St Michael's Parish
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18th November 2018 - 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr B)
"Keep me safe, O God: you are my hope."
First Holy Communion - Feast of Christ The King.
Sunday November 25th. There will be Two Masses at St Michael’s: 9:30am and 12:00 noon. We encourage parishioners who usually attend the 9:30am Mass at St Michael’s and are not directly associated with First Holy Communion to attend an alternative parish Mass on Sunday next. We are most grateful for your cooperation in this regard.
PLENARY 2020 Listen to what the spirit is saying Remember that there are 3 ways that you can give your feedback and be part of Plenary 2020. (1) Attend a discussion group – a session will be offered after 9:30 Mass (Nowra) Sunday 18th November. (2) Complete a Feedback Form (3) Make a submission online. http://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/resources/have-your-say/
Also a small group session at Holy Spirit Church on Sunday 18th November, following 9:30am Mass.
Catechist End of Year Celebration - annual Catechist Mass will be held at St Michael’s Monday 3rd December, 9:30am. After Mass, our end of year celebration will continue in the Parish Centre with a festive morning tea. This wonderful end of year celebration is for all Catechists (retired & current), Classroom Helpers and those who support our precious ministry. Please RSVP for catering purposes to Frances: 44231712.
Alpha Hospitality Ministry - Call for Volunteers - after a successful Alpha in 2018, planning for Alpha 2019, commencing 1st February 2019 is underway. One of the most crucial parts of Alpha is providing a meal for guests. Over 10 nights, the meal provides a space for friendships & true community to form.. If you are interested in helping in this important ministry, please leave your name on the sheet in the back of the foyer. Contact Fr Duane for more information.
CWL Bay & Basin Branch will hold our Annual Trading Table at Vincentia Church this weekend and 24th/25th November. Suitable Christmas gifts for all ages – craft, cakes, books and plants. Your donations will help us to continue to support our charities.
Advent Women’s Retreat at Notre Dame Sydney – Saturday 8th December 9am to 4:30pm, The theme “My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.” There will be Mass, and three inspiring talks. Morning tea and lunch will be provided. It is free, but registration is essential: 02 8204 4189 or online: www.trybooking.com/YRQW.
Villa for Rent – the 2-bedroom villa with garage and garden area is located in Bomaderry. The villa has recently been renovated and is 5 minutes walking distance to shops and train station. Rent: $320 per weekPlease contact Christa on 4421 3897 if interested.
National Apology on Sexual Abuse: Bishop Brian Mascord has expressed his support for the National Apology on Monday with a pastoral message. The message is available at www.dow.org.au He writes “It is true that words can be hopelessly inadequate if not accompanied by effective action.” There are hard copies available at the foyers; on the back of the sheets is a summary of recent actions taken in Wollongong Diocese towards creating a safer Church.
Craft-Tea Characters Celebrate – Wednesday 12th December - Morning Tea followed by lunch from 9:30am-3:00pm in the Parish Centre. Kindly bring something sweet or savoury to share. For a bit of fun, we invite all attending to contribute a small gift for our lucky dip - nothing expensive, perhaps something you have made, maybe a regift; it’s just for fun. That’s what we’re about - Making Connections Louise 0438218728 / Karen 0408214031
It’s nearly Christmas - CWL Bay & Basin Branch will hold their annual raffle with three big prizes: our usual “filled to the brim” Christmas hamper, a beautiful nativity scene wall hanging and a super garden hamper. Tickets available at Masses in Vincentia on 17th/18th November and 24th/25th November. Drawn after 9:30am Mass on 25th November.
Choir for Nowra Masses – a new choir group will commence for Nowra Masses and is inviting fellow Parishioners to join them. You don’t need to be a professional singer! just need to love God and music. Rehearsal will commence on Thursday 22nd November – Thursday 20th December from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, in the St Michael’s school hall. If you are interested in joining, please contact Andrew on 0412133761.
Save The Date -- Mass with a Difference - Sunday 2nd December at 6pm. Mass will be celebrated outdoors, special activities for children and BBQ to follow. Young and old and those in between of all abilities are encouraged to attend. Spread the word among family and friends. Volunteers are needed to set up and pack away equipment, assist people to seats, distribute booklets / bulletins, help with BBQ and serving food / drinks after Mass. Contact Bernadette 0402136691.
Final Youth Group and Youth Mass For 2018 – for Year 5 to Year 8, Sunday 18th November, starting 4pm at St Michael’s school hall, leading into 6pm Youth Mass. Fun, friendships, food, and faith!
This will be a special celebration concluding the first year for this new youth group, as well as a deeper look at the true meaning of Advent and Christmas. Newcomers always welcome!
The Diocesan Advent Christmas daily reflections booklet entitled, Saviour, will be available at all Churches. $2 per copy. As in previous years it is magnificently presented.
People with Coeliac are advised there is a suitable Communion Host available for them in our churches. The host is placed in a pyx on the altar for consecration and is kept separate from regular hosts in the ciborium at the time of distribution. Fr Pat and Fr Duane have been consecrating these hosts for Coeliacs for the last few years. All you need to do is tell Father before Mass and he will see that your host is available for you to receive. If you would like more information, please contact Patricia Bourke 0433 509 636.
Pray As You Go and Sacred Space are free Apps, available to download from iTunes and Google Play. You can listen in the car, out walking or any time of day. It offers a reflection on the daily Scripture reading and a reflective review (examen) of your day before you go to sleep.
St Michael’s Playgroup - Runs each Monday during the school term from 9:00am–10:30am in foyer of St Michael's School Hall. Parents, grandparents, carers, all welcome! Please bring your child’s snacks and drink. Gold coin donation.
Children’s Liturgy Sundays 9:30am St Michaels - children aged 4 and up gather together with our volunteer teachers to receive God's Word on their own level, in a fun and interactive way.
Craft-Tea Characters - Clean and useable knitting, crocheting, sewing and general craft materials are gratefully accepted. Don’t forget you are welcome to join us on a Wednesday 9:30ish-12:00ish. Making connections through craft, cuppas and company.
Pop in or contact Louise 0438218728.
Bomaderry Waratah RSL Day Club offers social support and friendship to older people who are still living in the community but who are unable to attend more active programs. For further information please phone Rosemary on 4423 3330. Click here to download poster.
NEED HELP AT HOME OR KNOW SOMEBODY WHO DOES? CatholicCare offers practical in-home aged care services, so you or someone you love can continue living a happy and healthy life in the comfort of their own home. For more information please call 42549342 or visit www.catholiccare.dow.org.au
The home is the heart of the Church. CAtHFAMILY brings you a selection of activities, prayer rituals, crafts and recipes for free from their website www.cathfamily.org. Don't miss CathKids, weekly interactive experience with a two minute animated reflection on the Sunday reading. Families in the Diocese of Wollongong are encouraged to utilise these resources at home to share faith with kids.
SVdP Piety Stall
SVdP Piety Stall, Berry Street Nowra is a great place to visit for all your religious gifts. Items can be ordered from the catalogue.
If you have any enquiries, please call the stall on 4421 7395.
"The Journey" is a weekly program developed by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong aired on a growing number of Christian Radio Stations around Australia. Each week, there is a reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. Add to that some great music and interviews with people doing amazing things right around the globe and you’ve got a show that is all about faith, hope love and life. The Journey is produced and hosted by Mr Jude Hennessy in partnership with Pulse 94.1FM. The Journey Catholic Radio Program – Airs Weekly.
Go to www.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can subscribe to weekly shows by email.
Sacred Heart Church Bomaderry Piety Stall – Open after 9:30am Sunday Mass. For all your Confirmation and Communion and religious gifts and cards. Other items by special order from the catalogue.
Contact Suzie Alamango: 4448 6219 / 0419 249 008.
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