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Monday, November 2, 2009

Faith and Life enewsletter October 2009

Faith and Life News | Catholic Diocese of Wollongong

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.

Richard McMahon


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 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 or visit

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

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

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

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

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

. 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.

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 or visit

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 or telephone 9727 9290. Also see


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