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VOLUME 19, JULY 2016 | PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

A Bishop for all people

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv installed as fourth Bishop of Parramatta







page 6 page 19







Homily of Most Rev Vincent Long

Van Nguyen OFM Conv for the

Liturgical Reception and Solemn

Mass of Installation as the fourth

Bishop of Parramatta.


Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv








4, 7, 10-13,





Dear friends,

The clergy and Catholic people

of Parramatta have been waiting

for a long time and here I am, only five feet

and a half though. After 19 months without

a bishop, you have been given one in the

person of a Vietnamese Australian and a

former boat person. Perhaps, you can add my

appointment to the list of surprises that Pope

Francis has done.

I am very honoured and humbled by this

appointment and grateful for the opportunity

to serve the Church in Parramatta during this

time. As guided by my motto “go further into

the deep” (Lk 5:4), I have taken many leaps of

faith before, including the one that launched

me, literally, on to the Pacific Ocean.

Now, I am about to be cast into the deep

interior of Western Sydney, all the way to

the beautiful Blue Mountains and the fertile

plains of the Hawkesbury River. I cannot

help but feel daunted by what lies ahead.

Nevertheless, I make bold to move forward,

trusting in the sustaining power of God

and the support of many people and fellow

ministers of the Gospel.

There is an African adage that says, “you sit

on the old mat to weave the new one”. Already

one finds here a richly textured tapestry of a

young, vibrant and diverse Diocese. So I will

sit on an old mat that others have woven,

perhaps with a bit more comfort than I would

on this generous cathedra.

I am indebted to my predecessors and

others who, like the wise master builders Paul

talks about in the second reading, have laid

a solid foundation (1 Cor 10). I honour this

legacy and want to build on it.

Although I can only walk in my own shoes,

I would like to be like the steward who brings

out of his storeroom treasures both old and

new (Matt 13:52). It is together as bishop,

clergy and people that we will listen to what

the Spirit is saying to us in our context (Rev

2:28) and discern how to live and witness as

disciples of Christ.

To say that we are at a critical juncture is

probably an understatement. What we are

witnessing as the people of faith is the flood of

secularisation that has washed away much of

the Church we’ve known and loved. We have

been battered and bruised.

Hundreds of clergy, which included Archbishops and Bishops from across the country, celebrated

the Mass of Installation of Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv.


We’ve been reduced in numbers and status.

What is more, we have to admit with the

greatest humility that we have not lived up to

that fundamental ethos of justice, mercy and

care for those who have been hurt by our own

actions and inactions.

And so in the eyes of many, whatever aura

of respectability we’ve got left has evaporated

with the sexual abuse crisis. The Royal

Commission has been a lightning rod, an

uncomfortable spotlight, but hopefully a

catalyst for transformation.

I’d like to think of this critical juncture as

analogous to the biblical exile to which as a

former refugee I have a personal affinity. The

exile was about facing the death of the old and

giving birth to the new. The biggest lesson they

learned was seeking God’s justice for the poor

and the lowly. They learned to be a society in

which the care of the most marginalised was

Left: Youth participants from Catholic schools

in the Diocese of Parramatta came together to

form the Captivate Choir. Above: Bishop Vincent

embraces his mother during the Offertory.


to be the essential distinguishing feature.

As your new bishop, I’d like to think of my

role as that of the prophets who accompany

their people in the exile, point to them the

signs of the new Kairos and lead them in the

direction of the kingdom.

I am committed to the renewal of the

Church patterned on the paschal rhythm of

Christ: the Church that dies to worldly power,

privilege, clericalism and rises to humility,

simplicity, equality and servanthood; the

Church that might be smaller, poorer and

humbler but, hopefully, more of a light and a

sacrament of God’s love to the world.

The Scriptures we have heard tonight speak

of a radical vision of love, inclusion and

human flourishing. That vision is enshrined

in the prophecy of Isaiah. God’s people, he

proclaims, include foreigners who join









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1 JULY: Mass with St Pauls Catholic College on the occasion

of Foundation Day, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta

3 JULY: Mass for 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time with

Commissioning of World Youth Day Pilgrims, 6pm at St

Patrick’s Cathedral

15 JULY: Vespers of the Memorial of St Bonaventure with

Religious of the Diocese, 5.30pm at St Patrick’s Cathedral

20-22 JULY: Attend meeting of Australian Catholic Social

Justice Council – Justice, Ecology & Development

24 JULY: Solemn Mass for 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time,

11am at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta

27 JULY: Civic Reception with Parramatta City

31 JULY: Mass for 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 6pm at

Our Lady Queen of Peace, Greystanes, followed by WYD

2016 In-sync (local celebration of World Youth Day, Krakow).

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themselves to the Lord, serve Him and do

what pleases Him. “My house shall be called a

house of prayer for all peoples.” (Is 56:7)

This is no small matter to the Jewish exiles

who are suspicious of outsiders. It amounts to

a seismic shift in their understanding of who

God is and what it means to be His people: a

tribal deity of old gives way to a universal and

all-embracing God. We should ask ourselves

what it means to apply this expansive vision

of God to our social matrix and what it means

to be a house for all peoples.

Here in Sydney’s west, I am told, asylum

seekers and youth radicalisation are

politically charged issues. As a former boat

person, I have a certain kinship to those who

are alienated and marginalised.

As your bishop, I am committed to be a

bridge builder. We must foster pathways

across the political and religious divide to

build not only a rich and strong Australia but

also an inclusive and humane society and a

responsible world citizen.

Furthermore, Pope Francis urges us

to be a Church where everyone can feel

welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged

to live according to the Gospel. There can

be no future for the living Church without

there being space for those who have been

hurt, damaged or alienated, be they abuse

victims, survivors, divorcees, gays, lesbians or

disaffected members.

I am committed to make the Church

in Parramatta the house for all peoples, a

Church where there is less an experience of

exclusion but more an encounter of radical

love, inclusiveness and solidarity.

“Love one another as I have loved you.”

(Jn 13:34) These words of Jesus can be

fully understood not only in terms of His

relationship with the disciples but also in the

larger context of His engagement with the


There is that famous song, I want to know

what love is. The world wants us to show them

what Christian love is and we must admit at

times what they find does not always match

with the words, gestures and actions of Christ.

He shows love not only by His passion and

death on the cross. He also demonstrates

that love through His acceptance, embrace,

affirmation, compassion, forgiveness

and solidarity, especially towards those

stigmatised by others.

Above: Aunty Janice Kennedy welcomes all to



Top: Bishop Vincent receives formal recognition

from members of the Diocese. PHOTO: ALPHONSUS FOK

In doing so He has a habit of challenging

ingrained stereotyped attitudes, subverting

the tyranny of the majority, breaking social

taboos, pushing the boundaries of love and

redefining its meaning. It is His radical vision

of love, inclusion and human flourishing that

ought to guide our pastoral response.

‘I am committed

to make the

Church in

Parramatta the

house for all


We cannot regain our moral credibility

without first reclaiming that vision of the

humble, powerless, loving Servant-Leader,

and making it the cornerstone of all that we

do and all that we are as the Church.

Dear friends,

Today with you, the clergy and Catholic

people of Parramatta, I am launching out into

the deep.

With you, I am embarking on a new exodus,

walking as pilgrims together, accompanying

one another as companions on the journey.

“There is no greater love than to lay down

one’s life for his friends.” (Jn 15:13)

These words of Jesus challenge us to be

the Church that we should be and could

be: a house for all peoples, an oasis for the

weary and troubled, a field hospital for the

wounded, a refuge for the oppressed, a voice

for the voiceless and faceless.

It is also the invitation our Bishops

Conference made to our nation at

this time: to protect the vulnerable, poor and

weak, to treat asylum seekers with justice and

dignity, to respect life and to be good stewards

of creation.

With grateful heart, I ask for your prayer

and support as I walk with you in the new

exodus to the fullness of life and love.

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv

16 June 2016

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta

Above: Hundreds of people waited to

congratulate the new Bishop of Parramatta.


For more photos by Alphonsus Fok and

Giovanni Portelli go to



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Long wait is over for Parramatta

From left: Very Rev Wim Hoekstra EV, Msgr Ron McFarlane EV, Bishop Vincent Long,

Very Rev Peter Williams VG EV, Very Rev Chris de Souza VG EV, Very Rev Peter Blayney

JV and Rev Paul Roberts EV.

There was great rejoicing during the Mass of Installation of Bishop Vincent.


Mountains warmly welcomed

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv

as the fourth Bishop of Parramatta on the

evening of 16 June in St Patrick’s Cathedral,


In a traditional Catholic ceremony, Bishop

Vincent said he wanted to be a bridge

builder to all communities and reach out to

abuse victims, divorcees and the LGBTIQ

community in particular.

“There can be no future for the living

Church without there being space for those

who have been hurt, damaged or alienated, be

they abuse victims, survivors, divorcees, gays,

lesbians or disaffected members,” Bishop

Vincent said.

The Liturgical Reception and Mass of

Installation was attended by thousands of

faithful and visitors who overflowed from St

Patrick’s Cathedral into Prince Alfred Square


The Mass was concelebrated by the

Archbishop of Sydney, Most Rev Anthony

Fisher OP, the Pope’s representative in

Australia, the Apostolic Nuncio His

Excellency Most Rev Adolfo Tito Yllana,

archbishops and bishops of Australia, clergy

of the Diocese of Parramatta and visiting


In his homily, Bishop Vincent said he

was humbled by the appointment. “As your

Bishop, I am committed to being a bridge

builder,” he said.

“The Scriptures we have heard tonight

speak of a radical vision of love, inclusion and

human flourishing. We should ask ourselves


what it means to apply this expansive vision

of God to our social matrix and what it means

to be a house for all peoples.”

Echoing Pope Francis, Bishop Vincent said,

“We are urged to be a Church where everyone

can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and

encouraged to live according to the Gospel

… I am committed to making the Church

in Parramatta the house for all peoples, a

Church where there is less an experience of

exclusion but more an encounter of radical

love, inclusiveness and solidarity.”

At the gathering were family and friends of

Bishop Vincent, leaders and representatives

of other churches and faiths, and civic and

government representatives.

In the forecourt prior to entering St Patrick’s

Cathedral, Bishop Vincent was met by Aunty

Janice Kennedy who gave a Welcome to


Uplifting music for the Mass was led by

St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir conducted by

Bernard Kirkpatrick.

Reflecting the diversity of the Diocese, the

universal prayer was prayed in Malayalam,

Arabic, Cantonese, Spanish, Polish, Auslan

and English.

Following the Mass, Bishop Vincent greeted

the many hundreds of people outside in a

giant marquee, the Cathedral forecourt and

Prince Alfred Square.

Bishop Vincent welcomed everyone to

supper at the Novotel Parramatta where the

celebrations continued into the evening.

Coverage continues on Pages 10-13 in this





OFM Conv has confirmed the

following appointments in the

Diocese of Parramatta:

Very Rev Peter G Williams VG EV

Vicar General and Moderator of

the Curia, Episcopal Vicar for Social


For one year from 17 June 2016

Very Rev Christopher de Souza


Vicar General and Episcopal Vicar for

Education and Formation

For one year from 17 June 2016

Msgr Ron McFarlane EV PP

Chancellor and Episcopal Vicar for

Migrant Chaplaincies and Pastoral


For one year from 17 June 2016

Very Rev Wim Hoekstra EV PP

Episcopal Vicar for Priests

For one year from 17 June 2016

Very Rev John McSweeney EV PP

Episcopal Vicar for Deacons

For one year from 17 June 2016

Very Rev Paul Roberts EV

Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation and

Pastoral Planning

For one year from 17 June 2016

Very Rev Peter Blayney JV PP

Judicial Vicar

For one year from 17 June 2016

Sr Ailsa Mackinnon RSM

Vicar for Consecrated Life

For one year from 17 June 2016

Rev Alfonsus Nahak SVD

Assistant Priest

St Andrew the Apostle Parish


Effective 1 July 2016

Rev Mr Owen Rogers

Deacon Assisting

Corpus Christi Parish, Cranebrook

For a period of three years

Rev Mr George Bryan

Deacon Assisting

Mary, Queen of the Family Parish,


For a period of four year

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IT’S A MATTER of paying

it forward for Mandrid

Fernandez (19), the new

Youth Minister for St Matthew’s

Parish, Windsor, and the Parish

of Richmond.

Reflecting on his time in Youth

for Christ (YFC) International

since high school and his

home parish youth group at St

Andrew’s, Marayong, Mandrid

has come to recognise some of

the greatest influences in his faith

are those who took up the baton

to lead him in his faith formation.

“It started with Donnie Velasco,

who is now the Assistant Director

of the Institute for Mission,"

Mandrid explained. "He was a

leader at St Andrew’s Parish and

he was one of the first leaders

who inspired me to get more


“Initially, you go for your

friends and to have fun, but

then the youth group provides

you with opportunities to

deepen your faith and to build

relationships with those who

show they genuinely care about


“Through listening to talks

and developing my knowledge

of the faith, I began a journey of

self discovery and from that self

discovery, a discovery of faith.”

Mandrid grew up in a Catholic

family and attended Patrician

Brothers’ College, Blacktown,

but it wasn’t until Year 11 that

he consciously made an effort

to discern how his faith would

shape his future.

“I was studying subjects that

catered for a career in technology

and engineering, but as the year

went on, I began volunteering

as a Special Religious Education

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Mandrid’s paying it forward

By Elizabeth McFarlane

Youth Minister and WYD pilgrim Mandrid Fernandez. PHOTO: ELIZABETH MCFARLANE.

(SRE) teacher in the nearby public

school and then I was blessed to

go on pilgrimage to WYD in Rio,”

Mandrid explained.

“Through those experiences, I

discovered that I was being called

to a different vocation and I

developed a passion for living out

my faith in my daily life.”

Mandrid is a pilgrim to WYD

in Krakow this month. “WYD

opened my eyes to the broader

Catholic faith. I had been in a

parish youth group but it really

highlighted for me how big the

Church is and I learnt that there

were other paths I could take to

live out my faith,” he said.

His faith inspired him to pursue

a Bachelor of Theology and he is

now in his second year of study

at The University of Notre Dame

Australia in Sydney.

Complementing his studies,

Mandrid decided to apply for

the position of Youth Minister in

Windsor and Richmond parishes.

“I really want to share all of my

experiences and further develop

my own faith through walking

with the young people here,”

Mandrid said.

“I want to show them that the

faith is alive and beautiful because

the modern world is telling them

that religion is boring and that

our faith is weird, but that’s just

not the case.

“My vision for this youth

group is a tree that is strong and

flourishing with fruit. For the

moment, we’re planting the seeds

to grow that tree.”

Sr Rosie Drum MGL and James

Camden from CYP have been a

great support for Mandrid and

the other nine youth ministers

currently working within the

Diocese of Parramatta.

“They are here for all of us

and coordinate events for us to

come together to share ideas for

developing the youth formation

in the Diocese,” Mandrid said.

“Sr Rosie taught me that Youth

Ministry is about bringing the

youth back to the sacramental

life of the Church. My end goal

is to get people to know God first

because this isn’t just a job for

me. It’s more than that.

“The real reason I’m here is for

His greater glory.”


CYP summit focuses on safety

WYD pilgrims Jane Sio and Sebastian Duhau welcome Bishop Vincent at

his installation.


By James Camden, Director of Catholic Youth Parramatta

ALMOST 100 youth

and young adult

leaders from across the

Diocese gathered at the Novotel

Parramatta for the 2nd Keeping

our Young People Safe Summit

in June.

The Diocese of Parramatta

through the work of CYP and

the Office for Safeguarding

& Professional Standards are

national leaders in training

youth and adults in best practices

for keeping young people safe.

Youth Ministry Directors from

the dioceses of Broken Bay and

Wollongong attended with the


intention of implementing a

similar program for their young


The theme of the gathering

was: “We're all called to be

superheroes for the young

people entrusted to our care.”

The day dealt creatively with the

latest in professional advice for

paid staff and volunteers working

with anyone under the age of 18

and provided considerable time

for participants to workshop

and discuss scenarios that do,

or could take place, in their


After two years, final preparations are underway for more than 300 young

people from the Diocese of Parramatta to attend World Youth Day in Poland.

On 15 July, 210 pilgrims will depart for the Philippines, followed by another 90

heading direct to Poland, five days later. The pilgrimage in the footsteps of St

John Paul II will be led by Very Rev Chris de Souza VG EV and will include a visit

to the former concentration camp Auschwitz when our two groups meet up in

Krakow. Our pilgrims and their journey can be followed through daily updates

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Alison Ryan: It’s all about relationship

By Elizabeth McFarlane

ALISON RYAN is the Youth Minister

for Mary, Queen of the Family Parish,

Blacktown and a member of the

parish team.

With her background in youth and music

ministry, she is a firm example of how

ministry can bring faith to our future.

Holding a Bachelor of Theology from

ACU and a Cert IV in Theatre Performance

and Practices, she has organised national

and international youth festivals and has led

music ministry locally and abroad.

After more than 18 years’ experience in

youth ministry, both in the Antioch youth

movement and other parishes, Alison believes

all ministries are “about relationship”.

“I am driven in my understanding of

ministry by Matthew 28:19 when Jesus says to

His disciples, ‘Go and make disciples,’” Alison


“It’s not, go and be the best teachers you can

be. It is, you are disciples who make disciples.”

Alison also remarked on the importance

of removing categories that could limit our

perception of ministering to young people

through flawed connotations.

“We can’t keep siloing things. I’m going

to be subversive and say, ditch the ‘youth’

additive, let’s focus on ministry,” Alison said.

“It’s about a widespread and rich vision of

ministry for the whole parish that highlights

A gifted singer and musician, Alison Ryan wants to empower and engage young people in all areas of

parish life.


the many and varied gifts of parishioners

across generations and engages young people

in the life of the community.

“There’s a huge risk when people think

‘youth ministry’ is just about youth groups or

that it’s about ministering ‘to’ young people or

doing something ‘for’ young people.”

Rather, Alison provides her own definition

of ministry.

“Ministry is walking with people. That’s how

God responds to the needs of the world. God

dwelt among us. That is how we reflect God in

our lives – being with people,” she explained.

“In my opinion, there’s nothing worse than

a pizza night if that’s all youth ministry is in

your parish. It has to be more than that, right?

“What happens when they’re not youth

anymore? If you’ve told them that they’re only

part of the youth group, then what’s going to

keep them in the parish?

“The way that I was brought up in Antioch is

that it’s not about doing something ‘for’ young

people, it’s about empowering and engaging

young people in all parish life.”

Alison’s approach to ministry is refreshing,

as is her style. A nod towards her musical

background, Alison typically sports a T-shirt

hallowing a musical band of choice.

“I will never forget the first time I stepped

into a Year Six class at the age of 26. The

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students questioned me: ‘You’re from the

Church?’ From that day forward, it has always

been jeans and a T-shirt because they’re not

expecting someone young who loves their

faith,” she explained.

When faced with questions about how

sending young people to World Youth Day

will benefit parishes in the here and now,

Alison explained that the imperative to

receive cannot be the motivation for ministry.

“Ministry can’t be about a transaction. It

can’t be the expectation that if we invest in

you, you have to give us something back,” she


“What we’re doing in youth ministry isn’t

always going to show fruit here in this parish,

because the problem with young people is

that they don’t stay young! They move house.

They go and study somewhere else. They get


“But if we can do ministry really well, if we

can form disciples, then we’re contributing

to the future of the Church, no matter where

they are.”

Mary, Queen of the Family Parish holds a

Youth Mass every Sunday night at 5.30pm at

St Patrick’s Church, Blacktown. The OASIS

youth group also runs different events

throughout the month, including sports days

and prayer nights.

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'Together Today,

Towards Tomorrow'

By Rev Wim Hoekstra, Episcopal Vicar for Priests



deacons of the Diocese

of Parramatta gathered at

Magenta Shores Resort near The

Entrance on the evening of 23 May

to spend three days together in

fellowship, prayer and discussion

as we focused on the conference

theme, 'Together Today, Towards


Led by Br Graham Neist FMS as

facilitator, we began by reflecting on

the life of the Diocese since it was

established 30 years ago in 1986 and

the life of the clergy today.

A SWOT analysis (strengths,

weaknesses, opportunities and

threats) provided the basis for

ongoing discussions.

On Tuesday morning, we heard

powerful testimonies from Br Kevin

McDonnell CFC and Mrs Tessie Ida


Brother Kevin spoke about

how the Christian Brothers were

working to reclaim their identity

and mission as a religious order

following issues of child abuse.

Tessie shared her personal

experience as a migrant starting a

new life in Australia.

This provided a good background

to our discussion on the Royal

Commission into Institutional

Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

and its effects on our way of

ministering the Good News.

For the rest of the conference

we discussed areas of growth - as

clergy, as individuals, as a Diocese

– and recognised the two-way

challenge of living and growing in a

many-cultured context.

We acknowledged the cultural

diversity of our clergy, our people

and our society, and in the light

of all our discussion, agreed on

pathways of growth for supporting

clergy life and formation over the

next five years.

Broadly speaking, these pathways

were identified as:

• A Christ-centred spirituality for

identity and mission;

• A brotherly understanding;

• Spirit-inspired official processes of

vision and decision;

• Ongoing formation commitment

and provision;

• A genuinely intercultural

framework of operating and


• A core diocesan mission that is

Christ’s mission of being one with

the marginalised;

• A collaborative commitment to

the support and wellbeing of clergy,

for both personal and missionfocussed

goals; and

• A revision of skills, communications,

structures and ways of

leadership that enables clergy and

Church to be a prophetic voice in

our age.

The insights and priorities from

the conference will significantly

inform Bishop Vincent Long as he

initiates his vision and priorities.

We were pleased to have Bishop

Vincent with us on two days of

the conference and he, along with

our two bishops emeriti, Bishop

Bede Heather and Bishop Kevin

Manning, and the clergy present

celebrated a 30th anniversary Mass

on 25 May. The Mass was followed

by a celebratory dinner at which

Mons John Boyle proposed the

toast to the Diocese.

In Mk 6:31, Jesus tells His

Above: Clergy take part in the

installation of Bishop Vincent Long on


Left: From left: Fr Matthew Digges, Fr

Andrew Fornal OP & Fr Peter Confeggi

participate at the Clergy Conference.


disciples, “Come away and rest a

little while”, and I think this was the

impetus for us as clergy to come

together and be with each other

in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Thanks to our parishioners for

allowing us this time away, and to

the Diocese for supporting this


A word of thanks also to the

members of the Ongoing Formation

Committee who helped organise

the seminar and Br Graham for his

role as facilitator.

Gain fascinating insights into Pope Francis,

his vision and the influence of Vatican II

The Church in the World

Friday 29 July



The Nature of Change in the Catholic Church:

Ecclesiology, Vatican II and the Vision of Pope Francis

Saturday 30 July

Richard Lennan is an Australian priest, renowned speaker, author

and Professor of Systematic Theology, Boston College, USA.

You will be taken on a voyage of exploration through issues

such as Church mission, ministry, and ecumenism under the

care and guidance of Pope Francis.

Learn about the concept of the ‘Church in the World’, developed

when Vatican II stressed that the Church should ‘discern

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Generosity across generations in Merrylands

By Elizabeth McFarlane


Margaret Mary’s Parish, Merrylands,

on 17 November 1946 was the

beginning of a rich tapestry of community

driven service and support.

Terry Dickie, a parishioner since 1963, is

overwhelmed by the generosity shown by

generations of people who have become “the

backbone of the Church”.

“We have never had a problem getting

people to do things for this parish. Everybody

gets involved and it’s such a wonderful thing

to see,” Terry said.

“There are generations of faith-filled people

who have provided remarkable service and we

have a strong youth presence at Merrylands

through our youth group, Pauline S.W.A.T.

“The youth group is made up of dedicated

young people who are the leading light for

our fundraising initiatives, and the weekday

Masses are well patronised by those who,

in their retirement, continue to serve on

committees and through groups like St

Vincent de Paul.”

St Margaret Mary’s has had five parish

priests over its 70-year history. Portraits of

four of them are displayed on the left wall as

you enter the church.

The portraits of Fr Luigi Tosi, Fr John

Kerrisk, Fr Rod Bray and Fr Albert

Wasniowski hang on the wall as an

acknowledgement of the years they devoted

to the parish.

Today, the parish is guided by the Parish

Priest, Fr Janusz Pawlicha OSPPE, and

Assistant Priest Fr Peter James Strohmayer

OSPPE, who are continuing the pastoral

care of the Order of St Paul the First Hermit

(known as the Pauline Fathers).

“The Pauline Fathers are brilliant. You

couldn’t have wished for better priests. They

get up and go, and they are very friendly and

care about the community,” Terry said.

“When Fr Janusz came to Merrylands, he

decided to have a morning tea after every

10.30am Sunday Mass to gather people

together so they could get to know each other.

“They had a special morning tea earlier

this year to bless the new roof that was fully

funded by parishioners. It really showed how

appreciative Fr Janusz was for the donations.”

From the 1950s onwards, immigration

sped up the natural development that was

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Youth from Merrylands designed the mosaic above the altar in St Margaret

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occurring at St Margaret Mary’s and that has

directed the great multicultural community

present today.

The annual Food Festival is a celebration of

all the different nationalities that make up the

parish community, where different cultures

come together and share their traditional


“Masses here are mostly fully packed and

there is a good mix of people from different

backgrounds,” Terry explained.

Terry and his wife, Norma, have been

dedicated members of the parish community

for more than 50 years, and in that time, they

“have always felt welcomed and appreciated”.

Terry has been organising the counting

roster for more than 10 years and supports

the Finance Committee, while Norma is

involved in the St Vincent de Paul parish


“It was only natural to want to give back. It

just seemed like the thing to do,” Terry said.

When Terry and Norma arrived in

Merrylands they felt immediately embraced

by the parish.

“They adopted us without any qualms.

They just opened their doors to us,” Terry


Above: The portraits of Fr Luigi Tosi, Fr John Kerrisk, Fr Rod Bray and

Fr Albert Wasniowski hang on the wall as an acknowledgement of the

years they devoted to Merrylands Parish.

Below: St Margaret Mary’s Church at Merrylands.

“That meant a lot to us. They’re a friendly

mob and they took us under their wing. After

about 19 years of retirement, I still visit two

or three days a week and Norma visits almost

every day to help out.”

The Pauline Fathers have been, for more

than 630 years, renowned Custodians of the

Miraculous Icon of Our Lady of Jasna Góra

(the Black Madonna), Poland. On 23 June, Fr

Janusz celebrated the 32nd anniversary of his

ordination to the priesthood.

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By Elizabeth McFarlane

THE LIFE of a hermit, away from

technology and with limited access

to the outside world, is not a life most

people would choose. In some cases, however,

an order such as the Order of St Paul the First

Hermit, chooses you.

Fr Peter James Strohmayer OSPPE,

Provincial Administrator and Assistant Priest

at St Margaret Mary’s Parish in Merrylands,

initially studied at Macquarie University to be

a teacher.

“I thought my life was going to follow the

path of Religious Education Coordinator,

Assistant Principal, then Principal,” Fr Peter


Fr Peter grew up in a Catholic Polish/

Austrian family and despite straying from the

faith in his early high school years, the local

Antioch group came knocking when he was

in Year 11.

“I was in my dressing gown and the Antioch

group came to my house. My Mum didn’t give

me a choice, I had to go,” he recalled.

Fr Peter became heavily involved in the

Antioch youth movement, beginning in

Cabramatta and ending in Smithfield.

“A friend told me the Polish priests were

now at Smithfield and could do with my

assistance,” Fr Peter explained.

“It was after a Saturday evening Mass that

I met the then parish priest of Smithfield, Fr

Albert Wieslaw Wa'sniowski OSPPE. He told

me to come in for a coffee with the Pauline

Fathers, and I guess I’ve never left.”

But Fr Peter was still pursuing a career as a

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teacher and completed his four-year teaching


“I had gone for a job in Granville but I was

unsuccessful. I told Fr Albert that I hadn’t got

it and he said, ‘Thank God, my prayers have

been answered,’” Fr Peter said with a laugh.

“We were sitting in the church at Smithfield

and Fr Albert said I had to make a decision.

I was going to turn 30 and I had to choose

whether to stay and discern the priesthood or

to pursue teaching and marriage.

“I said I would give it a go but that I

couldn’t guarantee anything, and so I entered

the novitiate after World Youth Day 2008 in


Fr Peter had four days to pack and pen

his final reports as a contracted teacher. He

packed his life into a 20kg suitcase and set off

for Poland.

“I couldn’t even speak the language. I could

say basic things like ‘cup’, but I couldn’t put

sentences together,” Fr Peter explained.

“The word for soap and the word for honey

are similar in Polish. So I went to my Novice

Master and I asked him for honey so that I

could shower. Needless to say, he gave me a

very strange look.

“But it was a good group. We spent nearly

two months in Kraków and then we moved

to the Novitiate in Lesniow, which is the

Sanctuary of Our Lady Patroness of Families.

It was essentially a huge farm.”

Fr Peter had no access to electronic devices.

He was allowed to send one letter home

a month to his parents and one letter to a

Religious, and his parents could call him once

a month for 15 minutes.

“There was a lot of frustration. Before I

left, I had my own car and my own money.

I had certain freedoms, but in giving them

up, I gained a new level of freedom,” Fr Peter


“You gain so much in the brothers who

surround you. We’d start the day at 5am and

be in bed by 10pm. We had to grow and pick

tomatoes and vegetables, hew trees, shovel

coal and serve Mass.”

The pathway to Fr Peter’s vocation had

been paved.

“I had visited Europe in 2007 before the

novitiate and I now realise that was the start

of my vocation. After visiting Jasna Góra, I

was mesmerised by Our Lady’s gaze in the

Icon of the Black Madonna,” Fr Peter said.

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Order of Hermits. Even in

Poland, I would get in trouble for being too

loud. They knew where I was by my laugh.

But I suppose the Holy Spirit has a funny side.

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Refugees find open hearts and homes

By Elizabeth McFarlane

NANETTE and Brian D’Arcy have

been “welcoming the stranger” for

decades. The couple led a group that

has actively resettled 180 migrant families

since the 1970s as a part of the Refugee

Resettlement Program at St Bernadette’s

Parish, Castle Hill.

Cardinal Freeman had asked Catholics

to open their hearts and homes to the

Vietnamese refugees. Nanette had been

brought up housing the homeless through a

‘stranger room’ on the back veranda of her

childhood home and felt a natural disposition

to respond to the call.

“The Vietnamese refugees were very

grateful to anybody who would lend a hand

and they found it interesting that people

would help them, even though they were not

blood related,” Nanette said.

“But that’s been the history of Australia.

Even when I was a child, we had a big influx

of what we called ‘swaggies’ and they would

come to the back door looking for a meal. My

By John Ferguson, Executive Officer,

Australian Catholic Social Justice


THE MEMBERS and staff of the

Australian Catholic Social Justice

Council (ACSJC) were thrilled when

we heard the news that Bishop Vincent Long

had been appointed the Bishop of Parramatta.

Bishop Vincent has been Chairman of the

ACSJC since May 2015. His personal style

has been obvious from the outset: a gentle

presence, a deep sense of pastoral mission,

and a powerful eloquence.

The ACSJC is the national justice and peace

agency of the Catholic Church in Australia.

Our mandate is to ‘promote research,

education, advocacy and action on social

justice, peace and human rights, integrating

them deeply into the life of the whole Catholic

community in Australia, and providing a

credible Catholic voice on these matters in

Australian society’.

Nanette D’Arcy has been ‘welcoming the stranger’ for decades.

Dad had a set-up in Tenterfield where they

could bunk in and be warm, and my Mum

would always feed them.”

Along with the numerous families who

visited and lived in the D’Arcy household, a

As Bishop Vincent stepped into his role as

our Chairman, we were preparing to publish

and launch the Australian Bishops’ 2015–16

Social Justice Statement, titled For Those

Who’ve Come Across the Seas: Justice for

refugees and asylum seekers.

This justice issue is dear to his heart and

part of his own journey to Australia. At the

launch of the statement in September last

year, he showed himself as a powerful voice

for justice and mercy:

“I remember with pride the Australia that

rose to the challenge in the past with its

generous embrace of migrants and refugees.

It proved itself especially courageous during

the Indochinese exodus and accepted an

unprecedented number of Asian refugees.

Australia changed for the better as it always

has with each successive wave of new arrivals

“We honour the legacy of this great nation

not by excessive protectionism, isolation and

defence of our privilege at all costs. Rather,

we make it greater by our concern and care


young man called Vincent Long would “drop

by often for Vietnamese food, cooked by

the two Catholic Vietnamese families living


“Vincent was a rather studious, respectful

A powerful voice for justice and mercy

for asylum seekers in the spirit of compassion

and solidarity.”

The circumstances faced by refugees are

not the only issue on the ACSJC’s agenda.

Australia’s Bishops call us to speak out for

the most marginalised in our society –

particularly our Indigenous brothers and


The Bishops speak out against structures

and systems that keep people poor and

voiceless. They speak for those who are

exploited in the workplace – especially for

those in slavery or slave-like conditions; for

the elderly and vulnerable, including people

with disability; and for our brothers and

sisters overseas who deserve the support of

rich countries like ours.

On all these topics Bishop Vincent has

shown leadership, compassion and a concern

for the needs of ordinary people. The Council

and Secretariat of the ACSJC look forward to

working with Bishop Vincent to address these

issues and send our prayers and best wishes to

him and the rich and diverse diocese he leads.

and shy young man, who we also came to

realise had a great sense of humour,” Nanette


The D’Arcys continue to open their house

to those in need, providing the essentials for

life in a new land, and the company and warm

kindness that led to them being the proud

recipients of the Order of Australia Medal

(OAM) in 1992.

“The refugee boat-people have worked hard

and they give back to society in so many ways.

We now have lots of Vietnamese doctors,

lawyers, chemists and dentists, whose parents

worked long hours to give their children

educational advantages,” Nanette explained.

“Australia has gained so much, as has my

family, and now we have a Vietnamese Bishop

of Parramatta. Alleluia!”

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memories of the resettlement program, visit

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Introduction by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP embraces his friend and successor in Parramatta, Bishop Vincent.


IN HIS introduction to the Mass of

Installation of Bishop Vincent Long OFM

Conv, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP,

Archbishop of Sydney, said it was a night of

great rejoicing for all across the Diocese of


“It gives us much joy that Bishop Vincent’s

mother, Mrs van Quang Nguyen, is here,

along with his godmother, Mrs Thi-man

Truong, and four of his siblings with their

families,” he said.

“Many of the bishop’s friends are here

too, some having come from interstate or

overseas. There are also many members of the

Vietnamese Catholic community celebrating

the first Vietnamese-Australian bishop of a


“Bishop Vincent will quickly discover that

Western Sydney is a most energetic and

energising part of the Church in Australia

today. It is the most Catholic part of our

nation and where the Church is youngest,

most ethnically diverse and fastest growing.

“Parramatta is also the only Australian

diocese in which all those who have been

privileged to be Bishop are still alive; given

that His Lordship can expect to have at least

20 years ahead of him we may not all be here

to welcome the fifth Bishop of Parramatta!

“I have known Vincent since seminary

days and can assure the priests and people of

Parramatta that they are receiving a shepherd

after the heart of the Good Shepherd!

“The installation of a new bishop marks

the commencement of a new chapter in the

life of the local church. These times call for

bishops of faith and compassion, of courage

and mercy.

“Pope Francis has expressed confidence

that Bishop Vincent is the man for this job. As

Metropolitan Archbishop and as the bearer

of the most recent posterior to have occupied

this chair, it will be my privilege to seat the

new Bishop in it.”

Melbourne farewells Bishop Vincent Long

By Most Rev Denis Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne,

President, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

ON 1 JUNE, we farewelled a bishop, a

brother and a leader in the work of

the Gospel.

This farewell was particularly poignant

because after arriving in Australia in 1980 by

boat in challenging circumstances, redolent of

so many migrants who were fleeing violence

and terror, Bishop Vincent made his home in


Three years later he joined the Conventual

Franciscans and was ordained in 1989. His

priestly ministry in Melbourne included the

parish of Springvale and in May 2011 he was

made Auxiliary Bishop.

The last five years have been a remarkable

story. It demonstrates what so many Catholics

have to share so richly; we come from all over

the world, we are nurtured with the faith that

comes from the Apostles and we share the

hope that no darkness can blot out.

Bishop Vincent worked tirelessly, visiting

and encouraging and reaching out to those

who have lost faith, in the Western region

and throughout the Archdiocese. He had

a strong involvement in the social welfare

of the Church and as Chair of the Catholic

Education Commission of Victoria.

I offer my personal thanks to Bishop

Vincent for his understanding, loyalty and

friendship. I thank his mother and family for

their support and gift of him to the Church.

I thank the people of our parishes and the

Vietnamese community for their love and


I know Bishop Vincent as a man of honesty

and total integrity. This is a moment of

recognition of the gifts which Bishop Vincent

has carried so humbly and which he brings

with him to the tremendous task of leading

the youngest and biggest non-metropolitan

Diocese in the country and he will do so with

courage and devotion, always focussed on

Jesus Christ.

I know Melbourne will be richer because of

his presence and courage, poorer and a little

sadder because of his departure, yet filled

with hope for what God will achieve through

him in the Church.

Archbishop Hart with a young Fr Vincent Long. Photo: Catholic Communications, Melbourne.

Bishop Vincent we salute you as a successor

of the apostles and a brother bishop; we wish

you many years as the leader of Parramatta

and we thank you for your kindness, your

courage and your devoted leadership of our

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The installation and first Mass of



Above: Bishop Vincent

takes a moment to pray

in the Blessed

Sacrament Chapel.

Right: The Apostolic

Nuncio, Archbishop

Adolfo Tito Yllana reads

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Left: Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv signs the

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Above: At the conclusion of Mass, all

were invited to a reception with the

newly installed Bishop Vincent Long at

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Above/left: Bishop Vincent Long celebrates his first Mass as Bishop of Parramatta

at St Patrick's Cathedral on 17 June.



From Francis, Bishop,

Servant of the Servants of God

To Our Venerable Brother,

Vincent Long Van

Nguyen of the Order of

Friars Minor Conventual, until

now Titular Bishop of Thala,

and Auxiliary of the Archdiocese

of Melbourne, elected

Bishop of Parramatta: Greetings

and our Apostolic Blessing.

We place great hope in God,

who, "saved us ... in virtue of

his own mercy, by the washing

of regeneration and renewal

in the Holy Spirit, which

he poured out upon us richly

through Jesus Christ our saviour"

(Titus 3:5-6), and constantly

supported by divine


We have solicitude for all

Catholics throughout the

world, bearing constant witness

to the message of salvation,

that it may grow and

spread amongst peoples.

So now, we turn our attention

to the flock of Christ in

Parramatta, who after the

transfer of our Venerable

Brother Anthony Colin Fisher,

of the Order of Preachers, to

the Metropolitan See of Sydney,

is bereft of a Pastor.

Since, Venerable Brother,

you have exercised well the

Episcopal ministry and have

shown the necessary gifts and

qualities as well as the ability

of governance, We are confident

that you are able to assume

the office of bishop to

this diocesan community.

And so, having considered

the opinion of the Congregation

for Bishops, by our Apostolic

authority, We appoint you

as Bishop of Parramatta, with

all the rights and obligations

which accompany that office

according to Canon Law, and

release you from those which

bound you to your former Titular

See and former duty as

Auxiliary Bishop.

You will ensure that the Clergy

and People of your Diocese

become aware of this Apostolic

Letter; and we urge them

gently to always treasure you,

and show you all obedience,

due collaboration and love.

Finally, Venerable Brother,

We urge you fraternally, trusting

always in Jesus, with the

prayers of the Virgin Mary, the

Blessed Mother of God, and

of Saint Francis, to serve with

great zeal the flock entrusted

to you, especially your priests,

the families of your Diocese,

the poor and the weak, and

"by your moral stance you impart

goodness in the ears of

your people, and soften them

by the grace of your words". (St

Ambrose, Letters 36.5).

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Be Responsible online

MANY PARENTS are fearful

of their children becoming

active online. We’ve all heard

the horror stories in the

news. Yet many parents and

grandparents are actually

the first to develop an

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Keep safe online

By some estimates, the average parent posts about

1000 images of their child online before his or her fifth

birthday. It’s a much, much more public version of the

old-fashioned “brag-book”. In fact, most adults, me

included, use the internet frequently on a daily basis,

including the use of social media sites like Twitter and


Given the prevalence of the internet and social media,

rather than fear their involvement, it is crucial that we

teach our young people responsible online behaviour to

keep them safe.

As parents and educators, supporting children as they

develop their social skills is a major part of our role –

the use of “social” media is no different. Though the

social settings we grew up with have changed, our

duty to prepare younger generations to participate in a

respectful and responsible way has not.

If we fail in this duty, there’s a risk that young people

will view online spaces as morally neutral. As a result, we

become part of the problem and promote “anti-social”

content. Preparing our children and students to make

a positive contribution to society, including through

their activities online, is a must. This is what we mean by

“digital citizenship”.

Part of our responsibility as parents and educators is to

ensure that young people’s use of technology is ageappropriate.

This requires a high level of supervision

but, unfortunately, it cannot prevent children from being

exposed to anti-social material on the internet.

By taking an active role in monitoring and limiting

access, as needed, we can assist in preparing young

people for future independent and responsible online

use. This includes honest conversations about predatory

behaviour and confronting or inappropriate images.

To help parents and educators raise this issue with their

children and students we have created a resource called

Cyberwise, which encourages young people to Be Safe,

Be Respectful, Be Responsible online.

I am very proud of our students from St Mark’s Catholic

College, Stanhope Gardens, who recently created and

produced a short film as part of this resource. It is a

creative way to communicate a very important message.

I encourage you to watch this video with your children or

students and talk about the importance of cyber safety.

On 16 June we welcomed our new Bishop, Most Rev

Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv, and on behalf of

our staff and families I look forward to working with him

in our mission of Catholic education.

Greg Whitby

Executive Director of Schools


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Schools launch Cyberwise campaign

CONNECTIVITY has become an integral

part of everyday life and learning. As students

communicate, collaborate, create and learn with

online and digital tools, the need to educate

students about responsible online behaviours

has become more important than ever.

Launched on 15 June, Cyberwise is a learning

and teaching resource for students, teachers and

parents to encourage cybersafety in schools.

Available through Catholic Education’s Classm8

site, the Cyberwise web page provides a range of

resources, policies, teaching strategies and tips



• Be aware of how your child uses the internet and

explore it with them;

• Discuss with your child the importance of keeping

personal information private;

• Talk about cyberbullying and remind your child

online communication should be responsible and


• Advise your child not to respond to any negative


• Consider using inbuilt filters and controls on your

digital devices to manage your child’s access; and

• Keep your virus protection up to date.

For more information visit: www.esafety.gov.au or


to support young people in becoming discerning

and responsible users of technology and social


Designed in collaboration with teachers and

students, Cyberwise is underpinned by Catholic

values and key behaviours to be safe, be

respectful and be responsible.

The focus on these three areas encourages

students to be mindful of their online activity in

a way that puts relationships, human dignity and

personal reputations at the forefront.

Students from St Mark’s Catholic College,

Stanhope Gardens, took an active role in

contributing to the Cyberwise campaign by

producing a video that would provide a student

view of cybersafety issues and a starting point

for discussion within the classroom.

Year 10 St Mark’s student Jacob Aouchan said

the Cyberwise video was extremely relevant for


“It is really important that young people have

a greater awareness of the dangers and risks

associated with social media and are encouraged

to be proactive and seek help when needed,”

Jacob said.



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Prime Minister Turnbull

announces McCarthy as part

of P -Tech pilot program

Catholic school students

welcome Bishop Vincent Long,

fourth Bishop of Parramatta


Patrician Brothers’ College

benefits from dynamic new

learning spaces

McCarthy students with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Senator

Simon Birmingham, Fiona Scott MP, Greg Whitby and Principal

Patricia Baker.

THE PRIME MINISTER, Malcolm Turnbull, announced

that McCarthy Catholic College, Emu Plains, would be one

of 12 pilot schools involved in the $4.6 million expansion

of the Pathways in Technology Early College High School

program (P -Tech).

Mr Turnbull made the announcement at the college on 30

May. He was joined by the Minister for Education, Senator

Simon Birmingham, and the Member for Lindsay, Fiona


PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was announced as a key

partner of the program.

“We know that in order to succeed in the 21st Century

we need to ensure that Australia and Australians are

more innovative, more technologically sophisticated,” Mr

Turnbull said.

“Particularly because our young Australians are studying

STEM subjects and are becoming more familiar with

computer programming, and all of those skills that are the

digital literacy of the 21st Century.”

Mr Turnbull, Senator Birmingham, Ms Scott and Executive

Director of Schools Greg Whitby used the opportunity

to meet students and participate in a range of Science

Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

activities, including a speed racing track, the use of a 3D

printer and seeing coding and robotics in action.

Catholic students greet Bishop Vincent during the Liturgical

Reception on 16 June.


THERE was much excitement following the announcement

on 5 May that Pope Francis had appointed Most Rev

Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv as the fourth Bishop

of Parramatta.

Students and teachers expressed their delight at the

appointment, with many recalling Bishop Vincent from his

previous time in the Diocese, particularly at Our Lady of

the Rosary Parish, Kellyville, where he served as assistant

priest from 1995-98 and parish priest from 1998-2002.

Coordinator of Learning at St Joseph’s Primary, Schofields,

Trevor Atkins said he looked forward to working with the

Bishop again.

“I had the pleasure of knowing Bishop Vincent many years

ago when he was parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary

and I know how much he offered to Kellyville Parish and

that he will bring the same dedication to our Diocese,”

Trevor said.

Schools in the Diocese joined the welcome to Bishop

Vincent in a special video: https://youtu.be/Deqif5Nny_w

From left: Greg Whitby, Santo Passarello, School Captain Delahoya

Manu, Year 7 student Lucas Tabone, Very Rev Peter Williams, Vice

Captain Ethan Koong, Senator Concetta Fierravanti -Wells and Fr

Peter Confeggi.

PATRICIAN Brothers’ College, Blacktown, celebrated the

opening and blessing of its new learning spaces with a

liturgy on 10 June.

The $5.2 million learning spaces include the construction

of new general learning areas and Technical and Applied

Studies (TAS) facilities funded by the Australian

Government through the capital grants program and

through local contributions from the diocesan school

building levy and fundraising at the school.

Very Rev Peter Williams assisted by Fr Peter Confeggi

blessed the learning spaces, which were officially opened

by Senator Concetta Fierravanti -Wells, representing the

Australian Government, and Executive Director of Schools

Greg Whitby.

Darug Elder Aunty Edna Watson gave the Welcome to

Country. Special guests included the shadow minister

for Citizenship and Multiculturalism Michelle Rowland,

Member for Chifley Ed Husic, Member for Riverstone

Kevin Connelly, Br Paul O’Keeffe FSP and Br Peter Ryan

FSP, and Ian Baker from CEC NSW.

Principal Santo Passarello said the new buildings would

provide dynamic learning environments. “They allow for

greater flexibility which, in turn, fosters collaboration and

engagement,” he said. “Ultimately, this project has been

about building the lives of the young men in our care.”

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and the Bishop Manning Scholarship Fund have

been established for families in need of financial assistance.

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

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Countdown to WYD 2016

pilgrimage to Krakow

Caroline Chisholm art

exhibition at Penrith Regional

Gallery until 21 August

Financial responsibility is key

to the future say McCarthy

Trade Training students

WYD pilgrims from Sacred Heart Primary, Mt Druitt (from left):

Lynell Alimangohan, Jayme Quintano and Kate Whitton.

FINAL PREPARATIONS are underway as more than 300

pilgrims prepare to embark on our diocesan pilgrimage to

Poland for World Youth Day in Krakow.

For 100 students, 70 young teachers and a number of group

leaders, priests and chaplains, their pilgrimage will begin

with a Mission Encounter in the Philippines to support six

parish projects in the Diocese of Tagbilaran, Bohol, which was

devastated by an earthquake in 2013.

These pilgrims will each carry donations of goods for the

people of Tagbilaran and will be involved in preparing food for

children, teaching, mentoring, painting, gardening, and minor

repairs and maintenance.

At Marian Catholic College, Kenthurst, a group of Social Justice

students, teachers, parents and parishioners, led by teacher and

social justice leader Meg Thomas, have been busy preparing

their donations for the children in the Philippines through their

charity, Sew a Smile.

“Over the past two-and-a-half years we have sent many

hundreds of garments around the world and are thrilled to be

supporting the efforts of the WYD pilgrims,” Meg said.

The clothes will be hand delivered to children living in the most

affected areas of Bohol.

St Bernadette’s students

become ‘Radical Recyclers’

Wemor Koholo and student Madison D'Angelis at the Penrith

Regional Gallery.

IT IS not every day that student artwork is displayed alongside

the work of a renowned Australian artist, but for 13 students

from Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore Park, it became a


As part of a collaborative project between members of the

Western Sydney Liberian Lofa community, Mamre House and

Farm, and Visual Arts students from Caroline Chisholm College,

Years 10 and 11 students were tasked with producing an art

project that would tell the stories of the Lofa refugee community

through their work, which is on display at the Penrith Regional


Opened by Australia’s foremost war artist, George Gittoes, the

exhibition uses art, artefacts, photographs and audio to reveal

the life of Lofa refugees in Australia and to celebrate their


“We saw that the importance of community was so evident and

strong among the Lofa community as they worked together

to accomplish something great at Mamre Farm,” Year 11

student Tia Madden said. Mamre House and Farm is a work of

CatholicCare Social Services in the Diocese of Parramatta.

Caroline Chisholm’s Principal, Greg Elliott, said the project

produced real-world learning opportunities for students in

building relationships with the Penrith Regional Gallery and

Western Sydney Liberian Lofa community.

“There was a special bond that developed between the students

and the men and women from the Liberian community, which

has resulted in exceptional artworks and friendships,” Greg said.

Zwolowa: A Celebration of Lofa Culture and Community is on

display at the Penrith Regional Gallery until 21 August.

Ministers visit schools in

lead-up to Federal Election

Students eagerly engaged with the financial literacy presentation.

FOR YEAR 11 Trade Training students at McCarthy Catholic

College, Emu Plains, learning about budgeting, goal setting,

wages and small business ideas goes hand-in-hand with their

apprenticeships and future careers.

For Carpentry student Corey Said, developing an understanding

of financial responsibility is very relevant. “At the trade training

centre, most of us already have apprenticeships and we are

thinking about starting our own businesses,” he said.

The students had the opportunity to learn more about this area

through a number of financial literacy workshops held on 2 May

and led by the Commonwealth Bank Smart Start team.

The workshops aim to address the key skills and habits young

people need to help them understand how money works in

the world, and cover earning and making money, managing

finances, and identifying opportunities to invest or donate


St Francis of Assisi students

speak up for Timor-Leste

YEAR 5 students at St Francis

of Assisi Primary, Glendenning,

recently created a video message

for the Australian Government

regarding the maritime border

issue in Timor-Leste.

After learning about the issues

affecting the people of Timor-

Leste, Year 5 teacher Chris

Boyer said his students felt

compelled to take action and

identified the best way to spread

their message was through a

video via social media.

Year 5 student Caitlyn Dela

Cruz voices her views.

“Our teacher has demonstrated that if we see an issue in our

world we have a voice that needs to be heard,” Year 5 student

Brady Herod said.

Student Leaders Forum

Students at St Bernadette’s Primary on stage with the ‘Radical


ON 20 May, Stage 2 and 3 (Years 3-6) students from St

Bernadette’s Primary, Lalor Park, were treated to a special

performance from the Eaton Gorge Theatre Company as part of

their focus to raise awareness about environmental issues.

The production entitled Radical Recyclers is an educational

experience aimed at developing students’ understanding of how

recycling works, impacts of climate change, water conservation,

and reducing carbon footprints.

Year 6 student environmental leaders Chan Deng and Thomas

Ross said the performance resonated because everyone recycles

at home.

“It was really important for our school to see this performance,

especially for younger students to learn how to recycle properly

early on,” Thomas said.

“The Radical Recyclers showed us what we can and can’t recycle,

which is really important for us to know,” Chan added. “They

made the learning fun.”

Bede Polding student leaders with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

IN RECENT WEEKS, a number of schools have had visits from

Members of Parliament.

The Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, Julie Bishop, visited

Bede Polding College, Windsor South, with the Member for

Macquarie, Louise Markus, on 13 May. Ms Bishop met with

student leaders, senior students and staff before speaking about

her role as Minister for Foreign Affairs.

On 18 May, the Minister for Education, Senator Simon

Birmingham, visited Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore

Park, with the Member for Lindsay, Fiona Scott, to see the

progress students have made in Science Technology Engineering

and Mathematics (STEM).

The students used the opportunity to showcase their learning

in coding and robotics as they prepare to compete in a robotics

competition later this year.

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Student leaders meet with diocesan leaders to provide feedback

on their Catholic schooling.

STUDENT leaders representing systemic and congregational

secondary schools in the Diocese of Parramatta met with the

Diocesan Administrator Very Rev Peter Williams, Delegate of

the Diocesan Administrator Rev Chris de Souza, and Executive

Director of Schools Greg Whitby on 27 May.

The meeting was an opportunity for the students to provide

valuable feedback on spirituality and their Catholic schooling.




CatholicCare Parramatta and the NDIS


What is the NDIS?

THE NATIONAL Disability Insurance

Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing

individualised support for people with disability,

their families and carers.

The NDIS replaces the existing state system

with an approach based on an entitlement to

support people with a disability. The NDIS is

being implemented by the National Disability

Insurance Agency (NDIA).

The NDIS aims to help people who have a

disability in economic and social participation

within the community, lifetime support,

and empowering them with choice and control.

The NDIS will support approximately

460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with

significant and permanent disability and their

families and carers to make their own decisions

and live the lives they want to.

Under the NDIS, funding is assigned directly

to the person with the disability instead

of being allocated to service providers. This

means there is great control over where funds

are spent, and it provides the ability to ‘shop

around’ to find the right provider to meet specific

needs and wants.

The NDIS is guided by the following


• People with disability have the same right

as other members of the community to realise

their potential;

• People with disability, their families and

carers should have certainty they will receive

the care and support they need;

• People with disability should be supported

to exercise choice in the pursuit of their

goals and the planning and delivery of their

supports; and

• The role of families and carers in the lives

of people with disability is to be acknowledged

and respected.

Who is eligible for funding?

To access assistance from the NDIS you must:

• Need supports from a person or equipment

to do everyday activities for themselves

because of an impairment or condition that is

likely to be permanent or lifelong;

• Be aged less than 65 when you first access

the scheme;

• Be an Australian citizen, live in Australia

and hold a permanent visa or hold a Protected

Special Category Visa; or

• Need support now to reduce support

needs in the future (early intervention).

CreateAbility participants Mark and Kylie with Melissa Caldwell, Disability Services



Completion of the My Access Checker on

the NDIS website will assist in determining

whether you are eligible: www.ndis.gov.au

What type of supports are


The NDIS funds ‘reasonable and necessary

supports’ that help a participant to reach their

goals, objectives and aspirations and to undertake

activities to enable the participant’s

social and economic participation.

Funded supports must:

• Assist the participant to pursue goals, objectives

and aspirations;

• Assist the participant’s social and economic


• Represent value for money;

• Be, or likely be, effective and beneficial for

the participant;

• Take into account what is reasonable to

expect families, carers, informal networks and

the community to provide; and

• Be appropriate for the NDIS to fund or


The NDIS will not fund supports:

• Not related to the participant’s disability;

• Related to day-to-day living costs; and

• Likely to cause harm to the participant or


Some supports include:

• Daily personal activities;

• Transport to enable participation in community,

social, economic and daily life activities;

• Workplace help to allow a participant to

successfully get or keep employment in the

open or supported labour market;

• Therapeutic supports including behaviour


• Help with household tasks to allow the

participant to maintain their home environment;


• Help to a participant by skilled personnel

in aids or equipment assessment, set up and


CatholicCare Social Services

CatholicCare Social Services Diocese of Parramatta

is a registered NDIS service provider,

supporting people with disability to enable

them to have the best chance to access mainstream

opportunities and to participate fully

in the community.

CatholicCare provides support for employers

at Mamre House and Farm as well as day

support through its CreateAbility programs.

CatholicCare can also provide supports such

as living skills and other therapeutic supports.

For further information about the supports

that CatholicCare can provide please contact

Melissa Caldwell – Disability Services Manager:

tel (02) 9002 3197 or send an email to


Responsible Gambling Support Group ̶ is free and on

every Saturday, 9.30am-11am, CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St,

Blacktown. Tel (02) 8822 2222.

Suicide Bereavement Support – A day to honour and

remember those loved ones who have taken their lives.

Saturday 16 July, 10am-4pm, St Joseph’s Centre, 64

MacKillop Drive, Baulkham Hills. Registrations essential.

For further information or to register, tel (02) 8822 2222,


All Saints of Africa Playgroup/Mums’ Group – Thursdays

during term time, 10am-noon, All Saints of Africa Centre, 63

Allawah St, Blacktown. For mums with children who have

not started primary school. Activities for children include

craft, story time and singing plus social interaction, support

and friendship for Mums. Tel (02) 8822 2250.

Younger Widowed Support Group – Third Tuesday of

each month, 7pm-9pm, Institute for Mission, 1-5 Marion

St, Blacktown. Fee $5 per meeting. Tel (02) 8822 2222,


Stepping Beyond – Support for those separated or divorced

on the last Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm-9.30pm, CCSS

Centre, 38 Prince St, Blacktown. Fee: $5 per meeting. Tel

(02) 8822 2222, soloparentservices@ccss.org.au

Understanding Family Law – two part seminar.

Session 1 on Wednesday 20 July (Overview of Family Law

Act with focus on Separation, Divorce and Children). Session

2 on Wednesday 27 July, (Overview of the Family Law Act

with Focus on Property). From 7.30pm-9.30pm, Institute

for Mission, 1-5 Marion St, Blacktown. Presented by Beth

Jarman – Accredited Family Law Specialist. Cost $7 per

session. For further information or bookings, tel (02) 8822

2222, soloparentservices@ccss.org.au

Aboriginal Catholic Services – Groups include Problem

Gambling Support Group, Tutoring Time – free

Literacy Tutoring for Kindergarten – Yr 6, Playgroup,

RECOVER Wellbeing Groups including Sew4Wellbeing,

Create4Wellbeing, Dance4Wellbeing, HabitBreaking4

Wellbeing. All groups at 254 Luxford Rd, Emerton (in Holy

Family Parish). For further information tel (02) 9628 0084.



Faith in



‘the Beauty & Joy of Marriage’


‘the Pope Francis apostolic exhortation

The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia)’


St Paul the Apostle Parish, 40 Buckleys Rd, Winston Hills.

Commencing at 7.30pm and concluding with a light supper.

Register attendance by emailing

marriage@ccss.org.au or phone Lyn (02) 8822 2222




When life presents challenging personal, family or unexpected

events, the experienced and qualified counsellors at Catholic

Care’s Family Relationship Services are there to provide support,

counselling and education to individuals, couples, parents and

their children. Groups coming up include:


For separated parents.

Springwood – Thursdays

from 28 July to 25 August;

Blacktown – Mondays from

8 August to 5 September.


For Parents on nurturing positive

relationships with children.

Blacktown – Tuesdays from 26

July to 30 August.

For further information on any of the groups, please contact

CCSS tel (02) 8822 2222.

NAIDOC Day Celebrations – Come celebrate our culture

together and join in the fun. Monday 4 July, 10am-3pm, Holy

Family Parish, 252-254 Luxford Rd, Emerton (enter via Emert

Parade). For further information tel (02) 9628 0084.

Houses to Homes provides transition housing and support

for pregnant girls and young mothers aged 25 years and

under. More information is available at www.ccss.org.au

Mamre Garden Services – Disability enterprise, mowing,

weeding, general gardening. Tel (02) 9670 5321.

Cool Kids ̶ The Cool Kids Program has been running at

Macquarie University since 1993. CatholicCare is trained

to deliver this program, which can be of support to families

when children are experiencing high levels of anxiety.

Further information, tel (02) 8822 2222.

Offices at Blacktown, Emerton, Parramatta, Penrith, Springwood, call (02) 8822 2222


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The Church is a social and faith driven hub

By Adrian Middeldorp and

Elizabeth McFarlane

IN 1966, Cardinal Gilroy consecrated Our

Lady of Czestochowa, Queen of Poland

Catholic Church in Marayong.

The six roof peaks of the Church represent

the six million Polish people who were killed in

World War II.

In the past 50 years, the Church through the

Society of Christ (SChr), an order devoted to the

care of Polish migrants, has provided pastoral

care through a connection with strong faith

and devotional traditions through the Polish


Half a century later, Polish Community

Rector, Rev Henryk Zasiura SChr sees the

community as a bridge between the ageing

first and second generation of migrants, and

the later generations who now speak English as

their primary language and who are generally

involved in their local English-speaking


The Marayong church is the centre of Polish

pastoral care, not only for the local community,

but the entire Sydney metropolitan area. The

chaplaincy plays a significant role in Polish

devotional and national celebrations that often


Very Rev Przemyslaw S Karasiuk SChr (Fr

Sylvester), the Provincial of the Society of

Christ, believes the Church is a social and faith

driven hub for special celebrations.

“For the meaningful dates in the Polish

religious calendar or national calendar, they

come here (Marayong). Special gatherings

include Corpus Christi and Christ the King –

the patronal feast of our Congregation. On 3

May is the Feast of Our Lady Queen of Poland

and Polish Constitution Day,” Fr Sylvester said.

Celebrating traditional devotions is an

extremely important part of the work of the

Chaplaincy and the Polish language is the

uniting factor to their work.

They participate in the Litany of Loreto in

May, devotionals to the Sacred Heart in June,

October is the month of the Rosary and they say

prayers for the deceased in November.

“Polish religious tradition is tied to the

devotions. In May, for example, Polish people

gather by road crossings where there are small

chapels and they pray a litany such as a litany to

the Sacred Heart in June,” Fr Sylvester said.

Polish celebrations include traditional dancing

and styles of clothing that differ depending

on regions of Poland, and include colourful

celebrations with costumes, flowers and food.

This year is a significant year for the Polish

Rev Henryk Zasiura SChr and Przemyslaw S Karasiuk SChr (Fr Sylvester).

community, not only in Sydney for the 50th

anniversary of the church, but worldwide as it

marks 1050 years of Christianity in Poland.

In 966, Prince Mieszko I, ruler of the Polans,

converted from paganism to Christianity.

Since the establishment of the first Archdiocese

in the year 1000, to 1978 when Karol Wojtyła (St

John Paul II) was elected the first non-Italian

pope in 455 years and who played an influential

role in the downfall of communism in the

country, the Polish story of Christianity has

been one of both struggle and triumph.

Its culture and Christianity are indispensable,

as recognised by the preamble in the Polish


“Beholden to our ancestors for their labors,

their struggle for independence achieved at great

sacrifice, for our culture rooted in the Christian

heritage of the Nation and in universal human


Polish celebrations will culminate at the end

of this month with a Papal visit to Poland, as

Pope Francis visits Czestochowa and World

Youth Day in Krakow.

On 20 November, the Polish community will

welcome Most Rev Wacław Depo, Archbishop

of Czestochowa, who will lead the 50-year

celebrations in Marayong.


The interior of the beautiful Our Lady of Czestochowa,

Queen of Poland Catholic Church in Marayong


Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy

Penrose Park

Fatima Day: Wednesday 13 July

A day of prayer with our Bishop Peter Ingham!

Exposition 10am, Holy Mass 11am, After Lunch; Procession and Devotions at

Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes

Principal Celebrant: Most Rev Peter Ingham

Bishop of Wollongong

Divine Mercy Sunday: 3 July

11am - Solemn Mass followed by

Devotions including Chaplet of

Divine Mercy

Fatima Family Sunday: 17 July

11am - Holy Mass with Renewal

of Wedding Vows, followed by


Upcoming celebrations in our shrine

Our Lady of Mt Carmel: Saturday 16 July

11am - Holy Mass followed by Exposition and Benediction

Pauline Fathers’ Monastery

Address: 120 Hanging Rock Road, Berrima, NSW, 2577 Phone: 02 4878 9192

Email: paulinefathers@yahoo.com.au

Website: www.penrosepark.com.au

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70 years of marriage and still smiling

By Ben Smith,

Director of the Family & Life Office

IN POPE FRANCIS’ recent apostolic

exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, he used the

image of wine to reflect the way love matures

in marriage over time. He identified that older

married couples “now taste the sweetness of the

wine of love, well-aged and stored deep within

their hearts.” (Amoris Laetitia, No. 231)

This reality is exemplified by a couple from

Leonay who have been married for many

years. Victor and Ilona Holmick, my wife’s

grandparents, celebrated their 70th wedding

anniversary on 8 June.

They have been parishioners of Our Lady of

the Way Parish at Emu Plains since their arrival

in the area in 1981. I asked the happy couple a

few questions about their life together:

When, where and how did you meet?

They met in Budapest, Hungary, in September

1945. Their lives intersected in the office of a

mutual friend who had employed Ilona after

World War II and had lent Victor a spare garage

to start a business. They began courting at the

end of 1945 and became engaged in February

1946. They were married on 8 June 1946.

Did you have a lavish wedding?

Victor and Ilona had a simple wedding with a

small circle of family and friends in attendance

as Hungary was going through a major

economic downturn. Each guest contributed a

dish and some drinks for the reception.

Ilona and Victor Holmick celebrated 70 years of married life last month.

Did you have an eventful start to your


They began their married life in a single-room

apartment next to Ilona’s parents’ house.

But with the changes being made by the new

Communist Government there was little hope

of opportunity, and personal liberties were

being progressively curtailed.

They decided to escape Hungary and find a

new life.

In December 1948, they executed a midnight

run with the help of people smugglers to escape

into Austria with some of their extended family

(there were eight of them in total).

They spent a few months in a refugee camp

in Salzburg where they were given a choice

between immigrating to South America or

Australia. They opted for the latter and boarded

a boat to Australia in June 1949.

What was it like settling into Australia in


When they arrived in Australia they were sent

to stay in an old army barracks at Bonegilla near

Albury. They shared a bedroom with a number

of families, separated by blankets for privacy.

They also shared the toilet facilities and ate in

a refectory.

Despite these circumstances, Victor and Ilona

were happy to make a new start in a free country.

After an attempt at working on the northern

Queensland canefields, the search for milder

weather and the availability of jobs drew them

to Sydney. For a while they lived in a tent on a

block of land in Sutherland before building a

makeshift three-room shed.

How did you build a foundation for your

family in Australia?

They stumbled on an opportunity to buy

a knitting machine and do some contract

manufacturing. After a while they decided to

try and win some other clients and eventually

secured David Jones as their first major client.

The family knitting business really took off

when they moved to Tamworth to build a

factory and they secured a lucrative contract to

make military jumpers.

The business moved to South Penrith in the

early 1980s and is now run by members of the

Holmick family with a manufacturing plant in

Sri Lanka operated by one of their grandchildren.

What is your legacy?

Through all their challenges in getting settled

into Australia their family has grown to

include five children, 12 grandchildren and 21


What have you learnt about marriage?

Family needs to pull together when the chips are


Husbands and wives will not always agree. But

love conquers all things in the end if you give it

a chance.

To contact the diocesan Family & Life Office,

send an email to famlife@parra.catholic.org.au

Catholic Hospital Chaplaincy

Coordinator/Pastoral Carer

This is a full-time position.

This role exists to meet the sacramental, pastoral, spiritual and social needs

of Catholic patients, families and staff within the hospital and the pastoral

administration of the Chaplaincy Department at Mt Druitt Hospital.

The successful applicant will be a practising Catholic who is multifaith-abled,

pastorally ministering to patients and staff of many faiths and none. Employed

by the Diocese of Parramatta, you will work under the direction of the Episcopal

Vicar for Chaplaincies.

Applications close Friday 8 July 2016.

Catholic Pastoral Carer

Emu Plains Women’s Correctional Centre

This is a full-time position.

Prison Pastoral Carers are appointed to serve the needs and best interests of the

inmates and staff. The role exists to meet the sacramental, pastoral, spiritual and

social needs of all inmates and staff and for those of all religions and none. Emu

Plains Correctional Centre is a minimum security institution for women on Old

Bathurst Road, Emu Plains.

Diocesan Development Fund

Catholic Diocese of Parramatta

Supporting the

growing needs of the

institutions and agencies within

the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta


Employed by the Diocese of Parramatta you will work under the direction of

the Episcopal Vicar for Chaplaincies and in accordance with relevant diocesan

policies and protocols and policies of the Department of Corrective Services.

Applications close Friday 8 July 2016.

For further details about these positions please visit



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Deposits with the DDF are guaranteed by CDPF Limited, a company established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference for this purpose.

We welcome your investment with the DDF rather than with a profit oriented commercial organisation as a conscious commitment by you to support the Charitable,

Religious and Educational works of the Catholic Church.

Neither the DDF nor the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Diocese of Parramatta are prudentially supervised by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority;

contributions to the DDF do not obtain the benefit of the depositor protection provisions of the Banking Act 1959; the DDF is designed for investors who wish to promote

the charitable purposes of the DDF.


CatholicOutlook | JULY 2016 19


Way of Mercy


By Richard McMahon, Director of

Pastoral Planning & Implementation

MOMENTUM is building for the Way

of Mercy, involving the journey of the

Cross and Relics around our Diocese

from August through to November. We are

grateful to everyone who has already engaged

in this diocesan initiative via your prayers, ideas,

questions and other feedback.

There has been a fantastic response from our

Catholic systemic schools. Each school is willing

to host the Cross and Relics, and our Catholic

schools are committed to engaging in the

Regional Parish Celebrations.

Interest has been expressed by those in the

fields of university, healthcare, youth and care of

the environment. An itinerary is being finalised

and will be released soon.

We will be in touch to provide support and

assistance as we journey together in our Year of

Mercy through the love of our God.

Frequently asked questions can be

viewed at: http://www.mercyhasaface.org.


Mid-term review for Diocesan Pastoral Plan

We are nearing the halfway point for our

Diocesan Pastoral Plan, Faith in Our Future. It

is an opportunity to pause, give thanks to God

for what has been achieved, and to consider the

way forward.

The Pastoral Planning Office will be in

contact with all agencies, services, parishes and

chaplaincies over the coming weeks to seek

feedback on progress to date, and input into

what is needed going forward as we seek to

grow our faith and share our faith in Jesus Christ.

Should you have any questions or comments

regarding this upcoming review, please contact

our office: pastoralplanning@parra.catholic.org.


Thank you for your own work in bringing to life

the vision and goals of Faith in Our Future.

Journey of

the Cross

and Relics


MERCY CROSS provided

by the Parish of Richmond

and Relics of St Mary of the

Cross MacKillop and Blessed Teresa

of Calcutta will journey around our

Diocese from August through to


Mercy Cross

In 1990, the Redemptorists came to

Richmond Parish to give a mission

where they engaged the interest and

imagination of parishioners. The focal

point of the mission was a large cross,

built by the late Paul Krupner, which

was central to the prayers of the faithful.

On Good Friday each year it is carried

into St Monica’s Church at the time of

adoration of the cross. This action has

touched the lives of many over the years

and has brought a realism to what Jesus

did for us.

The parish is delighted to share

this precious symbol of faith with the


Message from Mother Teresa

Fr Paul Roberts EV has provided the

relics of Blessed Mother Teresa. The

message was hand written by her in

January 1986.

Fr Paul was visiting India that year,

before he was a priest, and met Mother

Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity

at the home for the dying in Kolkata.

He asked if she would write a message

for his students at Gilroy Catholic

College, Castle Hill, where he was a


After she wrote the message, Mother

Teresa smiled and chuckled, surprisingly

asking: "Paul, would you also like my

business card?’" She hurried from the

room and returned with the small card,

now faded. The card reads:

The Fruit of Silence is Prayer

The Fruit of Prayer is Faith

The Fruit of Faith is Love

The Fruit of Love is Service


Once Blessed Mother Teresa is

canonised on 4 September, this written

piece and card will classify as secondclass


St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

Following her canonisation in 2010, the

Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart

provided the Diocese with a relic that is

a strand of Mary MacKillop’s hair.

Mary is our diocesan patron and the

Diocese has a special connection to

Australia’s only recognised saint. Blue

Mountains woman Veronica Hopson


St Patrick’s Cathedral has provided the relic of St Mary MacKillop. PHOTO: ELIZABETH MCFARLANE.

Above: Fr Paul Roberts has provided the

relics of Mother Teresa. Left: Richmond

Parish has provided the Mercy Cross.

developed acute myeloblastic leukaemia

in the early 1960s.

Her complete recovery, without

scientific explanation and through

prayers to Mary MacKillop, was the

miracle accepted by the Vatican in 1993

which led to Mary’s beatification in


Mary worked in the community,

reaching out to the poor to raise them

up through the service of education.

Upper Blue Mountains Parish is

named for St Mary of the Cross.

Eighteen diocesan schools have close

links to Mary MacKillop.


Our retired Priests have always been a part of

your FAMILY,

in your celebrations, unions,

happiness & sadness


In their retirement,

they can still remain a part of your



Please support our sick and

retired Priests through the Clergy

Support Foundation.

Donations are welcome at any

time – amounts of $2 or more are

tax deductible.

If you are preparing or changing

a Will you may consider

bequeathing a donation to the


For more information please call

(02) 9639 0598 or donate online

at www.parra.catholic.org.au

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Priests as learners and receivers

By Rev Paul Roberts,

Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation

and Pastoral Planning

In the video, the seven priests who give a brief

testimony about the mercy theme do so as learners

and receivers; as people who have learned and

continue to learn of God’s mercy.

‘We are called to show mercy

because mercy has first been

shown to us’

THESE ARE the words of Pope Francis

in his specially written background

document that introduced us to the

Jubilee Year of Mercy. The document is entitled

Misericordiwae Vultus, or in English, The Face of

Mercy. It can be downloaded in full and contains

some very helpful perspectives.

If we were in Rome during this year, we would

see that a key way that a Jubilee Year is marked

is to have Jubilees for various groups throughout

the year. These provide a special focus on each

such group according to the theme of the Holy

Year; in this case, God’s gift and call of mercy.

As one of the many expressions in the Diocese

of Parramatta during the Year of Mercy, the

Institute for Mission has produced a small

video, just several minutes long, picking up on

Rome’s idea of the jubilee for particular groups.

The video is being made available through

websites, YouTube, disc and usb. It has a focus

on priests, but perhaps not quite in the way that

some might first expect.

The Greek word from which we translate

'disciple' refers to a learner or student, rather

than to a teacher. And in our diocesan video,

the seven priests shown who each give a very

brief testimony about the mercy theme, do so

as learners and receivers; as people who have

learned and continue to learn of God’s mercy

through the blessing and witness of the people

they serve in ministry.

There are stories of regular parishioners and

others negotiating the burdens and challenges of

life that in this video message are presented as

the teachers to the priests.

Pope Francis reminds us that our call as

Christian disciples to show mercy in the world

is not something that we simply do off our own

bat, or as a responsibility that stands alone.

Rather, it is because God first offers us this

unconditional gift.

And one of the ways God expresses the gift is

through the lives of other people as the priests in

the video clearly attest.

As a Jubilee of Priests expression in the Year

of Mercy, this video is, in fact, more like a jubilee

of humanity as a precious channel of God.

I’m sure I speak for all the priests of the

Diocese in giving thanks for the very many

people who continue to teach us and whose lives

continue to move us!

As a priest, I’ve lost count of how many times

I’ve stopped and pinched myself; pinched myself

and asked why it is that I am standing here

expressing Christ’s healing presence and love

in the Eucharist or ministering divine grace in

Reconciliation; why am I doing this when the

lives of so many among whom I minister have

so much to teach me?

Rather than pick from the many things I

continue to wonder about, I’ll simply say thank

you on my own behalf and on behalf of my

brother priests and repeat Pope Francis’ words

to us all: "We are called to show mercy because

mercy has first been shown to us."

You’ll find the video at our diocesan Year of

Mercy website mercyhasaface.org.au or at the

Institute for Mission website ifm.org.au



Weekend Masses

Saturday 8am, 9:30am

(Mass in the Extraordinary Form – Latin),

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

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

Weekday Masses

Monday to Friday 6.45am,12.30pm

Public Holidays 8am

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Monday to Friday 11.15am-12.20pm

First Friday of the month 6pm-7pm

Sacrament of Penance

Weekdays 11.15am-12.20pm

Saturdays 8.30am-9am, 5pm-5.30pm


Morning Prayer of the Church

Monday to Friday 6.30am

Saturday and Sunday 7.30am


Monday to Friday noon


Monday to Friday after Angelus at noon

Canticle of Our Lady’s Marian Movement

Friday 1pm

Christian meditation

Tuesday 9.30am-10.15am

Baptism - Sunday 12.45pm by appointment

Marriages - By appointment

Contact the Parish Secretary

tel (02) 8839 8400 or email

1 Marist Place, Parramatta



Friday 22 July,


We aim to have a new

conversation about

asylum seekers, focused

on respect, relationship,

story and values.

By the end of our time

together we want to:

• Hear the story of an

asylum seeker as we

share our common


• Identify potential new

leaders and foster action

for our mission; and

• Ask questions and hear

input from an expert in

the area of refugees and

asylum seekers.

RSVP to: Lmckeogh@



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Marian Nursing Home now part of Southern Cross Care

THE DIOCESE of Parramatta

is selling its sole residential

aged care facility, Marian

Nursing Home, to Southern Cross

Care (NSW & ACT), effective 1

September 2016.

To ensure the long-term

sustainability of Marian Nursing

Home and due to the rapidly

changing nature of the aged

care sector – including ageing

population demographics and

evolving industry regulation – it

was deemed beneficial for the home

to be part of a larger network.

Most aged care providers operate

multiple facilities and benefit

from the scale of their operations,

including greater financial stability.

It is also in the best care interests

of the residents that Marian Nursing

Home be transitioned to a larger

aged care provider.

Young altar

servers a great


By David Baker

PADRE PIO Parish, Glenmore Park,

experienced a great blessing on 5

June with the presentation of 23

new young altar servers representing the


They brought an energy that was heart

lifting for those who helped with the

training, their families and the greater

Catholic community of Glenmore Park.

The presentation was part of the parish’s

9.30am Sunday Mass, expressing their

commitment and passion to be an active

part of the parish.

The Parish Administrator, Rev Chris

Antwi-Boasiako, organised and led a

beautiful liturgy that was engaging not

only for the new altar servers, but also their

families and friends. It was an inspirational

service that highlighted both our Catholic

faith and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Such a liturgy and the weeks of training

Thursday 21 July 2016

Holy Hour for Vocations

The sale to Southern Cross Care

(NSW & ACT), a not-for-profit

organisation, was based on the

premise of looking for other faithbased

organisations to purchase the

facility, ideally shifting from one

Catholic organisation to another.

This transition will help ensure

the facility maintains its unique

Christian character and heritage.

Marian Nursing Home employees

will also benefit from the move

to a larger, established provider,

with opportunities for greater role

diversity and choice.

At the signing were (standing):

Very Rev John Hogan and Geoff

Officer, Chief of Operations & Finance;

(seated) Very Rev Peter Williams VG

EV and Mr Paul McMahon, CEO of

Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT).


St Patrick’s Cathedral, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta

These young people are actively engaged with their parish.

could not have been successful without

the leadership and support of Fr Chris,

the invaluable assistance of Sr Mary

Louise Walsh ISSM, who assisted with

our training and linked the young people

of the parish to the diocese, and Sr Luka

Juenemann ISSM, who graciously assisted

with our training and support over several


A big thank you to parishioner Mary

Catania, who made new albs for the altar

servers and had the honour of presenting

them to the young people during the


Confirming our


of Confirmation

By Adelle Lobo

NEW EDITIONS of the Order of

Confirmation and the Order of

Celebrating Matrimony came into

use in Australia in February this year.

Two professional development seminars

for clergy, religious education coordinators

(RECs) and parish sacramental coordinators

took place at St Joseph's Retreat Centre in

Baulkham Hills on 15 and 29 June.

The seminars were led by Prof Clare

Johnson, Director of the Centre for Liturgy at

Australian Catholic University (ACU), who

explored current official Church teaching on

these sacraments in theory and in practice.

More than 200 participants attended from

the dioceses of Parramatta and Broken Bay,

and the Archdiocese of Sydney.

Copies of the Order of Confirmation and

the Order of Celebrating Matrimony can

be purchased from St Pauls Books & Gifts

Centre, 238 Church St, Parramatta, or online:


Everyone is welcome to join the Holy Hour for Vocations from

7pm-8pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month for an hour of

adoration, prayer, music and quiet time in the Blessed Sacrament

Chapel in St Patrick’s Cathedral.

To find out more about priesthood in the Diocese of Parramatta

contact Fr Warren Edwards, Director of Priestly Vocations

tel 0409 172 700 or email vocations@parra.catholic.org.au

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Celebrating Pentecost Sunday

By Barbara Stenning & Neville Fernandes

Colourful flags carried in the entry procession reflect the diversity of CCR.


JOYFUL CELEBRATION In his homily, Fr David said that

of the Feast of Pentecost the Catholic Charismatic Renewal

took place on Sunday 15 was often seen as a fringe group in

May at Our Lady Queen of Peace

the Church, but he encouraged the

Parish, Greystanes. Prayer and

Covenant Communities from the

people by saying that the Pope sees

dioceses of Parramatta, Broken them as being “at the heart of what

Bay and Wollongong and the the Holy Spirit is doing”.

Archdiocese of Sydney came He reminded them of the “call to

together for a time of grace and holiness” and how we are called to


be saints, doing marvellous things,

Before the Mass, prayer and

using the spiritual gifts.

praise was led by the Music

Ministry of St John XXIII Parish,

After Mass there was a BBQ

Glenwood-Stanhope Gardens. hosted by the Community of the

The entry procession included Risen Lord and it was a time to meet

colourful flags.

old friends and members of other

Rev David Callaghan was the prayer groups and communities.

principal celebrant for the Mass, About 400 people adjourned to

which was concelebrated by Rev

the school hall for a time of prayer

Paul Marshall, Parish Priest of

Greystanes, Rev Paul Glynn SM,

and praise led by the Catholic

Rev Zakaria Gayed and Rev Kene Korean music ministry from



Reflecting the diversity of the The afternoon concluded with a

Renewal, representatives from time of prayer ministry and gentle

various Charismatic Renewal music.

groups and communities assisted

Thanks to the Emmaus Prayer

in the liturgy through proclaiming

the Word, leading the Universal

Community with Catholic

Prayer in various languages and in Charismatic Renewal NSW for the

bringing the gifts to the altar in the preparation and hosting of this


annual event for the past 40 years.












As part of its Australian tour, the Chapel Choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge, will perform in St

Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5 July. The choir will perform a program

of English and European choral works. Tickets: $25 full price & $20 concession available at the

door – cash and EFTPOS payment options.


Everyone is welcome to join the Holy Hour for Vocations from 7pm-8pm for adoration, prayer,

music and quiet time in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in St Patrick’s Cathedral, 1 Marist Plc,



Join a new conversation about asylum seekers, focused on respect, relationship, story and

values. By the end of our time together we want to: hear the story of an asylum seeker as we

share our common values, identify potential new leaders and foster action for our mission, ask

questions and hear input from an expert in the area of refugees and asylum seekers. From

6.30pm-8.30pm at St Madeleine’s Parish, 28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst. For more information

contact Sr Louise McKeogh FMA, Social Justice Coordinator, lmckeogh@parra.catholic.org.au


This weekend retreat is designed to bring psychological and spiritual healing to anyone who

has been affected by an abortion experience including women, men, couples and grandparents.

Rachel's Vineyard Ministries Australia is supported by the Australian Catholic Bishops

Conference. Confidential inquiries: tel or SMS 0400 092 555, info@rachelsvineyard.org.au

For more information visit: www.rachelsvineyard.org.au


Prof Richard Lennan renowned speaker and author, will address issues such as Church mission,

ministry, and ecumenism under the care and guidance of Pope Francis and explore the ‘church in

the world’, as described in Vatican II. Presented by The Broken Bay Institute tel (02) 9847 0030.

Register at http://www.bbi.catholic.edu.au/news-events/Events



Assoc Prof Massimo Faggioli is a theologian, political scientist, church historian and papal expert.

He and Prof Richard Lennan will deliver a study on the leadership of Pope Francis from their

own interpretation; exploring the possibilities and limits for change in the Church. Presented

by The Broken Bay Institute tel (02) 9847 0030. Register at http://www.bbi.catholic.edu.au/




This course begins with a Compulsory Introductory Session on Monday 15 August. Participants

continue with the two-week course of their choice: Ministers of the Word, Extraordinary

Ministers of Communion, Communion to the Sick and Dying. Conducted at the Diocesan

Assembly Centre, 1-5 Marion St, Blacktown, on Mondays, commencing at 7pm. Applications

close 7 August. Register with the Office for Worship: ofw@ifm.org.au

For more events please go to: http://catholicoutlook.org/event/



Rachel mourns her children;

she refuses to be consoled

because her children are no more.

Thus says the Lord:

Cease your cries of mourning.

Wipe the tears from your eyes.

The sorrow you have shown

shall have its reward.

There is hope for your future.

(Jer 31:15-17)

THIS WEEKEND retreat in Sydney

is designed to bring psychological

and spiritual healing to anyone who

has been affected by an abortion

experience including women, men,

couples and grandparents.

Rachel's Vineyard Ministries Australia

is supported by the Australian Catholic

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