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

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

VOLUME 19, DECEMBER <strong>2016</strong><br />

Joyous<br />

Wishing all<br />

of our readers a<br />

Christmas<br />

and a Happy New Year

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,<br />

As I celebrate my first Christmas with<br />

you as the Bishop of Parramatta, I want to<br />

warmly thank everyone who has made me<br />

feel at home and welcome in the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta. It always amazes me that despite<br />

our differences, we are united in the bond of<br />

our <strong>Catholic</strong> faith.<br />

Let us reflect on this theme of welcome as<br />

we welcome Jesus, the Emmanuel who came<br />

to live among us as a helpless, vulnerable<br />

and lowly person.<br />

To the question “What does Christmas<br />

mean for us?” in the reality of life in which<br />

we find ourselves, I suggest the following:<br />

first of all, do not remain behind our own<br />

security. As God abandoned his own<br />

security in order to be with us, so must we<br />

have the courage to leave our comfort zones<br />

and discover the presence, the beauty, the<br />

love of God in unfamiliar or even disordered<br />

places, in the margins and the shadows<br />

of life. If Jesus was born in a manger and<br />

surrounded by lowly people, then we must<br />

discover him again in the unlikely situations<br />

At Christmas, we<br />

rejoice at the birth<br />

of the Emmanuel.<br />

Like the people who<br />

walked in darkness,<br />

we too have seen a<br />

great light (Is 9:2).<br />


Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv<br />

THE BISHOP'S DIARY – DECEMBER <strong>2016</strong> & JANUARY 2017<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2016</strong><br />

11 Celebrates Holy Mass of the 3 rd Sunday of Advent with<br />

the Admission to Candidacy to Holy Orders at Our Lady<br />

of the Rosary Parish, Kellyville, at 11.00am.<br />

13 Celebrates Holy Mass on the occasion of Graduation for<br />

Campion College at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta,<br />

at 2.00pm.<br />

15 Meeting of the Council of Priests and College of<br />

Consultors.<br />

16 Celebrates Holy Mass of Giving Thanks to God for<br />

Agency Staff of the Diocese of Parramatta at St Patrick’s<br />

Cathedral, Parramatta.<br />

22 Celebrates Holy Mass on the occasion of the 65 th<br />

Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood of Rev Fr<br />

Claude Borg MSSP at St Dominic’s Chapel, Blacktown,<br />

at 7.00pm.<br />

24 Presides at an Office of Carols and Readings for the<br />

Solemnity of Christmas at St Patrick’s Cathedral,<br />

Parramatta, at 11.30pm.<br />

25 Celebrates Solemn Pontifical Mass of Mass during the<br />

Night for the Solemnity of Christmas at St Patrick’s<br />

Cathedral, Parramatta, at midnight.<br />

which demand from us a conversion of<br />

heart and mind.<br />

Secondly, contemplate him in the essence<br />

of life which is to be found in wasteful love,<br />

in simplicity, in friendship and solidarity.<br />

Like Mary and Joseph who contemplated<br />

Christ born homeless and rejected, we can<br />

learn to recognise the same Christ who does<br />

not find welcome and hospitality on our<br />

shores, the same Christ who does not find a<br />

room in people’s hearts. We cannot worship<br />

the Christ child in truth without embracing<br />

the most vulnerable.<br />

Thirdly, live in hope no matter the<br />

circumstances. Let this hope be deeply<br />

rooted in your life of faith and love. Let<br />

this hope also be contagious by your<br />

positive influence to the lives of others.<br />

Let this Christmas be a time of renewal<br />

and transformation in our lives and<br />

relationships and not simply be a time of<br />

relaxation and indulgence.<br />

At Christmas, we rejoice at the birth of<br />

the Emmanuel. Like the people who walked<br />

in darkness, we too have seen a great light<br />

(Is 9:2). The fact that God is with us makes<br />

everything else pale into insignificance.<br />

No crisis, no uncertainty, no poverty, no<br />

distress, or as St Paul convinces us, nothing<br />

in heaven, on earth or in the underworld,<br />

can undermine our faith in this God, born<br />

for us (Rom 8:39).<br />

Let us rejoice but let us also live the spirit<br />

of Christmas which is to be found in selfemptying<br />

love. The Christ child becomes<br />

poor to make us rich, therefore, let us<br />

also abandon ourselves in wasteful love,<br />

in simplicity, in friendship and solidarity<br />

with our brothers and sisters. Then, we will<br />

experience the true joy which comes from<br />

him who is our source of peace and love<br />

25 Celebrates Solemn Pontifical Mass of Mass during<br />

the Day for the Solemnity of Christmas at St Patrick’s<br />

Cathedral, Parramatta, at 11am.<br />

JANUARY 2017<br />

Let us rejoice<br />

but let us also<br />

live the spirit of<br />

Christmas which<br />

is to be found in<br />

self-emptying love.<br />

Through the eyes of Mary, who “pondered<br />

all these things in her heart” (Lk 2:19), we<br />

too can come to a deeper understanding<br />

of God, “the Word made flesh” (Jn 1:14)<br />

and how we can grow as a more humble,<br />

inclusive and outward-looking Church<br />

that strives for servant leadership in our<br />

world today.<br />

My brothers and sisters in Christ, this<br />

Christmas let us be the face of Mercy and<br />

welcome not only to those who seek asylum<br />

from persecution and also to those who may<br />

be refugees in our own communities; the<br />

poor, the marginalised, the unaccepted and<br />

the unloved.<br />

If we are to be a Church that is fully alive in<br />

the world today then we need to be Marian<br />

in our approach to God the Eternal Father.<br />

Like Mary, we must preach, proclaim and<br />

live her Fiat (yes).<br />

This Christmas may we too be like<br />

Mary, the humble handmaid of the Lord<br />

that our souls may rejoice in God our<br />

Saviour who came “not to be served but<br />

to serve” (Mk 10:45).<br />

Wishing you and your families God’s<br />

kindest blessings in this Holy Season.<br />

1 Celebrates Solemn Pontifical Mass for the Solemnity of<br />

Mary, the Holy Mother of God at St Patrick’s Cathedral,<br />

Parramatta, at 11.00am.<br />

5 Celebrates Mass with the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin<br />

Mary, Queen of the World on the occasion of their<br />

General Chapter.<br />

8 Celebrates Solemn Pontifical Mass for the Solemnity<br />

of the Epiphany of the Lord at St Patrick’s Cathedral,<br />

Parramatta, at 11.00am.<br />

22 Celebrates Solemn Pontifical Mass for the 3 rd Sunday in<br />

Ordinary Time at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta,<br />

at 11.00am.<br />

25 Attends System Leadership Day for <strong>Catholic</strong> Education<br />

Diocese of Parramatta at Rosehill Gardens.<br />

29 Pontifical Mass of the 4 th Sunday in Ordinary Time with<br />

the celebration of Chinese New Year at St Monica’s Parish,<br />

North Parramatta, at 11.30am.<br />



MESSAGE........................................................2<br />

SOCIAL JUSTICE ...................................... 3, 6<br />

CATHOLIC YOUTH ......................................4<br />

NEWS & EVENTS .........5, 7, 11, 17, 22, 23<br />

PARISH PROFILE.......................................8-9<br />

LIFE, MARRIAGE & FAMILY .....................10<br />

YEAR OF MERCY .................................12-13<br />

CATHOLIC EDUCATION....................14-16<br />

CONSECRATED LIFE .................................18<br />


DOCTRINE....................................................19<br />

DIOCESAN NEWS................................20, 21<br />

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Idomeni Greece, 24 September 2015: Hundreds of immigrants at the border between Greece and Macedonia<br />

waiting for the right time to continue their journey from unguarded passages. Image supplied.<br />

Bishop Vincent Long:<br />

‘seeking asylum a basic human right’<br />

From Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv<br />


Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull,<br />

and the Minister for Immi-<br />

“THE<br />

gration, Peter Dutton, that the Government<br />

will introduce proposed legislation banning<br />

those who have arrived in Australia by boat<br />

from 19 July 2013 onwards from ever being<br />

able to apply for a visa to Australia is deeply<br />

disappointing,” Bishop Vincent said in a<br />

statement released on 7 November.<br />

“Seeking asylum even by boat is not illegal.<br />

It is a basic human right. Yet not content<br />

with demeaning them, the Australian<br />

Government now wants to introduce laws<br />

that will ban them from ever coming here.<br />

“The motives for these measures, in light<br />

of the current situation on Manus Island and<br />

Nauru, and in light of the bigger challenges<br />

facing Australia, are questionable at best and<br />

sinister at worst. Domestic advocates and<br />

international agencies have been appalled by<br />

the conditions under which asylum seekers<br />

live and the effects on their health, spirits and<br />

self-respect.<br />

“To single out and punish further a small<br />

number of people who came by boat, even if<br />

they are found to meet the refugee definition,<br />

is deliberately cruel and un-Australian. It<br />

betrays the tradition, status and character<br />

of the country that we are proud of – a<br />

richly resourced country with a big heart for<br />

migrants and refugees.<br />

“I urge all Australians to reject these cruel<br />

and unnecessary measures. We must find<br />

a more just, humane and effective way in<br />

dealing with the complex issues of seeking<br />

asylum and refugee protection. Inflicting<br />

more pain and harm to a small group of<br />

people who have caused us no harm is not<br />

worthy of all fair dinkum Australians.<br />

“I appeal to all political leaders to<br />

resist this latest mean-spirited move<br />

against asylum seekers and to reclaim<br />

the reputation of a decent, humane and<br />

generous country; it is the kind of country<br />

that refugees like myself are indebted to<br />

and proud to call home.”<br />

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv<br />

is the Australian <strong>Catholic</strong> Bishops<br />

Delegate for Refugees.<br />


New paper on human trafficking<br />

& slavery released<br />

“Human trafficking and similar forms<br />

of exploitation affect every country<br />

on earth. They flourish because of<br />

society’s greed for cheap goods and<br />

services and because it is so easy to<br />

forget that those who meet these<br />

needs are human beings with their<br />

own innate God-given dignity.”<br />

THOSE ARE THE WORDS of Bishop<br />

Vincent Long OFM Conv, Chairman<br />

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

Council, in his foreword to Human Trafficking<br />

and Slavery: A response from Australian<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>s.<br />

The paper, the latest in the ACSJC’s<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Social Justice Series, is written<br />

by Christine Carolan, Executive Officer<br />

of Australian <strong>Catholic</strong> Religious Against<br />

Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH), and Sr<br />

Noelene Simmons SM, ACRATH’s Project<br />

Officer for NSW.<br />

The paper looks at slavery and related<br />

crimes in the modern world, at the Church’s<br />

teaching, and at the international and<br />

Australian laws that deal with this abuse.<br />

The paper then discusses ACRATH’s work:<br />

advocating on behalf of victims of human<br />

trafficking, educating Australians, and<br />

working alongside organisations here and<br />

overseas to shut down human trafficking.<br />

Co-author Christine Carolan said many<br />

people do not realise that human trafficking<br />

affects us in Australia. “There is the everpresent<br />

reality of women who are trafficked<br />

for sexual exploitation, but people are<br />

also regularly trafficked into Australia in<br />

industries such as agriculture, hospitality,<br />

construction, mining and fishing.<br />

“Many Australians are now asking<br />

whether their clothing and food –<br />

chocolate, for example – have been<br />

produced by forced or trafficked labour.<br />

ACRATH has campaigned successfully for<br />

ethical sourcing of food and clothing.<br />

“Forced marriage is another area where<br />

young people, overwhelmingly young<br />

women, need help and support. People often<br />

don’t realise that forced marriage is illegal in<br />

Australia and that help is available for those<br />

who are facing that possibility.”<br />

ACRATH has developed a set of study<br />

notes that can be used for senior schools or<br />

for any groups wanting to explore the issue<br />

of human trafficking.<br />

In his foreword, Bishop Vincent says<br />

that ACRATH’s “tireless networking,<br />

education, research, advocacy and<br />

accompaniment have made a huge<br />

difference for people who have been<br />

trafficked and exploited in Australia.”<br />

Human Trafficking and Slavery, <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Social Justice Series No 79, is available<br />

from the ACSJC for $A7.50. Order at<br />

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

T H E U N I V E R S I T Y O F<br />


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

CYP caps off a big year in <strong>2016</strong><br />

By James Camden<br />

CYP Director<br />

THE LIFTED Sports Day on 13<br />

November brought together 240<br />

young people from 21 parishes<br />

across the Diocese. A total of 16 teams<br />

took part in a round robin competition of<br />

eight rounds in four sports at St Dominic’s<br />

College, Kingswood.<br />

The first Nepean Deanery Sports Day took<br />

place in 2009. The day was envisaged as an<br />

opportunity for the youth of the Nepean<br />

Deanery to meet one another and interact<br />

through sport.<br />

The day has grown to include teams from<br />

throughout the Diocese and has become one<br />

of the longest running and most successful<br />

post-WYD Sydney initiatives.<br />

Thank you to the Flockers (the former<br />

Penrith Parish Youth Group), their family<br />

and friends for laying the solid foundations<br />

the event now stands on, and to Michael<br />

Ronchetti (Principal) and the staff of St<br />

Dominic’s College for the ongoing use of<br />

the venue.<br />

In <strong>2016</strong>, <strong>Catholic</strong> Youth Parramatta,<br />

with the continued advice and support of<br />

the Flockers, took responsibility for the<br />

planning, promotion and implementation of<br />

the now-named LIFTED Sports Day.<br />

Congratulations to the final two teams who<br />

made the nail-biting tie-breaker and to Our<br />

Lady of Mt Carmel Parish, Wentworthville,<br />

who in their debut year won the LIFTED<br />

Sports Day Cup for <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

Parra-Matters!<br />

Home from the Front<br />

A committed crowd of young adult leaders<br />

gathered for the final Parra-Matters! of<br />

<strong>2016</strong> in late November. Twice a year the<br />

monthly formation program re-groups at<br />

the Institute for Mission (IFM) in Blacktown<br />

for a reflective night of input and sharing.<br />

The topic unpacked by Fr Paul Roberts,<br />

Director of the IFM, and his team was ‘Jesus,<br />

My Mirror, My 3-Fold Mission’.<br />

Over the past two years, Parra-Matters!<br />

has been held in more than 15 parishes and<br />

will continue to offer localised formation<br />

for youth ministry during 2017 while<br />

celebrating the gifts and successes of local<br />

youth groups from their ‘home base’.<br />

What’s on the horizon?<br />

Australia’s <strong>Catholic</strong> Bishops have announced,<br />

and now invite, the Church in Australia to<br />

engage in a ‘Year of Youth’ in 2018.<br />

The LIFTED Sports Day brought together 240 young people from across the Diocese.<br />

Marking the 10-year anniversary of WYD<br />

Sydney 2008, the Year of Youth invites the<br />

Church to nurture the physical, emotional<br />

and spiritual well-being of young people.<br />

The Year of Youth will begin with a<br />

pilgrimage to the Australian <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Youth Festival (ACYF) in Sydney from 7-9<br />

<strong>December</strong> 2017 for an estimated 18,000<br />

students, youth and young adults from<br />

across the country.<br />

Plans are underway to ensure that the<br />

participation of a possible 3000 young<br />

people from our Diocese in next year’s<br />

ACYF will act as a launch pad for their<br />

greater participation in parish life and the<br />

broader mission and outreach of the Church<br />

going into the Year of Youth.<br />

Celebrating WYD success<br />

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv hosted<br />

an afternoon tea on 11 November in<br />

appreciation of Chancery, <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Education, chaplains and ministry staff who<br />

played a role in the organisation of World<br />

Youth Day <strong>2016</strong> in Krakow.<br />

Bishop Vincent expressed his gratitude,<br />

saying that WYD was important to the<br />

youth life of the Diocese and gave special<br />

thanks to Very Rev Chris de Souza VG EV<br />

for representing him on the pilgrimage.<br />

Executive Director of Schools Greg<br />

Whitby said the venture had been a great<br />

success and the collaboration between all<br />

areas of the Diocese to bring such a large<br />

group together was unique.<br />

At the last Parra-Matters! For the year were (from left): Faith, Stephanie, Qwayne and Alyssa. Bishop Vincent with James Camden and Greg Whitby. WYD was a highlight of <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

The Joy of Christmas<br />

is not in the presents, but being in<br />

His presence<br />

Christmas at St Patrick’s Cathedral – 1 Marist Place, Parramatta<br />

Noël! Noël! on Monday 19 <strong>December</strong> at 7.30pm<br />

The Brandenburg Choir will fill your heart with cheer and delight your family and friends<br />

with a concert of beauty, fun and glorious music.<br />

For further information and to purchase tickets visit www.brandenburg.com.au/concerts/<br />

Christmas Eve Masses on Saturday 24 <strong>December</strong><br />

6.00pm (family Mass), 8.30pm, midnight (carols service with readings commence at 11.30pm)<br />

Christmas Day Masses on Sunday 25 <strong>December</strong><br />

8.00am, 9.30am, 11.00am, 6.00pm<br />

Reconciliation during Advent<br />

Monday to Friday from 11.15am-12.20pm; Saturdays: 8.30am-9.00am<br />

and 5.00pm-5.30pm; Saturday 24 <strong>December</strong><br />

from 8.30am-9.00am only<br />

For Christmas Mass times in <strong>Catholic</strong> parishes across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains<br />

go to the Diocese of Parramatta website – www.parracatholic.org or www.catholicoutlook.org<br />

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Emilio sings and signs<br />

for Wanderers<br />

By Adrian Middeldorp and<br />

Jordan Grantham<br />


professional football (soccer) career<br />

at the age of eight. Ten years later, his<br />

prayers were answered on his 18 th birthday in<br />

October this year. He signed his first professional<br />

contract and joined the Western Sydney<br />

Wanderers in the A-League.<br />

The alumnus of Emmaus <strong>Catholic</strong> College<br />

at Kemps Creek was an early supporter of the<br />

Wanderers, cheering from the Red and Black<br />

Bloc or ‘RBB’ at the age of 13.<br />

“I love Western Sydney Wanderers, I was<br />

there from the start. I was such a supporter,”<br />

Emilio said.<br />

West Ham United FC first noticed Emilio<br />

during that time. The English Premier<br />

League team flew him over to trial.<br />

Emilio’s life-changing moment came<br />

in Year 11, at the Nike Academy trial. He<br />

displayed his left-footed attacking midfield<br />

style, similar to superstars Isco (Real Madrid)<br />

and David Silva (Manchester City).<br />

“The date was 14 March 2015,” Emilio said.<br />

“I knew I had to give it my all.<br />

“I remember that day very fondly and my<br />

name got called out and it all started from<br />

there really.”<br />

He made a powerful impression on the<br />

football world as the youngest in the elite<br />

squad. Emilio excelled at the prestigious<br />

academy, based at St George’s Park, the<br />

English National Team’s training ground.<br />

“I knew the whole process and what it<br />

consisted of – a few big players have gone<br />

through and become professionals. Tom<br />

Rogic is one of them.”<br />

After the academy, Emilio faced heartbreak<br />

when a deal with a Spanish club deal fell<br />

through due to visa difficulties.<br />

“At this point, I made the choice to come<br />

back to Australia to clear my mind and<br />

decide what I really wanted to do.”<br />

A day after returning, the Wanderers<br />

phoned Emilio. He impressed at the<br />

youth squad training, and commenced a<br />

professional contract to train and possibly<br />

play in the top team. He feels lucky<br />

to have started his career at home with<br />

the Wanderers.<br />

Faith and family are crucial to Emilio. He<br />

describes them as vital to his success.<br />

“In my family, faith is very, very big. It’s<br />

something we look on in everyday life, in<br />

every situation. We look at positives and<br />

negatives, it must be because it’s meant to be<br />

– we’re very strong believers in that.<br />

“Personally, even my football is based on<br />

my faith in God. I can do everything in him,<br />

my strength lies in him as well.”<br />

Several meaningful tattoos are on his right<br />

arm. Roman numerals symbolise each of his<br />

family members. The cross and his favourite<br />

Bible passage represent his faith: “Let all that<br />

you do be done in love” (1 Cor 16:14).<br />

The power of that passage has been felt in<br />

his life. “I had always believed in it, I believe<br />

you do it with love, not because you’re forced<br />

to, whether it be a job or anything like that.”<br />

Emilio describes his faith as simple, strong<br />

and based on daily prayer.<br />

“Always before bed and before my games,<br />

I like to make my own prayers and speak to<br />

God myself. I also like to use the Our Father,<br />

Hail Mary and I always have the rosary on<br />

me. I like to keep it simple, short and sweet.<br />

“It’s definitely something I have been<br />

brought up with.”<br />

Emilio’s faith also grew at Holy Spirit<br />

Primary, St Clair, then at Emmaus College<br />

and within his parish.<br />

Emilio’s dedication was evident at school.<br />

Emilio Martinez says he feels lucky to have started his career at home with the Wanderers.<br />

Photos: Jordan Grantham.<br />

Mrs Dominique Luke, Year 12 Coordinator<br />

at Emmaus College, was Emilio’s year<br />

coordinator twice. Emilio’s leadership<br />

qualities, good grades and positive social<br />

influence were clear to her.<br />

Friendly staff v students football matches<br />

excelled when Emilio played. “There were a<br />

few good footballers in the staff and that’s the<br />

type of student-teacher relationship there is<br />

at Emmaus – that’s why a lot of students love<br />

it there,” he said.<br />

“I have my family to thank for that and<br />

I’ve been brought up in a loving <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

community. I owe it all to that.”<br />

Emilio Martinez is a confident and kind<br />

young man. With his talent, strong resolve,<br />

discipline, deep faith and a loving family, he<br />

may just have what it takes to perform at the<br />

highest levels of international football.<br />

Emilio describes his faith as simple, strong and based<br />

on daily prayer.<br />

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Bringing Laudato Si’ to Life:<br />

From Vision to Action<br />

By Sr Louise McKeogh FMA<br />

Social Justice Director<br />

TWO GATHERINGS AT Australian<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> University’s campuses<br />

at Strathfield on 10 November<br />

and North Sydney on 11 November were<br />

an opportunity to listen to and dialogue<br />

with Columban priest and eco-theologian<br />

Fr Sean McDonagh SSC.<br />

He spoke of caring for creation and<br />

bringing Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato<br />

Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home) to<br />

life within the context of parish life. In the<br />

spirit of Laudato Si’ both gatherings were<br />

not only opportunities to draw from the<br />

experience of Fr Sean but also opportunities<br />

for dialogue and learning.<br />

Various parish programs and activities<br />

were presented from across Sydney at the<br />

North Sydney gathering. Fr Sean spoke<br />

of his experience in the Philippines in the<br />

Mindanao area with indigenous people<br />

and the effect of deforestation and mining<br />

on their communities, culture, livelihood<br />

and environments.<br />

Fr Sean also spoke of his vision for the<br />

Church as he experiences the correlation<br />

and integration between creation and the<br />

sacraments. He envisions the need for<br />

Eucharistic prayers on the care of creation.<br />

He acknowledges the signs of the times<br />

in the world that we are living in; in terms<br />

of creation it is no longer ‘business as usual’.<br />

“We in the developed world are using more<br />

of the earth’s resources than is sustainable for<br />

our daily living to continue,” Fr Sean said.<br />

What was clear was the diversity of<br />

creative approaches being taken by parishes<br />

in care for their common home and facing<br />

the challenges of a new paradigm in terms of<br />

caring for creation.<br />

Sally Coppini from St Madeleine’s Parish<br />

at Kenthurst reflected on the diversity of<br />

responders to Laudato Si’ from the wider<br />

community. She especially appreciated<br />

the input from professionals at the Royal<br />

Botanic Gardens and their support for the<br />

leadership of Pope Francis in this area.<br />

In responding to Fr Sean, the Director<br />

of <strong>Catholic</strong> Earthcare Australia, Jacqui<br />

Remond, presented a powerful model of<br />

implementing Laudato Si’.<br />

Jacqui facilitated a series of weekly Lenten<br />

discussion groups on Laudato Si’ in her local<br />

parish Manly-Pittwater. The parishioners<br />

appreciated the importance and necessity of<br />

taking up Pope Francis’ call to bring Laudato<br />

Si’ to life.<br />

This has resulted in an integrated<br />

parish approach with a focus on liturgical<br />

celebrations such as seasons of creation,<br />

World Day of Prayer for Creation and the<br />

feast of St Francis. This is combined with<br />

practical actions within the life of the parish<br />

and community.<br />

In conclusion, Anne Lanyon from the<br />

Columban Centre for Peace, Ecology and<br />

Justice said Pope Francis reminds us of the<br />

need for an integral ecology in Christian life<br />

in his message for the World Day of Prayer<br />

for the Care of Creation in September.<br />

In the Year of Mercy just concluded,<br />

Pope Francis proposed adding the care and<br />

protection of creation to the traditional list<br />

of corporal and spiritual works of mercy.<br />

As a spiritual work of mercy, the Holy<br />

Father said, “care for creation requires a<br />

grateful contemplation of God’s world.<br />

While as a corporal work it calls for simple<br />

daily gestures which break with the logic of<br />

violence, exploitation and selfishness.”<br />

Fr Sean McDonagh’s visit was<br />

organised by the St Columban’s Mission<br />

Fr Sean McDonagh SSC is a Columban priest and ecotheologian.<br />

Photo: courtesy <strong>Catholic</strong> Archdiocese of<br />

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New national response to importance of safeguarding<br />

A<br />

NEW INDEPENDENT company<br />

has been established by the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Church in Australia to develop,<br />

audit and report on compliance with professional<br />

standards to protect children and<br />

vulnerable people.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Professional Standards (CPS)<br />

Limited represents a new national Church<br />

response to the importance of safeguarding<br />

vulnerable people. It will be responsible<br />

for setting the highest standards to ensure<br />

the safety of individuals involved with<br />

the Church at all levels and engaging with<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> service providers.<br />

CPS will:<br />

• Develop new standards for the<br />

protection of children and vulnerable<br />

adults across Church entities,<br />

particularly in areas where there are no<br />

current relevant standards;<br />

• Audit and report on the compliance of<br />

each Church authority against the new<br />

professional standards; and<br />

• Provide education and training regarding<br />

the new standards.<br />

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

Conference and <strong>Catholic</strong> Religious Australia,<br />

which represent more than 200 independent<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> entities across Australia, made the<br />

joint announcement of the new company<br />

during the bishops’ plenary meeting with<br />

religious leaders at Mary MacKillop Place in<br />

Sydney on 22 November.<br />

Member representative of CPS and the<br />

President of <strong>Catholic</strong> Religious Australia,<br />

Sr Ruth Durick OSU, said the new entity<br />

sets a new standard for the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church<br />

in Australia.<br />

“I am confident that CPS will direct and<br />

govern best practice for all Church agencies<br />

to lead in the area of safeguarding children<br />

and vulnerable people,” Sr Ruth said.<br />

“Today’s announcement marks a<br />

significant development in how the Church<br />

in Australia operates. Independently of<br />

Church, CPS will establish, implement,<br />

govern and audit professional standards.<br />

This is a first.<br />

“It is a decisive step forward for the Church<br />

as we move beyond the Royal Commission<br />

into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual<br />

Abuse. We look ahead with safety, respect<br />

and authenticity at the core of all we do in<br />

the community.”<br />

Speaking at the launch, Archbishop Mark<br />

Coleridge, Vice-President of the Australian<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Bishops Conference (ACBC), said<br />

CPS was the Church’s considered response<br />

to a crisis that had been heartbreaking for<br />

many people.<br />

“I believe that <strong>Catholic</strong> Professional<br />

Standards will continue the cultural change<br />

that has commenced through the work of<br />

the Truth, Justice and Healing Council,”<br />

Archbishop Coleridge said.<br />

A Board of Directors is being established<br />

by the ACBC and CRA. The board will<br />

operate and function independently of<br />

the Church.<br />

Three directors have been identified and<br />

another four appointments to the board are<br />

to be made. A Chief Executive Officer will be<br />

recruited and appointed during 2017.<br />

The three director designates are:<br />

• The Hon Geoffrey Giudice AO, who was<br />

president of the Australian Industrial<br />

Relations Commission from 1997-2009<br />

and the inaugural president of Fair<br />

Work Australia (now the Fair Work<br />

Commission) from 2009-February 2012.<br />

• Ms Patricia Faulkner AO, who was<br />

secretary of the Department of<br />

Human Services in Victoria with<br />

this portfolio, including the child<br />

protection system, and in 2015-<br />

16 was a deputy commissioner of<br />

the Victorian Royal Commission<br />

inquiring into family violence.<br />

• The Hon John Watkins AM, who was<br />

a member of the NSW Parliament<br />

between 1995 and 2008 with ministerial<br />

portfolios including education, police<br />

and transport, serving as deputy premier<br />

for three years and is currently CEO of<br />

Alzheimer’s Australia NSW.<br />

It is expected that CPS will be up and<br />

running by early 2017.<br />

The work of the National Committee for<br />

Professional Standards will be absorbed into<br />

the new entity over time. There will be no<br />

change at present to state-based professional<br />

standards offices.<br />

For further information visit<br />

www.catholicprofessionalstandards.org.au<br />

Office for Safeguarding &<br />

Professional Standards<br />

The safety and wellbeing of all children<br />

and other vulnerable people in the<br />

care of the Diocese of Parramatta is<br />

our priority and a continual part of<br />

our ministry. Members of the public<br />

are invited to contact the Office for<br />

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Jacinta Sullivan said the St John’s community is all about making people feel truly welcome.<br />

Photos: Jordan Grantham.<br />


Love led Jacinta all the way to Riverstone<br />

By Jordan Grantham<br />

JACINTA SULLIVAN MET her future<br />

husband just after he spent Christmas<br />

in Bethlehem. The two young travellers<br />

were staying in an Israeli kibbutz in 1980.<br />

Little did Jacinta know that her journey had<br />

just begun.<br />

Today, Jacinta is parish secretary of St<br />

John the Evangelist Parish at Riverstone.<br />

She has lived a life dedicated to family and<br />

service. Born of a rich cultural heritage, her<br />

faith has guided her across the world and<br />

continues to inspire her in the Riverstone<br />

Parish community.<br />

Jacinta was born in Basel into a large and<br />

devout Swiss <strong>Catholic</strong> family, with Italian<br />

heritage on her father’s side. A polyglot, she<br />

speaks French, German, Swiss and Italian.<br />

In her early 20s, Jacinta took a break from<br />

work at Zurich Insurance to travel across<br />

Egypt, Israel and Europe.<br />

In Egypt, she visited Alexandria and<br />

travelled to historic Luxor, taking in the<br />

sights and reflecting on life.<br />

She made it to Israel and after travelling<br />

through Jordan, she was based near<br />

Haifa in a kibbutz, a communal centre<br />

where young travellers work in exchange<br />

for accommodation.<br />

There she met Peter Sullivan, who was<br />

also travelling during Christmas-tide in<br />

Israel in 1980. He had just made it back<br />

from Christmas in Bethlehem and was only<br />

staying in the kibbutz for two days.<br />

Peter was assigned orange picking while<br />

Jacinta worked in the kitchen. Despite her<br />

little English and their separate work duties,<br />

they instantly connected. After changed plans<br />

and rearranged flights, they travelled Europe<br />

together, met Jacinta’s parents and married.<br />

Today, Peter is a firefighter and Jacinta’s<br />

“right-hand man”. Their whirlwind romance<br />

took Jacinta across the world from the<br />

kibbutz farm near Haifa to the semi-rural<br />

area of Riverstone.<br />

Many Maltese families had small farms<br />

and acreages in the area, which have been<br />

blessed on occasion by the Parish Priest, Fr<br />

Zakaria Gayed.<br />

Jacinta said the area is becoming more<br />

multicultural. “There are some young<br />

families – Filipinos, Indian, Sri Lanka, Fijian<br />

and Chinese.”<br />

The changing community makes the<br />

parish an encounter between old and new.<br />

Fr Zakaria Gayed said the renovations to the church were made possible due to the generosity and<br />

involvement of parishioners.<br />

The historic parish dates back to 1865,<br />

when the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church purchased the<br />

property. The current church building<br />

dedicated to St John the Evangelist dates<br />

back to 1904, when Cardinal Moran laid the<br />

foundation stone.<br />

Minor renovations have just been<br />

completed, including polished floorboards<br />

and grand pews from the former Poor Clare<br />

Convent next door to the church.<br />

Fr Zakaria said this was made possible<br />

because of the generosity and involvement<br />

of the parishioners.<br />

“The parish is like a small family,”<br />

Jacinta said.<br />

Parish groups include the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Women’s League, St Vincent de Paul Society,<br />

the parish play group, and a family group<br />

which has continued for 22 years, bringing<br />

together parish families for BBQs and<br />

mutual support.<br />

The Poor Clare Sisters taught at St John’s<br />

Primary School, which continues to educate<br />

children of the parish. The school has<br />

regular Masses.<br />

“The community is all about making<br />

people feel truly welcome,” Jacinta said.<br />

The parish arranges big morning teas<br />

after Mass and people often stay another<br />

hour to chat. A BBQ is organised for<br />

each 3rd Sunday of the month and a<br />

local Filipino choir adds beautiful music<br />

to the Mass.<br />

The historic parish is alive and well,<br />

continuing into the future with a changing<br />

community and growing area.<br />

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Life is a gift for Father Zakaria<br />

By Jordan Grantham<br />


on 23 <strong>December</strong> as a “Christmas gift<br />

to my Mother,” he said with a laugh.<br />

The Parish Priest of St John the Evangelist<br />

Parish at Riverstone has given his life as a<br />

gift to God, both in Egypt where he was born<br />

and in Australia.<br />

Fr Zakaria was born in El Minya, south<br />

of Cairo, which is close to where the Holy<br />

Family fled into Egypt. The Holy Family<br />

sheltered in St Mary’s Cave, Samalout, near<br />

his hometown.<br />

He arrived in Australia in 1999,<br />

bringing with him the experiences and<br />

heritage of Coptic <strong>Catholic</strong> spirituality.<br />

He believes that every place has its own<br />

special ‘gift’, whether it is the Jordan, Mt<br />

Sinai or Riverstone.<br />

Growing up in Egypt, Fr Zakaria devoted<br />

himself to his studies at St Leo the Great<br />

Coptic <strong>Catholic</strong> Patriarchal Seminary in<br />

Cairo, which caters to all Coptic <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

dioceses. He was ordained by Cardinal<br />

Antonios Naguib, Emeritus Coptic <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Patriarch of Alexandria, while he was Bishop<br />

of Minya.<br />

Fr Zakaria’s family is entirely in Egypt,<br />

and he is now uncle to 21 nephews<br />

and nieces.<br />

He has dispensed the sacraments to<br />

many in his family, including Baptism,<br />

Chrismation (Confirmation) and the<br />

Eucharist. He has also dispensed the<br />

Sacrament of Matrimony to family<br />

members, which requires a priest’s<br />

blessing to be valid in the Eastern <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Churches, unlike in the Western Church,<br />

which requires only a deacon.<br />

Fr Zakaria attests that, “when you grow up<br />

immersed in a particular form of liturgy, it<br />

remains in your blood”.<br />

He prays the Divine Office (Liturgy of<br />

the Hours) in the Coptic <strong>Catholic</strong> form,<br />

which consists of seven canonical times for<br />

prayer. The Divine Office is the mandatory<br />

daily prayer for priests and religious.<br />

Primarily, it consists of the psalms and is<br />

typically prayed at four different periods<br />

of the day (Morning Prayer, Office of<br />

Readings, either Terce, Sext or None, and<br />

Evening Prayer).<br />

Fr Zakaria has a devotion to St Therese<br />

of the Child Jesus, St Francis of Assisi,<br />

St Anthony of the Desert and St George.<br />

In Egypt, Fr Zakaria served in a parish<br />

dedicated to St George.<br />

When he first came to Australia, he knew<br />

only a few words of English. Despite the<br />

communication barrier, Fr Zakaria arrived<br />

on his birthday in 1999 and was appointed<br />


Father Zakaria Gayed arrived in Australia in 1999, bringing with him the experiences and heritage of Coptic <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

spirituality. Photo: Jordan Grantham.<br />

parish priest of St Mark’s Parish in Prospect.<br />

He was incardinated into the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta in 2010.<br />

He has used his experiences with different<br />

cultures to connect with others. He believes<br />

that “when you visit a country, something<br />

touches your heart”. Wherever he goes, the<br />

people he has ministered to “are very much<br />

devoted to God,” he said.<br />

A warm ‘people-person’, Fr Zakaria<br />

appreciates the opportunities God has given<br />

him in the priesthood to strengthen the faith<br />

of his flock. “God gave me a gift for pastoral<br />

work. I appreciate it,” he said.<br />

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We wish you a Mercy Christmas<br />

By Ben Smith, Director<br />

Life, Marriage & Family Office<br />

NOW THAT THE Holy Doors are<br />

closed and the Year of Mercy is over,<br />

does that mean that we can forget<br />

about the importance of mercy? Not at all.<br />

The seasons of Advent and Christmas<br />

present us with a great opportunity to<br />

cement the graces we have received from<br />

this special year. But isn’t mercy more of a<br />

topic for Lent and Easter? What have the<br />

seasons of Advent and Christmas got to do<br />

with mercy?<br />

Pope Francis has emphasised that, “We<br />

need constantly to contemplate the mystery<br />

of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity,<br />

and peace. Our salvation depends on it.”<br />

(Misericordiae Vultus, 2)<br />

So mercy has an ongoing significance<br />

beyond the Year of Mercy and also beyond<br />

the seasons of Lent and Easter.<br />

Mercy is highly relevant to the seasons of<br />

Advent and Christmas as “Jesus of Nazareth,<br />

by his words, his actions, and his entire<br />

person reveals the mercy of God.” (MV, 1)<br />

He is “the bridge that connects God and<br />

man.” (MV, 2)<br />

God’s mercy is revealed in every moment<br />

of Jesus’ life. The nativity scene, therefore,<br />

connects us with God’s mercy. What the<br />

nativity shows is that God was prepared to<br />

empty himself of his divinity to become a<br />

baby who was born in a stable and slept in a<br />

hay-filled livestock feeding station. God has<br />

heard the cry of his people.<br />

This joyful scene captivated the hearts of<br />

those who witnessed the first Christmas.<br />

This joy can be experienced by us in front<br />

of a nativity scene allowing us to open “our<br />

hearts to the hope of being loved forever<br />

despite our sinfulness.” (MV, 2)<br />

The nativity scene can help to remind us<br />

that God is reaching out to us just like the<br />

father of the prodigal son.<br />

St Therese of Lisieux expressed this truth a<br />

different way: “A God who makes himself so<br />

little can only be love and mercy.” This is really<br />

important for children or grandchildren to<br />

grasp and Christmas creates a wonderful<br />

opportunity to present this message.<br />

If Jesus is the bridge that manifests the<br />

mercy of God then Advent and Christmas<br />

represent one support pillar and Lent and<br />

Easter represent the other support pillar.<br />

Both of these pillars have a special<br />

connection with Mary. A pregnant Mary<br />

joyfully sang of the mercy of God in her<br />

Magnificat on her way to meet her cousin St<br />

Elizabeth. The birth of Jesus gave her great<br />

joy as well.<br />

She also experienced the mercy of God in<br />

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In summary, Mary was the first witness to<br />

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Saint John Paul II:<br />

‘work is for man, not man for work’<br />

By Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv<br />

THIRTY YEARS AGO, on 26 November<br />

1986, St John Paul II visited the<br />

Diocese of Parramatta to address<br />

a large crowd of workers gathered at the<br />

Transfield factory in Powers Road, Seven<br />

Hills. This large engineering factory hosted<br />

12,000 people when it was temporarily<br />

cleared of much of its machinery.<br />

The Pope opened his address with a<br />

reflection on his early life as a quarry and<br />

factory worker.<br />

“These were important and useful years<br />

in my life. I am grateful for having had<br />

that opportunity to reflect deeply on the<br />

meaning and dignity of human work in its<br />

relationship to the individual, the family, the<br />

nation, and the whole social order.”<br />

His experience and reflection led him<br />

to “proclaim again” his “own profound<br />

conviction” that “human work is a key,<br />

probably the essential key, to the whole<br />

social question, if we try to see the question<br />

really from the point of view of man’s good.”<br />

The world of work has changed<br />

dramatically since St John Paul II spoke to<br />

the workers at Seven Hills.<br />

The disruption of earlier patterns of<br />

employment as a result of technological<br />

changes and globalisation in Australia and<br />

elsewhere have been profound.<br />

The Church must respond to the changing<br />

economic realities and speak on behalf of<br />

those who have been prejudiced or ignored<br />

by these changes.<br />

How should the Church respond? The<br />

answer to this question might start with the<br />

address given by St John Paul II at Seven<br />

Hills. He recognised the positive aspects of<br />

economic change, but warned against “ways<br />

of thinking” and proposed a way forward:<br />

“In the past, the Church has consistently<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Social Teaching<br />

opposed ways of thinking which would<br />

reduce workers to mere ‘things’ that could be<br />

relegated to unemployment and redundancy<br />

if the economics of industrial development<br />

seemed to demand it.<br />

“No one has a simple and easy solution<br />

to all the problems connected with human<br />

work. But I offer for your consideration two<br />

basic principles.<br />

“First, it is always the human person<br />

who is the purpose of work. It must be said<br />

over and over again that work is for man,<br />

not man for work. Man is indeed ‘the true<br />

purpose of the whole process of production’.<br />

Every consideration of the value of work<br />

must begin with man, and every solution<br />

proposed to the problems of the social order<br />

must recognise the primacy of the human<br />

person over things.<br />

The <strong>Catholic</strong> Church has developed a body of teaching that that seeks to identify and<br />

address a range of social issues. The origins of modern <strong>Catholic</strong> Social Teaching, with<br />

its emphasis on work and economic relations, are found in Pope Leo XIII’s great social<br />

encyclical of 1891, Rerum Novarum. The connection between faith and work is illustrated<br />

by a passage in St John Paul II’s 1981 encyclical commemorating the 90 th anniversary of<br />

Rerum Novarum:<br />

“In order to achieve social justice in the various parts of the world, in the various<br />

countries, and in the relationships between them, there is a need for ever new movements<br />

of solidarity of the workers and with the workers. This solidarity must be present<br />

whenever it is called for by the social degrading of the subject of work, by exploitation<br />

of the workers, and by the growing areas of poverty and even hunger. The Church is<br />

firmly committed to this cause, for she considers it her mission, her service, a proof of<br />

her fidelity to Christ, so that she can truly be the “Church of the poor”. (Laborem Exercens,<br />

paragraph 8, italics in original.)<br />

St John Paul II’s encyclicals in 1981 and 1991 (Centesimus Annus) commemorating Rerum<br />

Novarum and a range of his other writings have established the framework for, and<br />

much of the content of, modern <strong>Catholic</strong> Social Teaching on work, workers’ rights and<br />

economic systems.<br />

Both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have continued to apply and develop this<br />

teaching in the context of the emerging issues of the early 21 st Century.<br />

Saint John Paul II visited the Transfield<br />

factory at Seven Hills in 1986.<br />

St Pope John Paul II in the popemobile with Bishop Bede Heather, the first Bishop of Parramatta.<br />

“Secondly, the task of finding solutions<br />

cannot be entrusted to any single group<br />

in society: people cannot look solely to<br />

governments as if they alone can find<br />

solutions; nor to big business, nor to small<br />

enterprises, nor to union officials, nor to<br />

individuals in the work force. All individuals<br />

and all groups must be concerned with both<br />

the problems and their solutions.”<br />

St John Paul II’s message in 1986 is<br />

particularly relevant to the work and<br />

economic issues that confront Australia<br />

in <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

First, we have to be clear about our values:<br />

we must recognise the primacy of the<br />

human person.<br />

Second, the formulation of solutions<br />

to contemporary issues must be based<br />

on cooperation, and not a contest,<br />

between sectional interests and groups:<br />

solutions cannot be solely determined by<br />

economic considerations.<br />

The ‘Brexit’ vote in Britain in June to leave the European Union and the election of Donald<br />

Trump as US President in November owe much to a widespread disillusionment with the<br />

personal, family and social impact of economic changes over the past few decades.<br />

It is true that other factors came into play in the decisions, but without the loss of faith<br />

in contemporary economic policies, many believe that those decisions would not have<br />

been made.<br />

In Australia, we have not had such a cathartic event, but the public debate has been<br />

changed. Recently, we have seen substantial public discussion about the exploitation of<br />

low-paid workers, particularly foreign workers.<br />

Over recent years there has been an understandable interest in improving productivity,<br />

but often the proposals to improve productivity are, in the eyes of the workers<br />

involved, at least, proposals to cut wages, reduce reasonable working conditions and<br />

increase job insecurity.<br />

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A gift to parishes and schools in the Diocese ‘All I have is yours’ (Luke 15:31)<br />

By Very Rev Paul Roberts EV<br />

Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation<br />


Conv walked out through St Patrick’s<br />

Cathedral’s Jubilee of Mercy<br />

Holy Door for the final time on 13 November,<br />

representatives of parish and school<br />

communities walked ahead of him, each carrying<br />

a large canvas of Rembrandt’s famous<br />

painting, The Return of the Prodigal Son.<br />

This was a gift prepared by the Diocese’s<br />

Institute for Mission intended to also<br />

coincide with the Diocese’s 30 th birthday.<br />

With each gift canvas there is a display<br />

easel and resources to help facilitate<br />

meditation and reflection for groups in our<br />

parishes and schools.<br />

In parish communities for example,<br />

the canvas might be displayed during<br />

a children’s sacramental program for a<br />

parents’ guided meditation or during Lent<br />

with pieces of reflection.<br />

It might be a moveable display around<br />

school classrooms or a periodic display in<br />

public spaces.<br />

Or it might help in senior school students’<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 />

retreats or with the children’s version of<br />

the reflections for primary school theme<br />

preparations or in parishes’ children’s<br />

liturgy programs.<br />

A special display frame is provided<br />

to attach to the top of each easel to help<br />

begin people’s appreciation of Rembrandt’s<br />

painting. Anyone is able to access both the<br />

full reflections and the children’s resource<br />

that were provided with the gift canvasses:<br />

www.ifm.org.au<br />

While this gift was given at the closing of<br />

the Cathedral’s Jubilee Door of Mercy, it was<br />

not given as a gesture of closing or ending!<br />

Rather, as was highlighted during the Mass,<br />

it was given as a thanksgiving.<br />

And it was given to signal our<br />

commissioning from the Year of Mercy<br />

onwards. The Mercy Year now sends us<br />

into the world as a people more convinced<br />

of what the Father wished his older son<br />

in the Gospel parable to know: ‘All I have<br />

is yours!’<br />

In fact, each gift canvas shows those<br />

words spoken to the older son: “All I have<br />

is yours.” (Lk 15:31). It might seem unusual<br />

when looking at the canvas to see that it is<br />

Parish and school communities each received a large canvas of Rembrandt’s famous painting, The Return of the<br />

Prodigal Son. Photos: Art in Images.<br />

these words to the older son that have been<br />

included, because in the painting, the father<br />

is obviously dealing with the younger son!<br />

But thinking about the parable, it is in<br />

fact the younger son, in his deep need,<br />

who is actually the one now able to hear<br />

those words.<br />

The parable is unfinished. We don’t know<br />

if the older son becomes vulnerable enough<br />

to really receive and know those words in<br />

his heart. But in Rembrandt’s painting, that<br />

older son watches as the father, having been<br />

so wounded by the reckless younger son,<br />

nevertheless images this ultimate truth of<br />

God’s selfless tenderness. The younger son<br />

now receives all that the father has and all<br />

that the father is!<br />

With the Jubilee Door at our backs and its<br />

mercy in our bones, we go out as a people<br />

who have received; as a people of thanks<br />

and sure hope; as a people with a unique<br />

freedom to share with the world, as we live<br />

and breathe God’s promise that ‘All I have<br />

is yours!’<br />

*<br />

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The Way of Mercy – endings and beginnings<br />

Richard McMahon<br />

Director of Pastoral<br />

Planning & Implementation<br />

ISN’T IT WONDERFUL how often after<br />

Jesus offers healing, he invites people to<br />

continue on their journey. “Pick up your<br />

mat and walk” or “Go, and sin no more.”<br />

The encounter with the God of Mercy is<br />

not an end in itself, but rather a doorway<br />

into a renewed life of being merciful to self<br />

and others. The Eucharist offers the greatest<br />

of these gateways, inviting us to be taken<br />

up with the gifts of bread and wine, to offer<br />

our whole selves, so that we may be broken<br />

from our old life and made whole as we are<br />

shared with the world through union with<br />

Jesus Christ.<br />

A similar experience was shared as<br />

we gathered for the closing of the Holy<br />

Door in St Patrick’s Cathedral last month,<br />

echoing the closing of Holy Doors across<br />

the dioceses of the world, before Pope<br />

Francis closed the final Holy Door in St<br />

Peter’s the following week. Was it an end or<br />

a beginning?<br />

One significant approach to the Year of<br />

Mercy in our Diocese involved the Way<br />

of Mercy. It was a journey of over three<br />

months, with a large Cross and Relics of<br />

two beloved saints, St Mary of the Cross<br />

MacKillop and St Teresa of Kolkata.<br />

The Cross and Relics visited every one of<br />

our systemic schools and was at the heart<br />

of many gatherings of groups of parishes,<br />

schools and chaplaincies.<br />

The Way of Mercy extended to hospitals,<br />

other <strong>Catholic</strong> schools, aged care<br />

communities, celebrations of migrants and<br />

refugees, celebrations of family, of youth, of<br />

our catechists, of the environment, and to a<br />

prison and retreat centre, all aspects of our<br />

life sharing mercy, needing mercy, or both.<br />

The conclusion of the Way of Mercy<br />

coincided with the conclusion of the Year<br />

of Mercy in our Diocese, marked by the<br />

closing of the Holy Door.<br />

Representatives from our parishes,<br />

schools, chaplaincies and other centres,<br />

gathered on Sunday 13 November to<br />

participate in the final movement of the<br />

Way of Mercy as it journeyed from Old<br />

King’s School to the Cathedral.<br />

While local parish and school<br />

communities gathered in the Cathedral for<br />

prayer and testimony, the diocesan Mercy<br />

representatives attended a final session in<br />

the Cathedral hall.<br />

Richard McMahon, Director of Pastoral<br />

Planning and Implementation, addressed<br />

the group, thanking them and their<br />

communities for being ambassadors of<br />

mercy, and providing fertile soil for the<br />

Holy Spirit to offer the abundant grace of<br />

God’s mercy to all who experienced the<br />

Cross and Relics.<br />

In particular, the team that had<br />

coordinated the Way of Mercy was thanked,<br />

including the drivers of the trucks, and<br />

those who had liaised with the schools<br />

and parishes and other communities<br />

throughout the journey.<br />

Very Rev Paul Roberts EV, Episcopal Vicar<br />

for Evangelisation and Pastoral Planning,<br />

then addressed the representatives, again<br />

thanking them for their involvement.<br />

A gift of a print depicting Rembrandt’s<br />

The Return of the Prodigal Son on a large<br />

canvas was offered to each community by<br />

the Institute for Mission, along with a set of<br />

reflections for use with the image.<br />

This will be a practical measure for our<br />

communities to incorporate into their<br />

planning for the coming year, so that the<br />

spirit of the Year of Mercy is not lost.<br />

In the Mass that followed, Bishop Vincent<br />

Long again encouraged the congregation<br />

not to see the closing of the Holy Door as an<br />

end to our efforts to be merciful, but rather<br />

that through this year, God’s mercy has<br />

seeped into our bones and can be carried<br />

forth into 2017 and beyond, being faces of<br />

God’s mercy to others.<br />

Images, videos and stories of the Way of<br />

Mercy can be found at<br />

www.mercyhasaface.org.au<br />

Catherine McAuley Westmead joined with Parramatta Marist High, Sacred<br />

Heart Primary School and Mother Teresa Primary School in a meaningful<br />

and reverent procession with the Cross and Relics.<br />

The school community at Loyola Senior High School welcomed the Cross<br />

and Relics.<br />

The Cross and Relics journeyed to St Nicholas of Myra Parish at Penrith.<br />

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A Christmas Story<br />

The summer<br />

holidays of<br />

childhood are<br />

unforgettable: Santa<br />

photos, the smell of<br />

chlorine or salt from<br />

days swimming in<br />

the backyard pool<br />

or beach, afternoon<br />

thunderstorms,<br />

mozzies and,<br />

of course, the<br />

heat! But if you’re like me, your childhood<br />

memories might have included pirates and<br />

princesses, convicts and cowboys, moon<br />

landings and mysteries.<br />

That’s because I was lucky enough to discover<br />

a love of reading from a very young age and<br />

that’s why each year, I challenge students<br />

across the Diocese of Parramatta to make<br />

reading a real feature of their summer break.<br />

Through the Executive Director’s Summer<br />

Reading Challenge we are encouraging<br />

students to READ, READ, READ! The more<br />

a student reads, the more times they can<br />

enter, and the more chances they have of<br />

winning one of four iPad minis (where you can<br />

download some amazing e-books to read).<br />

As an educator, it’s hard not to love stories.<br />

They are such a great way to learn and to<br />

teach. During Christmas, many of our students<br />

will be learning about the story of the birth of<br />

Jesus. It’s such a familiar story that perhaps<br />

those of us who know it well don’t always stop<br />

to consider what it teaches us about God’s<br />

love for us.<br />

Every year in the <strong>December</strong> heat, students<br />

from St Agnes <strong>Catholic</strong> High School, Rooty<br />

Hill, put on a large-scale nativity play. The<br />

whole school gathers in the playground for<br />

a moving reenactment of the extraordinary<br />

events leading up to the birth of Christ,<br />

complete with real camels, costumes and a<br />

‘borrowed’ baby playing the role of Jesus. This<br />

special storytelling is such a powerful way to<br />

share the good news of the incarnation.<br />

In the same spirit, I wish our students,<br />

staff and families a holy Advent and<br />

joyful Christmas.<br />

More than 80 Principals gathered for the annual Masterclass.<br />

Everything’s connected at Principals<br />

Masterclass <strong>2016</strong><br />

The annual Principals Masterclass,<br />

which is the key professional learning<br />

experience for principals and senior<br />

leaders from the education office, was<br />

held on 20 and 21 October at Rooty<br />

Hill RSL.<br />

Executive Director Greg Whitby<br />

opened the two-day conference<br />

under the system theme for the year,<br />

‘Everything’s Connected’.<br />

“Everything we do is connected,” Greg<br />

said. “Especially as <strong>Catholic</strong> leaders we<br />

are connected and learning with, and<br />

from, each other.”<br />

Throughout the Masterclass, participants<br />

attended presentations from three<br />

Principal speakers who shared their<br />

personal stories of leading and learning.<br />

model, Steven ensured that students<br />

were learning written and oral<br />

communication, collaboration and<br />

agency in every project.<br />

“You can now get a job at Google<br />

without a college degree because you can<br />

problem solve,” Steven said.<br />

“A lot of people call 21 st Century skills<br />

‘soft skills’, but they are essential skills<br />

for success.”<br />

Anne Miles is the Principal of<br />

McAuley High School, an integrated<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> high school in South<br />

Auckland, NZ, which received<br />

the Prime Minister’s Supreme<br />

Award for educational excellence<br />

and the award for excellence in<br />

engaging the community.<br />

The most important challenge for<br />

Anne was to get students to own<br />

their knowledge, have pride in their<br />

Greg Whitby<br />

Executive Director<br />

PS: if you haven’t finished your Christmas<br />

shopping why not consider a book for<br />

the children and teenagers in your life?<br />

Local libraries are also a great resource<br />

in encouraging reading and often have<br />

excellent school holiday programs. Curl up<br />

with a book yourself and be a reading role<br />

model. Happy reading!<br />

@gregwhitby<br />

blog: bluyonder.wordpress.com<br />

Steven Zipkes is the former Founding<br />

Principal of Manor New Technology<br />

High School and current Principal of<br />

Cedars-International Next Generation<br />

STEAM High School in Austin, Texas, in<br />

the US.<br />

He noticed that in traditional classrooms,<br />

the students were “bored out of their<br />

minds” and he knew that the time of the<br />

“sage on the stage” imparting knowledge<br />

to students was over.<br />

Developing an integrated curriculum<br />

and using a project-based learning<br />

Principals and leaders had the opportunity for professional sharing.<br />

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Former principals Fran Jackson and Brad Campbell, pictured with Bishop Vincent Long and Greg Whitby, were<br />

farewelled at the Masterclass dinner. Photo: Alphonsus Fok.<br />

achievement and live out the McAuley<br />

charism in their lives.<br />

“The most important thing for me is, have<br />

we developed the faith of our young people,”<br />

Anne said.<br />

Former student and now teacher at Our<br />

Lady of Lourdes Primary, Baulkham Hills,<br />

Jaymi Winters spoke about how a mission<br />

immersion experience to the Philippines<br />

and pilgrimage to World Youth Day shaped<br />

her faith and work as a teacher.<br />

“Are they resilient? Can they go out into<br />

the world to make a difference as Catherine<br />

McAuley did?”<br />

Greg Miller is the newly appointed<br />

founding Principal of St Luke’s <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

College, which will open in the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta next year commencing with<br />

Kindergarten to Year 6 at Marsden Park.<br />

He said in leading St Luke’s he will need to<br />

take risks.<br />

“This is not an experiment, but we will need<br />

to look at best practice and use gut instinct<br />

to take the next step,” Greg said.<br />

Principals also heard from former Vice<br />

Captain of Gilroy <strong>Catholic</strong> College, Castle<br />

Hill, Christopher Lee who gave a powerful<br />

testimony of how his teacher, principal<br />

and faith helped him overcome grief and<br />

personal challenges.<br />

Chris went on to co-found the Conviction<br />

Group to empower young men to<br />

make better decisions and change their<br />

perspective on health and wellbeing issues.<br />

At the end of the second day, Executive<br />

Director Greg Whitby and guest<br />

presenters Steven Zipkes, Anne Miles and<br />

Greg Miller joined a panel discussion on<br />

school transformation.<br />

The Principals Masterclass dinner saw five<br />

principals farewelled with video tributes<br />

from their school communities and<br />

citations. Farewell and congratulations to:<br />

• Fran Jackson, St Joseph’s Primary,<br />

Kingswood;<br />

• Brad Campbell, Emmaus <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

College, Kemps Creek;<br />

• Moya McGuiness, Sacred Heart Primary,<br />

Westmead (unable to attend);<br />

• Elizabeth Ricketts, St Aidan’s Primary,<br />

Rooty Hill (unable to attend); and<br />

• Robyn Meddows, McCarthy <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

College, Emu Plains (unable to attend).<br />

Watch via<br />

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

watch?v=lzA-sBOamag<br />

Steven Zipkes from Cedars-International High School participated in a panel on transformation.<br />

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St Aidan’s student has ‘write’ priorities<br />

Miriam Warwick-Smith, a Year 5<br />

student at St Aidan’s Primary, Rooty<br />

Hill, has been named a runner-up in<br />

the annual What Matters? Writing<br />

Competition run by the Whitlam<br />

Institute. This year the institute received<br />

a record-breaking 3870 entries from<br />

across NSW, the ACT and Tasmania.<br />

Eleven year-old Miriam impressed the<br />

judges with the maturity of her work,<br />

addressing the dangers of technology on<br />

human relationships. “People need to<br />

realise that their reliance on technology<br />

is affecting their ability to be sociable,”<br />

Miriam wrote. As the runner up for Years<br />

5/6 in NSW/ACT, Miriam was invited<br />

to participate in a Young Writers Forum<br />

run by The Writing Workshop and also<br />

received a $200 prize.<br />

Danijela’s winning selfie with Year 6 teacher, Mrs Woodward.<br />

World Teachers Day selfie competition winner<br />

Hundreds of students across the Diocese of<br />

Parramatta have honoured their teachers<br />

in celebration of World Teachers Day<br />

by taking a selfie with their favourite<br />

teacher. After careful consideration by a<br />

panel of judges, Danijela Hader from Year<br />

6 at Corpus Christi <strong>Catholic</strong> Primary,<br />

Cranebrook, was selected as the winner for<br />

her selfie with teacher, Mrs Woodward. “I<br />

have had Mrs Woodward for two years,”<br />

Danijela wrote. “She always encourages me<br />

to learn, to try again and to be the best me.<br />

Thank you.”<br />

World Teachers Day is celebrated each year<br />

to recognise teachers and the outstanding<br />

work they do each and every day for the<br />

children in their care.<br />

Miriam Warwick-Smith (front centre) with finalists in the Whitlam writing competition.<br />

Game on for engaging learning<br />

Students at Sacred Heart Primary,<br />

Westmead have shown they are ‘game’ for<br />

learning in new ways. Given a scenario<br />

in which earth is being destroyed by a<br />

meteorite, students worked collaboratively<br />

and creatively to find a new world,<br />

determine how to get there, survive its<br />

conditions and use a range of fun apps and<br />

tools such as Minecraft and Wix websites to<br />

convince the world that their plan to save<br />

only 30 people is the best solution.<br />

Watch via https://www.youtube.com/<br />

watch?v=qSmykraIaLY<br />

“Mr Baker’s smile, happiness, laughter and love makes Kindergarten fun every day. He loves us and teaches us to<br />

always be the best we can be.” Olivia Vella with Mr Baker, Our Lady of the Angles Primary, Rouse Hill<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> education staff and leaders recognised for 2570 years of service. Photo: Alphonsus Fok.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> education recognises more<br />

than 2570 years of service<br />

On 27 October, 66 leaders and staff from<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> schools and the education office<br />

were recognised for a collective 2570 years of<br />

service and 50 years of leadership at a special<br />

ceremony at St Patrick’s Cathedral. The<br />

Staff Recognition Awards were presented<br />

by Episcopal Vicar for Education and<br />

Formation, Very Rev Christopher de Souza<br />

EV, and Executive Director Greg Whitby.<br />

Awards were presented to those<br />

teachers and staff who have worked<br />

in <strong>Catholic</strong> education for 25 years or<br />

more and to leaders who have reached<br />

their 10th year in leadership positions.<br />

More than 1000 leaders and staff also<br />

received service awards for up to 25<br />

years at presentations at their local<br />

school communities.<br />

Students present their work at their school symposium.<br />

Celebration of <strong>Catholic</strong> education<br />

Congratulations to the following school communities on their anniversaries this year:<br />

20 years<br />

Bethany <strong>Catholic</strong> Primary, Glenmore Park<br />

St John Paul II <strong>Catholic</strong> College, Nirimba & Schofields Campus, Quakers Hill<br />

30 years<br />

Bede Polding College, Windsor South, McCarthy <strong>Catholic</strong> College, Emu Plains,<br />

St John Vianney’s Primary, Doonside<br />

50 years<br />

Catherine McAuley Westmead<br />

60 years<br />

Sacred Heart Primary, Westmead, St Bernadette’s Primary, Castle Hill<br />

130 years<br />

Holy Trinity Primary, Granville<br />

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Jeff the NRL ref sin bins youth group conflict<br />

By Jordan Grantham<br />

RUGBY LEAGUE STAR referee<br />

Jeff Younis thrilled <strong>Catholic</strong> youth<br />

at Parra-Matters! recently, giving<br />

new meaning to ‘sin bins’, ‘Hail Marys’,<br />

and conversions.<br />

Each month, <strong>Catholic</strong> Youth Parramatta<br />

organises Parra-Matters! at a different<br />

parish for youth group members across the<br />

Diocese. Corpus Christi Parish, Cranebrook,<br />

and youth group Corpus Christi Collective –<br />

C 3 hosted Parra-Matters! on the evening of<br />

27 October.<br />

Jeff ’s sincere passion for the game and<br />

wealth of personal experience made the talk<br />

‘Conflict Management 101’ entertaining,<br />

practical and informative.<br />

Jeff knows how to manage conflict after<br />

15 years in NRL and officiating at more than<br />

300 games.<br />

The current Touch Judge of the Year is a<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> family man, bringing his wife and<br />

children to participate in the presentation.<br />

Jeff underlined the importance of<br />

strong youth ministry. “Don’t undersell<br />

or underestimate what you do,” he told<br />

the gathered youth leaders and<br />

participants. “You have a very important<br />

role in people’s lives.”<br />

He said an overlooked solution to<br />

reducing conflict was preventing it, as<br />

much as possible.<br />

“The most effective way to manage conflict<br />

is to avoid it,” Jeff explained.<br />

Avoiding conflict requires the dedication<br />

to practice and prepare. In NRL refereeing,<br />

that means practising how to talk, what<br />

information to communicate and how to<br />

perform when fatigued.<br />

It requires arriving early, wearing the<br />

uniform and warming up. Much of this<br />

is applicable to ministry, such as<br />

thoroughly researching and preparing<br />

talks, arriving well in advance and being<br />

professionally presented.<br />

Before the match starts, Jeff makes an<br />

effort to learn the players’ preferred form<br />

of address, whether it is a nickname or<br />

particular pronunciation.<br />

“People have a better response when you<br />

know their name,” he said.<br />

But when the inevitable conflict arises<br />

in complex situations and close-knit<br />

teams, the helpful acronyms ALARM and<br />

DOPE summarise Jeff ’s advice to resolve<br />

conflict situations.<br />

ALARM stands for Awareness (of<br />

potential issues), Listen (to conflicting<br />

parties), Acknowledgement (of grievances),<br />

After 15 years in NRL, Jeff Younis knows how manage conflict. Photo: Jordan Grantham.<br />

Response (to each group), Move on<br />

(mentally and physically).<br />

DOPE stands for Delivery (of leadership<br />

perspective with clarity), Objective (that<br />

unites both parties), Position (the people<br />

involved in relation to possible further<br />

consequences), Exit strategy (to leave the<br />

current conflict behind).<br />

Jeff demonstrated these principles<br />

of conflict management with a serious<br />

refereeing situation made humourous by<br />

having his teenage daughter stand in as the<br />

‘high tackler’.<br />

Sr Rosie Drum MGL, CYP Assistant<br />

Director, offered scriptural solutions to<br />

conflict, such as the parable where Christ<br />

gives directions on correcting individuals<br />

privately, then with another a superior figure<br />

and, finally, with the whole community in<br />

the Gospel of Matthew 18:17.<br />

Jeff concluded by praising NRL players<br />

for their skill and discipline, as well as their<br />

contribution to the community and many<br />

charitable causes. He encouraged the youth<br />

present to share their faith through generous<br />

action and then through word.<br />



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Mother Marilla Aw OSB the new<br />

Global Superior of Tyburn Nuns<br />

By Jordan Grantham<br />


the new Mother General of the<br />

Tyburn Sisters, the global Benedictine<br />

congregation of the Adorers of the<br />

Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmarte.<br />

Growing up in Christ the King Parish,<br />

North Rocks, she and her sister, Mother<br />

Seraphim Aw OSB, responded to God’s call<br />

to devote their lives to him in perpetual<br />

adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the<br />

charism of their order.<br />

Mother Marilla was elected on 29 August,<br />

during the order’s General Chapter. “I’m<br />

still getting over the shock of being elected,”<br />

she said.<br />

Mother Marilla had been focused on their<br />

new convent at St Loup-sur-Aujon in the<br />

Diocese of Langres, 28km from where their<br />

foundress, Mother Marie Adele Garnier,<br />

was born.<br />

“France has changed. Travelling has<br />

changed. There is a spiritual battle between<br />

light and darkness,” she said. Challenges to<br />

faith and morals, and recent terror attacks,<br />

cast a cloud over France.<br />

The cultural climate is similar to<br />

when Mother Garnier founded the<br />

congregation in Montmarte, Paris. Antireligious<br />

persecution, including the Law of<br />

Associations, pressured the sisters to leave<br />

France in 1901.<br />

Mother Marilla’s leadership will be<br />

focused on the “stability and unity” of the<br />

congregation, including promoting their<br />

foundress’ cause for canonisation.<br />

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints<br />

named Mother Garnier Servant of God<br />

and on 3 <strong>December</strong>, a Solemn Mass was<br />

celebrated to open the cause in the Cathedral<br />

of Langres Diocese, France.<br />

Mother Garnier lived a dramatic<br />

life; witnessing a Eucharistic miracle<br />

and escaping her deranged fiancé, who<br />

plunged scissors into his chest as she<br />

ended their relationship.<br />

In 1899, the sisters took first vows in the<br />

crypt of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, at<br />

the Altar of St Peter, the same altar where St<br />

Ignatius of Loyola took his first vows and a<br />

place where St Therese of Lisieux prayed. The<br />

altar had been translated from the ancient<br />

Church of St Peter, Montmartre.<br />

The sisters fled to London, founding a<br />

convent next to the ‘Tyburn Tree’, the gallows<br />

where many <strong>Catholic</strong>s were martyred. It<br />

is a place of pilgrimage to the Shrine of the<br />

Tyburn Martyrs and Mother Garnier’s tomb.<br />

St Oliver Plunkett, Primate of All Ireland<br />

and Archbishop of Armagh, was the last<br />

martyr hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn.<br />

His relics and many others are displayed for<br />

veneration at Tyburn Convent’s Shrine.<br />

Now the Tyburn Nuns are a global<br />

congregation, with convents in Scotland,<br />

Ireland, Australia, Peru, NZ, Ecuador,<br />

Colombia, Rome and France.<br />

The Australian convent is in Riverstone, a<br />

semi-rural area in the Diocese of Parramatta.<br />

Almost one-third of the congregation’s<br />

vocations have come from Australia.<br />

The sisters dedicate their lives to<br />

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, where<br />

the Eucharist is exposed on the altar in<br />

a golden monstrance, prayed to with<br />

complete devotion.<br />

This adoration is perpetual, ideally<br />

around the clock. Each sister prays half<br />

an hour in daytime and one night hour.<br />

Celebrating their silver jubilee of consecrated life: Sr Paula Volchek, Sr Margaret Kozub and Sr Grace Roclawska.<br />

Photo: Giovanni Portelli.<br />

Sisters who are Sisters: Mother Marilla Aw OSB and Mother Seraphim Aw OSB (right). Photo: Jordan Grantham.<br />

Younger sisters pray more night hours and<br />

rest the night after.<br />

This is not practical for the smaller Tyburn<br />

convents. They spend most of the day in<br />

adoration, prayer and work in the garden.<br />

Mother Marilla’s hope for the congregation<br />

is even “deeper love for the Eucharist, which<br />

comes to the essence of vocation,” that they<br />

may “prefer nothing to the love of Christ.<br />

Christ that shines through the Eucharist,”<br />

she said.<br />

Mother Marilla and Mother Seraphim’s<br />

childhood was an unlikely seedbed for a<br />

vocation to religious life. The family had an<br />

Asian Buddhist background.<br />

After migrating to Australia, the parents<br />

converted to the <strong>Catholic</strong> Faith.<br />

Sisters are blessed by his love<br />

By Sr Margaret Kozub CSFN<br />

POPE FRANCIS ASKED consecrated<br />

men and women to look at the past<br />

with gratitude, to live the present<br />

with passion and to embrace the future with<br />

hope, and we do it.<br />

On 29 October, three Sisters of the Holy<br />

Family of Nazareth from Marayong, Sr<br />

Grace Roclawska CSFN, Sr Paula Volchek<br />

CSFN and I, celebrated our silver jubilee of<br />

consecrated life.<br />

When I was young, I had my dreams<br />

and plans and they were not connected<br />

with religious life at all. I loved my life and<br />

hanging around with my friends and didn’t<br />

always make smart choices.<br />

When I was 17, a friend invited me to go<br />

on a retreat run by nuns. It was a profound<br />

experience of God’s presence and love. It was<br />

a life-changing experience.<br />

After a period of discernment, at age 19<br />

I entered the congregation of the Sisters of<br />

They were among the first Chinese students<br />

at Carlingford West High School.<br />

“It was tough,” Mother Seraphim said.<br />

“There was a lot of racism.”<br />

Soon Mother Seraphim will depart<br />

Riverstone to become Mother Prioress<br />

of the St Loup Monastery, replacing<br />

Mother Marilla.<br />

Firm faith has taken the Aw family on<br />

an incredible journey. Now two daughters<br />

lead one of the most significant women’s<br />

Benedictine Congregations.<br />

The sisters live Mother Garnier’s spirit,<br />

as Blessed Columba Marmion described<br />

their foundress: “The special characteristic<br />

of your Mother is heroic confidence in the<br />

midst of impossibilities.”<br />

the Holy Family of Nazareth and started<br />

my religious life: the real adventure in<br />

which I was surrounded by the merciful<br />

love of the Father, guided by the Holy Spirit<br />

and embraced by the love of the greatest<br />

friend ever – Jesus. And always under the<br />

protection of the Holy Family.<br />

Now here I am, 25 years in religious<br />

life and still happy, full of joy and God’s<br />

blessings. I let go of many things and<br />

dreams, but I have received so much. I am<br />

sure of his love and I’m grateful for that<br />

every day. God’s grace always was ahead of<br />

all my efforts.<br />

Every vocation is a pure gift of God’s<br />

love. God is not calling us because we<br />

are special, perfect and holy. He calls us<br />

because he wants us and he is able to bring<br />

out the best in us.<br />

And after all these years I know there<br />

is only one place I can put my roots to be<br />

happy and joyful in my consecrated life.<br />

This place is God’s heart.<br />

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Helping to make a difference in young students’ lives<br />

By Princess Pacleb and<br />

Marielle Dominguez<br />

THERE IS SOMETHING heart-warming<br />

about walking into a classroom<br />

full of gleaming faces, full of hope<br />

and happiness.<br />

As student catechists, we are not just<br />

teaching younger students about the<br />

compelling Word of God, but making<br />

a difference in these students’ lives. The<br />

knowledge gained from these lessons has<br />

deeply impacted us and will always remain<br />

with us.<br />

On 4 November, St Clare’s <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

High School hosted a Special Religious<br />

Education (SRE) Celebration Day that<br />

recognised the works of many young<br />

students in secondary schools and how<br />

they are spreading the Word of God to<br />

their local state primary schools.<br />

We were joined by representatives from<br />

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

College, Loyola Senior High School,<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Youth Parramatta, Bishop Vincent<br />

Long OFM Conv and Cecilia Zammit, the<br />

Director of the Confraternity of Christian<br />

Doctrine (CCD).<br />

The day was filled with many people<br />

opening their hearts to God with songs,<br />


games, and speeches about being a catechist.<br />

It was a very enjoyable and encouraging day.<br />

We are sure everyone had been inspired<br />

in some way, either by the catechists’<br />

overwhelming passion for spreading the<br />

Word of God or by the positive reaction<br />

of the public primary school students,<br />

who constantly wanted to learn more<br />

about Scripture.<br />

Most of these students had no prior<br />

exposure to the Christian faith besides the<br />

SRE classes, so it was a truly wonderful<br />

opportunity for catechists and their students<br />

to strengthen their love for God.<br />

During the day, Sr Rosie Drum MGL<br />

taught us a song called Waves of Mercy that<br />

was accompanied by actions. The line “Every<br />

move I make, I make in you” complements<br />

the real meaning of what it is to be a catechist.<br />

Bishop Vincent also paid a visit to<br />

commend all SRE teachers on their hard<br />

work and enthusiasm.<br />

Looking back on the year, we, along<br />

with many others, can confidently say that<br />

participating in catechetics has enriched our<br />

faith and sense of belonging towards others<br />

and our catechist team.<br />

In our classes, we were able to learn from<br />

the students and be reminded of how far we<br />

have come. Through craft, prayer and song,<br />

Bishop Vincent commended all SRE teachers on their hard work and enthusiasm.<br />

we were able to connect with all the students,<br />

despite our age differences.<br />

All of this would not have been possible<br />

without <strong>Catholic</strong> Education Diocese<br />

of Parramatta and the Confraternity of<br />

Christian Doctrine, which enabled student<br />

catechists to share their knowledge and<br />

experiences with the younger generation.<br />

The catechist experience can be compared<br />

to the party game Pass the Parcel, wherein<br />

each layer reveals a new gift of happiness and<br />

knowledge that is cherished.<br />

Every Wednesday in our Scripture classes<br />

we continue to unwrap this gift and discover<br />

more about our faith.<br />

In the words of Mother Teresa: “I’m a little<br />

pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is<br />

sending a love letter to the world.”<br />

Princess Pacleb and Marielle Dominguez<br />

are Year 10 student catechists.<br />

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German community still<br />

welcoming the stranger<br />

By Jordan Grantham<br />

VISIT ST RAPHAEL’S Chaplaincy in<br />

Blacktown, and leave Western Sydney<br />

behind, as you step into a slice<br />

of Germany.<br />

St Hedwig Village is an important part<br />

of the community, founded for retirees<br />

and the elderly.<br />

European carved statues adorn the chapels<br />

and spaces, intercom announcements are<br />

in German and English, and traditional<br />

German hymns contribute to a thoroughly<br />

Germanic atmosphere.<br />

The residents will greet you with a cheerful<br />

“Hallo!” or if they are from Bavaria, “Grüß<br />

Gott!” meaning ‘May God bless/greet you’.<br />

The residents of St Hedwig Village gather<br />

for Mass in either the St Hedwig Chapel,<br />

St Raphael’s Church, or the ‘link’ area,<br />

resembling a chapel.<br />

Two young volunteers are at Mass. They<br />

are on an overseas volunteering program<br />

that originated as a substitute to German<br />

National Service.<br />

St Raphael’s chaplaincy partners with St<br />

Christophorus’ Church and chaplaincy in<br />

the Archdiocese of Sydney. Their chaplain<br />

is Fr Roland Maurer, of the Diocese of<br />

Rottenburg-Stuttgart.<br />

The store is overflowing with a variety of <strong>Catholic</strong> items.<br />

Photo: Jordan Grantham.<br />

The patronal feast of St Raphael in<br />

September is an important community<br />

celebration, which coincides with the<br />

dedication day of the St Raphael Chapel.<br />

The day includes ‘volkstanzen’, traditional<br />

folk dancing with lederhosen and<br />

dirndl dresses.<br />

St Hedwig’s Day is normally celebrated<br />

mid-October with a spring fair.<br />

Soon the community will celebrate<br />

Epiphany on 6 January with traditional<br />

Sternsinger, which are children choristers<br />

dressed as the three magi.<br />

On a regular basis, about 50 people attend<br />

Sunday Mass at St Christophorus, with some<br />

people travelling from Sydney CBD and as<br />

far as Canberra and Port Macquarie for<br />

special occasions.<br />

There are regular German language<br />

classes on Monday nights in Croydon,<br />

preparing students for the Sprachdiplom,<br />

which allows students to pursue tertiary<br />

study in Germany.<br />

The community began in Australia with<br />

post-World War II migrants. Many of them<br />

were refugees from central and eastern<br />

Europe, when German communities were<br />

evacuated or forcibly removed.<br />

In St Raphael’s Chapel, there is a<br />

moving memorial to deceased ancestors of<br />

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Chaplain to the German <strong>Catholic</strong> community Fr Roland Maurer celebrates Sunday Mass for about 50 people.<br />

Photo: Jordan Grantham.<br />

community members. It commemorates<br />

people who died in Yugoslavia, Romania,<br />

Russia, Finland and Germany.<br />

It is in a similar period and context<br />

that Kirche in Not, Aid to the Church in<br />

Need, started.<br />

Fr Maurer emphasises the importance of<br />

remembering the origins of the community<br />

and the chaplaincy.<br />

“When we started off the idea was<br />

to welcome the stranger, the Germans<br />

migrating to Australia, to receive them here<br />

and provide them with support by spiritual<br />

and practical means. Welcoming the<br />

stranger is still something we should never<br />

forget,” Fr Maurer said.<br />

Germany has welcomed hundreds of<br />

thousands of refugees over the years.<br />

People feel obliged to “not shut the door,”<br />

Fr Maurer said.<br />

He compared the recent refugee crisis to<br />

the fall of the Iron Curtain and destruction<br />

of the Berlin Wall.<br />

Fr Maurer described the chaos of the<br />

reception of East German refugees. “School<br />

gyms were turned into camps, and people<br />

stayed in family homes,” he said.<br />

After World War II, “mayors would have<br />

to speak to farmers” about having East<br />

German refugees staying and “you had<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>s in Protestant places” and people<br />

speaking a variety of different languages.<br />

This exacerbated the disorientation after<br />

the refugee intake, Fr Maurer said. There has<br />

not been the same level of disruption with<br />

the recent refugee crisis.<br />

The German <strong>Catholic</strong> community first<br />

settled in the Hunter Valley, changing<br />

over the years. The children of the first<br />

migrants have become part of mainstream<br />

Australian culture.<br />

Now the community, especially at St<br />

Hedwig Village, welcomes non-Germans<br />

to live with them and appreciate their<br />

cultures, continuing their mission to<br />

‘welcome the stranger’.<br />

CMP Store queen of devotional items<br />

By Jordan Grantham<br />


Mary, Queen of the World operate<br />

the CPM Store in Jamieson Street,<br />

Granville. The store is overflowing with<br />

a variety of <strong>Catholic</strong> items, from the cute<br />

to the sublime, from large statues to tiny<br />

pieces of jewellery.<br />

Goods are imported from across the<br />

world, sold locally and exported to some<br />

countries in the Pacific.<br />

Devotional items by the tens of thousands<br />

line the shelves. Individuals will come to<br />

Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy<br />

Penrose Park<br />

Fatima Day<br />

A day of prayer in the spirituality of the Fatima apparitions.<br />

Come and learn from Our Lady how to follow Jesus.<br />

Exposition – 10am, Holy Mass – 11am, 1.30pm – procession and devotions<br />

at Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.<br />

Tuesday, 13 <strong>December</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

Principal Celebrant: Rev. Marek Dutkiewicz,<br />

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

Friday, 13 January 2017<br />

Principal Celebrant: Rev. Dominik Karnas,<br />

Congregation of St. Michael the Archangel<br />

Christmas at our Shrine<br />

24 <strong>December</strong>: 11.30pm Christmas Carols, 12am Midnight Mass in the Shrine<br />

Church (in English) 12am Midnight Mass in the Bethlehem Chapel (in Polish)<br />

25 <strong>December</strong>: 11am Mass in the Shrine Church (in English)<br />

and Mass in the Bethlehem Chapel (in Polish)<br />

31 <strong>December</strong>: 11pm Adoration of the Most Blessed<br />

Sacrament followed by Midnight Mass (in English)<br />

cherish many of them as markers of life’s<br />

important moments: Baptism, Reconciliation,<br />

Confirmation, First Holy Communion,<br />

Marriage, Ordination and Requiem.<br />

CPM Store regularly supplies parishes<br />

with wafers, sacramental wine and candles.<br />

At the front are classic films with <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

themes starring Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid<br />

Bergman, Bing Crosby, Paul Newman,<br />

Charlton Heston, Peter O’Toole, Richard<br />

Burton, Orson Welles and Omar Sharif.<br />

Statues, vestments, sacred brass and<br />

vessels, rosary beads, holy cards, incense,<br />

CDs and books are also available.<br />


Volunteer<br />

A statue of St Teresa of Kolkata sold recently<br />

following her canonisation and a 1.6m high<br />

statute of Our Lady of Sorrows at the Foot of<br />

the Cross arrived at the start of the week.<br />

The Missionary Sisters of Mary Queen are<br />

nicknamed ‘Queenies’. Saigon in Vietnam<br />

is their global headquarters. St Therese of<br />

Lisieux and St Louis de Montfort are their<br />

patron saints.<br />

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Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday<br />

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4.30pm; closed on Tuesday and Sunday.<br />

St Hedwig Village is an aged care facility located in Blacktown.<br />

We are seeking a volunteer driver for our regular bus outings usually 2 per month.<br />

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House of Welcome finds a new home in Granville<br />

By Jordan Grantham<br />


AL housing provider will lease<br />

expanded premises for its headquarters<br />

from the Diocese of Parramatta,<br />

starting in February 2017.<br />

The House of Welcome is a work of St<br />

Francis Social Services, operated by the<br />

Conventual Franciscans. It began as a project<br />

of the NSW Ecumenical Council in 2002 with<br />

the provision of emergency accommodation<br />

for refugees on temporary protection visas.<br />

In 2003, the Franciscan friars bought and<br />

refurbished a drop-in centre at Carramar<br />

co-ordinated by Fr Jim Carty SM. The centre<br />

received no government funding and was<br />

supported by Church groups, including the<br />

Diocese of Parramatta.<br />

Holy Family Parish at East Granville and<br />

the Diocese of Parramatta made the offer to<br />

lease 199 The Trongate, a former convent of<br />

the Sisters of St Joseph.<br />

Lyn Harrison is the CEO of St Francis<br />

Social Services. “The difference this will<br />

make to our ability to provide support<br />

to asylum seekers and refugees is<br />

unimaginable,” Lyn said.<br />

“We are delighted that the community of<br />

Holy Family Parish is welcoming us and we<br />

look forward to working with the community<br />

of Granville.”<br />

The new centre for the House of Welcome<br />

will provide caseworkers, visa assistance,<br />

material support, skills development courses<br />

and community connection programs.<br />

There are 23 properties given to the House<br />

of Welcome to accommodate asylum seekers<br />

and refugees. Some of these properties are in<br />

the Diocese of Parramatta.<br />

“I am thrilled with this new opportunity<br />

for the House of Welcome,” Lyn said. “We<br />

have worked for more than 15 years in<br />

cramped shared office space in Carramar.<br />

“This leasing agreement provides us with<br />

the opportunity to grow our services for<br />

people in need exponentially.”<br />

Advocacy is part of the House of<br />

Welcome’s mission and will be expanded in<br />

the larger facilities. The House of Welcome<br />

is independent of government funding and<br />

will take advantage of this independence to<br />

advocate for asylum seekers.<br />

Recent government policy changes will see<br />

a number of people seeking asylum denied<br />

access to Medicare and Centrelink, which<br />

the House of Welcome will respond to.<br />

“The need for the services we can<br />

provide has never been greater,” Lyn<br />

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Nine staff are employed. In the spirit of<br />

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of individually greeting and welcoming<br />

newcomers to the centre.<br />

The building provides 12 offices, which<br />

can be used for counselling and casework<br />

sessions. “Our team is currently juggling with<br />

only one casework room, so that difference<br />

alone will be tremendous,” Lyn said.<br />

“The premises will also allow more space<br />

for community gatherings. We offer weekly<br />

luncheons to foster a sense of welcome and<br />

belonging and these will be able to grow.”<br />

The facility provides space to offer English<br />

lessons in a room without interruption and<br />

the opportunity to hold advocacy meetings<br />

and debriefs with volunteers.<br />

More than 100 volunteers assist the House<br />

of Welcome, though more are always needed.<br />

The former chapel will become a<br />

community room for gatherings. The<br />

cathedral ceiling gives the room a great<br />

ambience. Nearby is a small courtyard that<br />

will be a pleasant space for visitors, when<br />

renovated and cleaned.<br />

The House of Welcome is urgently in need<br />

of support to make the new premises ready<br />

to receive clients.<br />


Lyn Harrison: “I am thrilled with this new opportunity for<br />

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Dominic Dimech: returning the<br />

basic gift of faith<br />

By Jordan Grantham<br />

DOMINIC DIMECH, 24 years old,<br />

is one of the leaders of the youth<br />

group BasicGift at Holy Spirit Parish,<br />

St Clair. The middle child of four in a<br />

Maltese family, he is an articulate and affable<br />

young man completing a doctorate in<br />

philosophy at the University of Sydney.<br />

Dominic said it is important to share your<br />

faith. “The <strong>Catholic</strong> Faith, in a sense, is a<br />

communal faith,” he said.<br />

His journey to become leader of BasicGift<br />

began when a friend at St Dominic’s<br />

College, Kingswood, invited him to gain<br />

more experience of the Faith.<br />

Now he is in a position to give back.<br />

Dominic aims to help others with the Faith,<br />

the same way that he was enlightened.<br />

Dominic’s goal of giving back to the<br />

community is part of his general ethos<br />

of generosity, which also influences his<br />

professional life.<br />

His academic inspirations include<br />

Prof Helen Beebee, a Hume scholar and<br />

honorary professor at the University of<br />

Sydney. Dr Beebee is “such a clear and<br />

great writer” as well as a generous teacher,<br />

according to Dominic. This academic<br />

relationship increased his interest and<br />

dedication to his study.<br />

The 18 th Century Scottish philosopher<br />

David Hume is considered a sceptic<br />

regarding spirituality and religion, but<br />

Dominic argues that people can be religious<br />

and deeply scholarly.<br />

In his dissertation, Dominic is<br />

examining whether Hume “fails to<br />

appreciate the difficulty of his situation”.<br />

Hume’s difficulty is that he denies possible<br />

justification for belief in external objects<br />

but also implies the existence of external<br />

objects as unproblematic.<br />

The International Hume Society<br />

Conference was held earlier this year<br />

at the University of Sydney and was an<br />

opportunity for Dominic to meet many<br />

of these scholars and be present in their<br />

academic discussions.<br />

This scholarly tradition and the academic<br />

life of universities owe much to the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Church, which founded many of the oldest<br />

universities in the world. These include the<br />

Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Paris,<br />

Sapienza (Rome) and Bologna. University<br />

academic dress is derived from the dress of<br />

the clergy, as all early students were clerical,<br />

at least in minor orders.<br />

For Dominic Dimech, it is important to share your faith. “The <strong>Catholic</strong> Faith, in a sense, is a communal faith,” he said.<br />

Photo: Jordan Grantham.<br />

“The <strong>Catholic</strong> Church has a great tradition<br />

of philosophers,” Dominic said.<br />

Significant <strong>Catholic</strong> philosophers<br />

include St Thomas Aquinas, St Augustine<br />

of Hippo, Boethius, Bacon, Abelard,<br />

Erasmus, St Thomas More, Descartes,<br />

Pascal, Bl. John Henry Newman and<br />

Pope Benedict XVI, to give just the tip of<br />

the iceberg.<br />

Dominic recommends St John Paul<br />

II’s encyclical Fides et Ratio, or Faith and<br />

Reason, as a must read. Michael Dummett<br />

was a prominent metaphysician and convert<br />

at the University of Oxford, who also<br />

inspires Dominic.<br />

These figures grappled with faith in their<br />

works and can inspire and strengthen<br />

readers. St Augustine’s influence can<br />

be found in BasicGift at St Clair where<br />

the parish is in the pastoral care of the<br />

Augustinian Friars.<br />

BasicGift meets each Sunday. Dominic<br />

organises several types of events, including<br />

reflective Connect evenings. Communal<br />

dinners and jam nights are also scheduled<br />

throughout the year. The group provides<br />

mutual support to young members of the<br />

parish, especially in difficult times. BasicGift<br />

provides ongoing support to Augustinian<br />

Volunteers Australia, helping refugee and<br />

Indigenous youth.<br />

Together, Dominic and BasicGift youth<br />

group return the gifts of grace, faith and<br />

friendship that they have received.<br />


Mass for World Day of the Sick<br />

in acknowledgment of carers and those for whom they care<br />

Including the Sacramental Rite of Anointing<br />

of the Sick and Prayers for Healing<br />

Thursday 9 February 2017 at 10.30am<br />

Principal Celebrant Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv<br />

Bishop of Parramatta<br />

St Patrick’s Church,<br />

51 Allawah Street, Blacktown<br />

Mary, Queen of the Family Parish<br />

&<br />

Please join us for a refreshments at the conclusion of the Mass.<br />

For further information please contact Michelle Davis<br />

T (02) 4734 3150 | E Michelle.Davis@health.nsw.gov.au<br />

The Office for Worship is offering Liturgical Ministry<br />

Courses in 2017, open to all parishes and individuals<br />

seeking formation and training for serving at the altar.<br />

Held at the Diocesan Assembly Centre in Blacktown on<br />

Mondays and at St Nicholas of Myra in Penrith on Thursdays,<br />

the formation courses are for anyone who is interested in<br />

becoming a Minister of the Word, Holy Communion, Communion<br />

to the Sick and Dying, Adult Altar Server or Acolyte. Please<br />

refer to the dates below for the ministry course schedule:<br />

Compulsory<br />

Introductory Session<br />

Ministers of<br />

the Word<br />

Extraordinary<br />

Ministers of<br />

Communion<br />

Communion to the<br />

Sick & Dying<br />

Altar Servers &<br />

Acolytes<br />

Mondays 7pm @ Blacktown<br />

Thursdays 7pm @ Penrith<br />

20 February 23 February<br />

27 February & 6 March 2 & 9 March<br />

13 & 20 March 16 & 23 March<br />

27 March 30 March<br />

1 & 8 May 4 & 11 May<br />

For more information about these courses and to register,<br />

please contact the Office for Worship tel (02) 8838 3456 or visit<br />

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Workers in the vineyard<br />

By Jordan Grantham<br />

The Prelature of the Holy Cross and<br />

Opus Dei, known as Opus Dei, is an<br />

institution of the Church, a way of<br />

sanctification in daily work and in the fulfillment<br />

of the Christian’s ordinary duties.<br />

St Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer<br />

founded Opus Dei in 1928 in Madrid,<br />

Spain. Opus Dei arrived in Australia in<br />

1963 at the invitation of Cardinal Gilroy,<br />

initially establishing Warrane College at<br />

the University of NSW.<br />

Since the early 1990s, members of Opus<br />

Dei have organised youth formation<br />

activities in Western Sydney, which grew<br />

into the Lowana Study Centre in Penrith.<br />

The centre opened in 2008.<br />

Members of Opus Dei have also started<br />

other vibrant study centres for students,<br />

tertiary institutions and schools, which<br />

have a significant contribution to the<br />

Church in the Diocese of Parramatta.<br />

These organisations are not governed<br />

by Opus Dei but are influenced by<br />

its charism.<br />

Famously, Kenthurst Study Centre<br />

hosted Pope Benedict XVI before World<br />

Youth Day in 2008. Images capture<br />

the special moment of the Holy Father<br />

celebrating Mass in the centre’s beautiful<br />

neo-gothic chapel, with mahogany reredos<br />

and renaissance images for altarpieces.<br />

The vocation to Opus Dei is for single<br />

and married, young and old, priests and<br />

lay people.<br />

Elizabeth Sofatzis is a young member of<br />

Opus Dei, who found God was calling her<br />

to join, and live a life solely devoted to him.<br />

“I got to know Opus Dei more deeply<br />

when I was a university student and was<br />

attracted by the idea that I could find<br />

God in my study, which I did a lot of back<br />

then!” Elizabeth shared.<br />

In the Diocese of Parramatta, members of Opus Dei gather for Mass for the feast of St Josemaría Escrivá,<br />

Friends involved in Opus Dei inspired her<br />

with their example. “They were really putting<br />

the message of Opus Dei into practice – they<br />

were hard workers, they clearly loved God<br />

and others, and tried to help all types of<br />

people to get closer to him,” she said.<br />

Opus Dei members come from all walks<br />

of life. Whether working in a factory, or a<br />

surgery, all people can find sanctification of<br />

their life and work in Opus Dei.<br />

This sanctification comes from<br />

incorporating significant prayer into the life<br />

of members. Daily Mass, daily rosary, silent<br />

prayer and other foundational <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

prayers and practices guide members’ lives.<br />

“We make our own time to pray every day,<br />

we receive the sacraments regularly, have<br />

weekly talks (circles), spiritual direction, an<br />

annual course, an annual retreat, time set<br />

aside each month for prayer and reflection<br />

(recollection),” Elizabeth said.<br />

Elizabeth now lives at the Lowana Study<br />

Centre, which offers many programs<br />

to encourage the human and spiritual<br />

formation of students.<br />

Study programs, talks, tutoring,<br />

camps, community service and social<br />

activities benefit primary, secondary and<br />

tertiary students. Parallel to the spiritual<br />

program, professional development<br />

and service opportunities are offered to<br />

people in the workforce.<br />

The dedication to service is impressive.<br />

Nursing homes in Penrith, St Marys<br />

and Rooty Hill have all benefitted from<br />

visits from the young women of Lowana.<br />

Lowana participates in other charitable<br />

activities such as Operation Christmas<br />

Child, Vinnies Night Patrol and an ongoing<br />

Wagga Service Project.<br />

For Opus Dei, whether in international<br />

projects, local student support or ongoing<br />

professional development, responding to<br />

the world’s challenges begins and ends<br />

with Christ’s mission for the salvation<br />

and sanctification of souls. St Josemaria<br />

wrote in his popular work The Way,<br />

“These world crises are crises of saints.<br />

God wants a handful of men ‘of his own’<br />

in every human activity. And, ‘pax Christi<br />

in regno Christi – the peace of Christ in<br />

the kingdom of Christ’.”<br />




The Schoenstatt Sisters would like to invite<br />

you to join them for an evening of carol<br />

singing at the shrine. Please bring a blanket or<br />

chairs and some snacks if you wish. Children<br />

are encouraged to come dressed as angels<br />

and shepherds. You are welcome to enjoy a<br />

picnic dinner in the grounds before the carols<br />

commence. From 7.30pm-8.30pm at Mt<br />

Schoenstatt, 230 Fairlight Rd, Mulgoa.<br />



Christmas concert with massed choir, Penrith<br />

Symphony Brass, harp, handbells, solo artists,<br />

Amy Johansen organ and Robert Ampt<br />

conductor. Join in congregational carols,<br />

experience the thrill of Handel’s Hallelujah<br />

Chorus. Donations accepted: families $30 &<br />

individuals $10. Starts 7.30pm in St Finbar’s<br />

Church, 46 Levy Street, Glenbrook.<br />



New Zealand soprano Madison Nonoa will<br />

join the voices of the Brandenburg Choir for<br />

this year’s performance of Noël! Noël! in St<br />

Patrick’s Cathedral. The program includes<br />

choral folk melodies, much-loved carols,<br />

rousing 16 th Century hymns, and other rare<br />

musical delights. Starts 7.30pm in St Patrick’s<br />

Cathedral, 1 Marist Plc, Parramatta. Book<br />

online: www.brandenburg.com.au<br />


The principal celebrant for the 23 rd annual<br />

pro-life Mass will be Sydney’s Bishop<br />

Richard Umbers. Mass at 11am at Our Lady<br />

of the Rosary Parish, 8 Diana Ave, Kellyville,<br />

followed by a rosary procession to the<br />

Franciscan Shrine of the Holy Innocents for<br />

devotions and benediction. A luncheon will<br />

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