Faith and Life
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
may 2014
In this Issue
The Joy of the Gospel
Diocesan Assembly Feedback
Initiation & Marriage Annulment W'shop
Exploring the Gospel of Matthew
25 Year Jubilee at Rosemeadow
Discovering my Personal Spirituality
CatholicCare Workshops - Term 2
Growing Lay Pastoral Ministry W'shop
The Journey - Catholic Radio
Links and Resources
The Joy of the Gospel – Being an Evangelising Community

By Darren McDowell
(Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation)

We are now entering Eastertide, the season of joy in the Lord’s resurrection which give us hope and courage for the future. The message of Easter impels us outwards, to those on the margins, to spread the news of joy that life will overcome even death itself. The following is an extract from Pope Francis’ exhortation The Joy of the Gospel where he speaks of what it means to be an evangelising community: Read more

"The Church which 'goes forth' is a community of missionary disciples who take the first step, who are involved and supportive, who bear fruit and rejoice. An evangelizing community knows that the Lord has taken the initiative, he has loved us first (cf. 1 Jn 4:19), and therefore we can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads and welcome the outcast.

Such a community has an endless desire to show mercy, the fruit of its own experience of the power of the Father’s infinite mercy. Let us try a little harder to take the first step and to become involved. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. The Lord gets involved and he involves his own, as he kneels to wash their feet. He tells his disciples: “You will be blessed if you do this” (Jn 13:17). An evangelizing community gets involved by word and deed in people’s daily lives; it bridges distances, it is willing to abase itself if necessary, and it embraces human life, touching the suffering flesh of Christ in others. Evangelizers thus take on the “smell of the sheep” and the sheep are willing to hear their voice.

An evangelizing community is also supportive, standing by people at every step of the way, no matter how difficult or lengthy this may prove to be. It is familiar with patient expectation and apostolic endurance.

Evangelization consists mostly of patience and disregard for constraints of time. Faithful to the Lord’s gift, it also bears fruit. An evangelizing community is always concerned with fruit, because the Lord wants her to be fruitful. It cares for the grain and does not grow impatient at the weeds. The sower, when he sees weeds sprouting among the grain does not grumble or overreact. He or she finds a way to let the word take flesh in a particular situation and bear fruits of new life, however imperfect or incomplete these may appear.

The disciple is ready to put his or her whole life on the line, even to accepting martyrdom, in bearing witness to Jesus Christ, yet the goal is not to make enemies but to see God’s word accepted and its capacity for liberation and renewal revealed. Finally an evangelizing community is filled with joy; it knows how to rejoice always. It celebrates every small victory, every step forward in the work of evangelization.

Evangelization with joy becomes beauty in the liturgy, as part of our daily concern to spread goodness. The Church evangelizes and is herself evangelized through the beauty of the liturgy, which is both a celebration of the task of evangelization and the source of her renewed self-giving.” (Evangelii Gaudium, 24)

Diocesan Assembly Feedback

By Richard McMahon
(Director of Parish Services)

The Autumn edition of Journey Magazine featured a report on the recent Diocesan Assembly held on Saturday 1 March in Wollongong. The day focused upon how all of us can work more closely and collaboratively in sharing the ‘Joy of the Gospel." The Our next Diocesan assembly will be held at Mount Carmel Catholic High School Hall, Varroville on the 6 September.

Christian Initiation and Marriage Annulment Workshop

This workshop, aimed at those involved in initiating people into our faith community, will focus on the Marriage Annulment process and its implications for Christian Initiation.

Being led by staff from the Wollongong Office of the Marriage Tribunal, participants will develop an understanding of: 

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  • the process itself,
  • the time required for the process
  • how best to broach the subject of marriage annulments as a potential requirement before Christian Initiation into the Catholic Church can take place.

The workshop will be of value to all those involved in the RCIA and Sacramental preparation ministries.

Wednesday 14 May 2014
Xavier Conference Centre
38 Harbour St, Wollongong

Lunch will be provided.

Registration is Essential to:
Helen Bennett
Parish Services Team
02 4222 2403

Exploring the Gospel of Matthew Session

Over the Sundays of this year we will be listening to Matthew’s Gospel. Like each of the gospels, Matthew presents Jesus in his own unique way. Jesus is the one who fulfills ‘the law and the prophets’, he is the Messiah of Israel, the king and saviour of the world. He comes before us as the teacher & lawgiver, greater even than Moses. And of course he is presented as the son of man giving his life for us all. 

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Over the course of 2014 Darren McDowell will be offering a series of stand-alone sessions exploring the rich themes found in this gospel.

Tuesday 20 May 7:30pm-9:00pm
Xavier Conference Centre,
38 Harbour St Wollongong
Register by: 16th May

Friday 30 May 9:45am-1:00pm
Parish Hall
St Thomas More Parish Acacia Avenue Ruse
Morning Tea provided
Register by: 26 May

Albion Park
Thursday 5 June 9:30am-1:00pm
Meeting Room
St Paul’s Parish Meeting Room Tongarra Rd Albion Park
Morning Tea provided
Register by: 3 June

To register, please contact:
Darren McDowell
02 4222 2463  
Twitter: @CFLDOW

25 Year Jubilee at Rosemeadow Parish School

Please join Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Parish Primary School in celebrating its 25th anniversary (1989-2014) on Friday 23rd May 2014

Stalls, rides, games and food! Come for one event or come for all: Read more

11.00am — Mass
12.00 noon — Formal Proceedings
12.30pm — Lunch. Finger food for guests
Post lunch — Wander the library for memorabilia of our past and a trip down memory lane
3.30pm to 5.30pm — Twilight Fair & Closing

If you would like to attend the Mass and/or luncheon, for catering and accommodation purposes, could you please send your acceptance via telephone or email.

RSVP to:
Michelle Cantrill/Margaret Hole
02 4626 5655

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Discovering my Personal Spirituality Workshop

A Workshop on enhancing my relationship with God and others. Developing our personal spirituality can assist us greatly in tackling the joys and sorrows, options and decisions we face in our lives. This workshop, facilitated by Carmen Karauda from CatholicCare will explore questions such as: Read more

  • What is spirituality?
  • Are spirituality and religion the same?
  • How do I experience my own spirituality?
  • What does spirituality offer?
  • What gives me meaning and purpose in my life?

These are some of the questions we will explore together in this spirituality workshop.

Monday 26 May
Xavier Conference Centre
38 Harbour Street. Wollongong

Cost by donation and lunch is provided.

Registration is Essential by Thursday 23 May to:
Carmen Karauda
Diocesan Aged Care Advocate
02 4640 8515

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CatholicCare Workshops - Term 2

CatholicCare run a number of workshops in Wollongong, Campbelltown and Nowra to help children, parents and families. The Term 2 workshop timetable has been released and CatholicCare are now taking bookings. Click the below links for the Term 2 workshop timetable and booking details:

Workshops Term 2 - Wollongong
Workshops Term 2 - Campbelltown
Workshops Term 2 - Nowra


Growing Lay Pastoral Ministry Workshop with Dr Aoife McGrath

What is Lay Pastoral Ministry and how can it help parish life?

As part of our Parishes Working Together process, the Diocese is hosting a dynamic workshop especially for clergy, pastoral councils and ministry coordinators involved in supporting and coordinating volunteers within the parish environment. All welcome. 

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Saturday 14 June 2014, 9.30am-2.00pm
St John the Evangelist Parish Hall
35 Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown

Saturday 21 June 2014, 9.30am-2.00pm
Xavier Conference Centre
38 Harbour Street, Wollongong (next to the Cathedral)

To register, contact:
Darren McDowell
Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation
02 4222 2463
RSVP by 10 June (Macarthur) and 17 June (Illawarra)

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The Journey - Catholic Radio on
Pulse 94.1FM

By Jude Hennessy
(Director of CCD)

Have you heard The Journey - Catholic Radio Show yet? The Journey is a weekly program produced by the Diocese of Wollongong. This week features an in-depth interview with Bruce Downes, The Catholic Guy, as well as all the regular weekly spots including our Sunday Gospel Reflection, Sr Hilda’s wisdom from Jamberoo Abbey, great tips for living well from Trish McCarthy and Pete Gilmore and Fran, and Byron Pirola on marriages.

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Listen in on Sundays from 11am-12pm and repeated on Wednesdays from 10pm-11pm on PULSE 94.1FM in the Illawarra and South Coast. You can also live stream the show at or listen to past shows any time at the diocesan website at The show explores the many "good news" stories about what those in the Church are doing all around the Diocese.

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Darren McDowell
Coordinator Adult Faith Formation
(02) 4222 2463