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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"There is nothing so strong as gentleness and there is nothing so gentle as real strength."
St. Francis de Sales

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"How do I hear and follow the will of God, today, tomorrow and everyday?" (Madonna Magazine December 20th, 2009)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. " John Wooden

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"The only way the Church can live up to its calling and get ready for the coming of the Lord is to respond to His coming day in and day out with His coming in the poor and suffering." (The Little Blue Book)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Position Vacant: Coordinator of Parish Services



Faith and Life News | Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
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POSITION VACANT

COORDINATOR OF PARISH SERVICES
Diocese of Wollongong

The Bishop of Wollongong, Most Reverend Peter Ingham, invites applications for the position of Coordinator of Parish Services for the Diocese of Wollongong. The successful applicant will assume duties as soon as possible.

The Coordinator will be a member of the Parish Services Team in the Office of the Bishop which seeks to effectively serve the needs of the parishes. The Parish Services Team includes the Liturgy Coordinator, the Youth and Young Adult Coordinator and the Pastoral Planning Coordinator. The Coordinator of Parish Services will be responsible to the Director of Parish Services.

The successful applicant will have:

A strong commitment to the Catholic faith and active involvement in the life of the Church

  • A spirit of prayerful discernment
  • The ability to articulate clearly the place of the parish as an integral component of the Church's evangelising mission
  • Proven leadership experience in collaborating with parish priests, parish staff and parish communities in shaping and implementing this vision
  • An understanding of current issues in the Church in Australia in relation to parish life and ministry
  • The skill to plan and implement new areas of parish activity in response to parish and Diocesan needs
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • A commitment to pursuing and promoting Stewardship as a way of living Christian discipleship in the individual, parish and Diocesan context
  • A commitment to collaborative processes
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications (preferably in the areas of theology and/or parish ministry).

An information package can be obtained by emailing jane.edwards@dow.org.au or by contacting Jane Edwards on (02) 4253 0900. Applications must include the names and contact details for at least three referees, one of whom must be your Parish Priest, and should be addressed to The Director of Parish Services PO Box 1239 Wollongong NSW 2500. Applications close on Friday, 11 December 2009.

The position of Coordinator of Parish Services is 'child related employment'. The preferred applicant for employment will be subject to employment screening.


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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Youth Ministry News - November 2009


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News for Young People in the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
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Greetings to you all!

It's hard to believe that Advent is almost upon us – where did the year go?  But never fear there are still things you can get involved in this year as well as a smorgasbord of events to put on your calendar for 2010.

Plans are shaping up for a Diocesan Youth Mass to kick-start the year on February 6.  You are invited to join Bishop Peter as we celebrate Eucharist together 'in the vineyards' at Mittagong.  With the spectacular backdrop of rows of grapes almost ready for harvest, let's celebrate the incredible gift of being young and being Catholic.

Keep reading… and make sure you mark your calendars!  I hope you have a wonderful Advent as you prepare with family and friends for the beautiful feast of Christmas.

Feel free to contact me at anytime (4253 0809 or loretta.brinkman@woll.catholic.org.au), especially if you have news that you would like included in this newsletter.

Peace, Loretta


Born For This
Lent 2010 is shaping up to be an incredible experience of immersion into the story of the Passion.  Throughout the Diocese we will be touring a production of Born For This to schools and parishes.  See the information below about auditions and think about getting involved.  To make this happen we need a cast of young talented people just like you!  Go on, be a part of it!

Y God will keep the Y generation asking questions throughout the year in a series of gatherings for young adults to discuss and ponder the issues of today and the challenge of living Christian values in a world of competing values.  Together we will seek answers to the eternal question - Y God!  You are invited to join in this conversation each month at 3pm on Sunday afternoon.  Come along, hear what others have to say and debate, affirm or just listen and ponder.

NB.  Even if you are not quite Gen Y, feel free to come along if you are aged between 16 and 35.

Word and Deed | Gospel based resource for young people
Word and Deed are produced for use by youth groups but can be used by anyone who wishes to reflect on the Sunday gospels.  They include Leader's Sheet that include, music and liturgical suggestions and fun activities as well as reproducible handouts for group participants.
Available for download from www.dow.org.au/youth from November 23.

The Lord is Near | 2009 Advent Resource Guide
This year's program is for group or personal use. It is full colour and features reflections on the four Sundays of Advent, a personal examination of conscience leading into 2010, and ideas and prayers for the Advent and Christmas Seasons. If you would like to order a copy, contact Jane Edwards on 4253 0899 as soon as possible. Only $1 per copy.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY…

NOVEMBER

Saturday 28th
Waiting in Joyful Hope
Advent Retreat for Youth and Young Adults (16-35)
10am-3pm | St Mary's Star of the Sea
166 Fern Street, Gerringong
Cost: $5 donation
RSVP: Catriona | youth@stpaulsparish.org.au | 0422 201 054


DECEMBER 2009

Saturday 5th
Born For This Auditions
In Lent 2010 the Diocese of Wollongong will be staging a touring production of Born For This, a moving, modern theatrical interpretation of the Stations of the Cross.  We are seeking all young people (16-30) who would like to take part in bringing this story of faith to life in schools and parishes across the Diocese.  Auditions will be held on Saturday, December 5 at Mary Immaculate Parish Hall, Eagle Vale (10.30am-12.30pm) and the Cathedral Meeting Room, Wollongong (3.00pm-5.00pm).  Further details regarding auditions, rehearsals and performances are available at
www.dow.org.au/youth.

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iWitness 2009
iWitness is a Conference for young adults aged 16-30 who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and having a good time.  There will be opportunities to take part in the Sacraments, pray, discuss and ask questions.  Speakers include Cardinal Pell, Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, Hayden Ramsay, Jonathan Doyle, Sr Mary Madeline OP, Fr Anthony Percy & Anna Krohn.
Details:
www.lifetothefull.com.au or email iwitness2009@gmail.com


JANUARY

10-17
Summer School of Evangelisation
The Disciples of Jesus Summer School provides a chance to retreat for a week into the powerful experience of the Holy Spirit of God. This Spirit opens up the possibilities for conversion, deepening faith, peace, healing, joy, freedom and passion for the gospel of Jesus.  Lectures (and seminars) are given by those with formal theological training and/or extensive personal experience of faith and Christian Community. Lecture topics include Scripture, Understanding Catholic teaching, Vision for Evangelisation, Living as a Disciple, Prayer, Apologetics. You will also experience a vibrant and rich experience of communal and personal prayer including Charismatic praise and worship, the Divine Office, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Adoration and personal prayer.
More information and registration at
www.summerschool.org.au


FEBRUARY

Saturday 6th
Mass in the Vineyards
Diocesan Youth Mass
6pm | The Hermitage
Old South Road, Mittagong
BYO Blanket

Tuesday 16th
Born For This | Premiere
7.30pm | Mary Immaculate Church
Emerald Drive, Eagle Vale
Ticket information will be available at www.dow.org.au/youth early 2010

Sunday 21st
Y God
February topic - Love in the Age of Facebook: Relationships in the 21st Century
3pm | Venue TBA

Friday 26th
Born For This
7.30pm | St Paul's Church
Tongarra Road,
Albion Park
Ticket information will be available at www.dow.org.au/youth early 2010


MARCH

Friday 5th
Born For This
7.30pm | St Thomas Aquinas Church
Bendooley Street, Bowral
Ticket information will be available at www.dow.org.au/youth early 2010

Friday 12th
Born For This
7.30pm | St Paul's Church
John Street, Camden
Ticket information will be available at www.dow.org.au/youth early 2010

Friday 19th
Born For This
7.30pm | St Michael's Parish Hall
North Street, Nowra
Ticket information will be available at www.dow.org.au/youth early 2010

Sunday 21st
Y God
(3rd Sunday of each month, Feb-Nov)
March topic – Neighbourhood Watch: Asylum Seekers & Refugees
3pm | Venue TBA

Saturday 27th
Born For This | Final Performance
3.00pm | St Francis Xavier Cathedral
Harbour Street,
Wollongong
Ticket information will be available at www.dow.org.au/youth early 2010

Saturday 27th
World Youth Day 2010 Mass
6pm | St Francis Xavier Cathedral


Later in 2010...

August 15 |
1 Year to Madrid
October 1-2 | Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention, Melbourne
3rd Sunday of each month | Y God


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Monday, November 23, 2009

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"Treat the poor with great respect, not only as equals, but as superiors, for they are suffering much more than we. Poor persons are the messengers of God to us, sent to prove our love, and to save us by our work for them." Rose Hawthorne Lathrop

Friday, November 20, 2009

God Said No

I asked God to take away my habit.
God said, No.
It is not for me to take away,
but for you to give it up.


I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said, No.
His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.


I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, No. Patience is a byproduct of tribulations;
it isn't granted, it is learned.


I asked God to give me happiness..
God said, No.
I give you blessings;
Happiness is up to you.


I asked God to spare me pain.
God said, No.
Suffering draws you apart from
worldly cares and brings you closer to me.


I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said, No.
You must grow on your own,
but I will prune you to make you fruitful.


I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said, No.
I will give you life,
so that you may enjoy all things.


I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me.
God said... Ahhhh, Yes!
finally you have the idea.


(Original source unknown)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Faithworx Sunday November 29th, 2009.

On Sunday evening, November 29th, Faithworx in conjunction with the Macarthur Catholic Social Justice Network extend an open invitation to everyone to a showing of the Film “Entertaining Angels”, in the parish hall. 6pm for 6.30pm. Entertaining Angels is about the ministry of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement. This day being the anniversary of the death of Dorothy Day in 1980. Please bring a plate. Tea and coffee supplied. For further information and RSVP contact Brother Michael on 4620 6047 or Robyn on 0438 207 394.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"Jesus called his disciples together and said to them: ‘ I tell you that this poor widow put more in the offering box than all the others."Mark 12:43

Monday, November 2, 2009

Faith and Life enewsletter October 2009



Faith and Life News | Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
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Welcome to our October edition of Faith and Life News. I highly recommend the e-conference on Luke (4 November). We are not often treated to such high quality speakers for the cost of a gold coin donation! Advent is also around the corner. You may wish to consider our Diocesan Advent Program – The Lord is Near (also for the cost of $1). Details below.

Peace
Richard McMahon



NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

4 November
Year of St Luke National E-Conference.
Catholic Church Offices Wollongong 10.00am – 3.30pm
Following the success of the St Paul eConference in June which saw an estimated 10,000 participants across Australia, another has been scheduled to celebrate the Year of St Luke. Hear from expert scripture scholars: Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Dr Elizabeth Dowling RSM. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided. BYO lunch or make use of nearby cafes and restaurants. To Register contact Kim Mannix by Monday 2 November 4253 0985 or email kim.mannix@woll.catholic.org.au. No registration fee. Gold coin donation appreciated.

150th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS St Paul's Camden. As part of parish celebrations internationally renowned concert pianist, Eric Genuis will be performing on Friday, 13 November at St Paul's Church, Camden, 7.00pm. For more information contact Trish 4655 8578, Neisha 4657 1965 or Kris 0425 337 440. Eric will also be performing at Eagle Vale on 6 November, Ingleburn on 7 November, Ruse on 8 November, Campbelltown on 9 November Varroville on 16 November and Rosemeadow on 18 November. Tickets: Adult $20.00, Concession $15.00 or Family $50.00.


November Events

1 November
WAY OF THE CROSS FOR ALL SOULS. "Maryfields", 168 Narellan Road, Campbelltown. The Franciscan Friars invite all to join them to pray for deceased parents, relatives and friends. They also invite various national groups to conduct the Way of the Cross in their own language during the month at a time suitable to them. Contact the Friars on 4626 2400.

2 November
All Souls Night
St Patrick's Parish, Port Kembla. 7.00pm

2 November – 8 November
The Art of Praying
Six day guided retreat
Fr Chris Chaplin msc. St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park. 4630 9159

6 – 8 November
MERCY JUSTICE CONFERENCE: "Embrace the Other and Welcome Difference…."
Queanbeyan Conference Centre.
Cost $300 (includes lunch, morning and afternoon teas on both days and dinner on Saturday evening). Contact Carmel Heagerty RSM on 0408 426 876, email Institute.Justice@mercy.org.au or visit www.mercy.org.au

6 – 8 November
The Art of Praying
Prayer weekend
Fr Chris Chaplin msc. St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park. 4630 9159

7 November
Good News Community meet at St John's Parish Hall, 35 Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown. 1.00pm – 5.00pm. Come along and have some fun and make new friends. Activities include ten pin bowling, golf driving range, karaoke, snooker, craft and boot scootin'. Contact Sr Jeanie 4654 8709 or email jheininger@materdei.org.au

7 November
"Let us approach the Table of the Word of God"
Day Retreat
Fr Gerard Moran ocd. Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville. 9603 1433

9 November
Spirituality in the Pub. Jamberoo Hotel
7.30pm. Contact Gabrielle Fogarty 4232 2735 or email gfogarty@exemail.com.au

10, 17 & 24 November
Partnership Course (Marriage and relationships)
Wollongong. 6.30pm – 9.30pm. Enquiries 4254 9316

11 November
ST THOMAS MORE'S FORUM: "Food Security – One of the Greatest Social Justice Challenges in Today's World" presented by Hon Tony Burke, Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. 7.30pm – 9.30pm. St Thomas More Hall, 30 White Crescent, Campbell ACTfollowed by a light supper. Tel 6201 9814 or sttmforum@homemail.com.au

13 November
Life Ascending Bookclub
Study of books related to religion. Life Ascending is specifically for the age group (over 45). Insights are shared on books which the group have decided to read. Contact Simonette Bunder 4227 5637

13 – 15 November
The 'Psychological' Dimension of the Spiritual Life
Share St John of the Cross' profound insights into the human person and the soul.
Mount Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville 9603 1433

13 – 21 November
Directed Retreat
A time spent in silence with my God. A time when God takes me from where I am in my persona relationship with him and leads me deeper into intimacy with him. Daily meeting with prayer companion, daily celebration of Eucharist and opportunity for the celebration of Reconciliation. St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park. 4630 9159

14 November
Catechist Mass. Confraternity of Christian Doctrine
St John Vianney's Church, Fairy Meadow. 2.00pm.
Illawarra and Shoalhaven contact Leonie Green on 4285 0916. Macarthur and Southern Highlands contact Marie Dubay on 4640 8550

21 – 26 November
Six day directed Retreat
This retreat is an opportunity for those who would like a personally directed retreat with an experienced spiritual director. Each director will be limited to four people. Arrive evening 20 Nov and departed after breakfast 27 Nov. Cost $85.00 per night, full accommodation. Early bird $60.00 per night, full accommodation. Facilitators: Mary d'Apice rscj, Bettery McMahon rscj, Philomene Tiernan rscj, Susan Ross rscj and Janette Murray. Kerever Park Spirituality Centre, Burradoo. Contact 4861 2075

23 November – 1 December
Directed Retreat
A time spent in silence with my God. A time when God takes me from where I am in my persona relationship with him and leads me deeper into intimacy with him. Daily meeting with prayer companion, daily celebration of Eucharist and opportunity for the celebration of Reconciliation. St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park. 4630 9159

27 November
Prayer Around the Cross. Uniting Church, Berry Albert Street
Drawing inspiration from the prayers and music of Taize in France. 7.30pm. All welcome to come for a light meal before prayer at 6.00pm. Contact Gabrielle Fogarty on 4232 2735 or email gfogarty@exemail.com.au

27 – 29 November
Praying the Our Father with St Teresa
"Draw near, then, to this good Master with strong determination to learn what he teaches you, and His Majesty will so provide that you will turn out to be good disciples." We will continue our meditation upon and pray the Lord's Prayer with St Teresa.
Fr Aloysius Rego OCD. Mount Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville 9603 1433


Other Information

ADVENT PROGRAM
. If you would like to order the 2009 Advent Resource Guide – The Lord is Near please contact Jane Edwards on 4253 0899 as soon as possible. This year's program is for group or personal use. It is full colour and features reflections on the four Sunday's of Advent, a personal examination of conscience leading into 2010, and ideas and prayers for the Advent and Christmas Seasons. Cost is $1 per copy. Parishioners should check with their parish priest before ordering to avoid doubling up.

REQUESTS FOR NURSES TO WORK IN DEVELOPING COMMUNITIES
Uganda: a trained nurse has been requested to work in a large regional hospital in South Eastern Uganda. Ethiopia:Palms have a request for a volunteer to train and supervise nursing students in a nursing college / hospital in a rural area about an hour from Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. We also have requests for doctors and midwives in other regional areas of Ethiopia. Timor-Leste: Palms have a request for a Registered Nurse or Doctor to work in a regional area running a mobile health clinic, providing much needed health services to the rural population. The volunteer would also likely be involved in nutrition programs for school aged children. For information about any of the above or other positions, and further enquiry about the work that Palms Australia is engaged in please contactBenjamin Oh on 9518 9551 or email ben@palms.org.au or visit www.palms.org.au

Christian Meditation. A new group is starting from 20 October, 5.15pm Tuesdays in the Blessed Scalabrini Room, behind Sacred Heart Church, Stewart Street, Wollongong. For further information please contact Margaret on 4243 1377 or Cathy on 0448 712915. Regular group 7pm, Mondays, St Therese Church, West Wollongong. Contact Monica on 42 61 5600 or Cathy 0448 712915.

POSITION VACANT. Manager, The House of Welcome is a project of the NSW Ecumenical Council assisting refugees and asylum seekers with the provision of transitional accompaniment and support services (including houses) as they settle into the Australian community. To obtain an information package, including position criteria or to apply (asap) email thow@tpg.com.au or telephone 9727 9290. Also see www.thow.com.au


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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"To Love Another Person Is To See The Face Of God." (from the finale of Les Miserables)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life." Nelson Mandela February, 2005.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Nagle Centre Trivia Night October 2009

The Trivia Night Friday 23rd October. 7pm. Cost $10.00 per person.

Venue St John's Hall next to Catholic Church Cordeaux Street Campbelltown.

Contact Jenny at the Nagle Centre to book a seat or table.

02 4628 2928.

 


Nagle Centre Trivia Night October 2009

The Trivia Night Friday 23rd October. 7pm. Cost $10.00 per person.

Venue St John's Hall next to Catholic Church Cordeaux Street Campbelltown.

Contact Jenny at the Nagle Centre to book a seat or table.

02 4628 2928.

 


Social Justice Thought For The Week

"If one of you wants to be great, he must be the servant of the rest; and if one of you wants to be first, he must be the servant of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served; he came to serve and to give his life to redeem many people." Mark 10:43-45

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Youth Ministry News - October 2009


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News for Young People in the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
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Greetings!  We are at the juncture of the year where some of us are relaxing on white sandy beaches enjoying holidays, whilst others are spending every waking moment studying for upcoming exams, and many of us are simply maintaining the status quo.  Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I pray that you know that our God is right there with you!

If you do have some time to squeeze in something more there is plenty to choose from.  From conversations and conferences to celebrations and chit-chat, there is something for everyone.  Check out all the upcoming events listed below.

Also, can I encourage you to check out this year's Social Justice Statement from the Australian Catholic Bishops – it's about you!  "And You Will Be My Witnesses: Young People and Justice" reflects back on the challenge Pope Benedict left to us all at the conclusion of World Youth Day 08 – "What will you leave to the next generation?  What difference will you make?" The Statement and associated resources can be downloaded at www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au

If you would like any further information or if you think I can help out in any way please do not hesitate to contact me on 4253 0809 or email youth@dow.org.au.

Peace,
Loretta


OCTOBER 2009

JESUS ALL ABOUT LIFE

Why Jesus?  Why the Church?  Join the Conversation.

  • Evenings include music, supper and discussion – 7:30pm-9:00pm
  • Tuesday 20 – All Saints Parish, Cnr Bradman & King St, Warilla
  • Thursday 22 – Ss Peter & Paul Parish, 94 Manning St, Kiama
  • Tuesday 27 -  St John the Evangelist Parish, Cordeaux St, Campbelltown
  • Thursday 29 – Mary Mother of the Church Parish, 58 Edgar St, Macquarie Fields

23-25 Oct
You Were Born For This -
Young Men Rise Up National Conference

The 2009 Conference will feature dynamic talks, brotherhood, vibrant music and moving ministry sessions.  Speakers include Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Fr Chris Ryan, Jonathan & Karen Doyle, Paul Osborne, Byron Pirola, Jared Crouch and Fr Ken Barker.

Registrations are open to men aged 16-35 years
Collaroy Centre, Collaroy
$170 (inclusive of meals and accommodation)
More details at www.ymgmovement.org

Friday 29
Youth Mission Team Wollongong
ETERNAL CHANGE BALL 2009

7pm-Midnight
@WIN Stadium, Home of the St George Dragons
Cnr of Crown & Harbour Streets, Wollongong
Dress: Formal
Tickets: $75 (Includes 3 course fine dining experience + Pre dinner drinks + 11 piece jazz band "Pockets Full of Soul" + Special guest MC Jason Stevens + Live Auction + Giveaways)
Call Cath on 0431 259 389
100% proceeds to Youth Mission Team Wollongong


NOVEMBER 2009

Wednesday 4
St Luke: Come to the Table
Year of St Luke National E-Conference

Presenters: Archbishop Mark Coleridge & Dr Elizabeth Dowling RSM
Hook into this great faith formation opportunity via your own computer!
Details: Virginia Ryan, 9847 0556 or vryan@bbi.catholic.edu.au

Friday 6 and 13
Sam Clear Speaking Tour

7pm – 9pm
St Mary's Star of the Sea, 15 Harbour Street, Wollongong
This young Australian missionary walked 15,500km on foot from Brazil to Canada and from Moscow to Spain, inviting Christians the world over to pray for one another, and for the complete unity of the church in truth and in love. Threatened at gun-point, held at knife-point, beaten up, arrested, hospitalised and encounters with dangerous animals, come and watch the footage, view the photos and listen to the story of this epic journey as it unfolded and how God provided in the most astounding ways. An incredible 90min seminar that both inspires and challenges.
Details: Kristen on 02 4284 6600. A $5 donation is recommended to cover costs.
To view the original weekly blogs as the walk unfolded go to www.ymt.com.au/walk4one

Saturday 14
A Woman for all Seasons

9am-3pm
$20 (please do not let financial constraints deter your attendance)
Featuring a keynote address by Sr Robyn Reynolds olsh, a panel of women speakers and a variety of fantastic workshops, this is an opportunity to dialogue about issues for women in the Church today through a creative exploration of the theme.
Details: http://dow.org.au/news/a-woman-for-all-seasons
RSVP: Jane Edwards 4253 0899 or jane.edwards@woll.catholic.org.au


DECEMBER 2009

3-6
iWitness 2009

iWitness is a Conference for young adults aged 16-30 who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and having a good time.  There will be opportunities to take part in the Sacraments, pray, discuss and ask questions.  Speakers include Cardinal Pell, Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, Hayden Ramsay, Jonathan Doyle, Sr Mary Madeline OP, Fr Anthony Percy & Anna Krohn.
Details: www.lifetothefull.com.au or email iwitness2009@gmail.com

Saturday 12
St Vincent de Paul Buddies Day

A day of fun for kids who need a break!  Volunteer and make a difference.
Training will be undertaken in November.
Details: Jeannine Ashton – 4627 9013 or email jeannine@svdpwgong.org.au


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Social Justice Thought For The Week

"Jesus looked straight at him with love and said: 'You need only do one thing. Go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor and you will have riches in Heaven; then come follow me.'(Mark 10:21)

Friday, October 9, 2009

A powerful prayer

Father, I ask you to bless my friends, relatives and those that I care deeply for, who are reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain, give them your peace and mercy. Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through your grace. Where there is need, I ask you to fulfill their needs. Bless their homes, families, finances, their goings and their comings. In Jesus' precious name. Amen.




Monday, October 5, 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009

Faith & Life e-newsletter October 2009


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Faith and Life News | Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
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Welcome to our October edition of the e-Faith and Life News.  There are some special happenings this month which we list below.  Please also be aware of:

Jesus. All About Life Campaign
An ecumenical initiative of the Bible Society supported by Catholics and other Christians. The TV ad can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-jGnTQDQj4  A guide to the program has been prepared by this office to assist people in understanding the program and enabling them to speak to others about our Catholic faith. A list of commonly asked questions to Catholics has been placed on our website. We are also holding regional evenings to assist any enquirers. (see below)

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: WHY JESUS? WHY THE CHURCH?
What do you think life is all about? Share your point of view with others. Invite a friend. Evenings open to church going and non-church going Catholics, and to non-Catholics alike. When? Tuesday, 20 October Sacred Heart Church, cnr Bradman Ave and King St, Warilla, Thursday, 22 October Ss Peter & Paul Parish, Manning St, Kiama, Tuesday, 27 October St John the Evangelist Parish, Cordeaux St, Campbelltown, Thursday, 29 October Mary Mother of the Church Parish, Edgar St, Macquarie Fields.  Gatherings include supper and discussion.  7.30pm – 9.00pm. These diocesan evenings are being run in conjunction with the Jesus. All About Life Campaign.

Advent Program: The Lord is Near
This year's advent resource guide offers the complete Gospel text and reflection questions for each week of Advent. It also suggests Christmas gifts which go to supporting Catholic works and other charities. Prayers for the home are also included. It costs $1 per copy. See attached.

Lenten Program: Do You Love Me?
The 2010 Diocesan Lenten Program considers our call to serve and be served by Jesus Christ. Order forms will be available by November.

YEAR OF ST LUKE E-CONFERENCE
Following the success of the Year of Paul e-conference, the Broken Bay Institute has scheduled another e-conference for Wednesday 4 November. The theme is the Liturgical Year of Luke. You may be interested in connected in with this online event. See www.bbi.catholic.edu.au for details.

SOCIAL JUSTICE STATEMENT
The Australian Bishops' 2009 Statement is titled: 'And You Will Be My Witnesses'. During World Youth Day 2008, Australia saw thousands of young Christians inspired by the Holy Spirit. Yet many young people are marginalised, excluded and deprived of dignity. The Bishops recall the challenge of Pope Benedict – 'What will you leave to the next generation? What difference will you make?' – and present it again to all Australians, young and old. The Statement can be accessed via the Australian Social Justice Council website http://www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au/

7 October
MISSION DRIVEN PARISH AND DIOCESE: THE SPIRITUALITY & PRACTICE OF MISSION
.  Public lecture series by Professor Roger Schroeder SVD from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.  Wednesday, 7 October, 7.00pm – 9.00pm.  To be held in the Crypt, St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney.

9 – 11 October
Praying with the Senses
Guided retreat.  Presenters: Megan Donohue olsh and Margaret Fahey olsh
Hartzer Park Centre, Burradoo
Contact 4861 3223 hartzprk@bigpond.net.au

9 – 17 October
Life's Healing Journey
St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park. 4630 9159

9 – 17 October
Directed Retreat
A time spent in silence with my God.  A time when God takes me from where I am in my personal relationship with him and leads me deeper into intimacy with him.  Daily meeting with prayer companion, daily celebration of Eucharist and opportunity for the celebration of Reconciliation. St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park. 4630 9159

10 October
Day Retreat - Desiring God's Will
We will explore the issues and dynamics of opening up to God's will in our life. Fr Aloysius Rego OCD.  Mount Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville 9603 1433

12  - 18 October
Week Retreat - A Week with St Teresa
This week will be a contemplative time in which we will explore how St Teresa of Avila speaks with wisdom and insight to us in our lives today.  Fr Greg Burke OCD.  Mount Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville 9603 1433

23 - 25 October
Young Men Rise Up
 - "You were born for this!" The Young Men of God National Conference will be held in Sydney.  Young Men of God is an Australian movement of young Catholic men living life to the full. The 2009 Conference will feature dynamic talks, brotherhood, vibrant music and moving ministry sessions. "You Were Born For This" is specially designed to form and empower men to be everything God has destined them to be. Speakers will include Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Fr Chris Ryan, Jonathan & Karen Doyle, Paul Osborne, Byron Pirola, Jared Crouch and Fr Ken Barker. Venue: Collaroy Centre, Homestead Ave, Collaroy Beach. Cost: $170 incl meals and accomm. Registrations: open to men aged 16-35 years. Contact Luke O'Connor 0437 842 272 or Ben O'Heir 0410 401 763 or email conference@ymgmovement.org.

18 or 25 October
Catechist Sunday
Illawarra and Shoalhaven contact Leonie Green on 4285 0916.  Macarthur and Southern Highlands contact Marie Dubay on 4640 8550

19 - 25 October
Knit to God: Julian of Norwich
Six day guided retreat
Kerrie Hide.  St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park. 4630 9159

12 October – 2 December
"Recovery" Workshop
Seven week program designed to assist people in working through some of the significant issues that arise following the loss of a spouse or partner through death, separation and divorce.
Wed 21 Oct to Wed 2 Dec, 7.30pm – 9.45pm.  Diocesan Assembly Centre,
1-5 Marion Street, Blacktown.  Contact 9890 2968

20 October
Jesus.  All About Life - What does Jesus offer?
An evening for those wanting to know about Jesus, his relevance for our lives, and following him within the Catholic faith.  A great opportunity to also invite someone who is not a church-goer.  7.30pm - 9.00pm followed by a light supper.   Sacred Heart Church, cnr Bradman Ave and King St, Warilla.   For information contact 4253 0900.

22 October
Jesus.  All About Life - What does Jesus offer?
An evening for those wanting to know about Jesus, his relevance for our lives, and following him within the Catholic faith.  A great opportunity to also invite someone who is not a church-goer.  7.30pm - 9.00pm followed by a light supper. Ss Peter & Paul Parish hall, Manning Street, Kiama. Shellharbour.  For information contact 4253 0900.

23 - 25 October
Worldwide Marriage Encounter.
Marriage enrichment weekend
Mt Schoenstatt Retreat Centre, Mulgoa. 7.30pm Friday until 4.30pm Sunday.  Contact Ardell & Bill Sharpe 4283 3435 or email wsharpe@bigpond.net.au

23 - 25 October
Knit to God: Julian of Norwich
Prayer weekend
Kerrie Hide.  St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park. 4630 9159

24 October
Good News Community
meet at St John's Parish Hall, 35 Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown.  1.00pm – 5.00pm.  Come along and have some fun and make new friends.  Activities include ten pin bowling, golf driving range, karaoke, snooker, craft and boot scootin'.  Contact Sr Jeanie 4654 8709 or email jheininger@materdei.org.au

26 October and 2, 9 & 16 November
Partnership Course
(Marriage and relationships) Campbelltown
7.00pm – 9.30pm.  Enquiries 4640 8519

27 October
Spirituality in the Pub
. Bulli Hotel
7.30pm – 9.00pm.  Speaker Bernice Moore
Contact Janet Galof 4283 1722

27 October
Jesus.  All About Life - What does Jesus offer?
An evening for those wanting to know about Jesus, his relevance for our lives, and following him within the Catholic faith.  A great opportunity to also invite someone who is not a church-goer.  7.30pm - 9.00pm followed by a light supper.  St John the Evangelist Parish hall, Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown.  For information contact 4253 0900.

29 October
Jesus.  All About Life - What does Jesus offer?
An evening for those wanting to know about Jesus, his relevance for our lives, and following him within the Catholic faith.  A great opportunity to also invite someone who is not a church-goer.  7.30pm - 9.00pm followed by a light supper.  Mary Mother of the Church Parish, Edgar St, Macquarie Fields.  For information contact 4253 0900.

30 October
Prayer Around the Cross
St Paul's Catholic Church, Albion Park. Tongarra Road
Drawing inspiration from the prayers and music of Taize in France.  7.30pm.  Contact Gabrielle Fogarty on 4232 2735 or email gfogarty@exemail.com.au

30 October – 1 November
Taize Weekend
A two-day silent retreat (not guided)
St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park. 4630 9159Your Subscription:

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Eucharist : The Great Transformation

Late notice FYI

 
Theological Reflection & Eucharist Celebration by Fr. Vladimir Echalas, SOLT
 
Saturday 26th September 2009 at 3.30 PM, followed by 6PM Vigil Mass
Mary Mother of the Church Logos Centre
58 Edgar Street, Macquarie Fields
 
Fr. Vladmir Echalas is a Missionary Priest from the Society of our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in the Philippines.

Fr Vlad has been a rector of a seminary and a theological lecturer and is currently the parish priest of Holy Family Parish, Lindfield.

He will discuss the great transformation whenever we celebrate the Eucharis through the eyes of faith and how we become part of this transformation. Please come and understand deeper the Eucharist which is the apex of the Christian Life.
 
Contact Tina Pineda on 0408 785 626 for details.

God bless
Mary Law

Monday, September 21, 2009

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"Jesus called the twelve disciples and said to them, "Whoever wants to be first must place themselves last of all and be the servant of all." Mark 9:35

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Christian-Muslim Relations Today

Christian-Muslim Relations Today

You are invited to attend our discussion next Sunday, 27th September, at 6pm in St John's Parish Hall, Dumaresq Street, Campbelltown.

Fr Patrick McInerney will talk on Christian-Muslim Relations today. Please join us for this fascinating and important topic and please bring along your friends (non-Catholics welcome).

To register your interest or for more information contact Br John on 0409 450 239.



About Fr McInerney

Fr Patrick McInerney is a Columban missionary priest from South Australia.
 
Ordained in 1978, he was assigned to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for the next 20 years, where he was involved in a variety of ministries - parish, teaching, administration, leadership, and Christian-Muslim Relations.
 
In the mid-eighties he completed a three-year licentiate degree at the Pontifical Institute for the Study of Arabic and Islamics in Rome.
 
He returned to Australia in 2000 and completed a major thesis entitled Method in Reconciling Differences between Religions for his Masters in Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity.
 
He is a full-time staff member of the Columban Mission Institute's Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations in Strathfield, and heads the Institute's activities focussed on Mission Studies. He is the coordinator of Missiology at the Catholic Institute of Sydney and lectures in Islam and Inter-religious Dialogue.
 
He is currently completing his PhD thesis Modelling the Method: A Lonergan Approach to Christian Responsibility in Interreligious Relations at the Australian Catholic University.
 
Fr Patrick is a member of the Australian Catholic Council for Ecumenism and Interreligious Relations (ACCEIR) (which advises the Australian Bishops Commission on Ecumenism and Inter-Religious Relations), and he is a board member of the Australian Catholic University's Asia-Pacific Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue (APCID).
 
He also attends the state meetings of the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP). He attends interfaith and multi-faith conferences, and gives talks and lectures on Islam, Christian-Muslim Relations and inter-religious relations to a wide variety of audiences.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"Faith without good deeds is quite dead: you show your faith by your good deeds." James 2:17

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Up Coming Social Justice Sunday September 27th

Australian Catholic Bishops Social Justice Statement
2009 Social Justice Sunday Statement
And You Will Be My Witnesses: Young people and justice
In July 2008, young people of the world gathered in Sydney to celebrate their faith in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI. During that week we saw how the Holy Spirit inspires a commitment to justice in young people.
In this year’s Social Justice Sunday Statement, the Catholic Bishops of Australia support young people’s commitment to social justice and reassert the central theme of World Youth Day:
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses. (Acts 1:8)
The Bishops remind all Catholics of Pope Benedict’s challenge during that week:
What will you leave to the next generation? … What legacy will you leave to young people yet to come? What difference will you make?
The earliest Christians were young women and men who received the Holy Spirit, then went forth to spread the Good News and to care for the most vulnerable. Many young Australians, too, witness to the Gospel as ‘ambassadors of hope’, as the Pope called them, using their gifts in the service of justice.
Some young people, however, face injustices that prevent them taking up the challenge, leaving them disempowered, excluded and deprived of basic dignity. Of many such issues, the Bishops discuss four: the plight of Indigenous youth, those excluded from employment, the issue of mental health and the prevention of abuse. They also discuss two international concerns: the environment and global justice and development.
At the beginning of his ministry, Jesus tells us that he is sent ‘to bring the good news to the poor’ and ‘to set the downtrodden free’ (Lk 4:18–21). After his Resurrection, he offers his disciples peace and gives them the gift of the Holy Spirit – the spirit of justice, a core tenet of Christian life and faith. We seek to enhance the reign of God in our land through forging reconciliation, acting for justice and making peace. We are bound into the struggle for justice – to see, to judge and to act – and challenged to go forth in the peace of the Holy Spirit, to love and serve the Lord.
Bulletin note
The Bishops would welcome promotion of the Statement in the weeks leading up to Social Justice Sunday. A possible entry in your parish bulletin or newsletter could be:
We celebrate Social Justice Sunday on 27 September. This year’s Social Justice Sunday Statement is titled: ‘And You Will Be My Witnesses’.
During World Youth Day 2008, Australia saw thousands of young Christians inspired by the Holy Spirit. Yet many young people are marginalised, excluded and deprived of dignity. The Bishops recall the challenge of Pope Benedict – ‘What will you leave to the next generation? What difference will you make?’ – and present it again to all Australians, young and old.
For further details about the Catholic Bishops’ Statement, visit the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website (www.acsjc.org.au) or call (02) 8306 3499.
Associated resourcesThe ACSJC website (www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au) will have the following resources available for download free of charge well before Social Justice Sunday:
• Social Justice Sunday Liturgy Notes• teachers’ resources• multimedia resources.
Other resources that are very useful in parishes and schools are the Social Justice Sunday Prayer Card and ‘Ten Steps’ leaflet. These can be ordered from the ACSJC Secretariat on (02) 9956 5811 or by email: admin@acsjc.org.au.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"You must never treat people in different ways according to their outward appearance." (The Letter From James: 2:1)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Invitation: FaithWorX - "Catholic-Muslim Relations Today" @ Sun Sep 27 6pm – 9pm

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You are invited to

FaithWorX - "Catholic-Muslim Relations Today"

Sun Sep 27 6pm – 9pm
(Timezone: Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney)
Siant John the Evangelist Parish Hall, Campbelltown (map)


Owner/Creator: stjohncampbelltown@gmail.com

A Presentaion on the current state of Catholic- Muslim Relations by Fr. Patrick McInerney, who has studied the field for decades. This evening promises to be full of insights and will clarify much, enriching the understanding of all those who attend.


Monday, August 31, 2009

Faith & Life E-newsletter update for September 2009


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Welcome to our September edition of Faith and Life News.

Faith & Life E-newsletter update
for September 2009

2 September
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
St Patrick's Parish, Port Kembla
To be held in Old Convent, Kembla Street
(in school grounds).  7.00pm

3, 10, 17 & 24 September
Parenting Teens
This course will explore the many ways a family can handle parent-teen issues including teen behaviour, parenting styles, communication, problem solving and discipline.
Dapto High School Cleveland Road Dapto
Four Thursday mornings 9.30am – 12noon
Course fee: $40.00.  Bookings essential on 4227 1122

4, 11, 18 & 25 September
Keeping Kids in Mind
A post– separation parenting programme
For parents of children two and above.  Learn how to deal more effectively with the emotional and practical issues of parenting after separation: loss and grief for parents and children; communicating with your ex-partner; anger, assertiveness, power grabs and impact on the children.
Four Friday afternoons 12:30pm – 3.00pm.  Albion Park Rail School Community Centre
Albion Park Rail Public School Tongarra Road, Albion Park Rail
Course fee: $40.  Bookings essential on 4227 1122

5 September
Good News Community meet at St John's Parish Hall
, 35 Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown.
1.00pm – 5.00pm.  Come along and have some fun and make new friends.
Activities include ten pin bowling, golf driving range, karaoke, snooker, craft and boot scootin'. Contact Sr Jeanie 4654 8709 or email jheininger@materdei.org.au

5 – 6 September
The Psychology of Human Personality
Presenter: Dr Patricia Moroney
Hartzer Park Centre, Burradoo
Contact 4861 3223 hartzprk@bigpond.net.au

7, 14, 21 & 28 September
Partnership Course
(Marriage and relationships)
Campbelltown.  7.00pm – 9.30pm.  Enquiries 4640 8519

8 September
Stewardship Gathering
Stewardship offers a simple and powerful way to live out our faith.  This evening is particularly for those new to stewardship.  All welcome.  7.30pm - 9.30pm includes supper. 
St John the Evangelist Parish Hall, Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown.
Please rsvp to Helen Bennett on 4253 0934 or helen.bennett@woll.catholic.org.au

8 September
Devotion to Our Lady Mary Night
St Patrick's Parish, Port Kembla.  7.00pm

8 & 12 September
Partnership Course
(Marriage and relationships)
Wollongong. Tues 8 Sept, 6.30pm – 9.30pm and Sat 12 Sept, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Enquiries 4254 9316

8, 15, 22 & 29 September
Parenting Teens
This course will explore the many ways a family can handle parent-teen issues including teen behaviour, parenting styles, communication, problem solving and discipline.
Airds High School Briar Road Airds
Four Tuesday mornings 10.00am – 12.30pm
Course fee: $40.00. Bookings essential on 4628 0044

10, 17 & 24 September and 1 October
Building Confident Families
For parents of children two and above.  Explore strategies for building self esteem and confident families covering issues such as learning self esteem, positive communication, parent-child relationships and assertiveness.
Four Thursday mornings.  10.00am – 12.30pm.
John Warby Public School Deans Road Airds
Course fee: $40.00.  Bookings essential on 4628 0044

10, 17 & 24 September and 1 October
Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviour
For parents of children two and above.  Realistic behaviour management for difficult children including ADHD, oppositional and defiant children, Aspergers or children who are simply extra challenging.  A very worthwhile program which assists parents with understanding managing behaviours.
Four Thursday evenings.  7.00pm – 9.30pm.
CatholicCare 35a Cordeaux Street Campbelltown
Course fee: $40.00.  Bookings essential on 4628 0044

10, 17 & 24 September and 1 October
Building Confident Families
For parents of children two and above.  Explore strategies for building self esteem and confident families covering issues such as learning self esteem, positive communication, parent-child relationships and assertiveness.
Four Thursday mornings.  10.00am – 12.30pm.
Nowra Family Support Cottage 1, 80 Park Road East Nowra
Course fee: $40.00.  Bookings essential on 4421 8248

11, 18 & 25 September
Three Choices (1-2-3 MAGIC)
Managing Children's Behaviour
This time tested three week course provides easy-to-follow steps for disciplining children aged 2-12 incorporating 123 Magic and emotion coaching.
Three Friday mornings.  10.00am – 12.30pm.
Unanderra Public School Derribong Drive Cordeaux Heights
Course fee: $30.00.  Bookings essential on 4227 1122

12 September
Life Ascending Bookclub
Study of books related to religion.  Life Ascending is specifically for the age group (over 45). Insights are shared on books which the group have decided to read.  Contact Simonette Bunder 4227 5637

12 September
Introducing St John of the Cross
Day Retreat focussing on Fr Iain Matthew's book,
The Impact of God.  Br Bernard Hancock OCD
Mount Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville 9603 1433

13 September
MARRIAGE ANNIVERSARIES MASS, 2.00pm
If you are celebrating, 25, 40, 50 or 60 years of marriage this year and would like an invitation to the Mass to be celebrated by Bishop Peter Ingham at the Cathedral on Sunday, 13 September 2009 at 2.00pm, please contact Helen Bennett at the Office of the Bishop and an invitation will be sent to you.   Phone 4253 0934 or email helen.bennett@woll.catholic.org.au.

14 September
Spirituality in the Pub
Jamberoo Hotel.  7.30pm
Contact Gabrielle Fogarty 4232 2735 or email gfogarty@exemail.com.au

14 – 20 September
Exploring the Mystery of Eucharist
Six day guided retreat
Fr Frank Anderson msc
St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park. 4630 9159

14, 21 & 28 September
Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Seminars
For parents of children three to eight years, Triple P is a parenting program for all families that provides practical answers to everyday parenting concerns.  CatholicCare is offering three seminars: The Power of Positive Parenting (14 Sept),
Raising Confident and Competent Children (21 Sept) and Raising Resilient Children (28 Sept)  Monday mornings.  10.00am – 12noon.
Family Relationship Centre 38-44 Berry Street Nowra
Cost: $10.00 per seminar.  Bookings essential on 4421 8248

18 & 25 September and 2 October
Three Choices (1-2-3 MAGIC)
Managing Children's Behaviour
This time tested three week course provides easy-to-follow steps for disciplining children aged 2-12 incorporating 123 Magic and emotion coaching. Three Friday mornings.  10.00am – 12.30pm.
CatholicCare 35a Cordeaux Street Campbelltown Course fee: $20.00.
Bookings essential on 4628 0044

20 September
AWARENESS/INCLUSION MASS
will be celebrated at 6.00pm at St Michael's Church, Nowra. 
Further details contact Sr Jeanie 4654 8709 or email jheininger@materdei.org.au

21 – 25 September
Heart-Centred Leadership
Chevalier Institute
St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park. 4630 9159

22 – 30 September
"A Balanced Life" – a group
Contemplative conversation.  Directed.
Presenter: Ruth Morgan
Hartzer Park Centre, Burradoo
Contact 4861 3223 hartzprk@bigpond.net.au

22 – 30 September
Trinitarian Mysticism – Our Common Life with God
Guided retreat.  Presenter: Anthony Arthur msc
Hartzer Park Centre, Burradoo
Contact 4861 3223 hartzprk@bigpond.net.au

23 & 30 September
How To Raise Resilient Kids
For parents of children five to twelve years.  Practical ideas shared about creating emotional connection, problem solving, valuing your child, developing your parenting style, family belonging and traditions.
Two Wednesday mornings, 10.00am-12:30pm.  CatholicCare 25-27 Auburn Street Wollongong
Course fee: $20.00.  Bookings essential on 4227 1122

23 & 30 September
Parenting Toddlers
This course includes information, skill building and sharing.  Explores ages and stages of pre-schoolers and what parents can realistically expect.  Two Wednesday mornings, 10.00am - 12:30pm
CatholicCare.  35a Cordeaux Street Campbelltown
Course fee: $20.00.  Bookings essential on 4628 0044

25 September
Prayer Around the Cross
Uniting Church, Jamberoo
Whyalla Road
Drawing inspiration from the prayers and music of Taize in France.  7.00pm. 
Contact Gabrielle Fogarty on 4232 2735 or email gfogarty@exemail.com.au

25 September
Retreat Day
Confraternity of Christian Doctrine
Illawarra and Shoalhaven contact Leonie Green on 4285 0916. 
Macarthur and Southern Highlands contact Marie Dubay on 4640 8550

25 September – 1 October
Spirituality of Aging: The Soul's Journey
Six day guided retreat
Fr Chris Chaplin msc
St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park. 4630 9159

27 September
2009 SOCIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY
And You Will Be My Witnesses: Young People and Justice. 
Official launch of the Social Justice Statement at St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, 10.30am Mass.


OCTOBER 2009

ONE LIFE: WHY JESUS? WHY THE CHURCH?
Evenings to be held on
Tuesday, 29 September Mary Immaculate Parish, Aquamarine Drive, Eagle Vale
Tuesday, 20 October All Saints Catholic Parish, College Avenue,  Shellharbour
Thursday, 22 October Ss Peter & Paul Parish, Manning Street, Kiama
Tuesday, 27 October St John the Evangelist Parish, Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown
Thursday, 29 October Mary Mother of the Church Parish, Edgar Street, Macquarie Fields.

Gatherings include music, supper and discussion.  7.30pm – 9.00pm. These are great opportunities to deepen your own faith and understanding. You are also encouraged to bring along a friend who may want to know more about Jesus Christ and our Catholic faith. These diocesan evenings are being run in conjunction with the Jesus. All About Life Campaign.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"Do not deceive yourselves by just listening to God’s word; instead put it into practice." (The Letter from James 1:22)

Bulletin 30 August 2009

PARISH TIMETABLE THIS WEEK

MONDAY 9:30 am Mass
TUESDAY 9:30 am Mass

WEDNESDAY 9:30 am) Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion
THURSDAY 9:30 am) "St. Gregory the Great"
FRIDAY 8:30 am) Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion

SATURDAY NO 8:00am Mass
10:30am & 2:00pm Masses - CONFIRMATION
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION SATURDAY 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm ONLY

23rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME : FATHERS DAY
VIGIL Saturday at 6:00 pm
SUNDAY Masses at 7:30am; 9:00am, 10:30am & 5 pm
CHILDREN’S LITURGY: 9.00 am Mass 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sundays

FRS MICHAEL & GEORGE will be away on the Annual Diocesan Clergy Retreat from Tuesday to Friday this week. Please refer all parish matters to the Parish Office between 9am & 3:30pm

TUESDAY ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament takes place in the Church each Tuesday, 1pm – 6pm

CATHOLIC WOMENS LEAGUE: Next Meeting THIS Wednesday 7:30pm in the Parish Hall . ALL WELCOME

PLEASE PRAY FOR: SANDRA CHRISTINA BRIGGS; SYMONDS WILLIAM JORDAN; CHRISTINA BOWERING;(BABY) PHOEBE RYAN; who died recently and for DICK HERFORD; ELLEN HORTON; KIERAN DUNNE; EILEEN DUNNE; JOSEPH DUNNE; JOHN CRITTENDEN; VERA CRITTENDEN; NICHOLAS GAVAGHAN; whose anniversaries occur at this time.
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION:- Bishop Peter will Confirm 69 parishioners on Saturday next , 5 September at 10:30am & 2pm. All parishioners are welcome to attend. N.B. NO 8am Mass on Saturday

FaithWorX will look at the Question “Whatever happened to the Apostles” NEXT Sunday 30 August from 6pm in the parish Meeting Room. Bring a friend as we explore some of the Churchs’ early history.
DATE CLAIMER: Fr. Patrick McInerney ssc, has accepted our invitation to talk on “Christian – Muslim Relations today” on September 27 from 6pm in the Hall. We expect to learn much about this important issue enquries to Br. John (0409 450 239).
CYC GROUP have planned an outing for THIS Sunday. Contact Erin for details 0431 238 119.

REFUGEE & MIGRANT SUNDAY: An invitation is extended to attend the Mass at Mount Carmel Parish, Varroville THIS Sunday 30 August at 2:00pm. Bishop Peter will celebrate the Mass. International food and entertainment will follow in the Mount Carmel School Hall.

BLESSING MASS for Mothers & Babies on Tuesday 8 September at 9:30am.

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM: We welcome and pray for ANNA GWEN MAREE QUINN; LUKE ANTHONY ALLAN QUINN; who were baptized in our Parish recently.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving." Amy Carmichael

Friday, August 21, 2009

Prayer


Dear GOD,

I want to thank you for what you have already done.
I am not going to wait until I see results or receive rewards; I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to wait until I feel better or things look better, I am thanking you right now.  

I am not going to wait until people say they are sorry or until they stop talking about me; I am thanking you right now.  
 
I am not going to wait until the pain in my body disappears; I am thanking you right now.  

I am not going to wait until my financial situation improves; I am going to thank you right now.

I am not going to wait until the children are asleep and the house is quiet; I am going to thank you right now.

I am not going to wait until I get promoted at work or until I get the job; I am going to thank you right now.

I am not going to wait until I understand every experience in my life that has
caused me pain or grief; I am going to thank you right now.      

I am not going to wait until the journey gets easier or the challenges are removed; I am thanking you right now.

I am thanking you because I am alive.
   
I am thanking you because I made it through the day's difficulties.  

I am thanking you because I have walked around the obstacles.

I am thanking you because I have the ability and the opportunity to do more and do better.  

I'm thanking you because
FATHER, YOU haven't given up on me.  AMEN

God is just so good, and He's good all the time.




This morning I knocked at Heavens door, God asked me... My CHILD... what can I do for you?' and I said 'Daddy please protect and bless the one reading this message.' God smiled and answered.... 'Request granted.'


This message is now in your
hands.
What will YOU do with it?

 

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"In love man transcends himself, he frees himself because he is concerned for the other person, because he wishes the other person’s life to succeed." Pope John Paul II

Friday, August 14, 2009

Parish Bulletin 16 August, 2009

PARISH TIMETABLE THIS WEEK

MONDAY 9:30 am Mass

TUESDAY 9:30 am Mass

WEDNESDAY 9:30 pm Mass

THURSDAY 9:30 am Mass – St. Bernard (Yr. 4 attending)

FRIDAY 8:30 am Mass – St. Pius X

SATURDAY 8:00am Mass – Queenship of Mary

SACRAMENT OF
RECONCILIATION 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

21ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
VIGIL Saturday at 6:00 pm
SUNDAY Masses at 7:30am; 9:00am, 10:30am, & 5 pm
CHILDREN’S LITURGY: 9.00 am Mass 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sundays

TUESDAY ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament takes place in the Church each Tuesday, 1pm – 6pm

PLEASE PRAY FOR: KATHLEEN CRAWFORD; who died recently and for BROCK BOLIN; KATHLEEN SANDON; DON BRUNERO; MAY SLATTERY; ALBERTO MACADANGDANG; ELAINE & NORM CULLEN; whose anniversaries occur at this time

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION:- over 70 parishioners are preparing for the Sacrament that will be celebrated in our Parish on Saturday 5 September at 10:30am & 2pm. We pray for them as they prepare.
ADULTS who have not been Confirmed can also receive the Sacrament on that day. See. Fr. Michael or Fr. George to enrol.

STEWARDSHIP call all of us to examine how we use our gifts to bring God’s Kingdom into our neighbourhood. What are you doing?

SOCIAL JUSTICE THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK “In love man transcends himself, he frees himself because he is concerned for the other person, because he wishes the other person’s life to succeed.” Pope John Pau II.

FaithWorX meets THIS Sunday in the Meeting Room from 6pm. We will be receiving OUR FAVOURITE MOVIES, with a Christian theme, you can even bring your own movie! Contact Br. John (4628 7213) for details)

Catholic Youth Campbelltown (CYC) Group will meet in the hall THIS Sunday at 6pm for our regular prayer and games. Bring your friends to help Build this youthful (16-25 yr olds) Community.

REFUGEE & MIGRANT SUNDAY: An invitation is extended to attend the Mass at Mount Carmel Parish, Varroville on Sunday 30 August at 2:00pm. Bishop Peter will celebrate the Mass. International food and entertainment will follow in the Mount Carmel School Hall.

THE SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL needs your help.
Can you regularly give two and half hours (11am – 1:30pm) to help us in distributing assistance to through the Nagle Centre? Training will be given as needed. Contact the Piety Stall (or Jim on 4625 7627 or John on 4625 0172) to find out more.

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM: We welcome and pray for DECLAN JOSEPH ELI QUINN; who was baptized in our Parish recently.

MARRIAGE ANNIVERSARIES MASS 2009: If you are celebrating, 25, 40, 50 or 60 years of marriage this year & would like an invitation to the Mass to be celebrated by Bishop Peter Ingham at the Cathedral on Sunday, 13 September 2009 at 2pm please contact Helen Bennett on 4253 0934 or email Helen.bennett@woll.catholic.org.au and an invitation will be sent to you.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

DOW Youth August 2009

YMeNews
News for Young People in the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
1 Welcome to our August edition of the Youth eNewsletter. Time passes so quickly in the world of Youth and Young Adults and with each week many of you are continuing to gather in Youth Groups and communities around the Diocese. Recently I have been able to visit young people and parishioners at Dapto, Port Kembla, Macquarie Fields, Kiama and Camden and was also able to attend the Year 9 Reflection Day at St John's, Nowra. I would love to catch up with more of you so drop me a line to arrange a time to chat.

We have just celebrated the one year anniversary of WYD '08. It's hard to believe that it's a whole year since all the grace and blessings of WYD were here in our midst and even more difficult to believe that it's now time to turn our attention to WYD 2011, being held in Madrid. It's time for the next pilgrimage to begin!

WORLD YOUTH DAY 2011 | Madrid

The countdown has begun to WORLD YOUTH DAY 2011 and as a Diocese we will celebrate '2 Years to Go' with celebrations on 21-22 August. Come along and be a part of both or either events and take the first step on our journey to Madrid.

Friday 21 AUGUST
Celebrate with music, prayer and fellowship.
Launch of the CDF "Get Me There" account

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish | St Andrews Road, Varroville
6PM-10PM
Dinner included | Limited billeting available for over 18's
Saturday 22 AUGUST
Youth Pilgrimage to Blessed Mary MacKillop's Tomb

9AM-3.30PM Transport available

For information: 4253 0809 or youth@dow.org.au
To register: visit
http://www.dow.org.au/seminar
or email jane.edwards@woll.catholic.org.au or call 4253 0899


LOGO UNVEILED FOR WORLD YOUTH DAY 2011
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Reflects Unity That Forms a Marian Crown
The logo for World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid recently presented: The image reflects youth of the world beneath the cross, united to form the crown of Our Lady, patron of Madrid. The upcoming World Youth Day is scheduled for 16-21 Aug 2011. The logo designer, José Gil-Nogués, explained that the image symbolises "youth of the whole world united to celebrate their faith together with the Pope, at the foot of the cross, and they form the crown of Our Lady of Almudena, patron of Madrid."The crown, Gil-Nogués added, forms the "M" of Mary and of Madrid. And the cross, symbol of Christianity, presides over the event. The message of the logo, the designer continued, is "a catechesis, an opportunity for evangelisation: The quick and sure path to reach Christ is the Virgin Mary, Mother of God and of mankind. In Mary's faith, youth have the example and model for reaching Christ and fulfilling the primary goal of World Youth Day: to bring their message to the world. "The logo has a firm and spontaneous stroke," Gil-Nogués suggested, "like youth of the 21st century. It is close, friendly, open. Joyful, carefree and positive. The use of a palette of warm colours -- red, orange and yellow -- transmits unmistakable warmth and friendliness, symbols of the identity of a city like Madrid, a nation like Spain. These colours also reflect the 'divine warmth' of Trinitarian Love."

NEW YOUTH MINISTERS @ MOUNT CARMEL HIGH SCHOOL
At the recent Mount Carmel Day Mass three young people were commissioned to take up a new role as Youth Ministers at Mount Carmel High School. Dominic Fricot, Jessica Kaldasaun and Emma Rice are parishioners at Varroville and Eagle Vale parishes and will be working together to make significant connections for the students between school and parish. They are both daunted and excited by their new role and are busy planning for their first event later this month. Please keep these new Youth Ministers in your prayers as they take up this vital ministry.

NATIONAL VISION FOR YOUTH MINISTRY
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have just launched 'Anointed and Sent: An Australian Vision for Catholic Youth Ministry'. This document has been many years in the making and it's exciting that for the first time in Australia all those involved in youth ministry can look to this vision and work in the one direction. If you would like to download a copy head to www.youthministry.catholic.org.au or if you would like a hard copy give me a call.

YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE EUCHARIST
Over forty young people from across the diocese have recently completed training as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Coming from nine of our Diocesan schools, these young people will now be commissioned to serve as Extraordinary Ministers in their parish communities.

VINNIES IN THE ILLAWARRA
The St Vincent de Paul Society is launching a new project for young people in the Illawarra to get involved in social action.  If you would like to get involved contact Jeannine Ashton on 4627 9013 or jeannine@svdpwgong.org.au.

CENTENARY OF THE DEATH OF BLESSED MARY MACKILLOP
Australia's first saint, Blessed Mary MacKillop is a role model for all Aussies.  This year on August 8 we will celebrate the Centenary of her death.  Many of us have been taught by the Josephite Sisters or met them through other church ministries.  Take this opportunity to catch up with the Josephites you know and say 'thanks' for the witness they have been to you as they live in the footsteps of Mary MacKillop.

DIOCESAN MULTICULTURAL MASS
On Sunday August 30 we will gather as a Diocese at Mt Carmel Parish for the annual Multicultural Mass.  All are invited to join the Bishop for this awesome celebration of the cultural gifts that make up the unique church of Wollongong.  Just remember that Aussies are cultural beings too; if you're Aussie born and bred come along and be a part of this cultural melting pot.

If you have anything you would like to promote, advertise or brag about in the next e-newsletter please email me at youth@dow.org.au or call me on 4253 0809.

Peace, Loretta

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