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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What's on in February? | Catholic Faith & Life Events Guide


Catholic Faith and Life Events Guide

What's on in February?

Welcome to our renewed Catholic Faith & Life E-newsletter where you'll find all the information on the great range of faith and ministry formation opportunities coming to a parish near you.

This month sees the beginning of Lent and we hope you all have your copy of Mercy, our Diocesan Lenten Program 2016. In this program you will find wonderful reflections by Fr Ken Barker MGL (founder of the Missionaries of God's Love) and the ever popular Sr Hilda Scott OSB (Benedictine Abbey Jamberoo).

For those in the Macarthur region, Darren McDowell will be working every Thursday out of Micah House, 35a Cordeaux St Campbelltown. He can be contacted on 0457 764 070 or cfl@dow.org.au. In this way I hope to be more available and accessible in being able to support ministry endeavours in the Macarthur.


CCD Catechist Training - Level 1

FRIDAYS 12 FEB - 18 MAR 2016
Illawarra
MONDAYS 15 FEB - 21 MAR 2016
Macarthur

The first of many training opportunities this year, Level 1 Catechist Training commences in February. This training runs for six consecutive weeks with no cost for the program. It includes both Faith Formation elements as well as Professional Development for Catechists. For more information or to register your interest, please contact Cindy Oliver on (02) 4640 8550. For current Catechists who would like to update their Child Protection or Classroom Management Training please register for Week 1.


Easter Chants Workshops

SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2016
10am-1pm St John the Evangelist Parish
35 Cordeaux St, Campbelltown

These workshops are especially for those who will be singing the Easter Chants, especially the Exultet and Good Friday Intercessions.  Come and learn to sing these wonderful chants which express our faith so well.  These workshops will be of special interest to clergy and cantors. RSVP essential to helen.bennett@dow.org.au or 4222 2403.


Liturgical Ministry Training: Acolytes and Adult Altar Servers

SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2016
10am-4pm Xavier Conference Centre, Harbour St, Wollongong

RSVP essential to helen.bennett@dow.org.au or 4222 2403.


Liturgical Ministry Training: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2016
10am-1pm Xavier Conference Centre, Harbour St, Wollongong

RSVP essential to helen.bennett@dow.org.au or 4222 2403.


Friday Faith & Supper: Being Church Today

FRIDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2016
7:30pm-9:30pm Parish Hall, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish
193 St Andrews Rd, Varroville

How do we 'be church' in today's world?  What does 'church' even mean within todays world? What do we and society look for in us as 'church' in modern Australia?  These questions and more will be explored over wine, cheese and supper with Deacon Anthony Gooley from the Broken Bay Institute. This is an opportunity, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. RSVP essential to helen.bennett@dow.org.au or 4222 2403.


Easter Chants Workshops

SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2016
10am-1pm St John Vianney Co-Cathedral 1 Cabbage Tree Ln, Fairy Meadow

These workshops are especially for those who will be singing the Easter Chants, especially the Exultet and Good Friday Intercessions.  Come and learn to sing these wonderful chants which express our faith so well.  These workshops will be of special interest to clergy and cantors. RSVP essential to helen.bennett@dow.org.au or 4222 2403.


Sacramental Preparation Coordinators & Team Members (Special In-Service)

SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2016
10am-1pm Xavier Conference Centre, Harbour St, Wollongong

RSVP essential to helen.bennett@dow.org.au or 4222 2403.


Francis Effect II: Laudato Si' Colloquim

THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2016
9am-3:30pm St Mary Star of the Sea College Hall
Harbour St, Wollongong

The one-day Wollongong diocesan colloquium: The Francis Effect II: Praised Be You – On Care For Our Common Home promises to be a unique opportunity to engage with the key themes and challenges of Pope Francis' Encyclical on ecology Laudato Si' and listen to the wisdom of leaders and practitioners and participate in meaningful conversations that will offer inspiration and ideas for your own practical environmental action at a parish and school level. Keynote speaker is Fr Denis Edwards. Cost is $20 and includes the book Francis Effect II: Praised be You – On Care for Our Common Home. RSVP is essential by Friday 19 February to helen.bennett@dow.org.au or 4222 2403.


Diocesan Certificate in Pastoral Liturgy - Enrol by end of February

Pastoral Associates - Liturgy Coordinators - Liturgy Committee Members - Music Coordinators - Choir Directors - RCIA Coordinators - Sacramental Coordinators. This course is for you! 2016 units include:

  • "Eucharist in the Liturgical Assembly" (March - June) (Core Unit);
  • "Initiation in the Liturgical Assembly" (July - September) (Elective Unit); or
  • "Music in the Liturgical Assembly" (July - September) (Elective Unit).

Those who commence in 2016 will complete the certificate course in 2017 with the remaining two units. See flyer for details, go to the website (www.liturgy.dow.org.au) for an application form, or contact Paul Mason (02) 4222 2462 or paul.mason@dow.org.au


Significant Dates

10 February Ash Wednesday
Sending of 'Missionaries of Mercy'
14 February 1st Sunday of Lent and Rite of Election
St Francis Xavier Cathedral Wollongong (10:30am)
22 February Feast of the Chair of Peter, Apostle
24 February 64th Anniversary of the Diocese









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