The Southern Cross : March 2010
Page 1 March 2010 The Southern Cross www.adelaide.catholic.org.au Message from Archbishop Philip Wilson Journey through Lent Inside The Southern Cross Archbishop Wilson 2 Editorial/Opinion 11 Crossword 14 Vocations 15 Pastoral 16 Kids Cross 17 Schools 19--21 Obituaries 22 Mass times 23 Published by Solstice Media Ltd., Suite 4, Cinema Place, Adelaide, SA 5000 (off Vaughan Place). Printed by Rural Press Printing, Adelaide Rd, Murray Bridge, for the publisher. ABN 63105598187 The Southern Cross newspaper, the official publication of the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide 39 Wakefield Street, Adelaide SA 5000 GPO Box 1468, Adelaide SA 5001 Editor: Jenny Brinkwor th T: (08) 8210 8117 Production: Rosie McMutrie T: 8210 8160 | Adver tising: Anthony Cecere T: (08) 8224 1606 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Print Post Approved P530028/0064 As a condition of every contract of publication, the Publisher may in its absolute discretion at any time before publication and without assigning any reason, refuse to accept for publication or to publish any copy or other material whatever submitted to it for publication. If any copy is refused by the Publisher, any payment made will be refunded to the customer who will have no other claim of any nature whatever against the Publisher. Australia's largest aid and development appeal, Caritas Australia's Project Compassion was launched in Adelaide at Rostrevor College on Ash Wednesday. Suppor t for Project Compassion this year will allow local par tners to continue their work in communities around the world -- from Cambodia where livelihood programs are helping rural families generate income to Australia's Kimberly region where Indigenous disadvantage is being targeted by a community driven education program. Four teen-year-old Samon, pictured left, is one of many Cambodian children orphaned by HIV/AIDS who are now being assisted by a program which provides business training for carers of orphans. Samon's Aunty Tou, who has raised him since he was a young child, has developed a plan to open a stall selling traditional 'banh chhev' rice pancakes and soup. She received a $230 project loan to buy equipment including a rice grinder, fr ying pans and bowls. Aunty Tou says she can now see a future for her family. "We earn $3 a day now from the stall -- more when we sell a chicken. After buying our food, I can save to repay our loan and for medical expenses and wood for our house," she said. Access to water is also a major problem for Samon's village. Caritas suppor ted his family to install a water pump and helped establish village water committees and the construction of community water ponds which are providing Samon and thousands of others with clean water for drinking. Samon attends the project's 'Happy Happy Program' with other vulnerable children, some of who have also lost their parents. Local staff work with village volunteers and the children to promote children's rights, hygiene and play games that help reduce stigma and raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. "I've made new friends there. I like playing the games and writing in my 'Memor y Book' about my father and my friends," he said. He has big plans for the future: "When I finish school I want to be an engineer and build houses and roads so people can transpor t their produce to market," he said, with a smile. Building a brighter future MARK OF RESPECT: Tenison Woods College student Brad Williams was among those to receive the traditional cross of ashes on their forehead on Wednesday following Ash Wednesday prayer services held at the Mt Gambier school. Catholics throughout the State attended church services on Wednesday to celebrate and honour the day of religious significance. My brothers and sisters, One of the great joys of our Catholic life is the renewal of our baptismal promises on Easter Sunday morning at Mass. And all of Lent is designed to help us to arrive at the moment on Easter Sunday when we can do that with joy and freedom of hear t and a renewed love for God and our neighbour. So these seven or so weeks that lay ahead of us that we call Lent are an impor tant time for us to reflect upon the way in which God has shown his love for us through the saving word of Jesus and challenges us to respond to him in a renewed way ever y year as we go through this season. So this is a time of great joy. While we may have to confront some things in pain about our lives and recognise our limitations and weaknesses, it's still a great joy to know that we do that in the freedom that Christ has given us through his love. It's early in Lent, so now is the time to begin. I sometimes make the mistake myself of thinking I'll have to get on with this and realise all of a sudden that it's almost Palm Sunday and Lent is almost over. So this year I've resolved to make a star t from the ver y beginning and I'm really working hard to tr y to adapt the Lenten penance this year in a way which is appropriate to me in my life, because, like you, I want to be really free and in love with God and my neighbour in a renewed way when we come to Easter Sunday this year. So I wish you a ver y happy Lenten journey and I'll remember you as we journey together in my love and my prayers. The Southern Cross is now available online at www.thesoutherncross.org.au Continued from page 1. Har vest Pilgrimages has been appointed the official canonisation tour operator and thousands of Australian pilgrims are expected to make the journey to Rome. Sister Anne Der win, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of St Joseph, said Mar y was one of Australia's great pioneers who worked tirelessly throughout her life. "It is my hope that Mar y's example will continue to inspire many today, especially our young people, to live with the same deep faith in God, the same hope and the same selfless charity," she said. Sister Teresita Cormack, who is 94 and lives at the St Joseph's Convent at Kensington, is one of the many sisters who has been working on the cause for canonisation since the early 1920s. "It's lovely to think it's coming up to a conclusion," she said. "She's a saint for the whole world and it's nice to have it pronounced." The Provincial Leader of the Sisters of St Joseph, Sister Marion Gambin, said the sainthood would encourage people to turn to what's impor tant in their lives and to see their faith as something really significant. Oh what a joy!