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Catholic Life

Publication of the Diocese of Sale

June 2011


Altar tiles returned to Sale - Page 5

An ancient Roman day for schools - Page 19

Fragments of a pilgrim’s diary - Page 9

Warragul works starting WORK will begin shortly on the new diocesan headquarters in Warragul, to be known as Sion House. Tenders have been accepted to refurbish the former double storey Our Lady of Sion Convent and build two extensions. Successful tenderer is Gippsland building firm Parnall Pty Ltd which has previously completed significant building projects for the diocese in recent times, particularly at schools receiving Building the Education Revolution grants. It is expected that works will be completed in about a year’s time, after which all diocesan staff will be relocated to the one site, currently occupied by the Catholic Education Office for Sale Diocese. As announced by Bishop Christopher Prowse last year, it is his desire to amalgamate all staff in Warragul which is much closer to the demographic centre of the diocese. Statistics show 93 percent of Catholics in the diocese live west of the current diocesan headquarters in Sale. Relocating from Sale will be the Bishop’s Office, Business Office, Catholic Development Fund and Media Office and from Newborough, the Youth and Tribunal offices and the pastoral coordinator. Over the past 15 months a lot of conceptual work has been done to see how staff could be integrated in the former Sion convent building which is on the edge of Warragul’s commercial area. Planning approval was obtained from Baw Baw Shire to add the extensions to a building of high local heritage significance. The first stage will be to refurbish the Sion Teachers’ Centre fronting Connor St, followed by a double storey extension at the north east corner of the old

convent and a second storey extension above the parish centre in Connor St. Once these have been completed the existing building will also be extensively renovated before the bishop and his staff relocate. The triangular site on the corner of Connor St and Trumby Lane, previously occupied by a house in which the late Fr Harry Verbruggen lived, will be converted to carparking. A new residence for the bishop has already been purchased in Warragul. Bishop Prowse also announced that Sale would be retained as the spiritual centre of the diocese with St Mary’s Cathedral being the Mother Church at which all major liturgical events would still be based. Plans are underway for a major renovation at the cathedral and an appeal is running to fund these works, many of which are regarded as urgent. A fundraising committee has recently formed to raise up to $1 million for the works.

STUDYING plans for the works to take place at the rear of the new diocesan headquarters to be known as Sion House are (from left) Greg Stickland and Natasha Stone from Brand Architects, Iain Edmondson and Tim Traill from Parnall, diocese special projects manager George Brayshaw and Tony Di Bianco from Parnall.

Former Sion convent CEO Office

New second storey 

Sion Teachers’ Centre New double storey extension 

AN artist’s impression of the completed works showing the two extensions necessary to house all diocesan staff on the one site.

Help restore St Mary’s Cathedral Bishop Christopher Prowse has launched an appeal to raise up to $1 million to restore and enhance the Mother Church of the Diocese of Sale. Please be generous in your giving. Send donations to Cathedral Appeal, Reply Paid 508, Sale, 3853 * Credit card form can be downloaded at Fill-in on line, print, sign and post.

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Praise of Lectio Divina as we find our home in Jesus IN some of my visitations to parishes in the diocese I have introduced an ancient method of praying the scriptures called Lectio Divina. I am delighted that some groups are established already. After reading this brief explanation below some might say: “We have already experienced this without knowing its name”. I hope so. Pope Benedict XVI has encouraged the use of Lectio Divina. In his more recent Apostolic Exhortation (2010), Verbum Domini, n. 8687, he writes that it is truly “capable of opening up to the faithful the treasures of God’s word, but also of bringing about an encounter with Christ, the living word of God”. The Holy Father then reviews the five basic steps of this beautiful prayer form: 1. The reading of a Scripture text (Lectio): We read a selected biblical text. We desire to understand its true content. What does this text say in itself? 2. Meditation (Meditatio): Then we ask: What does the biblical text say to us? We gather individually or collectively. There is silence. We allow ourselves to be moved and challenged. 3. Prayer (Oratio):

To God’s People in the Catholic Diocese of Sale We respond: What do we say to the Lord in response to his word? We pray in thanksgiving, intercession, praise and thanksgiving. We allow the word to transform us. 4. Contemplation (Contemplatio): Responding to the way the Lord sees and judges reality, we ask: What conversion of mind, heart and life is the Lord asking of us? 5. Action (Actio): Here the believer thinks about what his or her gift will be for others in charity. I wonder if individuals and groups in the diocese can take these five basic points and begin to pray with this venerable method. There are many resources that are available to explain it more fully. Of course, as the Holy Father points out, the supreme synthesis of this process is Mary, the Mother of God. The biblical phrase captures this truth: she “kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.”(Luke

2:19) During my recent Regional Forums in the diocese, it was clear for all to observe that there is among us a tremendous hunger for encountering Jesus in the scriptures. Lectio Divina is a wonderful method of satisfying that hunger in a deeper way. REGIONAL FORUMS ON “FINDING HOME IN JESUS” In regard to the regional forums, may I make this preliminary remark. I believe these five gatherings were real moments of encounter with the Holy Spirit. When the Diocesan Pastoral Council met recently to consider the fruits of our gatherings, we all noted this. There was a real unity. They were prayerful, practical and engendered much “Gospel energy” amongst us. Soon the Diocesan Pastoral Council will report back to you. We will publish summaries of what was said

and suggest ways forward. Since my Pentecost Pastoral Letter of a year ago (“Finding Home in Jesus”) till now, we have made a great start to reach our final aim of articulating some pastoral priorities to guide the diocese in the future. We have placed ourselves under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In the spirit of Novo Millennio Ineunte (n.29),we have sought to begin translating our Christ-centred approach to particular projects. We are attempting to place the entire diocese on a even deeper missionary/ evangelisation foundation. By praying deeply, perhaps using the Lectio Divina process, we will be helped on our pilgrim way as a people under Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Let us allow the scriptures, the Word of God, to lead us forward. May I leave you with a beautiful quote from St Ambose that the Holy Father used at the end of explaining Lectio Divina in Verbum Domini. St Ambrose writes: “When we take up the sacred Scriptures in faith and read them with the Church, we walk once more with God in the Garden”. (n.87) + Bishop Christopher Prowse Catholic Bishop of Sale

Vietnamese boat refugee to be a bishop A MAN who came to Australia as a refugee will be ordained a bishop in Melbourne next week. Conventual Franciscan Fr Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFMConv will become an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Originally from Dong Nai, near Saigon, he and his family fled Vietnam in 1980 in a refugee boat destined for Australia. In 1983, Fr Nguyen became a Conventual Franciscan friar and studied for the priesthood DIOCESE OF SALE

in Melbourne. He was ordained in 1989, and was then sent for further studies in Rome where he received a licentiate in Christology and Spirituality from the Pontifical Faculty of St Bonaventure. He was elected superior of the Order of Friars Minor Conventuals in Australia in 2005, and since 2008, he has been in Rome serving as assistant-general, responsible for the AsiaOceania section of order. Bishop-designate Nguyen will be ordained bishop in St

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Celebrating 60 years as priest TRARALGON – Mgr John Allman will celebrate the 60th year of his ordination to the priesthood at Traralgon next month. A special celebratory Mass is being held at St Michael’s Church on July 10 at 11.30am, followed by light refreshments. Those planning to attend should advise for catering purposes before June 30. Mgr Allman is the most highly decorated cleric in the diocese having received two papal honors - the Prelate of Honor from Pope Paul VI in 1964 and

then being made Prothonotary Apostlic by Pope John Paul II in 1990. Only six Australians hold the second award. Born in Heyfield, he attended Heyfield Primary School and St Patrick’s College, Sale, before attending Corpus Christi Seminary, Werribee. He was ordained a priest in St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale, on July 22, 1951 by Bishop Richard Ryan and over the years has served mainly in Sale and Traralgon with varied roles including apostolic administrator

in 1988, vicar-general, Dean of the Cathedral, secretary to both Bishop Ryan and Bishop Arthur Fox, consultor and member of the Council of Priests. He retired in 2000 to live in Traralgon. Mgr Allman has extended an open invitation to everyone to attend the anniversary Mass but asks that responses be phoned through to either Liz Coghlan 5148 2430, Ellen Mahony 5148 3315, John Cooney 5148 9220, Alan Wyatt 5143 0454, Liz McKenzie 5144 2114 or 0407 882 844.

Bishop’s Family Foundation $100,000 to give away THE Bishop’s Family Foundation has about $100,000 to distribute to charities which provide services to families. Applications for funding of projects are now being taken until the end of August. To be eligible to receive funds, the applicant must be an organisation with registered charitable tax deductibility status and which operates in the area covered by the Diocese of Sale. No money can be paid to individuals. Since its inception 11 years ago the foundation has distributed almost $700,000 to projects aiding families in Gippsland and the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The funds available this year come from the foundation’s

trust fund which is administered by independent trustees. Like most philanthropic trusts, only proceeds of its investments are available for distribution each year and so the amount can vary from year to year. All money from the foundation’s annual appeal and any other donations made during the year, go directly into the trust fund as a hedge against inflation which would otherwise erode the true value of its assets. Applications for funding should be accompanied by the relevant form which is available on the diocese website www. Follow the links through Agencies, then select Bishop’s Family Foundation from the drop down menu.

New pastoral letter coming CATHOLIC Life will next month publish a new pastoral letter from Bishop Christopher Prowse, following on from last year’s letter Finding Home in Jesus. Four highly successful regional forums and a youth gathering have been held over the past year to discuss questions raised by the bishop at

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Heart speaking to heart

Fox hara kiri

FOXES appear to have had a sudden lapse in road sense given the number we see skittled on the roadsides. Last week we counted seven dead foxes between Sale and Warragul and a fortnight ago we noted four dead between Stratford and Bairnsdale. Someone has suggested it is fox mating season and the males are concentrating so much on the scent of females that they forget to look left and right before crossing the road. We thought the mating season is more like August in Gippsland but perhaps some foxes are making an early start.

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WE don’t very much like highway collectors who aggressively shake their tins and glare at you as if you are a second class citizen if you don’t donate. What we saw in Bairnsdale recently during a period of busy weekend traffic added a other reason for disliking the practice. A collector was continually pushing the pedestrian crossing button to stop the traffic on the highway so he could shake his tin at more drivers. With few cars coming in from the side streets, the highway traffic should have had a smooth flow but was continually disrupted.

Baby doubles

HAVING recently had the joy of becoming a grandparent again it was interesting to discover that from the one

mothers group, that every one of the seven mums who have had second babies, have had a child of the same sex as the older sibling. It is about to be eight out of eight as the next mum in line for a second baby already knows the sex of her next child. What are the odds of that?

Wasted sign

WE wonder about an illuminated Train Ahead sign installed on a level crossing at Morwell. The sign is about a metre before the tracks and is designed to flash when the warning lights are activated on the approach of a train. Given that the main level crossing flashing red warning lights are visible from 300m away, this small warning sign is a waste of money. If you haven’t realised that a train is coming before you get close enough to see the small sign, it will be too late to avoid an accident.

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WHEN asked by journalists in the plane en route to Britain for the Papal pastoral visit how could the Church make itself more attractive, Pope Benedict responded that “a Church that seeks to be particularly attractive is already on the wrong path because the Church does not work for her own ends, she does not work to increase numbers and thus power. The Church is at the service of another … she works to make the proclamation of Jesus Christ accessible.” Making the proclamation of Jesus accessible is an important role for all of us. Each of us is called to be credible and convincing witnesses to the power of the Gospel. Sometimes that calls for finding new ways, sometimes it calls us back to old ways. During his visit to the United Kingdom Pope Benedict presided over a ceremony to mark the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, a great witness to the power of the Gospel today. When Newman was made Cardinal in 1879 by Pope Leo XIII, he chose as a motto for his coat of arms, an expression coined by St Francis de Sales: cor ad cor loquitur, heart speaks to heart. Newman believed that God was fully engaged in this world and fully engaged in the lives of individuals. Nothing really happens randomly, everything and every life has meaning and purpose because our God is a personal God, not an impersonal force or energy who simply created the world and then retreated from it. The Incarnation means that God remains engaged in the drama of daily life. God never ceases to communicate with us personally, heart to heart. This is why Newman taught that all have such an important role to play, one person at a time, one heart at a time. For Newman, being credible witnesses is done best by how we model, rather than by what we say. People are not won for Jesus Christ and his Church by means of argumentation alone, he said, but by credible witness. Newman believed that the truth of the Gospel, passed down through the centuries, “has been upheld not as a system, not by books, not by argu-

Reflections by Jim Quillinan ment, nor by temporal power, but by the personal influence of such people ... who are at once teachers and the patterns of it”. Even more than the intellectual and historical aspect of his conversion to the Catholic Church, it was the personal friendships, the example of teachers and the faith of others, the quiet and unassuming living out of the Catholic faith in the lives of those around him, that really spoke to his heart. The example of deep and authentic faith in ordinary Catholics who were just trying to love God in the best way they could, trying to be kind, patient, compassionate, and forgiving, and not always succeeding in the way that they wished, in a word, people trying to grow in holiness – ultimately had the biggest influence on his conversion to the Catholic faith. He wrote that the greatest influence over the human heart is the example of goodness and virtue in another person. If we all stop and think about this, we can see that it is true in our own lives. Those who have had the biggest impact in our lives, our parents, our siblings, our friends, our teachers, our co-workers, are those people who have truly loved us and have spoken to our heart through their lives and their example so much so that we have wanted to be like them, we were inspired to be a better person because of their good example. People who live with conviction because the love of Christ compels them, make a difference on other people’s lives and they make a difference in the world. Newman firmly believed and taught that those who have enormous impact on our lives are our friends - friends, who help us to know and love God more, help us to become better persons. One of Newman’s outstanding qualities was his capacity for enduring friendship with such a variety of people, even with those where disagreement emerged.

Perhaps proclaiming the value and beauty of friendship is one way of making the Gospel more accessible today. Selfless friendship is indeed a gift. Jesus Christ radicalised that idea by teaching that a friend is one who would lay down his life for another. His motto perfectly captures the idea of friendship, where people speak heart to heart, in a sincere, simple, and affectionate manner. All people of faith are engaged in a spiritual journey. What we all share as people committed to spiritual values, Pope Benedict said to faith leaders during his UK visit, was the conviction that ‘the initiative lies not with us, but with the Lord’. Reaching out in friendship to followers of other religions is becoming a familiar part of the mission of the local Church, communicating heart to heart with respect and co-operation in the dialogues of common life, common action, religious experience and theological exchange. The Church, he said, is committed to dialogue out of a genuine sense of respect and a desire to build bridges of friendship, to heal past wrongs and to foster trust between individuals and communities. Sadly, such is not always the case, even within our own Church. We share one faith, but too often so called conservatives and progressives ‘shout’ at the other, drowning out heart speaking to heart. To feel drawn by God ought not set one against another, Pope Benedict said. There are many ways of dialogue, of listening for the insistent voice of the God who calls us to live in him. Perhaps deeper listening, looking beyond mere words to deeds which lead to more collaborative action may encourage healing and building up their local communities. That’s where revolutions start; with one life, one person listening to another, heart listening to heart.

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Altar tiles returned to Sale

Missal changes are now under way By Sophy Morley

INTRODUCTION of changes to the Roman Missal began last weekend on the feast of Pentecost. Changes to people’s responses in the new English translation of the Roman Missal are being introduced in stages. The revised texts of the Penitential Rite and the Gloria began last weekend. As in the current Missal, there are several forms of the Penitential Rite, with the Confiteor having the most noticeable revision. There are also some preTHREE of the six ceramic tiles which have been returned to the diocesan archives. scribed gestures at praying of VALUABLE pieces of Sale positioned each side of the tabThe 20 empty soft drink bot- the Confiteor. You will noDiocese’s heritage have been ernacle, however, they were tles were discovered in a crate tice that we are asked to pray: donated to the archives by a removed when the altar was of bottles in the cellar at the “through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous Melbourne priest. reduced in height during altera- Kew presbytery. Fr Michael Kalka, parish tions in 1992-93. Maryknoll was a Catholic fault” whilst striking our breast priest of Kew, has given chanFr Kalka discovered them at settlement in Melbourne Arch- as a sign of penitence. Some of us may be a little uncellor Fr Brian O’Connor six a masonry yard in Melbourne diocese which had various intiles featuring hand-painted and realised their heritage value dustries including Maryknoll comfortable in doing this as we angels and 20 bottles from the was too high for them to be lost, Cordials, and the area became are generally not given to such overt displays of repentance. former Maryknoll soft drink so he purchased them. part of Sale Diocese in 1956. factory. The tiles originally came from The 6.5 fluid ounce clear However, the texts and gestures The French tiles used to be France with the altar which was glass bottles are considered rare that we are invited to use are not new. on the alabaster high altar in St obtained by the first Bishop of by collectors. Those who would remember Mary’s Cathedral, Sale, three Sale Bishop James Corbett. when the Mass was celebrated in Latin will recall those same words and gestures: “mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.” SALE - Catholic Colleges The Past Students’ Asso- on the college grounds. The Gloria, a beautiful procSale Past Students’ Associa- ciation is calling for informaIf you have one of these pews lamation of praise, has also had tion (Sion College, St. Patrick’s tion on the location and return and would like to donate it back text changes. College, Catholic College) are of any of the original pews as to the restoration of the chapel, Previously, we would pray: assisting with restoration of the there is only one pew remaining please contact the school. “Glory to God in the highformer chapel at St Patrick’s campus. In recent years, the upstairs chapel has been used as a classroom and calls have been made to restore this beautiful room TWO new priests for Sale Dio- a priest of the Carmelites of Diocese later this year. An Indian student for the to it’s former glory, to be used cese will arrive from overseas Mary Immaculate, from Kerala priesthood for Sale Diocese once more as one of the college later this month, the first of in south west India. what is hoped will be six overThey will spend a few weeks Avinash George will start studchapels. seas arrivals this year. acclimatising and learning AusBishop Christopher Prowse tralian ways before coming to ies at Corpus Christi Seminary actively sought overseas priests Sale next month and being al- at the start of next year. Bishop Prowse has also made during his visits to India, Sri located duties by the bishop. Lanka and Nigeria last year. The diocese is awaiting pa- two new appointments in the The diocese currently has four perwork for two new priests past month with Fr Matthew JoIndian priests and one Nigerian from Nigeria so their visas can seph TOR being appointed parserving in various parishes. be obtained. Arriving soon are Fr Anura Paperwork for another two ish priest of Traralgon and Fr Gamlath who comes from the Kerala priests has been obtained John Allen being made parish Diocese of Chilaw in western and will shortly be sent off with priest of Iona-Maryknoll and Sri Lanka and Fr Jenish Jose, the view to having them in Sale Koo Wee Rup.

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Sophy Morley est, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.” Now we will pray with the new text: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father.” Notice how beautiful that expanded litany of praise sounds! Those of us who have begin singing the new Mass texts have appreciated being able to pray these prayers with a renewed and deeper understanding of what it is that we are participating in when we celebrate Eucharist. As we embark on the implementation of these new texts, let us be filled with a deeper love of the Eucharist and resolve that our participation in it strengthens us and our faith community to be truly beacons of Christ’s light and Gospel to others. Next Issue: The Greeting – “And with your Spirit.” • Sophy Morley, is Diocesan Pastoral Coordinator. Sophy has just graduated from the Sydney College of Divinity with a Master of Theology.

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Australian Catholic schools – healthy on world stage I HAVE recently had the privilege of being involved in a study tour of Catholic schools in Singapore and the United Kingdom. Together with a group of 25 principals from the Diocese of Ballarat and a number of Ballarat Catholic Education Office staff, I visited the equivalent of our Catholic Education Office in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton in England and the Archdiocese of Glasgow in Scotland. Of course, we also had the opportunity to visit a large number of primary and secondary schools in each of those dioceses. The tour finished with a pilgrimage to Rome, led by the Bishop of Ballarat, Bishop Peter Connors. That pilgrimage included a visit to the Office of the Congregation for Catholic Education in the Vatican. In the UK we found a great many similarities between our Catholic schools and systems – and, of course, we found many very significant differences, too. By way of similarities, we certainly found that “kids are kids”, wherever they happen to live. We were delighted, too, to know that we shared a powerful sense of mission, whether we are living and working in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, the Archdiocese of Glasgow, the Diocese of Ballarat or the Diocese of Sale. We know clearly that we are all about bringing young people to the Kingdom of God as understood through the ancient teachings of the Catholic Church. All the schools we visited, along with their system offices, were deeply concerned with the maintenance and development of the Catholic identity of their schools, as we most certainly are. Religious education carries a high priority, as do the liturgical and prayer lives of the school. It was inspiring to know that, wherever we are in the world, we have a shared mission and that we go about it in much the same ways. It is interesting to observe classrooms too, and to share the perceptions of the Australian principals of those classes on the other side of the world. All the schools we visited were warm, welcoming and open, though we were all struck by how teacher-centred the classrooms are. There is relatively little technology evident in classrooms and lessons were very much structured around teacher talk. While our observations were that students were very engaged in their work, it was engagement of a more passive sort that we would see in an Australian classroom. Despite that, the evidence is that our Australian schools do better on most measures of academic achievement. The biggest difference, though, is in funding and relationship to government. We see both in the UK and in Scotland

ing for the same Church, for the the direction that our governsame mission wherever we are ment is, perhaps, taking us and with in the world. we need to watch those movePeter I came to see in a new way ments with great care. that we share the joys and chalIn Britain and in Scotland, Ryan lenges of Catholic schools all the schools are fully funded and over the world. I also came to fully integrated into the public realise that the conditions we system. It sounds all very well have in Australia, whether that to say that schools are fully be the relationship we have that Catholic schools face all ernment and so on. funded. Dr Johnson is now looking with government or the indusThe idea of their being fully over the world – and it was fasintegrated into the public sys- cinating to note that we are not forward to Bishop Prowse’s Ad trial conditions under which we Limina visit to Rome later this work in schools are among the tem, however, is where the traps alone. best in the world. We are very aware and very year. lie. It is very difficult to have a I also came to see in a very The tour was a wonderful and system of schools that is fully involved in every one of those funded that is not integrated challenges, from maintaining enriching opportunity for me clear way that our Catholic and thus does not carry huge Catholic identity, to ensur- to see our work from a world- schools in Australia are doing a responsibilities to government. ing access for all regardless of wide perspective, it gave me the very good job indeed. In England and in Scotland, relative wealth, to developing opportunity to know from that all schools, including Catholic proper relationships with gov- experience that we are workschools are run by public authorities. It would be like having our schools in Victoria run, not by the Church or the parish, but by the State Department of Education and Early Childhood Development! We found in the United Kingdom that the control that the Church or the school itself has in staffing, in capital development or even in enrolment policy are very limited. All those matters are defined by government authorities. We noted that virtually all support services to schools, other than religious education, are also provided by these government authorities. As a result the Catholic Education Office equivalent has no role other than in religious education. The schools and the systems, while they do receive full funding, are much more dependent on government authority. Our principals from Ballarat noted that the support and service that Catholic schools receive in Victoria are substantially more than schools receive in the United Kingdom. The other confronting element of this structure was the ROCHESTER school children spell out their thanks for the generous parcels which were delivered on degree of accountability in- behalf of St Mary’s Primary School, Maffra. volved. As one of the visiting By Christa Dwyer message of love were prepared. school and some class rooms principals said, “next time I More bags and goods were are still to be repaired followhave to fill in a compliance re- WHEN you have a good idea prepared at St Ita’s fun camp in ing the floods. port, instead of grizzling, I will about helping someone else Newry, a church camp for priAfter celebrating Mass tobe thanking God that I don’t who has suffered a natural dis- mary school aged children. gether and having time with have to do all the stuff my Eng- aster or some other sad event, At the camp, stickers and dec- some of the grade fours, the lish and Scottish colleagues you don’t often really think orations turned white bags into bags were unloaded!! have to do!” about how much it can mean to greeting messages. Then came It seemed like the tiny car The level of accountability the people who you help. the day when the bags would be boot would never be emptied is, indeed, extraordinarily high. Grade 3 and 4 students from delivered. as more than 50 bags were carReports to government and St Mary’s Primary school MafSt Joseph’s Primary school in ried excitedly by an ant trail of stringent inspection systems fra decided to collect toiletries Rochester was to be the desti- children. control so much more of the and books to place into pack- nation for the goods. This town A great big thank you made principal’s work than compli- ages for people who had been was chosen because it was close from colorful letters were held ance issues do in our own sys- flooded. enough for us to deliver them up as we were leaving. tem. At that time, they didn’t real- ourselves and because they had We were sent us on our way In summary, there are some ly know who they would be for suffered up to four floods early with a feeling that a little dream real benefits in obtaining full because so many Australians in the year. about helping others had turned government funding for Catho- had suffered floods. Sam Dwyer and Zara Flynn, in to a chance to meet others, to lic schools, but there are great Little did the grade 3/4 stu- both students at St Mary’s and hear their stories and to share in and onerous costs, too, in the dents know that as they pre- camp attendees, headed off a moment of their lives. form of loss of autonomy and pared their packages, many of with me on a five hour trip to A good turn for another algreat increases in accountabil- the children who would even- Rochester last month. ways brings gifts to us all. No ity. tually receive them were travWhen they got to Rochester, doubt, as the bags are opened A special highlight of the trip elling to the next town (about it was dark and quite cool but and the gifts used, those who was the visit to the Congrega- as far away as from Maffra to they checked out the town map use them will remember that tion for Catholic Education in Sale) to school each day be- and found St Joseph’s school they are loved and that others Rome. There we met a senior cause their own classrooms had which they would visit the next care about the suffering they member of staff, Dr Anneke been flooded. experience. day. Johnson. We can’t always fix problems Many of these children and On Friday morning, they arWe shared with her our ex- their families are still unable to rived, Sam and Zara in their St but when nice things happen, perience of Catholic schools be in their homes even now. Mary’s Maffra uniform looking the tough things are easier to in Australia (about which she So it was, with excitement very smart! They were wel- bear. did not know a great deal) and and enthusiasm, that goods comed by the principal, teachThank you Kids. Always reshe shared with us the Congre- were collected, bags were ers and students of St Joseph’s. member, little dreams can make gations view of the challenges bought and packages sending a There are 100 students at the a big difference.

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How to score your advisor Grandparents visit HOW you rate your investment advisor is is an interesting question and in my years in the industry it has never ceased to surprise me the different things that investors rate the most highly. Surveys have consistently shown that investment returns are never the highest rated indicator across the board, but reliable and considerate service will lead to greater client satisfaction. But what is the definition of good service? I’m sure it differs between investor and investor, and adviser and adviser. Scoring an adviser on a financial basis is quite simple really but in some cases quite simplistic. My business sponsors the Victorian Farmers Federation Grains Group and each year at the end of March we outline our share investment selections for the year ahead. At the next conference, a year later we are held to account. Fortunately we have always outperformed the average share market returns with our predictions, touch wood. Last year the outperformance exceeded 20 percent. That’s fine but I’m sure no-one followed the recommendations precisely so those figures are meaningless in terms of our clients’ performance. For some clients the financial score is all that matters. The dollars are the most important. However, as the law requires us to “know your client” the adviser client relationship that revolves totally about money is usually shallow and short lived without having any personal connections to help it endure. Using a quality full service sharebroker, with your adviser being involved actively in your portfolio management decisions, will nearly always result in outperformance when compared with the overall market. – it’s only the extent that varies. Using a financial planner with managed investments makes outperformance far more difficult and in some cases unlike-

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ly, With some managed funds there are even investment strategies which are designed to prevent major outperformance. So rating a financial planner would be far harder if outperformance of your investments was a criteria. It’s here that other matters become important. At the top of the table nearly always comes communication. Does you adviser communicate with you clearly, effectively and as often as necessary? Does he or she still talk to you when things go awry – as they always will some time- and do they try to explain why? These are necessary parts of good client service but not the only ones. A good adviser will take an interest in the things that are important to his client – his or her family, aspirations and fears and also be prepared to offer more than just financial advice. Any decision that a client makes has a “stone in a pond” effect. The ripple will spread right across the pond. The outcome will affect other things that are important to a client. If your adviser knows what these are the he can base his advice accordingly. After all the first investment priority should be for the client to sleep well at night. So, does your adviser look after you – or just your money? It’s a good question to ask yourself from time to time. When times are hard, as they were for a year or two recently, was your adviser able to hold your hand? I don’t mean by just telling you things would be alright eventually, but offering potential solutions or way to improve things at the time? Is your adviser pro-active in

letting you know things that will be important in the future, both with your money and maybe with your family or other life situations. Does he ensure that you’re prepared for, or at least aware of, situations before they arrive? These are all important aspects of good adviser service and should be valued by the client for being that. In many cases this service could compensate for a minor loss of financial performance, but not to the extent that your financial future is compromised. So, when you score your financial adviser, what answer do you get? And if you haven’t already got a financial adviser, work out what points you would score for an adviser so that when you do need one, you’ll be able to know who is right for you. • This report is intended to provide general advice. In preparing this advice, David Wells and RBS Morgans did not take into account the investment objective, the financial situation and particular needs of any particular person. Before making an investment decision on the basis of this advice, you need to consider, with or without the assistance of an adviser, whether the advice is appropriate in light of your particular investment needs, objectives and financial circumstances.

EVIE Van Dam, a Grade 2 student with her two grandmothers. BERWICK Grandparents their art work, and together were welcomed to St Michael’s with their grandparents, joined Primary School by principal in with activities planned for Michael Hanney on May 12. the morning. They were invited to spend The smiles of joy and excitethe morning with their grand- ment continued to radiate from children in the junior grades. the children’s faces throughout The day commenced with the morning as they entertained Mass in the St Michael’s Par- their grandparents with an Anish church followed by a guided drew Chinn song Arky Arky, Let visit to the school’s stadium, Your Light Shine. where the children showed off

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Mary, our hope and our Mother - Marian conference By Pat Crozier MORE than 180 people from across the Sale Diocese weathered a blistery autumn day to attend the 15th Marian Conference at St Michael’s Church, Traralgon on May 14. The day comprised of Mass, concelebrated by Bishop Christopher Prowse, Mgr John Allman, and Fr John Speekman, Adoration, Benediction, Reconciliation, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet and inspiring talks presented by Fr Speekman and Fr Nicholas Dillon. The first talk was presented by Fr Speekman during which he highlighted the strong connection of Our Lady’s titles “Victorious Queen of the Worldâ€? and “Queen of Peaceâ€? and in doing so, provided an opportunity for attendees to grow into a deeper spiritual and practical understanding of : • the role of Mary, as the Mother of God, the Church and all mankind and • Our Lady’s depth of love for us all, caringly exercised by her powerful intercessory role and her call leading us to full conversion to Her Son Fr Speekman explained that Our Lady’s title ‘Victorious Queen of the World’ was established as a Church approved apparition in Hungary early last century. God selected Sr Natalia, born in 1901 in Slovakia, to reveal to the world the new title under

which Jesus wants his Immaculate Mother to be venerated. Essentially this title recognises that Jesus has placed into the hands of His Immaculate Mother, the power to save the world and the victory over evil, at this time. In relation to reparation, Jesus explained to Sr Natalia that it is necessary to examine our conscience and that the first meaning of reparation is “that everyone strive to change his life to be better than it was before�. The second meaning of reparation “I redeemed the world with fasting and praying during the night. I request fasting, praying the Holy Hour, awakening for prayers at night, and the patient endurance of suffering, for My sake�.

Sr Natalia was asked by Our Lady for a special fast of the tongue i.e. not to be involved in gossip, as this action “scourges her�. Our Lady also told Sr Natalia that apart from acting upon her wishes, as well as praying and supporting and helping others, there was also an important role in establishing prayer groups, so that “the souls, who grow in God, should stay together�. During one of the recorded mystical experiences with Jesus, Sr Natalia was asked for the following prayer to be said often and with great trust “Our Virgin Mother, Victorious Queen of the World, show us your power�. Fr Speekman encouraged all people at the conference, to re-

cite this prayer each day, with sincere love and trust in Our Lady and Her Son. He then spoke about Mary’s title ‘Our Lady Queen of Peace’ which many, since the mid 1980’s, have associated with the apparitions of Medjugorje, in Croatia. He said that the apparitions of Medjugorje have not been approved by the Church, however, everything Our Lady counsels us to do in the messages, is in line with the teaching of the Church and the word of God. Father continued “So what messages has the Queen of Peace come to give to the world and the Church in our poor, confused, violent, immoral, materialistic, non-believing times?� Firstly, our Mother has come to tell us that God exists. In her own words she tells us: “I have come to tell the world that God exists. He is the fullness of life, and to enjoy this fullness and peace, you must return to God�. Secondly, our Mother comes to tell us that Satan exists. It seems that the word Satan is rarely heard among Christians today and yet, in her messages so far, Our Lady has used the word Satan 81 times�. Fr Speekman emphasised that there is only really one plan in Satan’s life and that is to spoil God’s plan. In her messages, Our Lady gives us five safeguards so that we may develop our relationship with Jesus, her Son, and

live a mature, adult, Catholic spiritual life – i.e. prayer, fasting, reading the Bible, Confession, Holy Communion (Mass). In summary: • Prayer especially family prayer, the Rosary being renowned for its powerful spiritual effect. • Fasting, if health permits, on bread and water, preferably Wednesday and Friday. • Reading the Bible daily. To be graced with the privilege of deeply knowing Jesus and the Church. St Jerome said ignorance of the Bible was ignorance of Christ. • Confession, to be fully reconciled with God and His Grace in the ongoing battle to avoid sin. • Holy Communion (Mass) – to be the centre of our days. Our Lady of Medjugorje, April 25 1988 said “Dear children! God wants to make you holy. Therefore, through me He is inviting you to complete surrender. Let Holy Mass be your lifeâ€?. In summary, Father encouraged all present to reflect on Our Lady’s messages heard at the conference, not to lose heart and to start, from that moment on, living a new life in Christ and His Divine Will. Then, under the protection and loving intercession of the Mother of God, we will be open to the joy and peace of living fully with Jesus, Our Savior, in our world.

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Road to Santiago – Fragments of a pilgrim diary WELL-known Traralgon parishioner Michael Hansen joins Catholic Life for a series of articles on his epic 800km pilgrimage last September along the famous Camino of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. A teacher at Lavalla Catholic College he literally followed in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims who have gone before him over the centuries, walking to the legendary burial place of the apostle St James. He walked the main pilgrimage route which begins at the small walled French town of St Jean Pied de Port in the Basque region of the rugged Pyrenees Mountains. It is only 8km from the Spanish border on the River Nive. The pilgrimage route he followed is a well-worn trail which reached the peak of its popularity in the Middle Ages when many people made such By Michael Hansen AFTER two years of regular long distance walks along the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail to build up my stamina for the month or more the Camino would take to complete, after numerous forays into the Mountain Design outlet in Traralgon to purchase the proper walking and hiking gear, and after all the laboriously tiresome Spanish lessons… I managed to stub my little toe on the leg of the blackwood coffee table and fractured the bone. I went to the doctor, had an x-ray and was told that the toe would be fine in six weeks. Six weeks! I was to leave in three weeks! The doctor sent me to a podiatrist who sold me a giant moonboot to walk around in ... and made a carbon fibre insert for my walking boot. They both thought that I would be OK on the pilgrimage, though I would be slowed down considerably (tutting their tongues and shaking their heads). For 10 days I moped around the house feeling sorry for myself, became increasingly dejected as the toe seemed to worsen... and generally became hard to live with. My toe was so painful that I seriously considered cancelling the trip to Spain. The Sunday before I flew to England, I walked in my boots for the first time, hobbling down to Mass at St Michael’s. I was very depressed about what had happened to my plans and my preparedness. My toe hurt like blazes and I was nearly in tears with the pain and the disappointment. On the verge of turning back home where I could at least put my foot up, I decided instead to keep going. In hindsight I would have to say that I was lured onwards that morning ... for a small miracle took place during the Liturgy of the Word. It was the 21st Sunday of Year C and the second reading was taken from

religious journeys in the face of all sort of dangers such as muggings, theft and death. The discovery in the year 813 of bones which were claimed to be those of St James, led to the establishment of a cathedral and the town of Santiago, which means St James in Spanish. Pope Calixtus II wrote about the pilgrimage route in the early 1100s, virtually producing the first tourist guide which highlighted stopping points along the journey. Today the route is again highly popular with thousands making the pilgrimage each year. Santiago in north-west Spain has a population of just under 100,000 and is also the end point of a major southnorth pilgrimage route and also several shorter walks. Mike is director of Mission and Ministry at Lavalla Catholic College, Traralgon. Paul’s letter to the Hebrews (12: 5-7, 11-13) This is what I heard: “Of course, any punishment is most painful at the time, and far from pleasant; but later, in those on whom it has been used, it bears fruit in peace and goodness. So hold up your limp arms and steady your trembling knees and smooth out the path you tread; then the injured limb will not be wrenched, it will grow strong again” It is amazing the impact this has had on me. I certainly don’t see the broken toe as punishment from God but I have become aware that there is goodness in what has happened. For acceptance does bring peace and personal goodness. It was like a lightning strike. The results were amazing. My whole demeanour was transformed instantly. I became more confident, less stressed, hopefully easier to live with and energised, buoyant and optimistic. By standing tall, metaphorically and actually, I found my toe hurt less and I sensed the strength gathering and the healing taking place. I have rarely been thus affected by the power of The Word. A friend had visited only a few days prior to that Sunday and spoke about acceptance of what had happened to my toe and letting go of control. Whilst I did not want to hear it at the time, there was great truth in what she said and this had perhaps prepared the ground for what I heard at Sunday Mass.

ABOVE: Michael Hansen stands on the Hill of Pardon beside one of the life-size silhouettes of a pilgrim. RIGHT: Santiago de Compostella, the impressive cathedral erected at what is believed to be the burial place of the apostle St James. When one is open to change, evidence of metamorphosis is all around. Walking The Camino is not really about physical preparedness. The insight gained from this ‘gift’ of pain is that the pilgrimage is really about a right posture of heart... get the heart aligned first and the rest will follow. All else is commentary!

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New fund to aid cemetery A TRUST fund has been set up to help finance the maintenance costs at the only Catholic cemetery in our diocese. The historic Greenmount Cemetery, near Yarram, is the burial place for many of Gippsland’s Catholic pioneers and also one of the first priests. Families of those buried there have been contacted by Bishop Christopher Prowse, encouraging them to make a meaningful donation towards the fund. Money obtained will be invested and the earnings will be put towards the high cost of maintenance incurred by Greenmount Cemetery Trust. Other Catholics are also being urged to contribute to the trust fund to ensure this historic cemetery is maintained in good order. The 1.8 hectare cemetery is one of only three consecrated burial grounds in Victoria and was originally part of the cattle run of pioneer settler Edmund Buckley. In 1857 he donated the land to the Catholic Church for exclusive burials of members of the Catholic faith and for the erection of a chapel. The chapel has never been built. On April 27, 1859, while returning from attending an agricultural show at Tarraville, Buckley was thrown from his horse and died. Two days later he became the first person to be buried there. The cemetery contains more than 200 graves, most of them unmarked by a headstone, and continues to be used from time to time by descendants of the original Catholic settlers. The cemetery has one vault, containing the bodies of Patrick Brennan and his wife. Brennan was a major benefactor of the

GRAVES at the historic Catholic cemetery at Greenmount, near Yarram. Catholic Church, leaving a con- stones, some of which have topsiderable legacy to the Yarram pled and these are slowly being parish. repaired by the cemetery trust. The first priest to die in Donations can be sent to Gippsland, Fr Phillip Kavanagh Greenmount Cemetery Appeal, was buried there in 1883. c/- Diocese of Sale, PO Box There are about 60 head- 508, Sale, 3853.

Catholic Mission donations rise CATHOLIC Mission’s 2010 annual report shows that donations from Sale Diocese increased by $10,000 or nearly 14 per cent last year. Total revenue for 2010 reached $18.28 million nationally, an increase of $5.33 million from 2009 figures. National director Martin Teulan said “We sincerely thank the generosity of our donors for allowing us to reach this record figure. “Around the world we act on three principles: sharing the Catholic faith, caring for people in need, and acting for justice and creation. Our donors make this mission possible”. Director of Catholic Mission in Sale Diocese, Susan Grout, expressed her thanks to the people of Gippsland for their outstanding support in 2010. “Our supporters have once again excelled themselves with over $81,350 raised – up by nearly $10,000 on 2009. This is an exceptional effort given their own hardship though flood and fire, and disaster appeals to

Bishop Prowse to attend next Rome Synod of Bishops BISHOP of Sale Christopher Prowse is one of two bishops chosen by the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference to represent them at a General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome next year. He and Melbourne Auxiliary Bishop Tim Costelloe SDB

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will attend the important synod called by Pope Benedict XVI. The Pope announced last year the formation of a new Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation and the Synod of Bishops in October 2012 will be dedicated to the theme “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith”. At last month’s plenary meeting of the Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Prowse also took on responsibility for youth matters until after World Youth Day in Madrid in August. While not a member of the Bishops’ Commission for Pastoral Life, he is temporarily taking on the role occupied by the late Bishop Joe Grech of Sandhurst Diocese. Bishop Grech was responsible for two of the busiest and most important works of the Commission – migrants and refugees, and youth. Bishop Gerard Hanna of Wagga Wagga Diocese has accepted responsibility for migrant and refugee matters. Bishop Prowse was also seconded to the Bishop’s Commission for Pastoral Life to take over as chairman of the Bishops’ Commission for Relations with Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, due to the withdrawal of Archbishop Barry Hickey of Perth Archdiocese. The following changes to Commissions were approved: Bishop Peter Elliott retires from the Bishops’ Commission for Pastoral Life due to commitments to the Personal Ordinariate; Bishop Julian Porteous be seconded to the Bishops’ Commission for Mission and

Faith Formation; Bishop Brian Heenan takes over as chairman of the Bishops’ Commission for Church Ministry due to the retirement of Bishop Michael Malone; Bishop-Elect William Wright be seconded to the Bishops’ Commission for Pastoral Life; Bishop Peter Comensoli be seconded to the Bishops’ Commission for Church Ministry. There will be an ad hoc Bishops’ Commission for the Personal Ordinariate comprising Archbishop Hart (chairman) and Bishops Peter Eliott, Geoffrey Jarrett and Brian Finnigan with Fr Brian Lucas to serve as executive secretary.

Youth Fiesta at Cathedral next month THE annual Diocese of Sale Youth Gathering will be held from 11.30am to 4pm, on Sunday July 31 at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale and everyone is invited. In the past this event has included a barbecue lunch, the Way of the Cross procession, and Mass at the Cathedral, followed by a band, entertainment, rides and afternoon tea. In 2011 this event will begin with a youth facilitated Mass at the cathedral at 11.30am celebrated by Bishop Christopher Prowse and will include the commissioning of the World Youth Day 2011 pilgrims. Afterwards the celebrations will have a distinctly Spanish flavor. Please join us!

Susan Grout which they’ve also responded. “Our schools also increased their contribution by over $2000, with many holding Children’s Mission Week activities in solidarity with children being supported by Catholic Mission worldwide. “Our pupils also know how important their prayers are in bringing the Light of Christ to the world and reaching out to others.” Catholic Mission is part of the global network of the Pontifical Mission Societies operating in 160 countries. Australia’s donations in 2010 are directly supporting missionary works in 131 dioceses in 37 countries, including Australia. Globally, Australian donors are assisting more than two million Catholics in their spiritual growth and outreach to others. Other highlights in the annual report are Catholic Mission’s funding of: • 507,414 children in their spiritual and practical needs • 9203 catechists and 3983 seminarians in training • The building, upkeep and maintenance of 79 churches, presbyteries and pastoral centres and 15 religious convents • Subsidies for 17 Catholic radio and TV broadcasters Catholic Mission’s 2010 annual report offers insight into the diversity of projects funded from Australia. Inside, you’ll find faith affirming stories set in Thailand, Pakistan, Timor-Leste, Australia, The Solomons, Haiti and Bolivia, Ethiopia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Outlined also is an extensive education program and resources (including a touring drama troupe) available to schools, as well as opportunities for Aussies to experience crosscultural immersion and mission exposure. For copies of the annual report visit the website or phone 1800 257 296 or write to Catholic Mission at PO Box 1668 North Sydney NSW 2059.

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Bishops respond to Pope’s removal of Toowoomba’s Bishop William Morris THE Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference has responded to the removal of Toowoomba Bishop William Morris by writing to the Apostolic Administrator Bishop Brian Finnigan. The forced retirement of Bishop Morris, as reported in last month’s Catholic Life, has received widespread publicity in the secular media and has been the subject are several television programs. The people of the diocese appear to be divided with some protesting the move and others applauding it. The bishops have indicated they will discuss the process by which Bishop Morris was removed with Pope Benedict and members of the Roman Curia during their Ad Limina visit later this year. The text of the letter to Bishop Finnigan: Dear Bishop Brian On behalf of the Australian Bishops, I write to you – and through you especially to the priests, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Toowoomba – to express our sadness at the retirement of Bishop Bill Morris. The decision came at the end of a complex process which began thirteen years ago and which ended in deadlock. It was then that the Holy Father

found it necessary to exercise his Petrine care for the whole Church. This has been difficult and distressing for all concerned, and it is not surprising that the decision has caused varied and intense reactions. Much of our time at the recent meeting of the Australian Bishops was given to discussion of what has happened – a discussion which at one point included hearing the concerns of forty leaders of Religious Congregations, many of whom have members working in the Diocese of Toowoomba. We sought to understand the events and agree on the best way to respond. We reflected on our responsibility as Bishops and on what it means for us to serve the communion of the Church and to exercise our ministry collegially as pastors of Christ’s flock, as teachers of the apostolic faith and as moderators of the sacred liturgy. We also reflected upon the unique role of the Pope as head of the College of Bishops. It is his task to guard and promote the communion of the Church and the integrity of the Church’s faith. We reaffirm our faith in this mission which the Successor of Peter has received from Christ himself, and we



gratefully acknowledge Pope Benedict’s faithfulness to the Petrine ministry, even when it involves very difficult decisions. We commit ourselves anew to teaching faithfully what Christ taught as the Church has handed it down. Discussion of the process and the decision which it produced will continue during our Ad Limina visit to Rome later this year. There we will have the opportunity to share with the Holy Father and members of the Roman Curia the fruits of our discussion and to share our questions and concerns with an eye to the future. We will also have the opportunity to pray at the Tombs of the Apostles Peter and Paul, to whose intercession we will entrust our own ministry, the Diocese of Toowoomba and the Church in Australia. We appreciate that Bishop Morris’ human qualities were never in question; nor is there any doubt about the contribution he has made to the life of the Church in Toowoomba and beyond. The Pope’s decision was not a denial of the personal and pastoral gifts that Bishop Morris has brought to the episcopal ministry.

Rather, it was judged that there were problems of doctrine and discipline, and we regret that these could not be resolved. We are hopeful that Bishop Morris will continue to serve the Church in other ways in the years ahead. Our prayers are very much with you as Apostolic Administrator, with Bishop Morris and with the priests, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Toowoomba at this difficult time. We especially encourage the priests to reassure their people and to strengthen them in faith. The Diocese of Toowoomba has a great history of faith, and that faith has never failed in the face of many hardships. It will surely not fail now as the Diocese looks to the future. We express our support for you personally as you assume the challenging task of Apostolic Administrator, and we are confident that you will help to bring peace and unity to the Diocese. May the prayers of Mary of the Southern Cross and of St Mary MacKillop guide us all safely on the journey that lies before us.

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Talking the walk with teachers CWL diocesan conference by sea

IN the name of Christian Unity, Sam Clear, a young Catholic from Tasmania, walked a long road in prayer. Known as Walk4One, Sam’s journey encompassed 29,000km over 18 months, of which 15,500km was travelled on foot. Sam encouraged every Christian to join him in praying for Christian unity at 4.01pm daily, as he travelled and now that he is home in Australia his journey continues. As a precursor to the National Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Sam spent a week in Sale Diocese presenting his seminar ‘walk4one’ to parishes and their young teachers. Regions and parishes made Sam feel very welcome as those present hung on his every word. Having commenced the journey on December 14, 2006, Sam travelled from Cape Branco the eastern most point of Brazil, through South America, Central America and North America, across Russia, and down through Europe to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The self initiated global quest then finished in Sydney on July 14, 2008 at World Youth Day. To simplify this enormous agenda and make a practical response accessible to everyday people, Sam invited and still invites every Christian to join him by setting their watch or mobile phone alarm for 4.01pm, as a reminder to stop for a moment and pray that God will unite us as, ‘one in Christ’. With Christians praying at 4.01pm across the different time zones Sam hopes to create a powerful 24 hour a day worldwide prayer session in the name of Christian unity. Sam says over the last couple of years, a number of experiences left him overwhelmed by the division amongst Christians around the world and convicted of the great sadness this brings our Lord. He felt moved to leave his job, home and family, sell everything he owned to fund the journey, and begin the 564 day mission. “I had read several autobiographies in which Christians spoke of being ostracised and worse, by family and friends when their spiritual search led them to convert from one Christian denomination to another. This left me struck by the division amongst Christians around the world. Despite all believing in Christ; various conflicting theologies, practices, experiences, misunderstandings and belief systems continue to cause judgment, conflict and division between Christians,” said Sam. “With such division it is impossible to say that the body of

INVERLOCH - The Sale Diocesan Conference of the Catholic Women’s League was held at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Inverloch, on May 10. Theme was ‘New ways of living the Gospel that respect and defend the human dignity of all in our land.’ The conference opened with league prayers and welcome from Inverloch vice president. Seventy one members attended representing most branches. Mass was offered by Fr Manny Lomagno after which the presentation of a bursary cheque was made to him as the bishop’s representative. Guest speaker for the morning was Sr Catherine Kelly a Bridgidine nun who spoke about the Bridgidine Asylum Seekers Project. She began visiting Marybynong asylum seekers, met

SAM Clear helps a Warragul teacher dress up in the balaclava, ski mask and multiple gloves he wore while trudging through -30 degree temperatures. Christ is united. It is broken. “I don’t claim to know what true unity looks like but I was, in that moment, so convicted of the broken body of Christ and the sadness this brings our Lord. I felt the need to pray and motivate others to join me in praying, so together we can surrender our own agendas and ask for God’s vision of unity to come to be”, says Sam. Sam’s extraordinary commitment to this quest is clear, after more than 130 days on the road he continues, despite facing many difficult experiences. In Costa Rica, he was robbed by a pack of thieves as he walked with a South American World Youth Day group. In Venezuela he was stalked by a puma in the middle of the night, held up at gun point by a farmer who mistook him for a robber and endured racially motivated physical and verbal abuse. On some days he was forced to walk up to 60km a day in 40 degree temperatures. He slept on roadsides and in rat infested rooms. However, he has also experienced the great hospitality of many Christian Churches along the way, which have joined him in prayer and invited him to speak of his journey and his desire for unity. Teachers present at Sam’s talks here in the diocese where enthralled with his amazing


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them face to face and listened to their stories. The Bridgidine Sisters have two houses for refugees. These people are from all parts of the world. The speakers for the afternoon were two ladies who attended the Jerusalem WUCWO assembly. They showed a Powerpoint presentation of the holy places they visited. The general president addressed the conference followed by a presentation to two retiring members, Marcia Wilkinson and Monica Clark. They have both served nine years on the diocesan committee. The conference finished with the announcement of the committee for 2011-2012, drawing of the raffle, closing prayers and afternoon tea.


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journey. Justin Henderson from Sale said “I feel inspired again after listening to Sam, I have the same feeling I did inside after I returned from World Youth Day in Sydney”. Other teachers want Sam back to present to their students and other churches. Christians are encouraged to visit the Walk4One website at, where they can add their name to a growing worldwide list of Christians praying daily for unity at 4.01pm. The website also provides further background on Walk4One.

Walker with a cross to bear visits CRANBOURNE – A visiting American who walked 8000km across the United States carrying a two metre high cross will be speaking in Cranbourne this Sunday, June 19. Jim Murphy’s talk in St Agatha’s Church, Sladen St., will be based on Jesus’ words “Whoever believes in me, will do the works I do and will do greater ones than these.” (John 14:12) The session is from 2pm to 5pm and is being organised by Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Mr Murphy was inspired in 1992 by an American Bishops’ letter ‘Heritage and Hope’ to carry the cross from the Atlantic coast in Florida to the Pacific ocean on the other wide of the country. Some 18 months and 14 pairs of shoes later, he reached his destination.

He tells many amazing stories of the goodness of God to himself and of the many times God used his struggles with the cross to bring healing and conversion to people along the way. He is a former member of Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services, based at the Vatican, and was chairman of the charismatic service committee for the USA. His life journey has seen him work from Alaska to South America, in a variety of jobs including in salvage diving, charter boat operations, archaeological research, playing in a band and even as a body guard for Mother Teresa. More information can be obtained from Peter Schreurs 5998 1554 or John Duiker 0448 343 074.

MONICA Clark (left) and Marcia Wilkinson with awards presented after retiring from the CWL executive after nine years service.

Bishop to lead teaching day on scripture BISHOP Christopher Prowse will lead a teaching day in Warragul next month based on St Jerome’s statement “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” Catholic Charismatic Renewal is organising the day at Sion Teacher’s Centre on July 16, from 9.30am to 4pm. The morning will begin with praise and worship with the Our Lady Help of Christian music ministry team from Narre Warren. Bishop Prowse’s talk will include reference to the reflection by Pope Benedict XVI in his recent document Verbum Domini.

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St Ita’s liturgy for Mother’s Day DROUIN - To help celebrate Catholic Education Week 2011, St Ita’s Primary School decided to hold a Mother’s day liturgy and morning tea to say thank you to all our wonderful mums and grandmothers. The newly formed school liturgy team along with the assistance of religious education coordinator Anne Gleeson put together the touching liturgy which started by playing recorded interviews of students outlining the great things about their mums. The reading for the day was taken from Corinthians ...“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” Then senior children with their prep buddies presented prayers of the faithful and the liturgy finished with a

slide show of beautiful photos that showcased our mums and their children. Once the liturgy was finished, the student’s children gathered their family for a group photograph which will be placed on our school foyer slide show. After the photos were done the school put on a delicious mother’s day morning tea that was put on by the school. Many thanks go to Ms Paterson and Mrs Meggetto for their lovely touch to the morning tea. The liturgy gave the students the chance to say thanks for everything that their wonderful mothers and grandmothers do. Their love for us, their care, their support and their protection are what makes them so very special.

Proposed spirituality centre By Ruth Spierings IN February this year a meeting was held in the Marian Centre at Warragul between members of the Campion Outreach Team and interested clergy and lay people from across the Diocese. The aim of this meeting was to discuss the feasibility of establishing a centre of spiritual formation for the diocese. From the meeting a discerning group of nine was formed, comprising of two diocesan priests Fr Brendan Hogan, Narre Warren (representing Bishop Prowse), Fr Mark Godridge, Bairnsdale, Deacon Jim Erskine, Warragul, John Cooney, Cowwaar, Ben Worsteling, Foster, and four spiritual directors from Campion, three of whom reside in the Diocese, Sr Margaret Fahey, Bernie Miles, Pakenham, Terry Fanning, Traralgon, and Ruth Spierings, Cranbourne. The task of this group includes the development of a facility and structure to support the work of a Sale Diocese spirituality team. As this discern-

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ing process continues a spirituality formation program has now been initiated. In this spirituality formation program you are invited to deepen your ability to discern ways God speaks to you, hearing God’s voice in the depths of your heart, your life, your story, your history. God calls us as individuals and as a community. We can hear where God is calling us to grow and we can hear where God is calling us to go. We can know who God is calling us to be and we can know what God is calling us to do. There are four parts to this program which is spread over 16 weeks. Part One is How do I know what God wants of me (Discernment and Christian Decision making) which will run on August 2, 9, 16 and 23. Part Two – The Art of Prayer (leading small groups and prayer communities) will be on October 4, 11 and 18 and November 2. Part Three – Apostolic Leadership (Collaboration, Group leadership Creativity and Creativity in times of change) – March 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2012.

Part Four – Preparing for the future (Creativity and pathway forward) June 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2012. The program is for parish priests, ministers, pastoral associates, chaplains in schools, hospitals and colleges; school principals, educators and nursing staff, community leaders and facilitators, prayer group leaders, and anyone who feels drawn to any or all parts of this program and desire leadership and spirituality formation. The full program involves a commitment of 16 days, 9.30am to 3pm, given in four parts, each part being one day per week over four weeks. You are welcome to attend any or all parts of the program. Contact Ruth Spierings for all costs and bookings 9854 8110 (work) 5998 2664 (home) or email rspierings1@hotmail. com It is our policy that no person be excluded from a retreat or program due to financial reasons. Reply date for part one in July 19 for part two September 20. The sessions will be held at St John’s Catholic Church, Waterloo Road, Trafalgar.


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STUDENTS from Marist Sion College, Warragul, and St Francis Xavier College, Beaconsfield, swapping jumpers at the camp. ing us the chance to catch up huge impact on their lives, at a By Jasmina Giardina with old friends and meet new time when teenage years can be WARRAGUL - A number of ones. The point of the retreat the most troublesome. The openness, willingness Marist Sion College’s senior was not simply to be a great students are committed mem- social event, but also a spiritual and honesty displayed by evebers of the college Remar pro- retreat and journey of self-de- ryone really did enhance the velopment. retreat, taking the experience gram. Over the course of the camp to its full potential and helping Remar is a youth ministry movement operating in many there was an array of sessions us to move forward on our jourCatholic schools across the which brought up relevant is- ney. On behalf of the Lumiere Melbourne Province of the sues in the life of a Christian teenager, such as individuality, caravel, we would like to thank Marist Brothers. Remar is a dynamic and vi- prayer, love, relationships, min- all those who helped us get the brant youth ministry that in- istry, service and our image of most out of the experience; spires young people to live out God. James Mazzolini, Tracy Marsh the values of the Gospel. There were stories shared, and the Remar Ministry Team, Recently, a number of our tears shed, and inspiration flow- for being our leaders and proYear 11 students travelled to ing throughout the duration of viding the guidance we need Anglesea for the Victoria/South the retreat, giving not only our which we are truly grateful for. Australian Blue Retreat. caravel, but the whole congreAlso a big thank you to BroLumiere, the Warragul Re- gation at the retreat, a new out- die Webb, Declan Taylor, Jimmar Blue Caravel, left school look on our spirituality and the my Lalor and Marissa Joyce for at 11.30am on Heritage Day challenges we face in life. sharing this journey with us. for a three-hour bus trip to the Every one of the participants Knowing you are there and havYMCA Recreation Camp, An- was touched in some way over ing your support is appreciated glesea. the weekend, be it spiritually or by each and every one of us. Some 175 participants from emotionally. five different schools from all It’s amazing to see the power • Jasmina is a Year 11 Reover Victoria and South Aus- of God’s love move so many mar student. tralia attended this retreat, giv- young people and have such a

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Morwell Falcons a Latrobe Valley sporting success IN the 1990s the Morwell Falcons Soccer Club played in the National Soccer League, a remarkable feat for a regional sporting team. Don Di Fabrizio, who was president of the club during its years of success, has put together an account of the club from his own point of view in a new book, My Years With The Falcons: Memories of a Morwell Soccer Supporter. The book provides a full account of the rise of the club from local origins through participation in the Victorian State League to eventual membership of the National Soccer League. It is rare for a provincial club in any code to play in a nationwide league. The club began as an off shoot of the Italian Australian Social Club of Gippsland in Morwell in the early 1960s. It fielded senior and junior teams in the Latrobe Valley in its early years. By the early 1970s it was the dominant team in the Valley, and its rise to further prominence began when it successfully applied to join the Provisional League of the Victorian Soccer Association in 1974. This meant playing teams in Melbourne and its surrounds. The team did so well that by 1977 it was promoted to the Metropolitan League and in the early 1980s to the State League, the top level of Soccer in Victoria.

Gippsland History with Patrick Morgan Once again the team had great success on the field. This was due not only to the players but to a group of far- sighted officials and supporters who organized its financial basis by attracting sponsors and raising funds by various other means. The club was able to buy the Crinigan Road Reserve and build a large and impressive stadium, much of it through voluntary labor. With continued success on the field and a strong base in the Valley, the club applied to join the National Soccer League on two occasions and was eventually successful, beginning as a national team in 1993. The club played very well at the highest level, but the economic downturn in the Valley, including the disappearance of the SEC, mean the club did not have the resources to stay in the national league by the early 2000s. The club still exists as Falcons 2000, playing in the Gippsland-wide soccer league. The author Don Di Fabrizio has been a prominent contributor to the Latrobe Valley community for many years; he played a leading role in the

erection of the migration wall in Morwell a few years ago. His family steel fabrication business produced, among other things, the steel framework for the Great Southern Stand at the MCG. He has received awards from both the Australian and Italian governments for his business and community achievements. Don Di Fabrizio became a delegate and member of the Victorian and Australian Soccer Federations. As the author says in his Introduction: ‘I enjoyed my years at the Morwell Falcons Soccer club juniors in various roles as supporter, president, delegate and part-financier. “They were years when the community, supporters, players, coaches, club helpers and those who developed the juniors, worked together for a common aim, and the deserve to be recorded so that we can remember them with pride. “I would also like to thank the many people who helped to make the club a success and my role as president easier, in particular to all those who pre-

3 MacKillop books for kids SEE and SAY CREATION STORY and NOAH’S ARK STORY, published by Lion Hudson, distributed by Rainbow Books, cardboard cover and pages, 16 pages, rrp $6.99 each. HERE are a couple of hardwearing books for little children. Each book tells a familiar Bible story with just a few simple words on each pages. The stories are colorfully illustrated and the animals all coo, roar and bleat to help capture the imagination of little ones. It is easy to picture children 18 months or so wanting these books read to them over and over to them so they can roar with the lion, splash with the whales and go “Up, Up, Up” as plants grow on the earth in the creation story. The rugged cardboard pages are virtually indestructible and at this price these books are sure to be popular. MY VERY OWN BIBLE by Karen Williamson, illustrated by Hannah Wood, published by Candle Books, distributed by Rainbow Books, hardback, 93 pages, rrp $10.99. THIS small children’s book is a starter Bible for the very young containing all the best-loved Bible stories. The book is divided into Old

Talking about Books and New Testament stories with about 20 of each. These stories introduce many of the popular characters of the Bible in an easy to read style. A page is devoted to each topic with a fitting illustration opposite. Young readers might need a helping hand with the pronunciation of characters such as Elijah or Zacchaeus but will sail through the rest of the text. THE CONSUMING FIRE A Christian guide to the Old Testament by Michael W. Duggan, published by Our Sunday Visitor, distributed by Rainbow Books, soft cover 686 pages, rrp $44.95. THIS is a revised edition of Duggan’s popular book which contains virtually everything that anyone wants to know about the Old Testament. It is a must have for anyone studying the Bible from a Catholic viewpoint because the author tries to make his readers well-informed on the topic. The words used are easy to understand which is pleasing

considering the author is an Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies. His love of the topic and a desire to make the Old Testament more accessible to everyday Christians, has allowed him to throw away the discussions on the meaning of original Greek and Hebrew words which often clog Biblical studies. The guide takes you step by step through the various books of the testament, setting them in their time and place. The first three chapters set the scene by looking at the various parts of what makes up the Old Testament; an overview of people, places and events; and a history of writing the testament. Illustrations are limited to a set of color plates mid-book which are a set of maps showing the layout of the Middle East in various periods of history relating to the testament. Importantly for someone wanting to know about the Bible, there is discussion on the various sources and traditions which have been thrown together into one tome.

pared the meals, assisted with building projects, served on the committees, and carried out all the other voluntary tasks which needed to be done.” Those who have helped run sporting clubs of any code will understand the meaning of those words. I had thought the Morwell Falcons was an Italian club, but in fact it included among its players and coaches many

documents and has almost total recall of the club’s matches and players. This book, printed by The LV Printers of Traralgon, is an important contribution to the history of soccer in Victoria and to the history of the Latrobe Valley. It has a variety of photographs in both colour and blackand-white of the highpoints of the club’s achievements. My Years With The Falcons

DON Di Fabrizio (right) is congratulated by Victorian Deputy Premier Pat McNamara on the occasion of the new grandstand being named after him in January 1994. ethnic groups, including Dutch, German, Maltese, Irish, Scots, English, Yugoslav and Spanish. The multi-ethnic composition can be seen in its captains who included Fred Kaminski, Henry Richter, Jim McLean and Billy Wright, and its coaches like Mario Sluga, Franco Marsili and Bobby McLachlan. Stalwarts of the club included its long term secretary Charlie Zamitt, and officials such as Fred Di Sipio and Frank Costabile. The well known Australian player Archie Thompson played with the club early in his career. John Hutchison began with the club in 1996 and ended up as an international player representing Malta. The book includes an account of each season’s performance by the club over four decades. Full lists of club supporters, officials, captains and managers, and sponsors are included in the book. It is rare for the history of a sporting club to be documented in such detail. This is because the author kept all the club’s

was launched on Saturday, May 21st, at the club’s 50th anniversary celebration, at a large gathering attended by over 300 people. The function took place at the Latrobe City Sports and Entertainment Stadium, Crinigan Rd, Morwell, the home ground of the Falcons. During the function the top Falcons teams of each decades from the 1960s to the 2000s were announced. The Victorian Minister for Sport, Mr Hugh Delahunty officiated at the launch, associated by the Member for Morwell, Russell Northe, MLA. This memoir is an important contribution to the history of soccer in Australia, and to the history of the Latrobe Valley. My Years With The Falcons it is available from Latrobe Valley newsagents, and can be brought at Falcons 2000 home games, or from Money Talk Planners, 131 Princes Drive, Morwell, 3840 (phone 5133 9533) for $20 plus $8 postage.

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Quick calendar

What’s on & when June 15 – CDF Board meeting 16 – Valley region meeting, Morwell, noon. 18 – Allan Panozza retreat on spiritual gifts, St Joseph’s Church, Foster, 10am 18 - World Youth Day leaders’ training day, Berwick, 11.30am 19 – Talk by Jim Murphy to Catholic Charismatic Renewal, St Agatha’s Church, Cranbourne, 2pm. 21 – Shortest day 22 – Finance Council meeting 23 – Episcopal ordination of Fr Vincent Nguyen as Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne, St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne 24 – St Mary’s Primary School, Maffra, opening of new library and resource centre by Bishop Prowse, 2pm.

July 1 - School holidays begin 1-3 – World Youth Day pilgrim boot camp 10 – Celebration Mass for 60th anniversary of ordination of Mgr John Allman, St Michael’s Church, Traralgon, 11.30am 11 – Deadline for July Catholic Life 13-15 – Call and Response youth camp, Cowwarr 16 – Scripture teaching day with Bishop Prowse, Sion Teacher’s Centre, Connor St., Warragul, 9.30am start 18 - Third term begins 19 – Central Region meeting, St John’s parish centre, Trafalgar, 7.30pm 20 - July Catholic Life published 31 – Diocesan Youth Gathering, WYD Pilgrim commissioning, St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale, 11.30am to 4pm

August 1 – Ramadan begins 8 – Deadline for August Catholic Life 9 - Heart region meeting, (venue TBA), 4pm 9 – East region meeting, Bairnsdale, 10.30am 10 - South region meeting, St Laurence’s parish centre, Leongatha, 11.30am 11-26 – World Youth Day pilgrimage to Madrid 17 - August Catholic Life published 17 – CDF Board meeting 18 - Valley region meeting, Moe, noon. 22 – Finance Council meeting 24 – West region meeting St Michael’s new hall, Berwick, 10.30am 31 – Applications for funding from Bishop’s Family Foundation close

September 4 – Father’s Day 5 – Deadline for September Catholic Life 5 – Diocesan CSYMA student conference, Lavalla Catholic College, Traralgon

7-9 – Australasian Catholic Press Association conference, Adelaide 9-11 – Australasian Religious Press Association conference, Adelaide 11 – Refugee and Migrant Sunday Mass, Our Lady Help of Christians, Narre Warren 2pm. 13 – Central Region meeting, Marian Room, St Joseph’s, Warragul, 7.30pm 14 - September Catholic Life published 19-23 – Sale Diocese clergy in-service, Corpus Christ College, Carlton 23 - School holidays begin 23-25 – WYD boot camp post retreat 28 – WYD national briefing day

Bishop’s Diary June 15 - Council of Priests meeting, followed by Consultors meeting, Sale. June 16 - Meetings with heads of two diocesan agencies. June 17 - Visits to confirmation students at five schools at Berwick and Narre Warren. June 17 - Confirmation Masses at Narre Warren, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. June 18 - Confirmation Masses at Narre Warren, 10am and 2pm. June 19 - Confirmation Mass at Narre Warren, 2pm. June 20-22 - Participating in Victorian Catholic Bishops’ delegation in Canberra. June 22 - Diocesan Finance Council meeting, 5.30pm. June 23 - Catholic School

Boards meeting with commissioning of new members, Warragul, 3.30pm. June 23 - Ordination of Fr Vincent Long Van Nguyen as Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, 7.30pm. June 24 - Opening and blessing of new school June 26 - Confirmation buildings at St Michael’s, Mass at Nar Nar Goon, 9am. Heyfield, 11am. June - Confirmation June 24 - Opening and Mass at 26 Iona, 11am. blessing of new school buildJune 26 rmation ings at St Mary’s, Maffra, Mass at KooConfi Wee Rup, 1.30pm. 2.30pm. June 24 - Confirmation July 10 - 60th anniversary Mass at Berwick 7.30pm. Mass for Mgr John Allman, June 24 - Attend fare- Traralgon 11.30am. well function for Sr Doreen July 11-15 - Bishop on reDagge RSJ at Narre Warren. treat. June 25 - Confirmation July 16 - Teaching day Masses at Berwick, 11am with Charismatic Renewal, and 7.30pm. Warragul.

October 3 – Deadline for October Catholic Life 7-24 – Bishop in Rome for Ad Limina meeting 10 - Fourth term begins 11 - Heart region meeting, (venue TBA), 4pm 11 – Diocesan Migrant Sunday Mass celebrated by Bishop Prowse, Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Narre Warren, 2pm 12 - October Catholic Life published 19 – CDF Board meeting 20 - Valley region meeting, Newborough, noon. 22-23 Youth ministry leader training (venue TBA) 26 – Finance Council meeting 31 – Deadline for November Catholic Life

Full house for Peace Mass

November 1 – Melbourne Cup holiday 1 – All Saints Day 2 – All Souls Day 8 – East region meeting, Orbost, 10.30am 9 - South region meeting, St Laurence’s parish centre, Leongatha, 11.30am 9 - November Catholic Life published 11 – Remembrance Day 15 – Central Region meeting, St Ita’s parish room, Drouin, 7.30pm 23 – West Region meeting, St Michael’s new hall, Berwick, 10.30am 27 – First Sunday of Advent 28 – Deadline for December Catholic Life

December 1 – Valley Region Christmas break-up, Morwell Club, noon 4 – Advent reflection afternoon 6 - Heart region break up (venue TBA) 7 - December Catholic Life published 14 – Joint meeting of CDF Board and Finance Council (tentative) 16 - Primary schools breakup 25 – Christmas Day 26 – Boxing Day 31 – New Year’s Eve

BISHOP Christopher Prowse (centre) begins the annual Peace Mass at Bishop Phelan Stadium, Sale. At right is Sale Diocese seminarian Tao Pham. STUDENTS from Catholic schools across Wellington Shire gathered in Bishop Phelan Stadium at Catholic College Sale for the annual Peace Mass. Bishop Christopher Prowse concelebrated with Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral, Fr Andrew Wise. More than 2000 students from Sale, Yarram, Maffra, Heyfield and Stratford Catholic schoolscame together to pray for peace in the world. The college has been celebrating the Peace Mass for the past seven years and was an inspiration of teachers at the college after the tragedy of the Bali bombings. The concept is to bring the community together in a Christian way, to spread the word of peace and to acknowledge the fact that peace begins with the individual. The hope is that after the stu-

dents and staff come together to pray for Peace in the school community, the idea will filter through to the greater community and beyond. This moving and memorable occasion also provides an opportunity for the students to appreciate that they are part of

a larger Catholic student community. At the beginning of Mass students processed in with a variety of national flags which were then raised high to flank a rainbow-striped Peace flag bearing the words “Peace on Earth”.


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A Page for Youth

‘Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith’ (Col 2:7)

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Good Youth News with Jess Denehy & Kelly Lucas

WE really have been racking up the frequent flyer miles this month with so much happening on the youth ministry front and we have had a great time visiting with your all! RE 4 the Rabble, Confirmation Candidate Reflection Days and the Young Teacher reflection afternoons with Sam Clear have taken us to every region and many, many parishes and schools. A definite highlight for us was listening to Sam Clear’s amazing and spiritual adventure walking 15,500km across the globe inviting people to pray for unity. If you missed his story or just want to find out more check out his website www.walk4one. com. It has also been really exciting to hear about all the different youth ministry initiatives that are taking place around the diocese! The Foster-Yarram parishes have started monthly youth facilitated Masses, the Berwick youth music group is going strong and looking to expand their youth programs, the Cranbourne parish is running a youth retreat for their young people over the long weekend, Newborough parish has started a youth group and the good news goes on! There is also plenty happening at a diocesan level for young people to get involved in too. The next WYD2011 Boot Camp session for pilgrims is a weekend retreat based on the WYD theme “Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, Firm in the Faith” (cf Col. 2:7) July 1-3 at the St Paul Retreat Centre. Looking for something to do over the July school holidays? The Call & Response youth camp begins at 7pm Wednesday July 13, at the Cowwarr Retreat Centre, and concludes at 2.30pm Friday July 15. Young people in Year 7 through to Year 10 are invited to participate. Details and registration forms can be found at au/youth/youth-events.html. We are also on the hunt for senior students and young adults to volunteer as leaders for this camp so let us know if you are interested. The annual Diocesan Youth Gathering 2011 is just around the corner too. This major diocesan youth event will be held 11.30am - 4pm, on Sunday July 31 at the cathedral in Sale beginning with Mass celebrated by Bishop Christopher Prowse and will include the commissioning of the WYD2011 pilgrims. Everyone is invited, so make sure you mark it in your diary

now! Finally, we’d like to extend a special invitation to everyone to join us in praying for all those students who are about to go into mid-year exam and assessment mode. And for those who are doing tests and exams here are two prayers from The Catholic Youth Prayer Book (Saint Mary’s Press) that you might want to include in your preparations:

Prayer before a test Lord: I have studied, but there is so much to remember. Please give me a clear mind. Please keep distractions away from me. Do not allow the pressure of the moment to frustrate me. Help me instead to calmly

take this test with the confidence that you will help me remember everything I have studied. Amen.

Prayer after a test Lord: I worry about my grades. It is very easy for me to obsess over a test, tests that I am going to take and tests that I have taken. I give you my concerns about the test I have just taken. I ask that the teacher grade it fairly, and I ask that I go about the rest of the day with confidence that I did my best. Amen.

EACH year the Youth Ministry Office hosts a school holiday camp for teenagers in year 7-10. Often when we think of going on retreat we picture a few days of quiet reflection but during the July school holidays the Youth Ministry Office would like to offer you a retreat that is just a little bit different. Call & Response is a twonight retreat experience that invites young people to open up to God’s call in their lives and to consider the many ways we can respond. And of course, no youth camp is complete without a good dollop of fun and games and Call & Response is guaranteed to deliver just that! The Call & Response retreat begins at 7pm Wednesday July 13, at the Cowwarr Retreat Centre, Church St., Cowwarr and concludes at 2.30pm Friday July 15. Young people in year 7 through to year 10 are invited to participate.

The cost to be part of Call & Response is only $30 and includes all meals and simple classroom accommodation (If you have any concerns about the cost of this camp please contact the Youth Ministry Office to receive a concession rate). Places are limited and registrations close July 4, 2011 so get your forms in early to ensure you don’t miss out! Registration forms can be downloaded from the Diocesan website: html. Senior secondary student and young adult volunteers are invited to act as small group leaders during these camps and are a great inspiration to all involved. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Jess on 5126 1063 or jessd@

Meet more of the WYD2012 pilgrims Vic Fali MY name is Victor Fali or just Vic for short. My family call me Junior as I am named after my Dad. I am aged 24 and attended World Youth Day in Sydney and it was an awesome experience. I decided to make the pilgrimage to WYD2011 in Madrid because of my strong belief in the Jesus Christ and I am looking forward to venturing out into the world to share my faith with millions of young people from around the world. I am preparing for WYD2011 with attendance at church and prayer. I am also exploring online about Madrid and what to expect. I hope to meet many people, and also to have an uplifting spiritual experience. I am a little nervous as I have never ventured any further than New Zealand, but no matter what language is spoken around the world, the word of God is a universal language. I am most looking forward to getting close to our Pope and listening to his message. I hope and pray for us that we may get there safely and be as one again. I can’t wait :)

Braeden Johnson MY name is Braeden Johnson, aged 17. I am from Cranbourne and go to St Peter’s College. I have not been to WYD before but decided to go to WYD2011 Madrid to strengthen my faith. I am hoping to have a good time, to enjoy it, but also to have the challenge of exploring my faith. And I am looking forward to meeting people from all over the world.

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My name is Jessica van Diemen. I am 27, live in Pakenham and work at St Ita’s Primary School in Drouin. I went to WYD in Sydney as part of the Young Teachers’ group and had a fantastic time in Sydney meeting other young Catholics from around the world. In Spain I am looking forward to experiencing a culture that has Catholicity as its central belief. I’ve been preparing for WYD2011 by participating in the WYD boot camp sessions and RE 4 the Rabble. I’ve been trying to learn some Spanish as well to help with communication. I am expecting very hot days and lots of people when we get to Madrid. I am expecting to learn lots about Spanish culture and to make some new friends. I am a little worried about going to a country where I don’t speak the language. I am most looking forward to meeting lots of people from other countries and cultures at WYD2011. To be part of a massive community of people with the same beliefs, where you can be yourself and not have to worry about what other people will say.

I AM Mary Aupito Iuliano. I am currently 16 years old, and I come from a family of 7 including myself. I go to St Francis Xavier College in Beaconsfield completing my second last year in school. The local parish I go to is Our Lady Help Of Christians Parish in Narre Warren, where I also attend a youth group there that meet every Friday at 7.30 to 9.30pm, so all are welcome from the ages of 1523. Unfortunately I missed out on WYD08 for I was too young at that time, but my sister got to go. I guess my sister going to WYD08 and coming back on fire with the Lord, made me want to attend WYD2011 and to experience what she experienced and to deepen my faith the way it deepened hers. And it sure has deepened her faith she is currently doing ministry work for the National Evangelisation Team in Queensland. Besides making sure that I am not unprepared with my normal everyday needs for WYD2011, I also need to learn some Spanish for starters but to also get spiritually ready to encounter this journey. I expect a lot from WYD2011 in strengthening my faith and drawing me closer to God but to also experience and share the faith with others from all parts of the world. I guess I am a little worried about the going to WYD in general since I haven’t been overseas without my family before and I am very family orientated so that may be a struggle for me. But I’m looking forward to the whole journey and can’t seem to wait. I just wish that everyone could just go for free, because it’s something that in some way I think will change

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Stephen Nasalio HOLA! My name is Stephen

Nasalio, aged 24. I was born and raised in Wellington NZ and for the past 5 years I have been living in Cranbourne and attend the Parish of St Agatha’s. My previous experience of WYD was in Sydney back in 2008 and participating was the main reason I want to be part of this pilgrimage to Spain. I am preparing mentally, physically and spiritually and I’m hoping that when I return from Spain that I may share my spiritual experience with others around me. I am more excited then I am nervous about WYD and my anticipation to go grows more and more. I’m looking forward to being with thousands and thousands of people whom I can share my faith with and also make new friends and learn heaps of Spanish LOL. Other then that I ask you if you are reading this to please pray for us as we make our pilgrimage.

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For the Young and Young at Heart Time for a Laugh THE policeman approached the drunk with a puff-bag in his hand. “Whatz zat ossifer?” slurred the drunk. ‘It tells me if you have had too much to drink,” replied the policeman. The drunk started at the device for a moment then announced. “It’s amazing, My wife’s been able to do that for years. And now they’ve made something so small to replace her!” THE man couldn’t stand the long hair on his teenager son any more, so he took him down to the barber shop and ordered him to have a crew cut. Imagine his surprise. He’d been bringing up someone else’s son. Father: “Do you think Robert’s behavior will improve if we buy him a bike?” Mother: “No, but at least it will take him further away from home.” TWO sea monsters were hungry and one decided to capsize a ship carrying potatoes. He ate all the potatoes as they sank, then a while later he did the same with another ship which was also carrying a cargo of potatoes. The monster then swam back and forth sniffing ships until he found another carrying potatoes. His mate finally asked him why he was being so particular when there was lots of other good things to eat on the other boats. “You know how it is. You just can’t eat one potato ship!” DAD to daughter: “Were you a good girl at school today?” Daughter: “I was. How much trouble can you get into when you are standing in the corner outside the principal’s office all day?”

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TWO elderly nuns got in the car together and one said to the other “You drive and I’ll pray.” “Don’t you trust my driving?” asked the second nun. “Don’t you trust my praying?” said the first. FOLLOWING the cancellation of a flight, a young airline attendant was trying to handle a long queue of irate passengers who were trying to get on other flights. A formidable woman forced her way to the front of the line and demanded to be put on the next flight. “Sorry madam, you’ll have to take your place at the end of the queue. These other people also want to fly out as soon as possible,” The outraged woman snapped back “Young man I do not stand around in queues. Do you have any idea who I am?” The young ticket attendant smiled, and asked her to wait while he attended to her problem. He took the microphone, turned up the volume and announced “May I have your attention please. We have a passenger here wearing a red jumper and grey skirt who does not know OUR friends at John Garrett Publishing are giving us five copies of the new Australian who she is. If anyone can Children’s Mass Book to give away. The books contain the latest changes to the liturgy. For identify her, please come to a chance to win one colour in this illustration from the book and send it in to Catholic Life. counter eight.” THE old bushie was finally convinced by relatives that he should install a television set. He organised for the store to bring out a television and set up the aerial. They showed him how to switch it on and off and how to change the channels and volume setting. Next morning he called the store and complained the television was not working properly. “I switched it on last night and every channel was full of politicians!”

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from government schools and children from outside our diocese which is amazing to see. Every entry goes into the judging but unfortunately there can only be one winner .... except for next month as we have five prizes to give away. Go to it and make sure we receive entries by July 11.

TWO of our most recent colouring contest winners with their prizes are Faith O’Connor from St Thomas’s Primary School, Sale (left) and Pheobe Cunningham from St Mary’s Primary School at Maffra.

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30 years in Peru for Josephites Bishop urges end cycle of violence THIRTY years ago a small group of Australian and New Zealand nuns travelled to Peru in South America to begin a new chapter in the life of the religious congregation founded by St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Josephites’ regional leader for Peru, Sr Margaret Malady, says the strong bond between the sisters and the local people is the result of three decades of conscious effort to be part of the community. “Peru is a wonderfully vibrant country but its people have experienced economic and social upheaval that has included decades of guerrilla warfare. “Walking closely with the people, in both good and sad times, is the essence of the sisters presence among the Peruvian people.” Since 1981, when Srs Elaine Walker, Edith Prince, Dorothy Stevenson and Ursula Hoile were sent from Australia to start the first Josephite community in Peru, over 20 sisters from Australia and New Zea-

land have been part of the Peruvian mission. Their constant focus has been the message, ‘the cause of the poor becomes our cause’. “It is wonderful today to see projects operating that enable income generation and fair trade practice,” says Sr Margaret. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the murder of West Australian Sr Irene McCormack in Peru. On May 21, 1991, Sr Irene and four local men were shot by Shining Path Maoist insurgents in the town of Huasahuasi. Despite this tragedy, the Sisters of St Joseph have continued their mission in Peru. The sisters are continuing their work in Peru with the assistance of lay people known as Josephite Associates. The associates are people inspired by the work and example of the Sisters and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Sr Margaret said she is thankful for the support of the Associates and the thousands of

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Sr Margaret Malady people who each year support the work in Peru. Sr Angela Carroll, the longest serving Sister of St Joseph in Peru, had been with the mission for 27 of the past 30 years. She has recently returned to Australia after working in Lima and the Andes. Sr Angela will continue her ministry in the Toowoomba Diocese.

UNDERSTANDING, education and knowledge are the basis for a genuine dialogue between Christians and Muslims was the message brought by a Nigerian bishop during a recent visit to the headquarters of the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need in Germany. Bishop Callistus Onaga of Enugu said “The precondition is that life must be seen as a gift of God and the other person respected, as the image of God, the image of Allah, and not as an enemy or an unbeliever.” The principle of violence, according to which anyone who kills, or is killed by, an unbeliever goes to Paradise, must be broken through, he insisted. The cause of the most recent unrest in central-northern Nigeria, which has followed the

Ireland no longer a Catholic bastion DUBLIN (Zenit) - The archbishop of Dublin says he hopes the International Eucharistic Congress to be held next year in his city might encourage the Church in Ireland as it seeks renewal. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said this Thursday when he addressed international delegates in Ireland for preparations of the 2012 event. “The Irish Church is facing a

challenging path of renewal,” the archbishop told them. “The renewal of the Church in Ireland is a responsibility above all of the Irish Church. “The presence at the Eucharistic Congress of pilgrims from around the world would however constitute an enormous encouragement to us in our efforts of renewal. Our hope is that Christians from around the world will come to Dublin

as a sign of solidarity and support for the Church in Ireland and will join together with us in prayer for renewal.” The 66-year-old prelate then illustrated some elements of the “difficult situation in which the Church in Ireland finds itself.” He spoke of the “revolution of its religious culture.” “Many outside of Ireland still believe that Ireland is a bastion of traditional Catholicism,”

Archbishop Martin said. “They are surprised to discover that there are parishes in Dublin where the presence at Sunday Mass is some 5 percent of the Catholic population and, in some cases, even below 2 percent. On any particular Sunday about 18 percent of the Catholic population in the Archdiocese of Dublin attends Mass.”

Pakistan extremists want Bible banned By John Pontifex A PAKISTAN Catholic bishop has described his people’s distress after extremists demanded the Bible be banned and called on the country’s Supreme Court to investigate “blasphemous” and “pornographic” passages. Bishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore said the faithful were “very shocked” after Islamist political party Jamiat-Ulemae-Islami informally petitioned the Supreme Court of Pakistan to declare certain Biblical passages “blasphemous”. At a press conference, party leader Maulana Abdul Rauf Farooqi called for the Bible to be banned and complained about Bible passages in which prophets are described carrying out “a variety of moral crimes, which undermine the sanctity of the holy figures”. Speaking at a Lahore mosque, the clerics from Jamiat-Ulemae-Islami said that if the Supreme Court failed to declare the offending texts “blasphe-

mous”, they would submit an application for the Bible to be formally banned in Pakistan. Maulana Farooqi reportedly said that his lawyers were “preparing to ask the court to ban the book”. Responding to the press conference, Bishop Shaw referred to the increased tensions faced by the Church and warned of more trouble if Church leaders were to issue a strongly worded condemnation of the ban the Bible initiative. In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, the bishop said: “People are very shocked by this. We Christians are in Pakistan and we have a right to our Bible. It is a very old divine text. “But if we want to make an issue out of it, it will certainly become one. We must be wise and instead ask people to pray for us, to remember us before God. “What we need right now is prayers and patience.” He stressed that the campaign

was unlikely to succeed, especially as the Bible is respected by the majority of Muslims. In the press conference last week, Maulana Farooqi referred to “pornographic” Biblical passages where figures – revered by both Christianity and Islam – are described behaving immorally. Extremists have referred to Biblical heroes such as David, who coveted a man’s wife and so sent him to face certain death on the battle frontlines. Jamiat-Ulema-e-Islami’s ban the Bible initiative is the latest attempt by radicals to use the country’s blasphemy laws to shield Islam from perceived insults. Under the laws, desecration against the Qur’an carries a life sentence and Maulana Farooqi said the ban the Bible call was in response to US Pastor Terry Jones who oversaw the burning of the Islamic holy book at a Florida church in March. Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are linked to some of the coun-

try’s worst violence this year including the murders of federal minorities minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, in March, and Salman Taseer, Governor of the Punjab, who openly criticised the legislation. Urging calm, Bishop Shaw told ACN that in calling for the Bible to be banned, the extremists were trying to provoke Christians.

Bishop Callistus Onaga presidential elections in April 2011, goes back according to Bishop Onaga to unresolved ethnic and political differences. Access to education is essential, he believes, for there are a number of tribal peoples who have almost no education other than a knowledge of the Qur’an. “Nigeria is an immense country, with hundreds of different languages, a real melting pot, like the United States”, he added. Yet if the other person is not excluded but rather acknowledged, then peaceful coexistence is still possible, he believes. In 2012 the diocese of Enugu in southeast Nigeria, which has over 1.3 million Catholics, will celebrate its Golden Jubilee. The Catholic Church is growing here. Currently there are over 400 priests active in the pastoral field, while in the seminary no fewer than 265 young men are training for the priesthood. And there are 376 religious sisters also active in the diocese. Education and culture are a central focus of the activities, and most of the 148 parishes in the diocese have their own primary and secondary schools, whose quality, Bishop Onaga says, is widely acknowledged.

Anglican priests ordained LONDON (Zenit) - The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has begun the first in a wave of priestly ordinations with seven Anglican priests set to be ordained in the Catholic Church. The ordinariate - for former Anglicans who have wished to join the Catholic Church in groups - was established along with the priestly ordination of three former Anglican bishops in mid-January.

Two more retired Anglican bishops were ordained priests soon after. The latest ceremony was be the first ordination of former Anglican priests and begins a wave that will continue throughout the month, with more than 50 ordinations expected in this season. Archbishop Peter Smith ordained the seven in his Cathedral Church in Southwark.

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BISHOP Prowse blessing facilities at Lumen Christi Primary School with the official party. CHURCHILL - The extraordi- last month, Bishop Christopher ways remember this as it tried nary resilience of the Churchill Prowse said the generosity of a to be a light for others. people had been evident in the $2 million Federal Government He said Churchill proved durway in which they had worked grant enabled the school to have ing and after the 2009 bushfires towards improving Lumen its plans fulfilled. that it was a resilient commuChristi Primary School. Lumen Christi meant the nity which could bounce back In opening new library and “Light of Christ” and he urged from the dark days of danger classroom facilities at the school the school community to al- and fear.

BISHOP Prowse blesses the new buildings at St Patrick’s watched by principal Mick O’Brien (rear) and Russell Broadbent, MHR, McMillan. PAKENHAM – Bishop ChrisThe bishop said he had every topher Prowse paid tribute to confidence that Catholic educaPakenham’s historic role in pro- tion would continue to bloom viding Catholic Education in and blossom on the site over the the Diocese of Sale during the next 100 years. opening of new facilities at St “I am delighted to see that the Patrick’s Primary School. seed of faith planted in early PaHe noted that Pakenham was kenham is still growing here.” one of the first areas to provide Bishop Prowse said he liked Catholic schooling with records the name St Patrick’s because of there being a school in the it reminded him of the great area in the 1850s. missionary priest who brought A school was first established Christianity to Ireland. on the present site in the 1860s He said he would like the boys and over the years had contin- and girls of St Patrick’s to also ued to provide a quality educa- be missioners – never afraid to tion for children on Pakenham tell people about Jesus who is and district. alive in His Church today.

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By Regina Abraham MIGRANT and Refugee Sunday will be celebrated in Sale Diocese at Narre Warren on September 11 this year. Theme this year is One Human Family which recalls “We are one body in this one Lord.” The president of the Pontifical Council for Migrants said during his recent visit to Australia”….. the Church does not expect welcome for the migrants only on the part of the government and various institutions, but from its own ranks first of all.” The celebration of Migrant and Refugee Sunday is an initiative of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference and Sale Diocese started a historic celebration of the Sunday last year. The aim is to foster unity in diversity among the Catholic faithful; to appreciate and imbibe the richness of the various Catholic traditions from countries all over the world and to acknowledge that migrants bring a wholesome grandeur to the Church in Australia. Migrants have changed the face of the Church in Australia. We now have the rich culture and the traditions brought from many countries that are part of our worship. The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimated resident population at March 2010 was 22.27

million people of which a quarter were born overseas. This continues the historical trend of a high proportion of overseas-born among Australia’s population. Statistics also show us that the Diocese of Sale has had a growth spurt with attendance in many of our churches on the rise. This year’s celebration with the theme “One Human family” will be at at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Narre Warren on September 11 at 2pm. Bishop Christopher Prowse will celebrate Mass with the priests and the people of God in the diocese. Come and be part of the rich ceremony, music, rituals, and processions; and enjoy the taste of migrant cuisine. More details of the event will be available from parish office. Last year Bishop Prowse asked us to share our migrant stories with one another at the celebration at Pakenham. If you do have any such stories that you would like to share please email them to: regina. or hand them over to your parishes. Some of these stories will be collated for all to read on Migrant Sunday. • Regina Abraham is a parishioner from St Agatha’s, Cranbourne

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