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News in Brief 163

on Wednesday, 30 January 2013. Posted in News in brief

YOUR VOCATION
Each of us is precious in God’s eyes, and for each of us, God invites us into fullness of life. What is God calling you to be? Priests, deacons, religious, single, married – we all are called to special vocations. Speak to your priest today to find out more.

CATHOLICCARE are running some great Family Support Programs to help parents and kids have a positive start to the year. Pick up a timetable including all the upcoming program details, dates and costs at the back of the church. You can also download the timetables at http://tinyurl.com/bdqy6nr

THE CATHOLIC SUPPLY SHOP
that was located in Kembla Street, Wollongong has moved. The shop now fronts Lower Crown Street, Wollongong (formerly the SFX School entrance). Goods such as piety items, sacramental supplies, bibles, missals, rosaries, etc can be purchased at the new-look shop.

CATECHIST COURSES – ILLAWARRA/SHOALHAVEN.
The LEVEL 1 BASIC Course will be run on Friday, 8 & 15 February from 9.30am – 1.30pm at Xavier Centre, Wollongong. The full LEVEL 1 Course will continue on Friday, 22 February and 1 & 8 March from 9.30am – 1.30pm, also at Xavier Centre, Wollongong. Please contact Cindy on 4640 8550 or email

CATECHIST COURSES – MACARTHUR/HIGHLANDS.
The LEVEL 1 BASIC Course will be run on Monday, 11 & 18 February from 9.30am – 1.30pm at Micah House, Campbelltown. The full LEVEL 1 Course will continue on Monday, 25 February and 4 & 11 March from 9.30am – 1.30pm, also at Micah House, Campbelltown. Please contact Cindy on 4640 8550 or email

CATECHIST MORNING TEA.
You are warmly invited to the CCD Resource Centre, Micah House, 35a Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown on Thursday, 7 February 2013 at 10.30am for a Catechist Morning Tea. This is a chance for Catechists to meet other Catechists in the Diocese, exchange ideas and explore the Resource Centre for things that will help in your important ministry with children. Contact Cindy on 4640 8550 or email

iSTAND NIGHTS
Youth Group starts again for 2013 on Friday, February 8 at St Columbkille’s Parish Centre, 99 Princes Highway Corrimal from 7.30pm - 9.30pm. (Enter from the rear laneway) This youth group is for people aged 14 - 18 years old. For more information contact Wollongong Youth Mission Team manager Christopher Brennan or 0433 636 359 www.ymt.com.au

ILLAWARRA SOCIAL JUSTICE FORUM:
Wednesday, 20 February, 5:00-6:30pm, Xavier Centre, 38 Harbour St Wollongong
Are you concerned about social justice issues being faced by people in the Illawarra region and wider world? Would you like support in working proactively to care for creation? The Diocesan Justice Ecology & Peace Council invites you to participate in a forum on Social Justice in the Illawarra. The aim of this forum is to develop ways in which we can support each other in the work for social justice in this region of the Diocese. Enquiries and RSVP by 15 February to or 4222 2463

RCIA Team & Coordinator Gatherings – Tuesday 12 February
12 noon -2.00pm, Xavier Centre, 38 Harbour St, Wollongong
& 7.30pm - 9.00pm OLMC Parish Meeting Room, St Andrews Rd Varroville
Our first gathering of RCIA teams and coordinators will occur on the Tuesday, 12 February. These gatherings will focus on final arrangements for the Rite of Election and retreats for Candidates and Catechumens. Also of interest will be formation on the new resource material for initiation and some of the resources being developed for Children’s initiation. Please RSVP by Friday, 8 February to or 4222 2403.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER 3 February, 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s second reading St Paul places great emphasis on love. Love, however, is not just a feeling. Love calls for action, and that includes the giving of our time, our talent and our treasure. Our charity must be active!

GOD IN THE GONG
heads to the Macarthur on 12 February – don’t miss out on being there when this kicks off!
For ages 18-35 years (Age limit does not apply to Clergy, Religious and Youth Ministers)
Venue: Macarthur Tavern (Cnr Gilchrist and Kellicar Rds, Campbelltown)
Speaker: Francine and Byron Pirola. Topic: Faith and Fidelity: Finding and celebrating love
Dinner available at the venue from 5:30pm. Enquiries: or 4222 2460

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER.
A weekend for married couples from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 March 2013 at Mount Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville. Take time out of your busy schedule to invest in your most precious asset ... your marriage! This is a unique opportunity to recharge your relationship batteries, refocus on each other and fall in love all over again! Bookings Ardell & Bill Sharpe on 4283 3435 or email . For information visit www.wwme.org.au

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE WEEKEND
1-3 March 2013 at Mt St Benedict, Pennant Hills
The loss of a loved one through separation, divorce or death is one of life’s most traumatic experiences. It can result in deep feelings of loneliness, grief and hurt. Beginning experience is a weekend program to help grieving single-again persons move from the darkness of their grief into the light of a new beginning and move into the future with renewed hope. It helps deal with the natural grief process and offers and opportunity, through God for turning the pain of loss into an experience of positive growth. Contact or Lynne on 4627 2084 by 13 February.

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