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Catholic Women's League Australia Inc. Walking with God 'We walk by faith not by sight' Corinthians 2-5:7 Na t i o n a l N e w s l e tter Issue 3 September 2009 CATHOLIC WOMEN'S LEAGUE AUSTRALIA INC. 44th NATIONAL BIENNIAL CONFERENCE In this issue 2 President's Report 3 State News 6 National Conference Pictorial Feature PERTH 2009 National Newsletter Catholic Women's League Australia Inc. From the National President from the Redemptorist Mater Seminary followed by Member Organisation banners and the members of the National Executive. The beautiful singing was led by the Bunbury Diocesan Liturgical Choir under the direction of Mr Ian Mills. Family, friends and members enjoyed afternoon tea at Royal Park after the Mass - a most enjoyable finish to the day. The 44th Biennial National Conference was officially opened by His Excellency Dr Ken Michael AC, Governor of Western Australia who was accompanied by his wife Mrs Julie Michael. Dr Michael noted “I believe, the League is such an essential advocate for Catholic 21 September - St Matthew, women – because it offers them camaraderie, support Patron Saint of Accountants and Tax Collectors and encouragement throughout Australia – whether Jesus called Matthew to “Follow me” it be from our cities or the country and our remote Matthew got up and followed him regional areas. The work that you do has a multi- faceted and very important role because in educating Lord help us to answer your call promptly and whole- and promoting the interest of Catholic women, we heartedly, to be messengers of your love. all in our communities, benefit from the contributions Help me Lord, to do your will. that these women – all of you - make to others. It is at the local branches, that much of the work is done With a great deal of anticipation, excitement and joy, to support campaigns such as Pink Ribbon Day, National Council members arrived at the Novotel White Ribbon Day, Wrap with Love and many other Langley hotel for the commencement of the CWLA genuinely worthy causes that help change our world at (Inc.) National Council meeting held in conjunction local, national and international levels”. “We are guided with the 44th Biennial National Conference. National by our faith and supported by the power of prayer in Chaplain, Father Laurence Murphy SDS celebrated all our personal endeavours and circumstances”. Dr the Eucharist for us - a fitting way to commence the Michael then officially declared our Conference open. meeting. We welcomed Mrs Tui Pasco, National President of Two major items for discussion on the agenda were: Catholic Women's League New Zealand, and Lucy • The Constitution, where it was moved by Special Muru from Manus Island PNG who where present for Resolution, “that the revised Constitution and the duration of the Conference - it was wonderful to By-Laws of Catholic Women’s League Inc. be have them with us. adopted”. After prayerful discussion, Member Organisations, by a show of hands, passed this For three days, after morning liturgy, our time was motion unanimously. spent listening to and being motivated by some truly wonderful guest speakers including our Keynote • And secondly, the issue of Recommendations. In Speaker, Professor Celia Hammond vice Chancellor accordance with a motion passed at the CWLA (Inc.) National Conference 2007 in South Australia, of Notre Dame University Fremantle; Dr Peter Dingle, “It was moved that Recommendations from MO’s for Associate Professor in Health and Environment consideration at National Conference be presented at Murdoch University; Deb Perry (known as at the National Council meeting in conjunction with “Spoonsperry” after being judged a finalist on Channel the National Conference for discussion.” It is not 7’s “Australia’s Got Talent”) ensured that nobody fell necessary to vote on recommendations - there was asleep after lunch on Tuesday; the inspirational Kylie a lot of discussion and the outcomes will be dealt Forth who has completed an Arts Degree majoring in with by the Member Organisations. Linguistics and is now studying Law. Kylie lost both her eyes when aged three and part of her leg when National Bioethics Convenor, Mrs Margo Nancarrow aged eight, due to cancer. did not seek re-election and was thanked for her work over past years as CWLA’s Bioethics Convenor. Dr The Business Session led by Mrs Judith Parker Anna Krohn from Victoria will be the new National ran very smoothly. There was Sharing in the Bioethics Convenor. Dioceses, with questions on membership, meeting procedures and ways of engaging women to join our The Opening Mass held at the Redemptorist organization - from all accounts a fruitful session. Monastery Church was a wonderful spectacle. The Our National Convenors led us through some entrance procession was led by Bishop Sproxton, very important and challenging issues; WUCWO National Chaplain Father Murphy SDS, Father Wally Board Member Brenda Finlayson brought to our Kevis from Busselton and Father Michael Moore attention the joy that will await all who can journey 2 National Newsletter Catholic Women's League Australia Inc. to Jerusalem in October 2010 for the WUCWO WESTERN AUSTRALIA National Assembly celebrating 100 years of service. It was moved by Tasmania and seconded by NSW that, Greetings to all from members here in the west of acting on a proposal from Victoria and Wagga Wagga, our great land. I have just arrived home from a most the contribution from CWLA Inc. to the WUCWO enjoyable morning. Together with the State Minute Endowment Fund should consist of: Secretary, Patricia Richards, we were privileged a. A donation from CWLA Inc. equal to one (1) dollar to share in a tour of the restoration of Perth’s St. per member for 2009 and b. Donations from Member Organisations (if they so Mary’s Cathedral. In the words of Archbishop wish) and/or individuals. Barry Hickey, “The sight of St. Mary’s Cathedral as it re-emerges in all its majesty, is quite simply The closing date for such monies to be 30 Nov 2009. inspirational”. All this has been achieved in just over two years. Restoration has brought renewed I extend my thanks and congratulate all who supported life to the magnificent stained glass windows and the National Raffle in any way. We were overwhelmed the much loved chapels. In 1930 Archbishop Clune when all the tickets were sold by Monday lunch time. halted construction work at St. Mary’s Cathedral Lucky winners were drawn out at the conference dinner due to the impact of the great depression. He said, on Wednesday. in part, at that time, “This must be a project we leave to future generations to complete”. And so it On Monday evening CWLA members were invited to a has been and it is huge! The dream of completing Perth City Council Reception. Deputy Lord Mayor Mrs St. Mary’s Cathedral in Perth is nearly finished, and Janet Davidson graciously welcomed delegates and on St. Mary’s Feast Day, 8 December 2009 we will members to the City of Perth, in the absence of the see the Blessing and Dedication of this magnificent Lord Mayor who was unable to be present on the night. cathedral. The Closing Mass was celebrated by our National We certainly have been out and about these past Chaplain Father Laurence, during which we re- weeks as Margaret Ker, State-Vice President and dedicated ourselves as Catholic Women’s League Dorothy Beyer, State Treasurer were there together members to our Patroness, Our Lady Help of Christians. with members of the Western Australian Parliament to welcome a group of Greek students to Western Wednesday evening saw all members in their finery Australia. attend the Conference Dinner at the Novotel Langley where we were treated to a delicious dinner and were entertained by Mr Fred Rea a wonderful singer of Irish In August State Members together with National songs and others as requested. President Karyn Kammann attended the celebrations for the National Council of Jewish During our Conference days we were blessed in so Women of Australia Ltd in celebrating 80 years of many ways and we give thanks to God for all the service to the WA Jewish and wider community. This graces received. The National Executive extends was a wonderful evening and a joy to share with special thanks to WA State President Georgie Bruce- women from different faith and ethnic communities. Smith and the members of CWL Western Australia for their love and support over the past eighteen months; We extend our love and congratulations to all to Bev Macri and Jan Batt for co-ordinating members members of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred and friends to knit, crochet, carve and sew resulting Heart as they, together with the Church of Australia, in a magnificent supply of craft for sale during the celebrate 100 years on 8 August since the death of Conference. its first beatified Australian, Blessed Mary MacKillop. Many of these sisters in this community are members Mrs Madge Fahy, as incoming National President, of Catholic Women’s League in Australia. introduced the CWLA National Executive team from Victoria and Wagga Wagga 2010- In closing, we here in Western Australia extend a 2011. We wish them God’s blessings and warm welcome once again to all those who are our love and support as they continue the making “the big trek” to WA to attend the National work for Catholic Women’s League Australia. Conference for CWLA. We look forward to sharing some great stories, renewing old friendships and In Charity Work & Loyalty. welcoming lots of new faces. Shalom. Karyn Kammann Georgie Bruce-Smith National President - CWLA Inc. President - Western Australia 3 National Newsletter Catholic Women's League Australia Inc. CANBERRA & GOULBURN public figures and the Marriage Movement. Their common vision is to seek to cultivate within society ARCHDIOCESE an appreciation that the integrity and well-being of the family, based on marriage, is essential to the stability, morale, security and prosperity of the At the time of writing all our thoughts are concentrated Australian nation. Marlena and Michael Jeffery on the coming National Conference in Perth. From were announced as this year’s National Marriage information received this promises to be a very busy Day Ambassadors. The new youth group RISE and informative period. We look forward to renewing (Restoring Integrity and Sexual Ethics) was officially old friendships and making new ones. launched nationally, following their first conference the day before. It was a privilege to be among those Recent events embraced special celebrations present. at St. Mary’s West Wyalong NSW Branch’s 40th Anniversary and St. Joseph’s O’Connor ACT See you at the Conference in Perth, travel safely Branch’s 50th Anniversary. Functions were also everyone. attended at St. Benedict’s Narrabundah ACT, St. John Vianney and St. Jude’s Branch Weston Creek Jacqueline Hipwell ACT and St.Mary’s Branch Young NSW. President – Canberra and Goulburn League members attended the 70th Anniversary Luncheon of the National Council of Women of the Australian Capital Territory and also Fellowship Day TASMANIA hosted by St. Columbas Uniting Church Braddon In the middle of winter Mrs. Lola Phillips, (Southern ACT. Vice-President of CWL Tasmania) and I braved the dire predictions of the weather bureau that snow On Sunday 27 July I was among the invited guests would fall and travelled to the Midlands of Tasmania present at the Diamond Jubilee and Blessing of the to attend the Annual Meeting of the Oatlands new renovations Mass of St. Christopher’s Cathedral Branch. The weather may have been freezing, but and the Archbishop’s Luncheon to follow. the welcome was warm. League members attended the “Prayers for Peace Oatlands is a rural area and the Catholic Women’s in the Middle East” on Sunday 9 August at the League is the only Catholic organization in the town, Jewish Community Centre Forest ACT. This was an so the members have a central role in supporting important inter-faith initiative of the Jewish, Christian their Parish Priest and Associate, visiting the sick and Muslim communities of Canberra coming and elderly, organizing the Annual Fair, street stalls, together to provide clear witness from each faith catering for visits by the Archbishop, Sacramental to our common commitment to work and pray for celebrations, etc. Some have training in leadership peace in the world. This covered readings of sacred in the updated form of the celebration of the Word texts from each faith tradition, singing, music and with Communion when a Priest is not available. prayers led by well known leaders of each faith. The refreshments afterwards provided an opportunity At the conclusion of the meeting (and a very for fellowship. enjoyable lunch) a Prayer Service was held in the nearby church, St. Paul’s, with a lay reader, as the On Thursday 13 August, on behalf of CWL Canberra/ Parish Priest was away on leave. St. Paul’s is a very Goulburn, I attended the National Marriage Day beautiful church. It opened in 1851, despite Patrick Breakfast held at Parliament House in Canberra at O’Flanagan, the stone mason being killed when 7am – 10am. The Keynote Speaker was Australian a wall collapsed. Fred Thomas was the architect, born Mr. James Bogle TD MA from the UK, deported to Tasmania for forgery, now noted for his barrister (London), author, broadcaster, historian, buildings. Other names connected with this church Lieutenant-Colonel and pro marriage activist. The are Pugin, the great designer, and Paddy Lynch, breakfast was intended to help put the spotlight on who had worked with Pugin in Ireland. marriage between a man and woman and to call for 13 August each year to be dedicated as National The Lady of the Lamp Marriage Day. Before the Prayer Service one of the branch The National Marriage Day Breakfast was supported members, Miss Vera Fisher, a noted historian, lit by many organisations and dignitaries, academics, an oil lamp in the sanctuary and in answer to the 4 National Newsletter Catholic Women's League Australia Inc. curiosity this provoked, told the following story. Some and on the second day were joined by our newly thirty years ago the Parish Priest of Oatlands had appointed auditor as well as a doctor from the parish the oil lamp made electric. This dismayed Vera, who who is helping us with bioethics issues. said that lurching flames did nothing for her or the lamp suspended from the ceiling and she begged The weekend was marred a little by the floods in to return to the living flame. The arrangement was north Queensland and our members from the north that she be responsible for its care. Some thirty experienced concerns as to how they would be able years on Vera is still what her workmates named to travel home as flights were cancelled and there her – Florence Nightingale or the Lady of the Lamp. was concern about bus travel as highways were She buys the kerosene, fills it regularly, polishes the closed. However in the end all worked out well and brass lamp several times a year and it takes her they all arrived back at their destinations safely. exactly one hour! The lamp is attached by a chain, which Vera lowers to light the flame. On the Monday an installation Mass was held for the new members of the State Committee. This was a beautiful Mass celebrated by Bishop Brian Finnigan Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane and concelebrated by six priests from the Brisbane Archdiocese. We were so blessed to have so many priests who were able to attend. Unfortunately our State Chaplain Father Bill McCarthy had to go straight from the Mass to hospital to have major surgery. I would ask for prayers for Father as he is still far from well. The members of the Indooroopilly branch along with Father’s two sisters kept us well nourished during the weekend and made the weekend much easier CWL Oatlands branch member Vera Fisher for us and to them I am eternally grateful. Euthanasia I attended the Unifem Breakfast which was held at Voluntary euthanasia has reared its ugly head once the Convention Centre in Brisbane. 1,200 Women again in Tasmania. Greens Party Leader, Nick McKim and a few men were in attendance to hear the guest has introduced the proposed Euthanasia Bill as a speaker who was a lady from Africa, Lulu Mitshabu, private member’s bill to the Tasmanian Parliament. the African Programme Co-ordinator for Caritas who CWL Tasmania Social Issues Committee, under grew up in the Congo. An inspirational speaker and the leadership of Mrs. Pat Gartlan, has formed the very well received by all in attendance. “Coalition against Legalised Euthanasia”. The group is working frantically to educate members and gain Brisbane, Rockhampton and Toowoomba Dioceses their support and the support of the general public, have all held their Annual General Meetings during in writing letters to the media and politicians pointing the past three months and I was able to attend out the dangers inherent in this Bill. Dr Nitschke all these functions. I find these meetings very recently visited Tasmania to put his point of view. rewarding as I listen to the work that the members of all dioceses do for their parishes and dioceses. Tasmania is experiencing its wettest winter. Some As we are scattered throughout Queensland long places have had their biggest drenching on record. distances need to be travelled to attend all these functions. Cairns and Townsville Annual General Meetings will be held in November this year and Lillian Deane I look forward to meeting up with the members of President - Tasmania these dioceses. QUEENSLAND We are presently planning our next State Conference which will be held in St George in the Toowoomba Diocese. Although small in numbers the St George Catholic Women’s League Queensland Inc. held president is well on the way with plans for this their Annual General Meeting and State Council event. Meeting in Brisbane earlier this year. The meetings were held in Holy Family Parish Indooroopilly. We Joan Armstrong spent two days discussing our activities for the year State President - Queensland 5 National Newsletter Catholic Women's League Australia Inc. CWLA 44th National Biennial Conference 31 August - 2 September 2009 - Perth, Western Australia Bishop Sproxton & Fr Laurence Murphy National Treasurer, Noelle Guidera Procession of Banners His Excellency Dr Michael and Mrs Michael with Nat. Executive Prof. Celia Hammond & Karyn Kammann Kylie Forth with National Executive members 6 National Newsletter Catholic Women's League Australia Inc. Father Thai Vu Deputy Lord Mayor Mrs Janet Davidson, Madge Fahy & CWLA National President Karyn Kammann Lucy Muru from PNG with CWL members Father Tony Chiera Mary Nenke with daughter Suzanne National President CWL NZ Tui Pasco Catholic Women League members enjoying the Conference Dinner 7 National Newsletter Catholic Women's League Australia Inc. NEW SOUTH WALES and Blessed Mary Mackillop Feast Days in an appropriate manner. Armidale Diocese continues Father Sean Cullen Celebrates 25 Years their worthwhile and sometimes challenging role with their Community Visitor’s Scheme, visiting in the Priesthood nursing homes. Maitland Newcastle Diocese has On 4 August CWLA-NSW State Chaplain, Fr Sean established a Co-ordinating Committee to plan Cullen celebrated 25 years since his ordination the NSW State Conference for 2010. The whole in 1984. More than 400 people joined Fr Sean to Diocese is very enthusiastic and plans are well recognise his remarkable faith and commitment to underway for an exciting, invigorating and joyful the Catholic Church. program, particularly as the theme is taken from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 is “Be joyful always!” Fr Sean was only 17 when he joined St Patrick’s Seminary at Manly where he studied theology and All State Council members wish the National philosophy for seven years. His ordination took Executive every success with the upcoming National place within the Wollongong Diocese, where he Conference. later became the Dean of St Xavier’s Cathedral. Emily Potts Over the last 25 years he has also shared the Word Communications Officer - New South Wales of God with the parishes of Camden, Corrimal and now the Southern Highlands community where he is the parish priest for St Michaels, Mittagong and VICTORIA & WAGGA WAGGA St Thomas Aquinas, Bowral. “As a diocesan priest I’m a bit of a generalist – a bit Our Annual General Conference was hosted by like a general practitioner” Fr Sean said. “We believe Wagga Wagga CWL and held at the Commercial God has provided sacraments to help all people Club in Albury on 19/20 August. It was officially on their journey through life”. We look forward to opened by the Mayor of Albury Councillor Patricia sharing in the enrichment of another 25 years with Gould, OAM. Fr Sean. Bishop Hanna celebrated the Opening Mass at St. Jingle in July - On a wintery July day the Sydney Patrick’s Church. In his sermon he spoke about the Diocese got out their Santa hats and bon-bons for importance of the knowledge of truth. In his talk at the ‘Jingle in July’ luncheon, which raised money for the Conference he reminded us about ‘freedom’ Fr Chris Riley’s ‘Youth of the Streets’. The highlight and what it means. We have the freedom to say was a visit from Santa Claus and his two elves who ‘yes’ and the freedom to say ‘no’, two words that can generously distributed lollies and entertained the mean ‘truth’ and ‘sin’. Sin is the unmaking of what group with a rendition of ‘Santa Baby’. A wonderful God has made. While Australia has been spared day was had by all. from the worst of the economic mess, we need to look at the seven deadly sins again. Life Membership - As the Sydney Archdiocese celebrated their CWL Annual Mass on August General President, Jeanette Sheahan warmly 14, State President Catherine McGrath took the welcomed our National President Karyn Kammann opportunity to award Life Membership CWLA- who made the long trek from Perth to Albury via NSW to Mary Cantrall and Mary Melville. Their Sydney to attend the conference. contribution has been invaluable to the Sydney Archdiocese, having undertaken executive positions Guest speakers were excellent starting with Br within their branch and diocese over many years. Michael Lynch SDB from Melbourne who introduced Congratulations to both. Sr Alexandrina Pinto, SDB who was visiting from East Timor. Sister’s father was killed by Indonesian State Council Meeting - At the recent State Council soldiers and she lived in the hills in East Timor. Sr Meeting CWLA-NSW President Catherine McGrath Alexandrina now teaches in the hills educating girls discussed the forthcoming National Conference as (aged 17-22) from the villages. Many of these girls well as the various Diocesan Conferences she has have been abused. Education enables the girls to attended. Also mentioned was her meeting with obtain work. the Hon. Verity Firth MP – Minister for Women, the Sisterhood Conference and the National Marriage Sr Alexandrina reminded us that East Timor is the Day Breakfast held in Canberra on 13 August. poorest and newest country in Asia with an illiterate All Dioceses celebrated both St Maria Goretti rate at 50%. Many suffer from health problems, 8 National Newsletter Catholic Women's League Australia Inc. malnutrition, lack of proper housing, and most The guest speaker at our dinner was Fr. John parents can’t afford to educate their children. They Fowles, CCS. He took us on a his “Fly Away to are poor, yet happy. The Salesians are working in the Heaven” trip around Australia with 13 other light areas of education, women’s skills training centres planes to raise funds for children in East Timor to and orphanages. Communities are supported by come to WYD in Sydney. What an experience. A the Salesians. parishioner donated a kit plane and he and a number of parishioners set about building it from scratch. He called his plane “Angel Wings”. The project was very successful. They survived a number of minor problems along the way (like the wheel falling off) and made it home safe and sound. Funds have also been used to assist the orphanage run by the Canassian Sisters of East Timor. The sale of the CD ‘Earth Angel’ also went towards assisting this project. Fr Terence Mahedy, Spiritual Director of CWL Wagga Wagga spoke on his work in Kairos, an ecumenical organisation that runs a 3 day course for prisoners which helps them to seek forgiveness Br Michael Lynch, Tess Gulliver & Sr Alexandrina and to forgive. Prayer and liturgy is an important part of the program. It was originally brought to Australia Having received a request for tooth brushes and by Archbishop Francis Carroll, Emeritus Archbishop tooth paste to enable Sister to train the children in of Canberra Goulburn. oral hygiene, members arrived with such a number that Br Michael’s station wagon was packed ‘to the Madge Fahy rafters’ with items as per request. One member Assistant Secretary – Victoria & Wagga Wagga brought a suitcase full which was donated by the St Vincent de Paul in her parish. SOUTH AUSTRALIA Fr Brendan Lee and Miriam Kirley (youth workers in the Wagga Wagga Diocese) spoke on youth issues post WYD. Father asked CWL ladies to pray for 2009 is slipping by. The National Conference of the youth. They need support and encouragement. CWLA is upon us. A time to reflect on what the Speak to your children and grandchildren. God year has been so far and to re-establish friendships has given youth a special role to honour father and made at past national gatherings. mother. We need to raise the bar for our youth. Miriam stated that the media sends a message to At meetings and functions of different CWL branches young people today that leads them astray. Be and regions during the year, the discussion often Christ to young people. Don’t apologise for being turns to the ageing and decreasing membership Catholic. It was hard for you in our youth and it is being experienced. But despite that, there is still hard for youth today. We must present Christ to much life and hope and activity happening in all the young. We live in a very anti-Christian culture. sorts of areas, from what I have seen. WYD shocked many outside the Church. Was it the Pope? It was and much, much more: it was the In July, three members of our State Executive opportunity to share our faith with others. travelled down to Kingston in the south east of South Australia, at the invitation of some of the women in With a sex saturated culture, more youth are seeking the small country parish, to talk about what was chastity. Peer to peer is the most successful way to involved in starting a CWL Branch there. There was evangelise. Be aware that we also feel sad when a wonderful community spirit, with about 10 women our friends don’t attend Mass. who wanted to meet as part of an organisation bigger than their parish. While they already support Robyn Fahy spoke on the legal process that needed each other in many ways in the community, they to be followed to bring about the Cause for Dr Mary saw a need to also support each other spiritually. On Glowrey, Sr Mary of the Sacred Heart, JMJ. It is like 24 August they were having their first formal CWL a long narrow winding road with much care needed meeting. We are delighted to welcome them to our as we embark on this journey. ‘network’ and look forward to working with them. 9 National Newsletter Catholic Women's League Australia Inc. This year the Adelaide Archdiocesan CWL took a WUCWO step back from focusing on fundraising events, and in June hosted a ‘Fun Day’ for members. This included a mind-stimulating quiz, a paper Karen Hurley, President General of hat-making competition, lunch and a wonderful WUCWO in her recent circular 6/09 asked: musical feast from Sr Majella O’Sullivan RSJ, who, in a melodic voice sang a variety of songs to her I ask the members of the World Union of Catholic own accompaniment on the guitar. It was a most Women’s Organizations (WUCWO) to join enjoyable, friendly and entertaining Fun Day. in prayer, Eucharistic adoration and practice CWL SA is affiliated with and meets regularly with “spiritual motherhood” throughout this “Year of other organisations. These include the Women’s the Priest”. Let us all pray that priests may be Information Service (WIS), the United Nations men of communion who can feel themselves Association of Australia, Australian Church Women, at the full service of the “body of Christ”. Status of Women, and Traveller’s Aid. May they help faithful lay people to have their own active role and co-responsibility in the organic and Our CWL Community Children’s Centre located in harmonious build up of the ecclesial community, in the Adelaide CBD continues to flourish, with 6 CWL which there is a place for every person with mutual members active on the Board of Management. listening and respect. Denice Fetherstonhaugh travels down from Port Pirie each month to attend these meetings. May we show our gratitude to the holy priests Also each month two Supper Clubs meet in local who have been spiritual fathers to us, especially hotels – one in the southern suburbs, and one in the our beloved WUCWO Ecclesiastical Assistant, Fr north-west. The Supper Club meetings are open to GianMaria Polidoro, OFM. all, involve having a meal and listening to a guest speaker. There is no joining fee, no raffles and they have been going for 11 years. Madonna Magazine The Adelaide Archdiocese is in the beginning stages of developing a rural ministry programme, and CWL Jesuit Publications generously provided copies of the has been invited to be part of the working party to latest (September/October) Madonna magazine to all look at ways of supporting lay people in the training who attended the recent CWLA National Conference. required and with the cost involved in assisting the They also included an advertisement for the then Priests in country parishes. At our AGM in October, upcoming National Conference in the July/August Sr Liz Morris will be the guest speaker on the topic Madonna. of Rural Ministry Formation Programme. Inside the back page of the September/October edition In the Murray Bridge Parish, a near-city country Parish, I was told of initiatives being taken by CWL of the Madonna is a special offer for NEW subscribers. members to encourage children and parents from If you do not already subscribe to this wonderful the parish school to come and be part of the Sunday magazine why not begin now? You will receive 6 Eucharistic Community; an obvious yet difficult issues for only $30.00. group to connect with in many cases. To subscribe: As I said earlier, there is still much life and hope and activity happening in all sorts of areas, from POST the completed coupon from inside the what I have seen. This is only the tip of the iceberg! September/October edition to Madonna Subscriptions REPLY PAID 553 Richmond VIC 3121 Pauline Victory PHONE: 1300 728 846, or President – South Australia EMAIL: email@example.com Raffle Draw Results The major raffle was drawn on 2 September during the Conference dinner. The results are as follows: 1st Prize: Ticket No. 628 - Megan Malone; 2nd Prize: Ticket No. 416 - Beryl Dawson 3rd Prize: Ticket No. 4650 - Brendon Mincham; 4th Prize: Ticket No. 3234 - A. Weston Congratulations to the winners! Thank you to all who supported the raffle. 10 National Newsletter Catholic Women's League Australia Inc. ABOUT BIOETHICS not, since the intention to take life is lacking. These acts include not commencing treatment that would not provide a benefit to the patient, withdrawing treatment that has been shown to be ineffective, too burdensome or is unwanted, and the giving of high doses of pain-killers that may endanger life, when they have been shown to be necessary. All these are part of good medical practice, endorsed by law, when they are properly carried out. "The AMA position is that patients do have a right, after discussion and being fully informed, to refuse a medical treatment," AMA president Andrew Pesce There has been much comment in the media lately about the West Australian man with quadriplegia, told AAP. Dr Pesce dismissed suggestions the court who sought permission from the West Australian ruling could potentially lead to euthanasia becoming Supreme Court to order his carers to stop feeding legal. him. This means that he has effectively been given the right to choose if he wants to die through And the Church talks about the right to refuse starvation. (ABCNews.com; theAustralian.news. treatment. (From the Catechism of the Catholic com; www.thewest.com.au; www.dailytelegraph. Church) com.au etc) This man receives his nutrition via a PEG - that is a feeding tube that goes into the stomach directly through the abdominal wall. It is a 2278 Discontinuing medical procedures that simple and safe way of receiving food when there are burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary, are problems with swallowing or eating. or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate; it is the refusal of “over- Of course, this issue has raised the topic of zealous” treatment. Here one does not will euthanasia and we would do well to heed the to cause death; one’s inability to impede it comments of the Chief Justice, “It is important I think to emphasise at the outset what this case is is merely accepted. The decisions should not about,” he said. “It is not about euthanasia. Nor be made by the patient if he is competent is it about physicians providing lethal treatments to and able or, if not, by those legally entitled patients who wish to die. Nor is it about the right to to act for the patient, whose reasonable life or even the right to death.” will and legitimate interests must always be respected). Nonetheless, the ruling has instigated debate on the broader issue of euthanasia. Last week Dr Scott Blackwell from Palliative Care WA Inc warned The newspaper reports did note that the man has people not to confuse this case with euthanasia. been seeking the advice of euthanasia advocate Dr Blackwell says the case is not about murder Philip Nitschke, who labelled the court’s decision laws, but about the right of the state’s residents ‘a victory for common sense’!! “Earlier, Dr Nitschke to refuse treatment. “All Western Australians with said the court decision could mean euthanasia was legal decision-making capacity have the right to one step closer to becoming legal”. refuse medical treatment ... courts in Australia and overseas have long considered artificial feeding a What is interesting is that the Perth man plans medical treatment” he said. to apply for a passport to travel to Switzerland to There are arguments for and against euthanasia die, that is, to end his own life. So it seems that and valuable information can be found at a very ceasing to take food is really option B, and that helpful site, www.euthanasia.com travelling to Switzerland is his preferred option. Can you see any difference between the two options? What Euthanasia is NOT: There is no euthanasia unless the death is intentionally caused by what was done or not done. Thus, some medical actions Margo Nancarrow that are often labelled “passive euthanasia” are Bioethics Convenor 11 National Newsletter Catholic Women's League Australia Inc. SOCIAL ISSUES • tell people what we believe, • introduce them to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ the saviour of ALL mankind, • continue to pray for each other and watch God’s answer to prayer in our life. Christ said, “I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners to repentance”. The parish shelters the virtuous but what of the sinners? The Christian message is far too important to be confined to the parish. Church Membership and Pastoral Co-responsibility The challenge is for each member of the Body of Christ (that’s you and me) is to witness, in our little “The future of Christianity and the Church requires part of the world, to what we believe – and to call the commitment and the testimony of each one of sinners to repentance - just as Christ did. us to grow and develop,” says Pope Benedict XVI. How long is it since any of us has challenged what “There is still a tendency to unilaterally identify the is sinful, attempted to share our faith with a non- Church with the hierarchy, forgetting the common believer or tried to rekindle the faith of a lapsed responsibility, the common mission of all the Catholic? baptized”. We are intended to be the leaven - carrying Christ’s Up to what point is the pastoral responsibility message of hope to the world. The Christian of everyone, especially the laity, recognized message is far too important to be confined to the and encouraged? Laypeople are not merely the Parish. clergy’s collaborators, but are meant to share in the responsibility of the Church’s ministry. Each and every one of us is given responsibility for If we are to carry out our mission we must first spreading the word. • examine ourselves and be prepared to find a I ask you for the sake of the nation to find ways to new way of behaving with one another, challenge society, young and old, to “turn away from sin and believe the good news”. • extend true friendship - particularly to those who suffer - even when it calls for sacrifice and Betty Roberts OAM self denial, National Social Issues Convenor Editorial Panel Karyn Kammann, Maria Parkinson, Noelle Guidera, Anne Power, Barbara Paterniti, Margaret Sullivan Communications Officer: Mary-Ann Cassar Favier House, 51 Cooyong Street Braddon ACT 2612, Australia Phone: 02 6201 9825 - Fax: 02 6230 6070 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.cwla.org.au Subscriptions for the National Newsletter are only $12.00 per year for 4 copies, posted. Contact your Branch Treasurer for details. 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