Welcome to this month's edition of "Liturgy Notes", the liturgy and music section of the Faith & Life e-newsletter. A significant focus for the year is the preparations for "Lift Up Your Hearts", a National Liturgy Conference to be hosted in Wollongong next January 2014.
God in the Gong with Peter Turner at Macarthur Tavern (9 April)
Come along next Tuesday (9 April) to God in the Gong - an evening of live music, catechesis and discussion, with Mr Peter Turner (Director of Schools, Catholic Education Office Wollongong) talking about "Faith and the Future: Can we learn to be Catholic?"
Graced to Evangelise with Bishop Julian Porteous (20 April)
Graced to Evangelise - An afternoon with Bishop Julian Porteous in Wollongong on Saturday 20 April 1pm - 4.30pm Xavier Centre, Corner Harbour & Crown St Wollongong (next to the Cathedral).
Journey to Pentecost in Wollongong (from 2 May)
"Let us rediscover, dear brothers and sisters, the beauty of being baptized in the Holy Spirit; let us be aware again of our Baptism and our Confirmation, sources of grace that are always present." Pope Benedict XVI May 2008
Spirit Alive Youth Ministry Festival with Sr Hilda Scott osb (11 May)
Don't miss this opportunity to hear Sr Hilda Scott! Whenever Sr Hilda speaks to young people they walk away affirmed, challenged and inspired. Sr Hilda is a nun from the enclosed Benedictine Abbey at Jamberoo. She became known to wider Australia through the ABC TV documentary, The Abbey, in which five Australian women were invited to live a monastic life for 33 days and nights.
World Congress of Families (15-18 May
WORLD CONGRESS OF FAMILIES, Australian Technology Park Sydney, May 15-18, 2013 Theme: 'Happy Families, Healthy Economy.'
The World Congress of Families is a time of teaching, learning, networking and exchange as those who seek to strengthen and promote the natural family tackle some of the most complex issues affecting family life today.
The Great Grace - Receiving Vatican II today (20-23 May)
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the commencement of the Second Vatican Council, a national conference will be held in Sydney. "The Great Grace" will be a wonderful opportunity for Catholics involved in all fields of Church life to come together and gain a renewed appreciation of the 'great gift' of Vatican II.
Faith In Action - Through the Jesuit Spirituality of Pope Francis (1 June)
Faith in Action: Through the Jesuit Spirituality of Pope Francis Saturday 1 June, 10-3:30pm, Xavier Centre Conference Rooms, 38 Harbour St Wollongong.
Join renowned national speaker Sandie Cornish as she helps us unpack Catholic Social Teaching through the Jesuit spirituality of Pope Francis.
Lift Up Your Hearts - National Liturgy Conference Wollongong (15-18 January 2014)
"Lift Up Your Hearts" National Liturgy Cnference (Wollongong, NSW, Wednesday 15 - Saturday 18 January 2014) - SAVE THE DATE!
Hosted by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong and sponsored by the Australian Pastoral Musicians Network (APMN), this conference will explore and celebrate Vatican II's vision for "full, conscious and active participation" (SC 14), living the mission in prayer and worship.
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