THE SPIRIT IS CALLING: “YOU WILL RECEIVE POWER WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES”. Ever thought of priesthood – remember that it is not you alone who would live this life of service. The Holy Spirit is your strength and guide. Contact your local priest or Fr Richard Healey, vocations director, on 0401 621 591, .
CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSIONS, Sunday 2 June 2013 at St Mary’s Church, Northcliffe Drive, Berkeley following 8.45am Mass and Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Demetrius Road, Rosemeadow at 2.30pm. Bishop Ingham will lead both processions.
PARISHES WORKING TOGETHER – BISHOP’S RESPONSE
Bishop Peter Ingham has issued a pastoral letter in response to the Parishes Working Together consultation. The letter is entitled “With the Spirit of God, Moving Together into
our Future.” In his introduction, Bishop Peter says: “As promised, on this Feast of Pentecost I am happy to share with you the outcome of the extensive education and consultation process, ‘Parishes Working Together’. This incorporates our plans to continue together, clergy, religious and laity, to build vibrant and sustainable Church communities in the Diocese of Wollongong as we move into the future.” The letter sets out a range of strategies for moving forward together with the Spirit. Copies are available for all parishes and on line. Bishop Peter notes that a full report will be made available in June.
ALL NIGHT ADORATION in the Chapel at St John the Evangelist Parish, Jerematta Street, Dapto on the first Tuesday of every month. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament begins after 5.00pm Mass Tuesday and ends at 6.00am on Wednesday morning. All welcome. Enquiries to Parish Office on 4261 1315.
DIOCESAN DIRECTOR OF CATHOLIC MISSION (Wollongong)
Applications are called for the above position that will be vacated by Mike Deasy at the end of June. Mike will continue with his work for Catholic Mission in the dioceses of Bathurst and WIlcannia-Forbes. A job description can be found on the diocesan website www.dow.org.au. More specific questions can be directed to Walter Dinale, Catholic Mission’s National HR Manager or on (02) 9919 7800. Applications close 31 May 2013.
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
This year’s biblical and liturgical resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (12 May to 19 May) come to us from India and particularly from the Christian Dalit community of India, a community that has a deep past and present of being excluded and outcast within their own country and often within their own faith. Christianity has a long and complex history in India, dating back as far as 182 A. D. of our common era and including a major influx of missionary activity in the 16th and 19th centuries.
The theme is "What does God require of us?" a reference to Micah 6:6-8:
“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt-offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with tens of thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Given this history and given the experience of Dalit Christians as outcasts, this 2013 material greatly expands the frame of ecumenism. We continue to pray for the unity of all Christians.
To find out more please visit: http://www.ncca.org.au/departments/faith-unity/724-week- of-prayer-for-christian-unity-2013
GATHERINGS OF PARISH PASTORAL COUNCILS
Campbelltown: Wednesday 5 June 2013, 7.30pm – 9.00pm, St. John’s Parish Hall,
35 Cordeaux St
Wollongong: Tuesday 11 June 2013, 7:30-9:00pm, Xavier Centre, 38 Harbour St
Shellharbour: Thursday 20 June 2013 , 7.30pm – 9.00pm, All Saints’ Church, 19 College St Clergy and Parish Pastoral Council members are invited to attend these gatherings which focus on Faith & Ministry Development and developing a way forward from the Bishop’s response to the Parishes Working Together consultation process. These sessions offer the opportunity to continue sharing about the good work happening in your parish as well as discussing ways to develop faith and ministry within the parish. Attendance at any one of these gatherings is most welcome. Please RSVP your attendance by contacting Darren McDowell on 4222 2463 or
GOD IN THE GONG – Tuesday 11 June 2013
For ages 18-35 years (Age limit does not apply to Clergy, Religious and Youth Ministers) Venue: Macarthur Tavern (cnr Gilchrist Drive & Kellicar Road, Campbelltown)
From 7.00pm – 9.00pm (Dinner available at the venue from 5.30pm)
Speaker: Fr Richard Healey
Topic: Faith and Journey: How, when and why do we go on pilgrimage?
Enquiries: or 4222 2460
AUSTRALIAN CATHOLICS magazine winter 2013 edition: Faith in the public square. OUT SOON! In this special edition of Australian Catholics we explore the place of the Church in today’s
world. We hear from two mothers, a Christian and an atheist, about raising children. Young people tell us where they go for guidance, community and spirituality. We explore what the Royal Commission will mean for the Church, while Kristina Keneally speaks of being a Catholic in public life. Don’t miss out on this edition. If you are not receiving Australian Catholics magazine, download our subscription form, or call us on (03) 9421 9666 to subscribe today.
FAITH IN ACTION: THROUGH THE JESUIT SPIRITUALITY OF POPE FRANCIS on Saturday 1 June 2013 from 10.00am-3:30pm at Xavier Centre Conference Rooms, 38 Harbour St Wollongong. Join renowned national speaker Sandie Cornish as she helps us unpack Catholic Social Teaching through the Jesuit spirituality of Pope Francis. Learn the basic tools to move from faith into action in your everyday life. Through prayer, reflection, sharing and input we will identify issues facing us today, discover the riches of Scripture and Church Social Teaching and explore ways of beginning to develop our understanding and response to these issues. There are only 90 places available so RSVP is essential by 24 May to or phone Darren on 4222 2463. The cost of the day is $10 and morning tea and lunch will be provided. (Tea/Coffee and Registration will commence at 9:30am for a 10:00am start)
WOMEN'S BREAKFAST to be held on Saturday, 15 June 2013 from 8.00am – 10.30am at Cafe Essay, 13 Burelli Street, Wollongong. Hosted by the Disciples of Jesus, Wollongong, this gathering is a chance to connect with other Catholic women over a meal and receive some encouraging input from a guest speaker. Cost $15.00. RSVP by Sunday, 9 June 2013 to Jacqui on 0431 223 025.
iSTAND NIGHTS Regional Youth Group from 7.00pm - 9.00pm on Friday nights at St Columbkille’s Parish Centre, 99 Princes Hwy Corrimal (enter from rear laneway). This youth group is for people aged 14 - 18 years old. Music, games, friendship, talks, camps, and a lot of fun. Everyone welcome. For more information contact Wollongong Youth Mission Team manager Christopher Brennan or 0433 636 359 www.ymt.com.au