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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Social Justice Sunday

It's time to assert secure and affordable housing as a human right


Human dignity and establishing real relationship remain key challenges to addressing persistent and increasing levels of homelessness, according to Netty Horton, Chief Executive Officer of CatholicCare Melbourne.

Launching the Australian Catholic Bishops' 2018–2019 Social Justice Statement, 'A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land', she reflected on her work since arriving in Australia over 30 years ago, assisting people who were homeless as an outreach worker. 

'I learned about the high prevalence of mental health and addictions, and a range of complex needs. I learned that homeless women were the most stigmatised even within the homeless population. 

But mostly I learned about the absence of positive relationships.' 




CONNECT October 2018 | Download Now!

Faith Circles
CONNECT - OCTOBER 2018
Available for Download Now!


faithcirclesconnect_image.jpgWe are pleased to provide you with your monthly batch of Connect for the four weeks of October 2018 spanning the 27th Sunday to the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B).

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


DOWNLOAD CONNECT

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

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Growing in Openness to Jesus - 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr B)
Find your Wealth in God - 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr B)
Our Style of Leadership - 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr B)
Healing and New Sight - 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr B)


TRANSFORMING FAITH CIRCLES INTO CONNECT

With the use of outreach processes, such as Alpha, continuing to grow in the Catholic Church, we have transformed Faith Circles into a post-Alpha style group resource. Whilst retaining key components of the original resource, the new Connect is the ideal post-Alpha resource for continuing to build and develop strong community and faith relationships with God and one another.

What's changed? A greater focus on group members sharing their personal faith story and relationship with Jesus.

We have therefore removed the reflection by Pope Francis and replaced it with an opportunity for a group member to prepare a short, 5–10 min sharing on how the Gospel reading relates to 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.

HOW TO START CONNECT?

As a post-Alpha initiative

Begin meeting fortnightly, instead of weekly, with your fellow Alpha participants. You gather for some food, worship, discussion and prayer.  Connect gives you the format and reflection questions to assist in these fortnightly gatherings. In the context where Alpha is available, it is advisable to always encourage potential new members to complete Alpha before attending a Connect group.

For those who have not participated in Alpha yet

Whilst it is much easier to start a Connect group growing out of the Alpha experience, it is still possible to form and run a Connect group successfully if you adhere to the provided format. You'd be looking to invite 15-30 members of your Parish community who are interested in sharing faith and life to form a Connect group which meets fortnightly.

We have published a great resource giving tips on how to start and run a 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 Connect in their church community.

ACCESSING THE RESOURCE

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 connect.dow.org.au.

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


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Your Weekly Journey Catholic Radio Podcast | Episode 269


Journey Catholic Radio Podcast
This week on The Journey (Ep 269)

On The Journey this week, we have some fantastic stuff to give you a lift and help you through the week! Fr Mike Delaney (Mersey-Leven, TAS) returns to reflect on the Gospel of Mark, the Pirolas return with Smart Loving and a segment about the real currency in family life, Bruce Downes The Catholic Guy brings us part 2 about staying fresh in faith, and much more, including favourites Sr Hilda Scott OSB, and more! Join us to get your weekly dose of Faith, Hope, Love, and Life 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:

MARK 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 - Gospel Reflection by Fr Michael Delaney
I'M NOT QUALIFIED - Wisdom From The Abbey with Sr Hilda Scott OSB
FAITH IN ACTION - Living The Gospel with Pete Gilmore
STAYING FRESH (pt. 2) - The Catholic Guy with Bruce Downes
STAYING FRESH (pt. 1) - catch up on last week!
THE 5 Ps - The Peaceful Parent with Marilyn Rodrigues
CURRENCY - 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:

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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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Register before October 1 to Pray the ROSARY daily with Bruce Downes




Praying the Rosary has been a central part of both mine and Rosemary's prayer life for many years and we would love to share this with you during October.
 
To find out more and view the details please click on this 2 minute video. 
 
To receive the daily recordings in October please REGISTER HERE.
 
This weekend, please forward this email to any friends or family who would like to come on this prayer journey with us.
 
Reply to this email or email Prayer@TheCatholicGuy.com with your prayer intentions and I will join you in prayer this month.
 
We believe praying the Rosary can change lives – please join us!!
 
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Friday, September 21, 2018

If we lose God, we lose our humanity: Sheridan

 

If we lose God, we lose our humanity: Sheridan

Published: 21 September 2018

 

Christianity is in radical decline in the West and Australia will become, if it has not already, a majority atheist nation, says The Australian's foreign editor Greg Sheridan. Source: The Catholic Leader.

 

http://cathnews.com/cathnews/33153-if-we-lose-god-we-lose-our-humanity-sheridan

 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Your Weekly Journey Catholic Radio Podcast | Episode 267


Journey Catholic Radio Podcast
This week on The Journey (Ep 267)

This week on The Journey, we bring some more fantastic content from around Australia to liven up your week! Mgr Graham Schmitzer (Unanderra, NSW) joins us again to share about the Gospel for this week, from Mark 8, Sr Hilda Scott OSB brings us her Wisdom From The Abbey, telling a story about Cardinal Basil Hume, the Pirolas are back, sharing a wonderful piece about what's important in a relationship, and more! 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:

MARK 8:8:27-35 - Gospel Reflection by Mgr Graham Schmitzer
CARDINAL BASIL HUME - Wisdom From The Abbey with Sr Hilda Scott OSB
THE DOCTOR - Living The Gospel with Pete Gilmore
SURRENDER TO GOD - The Catholic Guy with Bruce Downes
JEALOUSY & GRATITUDE - The Peaceful Parent with Marilyn Rodrigues
WILLINGNESS TO GROW - 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:

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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:

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