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John 13:34

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

FAITH CIRCLES August 2021 | Download Now!



"For where two or three meet in my name,
I shall be there with them."



In this midst of lockdowns, social distancing and isolation, sharing faith and hope with one another becomes even more important. As always, we are pleased to provide you with your monthly batch of Faith Circles for the five weeks of August 2021 spanning from the 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year B) to the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year B).

Many groups are temporarily meeting in their Faith Circles groups online. If you have not done this (or are unsure how) you might like to check out our Zoom Resource Guide. We have also created a new section on our diocesan website—Nourishing Our Faith which has links to many faith formation opportunities.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time and we keep our trust and hope in our Lord Jesus.

"Whatever troubles may be before you, accept them bravely, remembering whom you are trying to follow. ". —St Mary of the Cross MacKillop



Bread of Life – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr B)

Worry – Feast of St Mary MacKillop (Yr B)

Mary, Mother of God – Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Yr B)

What about you? – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr B)

Lip-service – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr B)



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Monday, July 26, 2021

Urgent Euthanasia Petition

Take Urgent Action today to help save vulnerable lives – Raise your voice to protect life: Sign the Open Letter to the Premier today. 

The architect of NSW's terrible abortion laws (Independent MP Alex Greenwich) has released a bill that would introduce euthanasia and assisted suicide in this state. 

There is never a good time to introduce laws that sanction the killing of our most vulnerable human beings. 

However, it seems that a pandemic, which is affecting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people is the worst time to introducing state-sanctioned killing in New South Wales.

The community is currently accepting significant restrictions on our personal autonomy in order to protect those most at risk. 

The people of NSW have already spent a month in lockdown, with many unable to visit elderly parents at home,

in hospital or in aged care facilities. Our sick and elderly are already experiencing increased isolation with no definite end in sight, small business owners are struggling, as are those with reduced working hours: a pro-suicide message is not what they need to hear. 

The timing of the release of the bill further serves to stifle debate and public comment.

To help stop precious parliamentary time and health resources being diverted to those with a pro-death agenda, please consider taking two important steps today:

1. Please sign the petition to Premier Gladys Berejiklian, asking her to reject euthanasia and assisted suicide, and instead focus parliamentary time and precious health resources on repairing the social and economic cost of this
latest outbreak. 

2. Please email your NSW State Member of Parliament and ask them to oppose the introduction of these dangerous laws.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
- Matthew 5:6

Friday, July 23, 2021

The Journey This Week – Abundance in Ordinariness



"dare I say that I'm awesome"



This week on the Journey (Ep 416)

On the Journey this week: Fr Chima Ofor says this Gospel illustrates how the ordinary can have effects way out of proportion to its ordinariness. Mother Hilda wants us to give God a foot massage.  Michelle Vass explains how to discover God's will for each of us. And Torrien Lau says even in my brokenness I am loved unconditionally by God & only I can exclude myself from that love.  Plus, more great music!

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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 this week's presenter inputs

Gospel Reflection—Fr Chima Ofor – Banquet of Abundance 
Wisdom from The Abbey–Mother Hilda–The Foot Massage 
Spirituality of the Heart—Michelle Vass–God's Will for Me 
Milk & Honey—Trish McCarthy–Top Three Values
The Call—Fr Dave Callaghan–Blinded by Self Condemnation 
Daily Conversation with God—Torrien Lau–Dare I Say It 


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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Greetings from Your Parish Priest

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


A greeting from your Parish Priest!


I hope that you are well and safe.


I want to let you know that from today to the end of July we have to close our Parish Office, but we are still available to receive your phone calls and reply your email.  Please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Office if you need anything.


You can drop your envelopes or letters or notes into the letterbox in front of the Parish Office.  In the meantime, we can only contact you by phone or email.  Our livestream mass will be everyday from Monday to Friday at 9am and in the weekend Saturday vigil at 6pm and Sunday at 9am Mass. 


Please keep safe with the assurances that you are always in our prayers.  If you have time, please phone people in our neighbourhood and your friends in the Parish.


In the last four weekends we have very small incomes from the parishioners who dropped their envelopes in the Letterbox or from Electronic Giving.  We know that you have your difficulties too.  I encourage you to join the Electronic Giving by going to the Wollongong Diocese Website for Direct Debit via CDF or create your own recurring payment in Internet Banking  

Select Parish as follows

If you are an existing giver using envelopes, please record your envelope number in the description field when setting up your internet banking payment.


I just contacted Fr Peter's family to find out about Fr Peter's health and here is the information from his sister Evelyn: "Good morning Fr John. Peter is still walking slower than usual and unsteady at times. His constant hiccups make it difficult for him to speak. We have organised an appointment for him with a recommended local GP this afternoon and his regular GP in Campbelltown has kindly sent Fr Peter's medical history to the GP down here. We are concerned and praying for him. Thank you for your concern and prayers too, Fr John. We will keep you informed. Evelyn"


Please continue to pray for Fr Peter.


Yours in Christ,


Fr John Ho

Parish Priest


Thursday, July 15, 2021

Social Justice Trends | July 2021



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​​In our July edition we focus on the Social Justice Statement 2021-22:
Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor.


2021-22 Launch invitation for Social Justice Statement

Social Justice Statement Launch

You are invited to the online national launch of the Social Justice Statement 2021–22: Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor on 5 August at 5:30pm AEST.  The Bishops proclaim: "It is not just a matter of awareness or changing our minds, but a shift at the level of the heart and will that results in changed action." Join us for the launch of this foundational document for the conversion of the Australian Church to become wholly sustainable. Hear from guest speakers and Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Chair of the Bishops Commission for Justice, Mission and Service.



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Social Justice Statement 2021-22

The Bishops' Social Justice Statement 2021-22, Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor, forms the theological basis of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) seven-year journey towards the Laudato Si' Goals. Drawing from the insights of First Nations people, Scripture, theological tradition, Catholic Social Teaching and from the wisdom of the world, the statement engenders individual and social reflection and provides three key actions all can take. The statement and a dedicated podcast will be available from 5 August 2021. Prayer cards, liturgy notes and action cards are available now.



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Liturgy Notes Social Justice Sunday

Liturgy notes for Social Justice Sunday are now available for parishes, schools and communities. The liturgy notes are based on the readings for 29 August 2021 but also contain prayers that can be used in a variety of settings. Based on the Social Justice Statement, the notes also include an introduction to the statement, parish bulletin notices, reading and homily notes, prayers of the faithful and suggested hymns. The liturgy notes are available online and include the Prayer entitled Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor.



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Actions Card

The Social Justice Statement proposes three actions to respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. Firstly, to listen to First Nations peoples as the first teachers of the land. Secondly, to reflect on the theological foundations offered in the statement to shape our actions and lastly to use the Laudato Si' Action Platform to adopt the seven-year Laudato Si' goals. A DL-sized card has been created as a reminder and reflection piece in parishes, schools and communities. 



5 prayer cards for the Social Justice Statement 2021-22

Prayer Cards

To support the conversion of the heart that the statement calls for and to support people throughout the seven-year journey towards the Laudato Si Goals, the Office has created five prayer cards available to all. The prayer for the Statement as a whole is entitled Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor and the four other prayer cards focus on the theological foundations discussed in the statement: the sacramentality of all living things, creation made in and through the trinity, beauty, wonder and awe, and ongoing conversion of heart and mind.



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Community launches ​

As well as the national online launch on 5 August, some dioceses are preparing in-person or online launches for the Social Justice Statement. For example, the Archdiocese of Perth will hold a face-to-face meeting on 19 August, the Archdiocese of Brisbane will have a face-to-face launch on 25 August and the Diocese of Parramatta will have a schools launch on 13 October. Every year, hundreds of coordinators, teachers, advocates and volunteers continue to serve their communities and bring the statement alive.   



5 prayer cards for the Social Justice Statement 2021-22

Pope's Message: Laudato Si' Action Platform

Pope Francis has released a video message on the global Laudato Si' Action Platform. In his message he says, "Today, I am pleased to announce that the Laudato Si' Year will lead to a concrete action project, the Laudato Si' Action Platform, a seven-year journey that will involve our communities in different ways so that they can become totally sustainable in the spirit of the integral ecology. I would like to invite everyone to tackle this journey together."



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Laudato Si' Action Platform: Call to commitments

The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development has created the Laudato Si' Action Platform, a tool which families, organisations and communities can use as sign posts for their journey to total sustainability. "On a journey lasting seven years, we will be guided by the seven Laudato Si' Goals that will give us direction as we pursue the vision of integral ecology: the response to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor," Pope Francis said.



Events approaching include: 
- Launch of Social Justice Statement - 5 August
- Social Justice Sunday: 29 August
- Season of Creation: 1 September - 4 October
- Migrant and Refugee Sunday - 26 September


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Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv (Chair), Bishop Paul Bird CSsR, Bishop Terence Brady, Bishop Karol Kulczycki SDS, Bishop Bosco Puthur, Bishop Christopher Saunders, Bishop Donald Sproxton.

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