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Thursday, February 27, 2014

ENCOUNTER: Lenten Program - less than 800 copies left!

ENCOUNTER - Lenten Program 2014
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong

One week until Lent - books almost sold out!

Lent is just one week away and we have almost sold out of the  ENCOUNTER: Lenten Program 2014 books . We have less than 800 copies left so this is your last opportunity to order before they sell out.

Unfortunately, we have already sold out of the Triple CD Resource, however you can still download the audio files for free at in order to make your own CD copies. If you are having trouble downloading the audio files and burning your own copies, please contact Rachel on the number below and we will do our best to help you through the process.

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. 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.

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

Accompanying audio files are available for download for free at The audio files contain a weekly Responsorial Psalm composed by  Paul Mason and performed by nationally acclaimed soloist, Louise Symes  as well as audio versions of the Gospels and Gospel Reflections by Fr Greg, Spiritual Direction by Sr Hilda as well as (for the first time) Guided Meditation led by Sr Hilda (N.B. The Guided Meditation is only available on the audio files).

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. 


Qty 1-25 $6.60 each (inc GST)

Qty 26-100 $5.50 each (inc GST)

Qty Over 100 $4.40 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.

** 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 Rachel Hennessy  directly at +61 2 4222 2411 or If you live outside Australia and would like to order ENCOUNTER , please contact Rachel 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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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Fwd: Please give to my Supporter page!

YMCA Swimathon this weekend at the Whitlam Centre, Liverpool!

     "Coach, show us how it's done".

     That's what I like to think is meant when they say: "Well YOU get in and do it!"

     Finally a chance to encourage "coach" to get in the water.

     Ante up to see if I will blow a gasket this Sunday.

     All for a good cause. :-)

To give to my page, or to read more about why I'm doing what I'm doing, please visit:

Thanks in advance for your generosity on behalf of Liverpool Leatherjackets and the YMCA!


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fwd: Faith & Life News | February 2014

Faith and Life E-newsletter
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
february 2014
In this Issue
Upcoming Events
The Joy of the Gospel – Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation
By Darren McDowell
(Coordinator Adult Faith Formation)

“I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since ‘no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord.’” (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 3) Read more
Bishop Peter initiates Youth Ministry Consultation
By Christy Honeysett

Have you ever heard this phrase: "I was born in 1981, so whether I am a ‘young person’ or not probably depends on your perspective. I am however passionate about youth ministry and believe that we as Church need to give our young people the best opportunity to develop their gifts and talents so they are empowered in their relationship with Jesus and their faith does not wither and fade." Read more
CatholicCare's Marriage and Relationship Education Programs
By Chiara Mammone
(CatholicCare Communications and Fundraising Officer)

CatholicCare's Marriage and Relationship Education programs prepare couples’ relationship for the future years ahead. The program provides an opportunity to make a start on building a more rewarding life together. Read more
Bishop Peter Announces Diocesan Assembly in March to continue Parishes Working Together Process
By Darren McDowell
(Coordinator Adult Faith Formation)

Bishop Peter and the Diocesan Pastoral Council invite Clergy, Parish Pastoral Councils, parishioners and other interested people to gather and participate in the continued development of Parishes Working Together and the Diocesan Pastoral Plan. Read more
ENCOUNTER: Lenten Program 2014
By Daniel Hopper
(Diocesan Communications Coordinator)

Lent is just three weeks away but it's not too late to order your copies of   ENCOUNTER: Lenten Program 2014, a 44 page weekly program designed as a six-week Lenten resource.

In most cases we are processing orders same day so you will receive your order within a day or two of ordering. Read more
The Journey - Catholic Radio on Pulse 94.1FM
By Jude Hennessy
(Director of CCD)

Have you heard The Journey - Catholic Radio Show yet? The Journey is a weekly program produced by the Diocese of Wollongong. This week features an in-depth interview with Bruce Downes, The Catholic Guy, as well as all the regular weekly spots including our Sunday Gospel Reflection, Sr Hilda’s wisdom from Jamberoo Abbey, and great tips for living well from Trish McCarthy, Pete Gilmore and Fran and Byron Pirola on marriages. Read more
Worldwide Marriage Encounter Celebrates 40 Years in Australia
By Ardell and Bill Sharpe

Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) is a Marriage Enrichment experience for married couples, set in peaceful surroundings, away from the distractions of everyday life. During the weekend, couples have the opportunity to reconnect, rekindle and refresh their relationship. Take time out and invest in your most precious asset - YOUR MARRIAGE! Read more
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(02) 4222 2463


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Fwd: Youth Ministry Consultation - Letter from Bishop

Dear Friends in Catholic Youth Ministry,


Bishop Peter Ingham has called for a consultation process to identify strengths, needs, and to consider how we can be more active in our ministry with young people across our Diocese.

A letter from Bishop Peter is attached which offers an overview of Catholic Youth Ministry as outlined in the National Vision and asks for your support in the process of the consultation.

A key component to the consultation is the online survey which we ask you to complete:

Please also encourage young people between the ages of 12-30 to complete the survey along with those involved in ministry with young people (e.g. involved parents, catechists, teachers, parish pastoral council members, youth group leaders, youth representatives at gatherings such as World Youth Day or Australian Catholic Youth Festival). The survey is particularly aimed at gathering information from those engaged in spiritual growth, those participating in the life and mission of the Church and those living as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world. Responses are due by Friday 28 February.

For further information contact the Diocesan Youth Office on 4222 2460 or


Yours in Christ,

Richard McMahon

Director of Parish Services
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong