Australian families are under pressure. Many families in our Diocese find themselves at the margins. Increasing financial pressure, including the spiralling cost of basic services and housing, threaten the role and stability of families in our society. The Australian Catholic Bishops' Social Justice Statement for 2012–13 celebrates the role of families in our society and urges all Australians to consider the pressures and challenges that families face today.
Welcome to this month's edition of "Liturgy Notes", the liturgy and music section of the Faith & Life e-newsletter. The Australian Pastoral Musicians Network (APMN) is holding their Annual General Meeting this coming Saturday, 13th October 2012, from 10am to 3pm, at the Rheinberger Centre, corner Weston and Loch Streets, Yarralumla, Canberra, ACT.
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.
Jesus! Mary! Joseph! – These names are immediately recognisable as The Holy Family. As with any family they were able to recognise the gift of each other that was being given to them by God. We don't know much about the life of the Holy Family other than what is offered to us in the Scriptures through the ministries of Jesus.
CatholicCare and Families
Here are just some of the recent initiatives which CatholicCare offers in support of families.
CatholicCare Family Support Workshops
These workshops offer practical 'hands-on' approaches which assist participants in developing and maintaining healthy family relationships.
God in the Gong - To celebrate the Year of Faith, Catholic Youth Ministry Wollongong is launching God in the Gong. Each month God in the Gong will feature an evening of live music, catechesis and discussion with an engaging guest speaker focusing on a different, thought-provoking topic.
A reflection from the Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention 2012 - Campbelltown
Sr Louise McKeogh FMA (Caritas and Social Justice Office Coordinator for the Diocese of Parramatta) recently blogged on her reflections from the Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention that was hosted by the Diocese of Wollonogng on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in September 2012.
Sr Louise highlighted the postive impact Sr Hilda Scott OSB (Jamberoo Abbey) had on the young people in attendance with her keynote address.
The recent celebration of Social Justice Sunday and launch of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Social Justice Statement highlights the important place that the work for social justice occupies within our lives as Catholic Christians. The following are some websites where you will find resources and materials that will be of help in this area of parish life.
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