"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
News for Young People in the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
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 email@example.com.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
"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)
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.
Faith and Life News | Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
Dear Friend in Faith
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
30 October – 1 November Taize Weekend A two-day silent retreat (not guided) St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park. 4630 9159Your Subscription: