Bulletin Highlights

October 15, 2021

Vote on euthanasia bill delayed until 2022 Pleasingly, debate and voting on the Euthanasia / Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) bill that has been introduced into the NSW Parliament has been delayed until early 2022. This enables more time to join in Opposition to Euthanasia in NSW and to stand for the culture of life from conception to natural death. Bishop Mascord urges the faithful of the    Dioceses to contact their local state MPs without delay,  asking them to vote NO. Advocates of Assisted Suicide, are similarly working very hard to influence local MPs and without similar efforts for those who uphold the value of life from conception to natural death, it is likely that this terrible bill will become law. Go to www.dow.org.au/euthanasiabill to receive contact details of your State MPs, as well as speaking points for a phone call which is by far the most impactful form of communication. Emailing is a less impactful, but still valuable option. This is a most urgent call to brave action, with this bill infringing many religious freedoms and worse still the sanctity of human life.   Please go to https://web.thankqportal.com/cdowa/promoting-the-common-good/#/stepper?pageId=5056 to receive information from the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong on issues impacting the common good, and how as faithful of the Diocese of Wollongong you can be part of coordinated efforts in this regard.

Prayer Seminars to experience different prayer styles – All Welcome   There has been an overwhelming response to the Prayer Seminar series that runs each Tuesday evening, 7pm – 8:30pm via Zoom. Prayer Seminars are   hosted by the CCD Team but are open to anyone and everyone in the Diocese to attend. Each week a different presenter will lead us in a style of prayer that is meaningful to them. The seminars will include information, but also the opportunity to be led by an expert in the prayer experience. You are welcome to come to any or all of the seminars.  Registering does not require you to attend every seminar. Please follow the link to register for Prayer Seminars: https://www.dow.org.au/events. Please register before the day of the seminar, to ensure you receive your zoom link on time. Next Tuesday, 2 November, Fr Aloysius Rego will lead us in Prayer with St Teresa of Avila. Learn from St Teresa,  Doctor of the Church, who remains one of the most influential saints of all time. Fr Aloysius, who is a Discalced Carmelite Friar, regularly assists and leads preached and private retreats at the Discalced Carmelite Retreat Centre.

Divine Renovation Australasia Virtual Conference 2021 Called to Discipleship Saturday 20 November 2021 | 9:00am-12:30pm   Join us for a spirit-filled time of prayer, live keynotes, inspiring panel sessions. The virtual conference will aim to support priests, parish teams and  individuals in their journey of parish renewal, while encouraging and equipping you in your Catholic faith. For more and information and registration: https://www.divinerenovation.org/dr-aus-called-to-discipleship-conference

Technology skills workshops   Early next year, CatholicCare and the Being Connected network are teaming up to facilitate small group sessions aimed at assisting older Australians with improving their digital skills and knowledge. Sessions will be held in three parish centres in Wollongong, Shoalhaven, and Macarthur early next year and spaces are very limited. This is a great opportunity to learn new skills and connect with others. There will be more information early next year on venues and times.     We are also seeking mentors who have digital or  technology skills to assist with this program.   For more information Jane Hollier, Parish and Community Liaison Officer 0417 018 152 janeh@catholiccare.dow.org.au

The Journey, Weekly Podcast On the Journey this week: Fr Patrick Vaughan’s gospel    reflection, Mother Hilda on the three things God wants us  to know and Michelle Vass on using nature and creation to pray. The Journey available now as a podcast – jcr.org.au

Synod of Bishops: On Sunday, 17 October, dioceses around the world will launch local preparations for the Synod of Bishops, which has the theme: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission”. The Catholic Church in Australia will invite the People of God to make submissions via an online portal that will open on 17 October. Those submissions will help the Bishops develop a national report to support the global process leading to an international gathering in 2023. Find out more at: http://www.catholic.org.au/synodalchurch.

Plenary Council – what happens next?  With the conclusion of the First General Assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia, the members approved a concluding statement sharing the fruits of the first assembly and looking forward to nine months of “prayer, reflection, maturation and development” leading up to the second assembly. Please find attached a media release and a copy of the concluding statement. The Journey podcast compiled a series of insightful interviews at the conclusion of each day of the assembly that can be accessed at www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/plenarypodcast/

Get Connected with what is on around the Diocese Every week, there are many great opportunities to be part of special events, courses, free resources and to nurture and encourage you and your family in your faith. Stay informed by subscribing at subscribe https://dow.sh/stayingconnected or visit https://dow.sh/weeklybulletin to see a full list of notices sent to Parishes weekly

Youth Ministry Online: Have you seen Catholic Youth    Ministry Wollongong’s (CYMW) online version of LIVE yet? Click on the link below for some great worship and challenges as you explore faith with some very awesome leaders! Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTphLF5OdSt8V_yo7ZLrVgg

Formed (Free for DoW parishioiners) Join hundreds of other families around the Diocese of Wollongong in nurturing 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

The Year of St Joseph Pope Francis on 8 December 2020 published an Apostolic Letter Patris corde (With a Father’s Heart), commemorating the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. You are encouraged to visit the ACBC year of St Joseph page at  https://www.catholic.org.au/yearofstjoseph

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.

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

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/