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A Special Foreword - Tribute to Bishop Caruana

Giving Thanks... On the 22nd May the cler-

T Fr. Stuart Chipolina gave the following tribute in a packed Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned.

o be chosen by God is an awesome privilege and responsibility, and for this reason I start my homily by quoting St Paul in our First Reading today in what must be the theme of our Mass today as we honour our Bishop Emeritus, Fr Caruana,. “I never stop thanking God for all the graces you have received through Jesus Christ” As Priests the Lord gives us a supernatural joy, joy is the infallible sign of Gods presence, and it is this joy, which enables us to, albeit inadequately, mirror Marys ‘Fiat’, In many senses the Upon this Rock magazine is published monthly by EuropeAxess Media Ltd, Gibraltar. Editor Fr. Stuart Chipolina: Production Editor: A. Sargent

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gy and people of Gibraltar showed their appreciation of Fr Charles Caruana and his long and faithful service in the Diocese, particularly during the last years as our Bishop.

same can be said about serving God as a priest and indeed as a Bishop, indeed it is the very nature of the priestly ministry to combine the experience of the ‘crown of joy’ and ‘the cross of sorrow’ both in our lives and indeed in the life of those we minister to. Whenever we think of Fr. Caruana we think of such a person, priest and bishop. Present to so many people at the most important moments of their lives, either sorrowful or joyful, always there! Together, walking the journey of life. The late Pope John Paul II wrote……. “Heralds of the Gospel are needed who are experts in humanity, who have penetrated the depths of the heart of people of today, who share in their joys and hopes, their anguishes and sorrows, and who at the same time are contemplatives in love with God”. My dear Father Caruana you have been for all of us, priests and people, the human instrument of Jesus the Good Shepherd. You have been a good Bishop because you are a good human being. Being a good human being, having a good heart, speaking good words, thinking good thoughts, seeking always the goodness in others. You have been friendly and approachable, caring, understanding, considerate, generous, knowledge that I shall deeply miss that quality and gift which has given me so much strength throughout the years. I remember when I was a young seminarian you told to me that my first duty as a priest

would be to fall in love with the Eucharist. When Pope John Paul II wrote that we had to have ‘a contemplative love for God’, I believe that he was thinking first of all of the love that the priest has to have for the Eucharist not only as the source and summit of the Christian life but indeed as the source and summit of the priestly life. You have taught us all how to love and celebrate with love the central mystery of the Christian life. Your example has helped us to re-fall in love with our unique vocation every time with celebrate the Eucharist, re-commit our lives to serving God’s people in spite of our all too obvious brokenness and inadequacies and to give ourselves completely to our people. When I quoted at the beginning of my homily about being ‘an expert in humanity’, it is precisely of these qualities that I speak of. The quality of inspiring people to live to the fullest their vocation whatever it may be. Your expertise in humanity has made you a household name in many homes, you have been privy to many people’s lifes, the good and the bad times in their lives. You have shared so many moments of so many people lives and for them, as for many of us you have been a ‘bridge between God and his people’. As a parish priest, as a bishop, in the Cursillo Movement, in the Charismatic renewal, in schools, in the St Vincent de Paul, in the hospital, as the founder of the Gibraltar Song Festival and music centre, with the young Christian workers, CYC, in the Catholic Community

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A Special Foreword - Tribute to Bishop Caruana

Giving Thanks To Bis powerfully of your understanding of how the gospel is not just an understanding or a following of a ‘set of rules’ but rather a ‘way of life’ which brings ultimate freedom and an incredible interior joy, this you have done by: 1: Loving God and being open to God’s call. 2: Loving all people without reservation or exception. 3: Speaking out for people who have no one to speak out for them. The mentally ill, criminals, homeless, addicts, those with especially deep wounds come

Centre, in the prison, with the legion of Mary the list is endless, almost as endless as your energy! Always a generous father to the poor and those marginalized by society, it would be impossible to


count all those people who have been helped and cared for by you throughout your years as a priest and bishop. Many recognize in you important and indeed essential qualities which speak

to mind. 4: Listening more than talking. 5: Teaching by example, taking time to meeting people and be accessible to everyone. People have recognized in you a man of God. This is why they have opened their homes to you, they have told you their most intimate secrets, their hopes and their fears, their joys and their sins. They have spoken to you hoping that by opening their hearts to you they have opened their hearts to God. In a world of shifting sands and

hop Emeritus Caruana ever increasing challenges to our ministry, it has always been a source of great consolation to have had a Pastor who gently led us and often reminded us of the importance of being faithful and loyal to the Church even when that presented seemingly insurmountable obstacles. You have always been a man of conviction, the same conviction we hear from St Peter in today’s Gospel. Jesus asks him ’who do people say I am?’ and Peter answers with conviction and faith, you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God! That conviction empowers Peter in spite of his rather obvious weaknesses, to take on the role assigned to him by the Lord himself. You have never shied away from speaking out for your beliefs. For you, dear Fr, it was never about popularity but about integrity and that, without seeking it, has made you a popular and much loved priest and bishop.

then to Bishop almost in a natural progression, but you have always been and will always remain to us your children in Christ, Father Caruana. You showed us that the ultimate and most important recognition does not come from the letters in front or after your name but rather from the respect earned by being authentic and true to oneself, to others and ultimately to God. This is an important lesson for all of us to learn, priests and people. In reality nothing of what we do or who or what we are is important, but rather what we allow God to do in us and create in us, like St Peter and the rest of the apostles, this is how we should always measure the greatness of the priestly ministry. Being God’s instrument and doing his will and to seek nothing except the grace and mercy of God, not only for ourselves but for those we minister to, as grace filled as life is, it takes a heart that cares deeply for the eternal in others, eyes to

That integrity reminds us of the words of St Stephen of Hungary when he said “My beloved son, be strong lest prosperity lift you up too much or adversity cast you down”. You rose with humility from curate, to Parish Priest to Monsignor to Vicar General and

see the marvels of our gracious God and a convinced willingness to offer one’s life in service. May we all be inspired and strengthen by your priestly heart. In any case I believe that you understood the reality, having been a priest for so many years, that if you looked back on your ministry and couldn’t find one time when your preaching or witness was met with disapproval or you were criticized for a public stance that you took then it would have been a very bad sign, because it would have meant that you had not preached the message

of Jesus Christ. You have always preached that message without the embellishments of ‘keeping it nice or comfortable to hear’ but rather seeking always to proclaim the truth. The truth as Jesus tells us will set us free. Thank you Fr for who you are, thank you Fr for doing so much for all of us, thank you Fr your love, for your understanding, for your humanity, for your friendship, for being a father to so many of us, for your strength,

for your example, for your compassion, for never giving up on us, thank you Fr for being you, for being Fr Caruana. Allow me to finish with the words of St Paul in our first reading “I thank him that you have been enriched in so many ways….” because by enriching you, you have in turned enriched our lives, and for this we pray God will reward you always. Amen

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Who’s who? In the next days we will be preparing to install Fr. Ralph Heskett as our new Bishop. Preparations are well advanced for the big day, Saturday the the 10th of July, when, at 9.30am at the North Front Hangar the Installation Ceremony will take place. We may expect a few highranking visitors upon this Rock and Mike Brufal has prepared helpful profiles, giving a bit of background on a few of the senior members of the clergy who will take part in the ceremony: THE MOST REVEREND MICHAEL BOWEN KC, HS Archbishop Emeritus of Southwark Mickey Bowen was born in Gibraltar on the 23 April 1930 and is the son of Major and Mrs


Cecil John Bowen. Major Bowen served in the Ist Battalion, Irish Guards during the Second World War and was killed in action at Narvik, Norway on 15 May 1940. His mother married Sir Paul Makins BT in 1945 after the end of the war. His father, who was not a Catholic, had always intended to follow in the family tradition and send his two sons to Eton. But during the war he was so impressed by the bravery and demeanour of Dom Vincent Cavanagh, the Chaplain to the Irish Guards and monk of Downside Abbey that instructions were issued to send the boys to Downside School. After a successful career at Downside

Mickey went up to Trinity College, Cambridge and then the Gregorian University at Rome . During national service he was a Second Lieutenant in the Irish Guards (1948-49). His maternal grandmother was a Saccone and connected to Saccone and Speed and so after leaving Downside Mickey started his apprenticeship in the family wine business (1951 -52). His vocation called and in 1952 he attended the English College, Rome 1952-59 and ordained in 1958. His first appointment was a curate in the parishes of Earlsfield and Walworth in South London (1959-63). He taught theology at the Beda College, Rome from 1963-66 and then became Chancellor of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton (196670). In 1970 he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop and became Bishop of Arundel and Brighton in 1971. On the 23 April 1977 he was consecrated Archbishop and

In an interview with Upon this Rock magazine Fr. Ralph, our Bishop Elect, said he ‘Loves Gibraltar to bits’. Metropolitan of Southwark; the second Gibraltarian to hold this high office. Despite the daunting list of concelebrants at the installation he managed to make it a family affair. Patrick Bowen, his brother read the first lesson, John Bowen, nephew, the petitions and the offerings were carried to the altar by his mother, step-father, his sister

in law and his nieces. In 2003 ill health forced him to take early retirement. Currently he is working pastorally in the Archdiocese of Southwark. Archbishop Bowen was Vicepresident of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (1966-99) and its President 1999 – 2000. The Archbishop Emeritus has strong views which he expressed forcibly during his time as Archbishop. One of his particular interest is catechetics and for many years he was chairman of the catechetics department of the Hierarchy’s Education Committee . He was always anxious to give support to adult religious education. His attitude towards married deacons was somewhat to the right of mainstream church opinion. He said: ‘ I have got some rather demanding conditions, as it were, and it is not easy to fulfil them all. At the moment I see that it can be very helpful, but it is something which needs to be done in conjunction with the local clergy and people. I am not prepared to consider someone who has not got the full backing of the people and priests in the area’. What worried the Gibraltarian prelate was, as he saw it, the problem of the married man with children, working during the week to support his family might find that the work of a deacon at weekends meant neglecting his family duties by being away from his family too much. ‘I am anxious that one should not have a situation where a married deacon is, as a result of working for the Church, neglecting his vocation in life which is to be a father and a husband’.

In the liturgical sphere the Archbishop favoured the use of all the options available to suit various occasions and different kinds of groups. He admitted that this makes considerable demands on a priest, if it is to be done well. He was never keen on a separate liturgy for young people but considered that the parish priest must help them to be involved in the liturgy and to make it attractive to the youth. ‘I do not think this needs to be a liturgy that is necessarily something very way out or infringes the directions that exist on this subject. The official directions provide a lot of possible variety’. The Archbishop has the rare distinction of having never given an interview during his years as a Bishop and Archbishop. He has always been a keen supporter of Gibraltar and the Gibraltarians and, like the late Archbishop Amigo, has always used his considerable influence to help the Gibraltar diocese. The Right Reverend Thomas Anthony Williams, KC*HS, Bishop of Mageo and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Liverpool. Tom Williams was born on the 10th February 1948 , the son of a docker and as the eldest son earmarked for a life as a docker. But his vocation came early and he was educated at the Junior seminary, Christleton Hall, Chester, the English College,

Lisbon ,(Philosophy and Theology) 1966 and completed his studies at St Joseph’s College, Upholland. He was ordained priest for the Archdiocese of Liverpool on 27th May 1972. Tom regards himself as a native of Liverpool, inner city Liverpool where his parents and grandparents were born. He has been a priest of the Liverpool diocese for over thirty years and a parish priest in the inner city for 25 years. Father Williams was ordained Bishop for the Archdiocese of Liverpool on the 27th May 2003 and for the past seven years he has been an Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool and Assistant to Archbishop Patrick Kelly. He has always been involved in primary school chaplaincy and for many years was a secondary school chaplain in a girls’ grammar school. He was also a chaplain to the Royal Liverpool Hospital for the last decade. Upon his appointment as Bishop he took on the responsibility for hospital chaplaincy nationally and became the Chair of the Healthcare Reference Group of the Catholic Bishops’ Confer-

Mike Brufal ence Department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship. In July 2007 the Vatican awarded him the Good Samaritan medal which is the highest award for work in health care. It was presented by Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan in recognition of his work as Chair of the Catholics in Health Care Group. THE RIGHT REVEREND THOMAS BURNS SM, BA, BD Bishop of Menevia Tom Burns was born on the 3 June 1944 in Belfast, Northern Ireland but shortly afterwards the family moved to Lancashire. He was educated by the Marist Fathers first of all at St. Mary’s College, Blackburn, and then for two years in the Sixth Form at Winslade School, Exeter and a monastery in Paignton. From there he applied to join the Society of Mary, and began his studies for the Priesthood and the religious life at the Marist monastery in Paignton, Devon. He was ordained in 1971, obtained an Honours Degree in Divinity from London University as well as a Diploma in Business Studies. Continued page 14

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Natural Family Planning

Sympto-Thermal M Feedback from the first group of Gibraltarians who recently completed the Sympto-Thermal Method course.


Ernie and Meghan visited Gibralatr last year at Bishop Emeritus Caruana’s invitation to introduce the Sympto-Thermal Method


o side-effects, no devices, no chemicals, no worries, no guilt! Freedom for your marriage and for your bodies. Some of you may recall meeting Ernie and Meghan Baillargeon in November 2009 or reading about them in our January 2010 issue. They came to Gibraltar promoting the Sympto-Thermal Method, which is a form of Natural Family Planning. They successfully enrolled a group of nine and begun to teach them online. We met every few weeks (via Skype, internet video conference) and have completed all the classes. As a result, two couples have taken the plunge to learn how to teach the course. A couple commented “We have really enjoyed this course and feel that practising NFP has brought us closer. It has being

extremely interesting and have had lots of support from our teachers and others doing this course. We really hope to share this wonderful treasure with others.”

Natural Family Planning is about knowing how to achieve or avoid pregnancy naturally! The effectiveness and significant advantages of NFP address the needs of many couples and provides an alternative for those who want a healthy, organic method of planning their family size. It is also an ethical and ecological way of life which is accepted by all religious beliefs. We hope to have another group start classes online this summer. If you are interested please don’t hesitate to contact us for any information at nfp.

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(Natural Procreative Technology) is a new women’s health science that monitors and maintains a woman’s reproductive and gynaecological health. It provides medical and surgical treatments that co-operate completely with the woman’s natural reproductive system. Thirty years of scientific research in the study of the normal and abnormal states of the menstrual and fertility cycles have unravelled their mysteries. NaProTECHNOLOGY uses the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System biomarkers. They are the first women’s health science to work with Natural Family Planning. NaProTECHNOLOGY seek out the cause of infertility in their patients and look to restore their bodies to a healthy state where natural conception can take place. All medical treatment and procedures are morally and ethically correct. General Practitioner Dr Monique Risso will soon be establishing a NaProTECHNOLOGY clinic

• Infertility • Menstrual cramps • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) • Ovarian Cysts • Irregular of abnormal bleeding • Polycystic ovarian disease • Repetitive miscarriage • Postpartum depression • Prematurity prevention • Hormonal abnormalities • Chronic discharges • Other health problems

in Gibraltar. She commented “I am so excited to be able to offer this alternative approach to Women’s Health, especially in being able to offer a new hope to couples suffering from infertility.” For further information please contact Dr Risso via email: mrissofertilityspice@hotmail. The photo (above) is Dr. Monique Risso outside the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha Nebraska, where she completed the exams to be able to practice NaPro Technlogy.

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Appreciating our Environment

Summer Holidays

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing….and the lawnmower is broken”


have always liked this quote, it conjures up lazy images of summer days when indulging in the delights of this wonderful season is called for. Summer is synonymous with holidays, schools out, time for camping, swimming, out door concerts, festivals, BBQ evenings, or cruising, flying, driving to far off places. Time for doing something new to get away from what by now has become the routine of daily life. Last April when the unpronounceable volcano erupted in Iceland spewing out ash and pulverized rock debris into the high atmosphere bringing air travel to an abrupt halt the shock reaction to this


was unprecedented. Thousands of people were stranded far from home; thousands more at home were grounded, for many countries in the northern hemisphere had their airways closed for safety reasons. This brought home the fact of how we have come to take air travel for granted, facilitating ease of movement to wherever we want to go, for whatever reason. With the holiday season in full swing and millions on the move we can only pray the volcano takes a rest for a while and those who travel will be spared a repeat of the hardships experienced earlier in the year. Time to reflect on holidays away from home. I know how exciting these can be, but if

circumstances or choice means you cannot travel abroad, how about a holiday at home? This need not be as boring as it may sound. I’ll tell you why. A few weeks ago I wandered around the Alameda Wildlife Park in the Botanic Gardens who were holding an open day. This park was set up twelve years ago to house animals that had been seized from ships carrying them illegally from tropical countries. They are housed in the best possible conditions and I was captivated by the Texas prairie dogs busily digging their funnel shaped burrows. Do any of you remember last year’s BBC’s “Walk on the Wildside”, a comedy series which brought together hip-hop loving badgers,

dieting pandas and the lovable little marmot calling delightfully, “Alan, Alan, Alan, Al”? Well, he is a member of the prairie dog family and I had to stop myself calling out “Alan….Al”. Watching them for a while got me to thinking that we may not be fully aware of the attractions on our own doorstep, and this summer may an ideal time to look around and appreciate what our Rock has to offer. We live in a Mediterranean climate of long hot dry summers which allows for outdoor living, beach time for which people from northern Europe flock down our way, pay hard earned money too, enjoying what we are fortunate to do for free. It is not just the beaches either. Rock tours are popular and the Upper Rock Nature Reserve has a myriad of attractions. The Barbary Apes and their mischievous antics never fail to amuse. St. Michael’s Cave has stunned visitors into awestruck silence. When did that last happen to you? We take our homeland for granted, and that’s not unusual, it really is easy to lose touch with what’s on offer. Having brought up two children here in Gibraltar, every two years or so we always made a point of having our own Rock tour, it was a means of ‘touching base’ so to speak, and it always proved to

be an adventure of re-discovery. So, how about a stay at home holiday and re-discover the delights our Rock has to offer? It’s all in the planning with a positive attitude, involving the whole family. Draw up a schedule doing something, in turns, what one member really wants to do. This could be a walk up the Mediterranean Steps. They were recently restored and allow spectacular and amazing views of the Straits. As you hike these steps which have been cut from limestone, during your trek look out for the Gibraltar Campion, a rare species. The morning is relatively cool for this activity and the rest of the day is free to enjoy the beach. A much needed plunge into cool waters will be very welcome after a trek like this! How about a cable car ride? When did you last take one? Have younger members of the family ever enjoyed this thrilling way to scale the heights? There is so much to see and do on the Rock that a stay at home holiday can really be a refreshing and exciting way to get back in touch with our heritage.

“Sculpted out of time is this Rock in limestone grey, Custodian of the years, still keeps this watch today.” Give it the homage it is due as you appreciate its uniqueness and instil respect to the younger generation and perhaps give thanks that we are so blessed

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f you sail often, whether at sea or in your life there is always “The calm before the storm” and the years of David Campbell as a young man working as a deck hand were days of little stress and few responsibilities. He worked on a backpacker excursion, sailing people around the Whitsunday Islands. One of his colleagues then, Lucy Jones, is now his partner in business and in love. (Lucy and David are engaged and due to get married at the top of the rock this coming September.) At the time, they started going out as a couple but after two months they took separate roads to travel the world. Coincidence or destiny made them bump into each other 6 months later in UK and this was the re-make of a life sailing into the future together… David was not a sailor by profession but a film and TV electrician, and Lucy was a veterinary head nurse, so this meant that due to their dedication to their work and their many responsibilities, had not given them the opportunity to travel and take a holiday break which was becoming rather frustrating for them after three years non-stop in their professions. “My dad invited us on a cheap time-share holiday in Grand Canary, which happened to include a free boat ride. Whilst lying on the bow of that boat we remembered all the great times we’d had, how much we loved the ocean, and we mused about how great it would be to go sailing again. Half joking, half seriously we thought we could sell everything and go to sea. The following day we thought it was not

such a crazy idea - “you know that crazy idea we had, shall we do it?” And that is exactly what we did. Realising the need to earn money and to be able to cope with the cost of living our plans evolved into “Lets sell everything buy a boat and build a charter company.” Life has a way of finding opportunities that have to be grasped or as they say, take the bull by the horn and get on with it! That same night on the flight back home, Lucy and David sat next to an elderly couple and Lucy excitedly mentioned their idea which fell into the right hands and was an opportunity not to be missed. “You must come and stay with us in Maldon” they said. “I am the commodore of the yacht club.” So from that moment on we became great friends and they helped us to find a boat for our adventure. That was when we purchased our first little boat Isabella and started to sail planning ahead to sell our properties to work towards our goal.” Soon enough, two years to be exact, they came across a special Yacht, called ‘Tomboy” and now as “Tomboy Sailing” it is one of the most popular charter boats that operates from Gibraltar and to other wonderful destinations from here. “We bought her in France in 2007 in a place near Nice called Port Frejus. It is folk law in the world of sailing that it is bad luck to change the name of a boat once given so that is how we adopted Tomboy Sailing!” “We have taken people sailing through the coasts of Morocco Spain, Portugal, the Balearics

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SAILING! and the Canaries. Our holidays are not just about going sailing but also the places and experiences around the sailing. We have guides who work with us in Morocco and they take our people up into the Rif Mountains, or to other areas to experience another civilisation and their customs.” During the many years of sailing both David and Lucy have acquired a series of qualifications for the smooth running of their business, and as qualified instructors teach people all aspects of handling a yacht. The fun is that it is up to the individual to choose to get involved in the sailing aspect or just lie back, relax and enjoy the trip, watch out for dolphins, sunbathe or even fish or snorkel as equipment is available on board. It is very much a matter of choice. Sailing is described in the dictionary as the art and science of controlling a boat with large (usually fabric) foils called sails. But sailing is undoubtedly a skill that requires experience of both boats and the sea. Living in a seaside resort like we do in Gibraltar we are lucky to have sailing on our doorstep and as a recreational activity is there for our taking. It is an ideal sport for our youth as they can easily get involved in sea sports. It is also great for youngsters to learn about team building as it means being part of a crew, and it helps to boost their confidence and teaches them both how to instruct commands and implement the commands given by others, thus working together as a team in an enjoyable sport in the open air. “Being on board a yacht also introduces new opportunities for new career options and endless experiences as well as the wonders of travelling. We love having people of all ages and we can work with local youth leaders to encourage young people to experience these new opportunities. We offer anything from a 2-hour taster sail through to a 2-week sailing holiday.” “Our most popular trip is a weekend break to Ceuta. We are able to leave Gibraltar Friday

evening at 6pm giving a night sail arriving in Ceuta around 10pm. Over the weekend we offer a ride through the castle moat in our dingy and also the opportunity to visit the, “Parque Maritimo” a place children love.” There are three huge pools surrounded by gardens and restaurants. We also offer a guided tour into Morocco and we return on Sunday around 6pm ready and refreshed for work or school on Monday morning, and with lots to tell!” What makes a good sailor? “The truth is there is nothing mystical about being a sailor. You just need to love what you do. We love what we do! To be at sea without seeing any land ahead and feeling like you are the only boat out there on your own in this immense space means you need to have the ability and the confidence to find land again and arrive safely.” “Being at sea is a spectacle too; there are special moments out there. The breaching of a whale, an amazing sunset, the deep blue ocean passages and the simple movement of the boat as she glides you towards your destination. All are simple but amazing things.” Our destination today is YOU the reader, we hope you have enjoyed finding out about the possibility of sailing into a different world this summer – make it a date to remember! The Day Sails are from £60 per person and last 6 hours, setting sail at 10am and returning to Marina Bay at 4pm. Go to the “Tomboy Sailing” webpage www.tomboysailing. com for further information, and to book a trip contact them by email or phone: - mobile 0034 655 271 202

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Briefing The Society of Mary (Marists) is a religious congregation of priests and brothers, founded in 1816 at Lyon, France by Father jean-Claude Colin and others. After spending two years in the Marist parish at Whitechapel in the East end of London, he taught ‘A’ level Economics in Marist schools at Sidcup in Kent and Blackburn in Lancashire. During this time he became a graduate of the Open University specialising in Economics and Social Studies. In 1986 he felt the lure of the sea and was commissioned as a Chaplain in the Royal Navy. Father Charles Bruzon will follow in his footsteps. He served as Chaplain in HMS Drake and the Devonport Naval base and then went to sea with the ships of the first flotilla to the Falklands, the Gulf and the Caribbean This was followed by a tour as a member of the Chaplaincy team at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. He left the Queen’s Colours in 1992 and became the Bursar General at the Marist Fathers’ offices in Rome. But the lure of


the Royal Navy was too strong and he rejoined in 1994. His first appointment was at sea when he joined the staff of the Initial Sea Training Department in the newly created post of Chaplain to the ships embarking officer cadets for their first experience of sea going life. The next post was at Portsmouth where he headed up an ecumenical team working in HMS Nelson and the Naval Base. Six months later, on the opening of the Tri-Service Chaplaincy Centre at Amport House near Andover,in April 1966, he became the first Catholic Chaplain to serve there. In may 1998 Father Tom was promoted and appointed Monsignor and principal Roman Catholic Chaplain (Naval), first of all as Director Naval Chaplaincy Service (Training and Programmes), and then 2 years later as Director (Manning). He was appointed Queen’s Honorary Chaplain on 29th May. On the sporting side he is a qualified cricket umpire and rugby union referee. On 24 May 2002 he was appointed Bishop of the Forces

and his Episcopal consecration was from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor with Bishop Frank Walmsley and Archbishop Patrick Kelly serving as coconsecrators. During his service of Bishop of the Forces he was a vociferous critic of the Ministry of Defence, constantly complaining that the troops in Iraq were frustrated by restrictions, checks and delays that are placed on them but not on their opponents and that their activities are often jeopardised by poor equipment, outmoded vehicles and inadequate apparel. Bishop Tom is also the Church’s

Apostolic Visitor for the Prefecture of the Falkland Islands which also includes St Helena, Tristan da Cunha, Ascension Island and South Georgia. He is also the Bishop Promoter for the Apostleship of the Sea. In 2005, at the request of the Bishops, he set up the St Luke’s Centre, in Manchester, for the support of clergy and religious. Bishop Tom has always been a supporter of Gibraltar and is a close friend of Bishop Emeritus Charles Caruana.

In Gratitude


bout thirty people gathered in the sunshine at the small garden outside the North Front Cemetery on Thursday the 20th May for the unveiling of a special monument.. The organisers of the monument, erected in memory of those who lost their lives at sea, or disappeared without trace, wish to offer their most grateful thanks to all those members of our Community who so gener-

ously contributed to its cost and helped in any way. PLAQUE for NAMES The organisers would like to let it be known that a plaque is now to be provided for individual names to be placed alongside the memorial and any relative who wishes to have the name of their lost loved one inscribed on this should contact Charles Anes Ltd with details.

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or the past six months Father Danny Hernandez has been the locum Dean of the Cathedral of the Bishop of the Forces in Aldershot, Hampshire. Sunday 6 June was his last Sunday as locum Dean and Deacon Jeremy Oliver made this presentation, on behalf of the congregation.

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Grateful Thanks


On Stewardship

So whose wallet is Hooray! The funfair was in town! A good time to be had by all!


he owner of Bigguns, a famous, fictitious, truck manufacturer, decided that his employees all deserved some fun and took everyone out to the fair. They all gathered round him and the owner gave funds to each person to spend on the rides and booths. There were so many rides to choose from! Where do you begin? Well, the owner decided to try the Big Dipper first, a giant rollercoaster of a ride that flipped you upside down and back to front. “Here, hold my wallet and valuables for safekeeping” he asked one of the group who didn’t fancy such a wild ride and he and his employees climbed onto the


ride. After a hair raising trip, he came down, reclaimed his wallet and valuables and they all moved onto the next ride. As he took out his wallet to pay for the next ride for everyone, he found it was empty. How odd, he’d left money in it to pay for everyone’s fun…….. A quick trip to the ATM fixed that and with a full wallet, he went back and bought tickets for the Big Splash. Not wanting to get his wallet and valuables wet, he asked one of the group who didn’t like water to look after them for him. A thrilling and wet ride later they were back. He reclaimed his wallet and valuables……. only to find that the wallet was empty again. How could he now pay for the next ride? A second trip to the

ATM filled it again that so that he was ready for whatever came next. The dodgems beckoned invitingly, how could he resist? “Here, hold my wallet and valuables for safekeeping again and PLEASE make sure they are safe” he asked one of the nondrivers as they all climbed into the dodgem cars. After a hair raising, smashing crashing ride, he came

off the dodgems, reclaimed his wallet and valuables and checked them over. Sure enough his wallet had been emptied again. What could he do? He had given everyone the money they needed to enjoy the evening and not being satisfied, they had taken his. Instead of using his gifts to enjoy the evening and grow

it anyway? themselves instead of using them as directed? How often will he keep filling the wallet when it is constantly misused?

together in team spirit, they were busy spending the money and valuables that he had asked them to mind for him on themselves. What sort of steward spends his master’s money, valuables, assets etc on themselves instead of using it as the master directs? How often will the Master entrust his gifts, money, valuables with people who spend it on

What sort of a steward are you? What has God given you that you could use to benefit everyone and not just yourself? Do you tithe or give financial aid where needed? Do you use practical skills to help others? Do you pray with others? Do you help the disabled or elderly with shopping, a coffee out at a café or just friendship? Do you give your time for others? Do you help lift others burdens? Do you use music, or oratory skills, or your hands to teach or make life better or easier for others? Do the gifts he gave you benefit you or others? When Jesus comes back for you after the funfair Ride of Life is over, will he find that you have spent his gifts and valuables properly to benefit the whole group or will he find that you spent them only on yourself, making sure that YOU had a good time?

Matthew 24: 45- 51

“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose that servant is wicked and

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says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”


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Dom Sebastian Moore, a monk of Downside Abbey

Getting it straight. Dom Sebastian on science, spirit and the great void.


cience, in this extraordinary time, is interesting itself in the beginning of the universe, and the huge ‘collider’ deep underground at Cern is evidence of this. The search goes back and back, in ever diminished intervals of time, to a beginning that has no before, for such our beginning has to be. In a lecture I heard in Chicago, Hans Kung asked, ‘but what was before the Big Bang?’ It’s a natural question, but it is neither scientific nor theological, and therefore it’s stupid. In scientific terms, the before would be in space-time, but this beginning is of space-time, and this is the point that Kung is missing. There is nothing imaginable or

conceivable before space-time, in which alone beginnings happen, so that the very word ‘before’ is breaking under the strain of mystery. This initial flash of total heat-light is fascinating but elusive. Such is a beginning with no before. Now as we try to come into what Tolle calls the power of now, we run into a very similar elusiveness. For what is the now? It is not a stretch of time and to reach it we have to narrow the stretch down forever. So what is the power of now? It is something surrendered-to by not resisting. The nearest we can come to answering this question is to know that I must have stopped resisting because now I am in the power of now, what de Caussade called the

sacrament of the present moment. The formula that comes nearer than any other to describing the power of now is the instruction Tolle received when he found himself with nothing to think about, on the brink of annihilation: a falling into the void out of which God brings the universe into being. And this is what is happening when anyone is born of the Spirit. It is the privilege of our desperate

time to feel the brush of science against the mystery in which we are, and to reach an interior understanding of the ultimate surrender to infinite bliss. Ours is the privileged age of Resist Nothing within, and, without, the first instantaneous flash of light and power. In an amazing stanza of The Wreck of the Deutschland, Hopkins unites the cosmic with the psychological:

I did say yes

O at lightning and lashed rod;

Thou heardst me truer than tongue confess Thy terror, O Christ, O God;

Thou knowest the walls, altar and hour and night

The swoon of a heart that the sweep and the hurl of thee trod Hard down with a horror of height:

And the midriff astrain with leaning of, laced with fire of stress.

from The Wreck of the Deutschland, Gerard Manley Hopkins


Working for Fun

10 Years Cruising

We’ll meet again!


he Rotary Club of Gibraltar recently held a nostalgic evening to raise money for local charities. The event was held in the tunnels at the King’s Bastion (Gibraltar’s Leisure Centre) in recognition of the valiant role played in World War II by our combined armed forces and also the heroism of all Gibraltarians who endured so much at that time. Approximately 40 people attended. Encouraged by George Williams we sang songs of the time such as ‘Lili Marlene’, ‘I do like to be Beside the Seaside’, ‘Roll out the Barrel’, ‘Lambeth Walk’ and ‘We’ll meet again’ to name just a few. Gordon Vickers and Gloria Fletcher delighted everyone with their exhibition of how to dance the Jitterbug. The Fancy Dress competition was won by Sylvia Leahy and in 2nd place Kevin and Anne O’Flynn, from RAF in Gibraltar who dressed up as two children evacuees. Gibraltarians Pepe Fabre and another distinguished elderly gentleman who worked on Bomb Disposal were present.

They delighted everyone with their memories which were still so fresh in their minds some six and a half decades later. Sadly the name of Pepe Fabre’s companion was not recorded but we would be delighted if someone present on the evening could identify him for us ! Speaking recently, Rotary PR/ Press spokeswoman Lyana Armstrong-Emery expressed her thanks to everyone who’d worked so hard to make the evening such a success. A total of just under £400 was raised for local charities.


n June this year the personal cruise consultancy ‘Cruise In’ celebrated its 10th Anniversary. During that time they have dedicated themselves to giving the highest possible standard of personal service and as a result they have won several awards for exceptional service to the cruise industry from various cruise lines and the Travel Trust Association. The team are planning on offering a variety of events and

promotions during the summer months. Albert and Emily Brugada would especially like to wish a Happy Anniversary to their good friends, Cruise In directors Cliff and Rose, and all the staff, for helping to make their cruising holidays so enjoyable over the years. For details of the special anniversary events open to Cruise In Club Members or other promotions, please contact the team via their website:

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