Each of us is precious in God’s eyes, and for each of us, God invites us into fullness of life. What is God calling you to be? Priests, deacons, religious, single, married – we all are called to special vocations. Speak to your priest today to find out more.
STEWARDSHIP CORNER 24 February, 2nd Sunday of Lent
The transfiguration of Jesus must have been an awesome event. So awesome that Peter wanted to remain there worshipping Jesus by erecting a tent. Jesus, however, knew that he must keep moving towards what he must “accomplish in Jerusalem”, his crucifixion. We too must keep moving and do what we can to hasten the coming of God’s kingdom.
REASONS FOR HOPE
– an upcoming retreat for young people aged 15-35 is being held from 8 – 10 March, 2013 at the spectacular coastal setting of Chittick Lodge, Gerringong, just 10km south of Kiama. The weekend includes time for prayer, sport, talks, entertainment and the chance to enjoy great company. The venue has comfortable accommodation, great facilities and is situated just 200 metres from Werri Beach. For more information and registration details visit www.reasonsforhope.net.au . Enquiries to Alison on 0435 040 753 or Richard on 0431 291 078.
The Feast of the Annunciation is internationally recognised as the DAY OF THE UNBORN CHILD. While the feast of the Annunciation will be celebrated on Monday, 8 April this year, Lent is a time to pray specially for all unborn children whose lives have been ended by abortion. On Sunday 17 March 2013 there is a 10.30am Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, followed by the Angelus at 12noon and then a prayerful procession led by Bishop Julian Porteous through the streets of Sydney. At 1.30pm Benediction will be held at St Mary’s Cathedral following by afternoon tea with the Bishop in the Cathedral Hall.
RUAH, a young adults group (for 18-35 year olds in the Diocese) will be meeting fortnightly from Friday, 1 March 2013 at St Therese Parish Centre, West Wollongong starting 7.30pm. Come along for music, Catholic formation and socialising in a relaxed environment. Please bring a gold coin donation. All are welcome! Please contact Alex on 0404 447 160 for more details (or just turn up and bring a friend).
SUPPORT YOUTH MISSION TEAM.
Each year, young people from across Australia give up a year of their life to join Youth Mission Team. This Team travels around to high schools and offers dynamic retreat days where these young people offer personal witness to what it means to be Catholic. They also support diocesan youth initiatives. They volunteer their time and so seek work for Mondays and Tuesdays in order to support themselves and their community. Three members of this year’s team in our Diocese are still looking for work on Mondays and Tuesdays. They have experience in areas such as retail, youth work, baby sitting and dance instruction. Do you know of a business that may be looking for these skills? Whoever employs them will not only gain their skills but know they are supporting the work of Youth Mission Team. Please contact Chris Brennan on 0433 636 359
THANK GOD FOR EVOLUTION
– RECONCILING FAITH & SCIENCE with Fr Eduardo Scarel on Wednesday, 6 March 2013 at St Paul’s Parish Hall, Tongarra Road, Albion Park from 7.00pm. Fr (Dr) Eduardo is a Carmelite priest from Argentina who is highly qualified in the Sciences and a renowned expert on the areas of Science and Faith, Science and Philosophy and Spiritual Ecology. He has participated in numerous international conferences and seminars and has received several awards for his studies, research and work on earth climate and climate change. Program: 5.30pm Liturgy followed by light meal and Fr Scarel from 7.00pm. Cost: $10. To assist with catering please confirm your attendance by calling Marie Milne 4232 1535 or email
A suggested inclusion for Prayer of the Faithful for February
For our Diocese:
May the Holy Spirit inspire us to recognise our responsibilities as baptised followers of your Son, Jesus. Guide us with wisdom and give us courage as we continue to bring your love and joy to communities new and old in our Diocese of Wollongong. Lord, hear us.