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The official publication of the Diocese of Parramatta | www.catholicoutlook.org | VOLUME 19, OCTOBER 2016

Social Justice Statement 2016-17

A Place at the Table:

Social justice in an

ageing society






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For two weeks in September, I was in

Italy attending a silent retreat, which

was organised by the Congregation for

Bishops. Though it was difficult for me

to be away from the Diocese and its

many demands, I felt the retreat was

much-needed time to review, refocus and

recharge my spiritual life.

Jesus gave us that example of unmitigated

commitment to prayer and renewal even

when others were making demands on him.

We must try and seek that better portion

like Mary did even in the midst of the flurry

of activities.

One of the things I learned, or became ever

more conscious of, is the utter gratuity with

which God has loved me and enabled me to

be his instrument despite my unworthiness.

I don’t mean to say this just because I got

to sit next to Pope Francis at dinner. That

was an utter fluke or, better, an absolutely

unexpected blessing.

Out of the blue, I was given a seat next

to his Holiness like the beloved disciple

at the Last Supper. In fact, when I look

back my whole life has been a series of

unexpected blessings.

It is like God wrote a straight line on

crooked dots ,which has been characteristic

of my life. It is this gratuity of God’s love

towards me, this unmerited grace that has

shaped me that I am compelled to proclaim.

The readings this 25 th Sunday in Ordinary

Time also remind us of our duty to imitate

the God of utter magnanimity, graciousness

and forgiveness.

In the first reading, the prophet Amos

sternly cautions the people about the unjust

practices that go against the heart of their

religion. The lowering of the bushel, the

raising of the shekel and the tampering with

the scales etc … are some of these practices.

They betray the very purpose of the

Exodus, which was the liberation of the

people from their slavery and oppression.

They betray the very God that liberated

them and formed them into a new society

of justice, solidarity and equality.


4 Meets with the Provincial of Opus Dei.


Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv

Homily for 25 th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, and Celebrating the Journey,

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, 18 September 2016

6 Blessing of the Diocesan Ministry Centre, Blacktown.

7 Retreat Day with Chancery Staff.

8 Celebrates Mass for the General Chapter of the Sisters

of Mercy, Parramatta.

9 Celebrates Mass of the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

with the Installation of Fr Giovani Gaviria as Parish

Priest at Sacred Heart Church, Warragamba, at 9.30am.

13 Celebrates Mass at Australian Catholic University,

North Sydney.

14 Attends a meeting of the Bishops of the Province

of NSW.

The Gospel confirms this message, albeit

in a way that may not be so obvious to us. It

tells of the parable of the unfaithful servant

who has failed his duty of stewardship.

He faces the prospect of unemployment,

reduced status and even ridicule.

He was given one more roll of the dice

and he does it wisely. He calls the master’s

debtors and writes down the debts. In other

words, he banks on his master’s generosity.

By writing down the debts, he actually

makes the claim that his master cannot fault

him: that the master forgives those who owe

him, that he is generous and magnanimous.

For banking on this defining virtue of his

master, the dishonest servant was praised.

The Word of God thus challenges us

about our relationship with God and with

one another. If God is so generous and

forgiving to us, we too must be generous

and forgiving with one another.

We cannot be the disciples of Jesus and

think and act merely in terms of the raw

justice of the world. None of us could be

saved if God applied the strict justice on the

basis of our merits.

The parable is actually designed to prod

at our sense of entitlement and merit. It

challenges us to think and act in the way

that God in Jesus has shown us, which is not

a raw justice of the world but the justice of

the Kingdom and the very mercy of God.

All of this helps us understand what

we are really celebrating today. It is about

more than your toughness, durability or

tenacity of putting up with each other for a

half century. You are not here as those who

have “survived” marriage, as if it were an

endurance test!

To be sure, your resilience and hardiness

is admirable and a great witness to us all, but

even more important is the faith that allowed

you to detect the grace of God working in

you since the day it was promised to you.

Yours is faith that believes that it is

precisely in the limited circumstances and

the limited relationships of your life that

God has called and graced you.

Today is about acknowledging and

‘Whatever path

we walk in our

journey of giving

and receiving love,

we are not meant

to be alone.’

celebrating that you have been able to keep

your promises because God has kept His

to you.

In all of that, let God leave you today

with a sense of wonder and awe as you

think of all the many moments He has

pulled you back from the edge of danger,

saving you from the full consequences of

your mistakes sinfulness.

Today is a day to congratulate you for

keeping your promise, but you know

better than I that it is even more so a day

to thank and praise God for keeping his

promise to you.

Whatever path we walk in our journey

of giving and receiving love, we are not

meant to be alone. We need community,

and it is here that the church has a key role,

in supporting us as we strive to build love

and in supporting us when our efforts to

collapse about us.

Whenever we find ourselves in our

relationships, let us remember the good

news that God is love, and that all God’s

grace is now being offered us to find the

truth that will set us free.

Everyone in this church, whatever our

past history, is capable now of loving and

receiving love. We must not compare

ourselves to others, or attempt to measure

our love.

Knowing that we are not meant to be

alone, let us take whatever small steps of

love present themselves to us and we will be

astonished at the results.

God is love and so love, any real love, is

the stuff of which miracles are made.

16 Celebrates Holy Mass of the 29 th Sunday in Ordinary

Time with the Rite of Candidacy to Holy Orders at St

Monica’s Parish, Richmond, 9.30am.

20 Convenes a meeting of the Council of Priests and

College of Consultors.

21 Celebrates Holy Mass for SREs followed by

presentation, Padre Pio Parish, Glenmore Park,

at 11am.

21 Celebrates Mass for the conferral of the Sacrament of

Confirmation at Holy Name of Mary Parish, Rydalmere,

at 7.30pm.

23 Celebrates Holy Mass of the 30 th Sunday in Ordinary

Time at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, 11am.



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Dr Susan Timoney from the Archdiocese of Washington addresses

The Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Wuerl, with Broken Bay’s

The Bishop of Broken Bay, Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, welcomes

delegates. Photos: Adrian Middeldorp.

Daniel Ang.

delegates to PROCLAIM 2016.

Parishes the heart of the New Evangelisation

By Adrian Middeldorp

and Jordan Grantham


hope and the challenge to parishes

to become the centre of evangelisation

was the central message of the

PROCLAIM 2016 Conference on the New

Evangelisation, held at the Concourse in

Chatswood from 1-3 September.

This national gathering was hosted by

the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay in

partnership with the Australian Catholic

Bishops Conference.

PROCLAIM 2016 drew more than

520 delegates from across Australia, New

Zealand and the Pacific, seeking new ways

to build on the strengths and charisms of

the faith community.

The keynote speakers were: Archbishop

of Washington, Donald Cardinal Wuerl;

Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Auxiliary

Bishop of Westminster in the UK;

Dr Susan Timoney, Secretary for

Pastoral Ministry in the Archdiocese of

Washington in the US, and Daniel Ang,

Director of Evangelisation in the Diocese

of Broken Bay.

The program included workshop sessions

covering diverse areas, from marriage to

new media.

Cardinal Wuerl said that parishes “tell the

story of Jesus”. He presented evangelisation

as a warm and prayerful task. He explained

that evangelisation begins at the individual

level, through strengthened faith and taking

personal responsibility for evangelisation,

then engages the wider community with

conversation and new media.

“The goal at the parish level is to get as

many people as possible engaged in the

simple task of telling the story of Jesus,”

he said.

Cardinal Wuerl warmly endorsed social

media engagement: “The new media has to

be at the heart of our method of getting the

word out.”

Dr Susan Timoney called on delegates to

make parishes more accessible to those who

may want to encounter Christ by becoming

more inviting.

“We are the eyes, the hands, the heart of

Jesus in our homes, in our workplaces” so

we must “go, invite, welcome”.

Dr Timoney said those in the parishes

are not “just the buildings” but “what goes

in them”.

Her work in the Archdiocese of

Washington includes helping assess

parishes by their “indicators of vitality”.

The indicators include five key areas of

parish life.

Worship: The vitality of the parish’s

liturgical life with special emphasis on the

importance of the Eucharist.

Education: The ability to provide faith

formation for parishioners of all ages.

Community: The ability of a parish to

evangelise, reach out to the community

and welcome all people into the mission of

the parish.

Service: The parish calls parishioners to

help all who are in need.

Administrators: The parish has sufficient

leadership, management of resources and

decision-making processes.

Daniel Ang said that parishes should

not be afraid to have a vision and that they

could no longer rely on the “conveyor belt

of Catholicism”.

He said that evangelising parishes created

disciples in the midst of the church that

“opens individual lives to more possibilities

for the life of faith, vocation and holiness”.

He stressed the importance of parishes

having a vision, “When we communicate a

vision of the parish, how we seek to respond

to God in this context, in this time, in this

local community, when we can articulate a

vision of the kinds of spiritual growth we

are seeking to raise up in our people, this

passionate purpose becomes the heartbeat

or pulse of a parish.”

In the final keynote, Bishop Nicholas

Hudson said parishes should become

oases of mercy, “‘I learnt from my dad

when I was six years old. He used to

take me out to visit the neighbours

who were elderly or alone. He wasn’t

self-consciously teaching me to make

our family or our parish an oasis of

mercy, but I realised that he was, for

those vulnerable people around us, an

oasis of mercy.

Bishop Hudson also talked about the

benefits of a team for evangelisation: “The

Lord himself needed a team.”

In describing how mercy should be the

centre of parish evangelisation, he said

that “mercy is a christo-centric lens, if we

proclaim mercy, we proclaim Christ”. He

explained that the Latin word for mercy is

misericordae, which means literally to have

a “heart of pity”. He said the best way to

proclaim mercy was to “start doing it”.

Bishop Hudson said that we should

look at opportunities for kerygma,

“the preaching or proclamation of the

Christian Gospel”, not to “proselytise” but

to “lovingly inquire”.

PROCLAIM 2016 keynote addresses

can be viewed online at www.xt3.com/


With ACBC/Diocese of Broken Bay.






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New ACN Secretary General visits

By Elizabeth McFarlane

and Jordan Grantham



South American priest on a study

tour in Germany visited the international

headquarters of Aid to the

Church in Need. This priest went on to

become a bishop, whose diocese received

support for aid projects from Aid to the

Church in Need.

Today, that priest is Pope Francis and

he continues to hold Aid to the Church in

Need (ACN) close to his heart.

Philipp Ozores is ACN’s new Secretary

General and on a recent visit to Australia

he shared his experience of Pope Francis’

support with Catholic Outlook.

In a private audience in June, the Holy

Father agreed to film a message supporting

ACN’s Year of Mercy campaign. “The Pope

said … let’s just do it now. So Fr Hans

Stapel (ACN Brazil’s President) pulled out

his iPhone and the Holy Father recorded a

message off the cuff,” Philipp said.

Prior to becoming Secretary General

of ACN, Philipp Ozores was Assistant to

the Chief Financial Officer for the Order

of Malta’s massive operations in Cologne,

which is perceived in Germany as “like the

Red Cross in a Catholic way”.

The Secretary-General of ACN, Philipp Ozores

with National Director Phillip Collignon (right).

Photo supplied.

Aid to the Church in Need is now the

Church’s largest pastoral charity, annually

receiving the equivalent of $A175 million

for aid projects, primarily for the poor and

persecuted Church around the world.

Support for Middle Eastern countries

increased significantly in response to the

chaos of the ‘Arab Spring’ and violence

of ISIS.

Aid to the Church in Need’s approach

is to support local projects through the

existing structures of the local Church. This

saves money and uses local expertise.

Last year, 6200 projects were funded, an

increase on the 5600 projects funded in the

previous year.

“The standard in ACN’s program is very

hands on for pastoral needs. But it also

could be very specific – it could be a car for

a priest, it could be building or renovating a

church or chapel,” Philipp said.

The Australian Office of Aid to the Church

in Need has one of the network’s most

efficient fundraising operations. It is led by

the National Director, Phillip Collignon,

who manages the operations from an office

located in Seven Hills.

Aid to the Church in Need Australia

raises about $4 million each year, from

10,000 benefactors.

The Mirror is ACN’s newsletter and

it is the main fundraising tool. Stories

about the varied projects and incredible

challenges of Catholics across the globe

regularly engage readers.

For World Youth Day Krakow this year,

ACN launched the app version of DOCAT,

the new youth catechism on Catholic

Social Teaching. It aims to energise a

million young Catholics in building a more

just and compassionate society. The book

was free to download.

The DOCAT app includes a quiz after

each section and links to Facebook

forums for further questions. This takes

ACN’s mission into the era of social

media and engages a new generation in

their vital aid work.

To support the work of ACN please go to the

Australian website www.aidtochurch.org

or contact the office tel (02) 9679 1929.

Bishop Vincent enjoyed a ‘John the Beloved Disciple’ moment with Pope Francis. Photo supplied.

The Pope who came to dinner


Francis at the dinner table during

a recent retreat organised by

the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops?

Parramatta’s Bishop Vincent Long OFM

Conv was on a retreat in Italy with fellow

bishops from 2-16 September when the

Holy Father paid a visit.

“I spent two weeks in a mountain near

La Verna, which is the place where St

Francis received the sacred stigmata,”

Bishop Vincent said. “While I did not

witness the Transfiguration or receive

the stigmata, I can assure you that it was

wonderful to be there. The retreat was

hosted by the Sisters of the Divine Master

and preached by three wise Jesuits.

“It was bookended by the canonisation

of Mother Teresa at the beginning and

the Papal Audience at the end. I got lucky

when, unwittingly, I was given a prime

position (well, a bit of quick thinking and

pushing helped). I got the best seat in the

dining room at Santa Marta.

“While enjoying my ‘John the Beloved

Disciple’ moment (pictured), I spoke to

his Holiness about a few things close to

my heart. I introduced myself to him

as Bishop of Parramatta and a former

boat person. I raised the issue of asylum

seekers in Australia and our government’s

harsh offshore detention policy.

“The Holy Father commended the way

Italy handles the asylum seeker crisis and

grieved the cold-heartedness with which

some other countries act towards them.

“I also spoke to him about the opposition

both from within the Church and the

secular forces in respect of his leadership

on a number of issues such as climate

change, the person-centred economy and

concern for the marginalised.

“His simple answer and his gesture

left a deep impression on me: ‘I seek to

be authentic.’

“Pope Francis made me feel completely

at home and without fear. When he asked

me if I wanted wine and then poured

it into my glass, it was as though the

Servant Jesus came to life for me there

and then.

“It was a privileged moment and an

unforgettable experience. I thank God

for it and I am more determined to follow

the example of the Servant Leadership of

Pope Francis.”

Celebrate the Holy Year of Mercy by supporting priests, religious sisters and brothers wherever the Church is poor, persecuted or threatened

A priest visiting the sick in Peru


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Call for communities of compassion as population ages

AS MORE AND MORE Australians

are living longer, we should celebrate

the great ‘success story’ of our

ageing population and, as a fair and compassionate

nation, foster solidarity among

all generations, Bishop Antoine-Charbel

Tarabay from the Australian Catholic Social

Justice Council said at last month's

launch of the Australian Catholic Bishops

2016-17 Social Justice Statement, A Place at

the Table: Social justice in an ageing society.

"Australia must protect older people who

are most vulnerable to hardship and who

are at risk of feeling they are a burden on

society," Bishop Tarabay said at the launch

in Sydney on 6 September.

The statement highlights the significant

contribution that older people continue

to make to the life of the community. The

number of Australians aged 65 and over

will more than double from 3.6 million

today to 8.9 million by the middle of

the century.

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv is

the Chairman of the Australian Catholic

Social Justice Council. In the statement,

Bishop Vincent said the journey into

old age presented both challenges

and opportunities.

"Retirement, changing health and

altered living conditions can be

confronting for individuals and their

families. Our society, too, needs to adjust

as it deals with a community with an

increasingly higher proportion of older

people and comparatively fewer people of

working age.

"However, these changes bring gifts

too, and this is the time for families,

communities and society as a whole to

explore them. In the words of Pope Francis,

old age is a vocation, not a time to ‘pull in

the oars’, but ‘our societies are not ready,

spiritually and morally, to appreciate the

true value of this stage of life’.

"We are seeing a new vision of ageing, one

where many people enter their 60s and 70s

in good health and with plenty of skills and

energy to offer our communities. Indeed,

governments have seen this change and

have started calling for people to remain

in the workplace beyond the traditional

retirement age.

"For many, that is a realistic expectation;

but for it to be realised, governments

and employers must recognise the true

capacities of older people. They must also

acknowledge that not all older people are

healthy or well-off.

"Old age and frailty will come to us all

eventually, and we will need the help and

support of others. This is a time when

we must see a just society in action. We

must challenge the individualism and

consumerism of modern society that gives

rise to what Pope Francis calls a ‘throwaway’

culture. Stereotypes of older people

as doddering, out of touch or dependent

are false and dehumanising.

"People are not commodities, to be

valued only for their productivity or

purchasing power. They are human beings

in the fullest sense, precious in their own

right, possessing a dignity that was given

them by God. Furthermore, their wisdom

and lived experience are priceless treasures

that can enrich our lives.

"At this time in Australia, we face a

threefold challenge: to work for an inclusive

society that brings older people into the

heart of the community; to ensure the

dignity and care of people who are frail and

most vulnerable to neglect or abuse; and

to foster solidarity among all generations,

recognising the special affinity that exists

between young and old.

"We must never forget that

the older person before us is

a spouse, a parent, a brother

or sister, a friend and, most

importantly, a son or daughter

of God. All of us are created

in the image and likeness of

God, and are called to have our

rightful place at the table he

has prepared."

About 75% of men and

85% of women are reaching

retirement in good health and

with about 20 years of life

ahead of them.

However, there is a risk

that a society ill-prepared

for demographic change

may assess these trends as an

economic threat.

Already, we hear divisive

terms such as ‘intergenerational

theft’ or invidious comparisons

between ‘productive workers’

and ‘burdensome retirees’.

Our community must ensure

that both the costs

and the great benefits of

an ageing population are

shared equitably.

Where policies encourage longer working

lives, we must ensure that vulnerable groups

share the benefits of employment and are

protected from poverty in their later years.

Where aged-care sectors are being

opened to market competition, we must

ensure that those with limited means

receive the dignified and adequately funded

care all are entitled to.

The statement points out that particularly

vulnerable people can be exposed to

loneliness, ageism and elder abuse.

The bishops challenge a ‘throw-away’

a place at the table


S o c i a l J u s t i c e S t a t e m e n t 2 0 1 6 – 1 7

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

culture that casts older people as being

burdensome or even dispensable.

They strongly affirm the sanctity of life

and call for a culture of compassionate care

that values and protects people in their

final years.

The bishops call for communities that

foster solidarity among the generations

and ensure older people have their rightful

place at the table.

The 2016-17 Social Justice Statement

can be downloaded from the Australian

Catholic Social Justice Council website:



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Image courtesy Steven Buhagiar.

Put on your sacramental lenses

By Meg Griffin,

Life, Marriage & Family Office


you have learned” were the

words of the wise Jedi Master

Yoda in Star Wars V, The Empire Strikes

Back. These words were echoed by International

Retreat Master, Fr Thomas Loya,

“learning is really about unlearning”, as he

began the first session of the Theology of

the Body Retreat hosted by Parramatta’s

Life, Marriage & Family Office at the picturesque

Mt Schoenstatt Retreat Centre

from 9-11 September.

Clarifying the intended application

of this “unlearning”, Fr Loya went on to

explain what it means to be Catholic. Often

misunderstood to be a religion of rules,

“Our Faith is about a way of seeing … and

living according to that vision.”

A sacrament brings together the infinite/

invisible and the tangible/visible – the

sacraments are part of what distinguishes us

from other religions, the invisible becomes

visible through something physical.

Hence, rather than simply dealing with

“religious stuff ” on Sundays at Mass, we can

begin to see all that is around us through

the lens of sacramentality, that is, seeing

the invisible (God) incarnated through his

creation and integrated into the order of

creation, all with a harmonious role to play

in God’s plan. To be Catholic is to be and

see sacramentally.

Fr Loya called it, “seeing with two Is”.

The wearing of these “Catholic,

sacramental lenses” through which we

view all things around us was a recurring

Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy

Penrose Park

Fatima Day: Thursday 13 October

A day of prayer with our Apostolic Nuncio His Excellency Most Reverend Adolfo Tito

Yllana! Come and offer prayers with us for the salvation of the world.

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

Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Principal Celebrant: His Excellency

Monthly Divine Mercy Sunday

2 October

11am: Solemn Mass followed by Devotions

including Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

motif throughout the weekend for the

retreat’s 35 participants.

Fr Loya represented this concept

physically by the continual clicking on and

off of his magnetic, black-rimmed glasses.

Having established the way in which

to see, Fr Loya proceeded to apply this

to human beings, beginning with Adam

and Eve.

We are all created as sexual beings, man

or woman, and we are all called to a spousal

love, no matter what our vocation.

Spousal love, simply put, is the complete

gift of self, which can be demonstrated

sacramentally through the physical union

of man and wife, as well as by priests

and religious in the giving of themselves

through their service to the Church.

The blessing of having Fr Loya present

the authentic roles of men and women as

intended by God was his unique perspective

in having a background in the field of art.

Seeing the world with both an artist’s

eye and a theologian's eye resulted in his

ability to communicate the deep meaning

of St John Paul II’s work through the use

of images, including iconography and

traditional Western art.

Being a Catholic priest of the Byzantine

rite, Fr Loya had an enriching knowledge

of the theology of iconography, especially

present in the Eastern Church.

Retreatants departed with a real sense of

the beauty of the human person, body and

soul, free from lust or prudishness, and the

way it is a living icon of the Holy Trinity.

Fr Loya showed that looking through

our sacramental lenses, the way in which

the human body was designed reflects the

Most Reverend Adolfo Tito Yllana

Fatima Family Sunday

16 October

11am: Holy Mass with Renewal of Wedding

Vows, followed by Devotions.

Upcoming celebrations in Our Shrine

Friday 7 October: Our Lady of the Rosary

11am Holy Mass followed by Exposition and Benediction.

Pauline Fathers’ Monastery

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

Email: paulinefathers@yahoo.com.au

Website: www.penrosepark.com.au

Pictured with Fr Thomas Loya are retreatants (from left): Liza Alimangohan, Arnel Alimangohan, Ben Smith,

Mary Ann Mamon and Levi Mamon.

very role and nature of men or women and,

hence, aspects of God.

The shape of a woman can be presented

artistically with circular lines, reflecting

her nature as relational; someone who

brings the family together, who nurtures.

She is also created to receive, as evidenced

physically by her womb.

By contrast, the man can be represented

artistically with triangular lines moving

outward. As the protector and the leader,

his actions are directed outward, dealing

with the external world.

Attesting to his authority on the topic,



St Paul the Apostle Parish Hall | 40 Buckleys Rd, Winston Hills

DVD Presentation titled “Communication

101” by author and couple counsellor

Dr Gary Chapman well known for his work

“The 5 Love Languages.’

For further information, or to register,

please contact Marriage, Education, Support

and Enrichment in The Life, Marriage and

Family Office ph: (02) 8838 3460.

Fr Loya learned his Theology of the Body

directly from St John Paul II, and was

present the moment he was shot, as well as

at his first reappearance after recovery.

Fr Loya’s conclusion was that if St John

Paul’s Theology of the Body could be spread

all over the world, and people taught to see

all around them sacramentally, the entire

face of the world would be changed.

With several school teachers from

the Diocese of Parramatta attending the

retreat, our Diocese can look forward to

the good fruits that will flow from this

nourishing experience.

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St Teresa of Kolkata: a saint for most but not for all

By Ben Smith,

Director of the Life, Marriage

& Family Office


world on 4 September when Mother

Teresa of Kolkata was proclaimed a

saint. She is a glowing example of charity,

inspiring not just Catholics but people all

over the world.

But for some she is a fraud and an

ideological fanatic.

How is it possible for these two

contradictory views to exist? Could it be

due to Mother Teresa’s outspoken approach

on a number of moral issues?

In her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance

speech on 11 December 1979, she said

that “the greatest destroyer of peace today

is abortion.” This is because “if a mother

can kill her own child – what is left for

me to kill you and you to kill me – there is

nothing between.”

In 1982, she spoke to students at a number

of US universities, including Harvard, about

the importance of the virtue of chastity.

These were challenging words for her

audiences and they remain a challenge to us

in our time.

One of Mother Teresa’s most vocal

critics was British journalist Christopher

Hitchens, considered the founder of the

New Atheism movement. He viewed the

concept of a god as a totalitarian belief that

restricts human freedom.

Many of his disciples emerged on social

media around the time of Mother Teresa's

canonisation to reiterate his ideas.

One of the charges he made against

her was that: “She spent her life opposing

the only known cure for poverty, which

is the empowerment of women and the

emancipation of them from a livestock

version of compulsory reproduction.”

In terms of the empowerment of women,

the order she founded, the Missionaries

of Charity, run a number of schools,

orphanages, health clinics, soup kitchens

and family counselling programs. So this

criticism is hard to justify.

However, Mother Teresa’s forthright

views on abortion and sexual morality

conflict with Hitchens’ charge concerning

“reproductive emancipation”.

Her response to abortion was to set up

adoption agencies to help find homes for

unwanted children with those who had

trouble conceiving children.

Her order taught natural family planning

(NFP) to the poor of Kolkata. In her

Nobel Prize speech, she recounted that the

response she received from the poor who

used NFP was: “Our family is healthy, our

family is united, and we can have a baby

whenever we want.”

These approaches respect the human

dignity of all, including the unborn, and they

also respect the dignity of the generative

dimension of marriage by the promotion of

responsible parenthood.

They go against the conventional wisdom

that often ties foreign aid to population

control programs for the developing

world. The fertility of poor women in the

developing world is seen as a problem that

needs to be cured by programs that often

involve levels of coercion to encourage

abortion, contraception and/or sterilisation.

China’s one-child policy is an example.

There are other criticisms of Mother

Teresa’s work that I have not addressed

here, but they generally involve judging

with a secular Western world view the work

of an organisation with a Catholic world

view operating in extreme conditions in

developing countries.

Members of her order do amazing work,

to the best of their ability and with scarce

resources to help people who no one else

will help. It is easy to criticise from the

comfort of an air-conditioned apartment,

but it is harder to solve the complex

challenge of poverty.

Mother Teresa's response to abortion was to set up

adoption agencies to help find homes for

unwanted children.

Mother Teresa’s canonisation was a

wonderful occasion for the Church and the

world. Her example will inspire people in

both the present and the future, but these

efforts will need to contend with various

opposing world views that are becoming

increasingly vocal and intolerant.

To contact the Life, Marriage & Family

Office in the Diocese of Parramatta tel (02)

8838 3441 or send an email to


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Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv

has confirming the following

appointments in the

Diocese of Parramatta:

Rev Fr John Rizzo

Assistant Priest

St Patrick’s Parish, Guildford

Commencing 14 October.

Mr Martin Lugod


– Diocesan Property


Commencing 5 October.

Mr Michael Mendieta


– Fundraising Strategy

& Development

Commencing 26 September.

From left: Joe Cashman, Executive Director, CatholicCare Social Services, Parramatta; Trish Devlin, Executive Director, CatholicCare, Broken Bay; Morgan Childers, Cluster

Manager, CatholicCare Sydney; Mark Boffa, SMOM; Dr Robert Costa, SMOM; Bernard Boerma, CEO, CatholicCare Sydney; and Richard Haddock AM, Chair CatholicCare

Sydney Board. Photo: CatholicCare, Sydney.

CatholicCare shares Coats for the Homeless

CATHOLICCARE Social Services –

Diocese of Parramatta thanks the

Knights of Malta for their generosity

and compassion in providing 100 Coats

for the Homeless in our Diocese. It is only

through such help that we are able to meet

the needs of the most vulnerable in Western

Sydney and the Blue Mountains.

The custom-designed coats were

donated by the NSW branch of the

Order of Malta to CatholicCare Sydney,

along with CatholicCare Parramatta,

Wollongong and Broken Bay. Homeless

men and women enthusiastically received

the coats from CatholicCare.

As miserable winter weather assailed

Sydney, most people buried themselves

under the covers – grateful to be warm and

safe. However, Sydney’s homeless huddled

in train stations, public parks and anywhere

they could find shelter.

The shocking fact is that homelessness is

increasing. Robert Costa, from the Order of

Malta, explained the grim reality: “In NSW

there are 28,190 homeless people, and that’s

an increase of 20.4% since 2006.”

Homelessness Australia statistics state

that one in 200 people in Sydney was

homeless during winter.

The Executive Director of CatholicCare

Parramatta, Joe Cashman, said the

Coats for the Homeless program

provided an opportunity to help at a very

fundamental level.

“Can you imagine living on the streets of

Sydney in the cold without a coat to keep

you warm? These coats offer protection

against the cold and I like to believe they

also gave people a feeling of hope and

dignity,” Mr Cashman said.

Catholic Social Teaching on human

dignity and homelessness tells us that

each member of the human family has

equal rights because we are all children of

one God. We are sisters and brothers to

each other.

“The missions of the Order of Malta

and CatholicCare network are perfectly

aligned in our aim to break the cycle of

homelessness and reduce the number of

homeless people on our streets.”

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Homeless program, please visit the Order

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So what are parishes

like today?

By Richard McMahon,

Director of Pastoral Planning

& Implementation

THIS SEEMINGLY innocent question

asked by a friend at a recent

party goes to the heart of parish life

and ministry.

Firstly, there is a presumption that things

have changed. I always smile when I meet a

friend whom I have not seen for 10 years,

and they say, “You haven’t changed a bit!”

Perhaps this comment does something

for our vanity, but if they are speaking

about our maturity, our attitudes, or the

way we live our lives, we would hope for a

different comment.

Parishes, like people, are called to grow

and change, to “assume quite different

contours depending on the openness and

missionary creativity of the pastor and

the community.” (Pope Francis, Joy of the

Gospel, 28). In short, do our parishes change

or do we cling to the way we have always

done things?

Secondly, the question causes us to reflect

on how we would define our parish. There

is a temptation to speak simply of Sunday

Mass, of whether there is a good welcome,

good preaching and good music.

Certainly, such elements are significant

for Sunday worshippers, but how else might

we share our sense of parish?

Saint John XXIII describes the parish as “a

village fountain to which all have recourse

in their thirst”. Pope Francis echoes this

sentiment in the Year of Mercy, calling upon

each parish to be an “oasis of mercy”.

How do our parishes measure up against

this standard? How might our parishes

engage with families, young people, those

who are housebound, those who are

suffering, ethnic communities, refugees and

asylum seekers, those living alone, those

living with a disability?

In short, how do our parishes connect

with the very life of the suburb or suburbs

in which many of their parishioners live?

As important as it is for us to have a ready

response when people ask us why we believe

in God and follow Jesus, it is also important

for us to be able to invite people into the

Pope Francis echoes this sentiment in the Year of Mercy, calling upon each parish to be an “oasis of mercy”.

Photo: Diocese of Parramatta/Art in Images.

life of our parish, to be able to confidently

articulate why our parish matters, and what

the questioner may gain from involvement

in our parish life.

Finally, as we seek to grow as disciples in

our parishes, serving God’s mission, how

do we go about growing and renewing our

parish life? One way we enrich our parish life

is through inviting our parish representatives

and members of our community to reflect

together on our strengths, to consider the

needs of our local area, and to prioritise and

plan for the future.

When we listen to the Holy Spirit, and

listen to one another, and when we plan

together, we are putting our best energies

towards the future we believe God is calling

us to embrace.

Our Pastoral Planning Office offers

parishes a range of services in support of

reflecting and renewing parish life. This

year, I have had the privilege of facilitating

sessions with parish pastoral councils and

some larger groups.

In these sessions, we often renew our

focus on Jesus Christ and his mission,

reflect on the strengths of our community,

present and future needs, and plan for the

next few years.

Where needed, sometimes parishes also

articulate a vision and major goals for their

next few years.

If you believe your community would

benefit from support via our Pastoral

Planning Office, please do not hesitate

to contact us, tel (02) 8838 3460 or send

an email to pastoralplanning@parra.


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Bishop Manning Lecture

addresses the oldest oppression

By Jordan Grantham

MORE THAN 100 people attended

the fourth Bishop Manning Lecture

delivered by Melinda Tankard

Reist on 20 September at the Kirribilli Club.

The Catholic Commission for Employment

Relations (CCER) hosts the biennial

lecture, which has been delivered by such

eminent figures as Noel Pearson, Saul

Eslake and the Hon Bob Hawke.

CCER advises Catholic employers on

industrial relations and also advocates for

the rights of employees.

The Manning Lecture is named in

honour of Bishop Emeritus of Parramatta,

Kevin Manning. Bishop Kevin is well

known as a social justice advocate and was

in attendance.

Anthony Farley, Executive Director of

CCER, said the Commission did not shy

away from difficult conversations and gave

an overview of Melinda’s career as author

of five books, a frequent commentator in

print, radio and television, and co-founder

of the grassroots campaigning movement

to end the sexualisation and exploitation of


Melinda presented the confronting

facts about prostitution and said it should

not be considered “a job like any other”.

In mounting her case, Melinda drew, in

part, from research she undertook for her

new book, Prostitution Narratives: Stories

of Survival in the Sex Trade (Spinifex Press,

2016). The book contains testimonies from

women who have escaped prostitution.

Shocking rates of violence, sexual

abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, mental

illness and sexually transmitted diseases

accompany prostitution.

Melinda compared the professional

recommendations for prostitution to crisis

management protocols in a hostage situation.

Advice included checking under the bed

for knives, having unobstructed access

to exits and shoes that are practical for

running. Handbags straps were presented

as potential strangulation hazards and

“pillows are a murder weapon”.

Towards the end of the lecture, Melinda

quoted American academic Catharine

MacKinnon, to leave the audience with a

powerful question: "If prostitution is a free

choice, why are the women with the fewest

choices the ones most often found doing it?”

From left: Anthony Farley, Melinda Tankard Reist, Bishop Kevin Manning and CCER Chair John Fernon SC.

Photo: Jordan Grantham.

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Put those you love

in the hands

of those who care

All past students, staff, parents and

friends of Catherine McAuley Westmead

(formerly known as Catherine McAuley

Girls High) are invited to return to school

to celebrate our 50th anniversary.

Golden Jubilee Mass to

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Morley Centre,

Catherine McAuley Westmead

Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen


Bishop of Parramatta

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10 CatholicOutlook | OCTOBER 2016


Moving together – Towards a Culture of Nonviolence

By Sr Louise McKeogh FMA,

Social Justice Coordinator

PACE E BENE aims to promote the

spirituality and practice of active

nonviolence. On 10 September,

Pace e Bene hosted a seminar in Sydney

with the aim of empowering participants

to reflect on Jesus and his message of

nonviolence contained in the scriptures.

Rev Claude Mostowik MSC, the

Australian President of Pax Christi, an

international Christian peace movement,

shared his reflections and responses on

his participation in a ground-breaking

international conference hosted by the

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

The conference, with the theme

'Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing

to the Catholic Understanding

of and Commitment to Nonviolence',

was held in Rome from 11-13 April

this year.

Fr Claude was the only delegate from

Australia and he shared with us some of

the important outcomes and actions.

The background to the conference was

in recognition of the Year of Mercy and

the 50th anniversary of the release of St

John XXIII’s encyclical Peace on earth

(Pace in terris).

Conference participants represented a

broad spectrum of Church experience in

peacebuilding and creative nonviolence

in the face of violence and war. They

included delegates from the Middle

East, West Papua, the Philippines, Latin

America, Sri Lanka and Africa.

The conference produced a guiding

document titled 'An Appeal to the

Catholic Church to Re-commit to the

Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence'. There

was also a request to Pope Francis to write

an encyclical on peace and nonviolence.

Fr Claude said that in a message of

support for the conference, Pope Francis

encouraged discussion on the tools of

nonviolence and on creative and active

nonviolence action in particular, stating

that conflict must be faced and not

ignored or concealed.

Fr Claude’s input was followed by

interactive workshops that focused on

Jesus' message of nonviolence in the

Gospel. This stimulating session was

led by Rev Michael Barnes from the

Uniting Church.

We looked at several Gospel passages

within their historical and cultural

contexts and engaged in how Jesus was

actively encouraging a proactive and

creative nonviolent response.

Gill Burrows of Pace e Bene led workshops

on responses to conflict; conflict in

the broadest sense of the word.

As I travelled home after the seminar,

the international news of the day was

of increased bombing in Syria. Locally,

a fatal shooting had occurred in my

neighbourhood the previous evening.

The violence we read about in

newspapers and see on the television

news can lead us to become desensitised

to the impact it is having on each of us.

This includes the reports of violence

and trauma from Nauru and Manus

Island and juvenile detention centres

like Don Dale in the NT.

The seminar convinced us that we

need to be committed to building a

world of creative nonviolence within

ourselves, our families, neighbourhoods,

nationally and internationally.

It is not an easy task, but one that we

as church are called to.

An appeal to the Catholic Church to

re-commit to the centrality of Gospel

nonviolence can be found at: http://


To contact Sr Louise McKeogh FMA

in the diocesan Social Justice Office

tel (02) 8838 3458 or send an email to:




5th Annual Rosalie Rendu Lecture

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20 October from 6pm-7.30pm

During Anti-Poverty Week, the Society of

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Rosalie Rendu Lecture.

Keynote speaker the Hon Susan Ryan AO will present

Homelessness in Older Women as one aspect of ‘The

Changing Face of Poverty’ followed by a Q&A panel

discussion. A networking event with light refreshments

will follow.

The lecture honours Blessed Rosalie Rendu, a Daughter

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to assist people in the slums of 19 th Century Paris.

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Our students prepare to

‘launch into the deep’

Bishop Vincent recently

called for the Catholic

Church to ‘launch into

deeper waters’ at Catholic

Education’s annual Ann D

Clark lecture. He echoed the

call of Pope Francis ‘to move

beyond the security of the

status quo and take the risk

of going to the periphery’. I

was reminded of this at the

recent Student Excellence

Awards, which recognise an outstanding Year 12

student from each of the Catholic secondary schools

in the Diocese of Parramatta.

These students who received awards have made

significant contributions to their school and

community. They have not been satisfied with the

status quo and it was a privilege to witness the

culmination of their efforts at the award ceremony.

The call of our Bishop to ‘leave the familiar or the

comfortable, to go to the unknown destination’ is

not an easy task. Yet all of our Year 12 students are

preparing to do exactly that as they come towards the

end of their schooling.

It is at this time of the year that we recognise the

support and encouragement that our families have

given Year 12 students. Although it is not always easy

to push ourselves, to launch into the deep, it is made

easier by the realisation that we are not asked to do

this alone, but as a community. For our students, the

support they receive from their families is invaluable.

Bishop of Parramatta speaks to the challenge of

being church today at 2016 Ann D Clark Lecture

Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of

Parramatta, delivered the 17 th Annual Catholic Education

Ann D Clark Lecture on 18 August to more than 500

educators, principals and staff at the Evan Theatre,

Penrith Panthers.

In his thought-provoking lecture titled, ‘Pope Francis

and the challenge of being church today,’ Bishop Vincent

explored four key challenges: to offer a hopeful vision, to

go to the margins, to be a merciful church, and to be an

inclusive church.

“In Australia, we seem to have reached a critical

juncture,” Bishop Vincent said. “Not only are we afflicted

by such things as the decline in Sunday worship, the fall

in religious practice, the dearth of the priesthood and

religious life, etc … we also face the biggest challenge to

date, which is the loss of our moral credibility and trust

capital due to the sexual abuse crisis.

“I believe that we are living in a watershed and a privileged

moment in the history of the church. Just as the biblical

exile brought about the most transforming experience

that profoundly shaped the faith of Israel, this transition

time can potentially launch the church into a new era of

hope, engagement and solidarity that the Second Vatican

Council beckoned us with great foresight.”

Bishop Vincent spoke of the necessity for the church and

its people to launch into deeper waters.

“My personal story of being a refugee, my struggle for

a new life in Australia, coupled with my Franciscan

heritage have all contributed to the sense of hope which

was the legacy of the exile of old and which should

inform and enlighten our present exile experience,”

Bishop Vincent said.

“Like the prophets who accompanied their people,

interpreted the signs of the times and led them in the

direction of the kingdom … we must do the same for our

people in the context of this new millennium.

“This was what Mary MacKillop did when she rallied

her sisters behind the poor and vulnerable in colonial

Australia. She took a prophetic stance, not simply in

providing affordable quality Catholic education and health

care to the poor masses, but fundamentally in meeting the

great cultural challenges of their times.

“Like her, we are called to be channels of hope and to meet

the challenges of our times. In what ways can we follow her

prophetic vision and apply it to our context? Who are the

people without hope and how can we reframe the harsh

realities that they experience into a hopeful future?”

Executive Director Greg Whitby presented the Ann D

Clark medallion to Bishop Vincent at the conclusion of

the lecture. Now in its 17 th year, the Ann D Clark Lecture

is an annual event held to honour the memory of the

founding Executive Director of Schools in the Diocese of

Parramatta, Ann D Clark, who was a visionary educator.

Past speakers have included Prof Stephen Dinham OAM,

Dr Peter Hill, Prof John Hattie, Prof Vivianne Robinson,

Prof Michael Fullan, Senator Patrick Dodson and Prof

Yong Zhao.

To read the full text of Bishop Vincent’s lecture, visit


As we approach World Teachers Day on 30 October,

we also thank and recognise the dedication and hard

work of our staff in forming our students as young

disciples of Christ, ready to face the challenge of

the unknown. Every day we also ask our teachers

to ‘launch into the deep’. We ask them to challenge

their own teaching practice and to personalise the

learning for every student. Through their faith and

action, our teachers model for students what it

means to be a disciple of Christ in the 21 st century,

equipping them with the knowledge and skills they

need to be successful.

There are 2,788 Year 12 students preparing for

the ‘unknown destination’ as they reach the end

of their schooling journey. The prayers of their

families, teachers, friends and school communities

accompany them as they prepare for their final

exams. Bishop Vincent commented in his lecture

that ‘even though the journey ahead of us is

daunting, we are bolstered by the fresh energy that

the Holy Spirit has given to us’. These words are of

utmost relevance to our students, as they begin their

journey beyond their school communities. We wish

them all the very best.

Greg Whitby

Executive Director


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Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv delivering the annual Catholic Education Ann D Clark Lecture.

12 CatholicOutlook | OCTOBER 2016


www.parra.catholic.edu.au @CatholicEdParra CatholicEdParra

Recipients of the 2016 Bishop of Parramatta Awards for Student Excellence.

Awards recognise student excellence

The annual Bishop of Parramatta Awards

for Student Excellence, which recognise

the religious and academic achievement

of Year 12 students across the Diocese,

were presented at St Patrick’s Cathedral

on 8 September.

The award acknowledges the contribution

of one Year 12 student from each Catholic

secondary school towards their school

and local community, as nominated by

their principal.

Episcopal Vicar for Education and

Formation Rev Chris de Souza EV and

Executive Director of Schools Greg

Whitby presented the awards on behalf of

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv.

To watch the Student Excellence awards please visit: https://youtu.be/b2uNf-rHsto

Congratulations to the following students:

Emily Tyrrell

Bede Polding College,

Windsor South

Chantelle Al-Khouri

Caroline Chisholm College,

Glenmore Park

Roanne Gonzales

Catherine McAuley


Amelia Menouhos

Cerdon College,


Rachel Tuala

Delany College,


Klong Athum

Emmaus Catholic College,

Kemps Creek

Liam Ferreira

Gilroy Catholic College,

Castle Hill

Samuel Verceluz

Loyola Senior High School,

Mt Druitt

Jodie Klopf

Marian Catholic College,


George El Bazouni

Maronite College of the Holy Family,


Olivia Armstrong

McCarthy Catholic College,

Emu Plains

Isabel Pinaroc

Montgrove College,

Orchard Hills

Angelica Tabone

Nagle College,

Blacktown South

Matthew D’Souza

Oakhill College,

Castle Hill

Rebecca Castor

Our Lady of Mercy College,


Caleb Toevai

Parramatta Marist High School

Delahoya Manu

Patrician Brothers’ College,


Jessica Hostiadi

St Andrews College,


Liam Holmes

St Columba’s Catholic College,


George Tartak

St Dominic’s College,


Cormac Lamb

St John Paul II Catholic College,


Chloe Nguyen

St Marks Catholic College,

Stanhope Gardens

Jewelay Azar

St Patrick’s Marist College,


Pierre Saba

St Pauls Catholic College,


Belinda Griffin

Tangara School for Girls,


Kristian Vulcik

Wollemi College,


Brayden Farnham

Xavier Catholic College,


We would like to


Study tips for the HSC

The 2016 HSC is fast approaching and more than 2788 students within the Diocese of

Parramatta will sit their final exams – the culmination of 13 years of schooling. It can be

a pressured time for students and parents alike. The following tips are provided to help

students approach their study in a calm and measured way.

How to make the most of study notes

The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) offers students

access to their HSC subject syllabus, which can be a great guide to assist in studying and

preparing for exams. Use visuals such as mind maps and different colour highlighters to

help you review and recall your study notes.


When and where to study

Look for quiet spaces with lots of natural light; libraries and study specific work spaces in

the home can be conducive to quality study time. Avoid writing or typing in a hunchedover

position: sitting with good posture will allow you to study for longer periods of time.

Stress can often come from a lack of planning and structure, but this is easily avoidable

with an inclusive timetable. Don’t forget to include your extracurricular activities/

commitments and short breaks.

It is important to discuss your study plans with your family. Displaying your timetable on

the fridge is a great way for everyone to know when you will need quiet study-time.

Study buddies

Find a study buddy; this will be someone who shares your study goals and ethics. Utilise

your designated school study times or plan after-school study sessions to review your

notes together.

Set goals

We all know knowledge is its own reward but sometimes we need a little extra

motivation and positive reinforcement. Setting specific study goals prior to social

commitments, sporting activities or those ever-tempting chocolate breaks, is a good way

to ensure you stay on task, maximise your time and avoid procrastination.

Fuelling yourself

Remember all the mental and neurological

benefits that come from good health.

Keep up your regular exercise and sporting

commitments; eat healthy and wellbalanced

meals; and, of course, drink lots

of water.

Take a break

It’s OK to admit that the HSC is hard work.

So be kind to yourself and remember it is

OK to take a break. Relaxation comes with

many benefits, especially when you have a

structured study plan.

Your parents, teachers and friends want

you to do your best, and want you to be

happy and healthy while you are doing

the HSC.

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/hsc-smart-study-adviceand-top-10-student-tips-20150526-gh9rxk.html

wish our

2778 Year 12 students


as they prepare to sit for their Higher School Certificate examinations.


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CATHOLIC EDUCATION www.parra.catholic.edu.au @CatholicEdParra CatholicEdParra

St Andrews student

wins Training Award

On 8 September, Year 12 St Andrews

College, Marayong, student Erin Gray won

the NSW VET in Schools Student of the

Year at the 2016 NSW Training Awards

state level competition. Curtis Miller

from the Catholic Education ICT Trainee

program was also nominated in the NSW

Trainee of the Year Awards.

Erin will now represent NSW at the

Australian Training Awards to be

held in Darwin next month. Erin has

been studying for a Certificate III Live

Production and Services.

College Prinicipal Nic Vidot said

he was immensely proud of Erin's

accomplishments. "Erin is an exemplary

VET student who works diligently for the

service of others," Nic said. "She is a great

role model for the vast benefits of studying

a school based VET course."

Meet Penrith's new Youth Deputy Mayors

Two Catholic school students are starting

their local government careers early,

having recently been selected as Youth

Deputy Mayors for Penrith City Council.

Year 7 students, Alannah Hader from

Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore

Park, and Niamh O'Keefe from Emmaus

Catholic College, Kemps Creek, were

selected from 11 finalists in the 2016 Youth

Mayor Competition.

Held earlier this year, the competition

challenged local secondary school

students from Years 7 to 9 to come up

with their best Penrith adventure idea, in

line with Penrith’s proud tourism claim as

the state’s ‘adventure capital’.

Alannah Hader said she was thrilled

with the opportunity to represent her

local council and learn more about local

government, leadership and democracy.

Principal Nic Vidot and Erin Gray at the 2016

NSW Training Awards.

Erin said she was honoured to receive the

award and had gained enormously from

her VET study.

"It was a privilege enough to be

nominated in the first place, but to

be recognised for my hard work in a

typically Plan B style of learning really

allows me to be an ambassador for

Vocational Education," Erin said. "To say

I'm grateful would be an understatement,

i'm simply overjoyed at the platform

this award has given me to further my

education, and the preparation it has

provided me for joining the workforce."

From left: Penrith Mayor Cr Karen McKeown, Youth

Deputy Mayor Alannah Hader Youth Mayor Billie

Kuczynski from Cranebrook High School, and Niamh


“What goes on in our community does

not only affect adults, it affects the youth,”

Alannah said. “It’s good for the voices of

young people to be heard.”

Niamh O'Keefe said good leaders

encourage others to speak up. “A leader

listens to the people and gives the

community a voice,” Niamh said. “No

matter who you are, you can be a leader.”




Students in Years 11 and 12 can complete their Higher School Certificate and start a trade qualification in

Automotive, Hairdressing, Hospitality, Metals and Engineering, Brick & Block Laying, Plumbing, Childcare, Carpentry,

Shopfitting and Electrotechnology.


Cerdon students win WSU Science and

Engineering challenge

On 29 June, 32 Year 9 and 10 students

from Cerdon College, Merrylands, won

the Western Sydney University Science and

Engineering challenge. The challenge saw

students from local high schools working

in groups of four across eight different

science and engineering challenges.

Students from Cerdon built hovercrafts,

bionic hands, an all-terrain rover, hydrofoils,

circuits, bridges, tables and chairs, and paper

towers. All projects built on the day had to

withstand endurance and weight testing.

Catholic Education’s Project Leader,

Mathematics and Science K-12, Paul

Stenning said the girls showed strong

problem-solving abilities and persistence

when faced with new challenges.

“Their ability to collaborate as a team

worked strongly in their favour,” Paul said.

“It was clear that the girls demonstrated

exceptionally strong problem-solving

abilities, which are necessary in the field

of STEM.”

Year 10 Cerdon student Amanda Awad

said she found the experience challenging

and rewarding.

“I found the experience incredibly

empowering,” Amanda said. “I usually

find there is an assumption that males are

better at STEM subjects but our ability to

accomplish these challenges disproved this

for me.”

Catholic secondary students dive

into Rio 2016 Paralympics

Two students from Catholic schools in

the Diocese of Parramatta embarked on a

journey of a lifetime representing Australia

in the Paralympic swimming squad at the

2016 Rio Paralympics.

Year 10 student from Patrician Brothers’

College, Blacktown, Tim Hodge, who was

born with a lower leg deficiency and had to

have his right foot amputated at only four

years of age, developed a love of swimming

from a young age, catching the attention of

Australian Olympic selectors.

At the World Championships in Berlin

in June this year, Tim set a new World

Record in the 400m individual medley.

He also competed in the MCS Carnival,

taking the gold against a number of ablebodied


The challenge saw students working in groups

across eight different science and

engineering challenges.

What makes Year 9 student Jenna

Jones’ story incredible is that she was

diagnosed with rod-cone dystrophy, a rare

degenerative eye disease, while

in Kindergarten.

Jenna said despite feeling nervous and

excited about the trip to Rio her nerves for

racing hadn’t quite hit her yet.

“My parents were always incredibly

supportive and encouraged my passion for

swimming and my love of sports,” Jenna

said. “If anyone is dedicated and trains hard

then they can achieve their dreams.”

Tim said he was looking forward to

competing in Rio but not without nerves.

“I am blessed to have been given this

opportunity and I just hope I don’t let

anyone down,” Tim said.


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Tim Hodges being wished well by his school community before setting off to Rio.

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Project Elizabeth: pregnancy and

early parenthood support


first time is both a wonderful and

a challenging experience. Parenting

can be one of the most rewarding

but demanding roles a person can undertake.

No baby is born with a manual

outlining their temperament, nature or

what they will do in life.

CatholicCare provides support for

families and/or individuals who are

expecting a baby, have lost a baby or

who have a child aged from 0-3 years.

If you feel the need to talk to a

professional who listens and provides

support, then Project Elizabeth’s

counsellors may be able to help. Their

aim is to find solutions and build

skills to overcome personal obstacles,

cope better with life transitions and

unexpected events, and work to improve

relationships with others.

Project Elizabeth can assist by


1. Counselling;

2. Practical support according to

individual and family goals;

Based at our picturesque Mamre House

and Farm, offering 200 acres of tranquil

gardens, farm land and orchards


Choices Wellbeing offers therapy

services under the NDIS including

family counselling, carer counselling

and support coordination.

Choices CreateAbility Day Options

provides a holistic service offering

opportunities and programs in

community participation, life skills

and active ageing that are tailored

to fulfill individual needs and


3. Information and referral to health and

community service organisations;

4. Visits in your home, at the centre

office or another place where you

feel comfortable;

5. An opportunity to attend parenting

groups run through the service; and

6. Parenting strategies.

Project Elizabeth can help if you are:

• Concerned about any pregnancy

issue, either a current or past

pregnancy, and wish to talk about it;

• Unsure of the best options for you

and your baby;

• Experiencing difficulties in caring for

children aged from 0-3 years;

• Unfamiliar with the local health and

welfare services;

• Anxious about your wife, partner,

girlfriend or daughter who is

pregnant; or

• Needing to talk about miscarriage,

abortion, adoption, assumption by

Family and Community Services,

having your child fostered, or a

pregnancy that you had in the past;




Choices Training is a registered

training organisation offering

customised learning in hospitality

and horticulture.

Choices Garden Services provides

supported employment for

individuals over the age of 16 in

receipt of the disability support


For further information

P: (02) 8822 2222 | E: choices@ccss.org.au

Project Elizabeth can help if you are unsure

of the best options for you and your baby.

For more information about Project

Elizabeth, please contact CatholicCare

tel (02) 8822 2266.

Mamre House would like to thank


for their generous donation to our Refugee Program

A place of

Hope, Peace and Promise







Mamre House & Farm

181 Mamre Road, Orchard Hills, NSW 2748

Phone (02) 9670 5321 | enquiries@ccss.org.au

www.ccss.org.au | www.facebook.com/CCSSParramatta

REACH Wellbeing Group – Do you have

depression or bipolar disorder? Are you looking for

strategies to manage your illness and wellbeing?

Come along to the REACH Wellbeing Group, nineweek

program held on Tuesdays (25 October – 20

December), 7pm-9pm, MMNC, 9 New St, Lawson.

Cost: $22 for workbook. (Suitable for people over

18 years.) To register, tel 0451 385 931,


Responsible Gambling Support Group is free and

on every Saturday, 9.30am-11am at CCSS Centre,

38 Prince St, Blacktown. Tel (02) 8822 2222.

Younger Widowed Support Group – Third Tuesday

of each month, 7pm-9pm. Please note new venue –

Institute for Mission, 1-5 Marion St, Blacktown.

Fee $5 per meeting. For further information tel

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

All Saints of Africa Playgroup/Mums’ Group

– Thursdays during term time, 10am-noon, All

Saints of Africa Centre, 63 Allawah St, Blacktown.

For mums with children who have not started

primary school. Activities for children include

craft, storytime and singing, plus social interaction,

friendship and support for mums.

Tel (02) 8822 2250.

Stepping Beyond: Support for those separated

or divorced – last Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm-

9.30pm, CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St, Blacktown.

Fee: $5 per meeting. Tel (02) 8822 2222 or


Aboriginal Catholic Services – Groups include

Problem Gambling Support Group, Tutoring Time

– free Literacy Tutoring for Kindergarten – Year

6, Playgroup, RECOVER Wellwbeing Groups –

including Sew4Wellbeing, Create4Wellbeing,

Dance4Wellbeing, Habit Breaking4Wellbeing. Holy

Family Parish, 254 Luxford Rd, Emerton.

Tel (02) 9628 0084.

Bringing Up Great Kids – Promote positive

relationships with children. Held over six Tuesdays

from 24 October, CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St,

Blacktown, 6pm-8pm. Bookings essential,

tel (02) 8822 2222.

Keeping Kids in Mind – For separated parents who

are experiencing ongoing conflict. Held over five

Mondays from 31 October, 6pm-8.30pm, CCSS

Centre, 38 Prince St, Blacktown, 6pm. Fee: $100.

Bookings essential, tel (02) 8822 2222.

Circle of Security – enhance attachment security

between parents and children. Thursdays from

20 October – 8 December, 10am-12.30pm,

CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St, Blacktown. Gold coin

donation. Bookings essential, tel (02) 8822 2222.

Recover Wellbeing – recovery oriented program

and support groups for people living with mental

distress. Monthly get-togethers 4 Wellbeing

include: Art and Writing Group 4 Wellbeing, Visual

Arts & Crafts Group 4 Wellbeing, Bead4Wellbeing

Drum4Wellbeing, Dance4Wellbeing,

Create4Wellbeing, Walk4Wellbeing, Breaking

Habits4Wellbeing. For further information

tel (02) 8822 2222.

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


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Parishioners (from left): Ernie and Edith Gartner with Mary and John Jordan.

Seven Hills Parish: a jewel in Our Lady’s crown

By Jordan Grantham


Fr Henry Huu Duc Tran as he

escaped war-torn Vietnam and Cambodia.

Today, prayer and community are

the pillars of his thriving parish, Our Lady

of Lourdes at Seven Hills.

In 1984, Fr Duc escaped to Cambodia

after being conscripted to the Vietnamese

army. “In Cambodia, we were living in

constant fear. There were people with guns

everywhere and you were worried about

getting killed,” he said.

There was no longer a Catholic Church in

Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital city.

“The only thing we could do to sustain us

in faith was to get together as a group and

pray the rosary and all the prayers that we

could remember.”

Fr Duc believes these experiences

“kept us together and helped us survive

our ordeal”. This ordeal included being

imprisoned for two weeks with the other

former seminarians.

Rescue came in the form of a refugee visa

to Australia, after making it to a refugee

camp in Thailand. “I was a prisoner and

was set free,” Fr Duc said.

In Australia, Fr Duc found the freedom to

practice his faith and continue his studies.

Here, Fr Duc met Bishop Long, a fellow

ex-boat person, while they were both

seminarians: “I was privileged to know

him before ordination to the priesthood,”

Fr Duc said.

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is a strong

community. “Not just the parish, not

just the school; we are one community,”

Fr Duc said.

Many members of the parish spend long

hours serving the Church and the needy.

John and Mary Jordan have opened and

closed the parish church almost every day

for the past 50 years. They form a team with

Ernie and Edith Gartner.

When pressed for inspiration about such

dedicated service, John said, “It’s just the

Catholic way.” John clearly loves the parish,

“Everybody who comes here says this is

a friendly place and they like the church

building as well.”

Mary points to St Mary of the Cross

MacKillop as a personal inspiration.

Both help organise the lively Over-50s

group, whose 70 members meet regularly

for fellowship.

Recently, a former refugee spoke to

the group about his experiences. He

learned English from the University of

Sydney Vinnies group, which visits the

parish regularly.

Debra Price has been the parish

secretary for more than eight years.

She goes above and beyond to care

for parishioners in times of grief

and hardship.

Debra realised that she could save

the refugee students money by cooking

dinner for them. Others were inspired by

her initiative and now an organised roster

exists to cook for those in need.

During the Year of Mercy, the parish

is raising funds for an East Timor

parish with the Mercy Box program.

The students from Our Lady of Lourdes

Primary School drew designs for the

boxes, which were selected and produced

en masse. So far, more than $2000 has

been raised.

Judy Kendall is the Youth and Sacramental

Coordinator. She produced hundreds of

these colourful boxes. A special moment

for Judy was when her daughter made one

of the selected designs.

The unity of the community is expressed

most of all in their commitment to Christ

Judy Kendall and Debra Price with the Mercy Boxes. Photos: Jordan Grantham.

Fr Henry Huu Duc Tran is Parish Priest of Our Lady of

Lourdes Parish at Seven Hills.

and living according to God’s plan. “Here,

we are just starting to prepare the young

people for mission and helping the poor,”

Judy said.

A regional Way of Mercy celebration

will be co-hosted by St Bernadette's

Parish at Lalor Park, St Anthony's Parish

at Toongabbie and Our Lady of Lourdes

Parish at Seven Hills from Friday 7 to

Sunday 10 October. It commences on

Friday at 6.30pm with a special Mass,

followed by a BBQ, testimonies, rosaries,

Divine Mercy chaplet and benediction.

Inquiries to Deacon James Phelan

tel 0425 213 832, secretary@stanthonyschurch.org.au

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Fashionable, faithful and Filipina


By Jordan Grantham

AKITA SANCHEZ is a young

Filipina-Australian fashion designer

who was profiled by

SBS Radio on 12 September. Akita regularly

attends Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral

in Parramatta. In the radio interview, she

shared her refreshing philosophy of ‘dressing

up for God’ with a wide audience.

Akita spoke in her beautiful and gentle

voice about the truth of the faith and

the impact that has on her fashion. This

included fashion tips in general and at

reverent occasions, especially the Mass.

“A priest told me to go to daily Mass

and said it would change my life,”

she said. “You are presenting yourself

to royalty – Christ the King, he is

really present.”

Akita said fashion informed by faith

continues from Mass and into daily life

“by exposing the beauty of a woman,

not through her body, but by designing

clothing she will feel confident to wear”.

She advocates that when dignified design

accentuates a person’s personality, it has

been successful in a Catholic sense.

“There is a balance in designing for

fun but also designing to accentuate

personality. That is where the faith part

comes in.”

Akita’s inspirations include designers

Issey Miyake and Kenzo, childhood

memories of folding origami, the colour

of nature and incorporating the faith in

subtle ways. Eastern culture has provided

many influences, such as simple and

fluid silhouettes.

The strong faithful following in Filipino

culture is interested in the topics of the

Catholic faith and fashion. This can seem

like a “contradictory spectrum” according

to Akita.

Some current fashion trends are too

revealing, which requires creativity to

harmonise with the requirements of faith.

“To be able to combine these two together,

it's as if something has to be overridden in

the place of the other, so when a balance is

achieved, it has a unique effect.”

Other popular trends, such as folksy

dresses, are more modest and require less

adaptation to avoid being compromising.

“As a Catholic, I believe your faith is

something that cannot be compromised.”

Akita was the NSW sector head of Youth

for Christ and involved in youth ministry.

Giving ministry talks was a regular part of

her life.

At present, she is taking a break from

commercial design and is focusing on

curating her own style. Feedback from

friends, both male and female, has been

helpful to discern what works.

The SBS interview was brief but received

wide coverage because it was shared across

social media and positive feedback has

flowed in from many people. “It has been

quite humbling to know that people have

actually listened to it,” Akita said.

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An invitation to

‘Come and See’

High school students from the Diocese of

Parramatta and beyond have the chance to

experience tertiary education for one day at

Campion College’s ‘Come and See Day’ on

5 October.

Campion College is the first Liberal Arts

College in Australia, providing a Bachelor

of Arts degree in an authentically Catholic

environment, as well as a Diploma of Liberal

Arts and a Diploma of Classical Languages.

Dozens of students are expected from the

Augustine Academy, a liberal arts school

offering courses for secondary students.

The day will commence with Mass and

a free catered lunch either in the Dining

Hall or on the beautiful outdoor deck

area. This will be followed by lectures,

tours, Mass with the students, and

information about scholarships.

Students can apply to attend Campion

College and go through an interview on

the day.

The event commences at noon and finishes

at 4.30pm. Registration and further details

can be found at: www.campion.edu.au/

admissions/comeandsee or

tel (02) 9896 9300.

Come and experience tertiary education at

Campion College.

Miriam and Mark Makowiecki met and fell in love while studying at Campion College.

This year the couple were blessed with a baby boy.

Learning and yearning for life, love and eternity

By Jordan Grantham

FIVE YEARS AGO, Miriam Makowiecki

was a small-town girl from

rural Queensland. Little did she know

her life would be transformed at Campion

College, Australia.

Miriam was attracted by the deep

study of the humanities provided, which

focuses on the wisdom and truth within

Western civilisation.

Despite being dux of her school, she was

yearning for deeper learning that nourished

her mind and soul.

“The educational philosophy of the

Liberal Arts made far more sense than the

utilitarian nature of education I experienced

in high school,” Miriam said.

Highlights of her time at the

college include Campion trips to Italy

and India, working with St Mother

Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, and

leading the social activities of the student


“Most importantly, I met my husband,

Mark, at Campion and I'm certainly not the

only person who has been blessed to find a

spouse,” she said.

In a practical sense, Miriam found that

“the Liberal Arts were in fact the perfect

preparation for teaching”.

The daily Mass at the college is the

only event at noon. Students are free

from classes and lunch, allowing them

to attend. This experience deepened

Miriam’s faith, facilitating personal

growth and love of Christ.

“Having the Mass as the central point of

the whole experience led to a lot of selfreflection

and this, in turn, changes one's

perception of the world – at least it did for

me,” she said.

Miriam is now the President of the

Alumni Association, which held the

annual Alumni Reunion from 9-11

September. Forty people attended from

as far afield as Melbourne, Brisbane,

Canberra, Adelaide, Wagga Wagga and

Albury. This coincided with the college’s

10 Year Anniversary celebrations.

Events included a night at the historic

Cricketer’s Arms Hotel, Prospect, and an

alumni football match. A special highlight

was the Solemn Mass at St Patrick’s

Cathedral on Sunday morning.

Many alumni joined the Campion

Schola for the Mass. Several Campion

Schola alumni are ongoing members of

the Cathedral Schola, both of which are

conducted by St Patrick’s Director of Music,

Bernard Kirkpatrick.

A ‘Ten Years of Talent Show’ concluded

the weekend, showcasing an astonishing

range of talent. Campion alumni have

received offers to the Conservatorium

of Music, scholarships to the University

of Wollongong, job offers at Cirque du

Soleil, performed in the Sydney Youth

Orchestra and won national partner

dancing competitions.

Post-Campion, most pursue postgraduate

study, with multiple students winning

faculty medals, valuable scholarships and

pursuing doctorates.

“The degree is completely nonprescriptive

in terms of postgraduate

activities, so there is a lot of variety,”

Miriam explained.

Multiple alumni are working in

education, media, politics, academia,

law and managerial roles. There are also

alumni in formation for priesthood and

the religious life and many alumni who

married each other.

“My husband proposed to me on New

Year’s Eve, a few weeks after graduation,”

Miriam said. Suffice to say, there

were fireworks.

“I'm now a mum and my experience at

Campion plays a part in how I journey down

this new path in my life. The education at

Campion permeates all aspects of my life,

not just my teaching.”

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WYD 2016 Krakow: one-month reunion

By James Camden, CYP Director

LAST MONTH AT Blacktown, 80% of

our World Youth Day pilgrims were

able to reunite for an extensive Saturday

evening of reflection and reconnection

at Nagle College on 3 September.

The night kicked off with a medley of

WYD anthems learnt during our time

in Krakow and led by the LIFTED Band.

Pilgrims were then treated to eight video

clips that captured the ‘hinge’ moments of

our time away and created opportunities

for small groups to further reflect on the

impact those moments have had on them,

one month on.

Very Rev Chris de Souza EV continued

to inspire the group with his invitation that

‘to be merciful is to open the eyes of our

heart’ and challenged pilgrims to continue

searching for opportunities to show mercy

and be open to receiving mercy in our lives.

Pilgrims ended the reunion by making

a commitment to their school, parish or

workplace that will be followed up with

them by the group leader.

Over the coming months we will be

able to share some data and feedback

more publicly about the overall impact the

World Youth Day experience has had on

our young people in the Diocese as they

complete a comprehensive survey and

reflection exercise.

LIFTED Live! in the Forecourt

This month our largest and final LIFTED

Live! of 2016 comes to the St Patrick’s

Cathedral forecourt in Parramatta. The

event marks the feast day of St John Paul II,

founder of our Diocese and father of World

Youth Days.

A huge outdoor concert featuring

bands, solo artists, and dancers alongside

testimonies from young people, food stalls

run by youth groups, a drama by NET

Team Australia and an inspirational first

appearance and message by Bishop Vincent

Long OFM Conv.

This is an event not to be missed and

is open to all but especially young people

from our schools and parishes. See it as an

opportunity to invite that friend or family

member who isn’t quite sure about what we

do and why we do it.

LIFTED Sports Day on 13 November

For almost 10 years the Nepean Deanery

has hosted the only long-lasting, post-

WYD08 Sydney program in the Diocese

of Parramatta.

This year, to consolidate our resources,

branding and finances, it becomes the

LIFTED Sports Day, recognising that

its success has made it truly a diocesanwide

Catholic event for young people

exhibiting sportsmanship, teamwork and

community building.

It's still Parish V Parish for 16- to 35-yearolds

representing 16 teams

Here's what you need to know:

It's recommended that you have at least

12 team members; combine with another

parish if you're short;

• Two females must be on the field for all

sports at any one time; and

• Two registered members of your team

must be a secondary school aged young

person 16-18 years of age. Reach out to

your local secondary school and make

this truly a parish mission event

Captains are currently registering

their teams with Sr Rosie Drum MGL:


There's not many places left. No need to

confirm your team members until a later

date. Just register your team.

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YEAR OF MERCY www.mercyhasaface.org.au #mercyhasaface

The community of Sacred Heart Parish at Westmead gathered in St Patrick’s Cathedral for the Mass on

5 September.

Schools in Way of the Cross procession


joined with Parramatta Marist

High, Sacred Heart Primary School

and Mother Teresa Primary School (all

schools in Westmead Parish) in a meaningful

and reverent procession with the Mercy

Cross and Relics on 5 September.

This was a tangible expression of our

devotion to our faith, to living mercy and

to the memory St Teresa of Kolkata and St

Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

In the preceding weeks, representatives

from each school met on a number of

occasions to plan the celebrations, which

coincided with Mother Teresa Primary

School’s celebrations of the canonisation of

Mother Teresa.

The celebrations began with a welcome

to country and some beautiful prayers at

Mother Teresa Primary where the Cross

and Relics were received by the older

schools and handed to the newest schools

on the site.

The procession moved through Mother

Teresa Primary into Parramatta Marist

High and then into Catherine McAuley

Westmead. Students from the three schools

lined the path of the Cross.

The Cross and Relics were then

transported to St Patrick’s Cathedral where

students from Sacred Heart Primary

formed a guard of honour as the procession

continued into the Cathedral where it was a

focal point for Mass.





Cross and Relics of St Mary of

the Cross MacKillop and St Teresa

of Kolkata is underway in the Diocese

of Parramatta.

During October and November, the

Cross and Relics will be at Regional

Gatherings hosted by the parishes of Seven

Hills, Quakers Hill, Plumpton, Penrith,

Springwood and Parramatta.

The pilgrimage will conclude at

St Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday

13 November when the four Holy

Doors within the Diocese of Parramatta

will close.

The Holy Doors are located in the

Cathedral, the Schoenstatt Shrine at

Mulgoa, the Shrine of the Holy Innocents

at Kellyville and Our Lady of Czestochowa

Chapel at Marayong.

The Jubilee Year of Mercy called by Pope

Francis will end on the Solemnity of Our

Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, on

Sunday 20 November when the Pope will

close the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica

in Rome.

Regional Gatherings in October & November

8-9 October

Hosted by Our Lady of Lourdes

Parish, Seven Hills, with St

Bernadette’s Parish, Lalor

Park, and St Anthony’s Parish,

Toongabbie. Information: Seven

Hills Parish tel (02) 9622 2920.

15-16 October

Hosted by Mary Immaculate

Parish, Quakers Hill, with St John

XXIII Parish, Glenwood-Stanhope

Gardens, Our Lady of the Rosary

Parish, Kellyville, and Our Lady

of the Angels Parish, Rouse Hill.

Information: Quakers Hill Parish

tel (02) 9626 3326.

Parish, Penrith, with Corpus

Christi Parish, Cranebrook, St

Joseph’s Parish, Kingswood, Our

Lady of the Rosary Parish, St

Marys, and Holy Spirit Parish, St

Clair. Information: Penrith Parish

tel (02) 4721 2509.

5-6 November

Hosted St Thomas Aquinas Parish,

Springwood, with Sacred Heart

Parish, Blackheath, St Mary of the

Cross MacKillop Parish, Upper

Blue Mountains, and Our Lady

of the Nativity Parish, Lawson.

Information: Springwood Parish

tel (02) 4754 1052.

22-23 October

Hosted by The Good Shepherd

Parish, Plumpton, with St Aidan’s

Parish, Rooty Hill, Holy Family

Parish, Mt Druitt, and Sacred

Heart Parish, Mt Druitt South.

Information: Plumpton Parish

tel (02) 9832 4461.

30-31 October

Hosted by St Nicholas of Myra

12-13 November

Hosted by St Patrick’s Cathedral

Parish, Parramatta, with

St Monica’s Parish, North

Parramatta, St Bernadette’s

Parish, Dundas Valley, Christ

the King Parish, North Rocks,

and Holy Name of Mary Parish,

Rydalmere. Information:

St Patrick’s Cathedral

tel (02) 8839 8400.

Students from Catherine McAuley Westmead, Parramatta Marist High, Sacred Heart Primary School and Mother

Teresa Primary School taking part in the Way of the Cross Procession at Catherine McAuley.

For more information about the Way of Mercy, please contact the

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Celebrating the Journey at St Patrick’s Cathedral on 18 September 2016

The Life, Marriage and Family Office organised last month’s Celebrating the

Journey Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta. At the Mass, 42 couples,

who were celebrating their 25 th , 30 th , 35 th , 40 th , 45 th , 50 th and subsequent

anniversaries, renewed their wedding vows.

The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, who praised the

couples by acknowledging that: “Today is about acknowledging and celebrating

that you have been able to keep your promises because God has kept His to you.”

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Catholic media converge in Sydney for annual conference

CATHOLIC EDITORS and communication

professionals working

in Church media came together in

Sydney last month for the annual conference

of the Australasian Catholic Press Association


To celebrate the Jubilee Year of

Mercy, the theme of the conference

was ‘Channels of Mercy’, reflecting the

important role Catholic media plays in

helping to ensure God’s mercy is spread

throughout the world.

The conference was held over three

days, from 5-7 September, and featured

a program that included people working

at the grassroots to address injustice

and inequality, focusing on how Church

communicators can best tell their stories.

Delegates shared ideas and knowledge

through panel discussions and presentations

on the latest trends in media

and communication.

In a first for ACPA, the program included

the launch of the 2016-17 Social Justice

Statement, A Place at the Table: Social

justice in an ageing society.

The keynote address was given by

Rev Dr Kevin McGovern, Emeritus

Director of the Caroline Chisholm Centre

for Health Ethics.

A highlight was the conference dinner

at Mary MacKillop Place in North Sydney

when the guest speaker was the actor and

author William McInnes.

On the night, the ACPA Awards for

Excellence were presented by Bishop

Anthony Randazzo, Auxiliary Bishop of

Sydney, who was the principal celebrant for

the Conference Mass.

The aim of the ACPA Awards is to

encourage and reward excellence in the

field of Catholic publishing and the media.

Judges are professionals working in Church

and/or the mainstream media who are

qualified to give a critical appraisal of the

work presented.

Awards were presented in 26 categories

with the premier honour going to

the The Southern Cross, which received

the Bishop Philip Kennedy Memorial

Award for Overall Excellence in a

Catholic Publication.

The conference program began with an

acknowledgement of country by Elsie Heiss,

a Wiradjuri woman and founding member

of the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Sydney.

The opening address was given by Senator

Malarndirri McCarthy from the Northern

Territory, who is a former journalist/

presenter with SBS/NITV News.

Marcelle Mogg, CEO of Catholic Social

Services Australia, gave the keynote address,

‘Advocating mercy in a land of judgement’.

This was followed by a discussion on

‘Sharing stories of mercy’ with panelists

Margaret Wiseman (prison chaplaincy),

Margaret Ng (human trafficking) and Mary

Leahy (seafarers’ chaplaincy).

The program included sessions on the

role of Catholic media and the Mission of

Mercy and latest trends in communications.

Delegates visited the convent of the

Missionaries of Charity in Surry Hills where

they met some of the sisters of the order

founded by Mother Teresa of Kolkata, who

was canonised in Rome two days before the

conference started.

More than 50 delegates and partners

attended this year’s conference, which was

made possible through sponsorship from

InvoCare, The University of Notre Dame,

Caritas Australia, Australian Catholic

University, WN Bull Funeral Directors,

Catholic Super, The Broken Bay Institute,

Catholic Mission, Fraynework Multimedia

and Doran Printing.

Our diocesan magazine, Catholic

Outlook, is a member of ACPA. The

Communications team in the Chancery are

grateful to the many people who contribute

to Catholic Outlook from parishes and

schools, Catholic Education Parramatta,

diocesan ministries and Church agencies,

groups and individuals across the Diocese.

The aim of this monthly magazine

distributed through parishes and schools

is to communicate the ‘good news’ of the

Catholic faith.

The editorial focus is on local issues and

people living faith-filled lives, to support

the mission of the Church and its outreach

through education, social justice, social

welfare, and aged care.

The publication has a key role in the

‘New Evangelisation’ called for by St John

Paul II through supporting the Catholic

community as it grows in faith and shares

the faith.

The print edition is complemented by an

online edition and free e-news subscription:


Through its website, Catholic Outlook

is networked to a range of diocesan

communication channels, including

parish and ministry websites and social

media platforms.

Catholic Outlook’s print and online

archive is a rich source of information

about the Diocese of Parramatta and the

Catholic Church in general.

Guest speaker for the conference dinner

was the actor and author William McInnes.

Photos: Melissa Loughlin & Annie Carrett.

Bishop Anthony Randazzo presented the Award for Best Print Magazine to the Broken Bay

News team (from left): Annie Carrett, Melissa Loughlin and Chris Murray.

Delegates visited the convent of the Missionaries of Charity where they met some of the

sisters of the order founded by Mother Teresa.

22 CatholicOutlook | OCTOBER 2016





Campion College invites Year 11 and 12 students to experience a day in the life of a Liberal

Arts student. Meet current students – Attend a lecture – Explore the campus. Come and

see what a Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts can do for your future. From noon-4.30pm

(lunch provided) at Campion College, Old Toongabbie. See website for program details

and registration: www.campion.edu.au


With facilitator Glenda Bourke SGS. Share ways in which poetry can lead to prayer by

exploring the thoughts, feelings & experiences in selected poems as well as their images,

rhythms & capacity to surprise. There will be time for quiet reflection. Participants are

invited to bring a favourite poem to share. From 10am-3.30pm at the Mount St Benedict

Centre, 449D Pennant Hills Rd, Pennant Hills (entrance off Hull Rd). Cost: $25. Book by

3 October: tel (02) 9484 6208, mtstbenedict@bigpond.com

Members of the altar server ministry at St Paul the Apostle Parish.

Winston Hills celebrates patron’s feast day


Hills gathered for a liturgical

celebration of their parish patron, St

Paul the Apostle, on 26 June.

Following the Sunday morning Mass ‘the

Hills came alive with the sound of music’

and song provided by the parish youth

group for the celebration of the feast of St

Paul and St Peter.

About 200 people enjoyed a BBQ and an

array of dishes provided by parishioners

from diverse cultural backgrounds,

reflecting the multicultural nature of

the community.

As part of the feast day liturgy

we celebrated members of our altar

server ministry. We have 46 children

actively serving, more than half of whom

are siblings.

During the Mass we welcomed and

blessed 12 children to this ministry and

presented another eight with the Guild of

St Stephen medal in recognition of their

service as altar servers.

Since at least 2010, we have presented

medals to more than 40 of our longerserving

children. This is a testament to their

commitment and devotion to supporting

our parish in this ministry.

The Guild of St Stephen is an association

for those who are involved in the ministry

at the altar. Through its activities, the guild

encourages all who serve at Mass and at

other liturgies to grow in their ministry and

to grow in their Catholic faith.

The guild was established in London

in 1905 and approved by Pope St Pius X

that year. Fr Rex Donohoe introduced

the guild to Australia in 1954 in the

Archdiocese of Hobart.

The guild’s patron saint, Stephen, was a

deacon in the early Church and the first

martyr, giving himself to the truth of the

Gospel and to the service of people.

The object of the guild is to advance

the Catholic faith in its sanctification

of those who serve at the altar. It exists

to encourage the highest standards

of serving and to provide servers with

a greater understanding of what they

are doing.

It unites servers of different parishes and

dioceses and helps to foster vocations to the

priesthood and religious life.


The conference is an annual gathering of young men from around Australia who come

together to be further formed in faith through engaging sessions with speakers including

Fr Rob Galea, Karen Doyle and Fr Ken Barker MGL. Venue is The Tops Conference Centre.

Register at www.ymgmovement.org


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

prayer, music and quiet time in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in St Patrick’s Cathedral,

1 Marist Plc, Parramatta.


Renaissance of Marriage 2016 National Marriage Conference. For the first time in five

years comes an opportunity for you to be part of reviving and strengthening the marriage

culture in Australia. Get inspired, be energised and connect with others over two days of

national and international speakers, including Christopher West. For more information on

the conference, fee schedule and speakers, visit the website www.rom.org.au


This weekend retreat in Sydney is designed to bring psychological and spiritual healing

to anyone who has been affected by an abortion experience including women, men,

couples and grandparents. Rachel's Vineyard Ministries Australia is supported by the

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. Confidential inquiries: tel or SMS 0400 092 555,

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


Theme: ‘Family – An Oasis of Mercy’. Afternoon family gathering with Bishop Vincent Long

OFM Conv and Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. From 2pm-5pm at the Shrine

of the Holy Innocents, 8 Greyfriar Place, Kellyville. Be part of the Way of Mercy with

the Mercy Cross and Relics of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and St Teresa of Kolkata.

Hosted by the Life, Marriage & Family Office, Parramatta. Family Sunday will be celebrated

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Sunday 23rd October 2016

Hear from Mother

Teresa’s own


of Charity


Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm

Place: Shrine of the Holy Innocents,

8 Greyfriar Pl, Kellyville

Parking available in Our Lady of the

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Be part of the way of Mercy,

with the travelling relics of

St Mary of the Cross and

St Teresa of Calcutta

Meet our Bishop

Vincent Long

Van Nguyen

OFM Conv


Family Sunday will be celebrated at Masses in the

parishes throughout the Parramatta Diocese

Enquiries: Life, Marriage and Family Office, Parramatta lmf@parra.catholic.org.au

(02) 8838 3441 or www.parralmf.org.au

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