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John 13:34

love one another as I have loved you

John 13:34

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Catholic Church in China

The Catholic Church in China
presented by Sean Donovan

The Holy Father issued, in late May 2007, his letter to Chinese Catholics calling for unity between the 'underground' and 'state sanctioned' members of the Church.

Sean Donovan has recently returned from two months study in Chinese International Relations at Fudan University in Shanghai where he wrote two papers on China's position in the globalised group of nations. As part of this work he completed a case study looking at the current situation of the Catholic Church in China. He also experienced the Catholic Church life in Shanghai and Beijing.

You are invited to come to a presentation and discussion of the history and status of the Catholic Church in China. Sean will discuss the  operation of the communist system in controlling Church activities and the ongoing persecution of Church members.

Where: St John's Hall Meeting Room
When: Sunday, 2nd September
Time: 6:30pm

Monday, August 27, 2007

WYD08 Meeting Notes

Notes from the WYD08 Meeting
Sunday 26 August 2007 at 6pm
St John's Parish Hall Meeting Room

Please let me know if there are any amendments required.
Next Meeting Date:  Sunday 9th September at 6pm

1. "Receive the Power" anthem - lyrics distributed and sung

2. The home stay co-ordinators will be Pat and Mick Webb. Anyone wishing to offer their homes for visiting pilgrims should contact Pat or Mick.

3. Calendar - Upcoming events

***  8th September Saturday - Youth Leadership Training

Youth Leadership Training - a day to inform and train people of any age interested in Catholic youth or young adult ministry. This is particularly important for those currently involved in leading a Catholic youth group, youth events or youth retreats or those intending to be involved in leading in the future.

Saturday 8 September 10.00am - 4.00pm at Xavier Centre Bond Street Bellambi

The day will include: Child Protection Information for youth groups, youth weekends & youth events, and Public Speaking and witnessing to your faith - a workshop on sharing your faith journey. Cost – gold coin donation. Lunch is provided. Contact Christy Honeysett for further information on

*** 22nd September Saturday - St John's Fete

A stall is to be organised and manned through the day. Carolyn Baragry will make enquiries about getting a stall. Youth required to man on the stall.

*** 26th March 2008 Wednesday - Journey of the Cross (Heads Up)

The WYD cross will be in the Campbelltown area from 24th to 28th March 2008, but specifically in Campbelltown on 26th March. It will move from St Gregory's in the morning, to UWS at lunch, St Patrick's in the afternoon, then the Art Gallery for the main celebrations at 6pm, and then overnighting at St John the Evangelist. The cross will then move on to Narellan.

4. Support Teams - Co-ordinators

Home Stay - Pat and Mick Webb
Publicity/Fundraising - Greg Simoni -
Auxilliary/Functions - Carolyn Baragry -

Positions still to be filled
Treasurer - Anyone good with accounts?
Transport - Arranging transport for those with no car

5. Promotions

*** Kerry McDonald will investigate contacts and opportunities for in-school promotions. Past WYD attendees to be asked to speak (please contact us if you know anyone who has attended).

*** Shirts - The WYD shirt selection was viewed and it was agreed that Campbelltown would use the bright blue collared shirts. These stand-out and will be readily identifiable as WYD. The Youth Group will also use these shirts until after WYD for consistency. Sean Donovan will lodge a request for a fundraiser code which will entitle us to a discount (percentage to be confirmed).

*** Greg Simoni tabled a draft WYD letter to be sent. We will apply for approval to use the WYD logo for the youth group. Greg advised that the Youth Group will meet next Sunday at 3pm. Greg will also contact the youth group co-ordinators at neighbouring parishes to find out what they are doing and arrange joint events.

6. Other items

*** Various newsletters and notes distributed
*** Prohibited Persons declaration forms will be available at the next meeting
*** It was agreed that meetings will be held each fortnight on Sunday at 6pm

Next Meeting Date:  Sunday 9th September at 6pm

Following the WYD meeting there was a talk by members of Cursillo ahead of their retreat next weekend. It was suggested that this may also be a good option for those wishing to experience grass-roots Christianity. The WOLLONGONG CATHOLIC CURSILLO will be running a weekend for MEN from 30 August to 2 September, and for WOMEN from 28 September to 1 October. Further details ring Kevin & Margaret French on 4628 9250.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Cursillo Talk


Information Evening
Sunday 26th August at 6:30pm
St John's Parish Hall
Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown

If you are wondering about the Cursillo course, and would like to know a little bit more before committing to a full weekend, then please come along this Sunday evening to hear what it is all about and have your questions answered.

The Cursillo is "little course in Christianity" which is intended to give a deeper insight to our relationship with God, our vocation in the church and the importance of an Apostolic Christian Community.

This international movement founded in Spain in the late 1940's and begun in Australia in 1965 offers short courses ('cursillo' in Spanish) in Christian spirituality with ongoing small Christian community development.

The WOLLONGONG CATHOLIC CURSILLO will be running a weekend for MEN from 30 August to 2 September, and for WOMEN from 28 September to 1 October. Further details ring Kevin & Margaret French on 4628 9250.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

FaithWorx - WYD 2008

world youth day sydney 2008
campbelltown team meeting

You are invited to join the Campbelltown WYD08 team this Sunday at 6pm, right after 5pm mass, in the St John's Parish Hall Meeting Room.

There are only 329 days to go before WYD08 in Sydney. Be a part of this global event of praise and worship. Use your talents for God!

Youth and adults are welcome to participate. Perhaps someone you know or someone in your family might also like to join in. Don't be afraid to ask.

Check out the web site at

Thursday, August 9, 2007

FaithWorX Meeting

It is up to you to make FaithWorX this Sunday as interesting as possible. We are holding a "Show and Tell" session.
Bring along an article, magazine, video, song... even a bible passage and speak to it for a few minutes (more than one but less than fifteen) and inspire a discussion on the topic. The more passionate you are about your item, the better!

Remember, we do have a heater in the meeting room.
We are looking forward to seeing as many as possible at 6.30 pm on Sunday.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Parish Bulletin 4 August 1007

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION: We congratulate 80 parishioners Confirmed by Bishop Peter in our Parish this Weekend. We thank the Sacramental team, the teachers and the Catechists who prepared them.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL ANNUAL DOORKNOCK APPEAL 18 TO 26 AUGUST: If you can help please ring Robyn on 4627 9299 OR Bro John 4628 7213.

HEALING MASS celebrated by Rev. Fr. Efren Borromeo, here in St. John’s on Saturday 18 August at 2pm. All are welcome.

DIOCESAN OFFICE OF DISABLITTY: People with physical, intellectual or other disability are asked to contact Jacinta Wall re their experience accessing their local church or parish activities or requiring assistance with Sacramental preparation. Phone Jacinta 4228 9059.

Come on a Journey of Faith . This catechesis can bring new meaning to your life. A series of talks will be beginning in the Parish on Monday & Thursday nights, starting THIS Monday 6 Aug. at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall. Babysitting & transport available. Please phone Mario/Margaret 4626 1423

WOLLONGONG CATHOLIC CURSILLO: Develop a stronger relationship with Jesus. Enhance your understand of the Catholic Church. A weekend for MEN (30 August to 2 Sept) and for WOMEN (28 Sept. to 1 Oct.). Further details ring Kevin & Margaret French on 4628 9250.

INDONESIAN SPEAKING MASS at Mary, Mother of the Church, Cnr. Edgar St. & Second Avenue Macquarie Fields, Sunday 12 August at 5pm. Please bring puki syukur.

SILVER JUBILEE OF PRIESTHOOD: Fr. John Stork (Ordained here at St. John’s on 14 August 1982) invites you to his Jubilee Masses :- Tuesday 14 Aug. at 7:30pm at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Bowral AND Friday 17 Aug. at 7:30pm at Unanderra Catholic Church.

STEWARDSHIP is more about what owns you, than about what you own. What are the "must do’s” of your day-to-day living? Cleaning, eating, working, paying bills, can all be done with God in mind. Try bringing God to mind more often this week: and notice the difference!

MULTICULTURAL MASS & CONCERT will be here at St. Johns on Sunday 26 August, at 2pm. Please join us, we are one! Mass concelebrated by Bishop Peter Ingham, Ethnic Chaplains & Clergy of the Diocese. More details contact Rosanna Ganassin on 4253 0900.

FRENCH SPEAKING MASS Sunday 19 August at Mary, Mother of the Church, Macquarie Fields at 5:30pm. Fr. Jan will celebrate.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

World Youth Day Preparations

A Youth Group will be forming in the next few months. A gathering of youth and supporting adults will fine tune the planning at a special meeting on Sunday 12 August, at 3 pm.

All parishioners are invited to help in making this group something we can be proud to show the International visitors joining us in Sydney.

There will be a need for parent & adult support along with obvious need for young people to make the ministry a success. The workload will be much more manageable if YOU can take part, so come along and help make this Youth Group as exciting a movement as possible.

Movie: Amazing Grace Group

You are invited to join a theatre party to see this marvellously inspiring movie. See the website for an overview; it's very impressive...
We will depart on Sunday 5 August, from St. John's Campbelltown, Parish Hall at 12.45 pm. Carpooling should save some time and a little money...
The movie starts at MacArthur Square at 1.15 pm and costs $15.30 for an Adult ticket.
There will be opportunity for ample informal discussion before we return to the Parish Hall just after 3.30 pm.
Come and join in what should be a fair sized group.