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News and Bulletin

News and Bulletin2019-02-08T12:50:38+11:00

ST. CANICE NEWS

July 2019

Railaco 2019 Barbara

The students of NOSSEF, the Jesuits' Railaco secondary school of nearly 400, see the blessings that their education brings them and therefore they focus on their studies. Last year, all students passed the national exams and the school came 2nd in the country only to be pipped by the Jesuit-run school outside of Dili. Amazing achievement because these are children from poor villages who have experienced the brunt of their recent brutal history.

Juanita Railaco

The purpose of this trip was to visit the Mission, meet the people, and see first-hand the work that we have been supporting. And amongst many interesting questions, one that was raised and that I will attempt to address first is: As my religious affiliation is non-Catholic, why am I a donor to this Jesuit humanitarian project?

Mother-Love

The key observation I made during our visit to Fatu Besi was that the people have great need, but they are NOT needy. We can make friends with our neighbours in Timor Leste, we become equals. We are not the givers and they the takers. We can inspire each other as friends do, help each other as friends do, love each other as friends do.

Our Neighbours in Timor

The word neighbour derives from those near-by. When the neighbour is drawn into the exchange of kindnesses, our human-ness is enhanced by the enabling of goodness. This is what the relationship between St Canice Elizabeth Bay parish and the Jesuit Mission in Railaco is all about - simply being neighbourly, the mutual comfort each of us derive from having good neighbours.

June 2019

Fr Paul Fyfe SJ – Our new PP

Fr Paul's other interests and concerns include ecology/ sustainability, refugee matters, and - inspired by his fellow novice, Christopher Willcock SJ - church music; while carefully preparing couples for lifelong marriage continues to give him much satisfaction and joy.

May 2019

March 2019

Why Stay?

Since the conviction of Cardinal Pell I have been asked why I remain a Catholic.It is an obvious question. The extent of criminal behaviour and the active cover up by bishops and religious leaders of perpetrators has been breath taking. Ordinary Catholics have been played as mugs by the Church leadership. Why stay? My answer is why not!

Cardinal George Pell

Fr Frank Brennan SJ says "The law needs to run its course." Paul Kelly of The Australian writes: "There have been two trials of Cardinal George Pell — in the court of justice to decide if he was guilty of sexual abuse of children, and in the court of public opinion over nearly two decades".

February 2019