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Diocese of Broken Bay e-Bulletin
Issue 11  |  16 April 2014
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At 70 years of age, and with a black belt in Seido Karate, Sr Helen Merrin OP says she loves the adventure and challenge that martial arts gives her. But for a person who is blind, has deep hearing loss and has to be alert at all times to navigate daily life, it is Karate’s ability to still the mind and focus which attracts her most.

Sr Helen is a religious sister in the Dominican Order. She works as the chaplain at St Lucy’s School for children with disability at Wahroonga in Sydney’s north, a school where she had previously taught, before she lost her sight and then, some years later, her hearing.

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The “Sound of Music” can be heard coming from Holy Family School at Lindfield, but not from where you would normally expect to hear it.

The children at the school are making music in their new Music Garden. A previously unused section of the playground has been turned into a music garden .The garden contains a number of all-weather musical instruments, especially designed and made for the Music Garden.

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During Catholic School’s Week on Thursday, March 13th, Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School, Waitara enjoyed a wonderful day full of activities to launch their commitment to the KidsMatter framework.

The theme of the day was, “Every Face Has a Place at OLOR” with every student making a self-portrait mask to display around the school.

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On Palm Sunday over six thousand people gathered in pouring rain in Sydney to peacefully protest the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees by the Australian Government. The same gathering was echoed across the country in major cities and regional centres.

The Diocesan Council for Women is organising another event as one way of creating awareness of the needs of the women, men and children who seek asylum in Australia.

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Join us in Broken Bay for two interesting conversations nights in the month of May.

The first is a conversaton with Hugh Mackay and Fr David Ranson called "The Good Life: Discovering Spirit in Australia Today" on Tuesday 6 May at the Light of Christ Hall, Waitara.

The second is on 30 May at St Agatha's Hall, Pennant Hills, featuring a conversation between Compass host Geraldine Doogue and Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, a scholar of Islam living in Jerusalem and retired Apostolic Nuncio in Egypt.

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Holy Name Church Wahroonga was filled to capacity for the third Sunday in Lent as the community gathered with dignitaries and special guests to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the building of the Parish Church.

Principal Celebrant was Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, who had been ordained for the priesthood from Holy Name Church in 1991. He was joined by concelebrants Emeritus Bishop David Walker; Bishop Bernard O’Grady OP; The Very Rev Kevin Saunders OP (Dominican Provincial); Fr Paul Finucane, Dean of the North Shore; Fr David Ranson, Administrator of Holy Name Parish and priests formerly associated with the Holy Name Parish.

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Thank you for supporting Caritas Australia through the Lenten season again this year. Each week revealed programs in partnership with marginalised communities around the world namely Lorraine from Australia, Nirangini from Sri Lanka, Maristely from Brazil, Deng from South Sudan, Archie from The Philippines and Martina from the Solomon Islands.

Your monetary efforts towards Project Compassion together with your prayers, well wishes and support helps to promote justice, uphold dignity and bring some end to poverty.

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Warringah Parish Social Justice Team, invited the parish to extend the hand of friendship to asylum seekers and refugees who are neighbours in need. Social justice is about equality and fairness for everyone. These people are just like you and me. They want a happy safe environment to raise their children.

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A selection of articles from the last 12 months on relevant subjects such as Christian spirituality, biblical studies and church life. If any of these look to be of interest, please contact the library by emailing CIRS@dbb.edu.au or by calling 02 9847 0564.

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