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Diocese of Broken Bay e-Bulletin
Issue 28  |  04 September 2015
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Ellie Drennan, a Year 11 student from St Joseph’s Catholic College, East Gosford has been crowned the winner of The Voice 2015. Sixteen year old Ellie became the youngest winner of the Channel 9 talent show, in its fourth season. She takes home a recording contract with Universal music, $100,000 and a new car.

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In a large industrial factory in West Gosford, more than 100 people, many retirees, volunteer their time and skills each week to manufacture furniture and toys for those in need.

The St Joseph’s Workshop, a project of the St Vincent de Paul Society, was established in 1992 by a small group of tradesmen in a home garage. It has now grown into a full working factory, manufacturing new furniture from mostly recycled material which would have been added to landfill.

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On Tuesday 1 September, staff at The Broken Bay Institute gathered in silence for a morning tea to honour ‘Week Without Words’, an initiative by St Lucy’s School to help raise awareness and to fundraise for children living with a communication disability.

St Lucy’s is a Catholic primary school in Wahroonga, where 95% of the students are living with a communication disability and require therapy, electronic devices that can ‘speak’ for them and training in how to use them.

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The Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay is delighted to host a Bible Conference on “God in Narrative and Poetry: Genesis and Psalms” on 18-19 September 2015 at the Caroline Chisholm Centre, Pennant Hills. The Conference brings together Australian biblical scholars and educators Dr Mark O’Brien op and Dr Mary Reaburn nds, who will lead us through two wonderful texts from the Old Testament.

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St Brigid's Catholic College in Lake Munmorah unveiled its new buildings in an Official Opening Ceremony on Friday 28 August, 2015.

The ceremony began with a liturgy of blessing led by Bishop Peter Comensoli and then Senator Arthur Sinodinos officially opened the buildings. St Brigid's opened last year with just a Year 7 intake and have been operating out of demountable buildings.

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On Friday 21 August 2015, Our Lady of Dolours Parish had a very special visitor to their Children’s Atrium of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS). The CGS is a faith formation program for children from 3 to 12 years of age. It is run in a specially prepared room or ‘environment’ called the Atrium. The central aim of this program is to help nurture the relationship each child has with God. Sessions are provided in age groups; 3-6 year olds, 6-9 year olds and 9-12 year olds which last between 1 ½ to 2 hours.

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This Sunday, Father’s Day, marks the start of National Child Protection Week 2015, which is now in its 25th year, and continues to be one of the most significant events on Australia’s child protection calendar.

Francis Sullivan CEO of the Catholic Church Truth Justice and Healing Council said the 2015 campaign highlights the importance of primary prevention to reduce child abuse and neglect in Australia.

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Last Thursday 27 August, Bishop Peter A Comensoli addressed the 5th annual Bishop Joe Grech Memorial Colloquium in Melbourne on migrants and refugees. The Colloquium was part of the celebrations of Migrant and Refugee Week in the Church.

Bishop Peter's speech is here in full to read.

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Catholic Earthcare Australia celebrated the very first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on 1 September by releasing a short video entitled Laudato Si’ – An urgent appeal for action.

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