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Very Rev Peter G Williams




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Dear Brothers and Sisters,










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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Mass of the Holy Chrism on Wednesday

23 March at 7.30pm

Principal Celebrant His Excellency the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia,

Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana

St Patrick’s Cathedral, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta

Everyone is invited to celebrate the Chrism Mass with Archbishop Yllana, Bishop Emeritus Kevin

Manning, the Diocesan Administrator Very Rev Peter Williams, the priests, deacons and faithful.

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.

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By Michelle Davis, Chaplain at Nepean Hospital



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

Nursing Home.

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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The IFM’s logo and work

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


challenging question

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

and atmosphere.

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 Diocese.

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

Fran Jackson.

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’

calls us.

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

David Sebastian.

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


• Inquiry;

• Discernment;

• Aspirancy; and

• Recommendation and acceptance.

To find out more about priesthood, please

contact Fr Warren tel 0409 172 700 or send an

email to vocations@parra.catholic.org.au

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

Cathedral Parish, Parramatta

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

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Martin and his team at CADECOM ensure that Caritas

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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

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Martin is passionate about working at the grassroots. To

him, Malawi has some of the richest communities in the world.

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This year, Project Compassion celebrates learning and

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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


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

making contact.

Be safe

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

area long?”

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

to come.”

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.

Following up

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

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have made initial contact, sometimes

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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,

multilingual history.

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

Fernando said.

“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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Chinese community

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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

drum rolled.

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

young priest.

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

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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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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

may be.

“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

they do.”

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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donate $15.00 or more to help this cause.

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

to embrace the repentant son who comes home and to

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’

long-awaited encyclical,

Laudato si’, was published

last year, media reports

tended to focus on its

strong environmental

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

to others?

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

everyday life.

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!

Greg Whitby

Executive Director of Schools


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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

and educators.

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

changing world.

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

each student;

• Build capacity to use data to inform teaching and

system decision making;

• Develop new ways to partner with parents and

families; 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

and educators.

“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

student perspective.

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

professional life.

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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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.

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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,”

Frances said.

“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

(Christy) Baek.

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

received $4000.

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,”

Tammy said.

“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)


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,

Catholic Education

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

www.ccss.org.au CCSSParramatta


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

child care.

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.


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

2222, soloparentservices@ccss.org.au

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, soloparentservices@ccss.org.au

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 soloparentservices@ccss.org.au

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,”

Alphons said.

Maria was born in 1916 in

the Netherlands, growing up in a

town called Hengelo, which is east

of Amsterdam and close to the

German border.

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

all together."

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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Weekend Masses

Saturday 8am, 9:30am

(Mass in the Extraordinary Form – Latin),

6pm (Vigil) Sunday 8am, 9.30am (Family

Mass), 11am (Solemn Mass), 6pm

Weekday Masses

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

Weekdays 11.15am-12.20pm

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

Friday 1pm

Christian meditation

Tuesday 9.30am-10.15am

Baptism - Sunday 12.45pm by appointment

Marriages - By appointment

Contact the Parish Secretary

tel (02) 8839 8400 or email

1 Marist Place, Parramatta

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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

wonderful evening.

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

WYD Raffle

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

pancake breakfast

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

and schools.

“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

Filipino community."

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

completely devastated.

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

makeshift classrooms.

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

Paul II.

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,

Quakers Hill.

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.

Diamond sponsors

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

Platinum sponsors

Reitsma Constructions

Gold sponsors

Catholic Commission for Employment Relations, Cingle Vue

Silver sponsors

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

El-Phoenician Restaurant.

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

Hawkesbury area.

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 irenegalea@bigpond.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

and review.

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

Refurbishment service.

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

will need.

“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

they undertake.”

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

Penrose Park

Fatima Day: Sunday March 13

Principal Celebrant: Fr Suresh Kumar

Assistant Priest at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Greystanes

Divine Mercy Devotions - First Sunday of the Month

Fatima Family Sunday: March 20

“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,

please contact:

Rafael Tordilla

Project Officer

Parramatta YCW

E-mail: rafael.tordilla@ycw.org.au

Tel: (02) 9682 6719

Mobile: 0412 536 753

Upcoming celebrations in Our Shrine:

Passion Play starts at 11am on Good Friday 25 March 2016

The moving Re-enactment of Our Blessed Lord’s sufferings will

commence at the front entrance of the Shrine. Please note that the

gates will close at 10.45am so the Passion play may begin without

traffic coming through.

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Liturgical Ministry Formation

Course commences

By Sr Mary Louise Walsh ISSM, Liturgy Educator in the Office for Worship


Are you called to a

ministry of pastoral care

in hospitals?

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)

and acolytes.

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

also covered.

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.

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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 ofw@ifm.org.au

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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Divine Mercy Holy Year in

Upper Blue Mountains

Church network

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

various celebrations.

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

Sacrament exposed.

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

Wentworth Falls.

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

Church, Katoomba.

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

parish hall)

1.20pm: Talk 2 –

Understanding Emotional

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

or carer.

3pm: Finish.

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

become clearer.

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

humanitarian work.

“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 vocations@parra.catholic.org.au

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

and community.

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

Justice Foster.

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

Peter Williams.

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

of commitment.

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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



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

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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.


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@

parra.catholic.org.au www.parrafamlife.org.au/category/events/


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.



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: nacf.sydney@hotmail.com or tel Mary (02) 9875

3664 or Karen 0413 539 378. Register at: www.trybooking.


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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

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The e-book contains the Gospel passages not only for this present

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