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Diocese of Broken Bay e-Bulletin
Issue 36  |  19 May 2016
Featured Story

On 7 May, more than 120 people gathered at the Light of Christ Centre to see the famous Sr Helen Prejean in the flesh (well, via Skype) talking to Fr David Ranson VG about her life and her work with prisoners on death row in the USA.

Sr Helen is best known as the author of Dead Man Walking, which was subsequently made into a film, with Susan Sarandon playing the role of Sr Helen. When Fr David asked her why she wrote the book in the first place, she answered, “Books change hearts. I knew if we brought this story into the arena of the human heart, we could get people to understand. What the eye doesn’t see the heart cannot feel.”

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Latest News

On Tuesday 31 May. Bishop Peter Comensoli will be celebrating a special Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary, Cathedral to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Diocese. The Mass will be at 7.30pm. All are welcome to join! 

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On Friday 3 June, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, a Liturgy of Lament and Hope to acknowledge publicly the pain and suffering of those who have been wounded by abuse in our Church, will be held in our Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Waitara. Bishop Peter Comensoli has called upon his brother priests and all of our people to join him for this sacred event in the life of our Diocese.

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Australia’s Catholic bishops have called for the voices of the thrown-away people to be heard in the long federal election campaign. The bishops today issued a statement on the 2016 Federal Election, addressed to Catholics and all people of goodwill.

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Join us for this significant ecumenical event, the renewal of the Covenant between the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, and the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay. The service will be jointly led by Bishop Bill Wright, Bishop Greg Thompson and Bishop Peter A Comensoli. Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara, Wednesday 25 May at 7.45pm.

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Our Lady Help of Christians will be celebrating their 100 year anniversary on 15 June 2016. The parish will celebrate the Centenary on Sunday 29 May with Mass at 10.15am with Bishop Peter Comensoli, followed by a social event with food and fellowship.

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On Tuesday 17 May, a Community Gathering for the Central Coast, hosted by Kincumber Parish, brought together over 100 people - leaders of local Christian Churches, workers, organisations, unions, social justice agencies, parishioners and families, to discuss issues that impact the value and dignity of the human person. The topic was the protection of Penalty Rates.

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 The Senior Choir at St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School, Berowra Heights, has presented a new song called “Hands of Mercy” which has been sung at school Masses, and will feature as part of a special Year of Mercy Mass.

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In 2016 every St Kieran’s student will take part in an innovative robotics program where they will code and collaborate to solve problem-based challenges. These incursions created by RoboticsWPS support and link in with the K-6 Curriculum.

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Registrations for PROCLAIM 2016 have now opened with great Early Bird rates available. This exciting conference on the New Evangelisation is expected to draw more than 500 participants from across Australia to discuss, exchange and learn fresh ways in which parishes can become evangelising communities of the twenty-first century.

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The Catholic Worship Book II will officially be launched by Bishop Peter Comensoli at Holy Family Church, Lindfield on Thursday 26 May at 7.30pm.

The Catholic Worship Book II is a resource that provides music for all liturgical needs, with music for Mass, sacraments (including the Rites for RCIA), the Seasons of the Church year, weddings & funerals, the rituals of Holy Week, the Liturgy of the Hours, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and a wonderful selection of contemporary and traditional hymns and more.

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