Bulletin Highlights

June 22, 2021

Urgent Euthanasia Petition: Take Urgent Action today to help save vulnerable lives – Raise your voice to protect life: Sign the Open Letter to the Premier today. The architect of NSW’s terrible abortion laws (Independent MP Alex Greenwich) has released a bill that would introduce euthanasia and assisted suicide in this state. There is never a good time to introduce laws that sanction the killing of our most    vulnerable human beings. However, it seems that a pandemic, which is affecting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people is the worst time to introducing state-sanctioned killing in New South Wales. The community is currently accepting significant restrictions on our personal autonomy in order to protect those most at risk. The people of NSW have already spent a month in lockdown, with many unable to visit elderly parents at home, in hospital or in aged care facilities. Our sick and    elderly are already experiencing increased isolation with no definite end in sight, small business owners are struggling, as are those with reduced working hours: a   pro-suicide message is not what they need to hear. The timing of the release of the bill further serves to stifle debate and public comment. To help stop precious parliamentary time and health resources being diverted to those with a pro-death agenda, please consider taking two important steps today:

1. Please sign a petition to Premier Gladys Berejiklian, asking her to reject euthanasia and assisted suicide, and instead focus parliamentary time and precious health resources on repairing the social and economic cost of this latest outbreak. sign the petition here https://www.noeuthanasia.org.au/petition_2107_nsw_cas

2. Please email your NSW State Member of Parliament and ask them to oppose the  introduction of these dangerous laws.

  • As per NSW Govt COVID directives our Church will be closed until 30 July. The bulletin will still be posted on the website every friday. If you need to contact the parish for any reason, call 0434 705 176 or send an email to varroville@dow.org.au.
  • All Parish activities up until 30 July will be suspended or moved to Zoom. Please contact your ministry leader for further information.

ALPHA Launch night set for August 3 will be postponed until the Church has opened again.  At the moment, we are hoping October will be suitable.

CONFIRMATION Classes have been postponed until the church has opened again.  The date for Confirmation will be set when the Bishop is available.  The families who have registered will be notified by email

Lectio: Prayer: Finding Intimacy with God with Dr Tim Gray.  With the clear teaching and artistry of the        Augustine Institute’s Lectio series, Dr. Tim Gray masterfully uses the discipline of Lectio Divina to show you how to make prayer an effective effort of love and intimacy.  During this time of lockdown why ​not join with other parishioners and deepen your prayer life, by attending a course on lectio divina (divine reading).  Thisis a six-week video series, where each week we will meet via Zoom, to catch up with each other, watch a film from the Lectio series and reflect and discuss each week’s topic.   Beginning Thursday July 22 at 7:30 – 9:00pm, via Zoom. If you would like to attend, please email Donna  to receive the link to the Zoom call.donna.ransom@dow.org.au

Support Your Priest Sunday is Back! This year, Parousia, along with Divine Renovation Australasia, would like to announce that ‘Support Your Priest Sunday’ will be held on Sunday 1 August 2021. Support Your Priest Sunday is a day of significance for all Catholics, as we acknowledge the tireless work of all priests around the world. It will take place each year around the feast of  St John Vianney, patron of priests.   Here is an explainer video by the Co-Director of Parousia and National  Coordinator of Divine Renovation Australasia, Kevin Bailey AM. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0d4ylIhWIc&t=1s Register for free to receive the daily novena prayers in your inbox.  https://www.parousiamedia.com/support-your-priest-sunday-2021/

2020-21 Significant Marriage Anniversaries Mass NEW DATE: Sunday 19 September 2021; two Masses (12:30pm and 2:30pm)  Due to covid restrictions, this event has been postponed from 8 August to Sunday 19 September 2021. To enable as many couples as possible the opportunity to attend, we will hold two (2) Masses (12:30pm and 2:30pm) on the same day for those who in 2020 or 2021 celebrated 25, 40, 50, 60, or 60+ years of marriage. We have also extended the closing date for registration to receive an invitation to Monday 2 August to permit additional couples the opportunity to also register their interest. If you would like an invitation to the Mass to be celebrated by Bishop Brian Mascord at St John Vianney Co-Cathedral, Fairy Meadow on Sunday, 19 September 201, please       register online at www.dow.org.au/events/, or contact  Helen Bennett at the Office of the Bishop at 4222 2403, or via email helen.bennett@dow.org.au. To those who have already registered, an invitation will be emailed to you.

Plenary Council 2021 With just 74 days to Assembly One of the Plenary Council, you can keep up to date by accessing the Plenary Post on the Plenary Council website https://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the first Assembly will be a mix of in-person and online delivery. See the up-to-date PLENARY COUNCIL JOURNEY 2020-2022

ACBC Men’s Gathering in our Diocese In 2020, over 1500 men gathered around the country in hub spots for the ACBC National Catholic Men’s Gathering. Be inspired, encouraged and renewed in faith with other blokes from around the Diocese. It’s free. For more info and to register go to ww.catholicmensgathering.com.au We will be running four (4) regional hubs around the Diocese on dates to be determined in August / September post COVID19 restrictions. 4. Rosemeadow Parish Hall: Key Contact: Eddie Ferry 0417 049 418 eferry@westnet.com.au – with Ryan Suares, Andy Adina and Ian Boorman

Call to Connect – Catholic Women’s Ministry Are you looking for an avenue of prayer and sharing the faith journey with a group of female friends, online or face to face? “Call to Connect” Catholic women’s ministry is a ministry that offers prayer, hospitality and sharing the faith journey for women through its prayer/sharing group  structure. Their aim is to strengthen the relationship between women and facilitate a deepening walk with God. There are Starter Kits available with all you need to form prayer/sharing groups. For more information contact  Bronnie Schlager on calltoconnect.ministry@gmail.com or https://womenstaskforceacg.wordpress.com/womens-prayer-groups/

The Chosen – A TV Series about Jesus. The Chosen is a new ‘free to view’, television program that creatively presents the life of Christ and his followers. The shows are of the highest quality and is receiving acclaim around the world across denominations. Go to https://watch.angelstudios.com/thechosen to watch or get the free app for use on your phone / laptop via The Chosen app (download)

Year Amoris Laetitia Family, 19 March 2021 – 26 June 2022 Pope Francis is encouraging the Church to enrich your understanding of the vocation marriage and the core role of family in the mission of the Church at http://www.laityfamilylife.va/content/laityfamilylife/en/amoris-laetitia.html. On July 25th the first celebration of World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be held near the liturgical memory of Saints Joachim and Anne, grandparents of Jesus.

Formed: Would you like to nurture your faith at home, in your own time and at your own pace? FORMED.org is a large Faith Formation Resource library website containing thousands of faith formation documentaries, courses, movies, audio and books covering all aspects of our Catholic faith. Materials for both adults and children. Sign-up for Free using our Diocesan Subscription by contacting darren.mcdowell@dow.org.au or helen.bennett@dow.org,.au

Diocese of Wollongong Mass Online For all of the online Mass options- please visit the DoW website https://dow.sh/dailymass

Social Justice Statement 2021/22 – Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor: The Bishops’ Social Justice Statement 2021-22: Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor, affirms that “we human beings need a change of heart, mind, and behaviour”. It draws from Scripture, from the theological tradition, from Catholic Social Teaching, and from the wisdom of the world, including the insights of the First Nations. More info and link for pre-orders for hard copies online (deadline 8 July) here Social Justice Statement 2021-22 – Office for Social Justice (catholic.org.au)

Faith Circles—free small group resource: During this period of Pandemic isolation, you are encouraged to spend time in prayer and spiritual reading and faith Circles is one way that you can do this. The weekly Faith Circles resource is available for free to download. It is easy to use and could easily be done in your household or even by skype / phone with others at this time, with its questions and prayer points. It is available to download at www.faithcircles.dow.org.au or have it sent to you each month via email subscription.

CAtHFAMILY CAtHFAMILY brings you a selection of activities, prayer rituals, crafts and recipes from their website to assist parents and grandparents in being the first educators in faith for their kids. Don’t miss CathKids https://cathfamily.org/activities/