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Saviour—Advent and Christmas Reflections 2018 | ORDER NOW

on Thursday, 04 October 2018. Posted in News

Saviour—Advent and Christmas Reflections 2018 | ORDER NOW


We are delighted to announce that we are now taking orders for Saviour—Daily Advent and Christmas Reflections 2018 with bulk pricing for GST Free Catholic Religious Groups starting from only $3.00 per book.

Advent is such a busy time of year and we so easily forget that—at its heart—it is meant to be a time of preparation, waiting and hope for the coming of Jesus into our world and lives.

This year’s reflection book, Saviour, provides an opportunity for us to be still each day, listen to God and hear him declare to us as the angel declared to the shepherds: “Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

Saviour is a 76 page pocket-size book containing short spiritually rich, yet accessible, daily reflections from the beginning of Advent (2 December 2018) through to the Baptism of the Lord (13 January 2019) primarily for personal use, but also appropriate for group use such as parish, Church agency, religious community and school staff/class prayer.

Saviour also features beautiful religious artworks from the Masters such as Giotto, Lodi, Messina, Veronese, Zurbarán, Coypel and Bouguereau with enlightening “Artwork Spotlight” reflections written by Monsignor Graham Schmitzer.

Many customers buy bulk copies of the book for family, friends and work colleagues as an alternative to Christmas cards and gifts. We have included a page in the book for you to write your gift message.




We have also included special discounted prices for bulk orders as well as a GST Free option for Catholic Religious Groups (eg, Catholic parishes, schools and religious communities):


Qty GST Free Catholic Group
AU (+ post)
Retail (inc GST)
AU (+ post)
1 - 24 $4.00 $4.40
25 - 49 $3.50 $3.85
50 + $3.00 $3.30

If you have any questions, or if you would like to place a phone or email order, please contact us on (02) 4222 2400 or email us at




Mrs Sheelagh Abela

Mrs Sheelagh Abela is the secretary of the parish pastoral council at Ss Peter and Parish in Kiama, NSW in the Diocese of Wollongong. 


Mr James Arblaster

James grew up in Albion Park, NSW, as the eldest of three boys. After completing primary and secondary education at St Paul’s Catholic Parish Primary School and St Joseph’s Catholic High School, James felt the call to priesthood, but chose first to study law and international studies at the University of Wollongong.

After graduating, he followed the call and was accepted as a student for the priesthood for the Diocese of Wollongong. James is currently in his fourth year at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd, Homebush NSW.


Mr Ken Bryant

Mr Ken Bryant currently is the head of Catholic Life, Education and Mission Services, Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong. He has a significant background in education, as both teacher and administrator, having served as principal in three parish primary schools in the Diocese of Wollongong. Ken is an active member of the Kiama Parish community and former chair of the Kiama Parish Pastoral Council. 


Fr Sean Cullen

Fr Sean Cullen is the parish priest of the Bowral and Mittagong parishes in the Southern Highlands, NSW. He was ordained in 1984 and has served in a number of parishes in the Diocese of Wollongong.

Over the years he has undertaken various diocesan roles including vocations director, master of ceremonies, chair of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and member of the Council of Priests.


Fr Mark De Battista

Fr Mark De Battista is the chaplain to the University of Wollongong, NSW. Born in 1970, his family migrated to Australia from Malta in 1978. He was raised in a strong Catholic family and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Wollongong in 1995. From 2003–2007 he served in university ministry in the United States (Illinois and Colorado).

From 2010–2016 he went to Rome for studies in sacred Scripture. He has served in several parishes in the Diocese of Wollongong.


Mr Peter Gilmore

Mr Peter Gilmore has a background in youth and young adult ministry and currently works as a coordinator of CCD and evangelisation for the Office of Renewal and Evangelisation, Diocese of Wollongong. He is currently completing studies in theology. Peter has for making Church teaching and biblical truth accessible to all.


Fr Richard Green OSPPE

Fr Richard Green OSPPE belongs to the Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit, also known as the Pauline Fathers. He is also the parish priest of St Paul’s Catholic Parish in Moss Vale, NSW.


Fr Antony Jukes OFM

Fr Antony Jukes OFM was born and raised in Chingford, East London. He joined the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor (OFM) in 2002 and was ordained a priest in 2009. Having served in a parish, in a youth retreat centre and at a Franciscan Study Centre, he is now the Novice director in the new international novitiate community in Killarney, Ireland.


Fr Ronan Kilgannon

Fr Ronan Kilgannon spent most of his adult life as a member of the Franciscan Order in various ministries. In 1978 he assisted in the founding of a small community of Franciscan Hermits in Victoria. In 1986 he was granted permission to live as a solitary at Murrarundi in the Hunter Valley as caretaker of a small bee farm. He moved to Kangaroo Valley in 1988 and in 1991 transferred from the Franciscan Order to the Diocese of Wollongong to become a Canonical Hermit.

He now lives a way of life adapted from the Rule of St Benedict and in the spirit of St Romuald of Camaldoli. He assists with pastoral work in the Nowra Parish and his life as a hermit includes offering the Holy Eucharist, chanting the Monastic Office six times a day, meditation, studies, writing, hospitality and work in his garden.


Miss Trish McCarthy

Miss Trish McCarthy is a coordinator of CCD and evangelisation for the Office of Renewal and Evangelisation, Diocese of Wollongong. She holds a Bachelor of Exercise Science, Graduate Diploma in Education and a Master of Theology. With a passion for living an integrated approach to faith and life, her work in delivering seminars, retreats and faith formation is directed toward seeing people fully alive—an expression of God’s love and freedom.


Mr Matthew Ockinga

Mr Matthew Ockinga is a third-year seminarian studying for the Diocese of Yakima (Washington State, USA) at Mundelein Seminary/ University of St Mary of the Lake in Illinois. Born in Utah and raised in Wenatchee, Washington, Matthew has written professionally for newspapers, newsletters, universities and websites since 2003. He also taught Latin for six years and has worked in Catholic radio.

Currently he is co-editor of The Bridge, Mundelein Seminary’s university magazine. Ockinga’s anticipated ordination year is 2022.


Sr Anastasia Reeves OP

Sr Anastasia Reeves OP is Dominican Sister of St Cecilia originally from Kiama in NSW. She joined NET Ministries in 1998 after completing a degree in engineering, but hadn’t considered a call to religious life.

Sr Reeves returned to the work force after NET but, feeling “unsettled”, left her job to work for the Church. While working for the Church, Sr Reeves felt a deep calling to religious life. In 2010, about 17 years after serving with NET, Sr Reeves left her job with Archbishop Mark Coleridge, then Archbishop of Canberra, for Nashville, Tennessee.

She enjoys sharing her own life experience of following Christ in the ordinary circumstances of life.


Fr Christopher G Sarkis

Fr Christopher Sarkis is the parish priest at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Rosemeadow, NSW. He was ordained in 1985 and has served in a number of parishes in the Diocese of Wollongong including Wollongong, Campbelltown and Rosemeadow.

His recent diocesan appointments include member of the College of Consultors, Council of Priests, Diocesan Finance Council and Diocesan Property Committee.


Monsignor Graham Schmitzer

Mgr Graham Schmitzer is the parish priest at Immaculate Conception Parish Unanderra, NSW. He was ordained in 1969 and has served in the parishes of Campbelltown, Gwynneville, Unanderra, Wollongong, Albion Park, and Corrimal. He was also chancellor and secretary to Bishop William Murray for 13 years.

He grew up in Port Macquarie and was educated by the Sisters of St Joseph of Lochinvar, completing his leaving certificate at Wauchope High School.

For two years he worked for the Department of Attorney General and Justice before entering St Columba’s College, Springwood, in 1962.

Fr Graham loves travelling and has visited many of the major art galleries in Europe.


Sr Hilda Scott OSB

Sr Hilda Scott OSB is the vocations director for the enclosed Benedictine Abbey at Jamberoo, NSW. She became known to wider Australia through the ABC TV documentary, The Abbey, in which five Australian women were invited to live a monastic life for 33 days and nights.

Apart from her work as Vocations Director she also engages in spiritual direction, retreat giving, talks and formation work with the newer members of the community, not to mention the “nitty-gritty” everyday happenings of kitchen, garden and housekeeping, all within a life of prayer for the world.

Prior to 1990, Sr Hilda was a member of a religious order where she taught at all

levels, worked with youth and children and did pastoral work in parishes. Immediately before coming to Jamberoo she lived in a caravan park among the most disadvantaged in our society. She says, “Once I dealt with from the outside-in. Now I do it inside-out.”


Fr Dan Serratore MGL

Fr Dan Serratore MGL is the parish priest of St Benedict’s Catholic Parish in Burwood, Victoria. He grew up in Sydney and worked in the hotel industry for eight years. When the lure of God’s call became too strong to resist, he joined the Missionaries of God’s Love in 2008. Ordained as a priest in 2016, Fr Dan has a passion to raise up a young generation of leaders in the Church.


Fr Stephen Varney

Fr Stephen Varney was born in Katoomba NSW, the eldest of five children. An enthusiasm for practical work influenced his decision to leave school at a young age to become a carpenter and joiner until the age of twenty.

He completed a Diploma of Structural Engineering and then completed a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honours in 2008. During his time at university, he felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to live a deeper Christian life. He entered the Seminary of the Good Shepherd in Sydney in 2009. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Wollongong in May 2015 and is currently the administrator of St Aloysius Catholic Parish in The Oaks, NSW.

He is a keen rockclimber and mountaineer. He has a special interest in the proclamation of the Word and rhetoric, b his calling as a desire to serve people in their everyday lives.


Miss Michelle Vass

Ms Michelle Vass is the director of St Mary’s Towers Retreat Centre Douglas Park, NSW, a ministry of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. Michelle leads the resident retreat team in presenting the retreat program and providing spiritual accompaniment.

She has a Master of Arts in theological studies including further studies in the practice of spiritual accompaniment. Michelle has a background in the public service and Catholic education, and has a keen interest in the recovery and ways of contemplative living for Christian life.

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