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John 13:34

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John 13:34

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Faith & Life August 2010

Faith and Life News | Catholic Diocese of Wollongong

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 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 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

commencing September.  Study from home and meet with fellow students in Campbelltown, Kiama or Wollongong.  Contact Jane Edwards on 4253 0899 or 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

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

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
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


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


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 



Catholic Diocese of Wollongong, 86-88 Market Street (PO Box 1239), Wollongong NSW 2500.
For more information, please call (02) 4253 0900 or email

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