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SIP at The Nott 2020 Program

12 May: Peter Johnstone, Lunchtime.

14 July: Rev Julie Ross, Lunchtime.

15 September: tba

10 November: tba

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Our 2020 theme: “20/20 Vision – towards the future”

(An initiative of Catalyst for Renewal Incorporated)

4th March: “20/20 vision – towards the future”. Speakers: Fr Daniel Dries, Rector of Christ Church St Laurence & Professor Jennifer Burn the Director of Anti-Slavery Australia within the Faculty of Law at UTS and the NSW Interim Anti-Slavery Commissioner.
Fr Daniel and Jennifer will open up our year’s theme and invite our questions and comments.

1st April: “Social Media Under the Microscope”. Speakers: Sebastian Szafjanski, Religious Education teacher, Marcellin College, Randwick & Bella Nolan, a Sydney University student – Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education and student at Sancta Sophia College.

6th May: “Beyond vision”. Speakers: Matt O’Kane has faced a number of challenges in his 44 years, including congenital blindness and childhood cancer.

3rd June: “Light on the Hill” . ) Moderator: Mary Shanahan RSCJ, OAM, a Religious Sister, former Principal of Sancta Sophia College at the University of Sydney and currently the Assistant Director of Mission, Kincoppal-RoseBay College; Panellists: Lyn Bannerman, a Social Worker, working predominently in courts with juveniles and assisting low-income families in distress; Gillian Clarke, Physics and Science Teacher, Marcellin College Randwick & Elisha Long, Director at Long Blackledge Architects

1st July: NAIDOC WEEK“Let’s work together for a shared future” Speakers: Brooke Prentis, an Aboriginal Christian Leader and a descendant of the Wakka Wakka peoples. Brooke is the Aboriginal spokesperson for Common Grace and Coordinator of the Grasstree Gathering; & Charles Trindall, an experienced Facilitator, an Aboriginal Affairs Project officer, Self Mastery Facilitator ( Pacific Institute) , ToP Facilitator,( Institute of Cultural Affairs); Singer and songwriter

5th August: “Beyond an Eye for an Eye”. Speakers: Terry O’Connell, OAM, a retired 30-year veteran with the New South Wales Police Service & Director of Real Justice Australia, a division of the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) & Elizabeth Lee Spiritual Director, Facilitator and Grandmother

2nd September: “Don’t throw it away” Speakers: Ryan Collins, Head of Sustainable Resource Programs at Planet Ark & Kendall Brenton Collins, Founder of Fashion Revolution Australia and Strategic Communications Manager at Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA)

7th October: 2020 Plenary Council Update: Speakers: Geraldine Doogue AO, an Australian journalist and broadcaster with an outstanding career in print, television and radio and Member of Catalyst for Renewal & Fr Michael Whelan sm Parish Priest, St Patrick’s Church The Rocks; Director of the Aquinas Academy, Sydney and Member of Catalyst for Renewal.

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REFLECTION MORNINGS 2020 LAWSON

A joint venture of Aquinas Academy and Catalyst for Renewal
seeking renewal through conversation

March 21st – Patricia Madigan op “Where to after Vatican II?”

April 18th – Donna Mulhearn “The Prayer of the Heart and the Work of the Heart: How contemplative spirituality sustains our actions in the world”.

May 16th – Fr Peter Maher “The Gift of Difference”

June 20th – Jane Elworthy “Journey through Sacred Sound and Story”

July 18th – Sally Neaves “Earth prayers and rituals: Communal practices to attend to our grief a nd imagination for Earth”

August 15th – Jan Barnett rsj “We are the Ones we have been Waiting for: The call and the challenges of this time”

September 19th – Carolyn Craig-Emilson “Retreats: Offering a Space for Encounter, Trust & Grace”

October 17th – Peter Mudge “Living Spirituality”

Entry by donation. Morning teas provided, no need to book.

Santa Maria Hall 9:30-12:30
Parking at: Lawson Catholic Church (Enter by Somers St) OR Kitchener St Lawson

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)

For more information contact Carol Teodori: 0449 172 669

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REFLECTION MORNINGS 2020 HUNTERS HILL

A joint venture of Aquinas Academy and Catalyst for Renewal
Seeking renewal through conversation

Enquiries: Carole 9869 1036 or Michelle 9958 5963

March 7 – Fr Michael Whelan sm
“Presence” – a way to change the world.

April 4– Sr Catherine McCahill sgs
“The Gift of God” – Jesus’ invitation to the woman he meets at the well in Samaria.

May 2 – Rev Professor Gerard Kelly
“The Way of Dialogue in the Future Church.”

June 6 – Sr Jan Barnett rsj
“Living the Gospel in Australia today” – Realities, challenges and hopes in our Church.

July 4 – Fr David Orr osb
“The Priesthood of the Faithful.”

August 1 – Sr Leone Pallisier osu
“Give Me a Drink” – Our Faith Community Longing for Living Water.

September 5 – Sr Michele Connolly rsj
“Present Your Bodies Holy & Acceptable as a Living Sacrifice to God” – The radically different Christian way of living.

October 3 – Fr Paul Durkin
“Confessions of a Parish Priest” – What are some of the key learnings & observations?

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
ALL WELCOME    NO BOOKING REQUIRED    ENTRY BY DONATION    TEA & COFFEE PROVIDED

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Save the Dates – Coming Up

You are invited to Three Sessions of Q and A in the Crypt:
“DO WE DARE TO DREAM?”

Weaving our Conversations into Possibilities.

The Crypt, St Patrick’s Church, Grosvenor Street, Sydney
1.30—3.00pm (Doors open 1.00pm)

Sunday, March 31st – Stephanie Lorenzo, Voices of Faith & TBA “Women Dare to Dream – Share Your Dream”

Sunday, 23rd June – “Ongoing Response to Child Sexual Abuse”

Sunday, 22nd September – “Plenary Council 2020 Update”

YOU ARE MOST WELCOME. NO NEED TO BOOK.
DONATION APPRECIATED.

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2018 Calendar

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Make this Advent a season of True Conversation (4)

prepared by Fr Michael Whelan sm

It is well nigh impossible to have true conversation at speed!

Slow down – with yourself and with other people.

Choose to do some ordinary things each day deliberately:
Making a cup of coffee.
Setting the table.
Eating a meal together.
Washing your face.
Walking along the street.
Making the bed.
Learn to wait upon the moment. Dwell. Abide.
Listen with the ear of the heart!

“Nothing is ever completed … Incompleteness is a part of nature and it takes
great art or great wisdom to know when to lay down the brush …
we should always avoid perfectionism.”
(Jean Monnet, Memoirs, Trans. Richard Mayne, Doubleday, 1978, 521.)

Advent Prayer
(To be said each morning)

“Lord, keep my heart always set on You today,
so that from it will flow the springs of life.
Protect me from crooked speech,
and put devious talk far from me.
Let my eyes look directly forward,
and my gaze be straight before you.
Keep straight the path of my feet,
and all my ways will be sure.
Let me not swerve to the right or to the left;
turn my feet away from evil. Amen”
(Adapted from Proverbs 4:23-27)

“When you visualized a man or a woman carefully, you could always begin to feel pity — that was a quality God`s image carried with it. When you saw the lines at the corners of the eyes, the shape of the mouth, how the hair grew, it was impossible to hate. Hate was just a failure of imagination.”
(Graham Green, The Power and the Glory, Penguin, 1971, 131)

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Make this Advent a season of True Conversation (3)

prepared by Fr Michael Whelan sm

The art of asking open questions can help with true conversation.

An open question is a question which I ask but do not answer.

Learn to just listen!

Practice asking yourself open questions as you go about your day:
What is happening here?
What is happening inside me?
What is happening between us?
What am I feeling?
What might he/she be feeling?

Open questioning will often surface obstacles to relationships.
Simply face what surfaces, ask the next open question and listen.
Resist the temptation to analyze.
Trust the truth of it.

The truth will set you free!

“Life is not so much beginnings and endings as it is middles, middles that don’t measure up — and our happiness depends on how we come to terms with the pale reflections of our dreams.
(Paul D. Zimmerman, “Middles and Muddles,” Newsweek, September 27, 1971, 106)

Advent Prayer
(To be said each morning)

“Lord, keep my heart always set on You today,
so that from it will flow the springs of life.
Protect me from crooked speech,
and put devious talk far from me.
Let my eyes look directly forward,
and my gaze be straight before you.
Keep straight the path of my feet,
and all my ways will be sure.
Let me not swerve to the right or to the left;
turn my feet away from evil. Amen”

(Adapted from Proverbs 4:23-27)

“We exist solely for this, to be the place He has chosen for His presence, His manifestation in the world, His epiphany.”
Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master – The Essential Writings, edited by Lawrence S Cunningham, Paulist Press, 1992, 425

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