I WANT TO ANSWER GOD’S CALL... BUT:
It is normal to have doubts and fears about a potential call to priesthood and religious life. However, how much could you lose if this were the path which would bring you most happiness in your life? What does it cost to stir yourself, take courage and reach out with a question, a phone call or an email. You will be starting a conversation, deepen your awareness and maybe embark on an amazing purpose and adventure for your life. Why delay? Pray with God now for the courage to respond to Jesus’ loving invitation to “Come and See.” Contact your local priest or Fr Richard Healey, vocations director, on 0401 621 591, .
PRIESTHOOD – GOD IS CALLING:
Look around at Mass today, look around the school, look around the neighbourhood. The next priests to inspire and support our faith communities are among you. What may stir their hearts are words of affirmation from you. If you witness young men involved in prayer and with a love for our faith and community, take a moment to thank them for their engagement, “I think you would make a good priest.” When was the last time you affirmed someone in that way? For a young single man reading this, what is God whispering in your heart? Start a conversation with your local priest or Fr Richard Healey, vocations director, on 0401 621 591, .
WEST MACARTHUR REGIONAL CONSULTATION – PARISHES WORKING TOGETHER – HAVE YOUR SAY
Bishop Peter Ingham invites communities in The Oaks, Oakdale, Leppington, Oran Park, Narellan, Camden, Menangle, Picton and Douglas Park to now gather and have our say about what we believe is the best way to configure ourselves to be bearers of Christ’s love. Come along to consider Mass times, the number of priests, parish boundaries and support for sacramental preparation and the many ministries and services in our region. Let us gather with other Catholics in our region to celebrate the strength of our unity, and the many gifts we can offer to share God’s love and build up the church:
- Western Macarthur 23 April, St Paul’s Hall, Camden, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
DIDN’T MAKE THE REGIONAL CONSULTATION FOR PARISHES WORKING TOGETHER?
For those in our Diocese wanting to engage in the regional consultation but who missed their regional gathering, a final session for anyone in the Diocese is being held on 24 April, Xavier Centre, Wollongong, 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Please RSVP to Jane Edwards email or 4222 2404.
MANY CULTURES ONE IN CHRIST
Mass Preparation Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 1 May 2013 commencing at 7:30pm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Hall, St. Andrews Rd, Varroville. The annual celebration of the cultural diversity within our Diocese, also marking Migrant & Refugee Sunday, occurs on Sunday, 25 August, 2013 and will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School Hall. Those interested in taking part in this celebration are invited to attend this first preparation meeting.
eCONFERENCE: GOSPEL OF ST MARK, A CRUCIFIED AND RISEN MESSIAH.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish (193 St Andrews Rd, Varroville) will be participating in this national eConference on Thursday, 16 May 2013 from 10.00am. All are welcome to attend. RSVP to the Parish Office on 9603 7373. Please bring your own lunch. Tea & coffee will be provided.
INVITATION TO ANNIVERSARY DINNER
celebrating 175 years since the establishment of the Catholic Mission in the Illawarra will be held on Friday, 31 May 2013 from 7.00pm at the Fraternity Club (11 Bourke St, Fairy Meadow). Parishioners from all parishes in the Illawarra are invited to celebrate this historic occasion. It was from humble beginnings in 1838 that all parishes along the coastal strip of the Illawarra (from Coalcliff in the north to Moruya in the south) were eventually established. This dinner is an opportunity for parishes to book tables to make this event truly memorable for the whole Catholic community in the Illawarra. Bookings can be made through the Pastoral Regional Office on 4228 6511. Tickets are $45 each.
STEWARDSHIP CORNER 2013 – 21 April, 4th Sunday of Easter
Paul and Barnabas encountered both violent rejection and joyful acceptance of the message that they preached to both the Jews and the pagans. We, too, may meet with mixed reactions when we use our gifts in the service of God. But, the Gospel offers us a firm message of hope and comfort. The reward for those who listen to his voice and follow faithfully is eternal life.
CATECHIST CRAFT MORNING at CCD Resource Centre (Micah House),
35a Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown on Thursday, 2 May, 2013 from 10.30am to 12noon. This is a chance for Catechists to meet other Catechist in the Diocese in a fun way, exchange ideas and explore the Resource Centre for things that will help in your important ministry with children. There is no cost involved and morning tea is provided. Please RSVP by Monday, 29 April to Mrs Cindy Oliver on 4640 8550 or email
FAITH IN ACTION: THROUGH THE JESUIT SPIRITUALITY OF POPE FRANCIS
on Saturday 1 June 2013 from 10.00am-3:30pm at Xavier Centre Conference Rooms, 38 Harbour St Wollongong. Join renowned national speaker Sandie Cornish as she helps us unpack Catholic Social Teaching through the Jesuit spirituality of Pope Francis. Learn the basic tools to move from faith into action in your everyday life. Through prayer, reflection, sharing and input we will identify issues facing us today, discover the riches of Scripture and Church Social Teaching and explore ways of beginning to develop our understanding and response to these issues. There are only 90 places available so RSVP is essential by 24 May to or phone Darren on 4222 2463. The cost of the day is $10 and morning tea and lunch will be provided. (Tea/Coffee and Registration will commence at 9:30am for a 10:00am start)
COME AND SEE WEEKEND:
an invitation to young women (between 20 and 35 years) from the Sisters of the Good Samaritan from Friday, 17 May (6.00pm) to Sunday, 19 May (3.00pm) 2013 at Mt St Benedict Centre, Pennant Hills. Join us for a weekend of prayer, reflection, and conversation and find out more about us. See the flyer on the parish noticeboard or visit their website: www.goodsams.org.au . For more information contact Bernadette Corboy on 0429 074 849 or Catherine McCahill on 0409 043 422.
CATHOLICCARE FAMILY SUPPORT WORKSHOPS
for May - June 2013 are now taking bookings. Workshops offer a practical 'hands-on' approach, assisting participants to develop and maintain healthy family relationships. For more information pick up a program timetable at the back of the Church or go to www.catholiccare.dow.org.au. Call 4227 1122 to book.
THE ROAD TO PENTECOST / INPUT SESSIONS.
An invitation is extended to Parishioners from around our Diocese to attend the Road to Pentecost faith formation and spirituality sessions as we prepare for Pentecost. The sessions run on Thursday evenings 2, 9, 16 and 23 May from 7.30pm to 9.00pm at the new Diocesan Offices, Xavier Centre, 38 Harbour St Wollongong and will focus on personal openness to God’s grace as we participate in the mission of the Church. For bookings please contact Vince Fitzwilliam 0413 126 095 or Jude Hennessy 4222 2407 /