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Students go green for St Patrick’s Day NEWBOROUGH - The St Mary’s Catholic School Community celebrated St Patrick’s Day. The children investigated the story of St Patrick and they participated in special activities to remember St Patrick’s work. The Grade Prep children ate green apples, pears and grapes. The children also ate green jelly and green spearmint leaf lollies and enjoyed green cor-
dial. The children did their story writing in green pencil and they participated in a number of green art activities. They even sang a special ‘Irish Blessing’ Song. The teachers enjoyed green treats at recess including green cake, green dip and green fairy bread. And at the end of the day some green ‘bubbly’ was sampled in fine Irish spirit.
Diocesan funerals guideline released THE Bishop of Sale, Bishop Christopher Prowse has issued official guidelines to be followed for Catholic funerals. The guidelines draw a clear distinction between a Catholic funeral and some of the secular funeral services and those celebrated by other denominations. Funeral Masses or requiem Masses in the diocese are to follow the approved book Order of Christian Funerals in which
those present pray for the repose of the soul and forgiveness of sins of the deceased. Funerals with several eulogies, Powerpoint presentations, poems and popular music will no longer be allowed. Bishop Prowse said the Catholic Church had developed since ancient times a richness of liturgical prayers and Biblical readings for use at funerals. The new guidelines make it clear what is appropriate for a Catholic funeral:
AMARLI enjoying the green glasses during St Patrick’s Day at Newborough. • Terms such as ‘words of remembrance’ or ‘reflections on the person’s life’ are preferable to ‘eulogy’, • It is not necessary to have a eulogy. The priest can be given some information or notes about the deceased for him to use in his homily. • Words of remembrance should be kept to five minutes and no more than 10 minutes. This can help a Funeral Mass or Liturgy of the Word, but numerous and/or lengthy reflections can undermine funerals. • Content should include a couple of appropriate reflections that will bring out the Christian character of the person, rather than too much historical detail. • Memories of the life of the deceased could be shared at
a viewing, in a separate moment before the Mass or Liturgy of the Word. • Powerpoint photo presentations are not appropriate during a Catholic funeral. The recommendation is to do this at the wake or some other time with the family. • The title page of a booklet and media announcement should read: ‘Mass of Christian burial for.....’ or ‘Funeral Mass for.....’ or ‘Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of ....’ A simple service, i.e. not a Mass, should be called: ‘the Funeral liturgy of......’ or ‘Rite of Christian Burial of .....’ • A Catholic Funeral should not be called ‘a Celebration of the life of ....’ , because it does not express the full
Help restore St Mary’s Cathedral Bishop Christopher Prowse has launched an appeal to raise up to $1 million to restore and enhance the Mother Church of the Diocese of Sale. Please be generous in your giving. Send donations to Cathedral Appeal, Reply Paid 508, Sale, 3853 * Credit card form can be downloaded at www.sale.catholic.org.au. Fill-in on line, print, sign and post.
depth and meaning of our understanding of funerals. • Funeral directors are to be reminded that they tell their clients it is not necessary to have booklets for the funeral service • Music for a Catholic funeral is liturgical and appropriate hymns or music should be chosen. Romantic ballads, pop or rock music, political or football club songs are not appropriate, but a song like that could be used after the burial service. • While burial is the preference of the Church, cremations are allowed and it should be expected that these take place after the funeral Mass without prayers. Care is to be taken to ensure that the ashes are interred in an appropriate place. See full policy P9
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Easter - ‘Did not our hearts burn within us’ IN their encounter with the Easter Lord Jesus, the men on the road to Emmaus described their experience by stating: ‘Did not our hearts burn within us’.
These weeks are the most important in our Liturgical Year. In Holy Week we allow the Lord in His Living Word to Easter within us as He re-presents His life, death and resurrection in the Liturgy. May I encourage all to participate fully in Holy Week in your parishes. May our hearts burn within us too as he explains afresh the scriptures to us! Easter is the culmination of our Lenten penitential journey. As the beautiful Exsultet proclaims at the Easter Vigil – “The power of this Holy night, dispels all evil, washes guilt away, restores lost innocence, brings mourners joy”. The Lord’s plentiful mercy reaches out to our penitent hearts and sets us free. This is true conversion. The Easter Lord is victorious in us. Alleluia! Over these Lenten weeks with you in the Diocese of Sale, I have experienced many ‘little Easters’. There have been times when, “our hearts burning within us”, the Lord broke through our stubbornness to reveal his redemptive mercy. Three particular moments come to mind: First, along with about seven priests, I celebrated in the Second Rite, the Sacrament of Penance with many students from our Catholic
To God’s People in the Catholic Diocese of Sale Secondary Schools. It was a miniRetreat. It was conducted at MaristSion College, Warragul. The young people responded deeply and in large numbers in coming to Confession. There was a profound experience of repentance and conversion in the Liturgy. It gave us all great hope. Confounding the sentiments of the sceptics, it has been my personal experience that young people respond so well to the Sacrament of Penance when given the opportunity. “World Youth Day” experiences witness this; so too beautifully prepared liturgies as at Warragul. Thank you, my dear young people, for opening your hearts to the Risen Lord entering the depth of your being with Easter forgiveness. Secondly, the Rite of Election at the Sale Cathedral was a moment of grace too. Over fifty adults came from their parishes’ Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) groups. They will become Catholics over Easter. Before the Rite of Election, I was able to meet with the Catechumens and Candidates informally. It was a moment of grace. It was a moment when “our hearts
burned within us”. I asked them what attracted them to the Catholic Church. Their responses were varied; some because they worked in Catholic Schools and were inspired by their Catholic colleagues; others said because they were to marry a Catholic. Some others mentioned the inspiration they received from the local parish when their Catholic loved one died. A few intellectually curious testified to the truth they discovered in studying the Catholic faith – especially our teaching on the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Another was first drawn to the Catholic faith because a friend invited her to a parish function. She was so impressed how the Catholics really cared for each other, especially the poor and marginalised. What a joy (a ‘little Easter’) I experienced in listening to these testimonies of the awakening of Catholic faith! Thirdly, the Regional Forums being conducted in the Diocese are another occasion of a ‘little Easter’ among us. These gatherings are in response to my Pentecost Letter, “Finding Home in Jesus’ (2010).
Communities are offering me initial feedback to the Letter. I have been touched by the respect and prayerfulness of these listening sessions so far. Parishioners are bearing testimony to their Catholic Faith and offering so many suggestions as to where pastoral priorities can be directed in the Diocese of Sale in the years ahead. As Pope John Paul II stated, all such pastoral initiatives must be based in relation to holiness in our Catholic life [Novo Millennio Ineunte (2001), 30]. The deep Catholic piety and love for our faith has been expressed many times in these sessions. Thank you for your love of the Faith! Thank you for giving way to each other in the love of our Easter Lord! May we go forward in maturity of faith and a love that knows no bounds. For these three ‘little Easters’ that I have witnessed in these weeks, I thank the Lord Jesus with all my heart. May the Lord continue to Easter in us as we open our hearts to His Redemption and saving grace in these wonderful days of hope. May we be Emmaus people too and proclaim with Mary, Our Heavenly Mother, “did not our hearts burn within us.” God bless you all this Easter! + Bishop Christopher Prowse Catholic Bishop of Sale
Volunteers identify key issues for the community SOCIAL justice officers from local groups of St Vincent de Paul Society volunteers in the Latrobe - Baw Baw region attended an annual social justice forum on March 19. The forum was hosted by the Trafalgar Conference at St. John’s Parish Centre. Key issues facing families and individuals throughout the
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The homeless and despairing will find hope at Easter FOR many months now we have all witnessed the enormous natural calamities that so many have endured in Australia and the world. Tsunamis, floods, earthquakes and bushfires have left so many homeless and despairing. Through the media, all of us have participated, to some degree, in these natural disasters. For those in Gippsland, raw memories of our horrific bushfires over two years ago have been reawakened. It is futile to seek reasons for
these natural disasters. The Earth will do what the Earth has always done. What is important, however, is to participate in the great outreach of practical help to those most affected. Recently, for example, I listened with great admiration to some members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society who continue to assist those still traumatised by the Gippsland bushfires of two years ago. They are people of hope. They
give hope to those despairing of Easter offers us all life eternal meaning and in need of practical and in great abundance. There is joy, hope and an eternal future. resources. Let us reach out to Christ at Givers of hope to the weary are Easter People. They imitate the Easter! Risen Lord Jesus. Let Jesus Easter in us! He took upon himself our misLet us see him most in the homeerable and sinful state in His Life less and despairing. and Death on the Cross. In rising Especially the victims of recent from the death at Easter he transdisasters! forms our many ‘deaths’ into His Happy Easter to all! one great act of Salvation. For Christians, in the Risen + Bishop Christopher Prowse Christ, death is never the last word Catholic Bishop of Sale upon life.
Family Foundation Deacon’s ordination delayed appeal in May THE annual Bishop’s Family Foundation appeal will be held in all parishes across the diocese during May. The foundation requires an annual injection of funds as a hedge against inflation eroding the real value of its trust fund. The foundation is rare among charities in that it exists to aid other agencies to provide services for families in the Diocese of Sale. Another unusual feature is that every cent donated to the foundation is still held in trust so that it can operate along philanthropic lines. Earnings from proceeds held in the trust fund are available for distribution each year and in recent years this usually amounts to about $100,000. The foundation has no staff, as staff of various agencies are involved in day to day operations with the diocese covering any funding needs. Since it was established 10 years ago, the foundation has distributed almost $700,000 to organisations providing services to families. Donations can be made via envelopes which will be available at Masses during May. Cash may be placed in the envelope
or the credit card details filled out on the rear before placing them in the collection plate. Donors are reminded to fill in their name and address so a receipt can be sent for tax purposes. Applications from organisations seeking funding from the foundation in 2011 will be taken in July and August and the trustees will announce successful applicants in November. Application forms for 2011 will be available from the diocese Web site www.sale. catholic.org.au nearer to the date.
No date yet for Anglican ordinariate NO date has been finalised yet for the foundation of the Anglican Ordinariate in Australia. Bishop Peter Elliott, Melbourne, who is charged with assisting lay Anglicans wanting to join the Church said “In Australia we are quietly moving to that stage when we hope the Holy See will establish an ordinariate.” It had been hoped the first personal ordinariate would be established by June.
THE planned ordination as a deacon of seminarian Tao Pham has been postponed until later this year. He was to have been ordained by Bishop Christopher Prowse at Our Lady Help of Christian, Narre Warren on March 16. The ceremony was cancelled after Tao was hospitalised for treatment to a serious infection which developed after he injured a hand.
A planned visit by 30 seminarians to St Peter’s College, Cranbourne and St Francis Xavier College, Beaconsfield, was also cancelled. The seminarians who would later attend his ordination had intended speaking to students about vocations. No date has been set for the ordination but it is likely to be in the second half of the year.
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Finding our home with God
WE wonder why the second verse of our National Anthem is beginning to be sung more and more often. Most now know the first verse but when the second verse is sung, adults soundlessly mouth words like a fish out of water. In 1974 our National Anthem became just the first verse of Advance Australia Fair written by Peter Dodds McCormack in 1878, but two years later God Save the Queen was reinstated briefly. In 1977, following an inconclusive national referendum, the Australia Council decided the new anthem should be verses one and three of Advance Australia Fair. So the second verse we now have is really the composer’s third verse and of course the first line was changed from “Australia’s sons let us rejoice…” to “Australians all let us rejoice…”
THANKFULLY they threw out verses two, four and five or our anthem might take longer than some of the ceremonies at which it is performed. Interestingly, the other verses were axed because the overall sentiment of the song is to keep Australia for those “from England, Scotia and Erin’s Isle,” sentiments which are no longer politically correct. Especially out of step is the
verse which begins “Should foreign foe ever sight our coast, or dare a foot to land, we’ll rouse to arms like sires of yore to guard our native strand.” There has been a claim that Dodds wrote another verse which speaks of God but it is undoubtedly a later addition. This added verse was sung at World Youth Day in Sydney.
INTERESTING to see the rapid demise of encyclopedias. Not so many years ago, they were a vital item on the book shelf for families with school children; then along came computer versions. They too have been superseded by the vast amount of information contained on the Internet, although much of that has to be sifted through to discern fact from fiction. The fate of the multi volume encyclopedia is sad as we saw this week a full set of World Book in mint condition in an opportunity shop for just $5. Would have cost more than $1000 when they were new about 10 years ago - or close to $2000 today, allowing for inflation.
THE search for our roots, the search to discover who we are and where we have come from is becoming more popular by the day, if TV shows and media advertisements are to be believed. Exploring our family tree, finding and even visiting the places where our forebears lived has grown significantly. There is something very satisfying about discovering our roots, where we have come from, why decisions were made to emigrate, what happened in the lives of those who have gone before us, documenting our family tree. Some psychologists call it ‘finding our home’, and suggest that it is part of our desire to unravel some of life’s mysteries, understanding more clearly who we are and what makes us tick. Many people consider that it is what we do that really matters. What we believe is an optional extra. In fact, it is what we believe that really matters – what we do follows from it. Our belief about the meaning of life is going to affect our response to life. Gerard Hughes, in his wonderful book The God of Surprises, adds a further dimension. He urges his readers to write their own faith autobiography. For each of us, our faith journey is complex – there have been influences on our faith journey, people, places and events that have shaped who we have become, what we believe and how we act out those beliefs. There may even have been times when our beliefs have been challenged, when we have become disillusioned and confused. In identifying and reflecting on those influences, those beliefs and the stages of our journey, we can come to know the hidden God-given treasures that lie within us and to discover what we are called to become. For the Christian, this means responding to Christ who is close to us in everyday life. Finding our home means not only discovering our roots, our family tree but it also means being able to identify the deepest desires which are at the core of our lives, among them our desire to belong, to have a purpose in life. We are restless, not ‘at-home’ or at peace with ourselves until these desires can be addressed.
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Reflections by Jim Quillinan Finding our home is about a particular vision of God who comes to us, who moves among us, inviting us into friendship; it is about God who is not afraid to enter into the world that human beings have created, even when that world appears hostile to God. The Incarnation, the coming of Christ alerts us to the realization that we are not abandoned, left to our own devices. The resurrection means that God is still with us. Pope Benedict explained, ‘“I arose and now I am still with you,’ he says to each of us. ‘My hand upholds you. Wherever you may fall, you will always fall into my hands. I am present even at the door of death. Where no one can accompany you further, and where you can bring nothing, even there I am waiting for you, and for you I will change darkness into light.”’(Easter Homily 2008). Our faith autobiography provides us with a powerful way to reflect on and come to appreciate more deeply the mystery of being alive in God’s love, coming to appreciate more deeply that God is a God of surprises, who at times breaks into our lives and our hearts calling us to a fresh vision and understanding, if only we are open and willing. Sometimes we can get stuck in a rut, stuck in the past or even in our doubts and confusion and miss the opportunities God provides – miss the invitations to a contemporary meeting with Jesus, ‘God with a human face’, as Pope Benedict calls him. Because of the coming of Christ we are invited to a new fellowship with God and with each other. God sends Jesus so that we can appreciate even more fully, even more clearly what God is like, what God offers us and asks of us. Finding our home is about our own deepest desires and motivations, what we want to discover in life. Knowing where to look in this search can be a problem but, if we have the courage, in our coming to know Christ, “Whenever and whatever we read of Christ in the Gospel, we
are also reading our own selfportrait, for Christ is what we are called to become.” (God of Surprises, p114). Too often in the past the divinity of Christ was stressed, to the detriment of his humanity. Jesus is truly God and one of us. He is like us. In Christ we can recognise our own deepest desires, motivations and needs. Christ in his humanity reveals by his own actions our deepest desires and needs and, at the same time, because of his divinity, the nature of God’s relationship to us – loving, gracious, forgiving, reconciling. We find fulfilment, we find ‘home’ in being and doing the same. St Paul’s spells this out in some detail. “Love,” he says, “is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). God is not content with our separation from him and, as God actively seeks to overcome this separation, we must also seek ways to reconcile differences and resolve conflicts among ourselves. Just as God’s love for us is active and creative, so must ours be for each other. Finding our home means recognising that God continues to create. Creation is not finished. We are part of a creative, evolutionary process. We are called to be co-creators, to preserve, care for and add beauty and order to an unfinished world. We are co-creators, developing and embellishing the planet – and we grow in our understanding of God and God’s purpose in the process. Hughes ends with these words: “God is calling us to a radical conversion and to a depth of trust in him which will allow God’s power to be released in our weakness, God’s wisdom to be revealed in our bewilderment, God’s truth to break through our disillusion.” [p160]
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‘Make a meaningful gift to Project Compassion’ WARRAGUL – Donations to Project Compassion should be significant contributions, not just leftover coins, Bishop
Christopher Prowse told the Sale Diocese launch of the annual appeal. He urged the young people
BISHOP Christopher Prowse presents a Project Compassion candle to a young participant.
to give something significant when donating to Project Compassion. “Don’t just throw in the coins you don’t want. Don’t give something left over, give something significant. “It is patronising the poor to throw in leftovers. Give something that makes you conscious of the effort you are putting in.” He also urged everyone to look for practical ways of doing things to help the poor in our midst during Lent. Schools from across the diocese were represented at the launch which took place in McCartan Hall at Marist Sion College at the beginning of Lent. Bishop Prowse spoke on the transfiguration and how things had changed for the apostles present when they went back to their friends. He hoped that everyone present, but especially those involved in a Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia retreat, would be changed people when they went home, refreshed in the spirit of Jesus. The bishop said he was pleased to hear the testimony
Berwick fete a big success BERWICK - St Michael’s Catholic Primary School community were treated to a wonderful, colour and eventful day at the St Michael’s bi-annual fete on March 27. Smiles, joy and laughter were the theme for the day along with wonderful entertainment. Events included a display from the local CFA, wonderful performances from the children, various rides and a show of drag cars which were quite impressive! Luke Ball, Collingwood AFL player supported the fete by holding interviews and accepting autographs; with the commencement of the 2011 football season, Luke’s visit was embraced with great enthusiasm by all who attended. It was delightful to witness our community embracing the diversity of many talents and interests.
of a young man who went to World Youth Day in Sydney. This man had been surprised to see some of the Mother Teresa sisters in their distinctive blue and white habits scavenging through bins and collecting small tins of tuna which has been given to pilgrims as part of their lunch packs. Three weeks later he saw hundreds of tins of tuna in the kitchen pantry of the sisters and realised that they had saved the food from being wasted so they could give it to Sydney’s poor. The bishop said that for this young man, the experience of seeing this was a highlight of World Youth Day. He had gone thinking it might be a feel good experience but after initially misjudging what the nuns were doing, he realised that much good was being done. Bishop Prowse said the sisters were a remarkable order who worked with the poorest of the poor, with children with disabilities and regularly took in children who were dumped by parents unable to look after them. Importantly, the sisters treat-
ed each person they met as if he or she was Christ. He said Project Compassion was therefore not just an appeal to support poor people around the world but was an opportunity to support Jesus Christ in the world today. As Christ said in the Bible “when you do it for the least of my brothers and sisters, you do it for me.”
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Reaching out to all - because we are Catholics RECENTLY I came across a thought-provoking statement made about our Catholic church’s work with refugees. The speaker I was listening to said, “We don’t help these people because they are Catholics. Indeed most of them are not. Rather, we help them because we are Catholics.” I thought that the same principle might apply to our work in Catholic schools, too. Catholic education is an extraordinary gift that we have to offer to our society, to our world. It is a gift that invites people into relationship with God, that invites them to grow in faith, learning and their full humanity, wherever they be on their own personal life journey. It is a gift that shows what it means to be truly and fully human. Of course, we are called first (in Australia, at least) to offer that gift to members of our own Catholic community and we must always be true to that call. The gift is offered in its richest form, not through words, but through the experience of a living Catholic community. But, because we are Catholics, we are called to offer the gift to all who are open to receiving it. In this column, I have often quoted the Roman document The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium. I quote again one of its most confronting statements: The Catholic School, the document tells us, “is not reserved to Catholics only, but is open
to all those who appreciate and share its qualified educational project.” ( #16). That certainly reflects the principle with which this article began. Because we are Catholics, we offer to all who appreciate and share its goals the invitation to deepen faith, learning and authentic human growth whether they are Catholic or not. Like the disciples in John’s Gospel, we offer the invitation to, “Come and see” (John 1:46). I am confident that in our schools, people who do “come to see” will find a community committed to their Christian life, committed to truly loving those young people for whom they share with parents the awesome responsibility of writing on their very spirits. But let us consider for a moment the words that go before that quotation from the Roman document. They remind us that the Catholic school must be, “clearly and decidedly configured in the perspective of the Catholic faith.” But what does that mean? I suggest that it means, at its simplest level, the existence of an effective formal program of religious education based on the teachings handed down to us by the Church through the ages. It also means that the spirit of Jesus is alive in the school and can be seen and experienced in the relationships evident there. They are relationships permeated by love, tolerance, respect, generosity, forgiveness and
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compassion. As a result the Catholic school that is “configured in the perspective of the Catholic faith” is a place where all can experience peace, joy, hope, justice and love. It is a sacred place, where God is named and honored in prayer, in symbol and in ritual. It is a placed imbued with the missionary spirit inviting people from all walks of life, whether Catholic or not, to “come and see.” We are privileged to offer all of that, not because our students and their families are Catholic, but, rather, because we are Catholics. Our own Bishop’s pastoral letter of last year, “Finding Home in Jesus”, reminds us of our fundamental duty to evangelise, to offer to everyone whether Catholic or not, the invitation to “come and see”. And, he reminds us that “all baptised are called to evangelise.” Catholic schools have the opportunity and the privilege to do this by their very nature. Of course, the effectiveness of this mission is heavily dependent on the strength of the spirit of Catholicism in the school community – and that surely is a function in some part at least of the number of Catholic people – staff and students - present in our schools. While it is clear that openness to all who share our vision is a fundamental part of our mission, we have a particular responsibility to Catholic families, to Catholic children. And, quite simply, the best
way to increase the proportion of Catholic children in our schools is to increase the number of Catholic children enrolled in them. It is disturbing to realise that across Australia (and it is no different in the Diocese of Sale) nearly 50 percent of Catholic children are in schools other than Catholic schools. How wonderful it would be to bring those young people into our schools, to offer them our gift but also to strengthen and build our essential Catholic nature. Yet, schools are relatively powerless to do much about that! Those children are outside the immediate reach of the Catholic school. The school does not know who they are. So where does this information lie? It lies, I suggest, in the parish office, not in the school office. It is in baptismal registers and in parish censuses. The parish, in fact, is far better placed to engage with those
families and to encourage them to send their children to our Catholic schools. Who knows how many additional Catholic families may choose a Catholic school for their children if a contact is maintained, by the parish. That might be, for example, by sending a card to each preschooler marking the anniversary of his or her baptism each year? Or what impact might be achieved by a visit from the parish to each baptised child just at enrolment time? I suggest that increasing the number of Catholics in our schools is not a task that rests with the schools alone but is one that can be and should be shared with the whole parish community. We all need to be working together to issue the invitation to “come and see”, simply because we are Catholics. Our Church is at the service of the mission of God. It is our responsibility as Catholic to advance that mission as widely as we are able. There are few more powerful ways of doing that than through the Catholic school. We are privileged to offer Catholic education because we are Catholics.
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The five ages of advising people on investing I WAS chatting with a long time client the other day and she remarked that my advice was far more conservative than it used to be. It started me thinking. As there are five “ages” of Investing - “Single”, “Married with no Children and Mortgage”, “Married with Children and Mortgage”, “No Mortgage, Children left Home and Approaching Retirement”, “Retired” so there are corresponding styles of advising that match them. Each age has a decreasing tolerance for risk. A professional adviser will be able to advise clients as to the best approach for each of the ages of investing, but will obviously have a better rapport with clients with whom they have some things in common. Most likely this would be in the matters of age and family situation although there are many things possible. When I started advising some decades ago. I was very effective in finding and recommending smaller industrial companies which would recover and make my clients substantial returns. As well I advised in warrants, options and some of the more speculative shares, too. I could
be aggressive with some of the better companies. In other words, I was advising on investments that had a higher level of risk, and were more appropriate to the earlier ages of investing. As I’ve aged and as my client’s have aged at a similar rate, I needed to be reminded that my advice, both strategic and specific, also has become far more conservative. This advice is quite appropriate for my longer term clients but their children require more aggressive, growth orientated strategies. I can and do still provided these but my advice in these areas requires more thought and consideration. In our office we have some quite young advisers who are still establishing their client base and their careers. They need to be “out there” or they won’t succeed. I listen to them and their advice reminds me of what I used to be, That’s a good thing, because they allow me to do my job better. As they say, to keep young at heart, surround yourself with young people. However, at my age I wouldn’t make a success out of advising 20 year olds on their investments. Overall my tolerance for risk has declined too
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much to be of interest to them. Conversely, my knowledge of investment structures has increased and I can make a bigger difference in that regard to a younger investors. Collectively the younger advisers and I together can bring great benefits to our clients. They will help me get better returns by reminding me of what I used to be and how I used to work and I can give them the benefit of my experience. If only I could get them to listen! Some of their investment
calls I will take to my clients which adds to their benefit. Obviously at my age I’m not as aggressive as I used to be, but fortunately the younger members of my staff prevent me being too conservative. Getting back to the start of this article, my client has given me a “heads up” to remind me that being too conservative isn’t necessarily a good thing at whatever stage of advising I’m at. Retired investors still need good growth in their assets, even if only to keep ahead of
inflation and tax. So, when you look to an investment adviser, first look to yourself. What style of investor are you? Will your adviser reflect this and so be able to offer appropriate advice. Better yet, do they have experience or some youth available in their office to ensure that the advice is effectively balanced between conservatism and excitement! • This report is intended to provide general advice. In preparing this advice, David Wells and RBS Morgans did not take into account the investment objective, the financial situation and particular needs of any particular person. Before making an investment decision on the basis of this advice, you need to consider, with or without the assistance of an adviser, whether the advice is appropriate in light of your particular investment needs, objectives and financial circumstances.
Bringing children to Jesus
CSYMA at Nagle “CHALLENGING”, “inspiring”, “spiritual”... just a few words to sum up how we feel about our Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia class. To start off our CSYMA experience we helped participate in the leadership Mass. We got involved by ushering guests to their seats. We had the opportunity to go on the diocesan CSYMA retreat; “Catch the Wave”, where we made new friends and got involved in drama. Some of us also participated in the Don Bosco Youth Day at Brunswick. This was to celebrate the visit of the relic of St. John Bosco. It was a day which we thoroughly enjoyed. Currently, we are planning a reconciliation day for our Year 7, 8, 9 and 10s at the end of term.
As part of this our CSYMA group will perform a drama as well as participating in the readings and music. Also a few of our CSYMA family are flying to Spain to participate in World Youth Day August 5-28, 2011. We are all excited about the possibilities this has opened up to us. - Contributed
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INSPECTING the new facilities during the blessing ceremony are (from left) Vicar General Fr Peter Slater, former parish priest Fr John Readman, director of Catholic education Peter Ryan, inaugural Trinity principal Mary Howlett, Anthony Byrne MHR, Holt, Judith Grayley, MLA, Narre Warren South, and principal John Williams. NARRE WARREN – Bringing children to Catholic schools was likened to the Bible story of bringing the children to Jesus at the opening on new facilities at Trinity Primary School. Vicar General Fr Peter Slater said at the opening and blessing on March 18, that just as Jesus welcomed little children, a school like Trinity was also a welcoming place. Parents wanted to bring their children to Jesus and today one of the ways to do this was by enrolling their children in a Catholic school, so the children could grow in their faith and learn about Jesus. He said that Jesus was always present in a Catholic school, was always welcoming, and received and blessed the children. “Everything children do and learn at school is linked with faith in Jesus and God.” Fr Slater said Catholics believed in the Trinity – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit – and it was fitting that the third school in Our Lady Help of Christians parish was named Trinity. Following the blessing of the new hall, library and classrooms
provided by funding from the Federal Government Building the Education Revolution, principal John Williams spoke of the rapid growth which had taken place at the school. He said that 10 years ago the school started with 129 children and 79 families and it had now grown to 550 children and 386 families. Before the allocation of the $3 million in BER funding the school was overcrowded by portable classrooms and there was nowhere the children could gather as a whole school. Mr Williams said the new facilities had given the school a new lease of life and would also extend into the community with the hall being available for a range of functions. He announced the naming of the various facilities and school houses. The Maria building and the blue house was named after inaugural principal Mary Howlett, the Allen building and red house was named after Fr John Allen who was parish priest when the school was established, and the Readman library and green house was named af-
ter Fr John Readman who was the Narre Warren first parish priest. He said the Joyce building containing the library and the gold house had been named after long-time school caretakers Leo and Margaret Joyce who had cared for the building like their own home. Children carried new house banners onto the stage and stood behind each of the people after whom the houses were named.
Marian event in Traralgon THE annual Marian conference at Traralgon will be held on May 14. Bishop Christopher Prowse will celebrate Mass at noon. Speakers this year are Fr John Speekman who will talk about Our Lady’s messages and Fr Nicholas Dillon who will talk about Our Lady Mother of the Blessed Sacrament. The day begins at St Michael’s Church, Traralgon at 9am and concludes at 3.15pm.
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No room in the inn for Pope John Paulâ€™s beatification
West region farewells Fr Mannakulath NARRE WARREN - Priests and religious of the Western Region of the diocese met at the Narre Warren Presbytery for lunch on March 28 to farewell Fr Thomas Mannakulath who has returned to India. Fr Thomas has spent the past three years in Sale Diocese ministering in the parishes of Traralgon, Sale and Ionaâ€“Koo Wee Rup. He was a delightful presence and was quick to adjust to the challenges that were asked of him. He imparted a Benedictine spirituality with passion and worked hard creating life-giving communities. Fr Thomas was grateful for the love he has received from the diocese and made particular mention of Bishop Jeremiah Coffey and Deacon Jim Erskineâ€™s initial contact and the ongoing care from Bishop Chris Prowse, Vicar General Fr Peter Slater and the priests and religious of the diocese.
FR Thomas Mannakulath (centre front) surrounded by clergy and religious at his farewell. Standing (from left) Sr Doreen Dagge, Fr Jacob Thadathil, Fr John Readman, Fr Michael Willemsen, Fr Peter Slater VG, Sr Christina Scannell, Deacon Peter Stringfellow, Fr Andrew Wise, Fr Denis Oâ€™Bryan, Fr Mathew Joseph. Seated: Sr Grace Onaivi, Fr Bernie Mahony, Fr Mannakulath, Sr Mercy Akoh, Fr Dariusz Jablonski, Fr Peter Kooloos and Fr Brendan Hogan. He thanked his parish priests gratefully received a gift of an lishment of six new monasterFr Peter Bickley and Fr Bernard Akubra hat. ies in his home region. Thank Buckley for their support. He added that the hat will be you, Fr Thomas for your genFr Thomas said that it was a welcome addition as he walks erosity and courage in building his decision to return home and around supervising the estab- Godâ€™s kingdom
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MASSIVE crowds are expected in Rome for the beatification of Pope John Paul II on May 1. Accommodation is reported to be booked out for the whole region around Rome. Tour operators took block bookings at hotels when the date of the beatification was announced and despite many hotels increasing room prices by up to 400 percent, they have been snapped up by people wanting to be present at the event. Virtually the only hope of securing accommodation is to book one of the few remaining places through one of the tour operators. Reports from Rome suggest thousands of people will make the pilgrimage for the event, intending to â€œsleep roughâ€? at railway station and other public facilities. A massive number of Polish people are expected to travel to Rome for the event. Next monthâ€™s Catholic Life will contain a feature on the beatification of Pope John Paul II who afterwards will be known as Blessed John Paul II. Investigation of other miracles said to have taken place after his name was invoked are progressing and if confirmed, may eventually lead to him being made a saint.
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Guidelines for Catholic funerals in the Diocese of Sale Introduction â€œIn the face of death, the Church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus, the Son of God, by his death and resurrection, has broken the chains of sin and death that bound humanity.â€? (Order of Christian Funerals, Intro., 1)
Funerals in the Catholic Tradition In the Catholic tradition, a Funeral Mass (sometimes also called Mass of Christian Burial or Requiem Mass) is celebrated for the deceased loved one. For pastoral reasons, a Liturgy of the Word could be more appropriate. We pray for the repose of the soul and the forgiveness of sins of the deceased. We thank the Risen Lord for the life of his/ her life and offer prayers of comforting hope for the bereaved (cf. General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 379-385). The Priest or Deacon asked to celebrate the funeral determines the content and form of the funeral liturgy, keeping in mind the wishes of the family. We use an officially approved book: Order of Christian Fu-
nerals. This book gives a wonderful selection of prayers, readings and rituals that can be used. Some people have experiences of secular funerals made up of eulogies, photo presentations, poems and popular music. However, the Catholic Church has developed, since ancient times, a richness of liturgical prayers and biblical readings. We offer some guidelines, therefore, of what is appropriate for a Catholic funeral. â€˘ Terms such as â€˜Words of Remembranceâ€™ or â€˜Reflections on the personâ€™s lifeâ€™ are preferable to â€˜Eulogyâ€™, â€˘ It is not necessary to have a EULOGY. The priest can be given some information or notes about the deceased for him to use in his homily. â€˘ If the family would like some words of remembrance we suggest ONE written out (it can be emotional and difficult to say what should be said). It could be shared with someone else (to avoid repetition) or even read by someone else. â€˘ LENGTH â€“ we ask that Words of Remembrance be kept to 5 minutes and no more than 10 minutes. This can help a Funeral Mass or Liturgy of
the Word, but numerous and/or lengthy reflections can undermine funerals. â€˘ CONTENT: a couple of appropriate reflections that will bring out the Christian character of the person, rather than too much historical detail. â€˘ Memories of the life of the deceased could be shared at a viewing, in a separate moment before the Mass or Liturgy of the Word. â€˘ POWERPOINT photo presentations are not appropriate during a Catholic funeral; our recommendation is to do this at the wake or some other time with the family. â€˘ The title page of a booklet and media announcement should read: Mass of Christian burial for..... or Funeral Mass for..... or Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of .... A simple service, i.e. not a Mass, should be called: the Funeral liturgy of........ or Rite of Christian Burial of ..... â€˘ We do not like calling a Catholic Funeral â€œa Celebration of the life of ....â€? , because it does not express the full depth and meaning of our understanding of funerals. â€˘ Funeral directors are to be reminded that they tell their clients it is not necessary to have
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Music Music for a Catholic funeral is liturgical. Appropriate hymns or music should be chosen. Romantic ballads, popular or rock music, political or football club songs are not appropriate. But a song like that could be used after the burial service.
Cremation Whereas the burial or interment of earthly remains is the preference of the Church, cremation is allowed. If a cremation was to follow the funeral Mass, it would be expected that prayers would not be prayed at the cremation. Care is to be taken to ensure that the ashes are interred in an appropriate place.
Prayer Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen. Please ensure that these guidelines are made known to local funeral directors. Bishop Christopher C Prowse Catholic Bishop of Sale April 2011
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The fishermen of Corner Inlet in a new book CORNER Inlet in South Gippsland has three fishing ports, Port Albert, Port Welshpool and Port Franklin, the last being the smallest, with a population of about 120 people over the last century. Its general store and public hall are its only community buildings – it has no church or pub. A book on the history of Port Franklin and its fishing fleet, They Fished in Wooden Boats by Neil Everitt, was launched on Sunday, March 13 in front of a large crowd at Port Franklin. The port was named in 1845 by Lt Governor Latrobe after the Tasmanian Governor Sir John Franklin. John Amey, a former convict from Van Diemen’s Land, was the first settler in the district in 1857. In 1854 a sawmill was established on the Franklin River to supply building timber to Melbourne, then expanding rapidly during the goldfields decade. Blackwood timber was later sent out, as well as railway sleepers, some of which were sent as far away as India. Then gold was discovered nearby at Stockyard Creek (Foster) in 1870, and the subsequent rush meant increased shipping activity in Corner Inlet. By the 1880s a fishing industry had developed with up to 30 men fishing commercially. The inlet is an enclosed stretch of water, like Western Port and
Gippsland History with Patrick Morgan Port Phillip Bay, with one relatively narrow entrance to the sea. In the early years fish were sent to Port Albert to be cured by Chinese fishermen and then sent to Melbourne and the goldfields. Curing overcame the problem of lack of refrigeration. The Great Southern Railway was built in the early 1890s. The section above Cornet Inlet was built from equipment, including a locomotive, and sleepers brought in by boat through the inlet to the Port Franklin and other jetties. The station on the Franklin River was named Bennison after an early settler. In the early decades fish were conveyed from the jetty to the railway station by a horse drawn tramway. Fish, packed in wet seaweed in wicker baskets, were sent directly to Melbourne by rail. Many fish were stolen on the way or declared unsuitable for sale, so fishermen got less returns than they should have. In the 1920s the fish were taken to Melbourne by road at night when the temperature was cooler.
The boats used in Corner Inlet were adapted to its conditions. Corner Inlet has tides of up to three meters. When the tide runs out mudflats and mangroves are exposed and the water runs into gutters which are full of fish. Because the area is so tidal, fishermen had to go out on a high tide, net at low tide when the fish were in the gutters, and then return to the jetty on the next high tide. Wooden boats which have a very shallow draft to glide over the mudflats were used. They are low and wide, with one sail (before inboard motors came in) and sit low in the water, without any superstructure which might catch the wind, thus being very stable in storms. They have a small retractable hood for shelter during rain, wind and rough weather. A jetty built at Port Franklin was demolished by commandoes during the second world war. Local folklore says this was to prevent the possibility of it being used by a Japanese invading force. Port Franklin developed as a
A Bible for young readers THE LION CLASSIC BIBLE, retold by Andrea Skevington, illustrated by Sophy Williams, published by Lion Children’s Books, distributed by Rainbow Books, hardback, 256 pages, rrp $24.99. THIS book is perhaps misnamed in that it is really not a classic Bible, laid out in numbered chapters and verses as we have come to expect. Instead it as a collection of Bible stories, retold in easy to understand language. The publishers have resisted calling it a Children’s Bible which is a good move because the term conjures up simplified Bible stories for under eightyear-olds. This book is very well written and would appeal greatly to an upper primary school student or even lower secondary student. It has some good color illustrations but these are not overdone. More importantly the stories of the Old and New Testaments are faithfully told and an avid young reader will learn much about our faith from devouring the words. Mark this down as an ideal present for a confirmation candidate. THE CARDINALS by Michael Walsh, published by Canterbury Press, distributed by Rainbow Books, hardback, 249 pages, rrp $54.95. WHEN we first saw this book
Talking about Books we thought it may have been a novel or perhaps one of those exposes on the happenings behind the Vatican walls. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find an informative book on the office of cardinal and pen pictures on 79 cardinals who have made their mark in history for various reasons not all of them for the best. The author was inspired to write the book after being asked to revise the Oxford Dictionary of Popes and found that very little had been written about the men in red whose principal role nowadays is to elect a new pope. The introduction goes through the main history of the office of cardinal, including the fact that a cardinal could be a layman. Even as late as the 1917 Code of Canon Law, a deacon could become a cardinal and remain so, but today a cardinal must not only be priest but must be a bishop before elevation to this important role of Prince of the Church. It was Pope John XXIII who instructed that cardinals should be bishops and increased the number of cardinals to 72. Paul Paul VI stipulated that
once cardinals reached 80 years they could no longer vote and set a new maximum of 120. Pope John Paul II created many cardinals, taking the number over 120 but he is said to have interpreted the 120 ceiling as being cardinals under 80 years. SAINT MARY MACKILLOP, FRIEND OF JESUS by Judith M. Steer, RSJ published and distributed by St Paul’s Books, hardback, 48 pages, rrp $14.95. THIS book is just one of about a dozen released on Australia’s first saint St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. It is aimed at primary aged children and tells the MacKillop story in beautiful, simple language. Considering its Josephite origins, it is somewhat disappointing that she is called St Mary MacKillop instead of her official title. That aside, it is a book worthy of any school library shelf as a great resource for assignments about this great saint, or for that matter any home where youngsters can learn about her life.
close-knit community. Fathers handed their fishing businesses on to their sons and many of the fishing families intermarried. It was a hard life with only basic rewards. Much time was spent repairing nets and boats. The author lists essential items which were found on every boat - water jug, tucker box, fire pots, matches, hurricane lamps, knives, claw hammer, pliers, bilge pump, anchor, gaff hook and hessian bags. The dominant family at Port Franklin was the Cripps. Joseph Cripps, who had 10 children including seven sons, moved from Stockyard Creek to Port Franklin in 1882 and set up the Cripps dynasty, whose five generations have fished Cornet Inlet down to the present over 130 years. Over 25 Cripps men have been fishermen. At any one time there were about 30 Cripps adults in the district. The family and its characters has a legendary reputation among Victorian fisher folk. After the Second World War some of the Cripps fishermen moved to fish for shark in the waters of Bass Strait outside the inlet. Mutton birds on the islands of Bass Strait were also caught. The Bass Strait fishery was a lucrative business but hazardous, and many fishermen preferred to fish inside the inlet. Two Port Franklin fishermen of the Soderlund family were lost outside the entrance in Bass Strait in rough seas in 1951. The well known Olympic woman sprinter Winsome Cripps came from the Port Franklin family. She is remembered for being part of the ‘dropping the baton’ relay disaster at the Helsinki Olympic Games in 1952, but she had many triumphs in her athletic career.
In addition to the Cripps and other families there was a large continent of Scandinavian fishermen at Port Franklin - the Mattsons, Soderlunds, Bergs, Selbergs and Pettersons from Sweden and Finland. Many had come to Australia as seamen. The extraordinary tranquil beauty of Wilson’s Promontory and Corner Inlet meant boats were often used for recreational fishing, picnics and day tours to Doughboy Island and to the northern beaches of the Prom like Chinaman’s Beach. The author Neil Everitt’s family owned one of the Cripps’ boats and he enjoyed decades of recreational fishing and camping on the inlet. Like the author, I had 30 years of marvellous experiences going out fishing in Corner Inlet from Stockyard Creek in a typical shallow wooden boat. The fishery boomed in the 1980s when Melburnians began to patronize fish restaurants, which consumed large quantities of whiting, flounder, snapper and other fish. The number of professional fishermen in Corner Inlet peaked at about 50 in the 1950s, but declined to about 20 by 2000 as the government bought back fishing licences to preserve fish stocks. Since then the number has diminished even further. The author Neil Everitt has done a wonderful job in researching and collating a great amount of information on this important topic, and in presenting it in an easy-to-read form. Neil Everitt They Fished in Wooden Boats: A history of the Port Franklin District and the fishing families, available from the Foster and District Historical Society, PO Box 231, Foster, 3960, for $28 plus $15 postage.
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Welcoming the new English translation of Missal By Sophy Morley THIS year marks a significant event in the liturgical life of the Church. In Australia, from Pentecost Sunday onwards, we will commence using a new translation of prayers, responses and litanies from the new English translation of the Roman Missal. The Missal is the book which priests use for Mass and other liturgical celebrations. It contains the texts of the Ordinary of the Mass (penitential rite, Gloria, Creed, Sanctus, Eucharistic Prayers & Acclamations, Lord’s Prayer, Lamb of God etc) and the Proper of the Mass (Sundays, Feasts and Solemnities of the Liturgical Year including Collects, Prefaces, Entrance and Communion Antiphons etc). The 2010 Roman Missal translation is being introduced by the English-speaking Catholic Bishops Conferences in 11 countries where English is the language used in the liturgy of the Roman Rite. This version of the Roman Missal will also be used in countries where English is widely used but not the predominant language. Many people will have questions about the introduction of the Missal and some will be anxious about the changes, whilst others look forward to them. Here are some basic questions and answers that have been posted up on the new national website www.romanmissalaustralia.org.au Why is there a new translation of the Missal? The missal we currently use was published in 1973 and has served the Church well for nearly 40 years. However over that time there has been much discussion of the need to revise this initial translation of
the Latin into English in order to recapture more accurately the meaning and poetry of the original Latin texts and their allusions to Scripture. In 2001 the Vatican published guiding principles for translating the Latin Missal into other languages. This new translation follows these guidelines and will adhere more closely to the Latin text. It will be more formal at times but will provide a richer and more nuanced translation of our rich heritage of prayer that is contained in the Roman Missal. Who has done the translation? The translation has been done by a group of bishops specialising in translation and linguistics. The International Commission for English in the Liturgy has translated the Latin into English and then submitted the drafts to all the Bishops of the English speaking world. Finally the translation has been approved by the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments with the assistance of a committee called Vox Clara. Is this Missal the Vatican II Missal? It is most definitely the Vatican II Missal. It is the same missal which was produced in 1970 and revised on two later occasions. It is the translation into English that has changed not the original prayers of the Mass. Will it sound very different? Yes, it will. Not only will the people’s responses change but the prayers said by the priest will also change. The Eucharistic Prayers will sound different. Remember, it is not the original Latin Missal that has changed only the translation. So it will be the same Mass that we have had since Vatican II but it will sound different.
Note that the Lectionary readings have not been altered. The Bishops Conference has determined that the new Order of the Mass will be introduced in Australia with the new translation from Pentecost Sunday this year. This will be introduced in Dioceses according to local arrangements. Our Diocese has been preparing for these changes for the past two years. In February 2009, we had in-servicing days for the clergy and diocesan leaders. In October 2010, following the Australian launch of the DVD resource Become One Body One Spirit in Christ, the Diocese was hosted several sessions for parishes, diocesan agencies and the clergy in the use of the DVD to help prepare people for the revised Missal. Each parish should have at least one copy of this comprehensive and well-crafted resource to assist their preparation. The introduction of the revised Missal gives us an opportunity to learn more about the Mass and its history, the various parts of the Mass, what the Eucharist means to us as a people in Christ and how it shapes us to act as Christ’s messengers in our daily lives. The timeline for the introduction of the revised Roman Missal is as follows: Since January 2011 – We can sing the new Mass settings (there are six Australian settings that have been promoted and recommended for use by the Australian Catholic Bishops). We can learn to sing the new texts of Lord Have Mercy / Gloria / Creed / Holy, Holy / Acclamations / Lamb of God. From Pentecost Sunday, June 12, 2011 – We can start to introduce the spoken texts (Greetings, Lord Have Mercy / Gloria / Creed / Preface dialogue/ Holy, Holy / Acclama-
Crazy hair day for Caritas NEWBOROUGH - Caritas Australia is the Catholic Church International Aid Organisation who help families who are less fortunate. Recently, St Mary’s School community supported Caritas through a range of activities. Each family and class at school were presented with a Project Compassion box, in which they were encouraged to contribute what they could to help other people less fortunate. The school arranged a ‘Crazy Hair Day’ fundraiser for Caritas. The children were encouraged to bring along a gold coin donation for the privilege of wearing crazy hair to school. Religious education co-ordinator Trish Mulqueen said “It is part of our Catholic School tradition to support people who are less fortunate than ourselves. The children had a lot of fun and they felt very privileged to be helping other people in need.”
tions / Lamb of God). In our Diocese, there will be a coordinated process for all parishes so that all Masses on a given Sunday in the Diocese, you will be using the same texts. The words for the People’s responses will be on a People’s Mass card that will be sent to parishes in early May. From All Saints Day, November 1, 2011 – The new texts of the Mass become the official texts and its use is mandatory. Introduction of the complete missal will include the Presidential texts (Collects, Prefaces, Eucharistic prayers etc). As the Missal is currently being prepared for publication, these prayers will be approved for use at a date to be set by the Bishops of Australia. In 2010, the Australian Catholic Bishops invited Australian composers to submit music for the new texts of the parts of the Mass. Six Mass settings have been selected and recommended for use in parishes in order to introduce a common repertoire around Australia. Of these six, the Diocese has suggested three settings for immediate use. This will enable people to have some familiarity with Mass settings when they visit other parishes in the Diocese. For the past couple of months, I have been travelling around the Diocese to parishes and regions, presenting workshops on the Roman Missal and showcasing the new Australian music for the Mass. It has been most heartening to see the level of interest and participation and I have very much enjoyed meeting people, answering their questions and presenting music and some teaching on the Mass. I still have a number of workshops to present and am looking forward to encouraging participants to explore the Mass and to deepen their love of it so that they may be energised to continue to live Christ-filled lives. The Diocesan Liturgy Team is currently preparing a resource pack to assist each parish in the implementation of the Roman Missal texts. Resources will include People’s Mass Cards / Bulletin Bits/Commentaries / Homily Notes / Prayers of the Faithful. These will be sent out after Easter.
Sophy Morley is the Diocesan Pastoral Coordinator. She may be contacted at the Diocesan Pastoral Office on 5126 1063 or fax 5126 4399
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In all of this preparation, I would like to refer to the short, but meaningful title of a booklet written by Fr Paul Turner in Chicago in preparation for the revised Missal: New Words, Deeper Meaning, Same Mass. I think that it captures so well the essence of why a new translation of the Mass is being introduced. I hope that with these New Words, that we awaken to a deeper meaning about the mystery of Jesus’ gift to us as we celebrate the same Mass. If you would like to know more, visit the Australian Roman Missal website www. romanmissalaustralia.org.au . The Diocese of Sale’s website also has updates and local information http://www.sale. catholic.org.au/liturgy/romanmissal.html. The New Zealand Roman Missal website has downloadable versions of New Words, Deeper Meaning, Same Mass. http://www.nlo.org.nz
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A Page for Youth
‘Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith’ (Col 2:7)
Sion social justice group in action
Good Youth News with Jess Denehy & Kelly Lucas
WITH only four months to go until the youth of the world descend on Madrid for World Youth Day 2011 there is a flurry of pilgrim preparations going on in Australia at the moment. If you would like to join the Diocesan “Sale to Spain with Spirit” pilgrimage group to WYD2011 you need to get your skates on! Registrations close April 15. All the details can be found by following the Youth Ministry Office links on the diocesan Website www.sale. catholic.org.au. As you can imagine WYD fundraising efforts are in full swing. The youth of St Agatha’s Cranbourne have been organising zumba nights to raise funds for their wyd2011 pilgrims. A young pilgrim from Lumen Christi Churchill has been offering lawn mowing and gardening services for a donation towards his WYD fund. WYD cake stalls have been held in many parishes and young people have been taking their turn running sausage sizzles outside popular hardware stores over the weekend. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Sevenhill Cellars have partnered to raise money for the Australia Pilgrim Support Program. All monies
raised via this wine drive will got to assisting Aussie pilgrims who would not normally be able to afford to go to WYD, attend WYD 2011 Madrid. If you would like to support this effort please go to www.sevenhill.com.au to place your order. Check out the ‘Aussie Pilgrim’ merchadise - the official merchandise for Australian Pilgrims at WYD 2011 Madrid. This small range of merchandise has been developed to identify and unify Australian Pilgrims at WYD 2011. Orders can be placed at www.wyd.org. au/merchandise and will be delivered in July to pilgrimage group office locations around Australia. There is plenty happening for those not making the trek to Madrid too! During the Easter school holidays students participating in youth ministry teams or in leadership positions are invited to attend Oxygen 2011, a student youth ministry leadership retreat. All the details can be found on the diocesan website. In May Sam Clear will be the special guest speaker at reflection afternoons for young teachers hosted by parishes around the diocese. The Young Teacher Reflection Afternoons
will be held at St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Pakenham, 2-6pm, Monday 23 May; the Marion room, St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Warragul, 2-6pm, Tuesday May 24; St Laurence’s Parish Centre, Leongatha, 2-6pm, Wednesday May 25; St Vincent’s Parish Hall, Morwell, 2-6pm, Thursday May 26; and at Chapter House, Sale, 2-6pm, Friday May 27. For more information please contact your parish office. RE 4 the Rabble is just around the corner too. RE 4 the Rabble is a series of catechesis sessions for ordinary, every-day young people. There is no cost to attend RE 4 the Rabble and everyone is welcome. This year our special guest speaker, Fr Brendan Hogan, will explore the World Youth Day 2011 theme “Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith” (cf Col 2:7). Please join us either 12.30pm-2.30pm Sunday May 15 at St Ita’s Hall Drouin (including lunch with the Bishop), OR 4.30pm6.30pm Sunday May 22 at St Mary’s Hall, Maffra. And before we sign off this month we’d like to wish you all a happy and holy Easter from the Youth Ministry Office!
It’s a long road to Licola
ALLY Orr and Kathryn Pickett cooking up a storm. THE Year 8 Social Justice Group at the Sion Campus of Catholic College Sale recently held their first fundraising activity for the year to raise money for Project Compassion. Project Compassion falls across the six weeks of Lent and raises funds for Caritas Australia. The money raised allows Caritas to work with communities across the world to stop hunger, poverty and injustice. The Social Justice group cooked and sold pancakes for a very supportive and hungry
group of Year 7s and 8s. They raised $164.50 which was a fantastic effort. What a motivated group of young people we have who are willing to give up their time to raise money for those less fortunate than us. We can all do more to help others. Every little bit helps in a huge way and is greatly appreciated. Project Compassion is one way that we as a school community can help others less fortunate than ourselves.
SFX students lead Hobart retreat
THE Year Seven students display their raft-building ability at Licola. THE CSYMA class at St Francis Xavier College sent two groups of leaders out to their Year Seven camp at Licola last month. There for the day the Year 11 students assisted in the camp activities, talked to the year sevens and had a lot of fun.
The Year 11s also helped prepare the Mass for the camp. They presented the Gospel of Zacchaeus (Luke 19.1-10) through drama with the message of forgiveness coming through loud and clear. The Year Sevens where attentive throughout the whole Mass
and the Year 11s buzzed the whole way back to Beaconsfield. It was great to see the CSYMA students acting a true role models and doing peer ministry within their own schools.
MEMBERS of the Senior Youth Ministry Team at St Francis Xavier College, Beaconsfield, went to Hobart to run a retreat for students year 9 to 12 students from five Tasmanian schools who are beginning the Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia course at their schools. St Francis Xavier College Senior Youth Ministry Team students; Danelle Dias, Will Aupito Iuliano, Cassie Gawley, Ashleigh Schneider, Dominic Velten and Daniel Grulke were accompanied by James Fitzpatrick, Rhonda O’Connor and Kevin Woodhouse. The SFX students were asked assist in a range of activities: leading icebreaker games and small group discussions, presenting drama’s, sharing short testimonies about their faith, growing in their gifts and the sacrament of Reconciliation.
All this combined with fantastic music led by Kevin Woodhouse, Daniel and Dominic. The retreat was a great success and gave the Tasmanian students a wonderful model of what youth ministry is about and how young people can live their faith in an active, funfilled and joyful manner. Congratulations to the six students who led the retreattheir professionalism, respect and enthusiasm made them exceptional role models for the younger students. The weekend was finished off with a wonderful trip up Mt Wellington and a snow ball fight! A big thank you to the Archdiocese of Hobart’s Catholic Youth Ministry Team for their invitation and hospitality, in providing this opportunity for the SFX students.
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For the Young and Young at Heart Time for a Laugh A DRUNK gets on a bus, staggers down the aisle and sits next to an elderly lady. She looks the man up and down and announces loudly “I’ve got news for you. You are going straight to hell.” Suddenly the drunk gets up and lurches forward shouting “Stop. I’m on the wrong bus.”
Easter colouring contest
home crying after his first day at school. “Mummy, they called me a three-headed monster!” “There, there, there,” replied mum.
A MAN asked his parish priest if he could offer a funeral Mass for his dog which died yesterday. The priest was outraged. LITTLE Johnny was prac- “We don’t offer funeral tising the violin in the living Masses for animals here. room while his father was You might try that new relitrying to read the paper. gion down the road.” When the screeching The man thought for a sound of the beginner’s ef- while and said “how much forts reached the ears of the do you think I should give family dog it started to howl. The father listened to the them for giving my dog a dedog and violin as long as cent send-off. Do you think he could, but eventually $1000 would be enough?” “Now wait a minute,” said could take no more. “For the priest, “you didn’t say pity’s sake, can’t you play something the dog doesn’t the poor dog was a Catholic.” know!” AN amateur archeologist rings up the museum and tells them that he has found a 4000-year-old mummy which had died of a heart attack. While impressed with the find, they doubted that the amateur could ascertain the cause of death. Finally after months of painstaking research, the museum decided that a heart attack was the likely cause WHAT do you have if of death. you’ve got a dyslexic agnosThey phoned up the amatic insomniac? teur to detail their findings. Someone who sits up all “One thing I want to night wondering if there is a know,” said the museum didog! (Think about it) rector “how come you were so sure the mummy died of a THE motorcycle police- heart attack?” man draws up beside a car “That’s easy. When I unbeing driven by an elderly wrapped him I found a slip lady who is steering her car of paper with a note on it. with her elbows so that her When I deciphered it it read hands were free to do some ‘I bet 10,000 shekels on Goknitting. liath’.” “Pull over,” shouts the policeman. THERE once was a man “No,” replies the lady. “It’s called Odd. a scarf.” He had been teased about A GORILLA walks into a his name all his life and so milk bar and orders a banana told his friends that after he died he didn’t want people milkshake. The shop owner thinks still making fun of his name. He asked that he be buried “What can a gorilla know with a blank tombstone. about money?” so he hands And so it was done. back a single dollar in Now when people walking change to the beast. As he hands over the milk- around the cemetery see the shake he says “You know blank tombstone they rewe don’t get many gorillas mark “That’s odd.” in here!” WHAT chord would a pi“No wonder,” says the gorilla “you charge too much ano make if it was accidentally dropped down a mine for milkshakes.” shaft? A flat miner. A LITTLE boy came AN elderly couple were going on a holiday of a lifetime and were in a queue to board the boat when the old lady announced “I wish we had brought the kitchen table.” Her husband replied “You’ve already packed too much.” “I know,” said the wife “but the tickets are on the kitchen table.”
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Who’s a winner this month? AFTER much deliberation over several equally-worthy entries in last month’s St Patrick’s Day colouring contest, we have decided that Pheobe Cunningham, 9, from St Mary’s Primary in Maffra is the latest winner. We will deliver the prize to her after the school holidays. Pictured at left is the previous month’s winner Julia Interligi who attends Trinity Primary School in Narre Warren South. FINALLY, what happens to illegally parked frogs? They get toad away. And, what do you get if you cross a frog with a dog? A croaker spaniel. See you next month !!
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Bishop’s Diary April 8 - Australian Anglican-Catholic National dialogue, Melbourne April 9 - Regional forum, St Mary’s, Bairnsdale, 10.30am April 13 - Council of Priests and Consultors meetings, Sale. April 15 - Mass at Fulham Correctional Centre. April 17 - Passion Sunday Mass, Sale. April 18 - Serra Golf Day dinner, Longford. April 21-24 - Holy Week and Easter, Sale. April 27 - Catholic Education Commission of Victoria board luncheon, Warragul. April 27 - Diocesan Finance Council meeting, Sale. April 28 - Catholic Education Week Mass, St Mary’s
Cathedral, Sale, 11am. April 29 - Catholic Education Leadership Mass and dinner, St Michael’s, Traralgon, 6pm April 30 - Confirmations at Wonthaggi, 6.30pm. May 1 - Confirmations, Wonthaggi, 10.30am. May 1 - Divine Mercy Sunday Mass and celebration of beatification of John Paul II, Cranbourne, 2pm. May 2-3 - Diocesan priests retreat, Millgrove. May 4 - Meeting of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Catholic Council. May 5-12 - Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference plenary meeting, Sydney. May 13 - Visit confirma-
What’s on & when April
tion class at St Mary’s, Maffra. May 13 - Confirmations at Maffra, 7pm. May 14 - Marian conference, Traralgon. May 15 - Confirmations at St Ita’s, Drouin, 10.30am. May 15 - Youth gathering for Finding Home in Jesus, Drouin. May 15 - Confirmations at St Joseph’s, Warragul, 2pm.
Warragul facilities opened
7 - Valley region meeting, Traralgon, noon 8 - School holidays begin 9 – Regional forum for East Region, Bairnsdale, 10.30am 12 – East region meeting, Lakes Entrance, 10.30am 12 – Heart region meeting, Sale chapter house, 4pm 13 - Council of Priests and Consultor meetings, Sale 17 – Palm Sunday 18 – Serra v Priests Golf Day, Sale 20 – CDF Board meeting 22 – Good Friday 23 – Holy Saturday 24 – Easter Sunday 25 – Anzac Day public holiday 26 – Public holiday in lieu of Easter Monday 27 – Finance council meeting 27 - Second term begins
May 2 – Deadline for May Catholic Life 2-6 - Diocesan priests’ retreat, Millgrove 8 – Mother’s Day 9 – Labor Day holiday 11 - South region meeting, St Laurence’s parish centre, Leongatha, 11.30am 11 - May Catholic Life published 14 - Marian conference, St Michael’s Church, Traralgon, 9am 17 – Central Region meeting, St Ita’s parish room, Drouin, 7.30pm 25 – West Region meeting, St Michael’s new hall, Berwick, 10.30am
AT the opening of the new facilities at St Joseph’s Primary, Warragul, are (from left) Russell Broadbent MHR, McMillan, Bishop Christopher Prowse, principal Dominic Ryan and assistant director of Catholic education Lorraine Barlow. WARRAGUL - New buildings Joseph’s and the students par- continued to grow they are very at St Joseph’s Warragul, which ticipate very well and made lucky to have such wonderful were completed at the end of wonderful displays throughout facilities to give their children last year, were blessed and the school related to what their the best possible learning expeopened on March 4. school means to them. riences, it is really amazing to Bishop Christopher Prowse There were also official see just how engaged students celebrated a liturgy with the members from our local parlia- are when using the technolcommunity of St Joseph’s ment, representatives from the ogy and resources available in school and their new hall was Catholic Education Office, the the new library and when takfull of students, teachers, par- architects and the builders pre- ing part in sporting lessons and ents and parishioners. sent as the official party for the class Masses together in the It was a very special and sig- occasion. hall. nificant occasion for the whole As St Joseph’s school has school and the event really marked a new beginning and endless possibilities for learn- COULD parishes which are ers are expected to come into ing in the new areas. Included in the building pro- yet to supply Holy Week and Gippsland for the extended ject were two new classrooms, Easter service times to Catholic Easter break. To minimise the number of a new multi-purpose room, a Media Gippsland please do so phone requests for Mass times, as soon as possible. fantastic new library and a great The times are being published parishes should make use of hall/stadium, with a kitchen inour Web service. on the diocese Website. cluded. Email the times to colinc@ With more than 400 visits a The teachers and students sale.catholic.org.au or fax month checking out our normal have already done so much in the new hall including whole Sunday Mass times, we can ex- them to 5144 3855. school masses, school concerts pect this number to skyrocket Thank you to the many parand bush dances, Italian day over the next couple of weeks. ishes which have responded to celebrations and, of course, lots Flooding in the north of the requests for Easter times. and lots of sport activities! Those who have not respondstate inundated many caravan Bishop Prowse spoke very parks which are still out of ac- ed will have their telephone highly of the students at St tion and so more holiday mak- number listed.
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6 – Queen’s Birthday holiday 6 – Deadline for June Catholic Life 14 - Heart region meeting, (venue TBA), 4pm 15 - June Catholic Life published 15 – CDF Board meeting 16 – Valley region meeting, Morwell, noon. 19 – Special collection in all parishes for St Mary’s Cathedral restoration and enhancement appeal 21 – Shortest day 22 – Finance Council meeting
July 1 - School holidays begin 11 – Deadline for July Catholic Life 18 - Third term begins 19 – Central Region meeting, St John’s parish centre, Trafalgar, 7.30pm 20 - July Catholic Life published
August 1 – Ramadan begins 8 – Deadline for August Catholic Life 9 - Heart region meeting, (venue TBA), 4pm 9 – East region meeting, Bairnsdale, 10.30am 9-13 - Sale Diocese clergy retreat 10 -26 - Bishop in Madrid for
World Youth Day 10 - South region meeting, St Laurence’s parish centre, Leongatha, 11.30am 17 - August Catholic Life published 17 – CDF Board meeting 18 - Valley region meeting, Moe, noon. 22 – Finance Council meeting 24 – West region meeting St Michael’s new hall, Berwick, 10.30am
September 4 – Father’s Day 5 – Deadline for September Catholic Life 7-9 – Australasian Catholic Press Association conference, Adelaide 9-11 – Australasian Religious Press Association conference, Adelaide 13 – Central Region meeting, Marian Room, St Joseph’s, Warragul, 7.30pm 14 - September Catholic Life published 19-23 – Sale Diocese clergy in-service, Corpus Christ College, Carlton 23 - School holidays begin
October 3 – Deadline for October Catholic Life 7-24 - Bishop Prowse in Rome for ad limina visit at Vatican 10 - Fourth term begins 11 - Heart region meeting, (venue TBA), 4pm 12 - October Catholic Life published 19 – CDF Board meeting 20 - Valley region meeting, Newborough, noon. 26 – Finance Council meeting 31 – Deadline for November Catholic Life
November 1 – Melbourne Cup holiday 1 – All Saints Day 2 – All Souls Day 8 – East region meeting, Orbost, 10.30am 9 - South region meeting, St Laurence’s parish centre, Leongatha, 11.30am 9 - November Catholic Life published 11 – Remembrance Day 15 – Central Region meeting, St Ita’s parish room, Drouin, 7.30pm 21 - Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference plenary, Sydney. 23 – West Region meeting, St Michael’s new hall, Berwick, 10.30am 27 – First Sunday of Advent 28 – Deadline for December Catholic Life
December 1 – Valley Region Christmas break-up, Morwell Club, noon 6 - Heart region break up (venue TBA) 7 - December Catholic Life published 14 – Joint meeting of CDF Board and Finance Council (tentative)
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THE ruins of Christchurch’s Blessed Sacrament Cathedral after the February earthquake. THE Diocese of Sale has close links with Christchurch which was devastated by a massive earthquake on February 22. The fourth Bishop of Sale, Patrick Lyons was previously Bishop of Christchurch. The earthquake has virtually destroyed the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Cathedral but in news about the disaster, most of the focus has been on the Anglican cathedral which is a landmark on the city’s central square. Blessed Sacrament Cathedral had been closed since it was badly damaged in another earthquake last September and fortunately no workmen were injured in the latest quake. The two front bell towers collapsed, bringing down most of the façade, and inspections have revealed that the ornate copper dome over the sanctuary will also have to be demolished as it is damaged, with its weight putting undue stress on the ornate columns which hold up the roof. The cathedral which opened in 1905 is built from concrete sheathed in limestone. It is in an Italian Renaissance basilica style with a Byzantine apse and the roof supported by columns down each side. Bishop Lyons was appointed Bishop of Christchurch in 1944 and served there six years before returning to Australia as an Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney in 1950. He was appointed coadjutor Bishop of Sale in 1956 and succeeded Bishop Richard Ryan on his death in 1957.
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WARRAGUL - Last month 190 students and staff from all the secondary schools across the diocese ‘caught the wave’ of faith at a retreat hosted by Marist-Sion College, Warragul. For the students in year 10 or 11 who have begun the Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia program in their RE classes this year, the ‘Catch the Wave’ Retreat was an opportunity to start reflecting on their journey of faith. Students were asked to think about their faith using the analogy of surfing – they had to picture themselves somewhere on the beach. They were asked to circle where they were regarding their faith – watching from a distance, dipping their toes in, paddling out slowly or surfing the big waves.
All students were encouraged to be open to discover their faith and the Gospel message of God’s Love for them in a new way. The response and participation of all the students was exceptional and they are all to be commended for their participation. Catch the Wave also featured an awesome band from St Francis Xavier College, hilarious dramas from everyone, moving testimony, intense discussions and lots of fun. One of the highlights of the retreat was on the Tuesday morning with celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation with Bishop Christopher Prowse, Fr Herman Hengel, Fr Bernie Krotwaar, Fr Tom O’Connell, Fr Bernie O’Brien OMI and Fr Bernard Mahony.
Fears unrest may spread POLITICAL unrest and attempts to overthrow government in northern Africa and the Middle East has aid workers in other parts of the world worried that the unrest will spread to other developing countries. Caritas Australia officer Joanne Thomas who last week visited Sale Diocese to promote Project Compassion, said the concerns were particularly strong in southern Africa. She was able to gauge these concerns during a trip last month to Zimbabwe where she reviewed progress being made on a Caritas emergency water and sanitation project in three regions most affected by a cholera outbreak. Ms Thomas said the Caritas partners were already fearing the worst because if political destabilisation spread to southern Africa to could have a drastic effect on projects delivering vital services for the people. The area was in need of peace building enterprises but the fallout of civil disturbances would be more suffering and loss of life. She said Caritas staff were being given training in security and self preservation for when they find themselves confronted while working in the field. Unfortunately good intentions were sometimes misun-
CARITAS Australia Lenten visitor Joanne Thomas (right) with Sale Diocese missions officer Susan Grout. derstood and a priest in Zimbabwe who had been giving peace and conflict training had been jailed. Social justice groups were trying their best to ensure that Caritas staff would have guaranteed security. Ms Thomas said there were enormous threats to the people of Zimbabwe is political instability spread there. Most observers believed that if an election was to be called it would lead to a lot of unnecessary conflict and bloodshed which would be greater than what occurred in 2008. It was unfortunate that the people were reacting to the news they were hearing from north Africa and this had made the government very uneasy. She said the Catholic Bish-
ops’ of South Africa had recently said it would not be timely to have another election in Zimbabwe before there was great political stability. Joanne is the program coordinators for Africa and Latin America and while she has only been with Caritas for a few months she has wide experience working for non-government organisations in Guatemala, Ghana, Afghanistan, East Timor, Pakistan and Syria. She is a physiotherapist who worked in the health sectors in Australia and the United States before embarking on international maid work. While in our diocese she spoke at Masses in Leongatha, Warragul, Drouin and Traralgon and visited secondary schools around the diocese.
Bishop’s message in Easter video
Catching the wave
BISHOP Christopher Prowse with students from St Francis Xavier Cololege, Beaconsfield, after recording his message in the school’s Easter video. BEACONSFIELD - Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia students from St Francis Xavier College recently travelled to Warragul to film Bishop Prowse as he reflected on “What does Easter mean to you?”. The Bishop’s reflections will be incorporated into a larger video where students and staff from St Francis Xavier College will also share their reflections
on the meaning of Easter. The video will form part of the College’s Easter celebrations which incorporates Stations of the Cross presented by the Remar gold caravel and the College choir. These ceremonies will also be celebrated at St Michael’s Parish Berwick following the 7pm Mass this evening, Wednesday April 6