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 entail Fitness, Faith and
Family for parents at Prouille and
neighbouring schools St Lucy’s and
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
“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
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
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Bishop David’s Message
– 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.
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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)
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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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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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
“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
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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
‘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
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
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Alternatively you may arrange your own printing either
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Daily Prayer for
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
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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
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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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JOURNEY OF CHRIST
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
GRACES OF FRANCE
A 17 day pilgrimage with Fr Patrick Vaughan
Departing 16th October 2013
• Barcelona • Montserrat • Manresa
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• Mont-Saint-Michel • Lisieux • Paris
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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
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,
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
EARLY LEARNING AND CARE
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OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS CARE
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OUT OF HOME CARE
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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
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
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
The next Boonah art exhibition
will be early December 2013 at
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
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
www.fosteringnsw.com.au or call
1800 2 FOSTER
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• Gosford • Mona Vale
• Hornsby • Royal North Shore
• Wahroonga (Sydney Adventist)
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 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
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
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
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
Topics and areas for spiritual formation
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
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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!
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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Pope Francis Signs Canonisation Decrees
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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.
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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.
• 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.
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!”
Story courtesy Vatican Radio and Catholic World News
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 www.amcro.catholic.org.au
To read the full Papal Message please
visit the Diocesan website www.dbb.org.au
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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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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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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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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
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
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
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
“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
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: email@example.com
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
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.dbb.org.au.
“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.”
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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.
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of a response to the recent Year of Grace. They
will be collated for the Bishops of Australia.
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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
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
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.
* Photos courtesy of Patricia Gemmell
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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
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
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.
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.
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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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: email@example.com
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Calendar of Events 2013
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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org ). Enquiries &
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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,
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A Pilgrimage through the Rocks, Sydney
You are invited to be part of a pilgrimage tracing the steps of St Mary of the Cross through Sydney’s
streets. Using the booklet, “In the Footsteps of Mary MacKillop: A Pilgrimage through the Rocks,
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In celebration of St Vincent de Paul’s Feast Day, you are warmly invited to attend a viewing of the 1947
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“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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 http://www.trybooking.com/CZVU by Friday 6 September, 2013.
If you require further information or if you have any problems registering, please
contact the youth team on email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 www.trybooking.com/49218 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 www.trybooking.com/49039 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Virginia Ryan at email@example.com
To RSVP please contact Sue Labutis at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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
Location: Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Centre, 239-243 The Entrance Rd, The Entrance
Date: Thursday 17 October 2013
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.
IN YOUR WILL
for your faith
After you have