Jesus does not relegate his grace to Church activities only. He follows us into work, into school, into our homes and into the rest of our world.
If we are to live spiritually, we must be aware of God in all of these places. Each of us is called to a deeper relationship with God—to develop our spirituality. As God calls us to an intimate friendship and we respond to God’s presence with a vibrant, dynamic faith, we increase in grace (the relationship between us and God).
Prayer is the most direct way to communicate with God. Catholics have two kinds of prayer—formal and informal. Included in formal prayer are the Mass and other liturgical celebrations, the Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office), the rosary, novenas and other devotions. Among informal prayer are meditation, contemplation, personal reflection, centering oneself in the presence of God, and silence. There are a number of groups in the diocese that can help you nurture your spiritual life—allowing you to talk and to listen to God.
Other prayer and spirituality ministries
Catholic Charistmatic Renewal Prayer Groups
Prayer groups characterised by expressive, joyful praise, an openness to the spiritual gifts including prophecy and healing. There is also music, talks, testimonies and prayer.
Lay women and men sharing in the life and commitments of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan by meeting monthly to study the rule of St Benedict, the Psalms and the Scriptures and to pray for the needs of the Diocese.
Lay men and women who form an integral part of the Carmelite family and try to live out the Carmelite way of life in the ordinary circumstances of family and social life. Communities meet at least once a month for prayer and formation in Carmelite Spirituality.
A spiritual society that participates in home visitation, reciting the rosary before funerals, bringing Holy Communion to the sick, and supporting parish life through many other activities. Members participate in weekly meetings of prayer, reports and discussion.
Order of the Secular Franciscans—Illawarra and Macarthur
Founded by St Francis of Assisi in the early 13th century. Members are lay men and women who gather regularly in fraternity professing to live the Gospel in the manner of St Francis of Assisi by following the Rule of Life.
Lay men and women (and diocesan clergy) who share the same charism as the Discalced Carmelite Friars and Sisters—the same traditions, the same call to holiness and the same apostolic mission—not in a monastic community but in the world.
Forum for conversation held in local venues providing interesting speakers on topical and sometimes challenging subjects. Input from speakers is followed by conversation in which all present are encouraged to participate.
Held at St Paul’s Catholic Church, Albion Park, these ecumenical, meditative prayer evenings draw inspiration from the prayers and music of the Taizé Community in France. They are an opportunity to quietly gather together in the spirit of the Risen Lord.
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You means the customer(s) who signed the direct debit request. Your financial institution is the financial institution where you hold the account that you have authorised us to arrange to debit.
Debiting your account
By submitting a direct debit request, you have authorised us to arrange for funds to be debited from your account according to the agreement we have with you.
We will only arrange for funds to be debited from your account:
As authorised in the direct debit request; if the debit day falls on a day that is not a business day, we may direct your financial institution to debit your account on the following or previous business day. If you are unsure about which day your account has or will be debited, please check with your financial
Changes by you
If you wish to stop or defer a debit payment you must write to us at least 5 business days before the next debit day.
This notice should be given to us in the first instance.
It is your responsibility to ensure that there are sufficient clear funds available in your account to allow a debit payment to be made.
If there are insufficient clear funds available in your account to meet a debit payment:
you or your account may be charged a fee and/or interest by your financial institution;
you or your account may be charged a fee to reimburse us for charges we have incurred for the failed transaction;
you must arrange for the payment to be made by another method
Please check your account statement to verify that the amounts debited from your account are correct.
If you believe that there has been an error in debiting your account you should call us on 1800 047 703 and confirm the details in writing with us as soon as possible so that we can resolve your query quickly.
You should check:
with your financial institution whether direct debiting is available from your accounts offered by financial
your account details which you have provided to us are correct by checking them against a recent account statement; and
with your financial institution before completing the direct debit request if you have any queries about how to complete the direct debit
Warning: if the account number you have quoted is incorrect, you may be charged a fee to reimburse our costs in correcting any deductions from:
an account you do not have authority to operate; or
an account you do not
We will keep any information (including your account details) in your direct debit request confidential.
We will make reasonable efforts to keep any such information that we have about you secure and to ensure that any of our employees or agents who have access to information about you, do not make any unauthorised use, modification, reproduction or disclosure of that information.
However, we may use your contact details to provide information about the fund. Should you wish this not to be the case, please advise the fund in writing.
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.