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Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Diocese of Broken Bay

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Volume 18 Issue 3 Term Three 2013

Regional Masses

8 August Feast Day of

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Regional Mass Dates 2013 North Shore & Hornsby Region

Manly Warringah Peninsula Region

Central Coast Region

Holy Name Church WAHROONGA

St Patrick’s Church EAST GOSFORD


St Martin de Porres Church DAVIDSON

20 August 2013


27 August 2013

(Please note change of originally advertised date)

22 August 2013


in this issue

Term Three 2013 Week 1 Ordinary Time

in this issue…

SmartBoard Lessons

Week 2 Ordinary Time

USB Version 2 ~ NOW AVAILABLE ~ see page 8

Week 3 Ordinary Time

Catechist Spirituality

Week 4 Ordinary Time

8 Aug-Feast Day of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop

Susan Daily

Filling our Wells Part 5of 5

Week 5 Ordinary Time

Pages 6 & 7

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Week 6 Ordinary Time

Ideas for the Classroom

Week 7 Ordinary Time Week 8 Ordinary Time

3 Sept - Anniversary of the Ordination of Bishop David Walker (1996)

A board game based on the life of Mary MacKillop

Pages 8 - 10

Week 9 Ordinary Time Week 10 Ordinary Time

Hurry and fuss will destroy interior peace

Opportunity to attend the first Diocesan Bible Conference

See page 7

Mary MacKillop (1875)

Catechists who attend the Bible Conference will receive credit towards the completion of their Level 3 Certificate. Contact your CCD Support Coordinator for further information. From the Director/ Events From the Diocesan CCD Coordinator Secondary Ministry Catechist Formation: Filling our Wells Part 5 Technology in the Classroom For the Classroom From the Regions Noticeboard, Training Dates & CCD Directory

Use of Mary MacKillop Resources Please note that to use any resources (images or text) from the Sisters of St Joseph website, permission must be obtained from the Sisters. The gaining of this permission is free and takes 2-3 weeks. There is an application form on their website. If you can’t find it, please contact your local PSU Office for assistance. All text and pictures in this Newsletter used with permission of the Trustees of the Sisters of St Joseph, June 2013

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Training and Formation Calendar for Term 3:

find dates for Level 3 training and formation courses across the Diocese.

Front page: Mary MacKillop portrait: Sisters of St Joseph Congregational Archives. Used with permission of the Trustees of the Sisters of St Joseph. Must not be reproduced without permission of the Trustees”


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from the director

As we start Term 3, I hope you have managed to get a little rest over the school holidays and are recharged for an exciting term ahead.

Diocese of Broken Bay Bible Conference which I urge all to attend . Ecumenical and Episcopal Dialogues at which our Bishop David engages with the bishops and leaders of other Christian denominations, give us a view of the wider face of On 8 August, we celebrate the Feast Day of St Mary of the Christ. Check out the NEWS and EVENTS pages on our Cross MacKillop. We take our inspiration from St Mary of diocesan website Some of the training the Cross who started as a governess to her cousins, then and formation opportunities on offer can also be used as assisted Father Julian Tenison Woods in providing religious exemptions for units in the CCD Accreditation Courses, so if education to children in his 56,000 square kilometre parish you are working towards a Level 1,2 or 3, do check with the in the outback. Together with her sisters, other Religious Orders and lay teachers of the time, Mary MacKillop has had office to see if what you are attending counts towards your a profound influence on the forming of Catholic Education in accreditation. Australia today. Mary constantly strove to call forth the Hearty congratulations to those who will be receiving "best self" from all whom she encountered, helping them to awards at Regional Masses this term. It feels great to be allow their "best self" to shine, something that she did for able to celebrate with you your achievements and humbly children by developing their understanding of the Christian show recognition to your dedication. We invite all catechists faith through education. As catechists, one can take Mary’s and your families to join us at one or more of these Regional conviction as motivation on the days that the students in the Masses. classroom seem to be playing up and it all seems so difficult. As always, I pray that we remain open to God’s call, and that The Diocesan CCD team and wider Parish Support Unit again have a number of gathering and training and formation opportunities on offer. These include the Vinnie’s Sleepout and local WYD celebration being organised which the younger and young-at-heart catechists not going to Rio for World Youth Day may be interested in, and the inaugural

Term Four 2013 Week 1 Ordinary Time Week 2 Ordinary Time Week 3 Ordinary Time Week 4 Ordinary Time

1 Nov—All Saints 2 Nov—All Souls Week 5 Ordinary Time

4 Nov– St Charles Borromeo (Patron Saint of Catechists) Week 6 Ordinary Time Week 7 Ordinary Time Week 8 Christ the King Week 9 First Sunday of Advent

New Liturgical year begins: Sunday cycle A, weekday cycle 2 Week 10 Second Sunday of Advent Week 11 Third Sunday of Advent

each and everyone of us are used to the best of our abilities to further the Gospel message. God Bless Carole Gan, Director, Parish Support Unit

MEETINGS AND EVENTS July 15 15 19 19 22 22 22,29 22,29 26 August 2,9,16,23,30 5,12,19,26 5,12,19,26 20 22 27 30 September 2,9 2,9,16 3,10 & 17 4 6 6 & 13 6,13, 20 16 17 20

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TERM 3 COMMENCES CC: Level 3 NSH: Parish Coordinators Meeting MWP: Level 3 MWP: Parish Coordinators Meeting MWP: Secondary Catechists Meeting CC: Level 3 (cont) NSH: Level 3 CC: Parish Coordinators Meeting

9:30am - 2:30pm 10:00am - 12:00pm 9:30am - 2:30pm 9:45am - 12:00pm 1:00pm - 2:30pm 12:30pm - 2:30pm 12:30pm - 2:30pm 10:00am - 1:00pm

The Entrance CCC Terrey Hills Forestville Forestville The Entrance Wahroonga The Entrance

MWP: Level 3 (cont) CC: Level 3 (cont) NSH: Level 3 (cont) NSH: Regional Mass MWP: Regional Mass CC: Regional Mass CC: CCDMI (first session)

9:30am - 11:30am 12:30pm - 2:30pm 12:30pm - 2:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 7:00pm 9:30am - 12:00pm

Terrey Hills The Entrance Wahroonga Wahroonga Davidson East Gosford The Entrance

CC: Level 3 (cont) 12:30pm - 2:30pm NSH: Level 3 (cont) 12:30pm - 2:30pm NSH: CCDMI 12:30pm - 2:30pm Yr 10 Social Justice Day Deadline for submitting articles for Connections CC: CCDMI (cont) 9:30am - 12:30pm MWP: Level 3 (cont) 9:30am - 11:30am CC: Level 3 (final session) 9:30am - 2:30pm CCD Advisory Committee Meeting 5.00pm - 7:00pm TERM 3 CONCLUDES

The Entrance Wahroonga CCC Oxford Falls The Entrance Terrey Hills The Entrance CCC

CCC – Caroline Chisholm Centre (Pennant Hills); CC – Central Coast; MWP – Peninsula; NSH – North Shore & Hornsby

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Diocese of Broken Bay


Ali to add sentence re bible conferencve from the Diocesan Coordinator, CCD

I trust, as this edition of Connections reaches you, that you have enjoyed a well-earned midyear break. It’s hard to believe we are half way through the school year already. By now, of course, you will have established a great working relationship with your students and I hope you are experiencing some special moments in the classroom as you and the children explore your faith together. The wonderful faith sharing experience is one of the joys of teaching religious education to children. We seem to learn more than we could have imagined was possible when we first stepped foot in the SRE classroom. In contrast, there are often challenges as we deal with behavioural issues, inadequate accommodation, competing activities and other concerns that seem to come our way from time to time. One of the things I love about catechists is that you just ‘get on with it’ and in spite of the challenges which you face, you seem to be inspired to bounce back each week as you go about your work. The Holy Spirit is alive and well in SRE. The month of July sees the Feast Day of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the parents of Mary and, of course, the grandparents of Jesus. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Pastoral Life Commission has suggested that we celebrate Grandparents Day on the Feast Day of Sts. Joachim and Anne on 26 July. Grandparents can play a very significant role in the faith development of their grandchildren. As a grandparent myself, I see the face of God, which is love, in the grandchildren that I love. The love I have for them is nothing that can be compared to anything else I have ever experienced. The joy of gazing into their little faces and watching their interactions with other family members as they weave their spell of love upon them, simply by their presence, is indeed a gift from God. When I ponder on the fact that ‘God is


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love’, I can only begin to understand the depth of that love in the innocence of a grandchild. Perhaps during the week of 26 July, we could invite the children to prayer during our lesson to honour and thank God for grandparents, and/or the older relatives and friends in their lives who are like grandparents to them. We should, of course, also pray for the grandparents who have died. As the Year of Faith draws to its conclusion, the Vatican has announced that it will be celebrating a Day for Catechists in late September. Catechists from all over the world will gather in Rome for this celebration. I encourage our parishes locally to do something special on the last weekend in September to recognise this important event – perhaps you could include prayers for Catechists in the Prayers of the Faithful at weekend Masses, or ask your Parish Priest if he would bless the Catechists at each Mass. It might be an opportunity to gather outside of Mass for a cup of tea with other parishioners in order to highlight the significance of the Catechist ministry. If you would like some ideas on prayers or blessings, please contact your Regional CCD Office. Perhaps also it would be an opportunity to include other catechists in your prayers and activities – those who teach in Catholic schools and those who work in other parish ministries, like RCIA, Sacramental programs or Children’s Liturgy of the Word. During August, we celebrate the Feast of St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop, so we thought it timely to focus on Australia’s First Saint in this edition of Connections. Jennifer Skelly concludes her five part series on “Filling our Wells” in the Catechist Spirituality pages of this edition and refers to the trust in God that Mary MacKillop had to exercise frequently during her life. Michael Tebbutt has provided us with a Mary MacKillop board game to play in the classroom, which is designed to improve the students’

knowledge of Mary MacKillop. It is suitable for most age groups. Kinder, 1 and 2 would probably need some additional direction. This edition is also full of other great articles, photos and information so we hope you enjoy catching up on what’s happening around the Diocese. Please look for the advertisement on page 7 for the Bible Conference which is being hosted by our Diocese on 9 & 10 August at Waitara. Given that the content of the Walking with Jesus curriculum is underpinned by Sacred Scripture, I’m sure you would benefit by attendance at this conference. Catechists who attend the Bible Conference will receive credits towards the completion of the CCD Level 3 Diploma Certificate. Finally, Term 3 is when we begin to celebrate our Ministry for the year with Regional Masses across all three main regions of the Diocese. At these Masses, we will present accreditation awards for Levels 1 and 2 of our training program and years of service awards for 5, 10 and 15 years of service. I warmly invite all catechists and their families to join with us in celebrating the Catechist ministry at one of these Masses. As we work our way through the Ordinary time of the year, there seem to be extraordinary things happening in our Ministry! I pray that God will bless you, the children you teach and their families. Blessings,


secondary ministry

Secondary School Ministry on the Peninsula In 2013 the Secondary School SRE Ministry in the Peninsula Deanery has undergone a vibrant increase and dynamic change. Eight out of the eleven Government High schools in the Manly Warringah Peninsula region are served by a small but remarkable team of only thirteen catechists. These committed men and women undertake the challenging task of presenting lessons to Year 7-10 students, often visiting more than one school as well as relieving for one another. There are lots of variations in the way SRE is presented. The school models vary from one lesson per term for years 7-10 at Cromer High and Killarney Heights High to twenty lessons per year for Years 7-10 at Barrenjoey High. The students at Pittwater High and Manly Selective High receive ten weekly lessons for a term. This year two new models were introduced at Forest High and Davidson High. At Forest High the Year 7 students are broken into six small groups of 4, 5, 6 students, they receive two lessons a term, an increase from one per term. The Years 8-10 at Forest High receive two seminar style lessons per term an increase from one per term in the past. The attendance of students in the seminar lessons has increased from ten to thirty students. At Davidson High the students from each year group are divided into A & B groups to make the numbers for teaching approximately fifteen in each lesson. They receive three seminar lessons per term which will increase to four in Term 4 and into 2014. These students were previously receiving one seminar lesson per term; the change means that they will eventually receive sixteen per year.

Jan & John Donnelly Present a lesson on The Sacraments

Narrabeen Sports High has nine weekly lessons for Years 7 -10 all in one term on either Monday or Friday. Numbers of students are between twenty and thirty. Congratulations and thank you to the following Peninsula Secondary catechists: Jan & John Donnelly; Janelle Guttenbeil; David West; Marina & Phillip Cooney; Rex Harding; Fr Barry Nobbs; Peter & Patricia Barwell; Mary Sardelic; David Hamilton; Bill Tango These men and women all work well as a catechist team and are the reason the Secondary Ministry thrives and is successful on the Peninsula Deanery. Yvonne van den Berg CCD Support Coordinator Manly Warringah Peninsula Region

Please remember and pray for catechists who have recently died, including: Allan Johnson ~ Hornsby Dianna Chung ~ St Ives

Vale Tony Young Tony was catechist to Year 2 students at Harbord Public school for many years. He was a kind and caring individual who was well respected amongst all SRE teachers in the school.

Maria Gesler ~ Chatswood Tony Young ~ Harbord

Vale Allan Johnson Allan was a long-serving and committed catechist at Waitara Public School for 10 years. He is survived by his wife, Erica, 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Vale Maria Gesler Maria will be sadly missed by her family and parish. Maria was a member of her parish choir. She had a superb sense of humour and a great love of God, sharing her faith with Year 9 & 10 students at Chatswood High. Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Diocese of Broken Bay


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Catechist Spirituality



(Part 5of 5)

“FILLING OUR WELLS” has been a series of reflections written for you, the catechist, to explore and deepen your own Catechist Spirituality personally and/or communally within your Parish Catechist meetings. The foundation for these reflections has come from the six characteristics of Catechist Spirituality spelled out by the bishops of the Church in the document ‘Guide for Catechists’ in The Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples. In this issue of Connections ‘having missionary zeal’ and ‘having a devotion to Mary’ will be explored. The recent movie “Won’t back down” touches a chord to thresh out the meaning of missionary zeal in a heartfelt sense. It revolves around the lives of two determined mothers. Jamie Fitzpatrick is a single, hard-working blue collar woman who having struggled with childhood dyslexia herself wants only for her daughter Malia (also a dyslexic) to have a good education. Nona Alberts is a teacher at the school Malia attends. Earlier in her career Nona was a wonderfully gifted teacher but she had slowly become apathetic because of the frustrations of working in a failing inner-city school and personal problems from a looming marriage separation and a son who has learning difficulties. Their paths meet as they both seek avenues to personally help their own children. In the process they transform not only themselves but their school community by winning the hearts and minds of fellow parents and work colleagues one by one. Collectively they actively overcome the red tape to rescue their failing school. The movie exemplifies the words of our own St Mary of the Cross, “Never see a need without doing something about it.”

As catechists we take our baptismal call seriously and responsibly, putting aside our personal agendas to prioritise proclaiming God’s Word to children in Government schools. As volunteers in today’s society, it is understandable we sometimes encounter personal frustrations when perhaps we face a challenging class and think “why am I doing this?” We may face school challenges with conflicting activities scheduled. Some schools may be facing conflicting ethic classes. Sometimes we may feel the burden of the ongoing demand for catechists as personal and this burden can dim the light within us. The light that needs to burn brightly to have missionary zeal begins step by step, gathering together, journeying together into our weekly lessons: chatting about the children, our lessons, resources we used –maybe even one of the new smart board lessons so our lessons are presented eagerly, clearly and passionately. We may pray together, share Eucharist together, be in another ministry together. When together you don’t become so tired, or frayed. You don’t feel you’re beating your head Work on with against a brick wall. For we the means Despite the obvious difference in this movie are all disciples on the road of placed at your beginning with a personal mission and ending with a discipleship together sharing disposal (1886) political mission, what one can take from this movie is the love of Jesus with the individual transformation that occurs in the children. personal mission of each of these women and the social transformation that occurred in their Mary MacKillop faced her struggles with missionary community because of their passion and zeal saying “Do all you can with the means at your commitment. For Jamie and Nona, their personal disposal and calmly leave the rest to God.” (1891) transformation came about because of their personal All you can doesn’t mean developing a frantic style of circumstances and the frustrations they faced. From teaching, being full of energy and exuberant, being a seemingly powerless situation, they approached happy all the time, flamboyant, entertaining, or the every avenue, night and day persevering on this children’s high-5, cool best friend. It does however mission. Step by step, one by one they personally mean attending to your own light, through an approached individuals; they humbly presented the intention to attend to ‘The Word’. It means having truth and others saw their actions as authentic and the trust to do what you can and in those wonderful came on board. Their witness brought about social words from Fr Noel Connelly, “the fact that mission is transformation. 6

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God’s responsibility frees us from the intolerable burden of having to save the world; we just have to try to stay relevant and involved and maintain our faith and sense of humour”. Missionary zeal is what energises us to come back year after year, the joy others see in us as we go about our ministry, the energy which drives us to put time into developing our own faith more deeply and time for planning engaging and effective lessons so what we teach are true experiences of the transforming power of God’s Word. Good catechists have an Ah, sister, openness to learn from each these are the other and an openness to trust. children I love. Mary, the mother of Jesus was a woman who modelled this openness. In complete trust, to whatever God asked of her, her “Yes” response is an example to us all. As the first teacher of Jesus and the first disciple, she is a model for catechists. When Mary responded to her call, her first reaction was a determination to visit her cousin Elizabeth. She swung into action in haste, with joy. Her mission was not about herself, as the Mother of Jesus. It was about helping her older cousin, who needed her support. 41

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favoured, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promises to her!” Luke 1:39-45

met with Mary humbly, deflecting this attention to God. Our own Mary MacKillop exemplified this complete trust, refusing nothing of God’s love. She stated, we are in His hands as she Do not let your went about her apostolic troubles disturb work. The challenges she met were little crosses to your trust in God bear in everyday life. (1874) This is the model for the New Evangelization. Catechist spirituality entails ‘having missionary zeal’ and ‘having a devotion to Mary’. This means opening yourself to God’s call, attending to God’s Word, rekindling our passion (zeal) to swing into action to joyfully bring God’s message to children who otherwise do not get the opportunity to hear God’s word. Step by step, one by one we humbly present the truth, teaching through true experiences of the transforming power of God’s Word. Our witness is the authentic action that can bring about social transformation in and around our parish communities. Jennifer Skelly, CCD Support Coordinator North Shore & Hornsby

Quotes taken from The Little Brown Book: Mary MacKillop’s spirituality in our everyday lives by Sue and Leo Kane, 2009, Strathfield: St Pauls Publications.

What is interesting in attending to The Word here, is Elizabeth in drawing attention to Mary’s condition, is

Broken Bay Bible Conference “Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of Luke”

9 – 10 August 2013 Light of Christ Centre, Waitara Join us on a journey through the Gospel of Luke with Biblical scholars Fr Brendan Byrne sj and Sr Michele Connolly rsj, and with participation by Bishop David Walker. Register soon to secure your place. Contact Pauline Finch on 9847 0444. For further information visit Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Diocese of Broken Bay


technology in the classroom

SmartBoard Lessons Update….. The updated USB flash drive contains resources for the core lessons from the “Walking with Jesus” curriculum Kindergarten to Year 6. Catechists who have attended previous SmartBoard training sessions will have received a USB with resources for lessons in the first half of the year and may swap this USB for the new one - Version 2 which includes core lessons for the whole year. There are three ways to exchange USBs: CCD Parish Coordinators will be asked to advise CCD Regional Coordinators of upcoming catechist meeting dates and venues. Where possible, Regional Coordinators will attend these venues with Version 2 USBs to exchange with original USBs. Parish Coordinators will need to advise catechists to bring their original USBs to the meetings.

Catechists may call in to Regional CCD offices to exchange USBs. Check that the regional office has stock beforehand.  Catechists may post the original USB to the nearest Regional CCD office with details of return address so that Version 2 can be posted back without delay. Because of copy right requirements, the original USB needs to be returned before Version 2 can be provided. If further information is required, please contact Joe Pulis on 9847 0228 or

Each Term we try to include some ideas for the classroom for when you need inspiration or something extra for your class. On pages 9 and 10 are questions and a game board to be copied for use as described below.

Mary MacKillop – Australia’s First Saint Game Rules  Group the class into evenly numbered groups of up to 6 per group and read Mary MacKillop’s story to the class (included as a separate sheet with this copy of Connections). After reading the story, let the children begin playing the game.  Throw a 6 to start.  If you land on a question mark, the person next to you has to pick up a card and ask the question on it.  If you answer correctly, move ahead 6 spaces.  If you answer incorrectly, move back 6 spaces.  The first person to reach the Home space wins the game. Game Equipment  6 counters and 1 dice per game. To make the game board  Using a photocopier, enlarge the game board to A3 size and paste on cardboard or laminate.  Using a photocopier, enlarge the questions to A3 size onto coloured paper and cut out. These too could be laminated Make enough copies of this game for groups of up to 6 children to play. e.g. 30 children in the class would require 5 copies of the game and cards etc The Story of Mary MacKillop used for the following game was originally printed in Connections Volume 15 Issue 3 (2010 Term 3) on page 8. Back dated issues of Connections can be found on the Diocesan Website at: Further resources for students can be found at: 8

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ideas for the classroom

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Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Diocese of Broken Bay


for the classroom

Mary MacKillop Game– question cards Mary was the youngest of seven children FALSE

Fr Julian was a priest and a geologist. TRUE

Mary MacKillop and Fr Julian set a boarding school at Penola FALSE

They were prepared to go wherever there was a need. TRUE

Mary grew up in Her family the Melbourne struggled to feed inner city suburb and clothe the of Fitzroy in children well. Melbourne TRUE TRUE

Fr Julian invited Mary and her two sisters to Penola and opened a Catholic school for the children of the region. TRUE Mary MacKillop and Fr Julian began the Sister of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart TRUE The Sisters did not move out of the South Australia where Penola is. FALSE

A second Mary miracle was the MacKillop was cure of a woman made Australia’s who had lung first saint on 17 cancer and a October, 2010. secondary brain cancer. TRUE


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Fr Julian was a teacher in schools. FALSE

Mary MacKillop took the religious name of Sr Mary of the Sacred heart FALSE

Mary went to University to learn to be a teacher. FALSE

Mary MacKillop The first school and Fr Julian in Penola was in were both a barn. concerned for the plight of the children of poor TRUE Catholic families. TRUE

The sisters The sisters lived dedicated a poor life themselves to the education of the children of the poor TRUE TRUE

The Sisters lived The sisters lived as the workers in convents and lived, sharing the didn’t mix with same hardships the poor people. as they suffered. TRUE FALSE

On January 15, 1842 Mary MacKillop was born of Scottish parents, Alexander MacKillop and Flora MacDonald. TRUE

Mary took a position as a governess for the children of her aunt and uncle’s family in Penola, South Australia TRUE

We can visit where Mary MacKillop is buried in North Sydney.

Prayers to Mary MacKillop for a dying woman in 1961 who recovered was declared a miracle. TRUE

Mary was the eldest of seven children TRUE


from the regions

Holy Ground

Reflection Days May 2013

Over 60 participants attended each of the two Reflection Days held at Terrey Hills and The Entrance and facilitated by Monica Brown from Emmaus Productions. Monica provided everyone with an opportunity to pause and be still, through the blending and weaving of music with scripture, imagery and ritual. It was also a way to reflect on one’s own spiritual journey and to come into the holy ground of one’s own being where, in that sacred space, God may be found. Those who were present were invited to come into a sacred space and to simply be.

CCD Ministry Induction -Forestville Level 2 Forestville

Training & Formation and Service Awards 2013 Have you recently completed a Level 1 or 2 Training and Formation course? On completion, catechists will be presented with Certificates at their Regional Mass. If you are due an Award you will receive a personal invitation, in the mail, for you and your family to attend your Regional Mass. If you have not received an invitation by August, but you expect to be presented with either a Level 1 or 2 Certificate or a 5, 10 or 15 year Service Award please contact your Parish Coordinator or your Regional Support Coordinator urgently.

CCD Ministry Induction Chatswood

We love to receive your stories from the Classroom or Parishes to include in Connections. If you would like to submit an article please do so. It can be as little as a few lines on a good lesson; a story; a resource you’ve found; or a special event in the parish or school. If there’s something you’d like to see us cover in future editions, please let us know that too!

To submit an article or to make a suggestion for Connections please write to: or CCD, PO Box 340, Pennant Hills 1715 Closing date for the Term 4 issue is 6 September 2013 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Diocese of Broken Bay


notices and directory

Training & Formation Courses Term 3, 2013 Course Type



Level 3


9:30am - 12:30pm

Mon 26 Aug

4334 3367

Pennant Hills

3, 10 & 17 Sept (Tuesdays)

12:30pm - 2:30pm

Thur 30 Aug

9847 0482

The Entrance

15, 22 & 29 July; 5, 12, 19 & 26 August; 2, 9 & 16 Sept (Mondays)

9:30am - 2:30pm (first &

Mon 8 July

4334 3367

MWP Terrey Hills

Level 3

Register by

30 Aug; 6 & 13 Sept (Fridays)

(formerly BAC)

Level 3


The Entrance

(formerly BAC)



NSH Wahroonga

19 July; 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Aug; 6, 13 & 20 Sept; 11 & 18 Oct (Fridays) 22 & 29 July; 5, 12, 19 & 26 Aug; 2, 9 & 16 Sept; 14, 21 & 28 Oct (Mondays)

last day); 12:30pm – 2:30pm (middle sessions) 9:30am - 2:30pm (first day Mon 15 July

9847 0516

only) 9:30am - 11:30am 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Wed 17 July

9847 0482

CCDMI = CCD Ministry Induction (formerly BAC /Basic Accreditation Course) Phone your local PSU Regional Office for a full program. See below for further contact details. Please assist us in our planning for events and courses by replying by the advertised closing date.

Poor and cold as my spirit of prayer is, there are times when the thought of God’s immense love and patient mercy comes before me with a force I cannot describe.

Mary MacKillop (1868)

CCD DIRECTORY Current as of April 2013

Diocesan Office Caroline Chisholm Centre (CCC) Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Rd Pennant Hills (Enter off City View Rd) Postal Address PO Box 340, Pennant Hills NSW 1715 Phone: (02) 9847 0492 Fax: (02) 9847 0481 Director - PSU Carole Gan Phone: (02) 9847 0560 Diocesan CCD Coordinator Alison Newell Phone: (02) 4334 3367 E-mail: Diocesan Admin Assistant Phone: (02) 9847 0492 E-mail: CCD Authorisations Contact your PSU Regional Centre

Curriculum Orders Dina Leverett Phone: 9847 0442 Fax: (02) 9847 0481 E-mail: North Shore & Hornsby Office (NSH) Caroline Chisholm Centre Postal Address PO Box 340, Pennant Hills NSW 1715 Phone: (02) 9847 0482 Fax: (02) 9847 0481 E-mail: Joe Pulis - (02) 9847 0228 E: Jennifer Skelly - (02) 9847 0448 E-mail: Central Coast (Gosford) Office (CCG) PSU Regional Centre 58 Victoria St, East Gosford NSW 2250 Phone: (02) 4323 7090 Fax: (02) 4323 7097 E-mail: Michael Tebbutt - (02) 4323 7090 E-mail:

Central Coast (Wyong) Office (CCW) PSU Regional Centre Catholic Formation and Education Centre 12 Ashton Avenue, The Entrance Postal Address PO Box 390, The Entrance NSW 2261 Phone: (02) 4334 3367 Fax: (02) 4334 3230 E-mail: Rebecca Bishop - (02) 4334 3367 E-mail: Manly Warringah Peninsula Office (MWP) Caroline Chisholm Centre Postal Address PO Box 340, Pennant Hills NSW 1715 Phone: (02) 9847 0516 Fax: (02) 9847 0481 E-mail: Yvonne van den Berg - (02) 9847 0494 E-mail: CCD WEBSITE

To submit an article or to make a suggestion for Connections please write to: or CCD, PO Box 340, Pennant Hills 1715 Closing date for the Term 4 issue is 6 September 2013 12

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