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<strong>Catholic</strong><strong>Outlook</strong><br />

The official publication of the Diocese of Parramatta | www.catholicoutlook.org<br />

VOLUME 18, NOVEMBER <strong>2015</strong> | Photo: Alphonsus Fok<br />

YOUNG<br />

PEOPLE<br />

RALLY TO<br />

SHARE<br />

THEIR<br />

FAITH<br />

page 6<br />




PRIEST<br />

page 11<br />






Dear Brothers and Sisters,<br />

When I was about 12 years old I remember<br />

my mother telling me that there were<br />

certain topics that I should never bring up in<br />

conversation with people I didn’t know very<br />

well. Those topics were religion, politics and<br />

sex!<br />

In the late 1950s and early 60s there was still<br />

a view that such matters were reserved to<br />

those who were professionally equipped to<br />

deal with them, and in ‘polite society’ such<br />

topics were taboo.<br />

Every topic related to human beings, and<br />

now their behaviour is open for discussion at<br />

any time and in any forum.<br />


Very Rev Peter G Williams<br />

Death is part of the<br />

journey that leads us<br />

to eternity with God<br />





PLAN<br />












3<br />

4-6, 11, 19<br />

7<br />

8-9<br />

10<br />

12-14<br />

15, 17<br />

16<br />

18<br />

20-21, 23<br />

22<br />

One only has to recall the censorship laws<br />

that controlled much of the content on<br />

television in this country from the mid-<br />

1950s when TV first came to Australia, and<br />

look at the content that now pervades our<br />

screens, at any time of the day or night.<br />

Yet there is one subject that is avoided and,<br />

when it does bubble up to the surface, is<br />

often treated in a very clinical way. I am<br />

talking about death.<br />

I remember as a teenager reading a novel<br />

entitled The Loved One: An Anglo-American<br />

Tragedy (1948). It is a short, satirical novel<br />

by British novelist by Evelyn Waugh, which<br />

focuses on the absurdity of the American<br />

funeral industry at that time in its attempt to<br />

disguise, as much as possible, the fact that a<br />

body is dead.<br />

In recent decades, we seem to have adopted<br />

much of the American attitude to death.<br />

That we can watch films and TV programs<br />

in which characters are terminated regularly,<br />

and think nothing of it, is measure that we<br />

have become desensitised simply because we<br />

know ‘they are only actors and will get up at<br />

the end of the scene’.<br />

We seem disconnected when watching the<br />

news and, when images of dead people come<br />

on to the screen, we remain disconnected.<br />

(Sometimes there is a warning before the<br />

images are shown so that we can switch off!)<br />

However, when we are confronted by the<br />

death of a relative or close friend, that reality<br />

is very different. We come face to face with<br />

the rude and brutal nature of extinct life.<br />

It is important to confront death and name it<br />

for what it is – an end for which, on this side<br />

of the grave, there is no return!<br />

For <strong>Catholic</strong>s, the month of <strong>November</strong><br />

traditionally has been devoted to<br />

remembering and praying for our deceased<br />

loved ones. The practice of praying for the<br />

dead has great antiquity in the Church and<br />

was part of the life of the earliest Christian<br />

communities.<br />

The annual commemoration of the faithful<br />

departed was linked to the Solemnity of All<br />

Saints’ Day, which happily this year falls on<br />

a Sunday.<br />

Traditionally, the month of <strong>November</strong> has been devoted to remembering and praying for our deceased loved ones.<br />

As on the secular days linked to mothers and<br />

fathers, there will be many in our <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

community in the Diocese who will visit<br />

cemeteries and places where the dead are<br />

memorialised. It is a wonderful expression of<br />

love by those who remain in calling to mind<br />

those who have died.<br />

The practice of requesting that Masses be<br />

offered for the departed is also quite old and<br />

dates back to the early medieval period.<br />

As all of us continue in our journey that will<br />

lead us to encounter the fullness of God’s<br />

glory, we want to ensure that those who<br />

have died can be aided by us, and have the<br />

assurance that they too are united to us, and<br />

that whatever blocks their union with God<br />

will be purged so that they can enjoy the<br />

beatific vision.<br />

We should not fear the reality of death as<br />

we see it as being part of the journey that<br />

extends beyond physical existence and draws<br />

us to eternity with God.<br />

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ<br />

is the core of our faith and we should<br />

experience that immersion spiritually<br />

every week in the Sunday celebration of the<br />

Eucharist, which has at its heart the Paschal<br />

Mystery.<br />

As <strong>Catholic</strong>s we should also give serious<br />

consideration to making adequate<br />

preparation for the time when our earthly<br />

lives will end. There is nothing morbid or<br />

bleak about setting out now, while we are<br />

well and active, the choices of Scripture<br />

readings and liturgical music we would like<br />

to form part of our own funeral liturgy.<br />

As much as anything it provides an insight<br />

for those who come to remember us in<br />

prayer, what were the key drivers in our own<br />

faith.<br />

While funerals are invariably a time of<br />

sadness and grief, for the Christian they are<br />

also an expression of hope, not only for the<br />

deceased person, but also for ourselves.<br />

It is captured quite beautifully in a hymn<br />

from the Ukranian Rite, which is sung to a<br />

very old melody from Kiev. When the late<br />

Cardinal Edward Clancy was being lowered<br />

into the crypt of St Mary’s Cathedral it was<br />

chanted by a schola made up of adolescent<br />

boys from the Cathedral choir:<br />

Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with<br />

thy Saints:<br />

where sorrow and pain are no more;<br />

neither sighing, but life everlasting.<br />

Thou only art immortal, the Creator and<br />

Maker of man:<br />

and we are mortal, formed of the earth,<br />

and unto earth shall we return:<br />

for so thou didst ordain, when thou<br />

createdst me, saying:<br />

Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou<br />

return.<br />

All we go down to the dust; and, weeping<br />

o’er the grave, we make our song:<br />

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!<br />

(Contakion of the Departed: Kiev melody)<br />

This month, let us continue to remember<br />

with love those who have died and with<br />

whom we had a special bond and whose<br />

absence we lament, but know that we are<br />

united with them still in the mystery of the<br />

communion of the Church.<br />

With my prayers,<br />

Very Rev Peter G Williams<br />

Diocesan Administrator<br />

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Young people rally<br />

to share their faith<br />

By James Camden, Director of <strong>Catholic</strong> Youth Parramatta<br />

The forecourt of St Patrick’s Cathedral<br />

attracted more than 300 young people<br />

from across the Diocese of Parramatta<br />

for the first Diocesan Youth Rally, held on the<br />

Feast of St John Paul II.<br />

The rally on 24 October was coordinated<br />

by <strong>Catholic</strong> Youth Parramatta (CYP), the<br />

Diocese Youth Council and the World Youth<br />

Day Committee.<br />

The rally is a new initiative of <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Youth Parramatta, who hope to facilitate a<br />

similar event a couple of times throughout the<br />

year. The concept provides young people with<br />

a welcoming, festival-like experience where<br />

connected <strong>Catholic</strong>s can invite a friend.<br />

As the sun set over the precinct, the<br />

Cathedral steps were transformed into a<br />

spectacular stage for youth bands from Our<br />

Lady of the Angels at Rouse Hill, Mary Queen<br />

of the Family Parish at Blacktown and Youth<br />

for Christ to perform short sets of music<br />

throughout the evening.<br />

Each group entertained the crowd with a<br />

selection of appropriate chart-topping music<br />

and worship songs from their ministries.<br />

The Chair of the Diocese Youth Council,<br />

Fr Paul Roberts, opened the rally with an<br />

inspiring and motivational call to follow the<br />

example of St John Paul II as he welcomed<br />

and encouraged the young people of the<br />

Diocese to enjoy and embrace their coming<br />

together from all reaches of Western Sydney<br />

and the Blue Mountains.<br />

The recent unveiling of the statues of St<br />

John Paul II with young people provided an<br />

opportunity for young people at the rally to<br />

truly celebrate the occasion with the founder<br />

of our Diocese and father of World Youth<br />

Day.<br />

A wall of mercy allowed participants to<br />

write a prayer of intercession or light a candle<br />

before the statues.<br />

Throughout the program young<br />

people preparing for various national and<br />

international pilgrimages to the Philippines<br />

and Poland for World Youth Day 2016, and<br />

Adelaide for next month’s Australian <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Youth Festival were treated to bursts of<br />

formation about the life, spirituality, impact<br />

and history of St John Paul II.<br />

The talented Youth Mission Team<br />

performed a drama and Polish dancing by<br />

the Lajkonik Group gave the crowd a taste of<br />

what to expect in St John Paul II’s homeland,<br />

Poland, during WYD.<br />

A number of youth groups took up the<br />

opportunity to run stalls that provided food<br />

or fun activities to involve young people. Any<br />

profits earned are being pooled back into their<br />

parish fundraising for WYD or other worthy<br />

causes.<br />

The WYD Pilgrimage Leadership Team,<br />

Small Group Leaders and Chaplains were<br />

announced on the night and can be seen on<br />

the back page of this issue of <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>Outlook</strong>.<br />

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Paul Worthington retires<br />

By Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

Paul Worthington. Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.<br />

Paul Worthington will retire as Director<br />

of the Confraternity of Christian<br />

Doctrine (CCD) on 18 December after<br />

close to 13 years in the role.<br />

The CCD was established in Australia in<br />

1958, some 400 years after its genesis, and<br />

was introduced to Parramatta in 1987.<br />

The CCD provides adult education for<br />

catechists (Special Religious Educators) so<br />

that they are equipped to teach the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

faith in state schools. Paul believes there are<br />

two major motivators for those who decide<br />

to become catechists.<br />

“They have to want to share their faith<br />

and love to teach kids,” he said. “You have<br />

to love it because it’s hard going into a<br />

classroom. Anyone who says that teaching is<br />

easy has no idea. It’s a hard task.”<br />

Paul said the greatest attribute of the<br />

CCD was its individual catechists. “For<br />

some kids, that’s their only contact with the<br />

Church.”<br />

Prior to his work with the CCD, Paul was<br />

principal of St Joseph’s Primary School in<br />

Laurieton-Kempsey, where he experienced<br />

the daily challenges associated with teaching,<br />

recognising also the unique difficulties<br />

linked to teaching primary and secondary<br />

students.<br />

“It is a challenge. I always taught primary<br />

but I changed to secondary in about 2007,”<br />

he said. “I changed over because if I was<br />

going to ask people to teach secondary, I had<br />

to be prepared to do it myself.<br />

“That requires training – to be able to<br />

take a question, answer it respectfully, and<br />

then get back to the course outline. Some<br />

people would find that difficult.”<br />

Paul has been asked many tough<br />

questions over the years, and he recommends<br />

being upfront and truthful about your own<br />

knowledge.<br />

“If you don’t know the answer, admit it.<br />

Say, ‘Look I don’t know the response to that.<br />

Can I get back to you?’ Because as soon as<br />

you try to pull the wool over the students’<br />

eyes, they read you straight away.”<br />

Reflecting on the changes he has seen in<br />

his time with the CCD, Paul said there was<br />

a need to encourage more young people to<br />

become catechists.<br />

"The days of having<br />

catechists teach<br />

for 40 or 50 years<br />

is changing. We<br />

need more young<br />

people to become<br />

catechists."<br />

“The days of having catechists teach for<br />

40 or 50 years is changing. We need more<br />

young people to become catechists.”<br />

In our Diocese, 510 students from 19<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> schools are catechists in 190 state<br />

primary schools.<br />

“I am grateful to Bishop Kevin Manning<br />

and Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, who were<br />

very conscious of the work of the CCD<br />

and who supported its ministry across the<br />

parishes,” Paul said.<br />

“I have been blessed with a CCD team of<br />

regional coordinators and my co-worker in<br />

the office, Maree Collis, who have supported<br />

the hard work of parish teams of SRE<br />

teachers and helpers. I am very indebted<br />

to this diocesan team but extremely well<br />

supported by the local parish teams where<br />

SRE begins.”<br />

The Holy Door in Parramatta<br />

By Rev Paul Roberts and Sr Mary Louise Walsh ISSM<br />

The designated door for our Diocese will be the eastern door, far right, at the top of the entry steps at St<br />

Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta. Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.<br />

On 8 December, the Feast of the<br />

Immaculate Conception, Pope<br />

Francis will open a usually sealed<br />

door of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome as a<br />

symbolic door of God’s mercy.<br />

During the Jubilee Year of Mercy,<br />

millions of pilgrims will pass through this<br />

door as a stepping into the arms of God’s<br />

mercy and renewal.<br />

The Jubilee will be celebrated in every<br />

diocese of the world, where there will also be<br />

a designated door for the many of us who are<br />

obviously unable to visit Rome.<br />

In our Diocese, this door will be at St<br />

Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta. It will be<br />

the eastern door at the top of the entry steps,<br />

closest to the new statue of St John Paul II<br />

and his friends.<br />

The themes of the Jubilee Year of Mercy<br />

will call people to be merciful like the<br />

Father, to rediscover works of mercy, to<br />

receive sacramental healing and strength,<br />

to dialogue with those in our world who<br />

are different to us and to truly participate in<br />

God’s merciful love.<br />

Likewise, our cathedral will have<br />

specially prepared focuses and activities<br />

reflecting these themes and into which we as<br />

local pilgrims can be drawn.<br />

Our Holy Door will be opened on the<br />

3rd Sunday of Advent, 13 December, at the<br />

11am Mass. All are most welcome to attend.<br />

During the year of the Jubilee, this will be the<br />

only door through which to enter at the front<br />

of the cathedral.<br />

The tradition of gaining a plenary<br />

indulgence will apply during the Jubilee Year<br />

and more will be communicated about this<br />

as the Jubilee begins.<br />

In brief, it is a special favour of God’s<br />

grace and love with which we can be<br />

blessed by participating in certain spiritual,<br />

sacramental and merciful expressions.<br />

The focuses and themes around our<br />

cathedral’s door of mercy will continue<br />

throughout the year. The special sense of<br />

passing through this threshold of God’s<br />

mercy will be emphasised until the close of<br />

the Jubilee in <strong>November</strong> 2016.<br />

During the course of the year, many<br />

people from our parishes, Diocese<br />

and beyond will be able to participate<br />

meaningfully with a pilgrimage to St Patrick’s<br />

Cathedral.<br />

"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;<br />

those who lived in a land of deep darkness - on them<br />

light has shined." (Isaiah 9:2)<br />

Advent Lessons & Carols<br />

Led by the ACU Strathfield Choir<br />

New Hope<br />

Date: Tuesday December 1, <strong>2015</strong><br />

Time: 6pm, followed by light refreshments<br />

Venue: Barron Memorial Chapel<br />

Australian <strong>Catholic</strong> University<br />

25a Barker Road, Strathfield NSW 2135<br />

For further information contact 02 9701 4223 or email: belinda.lynch@acu.edu.au<br />

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Fostering relations with<br />

people of other faiths<br />

By Rev Walter Fogarty, Chairman of the Diocesan Interfaith Commission<br />


Divine Mercy Devotions<br />

for the Holy Year of Mercy<br />

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Parish,<br />

Upper Blue Mountains<br />

As the Church prepares for the<br />

Jubilee Year of Mercy the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta has announced a newly<br />

reformed Diocesan Interfaith Commission to<br />

foster relations with peoples of other faiths.<br />

Previously, such relations were overseen by<br />

the Commission for Ecumenism and Interfaith<br />

Dialogue.<br />

In separating the two aspects of the<br />

previous commission, the Diocese stresses the<br />

importance of, and focus that needs to be given<br />

to, both areas in its mission within Western<br />

Sydney.<br />

The work of the new Interfaith Commission<br />

will focus on two broad areas: developing and<br />

strengthening dialogue between the Diocese<br />

and other faiths; and promoting a greater<br />

understanding among <strong>Catholic</strong>s of Church<br />

teaching on interfaith relations.<br />

The Commission will further the formal<br />

process of interfaith relations initiated by<br />

Vatican II, leading to formation of what is<br />

now known as the Pontifical Council for<br />

Interreligious Dialogue.<br />

Laying the foundation for the Pontifical<br />

Council’s work, its earlier manifestation,<br />

the Secretariat for Non-Christians, saw that<br />

through its efforts “the Church extends a hand<br />

to our brothers and sisters on their way to God,<br />

who is the end of every human life”.<br />

Australia’s Cardinal Edward Cassidy was<br />

active in the Church’s interfaith dialogue,<br />

especially as a past president of the Vatican’s<br />

Commission for Religious Relations with the<br />

Jews.<br />

Cardinal Cassidy identified the Church’s<br />

early approach as twofold: promoting within<br />

the Church the new understanding of relation<br />

with other faiths as taught by Vatican II’s<br />

declaration Nostra Aetate; and a conscious<br />

effort to develop dialogue with the aim of<br />

building trust and overcoming barriers.<br />

The Pontifical Council, outlining<br />

the method it adopts towards dialogue,<br />

states genuine dialogue “is a two-way<br />

communication. It implies speaking and<br />

listening, giving and receiving, for mutual<br />

growth and enrichment. It includes witness to<br />

one's own faith as well as an openness to that of<br />

the other. It is not a betrayal of mission of the<br />

Church, nor is it a new method of conversion<br />

to Christianity.”<br />

St John Paul II reinforced this need for<br />

open dialogue in his encyclical Redemptoris<br />

Missio (1990). Interfaith dialogue, he wrote, can<br />

aid “the world to be renewed and to journey<br />

ever closer toward the kingdom”.<br />

“Understood as a method and means of<br />

mutual knowledge and enrichment,” St John<br />

Paul teaches, “dialogue is not in opposition<br />

to the [Church’s] mission ad gentes [to the<br />

nations] … It is demanded by deep respect<br />

for everything that has been brought about<br />

in human beings by the Spirit … Through<br />

dialogue, the Church seeks to uncover<br />

the ‘seeds of the Word,’ a ‘ray of that truth<br />

which enlightens all men’'; these are found<br />

in individuals and in the religious traditions<br />

of mankind. Dialogue is based on hope and<br />

love, and will bear fruit in the Spirit. Other<br />

religions constitute a positive challenge for the<br />

Church: they stimulate her both to discover<br />

and acknowledge the signs of Christ's presence<br />

and of the working of the Spirit, as well as to<br />

examine more deeply her own identity and to<br />

bear witness to the fullness of Revelation which<br />

she has received for the good of all.”<br />

Pope Francis continues this teaching<br />

in the bull proclaiming the Year of Mercy,<br />

Misericordiae Vultus, declaring, “There is an<br />

aspect of mercy that goes beyond the confines<br />

of the Church. It relates us to Judaism and<br />

Islam … I trust that this Jubilee year celebrating<br />

the mercy of God will foster an encounter<br />

with these religions and with other noble<br />

religious traditions; may it open us to even<br />

more fervent dialogue so that we might know<br />

and understand one another better; may it<br />

eliminate every form of closed-mindedness and<br />

disrespect, and drive out every form of violence<br />

and discrimination.”<br />

The members of the Diocesan Interfaith<br />

Commission, both lay and ordained, endeavour<br />

to assist in this often overlooked and<br />

misunderstood aspect of the Church’s mission,<br />

an endeavour given greater significance in the<br />

face of growing religious intolerance in our<br />

community.<br />

Parish Churches<br />

St Canice’s Church, 158 Katoomba St,<br />

Katoomba<br />

St Bonaventure’s Church, Railway Pde,<br />

Leura<br />

St Francis Xavier’s Church, Day St,<br />

Wentworth Falls<br />

First Sunday of every month at Leura<br />

The Divine Mercy is celebrated with<br />

beautiful music and song, with prayer<br />

and Rosary, together with Exposition and<br />

Confessions<br />

From 3pm-4.30pm, followed by Sunday<br />

Mass at 5pm<br />

Every Friday at Leura<br />

From 5.15pm-5.50pm, prayer and praise<br />

for the Divine Mercy<br />

(Each parish church has the Divine Mercy<br />

image – the Leura image is life-size)<br />

Each Sunday at Katoomba<br />

Noon, Divine Mercy Holy Hour<br />

Each Sunday at Leura<br />

Noon, Divine Mercy Holy Hour<br />

In each parish church<br />

Before all weekday Masses the Rosary<br />

and Divine Mercy prayers are said<br />

Before all Sunday Masses Divine Mercy<br />

prayers are said<br />

Stations of the Cross once a month in<br />

each parish church<br />

Exposition<br />

Tuesday: Leura 4.45pm-5.15pm (then<br />

Mass), Thursday: Leura 4.45pm-5.15pm<br />

Leura (then Mass)<br />

Friday: Katoomba 12.30pm (after Mass<br />

at noon)<br />

Daily Confessions<br />

(till no more waiting)<br />

Sunday: Wentworth Falls 9am; Leura<br />

4.30pm<br />

Monday: Katoomba 9am<br />

Tuesday: Leura 4.45pm and 5.45pm<br />

Wednesday: Wentworth Falls 10.30am<br />

Thursday: Leura 4.45pm and 5.45pm<br />

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Farewell to a much-loved priest:<br />

Rev Louis Breslan<br />

15 March 1923 – 17 October <strong>2015</strong><br />

The funeral Mass was celebrated in St Patrick’s Church, Guildford. Photos: Alfred Boudib.<br />

The Diocese of Parramatta lost one of<br />

its much-loved priests with the death<br />

of Fr Louis (Lou) Breslan, aged 92, on<br />

Saturday 17 October.<br />

A priest for more than 67 years, Fr Lou<br />

celebrated his Diamond Jubilee of ordination in<br />

2008 when he was Parish Priest of St Patrick’s<br />

Parish, Guildford.<br />

He retired from active ministry in 2009<br />

and spent his remaining years in the quiet<br />

surrounds of Rosary Village at Yennora.<br />

Fr Lou’s brother, Fr Fergus Breslan, came<br />

from Ireland to concelebrate the Mass of<br />

Christian Burial in St Patrick’s Church on 23<br />

October.<br />

The homily was given by Very Rev John<br />

Hogan, who had known Fr Lou for more than<br />

20 years. On arrival in Australia from the UK in<br />

1975, Fr John had served as assistant priest with<br />

Fr Lou at Guildford Parish.<br />

“Because of the warm and open friendship<br />

which emerged between us, I was in a<br />

privileged position to experience the realness of<br />

this man,” Fr John said.<br />

“A mildness of disposition, a courteous<br />

temperament and a heart of hospitality and<br />

charity do not quite do justice to the spirit and<br />

soul of the man, which manifested themselves<br />

in these outward signs of inward grace.”<br />

Fr John recalled how Fr Lou was well<br />

known for his blessings. “Nothing was outside<br />

the jurisdiction of his outstretched hand, always<br />

ready and eager to sketch a benediction. People<br />

loved him for that. They loved him for the way<br />

he selflessly made precious time available for<br />

their concerns.<br />

“They loved him for the way in which<br />

he treated their concerns with as much<br />

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St Patrick’s Church at Guildford was full to overflowing.<br />

they could always approach Fr Breslan with the<br />

assurance that a blessing would always be given<br />

and that Christ stood behind the priest.”<br />

Fr John recalled how Fr Lou paid close<br />

attention to the “little things” of life and made<br />

these his world and the objects of his ministry<br />

and priesthood.<br />

“I believe Fr Breslan’s charism was for the<br />

sanctification of people’s lives in the midst of<br />

the overwhelming ordinary.”<br />

Most Rev Robert McGuckin, Bishop of<br />

Toowoomba, was the principal celebrant for the<br />

Mass, which was concelebrated by the Diocesan<br />

Administrator, Very Rev Peter Williams,<br />

Parramatta’s Bishops Emeriti Bede Heather<br />

and Kevin Manning, Most Rev David Cremin,<br />

Emeritus Auxiliary of Sydney, priests of the<br />

Diocese of Parramatta and visiting priests.<br />

Commander Ted Wynberg represented<br />

Navy Fleet Command Australia. Guildford RSL<br />

was also represented.<br />

Fr Lou was born in Maghery, County<br />

Armagh, Ireland, in 1923. He and three of his<br />

brothers became priests. Ordained at age 25, Fr<br />

The homily was given by Fr John Hogan.<br />

Right: Fr Lou receives the<br />

Cross ‘pro Ecclesia et Pontifice’<br />

from the Apostolic Nuncio to<br />

Australia, Archbishop Gino<br />

Paro, in 1975.<br />

Lou completed his priestly studies at St Patrick’s<br />

Seminary in Carlow, with the intention of going<br />

on overseas mission.<br />

A meeting with Cardinal Gilroy convinced<br />

him that his future ministry lay in Australia,<br />

and on arriving in Sydney in March 1949, he<br />

was appointed curate at St Mary’s Cathedral.<br />

His later parish postings were to parishes at<br />

Thirroul, Lithgow and Manly before he enlisted<br />

as a chaplain in the Royal Australian Navy in<br />

1955. His 20-year appointment included active<br />

service overseas.<br />

In 1975, he left the RAN and was appointed<br />

Parish Priest at Guildford. He also served as<br />

Chancellor of the Diocese of Parramatta when<br />

it was established in 1986.<br />

In retirement, Fr Lou’s daily devotions<br />

included celebrating morning Mass with fellow<br />

priests, saying the Rosary and the Stations of<br />

the Cross, and readings from the Daily Office.<br />

Fr Lou is buried in the Priests’ Section of<br />

Rookwood <strong>Catholic</strong> Cemetery.<br />

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Breslan family photo taken after Fr Lou’s first Mass.<br />

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By Richard McMahon, Director of Pastoral Planning & Implementation<br />


How do we grow our faith and share our faith?<br />

Mr Richard McMahon<br />

When I share with my friends my<br />

new job title, I am often greeted<br />

with a quizzical expression.<br />

The world of pastoral planning can be<br />

perceived as far removed from everyday<br />

life.<br />

However, as a husband, father, soccer<br />

coach and parish youth group leader,<br />

and having worked both in parishes and<br />

at a diocesan level in support of faith<br />

communities, I firmly believe planning is<br />

vital in our Christian life.<br />

Jesus says, “Love God and love your<br />

neighbour as yourself.” That seems<br />

straightforward. Why do we need to<br />

plan?<br />

Planning is part of everyday life.<br />

Families need to budget, holidays need<br />

itineraries, and a soccer coach needs a<br />

strategy for the team.<br />

While good in theory, responding to<br />

needs as they arise and spreading ourselves<br />

too thin can quickly lead to burn out. We<br />

may miss opportunities or be road blocked<br />

by an emerging challenge.<br />

Jesus offers us a valuable insight into<br />

planning. “The crowds went looking for<br />

Jesus, and when they found Him, they<br />

tried to prevent Him from leaving them.<br />

But He said to them, ‘To the other towns<br />

also I must proclaim the good news of the<br />

kingdom of God, because for this purpose<br />

I have been sent.’” (Luke 4:42-43).<br />

In other words, Jesus says “no” to<br />

pressing needs because He has a vision.<br />

So what is the vision of our Diocesan<br />

Pastoral Plan, Faith in Our Future? How<br />

is it meant to help us?<br />

With our plan boasting 24 strategies,<br />

95 actions, and 171 additional agency<br />

actions, we may feel a little overwhelmed!<br />

It is important to remember why we are<br />

planning.<br />

Our plan’s vision is one with Jesus<br />

Christ’s vision. We are called to grow in<br />

faith and to share our faith, to grow in love<br />

of Christ and our Church so as to share<br />

and invite other people into Christ’s love<br />

and our Church.<br />

In the Diocese of Parramatta, Bishop<br />

Anthony Fisher OP invited us to consider<br />

how we could grow our faith and share<br />

our faith in areas of greatest need and<br />

potential: our families, youth, ethnicity,<br />

vocations and evangelisation.<br />

Each of these areas requires good<br />

planning to enable us to foster new and<br />

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GOALS 2 AND 4 OF<br />

‘Faith in Our Future<br />

2014-2018’<br />

We don’t need to rush off and do every<br />

action listed, but the strategies and actions,<br />

shaped by our own people, agencies<br />

and services, give us practical ways of<br />

addressing these priorities of our Diocese.<br />

And in responding to these<br />

priorities, our agencies and services and<br />

communities have renewed our own<br />

vision. We are reminded of why we do the<br />

good we do.<br />

What is our new pastoral planning<br />

parish resource all about?<br />

The booklet Forming the Young & Adult<br />

Church contains a rich collection of ideas<br />



for youth leaders, ministries and groups<br />

as well as resources for parish pastoral<br />

councils and the formation of adults in<br />

our communities.<br />

My gratitude to my predecessor,<br />

Daniel Ang, and his team for their work in<br />

bringing this great resource to life.<br />

More copies of this booklet are<br />

available, along with its companion<br />

guide, Welcome & Evangelise. Please let<br />

us know if you require further booklets<br />

and support in developing any of their<br />

recommendations.<br />

What is next for Faith in our Future?<br />

In my first month, I have been visiting<br />

parishes, agencies and services and have<br />

much more listening to do. I want to<br />

ensure that our plan is making a difference<br />

and is assisting us in sharing our faith and<br />

growing our faith.<br />

Your input and suggestions will be<br />

vital to ensure we keep the plan focused<br />

on deepening our love of Christ and one<br />

another, and offering us good ways of<br />

sharing God’s love with others, inviting<br />

them into the heart of Christ and our<br />

Church.<br />

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Families called to share the ‘good news’<br />

Jim and Julie-Ann McLaughlin shared how the World Meeting of Families has changed their life.<br />

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Philadelphia.<br />

The World Meeting of Families event<br />

was conceived by St John Paul II in<br />

1992 to look at strengthening the<br />

sacred bonds of the family unit across the<br />

globe. The first event took place in Rome<br />

in 1994, the International Year of the<br />

Family.<br />

This year, two families representing<br />

the Diocese of Parramatta attended in the<br />

World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia,<br />

US, from 22-27 September.<br />

The Wilkinson family from Padre Pio<br />

Parish, Glenmore Park, is headed by Brad<br />

and Natalie. The McLaughlin family from<br />

St Finbar’s Parish, Glenbrook, is headed by<br />

Jim and Julie-Ann.<br />

At our local Diocesan Family<br />

Gathering on 18 October, they shared<br />

their experience of participating in such<br />

an uplifting event in the life of the Church.<br />

Here are two reflections.<br />

Natalie Wilkinson:<br />

We started our journey towards the<br />

World Meeting of Families with a sense<br />

of awe. We couldn’t understand why our<br />

family had been selected to represent the<br />

Diocese.<br />

Travelling overseas with five young<br />

children seemed daunting as the furthest<br />

we had travelled was Queensland. But<br />

despite the unknowns, we put our faith in<br />

the Lord to lead us on this journey.<br />

As we prepared for the trip, we met the<br />

Now<br />

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for 2017<br />

McLaughlins and our families got on like<br />

a house on fire. This connection gave us<br />

some more confidence for the journey.<br />

The long flight to Washington was<br />

tough and our family struggled to readjust<br />

to the time zone and get enough sleep. We<br />

were lucky to be with eight other families,<br />

Bishop Michael Kennedy and Ron and<br />

Mavis Pirola from Australia to help us<br />

acclimatise to the US.<br />

In Philadelphia, we enjoyed a few days<br />

of listening to the world’s top speakers<br />

on marriage and the family at a Family<br />

Congress. One of the key outcomes of<br />

the Congress was that my husband, Brad,<br />

felt called to be the spiritual leader of our<br />

family, which I am happy to support.<br />

He is now leading prayer in our home<br />

and taking an active role as head of our<br />

family.<br />

We were excited to attend a Vigil and<br />

a Mass with Pope Francis, despite the long<br />

waits in large crowds.<br />

We saw the best and worst of our<br />

children in these moments. But we have<br />

now learnt to love them as they are, as God<br />

sees them.<br />

By loving them in this way we were<br />

able to experience one aspect of the event's<br />

theme: ‘the family fully alive’. All families<br />

are broken in some way and by embracing<br />

this reality we can be open to Christ’s<br />

participation in our family so we can be<br />

fully alive.<br />

Jim McLaughlin spoke passionately about how the family can evangelise our society.<br />

Jim McLaughlin:<br />

One of the blessings my wife,<br />

Julie-Ann, and I have received from<br />

participating in the World Meeting of<br />

Families, is the realisation that Christianity<br />

should not be a private affair and that we<br />

as <strong>Catholic</strong>s need not be silent.<br />

We have good news about Christ,<br />

about the family and about how families<br />

contribute to all we hold dear, for indeed<br />

our families are the ‘Domestic Church’.<br />

This conviction was fostered in a number<br />

of aspects of the event.<br />

Firstly, by the universality of our<br />

Church as we witnessed lines of bishops<br />

and priests, all from their own families,<br />

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and English, to a vast audience.<br />

We have a universal message with a<br />

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Secondly, the truth and simplicity<br />

in Christ’s message for the family. That<br />

we aim to imitate the love between the<br />

persons of the Holy Trinity within the<br />

family.<br />

Thirdly, the practicality of the message<br />

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Reflections on Pope Francis’ trip to the US<br />

By Ben Smith, Director of the Family & Life Office<br />

Family was at the core of Pope Francis’ trip<br />

to the US at the end of September. In his<br />

General Audience on 30 September, he<br />

identified that his words and actions from the<br />

trip could be symbolised by this statement:<br />

“God always wants to build bridges; we are<br />

the ones that build walls! And walls collapse,<br />

always.”<br />

This bridge building approach was evident<br />

in the way he spoke to audiences at the World<br />

Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.<br />

The Pope’s first address to the meeting was<br />

at the Prayer Vigil for the Festival of Families<br />

on 26 September. He began this address by<br />

reflecting on the mystery of God’s entry into<br />

the world through a family, the Holy Family.<br />

God’s interest in being close to humanity<br />

and to families is expressed from His name,<br />

Emmanuel, or “God is with us”. The Pope<br />

contrasted this closeness with the solitude of<br />

Adam before the creation of Eve, by pointing<br />

out that a family is the remedy to loneliness<br />

because:<br />

“Family is the living symbol of the loving<br />

plan of which the Father once dreamed. To<br />

want to form a family is to resolve to be part<br />

of God’s dream … To join him in this saga of<br />

building a world where no one will feel alone,<br />

unwanted or homeless.”<br />

At the core of this saga, the Pope noted, is a<br />

love for another person that:<br />

“… is not just a strong feeling – it is a<br />

decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise. We<br />

learn to stake everything on another person,<br />

and we learn that it is worth it.”<br />

According to Pope Francis: “Love grows as<br />

it is ‘forged’ by the concrete situations which<br />

each family experiences.”<br />

While he encouraged families, he also<br />

acknowledged that they all have their<br />




A Reflection Day<br />

– to honour the lives of loved ones<br />

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”<br />

Matthew 11:28<br />

A day to honour and celebrate those loved<br />

ones who have taken their lives. There will<br />

be some information sessions, small group<br />

sharing, quiet reflection time and celebration<br />

of the Eucharist.<br />

Facilitators:<br />

Fr Stan Lim SJ, Sr Eileen Quade RSM,<br />

Philippa Ford, Ann O’Brien<br />

Saturday 14 <strong>November</strong><br />

10am to 4pm<br />

St Joseph’s Centre,<br />

64 MacKillop Drive,<br />

Baulkham Hills<br />

Bishop Michael Kennedy, Bishop Delegate for Marriage and Family, with Ron Pirola, Yili and Salome Li from the<br />

Archdiocese of Sydney and the Wilkinson family from our Diocese.<br />

“The reality is that we<br />

don’t forget, move on, and<br />

have closure, but rather we<br />

honour, we remember, and<br />

incorporate our deceased<br />

children and family members<br />

into our lives in a new way.<br />

In fact, keeping memories<br />

of your loved one alive in<br />

your mind and heart is<br />

an important part of your<br />

healing journey.”<br />

Harriet Schiff<br />

challenges in saying that “perfect families do<br />

not exist” and that:<br />

“… we make mistakes, yes; we have<br />

problems, yes. But we know that that is not<br />

really what counts. We know that mistakes,<br />

problems and conflicts are an opportunity to<br />

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to small daily signs which make us feel at home.<br />

Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love.<br />

This is why our families, our homes, are true<br />

domestic churches.”<br />

The Pope sees these little signs of love to be<br />

“miracles” that are signs of Jesus’ “own living<br />

and active presence in our world” that he also<br />

described as “prophetic”.<br />

These gestures of love, patience and<br />

tenderness between family members stand in<br />

contrast to the “scandal of a narrow, petty love,<br />

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Pope Francis’ messages to families at the<br />

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which occur in the home and are opportunities<br />

for growing in love and holiness.<br />

Consequently, Pope Francis is reaching out<br />

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which God’s love can be present in both their<br />

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This loving approach is a great example of<br />

the pastoral conversation that he is encouraging<br />

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The nature of this bridge will be a lot clearer<br />

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Above and left: Sacred Heart Church at Blackheath.<br />

A parish in the hills<br />

Sacred Heart Parish, Blackheath<br />

By Adrian Middeldorp and Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

If there was an award for the most picturesque parish in<br />

the Diocese, Sacred Heart Parish at Blackheath would<br />

certainly be a contender.<br />

Nestled at the most western point of the Diocese, high<br />

in the Blue Mountains, it lies closer to St Michael and St<br />

John’s Cathedral in Bathurst than St Patrick’s Cathedral in<br />

Parramatta.<br />

Regardless of its remote proximity, it is wholeheartedly<br />

aligned to our Diocese through the implementation of the<br />

parish outcomes for the Pastoral Plan, Faith in our Future,<br />

which the Parish Priest, Fr Bob Sheridan, demonstrates with<br />

pride.<br />

It is no ordinary parish and Fr Bob is no ordinary priest,<br />

if there is such a person. At 82 years of age, Fr Bob is the<br />

oldest parish priest in the Diocese, but he has been ordained<br />

just 11 years.<br />

Prior to becoming a priest, he was a business owner and<br />

had been married for 33 years before his wife passed away.<br />

Despite his venerable age, the years do not slow him down.<br />

He travels more than 400km a week on parish duties,<br />

including home visits, hospital visits and nursing home visits.<br />

The parish has three churches: the main church of Sacred<br />

Heart at Blackheath, St Joseph’s Church in the Megalong<br />

Valley and St Paul’s Church at Mt Victoria.<br />

Next door to the Blackheath church sits a block called<br />

‘Pine Forest’, which has been cleaned up since Fr Bob’s arrival<br />

with the assistance of parish volunteers, who Fr Bob credits<br />

with what the parish is able to achieve.<br />

The parish hopes to use the forest for important outdoor<br />

events such as a Family Christmas Mass and Holy Week/<br />

Easter activities.<br />

Fr Bob’s affection for his parish is infectious and the quiet<br />

hamlet of Blackheath is becoming more popular with those<br />

seeking a tree-change. “The reason this parish works so well<br />

is the voluntary help of so many people,” he said.<br />

You’ll find a warm welcome from Fr Bob and the parish at Blackheath.<br />

“We’ve seen a real change in demographics. When I first<br />

came here, there were mainly older parishioners, but as the<br />

price of property soars and Sydney gets busier, we’ve seen<br />

an influx of new young families. Baptisms have increased<br />

substantially.”<br />

Responding to this change in demographic, the parish<br />

has produced a New Parishioners Pack, which is being<br />

distributed to all new parishioners.<br />

The colour brochure inside the pack was produced a year<br />

ago and distributed to every household within the parish<br />

boundaries.<br />

It was so successful that it became the catalyst for the<br />

pack, which includes a welcome from Fr Bob, a parish history<br />

and an outline of parish groups. It also includes a copy of the<br />

implementation of the Pastoral Plan.<br />

Sacred Heart Parish prides itself on its liturgies, as well<br />

as other events that are both moments of fellowship and<br />

fundraising, such as ‘Fashion in the Pews’, which provides<br />

parishioners with the opportunity to donate pieces of<br />

clothing to sell and partake in a fashion show.<br />

For more information about the parish visit<br />

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Fr Bob Sheridan at St Paul's Church at Mt Victoria.<br />

An unwelcome<br />

parishioner<br />

By Fr Bob Sheridan<br />

A couple of months ago,<br />

at the exterior of St Paul’s<br />

Church at Mt Victoria, a<br />

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had tunnelled under the church.<br />

Then came the breakthrough! We found a massive,<br />

1m deep hole at the end of the property, near the<br />

entrance sign. We now think that this wombat has<br />

brought their entire family. Not sure how much<br />

tunnelling has been done, but the distance from the<br />

main tunnel entrance to the church is more than 100m.<br />

We have asked the people at Taronga Zoo for<br />

help. As this is the oldest <strong>Catholic</strong> church in the Blue<br />

Mountains, opened and blessed by Cardinal Moran in<br />

1902, we do not want to lose it, especially not courtesy<br />

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A special saint<br />

‘of their own’<br />

By Adrian Middeldorp<br />

Photos: Adrian Middeldorp.<br />

An image of St Alphonsa was carried in procession around the church grounds.<br />

The streets of Wentworthville were<br />

filled with the sights and sounds of<br />

celebration last month when the Syro-<br />

Malabar <strong>Catholic</strong> community observed the<br />

feast of St Alphonsa.<br />

Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church was filled<br />

to capacity for the celebration on 18 October,<br />

which began with a novena, followed by Mass<br />

in the Syro-Malabar Rite.<br />

The principal celebrant was the Vicar<br />

General of the Syro-Malabar <strong>Catholic</strong> Diocese,<br />

Very Rev Francis Kolenchery.<br />

In his homily, Fr Francis spoke of how<br />

St Alphonsa gave Jesus to others, even in the<br />

midst of her sufferings. He also emphasised the<br />

responsibility of parents in handing over the<br />

faith and ethos they have received to the next<br />

generation.<br />

Members of the Syro-Malabar Rite<br />

originate from Kerala, South India.<br />

St Alphonsa is the first female Indian-born<br />

saint canonised by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008.<br />

Alphonsa was born in 1910 as Anna<br />

Muttathupadathu in Kottayam, India.<br />

Coming from a wealthy family she was<br />

offered many marriage proposals but instead<br />

chose to join the Franciscan Clarist sisters and<br />

took the name Alphonsa of the Immaculate<br />

Conception, in honour of St Alphonsus<br />

Ligouri.<br />

Her life was marked by personal holiness,<br />

but she suffered continued health issues and<br />

physical pain.<br />

In a letter to her spiritual director she<br />

wrote, “My good Lord Jesus loves me so very<br />

much, I sincerely desire to remain on this sick<br />

bed and suffer not only this, but anything else<br />

besides, even to the end of the world. I feel<br />

now that God has intended my life to be an<br />

oblation, a sacrifice of suffering."<br />

Alphonsa died on 28 July 1946 at the age<br />

of 36.<br />

Fr Joby Kadambattuparambil Ittira MS,<br />

chaplain to the Syro-Malabar community in<br />

the Diocese of Parramatta, said of St Alphonsa,<br />

“she is a special saint amongst the Syro-<br />

Malabar <strong>Catholic</strong>s as she is one of their own”.<br />

Veneration of her relics and a procession<br />

around the church grounds followed the Mass<br />

and concluded with a fellowship meal.<br />

The Syro-Malabar Church is one of the<br />

22 Eastern (Oriental) <strong>Catholic</strong> Churches in<br />

full communion with Rome. There are an<br />

estimated 500 families in the community of<br />

the greater Parramatta area and 1000 families<br />

across the Diocese. The La Salette Fathers<br />

pastorally support the community.<br />

This Apostolic Church traces its origin<br />

to St Thomas, the Apostle, who it is said have<br />

brought <strong>Catholic</strong>ism to the subcontinent. The<br />

early Christian community in India was known<br />

as ‘St Thomas Christians’.<br />

It is the second-largest Eastern <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Church after the Ukrainian Church and with<br />

4.6 million believers is the largest of the ‘St<br />

Thomas Christians’.<br />

The community is experiencing strong<br />

growth in Australia and in 2014 Pope Francis<br />

raised the community to a Diocese as the Syro-<br />

Malabar Eparchy of St Thomas the Apostle.<br />

In our Diocese, the community meets on<br />

the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month when<br />

Mass is celebrated at Our Lady of Mt Carmel<br />

Church, Wentworthville.<br />

For more information about the<br />

Syro-Malabar <strong>Catholic</strong> community in the<br />

Diocese of Parramatta visit: http://www.<br />

syromalabarparramatta.org/<br />

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What does<br />

it take to<br />

make a<br />

really great<br />

teacher?<br />

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Leading for success at Principals’ Masterclass<br />

I recently wrote to the Sydney Morning Herald in response<br />

to NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli’s plan to<br />

lift teaching standards in NSW by requiring higher ATAR<br />

results from future teachers. I’m all for investment in<br />

great teaching but the starting point has to be asking the<br />

right question: ‘what does it take to make a really great<br />

teacher?’<br />

Higher ATAR results or sitting literacy and numeracy<br />

tests for aspiring teachers will not raise teaching<br />

standards. Critical skills required to teach in today’s<br />

world include collaboration, flexibility, emotional<br />

intelligence, creativity and the ability to analyse<br />

and diagnose student needs, in addition to subject<br />

knowledge and a deep understanding of how students<br />

learn. I’d add compassion to the list and a stubborn<br />

refusal to never give up on a student, no matter how<br />

challenging or complex.<br />

To become a doctor in Australia, it takes much more than<br />

having the academic ability. Even students with an ATAR<br />

of 100 need to sit the UMAT (admissions test) and are<br />

assessed on skills in critical thinking, problem solving<br />

and understanding people. It’s an acknowledgement<br />

that medicine is not just an intellectual discipline, but<br />

like education, a human service and a relational process<br />

requiring the ability to understand and diagnose diverse<br />

needs. We need a rigorous selection process that<br />

assesses more than the academic ability of aspiring<br />

teachers.<br />

World Teachers’ Day was celebrated on 30 October<br />

this year. It is a great time to reflect on our own ‘best’<br />

teachers and their lasting impressions on our learning.<br />

My primary schooldays at St Monica’s Primary, North<br />

Parramatta are a reasonably distant memory. Yet I still<br />

remember teachers like Sr Rosarii and I guess most of us<br />

have had an unforgettable teacher or two!<br />

In <strong>Catholic</strong> schools, great teachers are also integral to<br />

the evangelising mission of the Church. We can look to<br />

Jesus, whose teaching has surely endured the test of<br />

time, as a great model for our work as <strong>Catholic</strong> teachers.<br />

Throughout the gospels, ‘rabbi’ (meaning teacher) is<br />

the most common way that Jesus is addressed. The<br />

preservation of many of Jesus’ teachings through the<br />

gospels demonstrates an extraordinary capacity as a<br />

teacher. Further, the gospels show Jesus’ humanity as<br />

he reaches out to the untouchable and those considered<br />

unteachable alike.<br />

It is this quality, humanity, that makes a really great<br />

teacher. Jesus’ teaching ministry continues today in each<br />

of us, as does his humanity.<br />

On behalf of our school communities I would like to<br />

recognise our teachers, school leaders, educators at the<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Education Office and the staff who support our<br />

schools in delivery quality <strong>Catholic</strong> schooling.<br />

I trust that all my colleagues enjoyed a happy World<br />

Teachers’ Day!<br />

Greg Whitby<br />

Executive Director of Schools<br />

@gregwhitby<br />

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Leaving principals Mary Leask and Peter Wade with Greg Whitby.<br />

The annual Principals’ Masterclass was held on 8 and 9<br />

October at Rooty Hill RSL, giving school leaders a valuable<br />

opportunity to come together to share ideas and participate<br />

in professional learning.<br />

The two-day event was attended by 78 primary and secondary<br />

principals and <strong>Catholic</strong> education leaders.<br />

The Executive Director of Schools, Greg Whitby, said the<br />

Principals’ Masterclass was the primary professional learning for<br />

principals each year.<br />

“The value of the Masterclass is that it brings together good<br />

theory, good educational practice and reflection on learning,”<br />

Greg said.<br />

“Built into the Masterclass is a sharing of expertise and the<br />

collaboration that demonstrates how you can build capacity at<br />

every level of the school community.”<br />

Guest speakers included Director of Learning and Development<br />

Research in the NSW Department of Education and<br />

Communities Dr Paul Brock AM; Principal of York School<br />

District in Ontario, Canada, Jill Maar; <strong>Catholic</strong> Education’s<br />

Director of Evangelisation and Religious Education Ian Smith;<br />

and Principals, David Bourne and Dr Elizabeth Ricketts<br />

St Patrick’s Marist College, Dundas Principal Angela Hay thanking Dr Paul<br />

Brock for his keynote address.<br />

Educational leader Dr Paul Brock delivered a stirring and often<br />

humorous keynote address including leading principals in a<br />

rendition of the classic <strong>Catholic</strong> hymn, Faith of our Fathers.<br />

Paul spoke about the influence of his parents in his early years,<br />

stating “our home was infused with the search for knowledge”.<br />

He shared experiences of discrimination as a young <strong>Catholic</strong> and<br />

reflected on joining the Marist Brothers as a very young man.<br />

Principals were reminded of the importance of carefully<br />

critiquing the use of the English language wherever it occurs.<br />

Paul told principals: “I know that teaching is not only an art and<br />

a science but also a craft.”<br />

In 1996, Paul was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and<br />

advised that he had three to five months to live.<br />

Reflecting on the personal challenge of receiving this diagnosis<br />

19 years ago, Paul commented frankly, “I was shocked and<br />

terrified … what has kept me keeping on? The love of my wife<br />

and our children”.<br />

Paul also said that his work as an educator “sustains life<br />

expectancy and quality of life”.<br />

In sharing his philosophy of teaching and learning, Paul spoke<br />

about the truth of the OECD description of education as a<br />

“knowing and caring profession”.<br />

He reminded principals that we must never forget that our<br />

fundamental focus as educators was on student learning.<br />

From left: Michael Hopley, Sergio Rosato, Tony Hughes and Attila Lendvai.<br />

Finally, Paul commented on “education as perhaps the most<br />

powerful 21st Century force” and closed by quoting from a WH<br />

Auden poem on the beginning of World War II, a reflection on<br />

love and hope amid chaos.<br />

Paul’s personal and deeply moving reflection on education and<br />

living with Motor Neurone Disease was met with a standing<br />

ovation.<br />

Jill Maar is currently working as a visiting educator with <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Education for 12 months, supporting school leaders and the<br />

Education Office to support learning and teaching.<br />

Jill looked at case studies of two schools in Ontario, Canada -<br />

Armadale Public School and RL Graham Public School. Both<br />

schools had a high number of students from multicultural<br />

backgrounds and around one-third of students were on<br />

personalised learning plans for learning and additional needs.<br />

Using rich learning tasks, staff partnerships and community<br />

engagement, learning became everyone’s responsibility with high<br />

expectations for each student.<br />

Failure was not an option and Jill and her staff transformed<br />

learning, improving literacy and numeracy results well beyond<br />

the district.<br />

Ian Smith spoke about Transforming <strong>Catholic</strong> Schools and<br />

engaged his break-out groups by taking a deep dive into<br />

Archbishop Miller’s recent address to clergy and education staff,<br />

given at Rosehill in August.<br />

David Bourne reflected upon his own journey and the<br />

experiences that led him to become a principal.<br />

He said that without being a transformational leader he would<br />

not be able to be an instructional leader.<br />

“Transformational leadership is the leadership of Jesus,” David<br />

said.<br />

In ushering in the second day of the Principals’ Masterclass,<br />

Deputy Executive Director Sue Walsh conducted a live interview<br />

with St Aidan’s Primary, Rooty Hill, Principal Dr Elizabeth<br />

Ricketts.<br />

Liz spoke about her experiences and the lessons she learnt from<br />

her first job in Yarralumla and her work at St Aidan's in pastoral<br />

care and data.<br />

She said that in order to continuously improve learning<br />

outcomes she assessed whether tasks set for students were<br />

engaging and relevant.<br />

“The standard you walk past is the standard you are willing to<br />

accept,” Liz said.<br />

The masterclass provided an opportunity to farewell retiring<br />

principals and those leaving the Diocese.<br />

From left to right: Yvette Baird, Gary Borg and Mary Harb.<br />

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In May this year, students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sat the National Assessment<br />

Program Literacy and Numeracy (Naplan). Naplan has five measures of<br />

assessment for each student: reading, writing, spelling, grammar/punctuation<br />

and numeracy.<br />

Results released in August identified many areas of improvement for students in<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> schools in the Diocese of Parramatta especially in Year 3 literacy and<br />

numeracy, Year 5 reading and Year 9 reading for Indigenous students.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Education’s Deputy Executive Director Sue Walsh said while Naplan is<br />

only one measure of student assessment in literacy and numeracy, it is a valuable<br />

tool that tells teachers about a student's performance and identifies areas for<br />

improvement and future growth.<br />

“In all schools across the Diocese we have been focused on improving literacy<br />

and numeracy through good classroom practice and intervention strategies,” Sue<br />

said. “Naplan allows us to assess areas of strength and improvement for each<br />

student and helps teachers to identify the next steps in learning.”<br />

Sue said a focus on best practice learning and teaching and the implementation<br />

of key strategies, including Focus160 (100 minutes of reading and 60 minutes of<br />

numeracy each day for K-6), Reading Recovery and Extending Mathematical<br />

Understanding (EMU) have contributed to the improved results.<br />

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Literacy<br />

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40<br />

20<br />

0<br />

0<br />

Early year assessments: No of students below benchmark<br />

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1228<br />

1158<br />

780<br />

590<br />

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2011 2012 2013 2014 <strong>2015</strong> (*Projected)<br />

Numeracy<br />

BEFORE INTERVENTION Y1 2013 AFTER INTERVENTION Y3 <strong>2015</strong><br />

1400<br />

1200<br />

1000<br />

800<br />

600<br />

100%<br />

b<br />

100% of students selected for the EMU intervention<br />

program were below the minimum expected level for Y1<br />

Mathematics<br />

NUMERACY Y3 No of students in Top 2 bands since 2011<br />

29%<br />

2768 Year 12 students<br />

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9%<br />

3%<br />

5%<br />

29%<br />

24%<br />

Band 6<br />

Band 5<br />

Band 4<br />

Band 3<br />

Band 2<br />

Band 1 -<br />

below minimum<br />

Y3 standard<br />

9% of students were below the national minimum standard in<br />

Y3 Mathematics and the remainder had moved to higher<br />

bands.<br />

NUMERACY Y3 CEDP average compared to State<br />

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2.0<br />

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-2.0<br />

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-6.0<br />

-8.0<br />

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The percentage of students in diocesan schools at or above minimum standard is greater than the percentage for the state<br />

READING Y3-9 Percentage of students above the<br />

National Minimum Standard<br />

Y3 Percentage of students in top 2 bands<br />

80<br />

%<br />

CEDP State CEDP State<br />

70<br />

0<br />

Year 3 Year 5 Year 7 Year 9 Reading Writing Numeracy<br />

60<br />

50<br />

40<br />

30<br />

20<br />

10<br />

READING Y3 CEDP average v State average<br />

440<br />

CEDP<br />

State<br />

435<br />

430<br />

425<br />

420<br />

440<br />

435<br />

430<br />

425<br />

420<br />

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-2<br />

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3<br />

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Where are they now? Former<br />

principals return to the Diocese<br />

Gondwana Indigenous Children’s<br />

Choir perform with Christine Anu<br />

Bethany celebrates 20 years of<br />

schooling<br />

Former principals enjoy afternoon tea together.<br />

On Friday 25 September <strong>2015</strong>, 42 former primary and secondary<br />

principals who worked at <strong>Catholic</strong> schools within the Diocese<br />

were recognised for their years of service with a Principals’<br />

Afternoon Tea.<br />

Former Principal of St Patrick’s Primary, Blacktown Sr Margaret<br />

Sheppard RSM said she started working for the Diocese when it<br />

first began.<br />

“I was there at the beginning of the Diocese in 1986 until 1992,”<br />

Sr Margaret said.<br />

“Since then I have completed further study in Ireland in pastoral<br />

guidance and I came back and worked for the Archdiocese of<br />

Sydney, Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta and Our Lady<br />

Queen of Peace Parish, Greystanes.<br />

“Over the past two years I have been working in detention<br />

centres with asylum seekers and refugees as a pastoral worker on<br />

behalf of the Jesuit Refugee Service,” she said.<br />

Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby said the afternoon<br />

tea was a great opportunity for the Diocese to catch up with<br />

former principals and acknowledge their contribution to<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> education.<br />

“It was a great opportunity for us to recognise and reconnect<br />

with our former leaders and colleagues and to thank them for<br />

their many years of service,” Greg said.<br />

Voice of Youth is heard throughout<br />

the Diocese<br />

On Monday 14 September<br />

<strong>2015</strong>, six Year 6 students<br />

representing <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

schools across the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta competed in the<br />

29th Voice of Youth grand<br />

final at St Paul’s <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

College, Greystanes.<br />

Voice of Youth winner Christine<br />

Muscat from Corpus Christi Primary,<br />

Cranebrook.<br />

The finalists spoke on<br />

various topics including<br />

refugees, gender<br />

discrimination and<br />

stereotypes,career ambitions,<br />

animal rights, the acting<br />

profession, and daring<br />

to be different. Students<br />

were judged on their thesis<br />

statement, language, gesture,<br />

tone, pitch and overall effect<br />

Voice of Youth host and Principal of St Anthony’s Primary<br />

School, Girraween Attila Lendvai said the contest enables<br />

students to learn much more as part of their learning.<br />

“The important thing about this contest is that it is firmly<br />

embedded into the syllabus and in the curriculum of what we<br />

actually do in Year 6” Anthony said.<br />

Grand final winner Christine Muscat from Corpus Christi<br />

Primary, Cranebrook said her speech ‘Dare to be different’<br />

was inspired by her hope that all students find their sense of<br />

individuality.<br />

Christine Anu backstage with the Gondwana Indigenous Children's Choir.<br />

On Tuesday 25 August <strong>2015</strong>, 20 Gondwana Indigenous<br />

Children’s Choir students from the Diocese of Parramatta<br />

performed in front of 1000 people at Sydney Town Hall as part<br />

of the City Talks program.<br />

The choir was accompanied in song by Torres Strait Islander<br />

singer Christine Anu performing her song, My Island Home.<br />

The Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir (Mt Druitt) is a<br />

partnership between Gondwana Choirs and <strong>Catholic</strong> Education<br />

Diocese of Parramatta, coordinated through the Jarara<br />

Indigenous Support Unit as part of CAPTIVATE.<br />

The choir also recently performed at Sydney Boys High School,<br />

Moore Park along with the Sydney Children’s Choir.<br />

Reading Recovery teachers focus on<br />

improving students’ oral language<br />

A day of professional learning for 105 Reading Recovery teachers.<br />

On Thursday 27 August <strong>2015</strong>, 105 Reading Recovery teachers<br />

from across the Diocese of Parramatta joined experienced<br />

language and literacy educator, Assoc Prof Janet Scull for a full<br />

day of professional learning.<br />

A key author of the Victorian Early Literacy Program, Janet said<br />

the day largely focused on the foundations of oral language and<br />

how these are facilitative of children’s literacy learning.<br />

“There are key aspects of language and often we take them for<br />

granted,” Janet said.<br />

“We have been focusing on three areas of literacy; vocabulary,<br />

syntax and the role of narrative discourse,” she said.<br />

“We have also been looking at narrative structures and grammar,<br />

in terms of children’s literacy learning as a bridge from the oral<br />

to the written discourse structures,” she said.<br />

St Matthew’s Primary, Windsor Reading Recovery teacher,<br />

Rosie Von Keisenberg, said Janet Scull brought another level of<br />

expertise to the work of the Reading Recovery teachers.<br />

“For me the highlight of today has been in knowing that we are<br />

bringing another level of expertise,” Rosie said.<br />

“We have been able to unpack the elements that contribute<br />

to oral language and what also stands in the way of acquiring<br />

literacy skills,” she said.<br />

The founding Principal of Bethany <strong>Catholic</strong> Primary, John Walsh, with<br />

current Principal Ted Langford.<br />

Bethany <strong>Catholic</strong> Primary, Glenmore Park recently celebrated<br />

their 20th anniversary on Friday 4 September, <strong>2015</strong> with a<br />

Father's Day breakfast, open classrooms, a prayer assembly,<br />

teddy bear's picnic and an afternoon of fun-filled activities like<br />

inflatables, mime and animal shows, making of time capsules<br />

and going on a history walk.<br />

Bethany was founded in 1995 with a starting enrolment of 92<br />

students. It has grown to over 600 students.<br />

Principal Ted Langford said the anniversary celebrations focused<br />

on thanking the early pioneers and those staff and families<br />

before us who worked so hard to create the beautiful facilities we<br />

now enjoy.<br />

"We stand upon the shoulders of many many people who<br />

generously supported Bethany over the years and built it into an<br />

excellent school community," Ted said.<br />

29th Annual Parramatta Diocesan<br />

Golf Day<br />

CCI Best All Ladies Team event was won by the team from Marian College,<br />

Kenthurst (from left): CCI NSW & ACT Manager Susan Yates with Catherine<br />

Brown, Lynn Papandrea, Julie Cannon and Karen Romer.<br />

On Tuesday 22 September <strong>2015</strong>, the 29th Annual Parramatta<br />

Diocesan Golf Day was held at the Richmond Golf Club. Over<br />

130 golfers were blessed with perfect weather.<br />

The Parramatta Diocesan Golf Day event was established by<br />

former principal and World Youth Day 2016 Project Officer<br />

Ian Jordan and retired principal Richard McGuiness in 1987 to<br />

celebrate the beginning of the Diocese.<br />

Ian said over the last 29 years, approximately $200 000 has<br />

been raised for a number of charities including Caritas,<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Mission, Westmead Children's Hospital, Bishop<br />

Manning Scholarship Fund and St Gabriel’s School for Hearing<br />

Impairment, Castle Hill.<br />

Approximately $10 000 was raised at this year’s golf day for<br />

the Panglao Island Women and Children’s Crisis Centre in the<br />

Diocese of Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines.<br />

For more school news, visit:<br />

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The 2nd Annual Mental Health Month Art Exhibition was launched<br />

at Bungarribee Doonside Community Hub during Mental Health<br />

Month, which this year had the theme, ‘Value Your Mind’.<br />

The National Mental Health Commissioner, Jackie Crowe, opened the<br />

exhibition on 9 October. Members of the community who attended<br />

the event included Chief Insp Bob Fitzgerald from Blacktown Area<br />

Command.<br />

More than 50 artists displayed visual art, sharing their personal<br />

mental wellbeing journey.<br />

Aboriginal elder and Manager with Aboriginal <strong>Catholic</strong> Services<br />

Aunty Janice Kennedy gave a Welcome to Country. Three<br />

local participants in <strong>Catholic</strong>Care’s RECOVER Wellbeing<br />

program shared moving and inspiring personal accounts of their<br />

respective experiences with depression and bipolar.<br />

RECOVER Wellbeing is a program centred around The Black<br />

Dog Institute’s nine-week, recovery-oriented REACH Program. It<br />

comprises regular professionally facilitated support groups, CREATE<br />

4 Wellbeing, WALK 4 Wellbeing and more.<br />

The program began as a pilot in 2014 and this year received funding<br />

from Western Sydney Partners in Recovery (part of WentWest). Since the<br />

pilot, more than 300 participants and have credited the program with having<br />

a resounding positive improvement in their mental wellbeing.<br />

To inquire about RECOVER Wellbeing tel (02) 8822 2222.<br />


& EVENTS<br />

Suicide Bereavement Support - Saturday<br />

14 <strong>November</strong>, 10am-4pm at St Joseph’s<br />

Centre for Reflective Living, 64 MacKillop Dve,<br />

Baulkham Hills. A day to honour and celebrate<br />

those loved ones who have taken their lives.<br />

Registrations essential, tel (02) 9933 0222.<br />

Couples Evening - Friday 6 <strong>November</strong> at<br />

7.30pm. Free event discussing St John Paul<br />

II’s Theology of the Body, St Paul the Apostle<br />

Parish Hall, 40 Buckley’s Rd, Winston Hills. To<br />

register tel (02) 9933 0222 or email marriage@<br />

ccss.org.au.<br />

Responsible Gambling Support Group -<br />

free and on every Saturday, 9.30am-11am at 51<br />

Allawah St, Blacktown. For more information tel<br />

(02) 8822 2222.<br />

Catherine Villa - Young Mothers Group<br />

(under 25 years) - Tuesdays noon-2pm at<br />

Uniting Church Hall, Highfield Rd, Quakers Hill.<br />

Tel (02) 9837 2095.<br />

Top: RECOVER Wellbeing participant and volunteer Jess Blacklock.<br />

Right: Chief Inspector Bob Fitzgerald and National Mental Health<br />

Commissioner Jackie Crowe. Photos: Aphrodite Delaguiado<br />

Everyone is invited to <strong>Catholic</strong>Care’s<br />

next<br />

Couples Evening<br />

Friday, 6 <strong>November</strong> at 7.30pm<br />

Mr Ben Smith, Director of the Family and Life Office<br />

will give an address on ‘Theology of the Body’.<br />

This free event will be held at St Paul the Apostle<br />

Parish Hall, 40 Buckley’s Rd Winston Hills.<br />

To register please call the <strong>Catholic</strong>Care office (02)<br />

9933 0222 or email marriage@ccss.org.au<br />

Light supper to be served, donations welcome.<br />

FAMILY<br />


Carols @ Mamre<br />

Sunday 13 December<br />

181 Mamre Road, St Marys,<br />

from 5.30 - 9pm<br />

Bring a picnic!<br />

BBQ, drinks & snacks available for purchase<br />

Fireworks, Music, Carols and Entertainment<br />

Free Face Painting<br />


Mamre Creche and<br />

Blacktown Neighbour Aid<br />

If you are interested in making a difference<br />

for local services, email<br />

volunteer@ccss.org.au<br />

Triple P Positive Parenting Group -<br />

Monday evenings, 19 October to 16 <strong>November</strong>,<br />

6.30pm-8.30pm. Mary, Queen of the Family<br />

Parish, 51-59 Allawah St, Blacktown. Gold coin<br />

donation. Bookings tel (02) 8822 2222.<br />

Recover Wellbeing comprising REACH<br />

(Black Dog Accredited nine-week program) and<br />

support groups for people experiencing mental<br />

distress and carer support options. For more<br />

information tel (02) 8822 2222.Bookings tel<br />

(02) 8822 2222.<br />

Younger Widowed: Bereavement<br />

Support - 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7pm–<br />

9pm at <strong>Catholic</strong>Care Centre, 51-59 Allawah St,<br />

Blacktown. Fee $5. Tel (02) 9933 0205 or email<br />

soloparentsservices@ccss.org.au<br />

Stepping Beyond - Post Separation<br />

Support - held on the last Tuesday of each<br />

month, 7.30pm-9.30pm for those who are<br />

separated or divorced. <strong>Catholic</strong>Care Centre, 51-<br />

59 Allawah St, Blacktown. Fee $5. Tel (02) 9933<br />

0205 or email soloparentservices@ccss.org.au<br />

Bereavement Support Program -<br />

Springwood - for those whose spouse<br />

or long-term partner has died. Fortnightly<br />

sessions on Wednesdays, 10.30am-12.30pm<br />

at St Thomas Aquinas Parish Centre, 168<br />

Hawkesbury Rd, Springwood. Cost: $5.<br />

To register tel (02) 9933 0205 or email<br />

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The Synod on the Family shows vitality of the Church<br />

Australia’s Archbishop Mark Coleridge (left) and Bishop Eugene Hurley participated in the Synod.<br />

Photo: Fiona Basile.<br />

The Synod on the Family from 4-25<br />

October in Rome was the second and<br />

larger of two such gatherings to take<br />

place in the course of a year.<br />

Like its 2014 precursor, the focus of the<br />

<strong>2015</strong> Synod of Bishops was the family, with<br />

the theme: ‘The vocation and mission of<br />

the family in the Church and the modern<br />

world.’<br />

Australia’s Archbishop Mark Coleridge<br />

and Bishop Eugene Hurley participated in<br />

the Synod.<br />

Archbishop Coleridge said it had been<br />

an intense three weeks as well as a poignant<br />

one. “All of us are grateful for the time we<br />

have been privileged to share: a time of<br />

rich discussions, intense debate and the<br />

congenial settling of most differences.”<br />

The Australian <strong>Catholic</strong> Bishops<br />

Conference launched a Synod blog titled,<br />

‘On the Road Together’, which has daily<br />

updates, photos and videos. These can be<br />

viewed at: https://www.catholic.org.au/<br />

synod<strong>2015</strong>/blog<br />

In his address at the conclusion of the<br />

Synod, Pope Francis said the experience<br />

had brought about a better realisation<br />

that the true defenders of doctrine are<br />

not those who uphold its letter, but its<br />

spirit; not ideas but people; not formulae<br />

but the gratuitousness of God’s love and<br />

forgiveness.<br />

He said the Church’s first duty was<br />

not to hand down condemnations or<br />

anathemas, but to proclaim God’s mercy, to<br />

call to conversion, and to lead all men and<br />

women to salvation in the Lord<br />

In his address the Holy Father said:<br />

“Many of us have felt the working of the<br />

Holy Spirit who is the real protagonist and<br />

guide of the Synod. For all of us, the word<br />

“family” does have the same sound as it did<br />

before the Synod, so much so that the word<br />

itself already contains the richness of the<br />

family’s vocation and the significance of the<br />

labours of the Synod<br />

“As I followed the labours of the Synod,<br />

I asked myself: What will it mean for the<br />

Church to conclude this Synod devoted to the<br />

family?<br />

“Certainly, the Synod was not about<br />

settling all the issues having to do with the<br />

family, but rather attempting to see them<br />

in the light of the Gospel and the Church’s<br />

tradition and 2000-year history, bringing<br />

the joy of hope without falling into a facile<br />

repetition of what is obvious or has already<br />

been said.<br />

“Surely it was not about finding<br />

exhaustive solutions for all the difficulties<br />

and uncertainties which challenge and<br />

threaten the family, but rather about seeing<br />

these difficulties and uncertainties in the<br />

light of the Faith, carefully studying them<br />

and confronting them fearlessly, without<br />

burying our heads in the sand.<br />

“It was about urging everyone to<br />

appreciate the importance of the institution<br />

of the family and of marriage between<br />

a man and a woman, based on unity<br />

and indissolubility, and valuing it as the<br />

fundamental basis of society and human<br />

life.<br />

“It was about listening to and making<br />

heard the voices of the families and the<br />

Church’s pastors, who came to Rome<br />

bearing on their shoulders the burdens and<br />

the hopes, the riches and the challenges of<br />

families throughout the world.<br />

“It was about showing the vitality of<br />

the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church, which is not afraid to<br />

stir dulled consciences or to soil her hands<br />

with lively and frank discussions about the<br />

family.<br />

“It was about trying to view and<br />

interpret realities, today’s realities, through<br />

God’s eyes, so as to kindle the flame of<br />

faith and enlighten people’s hearts in<br />

times marked by discouragement, social,<br />

economic and moral crisis, and growing<br />

pessimism.<br />

“It was about bearing witness to<br />

everyone that, for the Church, the Gospel<br />

continues to be a vital source of eternal<br />

newness, against all those who would<br />

“indoctrinate” it in dead stones to be hurled<br />

at others.<br />

“It was also about laying closed hearts,<br />

which bare the closed hearts which<br />

frequently hide even behind the Church’s<br />

teachings or good intentions, in order to sit<br />

in the chair of Moses and judge, sometimes<br />

with superiority and superficiality, difficult<br />

cases and wounded families.<br />

“It was about making clear that the<br />

Church is a Church of the poor in spirit and<br />

of sinners seeking forgiveness, not simply<br />

of the righteous and the holy, but rather of<br />

those who are righteous and holy precisely<br />

when they feel themselves poor sinners.<br />

“It was about trying to open up broader<br />

horizons, rising above conspiracy theories<br />

and blinkered viewpoints, so as to defend<br />

and spread the freedom of the children<br />

of God, and to transmit the beauty of<br />

Christian Newness, at times encrusted<br />

in a language which is archaic or simply<br />

incomprehensible.<br />

“In the course of this Synod, the<br />

different opinions which were freely<br />

expressed – and at times, unfortunately, not<br />

in entirely well-meaning ways – certainly<br />

led to a rich and lively dialogue; they<br />

offered a vivid image of a Church which<br />

does not simply “rubberstamp”, but draws<br />

from the sources of her faith living waters<br />

to refresh parched hearts.<br />

“And – apart from dogmatic questions<br />

clearly defined by the Church’s Magisterium<br />

– we have also seen that what seems<br />

normal for a bishop on one continent, is<br />

considered strange and almost scandalous<br />

– almost! – for a bishop from another; what<br />

is considered a violation of a right in one<br />

society is an evident and inviolable rule<br />

in another; what for some is freedom of<br />

conscience is for others simply confusion.<br />

“Cultures are in fact quite diverse, and<br />

every general principle – as I said, dogmatic<br />

questions clearly defined by the Church’s<br />

magisterium – every general principle<br />

needs to be inculturated, if it is to be<br />

respected and applied.<br />

“The 1985 Synod, which celebrated<br />

the 20th anniversary of the conclusion<br />

of the Second Vatican Council, spoke<br />

of inculturation as “the intimate<br />

transformation of authentic cultural values<br />

through their integration in Christianity,<br />

and the taking root of Christianity in the<br />

various human cultures”. Inculturation does<br />

not weaken true values, but demonstrates<br />

their true strength and authenticity, since<br />

they adapt without changing; indeed<br />

they quietly and gradually transform the<br />

different cultures.<br />

“We have seen, also by the richness of<br />

our diversity, that the same challenge is ever<br />

before us: that of proclaiming the Gospel<br />

to the men and women of today, and<br />

defending the family from all ideological<br />

and individualistic assaults.<br />

“And without ever falling into the<br />

danger of relativism or of demonising<br />

others, we sought to embrace, fully and<br />

courageously, the goodness and mercy of<br />

God who transcends our every human<br />

reckoning and desires only that “all be<br />

saved” (cf. 1 Tm 2:4). In this way we wished<br />

to experience this Synod in the context of<br />

the Extraordinary Year of Mercy which the<br />

Church is called to celebrate.”<br />

For the full address given on 24<br />

October, click on Pope Francis’ Speeches at:<br />

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an Environmental Sustainability<br />

Program that successfully ticks off<br />

60% of office-based environmental<br />

recommendations, detailed by<br />

GreenBizCheck and facilitated by<br />

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Sister Eileen Quade RSM,<br />

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Social Services’ Sustainability<br />

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earth for future generations. We<br />

have a responsibility for the care<br />

of the earth because everything<br />

God has created has its own<br />

dignity,” she explained.<br />

“If we are going to be serving<br />

people, we need to be serving<br />

people also through our care of<br />

the environment.”<br />

Sr Eileen commends the work<br />

of the Sustainability Committee in<br />

limiting the use of non-renewable<br />

resources, reducing water,<br />

electricity and paper use, as well<br />

as waste to landfill.<br />

“We’ve had a very active<br />

committee. Their hard work,<br />

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“It has also been achieved<br />

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be done in our workplace to care<br />

for and protect our environment.”<br />

Through the use of Save<br />

Energy tags on all electrical<br />

switches, the committee has been<br />

able to monitor <strong>Catholic</strong>Care’s<br />

electricity usage. All printers have<br />

been set to default to black and<br />

white print, and paper goes in a<br />

recycle tray.<br />

The Committee has<br />

endeavoured to involve the<br />

Sr Eileen Quade RSM said <strong>Catholic</strong>Care’s certification had been achieved through the<br />

cooperation and commitment of every staff member. Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.<br />

staff wherever possible in the<br />

sustainability goals.<br />

“We’ve sent requests and<br />

reminders for people to have<br />

recycle and compost facilities<br />

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recycling containers for used<br />

batteries. We also ensure all our<br />

redundant mobile phones and IT<br />

equipment are sent to recycling<br />

and e-waste centres,” Sr Eileen<br />

said.<br />

“We have even produced an<br />

Environmental Sustainability<br />

Policy and a set of Procedures for<br />

Waste Management and Water<br />

Efficiency.”<br />

“We’ve removed electrical<br />

water coolers, and use only ecofriendly<br />

sprays in bathrooms<br />

and environmentally friendly<br />

dishwashing liquids.<br />

“We even had to obtain a bin<br />

for cigarette butts! It’s so funny the<br />

things we had to tick off to get this<br />

bronze certificate.”<br />

The work of the Committee<br />

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been affirmed by Pope Francis’<br />

encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care<br />

for Our Common Home, in which<br />

he called for people to reaffirm<br />

their personal vocation to be<br />

stewards of creation.<br />

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www.faithatwork.org.au<br />

DWF Appeal<br />

Faith at Work<br />

With the theme Faith at Work, the Diocesan<br />

Works Fund (DWF) Appeal supports the<br />

ministries and agency services of the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Church in the Diocese of Parramatta.<br />

However large or small, any donation you<br />

can make to this month’s appeal is gratefully<br />

received and helps our ministries to continue<br />

their important work.<br />

By making a donation to the DWF, you will<br />

be supporting the ministries and agency<br />

services of the Diocese as they carry out their<br />

mission and works, which benefit thousands of<br />

members of our local community.<br />

The agencies and ministries you will be<br />

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Seminarians minister to the<br />

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<strong>Catholic</strong> Youth Parramatta (CYP)<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Youth Parramatta (CYP) helps young<br />

people develop an intimate<br />

and dynamic relationship<br />

with Jesus Christ, and brings<br />

together all youth and<br />

young adults throughout<br />

the Diocese to share in one<br />

another’s journey through<br />

life and the faith.<br />

Ecumenism and Interfaith Dialogue<br />

In the Diocese of Parramatta, the Commission<br />

for Ecumenism and the Commission for<br />

Interfaith Dialogue are responsible for<br />

encouraging everyone in the Diocese to be<br />

proactive in promoting ecumenism and<br />

interfaith dialogue.<br />

Ecumenism is the movement among Christian<br />

Churches – <strong>Catholic</strong>, Orthodox and Protestant<br />

– towards Christian unity.<br />

Interfaith dialogue is the movement<br />

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understanding of each other, promoting<br />

acceptance and respect, world peace and justice.<br />

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD)<br />

The CCD provides Special<br />

Religious Educators<br />

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schools with training<br />

programs, personal support<br />

and ongoing faith formation<br />

and education.<br />

At the parish level, the CCD<br />

provides the service of evangelisation through<br />

the religious education and pastoral care of<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> students attending state schools.<br />

For more information about the DWF or to<br />

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Adam Carlow at the Aboriginal Services Centre in Emerton. Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.<br />

Five seminarians from Holy Spirit<br />

Seminary at Harris Park are currently<br />

completing their pastoral placement<br />

with <strong>Catholic</strong>Care Social Services (CCSS).<br />

Matthew Dimian, Jack Green, Andrew<br />

Rooney, Chris del Rosario and Adam<br />

Carlow are in formation for the priesthood<br />

in the Diocese of Parramatta.<br />

Ann O’Brien, Director of Marriage<br />

Support and Specialist Services for<br />

CCSS, has been working closely with the<br />

seminarians to support them in their<br />

pastoral placement.<br />

“This is the first year we are doing<br />

something like this and I think it is great<br />

because it enables the seminarians to<br />

understand the work that we do, so that<br />

they can make referrals in the future,” Ann<br />

said.<br />

“Lots of people go to priests with lots of<br />

different issues and some of the needs will<br />

be very much relevant to the services that<br />

we provide.”<br />

Andrew Rooney has been taking<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>Care’s frail and aged on outings so<br />

that they don’t feel isolated. Jack Green and<br />

Chris del Rosario have been out at Mamre<br />

"It’s really important<br />

for the Church and for<br />

those who are studying<br />

to be priests to be in<br />

contact with the weak,<br />

the vulnerable, and<br />

those who are in need."<br />

Homestead in Orchard Hills, helping with<br />

the day support group for adults with<br />

disabilities.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>Care’s Aboriginal Services<br />

Centre at Emerton provides art therapy<br />

sessions for Aboriginal people and for<br />

those recovering from mental illness.<br />

Adam Carlow’s placement there has<br />

involved decorating scarves and painting<br />

masks.<br />

“The purpose of the artwork is to really<br />

express yourself. Sometimes people find<br />

Matthew Dimian on the Walk 4 Wellbeing.<br />

Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.<br />

it very hard to express themselves with<br />

words and so a way of overcoming this is<br />

to use artwork as a form of expression,”<br />

Adam said.<br />

Matthew Dimian has joined the Walk<br />

4 Wellbeing group at Embark Cottage in<br />

Blacktown, supporting those with mental<br />

health issues. The group walks from<br />

Blacktown to Lalor Park.<br />

“It’s very casual. If you want to chat,<br />

you can. If you don’t want to chat, you<br />

can just walk and think. It’s a comfortable<br />

short walk,” Matthew said.<br />

The pastoral placement with CCSS is<br />

highly recommended by the seminarians.<br />

Matthew believes the experience with<br />

CCSS is indispensable in helping them<br />

prepare for the priesthood.<br />

“It’s really important for the Church<br />

and for those who are studying to be<br />

priests to be in contact with the weak, the<br />

vulnerable, and those who are in need,” he<br />

said.<br />

“Those are the people who we<br />

particularly have a mission for because<br />

Our Lord had a love for those who were<br />

especially vulnerable.”<br />

Bulk Billing for GP Services<br />


Monday-Friday 8.00am-6.00pm<br />

Saturday & Sunday 9.00am-2.00pm<br />

Public Holidays to be advised<br />




Parking on-site available<br />

Pathology on premises<br />



• Free initial check-up • 10% discount for seniors<br />

• Veterans’ Affairs cover and pensioners<br />

• Dental X-rays<br />

• Patients from all funds welcome<br />

• Medicare Bulk Billing - Health fund claims on the spot<br />

- for eligible children aged<br />

between 2 and 17 years of age<br />

Benefits up to $1000/child<br />




DR. VAN NGUYEN (Male GP)<br />

DILHAN JAYAMANNE (Physiotherapist)<br />

• Children’s/Women’s/Men’s Health<br />

Immunisations Health Assessment<br />

• Heart and Lung Assessment<br />

• Prevention of Chronic Illnesses<br />

• Weight Loss Programme<br />

• Skin Diseases Management<br />

- including Skin Cancer<br />

• Minor Surgical Procedures<br />

• WorkCover<br />

• Pre-employment Medicals<br />

• Travel Medicine<br />


81– 83 Richmond Rd, Blacktown, NSW | 9622 1998<br />

Holy Trinity Parish<br />

Golden Jubilee Celebrations<br />

Mass at 9.30am on Sunday 29 <strong>November</strong><br />

Followed by festivities from 11am-3pm<br />

Everyone is invited celebrate the Golden<br />

Jubilee of Holy Trinity Church at Granville<br />

Join us for Mass followed by family-friendly<br />

activities for the young and young at heart!<br />

Festivities<br />

* Car Meet with more than 30 vehicles<br />

* International Food Stalls<br />

* Cultural Entertainment<br />

* Various Stalls<br />

* Fun and exciting Games<br />

* Prizes to be won<br />

Holy Trinity Parish, Granville<br />

corner Randle & Bennalong sts<br />

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St Matthew’s Church at Windsor celebrates 175th anniversary<br />

By Mary Hampshire<br />

Over the past 175 years, our<br />

parish has been blessed<br />

with 25 parish priests and<br />

three administrators. These men<br />

lived out their vocation and led our<br />

community through many good<br />

times and many difficult times.<br />

Droughts, floods and wars<br />

each presented their own discrete<br />

challenges, which were overcome<br />

with a strong faith and community<br />

spirit.<br />

This year we are celebrating our<br />

175th anniversary with a program<br />

of memorable events to bring the<br />

community together.<br />

Our story began in 1831 with<br />

the first parish priest, Rev CV<br />

Dowling, who was appointed to<br />

establish St Matthew’s <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Parish in 1832. Bishop John Bede<br />

Polding later described Windsor<br />

parish as “70 miles long and very<br />

wide”.<br />

Rev JV Corcoran was<br />

appointed parish priest in 1835,<br />

and it was recorded that because<br />

the road to Windsor was so bad,<br />

coach drivers refused to travel on<br />

it.<br />

The condition of this road may<br />

have attributed to the death of Fr<br />

Corcoran, who was killed driving<br />

his gig near the tollgate on his way<br />

to Windsor in 1837.<br />

In 1836, a founding<br />

parishioner, James Doyle, died<br />

leaving an extremely generous<br />

bequest of £350, which was used<br />

to build the new church. In 1837,<br />

deeds were issued for the church<br />

and a school on the corner of<br />

Tebbutt and Little Church streets.<br />

The church and school, which<br />

is now the parish hall, were<br />

completed by 1840.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> education began in<br />

Windsor in 1834. A pioneering<br />

couple, James and Esther Cassidy,<br />

opened the first school and by<br />

1838, there were 104 students.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> education has always<br />

Fr Arthur Cook with (from left): Judy Rigg, Judy Newland, Mary Hampshire, Di Wilson and<br />

Jeanette Holland at the Dinner Dance.<br />

been an integral part of our<br />

parish, and the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church in<br />

Australia.<br />

The Good Samaritan Sisters<br />

arrived in 1875 and we are very<br />

fortunate to have a continued<br />

presence of the ‘Good Sams’ in<br />

our community. Three sisters are<br />

resident in the convent in Windsor.<br />

Cameroon<br />

Members of other religious<br />

orders have also contributed<br />

significantly to the continued<br />

operation of the parish.<br />

One of the longest-serving<br />

parish priests, Rev Leo Murphy<br />

(1954-76), is credited with bringing<br />

about a greater understanding and<br />

respect between <strong>Catholic</strong>s and<br />

other religious denominations in<br />

the Windsor area.<br />

As a keen lawn bowler he<br />

was elected president of Windsor<br />

Bowling Club, located across the<br />

road from the presbytery, and was<br />

greatly respected by its members.<br />

Rev James Dooley followed<br />

him as parish priest from 1976-93.<br />

During this time, Bede Polding<br />

College was opened at South<br />

Windsor and planning commenced<br />

for a <strong>Catholic</strong> primary school,<br />


also at South Windsor, and for the<br />

refurbishment/rebuilding of St<br />

Matthew’s historic church.<br />

Rev Maurice McNamara<br />

arrived in 1993 and was present for<br />

the building of Chisholm <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Primary in South Windsor (Bligh<br />

Park) and for the completion of the<br />

refurbishment of the church.<br />

Rev Arthur Cook was<br />

appointed administrator in 1987<br />

and returned as our Parish Priest<br />

in 2010. He introduced a 9.30am<br />

Sunday Mass at Chisholm <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Primary, which is going from<br />

strength to strength.<br />

Everyone is welcome to join<br />

St Matthew’s Parish for a series of<br />

community events.<br />

On Sunday 1 <strong>November</strong>, a<br />

program of Parish Picnic Festivities<br />

will commence with Mass at<br />

9.30am in the school grounds,<br />

followed by morning tea. There<br />

will be a shared lunch and activities<br />

for all the family, young and old.<br />

Chisholm <strong>Catholic</strong> Primary, 30<br />

Collith Avenue, Bligh Park.<br />

On Wednesday 18 <strong>November</strong><br />

there will be a High Tea for<br />

‘seasoned citizens’ (aged 60 and<br />

over) at 10.30am in St Matthew’s<br />

Church Hall, 12 Tebbutt Street,<br />

Windsor.<br />

The 175th Anniversary Mass<br />

was celebrated on 25 October and<br />

a Dinner Dance at Windsor RSL<br />

on 25 September had everyone<br />

tapping their toes.<br />

A priest in the Andes<br />

annointing the sick<br />

Monaghan<br />

& Gleeson<br />


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To listen with the heart<br />

CWLA 47th Biennial Conference<br />

By Donella Johnston<br />

More than 250 women from across<br />

Australia gathered in Parramatta to<br />

attend the 47th Biennial Conference<br />

of the <strong>Catholic</strong> Women’s League Australia<br />

(CWLA) from 22-24 September.<br />

The theme for the conference was ‘Listen<br />

with the Heart’ and evoked the values of<br />

understanding, forgiveness, compassion,<br />

empathy, mercy, justice and love.<br />

Beginning with the opening Mass in St<br />

Patrick’s Cathedral on 22 September, the<br />

conference focus was very much on the social<br />

justice issues concerning women in Australia<br />

today.<br />

Keynote speaker the Hon Pru Goward,<br />

NSW Minister for Women and Minister for the<br />

Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual<br />

Assault, addressed the highly topical issue of<br />

family violence.<br />

Reminding the conference “it takes a village<br />

to raise a child”, Ms Goward pointed out that it<br />

takes a community to address the problem of<br />

domestic violence and that deeply held views<br />

about women contributed to coercion and<br />

control and should be challenged.<br />

“Domestic violence is not a women’s<br />

problem,” she said. “It’s a men’s problem: 80%<br />

of victims are women while 20% of victims are<br />

men.”<br />

Sr Hilda Scott OSB was right at home as<br />

a speaker, given the Benedictine theme of the<br />

conference.<br />

Communicating about the importance<br />

of prayer, Sr Hilda reminded delegates that<br />

“prayer opens up the mind and heart to find<br />

out who God truly is”.<br />

“God’s love never gives up. There isn’t an<br />

ache in the human heart that doesn’t find a<br />

corresponding ache in the heart of God.”<br />

It was a good reminder because some of<br />

the examples outlined by guest speaker Jennifer<br />

Burn were certainly heart-achingly disturbing.<br />

Speaking on the topic of human trafficking<br />

and slavery, this passionate advocate for women<br />

and children highlighted the need for improved<br />

protection of the rights of trafficked people.<br />

Other highlights included a talk by Pat<br />

McDermott from the Australian Women’s<br />

Weekly ‘Family Matters’ column and a<br />

presentation about the extraordinary journey of<br />

Sr Dr Mary Glowrey JMJ.<br />

The conference mixed business with<br />

pleasure. The conference dinner saw a packed<br />

dance floor of women who got up early the<br />

Keynote speaker Pru Goward said it takes a community to address the problem of domestic violence.<br />

Photo: Karen Cassar.<br />

Pastoral care team reflects on ministry to the sick<br />

Members of the pastoral care team at Westmead Hospital came together last month.<br />

THE<br />



A God-given calling to ordained ministry,<br />

open to married and single men<br />

In the service of the Liturgy, the Word, and Charity<br />

next day to vote for motions and introduce the<br />

incoming National Executive team.<br />

This team will be based in South Australia<br />

and begins its term of office on 1 January 2016.<br />

The new office bearers are: Anne Marie<br />

Clark (President), Margaret Quinn (Vice<br />

President), Maureen Clarke (Vice President),<br />

Joan Young (Secretary) and Geraldine Davis<br />

(Treasurer).<br />

Outgoing National President Carolyn<br />

Metcalfe said she was very pleased with the<br />

By Lyn Keane<br />

Members of the pastoral care team<br />

at Westmead Hospital held their<br />

annual meeting at the Shrine of the<br />

Holy Innocents at Kellyville last month. The<br />

shrine is a place of pilgrimage in this Year of<br />

Consecrated Life.<br />

Some 30 extraordinary ministers of the<br />

Eucharist came together for the meeting on 10<br />

October <strong>2015</strong>. The program was organised by<br />

chaplain Deacon Nicephorus Tan.<br />

A highlight of the day was a talk by Dr<br />

Frank Lah on the many forms of pain relief and<br />

pain control that are now available.<br />

We then walked through the grounds,<br />

praying the Stations of the Cross, which are set<br />

in the landscaped gardens that surround the<br />

chapel.<br />

Fr Dado Haber MI is a Minister of the<br />

Infirm (Order of St Camillus). The Camillians<br />

provide pastoral care at Westmead Hospital and<br />

other hospitals around the Diocese.<br />

Fr Dado spoke about the emotional and<br />

spiritual care of the patients to whom we offer<br />

Communion, and the honour it is to serve<br />

conference and felt it offered participants<br />

both spiritual nourishment and a variety of<br />

important social justice issues affecting women<br />

and girls.<br />

For more images of the event, please visit:<br />

www.flickr.com/parracatholic/albums<br />

Donella Johnston is Director of the National<br />

Office for the Participation of Women. This<br />

article was originally published on the ACBC<br />

Media Blog, 16 October <strong>2015</strong>: www.catholic.<br />

org.au<br />

those who can often no longer participate at<br />

parish Masses and who will continue to need<br />

visitation when they go home.<br />

In the early evening, Fr Dado celebrated<br />

Mass, which was followed by a shared meal.<br />

Anyone who is interested in this ministry<br />

to the sick is invited to contact the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Chaplain’s Office at Westmead Hospital.<br />

Ministers are rostered every few weeks on a<br />

Sunday morning.<br />

Inquiries to Deacon Tan, Chaplain, 0407<br />

270 782, nwht@yahoo.com.uk<br />

Save the date: 11 February 2016<br />

Mass for World Day of the Sick<br />

The annual diocesan Mass for World Day of<br />

the Sick will be celebrated on 11 February 2016.<br />

This will be an acknowledgment of carers and<br />

those for whom they care.<br />

The Mass at 10.30am in St Patrick’s Church,<br />

51 Allawah Street, Blacktown, will include the<br />

Sacramental Rite of Anointing of the Sick and<br />

Prayers for Healing.<br />

All welcome – a light luncheon will follow.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Diocese of Parramatta | www.parra.catholic.org.au<br />

Inquiries to Rev Dr Arthur Bridge AM, Director of Vocations to the Permanent Diaconate<br />

Tel 0411 289 954, arthurbridge@arsmusica.org.au PO Box 23, Toongabbie, NSW, 2146<br />

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Domus Australia in Rome<br />

celebrates 4th anniversary<br />

Background information on ‘your home in Rome’<br />

Established by the Archdiocese of Sydney<br />

with the support of other Australian dioceses,<br />

Domus Australia is an authentic Italian 32-room<br />

guest house located centrally in Rome.<br />

It is within walking distance of the Spanish<br />

Steps, key shopping areas and the city’s major<br />

cultural attractions.<br />

The light-filled spacious rooms, large<br />

ensuite bathrooms, friendly staff, cleanliness<br />

and full hot Aussie breakfast are major<br />

drawcards.<br />

The magnificently restored Chapel of St Peter Chanel in Domus Australia.<br />

The historic building and chapel are<br />

home to a number of 19th and 20th Century<br />

artworks, which have been beautifully and<br />

faithfully restored by a team of Roman art<br />

specialists<br />

Mass in English is celebrated every day for<br />

guests and visitors to Rome.<br />

To make a reservation call (02) 9390 5980<br />

in Australia, send an email to reservations@<br />

domusaustralia.org or visit<br />

www.domusaustralia.org<br />



Weekend Masses<br />

Saturday 8am, 9:30am<br />

(Mass in the Extraordinary Form – Latin),<br />

6pm (Vigil) Sunday 8am, 9.30am (Family<br />

Mass), 11am (Solemn Mass), 6pm<br />

Weekday Masses<br />

Monday to Friday 6.45am,12.30pm<br />

Public Holidays 8am<br />

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament<br />

Monday to Friday 11.15am-12.20pm<br />

First Friday of the month 6pm-7pm<br />

Sacrament of Penance<br />

Weekdays 11.15am-12.20pm<br />

Saturdays 8.30am-9am, 5pm-5.30pm<br />

Devotions<br />

Morning Prayer of the Church<br />

Monday to Friday 6.30am<br />

Saturday and Sunday 7.30am<br />

Angelus<br />

Monday to Friday noon<br />

Rosary<br />

Monday to Friday after Angelus at noon<br />

Canticle of Our Lady’s Marian Movement<br />

Friday 1pm<br />

Christian meditation<br />

Tuesday 9.30am-10.15am<br />

Baptism - Sunday 12.45pm by appointment<br />

Marriages - By appointment<br />

Contact the Parish Secretary<br />

tel (02) 8839 8400 or email<br />

1 Marist Place, Parramatta<br />

On 18 October, staff and friends of<br />

Domus Australia celebrated the 4th<br />

anniversary of the official opening<br />

of the guest house with a special Mass in<br />

its magnificent Chapel of St Peter Chanel,<br />

commemorating also the 5th anniversary<br />

of the canonisation of St Mary of the<br />

Cross MacKillop, patron of the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta.<br />

The principal<br />

celebrant for the<br />

Mass was Cardinal<br />

George Pell, who<br />

now resides in Rome<br />

as the Prefect of the<br />

Secretariat for the<br />

Economy.<br />

It was Cardinal<br />

Pell’s vision to create<br />

this home-awayfrom-home<br />

for<br />

Australian pilgrims<br />

travelling to Rome.<br />

On 19 October<br />

2011, Pope Benedict<br />

XVI conducted the<br />

opening ceremony<br />

and blessing of this unique guest house.<br />

Last month’s Mass was concelebrated<br />

by the resident Rector of Domus, Rev<br />

Terry Bell, Rev Conor Steadman (recently<br />

ordained for the Archdiocese of Perth), Rev<br />

Trenton Van Reesch (recently ordained for<br />

the Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn)<br />

and other Australian clergy.<br />

In attendance for the celebrations were<br />

Australia’s Ambassador to the Holy See,<br />

John McCarthy, representatives of the<br />

architects and restorers who worked on the<br />

Domus Australia project and special guests.<br />


Australia’s Ambassador to the Holy See, John<br />

McCarthy, catches up with Domus Australia’s Guest<br />

Services Manager, Annie Casey.<br />

Thursday 11 February 2016 at 10.30am<br />

Including the Sacramental Rite of Anointing of<br />

the Sick and Prayers for Healing<br />

Please join us for a light lunch at the conclusion<br />

of Mass<br />

St Patrick’s Church, 51 Allawah Street, Blacktown<br />

All welcome<br />


A celebratory lamington cake was<br />

prepared by the Domus chefs.<br />

The Business Manager of the<br />

Archdiocese of Sydney, Michael Digges,<br />

said since opening its doors, Domus<br />

Australia had welcomed guests from all<br />

over Australia and from all over the world.<br />

Ranked in Rome’s top 20 on<br />

TripAdvisor, the<br />

reviews say it all,<br />

with many referring<br />

to this boutique<br />

guest house as<br />

‘their home in<br />

Rome’. In <strong>2015</strong>,<br />

Domus Australia<br />

was again awarded<br />

a TripAdvisor<br />

Certificate of<br />

Excellence and<br />

has had an average<br />

review rating of<br />

5 out of 5 since<br />

opening.<br />

“Our guests<br />

have shared their<br />

experiences with<br />

friends and family and the level of repeat<br />

visits is a significant part of the business,”<br />

Mr Digges said.<br />

“We have managed to combine a<br />

traditional Roman guest house with some<br />

Australian flavour, including a full hot<br />

Aussie breakfast, English-speaking staff,<br />

and excellent Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities<br />

in the spacious guest rooms.”<br />

Domus Australia is preparing for an<br />

even busier 2016, with the Jubilee Year of<br />

Mercy commencing on 13 December this<br />

year.<br />

Mass for World Day of the Sick<br />

in acknowledgment of carers<br />

and those for whom they care<br />

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Mercy Tree to benefit<br />

Jesuit Social Services<br />

Award nomination an<br />

honour for Cate<br />

Sr Catherine Ryan RSM, Congregation Leader of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, pictured with Year 11 OLMC<br />

Parramatta students, Director of Jesuit Refugee Services, Fr Aloysius Mowe SJ, and Oliver White and Maeve<br />

Brown from Jesuit Refugee Services.<br />

The 2016 beneficiary of OLMC<br />

Parramatta’s Mercy Tree social justice<br />

initiative is Jesuit Social Services, a social<br />

change organisation with a vision of building a<br />

just society by working with those most in need<br />

to make a real, sustainable difference.<br />

Planted and blessed in early 2012, the<br />

Mercy Tree is a focus for social justice activity<br />

at Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta.<br />

Standing more than 2m tall in the Brigid<br />

Shelley courtyard, its continued growth<br />

symbolises an ever-increasing commitment<br />

to the eight Mercy Values in the OLMC<br />

Parramatta community.<br />

These values are Mercy, Compassion,<br />

Justice, Stewardship, Service, Hospitality,<br />

Excellence and Dignity.<br />

The Principal of OLMC, Stephen Walsh,<br />

said that 2016 was especially important in the<br />

life of the Mercy Tree. “This coming year has<br />

been proclaimed by Pope Francis as the Year of<br />

Mercy: through our tree, we can help open the<br />

‘Doors of Mercy’ to help empower vulnerable<br />

people by supporting services that foster<br />

positive mental health and wellbeing,” he said.<br />

“Past Mercy Tree appeals have helped to<br />

open doors to people with disabilities, refugees<br />

and asylum seekers as well as young Aboriginal<br />

mums.<br />

“The Sisters of Mercy and the OLMC<br />

community are passionate about doing what we<br />

can to assist organisations who work with the<br />

most vulnerable.”<br />

Jesuit Social Services was chosen by Year<br />

10 Mercy Girls Andrea Fok, Olivia Murillo and<br />

Jasmine Bautista as a part of a Year 10 Religious<br />

Education Assessment.<br />

Through a range of programs, Jesuit Social<br />

Services helps people through difficult periods<br />

of their life and focuses on engaging them to<br />

reach their potential.<br />

Their hands-on work in this space includes<br />

counselling, outreach support, assistance<br />

with education and training, and therapeutic<br />

outdoor activities.<br />

In the past year, Jesuit Social Services<br />

has provided intensive support to 730 people<br />

affected by complex mental health problems<br />

and offered information, referrals and general<br />

support to more than 60,000 others seeking<br />

help.<br />

Arrupe Place Parramatta received a $7000<br />

cheque from students on behalf of the OLMC<br />

Mercy Tree Charity.<br />

Arrupe Place provides a range of services to<br />

refugees and asylum seekers living in Western<br />

Sydney, including food vouchers, computer<br />

use, casework services, general information and<br />

referrals, financial assistance and social support<br />

activities.<br />

It is located in Coolock Cottage (donated<br />

by the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta to Jesuit<br />

Refugee Services for their use), next to the<br />

Convent of the Sisters of Mercy.<br />

Arrupe Place is part of a broader Shelter<br />

Project, which responds to the needs of the<br />

growing number of asylum seekers facing<br />

financial destitution and homelessness by<br />

providing temporary accommodation, financial<br />

support, and casework services.<br />

Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy<br />

Penrose Park<br />

Fatima Day: Friday <strong>November</strong> 13<br />

(Month of the Holy Souls)<br />

Main Celebrant: His Excellency Most Reverend Adolfo Tito Yllana<br />

Apostolic Nuncio to Australia<br />

Holy Mass 11 am, Devotions at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes 1.30 pm<br />

Divine Mercy Devotions - First Sunday of the Month<br />

Fatima Family Sunday: <strong>November</strong> 15<br />

Cate Sydes: “I love what I do because at MYC we provide solutions to improving the life chances of vulnerable<br />

young people.”<br />

The CEO of Marist Youth Care, Cate<br />

Sydes, is a NSW State Finalist in<br />

this year's Telstra Business Women’s<br />

Awards, one of the most prestigious and highly<br />

recognised programs for Australian women in<br />

business.<br />

Cate's nomination is in the ‘For Purpose<br />

and Social Enterprise’ category.<br />

During a career spanning 35 years, Cate<br />

has focused on the welfare of children and<br />

has had the delivery of positive social and<br />

environmental change as her core mission<br />

As CEO of Marist Youth Care for 10 years,<br />

Cate has expanded the organisation's reach in<br />

Western Sydney through innovative programs,<br />

business development and fundraising.<br />

"I am proud that I have helped build<br />

an organisation that is vibrant, diverse and<br />

innovative in the provision of services,” she<br />

said. “Social inclusion is a priority for MYC,<br />

ensuring that we allow access for all young<br />

people who need safety, support, education,<br />

training or employment, regardless of their<br />

background."<br />

Marist Youth Care is recognised as a<br />

leading <strong>Catholic</strong> agency working with the<br />

most at risk young people, their families and<br />

communities.<br />

"I am proud that I<br />

have helped build an<br />

organisation that is vibrant,<br />

diverse and innovative in<br />

the provision of services."<br />

One of Cate's landmark programs, MYC's<br />

Aboriginal Trainee Support Worker Program,<br />

has established MYC as the largest employer<br />

and trainer of Aboriginal people in Western<br />

Sydney.<br />

The program has enabled local people to<br />

gain skills, qualifications and employment in<br />

the community services sector.<br />

In partnership with the local Aboriginal<br />

community, MYC trains employs culturally<br />

aware and experienced staff to work with and<br />

achieve outstanding results for Aboriginal<br />

young people in juvenile justice, foster care,<br />

education, training, employment and family<br />

support programs.<br />

"I love what I do because at MYC we<br />

provide solutions to improving the life chances<br />

of vulnerable young people so they can go on to<br />

live successful and fulfilling lives," Cate said.<br />

All-day<br />

Eucharistic Adoration<br />

Our Lady of the Angels Church, Rouse Hill<br />

“Could you not watch one hour with me?” (Matt 26:40)<br />

Upcoming celebrations in Our Shrine:<br />


Christmas Eve (December 24): 11.30pm Carol Service in English; Midnight Mass<br />

in English (Shrine Church) and Polish (Bethlehem Chapel)<br />

Christmas Day (December 25): 11am Solemn Mass in English (Shrine Church)<br />

and Polish (Bethlehem Chapel)<br />

New Year’s Eve (December 31): 11pm Exposition and devotions in the Shrine<br />

Church followed by Mass at Midnight<br />

Pauline Father’s Monastery<br />

Address: 120 Hanging Rock Road, Berrima, NSW, 2577 Phone: 02 4878 9192 Fax: 02 4878 9351<br />

Email: paulinefathers@yahoo.com.au<br />

Website: www.penrosepark.com.au<br />

Spend time with our Lord truly present in the Blessed<br />

Sacrament exposed for Adoration.<br />

You are invited to sign up for a regular time slot.<br />

Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm<br />

Our Lady of the Angels Church<br />

1 Wellgate Ave, Rouse Hill<br />

Contact the Parish Office tel (02) 8883 4063<br />

parishoffice@ourladyoftheangels.org.au<br />

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Students celebrate<br />

International Youth Day<br />

On the day, more than $4000 was raised for charity.<br />

Tangara School for Girls has a<br />

tradition of celebrating International<br />

Youth Day in August each year<br />

when the focus is on raising funds for<br />

a number of charities supported by the<br />

students. This year the cultural focus was<br />

on all things Lebanese.<br />

The Lebanese parent community came<br />

together to showcase the food, music and<br />

dancing of Lebanese culture, much to the<br />

delight of the students.<br />

A highlight was the performance<br />

of traditional Lebanese drumming and<br />

Dabke dancing.<br />

The warmth and hospitality for which<br />

the people of Lebanese background are<br />

renowned was evident.<br />

In addition, each Year grade ran<br />

fundraising stalls. More than $4000 was<br />

raised for charities including: the School<br />

of St Jude in Tanzania; the Hamlin Fistula<br />

Hospital in Sesobel, which assists children<br />

with disabilities and their families; Room<br />

to Read, which is dedicated to eradicating<br />

poverty through education; and Manto de<br />

Guadalupe, which helps those suffering<br />

A highlight was the performance of traditional<br />

Lebanese drumming and Dabke dancing.<br />

extreme poverty by providing food,<br />

housing, clothing and medical care.<br />

The International Youth Day<br />

celebration also complements the NSW<br />

Board of Studies ‘Learning across the<br />

curriculum’ outcomes and working<br />

towards the goal of active and informed<br />

citizenship for students.<br />

Tangara is a school of PARED (Parents<br />

for Education), a personal initiative of<br />

parents and educators. The <strong>Catholic</strong> faith<br />

is taught in PARED schools.<br />

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Address by Ben Smith, Director of the Family & Life Office, on St John Paul II’s<br />

Theology of the Body. Hosted by <strong>Catholic</strong>Care Social Services. Starts 7.30pm<br />

in St Paul the Apostle Parish Hall, 40 Buckleys Rd, Winston Hills. Register with<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>Care (02) 9933 0222, marriage@ccss.org.au<br />


Clergy, parish coordinators, facilitators, sacramental teams and volunteers (including<br />

RCIA and Baptism teams) are invited to the Annual Thanksgiving Mass at 7.30pm in<br />

St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta. RSVP 6 <strong>November</strong>: Adelle (02) 9831 4911, email<br />

ofw@ifm.org.au<br />


Lecture by Joe de Bruyn, Chairman of Campion College. Organised by the St Thomas<br />

More Society and McAuley Hawach Lawyers. Starts 6pm in St Patrick’s Cathedral<br />

Hall, Parramatta. All welcome – no charge. RSVP 5 <strong>November</strong>: (02) 9633 1826,<br />

reception@mcauleyhawach.com.au<br />


A day to honour and celebrate those loved ones who have taken their lives.<br />

Information sessions, small group sharing, quiet reflection time and celebration of<br />

the Eucharist. From 10am-4pm at St Joseph’s Centre, 64 MacKillop Dve, Baulkham<br />

Hills. RSVP: <strong>Catholic</strong>Care Social Services (02) 9933 0222, enquiries@ccss.org.au<br />


This Christian Meditation Introduction & Renewal Day at St Benedict's Monastery<br />

includes presentations, Introduction to Christian Meditation, two periods of<br />

meditation, Eucharistic Celebration and information exchange. Arrive 10am for<br />

10.30am, concludes about 3pm. Monastery is at 121 Arcadia Rd, Arcadia, tel (02)<br />

9653 1159. Inquiries: Ann Bergman (02) 9498 2625 or Ann Lomas (02) 9456 4775.<br />


Everyone is welcome to join the community of St Matthew’s Parish, Windsor, as they<br />

celebrate this historic milestone with a Thanksgiving High Tea for ‘seasoned citizens’<br />

(aged 60+). Starts 10.30am in St Matthew’s Church Hall, 12 Tebbutt St, Windsor.<br />


Everyone is welcome to join the Holy Hour for Vocations from 7pm-8pm for an hour<br />

of adoration, prayer, music and quiet time in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in St<br />

Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.<br />


A unique opportunity for married couples to reconnect, rekindle and refresh their<br />

relationship. Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville. Contact Ardell & Bill Sharpe (02)<br />

4283 3435 or wsharpe@bigpond.net.au<br />


Designed to bring psychological and spiritual healing to anyone who has<br />

been affected by an abortion experience including women, men, couples and<br />

grandparents. Mount St Benedict Centre, Pennant Hills. Confidential inquiries: SMS<br />

0400 092 555, info@rachelsvineyard.org.au<br />


St John Vianney was very devoted to St Philomena. Pope Gregory XVI called her<br />

“the great wonder worker”. Mass at noon with Confession from 11.30am. St John<br />

Vianney's Church, 17 Cameron St, Doonside. Please bring a snack to share. RSVP:<br />

Elizabeth 0423 15 44 63, epeoples9@gmail.com<br />


Annual Mass and Reunion of the St Vincent’s Old Boys Association. Gather at<br />

11.30am for BBQ lunch at 12.30pm. Sacred Heart Church, 14 Ralph St, Westmead.<br />

RSVP: Christine McGee 0400 881 779.<br />


Everyone is invited celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Holy Trinity Church. Mass at<br />

9.30am followed by family-friendly activities from 11am-3pm. Includes car meet,<br />

international food stalls, cultural entertainment, games and prizes. Holy Trinity<br />

Parish, cnr Randle & Bennalong sts, Granville.<br />

Blackheath<br />

Reflection Morning<br />

Saturday 21 <strong>November</strong><br />

from 10am-1pm<br />

‘Ways into Meaning’<br />

Presented by Dr Tim O’Hearn<br />

Entry by donation.<br />

No need to book. Morning tea provided.<br />

Sacred Heart Parish Hall<br />

cnr Sturt & Wentworth sts, Blackheath<br />

Further details tel Carmel Vanny (02) 4787 8706<br />

“The most beautiful<br />

and visually<br />

compelling film<br />

I have ever seen. I did<br />

not want it to end.”<br />

Kim, Brisbane.<br />

Filmed and Edited by<br />

Michael Luke Davies<br />

A unique inside portrait of<br />

the world of the Tyburn Nuns.<br />

“This film takes you into<br />

another realm…”<br />

What is life in a cloistered Benedictine<br />

community really like? Let the Tyburn<br />

Nuns take you to their 9 monasteries<br />

around the world. Witness the nuns’ holy<br />

life of prayer and work, centred on the<br />

Eucharist, in this remarkable film.<br />


www.tyburnconvent.org.uk<br />

or send cheque/money order for $25<br />

payable to:<br />

Tyburn Priory, 325 Garfield Road East<br />


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Meet the WYD Team from the Diocese of Parramatta<br />

You’re invited to join them on our<br />

pilgrimages to Krakow Poland in July 2016<br />



TEAM<br />

David Bourne<br />

James Camden<br />

Sr Rosie Drum MGL<br />

Ian Jordan<br />

Sophie Ryan<br />

Ian Smith<br />

Mark Tuffy<br />

Asante Viswasam<br />

Greg Whitby<br />


Karina Anthony<br />

Genevieve Banks<br />

Amanda Bentley<br />

Christopher Bettiol<br />

Monique Boyer<br />

Steven Buhagiar<br />

Raimie Caramancion<br />

Carmen Cassar<br />

Martin Crew<br />

Simone Di Matteo<br />

Christian Dulawan<br />

Lisa Howell<br />

Christian Illigan<br />

Len Lara<br />

Chris Lee<br />

Attila Lendvai<br />

Malia Lolesio<br />

Philip Margerison<br />


TEAM<br />

Luzviminda Mercado<br />

Patrice Moriarty<br />

Nathan Mulheron<br />

Anthony Ndaira<br />

Danuta Paton<br />

Joseph Portelli<br />

Anne Prendergast<br />

James Prendergast<br />

Mary Reyes<br />

Michelle Rosewell<br />

Alison Ryan<br />

Gerard Sadaya<br />

Alicia Shaw<br />

Tim Vane-Tempest<br />

Donnie Velasco<br />

Mei Velasco<br />

Sr Lucy Vo<br />

Michelle Yager<br />


Rev Jolly Chacko MS<br />

Rev Clifford D’souza MSFS<br />

Rev Ruben Elago MSP<br />

Rev John Paul Escarlan<br />

Rev Andrew Fornal OP<br />

Rev Shane Reade SDB<br />

Rev Peter Strohmayer OSPPE<br />

Rev Robert William<br />

There are further chaplains in reserve ready to<br />

serve if pilgrim registrations exceed expectations.<br />

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Registration is now<br />

OPEN!<br />


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