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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Holy Week online with Bishop Brian Mascord

As the Lenten season of sacrifice and self-denial approaches its conclusion, we now prepare for the most sacred time of the year for us as Catholic Christians, Holy Week. During this time, we commemorate and remember the last week of Jesus’ life on this earth—from his institution of the Eucharist on Holy Thursday, to his suffering and death on the cross on Good Friday, to his glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday! You are invited to walk this journey online with Bishop Brian Mascord as we livestream Holy Week Masses and liturgies.
Holy week timetable

At 9am AEST Sunday 5 April (Palm Sunday), we will be broadcasting a celebration of Sunday Mass online with Bishop Brian Mascord. You can watch it here on our YouTube Channel or Facebook page.

These online Masses will continue on Sundays and during Holy Week (livestreamed) while possible, giving parishioners throughout the Illawarra, Macarthur, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands (and everyone else watching from around the world) the opportunity to join with their bishop and make an act of spiritual Communion together as a diocese.

Lumen Christi Catholic Parishes Wollongong are also livestreaming weekday Masses from the Cathedral House in Wollongong Tuesdays—Fridays 12:10pm. These Masses are celebrated by clergy from Lumen Christi, including Bishop Brian and our vicar general, Fr Bernard Gordon. You can watch these Masses on the Lumen Christi YouTube Channel.

It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an act of spiritual Communion which is a source of grace. Spiritual Communion means uniting one’s self in prayer with Christ’s sacrifice and worshipping him in his Body and Blood. Acts of spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental Communion and help us avoid the sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily.

During this period of time where Masses in the diocese are suspended, parishes are going to need the financial support of parishioners more than ever as their overhead costs will not change. As the vast majority of parishioners give physically to their parish in the first and second collection baskets during Mass, we are encouraging all parishioners to join the electronic parish planned giving program. We have created a page on our diocesan website with two simple options for parishioners to give to their parish electronically.

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Coronavirus (COVID–19)—Pastoral statement and parish directives (UPDATED 25/03/2020)

Bishop Brian Mascord has released updated directives for parishes as a result of the changing Government protocols dealing with COVID-19. We have created a page on our website dedicated to the latest guidance from the diocese outlining its role in preventing the spread of the virus in our communities. The diocese will always act in accordance with the guidelines of health authorities and update its advice as necessary.

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Diocesan response to the bushfire crisis

Bushfires have devastated several communities across our diocese. We have created a page as a central hub for the diocese’s response to the bushfires to provide information and updates for those affected and those looking to help via our diocesan CatholicCare Bushfire Appeal.

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We “give thanks” for your practical support

There are many ways that you can enable the mission and vision of the diocese. One way is to consider a gift. A gift that will teach, serve, help and heal.

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