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Friday, October 2, 2009

Faith & Life e-newsletter October 2009


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Faith and Life News | Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
1 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 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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