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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Parishes Working Together - Regional Consultations - HAVE YOUR SAY!


Faith and Life E-newsletter
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
March 2012
Regional Consultations
Have Your Say!
Our Diocesan Pastoral Plan 2011-2015, Bearers of Christ's Love, is the fruit of over 2,000 participants reflecting on how we can best serve God's mission into the future. A key goal of our plan is "to make sure that our community models and structures will address the current and emerging needs in our Diocese." As such, Bishop Peter Ingham has invited us to participate in the Parishes Working Together consultation process.

So far in this process each parish has been consulted and now Bishop Peter Ingham is inviting parish communities in each region to gather with other parishes in their region for a regional consultation process. You are invited to have your say about what you believe is the best way for your region to be configured so that we can be bearers of Christ's love into the future.

Come along to consider Mass times, the number of priests, parish boundaries and support for sacramental preparation and the many ministries and services in your region. It's a great opportunity to gather with other Catholics in your region to celebrate the strength of our unity, and the many gifts we can offer to share God's love and build up the church.

Make sure your community is represented as we plan for the future. If you were unable to take part in your own parish consultation session, you are still invited to attend your regional session.

  • SHOALHAVEN: 2 April , St Michael's Hall, Nowra, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
  • SOUTHERN ILAWARRA: 4 April , All Saints Parish Hall, 19 College Ave, Shellharbour City (Parking in Church grounds with access to hall through the Church car park), 7.30pm – 9.30pm
  • CENTRAL ILLAWARRA: 9 April , Xavier Centre, Wollongong, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
  • NORTHERN ILLAWARRA: 11 April , St Joseph's Church, Bulli, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
  • SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS: 16 April , St Thomas Aquinas Hall, Bowral , 7.00pm – 9.30pm
  • EASTERN MACARTHUR: 18 April , St John's Hall, Campbelltown, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
  • WESTERN MACARTHUR: 23 April , St Paul's Hall, Camden, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
  • CAN'T MAKE A REGIONAL TIME? 24 April , Xavier Centre, Wollongong, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Please RSVP to Jane Edwards at or 4222 2404 and indicate which venue you will attending.



Thursday, March 28, 2013

Bishop Peter Ingham's Easter Message


Faith and Life E-newsletter
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
March 2012
Bishop Peter Ingham's Easter Message on following Pope Francis' call to mercy and forgiveness

I am particularly grateful each year when the media give me the opportunity to convey an Easter message to you all. Some of my parishioners would know that a special text of Scripture that has inspired my ministry is from Acts Chapter 14 where it says that the Apostles Paul and Barnabas "put fresh heart into the disciples encouraging them to preserve in the faith." (Acts 14:22)

We all need fresh heart from time-to-time, me included. I am reminded of a quote, "Aspire, to inspire, before you expire!" The events over the past couple of weeks with the election of our new Pope Francis have given so many people fresh heart and encouragement. His humility has inspired me and I feel like I have a new spring in my step.

In his unassuming way, the Pope has already shared many profound ideas such as our need to be protectors of life, protectors of the environment and protectors of those in most need in our society – such as our children. The Pope is calling the Church to continue to face its failings of the past and to ensure it always protects the most vulnerable in our society. He has spoken about how protecting each other demands goodness and calls for a certain tenderness which is not the virtue of the weak but rather a sign of strength.

Pope Francis says that, "If we look upon others with tenderness and love, it opens up a horizon of hope; it lets a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds." Christian people deal in hope because Jesus conquered our two great enemies, sin and death, by dying on the Cross for us and by rising again. Easter is about God's mercy and forgiveness; bringing new life and hope.

Pope Francis has said that the Lord's most powerful message is his mercy and forgiveness, "But it is not easy to entrust oneself to God's mercy, because it is an abyss beyond our comprehension." I hear people tell me, "I am too far gone Bishop, I am beyond forgiveness, I am a great sinner." But, the Pope says, "All the better! Go to Jesus: he likes you to tell him these things! [Jesus] has a very special capacity for forgiving… he embraces you and he simply says to you: 'Neither do I condemn you; go, and sin no more.' (John 8:11)… The Lord never tires of forgiving: never! It is we who tire of asking for God's forgiveness." So my Easter message to you is: never tire of asking for forgiveness! God is our loving Father who always pardons, whose heart is merciful to us all so we in turn may learn to be merciful to each other.

Have a blessed Easter.


Most Rev Peter W Ingham DD
Bishop of Wollongong


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

FW: Pope's Mass on TV tonight + New Audio Bible


Faith and Life E-newsletter
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
March 2012
Pope's Installation Mass on ABC 24 tonight!

Please note that ABC News (Channel 24) will telecasting the Pope's Installation Mass live tonight at 7.30pm. Fr Brian Lucas and Jack De Groot will be providing commentary.

If you would like to watch it on the internet, will be providing a live stream.

Truth & Life Catholic Audio Bible and Free App


Bishop Peter Ingham has asked that we forward you details on the TRUTH & LIFE Dramatised Catholic Audio New Testament. This exciting new product  has been granted an Imprimatur by The Vatican, features a foreword by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and  has been endorsed by many including Cardinal George (Archdiocese of Chicago) and Cardinal Dolan (Arcdiocese of New York) who has called it "The greatest Catholic Product of all time!"

The TRUTH & LIFE RSV Catholic Edition New Testament is 22-hours in length; features more than 75 actors; movie-quality sound effects and an original music score. This 'radio-drama' style audio presentation brings the eternal words of the New Testament to life. It was produced by Carl Amari and EWTN's Raymond Arroyo. Check out this YouTube clip on its production.

A powerful FREE APP for The TRUTH & LIFE Dramatised Catholic audio New Testament is also now available that includes the entire written text of the RSV Catholic Edition New Testament AND the fully-dramatised audio of the Gospel of Mark. This audio Gospel of Mark is two hours long and features many award-winning International celebrities, including: Neal McDonough (Jesus), Blair Underwood (Mark), Kristen Bell (Mary, Magdalene), Michael York (Luke), Sean Astin (Matthew), Brian Cox (Voice of God), Malcolm McDowell (Caiaphas), Julia Ormond (Mary, Mother of God), Stacy Keach (John), and John Rhys-Davis (Narrator). It also features the most powerful search tool ever!

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

FW: Bishop Peter Welcomes the election of Pope Francis


Faith and Life E-newsletter
Bishop Peter Ingham Crest
16 November 2012
Bishop Peter Ingham welcomes the election of Pope Francis

Bishop Peter Ingham today warmly welcomed the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio SJ as the new Pope. Taking the name Francis, the new pontiff was elected on the second day of the Conclave of Cardinals.

Bishop Ingham said he joined with all Catholics in praying for the new Pope as he took on the awesome responsibility of leading the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

Bishop Ingham said, "I am very excited! The election of a new Pope is always a joyous time for the Church as was witnessed by the massive crowds gathered in St Peter's Square braving the rain. He looked so calm and humble during what would have been a very daunting moment in his life. I liked how he asked the people to pray for him.

"Although a somewhat unexpected candidate, I am thrilled with the decision and I think it shows that the Cardinals really have listened to the Holy Spirit. Being from Latin America, the new Pope brings with him the perspective of the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere. He also brings with him a great social conscience. He is a champion of the poor, which is clearly evident in the simple spartan lifestyle that he has lived.

"As a member of the international Jesuit order, which means the Society of Jesus, the new Pope comes from a great legacy of spiritual leadership, prayer, and a strong focus on education and social justice – being a voice for the voiceless. As Archbishop Denis Hart said, he focuses us on following Jesus closely.

"The name he has chosen is also a very important sign to us. St Francis Xavier (from whom our Wollongong Cathedral takes its name), was a great Jesuit missionary. Another great Saint in our Church is Saint Francis of Assisi; a man of poverty, humility and simplicity who gave up everything in the world to respond to Christ's call to rebuild his Church. The Church's nature is missionary and is always in need of reform and rebuilding.

"I see this as an opportunity for the Church to start afresh and renew its allegiance to our Lord Jesus Christ through our pledge of allegiance to our new Holy Father. Pope Francis cannot be expected to solve every problem. The challenges that face the Church at present, especially in Australia, cannot be understated. However, it is my hope that the election of Pope Francis will give us fresh heart and encourage us to persevere in the faith (cf Acts 14:22) and to meet the challenges ahead in a spirit of truth, justice and healing.

"Just as Jesus selected Peter from among the Apostles because of his strong faith, this new Successor of Saint Peter is a gifted man chosen under the influence of the Holy Spirit and affirmed by the Church. We pray for our new Holy Father, Francis, as he begins his journey in the footsteps of St Peter as an Apostle for peace and goodness for the whole world."

Bishop Peter Ingham will be celebrating a special Mass of thanksgiving for Pope Francis I tomorrow (Friday 15 March) at 12.10pm at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Wollongong (36 Harbour Street). Everyone is warmly invited to attend.



Friday, March 8, 2013

Climate Change and You - Dr Fr Eduardo Scarel - Saturday 9th March

This is on tomorrow if you are interested.
Dr Fr Eduardo Scarel
Climate Change and You
Dr Fr Eduardo Scarel

When: Saturday 9th March, 2:30pm
Where: St Thomas More Church 43 Acacia Ave, Ruse
Cost: Gold coin donation 
Dr Fr Eduardo Scarel will be the international guest speaker at the Macarthur Social Justice Network meeting in March.
Fr Scarel is an expert on Upper Toposphere/Lower Statosphere Dynamics and Climate Change. He holds a M.SC. in Atmospheric Sciences and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires.
He is a professor at the Argentinian Pontifical Catholic University in Buenos Aires, Argentina and a researcher of the National Technique and Scientific Research Council, and he is also a consultant in ecology for the Bishops' Conference of Latin America.
Eduardo is a regular participant at international conferences, seminars, and related activities in the area of climate change.
In this presentation he will give scientific aspects of Climate Change and point out the spiritual roots of the ecological crisis, the ecological and personal healing path and propose some practical steps by which we can protect our mother earth.
His work has appeared in numerous national and international publications and he has received several awards for his studies, research and work on earth climate and climate change.
He is a member of the International Commission of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) of the Carmelite Order and is currently part of the coordinating team of the Carmelite International NGO, representing South America.