St Michael's Parish
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The Feast of the Blessed Trinity - 16th June 2019
"O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!."
Sunday 16th June - Trinity Sunday
Sunday 23rd June - Corpus Christi
—Bishop Brian’s Ad Limina visit. (To the threshold of the apostles.)- My Sisters & Brothers in Christ, This year will mark the first time that I have experienced an Ad Limina visit to Rome with my fellow Australian bishops. The last took place in 2011 and usually happens every five years. Most of the active bishops of Australia will be participating in the visit which takes place from 17–29 June 2019. We will begin with a five-day retreat outside of Rome. On 24 June, the Ad Limina will formally commence with an audience with Pope Francis. We will then visit the pontifical commissions, and congregations that oversee the life of the Church. Later that week, Archbishop Peter Comensoli will receive, from the Holy Father, the Pallium which recognises him as the archbishop of Melbourne and metropolitan of Victoria. Pleased be assured of my prayers for the diocese as I travel around the different churches in Rome. I ask that you also pray for all the Australian bishops as we embark on this important journey. Yours in Christ Most Rev Brian Mascord DD Bishop of Wollongong.
$ - Planned Giving –
The new batch of PG Envelopes are available in churches this weekend. Thank you to our faithful contributors; your consistent support is vital to sustain various ministries within the parish, and ongoing maintenance costs. Over recent years there has been a significant decline in the number of Planned Giving contributors. One obvious factor has been the number of senior parishioners who have moved into residential care, and the number who have gone to their eternal reward. New subscribers are certainly needed and much appreciated. Insurance alone for the entire parish is currently at $45,000. Please, contact the Parish Office if you wish to subscribe to the Planned Giving Program. Contributions can be made by weekly envelope or monthly by direct debit. As we are all aware recurring costs and the wide range of maintenance within the Parish continue to increase, thus the need for new subscribers. Thank you for your support.
The Blessed Virgin Mary ‘Help of Christians,’ is particularly venerated in China at the Shrine of ‘Our Lady of Sheshan,’ near Shanghai, Pope Francis said during his General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, on Wednesday last. “This occasion enables me to express my special closeness and affection to all Catholics in China, who amid daily toils, and trials, continue to believe, to hope and to love.. May our Mother in Heaven help you all to be witnesses of charity and fraternity, keeping yourselves always united in the communion of the universal Church. I pray for you and I bless you.”
Sunday 16th June. St Vincent de Paul St Michael’s Conference is 85 years old in June. To celebrate, all past & present members, together with supporters & benefactors, are invited to 9.30am Mass (Nowra) .Afterwards in the school hall for a special morning tea. Memorabilia will be on view. Come and share some memories.
The commencement of the St Vincent de Paul Society in St Michael’s Parish, Nowra. The St Vincent de Paul Society in the Nowra parish came into being during the Great Depression. With unemployment at 33%, the first Conference was established in Nowra in 1934, to help alleviate the hardship of so many local people. The Society’s Annual Report for 1934 stated, “A new Conference founded in the Shoalhaven on 17th June 1934, is already doing excellent work; Visitation to the Hospital, Catholic literature and C.T.S booklets are distributed. Special interest is taken in five Catholic boys at Berry Welfare Farm. A working bee was formed, and fuel items required at the Convent were provided. Visits are regularly paid to the Most Blessed Sacrament”. The first Nowra Conference President was: Ulric Walsh (of Walsh Real Estate). Other foundation members were: Jim Brown ,Pat Doolan, Sam Howlett , W. Hunter Jack Ison, Jack Iverson, D’Arcy Kennedy, James Kelly, Len Kelly, Pat Maguire , Felix McLaren, Paul O’Keefe ,Ned Ryan, Peter Tobin, Austin Walsh.
The Society wishes to thank volunteers and parishioners for your generous support to the winter appeal two weeks ago which raised an overall total of $8,770.00.
Samaritan Group Reminder: The Nowra community offers emergency meals to people in times of special need. Let us know if you are aware of someone who might need this short-term care. New volunteers also welcome.
Sue or Bev 44212260 or Bernadette 0402136691.
Philippines Mission Trip - Two young men from our parish (Jacob & Sam Chittick) are heading to the Philippines on a mission trip with the Young Men of God group to assist in building houses for families living in slums. Part of their trip requires them to fundraise to help contribute towards the cost of materials needed. If you feel you’d like to contribute to this worthwhile cause there are several ways to do it. Donations need to be made before 26th June: 1. Go fund me page: http://www.gofundme.com/catholic-immersions 2. Bank Transfer: Account name: YMG Mission BSB: 083 347 Account number: 178610199 Reference: Jacob & Sam Chittick 3. Cheque made out to YMG Mission or cash (give directly to boys or at parish centre) Thank you for your generosity! Any questions call Shannon 0414521404
Holy Spirit Catholic Church - call for choir members. If you have an interest in singing and would like to assist at the 9.30am Mass on Sundays, please have a word after Mass or ring Deirdre on 44437825.