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

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

VOLUME 19, APRIL <strong>2016</strong> | Photo: Alfonsus Fok<br />

Good Shepherd Sunday<br />

on 17 <strong>April</strong><br />

13 seminarians for the Diocese<br />

with Fr John Hogan, Rector<br />

of Holy Spirit Seminary<br />



& WORLD<br />



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Very Rev Peter G Williams<br />







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Dear Brothers and Sisters,<br />

Once again we are celebrating the great 50<br />

days of Easter, and let this be a time in all<br />

our parishes, agencies and communities<br />

to recognise that the Risen Christ is at the<br />

centre of all that we do as a local Church here<br />

in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.<br />

Several weeks ago I was invited to attend<br />

a gathering of young people from various<br />

Eastern <strong>Catholic</strong> and Orthodox Churches<br />

being sponsored by the Melkite Eparchy,<br />

and held at St Margaret Mary’s Parish in<br />

Merrylands.<br />

The purpose of the gathering was to explore<br />

our ‘oneness in Christ’ and to learn more<br />

of each other’s traditions and ways of being<br />

Church. It was very impressive.<br />

One thing that struck me quite forcibly was<br />

that while each Church concluded with a<br />

piece of liturgical music from their rite, sung<br />

for the most part in ancient languages, the<br />

voices of the young people who spoke about<br />

their understanding of Mercy in this Jubilee<br />

Year all had unmistakable Australian accents.<br />

As I reflected on this I realised that the<br />

wonderful cultural diversity we have as<br />

a Church in Australia is a matter of great<br />

rejoicing. And, of course, it simply doesn’t<br />

apply to those from these communities. One<br />

of the great strengths of the Roman <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Diocese of Parramatta is the rich ethnic mix<br />

that constitutes our Church.<br />

Since before the Diocese came into<br />

existence some 30 years ago next month,<br />

the Archdiocese of Sydney had already<br />

made provision for the establishment of new<br />

parishes and the building of new church<br />

plant alongside some of our historic parishes,<br />

which were founded in the 19th Century.<br />

The Church could see in the 1950s and<br />

early 1960s that there would be increased<br />

migration, and that many of these migrants<br />

would come from countries which were<br />

largely <strong>Catholic</strong> in terms of religious<br />

adherence, and the Church needed to act to<br />

make provision for the new <strong>Catholic</strong> arrivals.<br />

Last month’s gathering of young people from Eastern <strong>Catholic</strong> and Orthodox Churches was an opportunity to<br />

explore our ‘oneness in Christ’. Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.<br />

Subsequently, we have seen people come and<br />

settle from almost every place on the planet.<br />

Like those young Eastern <strong>Catholic</strong> and<br />

Orthodox Christians, they have brought with<br />

them a wonderful Christian heritage from<br />

their country of origin, and those traditions<br />

now enrich and enliven the Church of<br />

Parramatta through the observance of<br />

various festivals and other activities.<br />

Wisely, the Australian bishops made a<br />

decision to establish ethnic chaplaincies to<br />

assist the new <strong>Catholic</strong> arrivals to find their<br />

feet and provide a place initially where they<br />

could meet with others from their place<br />

of origin, celebrate liturgy in a familiar<br />

language, and seek support when needed as<br />

they integrated into their new home.<br />

Over the years the new arrivals have<br />

incorporated themselves into the local<br />

parishes and are thus making enormous<br />

and positive contributions to the life of their<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> communities.<br />

Their children and no doubt grandchildren<br />

while still proudly celebrating their heritage<br />

now, like the young people at Merrylands<br />

a few weeks ago, also have very Australian<br />

accents!<br />

What does this mean for the future<br />

shape and the substance of the Church of<br />

Parramatta?<br />

While it is probably true that the Church<br />

culture in Australia, until quite recently,<br />

was somewhat mono-cultural, in that<br />

principally the traditions and ways of being<br />

was largely that of Irish <strong>Catholic</strong>ism, that has<br />

disappeared very fast.<br />

With clergy coming from a multiplicity<br />

of nations, and a congregation that might<br />

have as many as 40 different nationalities<br />

represented, something unique and new<br />

is emerging. I think we are still in the<br />

early days of this evolution and perhaps a<br />

distinctive Australian ecclesiastical culture is<br />

still a way off.<br />

What is essential is that we provide capacity<br />

in our parishes and communities to<br />

recognise that we have this potential and<br />

that we allow the Spirit of the Risen Christ<br />

to open our eyes to new possibilities in<br />

the way we present ourselves as Church<br />

communities, with a blend of various<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> cultures and traditions given<br />

expression.<br />

While this is happening, we must ensure<br />

though that we do not become too<br />

introspective – Pope Francis continually<br />

reminds us that we must be a Church that is<br />

present at the margins and that our task of<br />

proclaiming the Good News in Jesus Christ<br />

is to bring others into our parishes so that<br />

they too can add to the mix.<br />

It is an exciting and challenging time to<br />

belong to the Diocese and we have much<br />

more to do. As we come to the climax of<br />

the Easter Season with the celebration of<br />

Pentecost may the Holy Spirit that came<br />

upon the Apostles like “tongues of flame”<br />

also inflame our hearts to be the people and<br />

the Church that Christ wants us to become.<br />

With joy in the Risen Lord,<br />

Very Rev Peter G Williams<br />

Diocesan Administrator<br />




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Merrylands Parish co-hosts ecumenical gathering<br />

By Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

Unity can seldom be achieved without<br />

dialogue in a diverse community. This<br />

truth extends to the Church community<br />

and is manifested in the ecumenical<br />

movement.<br />

On 8 March, Eastern and Roman <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

and Orthodox Churches were represented<br />

by hundreds of young people at the<br />

‘One in Christ’ ecumenical gathering at<br />

St Margaret Mary’s Parish in Merrylands,<br />

co-hosted with the Melkite <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Church.<br />

This is the second time the event has taken<br />

place, which aims to bring together the<br />

different apostolic churches to discuss<br />

matters of faith and life.<br />

In this Year of Mercy, they embarked on<br />

a night of sharing, focusing on the works<br />

and acts of mercy that unify Christian<br />

Churches.<br />

The night brought together faithful from<br />

the Melkite, Maronite, Coptic Orthodox,<br />

Antiochian Orthodox, Slovenian <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

and Assyrian Church of the East to share<br />

these good deeds.<br />

Our Diocesan Administrator, Very Rev<br />

Peter G Williams, and Bishop Robert<br />

Rabbat, leader of the Melkite Eparchy of<br />

The night brought together faithful from the Melkite, Maronite, Coptic Orthodox, Antiochian Orthodox, Slovenian <strong>Catholic</strong> and Assyrian Church of the East.<br />

Photos: Elizabeth McFarlane.<br />

Australia and New Zealand, as well as 20<br />

other clergy from the many denominations<br />

and apostolic churches, were present on<br />

the night.<br />

Fr Peter said he was impressed to see the<br />

young people from the different churches<br />

“learning more about each other’s<br />

traditions and at the same time confirming<br />

unity in Christ by virtue of a common<br />

Baptism.”<br />

“The scandal of disunity is felt by all of<br />

us as Christians, and since the Second<br />

Vatican Council, the Roman <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Church has committed to ecumenism as<br />

an essential part of the Church’s activity.<br />

“Much of the reason for our disunity,<br />

particularly between the Eastern Orthodox<br />

Churches and ourselves, stems from<br />

ecclesial misunderstandings and also some<br />

doctrinal issues.<br />

“I think it is highly probable that there<br />

will be a rapprochement with the Eastern<br />

Orthodox Churches and that will be a<br />

great blessing to all.”<br />

During the Mercy Commitment<br />

Workshop on the night, the young people<br />

present were encouraged to commit to acts<br />

of mercy together.<br />

Amal Sayegh, youth leader of the Saints<br />

Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox<br />

Christian Church, said the night<br />

highlighted the ways in which the young<br />

people of her Church could extend<br />

their fellowship activities to the greater<br />

Christian community.<br />

“Our Antiochian brothers and sisters come<br />

together during the Lenten period when<br />

we visit a church once a week and unite in<br />

fellowship,” she said.<br />

“Hopefully, in the future we can extend<br />

this to the Eastern and Roman <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Churches so that way we can unite with<br />

them in fellowship, so that we can be<br />

stronger in working together in the one<br />

faith.”<br />

Assistant Priest of St Margaret Mary’s<br />

Parish, Rev Peter Strohmayer OSPPE,<br />

said it was an honour to have everyone<br />

gathered together and to see the young<br />

people discuss, share and celebrate their<br />

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Cycling for Caritas<br />

through Cambodia<br />

By Cecilia Zammit, Director of the CCD<br />

Homes have metal roofs thanks to Caritas.<br />

The group visited the country’s ancient temples.<br />

In February this year, I travelled with my husband, Frank,<br />

and 14 fellow Australians on a cycling trip through<br />

Cambodia to raise funds for projects supported by Caritas,<br />

the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church’s overseas aid and development agency.<br />

Unfortunately, I was injured while training before our<br />

departure and could not take part in the ride. The other cyclists<br />

covered more than 350km from Siem Reap in the north, up to<br />

the Thai border and down to Battambong in the west, then on<br />

to Phnom Penh.<br />

We visited many temples, the royal palace, the genocide<br />

museum and ate beautiful Khmer food. The highlight for<br />

me was meeting families in villages that were part of Caritas<br />

projects.<br />

While in Siem Reap we went to the Caritas headquarters<br />

where we were given information about how more than<br />

1000 communities were chosen for Caritas support and the<br />

expectations on them to commit to a plan for development.<br />

Field officers worked closely with families to generate<br />

an income, have a savings plan and to enable them to access<br />

medical services when required.<br />

This introduction was followed by a trip to one of the<br />

remote communities more than 25kms from town along<br />

dry, dusty roads. We met a group of 15 women who had just<br />

finished a meeting discussing their personal plans and holding<br />

on to their savings book.<br />

Cecilia and Frank Zammit helped to raids funds for Caritas projects in<br />

Cambodia.<br />

Through a translator we heard about how some families<br />

who had been in the program for three years had obtained a<br />

pond, a cow, a reliable well, a water filter, a vegetable garden<br />

and chickens. This ensured that the families had a more secure<br />

food source and clean water supplies.<br />

Children were assisted with school supplies and generally<br />

attended primary school from age six for a half day, Monday to<br />

Saturday. Students in secondary classes still had to walk some<br />

distance to another town. (Some families dreamed to own a<br />

family bicycle for easy transport.)<br />

No rain since November last year meant only one rice<br />

crop could be grown. Some parents walked great distances to<br />

forests to collect rattan for weaving baskets to supplement their<br />

income.<br />

They climbed tall palm trees to collect palm oil and cooked<br />

it into palm sugar for sale. A few extra dollars helped them save<br />

for their goals.<br />

Several women showed us their homes, most of which had<br />

metal roofs thanks to Caritas. We also went into a primary<br />

classroom where resources were sparse but I will never forget<br />

the smiles on the children’s faces and it was a joy to sing songs<br />

together.<br />

Several days later we arrived in the capital city, Phnom<br />

Penh, where we learnt of a group of very poor Cambodians<br />

who were shifted from the city to an outlying area with very<br />

Palm oil is cooked into palm sugar for sale.<br />

little infrastructure. Their houses were sitting on top of a<br />

sewer and it was only a plank of wood that enabled us to walk<br />

through the compound to meet the families.<br />

This Caritas project focused on assisting the youth to gain<br />

skills such as screen printing, sewing and gardening as well as<br />

being encouraged to advocate for their human rights.<br />

It was a joy to see how proud the parents were and their<br />

hope for the future.<br />

While this trip was confronting at times it was a privilege to<br />

meet the people trying to make a difference.<br />

Seeing this great work that Caritas is doing in partnership<br />

with local agencies made the visiting Australians very proud to<br />

have raised more than $73,000 in fundraising activities prior to<br />

the trip.<br />

Personally, I am grateful to Baiada Poultry, Vellex Transport<br />

and the many family, friends and colleagues who donated to<br />

Caritas as we fundraised $6500.<br />

Be assured that every dollar is needed and well spent in<br />

Cambodia in these Caritas projects. This is a nation that has a<br />

tormented history; people have suffered much and deserve our<br />

help.<br />

Contributing money to Caritas is one way we can do<br />

something to show mercy to people struggling to stay alive.<br />

Donations can be made online at:<br />

http://www.caritas.org.au/donate<br />

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Streets fill with flags, palms,<br />

smiles and song<br />

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

<strong>Catholic</strong>s from across the Diocese filled the streets of Parramatta for the annual Palm Sunday procession.<br />

Parramatta CBD came to a standstill last<br />

month as hundreds of <strong>Catholic</strong>s from<br />

Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains<br />

filled the streets for the annual Palm Sunday<br />

procession.<br />

The procession commenced at Parramatta<br />

Town Hall with the blessing of palms and<br />

featured groups of young people from <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Education Diocese of Parramatta schools and<br />

youth from parishes across the Diocese.<br />

The procession finished at 6pm with Mass<br />

in St Patrick’s Cathedral when approximately<br />

500 young people joined their families, friends<br />

and Cathedral parishioners for our local World<br />

Youth Day celebrations.<br />

Young people bearing national flags joined<br />

our seminarians to led the entrance procession<br />

along with our WYD Chaplains, Chair of the<br />

Youth Council Fr Paul Roberts, Diocesan<br />

Administrator and Principal Celebrant for the<br />

Mass Very Rev Peter Williams and Diocesan<br />

MC Fr John Paul Escarlan.<br />

Music was provided by the 'Lifted' house<br />

band that will lead the worship during our<br />

WYD pilgrimages to Poland in July. This core<br />

group is made up of group leaders and teachers<br />

who will be joined by pilgrims as formation<br />

gets underway. They will split into two teams<br />

for each pilgrimage and come together again<br />

once we are in Krakow for WYD week.<br />

The entrance hymn Blessed are the Merciful<br />

will be the WYD anthem for the next four<br />

months.<br />

After the Palm Sunday Mass, the<br />

congregation was invited to join with pilgrims<br />

for our WYD event in the Cathedral Cloister.<br />

They were treated to performances by Filipino<br />

and Polish dance groups as well as an Aussie<br />

BBQ and Polish donuts. Thanks especially to<br />

the Catenians and Cathedral staff for their<br />

leadership of all the catering.<br />

Pilgrims also received their Pilgrim<br />

Formation Pack, outlining the upcoming<br />

formation nights at Glenmore Park, Stanhope<br />

Gardens and Greystanes beginning in May.<br />

At 8pm, the WYD raffle was drawn by Fr<br />

Andrew Fornal OP and the first pilgrim to<br />

have registered and paid their deposit, Sarah<br />

Agbulos from Stanhope Gardens Parish,<br />

announced each prize winner.<br />

No prize winners were there on the night<br />

but we managed to make a live phone call over<br />

the sound system to speak with the winner of<br />

the car. Coincidently, he is a parishioner at St<br />

Patrick’s Cathedral and was extremely excited<br />

about the win.<br />

Congratulations to all prize winners.<br />

First prize – M Alba: Toyota Yaris 5 door<br />

automatic (supplied by Terry Shields Toyota,<br />

Parramatta);<br />

Second prize – A d’Souza: Cosmos<br />

European <strong>2016</strong> Tour for two to the value of<br />

$6000 (donated by Cosmos);<br />

Third prize – D Bent: Apple iPad Mini<br />

(donated by Campion College Australia –<br />

offering Australia’s first <strong>Catholic</strong> BA, in the<br />

Liberal Arts);<br />

Fourth prize – C Tolentino: Cash prize of<br />

$500 (donated by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu);<br />

and<br />

Fifth prize – S Matic: Apple Watch<br />

(donated by <strong>Catholic</strong> Church Insurance Ltd).<br />

The Diocese will be taking two pilgrimages<br />

to WYD in Krakow – one via the Philippines<br />

and one via Poland, the homeland of St John<br />

Paul II.<br />

Full travel details, including pricing, are<br />

now available. Young people aged 16-35 are<br />

invited to register online at:<br />

www.parrawyd.org<br />

The group arrived at St Patrick’s Cathedral before the sun rose. Photos: Adrian Middeldorp.<br />

Good Friday Night Walk<br />

More than 1200 young people made<br />

the Good Friday Night Walk from<br />

St Patrick’s Church in Blacktown to<br />

St Patrick’s Cathedral on 25-26 March.<br />

Setting off at 10pm, the group walked<br />

from Blacktown to Our Lady of Lourdes<br />

Parish, Seven Hills, St Anthony’s Parish,<br />

Toongabbie, Our Lady of Mt Carmel Parish,<br />

Wentworthville, and St Margaret Mary’s Parish,<br />

Merrylands.<br />

The Diocesan Youth Council developed a<br />

program to help deepen our appreciation of<br />

the Year of Mercy in the context of Holy Week<br />

and our diocesan theme, ‘Mercy has a Face’.<br />

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Faithful fill St Patrick’s Cathedral for Chrism Mass<br />

It was standing room only in St Patrick’s Cathedral for this year’s Chrism Mass. Photos: Art in Images.<br />

It was standing room only in St<br />

Patrick’s Cathedral on 23 March<br />

as the faithful from parishes,<br />

religious orders, migrant chaplaincies<br />

and groups from across the Diocese<br />

of Parramatta came together for the<br />

Chrism Mass.<br />

The principal celebrant for the Mass<br />

was the Apostolic Nuncio in Australia,<br />

His Excellency Most Rev Dr Adolfo<br />

Tito Yllana.<br />

During the Mass, the Oil of the<br />

Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick<br />

were blessed and the Oil of Chrism<br />

was consecrated. Representatives of<br />

each parish, together with the priest,<br />

were called forward to receive the oils<br />

on behalf of their community. The oils<br />

will be used throughout the Diocese<br />

for celebrating the sacraments during<br />

the year.<br />

The Mass was concelebrated by the<br />

Diocesan Administrator, Very Rev<br />

Peter G Williams, Bishop Emeritus of<br />

Parramatta Most Rev Kevin Manning<br />

and the presbyterate of the Diocese<br />

of Parramatta and visiting presbyters.<br />

Deacons from the Diocese assisted.<br />

During the Mass, the priests<br />

renewed their commitment to priestly<br />

service.<br />

A light supper was served in the<br />

Cathedral hall at the conclusion of the<br />

ceremony.<br />

To view a gallery of photos from the<br />

Mass, visit: https://www.flickr.com/<br />

photos/parracatholic/albums<br />

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How an outcast became<br />

the first witness of the<br />

Resurrection<br />

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


We are now in the season of Easter in<br />

which we ponder the Resurrection<br />

of the Lord. Some key questions to<br />

consider are:<br />

• What is the relevance of the Resurrection<br />

to our modern technological world?<br />

• How does the Resurrection fit with the<br />

Year of Mercy?<br />

To answer these questions it is worth<br />

looking more closely at the events of Easter<br />

Sunday.<br />

One thing that is surprising is that,<br />

according to John’s Gospel, St Mary Magdalene<br />

was the first eyewitness of the Risen Jesus.<br />

She did not recognise Him at first, but when<br />

He spoke her name she was moved with such<br />

emotion and surprise that she wouldn’t let go<br />

of Him.<br />

Fresh from this experience, she became the<br />

first witness of the Resurrection to the Apostles.<br />

Hence, she came to be called “the apostle of<br />

Apostles” by various theologians and, most<br />

recently, by St John Paul II.<br />

The central importance of St Mary<br />

Magdalene in the Easter story is significant.<br />

One might wonder why Jesus didn’t first<br />

appear to Mary, His mother or even St John,<br />

His beloved disciple. They both seemed to be<br />

respectable people in terms of Jewish society.<br />

On the other hand, St Mary Magdalene<br />

would have been seen as an outcast. The<br />

Gospels record that Jesus cast seven demons<br />

out of her during His public ministry. She<br />

would have lived in a state of desolation until<br />

she experienced the healing love of Jesus.<br />

So Jesus’ choice of St Mary Magdalene<br />

as the first witness of the Resurrection has a<br />

special significance for people who would be<br />

considered outcasts or sinners, and this gives all<br />

of us hope.<br />

This Easter hope is of relevance for the<br />

modern world. Despite all the progress over the<br />

past century, the legacy of two world wars, the<br />

rise of Nazism and Communism and the social<br />

upheaval since the late 1960s has left modern<br />

man in a state of spiritual desolation.<br />

Pope Francis recently highlighted that:<br />

“The fragility of our era is this … we don’t<br />

believe that there is a chance for redemption;<br />

for a hand to raise you up; for an embrace to<br />

save you, forgive you, pick you up, flood you<br />

with infinite, patient, indulgent love; to put you<br />

back on your feet.”<br />

Pope Francis sees that people of our era<br />

need concrete experiences of mercy so that we<br />

can really feel forgiven and thus be healed from<br />

the damage caused by sin.<br />

The Resurrection gives us hope that we can<br />

be healed. Central to our faith is our belief in<br />

the bodily resurrection of Jesus. His glorified<br />

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and redemption, but it also bore the wounds of<br />

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and death.<br />

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The past three Popes have made it an<br />

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and this has culminated in the Jubilee Year of<br />

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Our world is sorely in need of experiencing<br />

God’s mercy and the hope of the Resurrection.<br />

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Parish and Regional Coordinators<br />

come together to plan the year ahead<br />


By Cecilia Zammit, CCD Director<br />

In February this year, I met with about 60 Parish<br />

Coordinators and the Regional Coordinators in<br />

Blacktown for our first CCD planning day for <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

An extended prayer led by Sr Leone Pallisier OSU<br />

focused on the Catechists called to Nurture God’s work of<br />

Art. An important question to reflect on was: As a catechist<br />

what are your hopes and dreams for the children – works of<br />

art in the making – entrusted to your care this year?<br />

Parish Coordinators have an important role leading the<br />

Special Religious Educators (SREs), or catechists, in their<br />

parish. They liaise with the parish priest, parish office and the<br />

state schools.<br />

They make sure there are SREs for each class and that<br />

work books are distributed to each teacher. In addition, they<br />

have the responsibility of completing the parish register.<br />

The February meeting was an opportunity to share<br />

diocesan information with the Parish Coordinators on<br />

workbooks for combined classes as well how to respond<br />

to difficult questions asked in the classroom. It was an<br />

opportunity for the Parish Coordinators to meet in regional<br />

groups.<br />

An important agenda item was the training sessions that<br />

the Diocese offers to SREs in various locations across the<br />

Diocese.<br />

Level 1 Training is a requirement for all new SREs:<br />

• Fridays from 10 June at the Institute for Mission in<br />

Blacktown; and<br />

• Fridays from 12 August in Winston Hills.<br />

The training days cover the teaching manual, classroom<br />

management, the Bible, music, child protection and using<br />

smartboards.<br />

The children are ‘works of art in the making’ entrusted to our care.<br />

Level 2 Training will be offered on Mondays at St Marys<br />

from 25 July, 9.30am to 2.30pm.<br />

Topics will include faith and meaning, Hebrew Scriptures,<br />

Christian Scriptures, lesson preparation and the sacraments.<br />

For inquiries about these training sessions and to<br />

register please contact Maree Collis at the CCD Office in<br />

Parramatta tel (02) 9890 4731 or send an email to mcollis@<br />

ccdparramatta.com.au<br />

For more information about becoming a catechist in the<br />

Diocese of Parramatta visit www.parra.catholic.org.au/ccd<br />

The Diocesan Administrator, Very Rev Peter<br />

G Williams, has confirmed the following<br />

appointments in the Diocese of Parramatta:<br />

Rev Fr Alfonsus Nahak SVD<br />

Assistant Priest<br />

St Bernadette’s Parish<br />

Castle Hill<br />

From 1 March <strong>2016</strong><br />

Rev Fr Sumesh Joseph Illikkaparambil OSA<br />

Assistant Priest<br />

Holy Spirit Parish<br />

St Clair<br />

From 4 March <strong>2016</strong><br />

New Diocese of Parramatta website<br />

A new diocesan website has been launched: www.parracatholic.org<br />

Please take five minutes to<br />

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How do we engage our people?<br />

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

We have the same people<br />

turning up every time!<br />

Mary has been the ministry<br />

coordinator for so long, but no one<br />

else wants to take it on. No one seems<br />

interested in what is being offered.<br />

These are just some of the concerns<br />

raised by good people passionate about<br />

involving their communities.<br />

It may be cold comfort to<br />

appreciate that the challenge of<br />

engagement is not isolated to the<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Church. As a soccer coach,<br />

there are always challenges of engaging<br />

parents to help with set up of grounds,<br />

to bring children to training and to<br />

even turn up in time for matches.<br />

It is no different in our workplaces.<br />

Many employees just turn up, with<br />

a 2012 US Gallup State of American<br />

Workplace, Employee Engagement,<br />

indicating only 30% of workers were<br />

showing up engaged and enthusiastic<br />

about their work.<br />

The work of Gallup identifies three<br />

types of employees:<br />

• Engaged – working with<br />

passion and experiencing a strong<br />

connection to their company. They are<br />

full of energy, enthusiasm and ideas,<br />

fully committed.<br />

• Not engaged – employees<br />

are essentially turning up, just getting<br />

through the day, but not passionate<br />

about their work.<br />

• Actively disengaged –<br />

employees are not just discontented<br />

but are acting out their frustration,<br />

undermining the work of their<br />

colleagues.<br />

This surveying has also been<br />

applied to US Christian congregations,<br />

with actively engaged members having<br />

a stronger faith commitment, more<br />

involved in community service and/or<br />

ministries, more likely to invite others,<br />

and contribute more money to the<br />

congregation.<br />

Gallup suggests congregations<br />

respond to four key questions<br />

to increase engagement in faith<br />

communities. The questions are:<br />

* What do I get?<br />

* What can I give?<br />

* Do I belong?<br />

* How do we grow?<br />

They are explained by Albert L<br />

Winseman, D Min., Religion and Social<br />

Trends Editor for Gallup as follows:<br />

“When new members join a faith<br />

community, they first ask, ‘What<br />

do I get?’ in an attempt to decide<br />

if belonging to this organisation<br />

is worth their investment of time,<br />

effort and self. If they determine that<br />

they will receive enough value from<br />

joining, they will then ask, ‘What can<br />

I give?’ and look for ways that their<br />

unique talents can contribute to the<br />

congregation. From there they will<br />

ask, ‘Do I belong?’ as they look for<br />

signs that they are valued. When they<br />

know that they receive something of<br />

value from belonging, that they make<br />

a meaningful contribution to the life<br />

of the congregation, and that they are<br />

valued, they will then look for signs<br />

that the organisation's members are<br />

growing in their faith. Recognising<br />

this process is vitally important for<br />

congregation leaders intent upon<br />

improving engagement levels among<br />

their members.”<br />

In short, our faith communities<br />

will be strengthened if we are able to<br />

identify what it is that our people are<br />

seeking, particularly those engaging in<br />

sacramental preparation and new to<br />

our communities.<br />

Once these needs are met, the<br />

movement turns to how we are<br />

engaging people’s gifts, and so on.<br />

Sometimes, we are pushing people to<br />

sign up to ministries, when their initial<br />

needs are not met. Equally, if engaged<br />

parishioners have no opportunity to<br />

share ideas, or take on leadership roles,<br />

they may move elsewhere.<br />

The Pastoral Planning Office<br />

assists with all these steps and many<br />

resources are available both from our<br />

own Diocese and nationally. We also<br />

do well to learn from the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Church’s national Pastoral Research<br />

Office. This body spends much time<br />

exploring the questions of what makes<br />

our communities stronger, and backs<br />

up their approaches through tools such<br />

as the National Church Life Survey.<br />

For more information or support<br />

please contact me:<br />

Richard McMahon<br />

Tel (02) 9831 4911<br />

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‘franciscus’<br />


The first post from ‘franciscus’ on Instagram<br />

was “Pray for me”.<br />

On the feast of St Joseph this<br />

year, Pope Francis launched<br />

his own Instagram account.<br />

The Holy Father’s first post under<br />

the account name ‘franciscus’ (Latin<br />

for Francis) on the photo and video<br />

sharing social network site was<br />

posted on 19 March.<br />

Instagram was founded in<br />

2010 and has more than 400<br />

million users worldwide. The social<br />

media department of the Vatican’s<br />

Secretariat for Communications will<br />

be responsible for the management<br />

of the Pope’s Instagram account,<br />

which will post not only photos but<br />

also short videos.<br />

In a Vatican statement, Mons<br />

Dario Vigano, Prefect of the<br />

Secretariat for Communications,<br />

noted how, “Instagram will help<br />

recount the Papacy through images,<br />

to enable all those who wish to accompany and know more about Pope Francis’<br />

pontificate to encounter his gestures of tenderness and mercy.”<br />

The photographs will be sourced from the Photographic Service of<br />

L’Osservatore Romano. “In this way we can show those aspects of closeness and<br />

inclusion that Pope Francis lives every day,” Mons Vigano said.<br />

He said it was not by chance that the Instagram account was inaugurated<br />

during the Year of Mercy, with the jubilee year entering into social media in a very<br />

concrete and natural way.<br />

In February, Pope Francis met with the CEO of Instagram, Kevin Systrom. In a<br />

post after the audience, Systrom said they discussed “the power of images to unite<br />

people across different cultures and languages”.<br />

The Holy Father already has a strong presence on social media. His Twitter<br />

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A community ‘Grounded in Faith; Growing in Love; Living in Hope’<br />

By Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

Penrith’s parish secretary, Lyn Olander, with Fr Mathew Antony MS and Fr Joe Manjaly MS<br />

(right). Photos: Elizabeth McFarlane.<br />

St Nicholas of Myra Church has a contemporary design.<br />

In Penrith stands a contemporary<br />

designed church, circular in build with<br />

the communal altar in the centre of the<br />

congregation.<br />

St Nicholas of Myra Church was opened<br />

and blessed by Cardinal Gilroy on 30 <strong>April</strong><br />

1967, but the parish itself dates back to 1839,<br />

when Fr Charles Sumner, the first priest<br />

ordained in Australia, was appointed Parish<br />

Priest.<br />

The fence at the front of the church<br />

along High Street is constructed from the<br />

sandstone of the original church, binding<br />

the community to its roots.<br />

The parish community is close-knit<br />

and during Mass, its members are never<br />

more than eight seats away from the altar,<br />

assembled to seemingly depict the faith<br />

connection of the Penrith people and the<br />

parish over the past 177 years.<br />

The parish secretary, Lyn Olander,<br />

has been a parishioner since 1975. “In<br />

everything we do, we aim to follow our<br />

mission and motto: Grounded in Faith;<br />

Growing in Love; Living in Hope,” she said.<br />

The diverse and vibrant population<br />

has been strengthened by the humble<br />

undertakings of many priests, and Lyn feels<br />

privileged to have worked alongside four of<br />

them.<br />

“I have worked with four parish priests:<br />

Fr Geoff Dickinson for two years, Fr Wim<br />

Hoekstra for six years, Fr Chris de Souza<br />

for 10 years and Fr Mathew Antony MS<br />

presently, as well as with numerous assistant<br />

priests. Working with all of them has been<br />

something very special. They have all helped<br />

me grow in my spiritual life,” she said.<br />

Serving more than 3000 <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

families who live in the area, the parish has a<br />

multicultural heart.<br />

Assistant Priest Fr Joe Manjaly MS<br />

expressed his elation in celebrating with<br />

the many cultures that join together to<br />

worship and praise God: “Every Sunday, it<br />

is wonderful seeing people from different<br />

nationalities, languages, colour and ethnic<br />

groups, worshipping one God and being<br />

renewed in their spiritual life.”<br />

The groups that make up the parish<br />

also carry on the mission of the parish,<br />

unrestricted by age.<br />

From the usual youth and social justice<br />

groups to the more distinctive senior<br />

groups.<br />

The Young at Heart group is made up<br />

of about 20 to 30 senior parishioners who<br />

join in fellowship every month, embarking<br />

on bus trips and sharing in morning teas<br />

together. There is even the weekly Knitting<br />

Group for older parishioners.<br />

With a Diploma in Pastoral Care, Lyn is<br />

dedicated to her role as parish secretary and<br />

the people she serves.<br />

“My job is not so much work, as it is<br />

ministry. It is very rewarding and a privilege<br />

to get to know the parishioners and form<br />

lasting bonds with them,” she said.<br />

The pastoral element of her role offers<br />

Lyn an opportunity to join with fellow<br />

parishioners in solidarity during the ups and<br />

downs of everyday life.<br />

“I am passionate about the care that is<br />

needed to be shown to families in times of<br />

illness or loss of loved ones. Just being there<br />

can be comforting to someone who may be<br />

isolated through illness, or struggling with<br />

grief,” she said.<br />

“You feel their grief and you feel their<br />

joy. The parish secretary is the first person<br />

you see when you come through the door<br />

so it is very important to be welcoming<br />

with a smile. The parish secretary is often a<br />

counsellor and a confidante, sharing your<br />

joys and sorrows.<br />

“It is a joy to be part of the Penrith<br />

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Mother’s prayers pay off for Penrith priest<br />

By Joseph Younes<br />

Born into a devoutly Syro-Malabar<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> family (Eastern Church) in<br />

Kerala, India, Fr Mathew’s mother<br />

prayed that one of her eight children would<br />

enter religious life.<br />

“We would pray and say the rosary daily.<br />

This was a common practice for <strong>Catholic</strong>s in<br />

Kerala,” Fr Mathew said.<br />

His mother’s prayers would be answered<br />

when Fr Mathew entered a seminary at the<br />

tender age of 16 and was ordained a priest in<br />

the Latin Rite in 1987.<br />

“My family was strongly supportive of<br />

me in this vocation. In Kerala at the time<br />

it was customary to have a priest in every<br />

family. Kerala is known as being a strongly<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> area.”<br />

Now parish priest of St Nicholas of Myra<br />

(since 2012), Fr Mathew Antony MS has<br />

travelled a long way from his subcontinental<br />

beginnings.<br />

“Initially, I studied to be a diocesan<br />

priest. But then, the La Salette Missionaries<br />

came and spoke at our seminary. I decided<br />

to join them and finished my studies and<br />

ordination in the Philippines as a religious<br />

priest,” he said.<br />

Having lived and worked in India, the<br />

Philippines and the US, Fr Mathew came to<br />

the Diocese of Parramatta at the invitation of<br />

the then Bishop Kevin Manning.<br />

“First I was assistant priest at Quakers<br />

Hill parish, administrator at Riverstone<br />

Rev Father Mathew Antony MS.<br />

Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

parish now parish priest at Penrith,” he said.<br />

“At first, I was like, ‘how would I run such a<br />

big parish?’.”<br />

His initial questions of how he would<br />

operate such a large and historical parish<br />

like Penrith (founded 1839) were quickly<br />

overcome when he was made “strongly<br />

welcome, from day one” by the parishioners.<br />

Fr Mathew is also a polyglot and speaks<br />

English, Malayalam, Tagalog, Ilocano and<br />

Hindi. “It is a blessing that I speak so many<br />

languages. It helps make my parishioners feel<br />

at home – for example I can speak Tagalog<br />

and Ilocano with my Filipino parishioners.<br />

At first they were surprised an Indian priest<br />

could speak Filipino languages,” he said.<br />

Penrith Parish is a vibrant faith<br />

community. “I have people of Irish-Anglo-<br />

Scottish background, people from the<br />

Philippines, Islanders like Fijians and<br />

Samoans, Middle Easterners, Europeans,<br />

Maltese, Italians and, of course, people from<br />

Indian and Sri Lanka,” he said.<br />

“These people are rich in faith, they<br />

are very cooperative and they are open to<br />

helping the parish. I can say, they have been<br />

supportive of me and they have been very<br />

loving.<br />

“The parishioners show up on Sunday<br />

and the committees show up on Tuesday<br />

and they all support the parish. They provide<br />

me with strong inspiration and I have very<br />

supportive staff including my assistant priest<br />

Fr Joe Manjaly MS.”<br />

Fr Mathew also draws strength, support<br />

and inspiration from the Eucharist. “My<br />

strength comes from the Eucharist, it<br />

sustains me to keep going, to support people.<br />

By the grace of God, I can say it is a blessing<br />

that I am a priest. I can see how God leads<br />

and carries me to help people.”<br />

Forty years after first entering a seminary,<br />

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‘I belong, You<br />

belong, We belong’<br />

This year, the theme of<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Schools Week was<br />

‘I belong, You belong, We<br />

belong’. It’s an inclusive<br />

message that highlights<br />

a real strength of every<br />

great <strong>Catholic</strong> school<br />

community. But what<br />

does it mean to belong at<br />

school? And what does it<br />

feel like not to belong, to<br />

be left out?<br />

Students on the edge of school communities face many<br />

challenges including socio-economic disadvantage,<br />

disability, language barriers, complex learning needs and<br />

low expectations for academic attainment. For many,<br />

not fitting in at school is part of a broader experience of<br />

social exclusion.<br />

When Neal Murphy from St John of God Health Care<br />

addressed <strong>Catholic</strong> Education leaders earlier this year,<br />

his theme was ‘To belong, I have to be missed’.<br />

In this powerful reflection on the struggle of students<br />

with disabilities to belong in school communities, Neal<br />

identified the inclusive work of schools with the healing<br />

mission of Christ.<br />

Last month, I wrote about the call not just to be Christlike<br />

but to see Christ in all members of our communities,<br />

especially those on the fringes. After all, Christ Himself<br />

was an outsider, even in His own town.<br />

We must go out of our way to listen to the voices of<br />

those who don’t ‘fit in’: they tell us so much about the<br />

need for change, in education and beyond.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Education Parramatta alumnus Nas Campanella<br />

is one such powerful voice. Nas, who is blind, went<br />

on to a career in journalism and currently works as a<br />

newsreader for Triple J.<br />

She spoke to system leaders in January about the need<br />

to set high expectations for students with disabilities<br />

and to ensure students are part of the conversation<br />

about their own learning, not left on the fringes. She was<br />

fortunate to have one such teacher who listened and<br />

responded to her unique educational needs.<br />

The ‘preferential option for the poor’ is a basic<br />

principle of <strong>Catholic</strong> social teaching. In education, it is a<br />

recognition that every student can and must learn. It’s<br />

the principle underpinning the Gonski review of school<br />

funding that sought to ensure resources were directed<br />

to schools and to students most in need.<br />

Applying a needs-based funding model is only one part<br />

of the puzzle. It’s how the funding is used that makes<br />

the greatest difference. The schools that have made the<br />

best learning gains for ‘disadvantaged’ students share<br />

something in common: they meet learners where they<br />

are at.<br />

There are still too many children and young people in our<br />

communities who don’t know what it feels like to belong.<br />

By providing these students with both personalised<br />

learning and a community that recognises the dignity<br />

and needs of each individual learner, great <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

schools have an opportunity not just to transform<br />

learning, but to change the world.<br />

Greg Whitby<br />

Executive Director of Schools<br />

@gregwhitby<br />

blog: bluyonder.wordpress.com<br />

Exploring creativity<br />

By Kim Brownlie<br />

Exploring<br />

creativity<br />



Innovation today requires adaptability, leadership,<br />

teamwork, and interpersonal skills. Increasingly, the<br />

capacity to be creative and innovative is linked to<br />

the ability to connect with others and with a facility for<br />

communication and collaboration.<br />

Deputy Executive Director of Schools Sue Walsh said<br />

creativity cannot be seen in isolation and needs to be seen<br />

in the context of other capabilities.<br />

“In his paper ‘Great to Excellent’, Prof Michael Fullan looks<br />

at the six Cs underpinning the next stage of Ontario’s<br />

educational agenda,” Sue said. “Creativity needs to be seen<br />

in the context of these other capabilities - citizenship,<br />

character education, communication, critical thinking and<br />

collaboration.”<br />

At Delany College, Granville, CAPTIVATE Team<br />

Leader Author Mark of Drive: Hopkins The Surprising and Drama Truth Mentor About What Dr Miranda Motivates<br />

Jefferson Us, Daniel have Pink, worked (2005) notes with that the creative college thinking to focus is on increasingly four<br />

Cs necessary (communication, to accomplish collaboration, goals in the complex, critical interconnected reflection and world.<br />

creativity) Education researchers as the basis and of psychologists a new approach tout the to social, learning emotional, and<br />

teaching cognitive called and professional the Delany benefits Connective of possessing creative abilities.<br />

In an interview with Oprah (2009) Pink said ‘the right brain is<br />

Mark finally said being the taken fours seriously’. Cs, in essence, are what make us<br />

human. ‘In many professions, what used to matter most were abilities<br />

associated with the left side of the brain: linear, sequential,<br />

“When the forces of communication, collaboration and<br />

spreadsheet kind of faculties. Those still matter, but they’re not<br />

critical reflection are being refined and developed then<br />

enough,’ Pink said. ‘What’s important now are the characteristics of<br />

you<br />

the brain’s<br />

develop<br />

right<br />

a capacity<br />

hemisphere:<br />

to really<br />

artistry,<br />

think<br />

empathy,<br />

creatively<br />

inventiveness,<br />

and with<br />

bigpicture<br />

thinking.<br />

creativity you get<br />

These<br />

the<br />

skills<br />

possibility<br />

have become<br />

of new<br />

first<br />

knowledge,<br />

among equals<br />

new<br />

in a<br />

ways whole of range approaching of business things, fields.’ new ways of seeing things,”<br />

Mark Deputy said. Executive Director Sue Walsh said creativity can’t be seen<br />

in isolation and needs to be seen in the context of other capabilities.<br />

Miranda said using the four Cs effectively in the classroom<br />

‘In his paper ‘Great to Excellent’, Professor Michael Fullan looks<br />

can help students open their minds to new ways of<br />

at the six Cs underpinning the next stage of Ontario’s educational<br />

learning.<br />

agenda,’ Sue said. ‘Creativity needs to be seen in the context of these<br />

The other creative capabilities and - performing citizenship, character arts provides education, opportunities communication, for<br />

students critical thinking to develop and collaboration their creative (see skills box right).’ that they can then<br />

apply ‘Fullan across tells all us that learning the overall areas. purpose of these six Cs is the wellbeing<br />

of the whole student and society,’ she said. ‘He challenges us<br />

Drama to think literacy about how we use creativity in everyday life to be a global<br />

citizen.’<br />

CAPTIVATE’s ‘He calls this the Drama ‘new entrepreneurial Literacy program spirit’ uses which creativity he says is ‘a to<br />

enrich spirit characterised student literacy by innovation, learning. risk-taking, commitment and<br />

skilled problem solving in the service of a better future’,’ Sue said.<br />

Run Innovation in stage today groups, has it a social is designed component to increase and requires literacy adaptability, skills<br />

through leadership, the teamwork medium and of interpersonal drama. Tutors skills. work Increasingly alongside today, the the<br />

classroom capacity to teacher innovate in is linked capacity to the building ability to and connect developing with others<br />

skills and with in communication. a facility for communication In addition and to collaboration. literacy and<br />

communication skills, students develop performance, playbuilding<br />

and role-playing skills.<br />

By Kim Brownlie<br />

St Thomas Aquinas Primary, Springwood, Year 6 teacher<br />

Kate McKenzie said the way she teaches students drama<br />

literacy is to think with their bodies.<br />

“Drama literacy is comprehending the world around us,”<br />

Kate said. “Not using only our minds but our bodies to help<br />

us understand the context of things for our learning and to<br />

improve it.”<br />

Having participated in the program for the past three years,<br />

Kate said drama literacy has encouraged both students and<br />

staff to think more creatively about the learning.<br />



“You can only be creative if you take risks and every activity<br />

requires some element of stepping out of yourself; being<br />

part of something bigger and challenging your thinking<br />

and the thinking of those around you,” she said.<br />

FULLAN’S 6Cs<br />


Honesty, self-regulation and responsibility, perseverance, empathy<br />

for contributing to the safety and benefit of others, self-confidence,<br />

personal health and well-being, career and life skills.<br />


Global knowledge, sensitivity to and respect for other cultures,<br />

active involvement in addressing issues of human and<br />

environmental sustainability.<br />


Communicate effectively orally, in writing and with a variety of<br />

digital tools; listening skills.<br />


Think critically to design and manage projects, solve problems,<br />

make effective decisions using a variety of digital tools<br />

and resources.<br />


Work in teams, learn from and contribute to the learning of others,<br />

social networking skills, empathy in working with diverse others.<br />


Economic and social entrepreneurialism, considering and<br />

pursuing novel ideas, and leadership for action.<br />

Source: ‘Great to Excellent: Launching the Next Stage of<br />

Ontario’s Education Agenda’, 2013<br />

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Students in the Concert Band program showcase how they harness their creativity in learning.<br />

The Commercial Dance Ensemble junior group show their creative language through dance.<br />

Kate said that her class had built on their work in drama<br />

literacy with students inventing creative ways to show their<br />

learning and to pose questions in other subject areas.<br />

Creativity in music<br />

Research has found that learning music facilitates learning<br />

other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably<br />

use in other areas.<br />

A 2010 review by Northwestern University pulled together<br />

research from the scientific literature linking musical<br />

training to learning that spills over to skills including<br />

language, speech, memory, attention and even vocal<br />

emotion.<br />

The Concert Band program is taught in class groups in<br />

Years 5 and 6 where CAPTIVATE provides the tutor(s)<br />

required for the first year of delivery of the program and<br />

then coordinates the allocation of tutors across the schools<br />

in the program.<br />

Music Educator Francoise Marrier d’Unienville said the<br />

program sits in different forms across the primary schools<br />

in the Diocese and students learn how to play instruments.<br />

“It’s holistic learning in music; you’re not just learning<br />

how to play your instrument, you’re learning how to read<br />

music, how to count, signs and dynamics and expressive<br />

techniques,” Francoise said.<br />

Francoise believes that the program enables students to<br />

foster creativity because music is a language that is not<br />

hindered by a student’s ability level in literacy or numeracy.<br />

CAPTIVATE Artistic Director David Russell said the<br />

band program exists to provide every student with the<br />

opportunity to experience and immerse themselves in<br />

some sort of musical activity or musical process.<br />

“Nearly half of our primary schools offer the strings<br />

program or band program, which is providing a musical<br />

performing experience,” David said. “It’s about how that<br />

links into the way in which students learn and can transfer<br />

it into their learning for numeracy and literacy and even<br />

their physical learning like PDHPE and spatial awareness.”<br />

Creativity through dance<br />

The skills developed in dance can be valuable transferable<br />

skills that can be applied to any form of learning. The<br />

confidence gained through achievements in dance helps<br />

to build social skills, increase self esteem and the ability to<br />

communicate well in a group.<br />

The Commercial Dance Ensemble comprises both a junior<br />

(Years 3 to 6) and senior (Years 7 to 12) troupe, which<br />

rehearses weekly at St Agnes <strong>Catholic</strong> High School, Rooty<br />

Hill.<br />

The ensemble is open to any student with an interest in<br />

dance and covers high-energy routines combining popular<br />

dance and performance styles.<br />

CAPTIVATE Dance Mentor Peta Markham-Ward started<br />

the program with Mark Hopkins in 2010 to give students<br />

the opportunity to dance with students with the same<br />

interests.<br />

She said the dance ensemble enables students to be creative<br />

beyond the physical dance steps.<br />

“It opens their minds to being more creative and to come<br />

up with new and exciting ideas,” Peta said.<br />

In fact, throughout Term 4 last year, the ensemble had been<br />

working on a concept video to hone in on a new skillset<br />

and explore their creativity to learn more about production,<br />

storyboarding, video and editing.<br />

Catherine McAuley Westmead Year 9 student Laura<br />

SantaMaria said she has been dancing in the ensemble<br />

since she was in Year 5 in 2011 and it has helped with many<br />

aspects of learning.<br />

“It has definitely helped with confidence because we do a<br />

lot of shows in front of people we don’t know and also with<br />

our learning because it has helped us pick up things a lot<br />

quicker,” Laura said.<br />

Cerdon <strong>Catholic</strong> College, Merrylands, Year 10 student<br />

Rochelle Salatino only started dancing last year because of<br />

the opportunity provided by the dance ensemble. She feels<br />

that it has helped her to grow artistically.<br />

“I feel like the dance ensemble has given me the confidence<br />

to help interact and engage more at school,” Rochelle said.<br />

Creativity in science<br />

Creativity is not only the domain of painters, singers and<br />

playwrights, according to Robert DeHaan, a retired Emory<br />

University cell biologist who now studies how to teach<br />

creative thinking.<br />

While most people associate creativity with playing music,<br />

performing on stage or painting a picture, Mr DeHaan<br />

believes it can mean dreaming up a solution to a challenge<br />

encountered in a lab.<br />

Chemist Dudley Herschbach of Harvard University said<br />

scientists themselves describe science not as a set of facts<br />

and vocabulary to memorise or a lab report with one ‘right’<br />

answer, but as an ongoing journey, a quest for knowledge<br />

about the natural world.<br />

“In science, you actually aren't concerned right off the bat<br />

about getting the right answer — nobody knows what it<br />

is,” Prof Herschbach said. “You're exploring a question we<br />

don't have answers to. That's the challenge, the adventure<br />

in it.”<br />

Teaching Educator Paul Stenning has been working<br />

with a number of secondary Science teachers across the<br />

Diocese to help students develop collaboration skills and<br />

to think critically about real world science experiments in<br />

astronomy.<br />

Paul highlighted the project called ‘Our Solar Siblings’ that<br />

has been running for a number of years in which students<br />

have access to working telescopes from around the world.<br />

“This is a project across Years 9 and 10 where students have<br />

access to telescopes as long as it’s vetted through the teacher<br />

and then the researcher,” Paul said.<br />

There are currently 13 schools active in the program where<br />

students who complete the course in Years 9 and 10 are<br />

ready for the astrophysics option for Year 12 physics.<br />

Recently, Paul worked with teachers to pick images that<br />

students have taken from telescopic readings and created<br />

using software to make a calendar.<br />

The project aimed to give students the ability to access real<br />

world experiments with skills that are transferrable across<br />

all Science disciplines and provides them with a basis to use<br />

the Four Cs.<br />

“That’s the thing about Science, you do things you don’t<br />

know the answers to, you don’t do Science on the things<br />

you do know the answers to, because that’s not Science or<br />

creativity,” Paul said.<br />

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Beginning Teachers and Principals Commissioning Ceremony<br />

<strong>2016</strong> New Leaders’ Breakfast<br />

Beginning teachers and Principals stand with educational leaders from the Diocese of Parramatta.<br />

On 4 February, an afternoon tea and commissioning ceremony was held for beginning teachers<br />

and Principals in the Diocese of Parramatta.<br />

They were joined by family and friends for Mass in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta. The<br />

Diocesan Administrator, Very Rev Peter Williams, was the principal celebrant.<br />

Bridget Mazzella, a beginning teacher at Xavier College, Llandilo, said she was inspired to become<br />

a teacher based on the sense of support and direction she received as a student.<br />

“I look forward to delivering that to the next generation of 21st Century learners,” Bridget said.<br />

Science teacher Chiara Grella, who has just started at Gilroy <strong>Catholic</strong> College, Castle Hill, said she<br />

had been inspired to become a teacher after her experiences tutoring students at university.<br />

“I could see that just giving them one hour a week helped them so much, I thought how much<br />

progress could be achieved if I gave a lot more time,” Chiara said. “Eventually, one thing led to<br />

another and God led me to teaching.”<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Schools Week<br />

New REC at St Bernadette’s Primary, Dundas, Mary<br />

Elliot with her students.<br />

On 24 February, more than 20 newly appointed<br />

Principals, Assistant Principals, Religious<br />

Education Coordinators (RECs) and Team<br />

Leaders attended the annual New Leaders’<br />

Breakfast held at the <strong>Catholic</strong> Education Office<br />

in Parramatta.<br />

The breakfast provided an opportunity for<br />

newly appointed school leaders to meet with<br />

System Leaders and Directors of <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Education in the Diocese of Parramatta.<br />

The Executive Director of Schools, Greg<br />

Whitby, said the breakfast was a great<br />

opportunity for new leaders to meet with their<br />

peers and be reminded of the importance of<br />

their roles in <strong>Catholic</strong> schooling.<br />

“I'm excited for our new leaders,” Greg said.<br />

“Our school communities will thrive on the<br />

fresh approach they bring to our work of<br />

learning and teaching.”<br />

Delegate of the Diocesan Administrator and<br />

Priest Responsible for Education Rev Chris<br />

de Souza spoke to the new cohort about the<br />

expectations of being a leader in <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

education.<br />

“In leading the learning, questions will arise<br />

and collectively we can find answers together,<br />

if we remain focused on the mission,” Fr Chris<br />

said. “I am my work made in the image and<br />

likeness of God.”<br />

New REC, Mary Elliot from St Bernadette’s<br />

Primary, Dundas, said she was reminded of<br />

what a privilege it is to work in a <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

school.<br />

“Fr Chris reminded us that we are the face of<br />

mercy to all those we meet and reiterated the<br />

importance of working collaboratively with<br />

others ‘to lead all people in love’,” Mary said.<br />

Jason Scanlon, Assistant Principal at St Patrick’s<br />

Marist College, Dundas, said the opportunity to<br />

lead as part of a team of educators is a challenge<br />

that both engages and inspires.<br />

New Principal of St Oliver’s Primary, Harris<br />

Park, Barbara Young said the breakfast offered<br />

a meaningful occasion to connect and engage<br />

professionally with her peers.<br />

“As a new leader, and as part of the system I am<br />

connected to, I am challenged to re-imagine<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> education for the contemporary<br />

world,” Barbara said. “This can only be achieved<br />

through collaboration with my faith and<br />

learning community on a local, diocesan and<br />

global level.”<br />

From 6-12 March <strong>2016</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> Schools in NSW and ACT celebrated<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Schools Week. Here is a snapshot of events that took place.<br />

Toddler Day at Trinity <strong>Catholic</strong> Primary, Kemps Creek.<br />

Open Day for families at St Finbar's Primary, Glenbrook.<br />

Stage 3 reading challenge at Holy Trinity Primary, Granville.<br />

Today's learners: tomorrow's leaders<br />



Sibling discounts available. School based fees may apply. The Byallawa co-contribution scheme for<br />

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and the Bishop Manning Scholarship Fund have<br />

been established for families in need of financial assistance.<br />

No child will be refused enrolment because of a family’s inability to afford school fees.<br />

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CCSSParramatta<br />



Responsible Gambling Support Group ̶ this group is free<br />

and is held every Saturday, 9.30am-11am. CCSS Centre, 38<br />

Prince St, Blacktown. Tel (02) 8822 2222.<br />

Mamre Homestead – a unique social<br />

enterprise bringing communities together<br />

Mamre House was originally part of Rev Samuel Marsden's South Creek farm established in 1804.<br />

Mamre House is set on an 85ha property at Orchard<br />

Hills in Sydney's west. It was originally part of Rev<br />

Samuel Marsden's South Creek farm established in<br />

1804.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>Care Social Services took over the operation of<br />

Mamre Farm from the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta in December<br />

2014.<br />

For the past 30 years, the focus at Mamre has been on social<br />

justice and bringing communities together.<br />

Our Community Work<br />

Mamre's Registered Training Organisation - is open to<br />

people of all abilities, long-term unemployed, older and existing<br />

workers, and migrant and refugee families. It is able to deliver<br />

Certificates II & III qualifications in Hospitality, Horticulture<br />

and Business.<br />

Mamre Farm - plots are provided to refugee families or<br />

larger community groups for a nominal fee. Mamre sees this<br />

as an opportunity for these families to cultivate the produce<br />

they grew up with, learn about Western produce through the<br />

guidance of our Farm Manager and sell some of this produce.<br />

Fresh produce is for sale to the public every Friday, between<br />

noon and 4pm. Mamre Farm also provides work experience for<br />

unemployed people and those with a disability.<br />

Mamre's Refugee program - offers a caring and supportive<br />

community environment where lessons are structured around<br />

our students' needs. English and Australian Citizenship classes<br />

are held weekly.<br />

To assist our learning we have a creche that can accommodate<br />

the childcare needs of parents while they are studying. Pastoral<br />

care is available to families, as well as financial counselling.<br />

Our Hospitality and Social Enterprise teams offer casual<br />

employment when it is available. This gives community<br />

members a chance to contribute to Mamre while gaining<br />

valuable experience and some financial independence.<br />

Disability Services - Mamre offers supported employment to<br />

people with disability through our Garden Services. Employees<br />

are part of an enterprise that offers a rewarding career in<br />

lawncare, garden maintenance and landscaping.<br />

Garden crews work in the community, as well as at Mamre<br />

where they maintain the gardens. They also grow new plants in<br />

our nursery space, which are for sale to the public.<br />

Disability Services offers the opportunity to build<br />

relationships, cross train in other areas such as horticulture and<br />

hospitality and be part of Mamre's larger team. We also offer<br />

a Day Support facility called CreateAbility, which caters for<br />

individuals aged 18-65 living with a disability.<br />

Events - with its beautiful grounds and idyllic setting, Mamre<br />

may be the ideal location for your next event. From conferences<br />

to birthday parties, baby showers to meetings, Mamre has a<br />

package to suit your needs.<br />

For more information about any of Mamre's programs,<br />

please tel (02) 9670 5321.<br />

Celebrating the Early Years Mass<br />

Blacktown Neighbour Aid ̶ can you volunteer one hour<br />

a fortnight to brighten the life of an elderly person in<br />

Blacktown? To find out more tel (02) 8822 2222, bna@ccss.<br />

org.au<br />

Stepping Beyond – is on the last Tuesday of the month,<br />

7.30pm-9.30pm. CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St, Blacktown. Fee:<br />

$5 per meeting. Tel (02) 8822 2222, soloparentservices@<br />

ccss.org.au<br />

Younger Widowed Support Group ̶ third Tuesday of each<br />

month, 7pm-9pm. Our Lady of Lourdes Centre, Parish<br />

Centre, 1 Canyon Rd, Baulkham Hills. Fee $5 per meeting.<br />

Tel (02) 8822 2222, soloparentservices@ccss.org.au<br />

Post Separation Recovery Program ̶ seven sessions held<br />

over seven consecutive Wednesdays from 7.30pm-9.45pm,<br />

11 May to 22 June. CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St, Blacktown.<br />

Cost $80. The program is open to anyone wanting to<br />

move forward from their marriage breakdown in a positive<br />

way. Fee $80. Bookings essential. Tel (02) 8822 2222,<br />

soloparentservices@ccss.org.au<br />

Seminar — Annulment Process in the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church ̶<br />

Tuesday 3 May. CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St, Blacktown, from<br />

7.30pm-9.30pm. Cost $7. Registrations essential. Tel (02)<br />

8822 2222, email soloparentservices@ccss.org.au<br />

Bereavement Support Program ̶ for men and women who<br />

grieve the death of their spouse or partner. Fortnightly<br />

on Tuesdays, 10.30am-12.30pm, from 5 <strong>April</strong> to 12 July.<br />

CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St, Blacktown. Fee $5 per meeting.<br />

Bookings essential. Tel (02) 8822 2222, soloparentservices@<br />

ccss.org.au<br />

Natural Fertility Awareness Evening ̶ learn about natural<br />

fertility methods. Wednesday 4 May, 7.30pm, Holy Spirit<br />

Parish, 5 Todd Row, cnr Moore St, St Clair. Free event,<br />

supper provided. To register tel (02) 8822 2222, nfs@ccss.<br />

org.au<br />

Circle of Security ̶ program designed to enhance<br />

attachment security between parents and children. Help<br />

parents raise their children with love, warmth and emotional<br />

intelligence. Thursdays from 28 <strong>April</strong> – 16 June, 10am-<br />

12.30pm, Blacktown CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St, Blacktown.<br />

Tel (02) 8822 2222.<br />


25th Anniversary<br />

Were you, or do you know of anyone who<br />

was involved with Blacktown Neighbour<br />

Aid over the past 25 years? This includes<br />

staff, clients and volunteers.<br />

To commemorate this special anniversary, a<br />

celebratory lunch will be held at Bungarribee Hub,<br />

Blacktown, on Thursday 16 June <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

Please contact Deb Woolacott tel (02) 8822 2238 or<br />

deb.woolacott@ccss.org.au<br />

11am on Sunday 1 May <strong>2016</strong><br />

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta<br />

Couples<br />

celebrating<br />

Wedding<br />

Anniversaries<br />

from 1 year to<br />

20 years are<br />

invited<br />

to attend.<br />

A light lunch will be served after the Mass. Families of<br />

couples are very welcome to attend.<br />

RSVP 21 <strong>April</strong><br />

Please register at marriage@ccss.com.au<br />

or tel (02) 8822 2222.<br />

Keeping Kids in Mind program ̶ supports parents and<br />

families after separation. Five sessions weekly, starts<br />

Monday 9 May, from 6pm-8.30pm. CCSS Parramatta,<br />

2A Villiers St, Parramatta. Fee $100 (includes handbook).<br />

Bookings essential. Tel (02) 8822 2222.<br />

My Kids and Me ̶ for parents whose children are in outof-home<br />

care or kinship care. Fridays from 10am-1pm, St<br />

Nicholas of Myra Parish Hall, 326 High St, Penrith. Bookings<br />

essential. Tel (02) 8822 2222.<br />

Rollercoasters for Kids ̶ support for children whose parents<br />

have separated or are separating. Mondays from 4pm-<br />

5.15pm, six sessions weekly from 16 May. CCSS Centre,<br />

38 Prince St, Blacktown. Bookings essential. Tel (02) 8822<br />

2222.<br />

Cool Kids ̶ support for families when children are<br />

experiencing high levels of anxiety. Wednesdays from<br />

3.30pm-5pm. In Springwood – venue TBA. For further<br />

information, tel (02) 8822 2222.<br />

Recover Wellbeing ̶ recovery oriented program and<br />

support groups for people living with mental distress.<br />

Monthly get togethers 4Wellbeing include Drum4Wellbeing,<br />

Dance4Wellbeing, Sew4Wellbeing, Create4Wellbeing,<br />

Splash4Wellbeing. Further information tel (02) 8822 2222,<br />

julie.webster@ccss.org.au<br />

Offices at Blacktown, Emerton, Parramatta, Penrith, Springwood, call (02) 8822 2222<br />

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GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY: 17 APRIL <strong>2016</strong><br />

Fr Pio Yong Ho Jang:<br />

Pray and Stay<br />

By Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

In the Hyehwa-dong Parish in<br />

Seoul, South Korea, an altar<br />

boy watched on in adoration<br />

as the Assistant Priest lifted the<br />

consecrated host.<br />

The young boy was Fr Pio<br />

Yong Ho Jang, who now serves<br />

as Assistant Priest of St Michael’s<br />

Parish at Baulkham Hills.<br />

“I was about 10 years old.<br />

On other days, I would often be<br />

distracted by ringing the bell<br />

at the proper time and trying<br />

to communicate with the other<br />

small altar boy,” he said.<br />

“But on this particular day,<br />

the priest lifted the consecrated<br />

host and I felt something holy.<br />

There was a strong holiness<br />

attracting my heart. I couldn’t<br />

look at anything else but the<br />

consecrated host.<br />

“In that moment I realised<br />

Jesus, the same Jesus in the<br />

consecrated host and the same<br />

Jesus in the person of the priest,<br />

was calling me for something.”<br />

Fr Pio’s faith was strong<br />

through his primary and high<br />

school years, having been<br />

brought up in a <strong>Catholic</strong> family,<br />

but the pressures associated with<br />

his schooling made it difficult<br />

for him to find time to practice<br />

his faith.<br />

“School would start at 7.30am<br />

and I wouldn’t get home until<br />

10pm. That was my normal<br />

study load.”<br />

Due to the pressure to<br />

succeed, Fr Pio decided to<br />

enter university rather than the<br />

seminary.<br />

“At the time, I didn’t have<br />

enough courage to respond to<br />

God’s call,” Fr Pio said.<br />

University proved to be a<br />

“dark time” for Fr Pio. “My faith<br />

went down and sometimes I<br />

didn’t even attend Mass,” he<br />

explained.<br />

While Fr Pio was studying,<br />

his father migrated to Australia<br />

and he decided to follow him to<br />

Brisbane.<br />

Fr Pio’s initial stay was shortlived<br />

due to the language barrier<br />

and the “slower and rural”<br />

nature of Brisbane.<br />

Having gone back to Korea,<br />

after some time studying in<br />

Chicago in the US, Fr Pio<br />

acknowledged something<br />

needed to change.<br />

“I wasn’t happy in university.<br />

I came across an article on<br />

vocation and it inspired me to<br />

discern God’s calling for me,” he<br />

said.<br />

“I began to pray regularly and<br />

it was Our Lady who interceded<br />

and helped my discernment.”<br />

Our Lady’s strength guided<br />

Fr Pio and taught him not to be<br />

Fr Pio Yong Ho Jang.<br />

Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.<br />

afraid.<br />

“Her humility directed me<br />

towards Jesus. I discerned I was<br />

being called to the seminary,” he<br />

said.<br />

Fr Pio was 29 and despite<br />

wanting to join the seminary, he<br />

wasn’t sure if they would accept<br />

him in Korea due to his age.<br />

“I didn’t have the humility to<br />

discern clearly earlier in life, but<br />

God was too generous and I was<br />

accepted into the seminary as an<br />

exception,” he said.<br />

Fr Pio initially believed he<br />

would be a priest in his mother<br />

country, Korea.<br />

“But I feel I often plan<br />

something and God<br />

accomplishes it in His own way.<br />

That is how I found myself to be<br />

a priest in Australia,” he said.<br />

“In Korea there are many<br />

priests. I thought, should I join<br />

where Christ’s body is sore or<br />

where Christ’s body is healthy?<br />

I hesitated but eventually<br />

I decided I would join the<br />

seminary in Australia. I could<br />

speak English and I had spent<br />

time in Australia already.”<br />

Fr Pio was ordained on<br />

24 June 2015 in St Patrick’s<br />

Cathedral.<br />

“This is me giving back my<br />

gift to God. I don’t think every<br />

person can live this life but<br />

everything is possible with God.<br />

He has given me a special gift<br />

to be able to live this life. I am<br />

really thankful,” he said.<br />

When asked what advice<br />

he would give others who are<br />

struggling to discern their<br />

vocation, Fr Pio said, “Just pray.<br />

Fifteen minutes a day is like<br />

1000 years when you are with<br />

God. Spend some time in front<br />

of the Lord through the Blessed<br />

Sacrament.<br />

“St Thomas doubted but I<br />

think he was eventually able to<br />

see Jesus and touch Him because<br />

he stayed with Our Lady.<br />

“It is because he stayed,<br />

despite doubt, that Jesus<br />

appeared to him.<br />

“My advice: Pray and stay.”<br />

Several of our permanent deacons and their wives together with couples who are in formation. Pho<br />

Permanent deacons calle<br />

Rev John McSweeney, Priest responsible for Deacons<br />

On 8 May during the<br />

11am Mass in St Patrick’s<br />

Cathedral, George Bryan<br />

will be ordained as a permanent<br />

deacon for the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta.<br />

George and his wife, Kaye,<br />

have been preparing for diaconal<br />

ministry for a number of<br />

years; and when Bishop Peter<br />

Comensoli, Bishop of Broken<br />

Bay, lays hands on George’s<br />

head and confers the Sacrament<br />

of Orders on him, it will be<br />

a significant moment in the<br />

couple’s life – and will signal the<br />

beginning of public ministry by<br />

George for the people of God.<br />

The Diocese of Parramatta<br />

was one of the first dioceses<br />

in Australia to implement the<br />

revised permanent diaconate of<br />

the Church. Bishop Bede Heather<br />

began the process of ordaining<br />

married men as deacons, and this<br />

has been supported and followed<br />

by Bishop Kevin Manning and<br />

Bishop Anthony Fisher OP.<br />

At present there are eight<br />

men who, with their wives as<br />

supporters of their ministry, are<br />

active in various parishes and<br />

chaplaincies as deacons.<br />

The parishes that have a<br />

permanent deacon at present<br />

are St Patrick’s Cathedral,<br />

Toongabbie, Glenwood-Stanhope<br />

Gardens, Blacktown, Quakers<br />

Hill, Granville, and North Rocks.<br />

In addition, the Filipino and<br />

Vietnamese chaplaincies have the<br />

service of a deacon.<br />

So, what is the permanent<br />

diaconate? It is an ordained<br />

ministry, sharing in the<br />

Sacrament of Orders, which is<br />

offered to men (most of whom<br />

are already married); and it<br />

involves the deacon serving in<br />

various roles and ministries<br />

throughout the Diocese.<br />

Apart from liturgical<br />

responsibilities in the parishes<br />

to which they are appointed,<br />

these generous men also minister<br />

in different ways to the sick<br />

and the needy – as ministers of<br />

charity; they serve as chaplains<br />

in hospitals and in other services,<br />

including the Police Force.<br />

They are always ready to serve<br />

the bishop in whatever capacity<br />

in order to further the coming of<br />

Fr Pio Yong Ho Jang gives a blessing following his ordination to priesthood<br />

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GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY: 17 APRIL <strong>2016</strong><br />

Andrew Rooney<br />

enjoys the fraternity<br />

of seminary life<br />

By Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

to: Art in Images.<br />

d to ministry of service<br />



Sunday 1 May <strong>2016</strong> from 2.30pm-5pm<br />

St Anthony’s Parish Hall, 27 Aurelia St, Toongabbie<br />

Single men aged 25 and over and married couples<br />

For further details contact Rev Arthur Bridge AM<br />

There was no ‘burning bush’<br />

moment for seminarian<br />

Andrew Rooney, who at<br />

22 years old is now in his fourth<br />

year at Holy Spirit Seminary.<br />

“I was hoping for a sign. That<br />

the roof of my house would be<br />

torn off and God would call out,<br />

but it was a subtle attraction and<br />

calling, which over time caused<br />

me to thoroughly explore my<br />

vocation,” he explained.<br />

Andrew grew up attending<br />

Mass with his family at Padre<br />

Pio Parish in Glenmore Park.<br />

The second eldest of five<br />

children, with a twin sister and<br />

a doting mother, Andrew was<br />

taught the value of a supportive<br />

and close family, and the<br />

inspiration of a faith-filled<br />

mother.<br />

“My earliest memory of my<br />

mother’s faith was when I was<br />

just four years old. My mum had<br />

a children’s Bible and she would<br />

read it to us while we sat on<br />

those foam seats for children,”<br />

he said.<br />

“The example, strength,<br />

integrity and faith of my mother<br />

was foundational for my faith.”<br />

Andrew attended St<br />

Dominic’s College in Penrith<br />

but didn’t reflect on the strength<br />

and conviction of St Dominic<br />

Savio until some time after his<br />

graduation.<br />

“I had attended an iWitness<br />

Youth Conference in December<br />

2012. I was looking for a sign to<br />

pursue the priesthood and I was<br />

quite disappointed that I didn’t<br />

have an epiphany there,” he said.<br />

“I was in Parramatta the<br />

next day and went to Mass in St<br />

Patrick’s Cathedral where I came<br />

across a St Dominic Savio prayer<br />

card.<br />

“I went to Theology on Tap<br />

that evening. I prayed the rosary<br />

and for St Dominic Savio’s<br />

intercession. It was then that I<br />

came to the realisation that I was<br />

going to join the seminary.”<br />

It was through prayer and<br />

the intercession of St Dominic<br />

Savio, followed by discussions<br />

with Fr Warren Edwards, the<br />

diocesan Director of Priestly<br />

Vocations, that Andrew found<br />

the courage to discern the call to<br />

the priesthood as a seminarian.<br />

“Reading about St Dominic<br />

Savio, you can see the courage<br />

he had throughout his whole<br />

life. He would stand up to his<br />

peers and encourage them in the<br />

faith,” he said.<br />

“St Dominic Savio is also<br />

the patron saint of choirboys.<br />

I had a lot of involvement in<br />

Church music so I had a lot of<br />

admiration for that patronage.”<br />

Andrew began a Bachelor of<br />

Music in classical vocals before<br />

he decided to change paths and<br />

enter the seminary.<br />

“I started my music<br />

degree because I liked music.<br />

But it wasn’t until I started<br />

my Philosophy degree in my<br />

seminary year, studying the<br />

aesthetics and rich musical<br />

tradition of the Church, that I<br />

began to love music.<br />

“Music is integral to<br />

the liturgy. There is a great<br />

intelligence in the music of the<br />

Church. It can speak to different<br />

Seminarian Andrew Rooney.<br />

Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.<br />

people at different levels in a<br />

deep way. It can speak great<br />

theological truths.<br />

“Music goes beyond what it<br />

is to be a <strong>Catholic</strong> and delves<br />

further into what it is to be a<br />

person.<br />

“When we sing, we rise above<br />

normal conversation. When we<br />

use song in our prayer, it helps<br />

us to express the great dignity<br />

of the act of prayer itself. When<br />

we do that communally, it<br />

communicates to everybody our<br />

devotion to God.”<br />

Andrew enjoys the<br />

challenging communal life of the<br />

seminary.<br />

“There are currently 13<br />

seminarians. They’re my<br />

brothers. They’re my family and<br />

I’m motivated by them every<br />

day,” he said.<br />

“The fraternity that you<br />

foster within the seminary is<br />

important to your priesthood<br />

because you want them to keep<br />

you level-headed and hold you<br />

accountable.<br />

“Even if one of us ends up<br />

in Blackheath and another in<br />

Parramatta, our pursuit of the<br />

priesthood together deepens<br />

our relationship, cultivating an<br />

unyielding brotherhood.”<br />

Tel (02) 9631 3316, arthur.bridge@parracatholic.org<br />

God’s kingdom.<br />

There is a process of formation<br />

which involves the four areas<br />

of spirituality, human growth,<br />

academic requirements and<br />

pastoral work.<br />

A minimum four years of<br />

formation is required before<br />

one of those in formation is<br />

called to candidacy and then to<br />

ordination.<br />

Fr Arthur Bridge AM<br />

(Toongabbie parish) Director<br />

of Vocations to the Permanent<br />

Diaconate and Fr Jolly Chacko<br />

MS (Glenbrook Parish) is<br />

Director of Formation, leading a<br />

very able formation team.<br />

Both weekends and Saturday<br />

mornings are attended by those in<br />

formation, adding to the academic<br />

study, as well as regular spiritual<br />

direction.<br />

The wives of the married<br />

men are included in all activities<br />

(except doing the academic<br />

courses!); indeed, they are integral<br />

to the whole process of formation.<br />

Let us continue to pray for all<br />

those in formation and all who<br />

serve as permanent deacons in<br />

our Diocese. And let us also ask<br />

the Lord of the Harvest to send<br />

more labourers into His harvest.<br />

Andrew Rooney (left) with Deacon Tony Hoban at the start of this year’s Palm Sunday procession.<br />

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WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS: 17 <strong>April</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

Of nuns, monasteries and<br />

monkeys<br />

Marriage requires<br />

commitment and<br />

fidelity<br />

By Karin Abrams, Coordinator, Marriage Education Support and Enrichment<br />

At the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria are, from left: Fr Peter, Mother Mary Justin, Sr Thomasina and Bishop<br />

Rose.<br />

“O<br />

f all my kids, it's the one in an<br />

enclosed religious order who's<br />

seen the most of the world!” This<br />

response to the simple question, “So how's<br />

your daughter getting on?” was not one<br />

that would come to the lips of most fathers,<br />

but it has proved true enough for Eddie<br />

Allchurch.<br />

In 2003, his daughter Emma (now<br />

known as Mother Mary Justin) joined the<br />

Tyburn nuns at Riverstone in the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta.<br />

As this is a cloistered Benedictine<br />

congregation, her family never expected to<br />

have trouble keeping track of exactly where<br />

she was …<br />

But the congregation, whose charism<br />

is one of liturgical prayer and perpetual<br />

Eucharistic Adoration, also has an<br />

irrepressible missionary spirit.<br />

This spirit led to the rapid expansion of<br />

the congregation across Australia and NZ,<br />

Europe, South America and now Africa.<br />

Mother Justin now finds herself in the<br />

heart of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa at<br />

the invitation of Bishop Graham Rose of the<br />

Diocese of Dundee.<br />

She has joined a small Tyburn<br />

community that is working to found a<br />

monastic centre of prayer and hospitality.<br />

As South Africa faces crisis on<br />

many levels – political, economic, social<br />

and ecological – the Church's mission<br />

of evangelisation and hope becomes<br />

increasingly imperative.<br />

The sisters in the little Tyburn<br />

community are from different races and<br />

backgrounds. As Benedictine religious, they<br />

are giving themselves totally to helping the<br />

local community.<br />

Their monastery, which is currently<br />

under planning, will be dedicated to<br />

the Holy Family and will be a place of<br />

Eucharistic spirituality, fraternal equality<br />

and natural sanctuary to which all will be<br />

welcome.<br />

The sisters plan to establish the<br />

monastery property according to the<br />

principles of permaculture and hope<br />

that this might become a model for the<br />

surrounding townships and informal<br />

settlements.<br />

They hope to foster nutritional<br />

independence and sustainability in a<br />

punishing climate very similar to Australia,<br />

but with the additional challenge of a<br />

resident family of monkeys on the property!<br />

The sisters have been warmly welcomed<br />

and accommodated by the Dominican<br />

sisters in Blaauwbosch. They feel very much<br />

at home among the predominantly Zulu<br />

parish where already the ministry of prayer<br />

is much appreciated.<br />

However, the sisters are eager to get<br />

on site and are looking to establish simple,<br />

temporary housing to be used over the<br />

next couple of years while the chapel and<br />

monastery are being built.<br />

Holy Mass and Eucharistic Adoration<br />

will begin immediately in a small chapel.<br />

It will also allow for the beginning of the<br />

property development and the oversight of<br />

the construction process.<br />

Funds for the purchase of this basic<br />

accommodation and the upkeep of the little<br />

community are in very short supply. If you<br />

are able to help this new venture of prayer<br />

and hope to become a living reality, the<br />

sisters would be most grateful!<br />

Donations can be sent to:<br />

Tyburn Missions, Tyburn Priory,<br />

325 Garfield Road East,<br />

Riverstone NSW 2765<br />

One vocation that many <strong>Catholic</strong>s<br />

live in their everyday lives is<br />

the vocation of marriage. Pope<br />

Francis explains that Christian marriage<br />

and family life is a real vocation “just like<br />

the priesthood and religious life are. Two<br />

Christians who marry each other have<br />

recognised in their love story the Lord’s call,<br />

the vocation to form one flesh, one life from<br />

the two, male and female.”<br />

This vocation to marriage is a particular<br />

way of following the Lord, which challenges<br />

a couple to live their marriage in a way that<br />

expresses God’s truth and love in the world.<br />

As with all vocations, marriage requires<br />

commitment and fidelity. Living out this<br />

vocation can be a challenge at times,<br />

especially in today’s society that does not<br />

value lifelong marital commitment.<br />

In 2013, Pope Francis in an address<br />

to the World Youth Day volunteers,<br />

encouraged them to follow the Lord and<br />

respond to their own vocation.<br />

He went on to say: “God calls each of<br />

us to be holy, to live his life, but he has a<br />

particular path for each one of us. Some are<br />

called to holiness through family life in the<br />

Sacrament of Marriage.<br />

“In a culture of relativism and the<br />

ephemeral, many preach the importance of<br />

‘enjoying’ the moment. They say that it is<br />

not worth making a lifelong commitment,<br />

making a definitive decision ‘forever’.”<br />

He went on to say: ‘… be revolutionaries<br />

I ask you to swim against the tide; yes, I<br />

am asking you to rebel against this culture<br />

that sees everything as temporary and<br />

that ultimately believes you are incapable<br />

of responsibility – that believes you are<br />

incapable of true love.”<br />

On Sunday 1 May, many such<br />

revolutionary couples will attend a special<br />

Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral to celebrate<br />

wedding anniversaries of between one and<br />

20 years.<br />

The Diocesan Administrator, Very Rev<br />

Peter G Williams, will be the principal<br />

celebrant for the Celebrating the Early Years<br />

Mass at 11am, organised by <strong>Catholic</strong>Care.<br />

Any couple celebrating these<br />

anniversaries is welcome to attend the Mass<br />

with their families and join us for a light<br />

lunch in the Cathedral Hall afterwards.<br />

To register your attendance please book<br />

with your parish office or with <strong>Catholic</strong>Care<br />

tel (02) 8822 2222, marriage@ccss.org.au<br />



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Young artists express<br />

Hope for the Future<br />

Family Vacation.<br />

Spirit of Peace.<br />

The overall prizewinning artwork was Nature.<br />

Marist Youth Care (MYC) held<br />

its 9th Art Show at the new<br />

Wentworth Galleries at No<br />

1 Martin Place in Sydney in February.<br />

Forty-two young artists from MYC’s<br />

Settlement Services Programs, Out of<br />

Home Care and Educational Supports<br />

Services had a unique opportunity to have<br />

their artworks hung in a public gallery.<br />

All the artworks were a personal<br />

representation of the artists’ expression of<br />

the theme, ‘Hope for the Future’.<br />

On the day before the art show opened,<br />

the artworks were professionally judged by<br />

Robin Ross (artist), Maria Aitken (gallery<br />

owner) and Anne Johnston (artist).<br />

The overall prizewinning artwork was<br />

Nature. Other prizewinning artworks were<br />

Family Vacation, My Way and Spirit of<br />

Peace. Many of the paintings were sold on<br />

opening night.<br />

The annual art show provides an<br />

opportunity for young people under the<br />

care of MYC to develop their artistic skills.<br />

It encourages them to explore their talents<br />

to create an artwork that is a personal<br />

expression of themselves.<br />

Art materials were provided through<br />

the generous donations of William Blue<br />

Hospitality College students, the overall<br />

Prize of an Apple computer was donated<br />

by sponsor Yellow Edge, and Wentworth<br />

Galleries provided a very special venue<br />

for the opening night and display of the<br />

artworks for the following weekend.<br />

MYC would like to thank Wentworth<br />

Galleries, Yellow Edge, Art Scene and<br />

the judges for their continued support in<br />

providing this wonderful opportunity for<br />

young people.<br />

Calling for nominations<br />

for 3 diocesan awards<br />

Nominations are now open for three diocesan awards:<br />

The Diocesan Medal of Honour<br />

The Diocesan Medal of Honour seeks<br />

to encourage and recognise outstanding<br />

contribution and service by members of the<br />

Parramatta diocesan community in work<br />

on behalf of the Church and society. The<br />

Diocesan Medal of Honour is awarded for<br />

outstanding service to parish, Diocese and<br />

community.<br />

The Diocesan Citation of Merit for Youth<br />

The Diocesan Citation of Merit for Youth seeks to encourage and<br />

recognise youth between the ages of 18 and 25 who have shown<br />

outstanding contribution and service to the parish, Diocese and<br />

community.<br />

The Diocesan Certificate of Recognition<br />

The Diocesan Certificate of Recognition seeks to encourage and recognise<br />

outstanding contribution by non-<strong>Catholic</strong> members of the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta community, for work supporting the parish, Diocese and<br />

community.<br />

An overview for how to make a nomination and notations are available<br />

from:<br />

Rev Dr Arthur Bridge AM PP<br />

Chairman of the Diocesan Honours Committee<br />

Tel (02) 9631 3316<br />

arthurbridge@arsmusica.org.au<br />

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Changes announced<br />

to Safe Schools<br />

Coalition program<br />

By Ben Smith, Director of the<br />

Family & Life Office<br />

www.parrafamlife.org.au @parrafamlife parrafamlife<br />

St Joseph’s Feast Day Men’s Breakfast<br />

By Ben Smith<br />

On 18 March, the Federal Education<br />

Minister, Senator Simon<br />

Birmingham, announced a number<br />

of changes to the Safe Schools Coalition<br />

Australia program as a result of a recent<br />

review.<br />

The program claims to be an antibullying<br />

program. However, the program<br />

coordinator, Roz Ward, recently admitted<br />

that the program was about “supporting<br />

gender and sexual diversity. Not about<br />

celebrating diversity. Not about stopping<br />

bullying.”<br />

In other words, it was about advocacy<br />

and social engineering. Some examples of<br />

this content include:<br />

• Teaching girls to bind their chests to<br />

restrict breast development;<br />

• Encouraging cross-dressing;<br />

• Teaching gay and lesbian sexual<br />

techniques; and<br />

• Teaching students that<br />

heterosexuality is not the norm.<br />

More than 500 Australian schools are<br />

members of this program. Eleven of these<br />

schools are located within the geographical<br />

boundaries of the Diocese and they are:<br />

Blaxland High, Bligh Park Public, Colo<br />

High, Glenwood High, Jamison High,<br />

Parramatta High, Parramatta West Public,<br />

Penrith High, St Marys Senior High,<br />

Vardys Road Public and Windsor Park<br />

Public.<br />

The Federal Government has<br />

recommended the following changes to<br />

the program: parental consent be required,<br />

the removal of web content and third party<br />

organisation branding (for sex shops, gay<br />

and lesbian organisations and transgender<br />

organisations), the removal of gender<br />

diversity role playing and the banning of<br />

political advocacy.<br />

For more information about the<br />

program please contact the diocesan<br />

Family & Life Office: famlife@parra.<br />

catholic.org.au<br />

Thursday 21 <strong>April</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

Holy Hour for Vocations<br />

On 19 March, the inaugural diocesan<br />

St Joseph’s Feast Day Men’s Breakfast<br />

was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral,<br />

Parramatta. More than 50 men took part in<br />

the event.<br />

The event started with Mass in the<br />

Cathedral celebrated by Fr Shane Reade<br />

SDB. Fr Shane gave a great sermon on the<br />

importance of the relationship between<br />

fathers and sons.<br />

The event then moved into the Cathedral<br />

Hall where breakfast was served. As the<br />

men were finishing their bacon and eggs the<br />

guest speaker, Paul Ninnes from Real Talk<br />

Australia, began his talk entitled: ‘Learning<br />

from St Joseph: Living purity of heart in a<br />

porn saturated culture.’<br />

Paul’s talk began with a reflection on the<br />

growing significance of St Joseph in the<br />

life of the Church over the past 150 years.<br />

Paul pointed out that St Joseph’s example in<br />

leading the Holy Family through a number<br />

of trials is a great example for <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

husbands and fathers who are leading their<br />

families through uncertain times.<br />

Paul spoke about the ubiquity of<br />

pornography in our society and the problems<br />

it causes. One statistic that really stood out<br />

in Paul’s talk was that pornography addiction<br />

St Patrick’s Cathedral, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta<br />

Everyone is welcome to join the Holy Hour for Vocations from<br />

7pm-8pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month for an hour of<br />

adoration, prayer, music and quiet time in the Blessed Sacrament<br />

Chapel in St Patrick’s Cathedral.<br />

To find out more about priesthood in the Diocese of Parramatta<br />

contact Fr Warren Edwards, Director of Priestly Vocations<br />

Tel 0409 172 700 or email vocations@parra.catholic.org.au<br />

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www.catholicoutlook.org<br />

More than 50 men took part in the inaugural St Joseph’s Feast Day Men’s Breakfast. Photos: Adrian Middeldorp<br />

is a strong contributor in more than 50%<br />

of divorces in the US. Paul emphasised that<br />

pornography addictions “take out” good men<br />

and this has significant consequences for<br />

their families.<br />

Paul put forward some practical strategies<br />

to help men overcome their attraction to<br />

pornography based on his own personal<br />

experience. He proposed the PASS<br />

strategy, which is an acronym for Prayer,<br />

Accountability, Scripture and Sacraments.<br />

Three of the elements of the strategy are<br />

fairly well known but the Accountability<br />

element deals with having trusted mentors to<br />

help men grow in virtue.<br />

The final part of the breakfast offered the<br />

participants a choice of men’s groups to join<br />

to help them develop some mentors in their<br />

life.<br />

Representatives from the following groups<br />

gave a short explanation of their mission<br />

and how men could get involved: Brothers<br />

4 Soul (Schoenstatt Men’s Fellowship), The<br />

Catenians, Culture Project, Disciples of Jesus,<br />

menALIVE, and the Men of St Joseph.<br />

The feedback was very positive and it is<br />

envisaged that this event will become an<br />

annual feature of the diocesan calendar.<br />

Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy<br />

Penrose Park<br />

Fatima Day: Wednesday <strong>April</strong> 13<br />

Come and pray for your family and this troubled World!<br />

Exposition 10am, Holy Mass 11am, After Lunch; Procession and<br />

Devotions at Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.<br />

Principal Celebrant: Fr Dominik Karnas CSMA<br />

Parish Priest of Horsley Park Parish<br />

Divine Mercy Sunday: <strong>April</strong> 3<br />

11am Solemn Mass followed by devotions including Chaplet of Divine Mercy.<br />

Fatima Family Sunday: <strong>April</strong> 17<br />

Holy Mass 11 am with Renewal of Wedding vows, followed by Devotions.<br />

Upcoming celebrations in Our Shrine:<br />

Tuesday May 3rd, Solemnity of Our Lady of Czestochowa<br />

Holy Mass 11 am followed by Devotions.<br />

Pauline Father’s Monastery<br />

Address: 120 Hanging Rock Road, Berrima, NSW, 2577 Phone: 02 4878 9192<br />

Email: paulinefathers@yahoo.com.au<br />

Website: www.penrosepark.com.au

www.mercyhasaface.org.au<br />

#mercyhasaface<br />


Year of Mercy:<br />

24 Hours for the Lord<br />

A young girl makes cigarettes in Bagan, Myanmar. Photo: Angela N Perryman/Shutterstock.com<br />

Human trafficking the result of<br />

economic and social exclusion<br />

In their submission to a Senate inquiry,<br />

Australia’s <strong>Catholic</strong> bishops say human<br />

trafficking and slavery is a terrible consequence<br />

of economic and social exclusion.<br />

Bishop Terry Brady, Chair of the Bishops<br />

Commission for Pastoral Life, said exclusion was<br />

the result of a number of factors. “It is the result of<br />

not recognising the human dignity of each person,<br />

so people are treated as an object or a means to an<br />

end,” he said.<br />

“It happens because people are in poverty<br />

and don’t have access to adequate education or<br />

employment. It is caused by putting money and<br />

not people at the centre of the economy.”<br />

The Commission made the submission in<br />

February to the Parliamentary Joint Committee<br />

on Law Enforcement.<br />

“One approach that should be investigated as<br />

part of a community awareness strategy is the<br />

UK’s Modern Slavery Act, which uses information<br />

to shine a light on the exploitation of workers,”<br />

Bishop Brady said.<br />

“Under the UK legislation, businesses that reach<br />

a minimum turnover must issue an annual report<br />

on what they are doing to ensure their business<br />

and supply chain is not involved in human<br />

trafficking and the exploitation of workers.<br />

“Forced marriages are another aspect of<br />

trafficking, difficult to investigate because victims<br />

and witnesses are often afraid of reprisals or of<br />

bringing shame on their families.<br />

“It is much better to try to prevent forced<br />

marriages than try to convict people after the<br />

fact. One important piece of preventative work<br />

is a school education resource developed by<br />

Australian <strong>Catholic</strong> Religious Against Trafficking<br />

in Humans (ACRATH).<br />

“In 2015, ACRATH worked to ensure the<br />

problem of forced marriages could be more easily<br />

seen by school students and that those students<br />

who may be at risk of forced marriage would<br />

know where to go for help.<br />

“ACRATH ran a 2015 pilot scheme to raise<br />

awareness in schools about forced marriages<br />

and to help children be aware of the protections<br />

offered by the law.<br />

“It is important for schools to have the<br />

opportunity to use this program. The Australian<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Bishops Conference urges the Attorney<br />

General’s Department to extend the funding<br />

available to ACRATH.<br />

“Australia also has an important role to play<br />

internationally as an affluent nation. Overseas<br />

aid is an important way in which Australia can<br />

contribute to reducing economic and social<br />

exclusion and, therefore, some of the factors that<br />

put people at risk of being trafficked.<br />

“The Coalition Government has cut Australia’s<br />

overseas aid by more than $11 billion since it<br />

was elected in 2013. These funds would have<br />

been a significant boost to aid and humanitarian<br />

programs.<br />

“Australia and Australians have a moral<br />

obligation to share their good fortune with people<br />

less fortunate.”<br />

A copy of the submission can be found<br />

at: https://www.catholic.org.au/about-us/<br />

public-policy-office-contact<br />

More than 500 people were at the Mass in St Andrew the Apostle Church at Marayong.<br />

A<br />

special time of prayer and<br />

Reconciliation in the Year<br />

of Mercy took place in St<br />

Patrick’s Cathedral and in parishes<br />

across the Diocese of Parramatta<br />

during Lent on 4 and 5 March.<br />

The faithful of St Andrew<br />

the Apostle Parish at Marayong<br />

observed 24 Hours for the Lord in<br />

what was a grace-filled time for the<br />

community.<br />

Assistant Priest Rev Charlie<br />

Al Boustany was assisted in the<br />

organisation by many parishioners,<br />

including members of the Legion<br />

of Mary who decorated the church<br />

and Therese with beautiful flowers.<br />

The 24 hours for the Lord was<br />

embraced by many parishioners,<br />

with more than 500 people in<br />

attendance at Mass.<br />

Visit: www.mercyhasaface.org.au<br />

Members of the parish music ministry team.<br />

Free e-book for computer, e-reader, tablet or iPhone<br />

Son of God:<br />

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This e-book is authored by Father Ted Tyler, Parish Priest of St Mary of the Cross<br />

MacKillop Parish, Upper Blue Mountains. Copies may be downloaded free of charge<br />

to a computer or e-reader or tablet.<br />

The e-book offers the Gospel for every day of this Liturgical Year C-2 (Sundays Year<br />

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The e-book contains the Gospel passages not only for this present Liturgical Year, but<br />

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www.catholicoutlook.org<br />

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Partnership at heart of asylum seeker centre<br />

Arrupe Place in Parramatta<br />

opened its doors just over<br />

a year ago and already<br />

this drop-in centre for asylum<br />

seekers has been recognised for its<br />

innovative work.<br />

At the <strong>2016</strong> Zest Awards<br />

in Sydney in February, Arrupe<br />

Place received the Exceptional<br />

Community Partnership Project in<br />

a Local Government Area Award.<br />

The centre was established by<br />

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in<br />

collaboration with seven other<br />

partners, including the Good<br />

Samaritan Sisters.<br />

The Co-ordinator of Arrupe<br />

Place, Maeve Brown, said it been<br />

a truly collaborative process and<br />

the award recognised the project’s<br />

“capacity building, advocacy and<br />

leadership”.<br />

“This award is a testament to<br />

our exceptional partners whose<br />

great support has helped Arrupe<br />

Place work.”<br />

Maeve said that Arrupe Place<br />

had been established in early 2015<br />

to provide a welcoming space for<br />

people seeking asylum and in need<br />

of essential services in Western<br />

Sydney.<br />

To provide these services<br />

JRS partnered with seven other<br />

organisations: the Sisters of<br />

Mercy Parramatta, the Sisters of<br />

Charity, the Sisters of the Good<br />

Samaritan, Refugee Advice and<br />

Casework Service (RACS), the<br />

Australian Red Cross, Information<br />

and Cultural Exchange (ICE) and<br />

Training for Change.<br />

Two other organisations,<br />

STARTTS (Service for the<br />

Treatment and Rehabilitation of<br />

Torture and Trauma Survivors)<br />

and Baker & McKenzie, have also<br />

provided free support for asylum<br />

seekers.<br />

“We were drawn together with<br />

the common goal of providing<br />

a safe haven that allows asylum<br />

seekers to live with dignity and<br />

become self-sufficient whilst<br />

waiting for their claims for<br />

protection to be assessed,” Maeve<br />

said.<br />

“Arrupe Place ensures that<br />

accessing support is easier and less<br />

stressful for those most in need by<br />

housing our many varied services<br />

in this one location in Parramatta.”<br />

Currently, Arrupe Place offers<br />

a range of services, including<br />

English language and cooking<br />

classes, a food bank, legal advice<br />

and, significantly, according to<br />

Maeve, “a sense of community”.<br />

“Asylum seekers can drop in to<br />

the cottage provided by the Sisters<br />

of Mercy, receive legal advice from<br />

RACS, employment support from<br />

Training for Change, arts and<br />

playgroup programs from ICE,<br />

even emergency aid from the Red<br />

Cross, as well as a cup of tea and<br />

a chat with our JRS caseworkers,”<br />

she said.<br />

“Most importantly, asylum<br />

seekers visiting Arrupe Place have<br />

a place where they feel safe and<br />

less isolated, and where they can<br />

access programs that have led to<br />

increased participation in the local<br />

community.”<br />

For Good Samaritan Sr Sarah<br />

Puls, a social worker who leads<br />

the team of JRS caseworkers,<br />

Arrupe Place “is an amazing<br />

thing to be involved in” – and<br />

that’s due largely to the effective<br />

partnerships that have been forged<br />

among those working at the<br />

centre.<br />

“It’s great to be able to work<br />

together. I think it makes the work<br />

we do so much more achievable,”<br />

Sarah said.<br />

“It’s to be able to help our<br />

clients connect with groups in the<br />

community that want to support<br />

them, that want to engage, that<br />

want to see them as valuable<br />

contributing members of the<br />

community.<br />

“It’s a great thing to be able<br />

to connect them with those<br />

opportunities.”<br />

Some of the Arrupe Place team at the <strong>2016</strong> Zest Awards.<br />

Sarah is one of six permanent<br />

staff at Arrupe Place whose work<br />

is complemented by a team of<br />

more than 50 volunteers under<br />

the coordination of Charity Sister<br />

Margaret Guy.<br />

Among those volunteers are<br />

Good Samaritan Sisters Marie<br />

O’Connor, Veronica McDougall<br />

and Elizabeth Murray, all English<br />

teachers, and Good Samaritan<br />

Oblate Susan Stubenrauch, who<br />

helps to run the foodbank.<br />

In 2015, the staff and<br />

volunteers at Arrupe Place assisted<br />

more than 1500 people seeking<br />

asylum.<br />

If you’d like to assist asylum<br />

seekers and the work of Arrupe<br />

Place:<br />

tel (02) 9098 9336<br />





Weekend Masses<br />

Saturday 8am, 9:30am<br />

(Mass in the Extraordinary Form – Latin),<br />

6pm (Vigil) Sunday 8am, 9.30am (Family<br />

Mass), 11am (Solemn Mass), 6pm<br />

Weekday Masses<br />

Monday to Friday 6.45am,12.30pm<br />

Public Holidays 8am<br />

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament<br />

Monday to Friday 11.15am-12.20pm<br />

First Friday of the month 6pm-7pm<br />

Sacrament of Penance<br />

Weekdays 11.15am-12.20pm<br />

Saturdays 8.30am-9am, 5pm-5.30pm<br />

Devotions<br />

Morning Prayer of the Church<br />

Monday to Friday 6.30am<br />

Saturday and Sunday 7.30am<br />

Angelus<br />

Monday to Friday noon<br />

Rosary<br />

Monday to Friday after Angelus at noon<br />

Canticle of Our Lady’s Marian Movement<br />

Friday 1pm<br />

Christian meditation<br />

Tuesday 9.30am-10.15am<br />

Baptism - Sunday 12.45pm by appointment<br />

Marriages - By appointment<br />

Contact the Parish Secretary<br />

tel (02) 8839 8400 or email<br />

1 Marist Place, Parramatta<br />

Information afternoon on Sunday 1 May<br />

2.30pm-5pm in St Anthony's Parish Hall<br />

27 Aurelia Street, Toongabbie<br />




The Second Vatican Council reinvigorated the ancient order of<br />

deacons, reinstituting the permanent diaconate. By calling and<br />

ordaining deacons the Church is saying something fundamental:<br />

that service is at the heart of the human and divine mystery.<br />

In their active involvement in the community, their outreach<br />

to the poor and marginalised, and their fostering of Eucharistic<br />

communion, deacons sacramentalise the Church’s service.<br />

Inquiries to Rev Fr Arthur Bridge AM<br />

Director of Vocations to the Permanent Diaconate<br />

Tel 0411 28 99 54, arthur.bridge@parracatholic.org<br />

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Commercial surrogacy in Australia<br />

would exploit women and children<br />

Australia’s <strong>Catholic</strong> bishops<br />

say surrogacy, both<br />

commercial and altruistic,<br />

is flawed, offends human dignity<br />

and that it would be intolerable to<br />

argue harm minimisation to allow<br />

the development of a commercial<br />

surrogacy industry in Australia.<br />

The bishops acknowledged<br />

the pain and sadness couples face<br />

when they cannot have children<br />

because of infertility or the<br />

inability to carry a child to full<br />

term, but pointed out surrogacy<br />

can transfer sadness from the<br />

infertile couple to the surrogate<br />

mother.<br />

The bishops’ comments were<br />

made in a submission from the<br />

Bishops Commission for Family,<br />

Youth and Life to the House<br />

of Representatives Standing<br />

Committee on Social Policy and<br />

Legal Affairs, which is holding an<br />

inquiry into surrogacy.<br />

The Bishops Delegate<br />

for Life Issues, Bishop Peter<br />

Comensoli, said surrogacy was<br />

not undertaken with the priorities<br />

and interests of the child in mind,<br />

but rather the interests of the<br />

adults who want a child. “The act<br />

of surrogacy denies the child the<br />

right to be conceived, carried,<br />

born and brought up by his or her<br />

genetic parents,” he said.<br />

“Surrogacy is different to<br />

adoption. Where children are<br />

adopted by a mother and a father,<br />

this matches the model a child<br />

should expect of a mother and<br />

a father in marriage as a good<br />

alternative for when a child<br />

cannot be brought up by her or his<br />

natural parents.<br />

"Adoption is a solution to a<br />

situation that has arisen. A child<br />

should never be produced for the<br />

purposes of adoption.<br />

“Surrogacy allows for the<br />

exploitation of the women who<br />

act as surrogate mothers. It<br />


requires a woman to deny many<br />

of the significant, integral parts<br />

of the experience of pregnancy,<br />

which could have a longstanding<br />

psychological impact on the<br />

surrogate mother. It gives priority<br />

to the childless woman, man<br />

or commissioning parents over<br />

the woman who is the surrogate<br />

mother.<br />

“Children are not commodities<br />

and should not be bought.<br />

Legalising commercial surrogacy<br />

would allow the introduction of<br />

market values into the intimate<br />

and loving role that women have<br />

of carrying and giving birth to<br />

their child.”<br />

A copy of the submission<br />

has been posted on the ACBC’s<br />

website: www.catholic.org.au<br />

https://www.catholic.org.au/<br />

acbc-media/downloads/public-<br />

policy/papers/1793-10-february-<br />

<strong>2016</strong>-inquiry-into-surrogacy/<br />

file<br />

8<br />

9-10<br />

15<br />

15-17<br />

21<br />

1<br />

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See Fr Rob Galea and his Band live in concert at the Riverside<br />

Theatre in Parramatta. Fr Rob is a <strong>Catholic</strong> priest, singer, songwriter<br />

and youth worker who appeared on X-Factor Australia last year.<br />

Purchase your ticket for $30 at:<br />

www.riversideparramatta.com.au<br />


This course run by Kevin McDonnell CFC is the first in a series<br />

of three on the topics: Earth, Life in Air, Life on Land. Explore the<br />

wonder and significance of various aspects of the natural world, to<br />

bridge the gap between science and religion, to increase awareness<br />

of the harmony of all creation, and to motivate care for it. Edmund<br />

Rice Retreat & Conference Centre, 1315 Mulgoa Rd, Mulgoa.<br />

Inquiries tel 0419 765 353, klmcdonnell@edmundrice.org<br />



Register now for the Diocese of Parramatta’s pilgrimages to WYD<br />

Krakow in Poland in July. Young people 16-35 are invited to register<br />

online where itineraries & pricing are available:<br />

http://parrawyd.orwg/the-pilgrimage/<br />



For men seeking to know God's will for their life. Come join the<br />

Missionaries of God's Love priests and brothers for a weekend<br />

of prayer, reflection and brotherhood to help you discern your<br />

vocation. Cost: $20 donation, accommodation and meals provided.<br />

From 7pm on Friday to 2pm on Sunday at 6 Boake Plc, Garran, ACT.<br />

Inquiries: frkenmgl@gmail.com or davemgl@yahoo.com.au<br />

www.mglpriestsandbrothers.org<br />


Everyone is welcome to join the Holy Hour for Vocations from<br />

7pm-8pm for an hour of adoration, prayer, music and quiet time in<br />

St Patrick’s Cathedral, 1 Marist Plc, Parramatta.<br />

To find out more about priesthood contact Fr Warren Edwards,<br />

Director of Priestly Vocations, tel 0409 172 700<br />

vocations@parra.catholic.org.au<br />




Single men aged 25 and over and married couples who are<br />

interested in finding out more about the ordained ministry of the<br />

permanent diaconate are invited to an information afternoon. From<br />

2.30pm-5pm at St Anthony’s Parish Hall, 5 Aurelia St, Toongabbie.<br />

Inquiries: Fr Arthur Bridge, Director of Promotions for the<br />

Permanent Diaconate, tel (02) 9631 3316, 0411 289 954,<br />

arthur.bridge@parracatholic.org<br />


LUNCH<br />

This annual gathering for young married couples and their<br />

families is hosted by <strong>Catholic</strong>Care Social Services. Mass at 11am<br />

in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, followed by a light lunch.<br />

RSVP through your parish or to <strong>Catholic</strong>Care tel (02) 8822 2222,<br />

marriage@ccss.org.au<br />

For more events visit: http://catholicoutlook.org/event/<br />

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Philippines Mission<br />

Experience &<br />

World Youth Day<br />

Krakow <strong>2016</strong><br />

Footsteps of<br />

St John Paul II &<br />

World Youth Day<br />

Krakow <strong>2016</strong><br />

Youth 16-35 & Year 11<br />

who are students of<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Education<br />

Diocese of Parramatta<br />

Youth 18-35.<br />

This pilgrimage is not available<br />

to students or teachers of<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Education Diocese of<br />

Parramatta<br />

15 July – 4 August<br />

Philippines & Poland<br />

20 Days<br />

20 July – 4 August<br />

Poland<br />

17 Days<br />

From $7,180.00 per person twin share*<br />

Young adults and youths are invited to join the<br />

pilgrimage of a lifetime to have a mission experience<br />

to Bohol Island in the Philippines which was<br />

devastated by an earthquake in 2013. Pilgrims<br />

will spend four days working with young people in<br />

parishes, schools and orphanages. Following this<br />

mission experience, the group travels to Krakow,<br />

Poland to participate in and celebrate World Youth<br />

Day week with millions of young people ready to pray<br />

in solidarity with Pope Francis at World Youth Day.<br />

From $5,798.00 per person twin share*<br />

Young adults are invited to join the pilgrimage of a<br />

lifetime in the footsteps of a Saint. In 1986 Pope<br />

John Paul II visited Western Sydney and founded the<br />

Diocese of Parramatta. In <strong>2016</strong>, you can journey, as he<br />

did so often in his homeland, through all of the places<br />

he loved and lived before you arrive in Krakow, Poland<br />

with millions of young people ready to pray in solidarity<br />

with Pope Francis at World Youth Day.<br />

*A late fee will apply to registrations after 15 <strong>April</strong><br />


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