Nourishing Our Faith

We are constantly in the process of becoming disciples – learning, growing and practicing the art of following Jesus in faith and life. On this page you will find links to resources that will assist each of us in becoming more intentional and faith filled disciples, bringing hope, love, peace and joy to the world.


Centenary of St Michael’s Parish Thirroul

October 28, 2023 Centenary of St Michael’s Parish Thirroul

Mass, Parish life
St. Michael's Parish in Thirroul is celebrating its centenary with a special Mass presided by Bishop Brian Mascord followed by a community picnic/BBQ in the...
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St Padre Pio Retreat Day at St Columbkille’s Corrimal

September 9, 2023 St Padre Pio Retreat Day at St Columbkille’s Corrimal

Mass, Retreat, Parish life, Adult formation, Adoration
Fr Patrick Vaughan is hosting a retreat afternoon where people can come together for prayer and fellowship. Everyone is welcome to join. During this retreat, a...
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St Paul of Tarsus Retreat Day at St Columbkille’s Corrimal

July 1, 2023 St Paul of Tarsus Retreat Day at St Columbkille’s Corrimal

Mass, Retreat, Parish life, Adult formation, Adoration
Fr Patrick Vaughan is hosting a retreat afternoon where people can come together for prayer and fellowship. Everyone is welcome to join. During this retreat, a...
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CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) 40 Hour Course

June 15, 2023 CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) 40 Hour Course

Adult formation
SPIRITUAL & PASTORAL CARE TRAINING Interested in growing your capacity to be fully present to others? An Introductory Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) course is being...
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UOW Catholic Society Winter Retreat

June 10, 2023 UOW Catholic Society Winter Retreat

UOW Catholic Society, Youth, Retreat
Are you aged 18-35 and keen to refresh your faith? UOW Catholic Society invites you to come along for our Winter Day-Retreat! It’s a day...
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Ageing with Confidence — FREE information sessions for seniors (Nowra)

June 7, 2023 Ageing with Confidence — FREE information sessions for seniors (Nowra)

The whole of society must hasten to take care of its elderly — they are its treasure! (Pope Francis, June 2022) Are you a loved...
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Foundations of Missionary Leadership

The Foundations of Missionary Leadership Course forms and equips people with practical skills, spiritual formation and theological knowledge to become leaders in the Church’s Mission today.

This course is suitable for anyone working in various expressions of adult evangelisation, youth ministry, Catholic education, formation, and parish renewal.



What Participants Have Said About the Course

“I love the Areté Course not only because I learn so much about different aspects of missionary leadership, but also because it equips me with practical skills to live it, daily.” (Rachel, Youth Minister)

“I feel equipped with the skills, knowledge, and insights to be able to meaningfully engage with people wherever they are on their faith journey.” (Laura, Family Educator)

Who Is This Course For

The theology and skills you will learn in this course are applicable to paid or volunteer roles, whether your setting is a parish or school, new community or ecclesial movement.

This course provides a systematic and thorough foundation in the theology and practice of mission in an Australian Context. You will learn the theory and the skills needed to be able to actually lead others in real-life ministry situations and experiences. Shape and refine your ministry through reflecting upon your current practice in the light of all you are learning in the course.

You will also be formed spiritually and grow as a person through the experience of learning in a short-term intentional community setting. The live-in intensive experiences offer opportunities for spiritual development and personal growth as you enter into an experience of temporary community with your fellow students.


A course of this quality and scope does have a tuition fee. Part sponsorship can be applied for through our Diocesan Office for Evangelisation and Renewal by contacting Darren McDowell using the details below. This will be done at the time of applying for the course.

For More Information

Further information is contained in the links below as well as at the Arete’ Centre website

You may also liketo contact Darren McDowell, Coordinator of Evangelisation and Discipleship within the Office of Renewal and Evangelisation at [email protected]


Adult Faith Resources


A resource website containing thousands of faith formation videos, movies, programs, audio and books covering all aspects of our Catholic faith. Materials for both adults and children. Sign-up for Free using our Diocesan Subscription. Click here for details.

Bishop Robert Barron—Word on Fire

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

Bible in One Year with Fr Mike Schmitz

If you’ve struggled to read the Bible, this podcast is for you. Ascension’s Bible in a Year Podcast, hosted by Fr. Mike Schmitz and featuring Jeff Cavins, guides Catholics through the Bible in 365 daily episodes.  Each 20-25 minute episode includes:

  • two to three scripture readings
  • a reflection from Fr. Mike Schmitz
  • and guided prayer to help you hear God’s voice in his Word.

Unlike any other Bible podcast, Ascension’s Bible in a Year Podcast for Catholics follows a reading plan inspired by the Great Adventure Bible Timeline®  learning system, a groundbreaking approach to understanding Salvation History developed by renowned Catholic Bible teacher Jeff Cavins.

Tune in and live your daily life through the lens of God’s word!

Bible in One Year (phone app)
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
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
Australia’s own Fr Michael Fallon msc has made available online his extensive range of online Biblical commentaries including audio

Children’s Faith Resources


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 to sign up.  It’s free for the first three months during this Covid-19 pandemic.

Faith Circles

The Faith Circles resource is for faith sharing small groups aimed at bringing people together to share their lives and the ways in which Jesus is working in them through his Holy Spirit. Each month we provide a set of 1 page sheets with the Sunday gospel for that week, reflection by Pope Francis, discussion questions and prayer points.

Liturgy & Prayer Resources

LiturgyHelp – Prayer resources for individuals and families

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

Bread4Today (App)

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


menALIVE is a national Catholic ministry to men which was founded out of a response to a great need in the hearts and lives of men and a great need in the life of the Catholic Church. The purpose of menALIVE is to bring men together, to renew their faith in God and to encourage them to become an active force within the Church. Through a variety of events and programs, men are invited to explore what God would want for their lives and how they might come to experience the fullness of life that God wants for us all.

We regularly run menALIVE weekends which are opportunities for men to explore what makes them feel fully alive. During the weekend, the menALIVE team share about their lives, the challenges they face and the hope they have discovered in seeking to walk this journey with God. Perhaps the most important thing the weekend offers is the space for men to reflect and share with one another about themselves and their lives. The experience of the weekend is powerful and dynamic, and most men are inspired with a new sense of purpose and mission. The weekend is organised by men in your local region and conducted by an experienced team of menALIVE leaders. It is suitable for all men from 18 years of age.

New events coming in 2021

Small Group DVD Resources

Sharing faith in small groups is both enjoyable and fruitful – we feel supported and can find the insights and reflections from others helpful in discovering where God is at work within our own situation.

The Diocese has made available some DVD resources for continuing to build and develop the strong community and faith relationships we seek. Many parishes already enjoy using these resources to assist people grow deeper in their faith and life as disciples.

These resources can be found here.