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VOLUME 19, MARCH 2016
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FROM THE DIOCESAN ADMINISTRATOR
Very Rev Peter G Williams
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Dear Brothers and Sisters,
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FAMILY & LIFE OFFICE
I have previously raised in this column
the changing landscape in terms of
modern communication. It is not only the
omnipresence in our lives now of the World
Wide Web, smart phones, tablets and the
tools provided to communicate an instant
opinion on everything through online
channels such as Facebook or Twitter, but
the fact that such exposure can make an
ordinary person into a ‘social media’ hero
or pariah in what sometimes seems like a
Further to that, we see that overall such
communication is often hostile and angry
and we have witnessed the emergence of
so-called internet ‘trolls’ and the destructive
phenomenon referred to as ‘revenge porn’.
‘Online’ bullying, particularly of schoolage
children, continues to be a concern to
parents and school authorities.
Are we as a society becoming more
discontented and angry about our lives and
the world we inhabit? There is little doubt
that rampant individualism has led to a selfobsessed
and selfish cohort of people who
show little regard for others and simply ‘live
for the moment’.
Some commentators would suggest that this
has always been the case with the human
race, and that we are only more aware of
it now because of social media and the
constant bombardment of information
hitting us 24/7!
The Church too has come into the
foreground of comment in recent weeks,
much of it connected to the Royal
Commission and the attempt by some to
close the Church down from participating
in any debate relating to the social structures
that underpin our way of life and which
provide stability and social cohesion.
It is true that Christianity, and in particular
the Catholic Church, is under assault on
various fronts, and given our vulnerability
as a result of the proceedings of the Royal
Our seminarians will, in time, be the future priests of our Diocese. Photo: Alphonsus Fok.
Commission we are perceived to be in a
position of moral and institutional weakness.
The enemies of the Church know this and are
exploiting the moment to inflict maximum
damage on our credibility and our place in
In the midst of all this we find ourselves
once again on the journey of Lent and our
annual walk to Calvary. It is a time for
serious spiritual introspection, a time to
review lifestyles and life choices, a time to
focus particularly on the dignity of our own
Baptism and how we have measured up to
Christ’s call to each of us to be authentic
disciples in the world.
At the same time we look at our Church as a
human institution and recognise that there
have been serious deficiencies because of
past mistakes and a certain inertia leading
to cautiousness prevails as we look to the
And some may rightly wonder, where is God
in all this?
But of course the Lenten journey doesn’t end
with Good Friday, as important as that day is
in the scheme of salvation, but rather it ends
(or begins) with the empty tomb on Easter
On the First Sunday of Lent I had the
privilege of presiding at the Rite of Election
where 110 adult men and women were
formally elected as catechumens to be fully
initiated at the Easter vigil through the
Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and
What a blessing to the Diocese of Parramatta
and our parish communities! God is still
at work in drawing people into living faith
through Jesus Christ.
The Second Sunday of Lent saw the
commencement Mass for our diocesan
Seminary of the Holy Spirit. I was pleased
to welcome two young men to begin the
process of discernment that will hopefully
lead them to the ministerial priesthood.
They join our existing seminarians at various
stages of formation who will, in time, be the
future priests of our Diocese.
These are signs of the new life that are
celebrated liturgically in the ceremonies
around the Easter Triduum.
As I reflect on the life of the agencies,
parishes and schools that constitute the
Diocese of Parramatta it is very evident that
many good things are happening on so many
There is clear evidence that the Spirit of God
is alive and manifesting Divine Presence and
working mysteriously as the lives of young
and old are being transformed.
In all this the Church of Parramatta remains
committed to proclaiming the Good News
of Jesus Christ, crucified and risen. As we
approach the holiest time of the year, may
all the people of the Diocese encounter in
their lives the risen Christ and take Him with
them wherever they may go.
With my prayers in this Holy Season,
Very Rev Peter G Williams
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By Michelle Davis, Chaplain at Nepean Hospital
MASS FOR WORLD DAY OF THE SICK ON 11 FEBRUARY
Supporting carers and those for whom they care
Concelebrating priests assisted with the
anointing of the sick.
Mons John Boyle gave the homily, which was
signed by Daina Caruana.
May the soothing balm of God’s love and mercy continue to radiate to the sick and aged and
their carers. Photos Alfred Boudib.
Archbishop Brian Barnes OFM with
seminarians Chris del Rosario and Joe Murphy.
Students from Our Lady of Mercy College
Parramatta provided music and singing.
On the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, more
than 450 people gathered in St Patrick’s
Church at Blacktown for the 2nd annual
diocesan Mass for World Day of the Sick on 11
For this year’s theme, Pope Francis chose:
Entrusting Oneself to the Merciful Jesus like
Mary: ‘Do whatever he tells you’ (Jn 2:5).
The principal celebrant for the Mass was
Mons John Boyle, Priest responsible for
Health and Chaplaincies within the Diocese of
The Mass was concelebrated by Rev Peter
Confeggi, MC and Parish Priest of Mary, Queen
of the Family Parish, and 18 priests of the
Diocese who assisted with the anointing of the
In his homily, Mons John shared some of his
experience as a hospital chaplain and elaborated
on the Pope’s theme in his message for the 24th
World Day of the Sick, in which he said:
“Illness, above all grave illness, always places
human existence in crisis and brings with it
questions that dig deep. Our first response
may at times be one of rebellion: Why has
this happened to me? We can feel desperate,
thinking that all is lost, that things no longer
have meaning …
“In these situations, faith in God is on the
one hand tested, yet at the same time can reveal
all of its positive resources. Not because faith
makes illness, pain, or the questions which they
raise, disappear, but because it offers a key by
which we can discover the deepest meaning of
what we are experiencing; a key that helps us to
see how illness can be the way to draw nearer to
Jesus who walks at our side, weighed down by
the Cross. And this key is given to us by Mary,
our Mother, who has known this way at first
The prayer of the faithful was not only for
the sick, their carers and those who work in
health care but also for governments; that they
continue to understand the importance of
chaplaincy and holistic healthcare.
The anointing of the sick was a special point
in the Mass and one of the family members
present said that, for her, the anointing “was
a soothing balm, which will help me carry on
caring for my husband”.
She shared how caring could be tiring
and stressful but this Mass showed carers
are not forgotten. This is the main reason
the Diocese initiated this Mass last year: in
acknowledgement of the sick, their carers and
all who work in health care.
At the Mass were the Member for Granville,
Julia Finn; the Member for Parramatta, Dr Geoff
Lee, representing the Premier and John Ajaka,
Minister for Ageing, Disability Services &
Multiculturalism; and the Member for Prospect,
Dr Hugh McDermott.
Catholic organisations included Catholic
Health Care, St John of God Health Care
(Richmond and Hawkesbury), the Ephpheta
Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
who provided signing during the Mass, Sr
Georgina Sultana OP and residents of St
Dominic’s Hostel, and Our Lady of Consolation
Chaplains from Nepean, Blacktown
and Westmead Hospitals and healthcare
professionals were also present.
The Mass was a gathering of all age groups:
45 girls from Our Lady of Mercy College
Parramatta provided music and singing, 15
students from Patrician Brothers College and
15 students from Nagle College at Blacktown,
supported the sick and aged into the church
and assisted Blacktown parishioner Len and her
generous crew in serving a light luncheon.
Archbishop Brian Barnes OFM, Archbishop
Emeritus of Port Moresby, and Fr Dan Neylan
OFM, Franciscans who are residents at Our
Lady of Consolation Home, provided great
inspiration to the seminarians who were
present. The seminarians also assisted with
helping the residents safely on to the bus.
Members of St John of God (Patron Saint of
the Sick) Health Care were very generous in
providing the aged and sick with a medal of
St John of God, which came from Granada in
May the soothing balm of God’s love and
mercy continue to radiate to the sick and aged
within our parishes and Diocese by the care and
love we show.
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What do a criminal act and a
graduation have in common?
By Rev Paul Roberts, Director of the Institute for Mission
At the Institute for Mission, 55 people completed year-long programs in theology and pastoral formation. Photos: Alfred Boudib.
Mons John Boyle congratulates a group of graduates.
can you forgive this
arsonist?” This was a
asked of Rev John Boyle in 1996
when he was Dean of St Patrick’s
Cathedral in Parramatta.
On behalf of Bishop Bede
Heather, Fr John had just returned
from a prison visit to offer
forgiveness to the man who burned
down the Cathedral. Some Catholic
people weren’t ready for this gesture
so early in the piece. Some were
never prepared to consider it.
Such was the reflection Mons
John Boyle used on 28 January this
year to begin his homily at the Mass
of graduation and commissioning
for the 55 people who had
completed year-long programs in
theology and pastoral formation at
our Diocese’s Institute for Mission
(IFM) at Blacktown.
He developed his thoughts
from there, affirming the central
importance of faith development
and active lay leadership, in
influencing the missionary challenge
for the people who are Church, to
more and more become a conduit
of difference, of mercy and of
alternative values in and for the
A further 100-200 family and
friends along with several priests
of our parishes attended the special
evening to celebrate with the large
group that had completed the
After the beautiful liturgy,
the music ministry for which
was generously provided by the
2Celebrate choir of Mary, Queen of
the Family Parish, Blacktown, the
IFM team hosted a ceremony and
supper to commend and encourage
The music ensemble from Mary Immaculate Parish.
those being commissioned.
An excellent musical ensemble
of young adults from Mary
Immaculate Parish, Quakers Hill,
provided background entertainment
Being held at Mary Immaculate
Parish was an example of the IFM’s
priority to physically have some of
its offerings and activities in parish
communities, the support for which
is a central reason for its existence,
not only at its Blacktown centre.
The IFM gives its energy
to various once-off formative
experiences and mini-programs,
along with resources and events for
The two programs from which
participants were honoured at
this special evening, however,
run right across the year. As such,
they provide an opportunity for
IFM Director Rev Paul Roberts.
IFM Associate Director Donnie Velasco.
participants to take significant steps
to further their faith, insights and
capacity for ministry leadership and
Acknowledgement was given at
the graduation/commissioning night
to some associates of the IFM who
generously contribute their time
and talents to presentations and
Cecilia Zammit, Rev Wim
Hoekstra, Rev Paul Slyney and
Daniel Ang are treasured associates.
New mentors in 2015 were Paul
Worthington and David Bourne.
Offering small group processing
support were Margaret Wiseman,
Bronwyn Dollin, Angel Penano and
To view a gallery of photos from
the evening, visit www.flickr.com/
The new logo of the IFM is a
cog that invites our connection. It
recognises that it is God’s mission
into which we are all invited.
For us Catholic Christians, that
connection has a sacramental
centre and so you’ll notice that the
centre of the logo doubles with
the appearance of the Blessed
Sacrament at Mass or in a time of
And you’ll notice the cross of
Christ as central. As well you can see
some blank lines, some boundaries,
representing the boundaries across
which the very meaning of ‘mission’
The boundaries might be
across hearts and minds, across
backgrounds and experiences,
across the street or parish or city, or
indeed across the world.
As Pope Benedict XVI said:
“Mission is a workshop that has
room for all!” This catchy phrase
recognises our variety of vocational
responses in faith and mission and
makes priority for our own learning,
growing and receiving of grace.
It recognises that as we grow in
participation in God’s mission, it isn’t
about having the answers top down.
Rather, it’s about entering into the
life of the world and learning to
more and more recognise God’s
presence there; God’s presence
in others, in ourselves and in life’s
situations, calling us to engage
with that presence and develop as
responders in grace.
In brief, these are some of the
driving principles of the IFM’s work
for faith formation in our Diocese.
Currently, among the IFM’s high
priorities are initiatives for the Year
of Mercy, development of a further
mini-program of spiritualty sessions
for parishes, an extension program
and network for younger adult
leaders across the Diocese and a
dramatically increased move into
online resourcing and social media
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Mass for commencement of the seminary year
The Diocesan Administrator,
Very Rev Peter G Williams,
has confirmed the following
appointments in the Diocese of
Appointed for three years:
Rev Mr James Phelan
Deacon assisting St Anthony of
Padua Parish, Toongabbie
Rev Mr Nicephorus Tan
Deacon assisting St John XXII
Parish, Stanhope Gardens
For the Mass in St Patrick’s Cathedral, 13
seminarians joined their Rector Very Rev John
Hogan, Very Rev Peter Williams, Deacon Willy Limjap
and Very Rev Bob Bossini, Dean of St Patrick’s
Cathedral. Photos: Alphonsus Fok.
Rev Mr Owen Rogers
Deacon assisting Mary, Queen
of the Family Parish, Blacktown
Mass for the commencement of the
year for the Seminary of the Holy
Spirit was celebrated on 21 February.
The Diocesan Administrator, Very Rev Peter
Williams, presided at the Mass in St Patrick’s
Cathedral in Parramatta.
“I was pleased to welcome two young
men, Tom Green and David Sebastian, who
are beginning the process of discernment that
will hopefully lead them to the ministerial
priesthood,” Fr Peter said.
“They join 11 fellow seminarians in various
stages of formation who will, in time, be the
future priests of our Diocese.”
Seminarians for the Diocese of Parramatta
are: Chris del Rosario, Jack Green, Joe Murphy,
Andrew Rooney, Shinto Francis, Adam Carlow,
Matthew Dimian, Galbert Albino, Jack Elkazzi,
Jessie Duan Balorio, George Stanton, Tom
Green and David Sebastian.
Situated in cosmopolitan Harris Park, the
seminary is centred on historic Kenilworth
House. The heritage-listed Italianate building
has been restored to its former glory to meet
the needs of the growing cohort of seminarians.
The construction of accommodation for
up to 22 seminarians is well under way and
due to be completed in coming months. In the
meantime, seminarians share accommodation
in several rented homes nearby.
The precinct will also include residential
facilities for retired priests and is located
adjacent to St Oliver Plunkett Parish, Harris
The entry procession in St Patrick’s Cathedral.
In general, the formation of a Catholic
priest takes seven years. This may seem like
a long time but it goes by quite quickly. It’s
true that there is much to learn in theology,
philosophy and associated subjects.
Just as import is the development that
occurs within the individual to help in their
personal and spiritual maturity. This is a slow
but rewarding process.
Our seminarians are given every support
in this journey of personal transformation. It
is a shared endeavour and the seminarians can
count on one another for help in this work.
With the years in seminary and the close
living that is experienced, the men make close
friendships that continue after ordination as a
support throughout priesthood.
As seminarians come to recognise more
deeply that Christ is the unifying principle of
their lives as individuals and their common
life together, they devote themselves more
wholeheartedly in the brotherhood of disciples
sharing the one vision.
Seminarians (from left): Tom Green, Jack Elkazzi and
If you feel as though God may be
calling you to the priesthood, the Diocese
welcomes the opportunity to help you with
your discernment. The Director for Priestly
Vocations, Rev Warren Edwards, is the first
point of contact.
Fr Warren is always available to listen, offer
guidance and explain the four-step admissions
• Aspirancy; and
• Recommendation and acceptance.
To find out more about priesthood, please
contact Fr Warren tel 0409 172 700 or send an
email to email@example.com
Every third Thursday of the month at 7pm
a holy hour takes place in St Patrick’s Cathedral
to pray for vocations. This is a time of prayer
and reflection before the Blessed Sacrament in
adoration and concluding with benediction.
The next holy hour will be on Thursday 17
Rev Mr Leon Decena
Deacon assisting Mary
Immaculate Parish, Quakers
Hill, and the Filipino Chaplaincy
Rev Mr Anthony Hoban
Deacon assisting Christ the
King Parish, North Rocks
Rev Mr Joseph Ledang
Holy Family Parish, Granville,
and the Vietnamese Chaplaincy
Rev Mr Willy Limjap
Deacon assisting St Patrick’s
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Rev Mr Robertus Kim
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PROJECT COMPASSION 2016: Learning more, creating change in Malawi
The launch of Project Compassion in the Diocese of
Parramatta took place at St Mark’s Catholic College at
Stanhope Gardens on 8 February. Project Compassion is
Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten appeal.
This year’s overseas guest was Martin Mazinga from Malawi.
Martin spent the morning with students and staff, sharing how
donations to Project Compassion are making a real difference to
the people of Malawi.
Martin joined diocesan Caritas Director Sr Louise McKeogh
FMA and students for a pancake toss, heralding the start of Lent
on Ash Wednesday.
Lent is a penitential period of penance, abstinence and
almsgiving. Making pancakes is traditionally a way of using up
the household butter and eggs that are associated with rich food
before Ash Wednesday.
Running each year throughout Lent, Project Compassion
is Caritas Australia’s annual fundraising and awareness-raising
appeal that links thousands of Australians in solidarity with
the women, children and men most vulnerable to poverty and
injustice, who are rich in the eyes of Jesus.
This year marks 50 years of Project Compassion. Every year
since 1965, members of the Caritas family across Australia,
have supported the six-week Lenten appeal in an extraordinary
demonstration of faith, love, generosity and compassion. You
can show your support for Project Compassion with the hashtag
Year round, Caritas Australia’s team works with dedicated
partners, inspiring program beneficiaries, and compassionate
supporters to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.
Every year, Caritas Australia staff and their international
partners take time to visit Australian schools and parishes to
share their experiences with the people who make their work
Martin Mazinga is the National Programs Coordinator of the
Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (CADECOM),
Caritas Australia’s local partner. Martin oversees Caritas
Australia’s initiatives under the Australian NGO Cooperation
Program (ANCP), and the Australia Africa Community
Engagement Scheme (AACES) supported by the Australian
Martin began working with CADECOM in 2012. He brings
a wealth of experience in project management, community
engagement, capacity building and research from his roles at the
Women’s Legal Resources Centre, the University of Malawi, and
the Catholic University of Malawi.
Martin and his team at CADECOM ensure that Caritas
Australia’s programs create meaningful and sustainable
development opportunities for the most marginalised
communities. With a focus on food and water security, Martin’s
work tackles inequality at its roots, empowering people to
develop livelihoods, earn an income, to learn new skills and
Martin is passionate about working at the grassroots. To
him, Malawi has some of the richest communities in the world.
Through Caritas Australia’s partnership with CADECOM,
Martin works with communities to harness their unique
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This year, Project Compassion celebrates learning and
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and men can harness the power of education, training and
As Pope Francis says: “Education is an act of hope.” Project
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Make a connection this Easter – you can do it!
By Richard McMahon, Director of Pastoral Planning & Implementation
DIOCESAN PASTORAL PLAN
An elderly lady rang me
recently. Her husband passed
away last year and she is very
isolated. She just wants to connect
with someone. We all know someone
who needs a friend: at work, in our
family circle, in our neighbourhood.
But we sometimes get stuck when it
comes to the next step.
Here are some tips that may help
you to invite them to an Easter cup of
tea (offer to assist your parish, school,
workplace or neighbourhood group
to organise something). You may also
invite them to an Easter Mass, or just
to share a conversation. By the way, if
you are feeling isolated, the following
applies to you too!
No more excuses
I am too shy. Maybe they will
reject me if I make contact with
them. Maybe someone else is better
placed to make a connection. All
these things may be true. But deep
down, they are all excuses. The truth
is, if you have noticed someone, or
have been thinking about someone,
then they have already connected
with you on some level. Maybe if you
don’t make the connection, no one
Pray for support
Okay, it can take lots of courage
to make that first step. Ask God to be
with you. Start praying for the person
you have in mind to approach.
Make a commitment
Commit to God your decision
to connect and tell a close friend.
Ask them to hold you to account.
Be specific. Set a day and a time for
If you are approaching a person
from your parish who you don't
know well, do so in a public place
and let someone know what you are
doing. If you are uncomfortable in
an encounter, politely break it off or
don’t initiate it. Your safety comes
What will you say?
If you don't know the person,
introduce yourself. Seek common
ground. Are you at the same place for
a reason such as sport, Mass or work.
Ask their opinion: “What do you like
best about living around here?” is
better than, “Have you lived in the
What are you inviting them to do?
People are naturally suspicious.
Be quick to explain the purpose of
making contact. You may invite them
to an event, share a prayer card (see
top right), or just make a connection.
If inviting them to an event such
as Easter Mass, Easter cup of tea,
street party, be sure to give clear
instructions. People usually want to
know what to wear, what to bring,
if it costs anything, how long it will
be. Also reassure them you will meet
them there and sit with them. On the
day, introduce them to two or three
others if possible.
Worried about if they ask faith
If we identify ourselves as a
Catholic, we can sometimes fear
getting questions we may not know
how to answer. It is okay to respond
by affirming their questions and
experiences, for example, “That is a
good question. To be honest, while
I love God and my faith, I don’t
know the answer to that. If you are
interested, I could find out more.”
Or “I am sorry to hear that you have
had a bad experience. I understand if
you don’t want to come to the Easter
cup of tea. But I would still like you
Using our Year of Mercy cards
One great initiative is the pocketsized
Year of Mercy cards available
at your parish and also in some
diocesan schools. Each card comes
with a beautiful image and quote,
and a space for someone’s name, your
name and a short message to tell
someone you are praying for them
for a certain reason.
How would an approach work?
It’s a simple idea that allows us in a
non-threatening way to share our
faith, for example, “Hi Emily. You
were telling me about your brother
being sick recently and I thought
of you with one of these message
cards. It’s just something to let you
know that I’m keeping you and your
brother in my prayers.” Think of
people outside of the faith/Church
circle and write a special message on
these cards as an appealing way to
share your faith.
It is best to keep follow-up
contact as natural as possible. Jesus
invites us to love one another. He
does not ask us to force people or
pretend to be their friend. Once we
have made initial contact, sometimes
a wave or a “hello” helps keep the
connection going, rather than racing
across for an in-depth chat every
time. Allow the connection to grow
at its own pace.
As we prepare for Easter, let us
bring the resurrection to one other
person through the simplest of
interactions! Smile and say “hello” to
If your parish would like a
workshop on ways to reach out,
contact the Pastoral Planning Office
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Fr Fernando: The Mexican with the amazing lexicon
By Joseph Younes
While living in Hong Kong, Fr Fernando was invited to
Australia in 2006 by the then Bishop of Parramatta,
Bishop Kevin Manning. The invitation was simple
enough, to lead the Chinese Chaplaincy in the Diocese of
Fr Fernando took up the offer and quickly settled into his
dual role at St Monica’s Parish, North Parramatta, initially as
assistant priest under Fr Brian Rooney and by 2008 as parish
“Initially, I struggled with the Australian language, people
speak so fast here,” the jovial Fr Fernando said.
Fr Luis Fernando Montano Rodriguez MG, affectionately
known as Fr Fernando to his parishioners, has a well-travelled,
Ordained a priest in 1991 by the Guadalupe Missionaries
(see panel below), Fr Fernando was born into a devoutly Catholic
family in Mexico City, Mexico. He recalls his tender upbringing
as laying the foundation for him wanting to become a priest.
“From a young age, I knew I wanted to be a priest. The idea
of being a priest was natural as I come from a devout practising
Catholic family. This was normal, like someone wanting to
become a lawyer or an engineer, I wanted to become a priest,” Fr
“I want people to know who God is and what God can do for
them. People need to know who Jesus is.”
Undeterred by his initial hurdle in trying to understand
Australian English, Fr Fernando puts his language skills to good
use in his “highly, highly diverse, very highly diverse” parish.
“We are small in geography, but a tight-knit community. I
have people from all over the world; Australians, Europeans,
South Americans, Lebanese, Indians, Sri Lankans, Filipinos,
Chinese,” Fr Fernando said.
“I speak Cantonese, Spanish, English, and Chinese signlanguage.
My parish and chaplaincy are very close. We are a
friendly Catholic community and are proud of being Catholic.”
Fr Fernando’s ability to speak many languages is a gift to his
parishioners at St Monica’s and the 300 faithful who make up his
Chinese Catholic community.
“People want to pray in their own language. The number
of people from Hong Kong and, more recently, from China has
The Guadalupe Missionaries
The Guadalupe Missionaries ‘MG’ (Spanish: Misioneros de Guadalupe) are
a missionary society from Mexico City, Mexico. Founded in 1949, they are
dedicated to foreign missions around the world and have a presence through
150 priests in Mexico City, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Kenya, Angola,
Mozambique, Brazil, Cuba and Peru.
“As Guadalupe Missionaries we go to countries in need. As a society, we are
dedicated to giving out of the little we have,” Fr Fernando Montano MG said.
“Our work is in foreign countries where there is a need.”
Fr Fernando Montano MG. Photos: Elizabeth McFarlane
increased. Me speaking to them in their own language is a huge
experience, especially as some people have not heard the Gospel
preached in their native tongue before,” Fr Fernando said.
As for his chaplaincy work, Fr Fernando believes “there is
always a need to minister”. “Language is important for people to
speak to God. All chaplaincies are trying to be a bridge between a
local ethnic community and the Church in Australia.”
As a priest, Fr Fernando believes his work is about Jesus and
His message of love, regardless of who the person is. “I want to
help Jesus establish the Kingdom,” Fr Fernando said.
What’s the secret to his ability to communicate with so many
different groups of people with seemingly little in common other
than a shared faith?
“People come to church to hear the word of God, and for
me, it’s about how I break down that message to such a diverse
community. I try and use plain, simple, language” Fr Fernando
said with a smile.
Fr Fernando with the Southern Lion mask.
The lion dancers pose for the 'eye opening' ceremony.
Fr Fernando is the sole MG representative in Australia.
Sr Angeles Melero MN practising using chopsticks.
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welcomes New Year
By Elizabeth McFarlane
The Chinese community gather in St Monica’s Church, North Parramatta.
Krystal Au and Tony Ng.
Young families attended the celebration.
There was a flurry of noise and colour as the Chinese
New Year celebrations unfolded in St Monica’s Church,
North Parramatta, on 14 February.
St Monica’s Parish Priest and Chinese Chaplain, Rev
Luis Fernando Montaño Rodriguez MG, was the principal
celebrant for the Mass, which was concelebrated by Mons John
Boyle and Rev Clement Hill.
The church was adorned with the sights and sounds of
China, with hanging Chinese lanterns adding a splash of red
and orange to the milieu.
Members of the Chinese community welcomed each other
with a Happy New Year greeting: “Kung Hei Fat Choy!”
A banquet lunch followed at Phoenix Restaurant located in
Westfield Shopping Centre, Parramatta.
“It was a big celebration of life, joy, community spirit and
the richness of the Chinese culture,” Fr Fernando said.
In China, families gather for the New Year to take part
in a 15-day festival and enjoy meals, gift exchanges, parades,
fireworks and theatre.
Making wishes for luck, prosperity and good fortune, and
warding off evil spirits, are central to the Chinese New Year
Every year, a zodiac animal is featured; 2016 is the year of
the fire monkey.
Enjoying the cultural experience of the Lunar New Year
festivities and dressed in Chinese attire, Fr Fernando took
part in the traditional Chinese ‘eye opening’ ceremony of the
dramatic lion dance.
There was a burst of sound in the restaurant as the Chinese
Two young women donned helmet doll masks, as two
others stepped into the lion costume.
As the lion sat on the ground, Fr Fernando dotted the lion’s
eyes to wake him from his slumber and imbue his spirit.
The Southern Lion represented in the performance is
associated with the legend of a mythical monster called Nian.
The lion worked its way around the tables, interacting with
diners. The rhythmic and sprightly music continued as the lion
operators danced in unison.
Spectators fed the lion with red envelopes filled with
money to help fundraise for the youth of the Chinese
community attending World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, in
Tony Ng and Krystal Au represented the youth and
directed the running of the day.
The day’s activities not only offered an up-close and
personal view of the country’s customs and culture, but also
provided a hands-on opportunity for the non-Chinese present
to practise eating with chopsticks.
Sr Angeles Melero MN of the Missionary Daughters of
the Holy Family of Nazareth and her fellow Spanish Sisters
relished the opportunity.
Guided by onlookers, they learnt quickly, diving into the
bowls of delicious Chinese cuisine with the chopsticks at hand.
Originally from Mexico, Fr Fernando is the first non-
Chinese Chaplain for the Chinese Catholic community at St
He speaks Spanish, English and Cantonese, and knows
Chinese sign language.
As he engaged with those who attended the New Year
lunch, he could be heard speaking all three languages.
Parishioners were eager to get a photo with the energetic
Allison Hamilton, Parish Secretary of St Monica’s, said
Fr Fernando makes the parish unique. “He is very clever. He
is brilliant in everything that he does. He gets involved with
everyone,” she said.
“He is the best boss I have ever had. He is so caring and he
would do anything for anyone!”
The parish is a cultural hub with 40% of the congregation
being Chinese. Mass in Chinese is celebrated every Sunday at
11.30am in St Monica’s Church, North Parramatta.
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Mercy: Not just a matter for
judges but for families as well
By Ben Smith, Director of the Family & Life Office
To help families enter more deeply into the Year of Mercy
it is important that we unpack the meaning of the word
mercy. In our popular culture, the word mercy is often
used in association with pleas for clemency for people facing
the death penalty.
This use of the term mercy is connected with the idea that
someone who has power shows compassion by reducing the
level of a person’s punishment.
In this context, mercy can be seen by some as a form of
judicial weakness stemming from a ‘bleeding heart’.
However, this understanding of mercy only captures a
small part of its full biblical meaning.
The Old Testament used two particular words to express
the mercy of God: hesed and rahamim.
Hesed refers to God’s faithful love of Israel and is connected
with a form of generous love that does not depend on whether
it is deserved.
It is also related to a self-sacrificial love that remains
strong despite the challenges that might test the relationship.
This aspect of mercy is associated with the image of God as a
bridegroom who loves Israel His bride.
Rahamim is a word that means womb-compassion. It is
connected with the heartbreaking love that a mother has for
her children. This sense of mercy portrays a feminine aspect
to the mercy of God. It is also an aspect of mercy that is
connected with strong feeling that springs from deep within a
These two aspects enable us to gain a deeper appreciation
of the word mercy if we apply this richer meaning to works of
mercy. One dimension (the hesed dimension) of these actions
is that as all human beings are created in the image and likeness
of God, they have a dignity that needs to be respected.
Consequently, as we are all human beings we have a
responsibility to care for each other, especially the vulnerable.
This care for the vulnerable should not stop at just an annual
donation to Project Compassion or the Diocesan Works Fund.
The rahamim dimension of a work of mercy is that it
should also be heartfelt. The more personal a work of mercy is,
the more this dimension can operate.
For most people, it is in the family that we become acutely
aware of the suffering of others. Our familial bonds make a call
on us to provide help, but sometimes it can be harder to show
mercy in our families compared to a stranger. The old saying
“charity begins at home” also applies to mercy.
Pope Francis recently identified the family as “the first and
most important school of mercy, in which we learn to see God’s
loving face and to mature and develop as human beings.”
He sees that the family provides an antidote to
individualism that creates a “kind of indifference towards our
neighbours which leads to viewing them in purely economic
Family life is extremely busy but we should regularly make
some time as a family to visit the less fortunate in our extended
family or our local community.
This exposure will help form our children so that they will
be less likely to spend too much time on Facebook and give
mercy a face in the family and the community.
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OFFICE FOR SAFEGUARDING & PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS
Driving a cultural shift: ‘Child protection is everybody’s business’
By Elizabeth McFarlane
Claire Pirola is the new Manager of the
Office for Safeguarding and Professional
Standards. She comes to the Diocese of
Parramatta from the Catholic Education Office
in the Archdiocese of Sydney, where she worked
for three years as part of the Safety, Wellbeing
and Professional Services Team.
Claire’s role includes general oversight of the
Diocese’s engagement with external authorities
including the NSW Ombudsman’s Office, the
Office of the Children’s Guardian and NSW
“I have a passion for being a voice for
minorities and for those who are vulnerable,”
Claire said. “Children are one of a number of
vulnerable people in our community. I want to
ensure that they are seen and they are heard.”
Claire said she wants to be part of the vision
of the Office of Safeguarding and Professional
Standards. “It is breaking new ground in setting
up structures and models that I have not seen
The needs and the work of the office are
constantly changing and Claire said one of
their main roles is to drive a cultural shift in the
“We can do the best that we can here but
unless that’s supporting a shift in the community
and in our parishes, then nothing much is going
to change. “We all have a responsibility. Child
protection is everybody’s business.
“The only way we’re going to see a cultural
shift is by giving a voice to survivors and the
people who are close to them. They hold us
accountable and tell us what we missed or have
done wrong previously.”
Claire Pirola: “The only way we’re going to see a cultural shift is by giving a voice to survivors and the people who
are close to them.” Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.
Claire’s role has its emotional and personal
challenges, but it’s the growth she can see in the
community and in survivors that affirms her
“Listening to people and walking with those
who have suffered trauma is hard. We need to
ensure that that sharing is not immobilising but
that it mobilises us.
“When you see a change in how people
respond to the topic it is affirming. People
can now talk about abuse and the abuse in the
Church. Only by being able to talk openly about
it can we begin to prevent it.
“Many people identify with the Church
and so when they see people in the Church
have abused children or covered up abuse, and
the reputation of the Church is harmed, it is
personal for them. They personally feel harmed
or their own personal faith feels harmed.
“We have to acknowledge that this is part of
our Church and who we are – as painful as that
“The change in the community is two-fold in
that there is now a conversation about the abuse
in the Church and because of that survivors
are now able to seek healing and the Church
leadership has opportunities to make change.”
Claire said that because of the Royal
Commission into Institutional responses to
Child Sexual Abuse it was now permissible to
talk about abuse. “Some people haven’t spoken
about it for almost 50 years. We need to invite
people to come forward and support them when
Claire’s role will involve responding to
referrals or calls from people within the
community who have concerns about abuse and
to report any allegations of abuse.
“We assess the issue and we look at the most
appropriate response. It’s about managing that
and making sure it goes to the correct authorities
and avenues within the Church and outside the
Claire is looking forward to getting to
know the different parishes and agencies in the
“I’m not from the Diocese so I don’t know
everyone yet. I’m looking forward to working
with and getting to know the parishes and
agencies to see how best to support them in
achieving the vision of a cultural shift and clearer
“I won’t be working alone. We’ll be working
closely with the other dioceses and looking state
wide and nationally so that people don’t slip
through systems. It’s a global issue and we are
working to stand together.
“The team here is fantastic and it’s been an
easy transition. They have made me feel very
Celebrate the Holy Year of Mercy by supporting
priests, religious sisters and brothers wherever
the Church is poor, persecuted or threatened
A priest visiting the
sick in Peru
Through their hands, God’s hand caresses the earth ...
Priests and religious are above all the apostles of Divine
Mercy - and not merely during the extraordinary Year of
Mercy that Pope Francis has proclaimed for the whole
Church. They feed the hungry, comfort the grieving, endure
injustice. They promote reconciliation and absolve the
repentant from their sins. Day by day, through the works
of spiritual and corporal mercy, they show people the Face
of the Merciful God. ‘They’ are the priests and religious
of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has proclaimed an
Extraordinary Year of Mercy, which is intended to be “a
time of grace for the Church and to help render the witness
of the faithful stronger and more effective.” It is surely also
an occasion to reflect with great gratitude on the witness of
those who proclaim this Mercy with their whole lives.
Throughout the world wherever the Church is poor, persecuted or threatened, there are
tens of thousands of priests and religious daily living the ‘Yes’ they have already given
to God. It is vital that the indispensable work of priests and religious in Christ’s Holy
Catholic Church and throughout the missions worldwide continues. You can help this
important work by donating online to the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.
A complimentary ‘Year of Mercy’ rosary designed
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The inspiration behind the rosary design
Every confessor must accept the faithful as the father in
the parable of the prodigal son. Confessors are called
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express the joy of having him back. Chosen to be the
Mother of God, Mary from the outset was prepared by
the love of God to be the Ark of the Covenant between
God and man. She treasured divine mercy in her heart in
perfect harmony with her Son Jesus. The red and white
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When Pope Francis’
Laudato si’, was published
last year, media reports
tended to focus on its
message. Yet Pope Francis’
key focus, ‘Everything
is connected’ is much
broader: “Concern for
the environment … needs
to be joined to a sincere
love for our fellow human
beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the
problems of society,” the Holy Father teaches.
On 21 January, school leaders from across Western
Sydney and the Blue Mountains gathered at Rosehill
Gardens for ‘Everything’s Connected’, an inspirational
System Leadership Day. The event featured speakers
including Rev Chris de Souza PP; Neal Murphy, Director
of Mission at St John of God Health Care and former
student and Triple J newsreader Nas Campanella.
Together we watched a powerful short film on the
inclusion of people with disability, The Interview,
featuring local actor Gerard O’Dwyer. It’s available on
YouTube from Bus Stop Films and it’s a must-watch.
Inclusion of people with disability is an important feature
of Pope Francis’ message: “When we fail to acknowledge
as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human
embryo, a person with disabilities – to offer just a few
examples – it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature
itself; everything is connected.”
As Neal Murphy from St John of God Health Care
reminded us, the experience of belonging (including
in school communities) is often denied to people with
disability. Neal’s passion about schools’ role in the
healing mission of Christ is an inspiration.
We also had a real-life example of the power of inclusion
in Nas Campanella, a graduate of Sacred Heart Primary,
Mt Druitt; St Agnes Catholic High School, Rooty Hill,
and Loyola Senior High, Mt Druitt. Triple J newsreader
Nas, who is blind, shared her personal story of the lifechanging
impact of teachers.
Pope Francis has also declared 2016 the 'Year of Mercy'.
We had the opportunity to reflect on mercy in our
communities and were asked three searching questions:
How will you be the merciful face of Christ to students,
colleagues, parents and community; when will our
students and teachers experience mercy this holy year;
and when will our students be the merciful face of Christ
It’s a call not just to be Christ-like but to see Christ in all
members of our communities, especially those on the
fringes. That’s why I asked every school leader to love
most those so-called ‘difficult’ students, who struggle to
belong not just in the playground and classroom but in
I’ve often said that the time for improvement in
education has passed, that our focus must be
transformation. Pope Francis’ vision of connectedness
is a sublime challenge to educators, to really transform
schools and ‘Our Common Home’, the earth.
A challenge to create communities without outsiders, to
see Christ in the other, especially when it’s tough. I think
it’s a challenge that we’re not just equal to, but made for!
Executive Director of Schools
Everything’s Connected at S
Rev Chris de Souza, Delegate of the Diocesan Administrator, focused on what leaders need to be thinking about in their work as Catholic school leaders
More than 450 school and education office
leaders in the Diocese of Parramatta gathered
at Rosehill Gardens on 21 January 2016
for the annual system leadership day, prior to the
commencement of the new school year.
Opening the day with a focus on student diversity,
Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby said the
theme ‘Everything’s Connected’ was taken from Pope
Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato si’,
which calls for humanity to accept shared responsibility
for the care of nature and our human relationships in a
At the end of last year, Greg spoke at the Vatican World
Congress in Rome delivering a keynote address, ‘How
do we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land’. He shared
some of the key points with school leaders, highlighting
the need for Catholic schools to transform learning and
teaching, not just improve.
“We’re learning to sing a new song in a strange land but
we’ll be well positioned in the work that we do,” Greg
“Improvement has had its time, we now need to talk
about transformation – to go about the re-imagination
process,” he said.
Greg launched the System Strategic Direction 2016-19
outlining five key priorities:
• Forming committed disciples of Jesus Christ;
• Focus learning and teaching to meet the needs of
• Build capacity to use data to inform teaching and
system decision making;
• Develop new ways to partner with parents and
• Develop innovative learning environments.
Rev Chris de Souza PP, Delegate of the Diocesan
Administrator, focused on what leaders need to be
thinking about in their work as Catholic school leaders
“We need to ask ourselves, do I see everything; engage
with everything; have I left anything out; can I do that
through engaging with colleagues – what do you hear;
what do you understand?” Fr Chris said.
“(The) challenge to be inclusive means everything is new
and the gift that is Jesus can keep on challenging us to
see new possibilities in the present moment,” he said.
A highlight of the day was the moving address from
keynote speaker Neal Murphy, Director of Mission
at St John of God Health Care, ‘To belong, I have to
be missed’. Neal shared his vision of schools’ work
towards the healing mission of Jesus Christ through
involving disabled students and their families in school
Neal, who works with children and young people with
disability and their families on a regular basis, challenges
established mindsets about disability education.
His address provided meaningful insights into the
daily struggles families advocating for a disabled child
experience. “Parents are always asking ‘why are people
not interested in my child belonging?’,” Neal said.
“To be successful as teachers, we have to see inclusion as
an act of love,” he said.
Describing himself as ‘an encourager’, Neal’s message to
school leaders is that inclusion is not easy but achievable.
Schools have a powerful role to play in modelling the
inclusion of people with a disability with dignity in
mainstream education and society.
Team Leader Student Services Mary Creenaune spoke
about the work of schools in making ‘diversity the norm’.
“I am inspired by passion in schools to create ‘Diversity
is the Norm’,” Mary said.
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ystem Leadership Day 2016
Keynote speaker Director of Mission at St John of God Health Care Neal
Murphy challenged leaders’ established mindsets about disability education.
The Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby launched the System Strategic Direction 2016-2019.
Triple J newsreader and graduate of Catholic schools in the Diocese of
Parramatta Nastasia Campanella.
“Leaders need to consciously continue to create an
inclusive culture for students seeking a Catholic
education that is attainable for students with disability.
“I urge leaders to recognise each person as unique, rather
than being identified by their disability,” she said.
Triple J newsreader Nastasia Campanella is a graduate of
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta. Nastasia,
who was blind from the age of six months, spoke to
educators and leaders about managing diversity from a
From her own experience of being blind and unable
to read Braille due to Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease,
which affected the sensation in her hands, Nas recalled
the challenges she overcame in her schooling and
Nas was introduced to screen-reading software called Job
Access with Speech (Jaws) and the use of audio books to
help her to read.
"Suddenly that child who hated
reading and used to cry herself to
sleep every night for feeling like a
failure, wanted to do nothing more
than sit with a book."
"I hope that from having me as a student my teachers
have learnt how to be resilient and creative in their
“I can’t stress enough how important the beginning of
term meetings were to me; they allowed us to set goals
and discuss issues honestly and openly, and at the end of
the term have another meeting to evaluate the strategies
that we had used and to evaluate how we could do things
“I was asked every step of the way what I wanted and I
believe that has contributed to my success,” she said.
Director of Evangelisation and Religious Education Ian
Smith spoke about the Year of Mercy.
“Pope Francis has reminded us that we are living in the
time of Mercy, the time to heal wounds,” Ian said.
Ian asked attendees to reflect upon times God has shown
His mercy, and attendees will be the merciful face of
Christ to their students, colleagues, parents and the
community during the Jubilee Year.
Throughout the year, school leaders and education staff
will have further opportunities to participate in their
professional learning such as the Principals Masterclass
and the Catholic Education, Ann D Clark lecture.
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Hub Schools provide pathways for creative and
CAPTIVATE Hub Schools provide pathways for Music, Dance and Drama students.
In 2015 Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta established Hub Schools, providing
pathway for deep learning in Music, Dance and Drama for students in years Years 7-10.
CAPTIVATE’s Artistic Director David Russell said the courses are designed to bring together
students interested in excellence in performance.
“They are highly practical courses with a heavy emphasis on learning through performance
preparation,” David said.
“Theoretical knowledge and technical skills are developed, however assessment is on the
practical demonstration of knowledge and skill as a performer,” he said.
For more information about CAPTIVATE Hub Schools, visit http://captivate.parra.catholic.
More Reading Recovery teachers to support literacy
On 3 December 2015, the Reading
Recovery Graduation ceremony
was held at St Francis of Assisi
Primary, Glendenning, where
33 teachers completed their first
year of training and 38 completed
their second year and received
their registration number. Seven
teachers also graduated with L2
qualifications, which are integrated
with Year 2 comprehension and
Reading Recovery teachers at their graduation.
Reading Recovery is an early
literacy intervention that provides
one-to-one teaching for children who need greater assistance in learning to read and write
following their first year at school.
Our Lady of the Angels Primary’s Reading Recovery teacher Frances Eisenhuth said that
when reflecting on the group's learning she was reminded of the story of the butterfly who
was assisted out of its cocoon by a well-meaning human cutting the cocoon open, making it
easy for the butterfly to escape its confines.
“We know not to cut their ‘cocoons’ but work with them to develop a self-extending system,”
“Teachers aim to produce independent readers whose reading and writing improve whenever
they read and write,” she said.
St Patrick’s Marist student wins UNSW Women in
Science 50:50 award
St Patrick’s Marist College,
Dundas Year 12 student In Hee
St Patrick’s Marist College, Dundas, Year 12 student In Hee
(Christy) Baek won the University of NSW (UNSW) Women in
Science 50:50 competition for 2015.
Christy developed a filter mask and skin lotion that reduces the
level of micro-dust penetration.
The UNSW Women in Science 50:50 award meant Christy also
Christy thanked St Patrick’s Marist College’s Leader of Learning
for Science Michael McFarland for teaching her science for two
Michael said it was a wonderful achievement. “It is wonderful to
see Christy win this prestigious prize,” Michael said.
“The skill set that she has developed at St Patrick's Marist has
certainly come to the fore,” she said.
Religious Education leadership program forms ‘disciples’
Religious Education Coordinator graduates of the Forming Intentional
Disciples in Every School (FIDES) Leadership Program.
On Monday 30 November
2015, 33 Religious Education
Coordinators graduated from the
Forming Intentional Disciples in
Every School (FIDES) leadership
The ceremony was led by Director
of Evangelisation and Religious
Education Ian Smith who said
FIDES was a transformational
“FIDES focuses on Christian
discipleship, collaborative leadership, evangelisation, mentoring and formation,” Ian said.
“This annual program includes eight days of professional learning, an intensive pilgrimage
and being partnered with a peer-mentor,” he said.
Holy Family’s Maths Challenge Club
Holy Family’s Maths Challenge Club.
On 2 December 2015, Holy Family
Primary, Emerton’s Math Challenge
Club had their end-of-year celebration
after a successful year of Maths
Teaching Educator (Numeracy)
Tammy Roosen said this year students
from Stage 3 at Holy Family chose
to join Maths Challenge Club every
Wednesday after school.
“The weekly one-hour session
was run by tutors from Australian
Catholic University, as a way to create
a partnership between the school
community and the university,”
“Students enjoyed the club and were able to describe how learning during Maths Challenge
Club helped with their classwork,” she said.
Parents Representative Council, Parramatta Diocese (PRC)
ALL PARENTS WELCOME!
Term Meeting Date & Time Venue Presentation Topic Presenters
1 Mon 29 Feb 2016, 7pm Patrician Brothers’ College, Blacktown Setting up for Success for your child in 2016
Sue Veling, Principal Our Lady of the Way Primary, Emu Plains
Kathy Ferrari, Teaching Educator, Catholic Education,
Santo Passarello, Principal, Patrician Brothers’ College, Blacktown
2 Mon 30 May 2016, 7pm Diocesan Assembly Centre, Blacktown
Special Needs classes in our schools including
ASPECT Western Sydney School Satellite Classes
ASPECT Western Sydney School
3 Mon 22 Aug 2016, 7pm Nagle College, Blacktown Helping your child manage Anxiety
Anoushka Houseman, Clinical Psychologist/Lead counsellor,
4 Mon 14 Nov, 2016, 7pm Diocesan Assembly Centre, Blacktown Future Directions/Where we’re heading Greg Whitby, Executive Director of Schools, Catholic Education
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ALL presentations occur during the PRC General Meeting
CATHOLICCARE SOCIAL SERVICES
Providing compassionate, professional and relevant support to the people in our diverse community
Offices at Blacktown, Emerton, Parramatta, Penrith, Springwood, call (02) 8822 2222
Baulkham Hills Family Day Care
Are you looking for high quality and
affordable accredited child care?
Baulkham Hills Family Day Care (BHFDC) has been
providing child care to the local community since
1979. Providing individualised education and care for
children, BHFD supports the provision of home-based
Family Day Care offers childcare for children aged from
six weeks to 12 years. Care is provided in the homes of
registered educators, who are trained, supported and
monitored by the qualified staff in the coordination unit.
Family Day Care provides children with the opportunity
to play and learn in a small home-like environment.
Activities provided are targeted at children's interests
and needs. Children are able to interact socially within
a small group as well as establishing a one-on-one
relationship with the individual educator.
May is one of many BHFDC Educators who has been
praised on numerous occasions. One client commented:
“May is an amazing educator and carer. My two love
going to May’s every day. May is not just an educator, she
is like a second mum and she treats all her kids like they
were her own. We can't speak highly enough of May.”
Flexible hours, overnight care, weekend care, and care
for school-aged children is available. Child care benefit
is available to assist with childcare fees, and parents are
also eligible to receive the Child Care Rebate.
Educators provide an educational program for children,
and are working within the National Quality Standards,
which include the Education and Care national
regulations and Education and Care National Law
and Early Years learning Framework and School years
When life presents challenging personal, family or unexpected events,
the experienced and qualified counsellors at CatholicCare’s Family
Relationship Service are there to provide support, counselling and
education to individuals, couples, parents and their children.
Children are able to interact socially within a small group.
BHFDC covers the Baulkham Hills Shire area including:
Winston Hills, Baulkham Hills, Bella Vista, Kellyville,
Rouse Hill, Stanhope Gardens, Beaumont Hills, Rouse
Hill, Castle Hill, Kenthurst and Glenwood.
This is an expanding service and we are currently
looking to increase our areas of operation. Any inquiries
are welcome, whether you are seeking care for your
child or children, or interested in becoming an educator.
Please contact (02) 9639 1346 for further information.
For men and women who grieve the death of
their spouse or partner.
COURSES & EVENTS
Responsible Gambling Support Group ̶ this group is free
and is held every Saturday, 9.30am-11am. CCSS Centre, 38
Prince St, Blacktown. Tel (02) 8822 2222.
Financial Literacy for Youth ̶ would you like to know more
about managing your money and strategies to achieve your
financial goals? CatholicCare Social Services in partnership
with The Hills Community Aid & Information Service Inc
and Blacktown Youth Services Association are holding
sessions on 'Financial Literacy for Youth'. 9 & 16 March,
3.30pm-5pm, 15 First Ave, Blacktown. Tel (02) 9639 8620.
Couple Evening ̶ 'Text, Twitter, Tweet - Couples, the
Internet and Social Media', Friday, 18 March at 7.30pm.
Shane Smith, Director of Prepare/Enrich Australia and
Vice President of the Marriage and Relationship Educators
Association of Australia, will give an address on the impact
of the internet, mobile technology and social media on
couple relationships, and how digital technology matters
in the lives of Australian couples. Free event. St Paul the
Apostle Parish Hall, 40 Buckley's Rd, Winston Hills. Light
supper served. To register tel (02) 8822 2222, marriage@
Blacktown Neighbour Aid ̶ can you volunteer one hour
a fortnight to brighten the life of an elderly person in
Blacktown? To find out more tel (02) 8822 2222, bna@ccss.
Stepping Beyond – Post Separation Support is on the last
Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm-9.30pm. CCSS Centre, 38
Prince St, Blacktown. Fee: $5 per meeting. Tel (02) 8822
Younger Widowed Support Group ̶ third Tuesday of
each month, 7pm-9pm. OLOL Parish Centre, 1 Canyon Rd,
Baulkhan Hills. Fee $5 per meeting. Tel (02) 8822 2222,
Bereavement Support Program ̶ for men and women who
grieve the death of their spouse or partner. Fortnightly on
Tuesdays, 10.30am-12.30pm. CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St,
Blacktown. Fee $5 per meeting. Bookings essential. Tel (02)
8822 2222, firstname.lastname@example.org
Natural Fertility Awareness Evening ̶ learn about natural
fertility methods. Wednesday 4 May, 7.30pm, Holy Spirit
Parish, St Clair, 5 Todd Row, cnr Moore St, St Clair. Free
event, supper provided. To register tel (02) 8822 2222,
Circle of Security ̶ program designed to enhance
attachment security between parents and children.
Help parents raise their children with love, warmth and
emotional intelligence. Thursdays from 28 April – 16 June,
10am-12.30pm, Blacktown CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St,
Blacktown. Tel (02) 8822 2222.
Our Groups Include
KEEPING KIDS IN MIND (KKIM) for separated parents.
Next group starts Wednesday 11 May in Parramatta for 5 weeks
MY KIDS AND ME for parents whose children are in kinship or
out-of-home care. Next group starts Friday 29 April 2016 in Penrith
ROLLERCOASTERS FOR KIDS support primary-aged children and
their families struggling with family separation. Next group starts Monday
23 May at Blacktown
COOL KIDS for primary and pre-school children experiencing anxiety
Next group starts Wednesday 11 May in Springwood.
For further information on any of the groups, please contact
Trish Nowland | Phone: (02) 8822 2222
A series of eight workshops providing
an opportunity for those who are
widowed to further understand the
ways grief impacts on their lives.
5 April - 12 July 2016
10.30am to 12.30pm
38 Prince Street (cnr First Ave)
Ph (02) 8822 2222
or email email@example.com
Springwood Drop-in Centre ̶ Drop in for a cup of tea
and a chat, public use computers, WiFi and study space,
community information, volunteering and bushfire support,
counselling services and referral. Open Monday to Friday,
10am-4pm. To arrange an appointment for counselling tel
(02) 4751 4956 or visit the Drop-in Centre, Shop 3/163
Macquarie Rd, Springwood.
Recover Wellbeing ̶ recovery oriented program and
support groups for people living with depression and
bipolar and their families. Monthly get togethers 4
Wellbeing include Drum4Wellbeing, Dance4Wellbeing,
Sew4Wellbeing, Create4Wellbeing, Splash4Wellbeing.
Further information tel (02) 8822 2222, julie.webster@
CreateAbility Day Options ̶ provides a service for people
with disability. Offers opportunities and programs tailored
to fulfil individual needs and aspirations. For further
information tel (02) 9670 5321, createabilityenquiries@
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Maria Lette celebrates 100 years of life
By Elizabeth McFarlane
The lines on her face tell the
story. It was her smile that
drew me in, shortly followed
by her piercing blue eyes.
Maria Christina Lette has
an enduring gaze and her wispy,
silver hair can be said to match her
After another flash of the
camera, she quipped: “Have you got
your money’s worth yet?”
It was a lively jest.
Maria’s youngest child, Theresa
Brazell, and her second eldest,
Alphons Lette, quickly chimed in.
Maria Christina Lette celebrated her 100th birthday last month with more than 200 family
members. Maria’s secret to a long life could be a large and loving family.
Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.
“She’s always had such a
great sense of humour!” Theresa
“She’s never given up the fun,”
Alphons said with a chuckle.
Maria celebrated her 100th
birthday on 6 February at St
Anthony’s Church, Toongabbie, with
more than 200 family members. She
was presented with a Papal Blessing
from the Parish Priest, Rev Arthur
With 12 children, 56
grandchildren and 99 greatgrandchildren
(and the 100th on
the way), Maria’s secret to a long life
could very well be a large and loving
“We mix so much together. To
keep in touch with each other we
had a family newsletter going out
every fortnight for quite a few years,”
Maria was born in 1916 in
the Netherlands, growing up in a
town called Hengelo, which is east
of Amsterdam and close to the
Her parents, Maria and Hendrick
Boevink, had 11 children.
It was a different time. Maria
grew up hearing the clattering
hooves of horses pulling bread and
milk carts in the early morning.
She would ride her bike around
the town, passing corner stores and
the market in the town square where
her family would buy fruit and
She was 19 when she attended
the local dance hall and met
Herman, the love of her life and the
father of her 12 children. Herman
was a machinist who made silk
When Maria was 23 they married
and went on to raise 10 children
before deciding to migrate to
“In the mid-1950s, nylon was
invented. It went from silk stockings
to nylon stockings and the factory
my Dad was working in started to
install the new machines," Alphons
"But that meant they would need
less than half of the staff. Six of the
machinists, including my Dad, came
to Australia because Holeproof
in Sydney was still making silk
Once in Australia, Maria and
Herman had two more children
and in 1959 they bought a house in
Toongabbie, just a 10-minute walk
from St Anthony’s Church.
“We’re very involved in the
parish. Prayer and church were
foremost with both our parents.
Toongabbie Parish means a lot to
us,” Theresa said.
Almost all of Maria’s children
were married in St Anthony’s
Church, as well as many of her
grandchildren. Even some of
her great-grandchildren have
been baptised and received other
sacraments in the parish.
Maria and Herman were married
for 32 years before Herman died of a
heart attack in 1971 at the age of 57.
“It was sudden. I was 11,” Theresa
“Mum did it pretty rough at the
time,” Alphons said. “But she kept us
Theresa said Maria's biggest
regret was that Herman was not
there to share this special occasion.
"She always says, ‘My family is
wonderful but Dad should be here
with me,’” she said.
Maria’s 100th birthday was an
opportunity for her extended family
to come together to celebrate her
long and blessed life.
“There was a lot of catching up
to do between the cousins and the
grandkids,” Alphons said.
The celebrations concluded
with lunch at a restaurant in Seven
Hills where Maria was presented
with congratulatory letters from
the Queen, the Prime Minister,
the Governor-General, the NSW
Premier, and other political
dignitaries from both houses of
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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
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PARRA-MATTERS! PALM SUNDAY AND POLAND
By James Camden, Director of Catholic Youth Parramatta
Parra-Matters! Strengthen your team for 2016
In late February, we gathered a number of team leaders from
various Catholic youth teams that provide youth ministry
services to schools, parishes and movements in Sydney.
Their wisdom and experiences gave much-needed formation
on how to foster a positive team approach and get the right
people in the right jobs for our important ministry with young
people. A great way to start 2016! Thanks to the young people
of St John XXIII Parish, Glenwood-Stanhope Gardens, for a
Palm Sunday & Good Friday Night Walk
Join us on Palm Sunday at Parramatta Town Hall at 5.15pm
when Church Street will be closed as we process to St Patrick’s
Cathedral on 20 March. Following the Mass, there will be an
event in the cloister celebrating World Youth Day and the WYD
2016 raffle will be drawn.
The Good Friday Night Walk will again begin at St Patrick’s
Church in Blacktown at 10pm. The Youth Council has developed
a program that will deepen our appreciation of the Year of Mercy
in the context of Holy Week and the Passion of our Lord.
LIFTED Live! Fr Rob Galea and his Band
LIFTED Live! is the new name for our large-scale
evangelisation events for young people here in the Diocese.
We’re proud to announce that we will be hosting Fr Rob Galea
and his Band for a two-hour concert at the Riverside Theatre on
Friday 8 April. The concert is open to people of all ages. Tickets
are $30 and selling fast. Make sure you don’t miss out! Book
online at: www.riversideparramatta.com.au
The Youth Mission Team at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.
Welcome to the Sydney Youth Mission Team
Members of the Youth Mission Team are giving up a year
of their lives to take the Gospel to our high schools. They’ve
put work, their career or tertiary study on hold for the sake of
reaching out to young Australians. The Sydney team resides in St
Michael’s Parish in Baulkham Hills.
Each team member commits to living with their teammates
in a radical lifestyle of prayer, simplicity and mission for one year
at a time.
They spend two days a week in the regular workforce and
pool their wages to cover their basic living expenses, leaving
Wednesday to Sunday available for full-time ministry in schools
and youth groups and on retreats and camps.
This year’s team consists of Peter Dominish (manager),
Jacqui Holden (Sydney), Jenelle Xerri (Melbourne), Eric Della
Bosca (Melbourne), Catherine Lee (Adelaide), Paul Fam
(Sydney) and Grace Barclay (Canberra).
We look forward to working alongside these talented and
generous young adults as they carry out the mission of the
Church here in Sydney. For more information, check out
WYD 2016 Krakow Poland Update
There has been a remarkable response to our pilgrimages
with registrations and deposits coming in every day. We now
expect in excess of 300 pilgrims making this epic journey of
Our current projections indicate that the two pilgrimages
will consist of approximately:
• 120 young adults from 22 parishes;
• 90 Year 11 school students;
• 70 young teacher pilgrims (under 35YO) from primary &
secondary schools; and
• 50 support staff, Diocesan Leaders and Chaplains.
As the WYD raffle will be drawn on Palm Sunday, we
encourage parishes to support young people in selling their
tickets at Mass up to a week before.
To be in the barrel for the draw, all purchased ticket butts
must be returned to Tony Jose, diocesan Director of Financial
Services & Development, at the Chancery by Monday 14 March.
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Palm Sunday Procession
WYD Mass & After Party
Friday March 25
Sunday 20 March
5pm Blessing of Palms at
Parramatta Town Hall
5.30pm Procession through
the Parramatta CBD
6pm World Youth Day Mass
followed by an After
Party with Filipino
and Polish Food,
Dancing, WYD updates
and Drawing of the
Good Friday Night Walk
10pm Gather in St Patrick’s Church,
51-59 Allawah St, Blacktown
Overnight Walk overnight from Blacktown to
6.30am Arrive at St Patrick’s Cathedral for
get updates on Catholic Youth Parramatta
James Camden - CYP Director
tel (02) 8838 3428, JCamden@parra.catholic.org.au
Gala dinner raises more
than $100,000 for WYD16
pilgrim project in Philippines
rebuilding project on the
island of Bohol in the
Philippines was the focus of a
fundraising dinner hosted by
the Diocese of Parramatta on 19
More than 600 people filled
the Grand Ballroom of the
Westella Renaissance Reception
House at Lidcombe. On the night,
over $100,000 was raised due to
enthusiastic support for a silent
auction, the purchase of Year of
Mercy candles and ticket sales.
Money raised will directly
fund a Learning Centre at the
Sacred Heart Academy and other
smaller projects in the Parish of
The work will be undertaken
in July this year by 350 young
people taking part in the Diocese
of Parramatta’s pilgrimage
to World Youth Day (WYD)
in Krakow, Poland, via the
In welcoming guests, the
Diocesan Administrator Very
Rev Peter Williams said that
participation in WYD had been
life changing for many pilgrims.
“To engage in a pilgrimage
is a very ancient practice of the
Church, and for many it is not so
much the destination that matters,
but rather the journey to get
there,” he said.
“For one group of pilgrims
this will involve a ‘stational’
experience in the Philippines.
Many of you will be aware of the
recent devastation in parts of the
Philippines due to the earthquake.
“The destruction has seen
essential infrastructure destroyed
and, in particular, parish churches
“In supporting this evening,
you will make it possible for
young people from our Diocese to
participate in a rebuilding project
that will have a lasting effect upon
one Filipino community.”
The after-dinner address was
given Hon Madam Mayor Leonila
Montaro of Panglao Island. Guests
included Madam Anne Jalando-
On Louis, the Philippines’ Consul-
General in Australia; and Rev Fr
Joel A Ruyeras, Parish Priest of
Our Lady of Light Parish in Loon
in the Diocese of Tagbilaran.
Entertainment was provided
by singer and comedian Adam
"In supporting this
evening, you will
make it possible for
young people from our
Diocese to participate
in a rebuilding project
that will have a lasting
effect upon one
Background to the project
On the morning of 15 October
2013, when many residents were
on their way to work and school
on Bohol Island, a 7.2 magnitude
earthquake, energy equivalent to
32 Hiroshima bombs, shook the
The earthquake killed 222
people, with eight declared
missing and more than 900
injured. As well as the human toll,
73,000 buildings were damaged –
14,500 destroyed. Many parishes
and schools in the region were
As part of the first leg of
our diocesan WYD pilgrimage,
pilgrims will assist seven of the
parishes in most need and will be
working alongside Filipino youth;
teaching, mentoring, painting,
preparing vegetable gardens,
feeding malnourished children
and completing minor repairs.
The major project is the
building of a learning centre for
Sacred Heart Academy with 756
students in Our Lady of Light
Parish. Students in schools in the
area are still receiving lessons in
Diocese of Parramatta
The Diocese will be taking two
pilgrimages to WYD in Krakow –
one via the Philippines and one via
Poland, the homeland of St John
Current projections indicate
that the two pilgrimages will
consist of approximately:
• 120 young adults from 22
• 90 Year 11 school students;
• 70 young teacher pilgrims
(aged under 35) from primary
and secondary schools; and
• 50 support staff, Diocesan
Leaders and Chaplains.
Full travel details, including
pricing, are now available online.
Young people aged 16-35 are
invited to register at http://
For more information contact
Mark Tuffy, Executive Officer
for WYD 2016 in the Diocese
of Parramatta: mtuffy@parra.
James Camden, Director of
Catholic Youth Parramatta:
To view a gallery of photos from
the evening, visit www.flickr.com/
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Guests included: Hon Madam Mayor Leonila Montaro of Panglao Island; Madam Anne Jalando-On Louis, Philippines' Consul-General in
Australia; and Rev Fr Joel A Ruyeras, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Light Parish in Loon in the Diocese of Tagbilaran. Photos: Alfred Boudib.
Fr Joel A Ruyeras (left), Parish Priest of Our Lady of Light Parish,
with Fr Ruben Elago MSP, Parish Priest of Mary Immaculate Parish,
James Camden, Director of Catholic Youth Parramatta.
Hon Madam Mayor Leonila Montaro of Panglao Island
Sr Rosie Drum, Deputy Director of Catholic Youth Parramatta.
Dinner guests purchased Mercy Has a Face candles.
The Diocese of Parramatta is grateful to the sponsors and
supporters of the WYD Gala Dinner on 19 February. Their
generosity made it possible to raise more than $100,000 for
our WYD pilgrim project in the Philippines.
The money will directly fund a Learning Centre at the Sacred
Heart Academy and other smaller projects in the Parish of
Loon on Bohol Island.
Deloitte, ME Document Solutions, Patrician Brothers’ College
Blacktown, Terry Shields Toyota, FAL Construction Group,
Western Sydney Plumbing, Celestin, Oz Fashions, Cisco Secure
Agility, Austwide Property Maintenance Services, Diocese of
Parramatta, Diocesan Development Fund, Catholic Education
Diocese of Parramatta
Catholic Commission for Employment Relations, Cingle Vue
Dance Fever Multisport, Friends of Bohol,
Emmaus Catholic College, Kemps Creek
Our thanks to
Westella Renaissance, the Institute for Mission, CAPTIVATE and
Parramatta Marist High, Westmead students and staff for their
support on the night.
To those who made donations
Catholic Church Insurance, CPL Architecture, Baxter Bus Lines,
Australian Turf Club, Parramatta Leagues Club & Parramatta Eels,
St Dominic's College Kingswood, HelloWorld Tamworth, GWS
Giants, Hawkesbury Fine Dental, St Bernadette's Primary, Dundas,
Master Bathrooms & Kitchens, St Aidan's Primary, Rooty Hill, and
Diamond sponsor Oz Fashions is providing our WYD pilgrim merchandise.
Hawkesbury Youth Parish Action (HYPA) Group is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic part-time
Youth Ministry Leader who will be responsible for leading the faith formation program for youth in the
The successful applicant must have a strong desire to develop a successful youth ministry program
within the Hawkesbury parishes and be a practising Catholic who is knowledgeable in his/her faith.
The applicant should also possess excellent communication and organisational skills needed to work
both independently and cohesively with parish and diocesan organisations, schools and families.
Demonstrated experience in youth ministry or currently studying/completed study in a relevant field
would be an advantage.
For further details and an application package send an email to email@example.com
Applications close Friday 11 March 2016.
Child protection legislation requires preferred applicants to be subject to employment screening.
CatholicOutlook | MARCH 2016 19
Parramatta YCW putting new life into old computers
By Elizabeth McFarlane
"...the service fulfils
a greater mission
than simply reducing
waste. It engages
young people to
use their gifts and
talents to help others.
The more suppliers
we have, the more
volunteers we will
Greg Tsiamoulis, Rafael Tordilla and Phillip Tsiamoulis hope the services will help to transform lives.
Photos: Elizabeth McFarlane.
Phillip Tsiamoulis and Greg Tsiamoulis (right) have a passion for computers and volunteering.
The Parramatta Young Christian Workers
(YCW) is calling on parishes, schools and
organisations to donate older or unwanted
computers that can be refurbished for re-use.
The demand for refurbished computers is high
but the service requires suppliers to be able to
Located at 25 Union Street, Granville, the
Parramatta YCW House is filled with the gentle
hum of computers.
Every Saturday, young volunteers can be found
inspecting the cavities of old machines.
They are currently refurbishing old computers
from St Joseph’s Parish in Kingswood to send to
East Timor where 60% of the population is under
25 years of age. The majority of these young
people are considered unemployed.
One young woman who will benefit from the
refurbished computers is Elia, whose university
studies were interrupted when she gave birth and
became a single parent.
When she is able to work, it is low paid or
unpaid work in the hospitality industry.
The refurbished computers will be utilised
to provide Elia with support in monitoring job
advertisements, updating her resume, writing
applications for relevant jobs and preparing for
The YCW is also running similar services in
our Diocese in Parramatta and Granville.
The YCW is a Catholic movement with the
mission to engage young people and form them
in the faith through community action, reflection
Rafael Tordilla, the Project Worker for the
Parramatta YCW, coordinates Computer Classes
and Job Club Services in Parramatta Library
and Granville Library, as well as the Computer
The services work to transform the lives
of disadvantaged people in the community.
Together they provide resources, training in the
use of those resources and insight into how to use
those new skills to find employment.
“The Computer Refurbishment service aims
to make sure nothing goes to waste and that the
resources go to a good place,” Rafael said.
“But the service fulfils a greater mission than
simply reducing waste. It engages young people
to use their gifts and talents to help others. The
more suppliers we have, the more volunteers we
“It is important to engage with more young
people so that we can support them in reflection
on how their faith plays out in the volunteer work
Without the dedicated volunteers, the services
would not run and it is their willingness to
give up their time to give back that Rafael finds
Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy
Fatima Day: Sunday March 13
Principal Celebrant: Fr Suresh Kumar
Assistant Priest at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Greystanes
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“We need passionate and dedicated volunteers.
The services wouldn’t exist without them. The
services belong to them. The way they run and
how they are organised is largely dependent on
them,” he said.
“I see their faith being put into action. They
choose to be here on a Saturday morning and
that passion to make a difference is inspiring.”
One of the key volunteers is Phillip Tsiamoulis,
a software developer for the Australian Securities
and Investments Commission (ASIC).
“Phillip is basically the lynchpin for the
service. If he ever goes, he will be very
difficult to replace. His skills are not limited to
computing. He has electrical skills and he trains
other volunteers to sustain the service,” Rafael
Phillip has a great passion for computers and
“Computers have always been a part of me. It’s
just something I really enjoy. The fact that I can
share what I enjoy with other people and that
they also want to learn is rewarding,” he said.
Phillip installs open source software on to old
hardware. This allows the old computers to run
“To put it simply, open source software
means you’re provided with all of the code so
you can develop the operating system. Linux
is free open source software, and you can run
multi-functional operating systems like Zorin OS
on it,” he said.
“Once installed, you can use old hardware.
Microsoft is closed and therefore you can’t see
how it runs. It’s also more expensive and more
susceptible to viruses.
“This refurbishment revitalises old hardware
and overrides all of the issues associated with
using Microsoft on old hardware.”
But volunteering for the Computer
Refurbishment service does not require a
thorough understanding of operating systems.
“It helps if you know a bit about the
components of a computer. But having said that,
if you’re dedicated, a good listener and have some
Lego-building skills, you can volunteer for this
service,” Rafael said.
“The issue is not the number of volunteers we
have. We have the volunteers. We need suppliers
to maintain this service.”
For more information on the services provided
by the Parramatta Young Christian Workers,
Tel: (02) 9682 6719
Mobile: 0412 536 753
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The moving Re-enactment of Our Blessed Lord’s sufferings will
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Liturgical Ministry Formation
By Sr Mary Louise Walsh ISSM, Liturgy Educator in the Office for Worship
Are you called to a
ministry of pastoral care
By Joy Bowen, Hospital Liaison Manager
The first participants commenced the course at the Institute for Mission in Blacktown. Photos: Adrian Middeldorp.
Last month’s diocesan Mass for World Day of the Sick was an acknowledgement of carers
and those for whom they care. Photo: Alfred Boudib.
During the course the participants develop practical and pastoral skills.
course that provides
participants with the
opportunity to deepen their
faith through their understanding of
liturgy and ministry commenced in
Blacktown and Penrith last month.
The Liturgical Ministry
Formation Course in the Diocese of
Parramatta focuses on formation for
readers of the Word, extraordinary
ministers of Communion,
Communion to the sick either at
home, in a nursing home or hospital,
adult altar servers (senior servers)
Participants from across Western
Sydney commenced the course at
two venues: the Institute for Mission
at Blacktown and St Nicholas of Myra
Parish at Penrith.
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During the course the
participants develop practical and
pastoral skills. The awareness of
duties involved in these ministries is
The ministry of acolyte, available
to male applicants, provides the
participants with a practical
understanding of how to assist the
celebrant at the Eucharist.
The preparation for this role also
includes preparation for the ministry
of the Word as the role of the acolyte
demands that the person ministering
as an acolyte is also responsible to
ensure that the reader knows exactly
how and what to do during the
liturgy of the Word.
In a similar way, the acolyte
must be aware of the role of the
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The awareness of duties involved in these
ministries is also covered.
extraordinary minister of the
Eucharist. Therefore, the candidate
for this role will complete the whole
Senior servers (who may be
females) will also need to know and
understand the roles of extraordinary
minister of the Eucharist and the
participants in the ministry of the
The Liturgical Ministry
Formation Course is held twice a
year. The next course will take place
in August 2016.
For further information contact
the Office for Worship tel (02) 9831
4911 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to consider
being involved in liturgical ministry,
please contact your parish priest.
Catholic pastoral care volunteers
and extraordinary ministers
of the Eucharist visit
hospitals throughout the Diocese of
Parramatta, providing comfort and
care to Catholic patients and others.
Many of our volunteers have been
committed to this ministry for years.
Would you like to join the team?
If you are a person who loves
practical learning, gathering with
like-minded people and meeting new
friends, this course is for you. You
can make a very real difference, while
earning a recognised qualification.
The NSW Department of Health,
recognising the importance of this
ministry, asks that prospective
volunteers undertake 40 hours of
training in order to minister to those
in public hospitals.
At present, this is the only
40-hour course officially endorsed
by the Civil Chaplaincies Advisory
Committee and the Diocese of
The course is open to those
who already volunteer in a hospital
context, those who might be deciding
if they are suited to this ministry or
anyone who just wants to improve
their life skills.
The first step for each participant
is to speak with their Parish Priest
and have him complete a letter of
recommendation. A template can be
The program is organised by
Ms Joy Bowen, a Hospital Liaison
Manager who has worked for more
than 15 years in chaplaincy, including
as a full-time chaplain at Westmead
Adults Hospital and The Children’s
Hospital at Westmead.
The course is offered over five
evenings and is complemented by
written tasks and course readings.
For further information, please
call Joy on 044 88 22 625.
To register for the program,
please send an email to JBowen@
Course dates for 2016
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2 and 9 May 2016.
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NEWS & EVENTS
Divine Mercy Holy Year in
Upper Blue Mountains
critical to Fiji response
The Parish of St Mary of the
Cross MacKillop, Upper
Blue Mountains, has entered
into the Jubilee Year of Mercy with
Before every Mass on Sundays
and weekdays the Divine Mercy
prayers are said. On the first Sunday
of every month beginning at 3pm
there is a 90-minute Divine Mercy
celebration at St Bonaventure’s
Church at Leura, with song, music,
prayer, readings and at times a
special talk, all before the Blessed
A first-class relic of St Faustina
is often present. It ends with
benediction in time for the Sunday
evening Mass at 5pm.
Every Friday at 5.15pm there is
a special 30-minute Divine Mercy
devotion at St Bonaventure’s Church
at Leura. During Lent there are
weekly Stations of the Cross in both
St Canice’s Church at Katoomba
and St Francis Xavier’s Church at
The several Lenten groups have
the divine mercy as their theme, and
daily Confessions are available.
On 20 February, the parish
hosted a day-long seminar at Leura,
presented by a special Divine Mercy
team from Sydney.
As a follow-on, on 4-5 March
the parish will celebrate 24-hours
for the Lord. Planning has begun to
take the Divine Mercy to the streets
on Winter Magic Day in the Blue
Mountains in June.
In preparation for Divine Mercy
Sunday on 3 April, the Divine
Mercy Novena will begin in the
parish on Good Friday. On Divine
Mercy Sunday the special afternoon
of celebration at St Bonaventure’s
Church at Leura will start at
3pm, and all visitors will be most
There will be exposition of
the Blessed Sacrament, prayer,
praise, music, organ and choir,
adoration and sung chaplet of
Divine Mercy. Confessions will
be available throughout, finishing
with benediction and then the Feast
Day Mass at 5pm. There will be
refreshments and conviviality in the
parish hall after Mass.
A new parish initiative for
the Year of Mercy is a monthly
series of faith-formation seminars
at Katoomba, featuring visiting
This series was launched on
6 February with four Sydney
speakers: Robert Haddad, Charbel
Raish, Madeline Vella and Simon
Carrington. All visitors are welcome
for these monthly seminars.
On Saturday 19 March, we
will welcome Sarah Swafford, the
first of our international speakers.
Sarah is from the US and has been
seen regularly on the international
EWTN Catholic network and is
featured in the Chastity Project
range, available through Parousia
Media in Australia.
Sarah Swafford event in
St Canice’s Parish Hall:
10am: Mass in St Canice’s
11am: Talk 1 – Emotional
Virtue. Men and women today
are faced with a constant
assault on their emotions from
the media or the environment
around them. Sarah targets this
battle within by setting forth
a vision for virtue in the 21st
Century, one that focuses on
beginning with the end in mind
and building what will last.
12.40pm: Lunch (BBQ at the
1.20pm: Talk 2 –
Virtue by parents and friends.
As a parent, relative, friend,
or anyone close to a young
woman or man passing
through stages of life, it can be
hard to watch your loved ones
go through this challenging
time. How can someone help
and not just stand by? Sarah
offers an understanding of
Emotional Virtue for the friend
Time for some sights at
Katoomba, with Sunday
Vigil Mass at 5pm in St
Bonaventure’s Church at Leura.
Our parish churches
St Canice’s Church, 158
Katoomba Street, Katoomba;
St Bonaventure’s Church, cnr
Railway Parade & Hartley
Esplanade, Leura; and
St Francis Xavier’s Church, Day
Street, Wentworth Falls.
Tropical Cyclone Winston left
a trail of destruction in Fiji
and the Tongan islands of
Vava'u and Ha'apai last month. The
category five storm is thought to be
one of the strongest to have hit the
Southern Hemisphere with winds
gusting to 300km per hour.
In Fiji, the Archdiocese of Suva
through the Commission for Justice
and Development is assessing the
damage and planning a coordinated
Shelter is a major priority
and there are an estimated 750
evacuation centres around the
The Catholic Church, supported
by Caritas Oceania agencies
including Caritas Australia and
Caritas Aotearoa NZ, is responding.
The Caritas network, part of
one of the largest humanitarian
networks in the world, remains
ready to respond in Fiji as needs
Caritas Australia’s Pacific
Programs Manager, Stephanie Lalor,
said preparing communities to be
first-responders in emergencies was
a fundamental part of the overseas
aid and development agency’s
“Our thoughts and prayers are
with all the communities, friends
and partners in Fiji and the region
where the cyclone has made landfall.
We remain in close contact with
our partner organisations on the
ground, ready to provide support
where necessary,” she said.
Caritas Australia’s partner
Peoples Community Network
(PCN) in Fiji, works in informal
settlements where many of the
poorest and most marginalised have
been impacted. PCN is urgently
assessing the damage but initial
reports indicate these low-lying
communities have been hit hard.
The Church plays a key role in
reaching out to the most vulnerable
Supported by Caritas Australia, education
and training gave Eric and Ma the tools they
needed to overcome a life of uncertainty in
Fiji. Photo: Caritas/Drew Morrison.
communities, particularly those on
the margins in the outlying islands.
Iosefo Nainima, the Archdiocese
of Suva’s Director for Justice and
Development, said Cyclone Winston
had caused extensive damage to
homes, public offices, businesses,
trees, crops, roads, electricity lines,
telephones and bridges.
“Most of the villages along its
path are completely destroyed with
sea walls washed away. The most
immediate need is for tarpaulins,
blankets, food, farming equipment
and seedlings for vegetables,” he
After responding to immediate
needs following the cyclone,
Caritas Australia is committed to
accompanying Fiji and Tonga and
other Pacific nations that remain
vulnerable through the cyclone
“We are encouraging our
supporters to raise funds for the
current Project Compassion Lenten
Appeal, which helps vulnerable
Pacific communities such as Tonga
and Fiji respond to emergencies
build back stronger and prepare for
future disasters,” Ms Lalor said.
You can make a donation
today at: www.caritas.org.au/
Thursday 17 March 2016
Holy Hour for Vocations
St Patrick’s Cathedral, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta
Everyone is welcome to join the Holy Hour for Vocations from
7pm-8pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month for an hour of
adoration, prayer, music and quiet time in the Blessed Sacrament
Chapel in St Patrick’s Cathedral.
To find out more about priesthood in the Diocese of Parramatta
contact Fr Warren Edwards, Director of Priestly Vocations
Tel 0409 172 700 or email email@example.com
Calling for nominations
for 3 diocesan awards
Nominations are now open for three diocesan awards:
The Diocesan Medal of Honour
The Diocesan Medal of Honour seeks to encourage
and recognise outstanding contribution and service
by members of the Parramatta diocesan community
in work on behalf of the Church and society. The
Diocesan Medal of Honour is awarded for outstanding
service to parish, Diocese and community.
The Diocesan Citation of Merit for Youth
The Diocesan Citation of Merit for Youth seeks to
encourage and recognise youth between the ages of 18
and 25 who have shown outstanding contribution and
service to the parish, Diocese and community.
The Diocesan Certificate of Recognition
The Diocesan Certificate of Recognition seeks to
encourage and recognise outstanding contribution by
non-Catholic members of the Diocese of Parramatta
community, for work supporting the parish, Diocese
An overview for how to make a nomination and
notations are available from:
Rev Dr Arthur Bridge AM PP
Chairman of the Diocesan Honours
Tel (02) 9631 3316
22 CatholicOutlook | MARCH 2016
The inter-church law service was held in St Patrick’s Cathedral. Photos: Elizabeth McFarlane.
Inter-church service for law year
An inter-church service to
mark the commencement of
the 2016 law year was held in
St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta
on 3 February. The service is an
opportunity to pray for guidance for
those seeking or dispensing justice
during the coming year.
Participants included magistrates,
judges and members of the legal
fraternity, Members of Parliament
and other civic leaders and
dignitaries, members of the NSW
Police Force, representatives and
members of local Christian churches
in the Parramatta region.
The Dean of St Patrick’s
Cathedral, Very Rev Bob Bossini,
presided at the service. The readings
were proclaimed by Rev Neil Atwood,
representing Rt Rev Ivan Lee, Bishop
of the Western Region, Anglican
Diocese of Sydney, and His Honour
The Gospel was proclaimed by
Rev Keith Hamilton, Senior Minister,
Uniting Church in Australia, and
Group CEO of Parramatta Mission.
The prayer of intercession was
prayed by Supt Dean Smith of NSW
Police and Mr Chris Maley.
Other participants included
Most Rev Kevin Manning, Bishop
Emeritus of Parramatta, and Rev
Fr Chris de Souza, Delegate of the
Diocesan Administrator, Very Rev
The address was given by Rev
Fr Paul Roberts, Director of the
Institute for Mission in the Catholic
Diocese of Parramatta. Fr Paul spoke
of the relationship between justice
and mercy as “not two contradictory
realities but two dimensions of a
single reality that lead us higher”.
He said that in encouraging a
Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis
stresses justice as both a necessity
for civil society and as that which is
rightly due to each person.
“In his background document,
Misericordiae Vultus, … he also
highlights, as in our religious history,
that law as legalism rather than for
serving and embracing a higher
possibility misses the boat,” Fr Paul
“Francis paints a picture of
religious leaders whose righteousness
lacks any abandonment to the higher
gift that is the source of good. Mercy
on the other hand is the way of
reaching out gratuitously to offer
Fr Paul went on to say that “Pope
Francis makes the big call that if God
limited Himself to only justice, He
would cease to be God, and would
instead be like those who ask merely
that the law be respected.
Superintendent Dean Smith of NSW Police
chats to Fr Paul Roberts.
Rev Neil Atwood proclaims the first reading.
“And limited only to this
appeal he points out will lead to the
destruction of the law, for it needs
also the transformation it serves.
So from a faith perspective, God
doesn’t deny justice but holds it and
then surpasses it with mercy and
“Let’s ask blessing on the
endeavors of our work; especially the
various roles and works of the law
that are represented here and likewise
by our networks of colleagues and
friends,” Fr Paul said.
“For most people exercising
these roles and works there was an
ideal that led them there, a hope that
life would be influenced and made
different, lifted and imbued with
possibility. And yet the shine can
quickly dull and the pressure or even
the mundane can overwhelm.
“And may our service of others,
in the midst of their hopes and goals,
and our service of others amidst some
of their more dramatic and broken
experiences of life, hold and continue
to reorient them.”
Members of the legal profession
joined together in praying the prayer
To view photos from the
service, visit www.flickr.com/
The Church recognises the Call to Continuing Conversion of
Candidates who are preparing for Confirmation and/or Eucharist
or Reception into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church.
Time: 7.30pm in St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta, followed by
MERCY AND THE FEMININE GENIUS
The Anima Women’s Network invites you to explore how women
can make a unique contribution to the Year of Mercy. Speaker
Karen Doyle is the co-founder of CHOICEZ MEDIA, an author
and speaker. She is also the co-founder of Sisterhood, a national
Catholic women’s movement. From 9.30am-noon in St Patrick’s
Cathedral Hall, Parramatta. Cost: $5 students & $10 adults. RSVP
by 9 March: firstname.lastname@example.org Details: http://goo.
HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS
Everyone is welcome to join the Holy Hour for Vocations from
7pm-8pm for adoration, prayer, music and quiet time in the
Blessed Sacrament Chapel in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.
FEAST OF ST JOSEPH MEN’S BREAKFAST
Learning from St Joseph – Living purity of heart in a porn
saturated culture. Speaker Paul Ninnes is the Managing Director
of Real Talk Australia, an organisation that focuses on the topics
of sex, relationships and personal identity from a Christian
perspective. Mass at 8am in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta,
followed by breakfast with speaker, ends 10.30am with morning
tea. Cost: $15 students, $20 adults. RSVP 16 March: famlife@
THE OFFICE OF TENEBRAE
Join the Diocesan Administrator, Very Rev Peter Williams, for
a special meditation liturgy during Holy Week. Tenebrae is a
Liturgy of Psalms, Chanting, Motets and Scripture celebrated in
the shadows of candlelight at 7.30pm in St Patrick's Cathedral,
The Apostolic Nuncio will preside at this year’s Chrism Mass. The
Oil of the Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick will be blessed
and the Oil of Chrism consecrated. These holy oils will then be
given to the parishes for use during the year. During the Mass,
the priests renew their commitment to priestly service. Everyone
is welcome. Mass at 7.30pm in St Patrick’s Cathedral.
WEEKEND FAMILY CONFERENCE
The National Association of Catholic Families is hosting a family
conference at Merroo Christian Centre, Kurrajong, with talks and
activities for all ages. Speakers include Bishop Peter A Comensoli.
Family catechesis and prayer, evening social entertainment and
the company of other Catholic families. Registration closes 11
March. Details: email@example.com or tel Mary (02) 9875
3664 or Karen 0413 539 378. Register at: www.trybooking.
For more events visit: http://catholicoutlook.org/event/
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Son of God:
The Daily Gospel Year C-2
This e-book is authored by Father Ted Tyler, Parish Priest of St
Mary of the Cross MacKillop Parish, Upper Blue Mountains. Copies
may be downloaded free of charge to a computer or e-reader or
The e-book offers the Gospel for every day of this Liturgical Year
C-2 (Sundays Year C, weekdays Year 2), together with a reflection
of some 750 words on each daily Gospel. This Liturgical Year C-2
continues till November 2016.
The e-book contains the Gospel passages not only for this present
Liturgical Year, but for any C-2 Liturgical Year in the future,
together with their reflections.
It may be passed on to friends or acquaintances as desired. It
carries the Imprimatur of Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop
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