Eastern Link

August 2019

 


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Content for Eastern Link is gathered from circle newsletters and notice of meetings, could circle and group secretaries please add p21.newsletter@thecatenians.org.au to your distribution list, we can also publicise your meetings if a calendar of upcoming speakers and events is included in your circle newsletter.

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Contents:


 Catenians on the Central Coast - Brisbane Water Circle developments
IMG 8997a10057 Central Coast (NSW) locals, including Fr Paul Finucane (head of the Brisbane Water Deanery), attended the first information night for the new Brisbane Water Circle at Davistown RSL.
 A NEW MISSION – the way forward
IMG 8710a 100 georgeThe starting point for future consultation should be our mission. And while the Australian National Council articulated a mission in 2016 (based on the current governance model), it now considers that it's time to review that mission in the light of these two related problems.
Open letter to all Australian Catenian Brothers.
By now, you will know that Central Council has received the Woodford Strategy Work Group (SWG) report on the reform of the Association and has established a small committee to advise it on our next steps. It is clear that that advice has to be developed in consultation with all members and reflect the views of the Association's National Councils and the Developing Areas.
Province 21 Workshop Saturday September 14 - St Joseph's Baulkham Hills
catenian logo 100In order for further consideration by Circles within our Province of the matters dealt with in the Woodford Report, Province 21 Council will be holding a Workshop on Saturday 14 September. This will give all brothers in Province 21 the opportunity to give their views on key issues raised in the Woodford Report.
 Change of Date for the Dandenong Group's - The Pursuit of Happiness
Gerard Koe's talk on the Pursuit of Happiness has moved to Wednesday the 14th of August at Sandown Greyhound Entertainment Centre.
Harbourside North Circle's 250th meeting
IMG 1924 100Inaugurated in October 1997 Harbourside North (founded as Mosman) Circle 330 celebrated its 250th meeting on Thursday 11th July 2019. at the Mosman Community and Art Gallery.
3 Days in Nazareth
IMG 20190707 WA0000 100In May this year, Bro Joe Brick, Vice President City of Melbourne and his wife Lisa undertook a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with 25 others, spending 16 days in Israel, Palestine and Jordan.
 Sri Lankan update for Ku-Ring-Gai & a new venue review
amal wahab 100The after dinner speaker at Ku-Ring-Gai's July meeting was Amal Wahab who spoke passionately about the situation in Sri Lanka.
 Carlingford's Tony Vaz visits Andheri Circle
Tony Vaz 1 100Br. Eugene Das reported from Andheri - Nice to have distinguished guests – Bro Tony Vaz, President of Carlingford Circle, Sydney and Provincial Councillor, Province 21 share his brief thoughts on the Catenian Association in Australia and Dr Willie Britto – Founder of Catenian Association in India.
Camilla Rowland speaks about Marymead's support of vulnerable children and their families
Camilla Rowland 100Canberra's speaker in June was Camilla Rowland, CEO of Marymead. Camilla spoke about the proud history of Marymead in supporting vulnerable children and their families in Canberra
Canberra's Mass for Vocations
canberra100There were 28 members at our annual Mass for vocations that was held prior to our Circle meeting on 18 July. Fr Paul Nulley, Director of Vocations for the archdiocese and parish priest of St Jospeh's O'Connor, said the Mass. 
Two new members for Canberra and an invitation
Canberra 331 Newsletter 100The fundamental aim or theme of our Catenian Association is faith based friendship. We should be able to achieve this aim, at least in part, by active participation in the many functions of our Circle, and in particular our primary Circle function ― the monthly meeting and dinner held at the Southern Cross Club. 
The Latest news from Sr Susan - tentative movement on the Witness K and Bernard Collaery situation.
We have heard that there is tentative movement on the Witness K and Bernard Collaery situation. Here is the ABC on the 5th of July:
Refugee story that inspires
tan 100After dinner speaker at the June Ladies Night dinner was Father Minh Huang known as Father Tan. An Augustinian priest from St Augustines at Manly Vale. Father Tan told the story of his early life in a turbulent and oppressed Vietnam. How his parents escaped by boat in 1981 and how he literally "missed the boat" and had to wait another year for the opportunity to escape with his older relatives.
City of Sydney Foundation Dinner July 2019
Untitled 100A great night at the Occidental was the happy scene for the dinner held to celebrate the inauguration of the City of Sydney Circle on the 22nd July 1971. We had a good attendance to hear one of our esteemed brothers, John (Joe) McGuinness OAM recounting his experiences around the Pacific Rim administering anaesthetics with a surgical team performing life changing surgery to those less fortunate people.
Prayers for ...
hands 100Please remember in your prayers ...
Letters
letters 100Please sumit any comments, opinions and ideas for Eastern Link to p21.newsletter@thecatenians.org.au 

 The views expressed in the articles reflect the author(s) opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Catenian Association.


A NEW MISSION – the way forward


A paper by George Kazs, ANC President, immediate past Central Council Chairman

IMG 8710a 200 georgeWe know that in one form or another, we are trying to find solutions to two related problems:

  • The general decline in membership numbers, especially in the UK and Australia; and
  • The aging demographic of our members.

Across the Association, the responses to these issues have been varied. This likely reflects different priorities, views and understandings and, importantly, different starting points.

The starting point for future consultation should be our mission. And while the Australian National Council articulated a mission in 2016 (based on the current governance model), it now considers that it's time to review that mission in the light of these two related problems. I suggest that Central Council and indeed, the GBNC and the DDA have the same challenge. As a common starting point, that mission might be:


To contribute to Christ's mission through Catholic faith based friendship.

2. Without an agreed mission, going forward, strategies and policies and even changes to constitution, rules and regulations, will have little effect – reflect on why various changes are being proposed by Circles and Provinces to membership criteria, meeting format and social activity and organisational arrangements. A better articulation of our mission is a desirable starting point for all such reforms. It is submitted that there needs to be consensus among members on the mission of the Association in today's Church and society.

3. There are implications inherent in the proposed mission. It is focussed on the (Catholic) Church in the 21st century; it is short and easily remembered; it captures the charism of "faith based friendship"; it is deliberately open in terms of response methodologies such that it lends itself to application in different countries and cultures – and will stand the test of time. Significantly, it is silent on membership criteria, organisation arrangements and governance. While some basic governance arrangements would need to be preserved across the Association, most detailed matters would, consistent with the principle of subsidiarity, modern management philosophy and social priorities in the 21st century, be left to Circles to manage. Some guidance would be appropriate.

4. The ethos of the Association: it is suggested that the meeting and its procedures are not what the Association is about – but many members would see it as so. The ethos of the Association lies in its charism – ie faith based friendship. This friendship is developed in three ways – through our prayers; through our meetings; and through our social and charitable activities. It follows that the Association's governance cannot be a one size fits all model covering all or any of these three dimensions. Any Circle should be free to develop and or retain arrangements which best suit is members and our mission. Also, a more flexible governance model would provide an opportunity and a framework for those Circles, including new ones, who wish to, to develop a complementary arrangement which better suits their needs.

5. Faith based friendship is the vehicle we use to contribute to Christ's mission as Catholics. This is the core, the ethos, of the Association. And it should come as no surprise that faith based friendship is not unique to the male species. It applies to our ladies and our youth – and between all three. It is suggested that a modern governance model reflecting these dimensions will provide the solution to the two problems identified above, be in keeping with our mission and secure our future. That model can only be developed by Central Council – in the light of the SWG report, and only after consultation with members and all councils.

G J Kazs

In response to the national council’s invitation to comment on and assess the Woodford SWG report, P21 Council is convening a workshop on Saturday 14 September at the St Joseph’s Centre in Baulkham Hills. 

This workshop will be open to all interested brothers.  Details of the program and other arrangements will be provided shortly. 

In the meantime – keep the date free. 

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Open letter to all Australian Catenian Brothers.


Dear Brothers

By now, you will know that Central Council has received the Woodford Strategy Work Group (SWG) report on the reform of the Association and has established a small committee to advise it on our next steps.

It is clear that that advice has to be developed in consultation with all members and reflect the views of the Association's National Councils and the Developing Areas.

In Australia, the Australia National Council (ANC) has adopted the following approach: note that we have already placed the report on our web site with a brief explanation of context:

  1. Invite all Provincial / Area councillors to facilitate a consideration of the key issues as they see them within their Circles and to provide an assessment of those views to their Provincial / Area council;
  2. At the same time, invite Provincial / Area councils to also consider the issues and provide a report that captures theirs and their Circles' views to the ANC;
  3. in parallel, Circles, Provincial Councils and the ANC should consider what initiatives they would like to see instituted that do not require formal constitutional change;

Updates about these developments will be provided to members on a regular basis.

Brothers , this is an important process and goes to the heart of the Association. Yes, the Woodford SWG provided a consultation opportunity for members and yes, we are now cont inuing that discernment process.

The one difference is that we are now have a series of informed conclusions, recommendations and suggestions to work with.

So, your thoughts and comments are being sought on the SWG report. In our case, the outcomes of this process will be assessed by the ANC and if, as seems likely, developed into a set of recommendations to the Central Council Committee for changes to the Association's constitution, rules and regulations.

The Central Council Committee is expected to consolidate similar reports from the UK and the developing areas and report to Central Council. Any amendments will, of course, require the approval of members.

Given the size and geographic spread of the Association, this whole process might take some time to bring to finality. I expect, however, that our recommendations will be considered by Central Council early in 2020 with outcomes reported at the May and August Great Britain and Australian national conferences respectively.

The ANC appreciates that many members and Circles are anxious to progress the reform of the Association particularly in relation to its mission, membership criteria and meeting

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Province 21 Workshop Saturday September 14 - St Joseph's Baulkham Hills


 I refer to the open letter from the ANC President which all Australian brothers received yesterday. This dealt with the process for developing an Australian response to the various issues raised in the Woodford Strategy Work Group Report  issued recently by Central Council.

In order for further consideration by Circles within our Province of the matters dealt with in the Woodford Report, Province 21 Council will be holding a Workshop on Saturday 14 September. 

This will give all brothers in Province 21 the opportunity to give their views on key issues raised in the Woodford Report.   

Province Council has appointed  a subcommittee comprising Paul Pearson, Peter Tilbrook, Martin Stebbings and Paul Despoges to examine the views and recommendations in the Woodford Report and prepare a succinct series of issues for discussion at the Workshop. 

This will be circulated in the next few weeks.

The Workshop is open to all brothers in Province 21, but it is particularly relevant to the members of Circle Councils.

As all members will realise, there are some of key issues which need to be grappled with sooner rather than later, to ensure the successful development of our Association into the future. 

So attendance at this workshop is most important.  

Details of the Workshop are as follows:

Date: Saturday 14 September 2019
Time: 9.30am - 4.00pm (Morning tea and lunch provided)
Venue: St Joseph's Baulkham Hills  -  33 Barina Downs Road Norwest
RSVP: To Province 21 Secretary John Tweedie at p21.secretary@thecatenians.org.au  or 0407 288 957 by 3 September 
(please note that the venue requires notice of final numbers and any dietary requirements by 4 September).

Yours fraternally,   
John Tweedie Secretary Province 21 

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Catenians on the Central Coast - Brisbane Water Circle developments


IMG 8997a400Fr Paul Finucane, Kincumber PP and Dean Brisbane Water with Provincial President Chris Vale and Fr Timothy Raj from St John The Baptist, Woy Woy at davistown RSL.57 Central Coast (NSW) locals, including Fr Paul Finucane (head of the Brisbane Water Deanery), attended the first information night for the new Brisbane Water Circle at Davistown RSL.

Provincial President Chris Vale and his team of volunteers visited 5 parishes and attended 19 masses in the lead-up to this informative and entertaining night.

Stefan Wawrzyniak from Hornsby Circle gave an overview of the Catenians from the beginnings more than 100 years ago and the benefits of joining the faith based friendship of the Catenians.

There was a great deal of enthusiasm in the room as the next meeting was announced for Wednesday the 14th August, 25 men and 30 women have already committed for that foundation meeting of the Brisbane Water Circle.

If you would like to join Br Chris at the meeting please email p21.president@thecatenians.org.au.

An example of Catenian committment to the Central Coast, Provincial Council is offering the Brisbane Water Deanery 5 scholarships to the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Perth, one for each parish in Brisbane Water, Fr Paul is supporting the scholarships and the Catenian move into the Central Coast..

 Click on the thumbnails below to start a slideshow.

 

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Change of Date for the Dandenong Group's - The Pursuit of Happiness


The date for The Pursuit of Happiness - has changed to Wednesday August 14th at the Sandown Greyhound Entertainment Centre, it was previously announced for Tuesday the 13th.

An invitation from the Dandenong Group to all Area Victoria Circles and potential new members, their August meeting guest speaker is Gerard Koe who will speak on:

"The Pursuit of Happiness"

Gerard was a Counselor at Cyrene Centre. Now counseling at Catholic Care. He has a vast knowledge of Drugs and Alcohol addiction. He studied at Lewis University in Illinois wherein he obtained a first class honors degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling.

Venue: Sandown Greyhound Entertainment Centre
When: Wednesday August 14th, 2019
Time: 7:00pm
RSVP: Edgar Tellis (Mob) 0404209311 or email edgartellis@rocketmail.com by 6th August 2019. 

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Harbourside North Circle's 250th


IMG 1924 600Inaugurated in October 1997 Harbourside North (founded as Mosman) Circle 330 celebrated its 250th meeting on Thursday 11th July 2019. at the Mosman Community and Art Gallery.

Circle President Brother Len Lozina, with wife Mary, were gracious hosts, on behalf of Circle brothers, and welcomed clergy, ladies,including widows, past Brothers and visitors from neighbouring Circles.

Over 80 attended the function. Visiting brothers included Australian National Council  Secretary John Secker, Province 21 President Chris Vale, Chamberlain Peter Tilbrook and Webmaster Chris Pitts. Brothers visited from Carlingford, Hornsby, KuRingGai, Pittwater,and City of Sydney and original sponsor Circle  Manly with a good contingent led by it's President  Brother Mike Guy.

Tributes were paid to those who founded the Circle namely Brothers Jim Rush, Brian Hamer and Brendan O'Connell. The latter remains a joint member, to this day, and gave an outline of the Circle's formation. Former joint members from Manly Circle were also acknowledged including Tony Shannon who was present on the night. Brother Graham Short, the sole remaining enrolled local foundation brother, spoke of the Circle's early Presidents and the roles they played in leading and shaping it.

Guest speaker Sister Monica Cavanagh, of the Josephites, spoke on the importance of those who inspire hope.

The friendly rivalry between Harbourside North and Manly Circles for the  Annual Griffiths Virgona Trivia Trophy was showcased by its presentation to this year's winner Brother Lachlan McGoldrick representing winners Harbourside North Circle.

Circle Secretary Brother John Tweedie produced and distributed a booklet detailing the history of the Circle plus  a power point presentation of photos of highlights from the past 20 years.

The evening was beautifully catered for by Shamrock Catering and a memorable evening was had by all that augers well for the next 20 years.

Click on the thumbnails below to start the slideshow.

 

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3 Days in Nazareth


IMG 20190707 WA0000 400L to R of Lisa & Joe Brick with  Gosayna &  Habib Karam dining in NazarethIn May this year, Bro Joe Brick, Vice President City of Melbourne and his wife Lisa undertook a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with 25 others, spending 16 days in Israel, Palestine and Jordan.

A highlight for Joe and Lisa was to spend time with Habib Karam from the Nazareth Circle, being immersed in local life for the Christians in Nazareth for 3 days.

Joe Brick Nazareth 2 300Joe Brick presents Peter Walsh with the tie from Nazareth CircleTaking part in the weekly rosary procession through the streets of Nazareth and attending adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Crypt of the Annunciation were particular highlights.

Nazareth and City of Melbourne Circles have a special bond with the initial idea of establishing a Circle in Nazareth, taking place at the home of Peter Walsh, City of Melbourne member and Victorian Area President.

Habib Karam was visiting the local parish in Beaumaris, Melbourne and in discussion with a few members of the City of Melbourne, the idea of establishing a Circle was proposed.

Christians in Nazareth can feel isolated and cherish having contact with Christians in other parts of the world gives them a feeling of support. Habib presented Joe with the first Catenian tie and stole from Nazareth to be sent overseas, for Peter Walsh as a thank you for supporting the development of the Association in Nazareth.

Joe recommends that any Brother  visiting the Holy Land, spend time with the Circle in Nazareth and experience life with the locals as it will give a deeper appreciation of their situation and you will be well looked after.

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Sri Lankan update for Ku-Ring-Gai & a new venue review


amal wahab 300The after dinner speaker at Ku-Ring-Gai's July meeting was Amal Wahab who has been a visitor at previous meetings and remains a prospective member.

He spoke passionately about the situation in Sri Lanka and the historical background to the recent terrorist attacks on the Church there.

St Ives Club - new venue review

group 1Advancing rapidly from the days of Power Point, IT expert Brother Andrew Sim cleverly arranged for us to view Amal's illuminated notes via the Club's TV screens.

This facility is but one of the enjoyable features of the St Ives Club.

Bar Service and catering were of a high standard, parking is a dream and the premises have only recently been totally refurbished.

So far, it looks as though we may have 'struck it lucky' with our new venue.

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Carlingford's Tony Vaz visits Andheri Circle


Br. Eugene Das reports from Andheri

Tony Vaz 1 250 2019 07 26 14.46.22 1 400Nice to have distinguished guests – Bro Tony Vaz, President of Carlingford Circle, Sydney and Provincial Councillor, Province 21, Australia and Founding member share his brief thoughts on the Catenian Association in Australia and Dr Willie Britto – Founder of Catenian Association in India.

It was a great fellowship and meet last evening.. nice to have Bro Lawrence Fernandes – (Vice President of Bombay Catholic Sabha and Director- Retail Learning & Membership of the Retailers Association of India - an apex body of all major retailers in the country) as our Speaker of the evening who shared vital information on Career opportunities in Civil Services and the importance of our Catholic youth to pursue their career in the same.

He is also the Convenor of the Civil Services Program from the Archdiocese of Mumbai.

The highlight of the evenning was to have 3 new members inducted into the Circle, Bros Melvin Terrence and Malcolm.

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Canberra's Mass for Vocations


canberra600There were 28 members at our annual Mass for vocations that was held prior to our Circle meeting on 18 July.

Fr Paul Nulley, Director of Vocations for the archdiocese and parish priest of St Jospeh's O'Connor, said the Mass. Fr Paul also gave the after-dinner talk.

In his after-dinner talk, Fr Paul gave us an insight into his own priestly journey and the life of a seminarian.

Fr Paul spent seven years in the seminary and has been ordained for six years. Seminary experience is designed to help seminarians get closer to God, develop personally and develop a pastoral understanding (life devoted to helping others and learning about the human heart). Seminarians also gain tertiary academic qualifications (Fr Paul has both Bachelor's and Master's degrees).

Fr Paul's pastoral experience included time working with a community organisation, school, health service, prison, parish and a mission in Vietnam.

A typical seminarian has a university degree and about two years work experience. While every effort is made to select men with a genuine vocation to the priesthood, only about half of all seminarians go on to be ordained as priests.

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Camilla Rowland speaks about Marymead's support of vulnerable children and their families


Camilla RowlandCanberra's speaker in June was Camilla Rowland, CEO of Marymead. Camilla spoke about the proud history of Marymead in supporting vulnerable children and their families in Canberra and the surrounding region over many years. It is often forgotten that Marymead services the surrounding region of Canberra, because Canberra supports many parts of southern New South Wales, particularly with health services.

mike 300L to R: Mike Trevethan, John McKeough and Terry BrownMarymead has an excellent reputation as a service provider. It has also been recognised as a world leader in the provision of the longer version (20 weeks) of the Circle of Security course, which aims to strengthen parents' parenting skills and built better co-parenting, particularly where parents are separated and sharing the care of their children.

Marymead has provided foster care services over many years. Following an open tender in 2016, the ACT Government awarded responsibility for the provision of foster care services in the ACT to a single consortium tenderer, which did not include Marymead. It had not been expected that a single provider would be appointed and so Marymead now only provides foster Canberra Circle 331 — July 2019 Page 5 care for children in neighbouring NSW.

jimL to R: Frank Long, Kevin McInerney, George Kazs, John Martin and Jim Wade Jim won the raffle.Marymead provides a large number of support services. These include supporting over 2,000 families with children with autism, providing respite care for parents of children with special needs, managing Rose House and Ricky Stuart House and providing counselling and pregnancy support.

On its site at Narrabundah, it has built a number of cottages for families in crisis situations and is raising money to build another cottage.

To enable the Group to understand some of the complex needs of the families and children Marymead supports, Camilla read extracts of a letter from one mother who wrote about the particular issues she had encountered and the difference that Marymead's support had made in helping her to manage her child's challenges and develop normal behaviours.

The Marymead Auxiliary still plays a big part in helping to raise money for Marymead. If you would like to help Marymead and are interested in fundraising, consider joining the Marymead Auxiliary.

http://www.marymead.org.au/

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Two new members for Canberra and an invitation


Canberra 331 Newsletter 300John Watts and Wayne King join Canberra CircleAt our 20th June meeting, we saw the enrolment of a further two new members, John Watts and Wayne King. Please make them feel welcome in our Circle by including them in your groups at our Circle meetings. Which brings me to the main theme of this message.

The fundamental aim or theme of our Catenian Association is faith based friendship. We should be able to achieve this aim, at least in part, by active participation in the many functions of our Circle, and in particular our primary Circle function ― the monthly meeting and dinner held at the Southern Cross Club.

Currently, our attendance at monthly dinner meetings represents about 60% of our membership. While this figure is not too low it does show that a significant portion of our membership is missing out on the social contact and friendship on offer at these meetings. Please make an effort towards regular attendance at our monthly meetings.

In addition to our monthly dinner meetings we also have access to a number of casual events like theatre nights, restaurant lunch events, our annual weekend away, Christmas barbecue and informal coffee gatherings. All of these events are aimed at bringing members and their wives together to share social activity and form friendships. I urge members to consider these aspects and to participate in them, as far as practicable.

In the weeks and months ahead your Council will be proposing changes and strategies aimed at both improving the way we operate within the Circle and also in the recruitment of new members to the Circle. I urge all members to carefully consider these proposals and to actively participate in the formation and implementation of those considered appropriate.

Brian Fish
President

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The Latest news from Sr Susan - tentative movement on the Witness K and Bernard Collaery situation.


We have heard that there is tentative movement on the Witness K and Bernard Collaery situation.

Here is the ABC on the 5th of July:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/xanana-gusmao-urges-australian-government-to-drop-charges/11280914

I have rung Scott Morrison's office. You might like to encourage him to do the right thing too. 6277 7700

Christian Porter's number: 6277 7300 I asked the secretary in the A-G's office if they had been receiving cards and she answered "Oh yes, we have."

I said they might get some more.

Thanks so much to everyone who sent cards etc.

This seems to be a breakthrough, although the fat lady has not yet sung.

In haste,

Susan

Sister Susan Connelly
14 Yerrick Road
Lakemba NSW 2195
0498 473 341
www.justly/info

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Refugee story that inspires


tan 300After dinner speaker at the June Ladies Night dinner was Father Minh Huang known as Father Tan. An Augustinian priest from St Augustines at Manly Vale.

Father Tan told the story of his early life in a turbulent and oppressed Vietnam. How his parents escaped by boat in 1981 and how he literally "missed the boat" and had to wait another year for the opportunity to escape with his older relatives.

Father Tan's description of his life at that time was both frightening and inspiring. He was eventually successful in his bid to live in Australia in 1983.

Father Tan told how he was engaged to be married when in 2003 he went to see the local Augustinian priest to arrange the wedding. After a lengthy conversation it came to pass that instead of becoming married he would enter the priesthood… yes.

He was subsequently ordained a priest on 4th June 2010. The anniversary of his parents arrival in Australia.

FATHER BOGDAN CELEBRATES 18 YEARS AS A PRIEST

Fr bogdan 150Pittwater Catenians, wives and partners helped Assistant Priest, Lakes Parish, Father Bogdan Skupien celebrate 18 years in the priesthood at the June dinner. Father Bogdan has spent much of his career as a missionary priest in Madang New Guinea where he was commissioned to the Mendi Diocese in 2005. He has seen a significant increase in the number of people turning to Christianity in New Guinea which is a testament to his success as a missionary priest. While he has not been at the Lakes Parish for very long he has become an integral part of our parish family. In the words of his former parishioners "man bilong wok" or "good worker Father" and congratulations.

A PLETHORA OF PRIESTS

priests 300The June dinner saw a healthy representation of priests. Not only did we have Father Bogdan but also his boss Father Robert Borg, Parish Priest from the Lakes Parish; Father Tan and Father Vincent Musindalo, formerly Assistant Priest at The Lakes but now Assistant Priest at Willoughby Parish. Seen here with his niece Sylvia from Kenya. She is studying at university in Sydney. We are very fortunate to have our priests join us and show a real interest in our Catenian brotherhood.

 

 

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City of Sydney Foundation Dinner July 2019


Untitled 400A great night at the Occidental was the happy scene for the dinner held to celebrate the inauguration of the City of Sydney Circle on the 22nd July 1971.

When we arrived the restaurant looked packed with the chairs in a big circle, a large screen and projector set up in the centre and the tables set beautifully.

We had a good attendance to hear one of our esteemed brothers, John (Joe) McGuinness OAM recounting his experiences around the Pacific Rim administering anaesthetics with a surgical team performing life changing surgery to those less fortunate people.

It was a very enlightening evening with Joe's good presentation and excellent slides and dialogue.

We all gave him a rousing thank you at his completion. Joe's sister Anne O'Sullivan was in the audience.

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 Prayers for...


Please remember in your prayers -

Recently deceased:
Jean Mary Mullins, the mother of Bro. Peter Mullins of the City of Brisbane Group.
Noelene, the mother of Kevin Regan from Manly Circle.

Carlingford:
Please remember in your prayers Bros. Stan Burgin and Brian Delaney, together with Jan Burgin. Also, continue to pray for Patrick Wheeler (grandson of Barbara Kenny), Timothy Carpenter, and Christopher Carter.
Brothers please note that Bro. Brian Delany's Alzheimer continues to progress and his family have asked that we consult with them prior to any visit (ideally on a Saturday), accordingly any Brother contemplating visiting Brian should in the first instance liaise with Bro. Ken Morton.

Pittwater:
Please remember those brothers and their families who are in need of our prayers and support. Please let one of the Welfare Committee members Alan Hickey, Bob Dartnell of Mike Rutlidge know of any Brother or Brother's family in need. Our current "prayer list" consists of Margaret and Barry McNamara; Jacqui and Russell Collins; Peter McDonald and Josephine Pezzano ; Chris Micallef ; Bob and Val Whittaker; Bob and Shirley Basham; Lionel and Maureen Stacey; Pat and Betty Quinn; Bob and Marita Dartnell and grandson Anthony; Garry Gleeson; Gordon Rorke; Merv and Margaret Schloeffel and Keith Norris. All are in need of our prayers.

Ku-Ring-Gai:
Brothers Greg Scahill, John Szymanski, Ron Burke,, Jack Garcia,Tony Lee, Mike Tighe and Kevin Rickard ; Family members Barbara Burke, Jan and Rebecca Davies, Mariles Garcia, Brendan Stone, Gayle and Suzie Meagher, Elaine Rickard, Madeleine Szymanski, and daughter Kate McRea, David Gardener, Margaret Marshall, Monica Molldrich, Kris Sheather (Steve Swain's son-in-law), Paul Kelly, Mike Kelly's son) and President Paul Rubenach's mother, Moya.

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