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St Patrick’s Church Gosford celebrates Golden Jubilee

Faith, Family, Youth, Vocations Celebrating our Easter Journey

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Building Christian Communities

Conspicuous for Christ– Explicitly Catholic

Dear friends in Christ Jesus, Happy Easter; may the grace and peace of the Risen Lord be with you! A special word of greeting to those of you who became Catholic Christians at Easter. By the time you read this, I will have visited nearly every one of our 26 parishes. It has been a wonderful initial journey for me around all the local communities of grace. Thank you for your warm and generous welcome, and words of Christian encouragement. Now that we have entered the Easter season, I am readying myself for Confirmations, so I will be happily coming to you again over the next several months. Let us all keep in our prayers our young ones preparing for their Sacraments of Initiation over the year ahead. I have also begun visiting our many schools, starting with our secondary colleges, and I will continue to make these visitations a priority. As I recently encouraged our school teaching staff, may I also encourage all our people to energetically build


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Christian communities that are conspicuous for Christ, and explicitly Catholic. It has been wonderful to hear from so many people through these visitations. I would like to encourage you too to consider this regular written message in The Broken Bay News as part of an ongoing conversation. Please feel free to send any questions and issues that you would like me to write about. We have had a few to date, and I am looking at grouping them into themes to address in the future. (You can do this by emailing: Talking of Easter and Christian communities, the Acts of the Apostles could easily be described as the ‘Bible for Eastertide’ and the ‘Book of Christian Community’, as it

is the most frequently read book of scriptures in our liturgy through the Easter season. Written around 80-90AD as a continuation of the Gospel of St Luke, it tells the story of the founding of the Church and the spread of the Christian message to the Roman empire. The Acts of the Apostles records for us the very first words and deeds of evangelisation, the Church’s proclamation of Jesus Christ, and leave for us a vision of the early Church. This is how the Acts describes the early Church: Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And

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HEART TO HEART with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. (Acts 4:32-35 ESV) Notice there is no mention of constructing buildings or setting up committees or developing management plans in this description. Instead, the focus of the early Christians is entirely on the telling and living out of the Gospel in concrete ways, being especially attentive to the most in need. That doesn’t mean the Church was hopelessly lacking in any structure. Clearly, there was purpose, strategy and organisation to what they were doing. The lesson to learn in

looking back at our foundations is this: the early Christians chose to put all their energy into setting the Church on a missionary footing. From there, all else would follow. But what does it mean to be on a ‘missionary footing’? Well, Bl. Pope Paul VI put it succinctly when he said: “The task of evangelizing all people constitutes the essential mission of the Church… Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelize.” (Evangelii nuntiandi, 14) In other words, the Church is on a missionary footing when we are focused on the proclamation – the preaching and teaching – of our crucified and risen Lord. The Church exists to proclaim Jesus Christ, and him crucified. (1Cor 2.2) The mission of the apostles was born in the power of the Holy Spirit after the

glory of the resurrection. They achieved great things for God, but only because they responded to the risen Christ with faith. In this Easter season, that same power is proclaimed to us and witnessed by us. This is what ‘sends’ us onwards in the mission. It is this mission of the Church which should drive the purpose and direction of all that we say and do, and the manner in which we say it and do it. This means that Christian disciples are first and foremost messengers of the Gospel, and only consequentially ministers. (Think of St Mary Magdalene, the Apostle of the Resurrection, as a model messenger.) It is the message, and its telling, that matters. The various roles and structures, ministries and initiatives that exist are there simply for the sake of the mission, animated by the Holy Spirit and operational by God’s grace. Wouldn’t it be wonderful – as people look at us in our local communities of grace – if they were to say: “See how they are of one heart and soul, testifying with great power to the risen Lord, shining out with great grace, and attentive to all in need.” What a Church the Diocese of Broken Bay would be. A happy Easter to all your families!

Most Rev Peter A Comensoli Bishop of Broken Bay

St Patrick’s, Gosford




At Easter time we celebrate the greatest joy of our Catholic faith; the renewal of the whole of creation through the life, death, resurrection and glorification of Jesus, the divine Son. Share our joy and celebrate with us this Easter as we gather in our local neighbourhoods of grace. For a full list of Holy Week and Easter Mass times in the Diocese of Broken Bay, please visit:


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“Hearing the word of God with reverence and proclaiming it with faith” 50th Anniversary of Dei Verbum in 2015 By Pina Bernard, Parish Support Unit

After dropping off my daughter at her music class in the hall, I took shelter from the rain in the adjoining small sandstone church.


knew it was non-Catholic, and on a simple wooden stand near the entrance was a Bible, and it was open. This was something I hadn’t come across before, so I gently went up to it, leafed its pages and read a passage, which I guess was the intention. Later, I was delighted to come across a Catholic church with the Lectionary permanently displayed at the Ambo on a specially-designed lectern: the ‘table’ of the Eucharist displaying its treasure in the Tabernacle, and, in its own place, the ‘table’ of the Word proudly displaying its own treasure. In some way, the sanctuary seemed more complete. I loved the wonderful witness to the sacredness of God’s Word in holy Scripture, to its significant place in our worship, and the permanent invitation to read it. Why only have it open on Sundays? This language of ‘two tables’ was used in the Second Vatican Council documents, including in Dei Verbum, the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. This document, promulgated on the 18 November 1965, certainly gave a ‘great impulse… to the revival of interest in the word of God in the life of the Church, to theological reflection on divine revelation and to the study of sacred Scripture.’ (Verbum Domini #3) It followed on from previous documents that encouraged Catholics to open up the Bible, namely, Providentissimus Deus in 1893 and Divino Afflante Spiritu in 1943. In recent times, Pope Benedict XVI called the Bishops together in 2008 for a Synod on the Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church. The resulting document Verbum Domini (2010) continues the conversation of Dei Verbum. It is worth reading. Continually, the Church encourages us to see the word as not ‘simply a word from the past, but a living and timely word’ (#5) which ‘draws each of us into a conversation with the Lord.’ (#24) Pope Benedict expresses his desire that there will be: “a new season of greater love for sacred Scripture on the part of every member of the


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People of God, so that their prayerful and faithfilled reading of the Bible will, with time, deepen their personal relationship with Jesus.” (#72) Even Evangelii Gaudium (2013) reminds us of the support that Scripture is to all evangelising efforts. “The study of the sacred Scriptures must be a door opened to every believer. It is essential that the revealed word radically enrich our catechesis and all our efforts to pass on the faith. Evangelisation demands familiarity with God’s word.” (EG #175) The message is clear and constant – get to know the Scriptures and be guided, enriched and transformed by them as you encounter the Lord through the text and then bring him to others. In 2015, 50 years after the clarion call that was Dei Verbum, let’s make 2015 the year that our Bibles are opened that little bit more often, and that we take a step towards better knowing what’s inside. Three suggestions: • ‘Like’ a Facebook page that posts regular scripture items, or have a daily email posted to your mailbox. • Set up a space in your home for the Bible and leave it open. Read it often alone or with family members. • Join a Bible Study group at your parish, or start one up. There are many resources freely available to assist. Please visit for links to documents and resources.

The sacred synod also earnestly and especially urges all the Christian faithful, especially Religious, to learn by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures the “excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 3:8). “For ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”(5) Therefore, they should gladly put themselves in touch with the sacred text itself, whether it be through the liturgy, rich in the divine word, or through devotional reading, or through instructions suitable for the purpose and other aids which, in our time, with approval and active support of the shepherds of the Church, are commendably spread everywhere. And let them remember that prayer should accompany the reading of Sacred Scripture, so that God and man may talk together; for “we speak to Him when we pray; we hear Him when we read the divine saying.” APRIL 2015

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Journey of Welcome to our Baptised Community The RCIA: Moving from pre-baptismal catechesis into Mystagogy By Carole Gan Director, Parish Support Unit

On 22 February 2015, the First Sunday of Lent, 63 catechumens from around the Diocese gathered at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara for the Rite of Election.


aving completed their catechumenate ‘proper’ in their parishes and ready to move to the next stage of their preparation, the Catechumens were presented to Bishop Peter Comensoli, and their names inscribed in the Book of the Elect. From this point they became known as the Elect. During Lent, parish teams continued to accompany the Elect during the Period of Purification and Enlightenment, i.e. the final, more intense preparation period on the latter’s journey towards the reception of Sacraments. Receiving the Sacraments is a milestone in one’s life and undoubtedly the Easter Vigil this year will be extra special for the Elect who, on that night will become part of the baptised community. Catechesis however, does not end with

the reception of the Sacraments. The newly baptised or neophytes, as they are known, are not suddenly left on their own. The final step of Christian Initiation is the period of postbaptismal catechesis or mystagogy. This period of post-baptismal catechesis is of great significance for both the neophytes and the rest of the community of the faithful. The contact between the neophyte and the community is significantly increased and the neophytes, with the help of their godparents, should experience a full and joyful welcome into the community and enter into closer ties with the other faithful. The community of the faithful have a duty to help strengthen the neophytes as they begin to walk in newness of life through thoughtful and friendly help and in turn,



derive from the neophyte who is fresh from their experience in receiving the Sacraments, a renewal of inspiration and of outlook. The Sunday Masses of the Easter season are also referred to as the Masses for neophytes and the Rite suggests that special places in the congregation are to be reserved for the neophytes and their godparents, and that the homily and prayer of the faithful should take into account the presence and needs of the neophytes. Neophytes should also be encouraged to do works of charity to help deepen their grasp of the paschal mystery and make it part of their lives. In a number of parishes, RCIA teams take this opportunity to introduce their neophytes to the various works of the parish.

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By Jennifer Skelly, Projects Officer – Social Justice

This Lent, the greeting of “Bula!” and the infectious smiles of Eric and Ma, our Caritas guests from Fiji instantly connected with children, youth and adults alike.


ogether they described their life, born into poverty, the lack of nutritious food and education and as new parents, an unprofitable farm. This certainly challenged the Fijian resort imagery many from across our Diocese held. Through Caritas’ Tutu rural training centre, Eric and Ma learnt skills on growing ‘food for life’, making plans, budgeting and educating their 6 children. Now successful sustainable farmers, they delighted children with stories of


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crops, chickens, ducks and their horse called “shampoo”! Eric informed me that “shampoo” gave birth whilst visiting us, and they decided to call her “Caritas”. Mother and foal both well. Eric and Ma’s expression of love for each other was inspirational. They spoke candidly of difficulties experiences throughout the past 25 years, yet it was the daily love letters they still write to each other which brought some hearers to tears. Their gratitude to Caritas, embodied

their dedication as they still continue to give back to Tutu helping other couples. Words were inadequate for Eric and Ma to express their gratitude to the people of Australia who enable this work of Caritas to bring about ‘food for life’. As schools and parishes across our Diocese of Broken Bay journeyed together this Lent, stories like Eric and Ma’s have elicited many exemplary discipleship responses, answering the call to help the world’s poorest of the poor. Thank you.


St Patrick’s Celebrates Golden Jubilee The Gosford Catholic community came together on Sunday 1 March to commemorate the opening 50 years ago of St Patrick’s Church at East Gosford.


he Golden Jubilee Mass was celebrated by Bishop Peter Comensoli together with clergy from its past, and from surrounding parishes. Whilst the church at East Gosford is 50 years old, it is part of the Gosford parish which started its life prior to the erection of the Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Donnison Street in 1892, with baptisms on the Central Coast recorded in its Baptism Register as far back as 1876.

The church in Gosford was bound by the railway line at its back and the main road into Gosford at its front so a decision was made to move and build at East Gosford. The Parish Priest at the time, Fr Patrick McManus, named the new church ‘St Patrick’s’. The Jubilee Mass was a great celebration for the many who attended, including parishioners who were baptised or married in the early church at Gosford and still continue to worship in the parish today, and all parishioners who

love and support St Patrick’s. The Mass included a contribution of liturgical dance by the children at St Patrick’s Primary School, and a fine performance by the parish choir. To complete the celebration, a sumptuous morning tea was offered to all at St Patrick’s Hall and together with a PowerPoint presentation of archival photos, and fun activities for the children, it was the perfect way to express the joy everyone felt on this historic occasion.

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Pope Francis Speaks on the Importance of Family By Janette Davidson, Diocesan Coordinator Family Life Ministries One of the hallmarks of Pope Francis’ papacy has been his focus on the importance of family which we see especially in his many pronouncements and in the work of the Family Synods.


ope Francis was born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the son of Italian immigrants. His father worked for the railways and his mother was a housewife dedicated to raising their five children. Pope Francis was the eldest child having two sisters and two brothers, only one of whom, Maria, 11 years younger, is still alive. We gain an insight into the deeply felt empathy Pope Francis has for family life when we consider recent homilies, messages and general audiences. This article highlights some of his recent statements. On Family “In the family we learn how to love, to forgive, to be generous and open not closed and selfish. We learn to move beyond our own needs to encounter others and share our lives with them.” (Address in the Philippines, 19 January 2015) “And this is the great mission of the family, to make room for Jesus who is coming, to welcome Jesus in the family, in each member, children, husband, wife, grandparents…Jesus is there.” (General Audience, 17 December 2014) “The family comes alive as it reaches beyond itself, families which do so communicate their message of life and communion, giving comfort and hope to more fragile families and


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thus building up the Church itself which is the family of families.” (Message for World Communications Day, 23 January 2015) On Mothers “The life choice of mothers is to give life and this is great, this is beautiful.” (General Audience, 7 January 2015) “Without mothers, not only would there be no new faithful but the faith would lose a good part of its simple and profound warmth.”(General Audience, 7 January 2015) “Mothers are the strongest antidote to the spread of self-centred individualism.”(General Audience, 7 January 2015) On Fathers “A father (must) be present in the family… close to his wife to share everything, joy and sorrow, hope and hardship and … close to his children as they grow….” (General Audience, 4 February 2015) “Fathers must be patient, often there is nothing else to do but wait, pray and wait with patience gentleness, magnamity and mercy.” (General Audience, 4 February 2015) On Children “Children are a gift. Each one is unique and irreplaceable and at the same time linked to his /her roots.” (General Audience, 11 February 2015) “Our heavenly father does not take steps back in his love for us, ever! He always goes forward and if he cannot go forward he waits for us but he never goes backward, he wants his children to be brave and take their steps forward.”(General Audience, 11 February 2015) “…having many children cannot automatically be an irresponsible choice. Not to have children is a selfish choice. Life is rejuvenated and acquires energy by

multiplying: it is enriched, not impoverished.” (General Audience, 11 February 2015) “And I say to you how beautiful it is when I pass in your midst and I see dads and mums lift up their children to be blessed, this is an almost divine gesture.” (General Audience, 11 February 2015) On Brothers and Sisters “In the family, amongst siblings, human coexistence is learned….the family itself introduces fraternity into the world.” (General Audience, 18 February 2015) “Christians in fact go to meet the poor and the weak not to obey an ideological programme but because the word and the example of the Lord tells us that we are all brothers and sisters.” (General Audience, 18 February 2015) On Young People “It was a joy for me to be with the young people.... I wanted to offer my encouragement in their effort to contribute to the renewal of society especially through service to the poor and safeguarding the environment.” (General Audience, 21 January 2015) On the Elderly “We must reawaken the collective sense of gratitude, of appreciation, of hospitality which makes the elder feel like a living part of the community.” (General Audience, 4 March 2015) “Where there is no honour for elders there is no future for the young.” (General Audience, 4 March 2015) Through his words, Pope Francis inspires us to live our lives as family, offering each other our love, compassion, forgiveness, respect, support and prayers and generally ‘accompanying each other’ as if we were Christ-like on the road to Emmaus.


First Encounter with God.

Emily pictured with Archbishop Anthony Fisher.

Faith-filled Encounters

By Emily Dingle-Rudd, St Patrick’s Parish, Gosford


have been blessed to have seen the two former Popes before His Holiness Pope Francis. I saw Pope John Paul II when he visited Manila and I was one of the Eucharistic Ministers at Randwick Racecourse when Pope Benedict XVI celebrated the Holy Eucharist on his last visit to Australia. As a devoted Catholic the ultimate experience one can have is to be able to be near the Successor of St Peter; to pray and be blessed. When JP II came to Sydney, we were there as my second daughter was one of the dancers (lucky girl). When I visited the Vatican in 2006, it was Pope Benedict at St Peter’s Square blessing the Easter pilgrims. I was so privileged to be inside the Vatican. I also went to visit the tombs especially JPII’s tomb, where I cried just to touch his marble resting place. The guards have to help me stand and gently led me to seat. During the Papal Visit to the Philippines by the People’s Pope, Pope Francis last January, I watched the Filipino news avidly, read the Social Media from the computer and newspapers, because I was so touched. His gestures of kindness and care for the poor, the children, the disadvantaged, the special needs children, orphans and the survivors of the typhoon Haiyan in 2013 in Tacloban and the neighbouring towns and provinces were his most heartfelt concern. Pope Francis talked to young and old alike with warmth and concern and listened to their stories. At his encounter with the youth and

families, the Holy Father talked about “gestures” of joy and enthusiasm, of smiles, of responsible parenting that he saw in the Filipinos not feigned gestures of the hearts, of mothers, of fathers. He also talked about the gestures of mothers and fathers who brought their sick or disabled children to be blessed. He admired the capacity of Filipinos to celebrate etc. People came forward to say, because of their encounter with the Holy Father, they have come back to the fold and renewed their faith. This is such a great outcome of the Holy Father’s visit. We will never forget the estimated 6 Million Filipinos who attended the Holy Mass at the Luneta, and though we live in Australia, our thoughts and prayers travelled where the Holy Father went, spiritually. My First Encounter with God My faith is embedded in my existence and for the early years I cherished most was the first encounter I had with my God, on my First Communion Day . I was an Infant pupil at St Augustine’s School, in my old hometown, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur! Thank God for the Belgian Fathers, the CICM Missionaries originally from Belgium who came to stay and started the Evangelisation of the townspeople. Their schools spread out in the Mt Provinces and parts of the Ilocos Region and I was lucky to live my life from that idyllic childhood with my grandma and mother who were practising Catholics. As a growing girl, I used to go to Sunday

Mass, still in Latin, and went to Catechism classes on Sundays. We used to be given ‘stampitas’ or small religious pictures. I learned how to pray the Holy Rosary quite young, as I followed my mother, 2 grandmothers, aunts and cousins to Block Rosary Novenas and Processions during Holy Week and Easter. In other words, I grew up practising the Catholic Faith, which moulded my future. Growing up aware of the teachings of the Catholic faith taught me basic values that enriched my life to adulthood. God’s Presence in my Life My continuing encounter with God is now manifested in my capacity as a Catechist in the Diocese of Broken Bay. Having retired from full time teaching, I have continued doing relief work here on the Central Coast. It gives me great pleasure to spread God’s Word in the public schools. I am also a Eucharistic Minister in my local church giving Communion, and a Reader at Mass. I have not stopped learning new skills and strategies to educate the young. This is my legacy to the world, to reach out to our youth and impart in them new knowledge for them to reach their potential and find their way to a fulfilled life. It is a life that is centred on the goodness and blessings from our Creator, who created all things. It is a life-learning about God’s Gospel, the Ten Commandments and knowledge of the Sacraments that are gestures the Holy Father talks about to bring joy, enthusiasm, hope and peace to mankind.

Family Synod Update As part of preparations for the 2015 Ordinary General Assembly of Bishops (Family Synod) the Diocese published an online survey on 24 December 2014 seeking the views of the Diocesan community as to a series of questions drawn from the Synod preparatory document (Lineamenta). This survey closed on 10 February 2015 and a Diocesan response summarising the views of those who undertook the survey was prepared and has been forwarded to the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. This response will form a part of the general response to be forwarded by the Bishops Conference to Rome (by 15 April 2015). Many thanks to all those who undertook the survey, the second in connection with the Family Synod process, and once again a substantial number or responses were received with a broad range of views expressed. Unfortunately the short time frame and holiday period involved meant that some were unable to undertake the survey within the specified time period. The 2015 Family Synod working paper (Instrumentum Laboris) is expected to issue in late May/early June and will summarise the worldwide discernment process. The General Assembly of Bishops will then take place from 4-25 October 2015 following which their report will be forwarded to the Pope to assist him in finalising guidelines for the pastoral care of the family (to be contained in an Apostolic Exhortation expected to issue in 2016).


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World Day of Prayer


By Jennifer Skelly

The sacred space draped beautiful lengths of turquoise and pink cloth depicting the turquoise waters and pink sands of the Bahamas.


t the forefront, pink flamingoes and a bountiful basket of fish brought to light this place of beauty, gifted by nature, a haven for cruise ships and holiday makers. Yet in the background, under the sheer lengths of cloth, one could see the crosses that alluded to the communities in the Bahamas needing the worldwide action that moved Hornsby Catholic Parish and its surrounding Church communities to gather and share in prayer. With the theme of 2015’s World Day of Prayer, “Jesus said to them ‘Do You Know What I Have Done to You?’”,

the gesture of washing of the feet was enacted representing Jesus’ radical gesture of love, for communities around the world to continue His love in the Bahamas and within local precincts and parish neighbourhoods. Fr Robert Borg spoke on the Bahamas, where Christian churches saturate the landscape. He spoke of the culture seen by tourists, the culture on the surface and the sub-culture of the sick, poor, dispersed, disenfranchised, imprisoned and neglected. He spoke of Pope Francis call to be outward looking in our service to others and to be responsible stewards of God’s creation.

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God is in the Detail Making architecture and art for Catholic Worship – A symposium Australian Catholic University, Melbourne 11-13 February 2015 By the Very Rev Robert Borg Dean, Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral

A mixture of 170 architects, liturgists and lay faithful gathered to drink in the wisdom of keynote speakers and workshop leaders.


he symposium based around the Cathedral of Christ the Light in the Diocese of Oakland, California and the launching of the document ‘And when Churches are to be built…’ made these three days exciting and challenging. Archbishop Philip Wilson launched the new document prepared by the National Liturgical Architecture and Art Board chaired by Rev Dr Stephen Hackett. Rev Dr Paul Minnihan and Mr Craig Hartman were the keynote speakers on the Light of Christ Cathedral. Each in their own way showed the gathering that building a new church or renovating existing ones needs to involve the whole community. This is done in prayer and

assisting all to appreciate not just the drawing of a plan but the expression of the community as it gathers as the Body of Christ to give praise and worship to God. Archbishop Mark Coleridge states in the Introduction of the document: “The Liturgy teaches us that even the act of building a church is first God’s doing. It is God who lets us build a church. It is God who allows us to consecrate to him, dedicating it as an apt place of worship. …To build a church, then, or to renovate one, is no ordinary human act but is a participation in all that God has done and is doing in Jesus Christ.” The challenge of finding God in the detail; in understanding


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the presences of Christ liturgically; in giving a brief to an architect after the community has reflected; and having good architectural principles gives great hope that the Church in Australia can now go forward and have a solid foundation on which we can build churches to God’s glory as well as a People who gives glory by their worship and witness.


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for an exciting new WYD adventure By Kelly Paget, Diocese Youth Ministry Co-ordinator At the conclusion of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro 2013, the Holy Father Pope Francis announced that the next international gathering of World Youth Day would take place in Krakow, Poland 2016.


his will be a unique opportunity for the young people of the world to encounter not only the universal Church, but the local Church in Poland that formed and shaped the ministry of St Pope John Paul II, founder and patron of World Youth Day. As a Diocese we are approaching this next World Youth day with much excitement and enthusiasm. Bishop Peter has indicated that he would like us to engage the entire Diocesan community to ensure we can gather 500 young people in Krakow from Broken Bay. In the coming weeks we will be launching a number of initiatives to assist both parish and school communities to promote and support their young people to make the journey. Excitingly we are organising 3 paths to WYD – In the Footsteps of the Saints through Italy, in the footsteps of St Paul through Greece and Turkey and finally, in the Footsteps of Jesus through the Holy Land. This will provide

our young people which amazing options to develop their faith. We encourage you to consider yourself, your children, your grandchildren, even your friends and neighbours to express their interest in this trip via our website youth. School students in Year

10 this year at school, who are interested in attending World Youth Day, are encouraged to speak to their school Youth Ministry Coordinator, Leader of Mission or SRE teacher to express their interest. We look forward to meeting you along our pilgrim journey.

Give Us a Sign During Lent, Parishes and communities were invited to join a network of Christian Churches in speaking with one voice, calling for compassion for asylum seekers. The Give us a Sign project was a simple way of engaging ecumenically for the sake of vulnerable people, and evolved out of conversations within the Catholic, Anglican and Uniting Churches in the Hunter and Central Coast regions.

Every Tuesday in Lent organisations with changeable street signs were asked to display specific messages to promote a more compassionate society, especially in regard to asylum seekers. To find out more visit


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Year Six Student Wins ANZAC Art Award Jessica Honor, a Year 6 student at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic School in Epping recently took out the prestigious statewide ANZAC Art Award for the Year 5-6 category.


he Art Award is an art competition held by the Returned Services League (RSL) and is open to all NSW school students. This year, the theme for the prize was “Gallipoli” in recognition of the centenary since the Battle of Gallipoli in 1915. The winners of each category receive cash prizes, with the major Premier’s Prize being a trip to the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. “The standard of work this year was again incredibly high, showing a depth of maturity and understanding of what it means to serve your country,” said Patrick Medway, Arts Award co-ordinator. Our Lady Help of Christians had two other students, Elizabeth Honor and Chelsea Wong,

selected in the top thirty in the competition – quite an achievement for the primary school. The leading thirty artworks will have the honour of being displayed during the MarchApril commemorative ANZAC period. The Premier’s Prize of a trip to the Kokoda Track, and the leading schools awards were announced at the Sydney prize-giving ceremony hosted by the NSW Governor, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Mary Hor, Principal of Our Lady Help of Christians, said, “I am very proud of Jessica for producing this artwork and the way she has shown great appreciation for the story of our ANZACs.“

Statue returns to St Joseph’s after Forty Years One of the original statues from St Joseph’s at Narrabeen has been returned to the school forty years after it was given away.


n the 1970s, when the current St Joseph’s Church was built, Father Sobb replaced the old statues with new ones and gave Mrs Marie Clarke the statue of St Joseph in recognition for her long association with the church and school. The statue has been with Ms Clarke and her son, William “Bill” Francis Clarke, ever since, and was bequeathed to the school after Bill passed away last year. Bill Clarke was a student at the school when it was run out of the church building in 1939, the year it opened, and was taught by Sisters Cataldus and Geraldine, who

started the school. Bill then moved on to Christian Brothers Manly to complete his schooling. He was a frequent visitor to St Joseph’s in his later years and cut the anniversary cake after Mass at the 75th Anniversary celebrations last year. It was Bill’s wish that the statue one day be returned as a way of showing his gratitude to the Sisters for their work back in the early days of the school. Bill’s wife Mavis personally returned the statue, which now sits proudly in the school foyer in memory of Bill and the 75 years of Catholic education in Narrabeen.

book. I am sure they will remember their involvement in this project for a long time into the future,” Ms Fletcher said. “It is very humbling to have this opportunity to be part of such a significant event.” When the project is completed the school will hold a special commemoration for Anzac Day, inviting local RSL members, families of local diggers and other community members to join them.

“That event will not only mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, it will also value the school’s involvement in a significant piece of Australian history,” Ms Fletcher said. The project was made possible due to a Federal Government grant under the Anzac Centenary Grants Program. The school was delighted to be the recipient of a $9,469 grant for the project after working with the office of Jill Hall, MP.

New Anzac Memorial Project St Brendan’s Catholic School at Lake Munmorah is excited to be launching a new project to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.


he project is called Honouring Our Local Diggers and will incorporate a remembrance wall and garden. “We’re very excited about this project and are really looking forward to getting it underway,” School Principal Luanna Fletcher said. “The project will be a lasting legacy for our school and help our students develop a better understanding of Anzac history and appreciation of the Anzac spirit.” The remembrance wall and garden will be ready in time for the Centenary on 25 April. “Our students will be involved in helping to create the garden and the multimedia displays for our remembrance wall. They will also produce a commemorative


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Building Happiness in Cambodia and Vietnam At the end of the 2014 school year, twenty students from St Peters Catholic College in Tuggerah took a twelve-day educational and cultural tour of Cambodia and Vietnam, accompanied by their teachers, Richard Miles, Mary Poille and Leanne Glassock.


ne of the main focal points for the trip was to take part in a house building project with the Tabitha Foundation. Students were involved building homes and in helping to improve the lives of the people in this community. “This was a rewarding experience for all,” Mrs Glassock said. The group began with a visit to Vietnam’s bustling city of Ho Chi Minh, then went on to view the Mekong Delta region and the trip concluded with a visit to the Cambodian capital city , Phnom Penh,

followed by Siem Reap and the magnificent temples of Angkor. The students gained a deeper understanding of the social and cultural aspects of Vietnam and Cambodia, in particular the ancient and tragic history of both countries, including the Khmer Rhouge reign of 1974-79. They also learnt about the recent rapid social changes in both countries. “One of the highlights of the trip was the visit to Phnom Penh’s infamous Tuol Sleng Prison and the ‘Killing Fields’ where we met with two survivors of the genocide,” Mrs Glassock said.

Seeing Double…

Welcoming two new principals to Catholic schools with same name Yvette Owens joins St Cecilia’s Catholic School at Wyong following seven years as Assistant Principal at St John the Baptist, Woy Woy and previously eight years as REC at Our Lady of the Rosary, the Entrance, St Bernard’s, Berowra and St Brendan’s, Lake Munmorah.


have a genuine passion for Catholic Education and the staff, students and families with whom I work and feel honoured to have been chosen to undertake such an important role within this ministry. I am excited to journey with the St Cecilia’s community and hope to balance the challenges of being a leader of learning with a pastoral perspective to ensure we provide the best learning opportunities for our students and their families,” Yvette said. As coincidences go Fran Taylor also joins another St Cecilia’s as Principal – this time at Balgowlah. Fran recently held the role of Education Officer for Mathematics at the Catholic

Schools Office following on from her roles of Assistant Principal and an Acting Principal at Corpus Christi, St Ives. Previously she was an Assistant Principal and REC at St John the Baptist, Freshwater. In 2007, Fran was awarded the ACU Frater’s Scholarship for Leadership in Catholic schools. Fran says, “I have been made to feel very welcome at St Cecilia’s and feel blessed to be given the opportunity to engage with students, parents, staff and the parish to further develop the student-centred learning community that already exists at Balgowlah.” We extend a warm welcome to Yvette and Fran. BBN

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Feed and Read with Sea Eagles Students at Maria Regina Catholic School, Avalon, had the best start to their school day when the Manly Sea Eagles Breakfast Club dropped in for a visit.


he players, Steve Matai and Justin Horo were there to raise awareness of the important part a healthy breakfast plays in improving children’s ability to learn. The Breakfast Club ran for an hour before school and involved the children in several physical activities whilst encompassing an educational component. A highlight for the students was having Steve and Justin serve up a healthy breakfast of cereals and fresh fruit to help the students start the day well, fuelling their energy levels for the day ahead. The Sea Eagles theme continued in to the school day. At the sounding of the bell one of the Year 3 classes started Week 2 of their five week Read with

an Eagle program in which 1st Grade Rugby League players act as mentors and tutors in weekly reading sessions. The Sea Eagles Reading Captain, Jayden Hodges, visits each week and brings with him a surprise player who in this instance was Cheyse Blair. The players enjoy participating in reading sessions, reading activities, promoting reading, setting challenges and answering questions about their own reading habits. Developed seven years ago, this program is now embedded in the culture of the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, with inspiration and energy each year stemming from the positive difference this program makes with children in schools, both boys and girls.

St Brigid’s Hits the Waves Local Central Coast radio station SeaFM recently aired their Breakfast Show live from St Brigid’s Catholic College, our newest secondary college on the Central Coast.


he Byron and Kristie Show promoted the upcoming Open Day, played games with students on-air and told listeners about the features of the College. But best of all, they brought breakfast! The students were treated to a delicious and healthy breakfast of fruit and homemade bircher muesli, supplied by the SeaFM team. The broadcasters also played interactive

games to involve the students on-air. A highlight of the day was the teachers vs students tug of war which saw the teachers narrowly defeat the students. “Byron and Kristie definitely raised awareness of our beautiful school with Sea FM’s 98,000 listeners,” College Principal, Julie Terry, said. “We very much appreciated SeaFM’s generous support.”

A Leap of Faith Central Coast students from four Catholic schools have been taking part in outdoor education at the Somersby-based Southern Cross Outdoor Education Centre, operated by the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay.


he centre is in its second year of a program for Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation that students are embracing. The four Central Coast schools involved in the current program include MacKillop Catholic College in Warnervale, St Peter’s Catholic College in Tuggerah, St Joseph’s Catholic College and St Edward’s College both in East Gosford. “I really liked the staff and it has been a great experience and all-round great


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fun,” Jack McBride from MacKillop Catholic College, said. “I think I’ve matured more and it’s given me insight into outdoor recreation as a future job.” MacKillop’s Careers and VET co-ordinator Russell Jones said students like Jack felt a great sense of achievement when they completed each stage of the course. “The outdoor learning environment and practical nature of this course has broadened the students’ concept of education,” Mr Jones said.

Parishes are also able to enjoy all the Centre has on offer for their retreat, letting the dedicated Liaison Officer assist in planning their experience. With comfortable accommodation in two locations, the retreat features a newly refurbished Chapel with seating for up to 180. There are also sixty-five acres of bushland, perfect for contemplative or secluded walks, with important Indigenous sites preserved and maintained along the pathway. The Centre also has a fire pit for evening reflections in summer or winter.


Helping schools across NSW improve the learning environments Children at the St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School in Woy Woy South had a special visit from the NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli. he Minister travelled to students, which will increase Woy Woy to view the site the school’s capacity to 520 of a new classroom block at the places. Built in 1979, St John’s school and spoke with some of the has seen a boom in enrolment students as he inspected the site. numbers as young families The Minister was welcomed by move up the central coast. Gosford MP, Chris Holstein, St “Woy Woy is a scenic and John’s Principal Nicole Cumming easy commute from Sydney, with and the Director of Schools in cheaper median house prices,” said Broken Bay, Peter Hamill. Nicole Cumming, the principal Year 6 school leaders Julia of St John’s. “We’ve seen a lot of Rologas and Jack Wilson when young families making a sea change asked what the new building and it’s led to a rise in enrolments.” meant to them commented, This year alone saw eighty “More students can come and enrolment applications for learn here, word will get around Kindergarten, boosting total of just seven NSW Catholic schools across NSW improve we have nice teachers, a big oval student numbers to 476. schools to receive funding the learning environments for to play on and loads of lunch This growth looks set to from the NSW Government’s their students”, Mr Piccoli said. time activities, including chess continue, prompting the school Building Grants Assistance Building will begin over the Easter club and guitar, which teachers to expand and increase the Scheme (BGAS) last year. holidays, with the new block to give up their time for us.” number of classes on offer. “The funds are helping be finished by January next year. The new block will house 150 St John the Baptist was one


Mercy Catholic College Turns 125 Mercy Catholic College celebrates its 125th birthday this year, and today the Catholic Church and education centre on busy Archer Street in Chatswood is a far cry from its humble origins.


uilt on land acquired in 1890 the small church opened its doors to serve the area then known as Kings Plains, which was a flourishing orchard and market garden district. In January of the same year, Chatswood station platform was opened, paving the way for the busy transport hub which is still there today, and the population of the district grew quickly. The parochial church became known as Our Lady of Dolours, and was the site of the first Catholic school in Chatswood. Although the College

is now a girls’ school, the first intake of students were all boys. The school was initially conducted by a secular teacher, before two Sisters of Mercy began to teach at the school. The Sisters, from the Convent of Monte Sant’Angelo at North Sydney, took charge of the school at Pymble, and had to travel the five-mile distance from Pymble to Chatswood every day. At first they travelled by horse and carriage, then once the train line was established, they would take the train. Local lore tells that when

the Sisters missed the 4pm train home, they had a long wait for the next, with their only alternative being a five-mile walk home through bushland. Sometimes, a local grocer would offer to drive them home in his dog-cart, but the track was so rough that this was more arduous than the walk! Fortunately, a cottage was purchased in 1900 near the site of the school to house the Sisters. On the Southern side of the church and school was a prizewinning market garden which was a great concern for the

Sisters. Ripe, juicy watermelons grew close to the fence, providing a constant temptation for unruly students. The gardener kept a close watch, but when his back was turned the boys would steal the fruit; if he noticed he would chase them armed with a gun charged with salt pellets as they ran off. The church and school were updated in 1901. The Catholic Press of November 16, 1901 reported that “It was only a few years since Chatswood was a wilderness, yet it had expanded and would continue to expand … the time was not far off when the present church would be used only as a Catholic school – and a good school it would make, too.” From 1905 the senior school, for students in Years 7 to 12, was moved to the current site, with the previous site reserved for the primary students of what is now Our Lady of Dolours Primary School. The Sisters of Mercy continued to oversee the College until 1989, and it has been part of the Diocese of Broken Bay since then. BBN

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The Journey of Discernment A wonderful gift of Grace

By Annie Carrett

On Sunday 1 February, the Wahroonga parish community came together to celebrate, farewell and bless a special journey for one of its young adults, Sophie Boffa, who has been accepted into the life of the Sisters of Nazareth.


ophie was feeling excited and a little nervous as the day approached, but confident that this was the right place for her to be. “I have been discerning religious life

for almost three years now. It’s been an incredible journey, filled with much grace, peace, and joy, and every moment of my journey – even the less tranquil or joyous ones – has been a blessing,” Sophie says.

“Ultimately, I think what has brought me to where I am now is learning to surrender myself to God’s will, because in His will there is found great peace and fullness of life.” Sophie has always been involved in parish life and in particular youth ministry within the Diocese, but it wasn’t until she began studying at Notre Dame’s Broadway campus that she started actively discovering her faith and learning what it meant to be Catholic. As her faith continues to grow Sophie says she is more able to recognise where God is, and has been leading and calling her. It was through the Rosary that this special journey of discernment began for Sophie. “As a child and teenager I didn’t really pray much outside of Mass, but as I’ve grown in faith and have sought to follow God, I’ve

“Ultimately, I think what has brought me to where I am now is learning to surrender myself to God’s will, because in His will there is found great peace and fullness of life.” Sophie with Sisters of Nazareth at her Rite of Affiliacy.


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“They do this by living in the spirit of the Holy Family, whose lives were centred on the love of God and of one another, and by particular ministry to the family.”

recognised more deeply the incredible beauty and power of prayer, in all its forms. It is such a wonderful way of connecting with God.” “Prayer has become so important to me.” With a strong network of family and friends, exploring this new path has been a positive experience. “My family and friends have always been so supportive and encouraging – visiting convents with me, being ready to listen, and praying for me. It really is a great blessing to have their support and love.” Perhaps it is that deep connection to family and community that drew Sophie to the charism of the Sister of Nazareth. “Their charism focuses on extending the Kingdom of God’s love among themselves and others, “ says Sophie. “They do this by living in the spirit of

the Holy Family, whose lives were centred on the love of God and of one another, and by particular ministry to the family. At the time, I had a growing devotion to the Holy Family, was beginning to really sense God’s love for me, and could see the importance of ministering to families and protecting family life.” Living with seven Sisters out at Marayong, Sophie’s early day with the Sisters will be fairly relaxed – participating in the Sisters’ prayer and community life, and with time still to study and see family and friends. Everyone’s journey is different and everyone’s vocation in life is different. For those who may be beginning to explore living their faith through a religious vocation, Sophie has some thoughts for reflection: “I’d suggest three things:

1. Pray! Through prayer, we have such a great opportunity to develop our relationship with God, and it can be done in so many ways – during Mass, before the Blessed Sacrament, while walking, through imagination or while listening to music, or even while working. There truly are no limits to where or how we can pray. What particularly helped me was praying simply for God to be with me and to show me the way in time. 2. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone. Religious vocations aren’t often discussed these days, and so they can be difficult to talk about. But if you have someone in your life you trust – a family member, a friend, a priest, whoever – perhaps consider talking with them. It helps to open up, and they may be able to give you some advice or offer prayer for you. 3. Strive to see God, who loves you unconditionally and unrepeatedly, in all things. Discernment is very difficult at times. While there are wonderful moments of joy, there can also be very real desolation and moments of doubt. But I truly do believe each moment of that journey, and each moment of life, is a wonderful gift of grace from the God who never stops loving us, who desires a relationship with us, and who reveals Himself to us in each and every moment.”

An invitation to men who are interested in discerning vocation to priesthood and diaconate… To be held at Holy Name Church and Parish Centre, Billyard Ave, Wahroonga on the following dates in 2015: 28 May, 13 August, 15 October. Please join us for: Gathering, Reflection on Scripture, Input, Evening Prayer of the Church, Meal together.

m Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

The evening will begin at 5.30pm, to finish about 9pm. For more information: Phone Fr Paul Durkin 9484 1427 or email BBN

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St Joseph’s principal Michael Gallagher and Outside School Hours care manager Rebecca Haynes and three OSHC participants

it’s officiala bakers dozen Just before Catholic School’s Week CatholicCare marked its own milestone in education, with the opening of its 13th Outside School Hours Care service, for children attending St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School at Narrabeen.

OSHC Manager Rebecca Haynes said: “We were delighted when Principal Michael Gallagher invited us to take over the operation of Outside School Hours Care at Narrabeen.

to demonstrating how our service can complement the education and pastoral care provided by our systemic schools.

“Michael suggested we officially introduce the service “With services at St Mary’s and our team of educators Manly, St John the Baptist and recreation coordinators Freshwater, St Rose’s at a school assembly to which Collaroy and Sacred Heart parents were invited, followed Mona Vale, we like to think by an ‘Open Afternoon’ where Michael was given good all children at St Joseph’s local intel(!) We look forward could participate in a range of

learning and play activities and just have great fun! “The Open Afternoon was a great success. It gave parents a good idea of the service on offer to their children and we signed up many kids on the day! There was also much interest in before school care and programs for the school holidays – as well as a special Friday afternoon ‘supervised playdate’ option!”

Royal commissioner launches Forgotten Australians research project Justice Peter McClellan, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, recently launched a landmark study into the long term impacts of growing up in care, in which CatholicCare Diocese of Broken Bay is one of the eight research partners. The Long-term Outcomes of Forgotten Australians (LOFA) study will explore the experiences of the 500,000 people who grew up in care between 1930-1989 and the impact on their adult lives. Speaking at the launch held at the UNSW School of Social Sciences in February, CatholicCare Executive

Director Deirdre Cheers said, “For many children placed in care last century the experience was damaging with life-long impacts. The current Royal Commission is reminding us of that. Some Forgotten Australians had different experiences however, and it is important that we learn from that as well. “It is very important for the 40,000 children in care now that we focus, not just on avoiding the mistakes of the past, but on identifying the factors that underpinned or contributed to the resilience and positive personal outcomes for some.

“That’s why the Forgotten Australians research is so important. We need to continue our support of those who were in care in the past, listen and learn from them, so that we can provide good care for the children of today. “The LOFA study is an international collaboration with the University of Chicago and the University of New York, funded by the Australian Research Council. Together with our fellow community partners – the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies,

Relationships Australia, the Alliance for Forgotten Australians, Micah Projects Inc and Berry Street Victoria – we will be involved in finding care leavers to participate in the three stages of surveys, individual interviews and focus groups. If you or someone you know was in care between 1930-1989 and would like to participate in the study/ have your voice heard, ring 93851516 or visit www. forgottenaustralians.unsw.

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interest groups you belong to where one of our foster parents could be invited to talk about their experience.

Attendees at the launch were treated to a preview Someone who wants to change the world. One (local) of the new – and quite stark! – advertising that will child at a time! support the campaign, as well as hearing foster parent CatholicCare recently Lisa Schurk’s seven years’ launched a major campaign experience of being a foster across the diocese to find urgently needed ‘Weekend Buddies’ parent – the ways it is just like and short term foster parents parenting your ‘own’ children as well as the ways in which it for local children unable to is different. remain safely in their own homes. “The biggest idea that we hold onto is love, said Lisa. Speaking at the launch We need to love this child, Executive Director Deirdre Cheers said, “There are many really love them. There are moments that seriously melt myths about foster care but my heart. When he falls the good news is that also there’s certain kind of person asleep holding my hand. When he says that he loves in our diocese who, through me. When he says something love, support and a safe and that totally cracks me up.” nurturing home, can help a child who needs care right Unable to be present at now – whether it be one or the launch, Bishop Peter two nights, a few weeks Comensoli sent a message or months. of personal thanks to the five CatholicCare foster parents “We know there are many – Lisa Schurk, Padi and Nicky good – reasons why families O’Neill, Karen Coles, Jacky are unable to be either a Hayley and Sharyn Chu who Weekend Buddy or a short term were special guests at the carer. But we’re asking launch and who between everybody to help us find them have looked after more more buddies and carers by thinking about any local parish, than 40 children: school, community, sporting, business or other special

These are just some of the mixed emotions with which the kids who need your care struggle. But here’s the good news - there’s a certain kind of person who, through love, support, and a safe and nurturing home, can help these very same children reach their full potential. Whether it be one or two nights, a few weeks or months, there is an urgent need right now, for foster carers.

Bishop Peter: “To you and your families, thank you for the wonderful work you do in providing a loving nurturing home and family life for the children and young people in your care, children with an experience of trauma, neglect and often abuse. You are a living example of faith in action in our community, you are restoring and building our families and our communities. You are an inspiration to others. Thank you.”

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“Almighty God ultimately invites all of us into eternal life..” Fr Vince Pedemont, 17 July 1925 – 25 February 2015 Fr Lawrence Vincent (Vince) Pedemont joined the priesthood late in life following the death of his wife Shirley. He passed away on 25 February after many years of ill-health.


etween 1978 and September 1984, Fr Pedemont was the Executive Officer of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. In September 1984 he was elected NSW State President of the Society of St Vincent de Paul and worked in a voluntary capacity in that role until 1989. In 1990 he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the community through his involvement with the Society. He joined the Catholic Weekly Newspaper as Business Manager in January 1989.


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After being ordained in 1996 by Bishop Murphy, Fr Vince was appointed to Gosford Parish where he remained until his retirement in 2001. Most recently he has been living at Reynolds Court, Bateau Bay. Fr Vince is survived by his children Patricia and Grahame Tighe, Helen and Paul O’Connor, Leone and Michael Boake, Annmaree and Robert Moran and Damian and Leeanne Pedemont; and by his adored by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In November 2005 Fr Vince reflected a little on his life in an article for Annals Australia: “By the time I turned 21, I had completed my schooling, my apprenticeship as a fitter and turner on the Railways, and had played some football, both League and Union. I had unsuccessfully tried boxing, at the Lidcombe Parish hall, in those contests organised by Fr Frank Lloyd, regularly on a Friday night. However, I was sent by Fr Lloyd to Dr Paddy Ryan MSC, and got involved in the activities of `the Movement, and was eventually to believe that I ought to be a priest. “From there, I spent the months of February 1945 to the end of the year at Douglas Park Apostolic School, which was conducted by the MSC priests. However, I did not continue because I realised that I did not then have a vocation to the priesthood. Eventually, I met one of my distant cousins, a beautiful young lady, at a greyhound race track, and we married in St. Vincent’s Ashfield, on February 4th, 1947. “In May 1990, Shirley was to die, following a short but so serious illness. We had six children, the second child a boy, died, not yet one year old. Our four daughters married and we welcomed into our family their husbands and all our sixteen grand children up to that time. Our lives were such that we lived our faith and so had an exciting and happy life with

the usual percentage of difficult times. Since then, another granddaughter has been born and our youngest son has been married. I, now a priest, was the celebrant. A grand occasion. “People who know us are willing to accept my story, that shortly before she died, Shirley told me, on three occasions, that she thought I would become a priest. I simply answered `no, that it was just not my scene’. I had been active in the St Vincent de Paul Society, and at that point I was employed by the Catholic Weekly. I expected my future to be as busy as was the past. “Yet, sometime later, I did approach Bishop Murphy, because I knew him, for we lived at Epping when he was Parish Priest there, but, I was confidently expecting the Bishop to say that I was too old. Eventually, Bishop Patrick sent me to the Beda College in Rome, and finally he ordained me a priest, at St Ives, in 1996.... “I wish to thank God and all the people, lay people, married and single, all the Priests and Religious Brothers and Sisters, and the woman I married, all those who set me as a youth, the practical example and wisdom of this aspect of our Catholic faith. I thank Almighty God for all those people who gave their lives to God and to us, to teach us the best and most practical way to successfully live out our wonderful gift of life, and to prepare us for the final gift of eternal life. This means, in a nutshell, that the message we ought to preach is that each of us is given the gift of life by our Creator, that He wishes us, each of us, to do the best we can, in relation to all the other people in our lives. “On this basis, Almighty God ultimately invites all of us into eternal life after death.” The Mass of Christian Burial for Fr Vince was celebrated on 3 March at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, The Entrance.


Requiescat in Pace

Father Warren Wade, 9 February, 2015 aged 80 years

By Ian McGuinness, Chair Gosford PPC

I first met Father Wade, some years ago when he was the sponsor of his daughter, Christina, a candidate in the 2005/6 RCIA at Saint Patrick’s Parish, East Gosford.


was the catechist. He never failed to turn up at all the meetings and Rites and was more than willing, gently of course, to “put me right” if he thought I made an error. My wife, Josephine, knew the Wade family long before this time as she taught both of his daughters, Anna-Maria and Christina, at Saint Patrick’s primary school, East Gosford. Father Wade’s life was one of service. He was ordained a priest of the Anglican Church in 1961 and at the beginning of his priesthood served well away from the city life in Sydney where he grew up. Indeed, both literally and metaphorically his work for God and others initially took place “at the back of Bourke”. He was a member of a group called the Brotherhood of the Good Shepherd who were colloquially known as the “Bush Brothers”. After leaving the Brotherhood, Father Wade served in the Diocese of Bathurst, married his dear wife June in 1970 and they had their two daughters, Anna-Maria and Christina. Another ministry he was involved in was that of supporting young people who had fallen foul of the law. It was work as a probation officer with the Department of Corrective Services. When one considers the people Our Lord ministered to during his lifetime – tax collectors, women of the night, lepers etc. – then Father Warren Wade was truly an alter Christus, another Christ! Father Wade became involved in the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) and held services in the chapel of the Lady Davidson Hospital, Turramurra. It was in this ministry that I came to know him more closely. At the celebration of the major feast of the Traditional Anglican Communion, The Assumption of Our Lady, he

asked me to give the homily. What neither he nor I knew was that the then primate of TAC, Archbishop John Hepworth, had decided to come from Adelaide to be part of the service. We had to share the pulpit! Perhaps the saddest time in his life was the 2007 car accident that took the life of his daughter Christina. I will never forget the heartache in his voice when he rang me to give me the sad news. Devastated he may have been, but as his daughter, AnnaMaria, said in her eulogy at his requiem Mass, when asked how he could keep his faith in God after such an event, he would reply that without such faith he could not have lived. A major change in Father Wade’s life occurred in 2012. In December that year he decided to become a member of the Catholic Church and was ordained by Bishop David Walker at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara. In many ways this was not a surprise as his association with the Catholic Church stretched back many years. As a child he attended the Brigidine Convent school at Maroubra and while there he attended Benediction every week. Further, with his children and grandchildren attending Catholic schools, he constantly devoted his time and energy to those schools in areas such as tuck-shop duty. After Christina’s demise, he and I often met and talked with each other as I was heading for morning Mass and he was taking his grandchildren to school. Moreover, before his 2012 ordination Warren – we used our Christian names with each other – would call into my home to discuss Catholic teachings and Vatican II documents. My wife and I, of course, attended his ordination as we attended his funeral.

Father Wade became a Catholic as part of the Anglican Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross. As emeritus Pope Benedict XVI who established the Ordinariate,


wrote, “those of the Anglican Church who join the Ordinariate bring with them many treasures as a gift to the whole Catholic Church”. Father Warren Wade indeed did just that.



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To the people of the Church of Australia, on Good Friday 2015 By Friar Carl Schafer OFM, Commissary of the Holy Land (Australia)


n behalf of the residents of the Holy Land, I am particularly grateful to the Catholic people of Australia who give so generously each year to support the missionary work of the Church in the Holy Land. Israel and the Palestinian territories (the West Bank and Gaza Strip) together with Syria, Egypt, Jordan, the Lebanon and Cyprus, are included in the Custody of the Holy Land, which the Franciscan friars have served since 1929, caring for the churches and shrines of the Holy Land as part of their everyday pastoral ministry for centuries. But it is not just churches and holy places that make up the Holy Land. The presence of Jesus can be felt strongly in the local Christian community who make up less than 2% of the population. For them,

survival as a minority in the midst of people of other faiths is not easy, especially because of ongoing political and religious conflict. The political and economic crisis of this area shows evidence each day of unspeakable suffering. The situation impresses upon all of us that there is an absolute and urgent need to support our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. Please pray for them on this Good Friday and, where possible, assist them by giving generously to the Good Friday Collection. A succession of Popes has commissioned and entrusted Franciscans with organising the Good Friday Collection for the benefit of the Holy Land. Pope Francis, in his turn, has asked all the Catholic dioceses of the world to hold this special collection and to send their contribution

to the Commissariat of the Holy Land in their country. Your support of the Good Friday collection can be a meaningful sign of the spiritual link which unites all Christians to Jerusalem and the land of Jesus. The Commissary sends his country’s total collection to the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, who determine how the money is distributed. The Prefect of the Congregation stated that the Good Friday Collection remains the ordinary and indispensable means of promoting the life of Christians in the Holy Land. What the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land receives is for use not only of the Holy Places but above all the pastoral,

charitable, educational and social works that the Church supports in the Holy Land for the welfare both of their Christian brethren and the local communities. As a pontifical collection requested by the Popes, the annual Good Friday collection unites all Christians to support their brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. It offers a direct link for our parishioners to be witnesses of peace and to help maintain the Holy Places. We in Australia have our part in this effort. The pilgrims who visit the Holy Places and the local Christian community whom we support greatly appreciate our contribution. Our Australian Church has always been most generous.

(Note: In 2014 a total of $1,320,057.08 was collected from across Australia. Broken Bay’s generosity was significant with a donation of $57,788.85.)



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Young Women’s Fellowship The Essence of Community

By Aoife Connors, Australian Catholics Bishops Conference

The Young Catholic Women’s Interfaith Fellowship is the essence of community, 24 year-old Fellowship participant Sally McEniry told the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.


t’s inspiring in how it brings people together from across Australia into the Church and into a community,’ Sally explained. A Regional Coordinator with Marist Youth Ministry in the Archdiocese of Brisbane, it’s the Fellowship’s national approach and Sally’s desire to study theology at Masters level that led her to apply. ‘For someone working on the ground in youth ministry, the study element gives credibility, but more importantly is the ability to translate knowledge and theological concepts to an unchurched young person in a way that’s relatable to their life.’ Sally believes the Fellowship will enable her to do this confidently. This year’s Fellowship drew teachers, nurses, human resources and communications staff, women working in the public service, prison ministry and youth ministry. Women from such a diverse range of careers and ages between 24 and 45 years old, gathered from 25 February till 1 March 2015, to commence the two-

Charlene Sim

year Young Catholic Women’s Interfaith Fellowship program. These women are the fifth group of participants since the Fellowship commenced in 2006. Organised by the ACBC through the Office for the Participation of Women, the Fellowship is funded through the support of religious congregations. The aim is to cultivate women’s capacity for leadership in the church and in society today. The two-year Fellowship includes an online academic component, in addition to four residential weekends based at the Sisters of the Good Samaritan’s, Mount St Benedict Centre, Pennant Hills, Sydney. Through the academic component, Fellowship participants choose to study for a Graduate Certificate or Masters in Theology through the Broken Bay Institute and the University of Newcastle. Singapore native Charlene Sim moved to Australia to learn about the Catholic landscape. ‘My spiritual director encouraged me to apply for the Fellowship but I didn’t think I was the academic kind.’ Charlene recently worked for the Diocese of Broken Bay and the Marist Brothers. ‘My passion is to bring my marketing and communications skills to the Church.’ Describing her inspiration to apply for the Fellowship, Charlene said, ‘it was the Holy Spirit saying this is the time to bring all of your experiences to an understanding of the form and function of your faith. It’s an enriching of my faith.’ ‘Who knows maybe I could bring some of these learning’s back to the Church in Asia, much of this will be about bringing a new language to the Church.’ It was the leadership aspect of the Fellowship that drew the attention of 30-year-old

Christine Pace, a Communications Officer at a Catholic school. ‘I was drawn to the leadership element and the opportunities it could bring, whether that’s leadership within the Church or other kinds of leadership opportunities. In terms of the personal development, I’m just open to whatever the Fellowship might expose me to.’ Reflecting on the second day of lectures, Christine said, ‘I really liked the presentation on how the Church works. These are things that you half know but you don’t really know. I think today has exposed me to all the things that I don’t know and that’s a good thing’. ‘It is good to know what the contemporary thinking in the Church is, because we all grow up with our own version of Catholicism. Knowing where the Church is at right now, I think the Fellowship is really good for that because it’s very modern thinking, that’s important to know in a mainstream catholic school. To make sure that we are all on the same page and giving out the same messages.’ The Fellowship is about ‘developing a critical understanding of my faith’ and ‘what that faith is based on in terms of the Catholic tradition’, secondary teacher Helen Jacobs from the Archdiocese of Canberra-Goulburn explained. One of the strengths of the program is ‘being able to meet young women with similar and new ideas’. Taking ‘the next step’ in her ‘faith journey’ involves a ten-hour trip for Kirby Heath to attend the Fellowship. Travelling from Katherine, Northern Territory encompasses a plane ride, bus and car journey to arrive at Mount St Benedict Centre where the Fellowship participants gather biannually for lectures, interfaith visits, prayer and reflection.

Christine Pace

‘As a teenager, I became an Easter and Christmas Mass attending Catholic.’ Having returned to her faith, Kirby is currently a religious education teacher and sees the Fellowship as ‘an opportunity to explore my faith further’. Andrea Dean, Fellowship Co-ordinator for the ACBC Office for the Participation of Women said, ‘during the first days of the Fellowship, we reflected on our experience of diversity in our lives because over the next two years, we will encounter diverse faith traditions and sometimes that can be challenging for us.’ ‘Some people are using the Fellowship to confirm their career direction. Others are approaching it with a sense of openness that it might be leading to a path that is in keeping with their deepest values, where God is calling them,’ Andrea added. If you are interested in sponsoring a young Catholic woman for leadership, please email Fellowship Coordinator Andrea Dean at: BBN

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Equality for Women is Progress for All International Women’s Day 2015 International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8 March, provided a focus day to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.


his year’s theme, “Equality for Women is Progress for All” emphasised how gender equality, empowerment of women , women’s full enjoyment of human rights, the eradication of poverty and the elimination of violence against women and their children are essential to economic and social development. In doing so it stressed the vital role of women as agents of development. As part of the International Women’s Day celebrations, the Office for the Participation of Women launched an e-book of the ‘Woman and Man: One in Christ Jesus’ report, a research project on the participation of Women in the Catholic Church in Australia. ‘We’re excited to have launched a digital version of the book to make sure it is easily accessible, particularly since the book is no longer printed in hard copy,’ said Director of the

Office for the Participation of Women, Donella Johnston. One of the greatest challenges to emerge from the research was the need to create a range of opportunities in the Church for respectful listening and a dialogue concerning the experiences, needs and aspirations of women. “The report is still relevant more than 15 years after it was first presented to the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference,” Ms Johnston said. “In particular, the report recommended the increased involvement of women in decision-making at all levels.” Pope Francis has urged the Church to “create still broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church”. (Evangelii Gaudium, 103) Ms Johnston said the report would help inform a discussion among a new generation of

women about how they can take up opportunities to contribute to the life of the Church. The 500-page report can be downloaded from the OPW website ( on tablet and other mobile devices as an e-book.



Annual Diocesan Charity Race Day Thursday 29 October 2015 Mark your diaries for this annual charitable fundraising event at Gosford Entertainment Grounds. 28

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If you would like more information on how to support the day through sponsorship or prizes, and for reserving tables, please contact Rhonda Andersen on (02) 9847 0726 or


Domus Australia: your home in Rome In late 2014, Domus Australia celebrated the third anniversary of its opening; three years since Pope Benedict XVI came through the crowd filled Via Cernaia to be welcomed by hundreds who gathered for the official opening ceremony and blessing of this unique guest house.


stablished by the Archdiocese of Sydney with the support of other Australian dioceses, Domus Australia is an authentic Italian 32 room guest house located centrally in Rome and within walking distance to the Spanish Steps, key shopping areas and Rome’s major cultural attractions. The light filled spacious rooms, large ensuite bathrooms, friendly staff, cleanliness and the full hot Aussie breakfast are major drawcards for guests. Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, newly installed Archbishop

of Sydney, will stay at Domus Australia in June for the presentation of the pallium and says of the Domus: “Established specifically with Australian pilgrims in mind, Domus Australia will provide a very comfortable and welcoming base for your time in Rome, offering all the Australian comforts in the beautiful historic buildings and daily Mass in English in its magnificently restored Chapel. Like many other guests before you, you will find your “home in Rome” a peaceful haven at the end of each day”.

“Since opening its doors, Domus Australia has welcomed guests from all over Australia and indeed from all over the world” said Michael Digges, Business Manager of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. The Tripadvisor reviews received by Domus Australia say it all, with many referring to this boutique guest house as ‘their home in Rome’. In 2014, the Domus was awarded a Tripadvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ and has an average review rating of 5 out of 5 since opening.

“Our guests have shared their experiences with friends and family and the level of repeat visits is a significant part of the business” said Mr Digges. “We have managed to combine a traditional Roman guest house with some Australian flavour, including a full hot Aussie breakfast, English speaking staff, tea and coffee facilities in our spacious guest rooms amongst other discreet touches”. Bookings and enquiries: or visit

Buon Appetito! Domus Australia’s Chef Francesco has just added Mozzarella in “Carroza” (Fried Buffalo mozzarella in bread crumbs) served with a puree of fresh tomatoes to the a la carte menu; why not try recreating it at home.

Recipe: Mozzarella in “Carrozza” 50 grams of Buffalo Mozzarella (this is sufficient for one serve, increase as required for extra people) A slice of sandwich bread An anchovy Flour, eggs, bread crumbs Blended tinned tomatoes for the coulis (sufficient for 2-3 serves, increase as required for extra people) Cut the bread into a round shape, cut the mozzarella ball in half, place the anchovy between the bread and mozzarella; Coat the Mozzarella with breadcrumbs that have been mixed with the flour and eggs. Fry the mozzarella in seed oil at 160 ° and serve on a layer of tomato coulis that has been previously heated and seasoned with salt and pepper according to taste. Buon Appetito! Domus Australia is a 32 room guest house established by the Australian Catholic Church, welcoming travellers to Rome seeking comfortable accommodation and an ideal base from which to explore historical and cultural sites of the Eternal City. Centrally located with a magnificently restored Chapel featuring daily Mass in English and many Australian comforts, Domus Australia is the perfect oasis in the heart of Rome for Aussie pilgrims and travellers. Enquiries: / BBN

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Moved by the desperate plight of Christians throughout the Middle East, the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) calls on your support to help the region’s beleaguered Christian population.

fear as increasing poverty and growing extremism threaten the survival of these ancient communities.

ACN is helping to keep faith and hope alive throughout the region by providing urgent aid to priests, religious and lay people, offering subsistence help to refugees and building and repairing Churches and convents. Please help us strengthen and rebuild the Church in the land of Christ’s birth.

A mass exodus of Christians from the Middle East is now taking place. For some, like the Christians of Iraq and Syria, it is a question of their very survival as they flee the bloody persecution of the militants of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS). A beautiful, olive wood crucifix, handcrafted in For others, in parts of the Holy Land that Our Bethlehem, will be sent to all those who give a Lord Jesus Christ knew so well, the proportion of donation of $20.00 or more to help this campaign. Christians has plummeted from 20% to as little as Please tick the box below if you would like to 1.4% in the last forty years. The faithful now live in receive the little olive wood crucifix*.

Send to: Aid to the Church in Need PO Box 7246 Baulkham Hills NSW 2153 Tel No: (02) 9679-1929 Email: Web: I enclose a cheque/money order payable to Aid to the Church in Need OR please debit my Visa or Mastercard:

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Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm RSVP: B  y Wednesday 15 April to

Christians Learning from Judaism  – An initiative of Light of Torah and Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay This 2015 education series is an opportunity for Christians to learn from Jewish speakers, texts and experiences. Over the course of the year we reflect on the Hebrew Scriptures under the guidance of Orthodox rabbi and gifted teacher, Rabbi Gad Krebs. We will also engage with other speakers, topics and places of interest to the Jewish-Christian relationship. Join us in this fascinating journey of biblical and spiritual enrichment. Dates: W  ednesdays 29 April, 27 May, 24 June, 29 July 2015. Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Venue: C  aroline Chisholm Centre, Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills (Vehicular access via City View Road) RSVP: I f you are new to the series, RSVP is appreciated: or 0415 932 638

BBYAC Faith Nights Broken Bay Youth Office invites you to BBYAC Faith Nights 2015. Join Young Adults from around the Diocese to share a meal and be inspired in your faith life. Date: T  uesday 28 April 2015 Time: 6:00 pm to purchase your meal and drink, 7:00 pm Guest Speaker Venue: T  he Greengate Hotel, 655 Pacific Highway, Killara For more

BBYM – School Based Ministry Formation Calling school students from Years 10-12, involved in school based youth ministry, to join us for a day of formation, training and workshops with the incredible Steve Angrisano. Date: F riday 15 May 2015 Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Venue: T  BC For more details: y

Praise and Worship Night

Join young people from across the Diocese and our special guest, Steve Angrisano, as we celebrate our faith through music, adoration, scripture and dance. A free BBQ dinner will be provided from 6:00 pm before our night begins. Date: F riday 15 May 2015 Time: 6:00 pm for BBQ, 7:00 pm start Venue: T  BC For more details: y

BBYM – Parish Based Ministry Formation

An incredible annual formation day for young people who are involved in parish based youth ministry. Join us for a day of formation, training and workshops led by the inspiring Steve Angrisano. From 6:00 pm, enjoy dinner, music and time to connect. Date: S  aturday 16 May 2015 Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, dinner from 6:00 pm Venue: T  BC For more details: y

MWP Region

Date: W  ednesday 15 April 2015 Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Venue: S  t Kieran’s Parish Hall, 2 King St, Manly Vale RSVP: B  y Wednesday 8 April 2015 Date Claimer for future offering: T  hursday 2 July 2015

NSH Region

Date: T  hursday 16 April 2015 Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Venue: C  aroline Chisholm Centre, Pennant Hills (Vehicular access via City View Road) RSVP: B  y Thursday 9 April 2015 Date Claimer for future offering:Friday 3 July 2015

CC Region

Date: F riday 17 April 2015 Time: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm Venue: L  ecture Room, Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, The Entrance RSVP: B  y Friday 10 April 2015

Date: W  ednesday 1 July 2015 Time: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm Venue: M  cKillop House, 58 Victoria Ave, East Gosford RSVP: B  y Wednesday 24 June 2015 Andrew Chin Workshop

Since 2000 Andrew has been recording Christian music for children (and some for adults too) for use in Religious Education and liturgy. Andrew has an extensive background in Catholic education having taught in Catholic primary schools in Sydney for twenty years. Morning Tea provided, BYO lunch. Date: F riday 8 May 2015 Time: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm Venue: S  t Kieran’s Parish Centre, 2 King St, Manly Vale RSVP: B  y Friday 1 May 2015 Reflection Day

Presenter: D  r Sandra Carroll, Member of the Academic Staff in the School of Education at the Australian Catholic University, Strathfield. Topic: Mary, Mother of God MWP & NSH Region

Venue: S  t Anthony in the Fields, 46 Myoora Road, Terry Hills Date: M  onday 16 June 2015 Time: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm Central Coast Region

Venue: L  eo Mahon Room, St John the Baptist, Blackwall Road, Woy Woy Date: M  onday 22 June 2015 Time: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

To register for any of these programs, please telephone Leanne / Colleen on 9847 0448 or 4332 9825 or email

Parish Support Unit Education and Formation Opportunities April – JUNE 2015

Catechists are now required to update their skills and knowledge in the area of Classroom Management. This workshop explores strategies to assist you to create a fun and manageable learning environment in the SRE classroom. Topics include: • Preventative Strategies • Lesson Preparation • Lessons that meet the needs and abilities of the students • Self-discipline of the teacher  The relationship between being a disciple and discipline •

Classroom Management & Creative Teaching

Date: F ridays 8, 15, 22 & 29 May 5 & 12 June 2015 Time: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm Venue: O  ut Lady of Good Counsel, 9 Currie Rd, Forestville RSVP: B  y Friday 1 May 2015

MWP & NSH Region – Course Type: Level 2

Date: M  ondays 4, 11, 18 & 25 May & 1 & 15 June 2015 Time: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm Venue: M  acKillop House, 58 Victoria Ave, East Gosford RSVP: B  y Monday 27 April 2015

Central Coast Region – Course Type: Level 2

CCDL2-01 Catechist Spirituality CCDL2-02  Vatican II and Renewal in the Church CCDL2-03  Development of the Child and Adolescent II CCDL2-04  Sacraments of Initiation CCDL2-05  Tools for Catechesis – Catechism & General Directory CCDL2-06  Natural World and Religion CCDL2-07  The Old Testament: Exodus, Sinai CCDL2-08  The History of Liturgy CCDL2-09 The New Testament: Jesus, the New Covenant CCDL2-10 Catholic Social Teaching CCDL2-11  Interfaith Dialogue & Ecumenism CCDL2-12  Australian Perspective on World Religions

CCD Level 2

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine(CCD)

This is a time for young women in Years 10-12 to come together to reflect on the Gift of Grace in their lives and what it means to be a young Catholic woman in our world today. The house is well suited to a ‘girly’ gathering, with opportunities to pray, play, chat and even swim! So bring along your Bible, journal, sleeping bag, swimmers and most importantly a smile. Details: 2 :00 pm Tuesday 14 April – 2:00 pm Thursday 16 April 2015 Venue: T  he Lakeside Guest House, Summerland Point NSW 2259 Cost: $ 80, including accommodation, food and activities For more details: w or email

Girls Retreat

The Parish Support Unit is proud to offer the following programs from April through to the end of June 2015. Courses are available to all and are free of charge (unless otherwise stated). Registration is essential. We will notify you if programs have to be cancelled due to lack of numbers or unforseen circumstances. To register for any of these programs, please telephone Leanne / Colleen on 9847 0448 or 4332 9825 or email

Liturgy of the Hours “The purpose of the Divine Office is to sanctify the day and all human activity.” – Apostolic Constitution, Canticum Laudis The Liturgy of the Hours is the daily prayer of the Church, marking the hours of each day. Explore the riches of the Liturgy of the Hours with Fr David Orr, Senior Consultant, National Liturgical Council and Parish Priest at Arcadia Parish. Date: S  aturday 2 May 2015 Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am Venue: C  aroline Chisholm Centre, Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills (Vehicular access via City View Road) RSVP: M  onday 27 April 2015

Date: S  aturday 9 May 2015 Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am Venue: O  ur Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Cnr Ashton Ave & Central Coast Hwy, The Entrance RSVP: M  onday 4 May 2015

Understanding the Old Testament: A  12 week Programme

How much do you know of the Old Testament, an integral part of our Christian Scriptures? Have you ever been intrigued by Old Testament stories, or wanted to know more of the background and the meaning of the texts? This non-accredited, non-award, semi-formal study combines video lectures from Yale University (Open Yale Courses), and insightful readings from Fr Lawrence Boadt’s book, “Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction.” Sessions are facilitated by David Patterson, Pina Bernard & Joan Pavitt of the Biblical Apostolate, Diocese of Broken Bay. There are no tests or assignments – just good conversation amongst friends. All materials supplied. All welcome. Two location options. Date: C  ommencing Tuesday 14 April 2015 (concluding Tuesday 30 June) Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Venue: L  ecture Room, Our Lady of the Rosary, 239-243 The Entrance Road, The Entrance RSVP: B  y Friday 10 April 2015

Date: C  ommencing Thursday 16 April 2015 (concluding Thursday 2 July) Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Venue: C  aroline Chisholm Centre, Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills (Vehicular access via City View Road) RSVP: B  y Friday 10 April 2015

How Does the ANZAC Legend Speak to us Today?  – A Conversation with Dame Marie Bashir & Ray Martin In a “Conversation Series” event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC tradition, Dame Marie Bashir will appear at The Light of Christ Centre, Waitara, in conversation with well-known journalist and television presenter, Ray Martin. The values of the ANZAC tradition, its capacity for engendering a life-giving community identity, and the nature of sacrifice for the ideal of a better future are anticipated conversation points. How does the ANZAC legend speak to us today? … How does it relate to young people or to those who may have recently arrived and now call Australia home? Please join us on 18 April and be a part of the conversation. Natalija Lambert will open the conversation with the singing of I am Australian. Venue: T  he Light of Christ Centre, end of Yardley Avenue, Waitara When: S  aturday 18 April 2015

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