Nourish your faith at home

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.

Along with the list of livestreamed masses and devotions, we have put together the following resources to help support your own faith along with your children and family.

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

Liturgy and prayer resources

LiturgyHelp – Prayer resources for individuals and families

liturgyhelp.com/aus/woll/pray

LiturgyHelp provides a range of online resources which include daily prayers and readings, prayer services, the Sunday Mass, commentaries, homilies and reflections as well as Gospel based activities and resources to support personal and family prayer.

Pray as You Go

pray-as-you-go.org

Pray as You Go provides daily reflections on the scriptures using the readings of the day. Also available as a phone app.

Bread4Today (App)

cssr.org.au/bread4today

Created by the Australian Province of the Redemptorist Missionaries, this app provides reflections on the daily scripture readings. Bread 4 Today is as a free, accessible meditation aid which people can use to come closer to God and effect positive change in their lives and their community.

The prayer archive allows users to search past entries by category so that they can reflect on prayers that match their frame of mind. Its categories include: Courage, A Just World, Relationships, Hope, Hard Times, Faith, Forgiveness and special intensions (calendar days of prayer and reflection). All prayers can be shared via social media with a tap of the screen, thanks to its integrated social media

Sharing faith with others

Faith Circles

faithcircles.dow.org.au

Our regular free weekly single-sided A4 PDF resource that contains the upcoming Sunday Gospel reading as well as a reflection on the Gospel (usually by Pope Francis) accompanied by questions for discussion and prayer points. It is a great resource for individual and families to use at home.

Connecting online – simple steps for staying in touch

Connecting online can be simple and fun, enabling you to feel supported, connected and able to pray and share faith and life together.  The following simple process will give you access to a 40min time period of a zoom video call:

  1. Decide on your regular time
  2. Create a free Zoom Account at zoom.us
  3. Share your Zoom meeting ID
  4. Start your gathering at the appointed time

For longer gatherings, click here to download our comprehensive reference document.

Journey Catholic Radio

jcr.org.au

Journey Catholic Radio is a weekly radio program and podcast developed by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong all about faith, hope, love and life. It includes awesome music, a weekly Gospel reflection, interviews and a variety of weekly inputs from some of the best Catholic presenters in Australia.

Family faith resources

CAtHFAMILY

cathfamily.org

CAtHFAMILY provides a selection of activities, prayer rituals, crafts and recipes for families to use in nurturing faith. Part of this suite includes CathKids: A weekly interactive experience with a two-minute animated reflection on the Sunday reading, questions to stimulate discussion, a simple activity and prayer. Families in the diocese are encouraged to utilise these resources at home to share faith with kids. Visit www.cathfamily.org to sign up.  It’s free for the first three months during this Covid-19 pandemic.

Formed

formed.org

A resource website containing thousands of short faith formation videos, movies, programs, audio and books covering all aspects of our Catholic faith. You can sign up for a 40 day free trial after which the monthly cost is only about AU$12 per month—same as Spotify!

Bishop Robert Barron—Word on Fire

wordonfire.org

A free collection of a wide variety of short videos explaining our Catholic Faith all lead by the now Bishop Robert Barron.

The Prayer Course

prayercourse.org

An eight week journey through the Lord’s Prayer.  Each session is about 20 min in duration.

Bible resources

Bible App for Kids (phone app)

bible.com/kids

Bible App for Kids is a free Bible App for children with colourful and interactive stories, games and activities to help them learn about the bible.

Bible in One Year (phone app)

bibleinoneyear.org

From the founders of Alpha, Nicky & Pippa Gumble take you through a reading of the whole bible, with reflections, in one year. Taking 20-30 min to soak in scripture.

Bible & Catechism in One Year

chnetwork.org

By making a commitment of only twenty to thirty minutes a day, you can prayerfully read through the entire Bible and/or Catechism in one year! Use whatever Bible translation you like that contains the entire Canon of Scripture. This guide is divided by month, but you can start at any time.

Online Biblical Commentaries

mbfallon.com

Australia’s own Fr Michael Fallon msc has made available online his extensive range of online Biblical commentaries including audio files.