Welcome to the May edition of "Liturgy Notes", the liturgy and music section of the Faith & Life E-Newsletter. This month contains an update on the upcoming music workshops, a review of the Ascension seasonal psalm, as well as our regular section on recommended music selections for upcoming Sunday Masses. It also contains two recommended liturgies for the launch of the Year of Grace.
A parish priest was inviting people to share their gifts in the parish. One parishioner said: "Father, I really have no gifts. I can't read or sing and I'm shy, so I don't like standing up in front of people." The priest asked, "What do you like to do, what gives you joy and energy?" The parishioner replied, "I love baking and feel great pleasure in cooking for others." The priest said, "We've just started working with a local homeless shelter. How about sharing your gifts with us in that way?"
The word is out! Hundreds of young students in Catholic Primary Schools are joining Mini Vinnies! Mini Vinnies is the name given to a group of primary school students who get together to help those in need within their school and the local community. Mini Vinnies introduces students to social justice issues, to the St Vincent de Paul Society and to living faith through action.
The English writer C. S. Lewis described his conversion to Christianity as being "surprised by joy." Lewis had a very particular understanding of joy, which he carefully distinguished from both happiness and pleasure. Joy comes with the satisfaction of our deepest desires. Joy is what we long for always and rarely find.
Catholic Schools Week (CSW), 29 April – 5 May , is a wonderful celebration of Catholic Education involving all our Catholic parish primary and secondary schools throughout the Diocese. This years' theme is Faith in Every Student.
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Stan and Teresa Cichocki Foster Carers from Tahmoor
If you would like to talk to someone about CatholicCare's Foster Care Program, please contact Tammy McKee (Carer Recruitment & Assessment Coordinator) on (02) 4227 1122 (Wollongong) or (02) 4628 0044 (Campbelltown)
National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week occur at the end of this month. They are important times for commemoration, recognition and action. In our Diocese we celebrate the gift of a number of Indigenous and Aboriginal Communities.
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