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Diocese of Broken Bay e-Bulletin
Issue 14  |  09 July 2014
Featured Story

What are people most afraid of? Why, public speaking of course! However, the students of Our Lady of Dolours Catholic School in Chatswood are not only facing these fears, but doing brilliantly at it.

Throughout the whole second school term of each year, for the last eight years, a comprehensive Public Speaking Program has been conducted where all students from K-6 have to write and deliver a speech. Each is positively evaluated and the best two speakers from each class are chosen to compete at their stage level in the grand final competition at the end of the term.

What is especially wonderful about this program, is not only the children are becoming confident public speakers, but most of them come from non-English speaking backgrounds. Our Lady of Dolours has 31 different cultures and celebrates their cultural diversity in so many ways. It’s extraordinary to watch these enthusiastic and confident children speaking to a large audience using all the clever skills required for delivering a speech, and often it is in their second language!

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Latest News

Pope Francis has denounced sex abuse by clergy and has asked six survivors of clerical sexual abuse for forgiveness for the Church’s sins of omissions in sex abuse scandals.

The Pope met with the survivors, three men and three women from Ireland, Britain and Germany in his Casa Santa Marta residenceon Monday 7 July.

Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council, said the long-awaited meeting was an important symbolic gesture that sends a very clear message that the Pope places the issues of clerical sexual abuse at the very top of his agenda.

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In the Australian Church, the fourth Sunday of July is designated as Bible Sunday. On July 27, we have an opportunity to celebrate the gift of God’s Word given to us in human words – the Bible.

Of course the Bible is not a book, but a library of books. The First or Old Testament is a collection of 46 books which came together over a period of about 1000 years. Stories that shaped the people of Israel were told and retold, gathered and written. Together they give us the Scriptures which Jesus knew and loved intimately and which informed his outlook and from which he drew deeply.

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“Christian Families are called to Holiness”. A fitting topic for one of the talks to be given in Sydney by His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. Cardinal Tagle was recently appointed by Pope Francis as one of three Presidents-Delegates of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops that will discuss the “Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of the New Evangelisation”. The Synod of Bishops will take place at the Vatican on Oct 5-19 this year.

His Eminence Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, will be in the Archdiocese of Sydney, Diocese of Parramatta and Melbourne between August 1 and August 5. Everyone is invited to listen to and meet this charismatic and smiling Cardinal during his visit.

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The children in Year 3 at St Patrick’s Catholic School, Asquith took part in the annual Guringai Festival in Hornsby Mall, presenting a song Ngarra Burra Ferra from the Sapphires Movie soundtrack and a reflection on Aboriginal Australia.

The children featured four prominent Indigenous celebrities, including Adam Goodes - Andyamathanha People, Bronwyn Bancroft - Bunjalung people, Cathy Freeman - Kuku Yalanji People and Jessica Mauboy from Darwin, showing on large maps of Aboriginal Australia where each celebrity came from.


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Representatives from the Diocese of Broken Bay, along with 80 other leaders from 27 different organisations, attended an Interfaith Shabbat evening at the Great Synagogue in Sydney on 28 May.

Hosted by the Jewish Board of Deputies, the evening was an opportunity to tour the Great Synagogue, to share in a Sabbath service and to enjoy interfaith friendship over a familial-style Sabbath meal.

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St Martin's Catholic School, Davidson was a sea of red, green and white recently as they celebrated their annual Italian/Creative Arts Day.

Students dressed in Italian colours and were treated to a pizza lunch followed a gelato from Alfio the gelato man. The school flute ensemble even provided background music as students attempted to order in Italian.

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