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The following information provides the latest guidance from the Diocese of Wollongong regarding COVID–19 and our role in preventing its spread in our communities. We will always act in accordance with the guidelines of health authorities and update our advice as necessary. This advice should be considered in conjunction with government advice and regulations regarding hygiene and appropriate social distancing practices. The following information and directives will continue to be updated as required.
From Sunday 3 October to Sunday 10 October 2021, the first General Assembly of the fifth Plenary Council of Australia was held online throughout the country—280 members undertook a process of dialogue focusing on six themes that were developed from the responses of over 220,000 people. There were six Plenary Council members representing the Diocese of Wollongong. Check out all the livestreams, broadcasts, podcasts and information from the first General Assembly.
Diocese’s Mass for You at Home on national television
MASS FOR YOU AT HOME with Fr Mark De Battista – 1st Sunday of Advent [Yr C]
MASS FOR YOU AT HOME with Fr Christopher del Rosario – Feast of Christ the King [Yr B]
MASS FOR YOU AT HOME with Fr Patrick Vaughan – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time [Yr B]
MASS FOR YOU AT HOME with Fr Slawek Plonka OMI – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time [Yr B]
MASS FOR YOU AT HOME with Fr Patrick Vaughan – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time [Yr B]
MASS FOR YOU AT HOME with Fr Brian Lucas – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time [Yr B]
MASS FOR YOU AT HOME with Fr Joseph Murphy – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time [Yr B]
MASS FOR YOU AT HOME with Fr Mark De Battista – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time [Yr B]
MASS FOR YOU AT HOME with Rev Fr Christopher G Sarkis PP – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time [Yr B]
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.
On 8 December 2020, Pope Francis published an Apostolic Letter Patris corde (With a Father’s Heart), commemorating the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of St Joseph”, running from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021. A number of resources are being developed by the diocese to encourage and support the celebration of the Year of St Joseph.
Account means the account held at your financial institution from which we are authorised to arrange for funds to be debited.
Agreement means this Direct Debit Request Service Agreement between you and us, including the direct debit request.
Business day means a day other than a Saturday or a Sunday or a listed public holiday.
Debit day means the day that payment is due.
Debit payment means a particular transaction where a debit is made, according to your direct debit request.
Direct debit request means the Direct Debit Request between us and you.
Us and we and our means the Catholic Development Fund.
You means the customer(s) who signed the direct debit request. Your financial institution is the financial institution where you hold the account that you have authorised us to arrange to debit.
Debiting your account
By submitting a direct debit request, you have authorised us to arrange for funds to be debited from your account according to the agreement we have with you.
We will only arrange for funds to be debited from your account:
As authorised in the direct debit request; if the debit day falls on a day that is not a business day, we may direct your financial institution to debit your account on the following or previous business day. If you are unsure about which day your account has or will be debited, please check with your financial
Changes by you
If you wish to stop or defer a debit payment you must write to us at least 5 business days before the next debit day.
This notice should be given to us in the first instance.
It is your responsibility to ensure that there are sufficient clear funds available in your account to allow a debit payment to be made.
If there are insufficient clear funds available in your account to meet a debit payment:
you or your account may be charged a fee and/or interest by your financial institution;
you or your account may be charged a fee to reimburse us for charges we have incurred for the failed transaction;
you must arrange for the payment to be made by another method
Please check your account statement to verify that the amounts debited from your account are correct.
If you believe that there has been an error in debiting your account you should call us on 1800 047 703 and confirm the details in writing with us as soon as possible so that we can resolve your query quickly.
You should check:
with your financial institution whether direct debiting is available from your accounts offered by financial
your account details which you have provided to us are correct by checking them against a recent account statement; and
with your financial institution before completing the direct debit request if you have any queries about how to complete the direct debit
Warning: if the account number you have quoted is incorrect, you may be charged a fee to reimburse our costs in correcting any deductions from:
an account you do not have authority to operate; or
an account you do not
We will keep any information (including your account details) in your direct debit request confidential.
We will make reasonable efforts to keep any such information that we have about you secure and to ensure that any of our employees or agents who have access to information about you, do not make any unauthorised use, modification, reproduction or disclosure of that information.
However, we may use your contact details to provide information about the fund. Should you wish this not to be the case, please advise the fund in writing.
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.