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News in Brief 177

on Wednesday, 08 May 2013. Posted in News in brief

FIND OUT IF PRIESTHOOD IS WHAT GOD IS OFFERING YOU. 
Start a conversation. Contact your local priest or Fr Richard Healey, vocations director, on 0401 621 591,  .


GATHERINGS OF PARISH PASTORAL COUNCILS 
• Campbelltown: Wednesday 5 June 2013, 7.30pm – 9.00pm, St John’s Parish Hall, 35 Cordeaux St
• Wollongong: Tuesday 11 June 2013, 7:30-9:00pm, Xavier Centre, 38 Harbour St
• Shellharbour: Thursday 20 June 2013 , 7.30pm – 9.00pm, All Saints’ Church, 19 College St
Clergy and Parish Pastoral Council members are invited to attend these gatherings which focus on Faith & Ministry Development and developing a way forward from the Bishop’s response to the Parishes Working Together consultation process. These sessions offer the opportunity to continue sharing about the good work happening in your parish as well as discussing ways to develop faith and ministry within the parish. Attendance at any one of these gatherings is most welcome. Please RSVP your attendance by contacting Darren McDowell on 4222 2463 or  


WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER: 
A weekend for married couples. 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! Weekend date: 14 – 16 June at Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville. 
Bookings: Ardell & Bill Sharpe on 02 4283 3435 or  
Information: website www.wwme.org.au


STEWARDSHIP CORNER 2013 – 12th May, Ascension Sunday 
Jesus ascended into heaven, blessing His disciples and promising He will be with us until the end of time and that they would soon receive the power of the Holy Spirit. We who have received that promised gift of the Spirit are now empowered to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth – to intentionally and joyfully use our time and talents to spread the good news of salvation.


iSTAND NIGHTS 
Regional Youth Group from 7.00pm - 9.00pm on Friday nights at St Columbkille’s Parish Centre, 99 Princes Hwy Corrimal (enter from rear laneway). This youth group is for people aged 14 - 18 years old. Music, games, friendship, talks, camps, and a lot of fun. Everyone welcome. For more information contact Wollongong Youth Mission Team manager Christopher Brennan   or 0433 636 359 | www.ymt.com.au

GOD IN THE GONG – Tuesday 14 May 2013 
For ages 18-35 years (Age limit does not apply to Clergy, Religious and Youth Ministers)
Venue: Illawarra Brewery (cnr Crown & Harbour Sts, Wollongong)
From 7.00pm – 9.00pm (Dinner available at the venue from 5.30pm)
Speaker: David Patterson
Topic: Faith and the Prodigal Son: Homecoming, affirmation and reconciliation
Enquiries:   or 4222 2460


A PRAYER DAY 
with the theme Living from the Heart will be held at Hartzer Park (25 Eridge Park Road, Burradoo) on Saturday, 19 May 2013 from 9.30am – 3.30pm. Presenters: Sr Margaret Fahey fdnsc and Sr Jenny Kirby fdnsc. RSVP 12 May or any enquiries please contact (02) 4861 3223.


FAITH IN ACTION: THROUGH THE JESUIT SPIRITUALITY OF POPE FRANCIS 
on Saturday 1 June 2013 from 10.00am-3:30pm at Xavier Centre Conference Rooms, 38 Harbour St, Wollongong. Join renowned national speaker Sandie Cornish as she helps us unpack Catholic Social Teaching through the Jesuit spirituality of Pope Francis. Learn the basic tools to move from faith into action in your everyday life. Through prayer, reflection, sharing and input we will identify issues facing us today, discover the riches of Scripture and Church Social Teaching and explore ways of beginning to develop our understanding and response to these issues. There are only 90 places available so RSVP is essential by 24 May to   or phone Darren on 4222 2463. The cost of the day is $10 and morning tea and lunch will be provided. (Tea/Coffee and Registration will commence at 9:30am for a 10:00am start)

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