Top picks and clicks of 2011


We look back at some of the most popular stories that made headlines on the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta site in 2011.

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop: Our Patron

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His Excellency Giuseppe Lazzarotto, Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, reads the proclamation of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop as Patron of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta during the Silver Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving.
Photo: Alphonsus Fok & Grace Lu

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop was proclaimed Patron of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta during the Mass of Thanksgiving for for the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Parramatta on Thursday 19 May in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.

The proclamation was read by His Excellency Giuseppe Lazzarotto, Apostolic Nuncio to Australia.

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Celebrating our past and embracing our future

Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Silver Jubilee Section 

St John Bosco comes to St Marys

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Photo: Alphonsus Fok & Grace Lu

Our Lady of the Rosary St Marys Parish hosted of the Relics of St John Bosco on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 March.

The beautiful pilgrim statue of Don Bosco, in which a bone from the saint’s arm had been inserted, arrived from Melbourne on Monday 21 March.

Our Lady of the Rosary Church and the parish community provided warm and continuous hospitality to Don Bosco and his family, and to many other interested visitors.

Well over 1,000 attended the relic reception, Masses, talks, all-night Eucharistic prayer vigil and silent veneration and prayer times, with many availing themselves of the opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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Monsignor humbled to serve God’s people

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Prelate of Honour of His Holiness...Right Rev Monsignor Robert McGuckin VG EV.
Photo: Alphonsus Fok & Grace Lu
Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, Right Rev Monsignor Robert McGuckin VG EV, was made a Prelate of Honour of His Holiness in April.

Mgr McGuckin officially received the award and the title of ‘Monsignor’ when the Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, made the announcement at the 2011 Chrism Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday 20 April.

During the Mass, Bishop Anthony also announced that three long-serving priests of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta - Fathers Eric Burton, David Scott and Les Campion - had received the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice ( ‘Cross of Honour’).

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‘For Church and Pope’ - three priests receive Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice

Bishop Vincent gives thanks at Kellyville

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Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen at the Thanksgiving Mass at his former Parish, Our Lady of the Rosary Kellyville.
Melbourne Archdiocese Auxiliary Bishop, Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, returned to Our Lady of the Rosary Kellyville on Sunday 3 July to celebrate a Thanksgiving Mass with his former Parish.

A Vietnamese refugee who came to Australia by boat, Bishop Vincent became Australia's first Asian-born Bishop when ordained in Melbourne on Thursday 23 June.

Bishop Vincent escaped from Saigon when Vietnam fell to the communists in 1980.

He joined the Order of Friars Minor Conventual in 1984 and was ordained in December 1989. Appointed as Assisant Priest at Our Lady of the Rosary in 1995, he became Parish Priest in 1998.

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From boat person to Catholic Bishop

Sharing the hope and joy of new nation

South Sudan Independence Mamre House News Story
South Sudan Independence celebrations at Mamre House.

The Independence and the declaration of the new Nation of the Republic of South Sudan on 9 July brought great excitement and joy to the South Sudanese community living in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, and to all who know them.

The staff at Mamre House in Orchard Hills, a sponsored work of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, have been working with the Sudanese community for the last six years since the arrival of most of the Sudanese community in Australia.

Mamre House shared the delight of the Sudanese community in their independence, organising a formal celebration during July.

The day provided an opportunity for the women to share their joy and hopes for the future of South Sudan after many years of war and sadness.

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“South Sudan Oyee!”

Parramatta WYD pilgrim’s lunch with Benedict XVI

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Claire Brown (pictured to the right of Pope Benedict XVI) during the WYD11 lunch.

Catholic Diocese of Parramatta pilgrim Claire Brown experienced the lunch of a lifetime during World Youth Day 2011 Madrid (16-21 August), sharing a meal with Pope Benedict XVI.

Claire - a parishioner from St Finbar’s Parish in Glenbrook and Parramatta Viva Spain & Italy pilgrim - was one of 12 young people given the honour of lunching with the Holy Father at the Apostolic Nunciature.

"It was a fantastic experience, an honour and a privilege to be in the presence of the Holy Father with youth from around the world. It's something that I will never forget," Claire said.

"He called us all to bring back to our parishes and our nations the love of Jesus Christ to share with the world."

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WYD pilgrims set for experience of a lifetime

Parramatta pilgrims make headlines on road to Madrid

Eyes WYD Open: Bishop Anthony video message from Madrid

Planted and Built Up in Jesus Christ

Sydney Alliance: Agenda for the Common Good

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Photo: Alphonus Fok & Grace Lu

On Thursday 15 September, the Sydney Alliance had its Founding Assembly, launching its Agenda for the Common Good.

Among the 2,000 people from more than 45 organisations who packed into Sydney Town Hall for the launch were parishioners from Penrith, St Clair, Stanhope Gardens, Blacktown South and Blacktown, Guildford and the Hills, along with migrant chaplaincies and representatives from Josephite Community Aid and Young Christian Workers.

For the past three years the Alliance has been growing in breadth and depth, creating a diverse coalition of religious organisations, community groups and unions from across Sydney.

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New Aboriginal Catholic Services Centre 

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Photo: Alphonus Fok & Grace Lu

The scent of eucalyptus filled the air as Uncle Brian Boney performed a smoking ceremony on the lawn in front of the new Aboriginal Catholic Services Centre at Emerton on Friday 30 September.

Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP blessed and opened the centre, which is located in the grounds of Holy Family Parish.

The centre is new base for Aboriginal Catholic Services, which has operated from Penrith for more than 10 years. ACS is a service of CatholicCare Social Services - Diocese of Parramatta.

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Aboriginal Catholic Services Centre Opening & Blessing Video

Pilgrimage to the threshold of the Apostles

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Photo: L’Osservatore Romano
Bishop Anthony met with Pope Benedict XVI during the Australian Bishops' Ad Limina visit to the Vatican in October (10-22 October).

"I was able to tell the Holy Father and his collaborators about the wonderful people of Western Sydney, many of whom are devoted to God and His people, and week after week bring Him their hopes and fears, their hearts and lives, their family and friends, to offer with the bread and wine at Mass that He might transform them also," Bishop Anthony said.

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Pope urges Australian Church to embrace New Evangelisation
(includes Bishop Anthony's Video Message from Ad Limina)

Forum searches for solutions to homelessness

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CCSS Executive Director Otto Henfling, Churches Housing Inc Executive Officer Rev Derek Yule and Parramatta Mission’s community services division Chief Executive Tanya Gadiel.
Photo: Alphonsus Fok & Grace Lu
From across Sydney, they gathered on Tuesday 8 November in Parramatta to address the issue of homelessness, with particular reference to the Western Sydney region and the services that are available to assist.

About 150 people participated in the forum, which was co-hosted by CatholicCare Social Services - Diocese of Parramatta (CCSS) and Churches Housing.

The event brought together professionals in the social services field and concerned members of the community to network, discuss the issue and formulate action plans.

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'A Call to Action on Homelessness': Bishop Anthony's Forum Address

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