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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Serving God's People - Enrol by 6 March

Dear Friends,


This is just a gentle reminder that there's just one week to go in order to enrol in the Serving God's People courses being held this term in the Eastern Macarthur area.  This is an excellent opportunity to renew oneself in ministry and learn skills for enhancing and drawing more people into ministry.  Further information is below and on the attached flyer.


I understand that the timing at this stage may not suit.  Thus, I would greatly welcome you letting me know if you would be interested in undertaking this course in the future.  I am hoping to run the courses again later in the year and would like to know who may be interested in being involved.




ENROLMENTS NOW OPEN: Serving God's People

Enrol by Friday 6th March


Have you ever been tired out in ministry?  Have you ever wondered 'how can I get more people involved?' Have you ever thought 'how can I support others involved in ministry'? 


Serving God's People is a ministry formation course, especially for those involved in ministry. It will assist you in answering and finding practical solutions to these questions.  Built around five modules of work, this course explores ways to:

·        deepen our relationship with God and each other,

·        explore ways of reviewing and renewing our ministries,

·        create methods for growing the ministries in which we take part

·        use our gifts more creatively in ministry


This course would be an excellent opportunity for parish pastoral council members and any person involved as ministry contact points, coordinators or leaders to undertake.


Courses will be coming are currently planned for:

Mondays 9, 16 & 23 March; 13 & 27 April, 9:30-1:30pm,

Mary Mother of the Church MACQUARIE FIELDS


Tuesdays 24 March; 7, 14 & 28 April; 5 May, 5:30-9:30pm,

Mary Mother of the Church MACQUARIE FIELDS


The cost of the course is $100 for those living within the Diocese of Wollongong. Please contact Darren on 4222 2463 or for further information.







Your Weekly Journey Catholic Radio Podcast | Episode 82

Journey Catholic Radio Podcast
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
This week on the Journey (Ep82)

Thank you for the great feedback we received last week on our first Journey Catholic Radio Podcast eNewsletter.

People have responded so positively about the content and how easy it is to listen to online, any time, on any device! We've got another solid show lined up this week. Have a listen to the whole show or just the bits you really want to hear by clicking on the links below.

The Journey is a weekly program developed by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong all about faith, hope, love and life and is the only Catholic radio program in Australia aired on general Christian radio.

Listen to highlights from this week's show:

"I Will Walk in the Presence" - Responsorial Psalm by Tracey Coombes
Gospel Reflection by Sr Hilda Scott OSB and Fr Michael Fallon MSC
"Interpretation & Authority" - Walking the Walk with Sam Clear
"Look Deeper" - Milk and Honey with Trish McCarthy
"One of those Days" - The Catholic Guy with Bruce Downes
"Believe the Good News" -  Wisdom from the Abbey with Sr Hilda Scott OSB
 "Stockholm Syndrome" - The Call with Fr Dave Callaghan MGL

Or listen to the full show (click the below graphic):

You can also listen to all our past shows at

We are also excited to announce that we are now available on iTunes for those who would like to subscribe to the podcast and have it automatically downloaded onto their iOS Podcast app or in their iTunes Store. Click the following link to subscribe via iTunes:

If you are looking for a simple way to nurture and encourage people in their faith, let them know about the Journey by forwarding this email and inviting them to subscribe by clicking here. It only takes 30 seconds! It's free and doesn't get any easier than this to share faith, hope, love and life.

We love to hear feedback and comments on the show too, so drop us an email at or call (02) 4222 2407.

Yours in Christ

Jude Hennessy
Program Director

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Liturgy News | February 2015

Liturgy Notes

February 2015

Liturgy Notes returns! The February 2015 Liturgy Notes update is packed with news and features many updates to the Liturgy Handbook on our website.

Music Recommendations

Music recommendations have resumed beginning with Ash Wednesday. The music suggestions page in the Liturgy Handbook has been updated with links to music recommendations for most Sundays of Year B 2015. Most are links to Year B 2012 recommendations three years ago, with a simple listing of songs. They will progressively be updated to the new format launched last year.

Here are quick links for March and April:

- 2nd Sunday of Lent
- 3rd Sunday of Lent
- 4th Sunday of Lent
- 5th Sunday of Lent
- Palm Sunday Passion
- Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper
- Good Friday Passion
- Easter Vigil
- Easter Sunday
- 2nd Sunday of Easter
- 3rd Sunday of Easter
- 4th Sunday of Easter
Certificate Course in Pastoral Liturgy

The Certificate course began last weekend (21-22 February) with a cohort of eleven students. The next intake for Unit One "Building the Liturgical Assembly" is scheduled for February 2017. Other units are scheduled through 2015 and 2016. The Diocese is offering full and part scholarships to students depending on their circumstances. Please refer to the flyer and the enrolment form.

Liturgical Ministry Training 2015

The Diocesan Liturgical Commission has prepared a comprehensive schedule of liturgical ministry training for 2015. Please see the flyer for details and schedule of courses.

For further information, please contact Paul Mason (02) 4222 2462 or For bookings, please contact Helen Bennett on (02) 4222 2403 or

Training is offered in 2015 for the following liturgical ministries:

- Accompanist
- Acolyte
- Altar Server
- Cantor of the Psalm
- Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
- Lay Leader of Liturgy
- Ministry to the Sick and Dying
- Ministry of Bereavement Support
- Funeral Preparation
- Ministry of the Word with Children
- Music Administration and Copyright
- Music Coordinator
- Musician

2015 Liturgical Study Tour of Europe

Under the leadership of Dr Margaret Smith SGS and Dr Stephen Hackett MSC, the Yarra Theological Union is offering a month-long European Liturgical Study Tour, "Rites + People + Places". It promises to be a wonderfully enriching experience for pastoral musicians and liturgists. Further details are provided in their brochure.

UPDATED! Workshops Pages

We have expanded the Workshops page to show the full scope of the Diocesan School of Liturgical Ministry, with various levels of training and formation on offer:

- Introduction to Liturgical Ministry
- Liturgical Ministry Training
- Liturgical Ministry Leadership Courses
- Professional Pastoral Leadership Course

The Workshops pages provide details of upcoming liturgical ministry training and formation, details of the Certificate Course in Pastoral Liturgy, offered by the Diocese of Wollongong, as well as details on the Graduate Certificate in Theology (Liturgical Studies), offered by the Australian Catholic University (ACU).

Music - PSALMIST Cantor and Accompanist Scholarships for 2015

The Diocese is pleased to be offering tuition scholarships for cantors of the psalm and accompanists for parishes and schools throughout the Diocese. Details of the PSALMIST Scholarships Program are available here. For further details, please contact Paul Mason on (02) 4222 2462 or

Focus on Youth Music

We have put up a couple of videos on our website of songs from the Diocesan Repertoire lists that will have particular appeal to youth and young adults.

Subscribe to Liturgy Notes

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Contact Us

Paul Mason
Diocesan Liturgy Coordinator
(02) 4222 2462



Newcastle meetings, Frankly Speaking blog and more

Welcome to the Truth, Justice and Healing Council eNewsletter

February 2015
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TJHC at Maitland-Newcastle diocese

Francis Sullivan was in Newcastle on Wednesday speaking with more than 120 local residents, survivors and their advocates, church staff, priests and religious about the work of the Truth Justice and Healing Council.

At two community information sessions, hosted by Bishop Bill Wright, the Hunter community heard about the way in which the Church is approaching the Royal Commission, its reform proposals and the way in which it is working towards ensuring survivors receive justice and compassion.

Mr Sullivan said it is important people get to hear and understand what is being done throughout the Church to ensure as far as possible children are safe and the abuse of the past can never happen again.


Frankly speaking...

The tragedy of child sex abuse in Australia has featured prominently in the media over the past week.
Desperate stories of children sexually assaulted in detention centres comes only weeks after the Forgotten Children Report was released by the Human Rights Commission outlining the incidence of sexual abuse in detention centres.

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Archdiocese of Brisbane responds to Royal Commission findings

A suite of new initiatives and stronger child protection policies are part of the response by Brisbane Archbishop, Mark Coleridge, to the release of the Royal Commission's findings into the way the Archdiocese dealt with a survivor of child sexual abuse in 1999.

In a public statement  Archbishop Coleridge once again apologised to survivors of child sexual abuse and outlined how the Archdiocese has responded since appearing before the Royal Commission in December 2013, as part of the its examination of the Church's Towards Healing process.

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Pope's speaker urges bishop accountability

Pope Francis' speaker on clerical sex abuse, Cardinal Sean O'Malley,  said the failure of the Catholic Church to punish bishops who covered up for paedophiles had seriously harmed its credibility and that it must now lead the way by "humbly making the commitment to accountability, transparency and zero tolerance."

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Pre-employment screening research report released

The Commission has released a research report on effectiveness of pre-employment screening in preventing child sexual abuse.

Researchers found that criminal background checks are an important component of pre-employment screening and are most effective when used with other safeguards, such as thorough reference checks and verification of the applicant's identity, employment history and qualifications.

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