Broken Bay Parishes say ‘Let Them Stay’

Broken Bay Parishes say ‘Let Them Stay’

Jessica Brown | Diocese of Broken Bay

Broken Bay parishioners may have noticed these words boldly standing out on their own Church notice boards of late. They are certainly eye catching … But what exactly do these words mean? And why is it such an important and vital message to share?

The Australian government’s latest statistics as of 31 January 2016 revealed that:

“Hands of Mercy” – Song for the Year of Mercy

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Annie Carrett | Diocese of Broken Bay

The Senior Choir at St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School, Berowra Heights, has presented a new song called “Hands of Mercy” which has been sung at school Masses, and will feature as part of a special Year of Mercy Mass. Written by Patricia Smith, Music Co-ordinator at Ku-ring-gai Chase Parish, the song combines lyrics and meaningful actions to help young people participate in the Jubilee Year and understand what mercy means in everyday life and how to bring mercy to others. We can use our ‘hands of mercy’ to give life and love: to bring welcome, forgiveness, comfort, care, and healing; to give, share, and encourage.

Faith and a helping hand: the keys to a fulfilling life for Ethel

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Debra Vermeer | Diocese of Broken Bay

Life as a migrant in Sydney has been a challenging learning curve for Ethel-Terra Jacks, who moved here with her partner Cyril-Titus to try and live their dream, but in spite of hardship and tragedy she has faced while forging her new life, she says it is her growing faith that has sustained her.

“I found God at a very young age, which is not a common experience, but I am grateful it happened because I had a much longer period to mature in my awareness of God,” she says. “This experience was useful several years later when I needed an anchor.”

Ethel grew up in in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, in a well-educated and well-off family, but had a strong sense of social justice as a child. “I grew up in a very academic and strict household. As a teenager, I thought I could solve all the world’s problems,” she says.


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