Top picks and clicks of 2010


We look back at some of the most popular stories that made headlines on the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta site in 2010.

Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP installed as our new bishop

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Photo: Bob and Michael Armstrong.

Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP was installed as the third Bishop of Parramatta on 4 March in St Patrick’s Cathedral. More than 2,000 people gathered in the cathedral precinct for the Mass, which was streamed live by the Catholic social networking site

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Diocese pays tribute to Bishop Kevin’s ministry

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Photo: David Tang.
People from across the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta and beyond gathered in St Patrick’s Cathedral on 11 April 2010 to farewell Bishop Kevin Manning, who has retired as Bishop of Parramatta after nearly 13 years.

The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, led a prayer service that brought together priests and deacons, religious and laity, civic dignitaries, and ecumenical and interfaith representatives.

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St Monica’s parishioner and teacher awarded OAM

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Judy Gray OAM.
Judy Gray, a teacher and parishioner from St Monica’s Parish and Primary school in Richmond, has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for 2010.

Judy received the award for her service to the community through music, sporting and emergency service organisations in particular.

“It’s overwhelming for me to have received this award. I just wonder why me? It’s just the way I live my life,” Judy said.

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Journey from genocide to forgiveness

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Immaculée Ilibagiza shares her story of courage.
When 1994 Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculée Ilibagiza stepped into PJ Gallagher’s Irish Pub in Parramatta, few in the 700-plus Theology on Tap crowd were prepared for the message she was about to deliver.

The Rwandan genocide of 1994 is a black spot in the history of humanity. After many decades of ethnic tension between the Hutus and Tutsis, the death of the President of Rwanda on the morning of 6 April 1994 sparked what would amount to one of the most significant and horrifying cases of ethnic cleansing imaginable.

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Canonisation all relative for St Marys family

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Mark Sheehan with children Kiana and Brandon.
It’s not every day you get to celebrate the Canonisation of a relative - but that’s precisely what the Sheehan family of St Marys Our Lady of the Rosary Parish were doing in St Peter’s Square in Rome on 17 October.

Parishioner Mark Sheehan – fifth cousin of Mary MacKillop – only became aware of the family’s connection to Australia’s first Saint around 20 years ago, when one of his great aunts was researching the family tree.

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Declared and defined: St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

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St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.
The moment millions have prayed for came at 7.42pm Sunday 17 October 2010: Blessed Mary MacKillop was declared and defined a Saint by Pope Benedict XVI as Australia’s first Saint.

More than 50,000 gathered in St Peter’s Square, Rome – including around 50 Catholic Diocese of Parramatta pilgrims among the 8,000-10,000-strong Australian pilgrim contingent – and millions across the country celebrated the Canonisation of a Saint for all Australians...and an Australian Saint for all.

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Saint Mary of the Cross to watch over us

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Bishop Anthony with Josephite Sisters from the Diocese of Parramatta.
Photo: Alphonus Fok & Grace Lu
Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP will petition Rome for permission to dedicate the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta to the patronage of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

The Bishop of Parramatta made the announcement to a delighted congregation who had gathered in St Patrick’s Church in Blacktown for the Diocese of Parramatta’s Canonisation celebrations on 31 October 2010.

In the front pews were the Sisters of St Joseph, still brimming with excitement and jubilation following the Canonisation of their founder in Rome on 17 October.

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In persona Christi: Rev John Watkins' Ordination

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John Watkin's Mass of Ordination.
Photo: Alphonsus Fok & Grace Lu
The Catholic Diocese of Parramatta celebrated Rev John Watkins' Ordination to the Priesthood on Saturday 6 November at St Patrick's Cathedral.

"This morning the young man is called John; this afternoon we will call him Father," Bishop Anthony said in his Homily.

"It is a title of respect, but not, I hope, of distance: indeed, it should be one of endearment and trust.

"Christ came as the new Adam, the new spiritual father and head of the human race. He made the Church for Himself as His bride and for humanity as its mother."

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World Youth Day Bishop set to ‘evangelise’ the West

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Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP wants to bring young people back to the Church in western Sydney and strengthen the faith of those who are already connected.

“The Church today is called to a New Evangelisation, that is, to proclaim the Gospel anew in cultures, families and to individuals who were formerly Christian whose attachment to Christ and his Church has weakened,” Bishop Anthony said.

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School's new view on vocations

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Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Vocation Director and Holy Trinity Granville Parish Priest Fr Paul Roberts speaking with students at the vocations day.
Parramatta Marist High School in Westmead received an inspiring insight into vocations from priests, brothers, lay people and teachers in November.

The vocations day, organised by Marist brother and Parramatta Marist science coordinator Br Anthony Robertson, gave the students the chance to listen and learn about vocations to the priesthood, religious life, teaching and married life.

Among the speakers were Vocation Director for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta and Holy Trinity Granville Parish Priest Fr Paul Roberts and St Anthony’s Toongabbie Parish Priest Paul Marshall.

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