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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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