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July 2010

COMING EVENTS AS WE GO TO PRESS (Check inside for more details)
Monday 19th July “Challenges “ 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre
        “Wii Fit” with Michele11-12.30 noon
Tuesday 20st July “Painting with Geoff” 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre
        Pet Care” with John 11-11.30am Emmanuel Centre
        “Craft with Shirley” 11-1.30pm
Wednesday 21st July “Conversational Sign Language” 1-2.30pm Emmanuel Centre
              Mental Health supports in the Hills with Helen Dullard - Lesmurdie Parish Hall Lesmurdie – 6pm –
                  8pm. See information inside.
Thursday 22nd July Mental Health support Morley Infant Jesus Parish Centre. 7-8.30pm . “Guilt and its Benefits”. Gerry
                  Smith. More information inside
Saturday 24th     July “Mass at St Denis” (Interpreter) 6.30pm St Denis Church
Monday 26th July “Challenges “ 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre
        “Wii Fit” with Michele11-12.30 noon
Tuesday 27th July “Painting with Geoff” 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre
        “Scrapbooking with Edith” 11-12.30pm
Wednesday 28th July Conversational Sign Language” 1-2.30pm Emmanuel Centre
Saturday 31st July “Mass at St Denis” (Interpreter) 6.30pm St Denis Church
Monday 2nd August “Challenges “ 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre
        “Wii Fit” with Michele 11-12 noon
Tuesday 3rd August “Painting with Geoff” 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre
        “Craft with Shirley” 11-1.30pm
Wednesday 4th August “Conversational Sign Language” 1-2.30pm Emmanuel Centre
Saturday 7th August “Mass at St Denis” (Interpreter) 6.30pm St Denis Church
Monday 9th August “Challenges “ 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre
        “Wii Fit” with Michele11-12.30 noon
Tuesday 10th August “Painting with Geoff” 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre
                  “Scrapbooking with Edith” 11-12.30pm
Wednesday 11th August “Conversational Sign Language” 1-2.30pm Emmanuel Centre
Saturday 14th August “Mass at St Denis” (Interpreter) 6.30pm St Denis Church
Monday 16th August “Challenges “ 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre
        “Wii Fit” with Michele11-12.30 noon
Tuesday 17th August “Painting with Geoff” 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre
                  “Pet Care” with John 11-11.30am
                  “Craft with Shirley” 11-1.30pm
Wednesday 18th August “Conversational Sign Language” 1-2.30pm Emmanuel Centre
              Mental Health supports in the Hills with Laughing Workshop. Lesmurdie Parish Hall Lesmurdie.
              6pm – 8pm. See information inside.
Saturday 21st August “Mass at St Denis” (Interpreter) 6.30pm St Denis Church
Monday 23rd August “Challenges “ 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre
        “Wii Fit” with Michele11-12.30 noon
Tuesday 24th August “Craft with Shirley” 11-1.30pm
Wednesday 25th August “Conversational Sign Language” 1-2.30pm Emmanuel Centre
Thursday 26th August Mental Health support Morley Infant Jesus Parish Centre. 7-8.30pm                       Dealing
with Conflict in relationships and self: Guido Vogels. See inside of more details
Saturday 28th August “Mass at St Denis” (Interpreter) 6.30pm St Denis Church
Monday 30th August “Challenges “ 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre
        “Wii Fit” with Michele11-12.30 noon
Tuesday 31st August Painting with Geoff” 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre
                  “Scrapbooking with Edith” 11-12.30pm
Assumptions                     “BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD”
  tend to                                                             (Psalm 46:10)
  trip me
     up                         I make lots of presumptions throughout my day and none of them
                                ever enter into the history books or seem that important but in
                                reality my presumptions or assumptions affect everything I do,
                                every encounter I have. For example, I presume that when I flick
                                the switch on my bedside table lamp, the light will go on. I presume
                                that when I turn the hot water tap on to have a shower, hot water
                                will come out. I presume that ……………….. These are all
                                presumptions that I make about THINGS in my life.
                                 I also make presumptions/assumptions about PEOPLE. How
                                 presumptuous of me! For example, John (not his real name) was a
                                 volunteer at Emmanuel Centre for about 4 years. John could not
                                 speak well and could hardly connect 3 sentences together at one
                                 time. But John could listen to people and through his patience with
 people helped countless others come to grips with their own situations and get on with their lives.
 This same man could repair radios with no other tools except his hands.
 One time we all went out for a meal to celebrate a birthday and at the food hall they had some
 game machines. John looked at them and found the highest score attained on one of the game
 machines and then proceeded to beat that score 10 times over. My presumptions about what John
 could achieve went right out the window the more I came to know him.
 I reflected that it was really arrogant of me to presume I knew what God had in mind for John. I
 presumed I knew what role John would take in society. John went on to drive a car, get a job, get
 married and raise a family. He is a constant reminder to me about not judging a book by its cover.
 We are all victims of presumptions and assumptions. I have been reminded plenty of times by other
 people who presume that the only way to run a computer is to have a desktop with as few icons on
 it as possible. The number of people who have wanted to “tidy” up my desktop is beyond counting.
 I like my desktop the way it is, with its over 50 icons. I can find files on it. It works for me.
 My presumptions, my assumptions, our presumptions, our assumptions have an impact on others.
 In the area of disability, presumptions and assumptions are many.

  Are disabilities by chance, an oversight on God’s part, a punishment for sin? Or are they a social
 construct that we have developed over the years, through a sophisticated labelling system, that
 helps us keep a barrier between “them” and “us”. If someone has a slight variation of a label we
 make up a new one (in the guise of being better able to treat the person) and so society has more
 and more labels. Some people are excluded from receiving support because they do not fit the
 category (label) the organisation says it is there to support.
 How presumptuous am I to assume that God makes mistakes because a person does not fit into
 what my idea of how people should look and act! Even the word “disability” is a label that draws
 attention to difference. Is my life more about Barbara knows best or God knows best? With a small
 mind, a limited understanding, an assumption is made that the person shouldn’t be like that. I find
 myself reflecting more and more on Romans 9:21. “A potter surely has the right over his clay to
 make out of the same lump either a pot for special use or one for ordinary use” and Exodus 4:11, “
 Then the Lord said to him, "Who gives speech to mortals? Who makes them mute or deaf, seeing
 or blind? Is it not I the Lord? “

 The message to me is “Our God, my God, is an awesome God and he has plans for all of us”.

                                  CATHOLIC MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
                        and WELLBEING GOES RURAL

Many Catholic Mental Health Support and Wellbeing Groups operate in metropolitan parishes or
zones through their local parish community. Some of these groups are supported by Emmauel

For many years we have had requests from people in rural areas seeking assistance.

The Tooyday Parish Pastoral Council through the efforts of Gina Gulbransen and Moya Bruce are
helping to organise an initial meeting on Thursday, 5th August from 10am – 2pm. It is hoped that
this venture will become a permanent opportunity to provide much needed support particularly to
Catholic people with mental health issues as well as their families, friends and supporters.

               TIMETABLE FOR MEETING AUGUST 5th, 2010
10-10.30am          Arrival and morning tea

10.30am-12noon         “Introduction to taking control of your life”
                               Workshop leader Barbara Harris.
This in an opportunity to reflect on who we are in God’s plan. What we can control. What barriers
are in our lives that stop us. How we can positively change to address these issues.

12noon -12.30pm     Lunch (please bring a plate of finger food to share)

12.30 -1pm    Brainstorming and discussion on where we go from here.
              How can we support each other for the future.
FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT Gina 9584 0136 or Barbara 08 9328 8113.
                                   JULY – SEPTEMBER 2010

LESMURDIE          Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall Lesmurdie 6 pm-8pm, 207 Lesmurdie Road,
Lesmurdie, Wednesday 21st July   Bring a plate of finger food to share.
Topic: Mrs Helen Dullard, CEO Hills Community Support Group, addressing “What’s in the
community to support people with mental health problems and their families”.
Contact Ann 9291 6670.
MORLEY Infant Jesus Parish Hall, Morley, 7pm-8.30pm. 47 Wellington Street, Morley,
Topic: Gerry Smith, Grief Counsellor, talking about “Guilt and its benefits”. Thursday 22nd July.
                                      Contact Darren 9276 8500 or Barbara 9328 8113
LESMURDIE           Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall Lesmurdie 6 pm-8pm, 207 Lesmurdie Road,
Lesmurdie, Wednesday 18th August 6pm- 8pm. Please bring a plate of finger food to share.
Topic: “Laughing Workshop”, Leaders Ann Page and Fr Paul Pitzen.
      A group session, designed to remove stress, build up self confidence and relax the participant.
                    Contact Ann 9291 6670 or Barbara 9328 8113.
MORLEY Infant Jesus Parish Hall, Morley, 7pm-8.30pm. 47 Wellington Street, Morley, Thursdayb26th
Topic: Guido Vogels, Relationship Counsellor, talking about “Dealing with Conflict in
relationships with others and self” Contact Darren 9276 8500 or Barbara 9328 8113
           AUSLAN GAMES                                 something out of nothing.
               CAFÉ                                     11am Tuesday 20th July
          Infant Jesus Parish                           11am Tuesday 3rd Aug
             47 Wellington Rd, MORLEY                   11am Tuesday 17th Aug
                                                        11am Tuesdays24th Aug
              Thursday 19 August
                                                          COME ALONG ON
              Thursday 16 September
Do you have an interest in
learning Australian Deaf
                                                                               PET CARE WITH
Sign Language? Would you                                                            JOHN
like to play board games or                                                  Learn how to take care of
card games, in sign                                                                  your Pet
language?                                                                     John will come on 20th
                                                                              July and 17th August at
10 - 12noon. Morning tea                                                              11am
further information contact                                 COME ALONG ON TUESDAYS
Susan or Barbara at                                        SCRAPBOOKING WITH EDITH
Emmanuel Centre                                                            27th July
ph/tty 9328 9571 or 9328 8113                                             10th August
        sms           0401 016 399
                                                                           31st August
    Wednesdays from 1-2.30pm

     Join in the fun with Shirley. Create
                  Australian first for deaf Catholics in Perth
          Photo and article by Anthony Barich from The Record Newspaper of 09 July 2010

                                 Fr Peter Williams, director of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ National
                                 Liturgical Office, addresses liturgists at the Vietnamese Catholic
                                 Community Centre in Westminster on 17 June with his speech
                                 captioned behind him.

                               FOR anyone who has ever watched a foreign film with subtitles, the
                               idea of captioning an event would not be foreign.
Captioning, unlike subtitles, assigns different        what we missed by looking at the screen. It
colours to different speakers so that those who        was wonderful.”
cannot hear can still keep track of who is
speaking. Captioning will also briefly describe        Many people thought Fr Paul was typing it up
what is happening off screen like dogs barking,        because he sat at the computer. His job,
car starting, screech of brakes, doorbell or           though, was to make sure that the connection
phone ringing, etc.                                    with Adelaide didn’t drop out and that the
                                                       sounds being sent there were loud and clear,”
Fr Peter Williams, director of the Australian          Ms Harris said. “The whole process, once I
Catholic Bishops’ Conference’s National                understood it, was very simply done.” The
Liturgical Office was in Perth on 17-18 June to        backbone of the process was Skype (a
deliver some seminars to clergy, the laity and         software application that allows users to make
Catholic educators. Fr Peter has been leading          voice calls over the Internet) and CART
the development of a resource to implement             (Communication Access Realtime Translation).
new changes in the English version Roman               The sound went to Adelaide via Skype, the
Missal.                                                typing came back through Skype and straight
                                                       into the CART program for projection. Deaf and
The resource, called One Body, One Spirit in           hard of hearing people are hoping that an
Christ, was produced by Fraynework, a digital          edition of the new DVD resource One Body,
media company based in Melbourne and                   One Spirit in Christ, produced by Fraynework,
established under the auspices of the Sisters          for ICEL, International Commission on English
of Mercy Religious congregation named after            in the Liturgy, will also include a version with
the Irish nun who founded the order in                 captions and Auslan. Barbara Harris and Fr
Australia in 1846, Mother Ursula Frayne.               Paul said they have been “inundated with
In a first for Australia, live captioning was          positive     feedback”        from     people       who
available to those who attended Fr Peter               experienced the captioning at the Vietnamese
Williams’ presentation at the Vietnamese               Centre. “We are desperately looking for
Catholic Community Centre in Westminster.              volunteers in the West who are involved in
                                                       stenography who would be interested in
The Emmanuel Centre had arranged for an                developing a service here in Perth,” they said
internet connection to send an audio feed to           in a statement to The Record. They said that
Adelaide where a stenographer typed up what            advances in Information technology opens up
she heard and sent it back to Perth to be              doors for deaf and hard of hearing like ramps
projected on the large screen. The                     do for people with mobility issues. “The need
stenographer was very accurate and quick.              for inclusion is seen in all community services
                                                       such as television, Internet and Web pages,”
Barbara Harris, coordinator of Emmanuel                they said. “Eighty per cent of television
Centre, interpreted the proceedings in sign            programmes are captioned, and we see more
language. Deaf and hard of hearing people              movies captioned. The Church needs to be at
present at Fr Williams’ talk about the DVD             the forefront.”
resource, said, “It was really nice to have the
text on the screen because if we turned away           For more information or if you are a interesting in
from Barbara or we don’t know sign language            volunteering to learn how to develop a local service and
                                                       you can provide live captioning, please contact
because we have become deafened later in                    Emmanuel Centre on (08) 9328 8113 or email
life, we can still hear. We could catch up on           
Want to Be Happier?                                     And this is when my taxi driver told me what I
                                                        now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck™'
Learn the Law of the                                    He said:
           Garbage                                      Many people are like garbage trucks. They run
           Truck                                        around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of
                                                        anger, and full of disappointment. As their
                        How often do you let
                                                        garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it.
                       other people's nonsense
                                                        And if you let them, they'll dump it on you.
                       change your mood? Do
                       you let a bad driver,            So when someone wants to dump on you,
                       rude waiter, curt boss or        don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish
                       an insensitive employee          them well and move on. Believe me. You'll be
ruin your day? Unless you're the Terminator,            happier.
you're probably set back on your heels.
                                                        So I started thinking, how often do I let
However, the mark of your success is how
                                                        Garbage Trucks run right over me? And how
quickly you can refocus on what's important.
                                                        often do I take their garbage and spread it to
HAVE YOU HEARD THIS STORY BEFORE?                       other people at work, at home or on the street?
I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Morley          It was then that I said, 'I don't want the garbage
Galleria. We were driving along when all of a           and I'm not going to spread it anymore.'
sudden a black car jumped out of a parking
                                                        I began to see Garbage Trucks. I see the load
space right in front of us. My taxi driver
                                                        they're carrying. I see them coming to drop it
slammed on his brakes, the car skidded, the
                                                        off. And like my taxi driver, I don't take it
tyres squealed and at the last moment the car
                                                        personally; I just smile, wave, wish them well
stopped just 10 centremetres from the other
                                                        and move on.
car's back-end.
                                                        The bottom line is that healthy people do not
And what did we see next? The driver of the
                                                        let Garbage Trucks take over their day. What
other car, the guy who almost caused a big
                                                        about you? What would happen in your life,
accident, whipped his head around and he
                                                        starting today, if you let more Garbage Trucks
started swearing at us.
                                                        pass you by?
And then here's what blew me away. My taxi
                                                       And my taxi driver was right. I am happier.
driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I
mean he was friendly. So, I said, 'Why did you
just do that!? This guy could have killed us!'
                                                         I want to see what's coming up, not looking at
                  The Train of Life                                          the past.
                             Some folks ride the train   Life’s too short for yesterdays, it moves along
                              of life looking out the                        too fast.
                              rear,                    So if the ride gets bumpy, while you are looking
                               Watching miles of life  back. Go up front, and you may find,
                                roll by, and marking   Your life has jumped the track.
                       every year.
   They sit in sad remembrance, of wasted days         It's all right to remember, that's part of history,
gone by, And curse their life for what it was, and     But up front's where it's happening,
               hang their head and cry.                There's so much mystery.
        But I don't concern myself with that           The enjoyment of living, is not where we
  I took a different vent. I look forward to what      have been, It's looking ever forward,
      life holds, and not what has been spent.         to another year and ten. It's
So strap me to the engine, as securely as I can be.    searching all the byways,
  I want to be out in the front, to see what I can     Never should you refrain,
                           see.                        For if you want to live
               I want to feel the winds of change,     your life,
            blowing in my face, I want to see what
                          life unfolds,
                 As I move from place to place.
You've gotta drive the train.
                                                   A CONVERSATION WITH GOD

                                                        GOD: Frank, you know all about gardens and
                                                        nature. What in the world is going on down
                                                        there on the planet? What happened to the
                                                        dandelions, violets, milkweeds and stuff I
                                                        started eons ago? I had a perfect no-
                                                        maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow
                                                        in any type of soil, withstand drought and
                                                        multiply with abandon. The nectar from the
                                                        long-lasting blossoms attracts butterflies,
                                                        honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I
                                                        expected to see a vast garden of colours by
                                                        now. But, all I see are these green rectangles

ST. FRANCIS: It's the tribes that settled there, Lord, the Suburbanites. They started calling your
flowers 'weeds' and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.
GOD: Grass? But, it's so boring. It's not colourful. It doesn't attract butterflies, birds and bees; only
grubs and sod worms. It's sensitive to temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass
growing there?
ST. FRANCIS: Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin
each spring fertilizing grass & poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.
GOD: The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the
Suburbanites happy
ST. FRANCIS: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it-sometimes twice a week.
GOD: They cut it? Do they then bale it like hay?
ST. FRANCIS: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.
GOD: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?
ST. FRANCIS: No, Sir, just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.
GOD: Now, let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow. And, when it does grow, they
cut it off and pay to throw it away?
ST. FRANCIS: Yes, Sir.
GOD: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up
the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.
 ST. FRANCIS: You aren't going to believe this, Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they
drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it
GOD: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do
say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the
autumn, they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the
trees and bushes. It's a natural cycle of life.
ST. FRANCIS: You better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the
leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.
GOD: No!? What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter to keep the soil moist
and loose?
ST. FRANCIS: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch.
They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.
GOD: And where do they get this mulch?
ST. FRANCIS: They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.
GOD: Enough! I don't want to think about this anymore. St. Catherine, you’re in charge of the
arts...what movie have you scheduled for us tonight?
ST. CATHERINE: 'Dumb and Dumber', Lord. It's a story about..
GOD: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.
          People with Disabilities on the Web
In our last newsletter we talked about making websites accessible. For many of us we do not know
what happens “under the bonnet of web pages”. Happily, most of us don’t need to know that.
However, users who need accessible sites, are instantly aware of web sites that don’t work for them.

Though estimates vary, most studies find that about one fifth (20%) of the population has some kind
of disability. Not all of these people have disabilities that make it difficult for them to access the
internet, but it is still a significant portion of the population. Businesses would be unwise to purposely
exclude 20, 10, or even 5 percent of their potential customers from their web sites. For schools,
universities, government entities, parishes and organisations and many others it would not only be
unwise, but in many cases, it would also break the law.

                    The major categories of disability types are:
    Vision                                              Inability to use a mouse, slow response
Blindness, low vision, colour-blindness                 time, limited fine motor skills

   Hearing                                                  Cognitive
Deafness- Hard of Hearing                               Learning disabilities, distractibility, and
                                                        inability to remember or focus on large
                                                        amounts of information

Each of the major categories of disabilities requires certain types of adaptations in the design of the
web content. Most of the time, these adaptations benefit nearly everyone, not just people with
disabilities. Who of us couldn’t benefit from helpful illustrations, properly-organized content and clear
navigation? Similarly, while captions are a necessity for Deaf or Hard of Hearing users, they can be
helpful to others, including anyone who views a video without audio or those for whom English is a
second language. In those circumstances people can listen to the English words and see them in
print at the same time.

There are websites which will provide some tools, hints and tips on getting your websites to be
accessible. One of them is listed below. Go to this site and check your favourite web page to see how
it measures up.

                                  WAVE is a free, web-based tool to help web
                                  developers make their web content more accessible.
                                  WAVE allows anyone to quickly and effectively
                                  evaluate the accessibility of their web content.

The online testing site pointed out that we could not assume everyone using the
web would have a program on their computers to read PDF files. It suggested that
we provide a link on our website so people could download a free program like Adobe Acrobat
Reader to access our PDF files. Good idea.

      Current text readers and screen-reading software are not able to interpret information or links
       presented only in graphics or photographic format like PDF files
      Material provided only in audio format will not be accessible to Deaf people or some people
       with hearing impairments unless an alternative is provided;
      Although users can determine many aspects of colour, size and print font of output for
       themselves, some approaches to text font or colour will make access difficult or impossible for
       users with impaired vision (and in some cases many other users also).

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