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Catholic Life

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March 2011

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Deacon to be ordained SEMINARIAN Tao Pham will be ordained a deacon for Sale Diocese at Narre Warren on March 16. Originally from Vietnam, the 41-year-old has been studying at Corpus Christi since 2005. Principal celebrant will be Bishop Christopher Prowse. The ordination in Our Lady Help of Christians, Narre Warren, will be at 7.30pm on the vigil of St Patrick’s Day. Up to 30 seminarians from Corpus Christi are expected to attend in support of Tao. He grew up in a farming family in Vietnam and after completing his schooling worked as a farmer for several years before studying at Saigon University in Ho Chi Minh City. In 1999 he entered a Catholic monastery and in 2000 became a novitiate, taking religious vows in 2002. His desire to become a priest in Vietnam was thwarted by government policy which strictly limits the number of ordinations to the priesthood which can take place. In 2005 he sought to come to Australia to train for the priesthood and following an accli-

matisation period the following year, entered the seminary as a student for Sale Diocese in 2007. On the day of his ordination seminarians will lead vocational talks with students at St Peter’s College, Cranbourne, and St Francis Xavier College, Beaconsfield. It is expected that about 30 seminarians will be available in pairs to talk to students during the final period of the day. Sale Diocese has had two more students enter the seminary this year, bringing the total number of our seminarians to four. The men come from Morwell and Pakenham. A little more than 12 months ago Tao Pham was our diocese’s only seminarian. It is hoped that later this year we will also benefit by the arrival of another seminarian from India who met Bishop Prowse during an overseas trip last year. In addition several priests from Nigeria, India and Sri Lanka are currently working through the visa process and it is hoped they will arrive to work in the diocese later this year.

Softwear update READERS may have noticed some slight changes in the past couple of issues as Catholic Life changes progressively to new production softwear. The program in use up until now has been the same one since we established the newspaper as a free publication back in 1997. We have tried to replicate the newspaper without doing a full overhaul. Several readers have picked up a change of font used in the

text which is slightly larger and therefore easier to read. Last issue about a third of the pages were done with the new program and after a few hiccups in producing high quality images required for the printer. this month only a couple of pages remain in the old program. The changeover has necessitated that most advertisements be recreated or, when possible, changed over to the new format.

SEMINARIAN Tao Pham with Bishop Christopher Prowse.

Project Compassion launch WARRAGUL - The annual Lenten Appeal, Project Compassion was launched for Sale Diocese yesterday at Marist Sion College, Warragul. Bishop Christopher Prowse attended the launch, along with several priests from surrounding parishes and representatives of various schools from around the diocese.

Our launch is traditionally held on Shrove Tuesday, the last day before Lent. Those attending were offered pancakes for lunch, in keeping with the tradition of using up the rich foods before the period of fasting during Lent. Project Compassion is run by Caritas Australia which supports many worthwhile pro-

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.

jects around the world where it works with locals to provide community building projects, as well as emergency aid. Project Compassion kits and cardboard donations boxes are available from parishes. Families and individuals are asked to give generously during Lent and then return the boxes after Easter.

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Lent - Our great journey of conversion to Easter THE Lenten liturgical season has begun. Lent is our liturgical journey to the Easter Mysteries of our Faith. Through intense prayer, fasting and almsgiving we ask Jesus to convert us more deeply into His saving death and resurrection. During the Lenten period we respond generously to the increased offer of the celebration of the Sacrament of Penance in our parishes. Project Compassion helps us with our almsgiving for those in real need. We think seriously of ways in which we can fast – it will help our deeper hunger for intimacy with Jesus, the Eucharistic Lord. Silent adoration before the Blessed Sacrament in our parishes is a wonderful way of praying in a more intense manner during Lent. Pope Benedict XVI, in his Lenten Message for 2011, links this period with Baptism. He writes: “By immersing ourselves into the death and resurrection of Christ through the Sacrament of Baptism, we are moved to free our hearts every day from the burden of material things, from a self-centred relationship with the “world” that impoverishes us and prevents us

To God’s People in the Catholic Diocese of Sale from being available and open to God and our neighbor.”(n.3)

by a meditation on “The God who speaks”. He then moves to “The Word of God and the Church”. He POPE BENEDICT XVI ends by teaching us about “The – “VERBUM DOMINI” Church’s Mission: to proclaim the THE Pope offers us a profound sug- Word of God to the World.” gestion for Lent. He says: “What I know that many parishes will be could be more appropriate than al- gathering in groups during Lent for lowing ourselves to be guided by the Lenten Bible Groups. This is most Word of God?” encouraging to witness. It would be Our teaching Pope has given us a wonderful if the group leaders could wonderful guide in doing just this. possibly read Verbum Domini durIn September 2010, His Holiness ing this time and offer some of its published Verbum Domini. It is the gems to the groups. Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on “The Word of God in the Life A NEW TRANSLATION and the Mission of the Church”. OF THE ROMAN MISSAL I read it with great intensity reThe privileged time when Cathocently. It is a wonderful catechism lics listen to the Word of God is durof the Word of God in the Catholic ing Mass. I am sure that you have Tradition. heard already that a new translation May I recommend it to you all. It of the Roman Missal (third edition) is truly a great guide to following is about to be published after 10 Jesus by loving the Bible. years of intense worldwide preparaBenedict XVI starts in Verbum tion. Domini (The Word of the Lord) I am delighted to see have the Dio-

cese of Sale is preparing to welcome the new translation. In-services have been offered to our priests and deacons. Public gatherings with experts have been offered. Our own Sophy Morley is making herself available to groups throughout the diocese to inform us of all that will happen. Please take advantage of some of these opportunities offered. Our love of the Mass will be strengthened. It will give us hope and deeper faith. The liturgical changes will be slowly introduced in the Diocese of Sale. They will start from Pentecost (June 12, 2011) and will be introduced gradually till the end of the year. Cards will be provided for parishioners to assist with the changes. You will observe that the changes for the people will be minimal. The new translations will enable us to penetrate more deeply into these ancient prayers of our beloved liturgy. You may wish to learn more about these changes. May I invite you to go to our diocesan website and read further for yourselves ( then go to Liturgy). Let us pray for each other during this precious Lenten season. + Bishop Christopher Prowse Catholic Bishop of Sale

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The school has implemented the Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s Better Buddies Framework in 2011 as an initiative to maintain the friendly and caring environment that was established in the school community last year and as a proactive and preventative measure against bullying. Principal Ken Gale said “The Better Buddies Program gives our young children a sense of safety and security in our school. The program allows the children to feel valued and respected.

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Indian priest returning home Fr Spiteri dies, age 77 IONA – Fr Thomas Mannakulath OSB returns to India at the end of this month to become a founding member of a new Benedictine Monastery. Fr Mannakulath came to Sale Diocese in 2008 on a temporary placement from his Order. He has been recalled to India by his Superior General who is establishing six new monasteries in the south and west of the country. Fr Mannakulath said it had not yet been determined which monastery he would go to, but it was probably in Andhrapradesh where he had previously served as priest before coming to Australia. He said it was disappointing to be leaving Australia but as a Benedictine he accepted that he would be sent to wherever there was a need for his services. “I came here for a minimum three years and when I leave it will be three years and three months.” He said that after the new monastery was established he would be happy to come back to Australia if there was still a need. “I have been enriched by my Australian experience and have learned much on how the Church operates here.” Fr Mannakulath offered his special thanks and prayers to the parishioners who had readily accepted him during his stay particularly those in Traralgon, Sale, Rosedale, Stratford, Briagolong, Loch Sport, Iona, Koo Wee Rup, Maryknoll, Nar Nar Goon and Lang Lang where he had celebrated Masses. He also extended a big thank you to the priests of the diocese for being so friendly and brotherly towards him. “I will continue to cherish every sweet memory of my

time in Sale Diocese. It was a highly enriching experience, both personally and spiritually, and has widened the horizon of my priestly ministry.” He has promised to keep following the successes of Geelong Football Club, after being introduced to them by the fanatical Cats supporter Fr Peter Bickley when in Traralgon. Fr Mannakulath said Benedictines were well known for their hospitality and so any people from Sale Diocese were welcome to his monastery if they were visiting India. He has asked that his Indian contact details be made available. Letters can be sent to him c/Asirvanam Benedictine Monastery, Kumbalgudu Post, Bangalore, 560074, India. Emails can be sent to either or and his mobile telephone number will be 00 11 91 9035 501 945.

THE death has occurred in Malta of former Sale Diocese priest Fr Emanuel (Manny) Spiteri, 77. He died at Gozo, on February 17 and was buried there four days later. Fr Spiteri was born in Malta and studied at the seminary there before being ordained at St Mary’s Cathedral, Victoria, Gozo, in 1960. He came to Sale Diocese in 1963 and was appointed assistant priest at Yallourn for the first year. He then served as assistant in Bairnsdale, Morwell, Yarram and Trafalgar before his first appointment as parish priest at Yallourn in 1977. He became parish priest of Yarram in 1980 and then Morwell East in 1984. He oversaw the Morwell and Morwell East parishes combine

Fr Spiteri in 1995 and then in 1997 returned to Malta. While in Sale Diocese he was the priest in charge of Australian Catholic Record for 16 years and was president for the Society for Sick and Infirm Priests.

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‘As if’ - A challenge for all

Beware of scams

MOST of us with email and telephones are getting used to the flood of scams. But is seems that sometimes parishes and dioceses are falling for some of the pitches directed to them. So much so that the Apostolic Nuncio, the Pope’s man in Canberra, has had to issue a warning. Apparently there has been a flood of letters, often on letterheads which look genuine, asking for financial support because of exceptional circumstances or for some fictitious project. It reminds us that some years ago the diocese received a phone call from a man purporting to be a overseas priest who claimed some connection with our diocese. He said he was financial embarassed and needed to borrow $700 for his airfare home. Of course, he would return the money when he arrived. We didn’t fall for it but apparently others did.

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ONE priest we know of received a call from “Microsoft” telling him they had detected something wrong with his firewall which could leave his computer open to attack by a virus. He told them to call back, which they never did. This is a common ploy at the moment, as we received a similar call a week or so ago.

They want you to download a patch to fix your computer but you are really downloading a program which will give them access to your Internet banking so they can clean you out.

Yahweh reminder

HAVE notice several times lately that the hymns with the word Yahweh as still being sung. After an agreement between all Christian churches and the Jewish faith, a directive was issued about three years ago that the word Yahweh not be sung or spoken as it is offensive to Jews who do not say it aloud. Usually the word can be replaced by “God” or “the Lord” to fit in with the music, but of course the congregation must be made aware of the change.

Missal changes

THE coming changes to the Roman Missal will be well explained in the coming months but if you want an indication of the main changes go to our Website, click on the Liturgy tab, then select Roman Missal.


VACLAV Havel is an extraordinary man. This internationally famous philosopher-playwright was, in so many ways, the face, the embodiment of East European conscience during communist rule. He was jailed repeatedly for expressing his views. He was allowed employment only in endless, mind numbing jobs, and he was banned from writing or publishing his plays or poetry. Performance of his plays was forbidden. His writings, often smuggled out and performed in other countries, courageously exposed the dilemmas of life under totalitarianism. He became known as Czechoslovakia’s ‘Dissident of Dissidents’, the leader of a peaceful and non-violent movement that ultimately led him to the Presidency after the fall of communism. Perhaps his greatest influence in this period of peaceful revolution is that he chose to live ‘as if,’ that is, as if he were free. With stoic persistence, he refused not only to be shackled by the denial of his freedom and rights, but he lived in such a way that others might see what it was like to have rights, to be free. No matter what his detractors or jailers hurled at him, he lived ‘as if’ the revolution had come and he was free to live in peace. He lived ‘as if’, he wrote ‘as if’, he spoke ‘as if’ and others came to see life as he could see it, to believe it was possible. And the revolution began. So many years before, St Augustine had a similar message. In one of his many great insights, Augustine wrote that no-one can choose nothing over something. He described his struggle of not being able to reject old ways because you cannot choose nothing. When he looked at the life he was living, he wanted to change but could not opt for ‘nothing’. There was no use, Augustine said, in exhorting him to change his life. He already knew he should do that – he could not be shamed into change as he was already crushed by shame. He had to be able to imagine the alternative. What would this

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my Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” can be interpreted as a call to complacency rather than a call to action. It is not. Rather we are still being called forth to ‘save’ our world – not alone, not by ourselves but with God. That means that in our own lives, in our parishes and in our institutions we need courage, imagination and a willingness to try new ways, new ideas, new plans. Vaclav Havel’s courage reminds us that we ought not get used to conformity, to uniformity. If we are to respond to our world and its needs today, we cannot just accept the status quo, to do what we have always done. It is not working. It calls us to imagine a better way, a new way of living the Good News. Looking again at the vision of Jesus, living as if we are redeemed and trying to embody the vision of God asks us to live differently, to disturb our comfortable routines, to reach out to others, even to those who do not share our way of looking at the world. It calls on us to treasure the vision of Jesus but to question and to re-evaluate. We carry within us great fear of change but everything about religion calls us to explore new depths, new ways. We are called to live ‘as if’ at the beginning of this new century – to bring the Gospel message to life to the people of this age. No wonder we need to find our home in Jesus who gives us the courage and the vision to embrace this wondrous challenge ... to live ‘as if’.


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Jubilees of Josephites are celebrated in Sydney SYDNEY - On January 6 in the Mary MacKillop Chapel in North Sydney, 37 Sisters of St

Joseph celebrated 50 years of Professed religious life, renewing their vows before their Sis-

JUBILARIANS (back from left) Sr Mary Fermio, Sr Camillus Parker, Sr Doreen Dagge, Sr Margaret Barry and (front) Sr Marie Hanger, Sr Moya Unthank.

ters, relatives and friends. These sisters had travelled from Ireland, New Zealand and all States in Australia to gather for seven days to share their memories and enjoy time together. Three other Sisters of the group were unable to be present and six had died during the 50 years. After renewing their vows during the celebratory Mass their candles were placed on Mary MacKillop’s grave, indicating their gratitude for the 50 years and a renewal of their commitment to Josephite life for as long as they lived. Six of these sisters came from Victoria and some are wellknown in Gippsland. They are Srs Doreen Dagge, Mary Fermio, Margaret Barry, Camillus Parker, Moya Un-

de Janiero suggested it was something that could be replicated here. Chair of the Bishops’ Commission for Pastoral Life Bishop Eugene Hurley, Darwin, said that this event was extremely important for families, to inspire and encourage them. “These events give people a sense that they are not alone in the world. Our culture can be very individualistic and we really want to affirm families”, said Bishop Hurley. “In 2000, there was a conference called Dare to dream, which was a similar format to what Share the Dream will be. The first event was very well received and around 1300 people came along. In 2004, they ran a similar kind called Living the Dream. “These events are titled as such because we do dream of a society in which the family is held up as the most important institution and we want to encourage people to dare to have that, live that and share that dream”, he said. The conference is extremely inexpensive, the same price whether you have one child or 10, with early bird family registration just $250.

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thank and Marie Hanger. They will celebrate with their families and friends in Victoria on March 12 at Our Lady of Victories Basilica in Bourke Rd., Camberwell. With them will be five sisters celebrating 60 years: Srs Agnes Nunn, (who recently lived at Yarram) Catherine Burke, Mary Luscombe, Anne Cahir and Joan McCann. Sr Eileen McHugh who spent many years at Morwell East is celebrating 70 years and Sr Helena McGuire who lived for many years at Leongatha, 75 years. All feel great gratitude to God whose faithfulness has been with them all those years, and to their families and friends who have supported them in

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Towards courageous renewal for Catholic schools IN 1998, the Congregation for Catholic Education in the Vatican published a critically important document, “The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium.” It remains a powerful document over a decade later, as we are well and truly over that threshold and in to the new millennium. The document challenges us in many ways. It analyses the social setting in which schools find themselves today – and re-affirms its purpose, namely, the promotion of the human person in the way of Jesus Christ in whom the fullness of truth concerning humanity is to be found.(#9) The document recognises that, in so many ways, schools are called to meet the needs of a society in tumult. It calls to courageous renewal in Catholic schools.(#2). In the Diocese of Sale, Catholic education is responding to that challenge. It has embarked on precisely that path to courageous renewal. Some years ago, schools developed a way forward in their work, through the document, “Catholic Schools Journeying

Together 2004 – 2008.” It was a rich document that served us well. But its very title suggested that it was limited in time and was intended to expire in 2008. We have waited until our new bishop is established in the diocese before venturing in to a new set of directions. We have not called it a “plan”, but rather a “Directions Document” that schools can use as a resource in their planning, rather than as a tightly framed guide. The Vision for Catholic Education: We are committed to courageous renewal and to the promotion of the human person through the provision of stewardship and leadership that are credible, contemporary, accountable, sustainable and transparent. This will enable schools to be contemporary centres of excellence, equity and evangelisation that reach out to all. In this environment, students are empowered to become successful lifelong learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens who contribute to the Church’s mission to proclaim

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They are: Strengthening Catholic identity • Communities recognise and embrace the Catholic school’s fundamental duty to evangelise. • Religious education teaching recognises the wide range of religious experience of students in each classroom. • The Enhancing Catholic School Identity Project instrument is an integral part of the Catholic School Renewal process. • The role of the religious education coordinator is clarified and promoted. Improving school and student performance Teachers understand the nature and scope of contemporary learning. • Leaders, teachers and support staff adopt contemporary pedagogy that empowers personalised learning to improve student performance. • Wellbeing is understood as central to learning. • All schools exhibit a culture which embeds performance and development. • The capacity of teachers to provide quality education (including Religious Education) is enhanced. Engaging the government reform agenda Government-mandated curriculum is implemented in each school, acknowledging our focus on indigenous history and culture, Asia and Pacific and sustainability. • Schools engage meaningfully with the accountability and transparency agenda of the government.

• Schools meet the government milestones for student and school performance. • Schools have ICT infrastructure that enables every student to engage with the digital world. Building leadership capacity The school education community in the Catholic Diocese of Sale is seen as a leader in learning. • School leaders in the Diocese of Sale exhibit excellence in leadership in faith, learning and wellbeing appropriate to their role. • Leaders in the Diocese of Sale exhibit exemplary stewardship appropriate to their role. • There is a strong pool of applicants for leadership positions. Ensuring sustainability and growth There is a rational approach to the provision of Catholic school infrastructure in the diocese. • Schools and CEO Sale have sound and consistent financial management practices. • A decision is made regarding the provision of early childhood education. • The Integrated Catholic Online Network (ICON) is implemented. Building sound governance structures Appropriate authority, responsibility and accountability relationships are established and clarified between CEO Sale, parish priests and schools. • Schools and CEO Sale work in partnership with parents, parish and the wider community. • School boards are effective structures in all schools. This is an exciting document that spells the way forward for our already successful schools in the diocese. It can be accessed in full on the Catholic Education Office website (

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Look carefully at retirement income stream options I’VE been looking at some ads on TV lately for annuities. These ads are directed at people who are scared of investing in the share market and want to avoid the risks associated with that, while getting a regular income paid. It may be a good time to consider the various retirement income sources available and to point out their different risks and benefits. The retirement income sources I’ll discuss are Accountbased Pensions (from superannuation), Annuities and then investment income from the usual sources – dividends and property rental. We have to make the differentiation between streams within superannuation and those outside that very tax system. If your income in retirement derives from a pension paid from within a superannuation fund, then when you’re over 60 it will almost always be tax free. This is obviously a huge benefit and in most cases the one for which we aim. An account-based pension paid from super is just that - a pension based on the value of a super fund account at June 30 each year. There are minimum limits of payments which must be made each year and to achieve the zero tax status, the pension must be paid from a previously taxable superannuation fund. The minimum limit increases

with the increasing age of the pensioner, but there is no maximum limit. Once a super fund commences paying a pension to a member, the corresponding proportion of the fund also becomes tax free. In a self managed super fund, paying a pension, and investing in direct shares, it is possible for the pension to be paid and the capital to increase over time. If in an SMSF there is an enhanced capacity for flexibility to increase returns depending on the markets. Unfortunately there is also the increased volatility in the funds capital position due to the underlying volatility inherent in the share market. Investing in commercial property within the super fund doesn’t alleviate this. To avoid this level of volatility, some people use annuities. An annuity is an income stream which is purchased by the beneficiary and it does have some restrictions. The income is set at the beginning of the annuity and is unchanged for the duration of the agreed term. At the end of the term, the value is zero. Where an annuity pays, say, 7 percent per year, to the beneficiary, some of the payment is the earnings of the annuity and some is capital return so with an annuity the beneficiary is always using some of their capital. Should a beneficiary die be-

Regional forums begin REGIONAL forums to discuss the questions raised in Bishop Christopher Prowse’s pastoral letter have begun. The first was held at Newborough last week and involves parishes, groups and individuals from the Central, Valley and Heart regions. The next will be for South region at Leongatha Parish Centre on Saturday, March 19, begining at 10am and concluding with a shared lunch. The West region forum will be at St Michael’s Hall, Bain St., Berwick on Saturday April 2 at 2pm. The final forum will be for

the East region at St Mary’s Primary School, Bairnsdale, on Saturday April 9 at 10.30am. Groups and individuals attending are asked to have written responses to the questions at the end of Finding Home in Jesus, so that others could read and reflect on the comments. The diocesan pastoral council could use the written responses to form the basis on new pastoral initiatives. Finding Home in Jesus can be found on the diocesan Web site under Bishop Prowse’s statements and also the June 2010 Catholic Life.

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fore the term, then there may in some cases be no residual value and should they live longer than the term then the annuity will cease. The purchase price of an annuity will be invested in secure investments which will underpin the predetermined pay out rate, but while an annuity doesn’t have to have any capital growth, there needs to be a margin so that the payments may be maintained given the volatility of interest rates. To say that all annuities are

not exposed to the sharemarket may be stretching the definition a little. Annuities are generally only issued by larger financial institutions who need to cover their costs and make a profit and from a financial planner persepective, some annuities pay the highest up front and trail commission rates. Investing outside super and an annuity, the investor looks to earn fully taxable dividends or rent. This is the same as all investors prior to retirement so there is no difference to normal.

If it’s impossible to get your investments into superannuation the choices are limited to direct investments or annuities. Direct investments should always over time return better than annuities simply because of capital growth and increasing dividends and rent. The sharemarket has always paid about 4.25 – 4.5 percent average dividend rate plus franking credits. In a market pull back these dividends don’t fall. As the market rises over time, so do the dividends. So to some extent do property rents increase over time. It is the capital growth however available in these investments which renders them usually a better choice than an annuity.

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Theologian Pope writes on the Word of God THE release of Pope Benedict XVI’s Verbum Domini has been praised by critics as showing his extraordinary teaching ability. Some believe he will go on to be regarded as one of the greatest teaching Popes in history. Pope Benedict XVI presents a concise synopsis of Catholic teaching on the Word of God but it may take several readings to understand the depth of meaning behind his words. The document has its basis in the 2008 Synod of the world’s bishops on the theme of the Word of God in the life and mission of the Church and as such is the Pope’s summing up of the fruits of the synod. He gives the background about the Synod, reminding us that “we find ourselves before the mystery of God, who has made himself known through the gift of his word.� In speaking about the joy experienced at the synod in sharing the word of God, Benedict wants to encourage all the members of the Church to renew our living relationship with Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. The Pope traces some history of how the Church has grown in its appreciation for the Word of God. He points out that the Church has always “found strength in the Word of God� and goes on to speak of important developments in the past century. He refers to Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical on Scripture, Providentissimus Deus and points

out that the important document of Vatican II Dei Verbum, the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, spurred the Church toward a deeper appreciation of Scripture. In his exhortation, Pope Benedict often refers to the Prologue of St John’s Gospel where “the Word became flesh.� He sees in this profound Scripture passage a synthesis of the entire faith. The Pope also hopes that the ongoing effect of the synod will be that it has a real effect in the life of the Church, on our personal relationship with the Scriptures, to liturgy, catechesis, and scholarly research. Verbum Domini has been described as a “masterful, mystical, and missionary� document which shows that the Pope is a theologian of the highest order. This apostolic exhortation is a fine summary of the Catholic understanding of the Sacred Scripture and is destined to become a manual for theological studies for many years to come. He writes in the introduc-

tion, “being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a definitive direction.� The Pope teaches us all the way to live our lives immersed in and transformed by the Word of God. The Pope concludes this 194 page mini-course on the Bible with a stirring missionary charge: “I remind all Christians that our personal and communal relationship with God depends on our growing familiarity with the word of God.� He exhorts everyone to be silent in order to hear the Lord’s word and to meditate upon it, so that by the working of the Holy Spirit it may remain in our hearts and speak to us all the days of our lives. In this way the Church will always be renewed and rejuvenated, thanks to the word of the Lord which remains for ever. Catholic Super and National Catholic Superannuation Fund merged into one fund on March 31 2010.

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Early artists and their love of Gippsland scenery MANY artists visited Gippsland in the second half of the nineteenth century. With its mountains, lakes, forests, wooded valleys, and wild, rugged coastline, Gippsland was the most picturesque part of Victoria. Artists were attracted to this dramatic type of scenery as well as to the plains country of the rest of Victoria. The locations they favored in Gippsland for their paintings were Walhalla, the Omeo district, the Alps, Lakes Entrance, Wilson’s Promontory and the Lake Tyers settlement with its indigenous inhabitants. The two most important artists to come to Gippsland - Eugene von Guerard and Nicholas Chevalier - were both of Central European descent. Eugene von Guerard was born in Vienna in 1812, the son of a painter at the court of the Hapsburgs. After studying painting as a young man in Italy and Germany, he came to Victoria, lured by the gold rushes, in 1852. His first years here were spent at Ballarat. Then he established a business base in Melbourne, while travelling and painting on extended forays into the countryside. Nicholas Chevalier was born in 1828 in St Petersburg of a Swiss father and Russian mother. After studying in Switzerland and Germany he arrived on the Australian goldfields in 1855. Like von Guerard he set himself up in Melbourne, producing paintings and wood engraved drawings. Both artists had been influenced by German romantic

Gippsland History with Patrick Morgan paintings of the European Alps which were fashionable at the time. This training stood them in good stead when they came to paint in Gippsland. Von Guerard and Chevalier attracted work on commission from wealthy patrons and showed their paintings in exhibitions. They produced large scale paintings of the Australian Alps, which are today seen in the National Gallery of Victoria and other places. In 1858, before any of them had been to Gippsland, the scientist and explorer Alfred Howitt led a small expedition, including Von Guerard and Chevalier, on a walk from Ferntree Gully to the Baw Baw mountains. They eventually reached the headwaters of the Latrobe River before returning via the Yarra River. In 1860 Howitt led a government prospecting party to the Dargo area and the Alps looking for new gold fields. On this expedition his second-in-command was another important painter, William Short senior. During this trip Howitt met up again with von Guerard. In letters written at the time Howitt describes von Guerard sketching on the Moroka River,

and at the Snowy Bluff on the Wonnangatta River: “With the strata of slate looking bare and brown in its precipices, you look between the jutting ends of the two tablelands which drop a level edge in precipices of hundreds of feet – up a wide misty gorge with the dim outline of mountains and plains beyond. “This is the Moroka Valley… I call the place from where this view is seen de Guerard’s Range…Guerard sits down to sketch among the rocks.” Von Guerard was in fact one of the later explorers of Gippsland, as he was one of the Howitt party who were the first Europeans into some parts of the province. Both Von Guerard and Chevalier produced paintings of Gippsland which were converted into chromolithographs. Lithography is process by which a work of art is reproduced by etching it with acid on stone. Chromolithography was in the 1860s a new process, by means of which the image was rendered in color. Collections of paintings by the two artists were published in book form. Sheets from these books are now available individually from art dealers. Von Guerard’s album of litho-

Help for the sight challenged Talking about Books THE CATHOLIC PRAYER BOOK (Large Print Edition) compiled by Mgr Michael Buckley, printed by Servant Books, St Anthony Messenger Press, distributed by Rainbow Books, paperback, 354 pages, rrp $27.95.

WHEN people get older it is normal to struggle with reading fine print, no matter how often you go to the optometrist to get a new pair of spectacles. Large print books are a Godsend for such people and it is why more and more of the most popular books are being reprinted in large type. Recorded versions have their place but with them it is too easy to nod off and miss a vital part of the story line. The large print version of a top-selling American prayerbook will be extremely welcomed by many of our older readers. There is a rich diversity of prayers taken from the tradition of the Church which include personal prayers, family prayers, liturgical prayers and some for special occasions. A word of warning with the liturgical prayers is that they are based on the 1973 Roman Missal and not the new translation which comes into being for Masses later this year. However, as this book is re-

ally for personal prayer, and not for use during Mass, it will be an important resource for many older people. No doubt, another large print edition will roll of the presses in a year or two with the latest translations, but meanwhile enjoy this very reasonably priced book. GENESIS, introduced by Stephen Cottrell, published by Darton, Longman & Todd, distributed by Rainbow Books, paperback, 167 pages, rrp $17.95. THIS is an interesting pocketsized book which is really just a reprint of Genesis from the well-known Jerusalem Bible with a short introduction from the Anglican Bishop of Chelmsford. He admits in this introduction that Genesis is a puzzling book which seems to be a collection of stories that are neither science or history. However, if we accept the

obvious discrepancies such as two creation stories, and treat Genesis as a library of stories rather than a single book, then it can begin to make sense. After all the Bible itself is really a library - a collection of books and letters written for different audiences in different languages, by different authors and to express different things about God, the Jewish people and Jesus. Bishop Cottrell points out we can learn much from the cast of characters in Genesis, most of them woeful failures. Their lives can be seen as a parallel to the lives of people today. But an important thing to remember is that God showed astonishing faithfulness to these wayward people, amid all their conflict and failures. It is suggested that Genesis be reread with your own weakness and failures at the back of your mind so you can see how God reacts to other struggling people in the book of old.

graphs, Australian Landscapes, was published in Melbourne in 1867. Of Von Guerard’s 51 chromolithographs only four depict Gippsland scenes: ‘The Moroka Falls’, ‘The Junction of the Buchan with the Snowy River’, ‘The Snowy Bluff on the Wonnangatta River’ and ‘Mr Angas McMillan’s Station, Bushy Park, Gippsland’. There are in addition three chromolithographs depict-

drawn before the artificial entrance ruined the shore line vegetation. Kalimna, Metung, the slit jetties on Lake King, lakes’ fishermen and regattas on the lakes were other favorite subjects. Aborigines were seen as exotic additions to the landscape and were often including in drawings, especially of the Ramahyuk and Lake Tyers mission stations, and around the lakes.

EUGENE Von Guerard’s beautiful depiction of the Moroka River Falls, north of Licola. ing various aspects of Cape Schanck. Ohers depict rivers in the north east of the state, including the Mitta Mitta, Acherson, Goulburn and Ovens Rivers. The original painting of Bushy Park by von Guerard is now displayed in the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Chevalier’s best known Gippsland paintings and chromolithographs are: ‘Fern Tree Gully, Mt Useful’, ‘Wentworth River Diggings’, and ‘Dargo High Plains’. Later on artists, including Chevalier, produced drawings which were reproduced as wood-block engravings. This was a process by which the painter’s original image was carved by an engraver on to a block of wood, which was then inked and used to reproduce the work of art in illustrated newspapers and magazines. Scores of these engravings survive and can be bought from galleries, dealers and Op shops. The originals were in back and white, but some are now tinted to make them more attractive. The Gippsland Lakes were

Scenes of alluvial gold mining at Walhalla, Dargo and Omeo, and timber haulage in the mountains were frequently drawn. Picturesque river locations, such as the junction of the Latrobe and Thomson Rivers near Longford, were common. The Sale Art Gallery has an impressive collection of historical wood-block engravings on Gippsland. Von Guerard and Chevalier mixed in artists’ circles in Melbourne. In this group was another Swiss painter, Louis Buvelot. Buvelot did not paint in Gippsland, but there is a Gippsland connection. The dramatist Louis Buvelot Esson, named after him, made a trip to South Gippsland in the early 1900s with his uncle, the painter John Ford Paterson, who was a friend of Buvelot. It was on this trip that Esson wrote his play about struggling Gippsland selectors, Dead Timber. Von Guerard returned to Europe to live in 1882. He died in Chelsea, London, in 1901. Like von Guerard Chevalier spent his last years in England, dying in London a year later.

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Project Compassion 2011

IN a small village in Vietnam’s Hue province, Bach, 42 lives with his wife and four children. Bach lost his fingers in a mining accident as a boy and his 22 year-old daughter - Dao requires constant care as she is deaf and paralysed from an accident as a baby. Like most families in Hue, until recently Bach relied on casual work and agriculture, struggling to make ends meet. “My wife and I take care of our disabled daughter and three other children but we had low living standards because I am disabled too,” he told us. “I had no chance to do the jobs that I wished and couldn’t make enough money to support my family.” In 2009, Bach was invited to a workshop about a Disability and Development program run by the Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD), supported by Caritas Australia. The project supports 750 people with a range of disabilities and their families in floodprone Hue, one of Vietnam’s poorest provinces. Disability is both an important cause, and consequence, of household poverty. More than 32,000 people are thought to live with a disability in Hue yet sadly, most people with physical and mental disabilities live isolated from their community. The project therefore works to improve the health, livelihoods and social integration of people with disabilities by encouraging them to form Disability Support Groups where they can meet other families with challenging situations and gain practical social and vocational skills. Bach explained that in his village: “We people with a disability started to come together, which had never happened before. We learnt to form a group and create plans for our households. We shared our experience of taking care of our child and started to feel confident, communicate more and access information for our daily life.” As healthcare is an immediate concern for people with disabilities, Bach’s group prioritised their needs for equipment, medical checks, and disability care training for their families. Caritas Australia’s local partner provided a healthcare and rehabilitation fund for each group to

manage which helps each member live more independently. Every group also receives agriculture trainings according to their plans and small loans to improve their livelihoods. “I lacked money and knowledge on cultivation and animal husbandry until these trainings,” Bach explains. With new skills and ideas: “I also received finance skills and a loan to buy a pig to raise.” Bach has now been elected Deputy Head and Accountant for his group. He records the revolving loan fund and visits members’ houses to help when needed. With increased confidence, Bach willingly gives to others: “I help other people with disabilities to participate in the group meetings and trainings. I encourage them to be more confident, to look for opportunities and relevant jobs and take loans for agriculture.” SRD helps each group register with local authorities and facilitates workshops with community leaders to build awareness and policies for disability issues in village meetings. Local government representatives and other organisations now often attend the Disability Support Group meetings. Caritas Australia also funds the province’s Disability Vocational Training and Employment Centre, training staff to teach employment skills to people with disabilities from around the province. Ramps have been installed and equipment for social activities provided. Bach hopes that one day his daughter may be able to join these activities. Bach’s confidence has grown markedly since he joined the program. “Participating in the group has increased my hope in life and willingness to improve,” he explains. “I’m having success raising my pig and I’m earning an income from growing cassava, rice and beans. I want to invest more in pig raising.” Bach is now better able to support his family. As he and other people with disabilities come together and learn skills, they are gradually developing more confidence. Lives and incomes are improving. Every day Caritas Australia continues to work with partners like SRD to mobilise awareness and solidarity so that people with disabilities have opportunities in life equal to all other villagers.

Support Lenten appeal AUSTRALIANS have long been accustomed to the images of natural disaster and flooding beyond our shores – scenes of devastation around the world never fail to invoke Aussie compassion. But in January, we watched in shock as our own nation fought a battle with widespread and unprecedented destruction. But perhaps most shocking is the familiarity of these horrific images in light of the inundation of Pakistan just six-months prior. To witness such devastation at home and abroad in six short months, reiterates the fragility of life and calls for our ongoing solidarity with all those who are threatened by disaster the world over. Each Lent, Caritas invites Australians to join Project Compassion, this country’s largest aid and development fundraising appeal. In 2011 the theme of Project Compassion is ‘Partner with us to make a Difference’; it is a message that runs to

the very core of grass-roots, community development. Project Compassion presents a unique opportunity to reaffirm your commitment to the world’s most vulnerable communities be they at home or abroad. Like you, Caritas Australia is compelled by strong Catholic values to be champions of social justice around the world. For those most vulnerable in our international community and throughout Indigenous Australia - those plagued by entrenched poverty and recurrent natural disaster - your support for Project Compassion is invaluable From March, Project Compassion will be underway in schools, parishes and communities across Australia. In 2010 the appeal raised in excess of $9 million, and with your support Project Compassion 2011 will soar to even greater heights. To support Project Compassion 2011 visit or call 1800 024 413

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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

PILGRIMS from the Diocese of Sale are in serious preparation mode with World Youth Day 2011 Madrid only six months away. Yesterday afternoon we had the privilege of meeting with young people who had gathered at St Michael’s Traralgon as part of their Pilgrim Boot Camp program and their enthusiasm and excitement were contagious! As well fundraising and getting their travel documents ready young pilgrims are preparing themselves mentally and spiritually for their pilgrimage. Mike Hansen, who completed the Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage (also known in English as The Way of St James) in Spain last year, generously shared his experience with WYD2011 pilgrims. Mike’s story, told with such passion, was mesmerising, emphasizing both the trials of pilgrimage and the moments of unexpected grace and clarity experienced along the road. Mike told of the simple kindness received from other pilgrims on the Camino which supported him during the difficult moments of his journey, and of the people and prayers he carried in his heart as he walked the route that pilgrims have trekked for over 1000

years. Mike helped WYD2011 pilgrims develop their understanding of what it means to be a pilgrim rather than a tourist. And WYD preparations aren’t the only things keeping young people in our diocese busy at the moment! New students in Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia (CSYMA) from all of the secondary colleges in the diocese gathered for a retreat at Marist Sion College on March 7-8 to kick off their youth ministry year. Over 150 students were expected! The very fun and popular St Ita’s Fun Camp is once again happening March 26-27 in Newry. The cost of the overnight camp is only $15 (or $30 for a family) and a good time is always had by both participants and leaders! For more info contact Christa 5145 1415 or Lauren CSYMA and student leaders are invited to a training / retreat camp during the school holidays, April 11-13. The National Evangelisation Team will be on hand to facilitate a program designed to inspire and equip student leaders in their ministry. If you would like to participate in this retreat please contact Kelly on 5126

1063 or Invitations are coming from further afield too: The Archdiocese of Melbourne has extended and invitation to young people in the Diocese of Sale to attend the “Foundations in Faith Lecture Series 2011: Unpacking the Faith for Young People”. This is a free, five-week short course for young people interested in learning more about their faith. It will be held every Wednesday night in March, from 7.30pm - 9pm at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. You can attend one or all of the lectures as best suits you. Go to for all the details. The national Sisterhood Conference is inviting registrations for their annual conference May 13-15 in Sydney. The vision of the conference is to equip, empower and inspire young woman to return to their own parish, community or workplace and make a difference and live the gift of their femininity. Go to au/conference_1.html for all the registration details. Stay tuned for exciting RE 4 the Rabble news in next month’s Catholic Life!

By Lauren Roche

THE St Vincent de Paul Society in Moe has been running their soup van service for the Moe and Newborough region for over 15 years. Run weekly on Monday’s and Wednesday’s, up to thirty families each night are provided with food made by the passionate volunteer network at Vinnies. This service relies on the help from volunteers, including Marist-Sion College students and teachers from Warragul

Sacred journey an education experience MANY youth lament that by attending World Youth Day, they will miss out on important weeks of study at home. Many forgo the opportunity to attend overseas World Youth Days because they will simply miss too much university. However, at least for some Australian university students, this is about to change, with a new course being offered by the Broken Bay Institute and the University of Newcastle. The course “Sacred Journey – the 2011 WYD Pilgrimage Online Course” is being pioneered this year by renowned lecturer Dr Margaret Ghosn and the BBI team and can be credited toward a range of degrees, including degrees in teaching or theology. The course can also be taken as an independent unit by any young person attending World Youth Day who wants to make an educational experience of it. Cathy Martorana of the BBI says that the course is a brilliant opportunity to keep studying during the semester of WYD, and be spiritually refreshed by

it. “If you are a teacher, a youth minister or a pilgrim, you can take advantage of the opportunity of going to Spain and really use the reflective nature of this course to set some time apart for God to move in you”, she said. “We want this to be a faith experience – for people to really reflect on and use their World Youth Day experience outside of those three weeks in Madrid.” “It’s my belief that in any time set aside, God will move in us. We don’t want World Youth Day just to be an amazing experience, we want to ground that and let the spirit move in our work. “We gather as a Church when we go to World Youth Day, and we need to really integrate that and allow it to become a reality in our lives.” Cathy and those running the course believe it will be particularly helpful for teachers and youth ministers. The principle behind the course is that in the future, they

will have the formation and academic qualifications to help young people really experience how God works through events like WYD. “Dr Margaret Ghosn will oversee the course. She has more than 13 years as a professional in Catholic youth ministry at parish, school, and diocesan levels. She brings an experienced perspective to theological reflection in the WYD Pilgrimage Unit. She is currently BBI’s Youth Ministry Course Coordinator.” The journaling aspect of the course will not only be the assignment required, but it is also designed to help participants see where God is working in their lives. “If people go on immersions and don’t have an opportunity to reflect, the experience loses meaning. “We want those leading groups to WYD and in future retreats and immersions to really develop leadership skills, otherwise, we are simply the blind leading the blind!” said

Cathy. The course is ideal for young people who are completing a Graduate Certificate in Religious Education, anyone working towards a Masters, and anyone doing teaching. It is also helpful for any pilgrim doing academic studies, and it can be cross credited as a unit for a wide range of degrees. This means that whether the pilgrim is studying law, journalism or engineering they could use the course as an elective. “Even for those who haven’t started uni, this is a good way to get your feet wet and really try it,” said Cathy. Participants in the WYD course will develop an understanding of the historical, spiritual, and theological aspects of pilgrimage through readings provided on-line and reflect on the importance of pilgrimage in the story of Christianity. For further information or to enrol visit The Broken Bay Institute or contact Dr Margaret Ghosn at au

who assist each Wednesday. Students involved with the school’s Remar program, a faith and ministry group, travel to Moe after school each Wednesday to provide much needed assistance. Witnessing little children run up to the van with excitement and appreciation on their faces, grateful for the food their family is receiving is a moving thing to witness. It is evident that the Soup Van service is making a difference in the community when families notify Vinnies that they no longer require meal deliveries as they are back on their feet again. Without the kind help from volunteers, this program would be unable to operate so successfully.

Nagle’s Year 12 retreat to Harrietville By Madlaline Pearson and Tori Hibbins-Brooker

NAGLE College, Bairnsdale, held its Year 12 Retreat at Feathertop Chalet, Harrietville, on February 7-9. It gave us the opportunity to spend time with our peer group and get to know them in a relaxed atmosphere, before launching into the stressful challenges of Year 12. The theme of the Potter and the clay helped us to reflect on the wonders of God’s creation and develop a greater understanding of the potential we all have if we allow God to work in us. We really enjoyed our time and recommend this to younger students as “an experience to experience!”

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For the Young and Young at Heart Time for a Laugh St Patrick’s Day colouring A MARRIED couple in their early 60s were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary is a quiet, romantic restaurant, when suddenly a tiny fairy appeared on the table. She said “For being such a wonderful married couple and for being loving to each other for all this time, I will grant you each a wish.” The wife answered “Oh, I want to travel the world with my darling husband.” The fairy waved her magic wand and poof - two tickets for an around the world trip on the Queen Elizabeth appeared in the wife’s hand. The husband thought for a moment and said “Well this is all very romantic but an opportunity like this will never come again. I am sorry my love but my wish is to have a wife 30 years younger than me.” The wife and fairy were terribly disappointed but a free magical wish cannot be ignored, not even by fairies. The fairy waved her wand and poof! ... the husband turned into a 93-year-old.

nasty cut under the priest’s chin and asks how he got it. The priest explains he had been thinking about his sermon while shaving and cut himself when he lost concentration. “Well next time concentrate on the shaving and cut the sermon.” A NEWSPAPER editor was in trouble for writing in an editorial that he thought half the city councillors were crooks. Following threats of legal action and a nasty letter from solicitors representing some of the councillors, he decided to publish a retraction. He wrote: “I acknowledge that I over-stepped the mark in last week’s editorial. I withdraw that unsubstantiated statement and would like it known that I believe that half the city councillors are not crooks.”

HUSBAND to wife: “I thought you were going shopping.” “I was, but the car is flooded.” A POLICE officer stopped “Where is it?” a motorist who was speed“I left it in the swimming ing down the main street. pool.” “Look officer, I can explain why I was in a A MAN walks into the hurry,” he said. pub and orders three beers. “Just be quiet,” snapped The bartender raises his the officer. “I’m going to let eyebrows, but serves the you cool your heels in jail man three beers, which he until the sergeant gets back drinks quietly at a table, in later this afternoon.” alone before ordering anoth“But officer, I just wanted er three. to say....” This goes on every night “And I said keep quiet! and finally the barman asks You are heading for the why he buys three beers at a cells.” time. A few hours later the offi“Well you see, I have two cer looked in on his prisoner brothers, who have moved and said “Lucky for you the overseas and we promised sergeant is at his daughter’s each other that we would wedding and he’ll be in a always order an extra two good mood when he gets beers whenever we drank as back.” a way of keeping up the “Don’t count on it,” family bond.” answered the man in the Then, one day, the man cell. “I’m meant to be the comes in and orders only groom.” two beers. The bartender pours them with a heavy A DOOR to door sales- heart. This continues for the man knocks on the door of a rest of the evening - he house and it is answered by orders only two beers at a a 13-year-old boy. He has a time. cigar in one hand and a botThe bartender says to the tle of whisky in the other man, “I want to offer condoand behind him, a salesman lences to you for the death of can hear sounds of a party in your brother. You know-the full swing. two beers and all...” The salesman looks at the The man ponders this for a youth and says “Good morn- moment, then replies, ing, are your parents home?” “You'll be happy to hear that “What do you think?” my two brothers are alive replies the lad. and well ... It's just that I have decided to give up AFTER Mass one morn- drinking for Lent.” ing a parishioner notices a

IT is St Patrick’s Day next week, and these leprechauns are preparing to celebrate everything Irish. Colour-in the picture and send it in for a chance to win a prize.

Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Age . . . . . . Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Send entries to: Colouring Contest, c/- Catholic Life, PO Box 183, Sale. 3853

And this month’s winner is... JULIA Interligi, 9, who attends Trinity Primary School, Narre Warren South. Last month we mentioned we didn’t get many entries but this month there was a flood ofentries from all parts of the diocese, and beyond. We even got one from overseas, downloaded from the Internet by a child living in the United States. Julia’s entry was the judged the best and showed she has a lot of talent. We will get the prize to her in the next couple of weeks. Congratulations to all those others for their great entries.

SMILING winner of our previous colouring contest is Tara Janke, 8, who attends St Catherine’s Primary School in Berwick South.

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Quick calendar

Bishop’s Diary March 16 - Ordination to diaconate of Tao Pham, Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Narre Warren, 7pm March 18-20 - Official visit to Foster and Yarram parishes. March 19 - Regional forum, St Laurence’s, Leongatha, 10am. March 20 - Youth forum, Trafalgar, 3pm. March 22-26 - Attend Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania executive meeting, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. March 27 - Masses at Narre Warren. March 29 - Year 12 college

leaders meeting, Warragul. March 30 - St Mary’s College Council meeting, Melbourne. March 31 - Address RCIA candidates at Sale parish, 8pm. April 2 - West region forum, St Michael’s Hall, Berwick, 2pm. April 5 - Blessing and opening new facilities at St Patrick’s Primary School, Pakenham, 10am. April 5 - Blessing and opening new facilities at St Kieran’s Primary School, Moe, 2pm. April 8 - Attend Anglican/ Catholic national dialogue,

What’s on & when March

East Melbourne. April 9 - Regional forum, St Mary’s, Bairnsdale, 10.30am. April 13 - Council of Priests and Consultors meetings, Sale. April 15 - Mass at Fulham Correctional Centre, 4pm.

Mass times around Diocese Bairnsdale Bairnsdale, Saturday 7pm, Sunday 9am, 11am. Paynesville, Sunday 9am Lindenow, 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays 11am

Berwick Berwick, Saturday 6pm, Sunday 9am, 10.30am 6pm

Churchill Churchill, Saturday 6pm, Sunday 9am Yinnar, 1st, and 3rd Sundays 10.30am Boolarra, 2nd and 4th Sundays 10.30am

Sacred Heart, Morwell, Saturday 7pm, Sunday 10.30am. 1st Sunday, noon (Polish Mass). St Vincent s, Morwell East, Sunday 9am

Narre Warren Narre Warren, Saturday 6pm, Sunday 8am, 9.15am, 11am, 6pm

Newborough Newborough, Saturday 7pm, Sunday 9.30am Yallourn North, Saturday 5.30pm

Cowes Cowes, Sunday 9am Bass, Sunday 11am San Remo, Saturday 6pm


Cranbourne Cranbourne, Saturday 10.30am, 6pm





Drouin Drouin, Sunday 10.30am Neerim South, Saturday 5.30pm

Foster Foster, 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays 11am. 2nd and 4th Sundays 9am Fish Creek, Saturday before 2nd and 4th Sundays 7.30pm. Toora, Saturday before 3rd Sunday, 6pm.

Heyfield Heyfield, Saturday 7pm Cowwarr, 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday 11am

Iona-Maryknoll Iona, Sunday 11am Maryknoll, 4th and 5th Sunday 9am Nar Nar Goon, 1st and 3rd Sunday 9am

Kooweerup Kooweerup, Saturday 7pm Lang Lang, 2nd Sunday 9am, 4th Saturday 5.30pm

Korumburra Korumburra, Sunday 9.30am Loch, Sunday 5pm (6pm daylight saving)

Lakes Entrance Lakes Entrance, 2nd and 4th Saturday 6pm, Sunday 9am Swan Reach, 1st, 3rd anmd 5th Sunday, 11am


Omeo, 2nd and 4th Sundays 9am. Liturgy of the Word with communion 9am other Sundays. Swifts Creek/Ensay, 2nd and 4th Saturdays 6.30pm (alternating monthly). Liturgy of Word with communion at Swifts Creek 9am Sunday other weekends and at Ensay 6.30pm other Saturdays. Benambra, 2nd and 4th Sundays 11am. Liturgy of Word with communion 9.30am Sundays of other weekends

Orbost Orbost, 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturdays 6pm, 2nd and 4th Sundays 11am Mallacoota, 2nd and 4th Sundays 5pm Buchan, 1st and 3rd Saturdays 9am

Pakenham Pakenham, Saturday 6pm, Sunday 9am, 10.30am


1 - School holidays begin 11 – Deadline for July Catholic Life 18 - Third term begins 19 – Central Region meeting, St John’s parish centre, Trafalgar, 7.30pm 20 - July Catholic Life published


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 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


4 – Father’s Day 5 – Deadline for September Catholic Life 7-9 – Australasian Catholic Press Association conference, Adelaide 9-11 – Australasian Religious Press Association conference, Adelaide 13 – Central Region meeting, Marian Room, St Joseph’s, Warragul, 7.30pm 14 - September Catholic Life published 19-23 – Sale Diocese clergy in-service, Corpus Christ College, Carlton 23 - School holidays begin


Traralgon Traralgon, Saturday 6pm, Sunday 9.30am, 6pm Glengarry, Sunday 10am



Sale Cathedral, Sunday 9.30am, 5pm (6pm NovFeb) Rosedale, Saturdays 7pm Stratford, Saturday before 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays 6pm Briagolong, Saturday before 2nd and 4th Sundays 6pm

Trafalgar Trafalgar, Saturday 6pm, Sunday 10.30am Yarragon, Sunday 9am



Moe, Saturday 6pm, Sunday 8.30am, 10.30am Erica, 3rd Sunday 10.30am (NB: 10am December, Christmas Day and Easter Sunday)

1 – April Fool’s Day 2 – Regional forum for West Region, Berwick 5 – Opening and blessing of new facilities at St Patrick’s Primary, Pakenham, 10am 6 - April Catholic Life published 7 - Valley region meeting, Traralgon, noon 8 - School holidays begin 9 – Regional forum for East Region, Bairnsdale, 10.30am 12 – East region meeting, Lakes Entrance, 10.30am 12 – Heart region meeting, Sale chapter house, 4pm 17 – Palm Sunday 18 – Serra v Priests Golf Day, Sale 19 - Mass of the Oils, St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale 20 – CDF Board meeting 22 – Good Friday 23 – Holy Saturday 24 – Easter Sunday 25 – Anzac Day public holiday 26 – Public holiday in lieu of Easter Monday 27 – Finance council meeting 27 - Second term begins


3 – Deadline for October Catholic Life 10 - Fourth term begins 11 - Heart region meeting, (venue TBA), 4pm 12 - October Catholic Life published 19 – CDF Board meeting 20 - Valley region meeting, Newborough, noon. 26 – Finance Council meeting 31 – Deadline for November Catholic Life





21 – Shortest day 22 – Finance Council meeting

2 – Deadline for May Catholic Life 8 – Mother’s Day 9 – Labor Day holiday 11 - South region meeting, St Laurence’s parish centre, Leongatha, 11.30am 11 - May Catholic Life published 17 – Central Region meeting, St Ita’s parish room, Drouin, 7.30pm 25 – West Region meeting, St Michael’s new hall, Berwick, 10.30am

Leongatha, Saturday 5pm, Sunday 11am Meeniyan, 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays 9.30am; 2nd and 4th Sundays, 11am Mirboo North, 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays 11am, 2nd and 4th Sundays 9.30am Tarwin Lower, (at St Andrew s Union Church) Saturday 5pm (6pm daylight saving) Maffra, Sunday 9am Newry, 2nd and 4th Sunday 11am

13 – Rite of election, St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale, 3pm 14 – Labor Day public holiday 16 – Ordination to diaconate of Tao Pham, Our Lady Help of Christians, Narre Warren, 7.30pm 17 - St Patrick’s Day 18 – Official opening and blessing of library, hall and 6 classrooms, Trinity Primary School, Narre Warren South, 9.30am 19 – Regional forum for South Region, Leongatha, 10am 21 – Equinox 28 – Deadline for April Catholic Life

Warragul, Saturday 7pm, Sunday 9am.

Wonthaggi Wonthaggi, Saturday 6.30pm, Sunday 10.30am Inverloch, Sunday 9am Yarram, 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays 9am, 2nd and 4th Sundays 11am Woodside, Saturday before 1st Sunday, 6pm All Mass times at

6 – Queen’s Birthday holiday 6 – Deadline for June Catholic Life 12 - Pentecost 14 - Heart region meeting, (venue TBA), 4pm 15 - June Catholic Life published 15 – CDF Board meeting 16 – Valley region meeting, Morwell, noon. 19 – Special collection in all parishes for St Mary’s Cathedral restoration and enhancement appeal

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

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Missing Fr Carroll trophy mystery

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IT is hoped that somewhere in a presbytery the missing Fr Frank Carroll Shield can be found before the annual Priests v Serra Club Golf Day next month. The shield which is awarded to the winning team has been missing two years. It is presumed it was taken home by a member of the victorious clergy team in 2009. Last year when the priests again won the trophy they had to be content with being presented with an older version which has all its medallions previously engraved. The Serra Golf Day has been held for many years on the Monday of Holy Week and this year it will be contested at Sale Golf Club on April 18.

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Diocesan priests compete against Serrans for the main trophy but there are always plenty of prizes to go around for Friends of Serra, lady golfers and others. In recent years the event has been opened up to the Anglican clergy who also vie for stableford points. Those wanting to find out more about playing in the event or attending the dinner that evening, both of which raise money for promotion of vocations to religious life, are asked to call Reg Carmody on 5144 3349. Anyone finding the missing trophy is also asked to make contact with him.

Worldwide religious decline THE number of religious in the world has dropped over the past year, said Rome Reports. There are now 793,709 religious across the globe, according to newly published data 8061 less than the previous year, the program reported. The number of women entering religious orders is much higher than that of males. Some 739,000 religious are women and only 55,000 of them are men. The majority of these active life orders work in the fields of education and healthcare. Europe is the continent in which religious vocations has decreased the most. There are 8700 less, compared to the previous year - but it also has the largest religious presence and has a total number of 320,000 religious. Oceania has the fewest, with only 10,878, which is 257 less than the previous year.


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Remar embarkation camp to start the year JUST before school began the Remar youth ministry groups at St Francis Xavier College Beaconsfield and Marist-Sion College Warragul embarked on their journey for the year. The Blue group, year 11’s and the Gold group, 12’s had a great time and two ‘rowers’ share their thoughts below. On January 28, during the school holidays, the Marist Sion Gold and Blue Caravels embarked on an epic journey to Trafalgar East, at the Summit. With all 15 Blues and eight Gold’s ready for anything, we arrived. It was quite the sunny day and hats and sunscreen were needed. We settled in fairly quickly, then we were onto introductions, were we met part of the Remar Ministry Team for 2011. We were all excited for a good camp with these three lovely kiddos, Jake Stewart, Laura Potts, and our very own Hananananananananah Silberstein. Also, we had Jimmy Lalor accompany us as a post school leader. As the first session came, we had to introduce ourselves to the leaders, sharing our name and an interesting fact, and that in itself was funny enough. As we were trying to keep within ourselves, it was organised that

the Gold’s were in a group by themselves and the same for the Blues. As we started our first session, everyone seemed to just unwillingly open up to each other, showing the connection we show between each other after spending the last year together. It was a good first session, followed with some afternoon tea and biscuits. Later on we had a great tea followed by a final session at night, keeping us up till about 11, but it was all worth it. The next day was pretty much the same, but our first challenge as a caravel was to take on a judge, in court. Some were scared, and in disbelief, but I knew it was true, and when it came around to it, it was one scary judge. We had to argue that Jesus was real. We gave our evidence, some were told to step aside and count their toes and we fought for what we truly believed in. The judge reckons we lost, but we knew we had it. It was good fun and a great start to the day, then there was lunch and then we had a bit of free time. As it was quite hot day, the man himself Simon Cuckson had pulled some strings and organised us to go for a swim or even on the waterslide.

THE Marist-Sion Remar Blue Caravel at their camp. It was epic. Thank you Mr It got really emotional and Cuckson. It really did just make was a good session, everyone the day whole lot better. Then got to say what they wanted, we all got cleaned up and had and we all felt a little bit betdinner, and it was some good ter in the end, it was almost like din dins. breaking point for our caravel. We then had our last session, Everything in the past from which was a real eye opener. then on was gone, we were one. It was “an emotional journey” The next day was pretty laid where we listened to others and back, we only had one session, heard what they had to say.” but everyone was so happy after the night before. Our session involved re-committing to Remar for the next year, which all Blues did. We then had lunch, with all our thank-yous to all the great people and teachers who assisted us in committing to Remar once again. Overall the camp was a very inspirational time filled with many memorable moments. By Will Shiels

BLUE Embarkation camp really feels like it has strengthened our caravel. We all admitted to the areas we believe are our strengths, but even harder was sharing our perceived weaknesses. It was quite emotional and many people were crying listening to

people tell their points. This was so special though, there is not many places you can hear young adults talk at depth about their flaws and how they see themselves. We all felt honored to be there listening and giving advice as we saw fit. There is a strong trust and bond between our group which cannot be broken and I love these people as much as anyone else in the world. I feel that we can share our emotions, problems and joy with each other and others will always try their best to help. We learnt about Peter and how he wasn’t perfect but Jesus gave him many chances. We were challenged in sharing our ideas about Jesus and being shut down by a nasty mock judge, which shows us how some people will react when we talk about our faith in the world. We also reflected on our hopes for the future, what we did well last year and what we need to improve on. It was an amazing, unforgettable weekend. Thanks.

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LIZZIE and Jasmina enjoying dinner at the Remar camp.

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