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Catholic Life

Publication of the Diocese of Sale

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July 2012

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A new parish on the way By Colin Coomber

A NEW parish at Cranbourne East was described as being like a pregnancy by Bishop Christopher Prowse during his first homily at what will become St Thomas the Apostle Parish. He said the diocese was now “pregnant” with a new parish but its birth would probably not be for some years yet. A large crowd gathered for Mass at the Cranbourne East campus of St Peter’s College which was the first Sunday Mass for the future parish. Masses will continue to held there on Sundays at 9.30am. The creation of the new parish will be the first in the diocese since Narre Warren was carved from Berwick 32 years ago. However, Bishop Prowse forecast it would not be the last as the rapid growth of the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne would bring hundreds of thousands of new residents to the City of Casey over the next decade. It was possible there would be three or four new parishes created in years to come. Land has already been purchased for a new Cranbourne East Church, presbytery and primary school, virtually opposite Casey Fields which is Melbourne Football Club’s training facility. Mass began with an official recognition of traditional custodianship of the land and the presentation of a message stick by Aboriginal leader Marion Pearce, who was proceeded by Nick Moffatt, Bairnsdale, playing a didgeridoo. The magnificent Samoan Divine Mercy Melbourne choir,

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BISHOP Christopher Prowse receives an Aboriginal message stick from Aboriginal leader Marion Pearce, Bairnsdale. Around him are members of the pastoral leadership group and didgeridoo player Nick Moffatt. which comes from Cranbourne, ceived and has even been given to do similar by catching the nus at Dorchester on Thames, led the worship in their red and the name Thomas. great wave of people spreading near Oxford, and features St white uniforms. The bishop said that when Fr into our diocese as Melbourne Thomas kneeling before the risen Christ after examining his Cranbourne parish priest Fr Andrew Wise was parish priest grew. Denis O’Bryan welcomed eve- at Cranbourne he had provided Waving his hand towards wounds. The architect of the church rybody to the Mass which her- three prospective names for the fields being turned into housing alded the start of a whole new parish and finally Thomas the estates, he said “Out there I do was William Wardell, who later parish. Apostle had been chosen. not see a suburb. I see a mission emigrated to Australia, where Being crowded into an upSt Thomas was a great mis- field.” he became famous for being the stairs room at the college was a sionary and evangelist who He urged people to get be- architect of both St Patrick’s humble beginning for a parish took Christianity from Jerusa- hind Fr O’Bryan and the parish Cathedral, Melbourne, and St but he was sure that in the fu- lem to India, particularly the pastoral leadership group and Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. ture a great Church community area around Kerala. the various projects they had The new pastoral leadership would develop in the area. Bishop Prowse said he want- in mind to bring St Thomas the group for St Thomas the AposThere was already a strong ed each member of the con- Apostle Parish to fruition. tle Parish are Edita Dovidafaith community in the rapidly- gregation to be evangelisers in After the Mass the bishop vicius, Vivian Crasto, Helene growing suburb. the new suburb of Cranbourne commissioned the group and Jayamaha, Jude Pete, Jon RuIn his homily Bishop Prowse East, to invite newcomers to be blessed a photograph of a bite, Matthew Thoompumkal, urged everyone to remember part of the life of Jesus and the stained glass window featuring Tom Joseph Vellaramkunnel, that they were present on what Church. St Thomas which will be a fo- Flevius Pinto, Dezlene Orwas really a historic day, St Thomas caught a ride on cal point of prayer for the new chard, Colleen Johnson, Moril He said the new parish had the spice ships to India to spread parish. Cooke, Jennie Borsodi and Sr been talked about for many the word of Jesus but there was The window is in a small Eng- Anna Abba SON. years, was now officially con- an opportunity for parishioners lish Catholic Church of St Biri• More photos page 4.

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The Church: Continually shaped by Grace Year of Grace Reflection 2:

To God’s People in the Catholic Diocese of Sale


y dear people of God in the Catholic Diocese of Sale,

Last month I began my Year of Grace reflections with you on the Holy Trinity. This month I wish to reflect on the Church. Recently (May 24, 2012), the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, spoke to the entire Italian Bishops’ Conference. He reflected on the Catholic Church in our challenging times. It was a typically masterful address from our teaching Pope. I wish to outline some of the main points for your prayerful consideration. The first thing the Pope mentions is that “it is a moment of grace that expresses the Church’s nature.” In a world which tends to measure everything from an exaggerated selfconfidence in our scientific world, the Church is an expression of the sheer grace of God. He observes: “In the preparation for the Second Vatican Council the main question the Council meeting intended to answer was: “Church,

way forward. Australians are very pragmatic. We rush to the “doing” so quickly. We can so often eclipse the necessary “being” of our faith. We need every day of our Year of Grace to activate the necessary “course correction” on our way to the Father’s home in heaven. Pastoral action in the Church that truly converts the human heart to Christ begins on our knees and not simply in our planning meetings and ecclesial organisational structures. These structures are important but they are to be the fruit of prayer and not the replacement of prayer. As we continue to articulate slowly a diocesan pastoral plan for the diocese for the years ahead, may this papal teaching really guide our pastoral strategies. Only then will the diocesan pastoral plan be a little part of the much greater plan the Lord has for his entire Church – the Body of Christ. It will truly be a GRACED diocesan pastoral plan.

what have you to say for yourself?” Going deeply into this question the Council Fathers were so to speak led back to the heart of the answer: it was a matter of starting afresh from God, celebrated, professed and witnessed to.” This is such a vital point for us all to appreciate. We love the Church. There are so many options and strategies offered for the future of the Church. But the essential way forward before all else is to start afresh from Christ. Let us make this a real priority in our Year of Grace in our parishes, school communities, agencies – the entire Diocese of Sale. Let us start with a fresh encounter of Jesus! The Holy Father expands beautifully on this transcendent dimension of our common mission in the secularised world: “In a period in which for many God has become the great Unknown and Jesus merely an im-

portant figure of the past, missionary activity will not be relaunched without the renewal of the quality of our faith and our prayer: we will not be able to offer appropriate answers without a new reception of the gift of Grace; we will not know how to win people over to the Gospel except by being the first to return to a profound experience of God.” Later in the address the Pope adds: “However it is always important to remember that the first condition for speaking of God is speaking to God, becoming increasingly people of God, nourished by an intense life of prayer and shaped by his Grace.” When I read these words of the Holy Father in Rome to the Bishops of Italy, it is almost as if he is writing to every Catholic here in the diocese of Sale and throughout Australia. In these first months of our Year of For this we pray together. + Bishop Christopher Prowse Grace such teaching is truly inspired Catholic Bishop of Sale by the Holy Spirit. It is our initial

Warragul move accomplished ALL diocesan staff have now transferred to the new diocesan headquarters, Sion House. The move of office furniture and equipment took place on July 7 and while all staff officially began work in Warragul the following Monday, we have experienced many hiccups. Unpacking several hundred removal boxes and finding a new place for everything was one of the easier parts of the move. Getting the computer systems up and running took a little longer as new dedicated Telstra lines were not yet installed. The server for the computer DIOCESE OF SALE

had to be left behind in Sale to handle financial transactions for the Catholic Development Fund and temporary connections had to be made back to Sale to enable emails to be sent and received. This meant accessing emails and other files stored on the server was extremely slow. Getting used to new office space, moving furniture around to fit in and getting used to a new environment and fellow workers has meant a period of adjustment for all. Working on large multi-layered files required to produce Catholic Life was difficult and

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so the decision was made to set the paper back a week. So this issue should have been with you last week and we apologise if anyone has been inconvenienced. The good news is that the August issue will be be out in only three weeks time. All diocesan staff are now in the one building and can be reached by phone on 5622 6600. Catholic Education Office mail should be sent to PO Box 322, Warragul 3820, while all other mail should go to PO Box 1410, Warragul 3820.

First day postmarks on sale THE diocese still has a number of first day of issue envelopes featuring the unique Diocese of Sale postmark which is being used at Sale Post Office until the end of this year to celebrate the 125th anniversary. The envelopes were issued on May 4 and are part of a numbered series of 100. They all feature the postmark

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Emmaus leads way Only five weeks to apply for in spiritual direction Family Foundation funds CHARITIES seeking funds from the Bishop’s Family Foundation this year have until the end of August to make application. The foundation has about $100,000 to distribute to charities which run programs which aid families in Gippsland or the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne. No funds are available for individuals as all recipients have to be charities with registered tax deductibility status. Since its inception 12 years ago the foundation has distributed almost $780,000 to projects in Sale Diocese. Funding is not restricted to Catholic organisations and in the past there have been generous disbursements to charities run by other religious denominations. The amount available each year can vary depending on the amount of income generated from the foundation’s trust fund which retains all money donated to it since its inception.

EMMAUS spirituality ministry coordinator Ruth Spierings. She said many people were SALE Diocese was the obvious place for the creation of unaware of the commitment Emmaus spiritual ministry ac- needed to have spiritual direccording to co-ordinator Ruth tion but it was only one hour, once a month. Spierings. The focus was not only on a She said the idea grew out of the Campion Retreat Centre’s person’s spiritual life but also outreach program because five involved their everyday life and of the Campion spiritual direc- responses. “Spiritual direction helps tors came from Sale Diocese. After Bishop Prowse gave ap- people to see God in their life proval, many months of hard and it gives them various aids, work went into the project be- prayers and they are urged to do fore its launch in Warragul in retreats.” She said two exciting retreat June. Mrs Spierings said the object days would be held in our diowas to train others to be spir- cese later this year by renowned itual directors and to provide Jesuit priest Fr Monty Williams. He was an internationally acsupport for these people for five knowledged spiritual director, years. At the end of that period it author and retreat leader from was hoped that the new spiritual Regis College in Toronto would directors would be able to con- be leading these retreat days and had given his approval to tinue with the work. She said that while Emmaus use the title of his latest book was based on Ignatian spiritu- Stepping into Mystery as the reality, it was not a specifically treat theme. “The path of contemplation is Catholic program and was being offered to people from oth- not just to see God more clearly er Christian denominations as or to feel God’s presence more passionately; it is also to see the well. It was pleasing that three peo- world as God sees the world. ple were already in training to (Monty Williams SJ – Stepping become spiritual directors, each into Mystery p34). The retreat days would be on receiving two and a half hours a month supervision and training. Monday September 17 at St A new spiritual direction for- Michael’s Parish, Traralgon, mation program was being of- and Sunday November 25 at St fered in Pakenham on Septem- Patrick’s Parish, Pakenham. On Tuesday October 9, Ember 1 and was the same as that offered previously in Yarragon. maus would be giving a day for Bookings for this program parish volunteers and workers at St Mary’s Hall in Bairnsdale were essential. Mrs Spierings said programs from 9.30am to 3pm. Tea and could be run in other parishes if coffee would be provided, BYO they had rooms which could be lunch. utilised. To book into any of these proEmmaus would also be offer- grams or for further information ing a formation program where please contact Ruth Spierings two people from each parish on 5998 2664 Monday to Friwould be trained over the next day or email salespirituality@ few years.

Donated amounts are invested by independent trustees and it is the proceeds of these investments which are available for charities. The Bishop’s Family Foundation is unique in Gippsland because it does not do any charitable work itself but provides the funds which enables other charities to continue functioning. Applications for funding should be accompanied by the relevant form which is avail- Follow the links through Agencies,, then select Bishop‘s Family Foundation from the drop down menu. The page which opens has a link to a PDF document which explains the funding policy in detail. Organisations without internet access can obtain the documents by phoning Cathy Dougan at Sion House on 5622 6600.

Clearing sale cancelled AN advertised clearing sale of surplus office equipment and sundries from the now closed diocesan offices in Sale, has been cancelled. It has been decided that an antique partner’s table and captain’s chair used by all former Bishops of Sale will be retained as part of the patrimony of the

diocese. Other items which include desks, tables, chairs, filing cabinets and bookshelves are being retained at this stage and have been offered to a charitable institution. There was keen interest in the bishop’s table with several large offers being made.

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Heralding St Thomas, apostle

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WE couldn’t help but see the parallels between the announcement of the fledgling parish of St Thomas the Apostle at Cranbourne East and the experience of the faithful disciple Thomas with the risen Jesus. Both events took place in an upper room and of course, in the Biblical event it was there where St Thomas (known thereafter as “Doubting Thomas”) made the declaration “My Lord and my God” after the risen Jesus urged him to inspect his wounds. The disciples went out as missioners to evangelise the known world and Bishop Prowse has urged those who will become parishioners in the new parish to go out and evangelise the residents of the rapidly growing Melbourne suburb.

Ancient and new

ANOTHER great feature of the Mass at Cranbourne East was the bringing together of the music of the first Australians with that of some of the newest Australians. Didgeridoo player Nick Moffatt was invited to play with the spectacular Samoan choir which hails from Cranbourne. To hear the haunting drone of the ancient instrument leading in the Alleluia was a remarkable experience. No rehearsals beforehand, just a musician fitting in with the great harmonies of the choir.

Not Irenaeus

KEEN-eyed mum from Narre Warren South spotted that the picture of an icon we used last month to illustrate an article on St Irenaeus was not the ancient saint but a well-known Russian icon of Jesus. Had we known the Cyrillic alphabet we would have been able to see that the letters spell out “Jesus Christ”. The interesting thing is that we lifted the picture from elsewhere where it was labelled as Irenaeus. Since our error was pointed out we have searched the internet for graphics of the saint and the same picture crops up quite a few times.

Testing times

AS mentioned elsewhere in this issue, we have had a few problems with our E-mail connections since we moved our office from Sale to Warragul. This issue was postponed a week and it is possible that during downtimes we have not received E-mails sent to us or during the troubles we may have accidentally deleted some items. Apologies if that’s the case with your item and we hope everything is back to normal soon.

ABOVE: NICK Moffatt plays the didgeridoo as he accompanies the Samoan Divine Mercy Melbourne Choir which led singing at the first regular Sunday Mass said at Cranbourne East which will become the newest parish in the diocese. RIGHT: Bishop Prowse blesses the picture of Jesus and St Thomas from a stained glass window in England. The picture will become a focal point for prayer as the new parish develops in coming years.

Of all the decisions we make in our lifetime, making a valid will is among the most important.

CWL conference THE Catholic Women’s League of Wagga Wagga Inc. annual general conference will be held at Wangaratta on August 22-23.

This final testament speaks loudly of the values, causes and possessions we hold most dear. We bequest personal treasures and mementos to special friends and loved ones and ask them to care for them after our passing. If you hold the Church dear, you may consider leaving a percentage of your estate or a specific amount to the Diocese of Sale. The Diocese is grateful for the support of its benefactors, who have enabled the Church to grow in its service of its people, and invite you to share in this rich heritage.

The conference will open with Mass at Our Lady’s Church, South Wangaratta on Wednesday, August 22 and conclude the following day with Roll of Honor and announcement of the committee for 2013. At the Sale diocesan conference one of the guest speakers was Derek Amos from Barrier Breakers Mental Health Advisory Group. Of 250,000 people in six municipalities 50,000 people in area will

experience some form of mental health problem with 5000 cases being acute. He said some 18 percent of cases would be youth, 27 percent would be in their 20s and 85 percent of homeless people were affected. There has been a 60 percent reduction in beds for mental health. The government provide social housing for people plus support. Mr Amos said Gippsland had the highest suicide rate in Australia and he recommended we lobby government to put more money into mental health.

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Celebration day for migrants is at Cranbourne By Regina T Abraham

“Migration and the New Evangelisation” is the theme I have chosen this year for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. This calls for an intensification of her missionary activity both in the regions where the Gospel is proclaimed for the first time and in countries with a Christian tradition. “Pastoral workers – priests, religious and lay people – play a crucial role in the demanding itinerary of the new evangelisation in the context of migration. Asylum seekers, who have fled from persecution, violence and situations that put their life at risk, stand in need of our understanding and welcome, of respect for their human dignity and rights, as well as awareness of their duties. “Priests, men and women religious, lay people, and most of all young men and women are to be sensitive in offering support to their many sisters and brothers who, having fled from violence, have to face new lifestyles and the difficulty of integration. The proclamation of salvation in Jesus Christ will be a source of relief, hope and ‘full joy’ (cf. Jn 15:11). “Lastly, I would like to mention the situation of numerous international students who are facing problems of integration, bureaucratic difficulties, hardship in the search for housing and welcoming structures.” Pope Benedict has asked us to invoke the intercession of

THE World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on August 26. The Diocese of Sale has been celebrating Migrant Sunday, initiated by the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference for the last three years. This year our celebration will be at St Agatha’s Church, Sladan St., Cranbourne, at 2pm. This annual event has been a great opportunity for parishes to work together and for people to get to know one another. The theme chosen by Pope Benedict XVI for this year is “Migration and New Evangelisation”. New evangelisation was a term popularised by Pope John Paul II with reference to efforts to reawaken the faith in the traditionally Christian parts of the world, and since then Pope Benedict has established a Council for New Evangelisation. In his message for the 98th World Day of Migrants, Pope Benedict said “We must reawaken in each one of us the enthusiasm and courage that motivated the first Christian communities to be undaunted heralds of the Gospel’s newness, making St Paul’s words resonate in our hearts: ‘For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting, for necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!’ (1 Cor 9:16)”.

Mother Mary, “Our Lady of the Way”, so that the joyful proclamation of salvation in Jesus Christ may bring hope to the hearts of those who are on the move on the roads of the world. The full message of Pope Benedict for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees can be found at the Vatican website. In previous years members from many parishes have come forward in a spirit of unity to be part of this great celebration of our cultural diversity. Parish teams have also come together and worked hard to make this event a possibility


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Men Alive or half dead: Your choice By John Cooney

SR Julianne Murphy with Lochie, Gypsy, Armenell and the puppet of Mary MacKillop. NEWBOROUGH - The Trav- dia presentations and interac- meet Sr Julianne’s puppet of elling Sisters’ Roadshow vis- tive role play. Mary MacKillop and to learn ited St Mary’s School in NewSr Julianne Murphy, lead- more about her legacy. ing the Roadshow, told the borough. The presentation was fun and Travelling across Australia children about the work of the entertaining. Everyone was inin a brightly colored van, the Mary MacKillop Foundation Roadshow is spreading the and explained how they helped spired to help the Foundation in their work. message of the Mary MacKil- people. The children were excited to lop Foundation with multi me-

SALE - A MenALIVE Retreat will be held on August 4-5 at the Chapter House behind St Mary’s Cathedral. It will start on the Saturday and finish early afternoon on the Sunday. I attended the first MenALIVE retreat to be held in this corner of the world last year with the usual concerns. What am I getting into here? MenALIVE is a National Catholic Ministry to Men in Australia which was founded out of a response to a great need in the hearts and lives of men, and a great need in the life of the Catholic Church. The purpose of MenALIVE is to bring men together, to renew their faith in God and to encourage them become an active force of renewal in the Church. Through a variety of events and programs, men are invited to explore what God would

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getting in touch with our own yearnings, our hopes, our dreams, our disappointments. At the same time, however, God is seeking us, not bolts of lightening or personal visions but in day to day events, the mundane, the ordinary parts of our lives. We meet God in the people we encounter each day, the challenges we face, the joys and moments of happiness and sadness that we experience. Spirituality involves getting in touch with our own life journey for it is in that journey that God walks with us and invites us into friendship. So it is perfectly natural for people to seek out and find ‘spirituality’ in many different ways – to go out into nature, to become contemplative or to become an activist, to seek in times of peaceful quiet or when busily working with others. We are all different, made that way by God. So is it any wonder that God’s search for us takes different journeys? But how do we know what is the right one? That’s where ‘being religious’ helps in two important ways. Seeking to understand spirituality, is not simply listening to what is happening in our own lives. No matter how sincere the

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Reflections by Jim Quillinan The rituals and practices of our Church are designed to help us encounter God who is seeking us out, God who ultimately is the answer to the truth and happiness we seek. The beliefs and practices of our faith challenge us to listen, and to be of service to others – in this way we also discover God. Much of Jesus’ message was about finding God in others. In this way God keeps us energised for the search. We ‘uncover’, as it were, the face of God in community. To assist our spiritual journey we can 1. Take to heart the call to “ Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46). Put aside some time for reflection each

day, to listen to what is happening in your life.). Think about the people we met (including family!), the events of the day, what we read or saw on television. Otherwise we lose the messages and invitations God has put in our way today. Taking time to pray, to communicate with God in your own way deepens our relationship with this God who seeks us out in friendship. 2. Read through last Sunday’s or next Sunday’s readings a couple of times, once to get to know it and the second time to focus on words or images that come to mind. What message does Jesus have for you in this passage?

Say to Jesus “Jesus, I know you are the son of God who has given your life for me. I want to follow you faithfully and be led by your Word. I place my trust in you and I put my life into your hands. I want you to be the power that strengthens me and the joy that never leaves me.” - Benedict XVI August 21, 2011 from homily, concluding Mass, World Youth Day, Madrid

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Small community with big hearts helping Nigeria LOCH - The small community at St Vincent’s in the village of Loch in South Gippsland, has been inspired by one of their assistant priests, Fr Joseph Abutu, who arrived in their community

from the village of Ochobo in Nigeria in November 2011. Fr Joseph’s stories about the harsh geographic conditions and the difficulties of everyday life in his village activated the

ROB Hicks from Nyora, who is involved in market support to the Australian Wine Industry, presents a Project Ochobo expandable banner to Project Ochobo Committee president Ken Loughnan, and secretary Dianne Stewart.

St Vincent’s community to see what they could do to assist the Catholic community in Ochobo. A team of parishioners launched Project Ochobo then set about raising funds by setting up stalls to sell donated goods at the local Loch market. The initial target was to raise $600 to purchase a Mass box for the Ochobo village church, St Michael’s. A Mass box contains vestments, chalice and other necessities for celebrating Mass. The response from parishioners and the people of Loch and surrounding areas has been so strong that, with the Mass box purchased, the Project Ochobo group has confidently set its sights on raising $25,000 to provide a sustainable clean water supply for Ochobo. Villagers currently walk daily to collect water from wells. Every dollar raised is guaranteed to go to Ochobo, where the Bishop Michael Ekwoyi Apochi is arranging distribution of funds. Even the cost of transferring funds to the bishop is covered by local donations. Rob and Joan Hicks visited the stall at the Loch market and were impressed by the dedication the team showed and more especially the positive response from Loch people who flocked to the stall. The motivating factor behind

the success of this fundraising effort is summarised by Mr Hicks who recently donated an expandable banner to assist the marketing of Project Ochobo: • We all see graphic photos of children in African countries who are in desperate need and we often wonder what we can do to help. • We worry about whether money we might donate will get to its intended cause without being substantially diluted by overheads and commissions. • The Project Ochobo method of fundraising and distribution guarantees that every dollar raised will be transferred from the local parish account directly to the bishop in Nigeria and will go where it is intended – to the Ochobo villagers.

Guaranteed ! And finally, Mr Hicks could see that the passion and intense motivation of the Project Ochobo team was such that he knew they would “reach their goal�. The Project Ochobo team began in a small way by wanting to raise $600 to help out Fr Abutu’s parish priest. The overwhelming support of many Gippsland parishioners, local people and furthermore, local newspapers has made the project grow into a major plan to connect water to the village of Ochobo in Nigeria. To date over $5000 has been donated. A website has been set up; with the services being donated.

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A pivotal moment - The Goulburn strike recalled JULY 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most pivotal points in the story of Catholic education in Australia. Indeed, it can be said to mark one of the pivotal points in the story of the Church in Australia and to the history of Australia generally The Catholic school had always been considered to be one of the major works of the church in this country. Until the 1860s, Catholic schools co-existed relatively peacefully with other schools and systems throughout the land. In 1867 though, colonial governments throughout Australia began to enact legislation that made school education free, compulsory and secular. The Catholic Bishops of Australia found that to be entirely

unacceptable. They took the courageous decision to conduct Catholic schools without government financial support. It was, indeed, a brave move and one for which we in Australia need to be thankful. And not only is it Catholics who need to be thankful. It is very clear that Catholic schools have added enormously to the richness of the fabric of our society. Those schools, however, needed resources to run them and those resources came, not in money terms but from the generosity of the men and women of the religious congregations. These great people came, not only from Australian families, but from far away overseas, particularly from Ireland and from France. For the best part of a century, Catholic schools prospered and


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the fundamentally sectarian nature of society that prevailed at the time. The Labor Party of the time was not interested in changing policy, as they believed they had the Catholic vote already guaranteed. The conservative side of politics were much more closely aligned with the Anglican/Protestant tradition, so they too had little interest in responding to the cry. It continued to grow, to fester and to become more urgent. Then, in July 1962, it came to a head. Some six years earlier (in 1957) the principal of Our Lady of Mercy Primary school in Goulburn, New South Wales, had been advised that the school would not continue to be registered unless additional toilet facilities were made available. The school, and the bishop, argued that there was simply no money to comply with the government’s requirements. On July 9, 1962, a public meeting of Catholics of the town was called. Over 700 people attended and passed a motion that saw all the Catholic schools in the town closed! The “Goulburn strike” had begun. On July 13, approximately 700 primary school children went, not to their parish primary school as usual, but to the local public schools demand-

ing enrolment. Only about 420 could be accommodated. Another 650 Catholic secondary school students turned up at the local high schools. Just over 200 could be accommodated. Very clearly this was a major challenge to government policy. It really stirred things up. The publicity throughout the town, as might be expected, was enormous. But not only in Goulburn was it thus, but in fact in all of New South Wales, and indeed, all of Australia. The strike lasted a week before the Catholic schools were re-opened but the point had been well and truly made. Governments realised that “State aid” was an issue they could no longer afford to ignore. From that time, gradually at first, government money began to flow, as justice demanded it should, to Catholic schools (and other non-government schools). We need to be thankful to these pioneers who confronted the government over this issue of justice. Catholic schools in this country are a wonderful institution that must be valued by all Australians. We must continue the fight to ensure justice. And we can celebrate a risky, brave and radical action 50 years ago this month that saw such a momentous change in the way education in Australia was structured. (This article has used information from “Catholics in Australia – Volume 2” by Naomi Turner, Collins Dove, Melbourne, 1992)

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By Wendy Power MAFFRA - It was a crisp, cold June night in Maffra. The street seemed dark, as we parked the car outside the large dark church. Would many people, parishioners and visitors want to leave their, cosy winter firesides, to attend a healing Mass, on a week day night? We wondered? Suddenly all the lights snapped on and the bulky building came to life, almost as if it knew the celebration of the Eucharist was happening again, as so many times before. Let there be light, Master Jesus said! Walking inside we saw the beauty of the interior, delicately and beautifully painted. We heard the sound of the music ministry, practicing. Christa Dwyer and her friends

encouraged us by their singing and playing music prepared our hearts for worship. Christa’s son Jim capably operated the data projector. A testimony of the healing power of Jesus was shared before we began a half hour of praise and worship songs before Mass, as many people kept coming in. Then Fr Peter Bickley, the Catholic Charismatic Revival chaplain celebrated the regional charismatic healing Mass, beginning with a reminder not look at our watches, but to just allow Jesus, to touch us, to heal whatever and however, He wanted too. How lovely to step off the round of duties, the race against the clock, switching off the busyness of life for awhile. To be, still and know that the Lord is God. We sang, we worshipped and were richly blessed, throughout the Mass. The Blessed Sacrament was exposed in the monstrance and carried through the church. Many people then came forward for individual prayer for healing and blessing, as songs were sung with love and faith. After a lovely supper I was reminded that there are many places of light in our church, in a dark world. Where are you finding your place of light?

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Year 12 students learn about spinal cord injuries TRARALGON - Lavalla Catholic College students in Year 12 recently attended a seminar run by Selena - a representative of the RACV SpinChat Program. SpinChat aims to raise awareness, promote prevention and educate secondary school students about spinal cord injury. Selena took students through her tragic story involving a motorbike accident. She was left a paraplegic, paralysed from the

mid waist down. She spoke about the consequences of her spinal cord injury and how it affects her day to day life, as well as the dangers involved with high-risk activities such as dangerous driving and diving into shallow water. The presentation opened the Year 12’s eyes to many alarming statistics involved with young people and spinal cord injuries

• Those at highest risk of suffering a spinal cord injury are aged between 15-34 years old (80 percent male, 20 percent female) • There is no cure for a spinal cord injury • 350 to 400 new cases of spinal cord injury are reported in Australia each year; more than one every day Selena answered questions regarding her life before the

Bishop’s Diary Federation of Catholic Bishops Conference of Oceania executive meeting in Noumea, New Caledonia. August 17 - Celebrate Mass at secondary school religious education co-ordinators' meeting at Rawson. August 18 - Diocesan Pastoral Council meeting at Warragul. August 18 - Warragul confirmations. August 19 - Drouin and Warragul confirmations. August 22 - Meetings of Council of Priests, Consultors and Diocesan Finance Council. August 26 - Migrant

Sunday Mass at Cranbourne, 2pm. August 29 - Meeting with Anglican General Synod ecumenical commission in Sydney. August 30 - Bishops' Commission for Ecumenism and Inter-Religious Dialogue meeting, Sydney.

surprised to find that Selena is still able to drive (both cars and motorbikes) and is still able to have children. SpinChat was especially important for the Year 12’s, particularly during this year in their lives when most turn 18 and are able to drive and to live independently. Selena and many other 18 year olds believe that spinal cord injury would never happen to them. The RACV SpinChat program makes people aware of how to minimise the risks.

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accident and how her life has changed since. Selena was only a few years older than most of the students present when the accident occurred and many of the Year 12’s could relate to her life before the crash. While one could focus on the disadvantages of being in a wheelchair, Selena considers herself lucky that she only lost movement in her legs and feels her accident could have been much worse. Many students were also



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Youth Matters ‘Always be joyful in the Lord’

(Phil 4:4)

Copacabana Beach to welcome WYD pilgrims A BRAZILIAN bishop and top organiser has revealed that Copacabana Beach and the Santa Cruz Air Base will be the venues for the main events of World Youth Day Rio 2013. The global youth event will take place July 23-28 next year, which Pope Benedict XVI is expected to attend. During a press conference, Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta said Copacabana will be the venue for the opening Mass, the welcoming ceremony with the Pope and the Via Crucis – the event’s traditional Way of the Cross procession. The Santa Cruz Air Base, on the western side of the city, will be the venue for the vigil on July 27 and the closing Mass on July 28, where some two million young people are expected to gather. Operated by the Brazilian Air Force, the base covers an area of nearly 3.5 square miles. Accompanied by his auxiliary bishops, Archbishop Tempesta

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was in Rome last month to meet with officials at the Pontifical Council for the Laity, who approved the venues for the event. “We will begin the main events under the protection of Mary – Copacabana Beach is named after Our Lady of Copacabana – at the place where large events have traditionally been held in Rio de Janeiro and that will now have the privilege of hosting these events and welcoming young people from all over the world,” he said. Archbishop Orani said he has invited the Pope to visit the Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks the city and to hold a gathering at Maracana Stadium with the nearly 60,000 volunteers expected to participate in WYD. Asked about whether confessions would be heard in specific place similar to what organizers did in WYD Madrid 2011, Father Arnaldo Rodrigues of the organizing committee said the Madrid model would not be possible but that confessions would be heard at various venues across the city. He also said the locations of the catechetical sessions have also yet to be determined. The Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro also said it would ask city officials to allow the Shrine of Christ the Redeemer to remain open around the clock to accommodate the constant flow of pilgrims. Locally you can start getting into the WYD spirit at the of-


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ficial World Youth Day 2013 “One Year To Go” celebration on Friday July 27. Fr Robert Galea will lead a special praise and worship session at St Mary Star of the Sea Church in West Melbourne followed by Mass celebrated by Archbishop Denis Hart. After Mass the celebrations will continue with a huge Brazilian Carnivale, giving everyone the chance to experience

the amazing culture of Brazil. This event is open to all those from around Victoria who want to start getting ready for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, whether they will be able to attend World Youth Day or not. Praise and Worship will begin at 6.30pm and Mass at 7.30pm. The Carnivale, with food, drinks, prizes and entertainment will begin at 8.30pm. If you are considering joining

the pilgrimage to WYD2013 in Rio and being part of the largest youth event on the planet stay tuned for information sessions that will be happening around our diocese in August. And make sure you join our Facebook page at “WYD Rio Victoria” to stay in touch with all the latest WYD developments.

Welcome for youth leaders THE second Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention (ACYMC) will be held in Campbelltown Catholic Club, Sydney, from September 21-23. It is expected to gather up to 500 participants from around the country who minister with young people in parishes, schools, religious orders, diocese, universities, diocese, movements and communities. Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, recently appointed Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference delegate for youth will attend the convention and meet many of the key youth ministry leaders from around the country. “It will be exciting to be back amongst a special group of

people in Australia who I have missed since World Youth Day 2008”, said Bishop Fisher. “There have been many great successes since WYD in Sydney, and we must continue to build upon them and listen to the Holy Spirit in all we do. The convention is special moment where those in youth ministry can do this”, he said. Over the past 12 months a local organising committee chaired by Malcolm Hart, Senior Youth Ministry Projects Officer with the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life, has been developing the program and preparing for this important biennial convention. “Our keynote speakers Sr


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play for us in the Parish Centre which was a hit. We are hoping to provide the same this year along with a Trivia Night. All students from Year 7 to Year 10 are welcome to come along to our group. Cost is $2.50. If anyone would like more information please contact Sandie Downey on 5941 4169. All Welcome! Please send your Youth Group Snapshot to jessd@sale.

Hilda Scott, Fr Christian Fini and Mr Shayne Bennett will explore each of the goals of the document, and our workshops and expo will provide practical strategies and resources for youth ministry.” “A full youth band will be present all weekend led by Jen Charadia, an experienced Australian singer songwriter and Wollongong local. We have also established a liturgy team to create a greater community setting for our prayer and liturgies, which is central to the formation and support of those youth ministers attending.” The convention will include presentations on youth mental health issues, social networking protocols as well as giving the opportunity to utilise social networking forums such as Facebook and Twitter for participant discussion and feedback. The Diocese of Wollongong is also facilitating home stay for participants who wish to reduce costs of attendance. The full program, registration and further details about the convention are now available at A promotional video clip highlighting the 2010 convention and testimonies form participants, together with some presentations from the 2010 convention, can also be found on the website or via the ACBC youth Ministry YouTube channel com/abcyouth

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Quick calendar

What’s on & when July Peter’s Pence Collection month 27 – Schools Tree Day 29 – National Tree Day

August Centacare Gippsland collection month 6 – Feast of the Transfiguration 6 – Deadline for August Catholic Life 7 – East region meeting, Bairnsdale, 10.30am 8 – Solemnity of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop 9-11 – Bishop Prowse at Bishops’ Commission for Mission and Faith Formation meeting, Sydney 15 – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 15 – Catholic Life published 16 – Valley region meeting, St Mary’s, Newborough, noon 18 – Diocesan Pastoral Council meeting, Sion House, Warragul, 10am 20-26 – Keep Australia Beautiful Week 21 – Central region meeting, St John’s, Trafalgar, 7.30pm 22 – Queenship of Mary

September 1 – National Wattle Day 2 – Father’s Day 2 – Annual Father’s Day Appeal for Priests Welfare Foundation 5-7 – Australasian Catholic Press Association conference, Wellington , NZ 7-9 – Australasian Religious Press Association Conference, Wellington, NZ 8 – Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary 10 – Deadline for September Catholic Life 12 – Official opening of Sion House diocesan headquarters by Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto 14 – Feast of the Triumph of the Cross 17-21 – Sale Diocese clergy in-service, Corpus Christi, Carlton 19 – Catholic Life published 21 – National Walk to Work Day 21 – Third term holidays begin 21-23 – Bishop Prowse at National Youth Conference, Wollongong 27 – Memorial of St Vincent de Paul

October 1-5 – National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s Catholic Commission conference, Melbourne 2 – Memorial of the Guardian Angels

4 – Memorial of St Francis of Assisi 4 – World Animal Day 8 – Fourth term begins 8 – Deadline for October Catholic Life 8-28 – Bishop Prowse representing Australian bishops at Synod of Bishops in Rome 15 – Memorial of St Theresa of Avila 16 – World Food Day 17 – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 17 – Catholic Life published 18 – Valley region meeting, Lumen Christi eco-centre, Churchill, noon 21 – Mission Sunday 22 – Blessed Pope John Paul II

November 1 – All Saints Day 2 – All Souls Day 5 – Deadline for November Catholic Life 6 – Melbourne Cup Day 7 – South region meeting, Leongatha, 11.15am 12-18 – National Recycling Week 13 – East region meeting, Orbost, 10.30am 14 – Catholic Life published 17-18 – Heart Region youth beach retreat, Lakes Entrance 18 – Diocesan pilgrimage to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale, 2pm 20 - Diocesan Pastoral Council meeting, Sion House, Warragul, 10am 21 – Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary 21 – World Fisheries Day 25 – Solemnity of Christ the King 26-30 – Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference plenary meeting, Sydney 27 – Central region meeting, St Joseph’s, Warragul, 7.30pm

December 2 – First Sunday of Advent 3 – Deadline for Catholic Life 5 – International Volunteer Day 6 – Valley region Christmas lunch, Morwell Club, noon 6 – St Nicholas Day 8 – Immaculate Conception 12 – Catholic Life published 21 – Summer holidays begin (primary schools) 25 – Christmas Day 26 – Boxing Day 30 – Feast of the Holy Family 31 – New Year’s Eve

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Learning from experience ARE you an investor? Are you just a “saver”? Either way what have you learned from the Global Financial Crisis and its aftermath? Can you deal with volatile and difficult investment markets any better now than in 2006. Do you have a better understanding of the trade-off between risk and returns for various asset classes? The recent Reserve Bank Bulletin has an article which throws some light on just how Australians attitudes have changed since 2008. It’s enlightening reading for those of us who make their living helping people navigate the investment world, and for investors in general, too. In the early part of the 21st century, Australia had one of the highest proportions of share ownership across the population in the world, and probably the highest proportion of direct share ownership. It was claimed that more than 75 percent of Australian adults owned shares and 45 percent owned shares directly. Statistics showed that the proportion of assets comprised of listed shares was 45 percent of total wealth in 2008. At this time the Australian sharemarket had provided returns in excess of 20 percent for four years – something never achieved before. The average term deposit rate over the same time was about 5 percent. People were willing to ignore the risk and many thought that the returns would continue – effectively a “new” normal. People were concentrating their investment assets in the share market. How things have changed. Households are now taking a far more cautious approach to investing. While over the last 30 years average real returns from the sharemarket have averaged 5.5 percent better than the equivalent for term deposits but in the last three years the reverse is true. Share market volatility has also increased substantially, as well. The share of households financial assets held directly in equities has more than halved. Mind you market prices can be said to account for a fall of 40 percent alone. The balance is made up of other, more conservative investments made by investors. The share of assets just held in deposits has increased by 50 percent. Even professional fund managers don’t have as much exposure to the share market – and it’s not their money they’re investing. Among higher income households the changes are not so extreme. These households can afford a greater tolerance to risk, and it’s these households that invest more in equities, anyway. The article also cites research of individuals personal risk attitudes and finds that these correlate closely with the actual change in investment allocations. These days it seems more

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gy will not provide an adequate return for a 30 year old who wants to retire comfortably. A diversified portfolio, while not garnering the maximum returns may help provide the acceptable compromise between risk and reward While we are all a little more conservative than we were, there are still great opportunities to make money by investing in equities. It’s not how much the market changes that’s important, it’s about how much YOUR investments change. There have been and still are businesses making money for their shareholders all the while that the market is retreating. Don’t make the mistake of being too conservative. • This report is intended to provide general advice. In preparing this advice, David Wells and EL and C Baillieu Ltd 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.

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Far East Gippsland and its history of isolation AROUND 1840 graziers on the Monaro were looking for new pastures for their flock. They did not moved directly south into far East Gippsland, as that area was totally forested. Instead the first European explorers entered from the southwest of the Monaro through small passes to the open plain at Omeo. They then moved down the Tambo River Valley to the lakes, and west to the open plains of central Gippsland. This meant the whole wedge-shaped area east of Lakes Entrance was not part of the development of Gippsland proper. It has had its own separate history, with its own transport systems, which were not connected with the rest of Gippsland. The coastal road from Lakes Entrance to Mallacoota, now part of the Princes Highway, was a much later development. In considering far East Gippsland we should put out of our mind the artificial state borderline running from the source of the Murray River to the coast at Cape Howe. Far East Gippsland is simply the southern extension of the Monaro, where the open high plains end and forested land slopes gradually down to the narrow coastal plain and Bass Strait. This is clearly seen when we drive along the Monaro Highway from Bombala to

Gippsland Gistory H with Patrick Morgan Cann River today. The rivers, like the main roads in the region, run north-south. The area has one major artery, the Snowy River, traversing the whole distance from the Monaro to the sea. Other shorter rivers, like the Brodribb, Genoa. Bemm and Cann, also run north-south. Warm coastal currents produce semi-tropical vegetation near the coast, including a stand of cabbage trees, normally not found so far south. The eastern grouping of the Kurnai Aborigines of Gippsland inhabited the area roughly from Lakes Entrance to Point Hicks. They were known at the Kroatugolung, from which the 19th century term for East Gippsland, Croajingalong, derives. Further inland was a noman’s land were the Bidwelli, a mixed Aboriginal group from the adjacent Kroatugolung. Omeo and NSW south coast tribes lived. Europeans first came into far East Gippsland in two different ways. Rounding Cape Howe Is-

land was the final leg of coastal exploration south of Sydney following George Bass’s whale boat journey of 1797-98. Ben Boyd and whalers were active at Eden and Twofold Bay from the 1820s. Joseph Lingard is the first European recorded to have moved into the Genoa River area, called by the local Aborigines Tinnor. Captain Stevenson set up

camp at Captain’s Point on the Genoa River lakes in 1841. This settlement, called Mallacoota, was supplied from the

Celebrating the earth and stars EARTH AND ALL THE STARS, edited by Ann Rowthorn, published by Resource Publications, distributed by Rainbow Books, paperback, 329 pages, rrp $49.95. THIS is a quality offering of selected works of some of the greatest writers and thinkers ever to have walked the earth. The collection dates from the earliest recorded Hindu song which is about 5000 years old to a contemporary poem by a Nigerian teenager. The works are drawn from Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, paganism and various indigenous religions. There are prayers, litanies, songs and meditations drawn from every continent and it includes passages from the Bible, ancient Celtic pre-Christian prayers, a prayer credited to St Patrick, and the Canticle of Brother Sun by St Francis of Assisi. Some of the more famous writers include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Fydor Dostoyevsky, Albert Einstein, the Dali Lama, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Robert Burns and William Wordsworth. There is also a lot of wisdom from various Asian writers and North American Indian sources. The author is a passionate environmentalist which shows in some of the works and a tribute to Greenpeace, but putting that aside it is still a wonderful collection of works honoring creation. The book is laid out in five sections – creation stories and reflections, prayers, poems,

Talking about Books rites and celebrations and blessings. CATHOLIC CURRICULUM – A Mission to the Heart of Young People, by Jim and Therese D’Orsa, published by Vaughan Publishing, distributed by Garratt Publishing, paperback, 283 pages, rrp $49.95 ($39.95 from Broken Bay Institute). THE authors of this book are well-known to the Diocese of Sale with Dr Therese D’Orsa having previously been our director of Catholic education, and her husband Dr Jim D’Orsa having been heavily involved as a consultant in co-coordinating Bishop Coffey’s pastoral plan Journeying Together and having been involved in establishing the Diocesan Executive and other committees. This book is the second in a Mission and Education series produced by Broken Bay Institute. The authors have produced it to reinvigorate discussion in Catholic schools about what it means to have a Catholic curriculum as opposed to taking the public curriculum developed by governments and dealing with the ‘Catholic’ part by adding religious education, faith development activities and social justice initiatives.

The book clearly sets out the situation in a context which should be easily understood by educators and then offers guidance to promote discussion. The first part of the book provides the scope of the conversation about Catholic curriculum and it is followed by a section which looks at the context of teaching young people in the modern world. The third part deals with looking deeply at the various key concepts and traditions, it is followed by sections on looking in detail at development of the modern worldview and then changes to the worldview of faith. The book provides no steadfast answers to the question of Catholic curriculum but opens up many possibilities with many solutions and as such should achieve its aim of provoking discussion. Dr Jim D’Orsa now lectures at Broken Bay Institute, Sydney, is a visiting lecturer at Yarra Theological Union and a research associate of the MCD University of Divinity. Dr Therese D’Orsa is currently conjoint professor of University of Newcastle and Broken Bay Institute, is a visiting lecturer at Yarra Theological Union and is an honorary fellow of Australian Catholic University.

sea, and had a fitful history until the writer E.J. Brady made it a permanent town from the second decade of the 20th century onwards. In the early days the Imlay brothers, Andrew Hutton and Captain Stevenson all tried unsuccessfully to run cattle along the coast from Eden to the Snowy River. Later small coastal boats from Lake Entrance ventured east to enter the Snowy River at Marlo, and other small fishing camps were set up at the Sydenham and Tamboon inlets. This coastal traffic formed a highway on water, as no connected east-west road existed in the early days. The second method of entry

was overland from the Monaro. During the decades from the 1840s onwards, some graziers at the far south end of the Monaro were squatting in what is now Victoria, for example, the Whittakers at Tubbut and the O’Rourkes at Black Mountain. Small towns like Delegate, Bonang and Bendoc grew up in the vicinity. Other graziers. like the Scotts, looking for land in Gippsland, took their flocks south along the Wulgulmerang-Gelantipy track, and then moved west to Gippsland proper. The Scots settled at Delvine Park between Bairnsdale and Sale, and the Whittakers eventually near Traralgon. The borderline between NSW and Victoria was surveyed by Black and Allen in 1870-72. Very few people have ever lived in far East Gippsland - it is sparsely populated even today. This is because it is hard to get into and get around, because it is in a blind spot remote for the eyes of authorities in Melbourne and Sydney, and because it has never had any substantial economic activity, like gold mining or power generation or large scale rural industry, to attract a sizeable population.

The only town of any size is Orbost, now 2500 people. It arose as squatting run, set up first by the McLeod family about 1845 on the rich flats of the Snowy River. The town of Orbost developed out of the collection of station buildings in the 1880s, when selectors took up blocks on the productive alluvial flats. They grew maize, potatoes and other market garden vegetables which, together with fish. were exported by coastal vessels to Lakes Entrance to be transshipped to Melbourne, or taken to the railhead at Bairnsdale. The Snowy River had its own fleet of small craft for local river traffic plying from north of Orbost to Marlo. The rail line, which reached Orbost in 1916, obviated the need for much of the coastal shipping. At the same time the Princes Highway between Bairnsdale and Eden was created by joining up local roads; its surface was improved enough to allow motor vehicles. To open up the region E.J. Brady of Mallacoota pressed for a railway line to link up those which already terminated at Orbost and Bombala in the southern Monaro on NSW, but this was never likely to happen. Strangely far East Gippsland, which was the scene of some activity in the early decades, became more isolated and separate as Gippsland developed, and its centre of gravity moved west. Whereas in the 19th century activity was focussed on squatting, lakes shipping and gold mining in the east and north. Later on dairy farming in South and West Gippsland and the power industry in Central Gippsland meant the main activity was closer to Melbourne, so the more east you were, the more neglected and forgotten you became. Far East Gippsland has become a place where Gippslanders and others take their holidays in idyllic natural surroundings. The communities of far East Gippsland - small, basic, largely self-sufficient - most resembled those of Bass Strait, isolated from each other and from the world outside. The vast expanses of forest kept them apart and hindered communication, just as the wild seas did in Bass Strait. Both areas remained for many decades in pioneering mode, with accidents and natural disasters a fact of everyday life.

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world news ... Human needs high in Africa

A WOMAN in Niger gets a health check for her baby at a medical centre provided by foreign aid. SCORES of people across the engage in cash for work pro- more than 76,000 of the most Sahel remain in grave danger as grams that contribute directly vulnerable households; supthe ongoing food crisis unfolds, to food production. plying food, drought-resistant but where there is support there “But the magnitude of the seeds to farming families, water is hope, Caritas Australia said. West Africa crisis means there and sanitation and temporary More than 18 million people is still an enormous unmet need shelter. are in danger across nine West and we humbly ask for the supIn Burkina Faso at least 1.7 African countries including port of the Australian Catholic million people are affected. Burkina Faso, Gambia, Mali, community.” Caritas is working to improve Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Caritas Australia is support- the food security of about Chad, northern Nigeria and ing programs making a real 45,000 people in 10 dioceses. northern Cameroon. impact in Niger, Burkina Faso, This includes access to food Poor rains and rising food war-torn Mali and Chad. for 7036 poor and vulnerable prices have combined to keep In Niger an estimated 5.5 households and for 21,500 chilfood out of reach of the most million are in danger including dren, as well as medical care, vulnerable, placing more than refugees who have fled conflict nutrition and support for the a million children in danger of in Mali. agro-pastoral production of severe acute malnutrition – a The international Caritas net- vulnerable households. life threatening condition which work has been working with could have lifelong effects on their health and cause death. Caritas Australia CEO Jack de Groot said “There are millions more children, lactating women and elderly who are vulnerable and in need of immediate assistance. “This is a situation that has been developing over months and the international Caritas network has been doing all it can to reach as many people as possible,” he said. “Where we have been able to work with local communities on an effective agricultural response they have been able to plant and harvest drought re- A Toureg man, a Malian refugee, demonstrates the ‘tippy tap’ sistant seeds, access clean wa- method of hand washing installed as part of the emergency hyter, receive medical support and giene program in Tiguizefan, Niger.

Forced abortions condemned ROME (Zenit) - The European Parliament has approved a resolution condemning the practice of forced abortions and sterilisations in China. The resolution made explicit reference to the kidnapping of a Chinese woman named Feng Jianmei who was in her seventh month of pregnancy and forced to abort the baby. According to a report published June 3, Feng Jianmei was

beaten and dragged to a vehicle of “family planning officials,” while her husband, Deng Jiyuan, was away at work. The officials also asked Feng’s family to pay a ¥40,000 fine. Not having received the amount, they forced abortion, placing the dead baby next to her on the bed. Feng then underwent medical treatment in a nearby village. It is estimated that about 13

million children are aborted in China every year since the onechild policy was introduced in China in 1979. The resolution encourages the European Commission to reconsider its grants to projects in China to ensure that no European funds are allocated to coercive reproductive health programs and policies as has happened to date.

world news ... ‘Vati-leaks’ report to be handed down VATICAN CITY (Zenit) - The Cardinals’ Commission investigating the alleged theft of private documents by the Pope’s personal assistant hopes to soon conclude their investigation The conclusion of the preliminary investigative phase, whether it be in an extended or reduced form, must be made public even if, at present, some phases are still under investigation. The investigative phase will remain open for another 10 days due to testimonies that are still being gathered. However, the inquiry will not be able to exceed those days. Vatican Press Office director Fr Frederico Lombardi said the commission would refer the case to the Pope. The lawyer for Paolo Gabriele, the Pontiff’s former personal assistant, denied rumors by several newspapers that his client’s health was deteriorating. “I would like to say that he is in good health and that he finds comfort in prayer,” his

lawyer stated. The court will take a couple of weeks before concluding the formal interrogations and the preliminary custody. The judge will then have to prepare the case which will decide if Gabriele will be released or sentenced. The eventual trial will most likely take place after in a few months When asked of the possibility if Pope Benedict XVI decides to speak on the case, the Vatican spokesman said that “the Pope is very free and he will assess if it is a case to express some spiritual sign or orientation.” Several newspapers have given unconfirmed reports of three accomplices, including a journalist. Regarding those reports, Fr Lombardi replied: “I have had no information on complicity, but I don’t think it corresponds to an exact description of the situation. The testimonies don’t imply automatically the revelation of accomplices.”

Pope revisits place of Vatican 2 work ROME (Zenit) - The director of the Vatican press office commented on Benedict XVI’s trip today to the house of the Verbites in Nemi, Italy, noting that it was a chance for the Pope to visit the place where as a young theologian he worked on documents of the Second Vatican Council. Young Joseph Ratzinger worked at the spot in 1965. “The dynamic and prolific atmosphere of study, debate, and prayer created the environment for the plenary meetings of the Council Fathers in Saint Peter’s,” Fr Lombardi explained. The Vatican spokesman noted that Cardinal Roberto Tucci has recently spoken about similar work that went on in Ariccia, Italy, with the involvement of young Bishop Karol Wojtyla (later Pope John-Paul II) in preparation of Gaudium et spes. “About 30 of those who participated in the Second Vatican the Council are still living, among them Council Fathers

and experts, and their testimonies stir up a wave of emotions in those who, like us (even though we were not directly involved), recall that extraordinary time of fervor, enthusiasm, and hope,” Fr Lombardi said. “It is our wish that the 50th anniversary of the Council, which we are preparing to celebrate in October, will be an opportunity to enthusiastically reunite ourselves to that atmosphere of listening to the Holy Spirit, so that the documents can be re-read today along the lines of the ‘”hermeneutic of reform,” of renewal in the continuity of the one subject-Church which the Lord has given to us. “She is a subject which increases in time and develops, yet always remaining the same, the one subject of the journeying People of God. “For this reason Joseph Ratzinger – now Pope – wisely exhorts us, as a privileged and authoritative witness, and expert of the conciliar assembly.”

Israeli MP tears up the Bible

AN Israeli lawmaker has torn up a copy of the New Testament to protest against the dissemination of the “despicable book”, which was sent to members of parliament by a Christian organisation. MP Michael Ben Ari of the ultra-nationalist National Union opposition party was one

of the Knesset members who received by mail a copy of the “Book of Testaments”. It contains the Jewish Bible, known to Christians as the Old Testament, and the New Testament, the Gospels and epistles of the Christian faith written after the time of Jesus.

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For the Young and Young at Heart Bound for Olympic glory

Time for a Laugh A RICH American commissioned a well-known author to write his family history, but insisted that he should ignore some sensitive details like the case of Uncle William who led a life of crime and was eventually executed in the electric chair in the 1920s. “Don’t come straight out and say it,” the author was told. “You’ll have to find some way around it.” The millionaire was pleasantly surprised to read what the author wrote. “Uncle William occupied a chair of applied electronics in one of our leading government institutions. He was held to the post by the closest of ties and his death came as a real shock.” LITTLE Johnny had not spoken a word in the first six years of his life and his family had resigned themselves to the fact that he was a mute. Finally one morning he cried out “Mum, this toast is burnt!” His amazed and delighted mother hugged him and asked “Johnny, why haven’t you spoken before this?” “Well,” he replied, “up until now everything has been all right.”

A LITTLE girl was sitting drawing a picture and SEEING the London Olympic are on we have decided to give a prize for the best colouring her teacher remarked how of this picture of women runners. Just fill out the form below and post your entry to Catholic beautiful it looked. “Who is that person you are Life at PO Box 1410, Warragul 3820. But you will have to hurry as the next issue will be drawing?” asked the teacher. out in only three weeks this time. “That’s God,” replied the girl. The teacher smiled and Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Age . . . . . . explained that no-one knew what God looked like. “The will in a moment!” Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . said the girl.

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A puzzling language to many HAVE you ever wondered are square, and a guinea pig why foreigners have trouble is neither from Guinea nor is with the English Language? it a pig. If writers write, how come Let’s face it, English is a fingers don’t fing? If the plural of tooth is stupid language. There is no egg in the egg- teeth, shouldn’t the plural of plant, no ham in the ham- phone booth be phone beeth? burger and neither pine nor If the teacher taught, why apple in the pineapple. didn’t the preacher praught? English muffins were not If a vegetarian eats vegetainvented in England, and bles, what the heck does a French fries were not invent- humanitarian eat!? ed in France. Why do people recite at We sometimes take Eng- a play, yet play at a recital? lish for granted but if we Park on driveways and drive examine its paradoxes we on parkways? find that quicksand takes you You have to marvel at the down slowly, boxing rings unique lunacy of a language

where a house can burn up as it burns down. And in which you fill in a form by filling it out, and a bell is only heard once it goes! English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race. (Which of course isn’t a race at all) That is why when the stars are out they are visible but when the lights are out they are invisible. And why it is that when I wind up my watch it starts, but when I wind up this observation, it ends.

are no such things as an intelligent politician or an Easter bunny. A FARMER was in court seeking compensation after the horse he was riding and his dog were hit by a police car, The counsel for the defence asked “After the accident didn’t you tell the constable who had been driving the car that you felt OK?” Farmer: “Yes, I believe that’s right,” Defence counsel: “And now you are seeking compensation for some injuries which you claim you sustained in the accident?” Farmer: “Yes.” The defence counsel sat down and the farmer’s solicitor asked “Will you tell his honor the circumstances in which you made the response.” The old farmer looked at the judge and said “Just after the accident, my horse was lying on the road with a broken leg and the policeman went up to it and shot it with his revolver. “Then he went over to my dog which was lying in a ditch, whimpering badly from its injuries and he shot it too. “Then he came over to me and asked me how I was feeling, so I replied ‘I’ve never felt better in my life!’”

TWO road workers were sitting down by the side of the road having lunch. One looked at his sandwich and remarked “Oh no, raspberry jam again. I hate raspberry jam.” The second worker asked why he didn’t ask his wife to put something else on his A YOUNG boy came sandwich. home from school and asked “Wouldn’t do any good,” his mother “What is vice?” said the first. “I have to She gave him a long ex- make my own lunch.” planation including the facts of life and how some people AN old man was sitting on choose to lead immoral lives the kerb outside the hotel and where that sort of lifesobbing helplessly. style could lead to all sorts A policeman asked him of moral depravities. what was wrong. He thanked his mum for the explanation and she “I’m 75-years-old and I have a beautiful 25-year-old asked why he had asked. wife at home.” “It’s just that I’ve been “So what’s the problem?” made vice captain at school!” asked the policeman. AN intelligent woman, an “I can’t remember where I intelligent politician and the live,” howled the old man. Easter bunny get in a lift toDID you hear about the gether and at the same time they spot a $10 note lying blind man who was given a cheese grater for his birthon the floor. Which one of them would day. He said it was the most vibend down and pick it up? The woman, because there olent thing he had ever read.

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Lavalla Students rally to a cause Sale students make national sides

LAVALLA senior campus students and teachers rallying for a good cause to raise money for charity. TRARALGON - Lavalla Catholic College, Kildare Campus recently held its annual Cause Worth Week. Students organised and participated in a variety of activities to raise money the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre. Campus director Marco DiCesare explained “The Cause Worth Week has become an annual event and over the past 10 years has raised in excess of $25,000. “It is a student-led initiative that students and staff look forward to every year. “Students and staff at the

College know that most families are touched by cancer in some way and this is our way of helping all those people.” The week gives the campus community an intense focus on community service and encourages students to see themselves as people who can improve the circumstances of others. It also unites students and staff as they work to raise funds and strengthen their own community in the process. The activities that took place during the week included House Trivia, which saw Champagnat 5 become the trivia champi-

ons, Guitar Hero proved to be a very entertaining competition and the relay walk and plain clothes day had students and staff walking round the campus oval from 1.30-5pm. The highlight of the week was the Cause Worth Shaving For activity. This year’s participants in the shave were Matt O’Toole, Thomas Wilson, Tom Eddy, Lachlan Morland, Sarah Beyer, Aaron Frescura and teacher Chris Rea The total raised for the week was $6137.50.

SALE - Catholic College Sale students have been making their mark on the nation’s football fields with two students selected to play for national sides in 2012. Year 12 student Will Hams was chosen to represent Victorian Country in the Under 18 National Championships Round two game against Queensland. Will certainly held his own with two goals and 17 possessions, playing on a wing in the game played at Victoria Park. Will’s performance assured that he retained his place for the Round three clash with Western Australia to be played at Subiaco Oval in Perth. Year 9 student Nash Holmes has been selected to represent

Country Victoria in the Under 15 Australian Football Championship in Adelaide this week. Nash was selected as a result of his performances in the V/Line Cup which was held in Melbourne during the last school holidays. The Gippsland team that Nash represented was victorious in the V/Line Cup competition and Nash was selected in the Team of the V/ Line Cup. Some 55 players were chosen to try out for the Victorian Country team from this competition. The college is proud of both of these students and wishes them well in their future sporting endeavors.

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WARRAGUL - St Joseph’s Primary School, Warragul went can crazy last month!! More than 1000 cans were donated to St Vincent De Paul in the annual can challenge! What a fantastic effort from the students and families at St Joseph’s! During winter each year the students are asked to donate food cans to the St Vincent de Paul Society over a two week period and this year was their highest total yet! One single class of students managed 130 cans alone! Religious education co-ordinator Janelle Deguara said “Everyone did an absolutely amazing job, 1000 cans is a

huge effort and it was just so good to see the interest and excitement this challenge bought to our students.” Two representatives from the St Vincent De Paul Society called at the school to accept the cans. They thanked the students and spoke at assembly about just how important the can challenge is for them every year. The cans are given weekly to many needy families throughout Warragul. Students should be extremely proud of their amazing efforts and feel very happy in knowing just how important these cans are for so many families in their community this winter.

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