VOCATION – WE ARE ALL CALLED
What part are you called to play in harvesting the fruits of God’s grace? Priesthood is not as common a call as marriage or other vocations. You may not think this call is for you. But how do you know? Why not contact your local priest or Fr Richard Healey, vocations director, on 0401 621 591, .
MARRIAGE ANNIVERSARIES MASS 2013
If you are celebrating 25, 40, 50 or 60 years of marriage this year and would like an invitation to the Mass to be celebrated by Bishop Peter Ingham at St John Vianney Co-Cathedral, Fairy Meadow on Sunday, 8 September 2013 at 2.00pm, please contact Helen Bennett 4222 2403 or email at the Office of the Bishop by Friday 26 July and an invitation will be sent to you.
STEWARDSHIP CORNER 14TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME - 7 JULY 2013
‘Ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.’ This call refers to all the baptised to be labourers for the kingdom of God around them, out of the gifts that God has generously provided. What can I do this week in the Name of the Lord Jesus?
‘JOURNEY INTO CHRIST’ - WORKSHOPS ON SUPPORTING MINISTRIES OF INITIATION
Thursday 11 July 2013, 2:30pm — 5:00pm “Ministries of Initiation in a Regional Context” 7:30pm — 9:30pm “Catechesis: Practicalities & Resources” both at St. Thomas More Parish, Acacia Ave, Ruse
How do we support those who are becoming Catholic? This will be the central theme of these two workshops presented by nationally renowned speaker and educator Fr Elio Capra. These two workshops will explore the various ministries involved in supporting the journey of initiation and the practicalities and resources available for catechesis and instruction of those who join our Catholic faith. You are invited to attend either one or both workshops. For further information and to book your place contact Darren McDowell, 4222 2463 or
HOW DO WE GROW OUR PARISH FAITH COMMUNITIES – A WORKSHOP FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED IN FAITH FORMATION
Saturday, 13 July 2013, 10-2:30pm, Xavier Centre Conference Rooms.
Feedback from the Parishes Working Together consultations asked us to strengthen faith formation in our parishes. This workshop, facilitated by nationally renowned speaker and educator, Fr Elio Capra, explores ways of undertaking this task within our communities.
This is a workshop for everyone involved in faith formation, especially those in Parish Pastoral Councils, Sacramental Preparation, RCIA and Liturgy Teams, along with Religious Education Coordinators, Teachers, Lent/Advent and Bible Study group leaders and Catechists. Gold coin donation with Morning Tea & Lunch provided. RSVP essential by 9 July to Darren McDowell, or phone 4222 2463.
EXPLORE THE SCRIPTURES: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE
July 22: St Michael’s Nowra, 9:30-11:30am & St Peter & Paul, Kiama Parish Hall, 1-3pm & St Paul’s Albion Park, 7:30-9:30pm
July 24: St Joseph’s Parish Bulli, 1-3pm & Xavier Centre, 7:30-9:30pm
July 30: St Thomas Aquinas Bowral, 1-3pm & OLMC Varroville, 7:30-9:30pm
Aug 2: St Thomas More Parish, Ruse, 1-3pm
What questions do you have about the Bible? Would you like to know more about the Scriptures, their contents and themes? These workshops will provide an introduction to the Bible and begin to explore your questions about these texts. Also on display will be further resources and opportunities to develop your interest in this area of faith formation. For further information and to register contact Darren McDowell, 4222 2463 or
ANNOUNCING DIOCESAN CHOIR FORMATION
The Diocese is forming a Diocesan Choir to support major Diocesan liturgies and has appointed Robyn O'Dea as its inaugural Choir Conductor. The Choir's first event is the Anniversaries Mass on 8 September at St John Vianney Co-Cathedral, Fairy Meadow. We are now seeking choristers from around the Diocese to be a part of the inaugural event. Please contact Paul Mason 4222 2462 or Helen Bennett on 4222 2403, or provide details at http://tinyurl.com/DOWChoir by no later than Monday, 8 July 2013.
Catechist Evangelisation Workshop schedules for 3rd July have been replaced by the Diocesan Catholic Faith and Life Workshop, to be held on Saturday 13 July from 10am-2pm at the new Xavier Centre Conference Rooms, 38 Harbour St Wollongong. Catechists have the opportunity to attend the workshop with Fr Elio Capra which will be registered as part of their ongoing formation for the ministry of CCD. The Workshop will be held adjacent to the Cathedral on Saturday 13 July with participants asked to simply make a Gold coin donation on the day. Please RSVP to Darren McDowell 4222 2463 / by July 9.
Child Protection Training: Catechists and others who work with Children in Ministry are encourage to attend a Child Protection and SmartBoard Training day being run by CCD Wollongong. The Child Protection Course will run on Monday, 15 July at Micah House Campbelltown and on Friday, 19 July at Xavier Centre Wollongong from 9.30am–12.00pm.
Smartboard Training: Catechists and others who work with Children in Ministry are encouraged to attend a SmartBoard Training day being run by CCD Wollongong. The Smartboard Course will run on Monday, 22 July at Micah House Campbelltown and on Friday, 26 July at Xavier Centre Wollongong from 9.30am–12.00pm.
LEVEL II COURSE: Enrolments are now underway for Term 3.
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE
Bishop Peter Ingham will lead Catechists on a pilgrimage from 24 September-14 October, taking in the lands that Moses and Jesus walked, celebrating daily Mass in spectacular historic locations. A limited number of spots remain for Parishioners from the Diocese. Contact Joanne Morgan at Harvest Pilgrimages on 9390 5460 or by Tuesday, 16 July.