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Friday, January 31, 2014

ENCOUNTER Lenten Program - Audio files now available for download!


ENCOUNTER - Lenten Program 2014
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
 

ENCOUNTER - Lenten Program
Audio files now available for download!

Lent is just around the corner (5 March) so why not join the thousands of people around Australia undertaking the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong's Lenten Program this year.

ENCOUNTER: Lenten Program 2014, is a 44-page weekly program designed as a six-week Lenten resource for small groups, prayer companions, staff reflections, families and individuals.

By unpacking the Sunday Gospels during Lent, Discalced Carmelite Friar,  Fr Greg Homeming OCD, looks at how we see and encounter Jesus Christ in our own lives. Fr Greg is a popular conference, spirituality and retreat speaker in Australia and overseas. In Encounter, Fr Greg writes,

"I hope that as you accompany Jesus and look into his eyes with the eyes of your soul you will see a man who is more than a great man; this man is God with us... As you experience betrayal, disappointment, fear or abandonment, remember that this, amongst other things, is what you have in common with Jesus."

Fr Greg's teaching is beautifully complimented by Sr Hilda Scott OSB's (Vocations Director, Jamberoo Abbey) Spiritual Direction and Guided Meditation. Sr Hilda has a wonderful way of showing us God in the every day. As Sr Hilda writes,

"Over these weeks Jesus has made it clear that he loves you deeply… Let me whisper a secret to you. If this very day or night, you sit quietly somewhere and make your declaration of love to him... your life will change as it is meant to do and Easter Sunday will find you with an expanded heart of love that will be refreshed time and time again. You have been found forever."

ENCOUNTER also includes thought provoking reflection questions perfect for group discussion as well as a sung Responsorial Psalm (see Triple CD below) and opening and closing prayer for each week.

There is also an accompanying Triple CD Resource available for purchase for $8.00 or download for free at www.lent.dow.org.au. The CD Resource contains professionally recorded weekly Responsorial Psalm musical pieces written by Diocesan Liturgy Coordinator and Composer,  Paul Mason, and performed by nationally acclaimed soloist, Louise Symes, which are used as part of the program.

The CD Resource also contains audio versions of the Gospels and Gospel Reflections by Fr Greg Homeming OCD, Spiritual Direction by Sr Hilda Scott OS as well as (for the first time) Guided Meditation led by Sr Hilda Scott OSB  (N.B. The Guided Meditation is only available on the Triple CD or MP3 download).

The whole is contained within the beautiful artwork of Nelson Colo Matoma who has painted six new watercolour expressionism artworks for the program.

As always, the cost of the program has been kept as low as possible (from $4.40) to ensure the resource can be made widely available to local communities.

PRICING

Qty 1-25 $6.60 each (inc GST)

Qty 26-100 $5.50 each (inc GST)

Qty Over 100 $4.40 each (inc GST)

Triple CD Resource: $8.00 each (inc GST)

POSTAGE AND HANDLING: 1-10 items ($7.00); 11-25 items ($13.00); 26-50 items ($17.00); 51-100 items ($20.00); Over 100 items (or international orders) contact us before placing order to confirm postage and handling.

Delivery of the Program and Triple CD Resource is expected in the second week of February. 

** If you live in the Diocese of Wollongong, please contact your parish or school first to see if they will be ordering on behalf of parishioners, students and staff. **

If you live outside the Diocese of Wollongong and would like to order ENCOUNTER, download an order form below and email/mail/fax back to us or contact Jenny Raposio directly at +61 2 4222 2411 or  orders@dow.org.au. If you live outside Australia and would like to order ENCOUNTER, please contact Jenny Raposio before filling out the order form so that we can advise you of the shipping costs.

There is a link below to download a sample of the program. However, if you would like a full sample hard copy of the program for evaluation purposes, please contact Jenny on the number or email above.

 

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

INTEGRITY OF CREATION




MAY THE MYSTERY THAT IS CHRISTMAS SURROUND YOU IN LOVING CONTEMPLATION
from Paul, Denis and Gabrielle
your Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Team (JPIC)
…   …   …   …   …
The Point of the Process …. Bruce Sanguin  (Luke 2:7)
Now, O Holy One,
we enter sacred time,
time suspended,
When history surrenders to mystery, and we ourselves are taken in,
and taken up, by a love story.


For this, the universe bursts into being.
For this, the galaxies shine –
lights strung upon a Christmas cosmos.
For this, supernovas make a sacrifice
And our sun pours itself out
in the service of life.
For this, the march of life on Earth
makes its exuberant procession –
now present in lowing cattle,
in a single shining star,
in shepherds and angels,
and in proud parents –
to a Bethlehem stable.


And on this holy night,
no less,
does the cosmos coalesce in us
as we take our place
on the stage of sacred mystery
to celebrate the point of it all –
that you come to us
in self-emptying love
the moment we enter
the mystery of this Christmas birth.
Amen.
           

What was the Christmas Star? Was it a comet, a novae, a supernovae or a grouping of planets?

Astronomer, Fr Christopher Corbally, from the Vatican Observatory in Arizona, explores several theories.
There is something about the Christmas Star that evokes passion in one. Presumably this passion was first felt by the Magi, and it sustained them through their long journey – and back home by a circuitous route. One's preferred theory does not prove that astrology works or that the birth of Jesus was accompanied by astronomical phenomena. It does, I trust, help one realize that God uses our science and reasoning to draw us to himself. As we try to evoke the experience of those who first found the Babe of Bethlehem, may we too find the One who is the Light of the Universe, who comes to 'shepherd my people' into all Truth.

ENCOUNTER - Lenten Program 2014 - ORDER NOW!


ENCOUNTER - Lenten Program 2014
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
 

ENCOUNTER - Lenten Program 2014
ORDER NOW!

Order your copies of ENCOUNTER: Lenten Program 2014 , a 44-page weekly program published by the Diocese of Wollongong designed as a six-week Lenten resource for small groups, prayer companions, staff reflections, families and individuals.

By unpacking the Sunday Gospels during Lent, Discalced Carmelite Friar,  Fr Greg Homeming OCD, looks at how we see and encounter Jesus Christ in our own lives. Fr Greg is a popular conference, spirituality and retreat speaker in Australia and overseas. In Encounter, Fr Greg writes,

"I hope that as you accompany Jesus and look into his eyes with the eyes of your soul you will see a man who is more than a great man; this man is God with us... As you experience betrayal, disappointment, fear or abandonment, remember that this, amongst other things, is what you have in common with Jesus. If, like Jesus, you do not fall into the trap of focussing on yourself and instead go beyond these feelings and thoughts, you will find that not only do your share these with Jesus but that through them you will be drawn into a deeper more immediate love and presence of God."

Fr Greg's teaching is beautifully complimented by Sr Hilda Scott OSB 's (Vocations Director, Jamberoo Abbey) Spiritual Direction and Guided Christian Meditation. Sr Hilda has a wonderful way of showing us God in the every day. As Sr Hilda writes,

"Over these weeks Jesus has made it clear that he loves you deeply… Let me whisper a secret to you. If this very day or night, you sit quietly somewhere and make your declaration of love to him, and give him your commitment to love him all the days of your life and if you put out your hand and allow him take you with him, then the eyes of your soul will see things as yet unknown to you. Your life will change as it is meant to do and Easter Sunday will find you with an expanded heart of love that will be refreshed time and time again. You have been found forever. "

ENCOUNTER also includes thought provoking reflection questions perfect for group discussion as well as a sung Responsorial Psalm (see Double CD) and opening and closing prayer for each week.

There is also an accompanying Double CD available for purchase ($8.00) or download from our website (www.lent.dow.org.au ) for free (MP3 download) in February 2014. The CD contains professionally recorded weekly Responsorial Psalm musical pieces written by Diocesan Liturgy Coordinator and Composer,  Paul Mason, and performed by nationally acclaimed soloist, Louise Symes, which are used as part of the program.

The CD also contains audio versions of the Gospels and Gospel Reflections by Fr Greg Homeming OCD, Spiritual Direction by Sr Hilda Scott OSB as well as (for the first time) Guided Christian Meditation led by  Sr Hilda Scott OSB  (N.B. The Guided Christian Meditation is only available on the Double CD or MP3 download).

The whole is contained within the amazing artwork of Nelson Colo Matoma who has painted six new watercolour expressionism artworks for the program.

As always, the cost of the program has been kept as low as possible (from $4.40) to ensure the resource can be made widely available to local communities.

PRICING

Qty 1-25 $6.60 each (inc GST)

Qty 26-100 $5.50 each (inc GST)

Qty Over 100 $4.40 each (inc GST)

Double CD Resource: $8.00 each (inc GST)

POSTAGE AND HANDLING: 1-10 items ($7.00); 11-25 items ($13.00); 26-50 items ($17.00); 51-100 items ($20.00); Over 100 items (or international orders) contact us before placing order to confirm postage and handling.

Delivery of the Program and CD Resources are expected in the second week of February. 

** If you live in the Diocese of Wollongong, please contact your parish or school first to see if they will be ordering on behalf of parishioners, students and staff. **

If you live outside the Diocese of Wollongong and would like to order ENCOUNTER, download an order form below and email/mail/fax back to us or contact Jenny Raposio directly at +61 2 4222 2411 or  orders@dow.org.au. If you live outside Australia and would like to order ENCOUNTER, please contact Jenny Raposio before filling out the order form so that we can advise you of the shipping costs.