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3 February 2013


Agnes Bearsley, Ken Bannister, David Brash, Scott Brown, Lance Burgess, Henry Byrne, Baden Carr, Eric Carr, Robert Carr, Thelma Carr, Eileen Clark, John Coy, Eric Crowe, Grace Dance, Patricia Dare, Frances Dillon, John "Kate" Dillon, Bert Direen, Damian Direen, David Direen, George Direen, Luke Direen, Martin Direen, Mick Direen, Martin Donnelly, Len Donohoe, Kevin Fox, Ellen Garth, Owen Gillie, Mary Guy, Fr. Peter Hanson, Beryl Hickey, Minnie Holland, Nona Holloway, Mary Johns, Fr. Clem Kilby, Johanna Klein-Schiphorst, Robert Markham, Molly O'Halloran, Jacqueline O'Rourke, Sybil Reardon, Alma Riley, Ila Ryan, Enid Sarne, Tom Sculthorpe, Fr Hugh Shearer, Ada Strong, Fred Strong, Jo Thorp, Rob Thorp, Alan Turnbull, Kathleen Wylie, Emily Voss, Ashley Zuber.



St Mary's Franklin will close Sunday the 10th February in a Mass commencing at 9.30am and lead by His Grace, Archbishop Adrian Doyle. Fr Graeme Howard has accepted an invitation to be present and to concelebrate the Mass. Please let family and friends know that they are welcome to attend this historic, sad and exciting moment in the life of our Parish.  Following the Mass there will be an opportunity for a BBQ or picnic lunch (BYO) at the Huon Rowing Club, on the water front in Franklin.

Masses will commence the first Sunday of Lent (17th February) at 9.30am in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Ranelagh. Franklin Rosters will apply.


My name is Luch Brighella and I have recently been appointed as Principal at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Geeveston. I have been teaching and in leadership at Catholic School in Hobart for the past 30 years. These schools have included Sacred Heart College New Town, Corpus Christi Catholic School in Bellerive, Holy Rosary Catholic School Claremont and St Virgil's College in Hobart.

I am married to Jenny and we have 4 children; Michaela, Jordan, Ethan and Isabelle. We live on a small acreage in Mt Rumney on the sunny Eastern Shore of Hobart.

I have a long connection with the Josephite Sisters having attended Sacred Heart College in New Town as a young boy and then spending my first 8 years of teaching there. My children have all attended MacKillop College and my wife currently works there, thus continuing my connection with the Josephite charism and in particular, St Mary MacKillop.

I am very much looking forward to working at Sacred Heart and becoming a part of the school and local community in the beautiful Huon Valley! I look forward to meeting you as opportunities arise.




If you are interested in your child receiving a Catholic education (or have a friend, neighbour or relative that may be interested), we currently have some positions available from Prep - Grade 6. We have a wonderful school community at Sacred Heart with great staff, students, parents and a very supportive Parish Priest in Fr Greg. We have a great learning environment set upon 10 acres at Geeveston. In addition to the normal range of learning areas we also have specialist teachers taking PE, Music, Library and Spanish. Our teaching and learning program is well supported with good technology that includes student laptops and iPads. We also have a number of bus services covering a wide area, offering free transport for our students to/from school.

If you are interested in a tour of our school or a prospectus package and application form, please contact our friendly office staff on 6297 1313 and they will be happy to assist you.

If I can assist you personally in any way, please do not hesitate in contacting me.

With my very best wishes,

Luch Brighella, Principal, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Geeveston

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Police Checks:

The parish is now at the point of organising those members of our community who are volunteers and who need police checks to have the paper work completed. Who needs one? Any extraordinary minister of communion taking communion to the sick in the home or in any of the various aged care facilities, those who are catechists in our sacrament program, or work on children's liturgy. Sadly, even if you already have a Police Check through another organisation or indeed the Catholic Education Office you still require a Check through the Archdiocese of Hobart. I apologise for the doubling up but it is the way it has to be!


Sunday afternoon in St Mary's Franklin at 4.00pm and Friday evenings at 7.00pm in St James Cygnet the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for prayer, silent meditation and reflection.

Rite of Election:

You are warmly invited to attend the Rite of Election to be held in St Mary's Cathedral Sunday 17th February at 2.00pm to support those to be enrolled in the book of the elect by Archbishop Adrian Doyle. In our Parish we will welcome both Deborah Coad and Amy Watkins full Communion with the Catholic Church this Easter and during the Rite of Election they will be introduced and acknowledged by the Archbishop on this important step in their faith life.

Confirmation 2013:

The Archbishop will be in the Parish the 1st and 2nd of June 2013 to celebrate the sacraments of Confirmation and 1st Eucharist. 

Preparation Days

Reconciliation: 22 March

Confirmation: 11 April

Eucharist: 24 May

 Ash Wednesday 13 February 2013 Mass times:

9.30am: Cygnet

Noon: Geeveston

7.00pm: Ranelagh


Programs are available at the back of the Church. For those wishing to join a group see either Mrs. Louise Burdick in Franklin or Sr Joan Cowmeadow in Cygnet after Mass for the program types available. Louise is still working on some ideas and I have chosen 'We Wish To See Jesus' from the Archdiocese of Brisbane a series of Lenten reflections for the Year of Grace as one of the options and 'Believe: Lenten Program 2013' from the Diocese of Wollongong. By unpacking the Sunday Scriptures (both Old and New Testament), Fr Graham Schmitzer (Parish Priest, St Columbkille's Parish, Corrimal) addresses the much asked question of our time, "Why should I believe in God?". There are others if these don't suit.



 YOUTH NEWS (16 - 35years)

Pints of Faith: First one for the year is on this Thursday 7th February, 6.30pm - 9.00pm upstairs at Hotel Soho, Davey St, Hobart. This open Q&A session is a chance to ask any questions about our Catholic faith and Church. Our special guests Fr Greg Barker and Fr Michael Tate will be fielding your questions. All welcome!


Caritas Cafe:

Southern Youth Council will be marking Project Compassion Sunday on Sunday 10th February with a Caritas Cafe to help raise funds for Project Compassion. You can either donate ingredients, help to cook on Saturday 9th Feb, serve food at Caritas Cafe on Sunday 10th Feb or just come along to enjoy the cafe! For more info and to help out contact Lauren Moon on 0418 530 061 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Way Across Tasmania:

Join CYM as we make a pilgrimage along our 'Way Across Tasmania' route in prayer and reflection this Lent. This will happen over two days: Saturday 16th February will encompass southern tasmanian crosses (via bus). Saturday 23rd February will encompass north west and northern crosses (via bus). Welcome to join us for either or both days. You need to register your spot on the bus at:

More info on any of the above contact Rachelle at CYM on 0400 045 368 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Caritas Australia invites all Parishioners to the launch of Project Compassion 2013 at St. Mary's Cathedral, Hobart, at noon on Tuesday, 12 February. Archbishop Adrian Doyle will preside at a Liturgy of the Word and Commissioning of Representatives from Catholic Schools and Parishes.


Frs Pat McCabe and John Burns:

Following the sad news of the death of two senior Marists - Frs Pat McCabe and John Burns, in the last few days in Sydney, we are organising a funeral memorial Mass for them on Tuesday 5th February 2013 at St Bernard's Catholic Church Claremont. Both of them ministered in the Archdiocese of Hobart at St Bernard's Church Claremont at various times.

You are invited to join us in the funeral memorial Mass on Tuesday 5th February 2013 at St Bernard's Catholic Church Claremont. Time: 7.00pm.


From St Joseph's:

Please note that Fr Aidan Kay CP PP and Fr James Elmore CP – St Joseph's Parish has now left the State.

The new replacements are: Parish Priest - Fr Peter Addicoat CP PP and the new Assistant Priest is Fr Tiernan Doherty CP. Fr Gerald Quinn CP and Br Ed Braden CP also still remain in the parish.

Address: St Joseph's Retreat, 65 Harrington Street, Hobart TAS 7000


Emmanuel Spirituality Centre – Moonah

You are invited to share afternoon tea and a short time of prayer to celebrate the beginning of another year and to ask God's blessings on the work of the Centre for 2013.

Venue: Emmanuel Spirituality Centre, 24 Hopkins Street, Moonah. (The red brick building beyond the church/school car park.) Date: Thursday, 7 February, 2013 Time:4.00 pm

R.S.V.P/Enquiries Jenny Coe Phone 6260 2474



Christian meditation is a form of contemplative prayer which uses a mantra or prayer word. It is a prayer of silence and listening. Venue: Emmanuel Spirituality Centre, 24 Hopkins Street, Moonah (The red brick building beyond the church/school car park.) Dates: Tuesdays, commencing 5 February, 2013 Time:10.00 – 11.00 a.m. Cost: Donation Contact:Toosey Bannerman. Phone: 6223 8817



The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina Venue: Emmanuel Spirituality Centre, 24 Hopkins Street, Moonah (The red brick building beyond the church/school car park.) Date(s): 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month (except Anzac Day) Time: 10.00 am until 11.15 Cost: Donation Contact: Annie Brush. Phone 62732183

We pray for all those who have suffered, are suffering or who have lost a loved one to Cancer.





































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Parish Administrator: Fr Devaraju Dusi
PO Box 62, Cygnet 7112
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