The Catholic Weekly 18 July 2021

$2 18, July, 2021 I have ideas and experience to share about a leadership approach that is grounded in the Gos- pels.” Fr David Braithwaite SJ ANEWonline series to support lay leaders in parish renewal will blend the Church’s time- less wisdomwith hands-on ex- perience of engaging people on the margins and growing com- munities of hope and outreach. Fr David Braithwaite SJ, the Asia Coordinator of Pope Fran- cis’s Worldwide Prayer Net- work, will lead the four-week ‘Christ-centred Leadership’ series held on Tuesday eve- nings in August commencing Leaders for parishes A new online series aims to formparish leaders across the Archdiocese for the new evangelisation ¾ Marilyn Rodrigues Couple fill empty church with love IT WAS a case of third time lucky for newly-weds Sujin and Jason Wong. The young Meadow- bank couple were married at St Peter Chanel Catholic Church at Hunter’s Hill just hours before being placed in lockdown, and despite the ¾ Debbie Cramsie challenges of organising a wedding in five hours, said they wouldn’t have had their special day any other way. Witnessed by just seven people and under the light of a full moon, they said unlike so many other couples who spent months, even years, preparing their perfect day, they felt “so blessed” to be married before God … and the impending lockdown. “We found out about the lockdown at about 1pm and were married at 7pm that night, it was so spontaneous and crazy but also so inti- mate and beautiful,” Sujin smiled. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 with an introduction by Epis- copal Vicar for Evangelisa- tion Bishop Richard Umbers on 3 August from 7pm-8pm. Developed by the Parish Re- newal Teamat the SydneyCen- tre for Evangelisation, it is open to all laity serving in parishes and those interested in serving their parish communities. It supports the ‘leadership’ foundationwithin the GoMake Disciples archdiocesanmission plan, providing formation and raising up lay leaders to sup- port parish priests within the Church. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WHEN PRO-LIFERS WENT MISSING A COVID DOUBLE STANDARD? P11 P18 Heaven despite the Horror The lessons of Lourdes and Auschwitz P12