This year the Chrism Mass will be held at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, Wollongong on Wednesday, 4 April 2012 at 7.30pm. There will be a choir rehearsal beginning at 6.30pm prior to the Mass. Choristers from parishes are asked to RSVP to Helen Bennett on 4253 0934 or email email@example.com advising phone number and email. Sheet music will be emailed in the next week or two so that choristers can be prepared for the rehearsal.
APPIN MASSACARE MEMORIAL CEREMONY
to remember the Dharawal people killed in the massacre of 1816 on Sunday, 15 April 2012 at Cataract Dam picnic area from 12noon – 3.30pm. Sausage sizzle lunch will be provided. The ceremony involves a short walk to the site so appropriate footwear, hats, sunscreen and bottled water are highly recommended. Feel free to bring your own fold-up chair as seating is limited. Contact Aunty Muriel Brandy on 9605 4540, Uncle Ivan Wellington on 0447 581 306 or Sr Kerry Macdermott on 9605 1838.
REASONS FOR HOPE -
an upcoming retreat for young people aged 15-35 is being held from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 March 2012. The weekend will be held in the spectacular coastal setting of Chittick Lodge, Gerringong NSW, just 10km south of Kiama. The venue has comfortable accommodation, great facilities and is situated just 200 metres from Werri Beach. The weekend includes time for prayer, sport, talks, entertainment and the chance to enjoy great company. Bishop Peter Ingham will be present for the Opening Mass. Visit www.reasonsforhope.net.au for more information and registration details.
INVITATION TO STEWARDSHIP RENEWAL DAY
on Saturday, 24 March 2012 from 10.00 am to 2:30pm at St Therese Primary School Hall, 2 Powell Street, West Wollongong. Christ’s mission and the engagement of our gifts in ministry are at the heart of our Diocesan Pastoral Plan. Through Baptism, each of us is called to participate in bearing Christ’s love to the world and engaging in his mission of proclaiming the Reign of God. This day will be an opportunity to review where we have been, re-ignite the vision and discuss the future direction of stewardship within the Diocese. BYO lunch. RSVP essential by Wednesday, 21 March to Darren McDowell on 4253 0985 or firstname.lastname@example.org
STEWARDSHIP CORNER – THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT.
Jesus reminds us to value the importance of human work and commerce whilst continuing to witness to a Christian stewardship way of life. We live as caretakers of God’s gifts not takers of care from those around us. As stewards we seek ways to de-clutter our lives of the trappings of the secular world and strive to be open to God’s Spirit in growing our faith, hope and love.
- Where do we seek happiness?
- As stewards we seek right balance between the secular and sacred
- As stewards we deepen our relationship through prayer and worship with our God.
“ALWAYS BE JOYFUL IN THE LORD” –
head to St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Harbour Street, Wollongong on Sunday, 25 March 2012 at 5.00pm and celebrate World Youth Day 2012 with young people from across our Diocese as we begin our journey to Rio, Brazil for the next gathering of young people from around the world in July 2013. For more information contact Loretta on 4253 0809 or at email@example.com.
SPIRIT ALIVE! DIOCESAN MINISTRY FESTIVAL – SAVE THE DATE!
You are invited to join the Diocese on Saturday, 26 May 2012 at John Therry Catholic High School, Rosemeadow to celebrate the many gifts and opportunities we have to participate in the life of the Church. This festival day with rides for the kids, 100+ stalls, music, keynotes, showcases and a whole array of food from the many cultures in our Diocese, promises to be a wonderful witness to the life and vitality that exists within our Catholic community. So save the date in your calendars now! If you would like to participate on the day with a food stall, music or a stall showcasing your ministry, contact Darren McDowell on 4253 0985 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PRAYER AROUND THE CROSS,
drawing inspiration from the prayers and music of Taize in France. Friday, 30 March 2012 from 7.30pm at St Brigid’s Catholic Church, 115 Gipps Road, Gwynneville. For further information contact Gabrielle Fogarty on 4232 2735 or Pat Boniface on 4232 1034.
MARRIAGE AND RELATIONSHIP EDUCATORS.
CatholicCare Wollongong is seeking to recruit practising Catholics to assist in the running of our Partnership Course in the Wollongong and Campbelltown regions on a casual basis. In particular we are looking for a male to assist with our Campbelltown courses. The Partnership Course seeks to provide encouragement, support and insights into how to have a happy, rewarding and lifelong relationship. It also aims to equip couples with skills for dealing with the challenges they will face in marriage. Partnership is conducted by a male and female team. If you are interested in the opportunity please contact program coordinator, David Bunder on 0429 367 990.