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News in Brief 171

on Tuesday, 26 March 2013. Posted in News in brief

Bishop Peter Ingham invites parish communities in each region to now gather and have our say about what we believe is the best way to configure ourselves to be bearers of Christ’s love. Come along to consider Mass times, the number of priests, parish boundaries and support for sacramental preparation and the many ministries and services in our region. Let us gather with other Catholics in our region to celebrate the strength of our unity, and the many gifts we can offer to share God’s love and build up the church:
• Shoalhaven 2 April , St Michael’s Hall, Nowra, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
• Southern Illawarra 4 April , All Saints Parish Hall, 19 College Ave, Shellharbour City
(Parking in Church grounds with access to hall through the Church car park), 7.30pm – 9.30pm
• Central Illawarra 9 April , Xavier Centre, Wollongong, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
• Northern Illawarra 11 April , St Joseph’s Church, Bulli, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
• Southern Highlands 16 April , St Thomas Aquinas Hall, Bowral , 7.00pm – 9.30pm
• Eastern Macarthur 18 April , St John’s Hall, Campbelltown, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
• Western Macarthur 23 April , St Paul’s Hall, Camden, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
• Can’t make your regional time? 24 April , Xavier Centre, Wollongong, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Please RSVP to Jane Edwards email or 4222 2404 and indicate which venue you will attending.

Is your heart restless? Are you less than satisfied with your career or life direction? God calls us to a life full of joyful challenge and fulfilment. Priests, deacons, religious, single, married – we all are called to special vocations. Speak to your priest today to find out more.

From 7 April the Catholic program “Mass For You At Home“ will be broadcast throughout Australia in both city and regional areas on Channel 11 on Sunday mornings at 5.30am. This program benefits those who for various reasons are unable to attend Mass including the elderly, nursing home residents and people in prison. The website for Mass For You At Home is http://www.mfyah.com.au/ and the most recent Sunday Mass is available for viewing at the website at any time.

Graced to Evangelise & The Road to Pentecost 
Input Sessions at the Diocesan Xavier Centre, Wollongong. An invitation is extended to members of Parishes throughout the Diocese to attend the Graced to Evangelise afternoon with Bishop Julian Porteous. This key event will be held on Saturday 20 April from 1.00pm to 4.30pm at the new Diocesan Offices, Xavier Centre, 38 Harbour St Wollongong and is a perfect way to move from our Lenten Season into preparation for Pentecost. It is sure to be an inspiring afternoon that equips those who attend with the skills and enthusiasm to share the most precious gift of all, our faith. This will be followed by four evening sessions called the Road to Pentecost on Thursday evenings 2, 9, 16 and 23 May from 7.30-9.00pm at the Xavier Centre, focusing on openness to God’s grace as we participate in the mission of the Church. For bookings contact Vince Fitzwilliam 0413 126 095 or Jude Hennessy 4222 2407 /

to remember the Dharawal people killed in the massacre of 1816 will be held at Cataract Dam picnic area on Sunday, 14 April 2013, 12noon – 3.30pm. Sausage sizzle lunch will be provided. Please note: the ceremony involves a short walk to the site. Appropriate footwear, hats, sunscreen and bottled water are highly recommended. As the site has limited seating available, feel free to bring your own fold-up chairs. The event will take place regardless of weather conditions.

coming to St Michael’s Parish, Nowra for five inspiring and life changing sessions. Experience the power of God in a real and relevant way through Scripture, music and the arts. Expect to laugh, learn, reflect and be changed by this truly powerful Catholic experience. No matter your age or background this event is for you. Come and have an amazing experience without being asked to do anything. An event for everyone!
Session 1: either Sunday, 7 April 7.30pm or Monday, 8 April 9.30am
Session 2: either Monday, 8 April 7.30pm or Tuesday, 9 April 9.30am
Session 3: Tuesday, 9 April 7.30pm or Wednesday, 10 April 9.30am
Session 4: Wednesday, 10 April 7.30pm or Thursday 11 April 9.30am
Session 5: Thursday 11 April 7.30pm
All sessions will be in St Michael’s Hall, North Street, Nowra and will run for approx 1½ hours with tea/coffee afterwards. Please contact the parish on (02) 4423 1712. More information available at http://thecatholicguy.com/

STEWARDSHIP CORNER 31 March 2013 – Easter Sunday
Today, on this great feast of Easter, let us remember to thank God for the gift of His Son, Jesus, and the gift of our redemption. And as good stewards of our faith, let us share this good news whenever and wherever we can.

GOD IN THE GONG – Tuesday 9 April 2013
For ages 18-35 years (Age limit does not apply to Clergy, Religious and Youth Ministers)
Venue: Macarthur Tavern (cnr Gilchrist Drive & Kellicar Road, Campbelltown)
Speaker: Peter Turner, Director of Schools, Catholic Education Office
Topic: Faith and the Future: Can we learn to be Catholic?
Dinner available at the venue from 5:30pm
Enquiries: or 4222 2460

DATE CLAIMER: RCIA NSW State Conference 2013.
Theme: To know Jesus and to make him known! Hosted by the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle from Friday 14 June to Sunday 16 June, 2013 at Diocesan Centre, 841 Hunter Street, Newcastle West. Contact Loretto Lynch, RCIA Coordinator for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle on (02) 4933 7425, email or visit http://www.mn.catholic.org.au/

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