2nd Sunday of Lent

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Below are some things coming up around the diocese you might be interested in.

An invitation is extended to the faithful of the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong to come together at the 2019 Diocesan Gathering.

The gathering is an opportunity for people from around the diocese to reflect on the issues raised in the plenary process in our diocese, hear the experiences of a selection of Local Animators, and discuss the next steps in the process of listening and discernment.

Deputy national director of Catholic Mission and member of the Plenary 2020 national facilitation team, Mr Peter Gates, will discuss what has been learnt from the listening process and how the next phase of Plenary 2020 will progress.

Members of the Diocese of Wollongong steering committee will present a summary of responses originating from our diocese.

Bishop Brian Mascord will offer some reflections on what he has heard, and we will, as a Church, spend some time in prayer— seeking God’s guidance and blessing as we enter the phase of feedback and discernment.

WHEN             SATURDAY 30 MARCH 2019  11am–3pm (light lunch provided)

VENUE             St John’s the Evangelist Parish, Campbelltown (Parish Hall), 35 Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown

RSVP               helen.bennett@dow.org.au 02 4222 2403 (by Wednesday 27 March 2019 for catering purposes)

THE JOURNEY CATHOLIC RADIO PROGRAM – AIRS 24 March 2019

This week on The Journey, our Gospel Luke: 13:1-9 reminds us that we are all sinners. Our Men Alive program that runs within our diocese talks to us about “God’s Currency”, Our very own Trish McCarthy inspires us with her God spot on “Gifts of Nature” and this goes hand in hand with track 7 Wonder of Wonders. We are blessed to be able to use our Lenten program TRUST as our Responsorial Psalm, ‘The Lord is Kind and Merciful.

Go to WWW.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email

2019 BISHOP MANNING LECTURE- THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Thursday 21 March 2019, Kirribilli Club (Grand Ballroom), 11 Harbourview Crescent Lavender Bay, 6-8:30pm

Where have we been? Where are we now? Where are we going? Who’s going with us?

Don’t miss priest, academic, author and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Canberra Goulburn, Father Anthony Percy speak on these topics which are key to the future of our church.

Everyone’s invited to this free event!

Registrations essential: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/bishop-manning-lecture-with-fr-anthony-percy-tickets-55952117289

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THE PROTECTION OF MINORS IN THE CHURCH: POPE’S CONCLUDING ADDRESS

Pope Francis’ concluding address at the Meeting on “The Protection of Minors in the Church”, 24 February 2019, can be found here:

http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2019/02/24/190224c.html

An excerpt from Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s Homily at Closing Mass of Summit on Protection of Minors on February 24, 2019:

A MISSION BEFORE US DEMANDS NOT JUST WORDS BUT CONCRETE ACTION’

“A mission stretches before us – a mission demanding not just words but real concrete action.” “Lord, when did we see you abused and did not come to help you? But he will reply: In truth I say to you, as often as you failed to do this to one of these the least of my brothers and sisters, you failed to do it to me (cf Matt 25:44-45). In them, the least of the brothers and sisters, victims and survivors we encounter Christ crucified, the powerless one from whom there flows the power of the Almighty, the powerless one around whom the Church revolves forever, the powerless one whose scars shine like the sun.” When saying concrete action is needed, the Australian Archbishop outlined the following actions to be taken, (i) We will do all we can to bring justice and healing to survivors of abuse; (ii) we will listen to them, believe them and walk with them; (iii) we will ensure that those who have abused are never again able to offend; (iv) we will call to account those who have concealed abuse; (v) we will strengthen the processes of recruitment and formation of Church leaders; (vi) we will educate all our people in what safeguarding requires; (vii) we will do all in our power to make sure that the horrors of the past are not repeated and that the Church is a safe place for all, a loving mother especially for the young and the vulnerable; (viii) we will not act alone but will work with all concerned for the good of the young and the vulnerable; (ix) we will continue to deepen our understanding of abuse and its effects, of why it has happened in the Church and what must be done to eradicate it. “All of this will take time, but we do not have forever, and we dare not fail.

LISTEN TO THE SPIRIT … AND SING!

The 2019 Australian Pastoral Musicians Conference, 1-3 October, Catholic Leadership Centre, East Melbourne

This conference is shaping up to be a great resource for parish and school musicians. Keynotes by Tony Alonso (GIA) and Diana MacAlintal (Liturgical Press and Team RCIA). More details to follow in coming weeks. Registration due to open in March. www.apmn.org.au

THE AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC MARRIAGE AND FAMILY COUNCIL have 6 sponsorships available for interested individuals or couples to attend the Renaissance of Marriage Conference being held in Sydney on the 26 and 27 July 2019 at the University of Notre Dame Broadway Campus.

Sponsorship would be provided to cover the costs for registration, travel and accommodation. The ACMFC are particularly keen to provide sponsorship to those interested individuals or couples from regional and remote areas. For further information please contact Helen Bennett on 4222 2403 or helen.bennett@dow.org.au for the application form.

POSITION VACANT – PASTORAL SUPPORT WORKER (ILLAWARRA PARISHES ONLY)

Based at Ss Peter & Paul Kiama and/or St Francis of Assisi, Warrawong. This position will provide non-therapeutic, faith formation, spiritual and emotional support to students, families and staff of Catholic primary schools as part of the national School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program. Please nominate your preference for one or both schools. Each school is 10 hpw or 20 phw for both schools. For more info contact Grant Dodds on 0408 024 743.

POSITION VACANT – DIOCESAN DISABILITY ADVOCATE

Based in the Macarthur, 3 days per week. Funded by the Diocese, this position has a dual focus – to assist people living with disabilities to achieve spiritual fulfilment, through full access to parish life and to reach an optimum level of independence & self-sufficiency and assistance with navigating the NDIS. For more information please call 4254 9318 or visit www.catholiccare.dow.org.au/ccare/index.php/current-vacancies

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SOCIAL JUSTICE STATEMENT

Get Informed

In Australia, around 75 per cent of men and 85 per cent of women are now reaching retirement age with around 20 years of life ahead of them. They are in relatively good health and with significant opportunities for leisure, family life, social engagement and continued employment. (Social Justice Statement 2016–17)

We are in a new moment in human history, when so many of us are living longer and have many active years ahead of us. What are the implications for Australians? Do we see the same benefits elsewhere, especially in poorer countries?

SOLEMN DEDICATION OF ROSEMEADOW CHURCH

The consecration of Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Church, Demetrius Road, Rosemeadow, by Bishop Brian Mascord DD, Bishop of Wollongong, will take place on Friday, 8 March 2019 at 7.30pm. A general invitation is extended by Father Christopher Sarkis and the Parish Community to all who would like to attend, but especially to past parishioners of Rosemeadow. An indication of your attendance would be greatly appreciated to help with catering following the Mass. RSVP to Parish Office 4628 1385 or email: rosemeadow@dow.org.au

HOLY MASS – 2nd SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH – 9 February 2019 at 11.30am at Hospital Chapel, Ground Floor, Wollongong Public Hospital. All welcome to continue the healing ministry to the sick.

Holy Mass will be celebrated by Fr George Condookala, Chaplain to the Wollongong Hospitals.

TRAINEE INTERNAL AUDITOR (CASUAL)

DIOCESE OF WOLLONGONG

Due to growth, the Internal Audit Department is seeking to fill the position of a Trainee Internal Auditor. We are looking to secure a person currently studying towards a degree in Business or Commerce majoring in Accounting or a similar discipline. This position will offer casual working hours in line with the successful candidate’s study timetable.

The role is a casual trainee position with on the job training and mentoring to support the development of the necessary skills to undertake a junior auditor level role. The role will be responsible for assisting and providing support to the Diocesan Internal Auditor in the coordination and conduct of internal audit services to the 3 Catholic Diocese of Wollongong; including undertaking other related activities in order to add value and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes in the Diocese.

The position description is available at www.jobs.dow.org.au

Applications to be addressed to: Mrs Karen Rushworth, Diocesan Internal Auditor, PO Box 1239 Wollongong NSW 2500. Applications can also be emailed to karen.rushworth@dow.org.au

For all enquiries, contact Karen Rushworth on 0427 514 184 or email karen.rushworth@dow.org.au

Applications close Monday 15 February 2019

CALLING ALL BUSINESS PEOPLE

Bishop Brian Mascord recently launched Catholic Business Connections (CBC)—an opportunity for business women and men in our diocese (active and retired) who share common values, to network and engage with each other and leaders representing the diocese. CBC will gather three or four times a year for lunch and to listen to guest speakers chosen to inspire with their unique story. The next gathering is on Tuesday 19 February 2019 at Rydges Hotel, Campbelltown (12pm–2pm). Robert Fitzgerald AM will be speaking on Trust and IntegrityTouchstones for Success in Private and Public Life.

For more information on CBC and how to join, visit dow.sh/cbc. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity.

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NEW NOTICE POSITION VACANT

TRAINEE INTERNAL AUDITOR (CASUAL)

DIOCESE OF WOLLONGONG

Due to growth, the Internal Audit Department is seeking to fill the position of a Trainee Internal Auditor.  We are looking to secure a person currently studying towards a degree in Business or Commerce majoring in Accounting or a similar discipline. This position will offer casual working hours in line with the successful candidate’s study timetable.

The role is a casual trainee position with on the job training and mentoring to support the development of the necessary skills to undertake a junior auditor level role. The role will be responsible for assisting and providing support to the Diocesan Internal Auditor in the coordination and conduct of internal audit services to the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong; including undertaking other related activities in order to add value and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes in the Diocese.

The position description is available at www.jobs.dow.org.au

Applications to be addressed to: Mrs Karen Rushworth, Diocesan Internal Auditor, PO Box 1239
Wollongong NSW 2500. Applications can also be emailed to karen.rushworth@dow.org.au

For all enquiries, contact Karen Rushworth on 0427 514 184 or email karen.rushworth@dow.org.au

Applications close Monday 15 February 2019

Get Informed

In Australia, around 75 per cent of men and 85 per cent of women are now reaching retirement age with around 20 years of life ahead of them. They are in relatively good health and with significant opportunities for leisure, family life, social engagement and continued employment. (Social Justice Statement 2016–17)

We are in a new moment in human history, when so many of us are living longer and have many active years ahead of us. What are the implications for Australians? Do we see the same benefits elsewhere, especially in poorer countries?

PRAISE & WORSHIP NIGHT: ‘JOURNEY’ WITH GUEST SPEAKER FR CHRIS RYAN MGL

Saturday 2 February 2019, 7:30pm-9:30pm, Parish Hall, Mary Immaculate Parish, Emerald Drive Eagle Vale

Let’s begin 2019 in praise of God. This evening is a spirit filled opportunity for all who have experienced Alpha to come together in worship and prayer. Our guest speaker, Fr Chris Ryan MGL, will lead us in reflecting upon the theme of ‘Journey’ and how, since the Alpha experience, we can open ourselves more readily to trust and surrender our lives to Jesus as his disciples.

Please RSVP by 30 January to Helen Bennett, 4222 2403 or helen.bennett@dow.org.au

 

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PRAISE & WORSHIP NIGHT: ‘JOURNEY’ WITH GUEST SPEAKER FR CHRIS RYAN MGL

Saturday 2 February 2019, 7:30pm-9:30pm, Parish Hall, Mary Immaculate Parish, Emerald Drive Eagle Vale

Let’s begin 2019 in praise of God. This evening is a spirit filled opportunity for all who have experienced Alpha to come together in worship and prayer. Our guest speaker, Fr Chris Ryan MGL, will lead us in reflecting upon the theme of ‘Journey’ and how, since the Alpha experience, we can open ourselves more readily to trust and surrender our lives to Jesus as his disciples.

Please RSVP by 30 January to Helen Bennett, 4222 2403 or helen.bennett@dow.org.au

ALPHA TEAMS’ MASTERCLASS: DEVELOPING A CULTURE OF INVITATION

Saturday 2 February 2019, 2pm – 5pm, Parish Hall, Mary Immaculate Parish, Emerald Drive Eagle Vale

The Alpha Masterclass is for all Alpha Team members and provides an opportunity to connect with others and share ideas and strategies working across our parishes. During this workshop we will deepen our skills and understanding of the Alpha process and learn practical skills for improving our Alpha processes and developing a culture of invitation.

Please RSVP by 30 January to Helen Bennett, 4222 2403 or helen.bennett@dow.org.au

MOUNT CARMEL RETREAT CENTRE, VARROVILLE – February and March 2019

There is no need to register for these retreats (just turn up on the day).

For further info, please contact Carla on 8795 3400 or via email on: retreats@carmelite.com

  • Paths of Carmel: The Spiritual Canticle – Presenter: Fr Paul Maunder, OCD

 

Saturday, 9 February 2019, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm, Cost: $30

Reflections on the Spiritual Canticle of St John of the Cross.

‘These stanzas, composed in a love flowing from abundant mystical understanding, cannot be explained fully but can be explained in a broad sense so that each one may derive profit from them according to the mode and capacity of one’s own spirit.’ (SC Pro)

  • LAUDATO SI, MI’ SIGNORE” A PRAYERFUL AND INTERACTIVE ENCOUNTER WITH CREATION

 

Mount Carmel Retreat Centre Varroville: 2 March 2019 10:30 am – 4:00 pm “Praise be to you, my Lord”: In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us”. Today’s retreat will encourage you to bend your knees and pray in solidarity with all creatures. Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato si, the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, the natural world and fellow retreatants will be your spiritual companions for this journey. Presenter: Fr Michael