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Diocese of Broken Bay e-Bulletin
Issue 29  |  12 October 2015
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More than 70 people gathered at Christchurch Anglican Church in Gosford on Tuesday 6 October to hear an episcopal dialogue between Bishop Peter Comensoli and Bishop Peter Stuart (Assistant Bishop Anglican Diocese of Newcastle).

A great tradition hosted by the Broken Bay Diocesan Ecumenical Commission under the guidance of Fr Colin Blayney, this was the first time Bishop Peter Comensoli had participated.

The topic: What will the Christian Church look like in 2015? brought forth some deep reflections.

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Australian Catholic University (ACU) is holding a panel tonight, Monday, 12 October 2015 at 6pm, to bring together Catholic and other perspectives to explore the topic of marriage in a respectful conversation.

The panel will be moderated by ACU Vice Chancellor, Professor Greg Craven and will hear from: Bishop Peter Comensoli, Bishop of Broken Bay; Paul Kelly, Editor at Large, The Australian; The Hon Kristina Keneally, Adjunct Professor and Director for Gender Inclusion at Macquarie University and former NSW Premier; and Tim Wilson, Australian Human Rights Commission.

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Australia’s Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Bishop Eugene Hurley are preparing to speak at the Synod on the Family in Rome. On Sunday 4 October, the Australian representatives lodged what’s called the petitio loquendi, which means a request to speak for three minutes at the Synod in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.

The XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops commenced on Sunday 4 October with an opening Mass in St Peter’s Basilica celebrated by Pope Francis who will lead the Synod over the next three weeks until it concludes on Sunday 25 October.

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The Diocese of Broken Bay's Annual Charity Race Day will be held on Thursday 29 October 2015 at The Entertainment Grounds, Gosford, formerly known as Gosford Race Course. Everyone is welcome to join us on the day for a great day of fun and fundraising for the Charitable Works Fund.

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People living with mental health challenges, are no less members of the Body of Christ than anyone else, Bishop Terry Brady said during Mental Health Awareness Week. ‘People with mental illness and their families can often feel isolated from their faith community and thus isolated from God. Isolation is often caused by social stigma: the idea that mental illness is a question of character or a punishment from God,’ Bishop Brady, Chair of the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life and the Australian Catholic Disability Council said.

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In the beginning, all arrived on 18 September at the Broken Bay Bible Conference 2015 “God in Narrative and Poetry: Genesis and Psalms” in great anticipation of two days of wonderful learning on these two books of the Old Testament.

Darkness covered the faces of the delegates. Then Fr Mark O’Brien OP and Sr Mary Reaburn NDS offered their presentations, and there was light: new insights into well-known stories; new eyes to see patterns that weren’t previously visible; and an awareness of the background to the stories and poems that gave them a richness that we hadn’t seen before. Truth was separated from previous misunderstandings.

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The Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay will hold an evening of prayerful solidarity on 13 October to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

Bishop Peter Comensoli, Bishop of Broken Bay, will join with Bishop Haigazoun Najarian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Australia and New Zealand, in leading an ecumenical service in remembrance of persecuted Christians, past and present at Our Lady of Dolours Catholic Church, Chatswood at 7pm.

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The Diocese of Broken Bay has launched its DBB WYD Krakow 2016 Raffle with amazing prizes to help support our World Youth Day pilgrims.

First prize is a brand new car, a Hyundai Accent, generously sponsored by Avium. Other prizes include a trip to Europe for two, an Apple Watch and and Apple iPad Mini.

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On Wednesday 30 September, Bishop Peter Comensoli, Kelly Paget (Diocesan Youth Co-ordinator), Danielle Mifsud (Communications – Youth Team), and Katrin Wegener (WYD Representative Warringah Parish) were Guests of Honour at a dinner sponsored by the Catenian Association – a Catholic lay Association who give support to each other and their families based on their shared values of Catholic belief and practice.

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