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Diocese of Broken Bay e-Bulletin
Issue 6  |  22 August 2013
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For some years now, the children of St Mary's Catholic School, Manly have regularly visited the residents of Wesley Heights Nursing Home at Quinton Road in Manly.

Through this regular contact, the children of Years 4-6 connect with elderly residents by playing games, exchanging stories, performing songs and simply spending time with them. It is something that these residents really look forward to and gives them renewed vigour and smiles! This commitment supports the core Catholic values as a school by encouraging the children to show compassion, love, respect and service to others.

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Over 200 artworks were submitted as entries to the Inaugural Bishop David Walker Student Religious Art Prize Exhibition.

Students, family members, principals, teachers as well as staff from the Catholic Schools Office gathered together to celebrate the winners and view the art exhibition at the official opening. Winning and commended entries were awarded on the night by Vicar General, Fr Vince Casey.

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On the morning of 23 July, 2013, 16 Year 11 students arrived at school for the eight o'clock
morning mass, excited, curious and slightly nervous for the three days that were to come.

After saying their goodbyes the students, along with Ralph Kershler and Margaret Cantrall,
set off for the Benedictine Abbey in Jamberoo. The days that followed were an experience
that none of them would ever forget.

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The Diocesan Council for Women is a post Synod initiative established by Bishop David following consultation with the Post Synod Committee. The Council exists to be a catalyst for the broader participation and inclusion of women in the life and mission of the Church in Broken Bay.

An evening of conversation was facilitated by the Council in July with guest speaker Donella Johnston. Donella is the Director of the National Office for the Participation for Women (OPW) of the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Commission for Church Ministry, which is chaired by Bishop David. Donella provided the gathering with an overview of the history of the OPW and drew from the Woman and Man: One in Jesus Christ research to stimulate conversation.

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The 9th National eConference will be held on Wednesday 16 October 2013 on the Gospel of St John.

You can attend this inspirational conference without leaving home. By using the techniques of television production and internet streaming, you can participate in this conference, in the convenience of your own city or town across the country or across the world. Watch the conference at home or gather friends or staff in your parish or community hall.

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On August 9 and 10, 2013, the Diocese of Broken Bay hosted the inaugural Broken Bay Bible Conference, a two-day event that brought together over 130 people to gather around the word of God and reflect on the Gospel of Luke.

Presented by leading Australian Biblical scholars Rev Dr Brendan Byrne SJ and Dr Michele A. Connolly RSJ, as well as participation by Bishop David Walker, delegates were treated to excellent and insightful commentary on some of the most-loved of the Gospel stories.

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For over 20 years our Parish has formed a group and headed to St Joseph’s Convent – (now known as St Joseph’s Spirituality Centre), to be refreshed spiritually for another year. Our group consists of all ages, some in ministry and others supporting the parish in other ways. We also have a few friends from our visiting parishes who join us.

We meet after 4pm on the Friday until after lunch on the Sunday. The meals, the rooms and grounds are exceptional, and we have an opportunity to share quality time with friends in faith. We have a series of guided talks, reflection and prayer time, opportunity for Reconciliation and private consultation plus Mass on both days.

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August 2013 marks the retirement of longstanding CatholicCare staff member Kate Frost, who has managed the Family Day Care (FDC) program for over 20 years. Prior to the transfer of Mercy Family Life Centre (Waitara) programs and services to the Diocese Kate was an employee of the Sisters of Mercy and so has seen many changes over her working life with the Church.

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A lively audience of more than 160 people packed St John’s Anglican Church Hall, Gordon on Tuesday 13th August for the 2013 Catholic and Anglican Episcopal Dialogue.

After 12 years this was to be the last such meeting of soon to retire Bishop David Walker of the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay and Archbishop-elect Glen Davies of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney.

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