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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"A Refugee is not a problem to be solved or a burden to be shared, but a Person in Need."

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Social Justice Thought For The Week

 

"Great care and concern are to be shown in receiving the poor and pilgrims, because in them more particularly Christ is received; our very awe of the rich guarantees them special respect."   Rule of Saint Benedict, Chapter 53.

St Theresa

In case you are not aware!, Saint Theresa is known as the Saint of the Little Ways, meaning she believed in doing the little things in life well and with great love. She is represented by roses... May everyone who receives this message be blessed?

Saint Theresa's Prayer

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be confident knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Working group update

Hi All,

Attached is the final draft of the consolidated and revamped suggestions from the faith formation working group ahead of the next Plenary session to be held at St Pat's in Campbelltown on 19th September from 10am-2.30pm (details also attached).

Thanks to everyone for their input and especially to Annette who filled in for me at such short notice while I was away.

Peace,
Sean



Thursday, August 19, 2010

Faith & Life August 2010

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Faith and Life News | Catholic Diocese of Wollongong


PASTORAL PLANNING
INVITATION
to attend the Second Pastoral Planning Plenary Session on Saturday 18 September (10.00am-2.30pm) at Saint Patrick's College Campbelltown (4 St John's Road, Campbelltown).  Morning Tea and Lunch provided.

The purpose of the Second Plenary Session is to come together as a Diocese and develop ACTIONS for the Diocesan Pastoral Plan. Check out our website www.ourjourneyahead.org.au for more information and look out for the next issue of Journey Magazine (due out early September) which will contain important information on the draft actions leading up to the Plenary Session. RSVP to Jane Edwards at pastoralplanning@woll.catholic.org.au or 4253 0899.



Y God is on this Sunday
(for those aged 16-35ish) 3.00pm at St Paul's Parish, Camden.  Come along and join in the conversation with Fr Christian Fini - 'Footy Fever: Australia's Real Religion'.  For more information contact Loretta on 4253 0809 or email youth@dow.org.au.



BEGINNING THEOLOGY COURSE
commencing September.  Study from home and meet with fellow students in Campbelltown, Kiama or Wollongong.  Contact Jane Edwards on 4253 0899 or jane.edwards@woll.catholic.org.au for more information.



21/22 August
International Lighthouse Weekend
Creation Walk (3)
Learn about the geology and view fossils on the part of the earth we now live in.
Parish of Ss Peter & Paul, Kiama, Lighthouse Project.  Contact Ann 4234 0865, Marie 4232 1535 or Ben 4232 2319

 

21-29 August
8 Day Directed Retreat
Listen in the silence, with no other light but that which in your heart burns for God.  Accompanied by the Retreat Team.  St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park.  4630 9159



24 August
Catholic Women's League
Diocesan Meeting, 10.00am.  Xavier Centre, Bellambi



27 August
Prayer Around the Cross
Drawing inspiration from the prayers and music of Taize in France reconciling people from across faith denominations to offer a quiet atmosphere for prayer and reflection.
Gerringong, St Mary's Catholic Church, Fern Street
7.00pm.  Contact John Brentnall 4464 1034



29 August
 
Many Cultures – One in Christ, Mass & Festival commencing 2.00pm at St John Vianney's Church, 1 Cabbage Tree Lane, Fairy Meadow.  Come and celebrate the wonderful cultural diversity of our Diocese with Bishop Ingham and our many cultural communities.   The annual Mass and festival is a great opportunity to experience the breadth of cultures within our Diocese.  The day includes a procession of national flags, food sampling and cultural concert items.



31 August
Spirituality in the Pub
Bulli Heritage Hotel, Princes Highway, Bulli.  7.30pm – 9.00pm
Contact Simonette Bunder 4227 5637 or wollsip@gmail.com



3 – 9 September
Meditations on Mark's Portrait of Jesus and His Relationship with His Chosen Disciples
Six Day Preached Retreat
Presenter Fr Anthony Arthur msc
Cost $450 full accommodation.
Begins 6.00pm on first day and ends 3.00pm with Eucharist on last day.
Hartzer Park Centre, Eridge Park
Contact 4861 3223 hartzprk@bigpond.net.au



3 – 5 September
Through Nature to God – Weekend Retreat
Nature "proclaims the glory of God" Ps 18: we will look a this great truth in the Bible and in the Spiritual Canticle of St John of the Cross.
Fr Johnny Arattukulam OCD
Mount Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville 9603 1433



September 4, 11 & 25
WORKSHOPS: NEW TRANSLATION OF THE MISSAL
Three regional gatherings will be conducted by the Diocesan Liturgical Commission to introduce the new translation of the Missal to be implemented in all Parishes during 2011.  All parishioners are invited.  There is one session repeated in each of the regions of the Diocese.  Choose the session most convenient for you.  Details are as follows:

VARROVILLE, Saturday, 4 September. 10.00am -1.00pm, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish hall, St Andrews Road.
ALBION PARK, Saturday, 11 September.  10.00am -1.00pm, St Paul's Parish hall, Tongarra Road.
NOWRA, Saturday, 25 September.  10.00am -1.00pm, St Michael's Parish Centre, 20 North Street.

Please phone 4253 0934 to register or email helen.bennett@woll.catholic.org.au

 

4 September
Country and Western Music Club
Good News Community
Prayer and leisure program for adults with a disability.  Sr Jeanie Heininger 0405 158 763

 

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



10 September
Life Ascending Bookclub
10.00am – 12noon
Life Ascending is for Catholics and all Christians in their middle and later years.  Spirituality to deepen awareness of God in their lives.  Friendship to create and enjoy close and lasting friendships.  Loving Service to share their wisdom and concern for all those in need. 

Our Bookclub tries to achieve the above by sharing our insights in the books we have decided to read. Contact Simonette Bunder 4227 5637



11 September
Doing God's Will & Forgiving Others – Day Retreat
We will look at what St Teresa has to teach us about these two vital aspects in our journey to God.  Fr Aloysius Rego OCD.  Mount Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville 9603 1433



12 September
Bush Mass and Family Picnic
Connected to each other in the Body of Christ we celebrate Mass with and in God's creation: amidst the wondrous cathedral of trees and accompanied by the birdsong chorus. Join us around God's table and afterwards for the family picnic lunch.
Parish of Ss Peter & Paul, Kiama, Lighthouse Project
Contact Ann 4234 0865, Marie 4232 1535 or Ben 4232 2319



16 September
e-Conference: Jesus the Christ
Three venues: Wollongong, Varroville or Oak Flats
Keynote: Fr Gerald Collins SJ
There will be special regional gatherings for people to watch and discuss this national adult faith enrichment opportunity. Alternatively, view it on your own computer.
For details contact 4253 0900.



17 – 23 September
Spirituality of Aging
6 Day Guided Retreat on Ageing
A retreat for older people, based on the belief that the evening of life is a season to love the things of God, the people of God and be one in God.  It is said that the focus of the first half of life is to learn how to make the outer journey.  The task of the second half is embracing the inner journey of the soul. Whether one is just stepping into this stage of life, or is well along its path, the invitation offered is gentle hospitality towards oneself, others and God.  We attend to deepening our intimacy with God in company with Jesus, as we continue, or embark upon this last and greatest stage of our life's journey. This retreat enables us to bring the workshops and seminars on aging and retirement to the deeper level of prayer and relationship.
Presented by Sr. Mary Baker rsj, Sr. Lois Ann Richardi csfn, and Mrs. Barbara Bowring
St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park.  4630 9159



24 September
Prayer Around the Cross
Drawing inspiration from the prayers and music of Taize in France reconciling people from across faith denominations to offer a quiet atmosphere for prayer and reflection.
Jamberoo, Uniting Church, Whyalla Road
7.00pm.  Contact John Brentnall 4464 1034



25 September
FOOD, WINE & MUSIC FAIR, BOWRAL in the grounds of St Thomas Aquinas, Bowral 10.00am – 4.00pm.  In the evening a musical show "The Buddy Holly Story" will be held at the same venue.  This is a well known show with international repute. Tickets: $25.00 adults and $5.00 for children under 12.  Food and bar available.  No BYO. 
For information telephone 4861 1902.



26 September
Living from the Heart Prayer Day
Facilitator Sr Megan Donohue olsh
9.30am – 4.00pm; cost $80 includes lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea
Hartzer Park Centre, Eridge Park
Contact 4861 3223 hartzprk@bigpond.net.au

 

26 September
Social Justice Sunday



27 September to 3 October
Enjoying God - Women Mystics
6 Day Guided Retreat
Presented by Dr. Kerrie Hide msc
St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park.  4630 9159 


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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Mary MacKillop, Football and WYD...


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Mary MacKillop, Football and World Youth Day...

August 14 (This Saturday)
Sydney to Madrid via Mary MacKillop Place
Join us as we celebrate '1 Year to Madrid' with a pilgrimage to the tomb of Blessed Mary MacKillop. Our pilgrimage includes a walk across the Harbour Bridge, a museum tour and Mass celebrated at the tomb of Blessed Mary MacKillop. Please RSVP by 5pm Friday to
youth@dow.org.au or 0418 238 486.  A detailed flier is available for download at www.dow.org.au/youth
(NB. It is a two-sided flier and details are on the reverse.)

August 22
Y God - "Footy Fever: Australia's Real Religion"
Come along to St Paul's Parish Meeting Room (John St, Camden) for the next Y God where Fr Christian Fini OMI will lead a discussion focusing on the relationship between Christianity and the other pastime that seems to inspire so many devoted followers - football! Fr Christian hails from Victoria, so grew up drenched in an AFL culture but now proudly claims to be a sports atheist.  This should prove to be a lively conversation.

For more information about these events please contact Loretta on 4253 0809, 0418 238 486 or email youth@dow.org.au.

October 31
Diocesan celebrations for the Canonisation of Blessed Mary MacKillop
WIN Entertainment centre @ 2.30pm
Mark your diary now!  This is going to be a spectacular celebration as we gather as the Diocese of Wollongong to mark this historic event.  More details (including ticketing) will be announced shortly.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"When you feed the hungry; When you defend the weak, you believe in the resurrection." Carlo Carretto

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"Never see a Need without trying to do something about it"

Blessed Mary MacKillop.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Invitation | Second Plenary Session - Pastoral Planning

Hi All

 

I am writing to invite you to our Second Pastoral Planning Plenary Session on Saturday 18 September (10am-2.30pm) at Saint Patrick's College Campbelltown (4 St John's Road, Campbelltown).

 

Our Working Groups (with the assistance of Reference Groups) have been working hard over the past three weeks developing actions for the draft goals that emerged out of our First Plenary Session in June.


The purpose of the Second Plenary Session is to come together again as a Diocese and consider the draft actions of the Working Groups, prioritise them and propose additional actions if necessary.  Therefore, we want as many people to participate as possible!

 

We will provide you with preliminary information on the draft actions before the Second Plenary Session via Journey Magazine which is due out mid September, so look out for that.

 

In addition to the information in the invitation flyer (below and attached), please note the following:

 

  1. RSVP IS ESSENTIAL for catering purposes.  Morning Tea and Lunch will be provided with vegetarian options.  You can RSVP by replying to this email.
  2. We will provide crèche facilities if there is a demand.  Please let us know if you require crèche facilities in the RSVP.
  3. The venue (Saint Patrick's College Hall) has disabled access.
  4. AUSLAN interpreters for the deaf community will be provided on the day. Please advise in your RSVP if you require this service.
  5. If you require help with transport to and from the event, please let us know when you RSVP, and we may be able to assist in connecting you with people in your community that will be attending.  I will advise in a later email in relation to parking facilities.

 

Please forward this invitation to anyone that you think would be interested in attending and please continue to pray for our Diocese as we journey ahead.  I look forward to seeing you at the Plenary Session.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via this email or Jane Edwards on 4253 0899. I can also be contacted on 4253 0902.

 

God Bless

Daniel Hopper

Coordinator of Pastoral Planning

Diocese of Wollongong

 

 


 

 


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MARY MACKILLOP DRAMA
Young actors needed...

When we gather as the Diocese of Wollongong on Sunday, 31 October at the WIN Entertainment Centre to celebrate the canonisation of Blessed Mary MacKillop, a cast of young adults will be presenting the mission and spirituality of Mary through drama, music and song.

We are calling all young people (16-30) who would like to take part in bringing the spirit of Mary MacKillop to the stage to come along to auditions.

If you would like to take part please do not let fear of auditioning get in the way. The audition process is simply a way for the production team to cast suitably and all those who come along will be cast in the production. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime celebration -be a part of it!

All performers will be required to take part in dranatic and vocal auditions, although there will be non singing roles so a wiollingness to sing in public is not a requirement. You will also be asked to provide personal contact details and sign a Casting Agreement. Further details regarding rehearsals will be available at the auditions.

It would be helpful if you could let us know by email that you will be attending, but it is not essential. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me at youth@dow.org.au.

Peace, Loretta Brinkman
Youth & Young Adult Coordinator

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Social Justice Thought For The Week

 

"As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace." (1 Peter 4:9,10)

Diocesan Planning - Faith Formation

Hi,

Attached is the consolidated list of suggestions for the Faith Formation working group.

Peace,
Sean