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

The official publication of the Diocese of Parramatta | www.catholicoutlook.org | VOLUME 19, OCTOBER <strong>2016</strong><br />

Social Justice Statement <strong>2016</strong>-17<br />

A Place at the Table:<br />

Social justice in an<br />

ageing society<br />






page 12 page 17<br />







For two weeks in September, I was in<br />

Italy attending a silent retreat, which<br />

was organised by the Congregation for<br />

Bishops. Though it was difficult for me<br />

to be away from the Diocese and its<br />

many demands, I felt the retreat was<br />

much-needed time to review, refocus and<br />

recharge my spiritual life.<br />

Jesus gave us that example of unmitigated<br />

commitment to prayer and renewal even<br />

when others were making demands on him.<br />

We must try and seek that better portion<br />

like Mary did even in the midst of the flurry<br />

of activities.<br />

One of the things I learned, or became ever<br />

more conscious of, is the utter gratuity with<br />

which God has loved me and enabled me to<br />

be his instrument despite my unworthiness.<br />

I don’t mean to say this just because I got<br />

to sit next to Pope Francis at dinner. That<br />

was an utter fluke or, better, an absolutely<br />

unexpected blessing.<br />

Out of the blue, I was given a seat next<br />

to his Holiness like the beloved disciple<br />

at the Last Supper. In fact, when I look<br />

back my whole life has been a series of<br />

unexpected blessings.<br />

It is like God wrote a straight line on<br />

crooked dots ,which has been characteristic<br />

of my life. It is this gratuity of God’s love<br />

towards me, this unmerited grace that has<br />

shaped me that I am compelled to proclaim.<br />

The readings this 25 th Sunday in Ordinary<br />

Time also remind us of our duty to imitate<br />

the God of utter magnanimity, graciousness<br />

and forgiveness.<br />

In the first reading, the prophet Amos<br />

sternly cautions the people about the unjust<br />

practices that go against the heart of their<br />

religion. The lowering of the bushel, the<br />

raising of the shekel and the tampering with<br />

the scales etc … are some of these practices.<br />

They betray the very purpose of the<br />

Exodus, which was the liberation of the<br />

people from their slavery and oppression.<br />

They betray the very God that liberated<br />

them and formed them into a new society<br />

of justice, solidarity and equality.<br />

BISHOP’S DIARY – OCTOBER <strong>2016</strong><br />

4 Meets with the Provincial of Opus Dei.<br />


Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv<br />

Homily for 25 th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, and Celebrating the Journey,<br />

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, 18 September <strong>2016</strong><br />

6 Blessing of the Diocesan Ministry Centre, Blacktown.<br />

7 Retreat Day with Chancery Staff.<br />

8 Celebrates Mass for the General Chapter of the Sisters<br />

of Mercy, Parramatta.<br />

9 Celebrates Mass of the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time<br />

with the Installation of Fr Giovani Gaviria as Parish<br />

Priest at Sacred Heart Church, Warragamba, at 9.30am.<br />

13 Celebrates Mass at Australian <strong>Catholic</strong> University,<br />

North Sydney.<br />

14 Attends a meeting of the Bishops of the Province<br />

of NSW.<br />

The Gospel confirms this message, albeit<br />

in a way that may not be so obvious to us. It<br />

tells of the parable of the unfaithful servant<br />

who has failed his duty of stewardship.<br />

He faces the prospect of unemployment,<br />

reduced status and even ridicule.<br />

He was given one more roll of the dice<br />

and he does it wisely. He calls the master’s<br />

debtors and writes down the debts. In other<br />

words, he banks on his master’s generosity.<br />

By writing down the debts, he actually<br />

makes the claim that his master cannot fault<br />

him: that the master forgives those who owe<br />

him, that he is generous and magnanimous.<br />

For banking on this defining virtue of his<br />

master, the dishonest servant was praised.<br />

The Word of God thus challenges us<br />

about our relationship with God and with<br />

one another. If God is so generous and<br />

forgiving to us, we too must be generous<br />

and forgiving with one another.<br />

We cannot be the disciples of Jesus and<br />

think and act merely in terms of the raw<br />

justice of the world. None of us could be<br />

saved if God applied the strict justice on the<br />

basis of our merits.<br />

The parable is actually designed to prod<br />

at our sense of entitlement and merit. It<br />

challenges us to think and act in the way<br />

that God in Jesus has shown us, which is not<br />

a raw justice of the world but the justice of<br />

the Kingdom and the very mercy of God.<br />

All of this helps us understand what<br />

we are really celebrating today. It is about<br />

more than your toughness, durability or<br />

tenacity of putting up with each other for a<br />

half century. You are not here as those who<br />

have “survived” marriage, as if it were an<br />

endurance test!<br />

To be sure, your resilience and hardiness<br />

is admirable and a great witness to us all, but<br />

even more important is the faith that allowed<br />

you to detect the grace of God working in<br />

you since the day it was promised to you.<br />

Yours is faith that believes that it is<br />

precisely in the limited circumstances and<br />

the limited relationships of your life that<br />

God has called and graced you.<br />

Today is about acknowledging and<br />

‘Whatever path<br />

we walk in our<br />

journey of giving<br />

and receiving love,<br />

we are not meant<br />

to be alone.’<br />

celebrating that you have been able to keep<br />

your promises because God has kept His<br />

to you.<br />

In all of that, let God leave you today<br />

with a sense of wonder and awe as you<br />

think of all the many moments He has<br />

pulled you back from the edge of danger,<br />

saving you from the full consequences of<br />

your mistakes sinfulness.<br />

Today is a day to congratulate you for<br />

keeping your promise, but you know<br />

better than I that it is even more so a day<br />

to thank and praise God for keeping his<br />

promise to you.<br />

Whatever path we walk in our journey<br />

of giving and receiving love, we are not<br />

meant to be alone. We need community,<br />

and it is here that the church has a key role,<br />

in supporting us as we strive to build love<br />

and in supporting us when our efforts to<br />

collapse about us.<br />

Whenever we find ourselves in our<br />

relationships, let us remember the good<br />

news that God is love, and that all God’s<br />

grace is now being offered us to find the<br />

truth that will set us free.<br />

Everyone in this church, whatever our<br />

past history, is capable now of loving and<br />

receiving love. We must not compare<br />

ourselves to others, or attempt to measure<br />

our love.<br />

Knowing that we are not meant to be<br />

alone, let us take whatever small steps of<br />

love present themselves to us and we will be<br />

astonished at the results.<br />

God is love and so love, any real love, is<br />

the stuff of which miracles are made.<br />

16 Celebrates Holy Mass of the 29 th Sunday in Ordinary<br />

Time with the Rite of Candidacy to Holy Orders at St<br />

Monica’s Parish, Richmond, 9.30am.<br />

20 Convenes a meeting of the Council of Priests and<br />

College of Consultors.<br />

21 Celebrates Holy Mass for SREs followed by<br />

presentation, Padre Pio Parish, Glenmore Park,<br />

at 11am.<br />

21 Celebrates Mass for the conferral of the Sacrament of<br />

Confirmation at Holy Name of Mary Parish, Rydalmere,<br />

at 7.30pm.<br />

23 Celebrates Holy Mass of the 30 th Sunday in Ordinary<br />

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



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Dr Susan Timoney from the Archdiocese of Washington addresses<br />

The Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Wuerl, with Broken Bay’s<br />

The Bishop of Broken Bay, Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, welcomes<br />

delegates. Photos: Adrian Middeldorp.<br />

Daniel Ang.<br />

delegates to PROCLAIM <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

Parishes the heart of the New Evangelisation<br />

By Adrian Middeldorp<br />

and Jordan Grantham<br />


hope and the challenge to parishes<br />

to become the centre of evangelisation<br />

was the central message of the<br />

PROCLAIM <strong>2016</strong> Conference on the New<br />

Evangelisation, held at the Concourse in<br />

Chatswood from 1-3 September.<br />

This national gathering was hosted by<br />

the <strong>Catholic</strong> Diocese of Broken Bay in<br />

partnership with the Australian <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Bishops Conference.<br />

PROCLAIM <strong>2016</strong> drew more than<br />

520 delegates from across Australia, New<br />

Zealand and the Pacific, seeking new ways<br />

to build on the strengths and charisms of<br />

the faith community.<br />

The keynote speakers were: Archbishop<br />

of Washington, Donald Cardinal Wuerl;<br />

Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Auxiliary<br />

Bishop of Westminster in the UK;<br />

Dr Susan Timoney, Secretary for<br />

Pastoral Ministry in the Archdiocese of<br />

Washington in the US, and Daniel Ang,<br />

Director of Evangelisation in the Diocese<br />

of Broken Bay.<br />

The program included workshop sessions<br />

covering diverse areas, from marriage to<br />

new media.<br />

Cardinal Wuerl said that parishes “tell the<br />

story of Jesus”. He presented evangelisation<br />

as a warm and prayerful task. He explained<br />

that evangelisation begins at the individual<br />

level, through strengthened faith and taking<br />

personal responsibility for evangelisation,<br />

then engages the wider community with<br />

conversation and new media.<br />

“The goal at the parish level is to get as<br />

many people as possible engaged in the<br />

simple task of telling the story of Jesus,”<br />

he said.<br />

Cardinal Wuerl warmly endorsed social<br />

media engagement: “The new media has to<br />

be at the heart of our method of getting the<br />

word out.”<br />

Dr Susan Timoney called on delegates to<br />

make parishes more accessible to those who<br />

may want to encounter Christ by becoming<br />

more inviting.<br />

“We are the eyes, the hands, the heart of<br />

Jesus in our homes, in our workplaces” so<br />

we must “go, invite, welcome”.<br />

Dr Timoney said those in the parishes<br />

are not “just the buildings” but “what goes<br />

in them”.<br />

Her work in the Archdiocese of<br />

Washington includes helping assess<br />

parishes by their “indicators of vitality”.<br />

The indicators include five key areas of<br />

parish life.<br />

Worship: The vitality of the parish’s<br />

liturgical life with special emphasis on the<br />

importance of the Eucharist.<br />

Education: The ability to provide faith<br />

formation for parishioners of all ages.<br />

Community: The ability of a parish to<br />

evangelise, reach out to the community<br />

and welcome all people into the mission of<br />

the parish.<br />

Service: The parish calls parishioners to<br />

help all who are in need.<br />

Administrators: The parish has sufficient<br />

leadership, management of resources and<br />

decision-making processes.<br />

Daniel Ang said that parishes should<br />

not be afraid to have a vision and that they<br />

could no longer rely on the “conveyor belt<br />

of <strong>Catholic</strong>ism”.<br />

He said that evangelising parishes created<br />

disciples in the midst of the church that<br />

“opens individual lives to more possibilities<br />

for the life of faith, vocation and holiness”.<br />

He stressed the importance of parishes<br />

having a vision, “When we communicate a<br />

vision of the parish, how we seek to respond<br />

to God in this context, in this time, in this<br />

local community, when we can articulate a<br />

vision of the kinds of spiritual growth we<br />

are seeking to raise up in our people, this<br />

passionate purpose becomes the heartbeat<br />

or pulse of a parish.”<br />

In the final keynote, Bishop Nicholas<br />

Hudson said parishes should become<br />

oases of mercy, “‘I learnt from my dad<br />

when I was six years old. He used to<br />

take me out to visit the neighbours<br />

who were elderly or alone. He wasn’t<br />

self-consciously teaching me to make<br />

our family or our parish an oasis of<br />

mercy, but I realised that he was, for<br />

those vulnerable people around us, an<br />

oasis of mercy.<br />

Bishop Hudson also talked about the<br />

benefits of a team for evangelisation: “The<br />

Lord himself needed a team.”<br />

In describing how mercy should be the<br />

centre of parish evangelisation, he said<br />

that “mercy is a christo-centric lens, if we<br />

proclaim mercy, we proclaim Christ”. He<br />

explained that the Latin word for mercy is<br />

misericordae, which means literally to have<br />

a “heart of pity”. He said the best way to<br />

proclaim mercy was to “start doing it”.<br />

Bishop Hudson said that we should<br />

look at opportunities for kerygma,<br />

“the preaching or proclamation of the<br />

Christian Gospel”, not to “proselytise” but<br />

to “lovingly inquire”.<br />

PROCLAIM <strong>2016</strong> keynote addresses<br />

can be viewed online at www.xt3.com/<br />

proclaim<strong>2016</strong>/<br />

With ACBC/Diocese of Broken Bay.<br />

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New ACN Secretary General visits<br />

By Elizabeth McFarlane<br />

and Jordan Grantham<br />

A<br />

NUMBER OF DECADES ago, a<br />

South American priest on a study<br />

tour in Germany visited the international<br />

headquarters of Aid to the<br />

Church in Need. This priest went on to<br />

become a bishop, whose diocese received<br />

support for aid projects from Aid to the<br />

Church in Need.<br />

Today, that priest is Pope Francis and<br />

he continues to hold Aid to the Church in<br />

Need (ACN) close to his heart.<br />

Philipp Ozores is ACN’s new Secretary<br />

General and on a recent visit to Australia<br />

he shared his experience of Pope Francis’<br />

support with <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>Outlook</strong>.<br />

In a private audience in June, the Holy<br />

Father agreed to film a message supporting<br />

ACN’s Year of Mercy campaign. “The Pope<br />

said … let’s just do it now. So Fr Hans<br />

Stapel (ACN Brazil’s President) pulled out<br />

his iPhone and the Holy Father recorded a<br />

message off the cuff,” Philipp said.<br />

Prior to becoming Secretary General<br />

of ACN, Philipp Ozores was Assistant to<br />

the Chief Financial Officer for the Order<br />

of Malta’s massive operations in Cologne,<br />

which is perceived in Germany as “like the<br />

Red Cross in a <strong>Catholic</strong> way”.<br />

The Secretary-General of ACN, Philipp Ozores<br />

with National Director Phillip Collignon (right).<br />

Photo supplied.<br />

Aid to the Church in Need is now the<br />

Church’s largest pastoral charity, annually<br />

receiving the equivalent of $A175 million<br />

for aid projects, primarily for the poor and<br />

persecuted Church around the world.<br />

Support for Middle Eastern countries<br />

increased significantly in response to the<br />

chaos of the ‘Arab Spring’ and violence<br />

of ISIS.<br />

Aid to the Church in Need’s approach<br />

is to support local projects through the<br />

existing structures of the local Church. This<br />

saves money and uses local expertise.<br />

Last year, 6200 projects were funded, an<br />

increase on the 5600 projects funded in the<br />

previous year.<br />

“The standard in ACN’s program is very<br />

hands on for pastoral needs. But it also<br />

could be very specific – it could be a car for<br />

a priest, it could be building or renovating a<br />

church or chapel,” Philipp said.<br />

The Australian Office of Aid to the Church<br />

in Need has one of the network’s most<br />

efficient fundraising operations. It is led by<br />

the National Director, Phillip Collignon,<br />

who manages the operations from an office<br />

located in Seven Hills.<br />

Aid to the Church in Need Australia<br />

raises about $4 million each year, from<br />

10,000 benefactors.<br />

The Mirror is ACN’s newsletter and<br />

it is the main fundraising tool. Stories<br />

about the varied projects and incredible<br />

challenges of <strong>Catholic</strong>s across the globe<br />

regularly engage readers.<br />

For World Youth Day Krakow this year,<br />

ACN launched the app version of DOCAT,<br />

the new youth catechism on <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Social Teaching. It aims to energise a<br />

million young <strong>Catholic</strong>s in building a more<br />

just and compassionate society. The book<br />

was free to download.<br />

The DOCAT app includes a quiz after<br />

each section and links to Facebook<br />

forums for further questions. This takes<br />

ACN’s mission into the era of social<br />

media and engages a new generation in<br />

their vital aid work.<br />

To support the work of ACN please go to the<br />

Australian website www.aidtochurch.org<br />

or contact the office tel (02) 9679 1929.<br />

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

The Pope who came to dinner<br />

GUESS WHO SAT NEXT to Pope<br />

Francis at the dinner table during<br />

a recent retreat organised by<br />

the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops?<br />

Parramatta’s Bishop Vincent Long OFM<br />

Conv was on a retreat in Italy with fellow<br />

bishops from 2-16 September when the<br />

Holy Father paid a visit.<br />

“I spent two weeks in a mountain near<br />

La Verna, which is the place where St<br />

Francis received the sacred stigmata,”<br />

Bishop Vincent said. “While I did not<br />

witness the Transfiguration or receive<br />

the stigmata, I can assure you that it was<br />

wonderful to be there. The retreat was<br />

hosted by the Sisters of the Divine Master<br />

and preached by three wise Jesuits.<br />

“It was bookended by the canonisation<br />

of Mother Teresa at the beginning and<br />

the Papal Audience at the end. I got lucky<br />

when, unwittingly, I was given a prime<br />

position (well, a bit of quick thinking and<br />

pushing helped). I got the best seat in the<br />

dining room at Santa Marta.<br />

“While enjoying my ‘John the Beloved<br />

Disciple’ moment (pictured), I spoke to<br />

his Holiness about a few things close to<br />

my heart. I introduced myself to him<br />

as Bishop of Parramatta and a former<br />

boat person. I raised the issue of asylum<br />

seekers in Australia and our government’s<br />

harsh offshore detention policy.<br />

“The Holy Father commended the way<br />

Italy handles the asylum seeker crisis and<br />

grieved the cold-heartedness with which<br />

some other countries act towards them.<br />

“I also spoke to him about the opposition<br />

both from within the Church and the<br />

secular forces in respect of his leadership<br />

on a number of issues such as climate<br />

change, the person-centred economy and<br />

concern for the marginalised.<br />

“His simple answer and his gesture<br />

left a deep impression on me: ‘I seek to<br />

be authentic.’<br />

“Pope Francis made me feel completely<br />

at home and without fear. When he asked<br />

me if I wanted wine and then poured<br />

it into my glass, it was as though the<br />

Servant Jesus came to life for me there<br />

and then.<br />

“It was a privileged moment and an<br />

unforgettable experience. I thank God<br />

for it and I am more determined to follow<br />

the example of the Servant Leadership of<br />

Pope Francis.”<br />

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

A priest visiting the sick in Peru<br />

*<br />

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<strong>2016</strong>-17 SOCIAL JUSTICE STATEMENT<br />

Call for communities of compassion as population ages<br />

AS MORE AND MORE Australians<br />

are living longer, we should celebrate<br />

the great ‘success story’ of our<br />

ageing population and, as a fair and compassionate<br />

nation, foster solidarity among<br />

all generations, Bishop Antoine-Charbel<br />

Tarabay from the Australian <strong>Catholic</strong> Social<br />

Justice Council said at last month's<br />

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

<strong>2016</strong>-17 Social Justice Statement, A Place at<br />

the Table: Social justice in an ageing society.<br />

"Australia must protect older people who<br />

are most vulnerable to hardship and who<br />

are at risk of feeling they are a burden on<br />

society," Bishop Tarabay said at the launch<br />

in Sydney on 6 September.<br />

The statement highlights the significant<br />

contribution that older people continue<br />

to make to the life of the community. The<br />

number of Australians aged 65 and over<br />

will more than double from 3.6 million<br />

today to 8.9 million by the middle of<br />

the century.<br />

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv is<br />

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

Social Justice Council. In the statement,<br />

Bishop Vincent said the journey into<br />

old age presented both challenges<br />

and opportunities.<br />

"Retirement, changing health and<br />

altered living conditions can be<br />

confronting for individuals and their<br />

families. Our society, too, needs to adjust<br />

as it deals with a community with an<br />

increasingly higher proportion of older<br />

people and comparatively fewer people of<br />

working age.<br />

"However, these changes bring gifts<br />

too, and this is the time for families,<br />

communities and society as a whole to<br />

explore them. In the words of Pope Francis,<br />

old age is a vocation, not a time to ‘pull in<br />

the oars’, but ‘our societies are not ready,<br />

spiritually and morally, to appreciate the<br />

true value of this stage of life’.<br />

"We are seeing a new vision of ageing, one<br />

where many people enter their 60s and 70s<br />

in good health and with plenty of skills and<br />

energy to offer our communities. Indeed,<br />

governments have seen this change and<br />

have started calling for people to remain<br />

in the workplace beyond the traditional<br />

retirement age.<br />

"For many, that is a realistic expectation;<br />

but for it to be realised, governments<br />

and employers must recognise the true<br />

capacities of older people. They must also<br />

acknowledge that not all older people are<br />

healthy or well-off.<br />

"Old age and frailty will come to us all<br />

eventually, and we will need the help and<br />

support of others. This is a time when<br />

we must see a just society in action. We<br />

must challenge the individualism and<br />

consumerism of modern society that gives<br />

rise to what Pope Francis calls a ‘throwaway’<br />

culture. Stereotypes of older people<br />

as doddering, out of touch or dependent<br />

are false and dehumanising.<br />

"People are not commodities, to be<br />

valued only for their productivity or<br />

purchasing power. They are human beings<br />

in the fullest sense, precious in their own<br />

right, possessing a dignity that was given<br />

them by God. Furthermore, their wisdom<br />

and lived experience are priceless treasures<br />

that can enrich our lives.<br />

"At this time in Australia, we face a<br />

threefold challenge: to work for an inclusive<br />

society that brings older people into the<br />

heart of the community; to ensure the<br />

dignity and care of people who are frail and<br />

most vulnerable to neglect or abuse; and<br />

to foster solidarity among all generations,<br />

recognising the special affinity that exists<br />

between young and old.<br />

"We must never forget that<br />

the older person before us is<br />

a spouse, a parent, a brother<br />

or sister, a friend and, most<br />

importantly, a son or daughter<br />

of God. All of us are created<br />

in the image and likeness of<br />

God, and are called to have our<br />

rightful place at the table he<br />

has prepared."<br />

About 75% of men and<br />

85% of women are reaching<br />

retirement in good health and<br />

with about 20 years of life<br />

ahead of them.<br />

However, there is a risk<br />

that a society ill-prepared<br />

for demographic change<br />

may assess these trends as an<br />

economic threat.<br />

Already, we hear divisive<br />

terms such as ‘intergenerational<br />

theft’ or invidious comparisons<br />

between ‘productive workers’<br />

and ‘burdensome retirees’.<br />

Our community must ensure<br />

that both the costs<br />

and the great benefits of<br />

an ageing population are<br />

shared equitably.<br />

Where policies encourage longer working<br />

lives, we must ensure that vulnerable groups<br />

share the benefits of employment and are<br />

protected from poverty in their later years.<br />

Where aged-care sectors are being<br />

opened to market competition, we must<br />

ensure that those with limited means<br />

receive the dignified and adequately funded<br />

care all are entitled to.<br />

The statement points out that particularly<br />

vulnerable people can be exposed to<br />

loneliness, ageism and elder abuse.<br />

The bishops challenge a ‘throw-away’<br />

a place at the table<br />


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<br />

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

culture that casts older people as being<br />

burdensome or even dispensable.<br />

They strongly affirm the sanctity of life<br />

and call for a culture of compassionate care<br />

that values and protects people in their<br />

final years.<br />

The bishops call for communities that<br />

foster solidarity among the generations<br />

and ensure older people have their rightful<br />

place at the table.<br />

The <strong>2016</strong>-17 Social Justice Statement<br />

can be downloaded from the Australian<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Social Justice Council website:<br />

www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au<br />

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Put on your sacramental lenses<br />

By Meg Griffin,<br />

Life, Marriage & Family Office<br />

“<br />


you have learned” were the<br />

words of the wise Jedi Master<br />

Yoda in Star Wars V, The Empire Strikes<br />

Back. These words were echoed by International<br />

Retreat Master, Fr Thomas Loya,<br />

“learning is really about unlearning”, as he<br />

began the first session of the Theology of<br />

the Body Retreat hosted by Parramatta’s<br />

Life, Marriage & Family Office at the picturesque<br />

Mt Schoenstatt Retreat Centre<br />

from 9-11 September.<br />

Clarifying the intended application<br />

of this “unlearning”, Fr Loya went on to<br />

explain what it means to be <strong>Catholic</strong>. Often<br />

misunderstood to be a religion of rules,<br />

“Our Faith is about a way of seeing … and<br />

living according to that vision.”<br />

A sacrament brings together the infinite/<br />

invisible and the tangible/visible – the<br />

sacraments are part of what distinguishes us<br />

from other religions, the invisible becomes<br />

visible through something physical.<br />

Hence, rather than simply dealing with<br />

“religious stuff ” on Sundays at Mass, we can<br />

begin to see all that is around us through<br />

the lens of sacramentality, that is, seeing<br />

the invisible (God) incarnated through his<br />

creation and integrated into the order of<br />

creation, all with a harmonious role to play<br />

in God’s plan. To be <strong>Catholic</strong> is to be and<br />

see sacramentally.<br />

Fr Loya called it, “seeing with two Is”.<br />

The wearing of these “<strong>Catholic</strong>,<br />

sacramental lenses” through which we<br />

view all things around us was a recurring<br />

Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy<br />

Penrose Park<br />

Fatima Day: Thursday 13 <strong>October</strong><br />

A day of prayer with our Apostolic Nuncio His Excellency Most Reverend Adolfo Tito<br />

Yllana! Come and offer prayers with us for the salvation of the world.<br />

Exposition 10am, Holy Mass 11am, After Lunch; Procession and Devotions at<br />

Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.<br />

Principal Celebrant: His Excellency<br />

Monthly Divine Mercy Sunday<br />

2 <strong>October</strong><br />

11am: Solemn Mass followed by Devotions<br />

including Chaplet of Divine Mercy.<br />

motif throughout the weekend for the<br />

retreat’s 35 participants.<br />

Fr Loya represented this concept<br />

physically by the continual clicking on and<br />

off of his magnetic, black-rimmed glasses.<br />

Having established the way in which<br />

to see, Fr Loya proceeded to apply this<br />

to human beings, beginning with Adam<br />

and Eve.<br />

We are all created as sexual beings, man<br />

or woman, and we are all called to a spousal<br />

love, no matter what our vocation.<br />

Spousal love, simply put, is the complete<br />

gift of self, which can be demonstrated<br />

sacramentally through the physical union<br />

of man and wife, as well as by priests<br />

and religious in the giving of themselves<br />

through their service to the Church.<br />

The blessing of having Fr Loya present<br />

the authentic roles of men and women as<br />

intended by God was his unique perspective<br />

in having a background in the field of art.<br />

Seeing the world with both an artist’s<br />

eye and a theologian's eye resulted in his<br />

ability to communicate the deep meaning<br />

of St John Paul II’s work through the use<br />

of images, including iconography and<br />

traditional Western art.<br />

Being a <strong>Catholic</strong> priest of the Byzantine<br />

rite, Fr Loya had an enriching knowledge<br />

of the theology of iconography, especially<br />

present in the Eastern Church.<br />

Retreatants departed with a real sense of<br />

the beauty of the human person, body and<br />

soul, free from lust or prudishness, and the<br />

way it is a living icon of the Holy Trinity.<br />

Fr Loya showed that looking through<br />

our sacramental lenses, the way in which<br />

the human body was designed reflects the<br />

Most Reverend Adolfo Tito Yllana<br />

Fatima Family Sunday<br />

16 <strong>October</strong><br />

11am: Holy Mass with Renewal of Wedding<br />

Vows, followed by Devotions.<br />

Upcoming celebrations in Our Shrine<br />

Friday 7 <strong>October</strong>: Our Lady of the Rosary<br />

11am Holy Mass followed by Exposition and Benediction.<br />

Pauline Fathers’ Monastery<br />

Address: 120 Hanging Rock Road, Berrima, NSW, 2577 Phone: 02 4878 9192<br />

Email: paulinefathers@yahoo.com.au<br />

Website: www.penrosepark.com.au<br />

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

Mary Ann Mamon and Levi Mamon.<br />

very role and nature of men or women and,<br />

hence, aspects of God.<br />

The shape of a woman can be presented<br />

artistically with circular lines, reflecting<br />

her nature as relational; someone who<br />

brings the family together, who nurtures.<br />

She is also created to receive, as evidenced<br />

physically by her womb.<br />

By contrast, the man can be represented<br />

artistically with triangular lines moving<br />

outward. As the protector and the leader,<br />

his actions are directed outward, dealing<br />

with the external world.<br />

Attesting to his authority on the topic,<br />


FRIDAY, 28 OCTOBER, 7.30PM<br />

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For further information, or to register,<br />

please contact Marriage, Education, Support<br />

and Enrichment in The Life, Marriage and<br />

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Fr Loya learned his Theology of the Body<br />

directly from St John Paul II, and was<br />

present the moment he was shot, as well as<br />

at his first reappearance after recovery.<br />

Fr Loya’s conclusion was that if St John<br />

Paul’s Theology of the Body could be spread<br />

all over the world, and people taught to see<br />

all around them sacramentally, the entire<br />

face of the world would be changed.<br />

With several school teachers from<br />

the Diocese of Parramatta attending the<br />

retreat, our Diocese can look forward to<br />

the good fruits that will flow from this<br />

nourishing experience.<br />

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St Teresa of Kolkata: a saint for most but not for all<br />

By Ben Smith,<br />

Director of the Life, Marriage<br />

& Family Office<br />

THERE WAS GREAT JOY in the<br />

world on 4 September when Mother<br />

Teresa of Kolkata was proclaimed a<br />

saint. She is a glowing example of charity,<br />

inspiring not just <strong>Catholic</strong>s but people all<br />

over the world.<br />

But for some she is a fraud and an<br />

ideological fanatic.<br />

How is it possible for these two<br />

contradictory views to exist? Could it be<br />

due to Mother Teresa’s outspoken approach<br />

on a number of moral issues?<br />

In her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance<br />

speech on 11 December 1979, she said<br />

that “the greatest destroyer of peace today<br />

is abortion.” This is because “if a mother<br />

can kill her own child – what is left for<br />

me to kill you and you to kill me – there is<br />

nothing between.”<br />

In 1982, she spoke to students at a number<br />

of US universities, including Harvard, about<br />

the importance of the virtue of chastity.<br />

These were challenging words for her<br />

audiences and they remain a challenge to us<br />

in our time.<br />

One of Mother Teresa’s most vocal<br />

critics was British journalist Christopher<br />

Hitchens, considered the founder of the<br />

New Atheism movement. He viewed the<br />

concept of a god as a totalitarian belief that<br />

restricts human freedom.<br />

Many of his disciples emerged on social<br />

media around the time of Mother Teresa's<br />

canonisation to reiterate his ideas.<br />

One of the charges he made against<br />

her was that: “She spent her life opposing<br />

the only known cure for poverty, which<br />

is the empowerment of women and the<br />

emancipation of them from a livestock<br />

version of compulsory reproduction.”<br />

In terms of the empowerment of women,<br />

the order she founded, the Missionaries<br />

of Charity, run a number of schools,<br />

orphanages, health clinics, soup kitchens<br />

and family counselling programs. So this<br />

criticism is hard to justify.<br />

However, Mother Teresa’s forthright<br />

views on abortion and sexual morality<br />

conflict with Hitchens’ charge concerning<br />

“reproductive emancipation”.<br />

Her response to abortion was to set up<br />

adoption agencies to help find homes for<br />

unwanted children with those who had<br />

trouble conceiving children.<br />

Her order taught natural family planning<br />

(NFP) to the poor of Kolkata. In her<br />

Nobel Prize speech, she recounted that the<br />

response she received from the poor who<br />

used NFP was: “Our family is healthy, our<br />

family is united, and we can have a baby<br />

whenever we want.”<br />

These approaches respect the human<br />

dignity of all, including the unborn, and they<br />

also respect the dignity of the generative<br />

dimension of marriage by the promotion of<br />

responsible parenthood.<br />

They go against the conventional wisdom<br />

that often ties foreign aid to population<br />

control programs for the developing<br />

world. The fertility of poor women in the<br />

developing world is seen as a problem that<br />

needs to be cured by programs that often<br />

involve levels of coercion to encourage<br />

abortion, contraception and/or sterilisation.<br />

China’s one-child policy is an example.<br />

There are other criticisms of Mother<br />

Teresa’s work that I have not addressed<br />

here, but they generally involve judging<br />

with a secular Western world view the work<br />

of an organisation with a <strong>Catholic</strong> world<br />

view operating in extreme conditions in<br />

developing countries.<br />

Members of her order do amazing work,<br />

to the best of their ability and with scarce<br />

resources to help people who no one else<br />

will help. It is easy to criticise from the<br />

comfort of an air-conditioned apartment,<br />

but it is harder to solve the complex<br />

challenge of poverty.<br />

Mother Teresa's response to abortion was to set up<br />

adoption agencies to help find homes for<br />

unwanted children.<br />

Mother Teresa’s canonisation was a<br />

wonderful occasion for the Church and the<br />

world. Her example will inspire people in<br />

both the present and the future, but these<br />

efforts will need to contend with various<br />

opposing world views that are becoming<br />

increasingly vocal and intolerant.<br />

To contact the Life, Marriage & Family<br />

Office in the Diocese of Parramatta tel (02)<br />

8838 3441 or send an email to<br />

lmf@parra.catholic.org.au<br />

BBI awarded new status as Higher<br />

Education Provider<br />

On 1 September <strong>2016</strong>, BBI<br />

was accredited as a Higher<br />

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the Tertiary Education Quality<br />

Standards Agency (TEQSA)<br />

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higher education sector.<br />

In its capacity as a HEP, BBI is<br />

accredited to confer higher education<br />

degrees which are recognised as<br />

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standards and are benchmarked with<br />

universities, colleges and other tertiary<br />

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Postgraduate degrees in these<br />

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To register your interest, phone BBI Student Services on: 02 9847 0030 • www.bbi.catholic.edu.au<br />

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NEW<br />


Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv<br />

has confirming the following<br />

appointments in the<br />

Diocese of Parramatta:<br />

Rev Fr John Rizzo<br />

Assistant Priest<br />

St Patrick’s Parish, Guildford<br />

Commencing 14 <strong>October</strong>.<br />

Mr Martin Lugod<br />

Director<br />

– Diocesan Property<br />

Services<br />

Commencing 5 <strong>October</strong>.<br />

Mr Michael Mendieta<br />

Director<br />

– Fundraising Strategy<br />

& Development<br />

Commencing 26 September.<br />

From left: Joe Cashman, Executive Director, <strong>Catholic</strong>Care Social Services, Parramatta; Trish Devlin, Executive Director, <strong>Catholic</strong>Care, Broken Bay; Morgan Childers, Cluster<br />

Manager, <strong>Catholic</strong>Care Sydney; Mark Boffa, SMOM; Dr Robert Costa, SMOM; Bernard Boerma, CEO, <strong>Catholic</strong>Care Sydney; and Richard Haddock AM, Chair <strong>Catholic</strong>Care<br />

Sydney Board. Photo: <strong>Catholic</strong>Care, Sydney.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>Care shares Coats for the Homeless<br />

CATHOLICCARE Social Services –<br />

Diocese of Parramatta thanks the<br />

Knights of Malta for their generosity<br />

and compassion in providing 100 Coats<br />

for the Homeless in our Diocese. It is only<br />

through such help that we are able to meet<br />

the needs of the most vulnerable in Western<br />

Sydney and the Blue Mountains.<br />

The custom-designed coats were<br />

donated by the NSW branch of the<br />

Order of Malta to <strong>Catholic</strong>Care Sydney,<br />

along with <strong>Catholic</strong>Care Parramatta,<br />

Wollongong and Broken Bay. Homeless<br />

men and women enthusiastically received<br />

the coats from <strong>Catholic</strong>Care.<br />

As miserable winter weather assailed<br />

Sydney, most people buried themselves<br />

under the covers – grateful to be warm and<br />

safe. However, Sydney’s homeless huddled<br />

in train stations, public parks and anywhere<br />

they could find shelter.<br />

The shocking fact is that homelessness is<br />

increasing. Robert Costa, from the Order of<br />

Malta, explained the grim reality: “In NSW<br />

there are 28,190 homeless people, and that’s<br />

an increase of 20.4% since 2006.”<br />

Homelessness Australia statistics state<br />

that one in 200 people in Sydney was<br />

homeless during winter.<br />

The Executive Director of <strong>Catholic</strong>Care<br />

Parramatta, Joe Cashman, said the<br />

Coats for the Homeless program<br />

provided an opportunity to help at a very<br />

fundamental level.<br />

“Can you imagine living on the streets of<br />

Sydney in the cold without a coat to keep<br />

you warm? These coats offer protection<br />

against the cold and I like to believe they<br />

also gave people a feeling of hope and<br />

dignity,” Mr Cashman said.<br />

“<strong>Catholic</strong> Social Teaching on human<br />

dignity and homelessness tells us that<br />

each member of the human family has<br />

equal rights because we are all children of<br />

one God. We are sisters and brothers to<br />

each other.<br />

“The missions of the Order of Malta<br />

and <strong>Catholic</strong>Care network are perfectly<br />

aligned in our aim to break the cycle of<br />

homelessness and reduce the number of<br />

homeless people on our streets.”<br />

To find out more about the Coats for the<br />

Homeless program, please visit the Order<br />

of Malta website http://orderofmalta.org.au/<br />


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So what are parishes<br />

like today?<br />

By Richard McMahon,<br />

Director of Pastoral Planning<br />

& Implementation<br />

THIS SEEMINGLY innocent question<br />

asked by a friend at a recent<br />

party goes to the heart of parish life<br />

and ministry.<br />

Firstly, there is a presumption that things<br />

have changed. I always smile when I meet a<br />

friend whom I have not seen for 10 years,<br />

and they say, “You haven’t changed a bit!”<br />

Perhaps this comment does something<br />

for our vanity, but if they are speaking<br />

about our maturity, our attitudes, or the<br />

way we live our lives, we would hope for a<br />

different comment.<br />

Parishes, like people, are called to grow<br />

and change, to “assume quite different<br />

contours depending on the openness and<br />

missionary creativity of the pastor and<br />

the community.” (Pope Francis, Joy of the<br />

Gospel, 28). In short, do our parishes change<br />

or do we cling to the way we have always<br />

done things?<br />

Secondly, the question causes us to reflect<br />

on how we would define our parish. There<br />

is a temptation to speak simply of Sunday<br />

Mass, of whether there is a good welcome,<br />

good preaching and good music.<br />

Certainly, such elements are significant<br />

for Sunday worshippers, but how else might<br />

we share our sense of parish?<br />

Saint John XXIII describes the parish as “a<br />

village fountain to which all have recourse<br />

in their thirst”. Pope Francis echoes this<br />

sentiment in the Year of Mercy, calling upon<br />

each parish to be an “oasis of mercy”.<br />

How do our parishes measure up against<br />

this standard? How might our parishes<br />

engage with families, young people, those<br />

who are housebound, those who are<br />

suffering, ethnic communities, refugees and<br />

asylum seekers, those living alone, those<br />

living with a disability?<br />

In short, how do our parishes connect<br />

with the very life of the suburb or suburbs<br />

in which many of their parishioners live?<br />

As important as it is for us to have a ready<br />

response when people ask us why we believe<br />

in God and follow Jesus, it is also important<br />

for us to be able to invite people into the<br />

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

Photo: Diocese of Parramatta/Art in Images.<br />

life of our parish, to be able to confidently<br />

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the questioner may gain from involvement<br />

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Finally, as we seek to grow as disciples in<br />

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When we listen to the Holy Spirit, and<br />

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Our Pastoral Planning Office offers<br />

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In these sessions, we often renew our<br />

focus on Jesus Christ and his mission,<br />

reflect on the strengths of our community,<br />

present and future needs, and plan for the<br />

next few years.<br />

Where needed, sometimes parishes also<br />

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Bishop Manning Lecture<br />

addresses the oldest oppression<br />

By Jordan Grantham<br />

MORE THAN 100 people attended<br />

the fourth Bishop Manning Lecture<br />

delivered by Melinda Tankard<br />

Reist on 20 September at the Kirribilli Club.<br />

The <strong>Catholic</strong> Commission for Employment<br />

Relations (CCER) hosts the biennial<br />

lecture, which has been delivered by such<br />

eminent figures as Noel Pearson, Saul<br />

Eslake and the Hon Bob Hawke.<br />

CCER advises <strong>Catholic</strong> employers on<br />

industrial relations and also advocates for<br />

the rights of employees.<br />

The Manning Lecture is named in<br />

honour of Bishop Emeritus of Parramatta,<br />

Kevin Manning. Bishop Kevin is well<br />

known as a social justice advocate and was<br />

in attendance.<br />

Anthony Farley, Executive Director of<br />

CCER, said the Commission did not shy<br />

away from difficult conversations and gave<br />

an overview of Melinda’s career as author<br />

of five books, a frequent commentator in<br />

print, radio and television, and co-founder<br />

of the grassroots campaigning movement<br />

to end the sexualisation and exploitation of<br />

women, COLLECTIVE SHOUT.<br />

Melinda presented the confronting<br />

facts about prostitution and said it should<br />

not be considered “a job like any other”.<br />

In mounting her case, Melinda drew, in<br />

part, from research she undertook for her<br />

new book, Prostitution Narratives: Stories<br />

of Survival in the Sex Trade (Spinifex Press,<br />

<strong>2016</strong>). The book contains testimonies from<br />

women who have escaped prostitution.<br />

Shocking rates of violence, sexual<br />

abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, mental<br />

illness and sexually transmitted diseases<br />

accompany prostitution.<br />

Melinda compared the professional<br />

recommendations for prostitution to crisis<br />

management protocols in a hostage situation.<br />

Advice included checking under the bed<br />

for knives, having unobstructed access<br />

to exits and shoes that are practical for<br />

running. Handbags straps were presented<br />

as potential strangulation hazards and<br />

“pillows are a murder weapon”.<br />

Towards the end of the lecture, Melinda<br />

quoted American academic Catharine<br />

MacKinnon, to leave the audience with a<br />

powerful question: "If prostitution is a free<br />

choice, why are the women with the fewest<br />

choices the ones most often found doing it?”<br />

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

Photo: Jordan Grantham.<br />

The Acts of the Apostles: Taking the Gospel to a Wider World<br />

From 14-15 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

The <strong>Catholic</strong> Diocese of Broken Bay is delighted to host the <strong>2016</strong> Broken Bay Bible<br />

Conference, The Acts of the Apostles: Taking the Gospel to a Wider World at the Caroline<br />

Chisholm Centre, Pennant Hills.<br />

Bringing together Australian biblical scholars and educators Dr Michele A Connolly, RSJ<br />

and Dr Laurie Woods, the two-day event will explore the birth and growth of the very early<br />

Church, and the journey of Peter, Paul and the other disciples as they take the message of<br />

Jesus to the wider world.<br />

Topics include: The Beginning of the Christian Community; Luke as Storyteller and Historian;<br />

Christianity Catches on in the Greco-Roman World; Peter and Paul; and Women in<br />

Early Christianity.<br />

Registrations close 7 <strong>October</strong>. For further information and registration details go to<br />

www.dbb.org.au Tel (02) 9847 0448, registrations@dbb.org.au<br />

BACK TO<br />

McAuleyDay<br />

SUNDAY 6 TH NOVEMBER <strong>2016</strong>, 12 NOON – 4.30PM<br />

Put those you love<br />

in the hands<br />

of those who care<br />

All past students, staff, parents and<br />

friends of Catherine McAuley Westmead<br />

(formerly known as Catherine McAuley<br />

Girls High) are invited to return to school<br />

to celebrate our 50th anniversary.<br />

Golden Jubilee Mass to<br />

commence at 12 noon,<br />

Morley Centre,<br />

Catherine McAuley Westmead<br />

Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen<br />

OFM Conv DD<br />

Bishop of Parramatta<br />

Following Mass enjoy a ‘trip down<br />

memory lane’ with memorabilia,<br />

displays, hospitality and performances.<br />

Further information please contact<br />

School Reception: 9849 9100 or<br />

mcauleywestmead@parra.catholic.edu.au<br />

Catherine McAuley Westmead<br />

2 Darcy Road, Westmead<br />

www.mcauley.nsw.edu.au<br />

Sydney (02) 9519 5344 | Parramatta (02) 9687 1072<br />

wnbull@wnbull.com | www.wnbull.com.au<br />

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Moving together – Towards a Culture of Nonviolence<br />

By Sr Louise McKeogh FMA,<br />

Social Justice Coordinator<br />

PACE E BENE aims to promote the<br />

spirituality and practice of active<br />

nonviolence. On 10 September,<br />

Pace e Bene hosted a seminar in Sydney<br />

with the aim of empowering participants<br />

to reflect on Jesus and his message of<br />

nonviolence contained in the scriptures.<br />

Rev Claude Mostowik MSC, the<br />

Australian President of Pax Christi, an<br />

international Christian peace movement,<br />

shared his reflections and responses on<br />

his participation in a ground-breaking<br />

international conference hosted by the<br />

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.<br />

The conference, with the theme<br />

'Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing<br />

to the <strong>Catholic</strong> Understanding<br />

of and Commitment to Nonviolence',<br />

was held in Rome from 11-13 April<br />

this year.<br />

Fr Claude was the only delegate from<br />

Australia and he shared with us some of<br />

the important outcomes and actions.<br />

The background to the conference was<br />

in recognition of the Year of Mercy and<br />

the 50th anniversary of the release of St<br />

John XXIII’s encyclical Peace on earth<br />

(Pace in terris).<br />

Conference participants represented a<br />

broad spectrum of Church experience in<br />

peacebuilding and creative nonviolence<br />

in the face of violence and war. They<br />

included delegates from the Middle<br />

East, West Papua, the Philippines, Latin<br />

America, Sri Lanka and Africa.<br />

The conference produced a guiding<br />

document titled 'An Appeal to the<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Church to Re-commit to the<br />

Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence'. There<br />

was also a request to Pope Francis to write<br />

an encyclical on peace and nonviolence.<br />

Fr Claude said that in a message of<br />

support for the conference, Pope Francis<br />

encouraged discussion on the tools of<br />

nonviolence and on creative and active<br />

nonviolence action in particular, stating<br />

that conflict must be faced and not<br />

ignored or concealed.<br />

Fr Claude’s input was followed by<br />

interactive workshops that focused on<br />

Jesus' message of nonviolence in the<br />

Gospel. This stimulating session was<br />

led by Rev Michael Barnes from the<br />

Uniting Church.<br />

We looked at several Gospel passages<br />

within their historical and cultural<br />

contexts and engaged in how Jesus was<br />

actively encouraging a proactive and<br />

creative nonviolent response.<br />

Gill Burrows of Pace e Bene led workshops<br />

on responses to conflict; conflict in<br />

the broadest sense of the word.<br />

As I travelled home after the seminar,<br />

the international news of the day was<br />

of increased bombing in Syria. Locally,<br />

a fatal shooting had occurred in my<br />

neighbourhood the previous evening.<br />

The violence we read about in<br />

newspapers and see on the television<br />

news can lead us to become desensitised<br />

to the impact it is having on each of us.<br />

This includes the reports of violence<br />

and trauma from Nauru and Manus<br />

Island and juvenile detention centres<br />

like Don Dale in the NT.<br />

The seminar convinced us that we<br />

need to be committed to building a<br />

world of creative nonviolence within<br />

ourselves, our families, neighbourhoods,<br />

nationally and internationally.<br />

It is not an easy task, but one that we<br />

as church are called to.<br />

An appeal to the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church to<br />

re-commit to the centrality of Gospel<br />

nonviolence can be found at: http://<br />

www.paxchristi.net/document/5856<br />

To contact Sr Louise McKeogh FMA<br />

in the diocesan Social Justice Office<br />

tel (02) 8838 3458 or send an email to:<br />

LMckeogh@parra.catholic.org.au<br />



5th Annual Rosalie Rendu Lecture<br />

‘The Changing Face of Poverty'<br />

20 <strong>October</strong> from 6pm-7.30pm<br />

During Anti-Poverty Week, the Society of<br />

St Vincent de Paul NSW presents this year's<br />

Rosalie Rendu Lecture.<br />

Keynote speaker the Hon Susan Ryan AO will present<br />

Homelessness in Older Women as one aspect of ‘The<br />

Changing Face of Poverty’ followed by a Q&A panel<br />

discussion. A networking event with light refreshments<br />

will follow.<br />

The lecture honours Blessed Rosalie Rendu, a Daughter<br />

of Charity who was a leading worker and social organiser<br />

to assist people in the slums of 19 th Century Paris.<br />

At Wesley Conference Centre<br />

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Register by 13 <strong>October</strong>.<br />

Further details and registrations at<br />

www.mavs.vinnies.org.au or tel (02) 9568 0282.<br />

Bringing Laudato Si’ to Life: From Vision to Action<br />

10 & 11 November<br />

With Fr Sean McDonagh SSC, Irish eco-theologian and<br />

Columban missionary who will contribute to bringing<br />

the vision of Laudato Si’ to life and action in churches<br />

and the wider community, in dialogue with other faiths<br />

and with environmentalists.<br />

10 November: Public Event<br />

Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start – finishes at 8.30pm<br />

Venue: ACU, Gleeson Auditorium, Barker Rd, Strathfield<br />

11 November: Priests & Parish Workers<br />

Time: 1pm for 1.30pm start – finishes at 3.30pm<br />

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Our students prepare to<br />

‘launch into the deep’<br />

Bishop Vincent recently<br />

called for the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Church to ‘launch into<br />

deeper waters’ at <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Education’s annual Ann D<br />

Clark lecture. He echoed the<br />

call of Pope Francis ‘to move<br />

beyond the security of the<br />

status quo and take the risk<br />

of going to the periphery’. I<br />

was reminded of this at the<br />

recent Student Excellence<br />

Awards, which recognise an outstanding Year 12<br />

student from each of the <strong>Catholic</strong> secondary schools<br />

in the Diocese of Parramatta.<br />

These students who received awards have made<br />

significant contributions to their school and<br />

community. They have not been satisfied with the<br />

status quo and it was a privilege to witness the<br />

culmination of their efforts at the award ceremony.<br />

The call of our Bishop to ‘leave the familiar or the<br />

comfortable, to go to the unknown destination’ is<br />

not an easy task. Yet all of our Year 12 students are<br />

preparing to do exactly that as they come towards the<br />

end of their schooling.<br />

It is at this time of the year that we recognise the<br />

support and encouragement that our families have<br />

given Year 12 students. Although it is not always easy<br />

to push ourselves, to launch into the deep, it is made<br />

easier by the realisation that we are not asked to do<br />

this alone, but as a community. For our students, the<br />

support they receive from their families is invaluable.<br />

Bishop of Parramatta speaks to the challenge of<br />

being church today at <strong>2016</strong> Ann D Clark Lecture<br />

Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of<br />

Parramatta, delivered the 17 th Annual <strong>Catholic</strong> Education<br />

Ann D Clark Lecture on 18 August to more than 500<br />

educators, principals and staff at the Evan Theatre,<br />

Penrith Panthers.<br />

In his thought-provoking lecture titled, ‘Pope Francis<br />

and the challenge of being church today,’ Bishop Vincent<br />

explored four key challenges: to offer a hopeful vision, to<br />

go to the margins, to be a merciful church, and to be an<br />

inclusive church.<br />

“In Australia, we seem to have reached a critical<br />

juncture,” Bishop Vincent said. “Not only are we afflicted<br />

by such things as the decline in Sunday worship, the fall<br />

in religious practice, the dearth of the priesthood and<br />

religious life, etc … we also face the biggest challenge to<br />

date, which is the loss of our moral credibility and trust<br />

capital due to the sexual abuse crisis.<br />

“I believe that we are living in a watershed and a privileged<br />

moment in the history of the church. Just as the biblical<br />

exile brought about the most transforming experience<br />

that profoundly shaped the faith of Israel, this transition<br />

time can potentially launch the church into a new era of<br />

hope, engagement and solidarity that the Second Vatican<br />

Council beckoned us with great foresight.”<br />

Bishop Vincent spoke of the necessity for the church and<br />

its people to launch into deeper waters.<br />

“My personal story of being a refugee, my struggle for<br />

a new life in Australia, coupled with my Franciscan<br />

heritage have all contributed to the sense of hope which<br />

was the legacy of the exile of old and which should<br />

inform and enlighten our present exile experience,”<br />

Bishop Vincent said.<br />

“Like the prophets who accompanied their people,<br />

interpreted the signs of the times and led them in the<br />

direction of the kingdom … we must do the same for our<br />

people in the context of this new millennium.<br />

“This was what Mary MacKillop did when she rallied<br />

her sisters behind the poor and vulnerable in colonial<br />

Australia. She took a prophetic stance, not simply in<br />

providing affordable quality <strong>Catholic</strong> education and health<br />

care to the poor masses, but fundamentally in meeting the<br />

great cultural challenges of their times.<br />

“Like her, we are called to be channels of hope and to meet<br />

the challenges of our times. In what ways can we follow her<br />

prophetic vision and apply it to our context? Who are the<br />

people without hope and how can we reframe the harsh<br />

realities that they experience into a hopeful future?”<br />

Executive Director Greg Whitby presented the Ann D<br />

Clark medallion to Bishop Vincent at the conclusion of<br />

the lecture. Now in its 17 th year, the Ann D Clark Lecture<br />

is an annual event held to honour the memory of the<br />

founding Executive Director of Schools in the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta, Ann D Clark, who was a visionary educator.<br />

Past speakers have included Prof Stephen Dinham OAM,<br />

Dr Peter Hill, Prof John Hattie, Prof Vivianne Robinson,<br />

Prof Michael Fullan, Senator Patrick Dodson and Prof<br />

Yong Zhao.<br />

To read the full text of Bishop Vincent’s lecture, visit<br />

http://parracatholic.org/bishop/<br />

As we approach World Teachers Day on 30 <strong>October</strong>,<br />

we also thank and recognise the dedication and hard<br />

work of our staff in forming our students as young<br />

disciples of Christ, ready to face the challenge of<br />

the unknown. Every day we also ask our teachers<br />

to ‘launch into the deep’. We ask them to challenge<br />

their own teaching practice and to personalise the<br />

learning for every student. Through their faith and<br />

action, our teachers model for students what it<br />

means to be a disciple of Christ in the 21 st century,<br />

equipping them with the knowledge and skills they<br />

need to be successful.<br />

There are 2,788 Year 12 students preparing for<br />

the ‘unknown destination’ as they reach the end<br />

of their schooling journey. The prayers of their<br />

families, teachers, friends and school communities<br />

accompany them as they prepare for their final<br />

exams. Bishop Vincent commented in his lecture<br />

that ‘even though the journey ahead of us is<br />

daunting, we are bolstered by the fresh energy that<br />

the Holy Spirit has given to us’. These words are of<br />

utmost relevance to our students, as they begin their<br />

journey beyond their school communities. We wish<br />

them all the very best.<br />

Greg Whitby<br />

Executive Director<br />

@gregwhitby<br />

blog: bluyonder.wordpress.com<br />

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv delivering the annual <strong>Catholic</strong> Education Ann D Clark Lecture.<br />

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Recipients of the <strong>2016</strong> Bishop of Parramatta Awards for Student Excellence.<br />

Awards recognise student excellence<br />

The annual Bishop of Parramatta Awards<br />

for Student Excellence, which recognise<br />

the religious and academic achievement<br />

of Year 12 students across the Diocese,<br />

were presented at St Patrick’s Cathedral<br />

on 8 September.<br />

The award acknowledges the contribution<br />

of one Year 12 student from each <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

secondary school towards their school<br />

and local community, as nominated by<br />

their principal.<br />

Episcopal Vicar for Education and<br />

Formation Rev Chris de Souza EV and<br />

Executive Director of Schools Greg<br />

Whitby presented the awards on behalf of<br />

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv.<br />

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

Congratulations to the following students:<br />

Emily Tyrrell<br />

Bede Polding College,<br />

Windsor South<br />

Chantelle Al-Khouri<br />

Caroline Chisholm College,<br />

Glenmore Park<br />

Roanne Gonzales<br />

Catherine McAuley<br />

Westmead<br />

Amelia Menouhos<br />

Cerdon College,<br />

Merrylands<br />

Rachel Tuala<br />

Delany College,<br />

Granville<br />

Klong Athum<br />

Emmaus <strong>Catholic</strong> College,<br />

Kemps Creek<br />

Liam Ferreira<br />

Gilroy <strong>Catholic</strong> College,<br />

Castle Hill<br />

Samuel Verceluz<br />

Loyola Senior High School,<br />

Mt Druitt<br />

Jodie Klopf<br />

Marian <strong>Catholic</strong> College,<br />

Kenthurst<br />

George El Bazouni<br />

Maronite College of the Holy Family,<br />

Parramatta<br />

Olivia Armstrong<br />

McCarthy <strong>Catholic</strong> College,<br />

Emu Plains<br />

Isabel Pinaroc<br />

Montgrove College,<br />

Orchard Hills<br />

Angelica Tabone<br />

Nagle College,<br />

Blacktown South<br />

Matthew D’Souza<br />

Oakhill College,<br />

Castle Hill<br />

Rebecca Castor<br />

Our Lady of Mercy College,<br />

Parramatta<br />

Caleb Toevai<br />

Parramatta Marist High School<br />

Delahoya Manu<br />

Patrician Brothers’ College,<br />

Blacktown<br />

Jessica Hostiadi<br />

St Andrews College,<br />

Marayong<br />

Liam Holmes<br />

St Columba’s <strong>Catholic</strong> College,<br />

Springwood<br />

George Tartak<br />

St Dominic’s College,<br />

Kingswood<br />

Cormac Lamb<br />

St John Paul II <strong>Catholic</strong> College,<br />

Schofields<br />

Chloe Nguyen<br />

St Marks <strong>Catholic</strong> College,<br />

Stanhope Gardens<br />

Jewelay Azar<br />

St Patrick’s Marist College,<br />

Dundas<br />

Pierre Saba<br />

St Pauls <strong>Catholic</strong> College,<br />

Greystanes<br />

Belinda Griffin<br />

Tangara School for Girls,<br />

Cherrybrook<br />

Kristian Vulcik<br />

Wollemi College,<br />

Werrington<br />

Brayden Farnham<br />

Xavier <strong>Catholic</strong> College,<br />

Llandilo<br />

We would like to<br />


Study tips for the HSC<br />

The <strong>2016</strong> HSC is fast approaching and more than 2788 students within the Diocese of<br />

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

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

students approach their study in a calm and measured way.<br />

How to make the most of study notes<br />

The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) offers students<br />

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

preparing for exams. Use visuals such as mind maps and different colour highlighters to<br />

help you review and recall your study notes.<br />

http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/syllabus2000_lista.html<br />

When and where to study<br />

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

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

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

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

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

commitments and short breaks.<br />

It is important to discuss your study plans with your family. Displaying your timetable on<br />

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

Study buddies<br />

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

your designated school study times or plan after-school study sessions to review your<br />

notes together.<br />

Set goals<br />

We all know knowledge is its own reward but sometimes we need a little extra<br />

motivation and positive reinforcement. Setting specific study goals prior to social<br />

commitments, sporting activities or those ever-tempting chocolate breaks, is a good way<br />

to ensure you stay on task, maximise your time and avoid procrastination.<br />

Fuelling yourself<br />

Remember all the mental and neurological<br />

benefits that come from good health.<br />

Keep up your regular exercise and sporting<br />

commitments; eat healthy and wellbalanced<br />

meals; and, of course, drink lots<br />

of water.<br />

Take a break<br />

It’s OK to admit that the HSC is hard work.<br />

So be kind to yourself and remember it is<br />

OK to take a break. Relaxation comes with<br />

many benefits, especially when you have a<br />

structured study plan.<br />

Your parents, teachers and friends want<br />

you to do your best, and want you to be<br />

happy and healthy while you are doing<br />

the HSC.<br />

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

wish our<br />

2778 Year 12 students<br />


as they prepare to sit for their Higher School Certificate examinations.<br />

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St Andrews student<br />

wins Training Award<br />

On 8 September, Year 12 St Andrews<br />

College, Marayong, student Erin Gray won<br />

the NSW VET in Schools Student of the<br />

Year at the <strong>2016</strong> NSW Training Awards<br />

state level competition. Curtis Miller<br />

from the <strong>Catholic</strong> Education ICT Trainee<br />

program was also nominated in the NSW<br />

Trainee of the Year Awards.<br />

Erin will now represent NSW at the<br />

Australian Training Awards to be<br />

held in Darwin next month. Erin has<br />

been studying for a Certificate III Live<br />

Production and Services.<br />

College Prinicipal Nic Vidot said<br />

he was immensely proud of Erin's<br />

accomplishments. "Erin is an exemplary<br />

VET student who works diligently for the<br />

service of others," Nic said. "She is a great<br />

role model for the vast benefits of studying<br />

a school based VET course."<br />

Meet Penrith's new Youth Deputy Mayors<br />

Two <strong>Catholic</strong> school students are starting<br />

their local government careers early,<br />

having recently been selected as Youth<br />

Deputy Mayors for Penrith City Council.<br />

Year 7 students, Alannah Hader from<br />

Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore<br />

Park, and Niamh O'Keefe from Emmaus<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> College, Kemps Creek, were<br />

selected from 11 finalists in the <strong>2016</strong> Youth<br />

Mayor Competition.<br />

Held earlier this year, the competition<br />

challenged local secondary school<br />

students from Years 7 to 9 to come up<br />

with their best Penrith adventure idea, in<br />

line with Penrith’s proud tourism claim as<br />

the state’s ‘adventure capital’.<br />

Alannah Hader said she was thrilled<br />

with the opportunity to represent her<br />

local council and learn more about local<br />

government, leadership and democracy.<br />

Principal Nic Vidot and Erin Gray at the <strong>2016</strong><br />

NSW Training Awards.<br />

Erin said she was honoured to receive the<br />

award and had gained enormously from<br />

her VET study.<br />

"It was a privilege enough to be<br />

nominated in the first place, but to<br />

be recognised for my hard work in a<br />

typically Plan B style of learning really<br />

allows me to be an ambassador for<br />

Vocational Education," Erin said. "To say<br />

I'm grateful would be an understatement,<br />

i'm simply overjoyed at the platform<br />

this award has given me to further my<br />

education, and the preparation it has<br />

provided me for joining the workforce."<br />

From left: Penrith Mayor Cr Karen McKeown, Youth<br />

Deputy Mayor Alannah Hader Youth Mayor Billie<br />

Kuczynski from Cranebrook High School, and Niamh<br />

O'Keefe.<br />

“What goes on in our community does<br />

not only affect adults, it affects the youth,”<br />

Alannah said. “It’s good for the voices of<br />

young people to be heard.”<br />

Niamh O'Keefe said good leaders<br />

encourage others to speak up. “A leader<br />

listens to the people and gives the<br />

community a voice,” Niamh said. “No<br />

matter who you are, you can be a leader.”<br />




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

Automotive, Hairdressing, Hospitality, Metals and Engineering, Brick & Block Laying, Plumbing, Childcare, Carpentry,<br />

Shopfitting and Electrotechnology.<br />


Cerdon students win WSU Science and<br />

Engineering challenge<br />

On 29 June, 32 Year 9 and 10 students<br />

from Cerdon College, Merrylands, won<br />

the Western Sydney University Science and<br />

Engineering challenge. The challenge saw<br />

students from local high schools working<br />

in groups of four across eight different<br />

science and engineering challenges.<br />

Students from Cerdon built hovercrafts,<br />

bionic hands, an all-terrain rover, hydrofoils,<br />

circuits, bridges, tables and chairs, and paper<br />

towers. All projects built on the day had to<br />

withstand endurance and weight testing.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Education’s Project Leader,<br />

Mathematics and Science K-12, Paul<br />

Stenning said the girls showed strong<br />

problem-solving abilities and persistence<br />

when faced with new challenges.<br />

“Their ability to collaborate as a team<br />

worked strongly in their favour,” Paul said.<br />

“It was clear that the girls demonstrated<br />

exceptionally strong problem-solving<br />

abilities, which are necessary in the field<br />

of STEM.”<br />

Year 10 Cerdon student Amanda Awad<br />

said she found the experience challenging<br />

and rewarding.<br />

“I found the experience incredibly<br />

empowering,” Amanda said. “I usually<br />

find there is an assumption that males are<br />

better at STEM subjects but our ability to<br />

accomplish these challenges disproved this<br />

for me.”<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> secondary students dive<br />

into Rio <strong>2016</strong> Paralympics<br />

Two students from <strong>Catholic</strong> schools in<br />

the Diocese of Parramatta embarked on a<br />

journey of a lifetime representing Australia<br />

in the Paralympic swimming squad at the<br />

<strong>2016</strong> Rio Paralympics.<br />

Year 10 student from Patrician Brothers’<br />

College, Blacktown, Tim Hodge, who was<br />

born with a lower leg deficiency and had to<br />

have his right foot amputated at only four<br />

years of age, developed a love of swimming<br />

from a young age, catching the attention of<br />

Australian Olympic selectors.<br />

At the World Championships in Berlin<br />

in June this year, Tim set a new World<br />

Record in the 400m individual medley.<br />

He also competed in the MCS Carnival,<br />

taking the gold against a number of ablebodied<br />

swimmers.<br />

The challenge saw students working in groups<br />

across eight different science and<br />

engineering challenges.<br />

What makes Year 9 student Jenna<br />

Jones’ story incredible is that she was<br />

diagnosed with rod-cone dystrophy, a rare<br />

degenerative eye disease, while<br />

in Kindergarten.<br />

Jenna said despite feeling nervous and<br />

excited about the trip to Rio her nerves for<br />

racing hadn’t quite hit her yet.<br />

“My parents were always incredibly<br />

supportive and encouraged my passion for<br />

swimming and my love of sports,” Jenna<br />

said. “If anyone is dedicated and trains hard<br />

then they can achieve their dreams.”<br />

Tim said he was looking forward to<br />

competing in Rio but not without nerves.<br />

“I am blessed to have been given this<br />

opportunity and I just hope I don’t let<br />

anyone down,” Tim said.<br />


McCarthy <strong>Catholic</strong> Trade Training Centre<br />

75 Mackellar Street Emu Plains<br />

T:4728 8129 E: mccarthycttc@parra.catholic.edu.au<br />

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

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Loyola <strong>Catholic</strong> Trade Training Centre<br />

91 North Parade Mount Druitt<br />

T:9407 7081 E: loyolacttc@parra.catholic.edu.au<br />

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

or visit<br />

www.cttc.com.au<br />

Tim Hodges being wished well by his school community before setting off to Rio.<br />

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Project Elizabeth: pregnancy and<br />

early parenthood support<br />

BECOMING A PARENT for the<br />

first time is both a wonderful and<br />

a challenging experience. Parenting<br />

can be one of the most rewarding<br />

but demanding roles a person can undertake.<br />

No baby is born with a manual<br />

outlining their temperament, nature or<br />

what they will do in life.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>Care provides support for<br />

families and/or individuals who are<br />

expecting a baby, have lost a baby or<br />

who have a child aged from 0-3 years.<br />

If you feel the need to talk to a<br />

professional who listens and provides<br />

support, then Project Elizabeth’s<br />

counsellors may be able to help. Their<br />

aim is to find solutions and build<br />

skills to overcome personal obstacles,<br />

cope better with life transitions and<br />

unexpected events, and work to improve<br />

relationships with others.<br />

Project Elizabeth can assist by<br />

offering:<br />

1. Counselling;<br />

2. Practical support according to<br />

individual and family goals;<br />

Based at our picturesque Mamre House<br />

and Farm, offering 200 acres of tranquil<br />

gardens, farm land and orchards<br />

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Choices Wellbeing offers therapy<br />

services under the NDIS including<br />

family counselling, carer counselling<br />

and support coordination.<br />

Choices CreateAbility Day Options<br />

provides a holistic service offering<br />

opportunities and programs in<br />

community participation, life skills<br />

and active ageing that are tailored<br />

to fulfill individual needs and<br />

aspirations.<br />

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3. Information and referral to health and<br />

community service organisations;<br />

4. Visits in your home, at the centre<br />

office or another place where you<br />

feel comfortable;<br />

5. An opportunity to attend parenting<br />

groups run through the service; and<br />

6. Parenting strategies.<br />

Project Elizabeth can help if you are:<br />

• Concerned about any pregnancy<br />

issue, either a current or past<br />

pregnancy, and wish to talk about it;<br />

• Unsure of the best options for you<br />

and your baby;<br />

• Experiencing difficulties in caring for<br />

children aged from 0-3 years;<br />

• Unfamiliar with the local health and<br />

welfare services;<br />

• Anxious about your wife, partner,<br />

girlfriend or daughter who is<br />

pregnant; or<br />

• Needing to talk about miscarriage,<br />

abortion, adoption, assumption by<br />

Family and Community Services,<br />

having your child fostered, or a<br />

pregnancy that you had in the past;<br />

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Choices Training is a registered<br />

training organisation offering<br />

customised learning in hospitality<br />

and horticulture.<br />

Choices Garden Services provides<br />

supported employment for<br />

individuals over the age of 16 in<br />

receipt of the disability support<br />

pension.<br />

For further information<br />

P: (02) 8822 2222 | E: choices@ccss.org.au<br />

Project Elizabeth can help if you are unsure<br />

of the best options for you and your baby.<br />

For more information about Project<br />

Elizabeth, please contact <strong>Catholic</strong>Care<br />

tel (02) 8822 2266.<br />

Mamre House would like to thank<br />


for their generous donation to our Refugee Program<br />

A place of<br />

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Mamre House & Farm<br />

181 Mamre Road, Orchard Hills, NSW 2748<br />

Phone (02) 9670 5321 | enquiries@ccss.org.au<br />

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REACH Wellbeing Group – Do you have<br />

depression or bipolar disorder? Are you looking for<br />

strategies to manage your illness and wellbeing?<br />

Come along to the REACH Wellbeing Group, nineweek<br />

program held on Tuesdays (25 <strong>October</strong> – 20<br />

December), 7pm-9pm, MMNC, 9 New St, Lawson.<br />

Cost: $22 for workbook. (Suitable for people over<br />

18 years.) To register, tel 0451 385 931,<br />

reach@mmnc.org.au<br />

Responsible Gambling Support Group is free and<br />

on every Saturday, 9.30am-11am at CCSS Centre,<br />

38 Prince St, Blacktown. Tel (02) 8822 2222.<br />

Younger Widowed Support Group – Third Tuesday<br />

of each month, 7pm-9pm. Please note new venue –<br />

Institute for Mission, 1-5 Marion St, Blacktown.<br />

Fee $5 per meeting. For further information tel<br />

(02) 8822 2222, soloparentservices@ccss.org.au<br />

All Saints of Africa Playgroup/Mums’ Group<br />

– Thursdays during term time, 10am-noon, All<br />

Saints of Africa Centre, 63 Allawah St, Blacktown.<br />

For mums with children who have not started<br />

primary school. Activities for children include<br />

craft, storytime and singing, plus social interaction,<br />

friendship and support for mums.<br />

Tel (02) 8822 2250.<br />

Stepping Beyond: Support for those separated<br />

or divorced – last Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm-<br />

9.30pm, CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St, Blacktown.<br />

Fee: $5 per meeting. Tel (02) 8822 2222 or<br />

soloparentservices@ccss.org.au<br />

Aboriginal <strong>Catholic</strong> Services – Groups include<br />

Problem Gambling Support Group, Tutoring Time<br />

– free Literacy Tutoring for Kindergarten – Year<br />

6, Playgroup, RECOVER Wellwbeing Groups –<br />

including Sew4Wellbeing, Create4Wellbeing,<br />

Dance4Wellbeing, Habit Breaking4Wellbeing. Holy<br />

Family Parish, 254 Luxford Rd, Emerton.<br />

Tel (02) 9628 0084.<br />

Bringing Up Great Kids – Promote positive<br />

relationships with children. Held over six Tuesdays<br />

from 24 <strong>October</strong>, CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St,<br />

Blacktown, 6pm-8pm. Bookings essential,<br />

tel (02) 8822 2222.<br />

Keeping Kids in Mind – For separated parents who<br />

are experiencing ongoing conflict. Held over five<br />

Mondays from 31 <strong>October</strong>, 6pm-8.30pm, CCSS<br />

Centre, 38 Prince St, Blacktown, 6pm. Fee: $100.<br />

Bookings essential, tel (02) 8822 2222.<br />

Circle of Security – enhance attachment security<br />

between parents and children. Thursdays from<br />

20 <strong>October</strong> – 8 December, 10am-12.30pm,<br />

CCSS Centre, 38 Prince St, Blacktown. Gold coin<br />

donation. Bookings essential, tel (02) 8822 2222.<br />

Recover Wellbeing – recovery oriented program<br />

and support groups for people living with mental<br />

distress. Monthly get-togethers 4 Wellbeing<br />

include: Art and Writing Group 4 Wellbeing, Visual<br />

Arts & Crafts Group 4 Wellbeing, Bead4Wellbeing<br />

Drum4Wellbeing, Dance4Wellbeing,<br />

Create4Wellbeing, Walk4Wellbeing, Breaking<br />

Habits4Wellbeing. For further information<br />

tel (02) 8822 2222.<br />

Offices at Blacktown, Emerton, Parramatta, Penrith, Springwood, tel (02) 8822 2222<br />

www.catholicoutlook.org<br />

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Parishioners (from left): Ernie and Edith Gartner with Mary and John Jordan.<br />

Seven Hills Parish: a jewel in Our Lady’s crown<br />

By Jordan Grantham<br />

PRAYER AND COMMUNITY sustained<br />

Fr Henry Huu Duc Tran as he<br />

escaped war-torn Vietnam and Cambodia.<br />

Today, prayer and community are<br />

the pillars of his thriving parish, Our Lady<br />

of Lourdes at Seven Hills.<br />

In 1984, Fr Duc escaped to Cambodia<br />

after being conscripted to the Vietnamese<br />

army. “In Cambodia, we were living in<br />

constant fear. There were people with guns<br />

everywhere and you were worried about<br />

getting killed,” he said.<br />

There was no longer a <strong>Catholic</strong> Church in<br />

Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital city.<br />

“The only thing we could do to sustain us<br />

in faith was to get together as a group and<br />

pray the rosary and all the prayers that we<br />

could remember.”<br />

Fr Duc believes these experiences<br />

“kept us together and helped us survive<br />

our ordeal”. This ordeal included being<br />

imprisoned for two weeks with the other<br />

former seminarians.<br />

Rescue came in the form of a refugee visa<br />

to Australia, after making it to a refugee<br />

camp in Thailand. “I was a prisoner and<br />

was set free,” Fr Duc said.<br />

In Australia, Fr Duc found the freedom to<br />

practice his faith and continue his studies.<br />

Here, Fr Duc met Bishop Long, a fellow<br />

ex-boat person, while they were both<br />

seminarians: “I was privileged to know<br />

him before ordination to the priesthood,”<br />

Fr Duc said.<br />

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is a strong<br />

community. “Not just the parish, not<br />

just the school; we are one community,”<br />

Fr Duc said.<br />

Many members of the parish spend long<br />

hours serving the Church and the needy.<br />

John and Mary Jordan have opened and<br />

closed the parish church almost every day<br />

for the past 50 years. They form a team with<br />

Ernie and Edith Gartner.<br />

When pressed for inspiration about such<br />

dedicated service, John said, “It’s just the<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> way.” John clearly loves the parish,<br />

“Everybody who comes here says this is<br />

a friendly place and they like the church<br />

building as well.”<br />

Mary points to St Mary of the Cross<br />

MacKillop as a personal inspiration.<br />

Both help organise the lively Over-50s<br />

group, whose 70 members meet regularly<br />

for fellowship.<br />

Recently, a former refugee spoke to<br />

the group about his experiences. He<br />

learned English from the University of<br />

Sydney Vinnies group, which visits the<br />

parish regularly.<br />

Debra Price has been the parish<br />

secretary for more than eight years.<br />

She goes above and beyond to care<br />

for parishioners in times of grief<br />

and hardship.<br />

Debra realised that she could save<br />

the refugee students money by cooking<br />

dinner for them. Others were inspired by<br />

her initiative and now an organised roster<br />

exists to cook for those in need.<br />

During the Year of Mercy, the parish<br />

is raising funds for an East Timor<br />

parish with the Mercy Box program.<br />

The students from Our Lady of Lourdes<br />

Primary School drew designs for the<br />

boxes, which were selected and produced<br />

en masse. So far, more than $2000 has<br />

been raised.<br />

Judy Kendall is the Youth and Sacramental<br />

Coordinator. She produced hundreds of<br />

these colourful boxes. A special moment<br />

for Judy was when her daughter made one<br />

of the selected designs.<br />

The unity of the community is expressed<br />

most of all in their commitment to Christ<br />

Judy Kendall and Debra Price with the Mercy Boxes. Photos: Jordan Grantham.<br />

Fr Henry Huu Duc Tran is Parish Priest of Our Lady of<br />

Lourdes Parish at Seven Hills.<br />

and living according to God’s plan. “Here,<br />

we are just starting to prepare the young<br />

people for mission and helping the poor,”<br />

Judy said.<br />

A regional Way of Mercy celebration<br />

will be co-hosted by St Bernadette's<br />

Parish at Lalor Park, St Anthony's Parish<br />

at Toongabbie and Our Lady of Lourdes<br />

Parish at Seven Hills from Friday 7 to<br />

Sunday 10 <strong>October</strong>. It commences on<br />

Friday at 6.30pm with a special Mass,<br />

followed by a BBQ, testimonies, rosaries,<br />

Divine Mercy chaplet and benediction.<br />

Inquiries to Deacon James Phelan<br />

tel 0425 213 832, secretary@stanthonyschurch.org.au<br />

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Fashionable, faithful and Filipina<br />


By Jordan Grantham<br />

AKITA SANCHEZ is a young<br />

Filipina-Australian fashion designer<br />

who was profiled by<br />

SBS Radio on 12 September. Akita regularly<br />

attends Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral<br />

in Parramatta. In the radio interview, she<br />

shared her refreshing philosophy of ‘dressing<br />

up for God’ with a wide audience.<br />

Akita spoke in her beautiful and gentle<br />

voice about the truth of the faith and<br />

the impact that has on her fashion. This<br />

included fashion tips in general and at<br />

reverent occasions, especially the Mass.<br />

“A priest told me to go to daily Mass<br />

and said it would change my life,”<br />

she said. “You are presenting yourself<br />

to royalty – Christ the King, he is<br />

really present.”<br />

Akita said fashion informed by faith<br />

continues from Mass and into daily life<br />

“by exposing the beauty of a woman,<br />

not through her body, but by designing<br />

clothing she will feel confident to wear”.<br />

She advocates that when dignified design<br />

accentuates a person’s personality, it has<br />

been successful in a <strong>Catholic</strong> sense.<br />

“There is a balance in designing for<br />

fun but also designing to accentuate<br />

personality. That is where the faith part<br />

comes in.”<br />

Akita’s inspirations include designers<br />

Issey Miyake and Kenzo, childhood<br />

memories of folding origami, the colour<br />

of nature and incorporating the faith in<br />

subtle ways. Eastern culture has provided<br />

many influences, such as simple and<br />

fluid silhouettes.<br />

The strong faithful following in Filipino<br />

culture is interested in the topics of the<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> faith and fashion. This can seem<br />

like a “contradictory spectrum” according<br />

to Akita.<br />

Some current fashion trends are too<br />

revealing, which requires creativity to<br />

harmonise with the requirements of faith.<br />

“To be able to combine these two together,<br />

it's as if something has to be overridden in<br />

the place of the other, so when a balance is<br />

achieved, it has a unique effect.”<br />

Other popular trends, such as folksy<br />

dresses, are more modest and require less<br />

adaptation to avoid being compromising.<br />

“As a <strong>Catholic</strong>, I believe your faith is<br />

something that cannot be compromised.”<br />

Akita was the NSW sector head of Youth<br />

for Christ and involved in youth ministry.<br />

Giving ministry talks was a regular part of<br />

her life.<br />

At present, she is taking a break from<br />

commercial design and is focusing on<br />

curating her own style. Feedback from<br />

friends, both male and female, has been<br />

helpful to discern what works.<br />

The SBS interview was brief but received<br />

wide coverage because it was shared across<br />

social media and positive feedback has<br />

flowed in from many people. “It has been<br />

quite humbling to know that people have<br />

actually listened to it,” Akita said.<br />

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An invitation to<br />

‘Come and See’<br />

High school students from the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta and beyond have the chance to<br />

experience tertiary education for one day at<br />

Campion College’s ‘Come and See Day’ on<br />

5 <strong>October</strong>.<br />

Campion College is the first Liberal Arts<br />

College in Australia, providing a Bachelor<br />

of Arts degree in an authentically <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

environment, as well as a Diploma of Liberal<br />

Arts and a Diploma of Classical Languages.<br />

Dozens of students are expected from the<br />

Augustine Academy, a liberal arts school<br />

offering courses for secondary students.<br />

The day will commence with Mass and<br />

a free catered lunch either in the Dining<br />

Hall or on the beautiful outdoor deck<br />

area. This will be followed by lectures,<br />

tours, Mass with the students, and<br />

information about scholarships.<br />

Students can apply to attend Campion<br />

College and go through an interview on<br />

the day.<br />

The event commences at noon and finishes<br />

at 4.30pm. Registration and further details<br />

can be found at: www.campion.edu.au/<br />

admissions/comeandsee or<br />

tel (02) 9896 9300.<br />

Come and experience tertiary education at<br />

Campion College.<br />

Miriam and Mark Makowiecki met and fell in love while studying at Campion College.<br />

This year the couple were blessed with a baby boy.<br />

Learning and yearning for life, love and eternity<br />

By Jordan Grantham<br />

FIVE YEARS AGO, Miriam Makowiecki<br />

was a small-town girl from<br />

rural Queensland. Little did she know<br />

her life would be transformed at Campion<br />

College, Australia.<br />

Miriam was attracted by the deep<br />

study of the humanities provided, which<br />

focuses on the wisdom and truth within<br />

Western civilisation.<br />

Despite being dux of her school, she was<br />

yearning for deeper learning that nourished<br />

her mind and soul.<br />

“The educational philosophy of the<br />

Liberal Arts made far more sense than the<br />

utilitarian nature of education I experienced<br />

in high school,” Miriam said.<br />

Highlights of her time at the<br />

college include Campion trips to Italy<br />

and India, working with St Mother<br />

Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, and<br />

leading the social activities of the student<br />

association.<br />

“Most importantly, I met my husband,<br />

Mark, at Campion and I'm certainly not the<br />

only person who has been blessed to find a<br />

spouse,” she said.<br />

In a practical sense, Miriam found that<br />

“the Liberal Arts were in fact the perfect<br />

preparation for teaching”.<br />

The daily Mass at the college is the<br />

only event at noon. Students are free<br />

from classes and lunch, allowing them<br />

to attend. This experience deepened<br />

Miriam’s faith, facilitating personal<br />

growth and love of Christ.<br />

“Having the Mass as the central point of<br />

the whole experience led to a lot of selfreflection<br />

and this, in turn, changes one's<br />

perception of the world – at least it did for<br />

me,” she said.<br />

Miriam is now the President of the<br />

Alumni Association, which held the<br />

annual Alumni Reunion from 9-11<br />

September. Forty people attended from<br />

as far afield as Melbourne, Brisbane,<br />

Canberra, Adelaide, Wagga Wagga and<br />

Albury. This coincided with the college’s<br />

10 Year Anniversary celebrations.<br />

Events included a night at the historic<br />

Cricketer’s Arms Hotel, Prospect, and an<br />

alumni football match. A special highlight<br />

was the Solemn Mass at St Patrick’s<br />

Cathedral on Sunday morning.<br />

Many alumni joined the Campion<br />

Schola for the Mass. Several Campion<br />

Schola alumni are ongoing members of<br />

the Cathedral Schola, both of which are<br />

conducted by St Patrick’s Director of Music,<br />

Bernard Kirkpatrick.<br />

A ‘Ten Years of Talent Show’ concluded<br />

the weekend, showcasing an astonishing<br />

range of talent. Campion alumni have<br />

received offers to the Conservatorium<br />

of Music, scholarships to the University<br />

of Wollongong, job offers at Cirque du<br />

Soleil, performed in the Sydney Youth<br />

Orchestra and won national partner<br />

dancing competitions.<br />

Post-Campion, most pursue postgraduate<br />

study, with multiple students winning<br />

faculty medals, valuable scholarships and<br />

pursuing doctorates.<br />

“The degree is completely nonprescriptive<br />

in terms of postgraduate<br />

activities, so there is a lot of variety,”<br />

Miriam explained.<br />

Multiple alumni are working in<br />

education, media, politics, academia,<br />

law and managerial roles. There are also<br />

alumni in formation for priesthood and<br />

the religious life and many alumni who<br />

married each other.<br />

“My husband proposed to me on New<br />

Year’s Eve, a few weeks after graduation,”<br />

Miriam said. Suffice to say, there<br />

were fireworks.<br />

“I'm now a mum and my experience at<br />

Campion plays a part in how I journey down<br />

this new path in my life. The education at<br />

Campion permeates all aspects of my life,<br />

not just my teaching.”<br />

18 <strong>Catholic</strong><strong>Outlook</strong> | OCTOBER <strong>2016</strong><br />


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WYD <strong>2016</strong> Krakow: one-month reunion<br />

By James Camden, CYP Director<br />

LAST MONTH AT Blacktown, 80% of<br />

our World Youth Day pilgrims were<br />

able to reunite for an extensive Saturday<br />

evening of reflection and reconnection<br />

at Nagle College on 3 September.<br />

The night kicked off with a medley of<br />

WYD anthems learnt during our time<br />

in Krakow and led by the LIFTED Band.<br />

Pilgrims were then treated to eight video<br />

clips that captured the ‘hinge’ moments of<br />

our time away and created opportunities<br />

for small groups to further reflect on the<br />

impact those moments have had on them,<br />

one month on.<br />

Very Rev Chris de Souza EV continued<br />

to inspire the group with his invitation that<br />

‘to be merciful is to open the eyes of our<br />

heart’ and challenged pilgrims to continue<br />

searching for opportunities to show mercy<br />

and be open to receiving mercy in our lives.<br />

Pilgrims ended the reunion by making<br />

a commitment to their school, parish or<br />

workplace that will be followed up with<br />

them by the group leader.<br />

Over the coming months we will be<br />

able to share some data and feedback<br />

more publicly about the overall impact the<br />

World Youth Day experience has had on<br />

our young people in the Diocese as they<br />

complete a comprehensive survey and<br />

reflection exercise.<br />

LIFTED Live! in the Forecourt<br />

This month our largest and final LIFTED<br />

Live! of <strong>2016</strong> comes to the St Patrick’s<br />

Cathedral forecourt in Parramatta. The<br />

event marks the feast day of St John Paul II,<br />

founder of our Diocese and father of World<br />

Youth Days.<br />

A huge outdoor concert featuring<br />

bands, solo artists, and dancers alongside<br />

testimonies from young people, food stalls<br />

run by youth groups, a drama by NET<br />

Team Australia and an inspirational first<br />

appearance and message by Bishop Vincent<br />

Long OFM Conv.<br />

This is an event not to be missed and<br />

is open to all but especially young people<br />

from our schools and parishes. See it as an<br />

opportunity to invite that friend or family<br />

member who isn’t quite sure about what we<br />

do and why we do it.<br />

LIFTED Sports Day on 13 November<br />

For almost 10 years the Nepean Deanery<br />

has hosted the only long-lasting, post-<br />

WYD08 Sydney program in the Diocese<br />

of Parramatta.<br />

This year, to consolidate our resources,<br />

branding and finances, it becomes the<br />

LIFTED Sports Day, recognising that<br />

its success has made it truly a diocesanwide<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> event for young people<br />

exhibiting sportsmanship, teamwork and<br />

community building.<br />

It's still Parish V Parish for 16- to 35-yearolds<br />

representing 16 teams<br />

Here's what you need to know:<br />

It's recommended that you have at least<br />

12 team members; combine with another<br />

parish if you're short;<br />

• Two females must be on the field for all<br />

sports at any one time; and<br />

• Two registered members of your team<br />

must be a secondary school aged young<br />

person 16-18 years of age. Reach out to<br />

your local secondary school and make<br />

this truly a parish mission event<br />

Captains are currently registering<br />

their teams with Sr Rosie Drum MGL:<br />

rdrum@parra.catholic.org.au<br />

There's not many places left. No need to<br />

confirm your team members until a later<br />

date. Just register your team.<br />

Last month’s WYD pilgrim reunion was an opportunity to reconnect. Photos: Adrian Middeldorp.<br />

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

5 September.<br />

Schools in Way of the Cross procession<br />


joined with Parramatta Marist<br />

High, Sacred Heart Primary School<br />

and Mother Teresa Primary School (all<br />

schools in Westmead Parish) in a meaningful<br />

and reverent procession with the Mercy<br />

Cross and Relics on 5 September.<br />

This was a tangible expression of our<br />

devotion to our faith, to living mercy and<br />

to the memory St Teresa of Kolkata and St<br />

Mary of the Cross MacKillop.<br />

In the preceding weeks, representatives<br />

from each school met on a number of<br />

occasions to plan the celebrations, which<br />

coincided with Mother Teresa Primary<br />

School’s celebrations of the canonisation of<br />

Mother Teresa.<br />

The celebrations began with a welcome<br />

to country and some beautiful prayers at<br />

Mother Teresa Primary where the Cross<br />

and Relics were received by the older<br />

schools and handed to the newest schools<br />

on the site.<br />

The procession moved through Mother<br />

Teresa Primary into Parramatta Marist<br />

High and then into Catherine McAuley<br />

Westmead. Students from the three schools<br />

lined the path of the Cross.<br />

The Cross and Relics were then<br />

transported to St Patrick’s Cathedral where<br />

students from Sacred Heart Primary<br />

formed a guard of honour as the procession<br />

continued into the Cathedral where it was a<br />

focal point for Mass.<br />



A<br />

PILGRIMAGE WITH the Mercy<br />

Cross and Relics of St Mary of<br />

the Cross MacKillop and St Teresa<br />

of Kolkata is underway in the Diocese<br />

of Parramatta.<br />

During <strong>October</strong> and November, the<br />

Cross and Relics will be at Regional<br />

Gatherings hosted by the parishes of Seven<br />

Hills, Quakers Hill, Plumpton, Penrith,<br />

Springwood and Parramatta.<br />

The pilgrimage will conclude at<br />

St Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday<br />

13 November when the four Holy<br />

Doors within the Diocese of Parramatta<br />

will close.<br />

The Holy Doors are located in the<br />

Cathedral, the Schoenstatt Shrine at<br />

Mulgoa, the Shrine of the Holy Innocents<br />

at Kellyville and Our Lady of Czestochowa<br />

Chapel at Marayong.<br />

The Jubilee Year of Mercy called by Pope<br />

Francis will end on the Solemnity of Our<br />

Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, on<br />

Sunday 20 November when the Pope will<br />

close the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica<br />

in Rome.<br />

Regional Gatherings in <strong>October</strong> & November<br />

8-9 <strong>October</strong><br />

Hosted by Our Lady of Lourdes<br />

Parish, Seven Hills, with St<br />

Bernadette’s Parish, Lalor<br />

Park, and St Anthony’s Parish,<br />

Toongabbie. Information: Seven<br />

Hills Parish tel (02) 9622 2920.<br />

15-16 <strong>October</strong><br />

Hosted by Mary Immaculate<br />

Parish, Quakers Hill, with St John<br />

XXIII Parish, Glenwood-Stanhope<br />

Gardens, Our Lady of the Rosary<br />

Parish, Kellyville, and Our Lady<br />

of the Angels Parish, Rouse Hill.<br />

Information: Quakers Hill Parish<br />

tel (02) 9626 3326.<br />

Parish, Penrith, with Corpus<br />

Christi Parish, Cranebrook, St<br />

Joseph’s Parish, Kingswood, Our<br />

Lady of the Rosary Parish, St<br />

Marys, and Holy Spirit Parish, St<br />

Clair. Information: Penrith Parish<br />

tel (02) 4721 2509.<br />

5-6 November<br />

Hosted St Thomas Aquinas Parish,<br />

Springwood, with Sacred Heart<br />

Parish, Blackheath, St Mary of the<br />

Cross MacKillop Parish, Upper<br />

Blue Mountains, and Our Lady<br />

of the Nativity Parish, Lawson.<br />

Information: Springwood Parish<br />

tel (02) 4754 1052.<br />

22-23 <strong>October</strong><br />

Hosted by The Good Shepherd<br />

Parish, Plumpton, with St Aidan’s<br />

Parish, Rooty Hill, Holy Family<br />

Parish, Mt Druitt, and Sacred<br />

Heart Parish, Mt Druitt South.<br />

Information: Plumpton Parish<br />

tel (02) 9832 4461.<br />

30-31 <strong>October</strong><br />

Hosted by St Nicholas of Myra<br />

12-13 November<br />

Hosted by St Patrick’s Cathedral<br />

Parish, Parramatta, with<br />

St Monica’s Parish, North<br />

Parramatta, St Bernadette’s<br />

Parish, Dundas Valley, Christ<br />

the King Parish, North Rocks,<br />

and Holy Name of Mary Parish,<br />

Rydalmere. Information:<br />

St Patrick’s Cathedral<br />

tel (02) 8839 8400.<br />

Students from Catherine McAuley Westmead, Parramatta Marist High, Sacred Heart Primary School and Mother<br />

Teresa Primary School taking part in the Way of the Cross Procession at Catherine McAuley.<br />

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Celebrating the Journey at St Patrick’s Cathedral on 18 September <strong>2016</strong><br />

The Life, Marriage and Family Office organised last month’s Celebrating the<br />

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

who were celebrating their 25 th , 30 th , 35 th , 40 th , 45 th , 50 th and subsequent<br />

anniversaries, renewed their wedding vows.<br />

The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, who praised the<br />

couples by acknowledging that: “Today is about acknowledging and celebrating<br />

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

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<strong>Catholic</strong><strong>Outlook</strong> | OCTOBER <strong>2016</strong> 21


<strong>Catholic</strong> media converge in Sydney for annual conference<br />

CATHOLIC EDITORS and communication<br />

professionals working<br />

in Church media came together in<br />

Sydney last month for the annual conference<br />

of the Australasian <strong>Catholic</strong> Press Association<br />

(ACPA).<br />

To celebrate the Jubilee Year of<br />

Mercy, the theme of the conference<br />

was ‘Channels of Mercy’, reflecting the<br />

important role <strong>Catholic</strong> media plays in<br />

helping to ensure God’s mercy is spread<br />

throughout the world.<br />

The conference was held over three<br />

days, from 5-7 September, and featured<br />

a program that included people working<br />

at the grassroots to address injustice<br />

and inequality, focusing on how Church<br />

communicators can best tell their stories.<br />

Delegates shared ideas and knowledge<br />

through panel discussions and presentations<br />

on the latest trends in media<br />

and communication.<br />

In a first for ACPA, the program included<br />

the launch of the <strong>2016</strong>-17 Social Justice<br />

Statement, A Place at the Table: Social<br />

justice in an ageing society.<br />

The keynote address was given by<br />

Rev Dr Kevin McGovern, Emeritus<br />

Director of the Caroline Chisholm Centre<br />

for Health Ethics.<br />

A highlight was the conference dinner<br />

at Mary MacKillop Place in North Sydney<br />

when the guest speaker was the actor and<br />

author William McInnes.<br />

On the night, the ACPA Awards for<br />

Excellence were presented by Bishop<br />

Anthony Randazzo, Auxiliary Bishop of<br />

Sydney, who was the principal celebrant for<br />

the Conference Mass.<br />

The aim of the ACPA Awards is to<br />

encourage and reward excellence in the<br />

field of <strong>Catholic</strong> publishing and the media.<br />

Judges are professionals working in Church<br />

and/or the mainstream media who are<br />

qualified to give a critical appraisal of the<br />

work presented.<br />

Awards were presented in 26 categories<br />

with the premier honour going to<br />

the The Southern Cross, which received<br />

the Bishop Philip Kennedy Memorial<br />

Award for Overall Excellence in a<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Publication.<br />

The conference program began with an<br />

acknowledgement of country by Elsie Heiss,<br />

a Wiradjuri woman and founding member<br />

of the Aboriginal <strong>Catholic</strong> Ministry Sydney.<br />

The opening address was given by Senator<br />

Malarndirri McCarthy from the Northern<br />

Territory, who is a former journalist/<br />

presenter with SBS/NITV News.<br />

Marcelle Mogg, CEO of <strong>Catholic</strong> Social<br />

Services Australia, gave the keynote address,<br />

‘Advocating mercy in a land of judgement’.<br />

This was followed by a discussion on<br />

‘Sharing stories of mercy’ with panelists<br />

Margaret Wiseman (prison chaplaincy),<br />

Margaret Ng (human trafficking) and Mary<br />

Leahy (seafarers’ chaplaincy).<br />

The program included sessions on the<br />

role of <strong>Catholic</strong> media and the Mission of<br />

Mercy and latest trends in communications.<br />

Delegates visited the convent of the<br />

Missionaries of Charity in Surry Hills where<br />

they met some of the sisters of the order<br />

founded by Mother Teresa of Kolkata, who<br />

was canonised in Rome two days before the<br />

conference started.<br />

More than 50 delegates and partners<br />

attended this year’s conference, which was<br />

made possible through sponsorship from<br />

InvoCare, The University of Notre Dame,<br />

Caritas Australia, Australian <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

University, WN Bull Funeral Directors,<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Super, The Broken Bay Institute,<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Mission, Fraynework Multimedia<br />

and Doran Printing.<br />

Our diocesan magazine, <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

<strong>Outlook</strong>, is a member of ACPA. The<br />

Communications team in the Chancery are<br />

grateful to the many people who contribute<br />

to <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>Outlook</strong> from parishes and<br />

schools, <strong>Catholic</strong> Education Parramatta,<br />

diocesan ministries and Church agencies,<br />

groups and individuals across the Diocese.<br />

The aim of this monthly magazine<br />

distributed through parishes and schools<br />

is to communicate the ‘good news’ of the<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> faith.<br />

The editorial focus is on local issues and<br />

people living faith-filled lives, to support<br />

the mission of the Church and its outreach<br />

through education, social justice, social<br />

welfare, and aged care.<br />

The publication has a key role in the<br />

‘New Evangelisation’ called for by St John<br />

Paul II through supporting the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

community as it grows in faith and shares<br />

the faith.<br />

The print edition is complemented by an<br />

online edition and free e-news subscription:<br />

www.catholicoutlook.org<br />

Through its website, <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>Outlook</strong><br />

is networked to a range of diocesan<br />

communication channels, including<br />

parish and ministry websites and social<br />

media platforms.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>Outlook</strong>’s print and online<br />

archive is a rich source of information<br />

about the Diocese of Parramatta and the<br />

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

Guest speaker for the conference dinner<br />

was the actor and author William McInnes.<br />

Photos: Melissa Loughlin & Annie Carrett.<br />

Bishop Anthony Randazzo presented the Award for Best Print Magazine to the Broken Bay<br />

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

Delegates visited the convent of the Missionaries of Charity where they met some of the<br />

sisters of the order founded by Mother Teresa.<br />

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

Arts student. Meet current students – Attend a lecture – Explore the campus. Come and<br />

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

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

and registration: www.campion.edu.au<br />


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

exploring the thoughts, feelings & experiences in selected poems as well as their images,<br />

rhythms & capacity to surprise. There will be time for quiet reflection. Participants are<br />

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

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

3 <strong>October</strong>: tel (02) 9484 6208, mtstbenedict@bigpond.com<br />

Members of the altar server ministry at St Paul the Apostle Parish.<br />

Winston Hills celebrates patron’s feast day<br />

THE FAITH COMMUNITY of Winston<br />

Hills gathered for a liturgical<br />

celebration of their parish patron, St<br />

Paul the Apostle, on 26 June.<br />

Following the Sunday morning Mass ‘the<br />

Hills came alive with the sound of music’<br />

and song provided by the parish youth<br />

group for the celebration of the feast of St<br />

Paul and St Peter.<br />

About 200 people enjoyed a BBQ and an<br />

array of dishes provided by parishioners<br />

from diverse cultural backgrounds,<br />

reflecting the multicultural nature of<br />

the community.<br />

As part of the feast day liturgy<br />

we celebrated members of our altar<br />

server ministry. We have 46 children<br />

actively serving, more than half of whom<br />

are siblings.<br />

During the Mass we welcomed and<br />

blessed 12 children to this ministry and<br />

presented another eight with the Guild of<br />

St Stephen medal in recognition of their<br />

service as altar servers.<br />

Since at least 2010, we have presented<br />

medals to more than 40 of our longerserving<br />

children. This is a testament to their<br />

commitment and devotion to supporting<br />

our parish in this ministry.<br />

The Guild of St Stephen is an association<br />

for those who are involved in the ministry<br />

at the altar. Through its activities, the guild<br />

encourages all who serve at Mass and at<br />

other liturgies to grow in their ministry and<br />

to grow in their <strong>Catholic</strong> faith.<br />

The guild was established in London<br />

in 1905 and approved by Pope St Pius X<br />

that year. Fr Rex Donohoe introduced<br />

the guild to Australia in 1954 in the<br />

Archdiocese of Hobart.<br />

The guild’s patron saint, Stephen, was a<br />

deacon in the early Church and the first<br />

martyr, giving himself to the truth of the<br />

Gospel and to the service of people.<br />

The object of the guild is to advance<br />

the <strong>Catholic</strong> faith in its sanctification<br />

of those who serve at the altar. It exists<br />

to encourage the highest standards<br />

of serving and to provide servers with<br />

a greater understanding of what they<br />

are doing.<br />

It unites servers of different parishes and<br />

dioceses and helps to foster vocations to the<br />

priesthood and religious life.<br />


The conference is an annual gathering of young men from around Australia who come<br />

together to be further formed in faith through engaging sessions with speakers including<br />

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

Register at www.ymgmovement.org<br />


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

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

1 Marist Plc, Parramatta.<br />


Renaissance of Marriage <strong>2016</strong> National Marriage Conference. For the first time in five<br />

years comes an opportunity for you to be part of reviving and strengthening the marriage<br />

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

national and international speakers, including Christopher West. For more information on<br />

the conference, fee schedule and speakers, visit the website www.rom.org.au<br />


This weekend retreat in Sydney is designed to bring psychological and spiritual healing<br />

to anyone who has been affected by an abortion experience including women, men,<br />

couples and grandparents. Rachel's Vineyard Ministries Australia is supported by the<br />

Australian <strong>Catholic</strong> Bishops Conference. Confidential inquiries: tel or SMS 0400 092 555,<br />

info@rachelsvineyard.org.au For more information visit: www.rachelsvineyard.org.au<br />


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

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

of the Holy Innocents, 8 Greyfriar Place, Kellyville. Be part of the Way of Mercy with<br />

the Mercy Cross and Relics of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and St Teresa of Kolkata.<br />

Hosted by the Life, Marriage & Family Office, Parramatta. Family Sunday will be celebrated<br />

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Sunday 23rd <strong>October</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

Hear from Mother<br />

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Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm<br />

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Rosary Parish Kellyville Carpark<br />



Be part of the way of Mercy,<br />

with the travelling relics of<br />

St Mary of the Cross and<br />

St Teresa of Calcutta<br />

Meet our Bishop<br />

Vincent Long<br />

Van Nguyen<br />

OFM Conv<br />


Family Sunday will be celebrated at Masses in the<br />

parishes throughout the Parramatta Diocese<br />

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

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

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