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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, JUNE <strong>2016</strong><br />

Our new<br />

Bishop<br />

Pope Francis appoints<br />

+Vincent Long OFM Conv<br />

Fourth Bishop of Parramatta<br />

‘God has his<br />

own ways of<br />

intervening in<br />

our lives and I am<br />

grateful to God<br />

for leading me to<br />

the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta.’<br />

VOTE FOR THE<br />

VOICELESS:<br />

CALL FOR VOICES<br />

OF THROWN-AWAY<br />

PEOPLE TO BE<br />

HEARD<br />

page 4 page 5<br />

CELEBRATING<br />

AFRICA DAY:<br />

CATHOLIC<br />

COMMUNITY<br />

COMES TOGETHER


FROM THE DIOCESAN ADMINISTRATOR<br />

Very Rev Peter G Williams<br />

CONTENTS<br />

DIOCESAN NEWS<br />

NEWS & EVENTS<br />

3<br />

4, 12, 13, 19,<br />

21, 23<br />

DEAR BROTHERS and sisters,<br />

By now all of you will have heard that<br />

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop<br />

Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv as<br />

the fourth Bishop of Parramatta. He will be<br />

installed following a liturgical reception in<br />

St Patrick’s Cathedral on Thursday 16 <strong>June</strong> at<br />

7.30pm.<br />

Happily, the 30th birthday of the<br />

establishment of the Diocese of Parramatta<br />

almost coincides with the beginning of<br />

Bishop Vincent’s episcopal ministry in this<br />

Diocese. So it seems a good time to look back<br />

and also to look forward with faith and hope<br />

as we commence the next chapter of the story<br />

of this Local Church.<br />

When Bishop Bede Heather was appointed<br />

the first Bishop of Parramatta in 1986, the<br />

Chancery operated out of a converted house<br />

in Blacktown.<br />

Initially, the staff comprised the Bishop,<br />

the Diocesan Financial Administrator, the<br />

Diocesan Secretary, and a receptionist. The<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Education Office was located in<br />

what is now the Diocesan Assembly Centre<br />

on Flushcombe Road in Blacktown.<br />

When McGovern House was purchased on<br />

Victoria Road in Parramatta, the Chancery<br />

occupied a small suite of offices on Level 1 of<br />

10 Victoria Road.<br />

In the current Chancery there is a photo of<br />

the clergy of the Diocese who attended the<br />

first clergy conference. Some of those faces<br />

are still serving in the Diocese, though they<br />

now look slightly older!<br />

The foundations laid in those early years<br />

were critical as the Diocese got a sense of itself<br />

with an amalgam of very old and established<br />

parishes that dated back to the 19th Century,<br />

while more recent parishes were building<br />

their infrastructure, and new parishes were<br />

being planned to cope with the growing<br />

population in Western Sydney.<br />

At the same time, the <strong>Catholic</strong> school<br />

system was expanding with increasing<br />

demand from parents to place their children<br />

in <strong>Catholic</strong> schools. There were many<br />

initiatives in the areas of social outreach and<br />

care for the disadvantaged, often spearheaded<br />

by religious congregations.<br />

When Bishop Kevin Manning was<br />

appointed the second Bishop of Parramatta<br />

in 1997 the Diocese began to consolidate that<br />

which had been achieved in the first 10 years.<br />

As the Diocese grew, there was an<br />

increasing need for extra support services,<br />

both administratively and also in terms<br />

of specialised ministry, and these were<br />

established and flourished.<br />

The Parramatta Pastoral Institute was<br />

renamed the Institute for Mission and a<br />

myriad of courses was developed to meet the<br />

desire of many lay men and women to receive<br />

spiritual and theological formation.<br />

The destruction of St Patrick’s Cathedral<br />

by fire in 1996 was not only a catalyst for the<br />

building of a contemporary new Cathedral,<br />

but also happily assisted the clergy and the<br />

people to “own” the Diocese of Parramatta<br />

rather than see themselves as an extension of<br />

the Archdiocese of Sydney.<br />

For Bishop Manning the re-opening and<br />

dedication of the Cathedral in 2003 was a<br />

milestone in history.<br />

When Bishop Anthony Fisher OP came to<br />

the Diocese as the third Bishop in 2010, we<br />

continued to see prodigious growth in both<br />

the north-west and western parts of the<br />

Diocese.<br />

Of particular note during Bishop Anthony’s<br />

time was the substantial increase in the<br />

number of young men offering to join the<br />

priesthood and becoming seminarians.<br />

This necessitated the relocation of Holy<br />

Spirit Seminary from St Marys to Harris Park,<br />

the refurbishment of Kenilworth House and<br />

the construction of an accommodation wing<br />

for 20 seminarians.<br />

Allied to this was an emphasis on ministry<br />

to youth, which has seen the burgeoning of<br />

youth groups throughout the Diocese. Bishop<br />

Anthony was very dedicated to the support of<br />

young people and their faith development.<br />

During the time of the third Bishop we also<br />

an increase in the number of clergy coming<br />

to the Diocese as either diocesan or religious<br />

order priests to meet the growing pastoral<br />

need.<br />

Perhaps the hallmark of Bishop Anthony’s<br />

time was the consultation and development<br />

of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan, Faith in Our<br />

Future. Here the people, religious and clergy<br />

in their parishes and agencies reflected on<br />

what direction and goals should be identified<br />

to expand the mission of the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church<br />

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

What now of the future?<br />

Bishop Vincent arrives at a pivotal moment<br />

in our 30-year history. Borrowing from<br />

another current leader and slightly altering<br />

the remark: “It is an exciting time to be a<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> in Western Sydney!”<br />

We give thanks to God for all the blessings<br />

we have received, for the dedicated leadership<br />

of Bishops Bede Heather, Kevin Manning<br />

and Anthony Fisher, for the priests, deacons,<br />

religious women and men, and all the lay<br />

faithful both young and old who have made<br />

the parishes their spiritual homes and have<br />

given witness to the truth of Jesus Christ<br />

by lives lived based on Gospel values and<br />

in communion with one another and the<br />

Church.<br />

We are also thankful for those who have<br />

laboured in the work of <strong>Catholic</strong> school<br />

education, those in the social welfare sector,<br />

and all who have contributed to building up<br />

the life of the Diocese.<br />

But there is still much to do. We pray as a<br />

Diocese that Bishop Vincent will now lead us<br />

confidently into our future and that we have<br />

the capacity to respond to the aspirations and<br />

needs of all who reside in Western Sydney<br />

and the Blue Mountains.<br />

Finally, I would like to express my thanks<br />

to the clergy, religious and lay people of the<br />

Diocese for the support you have given me<br />

as Diocesan Administrator over these past 18<br />

months.<br />

I have always been conscious of your<br />

prayers and goodwill, and I look forward to<br />

sharing the future with you as we embark on<br />

the next decade of our journey.<br />

With prayerful remembrance as we prepare<br />

to receive Bishop Vincent,<br />

Very Rev Peter G Williams<br />

Diocesan Administrator<br />

AFRICAN CATHOLIC<br />

COMMUNITY<br />

FAMILY & LIFE<br />

CATHOLIC YOUTH<br />

DIOCESAN PASTORAL<br />

PLAN<br />

PARISH PROFILE<br />

CATHOLIC EDUCATION<br />

CATHOLICCARE SOCIAL<br />

SERVICES<br />

SOCIAL JUSTICE<br />

OBITUARIES<br />

CALENDAR OF EVENTS<br />

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

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DIOCESAN NEWS<br />

Parramatta's clergy meet their new shepherd<br />

Last month’s Clergy Conference at Magenta<br />

Shores was an opportunity for Bishop Vincent<br />

Long OFM Conv to meet his clergy over three<br />

days of worship, fellowship and professional development.<br />

A report will be published in the July<br />

issue of <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>Outlook</strong>.<br />

Above: Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv receives a warm<br />

welcome. PHOTOS: ADRIAN MIDDELDORP<br />

Bishop<br />

Vincent<br />

Long<br />

DEAR CLERGY and people of Parramatta,<br />

And so finally, the LONG wait is over<br />

(pardon the pun!). After 18 months<br />

without a bishop, you have been given one in the<br />

person of a Franciscan, an Asian Australian and<br />

a former refugee.<br />

You can blame Pope Francis for appointing<br />

me as a rather unlikely bishop to one of the<br />

youngest, most ethnically diverse and dynamic<br />

dioceses in the country.<br />

Indeed, I am very humbled by this<br />

appointment and grateful for the opportunity<br />

to serve the Church in Parramatta during this<br />

time.<br />

For many, it has never been so tough to be a<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>. But then, we need to remember that<br />

the tough times can be the blessed times.<br />

The Church was not at its best when it reached<br />

the heights of imperial power in what was<br />

known as Christendom. Instead, the Church<br />

was at its best when it was poor, persecuted,<br />

without power and wealth.<br />

Consistently, we true believers are challenged<br />

to be the beacons of hope in the midst of pain,<br />

suffering and despair. This tough time can be the<br />

catalyst for rebirth and transformation.<br />

My motto is “Duc in altum” or “Go further<br />

into the deep”. I have taken many leaps of faith<br />

before, including the one that plunged me,<br />

literally, into the deep blue sea.<br />

Now I am about to be cast into the deep<br />

interior of Western Sydney and the Blue<br />

Mountains, and I cannot help but feel daunted<br />

by what lies ahead.<br />

Nevertheless, I make bold to move forward,<br />

trusting in the sustaining power of God and the<br />

support of the clergy and people of this great<br />

Diocese.<br />

There is a saying that, “you sit on the old<br />

mat to weave the new one”. I am indebted to<br />

my predecessors who have all contributed<br />

significantly to the growth of God’s people in<br />

Parramatta.<br />

I am particularly indebted to the diocesan<br />

Administrator, Fr Peter Williams, and his team<br />

for the way in which they have cared for the<br />

people and led the Diocese during the interim. I<br />

treasure this past and want to build on it.<br />

Although I can only walk in my own shoes, I<br />

would like to take their vision and carry things<br />

forward. It is together as clergy and people that<br />

we will listen to what the Spirit is saying to us<br />

in our context and with the help of the Word of<br />

God, discern how to live as brothers and sisters<br />

of Jesus Christ.<br />

Duc in altum! A bishop must not be afraid to<br />

walk with his people in the new exodus to the<br />

fullness of life and love. It’s the place we can only<br />

reach with unwavering conviction and undying<br />

Priests celebrate the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians.<br />

Above: Clergy take part in group discussions. Right: The conference<br />

was a time to build fellowship: Mons John Boyle and<br />

Fr John Rizzo (right).<br />

love for Christ and His people. I humbly ask you<br />

to pray for me your new bishop to walk this path<br />

with fidelity, humility and perseverance.<br />

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Bishop of Parramatta<br />

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NEWS & EVENTS<br />

Federal Election: A Vote for the Voiceless<br />

AUSTRALIA’S <strong>Catholic</strong> bishops have<br />

called for the voices of the thrown-away<br />

people to be heard during the Federal<br />

Election campaign. On 16 May, the bishops<br />

issued A Vote for the Voiceless, a statement on the<br />

<strong>2016</strong> Federal Election, addressed to <strong>Catholic</strong>s<br />

and all people of goodwill.<br />

“During the long election campaign there will<br />

be much talk about the economy and the need<br />

for good economic management at a time of<br />

some uncertainty,” the bishops said. “Both sides<br />

of politics will state their economic credentials<br />

in a bid to win power.<br />

“The economy, of course, is important and<br />

there does need to be sound management. But,<br />

as Pope Francis has pointed out, there is also a<br />

danger that the economy can become a kind of<br />

false god to which even human beings have to<br />

be sacrificed.<br />

“This leads to what the Pope has called<br />

the throwaway culture – a culture of overconsumption<br />

where all kinds of things are<br />

thrown away, wasted, even human beings.<br />

“That is why we bishops want to speak a<br />

word as part of this campaign – not in order<br />

to push an ideological line or simply to defend<br />

the Church’s interests but to give a voice to the<br />

voiceless and make their faces seen, however<br />

briefly, in a statement such as this.<br />

“Among the people discarded in this<br />

throwaway culture are:<br />

* Refugees and asylum seekers who are often<br />

seen as a problem to be solved rather than as<br />

human beings in need of our help;<br />

* Indigenous peoples whose cry for recognition<br />

has barely been heard and who suffer injustice at<br />

the hands of our justice system;<br />

* The survivors of sexual abuse who have<br />

emerged from the shadows and whose voice<br />

is now being heard, crying out for redress and<br />

healing;<br />

* Those who suffer family violence who are<br />

often unseen and unheard, behind closed doors<br />

with nowhere to go and no one to turn to;<br />

* Those in the womb who are among the most<br />

defenceless, at risk of being deprived of the most<br />

basic of all human rights, the right to live;<br />

* The elderly who are seen at times as an<br />

economic burden now that they are unable to<br />

“produce” or consume in the way the economy<br />

demands;<br />

* Those suffering mental illness who seem<br />

not to fit in with accepted patterns of social<br />

behaviour and are often presumed to contribute<br />

Refugees and asylum seekers are often seen as a problem to be solved rather than as human beings in need of our help.<br />

PHOTO: THOMAS KOCH/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM<br />

nothing to society, thus ending up in the toohard<br />

basket;<br />

* Those suffering addiction who can see no<br />

way out of the destructive grasp of alcohol or<br />

other drugs, gambling or pornography;<br />

* Those entrapped in new forms of slavery<br />

who are the victims of sexual or workplace<br />

enslavement; and<br />

* The desperately poor beyond our shores who<br />

look to wealthy Australia for the help they need<br />

– often simply to survive – but find our nation<br />

less and less generous.<br />

“There are others in our community, near and<br />

far, whose voices are unheard, whose faces are<br />

unseen. They are seen as politically irrelevant.<br />

They will not decide any marginal seats or<br />

determine the result of the election. Yet any<br />

society is ultimately judged not on how well it<br />

manages the economy but on how well it treats<br />

the thrown-away people.<br />

“Who then are the people unheard and<br />

unseen? What does it mean for Australia to care<br />

for them? If we fail to ask these questions and<br />

to try to answer them, then much that goes on<br />

in this or any other election campaign will be<br />

political theatre that does not address the real<br />

issues.<br />

“But it is not just individual people who are<br />

thrown away. The same can happen to the<br />

environment, both social and natural. At the<br />

heart of a healthy social environment there is<br />

marriage and the family.<br />

“The fact is that economic decisions have been<br />

less and less favourable to families in recent<br />

years; and it may be that political decisions in<br />

the future will undermine further the dignity<br />

and uniqueness of marriage as a lifelong union<br />

of man and woman.<br />

“Support for marriage and the family does<br />

not look like a big vote-winner, so that even the<br />

most basic human institution, upon which the<br />

health of a society depends, can become part<br />

NEW<br />

APPOINTMENTS<br />

On 5 May <strong>2016</strong>, Pope Francis<br />

announced the appointment of the<br />

Fourth Bishop of Parramatta:<br />

Most Rev<br />

Vincent Long Van Nguyen<br />

OFM Conv<br />

The Diocesan Administrator,<br />

Very Rev Peter G Williams,<br />

has confirmed the following<br />

appointments:<br />

Rev Chukwunoyerem<br />

Chibuike Akamadu<br />

Assistant Priest,<br />

Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish,<br />

Greystanes, and Chaplain to the<br />

Nigerian <strong>Catholic</strong> community.<br />

of the throwaway culture or at best an optional<br />

extra.<br />

“Pope Francis has said that the earth too<br />

cries out for justice at this time. The natural<br />

environment – the land we live on, the air we<br />

breathe, the water we drink – even this can<br />

become voiceless, so that the earth’s cry for<br />

justice can go unheard. Now is the time to act,<br />

so that the natural environment is able to meet<br />

human needs rather than be sacrificed to the<br />

god of the economy.”<br />

To read the full statement, including the<br />

bishops’ list of some of the people discarded<br />

in our throwaway culture, visit the ACBC’s<br />

website: www.catholic.org.au<br />

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AFRICAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY<br />

Africa Day Mass helps to bridge gap<br />

The African <strong>Catholic</strong> community gathered for the annual Africa Day<br />

Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Blacktown. Above: Rev Christopher<br />

Antwi-Boasiako.<br />

PHOTOS: ELIZABETH MCFARLANE<br />

By Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

THERE was a kaleidoscope of colour and<br />

the sound of thundering drums and<br />

joyful clapping as the African <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

community in the Diocese of Parramatta<br />

gathered for the annual Africa Day Mass in St<br />

Patrick’s Church, Blacktown, on 22 May.<br />

The harmonious display of rich culture, music<br />

and dress from across the continent introduced<br />

the thematic celebration of faith lived out and<br />

celebrated in union with African culture and<br />

identity within the Australian Church and<br />

context.<br />

The 53rd anniversary of the formation of the<br />

Organisation of African Unity, now known as<br />

the African Union (AU), is celebrated on 25 May<br />

each year. Africa Day provides an opportunity<br />

to acknowledge the achievements of the peoples<br />

and governments of Africa.<br />

The day commemorates the hard-fought<br />

liberation and freedom of African communities,<br />

and looks onward to the collaboration and<br />

empowerment of the people of Africa in<br />

communion with one another, curtailing<br />

disadvantages entrenched by diaspora.<br />

Fr Christopher Antwi-Boasiako, the Chaplain<br />

of the African <strong>Catholic</strong> community, said the day<br />

was a day to celebrate unity.<br />

“In 1958, African leaders came together to<br />

discuss emancipation and freedom for Africa<br />

politically, socially and economically. They also<br />

discussed solidarity and cooperation among<br />

African states. It was a liberation movement,” Fr<br />

Chris said.<br />

“On 25 May 1963, 32 African states convened<br />

a summit in Ethiopia where they signed a<br />

founding charter for Africa Day.<br />

“We are celebrating our unity. As <strong>Catholic</strong>s,<br />

we celebrate Africa Day so as to celebrate our<br />

culture as one people, and it also helps us shape<br />

our life in the context of living in Australia.<br />

“We believe that unity is for everyone and we<br />

are so united because we belong to the same<br />

African continent."<br />

The power of being in communion is tied<br />

to <strong>Catholic</strong> theology, further detailed by the<br />

Principal Celebrant for the Mass, the Diocesan<br />

Administrator, Very Rev Peter G Williams.<br />

“You cannot be a Christian in isolation,” Fr<br />

Peter said.<br />

Referencing the mystery of the Triune God, Fr<br />

Peter went on to remark on the nature of God in<br />

relationship, and the importance of Christians<br />

being connected by the faith, relating this faith<br />

connection to the many African countries<br />

represented on the day being in communion<br />

both in culture and faith.<br />

Fr Chris said the day also showcases the<br />

history and traditions of Africa, passing on the<br />

customs to the youth.<br />

"As we live in Australia, it is important that<br />

we do not lose our connection with our culture,”<br />

he said. “Africa Day also has the aim to help the<br />

young ones learn about our culture and get to<br />

know each other.<br />

“We want the young ones to learn the moral<br />

aspects of our culture. Respect and obedience<br />

to our parents and the elderly is very important<br />

to us. As we celebrate, we understand that this<br />

is something that connects all the different<br />

African states.”<br />

One of six children, Fr Christopher’s parents<br />

raised him and his siblings strong in the faith.<br />

“My brother also became a priest and he is<br />

now based in Italy. When the bishop asked me<br />

to come to Australia, it took me some time to<br />

respond,” Fr Chris said.<br />

“I sat my Mum down and I told her what the<br />

Bishop had asked of me. Knowing my Dad had<br />

passed away and that my only other brother was<br />

serving as a priest in Italy, it was very hard to<br />

leave her.<br />

“I remember she bent her head down for a<br />

minute and then, as she raised her head, she<br />

said, ‘I offered you to God through Mother<br />

Mary. If that is what God needs you to do, I give<br />

you my blessing.’”<br />

Fr Chris believes the African <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

community bridges the gap between his home<br />

in Ghana and his home in Australia.<br />

“We are not trying to be a Church within a<br />

Church. I am very thankful to the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta for the chaplaincy, as it continues to<br />

be a source of encouragement for us as Africans,”<br />

he said.<br />

“It gives us the opportunity to celebrate in our<br />

own tradition while continuing to serve in our<br />

local parishes.”<br />

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JAMES PARKER:<br />

‘From Gay-Activist<br />

to Husband and<br />

Father’<br />

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

LAST MONTH, the Diocese of Parramatta<br />

played host to a speaking tour by James<br />

Parker entitled, ‘From Gay-Activist<br />

to Husband and Father: A tour through the<br />

confusing world of modern sexuality’.<br />

Hundreds of people heard James speak at St<br />

Patrick’s Cathedral Hall in Parramatta, St Aidan’s<br />

Parish at Rooty Hill, and Montgrove College at<br />

Orchard Hills.<br />

James Parker has a special life story that he<br />

shared with his audience. His life can be viewed<br />

in four key stages.<br />

Firstly, his challenging childhood and teenage<br />

years spent in the north of England that involved<br />

m<br />

being adopted, sexual abuse by multiple teachers<br />

and an older boy, an addiction to pornography<br />

and alcohol that led to the troubled teenager<br />

'coming out' to his parents at the age of 17.<br />

A second phase of his life involved living a<br />

gay lifestyle for several years in London while<br />

he attended university. He had about 200 sexual<br />

partners and at one stage James considered<br />

whether he was really a woman living in a man’s<br />

body.<br />

This confusion was clarified when he met<br />

a man who became his steady boyfriend. He<br />

thought that he had reached a stable point in<br />

his life. One night he attended a <strong>Catholic</strong> prayer<br />

meeting and his life began to change forever.<br />

In his third life phase, James experienced a<br />

profound spiritual awakening as a result of daily<br />

prayer and the encouragement of a group of<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> friends.<br />

Eventually, he made the decision to break<br />

up with his boyfriend and journey into the<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Church to discover in a deep way the<br />

forgiveness, love and mercy of Jesus.<br />

This painful but patient journey led to a<br />

spiritual transformation. James discovered a<br />

strong sense of masculinity and acceptance<br />

among men. His voice became deeper, and his<br />

gait and posture changed.<br />

Furthermore, with a deepening devotion<br />

to Our Lady he also discovered another first,<br />

an attraction to the opposite sex. These two<br />

discoveries sowed the thought that maybe one<br />

day he could get married and become a father.<br />

James emphasised in his talks that he<br />

does not believe in ‘gay conversion therapy.’<br />

For him the prize of his journey was Jesus,<br />

not heterosexuality. He knows a number of<br />

people who are living lives of deep prayer and<br />

frequenting the sacraments who have grown<br />

into a life of chastity but still experience levels of<br />

same-sex attraction.<br />

James emphasised that for these people the<br />

importance of being accompanied by a group of<br />

understanding Christian friends is paramount<br />

to helping them continue their challenging<br />

journey.<br />

In the fourth phase, James met and married<br />

an Australian woman. That was 10 years ago and<br />

they have a child aged seven.<br />

The crowds that attended James’s talks<br />

were inspired by his story and gained a new<br />

appreciation of the challenges faced by people<br />

who are confused about their sexual orientation<br />

and gender identity. They heard a compassionate<br />

approach to the issue of ‘same-sex marriage’ and<br />

transgender rights from someone who had lived<br />

through these issues.<br />

With the benefit of hindsight, James was able<br />

to share that there is a profound difference in<br />

the marriage between a man and a woman and<br />

‘same-sex marriage’. He highlighted the serious<br />

consequences of a change in the marriage laws.<br />

James Parker will return to Sydney later this<br />

year. For tour dates and venues, check future<br />

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FAMILY & LIFE<br />

A quick tour of Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of Love<br />

By Ben Smith,<br />

Director of the Family & Life Office<br />

WHEN I heard the title of the Pope’s<br />

latest apostolic exhortation, Amoris<br />

Laetitia, I automatically thought of<br />

Dean Martin’s famous song, That’s Amore. This<br />

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one of his major hits and signature songs.<br />

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a large Italian family dinner celebration. The<br />

upbeat lyrics and catchy tune encourage family<br />

members, young and old, to get up and dance<br />

together.<br />

For me, this scene captures the joyful family<br />

love that Pope Francis, in Amoris Laetitia, is<br />

calling members of the Church to rediscover<br />

and radiate.<br />

A lot has changed in our society and our<br />

families since 1953. Some of these changes have<br />

been positive. However, over the past 50 years<br />

the secular understanding of marriage and<br />

the role of the family has been diverging from<br />

the Church’s understanding and the degree of<br />

this divergence is accelerating at our present<br />

moment in history.<br />

Amoris Laetitia is the fruit of a three-year<br />

global discernment process on the challenges<br />

facing the family. This process has involved<br />

two worldwide consultations of the faithful,<br />

two meetings of groups of bishops in Rome,<br />

hours of discussion and debate and, finally, the<br />

publication of Amoris Laetitia.<br />

Pope Francis’ approach in this document<br />

as indicated in paragraph 38, mirrors “the<br />

preaching and attitudes of Jesus, who set forth a<br />

demanding ideal [on marriage] yet never failed<br />

Pope Francis challenges people to rediscover marriage and family life as a vocation in which the love that flows in the family is an image of<br />

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to show compassion and closeness to the frailty<br />

of individuals like the Samaritan woman [at the<br />

well] or the woman caught in adultery.”<br />

Amoris Laetitia is full of practical wisdom<br />

on marriage and family life. A number of<br />

commentators have noted that the writing style<br />

makes the reader feel that the Pope is sitting<br />

at the family dinner table, sharing his wisdom<br />

and pastoral experience in a language that<br />

is accessible to people who aren’t trained in<br />

theology.<br />

In Chapter 3, Pope Francis challenges people<br />

to rediscover marriage and family life as a<br />

vocation in which the love that flows in the<br />

family is an image of the Holy Trinity.<br />

The longest chapter, Chapter 4, is a reflection<br />

on the nature of love as taught by St Paul<br />

in 1 Corinthians 13, applied to the practical<br />

circumstance of married couples called to live<br />

conjugal love.<br />

The fruitfulness of conjugal love that flows into<br />

the gift of children and the broader connections<br />

with the extended family is covered in Chapter<br />

5. Chapter 7 looks at the role of parents as<br />

primary educators of their children.<br />

The place of prayer and spirituality in family<br />

life is discussed in Chapter 9. Chapter 6<br />

examines approaches to marriage preparation<br />

and support needed by couples in their early<br />

years of marriage.<br />

Pastoral approaches for people in challenging<br />

life circumstances, such as the divorced and<br />

remarried, are the focus of Chapter 8.<br />

These pastoral issues are not just a concern<br />

for priests. The way we as a whole Christian<br />

community respond to the challenges of our<br />

own members is critical.<br />

Pope Francis reaffirms the importance of<br />

accompanying people who are struggling. He<br />

highlights in paragraph 299 that “the baptised<br />

who are divorced and civilly remarried need<br />

to be more fully integrated into Christian<br />

communities in the variety of ways possible,<br />

while avoiding any occasion of scandal.”<br />

Amoris Laetitia is worth reading patiently<br />

over a few weeks. It is a beacon of hope for all of<br />

us on our journey towards the wedding banquet<br />

of heaven.<br />

To contact the Diocese of Parramatta’s<br />

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CATHOLIC YOUTH <strong>Catholic</strong>YouthParra @cyp_parramatta @<strong>Catholic</strong>YouthParra<br />

Twofold effect of faith<br />

By Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

TWINS Julia and Lisa Hoban were both<br />

awarded the inaugural Diocesan Citation<br />

of Merit for Youth Award from the<br />

Diocese of Parramatta in 2015.<br />

Nominated for their dedication to the<br />

youth and music ministries in Christ the King<br />

Parish, North Rocks, the sisters have taken on<br />

significant roles to further the faith formation<br />

of the members of the CTK Alive high school<br />

youth group and the ROCKS young adult group<br />

for those aged 18 and older.<br />

Both groups endeavour to engage young<br />

people in ways that cater to the different interests<br />

and gifts of members.<br />

“I don’t think there is one size that fits all.<br />

Not all youth will come to the Church in the<br />

same way,” Lisa said. “Parishes need to provide<br />

different formats to engage with different<br />

people.”<br />

“We can’t be boring to young people,” Julia<br />

said. “We need to get the youth excited about<br />

their faith. That’s what keeps me coming back<br />

because I had mentors in high school who<br />

formed me in the faith and I want to give that<br />

back.”<br />

Lisa said she and Julia were lucky enough to<br />

come back to the faith. “Your high school years<br />

are when you discover yourself and we were able<br />

to find our faith then as well,” she added.<br />

The sisters had what they deemed a<br />

‘reconversion’, following in the footsteps of their<br />

parents.<br />

“Mum and Dad have never pushed us to<br />

do anything,” Lisa said. “But just seeing their<br />

involvement, witnessing their reconversion<br />

and what comes out of that, they’ve just really<br />

motivated us in our faith.”<br />

“If they hadn’t come back to the church, I’m<br />

not sure we would have,” Julia said. “They were<br />

the ones who brought us to church as a family.<br />

Who knows where we would be now without<br />

them?”<br />

“We credit a lot of our faith formation and<br />

leadership capabilities also to the other youth<br />

leaders in the team, Gerard Sadaya, Gerianne<br />

Sadaya and Jamie Hoban, our older brother,”<br />

Julia continued. “We call them our three older<br />

siblings, even though Jamie is our only blood<br />

brother.”<br />

Their father, Deacon Tony Hoban, has also<br />

been a great inspiration, providing great spiritual<br />

insight and showing how to balance increasingly<br />

busy schedules with parish commitments.<br />

“I’m working full time in the city, with 12 hour<br />

days,” Julia said.<br />

“And I’m teaching at a rural school in Taree,<br />

a town on the mid-north coast of NSW,” Lisa<br />

said. “That’s something we learnt from Dad. He<br />

was studying theology, working full time and<br />

studying for the diaconate. Needless to say, we<br />

had very chaotic weekends.<br />

“I find it amusing when we sit down and<br />

discuss which Mass we’re attending. It’s very rare<br />

that we’ll all get to sit down and celebrate Mass<br />

together as a family.<br />

“We’re very busy people but we’re also very<br />

passionate.”<br />

Lisa’s work in Taree means she is commuting<br />

back and forth from month to month.<br />

Julia and Lisa Hoban are dedicated to the youth and music ministries in North Rocks Parish. PHOTO: ELIZABETH MCFARLANE<br />

“Every two or three weeks I come back. I try<br />

to come back as much as I can for the youth<br />

group because it’s been really hard being away,”<br />

she explained.<br />

“Occasionally, they’ll call me or Skype me but<br />

it’s been hard being away from the ministry.”<br />

Julia and Lisa will be attending World Youth<br />

Day in Krakow, Poland, next month.<br />

“This will be my first WYD. I wasn’t able to<br />

go with Julia and Jamie to WYD13 because I<br />

was on practicum for my teaching degree,” Lisa<br />

explained.<br />

“I remember lying in bed and listening to the<br />

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three million people on that beach in Rio de<br />

Janeiro is remarkable.”<br />

Julia’s experience of WYD13 was uplifting<br />

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“When you see the millions of faces of young<br />

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PARISH PROFILE<br />

Castle Hill<br />

Parish is<br />

young at<br />

heart<br />

By Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

IF THE FUTURE of the Church is determined<br />

by the commitment and service of its youth,<br />

then St Bernadette’s Parish in Castle Hill is a<br />

custodian of that future.<br />

The youthful vibrancy of the parish shines<br />

through and connects borders.<br />

Assistant Priest Fr Michael Gigau Gathuku is<br />

overjoyed by the considerable number of young<br />

people making up the parish youth groups as<br />

they remind him of his home in Kenya.<br />

“Being in Castle Hill is where I should be.<br />

The church is very vibrant and so much so that<br />

it feels as if God has planned my service to this<br />

parish because the people make me feel like I<br />

belong,” Fr Michael said.<br />

“I do not get homesick because I feel myself<br />

fitting in here and the number of groups and<br />

young people connect me to my home in Kenya.<br />

“It is wonderful to know that I am fully here.<br />

I do not feel like I am half in Kenya and half in<br />

Australia because Castle Hill is so inclusive and<br />

feels like home. I don’t miss out on the vibrancy<br />

of young people in Kenya because they are here<br />

in Castle Hill."<br />

Fr Alfons Nahak SVD has been an Assistant<br />

Priest in the parish for just three months but he<br />

is already a witness to the strength of the youth<br />

at St Bernadette’s.<br />

“I was born in Indonesia and when I was there<br />

I thought that maybe in Australia the youth<br />

would be not as active as in Indonesia. But when<br />

I came here, I was really impressed,” Fr Alfons<br />

said.<br />

“The youth are not only active but they<br />

are multicultural. In Indonesia it isn’t as<br />

multicultural or international."<br />

James Hay has been the parish Youth Minister<br />

for just over two years, working with an active<br />

youth ministry movement, adapted from<br />

Life Teen, a comprehensive youth ministry<br />

movement with the central focus on the<br />

Eucharist.<br />

There are two different groups: Into Life for<br />

those in Years 7 & 8 and Life Nights for those in<br />

Years 9-12.<br />

“It’s about building community. I like to know<br />

that people can feel a part of somewhere and feel<br />

welcomed,” James said.<br />

“They’re a fun and inclusive bunch. There<br />

In parish ministry at St Bernadette’s are (from left): Fr Michael Gigau Gathuku, Youth Minister James Hay and Fr Alfons Nahak SVD. <br />

Fr Alfons Nahak SVD with parishioners who served up an array of<br />

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are a lot of youth groups I go to where there<br />

are still cliques but that’s not so much the case<br />

here. They’re really open to having new people<br />

coming."<br />

Working towards the Fugitive Winter Camp<br />

held from 11-13 July, James hopes the camp will<br />

equip people to run ministries and welcome<br />

new people into the community.<br />

“It’s about showing Church as a family and<br />

working on relationships,” he said.<br />

St Bernadette's Parish Priest, Monsignor John<br />

Boyle, believes it is the number of people who<br />

gather on Sunday for Mass that makes Castle<br />

Hill Parish unique. “It’s just an ordinary parish<br />

but more than 2000 people attend Mass on a<br />

Sunday," he said.<br />

"People are very involved. We have more<br />

than 40 groups that are assisting the needy and<br />

running outreach programs.<br />

"We have five choirs and we had about 25<br />

attend our altar servers' picnic earlier this year."<br />

The parish is a welcoming community<br />

supported by a welcoming Parish Priest and Fr<br />

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of the support Fr John provides the parish and<br />

its ministries.<br />

PHOTO: ELIZABETH MCFARLANE<br />

“Fr John is my mentor. You can feel that he<br />

cares and that you are in his prayers,” Fr Michael<br />

said.<br />

“He is incredibly generous in how he supports<br />

the youth and he’s always on board to help,<br />

despite his busy schedule,” James said.<br />

“Fr John has a lot of experience in how to run<br />

the parish and how to serve people. He helps<br />

me understand how to run a parish in Australia<br />

and I am very grateful to him for receiving me<br />

here,” Fr Alfons said. “The love and guidance of<br />

Fr John and the support of the parishioners help<br />

me to be a better priest."<br />

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WHILE THE Diocese of Parramatta<br />

celebrates its 30th anniversary<br />

this year, Monsignor John Boyle is<br />

celebrating 45 years since his ordination to the<br />

priesthood.<br />

A life lived in Parramatta, schooled and<br />

raised, Fr John attended St Patrick’s Primary and<br />

Parramatta Marist Brothers.<br />

“I completed schooling in 1962 and I was<br />

challenged through my education, my family<br />

and through my religious experiences to serve<br />

others,” Fr John said.<br />

“I saw life wasn’t meant just for me but that it<br />

was meant to be lived in service to others.”<br />

Fr John’s priestly vocation was strongly<br />

influenced by his family’s legacy of community<br />

service in Parramatta.<br />

His family would perform musical concerts<br />

for pregnant teenagers, mental health patients<br />

and murderers.<br />

They would perform at the old Girl’s Industrial<br />

School (the former St Patrick’s Orphanage) and<br />

at the nearby psychiatric hospital. They would<br />

then head next door to the local jail.<br />

Ushered into the assembly hall of Parramatta<br />

Correctional Centre, inmates would watch the<br />

family ensemble play musical items and recite<br />

poetry.<br />

“We were brought up with that musical<br />

tradition, which was very Irish,” Fr John said.<br />

“My mother and uncle could play the violin and<br />

my grandmother was employed as a pianist for a<br />

cinema after leaving school.”<br />

In the local cinema, the films were silent<br />

and as the cowboys raced across the plains, his<br />

grandmother would play to the scene, evoking<br />

vital emotional cues for the audience.<br />

“We’d have parties where the whole<br />

Mons John Boyle: "I saw life wasn’t meant just for me but that it was meant to be lived in service to others." PHOTO: ELIZABETH MCFARLANE<br />

family would perform and the children and<br />

grandchildren would dance and sing,” he said.<br />

Fr John was introduced from a young age to<br />

major community developments, witnessing his<br />

father negotiate the purchase of the land for the<br />

Parramatta Leagues Club.<br />

“My father was on the Ambulance Service<br />

Board for the Parramatta/Auburn District and<br />

the board for the development of the local<br />

swimming pool, as was my grandmother,” he<br />

explained.<br />

But the family’s community service wasn’t<br />

limited to development negotiations and musical<br />

concerts for those on the fringe of society.<br />

Nine doors down from his grandmother’s<br />

house was an old man who would sleep on a<br />

veranda at the back of a house.<br />

“My grandmother would cook and hand me a<br />

tray of food. I would have to take the tray down<br />

to the old man. I hated going there. I suppose<br />

I was spooked that he would grab me,” Fr John<br />

said.<br />

“But my grandmother then became conscious<br />

of a greater community need when she realised<br />

there were many going without hot meals, so she<br />

worked with the mayoress at the time, Eileen<br />

Mahoney, to establish Meals on Wheels.<br />

“With her musical background, my<br />

grandmother also worked to set up the<br />

Parramatta Eisteddfod.<br />

“With the long history of community service<br />

in my family, it was only natural for me to ask,<br />

‘How can I best serve others in the community?’”<br />

Fr John was one of a number of altar servers<br />

at St Patrick’s Church, later Cathedral, when<br />

Monsignor McGovern was the Parish Priest.<br />

‘We were brought<br />

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Before Mass, Mons McGovern would talk to the<br />

boys about what they had learned at school.<br />

“He would teach us about the history of the<br />

early Church and he exemplified service, making<br />

sure we had breakfast after we had been to early<br />

morning Mass. He had a very big influence on<br />

my life and vocation,” Fr John said.<br />

There were 63 other students with Fr John<br />

when he joined the seminary, creating a<br />

community of companionship and camaraderie.<br />

Ordained in 1971, Fr John went on to serve<br />

in many parishes, and in 1991, he returned<br />

to Parramatta, appointed as the Dean of the<br />

Cathedral.<br />

“I was taught by nuns in primary school and<br />

when I returned as Parish Priest, some of my<br />

teachers were living in the convent and were my<br />

parishioners,” Fr John said.<br />

Currently the parish priest at St Bernadette’s,<br />

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taking up the challenge to serve.<br />

“They look after each other and they’re<br />

committed. Ask them to do anything and they<br />

will do it well and with finesse,” he said.<br />

“It’s terrific to see the next generation being<br />

challenged to serve in the same way that I was.”<br />

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NEWS & EVENTS<br />

It’s a long<br />

way to the<br />

top if you<br />

want a<br />

priest for all<br />

Story and Photo by Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

ON 5 MAY this year, Pope Francis<br />

announced Bishop Vincent Long Van<br />

Nguyen, 54, as the fourth Bishop of<br />

Parramatta.<br />

Having ministered as a Conventual Franciscan<br />

priest in Australia since 1989 and as Auxiliary<br />

Bishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne since<br />

2011, Bishop Vincent said he was humbled and<br />

excited about the prospect of serving the people<br />

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

After his ordination to the priesthood on<br />

30 December 1989, Bishop Vincent went to<br />

Rome for further studies and was awarded a<br />

licentiate in Christology and Spirituality from<br />

the Pontifical Faculty of St Bonaventure.<br />

“I spent about seven years in the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta as an assistant priest and then as<br />

Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish.<br />

I left Kellyville in 2002, which is now in the<br />

burgeoning part of the Diocese,” Bishop Vincent<br />

said.<br />

“Even though it has been 15 years, I have fond<br />

memories of my first parish in Kellyville and I<br />

hope with that knowledge and that familiarity,<br />

I can start to work to minister as Bishop in the<br />

Diocese.”<br />

The Provincial Delegate of the Franciscan<br />

Friars at Kellyville, Br Joseph Wood OFM<br />

Conv, said they were “very happy” about the<br />

appointment of their brother, Bishop Vincent.<br />

“Bishop Vincent’s Franciscan brothers wish<br />

him and the Diocese of Parramatta every<br />

happiness and fraternal support in this new<br />

beginning together,” Br Joseph said.<br />

“Naturally, we are also very grateful to the<br />

Diocesan Administrator, Fr Peter Williams,<br />

for holding everything together after the<br />

appointment of our previous Bishop, Anthony<br />

Fisher OP, as Archbishop of Sydney.”<br />

The appointment of a Vietnamese migrant and<br />

refugee as Bishop of Parramatta was welcomed<br />

by Fr Henry Huu Duc Tran, priest in charge of<br />

the Vietnamese Chaplaincy of the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta, and Parish Priest of Our Lady of<br />

Lourdes Parish at Seven Hills.<br />

“I consider myself as privileged to know<br />

Bishop Vincent from way back in his student<br />

days to his more senior positions both in the<br />

Diocese and elsewhere,” Fr Henry said.<br />

"I am very grateful<br />

to God for leading<br />

me to the Diocese<br />

of Parramatta."<br />

“From a cultural perspective, I am proud of<br />

him, and the Vietnamese <strong>Catholic</strong> communities<br />

both here and beyond are proud of him too for<br />

such an Apostolic role being entrusted to him.<br />

“But at the same time, we know fully well<br />

that he, as a bishop, must belong to every<br />

group, every community, every culture and<br />

background in the Diocese.<br />

“We have to make sure that Bishop Vincent<br />

enjoys the total support from the whole<br />

Vietnamese <strong>Catholic</strong> community to fulfil a<br />

bigger role as Bishop of all people across this<br />

beloved Diocese.”<br />

PILGRIMAGE TO SPAIN<br />

Many from the Archdiocese of Melbourne<br />

have also voiced their best wishes for the new<br />

Bishop.<br />

Collin Nunis and his wife, Agnieszka Kosidio-<br />

Nunis, first met Bishop Vincent (and each other)<br />

at a youth event in Melbourne in early 2012.<br />

“From the first time we encountered Bishop<br />

Vincent, we found him to be approachable,<br />

accommodating, and helpful,” they said.<br />

“However, behind his Franciscan simplicity was<br />

a giant of a man, and behind his being a bishop<br />

was a father looking out for his children.<br />

“His demeanour and especially his<br />

determination to look out for ‘the least of my<br />

brethren’ (asylum seekers and refugees) will be<br />

sorely missed. Melbourne’s loss is Parramatta’s<br />

gain.”<br />

Bishop Vincent’s motto is: “Duc in Altum” or<br />

“Go further into the deep”.<br />

“I have been cast into the deep interior of<br />

Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains and<br />

it’s a new challenge for me, but I know that the<br />

challenge will train me to hopefully be a better<br />

pastor for you,” he said.<br />

“God has his own ways of intervening in<br />

our lives, and certainly this appointment is<br />

something that I did not expect but I am very<br />

grateful to God for leading me to the Diocese<br />

of Parramatta.<br />

“Do pray for me as I endeavour to carry out<br />

the mission that has been entrusted to me and I<br />

hope to do so in collaboration with you and the<br />

clergy of Parramatta.”<br />

To watch a video message from Bishop<br />

Vincent go to: https://www.youtube.com/<br />

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At the ACBC plenary meeting in May <strong>2016</strong>, Bishop Vincent was elected to the Permanent Committee (from left): Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Archbishop Denis Hart, Bishop Eugene Hurley, Archbishop<br />

Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop Philip Wilson, Archbishop Christopher Prowse, Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv and Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB. <br />

PHOTO: ACBC.<br />

Journey from Vietnam to Parramatta<br />

BISHOP VINCENT Long Van Nguyen<br />

OFM Conv was born on 3 December<br />

1961 in Gia-Kiem, Vietnam, the fourth in<br />

a family of five sons and two daughters.<br />

In 1972, he joined the diocesan minor<br />

seminary, Long-Khanh, which was later<br />

disbanded by the communist government.<br />

In 1980, he left Vietnam on a boat and<br />

eventually began his new life in Australia,<br />

arriving in December 1981.<br />

In 1983 he became a Conventual Franciscan<br />

friar and studied for the priesthood in<br />

Melbourne.<br />

After his priestly ordination on 30 December<br />

1989 he was sent to Rome for further studies and<br />

in 1994 was awarded a licentiate in Christology<br />

and Spirituality from the Pontifical Faculty of St<br />

Bonaventure.<br />

Returning to Australia, he was assigned as a<br />

formator in his Order and as an assistant priest<br />

at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Kellyville,<br />

from 1995-98. He was appointed parish priest<br />

of Kellyville for four years and then Springvale,<br />

Victoria, for seven years from 2002-08.<br />

He was elected superior of his order in<br />

Australia in 2005 and president of the Federation<br />

of Conventuals in Asia-Oceania in 2006. In<br />

2008 he was called to Rome to serve as Assistant<br />

General of the Order responsible for the Asia-<br />

Oceania section of the worldwide order.<br />

On 20 May 2011, Pope Benedict XVI<br />

appointed Bishop Vincent as Auxiliary Bishop<br />

for the Archdiocese of Melbourne, assigning<br />

him the Episcopal see of Tala.<br />

Bishop Vincent’s Episcopal ordination took<br />

place at St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne, on<br />

23 <strong>June</strong> 2011 after which he was assigned the<br />

Current Australian <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Bishops Conference<br />

• Member of the Permanent<br />

Committee<br />

• Member of the Bishops<br />

Commission for Pastoral<br />

Life<br />

• Member of the Bishops<br />

Commission for Justice,<br />

Ecology & Development<br />

• Bishops Delegate for<br />

Migrants<br />

• Chairman of the Australian<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Social Justice<br />

Council<br />

Background/Education<br />

• Born on 3 December 1961<br />

in Gia-Kiem, South<br />

Vietnam;<br />

• Joined minor seminary<br />

in 1972 at Long-Khanh,<br />

Diocese of Xuan-Loc;<br />

• Escaped from communism<br />

as a boat-person on 11<br />

August 1980;<br />

• Arrived in Australia on 2<br />

December 1981;<br />

• Joined the Order of Friars<br />

Minor Conventual in 1983;<br />

• Studied for the priesthood<br />

Western Region of the Archdiocese.<br />

Bishop Vincent was appointed the Chair of the<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Education Commission of Victoria on<br />

16 March 2012. He was appointed the Episcopal<br />

Vicar for Social Services in the Archdiocese of<br />

Melbourne on 28 January 2015.<br />

Bishop Vincent has his mother, a brother and<br />

a sister in Melbourne, three brothers in Holland<br />

and one sister in Vietnam.<br />

in Melbourne 1984;<br />

• Made solemn profession as<br />

a Conventual Franciscan on<br />

14 January 1989;<br />

• Conferred with Bachelor<br />

of Theology at Yarra<br />

Theological College, Box<br />

Hill in 1988;<br />

• Studied for two years in<br />

Rome, 1992-1994; and<br />

• Awarded a licentiate in<br />

Christology and Spirituality<br />

from Pontifical Faculty<br />

of St Bonaventure, Rome<br />

(‘Seraphicum’), in 1994.<br />

Vincent Long OFM Conv with Most Rev Marco Tasca<br />

OFM Conv, Minister General in 2011.<br />

Conventual<br />

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IN 1209, St Francis of Assisi received<br />

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St Francis wanted his followers to<br />

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After St Francis’ death, his movement<br />

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so many opinions on how to live<br />

his form of Gospel life that, over<br />

time, his charism could not be contained<br />

in one community. In 1517,<br />

the Order divided into autonomous<br />

branches, each professing a valid<br />

perspective of their observance of<br />

his rule.<br />

The Conventual followers of St<br />

Francis chose to minister in the<br />

heart of the cities rather than in<br />

more remote hermitages. They<br />

chose to band together in large<br />

houses (conventus, in Latin), living<br />

a life steeped in prayer, study, and<br />

work.<br />

From these friaries, the Conventual<br />

friars charted the stars with Galileo,<br />

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CATHOLIC EDUCATION www.parra.catholic.edu.au @<strong>Catholic</strong>EdParra <strong>Catholic</strong>EdParra<br />

Funding a worldclass<br />

education<br />

system<br />

EDUCATION funding is<br />

shaping up to be one of<br />

the key playgrounds for the<br />

major parties in the leadup<br />

to the <strong>2016</strong> Federal<br />

Election. Both the Coalition<br />

and Labor parties have<br />

committed to increasing<br />

federal funding for schools.<br />

Labor has committed to an<br />

increase of $4.5 billion from<br />

2018-19; the Coalition has<br />

committed to an additional<br />

$1.2 billion from 2018-20.<br />

Adequate funding based<br />

on the needs of students<br />

should be a given. Funding<br />

shouldn’t be the political<br />

football it has become. It<br />

is time for a bipartisan and<br />

long-term approach to<br />

education. Schools require<br />

certainty of funding not just<br />

for the next two or three<br />

years, but well into the next<br />

decade.<br />

We need to stop arguing about how much funding and<br />

start talking about where the money should be best<br />

spent to improve student learning outcomes in this<br />

country.<br />

Federal policy should see education as a continual<br />

journey. Every child in Australia deserves access to an<br />

affordable quality education that shouldn’t begin in<br />

Kindergarten and end in Year 12. When we talk about<br />

education it has to include preschool as well as postschool<br />

education.<br />

At the moment, we divide education into four separate<br />

parts: early learning, primary, high school and higher<br />

education rather than seeing it as a whole educational<br />

journey.<br />

It is time we have a coordinated approach linking early<br />

learning to school and beyond. We need a commitment<br />

from both sides of government to an education system<br />

that includes affordable and universal access to early<br />

education for all children, particularly for the most<br />

vulnerable children in our communities.<br />

We need to resource partnerships between schooling,<br />

industry and community to provide students with the<br />

support and skills to transition to work and further<br />

study.<br />

When we live in a nation as prosperous as ours, we<br />

cannot continue to view early learning and post-school<br />

opportunities as an optional extra in education. If we<br />

want Australia to be the ‘smart’ country, we have to fund<br />

a world-class education system.<br />

Greg Whitby<br />

Executive Director of Schools<br />

'It is time<br />

we have a<br />

coordinated<br />

approach linking<br />

early learning<br />

to school and<br />

beyond.'<br />

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know the funding facts<br />

Coalition<br />

• Committed to an additional $1.2 billion in<br />

school funding from 2018-20;<br />

• Funding distribution will be needs based<br />

(more funding for students with higher<br />

needs);<br />

• Funding will be linked to specific reforms,<br />

including:<br />

Literacy and numeracy assessment for<br />

Year 1 students and annual literacy and<br />

numeracy reports for parents;<br />

A minimum literacy and numeracy<br />

standard for Year 12 school leavers and<br />

within a decade all students to complete<br />

an English/Humanities subject and<br />

Maths or Science subject before getting<br />

an ATAR;<br />

Recruitment targets for STEM<br />

teachers; and<br />

Linking teacher remuneration<br />

to progression against the Australian<br />

Professional Standards for Teachers.<br />

• $118.2 million in funding for students<br />

with disability.<br />

Labor<br />

• Committed to an additional $4.5 billion<br />

over 2018-20 for schools;<br />

• Funding distribution will be needs based;<br />

• Labor policy will focus on:<br />

More individual attention for students,<br />

including more one-on-one teacher<br />

time and targeted literacy and<br />

numeracy programs;<br />

Better-trained teachers, including<br />

lifting teacher education entry<br />

standards and increasing the number of<br />

teachers with STEM qualifications; and<br />

More targeted resources and better<br />

equipped classrooms.<br />

• An additional $320 million for students<br />

with disability.<br />

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Preschool students design new outdoor<br />

learning space<br />

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of Schools, Greg<br />

Whitby, has announced the appointment<br />

of Greg Miller as the founding Principal of<br />

the Diocese of Parramatta’s next generation<br />

school, St Luke’s <strong>Catholic</strong> College, which<br />

will open in 2017 at Elara, Marsden Park.<br />

CATHOLIC EDUCATION<br />

Principal appointed for next generation school<br />

Above: The kids love climbing up the hill to slide back down.<br />

Right: Incorporating nature into play at Blacktown CELC.<br />

A NEW outdoor learning space was unveiled<br />

recently at the <strong>Catholic</strong> Early Learning Centre<br />

(CELC) at Blacktown South designed by some<br />

of their former preschoolers and with help<br />

from local community grants.<br />

The preschoolers who attended the CELC in<br />

2012 designed the space based on what they<br />

wanted to see and do in the space.<br />

CELC Director Donna Harding said the<br />

design concentrates heavily on exploration and<br />

discovery.<br />

“We wanted children to explore outdoor<br />

experiences from imaginative play,<br />

construction, art and other learning<br />

experiences, especially in a natural<br />

environment,” Donna said.<br />

“Their designs transformed a flat, grassed area<br />

with a shade sail into an outdoor learning space<br />

that sparks creativity and lets the imagination<br />

run wild.”<br />

The new area includes a dry rockbed that<br />

can turn into a river that flows into the new<br />

sandpit, a rock-climbing wall, a slide, a balance<br />

bike path with different surfaces, bridges<br />

that lead to hidden gardens and many other<br />

elements that incorporate learning in play,<br />

which is an integral feature of early learning.<br />

ABOUT CATHOLIC<br />

EARLY LEARNING CENTRES<br />

• There are four <strong>Catholic</strong> Early Learning<br />

Centres in the Diocese of Parramatta<br />

located in Blacktown, Emerton,<br />

Greystanes and Stanhope Gardens.<br />

• CELCs provide quality early learning<br />

for children aged three to five years.<br />

• With a higher staff-to-child ratio and<br />

a higher level of staff qualifications than<br />

the standard staffing requirements, each<br />

child is taught by qualified educators<br />

who tailor learning to meet a child’s<br />

specific skills, interests, abilities and<br />

learning needs.<br />

• CELCs value partnerships with<br />

families and seek active involvement<br />

in the learning journey, through<br />

shared decision-making and open<br />

communication.<br />

To find your nearest CELC, visit<br />

http://www.celc.catholic.edu.au/home<br />

“Greg is an innovative educator with a<br />

depth of experience and the ability to think<br />

outside the box,” Greg said. “St Luke’s brings<br />

together the best we know about how young<br />

people learn and how to teach them and<br />

we need a great leader who will build this<br />

learning community collaboratively as part<br />

of the mission of the Church in Marsden<br />

Park.”<br />

Greg said he was tremendously excited to<br />

be taking up the opportunity to be Principal<br />

of St Luke’s. “I am impressed with the<br />

Diocese of Parramatta’s vision to establish a<br />

next generation learning community that is<br />

innovative and ahead of its time,” Greg said.<br />

“I am looking forward to this opportunity<br />

and to working with a team dedicated to<br />

NEXT MONTH, nearly 300 pilgrims will<br />

represent the Diocese of Parramatta at<br />

WYD16 Krakow, Poland.<br />

Pilgrims will participate in one of two<br />

pilgrimages which will include a mission<br />

encounter in the Philippines or a pilgrimage<br />

in the steps of St John Paul II prior to<br />

attending World Youth Day.<br />

WYD Project Officer, Mark Tuffy, said there<br />

was much excitement and anticipation<br />

among the pilgrims. “The mission<br />

encounter program in the Philippines will<br />

be a rewarding experience for our pilgrims,<br />

allowing them an opportunity to put their<br />

faith into action,” Mark said.<br />

Fundraising activities to support the<br />

pilgrims and mission projects have been<br />

underway for many months. The Diocesan<br />

Car Raffle raised more than $450,000 and<br />

schools of the Diocese raised $50,000 on<br />

Greg Miller, the new Principal of St Luke's <strong>Catholic</strong> College,<br />

Marsden Park.<br />

take on new challenges and look to the<br />

future.”<br />

Greg was the Secondary Schools Consultant<br />

in the Diocese of Broken Bay and past<br />

Principal of Mater Dei <strong>Catholic</strong> College,<br />

Wagga Wagga. He has extensive teaching<br />

and school leadership experience.<br />

Ready, set … World Youth Day fast approaching<br />

Third stage of the building of the Sacred Heart Academy<br />

Learning Centre in Our Lady of Light Parish.<br />

Mission Day (gold & fold) activities to<br />

support the projects in the parishes of the<br />

Philippines.<br />

In addition, a WYD16 Gala Dinner was<br />

held in February with almost $100,000<br />

raised to build a learning centre in Our<br />

Lady of Light Parish, Loon, Bohol, which<br />

will be opened and blessed when the<br />

Parramatta pilgrims arrive next month.<br />

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

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS<br />

ENROLLING NOW<br />

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

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

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

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

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CATHOLIC EDUCATION www.parra.catholic.edu.au @<strong>Catholic</strong>EdParra <strong>Catholic</strong>EdParra<br />

Engaging Mathematics learning through Lesson Study<br />

Army tent mystery at<br />

Our Lady of the Lourdes<br />

Primary, Seven Hills<br />

The army tent was part of a whole school writing task at OLOL.<br />

The aim of the Lesson Study is to provide the best possible maths<br />

experience for students and staff.<br />

AS PART of the EM4 (English Mathematics Stage 4) program,<br />

secondary Mathematics teachers from across the Diocese are<br />

engaging in a version of the Japanese Lesson Study process.<br />

This is an opportunity for teachers to see how their colleagues<br />

are teaching Maths, evaluate the effectiveness of teaching<br />

strategies and gain some valuable tools for their own lesson<br />

planning.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Education’s EM4 academic partner, Emeritus Prof Peter<br />

Sullivan, said teachers must find other ways to engage students<br />

in Maths and this required a change in practice.<br />

“The best way for teachers to become familiar with new practice<br />

is to see it in action and to understand the approaches,” Peter<br />

said.<br />

By the end of <strong>2016</strong>, every Stage 4 Mathematics teacher will<br />

have had an experience of at least three to four observations of<br />

colleagues both in another school and in their own school.<br />

Students complete an open-ended Maths task.<br />

STUDENTS from Our Lady of Lourdes Primary, Seven Hills,<br />

arrived at school on 26 April to find something unusual. In the<br />

centre of their school oval was a large army tent containing a<br />

trunk, hat, blanket, lantern and biscuit tin.<br />

Throughout the week, classes from Kindergarten to Year 6 took<br />

turns to examine the scene and its many artefacts as part of a<br />

whole school writing exercise.<br />

English Literacy Coordinator Julianne Regan said the live<br />

stimulus helped to motivate and improve student writing<br />

outcomes with stories ranging from WWII recollections, to<br />

space exploration and even mythical creatures.<br />

“There have been some great oral discussions among the<br />

students inside the tent and throughout the week,” Julianne<br />

said. “We have also seen some breakthroughs with students,<br />

particularly boys, who have previously been reluctant writers.<br />

“Although setting up the tent might have required a little extra<br />

work, the outcomes for our students by encouraging their<br />

writing and fuelling their creativity and collaboration has made<br />

it more than worthwhile.”<br />

Blind newsreader inspires<br />

Our Lady of the Way students<br />

Moya McGuiness retires<br />

after 48 years with <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Education<br />

Rotary Club’s annual Mother’s<br />

Day awards<br />

Nastasia Campanella speaking with students Asha and Edward.<br />

ON 24 February this year, Triple J newsreader and former<br />

student of the Diocese of Parramatta Nastasia Campanella<br />

visited Our Lady of the Way (OLOW) Primary, Emu Plains, to<br />

share her experiences of being blind with the school community.<br />

Nas lost her eyesight when she was six months old when a rare<br />

abnormality caused the retinas to detach.<br />

Nas said it was with the help of her teachers that she developed a<br />

love of learning, in particular reading, and encouraged students<br />

to be just as determined in pursuing their goals.<br />

OLOW parent Patricia Smythe said Nas was a courageous and<br />

intelligent role model.<br />

“She took the time from her busy life to inspire the OLOW<br />

students and also to explain to everyone that ‘disability’ is just a<br />

word,” Patricia said. “Her story is truly inspirational and her visit<br />

has left a mark on many of us.”<br />

Principal Sue Veling said it was wonderful to see former students<br />

of the Diocese giving back to the school community.<br />

“We have been very fortunate that Nas has offered to become a<br />

lifelong mentor to the students at our school,” Sue said.<br />

Moya McGuiness with her husband, Richard, their grandchildren and<br />

daughters Suzette Lewis-Driver and Rebecca Borg.<br />

AFTER 48 years in <strong>Catholic</strong> Education, Principal of Sacred<br />

Heart Primary, Mt Druitt, Moya McGuiness has retired.<br />

Throughout her career, Moya has worked in a number of school<br />

communities throughout the Diocese including St Matthew’s<br />

Primary, Windsor; St John’s Primary, Riverstone; St John<br />

Vianney’s Primary, Doonside; St Monica’s Primary, Richmond,<br />

St Michael’s Primary, Baulkham Hills; and St Joseph’s Primary,<br />

Kingswood.<br />

Moya said she would particularly miss the school community at<br />

Sacred Heart, which she has led since 2003.<br />

“I feel very fortunate to have worked at Sacred Heart and will<br />

greatly miss the students, parents and teachers,” Moya said. “It<br />

was a hard decision to make but I look forward to watching the<br />

school to continue grow.”<br />

Member for Chifley, Ed Husic MP, also made special mention of<br />

Moya’s years of service in his address to Federal Parliament on<br />

16 March.<br />

The McGuiness family has made a significant contribution<br />

to <strong>Catholic</strong> Education, with more than 150 years combined<br />

teaching experience between Moya, her husband, Richard, and<br />

their two daughters.<br />

From left to right: Principal Tony Hughes; student Rebecca Kasemsri and<br />

her father; student Raphaella Perigo and her mother; Rotary Club of North<br />

Rocks President, Merv Tilden; student Lucas Sassen and his mother.<br />

ON 2 MAY, the Rotary Club at North Rocks held its annual<br />

Mother’s Day awards to celebrate local mums in the community.<br />

As part of the celebration, Year 5 students from Christ the King<br />

Primary, North Rocks, and North Rocks Public School were<br />

invited to participate in a writing competition entitled, My<br />

Mother, My Friend.<br />

A panel narrowed the submissions down to six students who<br />

were then invited, along with their families, to attend a special<br />

Rotary Club celebration at the Baulkham Hills Sports Club.<br />

Students Raphaella Perigo, Lucas Sassen and Rebecca Kasemsri<br />

were the winners from Christ the King Primary.<br />

Event organiser Monika Tracey said the annual Mother’s Day<br />

awards offered students an opportunity to engage in their<br />

writing skills while celebrating their mums.<br />

“Each child read their story or poem to their mum, who<br />

was then presented with flowers, chocolates and a bottle of<br />

champagne, while the child was presented with a certificate,”<br />

Monika said. “Dads and siblings joined us to make this an<br />

excellent night.”<br />

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www.ccss.org.au<br />

CCSSParramatta<br />

CATHOLICCARE SOCIAL SERVICES<br />

Celebrating NAIDOC Week <strong>2016</strong><br />

COURSES & EVENTS<br />

NAIDOC WEEK is a time to<br />

celebrate Aboriginal and Torres<br />

Strait Islander history, culture<br />

and achievements. To be held during<br />

the week of 3 - 10 July, NAIDOC Week<br />

provides an opportunity to recognise the<br />

contribution of Indigenous Australians to<br />

our country and our society. This year’s<br />

theme is, ‘Songlines: The living narrative<br />

of our nation’.<br />

The week is celebrated not only in<br />

Indigenous communities but also in<br />

increasing numbers of government<br />

agencies, community organisations,<br />

local councils, workplaces, schools and<br />

sporting groups.<br />

Aboriginal <strong>Catholic</strong> Services will<br />

celebrate NAIDOC Day by holding an<br />

event on Monday 4 July at Holy Family<br />

Parish, Emerton, from 10am-3pm.<br />

This free day out is a great way to start<br />

the school holidays with many activities<br />

for children, including a jumping castle,<br />

cup and saucer ride and a giant slide.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>Care<br />

Clothing Bins<br />

CATHOLICCARE Clothing Bins have<br />

been installed at locations across Western<br />

Sydney.<br />

Depositing your clean, wearable,<br />

unwanted clothes and linen helps to raise<br />

money to support our social services<br />

and programs including: Houses2Homes<br />

(homeless teenage mothers), RECOVER<br />

Wellbeing (mental health support),<br />

counselling and much more.<br />

Here are some of the locations where you<br />

will find our bins:<br />

Face painting, a BBQ lunch and<br />

entertainment by the Vintage 4 band will<br />

also be on offer. Community stalls and<br />

support from local emergency services<br />

and some surprise guests will make for a<br />

great day.<br />

Lisa Foster from Aboriginal <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Services said NAIDOC Week was a<br />

great way to bring the local community<br />

together. “This event, like others<br />

organised during NAIDOC Week, helps<br />

to foster a greater understanding and<br />

appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres<br />

Strait Islander cultures,” Lisa said.<br />

“We welcome everyone and encourage<br />

all Australians to participate in the<br />

• Mamre House and Farm, Mamre Rd,<br />

Orchard Hills<br />

• St Patrick’s Marist College, Kirby St,<br />

Dundas<br />

• St Anthony’s Primary, Targo Rd,<br />

Girraween<br />

• Holy Cross Primary, Meurants Ln,<br />

Glenwood<br />

• Delany College and Holy Trinity<br />

Primary, Grimwood St, Granville<br />

• Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary,<br />

Braeside St, Greystanes<br />

• St Oliver’s Primary, Wigram St, Harris<br />

Park<br />

• Our Lady of the Angels Primary,<br />

Wellgate Ave, Kellyville<br />

• Emmaus <strong>Catholic</strong> College, Bakers Ln,<br />

Kemps Creek<br />

• St Joseph’s Primary, Joseph St,<br />

Kingswood<br />

• Xavier College, Ninth Ave, Llandilo<br />

celebrations and activities that take place<br />

during this week.”<br />

Aboriginal <strong>Catholic</strong> Services is<br />

located at 252-254 Luxford Road (enter<br />

via Emert Parade), Emerton. The<br />

centre offers a range of free services,<br />

including counselling for children and<br />

adults, financial and problem gambling<br />

counselling, free tea, coffee and computer<br />

access. There are groups for arts, sewing,<br />

cooking, playgroup and tutoring.<br />

The centre also runs the HIPPY Home<br />

Interaction Program for parents with<br />

children aged four and five. Inquiries tel<br />

(02) 9628 0084, drop in to see us or find<br />

us on at facebook/ACSEmerton.<br />

• Holy Family Primary, Willowdene Ave,<br />

Luddenham<br />

• St Joseph’s Primary, Alex Ave,<br />

Schofields<br />

• Mary MacKillop Primary, Fragar Rd,<br />

Sth Penrith<br />

• Bede Polding College, Rifle Range Rd,<br />

Sth Windsor<br />

• Chisholm <strong>Catholic</strong> Primary, Colith<br />

Ave, Sth Windsor<br />

• Our Lady of the Rosary Primary,<br />

Saddington St, St Marys<br />

• St Mark’s <strong>Catholic</strong> College, Perfection<br />

Ave, Stanhope Gardens<br />

• Catherine McAuley and Parramatta<br />

Marist, Darcy Rd, Westmead<br />

• Sacred Heart Primary, Ralph St,<br />

Westmead<br />

• St Monica’s Primary, Daking St,<br />

North Parramatta<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 />

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 <strong>June</strong>, 9.30am-<br />

1.30pm, Boomerang Room, Rooty Hills RSL, 33 Railway St,<br />

Rooty Hill. Tel 0488 711 909 or Kerry.Calgiore@ccss.org.au<br />

All Saints of Africa Playgroup/Mums' Group – for mums<br />

with children who have not started primary school.<br />

Activities for children include craft, story time and singing.<br />

Social interaction, support and friendship for Mums.<br />

Thursdays (term time), 10am-noon, All Saints of Africa<br />

Centre, 63 Allawah St, Blacktown. Tel (02) 8822 2250.<br />

Younger Widowed Support Group ̶ Third Tuesday of<br />

each month, 7pm-9pm, Institute for Mission, 1-5 Marion<br />

St, Blacktown. Fee $5 per meeting. Tel (02) 8822 2222 or<br />

soloparentservices@ccss.org.au<br />

Post Separation Recovery Program ̶ open to anyone<br />

wanting to move forward from their marriage breakdown in<br />

a positive way. Seven sessions held over seven consecutive<br />

Wednesdays, 11 May to 22 <strong>June</strong>, 7.30pm-9.45pm, CCSS<br />

Centre, 38 Prince St, Blacktown. Fee $80. Bookings<br />

essential, tel (02) 8822 2222 or soloparentservices@ccss.<br />

org.au<br />

Seminar: Dealing with the Legal System ̶ Gain a greater<br />

understanding of how to deal effectively with the legal<br />

system. Speaker Richard Brading (Principal Solicitor, Wesley<br />

Legal Service ). Tuesday 7 <strong>June</strong>, 7.30pm-9.30pm, CCSS<br />

Centre, 38 Prince St, Blacktown. Cost $7. To register tel (02)<br />

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

Understanding Family Law – two-part seminar ̶ Session<br />

1 – Wed 22 July (Overview of Family Law Act with focus<br />

on Separation, Divorce and Children). Session 2 – Wed<br />

27 July (Overview of the Family Law Act with Focus on<br />

Property) presented by Beth Jarman (Accredited Family Law<br />

Specialist). From 7.30pm-9.30pm, Institute for Mission, 1-5<br />

Marion St, Blacktown. Cost $7/session. Bookings tel (02)<br />

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

Aboriginal <strong>Catholic</strong> Services ̶ Groups commencing<br />

in <strong>June</strong> include Problem Gambling Support Group,<br />

Tutoring Time – free Literacy Tutoring for K-6, Playgroup,<br />

RECOVER Wellbeing Groups including Sew4Wellbeing,<br />

Create4Wellbeing, Dance4Wellbeing, Habit<br />

Breaking4Wellbeing. 254 Luxford Rd, Emerton (in Holy<br />

Family Parish). Tel (02) 9628 0084.<br />

Keeping Kids in Mind ̶ supports parents and families after<br />

separation. Five sessions weekly, 6pm-8.30pm, CCSS<br />

Parramatta, 2A Villiers St, Parramatta. Fee $100 (includes<br />

handbook). Bookings essential, tel (02) 8822 2222.<br />

Rollercoasters for Kids ̶ support for children whose parents<br />

are or have separated. Mondays, 4pm-5.15pm, CCSS Centre,<br />

38 Prince St, Blacktown. Bookings essential, tel (02) 8822<br />

2222.<br />

Cool Kids ̶ support for families of children in Years 2-6<br />

who are experiencing high levels of anxiety. Thursdays,<br />

3.30pm-5.30pm, St Thomas Aquinas Primary School, 168<br />

Hawkesbury Rd, Springwood. Bookings essential, tel (02)<br />

4751 4956.<br />

Cool Little Kids ̶ support for families of preschool-aged<br />

children who are experiencing high levels of anxiety.<br />

Information session Tuesday 14 <strong>June</strong>, 7pm-9pm,<br />

Winmalee Community Preschool, 56 White Cross Rd,<br />

Winmalee. Bookings essential, tel (02) 4751 4956 or<br />

springwood@ccss.org.au<br />

Offices at Blacktown, Emerton, Parramatta, Penrith, Springwood, call (02) 8822 2222<br />

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CATHOLIC YOUTH <strong>Catholic</strong>YouthParra @cyp_parramatta @<strong>Catholic</strong>YouthParra<br />

LIFTED Live launches!<br />

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

THIS YEAR has seen the unveiling<br />

of LIFTED Live, a new brand of<br />

evangelisation events for <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Youth Parramatta. The nights are designed to<br />

provide young people with an opportunity to<br />

invite friends and family to a safe, welcoming,<br />

inspirational and spiritually charged event<br />

that brings hope, meaning and trust into their<br />

relationship with the Church and its mission.<br />

These nights have a big budget, a live<br />

diocesan band, usually a world-class speaker or<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> performer, and aim to showcase the<br />

local church in our Diocese.<br />

Our first LIFTED Live Night brought Fr Rob<br />

Galea and his band to Parramatta Riverside<br />

Theatre. A packed audience of more than 700<br />

young people were moved by his music and<br />

testimony.<br />

Our second LIFTED Live Night featured<br />

Steve Angrisano, an international <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

singer/songwriter/storyteller, at St Pauls<br />

College, Greystanes, for the Pentecost weekend.<br />

More than 300 young people enjoyed a<br />

night of praise, worship, drama, testimony and<br />

Eucharistic adoration in front of the Blessed<br />

Sacrament led by the Chair of the diocesan<br />

Youth Council, Fr Paul Roberts.<br />

The LIFTED Live House Band was unveiled<br />

and had all the participants on their feet for<br />

much of the night.<br />

Our third LIFTED Live Night took place<br />

on 17 May at Patrician Brothers' College,<br />

Blacktown, and featured Jason Evert from the<br />

US.<br />

Jason is a <strong>Catholic</strong> international speaker who,<br />

with his wife, travels the world inspiring young<br />

people to understand and value their dignity<br />

and worth.<br />

A record 800 young people filled the college<br />

hall to hear more on the five great loves of St<br />

John Paul II.<br />

The next gathering is our <strong>2016</strong> LIFTED<br />

Retreat for young adults aged 18-35. It will<br />

be held at the Benedict XVI Retreat Centre at<br />

Grose Vale from 1-3 July. RSVP to Events at<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Youth Parramatta.<br />

For more images from CYP events go to:<br />

https://www.flickr.com/photos/parracatholic/<br />

albums<br />

Supporting families in<br />

a time of need is what<br />

Allan from Allan Drew<br />

Funeral has done best for<br />

over 25 years.<br />

A night of praise, worship, drama, testimony with Steve<br />

Angrisano.<br />

PHOTO: ADRIAN MIDDELDORP<br />

WYD <strong>2016</strong><br />

POLAND UPDATE<br />

We are now into the final 40 days of<br />

our preparation for World Youth Day<br />

<strong>2016</strong> in Krakow.<br />

Our group has almost 300 pilgrims<br />

from the Diocese of Parramatta:<br />

• 96 young adults;<br />

• 88 Year 11 school students;<br />

• 83 young school teachers;<br />

• Nine chaplains; and<br />

• 15 senior leaders and<br />

support staff.<br />

Through the hard work and generosity<br />

of so many pilgrims and their<br />

supporters more than $600,000 has<br />

been raised to assist pilgrimage costs<br />

and the mission projects our pilgrims<br />

will undertake in the Philippines.<br />

On Sunday 3 July, the Diocese is<br />

invited to celebrate the departure<br />

of our group with a Commissioning<br />

Mass at 6pm in St Patrick’s Cathedral,<br />

Parramatta.<br />

Follow our pilgrims’ progress at<br />

www.parrawyd.org<br />

A record 800 young people gathered at Patrician Brothers’ College, Blacktown, to hear Jason Evert. <br />

<br />

PHOTO: ELIZABETH MCFARLANE.<br />

Our WYD16 pilgrims prepare for next month’s journey to the Philippines and Poland.<br />

Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy<br />

Penrose Park<br />

Fatima Day: Monday <strong>June</strong> 13<br />

Come and pray for the Salvation of souls!<br />

Exposition 10am, Holy Mass 11am, After Lunch; Procession and Devotions at<br />

Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.<br />

Principal Celebrant: Fr Gabriel Taylor OSPPE<br />

Prior of Penrose Park Monastery<br />

Divine Mercy Sunday: <strong>June</strong> 5<br />

11am - Solemn Mass followed by<br />

Devotions<br />

Fatima Family Sunday: <strong>June</strong> 19<br />

11am - Solemn Mass followed by<br />

Devotions<br />

Ph: 9680 1344<br />

allandrewfunerals.com.au<br />

Upcoming celebrations in our shrine<br />

Birthday of St John the Baptist: Friday <strong>June</strong> 24<br />

11am - Holy Mass followed by Devotions<br />

Pauline Fathers’ 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<br />

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NEWS & EVENTS<br />

JOHN PRIDMORE’S MISSION DATES IN SYDNEY<br />

1ST MISSION:<br />

4-10 <strong>June</strong>,<br />

Our Lady of<br />

the Rosary<br />

Parish,<br />

St Marys, at<br />

7.30pm.<br />

2ND MISSION:<br />

11-17 <strong>June</strong>,<br />

St Benedict’s<br />

Parish,<br />

Arcadia, at<br />

7pm.<br />

3RD MISSION:<br />

25 <strong>June</strong> - 1 July,<br />

St Gertrude’s<br />

Parish,<br />

Smithfield, at<br />

7pm.<br />

4TH MISSION:<br />

2-8 July,<br />

St Benedict’s<br />

Parish,<br />

Broadway, at<br />

7pm.<br />

The power of a<br />

GANGSTER’S TESTIMONY<br />

By Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

JOHN Pridmore was a London gangster,<br />

immersed in the violent criminal underworld<br />

and swept up in his desire for money, women<br />

and drugs.<br />

But the former mobster is now finding power<br />

in a new line of work, preaching the Gospel and<br />

sharing his testimony.<br />

Heading down under, John will be sharing his<br />

story at four different mission talks, and all ages<br />

are welcome.<br />

Six-feet tall with an intimidatingly broad<br />

stature, John is a force to be reckoned with.<br />

It was outside a nightclub in London’s West<br />

End where John’s life took a turn towards God.<br />

“I hit this guy with my knuckleduster, but<br />

when I hit him he fell straight back and smashed<br />

his head on the curb,” John said.<br />

“I could see blood everywhere and people<br />

around me started screaming, so I fled the scene<br />

and I remember being in my car thinking, ‘I<br />

could get 10 years in jail for this.’”<br />

John had almost killed a man.<br />

“I was destroying everything and everyone<br />

in my path. After nearly taking that man’s life,<br />

something incredible happened and my life<br />

began to change,” he said.<br />

“I fell to my knees and prayed for the first<br />

time and it felt incredible. I've taken every drug<br />

there is but the feeling I had that night was the<br />

best I have ever felt.”<br />

But there was still a long road for John to<br />

travel before he could stand in front of a crowd<br />

of people and tell them his transformative story.<br />

Having served time in prison, John was angry<br />

and found himself struggling with forgiveness.<br />

“One of the people who really hurt me when I<br />

was a kid was my step-mum. She was very cruel<br />

to me and even though I didn’t put it too much<br />

in my book, From Gangland to Promised Land,<br />

when I started praying for her, I’d say, ‘Lord bless<br />

her, but make sure she suffers.’<br />

“But after a few months, I stopped saying,<br />

‘Make sure she suffers.’ I just said, ‘Lord bless<br />

her.’”<br />

It was after going to Confession that John was<br />

able to unchain himself from the belief that he<br />

wasn’t good enough for God’s mercy.<br />

“I had experienced the biggest attribute of<br />

God’s heart, His mercy,” John said. “It was one<br />

thing to have God forgive me. It was another to<br />

forgive myself and those who have hurt me.<br />

“As I started praying for other people who<br />

had hurt me, I started being set free. And I think<br />

that’s what led me to be able to see myself as God<br />

sees me, without judgment or condemnation<br />

but with mercy and understanding.”<br />

Michael Axiak has known John since 2008 and<br />

in 2013, he spent 14 months working with him<br />

on his mission team, St Patrick’s Community, in<br />

Ireland, running parish missions.<br />

“When hearing John share his testimony for<br />

the first time people are generally astounded at<br />

the transformation that has taken place in his<br />

life,” Michael said.<br />

“People will be challenged to look at their<br />

own lives and search their own consciences.<br />

“John's story will touch the hearts of his<br />

listeners. Each and every time you hear it, you<br />

get something new out of it and you’re further<br />

drawn back into the loving heart of our Father."<br />

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SOCIAL JUSTICE<br />

With courage let us all<br />

combine in conversation<br />

By Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

Living Laudato Si’ -<br />

one year on<br />

ON 3 MAY, the NSW Association<br />

of Pastors, Pastoral<br />

Associates and Parish<br />

Workers (NAPPA) held the ‘For<br />

Mercy’s Sake!’ conference to continue<br />

the conversation with those who have<br />

come across the seas.<br />

Assisting in the coordination of<br />

the conference and heading the<br />

Asylum Seeker Refugee Network of<br />

the Diocese of Parramatta to respond<br />

to Pope Francis’ call on a local<br />

level, Sr Louise McKeogh FMA, the<br />

diocesan Social Justice Coordinator,<br />

is looking towards local parishes to<br />

take concrete actions to care for those<br />

seeking asylum in Western Sydney.<br />

“We are aiming to build and foster<br />

a coordinated response,” Sr Louise<br />

said. “The Asylum Seeker Refugee<br />

Network was developed to support<br />

and empower parishes and schools in<br />

responding proactively, and to raise<br />

awareness of the global issue of the<br />

displacement of peoples.”<br />

The network comprises Bishop<br />

Emeritus Kevin Manning and<br />

representatives from the diocesan<br />

Social Justice Office, <strong>Catholic</strong>Care<br />

Parramatta, <strong>Catholic</strong> Education<br />

Parramatta, Sisters of Mercy<br />

Parramatta, Jesuit Refugee Services,<br />

House of Welcome, St Vincent de<br />

Paul Society, Blue Mountains Refugee<br />

Support Group, Greystanes Social<br />

Justice Group, Blacktown Parish, and<br />

Kenthurst Parish.<br />

The theme for Refugee Week,<br />

‘With courage let us all combine’,<br />

taken from the second verse of our<br />

National Anthem, Advance Australia<br />

Fair, echoes Pope Francis’ call in this<br />

Jubilee Year of Mercy to unify with<br />

our brothers and sisters.<br />

In the lead-up to Refugee Week<br />

(19-25 <strong>June</strong>), which coincides with<br />

World Refugee Day (20 <strong>June</strong>), the<br />

conference was an opportunity for<br />

representatives from the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta to welcome the stranger<br />

and was a reminder of the power of<br />

conversation.<br />

Conversation sheds light on<br />

human issues. When conversation<br />

is facilitated in an intentional way<br />

and partnered with research into<br />

consequences and causes, with a faith<br />

lens as to the ideal situation for vision<br />

The Asylum Seeker Refugee Network aims to raise awareness of the global issue of the<br />

displacement of peoples. <br />

PHOTO: UNHCR.<br />

and direction, it develops smart and<br />

practical actions that remove notions<br />

of misty-eyed compassion.<br />

Conversation brings people<br />

together and aids the formation of<br />

support networks. It gives power back<br />

to those who have had it stripped<br />

away.<br />

But despite this support and<br />

regained power, there are risks in<br />

sharing a testimony, a paramount<br />

truth when a refugee or an asylum<br />

seeker explains the circumstances<br />

that brought them to Australia.<br />

The sharing of a story can expose<br />

a refugee or an asylum seeker to<br />

further vulnerability. But despite the<br />

risks, there were some who spoke at<br />

the conference to highlight the reality<br />

of those who come seeking safety and<br />

refuge, be it by boat or other means.<br />

Sr Margaret Sheppard RSM,<br />

who attended the conference and<br />

represents her congregation, the<br />

Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, on<br />

the diocesan network, said she was<br />

impressed with the translatable<br />

action that could be taken up by<br />

communities across the Diocese.<br />

“The energy, the storytelling, the<br />

activities and actions that could be<br />

taken up easily by every member of<br />

our communities, <strong>Catholic</strong>, interfaith<br />

and ecumenical, engaged so much<br />

that I am really wishing to tell the<br />

world,” she said.<br />

These actions were of primary<br />

concern to Bishop Kevin Manning,<br />

as he detailed the importance of not<br />

forgetting the action after hearing<br />

the stories, statistics and “the postresurrection<br />

statement that Jesus said<br />

after He had risen from the dead, that<br />

these are our brothers and sisters”.<br />

“We need to do much more than<br />

just have meetings and talk about it,”<br />

Bishop Kevin said.<br />

Keynote speaker at the conference,<br />

Fr Aloysious Mowe SJ, Director of<br />

Jesuit Refugee Service Australia,<br />

acknowledged this point and noted<br />

the conference had been structured<br />

for members to reflect on “the kind of<br />

response that we want, and can make,<br />

to the current refugee crisis, to the<br />

crisis of the asylum seekers who have<br />

already come here, and to the call of<br />

Pope Francis for us as Church to live<br />

mercy, to reveal to the world the face<br />

of God whose name is mercy”.<br />

For more information, watch the<br />

Asylum Seeker Refugee Network<br />

video at: https://www.youtube.com/<br />

user/ParramattaDiocese/videos<br />

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

ON 18 JUNE one year ago,<br />

Pope Francis released the<br />

encyclical Laudato Si':<br />

On Care for our Common Home.<br />

Reflecting on this anniversary we<br />

acknowledge the ways that Laudato<br />

Si' has inspired our families, parish<br />

and school communities over the<br />

past year, engaging minds, hearts<br />

and hands.<br />

Laudato Si' has called us to<br />

wholeness and holiness, calling for<br />

an integration of our actions for<br />

justice; to hear the cry of the earth<br />

and the cry of the poor.<br />

“A true ecological approach<br />

always becomes a social approach;<br />

it must integrate questions of justice<br />

in debates on the environment, so<br />

as to hear both the cry of the earth<br />

and the cry of the poor.” (LS 49)<br />

It is encouraging to reflect on the<br />

ways our Diocese has connected<br />

with Laudato Si'. There have been<br />

a number of parish book clubs and<br />

discussion groups and parishes<br />

have taken action in practical and<br />

concrete ways to care for our common<br />

home.<br />

Installing solar panels on church<br />

roofs helps to reduce our environmental<br />

footprint. Community<br />

gardens in our schools and parishes<br />

help to:<br />

• Increase a sense of community<br />

ownership and stewardship;<br />

• Foster the development of a<br />

community identity and spirit;<br />

• Bring people together from a<br />

wide variety of backgrounds (age,<br />

race, culture);<br />

• Build community leaders;<br />

• Offer produce and become a focal<br />

point for the wider community.<br />

We began our journey with Laudato<br />

Si' shortly after its release with<br />

a forum entitled, ‘Pope Francis has<br />

written you a letter’, held at Loyola<br />

Senior High School at Mt Druitt.<br />

Fr Gregory Jacobs SJ and Prof Neil<br />

Ormerod introduced us to Laudato<br />

Si'.<br />

We ended the day with many new<br />

thoughts and connections on caring<br />

for our common home and sure of<br />

the need to learn and act together.<br />

In the past year a small team<br />

from the Diocese participated in<br />

the <strong>Catholic</strong> Earthcare facilitator’s<br />

course, exploring our faith journey<br />

and empowering potential for<br />

integrating the spirit of Laudato Si’.<br />

A young participant described the<br />

program as transformative.<br />

Living Laudato Si’ has helped us<br />

to grow and share our faith. “We do<br />

not separate beauty, awe, wonder<br />

from God who is present in all<br />

things noble and beautiful. This is<br />

all part of the encounter with God.”<br />

(LS 234)<br />

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NEWS & EVENTS<br />

Jason Evert asks,<br />

"Why are you<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>?"<br />

An audience of more than 800 young people<br />

heard Jason Evert speak at Blacktown. <br />

<br />

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By Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

"My greatest influence is St John Paul II. He loved<br />

young people and he loved human love.”<br />

“ Why are you <strong>Catholic</strong>?”<br />

His question lingered, calling<br />

on the young people gathered at<br />

Patrician Brothers’ College, Blacktown, on 17<br />

May to reflect on their faith.<br />

“There’s ultimately only one reason,” Jason<br />

Evert explained. “Because it’s true. Because if<br />

it’s not true, then what are we doing? Life is too<br />

short to spend it believing in holy fairy tales.<br />

“It should be everything or it should be<br />

nothing. But it can’t just be something on the<br />

side."<br />

Over the past 15 years, Jason Evert has<br />

travelled to six continents to bring the message<br />

of chastity to more than one million people<br />

through Chastity Project.<br />

Founded by Jason and his wife, Crystalina,<br />

Chastity Project promotes the virtue of chastity<br />

so that individuals can see God, and be free to<br />

love. (Matt 5:8)<br />

Jason is the best-selling author of more than<br />

10 books, including Theology of the Body for<br />

Teens and Saint John Paul the Great.<br />

“My greatest influence is St John Paul II. He<br />

loved young people and he loved human love,”<br />

Jason explained.<br />

“He spent much of his priesthood and his life<br />

with young married couples, engaged couples<br />

and dating couples; their problems were his<br />

problems.<br />

“People who think celibates can’t know<br />

anything about human love need to pick up St<br />

John Paul II’s book, Love and Responsibility,<br />

where he shows what human love is supposed<br />

to look like. It’s the best book that I think I’ve<br />

ever read on love and it’s written by a celibate<br />

50-something-year-old man! It’s pure genius."<br />

Detailing the beauty and treasure of the<br />

faith, in his talk Jason revealed the power of<br />

the sacraments and the remarkable words and<br />

deeds of the saints.<br />

Jason and Crystalina lead an international<br />

alliance of young people that promotes chastity<br />

in more than 40 countries.<br />

“I met Crystalina at a chastity conference for<br />

leaders. She came out to visit me one day, many<br />

months after the conference, and I asked her to<br />

get on stage with me,” Jason said.<br />

“She shared her testimony in front of the high<br />

school students and she just knocked them dead.<br />

The kids came up to her afterwards, hugging her<br />

and crying, and I thought, ‘I think we make a<br />

pretty good team.’<br />

“We continued speaking as a dating couple<br />

and then I proposed to her during a high school<br />

assembly. I figured, ‘She can’t say no to me in<br />

front of 800 people!'"<br />

Together they continue to speak at high<br />

schools, colleges and universities around the<br />

world.<br />

“Please pray for our ministry and all the young<br />

people that we speak to,” Jason said.<br />

“That’s what makes it fruitful, not giving a<br />

motivational talk; it’s the grace that comes from<br />

people interceding for ministry that makes it<br />

fruitful."<br />

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OBITUARIES<br />

FATHER GEOFF Dickinson died<br />

on 22 April at Marian Nursing<br />

home in North Parramatta.<br />

The Mass of Christian Burial was<br />

celebrated on 5 May at St Nicholas of<br />

Myra Church in Penrith.<br />

Geoff Dickinson was born on 9<br />

July 1932 to Francis and Dorothy<br />

Dickinson at Haberfield in Sydney.<br />

He was educated by the Presentation<br />

Sisters at Domremy in Five Dock and<br />

the Christian Brothers at St Patrick’s<br />

in Strathfield.<br />

He studied for the priesthood at St<br />

Columba’s Seminary at Springwood<br />

in 1949 and at St Patrick’s Seminary at<br />

Manly from 1950-55.<br />

He was ordained by Cardinal Gilroy<br />

in St Mary’s Cathedral on 30 July<br />

1955.<br />

Fr Geoff ’s priestly appointments<br />

included parishes at Dulwich Hill,<br />

Lidcombe, Penrith, Parramatta,<br />

Bankstown, Campsie, Malabar,<br />

Blacktown, Mt Druitt, Penrith and<br />

Emu Plains.<br />

He was appointed Assistant Priest<br />

at Greystanes in 2003, and remained<br />

when he retired a few years later. From<br />

there he spent some years in Rosary<br />

Vale Rev Geoffrey<br />

Francis Dickinson<br />

9 July 1931 – 22 April <strong>2016</strong><br />

Village before ill health required his<br />

move to Marian Nursing Home.<br />

The funeral homily was given by<br />

the Diocesan Administrator, Very Rev<br />

Peter G Williams.<br />

Fr Geoff relished parish ministry<br />

and in 1984 was appointed Parish<br />

Priest of Penrith. “It is here in this<br />

"He saw himself<br />

principally as an<br />

enabler of the<br />

people."<br />

parish that Geoff flourished as both a<br />

priest and a man in ways that probably<br />

not even he could have anticipated,”<br />

Fr Peter said.<br />

“He saw himself principally as an<br />

enabler of the people. He desired<br />

that following the model set forth in<br />

the Dogmatic Constitution on the<br />

Church, Lumen Gentium, the lay<br />

men and women needed to assume<br />

responsibility for the Church and its<br />

mission as well as the clergy.<br />

“At his centre he was a man of great<br />

compassion, and was never afraid to<br />

walk with the families of this parish as<br />

they faced the troubles of life, illness,<br />

breakdown and bereavement.<br />

“He always seemed to be in<br />

possession of his ritual and oil stock.<br />

There are many people here today who<br />

can testify to his calming presence at<br />

their lowest point and the reassurance<br />

he could bring.<br />

“But he also enjoyed their good<br />

times, baptising their children,<br />

encouraging the young people and<br />

solemnising their weddings. He loved<br />

this parish and its people and was<br />

Penrith to the core.”<br />

Fr Geoff ’s friendship with Jesus<br />

was paramount. “In giving himself<br />

faithfully to the task of being a<br />

priest, Geoff remarkably fulfilled the<br />

challenge, and the Lord came and<br />

took him home to himself,” Fr Peter<br />

said.<br />

Fr Geoff is buried in Penrith<br />

General Cemetery at Kingswood.<br />

FATHER TERENCE James<br />

Hogan died on 21 April in<br />

Rosary Village at Yennora.<br />

A Requiem Mass was celebrated<br />

in the Extraordinary Form of the<br />

Roman Rite (1962 Missal) on 30<br />

April at Maternal Heart of Mary<br />

Chapel in Lewisham.<br />

Terry Hogan was born in 1931<br />

to James and Doris Hogan at<br />

Concord in Sydney.<br />

He was received into the<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Church and studied for<br />

the priesthood in New Norcia in<br />

Western Australia. On 18 July<br />

1964, he was ordained by Cardinal<br />

Gilroy in St Mary’s Cathedral for<br />

the Abbey Nullius of New Norcia.<br />

In 1970, he undertook teaching<br />

study at the <strong>Catholic</strong> College<br />

of Education at Castle Hill. He<br />

taught at Oakhill College Castle<br />

Hill, Patrician Brothers’ College<br />

Fairfield and St Patrick’s College<br />

Strathfield.<br />

In the 1990s, he was chaplain to<br />

the traditional Latin Mass group,<br />

celebrating Masses in Glenbrook,<br />

Lawson and Doonside.<br />

Fr Terry was incardinated into<br />

the Diocese of Parramatta on 28<br />

January 2004. He retired from<br />

active ministry in 2011.<br />

At his funeral, the eulogy was<br />

given by Fr Wim Hoekstra, Priest<br />

responsible for Priests in the<br />

Diocese of Parramatta.<br />

He remembered Fr Terry as<br />

a scholar and a very spiritual<br />

man who continually sought to<br />

improve his understanding of his<br />

faith and his God.<br />

Rev Fr Terence<br />

James Hogan<br />

22 <strong>June</strong> 1931 – 21 April <strong>2016</strong><br />

“His possessions showed his<br />

depth of scholarship, study, and<br />

great theological acumen. He was<br />

not afraid of disputing in all areas<br />

of theology, especially in areas<br />

relating to Vatican II,” Fr Wim<br />

said.<br />

He recalled Fr Terry’s devotion<br />

to the Latin Mass, now known<br />

as the Extraordinary Form. “In<br />

the 1980s and 90s, he was in a<br />

sense a ‘roving Chaplain’ to the<br />

traditional Latin Mass society,<br />

celebrating Masses, baptising<br />

and marrying anywhere he was<br />

needed,” Fr Wim said.<br />

Fr Terry’s love for music and<br />

musicals, especially Gilbert and<br />

Sullivan, was well known.<br />

“He was almost an impresario,<br />

writing, preparing and assisting<br />

in the presentation of plays and<br />

musicals,” Fr Wim said.<br />

“His musical abilities came<br />

to the fore when in <strong>June</strong> 2005,<br />

the ‘singing priests’, including Fr<br />

Arthur Cook, Fr John O’Neill, and<br />

Fr Terry, with Stephen Monaghan<br />

and Helen Parnod, performed a<br />

concert which was recorded, with<br />

the proceeds of the sales going to<br />

the Clergy Support Foundation.<br />

“Fr Terry was an exemplary<br />

priest, called to serve the flock<br />

who were in need of a shepherd,<br />

and who gave much of his time<br />

to meet those needs which the<br />

Lord had called him to do on<br />

that day in July 1964 when he was<br />

ordained to serve his God.”<br />

Fr Terry is buried in Castle<br />

Hill Cemetery.<br />

Fr Terry Hogan (centre) with Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, Parish Priest Fr John<br />

O’Neill (left) and parishioners of St John Vianney’s Parish, Doonside.<br />

Fr Geoff Dickinson was a man of great compassion.<br />

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Silver Jubilee for<br />

Tamil <strong>Catholic</strong>s<br />

The program included a re-enactment of the Parable of the Good Samaritan.<br />

THE SILVER JUBILEE<br />

Celebration of the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Association of Sydney<br />

Tamils (CAST) commenced with<br />

a Mass of Thanksgiving at Our<br />

Lady Queen of Peace Church<br />

in Greystanes on 5 March. A<br />

special guest at the festivities and<br />

principal celebrant for the Mass<br />

was Rt Rev Dr Joseph Ponniah,<br />

Bishop of Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.<br />

The Mass was concelebrated<br />

by Parramatta’s Bishop Emeritus<br />

Kevin Manning, Parish Priest Fr<br />

Paul Marshall, Tamil Chaplain<br />

for the Diocese Fr Robert<br />

William, former chaplain of the<br />

CAST Fr Vincent Savarimuthu,<br />

and Chaplain of the Sri Lankan<br />

community Fr Chaminda<br />

Wanigasena.<br />

The festivities continued in<br />

Camilleri Hall where guests<br />

were greeted with a welcoming<br />

ceremony, ‘aararthi’, in<br />

accordance with Tamil tradition.<br />

They were garlanded and taken<br />

in procession to the stage where<br />

a traditional oil lamp was lit by<br />

Bishop Ponniah and community<br />

elders.<br />

In his address, the CAST<br />

President, Jovan Titus, outlined<br />

the achievements of the<br />

association. “Twenty-five years<br />

ago, the CAST was founded<br />

with the aims of fostering<br />

spiritual growth and friendships,<br />

preserving and fostering our<br />

culture, and supporting our local<br />

community and our brethren in<br />

our homeland,” he said.<br />

“Over the years, we have<br />

realised those ambitions through<br />

our partnership with Caritas<br />

Australia and with the support<br />

of our past patrons, past and<br />

present chaplains, past presidents<br />

and our broader community.”<br />

Bishop Ponniah praised the<br />

CAST on the steadfastness of<br />

their faith, the living out of their<br />

Christian convictions and the<br />

assistance provided through<br />

funds raised for Caritas Australia<br />

programs.<br />

The Chaplain to the Tamil<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> community in the<br />

Diocese of Parramatta, Fr Robert<br />

William, said he was proud to be<br />

part of the association.<br />

The CEO of Caritas Australia,<br />

Paul O’Callaghan, thanked the<br />

CAST for its partnership with<br />

Caritas Australia and support<br />

for the Tamil community in Sri<br />

Lanka.<br />

The evening’s program<br />

included songs, dancing and a<br />

re-enactment of the Parable of<br />

the Good Samaritan.<br />

Bishop Ponniah presented<br />

all the past presidents of the<br />

CAST with trophies as tokens of<br />

appreciation for their years of<br />

service.<br />

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JUNE CALENDAR<br />

KEEPING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE SAFE SUMMIT<br />

We're all called to be superheroes for the young people entrusted to our care. Join us for the<br />

updated, new and latest, biennial Keeping our Young People Safe Summit. Protect yourself and<br />

protect our young people – that's real leadership! This is mandatory training for all who work<br />

with young people in our Diocese. From 9.30am-3.30pm at the Novotel Parramatta. No cost to<br />

attend – lunch provided. Details: James Camden, Director of <strong>Catholic</strong> Youth Parramatta, tel (02)<br />

8838 3428, JCamden@parra.catholic.org.au.<br />

MASS OF INSTALLATION OF BISHOP VINCENT LONG<br />

The Liturgical Reception and Solemn Mass of Installation of Most Rev Vincent Long Van Nguyen<br />

OFM Conv as the fourth Bishop of Parramatta will take place at 7.30pm in St Patrick’s Cathedral<br />

in Parramatta.<br />

GRACE & SILENCE RETREAT FOR YOUNG WOMEN<br />

Includes vocation discernment to marriage & family life, single life or consecrated life. Cost $30<br />

includes morning & afternoon tea, lunch and materials. Mount Schoenstatt, 230 Fairlight Rd,<br />

Mulgoa. Registrations: Sr M Julie Brcar ISSM, tel 0408 728 334, juliebrcar@gmail.com.<br />

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND<br />

Relationship enrichment for married couples at Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville. Book<br />

online at www.wwme.org.au or contact Bill and Ardell Sharpe tel (02) 4283 3435, wsharpe@<br />

bigpond.net.au<br />

SHRINE TIME – HOLY HOUR FOR YOUNG ADULTS<br />

From 6.30pm-7.30pm followed by a social gathering. The Shrine doors have been designated<br />

as Holy Doors of Mercy and Confession is available at every Shrine Time. Mount Schoenstatt,<br />

230 Fairlight Rd, Mulgoa.<br />

JULY CALENDAR<br />

HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS<br />

Everyone is welcome to join the Holy Hour for Vocations from 7pm-8pm for adoration, prayer,<br />

music and quiet time in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in St Patrick’s Cathedral. To find out more<br />

about priesthood contact Fr Warren Edwards, Director of Priestly Vocations: vocations@parra.<br />

catholic.org.au.<br />

JOIN THE CONVERSATION AT KENTHURST<br />

Join the diocesan Social Justice Office and our network of agencies empowering asylum seekers<br />

and refugees for a change in the conversation around asylum seekers and refugees. Starts<br />

7.30pm at St Madeleine’s Parish, 28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst. For more information contact<br />

Sr Louise McKeogh FMA, Social Justice Coordinator, lmckeogh@parra.catholic.org.au<br />

RACHEL'S VINEYARD HEALING RETREAT<br />

This weekend retreat in Sydney is designed to bring psychological and spiritual healing to<br />

anyone who has been affected by an abortion experience including women, men, couples and<br />

grandparents. Rachel's Vineyard Ministries Australia is supported by the Australian <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Bishops Conference. Confidential inquiries: tel or SMS 0400 092 555, info@rachelsvineyard.<br />

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LITURGICAL RECEPTION AND MASS OF INSTALLATION OF<br />

Most Reverend<br />

Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv<br />

AS THE FOURTH BISHOP OF PARRAMATTA<br />

St Patrick’s Cathedral<br />

Marist Place, Parramatta<br />

Thursday 16 <strong>June</strong><br />

Commencing 7.30pm<br />

Due to the large numbers expected, the Mass will be<br />

streamed via an outdoor screen in Prince Alfred Park across<br />

the road from the Cathedral. It is recommended you bring a chair.<br />

Watch the Live stream: parracatholic.org

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