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Bishops invite families to Sydney for April gathering

Sydney's Cardinal George Pell and Port Pirie Bishop Eugene Harley have together invited Catholic families from across Australia to come to Sydney for the second National Catholic Family Gathering.

Bishop Hurley, who chairs the Bishops' Committee for the Family and for Life, told parish representatives at the launch of the event in Sydney last week that family is "their" sacrament.

"It doesn't mean it's going to be perfect, but it's in the striving to live it out that we meet Jesus Christ."

Entitled Living the Dream, the event follows on from the first National Catholic Family Gathering held in Melbourne three years ago. It will be held at St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill from 16-18 April.

Bishop Hurley said: "The ultimate reality for all of us is that families constitute the society in which we live. If families are in good shape, society follows and if not, society also follows."

Organisers have put together a packed program featuring speakers including Cardinal Pell and Bishop Anthony Fisher, who was the founding president of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family.

Internationally acclaimed US speaker and author on Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body, Christopher West will also speak, as will a host of others who are living out family life.

The gathering will also feature a Youth Fest for young people 14 years and older. Child care and a children's program is also available for younger kids.

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

(Pictured: Cardinal George Pell, Ron and Mavis Pirola, members Family Working Group of Bishops Committee for the Family and for Life, and Bishop Eugene Hurley, Committee Chairman)

Living the Dream: National Catholic Family Gathering | Brochure (PDF)
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3 Feb 2004