Our new Parish Priest

The Archbishop has announced that our new Parish Priest will be Fr. Alan Gibson cm, currently parish priest of St. Vincent’s Ashfield, NSW. More about Father Alan’s background in next week’s newsletter.

Parish Stewardship Program 2017

Our Parish Stewardship Program commences in two weeks. Under the banner of Parishes – the heartbeat of the Church, the Program will provide a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what it means to be a member of Our Parish Community here at St Joseph’s Parish.

Stewardship recognizes that everything we are and everything we have is a gift from God. Genuine thanksgiving means using those gifts as God would want – developing them and sharing them with others. It is our responsibility as good stewards in St Joseph’s Parish to respond to the words of Pope Francis – “…to set ourselves on the ideals of service that makes our talents fruitful.”

eConference – Gospel Leadership in Times of Chaos

The Broken Bay Institute Annual eConference Gospel Leadership in Times of Chaos: The Hope of Pope Francis will be held on Thursday 10th August. Participants can view the televised conference from 10.30am to 2.45pm at the Kildara Centre.

Speakers:Professor Massimo Faggioli, Theologian
Paul Kelly, Editor
Clare Condon, SGS
Dr Gerard Arbuckle,
Ruth Durick, OSU
Cost:$15 (includes lunch & refreshments)
Bookings essential:Kildara Centre on 9509 74906 or email.

‘Hot Button’ Session – Sr. Brigid Arthur

rohingya in boat
A boat carrying Rohingya people from Myanmar sits off the coast of East Aceh : Crikey.com
The next ‘Hot’ Button’ session will be on Sunday 6 August at 11:15am in Meeting Room 1.

The guest speaker will be St. Brigid Arthur csb, of the Brigidine Asylum-Seekers Project.

St. Brigid will present the latest update on the situation of Asylum-seekers here in Australia and in offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru.

Turkson Lecture

Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development is the guest of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office.

He will be delivering a lecture at ACU on Tuesday 18th July at ACU on Catholic Social Teaching in the Global Context.

When: Tuesday 18 July at 7:00pm
Where: Philippa brazill Lecture Theatre, Daniel Mannix Building, ACU

Details at http://acmro.catholic.org.au/

We Need To Talk About Residential Aged Care

The economics of leaving home late in life are difficult to manage, whether it’s into a retirement village or residential aged care, there are lots of emotions and equations to sort through. This excellent ABC RN program talks about the economics of retirement and aged care. It simplifies the complex financial aspects of moving into aged care, and explains the many terms you may hear, like RAD and DAP.

Listen to the program (expires 20 July).

Book Review – The Tempest-Tossed Church

In the Australian of 17 June, David Brearley reviews Gerald Windsor’s new book The Tempest-Tossed Church: Being a Catholic Today.

Often enough, people ask me, ‘‘Do you still go to church?’’ or ‘‘Do you still practise?’’ or ‘‘Do you still believe?’’ or ‘‘What sort of funeral will you have?’’ My summary answer (although I’m quite willing to expand) is, ‘‘I’d say I hope.’’ So, while far from giving up on a rational assessment of the question, it makes sense to me to say that I hope more firmly than I believe. Perhaps this is a fallback position, and perhaps it is unorthodox, even heretical according to ecclesiastical rulings. Yet it seems the truest expression of my religious position.

In a later passage, having explored his youthful attraction to the Gospels, he clarifies that position. He’s Catholic today because he was born that way. The culture sustains him, even now. The New Testament shows him a man so extreme, so utterly individual, that he might conceivably be more than mortal. “And I think it’s plausible to believe that there’s some all-intelligence, all-goodness whom we call God. And Jesus Christ, in some way, is that person. That in summary is the logic of whatever faith I have.”

Read more: The Tempest-Tossed Church