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Articles in Category: Bishop Peter Ingham

Hearts Giving and Receiving Love

29 June 2011

In Britain last September, Pope Benedict challenged young people (and all of us) by saying: "I want to speak to you from my heart and I ask you to open your hearts to what I have to say.

"Firstly, I want you to look into your heart – think of all the love your heart was made to...

Solidarity in Mission

20 May 2011

Dear Fellow Bearers of Christ's Love...

We gather for our Annual Chrism Mass this Holy Week in the first year of our Five-year Diocesan Pastoral Plan.

This Mass of the Holy Oils helps us focus on the Body of Christ (which is the Church) - the Church so well represented here...

The Chrism Mass

20 April 2011

Dear Fellow Bearers of Christ's Love

We gather for our Annual Chrism Mass this Holy Week in the first year of our Five-year Diocesan Pastoral Plan.

This Mass of the Holy Oils helps us focus on the Body of Christ (which is the Church) - the Church so well represented here...

Don't disconnect Anzac Day from Easter

13 April 2011

Anzac Day is our solemn Memorial to honour our Navy, Army and Air Force service personnel who have paid the supreme sacrifice of their lives in the battle to free us from the enemies of our country and to protect the democratic values for which we stand.

Increasingly, Anzac...

Putting others before our own goals

18 March 2011

In 1994, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo showed a frail little Sudanese girl crouched, head bowed, struggling to make her way to a feeding centre with a large vulture behind her, ready to claim her body when she died. The photographer had waited some 20 minutes to catch the photo, after...

Lent 2011 - Material for parishes

04 March 2011

Paschal Precept: Each of the faithful is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year. This is to be done between Ash Wednesday (9 March) and Trinity Sunday (19 June) unless for a good reason it is done at another time during the year. All the...

Mistakes we all make

22 February 2011

The recent movie "the King's Speech" had the highest earnings per screen throughout Australia in mid-January. It has been called "a masterpiece", "glistening perfection in every department", "genuinely unmissable and utterly perfect."
Despite the positive acclaim the movie has received,...

People with a disability and their families

05 January 2011

The dream of our Saviour and of his Church is to develop a society that is inclusive of everyone, thus putting into practice Jesus' command to love God and to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.

How often do we draw a line that can be sharp and divisive between whom we accept and...

Feast of the Holy Innocents

28 December 2010

Reparation for Sins Against Human Life (28 December)
Life must be promoted and its sanctity defended against every threat of violence in its many forms, especially violence against the weakest – the elderly, the dying, women, children, the disabled and the unborn....

Closure of Kerever Park Spirituality Centre

19 December 2010

On the Solemnity of Christ the King, Bishop Peter celebrated Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the closure of the RSCJ Spirituality Centre, Burradoo, Southern Highlands

While we often wonder how relevant is Christ the King today in democratic countries, we saw the media...

Catechist Sunday 2010

14 November 2010


I am delighted to be able to promote Catechist Sunday in our Diocese of Wollongong. What's Catechist Sunday about? Well, it gives us all the opportunity to stop and think about the incredible work of the Catechists in our Diocese, who generously dedicate themselves to spending...

St Mary MacKillop - Thanksgiving Mass

10 November 2010

When it was announced that we were to celebrate, as a Diocese, the Canonisation of our first Australian Saint in over 2,000 years of Christianity on 31 October, someone said to me, "31 October, that's Halloween!"

I said, "Precisely – because from the 8th Century, the Church Christianised...

A Thoroughly Good Woman

29 October 2010

At her funeral Mass, Cardinal Patrick Moran, Archbishop of Sydney, said: "Few, if any foundresses, have been permitted to see their work grow as Mother Mary of the Cross had in her lifetime." Visiting her, prior to her death, the Cardinal had said, "I have just assisted at the deathbed of a...


14 October 2010

Sadly, euthanasia is again becoming the focus of discussion and debate, both in the national parliament and the wider society.

Life is a precious gift from God, to be cherished and protected from the moment of conception through to natural death. In fact, the right to life is the most...

Mary MacKillop - One of our own in heaven

13 October 2010

There is a property called Kalaurgan House at Moss Vale in the NSW Southern Highlands that was rented by Blessed Mary MacKillop for three of her sisters. Records show: "In February 1884, a meeting was held by the area's Catholics to establish in that house a school conducted by the Sisters of St...

Changes to the Mass - the new Missal

05 September 2010

There will be a new English translation of the Missal in our churches by the end of 2011. This is part of the ongoing renewal of the liturgy which began prior to the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s. After Vatican II, a new Latin Missal was produced which contained many changes to the Mass and...

A Fleeting Glimpse of Glory called “The Reign of God”

29 August 2010

This past month, I have been part of Jubilee celebrations for some Priests and Religious men and women. Later in the year, we have the annual diocesan celebration for couples with significant anniversaries of the day they were married: 25, 40, 50, 60 years ago.

Such celebrations are always...

When Trust is Broken: the Journey Ahead Together

17 July 2010

Pastoral Letter on Sexual Abuse

My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Over recent months the extent of sexual abuse of children and young people by Catholic clergy has shocked communities across the world, including communities in Australia. More recently, our Diocese of...

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