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Tuesday, 17 May 2016 01:43 Written by

64 Carroll Crescent, Plumpton NSW 2761, Australia
ABN 23 282 447 079
Telefax #: +612 9675 4969

May 11, 2016

Dear Parishioners and Chaplaincy,

Greetings of Peace and Joy!

The last letter that I sent to you dated 26th of April asking to post in your parish bulletin regarding the Invitation to the Novena Masses and Feast of the Visitation of Mary(simultaneously Honouring the Lady of All Nations) will have slight changes.

This is to inform you that we still continue the same date of the scheduled Novena Masses but the Papal Nuncio will be coming earlier on the 29th of May at 10: 30 am Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Corpus Christi at St. Aidan's Catholic Church, Rooty Hill. If you don’t mind kindly put a little note of the changes that the Pontifical Mass will be at 10: 30am but no meals will be served as we will have the big celebration on the 31st of May at the same time.

On the 29th of May not much protocol will be given to anybody but a simple fellowship for the Papal Nuncio and associates of Mary's Little Children Community but you are still invited for the Eucharistic Celebration as well as on the 31st of May.

Thank you very much and God's blessings upon us always.

Please do not hesitate to contact me on my mobile 0411957079 or 96754969 MLCC Center 64 Carroll Crescent, Plumpton or my email address HYPERLINK "mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to discuss this in more detail.

Rev Fr Roy D. Cabradilla, MLCC
Priest Responsible for MLCC Australia
Assistant Priest, St Aidan’s Catholic Church


Saturday, 16 April 2016 17:35 Written by

MAS Presents is excited to announce that Australian YouTube superstar Jayden “JROD” Rodrigues will be heading to the Philippines for the first time from May 19-24.

Rodrigues is one of the most popular social media stars in Australia, with a massive 853,000 subscribers and 226 million views on YouTube, 98,000+ fans on Facebook and 19,000+ Instagram followers. He appeared onSilento’s global pop hit, “Watch Me” (Whip Nae Nae) music video.

The multi-talented dance choreographer, singer and actor is set to host the Elite International Dance Championship and conduct a promotional SM Mall Tour to meet and greet his legions of Filipino fans.

His ever-growing popularity continues to take him to greater heights. Last year, Rodrigues appeared on Silento’s global smash hit “Watch Me” (Whip Nae Nae) official music video, which received a staggering 800 million views. Rodrigues held the number one trending YouTube non-music video in the Philippines with his cover video of “Watch Me” (Whip Nae Nae), which got 80 million views worldwide. Two of his other dance videos, Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty and Wiggle attracted 40 million and 18.8 million views respectively. Rodrigues made it on X-Factor Australia with his band NeWest last year. He is currently the international dance ambassador for Just Dance video game.

Catch him LIVE on May 21-22 at the Elite International Dance Championship together with World Supremacy Battlegrounds Hip Hop impresario Marco Selorio, and on May 23 at SM City Manila, SM City San Lazaro and SM City Sta Mesa for dance workshops.

The Jayden Rodrigues Philippine Tour is brought to you by MAS Presents and proudly supported by Elite International, SM City Manila, SM City San Lazaro, SM City Sta. Mesa, Abby&Co, Bad Boy Flava, Coach & Kids, Think Tattoo Studio and VA Kreativ.

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Saturday, 16 April 2016 17:03 Written by

NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe today issued a warning to accommodation providers in NSW about a credit card scam targeting their industry.

Mr Stowe said Fair Trading had today received a report from a Woronora member of the Caravan and Camping Industry Association caught in the scam.

It works like this: a so called customer contacted the caravan park via email to book 10 nights’ accommodation.

A quote was provided to the customer, who confirmed they would like to book.

The customer provided two credit card numbers via email and asked the park to charge each card 50 percent.

The first card transaction went through with no problems, however it was a stolen card.

The second card transaction was declined. The caravan park advised the customer of this.

The customer then advised she wanted to cancel the booking. She said her husband had died suddenly and she could not travel.

The caravan park advised they would cancel the booking and refund the money they had already paid minus a cancellation fee.

The customer confirmed this arrangement was suitable but asked the park to refund the amount to another credit card and/or account because the credit card was recently stolen.

The Park processed the refund to the credit card details provided.

The caravan park’s bank detected the scam because of the reported stolen credit card and the transaction to the account.

The bank advised the caravan park they were one of many caravan/holiday parks stung by the scam, including one at Fraser Island in Queensland.

Commissioner Stowe said the agency was committed to protecting business in the fight against scammers.

“Scammers are a scourge on society and all caravan, camping, tourist park and other accommodation providers should be alert to this particular scam,” he said. “Fair Trading is making enquiries about this scam.”

Anzac Day arrangements on-track for Turkey and France

Saturday, 16 April 2016 16:58 Written by

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, today said arrangements were in place for the 2016 Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli and Villers-Bretonneux.

“The security of those attending is of course our main priority, and the Australian Government continues to work closely with our partner, the New Zealand Government, and our hosts, the French and Turkish Governments, to ensure the safety and well-being of visitors attending,” Mr Tehan said.

Australians attending commemorations in Turkey or France this year are reminded that there is no ballot system for attendance, but are advised to subscribe to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s smartraveller website for updates on security arrangements and register on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website.

Australians attending the commemorations in Gallipoli will need to prepare for conditions on the peninsula, including taking enough food and water, preparing for extreme weather and allowing enough time to transit through security checkpoints.

“The Gallipoli Anzac Day Dawn Service is held in an isolated area within a national park which has no permanent infrastructure or shelter. Visitors are exposed to the elements for up to 24 hours and should prepare accordingly,” Mr Tehan said.

“Australians attending the services should allow plenty of time to pass through security screening points (which will be similar to airport style security measures). Turkish authorities are responsible for security at Anzac Day commemorations.”

Mr Tehan also reminded Australians that this year there will be a wreath laying ceremony at the Lone Pine Memorial at approximately 3.00 pm local time on 24 April.

“Visitors to the Gallipoli peninsula will be able to visit the Lone Pine Memorial on the 24th or 25th of April, and this year’s official service will be on the anniversary of the battle which is on the 6th August.”

On Anzac Day, 25 April, visitors to the Lone Pine Memorial will be able to place a memorial wooden cross or a poppy at the Memorial or on one of the 651 graves of Australian’s who are buried in the Lone Pine Cemetery. The wooden crosses and poppies will be available to visitors free of change.

Visitors to the Lone Pine Memorial Cemetery and Memorial will be able to listen to a historical talk which will occur every half-hour between 8.00 am until 11.00 am on 25 April.

Arrangements for the 2016 Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux are also finalised and after cold and wet weather there in 2015, Mr Tehan advised Australians to take necessary precautions.

“The weather in the Somme region on April can be close to freezing in the morning and hot in the afternoon, so visitors need to be well prepared. New security arrangements will be in place for 2016. Entering the site may take longer than in previous years, it’s a good idea to arrive in plenty of time,” Mr Tehan said.

The Anzac Day Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux will be conducted at 5.30 am local time, and a service will be held at 2.00 pm on the same day at the Commonwealth and French Monuments in the Bullecourt village centre.

Additional information of the commemorative services for Anzac Day in Turkey and France can be found at

Australians Reunited

Saturday, 16 April 2016 16:34 Written by

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Dan Tehan, today announced arrangements were in place for the repatriation of Australians from cemeteries in Malaysia and Singapore to Australia, in June 2016.

In May 2015, the former Prime Minister, the Hon. Tony Abbott MP, announced an offer of repatriation to the families of 35 Australian service personnel and dependants in the Terendak Military Cemetery in Malaysia, and to the one other Australian serviceman who died in the Vietnam War and who is interred in the Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore.

"A priority for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs has been to respect the wishes of the families of the Australian service personnel and civilian dependants returning to Australia," Mr Tehan said.

"The homecoming of their family member will be a very moving and emotional time, and their right to privacy, grief and reflection has been central in the Government’s planning.

"However, it is also important to recognise the significance of this repatriation to the ex-service community, particularly those veterans and their families, who may have known or served with those coming home, and the families who lost love ones during the period of the Vietnam war.

"We have sought the assistance of the battalion, squadron, and unit associations to identify those who knew or served with those coming home, and the veteran community representatives who attend will do so on behalf of the more than two million Australians who have served their nation with distinction in uniform."

More than 30 families have accepted the offer of repatriation and the Office of Australian War Graves within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs has been working with family representatives, the Australian Defence Force, and a range of other Australian Government agencies, to manage the dignified and appropriate return to and reinterment of their loved ones in Australia.

Where families have elected not to take up the offer of repatriation, their relatives’ graves will be maintained in perpetuity as is the standard for all Australian war dead in military and war cemeteries around the World. In this case the Australians will rest with other Commonwealth servicemen and their dependants.

"Aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force will bear the returning Australians home to RAAF Base Richmond, where they will be received in a formal military ceremony on 2 June. This will be immediately followed by a private memorial service for the families of those being reunited with their loved one," Mr Tehan said.

At the conclusion of the memorial service, the hearses bearing the returning Australians will depart via motorcade from RAAF Base Richmond.  For those who wish the opportunity to pay their respects at this time, details of the route will be made publicly available closer to the date of the repatriation ceremony.

"I would like to stress that each of those who have been repatriated will be reinterred during ceremonies at different locations around Australia. These arrangements are according to the wishes of the families and must be respected," Mr Tehan said.

While some families have requested a private ceremony, other families have advised of their agreement to members of the community being able to attend to pay their respects.  To ensure the privacy of the families at this time, details of these services will only be made available by the families closer to the time of the reinterment service.

"I would also like to acknowledge the support and cooperation being provided by the Malaysian and Singaporean Governments who have cared for the Australians buried in their countries for some fifty years," Mr Tehan said.

Further details about the repatriation will be provided at a later date.

Recovering student loans from overseas residents

Saturday, 16 April 2016 14:39 Written by

From today, people who have benefited from Australian student loans and now live overseas will pay for them the same way as they would if they lived in Australia.

Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said it was estimated that up to $30 million was lost annually due to graduates moving overseas and from today those graduates would be required to notify the Australian Taxation Office to arrange repayments.

Minister Birmingham said recouping debts under the Higher Education Loan Programme or Trade Support Loan scheme would ensure Australia’s world-class, income-contingent student loans scheme was fairer and more sustainable into the future.

“The Turnbull Government is committed to ensuring the future sustainability of Australia’s student loans scheme and to ensuring it is fair for all Australians.

“Until now, people who took out a loan under the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) or a Trade Support Loan (TSL) and moved overseas were under no obligation to repay their debt as long as they remained offshore residents,” Minister Birmingham said.

“From 2016-17, anyone who has a Higher Education Loan Programme or Trade Support Loan debt who earns above the minimum repayment threshold (currently $54,126) will be required to make repayments regardless of where they live.

“As well as making the scheme fairer and more equitable, the Government’s changes will improve the sustainability of the scheme with taxpayers to benefit by $150 million over the next decade.”

Minister Birmingham said it is estimated that around $20‑30 million each year was lost due to graduates moving overseas and up to $800 million due to non-repayment of debts from students living overseas had been lost since the start of the student loan scheme in 1989.

All Australians with current and new HELP and TSL debt who move overseas for six months or more are required to notify the ATO via the myGov website to facilitate repayments. For more information about HELP, go to