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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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