What’s Happening in Religious Education

Last Sunday’s Gospel told us of the moment Christ was Transfigured in all His glory. The disciples; Peter, James and John were stunned and in awe of the scene and voice that broke  from the clouds, “This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to Him.” (Mark 9:7)

As I listened to the Homily of Father Stephen Onyekwere, Assistant Priest of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Kingsgrove, I was enthralled by his Gospel deconstruction.

I understood something of a pilgrim journey, a sacrifice and a promise. The disciples did not have the full list of directions for the journey they were on. They were certainly aware of the fact that Jesus was the Messiah but they did not know that the Man whom they willingly followed was going to be put to death. To prepare the disciples for this, Jesus took them to the mountain and showed them Himself in all His brightness, in the company of Moses and Elijah. The directive from the Heavens was, “listen”.

On our Christian journey, unlike the disciples, we have the Gospel to guide us. More importantly, if we get lost, all we have to do is listen to our ‘Biblical Navigation System’.

Mother Hilda Scott OSB in, Go Make Disciples- A Lenten Companion by the Archdiocese of Sydney, reminds us that transfigurations happen every day and not necessarily on a mountain top. Our metamorphosis and radiance through our attentiveness to the needs of one another will bring us closer to the God who is always in our midst.

As Bethany continues its Lenten journey with fundraising for Caritas Australia, this is a timely reminder to listen. Listen to the stories told to us by Chris Nolan- Justice Educator, Caritas Australia, about; Jamila, Margret, Oliva, Arsad and Halima and listen to the hundreds of thousands of untold stories represented by these five.

A big thank you to our College community for the amount collected thus far- $2827!

May we continue to listen in the coming weeks as we journey to the promise of Easter.



This year, we celebrate 200 years of Catholic education in Australia. Our Catholic schools celebrate Catholic identity and are centres of; evangelisation, connectivity and collaboration. These Eucharistic communities foster positive relationships and deliver a rigorous Religious Education curriculum which “integrates faith, culture and life” –200 Years Young: A Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of Australia.

Stay posted for ongoing mention and celebration of this throughout the year at System and local levels. Enjoy the promotional video found here.

St Declan’s Catholic Church Penshurst has invited anyone interested in the Alpha program to make contact. You can do so here: Try Alpha.

This is a wonderful opportunity for conversation about God, Jesus and faith.

Please find the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney Mass Times using the

Our Parishes and Communities page.

Live Streamed Masses around the Archdiocese can be found here.



Sara Camporeale

Leader of Religious Education and Mission