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Catholic Diocese of Wollongong serving the people of God in the Illawarra, Macarthur, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands regions of NSW
  • Position Vacant | General Assistant - Hospitality

     

    The Office of the Bishop is seeking to fill the position of General Assistant – Hospitality.

    The position is full time, based in Wollongong and is planned to commence in April 2015 or by negotiation. The successful applicant will undertake general duties for the Office of the Bishop, particularly with hospitality services for the Conference Centre and offices, relief for reception as required and other tasks as directed.

    Click here to download the Position Description.

    Your application should include a resume specifying residency or work visa status and a letter addressed to the Diocesan Executive Officer outlining your commitment to the ethos and values of the Catholic Church. Your letter should also address how you meet the skills, experience & qualification requirements of the position as outlined in the Position Description. 

    Send your letter and resume to the Executive Assistant to the Diocesan Executive Officer, Mary Hiscox at mary [DOT] hiscox [AT] dow [DOT] org [DOT] au by close of business, Friday 20 March 2015.

    Alternatively it may be posted to:

    Mary Hiscox
    PO Box 1239
    Wollongong NSW 2500

    Enquiries should be directed to Mary on (02) 4222 2468.

  • St Teresa's Fifth Centenary Concert at Varroville | 28 March

    On 28 March 2015, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Church Varroville are celebrating St Teresa's Fifth Centenary through a range of events on this day of her birth.  The celebrations begin with a Mass at 10.00 with Bishop Peter Ingham, followed by a sausage sizzle lunch at 12.00 pm.  Soon after at 2.00 pm, the concert begins and later on at 7.00 pm there will be dinner dance. You are all invited to come along to any event or all. 

    The concert features many artists of high standing, taking you on a musical pilgrimage through Lent, reflecting and representing the life and work of  St Teresa of Jesus.  For more information see www. teresa500.org.au and  www.olmcvarroville.org.au or contact Parish Office on 9693 73737 or nellalucestudio [AT] hotmail [DOT] com

    Entry is by donation to raise funds for student's pilgrimage to Ávila and Project Compassion.

  • “Walking the Camino” | An audio-visual presentation by Peter Kearney

    WALKING THE CAMINO. Friday March 20th., 7.00pm, Gwynneville. St. Brigid’s Hall, 2 Vickery Street. Audio-visual presentation by Peter Kearney about the Camino de Santiago, an 800km pilgrimage walk through northern Spain. Peter walked this path in 2012. Photos & music on large screen television with live commentary. Suggested donation $10/$8 concession at door. Limited seating - registration essential via email to Peter: camino [AT] peterkearneysongs [DOT] com [DOT] au   Specify venue location ‘Gwynneville’ and number of seats needed. "Easily the best account of the Camino I have seen. Peter’s commentary and selection of music accompany a brilliant array of photos.”  (John Dawson)

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  • Appin Massacre Memorial Ceremony | 19 April 2015

    Everyone invited. Free event.

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  • Join Bishop Peter in serving Christ’s Mission | Diocesan Assembly | Sat 7 March

     

    You are Invited to:

    •          Gather with Bishop Peter Ingham and other people from our region.
    •          Discover ways you can be supported in parish, school and regional initiatives
    •          Contribute your ideas and passion for serving Christ with a focus on supporting family life
    •          Engage in a special session for young people or other area of specific interest
    •          Share in morning tea and lunch, free of charge.

    Our Diocesan Assembly begins 8.30am with special breakfast session for young people.

    The young people are joined at 10.00am by other participants.

    Morning tea 11.30am
    Lunch 1.00pm
    Close 1.30pm

    Saturday 7 March 2015
    St Mary Star of the Sea College Hall Wollongong (Harbour Street Wollongong)
    All welcome, free of charge. 

    Registration is essential: http://tinyurl.com/assembly2015.

    Need help? Contact Helen Bennett on helen [DOT] bennett [AT] dow [DOT] org [DOT] au or 4222 2403.

  • Bishop Peter Ingham's Lenten Message 2015

     

     

    My Sisters and Brothers in Christ

    So many of us are conscious of our weight and how to win the battle of the bulge. This is quite ironic when a large proportion of the world goes to bed hungry. For physical health, some favour a five-a-day fruit and vegetable diet which is self-explanatory. Some practitioners promote a five-a-day mental health program – being physically active, connecting with others socially, taking time to be aware of our surroundings, learning something new and giving time and service to our neighbours and to the community.

    In today’s Gospel we become aware of Jesus healing the leper and restoring him to the community, and its connection to Jesus’ healing us of the leprosy of sin and ignorance by dying on the Cross and rising again. Could we come

    up with a similar five-a-day routine for our spiritual health?

    Now is an appropriate time to try and do this, because this week we enter the Season of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Fr Bill Bausch in his book “The Story Revealed” itemises his five-a-day spiritual routine designed to bring us closer to God, just as a physical and mental health routine can bring us closer to good health.

    His five-a-day spiritual workout includes: to pray, to read the Word of God; time for silence and contemplation; sharing with others; and living more simply so that others may simply live.

    To do this with a supportive group of like-minded people helps a lot. If we are serious about our spiritual progress, we can be helped by connecting with others from time-to-time for mutual support. We do this quite naturally for physical exercise with others; we also join book reading clubs to encourage us to read: so why not, for example, join a Lenten group this year in your parish undertaking our Lenten Program “Arise.” In doing the program you will encounter prayer, reading the Word of God, time for silence and contemplation and sharing with others. It can be a great spiritual workout.

    You may also like to go on a day or weekend retreat together. Talk about a great opportunity for spiritual replenishment! And we are so blessed in our Diocese with an abundance of retreat centres that most Dioceses in Australia would only dream of. You can do that at St Mary’s Towers Retreat Centre Douglas Park; Jamberoo Abbey; the Hermitage Mittagong; Mount Carmel Retreat Centre Varroville; Hartzer Park Retreat Centre Bowral; or at one of the beautiful natural venues on the coast or in the mountains.

    If you can get to daily Mass one or two days a week, that’s a great avenue of prayer, of listening to the Word of God and receiving the graces of the Eucharist together as a community. For those busy workers who cannot make a weekday Mass why not just text, email or Facebook each other, encouraging one another by sharing a prayer, favourite quote or scripture passage.

    While connecting with others like this is a great spiritual exercise, never forget the importance of silence. So, after you have shared with each other, why not turn off the mobile phone or TV or iPad for a time of silence and prayer or reading the Scriptures or a spiritual book to lift our minds and hearts to God.

    Think of all those times we spend waiting at traffic lights or in the checkout queue. These can be moments to turn our thoughts and prayers to God. Quite often, I will turn off my radio in the car when I am driving to spend some time in conversation with God. The conversation can be about trivial matters like, such as what I am doing that day, what I need help with, or how I can improve on what I did yesterday. But God loves that kind of real conversation and close relationship. I also find that the Rosary and the Angelus are good travelling companions.

    And in doing this we will begin to fulfil the final element of our spiritual routine, that is, living more simply, as it removes us from unnecessary distractions such as the media’s obsessive worship of celebrities and we start to recognise the Spirit of God in people who are sick, suffering or depressed fellow travellers on our journey and want to bring some hope into their lives. Then we cannot fail to value the dignity of every person no matter what they look like, if we have taken the time to fast from the commercials hawking the perfect body and confusing our needs with our greeds.

    Before we admit our own sins and weaknesses to Jesus Christ, we have to first meet him in prayer and silence and learn that he loves us more than we could ever imagine and that he accepts us warts and all.

    All of this requires a holy discipline, a mindset that sees as Jesus sees; a spiritual routine that helps us overcome our selfishness and greed, to recognise the lies we tell ourselves and others, to be aware of our anger and rage, our indecent thoughts and desires and our insensitivity to the needs of others.

    Can I live the simple life that will free me up to be spiritually alive to Jesus, who saved and redeemed me by dying on the Cross? Can I be extra sensitive to the needs of others and more compassionate and forgiving? Can I make more space in my life for goodness and sharing?

    Our annual Project Compassion appeal is but one way to share what we have from the sacrifices we make to enable people in developing nations to help themselves. The theme this year is “Food for Life.” Food is essential for all life, yet many of the world’s poorest people do not have food security. That means they live from day-to-day, uncertain of how to afford or how to access their next meal. The Project Compassion appeal aims to help the world’s poorest people establish sustainable food, walking with them as they free themselves from the burden of food insecurity and helping them develop new and improved income streams for a better future.

    Just as we are keen to promote our physical health, this five-a-day spiritual routine of prayer, holy reading, silence, sharing with others and living more simply can promote our spiritual health by giving us insight into the value of our faith to our lives, providing a spiritual context for living and finding peace of mind and heart.

    May this Lent help you and me grow spiritually fit so we can reflect something of God’s presence and the light of Christ in our broken world.

     

    Have a blessed Lent and Easter.

     

    Most Rev Peter W Ingham DD
    Bishop of Wollongong

    DOWNLOAD BISHOP PETER INGHAM’S LENTEN PASTORAL MESSAGE

  • Light to the Nations - Easter Youth Pilgrimage

    Looking for something exciting to do over Easter in the Diocese? How about taking part in a youth pilgrimage with 1,000 other young Catholics. Light to the Nations 2015 offers you the chance to camp under the stars and celebrate the Easter liturgies with contemporary music, prayer, incredible drama (including the stations of the cross), adoration and an opportunity to make friends who are also into their faith.

    For more info, check out www.lttn.org.au, or like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/light.to.the.nations.pilgrimage).

    See you at Easter!

  • Invitation for Input into Preparations for the Second Family Synod 2015

    The Second Synod on the Family is being held in October 2015 in Rome. Pope Francis, through the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ACBC), invites you to offer input into the preparation documents for this important gathering. 

    To assist you in this task a simplified questionnaire has been developed by the Australian Catholic Bishops through which you are invited to offer input by 8 February 2015.  Responses to this questionnaire can be made online via https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/familysurveydow

    I strongly encourage you to offer your input into this important area of our Church life and practice.  I offer my deep thanks and appreciation to those who participated in the initial questionnaire in 2013 and encourage as many as possible to take up this opportunity, intended to offer a more focused examination of the matters pertaining to marriage and family life. 

    With all my blessings for the New Year ahead of us

    Most Rev Peter W Ingham DD
    Bishop of Wollongong

  • ARISE: Lenten Program 2015 - SOLD OUT! | PDF Books and CDs still available

    A big thank you to every one who purchased our ARISE: Lenten Program 2015.

    The demand for the program has been unprecedented and as of today we have officially sold out of all the books.

    There are still a few copies of the physical Triple CD Box Set available (also available as a digital download) which essentially contains the same content as the book but without the opening and closing prayers.

    As there is still two weeks to go before Ash Wednesday and we are getting continous orders, we have decided to make the book available as a PDF for people to print themselves for $4.00 per printed copy (we will be relying on the honour system of customers telling us how many copies they intend to print.)

    Make sure you provide us with an email address on your order form so that we can send you a link to download the PDF copy of the program once we have processed your order.

    ARISE: Lenten Program 2015, a 44-page weekly program published by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong designed as a six-week Lenten resource for small groups, prayer companions, staff reflections, families and individuals.

    By unpacking the Sunday Gospels during Lent, Sr Moya Hanlen OLSH (Former Chancellor of the Diocese of Wollongong and respected Canon Lawyer) has written six beautiful Gospel Reflections that invite us to deepen our understanding of Jesus’ love for us unto death and to grasp anew the hope his Resurrection brings us. We are challenged to “arise” from our torpor, grasp his out-stretched hand and accompany Jesus on his journey through passion to death and resurrection.

    Sr Moya’s teaching is beautifully complimented by Sr Hilda Scott OSB (Vocations Director, Jamberoo Abbey) and Fr Michael Fallon MSC’s (world renowned Scripture Scholar) Spiritual Direction and Sr Hilda’s Guided Meditation.

    ARISE also includes thought provoking reflection questions perfect for group discussion as well as a sung Responsorial Psalm (see below) and opening and closing prayer for each week.

    ARISE is accompanied by a Triple CD Box Set available for purchase (physical CD’s or digital download). The CD’s contains six professionally recorded weekly Responsorial Psalms written and performed by Tracey Coombes (Holy Cross Helensburgh Music Ministry). Check out Tracey's beautiful Psalms for Week 3 and Week 6 of the program at the following links (or listen to a preview of all the tracks on the Triple CD at the digital download page):

     

    The CD Box Set also contains audio narrations of the Gospels by Jude Hennessy (Host of the “Journey Catholic Radio Show”) and Gospel Reflections by Sr Moya, Spiritual Direction by Sr Hilda and Fr Michael, and back by popular demand, Guided Meditation led by Sr Hilda (N.B. The Guided Meditation is only available on the CD’s or digital downloads).

    The whole is contained within the amazing artwork of Nelson Colo Matoma who has painted six new watercolour expressionism artworks for the program.

    PRICING (GST Inclusive)*

    ARISE: Lenten Program 2015 PDF Book

    Qty Price $AU 
    1+ $4.00

    ARISE: Lenten Program 2015 Triple CD Box Set - Physical CD's

    Qty Price $AU (+ shipping and handling)
    1+           $10.00

    ARISE: Lenten Program 2015 Triple CD Box Set - Digital Download

    Qty Price $US 
    1+            $8.00

    You can purchase digital download copies of the Triple CD Box Set here.

     Download sign-up sheets, posters, flyers and graphics to assist in your advertising of the program at the following link:

    * If you live in the Diocese of Wollongong, please contact your parish, school or community first to see if they will be ordering on your behalf.

    CONTACT

    For more information and phone orders, contact: 

    Jennifer Raposio
    PO Box 1239
    WOLLONGONG NSW 2500 AUSTRALIA
    E orders [AT] dow [DOT] org [DOT] au
    T 02 4222 2411
    F 02 4222 2417

  • Christmas message from Bishop Peter Ingham

    When Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, the angels proclaimed “Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to people of goodwill.”

    The recent shocking events in Sydney, Pakistan and Cairns have left us with heavy hearts – a certain numbness. Many are asking: where is peace on earth to people of goodwill, as Christmas proclaims?

    Jesus Christ was threatened from the time of his birth until his life, too, was violently cut down on the Cross.

    We know how we like to be treated, so that’s how Jesus wants us to treat each other.

    Our nation took up this challenge last week. We prayed and we showed our willingness to support others in their suffering. We saw the resolve of our community that we will not buy into the endless cycle of violence and hatred. Our own “Illawarra People for Peace” movement shows we do not want darkness to overcome the light.

    God is with us in our pain, encouraging us to gift each other with love, peace and a respect for the dignity of each person.

    May Jesus Christ our Saviour, who came to save us from the darkness of sin and ignorance, be our inspiration and our hope as we face the New Year.