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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Our vision is that in all things we are Bearers of Christ’s love. We are his hands, his feet, and we carry his presence to each other. It’s who we are.

As a diocese, every week we nurture, support, educate, minister to, and advocate for nearly 50,000 Catholics and non-Catholics in our diocese, and another 40,000 Australia wide—employing nearly 3,400 people. It’s who we are.

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Latest news

Immaculate Heart of Mary – patronal feast day of the diocese 8-9 June 2024

Immaculate Heart of Mary – patronal feast day of the diocese 8-9 June 2024

diocesan feast day - June 1, 2024
On the weekend of 8–9 June 2024, the diocese celebrates the patronal feast of the solemnity of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. As we celebrate...
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Vigil & Funeral Details for Bishop Peter Ingham

Vigil & Funeral Details for Bishop Peter Ingham

Bishop Peter Ingham, Clergy life - April 30, 2024
DOWNLOAD MASS BOOKLETDOWNLOAD PRAYER CARD The vigil and funeral details for Bishop Peter Ingham have been announced by Bishop Brian Mascord as follows (please note...
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Diocese mourns the passing of Bishop Peter Ingham at 83 years of age

Diocese mourns the passing of Bishop Peter Ingham at 83 years of age

Bishop Peter Ingham, Clergy life - April 27, 2024
Peter William Ingham, the fourth bishop of Wollongong, died peacefully in the late evening of 26 April 2024. He was 83 years of age and...
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Diocese of Wollongong Australia Synod Submission

Diocese of Wollongong Australia Synod Submission

Bishop's Synod, Australian bishops - April 22, 2024
In March 2020, Pope Francis announced that the theme for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2023 would be...
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Embracing the Resurrection: 50 Ways to Embrace Easter

Embracing the Resurrection: 50 Ways to Embrace Easter

Easter 2024, School life, Prayer, Youth and Young Adults - April 2, 2024
“We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!” ST POPE JOHN PAUL II  As we celebrate Easter over the next 50 days, we...
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Bishop Brian Mascord’s Easter Message 2024

Bishop Brian Mascord’s Easter Message 2024

Easter 2024, Bishop Brian Mascord - March 30, 2024
“HE IS NOT HERE, FOR HE HAS RISEN, AS HE SAID HE WOULD.” MATTHEW 28:6 Jesus is risen! Alleluia! He rose, just as he said...
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Bishop launches Come and See, Go and Make: A Vision for Parishes

This weekend on the solemnity of Christ the King, Bishop Brian has shared his transformative vision for parishes in the Diocese of Wollongong!

His heartfelt message echoes the beating heart of our communities—the person of Jesus. Come & See, Go & Make: A Vision for Parishes is an inspiring call to encounter Jesus, be transformed, and become disciples.

This weekend, parishes across the Diocese of Wollongong will receive:

Additionally, in December, parishes will receive several worksheet documents that will support communities in the process of prayer, reflection, and discernment in the New Year. Engagement with these activities will be a crucial part of the renewal process in parish communities.

We embark on this journey together, trusting in the goodness and mercy of God who promises, “I know the plans I have for you … plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

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Upcoming events

CPE 40 Hour Introductory Course

July 3, 2024 CPE 40 Hour Introductory Course

Guest speaker, Adult formation
CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION (CPE) 40 HOUR INTRODUCTORY COURSE Are you interested in growing your capacity to be fully present to others? An Introductory Clinical Pastoral...
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast Day Celebration

July 14, 2024 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast Day Celebration

Retreat, Parish life
Join us for our Annual Feast Day Celebrations as we honor Our Lady of Mount Carmel with a novena of Masses and a vibrant multicultural...
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Wildfire: Alive in the Holy Spirit

August 23, 2024 Wildfire: Alive in the Holy Spirit

Men's Events, Women's Events, Missionaries of God's Love, Youth & Young Adults Events, Retreat
This retreat is designed to reignite the flame of your faith and unleash the fiery passion of God's love within you. Immerse yourself in a...
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2024 Significant Marriage Anniversaries Mass

August 25, 2024 2024 Significant Marriage Anniversaries Mass

Marriage Anniversaries Mass
If you are celebrating 25, 30, 40, 50, 60 or over 60 years of marriage this year, we invite you to the celebration of Significant...
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Compass: Catholic Family Camping Weekend

September 13, 2024 Compass: Catholic Family Camping Weekend

Family, Retreat, Parish life, Adult formation
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhdWd-DTY1k REGISTER NOW The Office of Renewal and Evangelisation is really excited to be running again the Compass: Catholic Family Camping Weekend on 13–15...
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Rise Up: Ignite Conference 2024

September 26, 2024 Rise Up: Ignite Conference 2024

Young Adults, Youth & Young Adults Events, Vocations
Every year, Ignite Youth hosts one of Australia's most powerful Catholic youth conferences. Ignite Conference draws together a network of high schoolers, young adults, ministry...
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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 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.

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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.

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Looking for the daily Mass readings?

Step into a profound spiritual journey with our daily Mass readings, guiding you through the Word of God and nurturing your spiritual growth. Taken from the lectionary, these readings span three years, offering a rich tapestry of biblical wisdom to accompany you each day.

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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!

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