Bulletin Highlights

September 23, 2022

·First Reconcilation classes will commence on Saturday 29 October Registration is still being accepted at Parish Office ASAP.

·Property meeting  on Wednesday 5 October at 7.30pm via zoom. Contact the office for the link.

·Altar Server Training formation  will be held on Wednesday 12 October at 7.30pm in the meeting room. Fr Sam will discuss the topic of Liturgy.

·Liturgy Committee Meeting  will be held on Thursday 13 October at 7.30pm in the meeting room. All persons in Liturgical minisries are invited to attend.

  • Adoration with the Rosary is going to be held in the church every Saturday morning at 9.30am for 1 hour. The Intercessory Prayer group will lead the prayers and all are welcome to join.
  • Faith Circles is on every Monday at 2pm and 7pm via zoom
  • The Samoan Mass will be at 12 midday on the first Sunday of every 2 months; October and December 2022.
  • The Journey, Weekly Podcast:  This Week: Deacon James Arblaster’s gospel reflection on service; when we serve our neighbour, we are doing our duty, kneeling shoulder-to-shoulder with God-made-man, Jesus. Mother Hilda on truly getting to know another person, Plus, Fr Mike Delaney, Trish McCarthy, and Deacon Josh Clayton. The Journey podcast available at www.jcr.org.au

Chaldean Holy Mass at Oran Park:  Fr David Catterall, Parish Priest, St Mary MacKillop Parish, Oran Park, is pleased to announce that after a period of discussion with Archbishop Amel Nona DD – the Archbishop of the Chaldean Catholic Church – a Chaldean Holy Mass will commence on 11 Sept  and will be celebrated every second Sunday (2nd and 4th Sun of every month) at 12.30pm at St Mary MacKillop Church at Oran Park. This Mass will offer Chaldean Catholics residing in the diocese, especially the exponentially growing region of South-West Sydney, the opportunity to celebrate Mass in their own language and with their own customs and rituals. For more information, please contact the Parish Office on 4648 2226 or email oranpark@dow.org.au.

Men’s Cursillo 3-day weekend. Men from our Diocese are invited to join with Men from the Canberra / Goulburn Diocese to live a 3-day weekend. Take time for yourself to share your life journey with others. This life enriching weekend consists of talks, discussion, daily Mass, and Spiritual growth. The weekend runs from Thursday Evening 24th till Sunday 27th November and will be held at Greenhills Centre, Strombo. ACT. For further information, call Lester Smith on Transport from Campbelltown is available.

The Fifth Plenary Council of Australia There are a number of ways that you can connect and interact with this historic moment in the life of the Church in Australia: • Visiting the Plenary Council’s Facebook page which has media releases and recordings of live streams – https://www.facebook.com/PlenaryCouncil. Visiting the Official Plenary Council website (all documents are stored here) – plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au • Visiting the Diocesan Plenary Council Page for local resources – dow.org.au/media-resources/plenary-council/ • Continuing to pray for the future of the Church in Australia and her mission in the world.

menALIVE Growing Good Men Father & Teenage Son Weekend Experience Friday 6.30pm 21 October – Sunday 1.30pm 23 October 2022 to be held at Cataract Activity Centre, Appin A weekend experience for fathers and their teenage sons. One of the most important influences in the lives of men is the relationship they had with their father or significant father figure. The encouragement and affirmation that this relationship could, and should, provide, is a key ingredient for how young men view themselves and embrace their faith and gifts as they take their place in the world. GROWING GOOD MEN is an experientially based program which encourages and enables fathers and sons to strengthen their relationship and to explore important issues of growing into manhood. It is designed for fathers and their adolescent sons aged 12 to 16 years (school years between 7 and 10). Don’t miss this! Spots are limited to just 25 fathers with their sons. This is a unique opportunity for dads and their sons to embark on a quest of discovery with Robert Falzon (founder of menALIVE) and his team. Please Register and pay online at www.dow.org.au/events Any enquiries please contact Helen Bennett 4222 2403 or email helen.bennett@dow.org.au

The XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops The Diocese has completed its XVI Synod Synthesis Report, with the advice gleaned from the discernment, discussion and writing of the faithful of the Diocese, used as the basis of Bishop Mascord’s submission in contributing to the XVI Ordinary Synod global church feedback. The Diocese of Wollongong Synthesis Report may be viewed at https://catholic.org.au/synodalchurch . Please pray for this ongoing process of prayer and discernment for the XVI Ordinary Synod.

LIVE Local Macarthur Catholic Youth Ministry Wollongong (CYMW) is back with LIVE Local in the Macarthur, running every Sunday night in the school term from 6:15pm– 8:15pm, at St John the Evangelist Parish Campbelltown. This regional youth group is for all Parishes and is open to young people aged 13–17 who want to make new friends

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 dow.sh/stayingconnected or visit dow.sh/weeklybulletin to see a full list of notices sent to Parishes weekly.

Formed (Free for DoW Parishioners) 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

Faith Circles—free small group resource: During this period of COVID pandemic, 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.dow.org.au/media-resources/faith-circles/ or have it sent to you each month via email subscription.

CatholicCare – Have you thought about becoming a foster carer? We need foster carers who provide love, care, and support to help these children thrive and reach their full potential. Carers receive comprehensive support from the Fostering Futures team to ensure they have a full range of resources and networks to nurture their forever home. Our team have over 30 years’ experience helping carers give vulnerable children a loving home and a brighter future. For more information, please call 0418 783 956, or email fosteringfutures@catholiccare.dow.org.au or go to www.catholiccare.dow.org.au

We’re always here if you ever need… These are challenging times for everyone and CatholicCare are here to support you and your family to navigate the uncertainty. We offer confidential online and phone counselling to support you with the frustration of managing family emotions, relationship pressures and employment changes. To find out more about CatholicCare’s counselling service call us on 4254 9395 or email intakeservice@catholiccare.dow.org.au

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 cathfamily.org/activities/