Adore—Daily Advent and Christmas Reflections 2020 on sale now!
We are excited to announce that we are now taking orders for Adore— an 88-page pocket-size book containing short daily reflections from the beginning of Advent through to the Baptism of the Lord. Inspired by the shepherds, Magi and our Blessed Mother, Adore provides a wonderful opportunity for us to take a quiet step out of our daily lives and refocus our attention on the Lord in adoration of what he has done for us through his Son. Includes discount pricing for bulk orders as well as a GST free option for Australian Catholic Religious Groups!
Sunday Mass online with Bishop Brian Mascord is back!
SUNDAY MASS ONLINE with Bishop Brian Mascord - Feast of Christ the King
SUNDAY MASS ONLINE with Bishop Brian Mascord - 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
SUNDAY MASS ONLINE with Bishop Brian Mascord - 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
SUNDAY MASS ONLINE with Bishop Brian Mascord - The Solemnity of All Saints
SUNDAY MASS ONLINE with Bishop Brian Mascord - 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
SUNDAY MASS ONLINE with Bishop Brian Mascord - 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
You have spoken, and we have listened!
Since announcing the cessation of Bishop Brian’s Sunday Mass online from Fairy Meadow, he has been inundated with correspondence from all corners of the country thanking him for his online Masses and asking that he continue broadcasting from St John Vianney Co-Cathedral in Fairy Meadow during these uncertain times.
All of us have been truly touched by the outpouring of support, and while we thought we understood the impact we were having, it was not until we finished up and the feedback came in that we had time to reflect on what the Holy Spirit is doing. The amount of support we have received, not just from the Diocese of Wollongong, but also from interstate and increasingly from around the world has been staggering.
Our intentional format of engaging you at home as much as possible through the cinematography, music, titles, additional footage and beautiful artwork from our rich Catholic tradition, have all combined to produce a virtual experience that we hope is truly worthy of the source and summit of the Christian life—the Eucharist.
Therefore, the decision has been made that we will continue broadcasting Sunday Mass online from Fairy Meadow! As you can imagine, there is a lot behind the scenes that goes into producing such a product on a weekly basis from our readers, musicians, cathedral staff and volunteers, production management, production crew and post-production, so we will need a couple of weeks to organise the gang and reassign some human resources and budgets in order to see how we can pull this off. However, we are hoping to be online again from Sunday 30 August (22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time) at the usual time of 9:00am.
Thank you for reaching out to us and letting us know how much these online Masses have given you comfort during this difficult time, and we are so happy that we can continue being a part of your lives going forward. We are also thankful to those of you who have acknowledged the resources required to produce these online Masses, have donated towards these, or have asked how you can support this ministry. Whilst you are encouraged to financially support your local parish (especially during these times), Bishop Brian also invites you to consider gifting a one-off or ongoing donation to the production of the ministry. If you are passionate about supporting this online Mass ministry, click below and select “Sunday Mass online with Bishop Brian (non-tax deductible)” from the drop-down list.
The annual Holy Land Collection, usually taken up on Good Friday, will this year be held in the diocese as an online collection on 15 November 2020 (World Day of the Poor). Pope Francis has asked our parishes to support the collection which helps Christians in the Holy Land. Your support helps the church minister in parishes, provide Catholic schools and offer religious education. The Holy Land Collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines. The wars, unrest and instability have been especially hard on Christians. In these times of crisis, the Holy Land Collection provides humanitarian aid to refugees.
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.
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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.