26th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2019

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Blessing of Animals: Monday 7th October, 9:30a.m., Parish of St Michael, 325 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul

The annual Blessing of Animals will be held on the long weekend in October, at 9:30a.m. on Monday, 7th October.

All animals are welcome … Obstreperous camels must be on tight leashes. Leopards must be easily spotted. Chooks must purchase their eggs from IGA.

On 4 October, people all over the world will be celebrating the feast day of the Patron Saint of Animals, Saint Francis of Assisi.

It’s customary that in remembrance of St Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures, animals are led to churches for a special ceremony called the “Blessing of the Animals.”

Every year, millions of animals are blessed by priests/friars in a ceremony that touches the hearts of most of those in attendance.

Worship Nights: The Power of your Testimony with Guest Speaker Cathy Kennedy

Saturday 19th October 2019, 7:30p.m. –- 9:00p.m., St Mary MacKillop Parish Church, 94 Oran Park Drive Oran Park

We all know the power of sharing stories with one another – they inspire and offer us insight into our own life and story.

This evening is a Spirit-filled opportunity for all who have experienced Alpha to come together to experience the sharing of story along with live worship and prayer.

Let’s celebrate and share all that God has been doing in our parishes through Alpha. A night definitely not to be missed.

The guest speaker will be Cathy Kennedy, Mission Coordinator at St Declans Penshurst and former Director of Encounter for the Archdiocese of Sydney.

RSVP by 14th Oct to Helen Bennett 4222 2403 or helen.bennett@dow.org.au

 Called to ministry? Upcoming liturgical ministry training events

Have you considered serving your parish as an extraordinary minister of holy Communion, adult altar server, or minister of Communion of the sick and homebound?

The 2019 diocesan training courses in these ministries are scheduled as follows:

Extraordinary ministers of holy Communion and adult altar servers 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Wollongong, Saturday 23rd November2019 at Xavier Conference Centre, Wollongong

Members of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission will lead two sessions in the morning covering the common ministry of extraordinary minister of holy Communion and one session after lunch for servers.

Morning tea and lunch provided.

For further information visit www.liturgy.dow.org.au or contact Paul Mason at liturgy@dow.org.au or 4222 2462.

Registration essential to Anthony Rewak on 4222 2465 or anthony.rewak@dow.org.au

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Please see the most recent flyer for St Joseph’s Fete which is on this weekend.

There will be lots to see, do and buy to support St. Joseph’s School.

Click on the link:   fete

Below are some other things happening around the Diocese that might be of interest.

2019 Illawarra Public Dementia Forum

Dementia: Breaking down the walls

Wednesday 25 September 10a.m. –3p.m. The Fraternity Club, Fairy Meadow.

Registrations online Via Eventbrite https://tinyurl.com/Ill-Dem-Forum or (02) 4229 5926

You are called – you did not choose first, no, you were chosen” 28–29 September 2019, The Venue, Bellambi

These are the words from the Address of His Holiness Pope Francis to participants in the course of formation of the Cursillos de Christiandad Movement, 30 April 2015.

Come and join us as we present a series of talks and workshops based on His Holiness Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et Exuktate” which focuses on the Call to Holiness in Today’s World published in 2018.

The program begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and concludes after lunch on Sunday.

Shared accommodation is available at $85 including continental breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon teas or you can come for one or both days at $50 including lunch, morning and afternoon teas.

This is a Cursillo initiative, but all are welcome. Bookings are essential, contact Ken on 0417 244 059 or Lesley on 0488 666 326

CCD Catechist Retreat

Macarthur – Highlands: Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, 247 St Andrews Road, Varroville.

Monday, 21 October, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. For bookings or questions please contact Cindy Oliver by 14 October, on 4640 8550 or cindy.oliver@dow.org.au.

There is no cost involved. Morning tea is provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Illawarra – Shoalhaven: St Mary Star of the Sea, 166 Fern St Gerringong, Friday, 18 October, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

For bookings or questions please contact Cindy Oliver by 11 October, on 4640 8550 or cindy.oliver@dow.org.au.

There is no cost involved. Morning tea is provided. Please bring your own lunch.

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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The first piece of news is refurbishment of the church which starts Monday 9th Sept !!!! We were not given much notice but it will be done in time for a wedding in  Mid-October, which also means it will be looking amazing for the Children’s First Holy Communion and Christmas.

The Finance Committee and Father Patrick  would be very grateful if people could come down to the Church on Saturday morning from 9am until about Midday to help get the church ready for the painting on Monday.  

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Stand and Pray for Life Rally—Campbelltown / Sunday 15 September 2019, 3 p.m.–5 p.m.

The Anglican churches of Campbelltown have invited the Macarthur Catholic churches to join them at a local rally to call on the NSW Parliament to say no to the proposed abortion laws. There will be local speakers and an opportunity to pray together for the sanctity of life.

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time 2019

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Men’s Retreat Weekend: 30 August – 1 September 2019

St Mary’s Towers Retreat Centre, Douglas Park

Presenter: Mr Paul White

Join other men of faith exploring how, the power of “Yes!” changes circumstances in dark times; how we can live in the light of God’s truth which can bring much joy to our lives and much needed peace and harmony. Come, relax and enjoy God in tranquillity at St Mary’s Towers Retreat Centre. Cost $230 RSVP Ph:4630 0233 or email contact@towersretreat.org.au

website: http://towersretreat.org.au

Growing Good Men Father and Teenage Son Weekend Experience

25–27 October 2019 Cataract Scout Camp Appin

One of the most important influences in the lives of men is the relationship they had with their father or significant father figure. The encouragement and affirmation that this relationship could, and should, provide, is a key ingredient for how young men view themselves and embrace their faith and gifts as they take their place in the world. Don’t miss this life changing father and son weekend! Spots are limited to just 15 fathers with their son aged between 12–16 years. This is a unique opportunity for dads and their sons to embark on a quest of discovery with Robert Falzon and the team from menALIVE. Register online www.menalive.dow.org.au

or contact Jude Hennessy on 4222 2407 jude.hennessy@dow.org.au

Position Vacant—Administration Assistant

Lumen Christi Catholic Parishes Wollongong

Casual one (1) day per week on Thursdays

As casual administration assistant, you provide a range of clerical and administrative duties to ensure the smooth and effective operation of the parish office for the parishes of St Francis Xavier Cathedral Wollongong, St John Vianney Fairy Meadow/Mater Dolorosa Balgownie and St Brigid’s Gwynneville. Closing date is 4pm Friday 6 September 2019. For further details and a full position description, please contact Frances. This position is also advertised at www.dow.org.au

Your application should include a cover letter and resume.

Completed applications should be emailed to Frances Van Leerdam at frances.vanleerdam@dow.org.au

Edmund Rice College Parents & Friends Association

“Building the Resilience and Wellbeing of young people” a free community event. Expo and refreshments 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Guest speakers 7:00 p.m.–8:30p.m.


20th Sunday in Ordinary time

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A reminder that the NET team will be at and involved in the 5:30pm Mass and be available afterwards for questions afterwards at our Sunday Supper.

We are encouraging all families to come along especially those with children aged 13-18 years of age.

They will be talking on the work they do through out the Diocese as well as information regarding the Youth activities that are coming up soon.

This is also the last weekend parishioners can sign the petitions of the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 before they are sent off to the Upper House.  

If this bill is passed, it will make abortion legal up until birth in NSW, for any reason, as long as two doctors agree if the baby is more than 22 weeks old.

The petitions will be available to sign at both Masses on table in the Narthex.

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2019

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Bishop Brian Mascord recently launched Catholic Business Connections (CBC) – an opportunity for businesswomen and men in our diocese who share common values, to network and engage with each other and leaders representing the diocese. CBC will gather four times a year for lunch and to listen to guest speakers chosen to inspire with their unique story and share how they relate their work and spiritual life experience to the context of living in a modern world. The third CBC luncheon will be held on Thursday 22 August 2019 at Rydges Hotel Campbelltown (12:00 mid-day – 2:00 pm). Mr Greg Sheridan AO, foreign editor of The Australian, will be speaking on “Is God good for you?”.

 EVERY CHILD HAS THE RIGHT TO A FAMILY AND A PERMANENT HOME. EVERY SINGLE ONE. Right now children across our region are in need, If you would like to find out more about becoming a foster carer with CatholicCare Wollongong please email us on fosteringfutures@catholiccare.dow.org.au or call 0418 783 956.


Want to help transform your parish into a place where people are known, loved, challenged and supported? Small groups or “communities of communities” hold the key. The weekly Faith Circles resource and small-group leaders guide is available for free to download. It features all the “how-to” information you need as well as reflection questions for the Sunday Gospel and accompanying prayer points. It is available to download at www.faithcircles.dow.org.au or have it sent to you each month via email subscription.