‘Cardinal sweep’ at St Bernadette’s Castle Hill Parish


St Bernadette’s Castle Hill Parish News Story
From left: Anthony Majetic, Katarina Majetic, Marko Majetic, Dominic Augimeri, Nathaniel Augimeri and Josephina Maddock.

The parishioners at St Bernadette’s Parish at Castle Hill are excited about the election of a new pope in a quintessential Australian way. As preparations for the conclave in Rome got under way, the Parish Pastoral Council came up with the idea of running a ‘cardinal sweep’.

For $10 a ticket parishioners were able to buy a cardinal who could be elected as the new pope. Participants were encouraged to pray for the cardinals they picked.

The names of all the cardinals entering the conclave along with a photo and a bibliography of each were placed in 115 envelopes marked only with a number on the outside.

Sr Rosie Drum MGL, Pastoral Associate for Youth, outlined the rules: “If the cardinal you have drawn in the sweep is scratched through death or reaching the ineligible-to-vote retirement age, or the cardinals chose someone outside the cardinals in the conclave, you don’t get your money back.

“The first prize is $500. There is no second or third prize. The money is a fun(d)-raiser to send young pilgrims to World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil in July.”

The money raised will enable young Castle Hill pilgrims to meet and mix with other young people from around the world. Part of the Diocese of Parramatta’s WYD immersion experience is for pilgrims to experience life in a developing country.

The teens are expected to use whatever skills they have in building facilities to benefit the locals in Lima in Peru. They will also participate in catechetical in-service sessions and just enjoy being Catholic.

St Bernadette’s hopes to have eight pilgrims going to WYD Rio, an event stressing unity and acceptance among young people.

During WYD95 in Manila, more than five million young people, the largest crowd ever assembled in one place according to the Guinness World Records, came together in Luneta Park in the Philippines.

During WYD08, more than 250,000 foreign visitors came to Sydney. Now it is Rio’s turn.

“So far eight teens from Castle Hill are going to Rio but our target is $30,000 so that we can send another eight,” Sr Rosie said. “If we are successful, the Assistant Priest at St Bernadette’s, Fr John Watkins, will have his head shaved.

“People are giving money just to see that happen because he has nice jet-black hair. I am the daughter of a sheep shearer so I know what to do.”

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