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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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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Clemente Australia

Clemente Australia: The Nagle Centre and Australia Catholic University are offering a free university based course for people who would like to learn more about themselves and the world in which they live. Information Session: 5pm Tuesday 4th August with classes beginning on Tuesday August 11th. Further enquiries ring the Nagle Centre on 4628 2928

Come For A Hot Meal

Wednesday Evenings: Come for a hot meal at the Nagle Centre (22 Iolanthe Street, Campbelltown) every Wednesday evening – 6.30pm to 8pm.

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"Never be ashamed of work done for God and for God’s poor." Mary MacKillop, 1874