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Nourish your soul in the Year of Faith
The Big Cou
Internationally renowned scholar and author,
Professor Stephen Bevans SVD from CTU
Chicago, provides a fascinating and easy-to-
follow overview of the Second Vatican Council.
It includes the development of the documents
and the theology contained in the documents.
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"One of the great
contributions to the faith
formation for the Church
in Australia have been the
eConferences delivered by
The Broken Bay Institute.
These are now available for people in DVD.
I highly recommend these DVDs as a
resource for the Year of Faith to help
enrich the faith life of our Catholic
Bishop Michael Putney,
Bishop of Townsville
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GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT!
THE GOSPELS & ST PAUL
JESUS - THE CHRIST
THE HOLY SPIRIT
St Paul's High School student Nicole and Elaine of CA Brown Village.
If you were asked what would be needed
for a teenager and an octogenarian to sit
and have a meaningful chat and develop
a comfortable relationship, what would
Maybe they have been neighbours
or perhaps they are grandchild and
While this may be true in some
circumstances, all that is needed for 13
year-old Nicole and senior Elaine from CA
Brown Village at Booragul is a pompom.
That's right; the humble pompom has the
power to bring together a shy young girl
and a gentle and unassuming lady who has
the wisdom of years on her side.
Together, Nicole and Elaine are part of
the Community Care program which has
brought together students from St Paul's
High School Booragul and the residents
from CA Brown Village. Each Friday,
students choose to visit the residents to
chat, play games, embark on craft projects
together and share their life stories.
Nicole and Elaine's relationship developed
from sitting together and making
pompoms. Elaine, an avid knitter in her
younger years, loves working with wool and
now uses her talents to make pompoms
which are then transformed into animals
and other lovely craft pieces. In teaching
Nicole to make pompoms, the two would
at first work away in comfortable silence
with the occasional instruction. As time
passed they would chat whilst working
and a beautiful connection has developed
between the two "girls". Nicole even takes
"pompom homework" and brings it back
to Elaine. Each week, the two look forward
to each other's company, their projects
and learning more about each other's lives.
Sharing life stories has really become the
focus of their time together.
Nicole, along with other St Paul's students,
has been working on 'Life Story Projects'
with the residents. Students, armed
with a series of questions, interview the
residents and jot down their responses.
These stories are then written formally and
presented to the resident in a booklet that
has been 'scrapbooked' by the students.
The questions cover school days,
childhood friends, family and work life.
And while much is learned from these,
the answers to questions such as what
it was like to first see television, the best
thing about being a parent and advice they
would give to young people and young
families has given students a different
perspective on the lives and minds of their
new found, albeit older, friends.
Friendship has certainly flourished between
students, Hannah and Aleisha, and village
resident, Betty. As Betty has recalled her
story each week, a strong bond has been
forged and watching the three of them
would make you question such a thing as
a generation gap.
Dr Gene Cohen, author of The Mature
Mind, has written "autobiography for older
adults is like chocolate for the brain" as
it stimulates the hippocampus region of
the brain. While this is scientifically true,
the sweetest thing has been watching
relationships develop, shyness disappear
and students and residents recognise
they can learn a lot from each other.
BY MARGARET WALKER
of the Pompom
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