We have begun shipping 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. Get your copies today as they are selling fast!
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 (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 (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 (Administrator, St Anthony's Parish, Tahmoor-Picton)
Fr Leo Duck (Priest in Residence, Holy Spirit Church Vincentia)
FAITH CIRCLES NOVEMBER 2017 Available for Download Now!
We are pleased to provide you with your monthly batch of Faith Circles for the four weeks of November 2017 spanning the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time to Christ the King, Year A.
As usual, we 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, Mr Peter Gilmore.
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.
THREE'S A CROWD
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.
HOW TO START AND RUN FAITH CIRCLES
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!
Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, has called on Catholic Church leaders to consider funding independent Church-related child sexual abuse support services.
Speaking at the Pioneer Room in St Mary's Parish, Geelong, Mr Sullivan said organisations like Lifeboat and In Good Faith, the pastoral support services for victims and survivors of Church-related sexual abuse, are working hard with limited resources.
WA Bar Association - National Redress, Royal Commission
CEO of the Catholic Church's Truth Justice and Healing Council, Francis Sullivan, has told a group of Western Australian lawyers and barristers that advice provided by lawyers and passively accepted by church leaders had significantly compounded the clerical sexual abuse crisis.
Over these past weeks I have been giving presentations on the work of the Council in various parish and professional settings around Australia. It is fair to say that there is intense interest in the 'where to from here' question.
The Royal Commission's final report is much anticipated. It is due to governments on 15 December this year and we can be confident that the Commission will meet that date.
Given the magnitude of this inquiry we can assume that the report will be long and comprehensive! Unsurprisingly, a significant slab of it will be about the Catholic Church.
Yarra Theological Union - child sexual abuse, power and the Royal Commission
A community forum at the Yarra Theological Union in Box Hill earlier this month heard three respected Church leaders talk about the impact of the child sexual abuse crisis on the Church from the perspective of a Bishop, an educator and the head of the Church's Truth Justice and Healing Council.
Report into problematic and harmful sexual behaviours of children in schools released
The Royal Commission has released its report into Case Study 45 which examined problematic and harmful sexual behaviours of children in schools. The report, which looked at The Kings School and Trinity Grammar School in Sydney and Shalom College in Brisbane, commended St Ignatius Riverview in Sydney for its successful approach to bullying prevention in 2014 and 2015.
This report follows a public hearing held in Sydney in October and November 2016. It is one of the five hearings to indirectly involve the Catholic Church.
November 2, Presentation Emaus Catholic Primary School, Ballarat November 4, Address to Catholic School Parents Australia, Hobart November 9, Update to MacKillop Family Services Leadership Team Meeting November 13, TJH Council Meeting, Melbourne November 14, Address to Catholic Secondary Principals Australia, Adelaide November 14, Address to Millicent Parish, Mount Gambia November 27, Address National Directors of Catholic Education, Sydney December 18, Address Executive Mercy Health Board, Melbourne