Our faith calls us to help one another through prayer and action. Offering dignified support and care for our retired and retiring clergy, and a sound and holistic formation of our young seminarians, is my responsibility as your bishop. I seek your prayers and practical support to help me ensure that I can do this. Your donation to this appeal is very much appreciated.
Incarnate—Advent and Christmas Reflections 2022 now on sale!
We are now taking orders for Incarnate—Daily Advent and Christmas Reflections 2022 including discount pricing for bulk orders as well as a GST free option for Australian Catholic Religious Groups. Incarnate is a 86-page pocket-size book containing short spiritually rich, yet accessible, daily reflections from the beginning of Advent (27 November 2022) through to the Baptism of the Lord (9 January 2023).
Mass times finder and parish giving on the go with the new DOW App!
Did you know you can set up your parish giving on the new DOW App? It only takes a couple of minutes and then you have full control of your regular and one-off giving to first, second and special parish collections. The App also has an amazing diocesan Mass times finder, daily Mass readings, upcoming diocesan news and events, and links to other important diocesan media and resources. Download now!
Diocese’s Mass for You at Home on national television
MASS FOR YOU AT HOME with Fr Chima Ofor – 1st Sunday of Advent [Yr A]
MASS FOR YOU AT HOME with Fr Rob Galea – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of The Universe [Yr C]
MASS FOR YOU AT HOME with Fr Mark De Battista – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time [Yr C]
MASS FOR YOU AT HOME with Fr Christopher del Rosario – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time [Yr C]
MASS FOR YOU AT HOME with Fr Patrick Vaughan – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time [Yr C]
MASS FOR YOU AT HOME with Fr Brian Lucas – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time [Yr C]
MASS FOR YOU AT HOME with Fr Mark De Battista – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time [Yr C]
MASS FOR YOU AT HOME with Fr Christopher del Rosario – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time [Yr C]
MASS FOR YOU AT HOME with Fr Patrick Vaughan – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time [Yr C]
The diocese’s weekly television production in partnership with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference of Mass for You at Home (MFYAH) broadcasts around the country on Network Ten (6am) and Foxtel’s Aurora Channel 173 (10am) each Sunday morning. It is then available to watch on demand on Network Ten’s streaming platform 10play.com.au and the new MFYAH website massforyou.com.au where you can also subscribe to the MFYAH YouTube channel.
This important ministry reaches into people’s homes, hospital beds and prison cells, inviting them to pray along with the priests and other ministers. If you are able to support Mass for You at Home through prayer, promotion or financial support, see below link.
Catholic Business Connections (CBC) is an opportunity for business women and men in our diocese (active and retired) who share common values, to network and engage with each other and leaders representing the diocese. CBC gathers four times a year for lunch and to listen to guest speakers chosen to inspire with their unique story and share how they relate their work and spiritual life experience to the context of living in a modern world.
Ever wondered how Mass for You at Home is made? Check out this behind the scenes featurette on the vision behind the ministry and the making of Mass for You at Home including interviews with viewers, the makers of Mass for You at Home from the Diocese of Wollongong, and our very own Bishop Brian Mascord.
Some resources to help you
Daily Mass Readings
The daily readings are taken from the lectionary which divides much of the Bible into three years worth of readings.
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You should check:
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Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.