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returns to Adelaide
Australia’s leading youth music minister,
Fr Rob Galea, will perform in Adelaide at
Sacred Heart College on Friday May 26 at
The Catholic priest from Sandhurst
Diocese, Victoria, is a singer/songwriter
with an international fan base and was
a contestant in Australia's 2015 The X
He has appeared at countless youth
festivals including World Youth Day in
Sydney and as a headline music act at
Australian Catholic Youth festivals in
Adelaide and Melbourne. When he’s not
touring Australia or ministering in his
home parish of Bendigo, he can be found
overseas playing to huge audiences who
respond to his unique form of music
Fr Rob is being brought to Adelaide
by the Catholic Office for Youth and
Young Adults (COYYA) for a one-off show
at Sacred Heart College’s De Bourg
Arch D Radio producer James Meston,
from COYYA, said Fr Rob was equally at
home playing acoustic praise and worship
songs as he was with collaborating on
dance remixes of his songs.
“It’s great to have him back in Adelaide,”
Tickets are $10 and available from www.
Leading role for Daisy the donkey
Sorry Day time
National Sorry Day on Friday May 26 will
have special significance this year as it
marks the 20th anniversary of the Bringing
Them Home report.
“It is important that we reflect on the
recommendations of this report and
acknowledge the work that still needs to
be done. With this event we hope to create
a space that encourages healing, hope
and connectedness,” said Relationships
Australia South Australia CEO Claire Ralfs.
She said Sorry Day is a time to
remember the past policies of forced
removal of Aboriginal children from their
families, and the ongoing impact on the
Stolen Generations. It is also a day to
commemorate Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander people’s history and celebrate their
survival, culture and community.
A community sharing and healing event
will be held at the Stolen Generation
Memorial and Healing Garden at
Stebonheath Park, Andrews Farm, to be
followed by a celebration and lunch at the
John McVeity Centre, Smithfield Plains.
For more information about the events
go to http://bit.ly/2pAXPIF
SPECIAL GUEST: CBC Reception students Mahaan, Sebastian, Jensen and Tiger took part in the Easter liturgy with Daisy the donkey.
Picture: Nat Rogers
Daisy the donkey helped bring the Passion
of Christ to students at Christian Brothers
College during Holy Week.
With older (and bigger) companion Ralph,
the miniature donkey from Rainbow Animal
Farm at Aldinga was brought to the inner
city college to be part of an Easter liturgy,
followed by rides and pats with students of
Principal Noel Mifsud said the donkeys’ visit
brought home the meaning of Easter and the
joy of Palm Sunday to students.
“It’s an integral part of the way the boys
experience the Passion of Christ,” he said.
“It helps them to live the reality of Church –
boys are very tactile, visual learners.”
Mr Mifsud said it was also great to see so
many parents come and be active in their
Assistant principal faith and identity,
Rachele Tullio, said the donkeys had given the
boys a new perspective of Holy Week.
“They appeal to students of all ages and to
their sense of curiosity,” she said.
Lyn Mitchell from Rainbow Animal Farm
said there was a strong demand for donkeys
at Easter time.
See Easter pictorial spread page 12.
Members of the Office for Renewing Parishes
have embarked on a program to visit more than
90 Catholic schools over the next eight months
to further the existing relationship between
schools and parishes.
A recurring theme which emerged from both
the Diocesan Spring Gathering last October
and the visits with the parish pastoral councils
in 2016 was the “important and critical”
relationship that exists between parishes and
schools – and the opportunity through the
Archdiocesan renewal process to build on this
In an effort to assist parishes and schools
with this process, Tim Grauel and Jill Gallio
are filling their diaries with details of school
visits in 2017.
Their first visit was to All Saints Catholic
Primary School at Seaford where they attended
the school board meeting on April 13. They
described it as a “very rewarding experience”,
enabling the opportunity to engage with parents
and staff in an “open and honest” environment.
Deacon Grauel and Mrs Gallio will continue
to meet with the school principals, APRIMs,
Parents and Friends committees, the parent
body in general, parish priests and pastoral
associates in a variety of settings to outline
the renewal initiative and explore values that
support a “healthy, vibrant and renewing
“We want to help foster that shared sense of
mission between the schools and the parish and
the Catholic identity of families and children at
the school,” explained Deacon Grauel.
He said by the end of the year the aim was
that every Catholic in the Archdiocese would
know about renewal and have the opportunity
to become connected or re-connected as they
chose. The connection and reconnection with
young people and young families would further
lead to the renewal of parishes, schools and
communities.... and ultimately the renewal of
the Archdiocese of Adelaide.
Mrs Gallio said that during the school visits
they would together be exploring creative ways
to help strengthen the partnership between
schools and parishes. For example, many
parishes had already initiated cooperative
projects such as community gardens.
“We will listen and understand that every
relationship is unique.
“I’m sure we will find that in some parishes
and schools that relationship is working well
and in others it is not. We need to be building
excitement and inspiring the parishes and
schools to encourage them to maximise
opportunities to engage.
“For some it may mean a cultural change, but
the time is right for that to happen,” she said.
Strengthening the bond
between schools and parish
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