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Gospel Reflection

Take a few minutes to reflect on the Gospel for this Sunday. This reflection is prepared by Sr. Veronica Lawson RSM.

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In the Parishes
Seeking Information

The St. Aloysius’ Parish Historical Group is researching the history of the Redan Parish. We have discovered many interesting things such as that the present St. Aloysius’ School is the third school of that name on the present site. The group is now interested in speaking to anybody associated with the parish or the school in the period from 1940 to 1950. On Tuesday, May 22nd we plan to hold two group sessions at the Parish Centre, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. Anybody is welcome, but please ring Lois on 53347689 to confirm your attendance. This naturally does not preclude anyone else with information, photographs, papers or memorabilia from contacting us at any time. We would love to hear from you.

BACK TO ST. PATRICK'S

A great night was had recently at the reunion of former students of St. Patrick’s School, Port Fairy who attended the school between 1953 and 1969. The weekend started with an Open Day followed by evening celebrations. Over 300 people attended, including two of the sisters who were past teachers, Srs. Teresa and Vincent. On Sunday everyone enjoyed a lunch with more stories and reminiscing. “Functions such as these reinforce the wonderful history and story that our school enjoys,” said Principal Kevin Waterhouse.

At Your Service
DIOCESAN E-NEWS

DIOCESAN E-NEWS is published fortnightly. Items and photographs related to Diocesan and Parish events can be sent to enews@ballarat.catholic. org.au

The next issue of OUR DIOCESAN COMMUNITY will be published in June. We are now seeking articles for inclusion in that issue from parishes and schools on the theme of Community. Send to odc@ballarat.catholic.org.au

May 2007

Faith in Life
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JOURNEY OF THE CROSS

The Journey of the World Youth Day Cross, accompanied by an Icon of Mary, Mother of God, is a very significant part of the approach to World Youth Day to take place in Sydney in July, 2008. The Cross was presented to representatives of the youth of Australia on Palm Sunday, 2006 by Pope Benedict and began its world pilgrimage to Australia. The Cross and Icon will arrive in the Diocese in Mildura on October 20 and will journey through the Diocese for 8 days. Parishes are preparing now for its journey through the Diocese. One event will be an all-night Vigil in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Friday, October 26 followed by a Diocesan Mass on Saturday 27th.  Check and see when you can join the Journey of the Cross and Icon and also ensure that the youth of your parish do not miss participating in such an important event. Information can be obtained from Stacey Atkins, Diocesan Youth Coordinator 5337 7172.

In the Parishes
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SPECIAL CELEBRATIONS

Parishioners from Sacred Heart Parish, Mildura recently enjoyed two special celebrations which recognized the multicultural aspects of our parish life. On April 28, the Tongan Catholic Community celebrated the Feast of St Peter Chanel and on Sunday May 6, we gathered again to celebrate with the Filipino Community for their traditional “Flores de Mayo” – Flowers of May Celebration which is held every year on the first Sunday in May.

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Coming Events
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PARISH PASTORAL LEADERSHIP SEMINARS

Seminars for those involved in parish pastoral leadership will be held in three regional centres of the Diocese on May 12, 19 & 20. The Seminars will be led by Dr. Mary Ann Gubish from the United States who is very experienced in formation for Pastoral Leadership for laity. Mary Ann is in Ballarat as a keynote speaker for the National Pastoral Planning Network Conference which is taking place at Ballarat Lodge from May 15 – 18. We are fortunate to be able to take advantage of Mary Ann’s time in Australia.

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Diocesan Fact File
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STUDY TOUR FOR DIOCESAN EDUCATORS

Thirteen principals, two parish priests and five senior leaders of the Catholic Education Office recently undertook an inaugural study tour for the Diocese. The tour visited Singapore, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, meeting with Education authorities, participating in Seminars and visiting a range of schools. The tour also encompassed time in Rome where the group met with the Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, participated in Mass in St Peter’s Basilica and were given a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.