REGIONAL CONSULTATIONS – PARISHES WORKING TOGETHER –HAVE YOUR SAY
Bishop Peter Ingham invites parish communities in each region 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:
• Southern Highlands 16 April , St Thomas Aquinas Hall, Bowral , 7.00pm – 9.30pm
• Eastern Macarthur 18 April , St John’s Hall, Campbelltown, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
• Western Macarthur 23 April , St Paul’s Hall, Camden, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
• Can’t make your regional time? 24 April , Xavier Centre, Wollongong, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Please RSVP to Jane Edwards email or 4222 2404 and indicate which venue you will be attending.
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, .
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)
RCIA TEAM & COORDINATOR GATHERINGS
Our second gathering of RCIA teams and coordinators will occur on WEDNESDAY 8 MAY 2013 at WOLLONGONG (12 noon – 2.00pm, Xavier Centre Conference Rooms, 38 Harbour St) and MACQUARIE FIELDS (7.30pm – 9.00pm, Mary Mother of the Church Parish meeting room, 58 Edgar St). These gatherings will focus on the resources being developed for children’s initiation and upcoming events such as the visit of Fr Elio Capra and the State RCIA Conference in Newcastle. Please RSVP by Friday 3 May to or 4222 2403.
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.
STEWARDSHIP CORNER 2013 – 14th April, 3nd Sunday of Easter
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells Peter again and again, “If you love Me, feed my sheep.” The best words that Peter uttered were “Yes, Lord, Yes!” Jesus asks the same to each of us, “If you love me, use the gifts I have given you to serve your brothers and sisters.”
GRACED TO EVANGELISE & THE ROAD TO PENTECOST / INPUT SESSIONS.
An invitation is extended to members of Parishes throughout the Diocese to attend the Graced to Evangelise afternoon with Bishop Julian Porteous. This key event will be held on Saturday 20 April from 1.00pm to 4.30pm at the new Diocesan Offices, Xavier Centre, 38 Harbour St Wollongong and is a perfect way to move from our Lenten Season into preparation for Pentecost. It is sure to be an inspiring afternoon that equips those who attend with the skills and enthusiasm to share the most precious gift of all, our faith. This will be followed by four evening sessions called the Road to Pentecost on Thursday evenings 2, 9, 16 and 23 May from 7.30-9.00pm at the Xavier Centre, focusing on openness to God’s grace as we participate in the mission of the Church. For bookings contact Vince Fitzwilliam 0413 126 095 or Jude Hennessy 4222 2407 /
THE ROAD TO PENTECOST / INPUT SESSIONS.
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 /
WORLD CONGRESS OF FAMILIES, Australian Technology Park Sydney, May 15-18, 2013 Theme: ‘Happy Families, Healthy Economy.’ The natural family is the fundamental social unit and the ‘seedbed’ of civil society. Be inspired by high profile international and Australasian speakers from different faith backgrounds, including leaders in business, politics, religion, sociology, media and culture. Participate in promoting a positive vision of the essential role of the natural family in society. See www.wcfsydney2013.org.au or call (02) 8251 0045.
Regional Youth Group from 7.30pm - 9.30pm on Friday nights at St Columbkille’s Parish Centre, 99 Princes Hwy Corrimal (enter from rear laneway). This youth group is for people aged 14 - 18 years old. Music, games, friendship, talks, camps,
and a lot of fun. Everyone welcome. For more information contact Wollongong Youth Mission Team manager Christopher Brennan or 0433 636 359 www.ymt.com.au
“FEARLESS” iSTAND GENERATION
School Holiday Camp will be held at Cataract Scout Park, Appin from Wednesday 17 to Friday 19 April 2013. Are you aged between 14-18? Do you know someone is this age bracket? Then this is for you! Youth Mission Team Wollongong is holding their first iSTAND camp for the year and this is a great opportunity to meet with other young people. Activities include archery, “Challenge Valley”, games, interactive activities, dramas, recreation, talks, great music, Mass, good food and lots of fun! Cost $98 includes accommodation, food and activities. For further details please contact YMT Wollongong Manager, Christopher Brennan on 02 4284 1635 or 0433 636 359 or . Hope to see you there!