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For anyone who finds the Christmas
story a source of timeless beauty
and wonder, the enchanting musical
Two from Galilee will be on the
‘must see’ list when it hits the
Adelaide stage next month.
Presented by the Soul Factor
Gospel Choir, the Broadway-style
musical is based on the bestselling
book by Marjorie Holmes.
The story traces the relationship
of a young couple – Mary and
Joseph from Galilee – whose lives
are touched by God; two people
chosen by God to provide an earthly
home for His Son.
Flying in the face of traditional
arranged marriages, the two
childhood sweethearts fight for
their one true love. Once betrothed
their lives change forever as they
face family conflict, a hostile world
and an awesome responsibility.
Fortunately they come to the
realisation their lives are about
learning God’s will, and choosing
to embrace it despite fear and
The cast is led by well-known
Adelaide Theatre actors and Soul
Factor members Rebecca Raymond
as Mary and Michael Denholm as
With a rich score, strong solo
ballads and energetic ensemble
numbers, Two from Galilee will
delight audiences of all ages.
Two from Galilee will run from
October 6 to 9 at The Royalty
Theatre. To purchase tickets or
for more information go to www.
contact 0400 893 739.
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The important role the parish must play
in the ‘renewal’ process will be one of the
key messages at the Diocescan Spring
Gathering being held next month.
Director of the Office for Renewing
Parishes Deacon Tim Grauel said during
the gathering some time would be spent
focusing on Pope Francis’ words that
in today’s world “the parish is not an
outdated institution” only if the parish was
"capable of self-renewal and constant
adaptivity, so that it continues to be the
“Church living in the midst of the homes
of her sons and daughters” (Evangelii
Gaudium, para 28).
Deacon Grauel added that the gathering
Archdicoese in more than 30 years –
would also be an opportunity for parishes
to share resources and ideas as well as
network with each other on their efforts to
date regarding renewal.
“This is not a quick fix solution for the
decline in Mass attendance figures. Rather,
it’s about giving an authentic, vibrant and
welcoming expression to the faith," he
“It will be a chance for parishes to share
their renewal journey so far and also for
them to understand that are going to be
supported along the way.”
Deacon Grauel said planning was well
underway for the full-day gathering, to be
held at the Hilton Adelaide on Saturday,
October 29. He also appealed for prayer
support so that the gathering will be
experienced as a moment of grace and
"Many people feel that they are unable to
assist in the renewal effort due to age or
health – but their invaluable prayer support
is most welcomed," Deacon Grauel said,
adding they could contact the Office for
Renewing Parishes to become a renewal
prayer partner (firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invitations have been extended to
parishes, communities, schools and
church agencies to ensure there is a wide
cross section of groups represented on the
“Due to the venue size our numbers are
limited, so we are hoping that those who
are invited to attend will then help to
embed a culture of renewal throughout
the Archdiocese. We plan to gather again
in June next year to review our progress,
which will be another opportunity for
people to participate in this effort.”
He added that many parishes were
planning their own assemblies and
gatherings as they review the Renewing
Parishes document, which had been
summarised in eight key markers.
1. The parish is a community in which
each member is called to a personal
relationship with Jesus.
2. Eucharistic liturgies are prayerful and
3. The Word of God is proclaimed in good
4. There is a warm sense of community
5. The parish community is visibly
engaged with those who experience
poverty and need, and with those at the
margins of society and church.
6. The parish witnesses to God’s love for
all the creatures of Earth.
7. The parish is led by a priest with a
8. Eucharistic communities that are viable
will be enabled to continue.
Focus on parishes at renewal event
By Lindy McNamara
Catholic Education South Australia
has welcomed the SA Government’s
announcement that it will provide
non-government schools with
low interest loans for capital
The government has committed
$250 million towards low interest
loans for non-government schools.
“We are currently ensuring
due diligence and finalising
arrangements to enable Catholic
schools to apply for these loans,”
says Helen O’Brien, Director,
Catholic Education South Australia.
“This funding has the potential
to support Catholic school
communities as they provide
contemporary learning opportunities
for young people.”
Priority will be given to capital
development that supports STEM
education (science, technology,
engineering and mathematics) and
the development of multi-purpose
“STEM education is critical for
young people now and into
the future and we share the
government’s commitment to
strengthening our ability to support
students in their learning.”
Once all of the protocols are agreed
and established, Catholic schools
will be able to apply for the loans
through the South Australian
Commission for Catholic Schools.
CESA explores loan offer
WITH LOVE: Belinda Maric and other young people participating in the Helping Hands Program
have sent their photograph and a message to the recipient of the hand they helped make.
Young adults of mixed backgrounds and faiths
recently gathered in Adelaide to help create
prosthetic hands for overseas victims of landmine
injuries sustained in conflict areas.
The event was funded and organised by the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in
conjunction with the Helping Hands program,
which works to advocate the clearing of
landmines and the creation of prosthetics for
Over 150 young adults took part in the event and
successfully constructed 30 prosthetic hands to
be sent to victims overseas.
According to Helping Hands, 95 per cent of
landmine victims survive their initial injuries and
of those who survive, 75 per cent lose the use of
at least one limb.
Globally there are as many as 300,000 landmine
related amputees and over 50,000 children have
lost the use of at least one hand due to injuries
sustained from landmines.
Belinda Maric, the Adelaide Diocesan Youth
Ministry Development Officer. attended the
event with a number of young Catholics. She
said ‘serving humanity’ was the central theme
of the event which was held at the Firle Stake
Centre which also works to promote interfaith
community and understanding.
Attendance topped more than 220 during a
faith forum which was held directly following the
Guest speakers included Jing Lee MLC, Michael
Atkinson MP and Speaker of the House of
Assembly (SA) and Reverend Dr Lynn Arnold AO
from the Adelaide Anglican Diocese.
Event participants included Catholics, Latter-day
Saints, Muslims, Sikhs, Lutherans and Baha’i
To find out more about the Helping Hands
Program visit their website
By Jack Manning
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