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Rio adventure awaits By Jess Denehy
SEVERAL million young people from across the planet are making the pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro this month, including 20 pilgrims from the Diocese of Sale. All told there are an estimated 1300 Australians on their way to join Pope Francis for the biggest youth event on the globe. Sale pilgrims are travelling with each of the Victorian Diocese WYD itineraries; Project Peru, Mission Chile, and Roads to Rio. Those on Project Peru jetted out of Australia last weekend on route to Lima. The 43 Victorian pilgrims on this pilgrimage are spending the week working with the Christian Life Movement in the Pamplona shanty town to build a staircase for the community. They will also have the opportunity to tour historic Lima and learn more about the great Dominican saints of Peru before making their way to Rio for WYD. The 50 Mission Chile pilgrims, including Bishop Christopher Prowse, left Australia in the very early hours on Tuesday bound for Santiago, Chile. These pilgrims are being hosted by the Columban Mission parish of San Matias on the south eastern outskirts of Santiago for an immersion experience. As well as joining parishioners in their outreach work pilgrims and parishioners have been sharing stories, sightseeing, cooking and playing sport together. • Continued Page 2.
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ABOVE: At the commissioning Mass in Melbourne are (front from left) Gerard Barnes, Edwin Barnes, Dominic Abraham, leader Jennifer Fitzgerald, (rear) Michael Darling, diocese youth ministry coordinator Jess Denehy, leader Andrew Ross, Fr Francis Otobo, Fr Michael Willemsen, Tayla Delaney, Laura Jenkinson, Matthew Velten. LEFT: The Catholic Education Office group with Bishop Christopher Prowse get excited abaout their adventure (from left) leader Dr Rose Duffy csb, Jess Pahor, Melissa Lewry, Jarryd Atkinson, Janelle McCrae, Leah Telling, Rebecca Crozier and Melissa Anderson.
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Year of Faith, Vatican II anniversary and Rio WYD D
ear Friends in Christ, Jesus,
I wish to write on two major aims of our Year of Faith. The Diocese of Sale is very much involved with both events. YEAR OF FAITH THE VATICAN II COUNCIL One of the chief aims of the Year of Faith is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Vatican II Ecumenical Council (1962-1965). Just recently we have remembered with great affection the death of Blessed John XXIII. He died on June 3, 1963. He was able to open and guide the first session of the Vatican II Council. His remarkable address at the beginning of the council – Gaudet Mater Ecclesia (“Holy Mother Church rejoices”)- set the tone for all that followed. He wanted a “pastoral” council. He knew that the ancient but forever young proclamation of salvation needed a fresh Catholic presentation in a rapidly changing world. Such sentiments echo the call for a “new evangelisation” of more recent
be made! We will first go to Santiago, Chile. The Columban missionary priests, so well known to us in the diocese, and their parishioners will host us for a parish experience in Puente Alta. We will make a pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Teresa. We will be accessible to most Catholics. It is based at San Matias Catholic parish Popes. In the diocese over these past important to read the entire docu- in Santiago. weeks, we have been fortunate to ment and not bits and pieces of the Then we travel to Rio De Janeiro have had Fr Dr Max Vodola from text. Why not join me and begin for WYD (23-28 July). The week the History Department of Catholic reading or re-reading them system- will include catechesis, devotional Theological College, Melbourne, atically? moments and culminates in the Paguide us through this monumentally pal Mass with Pope Francis. There YEAR OF FAITH significant council. could be up to 2 million youth at this WORLD YOUTH DAY 2013 His lectures have been well atMass! RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL tended so far. Thank you so much! Please pray for all the pilgrims in From July 16 until August 4 I this month of July. I believe World It is a diocesan initiative for all of us will be participating with our Sale Youth Days are a gift of the Holy during our Year of Faith On a personal level, I have started Diocesan pilgrims in World Youth Spirit in our times. They are a fruit re-reading slowly the documents of Day, this time in Brazil. A large and of the Vatican II Council. They have Vatican II. We can learn about the growing percentage of Catholics been a breeding ground for fresh vocations to the priesthood and recouncil and about the documents now come from Latin America. It will be a great gathering of ligious life. Pray especially for new that have shaped our living out of our Catholic faith in these past 50 youth throughout the world in our seminarians for the Diocese of Sale. years. However, there is surely no Year of Faith. With every blessing and encourIt will be made even greater with substitute to reading carefully the agement to you and your families, actual documents themselves. They the presence of our new Pope Fran+ Bishop Christopher Prowse are still readily available. They re- cis leading us! A Latin American quire careful reading but would be Pope in Latin America! History will Catholic Bishop of Sale
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New priest arrives
Rio de Janeiro adventure
TRARALGON Newly arrived Indian priest Fr Babu Vadakkekara has been appointed assistant priest at Traralgon. He will say his first Masses this weekend. Fr Babu is a Vincentian priest and in December will celebrate the 10th anniversary of his ordination. He has worked mainly at large retreat centres in Kerala which are operated by the Vincentians. His placement here is for three years, the same as most of the overseas priests working in this diocese. Fr Babu is the youngest of three children in his family.
Finally, another 66 Victorian pilgrims departed on Roads to Rio on Thursday. Heading straight into the WYD host city where they will enjoy a few days of sightseeing in the breathtaking Rio de Janeiro. Overlooked by the open arms of Christ the Redeemer and stretching from its famed beaches to grand mountain peaks, Rio de Janeiro is the perfect backdrop for a vibrant WYD week. The three Victorian groups will merge together on Monday July 22 in Rio de Janeiro to continue their WYD journey together.
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While in Rio the Victorian pilgrims will be staying at “Aussie Central” with about 1200 other pilgrims from around Australia and New Zealand. Aussie Central is the base for the Australian Catholic Bishop’s WYD contingent and is a secure site in a great location to catch all the WYD action. Just 600m from Aussie Central, the Australian Embassy has set up a team working with the Department of Foreign Affairs to support Australian WYD pilgrims while they are in Rio so our pilgrims are very well placed to experience the powerful witness of faith, friendship and festival that WYD is sure to deliver. The official WYD Opening Mass will take place on Tuesday July 23 at Copacabana Beach with the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro; Orani Joao Tempesta. Wednesday will see the beginning of catechesis sessions for pilgrims before all of the Australian pilgrims will celebrate together at the Australian Gathering. Copacabana beach will again be the setting for the arrival of Pope Francis on Thursday and the Stations of the Cross on Friday. On Saturday, along with millions of young people from all over the world, our pilgrims will make their way on foot to Guaratiba, the site of the overnight vigil. Pope Francis will lead the evening vigil, before the legendary under-the-stars pilgrim sleep out. Sunday August 28 is the actual World Youth Day Papal Mass, the summit of an incredible week of celebration, encounter and discovery in the city the locals call Cidade Maravilhosa
– the Marvellous City. Following the rush of WYD week the Victorian pilgrims are heading into the hills behind Rio for a few days of retreat and reflection together. During the retreat there will be time for rest, prayer, Mass, Reconciliation, group discussion, spiritual direction and personal contemplation – time to rest awhile with Jesus and each other. Then it will be time for the pilgrims to begin the long journey home. Victorian pilgrims are due back in Melbourne August 3 and 4. The Australian Catholic Bishops have said; “WYD will be a powerful and life-changing experience for many of the 1,800 young Australian pilgrims attending. The presence of Pope Francis, who has challenged us to “walk the talk” and “go out to those at the margins”, will be felt by everyone – young and notso-young Catholics, people of other faiths and those who have not yet experienced the love God has for all. “ If you would like to be part of World Youth Day from here in Australia Xt3.com will be live streaming the key events from Rio go to http://www.xt3. com/wyd2013/webcast.php and see if you can spot some of the Diocese of Sale pilgrims in the crowd! You can also friend “Wyd Rio Victoria” on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest posts from our Victorian pilgrims. And if you want to really make the most of it with your parish go to http://www.cam.org.au/ Portals/4/Resources/WYD%20 Local%20Celebrations%20 Resource%20FA.pdf for some great ideas for celebrating WYD locally.
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School support for Bishops urge Catholics to engage in political process Caritas works CATHOLICS are being urged to engage in the political process in the lead up to the coming Federal Election and to vote for the common good. Australia’s Catholic bishops have written to the more than 1300 parishes across Australia to ask them to consider the bishops’ Vote for the Common Good election statement. The statement is reproduced on Page 13 of this issue. “As bishops we want to focus your attention on some key issues of vital concern to the Australian community,” the statement says. “We encourage Catholics to look beyond their own individual needs to apply a different test at the ballot box – the test of what we call the common good. The good of the individual and the good of society as a whole must be brought together in harmony. When they are, we have the common good.” Archbishop Philip Wilson, vice president of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference said today that aware of STUDENTS Ashley Huber and Amelia Cassar, who presented the donation cheque, with teacher Irene Bramstedt (left) and diocesan Caritas representative Susan Grout. NEWBOROUGH - Students encouraged to come with crazy and staff at St Mary’s Catholic hair and to bring a gold coin doPrimary School in Newborough nation for Caritas. Recently at a have worked hard to support school assembly, the St Mary’s Caritas Australia, the Catholic community presented Susan Church International Aid Grout from Caritas Australia, a agency. cheque for $730. The student leaders sold icy Mrs Grout was particularly poles as a fundraiser for Cari- grateful to receive the cheque tas and the families and classes on behalf of Caritas. The chilparticipated in Project Compas- dren and teachers at the school sion during Lent. The school were very proud of the contriheld a ‘Crazy Hair Day’ where bution they made. the children and teachers were
Charities urged to seek family funds CHARITIES which wish to share in more than $100,000 in funding from the Bishop’s Family Foundation have until the end of next month to make submissions. The foundation, which is the Catholic Diocese of Sale’s charitable fund, makes annual disbursements for programs to assist families in Gippsland and outer eastern suburbs.. Over the past decade the foundation has distributed more than $850,000 for projects large and small. Only charities with registered tax deductibility status are eligible to apply and therefore no funds are available for individuals. Funding is not restricted to Catholic organisations and in practice, the foundation has always supported programs run by agencies of other churches provided they meet the basic criteria of helping the family. The amount available for distribution each year varies depending on the income generated by the trust fund which holds
more than $2 million donated over the 13 years the foundation has been in existence. The donations have been invested by independent trustees and it is the proceeds of the investments which become available for charities. New money donated during the annual May appeal and at other times during the year are used to maintain the value of the trust. The Bishop’s Family Foundation is unique in that it does not do any charitable works itself but provides the funds necessary to enable other charities to continuing functioning. Applications for funding must be made on the relevant form which is on the diocese website www.sale.catholic.org. au. This form must be filled out on-line, then printed off and signed before being sent in. Closing date is the end of August which gives all eligible organisations time to gather the information required to make an application.
the turbulent political situation, the Bishops saw the importance of outlining some key areas which might inform consciences, while leaving it to voters to make their final decision. “The principles of social teaching cross party political boundaries and Catholics may, in good conscience, form different opinions on the candidates and parties standing for election.” “As Catholics, we need to take our democratic freedoms seriously and become involved in the political process.” Focussing on principles of Catholic social teaching, the bishops outline a range of issues including positions on the poor and vulnerable, marriage and family, life, child protection, migrants and refugees, indigenous Australians, education, health, ecology and sustainability and peace and development. The statement is available for download from www.catholicsvote2013.org.au as a PDF as well as in eBook format.
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Late news: Death of Fr John Allen THE funeral of Fr John Allen will be held at Lakes Entrance at noon on Friday, July 19. He died in Melbourne last Friday afternoon after battling pancreatic cancer. Fr Allen, 60, was parish priest of Iona and Koo Wee Rup parishes and had been on extended leave. For the past few weeks he has been in care at a Melbourne hospital as his condition deteriorated. Fr Allen was the eldest son of Lakes Entrance identities Jack and Therese Allen (both dec.) Catholic Life will publish a full obituary in its next issue
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Ex business manager dies
AMAZING that official Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano has spent a whole page in a recent issue looking at the faith of comic book heroes. It concludes the Hulk was Catholic because in one frame he is depicted holding rosary beads. Further evidence comes from the marriage of his alter-ego Dr Bruce Banner which took place in a Church presided over by a Catholic priest. Batman was also found to be Catholic. The paper referred to him kneeling beside his bed in prayer (What is specifically Catholic about that?) and points out that his mother was definitely Catholic. What we are surprised about is that someone has taken the time to read and analyse hundreds of different comic books. Sign of a misspent youth?
WE are losing patience with media outlets who send out embargoed press releases and then put them on their website and electronic media a couple of days before we can publish. It is becoming a common practice among government departments and sadly even Australian Church agencies to put an embargo on a release and then allow one or two big media players to announce the news before the announcement and before those who have
heeded the embargo have a chance. The whole idea of embargoes is to give all the media a crack at releasing the news at the same time and to prevent some outlets getting scoops. Radio stations are particularly bad at breaking embargoes and we wouldn’t be surprised to see a blow-up in the near future.
OVERHEARD discussion on prayer and one gent said he never prayed late at night as “God goes to bed at 11 o’clock.” It could open a whole new era of theological discussion. After all the Bible says that on the seventh day He rested, so from that can we conclude that He has a kip every now and then? Perhaps after 11pm?
RADIO announcer was talking on July 4 about how it was Bastille Day, commemorating the start of the French Revolution in 1789. Whoops, she was 10 days early. July 4 was American Independence Day.
SALE – Two bishops and seven priests of the Diocese of Sale were among mourners at the memorial service for former Diocese of Sale business manager Jeff Davis on July 2. Although not a Catholic, Mr Davis had worked for the diocese for about 14 years before succumbing to cancer on June 26. He was 63. The memorial service was held at the historic Kilmany Park homestead near Sale and was led by Fr Bernard Buckley, Lakes Entrance. First speaker Bill Jessep told the story of Mr Davis’s personal life and how he was the fourth generation of his family to farm the rich Riverslea flats near Maffra. The service was organised during his final illness by Mr Davis who selected the songs
and chose who was to speak. Long time friend Grant Pearce read a piece of bush poetry written by Mr Davis after a hunting trip in NSW and then John Gibson spoke warmly of his association with Mr Davis, yachting and the overseas trips they had shared with their wives and other friends. Marion Atherstone sung the Bobbie Goldsborough classic Honey, a touching note of the service as Honey was the pet name by which Mr Davis referred to his wife Louise. Bishop Emeritus Jeremiah Coffey spoke of first employing Mr Davis as the accounts assistant and wondered whether he would be able to put up with the Catholic way of doing things. Bishop Christopher Prowse also spoke in praise of the way Mr Davis had handled the dif-
Jeff Davis ficult task of moving the diocesan staff and offices to Warragul last year. Mr Davis leaves his wife Louise, children Adam and Bronny, son-in-law Josh, and a granddaughter Evangeline.
Two Popes to be canonised THE way has been opened for former Popes, John XXIII and John Paul II, to be made saints before the Christmas. Pope Francis has given his widely expected formal approval to a second miracle attributed to John Paul II. Journalists in the Holy See Press Office, busy getting to grips with Pope Francis’ first encyclical the Light of Faith (Lumen Fidei), were surprised when press office director, Fr
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Federico Lombardi SJ, called them back for a second announcement: Pope Francis had approved the cause for canonisation of two of his much loved predecessors - Blessed John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II. Furthermore, he approved the favorable votes of the Ordinary Session of the Congregations Cardinals and Bishops regarding the canonisation of Blessed John XXIII. This slightly unusual gesture was explained by Fr Lombardi, who told journalists that despite the absence of a second miracle it was the Pope’s will that the sainthood of the great Pope of the Second Vatican Council be recognised. Fr Lombardi said that a canonisation without a second miracle was still valid, given that there was already the existing miracle that lead to the John XXIII’s beatification. He also pointed to ongoing discussions among theologians and experts about whether it is necessary to have two distinct miracles for beatification and canonisation. Certainly, he added the Pope has the power to dispense, in a Cause, with the second miracle. However, there was no mention of dates, neither for the Consistory nor for the Canonisations. Fr Lombardi did not rule out that both celebrations could coincide, and he did express his belief that they would take place by the end of the year. Either way, any date
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Plans to restore water damage in Sion chapel SALE - Each year, on the second Sunday in November, a gathering is scheduled for the Friends of Sion. Since the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion arrived in Sale in 1890, many people in the district have come to admire and support their charism and their community. When the decision was taken for the last residential Sister to leave Sale about five years ago, this “Friends” group was established. Many of those who gather are former students of Catholic College Sale, particularly the women who were boarders. Last year, as we visited the chapel, it was noted that the iconic “niche”, which has quite a remarkable history, has suffered the effects of water damage during its 110 years. A decision was made immediately to collect donations and start a fund to arrange repairs. As the building is one of the most significant in Gippsland, it was not just a matter of finding a sanding block and buying a few litres of paint. The history of the design and construction of the Chapel and its components had to be revisited. First stop, the Gippsland Times archives where on August 22, 1901, there was page 3 article headed “Convent of Notre Dame de Sion - The recent additions.”. The additions to the Convent of Notre Dame de Sion,
including a Chapel, will be formally opened this afternoon by His Lordship the Bishop of Sale.... A feature which attracts the attention when entering the chapel, beside the loftiness, is a niche at the chapel end over the altar, and in which is placed the figure of Our Lady standing on rocks and with a background of palms and a distant city. The lighting of the niche is very striking, coming as it does from an unseen opening in the ceiling of the niche.... The internal height of the chapel is 41 feet, and represents three stories of the main building. Deputy principal of Catholic College Sale, Peter Centra, arranged for a close inspection of the exact techniques for the formation of the niche, and an assessment of the need for expert assistance in arranging any repairs. He also contacted Sr Angela Bayliss, the archivist for the Sion Sisters and asked her to study the entries in the house journals of Sale, 1901. Research since that time has uncovered some interesting facts about the artist and some of the drama in the months leading up to the opening. The journal entries were in French, but the translation revealed that the background of the niche was painted by an Italian artist, Girolamo Nerli,
on a canvas, in Melbourne, transported to Sale and sealed in the niche by the artist who ‘touched up’ the painting ‘in situ’. With the chapel height at more than 12 metres, it was not an easy task.
is not restricted to former students. We have a database of Friends of Sion, but know there are many more who may wish to add their names, or family or friends names, to the contact list for invitations and updates. Please do this by contacting CeCe Kingwill, 80 Raglan St., Sale 3850, phone 5144 6340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We would love you to join us in the Marcellin Room at the Sion Campus of Catholic College Sale on Sunday November 10 between 11am and 3pm. There will be a sit down lunch, proceeds of which will go to the chapel refurbishment. Even if you are unable to attend this year, you are welcome to make a donation to the project through Mrs Kingwill.
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THE tall statue of Our Lady of Sion stands on large rocks in the niche above the altar in the chapel at the former convent. To complete the restoration, we will need to continue the fundraising, and seek further donations. Sr Lauraine Brice has crocheted a rug to be raffled, so watch for details of ticket sales. The opportunity to meet annually is open to everyone, and
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Comment on Towards Healing welcome TRUTH Justice and Healing Council chief executive officer Francis Sullivan has welcomed the Royal Commission’s call for public comment on Towards Healing - the Catholic Church’s principles and procedures for responding to complaints of abuse. Speaking shortly after the release of the Royal Commission’s second issues paper, Mr Sullivan said Towards Healing was evidence of the church’s professional approach to the scourge of sex abuse. “Towards Healing has been reviewed a number of times since it was first introduced in 1996,” Mr Sullivan said. “The Towards Healing protocols have radically improved the Church’s handling of sex abuse allegations and its treatment of victims of abuse. “If Towards Healing had been in place prior to the 1990s, we’d have fewer scandals and fewer people would be living with the impact of abuse. “We welcome this opportunity for further examination of these protocols. “We will be making a submission and we encourage others to
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WARRAGUL - St Joseph’s Primary School in Warragul celebrated Catholic Education week with a visit from well-known Australian religious songwriter, singer and musician, Andrew Chinn. Students spent time with Andrew learning a variety of songs, their meaning and their accompanying actions, and then they were part of a whole school concert to showcase all that they had worked on. The concert was attended by a many parents and younger siblings and was a wonderful
afternoon of enjoyment, laughter and joyful singing. So many schools throughout our diocese use Chinn’s songs at Masses, in religion lessons and at assemblies, and the students of St Joseph’s absolutely love them! Chinn is an amazingly energetic and talented performer and has performed at nearly 900 schools across Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada. He has an extensive background in Catholic schools as a primary school teacher for 20 years and has been song writing
since 1993. Religious education co-ordinator Janelle Szkwarek said “It was a wonderful day for our students. Andrew has an amazing way of engaging students, tells great stories and seems to be able to get a smile on each child’s face, making everyone feel special. “The theme of Catholic Education Week was “Faith in Action” and what a great way for our students to share their faith with others, through proudly singing religious songs together.”
Everything has its purpose ONE of our neighbors died recently. She was in her 90s and, while she was in what could only be described as fragile health, she refused to leave her home where she lived alone since her husband died over 20 years ago. People came to see her each day – a neighbor of long standing almost as old as her called in each day, the police checked on her and a long list of others who discovered at her funeral that they had also been part of that list. Sometimes I met at her letterbox around five in the afternoon when she told me that is was her loneliest part of the day. This is not an advertisement or an endorsement for those who, like our neighbor, wish to stay at home. It is not always possible or the right thing to do but it struck me how much she contributed to the lives of others, despite being housebound, lonely and in a parlous state of health. Despite being weak or in bad health and weakened by old age, these people still mean much in God’s eyes and often contribute in ways we cannot imagine to our world. When bad things happen, when we are faced with pain or sickness or confronted by some of the dreadful things that happen across the world, many people question how God can allow this to happen. There is a tendency to think that prosperity, good fortune and pain-free lives would prove that God loves us. On the other hand, Jesus said that the measure of our own goodness is how we respond to those who are beset by adversity. He even told us that we
Reflections by Jim Quillinan should love our enemies! In our final encounter with him he will invite us to tell our life story, not in terms of our wealth, or power but in terms of how we have addressed those who are in need or lonely or sick or imprisoned, how we have given of ourselves without expecting anything in return. Today there is also a tendency to measure people’s value by what they contribute to ‘our economy’. The more they make, the more powerful they are the more respect they deserve seems to be the prevailing wisdom. Sadly, those who do not fit that pattern are undervalued, even overlooked. Those who are unemployed, those who are afflicted by mental health issues, those who are seeking refuge within our shores appear to have much less value than these others. It is not how Jesus saw the world: “When you give a lunch or dinner, do not ask your friends, brothers, relations or
rich neighbors,” Jesus tells us. “No, when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind.” It was interesting to see the number of people who visited this elderly neighbor. She was not famous or rich or powerful, she was not one of the winners, the beautiful people. She was alone, sick and infirm but quite a number of people’s lives were enriched by contact with her over these years.
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Students hear about Sudan and East Timor SALE - Catholic College Sale students welcomed two guest speakers to the Sion Campus last term Deng Chuor, a seminarian originally from Sudan and Br Frank McIntosh, who will lead the college’s East Timor immersion in September. Both Deng and Br Frank spoke to the group of Year 7 and 8 students about schools in South Sudan and East Timor for which they are raising awareness and afterwards the students held a fundraising barbeque to raise money to support these worthy causes. Deng presented a touching and emotionally charged speech revealing his upbringing in Southern Sudan, where civil war, poverty and hatred are customary and peace uncertain. He recounted his childhood growing up in a land of anguish and famine as the Southern Sudanese were unable to grow food or earn money to feed themselves, therefore malnutrition and starvation became widespread. At a young age Deng recalled walking for days with his family in the torturous African heat without any food or water to flee to Kenya in an attempt to avoid the dangerous war raging in their homeland. After 12 years in the Kakuma Refugee camp, Deng, his mother and his siblings left Sudan to start a new life in Australia. After completing his schooling in Adelaide, Deng remembers the difficult times in Sudan and the caring and compassionate priests and nuns from the Western World who had dedicated their lives to helping those less fortunate in Southern Sudan. Deng said “I found it difficult to understand why these priests and nuns would leave their wonderful countries to come and live with refugees. “When I thought back later, I was deeply moved by their work and commitment. I still remember what my parish priest would say to me “They
take your cattle and burn your homes, they take your mothers and kill your fathers, but be sure of one thing they will never take away, our faith, hope and love of Christ is always yours to keep”. This is what inspired me to become a priest”. Deng is now supporting a school in Southern Sudan called Cabra Primary School which is named after Cabra Dominican College in Adelaide where Deng was a student. Br Frank McIntosh spoke about the immersion experience which will be held for a group of Year 11 students in East Timor in September to become acquainted with the life and culture of the East Timorese and in some small way help these people. The Marist Brothers’ involvement in East Timor began in 2000, when the Brothers were asked to assume the leadership of the newly founded Teachers College in Baucau. Three places have been identified which the school considers it will be able to assist - the Catholic school at
Abafala, the Literacy and Youth Centre at Ponte Leste and a youth and study centre called ‘Oasis’ in the poor area of the
town of Baucau. Together with two other Marist Colleges, Galen College Wangaratta and Notre Dame
Shepparton, funds are being raised to rebuild the Catholic Primary school at Abafala.
SEMINARIAN Deng Chour, Matthew Gover, Br Frank McIntosh and Shann Darmuc after the informative talks at Catholic College Sale.
Community initiatives for families AUGUST will see the launch of CatholicCare Gippsland’s annual appeal in parishes throughout the Diocese of Sale. Funds raised will be go back into the local area in a range of programs and services designed to meet the specific needs of Gippsland residents, with a focus to build and strengthen our families. Working on behalf of the Catholic community, CatholicCare takes up the challenge of helping keep vulnerable families together where possible, caring for those in the community who are in need or require support regardless of their faith, cultural background or personal values. At the heart of this year’s annual appeal is the theme “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child”, encouraging us all
to take time to reflect on the ways families and communities need to share responsibility for raising children.
CatholicCare appeal Family relationships program manager Anthea Dacy says “The aim of this year’s annual appeal is to cement CatholicCare’s place in the Gippsland community. “We want to work with locals to enhance our existing programs, but more importantly, we want to develop initiatives to meet the unique needs of the diverse Gippsland community within the Diocese of Sale. “I believe that together we can deliver vital resources to those local families who are doing it tough.” CatholicCare Gippsland continues to develop and
strengthen its post-separation programs, supporting those whose relationship has broken down. In these situations CatholicCare focuses not only on the couple but most importantly on meeting the needs of the children. Working directly with children, helping them share their thoughts and feelings, CatholicCare counsellors assist them to understand the situation and also strengthen their relationship with both parents for the future. Our services aim to keep families out of the family court system and our practitioners are accredited under the Attorney General’s department to assist parents to reach agreements which are both practical and in the best interests of the children.
CatholicCare Gippsland also continues to offer family and relationship counselling from a range of locations across the diocese – from Pakenham to Bairnsdale with Sale and Warragul in between! CatholicCare is looking at new opportunities and ways of meetings needs across the diocese. With support from the local community, CatholicCare will be able to deliver a responsive range of services across the Diocese of Sale, furthering their commitment to support and nurture families in all their diversity, particularly the most vulnerable and needy. If you would like to learn more about CatholicCare’s annual appeal or its programs and services, please contact Anthea Dacy on 5622 1188.
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Priest’s ordination Youth games a great feat to be in India By Cassie Gawley
DEACON Siju Xavier will be ordained a priest for Sale Diocese at a ceremony in India on October 5. Bishop Christopher Prowse will travel to Kerala to take part in the ordination which will be performed by Archbishop George Valiamattan at St Mary’s, Thermala. He will be ordained in both the Syro-Malibar and Latin rites. Siju’s ordination to the deaconate took place at Cranbourne in September last year. At that time his parents came out from India for the ceremony but because he comes from a large family and many more relatives wanted to attend his ordination to the priesthood, it was decided to have the ceremony in India. When he returns to Australia he will celebrate a series of
Deacon Siju Xavier Masses in this diocese, at this stage in Berwick, Traralgon and Bairnsdale, to give others a chance to share in his ordination. Bishop Christopher Prowse will announce Siju’s first appointment after the ordination.
WARRAGUL - Over the Queen’s birthday weekend, 30 young people and volunteers from the Diocese of Sale attended the State Youth Games at Lardner Park in Warragul. The group made up Peter’s Crew and thoroughly enjoyed themselves over the three days. The weekend was a terrific success with many sports being played by Peter’s Crew including dodgeball, soccer, AFL and netball as well as many individual sports such as Uno, street art and 10 pin bowling! Bishop Prowse came down to watch the participants play some sports and many volunteers helped make the weekend run smoothly. There really was something for everyone at the State Youth
BISHOP Christopher Prowse rugged up against the cold with Peter’s Crew team members (from left) Emilie, Cassie, Sam and Jacinta. Games and the Youth Ministry Office is looking forward to making Peter’s Crew even bigger for next year!
Family retreat planned for next year
A SPECIAL family weekend for Sale Diocese is planned for next year. The Camp Nazareth Family Retreat will be held at Trafalgar East on March 15-16. The diocese will be inviting families of all shapes and sizes to participate in a weekend retreat of prayer, conversation, socialising and simply having time together. Make sure you pencil in Camp Nazareth in your diary today! More details will be released in coming months.
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WAITING to compete are (from left) Ruby, Brandon and Jeremy.
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Concert to fund works on Dargo’s little church DARGO – Urgent repairs are needed for the historic St Joseph’s Church in the mountain village of Dargo, which comes under Maffra parish. On Easter Sunday about 90 people from the Catholic and Anglican communities celebrated the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. There will be a fund raising night at the RSL Bairnsdale on August 10 at 7.30pm, $15 per person. Performing are The Hoffman’s. Heather and David Hoffman are coming up from Koroit. This couple are very well accredited and Heather was trained as an operatic singer, does comedy skits and so forth. There will be door prizes and whatever antics to boot! For more information contact Laurie Martin on 5147 2487 or 0427 846 032. Bookings and
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Fr John O’Kelly gold jubilee FR John O’Kelly, Bairnsdale, will celebrate the Golden Jubilee of his priestly ordination. A special jubilee Mass will be celebrated at St Mary’s Church, Bairnsdale on July 28 at 10am. Friends and parishioners will gather in the parish centre afterward to help celebrate the milestone. Fr O’Kelly was ordained a priest by Bishop Patrick Phelan at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale, on July 27, 1963.
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The more things change, the more they stay the same Talking Catholic Education with Maria Kirkwood with the federal government, having been given extra time to do so following the change of leadership. Meanwhile, the nongovernment education sector, which includes but is not limited to Catholic schools Australia wide, continue to consider the implications of the significant changes involved in this reform package. There are a few things we need to be reminded of during this time. First and foremost is that we are not just talking about a funding model here, although this is a large element
Trinityâ€™s biggest morning tea NARRE WARREN - The biggest morning tea was held at Trinity Catholic Primary School, Narre Warren South, on June 7. This is held annually in memory of the Trinity Parents and Friends who have died from cancer over the years. This year raised $500, due to the support of people who came to the event, people who supported the craft stall over the past month and to the tremendous work of the Grades 5 and
6 children, their parents and their teachers. Over the past three years the Grade 5 children have taken on the home learning task of cooking for the event along with the help of their parents. The Grade 6 children take on the task of welcoming, serving, pouring tea and coffee and clearing up afterwards. Of course there is always more food than can be eaten and the children share in the left-overs.
of the debate. We are looking at education reform generally. The funding elements are tied to expectations of lifting the bar on educational outcomes across the board. The aspirations put forward by the previous Prime Minister, for where Australia should sit in terms of international educational standards, was commendable. Whether or not this particular reform package in its entirety is the correct vehicle to achieve this, is part of the debate at the current time. At a recent meeting of Catholic education directors it was interesting to note that a survey that had been conducted to ascertain perceptions of Catholic education, funding issues and the like, found that many respondents, both Catholic and non-Catholic alike, believed that Catholic schools received more funding than government schools. The fact that Catholic schools receive 80 percent of the costs of educating a child in a government school, and therefore raise the extra 20 percent by a number of means including school fees, was not uniformly understood.
Students enrolled in Catholic schools and who have special education needs requiring extra assistance with their learning are also currently funded less by government. One of the issues that need to be reflected on here is that to date, the Catholic system has enjoyed a degree of autonomy and the capacity to direct and manage its schools and the education process whilst still responding appropriately to a range of necessary compliance regulations. In Victoria that autonomy includes a high degree of local decision making, including local employment decisions which ultimately rest with parish priests and canonical administrators with the assistance of local Catholic
Education Offices. It is this autonomy that forms a significant part of the debate we are engaging in with the Federal Government at the moment. On a positive note, enrolments in Catholic schools continue to increase. In the Sale diocese there has been a 2.8 percent increase in enrolment from 2012-2013. This is encouraging and points not just to the population growth in areas to the west but also to the quality of the education being offered in our Catholic schools. It is worth keeping a close eye on and engaging where possible in the debate around what is in the best interests of Catholic schools and Catholic students in Australia.
Australian youth festival set to be a huge event By Cassie Gawley THE Australian Catholic Youth Festival is fast approaching and before you know it we will be travelling to Melbourne for the largest national youth gathering since World Youth Day in Sydney. Registrations are now open for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival to be held in Melbourne in December this year. Festival organisers are ex-
pecting 3000 young people to travel from all over Australia to attend the festival which showcases workshops, listening forums and plenary gatherings across the East Melbourne Precinct, including Australian Catholic University, and Festival Hall. Numbers are strictly limited so get your youth group together and start registering! For more information visit www.youthfestival.catholic.org. au o th
I WROTE last month about the funding debate, or Gonski, as it has been known affectionately in recent times, giving rise to the tag line of â€œGive a Gonskiâ€? to show support for the particular funding and education reform model put forward by the Federal Government. Since writing that article some significant changes have occurred. These have included the passing of the Australian Education Act and a subsequent change of Prime Minister and Minister for Education. We now no longer have Gonski but the Better Schools Plan. Political positions can change, nomenclature can change but it doesnâ€™t mean that anything fundamental shifts in the process. We continue to watch and wait as State Governments consider their situation and negotiate
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The effect of property values The wealth perception THERE have been a number of articles lately about the “wealth effect”. This is the effect that increasing asset prices have on individual’s perception of their wealth and the fact that they would more readily increase their spending. At present, industrial and consumer demand is not recovering rapidly from the trauma of the global financial crisis. Housing demand is recovering as the latest figures show and in the USA, which is still the consumer power house of the world, housing demand is looking better and better every month. But what is the Wealth Effect? All the research I have come across is American, but that’s not a problem. Our economy is of a similar nature and because we depend on the USA and China economically it is strongly affected by USA growth, or lack of it as the case may be. The USA and most of Europe is using monetary policy to enhance the Wealth Effect to encourage spending by consumers and therefore investment by industry. Bernanke, Chairman of the USA Federal Reserve Committee, has led a strong and continued purchasing program of USA bonds – to the tune of US$81 billion every month. USA official rates are at about zero and the continued buying of bond is intended to keep the bond prices up and the effective interest rates low. These low rates are expected to
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filter through the economy and encourage spending on assets such as housing and shares. Because the wealth effect is supposedly triggered by these asset price increases, then so spending will increase, business will recover and Government assistance can be reduced. We are still seeing a rise in share prices and the housing prices are the highest in five years in the USA. Housing prices are rising in Australia again and auction clearance rates have improved. Our property market is looking rosier indeed. Yes, our interest rates are at the lowest point in decades. Our sharemarket over the last year improved even more than the property market so is the Wealth Effect happening here and in the USA and will it have the desired effect? A recent update by the original authors of the concept there is “at best weak evidence of a link between stock market wealth and consumption,” the economists wrote. “In contrast, we do find strong evidence that variations in housing market wealth have important effects upon con-
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sumption,” they said. The research also identified that the effect contracts at the same rate if house prices fall. So while nearly all the world apart from China, wants asset prices higher and are working as hard as interest rates will allow to achieve that, it also seems to be working to some extent. House prices are higher. Share markets are higher, employment in some countries is at least stable. In the USA the housing market is reaching numbers not seen since before the GFC and prices are rising, houses are selling and therefore the banks are more likely to foreclose on mortgage arrears. One of the reasons that the central banks are looking at keeping interest rates low is that there is little option as most other policy approaches require the governments to spend money and create jobs and possibly push up inflation. How ironic that the latest Canadian research, supported by my own small number of conversations with family and friends, says the real wealth factor is the wages and jobs backdrop is most important. In a real survey of real consumers, 65 percent thought employment was what mattered most in their decision to spend. Job security and a wage rise would lead to a far greater level of spending than any wealth effect from property, and especially shares. It’s common sense really. I will be speaking in Bairnsdale (at the Racing Club) on Wednesday August 27 if any readers would like to attend. The details are elsewhere on this page.
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22 – St Mary Magdalene memorial 23-28 – World Youth Day, Rio de Janeiro 25 – St James Feast Day 27 – Golden Jubilee of ordination of Fr John O’Kelly, Bairnsdale, Mass 10am 27-28 – Men Alive weekend, Mary MacKillop Room, Kay St., Traralgon.
August Social Welfare – CatholicCare Collection month 3 – First Sunday devotions, Immaculate Conception Church, Fish Creek, 10am to noon 5 – Deadline for August Catholic Life 6 – Transfiguration of the Lord solemnity 8 – St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Feast Day 9 - International Day of Indigenous Peoples (UN) 10 – Fundraising night for Dargo Church, at Bairnsdale RSL, 7.30pm 12 – International Youth Day (UN) 13 - East region meeting, Bairnsdale, 10.30am 14 – Catholic Life publication 15 – Assumption solemnity (Holy Day) 15 – Valley region meeting, Traralgon, noon Mass, followed by meeting 17 - Diocesan pastoral council meeting, St Michael’s Parish Centre, Traralgon 20 – Central region meeting, Warragul, 7.30pm 21 – West region meeting, Nar Nar Goon, 10.30am 22 – Queenship of Mary memorial
September 1 – Father’s Day 1 – Priests’ Welfare Foundation annual Father’s Day Collection 2 – Jewish New Year 2 – Deadline for September Catholic Life 4-6 – Australasian Catholic Press Association conference, Melbourne 6-8 – Australasian Religious Press Association conference, Melbourne 7 – First Sunday devotions, St Joseph’s Church, Korumburra, 10am to noon 10 – 20th anniversary of ordination of Fr Bernard Buckley, Lakes Entrance 11 – Catholic Life publication 14 – Exaltation of the Holy Cross Feast Day 16 – Silver jubilee of ordination of Fr Mark Godridge, Bunyip 20 – Third term ends 21 – International Day of Peace (UN) 21 – St Matthew Feast Day 23-25 – Secondary students youth camp 25 – Migrant and Refugee Sunday Mass with Bishop Prowse, St Michael’s Church, Berwick, 2pm 27 – St Vincent de Paul memorial 30 – Deadline for October
October 1 – International Day of Older Persons (UN) 1 – St Therese of the Child Jesus memorial 4 – St Francis of Assisi memorial 6 – Daylight Saving begins (turn clocks forward one hour) 7 – Fourth term begins 7 – Our Lady of the Rosary memorial 10 – World Mental Health Day 10 – Catholic Life publication 15 – St Theresa of Avila memorial 17 – Valley region meeting, St Mary’s, Newborough, noon 18 – St Luke Feast Day 29 – Mission Sunday (special collection) 23 – South region meeting, Leongatha, 11.15am 28 – Sts Simon and Jude Feast Day
November 1 – All Saints solemnity 2 – All Souls solemnity 3 – Annual pilgrimage to shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale 4 – Deadline for November Catholic Life 5 – Melbourne Cup Day holiday 6 – East region meeting, Orbost, 10.30am 10 – Annual Our Lady of Sion College reunion, Sale 11 – Remembrance Day 12 – Diocesan pastoral council meeting, Sion House, Warragul 13 – Catholic Life publication 19 – Central region meeting, Drouin, 7.30pm 20 – West region meeting, Nar Nar Goon, 10.30am 21 – Presentation of the BVM memorial 24 – Christ the King solemnity 30 - St Andrew Feast Day
December 1 – Advent begins 2 – Deadline for December Catholic Life 3 – St Francis Xavier memorial 5 – Valley region Christmas lunch, Morwell Club, noon 5-7 – Australian Catholic Youth Festival, Melbourne 6 – St Nicholas memorial 8 – End of term for most secondary schools 9 – Immaculate Conception solemnity 11 – Catholic Life publication 20 – School holidays begin (primary schools) 24 – Christmas Eve 25 – Christmas Day (Holy Day) 26 – Boxing Day 26 – St Stephen Feast Day 27 – St John Feast Day 28 – Holy Innocents Feast Day 29 – Holy Family Feast Day 31 – New Year’s Eve
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Archbishop Mannix’s public roles - Part 2 THE second part of a talk given at the conference Daniel Mannix: His Legacy sponsored by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne:
Pro-government Strategist MANNIX’S disdain for terrorists becomes important later at a crucial juncture in Australia’s history – the grim days of 1941, when our nation was in mortal danger. In August 1941 Bob Santamaria, with Mannix’s backing, formed the Movement to eradicate Communist influence in the unions, particularly the Communists’ continued disruption of our war effort. It was revealed that the Menzies government had been secretly funding antiCommunist activity through the Newcastle Miners’ Union and the Movement. The man in charge of the secret fund in 1941 was the man who had set it up in 1917, none other than Billy Hughes, now Menzies’ Attorney General. Was Mannix, Hughes’ leading opponent in the first world war, now taking the king’s shilling from the same man in the second? We have here an apparently extraordinary contrast between the early and later Mannix. In 1921 Mannix was backing a revolutionary group, Sinn Fein, trying to overthrow a government; in 1941, only 20 years later, he was opposing a revolutionary group, the Communists, who were trying to undermine our government. We can begin to sort out these apparent conundrums if we
Gippsland History with Patrick Morgan realize that Mannix was never temperamentally a supporter of terrorists or revolutionaries. Terrorists in power usually remain natural-born killers. Mannix and Santamaria, because both were well versed in counter-governmental strategies themselves, were among those people in Australia who understood the Communist strategy, and their religious disposition gave them further reasons to oppose it. Mannix’s use of a countergovernment strategy against Hughes in World War 1 was not subversive of democracy, as Communist activities were in the second: Mannix won a constitutional referendum vote. A crucial difference was that British rule in Ireland was oppressive, whereas our Australian government’s rule here never was, even under Billy Hughes.
Aristocrat During the interwar decades, as the connection with Ireland lessened, Mannix imperceptibly acted more as the remote aristocrat and less as the tribal chieftain, ruling now by distance rather than closeness. He gradually withdrew his personality, though not his voice, from the public domain and rendered himself untouchable. In Australia Mannix was
technically an aristocrat, a Prince Bishop in the European mould with his own coat of arms. But even before he became a prelate he was known at the Maynooth seminary as the ‘Roman emperor’. Mannix had
a patrician demeanour before his elevation to the rank; his consecration as an archbishop therefore confirmed him as an aristocrat as much as it made him one. Mannix gradually affected the style of a European grandee – the regal bearing, silken top hat adding to his considerable height, black cope and silver cane, doling out trinkets to the plebs on his strolls through Collingwood. He did not socialize, he did not go to dinner
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gelisation are all touched on by the author. It is not a difficult read and many of the chapters are only a few pages long but they offer a different perspective to many others who have written about this great man. MEET MARY MACKILLOP by Sally Murphy, illustrated by Sonia Martinez, published by Random House Australia, distributed by Rainbow Books, hard cover, 32 pages, rrp $19.95. THIS book is designed for children and would make an ideal addition to home and school libraries. The story of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop is told simply and is well illustrated. It doesn’t concern itself with her family struggles during childhood but picks up the story with Mary and her sisters Mary and Lexie going to South
The long final decades added a further sense of removal, in which he retained authority by the aura which surrounded him. All his life he worldwearyingly took on the tasks of public leadership; he was part of events but he also saw beyond them. Mannix’s teaches us to transcend the issues nominated for us by current opinion formers, to view events from a longer and higher perspective.
Conclusion Mannix was a product of Ireland, Europe and the
ARCHBISHOP Mannix with Bishop Phelan and parishioners in the grounds at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale, in 1919.
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WITH the late Pope John Paul II heading quickly to sainthood, there will be many more books written about him. It is refreshing to read this offering by Fr John Winson, a Pallotine priest from Kew which was released earlier this year. Winson does not present a detailed biography on John Paul II, not does he try to sum up all the high and lows of his pontificate. Given the length of time he was Pope, this would result in a wordy tome which would make difficult reading. The author here gives his perspective on the Pope as a philosopher and pastor to the Church. He looks at the Pope’s early experiences in life and how these helped to form the man who he describes as a great statesman who was able to lead the world into a new era, living the philosophy he called “the culture of life.” The Pope’s prayer life, Marian devotions, thought on marriage and the family and evan-
parties, nor did he frequent Government House. At Raheen Mannix had no court, no clerical retainers or flunkeys. We are accustomed to think traditional power hierarchies took the form of a pyramid. But Mannix’s had a flattened structure - below him there was a gap, and then all were equal. Mannix appointed almost no monsignors; the reason usually alleged is that he did not wish to seek permission from Rome for their appointment.
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A much more likely reason is he wanted no barons with independent fiefdoms and rivalries to flourish. One Monsignor got under his guard - Fr Hannan was made monsignor with the rank of Domestic Prelate by the Apostolic Delegate. On one occasion Mgr Hannan is said to have gunned his smart red sports car into the drive at Raheen and come to a screeching halt amid the smell of burning oil and flying gravel. Mannix observed: ‘If that’s a domestic prelate, I wouldn’t like to see a wild one.’ That story has gone the rounds, but who knows if it actually happened? The point of the many Mannix anecdotes is not whether they are true or not, but the fact that they proliferated, and added to the mystique which gradually enveloped him. Mannix didn’t put himself out - he made you come to him, and when you did he said nothing - you had to do the talking. Not revealing himself of course added immeasurably to his mystique. When people of our generation first knew Mannix he was well into his 80s - he seemed to be living almost in another dimension than ours.
Catholic Church, so integrally that we cannot distinguish in his personality those three original ingredients, nor can we allocate priorities between them. The geographic unit which the British call the British Isles is a misnomer, as Ireland remained atmospherically a European nation in a way England didn’t. During its long centuries of deprivation Ireland’s native culture was nourished by two external sources: Europe and Catholicism. In contrast, Britain’s gradually evolving overseas imperial ambitions meant it saw itself as an entity independent of the Continental melting pot. Sir Robert Menzies, for example, had a thought structure which oscillated almost wholly within AngloAustralian parameters, his source country was exclusively England, he wasn’t European in the way Mannix was. We best understand Mannix through understanding the habits of mind that have given European civilization its patterns of behavior over many centuries, and we elevate our own embryonic national story by being able to see it, as Mannix did, in this light.
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Interschool dressage CWL diocese meeting in Sale win to St Peter’s
NAOMI Miller on her horse Puz. CRANBOURNE – A St Peter’s College Year 8 student has won an interschool dressage competition. Naomi Miller represented the college competition which was held over the weekend at the Victorian Equestrian Centre situated in Upper Beaconsfield. Naomi who is in Year 8 at the East campus won her First Class, scored a second in her second class and overall scored the highest points in her division, delivering the title of champion in her grade four division. She comes from a family devoted to horses, with her Mum spending her whole life with horses and has been a riding in-
structor for many years. She tells us that Naomi really had no choice but to love and ride horses. Naomi has been riding, probably for as long as she could walk and has been competing since she was about 8 years old. Naomi competed this year with her horse Puz. Puz is 10 years old and has been with Naomi for the last four years and is one of eight horses that the Miller family have on their property. Dressage is a competitive equestrian sport, where it is defined as “horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements”.
SALE - The annual Catholic Women’s League Sale Diocesan Conference was held last month at the Chapter House Sale. Seventy one members attended from 15 branches. The conference began with Mass celebrated by Fr Andrew Wise. President Pat Allaway welcomed everyone and then led the league prayers. She introduced Sale president Eileen Waugh who welcomed all to Sale and introduced the Mayor of Wellington Shire Cr Scott Rossetti who opened the conference. Spiritual director Sr Lynette Young rsj spoke of Sr Mary Glowrey as an inspiration for us all. The church calls us all to look at our own faith of which there are three facets, prayer friendship and service. All reports were given - Treasurer, Social Questions West and East, WUCWO, Lodwar and Horizon and accepted Bishop Prowse led the Angelus. He thanked the Catholic Women’s League for all their work in many and varied ways especially the Bishop’s Family Foundation and financial assistance to the seminarians personally as well as through the bursary fund. The bishop related to us an experience he had in Shannagolden Catholic Care Facility in Pakenham. A very moving and prayerful address. We had two very good guest
St Vincent’s celebrates saint MORWELL EAST - St Vincent de Paul Primary School was keen this year to find out more about their special saint and celebrate his patronage in a special way. Staff, under the guidance of religious education coordinator Angela Darling put together a day of activities for the children focusing on the life and good works of St Vincent. Children were placed in multiage groupings and rotated to a new activity every 50 minutes. One activity was a special liturgy which reflected on St Vincent’s life through the reading of the Good Samaritan. In this session children also wrote their own prayers linking St Vincent with the schools motto ‘Learning with Love’. Multi-age grouping came in handy in the music group where children broke into smaller groups and composed their own song about St Vincent under the tutelage of Cameron Greenslade and Ian Conabere, staff members with considerable talent in this area. Some groups then had the opportunity to perform their ‘hit’ for the rest of the group. The book making group were very busy compiling a number of activities including word finds and short stories into a take home book to share with their families. Our special guests from St Vincent de Paul Society, were acting Morwell conference
RETIRING members Sylvia Neaves and Norma O’Loughlin receiving their presentation. speakers for the day. shared with us her recent pilTracey Moffat spoke of her grimage to the Holy Land. roll as Rural Outreach Support She showed us a video so we counsellor and the vast distanc- walked with her on her journey. es she travels with very limited Really beautiful and moving. resources to bring communities She encouraged any of us who together. could go to go and experience Tracey has witnessed the this wonderful trip. great support given to AborigiMrs Allaway thanked all nals and non Aboriginals indi- members who have supported viduals and families. her in her roll as president. She CatholicCare Gippsland has has only been a member of developed a new way of coun- CWL a short time and is doing selling and getting to isolated a great job. General president Jewell Start areas. Rural outreach to families has thanked everyone for their seen the suicide rate drop by 75 commitment over the last year. Work at Mary Glowrey house percent. All government funding has stopped and Tracey is is ongoing. Associate membernow the only support counsel- ship changed to general memlor with no surety of employ- bership. Website has been upgraded. ment for the future. Ring Anne Robinson if any Sr Lynette led us to reflect through a story of compassion branch wishes to put notices for three men suffering aides on website. A presentation was who lived in a community but made to Sylvia Neaves and went out every day to be with Norma O’Loughlin with thanks a dying man. They told him sto- for their commitment to Catholic Women’s League Diocesan ries and sang to him. Sister expressed how all of us Committee. The new committee was ancan be compassionate and generous to help those in need of nounced for 2013 with three new members. any kind. Guest speaker Lena Zagami
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STUDENTS at St Vincent’s School working on their mosaics. president Marianne Deppeler The children were encouraged and regional council president in this session to come up Kevin Hutchinson. with ideas on how the school They shared with the children may best use this wonderful some of the work the society donation. does in the local community. The final group was focussed It was timely for both the on using art, in particular children and staff to hear of the mosaics, as a means to discover many ways in which the society more about St Vincent. Mrs helps out including their very Thomas spoke about the use important work in visiting those of mosaics around the world in need. to show devotion to particular The school was also thrilled saints. to hear that they were being The children then worked presented with a cheque for in groups to create their own $500 donated by Eileen Issell mosaic of St Vincent as well in memory of her late husband as tracing their hands and who had been a tireless member decorating them to highlight of St Vincent de Paul Society. the idea that we all need to Mr Issell held many leadership lend a helping hand just like St positions and did great work in Vincent. the name of St Vincent.
BERWICK - Migrant and Refugee Sunday is an annual event in the Sale Diocese that plays a vital role in sharing the diversity within our Catholic community. This year the theme is Migration: Pilgrimage of Faith and Hope. The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Christopher Prowse and priests of the diocese at St Michael’s Church, Berwick, on August 25 at 2pm. Mass will be followed by afternoon tea in the stadium. St Michael’s parishioners will
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Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference statement on 2013 Federal Election
Vote for the Common Good The Issues: Poor and vulnerable Any society is judged by how the weakest and poorest of its members are treated. The most vulnerable people are our greatest responsibility. We welcome and support the bipartisan commitment to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. We support and encourage Catholic social services, which serve more than one million Australians every year. Government priorities should focus first on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable.
Marriage and Family Families are the basic unit of society. There must be legal recognition of the unique nature of marriage between a man and a woman, and proper protection for the rights of children to relate to their natural mother and father. The Church acknowledges the many sad situations that mean one or both parents may not be present in a child’s life. Single parent families need support in their important work, but children should not intentionally be deprived of their parents unless there is concern for children’s safety. Tax arrangements, government payments and workplace relations laws should have as their primary aim the strengthening of families and the reduction of pressures on finances and family time.
Child protection As Catholic bishops and as individuals, we share the feelings of outrage that all decent people feel when they read the reports of sexual abuse. These are profound abuses of human dignity, contrary to the Gospel and are crimes. Over the past 20 years, there have been major developments in the way the Church responds to victims, deals with perpetrators and puts in place preventive measures. We will continue to cooperate with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse both through the Church’s new Truth, Justice and Healing Council and as individual bishops and dioceses, as the Commission requests. We will continue to work to eradicate the circumstances that enable abuse to occur and to seek to provide pastoral care and support for victims.
Life All human life is to be respected, particularly the most vulnerable including the unborn, the sick and elderly, people living with disability, and communities affected by poverty, abuse, famine or war. The Church has a long history of defending the dignity of women and of having women leaders in a variety of areas including education, health care and welfare. We continue to commit ourselves to working with all sides of politics to offer practical support and life-affirming alternatives to abortion for women facing an unexpected pregnancy. Respect for human life requires constant vigilance to ensure euthanasia and assisted suicide are never legalised
in Australia. These acts, presented as acts of mercy, would in fact abandon those who need our care and protection most. We are saddened by the incidence of suicide in the Australian community and encourage every initiative, especially in the field of mental health, to alleviate the pressures that can lead people to take their own lives.
Indigenous Australians A sustained effort from all Australians and all political parties is needed to achieve lasting dignity and justice for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters. This must involve appropriate indigenous representation, so Australia’s first peoples are heard and their needs are pursued as a national priority. Much work has been done on ‘Closing the Gap’ between indigenous and other Australians on measures such as education, health and housing, but there is a long way to go. Appalling standards of housing and health, alarming levels of imprisonment and great educational disadvantage and poverty are some key indicators of the problems which weigh heavily upon indigenous peoples throughout the country. This year, the bishops’ statement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday details the challenges facing the Indigenous community including combating alcohol and drug abuse, and calls for true national reconciliation.
Refugees and migration Migration has played a prominent part in the development of the Catholic Church and has helped transform Australia into a vibrant, prosperous democracy. Sadly, millions of our sisters and brothers are forced to flee their homeland for fear of persecution or through displacement because of war or famine. A small fraction of these people will seek to make Australia their new home. A smaller fraction again will come by boat. We are called to treat strangers well and to welcome them. All asylum seekers, regardless of how they arrive
in Australia, should have their claims processed in Australia according to international convention and as speedily as possible. We should end mandatory detention, especially for families with children and unaccompanied minors, so we can care for asylum seekers in the community. Asylum seekers and refugees should have access to employment and government services, giving them the security they need to build a new life in Australia. Church bodies will continue to serve the needs of migrants and refugees, both in Australia and overseas.
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Health The Catholic Church operates one in ten of the nation’s hospital and aged care beds. It does so as part of the Church’s commitment to care of the sick, the aged and the vulnerable. Many in Australia miss out on prompt access to health and aged care because of cost barriers. During the next Parliament, a formal inquiry should be established to recommend how cost barriers to accessing health and aged care can be overcome. The next Parliament should also agree to adopt the World Health Organisation action plan on social determinants of health, as recommended by the bipartisan report of the 2013 Senate Inquiry into Australia’s domestic response to the World Health Organisation Closing the Gap report on social determinants of health.
Peace and development We support efforts to build a culture Education The Catholic Church is a major provider of early childhood, primary and secondary, and tertiary education in Australia. The Church has been a provider of accessible primary and secondary education since the earliest days of European settlement. The diversity of the Australian system of co-extensive schooling – public, Catholic and private – is a great strength and should be supported. Funding policies should assist parents in choosing the education that they want for their children, reflecting their own circumstances, values and beliefs. No one sector should be allowed to fall further behind the others in terms of the resources available for the proper education of children. The need for assistance in founding new schools in developing areas must be acknowledged. Funding models must be fair, equitable and transparent, reflecting accurately contributions from the Commonwealth, state governments and parent contributions. There should be no barrier to high quality education
of peace by promoting overseas aid policies which provide access to proper nourishment, health, housing and education. As the world prepares to mark the progress against the Millennium Development Goals, we ask our leaders to recommit to our international commitments on international aid and development.
Ecology and sustainability Care for the environment is intimately linked to the well-being of Australians. The effects of climatic extremes and natural disasters are seen across our continent and the globe. Policies which deal equitably and effectively with how we develop our natural resources for economic and social development, while working to address land salination, the degradation of rivers, fair distribution of water, global warming and prudent management of fragile ecosystems are part of caring for God’s created world, including humanity. Australia’s future prosperity is closely linked with how well we care for our ecosystems and how effectively we transition to sustainable practices.
Ten Principles of Catholic social teaching 1. Human Dignity Every human being is created in God’s image and likeness and therefore is valuable and worthy of respect. 2. Respect for Human Life Human life at every stage of development, from conception to natural death, is precious and thus worthy of protection and respect. 3. Association Human beings are social; therefore they grow and achieve fulfilment by association with others in families and other social institutions. 4. Participation People have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good of all. 5. Preferential Protection for the Poor and Vulnerable The Gospels call us to place the needs of the poor and vulnerable first, so that their needs as well as the common good may be realised. 6. Solidarity We are one human family, and so our practice of love of neighbour must extend to the whole global community.
7. Stewardship We show our respect for the Creator by our responsible use and protection of all creation, from the use of personal talents and resources to caring for the environment. 8. Subsidiarity While government has a proper role in promoting the common good, wherever possible decisions should be made by those who are closest to the people who will be affected by them, consistent with the decisions being well made. 9. Human Equality The equality of persons is a matter of their essential human dignity; social and cultural discrimination is not compatible with our understanding that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God. 10. Common Good The common good requires that social conditions allow all people to reach their full human potential and realise their human dignity. (Source: Catholic Social Teaching: A Framework for Faith in Action. Catholic Education Office Sydney, December 2012)
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For the Young and Young at Heart Have fun on board with Noah Time for a Laugh A MAN drinks at the pub until it closes. He stands up to leave and falls flat on his face. He tries to stand one more time and falls again. He figures he’ll crawl outside and get some fresh air and maybe that will sober him up. Outside, he tries to stand up and falls flat again. He gives up and crawls the four blocks to his house, crawls up the stairs and pulls himself into bed. The next morning, his wife stands over him shouting, “So, you’ve been out boozing again!” “What makes you say that?” he asks, putting on an innocent face. “The pub called -- you left your wheelchair there again.”
ONE Sunday morning, Satan appeared before a small town congregation. Everyone started screaming and running for the front church door, trampling each other in a frantic effort to get away. Soon, everyone was gone, except for an elderly gentleman who sat calmly. Satan walked up to the man and said, “Don’t you know who I am?” The man replied, “I sure EVERYONE knows the story of Noah and his ark. Can you imagine what it must have been do.” like on board the ark with all the animals and birds making noise? Satan asked, “Aren’t you Have fun colouring in the picture and then send it in to us at Catholic Life for a chance to going to run?” win a great book prize. “Nope,” said the man. Perturbed, Satan asked, “Why aren’t you afraid of Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Age . . . . . me?” The man calmly replied, “Been married to your sister Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . for over 48 years.”
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High country Mass celebrates 4WD trek By Christa Dwyer WHAT is it that draws a person to wander deeply into the mountains? Is it a dream, or a prompting of the Holy Spirit who is, was and will be forever? Whatever the call, 23 people, including Fr Jeff Kleynjans, followed their urgings and headed off in nine four wheel drives into the Victorian Alps. All of us on our own life’s journey, but in that moment of time, linked together to add a chapter to the story of a valley in the heart of those mountains: a valley of dreams, tears, challenge, violence and mystery. So remote that even the people of the oldest times in this land seldom dwelt there. They named it Wonnangatta: Big Water. In 1863, when Oliver Smith first happened upon the valley and began trying to tame and farm it, the echoes of the didgeridoo and the voices of the hunter and gatherer people had already undergone a dramatic change. Sounds of stockwhip, fossickers banter and hoof beat replaced the earlier sounds and the silence of the untamed bush. As we drove in to the valley on a Saturday in mid autumn, we merged with the history of a place filled with the things of time gone by yet fused some
how into the present. As the sun grew low in the afternoon sky, Fr Jeff blessed the graves of those laid to rest long ago. Time disappeared as we listened to each tale of loss and grief. The sense of Oliver’s broken dream of farming could be felt as we looked at his wife’s grave and those of the twins she bore when she lost her life. The two little girls, not even a fortnight old, laid to rest in the stillness of the graveyard near their mother. And the story of all his cattle dying and of his grief stricken departure away from a life heavy with the burden of loss. Outside the graveyard we could see and walk the trail later forged by Ellen and Jessie Bryce’s mother marking her frequent pilgrimage from the homestead to the place where her children lay. Heartbreak was no stranger here. And so history’s pages turned; wars in the big world, fights and murder in the deep mountains. Only few people came and went at Wonnangatta. Two men murdered, their bodies found but never their killers. A homestead burnt, youngsters lives lost… tumbling down a precarious track never meant for such adventures … aptly named ‘the widowmaker’, these were just some of them. The world seemed to disap-
FR Jeff Kleynjans prepares to celebrate Sunday Mass in the confines of a bush hut in the Wonnangatta Valley, a rugged part of the Alpine National Park, north of Maffra and just east of Mt Buller. pear that Saturday afternoon and personally. Grace. We winched vehicles up and and as the sun set and the moon Sunday morning was herald- listened with amusement as rose majestically over the val- ed by the valley glistening with we heard that Brian McHugh, ley, all could reflect on what the dewfall and enveloped in Fr Jeff’s driver had nervously was and what would be. the pink sunlight of early dawn. exclaimed: “which way Jeff? Certainly there was the exTiny figures seen making a Right or left of the track?” and citement of rugged tracks, the peaceful journey to a hut for Father, eyes clenched shut and beauty of rivers, gorges and Mass. Some in pairs, others in hand grasping the rail so hard it autumn colors. There was the the solitude of their thoughts. tingled for some time after, “… fellowship and interest in the Silence everywhere apart the middle! Just go in the midstories of the valley. But no – from the wake up call of a dle!” one bargained on the … some- clanging saucepan: the makeAnd how they had then disthing… the thing you couldn’t shift church bell, alerting the cussed how they’d kill the bunput your finger on that touched slumbering souls to begin the ny who led them up there in the every individual, intrinsically pilgrimage to the makeshift first place. All day we drove chapel, a hut in the valley. through those mountains with a
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THE beautiful blue hills of the Gippsland Alps. And so it was, in humble surround that our Lord, no stranger to stable or hut, became physically present to us and amongst us in the Eucharist: in the depths of today’s hearts beating in time with those long gone, He came. And the words of the final hymn resounded: “Though the mountains may fall and the hills turn to dust, yet the love of the Lord will stand.’ We left that valley then, drove up into the mountains. Clambered up rocky tracks, through rivers and along grassy flats.
mixture of thrill, terror and appreciation of the beauty of it all. All day we helped each other, from the four year olds to the 84 year olds every one had a part to play in the wow of achievement. Something had happened. A bond had formed that was larger than us. No – one had bargained on the … something…. The thing you couldn’t put your finger on that touched every individual intrinsically and personally. - Grace.
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MORWELL - Parish priest of Morwell and Churchill, Fr Hugh Brown will leave next month after being recalled by the provincial of his order. He is a Carmelite priest who has been in this diocese for 12 years, originally as secondary education consultant with the Catholic Education Office. Fr Brown leaves on August
12 and will take up the position of parish priest of Port Melbourne - Middle Park. He previously served as parish priest there before coming to Sale Diocese. Bishop Christopher Prowse said thanked Fr Brown for his faithful service to the diocese and wished him well with his new appointment.