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News in Brief 136

on Tuesday, 03 July 2012. Posted in News in brief

HAVE YOU STOPPED TO HEAR GOD’S CALL?
Vocation is a call to respond to God’s amazing love for us. We all have a vocation through our Baptism, and are called to particular vocations including marriage, consecrated life, single life and ordained ministry. Sometimes, priesthood can seem too hard or too remote from our experience. Yet for those called to priesthood, they speak of how it is their greatest joy. Every day, men are called to the priesthood. Please stop to listen to the call, and please help others to hear the call through your personal encouragement. You don’t have to have all the answers, but are you asking the question? To know more: contact Fr Richard Healey on or 0401 621 591, or visit http://dow.org.au/priesthood.

PARISH FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL
193 St Andrews Road, VARROVILLE.
Come and celebrate Mass at 10.00am on Sunday, 15 July 2012 followed by a multicultural fiesta. Bring along a plate to share. BYO drinks. Live entertainment throughout the day and children’s activities including face painting, games and disco. Novena Masses will be celebrated from Friday, 6 July to Saturday 14 July at 7.30pm (except Saturday 7 July at 6.00pm and Sunday 8 July at 10.00am).

CATECHIST TRAINING (Level II)
commencing July in Wollongong and Campbelltown. Designed for Catechists but open to all, Level II training commences Friday, 20 July 2012 in Wollongong and Monday, 23 July 2012 in Campbelltown. No pre-requisites required. Topics include: The Gospel Narratives, Understanding other Denominations and more. Please contact Cindy Oliver to book a place on (02) 4640 8550.

MARRIAGE ANNIVERSARIES MASS 2012.
If you are celebrating 25, 40, 50 or 60 years of marriage this year and would like an invitation to the Mass to be celebrated by Bishop Peter Ingham at St John Vianney Co-Cathedral, Fairy Meadow on Sunday, 29 July 2012 at 2.00pm, please contact Helen Bennett at the Office of the Bishop and an invitation will be sent to you. Please telephone (02) 4253 0934 or email

STEWARDSHIP CORNER – 14th Sunday Ordinary Time
Today’s psalm response invites us to fix our eyes “on the Lord till he shows us his mercy.” Jesus is the great sign of the mercy of God, seen through his healing, teaching and compassion for all people. Through our words and actions we too show God’s mercy to a world deeply in need of loving compassion and healing.

ANSWERING ATHEISM – DR EDWARD FESER IN THE DIOCESE 
The misunderstanding about the relationship of faith and science has seen increasing numbers of people “shelving” belief in God. Often it is claimed that “science is objective” whereas belief in God is “unscientific” and therefore irrational or, at least, has no rational foundation itself. Professor and popular social commentator from the USA, Dr Edward Feser PH.D, will expose the fallacies of this world view including its inherent contradiction: the claim that scientism is true is not a scientific claim!”

Tuesday, 24 July at St John the Evangelist Parish, Jerematta St, Dapto Thursday, 26 July at St John the Evangelist Parish, Cordeaux St, Campbelltown. Talk from 7.30pm-8.30pm. Q&A 8.30pm-9.00pm followed by supper. Entry by donation. RSVP essential to Jane Edwards on 4253 0899 or email

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ANSWERING ATHEISM – DR EDWARD FESER IN THE DIOCESE
“Scientism is the view that all real knowledge is scientific knowledge – that there is no rational, objective form of inquiry that is not a branch of science.” (Dr Ed Feser PH.D).
This view is particularly prevalent within the writings of the New Atheists and is commonly held by modern Western society. The misunderstanding about the relationship of faith and science has seen increasing numbers of people “shelving” belief in God. Often it is claimed that “science is objective” whereas belief in God is “unscientific” and therefore irrational or, at least, has no rational foundation itself. In his talks, Dr Feser will expose the fallacies of this world view including its inherent contradiction: the claim that scientism is true is not a scientific claim!”
Tuesday, 24 July at St John the Evangelist Parish, Jerematta St, Dapto Thursday, 26 July at St John the Evangelist Parish, Cordeaux St, Campbelltown.
Talk from 7.30pm-8.30pm. Q&A 8.30pm-9.00pm followed by supper. Entry by donation.
RSVP essential to Jane Edwards on 4253 0899 or email
Dr Feser is a writer and philosopher. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California and teaches philosophy at Pasadena City College. His primary academic research interests are in philosophy of mind, moral and political philosophy, and philosophy of religion. He is a popular social commentator who writes on politics, culture and religion.

AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC YOUTH MINISTRY CONVENTION
Registrations are now open for this national event that is being hosted right here in our own diocese. Head to acymc.org.au for more information or to register and make sure you check out the promo video at www.youtube.com/acbcyouth. If you have any further questions please contact Loretta on 4253 0809 or email .

DIOCESAN YOUNG ADULT RETREAT 2012
Unfortunately, the Diocesan Young Adult Retreat for 2012 has been cancelled. In its place you may like to consider attending one of the offerings below.
Fire Weekend | Life in the Spirit Seminar, 20 - 22 July, 2012. The Venue Conference Centre, 18 Cawley Street, Bellambi. Info: 4284 1635 or


Presented by the Disciples of Jesus Community and Youth Mission Team Transformed By God's Grace | Guided Silent Retreat, 27 - 29 July, 2012. Stanwell Tops Conference Centre. Info: 9313 7099 or . Presented by the Verbum Dei Missionaries

 

SCENE VOCATIONS EXPO
from Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 July 2012, 11.00am –4.00pm, Martin Place, Sydney CBD. Free outdoor festival of Catholic life and vocations with up to 48 stallholders from media, youth and family ministries, tertiary institutions, welfare, religious communities and more. Also includes live entertainment and giveaways. Enquiries: 9390 5937 or visit www.credosydney.org/our-works/scene/vocations-expo

PRAYER AROUND THE CROSS
– drawing inspiration from the prayers and music of Taize in France. Friday, 27 July 2012 from 7.30pm at St Patrick’s Church, 39 Kembla Street, Port Kembla followed by a light supper. For further information contact Gabrielle Fogarty (02) 4232 2735, Pat Boniface (02) 4232 1034 or Port Kembla Parish (02) 4274 1192.

ORGAN MASTER CLASS
– an afternoon with Godelieve Ghavalas (organist at St Patrick’s Church Hill, Sydney on Saturday, 28 July 2012 at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, Wollongong from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Pianists, who play organ in our churches, mark this date in your diary! The aim of the afternoon is to cover the things about organ playing that every pianist needs to know. Topics include: explanation of organ voices; the various functions of the organ in liturgy; setting and use of different registrations; using the “AP” (All Pianists) button on the Ahlborn organs and an approach to learning to use the pedals. There will be an opportunity for each attendee to bring a liturgical music piece along for hands-on guidance and performance tips on the organ. RSVP essential to Helen Bennett on (02) 4253 0934 or email by Monday, 16 July, 2012.

“COME TO THE FEAST” A WORKSHOP ON HOSPITALITY
– MORE THAN A CUPPA with Mr Chris Ehler, Archdiocese of Brisbane on Saturday, 21 July 2012 at St Thomas More Parish, Ruse from 10.00am – 2.30pm. Morning tea and lunch provided. Hospitality is fundamental to the life of any community. The way we welcome others, especially those who enquire about joining our community, reflects on who we are as disciples and stewards of God’s mission. This day is for all those involved in ministry and indeed the whole community. Mr Chris Ehler, from the Archdiocese of Brisbane, will lead us in exploring the meaning of hospitality and assist us in developing ways for creating hospitable and welcoming communities in all areas of ministry and community life. We will also briefly discuss initiatives arising from the March Stewardship Renewal Day. RSVP essential to Darren McDowell on (02) 4253 0985 or email

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