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John 13:34

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John 13:34

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Churches in Sichuan

Dear all,


Some pictures to share on the churches in Sichuan -- some of us may have viewed them before.


in communion of prayers




Keep the Journey of the Cross & Icon alive!


These evenings, for people of all ages, follow on from the recent Journey of the Cross and Icon which brought stories of healing, new life and conversion. Come along to share experiences, inspirations and consider our way ahead through WYD and beyond. All evenings 7.30pm – 9.30pm.

WARRAWONG – Tuesday 3 June, St Francis of Assisi Parish Hall, cnr Flagstaff & Bruce Roads.

NOWRA – Wednesday 4 June, St Michael's Parish Centre, 20 North Street.

VARROVILLE – Tuesday 10 June, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Hall, St Andrews Road.

CORRIMAL – Wednesday 11 June, St Columbkille's Parish Hall, 99 Princes Highway.


Contact Kim, Libbey or Richard to find out more – 4253 0900. JCI photo galleries are at and

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

WYD Group Leaders Training (new dates) & Pilgrim Retreat

WYD Group/Pastoral Leader Training is now being offered through 3 separate events:

Group Leader Training is essential for parish and school WYD pilgrimage leaders and will cover: duty of care, managing the WYD week experience, leadership and ministry, and plenty of question time. They will be facilitated by Diocesan staff. If you are leading a group to WYD, please make sure you attend one of these training events:

(Please note that the Douglas Park event on 31 May has been cancelled)

Sunday 15 June, 10.00am to 4.00pm at Jamberoo Benedictine Abbey (Jamberoo Mountain Road, Jamberoo). Lunch, morning & afternoon tea are provided. RSVP by Monday 9 June.

Tuesday 24 June, 4.00pm to 7.00pm at St John the Evangelist Hall (Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown). Afternoon tea is provided. RSVP by Friday 20 June.

Thursday 26 June, 4.00pm to 7.00pm at The Venue (next to Holy Spirit College in Cawley Street, Bellambi). Afternoon tea is provided. RSVP by Friday 20 June.

WYD Pilgrim Retreat is now just one event:

The optional WYD Pilgrim Retreat will be an awesome day learning about pilgrimage, different ways of prayer, details of WYD week, hearing about people's experiences of WYD, eating great food, meeting new people, and more! (including optional bushwalking and prayers with the Benedictine nuns). This event is led by Sr Hilda Scott OSB.

Sunday 15 June 10.00am to 4.00pm at Jamberoo Benedictine Abbey, Jamberoo Mountain Road (RSVP by Monday 9 June)

All RSVP's to or 4253 0809.


Christy Honeysett

Youth & Young Adult Coordinator

Catholic Diocese of Wollongong


Thursday, May 22, 2008

FaithWorx: Spe Salvi - On Christian Hope

You are invited to a presentation of Pope Benedict XVI



On Christian Hope


"SPE SALVI facti sumus"—in hope we were saved, says Saint Paul to the Romans, and likewise to us (Rom 8:24). According to the Christian faith, "redemption"—salvation—is not simply a given. Redemption is offered to us in the sense that we have been given hope, trustworthy hope, by virtue of which we can face our present: the present, even if it is arduous, can be lived and accepted if it leads towards a goal, if we can be sure of this goal, and if this goal is great enough to justify the effort of the journey.

Now the question immediately arises: what sort of hope could ever justify the statement that, on the basis of that hope and simply because it exists, we are redeemed? And what sort of certainty is involved here?

Join us as Ray Reid explores the Papal Encyclical that seeks to answer these questions from a Christian perspective. What does the Pontiff say and how is this applicable to us in Australia.

When: Sunday, 25th May and Sunday 8th June, 6pm-8pm

Where: St John the Evangelist Hall, Meeting Room

Cordeaux St, Campbelltown

Cost: Gold coin donation


About the Presenter:

Campbelltown parishioner Ray Reid is a counselor with qualifications in social work, psychology and philosophy. He has strong interest in theology and spirituality. He has worked in Centacare agencies for nearly 30 years. His thesis for his Master's degree in social work was on the psychology of hope, and his understanding of the importance of hope has underpinned all his counseling work.



Monday, May 19, 2008

Trivia Night at Mary Immaculate Parish

WYD Trivia Night at Mary Immaculate Parish

WHEN: Saturday 24th May @ 6:30pm

WHERE: Mary Immaculate Parish Hall, Emerald Drive, Eagle Vale

COST: $10 each or $70 table of eight

BOOKINGS: Petrina on 0422 063 329

Special offers just announced - Volunteers and HomeStay

Hello everyone,

Sydney has requested that we assist them by circulating this message
throughout our networks.

Volunteer for WYD08 in Sydney

By becoming a volunteer you will help thousands of people enjoy Sydney
and the activities of WYD08 as well as help Sydney celebrate the
arrival of Pope Benedict XVI.

Special offer

Not only do you get to be part of the largest event in Australia's
history, just by volunteering you will:

· Have WYD08 registration paid for you to participate at
events you are not volunteering at, you'll also receive a special
volunteer's uniform

· On completing your commitment to work volunteer shifts, you
will receive an exclusive invitation to a special audience with Pope
Benedict XVI, where he will thank the 8000 volunteers for their work
and dedication before he leaves Australia

· Automatically go into the draw to win 2 tickets for the BridgeClimb

This offer is valid Friday 13 June, so don't miss out!

HomeStay Hosts during WYD08 week (relevant to Macarthur area in
Diocese of Wollongong)

This is your chance to play an important and rewarding role in
Sydney's hosting of the world's biggest youth event.

Special offer

Not only do you get to be part of the largest event in Australia's
history by welcoming young pilgrims into your home, just by becoming a
HomeStay host you will automatically:

· Get guaranteed access to Randwick Racecourse for the Final Mass

· Go into the draw to win:

- 2 tickets for BridgeClimb

- 2 seats in the VIP area at the Opening Mass

- 2 seats in the VIP area at the Final Mass

- 2 seats on pilgrim boats in the Papal Boat-a-cade

This offer is valid Friday 13 June, so don't miss out!

We are asking Homestay Hosts to volunteer to host pilgrims from
overseas - or from outside Sydney - from 14 July to 21 July 2008.

Pilgrims will be 18 years or older. Homestay Hosts are asked to
provide bed and breakfast (cold or hot) on a complimentary basis.

To become a HomeStay Host you can apply in one of two ways.

Register online or call 1300 993 793.

We look forward to your support for this important and exciting event.

Kind Regards

Selina Hasham

Information and Liaison Officer

World Youth Day Sydney 2008

t. +61 2 9390 5918

m.+61 (0) 419 639 742

f. +61 2 9390 5905

"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and
you will be my witnesses." Acts 1:8

Saturday, May 17, 2008

YMT will be at CYC this week!!!!

Hey all you fantastic people!
So I got a phone call while I was at uni yesterday and it was Alex from Youth Mission Team and they asked when was the best time for them to come up and I said whenever so they are coming
on Sunday!!!! For those of you who can't remember them- they were the guys that did the Rise Up Macarthur event- all the dramas and talks.
They are an awesome group of people and can't wait for you to meet them all....james, marshall, greg, annie, alex and celeste.
So CYC is on on Sunday...same time and place (6-8 @ st johns hall)
So wats planned:
WEll we are really getting down to the nitty gritty of WYD....can't u just feel it...SO EXCITED!!!!
Anyone have any suggestions about what to do...please dont hesitate to bring it up: a song u want to play, dance, games, something you wanna talk about, a prayer: anything really.....
Last chance to registrate...BBQ Bunnings organsiing for next weekend...WYD merch stall outside mass....
So bring your friends (please come too- teams heard so much about you (from josh and i) and were really inspired by our efforts at rise up and really wanna get to know you awesome people you make us us..CYC)
Anyone have any music/games/prayers to bring...bring it :D
Hope you guys have an awesome week....please please come on Sunday
Love you all and God Bless
Erin xox

UTS: Cardinal George Pell - 28 May

Cardinal George Pell - 28 May
Annual Lawyers and Ethics Eminent Speakers' Series,
University of Technology, Sydney
Haymarket Campus, Quay St (near Entertainment Centre car park)
Moot Court, Faculty of Law

The Annual Lawyers and Ethics Eminent Speakers' Series has been instituted within UTS:LAW in order to raise the profile of moral and ethical issues amongst university students in the 21st Century. Each year, an eminent intellectual with a public profile is invited to address students and staff on a challenging topic that raises questions and debate about the moral dimension of practicing law in Australia.

Cardinal George Pell will be presenting on the topic "Conscience: Do Lawyers need one?". He holds a Licentiate in Theology from Urban University, Rome (1967), a Masters Degree in Education from Monash University, Melbourne (1982), and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Church History from the University of Oxford (1971). He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, and was Visiting Scholar at Campion Hall, Oxford University, in 1979 and at St Edmund's College, Cambridge University, in 1983. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund's in 2003.

1:00 Welcome by Dean Jill McKeough

1:15 Cardinal George Pell address, "Conscience: Do Lawyers need one?"

2:00 Question & answer session


Saturday, May 10, 2008

Mary, Mother of God - Links

Mary, Mother of God - Links


Vatican -

EWTN - Fr. William G. Most

New Advent










Christ's Mother by the power of the Holy Spirit, 437, 456, 484-86, 723-26
the Church and
        active example and type of the Church, 967
        Church reaches towards perfection in, 829
        place in the mystery of the Church, 773, 963-72
        spiritual motherhood, 501

Mary in the economy of salvation
        Annunciation, 484, 490
        assent, 148, 490, 494
        Assumption, 966
        conception by the Holy Spirit, 437, 456, 484-86, 495, 723
        the Immaculate Conception, 490-93
        mediatrix of grace, 969
        predestination of, 488-89, 508
        preserved from sin, 411
        virginity, 496-98, 502-07
        visitation to Elizabeth as God's visitation to His people, 717
        works of the Holy Spirit, 721-26

Mary as exemplar
        of holiness, 2030
        of hope, 64
        of obedience of faith, 144, 148-49, 494
        of prayer in the "Fiat" and "Magnificat," 2617, 2619
        of union with the Son, 964
        and witness of faith, 165, 273

titles of Mary
        Advocate, Help, Benefactress, Mediatrix, 969
        Assumed into heaven, 966
        Eschatological icon of the Church, 967, 972
        Ever Virgin, 499-501
        Full of grace, 722, 2676
        Handmaid of the Lord, 510
        "Hodigitria" or "She shows the way," 2674
        Immaculate, 491-92
        Mother of Christ, 411
        Mother of the Church, 963-70
        Mother of God, 466, 495, 509
        Mother of the living, 494, 511
        The New Eve, 411
        "Panagia" or All Holy, 493
        Seat of Wisdom, 721

veneration of Mary
        faith concerning the veneration of Mary based on faith concerning Christ, 487
        liturgical feasts of, 2043, 2177
        in the liturgical year, 1172, 1370
        not adoration, 971
        prayer to, 2675-79
        respect for the name of, 2146




Friday, May 9, 2008

WYD Trivia Night at Mary Immaculate Parish

WYD Trivia Night at Mary Immaculate Parish

WHEN:      Saturday 24th May @ 6:30pm

WHERE:     Mary Immaculate Parish Hall, Emerald Drive, Eagle Vale

COST:       $10 each or $70 table of eight

BOOKINGS: Petrina on 0422 063 329 

More details below...  



Wednesday, May 7, 2008

FaithWorx - Mother's Day Saints Special - Mary, Mother of God

Join us this Sunday night for a Mother's Day Special

Mary, Mother of God



The Church's teaching concerning Mary and great devotion to her is very often misunderstood and even attacked by non-Catholic Christians, and is sometimes poorly understood even by Catholics.

The Catholic Church teaches that by a free decision of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary was elevated to become the Mother of His Son Jesus Christ and Jesus' worthy associate in redeeming mankind. She was prepared for this role by being preserved by God's grace from all sin, original and personal, throughout her entire life, and was rewarded at the end of her life for her cooperation with God's plan by being taken up, body and soul, into Heaven, where she reigns with her Son as Queen of the Universe, and whence she distributes to men all the graces which, with, through and under her Son, she helped to merit on Calvary.

On Mother's Day, in this month of Mary, join us to explore these teachings in more detail. What is the basis for the Church teaching about the Mother of God, Mary ever virgin, the immaculate conception, the assumption, and prayer to Mary and the Saints?


Sunday 11th May 6:30pm-8pm
St John the Evangelist Hall, Meeting Room
Cost: Gold coin donation


Friday, May 2, 2008

BIG CYC night...very special guest coming :D

Hey All,

Hope you have all had a great week and everything is fantastic! So its
that time of the week again...CYC!!! and this week we have a very
special guest coming...the world youth day coordinator for
wollongong...Christy Honeysett!!
she is a fantastic and inspiration person and will have something
awesome for you guys im sure.

I need you all to register on sunday...the internet will be available
and that way we can answer all your the regos close
the end of the month so we have to act quickly...they advise to pay
within three weeks of rego so hopefully we would have had our second
bbq, i can divvy up the
cash based on how many events you have been too and you guys then pay
the rest- and based on my calcs already the price is significantly
reduced :D

for those of you who are musically inclined- i have attached this
fantastic witnesses you'll be...check it out...its great! we
wanna add this to our regular meetings and music at youth
group would be if you guys want it...please put up your
hands and bring in your music and instruments :D

if you have any games or ideas about how we can make cyc better keep
throwing them at is your group!

So 6pm-8pm at the same place...if those of you wanna come to mass
before we can all sit together behind the band (Cathy and Keith will
be there), see you there!

i'll be speaking at ALL masses this weekend for homestay but im going
to plug CYC at the come and say hi and help me after mass to
convince people about how good WYD will be and how much we need their
help to make it happen!

Can't wait to see you all on Sunday...keep safe and happy

Your Sis in Christ