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

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

VOLUME 19, MAY <strong>2016</strong> | Photo: Alphonsus Fok<br />

Fr Robert Galea<br />

in concert<br />

‘Child of God first,<br />

‘priest second and<br />

‘musician third'<br />

page 5<br />


CALLING:<br />





page 16-17<br />

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Very Rev Peter G Williams<br />







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Dear Brothers and Sisters,<br />


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The recent publication of the apostolic<br />

exhortation by Pope Francis, arising<br />

from the Synod on the Family, has<br />

received considerable attention in both Church<br />

and secular media.<br />

With that coverage has come a vast range<br />

of possible interpretations of the document<br />

and the consequences for those of us who are<br />

members of the Church.<br />

What is clear, however, is that the Holy<br />

Father is seeking to reach out to a wide<br />

audience and, in particular, to married couples<br />

and their families.<br />

In fact, in the opening sections of Amoris<br />

Laetitia, The Joy of Love: On Love in the<br />

Family, he identifies that some chapters will be<br />

of greater interest to some rather than others.<br />

As I read and reflected on the exhortation<br />

(which is, by the usual standards, very long)<br />

I was very moved by Chapter IV, which<br />

addresses Love in Marriage.<br />

This part of the exhortation, which runs<br />

from paragraph 89 to paragraph 164, is a ‘must<br />

read’ for every married couple as the Pope uses<br />

the familiar passage from 1 Corinthians 13 to<br />

reflect on the meaning of love in the context of<br />

a committed relationship.<br />

To that end, I would encourage married<br />

couples (and those engaged and planning to be<br />

married) to read this chapter and discuss how<br />

you see Pope Francis’ understanding of love in<br />

the context of your own experience.<br />

There is much else to ‘The Joy of Love’ and<br />

no doubt there will be much written about it<br />

and made available over the coming months<br />

through the diocesan Family & Life Office,<br />

Institute for Mission and <strong>Catholic</strong>Care Social<br />

Services. As they say: “Watch this space!”<br />

As you all know, there has been a great<br />

deal of discussion in recent years about<br />

the notion of the family: what constitutes a<br />

family, different ways of being a family and,<br />

more recently, considerable discussion on the<br />

question of marriage, what it means, and who<br />

can and should be married?<br />


OF THE<br />



The Pope very clearly presents an<br />

understanding of Christian marriage and<br />

family that is consistent with Church teaching<br />

over many centuries and which owes its origin<br />

to God’s plan for human beings.<br />

There is nothing new here, but it is<br />

a classical restatement of what had been<br />

revealed through the mystery of God’s action<br />

in creation, and the pinnacle of creation being<br />

man and woman made in the image and<br />

likeness of God. (Genesis 1)<br />

But the Pope readily acknowledges that<br />

many families are not perfect and as he quite<br />

frequently remarks, we are often faced with<br />

messy situations which require a sensitive and<br />

pastoral heart in dealing with the lived reality<br />

of families in a whole variety of situations.<br />

It is important that at the parish level we<br />

appreciate that there needs to be an outreach<br />

to families that is not condemnatory but<br />

accepting of where people are and assisting<br />

them to find the presence of God, even if the<br />

ideal is not easily attainable.<br />

The Church sets before us the ideal of<br />

Christian marriage to which couples are<br />

earnestly asked to aspire. But Pope Francis is<br />

also quick to point out that because the ideal is<br />

not reached, that means that people are neither<br />

condemned nor cast aside because of human<br />

failure.<br />

In this Year of Mercy it is a timely<br />

reminder to us all that sometimes we can be<br />

quick to judge and condemn others without<br />

being in receipt of all the facts.<br />

Ours is a mission of mercy in the name of<br />

Jesus Christ who condemned no one except<br />

those religious people who were filled with<br />

hypocrisy. The Pope says on that score that the<br />

Church needs to engage in some healthy form<br />

of self-criticism.<br />

But above all, this document is challenging<br />

all of us in the Church – laity, religious,<br />

deacons, priests and bishops – to think in a<br />

different way when approaching the subject of<br />

marriage and the family.<br />

Of one thing I am sure, it will take some<br />

time to unpack the contents and to understand<br />

the ramifications for future pastoral outreach.<br />

Does this mean that ‘The Joy of Love’ is the<br />

last word on the subject? I think not, but rather<br />

a beginning point as the Church adjusts to the<br />

age in which we find ourselves.<br />

One of the most enduring characteristics<br />

of this time is the speed of change to so many<br />

elements of life. For some that is exhilarating<br />

and for others frightening.<br />

Pope Francis carefully anchors us in the<br />

teaching of the Church about marriage and<br />

family, but also confronts us with the truth<br />

about our circumstances today.<br />

In the community of the Church let us<br />

pray for all our families, no matter what their<br />

circumstance, and that we may show in our<br />

lives the merciful face of Christ to others.<br />

With greetings in this season of the Risen<br />

Lord,<br />

Very Rev Peter G Williams<br />

Diocesan Administrator<br />

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11am Mass on Sunday 22 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

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No one can enter<br />

into the presence<br />

of God and stay<br />

the same<br />

By Adrian Middeldorp<br />

Fr Rob Galea captivates the audience at Riverside Parramatta. Photos: Alphonsus Fok.<br />

of God first, priest second and<br />

musician third.” This is how Fr<br />

“Child<br />

Rob Galea described himself to a<br />

sell-out audience at Riverside Theatre on Friday<br />

8 April, as part of <strong>Catholic</strong> Youth Parramatta’s<br />

LIFTED Live! series.<br />

It was no ordinary concert, but rather a<br />

journey of story and music, sharing the Gospel<br />

and giving hope and encouragement to the<br />

audience. A thoroughly captivated audience<br />

shared in a rich tapestry of emotions, at times<br />

shedding tears and at other times, rejoicing.<br />

The message of redemption was one that<br />

Fr Rob weaved into his music throughout the<br />

evening. His understanding of the complexities<br />

of youth culture is evidenced by his engagement<br />

with thousands of followers on social media,<br />

spreading the simple message of the love of<br />

Jesus.<br />

For many, Fr Rob is an enigma. For the<br />

everyday <strong>Catholic</strong>, there is the paradox of a<br />

diocesan <strong>Catholic</strong> priest appearing on X Factor<br />

and selling tens of thousands of albums, but<br />

for the modern world, there is the irony of a<br />

talented and affable performer, content with his<br />

life as a priest, ministering in country Victoria.<br />

Fr Rob was first thrust on to the world stage<br />

when, as a seminarian, he had moved from<br />

Malta to Australia and was asked to perform in<br />

front of hundreds of thousands of young people<br />

and TV audiences in the millions at World<br />

Youth Day 2008 in Sydney.<br />

The request came from Fr Peter Williams,<br />

the Director of Liturgy for the 2008 World<br />

Youth Day, now Diocesan Administrator of the<br />

Diocese of Parramatta.<br />

“At the time, I was quite introverted, quite<br />

scared, and unable to speak in public and yet I<br />

had this opportunity to sing with Guy Sebastian,<br />

Paulini and other great artists,” he said.<br />

He credits Fr Peter’s belief in him to be<br />

able to perform in front of the half-millionstrong<br />

crowd: “Fr Peter Williams believed in<br />

me when I was so scared, when I didn’t have<br />

the experience I have today.” Despite Fr Rob’s<br />

experience on stage, he still gets nervous before<br />

a performance.<br />

The message of confronting your fears<br />

through adversity and the message of seeking<br />

simplicity in life’s complexities resonates with<br />

his younger audience.<br />

“I always get scared. I am terrified. One of<br />

my mottos is: ‘Rob if you’re scared, so what? Do<br />

it scared!’ So I move forward in my fear and I<br />

trust God. Even if I mess up. I just want to bring<br />

who I am. My team and I bring ourselves as we<br />

are, mess and all, just to point to Jesus,” he said.<br />

His team has some of the most accomplished<br />

musicians in the country, including Gary Pinto,<br />

singer-songwriter for Jessica Mauboy, vocal<br />

coach on the hit TV show X-Factor and lead<br />

singer of 90s band CDB.<br />

Also in the band is Gary’s wife, Natasha<br />

Pinto, a former backup singer for Boyz II Men,<br />

and guitarist Isaac Moran, who plays for Guy<br />

Sebastian.<br />

“Each person on the team loves Jesus. They<br />

love God and they love to serve others,” Fr Rob<br />

said.<br />

Fr Rob and his band hope to bring a simple<br />

message to their performances: “We hope to<br />

encourage young people and encourage people<br />

who are not so young to continue on their walk<br />

with God.<br />

“And for those who don’t know God, we hope<br />

that they catch a glimpse of who and what God<br />

is, because if they get a glimpse of God, they will<br />

be changed forever because no one can enter<br />

into the presence of God and stay the same.”<br />

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Pope Francis accompanies<br />

refugees to Rome<br />

Pope Francis greets the Syrian refugee families on landing at Rome's Ciampino airport. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/Pool Photo via AP.<br />

When Pope Francis flew back to Rome<br />

after a visit to the Greek island of<br />

Lesbos on 16 April, he accompanied<br />

three families of refugees from Syria, 12 people<br />

in all, including six children.<br />

These Muslim families were living in camps<br />

on Lesbos. Two families come from Damascus<br />

and one from Deir Azzor, in the area occupied<br />

by Daesh. Their homes had been bombed.<br />

The Vatican will take responsibility for<br />

bringing in and maintaining the families. The<br />

initial hospitality will be taken care of by the<br />

Sant'Egidio Community.<br />

While on Lesbos, the Holy Father met<br />

with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew<br />

and Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and<br />

All Greece in the Mòria refugee camp, which<br />

accommodates about 2500 people seeking<br />

asylum.<br />

In the camp, they signed a joint declaration<br />

calling on political leaders to employ every<br />

means to ensure that individuals and<br />

communities remain in their homelands and<br />

enjoy the fundamental right to live in peace and<br />

security.<br />

In the camp, Pope Francis said:<br />

"I have wanted to be with you today. I<br />

want to tell you that you are not alone. In these<br />

weeks and months, you have endured much<br />

suffering in your search for a better life. Many<br />

of you felt forced to flee situations of conflict<br />

and persecution for the sake, above all, of your<br />

children, your little ones.<br />

“You have made great sacrifices for your<br />

families. You know the pain of having left<br />

behind everything that is dear to you and –<br />

what is perhaps most difficult – not knowing<br />

what the future will bring. Many others like you<br />

are also in camps or towns, waiting, hoping to<br />

build a new life on this continent.<br />

"I have come here with my brothers,<br />

Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop<br />

Ieronymos, simply to be with you and to hear<br />

your stories. We have come to call the attention<br />

of the world to this grave humanitarian crisis<br />

and to plead for its resolution.<br />

“As people of faith, we wish to join our<br />

voices to speak out on your behalf. We hope<br />

that the world will heed these scenes of tragic<br />

and indeed desperate need, and respond in a<br />

way worthy of our common humanity.<br />

"God created mankind to be one family;<br />

when any of our brothers and sisters suffer, we<br />

are all affected. We all know from experience<br />

how easy it is for some to ignore other people’s<br />

suffering and even to exploit their vulnerability.<br />

“But we also know that these crises can<br />

bring out the very best in us. You have seen this<br />

among yourselves and among the Greek people,<br />

who have generously responded to your needs<br />

amid their own difficulties. You have also seen<br />

it in the many people, especially the young<br />

from throughout Europe and the world, who<br />

have come to help you.<br />

“Yes, so much more needs to be done! But<br />

let us thank God that in our suffering He never<br />

leaves us alone. There is always someone who<br />

can reach out and help us.<br />

"This is the message I want to leave with<br />

you today: do not lose hope! The greatest gift<br />

we can offer one another is love: a merciful<br />

look, a readiness to listen and understand, a<br />

word of encouragement, a prayer. <strong>May</strong> you<br />

share this gift with one another.<br />

“We Christians love to tell the story of the<br />

Good Samaritan, a foreigner who saw a man in<br />

need and immediately stopped to help. For us,<br />

it is a story about God’s mercy, which is meant<br />

for everyone, for God is the All-Merciful. It is<br />

also a summons to show that same mercy to<br />

those in need.<br />

“<strong>May</strong> all our brothers and sisters on this<br />

continent, like the Good Samaritan, come to<br />

your aid in the spirit of fraternity, solidarity<br />

and respect for human dignity that has<br />

distinguished its long history.<br />

"Dear brothers and sisters, may God bless<br />

all of you and, in a special way, your children,<br />

the elderly and all those who suffer in body and<br />

spirit!<br />

"I embrace all of you with affection. Upon<br />

you, and those who accompany you, I invoke<br />

His gifts of strength and peace."<br />


The priests and deacons of the Diocese<br />

will gather for a Clergy Conference from<br />

Monday 23 <strong>May</strong> to Thursday 26 <strong>May</strong>.<br />

During this time, our priests will be away<br />

from their parishes. Anyone in urgent<br />

need of a priest should contact their<br />

parish office.<br />

Normal Mass times in parishes may<br />

be suspended on Tuesday 24 <strong>May</strong>,<br />

Wednesday 25 <strong>May</strong> and Thursday 26<br />

<strong>May</strong>. On these days, it is hoped to have a<br />

Mass in each deanery.<br />

At the time this issue of <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>Outlook</strong><br />

went to press, the following deanery<br />

Masses had been confirmed:<br />


Mary Immaculate Parish, Quakers Hill:<br />

8.30am on Tuesday, 9.15am and 7pm on<br />

Wednesday, 9.15am on Thursday.<br />


St Michael’s Parish, Baulkham Hills:<br />

9.15am on Tuesday, Wednesday and<br />

Thursday.<br />


Our Lady of Mt Carmel Parish,<br />

Wentworthville: 9am on Tuesday,<br />

Wednesday and Thursday.<br />

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

9am and 7pm on Tuesday, 9am and 7pm<br />

on Wednesday, and 6.30am and 9am on<br />

Thursday.<br />


St Joseph’s Parish, Kingswood: Mass<br />

at 8am on Tuesday, Wednesday and<br />

Thursday.<br />

Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, St Marys:<br />

Mass at 9am on Tuesday, noon on<br />

Wednesday and 9am on Thursday.<br />


St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish, Parramatta:<br />

Mass at 6.45am and 12.30pm on each<br />

day.<br />

At the time of printing, Masses had<br />

not yet been arranged formally for the<br />

Blacktown and Mountains deaneries.<br />

Closer to the dates, please check your<br />

parish newsletter or the diocesan website:<br />

www.parracatholic.org/deanerymasses<br />

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Alice Hann: “I’m not just a teacher, I’m a part of the community. Everyone is<br />

family.”<br />

The Kimberley<br />

calling<br />

By Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

Alice Hann, a 24-year-old teacher from Gilroy College,<br />

Castle Hill, has embarked on a secondment year to teach<br />

in Balgo, one of the most remote Aboriginal communities<br />

in Australia.<br />

Located in north-east Western Australia, burnt orange dirt<br />

roads carve into the Balgo (Wirrimanu) Indigenous community,<br />

found on the northern boundary of the Great Sandy Desert and<br />

the western edge of the Tanami Desert.<br />

Flying overhead or nestled in a riverbank burrow, the Redbacked<br />

Kingfisher (Luurnpa in the native Kukatja language)<br />

alludes to the Dreaming story of the ancestral heritage of the<br />

Wirrimanu people.<br />

The local school in the town of Balgo, Luurnpa <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

School, adopted the name of the kingfisher, paying homage to<br />

their roots and the Aboriginal connection to the land.<br />

The K-8 school commenced in 1984 at the invitation of<br />

the local Aboriginal community. With a total enrolment of<br />

120 students, the school also offers courses for Years 9 and 10<br />

through its Kutjungka Trade Training Centre.<br />

The school is founded on Lasallian values: faith in the<br />

presence of God, concern for the poor and social justice, respect<br />

for all persons, building an inclusive community and providing<br />

quality education.<br />

It was Alice’s volunteer work with the Lasallians that led to<br />

her first visit to Balgo.<br />

“I had been out to Balgo three times prior to this year, in<br />

2009, 2014 and 2015, volunteering at a summer camp with the<br />

Lasallian Foundation for two to three weeks each time,” Alice<br />

said.<br />

“I was doing work in the community, playing with the<br />

children and helping them in activities like learning how to swim.<br />

When I came out last year, I realised that I wanted to stay and<br />

teach.”<br />

Despite being formally trained to teach woodwork in Design<br />

and Technology, Alice is teaching Years 7 and 8 in everything<br />

from literacy to numeracy.<br />

“Teaching across all subject areas is challenging, especially<br />

when English is a second or third language for many of the<br />

students. But I’m learning a lot of skills by teaching different<br />

levels in different subjects and I will take those skills back to the<br />

Diocese of Parramatta,” she said.<br />

Working alongside eight other teachers, Alice teaches about<br />

15-20 Indigenous students. She is enjoying being fully immersed<br />

in the culture and community.<br />

“There is only one shop, one clinic and one school. The<br />

community is limited in terms of facilities but we have what we<br />

need here.<br />

"You learn to appreciate the little things and you come to<br />

realise that you don’t need a lot of things,” Alice said.<br />

Having only taught for two years in Sydney previously,<br />

Alice’s move away from her home and family to teach in Balgo<br />

was a big change.<br />

“I’ve never lived out of home before. You need to be<br />

adaptable. I didn’t speak the Kukatja language but I’m learning,”<br />

she said.<br />

“It’s a small, remote community. It’s really important that I<br />

build a rapport and strong relationship with the local people, not<br />

just in the classroom but in the school and community as well.<br />

“It’s really about embracing and learning about the culture.<br />

I’m learning new things every day.”<br />

From water holes and star gazing to calming sunsets and<br />

rock formations, Alice is taking in the history that is etched into<br />

her surroundings.<br />

“We’ve had cookouts at the lookout with all the staff,<br />

volunteers and parishioners. We head out for swims in the lake<br />

or play basketball after school on the courts,” she said.<br />

“I’m not just a teacher, I’m a part of the community.<br />

Everyone is family out here.<br />

“If you’re a passionate teacher and have the flexibility to<br />

move out here to teach, I definitely recommend grabbing the<br />

opportunity.”<br />

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Witnessing the simplicity of mercy<br />

By Sr Louise McKeogh FMA, Diocesan Social Justice Coordinator<br />

Aflyer with the title Mercy in the City<br />

crossed my desk recently. An internet<br />

search showed there is also a book<br />

with the same title. The goal of the<br />

author, Kerry Weber, was to feed the hungry,<br />

give drink to the thirsty and keep her day job.<br />

It’s the story of how one young adult attempts<br />

to complete each of the corporal works of<br />

mercy during Lent. She discovers that it is more<br />

about living the spirituality of mercy as a way of<br />

life essential to the Christian journey.<br />

During these Easter days in this year of<br />

Mercy, I have been asking myself the questions:<br />

Where do I see, or where do I find, mercy in<br />

my neighbourhood?<br />

Was it in the flyer we received in the post,<br />

inviting us to a free community BBQ where<br />

we found Christ Mission Possible feeding<br />

the hungry and housing the homeless in our<br />

neighbourhood?<br />

Having lived in Western Sydney for a<br />

number of years I was surprised to see the<br />

number of people truly struggling for life’s<br />

basics: a home and a daily meal.<br />

Mercy was in the relationships, respect<br />

and dignity of the people at this community<br />

gathering, not just in the food and houses. I<br />

believe that mercy and justice go hand in hand,<br />

posing serious questions about employment, a<br />

living wage, and access to affordable and social<br />

housing.<br />

The following day while heading to a city<br />

meeting, I parked my car at the train station.<br />

I saw a young woman who was yelling loudly<br />

across the car park at a male companion. She<br />

walked away visibly distressed.<br />

When I arrived at the station platform, there<br />

she was, distressed and crying. While I was<br />

trying quickly to work out how to best ‘show<br />

her mercy’, a young lady approached her and<br />

offered her a packet of tissues from her bag.<br />

She sat down beside the woman to listen to her<br />

story.<br />

Then she did something that surprised me,<br />

but shouldn’t have. She put her arm on the<br />

woman’s shoulder and asked quietly if it was<br />

OK if she prayed with her. After this moment<br />

of prayer, the woman was much calmer.<br />

They boarded the train and these two<br />

strangers sat together to continue the<br />

conversation.<br />

I had seen the Easter Scripture reading – the<br />

story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus.<br />

I had been tempted to interrupt their quiet<br />

conversation and ask them that famous<br />

question: “What are you two talking about as<br />

you walk this road.” (journey on this train.)<br />

These two strangers who listened to<br />

each other and joined in conversation were<br />

transforming each other, and challenging me.<br />

Through the simple act of kindness, offering<br />

a distressed stranger a tissue and sitting<br />

beside them to listen to their story, I had<br />

been reminded of and seen the witness of the<br />

simplicity of mercy.<br />

Pope Francis challenges us: “In this Holy<br />

Year, open our hearts to those living on the<br />

outermost fringes of society: fringes modern<br />

society itself creates. How many uncertain and<br />

painful situations there are in the world today!<br />

Those who have no voice because their cry<br />

is muffled and drowned out by indifference!<br />

Be called even more to heal these wounds<br />

with mercy, solidarity and vigilant care. Let<br />

us not fall into humiliating indifference or a<br />

monotonous routine that prevents us from<br />

discovering what is new!” (Misericordiae Vultus<br />

15)<br />

So how are we progressing on the way of<br />

mercy in this Jubilee Year of Mercy?<br />

Church calls<br />

for increase<br />

to National<br />

Minimum Wage<br />

The Australian <strong>Catholic</strong> Council for<br />

Employment Relations (ACCER) is<br />

seeking a $25.10 increase per week to<br />

the National Minimum Wage.<br />

The council made the proposal in a<br />

submission to the Fair Work Commission<br />

Annual Wage Review 2015-<strong>2016</strong>.<br />

The ACCER asked that the National<br />

Minimum Wage be set at $682 per week and<br />

$17.95 per hour. It also sought that award wage<br />

rates be increased by $19 per week.<br />

The annual wage review requires the Fair<br />

Work Commission to set a safety net of fair<br />

minimum wages by taking into account relative<br />

living standards and the needs of the low paid.<br />

In the submission, the ACCER said: “The<br />

setting of a fair National Minimum Wage<br />

means that those who may depend on it will<br />

have a decent standard of living and not merely<br />

freedom from poverty.”<br />

The Fair Work Commission must<br />

also take into account the performance<br />

and competitiveness of the national<br />

economy, including productivity, business<br />

competitiveness and viability, inflation and<br />

employment growth.<br />

The ACCER said its proposals are<br />

economically prudent, however, it<br />

acknowledged that should the Fair Work<br />

Commission find that there were economic<br />

reasons not to grant the increases sought,<br />

then priority should be given to increasing the<br />

lowest wage rates to support the most needy,<br />

particularly those who are at risk of poverty.<br />

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What happens when schools<br />

catch the gender theory virus?<br />

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

Young people in a school near you are<br />

being taught that gender, the sex they<br />

feel on the inside, is fluid and is not<br />

determined by their biological sex.<br />

Furthermore, they are taught about gender<br />

dysphoria, a psychological disorder in which<br />

a person’s gender is misaligned with their<br />

biological sex. The treatment that is commonly<br />

proposed is hormone replacement therapy and<br />

sex change surgery.<br />

This concept is at the heart of an ideology<br />

called gender theory. Recent media attention<br />

given to people such as Caitlin/Bruce Jenner<br />

and the 2015 movie, The Danish Girl, has had<br />

the effect of making gender ideology ‘go viral’<br />

in popular culture.<br />

The teaching of gender theory in primary<br />

and secondary schools has been championed by<br />

the Safe Schools Coalition Australia program,<br />

which has recently received considerable<br />

attention in the media and in parliamentary<br />

inquiries.<br />

The program is being taught in more than<br />

500 schools nationwide. Eleven state schools<br />

in the program are within the geographical<br />

boundaries of the Diocese of Parramatta.<br />

The program claims to be about antibullying,<br />

but one of its co-founders admitted<br />

recently that it was primarily about teaching<br />

gender theory.<br />

Despite the pervasiveness of gender<br />

theory in our culture, a new way of thinking<br />

is emerging to give people the clarity and<br />

the courage to point out that this theory is<br />

an intellectual version of the Emperor’s New<br />

Clothes.<br />

A body of research has emerged that has<br />

found significant differences in the way the<br />

organs, the sensory system, the central nervous<br />

system and other bodily functions operate<br />

between the sexes.<br />

While hormones play a role in these<br />

differences, the Y chromosome has emerged<br />

as a major player in influencing sexual<br />

differentiation in humans and other mammals<br />

throughout the whole body not just in the<br />

genitals.<br />

Scientists have discovered that the genetic<br />

difference between two people of the same sex<br />

is 0.1% but this difference is 1.5% between the<br />

sexes. This means the Y chromosome has a<br />

multiplier effect of 15.<br />

This new discovery is revolutionising the<br />

way science looks at the treatment of diseases,<br />

especially for those that are sex specific.<br />

In St John Paul II’s Theology of the<br />

Body catechesis, he observes that the<br />

creation account of Genesis 1 celebrates the<br />

complementary union of a naked man and<br />

woman as an image of God. In their equal<br />

dignity and their significant difference they<br />

mysteriously image the Trinity.<br />

He also highlights that in the creation<br />

account of Genesis 2, there are two<br />

complementary experiences of “being in a<br />

body”. Hence, our sex identity is more than just<br />

a personal attribute that is changeable but is<br />

“constitutive for the person”.<br />

In other words, we have been made by<br />

God as male or female human persons from<br />

both the inside and the outside. What God has<br />

united let man not divide.<br />

New insights from biology, philosophy<br />

and theology have illustrated significant sexual<br />

differences at the level of biology, psychology<br />

and spirituality. It is clear that surgically<br />

altering our bodies does not actually change<br />

whether we are a male or female person.<br />

Anyone suffering from gender dysphoria<br />

needs special care. A number of experienced<br />

psychiatrists have identified this disorder as<br />

being primarily an issue with a person’s mind,<br />

not their bodies.<br />

A 2011 Swedish study of more than 300<br />

people who had undergone sex-change surgery<br />

found that 15 years after surgery they had a<br />

suicide rate that was 20 times higher than the<br />

average population.<br />

Gender theory is aggressively pushing<br />

social and anatomical engineering in many<br />

areas of our society. It is time that gender<br />

theory was removed from our schools and<br />

other institutions to prevent significant damage<br />

being done to the youth of Australia and our<br />

culture.<br />

Contact Ben Smith at:<br />

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Working together: we know<br />

what we mean, don’t we?<br />

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

It is one of the catchphrases of<br />

any sporting team, community<br />

or organisation: “We all need to<br />

work together!” Our Church often<br />

employs the word collaboration, but<br />

what we are talking about?<br />

Loughlan Sofield ST and Carroll<br />

Juliano SHCJ have offered much<br />

wisdom on this topic, and are<br />

recognised as international experts in<br />

leadership, community growth and<br />

collaboration.<br />

They offer four levels of<br />

collaboration:<br />

1. Level One – Co-existence:<br />

Members may share a common<br />

mission, membership or be in<br />

the same team, but they exist<br />

independently of one another with<br />

no shared expectations or shared<br />

accountabilities. This can be like<br />

parishes where there may be many<br />

ministries, but without any reference<br />

to other ministry areas.<br />

2. Level Two – Communication:<br />

Sharing information is the second<br />

level, involving the conscious effort<br />

to inform each other of programs,<br />

calendars and activities. Meetings<br />

may be held to share matters<br />

in common, and the sharing of<br />

common ideals and values may<br />

emerge.<br />

3. Level Three – Cooperation:<br />

Following on from a realisation that<br />

separate entities have an impact on<br />

each other, for better or worse, there<br />

is a growth towards interdependence.<br />

In parishes, a lead project or goal<br />

may emerge, and different ministry<br />

areas will decide how to support this<br />

effort.<br />

4. Level Four – Collaboration: When<br />

cooperation flourishes, a group may<br />

seek to move towards collaboration.<br />

At this level, everyone experiences<br />

ownership of the common mission,<br />

and works together for a common<br />

goal. Rather than pushing for their<br />

own area to thrive, there is a desire<br />

to unite the gifts of the different<br />

members, joining them together in<br />

the mission of Jesus Christ.<br />

Loughlan and Juliano invite<br />

communities to focus on four<br />

practical steps to collaborative<br />

ministry.<br />

1. Clarification: Because there<br />

are so many understandings of<br />

collaboration, it is important to<br />

arrive at a shared definition to<br />

avoid failure and frustration in the<br />

collaborative framework. Since<br />

collaboration is built on empowering<br />

the gifts of those involved, then at<br />

this stage, it must be agreed that<br />

there will be a process for identifying<br />

gifts, honestly addressing what or<br />

whom may be blocking the sharing<br />

of gifts, and finally how gifts can be<br />

joined together for mission.<br />

2. Conviction: This step seeks to<br />

ensure that members are convinced<br />

of the value of collaborative ministry.<br />

After all, the temptation to go<br />

alone is often easier and far less<br />

painful. Members are encouraged<br />

to articulate their reasons for why<br />

they are convinced of the value of<br />

collaborating.<br />

3. Commitment: It is all well and<br />

good to be convicted of a thing’s<br />

value, but it is something else to<br />

commit to embracing that way of<br />

life. It takes a conversion of heart,<br />

and this stage attempts to articulate<br />

the fears and obstacles which<br />

prevent people from committing to<br />

collaboration.<br />

4. Capacity/Capability: This step<br />

recognises that while efforts in the<br />

first three stages may occur, little<br />

progress in collaboration may be<br />

taking place. To develop capability<br />

and capacity, a number of areas are<br />

identified for growth. These include<br />

developing skills in group leadership,<br />

conflict resolution and management,<br />

confrontation and discernment of<br />

gifts. A shared spirituality of the<br />

group is critical, as is a clear process<br />

and a developmental readiness.<br />

As we can see, working together<br />

in a collaborative fashion means far<br />

more than labelling an enterprise<br />

as such. And such processes, while<br />

fundamental for healthy community<br />

and organisational life, are even more<br />

critical for when more than one<br />

community seeks to collaborate.<br />

If your group or community<br />

would like support in strengthening<br />

collaborative ministry, please contact<br />

our Pastoral Planning Office.<br />

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Bishops want Australian<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>s singing from<br />

the same hymn book<br />

The Bishops of Australia<br />

launched a new liturgical<br />

worship book at the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Leadership Centre in Melbourne on<br />

8 April, 30 years since the last edition<br />

was published.<br />

The <strong>Catholic</strong> Worship Book II<br />

hits all the right notes with a broad<br />

range of liturgical music, including<br />

the chants for the revised Order of<br />

Mass (2010), new and revised Mass<br />

settings and service music, plus<br />

music for the Sunday Eucharist,<br />

the various rites of the Church and<br />

Morning and Evening Prayer.<br />

Speaking at the launch,<br />

Archbishop Denis Hart, President<br />

of the Australian <strong>Catholic</strong> Bishops<br />

Conference, said the new <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Worship Book II would be the official<br />

liturgical music resource for the<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Church in Australia.<br />

Prepared by the National<br />

Liturgical Music Board, an advisory<br />

board of the Bishops Commission<br />

for Liturgy, the worship book reflects<br />

the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church’s rich heritage<br />

of chant – in Latin and English – and<br />

traditional hymns and contemporary<br />

liturgical songs from local and<br />

international sources.<br />

The <strong>Catholic</strong> Worship Book II<br />

was developed with the contribution<br />

and collaboration of two key people<br />

in the Diocese of Parramatta: the<br />

Diocesan Administrator, Very Rev<br />

Peter G Williams, and the Director<br />

of Music at St Patrick’s Cathedral,<br />

organist, conductor and composer,<br />

Bernard Kirkpatrick.<br />

Music featured includes old<br />

favourites like Praise to the holiest<br />

(Cardinal Newman) and Christ be<br />

our light (Bernadette Farrell) as well<br />

as contemporary Australian music<br />

such as If I could tell the love of God<br />

(Chris Willcock SJ) and Lord, to<br />

whom shall we go? (Michael Herry).<br />

The book is available in two<br />

versions, a full music edition with<br />

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and the people’s edition, also known<br />

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O'Regan and Bishop Peter Elliott. Photo: Casamentos, Melbourne.<br />

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Mass for Neophytes: New <strong>Catholic</strong>s<br />

continue their journey<br />

By Sr Mary Louise Walsh ISSM, Liturgy Educator in the Office for Worship<br />

Large crowds were in attendance at all the Easter celebrations at St Paul the Apostle Parish,<br />

Winston Hills. The pinnacle was the Easter Vigil when seven candidates were inducted into the<br />

Church through Baptism, Confirmation and received First Communion. These new <strong>Catholic</strong>s<br />

highlight the diversity of backgrounds within the parish community.<br />

On Friday 13 <strong>May</strong>, all those<br />

newly baptised and those<br />

received into the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Church from across the Diocese<br />

are invited to gather as the newest<br />

members of the Diocese of Parramatta<br />

to give thanks and praise to God for<br />

the wonderful gift received at Easter<br />

this year.<br />

This occasion is very symbolic for<br />

these neophytes as it marks the end of<br />

the period of mystagogia. These newly<br />

welcomed adults (and children) have<br />

begun in earnest their journey into full<br />

membership of the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church.<br />

As a diocesan community we<br />

have an opportunity at this significant<br />

Eucharistic celebration to join with<br />

them in praising God for their gift<br />

of faith and of showing our personal<br />

gratitude for who they are becoming<br />

as active members of the diocesan<br />

community.<br />

Every member of every parish is<br />

invited to consider this an opportunity<br />

to show support for our newest<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>s by attending the 7.30pm<br />

Mass on 13 <strong>May</strong> at St Patrick’s<br />

Cathedral in Parramatta on the Friday<br />

before the Solemnity of Pentecost.<br />

This Mass is known as the Mass for<br />

Neophytes. A neophyte is one who is<br />

newly baptised into the <strong>Catholic</strong> Faith<br />

or received into the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church.<br />

This ‘title’ is given to those who<br />

have journeyed through several<br />

previous stages.<br />

The Rite of Christian Initiation<br />

of Adults begins with a person<br />

being recognised as an inquirer or a<br />

pre-catechumen.<br />

After a period of discernment<br />

between the individual and those<br />

leading the process, the person is then<br />

formally welcomed into a preparation<br />

stage and becomes a catechumen.<br />

This ‘title’ is held throughout<br />

the length of instruction and faith<br />

development.<br />

Most often, at the beginning of<br />

the Lenten season (that is prior to<br />

the expected time of initiation or<br />

reception) the catechumen is formally<br />

welcomed into the final stage of<br />

preparation and becomes a member of<br />

the elect.<br />

The Rite of Election (when those to<br />

be baptised) and the Penitential Service<br />

(for those already baptised) marks<br />

the climax of preparation when the<br />

elect and candidates are presented for<br />

initiation or reception into the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Church.<br />

After initiation or reception, the<br />

new <strong>Catholic</strong> is henceforth known as<br />

a neophyte. This stage (although not<br />

often recognised) marks an ongoing<br />

journey into familiarity with and living<br />

as a <strong>Catholic</strong>. It may take months or<br />

even years for the individual to move<br />

out of this stage.<br />


Ann O’Brien receives<br />

OLMC Alumnae Award<br />

Social worker Ann O’Brien was<br />

announced as the recipient of<br />

the 2015 Our Lady of Mercy<br />

College (OLMC) Parramatta Catherine<br />

McAuley Alumnae Award at an<br />

assembly at the college on 15 March<br />

<strong>2016</strong>.<br />

Currently the Director of Marriage<br />

Support and Specialist Services at<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>Care Social Services in the<br />

Diocese of Parramatta, Ann has<br />

devoted herself to the service of others<br />

throughout her 30-year career as a<br />

social worker.<br />

OLMC’s Principal, Stephen Walsh,<br />

said Ann embodied the college’s<br />

Mercy qualities. “In particular, she has<br />

shown great compassion and caring<br />

throughout her life and work,” he said.<br />

“Ann has practised her <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

faith as a disciple of Jesus, including by<br />

being very involved in her local parish<br />

community. She has served those who<br />

are marginalised, vulnerable and in<br />

need of support. Ann has followed<br />

in the footsteps of the founder of the<br />

Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley, by<br />

living out our Mercy values.”<br />

Ann recalls that during her time at<br />

OLMC, there was both a spoken and<br />

unspoken expectation that you would<br />

grasp every opportunity given to you.<br />

"Education was to be cherished and, as<br />

women, we could aspire to anything<br />

that we were prepared to work towards.<br />

“OLMC was a place to learn, to be<br />

nurtured, to know that God loved us<br />

Ann O’Brien is congratulated by OLMC’s<br />

Principal, Stephen Walsh.<br />

and to understand that whatever gifts<br />

we had been given, we had the power<br />

to use these in many different ways,<br />

especially by bringing love and care to<br />

others.<br />

“I’m a Mercy Girl and I continue<br />

to draw on what formed me through<br />

my Mercy education. This includes<br />

the importance of compassion and<br />

caring, positivity and hope, charity,<br />

responsibility, acceptance, leadership<br />

and teamwork skills, discipline and<br />

clear boundaries.<br />

“I will always remember that, as a<br />

woman, I have immense possibilities<br />

to influence through everything that<br />

comes from me – my words, my<br />

actions, and my conduct.”<br />


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Walking with Glenbrook<br />

By Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

The efforts of many parishioners ensured the parish 50th anniversary celebrations were a resounding<br />

success.<br />

TTwo major anniversaries were<br />

celebrated by St Finbar’s Parish at<br />

Glenbrook this past month.<br />

Concluding the 50th anniversary<br />

celebrations on 3 April, the parish also<br />

celebrated the one-year anniversary of the<br />

appointment of their Parish Priest, Fr Jolly<br />

Chacko MS, on 18 April.<br />

The president of the Parish Pastoral<br />

Council, Vince Dobson, described Fr Jolly<br />

as a “good listener and a priest who journeys<br />

with his parishioners”.<br />

“It is through journeying with<br />

parishioners that you can fully understand<br />

the needs of the community,” he said. “You<br />

need to build relationships with the people<br />

you support and it’s only through those<br />

relationships that a community can be built.”<br />

In many ways, the theme of walking with<br />

parishioners is accentuated by the design of<br />

the church.<br />

Nestled in the green of the Lower Blue<br />

Mountains, the pathway that circles the<br />

church guides you on a walk through the<br />

final stages of Jesus’ life.<br />

The Stations of the Cross line the path<br />

and they provide visitors and parishioners<br />

with a powerful prayerful experience.<br />

Journeying to the front of the church, the<br />

12 apostles are symbolically depicted on the<br />

centre of the wooden doors and the symbols<br />

continue as you walk through.<br />

The cross on the wall of the church,<br />

designed by the famous sculptor, Tom Bass<br />

(1916-2010), portrays the five wounds of<br />

Christ from which flowed His most precious<br />

blood.<br />

The pipe organ inside St Finbar’s, which<br />

was dedicated on Sunday morning, 15<br />

October 1995 by the then Parish Priest, Fr<br />

Brian Larkey, features the national floral<br />

emblems of England, Scotland, Wales and<br />

Ireland.<br />

The pipes also carry crowns that feature<br />

the fleur-de-lis, "flower of the lily". In<br />

Christian art, the lily is a symbol of chastity<br />

and purity attributed to the Virgin Mary.<br />

The rose depicted on the organ has<br />

five petals, which represent the five senses,<br />

through which the spirit of the human being<br />

makes contact with the material world.<br />

Looking up, the ceiling curves towards a<br />

sky light, which utilises earthly colours with<br />

spectacular effect.<br />

“It’s one of those parishes you stumble<br />

upon but when you do, you realise it is such<br />

a welcoming and friendly parish,” Vince said.<br />

The Diocesan Administrator, Very Rev<br />

Peter G Williams, gave the homily at the 50th<br />

Anniversary Mass on 3 April, detailing his<br />

hopes for the future of the parish: “<strong>May</strong> this<br />

parish continue to focus on its principal goal,<br />

which is to bring others to a knowledge of<br />

the love and mercy we know and experience<br />

in Jesus Christ, who God sent in the fullness<br />

of time to be our Saviour and Redeemer.”<br />

The Society of St Vincent de Paul has a<br />

long history in the Glenbrook community,<br />

surpassing the establishment of the parish on<br />

30 <strong>May</strong> 1965.<br />

Vince Dobson has been a member<br />

of the society over many decades. “We’re<br />

celebrating 50 years as a parish but we’re<br />

celebrating 60 years with the Society of St<br />

Vincent de Paul,” he explained.<br />

For more information about St Finbar’s<br />

parish, visit the website;<br />

www.stfinbars.org.au<br />

The church was packed for the 50th Anniversary<br />

Mass on 3 April.<br />

Parish Priest Fr Chacko MS inside St Finbar’s<br />

Church. Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.<br />



Lifted<br />

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Starts 7.30pm, St Pauls College Hall, 198<br />

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TUESDAY 17 MAY <strong>2016</strong><br />

A Night with Jason Evert – The Five Great Loves<br />

Starts 7pm, Patrician Brothers’ College,<br />

100 Flushcombe Rd, Blacktown<br />

Register for both events via the CYP events page:<br />

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is seeking to appoint a<br />


The Parish Community of St Bernadette’s, Castle Hill, is seeking an energetic,<br />

committed and enthusiastic Pastoral Associate who is prepared to work as a member<br />

of a team and to be accountable to the Parish Priest.<br />

The role includes pastoral (e.g. assisting Catechist Co-ordinator, ministry to the<br />

sick and elderly) and liturgical responsibilities (training and formation of liturgical<br />

ministers and assisting in preparation of some ceremonies), plus a readiness to be<br />

involved in other duties as they may arise.<br />

It is a full-time position, 38 hours per week. The hours are flexible and will include<br />

attendance at weekend Masses and some evening work.<br />

Qualifications in theology and some pastoral experience would be an advantage.<br />

A more detailed job description is available on application,<br />

tel (02) 9634 2622 or email admin@stbernadette.org.au<br />

Applications close 6 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

For further details about this role visit www.parracatholic.org/employment<br />


NSW & THE ACT<br />


Part time 24 hrs/week, to start at the beginning July, located in Parramatta<br />

To be successful in this role you will need to have:<br />

•A commitment to the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church and to its mission and core values<br />

•Well-developed verbal and written, interpersonal and communication skills<br />

•Excellent attention to detail, quality and accuracy<br />

Essential Criteria:<br />

•Experience in a general office/admin role or similar position<br />

•Demonstrated time management and organisational skills<br />

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 20 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

For further details about this role visit www.parracatholic.org/employment<br />

Send resume, including 3 employer referees and covering letter, to:<br />

The Tribunal Office Director, Mrs Paula Kerr,<br />

PO Box 3006, North Parramatta, NSW, 1750.<br />

Please mark the envelope Application for Tribunal Interviewer.<br />

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Fr Jolly on mission in the Mountains<br />

By Joseph Younes<br />


In his typically quiet and reserved manner,<br />

Fr Jolly Chacko MS softly recounts his<br />

childhood growing up in a devoutly<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> family from Kerala, India. The son<br />

of a farmer and his wife, and one of seven<br />

children, they “would pray the daily rosary<br />

and evening prayers”.<br />

His large family, whom he describes as<br />

“very <strong>Catholic</strong> and involved in parish life”<br />

were happy when he told them he wanted<br />

to be a priest. “I come from a very religious<br />

family who were active in parish life. We<br />

were part of the parish community.”<br />

“God was calling me,” Fr Jolly continued.<br />

“I wanted to be a follower of Christ, to serve<br />

God’s people and be at the service of the<br />

Lord.”<br />

Born into the Syro-Malabar Rite, Fr<br />

Jolly entered the La Salette seminary in<br />

India at the age of 23 after university study.<br />

He attained a double masters degree in<br />

psychology and political science. He has also<br />

undertaken courses in spiritual direction as<br />

well as pastoral care.<br />

He would eventually study and work in<br />

India, France and the Philippines where he<br />

was ordained in the Latin Rite.<br />

“I felt called to be a missionary. Being<br />

a missionary helps me to serve the people<br />

through the ministry, through talks, through<br />

advice, through spiritual help,” Fr Jolly said.<br />

After ministering for a number of years<br />

with the La Salette community as Novice<br />

Master, Director of Scholastics, in parish<br />

ministry and as Vicar Provincial he was<br />

invited, like other MS priests, to work in the<br />

Diocese of Parramatta by the then Bishop of<br />

Parramatta, Kevin Manning.<br />

Since arriving in Australia, he has been<br />

assistant priest at Marayong and Penrith<br />

parishes and has recently completed his first<br />

year as parish priest at Saint Finbar’s Parish,<br />

Glenbrook. In addition, Fr Jolly assists with<br />

the formation of deacons and the permanent<br />

diaconate.<br />

“As a Missionary of Our Lady of La<br />

Salette, I enjoy my mission to the Diocese.<br />

I am happy as a priest, happy with my<br />

ministry, happy being a religious,” Fr Jolly<br />

said.<br />

Far from his humble origins living on<br />

a farm in India, Fr Jolly provides spiritual<br />

and pastoral support to the parishioners<br />

at Glenbrook parish, nestled in the Blue<br />

Mountains.<br />

A polyglot, speaking four languages<br />

(English, Malayalam, Tagalog and French),<br />

Fr Jolly is mindful of his role as a missionary<br />

and a parish priest. “I am here for people,<br />

especially in the most vulnerable times in<br />

their lives,” Fr Jolly said.<br />

“People have different needs, I do more<br />

home visits in Glenbrook to address the<br />

needs of an ageing population. However,<br />

Fr Jolly Chacko MS is happy to see more young people involved in the parish.<br />

I am more than happy to see more and<br />

more young families getting involved in the<br />

parish.”<br />

Fr Jolly describes his parish as a “very<br />

welcoming community, friendly people.”<br />

“The parishioners are very cooperative of<br />

the parish needs. They are a friendly people,<br />

a welcoming parish and also, a well-educated<br />

parish.”<br />

Fr Jolly sees the Missionaries of La Salette<br />

as playing an important role in the Diocese.<br />

“Our mission is a mission of reconciliation.<br />

It is not only about sitting in a confessional<br />

box but reaching out to people, reconciling<br />

families and reconciling lives.”<br />

“This is an important element in the Year<br />

of Mercy – living a reconciled life.<br />

In his unassuming manner, Fr Jolly<br />

explained how he sees the work of Christ.<br />

“It is important we all give the gift of<br />

forgiveness. We all make mistakes. It is<br />

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Testing Times<br />

The loudly ticking clock<br />

above the blackboard. The<br />

uncomfortable impression<br />

of a biro on cold fingers.<br />

The busy hush of ink racing<br />

across lined booklets.<br />

Pens down! Perhaps these<br />

recollections of school<br />

exams take you back to<br />

another time or perhaps<br />

this is closer to today’s<br />

experience than we realise.<br />

Not for much longer.<br />

For the first time in 2017, NAPLAN tests will begin<br />

to be made available to students online. It’s fitting<br />

that examinations change, but just going online is not<br />

enough. While NAPLAN has its place as a point in<br />

time measure of basic literacy and numeracy skills, it<br />

is time to look at a whole new approach to the role of<br />

assessment as education transforms.<br />

NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and<br />

Numeracy) is the test that students in Years 3, 5, 7 and<br />

9 take each year. It looks at how students are travelling<br />

in reading, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation and<br />

numeracy. Having a way to measure the effectiveness of<br />

our national investment in education makes good sense,<br />

but we have to make sure it is the right measure.<br />

NAPLAN was developed as a tool for teachers to<br />

understand how a student is progressing in literacy and<br />

numeracy, however, it has morphed into a measure of<br />

school performance and a way to compare schools.<br />

We need a more sophisticated suite of tools than<br />

NAPLAN to deliver on tracking student progress in<br />

learning as well as identifying and tracking student<br />

strengths. It has been estimated that about 40% of<br />

today’s jobs won’t exist in the future and 40% or 50% of<br />

the population will run small businesses.<br />

This will require people with entrepreneurialism, problem<br />

solving, advanced reasoning, complex judgment, social<br />

interaction, imagination, creativity with ‘soft skills’ such<br />

as resilience, empathy, acceptance, service-mindedness<br />

as well as emotional intelligence becoming increasingly<br />

important.<br />

This means that flexibility, resilience and independent<br />

thinking should be seen as basic skills for schools to<br />

cultivate. Education and training are important and<br />

we will provide the best quality and depth available,<br />

however, closer partnerships with industry and research<br />

will show which skills, qualifications and aptitudes are<br />

needed in the future.<br />

This will require new methods of assessment and<br />

tracking students while they engage with activity-based<br />

learning – projects, challenges, community-based,<br />

service-based learning projects, etc. that showcase their<br />

strengths and capabilities.<br />

Technologies can be leveraged to track student progress<br />

in real time every day, to make sure that every learning<br />

journey is on track. This way, teachers can adjust the<br />

teaching as the learning happens.<br />

If we really examine what we are hoping to achieve<br />

through NAPLAN, a bolder vision for assessment<br />

in education is possible. We should be using these<br />

opportunities to test how well schools are preparing<br />

students for the future and making changes to learning<br />

and teaching in response. After all, what is the virtue in<br />

knowing all the right answers to all the wrong questions?<br />

Greg Whitby<br />

Executive Director of Schools<br />

@gregwhitby<br />

blog: bluyonder.wordpress.com<br />

Artist's impression of St Luke’s* <strong>Catholic</strong> College Marsden Park.<br />

St Luke’s* <strong>Catholic</strong> College Marsden Park<br />

to open in 2017<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Education Diocese of Parramatta will open<br />

a next generation <strong>Catholic</strong> learning community at<br />

Elara, Marsden Park, in 2017. Working with leading<br />

international educator Prof Stephen Heppell, St Luke’s will<br />

combine best practice learning and teaching with school<br />

design to provide a contemporary approach to schooling<br />

within a <strong>Catholic</strong> faith environment.<br />

Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby said while<br />

the new school is still a greenfield site, it holds great<br />

expectations.<br />

“We are taking everything we know about learning and<br />

teaching to ensure we deliver a world class schooling<br />

experience to meet the needs of today’s learners," Greg said.<br />

“Despite the rapid pace of social change, including the<br />

nature of paid employment and digital disruption, many<br />

schools too closely resemble those you and I, and our<br />

parents, attended at the dawn of the industrial age.<br />

“We are educating students today for careers that haven’t<br />

been invented yet, so we need to provide a personalised<br />

education that equips students with the skills they need to<br />

thrive in a rapidly changing world.<br />

“Within our <strong>Catholic</strong> context we also need to ensure our<br />

learners will be active within their communities, making<br />

the world a better and brighter place.”<br />

When fully occupied, St Luke’s will accommodate 2000<br />

learners and will provide a flexible curriculum and multiple<br />

pathways, including early learning, K-12, out-of-school<br />

hours care, a learning needs hub and post-school pathways<br />

with tertiary and business partners.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Education has already received an overwhelming,<br />

positive response to the concept behind the new school,<br />

with a number of parents, teachers and leaders looking to<br />

be a part of the learning community.<br />

Expressions of interest are currently being accepted for St<br />

Luke’s <strong>Catholic</strong> College, please send inquiries to<br />

www.stlukesmarsdenpark.catholic.edu.au<br />

*Proposed school<br />

Much of the daily life of the school will occur in ‘The Marketplace’ with<br />

its large covered space affording opportunities for learning, gatherings,<br />

recreation and other community events.<br />

The design has been developed around a compact built footprint,<br />

envisioned as a city grid. Learning spaces are connected by ‘streets’<br />

arriving at the centre, a natural location for the town square or<br />

marketplace.<br />

Developing on from the traditional library, ‘The Hub’ is a communal<br />

learning space that will serve for informal learning and teaching and<br />

information gathering.<br />

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Labor announces education as priority<br />


Record year for Executive Director’s Summer<br />

Reading Challenge<br />

The results are in for the <strong>2016</strong> Executive<br />

Director's Summer Reading Challenge and they<br />

are terrific: 3582 books and articles read by 796<br />

students.<br />

The competition is aimed at promoting literacy<br />

and ongoing learning over the school holidays<br />

among all students from Kindergarten to Year<br />

12 in the Diocese of Parramatta.<br />

Every entrant received a certificate of<br />

participation and four lucky students were<br />

selected, at random, as the winners of an iPad<br />

Mini. Congratulations Chelsea from St John's<br />

Primary, Riverstone, Michael from St Andrew’s<br />

College, Marayong, Lauren from Catherine<br />

McAuley Westmead, and Dominique (pictured<br />

right).<br />

Dominique from St John Vianney's Primary, Doonside, with<br />

her parents and Greg Whitby.<br />

From left: Principal Michael Hopley with Chris Bowen, Bill Shorten and Sue Walsh.<br />

A number of prominent Labor leaders have<br />

visited school communities in the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta recently.<br />

On 1 April, Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary,<br />

Greystanes, opened its doors to Opposition<br />

Leader Bill Shorten and Federal Member for<br />

McMahon and Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen,<br />

who sat with a Kindergarten class before giving<br />

a press conference.<br />

On 31 March, Corpus Christi Primary,<br />

Cranebrook, welcomed Shadow Minister for<br />

Education Kate Ellis and Labor candidate for<br />

Lindsay Emma Husar to tour the school and<br />

speak with parents.<br />

Schools get into the spirit for <strong>Catholic</strong> Schools<br />

Week<br />

From 6-12 March, <strong>Catholic</strong> Schools in NSW<br />

and ACT opened their doors to showcase<br />

learning and teaching at its best with a range of<br />

activities and events planned for students and<br />

parents during the week.<br />

The theme for <strong>Catholic</strong> Schools Week <strong>2016</strong> was<br />

‘I belong. You belong. We belong’. The theme<br />

tied in with the Jubilee Year of Mercy.<br />

Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby<br />

visited St Oliver’s Primary, Harris Park, to meet<br />

with students, parents and teachers.<br />

During the visits, Bill Shorten announced<br />

Labor’s commitment to Gonski funding.<br />

“Labor’s ‘Your Child, Our Future’ will mean<br />

more individual attention for students, better<br />

trained teachers, every school, every child –<br />

government, independent or <strong>Catholic</strong>,” Mr<br />

Shorten said.<br />

Deputy Executive Director Sue Walsh spoke<br />

about the importance of funding for all<br />

students.<br />

“It is critical for schools to have certainty<br />

around funding so they can plan effectively for<br />

the needs of each student,” Sue said.<br />

Celebrating <strong>Catholic</strong> Schools Week with some furry friends<br />

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

Project Compassion fundraising snapshot<br />

Throughout Lent, <strong>Catholic</strong> schools in Western<br />

Sydney held various events to fundraise for<br />

the <strong>2016</strong> Caritas Australia Project Compassion<br />

appeal.<br />

Our Lady of the Nativity<br />

Primary, Lawson.<br />

St Bernadette’s Primary,<br />

Lalor Park.<br />

Delany College, Granville, raised more than $2000<br />

Greg Whitby now NewsLocal weekly columnist<br />

NewsLocal has invited Executive Director<br />

of Schools Greg Whitby to write a weekly<br />

education column for its 20 titles across NSW.<br />

Recognised as an influential and leading<br />

thinker in contemporary education, Greg’s<br />

column will focus on all aspects of schooling<br />

and education policy.<br />

Look out for him in your local paper today<br />

and join the conversation on facebook.com/<br />

catholicedparra, Twitter @catholicedparra<br />

@gregwhitby and via Greg’s blog<br />

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



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Loyola’s Science experiment<br />

success on Q&A<br />

Minister impressed by<br />

McCarthy CTTC<br />

PRC ushers in new president<br />

Science students from Loyola Senior High School, Mt Druitt, attending the<br />

ABC studios for the live airing of Q&A.<br />

On 14 March, Science students from Loyola Senior High School,<br />

Mt Druitt, attended the ABC studios to be part of the audience<br />

in the live broadcast of Q&A.<br />

One lucky student, Claudine Bautista, was given the opportunity<br />

to ask a question, having been selected from of a pool of almost<br />

200 questions.<br />

Panelist and world-renowned physicist and string theorist Brian<br />

Greene snapped up the question: If we do have a multiverse, if it<br />

exists, how will it affect the way we live?<br />

St Patrick’s Marist College<br />

touch football stars<br />

Fiona Scott, Scott Ryan and Greg Whitby enjoy their tour of McCarthy<br />

College CTTC.<br />

On 8 March, newly appointed Minister for Vocational Education<br />

and Training (VET) Scott Ryan visited McCarthy <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

College, Emu Plains, with Member for Lindsay Fiona Scott to<br />

tour the <strong>Catholic</strong> Trade Training Centre (CTTC).<br />

The visit coincided with International Women’s Day and<br />

Minister Ryan met with Emerson Mason, the only female<br />

student in the carpentry course. Emerson is following in the<br />

footsteps of her father, who is also a carpenter.<br />

The minister also toured the facilities and was impressed with<br />

the size of the CTTC, commenting on how well the facilities<br />

emulated the workplace.<br />

Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby said it was great that<br />

the minister got to see first hand how the CTTC operates.<br />

“It’s important that students are offered multiple opportunities<br />

to transition from school to work or further study,” Greg said.<br />

“CTTCs are one of many pathways we offer students in the<br />

Diocese and we are glad the minister saw the hard work that we<br />

have put into it.”<br />

St Bernadette’s donates<br />

computers to Parramatta YCW<br />

New PRC President Lynn McKinnon, former PRC president Selina Calleia<br />

and the PRC executive team.<br />

On 23 March, the outgoing Parent Representative Council<br />

(PRC) President Selina Calleia was thanked for her work and<br />

new President Lynn McKinnon was welcomed into her new role<br />

by the Diocesan Administrator, Very Rev Peter Williams, and<br />

Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby.<br />

Invitation to farewell<br />

Sr Catherine Maddock CHF<br />

Sr Catherine Maddock CHF received the Diocesan Medal of Honour in<br />

2012 from the previous Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher<br />

OP. Photo: Alfred Boudib.<br />

On Sunday 19 June, Sr Catherine Maddock CHF will be<br />

farewelled from Christ the King Parish after 43 years of service<br />

to the community and various schools in the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta. Sr Catherine was the founding principal of Christ<br />

the King North Rocks in 1973 where she worked for 23 years.<br />

All are welcome to attend the special Mass at 10am at Christ the<br />

King Primary, Statham Ave, North Rocks, followed by lunch in<br />

the parish hall. Sr Catherine will return to Ireland on 30 June.<br />

Diocese farewells Mary Sherry<br />

after 35 years of service<br />

St Patrick’s Marist College, Dundas, students Tayla Duguid and Bradley<br />

Cincotta.<br />

On 8 February, St Patrick’s Marist College, Dundas, students<br />

Tayla Duguid and Bradley Cincotta were awarded the 2015<br />

NSWCCC Blue Award for Touch Football at an awards evening<br />

held at St Patrick’s College, Sutherland.<br />

Principal Angela Hay said the prestigious Blue Award recognises<br />

the participation in the true spirit of the NSWCCC Sporting<br />

Association.<br />

“This award takes into consideration sporting excellence as<br />

well as her contribution to junior sport, school leadership roles,<br />

academic achievements, extracurricular activities and other<br />

school sport representation,” Angela said.<br />

St Bernadette’s Secretary Frances Murphy with (from left): YCW Rafael<br />

Tordilla, Liam Culican and YCW Fono Taefu.<br />

In March, St Bernadette’s Primary, Castle Hill, donated 45 IBM/<br />

Lenovo laptops and computers, along with monitors, keyboards<br />

and mice to the Parramatta Young Christian Workers (YCW)<br />

organisation.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Education’s ICT Trainee Liam Culican said he was<br />

inspired to participate after reading an article in the March<br />

<strong>2016</strong> issue of <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>Outlook</strong> calling on parishes, schools<br />

and organisations to donate older or unwanted computers and<br />

laptops for re-use.<br />

Refurbished computers are donated to young people in the<br />

local diocesan community and to East Timor, where 60% of the<br />

population is under 25 years of age.<br />

From left: Greg Whitby, Mary Sherry, Deputy Executive Director Sue Walsh<br />

and Br Aengus Kavanagh FSP.<br />

On 24 March, Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby<br />

announced that Mary Sherry would be retiring after 35 years of<br />

service to our <strong>Catholic</strong> community.<br />

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www.ccss.org.au<br />

CCSSParramatta<br />



Responsible Gambling Support Group ̶ is free and on<br />

every Saturday, 9.30am-11am at CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St,<br />

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

Blacktown Neighbour Aid<br />

celebrating 25 Years<br />

Dedicated volunteers provide companionship and assistance with tasks such as shopping and bill paying.<br />

Blacktown Neighbour Aid (BNA) provides a volunteer home<br />

visitation and support program in the Blacktown area for<br />

the frail-aged and their carers.<br />

The main purpose of BNA is to assist clients to remain living<br />

in their homes for as long as possible, avoiding premature<br />

institutionalisation.<br />

A team of dedicated staff and volunteers provides<br />

companionship and direct assistance to individuals with tasks<br />

such as shopping, bill paying, assisted transport to medical and<br />

other appointments, friendly home visiting and other errands.<br />

The service also facilitates regular client group activities,<br />

including hydrotherapy, swimming and walking for those whose<br />

goal is to improve their health and wellbeing.<br />

In June this year, BNA will be celebrating 25 years of service in<br />

the community. BNA Manager Deb Woolacott is organising this<br />

commemoration.<br />

“We would like to invite anyone who has been, or is currently<br />

involved, with BNA to attend this special anniversary event,”<br />

Deb said. “It is our way of thanking all those, including staff,<br />

volunteers and clients, who strive to make the lives of others more<br />

enjoyable.”<br />

Lunch will be held at Bungarribee Hub, Blacktown, on<br />

Thursday 16 June to commemorate 25 years. If you would like<br />

to attend, please RSVP by Friday 20 <strong>May</strong>, tel (02) 8822 2238 or<br />

send an email to deb.woolacott@ccss.org.au<br />

RECOVER Wellbeing<br />

Recovery oriented program and support<br />

groups for people living with mental distress<br />

Groups being run in Western Sydney and the<br />

Blue Mountains during <strong>May</strong><br />

For further<br />

information call<br />

(02) 8822 2222<br />

Hope<br />

Connection<br />

and<br />

Wellbeing<br />

Volunteering at <strong>Catholic</strong>Care<br />

Would you like to make a difference in the local<br />

community?<br />

Would you like to learn new skills and meet new people?<br />

Whether you are 18 or 81, and if you are interested in<br />

making a difference, you can volunteer with many of the<br />

services <strong>Catholic</strong>Care provides.<br />

Basic office administration, site maintenance (mowing<br />

lawns/repairs), spending one hour a week helping young<br />

children with their homework, or chatting with an elderly<br />

person are some of the ways you can make a difference.<br />

Volunteer Coordinator for <strong>Catholic</strong>Care, Kim Manouk<br />

said volunteers are needed for many services within the<br />

organisation, especially Blacktown Neighbour Aid, Mamre<br />

Creche and the All Saints of Africa Centre (homework<br />

support).<br />

"The more volunteers we have, the more people we can<br />

support in the community,” Kim said. “Research shows<br />

that volunteers live happier and healthier lives and they<br />

make a difference in a person's life."<br />

For further information about volunteering in any of our<br />

services or to become a volunteer at <strong>Catholic</strong>Care please<br />

contact, tel (02) 8822 2222 or send an email to Kim.<br />

Manouk@ccss.org.au<br />


Accredited Fertility Educators of Natural Fertility to speak<br />

on how to naturally achieve and space pregnancies<br />

FREE ENTRY and a light supper will be served<br />

Please register your attendance to:<br />

email nfs@ccss.org.au<br />

or phone (02) 8822 2222<br />

Fertility<br />

A W A R E N E S S E V E N I N G<br />

Wednesday 4 <strong>May</strong> | 7.30pm<br />

Holy Spirit Parish St Clair<br />

5 Todd Row, cnr Moore St, St Clair<br />

Young Mums’ Group ̶ education and support for young<br />

mums under 25 years. From 3 <strong>May</strong> to 21 June, 10.30am-<br />

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

Lunch provided. Tel (02) 8822 2222.<br />

Black Dog Institute REACH Program – if you are living<br />

with mental distress, the REACH Wellbeing group is running<br />

soon in the Blue Mountains and has helped many people<br />

manage their wellbeing. From 3 <strong>May</strong> to 28 June, 6.30pm-<br />

8.30pm, Springwood Drop-In Centre, 3/163 Macquarie Rd,<br />

Springwood. Tel (02) 4751 4956.<br />

Young Parent Network Event ̶ Youth Rez invites young<br />

parents and organisations working with young parents in the<br />

Blacktown and Hills LGAs to this event on 22 June, 9.30am-<br />

1.30pm, Boomerang Room, Rooty Hill RSL, 33 Railway St,<br />

Rooty Hill. Tel 0488 711 909, Kerry.Calgiore@ccss.org.au<br />

All Saints of Africa Playgroup/Mums’ Group ̶ Thursdays<br />

(term time), 10am-noon, All Saints of Africa Centre, 63<br />

Allawah St, Blacktown. For mums with children who have<br />

not started primary school. Activities for children include<br />

craft, story time and singing. Social interaction, support and<br />

friendship for mums. Tel (02) 8822 2250.<br />

Post Separation Recovery Program ̶ this program is<br />

open to anyone wanting to move forward from their<br />

marriage breakdown in a positive way. Seven sessions held<br />

over seven consecutive Wednesdays, 11 <strong>May</strong> to 22 June,<br />

7.30pm-9.45pm, CCSS Office, 38 Prince St, Blacktown.<br />

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

soloparentservices@ccss.org.au<br />

Seminar – Annulment Information Night ̶ guest speaker<br />

Very Rev Peter Blayney. Tuesday 3 <strong>May</strong>, 7.30pm-9.30pm,<br />

CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St, Blacktown. Cost $7. Registrations<br />

essential, tel (02) 8822 2222,<br />

soloparentservices@ccss.org.au<br />

Aboriginal <strong>Catholic</strong> Services ̶ groups commencing in <strong>May</strong><br />

include Problem Gambling Support Group, Tutoring Time –<br />

free Literacy Tutoring for Kindergarten – Year 6, Playgroup,<br />

RECOVER Wellbeing Groups including Sew 4 Wellbeing,<br />

Create 4 Wellbeing, Dance 4 Wellbeing. Holy Family Parish,<br />

254 Luxford Rd, Emerton. Tel (02) 9628 0084.<br />

Keeping Kids in Mind program ̶ supports parents and<br />

families after separation. Five sessions weekly, starts<br />

Monday 9 <strong>May</strong>, from 6pm-8.30pm. CCSS Parramatta,<br />

2A Villiers St, Parramatta. Fee $100 (includes handbook).<br />

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

My Kids and Me ̶ for parents whose children are in out-ofhome<br />

care or kinship care. Fridays from 10am-1pm,<br />

St Nicholas of Myra Parish Hall, 326 High St, Penrith.<br />

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

Rollercoasters for Kids ̶ support for children whose parents<br />

have separated or are separating. Mondays from 4pm-<br />

5.15pm, six sessions weekly from 30 <strong>May</strong>. CCSS Centre, 38<br />

Prince St, Blacktown. Bookings essential.<br />

Tel (02) 8822 2222.<br />

Cool Little Kids ̶ support for families of pre-school aged<br />

children who are experiencing high levels of anxiety.<br />

Information session Tuesday 14 June, 7pm-9pm. Winmalee<br />

Community Preschool, 56 White Cross Rd, Winmalee.<br />

Bookings essential, tel (02) 4751 4956 or email<br />

springwood@ccss.org.au<br />

Seminar – Dealing with the Legal System ̶ gain a greater<br />

understanding of how to deal effectively with the legal<br />

system. Guest speaker Mr Richard Brading (Principal<br />

Solicitor, Wesley Legal Service). Tuesday 7 June, 7.30pm-<br />

9.30pm, CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St, Blacktown. Cost $7. To<br />

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

Offices at Blacktown, Emerton, Parramatta, Penrith, Springwood, call (02) 8822 2222<br />

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1986: Pope John Paul II signs<br />

decree on 8 April to establish the<br />

Diocese of Parramatta.<br />

1986: Most Rev Bede Heather<br />

installed as first Bishop of Parramatta<br />

on 19 <strong>May</strong>.<br />

1986: Rev Peter Lamont ordained<br />

first priest for the Diocese on 22<br />

November.<br />

1986: Diocesan Tribunal of the<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Church established.<br />

1986: Pope John Paul II visits<br />

Transfield Factory in Seven Hills.<br />

1987: Ann Clark appointed<br />

first Executive Director of <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Education.<br />

1988: St Madeleine Sophie Barat’s<br />

Parish established at Kenthurst.<br />

1988: Diocesan Development Fund<br />

established.<br />

1990: Sr Caroline Ryan RSM and<br />

Sr Megan Brock RSJ first chaplains to<br />

UWS.<br />

1992: Corpus Christi Parish<br />

established at Cranebrook; parishes<br />

of Katoomba and Leura combined to<br />

make Mary MacKillop Parish of the<br />

Upper Blue Mountains, now St Mary of<br />

the Cross MacKillop Parish.<br />

1996: St Patrick’s Cathedral<br />

destroyed by fire.<br />

1997: Most Rev Bede Heather<br />

resigns.<br />

1997: Most Rev Kevin Manning<br />

installed as 2nd Bishop of Parramatta<br />

on 21 August.<br />

2002: Blessed John XXII Parish,<br />

Glenwood-Stanhope Gardens,<br />

established on 6 October.<br />

2003: Bicentenary of the first<br />

official Mass in Parramatta on 22 <strong>May</strong><br />

1803.<br />

2003: St Patrick’s Cathedral<br />

reopens on 29 November.<br />

2004: Sr Helen Stannard RSM<br />

and Sr Mary White RSM first religious<br />

professions in rebuilt St Patrick’s<br />

Cathedral.<br />

By Sr Margaret Sheppard RSM<br />

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Celebrating 30 years since the Diocese<br />

of Parramatta was established<br />

On 19 <strong>May</strong> this year, the Diocese will<br />

celebrate the 30th Anniversary of<br />

the installation of its first Bishop,<br />

Bishop Bede Heather, in 1986.<br />

Succeeding Bishop Heather were Bishop<br />

Kevin Manning (1996-2010) and Bishop<br />

Anthony Fisher (2010-2014).<br />

Established by Pope John Paul II on 8<br />

April 1986, the Diocese of Parramatta is the<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Church in Western Sydney and<br />

the Blue Mountains.<br />

Incorporating the greater Western<br />

Sydney area from Parramatta to Blackheath<br />

and from Richmond to Warragamba, the<br />

Diocese acknowledges the traditional<br />

custodians of the land, the Darug people<br />

and pays respect to its elders past and<br />

present.<br />

Home to 330,000 <strong>Catholic</strong>s in an area<br />

of 1,050,000 people, the Diocese hosts<br />

47 parishes, educates more than 45,000<br />

students across its 83 schools, employs<br />

more than 5000 staff and cares for<br />

thousands of people in need through its<br />

social services arm, <strong>Catholic</strong>Care Social<br />

Services.<br />

The Diocese of Parramatta is the fifthlargest<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Diocese in Australia.<br />

St Patrick’s Cathedral is the symbolic<br />

heart of the Diocese of Parramatta – a<br />

dynamic centre of worship, prayer,<br />

community and mission.<br />

Today an iconic physical landmark<br />

of the City of Parramatta skyline, the<br />

Foundation Stone for St Patrick’s was laid<br />

more than 170 years ago, on St Patrick’s<br />

Day 1836.<br />

When the Diocese of Parramatta was<br />

established 150 years later in 1986, St<br />

Patrick’s was designated as the Cathedral of<br />

the new Diocese.<br />

In fact, most parishes within the<br />

Diocese of Parramatta are older than<br />

the Diocese itself. Parramatta parish was<br />

established in 1827, Windsor in 1832 and<br />

Penrith in 1839, while Rouse Hill was<br />

formed in 2007.<br />

The Diocese nurtures the spiritual lives<br />

of the hundreds of thousands of <strong>Catholic</strong>s<br />

in its care, and supports thousands more in<br />

the local community.<br />

Its <strong>Catholic</strong> education system is<br />

committed to giving every student a quality<br />

education, while <strong>Catholic</strong>Care and its other<br />

agencies and ministries work alongside<br />

local people and organisations committed<br />

to enhancing the way of life we enjoy in<br />

Western Sydney.<br />

As we celebrate our 30th Anniversary,<br />

may we look to our Patroness, St Mary<br />

of the Cross MacKillop, and pray for her<br />

intercession.<br />

Evoking memories of the early years<br />

The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta celebrated their centenary year in 1988.<br />

It was a memorable year: a year that<br />

beckoned me and opened new horizons<br />

beyond principalship at St Anne’s Bondi<br />

Beach to St Patrick’s Primary School in<br />

Blacktown.<br />

Simultaneously, I was to be inextricably<br />

connected with the vision and creation of<br />

the Diocese of Parramatta.<br />

For us as Sisters of Mercy Parramatta,<br />

being part of the newly created Diocese<br />

had a certain sense of ‘Lord, it is good to<br />

be here’ as Parramatta and its surrounding<br />

At a dinner to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Diocese of Parramatta in 2011 were Bishop Kevin Manning,<br />

Bishop Anthony Fisher OP and Bishop Bede Heather.<br />

suburbs were becoming increasingly<br />

populated with <strong>Catholic</strong> families with their<br />

multicultural richness and diversity.<br />

Parramatta had its own rich Indigenous<br />

and colonial history, so it appeared ‘right<br />

and fitting’ for a Parramatta Diocese to<br />

stand in its own ‘shoes’.<br />

In 1986, our Congregation numbered<br />

about 120 sisters living and ministering<br />

across Sydney and one in Melbourne. Of<br />

these, more than 50 sisters were living<br />

and ministering within the newly formed<br />

Diocese.<br />

Remaining true to the charism of<br />

our foundress, Venerable Catherine<br />

McAuley, whose vision was to serve the<br />

poor, the sick, the uneducated and the<br />

vulnerable, approximately 19 Sisters were<br />

residing in our ‘Mother House’, serving<br />

within the Parish of Parramatta, as well<br />

as in administration in Our Lady of<br />

Mercy College Parramatta and in various<br />

ministries in and around the Parramatta<br />

area.<br />

What is different 30 years after the<br />

creation of the Diocese of Parramatta?<br />

Well, our Founding House still sits<br />

firmly in its original setting opposite St<br />

Patrick’s Cathedral, and our ministries<br />

are still very diverse and fitting within<br />

our religious order’s call to serve the poor,<br />

uneducated, sick and vulnerable.<br />

Some sisters still serve within primary<br />

schools in various supportive ministries,<br />

others in our congregation’s works, others<br />

in visitation of the sick and dying, others in<br />

support of and education of asylum seekers<br />

and refugees, others in prayer ministry,<br />

nursing, administration and care for each<br />

other as we age.<br />

In 1986, I was filled with excitement and<br />

hope. Hope remains that the now 30-yearold<br />

Diocese will continue to respond to<br />

the clarion call to action by Pope Francis’<br />

personal witness to the Gospel values.


In 1986, Pope John Paul II visited the Transfield Factory in Seven Hills.<br />

In 2003, we marked the bicentenary of the first official Mass celebrated by Fr James Dixon in<br />

Parramatta on 22 <strong>May</strong> 1803.<br />

In 2013, Bishop Anthony Fisher OP led our young people<br />

on a diocesan pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Rio de<br />

Janeiro.<br />

On 19 February 1996, St Patrick’s Cathedral was<br />

destroyed by fire. The rebuilt Cathedral was dedicated<br />

on 29 November 2003.<br />

The new church of Blessed John XXIII Church at Glenwood-<br />

Stanhope Gardens was dedicated in 2007. In 1986, Pope John<br />

Paul II visited the Transfield Factory in Seven Hills.<br />



2006: Clergy Support Foundation<br />

established.<br />

2007: Parochial District of Rouse<br />

Hill established.<br />

2010: Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP<br />

installed as 3rd Bishop of Parramatta.<br />

2010: Padre Pio Church at Glenmore<br />

Park blessed on 14 February.<br />

2011: Diocese secures part of Old<br />

King’s School site in Parramatta.<br />

2011: St Mary of the Cross MacKillop<br />

made patron of the Diocese.<br />

2012: Parramatta’s Rev Robert<br />

McGuckin VG appointed Bishop of<br />

Toowoomba.<br />

2012: Bishop Anthony Fisher OP<br />

institutes the Diocesan Medal of<br />

Honour.<br />

2013: Chapel of St Mary MacKillop<br />

opens in Parramatta CBD.<br />

2013: Seminary of the Holy Spirit<br />

established in Harris Park.<br />

2013: All Saints of Africa Centre<br />

opens in Blacktown.<br />

2013: Appeal for people impacted<br />

by devastating Blue Mountains’<br />

bushfires.<br />

2014: The Diocesan Pastoral Plan,<br />

Faith in Our Future, launched.<br />

2014: Diocesan Family & Life Office<br />

established.<br />

2014: Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP<br />

appointed Archbishop of Sydney.<br />

2014: Very Rev Peter G Williams<br />

appointed Diocesan Administrator.<br />

2015: Inaugural Mass for World Day<br />

of the Sick.<br />

2015: 50th Anniversary of Marian<br />

Nursing Home.<br />

2015: Arrupe Place refugee centre<br />

opens in Parramatta.<br />

<strong>2016</strong>: St Luke’s <strong>Catholic</strong> College<br />

proposed for Marsden Park.<br />

Mass for the Silver Jubilee of the Diocese in 2011:<br />

our diverse migrant communities are a great<br />

demonstration of the universal Church.<br />

Interfaith dialogue: a Women of Faith Dinner was held in Parramatta on 31 <strong>May</strong> 2008.<br />

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Houses to Homes supporting young mums<br />

Louise Masters: “All babies and children have the right to lead a healthy and fulfilling life.”<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>Care Social Services has a<br />

team of highly skilled and dedicated<br />

people who work in our Houses to<br />

Homes program. This service for pregnant<br />

girls or parenting young women who are<br />

homeless or at risk of homelessness offers:<br />

• Transitional semi-independent<br />

housing;<br />

• Referral pathways towards long-term<br />

stable housing solutions;<br />

• Case management support;<br />

• Access to brokerage;<br />

• Home visits to young mothers and<br />

their babies;<br />

• Empowerment for independent living;<br />

• Access to parenting and living skills,<br />

employment and education;<br />

• Advocacy, support and referral; and<br />

• Assistance in<br />

accessing community<br />

resources.<br />

The demand for<br />

this service is constant.<br />

Vulnerable members<br />

of our community<br />

are afforded the<br />

opportunity that many<br />

of us take for granted. The service has four<br />

full-time staff, with Louise Masters heading<br />

the team.<br />

“All babies and children have the right<br />

to lead a healthy and fulfilling life with safe<br />

and secure housing and early intervention,”<br />

Louise said. “We are committed to<br />

providing the best service possible so this<br />

can be achieved.”<br />

A recent example of a case where<br />

the team at Houses to Home (H2H) has<br />

intervened and provided much-needed<br />

support is below. For privacy reasons,<br />

names have been changed. For more<br />

information about this service, please<br />

contact <strong>Catholic</strong>Care tel (02) 8822 2222.<br />

Kate’s story<br />

Kate was referred to H2H by a Family &<br />

Community Services caseworker. She had<br />

been residing with her mother and extended<br />

family, however, the house was overcrowded<br />

and there were domestic violence issues.<br />

Kate and her two children were<br />

rehoused by H2H staff into a private rental<br />

property near her mother’s home. This gave<br />

her support that was close by, as well as<br />

ongoing support from H2H. Kate was given<br />

assistance to move in with some furniture,<br />

OzHarvest food packages and Woolworths<br />

Essentials cards.<br />

Staff noted that Kate’s daughter appeared<br />

to have some developmental delays and<br />

Kate explained that she was trying to have<br />

her daughter assessed. Staff assisted her to<br />

complete the necessary forms.<br />

Her daughter was referred to and<br />

accepted into the Home Interaction<br />

Program for Parents and Youngsters<br />

(HIPPY). She also attended two days a week<br />

at the local daycare centre.<br />

Since Kate’s daughter commenced an<br />

early intervention program, her social<br />

skills have improved and she is sharing and<br />

playing.<br />

This has led to a change in Kate’s mood<br />

and has given her the opportunity to spend<br />

Bulk Billing for GP Services<br />

more time with her younger son. It also gave<br />

her the chance to commence selling makeup<br />

as she has an avid interest in makeup<br />

artistry and beauty.<br />

Understanding that Kate had this great<br />

interest, our H2H caseworker approached<br />

her with an opportunity to complete a<br />

certificate course through TAFE. Her son is<br />

now in daycare two days a week so Kate can<br />

attend TAFE.<br />

Kate was thrilled to enrol, stating that<br />

upon completion, she would be the first<br />

member of her family to complete any type<br />

of course and receive a certificate.<br />

She was chosen to represent her class to<br />

apply makeup on models at the Royal Easter<br />

Show. She took along her mother and it was<br />

a very proud moment for them both.<br />

Her children are improving in all aspects<br />

of development. Kate has increased her<br />

social circle and now has adults with whom<br />

she can chat and become friends. Her entire<br />

disposition has changed and improved.<br />

Kate has maintained her tenancy for<br />

approaching 12 months. She has a Start<br />

Safely Private Rental Subsidy for short-term<br />

financial help so she does not have to return<br />

to her previous violent situation.<br />

Kate was asked recently if she would<br />

like to continue with her study and go on to<br />

complete her diploma. She accepted and is<br />

excited to continue on her adventure.<br />

Your donations to this month’s DWF<br />

Appeal with the theme Faith at Work will<br />

help to fund <strong>Catholic</strong>Care programs like<br />

Houses to Homes. To make an online<br />

donation visit: www.faithatwork.org.au<br />


Monday-Friday 9.00am-6.00pm<br />

Saturday 9.00am-2.00pm<br />





Parking on-site available<br />

Pathology on premises<br />




DR. VAN NGUYEN (Male GP)<br />

DILHAN JAYAMANNE (Physiotherapist)<br />

FREE<br />


For people:<br />

• Aged 65 years & over<br />

• Pregnant women<br />

• Anyone with a medical condition<br />

Otherwise from $11<br />


Natural Family<br />

Planning is<br />

Available in the<br />

Surgery<br />


• Free initial check-up<br />

• Veterans’ Affairs cover<br />

• Dental X-rays<br />

• Medicare Bulk Billing<br />

- for eligible children aged<br />

between 2 and 17 years of age<br />

Benefits up to $1000/child<br />

• 10% discount for seniors<br />

and pensioners<br />

• Patients from all funds welcome<br />

- Health fund claims on the spot<br />


81– 83 Richmond Rd, Blacktown, NSW | 9622 1998<br />

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Daina Caruana from the Ephpheta Centre signs during Mass in Blacktown. Photo: Alfred Boudib.<br />

Ephpheta Centre supports<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> deaf community<br />

T<br />

he<br />

Ephpheta Centre provides services<br />

for the <strong>Catholic</strong> deaf community in<br />

Sydney.<br />

The centre organises Mass which is<br />

accessible for the deaf on the third Sunday<br />

of each month at 11am at Our Lady of<br />

Lourdes Church, 7 Grantham Road, Seven<br />

Hills.<br />

The centre is a special ministry of the<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Archdiocese of Sydney and is also<br />

supported by the dioceses of Parramatta<br />

and Broken Bay. Parramatta’s seminarians<br />

undertake pastoral placements at the<br />

Ephpheta Centre.<br />

Donations to this month’s DWF Appeal<br />

help to fund the work of the centre, which<br />

includes pastoral care, sacramental services,<br />

support and advocacy. Visitation is an<br />

important part of their work.<br />

They provide religious and social<br />

services for the signing-deaf, oral-deaf and<br />

hard of hearing and those who have lost<br />

hearing through age and industrial deafness.<br />

They visit members of the deaf<br />

community who confined to their homes,<br />

nursing homes, hospitals, the lonely and<br />

also people in prison.<br />

Your donations to this month’s DWF<br />

Appeal with the theme Faith at Work will<br />

help to fund the work of the Ephpheta<br />

Centre. To make an online donation visit:<br />

www.faithatwork.org.au<br />

Talkward: Taking the awkward out<br />

of talking about problem gambling<br />

Living with a<br />

gambling addiction<br />

can be a nightmare<br />

– mounting debts, lost<br />

friends, employment<br />

problems. But those who<br />

pay the highest price are frequently the<br />

partners, family and friends of problem<br />

gamblers.<br />

As well as suffering financial loss,<br />

they can also experience loss of trust and<br />

feelings of betrayal as well as relationship<br />

breakdown.<br />

Through Gambling Help and its<br />

partners, including <strong>Catholic</strong>Care Social<br />

Services, free counselling and new resources<br />

are available to assist people impacted by<br />

problem gambling.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>Care counsellor Linda Davis<br />

said one of the biggest challenges can be<br />

raising the issue. “It can be a very awkward<br />

thing to do. People are often afraid that<br />

mentioning someone’s gambling problem<br />

may damage their relationship with that<br />

person.”<br />

During Responsible Gambling<br />

Awareness Week from 23-27 <strong>May</strong>,<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>Care will be helping to launch two<br />

major resources – a catchy, animated e-card<br />

campaign, Talkward, and a booklet aimed at<br />

helping family and friends who have been<br />

impacted.<br />

Talkward is designed to help break<br />

through the stigma and encourage open<br />

dialogue between gamblers and their<br />

families and friends.<br />

The e-cards, which can be customised<br />

and personalised, humorously focus on a<br />

thorny subject but carry a serious message:<br />

now we’ve got the awkward bit out of the<br />

way, let’s have a talk in real life.<br />

To access the e-card, go to<br />

talkward.com.au Free copies of<br />

m<br />

Responsible Gambling<br />

Awareness Week: 23-27 <strong>May</strong><br />

the booklet can be ordered from:<br />

gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au/need-help/<br />

downloads-and-orders/?need-help.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>Care Problem Gambling<br />

Counselling and Groups<br />

Our client John* contacted <strong>Catholic</strong>Care<br />

after his son approached him and suggested<br />

he had a problem with gambling. John<br />

called Gambling Help and they directed<br />

him to <strong>Catholic</strong>Care. After three or four<br />

sessions, John had reduced his gambling<br />

significantly.<br />

His message to anybody who may<br />

identify as a problem gambler is: “Contact<br />

Gambling Help or <strong>Catholic</strong>Care Social<br />

Services for counselling. Staff were<br />

welcoming and counselling is provided<br />

in a stress-free environment, without<br />

judgement.”<br />

John said he is better able to give his<br />

attention and focus to enjoying his family.<br />

He is planning to get a second job and has<br />

money in the bank for the first time in a<br />

long time. His wife and son are very happy<br />

as he comes straight home after work and is<br />

spending more time gardening and enjoying<br />

his life.<br />

*Not his real name.<br />

For more information about <strong>Catholic</strong>Care’s<br />

free Responsible Gambling Counselling<br />

Service tel (02) 8822 2222.<br />

Your donations to this month’s DWF Appeal<br />

with the theme Faith at Work will help to<br />

fund <strong>Catholic</strong>Care’s programs and services.<br />

To make an online donation visit:<br />

www.faithatwork.org.au<br />


Together, let’s make the conversation<br />

about problem gambling a little less awkward.<br />

Start the conversation today.<br />


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Korean chaplaincy crosses cultural divide<br />

By Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

There is a great beauty in the varied face<br />

of the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church. Diverse migrant<br />

communities make up the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta, each with their own traditions and<br />

customs that merge in a great demonstration of<br />

the universal Church.<br />

Fr Stephen Hyun Sangok, Korean Chaplain<br />

for the Diocese of Parramatta, and Michael<br />

Lim, President of the Korean Chaplaincy,<br />

believe migrant chaplaincies enable parishes to<br />

celebrate cultural differences and similarities.<br />

The chaplaincy, based at Our Lady of<br />

Lourdes Church, Baulkham Hills, runs a<br />

Korean Language School on Saturdays at<br />

7.30pm and a Bible Study class on Sundays<br />

from 9.30am-noon.<br />

“We are very grateful that the Diocese<br />

supports the chaplaincy and that they have also<br />

allowed Fr Stephen to work with us,” Michael<br />

said.<br />

Fr Stephen celebrates the 7.30pm Saturday<br />

Vigil Mass and the 11am Sunday Mass in<br />

the Korean language at Our Lady of Lourdes<br />

Church.<br />

“There are language barriers. Some<br />

parishioners cannot speak English fluently and<br />

even if they understand in part, they do not<br />

fully grasp the homily, so we ask Fr Stephen to<br />

help us in deepening our faith,” Michael said.<br />

The chaplaincy creates a space for Korean<br />

parishioners to come together. However,<br />

Fr Stephen acknowledges the need for the<br />

chaplaincy to be an open community.<br />

“Some Australians may look at the Korean<br />

Chaplaincy and think, ‘Why are they so<br />

exclusive?’ But that is not the case. There is a<br />

natural intimacy and we are very close, but we<br />

are not exclusive,” Fr Stephen said.<br />

“We are open. We want people who are<br />

not Korean to gather with us and attend our<br />

Korean Language School, Bible Study classes<br />

and masses. Everyone is welcome.<br />

“I am not here just to serve the Korean<br />

Chaplaincy. I am here to serve the whole<br />

Church.”<br />

The Diocese of Parramatta is among the<br />

most multi-ethnic and multicultural in the<br />

world. One-quarter of the <strong>Catholic</strong>s in our<br />

Diocese were born overseas in a non-Englishspeaking<br />

country (25.5%) and more than onequarter<br />

of our <strong>Catholic</strong>s speak a language other<br />

than English at home (28.4%).<br />

Many migrants share the <strong>Catholic</strong> faith<br />

and enrich the life of the Diocese through their<br />

witness and participation in parish life and<br />

The chaplaincy creates a space for Korean parishioners to come together.<br />

other forms of Christian community.<br />

Fr Pio Yong Ho Jang is the first Koreanborn<br />

priest to be ordained for the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta.<br />

Migrant chaplaincies bridge the gap<br />

between cultural divides, promoting a stronger<br />

connection through the one shared faith.<br />

They provide migrants with familiar<br />

cultural expressions of the faith, addressing<br />

the need for the mystery of Christ to be<br />

proclaimed, celebrated and lived out at all times<br />

and in all places.<br />

As time passes, the focus of a chaplaincy<br />

shifts to assisting migrants, especially younger<br />

generations, in becoming more active<br />

participants in the life of their local parish.<br />

“The Korean Chaplaincy is not separate<br />

from the Diocese. We belong to the Diocese,”<br />

Michael explained. “Many Korean parishioners<br />

are still involved in the wider parish. I used to<br />

be an acolyte for the Church.”<br />

In welcoming people from overseas, our<br />

parishes, schools, agencies and individual<br />

members are mindful of the rich cultures,<br />

traditions and experiences that migrants bring<br />

to their new home.<br />

“At the end of the day, we are part of the<br />

same <strong>Catholic</strong> Faith, which teaches us to love<br />

one another. It doesn’t matter if you are Korean<br />

or Australian, when we are part of the same<br />

faith we will always have a natural connection,”<br />

Michael said.<br />

Fr Stephen Hyun Sangok and Michael Lim believe migrant chaplaincies enable parishes to celebrate cultural differences<br />

and similarities. Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.<br />

Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy<br />

Penrose Park<br />

Fatima Day: Friday 13 <strong>May</strong><br />

Come and pray for your family and the world at large!<br />

10am Exposition, Holy Mass 11am, After Lunch; Procession and<br />

Devotions at Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.<br />

Principal Celebrant: Fr George Condookala<br />

Parish Priest at Port Kembla<br />

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Upcoming celebrations in our shrine<br />

Solemnity of Our Lady Help of Christians: Tuesday 24 <strong>May</strong><br />

11am - Solemn Mass followed by Devotions<br />

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ: Sunday 29 <strong>May</strong><br />

11am - Solemn Mass followed by Procession<br />

Pauline Father’s Monastery<br />

Address: 120 Hanging Rock Road, Berrima, NSW, 2577 Phone: 02 4878 9192<br />

Email: paulinefathers@yahoo.com.au<br />

Website: www.penrosepark.com.au

Mercy of God in<br />

Schoenstatt Sister’s life<br />

By Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

Sister Thomasine at the Schoenstatt Shrine at Mulgoa where the annual Marian Pilgrimage will take place on 20 <strong>May</strong>.<br />

Photos: Elizabeth McFarlane.<br />

Sister Thomasine Treese ISSM is the new<br />

Superior of the Australian-Philippine<br />

Province of the Secular Institute of the<br />

Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary.<br />

Growing up near Koblenz in Germany<br />

during World War II, her parents had to “turn<br />

every penny around” after the family home was<br />

destroyed.<br />

“We had no car and no house. We had<br />

nothing and after my younger brother was<br />

born, we had to start from the beginning,” she<br />

explained.<br />

Despite financial struggles and the storms<br />

and hardships of life, her parents were devoutly<br />

religious, preparing the way for the decision of<br />

Sr Thomasine and her older sister to join the<br />

Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary.<br />

Sr Thomasine holds a Bachelor of Arts<br />

in Elementary Education and Theology, a<br />

Calling for nominations<br />

for 3 diocesan awards<br />

Nominations are now open for three diocesan awards:<br />

The Diocesan Medal of Honour<br />

The Diocesan Medal of Honour seeks to encourage<br />

and recognise outstanding contribution and service<br />

by members of the Parramatta diocesan community<br />

in work on behalf of the Church and society. The<br />

Diocesan Medal of Honour is awarded for outstanding<br />

service to parish, Diocese and community.<br />

The Diocesan Citation of Merit for Youth<br />

The Diocesan Citation of Merit for Youth seeks to<br />

encourage and recognise youth between the ages of 18<br />

and 25 who have shown outstanding contribution and<br />

service to the parish, Diocese and community.<br />

Licentiate in Canon Law and a Certificate of<br />

Accreditation as Postulator at the Congregation<br />

for the Cases of Saints in Rome.<br />

Now based in Mulgoa, Sr Thomasine has<br />

travelled extensively, having served as a<br />

missionary for several decades in the US and<br />

Europe.<br />

She brings a global insight to her role as<br />

Superior, with 30 years’ work experience<br />

in the new evangelisation of Milwaukee in<br />

Wisconsin (including eight years of work in<br />

the Archdiocesan Tribunal), 11 years working<br />

in the Vatican in the Secretariat of State, and<br />

as postulator for the cause of beatification of<br />

Schoenstatt sister, Sr Emilie Engel ISSM.<br />

Sr Thomasine explained that there are three<br />

major steps in a process of beatification. There<br />

is the opinion of the people about the quality<br />

of life of the Servant of God, the judgment of<br />

The Diocesan Certificate of Recognition<br />

Nominations close on 31 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

The Diocesan Certificate of Recognition seeks to<br />

encourage and recognise outstanding contribution by<br />

non-<strong>Catholic</strong> members of the Diocese of Parramatta<br />

community, for work supporting the parish, Diocese<br />

and community.<br />

An overview for how to make a nomination and<br />

notations are available from:<br />

Rev Dr Arthur Bridge AM PP<br />

Chairman of the Diocesan Honours<br />

Committee<br />

Tel (02) 9631 3316<br />

arthurbridge@arsmusica.org.au<br />

the Church and the action of God by granting<br />

a miracle.<br />

Sr Thomasine collected the documents and<br />

testimonies needed to prove that Sr Emilie<br />

Engel lived all virtues in an authentic and<br />

exemplary way. She wrote a study, a ‘Positio’<br />

on Sr Emilie Engel’s life, which was submitted<br />

to the Congregation of Saints in Rome for<br />

appraisal.<br />

In <strong>May</strong> 2012, Pope Benedict XVI declared<br />

Sr Emilie Engel a Venerable Servant of God,<br />

signifying the fact that she has practised all<br />

virtues to a heroic degree. A miracle upon Sr<br />

Emilie’s intercession is still necessary for her to<br />

be beatified.<br />

“Contrary to the belief that you have to have<br />

a sensational life to be a saint, Sr Emilie Engel<br />

impressed people by that which she was,” Sr<br />

Thomasine said.<br />

“It was how she dealt with the many trials<br />

of her life and how she could follow God’s<br />

guidance. She spoke her unconditional ‘Yes,<br />

Father’ to His wish and will, even when it<br />

meant sitting paralysed in a wheelchair. It was<br />

her radiance that drew people to her.<br />

“Above all, Sr Emilie Engel said, ‘Yes, Father’<br />

with a joyful attitude at all times.<br />

“My life is also a ‘yes’ and every day I have to<br />

ask myself, ‘Do I live my day with God or do I<br />

want to do everything myself?’”<br />

Sr Thomasine feels blessed to be working in<br />

Australia and is driven by the inner strength of<br />

Sr Emilie Engel.<br />

“It is wonderful to be able to look back on<br />

the many blessings of God in my life and I have<br />

learnt that as a leader, I must radiate God’s<br />

love,” she said.<br />

Working towards the annual Marian<br />

Pilgrimage, which will take place on Sunday 22<br />

<strong>May</strong>, the Sisters of Mary are also promoting the<br />

experience of a special indulgence in this Year<br />

of Mercy.<br />


The Schoenstatt Shrine at Mulgoa is home<br />

to a Holy Door of Mercy, and soon it will be<br />

adorned with a burst of autumn amber colour.<br />

Covered in vines, the small Shrine emulates<br />

the original Schoenstatt Shrine found in<br />

Vallendar in Germany where the International<br />

Schoenstatt Movement originated.<br />

Schoenstatt, meaning ‘beautiful place’, is a<br />

place to unite pilgrims with the vine and the<br />

vinedresser, revealing also through the external<br />

sign of the Holy Door, the role of Mary as<br />

handmaiden and doorway, bringing Christ into<br />

the world and thus, the mercies of God.<br />

“Just as Sr Emilie Engel summarised her<br />

life's experience shortly before her death,<br />

‘Throughout eternity, I want to sing a hymn of<br />

praise to the merciful love of the Father and the<br />

Mother.’<br />

“Praise God for the mercies we have received,<br />

and as we have received the mercies of God, we<br />

ought to be merciful to others,” Sr Thomasine<br />

said.<br />

Sister Thomasine Treese ISSM.<br />

Week of Prayer for<br />

Christian Unity<br />

8-15 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

‘Called to proclaim the mighty acts<br />

of the Lord.’ (1 Peter 2:9)<br />



On Pentecost Eve when the Body of Christ will unite and pray<br />

specifically for the needs of Parramatta. Come and pray with<br />

Christians from all denominations. Hosted by Transforming<br />

Sydney and the Parramatta Pastors Network.<br />

The Salvation Army, 34 Smith St, Parramatta<br />

Buses and limited street parking along Smith St and Phillip St.<br />

Close to Parramatta Station and Horword Place Council Carpark.<br />

Let us know you are coming and bring as many people as possible.<br />

We look forward to seeing you.<br />

RSVP Daryl Castellino, Diocese of Parramatta, Ecumenical<br />

Commission tel 0407 40 6668, DCastellino@parra.catholic.edu.au<br />

Ecumenical Prayer Resource for Schools<br />

The week leading up to Pentecost (8-15 <strong>May</strong>) is a time that the<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Church traditionally prays for Christian unity. A diocesan<br />

resource will be made available to help primary and secondary<br />

school communities to pray that all Christians may be one,<br />

in the Body of Christ.<br />

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Journeying into the heart and mind of faith<br />

By Aoife Connors<br />

Spiritual leadership might look<br />

different in other faiths, but it<br />

is how we feel that is where we<br />

find our common language, Liska<br />

Turner told those gathered for<br />

afternoon tea to celebrate 10 years<br />

since the Office for the Participation<br />

of Women commenced its Young<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Women’s Interfaith<br />

Fellowship.<br />

The celebratory afternoon tea<br />

took place at the Mount St Benedict<br />

Centre in Pennant Hills on 26<br />

February this year with a number of<br />

invited guests and sponsors.<br />

Liska said a visit by the group<br />

to the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque<br />

had left a lasting impression. “The<br />

executive officer of the Muslim<br />

Women’s Association spoke<br />

passionately and eloquently about<br />

living as a covered Muslim woman<br />

of faith in today’s climate of anti-<br />

Islamic sentiments.”<br />

Along with 13 other women,<br />

Liska completed her third<br />

residential weekend of lectures<br />

and interfaith visits recently. These<br />

women now have one residential<br />

weekend to complete and a series of<br />

online modules before they qualify<br />

with a graduate diploma in theology<br />

from The Broken Bay Institute.<br />

These women are our future leaders<br />

in the church.<br />

“Our fellowship journey<br />

commenced with a visit from<br />

Graeme Mundine, from Aboriginal<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Ministry in Sydney,” Liska<br />

said. “He spoke to us in some depth<br />

about the evolution and history of<br />

our Church and our engagement<br />

with the Indigenous community.<br />

In particular, he focused on the<br />

enculturation of Indigenous<br />

spirituality into our <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

traditions.<br />

“Sr Elizabeth Delaney SGS also<br />

spoke to us about the Church’s<br />

increasing openness to ecumenical<br />

dialogue and we’ve been blessed to<br />

have first-hand experience of this,<br />

visiting both a synagogue and a<br />

mosque.”<br />

Fellowship participant Helen<br />

Jacobs visited a synagogue during<br />

the previous residential weekend.<br />

“Looking through the lens of the<br />

other, I was instantly moved by<br />

the warm welcome offered by the<br />

progressive Jewish community at<br />

North Shore Temple,” she said.<br />

“I quietly applauded the sense of<br />

inclusion and equity created. A male<br />

and a female rabbi sitting in a circle<br />

with their companions and guests<br />

sharing in prayer and afterwards<br />

kitsch.”<br />

Vicky Burrows, another<br />

fellowship participant, described<br />

her <strong>Catholic</strong> faith as the “lens we<br />

look at other faiths through”, for<br />

example when visiting the Islamic<br />

community. “Our lens grounds us in<br />

our tradition and our faith,” Vicky<br />

said.<br />

A visit to the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque left a lasting impression on the group.<br />

“One of the great things about<br />

the residential element is that we<br />

have to connect as a community,<br />

whether that’s online, over the<br />

phone or face to face. For some,<br />

we haven’t studied in 20 years;<br />

for others, we’ve just come out<br />

of university, so the community<br />

component is important.”<br />

Christine Pace said that learning<br />

about the spectrum and diversity<br />

of the Church has encouraged and<br />

inspired her because she could see<br />

that there were other young <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

women like her.<br />

For Sally McEniry, discovering<br />

the faith traditions of others<br />

has assisted her in recognising<br />

the complementarity of other<br />

traditions while strengthening her<br />

commitment and understanding of<br />

the Church.<br />

All of the current participants<br />

reiterated that since the fellowship<br />

was funded by the Australian<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Bishops and the religious<br />

orders in Australia, the Church<br />

values and recognises the<br />

contribution of young <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

women in the Church.<br />

Hosted at the Mount St Benedict<br />

Centre at Pennant Hills, both<br />

Sr Elizabeth Brennan SGS and<br />

Christine Manning continue to<br />

warmly welcome the fellowship<br />

participants during their residential<br />

experiences. “We hope that this<br />

special place nourishes their soul<br />

and gives them a greater sense of<br />

peace, upon leaving,” Sr Elizabeth<br />

said.<br />

Originally published on the<br />

media blog of the Australian<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Bishops Conference at<br />

http://mediablog.catholic.org.au/<br />

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<strong>Catholic</strong> Diocese of Parramatta<br />

Put those you love<br />

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Mother’s Day Concert<br />


Thinking of a gift for Mum this Mother's Day?<br />

Why not take her to a music concert?<br />

Enjoy the music of Beethoven, Mozart, Handel and<br />

Schubert. Hear sacred motets in honour of our Blessed<br />

Mother and much more.<br />

End the afternoon with a cup of tea and some sweet and<br />

savoury delights.<br />

Booking with the Cathedral Parish Office<br />

tel (02) 8839 8400, mili@stpatscathedral.com.au<br />

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Sr Helen is a prominent defender of life, ministering to men and women on death row in the US<br />

and challenging the death penalty, as portrayed in the film Dead Man Walking. Sr Helen will be live<br />

from New Orleans via Skype to speak on the topic ‘The Consistent Ethic of Life’, which centres on<br />

the Church’s pro-life perspective at all stages in the human lifecycle, from birth to natural death. In<br />

conversation with Fr David Ranson VG, a focus of the discussion will be on the mercy of God, and how<br />

we can show God’s merciful face to others. From 10.15am-12.15pm, The Light of Christ Centre, end<br />

of Yardley Ave, Waitara. RSVP by 3 <strong>May</strong>: www.trybooking.com/KMEZ<br />

or registrations@dbb.org.au (02) 9847 0448, (02) 4332 9825.<br />


Presented by Sr M Isabell Naumann ISSM. Topic: ‘Give me a Drink (Jn 4:7) – Charity and Mercy’.<br />

All women are invited to attend this day where we will reflect on the gifts of God’s merciful love and<br />

charity. Cost: $25, BYO lunch (morning & afternoon tea provided). The day will include Holy Mass and<br />

the opportunity for reconciliation. Mt Schoenstatt Spirituality Centre, 230 Fairlight Rd, Mulgoa. Details<br />

tel (02) 4773 8338, movtoffice@schoenstatt.org.au<br />


Everyone is invited to the ordination of George Bryan as a permanent deacon at the 11am Mass in St<br />

Patrick's Cathedral, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta.<br />


Thinking of a gift for mum this Mother's Day? Why not take her to a music concert at St Patrick’s<br />

Cathedral, Parramatta? Starts 3pm. Enjoy the music of Beethoven, Mozart, Handel and Schubert.<br />

Hear sacred motets in honour of our Blessed Mother and much more. End the afternoon with a cup<br />

of tea and some sweet and savoury delights. Bookings: Cathedral Parish tel (02) 8839 8400, mili@<br />

stpatscathedral.com.au<br />


Mass at 7.30pm in St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta.<br />



On Pentecost Eve you are invited to pray with Christians from all denominations specifically for the<br />

needs of Parramatta. From 7pm-10pm at The Salvation Army, 34 Smith St, Parramatta. RSVP Daryl<br />

Castellino, Diocese of Parramatta, Ecumenical Commission tel 0407 40 6668, DCastellino@parra.<br />

catholic.edu.au<br />


‘Perfect Love Casts Out All Fear (1 Jn 4:18). Come and hear how to be transformed from fearful to<br />

powerful. The <strong>Catholic</strong> Charismatic Renewal NSW and the Emmaus Prayer Community invite you<br />

to a Pentecost celebration at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 198 Old Prospe ct Rd, Greystanes.<br />

Program: 11.30am worship, Mass at noon celebrated by Fr David Callaghan MGL, 1.30pm BBQ lunch,<br />

2.30pm healing ministry. Inquiries: Merv tel (02) 9634 1654, www.ccrnsw.org.au<br />


Experience the special indulgence that may be obtained in one of the designated Doors of Mercy<br />

in this Jubilee Year of Mercy at the Shrine of Mt Schoenstatt on the Annual Marian Pilgrimage.<br />

Celebrations begin at 10am with Mass at 10.30am and Eucharistic Procession and Benediction from<br />

the valley to the Shrine at 2pm. Alternative program for the sick and elderly. Mt Schoenstatt, 230<br />

Fairlight Rd, Mulgoa, tel (02) 4773 8338, www.schoenstatt.org.au<br />

For more events please go to:<br />

http://parracatholic.org/events/<br />

Thursday 19 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

Holy Hour for Vocations<br />

St Patrick’s Cathedral, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta<br />

Everyone is welcome to join the Holy Hour for Vocations from<br />

7pm-8pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month for an hour of<br />

adoration, prayer, music and quiet time in the Blessed Sacrament<br />

Chapel in St Patrick’s Cathedral.<br />

To find out more about priesthood in the Diocese of Parramatta<br />

contact Fr Warren Edwards, Director of Priestly Vocations<br />

tel 0409 172 700 or email vocations@parra.catholic.org.au<br />

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