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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"From Mary we learn to surrender to God's Will in all things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ her Son and the Son of God!"  Pope John Paul II

Monday, December 26, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

Reflect on: "Mary is a model of discipleship for all Christians." Little Blue Book.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"Are we readying ourselves to allow Christ to be re-born in us this Christmas?"

Monday, December 12, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

MSJN Christmas Meeting this Saturday


 

 

 


You are invited to the Macarthur Social Justice Network Christmas Meeting this Saturday afternoon.

 

            Date: Saturday 10th December 2011

            Time: 2:30pm to 4:30pm

            Where: St Thomas More Parish Hall

            Address: 43 Acacia Avenue, Ruse 

            Catering: Bring a plate or drink to share

            Donation: To St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal

 

Come along to chat with others about the year past and the year ahead in Social Justice.

 

Wishing everyone a happy and holy Christmas and New Year.

 

Peace,

Sean Donovan

 

 

 

 

The Macarthur Social Justice Network is the local presence of the

Wollongong Diocesan Justice Ecology and Peace Council

 

 


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas 2011

There is a lot going on for many - as usual - in the silly season. Here is a liitle reminder that the gifts and the life to enjoy them is NOT something we should take for granted.
In 100 years time 100% of the adults you know will have permanently changed their residence. Life is really too short, and preparing for christmas is a good time to prioritize (repent!)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"Now we are one week into the Advent season: How am I preparing for the birth of the Christ child, not according to secular norms, but according to a heart of faith?"  (Daily Prayer 2011)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"How have I been doing with the work God gave me to do?" Little Blue Book.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"If we wish to make any progress in the service of God; We must begin every day of our life with new eagerness." Saint Charles Borromeo

Monday, November 14, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"If we are going to be "prepared" for the Kingdom, we need to be "productive!" (Anon)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

MSJN Meeting Saturday12th November 2:30pm


 

 

 

 

 

 

The Macarthur Social Justice Network exists to promote social justice and peace, ecological concern and respect for life in society, in the light of the Gospel and the social teaching of the Church.

 

 

Notice of Meeting

 

You are invited to attend the next Macarthur Social Justice Network meeting to be held on:

 

Saturday 12th November 2011

between 2:30pm and 4:30pm

at St Thomas More Parish Hall , 43 Acacia Avenue, Ruse

cost $2 donation

 

Agenda:

Business of Committee 2:30pm-3pm

1.      Opening Prayer

2.      Attendance

3.      Apologies

4.      Previous Minutes

5.      Chair's Report

6.      Treasurer's Report

7.      Secretary's Report

8.      General Business

a.      Adoption of Constitution

9.      Closing Prayer

 

Workshop 3pm-4:30pm

1.      Parish Reports and Issues

2.      Local News and Issues

3.      Drafting of Press Releases

 

 

 

Regards,

Sean Donovan

 

 

 

The Macarthur Social Justice Network is the local presence of the

Wollongong Diocesan Justice Ecology and Peace Council

 

If you know of anyone who would like to join in our discussions and activities please invite them along

Is anyone you know would like to receive our notices please ask them to email secretary@msjn.org

Should you no longer wish to receive emails please let us know by email to secretary@msjn.org

 

 


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. " Matthew 23:11-12

Monday, October 24, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"The Eucharist is the food that strengthens us and drives us to do works of love and to practice charity."  Benedict XVI

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Papua New Guinea - Sunday 23/10 at 6pm - St John's Campbelltown Hall Meeting Room


 

 

 

 

 

 

Come and learn more about our nearest neighbour, Papua New Guinea, with special guest Fr Isaac Koi msc.

 

Find out something about the work of the Church in PNG as well as the particular challenges in that country.

 

Take the opportunity to view photo's, read about the missionary activities, and see how you might be able to do something now or in the future.

 

All welcome.

 

Where: St John's, Campbelltown

              - Hall Meeting Room

When: Sunday 23/10 at 6pm

Cost: Free (donations welcome J)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Papua New Guinea: Special guest Isaac Koi msc from the PNG highlands. Sunday 22/10/11 at 6pm in the Hall meeting room at St John's Campbelltown. FaithworX.

Papua New Guinea: Special guest Isaac Koi msc from the PNG highlands.
Sunday 22/10/11 at 6pm in the Hall meeting room at St John's
Campbelltown. FaithworX.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Diocese of Wollongong Liturgy Festival | Last Chance to Register!

Registrations are closing this week for the Diocesan Liturgy Festival to be held on Saturday 29 October, 9.30am - 5.00pm, at St Mary Star of the Sea
College, Wollongong, followed by Mass with Bishop Peter Ingham at the Cathedral at 6.00pm
.

The purpose of the Festival is to come together as a Diocese to refresh and reinvigorate our appreciation of liturgy through a day of uplifting music, workshops, stalls, good keynote speakers, networking and, most importantly, by celebrating the Eucharist together.

The cost of the event has been kept as low as possible to encourage wide participation ($25 Adults; $10 Students and Pensioners). However, if cost is an issue for you, please contact Helen Bennett on 4253 0934 or helen.bennett@woll.catholic.org.au

You can register online or by mail, email, fax or over the phone
with Helen. See the below poster for links to online registration and links to
download the brochure and paper registration.


The Diocesan Liturgy Festival is the major event for 2011 to help realise one of the key goals in our Diocesan Pastoral Plan - that our celebration of the Mass will be an uplifting experience of the community at prayer and worship.


 

 

 


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"Every work of Justice demands the boldness of love." (Father Wenefried: The Church in Need).

Friday, October 7, 2011

MSJN Meeting Tomorrow - Bryan Doyle MP - Saturday 8th @ 2:30pm @ Ruse

You are invited to attend the next Macarthur Social Justice Network
meeting to be held on:

Saturday 8th October 2011
between 2:30pm and 4:30pm
at St Thomas More Parish Hall , 43 Acacia Avenue, Ruse
cost $2 donation

Guest Speaker: Bryan Doyle - A Local Perspective

Bryan Doyle is well known to residents of Macarthur as the new Liberal
Member for Campbelltown and also for his service as a local Chief
Inspector of Police working with local service and community groups to
reduce the impact of vandalism and crime in the area.

In his maiden speech to Parliament Bryan spoke about the importance of
community in Campbelltown, mentioning not only "a heritage that
includes Irish, English, Scottish and German bloodlines" but
particularly the "rich Aboriginal tradition with the Dharawal people",
"working with community elders and renewing housing estates", and
"supporting the Australian Pacific and Maori Community Services
volunteer patrols".

Come along to hear Bryan speak about initiatives of the new state
government and how these initiatives are expected to impact on local
social justice issues.

Peace,
Sean

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his/her  own interests, but (also) everyone for those of others. Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped." ( Saint Paul to the Philippians: 2 :3-6 )

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"I was in prison, and you visited me." (Matthew: 25:37)

Building Bridges, Not Walls




Building Bridges, Not Walls

Prisons and the Justice System

SOCIAL JUSTICE STATEMENT 2011 - 2012

Join us on

Sunday 6pm

(after 5pm Mass)

In the Hall Meeting Room

Interested in Social Justice?

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. " Proverbs 11:25

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Social Justice Sunday

Social Justice Sunday: September 25th, 2011

The Social Justice Sunday Statement for 2011 – 2012 is titled "Building Bridges, Not Walls. Prisons and the Justice System."

Be sure to purchase your copy of the Statement from the Piety Store.

Also check out the Australia Catholic Social Justice Council website at:

http://www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au/

Here you can view a power point presentation and lots of other important information.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."  Nelson Mandela

Monday, September 5, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"Love does no harm to a neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law." Romans 13:10

Monday, August 29, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"the love of God lies more in action than in words.  The Christian is one who participates with his life in the initiative of the love of God and puts it into practice."  Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia

Monday, August 22, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Following Jesus

Following Jesus – Matthew eConference.  

Tues 6 Sept.        10.30am-2.45pm

  1. Excellent speakers
  2. Bulletin notices have already gone to parishes.
  3. Any parish or person can host the conference. All the details are on the conference website:

                    http://matthew.vividas.com

  1. Currently the following venues are confirmed hosts:

Magdalen Secondary College; Moss Vale, Varroville, Nowra, Kiama parishes; Marian Centre;

  1. We suggest that people bring their own lunch; parish might provide refreshments.
  2. Previous conferences are available either on line, or through the purchase of cdrom.
  3. Bellambi Resource Centre has the set of previous conferences.

It is possible to arrange the seminar at another time that better suits your local area. If you need any assistance please contact me:         vivien.williams@woll.catholic.org.au                Ph: 4253 0822

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INFORMATION FROM BROKEN BAY INSTITUTE

          The Broken Bay Institute in partnership with The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

                

Following Jesus- Matthew  6th National eConference –
e:econferences@bbi.catholic.edu.au        t: +61 2 9847 0726        
  

You can now register for the Following Jesus – Matthew eConference which takes place soon. Follow the link http://matthew.vividas.com and click on the register button.

We strongly encourage you to register your site or your individual participation as we often receive enquiries from people that would love to participate with others.

On the Official Website you will find

  1. The Program
  2. Facilitator Questions (coming soon)
  3. Reading Resources
  4. How to host an eConference guide
  5. Registered eConference site listing (coming soon)
  6. Jan Hynes, The Artist

John Garratt Publishing are offering prizes of a $2000 voucher for an organisation and a $500 voucher for an individual who participates in this eConference.

I have attached a simple "What to do" to assist you.

Rhonda Andersen. Communications Office. Diocese of Broken Bay

P:  (02) 9847 0726        E:  econferences@bbi.catholic.edu.au 




Saturday, August 13, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"Thus says the LORD: Observe what is right, do what is just; for my salvation is about to come, my justice, about to be revealed." Isaiah 56:1.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Madrid Encounter



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While some people are soon to jet off to celebrate World Youth Day in Madrid, there are many more who have not been able (for a variety of reasons) to pack their bags and head to Spain, so we've planned to bring some of the flavour and excitement of World Youth Day to them. On Saturday, August 20 the Diocese of Wollongong, in association with the Wollongong Youth Mission Team and the Verbum Dei Missionaries, will be presenting 'Madrid Encounter', a day-long event filled to the brim with all the things that make World Youth Day the amazing event it is, including Catechesis with Sr Hilda Scott OSB, a dramatic Way of the Cross, Reconciliation, a Spanish Fiesta, Mass followed by a Youth Festival. We also hope to get some live updates from our pilgrims direct from Madrid, Spain. All this for the bargain price of $10, which includes all meals. Pre-registration is essential for catering purposes. Head to www.dow.org.au/youth for more information and to register. For more information contact Chris on 4284 1635.

If you're on Facebook and want to stay in touch withall things youth, find 'Catholic Youth Ministry Wollongong' and get regular updates.

There are almost one hundred young people from our diocese heading to Spain to celebrate World Youth Day. Please keep these young pilgrims in your prayers.

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Social Justice Meeting This Week

Social Justice Meeting This Week

Join us at St Thomas More Parish Hall , 43 Acacia Avenue, Ruse this Saturday 13th August at 2:30pm

Regular meeting this week and the chance to discuss with others current social justice issues.

"Social Justice is an integral part of the Gospel. Within an Australian context social justice means ... examining our local situation to discover structures or influences that prevent people living as people of God". Archbishop John Bathersby

Monday, August 8, 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"Imbued with Jesus' love, we are called upon to proclaim the good news, to heal the afflicted and to feed the hungry. Jesuit Walter Burghardt identifies the seven great hungers of the modern world as hunger for food, for freedom and justice, for peace, for truth, for understanding, for God and for Jesus. Lord, may I never turn a deaf ear when you say 'Feed them yourself.'" Madonna  Magazine July/August issue 2011.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Parish Choir Update Fri 22/07

Hi Choristers,

Just sending a heads up with what I plan to do in the next few practices

24/07: (this coming Sunday): introduce the Amen and Lamb of God then go over everything we've done to date
31/07: review everything; not introduce anything new
07/08: no practice (first Sunday of the month)
14/08: review everything; not introduce anything new.

In this new Mass there is music for the three Mysteries of Faith and the Our Father.  My plan is to not introduce the music for those yet. I would like us to simply reinforce all the other Mass parts we've done so far. There's only so much new stuff I can introduce every week before it becomes counterproductive. Let's get confident on what we know. Although you are sounding good, so far it's a case of some of the harmony being there some of the time then we slip into melody or go quiet. This is not a criticism, just a comment on your (good) progress.

Besides, there are still other parishioners who want to join us but who have been unable to for one reason or another. By spending the next few practices just going over the harmony we've done so far will hopefully make it easy for the newcomers to join.

I also like to confirm that if any of you know of or have children who like to sing then they are more than welcome to join. They just need to be able to be patient as we go over the harmonies.

If I can venture an opinion (me? an opinion?) I'm not fond of the way the Glendalough Mass was recorded: I know some of you like it but I find the treatment in the recording to be schmaltzy and insipid. I say this because when I hear you sing it you really raise it up and punch some life into it, which is what I think it should be.

See you Sunday night!

Take Care,
Peter
--

I love God; but some of His fans really annoy me.


Monday, July 18, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"God's loving care for all people in Christ must be expressed in the digital world not simply as an artefact from the past, or a learned theory, but as something concrete, present and engaging." Pope Benedict XVI, Address to the 44th World Day of  Social Communications, 16th May 2010.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

 

      "The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service."  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Macarthur Social Justice Network Meeting Saturday - NAIDOC Week


The Aboriginal Community in Macarthur
Guest Speaker: Uncle Ivan, Aboriginal Community Elder

As part of NAIDOC week 2011 the Macarthur Social Justice Network will meet this Saturday 9th July at 2:30pm to listen to Aboriginal Community Elder Uncle Ivan speak about the Aboriginal Community in Macarthur.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC originally stood for 'National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee'. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

Join us at St Thomas More Parish Hall , 43 Acacia Avenue, Ruse this Saturday 9th July at 2:30pm to help celebrate NAIDOC week.



http://www.naidoc.org.au/

Macarthur Social Justice Network Meeting Saturday - NAIDOC Week

The Aboriginal Community in Macarthur
Guest Speaker: Uncle Ivan, Aboriginal Community Elder

As part of NAIDOC week 2011 the Macarthur Social Justice Network will meet this Saturday 9th July at 2:30pm to listen to Aboriginal Community Elder Uncle Ivan speak about the Aboriginal Community in Macarthur.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC originally stood for 'National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee'. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

Join us at St Thomas More Parish Hall , 43 Acacia Avenue, Ruse  this Saturday 9th July at 2:30pm to help celebrate NAIDOC week.

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http://www.naidoc.org.au/



Clemente



Saturday, June 25, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

 

"In our daily life, we are Jesus Christ to all we meet or live with."  Fred Schaeffer, Secular Franciscan Order.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"Each person should give what they have decided in their heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." ( 2 Corinthians. 9:7)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"Go out into the world and proclaim the good news to all creation."

(Mark 16:15)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"If a person wants to be great, that person must be the servant of the rest." Matthew. 20:26-28

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"A true Christian, then, may also be defined as one who has a ruling sense of God's presence within her or him." Blessed John Henry Newman.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

 

"I tell you most solemnly,

whoever believes in me

will perform the same works as I do myself," John  14:12

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"Do I live in a way that draws others closer to God." Madonna Magazine June 2011

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"All of us must cling to God through prayer and sacrifice. Only then will we be able to see Christ in the needs of our neighbours." Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Social Justice Thought For The Week

"The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread." Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Friday, April 22, 2011

Faith and Life News May 2011

 
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May 2011


1 – 9 May
Spirituality of Journey – Walking with Jesus
The Spirituality for Journey – Walking with Jesus retreat explores our relationship with God within the context of the moment of our life's journey. This retreat is composed of: daily input session, the opportunity of a daily meeting with a Prayer Companion; daily celebration of Eucharist and opportunity for individual sacramental Reconciliation. All retreats commence with the evening meal at 6.00pm followed by the Eucharist on the first day.Retreats conclude following an early afternoon Eucharist on the last day. Accompanied by the Retreat Team. St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park. 4630 0233. Email towersretreat@bigpond.com


1 – 9 May
8 Day Directed Retreat
Come to the silence, there to hear your God speaking deep within. All retreats commence with the evening meal at 6.00pm followed by the Eucharist on the first day. Retreats conclude following an early afternoon Eucharist on the last day. Accompanied by the Retreat Team. St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park.
4630 0233. Email towersretreat@bigpond.com


2, 9 & 16 May
Partnership Course (Marriage and relationships

Wollongong. 6.30pm – 9.30pm.
CatholicCare. Tel 4628 0044. 35a Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown


7 May
Day Retreat
Eucharistic Spirituality
We celebrate Mass frequently but how does our celebration connect with our life? Today we will explore the mystery of the Eucharist and its consequences for our lives as disciples.
Fr Aloysius Rego OCD. Mount Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville. Tel 9603 1433


7 May
Good News Prayer and Leisure Program
Good New Community. jeanieh@materdei.org.au


9 May
Spirituality in the Pub
Changing Consciousness – clinging to history or grasping the future.
Fr Kevin Burke
Jamberoo Pub. Commencing at 7.30pm. Meals are available from 5.30pm – 7.30pm.


9, 16, 23 & 30 May and 6 & 22 June
Level 2 Course for Catechists
CCD Centre, Micah House, Campbelltown.
9.30am – 2.00pm. Jude Hennessy 4253 0987


11 – 19 May
8 Day Healing Retreat
Open the doors of hurt and let the goodness of God's light shed new warmth upon your pain.
The Healing Heart - life's healing journey is a silent retreat which draws on the spirituality of the Heart of Jesus. Any hurtful life experience, loss or painful memory can be headed and transformed through the grace and power of God. There is no hurtful or limiting experience of ours which Jesus has not shared. The Life's Hearing Journey Retreat is a blend of: daily input session; daily meeting with Prayer Companion; daily celebration of Eucharist; celebration of Reconciliation and celebration of Anointing. All retreats commence with the evening meal at 6.00pm followed by the Eucharist on the first day. Retreats conclude following an early afternoon Eucharist on the last day. Accompanied by the Retreat Team.St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park. 4630 0233. Email towersretreat@bigpond.com


May 11 – 19
8 Day Directed Retreat
Let God take you deeper into love. Accompanied by the Retreat Team.
St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park. 4630 0233. Email towersretreat@bigpond.com


13 May
World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO) Mass at 12.10pm. (Catholic Women's League). St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Wollongong


13 May
L
ife Ascending Bookclub – study of books related to religion
Life Ascending is for Catholics and other Christians in their middle and later years. Spirituality: to deepen awareness of God in their lives. Friendship: to enjoy and create close and lasting friendships. Loving Service; to share their wisdom and concern for all those in need. Simonette Bunder 4227 5637


13 – 15 May
G
od's "Absence" in our Culture! How does one believe? The Focolare spirituality of "Jesus forsaken and Mary desolate" can give meaning to a secular world.
Fr Brendan Purcell. Mount Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville. Tel 9603 1433


13, 20 & 27 May and 3, 10 &17 June
Level 2 Course for Catechists
Xavier Centre, Bellambi.
9.30am – 2.00pm. Jude Hennessy 4253 0987


15 May
DIOCESAN MASS to launch the new musical setting of the Mass. A diocesan Mass to launch the new musical setting to be sung throughout the Diocese will be held on Sunday, 15 May at 3.00pm in St Thomas Aquinas Church, Bowral. Bishop Peter Ingham will be the main celebrant. The Mass, composed by Irish priest, Fr Liam Lawton incorporates the new translation of the Mass and was introduced with critical acclaim at a Diocesan workshop in February. Parishioners from around the Diocese are invited to attend this Mass to hear how the Mass will sound with full choir and orchestra. Following the Mass food and drink will be served in the parish grounds. Anyone wishing to sing in the choir at this Mass is asked to attend a practice on Wednesday, 4 May at 7.00pm in the Parish Meeting Room, St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Wollongong or on Thursday, 5 May at 7.00pm in St Paul's Church, Camden. To register attendance for the choir practice please contact the Diocesan Offices on 4253 0900.


17 – 23 May
Guided Retreat
An Unfathomable Love
A guided retreat exploring the depths of God's love for us.
Fr Chris Chaplin MSC. Hartzer Park Centre, Eridge Park
Tel 4861 3223 hartzprk@bigpond.net.au


May 21 – 29
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 0233. Email towersretreat@bigpond.com


24 May
Pilgrimage to Marian Shrine, Unanderra
Catholic Women's League


27 May
Prayer Around the Cross
Drawing inspiration from the prayers and music of Taize in France. A key element of Taize prayer is that it is ecumenical Christian prayer, a prayer for which Christians of all traditions are given an opportunity to gather together in the spirit of the Risen Lord …to offer a quiet atmosphere for prayer and reflection. Cambewarra Union Church, Main Road, Cambewarra. 7.00pm. Contact Gabrielle Fogarty 4232 2735 or email gfogarty@exemail.com.au


27 – 29 May
A
rt Retreat – Nurture Growth in the Spiritual Life
What seeds need to be sown to nurture growth in the spiritual life? This question will be explored through the artistic process in conjunction with encountering the teachings of the mystics. No previous experience in artistic work is required. Cost: $170.
Mr John Charadia and Fr Greg Burke OCD Mount Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville
Tel 9603 1433


31 May
Wollongong Spirituality in the Pub
We are believers who are attempting to establish a forum for conversation within the Catholic Church in Australia. Our aim is to prompt open exchanges among the community of believers, mindful of the diversity of expression of faith in contemporary Australia. Catalyst for Renewal Mission Statement. Bulli Heritage Hotel, Bulli. 7.30pm – 9.00pm.
Simonette Bunder 4227 5637 or wollsip@gmail.com



CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE

Come join our Catechists for some Training and Faith Formation. The following training courses for catechists are not far away. if you are not a catechist but would like to complete the course of studyfor personal faith formation, you are most welcome to join us and will still receive a certificate on completion of the course.

Level 2 Course. Topics includeChild Development, Teaching Children with Special Needs, The Story of God's People, Helping Children Learn about Church and the Liturgical Year, The Christmas & Easter Story, Living our Faith, Moral Development, Values Education, Creative arts in the Classroom, Faith Development in Children and Young People, Christian Initiation of Children, Celebrating Sacraments of Initiation and Ecumenical Cooperation. Where and When: Illawarra & Shoalhaven: (Venue: Xavier Centre, 2 Bond Street Bellambi) Dates: May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17 (9.30am-2.00pm) and Macarthur/Southern Highlands: (Venue: Micah House, 35a Cordeaux St Campbelltown) Dates: May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6 & 20 (9.30-2.00pm)


Berekah Retreat
: 5 day Retreat of renewal and prayer conducted by CEO Wollongong with two spots for Catechists. May 15-20 Venue: Mt St Benedict Centre Hull Road, Pennant Hills

If you are interested in attending any of these courses, please contact Illawarra Catechist Regional Coordinator Leonie Green on 4225 0137, leonie.green@woll.catholic.org.au, Peter Gilmore 4640 8549, peter.gilmore@woll.catholic.org.au or Helen Bennett 4253 0934 helen.bennett@woll.catholic.org.au


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