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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Go and do likewise

Inspired by the healing ministry of Jesus, CatholicCare reaches out to the whole community, providing social, emotional and practical support for life's journey.

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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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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!

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Sunday Mass online with Bishop Brian Mascord is back!

 

 

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.

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Donate to the Holy Land Collection

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.

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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:

  • Participating in Masses and other liturgies and prayer gatherings
  • Sharing faith with others in the community
  • Nourishing your faith and that of your family
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