Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 4284 1635 to register or download a brochure from www.youth.dow.org.au 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
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!
PH: (02) 9390 5942
M: 0432 537 651
Polding Centre, 133 Liverpool St, Sydney 2000
Friday, October 10, 2008
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.
Level 11, 133 Liverpool St
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: (02) 9390 5300
Fax: (02) 9390 5306
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
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For further information, contact the Youth & Young Adult Coordinator on 4253 0809 or email@example.com
Youth & Young Adult Coordinator
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
Friday, October 3, 2008
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!
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.
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
INTERESTED IN YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY IN THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF WOLLONGONG?
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.
Youth & Young Adult Coordinator
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong