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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Comfort—Lenten Program 2021 on sale now!

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!

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Sunday and Christmas Mass online with Bishop Brian

 

 

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.

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Year of St Joseph resources

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.

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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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