I hope and pray you are having and enjoyable and blessed beginning to the Easter season.
I would like to bring to your attention a number of faith & ministry formation opportunities that are on offer around the Diocese over the next month or so. Details are below, but in summary they include:
- Family Ministries Information: Playgroup & The Atrium
- Formation Course: Serving God's People
- Working with Children Information Workshop
- Introduction to Liturgical Ministry Training
- Sacramental Spirituality with Fr Elio Capra (Life, Love & Sacred Moments)
- Faith in Everyday Life: Interfaith Dialogue
- Understanding & Supporting the Journey of Ageing
This is also the Year of Consecrated Life and you are invited to participate in various events around the diocese. A brochure regarding this year of celebration is available in your parish communities. I have attached a copy for your convenience.
I look forward to seeing you at some of these events or courses. You can also follow us on facebook (www.facebook.com/cfldow) or twitter @CFLDOW
Diocesan Adult Faith Coordinator
FAMILY MINISTRY SESSION - PARISH PLAYGROUPS & THE ATRIUM
Thursday 23 April 9.30–11.30am Xavier Centre, Wollongong
1) Playgroups serve to welcome families into our Parishes and provide opportunities for engagement and welcome to Christ's love.
2) The Atrium - Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Christian formation process for children aged 3 to 12 years, in which they experience and form an authentic, faithful relationship with God. The adult's task is to prepare the sacred space for the children, called 'the atrium'.
Explore each of these options to welcome families to your parish. All welcome. Morning Tea & a play space for young children will be provided. RSVP by 20 April to firstname.lastname@example.org
MINISTRY FORMATION COURSE – SERVING GOD'S PEOPLE
Information Sessions: Tuesday 28 April 7:00-9:00pm at St Paul's Parish Camden.
Course Sessions Tuesday evenings, 7pm-9pm, 5 May – 23 June at St Paul's Parish Camden
Currently involved as a participant or ministry leader and seeking to develop further practical skills for ministry? Are you new to ministry and want to learn more? Interested in developing skills for working with others in ministry? Then Serving God's People course is for you. Serving God's People provides an overview of Christian ministry, equipping those involved or seeking to be involved in ministry with essential skills and knowledge for actively contributing to the life of the parish or Diocese. For further information contact Darren McDowell, email@example.com or 4222 2463. Enrolment in the course is essential and must be completed by Friday 1 May.
WORKING WITH CHILDREN IN PARISH MINISTRIES
Thursday 30 April 9.30am– 11.00am OR 7.00pm–8.30pm. Both at Xavier Centre, Wollongong.
Overview of Working with Children Check requirements for parish ministries and best practice for lay people in ministry. Anyone involved in a parish ministry is welcome to attend. RSVP by 27 April to firstname.lastname@example.org
MINISTRY FORMATION COURSE – INTRODUCTION TO LITURGICAL MINISTRY
Option 1: Xavier Centre, Wollongong Wednesdays, 7:30-9pm, 29 April (session 1) and 6 May (session 2).
Option 2: Xavier Centre, Wollongong Saturday, 10am-1pm, 9 May (session 1 and 2 combined).
Option 3: St John the Evangelist, Campbelltown Wednesdays, 7:30-9pm 29 July (session 1) and 5 August (session 2).
Option 4: St Thomas More, Ruse Saturday, 10am-1pm, 1 August (session 1 and 2 combined).
This is an introduction for all who participate in the Church's liturgy. It provides a foundation upon which to build an understanding of the various ministries that serve the Church at prayer. The course is being offered on multiple occasions this year at different locations, either in a single session Saturday morning course, or in two week night sessions. 3 For further information visit www.liturgy.dow.org.au or contact Paul Mason email@example.com or 4222 2462. For enrolment registration contact Helen Bennett firstname.lastname@example.org or 4222 2403.
FR ELIO CAPRA on LOVE, LIFE AND SACRED MOMENTS and talks based on the Sacraments at St Anthony's Picton/Tahmoor. Come along and be inspired and entertained! A program of inspiration from Friday 1 May evening until Sunday 3 May lunchtime:
Friday 1 May 7.30pm-9.00pm St Anthony's School Hall, Picton from
Saturday 2 May 1.30pm-4.30pm followed by a Glorious Mass 5pm Catholic Church Tahmoor
Sunday 3 May School Mass under the COLA followed by a talk in the Hall on "Marriage and the Family" followed by a sausage Sizzle at 12noon School Hall Picton.
FAITH IN EVERYDAY LIFE: INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE: UNDERSTANDING, PEACE & COOPERATION
Tuesday 12 May 7:30pm-9:30pm St John the Evangelist Parish Hall, 36 Cordeaux St, Campbelltown
Religion is in the headlines of our news, sometimes for all the wrong reasons. The media presentation and commentary may not represent the full truth about religion or the dialogue between religions. In this presentation we will explore what the Second Vatican Council had to say about interreligious dialogue and some of what has happened since then in this area between the Catholic Church and other religions. We will consider some implications of this for our Australian and local context. Facilitated by Rev Dr Anthony Gooley from BBI. Cost $10.
Registration Essential by Friday 8 May to Helen Bennett 4222 2403 or email@example.com
UNDERSTANDING & SUPPORTING THE JOURNEY OF AGEING
Monday 11 May 9am–3:30pm Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Meeting Room St Andrews Rd Varroville
Would you like to understand the journey into old age, learn how to maintain a holistic well-being during this journey, addressing the physical, social, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs; Wanting to pastorally support others as they advance into old age. We are all ageing, no matter how old we are currently. In this workshop we will explore the ageing process. On the journey we will gain an understanding of how we can maintain a healthy well-being as we age, whilst looking at the process of accepting and living with the limitations and challenges of ageing. Our journey encompasses a pastoral, holistic approach to ageing and awareness of the unique journey each person has as they age. Facilitated by Carmen Karauda, Diocesan Aged Care Advocate. Cost: $10 Morning Tea and Lunch provided Registration Essential by Wednesday 6 May (for Varroville) and Wednesday 22 May for Wollongong) to Helen Bennett 4222 2403 or firstname.lastname@example.org