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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.