Bulletin Highlights

January 25, 2023

The free hard copy of the OLMC November Ministry Newsletter is available in the foyer after Mass for those who have difficulty accessing technology. If you wish to subscribe to this monthly newsletter via email please send an email to dianeredmayne@gmail.com or varroville@dow.org.au

Lectio Divina Seminar:  Come and learn about Lectio Divina or divine reading-  a method for praying with the Scriptures. During the seminar, the five steps of Lectio Divina will be covered. Even if you have learned about and practiced Lectio Divina before, it is a chance to be refreshed by the Word of God as we pray with Scripture together.  There will be a morning and an evening option available. Tuesday January 31 at 9:45 am or 7:30 pm in the parish meeting room. Please register via the parish office.

Friendship Group will commence on Tuesday 7 February for morning tea after the 9am Mass.  All are most welcome to come along at that time.

Lent, Holy Week and Easter:  A course delivered by Father John Baldovin on DVD will be facilitated by Colleen.  It will begin on Thursday February 9 and conclude on either March 16 or March 23 to allow us to respond to the needs of the group. These will be on Thursday mornings between 10 and 12.30. (Ash Wednesday is on February 22 and Passion Sunday is on April 2.)  Please register to the parish office.

The Journey, Weekly Podcast On The Journey This Week: In the Gospel reflection   Fr Mark De Battista tells why the poor in spirit are blessed. Mother Hilda shares her experience of being told to have a nice day. Plus, Deacon Josh Clayton, Trish McCarthy, and Fr Mike Delaney. The Journey podcast available at www.jcr.org.au.

Children’s Mass: Sunday 29 January at 9.30am:  Our parish has a children’s Mass on the 5th Sunday of the month (when there are 5 Sundays in the month).  The Children’s choir will sing and the children will do the readings and offertory.  If you would like your children and grandchildren to take an active part in the Mass, please contact the parish office. 

The Family Fun Night that was postponed in October will be held on Saturday 11 February 2023 at 7pm in the parish hall.  Tickets will be available for purchase during January and all those who purchased tickets previously will be contacted to confirm they are able to attend the new date.

Parish Pastoral Council is accepting Expressions of Interest for new members.  In our Parish we have 2 Leadership Committees who meet regularly to plan for and give direction to our Ministry Teams.  To summarise the different roles:  

The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is responsible for creating and shaping and monitoring the overall Parish Vision, Mission and Pastoral Plan.

The Parish Leadership Team (PLT) is responsible for leading the overall  implementation of the Pastoral Plan and prioritising delivery.

Ministry Leaders are responsible for leading the implementation of the Parish Vision, Mission and Pastoral Plan within a specific area of parish life.

The PPC members commit to serving on the Council for 2 years .  The current council has just completed the 2 year cycle and so, Fr Shane is inviting interested parishioners to consider joining.  Anyone who would like more information should call the parish office and register their interest.

Working with Children  If you are involved in a ministry that works directly with children it is your responsibility to ensure you have obtained a WWCC and submitted the approval to the parish office before you commence working in your ministry. Various ministries in our Parish involve adults working directly with children including Altar Servers, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Sacramental Preparation teams, Children’s Ministry, Children’s Choir and Children’s Pageant.

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Social Justice Statement  We affirm the work being done by faith communities and organisations to support those who experience domestic and family violence and abuse, and to address the drivers and enablers of violence. We look for   further ways in which we can all respond to spiritual violence. https://socialjustice.catholic.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.

Intercessory Prayer group  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held every Saturday at 9:30-10:30am.  Everyone is invited to join the prayer. 

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; February 2023

The Filipino Mass is on the third Sunday of each month at 11.15am.

The Divine Mercy Devotion is on the third Sunday of each month at 3pm.

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 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.

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.

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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.

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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/