John 13:34

love one another as I have loved you

John 13:34



Monday, October 19, 2020

The Journey - Week 376 –29th Sunday Year A – Tax, Caesar & God – Paying back to Caesar and to God, How much do you pay?

"that's the name we go calling out"


This week on the Journey (Ep 376)

This Week: Fr Graeme Schmitzer ponders Politics & Religion – separate & incompatible, or working in tandem to serve God's desires for humanity?
Plus Mother Hilda asks when we're lost do we go searching for and calling out for our Father just like a lost child, just like Elijah did? Pat Keady on the gift of praise, and Darren McDowell on transforming the way we do things in family & parishes. 
And more great music!
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The Journey is a weekly program developed by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong and is the only Catholic radio program in Australia aired on general Christian radio.

Listen to this week's presenter inputs

Gospel Reflection—Fr Graeme Schmitzer– Politics & Religion
Wisdom From The Abbey–Mother Hilda – God of Elijah
Spirit & Life–Pat Keady – The Gift of Praise 
Milk & Honey—Trish McCarthy – Cracks on the Surface
Leading for Mission—Darren McDowell – Transforming Culture [Part 1]
Walk the Walk—Sam Clear – Don't Fear the Future 

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Celebrate the Beatification of Carlo Acutis | October 10th, 7pm-12am


We are excited to be hosting Eucharistic Adoration this Saturday on the day of Beatification of Carlo Acutis!

Join SCY for a night of prayer & Adoration on Saturday 10th October 7pm to 12am.

The evening will begin with a talk at 7:00PM at St Joachim's Parish Lidcombe which will be followed by exposition and reconciliation.

We're also excited to announce our speaker for the evening,
Fr Epeli Qimaqima!

Sign up for an hour (or two!) between 7pm to midnight.


Servant of God Carlo Acutisis famously known for creating a website documenting Eucharistic Miracles around the world. Born in 1991, Carlo Acutis is truly a young Saint for our times. For more information on this soon to be Blessed, read here:

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NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, at this stage only 100 people will be permitted in the Church at one time. SCY will ensure strict hygiene measures are in place and we ask that you please keep the 1.5m physical distance from others. 

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Invitation - Renewing Parishes for Mission - Reflecting on Pope Francis' Latest Instruction



Dear Friends,

There is an ancient proverb that invites us to see 'crises as opportunities'. Indeed, we are in such a situation today as we draw towards the end of what has been an amazingly tumultuous, dis-orientating and thought provoking year.
Pope Francis, in understanding the opportunities of this season, invites us and our parish communities to re-focus, re-orient, and re-claim our fundamental mission and purpose as Church.  The title of his recently released instruction says it all: "The Pastoral Conversion of the Parish Community in the Service of the Evangelising Mission of the Church".  Given all that is currently happening there has never been a more important time to reflect upon these issues.  Indeed, these times give us new opportunities to change things up and create new habits and practices that will lead to evangelisation and mission.
Bishop Brian is inviting all the clergy, along with Parish Pastoral Councils and Parish Leadership Teams to spend time reflecting upon and seeking ways in which this document can be put into action within our Diocese.  Indeed, all ministry coordinators and leaders are welcome to join in these gatherings as they too will find much insight and inspiration from their content and reflection.
You are invited to participate in one of four, 3 part option sets, which will reflect upon key elements of this document. These timeslot options are:

·         Option Set 1: Wednesday evenings, 14th, 21st & 28th October, 7:30-8:45pm

·         Option Set 2: Thursday afternoons, 22nd & 29th October & 5th November, 4pm-5:15pm

·         Option Set 3: Monday afternoons, 26th October & 2nd & 9th November, 4pm-5:15pm

·         Option Set 4: Tuesday evenings, 27th October & 3rd & 10th November, 7:30-8:45pm

Whilst you might like to register for one set, you are more than welcome to jump onto one of the other dates if your time and circumstances change. 
Over the course of the three session we will reflect upon the following key elements of the document:

·         The Vision and Mission of the Parish Community

·         Our Individual Call to Holiness and Mission

·         Renewing our Parish Structures for Mission

Please click the link at the  bottom of this email to book your place in what will be an important opportunity for all of us, as parish leaders, to reflect upon how, as we move into 2021, we can rejuvenate the life and mission of our parish communities:


With regards and prayers,




Friday, October 2, 2020

Plenary Council 2020+ Update

Message from Mr Jude Hennessy, Director Office of Renewal and Evangelisation


I write to inform you about two upcoming events I thought you would be interested in:


  1. Plenary Council Delegates and Reserve Delegates Commissioning Ceremony Friday 6 November 2020

Delegates to the Plenary Council throughout Australia are in the process of being commissioned in their local dioceses around Australia, in preparation for the Plenary Council in 2021. Our Plenary Delegates are being commissioned on Friday 6 November 2020 at St Francis Xavier Cathedral Wollongong during the 12.10pm Mass. The names of all Plenary Council Delegates from every diocese of Australia can be found by clicking


You are invited to join with us in praying for our delegates, perhaps viewing of the Mass and commissioning which will be livestreamed via this link


  1. “The Pastoral Conversion of the Parish Community in the Service of the Evangelising Mission of the Church” is an amazing new document from Pope Francis calling our parish communities to use re-focus, re-orient, and re-claim our fundamental mission and purpose as Church.  Bishop Brian has invited clergy in their deanery groups to commence breaking open this document, and is also inviting laity in our Diocese to spend time doing so as well.



Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Term 4 group sessions now taking bookings

CatholicCare Courses 2020

Strengthening Relationships 

Would you like some support to achieve positive change in your life right now?

You may find what you're looking for in our group sessions. These face to face group sessions are available to adults who would like to strengthen relationships, support children's development and build resilience within a supportive environment, alongside others who share similar life experiences.

All of our 2020 courses are listed on our website. Click below to view the schedule. 
CatholicCare is a COVID safe agency, which means a limitation on numbers to ensure we are meeting social distancing regulations. Due to this, our groups may be at or close to capacity. If this is the case, there is a waiting list, and clients will be contacted should a space become available.
We are able to provide a letter to confirm the place on the waiting list, and if suitable offer alternative support through counselling or referral.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
The safety of our clients, staff and community is paramount to us

For more information or to make a booking please contact our Intake Service on 4254 9395 or email

All of our Term 4 Courses adhere to Covid Safe Protocols.
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