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Sunday, November 26, 2017

FAITH CIRCLES December 2017 | Free weekly small group resource


Faith Circles

FAITH CIRCLES DECEMBER 2017
Available for Download Now!


We are pleased to provide you with your monthly batch of Faith Circles for the five weeks of December 2017 spanning the 1st Sunday of Advent to the Feast of the Holy Family, Year B.

As per usual, we are blessed in Faith Circles with the wonderful words of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, as well as insightful reflection questions written by our very own coordinator of adult faith formation, Mr Darren McDowell.

If you know someone who would like to receive Faith Circles, ask that they sign up at faithcircles.dow.org.au.

Download here:

1st Sunday of Advent (Yr B) - Stay Awake
2nd Sunday of Advent (Yr B) - Preparation through
Conversion
3rd Sunday of Advent (Yr B) - Filled with Joy
4th Sunday of Advent (Yr B) - Our Response to Jesus
Feast of the Holy Family (Yr B) - Jesus, Heart of the Family


WHAT IS FAITH CIRCLES ALL ABOUT?

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!

HOW TO START AND RUN FAITH CIRCLES

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.

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Your Weekly Journey Catholic Radio Podcast | Episode 225


Journey Catholic Radio Podcast
This week on The Journey (Ep 225)

This week on The Journey, we're excited to bring you another great episode of our radio program! We're joined by Fr Stephen Varney to reflect on the Gospel this week, from chapter 25 of Matthew's Gospel. We also have your favourite Catholic presenters all in one show, with Pete Gilmore, Sr Hilda Scott OSB, Bruce Downes The Catholic Guy, and more! We love bringing you this program, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the mix of music and wisdom. You're on The Journey!

Visit www.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au 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 25: 31-46 - Gospel Reflection with Fr Stephen Varney
KING LEAR - Wisdom From The Abbey with Sr Hilda Scott OSB
FINDING OUR AWE - The Catholic Guy with Bruce Downes
THE LION OF JUDAH - Living The Gospel with Pete Gilmore
KNOWING YOUR NEIGHBOURS - The Peaceful Parent with Marilyn Rodrigues
ACCESSING SUPERNATURAL POWERS - Smart Loving With the Pirolas

Or listen to the full shows (click the below graphic):

You can also listen to all our past shows at www.jcr.org.au

You can also subsribe to the Journey Catholic Radio Podcast on iTunes and have it automatically downloaded onto your iOS Podcast app or your iTunes Store. Click the following link to subscribe via iTunes:

We love to hear feedback and comments on the show too, so drop us an email at journey@dow.org.au or call (02) 4222 2407.

Yours in Christ


Jude Hennessy
Program Director

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


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Your Weekly Journey Catholic Radio Podcast | Episode 224


Journey Catholic Radio Podcast
This week on The Journey (Ep 224)

This week on The Journey, we have some fantastic content and some great opportunities to learn from some of the best Catholic presenters in Australia. Fr Stephen Varney joins us to reflect on the Gospel for this week and Sr Hilda Scott OSB joins us to reflect on the story of Robert Knighton. We've got Bruce Downes The Catholic Guy, and plenty more! All that and some of the best Christian muisic going around. Faith, Hope, Love, and Life, you're on The Journey!

Visit www.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au 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 24: 14-30 - Gospel Reflection with Fr Stephen Varney
ROBERT KNIGHTON - Wisdom From The Abbey with Sr Hilda Scott OSB
GO MAKE DISCIPLES - Milk & Honey with Trish McCarthy
SHARING FAITH - Bruce Downes The Catholic Guy
FORGIVENESS - Walking The Walk with Sam Clear
LOVE DEMANDS RESPONSE - The Call with Fr Dave Callaghan MGL

Or listen to the full shows (click the below graphic):

You can also listen to all our past shows at www.jcr.org.au

You can also subsribe to the Journey Catholic Radio Podcast on iTunes and have it automatically downloaded onto your iOS Podcast app or your iTunes Store. Click the following link to subscribe via iTunes:

We love to hear feedback and comments on the show too, so drop us an email at journey@dow.org.au or call (02) 4222 2407.

Yours in Christ


Jude Hennessy
Program Director

As heard on:


                 

                 

                 

 







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