Reflection Mornings 2022 – Lawson

A venture of Catalyst for Renewal
Seeking renewal through conversation

Santa  Maria  Hall   9:30-12:30


MARCH  19        LAURIE  WOODS     “Listening with the Heart: a powerful force for change and growth”

MAY  21              Sr JAN BARNETT rsj  “We are the ones we have been waiting for: The call and the challenges of this time”

JUNE 18              SALLY NEAVES         “Living the 7 year journey of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform: How to stay sane as we implement the 7 goals”

JULY 16               JACQUI PARKER  and  NICOLE LAUPEPA    Walking together Workshop”  supports one shared history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia

 AUGUST 20        LEO TUCKER          “Whispering the words of wisdom:  Let it be”

SEPTEMBER 17   JOHN COX           “Spring’s Call to Notice Me”

OCTOBER  15       ALAN & ANGELA WEDESWEILER         “School as Church”


Parking at: Lawson Catholic Church (Enter by Somers St) OR Kitchener St Lawson (8 spaces).

Tea/Coffee/Snacks provided; BYO snacks optional.    
COVID-19 Safe Space.     Entry by donation.
LIMIT 25 Persons.   BOOKING optional: carol.len@me.com

For more information contact:

Carol Teodori: 0449 172 669 or Len Blahut:  0405 916 326
For railway travellers to Lawson: Go east on the Great Western Highway.
Turn right at Orient St., left into Mary St. Walk to the end. (15 min. walk)

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Seeking renewal through conversation

Enquiries: Carole 9869 1036 or Michelle 9958 5963

March 5 – Br Julian McDonald cfc

April 2 – Sr Leone Pallisier osu
“Come and See”

May 7 – Rev Professor Gerard Kelly
“We are not living in an era of change, but a change of era”. The Church in this change of era.

June 4 – Sr Patty Andrew osu   “Aspects of the mysticism of Teilhard de Chardin”

Sr Patty Andrew drew us gently into an encounter with the mysticism of Teilhard de Chardin. This great thinker, Jesuit priest and famous palaeontologist was ahead of his time but we are now starting to understand his synthesis of scientific awareness and Christian mysticism, the beauty and interdependence of the created and creative Universe. In Teilhard’s view we Christians are not to be alert to two, possibly conflicting realities, that of the created world and that of Christ, we enter into a relationship with both simultaneously, as it says in Col;1:17 “In him all things hold together”.

July 2 – Fr David Orr osb
“The Priesthood of the Faithful.”

We’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase ‘Priesthood of the Faithful’ without really being encouraged to explore its meaning in any depth – much less to experience its practical implications. In his reflection on this phrase, Fr David Orr, OSB, stressed that male and female Christian faithful have a right and duty by reason of their baptism to fully participate in the liturgy. Bringing his scholarly research to bear, he reminded us that the Eucharistic Celebration is not ‘Father’s Mass’; it is the action of Christ and the People of God.

August 6 – Sr Jo Brady rsj
“The Spirit of the Plenary and Me”

Sr Jo Brady RSJ explained the process undertaken in the Sydney Archdiocese to prepare for the plenary council and for the Synod on Synodality in Rome in 2023. The themes from consultations related to church governance, women’s participation, the formation and support for bishops, clergy and laity, renewal of liturgy, and making ours a welcoming, inclusive and listening church. Sr Jo explored media coverage of the council and prompted us to share our own diverse reactions, and our hesitations and hopes for the future.

September 3 – Sr Catherine McCahill sgs
“Hospitality and Gratitude” – drawing on the words from the gospel of John.

Catherine’s prayerful thought linked Jesus’ washing of the feet of his disciples in St John’s Gospel with material from Hugh Mackay’s recent book — The Kindness Revolution.   This approach led to some salutary exploration of  how we feel about accepting kindness  and giving it.   It also asked us to consider what could result from living as if we already have the kind of society for which we are hardwired which would be one based on kindness.

October 1 – Fr Paul Durkin
“Confessions of a Parish Priest” – What are some of the key learnings & observations?

Fr Paul who was ordained in 2011 after a career in Catholic education shared with us his vision of what a parish priest should be and his experience in this role. He emphasised that prayer was the foundation of the life of a priest, no priest can be too busy with parish tasks neglect this. And there are many tasks, leading and organising worship, and the provision of sacraments, care of parishioners, especially children in schools in the parish and the sick. (He has six schools in his parish including two for children with special needs.) As a leader he is assisted by the riches of the Catholic tradition, the priorities and spirituality of a diverse group of people can be accommodated. His job is not to impose his taste in music, devotional practice and the like, but to lead teams which can accompany people on their faith journey. We humans seek to be members of a community and he emphasises the need for hospitality, for welcoming people into communities within the parish.
A little aside, why do some people find a Mass in Latin more reverent?


Holy Name of Mary Parish Hall
3 Mary St Hunters Hill NSW
9.30 AM – 12.30 PM
Come and enjoy some reflection, silence and solitude in the beautiful Marist grounds.


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Dates for your Diary

Dates for Q & A in the Crypt are:

Sunday 27th May & Sunday 5th August.

Other dates will be advised.
Venue: The Crypt at St Patrick’s Church, Grosvenor Street, Sydney.
Time: 1.30—3.00pm (Doors open 1.00pm)

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Reflection Mornings 2019 -Hunters Hill – full list speakers and topics

March 2 – Fr Michael Whelan sm
“Living is Epiphanic”

April 6– Sr Jan Barnett You can look her up on Google and see that she is the Social Justice person for the Brown Joeys and the national team and is a facilitator as well as a retreat leader.

May 4 – Fr Richard Leonard sj
“Will Our Faith have Young People in the 21st Century?”

June 1 – Catherine McCahill sgs
“Mary of Magdala: Sinner? Prostitute” Disciple Apostle?”

July 6 – Patty Andrew osu
“Seeing God Face to Face”

August 3 – Fr Peter Maher & Ben Oh
“Building Bridges toward a more humane world”

September 7 – Sr Elizabeth Brennan sgs
“St Hildegard – Dashing Seer of Bingen”\

October 5 – Bishop Peter Ingham DD
“A Gospel Potpourri to Engender Hope and Make Each Day Matter”

Holy Name of Mary Parish Hall 3 Mary St Hunters Hill NSW
9.30 AM – 12.30 PM
Come and enjoy some reflection, silence and solitude in the beautiful Marist grounds

A joint venture of Aquinas Academy & Catalyst for Renewal
Enquiries Carole 9869 1036 or Michelle 9958 5963

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