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Monday, January 29, 2018

Only two weeks to Ash Wednesday! | Order your copies of SURRENDER Lenten Program today



Surrender - Lenten 2018

Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
 
Buy Now

There are only two weeks to go before Ash Wednesday so it's not too late to order your copies of SURRENDER - Lenten Program and Daily Lent and Easter Reflections 2018 (Year B). SURRENDER is a 76-page full-colour book (240x170mm), with bulk pricing starting from only $5.00 per book (for GST Free Catholic Religious Groups)!

We are excited to announce that, for the first time, SURRENDER will also include short daily reflections (from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday) in addition to the longer-form Sunday Gospel reflections, spiritual direction, prayers and reflection questions that are traditionally part of the Lenten program for groups. Therefore, Surrender is also perfect for those that cannot attend a Lenten group.

For those part of a Lenten group, we are honoured to have Fr Graham Schmitzer (parish priest at Immaculate Conception Parish, Unanderra) and Sr Hilda Scott OSB (vocations director at the Benedictine Abbey, Jamberoo) providing the Sunday Gopel reflections and spiritual direction. The shorter daily reflections have been written by 17 fantastic clergy, religious and lay contributors from around the world.

Surrender also features beautiful religious artworks from the Masters such Kramskoi, Raphael, Mei, Van Dyck and Schmidt which Fr Graham expertly breaks-open as part of his Sunday Gospel reflections.

TRIPLE CD RESOURCE

In our first email out, we failed to mention that the Triple CD Resource includes six beautiful responsorial psalms recorded especially for SURRENDER written by acclaimed Catholic composer, Paul Mason, and arranged and performed by one of Australia's best session musicians, Seth Harsh, and sung by the talented Michaela Rose. We have now included a sample of each of the psalms. Click the listen now button below.

The Triple CD resource also includes audio narrations of the Gospel readings by Jude Hennessy (Journey Catholic Radio) and audio narrations of the Sunday Gospel reflections narrated by Fr Graham and spiritual direction by Sr Hilda.

We have intentionally kept the bulk-pricing cost as low as possible to encourage parishes, schools and communities to buy the book on behalf of their communities.

SURRENDER: Lenten Program 2018 Books

Qty Catholic GST Free Group 
Price $AU (+ post)
Retail (inc GST) 
Price $AU (+ post)
1-9 $9.00 $9.90
10-24 $8.00 $8.80
25-49 $7.00 $7.70
50-99 $6.00 $6.60
100+ $5.00 $5.50

SURRENDER: Lenten Program 2018 Triple CD Resource

Qty Catholic GST Free Group 
Price $AU (+ post)
Retail (inc GST) 
Price $AU (+ post)
1+ Physical Triple CD $8.00 $8.80

SURRENDER: Lenten Program 2018 Book + Triple CD Resource Set

Qty Catholic GST Free Group 
Price $AU (+ post)
Retail (inc GST) 
Price $AU (+ post)
Book + Physical Triple CD $14.00 $15.40

 

    

 

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 orders@dow.org.au

Delivery of the books will commence mid-January 2018.

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


Monday, January 15, 2018

FAITH CIRCLES-CONNECT February 2018 | Download Now!


Faith Circles

FAITH CIRCLES-CONNECT 2018
Available for Download Now!


Happy New Year and welcome to 2018!

We are pleased to provide you with your first monthly batch of Faith Circles for 2018 for the four weeks of February spanning the 5th & 6th Sunday's in Ordinary Time along with the 1st & 2nd Weeks of Lent.

We are also excited to let you know that we are making some changes to Faith Circles which we hope will assist you in going deeper in your relationships with God and one another.

As the use of Alpha continues to grow in the Diocese of Wollongong as well as other dioceses around Australia, we are transforming Faith Circles into a post-Alpha Connect Group resource. Whilst retaining key components of the original resource, the new Faith Circles-Connect will become the ideal post-Alpha resource for continuing to build and develop strong community and faith relationships with God and one another.


TRANSOFORMING FAITH CIRCLES INTO FAITH CIRCLES-CONNECT

What's changed?

A greater focus on group members sharing their personal faith story and relationship with Jesus.

Evidence has shown that the more we are able to share the story of our relationship with God, the stronger and deeper our relationship with him becomes. We draw encouragement from hearing ourselves naming God's presence in our lives and hearing how God has been present and active in the lives of others.

We have therefore taken out the reflection by Pope Francis and replaced it with an opportunity for a group member to prepare a short 5–7 minute sharing on how the Gospel reading connects with their life and relationship with Jesus.

What hasn't changed?

We will continue to base the resource on the weekly Sunday Gospel reading and include points for discussion and prayer. 

For those who haven't done Alpha and are continuing to gather as a Faith Circles group and would like to continue using Pope Francis' reflections, you can access them at here or simply search the Vatican website for his Angelus/Regina Coeli reflections.


SURRENDER-LENTEN PROGRAM 2018

During the Lenten season you might also like to use our Lenten Program-Surrender, which also includes short daily reflections (from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday) in addition to the longer-form Sunday Gospel reflections, spiritual direction, gospel readings, responsorial psalms, prayers and reflection questions that are traditionally part of the Lenten program for groups. It is an ideal resource for deepening your prayer and reflection during this most special and transformative time. 

Copies can be purchased from our online shop dowshop.org.au.


DOWNLOAD FAITH CIRCLES-CONNECT

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

Download here:

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr B) - Healing and Guiding our Lives
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr B) - Encounters that Transform
1st Sunday of Lent (Yr B) - Going Deeper
2nd Sunday of Lent (Yr B) - Experiencing New Insight


HOW TO START FAITH CIRCLES-CONNECT?

As a post-Alpha initiative, Connect Groups are easy to begin-just keep meeting fortnightly with your fellow Alpha participants. You gather for some food, discussion and prayer.  Faith Circles-Connect gives you the format and reflection questions to assist in these fortnightly gatherings.

For those who have not participated in Alpha yet, starting a small faith sharing group using Faith Circles-Connect remains easy. 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 have published a great resource giving tips on how to start and run a Faith Circles-Connect group in your community setting. Click here to download the resource.

WHAT ARE CONNECT GROUPS ALL ABOUT?

Connect Groups are where those who have completed Alpha go to connect and to grow. Connect groups are for building and nurturing relationships with Jesus and one another. They are small to mid-size groups that retain the key ingredients of Alpha, especially sharing food, praise and worship and small group sharing.

At each Connect Group gathering, a member of the group shares how a Scripture reading connects with their life and relationship with Jesus. Time is then given for small group sharing followed by prayer with and for one another. Through Connect Groups, the parish ensures that all parishioners are known individually, loved, nurtured and cared for. These groups enable:

  • A sense of belonging and sharing of life through the lens of faith.
  • Group and personal prayerfulness and relationship with the risen Lord.
  • Growing confidence to share faith with others.

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-Connect in their church community.

ACCESSING THE RESOURCE

Faith Circles-Connect is a single-sided A4 sheet, based on the Sunday Gospel with reflection questions and prayer points. It is available to download via email subscription (see above to subscribe) or on our website at faithcircles.dow.org.au.

Faith Circles-Connect is free, no strings attached, we just want Catholics to be nurtured by doing life and faith in groups, not on your own! You can print as many copies as you like.

Catholic Diocese of Wollongong








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


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

SURRENDER Lenten Program including daily reflections for Lent & Easter 2018 | ORDER NOW!



Surrender - Lenten 2018

Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
 
Buy Now

As Ash Wednesday is so early next year (14 February), the Diocese of Wollongong is now taking orders for SURRENDER - Lenten Program and daily Lent and Easter reflections 2018 (Year B).

SURRENDER is a 76-page full-colour book (240x170mm), with bulk pricing starting from only $5.00 per book (for GST Free Catholic Religious Groups).

We are excited to announce that, for the first time, SURRENDER will also include short daily reflections (from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday) in addition to the longer-form Sunday Gospel reflections, spiritual direction, prayers and reflection questions that are traditionally part of the Lenten program for groups. Therefore, Surrender is also perfect for those that cannot attend a Lenten group.

For those part of a Lenten group, we are honoured to have Fr Graham Schmitzer (parish priest at Immaculate Conception Parish, Unanderra) and Sr Hilda Scott OSB (vocations director at the Benedictine Abbey, Jamberoo) providing the Sunday Gopel reflections and spiritual direction. The shorter daily reflections have been written by 17 fantastic clergy, religious and lay contributors from around the world.

Surrender also features beautiful religious artworks from the Masters such Kramskoi, Raphael, Mei, Van Dyck and Schmidt which Fr Graham expertly breaks-open as part of his Sunday Gospel reflections.

TRIPLE CD RESOURCE

In our first email out, we failed to mention that the Triple CD Resource includes six beautiful responsorial psalms recorded especially for SURRENDER written by acclaimed Catholic composer, Paul Mason, and arranged and performed by one of Australia's best session musicians, Seth Harsh, and sung by the talented Michaela Rose. We have now included a sample of each of the psalms. Click the listen now button below.

The Triple CD resource also includes audio narrations of the Gospel readings by Jude Hennessy (Journey Catholic Radio) and audio narrations of the Sunday Gospel reflections narrated by Fr Graham and spiritual direction by Sr Hilda.

We have intentionally kept the bulk-pricing cost as low as possible to encourage parishes, schools and communities to buy the book on behalf of their communities.

SURRENDER: Lenten Program 2018 Books

Qty Catholic GST Free Group 
Price $AU (+ post)
Retail (inc GST) 
Price $AU (+ post)
1-9 $9.00 $9.90
10-24 $8.00 $8.80
25-49 $7.00 $7.70
50-99 $6.00 $6.60
100+ $5.00 $5.50

SURRENDER: Lenten Program 2018 Triple CD Resource

Qty Catholic GST Free Group 
Price $AU (+ post)
Retail (inc GST) 
Price $AU (+ post)
1+ Physical Triple CD $8.00 $8.80

SURRENDER: Lenten Program 2018 Book + Triple CD Resource Set

Qty Catholic GST Free Group 
Price $AU (+ post)
Retail (inc GST) 
Price $AU (+ post)
Book + Physical Triple CD $14.00 $15.40

 

    

 

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 orders@dow.org.au

Delivery of the books will commence mid-January 2018.

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