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The Vocation

God’s Call

facing the challenges of responding,

or failing to respond, to that call

Sharing in the Priesthood

priesthood is not something we ‘do’,

but someone we ‘are’

Vocation of Marriage and Parenting

World Congress of Families

A Faith Journey

a career change and faith journey

lead to primary teaching


BROKEN BAY NEWS Publication of the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay August 2013 Issue 164

ACROSS Our Diocese

Fitness, Faith and Family

Ripples Program at Prouille a Success

After receiving a Synod grant

from the Diocese of Broken

Bay, Prouille Catholic Primary,

Wahroonga has just completed

a pilot program for the

Ripples Program.

Ripples entail Fitness, Faith and

Family for parents at Prouille and

neighbouring schools St Lucy’s and

St Edmund’s.

Robyn Gallagher is the brainchild

behind Ripples, and conceived

the idea for the program whilst raising

her family. Robyn has a background

in adult faith formation and

spirituality and is currently studying

fitness training.

“Over the last five years, as my

family has grown, I have spent a

lot of time talking with women

about their dreams and aspirations,”

said Robyn. “We have often shared

with one another some insights or

tools which have been most helpful

in facing the various elements of

being a parent. And during these

conversations there have been two

consistent themes. There has been

a sense that people are eager to

increase their fitness and they have

expressed a longing to find some

space to reconnect within, with a

deeper wisdom, with our God.

“Consequently as I have hung

out the washing, changed nappies

and prayed, I have dreamt of a

program that would respond to

these heart desires. Ripples is this

response and is a program that

offers both exercise and meditation

from a Christian perspective.”

Ripples acquired its name due

to the many benefits these practices

offer which include a greater sense

of well-being, joy and balance. And

these benefits inevitably impact

upon our fitness, faith and family.

Fully funded by the Diocese

of Broken Bay’s Synod Grant,

Ripples offers free child-minding

to parents as well as a fitness program

including a 20 minute walk

or run, followed by a circuit of

strength exercises.

Following the fitness, there is

meditation and prayer to experience

stillness, followed by a cup of tea.

Each week participants were

given readings, recipes, exercises or

something inspiring to read to continue

the process at home.

“This program is just what I

needed,” said Jacqui Azize, a parent

from St Edmund’s. “I felt like I was

a jug of water, always filling everyone

else’s glasses but my own was

empty. I never had time just for me.

Then Ripples came along and was

perfect. I now feel replenished, and

it is helping me to be a better wife,

mother and friend.”

Robyn is planning on continuing

the program next Term in the evenings

at Prouille so working parents

can be involved, and is hoping to

get some fathers along this time,

with her husband Kieren joining

her for the fitness training. She also

will be running a day session at St

Edmund’s with the hope that in

Term 4 the program will expand

to another school in the Diocese of

Broken Bay and then eventually to

all schools.



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Bishop David’s Message

God’s Call

– facing the challenges of responding, or failing to respond, to that call

By Bishop David Walker

The Scriptures are a record of God calling, and

the people or individual responding or failing to

respond. From Abraham to Mary, from the Apostles to

Paul, from Israel to the Early Christian community, God

called in a variety of ways, and the people and individuals

responded, or failed to respond, to that call. Today,

God continues to call, and we have to face the challenge

of responding, or failing to respond, to that call.

“Vocation” is the word we use for God’s call. Often in

the past it has been taken in a narrow sense, simply to

refer to a call to religious life or to priesthood. However,

today we acknowledge that God calls many believers to

follow different paths and to live out their life within

the framework of that life. It can be a call to a lay life as

well as to religious or priestly life. Whatever the path to

which we are called, we can come to the deepest intimacy

with God through living out our response to that call.

Indeed, if we believe that we have received a call

from God to live out our particular way of life, then we

should feel a responsibility to respond to that call in the

fullest possible way. That call, and the responsibilities

that go with it, need to be the focus of our life, and we

should use all our energies to live that call to the fullest.

Fulfilling the responsibilities of our way of life is one

of the most important ways of responding to God’s

call. Our response to God should always begin there.

Our faith tells us that God calls some men within

our community to serve the community in ordained

ministry. This ordained priesthood fulfils an important

role and contributes in a special way to the life and

ministry of the Church. It is no secret that, today,

the reasons for this are probably very complex, but it

is reasonable to ask if God has stopped calling men

to this way of life, or is it just that it is much harder

to respond today. I believe that God still calls some

men to this ministry and that we as a community

need to help those who are called to respond.

It is true that some priests, by their actions, have

brought the ordained ministry into disrepute. The

devastating harm done to those in our community

make it hard for us to look beyond the actions

of those few to the actions of the far greater

number of priests who have responded to God

and served the Catholic community in a generous

and faithful way. It is these latter men who have

set the standards in the past, and I believe there

would still be priests living up to that standard.

In the little space we have here, it is not possible to

rehearse all of the reasons why there are less men coming

forward today. However, we could perhaps make some

suggestions that might help us as a Catholic community

make it easier for those who feel the call to come

forward. As difficult as it may be, it will help to keep

before our community the good that has been done by

priests, and not to dwell excessively on those who have

failed seriously in their ministry. We need to emphasise

the importance of that ordained ministry within our

community, and appreciate how impoverished our

community would be without the ministry they exercise.

It is recognised today that many need to be

encouraged to come forward and supported in their

decision. Many of those who encouraged men in the

past are no longer in a position to do so. We do not

have the religious in the schools, with smaller families

some parents no longer desire that their sons be priests,

even some priests who have not been happy in their

ministry don’t feel a responsibility to encourage others

to serve as priests. What can we as a community do?

I suggest two things. Firstly, we need to ask the

“Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest”

(Lk 10:3). As a community, we need to pray that the

Lord will strengthen those who are called and enable

them to respond to the divine call. Some dioceses,

which have had many seminarians, attribute it to the

fact that they have prayed fervently for men to come

forward to serve as priests. All of us can do this. Indeed,

it is the prayer of the community that is responsible

for so much that happens within our community.

Secondly, we can be proactive in suggesting to

appropriate candidates that they might consider

serving as priests. In most parishes there could be men

who have not considered the ordained vocation, and

need only a nudge from someone to think seriously

about it. Some feel unworthy to come forward, but

do so when they feel others consider them worthy.

It is recognised that many have responded to God’s

call because someone helped them to consider it.

Most of all the whole community should consider

that the shortage of men coming forward is something

that concerns us all. It is not just the bishop and the

priests who have the responsibility. It is our problem

and we all need to contribute to the solution.

Remember these deceased pastors, risen and glorified in Christ.

Fill your Australian Church today, Dear God, with the same spirit you poured out on these your Servants.

In August and September we remember our Priests who served in Broken Bay:


30: Rev Darcy O’Keeffe (2005)


23: Rev Ashley Jones (1999)

27: Rev Noel Carroll (1994)

29: Rev Terence (Terry) O’Brien (2007)

30: Rev Phillip (Phil) Murphy (2006)

30: Mons Vince Marley (2011)

Diocese of Broken Bay

P O Box 340 Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Diocesan Office:

Tel (02) 9847 0000

Fax (02) 9847 0201

Caroline Chisholm Centre

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Rd

Pennant Hills NSW 2120

(Access off City View Rd)

Vicars General

Rev Vince Casey

Rev John Hannon

Marriage Tribunal

Rev John Hannon

Tel: (02) 9847 0458


Bishop David Walker

Co-ordinator of the Curia, and

Diocesan Financial Administrator:

David Penny

Catholic Development Fund

Chris Field

Tel: (02) 9847 0748


Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD)


Carole Gan (02) 9847 0560

Catholic Schools Office


Peter Hamill

Tel (02) 9847 0000

PO Box 967

Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Schools’ Editorial Co-ordinator:

Kylie Gray Tel: (02) 9847 0270


Executive Director:

Deirdre Cheers

Tel: (02) 9847 0000

PO Box 966

Pennant Hills 1715

Children’s Services:

Tel: (02) 9481 2660

Family Centres:

Brookvale – Tel: (02) 8968 5100

Naremburn – Tel: (02) 8425 8700

Waitara – Tel: (02) 9488 2400

Warnervale – Tel: (02) 4356 2600

Foster and Residential Care:

Tel: (02) 9847 0000

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Vocations Awareness Week

National Vocations Awareness Week 4-11 August 2013, provides an opportunity for all Australian

dioceses, parishes, schools, religious communities, youth and campus ministers, and other Catholic

organisations, to focus at the same time on the ‘call to holiness’ (i.e. the Christian Vocation) that

arises from our Baptism, and thus to further foster a Vocations Culture across Australia.

Sharing in the Priesthood of Christ

Fr Paul Durkin has recently been appointed as Director of Vocations for the Diocese of

Broken Bay. As Fr Paul was preparing to leave as Chaplain with the DBB WYD pilgrims,

he offered this short reflection, drawing on the inspiration of Blessed John Paul II.

A priest or deacon is not called to “do his own thing” or become “a one man band.”

Rather, he is called to share in the one priesthood of Jesus Christ.

Jesus first words to his future disciples: “What are you looking for?

What do you seek? .. Come and see.” (John 1.38-39)


9:42 AM

Did you get the Message?

Wouldn’t it be great if God’s call to

you came through this clearly.

But maybe it already has.

Perhaps you’ve even thought

about being a priest.

If so, why not find out more by contacting

the Diocesan Vocations office.

After all, when God calls, it’s a

good idea to answer.

Pope John Paul II – founder

and patron of World Youth

Day (WYD) – reflected on this at

WYD Toronto in 2002 when he

made the following statement on

behalf of all priests:

“Priesthood is not, first and foremost,

something we do, but someone

we are. It is not an earned trophy.

It is about an intimate relationship

to the vine who is Christ. The

Character of Christ the High Priest

is branded on our hearts. We must

never imagine that it is ourselves

alone, in new-found power and

privilege, who accomplish saving

actions. It is Jesus, the Christ, who

baptises and preaches and spreads

the feast of His body and blood and

provides for the helpless and heals

the hurt and grants us peace. He

does it though weak, human beings

like you and me.”

He continues: “Who of us can

ever be worthy of such a great

calling? To victims, we must be an

advocate; for the aimless, we must

be shepherds; for the disheartened,

heralds of good news; for sinners,

disturbers of conscience; and for the

guilty, forgivers.”

And finally, he says: “Let us take

heart and be encouraged by the witness

of the apostles and martyrs of

the Early Church and the contemporary

Church, and never be afraid

of giving our lives whole-heartedly

to the Lord of the harvest, to

Him who came to serve and not be

served, to the one who laid down

his life for us. May we do the same

for others.”

God calls; we respond:

The Bishop, priests and deacons,

and the faithful of Broken Bay

encourage any men who are considering

a vocation as priest or deacon.

Scripture attests that God keeps

calling people at all stages of their

lives, whether it is to a young boy

like Jeremiah or Samuel, or to

someone like Abraham who’s asked

as an old man to leave everything

he’s known and set off ‘for a land

that I will show you’. Throughout

the Scriptures and throughout the

history of the Church, we have

examples of God’s specific call on

the life of particular people.

I encourage the people of our

diocese to pray for vocations to the

priesthood and diaconate. In Luke’s

Gospel, when Jesus sends the 72

extra disciples out to prepare the

people to receive him, it is most

significant that Jesus’ instruction

begins with a call to prayer. “Ask

the Lord of the harvest to send

labourers into his harvest…

It is God’s mission, and only God

can provide what is truly needed.

We are not to rely on our own

resources but must continually

look to God, listen to God and rely

on God.

If you are discerning God’s call

to be a priest or deacon, be assured

your inquiry will be taken seriously

and you will be given every support

in your discernment.

Contact details:

Phone: 02 43934501

Write: PO Box 4367,

Lake Haven NSW 2263

Find out more at

or contact:

phone: 02 4393 4501

PO Box 4367, Lake Haven NSW 2263

Pictured after the Thanksgiving Mass for Fr Paul Durkin’s Ordination

(L to R): Paul Castle; Deacon Paul Simmons; Fr Paul Durkin; Fr

Michael Divyanathan, Fr Jom McKeon, Fr Vince Casey and Paul Dali

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Have I Ever Stopped to Listen to Whether God is Calling me to be a Deacon?

Walking along Pennant Hills

Road I see many young

and not so young people rushing

to work or school each day

with headphones in their ears.

They are attentively listening to

their iPhones or iPods or mp3

players to drown out the noise of

the traffic and to escape into their

own world. One of our Broken

Bay priests from India mentioned

to me that his initial impression of

our culture was that of individuals

rushing around with looks of steely

determination, seemingly knowing

where they are going and what they

want to achieve! Does this describe

you? Do you dare slow down to

listen to God?

Psalm 46:10 says “Be still, and

know that I am God.” The challenge

of this vocations awareness

month is to consciously put time

into stopping and listening to God.

We are invited to be alone with

God so that we might listen more

deeply to His voice and He has

What Do You Do?

hat do you do?” is usu-

the first question I


am asked when I say that I am

an ecclesial woman and a member

of the Mary Star of the Sea

Association. In the time immediately

following my first public

commitment, I often responded

by listing the various activities in

which I was involved. After thirty

plus years of working in Catholic

Education, I had not as yet made

the full movement away from

a chance to touch our minds and

hearts. God may be calling me

to serve him in the permanent

diaconate or some other ministry

in the Church but it requires that

I put in time to listen attentively

and carefully.

How or where do I hear God’s

voice to know where he is calling

me? I have listened to a number of

men who felt called to the diaconate

and where they heard God and

wonder if this sounds a bit like you.

Deacons, and those considering

diaconate, have told me they

heard the soft voice of God:

1. When they reviewed their own

faith journey from childhood

till now to trace the patterns of

when they felt close to God.

2. When they listened to God’s

Word at Mass or in their own

private reading and felt definitely

moved by certain stories or

teachings of Jesus.

3. When they recalled the journey

of their involvement with

career to ministry, even though I

had considered much of my work

as ministry.

When Bishop David first

announced his intention to establish

a ministry specifically for

women, I was interested, although

I had no idea what it would mean.

Now, reflecting on vocation I have

come to a richer understanding of

what it means to make a commitment

to the ministry of ecclesial

women. For me, there wasn’t any

Joan Pavitt and Gail Gill – Mary Star of the Sea Association

By Michael Slattery, Director Permanent Diaconate Formation, Broken Bay Diocese

Church through the years in

many diverse activities such as St

Vincent de Paul, RCIA, Parish

Pastoral Council.

4. When they felt a real desire to

deepen their faith by doing a

course in scripture, spirituality,

pastoral work, liturgy –a real

thirst to know more about God

and their faith and how the

Church continues the mission

of Jesus.

5. When they heard or read articles

about using their gifts and felt a

gentle nudge from God.

6. When they observed others in

ministry, be it diaconate or some

other ministry, and thought, I

wonder if I am called to this?

7. When they looked at what needs

to be done in their own parish or

diocese and felt that maybe they

could make a difference.

8. When someone suggested that

they believe this person would

make a good deacon (or some

other ministry).

If this describes you I would

like to invite you to contact

me to explore the possibility

that God is calling you to the

Permanent Diaconate (or some

other ministry). I can be contacted

at Caroline Chisholm

Centre –Phone: 9847 0424 email

By Gail Gill, Mary Star of the Sea Association

dramatic sense of suddenly being

called by God, however, I strongly

believe that God does call us

through others. Some good friends

told me that I would be good

at this new ministry for women;

and I listened and went along to

the gatherings of potential ecclesial

women for around two years before

discerning that this did indeed

seem to be where I belonged.

Perhaps for some, the call to

ministry is crystal clear and immediate.

My experience is that the call

to ministry is more akin to a ‘slow

burn’. It started with the realisation

of the call that we all share through

baptism and the increasing desire

to accept that call in a deeper way.

In the words of Emily Dickinson:

You cannot put a fire out

a thing that can ignite

can go, itself, without a fan

upon the slowest night.

Without doubt, the Spirit is calling

forth new ministries to respond

to the needs of a twenty first century

Church. Even a little delving

into Church history reveals this

same call of the Spirit over many

centuries. It will also reveal a pattern

of initial resistance. My hope

is that others will consider ministry

with ecclesial women in the future.

In words that have perhaps accrued

deeper meaning about ministry

since the Jesuit historian John

O’Malley wrote them in 1988, “It

is not our ‘fidelity’ today that needs

testing, but our creativity.”

What do I do? My journey with

ecclesial women so far has been

quite an adventure, ranging through

adult faith education, assisting with

the formation of school boards,

parish pastoral councils, parish

leadership and establishing a diocesan

Council for Women.

More importantly, being an

ecclesial woman is a particular way

of being, of living out the challenge

of the Gospel in a way that may

not be possible without making a

considered commitment to living

a simple and celibate lifestyle and

obedience to Bishop David. Our

Diocesan Synod outcomes include

some very worthwhile reflections

on a way of being a disciple in a

myriad of ways. They are foundational

for the whole realm of vocations

in our pilgrim Church.

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Vocations Awareness Week

Vocation of Marriage and Parenting

As part of our ongoing celebration of the vocation of marriage and parenting the Diocese sponsored

26 participants to attend the World Congress of Families in Sydney from 15 – 18 May.

The Congress explored how business, government,

education, law, health and the media

have the capacity to strengthen families for the

benefit of society.

Diocesan participants have shared with us

various insights about their experience including:

“Last Friday I had the privilege of attending a

day of the World Congress of families (WCF)…

It was a highly organised Congress with excellent

local and international speakers. The attendees

were Christians of different denominations, likeminded

people who want to protect traditional

family values.

“The Congress allowed me to reaffirm some

of my values. Sometimes we all need to stand

with likeminded people and gain strength from

each other… This Congress reaffirmed to me the

importance of God and that Christian values are

still very relevant and gave me a dose of fortitude:

God needs to be at the centre of our work and

play and active in our families.

“A good point was raised in an open Q&A

session: when people oppose our values – don’t

answer their anger with anger. Many of them

are hurt and suffering. Try compassion, try

to listen and pray for them.” (Catechist from

Chatswood Parish)

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Families’ last week afforded me an opportunity

to be refreshed by inspirational speakers who

presented compelling data and evidence to stir

me to action.

“Whilst evidence and predictions were rather

startling, it was sobering that solutions were

presented to avert self-obsession in society; interestingly,

most of the solutions centred on all of us

rekindling healthy families. Following are several

suggestions for all of us to consider initiating:

• Recommit and model our own values

in our families and workplaces

• Engage in reasoned and evidencedbased

debate around the dinner

table and in our workplaces

• Remember who we are fighting

for … ie for our children

• Engage in debate in a relevant

manner – (People trust and relate

to personal stories in particular)

• Don’t ever forget the human stories

of pain and breakdown.

A final quote that resonated beautifully

for me:

‘Family is where you are accepted for who you

are, not what you’re worth.’ (School Principal)

“We were moved by the expertise of the

speakers who shared the results of their research

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and life experience on issues related to the family

including proposed legislative amendments, the

economy, culture and media, faith, contraception,

divorce, abortion, forgiveness, home-making, religious

education, and ways to improve mothering

and fathering. Some of the more moving talks

included … Australian economist Ian Harper

who said that healthy families are needed for

healthy economies. Healthy families teach children

good values, social skills and self-control,

all of which are essential attributes for young

people to contribute to a healthy economy…

The material presented calls all Christians to a

fuller participation in family life and to be more

active in the protection of the traditional family

structure and values within society as a whole. “

(Family from Ku-ring-gai Chase Parish)

“The experience was a great pick-me-up for

me. Even now I am feeling more sure of the great

need we have in all our lives and in any situation

as believers to speak for and about and uphold

pro-life and family values, for our own families

and for all young people in particular and indeed

for all families throughout the world.” (Couple

from Hornsby Cathedral Parish)

“As a starting point the Congress underscored

the importance of the family in the raising and

formation of children and as the place where

they experience love and discover their dignity

and worth. The family exercises a role of great

significance to society.

“The place of marriage as the foundation upon

which the family is formed was highlighted.

“We came away with an enhanced appreciation

of the capacity of humans to rise to heights

of nobility and love and the significance of

marriage and family life. But we also came away

with no doubt in our minds that Christians and

all right thinking people need to stand up and

be counted or we will soon find ourselves living

in a society in which Christian values have been

supplanted by a secular humanism that will be

forced upon us without regard to our values and

beliefs.” (Couple from Chatswood Parish)

“All the speakers were wonderful and affirmed

the importance of our role as married couples

and as parents. We were particularly impressed

by Ted Baehr from USA. He spoke on how to

uphold Christian Values in a mass media world.

He told us that we must make wise choices about

the mass media and entertainment to help safeguard

our families.” (Parishioner from Pennant

Hills Parish)

All who attended expressed their appreciation

to Bishop David and the Diocese for the wonderful

opportunity to attend and be encouraged by

the World Congress of Families.

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Celebration of our Clergy

The purpose of the evening was to show support

not only within the parish and school

community, but to the wider community, for the

great, and sometimes unheralded support which

they provide in our faith journey.

The evening commenced with a concelebrated

Mass at Sacred Heart which was attended by

around 250 people with the enthusiastic choir

leading the community in prayerful devotion.

At the Mass all parishioners were given a

special card kindly printed by the Serra Club “A

Prayer for our Priests” which said in part “Dear

Lord, we pray that the Blessed Mother wrap her

mantle around your priests, especially Fr Ziggy

and Fr Roman and through her intercession

strengthen them for their ministry. We pray that

Mary will guide them to follow her own words

“do whatever he tells you”. (Jn.2:5)

Following the Mass, the community proceeded

to the Marian Hall in the school grounds.

The school children from both schools decorated

the hall with banners thanking the priests for

the difference they were making to their lives.

The banners reflected the impact the priests are

having within the school community. Whilst the

parishioners generously provided all the catering

for the evening.

The Parish Council Chairman, David Lowe,

on behalf of the community thanked Fr Zyggy

and Fr Roman and made a presentation to

them. Fr Ziggy and Fr Roman in response

shared the stories of their vocation and the

path that has led them both to Pymble.

On Trinity Sunday in Fr Zyggy’s thank

you note, he said “As we are celebrating the

mystery of the Holy Trinity this weekend,

Supporting Vocations through Serra Club

By Pymble Parish Community

On the feast of Pentecost the parish of Pymble “surprised” their clergy Fr Zyggy Wloczek and Fr Roman Wroblewski with

a celebration to thank each of them for their vocation of faith and their tireless support and work within the community.

our faith is made strong by the Love of God,

which manifests itself only in relationships.

Father-Son-Holy Spirit outpouring of Love

is an open invitation to us all to be part of

that ‘divine dance’. Last weekend’s celebrations

are a very strong confirmation for us priests

that you invite us to your ‘dance’ of human

relationships in our great Parish – thanks for

that, Fr Zyggy”.

At the time of Serra’s formation in 1935, the two great needs for the

Church were for dedicated priests and religious and for informed

Catholic lay leaders who understood and lived their own Christian

vocations to service. These needs have not changed.

The objectives of Serra were redefined in 2005 as:

• To foster and promote vocations to the ministerial priesthood

in the Catholic Church as a particular vocation to service

and to support priests in their sacred ministry;

• To encourage and affirm vocations to consecrated

religious life in the Catholic Church;

• To assist members to recognise and respond in their own lives to

God’s call to holiness in Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit.

Vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and the Religious Life today

We are all aware that over recent years there has been somewhat of a vocations

drought in our Diocese and in most dioceses across Australia and in the

Western World generally. Whilst we must not be discouraged from praying

for new vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life we need to

remember especially in our prayers those who are now spending their lives

caring for us and providing us with the spiritual nourishment we need.

All parishioners are encouraged to identify those for whom they wish to

pray and add their names in the space provided in the prayer opposite.

If you would like a supply of prayer cards for your parish or would like to

know more about the activities of Serra Broken Bay please contact Terry

Scanlan at or telephone 0438 887 295.

Alternatively you may arrange your own printing either

in the parish or by a professional printer.

Daily Prayer for

Our Priests,

Deacons and Religious

God, our Father,

We praise You for Your goodness

and thank You for Your gifts.

We thank You for our priests, deacons and religious.

May they be holy and filled with the fire of your love.

Father, look upon Your Church with love and bless

your people with more dedicated priests, deacons

and religious – men and women of faith, hope

and love to lead and guide your people.

Mary, our Mother, protect and strengthen

our priests, deacons and religious, especially

_______ _____________________

May they know your loving presence and follow

your words “Do whatever he tells you.” (Jn 2.5)


St Joseph, faithful husband of Mary, pray

for our priests, deacons and religious.

St Mary of the Cross, pray for our

priests, deacons and religious.

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Vocations Awareness Week

To be on Earth the Heart of God

o be on earth the Heart of

“TGod” struck a chord with me

when I met the Missionaries of the

Sacred Heart. Previously I had been

a plumber and thoroughly enjoyed

my job. When I reached the age of

24, however, something within me

told me I was called to something

else. I wasn’t sure exactly what that

was, so I took some time off work to

give myself the space to listen. I was

quite horrified when it dawned on

me that it was priesthood to which I

was called. I was paying a mortgage,

planning my life for marriage and

children, and here was a big spanner

being thrown into the works. So I

did my best to ignore the call and

continue on with life as I wanted it.

Yet the more I tried to shut it

out the stronger it got, to the point

where it really began to weigh me

down and I was left with the option

of at least giving it a go. When I

made the decision to try the priesthood,

immediately a weight was

lifted off my shoulders and I experienced

a great liberation.

When I was a lay missionary

for the MSC’s I helped with their

‘Clean Water Projects’ and lived the

life of an MSC in Fiji and Kiribati.

I discovered the charism of the

congregation fitted me like a glove,

a very down to earth spirituality

which understands the human condition

with all its wonderful joys

and messiness put together. I had

found a congregation where I could

be ‘me’ as God intended. I have

found a peace and freedom particularly

when I spend time with the

those who are poor and homeless.

Pat will be Ordained a Deacon

on 4th August in Blackburn

Parish Melbourne.

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the “soft green fields” of Mountrath in Ireland

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Pope Francis asked ten men he

was about to Ordain to “always

be merciful pastors” to their people.

More than ever do we need Men to be Missionaries of

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ACROSS Our Diocese

Remembering your Family and Faith Community

don’t have a Will, do I really need

“I one?” – “My deceased husband and I

made our Wills many years ago; do I need to

update my Will? – “I’m only 35; I thought

only the elderly or the wealthy had Wills?”

These are some of the common

misconception or questions asked by many

Australians; and studies confirm it – 45% of

Australians do not have a valid Will 1 . Do you?

What is a Will and Why is it Important?

A Will is a legal document which allows

you to distribute your assets according to

your wishes so that your family and loved

ones are provided for after you have died. If

you do not have a valid Will when you pass

away, your assets are distributed according

to a set formula which may not reflect

your wishes. To ensure that your assets

are distributed in accordance with your

wishes after your death you should consult a

qualified solicitor to help you to make a Will.

When making your Will you should

ensure that your family are provided for

first and foremost. If you have made a Will,

any change in your personal circumstances

will affect the validity of it, so it’s important

to contact your solicitor to talk about

this. Changes in circumstance include

the birth of any children, Marriage or re

marriage or the death of your spouse or

loved ones mentioned in your Will.

After providing for family members in

your Will, you may like to leave something

to a worthy cause or charity. Over the

years, many people who have felt a special

connection with their local parish and church

have left part of their Estate to the Parish

or the Diocese of Broken Bay. Like a gift to

a charity, a bequest of any amount to the

Church is a way of saying “thank you” for the

spiritual nurturing the Parish has provided

to you and your family over the years.

In receiving these bequests Parishes have

been able to use the gift to attend to much

needed maintenance and improvements to

the church and other Parish property, and

some parishes have been able to put gifts

2013 harvest pilgrimages



* Plus airfares

towards building new churches. These gifts

help the Parish free up other income to use

toward pastoral care programs. No matter

the size of the bequest, a gift of any kind

in your Will can make a big difference. The

foresight of such generous people assists

Parishes to continue their good works and

loving outreach to their communities.

To honour those who make a gift of a

bequest in their Will to their Parish or the

Diocese, The Light of Christ Society has

been established. If you have included your

Parish or the Diocese in your Will we would

like to know so that we can honour you and

to pray for you in special Masses for your

intentions. Members also receive invitations

to various functions and activities, at no cost.

If you are interested in becoming a member

of The Light of Christ Society or would

like to know more about how to make a

bequest to your local Parish or the Diocese

of Broken Bay, please contact the Diocesan

Bequest Officer on (02) 9847 0750.

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A 14 day pilgrimage with Fr Dan Benedetti MGL

Departing 15th November 2013

• Dead Sea • Bethlehem • Caesarea

• Nazareth • Sea of Galilee • Mount of

Beatitudes • Taybeh Village • Jerusalem

Also departing 11th Oct 2013


A 17 day pilgrimage with Fr Patrick Vaughan

Departing 16th October 2013

• Barcelona • Montserrat • Manresa

• Lourdes • Toulouse • Rocamadour

• Paray-le-Monial • Taize • Nevers • Chartres

• Mont-Saint-Michel • Lisieux • Paris


A 15 day pilgrimage with Fr Peter Stojanovic

Departing 10th October 2013

Join Fr Peter Stojanovic as we travel to Rome

& Medjugorje for a life-changing encounter.

• Rome 4 nights

• Medjugorje 7 nights

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Premier opens Waitara Family Centre

Celebrating National Families Week 2013

Celebrating National Families

Week, Premier Barry

O’Farrell, local Member for

Ku-ring-gai, joined Fr Vince Casey,

Vicar-General, Diocese of Broken

Bay and Member for Hornsby,

Matt Kean for the official opening

of CatholicCare’s newly refurbished

Family Centre at 29 Yardley Ave

WAITARA on Thursday, 16 May.

“Balancing the demands of being

a family in 2013 can be exhausting,

bewildering and even beyond

our own resources at times,” said

Deirdre Cheers, Executive Director

of CatholicCare and National

Families Week Ambassador.

“This new Family Centre, co-locating

a 67 place Early Learning

Centre within Waitara Family

Centre’s existing services will help

to support families living in our

local Hornsby – Ku-ring-gai area

to get the balance right.”

In 2011-2012 Waitara Family

Centre assisted 1225 families,

including 1753 children. Each week

200 children are enrolled in the

Waitara Family Day Care service

and the Family Centre’s 60 place

Out of Hours School Care and

Vacation Care program assists 100

families each term.

Waitara Family Centre programs

and services are funded with the

support of the Australian, NSW

and local governments. This

support builds on a continuing

partnership between the non-government

sector and government,

supporting families in the local

community, and building healthier

and more sustainable community


This year’s National Family

Week theme, ‘Families working

together: Getting the balance

right’, encourages everyone to

think about ways we can work

together to achieve happy and

healthy lifestyles.

The new Waitara Family Centre

is a major service centre and

resource hub for families in the

Northern Sydney region and will

make integrated services, designed

to be family-focused and person-centred,

as well as responsive

to individual and family needs,

more accessible and available to all

in the community.

“Every Australian can share in

the responsibility of helping families

to “get the balance right” by participating

in their local community,

looking out for others, and lending

a hand when the opportunity arises”,

says Ms Cheers.

“Many of our children are living

in families where life can be

tough, so caring adults such as foster

carers, neighbours and friends

can make a difference. Especially

now in Families Week, let’s all take

the time to work together to get

the best balance in all life’s activities.

When families work together,

everyone benefits.”

CatholicCare Family Centres are

located at Waitara, Naremburn and

Brookvale, as well as Warnervale on

the Central Coast. More information

is available on the website at


• Forestville

• Waitara

• Lake Munmorah

• Terrigal


• East Gosford • Lake Munmorah

• Forestville

• Mona Vale

• Freshwater

• Pymble

• Waitara

• West Pymble


• Kariong

• Pennant Hills

Art Exhibition for Boonah

Boonah Creative Arts Centre

in West Pymble provides

visual arts tuition for adults

with a disability living on the

north shore, northern beaches and

Ryde area.

The program has been running

for over 16 years, with Heidi

Mecklem as coordinator throughout

that time. Many of the artists

themselves have been attending

since the program’s conception.

Boonah is unique in that it has

very individualised classes. Artists

can participate in a range of art

mediums including water colour and

Feeling Financial Pressure?

Financial Counselling is a

new program provided by

Naremburn and Brookvale Family

Centres. Two Financial Counsellors

are currently available, Martin

Derby and Kevin Dallas.

Financial Counsellors are not to

be confused with Financial Planners

or Financial Advisers, whose job is to

maximise investment returns, minimise

tax, do estate planning and

arrange superannuation. Financial

Planners and Advisors charge fees

and generally recommend specific

investment products.

Financial Counselling is completely

different – it’s for those who do

‘Open Your Heart’ to Fostering

NSW Minister for Family

and Community Services

acrylic painting, pastels, textiles and

drawing, as well as mixed media.

Art tools are adapted to assist a large

range of physical and intellectual

disabilities so everyone who attends

the classes can participate freely in all

areas of art making.

Boonah holds two main art exhibitions

each year, the most recent being

‘Jump In!’ at Gallery Red in Glebe. It

was a very successful evening opened

by artist Keith Rutherford, a wellknown

artist who has exhibited in

the Mosman Art Prize, Wynne Prize

and the Dobell drawing prize at the

art gallery of NSW.

Pru Goward recently launched

Fostering NSW, a year-long fos-

Many guests from other disability

and arts organisations

attended the exhibition and artists

from Boonah were on hand

to answer questions about their

artwork. Much of the work was

acrylic on paper and canvas, with

not have enough money, or money

that belongs to someone else – a

bank or a lender – so they are in

debt. NSW government funding

means that Financial Counselling

services are FREE for those who

come to CatholicCare.

CatholicCare will see anyone

feeling financial pressure. This may

mean difficulties with budgeting, but

could be a financial crisis, with a possibility

that the electricity will be cut

off, or the family home repossessed.

We are here to listen and to help.

We know that people’s financial

positions are often a result of what is

going on in their lives around employment,

relationships, and health. We

will listen to you and afford you dignity

and respect. We will try to work

out a money plan with you – what

you have coming in (wages, benefits,

etc.), what you have going out (living

expenses like rent and food and bills),

what you owe, and what you own.

One of our Financial Counsellors

will sit down with you and do a

comprehensive assessment of your

financial situation and then be in a

position to present you with options

to look at ways of assisting you to

find a more sustainable footing. A

sure sign of difficulties is borrowing

to pay debts.

ter care recruitment and awareness

campaign run by the Association

of Children’s Welfare Agencies

(ACWA). The launch was held

in the Speakers Garden at NSW

Parliament House and attended

by almost 100 agency representatives

and foster carers including

representatives from CatholicCare

agencies in Broken Bay, Newcastle,

Sydney and Wollongong. Broken

Bay Executive Director, Deirdre

Cheers was Master of Ceremonies

for the launch. Introducing

some interesting sculptural pieces,

including a rustic chandelier made

from farm wire and hand painted

canvas beads.

The next Boonah art exhibition

will be early December 2013 at

West Pymble.

Our Financial Counsellors have

experience with a range of money

issues – for example, over-commitment,

claims arising from car accidents,

actions taken by a lender to

repossess your home, credit card

debt, bankruptcy, debt consolidation,

and accessing superannuation, etc.

They can provide you with information,

and give you options, to enable

you to make decisions.

So if you think you, or someone

you know, would benefit from this

sort of service, please get in touch by

calling Naremburn Family Centre

on 02 8425 8700. We will be happy

to assist.

Minister Goward at the event

Deirdre (who is current ACWA

Board Chair) said “as a community

we have no more important task

than to ensure that our children

grow up healthy and safe”. The

campaign aims to help recruit 450

new foster carers over the next year

as well as raising general awareness

about the benefits of fostering for

children and families.

For more information visit or call

1800 2 FOSTER


• Brookvale

• Lake Munmorah

• Naremburn

• Waitara

• Warnervale


• Gosford • Mona Vale

• Hornsby • Royal North Shore

• Manly

• Wahroonga (Sydney Adventist)

• Wyong

Year of Faith

Creeds and Controversies

By Dr Josephine Laffin, CTC

Each Sunday at Mass Catholics recite either the Apostles’ Creed or the Nicene Creed. The word “creed” comes

from the Latin credo, usually translated “I believe” . However, etymologists point out that credo is actually

made up of two other Latin words, cor (“heart”) and do (“I place or I put”). If you substitute “I place my heart”

for “I believe”, you get a sense of the profound commitment which the ancient creeds invite us to make.

The origins of the Apostles’

Creed are obscure. A legend

which can be traced back as far as

the fifth century relates that after

the resurrection the apostles each

contributed a phrase before they

dispersed to spread the good news

about Jesus Christ. As we know

it, the creed is probably related to

a profession of faith used in the

church in Rome about the end of

the second century. Candidates

for baptism were asked a series of

questions, and there is a striking

similarity between these and the

affirmations in the Apostles’ Creed:

“Do you believe in God the Father

almighty?. . . Do you believe in Jesus

Christ, the Son of God, who was

born of the Holy Spirit and the

Virgin Mary, who was crucified in

the days of Pontius Pilate, and died,

and rose from the dead . . . ”

While creeds were probably first

developed for use in the liturgy,

they also came to be used to distinguish

true Christian teaching from

false beliefs. In the second century,

“Gnostic” Christians generally had a

very dim view of the material world,

which they thought was created by

some inferior divine being, not the

supreme God. They assumed that

Jesus Christ was pure spirit, he

could not have had a physical body

and he could not have really suffered

and died. Salvation involved

escaping from the body. In marked

contrast, the Apostles’ Creed stresses

that the Almighty Father is the

creator of heaven and earth, that

Jesus was truly born, suffered, died

and rose again, and that one day

they will be for us a resurrection of

the body.

The Nicene Creed emerged in

response to another theological controversy.

In the early fourth century

an Egyptian priest named Arius

was a strict monotheist. That is,

he believed that there was only one

God, and this one God never had a

beginning. He alone was unbegun,

ingenerate or unbegotten, to use

some of the theological jargon of

the time. He alone was everlasting.

Before time began, and before the

universe was created, God begat the

Logos or Word, his Son. The Logos

was a creature, a perfect creature,

but a creature nonetheless. He was

sort of divine, but not truly God.

One of Arius’s favourite bible verses

was Proverbs 8:22 in which personified

Wisdom says: “The Lord

created me at the beginning of his

work, the first of his acts of long

ago” (there has been a long tradition

in Christian theology of identifying

Jesus as the Wisdom of God as

well as the Word of God). Arius

also liked the verse in John’s Gospel

(14:28) where Jesus says: “If you

loved me, you would rejoice that I

am going to the Father, because the

Father is greater than I.”

Bishop Alexander of Alexandria

was disturbed by Arius’s teaching.

His deacon and eventual successor

Athanasius passionately argued

that it undermined salvation. Jesus

Christ could only reveal God to us,

could only save us from death, if

he was truly God. Athanasius also

appealed to the Bible, in particular

John 1.1 (“In the beginning was the

Word and the Word was with God

and the Word was God”) and John

14:9 (“Anybody who has seen me

has seen the Father”).

In 318/319 a council of Egyptian

bishops condemned Arius’ teaching

and sent him into exile. This

did not stop the controversy as he

gained supporters elsewhere. The

church in the east was divided.

In 324 the emperor Constantine

conquered the eastern part the

Roman Empire, including Egypt.

Constantine was the first great

imperial patron of Christianity.

He summoned the bishops of the

empire to meet at Nicea, in what is

now Turkey, in 325.

About 300 bishops participated

in the Council of Nicea and issued

a doctrinal statement. This affirmed

that Jesus Christ is “God from God,

Light from Light, Very God from

Very God, begotten not made,

Consubstantial with the Father.”

After this positive teaching, a negative

conclusion followed, aimed

squarely at Arius and his supporters:

“And those who say ‘There was

when he was not’ and ‘Before his

generation he was not’, and ‘He

came to be from nothing’, or those

who pretend that the Son of God

is ‘Of other hypostasis or substance’,

or ‘created’, or ‘alterable’ or ‘mutable’,

the Catholic and Apostolic Church

anathematizes.” The few bishops

who did not agree to this creed were

sent into exile.

In 381 the Council of

Constantinople amended the

Nicene Creed. It removed the

anathemas at the end and added a

short section on the Holy Spirit,

“the Lord and life-giver, Who proceeds

from the Father, Who with

the Father and Son is together worshipped

and together glorified.” It

is this version of the creed which

Catholics recite today, albeit with

an assertion that the Holy Spirit

proceeds from the Son as well as

the Father. The filioque clause (“and

the Son”) was added in the Middle

Ages in the West. It is not part of

the Eastern liturgy. Despite this

difference, the creed of the 381

Council of Constantinople is sometimes

known as the “Ecumenical

Creed” because it is the great confession

of faith accepted by the

Roman Catholic and Orthodox

Churches and most Protestant

denominations. It is still called the

Nicene Creed, although Nicene-

Constantinopolitan is the more

accurate designation.

That passionate theological disputes

contributed to the formation

of the Apostles’ Creed and the

Nicene Creed is, perhaps, not surprising,

given the fact that the creeds

summarize the beliefs to which

people “give their heart”. Ultimately

all language about God is inadequate,

as the great theologian St

Augustine of Hippo acknowledged

in the fifth century, but it is necessary

to attempt to define what we

believe, and the Apostles’ Creed and

Nicene Creed have stood the test of

time as mainstream Christianity’s

greatest professions of faith.

This article, #1 in the ‘Circles of

Faith’ series, has been reprinted

with kind permission from Dr

Laffin, Senior Lecturer in Christian

History in the Department of

Theology, Flinders University,

Catholic Theological College.

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It’s on Again: Broken Bay Prepares for Rio

The Broken Bay News has gone to press just prior to our Pilgrims embarking on their journey…

By Fr Paul Durkin,

Chaplain to WYD 2013

Making a pilgrimage to holy places is an

ancient discipline. Over the centuries,

faithful people have set out, leaving the security

of home, to seek God in these places, to be

strengthened and inspired in faith. We recall the

words of the Psalmist: “Blessed are those whose

strength is in you, who have set their hearts on

pilgrimage.” Psalm 84.5

Each month since late last year, the Broken

Bay World Youth Day Pilgrimage group has

met for prayer, formation and practical preparation

to go Brazil in July 2013. We are honoured

to have Bishop David Walker as the leader of

the pilgrimage.

There are thirty-two in the group. The pilgrims

are aged 19 to 35. Some are full time

students; others are in full time work. We come

from a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds,

and the one thing we share in common

is our Catholic faith and our belonging to the

Diocese of Broken Bay. We are from all parts

of the Diocese: the Central Coast, the northern

beaches and the northern suburbs.

Youth ministry coordinators Cathy

Martorana and Kelly Paget, and chaplains Fr

Stephen Wayoyi and Fr Paul Durkin have led

the monthly preparation sessions.

Each evening we began with a different form

of prayer: praise and worship, lectio divina,

chant, divine office (psalms), Marian prayer and

Guided Meditation.

We also reflected on various ways to

keep a Spiritual Journal and each pilgrim has

been encouraged to make a personal commit-

By Kelly Paget

Diocesan Youth Ministry Co-ordinator

The 4th Diocesan Praise and Worship night,

hosted by Pittwater Parish on Friday 24

May 2013 was a joy filled event with over 140

young people from across the Diocese joining in.

The theme of the evening was based on the

Feast of Pentecost and challenged the young

people to ‘Do Hard Things’. Those present were

pleasantly surprised by our clergy who acted as

ushers, welcoming them into the church to begin

the night of music, prayer and dance.

Roza Vukovich from Catholic Mission gave

a moving testimony of her faith and the trials

she has undergone throughout her life; with

her family, and with her work for Catholic

Mission. Roza then personally challenged the

youth to ‘Do Hard Things’ as exclaimed in the

ment to his or her spiritual preparation for

the pilgrimage.

Topics and areas for spiritual formation

have included:

What is pilgrimage? “Packing for the spiritual

journey” – What is needed for the spiritual

journey?; Being a person of Christian faith in a

secular world; What is WYD? – an immersion

experience in Catholic faith and practice.

At each meeting we became more familiar

with the Patrons and Intercessors who have

been chosen for WYD 2013. The Patrons are:

Our Lady of Aparecida, Saint Sebastian, Saint

Anthony of Santana Galvão, Saint Therese of

Lisieux and Blessed John Paul II.

There have been practical details for each pilgrim

to attend to: passport, inoculations, medications,

visas, money, travelling gear, souvenirs

and many other things.

The leaders have looked ahead to prepare

for prayer and liturgy in the days either side of

WYD week (23-28 July). The teachings will

The Spirit is Alive and Well Among Our Youth

award-winning book by Christian teen twins,

Alex and Brett Harris.

The youth were then asked to respond to

this challenge by reminding themselves of their

baptismal calling and being blessed by the Spirit.

They immersed themselves as they processed

through a ‘corridor’ of water-like blue fabric,

before emerging from the other side to be presented

to one of the 8 priests and 1 deacon for

a blessing and laying-on of hands. Many of the

young people also choose to pray further with

prayer teams that included Roza, to help discern

where the Spirit was calling them.

The night ended with much praise through

singing and dancing. 42 copies of the book, ‘Do

Hard Things’ were also sold at a subsidised cost,

so the young people could continue to reflect on

the challenge to be Disciples in the world today,

even as teenagers!

Youth Ministry

be largely covered by Bishop David. There will

be opportunities to reflect on the Universal

Church, Pilgrimage, Theology of Creation,

Jesus’ Passion and living a life of Discipleship.

We shall reflect further on some of the titles

of Mary which are celebrated in Argentina and

Brazil, as well as the WYD saints. There will be

a one day retreat after WYD.

Please pray for the people and church in

Brazil. Please pray for the DBB group and pray

that the WYD pilgrimage will be a blessing for

the whole Church.

An Ancient Pilgrim’s Prayer

By Philo (first century AD)

Lord God, We travel in weakness, hoping to

find strength. We travel with sickness, hoping

to find health. We journey in confusion, seeking

peace. We journey in doubt, seeking true faith.

We come carrying despair, looking for hope. We

come unready. We come alone. We come together,

seeking to find Jesus, your living word. Amen.

The next Praise and Worship night will be

hosted by Chatswood Parish on Friday 13

September, with the final event for the year being

hosted by Warnervale Parish on 15 November.

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World News

Pope Francis Signs Canonisation Decrees

for John XXIII and John Paul II

In a widely-awaited announcement, Pope Francis declared on 5 July that

Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be made saints.

In a sign of the worldwide devotion for

John XXIII, known as “Good Pope John,”

Francis waived the requirement for a second

miracle credited to John XXIII’s intercession,

with the Vatican’s spokesman, Fr Frederico

Lombardi saying, “He is loved by Catholics,

we are in the 50 th anniversary of the Council

and moreover no one doubts his virtues.”

Francis signed off on a decree

recognising the second miracle attributed

to the Polish-born John Paul II, who

reigned from 1978 to 2005.

John XXIII convened the Second

Vatican Council (1962-65) that introduced

modernising reforms in the Catholic

Church on issues such as religious

freedom, democracy and ecumenism.

“The pope has the power to exempt

a (sainthood) cause from the second

miracle and this is what happened,”

explained Fr Federico Lombardi.

A first miracle had been recognised

when John XXIII was beatified and

declared “Blessed,” the penultimate

step to sainthood, in 2000.

Under normal circumstances, two miracles

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requirement. The last one to do so was John

XXIII himself, who in 1960 waived the

second-miracle requirement for St Gregorio

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New Bible Offer

– Little Rock Catholic Study Bible

Through the generosity of Fr Harry

Davis’ estate, the Diocese of Broken

Bay is able to offer the Little Rock

Catholic Study Bible at a subsidised

cost. This attractively presented

hardcover Bible contains valuable

information throughout each book

of the Bible so as to enhance

understanding of the biblical text.

It is ideal for both personal use

and group Bible study.

Features include:

• A series of informative articles

on Bible basics, the Catholic

Church’s use of the Bible, and

understanding the world of the Bible.

• Valuable information offered in

small notes and inserts, including

explanations, definitions, dates,

character and author profiles,

archaeological insights, and

personal prayer starters.

• Introductions to each

book of the Bible.

• Cross-referencing and

footnotes on each page.

• Timelines, photographs,

charts, and colour maps.

• NAB Revised Edition translation.

Cost: $30.00

To place an order, please contact

Dina Leverett on 9847 0442.

Barbarigo, a 17th century Venetian cardinal for

whom John XXIII had a particular veneration.

The canonisation ceremonies, which are

likely to bring hundreds of thousands to people

to Rome, could occur before the end of the

year but that the precise date would be decided

by the Consistory – a meeting of cardinals.

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Migrant and Refugee Week

Let the Vehicles of Hope Never Again become the Vehicles of Death

Pope Francis travelled to the tiny Sicilian

island of Lampedusa on 6 July, where,

accompanied by dozens of fishing boats,

he threw a wreath of flowers into the

sea to remember the more than 20,000

migrants who have died making the journey

across the sea to Italy from Africa.

With his first trip outside the region of

Rome since his election as Pontiff – and the

first-ever visit by a Pope to Lampedusa – Pope

Francis sought to call attention to the plight of

migrants and to insist that the affluent West

must take responsibility for their suffering.

Pope Francis said he came to Lampedusa

“to pray, to make a gesture of closeness, but

also to reawaken our consciences so that

what happened would not be repeated.”

He began by greeting the islanders with

the phrase “O’ scia’!” a word of greeting

in their local dialect, and thanking them

for the work they have done to provide

assistance to the migrants who have

found their way to Lampedusa, saying

they offer “an example of solidarity.”

He also greeted Muslim migrants

who are about to begin Ramadan.

“The Church is near to you in the search

for a more dignified life for yourselves

and for your families,” he said.

Later, celebrating Mass at a soccer field,

he remarked on the sad irony of “immigrants

dying at sea, in boats which were vehicles

of hope and became vehicles of death.”

In his homily the Pope spoke about the

failure of Christians to recognise refugees

and migrants as their brothers. “How many

of us—myself included—have lost our

bearings,” he said. “We are no longer attentive

to the world in which we live.” He remarked

that far too often, those in need are seen “no

longer as a brother or sister to be loved, but

simply another person who disturbs our lives

and our comfort.” He decried the “culture of

comfort” that “makes us insensitive to the cries

of other people, makes us live in soap bubbles

which, however lovely, are insubstantial.”

The deaths of migrants seeking a

better life should be a challenge to every

Christian, the Pope said. He continued:

“Today no one in our world feels

responsible; we have lost a sense of

responsibility for our brothers and sisters;

we have fallen into the hypocrisy of the

priest and the Levite whom Jesus described

in the parable of the Good Samaritan: we

see our brother half dead on the side of

the road, perhaps we say to ourselves: ‘poor

soul!’, and then go on our way; it’s not our

responsibility, and with that we feel reassured.”

At Lampedusa the Pope celebrated a

special Mass for the forgiveness of sins. The

Holy Father wore violet vestments during

the Mass, calling it a “liturgy of repentance.”

“God asks each one of us: Where is the

blood of your brother that cries out to me?,”

Pope Francis said during his homily, quoting

from the Genesis story of Cain and Abel.

“The culture of well-being, that makes us

think of ourselves, that makes us insensitive to

the cries of others, that makes us live in soap

bubbles, that are beautiful but are nothing,

are illusions of futility, of the transient, that

brings indifference to others, that brings even

the globalisation of indifference,” he continued.

“In this world of globalisation we have fallen

into a globalisation of indifference. We are

accustomed to the suffering of others, it

doesn’t concern us, it’s none of our business.”

Pope Francis then asked for forgiveness:

for the “indifference towards so many

brothers and sisters…for those who are

pleased with themselves, who are closed

in on their own well-being in a way that

leads to the anaesthesia of the heart, …

for those who with their decisions at the

global level have created situations that

lead to these tragedies. Forgive us, Lord!”

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I was a Stranger,

and You welcomed Me…

Migrant and Refugee

Week 2013 begins

on Monday19 August

and culminates with

the 99th World Day of

Migrants and Refugees

on Sunday 25 August.

The Theme for this

year is “Migrations –

Pilgrimage of Faith and

Hope”, and reminds

us that we are all migrants.

In the annual Migrant and Refugee Week

message released late last year, Pope

Benedict XVI speaks to the faith and

hope that is inseparable in the hearts

of many migrants, whose journeys

are often sustained by the deep trust

that God never abandons them.

“Faith and hope are often among the

possessions which emigrants carry with

them, knowing that with them, ‘we can

face our present: the present, even if it is

arduous, can be lived and accepted if it

leads towards a goal, if we can be sure of

this goal, and if this goal is great enough

to justify the effort of the journey’.”

A resource kit for the 99th World

Day of Migrants and Refugees,

produced by students from Australian

Catholic University, can be found

online at

To read the full Papal Message please

visit the Diocesan website

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The Vocation

A Career Change and Faith Journey

Lead to St Bernard’s

It has been an eventful journey – taking

seventeen years, a career change and

faith journey to lead Rachel Stephen to

primary teaching in a Catholic primary

school within the Diocese of Broken Bay.

Initially studying high school teaching at

university after leaving school, her stopgap

job within a bank while studying,

became a successful banking career of

seventeen years progressing to the role

of branch manager for twelve years.

With the arrival of her daughter,

Rachel began to reconsider her career

options. Exploring the area of training,

Rachel completed two years as a

Service Quality Manager within the

same bank but she felt that a career

teaching children was beckoning.

“My exit strategy from the bank

was a couple of years in the making.

I was working full time and studying

a .75 load at university. My holidays

for a couple of years were spent doing

teacher practicums. I had to do three

practicums while working full time

which was a nightmare… but I had to

do the right thing for me,” she explained.

Rachel’s first teaching role was at St

Bernard’s Catholic School in Berowra.

“I had done a practicum at St Bernard’s

and the school offered me an initial short

teaching stint. I asked when I needed to

start and they said the next day. So I left

the bank and started my teaching career!”

Coming from a corporate

environment where she knew the

systems inside out, it was an exciting

career change for Rachel.

“Teaching is definitely where I should

be but I have found that I am out of

my comfort zone. As a teacher you are

always learning, and that’s the appeal.”

Rachel found the Primary Mentoring

Program run for early career teachers

in the Diocese of Broken Bay to

be of great support. Initially she

felt torn leaving her new class for

half a day twice a term to focus on

her own professional development

however with her group negotiating

areas for focused support she

found the sessions of great value.

Rachel’s journey didn’t end there.

Having only just concluded her

teaching studies she decided to enrol

in a Master of Theology Course.

“I converted to Catholicism a

couple of years ago, having enrolled

my daughter in a Catholic school.

It has been a whole journey – a

career change, a faith journey –

the whole thing,” she said

“I believe the more we understand,

the better the gifts we give the

children. It is a big family commitment

but a very worthwhile one.”

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of Teaching

A Teaching Principal

In addition to his role of principal at St Peter’s Catholic College, Tuggerah, Tony McCudden,

like many Broken Bay principals, wears another hat, that of a classroom teacher.

For the past four years Tony has

also taught Religious Education

or senior Mathematics and it is

a role that he clearly relishes.

Tony believes being actively

involved with the students at St

Peter’s is an important part of his

role as principal and taking on the

role of classroom teacher brings

with it, a range of benefits.

“I began my career wanting to teach

and that was my intention to be in

a classroom and be with kids – so

that’s what I really enjoy,” he said.

“The connections with kids, being

part of their journey and I think in

particular taking on a group, say for

example the Year 11 Mathematics class

from last year and seeing them through

to Year 12 this year – I know a lot

about those kids and a lot about their

mathematical ability. I can help them

in other ways as well, but it is really

being amongst the kids, a presence.”

Tony McCudden lives out a

simple philosophy within the St

Peter’s school community, that the

students should know him in person

because of his direct involvement in

their school activities. In addition

to his classroom role he also takes

a homeroom class, coaches sporting

teams and attends school camps.

While fulfilling the classroom role

gets him in touch with his students,

Tony also finds that it keeps him

in touch with the St Peter’s staff.

“I feel it is really important from

my point of view as a leader of the

school to be amongst the teachers so

when reports are due, assessment tasks

are being handed in, when marking

is required, I’m part of the process.”

“I only have one class compared

to their multiple classes but I’m still

sitting at a desk at parent teacher

interviews, I’m still writing reports

and I’m still doing all the other things

that I’m asking teachers to do. I think

that it is important for me to be part

of these routines not just expecting

other people to do certain things.”

When asked what it is like to

have the principal as their teacher,

the responses from his Year 12

Mathematics class reinforce his

consistent student involvement.

Having had Mr McCudden as their

homeroom teacher since Year 7, they

don’t see having the principal as

their teacher as anything special.

Tony McCudden feels that the

‘teaching’ principal role is generally

well received by the parents.

“Well I was here teaching as an

assistant principal, so I don’t feel

there has been that natural type

of ‘wow’ in terms of we have a

principal that teaches. In talking

to parents some say ‘that’s odd,

does that normally happen?’

“I think they are enthused by

that as an idea. If I get feedback

it is positive feedback.”

It is clear that time in the classroom

is highly valued by Tony McCudden.

“When I am with a class I

am deliberately ‘out of the office’

– it is so easy to get caught up

that is why I treasure that one

on one time with my class.”

“My favourite day of the fortnight

is double Maths on a Friday – a

solid afternoon with my students!”

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The Vocation

Supporting Teaching in East Timor

By Yvette Owens and Emily Goodway (Diocese of Broken Bay), Anne Bracken (Diocese of Parramatta)

During the month of May, 2013, we three volunteer teachers from the Diocese of Broken Bay and Parramatta

travelled to East Timor to support the teaching of mathematics to year 4, 5 and 6 teachers in the city of Same.

This is part of a program developed,

implemented and funded by

the Dioceses of Broken Bay and

Parramatta and has been ongoing

since 2004. Each year, three groups

of three teachers travel to Same to

teach English and Mathematics.

After an initial arrival in Dili

we made the trek to Same. The 90

kilometre trip took us just over four

hours. During the four day lead up,

we explored the town. We visited

the markets, experimented with

different food choices and prepared

the Teachers’ Resource Centre

for our two weeks of teaching.

By the time it came to teaching, we

were feeling very excited but a little

anxious. Once we entered into the

teaching component we were instantly

at ease and enjoyed every minute. The

Timorese teachers we were working

with were eager to learn, engaged in the

learning and enthusiastic. We explored

three strands of mathematics; number,

geometry and measurement. Within

these strands, we demonstrated a variety

of teaching strategies and games they

could use with the children in their

classes. What we were demonstrating

was a whole new way of teaching where

the children are actively involved in their

learning. Although it was a challenge

relying on a translator to interpret

every word we were saying, we quickly

adapted and were soon able to speak

many mathematics words in Tetum!

The teachers stated that they found

the course valuable in regards to

learning new methods and strategies

to teach their children. Although there

were limited places in the course,

all the teachers said they planned to

share both the resources provided and

teaching strategies with their colleagues.

While we came here to support the

Timorese teachers, what we gained

ourselves, was equally valuable. It was

a privilege and an honour to be part

of such an amazing program; to truly

make a difference to these teachers’

professional lives; and to be warmly

welcomed into the community in which

we lived and worked for three weeks.

We wish to thank the Broken Bay

and Parramatta Dioceses for allowing us

to take part in this worthwhile program.

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of Teaching

Experienced Teachers

Find Mentoring a Great Reward

Over careers in Catholic education

spanning thirty five and thirty

seven years respectively, Chris Dawson

and Ann Payne have seen a lot of

changes to their profession. Between

them they have taught in four

dioceses and in most of the twelve

Peninsula Catholic primary schools

within the Diocese of Broken Bay.

Both have travelled diverse paths

in addition to their classroom roles

adapting to changes in their home lives

and school communities. Ann studied

for a degree in special education in 2001

and is now a learning support teacher at

St John the Baptist Catholic School at

Freshwater, but has along the way also

taught at TAFE, taken up the ministry

of catechism and even studied to be

a florist. Chris challenged herself to

teach in Catholic schools in differing

socio-economic areas, studied for a

Certificate in Technology becoming the

Technology Coordinator in a number

of the schools she taught in as well as

rising to the role of Assistant Principal.

But it is their latest role as mentors

to early career teachers in the Primary

Mentoring Program that has brought

great rewards and friendship with

those that they have mentored and

with each other. Now in their third

year as mentors, they both originally

applied wanting to give something

back to their profession and have so far

mentored sixteen early career teachers.

“We meet with early career teachers

twice a term, usually for a half a day

and it is really a support network for

them so we introduce them to other

early career teachers who they may

not know and we are there to listen

and support them with any challenges

that they may have,” said Chris.

Ann and Chris both strive to

provide a structure that gives their

group additional skills to support

their teaching as well as providing a

pastoral element especially with the

demands of teaching in the early years.

“We always joke about it because

we say we are like mothers at school

because the early career teachers

are young and it’s just like our own

daughters and sons basically – we both

have children that are around their age

or a bit older. And I think that’s what

helps – I really do, our groups have

been fantastic. We always make sure we

have lunch for them, we even cook for

Ann Payne and Chris Dawson

them. Ann is a great cook, I try to make

the cakes and slices and Ann makes the

soups and the quiches!” said Chris.

Ann adds, “It is nice when you

come together to share a meal,

it breaks down barriers and it

makes people feel comfortable.”

They always start their mentor

sessions with a prayer and Ann

and Chris provide each teacher

with a collection of prayers useful

for staff meetings and parent

gatherings which the young

teachers are always grateful for.

“We learn as much from them as

they learn from us, it’s a recharging

of our batteries and it’s worth it just

for that. It is fantastic to hear of

the milestones and little successes

that they’re having,” said Ann.

“We have that relationship

with them for life. We still hear

from them all,” reflects Chris.

Investing in Leaders

Alicia Cunningham, Religious Education Coordinator at St Kieran’s Catholic School,

Manly Vale graduated with a Masters in Educational Leadership from ACU in 2013.

The Catholic Schools Office has provided

support for leadership development

through the annual funding of a Masters

in Educational Leadership cohort

through the Australian Catholic University

(ACU). In the past two years, Masters

level scholarships at ACU have also

been offered in Literacy, Numeracy and

Pastoral Care, reflecting the strategic

priorities within the Leading Learning

strategy for the Diocese of Broken Bay.

Since 2003 seventy eight educators have

received full scholarships for academic

study at Masters level. Many of the

beneficiaries of this academic study

are now in senior leadership positions

within Broken Bay system schools and

within the Catholic Schools Office.

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Children’s Voices Raised in Praise

The audience who attended the Broken

Bay Youth Choral Festival held in June at

Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara,

was privileged to witness a wonderful

afternoon of Liturgical music presented

by an enthusiastic group of young people

representing their Parishes within the Diocese.

It was wonderful to watch and listen to our

children as they sang with confidence and

enthusiasm. I was surprised and feeling proud

by the discipline and professionalism they have

shown in their performance. The whole event was

remarkable and I look forward to see another one

next year. Great job to all choristers! – Emer

The afternoon commenced with the massed

choir, under the direction of Sarah Webster,

singing Robert Wadsworth Lowry’s “How Can I

keep From Singing”, with audience participation.

There is nothing quite like the sound of children singing. Everyone did outstandingly, and especially the massed choir given the short amount

of rehearsal prior (I was particularly impressed by ‘This Little Light of Mine’). There are definitely a talented group of kids, who have

been nurtured and encouraged by the best possible choir directors! – Edith (Youth Choral Festival Guest Organist)

Thank you both so much for the opportunity to be involved in the Diocesan Youth Choral Festival on Sunday – and what a pleasure it was!

Rather interesting I thought that all that rain stopped almost just for the period of the Festival… all those angelic voices soothing the raging

heavens?! Do hope that this event grows from strength to strength in years to come. – Sarah Webster (Guest Conductor)

The massed choir was accompanied by the

young organist, Edith Yam. A most uplifting

introduction to the Music Festival indeed! Edith

later performed “Allein Gott in der Hoh sei

Ehr” by Bach on the organ. Her expertise and

mastery of this instrument was inspirational!

Thank you for providing such opportunities to our

children. This surely was a treasured experience

for them for the rest of their life. – Janeth

There were a number of varied choral

items performed by 4 Parish choirs. Though

each of these choirs was small in number

their singing proved to be most engaging –

much to the delight of the audience! Well

done to the various ‘solo’ performers, youth

conductors and accompanists, all of which

bodes well for the future of music in our

By Veronica Hannagan-Street

various parishes within the Diocese. The

massed choir singing of “He Came Singing

Love” and “This Little Light of Mine”, followed

by combined singing of Bernadette Farrell’s

well-known “Christ Be Our Light” brought

the afternoon to a fitting conclusion.

This Music Festival, MC ‘d by Dr Jim

Forsyth was due in no small way to the

untiring efforts of Sarah Webster, Patricia

Smith and Donrita Reefman. It was the

first of hopefully many more in the future,

when, with continued encouragement and

support, many more Parish Youth Choirs

will respond to the invitation to “join as one”

in this Youth venture within the Diocese.

Hear hear! I was blown away by it all.

Few things more beautiful than children’s

voices raised in praise! – Su-Yin Tan

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How to Develop a Parish Youth Choir

Choral Music

By Donrita Reefman

Broken Bay Diocese recently held an inaugural Youth Choral Festival to showcase and promote youth choirs.

To form a parish youth choir for the next

Choral Festival, here are some tips to get

one started.

Recruit through your parish bulletin, inviting

all “young” people to come along including parents

and grandparents. Do not impose any age

limit. Any child willing to turn up and participate

in what we do in rehearsals is old enough

to be a chorister. Be sure to target boys from

the start or you’ll have difficulty attracting them

later. Seek your Parish Priest’s support in speaking

with the school principal to invite the school

to become involved in the parish youth choir.

Running a choir does require some knowledge

of vocal pedagogy and health. A set of

choral warm-ups should begin every rehearsal to

establish good posture and breath-support for a

beautiful choral sound; extend the vocal range

and set up good diction. 1

Always expect a high standard in appearance,

attendance and singing – the liturgy deserves our

best. St Augustine said: “Do not be impatient

with imperfection as you strive for perfection”.

Constantly seek to improve, develop and grow,

while loving the imperfect voice-in-training.

Invite promising choristers to arrive earlier to

workshop the psalm for the next Mass. Choose

from these to sing the psalm from the Ambo

and so develop a ministry of trained psalmists

over time.

Preferably recruit a young person into the role

of accompanist. Suggest an annual parish organ

scholarship fundraising concert. In return, expect

your organ scholar to commit to regular choir

rehearsals and Sunday Mass. A music budget is

essential – liturgical music deserves a high parish

priority and training, which comes at a cost.

A volunteer choir manager communicates

with the choristers and looks after the many

practical issues such as managing the music

library; marking the attendance role; setting

up the room and PA in the Church.

Appointed section leaders and choir head

choristers can also assist with these tasks

while also mentoring younger choristers and

suggesting new repertoire.

What about repertoire? Young people are

capable of singing anything and show far more

openness to a wide range of musical genres than

many adults assume. They can sing accompanied

and unaccompanied; traditional and

contemporary music; rounds and canons; in

unison or harmony.

Avoid “kiddy ditties”. This disengages adults

at Mass and young people soon outgrow this

sort of music and find it patronising. Do develop

“osmosis” between parish and school repertoire

but avoid succumbing to “dumbed down” music.

While including upbeat, contemporary styles of

music, also offer the “treasury of sacred music”

to which the young have a right. If this year’s

coolest sound, which is inevitably out of fashion

in five years, is all they’ve ever had, they will

have no musical connection with Church when

they are adults. Give youth timeless music they

can grow into and grow with, whether it is

traditional, ancient repertoire or well composed

contemporary music.

“The choir has its place”. Full, active and conscious

participation does not mean everyone has

to do everything. For example when the gifts are

brought forward the choir might sing a motet or

anthem for the edification and inspiration of the

people who still participate most richly in public

worship through their active, prayerful listening.

Think beyond the parish: bring your choir

along to diocesan liturgies such as the Rite of

Election and the Chrism Mass, so they can

experience a fuller richness of belonging to the

Church family.

Forming a parish youth choir is only a step

towards the real goal – to include young people

in our parish choirs (or perhaps to have a parish

choir!), offering them a repertoire which includes

timeless tunes and ancient chants which will sustain

their identity with Church through music,

through their adult lives and into old age.

For more information about forming a parish

youth choir, contact the DLC’s Subcommittee

for Music:

1. An excellent resource for a beginning conductor is

Mike Brewer, Mike Brewer’s Warm-Ups!

You are invited to the annual

Diocese of Broken Bay

Mass with People

with Disabilities

18 August 2013, 10.00am

Hosted by Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish,

165 Serpentine Rd, Terrigal

Celebrant: Bishop David L Walker

Lunch will be served at the

conclusion of the Mass

RSVP: 7 August 2013 – 9847 0448 /

4332 9825 /

Please advise if you require transport

or other assistance, or have any

special dietary requirements.

Brigidine College St Ives

will hold its annual reunion day on

Saturday October 26

for the classes of 1973, 1983, 1993 and 2003.

The College will be “Open” between 2pm

and 4pm and then each year group will

move to their individual class celebrations

For further information – please contact our

Alumni co-ordinator Wendy Baxter on

9988 6254 or email

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ACROSS Our Diocese

Loaded up with Love

We called in to see Fr Shaju at The

Entrance, and he sends his love.

He misses his Narraweena family.

As we were driving through Nambucca

heads, we had a phone call from Rev Lenore

Parker, who had originally requested our

help, asking us to detour into Coff ’s Harbour

with our load because 46 refugee families

had arrived there and with the sudden cold

spell, they were completely out of warm

things to give the refugees. God provides

As we unloaded our car, rugs and scarves

and beautiful beanies were literally unpacked

and worn away. To our eyes, they were wearing

love. All of these refugees were families, so

there were many children. They were from

Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Africa. All hot

countries so they had no warm clothes and

Vinnies and the Anglicare op shops were

empty because of the sudden cold snap.

It was a wonderful experience and witness

to deliver such amazing love and generosity

from our parish. We are a Jesus Community

and our social justice and community teams

will continue to support those in need.

We continued on to Maclean, where we met

up with our indigenous friend, Rev. Lenore

Parker, she is the first indigenous Anglican

minister in the Grafton area. She studied

By Toni and Richard Byrne, Warringah Parish

We left home laden with warm scarves, beanies, gloves, children’s books, jigsaw puzzles and

beautiful hand knitted rugs. All of this was gifted with much love, and we took that too.

at the Catholic seminary and radiates love.

She took us to a morning with the elders of

her mob. It was heart wrenching listening to

their stories and reminded us of the plight of

the Jews being forced to move constantly. It

seems to be a parallel story. They are gentle

folk who have very little but they are very

generous and shared what they had with us.

It was so cold we wished that we had some

of the warm gear that we had delivered.

They said Thank You!

The photo of our car was when it was

only half packed. We were so overwhelmed

with everyone’s generosity. We slammed the

doors shut and continued loading through the

windows… made driving hard. Thank you to

everyone, it was such a wonderful project.


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ACROSS Our Diocese

“The Light of Faith” – Pope Francis’ First Encyclical

By Pina Bernard, Parish Support Unit

Light is a great symbol for faith, and in a particular way, our Diocesan lighthouse

speaks of a light that shows a way in darkness.

This theme is picked up in Pope Francis’

first encyclical letter dated 29 June and

titled “The Light of Faith” (Lumen Fidei).

Drafted by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

and completed by Pope Francis, it continues

the spotlight on faith, in this Year of Faith.

Beginning with the story of faith

throughout history, through the word spoken

to Abraham, and which ultimately finds

fulfilment in Christ. The document speaks

of faith grounded in truth, a recovering

of a deep memory of “something prior to

ourselves” that transcends and unites us.

It speaks of the importance of receiving faith

as part of a community, and how faith is passed

on from one generation to another “through an

unbroken chain of witnesses,” and that actually

our own “self-knowledge is only possible when

we share in a greater memory.” The role of the

sacraments is highlighted as part of this memory.

The document goes on to show how faith is

a light for society, in families and relationships,

and as a strength and hope in suffering.

Read the encyclical at

“God as a supernatural gift, becomes

a light for our way, guiding our journey

through time. On the one hand, it is a

light coming from the past, the light of the

foundational memory of the life of Jesus

which revealed his perfectly trustworthy love,

a love capable of triumphing over death.

Yet since Christ has risen and draws us

beyond death, faith is also a light coming

from the future and opening before us vast

horizons which guide us beyond our isolated

selves towards the breadth of communion.”

Share your hopes and

dreams for the Church

What do you believe the Holy Spirit is

calling our Church to be and to do? What

signs of hope and good news do you experience

in our Church? What difference has the

Year of Grace made in your life? Share a

moment of grace you have experienced.

Answers to these questions are sought as part

of a response to the recent Year of Grace. They

will be collated for the Bishops of Australia.

Have your say by sharing your responses at

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Golden Celebrations for Carlingford

In March this year, the Epping-Carlingford community celebrated the 50th anniversary of the birth of St Gerard Majella’s Church, Carlingford.

The celebrations began with a short informative talk by Gordon Floyd (reprinted below) followed by a beautiful Mass concelebrated by Frs

Peter Dowd PP, Vince Casey VG, David Ranson, Colin Blayney (former PP), Noel Molloy, Michael Stoney SJ and Eugene Szondi. Parishioners,

visitors and guests filled St Gerard’s to overflowing.

Mass was followed by refreshments in the Church Hall, which was the site of the original St Gerard’s Church. Beautifully decorated, and with

tables overflowing with food, parishioners and guests laughed, chatted and reminisced as they expressed thanks for all that had happened

over the past 50 years, and looked forward to a strong and vibrant future together.

St Gerard Majella Carlingford

– 50 Years on,

by Gordon James Floyd

The early history of the

Carlingford area was one of

orchards, market gardens and small

farm holdings. In those days the

Carlingford population of the area

belonged to the Epping parish. In

1950 the parish boundaries were

changed resulting in Carlingford

becoming part of the Rydalmere

parish. Due to the difficulty

of access from Carlingford to

Rydalmere, Father Ford, the Parish

Priest, arranged for Mass to be celebrated

in the old scouts hall in

Lloyds Avenue, Carlingford. The

first Mass was celebrated in that

venue on 17 September 1950.

“I note the rural atmosphere

and I see a strong vibrant future

of the parish.” Betty Connors,

living in Epping for 4 years.

The next development was the

establishment of a church on the

corner of Pennant Hills Road

and Evans Rd, Carlingford. This

church was a damaged Presbyterian

building from Campsie, which was

re-erected on Housing Commission

land granted rent-free for a period

of five years. Named Our Lady of

the Way, the first Mass was celebrated

there in March 1956.

Subsequently, the parish boundaries

were reviewed due to the

residential development throughout

the Rydalmere parish, and

Carlingford became part of the new

parish of Dundas/Carlingford,

with Father Robert Nolan appointed

as Parish Priest.

“I recall all the husbands clearing

blackberry bushes to allow

passage to the church. There

have been great changes to the

area from farmland to a leafy

close community… I still have

friends from those early days and

I see the current generation will

work to continue the community.”

Marie Louise McDiamond,

Parishioner 52 years.

As the Housing Commission

plans necessitated the return of

the land on which the little church

stood, new arrangements were

needed for the establishment of a

new Mass centre for Carlingford.

Father Nolan informed the parishioners

that the Church had acquired

some three and a half acres of land

in Carlingford and consideration

would need to be given to constructing

a new Mass centre on

the site.

This parcel of land was part

of the old Pennant Hills Radio

Station and the portion acquired by

the Church included the machinery

room in a near-derelict state. The

parcel of land is the land on which

the current St Gerard Majella community

of the Epping/Carlingford

parish now stands.

Following inspections of the site,

meetings of parishioners were held

and it was decided that the building

could be renovated to become the

Mass centre for those living in the

Carlingford area. As funds were

short, families of the area willingly

offered their services to undertake

the necessary work to achieve the

desired end of providing a local

Mass centre.

Working bees were organised

on Saturdays and Sundays

for some four months before the

building was ready for the celebration

of Mass. The total cost up to

that point was $24,000 spent on

materials, as there were no labour

costs incurred. The first Mass was

celebrated on 13 May 1962.

The working bees up to this

point had concentrated on the

preparation of the interior of

the building so that it was presentable

for Mass, however there

remained a lot of work to be

done to improve the appearance

and suitability of the building to

function in the longer term as a

church. Accordingly working bees

continued for many months.

Due to the development of the

area and its population growth,

it soon became evident that the

parish of Dundas/Carlingford

was becoming too big for one

priest to manage. It was soon

split into the two parishes of

Dundas and Carlingford, and

Father Robert Nolan elected to

take the Carlingford portion and

to continue with the parish development

work he had initiated.

The first Mass to be celebrated

in the new parish of St Gerard

Majella Carlingford took place on

3 March 1963.

“I believe there is a strong future

thanks to good priests including

Fr Colin who established

many groups. Fr Peter is now

continuing this good work. I

particularly praise Sr Pauline

for her continued devotion to the

community…” Margaret Maher,

Parishioner over 40 years.

The separation of the

Carlingford area into its own parish

meant more work and more

working bees! Having vacated his

Dundas presbytery, Father Nolan

initially rented a cottage in Tripoli

Avenue, Carlingford, to serve as

a presbytery until one could be

built on the parish site. The parish

engaged a builder, Mr Dallas

Shannon, who undertook the

major building works with parishioners

undertaking much of the

labouring tasks together with all

the plumbing and electrical works.

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The building was ready for occupation

in September 1963.

Up to this stage the closest

Catholic primary school was

Our Lady Help of Christians at

Epping, which many of our children

attended. However, due to the

overcrowding in all local schools

it soon became obvious that St

Gerard’s Carlingford needed to

develop its own parish primary.

Plans were prepared for the initial

development of a three-classroom

block together with a small administration

block, and provided for

the future development as the

need arose. The first portion of the

school was completed in time for

classes in September 1964.

Over the next five years the

school was progressively developed

to accommodate the increasing

number of pupils.

During 1969, due to an increase

in those attending Sunday Masses,

additional seating was required in

the church. This was achieved by

the addition of a new sanctuary

onto the end of the church opening

up more space.

As the parish developed and the

population of the area increased, it

again became necessary to review

the parish boundaries. It was logical

to create a separate new parish

of North Rocks which occurred in

1970, annexing a large portion of

the Carlingford parish area.

During this period, Fr Nolan

was formulating ideas for a new

parish church. The transformation

of the old machinery room into a

Mass centre and the church of St

Gerard Majella was always seen

as a temporary measure to satisfy

the needs of the parishioners until

the parish was in a position to

build a new and permanent parish

church. By close co-operation with

the architect, Fr Nolan was able to

develop, within a very tight budget,

a plan that met all the needs to be

able to celebrate Mass and other

liturgies with due reverence. The

new church was officially blessed

and opened on Sunday 9 April

1972. Following the dedication of

the new church, the old church

building became the parish hall.

This has been a potted version

of the early history of the physical

development of the parish of

St Gerard Majella, Carlingford,

over those formative years. During

this period, as well as its physical

development, the parish also

developed a strong spiritual life

due to efforts of its pastors and

I am sure will continue to do so

in the future. Anyone seeking a

more detailed early history of the

formation of the parish should

refer to the booklet: “The Birth of

a Parish – The Catholic Church in

Carlingford 1950-1979” by Mary

C.Frater. Copies are available from

the St Vincent de Paul piety stall

in the church.

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An Appealing Tradition

Twitter feeds from the 14 th Century

By Anneliese Scenna

A MUSICAL instrument, you could say, bellowing sound,

a communication device for the locals. It’s a call to

worship, a call to celebrate and a call to mourn – the

church bell has been all this and more for centuries.

And now St Leonard’s Church, Lower

North Shore, is getting six bells all

the way from Wales – making it the first

Catholic Church in Sydney region in

150 years to have its own peal of bells.

Bellringing is an art that takes years of

practice. To the uninitiated, a simple pull

of a bell-rope would seem to be enough

to get a good chime. But there’s a lot to

learn, and it’s a team sport, requiring

physical and mental stamina, as well

as the ability to play with a group.

For bellringer Patricia Gemmell, of

Naremburn, learning was harder than

she expected, and after two lessons

she was almost ready to give up.

“It’s very difficult at first,” she says.

“The second lesson I was totally

discouraged, and thought I just don’t

know if I’ll go ahead with this.”

But Mrs Gemmell persisted, and by the

end of her third lesson she had developed

a surprising passion for her craft.

“I was hooked because I could actually

do it,” she says. “It’s a very long slow

process, but once I got it, that was it. I love

it – I could never have believed I would

become so passionate about bellringing.”

Months of hard work and intensive

learning for Mrs Gemmell and the other

bellringers in the area got them to the point

where they could control the bells, ring in

rounds and do a few call changes, where you

change the order in which each bell is rung.

Dr Matthew Sorell, President of the

Australian and New Zealand Association

of Bellringers, says you have to practise

until you and the bell become one.

“It’s just naturally an

extension of you,” he says.

Despite the process, the Naremburn

group had a target – they were aiming

to be ready for the dedication of six new

bells at their local St Leonard’s Church.

The idea began eight to 10 years ago, and

took off in 2009. At first it was opposed

by a small group of residents concerned

about noise, but it finally won approval

with sound and time restrictions.

All the way from the Church of Our

Lady and St James at Bangor, in Wales, the

six bells made a new home in St Leonard’s

Church and were rung for the first time in

April. An outcome only made possible by

donations from the community at large,

which funded the bells project in its entirety.

“That was amazing, to think this is

real – our church actually has a peal of

bells now,” says Mrs Gemmell. “And they’re

here to stay – once they’re in our church,

they’ll be there for 100 or 200 years.”

The plan is to ring the bells 15 minutes

before 10:30am and 6pm Mass on Sundays,

and at a number of weddings and funerals

during the year. Dr Sorell hopes the peal of

the bells will add to the sense of occasion.

Being familiar with the sound from

trips overseas, Mrs Gemmell is sure

the bells won’t be an annoyance.

“I don’t think it will be intrusive into

people’s lives – not as intrusive as the barking

dogs and whipper-snippers and lawnmowers

and helicopters,” she says, chuckling.

Now ready for service, Mrs Gemmell says

she has a lifetime of learning ahead of her.

Dr Sorell, who has devoted nearly 25

years to bellringing and is still learning,

says that is one of the great joys.

“It’s not just learn the skill, get

to a plateau and forget it.”

The craft has a history going back

centuries, he says. The church was usually

built on the highest local point, so the peal

of the bells could be heard all around.

Dr Sorell calls it “14 th and 15 th century

Twitter”. “How would you know it was time

for Mass? How would you know it was

time for work? The answer is the bells.”

Six centuries later, bells continue to

be a core element of life for many people

– believers and non-believers alike.

And more than 100 years after the laying

of its foundation stone, St Leonard’s Church

has another significant moment to add to

its timeline. After a decade-long vision,

the six bells from Wales are now proudly

hanging at the highest point of the church,

sending their joyful peal over the area.

And that has to be a call to celebrate.

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One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism

by Lorraine Lobsey, Member of Ecumenical Commission of Broken Bay

We had the luxury of our own coach and driver and being dropped off right at the gates of the Catholic

church at Woy Woy, where the lights of this tall circular building both welcomed and intrigued us.

This was the Fifth Anniversary of the

Covenant between the Anglican Diocese of

Newcastle represented by Bishop Peter Stuart,

the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

represented by Bishop William Wright, and

the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay which was

represented by Bishop David Walker.

From the start there was something a bit

different about this Ecumenical Service. The

seating in the church follows its circular shape

and embraces those assembled bringing all closer

to the Eucharistic table. The three bishops sat

beside the Baptismal Font, with the congregation.

The theme of the liturgy was taken from

Ephesians 4: 1-7 – there is “one Lord, one faith,

one baptism”. This was all the more poignant as

the church is named after St John the Baptist.

Words of former Archbishop of Canterbury,

Archbishop Rowan Williams were read and

went straight to the point “In the near future of

ecumenical dialogue I believe that a more robust

assertion of what it is we recognise when we

recognise each other’s baptism will be of great

significance. To recognise one another’s baptism

is not to recognise the mechanical validity of

some action; it is to recognise being in Christ”.

We were given hope in a reflection of the

Bishops of Anglican Communion (1988) “Even

where we are not yet “in communion” we recognise

that we are not “out of communion” but

already experience a considerable degree of communion

grounded in a common baptism and

shared faith.”

The Gospel was from Matthew 28: 16-20.

In his homily Rev Greg Woolnough, Minister

of Gosford Uniting Church, reflected that following

Jesus and His example isn’t easy, it asks

a lot. Concluding, he said that it can mean going

beyond what’s comfortable, personally, and as

church. Such is the challenge with our Covenant.

Our true security is in God.

Tonight the focus was on our common baptism.

In response to The Call of Baptism we each

called out loud our name, denomination and

location of church sounding a bit like the Tower

of Babel might have sounded. We acclaimed our

Baptismal Commitment and Profession of Faith

and were sprinkled with the Waters of the Font

by the three Bishops who had blessed it together.

When exchanging the sign of peace we verbally

acknowledged the baptism of the person beside

us saying “Through our common baptism Christ

Photos courtesy Tom Croll Photography

has claimed us for his own. Peace be with you”.

The challenge and mission of Christian people

was reflected in the beautiful concluding prayers

and blessing.

With the pipe organ and choir in full voice

the people led the Bishops and clergy out of the

church, passing by the waters of the baptismal

font and onto a delicious supper. We pray that

one day we pass beyond our baptism and onto

share together at the Eucharist table.

Date Claimer:

Upcoming Ecumenical Events

Priests or Ministers?

What’s the difference?”

To find the answers you will need to

come along to the Dialogue between

the Catholic Church and Uniting Church

being held at Gosford Uniting Church on

Wednesday, 21 August at 7.30 pm.

The speakers will be Bishop David

Walker, Bishop of Broken Bay and Rev.

Greg McConnell, Chairperson of the

Ku-ring-gai Presbytery of the Uniting

Church. Our first dialogue was very well

received. Please come along, there’s

always something new to discover.

Episcopal Dialogues

The topic before the Bishops is “In

essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty;

in all things, charity” (St Augustine).

What would you say are the three

essential beliefs in order to be a Christian?”

We expect the Bishops will hold the

same three essential beliefs, but will they?

Respectful and light-hearted but always

informative and thought-provoking it is wellworth

coming along. All are welcome.

Tuesday 13 August at 7.30 pm at

St John’s Anglican Church, Gordon

(Cnr Pacific Highway and St Johns

Avenue) led by Bishop David Walker

and Anglican Bishop Glenn Davies.

Thursday 5 September at 7.30 pm

at Christ Church Anglican Church Mann

St, Gosford, led by Bishop David Walker

and Anglican Bishop Peter Stuart.

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What do Moses, David and St Paul all have in common?

Reflection on Exodus 2: 1-5

By Barry Finch

Diocesan President, St Vincent de Paul Society

They all killed people or at

least, were responsible for

their deaths. Ironic, isn’t it?

Three of the greatest heroes of

the faith and they all have very

muddy histories. Isn’t it amazing

how God did not give up on these

men but empowered them to turn

their lives around? On one level,

we shouldn’t be too amazed. After

all that’s what God wants to do

for everyone, isn’t it? We all have

people in our lives, who seem very

far from God, but God hasn’t lost

hope in them – and neither should

we! If God did so much for Moses,

David and Paul (Saul), he can do

the same for anyone. When people

looked at Moses they saw a man

of privilege taking advantage of

his adoptive parents. But God saw

the seeds of a humble leader and

steadfast believer and that’s what

he became. When people looked

at Saul, they saw a murderous

religious zealot. But Jesus saw an

apostle and that’s what he became.

Certainly one of Jesus greatest

gifts was to free people to live

according to their potential and

not in the prison of their past.

It is very easy to dismiss some

people – prison inmates, apathetic

youth, corrupt leaders, dishonest

politicians, drug dealers, or just

the lazy person down the street.

But you never know – one

of them may well be the next

Moses or St Paul. All they need

is someone who whole-heartedly

believes in their potential and

helps them take steps to fulfil it.

Over the course of the next

few days, try to help the people

around you see their own

potential. Thank co-workers who

go the extra mile. Point out some

of the strengths you see in your

pastor, religious or lay leaders in

your Parish. God has a perfect

plan for everybody and you may

be the one voice of encouragement

to help someone lay hold of that

plan. So see the greatness and

potential in everyone you meet –

and that’s what they will become!

Holy Spirit, give me eyes of

faith so that I can see people the

way Jesus saw them. Give me

the courage to lift others to their

full potential. Help me see in

them what Jesus sees in them.

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Thursday 31 October 2013

10 th Anniversary

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3-course meal and drinks

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There are many people in our

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12 The Alpha Course in the Catholic Context 2013.The Alpha

course is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith.

It’s relaxed, low key, friendly and fun. Alpha runs every Monday

for ten weeks with a Day Retreat in the middle. St Philip Neri

Hall, Sailors Bay Road, Northbridge. For further information call:

Lyn 0419 977531 or Zoe 0410 688507 E:

13 Episcopal Dialogue: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials,

liberty; in all things, charity” (St Augustine). What would

you say are the three essential beliefs in order to be a

Christian?” 7.30 pm at St John’s Anglican Church, Gordon

(Cnr Pacific Highway and St Johns Avenue) led by Bishop David

Walker and Anglican Bishop Glenn Davies. All are welcome.

18 Annual Mass for People with Disabilities, their families

and carers. 10am, Our Lady Star of the Sea Terrigal

21 “Priests or Ministers? What’s the difference?” – To find

the answers you will need to come along to the Dialogue

between the Catholic Church and the Uniting Church being

held at Gosford Uniting Church at 7.30pm. Speakers will be

Bishop David Walker and Rev Greg McConnell, Chairperson

of the Ku-ring-gai Presbytery of the Uniting Church. Please

come along – there is always something new to discover!

27 Refugees and Asylum Seekers – Where to from here?

Talk presented by Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the

Human Rights Commission Australia. 7pm, Trixie Forest

Hall, St Scholastica’s College Glebe. To obtain further

information please contact Mary Robinson on 8752 5303 or Donation at the door.

28 The Ten Commandments – Why Only Ten? Third in a series

of four evening presentations sponsored by the Diocesan

Commission for Interfaith Relations. Presented by Rabbi Gad

Krebs Masada Synagogue, St Ives and Dr Antoinette Collins,

lecturer in Theology, Broken Bay Institute and University of

Newcastle. These sessions will help Christians Appreciate the

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way the Jewish people read their Hebrew Scriptures, their insights

and methodology, and in this way enable a better understanding

of Jewish and Christian Traditions. 6-8pm, Caroline Chisholm

Centre Pennant Hills. For more information please contact Sr

Trish Madigan OP or 9847 0428


5 Episcopal Dialogue: “In essentials, unity; in nonessentials,

liberty; in all things, charity” (St Augustine).

What would you say are the three essential beliefs in

order to be a Christian?” 7.30 pm at Christ Church Anglican

Church Mann St, Gosford, led by Bishop David Walker

and Anglican Bishop Peter Stuart. All are welcome.

6-8 Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend: This special Marriage

Enrichment Weekend is said to have transformed a good marriage

into a GREAT MARRIAGE. It’s a weekend of discovery – a lifetime of

love. Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville NSW (NOTE: The Broken

Bay Diocese is supporting couples to attend a Weekend by subsiding

the cost, for further information about this please contact Patty

Thomas T: 9847 0518 E: ). Enquiries &

Bookings – Ardell & Bill Sharpe T: 4283 3435

17 A Gathering in solidarity.The Catholic Parish of Frenchs

Forest warmly invites you to join us in giving support to all who

have been affected by abuse and trauma and their families

and friends who have suffered with them. This evening will

be held at St Anthony in the Fields 46 Myoora Rd Terrey Hills

commencing at 7.30pm. All are welcome. For more information,

please contact Jon Links at

21-29 Enneagram Workshops / Enneagram Six-day Intensive.

Presented by Peter O’Hanrahan, St Scholastica’s College Glebe.

To find out more please visit

or contact Dominique Galea:

M: 0403 063 451 (residential options available)

DEADLINE for October 2013 edition of Broken Bay News: Monday 9 September 2013

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6 November 2013

Time: 10:30am – 12noon

Location: Meeting point at the George Street entrance to the Museum of Contemporary

Art, Sydney. Finishing point St Patrick’s Church, Church Hill, Sydney

Registration is Essential

RSVP: one week prior to the event

Phone: 9847 0448 or 4332 9825


‘Monsieur Vincent’

In celebration of St Vincent de Paul’s Feast Day, you are warmly invited to attend a viewing of the 1947

movie, Monsieur Vincent, the 1948 Academy Award winner for Special Foreign Language Film. In 1995, on

the occasion of the 100th anniversary of cinema, the Vatican compiled a list of 45 “great films”. Monsieur

Vincent appears as the 14 th film on this list. This is a subtitled film. Light refreshments will be served.

Date: Friday 27 September 2013 (St Vincent’s de Paul’s Feast Day)

Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Location: Caroline Chisholm Centre, 423 Pennant Hills Rd, Pennant Hills RSVP: Wednesday 25 September 2013

Phone: 9847 0448 or 4332 9825


“Just Looking, Thanks”

An Art and Faith Workshop with Fr Andy Bullen SJ

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of an “Art and Faith” workshop with Fr Andy Bullen, SJ. From Andy Warhol’s

interpretation of Leonardo’s “Annunciation,” to Rouault’s “Holy Face,” Ruben’s “Deposition,” Caravaggio’s “The Incredulity

of St Thomas,” and Goldstein’s “Icarus,” Fr Andy Bullen takes us on a journey of faith and belief thought the medium of

art. Come and explore with Fr Andy. Feed the imagination, depth great truth, and open the heart to prayer. Fr Andy’s

presentation will be held on the Central Coast on 29 October, and will be repeated at Pennant Hills on 30 October.

Date: Tuesday 29 October 2013

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: St Mary’s Church Hall, 458 Main Road Toukley 2263

RSVP: Friday 25 October 2013

Phone: 9847 0448 or 4332 9825


Date: Wednesday 30 October 2013

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Caroline Chisholm Centre, Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills (Vehicular entry via City View Road)

RSVP: Friday 25 October 2013

Phone: 9847 0448 or 4332 9825


Parents & Grandparent Reflection Mornings

(referred to previously as Mothers & Grandmothers Spirituality Mornings).

Dates & Locations: See Below

9:15am – 12:15pm

‘A Little Bit of Heaven’

“Time out for busy parents and grandparents” A series of reflection mornings facilitated by the

Date: Friday 13 September

Time: 6:30pm BBQ for a 7:00-9:00pm event

Location: Our Lady of Dolours Catholic Parish, 94 Archer St, Chatswood 2067

Join young people from across the Diocese come together to celebrate our faith through music, dance, drama, testimony

and preaching. A free BBQ dinner will be provided from 6:30pm before our night begins. All are welcome!

Please RSVP number to assist with catering to

SPARK Camp – For School Students in years 7-9

Dates: Sunday 22 – Tuesday 24 September (1 st week of school holiday)

Time: 3:00 pm Sunday – 1:00pm Tuesday

Location: Southern Cross Outdoor Education Centre

Cost: $120

SPARK your light as you climb, fly, jump, sing, dance, laugh and much more, while meeting new friends and sharing your faith.

The camp is open to all students in year’s 7-9 and will be facilitated by the Diocesan Youth Ministry

staff, along with a team of school and parish youth ministry coordinators. The cost includes

accommodation, food and all activities. Transport to the camp is not included.

You must register to attend this event. Please make your booking at by Friday 6 September, 2013.

If you require further information or if you have any problems registering, please

contact the youth team on or 9847 0472.

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD)

CCD Ministry Induction (CCDMI formerly BAC)

CCDL1 – 01B The Mission and Ministry of the Catechist

CCDL1 – 02B SRE Teacher in the Parish and the School

CCDL1 – 03B Lesson Planning: Teaching the Authorised Curriculum

Course Type: CCDMI Location: The Entrance

Date: Aug 30, Sep 6 & 13 (Fri)

Time: 9:30am-12:00pm Register by: 26 August Ph: 4332 9825 or 9847 0448


Course Type: CCDMI Location: Caroline Chisholm Centre, Pennant Hills

Date: Sept 3,10 & 17 (Tues)

Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm Register by: 27 September

Ph: 4332 9825 or 9847 0448 Email:

Course Type: CCDMI Location: Davidson Hall

Date: Oct 10, 17, & 24 (Thurs)

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm Register by: 7 October Ph: 4332 9825 or 9847 0448


Course Type: CCDMI Location: East Gosford Date: Nov 11, 18 & 25 (Mon)

Time: 6:45pm-9:00pm Register by: 31 October Ph: 4332 9825 or 9847 0448


Diocesan (Combined Regions) Reflection Day

Date: Monday 25 November 2013

Location: St Francis of Assisi Retreat Centre, Lutana Rd, Somersby

Time: 9:15 – 3:00pm

RSVP: Wed 20 Nov

Morning tea refreshments will be provided please BYO Lunch

Ph: 4332 9825 or 9847 0448


Registration is essential to assist with catering, venue setup and preparation of course material. There are no assessments

or homework. Participant evaluation of the training is requested. Morning tea and/or supper is provided.

Would you like to be kept informed about upcoming adult faith education and formation opportunities within the Diocese? Please contact David Patterson,

Adult Faith Formation Coordinator, at or 9847 0514 to receive a monthly adult faith formation email detailing events from around the parishes.

Parish Support Unit Education and Formation Opportunities

August – November 2013

The Parish Support Unit (PSU) is a part of the Bishop’s Office and has the prime responsibility of assisting parishes with Pastoral Care for

Evangelisation. One of the key activities is Lay Ministry Development and the Faith Formation of adults and children. We are proud to offer the following

programs from August through to the end of November 2013. Courses are available to all and are free of charge (unless otherwise stated).

To register for any of these formation opportunities, please contact the person indicated, or telephone 9847 0448 or 4332 9825.

Catholicism Faith Formation Program

This highly acclaimed video series brings the beauty, goodness and truth of the Church to life. Hosted by Fr Robert Barron,

the Catholicism series covers what Catholics believe, and why they believe it.

Dates: Wednesdays 7, 14, 21, 28 August; 4, 11, 18, 25 September; 9, 16 October

Time: 10:30am – 12noon

Location: Caroline Chisholm Centre, 423 Pennant Hills Road Pennant Hills 2120

RSVP: Monday 5 August 2013,

Phone: 9847 0448 or 4332 9825


“Where the Hell is God?” A Talk by Fr Richard Leonard, SJ

This presentation by Fr Richard Leonard, based on his book, ‘Where the Hell is God?’, which has been described by James

Martin SJ as, “One of the best books you will ever read on the spiritual life.” Fr Richard’s talk concerns the ageless cry of

humankind, “Where is God when tragedy and suffering afflicts good people?” A dynamic speaker, Fr Richard’s talk is not to

be missed. The talk will be held on the Central Coast in August and repeated on the Northern Beaches in September.

Date: Monday 12 August 2013

Time: 7:00pm – 8:45pm

Location: St Mary MacKillop Church, Cnr of Sparks and Minnesota Roads Woongarrah

RSVP: Friday 9 August 2013

Go to to register or

Phone: 9847 0448 or 4332 9825

Date: Wednesday 11 September 2013

Time: 7:00pm – 8:45pm

Location: The Lakes Catholic Parish Hall, Lagoon Street, Narrabeen

RSVP: by Monday 9 September 2013

Go to to register or

Phone: 9847 0448 or 4332 9825

“The Return of the Prodigal Son”

by Henri Nouwen: A Book Reading Experience

You are warmly invited to be part of a book reading experience. The book selection is Henri Nouwen’s “The Return of

the Prodigal Son,” regarded as a modern spiritual classic. As Nouwen reflects upon Rembrandt’s painting of the parable

found in chapter 15 of Luke’s Gospel, he evokes a powerful drama of homecoming, affirmation and reconciliation.

Dates: Tuesdays 6, 13, 20, & 27 August 2013

Time: 10:30am – 12noon

Location: Caroline Chisholm Centre, 423 Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills

Registration is essential

RSVP: Friday 2 August 2013,

Phone: 9847 0448 or 4332 9825


In the Footsteps of Mary MacKillop:

CSO (in collaboration with the PSU) will be held around the Peninsula Region; the experience

includes coffee, meditation, discussion and blessing. Child minding provided.

Friday 16 August: Our Lady of Good Counsel School 11 Currie Rd, Forestville

Tuesday 20 August: St Cecilia’s School 59 Seaview St Balgowlah

Thursday 22 August: St Rose School 8 Rose Ave Collaroy Plateau

Friday 23 August: St Kieran’s School 63 Gordon St Manly Vale

Thursday 29 August: St Mary’s School Manly & St John the Baptist School Freshwater, 7 Johnson St Freshwater

For further information please contact Janette Davidson at

or Virginia Ryan at

To RSVP please contact Sue Labutis at or Ph: 9847 0304

Understanding the Hebrew Scriptures: Jewish - Christian Conversations

The Ten Commandments: Why Only Ten?

Date: Wednesday 28 August 2013

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Caroline Chisholm Centre, Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills 2120

RSVP: Monday 26 August 2013

Phone: 9847 0448 or 4332 9825


As part of the Jewish-Christian Adult Education Series, these conversations will help Christians appreciate

the way the Jewish people read their Hebrew Scriptures, their insights and methodology, and in this way

enable a better understanding of Jewish and Christian traditions. Sponsored by the Diocesan Commission for

Interfaith Relations, the series is presented by Rabbi Gad Krebs of Kehillat Masada Synagogue, St Ives, and Dr

Antoinette Collins, Lecturer in Biblical Studies at the Broken Bay Institute & University of Newcastle.

Enquiries: Sr Trish Madigan, OP 9847 0428

Integrity in the Service of the Church

Church Workers along with clergy and religious, contribute to the mission of the Church. Whether you are an

employee or volunteer you are invited to attend a workshop that outlines the principles and standards for lay workers

in the service of the Catholic Church in Australia. Come along and be informed about the contents and implications

of the document ‘Integrity in the Service of the Church’ and how this document can best support your efforts.

Date: Sunday 13 October 2013

Time: 2pm-4pm

Location: Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Centre, 239-243 The Entrance Rd, The Entrance

Date: Thursday 17 October 2013

Time: 7pm-9pm

Location: Caroline Chisholm Centre, 423 Pennant Hills Rd, Pennant Hills

RSVP: Friday 11 October 2013

Phone: 9847 0448 or 4332 9825


Praise and Worship Night

For more information read inside this issue of Broken Bay News or call us on (02) 9847 0750. You can be assured of complete confidentiality in all of your dealings with us.

The Light of Christ Society is a new organisation

within the Diocese, established to honour and thank

the many people who choose to provide ongoing

financial support to their faith community or the

Diocese by leaving a bequest in their Will.

By leaving a bequest in your Will to your local parish

or the Diocese of Broken Bay, you help ensure that the

faith community that has meant so much to you can

continue its mission of walking with people through

the ups and downs of their life and reaching out to

them with the love of Jesus Christ.

Just as your family members are your nearest and

dearest, so too, many people of faith have a special

place in their heart for their local parish.


for your faith




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