Bulletin Notices

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The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

On Friday 30 June, the Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Australia is excited to host a rare and wonderful opportunity for the people of Sydney to attend a special evening with a highly experienced leader in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd from the United States of America, international guest speaker Rebekah Rojcewicz.

Rebekah represents the English-speaking world on the Executive Committee of the International Council of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and has a wealth of experience to share about the child’s relationship with God. During the evening Rebekah will give an address entitled “The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd—A Gift to the Church at this Time”. Anyone who is interested in the spiritual development of the child will find this event invaluable!

The dinner will be held at North Ryde RSL, cnr Magdala & Pittwater Roads, from 6.30pm. Tickets will be $60.00 per person. To book your place go to https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=256587. For more information, please contact Angela Hague on 0411 441 289 or visit cgsaust.org.au.


Catholic Parish of Pymble

We are looking for a committed individual to undertake a combined role of CCD & Sacramental Co-ordinator within our Parish. He/ she will engage the families of children participating in the Sacraments of Initiation in a way that nurtures the faith of children and parents, confirms them as disciples of Jesus and strengthens their identity as Catholics who belong to the Parish and are members of the Catholic Church.

Additionally, the successful applicant will provide students in state schools within the Parish opportunities to nurture and deepen their relationship with God, inspire and direct catechists in the implementation of their classroom programs; and co-ordinate the CCD activities in the Parish.

The main responsibilities of this ministry are

1. Ensure the Sacramental Programs follow the Diocesan Guidelines and use the best resources available from other parishes

  • Lead the team for the Sacramental Programs and involve the parish team and school leadership in the preparation and running of the programs;
  • Acquire and manage the resources necessary for the efficient operation of the family-based Sacramental Preparation Program;
  • Undertake other tasks related to the sacramental program as directed by the Parish Priest;

2. Present the Sacramental Programs in ways that invite and involve families in active participation in their faith development.

  • Provide personal support to parents during their participation in the Sacramental Preparation Program in a way that answers their questions and engages them in the parish worshipping community.
  • Facilitate parent meetings and practices for the celebration associated with the Sacramental Preparation Program.

3. Lead the CCD programs in the Parish under the guidance and direction of the Parish Priest

  • Work closely with the Parish Priest and Parish community, catechists and teachers in state schools, the Diocese, catechists and parents to develop an appreciation of the importance of Special Religious Education (SRE) in the Parish;
  • To recruit, coordinate and support catechists in the delivery of effective CCD programs (including the identification and management of necessary resources to support the programs);
  • Represent the Parish in Diocesan meetings, liaise with local Catholic schools and prepare reports for the Parish and Diocese.

This appointment is subject to a satisfactory Working with Children Check Clearance in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 (NSW).

If you are interested in applying for this position please apply online and include a cover letter, statement as to the selection criteria (which explains how you meet the requirements of this role) and a current CV.

The address is: recruitment@dbb.org.au

Applications close on Friday 26 May 2017

Lessons from the Long Paddock - eConference

The Diocese of Wilcannia - Forbes will be presenting and online experience Tuesday, 6 June 2017 commencing 9am AEST. Father Frank Brennan SJ and Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE, together with people from this outback region of NSW will reflect on spiritual themes and issues of faith, which together are identified and discussed in the context of a workshop. This wonderful formational material can be used by indviduals or small groups. Resource materials will also be available. For more information go to http://www.wf.catholic.org.au


Australian Catholic Women’s Mentoring Launch - Saturday 20 May 2017

You are invited to attend the launch of the new Australian Catholic Women’s Mentoring Program on Saturday 20 May 2017 at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney.

The new program, which is run through the National Office of Participation of Women, aims to grow the skills, confidence and networks of Australian Catholic women, increasing their capacity to use their gifts and talents for the Australian Church and Australian society.

Date: Saturday 20 May 2017
Time: Mass at 5.30pm; Launch from 7pm in the Auditorium
Venue: Mary MacKillop Place North Sydney: 7-11 Mount Street, North Sydney

Please RSVP your attendance at this FREE event: coordinator.opw@catholic.org.au

Centenary History Book of Our Lady Help of Christians Epping

As a final Centenary celebration of the establishment of Our Lady Help of Christians’ Church in Epping (the former Catholic Parish Of Epping), the Catholic Parish of Epping and Carlingford have produced a book reflection on the 100 years of Catholic Worship in Epping.

The book will be launched on Wednesday, 24 May 2017, on the Solemnity of our Patron Saint, Our Lady, Help of Christians, and will be available following the launch through the Parish.

The book, “A Paddock out of the Back (100 Years of Catholic Worship in Epping),” details the Parish’s life over the last 100 years and Even further back to the time of the Barren Hills Timbergetting Establishment in 1820.

The book is a journey back in time and includes many pictures and images across this period.
Since this memorable book is produced as part of the Parish’s Centenary Celebration, it will be selling at the nominal price of $12 per copy.

Position Vacant - Risk & Compliance Manager, Diocese of Broken Bay

The Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay extends from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, the North Shore and up to the Central Coast. Reporting to the Diocesan Financial Administrator (DFA) and the Audit & Risk Committee (ARC) the Risk & Compliance Manager (RCM) is responsible for establishing, implementing and managing a robust Diocesan Risk Management and Compliance Strategy which is aligned with a Diocesan-wide Enterprise Risk Management Framework.

With the assistance of an Internal Auditor (who reports to the RCM), the RCM manages the Diocesan Internal Audit function which undertakes scheduled audits of the Chancery (including Parishes and the Catholic Development Fund) and any required ad hoc audits of broader Diocesan Agencies such as the Catholic Schools Office and CatholicCare. The RCM is also responsible for liaising with Diocesan External Auditors.

As the successful candidate, you will be located at Pennant Hills, and have the following desirable skills and attributes:
• A comprehensive knowledge of and significant experience in the development, implementation and monitoring of a Risk Management Strategy based on AS/NZS 4360:2004 and successful implementation of that strategy across a large and diverse organisation;
• A thorough understanding of Enterprise Risk Management frameworks;
• Understanding and ability to effectively manage the dual accountabilities associated with reporting to an ARC and the DFA, and the ability to manage these complex accountabilities and any challenges that might arise;
• Experience in implementing and assessing the integrity, adequacy and effectiveness of compliance management strategies;
• Proven ability to collaborate with stakeholders using persuasive techniques that gain cooperation and stakeholder ‘buy in’;
• Knowledge of internal audit processes and ability to liaise with external auditors including experience in supervising internal audit or risk assurance services;
• Relevant tertiary qualifications in law, risk management, governance, compliance or equivalent experience;
• Membership of the Risk Management Association of Australia, Risk Management Institution of Australasia or similar relevant professional association.
• While not essential, it is also desirable to have an understanding of the Catholic Church and its mission.

If you are interested in applying for this position please contact the Chancery Human Resources Manager at recruitment@dbb.org.au or on 02 9247 0446 to request a Position Description or to make any enquiries. Applications close: Monday, 22 May 2017.

Awakening the Sacred in Literature and Arts

ACU’s Strathfield Campus will play host to the fifth annual Sacred Literature and Arts conference series in July 2017 that attracts speakers from around the world.

The Conference brings Australian and international writers, artists, musicians, academics, religious and members of the general public together to explore the interplay between the arts and the sacred.

Registration for the event is open at http://www.acu.edu.au/awakeningthesacred2017

Download the Flyer for more information



This year’s Ecumenical Service of Worship to reaffirm the Covenant signed in 2008 by the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay, the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle and the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is to be hosted by the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle and will take place on:
Tuesday 23rd May at 7:45pm
St Luke’s Anglican Church
Metcalfe St, Wallsend (in Newcastle)

The celebration will be jointly presided over by the bishops of our dioceses.


Depart 23 Yardley Ave Waitara (outside Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral) 5:30pm
Depart Victoria St East Gosford (near St Patrick’s Church) 5:45pm
(Please note the changed pick-up point for the above bus)
Depart from outside St Cecilia’s Church, Byron St Wyong 6:15pm
The buses will commence the return journey at 9:15pm.

Please bring your dinner to eat on the bus (and perhaps a snack for the return journey).
Be part of this important ecumenical gathering.

Christian Meditation at St Benedict's Monastery

The next Christian Meditation Introduction and Renewal Day at St  Benedict's Monastery, 121 Arcadia Rd, Arcadia is on Sunday, 21 May.

Arrival is 10am for 10:30am. Presentations, Meditation and Mass. BYO picnic lunch, tea and coffee provided. Books and DVDs available for purchase.

Registration on arrival. Donation only. Day closes around 3pm.

Enquiries: Ann Lomas 9456 4775 or atlomas@bigpond.com

ENCOUNTER Series - The Faith We Believe: Breaking Open the Creed

Recited on all Sundays and solemnities, the Creed acts as a measure of correct belief, having been developed as a response to conflict concerning doctrine lasting several centuries. What were the controversies, and how were they resolved?

This two-session course will explore these questions and the meaning of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, giving participants a sense of the underlying themes that run through the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church. Please come along for a deeper appreciation of what it means to state, “I believe…”

Course Duration: 2 x 2 hour sessions
Presenters: David Patterson & Pina Bernard, Catholic Life & Faith Formation

Date: Session 1: Thursday 25 May 2017; Session 2: Thursday 2 June 2017
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Venue: St Patrick’s Hall, Victoria Street Primary Campus, East Gosford
RSVP: By Monday 22 May 2017 to registrations@dbb.org.au or 4332 9825 / 9847 0448

Date: Session 1: Tuesday 30 May 2017; Session 2: Tuesday 6 June 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue: Fr Patrick McMaugh Hall, St Patrick’s Church, 1 Royston Parade, Asquith

RSVP: By Friday 26 May 2017 to registrations@dbb.org.au or 4332 9825 / 9847 0448
Date: Session 1: Wednesday 31 May 2017; Session 2: Wednesday 7 June 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue: St Kieran’s Parish Centre, 2 King Street, Manly Vale
RSVP: By Monday 29 May 2017 to registrations@dbb.org.au or 4332 9825 / 9847 0448

Click here to download flyer.

Divine Retreat Centre - May retreats


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 in Balgo to assist the Priest in the running of the Parish. There are several other roles in the Kimberley for single people or couples also available.
Placements are preferred for a period of 6 months.

For further details, and an application form, please contact:
Volunteer Coordinator Anneliese Rohr: 08 9192 1060

Web: www.broomediocese.org
Mail: PO Box 76, BROOME WA 6725

Caritas Australia: Change the World! It’s Up to Us!

Are you 18-25 yrs? Committed to social justice, changing the world, & having fun? Come & co-create with Caritas, the world’s second-largest aid & development organisation.

Join us for an initial Call to Action in the Sydney CBD (Venue TBC)

Date: Wednesday 31 May 2017
Time: 6pm.
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1848653452074863/ or act@caritas.org.au
Location: Sydney CBD (Venue TBC)  

Caritas Australia: Changing Lives in Cambodia

Come and hear Sr Len from Seedling of Hope, Cambodia, share stories of her ministry which empowers people affected by HIV & AIDS through psychosocial support, education, health & livelihood programs.

This is a free event. All are welcome!

Date: Tuesday 16 May 2017
Time: 6pm
Location: The Two Wolves Community Cantina, 202 Broadway Chippendale.
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1857463291173426/ or act@caritas.org.au

St Joseph's Museum

St Joseph's Spirituality and Education Centre were founded 130 years ago by the Sisters of St Joseph to accommodate boys without a home.

The Boys home closed in the late 1970s and was used as a retreat centre until its refurbishment in early 2000. It is now used as a Spirituality and Education Centre providing accommodation and conference centre for all walks of life.

Since then thanks to our loyal staff and local volunteers, we have found a little gem inside our hidden oasis the "St Joseph's Museum".

They have brought back to life the history of Kincumber South, the story of Mary MacKillop at Kincumber and the wonderful journey of the boys here including photos, furniture from the old classrooms, utensils and the tools used on the working farm.

A must to see!

So I invite you to come along either for a day trip or just a visit but it's a must to book in for our famous morning/afternoon teas including our well known scones, jam and cream.

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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