We are now taking orders for Comfort—Lenten Program 2021. Comfort is a 76-page full colour book (240x170mm) containing short daily reflections (from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday) and longer-form Sunday reflections, questions and prayer—perfect for Lenten groups and individual devotional reading. Comfort is accompanied by a Triple CD Resource that includes six beautiful responsorial psalms and audio narrations of the Scripture and Sunday reflections. Get in early for Lent before they all sell out. Bulk pricing starts from only $5 per copy!
Sunday and Christmas Mass online with Bishop Brian
SUNDAY MASS ONLINE with Bishop Brian Mascord - The Holy Family
CHRISTMAS MASS ONLINE with Bishop Brian Mascord - Nativity of the Lord
SUNDAY MASS ONLINE with Bishop Brian Mascord - 4th Sunday of Advent
SUNDAY MASS ONLINE with Bishop Brian Mascord - 3rd Sunday of Advent
SUNDAY MASS ONLINE with Bishop Brian Mascord - 2nd Sunday of Advent
SUNDAY MASS ONLINE with Bishop Brian Mascord - 1st Sunday of Advent
We will be broadcasting a special Mass online with Bishop Brian on Christmas Day: 9am AEST Friday 25 December 2020 accessible above.
We will also be broadcasting our final Mass online on Sunday 27 December at 9am AEST for the The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Following this, we will be taking an indefinite break from filming our online broadcast Masses. However, you are invited to join Bishop Brian and his clergy each Sunday for the 10:30am Mass livestreamed from St Francis Xavier Cathedral in Wollongong.
Thank you to the thousands of people who have reached out to us to let us know how much these online Masses have given you comfort during this difficult time. We are also thankful to those who have acknowledged the resources required to produce these online Masses and have donated in support of the ministry.
Finally, a big thank you to Bishop Brian and the production crew for all their hard work over the past eight months in bringing a virtual experience to you that we hope was truly worthy of the source and summit of the Christian life—the Eucharist.
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.
During these times of uncertainty and isolation, nourishing our faith becomes even more important. Through spending time with God and with one another we find the hope, comfort, guidance and certainty that our loving God and Father wants to share with us. Jesus wants to be with us and care for us during these days.
On this page you will find resources for:
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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.