priestly vocation. The pilgrim people of God ARE Christ for me and to me, so I need always to thank them for generous ongoing support and tolerant acceptance.” inevitably there have been times of frustration, stress and disappointment. Readers are referred to my 508-page autobiography ‘The Child Won’t Live’. Following Ordination, I graduated with Honours from the University of Tasmania, was made a Life Member of the ecumenical Australasian Religious Press Association and was an accredited journalist at four international Assemblies of the World Council of Churches. A highlight of my ministry was to represent the Catholic Church at the inaugural forum of the National Council of Churches in Australia. I have worked as Notary and Defender of the Bond in the Marriage Tribunal and was

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My journey as a priest By Fr Chris Hope


o a teenage, impressionable Catholic schoolboy of the mid 1950s the appearance of our new Archbishop was dramatic and exciting. With his powerful voice and flamboyant manner, Guilford Young seemed like a spiritual Batman or Superman. He was a hero and captured the imagination like no other religious figure of the time. Moreover, he greeted you and remembered your name! It was the impact of his personality that confirmed for me a calling to the seminary and priesthood. A number of my contemporaries, including two others from my matriculation class, were entering seminaries at that time. It was an accepted, not uncommon path to follow, immersed as we were in sodalities, retreats, monthly confession and serving at Mass. Although we always went to Mass, my family was not heavily involved in the life of the parish. My father, not being a Catholic, wasn’t enamoured of my choice of career; I think he was talked around both by priests he had come to know and by the Bishop himself. My maternal grandmother, the only Catholic grandparent, was herself disappointed as she wanted me to go and earn ‘lots and lots of money’. And so it was that after four and a half years in the seminary in Victoria the same Archbishop Young asked me to go to Rome to finish theology studies. In total twelve seminarians travelled on that ship, together with twelve Australian Bishops on their way to the second Vatican Council. I found the first year in Rome difficult, adjusting to a new culture and trying to understand lectures delivered in Latin, but once settled received so much from my four years in an international missionary college, where the majority of students were from various parts of Africa. We began theology studies four days after Vatican II commenced and I was ordained a priest a month after its conclusion. This was an exciting time to be in Rome and included the death of the much loved Pope, John XXIII, and the conclave that elected Paul VI. It was Paul VI who ordained me to the priesthood - together with 63 others from every continent - in St Peter’s Basilica on the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, 1966. This

I have a constant conviction that the priesthood is above all about presence – a presence with people especially through Word and Sacrament and ever in the joys and sorrows, highs and lows of life, my life and theirs. was the first time for many centuries that a Pope had ordained a group of deacons and was a sign of the winds of change and innovation sweeping through the Church. It was truly exhilarating to be in the midst of the debates, tensions and decisions that let new life breathe into our Church. It is therefore all the more disappointing that these days so much of that vision seems to be being progressively dismantled. It had been Archbishop Young’s dream to have priests in the Diocese qualified in every discipline in order to bring the new vision of the second Vatican council to the Church in

Tasmania. I was asked and accepted willingly to study at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, right next to the famous Gregorian University in the heart of Rome. As part of my course, I spent one semester at the Jerusalem house of the Institute and was able to familiarize myself with the land of Jesus. It has been surely the greatest of privileges to have had the opportunity to study the Bible in the original languages and have its riches opened up to me by people like Cardinal Carlo Martini, former Archbishop of Milan and internationally recognized scholar and writer.

It is only when we priests are comfortable with associating others with us at every level that these hopes have any chance of being realized.


On my return to Tasmania, Archbishop Young soon put me to work sharing what I had learnt. This led eventually to appointment as Lecturer at the Catholic Theological College in Melbourne, where I was part of the foundation staff there and at Corpus Christi College, Clayton, seminary for Victoria and Tasmania. I never felt called to an exclusively academic life and so was glad to have the chance to exercise a pastoral role with students entrusted to my care. After nine years in Melbourne, I returned to take up appointments in parishes in the Diocese. Now I look back on almost 30 years as parish priest in three of our largest parishes – Glenorchy, Launceston and KingstonChannel. There have been highlights and milestones – the refurbishment of St John’s Church, Glenorchy, completing the building of the tower and spire on the Church of the Apostles and more recently my involvement with the planning for and establishment of St Aloysius College secondary campus at Huntingfield. But the real joys and achievements have been the involvement in the lives of so many people and what those relationships have given me. Their friendship together with the example and support of brother priests remains always a source of encouragement. In my experience a priest is often alone - and


that makes for difficult periods - but strangely never lonely. Reflecting on my 44 years as a priest, I continue to marvel at how the providence of God has woven all these threads together. Very little of what I had planned or dreamt of was realized. I no longer have the certainties that were once there, nor do the same attractions of a past Fr Chris pictured with the newly installed Huon Pine Cross at Christ the Priest Church, in Kingston. Church allure me. Yet I know I have a constant conviction that the priesthood is above all like “Are you a teacher of Israel and yet you about presence – a presence with people do not know these things?” He challenges especially through Word us through open-ended stories that reflect and Sacrament and ever so much of human life. Like the disciples on in the joys and sorrows, the mountain in Galilee we – priests above highs and lows of life, all – are called to invite others to become my life and theirs. I learners with us. enjoy and am enriched I feel affirmed and supported by the by the chances to open communities I have been privileged to serve up the treasure of God’s and I identify strongly with the recent pleas of Word to others, through priest writers Timothy Radcliffe, Daniel O’Leary homilies, talks and and our own Australian Bishop Pat Power for a retreats. As foremost a more human, open, humble and inclusive and disciple of Jesus, ours is a constant journey less clerical church. It is only when we priests of learning, searching for the person of Jesus. are comfortable with associating others with We don’t have the answers – Jesus hardly us at every level that these hopes have any ever gave an answer, but he posed questions chance of being realized.

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Happy families? By Annie March, Cathedral Parish


he first time I went on a peace march, I almost got arrested. It was New Year’s Eve 1972 and my friend Joy and I, both student nurses horrified by the US bombing of Cambodia, joined a protest vigil on the steps of Sydney Town Hall. Everyone sat there for a while, listening to speakers and musicians, then suddenly we were all on our feet and charging past Hyde Park and up William Street, creating traffic chaos and chanting at the tops of our voices. Just as we reached King’s Cross, the police pounced. Joy and I leapt to the footpath a hair’s breadth ahead of a posse of constables; some of our companions were less fortunate, and were carted away in paddy wagons, still chanting. I’ve lost count of the number of peace protests I’ve been involved in since then; Vietnam, dozens of Hiroshima Days, the US bombing of Tripoli, nuclear weapons, uranium mining, both Iraq wars. I remain convinced of the fundamental stupidity of war. It’s a moral, ecological and human catastrophe. Its primary victims are women and children who, fleeing, make up seventy percent of the world’s refugees. How obscene that the arms trade is one of the top earners in the world economy. Some of my favourite peace banners: “War is not healthy for children and other living things.” “Real men eat nukes.” “What do you do in the event of a nuclear accident? Kiss your children goodbye.” “War is menstrual envy.” “We dream of the day when schools and hospitals have all the money they need and the air force has to hold a cake-stall to buy a bomber.” Last year I got further insight into the senseless tragedy of war from an unexpected source – family history. I’d always thought of myself as English with Welsh underpinnings by birth, and wild colonial by upbringing. So I was astonished when DNA testing revealed that my father’s family – staid, poor and prolific agricultural labourers – had a male progenitor of North African or Middle Eastern origin. We speculated madly. Roman soldier? Phoenician sailor? Moor or Jew fleeing the Inquistion? Might the wild oat have been female – women had accompanied the Crusades? What stories, secrets and shame were concealed in our bloodline? My brother had more DNA testing done, and was contacted by a genetic genealogist who belongs to the same haplogroup, and is therefore a distant cousin. She’s been researching this lineage for ten years. It’s likely that our common ancestor was an Israelite priest who worked in the restored temple in Jerusalem

in the second century BC. His descendants, also my cousins, today include Ashkenazy and Sephardic Jews, Lembas – black proto-Jews living in southern Africa – Shi’ite and Sunni Moslems, Coptic and Indian Christians, Mexican Catholics and German Lutherans. Our strand left the Middle East and eventually settled in Spain for the millennium of the Convivencia, that bold cultural experiment when Jews, Christians and Moslems not only coexisted but generated an extraordinary flowering of architecture, astronomy, medicine, philosophy, music and mathematics. Then the Inquisition, seeking to stamp out religious contamination, began torturing and executing Jews who’d converted to Christianity. It’s likely that my ancestor fled to northern Europe and became a Protestant just in time to be persecuted as a Huguenot. How, when and where did he make his way to England? Did he arrive with a family? Was he a singleton, a fosterling, a cuckoo? When did he change his name? We don’t know. But by the middle of the eighteenth century, our part of Surrey was teeming with Bucklands, all called William, George, Ann, Sarah and James, all living next door to each other and working as farm labourers. My solidly English forebears were in fact boat people, economic migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. So here I am, at sixty-one, enlarging my identity to include Sephardic Jewishness. Ecumenism – the place where all clans, creatures and religions are at home – is no longer just a concept but somewhere I passionately want to live. Can religion be not an electric fence but an osmotic boundary? What a privilege, what a challenge to contain within myself the possibility, the resonance of three major faiths. Yet in the name of God, my extended family are slaughtering one another in the Middle East, Northern Ireland, the Horn of Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan. How do I confront all this internecine warfare now that Islam, Christianity and Judaism are no longer outside but inside? How do I become a ‘woman of the Book’? Is this why I’ve been learning Arabic at a passionate snail’s pace for almost twenty years, since the first Gulf War, so that I can begin to truly walk with my people?

Ecumenism... is no longer just a concept but somewhere I want to live

REFERENCES: Geraldine Brooks: People of the Book. The beautiful, compelling story of a Jewish Haggadah (sacred text), and its survival against extraordinary odds from sixteenth century Spain to present day Bosnia, because of the courage of individual Jews, Christians and Moslems. For further information on DNA and genealogy:



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Focusing on Circular Head Parish C

ircular Head is as far from Hobart as one can get - certainly in the parish sense. Yet in many ways, the five hour drive is worth the effort to enjoy this very unique and beautiful part of the State with its small communities and lush green fields on rich red soil that defines that region as one of Australia’s premier primary producing areas. Based at Smithton, Fr Phil McCormack is the parish priest of Circular Head. The parish extends east to the Detention River Bridge, and is bordered to the west by Cape Grim and Marrawah. The parish territory also includes King Island in Bass Strait – a 50 minute flight from mainland Tasmania. “This area of the North-West Coast is reasonably remote and you rarely get anyone from Hobart passing through. Often those in the south have a strange perception of where Smithton is,” says Fr Phil. Following a request from Archbishop Doyle, Fr Phil made his way to the far North-West Coast to fill the position of parish priest and there is no doubt that he is certainly enjoying his time there. While Fr Phil was in Latrobe, he began to go to King Island at the request of Sr Marlene Binns SSJ. “I make regular visits to King Island for five days each month where I say Sunday Mass and each morning at 10am during the week.” Although a small Catholic island community, around 45 people come to Mass on Sunday with approximately a dozen attending weekdays. “King Island is a lovely place and it is certainly worth the effort of going to the island on a regular basis.” During his time in the Circular Head area, Fr Phil has got to know the locals very well as he undertakes his work in the area. It is well known that in recent years, the region has suffered some tragedies, particularly amongst young people, which generated a significant impact on the Circular Head community. “The school community here is very strong and there are some real pluses in working up here amongst the wider Catholic community here in Circular Head,” Fr Phil said. “Whereas some priests are very busy and can become exhausted, it is somewhat different up here - it being a more relaxed pace most of the time.” The nearby Catholic primary school, St Peter Chanel, was established by the Sisters of St Joseph in 1951 and run by the Congregation

Fr Phil McCormack

until the Archdiocese was asked to take the facility over in more recent years. The Sisters remained in the Parish until the end of 2007 and it is widely known that the parishioners still miss their presence. Fr Phil sees approximately 90 parishioners attending Mass on a regular basis at St Peter Chanel and Star of the Sea Stanley. Historically, it was Fr Burke who was the first priest in the region, arriving in 1849 and establishing the first church at Stanley. It was possible this first Catholic Church was to later have an influence on future prime minister, Joseph Lyons, who was born in the town thirty years later. Like many parishes, Circular Head has an active fund-raising committee under the parish council. A parcel of land owned by the parish sees cattle raised and sold off as an ongoing source of income. Additionally, the Circular Head parish has a team which provides a service catering for local functions. This extends to local football

dinners, weddings and other functions. However some of the larger functions catered for in more recent years included a Rotary conference with 400 delegates and the State Congress of the Returned and Services League with 160 delegates from not just around Tasmania but also from the mainland. Like many priests, Fr Phil has a passion for his job. Like some priests, Fr Phil has a second passion – AFL. For anyone who knows him well, they would know that the interior of the presbytery is also dedicated to his other passion, the Sydney Swans. On entering the presbytery this passion becomes very evident, with a framed jumper signed by Tony Lockett hanging in the hallway, red and white umbrella in the car, numerous posters, scarves and even face washers in the team colours make up much of his collection of Swans memorabilia. Certainly for now, Fr Phil is very content to stay on as the parish priest in this uniquely beautiful corner of the State.



CWL urges Catholics to join the battle over internet safety By CWL member Pat Gartlan


he Catholic Women’s League (CWL) members are calling on Catholics to join them in sending messages of support to Senator Stephen Conroy, Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, for his plan to introduce a series of measures to clean up the internet. They include: 1. Introduction of mandatory Internet Service Provider (ISP) – level filtering of Refused Classification (RC) – rated content. This is material which includes child sex abuse content, bestiality, sexual violence including rape, and the detailed instruction of crime or drug use. 2. A grants programme to encourage the introduction of optional filtering by ISPs to block additional content as requested by households. 3. An expansion of the cyber-safety outreach programme run by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and the CyberSafety Online Helpline – to improve education and awareness of online safety. However, these measures are being vigorously opposed by groups including the Greens, Australia’s national adult retail and entertainment association the Eros Foundation, the newly formed Australian Sex Party and the NSW Council for Civil Liberties. The measures have raised ‘serious concern’ and been described as “draconian” and “an unnecessary restriction on freedom of speech”. There is obvious inconsistency here: the Council for Civil Liberties supports the freedom of adults to view what they want, but what of the civil liberties of children and the parents who are raising them? Senator Conroy’s statement continues: “For those families that wish to have a wider range of material filtered, including possibly

X18+ and gambling sites, the Government will establish a grants programme to encourage ISPs to offer these services on a commercial and optional basis. “These additional filtering services will help parents to choose what they want filtered without having to download and install software to their home computers.” Under the National Classification Scheme and related enforcement legislation, it is already illegal to distribute, sell or make available for hire RC-rated films computer games and publications. This material is currently subject to take-down notices by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) if it is hosted online in Australia. However, ACMA is unable to regulate directly content which is hosted overseas. This action is an additional measure to the existing take-down regime for Australia-hosted content. The Enex Testlab report into the pilot trial of ISP-level filtering demonstrates that blocking RC-rated material can be done with 100% accuracy and negligible impact on internet speed. “The Government will also add the specific internet addresses or URLs, of known child abuse material through sharing lists with highly regarded international agencies after an assessment of the rigour and accountability of classification processes used by these agencies”, said Senator Conroy. Effectively, the internet is a public space, routinely accessed by children as well as adults, and safeguards must be a part of the system. CWL urges Catholic men and women, parents, grandparents, teachers and all who deal with children, to assure the Minister that he has our support.

The Secular Franciscan Order By Stephen Cooper SFO


he Secular Franciscan Order, founded by Saint Francis of Assisi, is a worldwide Order in the Catholic Church. With its elected Minister-General and executive offices in Rome, the Order is divided into National Regions. Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Sabah (Malaysian state) formed the Oceania Region. The 2009 Oceania National Council meeting was held last May at the Capuchin Franciscan Friary in Plumpton, Sydney, with good representation from all Regions. The Council joyfully agreed to applications from Singapore/Sabah and New Zealand to become National Regions in their own right. Their growth in maturity and member numbers is very inspiring. The SFO is open to laity over 18 years, married or single, who wish to put their faith on a firm base, following Christ’s Gospel Life in the footprints of Francis of Assisi.

There is a six month Enquiry Period, followed by at least a year of Formation. Members make a solemn promise of Profession (not a vow) to life-long commitment to living the Rule of love of God and simplicity of lifestyle. Since the formal approval of our Rule in 1221, with our foundation members Blessed Luchesio and Buodonna, there have been many Saints, Martyrs and Blesseds in the Order. Our Patrons, Saint Louis, King of France, and Saint Elizabeth Queen of Hungary were members. One of the latest is Terese Manganello (d. Nov 4th 1876) whose cause is up for canonization at this time. Another is John Bradburne, a Secular Franciscan martyred in Zimbabwe during the 1979 revolution when working helping disadvantaged people with leprosy of the area. If you are interested in the Secular Franciscan Order please direct any enquiries to Carol Dine on (03) 6245 0247.

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Australia Day Honours for Tasmanian Catholics O

nce again, this year’s Australia Day Honours featured many Tasmanian Catholics, both high-profile and lesser known.

Officer of the Order of Australia Former Tasmanian Premier, Mr Ray Groom of Battery Point received the Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia award for service to the Parliament of Tasmania as Premier and through a range of portfolio responsibilities, and to the community through leadership roles within organizations supporting Indigenous, aged and welfare groups. Mr Groom is also Chairman of Southern Cross Care Tasmania, Southern Cross Care Australia, The Salvation Army State Development Council, and the State Red Shield Appeal.

Medals of the Order of Australia Mrs Suzanne Goss of Rowella received the medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to children as a foster carer, and to the community. She has been a foster Parent to 75 children, Volunteer/fundraiser for the Society for Multiply Disabled People of Tasmania Inc in West Tamar. Mrs Goss has also been a volunteer at her local St Vincent’s de Paul Society, Beaconsfield, for many years. Mrs Miroslawa Siejka of Launceston received an OAM for services to the Polish

community of northern Tasmania. She is a member of Launceston Parish and has assisted the Carmelite Monastery at various times. Mrs Siejka has been a member with Executive roles with the Catholic Women’s League Tasmania since 1985; She has also assisted in fundraising for Pregnancy Support Services, Launceston for 20 years until 1998. Member, Polish Church Communities, since 1952. She was a member of the Parents and Friends Association, St Patrick’s College and Sacred Heart School, from 1960-1980, a Foundation Member of the Polish Australian Association of Northern Tasmania since 1952; Honorary Member, since 1996 and a Member, President, Vice-President and Secretary of the Polish Association Ladies Committee. In addition, Mrs Siejka has been a Member on the National Council of Women, Launceston, since 1983, the Convener for Migration and an Executive Member on the Ethnic Communities Council of Northern Tasmania for 9 years. Ms Kim Polley, wife of Michael Polley, Longford, received an OAM for service to the community of Northern Midlands, and to the local government sector.

Mrs Polley has been a Board Member on OneCare, since 2007 and a Primary and Secondary School Teacher for the Department of Education, Tasmania, for about 10 years (off and on) between the 1970s and the 1990s. Mrs Polley has been Mayor of the Northern Midlands Council since 2000 and a Councillor, elected 1999.

Local Awards Mrs Peggy Creed from BridgewaterBrighton-Claremont Parish received a special Mayor’s award from the Brighton Council. Peggy is the Administrator of the Pontville Catholic Cemetery Trust, long time St Mathew’s Church parishioner of Brighton, and a grand lady who has provided over 6 decades of service to the Church in many roles. Peggy has been very much involved with the St Mathew’s Catholic Church in Pontville and St Paul’s Church in Bridgewater over many years. Mrs Clare Bond from the Huon Valley Parish received a special award from the Huon Valley Council for services to the parish and the wider community.

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hirty seven missionaries were killed around the world in 2009, the Sacred Stigmata of Our Lord Jesus Christ and was ordained a priest the highest number in the last decade and nearly double the on May 2005. He had been the leader of the National Youth Section previous year. Of those who lost their lives, there were 30 priests, of the Bishop’s Conference of Brazil for just two years. Very dedicated two religious sisters, two seminarians and three lay volunteers. to working with young people, he joined the Youth Ministry of Brazil The Americas had the highest number in organising the national campaign on of deaths with a total of 23 pastoral the theme “Youth in the march against workers killed. This included 18 priests, violence.” two seminarians, one religious sister and “In a regrettable way he was the victim three lay volunteers. of violence that wanted to fight against.” Six priests were killed in Brazil alone. Missionaries, like Fr Gisley are not concerned with the dangers that they This number was so alarmingly high that the Bishops’ Conference issued a statement might face, instead they work with the of its concern for the rising violence against people for their wellbeing. the priests in the country. “Missionaries all over the world are incredible people, who often risk their One of those priests was Fr Gisley Azevedo Gomes, CSS, who was just 31 own lives for the sake of others. They are years old. He was killed in June 2009. certainly a sign of God and love in our He had suffered a shot to the face and world”, said Deputy National Director of Photo of Fr Gisley courtesy Catholic Missions Australia two to the head. Police arrested several Catholic Mission, Peter Gates. young people, who had gotten into his car, first robbing him and “Please spare a thought and a prayer for all missionaries around then killing him. the world, and particularly for those who have been killed this past Originally from Morrinhos, Fr Gisley had entered the Congregation of year.”

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Between the lines

A Blesssing for Stripeycat on St Francis Day

The Heavens Proclaim : Astronomy and the Vatican

Author: Judy Hallewell Illustrator: Paul Gilsenan Publisher: St Paul’s ISBN: 9781921472183 RRP: $17.95

Author: Guy Consolmagno Publisher: Vatican Observatory Publications ISBN: 9781592766451 RRP: $39.95


his is a delightful book for children of all ages. It is a story about a young girl who decides to take her cat , Stripeycat, to church for a service of the blessing of the animals to celebrate St Francis Day. The story is told in such a way that the reader learns about St Francis and his love of animals within the context of this amusing story. Stripeycat is a rather adventurous cat but Grace decides that her friends’ pets would be more likely to misbehave than Stripeycat. Her friend Mia had a terrier that couldn’t stay still and Jack’s chicken would possibly lay an egg in an unusual place which could be most embarrassing. So Grace decides to tell Stripeycat that he was going to church. However Stripeycat isn’t particularly interested and seems quite calm about it until he is on the way to the service. He suddenly becomes very worried, jumps out of the basket and disappears down the road. The story unfolds and finishes up with a perfect ending, which describes beautifully the sentiments of St Francis. This book would appeal to any person young at heart and especially young readers who like cats! The illustrations on every page are fun and add greatly to the appeal of this book. Highly recommended. Reviewer: Kaye Green


he Specola in Castel Gandolfo is certainly a place where the Paths of Science and Religion meet! So why is an astronomical observatory operating at the Pope’s summer residence? It was moved there in 1935 from the walls of the Vatican. Unfortunately the city lights have now diminished the clarity with which the heavens can be seen. Accordingly, the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT) was built in the closing decades of last century on Mt Graham, Arizona. In a timely release to coincide with the International Year of Astronomy, the Vatican

My First Communion Author: Angela Burring Publisher: St Pauls ISBN: 9781921472312 RRP: $17.95


his book is designed as a gift for a child receiving their First Holy Communion. There are spaces for photos and for the child to write names of important people who witnessed the First Communion. It follows the stories of the Bible from Creation, Adam and Eve, Old Testament stories, the birth of Jesus through to Pentecost, and includes familiar prayers for the children.

and its Observatory has offered its expression of support in the form of these amply documented volumes that are magnificently illuminated by illustration. As humankind has an ongoing fascination with the stars, it is most appropriate that the chapters of this book all have some aspect of the nature of stars in their title. The book begins with a retrospective of Stars in Scripture and History, followed by an outward and forward looking portrait of the Universe in Stars and Galaxies with their Companions (the comets and asteroids) and finishes with an introspective of Pondering the Stars. This book covers a wide range of reading tastes. Folded into the theology, history, technology and philosophy, is the true human touch. This is especially highlighted in the chapter, Seeing Stars, which tells the life stories of those who choose to visit and work at both observatories. The image of lace vested Pope Pius XII, peering through his newly installed finderscope, is one that again asks the question,why? The final chapter, Questions about Stars, tries to respond from several perspectives, including ‘Is the Church looking for …a sign from above or aliens to baptize’ to global warming or speculating the number of stars in the Universe. A book with universal appeal. Reviewer: Dennis Derrick

Significant events in the biblical story are detailed in a simplistic fashion with each event having a message for the child that links them to Jesus through the message of the story. I found the text straightforward and easy to read. For some grade four children making their First Communion, the text may be too simple. Many children at this age may be at a more advanced reading stage. The illustrations, while colourful, depict children from a white ethnicity. There are no coloured or Asian children represented, which in our multicultural society, represents only a portion of the children who will be receiving the Sacrament. Reviewer: Mary Parsissons


Lights, camera, action! Up Animation film, directed by Peter Docter and Bob Robertson. Rated PG. 101 mins.


his is a cinematic delight. The American lady next to me broke into laughter many times and declared at the end that it was ‘adorable’. A great choice to open the 2009 Cannes Festival in a time of recession. Money does not make the world go round! Why a delight? It has an endearing plot that leads to many zany developments. Sympathetic characters: a grandfather-figure and a boy who needs a male role model. A hiss-the-villain. Bright Pixar animation and excellent voices for the characters. A thoughtful and funny screenplay with plenty of verbal and sound jokes as well as its deeper human feelings. There is 3D but, as Pete Docter noted, it is meant to be a window onto the events, not a ‘lion in your lap’, objects ‘comin’ at ya’ exploitation of the technique.

Julie & Julia Starring: Meryl Steep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Messina. Director: Nora Ephron. Rated M. 123 min.


his is a light hearted comic drama that brings together again Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, both having worked well with each other in Doubt. Based on two biographies - Julie Powell’s book, Julie and Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen, and Julia Child’s coauthored memoir, My life in France – the film brings to the screen the true-life stories of Julie Powell and Julia Child. Julia (Meryl Streep) is the famous American eccentric cook, whose 1961 book Mastering the Art of French Cooking is now in its 49th printing. The movie tracks her life from novice cook to a world famous food-writer and household name who brought French cooking into American homes. Julie (Amy Adams) is a frustrated and distressed Government telephone counsellor working in New York,


Fr Richard Leonard SJ presents new to DVD titles. He is the director of the Australian Catholic Film Office

This is beginning to sound like a rave review – and, well, why not? A warning. While there are some smiles in the first 20 minutes with an introduction of a 40s-style Movietown News and an introduction to two gawky kids, silent bespectacled Carl and chattering, gap-teeth, spiky hair Ellie who want to live lives of adventure when they grow up, one begins to think that this won’t be a funny Pixar film at all and, we might wonder, how will the kiddies react? There follows a most moving collage of episodes in Carl’s and Ellie’s marriage and how they were not able to live their childhood dreams. And now that Carl is old, is it the nursing home (‘Shady Oaks’) for him and will the developers be able to take possession of his old house which is in the centre of a building site? At this point, the film literally takes off, or at least Carl’s house does, in the vein of The Wizard of Oz, with myriad balloons he had sold to children over the years wafting him away. But, he is not alone. Russell, aged eight from down the street, needs another badge to

become a senior in his cub-like organisation. He needs to help someone elderly. He joins and shares Carl’s adventure, to go to South America where Carl and Ellie wanted to go but never did. The laugh quotient now begins to intensify. Carl has become a curmudgeon with the voice of Ed Asner. Russell is an earnest tubby little boy, voiced by Jordan Nagai. Together, they become an engaging odd couple in their flying, getting through a storm, landing in South America and dragging the house through the jungle and over rocks to get to the water fall, the hoped-for destination of the house. If this has not tempted you to see Up, then just take it on faith. It is a fine blend of the sweet and the funny and shows a great deal about friendship, family, helping others, and that material things, finally, are far less important than relationships. Of course, we know that, but here is a delightful reinforcement of those views. Reviewer: Fr Peter Malone MSC

trying to cope with the complaints of people post 9/11. Julie decides to take hold of her life by establishing a blog site, and sets herself the task of cooking each of Julia’s 524 recipes in a year. The movie separately tracks the lives of both women, each almost as independent and strong-willed as the other. Their stories are intertwined and the film cuts back and forth between the two women. Julia’s story begins in Paris in 1949, and Julie’s commences in New York in 2002. Julie becomes devoted to Julia, but the two never meet. Julia is only ever an imaginary friend to Julie, who yearns for some personal contact with Julia that never eventuates. The film portrays her finding the joy of life as well as cooking in the writings of Julia Child, and she eventually becomes a well-known author in her own right. The performances of Amy Adams as Julie, and Meryl Streep as Julia, are very different, and both actresses bring skill and experience to their roles. Both women were happily married – Julie to an amiable partner, Eric (Chris Messina), and Julia to a charming diplomat, Paul (Stanley

Tucci). Their relationships had rocky moments, but their marriages and the love and support that lay behind them lasted, fuelled by the wondrous meals that both men were obviously given. Eating becomes a sensual element in the sexual attraction that binds both couples. Everything in this movie is held together by the passion for food. The film’s direction under Nora Ephron, who also co-produced and wrote the screenplay for it, is confident and affectionate. The comment has been passed that this is a movie for women, but its freshness and warmth guarantee that it will be enjoyed by all those who see it. It will have pleasures for anyone with fond memories of Julia Child in her television show, and anyone with a love of food, or who is familiar at all with Child’s two wonderful books on cooking. This film offers delightful and cheerful entertainment. It is a little sentimental at times, but Streep’s masterful performance resurrects a famous food icon in a very special way. Reviewer: Peter W. Sheehan

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Question Box – Questions about the Catholic faith The Bible says we should not make idols. Why does the Church have them? I have been wondering why this is a contradiction to the Bible’s teaching. I really want to know why.


You are absolutely correct. The Bible does tell us we should not make idols and worship them. In the ancient world in which the commandments were written, idols were carved out of stone or fashioned from metal. Divine qualities were then attributed to these objects and they were worshipped in the belief that in some way the idol had some form of power. It might be useful if we examine what an idol might mean in our contemporary culture. Idol worship is attributing an importance or power that should only be reserved for God. In our contemporary culture, I suggest that there are some people who place money, power or influence over and above God and in doing so distort the proper relationship between people and God effectively making these things idols. The Catholic Church does not have idols. It has a hierarchical community structure, it has sacraments, it has the Bible and it uses liturgy, statues, paintings and words to assist people to worship God and pray. When God become one with humanity in the person of Jesus Christ the whole of creation was elevated. God had created everything and everything God created is good. In uniting Himself with creation in the person of Jesus Christ, it can be said that all of creation reflects not only God’s loving creativity but also His Word, that is, God’s self-understanding. Through the incarnation of God in the person of Jesus Christ, the whole of creation can be seen to reflect the glory of God.


Sacraments are a special manifestation of the matter of creation being transformed into the glory of God. In some ways, Sacraments highlight the goodness and God-ness of everything that God has created and redeemed through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Statues and paintings, poetry, songs and music are particular ordering of human creativity. As such, they reflect the creativity of God and have the potential to assist the Christian in his or her worship and prayer. As works of art, they reflect particular aspec ts of God’s love, creativity, forgiveness and compassion. Statues are not idols anymore than a tree or a stone is an idol. They are simply created things. Some people may attribute divine powers to statues, stones, songs, mantras etc. In doing this, they are making the thing into an idol. The thing in itself is just a thing. It is the person who makes a thing into an idol. Statues, paintings music and words are the product of human creativity, which ultimately is a participation in the creativity of God. Everything good and beautiful has the potential to lead us to a closer relationship with God as it reflects divine creativity and the fact that God united Himself with creation in the incarnation of Jesus Christ. This teaching does not contradict the command in the Bible. The Church condemns the worship of idols but embraces the gift of the incarnation in recognizing that in and through the person of Jesus Christ everything good and beautiful has the potential to reflect God and lead us to a closer relationship with Him. Works of art as works of beauty with meaning have the potential to lead us to God and help us to reflect on an aspect of God. I hope this is of some assistance.

Is there something about the Catholic faith you want answered?

I am a Catholic by birth and have lived my life following the Catholic Church. I will be having my first baby soon and my sister-in-law suggested that I should consider cord blood banking. I am not sure if this is approved by the Catholic Church. Could you please provide me information from the Catholic point of view because if it is not approved by the Catholic Church then I will not be considering this as an option.


In terms of general principles, the Church is supportive of advances in medical science and all efforts to alleviate suffering and bring about healing and wholeness. In terms of cord blood banking, as I understand it the idea is that the umbilical cord is kept in storage as it contains stem cells. It is also my understanding that in terms of stem cell development, it is currently possible, or is theoretically possible to stimulate the stem cell to grow in such a manner that it grows into an organ. In terms of Church teaching, the Church is not opposed to stem cell research and application. What the Church is opposed to is embryonic stem cell research. That is the killing of an embryo in order to ‘harvest’ the stem cells that are contained in the embryo. Cord blood banking is not intrinsically wrong in that it does no damage to anyone or anything. I hope all goes well with the birth.


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Mary Lou Ridsdale and Doug Rutledge (former Chair of the Tasmanian Catholic Justice and Peace Commission) were married at the Wellspring Spirituality Centre chapel in Ashburton, Victoria, August 22, 2009. The celebrants were Fr Robin Koning SJ and Rev Peter Bentley (Baptist).

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

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Teneille and the Jalaris Kids Future Club C

aritas Australia is supporting the Jalaris Aboriginal Corporation assist children attend school and receive a quality education. Teneille is 9 years old. She lives with her family in Derby, W.A. Teneille and her younger brother go to the Kids Future Club after school. There, they learn to make friends. They also learn why it is important to be active and have a healthy diet. At the Kids Future Club, children receive help to improve their reading, writing and numeracy skills.

The children also go on bush hunting, fishing and gathering trips with the elders. Teneille has learned how to be a leader and enjoys helping the younger children learn. She has gained confidence and now looks forward to attending school each day. Teneille says that one day “I’d like to travel from one end of the earth to another to achieve peace.� By supporting Project Compassion you can help Caritas Australia and the Jalaris Kids Future Club to help children attend school.

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1000kms & 1.8 million paddle strokes later ...

Special thanks to Fr Chris Hope By Ben Fasnacht

By Chris Cumming, Kingston-Channel Parish

L to R: Chris Cumming, Charles Seaman & Ben Fasnacht, still smiling as they prepare to set off on their last days paddling, from Sisters Creek (25kms from Stanley).


ur 26 day kayak trip came to an end at Smithton on January 26. We paddled the last few kilometres of our epic journey up Smithon’s Duck River, past a huge crowd of cheering family, friends and local spectators. It had been an exhausting trip that had begun on New Years Day, at Cockle Creek. We are all in our 40s, so even though we had trained for the trip and had good levels of fitness, our bodies had to adjust to a punishing daily routine, consisting of early rises and between five and seven hours of actual paddling. The first few weeks were spent enduring aching muscles, rashes and blisters, while the final week’s tiredness took its toll. Most days we didn’t just paddle, there was also fundraising to do. This was very much a working holiday, and we took as many opportunities as possible to push up our tally for our charities – Cerebral Palsy Tasmania and Ronald McDonald House Hobart. IGA stores, along with McDonalds Family Restaurants, were very helpful in providing us with venues for fundraising. Without their help our final tally would have been much less. It was uplifting to witness the generosity of people we met when raising funds, both on dry land and at sea. The early part of the trip was memorable

for more than just the aching muscles, it seemed that most days brought with them another challenge – apart from finishing the leg. We had a flat tyre, keys falling into the water from a jetty, a dog chewing through the steering system on two of the kayaks, and finally arriving at a shack to find the water pump broken. Day twelve was our first rest day (from

Madeleine Fasnacht accepting a small donation from a very small beach goer.

“Our paddle was also about raising awareness ...” paddling, at least). God must have been watching over us, as this day happened to be a shocking day, up around 40 degrees and winds that made it hard to stand up, let alone paddle a kayak. We spent the day

The final and significant task to be completed before our departure was the blessing of our boats. This was carried out by Fr Chris Hope, who with the combined support of family, friends and fellow parishioners joined us on Kingston Beach to enact and witness the ceremony. Fr Chris commented that “the kayaks were the smallest craft he had ever blessed”, which left me thankful that we were asking God’s blessing on our journey. All members of ‘1000kms4kids’ team would like to thank Fr Chris Hope and the parishioners of the Kingston/Channel Parish for their kind support, both spiritually and financially. fundraising outside the St Helen’s Super IGA store, and the response was outstanding, with over $900 raised. Our paddle was also about raising awareness of how our chosen charities are helping Tasmanian kids. Both charities definitely need more community support; our hope is that through our paddle, we have made many more people aware of the great work these two charities are do. Along the way we met a number of people who had benefited directly from one of the two charities. It was good for our morale to have these people thank us personally for trying so hard to help make a difference for kids like theirs. As you would imagine the scenery we encountered along the way was outstanding – white beaches, rugged cliffs, and magnificent mountain ranges – coupled with interaction with the many creatures of the sea, it became an experience we will never ever forget. We are all thankful that God was watching over our paddle, as the sun shone most of the time and the wind was our friend more often than our enemy. We can only assume that the blessing of our kayaks by Fr Chris Hope, did the trick. A day-by-day account of our paddle can be found at


Peter Foale generous, adventurous, cherished As told by Julian Foale, at his grandfather’s funeral Mass.


o the Registrar of births, deaths and marriages, he was Kevin. To many of you, he was Peter. To us, he was an extraordinary and much loved Pa. Raised in Newdegate Street, North Hobart, Peter Foale’s passion for the Catholic Faith was gleaned from attendance at St Mary’s Cathedral and the surrounding schools including his beloved St Virgil’s College. Sport played a big part in his life in the early days, particularly athletics, cricket and Aussie Rules Football where he achieved a State Premiership as a ruckman for North Hobart. Their mutual love for tennis brought Nan and Pa together into a doubles match that was just two months shy of 59 years. A neighbour who owned a yacht called the Star, commenced Pa’s passion for sailing and boats and there is little doubt that some of the salt in his veins passed to his children and grandchildren. He was recounting only a few weeks back how, that immediately after midnight Mass at Christmas, he would high-tail it down to Battery Point where the Star would be waiting and they would set off for the Dover Regatta in the early hours of Christmas Day. In 1951, Pa and Nan bought a block of land at Rose Bay and literally dug the foundations of their home by hand in the solid blue stone rock. Their creation was the family home that has been the centrepiece of our lives and for many of you who have known them over the years. It was here, where the support of many and in particular our wonderful, inspirational Nan, that his wish was granted and he was able to see out his final days. It was here, also, that his seven surviving children and 31 grandchildren have many fond memories of growing up. The bottomless lolly jar (mostly chocolate) where there was always one for every visitor and one for Pa.

26 July, 1926 –14 December, 2009 The big gum tree with the swinging tyre was there when my Dad was a boy. The younger children (of the Foale family) were still playing on it this week. The visits at Christmas time were always magical moments, full of intrigue and wonderment at what he may have created as a surprize for the children. Pa, the builder (Can he build it? – Yes, he can) – from billy-carts to rocking horses, tree and cubby houses to wooden cranes, he would tackle anything. Our Pa was adventurous and always strove to achieve the summit of all the tall peaks and that was pretty much how he lived his life as a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. This is a small insight into our Pa – our family thank you for supporting us and sharing our grief today.


I know you all will be watching over myself and my men on the battlefield and bring us home safely so that I can carry on the tradition of being the entertainer at the family gettogethers... In closing, I would like to read from an email that was received yesterday from my brother in Afghanistan which, I think, summarizes the impact that Pa had on all of our lives. “Pa, mate, what a life, if there was a fun time to be had you were part of it in some way, you always had time for us growing up, busy in your workshop making things for your grandchildren. I will never forget Christmas time together, dressing up in our Santa suits and having everyone in stitches for hours, we were a team, and one I was proud to say I was a part of. I am sorry I couldn’t be there on your big day, but I know I am off doing something that you always supported and for that I am grateful. Now that you have gone up to join Pop and Benny Ranaudo, I know you all will be watching over myself and my men on the battlefield and bring us home safely so that I can carry on the tradition of being the entertainer at the family get-togethers just like you have done so well for all those years. I cannot thank you enough for our time together. You will be truly missed. Sammy Foale, Team Santa.”

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Tasmanian Catholic - Volume 6 Issue 1 2010  

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