Diocese of Bathurst Volume 42, No 9
Print Post Approved PP 22620/00019 October 2008 $1.00
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
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
This year, our Diocesan Director of Catholic Mission, Glenn
Smith, spoke to parishioners at St Mary’s Mudgee on World
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
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
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 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”.
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
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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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
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
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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”.
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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
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then, he has been involved with mental illness.
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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
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
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: email@example.com
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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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
Norman J Penhall Funerals
himself for that and feels guilty and there are many memorial
that he is not there to care services. A stamped envelope
for them. There are plenty of may be a very important item
There are people who have
to an inmate who has been
transferred from another gaol, AFDA Deidre and Norman Penhall
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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
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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: email@example.com 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
Applications close Friday 24 October 2008 you of my prayers for you and your loved ones, the members
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, and actively of your communities, and all the citizens of Australia.
promotes work/life balance.
CATHOLIC OBSERVER OCTOBER 2008 PAGE 10
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
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
Serving Your Community
For information on how you can access your
CDF account on-line, contact our friendly staff
on Freecall – 1800 451 760
or email your enquiry to
The Catholic Development Fund Diocese of Bathurst (CDF) is not subject to the provisions of the Corporation Act 2001 nor has it been examined or approved by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Deposits with CDF
are guaranteed by CDPF Limited, a company established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference for this purpose. We welcome your investment with the CDF rather than with a profit oriented commercial organisation as a conscious
commitment by you to support the Charitable, Religious and Educational works of the Catholic Church. CDF, nor the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Diocese of Bathurst are prudentially supervised by the Australian Prudential
Regulation Authority; contributions to CDF do not obtain the benefit of the depositor protection provisions of the Banking Act 1959; CDF is designed for investors who wish to promote the charitable purposes of CDF.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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,
2 days per week,
supporting and encouraging SRE
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”
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,
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interacted with those around
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we hear this story. However, Spirit! ….. The Church especially and heroes?
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the glory, that bit is easy; but
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”.
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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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