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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

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