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Diocese of Broken Bay e-Bulletin
Issue 42  |  25 November 2016
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The Feast of Christ the King, Sunday 20 November saw the official closing of the Year of Mercy in the Catholic Church.

On this day the Holy Door at St Mary and St Athanasius Manly was officially closed by Bishop Peter at 10.30am and at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara at 6pm.

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Thanks to the generous donations of sponsors, supporters and guests, the Diocese of Broken Bay Annual Charity Race Day at the Entertainment Grounds, Gosford was able to raise in excess of $30,000 this year! For the first time, the Charity Race Day’s fundraising went directly to Mary Mac’s Place, Woy Woy.

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On Sunday 27 November 2016, church leaders, parishes and Indigenous communities will gather together to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Saint John Paul II's (JPII) visit to Alice Springs in the heart of Australia on 29 November 1986.

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In closing the Jubilee Year of Mercy and anticipating the seasons of Advent and Christmas, the Office for Evangelisation of the Diocese of Broken Bay has made available four prayer cards for the use of parishioners. The weeks prior to and throughout Christmas can be a time of great hope and joy for many but it can also be a time of difficulty, loneliness or need for others. These prayer cards have been produced as a form of outreach to people who may be in particular need of God’s grace and friendship at this time.

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Three live camels, one donkey, and a flock of sheep will join two thousand school students from across the North Shore for a spectacular Christmas show on Tuesday 29 November. The fully immersive show, entitled The Road To Bethlehem, will begin at 9:30am at St Leo’s Secondary College in Wahroonga and run for ninety minutes. Students will travel from primary and secondary Catholic schools in Sydney’s North to the show, dressed in their finest Christmas-themed costumes.

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On Tuesday 15 November, Bishop Peter Comensoli welcomed all the Religious men and women in the Diocese of Broken Bay to their annual Mass and dinner to celebrate and honour the work they do. Over 70 order sisters, brothers and priests joined Bishop Peter for Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral.

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When someone sponsors a seminarian or a priest he is not only helping the person sponsored. He is also helping the diocese to which he belongs. And countless persons, Catholics and non-Catholics, benefit from the learning and virtues of a holy and highly educated priest.

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The Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC) has welcomed the announcement by the Commonwealth Government that it will establish and run a national redress scheme for the survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

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A new independent company to be established by the Catholic Church to develop, audit and report on compliance with professional standards to protect children and vulnerable people was announced today by Church leaders.

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“It is a gift and a blessing to be a Eucharistic Minister – to share the Body and Blood of Christ with another,” said one of the volunteer Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Royal North Shore Hospital, reflecting on his 20 years’ experience.

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On Tuesday, the Vatican announced the themes for the next three World Youth Day encounters, which are focused on Mary and form the basis of a spiritual journey culminating in the next global encounter in Panama in 2019.

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