Bulletin Notices

Download information for parish newsletters and bulletins here from the Diocese of Broken Bay and beyond. All information is updated on a weekly basis. 

FertilityCare Practitioner Training Program

Are you interested in teaching a modern method of natural family planning that is 99.5% method effective and collaborates with medical doctors to restore fertile health to couples struggling with infertility?

You may be interested in the upcoming FertilityCare practitioner training program. Program is 13 months in duration, tuition fees apply.

Part 1 of training program: Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, Ormiston, QLD
April 1-8 2017
Enquiries : katiefullilove@dbb.org.au

CYBB Training Day

CYBB Training Days are an opportunity to gather young people and youth leaders interested and involved in local ministry to network and receive essential spiritual and practical formation. Potential and present leaders will receive training and background on the Australian Mission & Vision for Youth (as found in Anointed & Sent).

Date: Saturday 28 January 2017
Time: 9:30am – 2:00pm
Venue: The Light of Christ Centre, Hornsby Cathedral Parish, 23 Yardley Avenue, Waitara
For more details: youth@dbb.org.au

Twilight Talks

Catholic Youth Broken Bay invites you to Twilight Talks. Join Young Adults from around the Diocese to connect, share a meal, pray and be nourished by inspiring speakers. Our guest for the evening will be Fr David Ranson who will be speaking on our theme “Weak Made Strong”.

Date: Wednesday 8 February 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Venue: Bee’s Knees Café, 14 Coronation Street, Hornsby
For more details: youth@dbb.org.au


Kimberley Catholic Volunteer Service


The Diocese of Broome, WA, requires volunteers to assist with the work of the local Church on Aboriginal Missions. We are currently seeking a couple to manage the Warmun Retreat Centre in February. There are several other roles also available including a couple in Balgo to assist the priest in the running of the parish.

Placements are preferred for a period of 6 months.
For further details, and an application form, please contact:
Volunteer Coordinator Anneliese Rohr: 0415 526 142
Email: volunteers@broomediocese.org
Web: www.broomediocese.org
Mail: PO Box 76, BROOME WA 6725


Position Vacant - Private Secretary to the Bishop, Director, Office of the Bishop

Private Secretary to the Bishop

The Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay extends from Sydney’s North Shore and Northern Beaches up to the Central Coast. As well as nurturing the spiritual lives of Catholics, the Diocese supports many more in the local community through health, education, welfare and community services. This work is undergoing a significant time of renewal under the present and third Bishop of Broken Bay, Bishop Comensoli, who was installed on 12 December 2014. The Bishop has invited all members of the local Church to reflect on how the Diocese can be placed successfully on a ‘missionary footing’. Four priorities have been identified to help focus the work and resources of the Diocese: Parishes, Families, Young People and Vocations.

Bishop Comensoli is seeking to recruit a Private Secretary (simultaneously Director, Office of the Bishop) to provide strategic and confidential advice, research into Diocesan and wider Church matters, management of the team within the Office of the Bishop, and liaison on behalf of the Bishop with a wide range of stakeholders including the Diocesan executive team, Diocesan agencies, the Holy See, business and government.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and attributes:

• A thorough understanding of the Catholic Church and a commitment to the mission of the Church.
• Theological or catechetical formation in disciplines of interest to the Bishop such as: life issues; family and marriage; vocations; disability; youth affairs; communications; and education.
• Capacity to provide trusted, confidential and strategic advice.
• Capacity to collaborate with key leaders across the Diocese and beyond, including Directors of Diocesan Offices and state, national and international committees, in the preparation and implementation of the Bishop’s agenda and priorities.
• High-level ability to contribute to the shape of the Bishop’s priorities within the Diocese and beyond, including preparing briefing notes and reports, conducting research, editing and writing.
• High-level capacity to drive the Bishop’s agenda in partnership with clergy, internal stakeholders, Diocesan employees and other collaborators.
• Capacity to represent the Bishop to internal and external stakeholders.
• Ability to initiate and manage high-level relationships.
• Ability to support, motivate, operationally direct and supervise the team of the Office of the Bishop, ensuring that competing priorities are managed effectively, deadlines monitored and resources allocated to ensure that the Bishop meets his commitments.
• Ability to work very closely with the Office for Communications on the Bishop’s media and his responses to media.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact Kathy McLean of Fish & Nankivell on 0414 376 698 for a confidential conversation about the role AND to request an Information Pack.

Applications close COB Monday 13 February 2017

Notre Dame and St Vincent’s Hospital partnership

A Master of Arts (Chaplaincy Studies) will be available from February 2017 at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus.

The course will provide professional knowledge and skills development for chaplains and pastoral care staff. A major highlight of the program is the practical experience and professional reflection to be provided through two placements to be undertaken through St Vincent’s Hospital’s Pastoral Care Department.

Notre Dame’s Head of Chaplaincy Studies, Br Anthony Crook, said the Master of Arts would replace the University’s undergraduate major in Chaplaincy Studies, allowing students to build on their current work history and studies through higher studies at a post graduate level.

“The MA (Chaplaincy Studies) really is the ‘jewel in the crown’ and will go some way towards meeting the demand for professionals in this area,” Br Crook said. “The partnership with St Vincent’s is a great step forward for chaplaincy and pastoral care as it will allow not only for the professional development of chaplains and pastoral care, but also research in the area as well.”

Br Crook said currently the demand for qualified chaplains and pastoral care staff dramatically outstripped the supply. “While good intention and a sense of service and mission are indispensable, alone they are not enough – a firm academic foundation, with professional formation is equally important,” he said. “A solid foundation in counselling theory and skills, an appreciation of aspects of abnormal psychology, a good grounding in theology and scripture, as well as practical experiences paired with pastoral reflection all combine to ready a person for ministry as a pastoral care worker or chaplain.”

CEO of St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney, Associate Professor Anthony Schembri, said the partnership with Notre Dame was a great example of the Catholic community working together to serve our healing ministry.

“I am excited about the prospect of St Vincent’s Hospital and Notre Dame extending our clinical education partnership to chaplaincy studies. I know our collaboration will enrich pastoral care in the hospital and help us enhance the care of our patients.”

The Director of Mission for St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney, Matthew Kearney, said the partnership between Notre Dame and St Vincent’s allowed for the academic preparation in counselling, theology, liturgy, and ethics provided by Notre Dame to be ‘grounded’ in day-to-day care provided by pastoral care staff and chaplains on the wards. “I am sure it will be a great example of the theoretical and the practical partnering together to graduate excellent future chaplains and pastoral care practitioners.”

The program, delivered at Notre Dame’s Broadway campus, can be completed in 1.5 years full time study, or its part time equivalent. It includes the following units: Theories & Approaches to Counselling, Counselling Couples & Families, Trauma Counselling, Research Methods, Scripture and Church, Liturgy: Work of God, Work of God’s People, Christology, Church and Sacraments, Marriage and Sexuality, Foundations of Moral Theology, Ethical Issues in Professional Life, Capstone Unit A (Clinical Pastoral Placement at St Vincent’s) and Capstone Unit B (Clinical Pastoral Placement at St Vincent’s.

Further information can be obtained from the Prospective Students Office on 02 8204 4404 or email sydney@nd.edu.au

Living Laudato Si' – the ecological challenge of Pope Francis

This latest release is a 40-day eco-reflection on the thoughts of Pope Francis as articulated in his encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home. It provides further reflections on some of the prominent themes underscored in the encyclical with a central focus on our integral relationship with our fellow humans and the whole natural world. Rediscover our eco-vocation as authentic carer of creation and rekindle a sense of intimacy and communion with the natural world. “In these words you will be richly challenged and given the resources to rise against the common ecological indifference that marks our current time.” – Most Rev Peter A Comensoli. $18 per book + $7.45 Postage (discounts for pensioners and students). To order email/call: Rev Norberto Ochoa, Warringah Parish fr.bitz51@gmail.com | 0437 324 227

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Still find it hard to pray?
Can’t seem to find the time for God?
Not sure how to get to know Jesus better?

In his engaging and thought-provoking manner, the founder of the Friars of St Francis, Fr Christopher Sharah will share his thoughts on how we can all achieve.

‘Spiritual intimacy with God in an indifferent world.’

As this topic is relevant to all, CIYA is hosting this talk for any persons who wish to improve their relationship with God.
Who? All welcome; especially young adults
When? Sunday 30 October
Where? Saint Agatha’s Parish Pennant Hills

Please register at CIforYA@gmail.com for catering purposes. See flyers at the back of the church.

10am Sacrament of Reconciliation available (approx. 45mins)
10.30am Parish Mass (sacred music)
11.30am Lunch in the parish hall (gold coin donation)
12.15pm Talk by Fr Christopher with question time 
(OPEN TO ALL AGES although we respectfully request that children under 7 do not attend the talk as it will be recorded). Coffee/tea and biscuits available after the talk.


Volunteer at St Lucy's School

To enable us to continue to provide a one on one learning environment and personalised educational programs which enable us to unlock our students unique potential, we need more volunteers! No previous experience necessary. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call Jill on 9847 1277 or email volunteer@stlucys.nsw.edu.au as we have various volunteer positions available for an immediate start. Please help St Lucy's amazing children.


Australia's First Religious Colouring-in Book for all ages

Based on the Passion of our Lord, this one of a kind hand illustrated adult colouring book, is a personal retreat for anyone who would like to take the time to walk with our Lord. There are no guidelines, and each experience will be as unique as the colour choices you make.

Illustrated and designed in Australia, this 88 page book with an amazing holographic cover and 40 pages to colour, can be a wonderful gift to a friend, relative, colleague or associate.

To order your copy visit www.40fied.com.au   

Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001

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