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John 13:34

love one another as I have loved you

John 13:34

Friday, July 25, 2008


Hello all my fantastic, beautiful brothers and sisters!!!!
HOW AWESOME WAS WYD!!!!!!!! JESUS was truly with us as a group...I felt him and I saw him move in you all...hearts changed...such a beautiful week wouldn't you all agree!
Hope you have all recovered...slept lots, recovered from your colds and sniffles I know you probably all have and are pumped for the future of our Catholic Faith....ready and pumped for CYC....ready and pumped to liven the life of our parish...ready and pumped to strengthen your love your faith for our AWESOME GOD!!! ready and pumped to meet him, to grow closer to him and in turn to each become a family! I hope the answer is a big fat YES!!! and big HERE I AM LORD!!!!
So there is a big THANKYOU BBQ at church from 1130-1pm on SUNDAY!!!! Please come! help me cook for all the beautiful volunteers who packed your lunch and supported us all
Then Mass @ 5pm...its time we all went to mass together...together we can show the parish we are there and ready! 6pm CYC!!!!!!
Bring with you all your ideas for CYC, WYD11, Youth MInistry and Involvement in the Mass, music retreats, games, outreach etc!
I was thinking we should get Brother John a Trophy! for being the awesome! wat do you all think...P.s I need money too!
LOve you all
Your Sis in Christ Always
E xoxo

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

TV & Radio Broadcast Schedule

CURRENT: As @08.07.08 – Schedule subject to change



Television Delivery

Television Event Schedule


Tuesday 15 July

15:00 – 15:30


Journey of the Cross

15:30 – 18:00


Cardinal Pell's Opening Mass

Wednesday 16 July

17:30 – 18:00

Highlights: Opening Mass

Thursday 17 July

14:00 – 14:30

Highlights: Cathechesis

14:30 – 17:30


Pope Benedict XVI – Arrival

17:30 – 18:00

Pilgrim's Walkabout – Ep 1

Friday 18 July

14:30 – 15:00

Highlights: Pope's Arrival

15:00 – 18:00

LIVE: Stations of the Cross

Saturday 19 July

17:30 – 18:00


Stations of the Cross

Sunday 20 July

09:15 – 12:30

LIVE: Papal Mass

12:30 – 13:30

Highlights: Papal Vigil

19:30 – 20:00

Highlights: Papal Mass

Monday 21 July

17:00 – 18:00


WYD Celebrations

Radio Delivery

Radio Event Schedule

Tuesday 15 July

Live Cross

Opening Mass

Thursday 17 July


Papal Arrival

Friday 18 July


Stations of the Cross

Saturday 19 July

Live Cross


Live Cross


Sunday 20 July


Papal Mass

Monday, July 7, 2008

Faith & Life Update - Catholic Diocese of Wollongong - July 08

Catholic Diocese of Wollongong - Faith & Life Update - July 2008
Dear friend in faith,
Upcoming News and Events
Our World Youth Day website is your primary source of news for what is happening in our region for World Youth Day. In particular, I encourage your attendance on our Living Justly Day (11 July) and at the Everything Aussie Day (12 July). Flyers for both events are attached.
Click here for a complete listing of both upcoming events and Bishop Peter's recent articles.
The current issue of our diocesan newsletter, Journey, may be found here.
Help required to welcome our international pilgrims
Help is still needed to ensure our international pilgrims are welcomed and looked after at our diocesan gatherings (Wollongong, Nowra, Varroville). Our need is particularly for Friday, 11 July (Welcoming, serving, group leading: Living Justly Day - day and evening) and Saturday, 12 July (Lifting/moving: 3.30pm � 5.30pm; 8.30pm � 10.30pm; Sunday morning). If you can help in any of the above areas, even for an hour, please contact Jane Edwards on 4253 0899 or Please share this call for help through your networks. Of course, whether or not you can help, I encourage you to participate and invite others. Both Friday and Saturday will be memorable days!
Youth News
As the World Youth Day excitement mounts, we might also be asking what will be happening for pilgrims and other inspired young people after the event? I attach a "pics and flicks" poster which you may wish to put up on a community notice board or give to a young person that you know. Other initiatives can be found in our current issue of Journey or on our new youth and young adult website.

Support is at hand � Parish Services Team
Bishop Peter is keen that our parishes receive strong support. The demands on priests and parishioners is increasing as more people seek to share in their Baptismal mission. Our parish services team is available to assist parish initiatives and link you to parishes who may have been through similar initiatives or put you in touch with appropriate resources. When requested, we can offer formation in areas such as prayer groups, stewardship, sacramental preparation, pastoral planning, pastoral councils, liturgy, RCIA, youth groups, evangelisation approaches and adult faith teams. Our members include Eileen Brown sgs (liturgy), Christy Honeysett (youth), Daniel Hopper (WYD), Frances Van Leerdam (IT, Finance and Administration), Libbey Byrne rsc, Kim Mannix and myself.
Where to for you - post WYD?
There are some great initiatives happening post WYD, but what are your hopes and dreams? how have you been inspired and what may you be looking for on the road ahead? Please share your thoughts and we may be able assist and to connect you with others.
Network of Adult Faith Formation
A number of those receiving this email are associated with a network of adult faith formation. Network members and others interested in adult faith formation will be interested to know we are continuing negotiations with Brisbane Archdiocese to secure the use of the Beginning Theology for our diocese. This offers small groups an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of faith with a mentor over a number of sessions. I will keep you informed and would be delighted if you would like to be part of a pilot group.
Reconnect, Rewired and Pastoral Letter
You may have read or picked up the recent pastoral letter from the Australian Bishops. This is of particular to interest to us, as it seeks to address the question of how we share the Good News with others. I would be delighted to hear of your own insights and experiences in this area. World Youth Day is a terrific time to engage in conversations about our faith. If you are interested in running a Reconnect Program or something similar, we can also offer support.
Faith & Life Guide
World Youth Day offers a spotlight onto the Catholic world. Therefore, it is timely that our six-monthly Faith & Life guide has been produced. Available here. Features include:
       Mass times and parish and school contact details;
       monthly faith and life events which can be reproduced and enlarged for display on noticeboards;
       a directory of diocesan agencies, works, councils, faith groups and services.
I suggest that local communities approach hotels, clubs and other businesses to ask if a copy can be placed on display. Visitors to these venues sometimes seek Mass times and other information. Of course, this is also a great opportunity to evangelise!
Hard copies available upon request. (Parishioners please check with your parish priest first to avoid duplication).
Please let us know what is happening in your local area
Our Parish Services Team is happy to support any local initiatives you may be planning or to connect you with others who may have explored a similar pathway. Remember that the diocesan website is another good resource and can be used to post details of upcoming events.
May Christ remain our inspiration and our way.

Richard McMahon
Director of Parish Services
02 4253 0976

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Homestay final information

All Homestay Hosts

We are writing to you to invite you to a very important information meeting to be held in St John's hall on Sunday the 6th of July at 6pm.
The meeting will be an opportunity to provide you with the latest information about "Homestay" and enable you to put any questions or concerns about the programme.
At the meeting we will supply you with specific information about the pilgrims staying with you, during WYD2008, such as names, race, gender and arrival times. Information packs have been prepared and will be given to you.
The response to the invitation to the Pope's Mass has been fantastic with over 95% of people accepting. We will issue the passes, to those taking up the offer, at the meeting.
Light refreshments will be available after the meeting.
The Campbelltown Homestay Coordinators are very excited as WYD is now so close and we are looking forward to seeing you all again.
Thank you, once again, for your generosity.
God Bless

Dianne Byrnes   46261384
Marcia  Majarich   46261293
Laurie & Margaret McGuiness 46257516
Pat & Mick Webb    46285558

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Youth Festival Program Now Available

The Youth Festival program for World Youth Day Week is now available on the Sydney WYD website (English only):



"Everything Aussie Festival" - 12.30pm sat 12 July, Lang park Wollongong

"WYD Commissioning Mass" - 5.15pm WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong




WYD08 Sydney: Latest Releases

Good Afternoon, there's more news from WYD Sydney office!

Please find below the latest releases from WYD08:

  • Over 450 free concerts, art exhibitions, forums, talks and more as Youth Festival celebrates World Youth Day (here)
  • From creation to the Da Vinci Code - World Youth Day forums tackle the big issues (here)
  • World Youth Day week jam-packed with fun for families (here)

Kind regards


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Region Ready to Welcome the World

As the World Youth Day (WYD) Cross and Icon departed Wollongong on the final leg of its pilgrimage to Sydney, the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong announced a program of local events for visiting international pilgrims that has been put together to showcase our world-renowned Aussie hospitality and provide an unforgettable experience for both visitors and locals.

Known as 'Days in the Dioceses', the program is described as a four day cultural celebration to be held in the week leading up to WYD08.

Close to 2,000 international pilgrims will be based across the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands from 10-14 July, with 7,000 visitors expected to visit Wollongong for the local WYD festivities – the largest number of visitors at any one time in the history of the region.

WYD pilgrims will be arriving from over 20 countries including the USA, Italy, Germany, England, France, Poland, Syria, Latvia, The United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Columbia and Brazil.


FaithWorx in recess for WYD

FaithWorx will be taking a recess to allow everyone to focus on the excitement of WYD in the coming weeks.
We will return after WYD with the next in the series of Theology of the Body.
Only 14 days to WYD!!!


Dear friends,

A major highlight of the forthcoming WYD08 celebrations is the VINNIES WORLD YOUTH 4 JUSTICE CONCERT taking place following the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI to Barangaroo, Darling Harbour on July 17th 2008 from 6pm.