News from the Diocese
Spirit Alive Youth Festival with Fr Rob Galea - 14 December
Following on from last years successful Spirit Alive PM, 2013 will feature four Spirit Alive Youth Festivals throughout the Diocese. Don’t miss the Summer Festival being held on Saturday 14 December at Holy Spirit College, Bellambi featuring Fr Rob Galea!
Fr Rob Galea is an ordained Catholic Priest and is currently serving in Shepparton, Australia after moving to Australia in 2007 from Malta, his home country. He is a singer and songwriter with a comparable international fan base. Apart from a series of recordings and CD releases, Fr Rob has also written a number of songs for various campaigns and international conferences.
Fr Rob has recorded with several renowned artists such as pop idol Guy Sebastian, Paulini, Gary Pinto, Natasha Pinto and Amelia Farrugia, and has shared the stage with the likes of Matt Maher, Hillsong United, Darlene Zschech and more. After being selected to sing in the international version of the official 2008 World Youth Day song, Receive the Power, Fr Rob entered the realm of the cast of musicians having performed in some key events before an estimated 500,000 pilgrims in Sydney.
Fr Rob’s passion is to draw others to the heart of God. He believes that music is an important instrument in helping people understanding the need for intimacy with God. Fr Rob has released six music projects to date. In all this, whilst greatly appreciating his gift of music, Fr Rob recognises that before everything he is a follower of Christ, a priest and only then, a musician.
- See more at: www.frrobgalea.com
In addition to Fr Rob Galea, the evening will include a Youth Mass, dinner (bring some money for dinner) and an evening of praise and worship.
SPEAKER/PERFORMER: Fr Rob Galea
DATE: Saturday 14 December 2013, 5pm-9pm
AGES: Year 9 - 35 years
VENUE: Holy Spirit College Bellambi Cawley Street, Bellambi)
For more information contact Fr Richard Healey or Richard McMahon at youth [AT] dow [DOT] org [DOT] au.
Proudly presented by CATHOLIC YOUTH MINISTRY WOLLONGONG
youth [AT] dow [DOT] org [DOT] au | 4222 2464
Bishop Peter Ingham's Commitment Statement on the the Royal Commission
MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF THE DIOCESE OF WOLLONGONG
My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ
Commencing on Monday, 9 December 2013, at its public hearings the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will examine Towards Healing, the Catholic Church’s protocols for addressing sexual abuse within the Church. As I have said on previous occasions, I welcome the Royal Commission: the protection of children is of prime importance, not the protection of any organisation.
The Diocese has cooperated fully with the Royal Commission and the Truth, Justice and Healing Council in any request made of it to date and will continue to do so.
With the leaders of the Catholic Church in Australia, I recognise and acknowledge the devastating harm caused to people by the crime of child sexual abuse. Sexual abuse of a child by a priest or religious is a crime under Australian law and under the Church’s Canon Law. Whenever it occurred, the sexual abuse of a child by any Church personnel was then and is now indefensible. That such abuse has occurred at all, and the extent to which it has occurred, are facts of which I personally and I feel sure, you and the whole Church in Australia are deeply ashamed.
As a Church we fully and unreservedly acknowledge the devastating, deep and ongoing impact of sexual abuse on the lives of the victims and their families. Sadly, many victims were not believed when they should have been.
It is a cause of deep shame that, in some cases, those in positions of authority concealed or covered up what they knew of the facts, moved perpetrators to another place, thereby enabling them to offend again, or failed to report matters to the police when they should have. Such behaviour too, is indefensible. Too often in the past some Church leaders gave too high a priority to protecting the reputation of the Church, its priests, religious and other personnel, over the protection of children and their families, and over compassion and concern for those who suffered at the hands of Church personnel. That too, was and is inexcusable: in so doing, we as your leaders betrayed your trust and the expectations of the wider community. For all these things I, together with Church leaders throughout Australia, am deeply sorry.
As Bishop of Wollongong, I again offer my sincere apology to those who have suffered abuse at the hands of a member of the clergy or indeed, any person representing the Catholic Church, particularly one who was ministering in the name of the Diocese of Wollongong. The Church humbly asks your forgiveness.
I again wish to assure you and the wider community that the Diocese of Wollongong is committed to the protection of children and young people and to addressing with sensitivity and determination any concern or allegation brought forward. In fact, my words of apology and sorrow would be hollow without decisive action.
As I have done previously, I strongly urge any person with a complaint of mistreatment or abuse to come forward to the appropriate authority. If the complaint is of a criminal nature, I ask you to notify the police. If you prefer to go to the Royal Commission the contact details are:
Telephone: 1800 099 340;
Post: GPO Box 5283, Sydney NSW 2001;
If you need assistance with this, or if the matter is not of a criminal nature, I invite and encourage you to telephone the Catholic Church’s Helpline on 1300 369 977 or to contact my office on 02 4222 2400 and ask to speak to Sr Moya Hanlen who works closely with me in these matters.
In conclusion, I renew my heartfelt apology to victims of sexual abuse by Catholic Church personnel. I also apologise to their families and all who have shared their suffering. I join the leaders of the Catholic Church in Australia as we commit ourselves to endeavour to repair the wrongs of the past, to listen to and hear victims, to put their needs first, and to do everything we can to ensure a safer future for children. I invite you to join me in prayer that our combined efforts may lead to the greater protection of children.
Bishop Peter W Ingham DD
BISHOP OF WOLLONGONG
14 November 2013
Position Vacant - Diocesan Executive Officer, Diocese of Wollongong
The Bishop of Wollongong, Most Reverend Peter Ingham, invites applications for the position of Diocesan Executive Officer for the Diocese of Wollongong. The successful applicant will assume duties in February 2014 (negotiable).
This is a new position created by the Bishop to assist him with his administrative and pastoral responsibilities throughout the Diocese. Rapid population growth, particularly in the Macarthur region of the Diocese, poses a significant challenge for the Diocese and a central focus of the position will be to establish, coordinate and oversee the implementation of strategic plans to ensure that the Diocese is able to cater effectively and sustainably for the services required in the areas of Church life, education and welfare.
The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate:
- A strong commitment to the Catholic faith and the capacity and desire to work to support the Bishop in achieving the mission and vision of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Wollongong
- Proven success as a leader and high level leadership qualities coupled with experience in managing a large organisation undergoing change
- Experience in strategic planning, pro-active business and financial strategy and management
- Highly developed interpersonal skills and a relational leadership style that values consultation and collaboration and is respectful of persons
- Superior influencing and negotiation skills and ability to liaise with personnel of the Diocese, the Catholic Church, government instrumentalities and the wider community
- Appropriate tertiary qualifications and a record of ongoing professional learning.
For further information about the role please contact Christopher Barrett, Director, Starcon Strategic on mobile 0437 840 447, and for an Application Package please email chris [AT] starcon [DOT] com [DOT] au providing contact details.
Applications close Friday 6 December 2013.
As the position of Diocesan Executive Officer involves significant interaction with the Catholic Education Office and CatholicCare, the preferred applicant for employment will be subject to employment screening in relation to both ‘child related employment’ and aged care.
Position Vacant - Director of CatholicCare, Diocese of Wollongong NSW
CatholicCare is the Social Services agency of the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong, covering the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Macarthur and Southern Highlands Regions of New South Wales. CatholicCare is a member of the wider network of Catholic social service organisations across Australian known as Catholic Social Services Australia.
Reporting to the Bishop and his Advisory Council, the Director is responsible for the effective leadership of the organisation, inspiring commitment to its mission and values, diocesan collaboration, overseeing the implementation of its strategic directions, advocating for social justice, and building on the reputation and services already established.
The Bishop of Wollongong invites expressions of interest from people able to demonstrate alignment with the following expectations:
- A personal commitment to the Catholic faith, understanding and living the gospel
- values and the mission and vision of CatholicCare
- A genuine and compelling interest in the nature and scope of CatholicCare’s work
- with an understanding of Catholic social teaching and social justice principles
- Senior level, leadership experience
- A highly relational style with excellent communication, negotiation and presentation skills
- Tertiary qualifications and a record of ongoing professional learning
Please visit www.traksearch.com and click ‘Community’ in ‘Trak Search Jobs’ for additional information. Enquiries are very welcome to John Chesher on 0417 068 220 or mail [AT] traksearch [DOT] com. A resume can be sent from the Trak Search website or by email to the above address quoting ref number TS1230.
Closing date: Monday 25th November 2013
CatholicCare is the Social Services agency of the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong. The Bishopof Wollongong invites expressions of interest for this executive role.
Pope Francis seeks your feedback on Family Life
My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ
Pope Francis has called an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for October 2014. The theme of the Synod will be: Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the context of Evangelisation.
As happens prior to any Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis is consulting Catholics from every diocese in the world about the Synod’s theme. This is our opportunity to actively take part in the preparation for this Synod whose purpose is to proclaim the Gospel in the context of pastoral challenges facing the family today. These issues are relevant to our Diocesan Pastoral Plan which has a particular focus on young families. I encourage you to respond to this consultation, sharing your wisdom and insights.
We are asked to read a Preparatory Document. It includes an overview of themes such as Family and Evangelisation, the Plan of God our Creator and Redeemer and the Church’s teaching on the Family. This is followed by 38 questions grouped under nine sub-headings designed to stimulate thought on a variety of topics including faith in family life, marriage, divorce, annulment, same-sex unions, natural family planning and the participation in sacraments as part of family life.
You are not required to answer every question. Rather, you may offer general comments on the themes raised or may focus on one or more questions, depending on your interest, experience or expertise.
I take this opportunity to acknowledge the rich support present in our parishes for families. CatholicCare, our social welfare agency, provides services to families and couples including counselling, foster care, family support workshops, pre-marriage education and school counselling, offering opportunities for growth, healing, resilience and hope. Our Catholic Schools also provide nurturing environments, not only for our young people, but also for their families.
The Holy Family offers us a unique model of family life. What is particular to Jesus, Mary and Joseph, is not that they were immune to life’s concerns. On the contrary, persecution and hardship dogged them. Yet Jesus Christ lived in the heart of their home, and we see in both Mary and Joseph, people who remained attentive to God’s Word. May the work of this Synod help inform our church how better to respond to the pastoral issues facing family life.
DEADLINE FOR REPLIES
Responses need to be supplied by Friday 6 December. In the Diocese of Wollongong, the responses will be collated by the Office of the Bishop. The local response will then be forwarded to the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. The Australian Bishops will prepare a national response to forward to Rome.
To read the Preparatory document (which includes the questions) visit tinyurl.com/k9td4m3.
A quick way to then offer your response is via our online survey at tinyurl.com/lf7j4oa.
If you prefer to send your response via email or in the post, please download the Microsoft Word version of the survey questions at tinyurl.com/m2nfjyz. Send your response to richard [DOT] mcmahon [AT] dow [DOT] org [DOT] au or:
Office of the Bishop
PO Box 1239
Wollongong NSW 2500
Yours in the Lord
Most Rev Peter W Ingham DD
Bishop of Wollongong
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Valuing & Supporting Members of our Community: Pastoral Care Course & Community Visitors Training
Pastoral Care is a way of responding to the invitation of Jesus to "Love one another as I have loved you" (John 13:34).
The Pastoral Care Course and Community Visitors Training is an opportunity for people interested in visiting with people who are aged in nursing home or in their own homes.
The training program is held one day a week for up to 8 weeks . Course topics include:
Communication and listening skills
Grief and loss
Spirituality and Eucharistic ministry
Spirituality and ageing
The role of a CatholicCare Volunteer
21 Oct - 9 Dec
9.30am - 3.30pm
St Michael’s Parish
325 Lawrence Hargrave Drive
Registration Essential to either:
Diocesan Aged Care Advocate
Ph: 4640 8515 or 0448 930 287
Email carmenk [AT] catholiccare [DOT] woll [DOT] catholic [DOT] org [DOT] au
Community Visitors Scheme Coordinator
Ph: 4254 9342 or 0418 483 413
Email nicollea [AT] catholiccare [DOT] woll [DOT] catholic [DOT] org [DOT] au
2013 Anti-Poverty Week Events
An Address by Dr. John Falzon
Dr John Falzon is the National CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society and author of ‘Language of the Unheard’. He has written and spoken widely on the structural causes of marginalisation and inequality in Australia. He is a published poet with degrees in Theology, Philosophy and Social Analysis.
Wednesday 16 October 2013
11:15am - 1:30pm
Wollongong City Library
41 Burrelli St Wollongong
Only 50 Places Available
Registration Essential to: Veronica Marskell 4627 9299
‘Understanding the Heart of Poverty’
A Day to Reflect and understand the heart of poverty, the underlying structural issues, how the experience shapes lives and the long term impacts for individuals, family and society. The workshop will be facilitated by Teresa Harm of the Vincentian Social Action Centre.
Thursday 17th October
From 9am until 3.30pm (lunch included)
The Corrimal Centre (behind the Vinnies Shop)
67 Railway Street Corrimal
Registration Essential to: Veronica Marskell 4627 9299
Both events are FREE and hosted by the
St Vincent de Paul Society Wollongong Central Council
As part of Anti Poverty Week 13th-19th October 2013
For more information on events: www.antipovertyweek.org.au