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News in Brief 165

on Wednesday, 13 February 2013. Posted in News in brief

PARISHES PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE BY WORKING TOGETHER – JOIN OUR PARISH SESSION
Our parish information sessions on Parishes Working Together – addressing current and future pastoral needs in the Diocese of Wollongong are generating much discussion about parishes in our Diocese and future challenges to be met by all of us. Our parish sessions are continuing on the following dates and times: ___________________________________________________________________________

For people unable to attend the parish sessions but wishing to give their feedback about discussion questions and activities in the Workbook, please access the website of the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong: www.dow.org.au OR email your responses to
Your feedback about questions in the Workbook is important as we prepare for the Regional Consultations to be held across the Diocese in April. The Regional Consultations will give people across parishes in your region the opportunity to give their views about the future configuration of parishes and sharing of programs and resources as we seek to support each other in being bearers of Christ’s love.

POPE BENEDICT’S RESIGNATION – Bishop Peter’s Statement and further information
In response to Pope Benedict’s resignation, Bishop Peter said: “I was shocked last night to hear of Pope Benedict XVI’s brave and determined decision to resign as Supreme Pontiff of our Church. His acknowledgement that he no longer has the strength of mind and body to lead today’s Church gives witness to this man of courage, integrity and unwavering dedication; a man who has discerned what is best for the Church’s mission of bringing Jesus Christ to the world. He is a humble and authentic servant leader who is more concerned for the good of the Church than his own power and position. What a sterling example for all in leadership in the Church.” The full text of Bishop’s statement is available at www.dow.org.au and an excellent summary about the process for electing a new Pope is available at: http://tinyurl.com/beysm2d

YOUR VOCATION
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.

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 SOLEMNITY 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).

STEWARDSHIP CORNER 17 February, 1st Sunday of Lent
Lord, help me answer your call just like Isaiah, “Here I am, send me.” If we trust Jesus like Peter did when he payed out his nets, we will hear Jesus say the words he said to Peter, “Do not be afraid.” Dear Lord, help me to make a difference.

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

CATECHIST COURSES – ILLAWARRA/SHOALHAVEN.
The LEVEL 1 BASIC Course will be run on Friday, 8 & 15 February from 9.30am – 1.30pm at Xavier Centre, Wollongong. The full LEVEL 1 Course will continue on Friday, 22 February and 1 & 8 March from 9.30am – 1.30pm, also at Xavier Centre, Wollongong. Please contact Cindy on 4640 8550 or email

CATECHIST COURSES – MACARTHUR/HIGHLANDS.
The LEVEL 1 BASIC Course will be run on Monday, 11 & 18 February from 9.30am – 1.30pm at Micah House, Campbelltown. The full LEVEL 1 Course will continue on Monday, 25 February and 4 & 11 March from 9.30am – 1.30pm, also at Micah House, Campbelltown. Please contact Cindy on 4640 8550 or email

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