Palm Sunday 14th April 2019

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THE JOURNEY CATHOLIC RADIO PROGRAM – airs on 21st April 2019

On this Blessed Easter Sunday, our Gospel reading is that of the Resurrection, John 20:1-9, and the reflection by Fr Chris Sarkis, “He Saw and He Believed”. Happy and Holy Easter to our listeners from all of us here at the Diocese of Wollongong. Go to www.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND 26 – 28th April 2019 Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville

Relationship enrichment for married couples. Bookings online at www.wwme.org.au

Contact Adrian and Janet Sullivan on 0490 774 419 or adrian.janet1@bigpond.com

CALLING ALL BUSINESS PEOPLE

Bishop Brian Mascord recently launched Catholic Business Connections (CBC) – an opportunity for business women and men in our diocese 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 and share how they relate their work and spiritual life experience to the context of living in a modern world. The second CBC luncheon will be held on Thursday 16th May 2019 at levelone@harbourfront, Wollongong Harbour (12mid-day – 2:00pm). Mr Peter Turner, Director of Schools, Diocese of Wollongong, will be speaking on Trust and IntegrityTouchstones for Success in Private and Public Life. For more information on CBC and how to join, visit www.cbc.dow.org.au or contact Debbie Gates, Diocesan Director of Development and Community Engagement (02) 4222 2446. (Please note that membership rates are pro rata and have been reduced accordingly. Concessional rates are now available.)

RSVP for May luncheon is Thursday 9th May.

OZ ROSARY AROUND AUSTRALIA 24-26th May 2019 The weekend of the Feast of the Patroness of Australia

OUR LADY HELP OF CHRISTIANS – It would be great if we could participate in a 54-day Novena together leading up to the event starting on 1st April. Here is copy of the booklet for the 54 for day miracle Novena

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/q2vdmxdcnhmz0xb/AABFsQecYouQByUbqjT9ZZTqa?dl=0

Pray for Australia its Protection, Future, Youth, families. This Year we are praying in particular also for our political leaders and the spiritual leaders of the church. To register your parish, rosary, prayer group etc.

Email: ozrosary53@gmail.com or contact Jane: 0476 535 595

More details please visit https://ozrosary.wixsite.com/ozrosary53/contact-us-and-participate

IRON YOUTH GROUP AGES 14-18 FRIDAY NIGHTS 7:00 – 9:00pm at ST THERESE, WEST WOLLONGONG SCHOOL HALL.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in delving into your faith, making friends, and/or memes come along. For more info check Iron Youth Group on FB/IG or contact Bridget on 0481 842 530.

5th Sunday of Lent 2019

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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 26th and 27th July 2019 at the University of Notre Dame Broadway Campus. flyer attached

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.

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4th Sunday of Lent 2019

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THE JOURNEY CATHOLIC RADIO PROGRAM – AIRS 7th April 2019

This week on The Journey, we move into the Gospel of John 8:1-11 and Fr Sean Cullen reflects on this Gospel reading. Our Trust Lenten program provides the sung Responsorial Psalm, “The Lord Has Done Great Things”, Mother Hilda from the Abbey reminds us of “The Devine Presence”, and our Sam Clear in his Walking the Walk God spot reminds us about Facing the Darkness. We have some amazing music so be sure to listen until the very end of our program. Go to www.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email.

OUR MANY MARRIAGES get together night for engaged and married couples, presented by Byron and Francine Pirola.

Mary Immaculate Parish: 61 Emerald Drive, Eagle Vale (In the Hall). Friday 5th April, 7:30pm (After Stations of the Cross). Cost $10 per couple (light supper, cheese platter and alcohol provided – please advise of any dietary requirement). We are also offering babysitting, (confirm how many children).

For bookings or questions please contact Cindy Oliver 0417 490 638

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 26th and 27th July 2019 at the University of Notre Dame Broadway Campus. flyer attached

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.

 

3rd Sunday of Lent. Year C. 2019

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OUR MANY MARRIAGES get together night for engaged and married couples, presented by Byron and Francine Pirola.

Mary Immaculate Parish: 61 Emerald Drive, Eagle Vale (In the Hall). Friday 5 April, 7.30pm (After Stations of the Cross). Cost $10 per couple (light supper, cheese platter and alcohol provided – pls advise of any dietary requirement). We are also offering babysitting, (confirm how many children).

For bookings or questions please contact Cindy Oliver 0417 490 638

BOOK LAUNCH: UNLOCKING YOUR PARISH: MAKING DISCIPLES, RAISING UP LEADERS WITH ALPHA

Sunday 7 April 2019, 7pm-9pm, St Charles Borromeo Parish Hall, 2a Charles Street, Ryde. Cost $15

Can Catholic parishes become communities of missionary disciples that bear lasting fruit? Ron Huntley from the Divine Renovation Ministry Team is coming to Australia. Working alongside Fr James Mallon, author of “Divine Renovation”, Ron works with Catholic parishes around the world mentoring parishes seeking to transform the culture of their parish. Ron Huntley’s new book aims to provide insight into what Alpha can do to help any Catholic parish become a vibrant, mission focused community. For bookings and more information go to https://australia.alpha.org/events/2018/5/2/divine-renovation

ONE MILLION ROSARIES FOR UNBORN BABIES

The One Million Rosaries for Unborn Babies multinational pro-life prayer event is schedule for 3, 4 NS 4 May this year. Persons participating will pray at lest one Rosary for the protection of the unborn. For details and to register go to: www.SaintMichaelTheArchangelOrganization.org

PILGRIMAGE: LANDS OF ST PAUL

Fr Christopher Sarkis will be leading a 10-night pilgrimage as chaplain to the Lands of St Paul, following the path of his missionary journey. Visiting Athens, ancient Corinth, Meteora, Philippi, Thessaloniki, Patmos and Ephesus, with an optional extension to Malta where St. Paul was shipwrecked on his way to Rome where he was martyred. It departs 15 July 2019. For further information contact Harvest Journeys Free call 1800 819 156 or email: info@harvestjourneys.com or www.harvestjourneys.com

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

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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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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