Stained Glass Windows

John 13:34

love one another as I have loved you

John 13:34

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A HUGE Christmas Thank you

The Saint Vincent dePaul Conference of Campbelltown heartily thanks the Parishioners of Saint John's for their extraordinary Generosity. Our Christmas appeal has raised $7984. which is the most generous total ever! This generosity, and your donations of toys and food has made it possible to meet the needs of many needy neighbours during Christmas, and well into the new year. To say the least, we are overwhelmed! 
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all who have given so much.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"The Greatest gift we can offer each other is the gift of ourselves, our love, our time and our prayers."

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Mass Times 2008

Christmas Eve 24th December
  5:30pm - Children's Mass
  7:00pm - Vigil Mass
  9:00pm - Vigil Mass

Christmas 25th December
  Midnight - Midnight Mass
  7:30am - Christmas Day
  9:00am - Christmas Day
  10:30am - Christmas Day

There will be no evening mass on Christmas day

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"If Christian faith is not translated into love and concrete help for the poor, it is not real faith." Pope Benedict XVI

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The power of G

Apropos our discussion at the FaithWorx Advent program on Sunday, I just received this message from a friend that I thought to share with you.

"...  Changing gears a bit, many of you have been telling me that you haven't heard from me in a while, and it's true. This is actually my 3rd edition to an update I've been working on and have finally come to the point of sending it out. There are many stories and things to share, but to be brief, these past few months has been a time where G has led me to a place where - one: I could let go of certain things and a relationship - two: I was simultaneously removed from things and relationships - three: I am being stripped down in heart and spirit - but four: embrace a deep passion.
       G is faithful.
       Last Tues., a bro called and told me he was thinking of me. He wanted to know how he could pr for me. One of the three things I told him was, "my spirit is broke, my spirit is broken right now."
       The next day, an elder couple I met with, who didn't know too much of the details of my situation started telling me about, "a broken spirit" and what J first said on the mount, "blessed are those who are poor in spirit". While the husband was talking inside that restaurant on the top floor, I was cracked to tears, "depleted" and "deleted" are descriptive of my state, yet feeling the immense love of G, and that He's in passionate pursuit of me. That's the good news. It's like you feel like a piece of poo, but G would call you "blessed".
       This past Sunday, a good brother from the States sent me a message, actually, it's a rap song interlude, called, "Theology of Brokenness". One line in the less than 2 minute interlude says, "listen, if you want to walk in the implications of the Gpsl, you're going to have to be married to the understanding of the principle of brokenness." My heart nodded in agreement to that so deeply b/c I knew it to be true. ("Thanks for sending that to me friend.") Recently, I have been even more grateful for the foreign brothers and sisters who have been a great support to me. At the same time, it's also been mutually refreshing to one another as we journey on amidst the spiritual scars and iron bars.

-Decision Making, "Turning" & Moving Forward-

... I've decided to explore something that I believe has been planted into my heart years ago. I'll be looking into various Chrstn (Sem.) schools. I hope to find growing up through solid training in formal settings in tandem with a church where I would be able to commit myself and serve for a long while. There is a quiet assurance to begin taking serious steps of faith towards this new direction, though outward circumstances such as finances, the economy, scarce jobs, etc. may say otherwise.

-Closing Thoughts & Remember-

       I ask for you pr's regarding this new direction I'm heading ... and for this city and country to be radically transformed by the life of JC through His Spirit living inside His people. My pr for you is that whether in cold, sunny, windy, rainy, dry or humid, good, bad, happy or sad conditions that you'll be able to experience a true "white Christmas" this season, where you can rest assured in heart and spirit that all your sins have been washed away, white as snow, once and for all by the precious blood of JC. Believe.
Thanks for standing with me. "

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Social Justice Thought for the week

"Never see a Need without trying to do something about it"
Blessed Mary MacKillop.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Spirit of Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching. Its often a busy time for many of us. Organising this and that, presents, holidays, and more presents :)

As Christians, we understand that this time of year is a celebration of the birth of Christ. The below Youtube video is just a nice reminder of the spirit of the season, presented in a practical and welcoming way.

Its been a rough year for many, and for the world in general. Lets pray that even when events seem dark, that we stay mindful of God in our hearts and world. We can get there folks, lets pray for hope this Christmas.

God's always walking with us.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Faith(&)Worx - An interesting article

Hi -

Following our Advent discussion at FaithWorx last Sunday, I found the following article interesting and hope that you may, too.


New Diocesan Youth & Young Adult Coordinator

Bishop Peter is pleased to announce that Loretta Brinkman has been appointed to the position of Youth & Young Adult Coordinator for the Diocese of Wollongong. Some of you may know Loretta from her previous work in our diocese as the Youth & Young Adult Coordinator for the St Vincent de Paul Society.

Please find attached some information on Loretta. Loretta will be starting work in this role in early February 2009. There will be a commissioning for Loretta at the Diocesan Mass on the beach on this Saturday 6 December at 5.30pm at North Beach, Wollongong. Come along to the Mass and meet Loretta, and join us for fish and chips on the beach after Mass.


Loretta lived in the Wollongong diocese for over twenty years before moving to Melbourne. She attended John Therry Catholic High School and then graduated from the University of Western Sydney (Macarthur) with a Bachelor of Arts. As a parishioner of Mary Immaculate Parish, Eagle Vale, she was involved in various ministries including Youth Ministry, a term on the inaugural Parish Pastoral Council and President of the Liturgy Committee. Loretta also travelled to three World Youth Day's (1997, 2000 and 2002) as part of Wollongong pilgrimage groups and was a member of the Diocesan Vocations Advisory Group.

After joining the St Vincent de Paul Society at high school, Loretta continued as a volunteer for many years, taking up a number of youth leadership roles culminating in being appointed as the NSW/ACT State Youth Representative. Following on from her volunteer involvement Loretta worked as the St Vincent de Paul Society's Youth and Young Adult Co-ordinator in the Diocese of Wollongong for over eight years before taking up a position as a Learning Facilitator for the Society's NSW/ACT Learning Services Department.

In 2006 Loretta moved to Melbourne to take up a position working for the Australian Province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. This role was an opportunity for her to continue her work as a founding member of the national Oblate Youth Australia community, working as Project Officer for the International Oblate Youth Encounter (a pre-World Youth Day event) and as the Coordinator of Rosies Oblate Youth Mission.

Loretta has a firm belief that young people have a vital and unique role to play in our church, a role that they excel at when given the support and respect they deserve. Loretta is looking forward to coming home and is keen to meet and work with the young and the young at heart throughout the diocese.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Advent Program - Waiting in Joyful Hope

What are you hoping for this Advent? Christmas in Australia can be a long time coming. The decorations and canned music appear in the shops soon after Fathers' Day in September. Our diary begins to fill with the round of end-of-year parties and Christmas shopping becomes our main agenda as we search for something for the relatives that will be pleasing but not break the budget. Perhaps we might just be hoping for some spare time and peace and quiet. It's good to take some time out to dig a little deeper than

what preoccupies us on the surface.

Join us through Advent, commencing this Sunday 30th November, as we work through this four-week program.

Where: St John the Evangelist Hall, Cordeaux St, Campbelltown

When: Sunday 6pm-8pm

Cost: Gold coin donation

Thursday, November 20, 2008

“A Rich Young Nation: the challenge of affluence and poverty in Australia." - Sunday 6pm

"Australia is a rich country in many ways. It has experienced spectacular economic growth and prosperity in recent years, and increasingly our international economic status has become a symbol of our national identity. Yet in Australia there are many who are wealthy but in their affluence 'lack one thing' and there are those who have been bypassed by the economic growth and prosperity and live in poverty."

FaithworX is holding an evening reflection on the 2008 Social Justice Statement: "A Rich Young Nation: the challenge of affluence and poverty in Australia." led by Brother Michael.

When: Sunday November 23rd. 6pm
Where: St John's Hall, Cordeaux Street Campbelltown

 All are most welcome.



Monday, November 17, 2008

FaithWorX Sunday November 23rd

FaithworX is holding an evening reflection on the 2008 Social Justice Statement. “A Rich Young Nation: the challenge of affluence and poverty in Australia.”
Sunday November 23rd. 6pm in the Hall. All are most welcome.

“We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”

Friday, November 14, 2008

Nov/Dec youth enoticeboard

Please click on the link below for the last youth enoticeboard of the year.


Christy Honeysett
Youth & Young Adult Coordinator
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Catholic Youth Campbelltown

I know this is late notice, but I thought I'd let you know there are
still quite a few fully sponsored places for the Anchor Youth Festival
this Saturday. I thought there may be some young people from your
youth group (aged 14 to 18) that may want to come. Jumping Castles,
Gladiator Duel, lunch and dinner, great talks and workshops and more –
for free!

Any young people that go to a State school in our diocese, or a
systemic secondary school (e.g. Mt Carmel, John Therry, and Magdalene)
can contact Chris Brennan on, 4284 1635 or sms
'anchor' to 0433 636 359 to register. They will need to get in quick
to get a free spot (they are sponsored by CEO and CCD).

Everyone else is extremely welcome to come, it costs $25. Or they can
come for the night session (all ages are welcome) 7pm to 9pm for free.

Brochures are online on the 'what's on' section of

ANCHOR YOUTH FESTIVAL - Saturday 15 November 10.00am to 9.00pm at
Mount Carmel High School, Varroville. For ages 14 to 18 years. This
event will be similar to the World Youth Day catechesis and youth
festival events and includes great bands, jumping castles, gladiator
challenge, prayer, dramas, sport, talks and more! Cost: $25. The night
session from 7.00pm to 9.00pm is free and young adults and parents are
welcome. Contact or 4284 1635 to register.
Anchor Youth Festival is hosted by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
and the Youth Mission Team Australia.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Diocesan Vigil Mass on the beach



As we approach the end of 2008, it is good to gather and celebrate the joy of the Journey of the Cross and Icon, the wonder of World Youth Day, and to look forward as a diocese to 2009. Please join Bishop Peter together with our WYD choir, for the Diocesan Vigil Mass on Saturday, 6 December, 5.30pm at Northbeach, Wollongong. From 2.00pm to 5.00pm, join a day of reflection to centre yourself in God with Sr Hilda Scott at St Mary's College, Wollongong. After the Mass there is a light supper.

RSVP for RETREAT ONLY to Jane Edwards on by Monday, 1 December.

Monday, November 3, 2008

It's Time to Get Right with God

Free entry to Catholic youth event!

Are you 14 to 18 years old? You're invited to a fantastic fun day where you will learn about your faith, jump around to live bands, challenge your friends in the Gladiator Duel, and more!

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) are sponsoring the first 20 students to register from State secondary schools in our diocese to attend the Anchor Youth Festival for free! Register now with Chris Brennan - email or sms 'anchor' to 0433 636 359.

Catholic Education Office is sponsoring ten students from each Catholic systemic secondary school in our diocese to attend Anchor Youth Festival. Talk to your school WYD Coordinator for more information!


ANCHOR YOUTH FESTIVAL - Saturday 15 November 10.00am to 9.00pm

Mount Carmel High School, Varroville. 

For ages 14 to 18 years.

This event will be similar to the World Youth Day catechesis and youth festival events and includes great bands, jumping castles, gladiator challenge, prayer, dramas, sport, talks and more!

Early-bird cost: $20 (before 7 Nov), Pay-on-the-day rate: $25.

The night session from 7.00pm to 9.00pm is free and young adults and parents are welcome.

To register, contact or 42841635 or sms 'anchor' to 0433 636 359.

Anchor Youth Festival is co-hosted by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong and the Youth Mission Team Australia.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Diocese of Wollongong - Faith and Life - November 08 Update

Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
Faith and Life News and Events - November 2008 Update
Peace be with you.
This issue includes information on Stewardship Gatherings, Vatican II Seminar, Advent and Lenten Programs.
18 November, 10.30am – 12.30pm Tahmoor OR 7.00pm – 9.30pm Corrimal
These gatherings offer a good introduction to stewardship both in a parish/school setting as well as in one's personal life. They are also a great way for those involved in stewardship to network and share ideas and resources. Please do not think you need to be on a stewardship committee to attend! These events offer an opportunity to explore our giftedness together.  Please contact Helen Bennett on (02) 4253 0900 or email
22 November, Chevalier College Bowral, 9.30am – 3.30pm
This year's Vatican II seminar is entitled: Living Our Faith in Christ. The day considers what it means to be a lay person in the Church. Our keynote speaker, Dr Bill Connell fms, along with a rich variety of workshops in the beautiful grounds of Chevalier College make this a memorable opportunity. Morning tea and lunch are included. Many WYD participants will also enjoy the music and catechesis style of the day. Bishop Peter will be attending again this year and sees it as an important event in the life of the diocese.  Brochure and registration form attached. Please contact Jane Edwards on (02) 4253 0900 or email
Waiting in Joyful Hope - 2008 Advent Resource Guide
This diocesan guide offers a series of reflections and prayers based around the Sunday liturgies for Advent, year B. It includes questions for reflection and group discussion. Price $1 per copy for the complete set (excludes postage). Available by contacting Jane Edwards on (02) 4253 0900 or
Our 2009 Lenten Program focuses on our life of prayer. The weekly themes are:
        What is prayer?
        How do we pray?
        Does God answer our prayer?
        Prayer in action
        Prayer in suffering
        When God is absent.
The Lenten program is furthered enhanced with reflections from Diocese of Wollongong parishioners on their life of prayer and weekly Prayer Points offering practical advice. A special CD is offered in conjunction with the program, featuring 17 tracks, including hymns both old and new in our Catholic tradition.  As with previous years, the program is adaptable to both group and personal use. Parish groups will naturally order through the parish. I attach an order form for individuals or groups who seek to use the program in other settings.  Please contact Jane Edwards on (02) 4253 0900 or email
Weekend of 31 October – 2 November 2008
Mt Schoenstatt, Mulgoa (near Penrith) New South Wales
A weekend for married couples.  Take time out of your busy schedule, to invest in your most precious asset . . . your Marriage!  This is a unique opportunity to recharge your relationship batteries, refocus on each other and fall in love all over again!  For bookings/details contact (02) 9489 4523 or (02) 4283 3435.  Information at
Sunday, 2 November 2008
The Franciscans at "Maryfields", Narellan Road, Campbelltown, will hold the Way of the Cross in the grounds at 3.00pm.   The Friars invite all to join them on that first Sunday in the month of All Souls, to pray for our deceased parents, relatives and friends.   They also invite the various national groups to conduct the Way of the Cross in their own language.   Please contact the Friars to book a suitable time in the month of November on (02) 4626 2400
Saturday 15 November 10.00am to 9.00pm Mount Carmel High School, Varroville
Early-bird cost: $20 (before 7 Nov), Pay-on-the-day rate: $25. For ages 14 to 18 years. This event will be similar to the World Youth Day catechesis and youth festival events and includes great bands, jumping castles, gladiator challenge, prayer, dramas, sport, talks and more! The night session from 7.00pm to 9.00pm is free and young adults and parents are welcome. Contact or 4284 1635 to register or download a brochure from   Hosted by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong and the Youth Mission Team Australia.
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
12.10pm, St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Wollongong, to remember all military and civilian victims of war.
Sunday, 16 November 2008
10.30am Mass on at St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Wollongong.  Mr Carlos Alverardo will conduct the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Orchestra as well as Junior and Senior Choirs at the.  Schubert's composition Mass in G-Majorwill be the Mass setting.
ST MARY'S RETIREMENT VILLAGE 25 year celebrations
Thursday, 13 November 2008
Bishop Peter Ingham will celebrate Mass at 10.30am followed by morning tea. The hostel and village will be open for inspection. If over the years you have had a relative or friend at St Mary's or have had an interest in the facility we invite you to attend.  RSVP Sarita Lee on (02) 4271 5190.
We will shortly be launching some pilot groups for Beginning Theology. This is an adult faith enrichment program which enables small groups led by a qualified tutor to consider foundational documents in our Catholic faith.  There are accredited and non-accredited options available.   The course will be launched at the Vatican II Seminar.  Please contact Richard McMahon on (02) 4253 0900 or email if you would like further information.
Please remember to visit our Diocesan website,
Please pass this information on to others who you think may be interested.
Richard McMahon
Director of Parish Services
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong

Thursday, October 23, 2008

"Put out into the Deep”: The New Evangelization - Sunday 6pm-8pm

Join us for the final talk in this video series: 

"Put out into the Deep":  The New Evangelization
Christopher West

The urgency of the "new evangelization" stems  not only from the fact that the number of those not yet reached by the Gospel is immense,  but also because entire groups of the Baptised are without a living relationship with Christ and His Church. The new evangelization is not a matter of inventing a new program. The program is the same as ever. What is needed is a proclamation of the Gospel that is "new in ardor, methods, and expression."

In the new evangelisation we must come to a deeper understanding of the mysteries of faith and find meaningful language with which to convey these mysteries to others. We must share with modern men and women the "unsearchable riches of Christ" and make known "the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in Christ". This is precisely what John Paul II's Theology of the Body provides.

Where: St John the Evangelist Hall Meeting Room, Cordeaux St, Campbelltown
When: Sunday, 26th October, 2008 at 6pm
Cost: Gold coin donation
A light supper provided


Youth & Young Adult Updates - Oct 2008

ST MICHAEL'S NOWRA YOUNG ADULT GROUP welcomes everyone to their next gathering with guest speaker James Cross. James is a cancer survivor and great bloke (all the way from Darwin!). You may have heard him speak previously at WYD Catechesis in Sydney Entertainment Centre. Where: St Michael's Parish Centre, Nowra. Date: Monday 27 October. Time: 7pm - 8pm with supper.
The story of his battle with aplastic anaemia is incredible - and what is truly inspirational is hearing about his inner pilgrimage during that time with God.  James Cross' book titled 'Pilgrimage to Life' will be available to purchase on the night. Contact Christy Honeysett on or 0439 260 200 if you would like a lift from Wollongong.

LIVING OUR FAITH IN CHRIST - VATICAN II SEMINAR (poster attached) Everyone over 18 years is welcome to an annual seminar on the relevance of the Second Vatican Council in living our faith in contemporary life. Keynote speaker Dr Bill Connell. The day includes catechesis, music and workshops. Workshops will be focused on Social Justice; Liturgy; Leadership and Service; and Family Life. Saturday 22 November 2008, Chevalier College, Bowral, 9.30am – 3.30pm. Cost: $20/$10 or by donation. Day includes morning tea and lunch. To register email or phone 4253 0900 by Friday, 14 November 2008.

ANCHOR YOUTH FESTIVAL (poster below) Saturday 15 November 10.00am to 9.00pm Mount Carmel High School, Varroville. For ages 14 to 18 years. This event will be similar to the World Youth Day catechesis and youth festival events and includes great bands, jumping castles, gladiator challenge, prayer, dramas, sport, talks and more! Early-bird cost: $20 (before 7 Nov), Pay-on-the-day rate: $25.The night session from 7.00pm to 9.00pm is free and young adults and parents are welcome. Contact or 4284 1635 to register or download a brochure from Hosted by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong and the Youth Mission Team Australia.

STEWARDSHIP GATHERING You are invited to attend a special gathering which offers support to those living stewardship as a way of life as well as to those who may wish to come and see. Bishop Ingham has encouraged our diocese to embrace a stewardship approach to our faith. It is an opportunity to explore our giftedness together and how we live that in our Christian journey. Tuesday, 18 November PICTON: 10:30am-12:30pm, St Anthony's Parish Hall, 20 Stratford Road, Tahmoor and CORRIMAL: 7:00pm-9:30pm St Columbkille's Parish Hall, 99 Princes Highway, Corrimal. To RSVP email or telephone Helen Bennett on 4253 0900.

WAITING IN JOYFUL HOPE - 2008 ADVENT RESOURCE GUIDE This diocesan guide offers a series of reflections and prayers based around the Sunday liturgies for Advent, year B. It includes questions for reflection and group discussion. Price $1 per copy for the complete set (excludes postage). Available by contacting Jane Edwards on 4253 0900 or

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Time to get yourself equipped with some 'fail safe' youth skills?


Please don't miss your groups chance to form people post WYD! Our New Director Sean Finucane (School Teacher/Youth Minister) is speaking at these workshops this coming Saturday. Cost is only $30 including morning tea and lunch and as much water as you can drink!

Sean uses a very interactive teaching method so be ready to be actively learning through these hands on workshop!!

Contact Matthew Whan at You can pay on the day but please RSVP to let us know your coming.

Register Now!!!

Matthew Whan
Catholic Youth Services
PH: (02) 9390 5942
M: 0432 537 651
Polding Centre, 133 Liverpool St, Sydney 2000

Friday, October 10, 2008

Pell speaks out for human rights

From: Catholic Communications <>
Date: 2008/10/9
Subject: Cardinal George Pell's Media Release on 9 October 2008

Pell speaks out for human rights

By + Cardinal George Pell
Archbishop of Sydney
9 October 2008

Bishop Julian Porteous, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Sydney, today released a message from Cardinal George Pell in relation to the proposed abortion legislation before the Victorian Upper House.

His Eminence Cardinal Pell wishes to extend his solidarity with all those persons of good will who are currently confronted by the significant difficulties associated with the Victorian Abortion Law Reform Bill. He shares concerns being expressed that the Bill has the potential to create a dangerous precedent for legislators across Australia. The Bill presently before the Victorian Parliament is designed to make abortion legally available on demand up to 24 weeks and up to birth in certain circumstances.

Speaking from overseas His Eminence reminds us that "every human being has the inherent right to life. There is no right to the destruction of innocent persons and that our community should be offering vulnerable pregnant women much more than simply an increasing number of ever more accessible ways in which their unborn children can be killed".

This Bill, if passed in its current form, will also remove the right of doctors and other health care practitioners to refuse to be involved in or refuse referrals for abortions. Further, the Bill does not affirm the right of a pharmacist or nurse to decline, on the grounds of conscientious objection, to carry out the direction of a doctor to administer or supply a drug to cause an abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Cardinal Pell said: "The rights of freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief are fundamental. The ability to exercise conscientious objection is a keystone of democracy. All of us should have the right to hold a belief and not be compelled by the state to act contrary to that conviction. It is the difference between the free society and the one subject to tyranny. That conscientious objection is a fundamental human right is expressly recognized in similar legislation in various jurisdictions both overseas, as in the UK and New Zealand, and also domestically".

"Indeed, the 2006 Victorian Charter of Rights and Responsibilities maintains that persons should not be coerced to act in a way that is contrary to the practice of their beliefs. It is difficult to see how anyone concerned about protecting human rights can fail to be deeply concerned by provisions in the proposed Victorian Legislation that would force people to act against their convictions. It is perhaps a striking illustration of how Charters of Rights are readily malleable and easily manipulated. Such Charters are quoted with gravitas and resolve when it suits and yet easily ignored when uncomfortable issues arise."

"If enacted, it may well fall to the Courts or the Federal Government to act, particularly if it is demonstrated that the final legislation breaches international treaties to which Australia is a signatory."

Cardinal Pell "sincerely hopes that the members of the Victorian Parliament will act to defend human life, to practically and generously support vulnerable pregnant mothers and to allow all men and women to be free to act in accord with their conscientiously held beliefs and principles."

For more information, contact Catholic Communications on 0437 409 344.

Catholic Communications
Level 11, 133 Liverpool St
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: (02) 9390 5300
Fax: (02) 9390 5306

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

October youth enoticeboard

For an update on what's happening around the diocese in youth & young adult ministry, check out our monthly enewsletter:

For further information, contact the Youth & Young Adult Coordinator on 4253 0809 or


Christy Honeysett

Youth & Young Adult Coordinator

Catholic Diocese of Wollongong

Friday, October 3, 2008

Trust in God

In asking the question, Why is Victorian parliament even considering Abortion as a viable answer to it's (women's) problems?
I think back over 20 years of debate, which has developed a culture of leaving God out of the picture.
One of the primary successes of the public debates since Vatican II is how God has become a figure of great suspicion. "In God we Don't trust", is clearly adage of the hoi-polloi of the noughties.
Do we even want to question such a culture?
When God himself becomes unreliable, the ground on which Christianity stands must fail.
Is this acceptable to you?
Come along for a few minutes to Exposition at Saint John's Church, on Sunday 5 October, sometime between 2 and 4.30 pm. We hope to rediscover trust in God - the foundation of the Universe!

Charity Night organized by the French Roman Catholic Chaplaincy.

Dear Friends,

      It is my pleasure to invite you to the Charity Night organized annually by the French Roman Catholic Chaplaincy.

      Food and entertainment is provided by volunteers on the night - the drinks BYO. The donation of $100 per adult (youths $50 and children $10) is since 1999 this money has gone alternatively to help the poor in Mauritius and Madagascar.

      In Mauritius initially priority was given to the education of poor children and last year was extended to those living in slums. Our 250 guests contributed $40,000.00 to this noble cause last year.

      In Madagascar, because of its particular needs, our help is going to many areas such as: education, basic health care in the bush, orphanages and others… In 2006, over 250 participants raised $55,200.00.

      Since 2007 our charitable association has been recognized officially by the Government of NSW as the "Sydney French Roman Catholic Charities". Any donations by cheque/money order must be addressed to that entity.

      This year we aim to help in particular with the care of lepers and TB sufferers, the needs of hundreds of orphans as well as the physically and mentally handicapped children and youths, to support two centres caring specifically for women, 12 bush medical dispensaries and also to assist in cases of famine resulting from any natural disasters so often experienced in MADAGASCAR.  Funds raised through this Charity Night and our Tombola will be forwarded through CARITAS MADAGASCAR. Bishop emeritus Pierre ZEVACO, (doctor of medicine, specialising in paediatrics and leprosy) with the Bp Benjamin RAMAROSON are the patrons of this project.

      Bp Benjamin RAMAROSON will be with us that evening as speaker guest.

      For the last eight years our annual function has often been honoured with the presence of one of the Sydney Bishops, diplomats representing France, Madagascar, Mauritius and Poland, as well as a member of the NSW Ethnic Communities Council, a representative of Caritas Australia and last year one NSW State MP.

      This year our gathering begins at 7 pm on Saturday the 25th of October at the Parish Hall of All Saints, Elizabeth St, in Liverpool (UBD 269 E2) with dinner at 7.30 pm. Bishop Ramaroson's address will be followed by a floor show before we draw the "great" lottery and the "lucky door" prizes. Dessert with a "family disco" which lasts until the midnight will conclude our event.

      The Organizing Committee and I, would be very happy to see you (and why not with some of your friends) that night amongst us.

Yours gratefully,

Fr Jan Chrzczonowicz,  Chaplain 
Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite  

82 George St
South Hurstville  2221
ph:  (02) 9546 3785
fax:  (02) 9546 4897

PS.  Early (ASAP) confirmation of your attendance will be greatly appreciated…

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Diocesan Position Vacant


Recently I tendered my resignation to Bishop Ingham from the role of Youth & Young Adult Coordinator.  My last day will be Friday, 21 November 2008.

It is with huge gratitude to the whole of the diocese that I finish my time in this position and I leave with many skills learnt, wonderful memories and friendships that will continue.

Please find attached an advertisement for the Youth & Young Adult Coordinator position within the Office of the Bishop.

We would greatly appreciate your help in passing this on to anyone you think has the qualities and experience required to undertake the role.

Warm regards

Christy Honeysett
Youth & Young Adult Coordinator
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong


With the authority of the Holy Spirit, the Church seeks to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people. Youth (from secondary school age) and young adults (late secondary to mid thirties) are key constituents in the mission of the Diocese. Bishop Peter Ingham seeks to develop a comprehensive diocesan youth and young adult ministry. The role of Youth and Young Adult Coordinator fosters this ministry across the Diocese.

Key Tasks

The Coordinator will serve the Bishop in his ministry to youth and young adults through the following tasks:
1. Building and maintaining networks and collaborating with youth and young adults across the Diocese and with those who animate and support them.
2. Through consultation with key peers setting goals and implementing strategies across the Diocese for youth and young adults.
3. Developing ways of engaging and supporting volunteers to assist in youth and young adult animation at a diocesan level.

An attractive salary package (including a fully maintained motor vehicle) will be offered commensurate with qualifications and experience. A stipend and fully maintained motor vehicle will be provided to Religious.

Initial enquiries or an information package can be obtained by contacting Richard McMahon at or on 02 4253 0976 during office hours. Applications are to include three referees, one of which must be your parish priest and addressed to: Mr Richard McMahon, Diocese of Wollongong PO Box 1239 Wollongong NSW 2500. Applications close on 17 October 2008.

The position of Diocesan Youth and Young Adult Coordinator is 'child related employment'. The preferred applicant for employment will be subject to employment screening.

Friday, September 26, 2008

FaithworX - Theology of the Body - CREATED AND REDEEMED: Ep 7

You are invited to join us for

Theology of the Body
by Christopher West

Theology of the Body expert Christopher West looks at the difference between Natural Family Planning and contraception, and explains why the latter is a contradiction of the marital vows.

When: Sunday 28th September 6pm
Where: St John's Hall Meeting Room, Cordeaux St, Campbelltown
Cost: Gold coin donation


Friday, September 19, 2008

Social Justice Sunday

As a Church we celebrate Social Justice Sunday on 28 September. This year’s Social Justice Sunday Statement is "A Rich Young Nation: The challenge of affluence and poverty in Australia."

Australia has experienced spectacular economic growth and prosperity in recent years, and increasingly our international economic status has become a symbol of our national identity.

Yet poverty persists; in Australia there are many who are wealthy, but live in spiritual poverty, and there are those who have been bypassed by the economic growth and live in material poverty.

For further details about the Catholic Bishops’ Statement, visit the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website or call (02) 8306 3499.

Ride for MS


A friend of mine, Serge, has signed up for the Bike ride from Sydney to Wollongong to raise money for the MS Society.

If you would like to see what it is about, and perhaps sponsor (or even register to ride!) , please have a look at


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Some things on this weekend ...


Some things you or someone you know might be interested in this
weekend at St John's:

- WYD REUNION: PICS AND FLICKS - A film and photography competition
with live music, dinner and dessert
Where: McKinnon Theatre (67:107), University of Wollongong.
Date: Friday 19 September
Time: 6.00pm to 9.30pm
RSVP: Christy Honeysett, or 0439 260 200

- If you can't make it to Wollongong, why not come to a Trivia night
in Campbelltown?

Nagle Centre Trivia Night - Supporting for Camps for Disadvantaged Youth
Where: St John's Hall, Cordeaux St, Campbelltown
Date: Friday, 19th September
Time: 7pm
Cost: $10 per person

- CYC Catholic Youth Campbelltown

Where: St John's Hall
Date: Sunday, 21 September
Time: 6pm


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pics and Flicks....Anchor and CYC night out

heya all you great people!!!!!!
just wanted to remind you that thw wollongong WYD reunion Pics and Flicks @ UOW (MY UNI) is on this Friday night food, fun and catch up, meet new people and hang with our awesome bishop!
bunch of us are going down...let Christy know ASAP so that she knows pooling available is you need it...must call me before thursday k!!!
anchor camp is on in these holidays...1-3rd October...$ much new people, meet and grow closer to our awesome God
CYC NIGHT OUT....iCE SKATING OR MOVIE/DINNER...let me know what you want and where!
Outreach opportunities with other youth groups- Lewisham...Clayton a dn Yuti have the down low on that
Phils group is ministry this alpha omega etc is hospitality, C laytons group = music and keith/simon= games!
I need to know what you guys wanna do...EMAIL BACK ASAP!!!
Thanks to my beautifuL helpers on saturday at the FETE...LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!
keep our Yr 11's (cendrine and Ivvy) in your prayers...they are doing prelim finals this week... Goodluck...we love you!
Pray and keep in mind all our graduating Yr 12s...simon, josh and sel! We love you and hope the final weeks are awesome! start to study ok!!!! :)
Love you all and in my prayers!
Your Sis in Christ always

Monday, September 15, 2008

WYD Reunion on this Friday!


A film and photography competition with live music, dinner and dessert on this Friday 19 September 6.00pm to 9.30pm at McKinnon Theatre (67:107), University of Wollongong.

All WYD08 participants are welcome! Come and enjoy a great free night with Bishop Peter, seeing the short films and photographs created by World Youth Day participants in our diocese. There are heaps of lucky door prizes that you could win - ranging from mobile phone credit, a Harley Davidson ride and a Wests Tigers Rugby League pack.

Please email, sms or phone me if you can make it on 0439 260 200 or 4253 0809, so that we have a vague idea of numbers for catering purposes (my apologies if you have already received this message via sms).

Bring anyone you know that had an experience of World Youth Day 2008. Hope to see you there!

Christy Honeysett

Youth & Young Adult Coordinator

Catholic Diocese of Wollongong

Friday, September 12, 2008

St John's Fete - CYC Outreach!

Hi all CYC Friends!

As you probably know the St John's Fete is on Saturday (Tomorrow) and CYC has a stand to man!

If you haven't already, call Bro J on 0409 450 239 to book a time to be there, or feel free to drop in through the day and hang out. Also a great meeting point if you're going to the Fete anyway.

See you there!


Sunday, September 7, 2008

WYD08 Items for sale

Dear WYD08 enthusiasts,

Post WYD, Sydney office have a few items for sale, this offer is available to parishes, schools, agencies and groups in the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong.

Below is a summary item for sale.  Attached is letters to schools and parishes, order forms and some images of sale items.  Please note that Monday 15 Sept is the cut off date for orders, any enquiries, please contact WYDSYD office using the details on the order form.

On sale NOW (order forms attached):

  1. IT Items - computers, printers, faxes and more
  2. Liturgical Items
  3. Backpacks and or Contents
  4. Food Items
  5. Microwaves
  6. Memorabilia


Soon to be available:

Relive WYD08 – Official DVDs, book & photos!


World Youth Day DVD Collection

With much demand, World Youth Day 2008 will be releasing a pastoral DVD collection available for sale from 15 September 2008. A commemorative book will also be available for sale in late November.

The DVD collection is not only for people wishing to relive the great event, but will be a pastoral tool for Churches, schools, youth groups and communities to help spread the word about the power of Christ's love.



The set of eight DVDs contain:

  • Highlights of the Journey of the Cross & Icon through Australia
  • Opening Mass celebrated by Cardinal Pell
  • Papal Arrival including Boat-a-cade, official welcome at Barangaroo and Motorcade through Sydney's streets
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Dedication of the Altar at St Mary's Cathedral with the Holy Father
  • Evening Vigil with the Holy Father
  • Final Mass celebrated by the Holy Father
  • Highlights package of WYD08



The DVDs can be purchased as a boxed set for $79.95 (plus postage). The Stations of the Cross and Highlights Package can be purchased individually for $24.95 (plus postage). Click here to register your interest for DVDs now!  

All registrants will be contacted when the DVDs are available to purchase.

The World Youth Day commemorative book will be a beautiful hardcover souvenir book, available towards the end of the year, in time for Christmas. Published in conjunction with The Catholic Weekly, this collector's book will serve as an official account of the event week, coupled with stunning photos and addresses from His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, His Eminence, Cardinal Pell, plus other religious leaders.

Click here to register your interest for the commemorative book now! St Pauls Publications has released a book to mark the one month anniversary of the Final Mass containing a collection of all the sermons and addresses given by Pope Benedict XVI entitled Dear Young People. It sells for $12.95 and copies can be obtained from religious book centres or direct from St Paul's Publications at


Purchase your official WYD08 souvenir photos

Don't forget you can still purchase WYD08 photos online. Click here to purchase your momentos. You might even feature in the photos!


Kind regards,
Carla Brookes

PURCHASE Catholic Diocese of Wollongong limited edition t-shirts, beanies and scarves while stocks last. 

Visit NOW!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

september Youth Enoticeboard

Please click on the link below for the monthy youth enoticeboard which lists upcoming youth and young adult events and opportunities in the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong:

For all those that attended World Youth Day, make sure you keep Friday night 19 September free for our Diocesan WYD Reunion: Pics and Flicks. It will be a fantastic free night to hang out with Bishop Peter while enjoying short films and photographs created by WYD08 participants from our diocese. Dinner and dessert will be provided. All ages welcome. Click the link above for details.

Hope to see you there!

Christy Honeysett
Youth & Young Adult Coordinator
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong

Friday, August 22, 2008

More Catholic youth events

Hi all,

Here are a few event notices from around the diocese that can't wait until our September youth enoticeboard:

WYD REUNION PICS AND FLICKS: All 7 minute films and photographs are due next Friday 29 August. Anyone who went to WYD08 from our diocese can enter! Great prizes include a digital camera, video camera, WYD merchandise, mobile phones, phone credit, rugby league merchandise and more! Successful film and photograph entries will be shown at the WYD Reunion on Friday 19 September 6.00pm to 9.30pm at McKinnon Theatre, University of Wollongong. Competition details are online at in the 'what's on' section.

ARC DAY: Saturday 30 August from 11am to 4pm. This is an awesome time for youth (14 – 18 years) to hang out with Youth Mission Team. Boys will be having a BBQ and playing footy and cricket on Austinmer beach (meet at Surf Lifesaving Club) Cost: $5. Girls will be having a picnic, playing soccer etc at Wollongong Botanical Gardens (meet in the carpark) – bring some food to share. RSVP by Friday 29 August to YMT Guys: 4284 3013 or YMT girls: 4285 2539. More details at

DIOCESAN MASS FOR REFUGEE AND MIGRANT SUNDAY. Sunday, 31 August at St Francis Xavier's Cathedral Wollongong at 2.00pm. The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Peter followed by a concert, cultural displays and food sampling offered by various ethnic communities in the St Mary's College Hall. "As a multicultural community, this celebration is for all ethnic groups, including Anglo-Australians. I particularly ask that we make a special effort this year to search out and extend our invitation to any new refugees in our parishes." Bishop Peter Ingham. All are welcome. Enquiries: Kim Mannix Diocesan Parish Services 4253 0985

NOWRA PRAISE AND WORSHIP NIGHT: 7.00pm Saturday 6 September at St Michael's Hall (20 North Street Nowra). Help keep the spirit of WYD alive as we join in a night of music, dancing, testimonies, WYD photos and loads more.  Bring yourself, a family member, a friend or a bus load of people - EVERYONE! And join in the experiences of what WYD was like!!!

World Youth Day films and photos have already started to arrive for our Diocesan WYD Reunion: Pics and Flicks– make sure you keep Friday 19 September 6.00pm to 9.30pm free, so that we can celebrate WYD08 together at McKinnon Theatre, Wollongong University. Hope to see you there!

Christy Honeysett
Youth & Young Adult Coordinator
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Rapping Priest and some wisdom on suffering

Some of us have heard of the 'rapping' priest Father Stan Fortuna. He is a Franciscan Priest from New York who is Blessed with a gift of music and communication in general.

Ive posted a Talk of his on suffering, that is viewable on Youtube, but also included is a link to his

There are multiple parts to the video, and they are well worth a watch for his powerful and spiritual message.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Youth & Young Adult Updates

More youth & young adult opportunities in our diocese!... 

PRIESTHOOD ENQUIRY WEEKEND. Has the Lord stirred your heart to do something more with your life? Come along to a special weekend for young men who are asking serious questions about their life and vocation. If you are considering the priesthood, then this weekend is for you. Workers and students and a whole range of ages and backgrounds are invited. 8-10 August, Gerringong. The weekend will be conducted by the Diocesan Vocations Team. Cost? $30 (Let us know if this is a problem.) Please rsvp by Wednesday 6 August 6pm (today) - Fr Mark O'Keefe 4271 1068; Fr Patrick Vaughan 4294 1009; or Fr Richard Healey 0401 621 591.

ST MICHAEL'S YOUTH GROUP, NOWRA - STARTING THIS WEEK! Friday 8 August 7.00pm - 9.30pm at St Michael's Parish Centre (next to the Church) North Street, Nowra. Contact: Matthew Hill 44473197 or This is a new youth group commencing this Friday, and will be on every 2nd Friday of the month at 7:30pm. It is for young people from about 13-20 years. There will be fun games, prayer, spiritual discussions and 'Guest Speaker Talks', and time for supper and talk to friends, or meet new young people. For this first youth group, there will be discussions on experiences of WYD, and people will get a chance to give ideas for games and fun activities, for the next get-togethers. Tell your friends about it, and bring them along!

DOOR KNOCK APPEAL - The St Vincent de Paul Society Door Knock Appeal commences 23rd to 31st August. We are looking for excited, enthusiastic people to be the face of Vinnies in there local area. So grab a couple friends and come join us. Door Knock is for everyone! (under 18s must be supervised by adult or parent). The money raised by your efforts will go to people in your community who are struggling and need a helping hand. For more information contact Jeannine Ashton, Youth and Young Adult Coordinator St Vincent de Paul Society on 0429 656 886 or Come and be a Witness!

Want to know more about what is happening in our diocesan youth & young adult ministry? See our new website or our monthly enewsletter

Christy Honeysett

Youth & Young Adult Coordinator

Catholic Diocese of Wollongong


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

August Youth e-noticeboard

Keeping the Holy Spirit Alive Inside! This course will lead you through utilising the Holy Spirit in your life post WYD08, and includes talks, music, group discussion, fellowship and scripture. When: every Sunday from the 10th August to 7th September from 11am to 1pm at Xavier Centre, 2 Bond Street Bellambi. Ages: 18 +. For more information contact Melanie Pyrah on 0412 252502
Illawarra Crash (ecumenical youth event): Friday, 15 August 6.30pm to 9.00pm at TIGS College (Princes Highway, West Wollongong). Cost $6. It's gonna be an awesome night, with live bands, praise and worship, and an incredible word from Scott 'Sanga' Samways. WIN a Nintendo Wii by bringing the most people on the night! This date is also the Feast of the Assumption, a Holy Day of Obligation (Mass will not be included in the event). See or phone 4253 0809 for more information.

Catholic Young Adults Dinner: Saturday 16 August at 6.30pm at Collegians (located on the corner of Princess Hwy and Charlotte Street Wollongong). An ideal opportunity to discuss your experience of WYD08, eat yummy food and relax with good company.  R.S.V.P to Ally 0415 119 118 or Annie 0405 736 586 by 14 August.

Lighthouse Festival in Broken Bay Diocese: 22-24 August for those aged 16-30 years who would like a dynamic weekend learning more about faith. See and contact Christy Honeysett on 4253 0809 for details on transport from our diocese.
WYD Reunion Pics and Flicks: Celebrating WYD through Film and Photography. Friday 19 September 6.00pm to 9.30pm at McKinnon Theatre, University of Wollongong. Submit your 7 min film or photograph by Friday 29 August. Great prizes to be won! See for competition details
Anchor Camp: for young people aged 14-18 with the Youth Mission Team. Wednesday, 1 October to Friday, 3 October. Contact 4284 1635 for more information. Youth Leadership Workshops: Saturday 4 October 1pm to 5pm in Macarthur area (venue tbc). Providing workshops on: social justice, music, creating vibrant liturgies, starting a youth ministry, running retreats, and more! Email us know if you think a particular workshop should be provided -

World Youth Day: Where to from here? A weekend retreat for young adults (18-35) at Mount Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville. Friday evening 10 October to Sunday afternoon 12 October. Cost $120. Call 9603 1433 to book.

Anchor Day: in November 2008. Great bands, dramas, sport, games, talks, prayer and more. Be set on fire in your faith with the Youth Mission Team! More details soon…

Diocesan Youth Mass: Saturday, 6 December 6.00pm will be a creative and youthful celebration with Bishop Peter. More details soon.

See videos, upcoming youth events, pray online, check out the youth Masses list, chat on xt3, see the map for your closest youth group, get resources and more! 
World Youth Day 2008 Photo Gallery will be online from Friday 15 August
ARE YOU PUMPED AFTER WYD08??? Here's what some people have said...
"How AWESOME was WYD!!!!...During the week as the leader I have had the opportunity to see God move within the youth in my group- truly amazing…The youth are more pumped for Christ than ever which is sooooo great!"
Erin Byrnes, leader of Catholic Youth Campbelltown 


"It was great to see the Entertainment Centre full and totally buzzing with everyone there for Jesus and being touched by His Love. The incredible unity of people from  the different continents and countries of the world that came to our parish for this event was  a sight to behold. Everyone in peace, unity and harmony as we all sang, danced, waved and clapped together."
Jonathon Nolan, Cathedral Parishioner (WYD Commissioning Mass, Wollongong)


"My students are still raving about everything they saw and the events they were involved in and how they felt that WYD was an experience of a lifetime. They have made many friendships that will last a lifetime and have given them renewed excitement about being a youth and being united with the Global Catholic community."

Steph Dunn, WYD School Coordinator Magdalene College


"I will never forget this weekend or the people in it…….. My body is aching - my legs tired, my shoulders bruised from my heavy bag but I wouldn't trade it for anything, this weekend was unforgettable and my faith has only been strengthened."

Ben, student at Magdalene College
"I cant believe how many people there actually were in Sydney. It was truly amazing and for me it helped my faith blossom and grow so much. For me I think I look at the Catholic Church now as something sacred that i will keep in my heart forever. Just the one week has turned my life around and now I know that my life is a lot clearer; I know that Jesus and I are best friends now."
Mitch Hilton, member of Dapto Area Youth Group