Bearers of Christ's Love

Who we are

We exist to make Jesus known and loved in the Illawarra, Macarthur, Southern Highlands and  Shoalhaven.

In discovering the saving love of God, we have a passion for sharing that love.
Our prayer and worship unites us with Jesus and with each other, empowering us to be bearers of Christ’s love.

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Welcome home

"My prayer is that, in our diocese, you encounter and share the love and mercy of the Father, accompanied by a loving community of believers." - Bishop Brian

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Get away from it all

Immersing yourself in a quiet setting can provide the ideal environment for you to focus your attention on listening to God.

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Always connected

CatholicCare provides community services, supporting people to overcome life's challenges, thrive in their relationships, build positive futures and flourish.

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Lighting the way

In our Catholic schools, our students encounter Jesus through an inclusive, holistic and authentic Catholic education.

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A safe community

We are committed to developing and maintaining a safe culture for both children and adults across all areas and activities in the diocese.

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Bishop’s Annual Appeal 2023


Our faith calls us to help one another through prayer and action. Offering dignified support to priests who are unwell, care for our retired 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.

Most Rev Brian G Mascord DD

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Latest news

Prayers for Fr David Catterall

Prayers for Fr David Catterall

Clergy - September 10, 2023
This weekend at our parish Masses, Fr David Catterall (parish priest at St Mary MacKillop Catholic Parish, Oran Park) shared an update on his latest...
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Join the 2023 Season of Creation

Join the 2023 Season of Creation

Liturgy - September 1, 2023
An Invitation to Join the 2023 Season of Creation The Season of Creation is the annual Christian celebration to listen and respond together to...
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Immaculate Heart of Mary – patronal feast day of the diocese this weekend

Immaculate Heart of Mary – patronal feast day of the diocese this weekend

diocesan feast day - June 14, 2023
Immaculate Heart I by Charles Bosseron Chambers (1880–1964) This weekend, 17–18 June 2023, the diocese celebrates the patronal feast of the solemnity of the Immaculate...
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Fr Chris de Souza named general secretary of Bishops Conference

Fr Chris de Souza named general secretary of Bishops Conference

Clergy, Australian bishops - May 26, 2023
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has appointed Fr Chris de Souza, currently serving as one of two vicars general in the Diocese of Parramatta, as...
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Bishop Ken Howell appointed seventh Bishop of Toowoomba

Bishop Ken Howell appointed seventh Bishop of Toowoomba

Australian bishops, Bishop Brian Mascord - May 25, 2023
Bishop Brian Mascord extends his congratulations and prayers to Bishop Ken Howell, who has been appointed by Pope Francis as the seventh Bishop of Toowoomba....
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Ordination of Fr Joshua Whicker MGL

Ordination of Fr Joshua Whicker MGL

Ordination, Clergy, Vocations, Bishop Brian Mascord - May 5, 2023
Congratulations to Fr Joshua Whicker MGL who was ordained a priest by Archbishop Christopher Prowse at St Christopher's Cathedral (Manuka ACT) on Friday 28 April....
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THE SIGN: Advent Program 2023 on sale now!

Discover the profound spiritual journey of Advent and Christmas with The Sign: Daily Advent and Christmas Reflections 2023—a captivating 80-page book containing spiritually rich, yet accessible, daily reflections from the beginning of Advent (3 December 2023) through to the Baptism of the Lord (8 January 2024). There is discount pricing for bulk orders as well as a GST free option for Australian Catholic Religious Groups.

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Upcoming events


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

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 and the new MFYAH website 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.



Calling all business women and men!

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 three 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. Members are also invited to attend Bishop Brian’s End of Year Thank You Gathering


Behind the scenes with Mass for You at Home

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.