Making Room for Others.

Many centuries ago the Pope decided that all the Jews had to leave Rome. Naturally there was an uproar from the Jewish community. So the Pope made a deal. He would have a religious debate with a member of the Jewish community. If the Jews won, they could stay. If the Pope won, the Jews had to leave. The Jews realised that they had no choice. Problem was that no one wanted to debate the Pope. The only volunteer was a poor, simple, old man named Moishe who opened the door to the synagogue each Friday night. Not being used to words Moishe asked for only one addition to the debate – that neither side be allowed to talk. The Pope agreed. The day of the great debate came. Moishe and the Pope sat opposite each other. The Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers. Moishe looked back at him and raised one finger. The Pope waved his hand in a circle around his head. Moishe pointed to the ground where he sat. The Pope pulled out a wafer and a glass of wine. Moishe pulled out an apple. The Pop…

The Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay

Every Sunday, from the Northern Beaches, to the North Shore and up to the Central Coast, about 25,000 people gather together in 26 parishes to celebrate Mass (2012 figures).  These tens of thousands of people who come together every weekend in the Diocese of Broken Bay to proclaim their Catholic faith in Jesus Christ are a powerful witness to the community in which we live.  Of course, we would dearly love to have all of the 218,407 people who identify as Catholic in the population of the Broken Bay Diocese joining us in the celebration of the Eucharist. We miss their presence as part of the Body of Christ and are poorer for their absence. This is an area for action for all of us. We can redouble our efforts to personally invite people to Mass; we can make our parishes places of genuine warmth and welcome; and we can each proclaim the Good News of Jesus in our words and actions, making our lives a Gospel for the people around us to read and to be drawn into. 

Veritas 2018

Speaking at Veritas 2018 on Saturday 7 July, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB called on youth to “go and rebuild the Church”. Taking the words of Pope Francis, Archbishop Costelloe asked young people to stand by the Church despite its “shocking failures of some bishops, priests, religious and other Church personnel have been laid bare for everyone to see”. “The first [response] would be to walk away, perhaps in disgust, perhaps in sorrow, perhaps in confusion, and to seek to live our lives apart from the Church. “The second would be to stick with the Church, in spite of its failings, and to see ourselves not as detached observers hoping that things will get better but as part of the re-building that now needs to take place,” he explained. Archbishop Costelloe then continued by telling the story of St Francis, when God called him to “go and rebuild the Church” when St Francis was praying in front of a crucifix in a ruined Chapel. St Francis thought he was called to rebuild the Chapel but wh…


Congratulations & Best Wishes on their Wedding Day to  Mr. & Mrs. Whatmore!  As they exchange their marriage vows on Saturday, May God Bless their Lives with a Love that grows stronger & deeper with every passing year.

Thanksgiving & Farewell for MOST REV PETER A COMENSOLI

The Apostolic Administrator-Delegate REV DAVID RANSON
Warmly invites the people of Broken Bay to celebrate a

Thanksgiving & Farewell

for MOST REV PETER A COMENSOLI SUNDAY 22 July 2018 Mass at 2 pm Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral 23 Yardley Avenue Waitara Followed by Thanksgiving Gathering The Light of Christ Centre (Light Refreshments) RSVP: …

“How many of the poor are trampled on in our day!

At a Mass commemorating the fifth anniversary of his trip to Lampedusa, Pope Francis called on Catholics to speak out in the face of injustice toward migrants. “The Lord promises refreshment and freedom to all the oppressed of our world, but he needs us to fulfill his promise . . . He needs our voice to protest the injustices committed thanks to the silence, often complicit, of so many,” said Pope Francis in his homily. “Before the challenges of contemporary movements of migration, the only reasonable response is one of solidarity and mercy,” the Pope continued, calling for migration policies “concerned for the good of one’s own country, while taking into account that of others in an ever more interconnected world.” Reflecting on the reading of the prophet Amos, Pope Francis said, “How many of the poor are trampled on in our day! . . Among them, I cannot fail to include the migrants and refugees who continue to knock at the door of nations that enjoy greater prosperity.” Pope Francis was …


Does the forest pray? A contemplative awareness of our environment and ecology can bring healing and hope. This is a day retreat where we can listen to the Spirit and explore our monastic tradition to refocus our concerns for ecology and pray within the forest. Bring a good pair of walking shoes as we take a stroll in our forest. Date: Saturday July 28th 2018 Venue: Benedictine Abbey Jamberoo 695 Jamberoo Mt Rd, Jamberoo 2533 Bookings: Ph: 02 42360533 Email: Cost: $30 Morning and afternoon tea provided. Bring your own lunch Presenter: Sr. Veronica osb

For the Love of God Hoyts Cinemas Warringah Mall 7:00 PM, Monday 13th August ‘18

We’d hate for you to miss the opportunity to see For the Love of God in cinemas and thought that you may be interested the upcoming screening in                Hoyts Cinemas Warringah Mall                 7:00 PM, Monday 13th August ‘18                 Followed by a Q+A Session with the filmmakers (max. 30 mins)

The tickets need to be purchased online before the event. Click on ‘Buy a Ticket Now’ to buy tickets for Warringah Mall. Clickhereto watch the trailer, and click Warringah Mall for the Facebook event.
Thank you for your support as we prepare for the launch of For the Love of God – we can’t wait to see you at the screening!

it’s never too late to stop our disbelieving.

If ever we needed convincing just how fickle a home town crowd can be, all we have to do is recall what happened around the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Only two weeks before she died, London papers sold out with headlines which read, ‘Diana, say No to Dodi’, or ‘Soap-opera queen flees England to be with Muslim lover’, and ‘Diana: a national disgrace’. We were told that Diana was mentally ill, spoilt and a scheming temptress. 
What happened to the memory of Diana is not far from what happened to the memory of Jesus in the earliest Church. In today’s wonderful reading from Mark’s Gospel we would expect to find Jesus’ home town accepting and welcoming him with open arms. Jesus’ ability to teach so well, his wisdom, and deeds of power, however, cause so much offence that the hometown crowd turn on him because he claims too much for himself. Jesus, literally, gets the hell out of there. 
The Gospel of Mark, written at the beginning of the persecution of the Christians, finds great …


Dear Friends, I recently had the privilege of attending the Divine Renovation 2018 conference in Halifax, Canada, on 11-13 June 2018. 650 people from 11 countries gathered to be immersed in this amazing parish that has spent the last 6 years taking the less-travelled path of seeking authentic parish renewal. The genuine, warm, smiling welcome was inviting; the homily meaningful and engaging; the music always suitable and prayerful. I am still humming songs that touched my heart.
They showed me that it was possible to take an ordinary parish and make it extraordinary, with real connections between people, and a generous heart to invite those outside to come in and be part of the family.
Ron Huntley has been part of this community, and now mentors other parishes around the world so that they, too, can move towards a vision of parish life that is alive with the love of Christ and a love for each other. Ron Huntley will be at the Diocese of Broken Bay on July 22. Come and find out how to b…


CPE RECESS - The Community Prayer Evening will be in Recess from Monday 9th July to Monday 23rd July (inclusive). Will resume on Monday 30th July 2018.

Thai Chi Classes will not be held during the School Holidays. They will resume on Wednesday 25 July.


Welcome Fr Robert Borg to The Lakes Catholic Parish Community.

It is with great anticipation we warmly welcome Fr Robert Borg to the Lakes Catholic Parish as our Pastor and Parish Priest. Fr Robert start officially as our Parish Priest from Monday 2nd of July 2018. 
Fr. Robert has served the people of God as the Dean of the Cathedral and Administrator of the Parish of Hornsby Cathedral for the past six years. Fr Robert, a passionate liturgist brings many faith filled gifts to his priestly ministry, all of which will be richly shared. 
Please welcome Fr Robert to our Lakes Parish Catholic Community.

Bishop Peter Comensoli Announced as Ninth Archbishop of Melbourne

Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, until now the Bishop of the Diocese of Broken Bay, in northern Sydney and the Central Coast of NSW, has today been appointed by Pope Francis as the ninth Archbishop of Melbourne. “I am delighted at the news of Archbishop-elect Peter Comensoli’s appointment,” says Archbishop Denis Hart, retiring Archbishop of Melbourne. “A deeply pastoral and faith-filled man, he will bring many gifts to serve our people. I join the Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Melbourne in our prayerful and heartfelt welcome to him.”
Archbishop-elect Comensoli said he was deeply moved by the Holy Father’s trust in making this appointment. “The life of Christian discipleship is a precious gift, developed through hearing and responding to God’s call. In accepting this call to be a missionary among God’s People of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, I readily acknowledge the great responsibility entrusted to me, along with the frailties I carry. READ FULL ANNOUNCEMENT >>>>>…

To follow God’s law, begin with gratitude, Pope Francis says

ROME - Obedience to God’s commandments should flow from a personal relationship with the Father and from a place of gratitude for the good things he has done in one’s life, Pope Francis said Wednesday. 
“The Christian life is above all the grateful response to a generous Father,” the pope said June 27, continuing a weekly reflection on the Ten Commandments. 
“Gratitude is a characteristic trait of the heart visited by the Holy Spirit; to obey God we must first remember his benefits.” 
“Whoever does not let those benefits fall into oblivion, is oriented towards good virtue and to every work of justice,” he said, quoting St. Basil. 


The Planned Giving Envelopes for 2018/2019 are now ready for collection from the tables outside the foyer at the back of both of our churches.  If you do not have a box with your name on it, please ask for a box and register your name on the sheet provided.  We thank you sincerely for your generosity to our Parish. 

Great Farewell for Fr Rex

The Lakes Parish lived up to its reputation of being a great social parish last weekend. Nearly 80 parishioners attended the presentation by Prof Fabien Delerue. Fr Rex was presented with a gift from the parish by John Wynen. This was followed by a great supper provided by the Social Committee. A great job done by John and Robyn Wynen and his merry team of helpers. Again a near full church on last Sunday Morning at St Joseph’s Church. The singing by the young year six girls was divine. Credit to their music teacher and the two school principals and their respective Religious Cocoordinators for organising the Family Mass. A Big Morning Tea followed in the Parish Hall, complete with Zumba Dancing for the young children. Sue Willis and the Hospitality Team made a splendid effort. Fr Rex cut his Farewell Cake and Janice Millet, Secretary Parish Pastoral Council, presented a painting of the ‘The Lakes’ to Fr Rex on behalf of the Parish. Hopefully the painting will remind Fr Rex of his las…


Michelle Beck, Pauline Bedford, Nicholas Jenkins (son of Jane Kenny), Maureen Stuart, Jane Kenny, Michael Lanzon, Jean Rosa, Margaret McNamara, Margaret Collins, Wendy Ochs.


A quote from Cardinal-designate Konrad Krajewski, etches into our mind, a new perspective when donating to the poor, 
“If, in this homeless or poor individual, you see Jesus, what will you give him? Damaged clothes that you don’t need any more? Old food? No! You’d give Jesus the best you have!” 
This is what our parish SVDP Conferences do in assisting the homeless and the socially disadvantaged every week. 
Please be generous. If you did not come prepared please take an envelope home and return it next Sunday. Your past generosity is much appreciated by the homeless and socially disadvantaged in our parish. For more information Rex Harding 9944 0886 (St Rose) Tom Colman 9970 5232 (St Joseph’s). 

Can you give an Hour on a Sunday, Once a Month?

We have a wonderful group of people who give who give communion to the sick every Sunday and some give communion to the sick during the week. At St Rose we have 17 volunteers, who take communion at least once a month, somemore than once a month,to people at War Vets, Elizabeth Jenkins and Plateau View, visiting some 69 people over the month. Some people are only visited once a month. Can you give one hour a week? If not on Sunday another day maybe?  Please contact Fr Raphael on 0411 164 322—

Pittwater Catenians

The Catenian Association is an international body of proudly Catholic laymen who meet at least once a month in local units called Circles. Pittwater Catenians are looking for new members! They meet monthly every 2nd Wednesday, Long Reef Golf Club.
Contact Tony on 9997 5493 or Email

I.T. ministry: we urgently need more volunteers to assist with operating the slideshows at our weekend Masses. We endeavour to roster our operators on only one Mass per month; however, at present we are struggling to find sufficient volunteers. It is a very simple job - just follow he print-out press the buttons! Young people (upper primary school and upwards) encouraged to apply. If you can assist, please contact the Parish Office, or Sarah Webster:


Monday 16 July9.30am-12.00pmSafeguarding Children 12.30pm-2.30pm Classroom Management Training venue:St Kieran’s Meeting Room, 2 King St Manly Vale Tea and coffee provided.BYO lunch if attending both workshops. Register by 9 July:PH 9847 0488 or is a mandatory Government requirement for all SRE catechists to complete these units once every 3 years.

Reedy River

FAMS Theatre Company presents a beautiful  Australian music theatre piece about life, love, and struggle in the aftermath of the 1891 shearers’ strike. Inspired by Henry Lawson’s poem of the same name. Montgomery Theatre – RSL ANZAC Village (theatre is open to the public) - Endeavour Drive, Narrabeen 6th -15th July 2018 (8 performances – Fri/Sat 7:30pm; Sat/Sun 2pm) Tickets: or ph. 9981 5080  


Every Tuesday and Friday in the rear of St Vincent De Paul Church in the heart of Redfern from 8.30am  to 10.30am "THE SHARING OF THE MEAL" takes place.
Now in its ninth year it has the blessing and help of The Sydney Archdioceses. The volunteers through the co-ordinator Jenny Carter (0407 977 180) from Lavender Bay parish, serve a hot meal, fresh fruit, sandwiches, Tea and Coffee to the inner city's most vulnerable. We are able to get corporate help for a BBQ once a month which is a big thrill for the clients. BUT we are in need of more volunteers Please, Please can you help. It's only a hop skip and jump from Narrabeen to Redfern.

‘Laity Could Have Prevented - ‘Catastrophic’ Abuse Crisis’.

It is perhaps not the headline last week  Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge would have wanted. What he is quoted as saying is that if ‘there had been more lay people involved in decision-making roles in times past, we wouldn’t have the catastrophe on our hands that we now have’.
He adds: ‘There’s no point in denying that, generally, clericalism was at the heart of the problem, and still is. Part of the culture shift we’re trying to bring about is to break the hold of that clericalism. Therefore, obviously lay people need to take on responsibilities that are new in the Catholic Church.’