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John 13:34

love one another as I have loved you

John 13:34

Monday, September 25, 2017

Your Weekly Journey Catholic Radio Podcast | Episode 216

Journey Catholic Radio Podcast
This week on The Journey (Ep216)

This week on The Journey, Fr Richard Healey (Albion Park, NSW) joins us to reflect on the Gospel for this week, Pete Gilmore returns with wisdom for our week, Sr Hilda Scott OSB joins us, and more! With Bruce Downes The Catholic Guy, some of the best Christian music, and hosted by Wollongong's own Jude Hennessy, you're on The Journey!

Visit or where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email. Got friends or family who you'd like to hear this show ever week? All you've got to do is send them this email and they can subscribe by clicking here.

The Journey is a weekly program developed by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong and is the only Catholic radio program in Australia aired on general Christian radio.

Listen to the presenter inputs this week below:

MATTHEW 20: 1-16 - Gospel Reflection with Fr Richard Healey
IN THE MEMORY OF GOD - Wisdom From The Abbey with Sr Hilda Scott OSB
THE DUCKS - The Catholic Guy with Bruce Downes
WHAT WE SEARCH FOR - Living The Gospel with Pete Gilmore
THE IKEA EFFECT - Smart Loving with Francine Pirola
PARENTING FAILURE - The Peaceful Parent with Marilyn Rodrigues

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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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FAITH CIRCLES October 2017 | Free weekly small group resource

Faith Circles

Available for Download Now!

We are pleased to provide you with your monthly batch of Faith Circles for the five weeks of October 2017 spanning the 26th to the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A.

We are excited this month to share with you the wisdom of Rev Prof Francis J Moloney sdb
who has provided the Gospel Reflections. Fr Francis is a Senior Professorial Fellow at Catholic Theological College, University of Divinity, Melbourne.

As usual, we also are blessed in Faith Circles with the wonderful words of Pope Francis as well as insightful reflection questions written by our very own CCD & Evangelisation Coordinator, Miss Trish McCarthy.

If you know someone who would like to receive Faith Circles, ask that they sign up at

Download here:

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr A) - Parable of the two sons
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr A) - Parable of the wicked
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr A) - Parable of the wedding feast
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr A) - On tribute to Caesar
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr A) - The greatest
commandment of all


We usually attend church in rows, often with limited interaction with our sisters and brothers in Christ. As the name suggests, Faith Circles aims to turn these rows into circles, bringing about:

  • A sense of belonging and sharing of life through the lens of faith
  • A growing knowledge of faith
  • Group and personal prayerfulness and encounter with the risen Lord
  • Growing confidence to share faith with others
  • A place to invite people who are not attending church but who want to grow in faith.


We've all heard the saying three's a crowd. When Catholics come together in faith there is always an additional presence, as the Lord is true to his promise that, "For where two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them." (Matthew 18:20) For this reason we are encouraging people to form Faith Circles in their church community.


Faith Circles are easy to start. Just get two or more people keen to share faith and life and pick a time and a place to regularly meet. Sign up for our emails and we will send it to you, for free! You can then print the handout or maybe just read it straight off a smart-phone or tablet!

We are meant to be a growing Church! Faith Circles isn't meant to be a closed club! Yes, it is a great resource to nurture those who come to Mass, but more importantly, Faith Circles provides a forum to draw back people disconnected from Church because of the welcome and care of a small group and an encounter with Jesus through prayer.

In other words, if your group isn't growing over time, you are doing it wrong! When groups get to 6-8 people it is time to start talking about splitting, and figure out as a group, who you are going to invite to join you next?

You might start Faith Circles with members of your Lenten or Advent group. You might kick it off with three or four people you have coffee with. You may have some friends who love a morning walk, or a group of teachers who want to come together for prayer, well Faith Circles can be the catalyst for sharing life and faith together, and a deepening walk with Jesus. It doesn't matter if you go for five minutes or an hour, the Holy Spirit turns up when we come together!


We have published a great resource giving tips on how to start and run a Faith Circles small group in your community setting. Click here to download the resource.

Catholic Diocese of Wollongong

Catholic Diocese of Wollongong · PO Box 1239 · Wollongong, Nsw 2500 · Australia


Friday, September 22, 2017

A Just Society





Jesus calls us to build a just society. This includes working together to eradicate poverty and ensure all benefit from a society’s common wealth. Get the facts about economic exclusion. While many live in comparative comfort, three million Australians (including over 730,000 children) live in poverty.





CHOSEN Advent & Christmas Reflections 2017 | BUY NOW!

Chosen - Advent and Christmas Reflections 2017

Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
Buy Now

We are delighted to announce that we are now taking orders for Chosen – Daily Advent and Christmas Reflections 2017 with bulk pricing for GST Free Catholic Religious Groups starting from only $3.00 per book.

Continuing the tradition from past years, Chosen is a 72 page pocket-size book containing short daily reflections from the beginning of Advent (3 December 2017) through to the Baptism of the Lord (8 January 2018) primarily for personal use, but also appropriate for group use such as parish, Church agency, religious community and school staff/class prayer.

Chosen also features beautiful religious artworks from the Masters such as Fasolo, Veronese, De Favanne, Bloch, Lotto and Perugino, with enlightening "Artwork Spotlight" reflections written by Fr Graham Schmitzer PP (Parish Priest, Immaculate Conception Parish Unanderra).

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.

These spiritually rich, yet accessible, daily reflections have been written by 14 contributors from the Diocese of Wollongong:

  • Bishop Peter Ingham DD (Bishop of Wollongong)
  • Mr James Arblaster (Seminarian for the Diocese of Wollongong)
  • Mr Ken Bryant (Head of Catholic Life, Education and Mission Services, Catholic Education, Diocese of Wollongong)
  • Fr Mark De Battista ADM (Administrator, St Anthony's Parish, Tahmoor-Picton)
  • Fr Leo Duck (Priest in Residence, Holy Spirit Church Vincentia)
  • Mrs Robyn Gallagher (Professional Officer, Staff Spiritual Formation, Catholic Education, Diocese of Wollongong)
  • Mr Peter Gilmore (CCD & Evangelisation Coordinator, Diocese of Wollongong)
  • Fr Richard Healey PP (Parish Priest, St Paul's Parish, Albion Park)
  • Mr Jude Hennessy (Director of the Office of Renewal and Evangelisation, Diocese of Wollongong)
  • Miss Trish McCarthy (CCD & Evangelisation Coordinator, Diocese of Wollongong)
  • Sr Margaret Paton RSJ (Pastoral Associate, Immaculate Conception Parish, Unanderra)
  • Fr Christopher G Sarkis PP (Parish Priest, Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Rosemeadow)
  • Sr Hilda Scott OSB (Vocations Director, Benedictine Abbey Jamberoo)
  • Ms Michelle Vass (Director of St Mary's Towers Retreat Centre, Douglas Park)


We have also included special discounted prices for bulk orders as well as a GST Free option for Catholic Religious Groups (eg, Catholic parishes, schools and religious communities):


Qty GST Free Catholic Group
AU (+ post)
Retail (inc GST)
AU (+ post)
1 - 24 $4.00 $4.40
25 - 49 $3.50 $3.85
50 + $3.00 $3.30

If you have any questions, or if you would like to place a phone or email order, please contact us on (02) 4222 2400 or email us at

Delivery of the books is expected to commence mid October 2017.

Please note, if you live in the Diocese of Wollongong, please check with your parish, school, agency or religious order before ordering as they may be ordering copies on your behalf.

Catholic Diocese of Wollongong


Catholic Diocese of Wollongong · PO Box 1239 · Wollongong, Nsw 2500 · Australia

The Catholic Guy - From The Vatican


Read our feature in The Vatican Insider

The word of Bruce Downes The Catholic Guy is spreading far and wide across the world. On this occasion word has made its way to a journalist in Rome.

Read the story with The Vatican Insider here.

Read our feature in The Tablet

Read the story with The Tablet here. 

We've moved to daily programming

Due to the success of, Bruce Downes The Catholic Guy, weekly TV program, we are excited to announce that as of September 4th, we have moved to daily programming in the United States. 

Los Angeles – Airs every Sunday 1.30pm PST,

Monday to Friday 8.30am PST on TBN.

Chicago – Airs every Sunday 3.30pm CST,

Monday to Friday 10am CST on TBN.

New York – Airs every Sunday 4.30pm EST,

Monday to Friday 11.30am EST on TBN.

Thanks to our supporters and partners who have made this endeavour possible. 

If you are elsewhere in the world you can watch the program on our website or at

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These will allow you to deepen your walk with God. 

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