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Fr Robert Galea
‘Child of God first,
‘priest second and
‘LIKE FAMILY’ TO
OF OUR DIOCESE
POPE JOHN PAUL II
FROM THE DIOCESAN ADMINISTRATOR
Very Rev Peter G Williams
NEWS & EVENTS
FAMILY & LIFE
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The recent publication of the apostolic
exhortation by Pope Francis, arising
from the Synod on the Family, has
received considerable attention in both Church
and secular media.
With that coverage has come a vast range
of possible interpretations of the document
and the consequences for those of us who are
members of the Church.
What is clear, however, is that the Holy
Father is seeking to reach out to a wide
audience and, in particular, to married couples
and their families.
In fact, in the opening sections of Amoris
Laetitia, The Joy of Love: On Love in the
Family, he identifies that some chapters will be
of greater interest to some rather than others.
As I read and reflected on the exhortation
(which is, by the usual standards, very long)
I was very moved by Chapter IV, which
addresses Love in Marriage.
This part of the exhortation, which runs
from paragraph 89 to paragraph 164, is a ‘must
read’ for every married couple as the Pope uses
the familiar passage from 1 Corinthians 13 to
reflect on the meaning of love in the context of
a committed relationship.
To that end, I would encourage married
couples (and those engaged and planning to be
married) to read this chapter and discuss how
you see Pope Francis’ understanding of love in
the context of your own experience.
There is much else to ‘The Joy of Love’ and
no doubt there will be much written about it
and made available over the coming months
through the diocesan Family & Life Office,
Institute for Mission and CatholicCare Social
Services. As they say: “Watch this space!”
As you all know, there has been a great
deal of discussion in recent years about
the notion of the family: what constitutes a
family, different ways of being a family and,
more recently, considerable discussion on the
question of marriage, what it means, and who
can and should be married?
The Pope very clearly presents an
understanding of Christian marriage and
family that is consistent with Church teaching
over many centuries and which owes its origin
to God’s plan for human beings.
There is nothing new here, but it is
a classical restatement of what had been
revealed through the mystery of God’s action
in creation, and the pinnacle of creation being
man and woman made in the image and
likeness of God. (Genesis 1)
But the Pope readily acknowledges that
many families are not perfect and as he quite
frequently remarks, we are often faced with
messy situations which require a sensitive and
pastoral heart in dealing with the lived reality
of families in a whole variety of situations.
It is important that at the parish level we
appreciate that there needs to be an outreach
to families that is not condemnatory but
accepting of where people are and assisting
them to find the presence of God, even if the
ideal is not easily attainable.
The Church sets before us the ideal of
Christian marriage to which couples are
earnestly asked to aspire. But Pope Francis is
also quick to point out that because the ideal is
not reached, that means that people are neither
condemned nor cast aside because of human
In this Year of Mercy it is a timely
reminder to us all that sometimes we can be
quick to judge and condemn others without
being in receipt of all the facts.
Ours is a mission of mercy in the name of
Jesus Christ who condemned no one except
those religious people who were filled with
hypocrisy. The Pope says on that score that the
Church needs to engage in some healthy form
But above all, this document is challenging
all of us in the Church – laity, religious,
deacons, priests and bishops – to think in a
different way when approaching the subject of
marriage and the family.
Of one thing I am sure, it will take some
time to unpack the contents and to understand
the ramifications for future pastoral outreach.
Does this mean that ‘The Joy of Love’ is the
last word on the subject? I think not, but rather
a beginning point as the Church adjusts to the
age in which we find ourselves.
One of the most enduring characteristics
of this time is the speed of change to so many
elements of life. For some that is exhilarating
and for others frightening.
Pope Francis carefully anchors us in the
teaching of the Church about marriage and
family, but also confronts us with the truth
about our circumstances today.
In the community of the Church let us
pray for all our families, no matter what their
circumstance, and that we may show in our
lives the merciful face of Christ to others.
With greetings in this season of the Risen
Very Rev Peter G Williams
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No one can enter
into the presence
of God and stay
By Adrian Middeldorp
Fr Rob Galea captivates the audience at Riverside Parramatta. Photos: Alphonsus Fok.
of God first, priest second and
musician third.” This is how Fr
Rob Galea described himself to a
sell-out audience at Riverside Theatre on Friday
8 April, as part of Catholic Youth Parramatta’s
LIFTED Live! series.
It was no ordinary concert, but rather a
journey of story and music, sharing the Gospel
and giving hope and encouragement to the
audience. A thoroughly captivated audience
shared in a rich tapestry of emotions, at times
shedding tears and at other times, rejoicing.
The message of redemption was one that
Fr Rob weaved into his music throughout the
evening. His understanding of the complexities
of youth culture is evidenced by his engagement
with thousands of followers on social media,
spreading the simple message of the love of
For many, Fr Rob is an enigma. For the
everyday Catholic, there is the paradox of a
diocesan Catholic priest appearing on X Factor
and selling tens of thousands of albums, but
for the modern world, there is the irony of a
talented and affable performer, content with his
life as a priest, ministering in country Victoria.
Fr Rob was first thrust on to the world stage
when, as a seminarian, he had moved from
Malta to Australia and was asked to perform in
front of hundreds of thousands of young people
and TV audiences in the millions at World
Youth Day 2008 in Sydney.
The request came from Fr Peter Williams,
the Director of Liturgy for the 2008 World
Youth Day, now Diocesan Administrator of the
Diocese of Parramatta.
“At the time, I was quite introverted, quite
scared, and unable to speak in public and yet I
had this opportunity to sing with Guy Sebastian,
Paulini and other great artists,” he said.
He credits Fr Peter’s belief in him to be
able to perform in front of the half-millionstrong
crowd: “Fr Peter Williams believed in
me when I was so scared, when I didn’t have
the experience I have today.” Despite Fr Rob’s
experience on stage, he still gets nervous before
The message of confronting your fears
through adversity and the message of seeking
simplicity in life’s complexities resonates with
his younger audience.
“I always get scared. I am terrified. One of
my mottos is: ‘Rob if you’re scared, so what? Do
it scared!’ So I move forward in my fear and I
trust God. Even if I mess up. I just want to bring
who I am. My team and I bring ourselves as we
are, mess and all, just to point to Jesus,” he said.
His team has some of the most accomplished
musicians in the country, including Gary Pinto,
singer-songwriter for Jessica Mauboy, vocal
coach on the hit TV show X-Factor and lead
singer of 90s band CDB.
Also in the band is Gary’s wife, Natasha
Pinto, a former backup singer for Boyz II Men,
and guitarist Isaac Moran, who plays for Guy
“Each person on the team loves Jesus. They
love God and they love to serve others,” Fr Rob
Fr Rob and his band hope to bring a simple
message to their performances: “We hope to
encourage young people and encourage people
who are not so young to continue on their walk
“And for those who don’t know God, we hope
that they catch a glimpse of who and what God
is, because if they get a glimpse of God, they will
be changed forever because no one can enter
into the presence of God and stay the same.”
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NEWS & EVENTS
Pope Francis accompanies
refugees to Rome
Pope Francis greets the Syrian refugee families on landing at Rome's Ciampino airport. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/Pool Photo via AP.
When Pope Francis flew back to Rome
after a visit to the Greek island of
Lesbos on 16 April, he accompanied
three families of refugees from Syria, 12 people
in all, including six children.
These Muslim families were living in camps
on Lesbos. Two families come from Damascus
and one from Deir Azzor, in the area occupied
by Daesh. Their homes had been bombed.
The Vatican will take responsibility for
bringing in and maintaining the families. The
initial hospitality will be taken care of by the
While on Lesbos, the Holy Father met
with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
and Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and
All Greece in the Mòria refugee camp, which
accommodates about 2500 people seeking
In the camp, they signed a joint declaration
calling on political leaders to employ every
means to ensure that individuals and
communities remain in their homelands and
enjoy the fundamental right to live in peace and
In the camp, Pope Francis said:
"I have wanted to be with you today. I
want to tell you that you are not alone. In these
weeks and months, you have endured much
suffering in your search for a better life. Many
of you felt forced to flee situations of conflict
and persecution for the sake, above all, of your
children, your little ones.
“You have made great sacrifices for your
families. You know the pain of having left
behind everything that is dear to you and –
what is perhaps most difficult – not knowing
what the future will bring. Many others like you
are also in camps or towns, waiting, hoping to
build a new life on this continent.
"I have come here with my brothers,
Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop
Ieronymos, simply to be with you and to hear
your stories. We have come to call the attention
of the world to this grave humanitarian crisis
and to plead for its resolution.
“As people of faith, we wish to join our
voices to speak out on your behalf. We hope
that the world will heed these scenes of tragic
and indeed desperate need, and respond in a
way worthy of our common humanity.
"God created mankind to be one family;
when any of our brothers and sisters suffer, we
are all affected. We all know from experience
how easy it is for some to ignore other people’s
suffering and even to exploit their vulnerability.
“But we also know that these crises can
bring out the very best in us. You have seen this
among yourselves and among the Greek people,
who have generously responded to your needs
amid their own difficulties. You have also seen
it in the many people, especially the young
from throughout Europe and the world, who
have come to help you.
“Yes, so much more needs to be done! But
let us thank God that in our suffering He never
leaves us alone. There is always someone who
can reach out and help us.
"This is the message I want to leave with
you today: do not lose hope! The greatest gift
we can offer one another is love: a merciful
look, a readiness to listen and understand, a
word of encouragement, a prayer. May you
share this gift with one another.
“We Christians love to tell the story of the
Good Samaritan, a foreigner who saw a man in
need and immediately stopped to help. For us,
it is a story about God’s mercy, which is meant
for everyone, for God is the All-Merciful. It is
also a summons to show that same mercy to
those in need.
“May all our brothers and sisters on this
continent, like the Good Samaritan, come to
your aid in the spirit of fraternity, solidarity
and respect for human dignity that has
distinguished its long history.
"Dear brothers and sisters, may God bless
all of you and, in a special way, your children,
the elderly and all those who suffer in body and
"I embrace all of you with affection. Upon
you, and those who accompany you, I invoke
His gifts of strength and peace."
The priests and deacons of the Diocese
will gather for a Clergy Conference from
Monday 23 May to Thursday 26 May.
During this time, our priests will be away
from their parishes. Anyone in urgent
need of a priest should contact their
Normal Mass times in parishes may
be suspended on Tuesday 24 May,
Wednesday 25 May and Thursday 26
May. On these days, it is hoped to have a
Mass in each deanery.
At the time this issue of Catholic Outlook
went to press, the following deanery
Masses had been confirmed:
Mary Immaculate Parish, Quakers Hill:
8.30am on Tuesday, 9.15am and 7pm on
Wednesday, 9.15am on Thursday.
St Michael’s Parish, Baulkham Hills:
9.15am on Tuesday, Wednesday and
Our Lady of Mt Carmel Parish,
Wentworthville: 9am on Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday.
St Margaret Mary’s Parish, Merrylands:
9am and 7pm on Tuesday, 9am and 7pm
on Wednesday, and 6.30am and 9am on
St Joseph’s Parish, Kingswood: Mass
at 8am on Tuesday, Wednesday and
Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, St Marys:
Mass at 9am on Tuesday, noon on
Wednesday and 9am on Thursday.
St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish, Parramatta:
Mass at 6.45am and 12.30pm on each
At the time of printing, Masses had
not yet been arranged formally for the
Blacktown and Mountains deaneries.
Closer to the dates, please check your
parish newsletter or the diocesan website:
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Alice Hann: “I’m not just a teacher, I’m a part of the community. Everyone is
By Elizabeth McFarlane
Alice Hann, a 24-year-old teacher from Gilroy College,
Castle Hill, has embarked on a secondment year to teach
in Balgo, one of the most remote Aboriginal communities
Located in north-east Western Australia, burnt orange dirt
roads carve into the Balgo (Wirrimanu) Indigenous community,
found on the northern boundary of the Great Sandy Desert and
the western edge of the Tanami Desert.
Flying overhead or nestled in a riverbank burrow, the Redbacked
Kingfisher (Luurnpa in the native Kukatja language)
alludes to the Dreaming story of the ancestral heritage of the
The local school in the town of Balgo, Luurnpa Catholic
School, adopted the name of the kingfisher, paying homage to
their roots and the Aboriginal connection to the land.
The K-8 school commenced in 1984 at the invitation of
the local Aboriginal community. With a total enrolment of
120 students, the school also offers courses for Years 9 and 10
through its Kutjungka Trade Training Centre.
The school is founded on Lasallian values: faith in the
presence of God, concern for the poor and social justice, respect
for all persons, building an inclusive community and providing
It was Alice’s volunteer work with the Lasallians that led to
her first visit to Balgo.
“I had been out to Balgo three times prior to this year, in
2009, 2014 and 2015, volunteering at a summer camp with the
Lasallian Foundation for two to three weeks each time,” Alice
“I was doing work in the community, playing with the
children and helping them in activities like learning how to swim.
When I came out last year, I realised that I wanted to stay and
Despite being formally trained to teach woodwork in Design
and Technology, Alice is teaching Years 7 and 8 in everything
from literacy to numeracy.
“Teaching across all subject areas is challenging, especially
when English is a second or third language for many of the
students. But I’m learning a lot of skills by teaching different
levels in different subjects and I will take those skills back to the
Diocese of Parramatta,” she said.
Working alongside eight other teachers, Alice teaches about
15-20 Indigenous students. She is enjoying being fully immersed
in the culture and community.
“There is only one shop, one clinic and one school. The
community is limited in terms of facilities but we have what we
"You learn to appreciate the little things and you come to
realise that you don’t need a lot of things,” Alice said.
Having only taught for two years in Sydney previously,
Alice’s move away from her home and family to teach in Balgo
was a big change.
“I’ve never lived out of home before. You need to be
adaptable. I didn’t speak the Kukatja language but I’m learning,”
“It’s a small, remote community. It’s really important that I
build a rapport and strong relationship with the local people, not
just in the classroom but in the school and community as well.
“It’s really about embracing and learning about the culture.
I’m learning new things every day.”
From water holes and star gazing to calming sunsets and
rock formations, Alice is taking in the history that is etched into
“We’ve had cookouts at the lookout with all the staff,
volunteers and parishioners. We head out for swims in the lake
or play basketball after school on the courts,” she said.
“I’m not just a teacher, I’m a part of the community.
Everyone is family out here.
“If you’re a passionate teacher and have the flexibility to
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Witnessing the simplicity of mercy
By Sr Louise McKeogh FMA, Diocesan Social Justice Coordinator
Aflyer with the title Mercy in the City
crossed my desk recently. An internet
search showed there is also a book
with the same title. The goal of the
author, Kerry Weber, was to feed the hungry,
give drink to the thirsty and keep her day job.
It’s the story of how one young adult attempts
to complete each of the corporal works of
mercy during Lent. She discovers that it is more
about living the spirituality of mercy as a way of
life essential to the Christian journey.
During these Easter days in this year of
Mercy, I have been asking myself the questions:
Where do I see, or where do I find, mercy in
Was it in the flyer we received in the post,
inviting us to a free community BBQ where
we found Christ Mission Possible feeding
the hungry and housing the homeless in our
Having lived in Western Sydney for a
number of years I was surprised to see the
number of people truly struggling for life’s
basics: a home and a daily meal.
Mercy was in the relationships, respect
and dignity of the people at this community
gathering, not just in the food and houses. I
believe that mercy and justice go hand in hand,
posing serious questions about employment, a
living wage, and access to affordable and social
The following day while heading to a city
meeting, I parked my car at the train station.
I saw a young woman who was yelling loudly
across the car park at a male companion. She
walked away visibly distressed.
When I arrived at the station platform, there
she was, distressed and crying. While I was
trying quickly to work out how to best ‘show
her mercy’, a young lady approached her and
offered her a packet of tissues from her bag.
She sat down beside the woman to listen to her
Then she did something that surprised me,
but shouldn’t have. She put her arm on the
woman’s shoulder and asked quietly if it was
OK if she prayed with her. After this moment
of prayer, the woman was much calmer.
They boarded the train and these two
strangers sat together to continue the
I had seen the Easter Scripture reading – the
story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus.
I had been tempted to interrupt their quiet
conversation and ask them that famous
question: “What are you two talking about as
you walk this road.” (journey on this train.)
These two strangers who listened to
each other and joined in conversation were
transforming each other, and challenging me.
Through the simple act of kindness, offering
a distressed stranger a tissue and sitting
beside them to listen to their story, I had
been reminded of and seen the witness of the
simplicity of mercy.
Pope Francis challenges us: “In this Holy
Year, open our hearts to those living on the
outermost fringes of society: fringes modern
society itself creates. How many uncertain and
painful situations there are in the world today!
Those who have no voice because their cry
is muffled and drowned out by indifference!
Be called even more to heal these wounds
with mercy, solidarity and vigilant care. Let
us not fall into humiliating indifference or a
monotonous routine that prevents us from
discovering what is new!” (Misericordiae Vultus
So how are we progressing on the way of
mercy in this Jubilee Year of Mercy?
The Australian Catholic Council for
Employment Relations (ACCER) is
seeking a $25.10 increase per week to
the National Minimum Wage.
The council made the proposal in a
submission to the Fair Work Commission
Annual Wage Review 2015-2016.
The ACCER asked that the National
Minimum Wage be set at $682 per week and
$17.95 per hour. It also sought that award wage
rates be increased by $19 per week.
The annual wage review requires the Fair
Work Commission to set a safety net of fair
minimum wages by taking into account relative
living standards and the needs of the low paid.
In the submission, the ACCER said: “The
setting of a fair National Minimum Wage
means that those who may depend on it will
have a decent standard of living and not merely
freedom from poverty.”
The Fair Work Commission must
also take into account the performance
and competitiveness of the national
economy, including productivity, business
competitiveness and viability, inflation and
The ACCER said its proposals are
economically prudent, however, it
acknowledged that should the Fair Work
Commission find that there were economic
reasons not to grant the increases sought,
then priority should be given to increasing the
lowest wage rates to support the most needy,
particularly those who are at risk of poverty.
The submission is published on the ACCER
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FAMILY & LIFE
What happens when schools
catch the gender theory virus?
By Ben Smith, Director of the Family & Life Office
Young people in a school near you are
being taught that gender, the sex they
feel on the inside, is fluid and is not
determined by their biological sex.
Furthermore, they are taught about gender
dysphoria, a psychological disorder in which
a person’s gender is misaligned with their
biological sex. The treatment that is commonly
proposed is hormone replacement therapy and
sex change surgery.
This concept is at the heart of an ideology
called gender theory. Recent media attention
given to people such as Caitlin/Bruce Jenner
and the 2015 movie, The Danish Girl, has had
the effect of making gender ideology ‘go viral’
in popular culture.
The teaching of gender theory in primary
and secondary schools has been championed by
the Safe Schools Coalition Australia program,
which has recently received considerable
attention in the media and in parliamentary
The program is being taught in more than
500 schools nationwide. Eleven state schools
in the program are within the geographical
boundaries of the Diocese of Parramatta.
The program claims to be about antibullying,
but one of its co-founders admitted
recently that it was primarily about teaching
Despite the pervasiveness of gender
theory in our culture, a new way of thinking
is emerging to give people the clarity and
the courage to point out that this theory is
an intellectual version of the Emperor’s New
A body of research has emerged that has
found significant differences in the way the
organs, the sensory system, the central nervous
system and other bodily functions operate
between the sexes.
While hormones play a role in these
differences, the Y chromosome has emerged
as a major player in influencing sexual
differentiation in humans and other mammals
throughout the whole body not just in the
Scientists have discovered that the genetic
difference between two people of the same sex
is 0.1% but this difference is 1.5% between the
sexes. This means the Y chromosome has a
multiplier effect of 15.
This new discovery is revolutionising the
way science looks at the treatment of diseases,
especially for those that are sex specific.
In St John Paul II’s Theology of the
Body catechesis, he observes that the
creation account of Genesis 1 celebrates the
complementary union of a naked man and
woman as an image of God. In their equal
dignity and their significant difference they
mysteriously image the Trinity.
He also highlights that in the creation
account of Genesis 2, there are two
complementary experiences of “being in a
body”. Hence, our sex identity is more than just
a personal attribute that is changeable but is
“constitutive for the person”.
In other words, we have been made by
God as male or female human persons from
both the inside and the outside. What God has
united let man not divide.
New insights from biology, philosophy
and theology have illustrated significant sexual
differences at the level of biology, psychology
and spirituality. It is clear that surgically
altering our bodies does not actually change
whether we are a male or female person.
Anyone suffering from gender dysphoria
needs special care. A number of experienced
psychiatrists have identified this disorder as
being primarily an issue with a person’s mind,
not their bodies.
A 2011 Swedish study of more than 300
people who had undergone sex-change surgery
found that 15 years after surgery they had a
suicide rate that was 20 times higher than the
Gender theory is aggressively pushing
social and anatomical engineering in many
areas of our society. It is time that gender
theory was removed from our schools and
other institutions to prevent significant damage
being done to the youth of Australia and our
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DIOCESAN PASTORAL PLAN
Working together: we know
what we mean, don’t we?
By Richard McMahon, Director of Pastoral Planning & Implementation
It is one of the catchphrases of
any sporting team, community
or organisation: “We all need to
work together!” Our Church often
employs the word collaboration, but
what we are talking about?
Loughlan Sofield ST and Carroll
Juliano SHCJ have offered much
wisdom on this topic, and are
recognised as international experts in
leadership, community growth and
They offer four levels of
1. Level One – Co-existence:
Members may share a common
mission, membership or be in
the same team, but they exist
independently of one another with
no shared expectations or shared
accountabilities. This can be like
parishes where there may be many
ministries, but without any reference
to other ministry areas.
2. Level Two – Communication:
Sharing information is the second
level, involving the conscious effort
to inform each other of programs,
calendars and activities. Meetings
may be held to share matters
in common, and the sharing of
common ideals and values may
3. Level Three – Cooperation:
Following on from a realisation that
separate entities have an impact on
each other, for better or worse, there
is a growth towards interdependence.
In parishes, a lead project or goal
may emerge, and different ministry
areas will decide how to support this
4. Level Four – Collaboration: When
cooperation flourishes, a group may
seek to move towards collaboration.
At this level, everyone experiences
ownership of the common mission,
and works together for a common
goal. Rather than pushing for their
own area to thrive, there is a desire
to unite the gifts of the different
members, joining them together in
the mission of Jesus Christ.
Loughlan and Juliano invite
communities to focus on four
practical steps to collaborative
1. Clarification: Because there
are so many understandings of
collaboration, it is important to
arrive at a shared definition to
avoid failure and frustration in the
collaborative framework. Since
collaboration is built on empowering
the gifts of those involved, then at
this stage, it must be agreed that
there will be a process for identifying
gifts, honestly addressing what or
whom may be blocking the sharing
of gifts, and finally how gifts can be
joined together for mission.
2. Conviction: This step seeks to
ensure that members are convinced
of the value of collaborative ministry.
After all, the temptation to go
alone is often easier and far less
painful. Members are encouraged
to articulate their reasons for why
they are convinced of the value of
3. Commitment: It is all well and
good to be convicted of a thing’s
value, but it is something else to
commit to embracing that way of
life. It takes a conversion of heart,
and this stage attempts to articulate
the fears and obstacles which
prevent people from committing to
4. Capacity/Capability: This step
recognises that while efforts in the
first three stages may occur, little
progress in collaboration may be
taking place. To develop capability
and capacity, a number of areas are
identified for growth. These include
developing skills in group leadership,
conflict resolution and management,
confrontation and discernment of
gifts. A shared spirituality of the
group is critical, as is a clear process
and a developmental readiness.
As we can see, working together
in a collaborative fashion means far
more than labelling an enterprise
as such. And such processes, while
fundamental for healthy community
and organisational life, are even more
critical for when more than one
community seeks to collaborate.
If your group or community
would like support in strengthening
collaborative ministry, please contact
our Pastoral Planning Office.
Tel (02) 9831 4911, 0437 497 526
Bishops want Australian
Catholics singing from
the same hymn book
The Bishops of Australia
launched a new liturgical
worship book at the Catholic
Leadership Centre in Melbourne on
8 April, 30 years since the last edition
The Catholic Worship Book II
hits all the right notes with a broad
range of liturgical music, including
the chants for the revised Order of
Mass (2010), new and revised Mass
settings and service music, plus
music for the Sunday Eucharist,
the various rites of the Church and
Morning and Evening Prayer.
Speaking at the launch,
Archbishop Denis Hart, President
of the Australian Catholic Bishops
Conference, said the new Catholic
Worship Book II would be the official
liturgical music resource for the
Catholic Church in Australia.
Prepared by the National
Liturgical Music Board, an advisory
board of the Bishops Commission
for Liturgy, the worship book reflects
the Catholic Church’s rich heritage
of chant – in Latin and English – and
traditional hymns and contemporary
liturgical songs from local and
The Catholic Worship Book II
was developed with the contribution
and collaboration of two key people
in the Diocese of Parramatta: the
Diocesan Administrator, Very Rev
Peter G Williams, and the Director
of Music at St Patrick’s Cathedral,
organist, conductor and composer,
Music featured includes old
favourites like Praise to the holiest
(Cardinal Newman) and Christ be
our light (Bernadette Farrell) as well
as contemporary Australian music
such as If I could tell the love of God
(Chris Willcock SJ) and Lord, to
whom shall we go? (Michael Herry).
The book is available in two
versions, a full music edition with
two volumes, hard case, in a slip case
and the people’s edition, also known
as the pew edition, available in
hardback for long life and durability
For more information, including
costs and availability, contact
Morning Star Publishing:
At the launch were (from left): Very Rev Peter G Williams, Archbishop Denis Hart, Bishop Pat
O'Regan and Bishop Peter Elliott. Photo: Casamentos, Melbourne.
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Mass for Neophytes: New Catholics
continue their journey
By Sr Mary Louise Walsh ISSM, Liturgy Educator in the Office for Worship
Large crowds were in attendance at all the Easter celebrations at St Paul the Apostle Parish,
Winston Hills. The pinnacle was the Easter Vigil when seven candidates were inducted into the
Church through Baptism, Confirmation and received First Communion. These new Catholics
highlight the diversity of backgrounds within the parish community.
On Friday 13 May, all those
newly baptised and those
received into the Catholic
Church from across the Diocese
are invited to gather as the newest
members of the Diocese of Parramatta
to give thanks and praise to God for
the wonderful gift received at Easter
This occasion is very symbolic for
these neophytes as it marks the end of
the period of mystagogia. These newly
welcomed adults (and children) have
begun in earnest their journey into full
membership of the Catholic Church.
As a diocesan community we
have an opportunity at this significant
Eucharistic celebration to join with
them in praising God for their gift
of faith and of showing our personal
gratitude for who they are becoming
as active members of the diocesan
Every member of every parish is
invited to consider this an opportunity
to show support for our newest
Catholics by attending the 7.30pm
Mass on 13 May at St Patrick’s
Cathedral in Parramatta on the Friday
before the Solemnity of Pentecost.
This Mass is known as the Mass for
Neophytes. A neophyte is one who is
newly baptised into the Catholic Faith
or received into the Catholic Church.
This ‘title’ is given to those who
have journeyed through several
The Rite of Christian Initiation
of Adults begins with a person
being recognised as an inquirer or a
After a period of discernment
between the individual and those
leading the process, the person is then
formally welcomed into a preparation
stage and becomes a catechumen.
This ‘title’ is held throughout
the length of instruction and faith
Most often, at the beginning of
the Lenten season (that is prior to
the expected time of initiation or
reception) the catechumen is formally
welcomed into the final stage of
preparation and becomes a member of
The Rite of Election (when those to
be baptised) and the Penitential Service
(for those already baptised) marks
the climax of preparation when the
elect and candidates are presented for
initiation or reception into the Catholic
After initiation or reception, the
new Catholic is henceforth known as
a neophyte. This stage (although not
often recognised) marks an ongoing
journey into familiarity with and living
as a Catholic. It may take months or
even years for the individual to move
out of this stage.
Ann O’Brien receives
OLMC Alumnae Award
Social worker Ann O’Brien was
announced as the recipient of
the 2015 Our Lady of Mercy
College (OLMC) Parramatta Catherine
McAuley Alumnae Award at an
assembly at the college on 15 March
Currently the Director of Marriage
Support and Specialist Services at
CatholicCare Social Services in the
Diocese of Parramatta, Ann has
devoted herself to the service of others
throughout her 30-year career as a
OLMC’s Principal, Stephen Walsh,
said Ann embodied the college’s
Mercy qualities. “In particular, she has
shown great compassion and caring
throughout her life and work,” he said.
“Ann has practised her Catholic
faith as a disciple of Jesus, including by
being very involved in her local parish
community. She has served those who
are marginalised, vulnerable and in
need of support. Ann has followed
in the footsteps of the founder of the
Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley, by
living out our Mercy values.”
Ann recalls that during her time at
OLMC, there was both a spoken and
unspoken expectation that you would
grasp every opportunity given to you.
"Education was to be cherished and, as
women, we could aspire to anything
that we were prepared to work towards.
“OLMC was a place to learn, to be
nurtured, to know that God loved us
Ann O’Brien is congratulated by OLMC’s
Principal, Stephen Walsh.
and to understand that whatever gifts
we had been given, we had the power
to use these in many different ways,
especially by bringing love and care to
“I’m a Mercy Girl and I continue
to draw on what formed me through
my Mercy education. This includes
the importance of compassion and
caring, positivity and hope, charity,
responsibility, acceptance, leadership
and teamwork skills, discipline and
“I will always remember that, as a
woman, I have immense possibilities
to influence through everything that
comes from me – my words, my
actions, and my conduct.”
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Walking with Glenbrook
By Elizabeth McFarlane
The efforts of many parishioners ensured the parish 50th anniversary celebrations were a resounding
TTwo major anniversaries were
celebrated by St Finbar’s Parish at
Glenbrook this past month.
Concluding the 50th anniversary
celebrations on 3 April, the parish also
celebrated the one-year anniversary of the
appointment of their Parish Priest, Fr Jolly
Chacko MS, on 18 April.
The president of the Parish Pastoral
Council, Vince Dobson, described Fr Jolly
as a “good listener and a priest who journeys
with his parishioners”.
“It is through journeying with
parishioners that you can fully understand
the needs of the community,” he said. “You
need to build relationships with the people
you support and it’s only through those
relationships that a community can be built.”
In many ways, the theme of walking with
parishioners is accentuated by the design of
Nestled in the green of the Lower Blue
Mountains, the pathway that circles the
church guides you on a walk through the
final stages of Jesus’ life.
The Stations of the Cross line the path
and they provide visitors and parishioners
with a powerful prayerful experience.
Journeying to the front of the church, the
12 apostles are symbolically depicted on the
centre of the wooden doors and the symbols
continue as you walk through.
The cross on the wall of the church,
designed by the famous sculptor, Tom Bass
(1916-2010), portrays the five wounds of
Christ from which flowed His most precious
The pipe organ inside St Finbar’s, which
was dedicated on Sunday morning, 15
October 1995 by the then Parish Priest, Fr
Brian Larkey, features the national floral
emblems of England, Scotland, Wales and
The pipes also carry crowns that feature
the fleur-de-lis, "flower of the lily". In
Christian art, the lily is a symbol of chastity
and purity attributed to the Virgin Mary.
The rose depicted on the organ has
five petals, which represent the five senses,
through which the spirit of the human being
makes contact with the material world.
Looking up, the ceiling curves towards a
sky light, which utilises earthly colours with
“It’s one of those parishes you stumble
upon but when you do, you realise it is such
a welcoming and friendly parish,” Vince said.
The Diocesan Administrator, Very Rev
Peter G Williams, gave the homily at the 50th
Anniversary Mass on 3 April, detailing his
hopes for the future of the parish: “May this
parish continue to focus on its principal goal,
which is to bring others to a knowledge of
the love and mercy we know and experience
in Jesus Christ, who God sent in the fullness
of time to be our Saviour and Redeemer.”
The Society of St Vincent de Paul has a
long history in the Glenbrook community,
surpassing the establishment of the parish on
30 May 1965.
Vince Dobson has been a member
of the society over many decades. “We’re
celebrating 50 years as a parish but we’re
celebrating 60 years with the Society of St
Vincent de Paul,” he explained.
For more information about St Finbar’s
parish, visit the website;
The church was packed for the 50th Anniversary
Mass on 3 April.
Parish Priest Fr Chacko MS inside St Finbar’s
Church. Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.
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Fr Jolly on mission in the Mountains
By Joseph Younes
In his typically quiet and reserved manner,
Fr Jolly Chacko MS softly recounts his
childhood growing up in a devoutly
Catholic family from Kerala, India. The son
of a farmer and his wife, and one of seven
children, they “would pray the daily rosary
and evening prayers”.
His large family, whom he describes as
“very Catholic and involved in parish life”
were happy when he told them he wanted
to be a priest. “I come from a very religious
family who were active in parish life. We
were part of the parish community.”
“God was calling me,” Fr Jolly continued.
“I wanted to be a follower of Christ, to serve
God’s people and be at the service of the
Born into the Syro-Malabar Rite, Fr
Jolly entered the La Salette seminary in
India at the age of 23 after university study.
He attained a double masters degree in
psychology and political science. He has also
undertaken courses in spiritual direction as
well as pastoral care.
He would eventually study and work in
India, France and the Philippines where he
was ordained in the Latin Rite.
“I felt called to be a missionary. Being
a missionary helps me to serve the people
through the ministry, through talks, through
advice, through spiritual help,” Fr Jolly said.
After ministering for a number of years
with the La Salette community as Novice
Master, Director of Scholastics, in parish
ministry and as Vicar Provincial he was
invited, like other MS priests, to work in the
Diocese of Parramatta by the then Bishop of
Parramatta, Kevin Manning.
Since arriving in Australia, he has been
assistant priest at Marayong and Penrith
parishes and has recently completed his first
year as parish priest at Saint Finbar’s Parish,
Glenbrook. In addition, Fr Jolly assists with
the formation of deacons and the permanent
“As a Missionary of Our Lady of La
Salette, I enjoy my mission to the Diocese.
I am happy as a priest, happy with my
ministry, happy being a religious,” Fr Jolly
Far from his humble origins living on
a farm in India, Fr Jolly provides spiritual
and pastoral support to the parishioners
at Glenbrook parish, nestled in the Blue
A polyglot, speaking four languages
(English, Malayalam, Tagalog and French),
Fr Jolly is mindful of his role as a missionary
and a parish priest. “I am here for people,
especially in the most vulnerable times in
their lives,” Fr Jolly said.
“People have different needs, I do more
home visits in Glenbrook to address the
needs of an ageing population. However,
Fr Jolly Chacko MS is happy to see more young people involved in the parish.
I am more than happy to see more and
more young families getting involved in the
Fr Jolly describes his parish as a “very
welcoming community, friendly people.”
“The parishioners are very cooperative of
the parish needs. They are a friendly people,
a welcoming parish and also, a well-educated
Fr Jolly sees the Missionaries of La Salette
as playing an important role in the Diocese.
“Our mission is a mission of reconciliation.
It is not only about sitting in a confessional
box but reaching out to people, reconciling
families and reconciling lives.”
“This is an important element in the Year
of Mercy – living a reconciled life.
In his unassuming manner, Fr Jolly
explained how he sees the work of Christ.
“It is important we all give the gift of
forgiveness. We all make mistakes. It is
important to forgive as mercy is a gift you
give and a gift you receive.”
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The loudly ticking clock
above the blackboard. The
of a biro on cold fingers.
The busy hush of ink racing
across lined booklets.
Pens down! Perhaps these
recollections of school
exams take you back to
another time or perhaps
this is closer to today’s
experience than we realise.
Not for much longer.
For the first time in 2017, NAPLAN tests will begin
to be made available to students online. It’s fitting
that examinations change, but just going online is not
enough. While NAPLAN has its place as a point in
time measure of basic literacy and numeracy skills, it
is time to look at a whole new approach to the role of
assessment as education transforms.
NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and
Numeracy) is the test that students in Years 3, 5, 7 and
9 take each year. It looks at how students are travelling
in reading, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation and
numeracy. Having a way to measure the effectiveness of
our national investment in education makes good sense,
but we have to make sure it is the right measure.
NAPLAN was developed as a tool for teachers to
understand how a student is progressing in literacy and
numeracy, however, it has morphed into a measure of
school performance and a way to compare schools.
We need a more sophisticated suite of tools than
NAPLAN to deliver on tracking student progress in
learning as well as identifying and tracking student
strengths. It has been estimated that about 40% of
today’s jobs won’t exist in the future and 40% or 50% of
the population will run small businesses.
This will require people with entrepreneurialism, problem
solving, advanced reasoning, complex judgment, social
interaction, imagination, creativity with ‘soft skills’ such
as resilience, empathy, acceptance, service-mindedness
as well as emotional intelligence becoming increasingly
This means that flexibility, resilience and independent
thinking should be seen as basic skills for schools to
cultivate. Education and training are important and
we will provide the best quality and depth available,
however, closer partnerships with industry and research
will show which skills, qualifications and aptitudes are
needed in the future.
This will require new methods of assessment and
tracking students while they engage with activity-based
learning – projects, challenges, community-based,
service-based learning projects, etc. that showcase their
strengths and capabilities.
Technologies can be leveraged to track student progress
in real time every day, to make sure that every learning
journey is on track. This way, teachers can adjust the
teaching as the learning happens.
If we really examine what we are hoping to achieve
through NAPLAN, a bolder vision for assessment
in education is possible. We should be using these
opportunities to test how well schools are preparing
students for the future and making changes to learning
and teaching in response. After all, what is the virtue in
knowing all the right answers to all the wrong questions?
Executive Director of Schools
Artist's impression of St Luke’s* Catholic College Marsden Park.
St Luke’s* Catholic College Marsden Park
to open in 2017
Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta will open
a next generation Catholic learning community at
Elara, Marsden Park, in 2017. Working with leading
international educator Prof Stephen Heppell, St Luke’s will
combine best practice learning and teaching with school
design to provide a contemporary approach to schooling
within a Catholic faith environment.
Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby said while
the new school is still a greenfield site, it holds great
“We are taking everything we know about learning and
teaching to ensure we deliver a world class schooling
experience to meet the needs of today’s learners," Greg said.
“Despite the rapid pace of social change, including the
nature of paid employment and digital disruption, many
schools too closely resemble those you and I, and our
parents, attended at the dawn of the industrial age.
“We are educating students today for careers that haven’t
been invented yet, so we need to provide a personalised
education that equips students with the skills they need to
thrive in a rapidly changing world.
“Within our Catholic context we also need to ensure our
learners will be active within their communities, making
the world a better and brighter place.”
When fully occupied, St Luke’s will accommodate 2000
learners and will provide a flexible curriculum and multiple
pathways, including early learning, K-12, out-of-school
hours care, a learning needs hub and post-school pathways
with tertiary and business partners.
Catholic Education has already received an overwhelming,
positive response to the concept behind the new school,
with a number of parents, teachers and leaders looking to
be a part of the learning community.
Expressions of interest are currently being accepted for St
Luke’s Catholic College, please send inquiries to
Much of the daily life of the school will occur in ‘The Marketplace’ with
its large covered space affording opportunities for learning, gatherings,
recreation and other community events.
The design has been developed around a compact built footprint,
envisioned as a city grid. Learning spaces are connected by ‘streets’
arriving at the centre, a natural location for the town square or
Developing on from the traditional library, ‘The Hub’ is a communal
learning space that will serve for informal learning and teaching and
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Labor announces education as priority
Record year for Executive Director’s Summer
The results are in for the 2016 Executive
Director's Summer Reading Challenge and they
are terrific: 3582 books and articles read by 796
The competition is aimed at promoting literacy
and ongoing learning over the school holidays
among all students from Kindergarten to Year
12 in the Diocese of Parramatta.
Every entrant received a certificate of
participation and four lucky students were
selected, at random, as the winners of an iPad
Mini. Congratulations Chelsea from St John's
Primary, Riverstone, Michael from St Andrew’s
College, Marayong, Lauren from Catherine
McAuley Westmead, and Dominique (pictured
Dominique from St John Vianney's Primary, Doonside, with
her parents and Greg Whitby.
From left: Principal Michael Hopley with Chris Bowen, Bill Shorten and Sue Walsh.
A number of prominent Labor leaders have
visited school communities in the Diocese of
On 1 April, Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary,
Greystanes, opened its doors to Opposition
Leader Bill Shorten and Federal Member for
McMahon and Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen,
who sat with a Kindergarten class before giving
a press conference.
On 31 March, Corpus Christi Primary,
Cranebrook, welcomed Shadow Minister for
Education Kate Ellis and Labor candidate for
Lindsay Emma Husar to tour the school and
speak with parents.
Schools get into the spirit for Catholic Schools
From 6-12 March, Catholic Schools in NSW
and ACT opened their doors to showcase
learning and teaching at its best with a range of
activities and events planned for students and
parents during the week.
The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2016 was
‘I belong. You belong. We belong’. The theme
tied in with the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby
visited St Oliver’s Primary, Harris Park, to meet
with students, parents and teachers.
During the visits, Bill Shorten announced
Labor’s commitment to Gonski funding.
“Labor’s ‘Your Child, Our Future’ will mean
more individual attention for students, better
trained teachers, every school, every child –
government, independent or Catholic,” Mr
Deputy Executive Director Sue Walsh spoke
about the importance of funding for all
“It is critical for schools to have certainty
around funding so they can plan effectively for
the needs of each student,” Sue said.
Celebrating Catholic Schools Week with some furry friends
at Trinity Catholic Primary, Kemps Creek.
Project Compassion fundraising snapshot
Throughout Lent, Catholic schools in Western
Sydney held various events to fundraise for
the 2016 Caritas Australia Project Compassion
Our Lady of the Nativity
St Bernadette’s Primary,
Delany College, Granville, raised more than $2000
Greg Whitby now NewsLocal weekly columnist
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Recognised as an influential and leading
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CATHOLIC EDUCATION www.parra.catholic.edu.au @CatholicEdParra CatholicEdParra
Loyola’s Science experiment
success on Q&A
Minister impressed by
PRC ushers in new president
Science students from Loyola Senior High School, Mt Druitt, attending the
ABC studios for the live airing of Q&A.
On 14 March, Science students from Loyola Senior High School,
Mt Druitt, attended the ABC studios to be part of the audience
in the live broadcast of Q&A.
One lucky student, Claudine Bautista, was given the opportunity
to ask a question, having been selected from of a pool of almost
Panelist and world-renowned physicist and string theorist Brian
Greene snapped up the question: If we do have a multiverse, if it
exists, how will it affect the way we live?
St Patrick’s Marist College
touch football stars
Fiona Scott, Scott Ryan and Greg Whitby enjoy their tour of McCarthy
On 8 March, newly appointed Minister for Vocational Education
and Training (VET) Scott Ryan visited McCarthy Catholic
College, Emu Plains, with Member for Lindsay Fiona Scott to
tour the Catholic Trade Training Centre (CTTC).
The visit coincided with International Women’s Day and
Minister Ryan met with Emerson Mason, the only female
student in the carpentry course. Emerson is following in the
footsteps of her father, who is also a carpenter.
The minister also toured the facilities and was impressed with
the size of the CTTC, commenting on how well the facilities
emulated the workplace.
Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby said it was great that
the minister got to see first hand how the CTTC operates.
“It’s important that students are offered multiple opportunities
to transition from school to work or further study,” Greg said.
“CTTCs are one of many pathways we offer students in the
Diocese and we are glad the minister saw the hard work that we
have put into it.”
St Bernadette’s donates
computers to Parramatta YCW
New PRC President Lynn McKinnon, former PRC president Selina Calleia
and the PRC executive team.
On 23 March, the outgoing Parent Representative Council
(PRC) President Selina Calleia was thanked for her work and
new President Lynn McKinnon was welcomed into her new role
by the Diocesan Administrator, Very Rev Peter Williams, and
Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby.
Invitation to farewell
Sr Catherine Maddock CHF
Sr Catherine Maddock CHF received the Diocesan Medal of Honour in
2012 from the previous Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher
OP. Photo: Alfred Boudib.
On Sunday 19 June, Sr Catherine Maddock CHF will be
farewelled from Christ the King Parish after 43 years of service
to the community and various schools in the Diocese of
Parramatta. Sr Catherine was the founding principal of Christ
the King North Rocks in 1973 where she worked for 23 years.
All are welcome to attend the special Mass at 10am at Christ the
King Primary, Statham Ave, North Rocks, followed by lunch in
the parish hall. Sr Catherine will return to Ireland on 30 June.
Diocese farewells Mary Sherry
after 35 years of service
St Patrick’s Marist College, Dundas, students Tayla Duguid and Bradley
On 8 February, St Patrick’s Marist College, Dundas, students
Tayla Duguid and Bradley Cincotta were awarded the 2015
NSWCCC Blue Award for Touch Football at an awards evening
held at St Patrick’s College, Sutherland.
Principal Angela Hay said the prestigious Blue Award recognises
the participation in the true spirit of the NSWCCC Sporting
“This award takes into consideration sporting excellence as
well as her contribution to junior sport, school leadership roles,
academic achievements, extracurricular activities and other
school sport representation,” Angela said.
St Bernadette’s Secretary Frances Murphy with (from left): YCW Rafael
Tordilla, Liam Culican and YCW Fono Taefu.
In March, St Bernadette’s Primary, Castle Hill, donated 45 IBM/
Lenovo laptops and computers, along with monitors, keyboards
and mice to the Parramatta Young Christian Workers (YCW)
Catholic Education’s ICT Trainee Liam Culican said he was
inspired to participate after reading an article in the March
2016 issue of Catholic Outlook calling on parishes, schools
and organisations to donate older or unwanted computers and
laptops for re-use.
Refurbished computers are donated to young people in the
local diocesan community and to East Timor, where 60% of the
population is under 25 years of age.
From left: Greg Whitby, Mary Sherry, Deputy Executive Director Sue Walsh
and Br Aengus Kavanagh FSP.
On 24 March, Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby
announced that Mary Sherry would be retiring after 35 years of
service to our Catholic community.
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CATHOLICCARE SOCIAL SERVICE
COURSES & EVENTS
Responsible Gambling Support Group ̶ is free and on
every Saturday, 9.30am-11am at CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St,
Blacktown. Tel (02) 8822 2222.
Blacktown Neighbour Aid
celebrating 25 Years
Dedicated volunteers provide companionship and assistance with tasks such as shopping and bill paying.
Blacktown Neighbour Aid (BNA) provides a volunteer home
visitation and support program in the Blacktown area for
the frail-aged and their carers.
The main purpose of BNA is to assist clients to remain living
in their homes for as long as possible, avoiding premature
A team of dedicated staff and volunteers provides
companionship and direct assistance to individuals with tasks
such as shopping, bill paying, assisted transport to medical and
other appointments, friendly home visiting and other errands.
The service also facilitates regular client group activities,
including hydrotherapy, swimming and walking for those whose
goal is to improve their health and wellbeing.
In June this year, BNA will be celebrating 25 years of service in
the community. BNA Manager Deb Woolacott is organising this
“We would like to invite anyone who has been, or is currently
involved, with BNA to attend this special anniversary event,”
Deb said. “It is our way of thanking all those, including staff,
volunteers and clients, who strive to make the lives of others more
Lunch will be held at Bungarribee Hub, Blacktown, on
Thursday 16 June to commemorate 25 years. If you would like
to attend, please RSVP by Friday 20 May, tel (02) 8822 2238 or
send an email to email@example.com
Recovery oriented program and support
groups for people living with mental distress
Groups being run in Western Sydney and the
Blue Mountains during May
(02) 8822 2222
Volunteering at CatholicCare
Would you like to make a difference in the local
Would you like to learn new skills and meet new people?
Whether you are 18 or 81, and if you are interested in
making a difference, you can volunteer with many of the
services CatholicCare provides.
Basic office administration, site maintenance (mowing
lawns/repairs), spending one hour a week helping young
children with their homework, or chatting with an elderly
person are some of the ways you can make a difference.
Volunteer Coordinator for CatholicCare, Kim Manouk
said volunteers are needed for many services within the
organisation, especially Blacktown Neighbour Aid, Mamre
Creche and the All Saints of Africa Centre (homework
"The more volunteers we have, the more people we can
support in the community,” Kim said. “Research shows
that volunteers live happier and healthier lives and they
make a difference in a person's life."
For further information about volunteering in any of our
services or to become a volunteer at CatholicCare please
contact, tel (02) 8822 2222 or send an email to Kim.
Accredited Fertility Educators of Natural Fertility to speak
on how to naturally achieve and space pregnancies
FREE ENTRY and a light supper will be served
Please register your attendance to:
or phone (02) 8822 2222
A W A R E N E S S E V E N I N G
Wednesday 4 May | 7.30pm
Holy Spirit Parish St Clair
5 Todd Row, cnr Moore St, St Clair
Young Mums’ Group ̶ education and support for young
mums under 25 years. From 3 May to 21 June, 10.30am-
12.30pm, CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St, Blacktown. Free.
Lunch provided. Tel (02) 8822 2222.
Black Dog Institute REACH Program – if you are living
with mental distress, the REACH Wellbeing group is running
soon in the Blue Mountains and has helped many people
manage their wellbeing. From 3 May to 28 June, 6.30pm-
8.30pm, Springwood Drop-In Centre, 3/163 Macquarie Rd,
Springwood. Tel (02) 4751 4956.
Young Parent Network Event ̶ Youth Rez invites young
parents and organisations working with young parents in the
Blacktown and Hills LGAs to this event on 22 June, 9.30am-
1.30pm, Boomerang Room, Rooty Hill RSL, 33 Railway St,
Rooty Hill. Tel 0488 711 909, Kerry.Calgiore@ccss.org.au
All Saints of Africa Playgroup/Mums’ Group ̶ Thursdays
(term time), 10am-noon, All Saints of Africa Centre, 63
Allawah St, Blacktown. For mums with children who have
not started primary school. Activities for children include
craft, story time and singing. Social interaction, support and
friendship for mums. Tel (02) 8822 2250.
Post Separation Recovery Program ̶ this program is
open to anyone wanting to move forward from their
marriage breakdown in a positive way. Seven sessions held
over seven consecutive Wednesdays, 11 May to 22 June,
7.30pm-9.45pm, CCSS Office, 38 Prince St, Blacktown.
Cost $80. Fee $80. Bookings essential, tel (02) 8822 2222,
Seminar – Annulment Information Night ̶ guest speaker
Very Rev Peter Blayney. Tuesday 3 May, 7.30pm-9.30pm,
CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St, Blacktown. Cost $7. Registrations
essential, tel (02) 8822 2222,
Aboriginal Catholic Services ̶ groups commencing in May
include Problem Gambling Support Group, Tutoring Time –
free Literacy Tutoring for Kindergarten – Year 6, Playgroup,
RECOVER Wellbeing Groups including Sew 4 Wellbeing,
Create 4 Wellbeing, Dance 4 Wellbeing. Holy Family Parish,
254 Luxford Rd, Emerton. Tel (02) 9628 0084.
Keeping Kids in Mind program ̶ supports parents and
families after separation. Five sessions weekly, starts
Monday 9 May, from 6pm-8.30pm. CCSS Parramatta,
2A Villiers St, Parramatta. Fee $100 (includes handbook).
Bookings essential. Tel (02) 8822 2222.
My Kids and Me ̶ for parents whose children are in out-ofhome
care or kinship care. Fridays from 10am-1pm,
St Nicholas of Myra Parish Hall, 326 High St, Penrith.
Bookings essential. Tel (02) 8822 2222.
Rollercoasters for Kids ̶ support for children whose parents
have separated or are separating. Mondays from 4pm-
5.15pm, six sessions weekly from 30 May. CCSS Centre, 38
Prince St, Blacktown. Bookings essential.
Tel (02) 8822 2222.
Cool Little Kids ̶ support for families of pre-school aged
children who are experiencing high levels of anxiety.
Information session Tuesday 14 June, 7pm-9pm. Winmalee
Community Preschool, 56 White Cross Rd, Winmalee.
Bookings essential, tel (02) 4751 4956 or email
Seminar – Dealing with the Legal System ̶ gain a greater
understanding of how to deal effectively with the legal
system. Guest speaker Mr Richard Brading (Principal
Solicitor, Wesley Legal Service). Tuesday 7 June, 7.30pm-
9.30pm, CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St, Blacktown. Cost $7. To
register, tel (02) 8822 2222, firstname.lastname@example.org
Offices at Blacktown, Emerton, Parramatta, Penrith, Springwood, call (02) 8822 2222
CatholicOutlook | MAY 2016 15
DIOCESE CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY
1986: Pope John Paul II signs
decree on 8 April to establish the
Diocese of Parramatta.
1986: Most Rev Bede Heather
installed as first Bishop of Parramatta
on 19 May.
1986: Rev Peter Lamont ordained
first priest for the Diocese on 22
1986: Diocesan Tribunal of the
Catholic Church established.
1986: Pope John Paul II visits
Transfield Factory in Seven Hills.
1987: Ann Clark appointed
first Executive Director of Catholic
1988: St Madeleine Sophie Barat’s
Parish established at Kenthurst.
1988: Diocesan Development Fund
1990: Sr Caroline Ryan RSM and
Sr Megan Brock RSJ first chaplains to
1992: Corpus Christi Parish
established at Cranebrook; parishes
of Katoomba and Leura combined to
make Mary MacKillop Parish of the
Upper Blue Mountains, now St Mary of
the Cross MacKillop Parish.
1996: St Patrick’s Cathedral
destroyed by fire.
1997: Most Rev Bede Heather
1997: Most Rev Kevin Manning
installed as 2nd Bishop of Parramatta
on 21 August.
2002: Blessed John XXII Parish,
established on 6 October.
2003: Bicentenary of the first
official Mass in Parramatta on 22 May
2003: St Patrick’s Cathedral
reopens on 29 November.
2004: Sr Helen Stannard RSM
and Sr Mary White RSM first religious
professions in rebuilt St Patrick’s
By Sr Margaret Sheppard RSM
16 CatholicOutlook | MAY 2016
Celebrating 30 years since the Diocese
of Parramatta was established
On 19 May this year, the Diocese will
celebrate the 30th Anniversary of
the installation of its first Bishop,
Bishop Bede Heather, in 1986.
Succeeding Bishop Heather were Bishop
Kevin Manning (1996-2010) and Bishop
Anthony Fisher (2010-2014).
Established by Pope John Paul II on 8
April 1986, the Diocese of Parramatta is the
Catholic Church in Western Sydney and
the Blue Mountains.
Incorporating the greater Western
Sydney area from Parramatta to Blackheath
and from Richmond to Warragamba, the
Diocese acknowledges the traditional
custodians of the land, the Darug people
and pays respect to its elders past and
Home to 330,000 Catholics in an area
of 1,050,000 people, the Diocese hosts
47 parishes, educates more than 45,000
students across its 83 schools, employs
more than 5000 staff and cares for
thousands of people in need through its
social services arm, CatholicCare Social
The Diocese of Parramatta is the fifthlargest
Catholic Diocese in Australia.
St Patrick’s Cathedral is the symbolic
heart of the Diocese of Parramatta – a
dynamic centre of worship, prayer,
community and mission.
Today an iconic physical landmark
of the City of Parramatta skyline, the
Foundation Stone for St Patrick’s was laid
more than 170 years ago, on St Patrick’s
When the Diocese of Parramatta was
established 150 years later in 1986, St
Patrick’s was designated as the Cathedral of
the new Diocese.
In fact, most parishes within the
Diocese of Parramatta are older than
the Diocese itself. Parramatta parish was
established in 1827, Windsor in 1832 and
Penrith in 1839, while Rouse Hill was
formed in 2007.
The Diocese nurtures the spiritual lives
of the hundreds of thousands of Catholics
in its care, and supports thousands more in
the local community.
Its Catholic education system is
committed to giving every student a quality
education, while CatholicCare and its other
agencies and ministries work alongside
local people and organisations committed
to enhancing the way of life we enjoy in
As we celebrate our 30th Anniversary,
may we look to our Patroness, St Mary
of the Cross MacKillop, and pray for her
Evoking memories of the early years
The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta celebrated their centenary year in 1988.
It was a memorable year: a year that
beckoned me and opened new horizons
beyond principalship at St Anne’s Bondi
Beach to St Patrick’s Primary School in
Simultaneously, I was to be inextricably
connected with the vision and creation of
the Diocese of Parramatta.
For us as Sisters of Mercy Parramatta,
being part of the newly created Diocese
had a certain sense of ‘Lord, it is good to
be here’ as Parramatta and its surrounding
At a dinner to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Diocese of Parramatta in 2011 were Bishop Kevin Manning,
Bishop Anthony Fisher OP and Bishop Bede Heather.
suburbs were becoming increasingly
populated with Catholic families with their
multicultural richness and diversity.
Parramatta had its own rich Indigenous
and colonial history, so it appeared ‘right
and fitting’ for a Parramatta Diocese to
stand in its own ‘shoes’.
In 1986, our Congregation numbered
about 120 sisters living and ministering
across Sydney and one in Melbourne. Of
these, more than 50 sisters were living
and ministering within the newly formed
Remaining true to the charism of
our foundress, Venerable Catherine
McAuley, whose vision was to serve the
poor, the sick, the uneducated and the
vulnerable, approximately 19 Sisters were
residing in our ‘Mother House’, serving
within the Parish of Parramatta, as well
as in administration in Our Lady of
Mercy College Parramatta and in various
ministries in and around the Parramatta
What is different 30 years after the
creation of the Diocese of Parramatta?
Well, our Founding House still sits
firmly in its original setting opposite St
Patrick’s Cathedral, and our ministries
are still very diverse and fitting within
our religious order’s call to serve the poor,
uneducated, sick and vulnerable.
Some sisters still serve within primary
schools in various supportive ministries,
others in our congregation’s works, others
in visitation of the sick and dying, others in
support of and education of asylum seekers
and refugees, others in prayer ministry,
nursing, administration and care for each
other as we age.
In 1986, I was filled with excitement and
hope. Hope remains that the now 30-yearold
Diocese will continue to respond to
the clarion call to action by Pope Francis’
personal witness to the Gospel values.
DIOCESE CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY
In 1986, Pope John Paul II visited the Transfield Factory in Seven Hills.
In 2003, we marked the bicentenary of the first official Mass celebrated by Fr James Dixon in
Parramatta on 22 May 1803.
In 2013, Bishop Anthony Fisher OP led our young people
on a diocesan pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Rio de
On 19 February 1996, St Patrick’s Cathedral was
destroyed by fire. The rebuilt Cathedral was dedicated
on 29 November 2003.
The new church of Blessed John XXIII Church at Glenwood-
Stanhope Gardens was dedicated in 2007. In 1986, Pope John
Paul II visited the Transfield Factory in Seven Hills.
2006: Clergy Support Foundation
2007: Parochial District of Rouse
2010: Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP
installed as 3rd Bishop of Parramatta.
2010: Padre Pio Church at Glenmore
Park blessed on 14 February.
2011: Diocese secures part of Old
King’s School site in Parramatta.
2011: St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
made patron of the Diocese.
2012: Parramatta’s Rev Robert
McGuckin VG appointed Bishop of
2012: Bishop Anthony Fisher OP
institutes the Diocesan Medal of
2013: Chapel of St Mary MacKillop
opens in Parramatta CBD.
2013: Seminary of the Holy Spirit
established in Harris Park.
2013: All Saints of Africa Centre
opens in Blacktown.
2013: Appeal for people impacted
by devastating Blue Mountains’
2014: The Diocesan Pastoral Plan,
Faith in Our Future, launched.
2014: Diocesan Family & Life Office
2014: Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP
appointed Archbishop of Sydney.
2014: Very Rev Peter G Williams
appointed Diocesan Administrator.
2015: Inaugural Mass for World Day
of the Sick.
2015: 50th Anniversary of Marian
2015: Arrupe Place refugee centre
opens in Parramatta.
2016: St Luke’s Catholic College
proposed for Marsden Park.
Mass for the Silver Jubilee of the Diocese in 2011:
our diverse migrant communities are a great
demonstration of the universal Church.
Interfaith dialogue: a Women of Faith Dinner was held in Parramatta on 31 May 2008.
CatholicOutlook | MAY 2016 17
DIOCESAN WORKS FUND APPEAL: FAITH AT WORK
Houses to Homes supporting young mums
Louise Masters: “All babies and children have the right to lead a healthy and fulfilling life.”
CatholicCare Social Services has a
team of highly skilled and dedicated
people who work in our Houses to
Homes program. This service for pregnant
girls or parenting young women who are
homeless or at risk of homelessness offers:
• Transitional semi-independent
• Referral pathways towards long-term
stable housing solutions;
• Case management support;
• Access to brokerage;
• Home visits to young mothers and
• Empowerment for independent living;
• Access to parenting and living skills,
employment and education;
• Advocacy, support and referral; and
• Assistance in
The demand for
this service is constant.
of our community
are afforded the
opportunity that many
of us take for granted. The service has four
full-time staff, with Louise Masters heading
“All babies and children have the right
to lead a healthy and fulfilling life with safe
and secure housing and early intervention,”
Louise said. “We are committed to
providing the best service possible so this
can be achieved.”
A recent example of a case where
the team at Houses to Home (H2H) has
intervened and provided much-needed
support is below. For privacy reasons,
names have been changed. For more
information about this service, please
contact CatholicCare tel (02) 8822 2222.
Kate was referred to H2H by a Family &
Community Services caseworker. She had
been residing with her mother and extended
family, however, the house was overcrowded
and there were domestic violence issues.
Kate and her two children were
rehoused by H2H staff into a private rental
property near her mother’s home. This gave
her support that was close by, as well as
ongoing support from H2H. Kate was given
assistance to move in with some furniture,
OzHarvest food packages and Woolworths
Staff noted that Kate’s daughter appeared
to have some developmental delays and
Kate explained that she was trying to have
her daughter assessed. Staff assisted her to
complete the necessary forms.
Her daughter was referred to and
accepted into the Home Interaction
Program for Parents and Youngsters
(HIPPY). She also attended two days a week
at the local daycare centre.
Since Kate’s daughter commenced an
early intervention program, her social
skills have improved and she is sharing and
This has led to a change in Kate’s mood
and has given her the opportunity to spend
Bulk Billing for GP Services
more time with her younger son. It also gave
her the chance to commence selling makeup
as she has an avid interest in makeup
artistry and beauty.
Understanding that Kate had this great
interest, our H2H caseworker approached
her with an opportunity to complete a
certificate course through TAFE. Her son is
now in daycare two days a week so Kate can
Kate was thrilled to enrol, stating that
upon completion, she would be the first
member of her family to complete any type
of course and receive a certificate.
She was chosen to represent her class to
apply makeup on models at the Royal Easter
Show. She took along her mother and it was
a very proud moment for them both.
Her children are improving in all aspects
of development. Kate has increased her
social circle and now has adults with whom
she can chat and become friends. Her entire
disposition has changed and improved.
Kate has maintained her tenancy for
approaching 12 months. She has a Start
Safely Private Rental Subsidy for short-term
financial help so she does not have to return
to her previous violent situation.
Kate was asked recently if she would
like to continue with her study and go on to
complete her diploma. She accepted and is
excited to continue on her adventure.
Your donations to this month’s DWF
Appeal with the theme Faith at Work will
help to fund CatholicCare programs like
Houses to Homes. To make an online
donation visit: www.faithatwork.org.au
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DOCTORS AND PHYSIOTHERAPIST
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DR. CHARLES HAYES (Male GP)
DR. VAN NGUYEN (Male GP)
DILHAN JAYAMANNE (Physiotherapist)
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• Aged 65 years & over
• Pregnant women
• Anyone with a medical condition
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• Free initial check-up
• Veterans’ Affairs cover
• Dental X-rays
• Medicare Bulk Billing
- for eligible children aged
between 2 and 17 years of age
Benefits up to $1000/child
• 10% discount for seniors
• Patients from all funds welcome
- Health fund claims on the spot
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DIOCESAN WORKS FUND APPEAL: FAITH AT WORK
Daina Caruana from the Ephpheta Centre signs during Mass in Blacktown. Photo: Alfred Boudib.
Ephpheta Centre supports
Catholic deaf community
Ephpheta Centre provides services
for the Catholic deaf community in
The centre organises Mass which is
accessible for the deaf on the third Sunday
of each month at 11am at Our Lady of
Lourdes Church, 7 Grantham Road, Seven
The centre is a special ministry of the
Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney and is also
supported by the dioceses of Parramatta
and Broken Bay. Parramatta’s seminarians
undertake pastoral placements at the
Donations to this month’s DWF Appeal
help to fund the work of the centre, which
includes pastoral care, sacramental services,
support and advocacy. Visitation is an
important part of their work.
They provide religious and social
services for the signing-deaf, oral-deaf and
hard of hearing and those who have lost
hearing through age and industrial deafness.
They visit members of the deaf
community who confined to their homes,
nursing homes, hospitals, the lonely and
also people in prison.
Your donations to this month’s DWF
Appeal with the theme Faith at Work will
help to fund the work of the Ephpheta
Centre. To make an online donation visit:
Talkward: Taking the awkward out
of talking about problem gambling
Living with a
can be a nightmare
– mounting debts, lost
problems. But those who
pay the highest price are frequently the
partners, family and friends of problem
As well as suffering financial loss,
they can also experience loss of trust and
feelings of betrayal as well as relationship
Through Gambling Help and its
partners, including CatholicCare Social
Services, free counselling and new resources
are available to assist people impacted by
CatholicCare counsellor Linda Davis
said one of the biggest challenges can be
raising the issue. “It can be a very awkward
thing to do. People are often afraid that
mentioning someone’s gambling problem
may damage their relationship with that
During Responsible Gambling
Awareness Week from 23-27 May,
CatholicCare will be helping to launch two
major resources – a catchy, animated e-card
campaign, Talkward, and a booklet aimed at
helping family and friends who have been
Talkward is designed to help break
through the stigma and encourage open
dialogue between gamblers and their
families and friends.
The e-cards, which can be customised
and personalised, humorously focus on a
thorny subject but carry a serious message:
now we’ve got the awkward bit out of the
way, let’s have a talk in real life.
To access the e-card, go to
talkward.com.au Free copies of
Awareness Week: 23-27 May
the booklet can be ordered from:
CatholicCare Problem Gambling
Counselling and Groups
Our client John* contacted CatholicCare
after his son approached him and suggested
he had a problem with gambling. John
called Gambling Help and they directed
him to CatholicCare. After three or four
sessions, John had reduced his gambling
His message to anybody who may
identify as a problem gambler is: “Contact
Gambling Help or CatholicCare Social
Services for counselling. Staff were
welcoming and counselling is provided
in a stress-free environment, without
John said he is better able to give his
attention and focus to enjoying his family.
He is planning to get a second job and has
money in the bank for the first time in a
long time. His wife and son are very happy
as he comes straight home after work and is
spending more time gardening and enjoying
*Not his real name.
For more information about CatholicCare’s
free Responsible Gambling Counselling
Service tel (02) 8822 2222.
Your donations to this month’s DWF Appeal
with the theme Faith at Work will help to
fund CatholicCare’s programs and services.
To make an online donation visit:
DON’T MAKE THE TALK AWKWARD
Together, let’s make the conversation
about problem gambling a little less awkward.
Start the conversation today.
CatholicOutlook | MAY 2016 19
KOREAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY
Korean chaplaincy crosses cultural divide
By Elizabeth McFarlane
There is a great beauty in the varied face
of the Catholic Church. Diverse migrant
communities make up the Diocese of
Parramatta, each with their own traditions and
customs that merge in a great demonstration of
the universal Church.
Fr Stephen Hyun Sangok, Korean Chaplain
for the Diocese of Parramatta, and Michael
Lim, President of the Korean Chaplaincy,
believe migrant chaplaincies enable parishes to
celebrate cultural differences and similarities.
The chaplaincy, based at Our Lady of
Lourdes Church, Baulkham Hills, runs a
Korean Language School on Saturdays at
7.30pm and a Bible Study class on Sundays
“We are very grateful that the Diocese
supports the chaplaincy and that they have also
allowed Fr Stephen to work with us,” Michael
Fr Stephen celebrates the 7.30pm Saturday
Vigil Mass and the 11am Sunday Mass in
the Korean language at Our Lady of Lourdes
“There are language barriers. Some
parishioners cannot speak English fluently and
even if they understand in part, they do not
fully grasp the homily, so we ask Fr Stephen to
help us in deepening our faith,” Michael said.
The chaplaincy creates a space for Korean
parishioners to come together. However,
Fr Stephen acknowledges the need for the
chaplaincy to be an open community.
“Some Australians may look at the Korean
Chaplaincy and think, ‘Why are they so
exclusive?’ But that is not the case. There is a
natural intimacy and we are very close, but we
are not exclusive,” Fr Stephen said.
“We are open. We want people who are
not Korean to gather with us and attend our
Korean Language School, Bible Study classes
and masses. Everyone is welcome.
“I am not here just to serve the Korean
Chaplaincy. I am here to serve the whole
The Diocese of Parramatta is among the
most multi-ethnic and multicultural in the
world. One-quarter of the Catholics in our
Diocese were born overseas in a non-Englishspeaking
country (25.5%) and more than onequarter
of our Catholics speak a language other
than English at home (28.4%).
Many migrants share the Catholic faith
and enrich the life of the Diocese through their
witness and participation in parish life and
The chaplaincy creates a space for Korean parishioners to come together.
other forms of Christian community.
Fr Pio Yong Ho Jang is the first Koreanborn
priest to be ordained for the Diocese of
Migrant chaplaincies bridge the gap
between cultural divides, promoting a stronger
connection through the one shared faith.
They provide migrants with familiar
cultural expressions of the faith, addressing
the need for the mystery of Christ to be
proclaimed, celebrated and lived out at all times
and in all places.
As time passes, the focus of a chaplaincy
shifts to assisting migrants, especially younger
generations, in becoming more active
participants in the life of their local parish.
“The Korean Chaplaincy is not separate
from the Diocese. We belong to the Diocese,”
Michael explained. “Many Korean parishioners
are still involved in the wider parish. I used to
be an acolyte for the Church.”
In welcoming people from overseas, our
parishes, schools, agencies and individual
members are mindful of the rich cultures,
traditions and experiences that migrants bring
to their new home.
“At the end of the day, we are part of the
same Catholic Faith, which teaches us to love
one another. It doesn’t matter if you are Korean
or Australian, when we are part of the same
faith we will always have a natural connection,”
Fr Stephen Hyun Sangok and Michael Lim believe migrant chaplaincies enable parishes to celebrate cultural differences
and similarities. Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.
Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy
Fatima Day: Friday 13 May
Come and pray for your family and the world at large!
10am Exposition, Holy Mass 11am, After Lunch; Procession and
Devotions at Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Principal Celebrant: Fr George Condookala
Parish Priest at Port Kembla
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Upcoming celebrations in our shrine
Solemnity of Our Lady Help of Christians: Tuesday 24 May
11am - Solemn Mass followed by Devotions
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ: Sunday 29 May
11am - Solemn Mass followed by Procession
Pauline Father’s Monastery
Address: 120 Hanging Rock Road, Berrima, NSW, 2577 Phone: 02 4878 9192
Mercy of God in
Schoenstatt Sister’s life
By Elizabeth McFarlane
Sister Thomasine at the Schoenstatt Shrine at Mulgoa where the annual Marian Pilgrimage will take place on 22 May.
Photos: Elizabeth McFarlane.
Sister Thomasine Treese ISSM is the new
Superior of the Australian-Philippine
Province of the Secular Institute of the
Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary.
Growing up near Koblenz in Germany
during World War II, her parents had to “turn
every penny around” after the family home was
“We had no car and no house. We had
nothing and after my younger brother was
born, we had to start from the beginning,” she
Despite financial struggles and the storms
and hardships of life, her parents were devoutly
religious, preparing the way for the decision of
Sr Thomasine and her older sister to join the
Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary.
Sr Thomasine holds a Bachelor of Arts
in Elementary Education and Theology, a
Calling for nominations
for 3 diocesan awards
Nominations are now open for three diocesan awards:
The Diocesan Medal of Honour
The Diocesan Medal of Honour seeks to encourage
and recognise outstanding contribution and service
by members of the Parramatta diocesan community
in work on behalf of the Church and society. The
Diocesan Medal of Honour is awarded for outstanding
service to parish, Diocese and community.
The Diocesan Citation of Merit for Youth
The Diocesan Citation of Merit for Youth seeks to
encourage and recognise youth between the ages of 18
and 25 who have shown outstanding contribution and
service to the parish, Diocese and community.
Licentiate in Canon Law and a Certificate of
Accreditation as Postulator at the Congregation
for the Cases of Saints in Rome.
Now based in Mulgoa, Sr Thomasine has
travelled extensively, having served as a
missionary for several decades in the US and
She brings a global insight to her role as
Superior, with 30 years’ work experience
in the new evangelisation of Milwaukee in
Wisconsin (including eight years of work in
the Archdiocesan Tribunal), 11 years working
in the Vatican in the Secretariat of State, and
as postulator for the cause of beatification of
Schoenstatt sister, Sr Emilie Engel ISSM.
Sr Thomasine explained that there are three
major steps in a process of beatification. There
is the opinion of the people about the quality
of life of the Servant of God, the judgment of
The Diocesan Certificate of Recognition
Nominations close on 31 May 2016
The Diocesan Certificate of Recognition seeks to
encourage and recognise outstanding contribution by
non-Catholic members of the Diocese of Parramatta
community, for work supporting the parish, Diocese
An overview for how to make a nomination and
notations are available from:
Rev Dr Arthur Bridge AM PP
Chairman of the Diocesan Honours
Tel (02) 9631 3316
the Church and the action of God by granting
Sr Thomasine collected the documents and
testimonies needed to prove that Sr Emilie
Engel lived all virtues in an authentic and
exemplary way. She wrote a study, a ‘Positio’
on Sr Emilie Engel’s life, which was submitted
to the Congregation of Saints in Rome for
In May 2012, Pope Benedict XVI declared
Sr Emilie Engel a Venerable Servant of God,
signifying the fact that she has practised all
virtues to a heroic degree. A miracle upon Sr
Emilie’s intercession is still necessary for her to
“Contrary to the belief that you have to have
a sensational life to be a saint, Sr Emilie Engel
impressed people by that which she was,” Sr
“It was how she dealt with the many trials
of her life and how she could follow God’s
guidance. She spoke her unconditional ‘Yes,
Father’ to His wish and will, even when it
meant sitting paralysed in a wheelchair. It was
her radiance that drew people to her.
“Above all, Sr Emilie Engel said, ‘Yes, Father’
with a joyful attitude at all times.
“My life is also a ‘yes’ and every day I have to
ask myself, ‘Do I live my day with God or do I
want to do everything myself?’”
Sr Thomasine feels blessed to be working in
Australia and is driven by the inner strength of
Sr Emilie Engel.
“It is wonderful to be able to look back on
the many blessings of God in my life and I have
learnt that as a leader, I must radiate God’s
love,” she said.
Working towards the annual Marian
Pilgrimage, which will take place on Sunday 22
May, the Sisters of Mary are also promoting the
experience of a special indulgence in this Year
NEWS & EVENTS
The Schoenstatt Shrine at Mulgoa is home
to a Holy Door of Mercy, and soon it will be
adorned with a burst of autumn amber colour.
Covered in vines, the small Shrine emulates
the original Schoenstatt Shrine found in
Vallendar in Germany where the International
Schoenstatt Movement originated.
Schoenstatt, meaning ‘beautiful place’, is a
place to unite pilgrims with the vine and the
vinedresser, revealing also through the external
sign of the Holy Door, the role of Mary as
handmaiden and doorway, bringing Christ into
the world and thus, the mercies of God.
“Just as Sr Emilie Engel summarised her
life's experience shortly before her death,
‘Throughout eternity, I want to sing a hymn of
praise to the merciful love of the Father and the
“Praise God for the mercies we have received,
and as we have received the mercies of God, we
ought to be merciful to others,” Sr Thomasine
Sister Thomasine Treese ISSM.
Week of Prayer for
8-15 May 2016
‘Called to proclaim the mighty acts
of the Lord.’ (1 Peter 2:9)
PENTECOST PARRAMATTA ECUMENICAL PRAYER NIGHT
SATURDAY 14 MAY FROM 7PM TO 10PM
On Pentecost Eve when the Body of Christ will unite and pray
specifically for the needs of Parramatta. Come and pray with
Christians from all denominations. Hosted by Transforming
Sydney and the Parramatta Pastors Network.
The Salvation Army, 34 Smith St, Parramatta
Buses and limited street parking along Smith St and Phillip St.
Close to Parramatta Station and Horword Place Council Carpark.
Let us know you are coming and bring as many people as possible.
We look forward to seeing you.
RSVP Daryl Castellino, Diocese of Parramatta, Ecumenical
Commission tel 0407 40 6668, DCastellino@parra.catholic.edu.au
Ecumenical Prayer Resource for Schools
The week leading up to Pentecost (8-15 May) is a time that the
Catholic Church traditionally prays for Christian unity. A diocesan
resource will be made available to help primary and secondary
school communities to pray that all Christians may be one,
in the Body of Christ.
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Journeying into the heart and mind of faith
By Aoife Connors
Spiritual leadership might look
different in other faiths, but it
is how we feel that is where we
find our common language, Liska
Turner told those gathered for
afternoon tea to celebrate 10 years
since the Office for the Participation
of Women commenced its Young
Catholic Women’s Interfaith
The celebratory afternoon tea
took place at the Mount St Benedict
Centre in Pennant Hills on 26
February this year with a number of
invited guests and sponsors.
Liska said a visit by the group
to the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque
had left a lasting impression. “The
executive officer of the Muslim
Women’s Association spoke
passionately and eloquently about
living as a covered Muslim woman
of faith in today’s climate of anti-
Along with 13 other women,
Liska completed her third
residential weekend of lectures
and interfaith visits recently. These
women now have one residential
weekend to complete and a series of
online modules before they qualify
with a graduate diploma in theology
from The Broken Bay Institute.
These women are our future leaders
in the church.
“Our fellowship journey
commenced with a visit from
Graeme Mundine, from Aboriginal
Catholic Ministry in Sydney,” Liska
said. “He spoke to us in some depth
about the evolution and history of
our Church and our engagement
with the Indigenous community.
In particular, he focused on the
enculturation of Indigenous
spirituality into our Catholic
“Sr Elizabeth Delaney SGS also
spoke to us about the Church’s
increasing openness to ecumenical
dialogue and we’ve been blessed to
have first-hand experience of this,
visiting both a synagogue and a
Fellowship participant Helen
Jacobs visited a synagogue during
the previous residential weekend.
“Looking through the lens of the
other, I was instantly moved by
the warm welcome offered by the
progressive Jewish community at
North Shore Temple,” she said.
“I quietly applauded the sense of
inclusion and equity created. A male
and a female rabbi sitting in a circle
with their companions and guests
sharing in prayer and afterwards
Vicky Burrows, another
fellowship participant, described
her Catholic faith as the “lens we
look at other faiths through”, for
example when visiting the Islamic
community. “Our lens grounds us in
our tradition and our faith,” Vicky
A visit to the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque left a lasting impression on the group.
“One of the great things about
the residential element is that we
have to connect as a community,
whether that’s online, over the
phone or face to face. For some,
we haven’t studied in 20 years;
for others, we’ve just come out
of university, so the community
component is important.”
Christine Pace said that learning
about the spectrum and diversity
of the Church has encouraged and
inspired her because she could see
that there were other young Catholic
women like her.
For Sally McEniry, discovering
the faith traditions of others
has assisted her in recognising
the complementarity of other
traditions while strengthening her
commitment and understanding of
All of the current participants
reiterated that since the fellowship
was funded by the Australian
Catholic Bishops and the religious
orders in Australia, the Church
values and recognises the
contribution of young Catholic
women in the Church.
Hosted at the Mount St Benedict
Centre at Pennant Hills, both
Sr Elizabeth Brennan SGS and
Christine Manning continue to
warmly welcome the fellowship
participants during their residential
experiences. “We hope that this
special place nourishes their soul
and gives them a greater sense of
peace, upon leaving,” Sr Elizabeth
Originally published on the
media blog of the Australian
Catholic Bishops Conference at
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Mother’s Day Concert
ST PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL, 1 MARIST PLACE, PARRAMATTA
Thinking of a gift for Mum this Mother's Day?
Why not take her to a music concert?
Enjoy the music of Beethoven, Mozart, Handel and
Schubert. Hear sacred motets in honour of our Blessed
Mother and much more.
End the afternoon with a cup of tea and some sweet and
Booking with the Cathedral Parish Office
tel (02) 8839 8400, firstname.lastname@example.org
SR HELEN PREJEAN CSJ IN CONVERSATION
Sr Helen is a prominent defender of life, ministering to men and women on death row in the US
and challenging the death penalty, as portrayed in the film Dead Man Walking. Sr Helen will be live
from New Orleans via Skype to speak on the topic ‘The Consistent Ethic of Life’, which centres on
the Church’s pro-life perspective at all stages in the human lifecycle, from birth to natural death. In
conversation with Fr David Ranson VG, a focus of the discussion will be on the mercy of God, and how
we can show God’s merciful face to others. From 10.15am-12.15pm, The Light of Christ Centre, end
of Yardley Ave, Waitara. RSVP by 3 May: www.trybooking.com/KMEZ
or email@example.com (02) 9847 0448, (02) 4332 9825.
REFLECTION DAY FOR WOMEN
Presented by Sr M Isabell Naumann ISSM. Topic: ‘Give me a Drink (Jn 4:7) – Charity and Mercy’.
All women are invited to attend this day where we will reflect on the gifts of God’s merciful love and
charity. Cost: $25, BYO lunch (morning & afternoon tea provided). The day will include Holy Mass and
the opportunity for reconciliation. Mt Schoenstatt Spirituality Centre, 230 Fairlight Rd, Mulgoa. Details
tel (02) 4773 8338, firstname.lastname@example.org
ORDINATION OF GEORGE BRYAN AS DEACON
Everyone is invited to the ordination of George Bryan as a permanent deacon at the 11am Mass in St
Patrick's Cathedral, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta.
MOTHER’S DAY CONCERT
Thinking of a gift for mum this Mother's Day? Why not take her to a music concert at St Patrick’s
Cathedral, Parramatta? Starts 3pm. Enjoy the music of Beethoven, Mozart, Handel and Schubert.
Hear sacred motets in honour of our Blessed Mother and much more. End the afternoon with a cup
of tea and some sweet and savoury delights. Bookings: Cathedral Parish tel (02) 8839 8400, mili@
MASS FOR NEOPHYTES
Mass at 7.30pm in St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta.
On Pentecost Eve you are invited to pray with Christians from all denominations specifically for the
needs of Parramatta. From 7pm-10pm at The Salvation Army, 34 Smith St, Parramatta. RSVP Daryl
Castellino, Diocese of Parramatta, Ecumenical Commission tel 0407 40 6668, DCastellino@parra.
‘Perfect Love Casts Out All Fear (1 Jn 4:18). Come and hear how to be transformed from fearful to
powerful. The Catholic Charismatic Renewal NSW and the Emmaus Prayer Community invite you
to a Pentecost celebration at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 198 Old Prospe ct Rd, Greystanes.
Program: 11.30am worship, Mass at noon celebrated by Fr David Callaghan MGL, 1.30pm BBQ lunch,
2.30pm healing ministry. Inquiries: Merv tel (02) 9634 1654, www.ccrnsw.org.au
MARIAN PILGRIMAGE AT MT SCHOENSTATT
Experience the special indulgence that may be obtained in one of the designated Doors of Mercy
in this Jubilee Year of Mercy at the Shrine of Mt Schoenstatt on the Annual Marian Pilgrimage.
Celebrations begin at 10am with Mass at 10.30am and Eucharistic Procession and Benediction from
the valley to the Shrine at 2pm. Alternative program for the sick and elderly. Mt Schoenstatt, 230
Fairlight Rd, Mulgoa, tel (02) 4773 8338, www.schoenstatt.org.au
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Thursday 19 May 2016
Holy Hour for Vocations
St Patrick’s Cathedral, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta
Everyone is welcome to join the Holy Hour for Vocations from
7pm-8pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month for an hour of
adoration, prayer, music and quiet time in the Blessed Sacrament
Chapel in St Patrick’s Cathedral.
To find out more about priesthood in the Diocese of Parramatta
contact Fr Warren Edwards, Director of Priestly Vocations
tel 0409 172 700 or email email@example.com
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