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WYD08 Sydney 10th Anniversary

20 July 2018 will mark 10 years since the Archdiocese of Sydney hosted World Youth Day 2008.

To this day, WYD08 remains one of the most powerful demonstrations of faith our country has seen, welcoming Pope Benedict XVI and 500,000 pilgrims from around the world to our city.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary, Catholics from across Sydney are invited to join Archbishop Anthony Fisher for a special Mass followed by food and cultural performances plus the announcement of a number of new initiatives for youth ministry.

Co-hosted by Sydney Catholic Youth, the event will also include the launch of Archbishop Fisher’s new book for young people My Dear Young Friend: Forty letters on youth, faith and future .

When: Friday 20 July for 5:30pm Mass followed by WYD08 event at 7:00pm
Where: Mass - St Mary’s Cathedral. WYD08 event - St Mary’s Cathedral College Hall

All welcome.

Historic name change for Sisters of Charity Outreach

We are writing to inform you of an exciting and historic new chapter in the 28-year history of Sisters of Charity Outreach. On 21 March 2018 we introduced and embraced our new name and brand – Open Support.

Our fresh and inclusive new name has been derived from the history and heritage of our organisation and its core purpose – to be ‘open’ to providing much-needed support to our community.

While we may have a new name, Open Support will continue to provide the same services our clients currently receive from us, with a range of programs that focus on reducing social isolation, reducing the impact of domestic violence and enabling greater access to health care services. We continue to have the same mission and ethics we did under the name Sisters of Charity Outreach. Additionally, Open Support remains under the Stewardship of Mary Aikenhead Ministries.

Importantly, we remain the same community-based organisation determined to continue our mission to address unmet social need - just as we’ve done for the past 28 years. The compassionate legacy and history of the Sisters of Charity continues to motivate and inspire us. Our new name Open Support allows us to build on the values, faith and traditions of the Sisters, who have long demonstrated a heartfelt and practical commitment to serving the marginalised, the disadvantaged, the isolated and the poor in our community.

We trust you will join us in embracing our new name with your own Open Support. If you have any questions about any of the services we provide, please do not hesitate to contact the General Manager of Open Support, Gary Sillett, on 8382 6430. Or if you are interested in getting involved, why not volunteer with Open Support, please email volunteer@opensupport.org.au for an information pack. We look forward to continuing to work alongside you as Open Support.

Men Alive Men’s Weekend

In May this year, our diocese had the pleasure of hosting Mr Robert Falzon who founded the Men Alive ministries. Falzon showed us the joys and challenges of parenting and marriage. With his passion for both his family and his faith, he sought to bring together the two and help other Christian men also feel supported in these areas. This Men’s weekend is a good follow up from Falzon’s talks in May this year. It runs from 30 June 30 to July 1 (finishing at lunch on Sunday) at St Kevin’s Parish Hall, Eastwood. If you are over 18 and wish to attend, go to www.eventbrite.com.au and search for Men Alive.

Peter’s Pence Collection

Next week, we are joining with others across the world by taking up a third collection for the charitable works and structures of mercy identified by Pope Francis.

The funds, which are sent to the Vatican, are then allocated to projects across the world, which support victims of war, oppression and disasters.

Some of the ongoing projects include:
• Support for the Parish school of the Immaculate Conception of Al Huson in Jordan that welcomes
young refugees from Syria.
• A reconstruction project for the coastal regions of Ecuador affected by the earthquake.
• In support of the children at the Paediatric Hospital in Bangui, Central African Republic.

Catholic Women Speak event

 In preparation for the Plenary Council 2020, the Catholic Women’s Mentoring organisers are inviting all women to a conversation along with the Council for Australian Catholic Women to share their experiences in the Catholic Church. The first of these sessions will be held in Parramatta this Thursday 21 June at Our Lady of Mercy College from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. The evening will begin with canapes and drinks followed by a guest presentation by Dr Cristina Gomez on Women in Church History. Ms Andrea Dean will then facilitate a dialogue on women’s experiences in the Church from 7pm to 8:30pm. Please rsvp to Andrea at director.opw@catholic.org.au or call 0487 388 873.

Labyrinth Workshop – Mt St Benedict Centre

The Labyrinth is an ancient way or path of pilgrimage leading to a deeper understanding of the continuing call of our Creator God into the transforming, all embracing presence of transcendent Light and Love. In this workshop you will discover how this powerful, spiritual pathway was used by the ancients and medieval monks, and its recent rediscovery by 21st Century Christians. Experience the meditative walking of Labyrinth yourself, and the peace, healing, and wholeness it can bring you.

Friday 29 June. 10.00am - 3.00pm
Facilitator: Ralph Kershler. Cost is $30. Morning tea is provided but please bring your own lunch.
Venue: Mt St Benedict Centre, 449 Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills (Entrance via Hull Rd). Please book at mtstbenedict@goodsams.org.au or 8752 5390.

Festival of Families

Festival of Families – Cathedral and The Light of Christ Centre Waitara – 8 JULY 2018

Mass celebrant Bishop Peter Comensoli. 2 x Parent formation sessions with international speaker Katrina Zeno, teen formation with Culture Project Australia and primary formation with the Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia. Bring a meal to share during the potluck lunch and participate in the family games at lunchtime. Closes with family prayer and benediction. Bring along your picnic rug and chairs!!

Date: Sunday 8 July 2018
Venue: OLR Cathedral and The Light of Christ Centre Waitara
Time and program: 9.30am Mass, 10.45 Festival start and presentations, 12.00 Potluck lunch and games, 1.30 talks and family prayer time, 3.30pm Close

Enquiries: steven.buhagiar@bbcatholic.org.au or 0415 600 290

Broken Bay Bible Conference 2018

"St Paul: Persecutor to Preacher"

Friday - Saturday 27-28 July 2018

Paul was a passionate proclaimer of the Gospel in the early Church. Come and meet this fascinating man and learn about his journey from persecutor to preacher, and about the fledging Christian communities he founded. Presented by acclaimed international biblical scholar Fr Nicholas King SJ; Dr Catherine Playoust; Most Rev David L. Walker; and with participation by Most Rev Peter A Comensoli.

Venue: The Heritage Function Centre, Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club, 117 Ryedale Rd West Ryde 2114
Costs: Full Conference Registration $110; Single Day Registration $55
Register at: www.trybooking.com/UFJU

Enquiries: Web: www.dbb.org.au/bible Email: faith.formation@bbcatholic.org.au Phone: Pina Bernard 8379 1627.

June Safeguarding Message

“A child safe institution pays attention to equity by taking into account children’s diverse circumstances.” (Royal Commission, 2017)

Marriage Enrichment Weekend

Take the time to step back from everyday distractions and rediscover your relationship! 

17 – 19 August at Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville, NSW 

Book online at  www.wwme.org.au

Alternatively contact Adrian and Janet Sullivan: on 0490 774 419 or adrian.janet1@bigpond.com

Short Course - From Death to New Life

The ACU Centre for Liturgy is offering a public Short Course “From death to new life: preparing and celebrating Catholic funerals” at Strathfield in the Gleeson Auditorium on 4 Wednesday evenings in July. Leading scholars will investigate a Christian theology of dying and death and explore how the Order of Christian Funerals celebrates death in a specifically Catholic way. Experienced priests and funeral directors will discuss how they care for the dead and for those who grieve. There will also be an opportunity to prepare a Catholic funeral for yourself or a loved one.

Registration is essential, at: http://www.acu.edu.au/acu_centre_for_liturgy/short_courses. For more information phone 02 9701 4751.


The St Vincent Pallotti Scholarship Trust offer scholarships to enable lay people to further their understanding and skills in leadership/ministry or a specialised activity, such as promoting faith enhancement, social justice and pastoral care.  Applications close 23 July 2018.
Details and application: http://www.pallottine.org.au/scholarships/st-vincent-pallotti-scholarship-for-lay-ministry.html

Renewing Parish Culture – Ron Huntley from Divine Renovation at Broken Bay on 22 July

Ron Huntley works closely with Fr James Mallon in Halifax, Canada, as the Divine Renovation Ministry, Director of Coaching & Development.

Ron has extensive experience as a coach for parishes, accompanying many diverse parishes from around the world in their journey of parish renewal from maintenance to mission, in particular in the areas of creating a healthy parish culture and skilled leadership.

Ron will give two addresses at this event:
• Changing Parish Culture: How to Grow Missionary Disciples in Your Parish
• Using Alpha as a Tool for Cultural Change

There will be time for group discussion and Q&A. Lunch will be provided.
A particular invitation is extended to Parish Leadership Teams, Parish Pastoral Councils, Alpha Teams, Clergy and all who are passionate about parish renewal in the Church today.

Date: Sunday 22 July 2018
Time: 11.00am – 3.00pm
Venue: Caroline Chisholm Centre, Bldg 2, 423 Pennant Hills Rd, Pennant Hills
RSVP: 16 July 2018 faith.formation@bbcatholic.org.au or Pina Bernard 8379 1627

Sweeter than Honey - Teaching Scripture Summit

Clergy, catechists and parents are invited to attend one or both days of the Broken Bay Catholic Schools Office ‘Sweeter than honey’: Teaching Scripture Summit to be held from Wednesday, 25 July 2018 to Thursday, 26 July 2018 at the Northside Conference Centre, St Leonards. The Summit will be a unique blend of presentations by internationally acclaimed Scripture scholar Fr Nicholas King sj, Australian scholars and educators and twenty of our very own exemplary Broken Bay teachers.
A limited number of places have been for clergy, parents and catechists who can register for one or both days of the Summit. Clergy and parents may register at no cost and catechists at $50 a day.

More information can be obtained at https://sweeterthanhoney.dbbcso.org/july-summit.html


Pope Francis has approved the Australian Bishops’ decision to hold a Plenary Council in Australia in 2020 and 2021.This gathering of all the local churches or dioceses of the nation will invite us to reflect on the question: “What do you think God is asking of us in Australia?”

Find out more about the Plenary Council 2020 at the new website now online: www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au and in the upcoming April Broken Bay News with a message from Bishop Peter and a special four page guide highlighting our local plans here in the Diocese of Broken Bay, to play our part in this national conversation.

Through its listening and dialogue sessions, the Plenary Council will give all people the opportunity to say what is on their mind and in their heart. It is a chance to speak boldly but also listen with an open and humble heart. The official launch of the Plenary Council will be at Pentecost this year, May 20. That gives us time to prepare, to “Listen to what the Spirit is saying” and to consider how we can take part in this important process.

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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