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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.

Position Vacant: Vocations Officer, Diocese of Broken Bay

Vocations Officer, Part-Time (24 hours per week)

The Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay extends from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Sydney’s North Shore and the Central Coast across a broad area covering 2,400 square kilometres. It is home to many Catholics, comprising more than 25,000 people who gather every week in 26 parishes to celebrate Mass.

The role of the Vocations Officer is to support the mission of the Vocations Office to promote and foster vocations (especially to Priesthood and the Permanent Diaconate), and to be responsible for the conduct of the Vocations Office.

The Vocations Officer will work with the Director of Vocations and as part of the Bishop’s Office.
The position is accountable to the Director of Vocations. It will be based at St Agatha’s Parish, Pennant Hills. The duration of this role will initially be for two years and is part-time, 24 hours a week.

There are flexible work hours which include travel, meetings, events and office work. Some work may be required at evenings and during the weekend.

The Vocations Officer will have a sound understanding of the faith of the Catholic Church and the Diocese of Broken Bay, with experience in ministry, including with young adults. 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).
The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to be a self-starter.

It is also desirable that the person would have undertaken some study in Theology or Scripture, be able to take responsibility for the conduct of the Vocations Office and be competent in the use of IT and social media.

Applicants must address the essential criteria. To receive the Position Description and essential criteria, phone 02 8379 1667 or email recruitment@bbcatholic.org.au

Applications close at 5pm on Friday, 8 June.

Applications, resumes and a statement addressing the essential criteria may be made through the Seek website, by email to recruitment@bbcatholic.org.au or post to PO Box 340 PENNANT HILLS NSW 1715.



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

Iftar 'breaking of the fast' dinners

Affinity Intercultural Foundation takes great pleasure in inviting parishioners of the Diocese of Broken Bay for an Iftar 'breaking of the fast' dinner at the private residence of a Muslim family in western Sydney. These Home Iftar Dinners, held during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan are an excellent opportunity for individuals to engage in intercultural and interfaith dialogue, which contributes towards the growth of a harmonious and inclusive community.

This year, Ramadan commences mid-May and concludes mid-June. On weeknights, Iftars begin at 6:00pm. Weekend Iftars begin at 5:00pm. Please note that places are limited.

To register for a 2018 Affinity Ramadan Home Iftar Dinner please email faith.formation@bbcatholic.org.au or contact Pina Bernard on 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

Position Vacant - Diocesan Director Archdiocese of Sydney/ Community Participation Leader – NSW/Eastern Region

Caritas Australia, the Catholic agency for international aid and development is currently advertising for the role of Diocesan Director Archdiocese of Sydney/ Community Participation Leader – NSW/Eastern Region
If you wish to apply, please forward your application including a CV and a Cover Letter which addresses the Selection Criteria indicated in the relevant Position Description to jobs@caritas.org.au
The closing date for applications is COB,  Monday 21 May 2018.
To enquire about this role, please contact Fr George Sigamony, Manager, Community Engagement on +61 499 022 915. W www.caritas.org.au

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Position Vacant - Casual Housekeeper

Casual Housekeeper, Mount St Benedict Centre, Pennant Hills
We are currently looking for a casual staff member to work in housekeeping and guest services.
The role involves light cleaning duties for our functions and residential areas. At times the role
may require offering support to our guest dining facilities. The role involves weekday and some
weekend work. Applicants must have a knowledge of and empathy for the ethos and values of
the Sisters of the Good Samaritan and the Catholic Church.

For more information please contact the Centre Director, Natalie Acton on nacton@goodsams.org.au by 11 May.


Friday 18 May 6pm to Sunday 20 May at 3pm


This retreat is about reconnecting with your spirituality and your God through the Pilgrim’s Camino and the Christian labyrinth. You can do as much or as little as you want as we explore the designs, paths, patterns and our life's journey through meditative walking and contemplative prayer exercises.

Cost: $190 (Includes all meals and accommodation)
For bookings:
Phone: 6367 3058
email: shalomcarcoar@gmail.com
online: http://shalomcarcoar.com/events/

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Anti-Slavery Petition

Most people think human trafficking is a thing of the past or something that happens in other countries and not in our developed societies. Yet modern day slavery exists and it exists in many forms—preying on our most vulnerable. Pope Francis describes it as a “crime against humanity’.

8 February has been named the feast day of St Bakhita in order to highlight this issue. The Anti-Slavery Taskforce commissioned in 2017 by Sydney Archbishop, Most Reverend Anthony Fisher, is hoping to gather 10,000 signatures so that the government is obliged to address this issue of modern day slavery. We encourage you to sign one of the petition forms, make sure they are returned to Hon. Paul Green MLC, NSW Parliament House, Sydney by 1 May, read about modern day slavery, and pray that the government will take action on this issue.  



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.

The Experience of Wonder and the Mystery of Nature

You are invited to an evening talk presented by two prominent scientists.

Presented by Dr John Honner and Dr Fabien Delerue

Where:The Lakes Parish Hall, Narrabeen

When:Wednesday 4 April 2018

Time: 7.30pm until 9.00pm.
Please join us from 7pm for tea and coffee. All welcome.




MOUNT ST BENEDICT CENTRE – Discovering Your Sacred Voice

“Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord” Ps 150

This one day workshop offers a deep exploration into prayer through music discovering sacred languages in song. Free your sacred voice with gentle breathe meditations and choral singing, learn to really open your hearts and voices to prayer. No previous singing experience necessary. The day will be facilitated by Carmella Baynie.

Date: Thursday 5 April and Saturday 7 April
Time: 10am-3.30pm
Cost: $30 Morning Tea provided, BYO Lunch.

Reserve your place by email mtstbenedict@goodsams.org.au or ph 8752 5390
Where: 449D Pennant Hills Road. Entrance off Hull Road


PROCLAIM 2018: National Conference on Parish Renewal and Evangelisation

12 – 14 July 2018 - Early Bird Registrations and Group Discounts now available

This year the Archdiocese of Brisbane, in collaboration with the ACBC’s National Centre for Evangelisation, will host PROCLAIM 2018. This national conference will engage parishes and faith communities in a conversation focusing on five key areas: Leadership, Culture Change, Young People, Belonging and Evangelisation.

During the conference, participants can attend keynote presentations, expert panel sessions and discussions facilitated by leaders with ‘on the ground’ experience. Ideally, this will help those participants to contribute to the formulation of some practical strategies to assist your parish or faith community’s own goals in the areas of renewal and evangelisation.

Keynote speakers include Cardinal John Dew (Archdiocese of Wellington, New Zealand), Ron Huntley (Divine Renovation – Canada), Ms Lana Turvey-Collins (Plenary Council 2020 Facilitator), Mons Enrique Fiqaredo SJ (Cambodia) and host of PROCLAIM 2018 Archbishop Mark Coleridge (Archdiocese of Brisbane).

To find out more visit www.proclaimconference.com.au and register at the early bird rate.

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: 27 – 29 April at Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville, NSW
Bookings online at www.wwme.org.au or
Adrian and Janet Sullivan: on 0490 774 419 or adrian.janet1@bigpond.com



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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