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Welcome Bishop Comensoli to the Lakes

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We extend Bishop Peter a warm and friendly Lakes welcome.
ThisSaturday and Sunday, 21-22 April, Bishop Peter Comensoli will be conducting Episcopal Visitation at The Lakes Parish.
There are 26 parishes in the Diocese of Broken Bay. Therefore, the Bishop will visit five parishes each year. The Bishop, during this visit, encourages his communities in their apostolic activities, missionary outreach, and supports them during difficult times.
As this visit will occur during the School Holidays, the focus will be primarily on the worshipping community, the Parish Pastoral Council, the Parish Finance Committee, Ministry Groups, and a general get-together with the parishioners. This will be your opportunity to share your thoughts, aspiration, challenges and difficulties with the Bishop. Normally, he would be meeting with the Schools, staff, and children during this time, but at this is school holidays, this school visitation will be carried out in early May.
During this weekend the Bishop will …

WELCOME TO OUR PARISH COMMUNITY

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Taylor & Emily Howe, Tahlia Lily Newton – who will be baptized at St Rose this weekend.
May the Holy Spirit bless you and your family with a wonderful and lasting faith.

Bishops Conferences of Oceania Assembly

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“in Oceania, even if we are not responsible for climate change on earth, we are strongly affected by it”
Last Friday began the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania Assembly meeting in Port Moresby. It occurs every 4 years and high on its agenda is climate change and the impact we are having on creation. Pope Francis sent his number 2 - the Secretary of State Pietro Parolinq who is quoted:
The Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and Cardinal John Ribat, Archbishop of Port Moresby
“We all share a common house that we call planet earth and, if on the one hand it seems obvious, this entails ethical implications for all on the use of the resources of land and sea”.

Reflecting on Sunday’s Gospel

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The word compassion comes from the Latin word compati meaning to bear or suffer with. It's not pity, sympathy or commiseration. Those words imply that we stand outside an experience and feelingly look in on it. Compassion is about ‘fellow-feeling’. It's what the Good Shepherd embodies, and what Easter is all about. If we are worthy followers of Jesus we will all have our fair share of Good Fridays, but Easter Sunday tells us that just as the Father remained faithful to Jesus, so Jesus will remain faithful to us, as one with us.

In recent years the bishops, who are often called shepherds of the local Church, have come under extraordinary scrutiny. And rightly so. All of us who are living the Christian life are accountable for what we have done and have failed to do, and the bishops are no exception. It's a tough time to be the local shepherd. The flock is highly educated and we no longer follow anyone's lead with a herd mentality. We want to know our shepherd, hear his…

Anzac Day Centenary Wednesday 25th April

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Anzac Day Memorial Services. Dawn Services: ·4.25am Manly War Memorial ·5.30am Manly Dam  ·5.30am Dee Why Beach Commemoration Service: ·11am Manly War Memorial ANZAC DAY MASS The Anzac Day Mass on Wednesday 25th April will be celebrated at St Joseph’s Church at 9.30am. This will help those parishioners who may wish to attend Dawn Services.

Thanksgiving Dinner

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Catholic Youth Broken Bay Volunteers & Supporters Thanksgiving Dinner The Diocese is extremely blessed to have so many creative, talented and (most importantly) generous people who are so willing to help and serve. In the Year of Youth, we would like to acknowledge all of the leaders, volunteers and supporters of CYBB for their constant service.

So it doesn't matter how much you think or don't think you've given or served, we cordially invite YOU to join us as we offer this thanksgiving dinner to all our amazing volunteers and supporters!

Where: Caroline Chisholm Centre, 423 Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills
When: Friday, 27 April 2018
6:30pm-9:00pm
RSVP: youth@dbb.org.au


Reach Out

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Communities in Myanmar, PNG, Samoa, Timor Leste, Kiribati and Kenya seek volunteers to mentor locals and build capacity. Palms volunteers don’t do quick fixes, but immerse themselves in overseas communities for long-term skill exchange.

If you have teaching, medical, business, admin or trade skills, share them with our global family! Come to a Palms Info Session in Parramatta or the City:

Saturday 26 May 9am St Patrick’s Cathedral Hall
1 Marist Place, PARRAMATTA (car entry via Victoria Road)

Thursday 31 May 5:45pm St Peter Julian’s Church
432 Sussex Street, Haymarket SYDNEY

Go to www.palms.org.au/volunteer or Contact Palms on 02 9560 5333


CATHOLIC YOUTH BROKEN BAY TWILIGHT TALKS

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Catholic Youth Broken Bay invites you to Twilight Talks.  Join Young Adults from around the Diocese to connect, share a meal, pray and be nourished by our very special guest Br Guy Consolmagno, Director of the Vatican Observatory, as he speaks on the 'Maker of the Stars'! Where: Hotel Pennant Hills, 352 Pennant Hills Rd, Pennant Hills
When : Tuesday 24 April 2016:30pm – 9:00pm ——————————————————————

CWF May Appeal 2018

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The CWF Appeal is scheduled for 5/6 May 2018.

Every dollar helps and 100% of your donation is tax deductible.

When you provide to the Charitable Works Fund, you are providing for the people of the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay.

Pope Francis Shares his Dreams and Hopes for himself and for us

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GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE (Rejoice and be Glad) Pope Francis offers practical steps to holiness in new exhortation

“IN TODAY’S WORLD REJOICE AND BE GLAD” (Mt 5:12), Jesus tells those persecuted or humiliated for his sake. The Lord asks everything of us, and in return he offers us true life, the happiness for which we were created. He wants us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence. The call to holiness is present in various ways from the very first pages of the Bible. We see it expressed in the Lord’s words to Abraham: “Walk before me, and be blameless” (Gen 17:1). “

“We should not grow discouraged before examples of holiness that appear unattainable… The important thing is that each believer discern his or her own path, that they bring out the very best of themselves, the most personal gifts that

God has placed in their hearts (cf. 1 Cor 12:7), rather than hopelessly trying to imitate something not meant for them.”

(GE, 11)Recent release of Pope Francis’ Aposto…

Serving Hot Meals to Those in Need

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St Vincent de Paul Church Redfern  needs your help serving hot meals to those in need.

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 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 help.

It's only a hop skip and jump from Narrabeen to Redfern.
Please call Jenny Carter on (0407 977 180)


THE AMAZING JOY OF CELEBRATING THE YOUTH OF OUR PARISH.

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Last week the youth of our Parish were honored with the presence of the Catholic Broken Bay Pilgrim Cross which was received from St Patrick’s Parish, on Saturday 7th April.
On Sunday 8th April the Cross was carried in procession to the altar of St Rose as our youth were joined by their families and teachers and some parishioners at the Parish Family Mass at 6 pm. The Mass was well attended and the students from our two schools participated actively in this Mass which was presided over by Fr Rex (PP).
On Tuesday 10th April, the Year 6 students from both St Joseph and St Rose Primary Schools together with the Year 8 students from Mater Maria College gathered at Jamieson Park Narrabeen Lake for their very special liturgy around the Cross. They were again joined by their teachers and some parishioners. The students enjoyed as they actively lead the singing and the prayers in the full view of the lake. In the brief sermon the students and all present were reminded that The Cross is a symbol …

SVDP Meeting Times Correction.

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ST JOSEPH'S SVDP CONFERENCE MEETS 2ND AND 4TH MONDAYS OF EACH MONTH IN THE BARTON ROOM AT 7.30 PM
ST ROSE SVDP CONFERENCE WILL NOW MEET EVERY 3RD TUESDAY OF THE MONTH IN PARISH OFFICE FROM 2.30 TO 4.00 PM

NO TAI CHI classes during School Holiday

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Classes will resume on 2nd May 2018


Faith & Science Night at Lakes Parish

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Over 120 people came to listen to Dr. Honner & Dr. Delerue talk about how Science & Faith are intertwined. The presentation was described as “inspiring” and “humbling”. Their willingness to answer all questions and their ability to connect with our audience made for a joyful & worthwhile experience. Special thanks to the hospitality team for putting together a feast!
If you would like a list of suggested reading on the topic, please contact the Parish office











Ministry Rosters April to June

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Now Available at roster.lakesparish.org.au