I trust this email finds you well. Below is some information regarding upcoming faith & ministry formation events for the remainder of September and October.
The Family Ministry Conference will be an excellent opportunity to explore the many ways we can reach out to families within and beyond our communities. Registrations are due by 16 October.
In summary the upcoming events are:
- Sat 19 Sept Wollongong Ministry Formation Course: The Music Coordinator
- Mon 28 Sept Campbelltown Supporting the Journey with Dementia
- Wed 30 Sept Wollongong Supporting the Journey in Palliative Care
- Tues 6 Oct Bulli People & Places of the Early Church
- Tues 13 Oct Campbelltown Faith & Justice: I Was a Stranger and you Welcomed Me
- Wed 14 Oct Kiama Faith & Justice: I Was a Stranger and you Welcomed Me
- Fri 30 Oct-Sat 31 Oct Varroville Family Ministry Conference: Embracing Family
MINISTRY FORMATION COURSE – THE MUSIC COORDINATOR: PULLING IT TOGETHER –
SATURDAY 19 SEPT
This course provides general formation and resources for those who coordinate music ministry at Mass, including Choir Directors, Band Leaders, Ensemble and Small Group Leaders, Organists and Cantors in parishes and schools.` Paul Mason and Angela Quinn will facilitate two sessions, covering the following topics: (a) The Music Leader as Servant of the Assembly; (b) Forming a liturgical choir or music group – musical, liturgical, psychological and pedagogical competencies; (c) Developing a workable repertory; (d) Managing a music ministry program – people, music resources, communications, time, and budget.
The course is being offered at the Xavier Conference Centre, 38 Harbour Street, Wollongong, on Saturday 19 September, 10:00am – 1:00pm. A Resource Kit and Morning Tea are provided. For further information visit www.liturgy.dow.org.au, or contact Paul Mason firstname.lastname@example.org or 4222 2462. Cost: $10
For enrolment registration contact Helen Bennett email@example.com or 4222 2403.
UNDERSTANDING & SUPPORTING THE JOURNEY WITH DEMENTIA
Monday 28 Sept 9:00am-3:30pm at Micah House, 35a Cordeaux St Campbelltown
Wanting to understand the complexities of Dementia and how it affects people? Wanting to understand and gain the skills required to pastorally support and communicate effectively with family members and others in our care who have dementia? This workshop, facilitated by Carmen Karauda, will explore the dimensions of Dementia and the effect it has on those with the illness and their families and carers. We will explore the various ways of communicating with people who have dementia focusing on their emotional and spiritual needs. For more enquiries contact Carmen Karauda on 4640 8515 or firstname.lastname@example.org Cost for the workshop is $10 and Registration essential by 24 Sept (Campbelltown) as places are limited to Helen Bennett 4222 2403 or email@example.com
SUPPORTING THE JOURNEY IN PALLIATIVE CARE
Wednesday September 30, 9am-3:30pm, Xavier Centre, 38 Harbour St Wollongong
In this workshop we will gain knowledge and understanding of the Palliative Care approach in caring for those who are dying. This approach aims to improve the quality of life of patients and their families when facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness. We will explore the holistic nature of the Palliative Care approach as it attends pastorally to the patients' physical, psychological and spiritual needs. Facilitated by Carmen Karauda, Diocesan Aged Care Advocate firstname.lastname@example.org Cost $10. Registration ESSENTIAL by Friday 24 September to Helen Bennett, email@example.com 4222 2403
PEOPLE & PLACES OF THE EARLY CHURCH
Tuesday, 6 October, 1pm-3pm at St Joseph's Parish Meeting Room, 48 Park Rd, BULLI
Come on a journey through the history of the early Church, discovering the people, places and founding events of our Church during the first few centuries after Christ. Noel Meddows, member of our Diocesan Liturgy Commission, will be leading this fascinating workshop of exploration and discovery.
FAITH & JUSTICE: I WAS A STRANGER & YOU WELCOMED ME
Tuesday October 13, 7:30-9:30pm, St John the Evangelist Parish Hall, Campbelltown &
Wednesday 14th October, 7:30-9:30pm, Ss Peter & Paul Parish Meeting Room, Kiama
The Catholic Church has a long tradition of reflecting on social justice and the problems of our day. How to respond to the global tide of refugees is one of those things that the Church has reflected upon using Scripture and Tradition to help discern how nations and individuals should respond. Facilitated by Rev. Dr Anthony Gooley, we will look at that teaching and reflect on the situation today in the light of this teaching. The cost for the evenings is $10. Enquiries to Darren McDowell 4222 2463 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration Essential to: Helen Bennett 4222 2403 or email@example.com
EMBRACING FAMILY: PARISH, SCHOOL & BEYOND – FAMILY MINISTRY CONFERENCE 2015
Friday 30 October – Saturday 31 October at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Retreat Centre Varroville
Registration – Due by 16 October
Pope Francis has described family as "the fundamental cell of society, where we learn to live with others despite our differences and to belong to one another; it is also the place where parents pass on the faith to their children." (EG, 66). This conference will explore these questions and offer some practical skills and resources for engaging, nurturing and reaching out to families within and beyond our parish and school communities. Keynote speakers include Fr Elio Capra sdb and Mrs Jill Gallio of the Archdiocese of Adelaide. Come along and experience a day or two of speakers and workshops exploring how we can better support families. For more information go to www.familyconference.dow.org.au or phone Darren McDowell on 4222 2463 or email firstname.lastname@example.org