Bulletin Highlights

October 15, 2021

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/

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. Each week, the importance of praying for the Plenary Council and its members will be remembered, amongst many important prayer intentions for the Church and the world. 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, 19 October, Sr Magdalen Mather OSB will lead us on a Benedictine Path to Prayer, live from The Abbey. Come and explore the contemplative way of living prayer that is built on the belief ‘that the divine presence is everywhere’ (Rule of St Benedict Ch. 19.1).

The Journey, 17 October 2021  Weekly Podcast A jam packed show this week as Fr Joe Murphy breaks open the Gospel and Dr Byron and Francine Pirola remind us of the importance of being committed to being – committed. Plenty of great music on this week’s show – the Journey available at www.jcr.org.au.

Urgent – Join in Opposition to Euthanasia in NSW before October 11
The move to make Euthanasia / Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) legal will be introduced into the NSW Parliament in coming days. We are called to stand up for the sanctity of life and oppose ‘the culture of 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.

Marriage Enrichment Weekend  We are offering an opportunity for you to learn to become the best version of yourselves together and live your best life in love! Come and join us on October 22-24, 2021 for a Virtual Marriage Encounter Weekend via Zoom. Open to married couples, priests & religious. Book online at  www.wwme.org.au  or contact Christine & Terry Mahony on 0490 774 419 or nswbookings@wwme.org.au

ACU Centre for Liturgy Public Lecture (Online) The Australian Catholic University (ACU) will be hosting an online public lecture on Monday 18 October 2021, from 10am-11:30am. It will be presented by Bruce T. Morrill, S.J., and will be on the topic: “Ritual Bodies as ‘Reasonable Worship’: Putting Liturgy in Proper Ethical Perspective’. Registration is essential by Thursday 14 October 2021 via acu.edu.au/publiclecturecfl.

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

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

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.

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/