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					Diocese of Bathurst                                                                                                              Volume 42, No 9
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                   Time for us to make a difference
                                                                    love for others. “For me personally, the best part of
                                                                    working with Catholic Mission is the people I meet”, said
                                                                    Catholic Mission National Director Martin Teulan. “Their
                                                                    incredible stories from all around the world make me proud
                                                                    to be a Catholic. It’s what gets me up in the morning. It
                                                                    keeps me believing in God, because I see God so easily in
                                                                    these people”.
                                                                     In his Message for World Mission Day 2008, Pope Benedict
                                                                    XVI encourages everyone to “…take renewed awareness of
                                                                    the urgent need to proclaim the Gospel”.
                                                                     The Pontiff goes on to express his sincere appreciation
                                                                    of the Pontifical Mission Societies’ contribution to the
                                                                    evangelising activity of the Church and for the support they
                                                                    offer communities. “They are a valid instrument for animating
                                                                    and forming the People of God from a missionary viewpoint…
                                                                    May the collection that is taken in all the parishes on World
                                                                    Mission Day be a sign of communion and mutual concern
                                                                    among the Churches”.
                                                                     Around a third of all money raised through Catholic Mission’s
                                                                    work in Partnering Local Churches and Communities is kept here       Bishop’s
                                                                    in Australia to support projects in what is known as the Home        Anniversary &
                                                                    Mission Fund. Remote dioceses around Australia are funded by
                                                                    Catholic Mission to run various programs to help regional and        Thanks Page 3
                                                                    indigenous communities.
                                                                     This year, our Diocesan Director of Catholic Mission, Glenn
                                                                    Smith, spoke to parishioners at St Mary’s Mudgee on World
                                                                    Mission Day.
                                                                     Sr Kath Luchetti addressed the Oberon Parish, Sr Bernadine
                                                                    Evens the Dubbo community and Sr Helen Sullivan conducted
                                                                    the Mission Appeal at the Cathedral in Bathurst.
                                                                     Last year, the people of the Bathurst Diocese gave a record
                                                                    $280,000 to Catholic Mission through the annual appeal,
                                                                    donations from individuals and schools and a number
                                                                    of bequests.
                                                                     Glenn Smith said “I would like to thank everyone for their
  October is World Mission Month, with the focus on Sunday          generosity to Catholic Mission - these donations help to
October 19th 2008 - World Mission Day. This is a global             achieve Catholic Mission’s vision of ‘Life for All’ in the work of
celebration of the missionary work of the Church and and the        global mission”.
tireless contribution of Missionaries all over the world.
  World Mission Day is celebrated every year, in Catholic
Communities around the world. It is a day when we, as
Catholics, explicitly unite in prayer, mutual friendship and
support - both spiritual and material.
  In Australia, it is the annual appeal and awareness raising                                                                            Prison
effort of Catholic Mission - the official aid agency of the                                                                              Chaplaincy
Catholic Church. Catholic Mission is the Australian arm of the
Church’s global mission aid agency. It is part of the Pope’s own                                                                         Page 7
mission society - a worldwide network known as the Pontifical
Mission Societies - which for over 185 years has been working
to achieve ‘life for all’ in more than 160 countries.
  No matter how big or small, rich or poor, every member
of God’s family prays and collects money in solidarity with
mission dioceses.
  This year, the call is to unite as one world, one family, with
one mission of love for each other.
  In Australia we are fortunate people. Even with our own
challenges, climate issues, interest rates and the increased cost    You can read some examples of Catholic Mission’s
of living, we still have so much more than most. It doesn’t take    wonderful work on Page 16 of this issue; and if you missed
much, but one person can make an incredible impact on the           the opportunity to contribute to the Appeal, you can still send
lives of many.                                                      your donations to Glenn Smith at P.O. Box 246, Bathurst,
  Mission is an expression of God’s love for us, and our            NSW, 2795. Donations are tax deductible.


                                     Sr Kath                        Sr Helen                           Sr Bernadine                      Page 5
                                        C AT H O L I C N E WS
                                        Australian Bishops address Synod
  This past month, Bishops from around         the people, it is obvious that they remain    a sense that the promise of a new
the world have gathered in Rome for            only partially fulfilled”                     evangelisation may finally be underway
The Synod of Bishops to discuss ‘The                                                         despite the apparent impermeability of
Word of God in the Life and Mission of                                                       the secular culture”.
the Church’.
  The Synod of Bishops is a permanent                                                                 Radical Response
institution established by Pope Paul in                                                               to Gospel Needed
response to the desire of the Fathers
                                                                                               When Bishop David Walker addressed
of the Second Vatican Council to keep
                                                                                             the Synod he said that Bishops had
alive the positive spirit engendered
                                                                                             “domesticated and tamed the Gospel”
by      the     conciliar     experience.
                                                                                             so that it does not draw a “radical
Literally speaking, the word ‘synod’,
                                                                                             response” from the Faithful.
is derived from two Greek words - syn
meaning ‘together’ and hodos meaning                                                           “After twelve years of Episcopal            achieved, suggesting that a Homiletic
‘road’ or ‘way’ - a ‘coming together’. It is                                                 ministry, two issues preoccupy me in a        Directory be prepared to foster a
an opportunity for the Bishops, gathered                                                     special way”, Bishop Walker said.             new proclamation of the ‘kerygma’.
with the Holy Father, to interact with           “At the same time, ecumenical                                                             (Kerygma is a Greek word used in the
each other and to share information and        relations with the major Christian                                                          New Testament for preaching).
experiences, in the common pursuit of          Churches and relationships with the                                                           “The Second Vatican Council called for
pastoral solutions which have a universal      Jewish community and the Islamic                                                            a renewal of preaching which involved
validity and application.                      community and those of other World                                                          a shift from the sermon understood
                                               Religions is a very positive experience                                                     primarily as an exposition of Catholic
                                               for the Church in most parts of Oceania.                                                    doctrine, devotion and discipline to
                                               We seek to stand together in our secular                                                    the homily understood primarily as an
                                               culture to affirm the fundamental value                                                     exposition and application of Scripture”,
                                               of belief in God and the right of religious                                                 Archbishop Coleridge said.
                                               people to make their contribution to                                                          “Such a shift has been accomplished
                                               our secular culture”.                                                                       only in part. One reason for this is that
                                                 “While these are some of the                                                              preaching too often takes the ‘kerygma’
                                               challenges confronting the Church in                                                        for granted, and this at a moment in
                                               Oceania, there are many signs of new            “Firstly, that our Catholic faithful
                                                                                                                                           Western cultures when the ‘kerygma’
                                               life and the witness of tens of thousands     have not been given the opportunity
                                                                                                                                           cannot be taken for granted. If it is, there
                                               of committed Catholics who have               to enter more deeply into the mystery
                                                                                                                                           is the risk of a moralistic reduction of
                                               remained faithful despite the impact of       of Our Risen Lord; and secondly the
                                                                                                                                           preaching which may evoke interest or
 Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal                secularism. World Youth Day has given         formation of priests who will enable
                                                                                                                                           admiration but not the faith that saves”
George Pell, is one of the three presidents    us great hope. It remains for us now to       them to do so”.
                                                                                                                                           he said.
of the Synod. Other Australian Bishops         harvest its fruits”.                            “Holiness lies at the heart of our faith;
                                                                                                                                             “A new evangelisation requires a new
in attendance are Archbishop Mark                “After World Youth Day, some                the holiness of each believer should be
                                                                                                                                           formulation and proclamation of the
Coleridge (Canberra-Goulburn) and              Australians and New Zealanders have           of a high standard; bringing this about
                                                                                                                                           ‘kerygma’ in the interests of a more
Bishops Michael Putney (Townsville))                                                         is an urgent pastoral task (John Paul
                                                                                                                                           powerful missionary preaching”.
and David Walker (Broken Bay) and                                                            II). Deep holiness and an intimacy with
                                                                                             Scriptures go hand in hand”.                    “To promote such a preaching, a
Peter Ingham (Wollongong).                                                                                                                 General Homiletic Directory could be
                                                                                               “This intimacy is only acquired over
                                                                                                                                           prepared along the lines of the General
                                                                                             time by regular meditative, prayerful
  Much remains to be done                                                                    reflection on the Scriptures” Bishop
                                                                                                                                           Catechetical Directory and the General
  Bishop Putney, in his address to the                                                                                                     Instruction of the Roman Missal. Such
                                                                                             Walker said.
Synod, said “The challenge confronting                                                                                                     a Directory would draw upon the
Australia and much of Oceania is to                                                                                                        experience of the universal Church in
find new ways to enable this gift of
                                                                                             Call for Directory for Kerygma                providing a framework without stifling
the Gospel to be heard. When one                                                              Canberra-Goulburn’s    Archbishop,           the genius of particular churches or
looks back to the recommendations of                                                         Mark Coleridge, told the Synod that           individual preachers” Archbishop
Ecclesia in Oceania, such as the practice                                                    Vatican II called for a renewal of            Coleridge suggested.
of lectio divina and biblical formation of                                                   preaching that has only partly been                     CathNews and www.vatican.va


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                                                   CATHOLIC OBSERVER OCTOBER 2008 PAGE 2
Oberon to celebrate 140 years                                             25 years as Bishop of Bathurst
                                                                  Sunday 5th October 2008         in 1970 and served as As-          Bishop Dougherty was ap-
                                                                 was the 25th anniversary of      sistant Secretary and then        pointed to the Diocese of
                                                                 the Installation of Bishop       Secretary, of the Australian      Bathurst on September 8th
                                                                 Patrick Dougherty as sev-        Episcopal Conference (Aus-        1983 and Installed in the
                                                                 enth Bishop of Bathurst.                                           Cathedral of Ss Michael and
                                                                  Bishop Dougherty was                                              John on 5th October 1983.
                                                                 born in Sydney on Novem-                                            On      the    appointment
                                                                 ber 21st, 1931. He studied for                                     of Bishop Dougherty to
                                                                 the Priesthood at St. Colum-                                       Bathurst Diocese, the retir-
                                                                 ba’s College, Springwood                                           ing Bishop, Most Rev A.R.E.
                                                                 and completed his studies                                          Thomas said “….above all,
                                                                 at Propaganda Fide College                                         he is a very humble and
  St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Oberon will be celebrating its   in Rome.                                                           spiritual man whose wit-
140th anniversary later this month.                               After completing a Doc-                                           ness and example will be a
  Celebrations begin on Friday 31st October with a concert and   torate in Theology in Rome,                                        source of inspiration to all
weekday Masses at former Mass centres like Shooter’s Hill        Bishop Dougherty worked          Bishop Patrick Dougherty          in the Diocese”.
and Hazelgrove.                                                  as Associate Pastor in the                                          And so it has been for a
  Then there will be a Parish Dinner Dance on Saturday 8th       Sydney parish of Campsie         tralian Catholic Bishops’         quarter of a century now.
November at the Black Springs Memorial Hall commencing           and lectured in Philoso-         Conference).                      Thank you Bishop Dough-
at 7pm.                                                          phy at St. Columba’s Col-          He was appointed Auxil-         erty for these many years
                                                                 lege in Springwood. Later        iary Bishop of the Archdio-       of faithful service to God’s
  The main event will be the Mass of Thanksgiving at St.
                                                                 he returned to Rome as           cese of Canberra-Goulburn         people in our part of the
Ignatius’ Church at 9am on 9th November. This will be followed
                                                                 Vice Rector of Propaganda        on October 15th 1976 and          world. We wish you a speedy
by morning tea and a display of parish memorabilia to conclude
                                                                 Fide College.                    Consecrated Bishop on De-         return to good health and
the week long celebrations.
                                                                  He returned to Australia        cember 8th that year.             keep you in our prayers.
  All ex-Oberon Parishioners and friends are invited and for
more information you can contact Cathy Grear on 6335 8180.
                                                                            Making Music at Dunedoo
            Music Triumph                                         There will be more music
                                                                 in the lives of students at St
                                                                                                  instrument. The guitars were
                                                                                                  given to ten lucky St Mi-
                                                                                                                                    were persuaded by the case
                                                                                                                                    made on the school’s behalf
 On Sat 13th September, a new organ was installed in Yeoval’s    Michael’s School, Dunedoo,       chael’s students in years 5 and   by the Catholic Education
Church of Our Lady.                                              thanks to a gift of ten brand    6, as part of the school’s new    Office in Bathurst, which
 It replaced the original organ in the ‘new’ church, which was   new guitars under a national     music activities.                 highlighted the devastat-
over 30 years old. That instrument was donated by long-term      programme of ‘Music. Play         Since 2005, more than            ing impact of the drought
Yeoval organist, the late Anne Schilling, in memory of her       for Life’ - the Music Coun-      120 students in primary           on many local families.
husband. That organ ‘gave up the ghost’ in the middle of the     cil of Australia’s music         schools and high schools          The increased hardship
World Youth Day celebrations - on the day Yeoval’s Parish        advocacy campaign.               all over Australia have ben-      makes it extra difficult for
Pilgrims left for Sydney!                                         The campaign’s ‘Guitars         efited from the programme,        some children to access a
 From then until now, the congregation has had to make do        for Schools’ project provides    which is supported by             musical instrument”.
with only the sound of their own voices in the Liturgy.          free guitars to promising        philanthropic trusts.              Sal Dent from St. Mi-
 The new instrument is an Allen digital organ. It was blessed    students so they can com-         “St Michael’s is the first in-   chael’s said “..the students
and inaugurated for worship on 14th September - the Feast of     plement their school-based       dependent school to join the      are so very excited, and
the Triumph of the Cross - by Parish Priest Fr Tim Cahill.       practice with extra playing      program”, says Campaign           we cannot wait to start
 Mrs Trish Kerin, who took over the reins when Anne Schilling    at home, on their very own       director, Tina Broad. “We         our programme”.
died, was the first to play it for Sunday Mass that day.

  Trish becomes acquainted with the new organ in the                                       Dunedoo students with their new guitars
                   Yeoval church

           Bishop’s Thank You
I remain deeply grateful to everyone who by
Masses, prayers, visits, letters/cards, phone calls
or messages, encouraged me during the weeks of
my recent illness and hospitalisation.

God reward each of the vast number of Good

                                  + Patrick Dougherty

                                              CATHOLIC OBSERVER OCTOBER 2008 PAGE 3
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                                                     melody of his setting of The         in April of 1993, when he           Joseph Gelineau would
                                                     Lord is my Shepherd with one         was the keynote speaker             sometimes keep in contact
                                                     of its refrains “My shepherd         for the National Liturgical         with those studying Liturgy
                                                     is the Lord, nothing indeed
                                                     shall I want”, remains one of
                                                     my earliest liturgical musical
       Removals and Storage                          memories. It still stands the test
                                                     of time and is the embodiment
                                                     of what noble simplicity and
                                                     beauty of melody can be.
                                                       Joseph Gelineau died in
                                                     Sallanches, France on Friday
                                                     8th August, 2008 at the age
                                                     of 87. Of those years, 67 has
                                                     been lived as a Jesuit priest
                                                     and he devoted his life to the
                                                     Church’s liturgy.
Web address: www.dawsons-removals.com.au               Apart from placing the
        Email: dawsons@ix.net.au                     psalms into the mouths of
                                                     ordinary people, another of
                                                     Gelineau’s particular ongoing
                                                     contributions has been the
                                                     restoration of the role of
                                                     the antiphon, especially in
                                                     the singing of the psalms.                            Fr Pat with Fr Joseph Gelineau
                                                     Previously antiphons were            Conference, entitled A New          there, and would often
                                                     used, however they had more          Song in an Ancient Land.            say that he was “always a
                                                     the style of a group recitation      His enthusiasm, scholarship,        student”; and that “there is
             27-31 McNamara Street                   than a lyrical remember-             historical perspective and          always something to learn”.
               Orange NSW 2800                       able quality.                        ability to translate his thoughts   If a conference was coming
                                                       Tom Parker summed it up            into practical expression are       up in an English speaking
                                                     well when he said, “Joseph           some of the things treasured        country to which he was
                                                     Gelineau restored the antiphon       from that time.                     asked to give a paper, he
                                                     to the strong role it seems to         Not far from the Church of St     would sometimes ask the
                                                     have fulfilled in history by         Vincent de Paul in Paris, stands    native English speakers to
                                                     writing attractive melodies and      another church - the Church of      translate his papers into
                                                     specifying that the antiphon         St Ignace. It is the main Jesuit    English. It was my privilege
                                                     was to be sung responsorially,       church in Paris and is the          to do this twice.
                                                     after each verse of the psalm.       church with which Gelineau            Always     gracious     and
                                                     He improved the tones used           was closely associated. The         always with an avuncular
                                                     for the verses by using texts        parish organist there for many      encouraging smile, Joseph
                                                     in “sprung rhythm” with a            a year was Jacques Berthier.        Gelineau     embodied     the
                                                     regular number of accents per        You may not have heard of           refrain that he had set to
                                                     line set to a musical formula        him much, but he was the            music 40 years earlier, “My
                                                     much more like real melodies         main      inspiration      behind   shepherd is the Lord, nothing
                                                     than the droning Gregorian           many of what have come to           indeed shall I want”.
                                                     psalm tones”.                        be called the Taizé chants,           May he rest in peace.

                                                                          Surviving Mental Illness
                                                       Craig Hamilton started                                                 many Australian’s who have
                                                     working as a broadcaster with                                            heard him speak on mental
                                                     ABC Radio in 1995. Since                                                 health and his own battle
                                                     then, he has been involved                                               with mental illness.
                                                     in broadcasting many sports                                               Now we have a chance to
                                                     including National Rugby                                                 hear his incredible story
                                                     League matches.                                                          first hand.
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                                                     on the ABC’s coverage of                                                 Craig to the Diocese on
                                                     Test and One Day Cricket.                                                10th November 2008 for
                                                     Just as Craig was preparing to                                           a community forum. The
                                                     leave for Sydney to work as a                                            Venue is the Cowra Services
                                                     commentator on the Olympic                                               Club (101 Brisbane Street)
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                                    CATHOLIC OBSERVER OCTOBER 2008 PAGE 4
                                                                                                                         Pressing Issues for
                                 With Kathryn Miklosi                                                                     Catholic Media
                                                                                                                   The power of the Internet as a medium for evangelisation
  It’s that time of year             blow this opportunity, there                                                and connecting with young Catholics was highlighted at the
again, HSC!                          will never be another one.                                                  52nd annual Conference of the Australasian Catholic Press
  The pressure is being felt          This is just not true!                                                     Association (ACPA).
by students and parents alike         It’s important to consider                                                   The Conference was held in Brisbane from 1st - 3rd October,
in the quest to achieve at the       that the human brain isn’t                                                  and was generously sponsored by Fairfax Media, The Broken
highest level. It is also the        fully developed until age 23          not completely equipped to            Bay Institute, Sevenhill Cellars and Campion College.
time of year that I see a lot of     for females, and at least 30          do so.                                  A total of 47 delegates included the editors and staff of
                                                                                                                 diocesan and religious publications in Australia and New
                                                                                                                 Zealand, and people working in media and communications
                                                                                                                 roles in the Church.
                                                                                                                   Gavin Abraham, Editor of NZ Catholic, explained how over the
                                                                                                                 past year New Zealand’s national Catholic newspaper had evolved
                                                                                                                 its website from being a passive news source to being interactive.
                                                                                                                   “The inclusion of guest bloggers and our monthly news
                                                                                                                 analysis podcast has seen the number of visitors grow to
                                                                                                                 4,000 a month”, he said.
                                                                                                                   “We see the Church as being a mirror to the world, hence our
                                                                                                                 move to the Internet where increasingly young people go to
                                                                                                                 get their information,” Gavin said.
                                                                                                                   The 2008 ACPA Awards for Excellence, again supported by
                                                                 The HSC                                         long-time sponsor Catholic Church Insurances (CCI), were
                                                                                                                 announced at the conference dinner on 2nd October. The guest

                                                              Pressure Cooker                                    speaker was Sean Dorney, the ABC’s Pacific correspondent.
                                                                                                                   This year’s premier awards - the Bishop Phillip
kids, stressed to the point of       for males. That means that we           ‘But I just want them to do         Kennedy Memorial Prizes - went to Sydney’s The
dysfunction about what this          have a whole lot of unfinished        the best they can’ is one cry         Catholic Weekly (Newspapers) and Parramatta’s Catholic
achievement means.                   brains being expected to              I hear from parents; ‘I don’t         Outlook (Magazines).
  With more and more external                                              want them to make the same                                                               Dan McAloon
pressure being placed on                                                   mistakes that I did’ is another.
kids to get a good UAI, to                                                 And so, pressure from
study harder - as well as the                                              parents is promptly applied
pressures of adolescence (not                                              to the already simmering
least of all hormones, fitting                                             pressure cooker.
in with mates and upsetting                                                  What we need to remember
their parents!) - kids are                                                 is that for many kids, test
feeling the pressure and                                                   scores aren’t a priority. It’s
it’s showing.                                                              just not relevant to them
  The one message I try to                                                 the way that friends and
make clear to kids dealing                                                 members of the opposite sex
with exam pressure is this:                                                may be.
“You are not your UAI”.                                                      The most important thing
  With all the messages that                                               for parents to remember is
we give to kids (such as ‘what                                             this: if you want your children        Kerry Myers receives an award from Sean Dorney (Marita
you do now, affects you for the                                            to do the best that they can,         Winters from the Catholic Enquiry Centre in the background).
rest of your life’, among other                                            then simply love them. Then,             Kerry is well known to many in the Diocese as he was a
useful tips) there is a strong       make decisions and behave             eventually, in their own time,           parishioner in Orange during his time as Editor of the
belief that if you happen to         in adult ways, when they are          they will.                               Central Western Daily before taking up his position as
                                                                                                                                Catholic Weekly Editor in 2003.

        Our early history
  Extracts from Bishop John Francis Norton’s 1938 Diary, written in his copy of The Australasian Catholic
                           Directory for that year. - Edited by Father Tim Cahill                                Family Owned and Proudly Australian
  Monday October 24 Mass             re. painting claims - see Roneo       O’Neill; sub-diaconate to Patrick
in Parkes Convent. To Bathurst
by train. Correspondence. To-
night I shall be in the twelfth
                                     L3. Ordination at Eastwood
                                     [Vincentian Seminary in Sydney].
                                       Thursday October 27 Mass
                                                                           Fox and Priesthood to Fathers
                                                                           George Richardson, Frederick
                                                                           Horne and Roderick Dunne.
different bed in succession.         in Oratory. Went to Sydney by         Very satisfactory ceremony,                 At Need * Pre-Paid * Pre-Arranged
[At least this one is his own…]      mid-day train. Met at Strathfield     smooth and quiet. Assisted by
Sleep is not the best under such     by Fr. G. Power and Dr. Wigmore       Fathers Bergin and Duggan. For                All Districts & Denominations
changing conditions.                 [two Vincentian priests]. Went        dinner to Ashfield [a parish still
  Tuesday October 25 Mass                                                  held by the Vincentian Fathers].                Available 24 hours, 7 Days
in [Bishop’s House Bathurst]
Oratory. Correspondence. Went
                                                                           Visited Cook’s in afternoon,
                                                                           also [architect] Hennessy re
                                                                                                                                 F.D.A of N.S.W.
to the Orphanage. Work making                                              Coonamble Church - doors, holy-
good progress. [The Convent                                                water stoups etc. Saw Archdeacon                   Head Office & Chapel
wing was in the process of                                                 [Denis] O’Kennedy [pastor of
being built]                                                               Cowra] at night in Lewisham                      182 Piper Street, Bathurst
  Wednesday October 26 Mass                                                [hospital]. Much improved but

                                                                                                                               6331 4084
in Oratory. Correspondence.          to Eastwood. Gave Jim O’Neill         still very helpless [and very old
Saw [Vincentian priest] Fr.          tonsure at night. [Tonsure was        – he took over Cowra parish in
King re. [St Stanislaus’] College    the ancient rite of cutting a man’s   about 1885].
Confirmation, Break-up etc.          hair to show that they belonged         Saturday October 29 Mass
  Newspaper cutting - “Good          to God - it was the first step on     Oratory, Ashfield. Returned                  Branch: 32 Adelaide Street, Blayney

                                                                                                                               6368 2575
Citizen” - Mudgee Guardian, -        the ceremonial road towards           to Bathurst by train. Pleasant
3/11/38. [Report of a speech by      the Priesthood].                      day. Visited Saint Vincent’s
Bp Norton at the diamond jubilee       Friday October 28 Mass in           [Hospital] in afternoon. Grounds
of the Bathurst Hibernian Society    Chapel, Eastwood. Gave Minor          looking their best for tomorrow’s
– see 30th Oct below].               Orders to Raymund Maguire,            procession [for the Feast of Christ                        Email: gsf@ix.net.au
  Bishop’s notes - Refer to Father   Ernest Clancy, Peter Hansen,          the King - the tradition only died
[Alf] Gummer Sutherland’s letter     James O’Reilly and James              out in the 1980s].                               Proprietors: Karl and Joanne Schroder

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                                                                                                                                                                                 On Line with Mary Liesch
   Secure.                                                                                                                                                                           Creativity - Do,
                                                                                                                                                                                     Reflect and Smile
   How an insurance company is supposed
   to make you feel.

                                                                                                                                                                                   20 years ago we lived in an Information Society. 10 years ago we moved into
                                                                                                                                                                                 the Knowledge Society and now we dwell amid the Creative Society. It can
                                                                                                                                                                                 be hard to sense the creativity flowing when it seems as though so much time
                                                                                                                                                                                 is spent learning new skills, new technology and new software - whether at
                                                                                                                                                                                 home, school or work.
                                                                                                                                                                                  I was recently reassured to hear that “not everyone can do everything” and
                                                                                                                                                                                 that most all of us already have a “digital repertoire”.1 Think about how we go
                                                                                                                                                                                 about our daily lives in Australia and what people have learned to use in the
                                                                                                                                                                                 past 5, 10, 15 years --- even those who do not use a computer with a broadband
                                                                                                                                                                                 internet connection. We use handy banks, EFTPOS and pay bills over the

                                                                                                                                                                                                         This is a standard ‘call out’ shape from MS Office.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Storyboards using standard shapes and call
                                                                                                                                                                                                          out signs, formatting tools and colour palettes
                                                                                                                                                                                                             from most word processing software are
   Catholic Church Insurances is not your average insurance company. Our name alone                                                                                                                       enough for children to create ‘comic’ books,
   should tell you that. You can trust us to be there with honest protection when it                                                                                                                                    stories and drawings.
   counts most. If you’re looking for a genuinely                                                                                                                                                        Finding the tools within text based ‘drop down’
   different kind of insurance company, one that
   provides value and cares for you and your family,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   menus is not so easy for children
   you’ve found it.                                                                                                                                                                                                      (and many adults).
   Call us today for an obligation free Building
   and Contents Insurance quote and affordable
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   This insurance product is issued by Catholic Church Insurances Limited ABN 76 000 005 210 AFSL 235415.
   The Product Disclosure Statement is available from our website or by phoning us. You should read and
   consider the Product Disclosure Statement before deciding to buy or renew this insurance product.                                                                             phone. We have mobile phones, digital cameras, MP3 players and electronic

                                                                                                                                                                                 games of all sorts. Who knows when the change occurs from using technology
                                                                                                                                                                                 to integrating it into what we do and how we do it.
                                                                                                                                                                                   I was alerted to ‘Comic Life’ and saw an example of how easy it is to use,
                                                                                                                              life                                               though have not had time to download and use the 30-day free trial. This is
                                                                                                                              enhancement                                        good news for adults to try out or children to have creative fun with. Though the
                                                                                                                              Marriage and relationship education
                                                                                                                                                                                 school holidays are over, the summer ones will come soon enough. It may be
                                                                                                                                                                                 the perfect time to download a free trial or sooner to use the software to create
                                                                                                                                    “To Us” Relationship program
                                                                                                                                                                                 a great Christmas card or photo album gift. This is not being unfair to Plasq,
                                                                                                                                    Relationship enrichment                      the creators of Comic Life, it is what the site offers. You do need to take care
                                                                                                                              Parenting skills                                   when downloading any software, not just the free stuff. Comic Life is interface
                                                                                                                                    Behaviour management
                                                                                                                                                                                 software, and there are different versions depending on what operating system
                                                                                                                                                                                 is used. It makes using graphics and formatting tools simpler. The downloads

                                    ounsel in
                                                                                                                                    How to communicate with
                                                                                                                                    your kids                                    are available at http://plasq.com/downloads/ If you like using it you can buy it,
                     child, adolescent                                     Mindful of the needs of all, Centacare                   Effective parenting - for early
                                                                                                                                                                                 that is why the creators offer a free trial.
                                                                           provide professional services which                      childhood (under 6 years),
                     and family counselling                                                                                         teens and all aged children                   For other fun why not create a simple avatar 2 for free with DoppelMe found at
                                                                           enhance the potential of individuals,
                                                                           couples, children, families and com-
                                                                                                                              Self esteem
                                                                                                                                                                                 http://www.doppelme.com/. Even the youngest of children enjoy making one,
                                                                           munities within the Diocese to live in
                     Family therapy
                                                                           harmony with themselves and others
                                                                                                                                                                                 and they could spend heaps of time creating without even saving it.
                                                                                                                              Bereavement - loss and change
                                                                           - we are a voice on their behalf.
                     Child counselling
                                                                                                                              In-service, educational and
                                                                                                                                                                                   30 years ago, teachers and parents worried when electronic calculators were
                     Adolescent counselling                                Centacare’s vision is for a society in             preventative workshops                             no longer a novelty, but were allowed to be used during tests and exams. There
                     Marriage counselling
                                                                           which there is recognition of indi-
                                                                                                                              Referals are made to other professionals or
                                                                                                                                                                                 is a funny side to our reliance on technology. For a laugh, view the one minute
                                                                           vidual and social rights and responsi-
                                                                           bilities, a society that values families
                                                                                                                              services where appropriate. Consultancy is         ‘The Escalator’ http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=nKrHX6afkhs. There is a
                     Separation and bereavement counselling                                                                   available on request. A range of other relation-
                                                                           and promotes the dinity, equality and              ship programs are run from time to time.           longer version of this that includes advertising, but think about the creativity
                     Individual counselling                                participaton of all its citizens.                                                                     involved in making it.

                                                               Centacare services available to all within the region.                                                             A ‘TED’ talk related to learning and creativity is Sir Ken Robinson: Do
                                                                                                                                                                                 Schools Kill Creativity?
                        centacare                                                                                                                                                  http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_
                                                                                                                                                                                 creativity.html. The talk runs for just under 20 minutes. Ken Robinson tells
                         Bathurst - Lithgow - Orange                                                                                                                             a joke during his TED talk about a little girl drawing a picture at school. Her
                         Dubbo - Mudgee and beyond
                                                                                                                                                                                 teacher asks what she is drawing. And the girl says ‘I am drawing a picture of
                          Phone to make an appointment                                                                                                                           God’. The teacher says ‘but no one knows what God looks like’. And the girl
                            in your local area or register
                          your interest for a personal visit                                                                                                                     said ‘They will in a minute’.
                                                                                                                                                              rving ra
                                                                                                                                                            S Com unities
                                 wherever you are!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Mary Liesch,

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    a net novice.
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                                                                                                                                                                                 1   Cox, Margaret (2008) Notes from Keynote Presentation ACEC08 Conference, Canberra
                        The inability to pay will not stop you
                                                                            Diocese                  PO Box 2083                                                                     ACT, 1 October.
                                                                          of Bathurst                Dubbo NSW 2830
                           from receiving these services.                                                                                                                        2   For a definition of avatar in the virtual world see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar_
                                                                          centacare@bathurst.catholic.org.au                                                                         (computing)
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                                                                                                               CATHOLIC OBSERVER OCTOBER 2008 PAGE 6
Chaplaincy at Wellington Correctional Centre
  Life in any prison is not easy.    for this in different ways. Some   spiritual     and       emotional    One child is now three and            phone calls) and any “buy-
A prison is built with lots of       find comfort in coming to the      needs. Some people, when             a half and will be going to           ups”. Buy-ups are extras items
bricks, cement, wire, scanners,      Chapel, talking about their        they come to prison for the          school before the inmate              like tobacco, matches, cans
locks and keys and much              feelings, praying, reading the     first time, find it very hard to     is released.                          of drink, noodles, tinned items
security. Although it is a place     bible or forming friendships       cope. Many become almost                                                   etc. that may be purchased
of punishment, that is not what      within the system.                 suicidal and very stressed.                                                once a week.
prison is all about. It is about           Doing What                   The realisation of what they                                                 For security reasons, there are
people.                                                                 have got themselves into, and                                              many restrictions in place that
  The inmates who make up our               We Can                      what they have done to their                                               chaplains have to abide by,
prisons may be there because           Wellington       Correctional    families, is very disturbing. Help                                         but on the other hand we have
they have broken the law but         Centre has about 650 inmates       might be as simple as making                                               certain privileges. It is a great
each inmate, male or female,         ranging      from    maximum       a phone call for them or it                                                time for communication when I
is part of God’s creation, His       security to minimal security.      might mean spending a lot                                                  visit the men or women working
family, and is deeply loved          The main section is Sector 1       of time working through their                                              in the industries or in the Pods
by Him. Thus they are very           where there are six Pods (or       problems over quite a period                                               where they are housed. This is a
worthy of our love, care and         blocks), two of which are          of time. Recently, we had             One inmate who is serving            time when I can sit down and
understanding.                       divided into two sections,         an inmate come in when his           his second term, is at present        chat in an environment away
                                     making eight areas that are to     mother was dying of cancer.          going    through     a    very        from the Chapel and often
      Many Stories                   be cared for. These Pods are       He was eventually allowed to         emotional period. His siblings        many inmates will talk in this
                                     not allowed to come together       phone her and speak to her,          make no contact with him              relaxed atmosphere. Then there
   Behind every inmate there is a    - not even for services. To give   but he didn’t get to see her         at all and he has not heard           are the inmates who prefer to
story. Some of their stories could                                                                                                                 come to the Chapel and talk.
quickly bring you to tears. The                                                                                                                    Whatever is best for them is
heartache they bring to their                                                                                                                      usually good.
families and to themselves is
huge. Many have been given                                                                                                                              Help Wanted!
a good education, some
have university degrees and                                                                                                                          It is a very rewarding and
every opportunity to make a                                                                                                                        humbling work that the Lord
good life for themselves and                                                                                                                       calls us to. Every chaplain will
still, being human, they make                                                                                                                      probably agree it can be a
mistakes. For some, these                                                                                                                          very busy job, sometimes a little
mistakes are big!                                                                                                                                  draining, but it is so wonderful
   On      the   other       hand,                                                                                                                 to be in a position to make the
many        have   come       from                                                                                                                 inmates’ days a little brighter
dysfunctional families, have                                                                                                                       and to feel able to help them
had poor upbringings, and                                                                                                                          in some small way.
little opportunity to rise above                                                                                                                     This work can’t be done
these conditions. One young                                                                                                                        without lots of help from the
man told me he had been                                                                                                                            outside. Local organisations and
in and out of gaol five times                                                                                                                      individuals are very generous
since he was 18. He was then                                                                                                                       and help where they can.
20. He continued to tell his                                                                                                                         On 18th October Neil Turner
story - his mother was a chronic                                                                                                                   came to Wellington as a
alcoholic, his father had left                                                                                                                     representative        of   Prison
the family when he was quite         each of them a service would       before she died or attend her        from his parents in about four        Fellowship NSW. Neil facilitated
young and he had taken on            mean eight services a week.        funeral. That was so hard for        years. At present I’m working         an information and training
the responsibility of caring for     Then there is Sector 2 where       him and his mother.                  with him to see if this can be        day in the Uniting Church
his two younger brothers. He         between 30 and 40 women              Wellington      Correctional       rectified. He is still a son and a    Hall, for people interested in
was the one who got them an          are housed and Sector 3 where      Centre is quite isolated for         brother and is feeling in great       supporting prisoners in some
evening meal, showered them          the minimal men are housed.        public transport and there is        need of their support. This is        way. One big need at present
and got them off to school.          To give all inmates a service      no bus service. The majority         quite common.                         is for people to visit inmates on
He didn’t attend school a lot        each week would mean the           of inmates come from areas              There are parents who bank         a regular basis - but there are
and when he did he didn’t            impossible task of giving 10       quite distant from Wellington        money every week for their            many other areas where help is
want to learn. His teachers          services a week.                   and it is very costly to travel      children, but that is not terribly    needed. If anyone is interested
let him spend lots of time on          At present, I am the only        the long distances and pay for       common. The majority get              in helping, I’d be happy
the computer playing games.          Chaplain, with an assistant        overnight    accommodation.          little financial support from         to give more information. I
Now he wishes he could spell         one day a week. Besides            Some inmates have very few           their family and rely on the few      can be contacted at home
and read. He has held a job          services, there are many calls     visitors or none at all. Three       dollars they earn from working        on 6845 2589, or at work on
for two weeks in his life. His       that the Chaplain responds to.     inmates that I’m aware of,           to cover the cost of their phone      6840 2947.
two younger brothers are now         These can be things as simple      have had children born               calls (they can only ring out                    Margaret Snodgrass
fostered out and he is blaming       as providing a sympathy card       after they came to prison.           and are not able to receive                                    Chaplain

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                                                  CATHOLIC OBSERVER OCTOBER 2008 PAGE 7
DIOCESAN             Gerard Yeo Shield                                                        Bathurst MacKillop Dinner

                Netballers from St John’s and St Mary’s
                                                                                  2007 MKC College Captain Clare Leahy receives her Top Ten Award from
                                                                                                Executive Director of Schools, Mr Peter Hill

                                                                                  Fr. Hugh Delaney receives his Award for Distinction from Fr. James Cutcliffe

                 A big crowd gathers around for Chess

                                                                                        College Principal Mr Steve Todd, Special Guest and ex-student
                                                                                                   Gemma Lynch-Memory and Gene Smith

                                                                               The annual MacKillop Dinner was held at Carrington House in early
                Pat and Kier Yeo present the shield to
            Sean Mason and Kaye Delmoro from St Mary’s                         The evening epitomised the excellence we have in Catholic girls education
                                                                               at MacKillop College and what that means to so many people connected
The inaugural Gerard Yeo Shield was held last month at St John’s College       with this College. Special Guests included ex-student Gemma Lynch-
and St John’s Primary in Dubbo.                                                Memory (Class of ’88) who is a highly regarded and successful contemporary
The shield is named after Gerard Yeo, who was an ex-student of both schools.   Australian artist and Fr. Hugh Delaney, our Vicar General, who was one of
Gerard died tragically in the Bali bombings of 2002 at the age of 20.          the key people in the establishment of the College in 1967.
Year 6 students from St Mary’s and St John’s participated in Rugby League,     Gemma’s speech was superb. She commented on the pride she feels in her
Netball, boys’ and girls’ Soccer and Chess; and all students participated in   family, the Bathurst region, her friends, school life and the many experiences
an academic challenge.                                                         that have shaped her life as an artist. To embrace this evening was certainly
The competition was inaugurated to remember Gerard and to encourage            a privilege for all of who attended the dinner. The night spoke volumes for
the building of friendships between the students of the Catholic schools       the collective pride shared by present students and ex-students for both the
of Dubbo.                                                                      breadth and depth of the power of self-belief that certainly inspires them to
All students competed to the best of their ability and both schools enjoyed    be “A Light to the World”. MacKillop College is indebted to Fr Hugh Delaney
victories. At the end of the day, St Mary’s was awarded the Shield for 2008.   for attending and accepting the MacKillop Award for Distinction; to Mrs
                                                                               Gene Smith for presenting the MCE Smith Medal to Roisin McCarthy, as well
At the completion of the day’s activities, a Liturgy was held and Gerard’s,
                                                                               as to Executive Director of Schools, Mr Peter Hill who presented awards to
parents Pat and Kier, were on hand to present St Mary’s with the Shield.
                                                                               the Top Ten HSC students for 2007.

                                             CATHOLIC OBSERVER OCTOBER 2008 PAGE 8
PA N O R A M A                                                                                        MacKillop Coonamble Dinner

      Teacher and Cowra Showgirl entrant Karla Slaven pictured with students
                                                                                                       MacKillop Boarders enjoying the Coonamble Dinner
               India and Madison Johnson at the St Raphael’s display
St Raphael’s School was on display at the Cowra Show this year with a
brilliant display titled COME WITH US ON A JOURNEY: let it be spiritual, physical,
technological, creative and let it fuel your mind. The journey image was continued
with a footpath of coloured feet leading visitors around the display space.
The aspects of the journey were highlighted by fabulous photographs which
captured the dynamic learning environment at St Raphael’s. Some of the
photographs were part of assessment work completed by students in Years 9/10
Photographic and Digital Media class. The display was co-ordinated by Mrs Inel
Date on behalf of the School Promotion Committee and it was a snapshot of St
Raphael’s of which all could be proud.

                                                                                                                     Steve Todd & Sue Hargan

                                                                                                                                    A MacKillop and St Jospeph’s College
                                                                                                                                    Boarding Country Dinner was recently
                                                                                                                                    held in Coonamble.
                                                                                                                                    With over 30 people in attendance,
                                                                                                                                    the evening was a resounding success.
                                                                                                                                    Staff of the College, parents, boarding
                                                                                                                                    students, prospective families, staff
                                                                                                                                    from St. Brigid’s and ex-students from
                                                                                                                                    Perthville all thoroughly enjoyed
                                                                                                                                    the evening.
                                                                                                                                    One guest, Mrs Biddy Horan, was an
Part of the display highlighting a cross made up of 2008 student and staff photos                                                   ex-student of St. Joseph’s from the
                                                                                                                                    Class of 1943. Biddy came along to
                                                                                                                                    see how her old ‘alma mater’ was
                                                                                                                                    travelling and to express her thanks
                                                                                                                                    to the Sisters of St. Joseph for the
                                                                                                                                    education she received at Perthville
                                                                                                                                    as a boarder.
                                                                                                                               Thanks is extended to Sharmayne
                                                                                         Biddy Horan an ex-student of St Joseph’s
                                                                                             Perthville from the Class of 1943 and Noel Ledden for organising
                                                                                                                               this dinner.
                                                                                                     Next month…..photos from MacKillop’s Nyngan Dinner!

 Congratulations to Emelia and Matilda Den, Matikka Ishmail, Colleen and
 Emily Head, Sophie Welsh, Sophie Huckel and Amy Wallace who all looked
 beautiful in their white dresses and veils last month on the occasion of their First
 Holy Communion. They are pictured cutting their special cake at morning tea            Assumption’s Year 6 after Mass with Parish Priest Father James Cutcliffe (front) and
 afterwards. Thank you to Sr Kathy Jennings for preparing the girls for this special     the Cathedral Parish Renewal Team who visited last month: Sister Joan Buckrey,
 part of their faith journey.                                                                                Fr Nick Punch and Fr Michael Champlin

                                                CATHOLIC OBSERVER OCTOBER 2008 PAGE 9
                                                                                                                                Towards Unity
                                                                                                                                      with Cath Corbin

                                                                                                                             While in Sydney for World Youth Day, Pope Benedict XVI
   November 28 -30     th      th
                                           lead by Kathleen Jones;                   and Christ with us. Light               addressed the WYD Interfaith Meeting at Chapter Hall
    THANKSGIVING                          reflecting on our year and                     lunch provided,                     in St. Mary’s Cathedral. Following are extracts from the
         WEEKEND                           preparing for Christmas                        donation $35.                      Pontiff’s address….
 Join Karel for a weekend                                                             Bookings necessary for                   I extend a cordial greeting of peace and goodwill to all of
                                                                                        catering purposes.                   you who are here representing various religious traditions in
 of prayer and reflection
                                                                                                                             Australia. Grateful for this encounter, I thank Rabbi Jeremy
to give grateful thanks to                                                                                                   Lawrence and Sheikh Mohamadu Saleem for the words of
 God for the blessings of                                                                DIARY NOTES                         welcome which they expressed in their own name and on
year just past. If possible                                                            November 21st-23rd                    behalf of your respective communities.
please book by November                                                                Ada and Ted are on                      Australia is renowned for the congeniality of its people
   21st. Donation $120,                                                               outreach and request                   towards neighbour and visitor alike. It is a nation that holds
  concessions available.                                                               your prayer support.                  freedom of religion in high regard. Your country recognises
                                                                                          December 12th                      that a respect for this fundamental right gives men and women
    November 29th                                                                                                            the latitude to worship God according to their conscience, to
                                                                                       The House of Prayer
       Saturday                                                                                                              nurture their spirits, and to act upon the ethical convictions
                                                                                      closes for Christmas/                  that stem from their beliefs.
  9.30am to 3.30pm                                                                       New Year break.                       A harmonious relationship between religion and public life is
     PRE ADVENT                                                                        January 18th 2009                     all the more important at a time when some people have come
   DAY OF PRAYER                                                                     Shalom’s 34th anniversary               to consider religion as a cause of division rather than a force
  Part of the weekend                                                                Mass at noon followed by                for unity. In a world threatened by sinister and indiscriminate
 above, but also a stand                                                                   shared lunch;                     forms of violence, the unified voice of religious people urges
  alone day of prayer                                                                  please bring a plate                  nations and communities to resolve conflicts through peaceful
                                                                                                                             means and with full regard for human dignity. One of the many
                                                                                                                             ways religion stands at the service of mankind is by offering a
                Diocesan House of Prayer, Carcoar NSW 2797                                                                   vision of the human person that highlights our innate aspiration
                                         Tel: 02 6367 3058                                                                   to live generously, forging bonds of friendship with our
                                                                                                                             neighbours. At their core, human relations cannot be defined
                                         Fax: 02 6367 3057                                                                   in terms of power, domination and self-interest. Religions
                              email: shalom@bluemaxx.com.au                                                                  have a special role for they teach people that authentic service
                                                                                                                             requires sacrifice and self-discipline, which in turn must be
                             Website: www.bathurst.catholic.org.au                                                           cultivated through self-denial, temperance and a moderate use
                                                                                                                             of the world’s goods.

             Senior Youth Ministry Projects Officer
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) is the assembly of the Bishops of Australia. A vacancy exists in
the General Secretariat, based in Canberra, for the position of Senior Youth Ministry Projects Officer.
The Projects Officer position will be responsible for coordinating national aspects of the pastoral care for young people
•	 Working in close collaboration with the Australian Catholic Youth Council,
•	 Providing advice for the Council and Bishops Commission on issues facing young people and youth ministry,
•	 Managing and delivering approved projects, including:
           Identifying, developing and distributing youth ministry resources nationally
           supporting and advising Catholic youth ministers on faith formation for young people, personal and professional
           development for youth ministers and operational aspects of youth ministry,
•	 Maintaining a national network of Catholic youth leaders, including facilitating the establishment and development
     of a national website to support Catholic youth ministry, and
•	 Facilitating the organisation of national Catholic youth events, including a national youth event between World
     Youth Days
This appointment will be for a period of three years 2009 – 2011, subject to completion of a successful probation period.
Appointment may commence during the last quarter of 2008 depending on the availability of the selected application.            Friends, these values, I’m sure you’ll agree, are particularly
This position requires a police check and Working with Children check, and a driving license. The position will involve
a significant level of travel nationally.
                                                                                                                             important to the adequate formation of young people who
The successful applicant will:
                                                                                                                             are so often tempted to view life itself as a commodity. They
•	 demonstrate significant experience and dedication to Catholic youth ministry and have a comprehensive                     also have an aptitude for self-mastery: indeed, in sports, the
     understanding of the requirements, issues and challenges of youth ministry and young people in Australia today;         creative arts and in academic studies, they readily welcome
•	 demonstrate experience in working collaboratively with Catholic organisations in promoting the faith development          it as a challenge. Is it not true that when presented with high
     of young people and their full participation in the life of the Church;                                                 ideals, many young people are attracted to asceticism and the
•	 have excellent written and oral communication, liaison, negotiation and organisation skills, including an ability to      practice of moral virtue through self-respect and a concern
     relate effectively to young people; and                                                                                 for others? The theme of education frequently emerges from
•	 have experience in coordinating and delivering projects as part of a small team, with minimal supervision
                                                                                                                             the deliberations of the Interfaith Cooperation for Peace and
•	 a sound knowledge in the use of personal computers, Microsoft Windows operating systems and Microsoft Office
     applications, and                                                                                                       Harmony, and I warmly encourage those participating in this
•	 have relevant qualifications or experience.                                                                               initiative to continue the conversation about the values that
For the Position Description and further enquiries, please contact                                                           integrate the intellectual, human and religious dimensions of
                                        Bruce Ryan                                                                           a sound education.
                                        Executive Secretary                                                                    My dear friends, I have come to Australia as an ambassador
                                        Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life                                                 of peace. I feel blessed to meet you who likewise share this
                                        Email: pastoral.life@catholic.org.au                                                 yearning and the desire to help the world attain it.
                                        Phone: 02 6201 9865                                                                    Religion offers peace, but more importantly, it arouses within
                                        Mob: 0419 986 938
                                                                                                                             the human spirit a thirst for truth and a hunger for virtue. May
Applications, addressing each of the selection criteria in the Position Description,
                                                                                                                             we encourage everyone - especially the young - to marvel at
should be posted in an envelope marked ‘ConfiDEnTiAL’, to:
                                        Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
                                                                                                                             the beauty of life, to seek its ultimate meaning, and to strive
                                        Attention: Bruce Ryan                                                                to realise its sublime potential!
                                        GPO Box 368                                                                            With these sentiments of respect and encouragement, I
                                        CAnBERRA ACT 2601                                                                    commend you to the providence of Almighty God, and I assure
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                                               Katie Koala Club winners
  Each year, The Catho-
lic Development Fund
runs the Katie Koala
Club Savers Competi-
tion. It’s aim is to en-
courage children to
start saving for their fu-
ture, and at the same
time help carry on our
mission in the Church.
Prizes are drawn early
in Term Three and this
year’s winners were all
thrilled to be the lucky
                                                               Laidley with his Mum Kate, Rose                                                                  Anita with Michelle from the CDF
ones drawn out.
                                                                  and Carolyn from the CDF                                                       Laidley Rouse, a kindergarten student from All Hal-
 The Katie competi-                                                                                                                             lows in Gulgong, won first Prize. With excited Mum
tion will run again next                                                                                                                        Kate there to see him receive it, Liadley confidently
year so make sure you                                                                                                                           read out to the small assembly that he and his family
are in the running for                                                                                                                          had won a trip to Canberra for two nights and tick-
a prize.                                                                                                                                        ets to the Zoo and Questacon. It’s great to see so
                                                                                                                                                many children at All Hallows saving with Katie. Rose
                                                                                                                                                Saliba is doing a great job with the school banking
                                                                                                                                                there and it was very nice to catch up with her.
                                                                                                                                                 Second prize went to Drew Hawkins, School Captain
                                                                                                                                                at St. John’s in Baradine. Drew was overwhelmed
                                                                                                                                                when she opened the parcel to find a portable
                                                                                                                                                DVD player.
                                                                                                                                                 Anita McDermott was our third prize winner - from
                                                                                                                                                St. Joseph’s in Oberon. On a very cold and snowy
                                                                                                                                                day, Helen and Michelle from the CDF Office
                                                                                                                                                presented Anita with her Billabong bag, with some
                                                 Drew with her brother, Mum Tina, Grandmother                                                   goodies inside.
                                                  Julie, Dad Danny and Carolyn from the CDF

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                                                                CATHOLIC OBSERVER OCTOBER 2008 PAGE 11
 Proclaim the Message                                                                                   QUESTION OF FAITH
                             by Helen Ryan                                                              Q: I have had a very difficult life (…) and find it hard
    An SRE Teacher sows the seed of God’s word in the hearts of children                                to see how God can allow that to happen. Everything in
                  who otherwise may not hear of God.                                                    me tells me that God has abandoned me. How can I keep
                                                                                                        praying to a God who has deserted me?
  During this month of           difficulties throughout their          We look at the lives of         A: It is difficult for me to comment much on the particular
November we, as Catholics,       lives. Yet, these people were        those who have faithfully         circumstances which have caused so much distress for
will be reflecting on the        people of integrity. They            followed Jesus Christ and we      you. The Lord has told us that we must bear our cross,
lives of the Saints. With        witnessed to their faith in          are inspired. Jesus speaks to     just as he carried his, and that there is great redemptive
the first day of November        Jesus and some died for              each of us through them. We       significance in accepting suffering and uniting it with his
significant as a day of          their faith.                         pray, through their love of       own passion. He himself felt in some way distant from
celebration of All Saints          The core of their lives was        celebrating the Eucharist and     God as he was about to die, crying out “My God, my God,
and an opportunity to            their love of God.                   the Sacraments, these Holy        why have you abandoned me?” So your feeling that God
reflect on our own favourite       What a great example they          People will intercede for us to   seems far away is a common enough human experience.
saints, some of us make          have been to us. They, by their      the Father.
an effort to celebrate the       ordinary lives, their prayer life,     God’s plan for SRE Teachers
Holy Eucharist as many           give us encouragement, through       is the spreading of the Good
of the Saints did during         our ordinary, every day lives, to    News of Jesus; in the many
their lives.                     “become as little children…”         classrooms they visit, to
  The Feast of All Saints        (Matt. 18:2-3), to turn to Jesus.    instruct the students in the
and the month of November          We all need people to look up      Public schools.
give us the opportunity to       to, people whose lives embody          We want the students to live
remember, with gratitude, all    ideals we hold important and         a Christ-like life. By giving
those persons whose goodness     strive to emulate.                   them information about some
has inspired us in our beliefs     This will not always be easy,      of the Saints, they can find
and given us courage to act on   and it takes courage to totally      qualities they may be able to
these beliefs.                   surrender to God’s will. We          imitate in their lives.

                                                                                                        Our Christian faith, however, assures us that God is
                                                                                                        intimately present to each one of us at every moment
                                                                                                        of our lives, and Jesus assures us that our prayers are
                                                                                                        always answered, even though at times these answers are
                                                                                                        somewhat hidden.

                                                                                                        All the wonderful things in the world could not have just
                                                                                                        “happened”. A logical further step is that God is a loving
                                                                                                        God who cares deeply for all those whom He has created
                                                                                                        in His own image and likeness. Never forget this, and
                                                                                                        never despair that the Lord is absent.

                                                                                                        We are all indeed utterly dependent on God and God has
                                                                                                        no dependence on us. To live in a God fearing way in
                                                                                                        the light of this reality is not to be selfish. Rather, it is
                                                                                                        to acknowledge reality for what it is. God wants us to
 I think of Saints, not only     are not trying to make God            SRE      Teachers       teach    depend on Him and to live holy lives, full of faith in Him
the people who have been         fit into our ideas, but rather       because of their faith. Their     and His Son, and to abide always by His commandments.
canonised by the Church,         living our lives to fit into         efforts to spread the Good
but all people who have lived    God’s plan for us.                   News of Jesus make an
good lives, reflecting the         “The saints proclaimed the         outstanding contribution to       Is there something about the Catholic faith you want answered?
goodness of God.                 wonderful works of Christ in         the spreading of the faith.                      Contact: Catholic Enquiry Centre
 Saints, as I have read, were    his servants, and display to         These apostolic activities of                       info@catholicenquiry.com
not perfect people. They had     the faithful fitting examples for    the SRE Teachers, strive to
faults and weaknesses. They      their imitation.” (Constitution on   encourage the living of a truly           Ph: 1300 4 FAITH (1300 432 484)
struggled and encountered        the Sacred Liturgy Vat. 11)          Christian life.

     Can YOU help sow                                                                                     School Banking Thanks
     the seeds of the                                                                                   The CDF really appreciates the work and support of the
                                                                                                        Agents and School Staff throughout the Diocese who
       Good News???                                                                                     make our School Banking possible. The girls from the
         POSITION VACANT                                                                                Fund enjoyed the opportunities they had recently to catch
                                                                                                        up with some of them.
 Regional Co-ordinator of volunteer
      Catholic SRE Teachers                                                                                                                          Julia Englert
       (Scripture Teachers in                                                                                                                           from St.
 State Schools) and member of the                                                                                                                    Columba’s in
        Diocesan SRE Team                                                                                                                           Yeoval receives
                                                                                                                                                      a small gift
     This is a salaried position,
                                                                                                                                                     from Sandra
            2 days per week,
   supporting and encouraging SRE
                                                                                                        Hopkins from
   Experience in teaching SRE in a                      “An SRE Teacher sows the seed of                  St. Mary’s
     Catholic school is essential                       God’s word in the hearts of children              in Orange
                                                        who otherwise may not hear of God”
                                                                                                         receives her
                                                                                                           gift from
  Applications to Helen Ryan on 6884 5848 or 0407 001 196                                                   Helen

                                               CATHOLIC OBSERVER OCTOBER 2008 PAGE 12
     Youth                                                 with Gabrielle Sinclair
           From WYD highs - to finding our own way…
  “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be my witnesses” Acts 1:8

  Most WYD pilgrims can quote        question will hang in the air.         need to ask some questions
this text since hearing it over         WYDSYD pilgrims, you have           to help you discover what you
and over during World Youth          received power from the Holy           really need - as opposed to
Day, though I think many             Spirit…. Are you waiting for           want you think you want!
are forgetting that it is not        someone else to make the                •	 What makes you angry?
only a statement - but also          first move? … What is the Spirit        •	 What make you laugh out
a challenge.                         saying to you?                             loud ’till it hurts?
  Most WYD pilgrims about               Pope Benedict, in his Homily         •	 What can make you turn
now will be experiencing the         at Randwick, said that the                 your head away… that
inevitable let-down from such        Church needs a renewal that                you can’t bear to look at?
a huge event. It will be most        only you can give it. “She              •	 What makes you cry?
keenly felt if they have not yet     needs your faith, your idealism         •	 How do I allow myself to
found a way to live out the
promises - and the life they bore
witness to during World Youth
Day - in their own everyday
experiences and lifestyle. This is
the real challenge.
  In Sydney during those
amazing days July, it was
so easy to be Christian,
particularly Catholic. Together,
everyone        expressed    their
faith in how they dressed,
gestured, shared meals and                                                                                         Visiting Sydney? Why not stay at
interacted with those around
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                                     service of others!”
                                       Saying “yes” to faith, to Jesus,
                                                                             you think you want.
                                                                               Similar questions can be                 Lessons for Lectors
paralleled with the passion          is something that we decide on          used for a parish to determine     Miss Mary Seaman from the Cathedral Parish was a Lector for
we need to be prepared to            a daily basis - sometimes many          a way forward.                     many years. During that time, she gathered many suggestions
give of ourselves in order to        times a day. It takes practice. It      •	 What are the gifts of our       from various people to enhance her contribution to this
know ultimate glory and the          takes courage. And it cannot                community?                     important Ministry and here she shares some with us…..
Kingdom of God.                      be done alone.                          •	 What does our community         •	 Don’t stand too close to the microphone.
  It is no fluke either that next      But you are not alone, you                do well?                       •	 What sounds soft to some, is loud to others and perfect for
year, and every year that            have received power and the             •	 What does our community             yet others. It is important to ask as many people as possible
we do not celebrate an               Holy Spirit is waiting with you for         fail to achieve?                   how your voice sounds to them.
international World Youth Day,       you to give yourself permission         •	 How do we connect with          •	 Don’t worry if you have a soft voice - it’s not necessary to
the celebrations of World Youth      to fully unleash your gifts                 those on the fringes of our        speak or sing loudly when using a microphone.
Day fall on Palm Sunday.             and shine!                                  community?                     •	 It is, of course, important to
                                       No youth group, youth                  When       looking    at    new       speak clearly.
    But What Now?                    ministry       program,       youth    possibilities, as individuals and   •	 Reading with expression
  WYD for many people was            Mass, retreat or gathering             as community, it is always              helps communication, as
a glimpse of the Kingdom of          can fully express or cater for         important to start with an              do looking up occasionally
God. Great. But what now?            your entire faith journey at           awareness of what you have              and looking towards people
What do I do until next World        this moment. Your journey is           in order to more openly move            in different parts of the
Youth Day?                           exactly that - yours. A Diocese,       forward. As a Diocese, with             church.
  These      are    interesting      a Parish or a School can only          the “Days in the Diocese”           •	 The pace should be neither
questions. So many pilgrims          provide the opportunities and          programme such a success                too quick nor too slow, and
who went to Sydney are now           experiences that you need to           - where hospitality and                 varying the pace also helps communication.
thinking about going to Madrid       take it further. If what is on offer   compassion for others was           •	 If someone is thinking of becoming a Lector, encourage
for WYD 2011. Fantastic, but         doesn’t appeal to you, talk            highlighted - there is not doubt        that person. A variety of voices assists the congregation to
next time in Madrid you will be      to someone about what you              that every Parish has many              appreciate the Word of God.
asked “how have you been a           want to do. Feed the hungry,           gifts to share and honour.          •	 If unable to read when rostered, try to give your replacement
witness to your faith?” “what        help a family in need - where is         So how can we… you….                  plenty of time to prepare the reading.
did you do with the gift you         your passion?                          take up the challenge of Acts       In conclusion, Mary says… “Many thanks indeed to all who
received in 08?”; it may not           When you look towards                1:8? What power did the Holy        contribute to the Liturgy, especially when heavily burdened
be asked explicitly, but the         starting something new, you            Spirit entrust you to share?        with many commitments”.

                                                   CATHOLIC OBSERVER OCTOBER 2008 PAGE 13
                                                            The Great Race
  The Great Race is on in             Our clear goal, as Christians, is   the ‘race’ towards Jesus.          30 day silent retreat. However, it    relationship with Jesus in the
Bathurst this weekend, and          Jesus - to know Him, to nurture                                                                                context of our new awareness
the Mountain roars! It’s one        a meaningful faith relationship          What is your training plan? Who do you have in your life to           of the close connection we
of the negative impacts of          with Him, to imitate Him in            support and coach you in living out the routine of your choice?         have with other life forms on
human activity on the natural       His values and actions, to think        What opportunities, directed towards helping you achieve your          the planet and with the planet’s
environment. But in many ways,      like Him, to love like Him, to          goal of growing more deeply in love with Jesus, have you taken         life support systems. The 2009
it’s also a positive experience     allow Him to show us who God           up in the last 12 months? Are you open to “conversion” - that is,       Rahamim Programme will
for the human community of          is and how God loves us; and           open to allowing the Holy Spirit to transform your spirit into the      have details of the retreats,
Bathurst. The economy swells        ultimately to enjoy fullness of               spirit of Jesus - open to becoming more like Christ?             workshops       and      practical
and the level of energy rises to    life with Him for all eternity. If                                                                             learning experiences that will
new heights. Of course, there’s     this is our clear goal, there are a     St Ignatius of Loyola took       is also possible for people with      be available next year.
a strong possibility that human     number of ways in which we can        the time to reflect on what        work and family commitments             Of course, life with Christ
disturbances will break out         ‘train’ to achieve it. An athlete     ‘practices’ helped him and         to do the same Spiritual              is not really a race and we are
where alcohol or other mood         or a competitor in any sporting       others to stay ‘on track’ in       Exercises in the Retreat in           not competing with each other
altering drugs are involved. But    event works out a training plan       following Christ. He came up       Everyday Life programme,              for God’s love. There is more
overall, people make this Spring    that is regular and focused.                                                                                   than enough to go round!!
car racing weekend a time for       Often too, the competitor has                                                                                  Nor is it absolutely necessary
enjoying a spectacle together.      a trainer, someone who knows                                                                                   to do something as formal as
  Back in the time of St Paul,      more about the activity than                                                                                   a retreat, of any kind, to plan
it was the runners who made         the participant does and who                                                                                   for the possibility of growing
racing a popular pastime. St Paul   can share that knowledge and                                                                                   in Christ. For some people, it’s
used ‘the race’ as a metaphor to    experience with him or her.                                                                                    daily Mass. For others, it’s the
explain to the people of Corinth    That’s what we need to do, if we                                                                               daily recitation of the Rosary.
the meaning of Christian life:      are really serious about being in                                                                              Others meditate for 20 minutes
                                                                                                                                                   twice a day or read the New
  “Do you not realise that, though all the runners in the stadium                                                                                  Testament for 15 minutes every
   take part in the race, only one of them gets the prize? Run like                                                                                day. It is the intention and the
  that - to win. Every athlete concentrates completely on training,       with the Spiritual Exercises.      with a director, over a longer        regularity that is important.
    and this is to win a wreath that will wither, whereas ours will       People are taught and guided       period, and in a form adapted           Paul’s image of the race and
     never wither. So that is how I run, not without a clear goal”        through the Spiritual Exercises    to conditions outside a Retreat       of the necessity to train in order
                            (1 Cor 9: 24-26)                              in Jesuit Retreat Centres and      Centre. This programme will           to compete successfully in the
                                                                          some other Retreat Centres in a    continue to be offered in the         race, highlights the conscious
                                                                                                             Bathurst Diocese in 2009.             commitment that is called for if
                                                                                                              At St Joseph’s Mount, the            our faith relationship with God
                                                                                                             Rahamim Ecological Learning           - Father, Son and Holy Spirit -
                                                                                                             Community is exploring our            is to be real and effective.

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            Justice Matters with Fr Paul Devitt

                                                             Learning from past hurts
  Timor Leste (East Timor) is          retributive and restorative        own atrocities.                     victims or victims’ families.       getting stuck into the rebuilding
one of the newest nations in           components. One without              The restorative model, with       But theses commissions alone        process at both the physical and
the world and is struggling            the other is not enough. The       the truth and reconciliation        do not give the best result         policy levels. There are also a lot
with all the complex political,        post World War Two trials in       commissions, certainly enables      because they do not force the       of people from many different
economic and social issues             Nuremburg and Tokyo showed         people to speak out about the       perpetrators of serious crimes      nations around the world
that need to be dealt with in          that war crimes trials on their    atrocities they or their loved      to face up to the fact that         engaged in assisting the nation
building a new nation. One of          own achieve some measure           ones suffered in a conflict. They   nations operate under the ‘rule     building process. Religious
the significant issues that the                                                                               of law’ and that violation of the   from many different orders
people have to deal with, is                                                                                  rule of law necessarily results     are to be found everywhere
how to achieve justice for the                                                                                in some punishment. While           providing education, health
crimes committed during the                                                                                   repentance and forgiveness          care, technical training and
long period of civil war and the                                                                              are necessary parts of any          support in a multitude of ways.
Indonesian occupation.                                                                                        move to establishing justice,       State and Federal governments,
  One of the key questions being                                                                              so too is the awareness that        the Australian Army, NGOs,
dealt with is what processes                                                                                  all actions have consequences       Rotary clubs, the UN forces
are the most appropriate                                                                                      and serious crimes must incur       and many individual groups and
to achieve justice. The two                                                                                   serious penalties.                  organisations have twinned with
forms of justice most often                                                                                     In Timor Leste, the various       East Timorese groups to help in
used are ‘Retributive Justice’                                                                                mechanisms used to bring about      the development process. The
and ‘Restorative Justice’.                                                                                    justice for the 1999 conflict       many Australians involved in
Retributive justice uses war                                                                                  and the 1974-1999 war and           these various organisations are
crimes trials to achieve its ends.                                                                            occupation have met with some       certainly helping to ‘put right’
Restorative justice uses truth                                                                                success, but much is still to       the wrongs perpetrated by our
and reconciliation commissions                                                                                be done.                            own Federal governments in
to achieve its ends.                                                                                            The heartening thing I            that period from 1975 when
  In Timor Leste, both forms                                                                                  found in Timor Leste during         they turned a blind eye to the
of justice have been used                                                                                     a recent visit is that, while       pain being inflicted on the
in the effort to facilitate the                                                                               the difficult and meticulous        Timorese people.
transition from a nation under         Luke McNamara of the Orange Parish at the Bidua Church                 work of achieving justice is          Justice is about building ‘right
repressive domination, or                building site in Dili. Luke works with the Ausaid Water              progressing slowly, there are       relationships’. It is always a
armed conflict, to a nation                                                                                   many signs that the nation          difficult task when there has
                                                Purification and Sanitation Programme
that is genuinely peaceful                                                                                    building process is well under      been much hurt and distrust.
and can thereby enable the             of justice but run the serious     enable perpetrators and victims     way and will be successful. The     Timor Leste is a little nation
political, economic and social         risk of being only ‘victor’s       to face each other and demand       Timorese people themselves          with a big vibrant heart. We do
rebuilding to take place.              justice’ - where only a lost       apology or repentance from          are an incredibly resilient and     well to walk closely beside it
  Transitional             justice     war is a crime. The victors are    the perpetrators and, hopefully,    industrious people. There were      into its future - it has much to
necessarily requires both              not held accountable for their     some degree of forgiveness from     plenty of examples of people        teach us.

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                                   World Mission Day 2008

  Not every community in the world             to fight secularisation.
has access to regular church services.           Previously as Bishop of the Nakhon
Throughout the world small groups of           Sawan diocese he had helped one million
people are gathering together to support       Burmese refugees of five different tribes.
each other spiritually and practically in      His work consisted of walking eight hours
daily life.                                    into the jungle to meet up with refugees
  They study the scripture, pray together      living in the forest, who were waiting to
and discuss how this is relevant to their      be smuggled into the nearby city
lives, which is often a response to the          The Archbishop knew that BCCs
injustices that they face. Poverty, corrupt    united communities. There are now
governments, disease, malnutrition, war        443 BCCs in the Archdiocese of Thare             Fr Peter Huan in front of St
and environmental conditions are some          Nonseng, each group growing at their             Therese’s Catholic Church
of their challenges. These are known as
Basic Christian Communities (BCCs).
                                               own individual needs. Ten to 15 families
                                               form one BCC.
                                                                                             Father Peter Huan is living a “mission of love”
  In Thailand, BCCs provide a source of          Archbishop Louis said, “Basic                Back in 1965 a young Vietnamese              thought he would like to go to Holland,
love and support for those most needing        Christian Communities are now                man, Peter Huan saw first hand the plight      but God had other plans with his visa
spiritual, medical and practical assistance.   in each parish and are a must for            of the Indigenous mountain people              applications rejected three times.
Through the regular prayer groups and          each parish.”                                of the Diocese of Kontum and how                 This was when he knew he should come
community meetings the people are                The hope is that people will be able       they were excluded from mainstream             to Australia, first settling in Melbourne,
inspired to live Jesus’ mission of love,       to help each other physically and            Vietnamese society.                            then Sydney where he finished his
reaching out to those most in need.            spiritually, for example doing the rice        This empathy was to return many years        theological studies with the MSCs.
  In the Archdiocese of Thare Nonseng          harvest communally.                          later when Father Peter Huan MSC would           Spending time in various parts of
they have developed many projects                Catholic Mission funds this wonderful      return to work with a different indigenous     Australia, Father Peter spent six years
to help locals including a cow bank,           work in Thailand, and 159 other countries    community excluded from mainstream             working with the indigenous community
fish farm, small loans scheme, a radio         around the world.                            society in many ways - the indigenous          at Daly River in the Northern Territory.
program and support groups for those             The Basic Christian Communities            community on Bathurst Island right here        He felt that he had a missionary calling to
with HIV/AIDS.                                 are a great example of where your            in Australia. Bathurst Island is part of the   people of different ethnic backgrounds,
  Archbishop        Louis      Chamniern       donations make a real impact on              Tiwi Islands just north of Darwin.             particularly with the Indigenous
Santisukniram decided to form the BCCs         real lives.                                    Before he reached the Tiwi Islands           community of Australia.
                                                                                            Father Huan’s life had many chapters             He is happy and comfortable working
                                                         A BCC Prayer group in              to unfold. Father Peter Huan began his         with the people of the Tiwi Islands. Father
                                                        Thare Nonseng, Thailand             studies as a priest in the major seminary      celebrates a school mass once a fortnight
                                                                                            in Kontum, Vietnam, but was imprisoned         and at Rankou community every other
                                                                                            by the government back in 1979 for             Sunday. There is no church at Rankou so
                                                                                            one year because of his work with the          mass is celebrated in the open air.
                                                                                            Church. Father Peter’s eldest brother            Father Peter says of his role as a priest
                                                                                            was also imprisoned for three months           amongst the indigenous community, “I
                                                                                            due to his association with a priest, his      am not here to teach the people, I am
                                                                                            own brother.                                   here to be with the people as a missionary
                                                                                              Father Peter spent three months in a cell    and by the blessings of God they will
                                                                                            just three by four metres, not big by any      experience conversion; not in the white
                                                                                            stretch of the imagination, but he shared      way, not in the black way but in the way
                                                                                            this cell with 60 people. During his           and time it is willed to be”.
                                                                                            time in prison, Father Peter was beaten          Catholic Mission supports Father Peter
                                                                                            severely, many times.                          and his parish on Bathurst Island with
                                                                                              Forced by the government to leave            funding from Catholic Mission’s work
                                                                                            Vietnam in 1981, Father Peter originally       with communities.
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