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Archbishop Philip Wilson has invited Monsignor Neil Brown
to deliver a presentation on Pope Francis’ exhortation
“The Joy of Love” to the people of the Archdiocese.
Wednesday September 14, 2016
The Monastery, 15 Cross Road, Glen Osmond
6.30pm to 8.30pm
(light supper will be supplied)
Mgr Neil Brown is a priest of the Archdiocese of Sydney. He taught
Moral Theology for over 30 years at the Catholic Institute of Sydney.
He was president of the Institute between 1993-2004. From 2004-2008
he was Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. He is presently parish priest
of St Anne’s Bondi Beach, Sydney. In 2014 his book Our Quest for
God was published. Another book, Belief in God: Challenges of the
Twenty-first Century is due out later this year.
Please register your attendance with Rachel McCabe
by August 30, 2016 – P: 8210 8106 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
As capacity is limited, your early registration is recommended.
‘Stronger communities, safer children’
will be the theme for Child Protection
Sunday to be celebrated in parishes and
communities on September 11.
This year’s theme emphasises the
importance and value of connected
communities in keeping children and
young people safe and well.
To assist in preparations for Child
Protection Sunday, the Archdiocesan
Child Protection Unit has in recent weeks
distributed a selection of materials and
resources to parishes. These include white
balloons featuring the logo ‘A Church
Where Every Child Matters’; bookmarks
with an excerpt from the newly developed
Archdiocesan commitment statement,
‘Safeguarding Our Children and Young
People’; a PowerPoint presentation
displaying children’s artwork and
reflections which can be played during
Mass; and an insert to go in the parish’s
Parishes have also been given a list of
suggested activities for the day, such
as involving children and young people
in preparing the liturgy; relighting of the
Child Protection Week candle to signify
the continuation of providing a safe and
secure home for children; encouraging
parishioners to wear something white; and
giving children a stamp as they leave Mass
to signify their presence on the day.
Senior child protection project officer Sally
Wellington said members of the CPU team
had also visited or contacted parishes in
the lead up to Child Protection Sunday to
provide further support, and she said their
feedback had been encouraging.
“We really want parishes to build on the
work they have done in previous years
through the ‘play your part’ initiative and
to now reflect on ways they can continue
to build stronger communities and safer
children,” she said.
“Communities in which children are seen
and heard, where their participation
is valued and where their families can
get the support they need are stronger
communities – and they then contribute to
keeping children safe and well.”
Child Protection Sunday will conclude
Child Protection Week activities which
are being held throughout Australia from
For more information contact the Child
Protection Unit on 8210 8159.
Keeping children safe
Fresh from their experiences at the recent
World Youth Day in Krakow, Missionaries
of God’s Love Sisters Kate Atkins and
Bernadette Toohey are preparing to bring
Pope Francis’ message of mercy to
Kate, originally from Port Lincoln, and
Bernadette, who grew up in Henley Beach,
are preparing to run a young women’s
retreat day on the theme “Grace & Mercy”.
“It was wonderful to be a part of a World
Youth Day held in the city of mercy, on
the theme of mercy in this Jubilee Year
of Mercy,” says Bernadette. “I think Pope
Francis, who could arguably be called the
Pope of Mercy, is trying to get a message
through to us!”
The pair is keen to open up the themes
of the Jubilee Year in a way that will
particularly speak to the lives of young
“I think as women, we often struggle
the most to be merciful with ourselves.
It’s true that the Jubilee Year calls us to
reflect on our actions with others, and this
is important, but often we’re unable to
translate the grace and mercy we see and
experience in God into having gentleness,
patience and compassion towards
ourselves,” said Bernadette.
The day will include prayer times, talks and
personal stories of faith and life, and will
be the one chance for the Sisters (who are
based in Sydney and Melbourne) to visit
Adelaide this year.
The Grace & Mercy retreat day will be
held on Saturday September 24, 10-
4pm at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
Parish, Henley Beach. The Sisters will
also host an information night about the
Missionaries of God’s Love Sisters on
Monday September 26 6:30-8:30pm in
the Henley Beach Parish Hall.
More info: 0402 602 520 or
Sisters bring WYD message to Adelaide
PILGRIMS: L-R Jessica Frizziero, Bernadette Toohey and Andrea Grima at the
Papal Welcome in Krakow.
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