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VOLUME 18, NOVEMBER 2015 | Photo: Alphonsus Fok
FR LOU BRESLAN:
FAREWELL TO A
SAINT ‘OF THEIR
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
When I was about 12 years old I remember
my mother telling me that there were
certain topics that I should never bring up in
conversation with people I didn’t know very
well. Those topics were religion, politics and
In the late 1950s and early 60s there was still
a view that such matters were reserved to
those who were professionally equipped to
deal with them, and in ‘polite society’ such
topics were taboo.
Every topic related to human beings, and
now their behaviour is open for discussion at
any time and in any forum.
FROM THE DIOCESAN ADMINISTRATOR
Very Rev Peter G Williams
Death is part of the
journey that leads us
to eternity with God
FAMILY & LIFE
- FAITH AT WORK
NEWS & EVENTS
4-6, 11, 19
One only has to recall the censorship laws
that controlled much of the content on
television in this country from the mid-
1950s when TV first came to Australia, and
look at the content that now pervades our
screens, at any time of the day or night.
Yet there is one subject that is avoided and,
when it does bubble up to the surface, is
often treated in a very clinical way. I am
talking about death.
I remember as a teenager reading a novel
entitled The Loved One: An Anglo-American
Tragedy (1948). It is a short, satirical novel
by British novelist by Evelyn Waugh, which
focuses on the absurdity of the American
funeral industry at that time in its attempt to
disguise, as much as possible, the fact that a
body is dead.
In recent decades, we seem to have adopted
much of the American attitude to death.
That we can watch films and TV programs
in which characters are terminated regularly,
and think nothing of it, is measure that we
have become desensitised simply because we
know ‘they are only actors and will get up at
the end of the scene’.
We seem disconnected when watching the
news and, when images of dead people come
on to the screen, we remain disconnected.
(Sometimes there is a warning before the
images are shown so that we can switch off!)
However, when we are confronted by the
death of a relative or close friend, that reality
is very different. We come face to face with
the rude and brutal nature of extinct life.
It is important to confront death and name it
for what it is – an end for which, on this side
of the grave, there is no return!
For Catholics, the month of November
traditionally has been devoted to
remembering and praying for our deceased
loved ones. The practice of praying for the
dead has great antiquity in the Church and
was part of the life of the earliest Christian
The annual commemoration of the faithful
departed was linked to the Solemnity of All
Saints’ Day, which happily this year falls on
Traditionally, the month of November has been devoted to remembering and praying for our deceased loved ones.
As on the secular days linked to mothers and
fathers, there will be many in our Catholic
community in the Diocese who will visit
cemeteries and places where the dead are
memorialised. It is a wonderful expression of
love by those who remain in calling to mind
those who have died.
The practice of requesting that Masses be
offered for the departed is also quite old and
dates back to the early medieval period.
As all of us continue in our journey that will
lead us to encounter the fullness of God’s
glory, we want to ensure that those who
have died can be aided by us, and have the
assurance that they too are united to us, and
that whatever blocks their union with God
will be purged so that they can enjoy the
We should not fear the reality of death as
we see it as being part of the journey that
extends beyond physical existence and draws
us to eternity with God.
The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
is the core of our faith and we should
experience that immersion spiritually
every week in the Sunday celebration of the
Eucharist, which has at its heart the Paschal
As Catholics we should also give serious
consideration to making adequate
preparation for the time when our earthly
lives will end. There is nothing morbid or
bleak about setting out now, while we are
well and active, the choices of Scripture
readings and liturgical music we would like
to form part of our own funeral liturgy.
As much as anything it provides an insight
for those who come to remember us in
prayer, what were the key drivers in our own
While funerals are invariably a time of
sadness and grief, for the Christian they are
also an expression of hope, not only for the
deceased person, but also for ourselves.
It is captured quite beautifully in a hymn
from the Ukranian Rite, which is sung to a
very old melody from Kiev. When the late
Cardinal Edward Clancy was being lowered
into the crypt of St Mary’s Cathedral it was
chanted by a schola made up of adolescent
boys from the Cathedral choir:
Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with
where sorrow and pain are no more;
neither sighing, but life everlasting.
Thou only art immortal, the Creator and
Maker of man:
and we are mortal, formed of the earth,
and unto earth shall we return:
for so thou didst ordain, when thou
createdst me, saying:
Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou
All we go down to the dust; and, weeping
o’er the grave, we make our song:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
(Contakion of the Departed: Kiev melody)
This month, let us continue to remember
with love those who have died and with
whom we had a special bond and whose
absence we lament, but know that we are
united with them still in the mystery of the
communion of the Church.
With my prayers,
Very Rev Peter G Williams
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Young people rally
to share their faith
By James Camden, Director of Catholic Youth Parramatta
The forecourt of St Patrick’s Cathedral
attracted more than 300 young people
from across the Diocese of Parramatta
for the first Diocesan Youth Rally, held on the
Feast of St John Paul II.
The rally on 24 October was coordinated
by Catholic Youth Parramatta (CYP), the
Diocese Youth Council and the World Youth
The rally is a new initiative of Catholic
Youth Parramatta, who hope to facilitate a
similar event a couple of times throughout the
year. The concept provides young people with
a welcoming, festival-like experience where
connected Catholics can invite a friend.
As the sun set over the precinct, the
Cathedral steps were transformed into a
spectacular stage for youth bands from Our
Lady of the Angels at Rouse Hill, Mary Queen
of the Family Parish at Blacktown and Youth
for Christ to perform short sets of music
throughout the evening.
Each group entertained the crowd with a
selection of appropriate chart-topping music
and worship songs from their ministries.
The Chair of the Diocese Youth Council,
Fr Paul Roberts, opened the rally with an
inspiring and motivational call to follow the
example of St John Paul II as he welcomed
and encouraged the young people of the
Diocese to enjoy and embrace their coming
together from all reaches of Western Sydney
and the Blue Mountains.
The recent unveiling of the statues of St
John Paul II with young people provided an
opportunity for young people at the rally to
truly celebrate the occasion with the founder
of our Diocese and father of World Youth
A wall of mercy allowed participants to
write a prayer of intercession or light a candle
before the statues.
Throughout the program young
people preparing for various national and
international pilgrimages to the Philippines
and Poland for World Youth Day 2016, and
Adelaide for next month’s Australian Catholic
Youth Festival were treated to bursts of
formation about the life, spirituality, impact
and history of St John Paul II.
The talented Youth Mission Team
performed a drama and Polish dancing by
the Lajkonik Group gave the crowd a taste of
what to expect in St John Paul II’s homeland,
Poland, during WYD.
A number of youth groups took up the
opportunity to run stalls that provided food
or fun activities to involve young people. Any
profits earned are being pooled back into their
parish fundraising for WYD or other worthy
The WYD Pilgrimage Leadership Team,
Small Group Leaders and Chaplains were
announced on the night and can be seen on
the back page of this issue of Catholic Outlook.
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Paul Worthington retires
By Elizabeth McFarlane
Paul Worthington. Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.
Paul Worthington will retire as Director
of the Confraternity of Christian
Doctrine (CCD) on 18 December after
close to 13 years in the role.
The CCD was established in Australia in
1958, some 400 years after its genesis, and
was introduced to Parramatta in 1987.
The CCD provides adult education for
catechists (Special Religious Educators) so
that they are equipped to teach the Catholic
faith in state schools. Paul believes there are
two major motivators for those who decide
to become catechists.
“They have to want to share their faith
and love to teach kids,” he said. “You have
to love it because it’s hard going into a
classroom. Anyone who says that teaching is
easy has no idea. It’s a hard task.”
Paul said the greatest attribute of the
CCD was its individual catechists. “For
some kids, that’s their only contact with the
Prior to his work with the CCD, Paul was
principal of St Joseph’s Primary School in
Laurieton-Kempsey, where he experienced
the daily challenges associated with teaching,
recognising also the unique difficulties
linked to teaching primary and secondary
“It is a challenge. I always taught primary
but I changed to secondary in about 2007,”
he said. “I changed over because if I was
going to ask people to teach secondary, I had
to be prepared to do it myself.
“That requires training – to be able to
take a question, answer it respectfully, and
then get back to the course outline. Some
people would find that difficult.”
Paul has been asked many tough
questions over the years, and he recommends
being upfront and truthful about your own
“If you don’t know the answer, admit it.
Say, ‘Look I don’t know the response to that.
Can I get back to you?’ Because as soon as
you try to pull the wool over the students’
eyes, they read you straight away.”
Reflecting on the changes he has seen in
his time with the CCD, Paul said there was
a need to encourage more young people to
"The days of having
for 40 or 50 years
is changing. We
need more young
people to become
“The days of having catechists teach for
40 or 50 years is changing. We need more
young people to become catechists.”
In our Diocese, 510 students from 19
Catholic schools are catechists in 190 state
“I am grateful to Bishop Kevin Manning
and Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, who were
very conscious of the work of the CCD
and who supported its ministry across the
parishes,” Paul said.
“I have been blessed with a CCD team of
regional coordinators and my co-worker in
the office, Maree Collis, who have supported
the hard work of parish teams of SRE
teachers and helpers. I am very indebted
to this diocesan team but extremely well
supported by the local parish teams where
The Holy Door in Parramatta
By Rev Paul Roberts and Sr Mary Louise Walsh ISSM
The designated door for our Diocese will be the eastern door, far right, at the top of the entry steps at St
Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta. Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.
On 8 December, the Feast of the
Immaculate Conception, Pope
Francis will open a usually sealed
door of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome as a
symbolic door of God’s mercy.
During the Jubilee Year of Mercy,
millions of pilgrims will pass through this
door as a stepping into the arms of God’s
mercy and renewal.
The Jubilee will be celebrated in every
diocese of the world, where there will also be
a designated door for the many of us who are
obviously unable to visit Rome.
In our Diocese, this door will be at St
Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta. It will be
the eastern door at the top of the entry steps,
closest to the new statue of St John Paul II
and his friends.
The themes of the Jubilee Year of Mercy
will call people to be merciful like the
Father, to rediscover works of mercy, to
receive sacramental healing and strength,
to dialogue with those in our world who
are different to us and to truly participate in
God’s merciful love.
Likewise, our cathedral will have
specially prepared focuses and activities
reflecting these themes and into which we as
local pilgrims can be drawn.
Our Holy Door will be opened on the
3rd Sunday of Advent, 13 December, at the
11am Mass. All are most welcome to attend.
During the year of the Jubilee, this will be the
only door through which to enter at the front
of the cathedral.
The tradition of gaining a plenary
indulgence will apply during the Jubilee Year
and more will be communicated about this
as the Jubilee begins.
In brief, it is a special favour of God’s
grace and love with which we can be
blessed by participating in certain spiritual,
sacramental and merciful expressions.
The focuses and themes around our
cathedral’s door of mercy will continue
throughout the year. The special sense of
passing through this threshold of God’s
mercy will be emphasised until the close of
the Jubilee in November 2016.
During the course of the year, many
people from our parishes, Diocese
and beyond will be able to participate
meaningfully with a pilgrimage to St Patrick’s
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Fostering relations with
people of other faiths
By Rev Walter Fogarty, Chairman of the Diocesan Interfaith Commission
Divine Mercy Devotions
for the Holy Year of Mercy
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Parish,
Upper Blue Mountains
As the Church prepares for the
Jubilee Year of Mercy the Diocese of
Parramatta has announced a newly
reformed Diocesan Interfaith Commission to
foster relations with peoples of other faiths.
Previously, such relations were overseen by
the Commission for Ecumenism and Interfaith
In separating the two aspects of the
previous commission, the Diocese stresses the
importance of, and focus that needs to be given
to, both areas in its mission within Western
The work of the new Interfaith Commission
will focus on two broad areas: developing and
strengthening dialogue between the Diocese
and other faiths; and promoting a greater
understanding among Catholics of Church
teaching on interfaith relations.
The Commission will further the formal
process of interfaith relations initiated by
Vatican II, leading to formation of what is
now known as the Pontifical Council for
Laying the foundation for the Pontifical
Council’s work, its earlier manifestation,
the Secretariat for Non-Christians, saw that
through its efforts “the Church extends a hand
to our brothers and sisters on their way to God,
who is the end of every human life”.
Australia’s Cardinal Edward Cassidy was
active in the Church’s interfaith dialogue,
especially as a past president of the Vatican’s
Commission for Religious Relations with the
Cardinal Cassidy identified the Church’s
early approach as twofold: promoting within
the Church the new understanding of relation
with other faiths as taught by Vatican II’s
declaration Nostra Aetate; and a conscious
effort to develop dialogue with the aim of
building trust and overcoming barriers.
The Pontifical Council, outlining
the method it adopts towards dialogue,
states genuine dialogue “is a two-way
communication. It implies speaking and
listening, giving and receiving, for mutual
growth and enrichment. It includes witness to
one's own faith as well as an openness to that of
the other. It is not a betrayal of mission of the
Church, nor is it a new method of conversion
St John Paul II reinforced this need for
open dialogue in his encyclical Redemptoris
Missio (1990). Interfaith dialogue, he wrote, can
aid “the world to be renewed and to journey
ever closer toward the kingdom”.
“Understood as a method and means of
mutual knowledge and enrichment,” St John
Paul teaches, “dialogue is not in opposition
to the [Church’s] mission ad gentes [to the
nations] … It is demanded by deep respect
for everything that has been brought about
in human beings by the Spirit … Through
dialogue, the Church seeks to uncover
the ‘seeds of the Word,’ a ‘ray of that truth
which enlightens all men’'; these are found
in individuals and in the religious traditions
of mankind. Dialogue is based on hope and
love, and will bear fruit in the Spirit. Other
religions constitute a positive challenge for the
Church: they stimulate her both to discover
and acknowledge the signs of Christ's presence
and of the working of the Spirit, as well as to
examine more deeply her own identity and to
bear witness to the fullness of Revelation which
she has received for the good of all.”
Pope Francis continues this teaching
in the bull proclaiming the Year of Mercy,
Misericordiae Vultus, declaring, “There is an
aspect of mercy that goes beyond the confines
of the Church. It relates us to Judaism and
Islam … I trust that this Jubilee year celebrating
the mercy of God will foster an encounter
with these religions and with other noble
religious traditions; may it open us to even
more fervent dialogue so that we might know
and understand one another better; may it
eliminate every form of closed-mindedness and
disrespect, and drive out every form of violence
The members of the Diocesan Interfaith
Commission, both lay and ordained, endeavour
to assist in this often overlooked and
misunderstood aspect of the Church’s mission,
an endeavour given greater significance in the
face of growing religious intolerance in our
St Canice’s Church, 158 Katoomba St,
St Bonaventure’s Church, Railway Pde,
St Francis Xavier’s Church, Day St,
First Sunday of every month at Leura
The Divine Mercy is celebrated with
beautiful music and song, with prayer
and Rosary, together with Exposition and
From 3pm-4.30pm, followed by Sunday
Mass at 5pm
Every Friday at Leura
From 5.15pm-5.50pm, prayer and praise
for the Divine Mercy
(Each parish church has the Divine Mercy
image – the Leura image is life-size)
Each Sunday at Katoomba
Noon, Divine Mercy Holy Hour
Each Sunday at Leura
Noon, Divine Mercy Holy Hour
In each parish church
Before all weekday Masses the Rosary
and Divine Mercy prayers are said
Before all Sunday Masses Divine Mercy
prayers are said
Stations of the Cross once a month in
each parish church
Tuesday: Leura 4.45pm-5.15pm (then
Mass), Thursday: Leura 4.45pm-5.15pm
Leura (then Mass)
Friday: Katoomba 12.30pm (after Mass
(till no more waiting)
Sunday: Wentworth Falls 9am; Leura
Monday: Katoomba 9am
Tuesday: Leura 4.45pm and 5.45pm
Wednesday: Wentworth Falls 10.30am
Thursday: Leura 4.45pm and 5.45pm
(except 4th Thursday)
Friday: Katoomba 12.30pm
Saturday: Katoomba 10am and
Confessions at any time on request
Parish Mass times
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Farewell to a much-loved priest:
Rev Louis Breslan
15 March 1923 – 17 October 2015
The funeral Mass was celebrated in St Patrick’s Church, Guildford. Photos: Alfred Boudib.
The Diocese of Parramatta lost one of
its much-loved priests with the death
of Fr Louis (Lou) Breslan, aged 92, on
Saturday 17 October.
A priest for more than 67 years, Fr Lou
celebrated his Diamond Jubilee of ordination in
2008 when he was Parish Priest of St Patrick’s
He retired from active ministry in 2009
and spent his remaining years in the quiet
surrounds of Rosary Village at Yennora.
Fr Lou’s brother, Fr Fergus Breslan, came
from Ireland to concelebrate the Mass of
Christian Burial in St Patrick’s Church on 23
The homily was given by Very Rev John
Hogan, who had known Fr Lou for more than
20 years. On arrival in Australia from the UK in
1975, Fr John had served as assistant priest with
Fr Lou at Guildford Parish.
“Because of the warm and open friendship
which emerged between us, I was in a
privileged position to experience the realness of
this man,” Fr John said.
“A mildness of disposition, a courteous
temperament and a heart of hospitality and
charity do not quite do justice to the spirit and
soul of the man, which manifested themselves
in these outward signs of inward grace.”
Fr John recalled how Fr Lou was well
known for his blessings. “Nothing was outside
the jurisdiction of his outstretched hand, always
ready and eager to sketch a benediction. People
loved him for that. They loved him for the way
he selflessly made precious time available for
“They loved him for the way in which
he treated their concerns with as much
preciousness as they did. Whether it be rosary
beads, holy cards, holy water to take home,
toothache and other maladies, or whatever
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St Patrick’s Church at Guildford was full to overflowing.
they could always approach Fr Breslan with the
assurance that a blessing would always be given
and that Christ stood behind the priest.”
Fr John recalled how Fr Lou paid close
attention to the “little things” of life and made
these his world and the objects of his ministry
“I believe Fr Breslan’s charism was for the
sanctification of people’s lives in the midst of
the overwhelming ordinary.”
Most Rev Robert McGuckin, Bishop of
Toowoomba, was the principal celebrant for the
Mass, which was concelebrated by the Diocesan
Administrator, Very Rev Peter Williams,
Parramatta’s Bishops Emeriti Bede Heather
and Kevin Manning, Most Rev David Cremin,
Emeritus Auxiliary of Sydney, priests of the
Diocese of Parramatta and visiting priests.
Commander Ted Wynberg represented
Navy Fleet Command Australia. Guildford RSL
was also represented.
Fr Lou was born in Maghery, County
Armagh, Ireland, in 1923. He and three of his
brothers became priests. Ordained at age 25, Fr
The homily was given by Fr John Hogan.
Right: Fr Lou receives the
Cross ‘pro Ecclesia et Pontifice’
from the Apostolic Nuncio to
Australia, Archbishop Gino
Paro, in 1975.
Lou completed his priestly studies at St Patrick’s
Seminary in Carlow, with the intention of going
on overseas mission.
A meeting with Cardinal Gilroy convinced
him that his future ministry lay in Australia,
and on arriving in Sydney in March 1949, he
was appointed curate at St Mary’s Cathedral.
His later parish postings were to parishes at
Thirroul, Lithgow and Manly before he enlisted
as a chaplain in the Royal Australian Navy in
1955. His 20-year appointment included active
In 1975, he left the RAN and was appointed
Parish Priest at Guildford. He also served as
Chancellor of the Diocese of Parramatta when
it was established in 1986.
In retirement, Fr Lou’s daily devotions
included celebrating morning Mass with fellow
priests, saying the Rosary and the Stations of
the Cross, and readings from the Daily Office.
Fr Lou is buried in the Priests’ Section of
Rookwood Catholic Cemetery.
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By Richard McMahon, Director of Pastoral Planning & Implementation
DIOCESAN PASTORAL PLAN
How do we grow our faith and share our faith?
Mr Richard McMahon
When I share with my friends my
new job title, I am often greeted
with a quizzical expression.
The world of pastoral planning can be
perceived as far removed from everyday
However, as a husband, father, soccer
coach and parish youth group leader,
and having worked both in parishes and
at a diocesan level in support of faith
communities, I firmly believe planning is
vital in our Christian life.
Jesus says, “Love God and love your
neighbour as yourself.” That seems
straightforward. Why do we need to
Planning is part of everyday life.
Families need to budget, holidays need
itineraries, and a soccer coach needs a
strategy for the team.
While good in theory, responding to
needs as they arise and spreading ourselves
too thin can quickly lead to burn out. We
may miss opportunities or be road blocked
by an emerging challenge.
Jesus offers us a valuable insight into
planning. “The crowds went looking for
Jesus, and when they found Him, they
tried to prevent Him from leaving them.
But He said to them, ‘To the other towns
also I must proclaim the good news of the
kingdom of God, because for this purpose
I have been sent.’” (Luke 4:42-43).
In other words, Jesus says “no” to
pressing needs because He has a vision.
So what is the vision of our Diocesan
Pastoral Plan, Faith in Our Future? How
is it meant to help us?
With our plan boasting 24 strategies,
95 actions, and 171 additional agency
actions, we may feel a little overwhelmed!
It is important to remember why we are
Our plan’s vision is one with Jesus
Christ’s vision. We are called to grow in
faith and to share our faith, to grow in love
of Christ and our Church so as to share
and invite other people into Christ’s love
and our Church.
In the Diocese of Parramatta, Bishop
Anthony Fisher OP invited us to consider
how we could grow our faith and share
our faith in areas of greatest need and
potential: our families, youth, ethnicity,
vocations and evangelisation.
Each of these areas requires good
planning to enable us to foster new and
mature disciples in our current climate.
A PARISH RESOURCE
IN SUPPORT OF
GOALS 2 AND 4 OF
‘Faith in Our Future
We don’t need to rush off and do every
action listed, but the strategies and actions,
shaped by our own people, agencies
and services, give us practical ways of
addressing these priorities of our Diocese.
And in responding to these
priorities, our agencies and services and
communities have renewed our own
vision. We are reminded of why we do the
good we do.
What is our new pastoral planning
parish resource all about?
The booklet Forming the Young & Adult
Church contains a rich collection of ideas
GOAL 2 – CONNECTING BETTER WITH THE YOUNG
GOAL 4 – GROWING AND SUPPORTING LAITY AND CLERGY
for youth leaders, ministries and groups
as well as resources for parish pastoral
councils and the formation of adults in
My gratitude to my predecessor,
Daniel Ang, and his team for their work in
bringing this great resource to life.
More copies of this booklet are
available, along with its companion
guide, Welcome & Evangelise. Please let
us know if you require further booklets
and support in developing any of their
What is next for Faith in our Future?
In my first month, I have been visiting
parishes, agencies and services and have
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Families called to share the ‘good news’
Jim and Julie-Ann McLaughlin shared how the World Meeting of Families has changed their life.
Brad and Natalie Wilkinson’s testimony was inspirational as they experienced their family as being “fully alive” in
The World Meeting of Families event
was conceived by St John Paul II in
1992 to look at strengthening the
sacred bonds of the family unit across the
globe. The first event took place in Rome
in 1994, the International Year of the
This year, two families representing
the Diocese of Parramatta attended in the
World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia,
US, from 22-27 September.
The Wilkinson family from Padre Pio
Parish, Glenmore Park, is headed by Brad
and Natalie. The McLaughlin family from
St Finbar’s Parish, Glenbrook, is headed by
Jim and Julie-Ann.
At our local Diocesan Family
Gathering on 18 October, they shared
their experience of participating in such
an uplifting event in the life of the Church.
Here are two reflections.
We started our journey towards the
World Meeting of Families with a sense
of awe. We couldn’t understand why our
family had been selected to represent the
Travelling overseas with five young
children seemed daunting as the furthest
we had travelled was Queensland. But
despite the unknowns, we put our faith in
the Lord to lead us on this journey.
As we prepared for the trip, we met the
McLaughlins and our families got on like
a house on fire. This connection gave us
some more confidence for the journey.
The long flight to Washington was
tough and our family struggled to readjust
to the time zone and get enough sleep. We
were lucky to be with eight other families,
Bishop Michael Kennedy and Ron and
Mavis Pirola from Australia to help us
acclimatise to the US.
In Philadelphia, we enjoyed a few days
of listening to the world’s top speakers
on marriage and the family at a Family
Congress. One of the key outcomes of
the Congress was that my husband, Brad,
felt called to be the spiritual leader of our
family, which I am happy to support.
He is now leading prayer in our home
and taking an active role as head of our
We were excited to attend a Vigil and
a Mass with Pope Francis, despite the long
waits in large crowds.
We saw the best and worst of our
children in these moments. But we have
now learnt to love them as they are, as God
By loving them in this way we were
able to experience one aspect of the event's
theme: ‘the family fully alive’. All families
are broken in some way and by embracing
this reality we can be open to Christ’s
participation in our family so we can be
Jim McLaughlin spoke passionately about how the family can evangelise our society.
One of the blessings my wife,
Julie-Ann, and I have received from
participating in the World Meeting of
Families, is the realisation that Christianity
should not be a private affair and that we
as Catholics need not be silent.
We have good news about Christ,
about the family and about how families
contribute to all we hold dear, for indeed
our families are the ‘Domestic Church’.
This conviction was fostered in a number
of aspects of the event.
Firstly, by the universality of our
Church as we witnessed lines of bishops
and priests, all from their own families,
from the nations of the world, process in to
concelebrate Mass in Spanish, Vietnamese
and English, to a vast audience.
We have a universal message with a
Secondly, the truth and simplicity
in Christ’s message for the family. That
we aim to imitate the love between the
persons of the Holy Trinity within the
Thirdly, the practicality of the message
that the Church and the Holy Father urges:
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God wants to build bridges not walls:
Reflections on Pope Francis’ trip to the US
By Ben Smith, Director of the Family & Life Office
Family was at the core of Pope Francis’ trip
to the US at the end of September. In his
General Audience on 30 September, he
identified that his words and actions from the
trip could be symbolised by this statement:
“God always wants to build bridges; we are
the ones that build walls! And walls collapse,
This bridge building approach was evident
in the way he spoke to audiences at the World
Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
The Pope’s first address to the meeting was
at the Prayer Vigil for the Festival of Families
on 26 September. He began this address by
reflecting on the mystery of God’s entry into
the world through a family, the Holy Family.
God’s interest in being close to humanity
and to families is expressed from His name,
Emmanuel, or “God is with us”. The Pope
contrasted this closeness with the solitude of
Adam before the creation of Eve, by pointing
out that a family is the remedy to loneliness
“Family is the living symbol of the loving
plan of which the Father once dreamed. To
want to form a family is to resolve to be part
of God’s dream … To join him in this saga of
building a world where no one will feel alone,
unwanted or homeless.”
At the core of this saga, the Pope noted, is a
love for another person that:
“… is not just a strong feeling – it is a
decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise. We
learn to stake everything on another person,
and we learn that it is worth it.”
According to Pope Francis: “Love grows as
it is ‘forged’ by the concrete situations which
each family experiences.”
While he encouraged families, he also
acknowledged that they all have their
A Reflection Day
– to honour the lives of loved ones
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
A day to honour and celebrate those loved
ones who have taken their lives. There will
be some information sessions, small group
sharing, quiet reflection time and celebration
of the Eucharist.
Fr Stan Lim SJ, Sr Eileen Quade RSM,
Philippa Ford, Ann O’Brien
Saturday 14 November
10am to 4pm
St Joseph’s Centre,
64 MacKillop Drive,
Bishop Michael Kennedy, Bishop Delegate for Marriage and Family, with Ron Pirola, Yili and Salome Li from the
Archdiocese of Sydney and the Wilkinson family from our Diocese.
“The reality is that we
don’t forget, move on, and
have closure, but rather we
honour, we remember, and
incorporate our deceased
children and family members
into our lives in a new way.
In fact, keeping memories
of your loved one alive in
your mind and heart is
an important part of your
challenges in saying that “perfect families do
not exist” and that:
“… we make mistakes, yes; we have
problems, yes. But we know that that is not
really what counts. We know that mistakes,
problems and conflicts are an opportunity to
draw closer to others, to draw closer to God.”
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September, Pope Francis highlighted that
“holiness is always tied to little gestures … we
learn at home, in the family.” He went on to
point out that:
“Love is shown by little things, by attention
to small daily signs which make us feel at home.
Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love.
This is why our families, our homes, are true
The Pope sees these little signs of love to be
“miracles” that are signs of Jesus’ “own living
and active presence in our world” that he also
described as “prophetic”.
These gestures of love, patience and
tenderness between family members stand in
contrast to the “scandal of a narrow, petty love,
closed in on itself, impatient of others!”
Pope Francis’ messages to families at the
gathering focussed on the ordinary events
which occur in the home and are opportunities
for growing in love and holiness.
Consequently, Pope Francis is reaching out
to all families by identifying them as a place in
which God’s love can be present in both their
joys and sufferings.
This loving approach is a great example of
the pastoral conversation that he is encouraging
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Above and left: Sacred Heart Church at Blackheath.
A parish in the hills
Sacred Heart Parish, Blackheath
By Adrian Middeldorp and Elizabeth McFarlane
If there was an award for the most picturesque parish in
the Diocese, Sacred Heart Parish at Blackheath would
certainly be a contender.
Nestled at the most western point of the Diocese, high
in the Blue Mountains, it lies closer to St Michael and St
John’s Cathedral in Bathurst than St Patrick’s Cathedral in
Regardless of its remote proximity, it is wholeheartedly
aligned to our Diocese through the implementation of the
parish outcomes for the Pastoral Plan, Faith in our Future,
which the Parish Priest, Fr Bob Sheridan, demonstrates with
It is no ordinary parish and Fr Bob is no ordinary priest,
if there is such a person. At 82 years of age, Fr Bob is the
oldest parish priest in the Diocese, but he has been ordained
just 11 years.
Prior to becoming a priest, he was a business owner and
had been married for 33 years before his wife passed away.
Despite his venerable age, the years do not slow him down.
He travels more than 400km a week on parish duties,
including home visits, hospital visits and nursing home visits.
The parish has three churches: the main church of Sacred
Heart at Blackheath, St Joseph’s Church in the Megalong
Valley and St Paul’s Church at Mt Victoria.
Next door to the Blackheath church sits a block called
‘Pine Forest’, which has been cleaned up since Fr Bob’s arrival
with the assistance of parish volunteers, who Fr Bob credits
with what the parish is able to achieve.
The parish hopes to use the forest for important outdoor
events such as a Family Christmas Mass and Holy Week/
Fr Bob’s affection for his parish is infectious and the quiet
hamlet of Blackheath is becoming more popular with those
seeking a tree-change. “The reason this parish works so well
is the voluntary help of so many people,” he said.
You’ll find a warm welcome from Fr Bob and the parish at Blackheath.
“We’ve seen a real change in demographics. When I first
came here, there were mainly older parishioners, but as the
price of property soars and Sydney gets busier, we’ve seen
an influx of new young families. Baptisms have increased
Responding to this change in demographic, the parish
has produced a New Parishioners Pack, which is being
distributed to all new parishioners.
The colour brochure inside the pack was produced a year
ago and distributed to every household within the parish
It was so successful that it became the catalyst for the
pack, which includes a welcome from Fr Bob, a parish history
and an outline of parish groups. It also includes a copy of the
implementation of the Pastoral Plan.
Sacred Heart Parish prides itself on its liturgies, as well
as other events that are both moments of fellowship and
fundraising, such as ‘Fashion in the Pews’, which provides
parishioners with the opportunity to donate pieces of
clothing to sell and partake in a fashion show.
For more information about the parish visit
Fr Bob Sheridan at St Paul's Church at Mt Victoria.
By Fr Bob Sheridan
A couple of months ago,
at the exterior of St Paul’s
Church at Mt Victoria, a
large cavity in the ground
appeared under one of the
recently replaced downpipes.
We then knew that a wombat
had tunnelled under the church.
Then came the breakthrough! We found a massive,
1m deep hole at the end of the property, near the
entrance sign. We now think that this wombat has
brought their entire family. Not sure how much
tunnelling has been done, but the distance from the
main tunnel entrance to the church is more than 100m.
We have asked the people at Taronga Zoo for
help. As this is the oldest Catholic church in the Blue
Mountains, opened and blessed by Cardinal Moran in
1902, we do not want to lose it, especially not courtesy
of a wombat infestation!
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A special saint
‘of their own’
By Adrian Middeldorp
Photos: Adrian Middeldorp.
An image of St Alphonsa was carried in procession around the church grounds.
The streets of Wentworthville were
filled with the sights and sounds of
celebration last month when the Syro-
Malabar Catholic community observed the
feast of St Alphonsa.
Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church was filled
to capacity for the celebration on 18 October,
which began with a novena, followed by Mass
in the Syro-Malabar Rite.
The principal celebrant was the Vicar
General of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese,
Very Rev Francis Kolenchery.
In his homily, Fr Francis spoke of how
St Alphonsa gave Jesus to others, even in the
midst of her sufferings. He also emphasised the
responsibility of parents in handing over the
faith and ethos they have received to the next
Members of the Syro-Malabar Rite
originate from Kerala, South India.
St Alphonsa is the first female Indian-born
saint canonised by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008.
Alphonsa was born in 1910 as Anna
Muttathupadathu in Kottayam, India.
Coming from a wealthy family she was
offered many marriage proposals but instead
chose to join the Franciscan Clarist sisters and
took the name Alphonsa of the Immaculate
Conception, in honour of St Alphonsus
Her life was marked by personal holiness,
but she suffered continued health issues and
In a letter to her spiritual director she
wrote, “My good Lord Jesus loves me so very
much, I sincerely desire to remain on this sick
bed and suffer not only this, but anything else
besides, even to the end of the world. I feel
now that God has intended my life to be an
oblation, a sacrifice of suffering."
Alphonsa died on 28 July 1946 at the age
Fr Joby Kadambattuparambil Ittira MS,
chaplain to the Syro-Malabar community in
the Diocese of Parramatta, said of St Alphonsa,
“she is a special saint amongst the Syro-
Malabar Catholics as she is one of their own”.
Veneration of her relics and a procession
around the church grounds followed the Mass
and concluded with a fellowship meal.
The Syro-Malabar Church is one of the
22 Eastern (Oriental) Catholic Churches in
full communion with Rome. There are an
estimated 500 families in the community of
the greater Parramatta area and 1000 families
across the Diocese. The La Salette Fathers
pastorally support the community.
This Apostolic Church traces its origin
to St Thomas, the Apostle, who it is said have
brought Catholicism to the subcontinent. The
early Christian community in India was known
as ‘St Thomas Christians’.
It is the second-largest Eastern Catholic
Church after the Ukrainian Church and with
4.6 million believers is the largest of the ‘St
The community is experiencing strong
growth in Australia and in 2014 Pope Francis
raised the community to a Diocese as the Syro-
Malabar Eparchy of St Thomas the Apostle.
In our Diocese, the community meets on
the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month when
Mass is celebrated at Our Lady of Mt Carmel
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Leading for success at Principals’ Masterclass
I recently wrote to the Sydney Morning Herald in response
to NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli’s plan to
lift teaching standards in NSW by requiring higher ATAR
results from future teachers. I’m all for investment in
great teaching but the starting point has to be asking the
right question: ‘what does it take to make a really great
Higher ATAR results or sitting literacy and numeracy
tests for aspiring teachers will not raise teaching
standards. Critical skills required to teach in today’s
world include collaboration, flexibility, emotional
intelligence, creativity and the ability to analyse
and diagnose student needs, in addition to subject
knowledge and a deep understanding of how students
learn. I’d add compassion to the list and a stubborn
refusal to never give up on a student, no matter how
challenging or complex.
To become a doctor in Australia, it takes much more than
having the academic ability. Even students with an ATAR
of 100 need to sit the UMAT (admissions test) and are
assessed on skills in critical thinking, problem solving
and understanding people. It’s an acknowledgement
that medicine is not just an intellectual discipline, but
like education, a human service and a relational process
requiring the ability to understand and diagnose diverse
needs. We need a rigorous selection process that
assesses more than the academic ability of aspiring
World Teachers’ Day was celebrated on 30 October
this year. It is a great time to reflect on our own ‘best’
teachers and their lasting impressions on our learning.
My primary schooldays at St Monica’s Primary, North
Parramatta are a reasonably distant memory. Yet I still
remember teachers like Sr Rosarii and I guess most of us
have had an unforgettable teacher or two!
In Catholic schools, great teachers are also integral to
the evangelising mission of the Church. We can look to
Jesus, whose teaching has surely endured the test of
time, as a great model for our work as Catholic teachers.
Throughout the gospels, ‘rabbi’ (meaning teacher) is
the most common way that Jesus is addressed. The
preservation of many of Jesus’ teachings through the
gospels demonstrates an extraordinary capacity as a
teacher. Further, the gospels show Jesus’ humanity as
he reaches out to the untouchable and those considered
It is this quality, humanity, that makes a really great
teacher. Jesus’ teaching ministry continues today in each
of us, as does his humanity.
On behalf of our school communities I would like to
recognise our teachers, school leaders, educators at the
Catholic Education Office and the staff who support our
schools in delivery quality Catholic schooling.
I trust that all my colleagues enjoyed a happy World
Executive Director of Schools
Leaving principals Mary Leask and Peter Wade with Greg Whitby.
The annual Principals’ Masterclass was held on 8 and 9
October at Rooty Hill RSL, giving school leaders a valuable
opportunity to come together to share ideas and participate
in professional learning.
The two-day event was attended by 78 primary and secondary
principals and Catholic education leaders.
The Executive Director of Schools, Greg Whitby, said the
Principals’ Masterclass was the primary professional learning for
principals each year.
“The value of the Masterclass is that it brings together good
theory, good educational practice and reflection on learning,”
“Built into the Masterclass is a sharing of expertise and the
collaboration that demonstrates how you can build capacity at
every level of the school community.”
Guest speakers included Director of Learning and Development
Research in the NSW Department of Education and
Communities Dr Paul Brock AM; Principal of York School
District in Ontario, Canada, Jill Maar; Catholic Education’s
Director of Evangelisation and Religious Education Ian Smith;
and Principals, David Bourne and Dr Elizabeth Ricketts
St Patrick’s Marist College, Dundas Principal Angela Hay thanking Dr Paul
Brock for his keynote address.
Educational leader Dr Paul Brock delivered a stirring and often
humorous keynote address including leading principals in a
rendition of the classic Catholic hymn, Faith of our Fathers.
Paul spoke about the influence of his parents in his early years,
stating “our home was infused with the search for knowledge”.
He shared experiences of discrimination as a young Catholic and
reflected on joining the Marist Brothers as a very young man.
Principals were reminded of the importance of carefully
critiquing the use of the English language wherever it occurs.
Paul told principals: “I know that teaching is not only an art and
a science but also a craft.”
In 1996, Paul was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and
advised that he had three to five months to live.
Reflecting on the personal challenge of receiving this diagnosis
19 years ago, Paul commented frankly, “I was shocked and
terrified … what has kept me keeping on? The love of my wife
and our children”.
Paul also said that his work as an educator “sustains life
expectancy and quality of life”.
In sharing his philosophy of teaching and learning, Paul spoke
about the truth of the OECD description of education as a
“knowing and caring profession”.
He reminded principals that we must never forget that our
fundamental focus as educators was on student learning.
From left: Michael Hopley, Sergio Rosato, Tony Hughes and Attila Lendvai.
Finally, Paul commented on “education as perhaps the most
powerful 21st Century force” and closed by quoting from a WH
Auden poem on the beginning of World War II, a reflection on
love and hope amid chaos.
Paul’s personal and deeply moving reflection on education and
living with Motor Neurone Disease was met with a standing
Jill Maar is currently working as a visiting educator with Catholic
Education for 12 months, supporting school leaders and the
Education Office to support learning and teaching.
Jill looked at case studies of two schools in Ontario, Canada -
Armadale Public School and RL Graham Public School. Both
schools had a high number of students from multicultural
backgrounds and around one-third of students were on
personalised learning plans for learning and additional needs.
Using rich learning tasks, staff partnerships and community
engagement, learning became everyone’s responsibility with high
expectations for each student.
Failure was not an option and Jill and her staff transformed
learning, improving literacy and numeracy results well beyond
Ian Smith spoke about Transforming Catholic Schools and
engaged his break-out groups by taking a deep dive into
Archbishop Miller’s recent address to clergy and education staff,
given at Rosehill in August.
David Bourne reflected upon his own journey and the
experiences that led him to become a principal.
He said that without being a transformational leader he would
not be able to be an instructional leader.
“Transformational leadership is the leadership of Jesus,” David
In ushering in the second day of the Principals’ Masterclass,
Deputy Executive Director Sue Walsh conducted a live interview
with St Aidan’s Primary, Rooty Hill, Principal Dr Elizabeth
Liz spoke about her experiences and the lessons she learnt from
her first job in Yarralumla and her work at St Aidan's in pastoral
care and data.
She said that in order to continuously improve learning
outcomes she assessed whether tasks set for students were
engaging and relevant.
“The standard you walk past is the standard you are willing to
accept,” Liz said.
The masterclass provided an opportunity to farewell retiring
principals and those leaving the Diocese.
From left to right: Yvette Baird, Gary Borg and Mary Harb.
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In May this year, students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sat the National Assessment
Program Literacy and Numeracy (Naplan). Naplan has five measures of
assessment for each student: reading, writing, spelling, grammar/punctuation
Results released in August identified many areas of improvement for students in
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta especially in Year 3 literacy and
numeracy, Year 5 reading and Year 9 reading for Indigenous students.
Catholic Education’s Deputy Executive Director Sue Walsh said while Naplan is
only one measure of student assessment in literacy and numeracy, it is a valuable
tool that tells teachers about a student's performance and identifies areas for
improvement and future growth.
“In all schools across the Diocese we have been focused on improving literacy
and numeracy through good classroom practice and intervention strategies,” Sue
said. “Naplan allows us to assess areas of strength and improvement for each
student and helps teachers to identify the next steps in learning.”
Sue said a focus on best practice learning and teaching and the implementation
of key strategies, including Focus160 (100 minutes of reading and 60 minutes of
numeracy each day for K-6), Reading Recovery and Extending Mathematical
Understanding (EMU) have contributed to the improved results.
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Where are they now? Former
principals return to the Diocese
Gondwana Indigenous Children’s
Choir perform with Christine Anu
Bethany celebrates 20 years of
Former principals enjoy afternoon tea together.
On Friday 25 September 2015, 42 former primary and secondary
principals who worked at Catholic schools within the Diocese
were recognised for their years of service with a Principals’
Former Principal of St Patrick’s Primary, Blacktown Sr Margaret
Sheppard RSM said she started working for the Diocese when it
“I was there at the beginning of the Diocese in 1986 until 1992,”
Sr Margaret said.
“Since then I have completed further study in Ireland in pastoral
guidance and I came back and worked for the Archdiocese of
Sydney, Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta and Our Lady
Queen of Peace Parish, Greystanes.
“Over the past two years I have been working in detention
centres with asylum seekers and refugees as a pastoral worker on
behalf of the Jesuit Refugee Service,” she said.
Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby said the afternoon
tea was a great opportunity for the Diocese to catch up with
former principals and acknowledge their contribution to
“It was a great opportunity for us to recognise and reconnect
with our former leaders and colleagues and to thank them for
their many years of service,” Greg said.
Voice of Youth is heard throughout
On Monday 14 September
2015, six Year 6 students
schools across the Diocese of
Parramatta competed in the
29th Voice of Youth grand
final at St Paul’s Catholic
Voice of Youth winner Christine
Muscat from Corpus Christi Primary,
The finalists spoke on
various topics including
animal rights, the acting
profession, and daring
to be different. Students
were judged on their thesis
statement, language, gesture,
tone, pitch and overall effect
Voice of Youth host and Principal of St Anthony’s Primary
School, Girraween Attila Lendvai said the contest enables
students to learn much more as part of their learning.
“The important thing about this contest is that it is firmly
embedded into the syllabus and in the curriculum of what we
actually do in Year 6” Anthony said.
Grand final winner Christine Muscat from Corpus Christi
Primary, Cranebrook said her speech ‘Dare to be different’
was inspired by her hope that all students find their sense of
Christine Anu backstage with the Gondwana Indigenous Children's Choir.
On Tuesday 25 August 2015, 20 Gondwana Indigenous
Children’s Choir students from the Diocese of Parramatta
performed in front of 1000 people at Sydney Town Hall as part
of the City Talks program.
The choir was accompanied in song by Torres Strait Islander
singer Christine Anu performing her song, My Island Home.
The Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir (Mt Druitt) is a
partnership between Gondwana Choirs and Catholic Education
Diocese of Parramatta, coordinated through the Jarara
Indigenous Support Unit as part of CAPTIVATE.
The choir also recently performed at Sydney Boys High School,
Moore Park along with the Sydney Children’s Choir.
Reading Recovery teachers focus on
improving students’ oral language
A day of professional learning for 105 Reading Recovery teachers.
On Thursday 27 August 2015, 105 Reading Recovery teachers
from across the Diocese of Parramatta joined experienced
language and literacy educator, Assoc Prof Janet Scull for a full
day of professional learning.
A key author of the Victorian Early Literacy Program, Janet said
the day largely focused on the foundations of oral language and
how these are facilitative of children’s literacy learning.
“There are key aspects of language and often we take them for
granted,” Janet said.
“We have been focusing on three areas of literacy; vocabulary,
syntax and the role of narrative discourse,” she said.
“We have also been looking at narrative structures and grammar,
in terms of children’s literacy learning as a bridge from the oral
to the written discourse structures,” she said.
St Matthew’s Primary, Windsor Reading Recovery teacher,
Rosie Von Keisenberg, said Janet Scull brought another level of
expertise to the work of the Reading Recovery teachers.
“For me the highlight of today has been in knowing that we are
bringing another level of expertise,” Rosie said.
“We have been able to unpack the elements that contribute
to oral language and what also stands in the way of acquiring
literacy skills,” she said.
The founding Principal of Bethany Catholic Primary, John Walsh, with
current Principal Ted Langford.
Bethany Catholic Primary, Glenmore Park recently celebrated
their 20th anniversary on Friday 4 September, 2015 with a
Father's Day breakfast, open classrooms, a prayer assembly,
teddy bear's picnic and an afternoon of fun-filled activities like
inflatables, mime and animal shows, making of time capsules
and going on a history walk.
Bethany was founded in 1995 with a starting enrolment of 92
students. It has grown to over 600 students.
Principal Ted Langford said the anniversary celebrations focused
on thanking the early pioneers and those staff and families
before us who worked so hard to create the beautiful facilities we
"We stand upon the shoulders of many many people who
generously supported Bethany over the years and built it into an
excellent school community," Ted said.
29th Annual Parramatta Diocesan
CCI Best All Ladies Team event was won by the team from Marian College,
Kenthurst (from left): CCI NSW & ACT Manager Susan Yates with Catherine
Brown, Lynn Papandrea, Julie Cannon and Karen Romer.
On Tuesday 22 September 2015, the 29th Annual Parramatta
Diocesan Golf Day was held at the Richmond Golf Club. Over
130 golfers were blessed with perfect weather.
The Parramatta Diocesan Golf Day event was established by
former principal and World Youth Day 2016 Project Officer
Ian Jordan and retired principal Richard McGuiness in 1987 to
celebrate the beginning of the Diocese.
Ian said over the last 29 years, approximately $200 000 has
been raised for a number of charities including Caritas,
Catholic Mission, Westmead Children's Hospital, Bishop
Manning Scholarship Fund and St Gabriel’s School for Hearing
Impairment, Castle Hill.
Approximately $10 000 was raised at this year’s golf day for
the Panglao Island Women and Children’s Crisis Centre in the
Diocese of Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines.
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The National Mental Health Commissioner, Jackie Crowe, opened the
exhibition on 9 October. Members of the community who attended
the event included Chief Insp Bob Fitzgerald from Blacktown Area
More than 50 artists displayed visual art, sharing their personal
mental wellbeing journey.
Aboriginal elder and Manager with Aboriginal Catholic Services
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The Synod on the Family shows vitality of the Church
Australia’s Archbishop Mark Coleridge (left) and Bishop Eugene Hurley participated in the Synod.
Photo: Fiona Basile.
The Synod on the Family from 4-25
October in Rome was the second and
larger of two such gatherings to take
place in the course of a year.
Like its 2014 precursor, the focus of the
2015 Synod of Bishops was the family, with
the theme: ‘The vocation and mission of
the family in the Church and the modern
Australia’s Archbishop Mark Coleridge
and Bishop Eugene Hurley participated in
Archbishop Coleridge said it had been
an intense three weeks as well as a poignant
one. “All of us are grateful for the time we
have been privileged to share: a time of
rich discussions, intense debate and the
congenial settling of most differences.”
The Australian Catholic Bishops
Conference launched a Synod blog titled,
‘On the Road Together’, which has daily
updates, photos and videos. These can be
viewed at: https://www.catholic.org.au/
In his address at the conclusion of the
Synod, Pope Francis said the experience
had brought about a better realisation
that the true defenders of doctrine are
not those who uphold its letter, but its
spirit; not ideas but people; not formulae
but the gratuitousness of God’s love and
He said the Church’s first duty was
not to hand down condemnations or
anathemas, but to proclaim God’s mercy, to
call to conversion, and to lead all men and
women to salvation in the Lord
In his address the Holy Father said:
“Many of us have felt the working of the
Holy Spirit who is the real protagonist and
guide of the Synod. For all of us, the word
“family” does have the same sound as it did
before the Synod, so much so that the word
itself already contains the richness of the
family’s vocation and the significance of the
labours of the Synod
“As I followed the labours of the Synod,
I asked myself: What will it mean for the
Church to conclude this Synod devoted to the
“Certainly, the Synod was not about
settling all the issues having to do with the
family, but rather attempting to see them
in the light of the Gospel and the Church’s
tradition and 2000-year history, bringing
the joy of hope without falling into a facile
repetition of what is obvious or has already
“Surely it was not about finding
exhaustive solutions for all the difficulties
and uncertainties which challenge and
threaten the family, but rather about seeing
these difficulties and uncertainties in the
light of the Faith, carefully studying them
and confronting them fearlessly, without
burying our heads in the sand.
“It was about urging everyone to
appreciate the importance of the institution
of the family and of marriage between
a man and a woman, based on unity
and indissolubility, and valuing it as the
fundamental basis of society and human
“It was about listening to and making
heard the voices of the families and the
Church’s pastors, who came to Rome
bearing on their shoulders the burdens and
the hopes, the riches and the challenges of
families throughout the world.
“It was about showing the vitality of
the Catholic Church, which is not afraid to
stir dulled consciences or to soil her hands
with lively and frank discussions about the
“It was about trying to view and
interpret realities, today’s realities, through
God’s eyes, so as to kindle the flame of
faith and enlighten people’s hearts in
times marked by discouragement, social,
economic and moral crisis, and growing
“It was about bearing witness to
everyone that, for the Church, the Gospel
continues to be a vital source of eternal
newness, against all those who would
“indoctrinate” it in dead stones to be hurled
“It was also about laying closed hearts,
which bare the closed hearts which
frequently hide even behind the Church’s
teachings or good intentions, in order to sit
in the chair of Moses and judge, sometimes
with superiority and superficiality, difficult
cases and wounded families.
“It was about making clear that the
Church is a Church of the poor in spirit and
of sinners seeking forgiveness, not simply
of the righteous and the holy, but rather of
those who are righteous and holy precisely
when they feel themselves poor sinners.
“It was about trying to open up broader
horizons, rising above conspiracy theories
and blinkered viewpoints, so as to defend
and spread the freedom of the children
of God, and to transmit the beauty of
Christian Newness, at times encrusted
in a language which is archaic or simply
“In the course of this Synod, the
different opinions which were freely
expressed – and at times, unfortunately, not
in entirely well-meaning ways – certainly
led to a rich and lively dialogue; they
offered a vivid image of a Church which
does not simply “rubberstamp”, but draws
from the sources of her faith living waters
to refresh parched hearts.
“And – apart from dogmatic questions
clearly defined by the Church’s Magisterium
– we have also seen that what seems
normal for a bishop on one continent, is
considered strange and almost scandalous
– almost! – for a bishop from another; what
is considered a violation of a right in one
society is an evident and inviolable rule
in another; what for some is freedom of
conscience is for others simply confusion.
“Cultures are in fact quite diverse, and
every general principle – as I said, dogmatic
questions clearly defined by the Church’s
magisterium – every general principle
needs to be inculturated, if it is to be
respected and applied.
“The 1985 Synod, which celebrated
the 20th anniversary of the conclusion
of the Second Vatican Council, spoke
of inculturation as “the intimate
transformation of authentic cultural values
through their integration in Christianity,
and the taking root of Christianity in the
various human cultures”. Inculturation does
not weaken true values, but demonstrates
their true strength and authenticity, since
they adapt without changing; indeed
they quietly and gradually transform the
“We have seen, also by the richness of
our diversity, that the same challenge is ever
before us: that of proclaiming the Gospel
to the men and women of today, and
defending the family from all ideological
and individualistic assaults.
“And without ever falling into the
danger of relativism or of demonising
others, we sought to embrace, fully and
courageously, the goodness and mercy of
God who transcends our every human
reckoning and desires only that “all be
saved” (cf. 1 Tm 2:4). In this way we wished
to experience this Synod in the context of
the Extraordinary Year of Mercy which the
Church is called to celebrate.”
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In the lead-up to National
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DWF APPEAL - FAITH AT WORK
Faith at Work
With the theme Faith at Work, the Diocesan
Works Fund (DWF) Appeal supports the
ministries and agency services of the Catholic
Church in the Diocese of Parramatta.
However large or small, any donation you
can make to this month’s appeal is gratefully
received and helps our ministries to continue
their important work.
By making a donation to the DWF, you will
be supporting the ministries and agency
services of the Diocese as they carry out their
mission and works, which benefit thousands of
members of our local community.
The agencies and ministries you will be
Seminarians minister to the
vulnerable and those in need
By Elizabeth McFarlane
Catholic Youth Parramatta (CYP)
Catholic Youth Parramatta (CYP) helps young
people develop an intimate
and dynamic relationship
with Jesus Christ, and brings
together all youth and
young adults throughout
the Diocese to share in one
another’s journey through
life and the faith.
Ecumenism and Interfaith Dialogue
In the Diocese of Parramatta, the Commission
for Ecumenism and the Commission for
Interfaith Dialogue are responsible for
encouraging everyone in the Diocese to be
proactive in promoting ecumenism and
Ecumenism is the movement among Christian
Churches – Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant
– towards Christian unity.
Interfaith dialogue is the movement
among faiths and religions towards a better
understanding of each other, promoting
acceptance and respect, world peace and justice.
Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD)
The CCD provides Special
(catechists) in Government
schools with training
programs, personal support
and ongoing faith formation
At the parish level, the CCD
provides the service of evangelisation through
the religious education and pastoral care of
Catholic students attending state schools.
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Adam Carlow at the Aboriginal Services Centre in Emerton. Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.
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with CatholicCare Social Services (CCSS).
Matthew Dimian, Jack Green, Andrew
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Carlow are in formation for the priesthood
in the Diocese of Parramatta.
Ann O’Brien, Director of Marriage
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CCSS, has been working closely with the
seminarians to support them in their
“This is the first year we are doing
something like this and I think it is great
because it enables the seminarians to
understand the work that we do, so that
they can make referrals in the future,” Ann
“Lots of people go to priests with lots of
different issues and some of the needs will
be very much relevant to the services that
Andrew Rooney has been taking
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"It’s really important
for the Church and for
those who are studying
to be priests to be in
contact with the weak,
the vulnerable, and
those who are in need."
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CatholicCare’s Aboriginal Services
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Adam Carlow’s placement there has
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“The purpose of the artwork is to really
express yourself. Sometimes people find
Matthew Dimian on the Walk 4 Wellbeing.
Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.
it very hard to express themselves with
words and so a way of overcoming this is
to use artwork as a form of expression,”
Matthew Dimian has joined the Walk
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Blacktown, supporting those with mental
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“It’s very casual. If you want to chat,
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The pastoral placement with CCSS is
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Matthew believes the experience with
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“It’s really important for the Church
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“Those are the people who we
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Join us for Mass followed by family-friendly
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St Matthew’s Church at Windsor celebrates 175th anniversary
By Mary Hampshire
Over the past 175 years, our
parish has been blessed
with 25 parish priests and
three administrators. These men
lived out their vocation and led our
community through many good
times and many difficult times.
Droughts, floods and wars
each presented their own discrete
challenges, which were overcome
with a strong faith and community
This year we are celebrating our
175th anniversary with a program
of memorable events to bring the
Our story began in 1831 with
the first parish priest, Rev CV
Dowling, who was appointed to
establish St Matthew’s Catholic
Parish in 1832. Bishop John Bede
Polding later described Windsor
parish as “70 miles long and very
Rev JV Corcoran was
appointed parish priest in 1835,
and it was recorded that because
the road to Windsor was so bad,
coach drivers refused to travel on
The condition of this road may
have attributed to the death of Fr
Corcoran, who was killed driving
his gig near the tollgate on his way
to Windsor in 1837.
In 1836, a founding
parishioner, James Doyle, died
leaving an extremely generous
bequest of £350, which was used
to build the new church. In 1837,
deeds were issued for the church
and a school on the corner of
Tebbutt and Little Church streets.
The church and school, which
is now the parish hall, were
completed by 1840.
Catholic education began in
Windsor in 1834. A pioneering
couple, James and Esther Cassidy,
opened the first school and by
1838, there were 104 students.
Catholic education has always
Fr Arthur Cook with (from left): Judy Rigg, Judy Newland, Mary Hampshire, Di Wilson and
Jeanette Holland at the Dinner Dance.
been an integral part of our
parish, and the Catholic Church in
The Good Samaritan Sisters
arrived in 1875 and we are very
fortunate to have a continued
presence of the ‘Good Sams’ in
our community. Three sisters are
resident in the convent in Windsor.
Members of other religious
orders have also contributed
significantly to the continued
operation of the parish.
One of the longest-serving
parish priests, Rev Leo Murphy
(1954-76), is credited with bringing
about a greater understanding and
respect between Catholics and
other religious denominations in
the Windsor area.
As a keen lawn bowler he
was elected president of Windsor
Bowling Club, located across the
road from the presbytery, and was
greatly respected by its members.
Rev James Dooley followed
him as parish priest from 1976-93.
During this time, Bede Polding
College was opened at South
Windsor and planning commenced
for a Catholic primary school,
also at South Windsor, and for the
refurbishment/rebuilding of St
Matthew’s historic church.
Rev Maurice McNamara
arrived in 1993 and was present for
the building of Chisholm Catholic
Primary in South Windsor (Bligh
Park) and for the completion of the
refurbishment of the church.
Rev Arthur Cook was
appointed administrator in 1987
and returned as our Parish Priest
in 2010. He introduced a 9.30am
Sunday Mass at Chisholm Catholic
Primary, which is going from
strength to strength.
Everyone is welcome to join
St Matthew’s Parish for a series of
On Sunday 1 November, a
program of Parish Picnic Festivities
will commence with Mass at
9.30am in the school grounds,
followed by morning tea. There
will be a shared lunch and activities
for all the family, young and old.
Chisholm Catholic Primary, 30
Collith Avenue, Bligh Park.
On Wednesday 18 November
there will be a High Tea for
‘seasoned citizens’ (aged 60 and
over) at 10.30am in St Matthew’s
Church Hall, 12 Tebbutt Street,
The 175th Anniversary Mass
was celebrated on 25 October and
a Dinner Dance at Windsor RSL
on 25 September had everyone
tapping their toes.
A priest in the Andes
annointing the sick
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NEWS & EVENTS
To listen with the heart
CWLA 47th Biennial Conference
By Donella Johnston
More than 250 women from across
Australia gathered in Parramatta to
attend the 47th Biennial Conference
of the Catholic Women’s League Australia
(CWLA) from 22-24 September.
The theme for the conference was ‘Listen
with the Heart’ and evoked the values of
understanding, forgiveness, compassion,
empathy, mercy, justice and love.
Beginning with the opening Mass in St
Patrick’s Cathedral on 22 September, the
conference focus was very much on the social
justice issues concerning women in Australia
Keynote speaker the Hon Pru Goward,
NSW Minister for Women and Minister for the
Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual
Assault, addressed the highly topical issue of
Reminding the conference “it takes a village
to raise a child”, Ms Goward pointed out that it
takes a community to address the problem of
domestic violence and that deeply held views
about women contributed to coercion and
control and should be challenged.
“Domestic violence is not a women’s
problem,” she said. “It’s a men’s problem: 80%
of victims are women while 20% of victims are
Sr Hilda Scott OSB was right at home as
a speaker, given the Benedictine theme of the
Communicating about the importance
of prayer, Sr Hilda reminded delegates that
“prayer opens up the mind and heart to find
out who God truly is”.
“God’s love never gives up. There isn’t an
ache in the human heart that doesn’t find a
corresponding ache in the heart of God.”
It was a good reminder because some of
the examples outlined by guest speaker Jennifer
Burn were certainly heart-achingly disturbing.
Speaking on the topic of human trafficking
and slavery, this passionate advocate for women
and children highlighted the need for improved
protection of the rights of trafficked people.
Other highlights included a talk by Pat
McDermott from the Australian Women’s
Weekly ‘Family Matters’ column and a
presentation about the extraordinary journey of
Sr Dr Mary Glowrey JMJ.
The conference mixed business with
pleasure. The conference dinner saw a packed
dance floor of women who got up early the
Keynote speaker Pru Goward said it takes a community to address the problem of domestic violence.
Photo: Karen Cassar.
Pastoral care team reflects on ministry to the sick
Members of the pastoral care team at Westmead Hospital came together last month.
A God-given calling to ordained ministry,
open to married and single men
In the service of the Liturgy, the Word, and Charity
next day to vote for motions and introduce the
incoming National Executive team.
This team will be based in South Australia
and begins its term of office on 1 January 2016.
The new office bearers are: Anne Marie
Clark (President), Margaret Quinn (Vice
President), Maureen Clarke (Vice President),
Joan Young (Secretary) and Geraldine Davis
Outgoing National President Carolyn
Metcalfe said she was very pleased with the
By Lyn Keane
Members of the pastoral care team
at Westmead Hospital held their
annual meeting at the Shrine of the
Holy Innocents at Kellyville last month. The
shrine is a place of pilgrimage in this Year of
Some 30 extraordinary ministers of the
Eucharist came together for the meeting on 10
October 2015. The program was organised by
chaplain Deacon Nicephorus Tan.
A highlight of the day was a talk by Dr
Frank Lah on the many forms of pain relief and
pain control that are now available.
We then walked through the grounds,
praying the Stations of the Cross, which are set
in the landscaped gardens that surround the
Fr Dado Haber MI is a Minister of the
Infirm (Order of St Camillus). The Camillians
provide pastoral care at Westmead Hospital and
other hospitals around the Diocese.
Fr Dado spoke about the emotional and
spiritual care of the patients to whom we offer
Communion, and the honour it is to serve
conference and felt it offered participants
both spiritual nourishment and a variety of
important social justice issues affecting women
For more images of the event, please visit:
Donella Johnston is Director of the National
Office for the Participation of Women. This
article was originally published on the ACBC
Media Blog, 16 October 2015: www.catholic.
those who can often no longer participate at
parish Masses and who will continue to need
visitation when they go home.
In the early evening, Fr Dado celebrated
Mass, which was followed by a shared meal.
Anyone who is interested in this ministry
to the sick is invited to contact the Catholic
Chaplain’s Office at Westmead Hospital.
Ministers are rostered every few weeks on a
Inquiries to Deacon Tan, Chaplain, 0407
270 782, email@example.com
Save the date: 11 February 2016
Mass for World Day of the Sick
The annual diocesan Mass for World Day of
the Sick will be celebrated on 11 February 2016.
This will be an acknowledgment of carers and
those for whom they care.
The Mass at 10.30am in St Patrick’s Church,
51 Allawah Street, Blacktown, will include the
Sacramental Rite of Anointing of the Sick and
Prayers for Healing.
All welcome – a light luncheon will follow.
Catholic Diocese of Parramatta | www.parra.catholic.org.au
Inquiries to Rev Dr Arthur Bridge AM, Director of Vocations to the Permanent Diaconate
Tel 0411 289 954, firstname.lastname@example.org PO Box 23, Toongabbie, NSW, 2146
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Domus Australia in Rome
celebrates 4th anniversary
Background information on ‘your home in Rome’
Established by the Archdiocese of Sydney
with the support of other Australian dioceses,
Domus Australia is an authentic Italian 32-room
guest house located centrally in Rome.
It is within walking distance of the Spanish
Steps, key shopping areas and the city’s major
The light-filled spacious rooms, large
ensuite bathrooms, friendly staff, cleanliness
and full hot Aussie breakfast are major
The magnificently restored Chapel of St Peter Chanel in Domus Australia.
The historic building and chapel are
home to a number of 19th and 20th Century
artworks, which have been beautifully and
faithfully restored by a team of Roman art
Mass in English is celebrated every day for
guests and visitors to Rome.
To make a reservation call (02) 9390 5980
in Australia, send an email to reservations@
domusaustralia.org or visit
ST PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL
MASS TIMES AND REGULAR SERVICE
Saturday 8am, 9:30am
(Mass in the Extraordinary Form – Latin),
6pm (Vigil) Sunday 8am, 9.30am (Family
Mass), 11am (Solemn Mass), 6pm
Monday to Friday 6.45am,12.30pm
Public Holidays 8am
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Monday to Friday 11.15am-12.20pm
First Friday of the month 6pm-7pm
Sacrament of Penance
Saturdays 8.30am-9am, 5pm-5.30pm
Morning Prayer of the Church
Monday to Friday 6.30am
Saturday and Sunday 7.30am
Monday to Friday noon
Monday to Friday after Angelus at noon
Canticle of Our Lady’s Marian Movement
Baptism - Sunday 12.45pm by appointment
Marriages - By appointment
Contact the Parish Secretary
tel (02) 8839 8400 or email
1 Marist Place, Parramatta
On 18 October, staff and friends of
Domus Australia celebrated the 4th
anniversary of the official opening
of the guest house with a special Mass in
its magnificent Chapel of St Peter Chanel,
commemorating also the 5th anniversary
of the canonisation of St Mary of the
Cross MacKillop, patron of the Diocese of
celebrant for the
Mass was Cardinal
George Pell, who
now resides in Rome
as the Prefect of the
Secretariat for the
It was Cardinal
Pell’s vision to create
travelling to Rome.
On 19 October
2011, Pope Benedict
XVI conducted the
and blessing of this unique guest house.
Last month’s Mass was concelebrated
by the resident Rector of Domus, Rev
Terry Bell, Rev Conor Steadman (recently
ordained for the Archdiocese of Perth), Rev
Trenton Van Reesch (recently ordained for
the Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn)
and other Australian clergy.
In attendance for the celebrations were
Australia’s Ambassador to the Holy See,
John McCarthy, representatives of the
architects and restorers who worked on the
Domus Australia project and special guests.
NEWS & EVENTS
Australia’s Ambassador to the Holy See, John
McCarthy, catches up with Domus Australia’s Guest
Services Manager, Annie Casey.
Thursday 11 February 2016 at 10.30am
Including the Sacramental Rite of Anointing of
the Sick and Prayers for Healing
Please join us for a light lunch at the conclusion
St Patrick’s Church, 51 Allawah Street, Blacktown
SAVE THE DATE
A celebratory lamington cake was
prepared by the Domus chefs.
The Business Manager of the
Archdiocese of Sydney, Michael Digges,
said since opening its doors, Domus
Australia had welcomed guests from all
over Australia and from all over the world.
Ranked in Rome’s top 20 on
reviews say it all,
with many referring
to this boutique
guest house as
‘their home in
Rome’. In 2015,
was again awarded
has had an average
review rating of
5 out of 5 since
have shared their
friends and family and the level of repeat
visits is a significant part of the business,”
Mr Digges said.
“We have managed to combine a
traditional Roman guest house with some
Australian flavour, including a full hot
Aussie breakfast, English-speaking staff,
and excellent Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities
in the spacious guest rooms.”
Domus Australia is preparing for an
even busier 2016, with the Jubilee Year of
Mercy commencing on 13 December this
Mass for World Day of the Sick
in acknowledgment of carers
and those for whom they care
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Mercy Tree to benefit
Jesuit Social Services
Award nomination an
honour for Cate
Sr Catherine Ryan RSM, Congregation Leader of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, pictured with Year 11 OLMC
Parramatta students, Director of Jesuit Refugee Services, Fr Aloysius Mowe SJ, and Oliver White and Maeve
Brown from Jesuit Refugee Services.
The 2016 beneficiary of OLMC
Parramatta’s Mercy Tree social justice
initiative is Jesuit Social Services, a social
change organisation with a vision of building a
just society by working with those most in need
to make a real, sustainable difference.
Planted and blessed in early 2012, the
Mercy Tree is a focus for social justice activity
at Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta.
Standing more than 2m tall in the Brigid
Shelley courtyard, its continued growth
symbolises an ever-increasing commitment
to the eight Mercy Values in the OLMC
These values are Mercy, Compassion,
Justice, Stewardship, Service, Hospitality,
Excellence and Dignity.
The Principal of OLMC, Stephen Walsh,
said that 2016 was especially important in the
life of the Mercy Tree. “This coming year has
been proclaimed by Pope Francis as the Year of
Mercy: through our tree, we can help open the
‘Doors of Mercy’ to help empower vulnerable
people by supporting services that foster
positive mental health and wellbeing,” he said.
“Past Mercy Tree appeals have helped to
open doors to people with disabilities, refugees
and asylum seekers as well as young Aboriginal
“The Sisters of Mercy and the OLMC
community are passionate about doing what we
can to assist organisations who work with the
Jesuit Social Services was chosen by Year
10 Mercy Girls Andrea Fok, Olivia Murillo and
Jasmine Bautista as a part of a Year 10 Religious
Through a range of programs, Jesuit Social
Services helps people through difficult periods
of their life and focuses on engaging them to
reach their potential.
Their hands-on work in this space includes
counselling, outreach support, assistance
with education and training, and therapeutic
In the past year, Jesuit Social Services
has provided intensive support to 730 people
affected by complex mental health problems
and offered information, referrals and general
support to more than 60,000 others seeking
Arrupe Place Parramatta received a $7000
cheque from students on behalf of the OLMC
Mercy Tree Charity.
Arrupe Place provides a range of services to
refugees and asylum seekers living in Western
Sydney, including food vouchers, computer
use, casework services, general information and
referrals, financial assistance and social support
It is located in Coolock Cottage (donated
by the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta to Jesuit
Refugee Services for their use), next to the
Convent of the Sisters of Mercy.
Arrupe Place is part of a broader Shelter
Project, which responds to the needs of the
growing number of asylum seekers facing
financial destitution and homelessness by
providing temporary accommodation, financial
support, and casework services.
Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy
Fatima Day: Friday November 13
(Month of the Holy Souls)
Main Celebrant: His Excellency Most Reverend Adolfo Tito Yllana
Apostolic Nuncio to Australia
Holy Mass 11 am, Devotions at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes 1.30 pm
Divine Mercy Devotions - First Sunday of the Month
Fatima Family Sunday: November 15
Cate Sydes: “I love what I do because at MYC we provide solutions to improving the life chances of vulnerable
The CEO of Marist Youth Care, Cate
Sydes, is a NSW State Finalist in
this year's Telstra Business Women’s
Awards, one of the most prestigious and highly
recognised programs for Australian women in
Cate's nomination is in the ‘For Purpose
and Social Enterprise’ category.
During a career spanning 35 years, Cate
has focused on the welfare of children and
has had the delivery of positive social and
environmental change as her core mission
As CEO of Marist Youth Care for 10 years,
Cate has expanded the organisation's reach in
Western Sydney through innovative programs,
business development and fundraising.
"I am proud that I have helped build
an organisation that is vibrant, diverse and
innovative in the provision of services,” she
said. “Social inclusion is a priority for MYC,
ensuring that we allow access for all young
people who need safety, support, education,
training or employment, regardless of their
Marist Youth Care is recognised as a
leading Catholic agency working with the
most at risk young people, their families and
"I am proud that I
have helped build an
organisation that is vibrant,
diverse and innovative in
the provision of services."
One of Cate's landmark programs, MYC's
Aboriginal Trainee Support Worker Program,
has established MYC as the largest employer
and trainer of Aboriginal people in Western
The program has enabled local people to
gain skills, qualifications and employment in
the community services sector.
In partnership with the local Aboriginal
community, MYC trains employs culturally
aware and experienced staff to work with and
achieve outstanding results for Aboriginal
young people in juvenile justice, foster care,
education, training, employment and family
"I love what I do because at MYC we
provide solutions to improving the life chances
of vulnerable young people so they can go on to
live successful and fulfilling lives," Cate said.
Our Lady of the Angels Church, Rouse Hill
“Could you not watch one hour with me?” (Matt 26:40)
Upcoming celebrations in Our Shrine:
Christmas Eve (December 24): 11.30pm Carol Service in English; Midnight Mass
in English (Shrine Church) and Polish (Bethlehem Chapel)
Christmas Day (December 25): 11am Solemn Mass in English (Shrine Church)
and Polish (Bethlehem Chapel)
New Year’s Eve (December 31): 11pm Exposition and devotions in the Shrine
Church followed by Mass at Midnight
Pauline Father’s Monastery
Address: 120 Hanging Rock Road, Berrima, NSW, 2577 Phone: 02 4878 9192 Fax: 02 4878 9351
Spend time with our Lord truly present in the Blessed
Sacrament exposed for Adoration.
You are invited to sign up for a regular time slot.
Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm
Our Lady of the Angels Church
1 Wellgate Ave, Rouse Hill
Contact the Parish Office tel (02) 8883 4063
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NEWS & EVENTS
International Youth Day
On the day, more than $4000 was raised for charity.
Tangara School for Girls has a
tradition of celebrating International
Youth Day in August each year
when the focus is on raising funds for
a number of charities supported by the
students. This year the cultural focus was
on all things Lebanese.
The Lebanese parent community came
together to showcase the food, music and
dancing of Lebanese culture, much to the
delight of the students.
A highlight was the performance
of traditional Lebanese drumming and
The warmth and hospitality for which
the people of Lebanese background are
renowned was evident.
In addition, each Year grade ran
fundraising stalls. More than $4000 was
raised for charities including: the School
of St Jude in Tanzania; the Hamlin Fistula
Hospital in Sesobel, which assists children
with disabilities and their families; Room
to Read, which is dedicated to eradicating
poverty through education; and Manto de
Guadalupe, which helps those suffering
A highlight was the performance of traditional
Lebanese drumming and Dabke dancing.
extreme poverty by providing food,
housing, clothing and medical care.
The International Youth Day
celebration also complements the NSW
Board of Studies ‘Learning across the
curriculum’ outcomes and working
towards the goal of active and informed
citizenship for students.
Tangara is a school of PARED (Parents
for Education), a personal initiative of
parents and educators. The Catholic faith
is taught in PARED schools.
Address by Ben Smith, Director of the Family & Life Office, on St John Paul II’s
Theology of the Body. Hosted by CatholicCare Social Services. Starts 7.30pm
in St Paul the Apostle Parish Hall, 40 Buckleys Rd, Winston Hills. Register with
CatholicCare (02) 9933 0222, email@example.com
ANNUAL THANKSGIVING MASS
Clergy, parish coordinators, facilitators, sacramental teams and volunteers (including
RCIA and Baptism teams) are invited to the Annual Thanksgiving Mass at 7.30pm in
St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta. RSVP 6 November: Adelle (02) 9831 4911, email
MARRIAGE AND THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN
Lecture by Joe de Bruyn, Chairman of Campion College. Organised by the St Thomas
More Society and McAuley Hawach Lawyers. Starts 6pm in St Patrick’s Cathedral
Hall, Parramatta. All welcome – no charge. RSVP 5 November: (02) 9633 1826,
SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT REFLECTION DAY
A day to honour and celebrate those loved ones who have taken their lives.
Information sessions, small group sharing, quiet reflection time and celebration of
the Eucharist. From 10am-4pm at St Joseph’s Centre, 64 MacKillop Dve, Baulkham
Hills. RSVP: CatholicCare Social Services (02) 9933 0222, firstname.lastname@example.org
CHRISTIAN MEDITATION DAY
This Christian Meditation Introduction & Renewal Day at St Benedict's Monastery
includes presentations, Introduction to Christian Meditation, two periods of
meditation, Eucharistic Celebration and information exchange. Arrive 10am for
10.30am, concludes about 3pm. Monastery is at 121 Arcadia Rd, Arcadia, tel (02)
9653 1159. Inquiries: Ann Bergman (02) 9498 2625 or Ann Lomas (02) 9456 4775.
175TH ANNIVERSARY OF ST MATTHEW’S CHURCH
Everyone is welcome to join the community of St Matthew’s Parish, Windsor, as they
celebrate this historic milestone with a Thanksgiving High Tea for ‘seasoned citizens’
(aged 60+). Starts 10.30am in St Matthew’s Church Hall, 12 Tebbutt St, Windsor.
HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS
Everyone is welcome to join the Holy Hour for Vocations from 7pm-8pm for an hour
of adoration, prayer, music and quiet time in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in St
Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND
A unique opportunity for married couples to reconnect, rekindle and refresh their
relationship. Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville. Contact Ardell & Bill Sharpe (02)
4283 3435 or email@example.com
20-22 RACHEL'S VINEYARD HEALING RETREAT
Designed to bring psychological and spiritual healing to anyone who has
been affected by an abortion experience including women, men, couples and
grandparents. Mount St Benedict Centre, Pennant Hills. Confidential inquiries: SMS
0400 092 555, firstname.lastname@example.org
ST PHILOMENA ASSOCIATION HOLY MASS
St John Vianney was very devoted to St Philomena. Pope Gregory XVI called her
“the great wonder worker”. Mass at noon with Confession from 11.30am. St John
Vianney's Church, 17 Cameron St, Doonside. Please bring a snack to share. RSVP:
Elizabeth 0423 15 44 63, email@example.com
ST VINCENT’S OLD BOYS ASSOCIATION REUNION
Annual Mass and Reunion of the St Vincent’s Old Boys Association. Gather at
11.30am for BBQ lunch at 12.30pm. Sacred Heart Church, 14 Ralph St, Westmead.
RSVP: Christine McGee 0400 881 779.
HOLY TRINITY GRANVILLE GOLDEN JUBILEE
Everyone is invited celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Holy Trinity Church. Mass at
9.30am followed by family-friendly activities from 11am-3pm. Includes car meet,
international food stalls, cultural entertainment, games and prizes. Holy Trinity
Parish, cnr Randle & Bennalong sts, Granville.
Saturday 21 November
‘Ways into Meaning’
Presented by Dr Tim O’Hearn
Entry by donation.
No need to book. Morning tea provided.
Sacred Heart Parish Hall
cnr Sturt & Wentworth sts, Blackheath
Further details tel Carmel Vanny (02) 4787 8706
“The most beautiful
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Filmed and Edited by
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A unique inside portrait of
the world of the Tyburn Nuns.
“This film takes you into
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community really like? Let the Tyburn
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around the world. Witness the nuns’ holy
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Tyburn Priory, 325 Garfield Road East
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Meet the WYD Team from the Diocese of Parramatta
You’re invited to join them on our
pilgrimages to Krakow Poland in July 2016
Sr Rosie Drum MGL
Simone Di Matteo
Sr Lucy Vo
Rev Jolly Chacko MS
Rev Clifford D’souza MSFS
Rev Ruben Elago MSP
Rev John Paul Escarlan
Rev Andrew Fornal OP
Rev Shane Reade SDB
Rev Peter Strohmayer OSPPE
Rev Robert William
There are further chaplains in reserve ready to
serve if pilgrim registrations exceed expectations.
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