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Diocese of Broken Bay e-Bulletin
Issue 2  |  28 February 2013
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At this time, our Church is preoccupied with the resignation of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVl, and the election of his successor. It is a time to pray that the Holy Spirit will guide the electors and that their hearts will be open to the Spirit.

In our own Diocese, a similar, but less significant process is being played out. The Holy Father has accepted my resignation as Bishop of Broken Bay. This is normal as the Bishop approaches 75 years of age. However, this resignation is accepted by the Holy Father “nunc pro tunc”, which means “now, for then”. In other words, the resignation does not apply till a future date, usually when a new Bishop is appointed. I remain the Bishop of Broken Bay until something is announced by the Holy Father in the future.

The important thing about accepting a Bishop’s resignation is that the search for a new Bishop can begin. This does not happen until the Pope accepts the resignation of the previous Bishop. There is usually an Australian process and a Roman process. The Pope’s Nuncio does the work here to select appropriate candidates, and seek information about them from a very wide range of people. He then presents his work to Rome, and there is then another process undertaken by the Congregation for Bishops. This process can take a long time, but is usually at least a year.

Bishop David Walker

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Broken Bay Youth Ministry Conference

With the BBYM conference only days away, we would love as many young people as possible to come along and join in.

The Friday night session of the Conference is free and open to all young people not just Conference participants.

To register go to www.trybooking.com/CHFU - Full weekend registration is $80, Saturday only registration is $60.

Click here for more information on the Conference.

Faith and Grace in Everyday Life: A Conversation with Michael Leunig and Fr David Ranson

Saturday 13 April 2013
10am - 12.30pm
The Light of Christ Centre
End of Yardley Ave, Waitara

Join Michael and Fr David in a conversation concerning faith and grace. Listen to Michael unpack several cartoons and prayerful poetry that speak of the presence of God in the midst of the busyness of life.

RSVP 5 April 2013
Go to www.trybooking.com/40300 to register online or phone Patty Thomas on 9847 0518
This is a free event - registration is essential.

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Broken Bay Launches New Look Website

This Diocese is excited to announce the launch of its newly designed Website, which is located at the same address: www.dbb.org.au

The site’s homepage welcomes visitors with a fresh new look and feel, bold colours, and a clean uncluttered design. Improved search tools for Parish and Diocesan information will ensure the Website is a key source of news, events, resources and information for all works and agencies of the Diocese.

There are some fantastic events coming up across Broken Bay, and the website will be updated daily to keep you in touch with all that is happening.  We encourage you to visit regularly, even make it your homepage - and please pass on this eNewsletter so others can subscribe.

You can also join in Diocesan conversations for Facebook and Twitter, and visit our YouTube channel via the homepage.

If you had bookmarked the old website as a ‘Favourite’, check that its address points to the updated site at: www.dbb.org.au 

So, take a look around and familiarise yourself with our new look. Should you have any questions or comments, please direct them to the Diocesan Communications Office news@dbb.org.au

Photo Exhibition - Celebrating the Year of Grace
All entries submitted go into a draw to win a camera.

God’s grace is present all around us, but we need to develop the eyes to see it. So often we can miss the blessing already present in our lives each day. As a way of capturing these moments of grace, the Diocese of Broken Bay is holding an online photo exhibition. You are invited to submit a photo that captures the grace that you recognise in your life.

So what is ‘grace’? Grace is a freely given blessing from God. It is the action of God’s love that reaches all of us, to which we are invited to respond with thanksgiving.

Photos can be submitted into the following categories:

  • Grace in people
  • Grace in nature
  • Grace around me
  • By the grace of God

All entries submitted go into a draw to win a camera. Multiple entries per person are allowed, and each photo is to be accompanied by a short description which tells its story.

Entries close 12 April 2013, and the exhibition will be launched in May 2013.
Let’s celebrate the presence of God’s action and grace in our lives, and share it with each other.

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Laura Hurstfield: Triple P Practice Award Winner

A family support worker at CatholicCare’s Naremburn Family Centre has been awarded the Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) practice award for 2013. Laura Hurstfield has been recognised as an accredited Triple P practitioner who exhibits excellence and innovation in the implementation of the internationally recognised parenting program. The three other finalists were from Western Australia, Los Angeles and Scotland. Laura Hurstfield accepted the award at the Helping Families Change Conference in Los Angeles on 13 February 2013.

Triple P was developed by Professor Matt Sanders and his colleagues from the Parent and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland. Triple P courses are evidence based, and highlight the importance of good communication between parents and children. Triple P courses range from a three week seminar overview of the program to an eight week intensive group program for parents and carers of children aged 2 to 12 years. Teen Triple P groups and seminars are also available.

Working at CatholicCare for several years, since the beginning of 2010 Laura has facilitated 12 Triple P seminars attended by 581 parents in addition to 10 Triple P groups during this time (attended by 83 parents). In early 2012 Laura also trained as a Teen Triple P presenter. She also provides a supported playgroup at Naremburn Family Centre for 45-50 families each year.

Triple P seminars and groups are just one of many family support services provided by CatholicCare from five Family Centres located at Brookvale, Naremburn, Waitara, Warnervale and Lake Munmorah. Family Centre contact details can be found on our website www.catholiccaredbb.org.au

Pittwater Parish Light of the World Retreat

Late last year the 6th annual Pittwater Parish Light of the World Retreat was held at Mater Maria Catholic College in Warriewood. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful venue like Mater Maria perched high upon the hill overlooking treetops with the ocean in the background. Behind us, standing majestically, are the beautiful trees of our land, the eucalyptus.

We were fortunate enough to be able to use the new library as our main retreat area and it was ideal. The chapel as always was beautiful; perfect for the renewal of our sacraments; conducive to reflective time as we gaze out at the world through the cross shaped window. Is this not a true Christian way to look at the world but through the Cross?

We were delighted to have an enthusiastic group of retreatants. Our youngest was the daughter of Severine and Fabien Delerue…. little Charlotte Grace who was recently baptised in a very moving ceremony during our Soul Mass. If you remember, our oldest retreatant a few years ago was Stefan at the ripe old age of 99. Stefan is now 101 …. Turning 102 in July.

For us, the retreat coordinators, we get a huge amount of pleasure seeing the retreatants at the opening of the gathering - a little shy, a little unsure of what to expect over the weekend.

Fast forward to Sunday Mass and lunch which closes the retreat. Friendships have been formed and bonds have been secured. What happens in between has to be experienced to be believed and can only be described as the work of Our Lord through the Holy Spirit.

Thank you to Ms Julie Terry for making the venue available for us. Thank you too to Mark Suters for his invaluable help in making sure that everything we needed was there for us.

We express our sincere gratitude to all who contributed to making this retreat a success. It could not have happened without our beautiful Pittwater Parish Community working together to serve others.

- Elaine Ott

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