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Welcome to St Michael's Parish.

Here you will find details about the Parish by using the menu along the top of the page - our Churches, Mass times, services and ministries, history and contacts. 

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To find out what is happening in St Michael's Parish make sure you check out our events page.

You might also like to visit the Diocese of Wollongong Website. 

The Parish Pastoral Council is developing a new website for our Parish, which will make it easier to connect with us. 


THIS WEEK

Second Sunday of Advent, Year A

"Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever." 


Exploring the Psalms - Seeking expressions of interest. A group of 10 parishioners participated in this six-week programme and found it informative & enriching. They would like to recommend it to others. It requires an hour’s reading each week before the group session, and includes a weekly 20 minutes DVD.

We could offer a Monday evening programme during Lent next year, if enough people interested. Books would need to be purchased & DVD series booked before the end of  this year from Diocesan Centre. Ring parish office 4423 1712 by 16th December if you would like to participate.


 

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Monday 9th December.

All of the titles and privileges that we associate with Mary are either a preparation for or following on from the fact that she was mother of Christ.

The Gospel described Mary as ‘full of grace’ i.e. in perfect relationship with God, sharing God’s favour completely. This was something the Church always believed and taught, but it was only clarified theologically and defined in 1854. Significantly this was the title Mary used to identify herself  to St. Bernadette at Lourdes during her 16th Apparition on March 25th 1858. 


During the week ahead 120 youth and young adults from the Diocese of Wollongong will  attend the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Perth with Bishop Mascord. The group of 90 students and young adults includes 6 from St John’s from Years 9-11, and their supervisors. Please pray that their experience will form them in their faith and bring about a deeper encounter with Jesus and the Church.


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.


The Catholic bishops of Australia have announced a National Prayer Campaign for the gift of rain during November.

The faithful across the country are encouraged to pray for the gift of rain, for people affected by the drought and to provide practical support, where possible.
For links to donate to the Vinnies NSW Drought Appeal, visit: www.catholic.org.au/drought

Prayer for rain and those affected

Eternal God,

In wisdom and love you created our earth to sustain us and give us life. 

We turn to you now in faith, hope and love, asking you to look with favour on our drought-stricken land,
on our starving animals, on our failing crops. 

Strengthen, sustain and give new heart to our farmers and to all who are affected by drought; be with
those who support them. 

In your loving providence, send abundant rain and restore our parched earth. 

Father of all compassion, hear our prayer through Jesus Christ your Son, in whom the promise of new
life has dawned, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, the Lord the giver of life: Renew your
faithful people; Renew the face of the earth. 

Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Mary, help of Christians – Pray for us. 

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop – Pray for us.   

 

 


 

 

Click here to download the Parish Pastoral Newsletter       


Click here to download the PlannedGivingDirectDebitForm          


Click here for Readers Roster 


 Click here to download Mass with a Difference flyer


Samaritan Group Reminder - The Nowra community offers emergency meals to people in times of special need. Let us know if you are aware of someone who might need this short-term care. New volunteers also welcome. Sue or Bev 44212260 or Bernadette 0402136691.


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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.


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Can we really make a difference? Yes! Catechists make a lasting difference in the lives of the young people that they teach.

There has never been a more critical time to engage in the faith formation of our young people.

If you can give 1 hour of your time per week to teach or help out in a classroom, please speak to Frances: 0413 539 370.


 

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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. 


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Parish Samaritan Group

Are you noticing the needs of your fellow parishioners and neighbours in times of sickness or other household emergencies? Remember the Parish Samaritan Group has volunteers happy to provide a meal.
Contact us through the parish office 44231712 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Open bible

Click here to download Readers Forum


pray as you go

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.


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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.


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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. Karen  0408214 031. Clean and useable knitting, crocheting, sewing and general craft materials are gratefully accepted.


  

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.


JourneyCatholicRadio

"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.

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


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