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Rio Reunion – One Year on from WYD 2013

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The Diocese of Parramatta’s WYD 2013 pilgrims are invited to join Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP and the new Catholic Youth Parramatta team for a Rio Reunion at St Patrick’s Cathedral from 4pm on Sunday 27 July.

The gathering is a great opportunity for the 2013 pilgrims to regather and share the impact their pilgrimage to WYD in Rio has had on their lives.

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MH17 Disaster: Mass of Remembrance & Call for Peace

xt3: Mass of Remembrance & Call for Peace St Mary's Cathedral, 20 July.

Homily of Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Apostolic Administrator, Archdiocese of Sydney, for the Mass of Remembrance for the victims of MH17, St Mary's Cathedral, Sunday 20 July 2014

In the targeting and destruction of flight MH17, and the loss of 298 innocent lives, the shocking effects of our fallen humanity have once again confronted the world. But what are we now to do with this latest instance of an age–old knowledge?

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To ‘go forth’, as Pope Francis puts it, reminds us who we are and deepens who we are – a people of faith responding to God’s gift of life.

From the Faith in Our Future Blog of Pastoral Planning Office Director Daniel Ang

In his first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (‘The Joy of the Gospel’) and in his preaching, interviews and personal witness, Pope Francis has reminded us that the Church’s identity comes about by its focus on something other than itself – its focus on Christ whose body it is and is called to be, and on the world for whom that sacramental body exists as a sign and reality of hope. Christian life and the life of the Church only grow through an expanding engagement with others.

This is why one of the central aims of our new pastoral plan, Faith in Our Future, is to better share our faith.

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Families: cornerstone of our Church & society

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The mission of the Family & Life Office is to proclaim and support the Church’s teaching on pro-life issues, marriage, family life and relationships, among Catholics in the Diocese as well as in the broader community.

By Family & Life Office Director Ben Smith

The words of St John Paul II, “the future of humanity passes by way of the family” echo today as much as they did when he wrote them in 1981.

Our Diocesan Pastoral Plan has recognised the importance of families and has identified that the Diocese needs to “support our families as the cornerstone of our Church and society”. The first agency action of Faith in Our Future was to establish a Family & Life Office by June 2014, which has now been achieved.

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Loving God and neighbour, not just self

From the Catholic Outlook July 2014 Letter of Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP

The first priority in our diocesan pastoral plan, Faith in Our Future, is supporting our families. Family life is a school for humility, from the first moment parents see their newborn child and realise this came from them but not, ultimately, from them.

If we want to raise our children well, to esteem and extend themselves appropriately but not fall in love with themselves, we can do no better than teach them to love God, to subject themselves to His will, and so to live in service of others.

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