St Michael's Parish
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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C - 20th January 2019
"Proclaim his marvellous deeds to all the nations."
Pope Francis baptised 27 babies during Mass in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. He reminded the parents that the first space in which children learn and witness the faith is at home. Pope Francis gave a brief, impromptu homily during Mass. The practice of baptising children on that Feastday was introduced by St John Paul II. In his homily, the Pope said that it is the parents’ task to pass the faith along to their children, beginning at home, “because faith must always be transmitted ‘in dialect': the dialect of the family, in the atmosphere of the home.” He noted that it was perfectly normal for a husband and wife to quarrel but recommended trying to keep arguments out of the view and hearing of their children.
Ash Wednesday 6th March
Easter Sunday 2019 - 21st April
Proposed date for Confirmation Sunday May 26th
PLENARY 2020 Listen to what the spirit is saying Remember that there are 3 ways that you can give your feedback and be part of Plenary 2020.
(1) Attend a discussion group
(2) Complete a Feedback Form
(3) Make a submission online. http://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/resources/have-your-say/
ALPHA isa chance to explore the deeper questions of life, faith, and meaning, in a friendly, inclusive setting over a meal. It’s perfect for anyone who may be seeking a deeper meaning and direction in their lives. Who among your friends or family may benefit from this? It may change their lives – or yours. Why not “come and see” and invite someone to come with you, on Friday February 1st at 6:30pm St Michael’s Hall. For catering purposes please either write details of those coming on sign-up sheets in church foyers or contact the Parish Office. We hope to see you there!
Alpha Catering: A big thank you to the 10 people who have put their names down to help with catering. Just a few more helpers for catering would be most appreciated! If you can help, please contact Fr Duane, Parish Office.
Our prayerful best wishes to the Filipino Community on the occasion of their national Feastday Santo Nino - The Feast of Santo Nino which originated in 1565, is associated with the Christmas Season.
National Apology on Sexual Abuse: Bishop Brian Mascord has expressed his support for the National Apology on Monday with a pastoral message. The message is available at www.dow.org.au He writes “It is true that words can be hopelessly inadequate if not accompanied by effective action.” There are hard copies available at the foyers; on the back of the sheets is a summary of recent actions taken in Wollongong Diocese towards creating a safer Church.
Holy Spirit Catholic Church - call for choir members. If you have an interest in singing and would like to assist at the 9.30am Mass on Sundays, please have a word after Mass or ring Deirdre on 44437825.
Prayer Basket, Nowra Church:The Alpha Team and Nowra Community Group have arranged a Prayer Basket in the side foyer. There are prayer cards where you can write a prayer intention and place it in the basket.
An Alpha Team member will take the prayer intentions to the altar during the entrance procession.
Wold Youth Day (Week) – January 2019 - More than 1000 young people from across Australia have flown off to Panama this week to attend World Youth Day, which begins on January 22. They included 22 from Wollongong Diocese; we are delighted that among them is Monique Hill (Callala), Nowra Parish. May it be a joyful safe and spiritually enriching experience for all.
The LMC Soup kitchen will reopen on 8th Feb and runs every Friday lunchtime throughout the year. If you are interested in being part of our team of volunteers please contact Shannon Chittick 0414521404.
The roster is a once a month commitment for a 3hr shift. Call for more information. Thanks and God bless.
Sacramental Marriage: Drawing from today’s Gospel, which records Jesus’ presence at the wedding in Cana, the Church traditionally draws our intention to the Sacramentality of Christian Marriage. Christian Marriage we are reminded mirrors God’s love for His people, Christ’s love for His Church. Conversely Christ’s love for His Church –is the ideal for Christian marriage.
The Preface for a Nuptial Mass has this sublime statement on Marriage:
“Love is our origin, love is our constant calling, love is our fulfilment in Heaven.
The love of man and woman is made holy in the Sacrament of Marriage, and becomes the mirror of your everlasting love.”
( Nuptial Preface)
Congratulations and prayerful best wishes to Sandra and Gerald Groom who are celebrating their Golden Wedding (Berry).
Eric Genuis Concerts at St Michael’s Parish Hall on 21st February 2019 - 7:00pm and Holy Spirit Vincentia on 28th February - 6:30pm.
The ‘Opera House’ is coming to our parish! All original compositions together with powerful testimonies outlining the inspiration behind each piece with true stories of life transformations destined to make a deep impression upon all who hear them. A message of hope for all. Tickets: $30 adult; $25 pensioner/concession; $70 family (parents with dependent children under 18). Online tickets sales and more information at www.ericgenuistour.com or tickets can be purchased from the Parish Office (cash only).
People with Coeliac are advised there is a suitable Communion Host available for them in our churches. The host is placed in a pyx on the altar for consecration and is kept separate from regular hosts in the ciborium at the time of distribution. Fr Pat and Fr Duane have been consecrating these hosts for Coeliacs for the last few years. All you need to do is tell Father before Mass and he will see that your host is available for you to receive. If you would like more information, please contact Patricia Bourke 0433 509 636.
Pray As You Go and Sacred Space are free Apps, available to download from iTunes and Google Play. You can listen in the car, out walking or any time of day. It offers a reflection on the daily Scripture reading and a reflective review (examen) of your day before you go to sleep.
St Michael’s Playgroup - Runs each Monday during the school term from 9:00am–10:30am in foyer of St Michael's School Hall. Parents, grandparents, carers, all welcome! Please bring your child’s snacks and drink. Gold coin donation.
Children’s Liturgy Sundays 9:30am (during the school term) at St Michaels - children aged 4 and up gather together with our volunteer teachers to receive God's Word on their own level, in a fun and interactive way.
Craft-Tea Characters - Clean and useable knitting, crocheting, sewing and general craft materials are gratefully accepted. Don’t forget you are welcome to join us on a Wednesday 9:30ish-12:00ish. Making connections through craft, cuppas and company.
Pop in or contact Louise 0438218728.
Bomaderry Waratah RSL Day Club offers social support and friendship to older people who are still living in the community but who are unable to attend more active programs. For further information please phone Rosemary on 4423 3330. Click here to download poster.
NEED HELP AT HOME OR KNOW SOMEBODY WHO DOES? CatholicCare offers practical in-home aged care services, so you or someone you love can continue living a happy and healthy life in the comfort of their own home. For more information please call 42549342 or visit www.catholiccare.dow.org.au
The home is the heart of the Church. CAtHFAMILY brings you a selection of activities, prayer rituals, crafts and recipes for free from their website www.cathfamily.org. Don't miss CathKids, weekly interactive experience with a two minute animated reflection on the Sunday reading. Families in the Diocese of Wollongong are encouraged to utilise these resources at home to share faith with kids.
SVdP Piety Stall
SVdP Piety Stall, Berry Street Nowra is a great place to visit for all your religious gifts. Items can be ordered from the catalogue.
If you have any enquiries, please call the stall on 4421 7395.
"The Journey" is a weekly program developed by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong aired on a growing number of Christian Radio Stations around Australia. Each week, there is a reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. Add to that some great music and interviews with people doing amazing things right around the globe and you’ve got a show that is all about faith, hope love and life. The Journey is produced and hosted by Mr Jude Hennessy in partnership with Pulse 94.1FM. The Journey Catholic Radio Program – Airs Weekly.
Go to www.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can subscribe to weekly shows by email.
Sacred Heart Church Bomaderry Piety Stall – Open after 9:30am Sunday Mass. For all your Confirmation and Communion and religious gifts and cards. Other items by special order from the catalogue.
Contact Suzie Alamango: 4448 6219 / 0419 249 008.