Bulletin Notices

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Position Vacant - Accounts Payable Administrator, The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney is seeking applications for the role of Accounts Payable Administrator. Further details about this position is available at www.catholicjobsonline.com.au.

Applications close Friday 10 March 2017.

Broken Bay Lenten lectio divina Resource

This year's Broken Bay Lenten resource features input from a number of Australian Bishops, who have generously shared with us their own reflections on the Scripture texts.

The booklet in PDF format is now available at www.dbb.org.au

The presentations have been recorded and the videos will be made available online each week during Lent. Lent commences 1 March.

Caroline Chisholm: Prophet of the Laity

To celebrate the 140th anniversary of the death of Caroline Chisholm, Clara Geoghegan of the Siena Institute will lead an exploration of her life and legacy. Bringing together colonial Australian history and efforts in building up the nascent Catholic Church in Australia, Caroline Chisholm’s tireless work in defence of Gospel values will be explored. Highlighting her prophetic voice, Clara Geoghegan presents Caroline Chisholm’s earthy and connected spirituality as a model for our time, especially as it relates to the apostolate of the laity. All are welcome to this special presentation of the Office for Evangelisation.

Details: Wednesday 22 March 2017 from 9:30am – 12:30pm at the Caroline Chisholm Centre, Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills (Vehicular entry via City View Road). RSVP by Monday 20 March via registrations@dbb.org.au or call Colleen 9847 0448/4332 9825


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 guests for the evening will be a panel consisting of key people such as Fr Paul Kim, Sr Margaret Kozub, and others who will be breaking open our theme “Called & Chosen”.

Date: Tuesday 7 March 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Venue: TBC
For more details: youth@dbb.org.au


Join young people from across the Diocese at our first PRAISEFEST of the year! Get a chance to catch up with friends while enjoying our pre event Festival, encounter God through vibrant & honest worship, and receive spiritual nourishment through an inspiring and relevant message by Fr Jim McKeon on “Packing for the Desert”. Dinner will be provided from 6:00pm during our Festival Time before our night begins.

Date: Friday 24 February 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue: St Peter’s Catholic College Hall, 84 Gavenlock Rd, Tuggerah
For more details: youth@dbb.org.au

Lenten Reflection Day

We warmly invite you to join us for our Lenten Reflection Day at Mount St Benedict Centre on Saturday 11 March. 10am - 3.30pm


Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend

A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is a Marriage Enrichment experience for married couples – set in peaceful, picturesque surroundings, away from the distractions of everyday life. During the weekend, couples have a unique opportunity to reconnect, rekindle and refresh their relationship. Take time out of your busy schedule, to invest in your most precious asset . . . your Marriage!

Weekend date: 19-21 May at Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville, NSW

Bookings online at www.wwme.org.au or Bill and Ardell Sharpe on 02 4283 3435 or wsharpe@bigpond.net.au

Position Vacant - Office Services Manager - The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney is seeking applications for the role of Office Services Manager. Further details about this position is available at www.catholicjobsonline.com.au. Applications close Friday 3 March 2017.

Release of the film "Silence"

Silence tells the story of two Portuguese Jesuit missionaries who travel to Japan in search of their missing confrere at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. Martin Scorsese’s Silence is a testament to the courage and conviction of those who witness to faith in Jesus Christ in the face of oppression and torture. Rated ‘MA15+’ for its contextualised violence, Silence has variously been described as “magnificent,” “beautiful,” and “masterful.” It’s a challenging reminder of the ultimate price paid by some in following Jesus, and bringing others to a relationship with him. Recommended viewing, Silence opens in theatres across the country on 16 February. For more information and to watch the trailer, go to http://www.transmissionfilms.com.au/films/silence


Light to the Nations Easter Youth Pilgrimage

Light to the Nations 2017 will be held from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday, 13 - 16 April.

It promises to be a truly powerful renewal experience, held under a massive marquee in the beautiful bushland setting of Chevalier College, Bowral near local bush and farmland.

LTTN is for young people (16+) and the young at heart. Families are also most welcome to join in for this amazing experience.

For further details and to register Ph: 0432 228 250
Email : rego@lttn.org.au Web: www.lttn.org.au

The Royal Commission Final Hearings into the Catholic Church in Australia

The first of three weeks of final Hearings into the Catholic Church by the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is now coming to a close.

This first session has been a stark exposure of terrible statistics. Data tells us that over six decades, from 1950-2010, some 1,265 Catholic priests and religious were the subject of a child abuse claim.
For every entry in this overwhelming data, a child has suffered in some way through the actions of someone who should have cared for and protected them.

We recognise that as bad as this accounting is, there are many survivors of abuse that have not come forward, and perhaps never will. Our prayers remain constant for all those who have suffered.
Monday saw the first of the live-streamed Panel Sessions. Very Rev Fr David Ranson VG was invited to participate as an expert academic at the opening Panel, which sought to explore the areas of Structure, Governance and Culture within the Church in Australia. Fr David will again present on a Panel next Monday, 13 February, focusing on the formation of clergy and religious.

There is a great wealth of reporting being disseminated around the Hearings. A selection of items and summaries from the Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC) are updated on the Diocesan website daily for your information: www.dbb.org.au

The Hearings are streamed live, and the Commission website has full transcripts available: https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/

Position Available - Parish Worker (Youth) - Catholic Parish of St Agatha’s, Pennant Hills

Catholic Parish of St Agatha’s, Pennant Hills

Parish Worker (Youth)

St Agatha’s Parish at Pennant Hills is part of the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay and one of 26 parishes located within the Diocese. We are looking for a permanent part time (10 hrs/ wk) Parish Worker (youth) as part of our parish team.

The Parish Worker (Youth) is responsible for planning, coordinating and resourcing ministries for youth aged 12 – 18 and young adults up to age 35. The primary focus of this ministry is to foster an interesting and engaging program of parish based formation opportunities for youth and young adults. There may be opportunities for other areas of ministry also.

As the successful candidate you will have the following experience, skills and attributes:

  • Respect and support for the teachings of the Church, the ethos of the Parish and Diocese;
  • Previous experience working with youth aged 12 – 18 in a leadership role;
  • Ability to build a strong youth network and collaborate with like groups or organisations, especially in the Diocese of Broken Bay;
  • Musical and liturgical ability and knowledge of Scripture and Bible Studies;
  • Working with Children Clearance.

You will be an experienced youth worker who is adept at planning, coordinating and resourcing youth ministries. You will also have a sound knowledge of youth programs in Australian Catholic parishes.

If you are interested in applying for this position please apply to the Parish Secretary via parishsecretary@stagatha.org.au.

A role description and essential criteria will be supplied upon request.

In your application include a cover letter, statement as to the selection criteria (which explain how you meet the requirements of this role) and a current CV.

Applications close Friday 24th February 2017

Christian Meditation Introduction and Renewal Days for 2017

You are invited to the four Christian Meditation Introduction and Renewal Days for 2017
at St Benedict’s Monastery, 121 Arcadia Rd, Arcadia
Tel: 9653 1159
Sundays: 19 February, 21 May, 20 August and 19 November
Arrival: 10am for 10:30am
Presentations, Introduction to Christian Meditation, two periods of meditation, Eucharistic Celebration and information exchange.
Conclusion: around 3pm

Books and CDs are available for sale, BYO picnic lunch, tea and coffee provided.
Self- catering overnight accommodation may be available in the monastery guest house.
Contact Br Terry on 0438 282 318.
Enquires to Ann Bergman: anniebergman@hotmail.com or 9498 2625
Ann Lomas: atlomas@bigpond.com or 9456 4775

The Gospel of Matthew & John of the Cross

The Gospel of Matthew – this program offers a reflective insight into the Gospel with a view to living its message in our daily lives. It will focus particularly on how the Church had traditionally approached the reading of the Scriptures.

Dates: Tuesday Nights - 28th Feb, 7th, 21st & 28th March & 4th April
Time: 7:00pm
Course cost: $10 



John of the Cross is one of the greatest spiritual guides in our tradition. In the Spiritual Canticle he reflects on the journey to God from the beginning to its fulfilment in heaven. His wisdom for the spiritual journey has caused him to be made a Doctor of the Church.

Dates: Wednesday Nights - 1st, 8th, 22nd, 29th March & 5th April
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Course cost: $10 per night

TO REGISTER CALL OR EMAIL: Sally 9398 2211 or sally@thecentre.com.au

Alpha in the Catholic Context – Leadership Training

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. Each session includes a simple meal, a video, and small group discussion.

This leadership training event aims to develop people with the knowledge, skill and attributes to successfully run Alpha in local parishes. It will include a taste of the Alpha course and how one might facilitate various modules including the processing of the film series, small group facilitation tips, how to sustain small group enthusiasm and energy, and marketing and promotion tips. It will provide information concerning the forming of parish Alpha teams.

Presenter: Lorraine McCarthy, Alpha in a Catholic Context Coordinator in Australia
Date: Wednesday 22 February 2017
Time: Day Intensive: 9:00am – 4:30pm; Night Session - Alpha Experience with Meal, Video, & Discussion: 6:15pm – 8:30pm
Venue: St Agatha’s Catholic School Hall, 7 Trebor Road, Pennant Hills
RSVP: registrations@dbb.org.au or 9847 0448 / 4332 9825 by Monday 20 February
Date: Thursday 23 February 2017
Time: Day Intensive 10:00am – 4:30pm; Night Session - Alpha Experience with Meal, Video, & Discussion: 6:15pm – 8:30pm
Venue: St Patrick’s Catholic Church, 76 York Street, East Gosford
RSVP: registrations@dbb.org.au or 9847 0448 / 4332 9825 by Monday 20 February


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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