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ARCHBISHOP CHRISTOPHER’S DIARY: SEPTEMBER Archbishop’s Message Archbishop Christopher Prowse vocations to the priesthood TUESDAY, 4 - 11.00am 2020 Plenary in a hostile world the joy of August The Plenary Council 2020/21 - an initial impression of the journey DEAR FRIENDS IN CHRIST, One of my favourite passages of scriptures is from Psalms 127: “If The Lord Does Not Build The House, In Vain Do The Builders Labor” (Psalm 127/1) WEDNE DAY, 8 7.30am Ecumenical Leaders Breakfast, St Christopher’s Pastoral Centre 12.15pm Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral 2.00pm Australian Centre for Christianity & Culture Board Meeting, Barton SATURDAY, 11 8.0 am St Mary of the Cross M cKill p Pi grimage leaves C nberra from St Christopher’s Cathedral i ’ r i ri t r r On the journey to the Plenary Council 2020/21 DEAR FRIENDS in Christ, This will be my fourth and final reflection on the leading to pastoral action. My desire is that each of our six Deaneries (Canberra dividing
EDITOR: Chris Gordon firstname.lastname@example.org Ph. (02) 6239 9831 ADDRESS: GPO Box 3089 Canberra ACT 2606 www.catholicvoice.org.au DEADLINE: Editorial and advertising 15th of the month before publication. Catholic Voice is published by the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn and printed by Capital Fine Print, Fyshwick. It is a member of the Australasian Catholic Press Association and the Australasian Religious Press Association. Every month 20,000 copies are distributed. Print Post Publication No.100008082. Cover Pictures: Rossen de Ramos ARCHDIOCESE OF CANBERRA AND GOULBURN JOURNALIST: Chris Gordon email@example.com Ph. (02) 6239 9831 ADDRESS: GPO Box 3089 Canberra ACT 2601 www.cgcatholic.org.au DEADLINE: Editorial and advertising 15th of the month before publication. licVoice is published by the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn and printed by Capital Fine Print, Fyshwick. It is a member of the Australasian Catholic Press Association and the Australa Religious Pres iation. Every month 20,000 copies are distributed. Print Post Publication No.100008082. Cover Picture: Students from Mt Carmel Primary SchoolYass, join in the 180 year church celebration Picture: Chris Gordon EDITOR: John McLaurin firstname.lastname@example.org Ph. (02) 6239 9831 ADDRESS: GPO Box 3089 Canberra ACT 2606 www.cgcatholic.org.au DEADLINE: Editorial and advertising 15th of the month before publication. Catholic Voice is published by the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn and printed by Capital Fine Print, Fyshwick. It is a member f the Australasian Catholic Press Association and the Australasian Religious Press Association. Every month 20,000 copies are distributed. Print Post Publication No.100008082. Cover Pictures: Jeanin Doyle Listening Sessions with Years 5 -10 students, St Christopher’s Pastoral Centre WEDNESDAY, 5 - 7.00am Christian Leaders Breakfast, Woden Alliance Church, Waramanga THURSDAY, 6 - 9.00am Council of Priests/Trustees & Consultors Meeting FRIDAY, 7 - 7.00pm Priestly Ordination of Adrian Chan & Namora Anderson, St Christopher’s Cathedral SATURDAY, 8 - 9.00am Mass, Sisters of Charity for Feast Day of St Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St Gregory’s Church, Queanbeyan SUNDAY, 9 - 11.00am Confirmation Mass, St Gregory’s Parish, Queanbeyan 1.00pm Confirmation Mass, St Gregory’s Parish, Queanbeyan TUESDAY, 11 - 11.00am Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture Board Meeting 6.00pm Confirmation Mass, St Michael’s Church, Kaleen WEDNESDAY, 12 - 9.00am Permanent Committee Meeting, Sydney 6.00pm Confirmation Mass, St Monica’s Parish, Evatt THURSDAY, 13 - 6.00pm National Council of Priests of Australia Conference Mass, QT Canberra FRIDAY, 14 - 12.15pm Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral SATURDAY, 15 Delegation of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue WEDNESDAY, 26 - 7.00pm Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-Elect Charles 11.00am St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Processi , Eden 12noon Pilgrimage Mass, Star of the Sea Parish, Eden SUNDAY, 12 11.00am Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral 12noon Australian Jewish Anzac Remembrance Service, National Jewish Memorial Centre, Forrest TUESDAY, 14 10.00am ACU Senate Mass/Meeting, ACU Canberra Campus WEDNESDAY, 15 11.30am Reco ciliation 12.15pm Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral FRIDAY, 17 9.15am ACU/CSYMA Leaders Formation Symposium, St Christopher’s Pastoral Centre SATURDAY, 18 7.30am Men’s Breakfast, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Hall, Forrest 11.00am Blessing Syro Malabar property, 138 Narrabundah Lane, Symonston 5.00pm ACU Graduate Certificate Course, St Christo her’s Pastoral Centre UNDAY, 19 11.00am Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral SATURDAY, 25 6.00pm Mass, St John the Apostle Parish, Kippax SUNDAY, 26 10.00am 180 years celebration Mass, St Augustine’s Parish, Yass TUESDAY, 28 10.40am ‘Plenary Council Q & A’ with Marist Year 12 students, Marist College Gauchi, Darwin Archdiocese THURSDAY, 27 - 5.30pm ACT ACU Chapter Meeting, Watson SUNDAY, 30 - 11.00am Mass, St Christopher’s’ Cathedral ARCHDIOCESE OF CANBERRA AND GOULBURN
Cardinal Francis George (1937 – 2015), in reflecting on being a bishop in the increasingly hostile world for religious belief in the Western world of today had this to say: “I expect to die in my bed. My successor will die in prison. His successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild a society as the church has done so Holy Spirit. Ultimat y, t com s down to following our own Catholic Spiritual Wisdom and Tradition perhaps best articulated y St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556). He is attribut d to have said: “Pray as if everything depends on God, work as if everything dep nds on y u.” I houg t of this Ignatia gem many times since we have begun in the Archdiocese our ‘Listening and Dialogue’ sessions as part of our journey to the Australian Plenary Council of 2020/2021. My initial observation so far is that we have struggled to truly answer the essential question of these sessions: “WHAT DO YOU THINK GOD IS ASKING OF US IN (“apostolic courage”) without listening humbly is unworthy of mature Christians. Yet, “to listen humbly” without speaking out boldly, your observation is a missed opportunity to contribute n r j rney of faith together. L t us reflect on these responses carefully in the years up until 2021. As we gath r in the times ahead in all different types of coming together, we are to reflect deeply on this seminal question: “What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?” It is what “God is a king of us” not what “we are asking of God.” This is crucial. It enables the whole journey to be a time of deep conversion What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time? often in human history.” Let us hope this is an exag- geration! However, it may be seen as the consequence of a State making laws beyond its competence. Monaro Deanery at St Joseph’s Catholic School Bombala. OCTOBER 27 (10am): Plenary Council Listening and Dialogue in the Western Deanery. Session will be held som where in Cootamundra. Exact location to be confirmed at a later date. 7.00pm Plenary Council Listening Session, Eastlake Football Club, Kingston SATURDAY, 23 6.00pm Confirma- tion Mass, Sacred Heart Parish, Temora SUNDAY, 24 10.00am Confirma- tion Mass, Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Ardlethan WEDNESDAY, 27 6.00pm Confirmation Mass, St Matthew’s & St Vincent’s Parish, St Matthew’s Church, Page THURSDAY, 28 6.00pm Confir- mation Mass, St Matthew’s & St Vincent’s Parish, St Vincent De Paul Church, Aranda FRIDAY, 29 12.15pm Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral 5.00pm THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL – Program of Leadership and M ssion, St Christopher’ P storal Centre, Forrest SATURDAY, 30 10.00am THE JOY OF HE GOSPEL – Program f Lead- ership and Mission, St Christopher’s Pastoral Centre, Forrest 6.00pm Aboriginal Sunday Mass, St Benedict’s Church, Narrabundah Bishop Apochi expressed his gratitude for the opportunities and experiences the co- operation between his Diocese and the Canberra Goulburn Archdiocese has offered “I am really grateful on behalf of the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo for our relation- ship,” he said. “The relationship be- tween the Diocese and the Archdiocese; the relationship between the Bishop and the Archbishop; and the relation- ship between the laity and the laity here of the Archdiocese and between the priests and religious of our Diocese and yours… we are really very, very grateful. “This is a clear indication of how the church is really uni- versal … Australia, Nigeria… coming together and working together in harmony.”
Dear Friends in Christ, The ordination of two of our young men to the priesthood on 7th September 2018 is a great joy for the Archdiocese. Frs. Namora Anderson and Adrian Chan have co-discerned with us over a long period of time that the gentle call of the Holy Spirit deep within them is, indeed, a call to the ministerial priesthood. They have pledged total commitment to exercise the priesthood of Jesus Christ as priests in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn all the days of their life. May the Lord Jesus and Mary, the mother of all priests, strengthen their resolve in both the good and challenging times ahead In regard to the challenging times ahead, I am reminded of a very strong statement made some years ago by a former Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago in USA who was not one to make strong statements. AUGUST 19 (10.30am to 12 noon): Plenary Council Listening and Dialogue for the Monaro Deanery at St Patrick’s School Cooma. SEPTEMBER 9 (11am to 12.30pm): Plenary Council Listening and Dialogue for the Biblical p e ry oft n uses a dual meaning. This p alm’s image is a good example. We immedi- ately understand that “building a house” means constru ting a p ysical difice. But n the biblical mind, it also can mean inter-personal arrangements that are pleasing to God. In the New Testament, Jesus, in His Lif , Dea h nd Resurrection, has inaugurated th Kingdom of God. Through our Baptism we ave b come co-responsible t “ ilding up” the Kingdom of God in our own time a place. All this is done, as the psalm direc s, by placing our every confidence and trust in the Grace of God working among us and hroug the subtle power of the Ju e Plenary Council of Australia (2020/2021). For my other theological/pastoral Reflections refer t Catholic Voic editions (March, April and May 2018) May I encourage yo to access the Plenary Cou cil website at http://ple arycouncil.catholic. org.au/ to access resources and vital information on this exciting journey of faith for all of us. We are to listen to what the Holy Spirit is s ying to s in these challe ing times. The Plenary Council official prayer asks the Holy Spirit to: “Give us the courage to tell our stories nd to speak boldly of your truth. Give us ar to list n humbly to each other and a discerning heart to hear what you are saying”. These p titions “to speak boldly…to listen humbly” are close to the pastoral heart of Pope Francis in his wisdom for the Catholic Church in this “change of era.” Both responses are necessary simul- taneously. “To speak boldly” THURSDAY, 7 9.00am Council of Priests Meeting TUESDAY, 12 11.00am Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture Board Meeting, Barton THURSDAY, 14 10.15am Confirma- tion Retreat, Transfiguration Parish, Curtin SATURDAY, 16 6.00pm C firma- tion Mass, Sacred Heart Parish, Cootamundra SUNDAY, 17 9.00am Confirmati n Mass, Transfiguration Parish, Curtin 11.00am Confirmation Mass, Transfiguration Parish, Curtin TUESDAY, 19 10.00am Plenary Council Li ten ng S ssion, Eastlake Football Club Gungahlin 7.00pm Plenary Council Listening Session, Eastlake Football Club Gungahlin WEDNESDAY, 20 Overnight St Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout THURSDAY, 21 St Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout 10.00am Plenary Council Listening Session, Eastlake Football Club, Kingston the Archdiocese of Canberra Goulburn and the Diocese of Otukpo have moved into an exchanging of gifts, a friend- ship with each other, so that we can enjoy the gifts of God’s kingdom that he gives to his universal church,’ Archbishop Prowse said. “Three of the priests from the Bishop’s Diocese are exercising Ministry here in this Archdiocese, and also we’re looking at doing some basic funding for some of the projects in Bishop’s Nigerian Diocese. “In so doing, we’re showing an exchange of gifts in the universal church of the Catho- lic faith, building each other up, gifts being shared, and learnings
Yet, history has shown that young people will be drawn all the more to the priesthood and religious life in a society that starts to persecute religious believers. Please encourage priesthood vocations for our Archdiocese. You have all been most generous in giving monies for the educa- tion of our seminarians. Thank you so much. Can I impose on your generosity further to AUSTRALIA AT THIS TIME?” Pragmatic Au tralians seem to move too q ickly to the “ v rything depends on US” aspect, without truly pondering on the othe vital dimension that “everything d pends on God.” I believe finding the balance between those two poles is the vital challenge. This is a task of deep conversi n. It equires a true humble and docile listening to what “God is asking of us in Australia at his time” You may wish to read carefully my PASTORAL LETTER on this (www.cgcatholic.org.au) and other matters pertaining to the PLENARY COUNCIL (www. plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au) This Grace of conversion that we are seeking nationally and as into two) are to become LIS- TENING POSTS to what the Holy Spiri is truly saying to us in these times. We need to follow carefully the four step template given to the entire Catholic C urch of Australia on how to engage and respond as we gather in small or larger group on several occa- sions in the times ahead. (See the website) T e refl ctions f ach gathering are submitted online to the National Plenary Council team. These will be ex mined and will develop the agenda for the Plenary Council in 2020/21. Soon I will gather my Cat olic Voice theological/pastoral reflec- tio s over the last f ur months and present them t you b th electronically a d hard copies for your prayerful consideration. I hope you can reflect on these to help shape our listening and sharing sessions. Let us pray for each other. Pray for me sometimes. encourage vocations in your own families and friends. I would be so pleased to have many more vocations. For those interested, please contact my Vocations Director, Fr Paul Nulley paul. OCTOBER: Plenary Council Listening and Dialogue in the Northern Deanery (Queanbeyan). Exact date and location to be confirmed closer to the event. NOVEMBER: Plenary Council Listening and Dialogue in the Northern Deanery Catholic Church in Australia as it commences a three-ye r process to consider its future through the Plenary Council 2020. The Church in Australia, on the feast of Pentecost, yesterday marked the official launch of the Plenary Council, which will culminate in gatherings in 2020 and 2021 to consider the C urc ’s governance, la and practice. In a special message for the
email@example.com to seek further advice and direction. Later this year, I will be happy to ordain, please God, to the (transitional) Diaconate, Alexan- der Osbourne. I am also so happy to an- nounce that Fr Loi Viovicente, our Filipino parish priest of Page and Aranda, has been incardi- nated into the Archdiocese. The times are tough for religious belief. The challenges are many and the societal context looks bleak. But we are people of hope and courage. Our shared Catholic faith can grow so much when under pressure. The Holy Spirit is with us more than ever before because our needs are so great. In this Year of Youth, and in the lead up to the Plenary Coun- cil of Australia (2020/2021), and in the aftermath of the Royal Commission, let us all do what Jesus asks of us and “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” (Luke 5/4) (Goulburn). Exact date and location to be confirmed closer to the event. DECEMBER: Plenary Council Listening and Dialogue in the Coastal Deanery. Exact date and location to be confirmed closer to the event. an Archdiocese will truly test our Ch istian maturity. Not se king his gift from the Lord Jesus will mean we will become increasingly pol rised and reduced to mere religious ideological factio s. “Lord Jesus, deliver us from this evil!” Our ini ial attempts so far in responding to the challenges of the Plenary Council v be n credible. Attendan es at meet- ings to date have been encourag- ing. The tone has been generally respectful. The facilitat rs have s own skill and are earn st. “Lord Jesus, help us o be th pe ple you want us to be in these troubled times for faith com- munities throughout Australia. AMEN.” Amen.
Come, Holy Spirit of Pentecost. C me, Holy Spirit of the great South Land.
O G d, bless and unite all your people in Australia and gui us on the pilgrim way of the Plenary Council.
Give us the grace t see your face in one another and to recognise Jesu , ur companion on the road.
Give us the courag o ell our stories nd to sp ak boldly of your truth.
“I expect to die in my bed. My successor will die in prison. His successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild a society as the church has done so often in human history.”
Give us e rs to listen h mbly to each other and a discerning heart to hear what you are saying.
Lead y r Church i t a hope-filled future, that we may live the joy of the Gospel.
Through J sus Chri t r Lord, bread for the journey from age to age.
Upcoming Regional Listening and Dialogue Sessions in the Archdi c se
Our L dy Help of Christians, pray for us. St Mary MacKillop, pray for us.
Lasting bonds forged with Nigerian Diocese ARCHBISHOP Christopher Prowse recently welcomed Ni- gerian Bishop Michael Apochi to the Archdiocese as part of a broad sharing of culture and practices of the church in the two parts of the world. “Over the last few years, of the different cultural aspects of this great church through- out the world that the Lord founded.” Save the Date Ordination of Adrian and Namora Keepers of the Keys ARCHBISHOP CHRISTOPHER’S DIARY POPE Francis has sent his support and blessings to the changing society”. Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, president of the Plenary Council, expressed his gratitude for the Pope’s encour- aging message. Pope Francis sends blessings as Plenary Council process begins
ST NDING by the new etched gl ss window in St Peter’s Church Binda are Lesley Nagle, Gail J hns and Kevin King. The new window is behind the altar and floods the church with light. The or ginal artwork was esigned by Julie Lonneman a freelance illustrator in Cincinnati, O io and was published by Liturgy Training Publi tio s, Chica o. The artwork is used with permission.
“We are embarking together on an important initiative that holds great promise for the Catholic Church in Australia,” Archbishop Costelloe said. “It is wonderful to know that the Holy Father is aware of what we are doing and fully supportive of it. “The Pope’s prayer for us
Archbishop Christopher Prowse welcomes Nigerian Bishop Michael Apochi
The ordination of Namora Anderson and Adrian Chan will take place on Friday September 7 at 7pm at St Christopher’s Cathedral , Forrest. Namora and Adrian will be ordained by Archbishop Christopher Prowse and light refreshments will be served afterwards at St Christopher’s Pastoral Centre Hall. Those wishing to attend need to RSVP by August 27 to namora. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Save the Date: September 7 Ordination of Adrian and Namora ination of Namora son and Adrian Chan i l place on Friday t ber 7 at 7pm at St r’s Cathedral , t. a nd Adrian will be ai d by Archbishop pher Prowse and light hm nts will be served t r r s at St Christopher’s l entre Hall. i hing to attend ne d to RSVP by August 27 to namora. firstname.lastname@example.org or adrian. chan@ g.org.au Catholic community in Australia, Pope Francis said that he hoped “through patient dialogue and faith-filled discernment, the conciliar jour ey will c nfirm the Catholics in Austral a in a spirit of frat rnal unity and missionary discipleship”. That, t Holy Father said, would enable them to be “a le ven of holiness, justice and reconciliation in today’s rapidly reminds us of our great need for the wisdom, harmony and open- ness to God’s will, which are the gift of t Holy Spirit, without whic th Plenary Council will not bea the appropriate fruit which we pray will renew the face of the Church in Australia.” isit the Plenary C uncil website t: www.plenarycouncil. catholi .org.au
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