FR RICHARD BENSON CM - THE VINCENTIAN TRADITION AND VISION
Fr. Richard Benson CM is a Vincentian priest from California, USA. He is also a Consultor to the Provincial in the newly formed Western Province of the Congregation of the Mission in the United States. He has served at St. John's Seminary at Camarillo CA since 1993. Currently he is the Academic Dean and Chair of the Moral Theology Department there. He teaches fundamental moral theology, Catholic social teaching (social justice), and Catholic bioethics.
Recently, at the request of the St Vincent de Paul Society, and also St Vincent's Parish at Ashfield in Sydney. Fr Benson spent two weeks in Australia giving a series of presentations on our Vincentian Tradition In Perth WA he gave two presentations titled "His Vision - Our Mission". In Adelaide SA the focus was "Learning from History, Creating History, the Tasks of Charity". Also in Adelaide was a session for Priests centred on "Dignitas Personae", "Caritas in Veritate", with "Imago Dei" as the moral foundation for a consistent ethic of life; then a Presentation for Volunteers titled "Renewed Vincentian Visions: From maintenance in mission - towards an effective love for the poor in the 21st century", and finally a Workshop for Leaders titled "A Leader after the example of Vincent - The Vincentian Virtues as a foundation for the Vincentian Vision/Mission in a Post-Modern World." On May 28, at Sevenhill, still in South Australia, he gave a Retreat for the National Council Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society.
In Melbourne, Fr Benson delivered the 2010 Ozanam Lecture titled "Go and Do Likewise - Revisioning the St Vincent de Paul Society for the 21st Century". In Sydney at St Vincent's Parish at Ashfield he delivered a presentation to parishioners titled "Vincentian Vision/Identity", celebrated each of the Sunday Masses on June 6, and addressed the local Parish Council.
We were fortunate to have Fr Benson with the Vincentian Family here in Australia to share his ideas on Vincentian Tradion and Vision in the year in which we celebrate the 350th Anniversary of the deaths of Saints Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac.
BINGO NIGHT Saturday 19th June 7pm at Club Ashfield!!
The group will be selling raffle Tickets at all Masses on the weekend of the 6th & 13th of June ($2 for 1 -$5 for 3 ) buy a ticket before you leave.
1st Prize - A hamper
2nd Prize - A charcoal BBQ
3rd Prize - An Ipod
4thPrize - An Ipod
5th Prize - A Meat Tray
Over $650 dollars value worth of prizes donated by our parishioners. Raffle will be drawn at the bingo night. We are in need of prizes for the night, we are hoping you will be able to drop vouchers, hampers, health & beauty products, fashion scarfs, Confectionary, Custom jewellery, Picture Frames anything new that our youth group can package for prizes to be used on the night.
Please drop in donation prizes at the parish office.
For more information take a flier from the back of the church. Thank you for supporting us empower our youth.
Youth-committee ( ppc sub-committee)
A weekend of inspirational words from Fr. Richard Benson CM from USA
Saturday 5th June: 9am Mass followed by a talk by Fr. Richard Benson
Sunday 6th June: Fr. Richard will celebrate all Masses Sunday afternoon:
Fr. Richard will address the parish Pastoral Council.
Youth Retreat August 2010
We are acting on your call to care for our Youth!
We need your Help to make this retreat Happen.
How can you Help!
1. Your Prayers for the planning and success of the retreat.
2. Donation of prizes to raise money for the Bingo Night the youth are running 0n the 19th June 2010.
3. Sponsorship for a young one, we estimate the cost to be $80 to $100 for transport, accommodation, food, facilitator.
You will find fliers at the back of the church to Give you more information. Lets answer the call of Jesus“Peter do you love me” “Feed my sheep”.
Youth Committee (ppc sub-committee).