Gracefest is moving Eastward and you're all invited to what will be a huge night of praise and worship, catechesis, adoration, food and plenty more! Our friends in the Eastern Deaneries are so excited to be hosting Bishop Tony Randazzo for what will be a great celebration marking the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. So make sure you spread the word and click HERE for more info!
City Silence is a weekly Holy Hour for young adults (aged 18-35) at St Mary's Cathedral every Tuesday evening from 6:30-7:30pm.
City Silence will run every Tuesday with our last being the 6th of December 2016. We will recommence the event next year in February 2017.
CorE: "Vision for Youth Ministry in Sydney" with Bishop Umbers
The Archdiocese of Sydney's new Vicar for Evangelisation, Bishop Richard Umbers, is calling all youth ministry coordinators and young leaders for a night of discussion and collaboration. As well as presenting his own vision for youth ministry and evangelisation in the Archdiocese, Bishop Umbers wants to hear from all of you and your thoughts on youth ministry and how he can better support that.
The night will be held on Monday 14 November starting with dinner at 6:00pm and finishing by 8:30pm at St Dominic's Hall, 108 The Crescent, Homebush West. For more information Click HERE for our Facebook event.
Join the Sydney NET Team for their two last Chill 'n' Chat sessions on the 26th OCT and the 2nd NOV. Starting at 7pm at 108 the Crescent, Homebush West with an internationally themed dinner and a conversation on a topic about the faith.
A post-WYD Vocations Camp for Men This is the first event of its kind in Sydney and will include Mass, talks by our new Auxiliary Bishops Tony Randazzo and Richard Umbers, prayer, bushwalks and sports. The event is open to any young man (18-30 years) who is interested in the Vocations Camp, regardless of whether they actually attended WYD. More info and registrations: www.vocationcentre.org.au REGISTRATION CLOSES: 7 November Cost:99$
iWitness 2016 Looking for a way to get more from your Summer? As this year draws to a close, join hundreds of young people from across Australia for a weekend of fun, relaxation and enrichment at iWitness 2016 as we learn about 'Keeping the Faith'.
Created in the spirit of Sydney's World Youth Day in 2008 as a way of keeping the flame alive, the annual iWitness Conference is an opportunity for young to people to engage with, learn about and be inspired by the Catholic faith.
While taking a weekend to relax on the beautiful north coast beach, you'll get to hear from range of fantastic speakers, both religious and lay, addressing the joys and challenges of living out the faith, as well as take part in a range of exciting activities with other young people.
THE IMMACULATA MISSION SCHOOL: 1-10 JANUARY 2017 You are invited to TAKE THE NARROW ROAD and spend the first ten days of the New Year with us in faith, prayer and fellowship - to know God, to love God and to make God known!
TALKS | DAILY MASS | ADORATION | FELLOWSHIP | ACTIVITIES & MORE! VENUE: Launceston Church Grammar School 36 Button St, Mowbray (Launceston, Tasmania)
Bathurst, Melbourn, Perth - January 8-15 Paterson - January 15-22
For over 30 years Summer School has been serving the needs of young people around Australia and beyond. Come to a Summer School and walk the journey with us. Let God lead you along the special path he has planned for your life...The Summer School of Evangelisation has a central purpose - the unique encounter between each person and the Living God whose great love and mercy has overflowed for all humanity from the dawn of creation. Through the resurrection of Jesus and the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are "made alive" (1 Corinthians 15:22). It is in this new life that we are able to live life to the full.
Retreat for the Week
The Summer School of Evangelisation provides a chance to retreat for a week into the powerful experience of the Holy Spirit of God. This Spirit opens up the possibilities for conversion, deepening faith, peace, healing, joy, freedom and passion for the Gospel of Jesus.
Emmanuel Advent and Christmas Reflections 2016 books have arrived!
Our Emmanuel – Daily Advent and Christmas Reflections 2016 books have arrived a week early and they look beautiful! We will begin shipping out this week. It's not too late to order your copies from only $2.73 each!
Many customers buy bulk copies of the book for family, friends and work colleagues as an alternative to Christmas cards and gifts. We have included a page in the book for you to write your gift message.
Emmanuel is a 72 page pocket-size book of short daily reflections from the beginning of Advent (27 November) through to the Baptism of the Lord (9 January) primarily for personal use, but also appropriate for group use such as parish, Church agency, religious community and school staff/class prayer.
These spiritually rich, yet accessible, daily reflections have been written by twelve contributors from the Diocese of Wollongong:
Sr Eileen Brown SGS (Good Samaritan Sisters, Wollongong)
Mr Ken Bryant (Head of Catholic Life, Education and Mission Services, Catholic Education, Diocese of Wollongong)
Fr David Catterall PP (Parish Priest, St Mary MacKillop Parish Oran Park)
Fr Sean Cullen PP (Parish Priest, St Thomas Aquinas Parish Bowral and St Michael's Parish Mittagong)
Fr Leo Duck (Priest in Residence, Holy Spirit Church Vincentia)
Mr Peter Gilmore (Faith Education Officer, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Diocese of Wollongong)
Fr Shane Kelleher OCD PP (Parish Priest, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Varroville)
Mrs Suzanne Marden (Team Leader for Staff Spiritual Formation, Catholic Education, Diocese of Wollongong)
Miss Trish McCarthy (Faith Education Officer, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Diocese of Wollongong)
Fr Christopher G Sarkis PP (Parish Priest, Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Rosemeadow)
Sr Hilda Scott OSB (Benedictine Abbey Jamberoo)
Fr Graham Schmitzer PP (Parish Priest, Immaculate Conception Parish Unanderra)
Emmanuel also features beautiful religious artworks from the Masters such as Duccio, Caravaggio and Fra Angelico with enlightening "artwork spotlight" descriptions written by Fr Graham Schmitzer PP.
We are coming into the last months of the year, but a perfect time to begin considering plans for 2017. The series of offerings in November will assist you in looking forward into 2017 and crafting how you would like to strengthen and grow your ministries and ability to encourage and share faith amongst family and friends.
Liturgy Notes is now available at www.liturgydow.org.au including music suggestions for November and December, Children's liturgy suggestions for November and December, the latest information on the Year of Mercy, and the latest updates to the Liturgy Handbook.
We all want to pass on our faith to family, friends and those who are not fully engaged within our faith communities. We desire our communities to be places where people grow and become sharers in our joy and love of God. In this time together we will explore ways in which we can more effectively support and foster this growth in faith within and beyond our family and parish. Also included is a sneek peek at the new Alpha series, come and see what it's all about. Registration essential by Friday 4 November to Helen Bennett on 4222 2403 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2pm-4:30pm Parish Hall, St Paul's Parish (24 Garrett St Moss Vale)
TUESDAY 8 NOVEMBER 7:30pm-9:30pm Parish Hall, St Thomas More Parish (43 Acacia Avenue Ruse)
Where is Jesus? Spirituality & Prayer for Effective Service Within & Beyond Parish
We can easily get caught up in the 'doing' of serving our parish communities. How can we place Jesus and intimacy with him at the centre of all this activity? What spirituality is needed for effective outreach to those beyond the community? This reflective workshop explores these questions and practical ways we might develop our spirituality and prayer life. This is a 'stand-alone' session as part of the 4 week Life Giving Service - Skills for Involvement and Outreach series. Registration essential by Monday 31 October to Helen Bennett on 4222 2403 or email@example.com
WEDNESDAY 2 NOVEMBER 7:30pm-9:30pm Xavier Conference Centre (38 Harbour St Wollongong)
What do I Hear? Effective Communication Within & Beyond Parish
Communication is critical to the success of our service to the parish and community. In this practical workshop participants will explore effective communication skills for advertising, inviting, engaging & supporting those involved and not yet involved in parish life. This is a 'stand-alone' session as part of the 4 week Life Giving Service - Skills for Involvement and Outreach series. Registration essential by Monday 7 November to Helen Bennett on 4222 2403 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDNESDAY 9 NOVEMBER 7:30pm-9:30pm Xavier Conference Centre (38 Harbour St Wollongong)
I'm in, now what? Encouraging & Supporting Ongoing Involvement
How do we encourage and support those within our areas of ministry so that they can give of their best in an enthusiastic and ongoing way. In this practical workshop participants will look at different ways to induct, train and care for those involved in parish life. This is a 'stand-alone' session as part of the 4 week Life Giving Service - Skills for Involvement and Outreach series. Registration essential by Monday 14 November to Helen Bennett on 4222 2403 or email@example.com
WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER 7:30pm-9:30pm Xavier Conference Centre (38 Harbour St Wollongong)
We did well, right? Renewing, Improving & Growing our Ministries.
How do we know we're doing well? Answering this question effectively enables us to improve and grow our area of service making it more effective within the parish. This session assists us with tools to review and plan for growth in our area of ministry. This is a 'stand-alone' session as part of the 4 week Life Giving Service - Skills for Involvement and Outreach series. Registration essential by Monday 21 November to Helen Bennett on 4222 2403 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDNESDAY 23 NOVEMBER 7:30pm-9:30pm Xavier Conference Centre (38 Harbour St Wollongong)
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong · PO Box 1239 · Wollongong, Nsw 2500 · Australia