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Lenten Program 2013 - Believe

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BELIEVE: Lenten Program 2013 is a 44-page program published by the Diocese of Wollongong designed as a six-week Lenten resource for small groups, prayer companions, staff reflections, families and individuals.

By unpacking the Sunday Scriptures (both Old and New Testament), Fr Graham Schmitzer (Parish Priest, St Columbkille’s Parish, Corrimal)  addresses the much asked question of our time, “Why should I believe in God?” Fr Graham shows how the liturgy of this Lent has provided two answers:

  1. God’s fidelity – his continual intervention in the lives of his people, through Abraham, and Moses, and the Prophets, climaxed by his sending his only-begotten Son; and
  2. God’s merciful love – shown especially in the parable of the Prodigal Son and Christ’s attitude to the adulterous woman.

Fr Graham’s teaching is beautifully complimented by Sr Hilda Scott OSB's (Vocations Director, Jamerboo Abbey) spiritual direction. Sr Hilda has a wonderful way of showing us God in the every day. Through Sr Hilda’s spiritual direction we are reassured that it is inconceivable that this God of immense tenderness and fidelity would ever leave us. The program also includes challenging reflection questions and a few practical Lenten tips by Fr Graham.

The whole is offered within the stunning artwork of Sydney-based artist Nelson Colo Matoma who was commissioned to paint six works for the program based on the Sunday Gospels of Lent. As always, the cost of the program has been kept as low as possible (from $4.40) to ensure the resource can be made widely available to local communities.

A Double-CD resource ($8.00) is also available to accompany the program that offers narrations of the Scriptures (narrated by Dave Collins) and the commentaries (narrated by Fr Graham Schmitzer and Sr Hilda Scott OSB)  as well as a beautiful sung closing prayer and mantra (written by Paul Mason and performed by Louise Symes). The CD Resource is also available as a free MP3 download below.

During this Year of Grace and Year of Faith, let us take up the opportunity to deepen our belief in the goodness of our God. Please find below an order form as well as a  sample from Week Four of the program.


Qty 1-25 $6.60 each (inc GST)

Qty 26-100 $5.50 each (inc GST)

Qty Over 100 $4.40 each (inc GST)

Double CD Resource: $8.00 each (inc GST)

POSTAGE AND HANDLING:1-4 items  $ 4.00;  5-25 items  $ 10.00;  26-50 items  $15.00; 51-100 items  $20.00; Over 100 items contact us before placing order to confirm postage and handling

Delivery of the Program and CD Resources are expected in the third week of January.


  • Monday, 14 January 2013
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