Spirituality and Prayer

Spirituality & Prayer

It is rare to meet someone who offers you a way of life so rich that you are prepared to give away everything to take up the offer! Yet time and time again in stories of Jesus, we see people turning away from their old ways and following Jesus. The fishermen by the lake leave their boats behind; the tax collectors Matthew and Nicodemus change their ways; even people not of Jesus' faith or nationality take remarkable actions after encountering Jesus.

Catechist Group

Description: To teach the word of God in local Government Primary Schools.
Meetings: Held at St Michael’s Parish Centre, and in Vincentia, at Holy Spirit Meeting Room.
Member Details: 70+ Catechists. Additional Catechists invited.
Additional Details:Level 1 training Course (6 weeks) equips the Catechists with confidence and skills to enter classrooms. An annual retreat and Diocesan Mass are also available, along with other in-services throughout the year.
Contact: Frances Fairs :: Ph 4423 1712.

Sacramental Program

Description: Baptised children attend six one-hour sessions in preparation for each of the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
Meetings: Lessons are held after school at Berry, Culburra, Nowra, and Vincentia.
Additional Details: Parents must attend two parent information nights and one prayer evening for each sacrament. Lessons are conducted by senior Catechists.
Contact: Frances Fairs :: Ph 4423 1712.

Lenten Groups

Description: Prayer and discussion of Lenten Gospels; sharing of experiences.
Meetings:Six meetings during Lent. Groups are held in Nowra/Bomaderry, Berry/Shoalhaven Heads, Callala/Culburra, Currarong, Kangaroo Valley,and Vincentia/Bay & Basin. Groups also welcome in other areas.
Member Details: Groups consist of 5 – 10 people.
Additional Details:A Paschal meal is celebrated on the evening of Passion (Palm) Sunday. Information appears on the Sunday Bulletins prior to Ash Wednesday.
Contact: Tina Elsenburg :: Ph 4422 9250 or Bernie Body :: Ph 4421 2968 

Compass

Description: A community of adults exploring and sharing their faith.
Meetings: Once per month in families' homes.  Families take turns to organise an event. See Youth page for more information.
Member Details: Single or married; for people from mid 20s.
Additional Details
: Guest speakers; prayer & music nights; social events; retreats.
Contact: Jody Le :: Ph 4422 3318 or Shannon Chittick :: Ph 4447 0990.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Associates

Description: Rosary, inspirational readings and discussions from ‘Ametur’.
Meetings: First Wednesday of each month at Callala. Meetings are held in each other’s homes. Morning tea is shared. Everyone is welcome.
Additional information: This association was founded by Father Jules Chevalier in France 1854. It is worldwide.
Contact: Joyce Buttel :: Ph 4446 5569.

First Saturday Marian Devotions

Description:The promise connected with the first Saturday devotion was revealed by the Blessed Virgin Mary to three children at Fatima in 1917. The promise made was to help at the hour of death, with the graces needed for salvation, whoever undertakes to receive Communion, to recite 5 decades of the Rosary, and to meditate for 15 minutes on the other mysteries of the Rosary.
Meetings: Mass at 9am First Saturday of month (except January) at St Michael's Church, North St Nowra. Morning tea follows the conclusion of devotions at 10.30am. 
Additional Details: Reconciliation also available. Following the devotions all are welcome for a 'tea and talk' in the Parish Centre.  
Member Details: Everyone is welcome.
Contact: via the Parish Centre :: Ph 4423 1712.

Holy Spirit Cenacle Prayer Group

Description:Associates gather in prayer and fraternity. The Rosary is recited.There is a reading, meditation and reflection on a passage from the book “To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons”. There is also an act of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Meetings: Each Friday at 2pm in member's homes at Sanctuary Point.
Member Details: New members are invited to join the group.
Additional Details: Group activity is associated with the Marian movement of priests.
Contact: Molly Luck, Facilitator :: Ph 4443 8876 or Fay Peters :: 4443 2837.

Bay & Basin Marian Movement Cenacle Prayer Group

Description:Associates gather in prayer and fraternity. The Rosary is recited.
Meetings: Each Friday from 2-3pm in the Holy Spirit Hall, Vincentia.
Member Details: All are invited to join the group.
Additional Details: Prayer is followed by afternoon tea.
Contact: Ron D'Souza :: Ph 4441 5723.

Mater Dei - Bible Study Group for Women

Description: Scriptural discussion guided by workbook questions. This is an informal meeting, which is held in members’ homes.
Meetings: Tuesday, 12.30pm, monthly.
Member Details: Open to women of all ages.
Contact: Sue Hill :: Ph 4447 3197 & Shannon Chittick :: Ph 4447 0990  

Taizé Prayer

Description:This is an ecumenical form of Christian chant, reconciling Christians from all denominations through the “prayer of the heart”. Taizé prayer is the work of the Spirit; it can be used in different ways and is very prayerful when chants are sung while receiving Holy Communion or during the celebration of Reconciliation.
Meetings: Prayer nights are held during Advent/Pentecost at locations throughout the parish.  All are welcome.
Member Details:Taizé experience comes from volunteering to read, sing, play, or take an active part in liturgical celebration. Musicians and readers come from all denominations.
Contact: Les Ambrus :: Ph 4421 0988.

Christian Meditation Community

Description:Christian meditation is “prayer of the heart”. It requires (1)stillness of body; (2) concentration of mind; and (3) openness of heart. The function is unity with God and neighbour through the narrow gateway of silence.
Meetings: Each Monday at 7.30pm at St John’s High School chapel.
Member Details: Newcomers invited.
Additional Details: Another group runs on Friday for those wanting to learn meditation at 45 Ironbark Road, West Cambewarra at 10.00am.
South Coast Community Days are held at St John’s Chapel.
Contact Details: Les Ambrus, South Coast Coordinator :: Ph 4421 0988.

Lay Missionaries of Charity

Description:Faith formation and charism. This is a third order branch of the Missionaries of Charity. Reading of statutes and Mother Teresa’s writings.
Meetings: Monthly on Tuesday at 4pm in Holy Spirit Church. 
Member Details: New members invited.
Additional Details: Father Leo Duck is the Spiritual guide. Yearly retreat. Apostolic works related to group.
Contact: Shannon Chittick :: Ph 4447 0990 or Sue Hill :: Ph 4447 3197.

Teams of Our Lady

Description:A movement of married spirituality.
Meetings: Monthly in the homes of members. 
Member Details: 4-5 married couples function as a "team".
Additional Details:The couples in a team meet monthly to share prayers, a meal and their journey as married couples.  There is also the opportunity to create new teams of interested couples.
Contact:via the Parish Centre :: Ph 4423 1712.