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

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

VOLUME 19, JULY <strong>2016</strong> | PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli<br />

A Bishop for all people<br />

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv installed as fourth Bishop of Parramatta<br />







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Homily of Most Rev Vincent Long<br />

Van Nguyen OFM Conv for the<br />

Liturgical Reception and Solemn<br />

Mass of Installation as the fourth<br />

Bishop of Parramatta.<br />


Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv<br />







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22-23<br />

5-6<br />

8-9<br />

14-16<br />

Dear friends,<br />

The clergy and <strong>Catholic</strong> people<br />

of Parramatta have been waiting<br />

for a long time and here I am, only five feet<br />

and a half though. After 19 months without<br />

a bishop, you have been given one in the<br />

person of a Vietnamese Australian and a<br />

former boat person. Perhaps, you can add my<br />

appointment to the list of surprises that Pope<br />

Francis has done.<br />

I am very honoured and humbled by this<br />

appointment and grateful for the opportunity<br />

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

time. As guided by my motto “go further into<br />

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

faith before, including the one that launched<br />

me, literally, on to the Pacific Ocean.<br />

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

interior of Western Sydney, all the way to<br />

the beautiful Blue Mountains and the fertile<br />

plains of the Hawkesbury River. I cannot<br />

help but feel daunted by what lies ahead.<br />

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

trusting in the sustaining power of God<br />

and the support of many people and fellow<br />

ministers of the Gospel.<br />

There is an African adage that says, “you sit<br />

on the old mat to weave the new one”. Already<br />

one finds here a richly textured tapestry of a<br />

young, vibrant and diverse Diocese. So I will<br />

sit on an old mat that others have woven,<br />

perhaps with a bit more comfort than I would<br />

on this generous cathedra.<br />

I am indebted to my predecessors and<br />

others who, like the wise master builders Paul<br />

talks about in the second reading, have laid<br />

a solid foundation (1 Cor 10). I honour this<br />

legacy and want to build on it.<br />

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

I would like to be like the steward who brings<br />

out of his storeroom treasures both old and<br />

new (Matt 13:52). It is together as bishop,<br />

clergy and people that we will listen to what<br />

the Spirit is saying to us in our context (Rev<br />

2:28) and discern how to live and witness as<br />

disciples of Christ.<br />

To say that we are at a critical juncture is<br />

probably an understatement. What we are<br />

witnessing as the people of faith is the flood of<br />

secularisation that has washed away much of<br />

the Church we’ve known and loved. We have<br />

been battered and bruised.<br />

Hundreds of clergy, which included Archbishops and Bishops from across the country, celebrated<br />

the Mass of Installation of Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv.<br />


We’ve been reduced in numbers and status.<br />

What is more, we have to admit with the<br />

greatest humility that we have not lived up to<br />

that fundamental ethos of justice, mercy and<br />

care for those who have been hurt by our own<br />

actions and inactions.<br />

And so in the eyes of many, whatever aura<br />

of respectability we’ve got left has evaporated<br />

with the sexual abuse crisis. The Royal<br />

Commission has been a lightning rod, an<br />

uncomfortable spotlight, but hopefully a<br />

catalyst for transformation.<br />

I’d like to think of this critical juncture as<br />

analogous to the biblical exile to which as a<br />

former refugee I have a personal affinity. The<br />

exile was about facing the death of the old and<br />

giving birth to the new. The biggest lesson they<br />

learned was seeking God’s justice for the poor<br />

and the lowly. They learned to be a society in<br />

which the care of the most marginalised was<br />

Left: Youth participants from <strong>Catholic</strong> schools<br />

in the Diocese of Parramatta came together to<br />

form the Captivate Choir. Above: Bishop Vincent<br />

embraces his mother during the Offertory.<br />

<br />


to be the essential distinguishing feature.<br />

As your new bishop, I’d like to think of my<br />

role as that of the prophets who accompany<br />

their people in the exile, point to them the<br />

signs of the new Kairos and lead them in the<br />

direction of the kingdom.<br />

I am committed to the renewal of the<br />

Church patterned on the paschal rhythm of<br />

Christ: the Church that dies to worldly power,<br />

privilege, clericalism and rises to humility,<br />

simplicity, equality and servanthood; the<br />

Church that might be smaller, poorer and<br />

humbler but, hopefully, more of a light and a<br />

sacrament of God’s love to the world.<br />

The Scriptures we have heard tonight speak<br />

of a radical vision of love, inclusion and<br />

human flourishing. That vision is enshrined<br />

in the prophecy of Isaiah. God’s people, he<br />

proclaims, include foreigners who join<br />








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1 JULY: Mass with St Pauls <strong>Catholic</strong> College on the occasion<br />

of Foundation Day, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta<br />

3 JULY: Mass for 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time with<br />

Commissioning of World Youth Day Pilgrims, 6pm at St<br />

Patrick’s Cathedral<br />

15 JULY: Vespers of the Memorial of St Bonaventure with<br />

Religious of the Diocese, 5.30pm at St Patrick’s Cathedral<br />

20-22 JULY: Attend meeting of Australian <strong>Catholic</strong> Social<br />

Justice Council – Justice, Ecology & Development<br />

24 JULY: Solemn Mass for 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time,<br />

11am at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta<br />

27 JULY: Civic Reception with Parramatta City<br />

31 JULY: Mass for 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 6pm at<br />

Our Lady Queen of Peace, Greystanes, followed by WYD<br />

<strong>2016</strong> In-sync (local celebration of World Youth Day, Krakow).<br />

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themselves to the Lord, serve Him and do<br />

what pleases Him. “My house shall be called a<br />

house of prayer for all peoples.” (Is 56:7)<br />

This is no small matter to the Jewish exiles<br />

who are suspicious of outsiders. It amounts to<br />

a seismic shift in their understanding of who<br />

God is and what it means to be His people: a<br />

tribal deity of old gives way to a universal and<br />

all-embracing God. We should ask ourselves<br />

what it means to apply this expansive vision<br />

of God to our social matrix and what it means<br />

to be a house for all peoples.<br />

Here in Sydney’s west, I am told, asylum<br />

seekers and youth radicalisation are<br />

politically charged issues. As a former boat<br />

person, I have a certain kinship to those who<br />

are alienated and marginalised.<br />

As your bishop, I am committed to be a<br />

bridge builder. We must foster pathways<br />

across the political and religious divide to<br />

build not only a rich and strong Australia but<br />

also an inclusive and humane society and a<br />

responsible world citizen.<br />

Furthermore, Pope Francis urges us<br />

to be a Church where everyone can feel<br />

welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged<br />

to live according to the Gospel. There can<br />

be no future for the living Church without<br />

there being space for those who have been<br />

hurt, damaged or alienated, be they abuse<br />

victims, survivors, divorcees, gays, lesbians or<br />

disaffected members.<br />

I am committed to make the Church<br />

in Parramatta the house for all peoples, a<br />

Church where there is less an experience of<br />

exclusion but more an encounter of radical<br />

love, inclusiveness and solidarity.<br />

“Love one another as I have loved you.”<br />

(Jn 13:34) These words of Jesus can be<br />

fully understood not only in terms of His<br />

relationship with the disciples but also in the<br />

larger context of His engagement with the<br />

people.<br />

There is that famous song, I want to know<br />

what love is. The world wants us to show them<br />

what Christian love is and we must admit at<br />

times what they find does not always match<br />

with the words, gestures and actions of Christ.<br />

He shows love not only by His passion and<br />

death on the cross. He also demonstrates<br />

that love through His acceptance, embrace,<br />

affirmation, compassion, forgiveness<br />

and solidarity, especially towards those<br />

stigmatised by others.<br />

Above: Aunty Janice Kennedy welcomes all to<br />

country.<br />


Top: Bishop Vincent receives formal recognition<br />

from members of the Diocese. PHOTO: ALPHONSUS FOK<br />

In doing so He has a habit of challenging<br />

ingrained stereotyped attitudes, subverting<br />

the tyranny of the majority, breaking social<br />

taboos, pushing the boundaries of love and<br />

redefining its meaning. It is His radical vision<br />

of love, inclusion and human flourishing that<br />

ought to guide our pastoral response.<br />

‘I am committed<br />

to make the<br />

Church in<br />

Parramatta the<br />

house for all<br />

peoples’<br />

We cannot regain our moral credibility<br />

without first reclaiming that vision of the<br />

humble, powerless, loving Servant-Leader,<br />

and making it the cornerstone of all that we<br />

do and all that we are as the Church.<br />

Dear friends,<br />

Today with you, the clergy and <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

people of Parramatta, I am launching out into<br />

the deep.<br />

With you, I am embarking on a new exodus,<br />

walking as pilgrims together, accompanying<br />

one another as companions on the journey.<br />

“There is no greater love than to lay down<br />

one’s life for his friends.” (Jn 15:13)<br />

These words of Jesus challenge us to be<br />

the Church that we should be and could<br />

be: a house for all peoples, an oasis for the<br />

weary and troubled, a field hospital for the<br />

wounded, a refuge for the oppressed, a voice<br />

for the voiceless and faceless.<br />

It is also the invitation our Bishops<br />

Conference made to our nation at<br />

this time: to protect the vulnerable, poor and<br />

weak, to treat asylum seekers with justice and<br />

dignity, to respect life and to be good stewards<br />

of creation.<br />

With grateful heart, I ask for your prayer<br />

and support as I walk with you in the new<br />

exodus to the fullness of life and love.<br />

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv<br />

16 June <strong>2016</strong><br />

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta<br />

Above: Hundreds of people waited to<br />

congratulate the new Bishop of Parramatta. <br />

<br />


For more photos by Alphonsus Fok and<br />

Giovanni Portelli go to<br />

https://www.flickr.com/photos/<br />

parracatholic/albums<br />

To watch a video of the Mass of<br />

Installation go to http://parracatholic<br />

.org/watchlive/<br />

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Long wait is over for Parramatta<br />

From left: Very Rev Wim Hoekstra EV, Msgr Ron McFarlane EV, Bishop Vincent Long,<br />

Very Rev Peter Williams VG EV, Very Rev Chris de Souza VG EV, Very Rev Peter Blayney<br />

JV and Rev Paul Roberts EV.<br />

There was great rejoicing during the Mass of Installation of Bishop Vincent. <br />

WESTERN SYDNEY and the Blue<br />

Mountains warmly welcomed<br />

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv<br />

as the fourth Bishop of Parramatta on the<br />

evening of 16 June in St Patrick’s Cathedral,<br />

Parramatta.<br />

In a traditional <strong>Catholic</strong> ceremony, Bishop<br />

Vincent said he wanted to be a bridge<br />

builder to all communities and reach out to<br />

abuse victims, divorcees and the LGBTIQ<br />

community in particular.<br />

“There can be no future for the living<br />

Church without there being space for those<br />

who have been hurt, damaged or alienated, be<br />

they abuse victims, survivors, divorcees, gays,<br />

lesbians or disaffected members,” Bishop<br />

Vincent said.<br />

The Liturgical Reception and Mass of<br />

Installation was attended by thousands of<br />

faithful and visitors who overflowed from St<br />

Patrick’s Cathedral into Prince Alfred Square<br />

opposite.<br />

The Mass was concelebrated by the<br />

Archbishop of Sydney, Most Rev Anthony<br />

Fisher OP, the Pope’s representative in<br />

Australia, the Apostolic Nuncio His<br />

Excellency Most Rev Adolfo Tito Yllana,<br />

archbishops and bishops of Australia, clergy<br />

of the Diocese of Parramatta and visiting<br />

clergy.<br />

In his homily, Bishop Vincent said he<br />

was humbled by the appointment. “As your<br />

Bishop, I am committed to being a bridge<br />

builder,” he said.<br />

“The Scriptures we have heard tonight<br />

speak of a radical vision of love, inclusion and<br />

human flourishing. We should ask ourselves<br />


what it means to apply this expansive vision<br />

of God to our social matrix and what it means<br />

to be a house for all peoples.”<br />

Echoing Pope Francis, Bishop Vincent said,<br />

“We are urged to be a Church where everyone<br />

can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and<br />

encouraged to live according to the Gospel<br />

… I am committed to making the Church<br />

in Parramatta the house for all peoples, a<br />

Church where there is less an experience of<br />

exclusion but more an encounter of radical<br />

love, inclusiveness and solidarity.”<br />

At the gathering were family and friends of<br />

Bishop Vincent, leaders and representatives<br />

of other churches and faiths, and civic and<br />

government representatives.<br />

In the forecourt prior to entering St Patrick’s<br />

Cathedral, Bishop Vincent was met by Aunty<br />

Janice Kennedy who gave a Welcome to<br />

Country.<br />

Uplifting music for the Mass was led by<br />

St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir conducted by<br />

Bernard Kirkpatrick.<br />

Reflecting the diversity of the Diocese, the<br />

universal prayer was prayed in Malayalam,<br />

Arabic, Cantonese, Spanish, Polish, Auslan<br />

and English.<br />

Following the Mass, Bishop Vincent greeted<br />

the many hundreds of people outside in a<br />

giant marquee, the Cathedral forecourt and<br />

Prince Alfred Square.<br />

Bishop Vincent welcomed everyone to<br />

supper at the Novotel Parramatta where the<br />

celebrations continued into the evening.<br />

Coverage continues on Pages 10-13 in this<br />

issue.<br />




OFM Conv has confirmed the<br />

following appointments in the<br />

Diocese of Parramatta:<br />

Very Rev Peter G Williams VG EV<br />

Vicar General and Moderator of<br />

the Curia, Episcopal Vicar for Social<br />

Welfare<br />

For one year from 17 June <strong>2016</strong><br />

Very Rev Christopher de Souza<br />

VG EV PP<br />

Vicar General and Episcopal Vicar for<br />

Education and Formation<br />

For one year from 17 June <strong>2016</strong><br />

Msgr Ron McFarlane EV PP<br />

Chancellor and Episcopal Vicar for<br />

Migrant Chaplaincies and Pastoral<br />

Associates<br />

For one year from 17 June <strong>2016</strong><br />

Very Rev Wim Hoekstra EV PP<br />

Episcopal Vicar for Priests<br />

For one year from 17 June <strong>2016</strong><br />

Very Rev John McSweeney EV PP<br />

Episcopal Vicar for Deacons<br />

For one year from 17 June <strong>2016</strong><br />

Very Rev Paul Roberts EV<br />

Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation and<br />

Pastoral Planning<br />

For one year from 17 June <strong>2016</strong><br />

Very Rev Peter Blayney JV PP<br />

Judicial Vicar<br />

For one year from 17 June <strong>2016</strong><br />

Sr Ailsa Mackinnon RSM<br />

Vicar for Consecrated Life<br />

For one year from 17 June <strong>2016</strong><br />

Rev Alfonsus Nahak SVD<br />

Assistant Priest<br />

St Andrew the Apostle Parish<br />

Marayong<br />

Effective 1 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

Rev Mr Owen Rogers<br />

Deacon Assisting<br />

Corpus Christi Parish, Cranebrook<br />

For a period of three years<br />

Rev Mr George Bryan<br />

Deacon Assisting<br />

Mary, Queen of the Family Parish,<br />

Blacktown<br />

For a period of four year<br />

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IT’S A MATTER of paying<br />

it forward for Mandrid<br />

Fernandez (19), the new<br />

Youth Minister for St Matthew’s<br />

Parish, Windsor, and the Parish<br />

of Richmond.<br />

Reflecting on his time in Youth<br />

for Christ (YFC) International<br />

since high school and his<br />

home parish youth group at St<br />

Andrew’s, Marayong, Mandrid<br />

has come to recognise some of<br />

the greatest influences in his faith<br />

are those who took up the baton<br />

to lead him in his faith formation.<br />

“It started with Donnie Velasco,<br />

who is now the Assistant Director<br />

of the Institute for Mission,"<br />

Mandrid explained. "He was a<br />

leader at St Andrew’s Parish and<br />

he was one of the first leaders<br />

who inspired me to get more<br />

involved.<br />

“Initially, you go for your<br />

friends and to have fun, but<br />

then the youth group provides<br />

you with opportunities to<br />

deepen your faith and to build<br />

relationships with those who<br />

show they genuinely care about<br />

you.<br />

“Through listening to talks<br />

and developing my knowledge<br />

of the faith, I began a journey of<br />

self discovery and from that self<br />

discovery, a discovery of faith.”<br />

Mandrid grew up in a <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

family and attended Patrician<br />

Brothers’ College, Blacktown,<br />

but it wasn’t until Year 11 that<br />

he consciously made an effort<br />

to discern how his faith would<br />

shape his future.<br />

“I was studying subjects that<br />

catered for a career in technology<br />

and engineering, but as the year<br />

went on, I began volunteering<br />

as a Special Religious Education<br />

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Mandrid’s paying it forward<br />

By Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

Youth Minister and WYD pilgrim Mandrid Fernandez. PHOTO: ELIZABETH MCFARLANE.<br />

(SRE) teacher in the nearby public<br />

school and then I was blessed to<br />

go on pilgrimage to WYD in Rio,”<br />

Mandrid explained.<br />

“Through those experiences, I<br />

discovered that I was being called<br />

to a different vocation and I<br />

developed a passion for living out<br />

my faith in my daily life.”<br />

Mandrid is a pilgrim to WYD<br />

in Krakow this month. “WYD<br />

opened my eyes to the broader<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> faith. I had been in a<br />

parish youth group but it really<br />

highlighted for me how big the<br />

Church is and I learnt that there<br />

were other paths I could take to<br />

live out my faith,” he said.<br />

His faith inspired him to pursue<br />

a Bachelor of Theology and he is<br />

now in his second year of study<br />

at The University of Notre Dame<br />

Australia in Sydney.<br />

Complementing his studies,<br />

Mandrid decided to apply for<br />

the position of Youth Minister in<br />

Windsor and Richmond parishes.<br />

“I really want to share all of my<br />

experiences and further develop<br />

my own faith through walking<br />

with the young people here,”<br />

Mandrid said.<br />

“I want to show them that the<br />

faith is alive and beautiful because<br />

the modern world is telling them<br />

that religion is boring and that<br />

our faith is weird, but that’s just<br />

not the case.<br />

“My vision for this youth<br />

group is a tree that is strong and<br />

flourishing with fruit. For the<br />

moment, we’re planting the seeds<br />

to grow that tree.”<br />

Sr Rosie Drum MGL and James<br />

Camden from CYP have been a<br />

great support for Mandrid and<br />

the other nine youth ministers<br />

currently working within the<br />

Diocese of Parramatta.<br />

“They are here for all of us<br />

and coordinate events for us to<br />

come together to share ideas for<br />

developing the youth formation<br />

in the Diocese,” Mandrid said.<br />

“Sr Rosie taught me that Youth<br />

Ministry is about bringing the<br />

youth back to the sacramental<br />

life of the Church. My end goal<br />

is to get people to know God first<br />

because this isn’t just a job for<br />

me. It’s more than that.<br />

“The real reason I’m here is for<br />

His greater glory.”<br />


CYP summit focuses on safety<br />

WYD pilgrims Jane Sio and Sebastian Duhau welcome Bishop Vincent at<br />

his installation. <br />


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

ALMOST 100 youth<br />

and young adult<br />

leaders from across the<br />

Diocese gathered at the Novotel<br />

Parramatta for the 2nd Keeping<br />

our Young People Safe Summit<br />

in June.<br />

The Diocese of Parramatta<br />

through the work of CYP and<br />

the Office for Safeguarding<br />

& Professional Standards are<br />

national leaders in training<br />

youth and adults in best practices<br />

for keeping young people safe.<br />

Youth Ministry Directors from<br />

the dioceses of Broken Bay and<br />

Wollongong attended with the<br />

WYD <strong>2016</strong> KRAKOW UPDATE<br />

intention of implementing a<br />

similar program for their young<br />

people.<br />

The theme of the gathering<br />

was: “We're all called to be<br />

superheroes for the young<br />

people entrusted to our care.”<br />

The day dealt creatively with the<br />

latest in professional advice for<br />

paid staff and volunteers working<br />

with anyone under the age of 18<br />

and provided considerable time<br />

for participants to workshop<br />

and discuss scenarios that do,<br />

or could take place, in their<br />

ministries.<br />

After two years, final preparations are underway for more than 300 young<br />

people from the Diocese of Parramatta to attend World Youth Day in Poland.<br />

On 15 <strong>July</strong>, 210 pilgrims will depart for the Philippines, followed by another 90<br />

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

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

to the former concentration camp Auschwitz when our two groups meet up in<br />

Krakow. Our pilgrims and their journey can be followed through daily updates<br />

on Diocesan social media as well as www.parracatholic.org and<br />

www.parrawyd.org<br />

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

Alison Ryan: It’s all about relationship<br />

By Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

ALISON RYAN is the Youth Minister<br />

for Mary, Queen of the Family Parish,<br />

Blacktown and a member of the<br />

parish team.<br />

With her background in youth and music<br />

ministry, she is a firm example of how<br />

ministry can bring faith to our future.<br />

Holding a Bachelor of Theology from<br />

ACU and a Cert IV in Theatre Performance<br />

and Practices, she has organised national<br />

and international youth festivals and has led<br />

music ministry locally and abroad.<br />

After more than 18 years’ experience in<br />

youth ministry, both in the Antioch youth<br />

movement and other parishes, Alison believes<br />

all ministries are “about relationship”.<br />

“I am driven in my understanding of<br />

ministry by Matthew 28:19 when Jesus says to<br />

His disciples, ‘Go and make disciples,’” Alison<br />

explained.<br />

“It’s not, go and be the best teachers you can<br />

be. It is, you are disciples who make disciples.”<br />

Alison also remarked on the importance<br />

of removing categories that could limit our<br />

perception of ministering to young people<br />

through flawed connotations.<br />

“We can’t keep siloing things. I’m going<br />

to be subversive and say, ditch the ‘youth’<br />

additive, let’s focus on ministry,” Alison said.<br />

“It’s about a widespread and rich vision of<br />

ministry for the whole parish that highlights<br />

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

parish life. <br />


the many and varied gifts of parishioners<br />

across generations and engages young people<br />

in the life of the community.<br />

“There’s a huge risk when people think<br />

‘youth ministry’ is just about youth groups or<br />

that it’s about ministering ‘to’ young people or<br />

doing something ‘for’ young people.”<br />

Rather, Alison provides her own definition<br />

of ministry.<br />

“Ministry is walking with people. That’s how<br />

God responds to the needs of the world. God<br />

dwelt among us. That is how we reflect God in<br />

our lives – being with people,” she explained.<br />

“In my opinion, there’s nothing worse than<br />

a pizza night if that’s all youth ministry is in<br />

your parish. It has to be more than that, right?<br />

“What happens when they’re not youth<br />

anymore? If you’ve told them that they’re only<br />

part of the youth group, then what’s going to<br />

keep them in the parish?<br />

“The way that I was brought up in Antioch is<br />

that it’s not about doing something ‘for’ young<br />

people, it’s about empowering and engaging<br />

young people in all parish life.”<br />

Alison’s approach to ministry is refreshing,<br />

as is her style. A nod towards her musical<br />

background, Alison typically sports a T-shirt<br />

hallowing a musical band of choice.<br />

“I will never forget the first time I stepped<br />

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students questioned me: ‘You’re from the<br />

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expecting someone young who loves their<br />

faith,” she explained.<br />

When faced with questions about how<br />

sending young people to World Youth Day<br />

will benefit parishes in the here and now,<br />

Alison explained that the imperative to<br />

receive cannot be the motivation for ministry.<br />

“Ministry can’t be about a transaction. It<br />

can’t be the expectation that if we invest in<br />

you, you have to give us something back,” she<br />

said.<br />

“What we’re doing in youth ministry isn’t<br />

always going to show fruit here in this parish,<br />

because the problem with young people is<br />

that they don’t stay young! They move house.<br />

They go and study somewhere else. They get<br />

married.<br />

“But if we can do ministry really well, if we<br />

can form disciples, then we’re contributing<br />

to the future of the Church, no matter where<br />

they are.”<br />

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'Together Today,<br />

Towards Tomorrow'<br />

By Rev Wim Hoekstra, Episcopal Vicar for Priests<br />



deacons of the Diocese<br />

of Parramatta gathered at<br />

Magenta Shores Resort near The<br />

Entrance on the evening of 23 May<br />

to spend three days together in<br />

fellowship, prayer and discussion<br />

as we focused on the conference<br />

theme, 'Together Today, Towards<br />

Tomorrow'.<br />

Led by Br Graham Neist FMS as<br />

facilitator, we began by reflecting on<br />

the life of the Diocese since it was<br />

established 30 years ago in 1986 and<br />

the life of the clergy today.<br />

A SWOT analysis (strengths,<br />

weaknesses, opportunities and<br />

threats) provided the basis for<br />

ongoing discussions.<br />

On Tuesday morning, we heard<br />

powerful testimonies from Br Kevin<br />

McDonnell CFC and Mrs Tessie Ida<br />

James.<br />

Brother Kevin spoke about<br />

how the Christian Brothers were<br />

working to reclaim their identity<br />

and mission as a religious order<br />

following issues of child abuse.<br />

Tessie shared her personal<br />

experience as a migrant starting a<br />

new life in Australia.<br />

This provided a good background<br />

to our discussion on the Royal<br />

Commission into Institutional<br />

Responses to Child Sexual Abuse<br />

and its effects on our way of<br />

ministering the Good News.<br />

For the rest of the conference<br />

we discussed areas of growth - as<br />

clergy, as individuals, as a Diocese<br />

– and recognised the two-way<br />

challenge of living and growing in a<br />

many-cultured context.<br />

We acknowledged the cultural<br />

diversity of our clergy, our people<br />

and our society, and in the light<br />

of all our discussion, agreed on<br />

pathways of growth for supporting<br />

clergy life and formation over the<br />

next five years.<br />

Broadly speaking, these pathways<br />

were identified as:<br />

• A Christ-centred spirituality for<br />

identity and mission;<br />

• A brotherly understanding;<br />

• Spirit-inspired official processes of<br />

vision and decision;<br />

• Ongoing formation commitment<br />

and provision;<br />

• A genuinely intercultural<br />

framework of operating and<br />

understanding;<br />

• A core diocesan mission that is<br />

Christ’s mission of being one with<br />

the marginalised;<br />

• A collaborative commitment to<br />

the support and wellbeing of clergy,<br />

for both personal and missionfocussed<br />

goals; and<br />

• A revision of skills, communications,<br />

structures and ways of<br />

leadership that enables clergy and<br />

Church to be a prophetic voice in<br />

our age.<br />

The insights and priorities from<br />

the conference will significantly<br />

inform Bishop Vincent Long as he<br />

initiates his vision and priorities.<br />

We were pleased to have Bishop<br />

Vincent with us on two days of<br />

the conference and he, along with<br />

our two bishops emeriti, Bishop<br />

Bede Heather and Bishop Kevin<br />

Manning, and the clergy present<br />

celebrated a 30th anniversary Mass<br />

on 25 May. The Mass was followed<br />

by a celebratory dinner at which<br />

Mons John Boyle proposed the<br />

toast to the Diocese.<br />

In Mk 6:31, Jesus tells His<br />

Above: Clergy take part in the<br />

installation of Bishop Vincent Long on<br />


Left: From left: Fr Matthew Digges, Fr<br />

Andrew Fornal OP & Fr Peter Confeggi<br />

participate at the Clergy Conference.<br />

<br />


disciples, “Come away and rest a<br />

little while”, and I think this was the<br />

impetus for us as clergy to come<br />

together and be with each other<br />

in a more relaxed atmosphere.<br />

Thanks to our parishioners for<br />

allowing us this time away, and to<br />

the Diocese for supporting this<br />

endeavour.<br />

A word of thanks also to the<br />

members of the Ongoing Formation<br />

Committee who helped organise<br />

the seminar and Br Graham for his<br />

role as facilitator.<br />

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Generosity across generations in Merrylands<br />

By Elizabeth McFarlane<br />


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

on 17 November 1946 was the<br />

beginning of a rich tapestry of community<br />

driven service and support.<br />

Terry Dickie, a parishioner since 1963, is<br />

overwhelmed by the generosity shown by<br />

generations of people who have become “the<br />

backbone of the Church”.<br />

“We have never had a problem getting<br />

people to do things for this parish. Everybody<br />

gets involved and it’s such a wonderful thing<br />

to see,” Terry said.<br />

“There are generations of faith-filled people<br />

who have provided remarkable service and we<br />

have a strong youth presence at Merrylands<br />

through our youth group, Pauline S.W.A.T.<br />

“The youth group is made up of dedicated<br />

young people who are the leading light for<br />

our fundraising initiatives, and the weekday<br />

Masses are well patronised by those who,<br />

in their retirement, continue to serve on<br />

committees and through groups like St<br />

Vincent de Paul.”<br />

St Margaret Mary’s has had five parish<br />

priests over its 70-year history. Portraits of<br />

four of them are displayed on the left wall as<br />

you enter the church.<br />

The portraits of Fr Luigi Tosi, Fr John<br />

Kerrisk, Fr Rod Bray and Fr Albert<br />

Wasniowski hang on the wall as an<br />

acknowledgement of the years they devoted<br />

to the parish.<br />

Today, the parish is guided by the Parish<br />

Priest, Fr Janusz Pawlicha OSPPE, and<br />

Assistant Priest Fr Peter James Strohmayer<br />

OSPPE, who are continuing the pastoral<br />

care of the Order of St Paul the First Hermit<br />

(known as the Pauline Fathers).<br />

“The Pauline Fathers are brilliant. You<br />

couldn’t have wished for better priests. They<br />

get up and go, and they are very friendly and<br />

care about the community,” Terry said.<br />

“When Fr Janusz came to Merrylands, he<br />

decided to have a morning tea after every<br />

10.30am Sunday Mass to gather people<br />

together so they could get to know each other.<br />

“They had a special morning tea earlier<br />

this year to bless the new roof that was fully<br />

funded by parishioners. It really showed how<br />

appreciative Fr Janusz was for the donations.”<br />

From the 1950s onwards, immigration<br />

sped up the natural development that was<br />

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Youth from Merrylands designed the mosaic above the altar in St Margaret<br />

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occurring at St Margaret Mary’s and that has<br />

directed the great multicultural community<br />

present today.<br />

The annual Food Festival is a celebration of<br />

all the different nationalities that make up the<br />

parish community, where different cultures<br />

come together and share their traditional<br />

dishes.<br />

“Masses here are mostly fully packed and<br />

there is a good mix of people from different<br />

backgrounds,” Terry explained.<br />

Terry and his wife, Norma, have been<br />

dedicated members of the parish community<br />

for more than 50 years, and in that time, they<br />

“have always felt welcomed and appreciated”.<br />

Terry has been organising the counting<br />

roster for more than 10 years and supports<br />

the Finance Committee, while Norma is<br />

involved in the St Vincent de Paul parish<br />

conference.<br />

“It was only natural to want to give back. It<br />

just seemed like the thing to do,” Terry said.<br />

When Terry and Norma arrived in<br />

Merrylands they felt immediately embraced<br />

by the parish.<br />

“They adopted us without any qualms.<br />

They just opened their doors to us,” Terry<br />

explained.<br />

Above: The portraits of Fr Luigi Tosi, Fr John Kerrisk, Fr Rod Bray and<br />

Fr Albert Wasniowski hang on the wall as an acknowledgement of the<br />

years they devoted to Merrylands Parish.<br />

Below: St Margaret Mary’s Church at Merrylands.<br />

“That meant a lot to us. They’re a friendly<br />

mob and they took us under their wing. After<br />

about 19 years of retirement, I still visit two<br />

or three days a week and Norma visits almost<br />

every day to help out.”<br />

The Pauline Fathers have been, for more<br />

than 630 years, renowned Custodians of the<br />

Miraculous Icon of Our Lady of Jasna Góra<br />

(the Black Madonna), Poland. On 23 June, Fr<br />

Janusz celebrated the 32nd anniversary of his<br />

ordination to the priesthood.<br />

For more about the Pauline Fathers visit<br />

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‘You do not choose your order, your order chooses you’<br />

By Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

THE LIFE of a hermit, away from<br />

technology and with limited access<br />

to the outside world, is not a life most<br />

people would choose. In some cases, however,<br />

an order such as the Order of St Paul the First<br />

Hermit, chooses you.<br />

Fr Peter James Strohmayer OSPPE,<br />

Provincial Administrator and Assistant Priest<br />

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

initially studied at Macquarie University to be<br />

a teacher.<br />

“I thought my life was going to follow the<br />

path of Religious Education Coordinator,<br />

Assistant Principal, then Principal,” Fr Peter<br />

said.<br />

Fr Peter grew up in a <strong>Catholic</strong> Polish/<br />

Austrian family and despite straying from the<br />

faith in his early high school years, the local<br />

Antioch group came knocking when he was<br />

in Year 11.<br />

“I was in my dressing gown and the Antioch<br />

group came to my house. My Mum didn’t give<br />

me a choice, I had to go,” he recalled.<br />

Fr Peter became heavily involved in the<br />

Antioch youth movement, beginning in<br />

Cabramatta and ending in Smithfield.<br />

“A friend told me the Polish priests were<br />

now at Smithfield and could do with my<br />

assistance,” Fr Peter explained.<br />

“It was after a Saturday evening Mass that<br />

I met the then parish priest of Smithfield, Fr<br />

Albert Wieslaw Wa'sniowski OSPPE. He told<br />

me to come in for a coffee with the Pauline<br />

Fathers, and I guess I’ve never left.”<br />

But Fr Peter was still pursuing a career as a<br />

Taking a leap of faith, Fr Peter Strohmayer OSPPE packed his life into a 20kg suitcase and set off for<br />

Poland. <br />


teacher and completed his four-year teaching<br />

degree.<br />

“I had gone for a job in Granville but I was<br />

unsuccessful. I told Fr Albert that I hadn’t got<br />

it and he said, ‘Thank God, my prayers have<br />

been answered,’” Fr Peter said with a laugh.<br />

“We were sitting in the church at Smithfield<br />

and Fr Albert said I had to make a decision.<br />

I was going to turn 30 and I had to choose<br />

whether to stay and discern the priesthood or<br />

to pursue teaching and marriage.<br />

“I said I would give it a go but that I<br />

couldn’t guarantee anything, and so I entered<br />

the novitiate after World Youth Day 2008 in<br />

Sydney.”<br />

Fr Peter had four days to pack and pen<br />

his final reports as a contracted teacher. He<br />

packed his life into a 20kg suitcase and set off<br />

for Poland.<br />

“I couldn’t even speak the language. I could<br />

say basic things like ‘cup’, but I couldn’t put<br />

sentences together,” Fr Peter explained.<br />

“The word for soap and the word for honey<br />

are similar in Polish. So I went to my Novice<br />

Master and I asked him for honey so that I<br />

could shower. Needless to say, he gave me a<br />

very strange look.<br />

“But it was a good group. We spent nearly<br />

two months in Kraków and then we moved<br />

to the Novitiate in Lesniow, which is the<br />

Sanctuary of Our Lady Patroness of Families.<br />

It was essentially a huge farm.”<br />

Fr Peter had no access to electronic devices.<br />

He was allowed to send one letter home<br />

a month to his parents and one letter to a<br />

Religious, and his parents could call him once<br />

a month for 15 minutes.<br />

“There was a lot of frustration. Before I<br />

left, I had my own car and my own money.<br />

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surround you. We’d start the day at 5am and<br />

be in bed by 10pm. We had to grow and pick<br />

tomatoes and vegetables, hew trees, shovel<br />

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The pathway to Fr Peter’s vocation had<br />

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“I had visited Europe in 2007 before the<br />

novitiate and I now realise that was the start<br />

of my vocation. After visiting Jasna Góra, I<br />

was mesmerised by Our Lady’s gaze in the<br />

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Poland, I would get in trouble for being too<br />

loud. They knew where I was by my laugh.<br />

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Refugees find open hearts and homes<br />

By Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

NANETTE and Brian D’Arcy have<br />

been “welcoming the stranger” for<br />

decades. The couple led a group that<br />

has actively resettled 180 migrant families<br />

since the 1970s as a part of the Refugee<br />

Resettlement Program at St Bernadette’s<br />

Parish, Castle Hill.<br />

Cardinal Freeman had asked <strong>Catholic</strong>s<br />

to open their hearts and homes to the<br />

Vietnamese refugees. Nanette had been<br />

brought up housing the homeless through a<br />

‘stranger room’ on the back veranda of her<br />

childhood home and felt a natural disposition<br />

to respond to the call.<br />

“The Vietnamese refugees were very<br />

grateful to anybody who would lend a hand<br />

and they found it interesting that people<br />

would help them, even though they were not<br />

blood related,” Nanette said.<br />

“But that’s been the history of Australia.<br />

Even when I was a child, we had a big influx<br />

of what we called ‘swaggies’ and they would<br />

come to the back door looking for a meal. My<br />

By John Ferguson, Executive Officer,<br />

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

Council<br />

THE MEMBERS and staff of the<br />

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

Council (ACSJC) were thrilled when<br />

we heard the news that Bishop Vincent Long<br />

had been appointed the Bishop of Parramatta.<br />

Bishop Vincent has been Chairman of the<br />

ACSJC since May 2015. His personal style<br />

has been obvious from the outset: a gentle<br />

presence, a deep sense of pastoral mission,<br />

and a powerful eloquence.<br />

The ACSJC is the national justice and peace<br />

agency of the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church in Australia.<br />

Our mandate is to ‘promote research,<br />

education, advocacy and action on social<br />

justice, peace and human rights, integrating<br />

them deeply into the life of the whole <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

community in Australia, and providing a<br />

credible <strong>Catholic</strong> voice on these matters in<br />

Australian society’.<br />

Nanette D’Arcy has been ‘welcoming the stranger’ for decades. <br />

Dad had a set-up in Tenterfield where they<br />

could bunk in and be warm, and my Mum<br />

would always feed them.”<br />

Along with the numerous families who<br />

visited and lived in the D’Arcy household, a<br />

As Bishop Vincent stepped into his role as<br />

our Chairman, we were preparing to publish<br />

and launch the Australian Bishops’ 2015–16<br />

Social Justice Statement, titled For Those<br />

Who’ve Come Across the Seas: Justice for<br />

refugees and asylum seekers.<br />

This justice issue is dear to his heart and<br />

part of his own journey to Australia. At the<br />

launch of the statement in September last<br />

year, he showed himself as a powerful voice<br />

for justice and mercy:<br />

“I remember with pride the Australia that<br />

rose to the challenge in the past with its<br />

generous embrace of migrants and refugees.<br />

It proved itself especially courageous during<br />

the Indochinese exodus and accepted an<br />

unprecedented number of Asian refugees.<br />

Australia changed for the better as it always<br />

has with each successive wave of new arrivals<br />

…<br />

“We honour the legacy of this great nation<br />

not by excessive protectionism, isolation and<br />

defence of our privilege at all costs. Rather,<br />

we make it greater by our concern and care<br />


young man called Vincent Long would “drop<br />

by often for Vietnamese food, cooked by<br />

the two <strong>Catholic</strong> Vietnamese families living<br />

downstairs”.<br />

“Vincent was a rather studious, respectful<br />

A powerful voice for justice and mercy<br />

for asylum seekers in the spirit of compassion<br />

and solidarity.”<br />

The circumstances faced by refugees are<br />

not the only issue on the ACSJC’s agenda.<br />

Australia’s Bishops call us to speak out for<br />

the most marginalised in our society –<br />

particularly our Indigenous brothers and<br />

sisters.<br />

The Bishops speak out against structures<br />

and systems that keep people poor and<br />

voiceless. They speak for those who are<br />

exploited in the workplace – especially for<br />

those in slavery or slave-like conditions; for<br />

the elderly and vulnerable, including people<br />

with disability; and for our brothers and<br />

sisters overseas who deserve the support of<br />

rich countries like ours.<br />

On all these topics Bishop Vincent has<br />

shown leadership, compassion and a concern<br />

for the needs of ordinary people. The Council<br />

and Secretariat of the ACSJC look forward to<br />

working with Bishop Vincent to address these<br />

issues and send our prayers and best wishes to<br />

him and the rich and diverse diocese he leads.<br />

and shy young man, who we also came to<br />

realise had a great sense of humour,” Nanette<br />

explained.<br />

The D’Arcys continue to open their house<br />

to those in need, providing the essentials for<br />

life in a new land, and the company and warm<br />

kindness that led to them being the proud<br />

recipients of the Order of Australia Medal<br />

(OAM) in 1992.<br />

“The refugee boat-people have worked hard<br />

and they give back to society in so many ways.<br />

We now have lots of Vietnamese doctors,<br />

lawyers, chemists and dentists, whose parents<br />

worked long hours to give their children<br />

educational advantages,” Nanette explained.<br />

“Australia has gained so much, as has my<br />

family, and now we have a Vietnamese Bishop<br />

of Parramatta. Alleluia!”<br />

To watch a video of Nannette sharing her<br />

memories of the resettlement program, visit<br />

the Diocese of Parramatta’s Youtube channel:<br />

https://www.youtube.com/user/<br />

ParramattaDiocese/videos<br />

The cover of the Australian Bishops’ 2015–16<br />

Social Justice Statement, titled For Those Who’ve<br />

Come Across the Seas.<br />



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Introduction by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP<br />

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP embraces his friend and successor in Parramatta, Bishop Vincent.<br />

<br />


IN HIS introduction to the Mass of<br />

Installation of Bishop Vincent Long OFM<br />

Conv, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP,<br />

Archbishop of Sydney, said it was a night of<br />

great rejoicing for all across the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta.<br />

“It gives us much joy that Bishop Vincent’s<br />

mother, Mrs van Quang Nguyen, is here,<br />

along with his godmother, Mrs Thi-man<br />

Truong, and four of his siblings with their<br />

families,” he said.<br />

“Many of the bishop’s friends are here<br />

too, some having come from interstate or<br />

overseas. There are also many members of the<br />

Vietnamese <strong>Catholic</strong> community celebrating<br />

the first Vietnamese-Australian bishop of a<br />

diocese.<br />

“Bishop Vincent will quickly discover that<br />

Western Sydney is a most energetic and<br />

energising part of the Church in Australia<br />

today. It is the most <strong>Catholic</strong> part of our<br />

nation and where the Church is youngest,<br />

most ethnically diverse and fastest growing.<br />

“Parramatta is also the only Australian<br />

diocese in which all those who have been<br />

privileged to be Bishop are still alive; given<br />

that His Lordship can expect to have at least<br />

20 years ahead of him we may not all be here<br />

to welcome the fifth Bishop of Parramatta!<br />

“I have known Vincent since seminary<br />

days and can assure the priests and people of<br />

Parramatta that they are receiving a shepherd<br />

after the heart of the Good Shepherd!<br />

“The installation of a new bishop marks<br />

the commencement of a new chapter in the<br />

life of the local church. These times call for<br />

bishops of faith and compassion, of courage<br />

and mercy.<br />

“Pope Francis has expressed confidence<br />

that Bishop Vincent is the man for this job. As<br />

Metropolitan Archbishop and as the bearer<br />

of the most recent posterior to have occupied<br />

this chair, it will be my privilege to seat the<br />

new Bishop in it.”<br />

Melbourne farewells Bishop Vincent Long<br />

By Most Rev Denis Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne,<br />

President, Australian <strong>Catholic</strong> Bishops Conference<br />

ON 1 JUNE, we farewelled a bishop, a<br />

brother and a leader in the work of<br />

the Gospel.<br />

This farewell was particularly poignant<br />

because after arriving in Australia in 1980 by<br />

boat in challenging circumstances, redolent of<br />

so many migrants who were fleeing violence<br />

and terror, Bishop Vincent made his home in<br />

Melbourne.<br />

Three years later he joined the Conventual<br />

Franciscans and was ordained in 1989. His<br />

priestly ministry in Melbourne included the<br />

parish of Springvale and in May 2011 he was<br />

made Auxiliary Bishop.<br />

The last five years have been a remarkable<br />

story. It demonstrates what so many <strong>Catholic</strong>s<br />

have to share so richly; we come from all over<br />

the world, we are nurtured with the faith that<br />

comes from the Apostles and we share the<br />

hope that no darkness can blot out.<br />

Bishop Vincent worked tirelessly, visiting<br />

and encouraging and reaching out to those<br />

who have lost faith, in the Western region<br />

and throughout the Archdiocese. He had<br />

a strong involvement in the social welfare<br />

of the Church and as Chair of the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Education Commission of Victoria.<br />

I offer my personal thanks to Bishop<br />

Vincent for his understanding, loyalty and<br />

friendship. I thank his mother and family for<br />

their support and gift of him to the Church.<br />

I thank the people of our parishes and the<br />

Vietnamese community for their love and<br />

encouragement.<br />

I know Bishop Vincent as a man of honesty<br />

and total integrity. This is a moment of<br />

recognition of the gifts which Bishop Vincent<br />

has carried so humbly and which he brings<br />

with him to the tremendous task of leading<br />

the youngest and biggest non-metropolitan<br />

Diocese in the country and he will do so with<br />

courage and devotion, always focussed on<br />

Jesus Christ.<br />

I know Melbourne will be richer because of<br />

his presence and courage, poorer and a little<br />

sadder because of his departure, yet filled<br />

with hope for what God will achieve through<br />

him in the Church.<br />

Archbishop Hart with a young Fr Vincent Long. Photo: <strong>Catholic</strong> Communications, Melbourne.<br />

Bishop Vincent we salute you as a successor<br />

of the apostles and a brother bishop; we wish<br />

you many years as the leader of Parramatta<br />

and we thank you for your kindness, your<br />

courage and your devoted leadership of our<br />

people. May the Lord be with you always.<br />

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The installation and first Mass of<br />



Above: Bishop Vincent<br />

takes a moment to pray<br />

in the Blessed<br />

Sacrament Chapel.<br />

Right: The Apostolic<br />

Nuncio, Archbishop<br />

Adolfo Tito Yllana reads<br />

the Papal Bull.<br />


Above: St Patricks' Cathedral choir takes part in the liturgy. Left: Miss Gaby Zychowska reads one of the Universal<br />

Prayers in Polish. <br />


Left: Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv signs the<br />

Certification of Reception of Apostolic Letter of Appointment<br />

before his entrance. The Missionary Sisters<br />

of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the World<br />

sing a reflection during the installation. Hundreds of<br />

clergy concelebrated the Mass of Installation.<br />

<br />


5<br />

Above: Former Diocesan Administrator Very Rev<br />

Peter G Williams.<br />




The Family and Life Office, Parramatta is proud to host the official Sydney Book Launch and<br />

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CONV<br />

Above: At the conclusion of Mass, all<br />

were invited to a reception with the<br />

newly installed Bishop Vincent Long at<br />

the Novotel Hotel. PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS FOK<br />

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

at St Patrick's Cathedral on 17 June. <br />



From Francis, Bishop,<br />

Servant of the Servants of God<br />

To Our Venerable Brother,<br />

Vincent Long Van<br />

Nguyen of the Order of<br />

Friars Minor Conventual, until<br />

now Titular Bishop of Thala,<br />

and Auxiliary of the Archdiocese<br />

of Melbourne, elected<br />

Bishop of Parramatta: Greetings<br />

and our Apostolic Blessing.<br />

We place great hope in God,<br />

who, "saved us ... in virtue of<br />

his own mercy, by the washing<br />

of regeneration and renewal<br />

in the Holy Spirit, which<br />

he poured out upon us richly<br />

through Jesus Christ our saviour"<br />

(Titus 3:5-6), and constantly<br />

supported by divine<br />

grace.<br />

We have solicitude for all<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>s throughout the<br />

world, bearing constant witness<br />

to the message of salvation,<br />

that it may grow and<br />

spread amongst peoples.<br />

So now, we turn our attention<br />

to the flock of Christ in<br />

Parramatta, who after the<br />

transfer of our Venerable<br />

Brother Anthony Colin Fisher,<br />

of the Order of Preachers, to<br />

the Metropolitan See of Sydney,<br />

is bereft of a Pastor.<br />

Since, Venerable Brother,<br />

you have exercised well the<br />

Episcopal ministry and have<br />

shown the necessary gifts and<br />

qualities as well as the ability<br />

of governance, We are confident<br />

that you are able to assume<br />

the office of bishop to<br />

this diocesan community.<br />

And so, having considered<br />

the opinion of the Congregation<br />

for Bishops, by our Apostolic<br />

authority, We appoint you<br />

as Bishop of Parramatta, with<br />

all the rights and obligations<br />

which accompany that office<br />

according to Canon Law, and<br />

release you from those which<br />

bound you to your former Titular<br />

See and former duty as<br />

Auxiliary Bishop.<br />

You will ensure that the Clergy<br />

and People of your Diocese<br />

become aware of this Apostolic<br />

Letter; and we urge them<br />

gently to always treasure you,<br />

and show you all obedience,<br />

due collaboration and love.<br />

Finally, Venerable Brother,<br />

We urge you fraternally, trusting<br />

always in Jesus, with the<br />

prayers of the Virgin Mary, the<br />

Blessed Mother of God, and<br />

of Saint Francis, to serve with<br />

great zeal the flock entrusted<br />

to you, especially your priests,<br />

the families of your Diocese,<br />

the poor and the weak, and<br />

"by your moral stance you impart<br />

goodness in the ears of<br />

your people, and soften them<br />

by the grace of your words". (St<br />

Ambrose, Letters 36.5).<br />

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Be Safe, Be Respectful,<br />

Be Responsible online<br />

MANY PARENTS are fearful<br />

of their children becoming<br />

active online. We’ve all heard<br />

the horror stories in the<br />

news. Yet many parents and<br />

grandparents are actually<br />

the first to develop an<br />

online presence for their<br />

youngsters.<br />

Keep safe online<br />

By some estimates, the average parent posts about<br />

1000 images of their child online before his or her fifth<br />

birthday. It’s a much, much more public version of the<br />

old-fashioned “brag-book”. In fact, most adults, me<br />

included, use the internet frequently on a daily basis,<br />

including the use of social media sites like Twitter and<br />

Facebook.<br />

Given the prevalence of the internet and social media,<br />

rather than fear their involvement, it is crucial that we<br />

teach our young people responsible online behaviour to<br />

keep them safe.<br />

As parents and educators, supporting children as they<br />

develop their social skills is a major part of our role –<br />

the use of “social” media is no different. Though the<br />

social settings we grew up with have changed, our<br />

duty to prepare younger generations to participate in a<br />

respectful and responsible way has not.<br />

If we fail in this duty, there’s a risk that young people<br />

will view online spaces as morally neutral. As a result, we<br />

become part of the problem and promote “anti-social”<br />

content. Preparing our children and students to make<br />

a positive contribution to society, including through<br />

their activities online, is a must. This is what we mean by<br />

“digital citizenship”.<br />

Part of our responsibility as parents and educators is to<br />

ensure that young people’s use of technology is ageappropriate.<br />

This requires a high level of supervision<br />

but, unfortunately, it cannot prevent children from being<br />

exposed to anti-social material on the internet.<br />

By taking an active role in monitoring and limiting<br />

access, as needed, we can assist in preparing young<br />

people for future independent and responsible online<br />

use. This includes honest conversations about predatory<br />

behaviour and confronting or inappropriate images.<br />

To help parents and educators raise this issue with their<br />

children and students we have created a resource called<br />

Cyberwise, which encourages young people to Be Safe,<br />

Be Respectful, Be Responsible online.<br />

I am very proud of our students from St Mark’s <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

College, Stanhope Gardens, who recently created and<br />

produced a short film as part of this resource. It is a<br />

creative way to communicate a very important message.<br />

I encourage you to watch this video with your children or<br />

students and talk about the importance of cyber safety.<br />

On 16 June we welcomed our new Bishop, Most Rev<br />

Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv, and on behalf of<br />

our staff and families I look forward to working with him<br />

in our mission of <strong>Catholic</strong> education.<br />

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Schools launch Cyberwise campaign<br />

CONNECTIVITY has become an integral<br />

part of everyday life and learning. As students<br />

communicate, collaborate, create and learn with<br />

online and digital tools, the need to educate<br />

students about responsible online behaviours<br />

has become more important than ever.<br />

Launched on 15 June, Cyberwise is a learning<br />

and teaching resource for students, teachers and<br />

parents to encourage cybersafety in schools.<br />

Available through <strong>Catholic</strong> Education’s Classm8<br />

site, the Cyberwise web page provides a range of<br />

resources, policies, teaching strategies and tips<br />



• Be aware of how your child uses the internet and<br />

explore it with them;<br />

• Discuss with your child the importance of keeping<br />

personal information private;<br />

• Talk about cyberbullying and remind your child<br />

online communication should be responsible and<br />

respectful;<br />

• Advise your child not to respond to any negative<br />

messages;<br />

• Consider using inbuilt filters and controls on your<br />

digital devices to manage your child’s access; and<br />

• Keep your virus protection up to date.<br />

For more information visit: www.esafety.gov.au or<br />

http://cnadigitalcitizenship.weebly.com/for-parents.html<br />

to support young people in becoming discerning<br />

and responsible users of technology and social<br />

media.<br />

Designed in collaboration with teachers and<br />

students, Cyberwise is underpinned by <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

values and key behaviours to be safe, be<br />

respectful and be responsible.<br />

The focus on these three areas encourages<br />

students to be mindful of their online activity in<br />

a way that puts relationships, human dignity and<br />

personal reputations at the forefront.<br />

Students from St Mark’s <strong>Catholic</strong> College,<br />

Stanhope Gardens, took an active role in<br />

contributing to the Cyberwise campaign by<br />

producing a video that would provide a student<br />

view of cybersafety issues and a starting point<br />

for discussion within the classroom.<br />

Year 10 St Mark’s student Jacob Aouchan said<br />

the Cyberwise video was extremely relevant for<br />

students.<br />

“It is really important that young people have<br />

a greater awareness of the dangers and risks<br />

associated with social media and are encouraged<br />

to be proactive and seek help when needed,”<br />

Jacob said.<br />


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Prime Minister Turnbull<br />

announces McCarthy as part<br />

of P -Tech pilot program<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> school students<br />

welcome Bishop Vincent Long,<br />

fourth Bishop of Parramatta<br />


Patrician Brothers’ College<br />

benefits from dynamic new<br />

learning spaces<br />

McCarthy students with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Senator<br />

Simon Birmingham, Fiona Scott MP, Greg Whitby and Principal<br />

Patricia Baker.<br />

THE PRIME MINISTER, Malcolm Turnbull, announced<br />

that McCarthy <strong>Catholic</strong> College, Emu Plains, would be one<br />

of 12 pilot schools involved in the $4.6 million expansion<br />

of the Pathways in Technology Early College High School<br />

program (P -Tech).<br />

Mr Turnbull made the announcement at the college on 30<br />

May. He was joined by the Minister for Education, Senator<br />

Simon Birmingham, and the Member for Lindsay, Fiona<br />

Scott.<br />

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was announced as a key<br />

partner of the program.<br />

“We know that in order to succeed in the 21st Century<br />

we need to ensure that Australia and Australians are<br />

more innovative, more technologically sophisticated,” Mr<br />

Turnbull said.<br />

“Particularly because our young Australians are studying<br />

STEM subjects and are becoming more familiar with<br />

computer programming, and all of those skills that are the<br />

digital literacy of the 21st Century.”<br />

Mr Turnbull, Senator Birmingham, Ms Scott and Executive<br />

Director of Schools Greg Whitby used the opportunity<br />

to meet students and participate in a range of Science<br />

Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)<br />

activities, including a speed racing track, the use of a 3D<br />

printer and seeing coding and robotics in action.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> students greet Bishop Vincent during the Liturgical<br />

Reception on 16 June. <br />


THERE was much excitement following the announcement<br />

on 5 May that Pope Francis had appointed Most Rev<br />

Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv as the fourth Bishop<br />

of Parramatta.<br />

Students and teachers expressed their delight at the<br />

appointment, with many recalling Bishop Vincent from his<br />

previous time in the Diocese, particularly at Our Lady of<br />

the Rosary Parish, Kellyville, where he served as assistant<br />

priest from 1995-98 and parish priest from 1998-2002.<br />

Coordinator of Learning at St Joseph’s Primary, Schofields,<br />

Trevor Atkins said he looked forward to working with the<br />

Bishop again.<br />

“I had the pleasure of knowing Bishop Vincent many years<br />

ago when he was parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary<br />

and I know how much he offered to Kellyville Parish and<br />

that he will bring the same dedication to our Diocese,”<br />

Trevor said.<br />

Schools in the Diocese joined the welcome to Bishop<br />

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

From left: Greg Whitby, Santo Passarello, School Captain Delahoya<br />

Manu, Year 7 student Lucas Tabone, Very Rev Peter Williams, Vice<br />

Captain Ethan Koong, Senator Concetta Fierravanti -Wells and Fr<br />

Peter Confeggi.<br />

PATRICIAN Brothers’ College, Blacktown, celebrated the<br />

opening and blessing of its new learning spaces with a<br />

liturgy on 10 June.<br />

The $5.2 million learning spaces include the construction<br />

of new general learning areas and Technical and Applied<br />

Studies (TAS) facilities funded by the Australian<br />

Government through the capital grants program and<br />

through local contributions from the diocesan school<br />

building levy and fundraising at the school.<br />

Very Rev Peter Williams assisted by Fr Peter Confeggi<br />

blessed the learning spaces, which were officially opened<br />

by Senator Concetta Fierravanti -Wells, representing the<br />

Australian Government, and Executive Director of Schools<br />

Greg Whitby.<br />

Darug Elder Aunty Edna Watson gave the Welcome to<br />

Country. Special guests included the shadow minister<br />

for Citizenship and Multiculturalism Michelle Rowland,<br />

Member for Chifley Ed Husic, Member for Riverstone<br />

Kevin Connelly, Br Paul O’Keeffe FSP and Br Peter Ryan<br />

FSP, and Ian Baker from CEC NSW.<br />

Principal Santo Passarello said the new buildings would<br />

provide dynamic learning environments. “They allow for<br />

greater flexibility which, in turn, fosters collaboration and<br />

engagement,” he said. “Ultimately, this project has been<br />

about building the lives of the young men in our care.”<br />

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Countdown to WYD <strong>2016</strong><br />

pilgrimage to Krakow<br />

Caroline Chisholm art<br />

exhibition at Penrith Regional<br />

Gallery until 21 August<br />

Financial responsibility is key<br />

to the future say McCarthy<br />

Trade Training students<br />

WYD pilgrims from Sacred Heart Primary, Mt Druitt (from left):<br />

Lynell Alimangohan, Jayme Quintano and Kate Whitton.<br />

FINAL PREPARATIONS are underway as more than 300<br />

pilgrims prepare to embark on our diocesan pilgrimage to<br />

Poland for World Youth Day in Krakow.<br />

For 100 students, 70 young teachers and a number of group<br />

leaders, priests and chaplains, their pilgrimage will begin<br />

with a Mission Encounter in the Philippines to support six<br />

parish projects in the Diocese of Tagbilaran, Bohol, which was<br />

devastated by an earthquake in 2013.<br />

These pilgrims will each carry donations of goods for the<br />

people of Tagbilaran and will be involved in preparing food for<br />

children, teaching, mentoring, painting, gardening, and minor<br />

repairs and maintenance.<br />

At Marian <strong>Catholic</strong> College, Kenthurst, a group of Social Justice<br />

students, teachers, parents and parishioners, led by teacher and<br />

social justice leader Meg Thomas, have been busy preparing<br />

their donations for the children in the Philippines through their<br />

charity, Sew a Smile.<br />

“Over the past two-and-a-half years we have sent many<br />

hundreds of garments around the world and are thrilled to be<br />

supporting the efforts of the WYD pilgrims,” Meg said.<br />

The clothes will be hand delivered to children living in the most<br />

affected areas of Bohol.<br />

St Bernadette’s students<br />

become ‘Radical Recyclers’<br />

Wemor Koholo and student Madison D'Angelis at the Penrith<br />

Regional Gallery.<br />

IT IS not every day that student artwork is displayed alongside<br />

the work of a renowned Australian artist, but for 13 students<br />

from Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore Park, it became a<br />

reality.<br />

As part of a collaborative project between members of the<br />

Western Sydney Liberian Lofa community, Mamre House and<br />

Farm, and Visual Arts students from Caroline Chisholm College,<br />

Years 10 and 11 students were tasked with producing an art<br />

project that would tell the stories of the Lofa refugee community<br />

through their work, which is on display at the Penrith Regional<br />

Gallery.<br />

Opened by Australia’s foremost war artist, George Gittoes, the<br />

exhibition uses art, artefacts, photographs and audio to reveal<br />

the life of Lofa refugees in Australia and to celebrate their<br />

culture.<br />

“We saw that the importance of community was so evident and<br />

strong among the Lofa community as they worked together<br />

to accomplish something great at Mamre Farm,” Year 11<br />

student Tia Madden said. Mamre House and Farm is a work of<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>Care Social Services in the Diocese of Parramatta.<br />

Caroline Chisholm’s Principal, Greg Elliott, said the project<br />

produced real-world learning opportunities for students in<br />

building relationships with the Penrith Regional Gallery and<br />

Western Sydney Liberian Lofa community.<br />

“There was a special bond that developed between the students<br />

and the men and women from the Liberian community, which<br />

has resulted in exceptional artworks and friendships,” Greg said.<br />

Zwolowa: A Celebration of Lofa Culture and Community is on<br />

display at the Penrith Regional Gallery until 21 August.<br />

Ministers visit schools in<br />

lead-up to Federal Election<br />

Students eagerly engaged with the financial literacy presentation.<br />

FOR YEAR 11 Trade Training students at McCarthy <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

College, Emu Plains, learning about budgeting, goal setting,<br />

wages and small business ideas goes hand-in-hand with their<br />

apprenticeships and future careers.<br />

For Carpentry student Corey Said, developing an understanding<br />

of financial responsibility is very relevant. “At the trade training<br />

centre, most of us already have apprenticeships and we are<br />

thinking about starting our own businesses,” he said.<br />

The students had the opportunity to learn more about this area<br />

through a number of financial literacy workshops held on 2 May<br />

and led by the Commonwealth Bank Smart Start team.<br />

The workshops aim to address the key skills and habits young<br />

people need to help them understand how money works in<br />

the world, and cover earning and making money, managing<br />

finances, and identifying opportunities to invest or donate<br />

money.<br />

St Francis of Assisi students<br />

speak up for Timor-Leste<br />

YEAR 5 students at St Francis<br />

of Assisi Primary, Glendenning,<br />

recently created a video message<br />

for the Australian Government<br />

regarding the maritime border<br />

issue in Timor-Leste.<br />

After learning about the issues<br />

affecting the people of Timor-<br />

Leste, Year 5 teacher Chris<br />

Boyer said his students felt<br />

compelled to take action and<br />

identified the best way to spread<br />

their message was through a<br />

video via social media.<br />

Year 5 student Caitlyn Dela<br />

Cruz voices her views.<br />

“Our teacher has demonstrated that if we see an issue in our<br />

world we have a voice that needs to be heard,” Year 5 student<br />

Brady Herod said.<br />

Student Leaders Forum<br />

Students at St Bernadette’s Primary on stage with the ‘Radical<br />

Recyclers’.<br />

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

Bernadette’s Primary, Lalor Park, were treated to a special<br />

performance from the Eaton Gorge Theatre Company as part of<br />

their focus to raise awareness about environmental issues.<br />

The production entitled Radical Recyclers is an educational<br />

experience aimed at developing students’ understanding of how<br />

recycling works, impacts of climate change, water conservation,<br />

and reducing carbon footprints.<br />

Year 6 student environmental leaders Chan Deng and Thomas<br />

Ross said the performance resonated because everyone recycles<br />

at home.<br />

“It was really important for our school to see this performance,<br />

especially for younger students to learn how to recycle properly<br />

early on,” Thomas said.<br />

“The Radical Recyclers showed us what we can and can’t recycle,<br />

which is really important for us to know,” Chan added. “They<br />

made the learning fun.”<br />

Bede Polding student leaders with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.<br />

IN RECENT WEEKS, a number of schools have had visits from<br />

Members of Parliament.<br />

The Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, Julie Bishop, visited<br />

Bede Polding College, Windsor South, with the Member for<br />

Macquarie, Louise Markus, on 13 May. Ms Bishop met with<br />

student leaders, senior students and staff before speaking about<br />

her role as Minister for Foreign Affairs.<br />

On 18 May, the Minister for Education, Senator Simon<br />

Birmingham, visited Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore<br />

Park, with the Member for Lindsay, Fiona Scott, to see the<br />

progress students have made in Science Technology Engineering<br />

and Mathematics (STEM).<br />

The students used the opportunity to showcase their learning<br />

in coding and robotics as they prepare to compete in a robotics<br />

competition later this year.<br />

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www.catholicoutlook.org<br />

Student leaders meet with diocesan leaders to provide feedback<br />

on their <strong>Catholic</strong> schooling.<br />

STUDENT leaders representing systemic and congregational<br />

secondary schools in the Diocese of Parramatta met with the<br />

Diocesan Administrator Very Rev Peter Williams, Delegate of<br />

the Diocesan Administrator Rev Chris de Souza, and Executive<br />

Director of Schools Greg Whitby on 27 May.<br />

The meeting was an opportunity for the students to provide<br />

valuable feedback on spirituality and their <strong>Catholic</strong> schooling.

www.ccss.org.au<br />

CCSSParramatta<br />


<strong>Catholic</strong>Care Parramatta and the NDIS<br />


What is the NDIS?<br />

THE NATIONAL Disability Insurance<br />

Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing<br />

individualised support for people with disability,<br />

their families and carers.<br />

The NDIS replaces the existing state system<br />

with an approach based on an entitlement to<br />

support people with a disability. The NDIS is<br />

being implemented by the National Disability<br />

Insurance Agency (NDIA).<br />

The NDIS aims to help people who have a<br />

disability in economic and social participation<br />

within the community, lifetime support,<br />

and empowering them with choice and control.<br />

The NDIS will support approximately<br />

460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with<br />

significant and permanent disability and their<br />

families and carers to make their own decisions<br />

and live the lives they want to.<br />

Under the NDIS, funding is assigned directly<br />

to the person with the disability instead<br />

of being allocated to service providers. This<br />

means there is great control over where funds<br />

are spent, and it provides the ability to ‘shop<br />

around’ to find the right provider to meet specific<br />

needs and wants.<br />

The NDIS is guided by the following<br />

principles:<br />

• People with disability have the same right<br />

as other members of the community to realise<br />

their potential;<br />

• People with disability, their families and<br />

carers should have certainty they will receive<br />

the care and support they need;<br />

• People with disability should be supported<br />

to exercise choice in the pursuit of their<br />

goals and the planning and delivery of their<br />

supports; and<br />

• The role of families and carers in the lives<br />

of people with disability is to be acknowledged<br />

and respected.<br />

Who is eligible for funding?<br />

To access assistance from the NDIS you must:<br />

• Need supports from a person or equipment<br />

to do everyday activities for themselves<br />

because of an impairment or condition that is<br />

likely to be permanent or lifelong;<br />

• Be aged less than 65 when you first access<br />

the scheme;<br />

• Be an Australian citizen, live in Australia<br />

and hold a permanent visa or hold a Protected<br />

Special Category Visa; or<br />

• Need support now to reduce support<br />

needs in the future (early intervention).<br />

CreateAbility participants Mark and Kylie with Melissa Caldwell, Disability Services<br />

Manager. <br />


Completion of the My Access Checker on<br />

the NDIS website will assist in determining<br />

whether you are eligible: www.ndis.gov.au<br />

What type of supports are<br />

included?<br />

The NDIS funds ‘reasonable and necessary<br />

supports’ that help a participant to reach their<br />

goals, objectives and aspirations and to undertake<br />

activities to enable the participant’s<br />

social and economic participation.<br />

Funded supports must:<br />

• Assist the participant to pursue goals, objectives<br />

and aspirations;<br />

• Assist the participant’s social and economic<br />

participation;<br />

• Represent value for money;<br />

• Be, or likely be, effective and beneficial for<br />

the participant;<br />

• Take into account what is reasonable to<br />

expect families, carers, informal networks and<br />

the community to provide; and<br />

• Be appropriate for the NDIS to fund or<br />

provide.<br />

The NDIS will not fund supports:<br />

• Not related to the participant’s disability;<br />

• Related to day-to-day living costs; and<br />

• Likely to cause harm to the participant or<br />

others.<br />

Some supports include:<br />

• Daily personal activities;<br />

• Transport to enable participation in community,<br />

social, economic and daily life activities;<br />

• Workplace help to allow a participant to<br />

successfully get or keep employment in the<br />

open or supported labour market;<br />

• Therapeutic supports including behaviour<br />

support;<br />

• Help with household tasks to allow the<br />

participant to maintain their home environment;<br />

and<br />

• Help to a participant by skilled personnel<br />

in aids or equipment assessment, set up and<br />

training.<br />

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

<strong>Catholic</strong>Care Social Services Diocese of Parramatta<br />

is a registered NDIS service provider,<br />

supporting people with disability to enable<br />

them to have the best chance to access mainstream<br />

opportunities and to participate fully<br />

in the community.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>Care provides support for employers<br />

at Mamre House and Farm as well as day<br />

support through its CreateAbility programs.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>Care can also provide supports such<br />

as living skills and other therapeutic supports.<br />

For further information about the supports<br />

that <strong>Catholic</strong>Care can provide please contact<br />

Melissa Caldwell – Disability Services Manager:<br />

tel (02) 9002 3197 or send an email to<br />

melissa.caldwell@ccss.org.au<br />

Responsible Gambling Support Group ̶ is free and on<br />

every Saturday, 9.30am-11am, CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St,<br />

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

Suicide Bereavement Support – A day to honour and<br />

remember those loved ones who have taken their lives.<br />

Saturday 16 <strong>July</strong>, 10am-4pm, St Joseph’s Centre, 64<br />

MacKillop Drive, Baulkham Hills. Registrations essential.<br />

For further information or to register, tel (02) 8822 2222,<br />

enquiries@ccss.org.au<br />

All Saints of Africa Playgroup/Mums’ Group – Thursdays<br />

during term time, 10am-noon, All Saints of Africa Centre, 63<br />

Allawah St, Blacktown. For mums with children who have<br />

not started primary school. Activities for children include<br />

craft, story time and singing plus social interaction, support<br />

and friendship for Mums. Tel (02) 8822 2250.<br />

Younger Widowed Support Group – Third Tuesday of<br />

each month, 7pm-9pm, Institute for Mission, 1-5 Marion<br />

St, Blacktown. Fee $5 per meeting. Tel (02) 8822 2222,<br />

soloparentservices@ccss.org.au<br />

Stepping Beyond – Support for those separated or divorced<br />

on the last Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm-9.30pm, CCSS<br />

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

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

Understanding Family Law – two part seminar.<br />

Session 1 on Wednesday 20 <strong>July</strong> (Overview of Family Law<br />

Act with focus on Separation, Divorce and Children). Session<br />

2 on Wednesday 27 <strong>July</strong>, (Overview of the Family Law Act<br />

with Focus on Property). From 7.30pm-9.30pm, Institute<br />

for Mission, 1-5 Marion St, Blacktown. Presented by Beth<br />

Jarman – Accredited Family Law Specialist. Cost $7 per<br />

session. For further information or bookings, tel (02) 8822<br />

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

Aboriginal <strong>Catholic</strong> Services – Groups include Problem<br />

Gambling Support Group, Tutoring Time – free<br />

Literacy Tutoring for Kindergarten – Yr 6, Playgroup,<br />

RECOVER Wellbeing Groups including Sew4Wellbeing,<br />

Create4Wellbeing, Dance4Wellbeing, HabitBreaking4<br />

Wellbeing. All groups at 254 Luxford Rd, Emerton (in Holy<br />

Family Parish). For further information tel (02) 9628 0084.<br />


Marriage<br />

Faith in<br />

SEMINAR <strong>2016</strong><br />


‘the Beauty & Joy of Marriage’<br />


‘the Pope Francis apostolic exhortation<br />

The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia)’<br />


St Paul the Apostle Parish, 40 Buckleys Rd, Winston Hills.<br />

Commencing at 7.30pm and concluding with a light supper.<br />

Register attendance by emailing<br />

marriage@ccss.org.au or phone Lyn (02) 8822 2222<br />



Services<br />

When life presents challenging personal, family or unexpected<br />

events, the experienced and qualified counsellors at <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Care’s Family Relationship Services are there to provide support,<br />

counselling and education to individuals, couples, parents and<br />

their children. Groups coming up include:<br />


For separated parents.<br />

Springwood – Thursdays<br />

from 28 <strong>July</strong> to 25 August;<br />

Blacktown – Mondays from<br />

8 August to 5 September.<br />


For Parents on nurturing positive<br />

relationships with children.<br />

Blacktown – Tuesdays from 26<br />

<strong>July</strong> to 30 August.<br />

For further information on any of the groups, please contact<br />

CCSS tel (02) 8822 2222.<br />

NAIDOC Day Celebrations – Come celebrate our culture<br />

together and join in the fun. Monday 4 <strong>July</strong>, 10am-3pm, Holy<br />

Family Parish, 252-254 Luxford Rd, Emerton (enter via Emert<br />

Parade). For further information tel (02) 9628 0084.<br />

Houses to Homes provides transition housing and support<br />

for pregnant girls and young mothers aged 25 years and<br />

under. More information is available at www.ccss.org.au<br />

Mamre Garden Services – Disability enterprise, mowing,<br />

weeding, general gardening. Tel (02) 9670 5321.<br />

Cool Kids ̶ The Cool Kids Program has been running at<br />

Macquarie University since 1993. <strong>Catholic</strong>Care is trained<br />

to deliver this program, which can be of support to families<br />

when children are experiencing high levels of anxiety.<br />

Further information, tel (02) 8822 2222.<br />

Offices at Blacktown, Emerton, Parramatta, Penrith, Springwood, call (02) 8822 2222<br />

www.catholicoutlook.org<br />

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The Church is a social and faith driven hub<br />

By Adrian Middeldorp and<br />

Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

IN 1966, Cardinal Gilroy consecrated Our<br />

Lady of Czestochowa, Queen of Poland<br />

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

The six roof peaks of the Church represent<br />

the six million Polish people who were killed in<br />

World War II.<br />

In the past 50 years, the Church through the<br />

Society of Christ (SChr), an order devoted to the<br />

care of Polish migrants, has provided pastoral<br />

care through a connection with strong faith<br />

and devotional traditions through the Polish<br />

language.<br />

Half a century later, Polish Community<br />

Rector, Rev Henryk Zasiura SChr sees the<br />

community as a bridge between the ageing<br />

first and second generation of migrants, and<br />

the later generations who now speak English as<br />

their primary language and who are generally<br />

involved in their local English-speaking<br />

parishes.<br />

The Marayong church is the centre of Polish<br />

pastoral care, not only for the local community,<br />

but the entire Sydney metropolitan area. The<br />

chaplaincy plays a significant role in Polish<br />

devotional and national celebrations that often<br />

overlap.<br />

Very Rev Przemyslaw S Karasiuk SChr (Fr<br />

Sylvester), the Provincial of the Society of<br />

Christ, believes the Church is a social and faith<br />

driven hub for special celebrations.<br />

“For the meaningful dates in the Polish<br />

religious calendar or national calendar, they<br />

come here (Marayong). Special gatherings<br />

include Corpus Christi and Christ the King –<br />

the patronal feast of our Congregation. On 3<br />

May is the Feast of Our Lady Queen of Poland<br />

and Polish Constitution Day,” Fr Sylvester said.<br />

Celebrating traditional devotions is an<br />

extremely important part of the work of the<br />

Chaplaincy and the Polish language is the<br />

uniting factor to their work.<br />

They participate in the Litany of Loreto in<br />

May, devotionals to the Sacred Heart in June,<br />

October is the month of the Rosary and they say<br />

prayers for the deceased in November.<br />

“Polish religious tradition is tied to the<br />

devotions. In May, for example, Polish people<br />

gather by road crossings where there are small<br />

chapels and they pray a litany such as a litany to<br />

the Sacred Heart in June,” Fr Sylvester said.<br />

Polish celebrations include traditional dancing<br />

and styles of clothing that differ depending<br />

on regions of Poland, and include colourful<br />

celebrations with costumes, flowers and food.<br />

This year is a significant year for the Polish<br />

Rev Henryk Zasiura SChr and Przemyslaw S Karasiuk SChr (Fr Sylvester).<br />

community, not only in Sydney for the 50th<br />

anniversary of the church, but worldwide as it<br />

marks 1050 years of Christianity in Poland.<br />

In 966, Prince Mieszko I, ruler of the Polans,<br />

converted from paganism to Christianity.<br />

Since the establishment of the first Archdiocese<br />

in the year 1000, to 1978 when Karol Wojtyła (St<br />

John Paul II) was elected the first non-Italian<br />

pope in 455 years and who played an influential<br />

role in the downfall of communism in the<br />

country, the Polish story of Christianity has<br />

been one of both struggle and triumph.<br />

Its culture and Christianity are indispensable,<br />

as recognised by the preamble in the Polish<br />

constitution:<br />

“Beholden to our ancestors for their labors,<br />

their struggle for independence achieved at great<br />

sacrifice, for our culture rooted in the Christian<br />

heritage of the Nation and in universal human<br />

values.”<br />

Polish celebrations will culminate at the end<br />

of this month with a Papal visit to Poland, as<br />

Pope Francis visits Czestochowa and World<br />

Youth Day in Krakow.<br />

On 20 November, the Polish community will<br />

welcome Most Rev Wacław Depo, Archbishop<br />

of Czestochowa, who will lead the 50-year<br />

celebrations in Marayong.<br />


The interior of the beautiful Our Lady of Czestochowa,<br />

Queen of Poland <strong>Catholic</strong> Church in Marayong<br />

<br />


Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy<br />

Penrose Park<br />

Fatima Day: Wednesday 13 <strong>July</strong><br />

A day of prayer with our Bishop Peter Ingham!<br />

Exposition 10am, Holy Mass 11am, After Lunch; Procession and Devotions at<br />

Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes<br />

Principal Celebrant: Most Rev Peter Ingham<br />

Bishop of Wollongong<br />

Divine Mercy Sunday: 3 <strong>July</strong><br />

11am - Solemn Mass followed by<br />

Devotions including Chaplet of<br />

Divine Mercy<br />

Fatima Family Sunday: 17 <strong>July</strong><br />

11am - Holy Mass with Renewal<br />

of Wedding Vows, followed by<br />

Devotions<br />

Upcoming celebrations in our shrine<br />

Our Lady of Mt Carmel: Saturday 16 <strong>July</strong><br />

11am - Holy Mass followed by Exposition and Benediction<br />

Pauline Fathers’ Monastery<br />

Address: 120 Hanging Rock Road, Berrima, NSW, 2577 Phone: 02 4878 9192<br />

Email: paulinefathers@yahoo.com.au<br />

Website: www.penrosepark.com.au<br />

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www.parrafamlife.org.au @parrafamlife parrafamlife<br />


70 years of marriage and still smiling<br />

By Ben Smith,<br />

Director of the Family & Life Office<br />

IN POPE FRANCIS’ recent apostolic<br />

exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, he used the<br />

image of wine to reflect the way love matures<br />

in marriage over time. He identified that older<br />

married couples “now taste the sweetness of the<br />

wine of love, well-aged and stored deep within<br />

their hearts.” (Amoris Laetitia, No. 231)<br />

This reality is exemplified by a couple from<br />

Leonay who have been married for many<br />

years. Victor and Ilona Holmick, my wife’s<br />

grandparents, celebrated their 70th wedding<br />

anniversary on 8 June.<br />

They have been parishioners of Our Lady of<br />

the Way Parish at Emu Plains since their arrival<br />

in the area in 1981. I asked the happy couple a<br />

few questions about their life together:<br />

When, where and how did you meet?<br />

They met in Budapest, Hungary, in September<br />

1945. Their lives intersected in the office of a<br />

mutual friend who had employed Ilona after<br />

World War II and had lent Victor a spare garage<br />

to start a business. They began courting at the<br />

end of 1945 and became engaged in February<br />

1946. They were married on 8 June 1946.<br />

Did you have a lavish wedding?<br />

Victor and Ilona had a simple wedding with a<br />

small circle of family and friends in attendance<br />

as Hungary was going through a major<br />

economic downturn. Each guest contributed a<br />

dish and some drinks for the reception.<br />

Ilona and Victor Holmick celebrated 70 years of married life last month.<br />

Did you have an eventful start to your<br />

marriage?<br />

They began their married life in a single-room<br />

apartment next to Ilona’s parents’ house.<br />

But with the changes being made by the new<br />

Communist Government there was little hope<br />

of opportunity, and personal liberties were<br />

being progressively curtailed.<br />

They decided to escape Hungary and find a<br />

new life.<br />

In December 1948, they executed a midnight<br />

run with the help of people smugglers to escape<br />

into Austria with some of their extended family<br />

(there were eight of them in total).<br />

They spent a few months in a refugee camp<br />

in Salzburg where they were given a choice<br />

between immigrating to South America or<br />

Australia. They opted for the latter and boarded<br />

a boat to Australia in June 1949.<br />

What was it like settling into Australia in<br />

1949?<br />

When they arrived in Australia they were sent<br />

to stay in an old army barracks at Bonegilla near<br />

Albury. They shared a bedroom with a number<br />

of families, separated by blankets for privacy.<br />

They also shared the toilet facilities and ate in<br />

a refectory.<br />

Despite these circumstances, Victor and Ilona<br />

were happy to make a new start in a free country.<br />

After an attempt at working on the northern<br />

Queensland canefields, the search for milder<br />

weather and the availability of jobs drew them<br />

to Sydney. For a while they lived in a tent on a<br />

block of land in Sutherland before building a<br />

makeshift three-room shed.<br />

How did you build a foundation for your<br />

family in Australia?<br />

They stumbled on an opportunity to buy<br />

a knitting machine and do some contract<br />

manufacturing. After a while they decided to<br />

try and win some other clients and eventually<br />

secured David Jones as their first major client.<br />

The family knitting business really took off<br />

when they moved to Tamworth to build a<br />

factory and they secured a lucrative contract to<br />

make military jumpers.<br />

The business moved to South Penrith in the<br />

early 1980s and is now run by members of the<br />

Holmick family with a manufacturing plant in<br />

Sri Lanka operated by one of their grandchildren.<br />

What is your legacy?<br />

Through all their challenges in getting settled<br />

into Australia their family has grown to<br />

include five children, 12 grandchildren and 21<br />

great-grandchildren.<br />

What have you learnt about marriage?<br />

Family needs to pull together when the chips are<br />

down.<br />

Husbands and wives will not always agree. But<br />

love conquers all things in the end if you give it<br />

a chance.<br />

To contact the diocesan Family & Life Office,<br />

send an email to famlife@parra.catholic.org.au<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Hospital Chaplaincy<br />

Coordinator/Pastoral Carer<br />

This is a full-time position.<br />

This role exists to meet the sacramental, pastoral, spiritual and social needs<br />

of <strong>Catholic</strong> patients, families and staff within the hospital and the pastoral<br />

administration of the Chaplaincy Department at Mt Druitt Hospital.<br />

The successful applicant will be a practising <strong>Catholic</strong> who is multifaith-abled,<br />

pastorally ministering to patients and staff of many faiths and none. Employed<br />

by the Diocese of Parramatta, you will work under the direction of the Episcopal<br />

Vicar for Chaplaincies.<br />

Applications close Friday 8 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Pastoral Carer<br />

Emu Plains Women’s Correctional Centre<br />

This is a full-time position.<br />

Prison Pastoral Carers are appointed to serve the needs and best interests of the<br />

inmates and staff. The role exists to meet the sacramental, pastoral, spiritual and<br />

social needs of all inmates and staff and for those of all religions and none. Emu<br />

Plains Correctional Centre is a minimum security institution for women on Old<br />

Bathurst Road, Emu Plains.<br />

Diocesan Development Fund<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Diocese of Parramatta<br />

Supporting the<br />

growing needs of the<br />

institutions and agencies within<br />

the <strong>Catholic</strong> Diocese of Parramatta<br />

www.parra.catholic.org.au/ddf<br />

Employed by the Diocese of Parramatta you will work under the direction of<br />

the Episcopal Vicar for Chaplaincies and in accordance with relevant diocesan<br />

policies and protocols and policies of the Department of Corrective Services.<br />

Applications close Friday 8 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

For further details about these positions please visit<br />


http://parracatholic.org/employment/<br />

Disclosure Statement<br />

The Diocesan Development Fund <strong>Catholic</strong> Diocese of Parramatta (DDF) is not subject to the provisions of the Corporation Act 2001 nor has it been examined or approved<br />

by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.<br />

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

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,<br />

Religious and Educational works of the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church.<br />

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

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<br />

the charitable purposes of the DDF.<br />

www.catholicoutlook.org<br />

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Way of Mercy<br />

Update<br />

By Richard McMahon, Director of<br />

Pastoral Planning & Implementation<br />

MOMENTUM is building for the Way<br />

of Mercy, involving the journey of the<br />

Cross and Relics around our Diocese<br />

from August through to November. We are<br />

grateful to everyone who has already engaged<br />

in this diocesan initiative via your prayers, ideas,<br />

questions and other feedback.<br />

There has been a fantastic response from our<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> systemic schools. Each school is willing<br />

to host the Cross and Relics, and our <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

schools are committed to engaging in the<br />

Regional Parish Celebrations.<br />

Interest has been expressed by those in the<br />

fields of university, healthcare, youth and care of<br />

the environment. An itinerary is being finalised<br />

and will be released soon.<br />

We will be in touch to provide support and<br />

assistance as we journey together in our Year of<br />

Mercy through the love of our God.<br />

Frequently asked questions can be<br />

viewed at: http://www.mercyhasaface.org.<br />

au/#!get-involved/zqrr9<br />

Mid-term review for Diocesan Pastoral Plan<br />

We are nearing the halfway point for our<br />

Diocesan Pastoral Plan, Faith in Our Future. It<br />

is an opportunity to pause, give thanks to God<br />

for what has been achieved, and to consider the<br />

way forward.<br />

The Pastoral Planning Office will be in<br />

contact with all agencies, services, parishes and<br />

chaplaincies over the coming weeks to seek<br />

feedback on progress to date, and input into<br />

what is needed going forward as we seek to<br />

grow our faith and share our faith in Jesus Christ.<br />

Should you have any questions or comments<br />

regarding this upcoming review, please contact<br />

our office: pastoralplanning@parra.catholic.org.<br />

au<br />

Thank you for your own work in bringing to life<br />

the vision and goals of Faith in Our Future.<br />

Journey of<br />

the Cross<br />

and Relics<br />

A<br />

MERCY CROSS provided<br />

by the Parish of Richmond<br />

and Relics of St Mary of the<br />

Cross MacKillop and Blessed Teresa<br />

of Calcutta will journey around our<br />

Diocese from August through to<br />

November.<br />

Mercy Cross<br />

In 1990, the Redemptorists came to<br />

Richmond Parish to give a mission<br />

where they engaged the interest and<br />

imagination of parishioners. The focal<br />

point of the mission was a large cross,<br />

built by the late Paul Krupner, which<br />

was central to the prayers of the faithful.<br />

On Good Friday each year it is carried<br />

into St Monica’s Church at the time of<br />

adoration of the cross. This action has<br />

touched the lives of many over the years<br />

and has brought a realism to what Jesus<br />

did for us.<br />

The parish is delighted to share<br />

this precious symbol of faith with the<br />

Diocese.<br />

Message from Mother Teresa<br />

Fr Paul Roberts EV has provided the<br />

relics of Blessed Mother Teresa. The<br />

message was hand written by her in<br />

January 1986.<br />

Fr Paul was visiting India that year,<br />

before he was a priest, and met Mother<br />

Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity<br />

at the home for the dying in Kolkata.<br />

He asked if she would write a message<br />

for his students at Gilroy <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

College, Castle Hill, where he was a<br />

teacher.<br />

After she wrote the message, Mother<br />

Teresa smiled and chuckled, surprisingly<br />

asking: "Paul, would you also like my<br />

business card?’" She hurried from the<br />

room and returned with the small card,<br />

now faded. The card reads:<br />

The Fruit of Silence is Prayer<br />

The Fruit of Prayer is Faith<br />

The Fruit of Faith is Love<br />

The Fruit of Love is Service<br />

www.mercyhasaface.org.au<br />

Once Blessed Mother Teresa is<br />

canonised on 4 September, this written<br />

piece and card will classify as secondclass<br />

relics.<br />

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop<br />

Following her canonisation in 2010, the<br />

Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart<br />

provided the Diocese with a relic that is<br />

a strand of Mary MacKillop’s hair.<br />

Mary is our diocesan patron and the<br />

Diocese has a special connection to<br />

Australia’s only recognised saint. Blue<br />

Mountains woman Veronica Hopson<br />

#mercyhasaface<br />

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

Above: Fr Paul Roberts has provided the<br />

relics of Mother Teresa. Left: Richmond<br />

Parish has provided the Mercy Cross.<br />

developed acute myeloblastic leukaemia<br />

in the early 1960s.<br />

Her complete recovery, without<br />

scientific explanation and through<br />

prayers to Mary MacKillop, was the<br />

miracle accepted by the Vatican in 1993<br />

which led to Mary’s beatification in<br />

1995.<br />

Mary worked in the community,<br />

reaching out to the poor to raise them<br />

up through the service of education.<br />

Upper Blue Mountains Parish is<br />

named for St Mary of the Cross.<br />

Eighteen diocesan schools have close<br />

links to Mary MacKillop.<br />

theLMent.com<br />

Our retired Priests have always been a part of<br />

your FAMILY,<br />

in your celebrations, unions,<br />

happiness & sadness<br />


In their retirement,<br />

they can still remain a part of your<br />

FAMILY<br />


Please support our sick and<br />

retired Priests through the Clergy<br />

Support Foundation.<br />

Donations are welcome at any<br />

time – amounts of $2 or more are<br />

tax deductible.<br />

If you are preparing or changing<br />

a Will you may consider<br />

bequeathing a donation to the<br />

Foundation.<br />

For more information please call<br />

(02) 9639 0598 or donate online<br />

at www.parra.catholic.org.au<br />

20 <strong>Catholic</strong><strong>Outlook</strong> | JULY <strong>2016</strong><br />


www.mercyhasaface.org.au<br />

#mercyhasaface<br />


Priests as learners and receivers<br />

By Rev Paul Roberts,<br />

Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation<br />

and Pastoral Planning<br />

In the video, the seven priests who give a brief<br />

testimony about the mercy theme do so as learners<br />

and receivers; as people who have learned and<br />

continue to learn of God’s mercy.<br />

‘We are called to show mercy<br />

because mercy has first been<br />

shown to us’<br />

THESE ARE the words of Pope Francis<br />

in his specially written background<br />

document that introduced us to the<br />

Jubilee Year of Mercy. The document is entitled<br />

Misericordiwae Vultus, or in English, The Face of<br />

Mercy. It can be downloaded in full and contains<br />

some very helpful perspectives.<br />

If we were in Rome during this year, we would<br />

see that a key way that a Jubilee Year is marked<br />

is to have Jubilees for various groups throughout<br />

the year. These provide a special focus on each<br />

such group according to the theme of the Holy<br />

Year; in this case, God’s gift and call of mercy.<br />

As one of the many expressions in the Diocese<br />

of Parramatta during the Year of Mercy, the<br />

Institute for Mission has produced a small<br />

video, just several minutes long, picking up on<br />

Rome’s idea of the jubilee for particular groups.<br />

The video is being made available through<br />

websites, YouTube, disc and usb. It has a focus<br />

on priests, but perhaps not quite in the way that<br />

some might first expect.<br />

The Greek word from which we translate<br />

'disciple' refers to a learner or student, rather<br />

than to a teacher. And in our diocesan video,<br />

the seven priests shown who each give a very<br />

brief testimony about the mercy theme, do so<br />

as learners and receivers; as people who have<br />

learned and continue to learn of God’s mercy<br />

through the blessing and witness of the people<br />

they serve in ministry.<br />

There are stories of regular parishioners and<br />

others negotiating the burdens and challenges of<br />

life that in this video message are presented as<br />

the teachers to the priests.<br />

Pope Francis reminds us that our call as<br />

Christian disciples to show mercy in the world<br />

is not something that we simply do off our own<br />

bat, or as a responsibility that stands alone.<br />

Rather, it is because God first offers us this<br />

unconditional gift.<br />

And one of the ways God expresses the gift is<br />

through the lives of other people as the priests in<br />

the video clearly attest.<br />

As a Jubilee of Priests expression in the Year<br />

of Mercy, this video is, in fact, more like a jubilee<br />

of humanity as a precious channel of God.<br />

I’m sure I speak for all the priests of the<br />

Diocese in giving thanks for the very many<br />

people who continue to teach us and whose lives<br />

continue to move us!<br />

As a priest, I’ve lost count of how many times<br />

I’ve stopped and pinched myself; pinched myself<br />

and asked why it is that I am standing here<br />

expressing Christ’s healing presence and love<br />

in the Eucharist or ministering divine grace in<br />

Reconciliation; why am I doing this when the<br />

lives of so many among whom I minister have<br />

so much to teach me?<br />

Rather than pick from the many things I<br />

continue to wonder about, I’ll simply say thank<br />

you on my own behalf and on behalf of my<br />

brother priests and repeat Pope Francis’ words<br />

to us all: "We are called to show mercy because<br />

mercy has first been shown to us."<br />

You’ll find the video at our diocesan Year of<br />

Mercy website mercyhasaface.org.au or at the<br />

Institute for Mission website ifm.org.au<br />



Weekend Masses<br />

Saturday 8am, 9:30am<br />

(Mass in the Extraordinary Form – Latin),<br />

6pm (Vigil) Sunday 8am, 9.30am (Family<br />

Mass), 11am (Solemn Mass), 6pm<br />

Weekday Masses<br />

Monday to Friday 6.45am,12.30pm<br />

Public Holidays 8am<br />

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament<br />

Monday to Friday 11.15am-12.20pm<br />

First Friday of the month 6pm-7pm<br />

Sacrament of Penance<br />

Weekdays 11.15am-12.20pm<br />

Saturdays 8.30am-9am, 5pm-5.30pm<br />

Devotions<br />

Morning Prayer of the Church<br />

Monday to Friday 6.30am<br />

Saturday and Sunday 7.30am<br />

Angelus<br />

Monday to Friday noon<br />

Rosary<br />

Monday to Friday after Angelus at noon<br />

Canticle of Our Lady’s Marian Movement<br />

Friday 1pm<br />

Christian meditation<br />

Tuesday 9.30am-10.15am<br />

Baptism - Sunday 12.45pm by appointment<br />

Marriages - By appointment<br />

Contact the Parish Secretary<br />

tel (02) 8839 8400 or email<br />

1 Marist Place, Parramatta<br />



Friday 22 <strong>July</strong>,<br />

6.30pm-8.30pm<br />

We aim to have a new<br />

conversation about<br />

asylum seekers, focused<br />

on respect, relationship,<br />

story and values.<br />

By the end of our time<br />

together we want to:<br />

• Hear the story of an<br />

asylum seeker as we<br />

share our common<br />

values;<br />

• Identify potential new<br />

leaders and foster action<br />

for our mission; and<br />

• Ask questions and hear<br />

input from an expert in<br />

the area of refugees and<br />

asylum seekers.<br />

RSVP to: Lmckeogh@<br />

parra.catholic.org.au<br />

www.catholicoutlook.org<br />

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Marian Nursing Home now part of Southern Cross Care<br />

THE DIOCESE of Parramatta<br />

is selling its sole residential<br />

aged care facility, Marian<br />

Nursing Home, to Southern Cross<br />

Care (NSW & ACT), effective 1<br />

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

To ensure the long-term<br />

sustainability of Marian Nursing<br />

Home and due to the rapidly<br />

changing nature of the aged<br />

care sector – including ageing<br />

population demographics and<br />

evolving industry regulation – it<br />

was deemed beneficial for the home<br />

to be part of a larger network.<br />

Most aged care providers operate<br />

multiple facilities and benefit<br />

from the scale of their operations,<br />

including greater financial stability.<br />

It is also in the best care interests<br />

of the residents that Marian Nursing<br />

Home be transitioned to a larger<br />

aged care provider.<br />

Young altar<br />

servers a great<br />

blessing<br />

By David Baker<br />

PADRE PIO Parish, Glenmore Park,<br />

experienced a great blessing on 5<br />

June with the presentation of 23<br />

new young altar servers representing the<br />

community.<br />

They brought an energy that was heart<br />

lifting for those who helped with the<br />

training, their families and the greater<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> community of Glenmore Park.<br />

The presentation was part of the parish’s<br />

9.30am Sunday Mass, expressing their<br />

commitment and passion to be an active<br />

part of the parish.<br />

The Parish Administrator, Rev Chris<br />

Antwi-Boasiako, organised and led a<br />

beautiful liturgy that was engaging not<br />

only for the new altar servers, but also their<br />

families and friends. It was an inspirational<br />

service that highlighted both our <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

faith and the power of the Holy Spirit.<br />

Such a liturgy and the weeks of training<br />

Thursday 21 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

Holy Hour for Vocations<br />

The sale to Southern Cross Care<br />

(NSW & ACT), a not-for-profit<br />

organisation, was based on the<br />

premise of looking for other faithbased<br />

organisations to purchase the<br />

facility, ideally shifting from one<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> organisation to another.<br />

This transition will help ensure<br />

the facility maintains its unique<br />

Christian character and heritage.<br />

Marian Nursing Home employees<br />

will also benefit from the move<br />

to a larger, established provider,<br />

with opportunities for greater role<br />

diversity and choice.<br />

At the signing were (standing):<br />

Very Rev John Hogan and Geoff<br />

Officer, Chief of Operations & Finance;<br />

(seated) Very Rev Peter Williams VG<br />

EV and Mr Paul McMahon, CEO of<br />

Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT).<br />

<br />


St Patrick’s Cathedral, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta<br />

These young people are actively engaged with their parish.<br />

could not have been successful without<br />

the leadership and support of Fr Chris,<br />

the invaluable assistance of Sr Mary<br />

Louise Walsh ISSM, who assisted with<br />

our training and linked the young people<br />

of the parish to the diocese, and Sr Luka<br />

Juenemann ISSM, who graciously assisted<br />

with our training and support over several<br />

weeks.<br />

A big thank you to parishioner Mary<br />

Catania, who made new albs for the altar<br />

servers and had the honour of presenting<br />

them to the young people during the<br />

ceremony.<br />

Confirming our<br />

understanding<br />

of Confirmation<br />

By Adelle Lobo<br />

NEW EDITIONS of the Order of<br />

Confirmation and the Order of<br />

Celebrating Matrimony came into<br />

use in Australia in February this year.<br />

Two professional development seminars<br />

for clergy, religious education coordinators<br />

(RECs) and parish sacramental coordinators<br />

took place at St Joseph's Retreat Centre in<br />

Baulkham Hills on 15 and 29 June.<br />

The seminars were led by Prof Clare<br />

Johnson, Director of the Centre for Liturgy at<br />

Australian <strong>Catholic</strong> University (ACU), who<br />

explored current official Church teaching on<br />

these sacraments in theory and in practice.<br />

More than 200 participants attended from<br />

the dioceses of Parramatta and Broken Bay,<br />

and the Archdiocese of Sydney.<br />

Copies of the Order of Confirmation and<br />

the Order of Celebrating Matrimony can<br />

be purchased from St Pauls Books & Gifts<br />

Centre, 238 Church St, Parramatta, or online:<br />

http://www.stpauls.com.au/book-centre<br />

Everyone is welcome to join the Holy Hour for Vocations from<br />

7pm-8pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month for an hour of<br />

adoration, prayer, music and quiet time in the Blessed Sacrament<br />

Chapel in St Patrick’s Cathedral.<br />

To find out more about priesthood in the Diocese of Parramatta<br />

contact Fr Warren Edwards, Director of Priestly Vocations<br />

tel 0409 172 700 or email vocations@parra.catholic.org.au<br />

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Celebrating Pentecost Sunday<br />

By Barbara Stenning & Neville Fernandes<br />

Colourful flags carried in the entry procession reflect the diversity of CCR.<br />

A<br />

JOYFUL CELEBRATION In his homily, Fr David said that<br />

of the Feast of Pentecost the <strong>Catholic</strong> Charismatic Renewal<br />

took place on Sunday 15 was often seen as a fringe group in<br />

May at Our Lady Queen of Peace<br />

the Church, but he encouraged the<br />

Parish, Greystanes. Prayer and<br />

Covenant Communities from the<br />

people by saying that the Pope sees<br />

dioceses of Parramatta, Broken them as being “at the heart of what<br />

Bay and Wollongong and the the Holy Spirit is doing”.<br />

Archdiocese of Sydney came He reminded them of the “call to<br />

together for a time of grace and holiness” and how we are called to<br />

renewal.<br />

be saints, doing marvellous things,<br />

Before the Mass, prayer and<br />

using the spiritual gifts.<br />

praise was led by the Music<br />

Ministry of St John XXIII Parish,<br />

After Mass there was a BBQ<br />

Glenwood-Stanhope Gardens. hosted by the Community of the<br />

The entry procession included Risen Lord and it was a time to meet<br />

colourful flags.<br />

old friends and members of other<br />

Rev David Callaghan was the prayer groups and communities.<br />

principal celebrant for the Mass, About 400 people adjourned to<br />

which was concelebrated by Rev<br />

the school hall for a time of prayer<br />

Paul Marshall, Parish Priest of<br />

Greystanes, Rev Paul Glynn SM,<br />

and praise led by the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Rev Zakaria Gayed and Rev Kene Korean music ministry from<br />

Onwukwe.<br />

Silverwater.<br />

Reflecting the diversity of the The afternoon concluded with a<br />

Renewal, representatives from time of prayer ministry and gentle<br />

various Charismatic Renewal music.<br />

groups and communities assisted<br />

Thanks to the Emmaus Prayer<br />

in the liturgy through proclaiming<br />

the Word, leading the Universal<br />

Community with <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Prayer in various languages and in Charismatic Renewal NSW for the<br />

bringing the gifts to the altar in the preparation and hosting of this<br />

offertory.<br />

annual event for the past 40 years.<br />

5<br />

21<br />

22<br />

22-24<br />

29<br />

30<br />

15<br />





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

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

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

door – cash and EFTPOS payment options.<br />


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

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

Parramatta.<br />


Join a new conversation about asylum seekers, focused on respect, relationship, story and<br />

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

share our common values, identify potential new leaders and foster action for our mission, ask<br />

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

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

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


This weekend retreat is designed to bring psychological and spiritual healing to anyone who<br />

has been affected by an abortion experience including women, men, couples and grandparents.<br />

Rachel's Vineyard Ministries Australia is supported by the Australian <strong>Catholic</strong> Bishops<br />

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

For more information visit: www.rachelsvineyard.org.au<br />


Prof Richard Lennan renowned speaker and author, will address issues such as Church mission,<br />

ministry, and ecumenism under the care and guidance of Pope Francis and explore the ‘church in<br />

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

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



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

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

own interpretation; exploring the possibilities and limits for change in the Church. Presented<br />

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

news-events/Events<br />



This course begins with a Compulsory Introductory Session on Monday 15 August. Participants<br />

continue with the two-week course of their choice: Ministers of the Word, Extraordinary<br />

Ministers of Communion, Communion to the Sick and Dying. Conducted at the Diocesan<br />

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

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

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



Rachel mourns her children;<br />

she refuses to be consoled<br />

because her children are no more.<br />

Thus says the Lord:<br />

Cease your cries of mourning.<br />

Wipe the tears from your eyes.<br />

The sorrow you have shown<br />

shall have its reward.<br />

There is hope for your future.<br />

(Jer 31:15-17)<br />

THIS WEEKEND retreat in Sydney<br />

is designed to bring psychological<br />

and spiritual healing to anyone who<br />

has been affected by an abortion<br />

experience including women, men,<br />

couples and grandparents.<br />

Rachel's Vineyard Ministries Australia<br />

is supported by the Australian <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Bishops Conference.<br />

Confidential inquiries:<br />

Tel or SMS 0400 092 555<br />

info@rachelsvineyard.org.au<br />

For more information visit:<br />

www.rachelsvineyard.org.au<br />

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