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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Faith & Life News | December 2012


Faith and Life E-newsletter
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
 
March 2012
In this Issue
Upcoming Events
 
A Dawning of Hope
By Fr Graham Schmitzer
(Parish Priest, St Columnkille's Corrimal)


We are living in an age of transition. Th e age of Christianity has not ended, but rather an age of Christianity. Christianity did not come down from above – it has been continually shaped by times and circumstances in which the people of the time have had to make hard decisions. Read more
Year of Faith
By Darren McDowell
(Coordinator of Parish Services)


How is your life of faith going? Or to put it another way, how is your relationship with God going as you live it out through the beliefs and practices of our Catholic tradition? This is the question that the universal Church asks us to consider in this Year of Faith. This 'year' began on 11 October 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, and will conclude on 24 November 2013, the Solemnity of Christ the King. Read more
Liturgy Notes
By Paul Mason
(Diocesan Liturgy Coordinator)


Welcome to this month's edition of "Liturgy Notes", the liturgy and music section of the Faith & Life eNewsletter. As we approach the beginning of a new year, it is time to reflect on the major developments being contemplated in the area of liturgy in the Diocese in 2013. Next year the Diocesan Pastoral Plan focuses on Faith and Spiritual Formation. In the context of our goal for liturgy – that our celebration of the Mass be an uplifting experience of the community at prayer and worship Read more
Believe: Lenten Program 2013
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By Daniel Hopper
(Diocesan Communications Coordinator)


Lent begins early in 2013!

As Ash Wednesday begins 13 February 2013, we want to ensure that you have as much time as possible to make your Lenten preparations. With that in mind, we are delighted to announce that the Diocese of Wollongong is publishing BELIEVE: Lenten Program 2013 – a 44 page program designed as a six-week Lenten resource for small groups, prayer companions, staff reflections, families and individuals.

Why believe in God? How do I believe in the midst of so many contrary signs in today's world? Through this year's Lenten Program, we are invited to renew our trust in God's faithfulness and God's merciful love.
Read more
Help Us Improve Faith & Life eNews
By Darren McDowell (Coordinator of Parish Services)

Our Faith & Life eNewsletter has been progressing well over the last 10 months but we are always keen to get your feedback in order to make improvements. So, with 2013 not too far away I invite you to participate in our short online survey. It only takes two minutes to complete.
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Ten Questions With...
Noel Levett
(Diocesan Pastoral Council)
Helpful Hints
Take Time to Strengthen Family Relationships

In this issue we begin a 10 part series looking at the "Ten steps to strengthen and Support Families" by the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council.

Balancing the demands of being with family and working to make ends meet can often be a challenge. However, as we know, good family relationships can go a long way to providing the strength and support that each of us need to face life's ups and downs. Read more
Resource Spotlight
Youth Essentials Training
21-25 January 2013

Youth Ministry ESSENTIALS is an exciting, intensive training program open to anybody wishing to further develop their skills and knowledge in their ministry with young people.

The program will provide an opportunity for valuable personal growth and an experience that will deepen participants' understanding and appreciation for this important ministry of the church. Read more
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Darren McDowell
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(02) 4253 0985
darren.mcdowell@dow.org.au



 


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas with Macarthur Social Justice Network - Saturday 8 December 2012 @ 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.

 

 

 

 

You are invited to join us at the Macarthur Social Justice Network Christmas gathering to be held on: 

 

This Saturday, 8th December 2012

between 2:30pm and 4:30pm

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

cost $2 donation 

 

Please come and celebrate the Christmas Season with your Macarthur Social Justice Network friends.

 

Money raised will go to the St Vincent de Paul Society Christmas Appeal.  

 

Please bring a plate or non-alcoholic drinks to share.

 

Looking forward to sharing Christmas blessings and cheer with you.

 

 

 

 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

 

 


Friday, November 16, 2012

Message from Bishop Peter Ingham


 
Faith and Life E-newsletter
Bishop Peter Ingham Crest
 
16 November 2012
 
Message from Bishop Peter Ingham on the Royal Commission into the Sexual Abuse of Children

 

My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ

As you are aware, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called a Royal Commission to inquire into
child sexual abuse and the responses of institutions, including churches and government and not-for-profit organisations. 

With the Bishops of Australia I welcome the Royal Commission. The protection of children is of prime importance, not the protection of any organisation. Victims and their families must receive respect, justice and compassion. The Diocese will cooperate fully with the Royal Commission and seek to be truly open to the wisdom it will offer to ensure greater protection for children into the future. 

As Bishop of Wollongong, I offer my sincere apology to those who have suffered abuse at the hands of a member of the clergy or indeed, any person representing the Catholic Church, particularly one who was ministering in the name of the Diocese of Wollongong.

I share the pain, shame and legitimate anger of the people of the Church and the wider community, that such abuse has occurred, and that we as Church leaders have been slow to address it with justice and transparency. Sadly, this pain will be heightened as the Commission moves forward. For me personally, and for those priests who strive to live their commitment with integrity, this is one of the saddest times of our priesthood. Equally, for you, the Church community, it is a shameful period in our history. Even in this shame, Christ remains with his Church as we continue our journey together with courage and hope.   

I wish to assure you and the wider community that the Diocese of Wollongong is committed to the protection of children and young people and to addressing with sensitivity and determination any concern or allegation brought forward. In fact, my words of apology and sorrow would be hollow without decisive action.

As a Diocese, we now have in place a rigorous process for dealing with complaints of abuse and cooperate fully with police investigations. We meet all mandatory reporting obligations in relation to the Police, the Ombudsman and other child protection authorities. Where criminal behaviour is involved, complainants are strongly advised to notify the police and the Diocese will assist them to do this. If the victim does not wish to go to the police, the Diocese itself reports all the details of the allegations to the police, except the identity of the victim.

The Royal Commission will scrutinise our practices. Hopefully, it will shine a light on the progress we have made in recent years as well as highlight areas in which we can improve our practice. A positive outcome of the Wood Royal Commission in the mid-90's was that the NSW Ombudsman was given oversight of child protection matters in all schools, including the schools in our Diocese, of the child-related works of CatholicCare, and of other areas of the non-Government sector. This has been of great assistance.

As I have done previously, I strongly urge any person with a complaint of mistreatment or abuse to come forward to the appropriate authority. If the complaint is of a criminal nature, I ask you to notify the police. If you need assistance with this, or if the matter is not of a criminal nature, I invite and encourage you to telephone the Catholic Church's Helpline on 1300 369 977 or to contact my office on 02 4253 0900 and ask to speak to Sr Moya Hanlen who works closely with me in these matters. 

In conclusion, I renew my heartfelt apology to victims of sexual abuse by Catholic Church personnel. I also apologise to their families and all who have shared their suffering. I affirm again the commitment of the Diocese to work with the Royal Commission and I invite you to join me in prayer that our combined efforts may lead to the greater protection of children.

Bishop Peter W Ingham DD
Bishop of Wollongong
Wollongong
16 November 2012




 


 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Faith & Life News | November 2012


 
Faith and Life E-newsletter
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
 
March 2012
In this Issue
Upcoming Events
 
Vatican II – Then and Now
By Dr John Honner (Theologian)

Pope John XXIII was elected on 28 October 1958, when I was twelve years old. He wanted to open the Vatican windows and let some fresh air into the Church. He called for aggiornamento, or 'updating'. He was going to call a Council. Read more
Liturgy Notes
By Paul Mason (Diocesan Liturgy Coordinator)

Welcome to this month's edition of "Liturgy Notes", the liturgy and music section of the Faith & Life e-newsletter. As the year draws to a close, it is time to reflect on the developments in liturgy in the Diocese in 2012. Read more
Making Space for Everyone
By Darren McDowell (Coordinator of Parish Services)

Have you ever felt the joy of being fully included? This may seem a strange question, but how often do we truly experience being part of something – a group, our church or local community? It is a feeling of empowerment, of security, of meaning and purpose. Usually this experience comes through the efforts of others creating an opportunity, a chance or an invitation that fosters our participation. Read more
Awaken - Advent & Christmas Daily Reflections 2012
By Daniel Hopper (Diocesan Communications Coordinator)

The Diocese of Wollongong is delighted to be producing a beautifully presented full colour 68-page pocket size Advent/Christmas resource entitled, Awaken – Daily Advent and Christmas Reflections 2012.

Advent is such a busy time of year, but it is also so important to spiritually prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. Therefore, Awaken contains short daily reflections from the beginning of Advent through to Epiphany inclusive primarily for personal use. Read more
Ten Questions With...
Deacon Peter Presdee
(Catholic Chaplain, South Coast Correctional Centre, Nowra)
Helpful Hints
Inclusion of family, school and parish
By Richard McMahon (Director of Parish Services)

Ever been out bushwalking and come to a fast flowing river rushing through a gorge? How do we cross the divide? A recognised gap exists between parish, family and school. While our literature affirms the one community where all individuals and families gather for worship, to have their children educated and their faith nurtured, the reality can be very different. Read more
Links and Resources
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Darren McDowell
Coordinator of Parish Services
(02) 4253 0985
darren.mcdowell@dow.org.au