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Catholic Diocese of Wollongong serving the people of God in the Illawarra, Macarthur, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands regions of NSW
  • POSITION VACANT – Parish Liaison and Youth Ministry Leader

    The Office of the Bishop is seeking to fill the position of Parish Liaison and Youth Ministry Leader. The position is Casual, based in Campbelltown (but will include some travel to Wollongong) and is planned to commence as soon as possible. Remuneration for the position is based on the Miscellaneous Award 2010.

    The successful applicant will assist the Diocesan Youth Ministry Coordinator in implementing the Diocesan Plan for Youth Ministry in parishes and regional centres with an emphasis on Regional Youth Groups (LIVE local). This role will also involve recruitment, training, support and management of youth leaders involved in regional youth groups throughout the Diocese.

    The application should include a resume specifying residency or work visa status and a letter from the applicant addressed to the Diocesan Youth Ministry Coordinator outlining your commitment to the ethos and values of the Catholic Church. The letter should also address how you will meet the skills, experience & qualification requirements of the position. 

    The Position Description is available for download here.

    Please send the letter and resume to the Diocesan Youth Ministry Coordinator, Seth Harsh at seth [DOT] harsh [AT] dow [DOT] org [DOT] au by close of business, Monday 1 October 2018. Alternatively it may be posted to PO Box 1239, Wollongong NSW 2500. Enquiries should be directed to Seth on 4222-2460.

  • Caring for those, who have cared for us - Bishop’s Annual Appeal 2018

     

    To make your donation, click here and select “1259597 - Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Care of Retired Clergy” from the biller code dropdown list.

    My sisters and brothers in Christ

    It is the responsibility of our Diocese to support and care for the retirement and health of our clergy.

    Our retired clergy live on their own, or in assisted living facilities, or in nursing homes, and require some level of additional assistance to do so. Your donation to this appeal will help to provide suitable accommodation, transport assistance and holistic health care to them.

    Currently, there are 11 clergy in retirement. It is likely that we will have an additional nine clergy retiring over the next five years alone. The Diocese needs to urgently and significantly increase its resources to ensure that we can continue to care for our ageing clergy.

    Your donation will help ensure a dignified retirement for our diocesan clergy like Monsignor David O’Brien.

     

    Yours in Christ

     

     

    Most Rev Brian G Mascord DD
    Bishop of Wollongong

  • Statement from Bishop Brian Mascord | Archbishop Philip Wilson

    I support Archbishop Philip Wilson in his decision to resign as the archbishop of Adelaide, especially when considering the ongoing pain and distress being caused—particularly to the victims of Fr James Fletcher—by his maintaining the office of archbishop of Adelaide.

    As a former priest of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, the grief is very close to home, and my heart goes out to those people who were abused by Fr Fletcher and to their families.

    As the bishop of Wollongong, I also acknowledge the sadness and confusion being experienced on the local level. I am aware that Archbishop Wilson has been praised for his stance and support for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse during his time as the bishop of Wollongong—as evidenced during the Royal Commission’s public hearing on the Diocese of Wollongong. In the context of his conviction and the unknown outcome of his upcoming appeals process, it is important to continue the good work of the Diocese whilst respecting and supporting the legal process which binds us together as a society.

    We must now renew our resolve to ensure that our ongoing policies and practices effectively address risk, recognise harm and take action for the prevention, reporting and response to abuse, while compassionately supporting victims and survivors—providing acknowledgement and just redress.

    I urge any person with a complaint of mistreatment or abuse to come forward to the police through the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 or to contact the diocesan director of professional standards and safeguarding, Anna Tydd, on (02) 4222 2405. I also wish to offer support to anyone who is affected. If this applies to you, or someone that you know, please contact Anna so that arrangements can be made for the appropriate support.

    As we continue to strive to become the Church we should be, we entrust ourselves to the care of our loving God, whom we seek to imitate in our words and actions.

     

    Most Rev Brian G Mascord DD
    BISHOP OF WOLLONGONG
    31 July 2018

  • Plenary Council 2020: Listen to what the Spirit is saying | Bishop Brian Mascord's Pastoral Letter

     

    My Sisters and Brothers in Christ

    Many of you have heard that Plenary 2020 is coming. So what does that mean? Plenary Council 2020 presents for us, as Catholics, the opportunity to ask a very simple question —What is the Holy Spirit asking us today? Many would quite rightly describe this time as one of upheaval and uncertainty. As people of faith, we trust even in the midst of such change that the Holy Spirit is powerfully at work moving and doing new things in the hearts and minds of the faithful.

    Pentecost Sunday this year (20 May 2018) marked the official launch of Plenary Council 2020. Catholics throughout Australia—including many in our own Diocese of Wollongong—noted and proclaimed the apostolic blessing that the Australian Church received from Pope Francis and utilised the resources provided to ensure that this special day, of the coming of the Holy Spirit, provided a unique opportunity to call on the gifts of the Spirit during the plenary process. In many ways, it is an opportunity for us to listen deeply to our own hearts and the hearts of others in expressing what we love about who we are as the Church, as well as identifying and naming our shortcomings and disappointments, and expressing in concrete ways our hopes for the future. I am confident this process will lead us to discern the sensus fidelium (sense of faith) of all our communities who listen humbly and speak boldly on the matters important to the Church in Australia at this time.

    Whilst many people in our Diocese are very eager to take up the opportunity to contribute to Plenary Council 2020, there are still many others who remain unaware that the Australian Church is now in “plenary” mode and the process of praying, listening, talking, discerning and contributing thoughts in a considered way has already commenced. Therefore, the purpose of this communication is to ensure that you are made aware of the significance of the plenary council and to provide you with initial details of how we, as the Church in the Diocese of Wollongong, can participate and contribute wisely, sensitively and authentically to Plenary Council 2020.

    It is my hope that many parishes will have already utilised the resources forwarded to you that have been developed by the national Plenary Council Executive Committee, especially the resources associated with the launch on Pentecost Sunday. If not, that is easily overcome, as the resources remain a pertinent way to enable local communities to prayerfully focus on what the Spirit is saying.

    Pope Francis in his message to the Australian Church on the inauguration of Plenary Council 2020 expressed: “It is my hope that through patient dialogue and faith-filled discernment, the conciliar journey will confirm the Catholics in Australia in a spirit of fraternal unity and missionary discipleship, thus enabling them to be a leaven of holiness, justice and reconciliation in today’s rapidly changing society”. (Pope Francis, Apostolic Blessing, May 2018)

    Plenary Council 2020 will be only the fifth plenary council in Australia’s history, the first since 1937, and the first to feature women and lay people. Described as a three-year journey of listening to God by listening to one another, Plenary Council 2020 will be the highest possible formal gathering of the Church in Australia and, unlike a synod, it has the power to make changes to its legislation and governance in Australia. Cultural reform of the Church is likely to feature prominently.

    Archbishop Timothy Costelloe of Perth—endorsed by Pope Francis as the president of Plenary Council 2020—hopes that the plenary council will bring about a period of authentic renewal: “I encourage all Catholics, whether devout or disillusioned, fervent or frustrated, to seize this opportunity to speak what is on their minds and in their hearts.”

    As individuals, parish communities and regions in the Diocese of Wollongong, there are some simple things you can, and should, be doing in this initial phase of prayer and listening. One of the best places to start is the Plenary Council 2020 website, www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au, which provides great resources that will assist us as the Church to pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to understand the purpose and processes of the plenary council, to provide forums for discussion and feedback, and to provide updates as we journey toward the plenary council gatherings in 2020 and 2021.

    For us in the Diocese, the remainder of 2018 and early 2019 will be a period for initial listening followed by a period of discerning and feedback in 2019, ready for a year of proposing in 2020 as we move to attending and contributing to the plenary council meetings. In 2021, after the plenary council meetings, the Church in Australia will commence implementing changes arising from the council.

    Much has already happened behind the scenes in the Diocese to prepare in earnest for our participation in Plenary Council 2020. Our recent Journey magazine provided a summative introduction on the plenary council. Clergy have been briefed at their recent mid-year clergy conference in detail about the plenary council. Numerous key diocesan leaders from the Office of the Bishop have already attended information sessions and have been briefed on how to assist parishes and communities to utilise the resources and ensure an authentic process of listening. Appropriate resources are being allocated to ensure our ear is attuned constantly to the Holy Spirit and that opportunities are provided for listening, collating and communicating the thoughts of many.

    We will launch our diocesan process at a Vigil Mass at St John Vianney Co-Cathedral in Fairy Meadow at 6pm on Saturday 18 August 2018. The Vigil will also include a commissioning of Local Animators nominated by faith communities and the distribution of plenary kits including Plenary Council 2020 candles, books for recording plenary reflections, and various other items to assist in the process of listening to and recording dialogue at a local level.

    I have included in this correspondence a supporting document to explain the important role Local Animators will play in this process in the Diocese of Wollongong in Parishes, Schools and CatholicCare and other faith communities. Further, this document provides information to assist these communities in the discernment and selection process of one individual in your community setting who might serve in the role of communicating Plenary Council 2020—enabling respectful listening and promoting various types of submissions and appropriate recording of feedback. (Details of options for training processes for Local Animators are detailed in this document)

    Coinciding with your own small group listening processes in your parish, we are holding four regional listening sessions. These will be held on Sunday afternoons from 12pm–4pm, enabling us to enter into a process of deep listening and discernment. More concrete details will be made in due course, but, I would ask that you note the following regional dates in order to be able to attend:

    11 November 2018—Illawarra

    18 November 2018—Southern Highlands

    17 February 2019—Shoalhaven

    24 February 2019—Macarthur

    Plenary Council 2020 is a cause for great excitement and one that we must enter into full of trust in God’s guiding hand. We have much to plan and organise along this journey, and that will happen in an ongoing way in the weeks and months ahead. It is important to note though: no matter how well we plan, this process will be “messy” at times, and necessarily so, because it deals with both the human and the divine. It will thus require patience and humility if we are to be led by the Spirit in honest and respectful dialogue. It requires us to sincerely pray with, and for, each other as we open ourselves to this process of expressing our loves, disappointments, hurts and hopes for who we are as Church. Together, let’s see what the Holy Spirit is saying to us.

    Yours in Christ

    Most Rev Brian G Mascord DD
    Bishop of Wollongong
    26 July 2018

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  • Pope grants title of monsignor to four diocesan priests

     

    In one of his last acts as the bishop of Wollongong, Bishop Emeritus Peter Ingham nominated to Pope Francis four priests of the Diocese of Wollongong for the title Prelate of Honour of His Holiness (monsignor) in recognition for their exceptional service to the Church.

    I am pleased to announce that Pope Francis reviewed the nominations and has granted the title of monsignor to Frs Bryan Jones, Patrick Faherty, David O’Brien and Graham Schmitzer, with the secretary of state of the Vatican honouring the four monsignors with a formal diploma.

    Monsignor is an honorary title, rather than a specific position in the Church hierarchy, so a monsignor does not necessarily have any duties distinct from those of any other priest. However, some positions within the Vatican automatically carry the title of monsignor. Because the title of monsignor historically designated a priest who served in the papal curia, or Vatican bureaucracy, all monsignors are officially part of the papal household, whether they serve in the Vatican or elsewhere. Unlike regular parish priests, they may wear some of the regalia normally reserved for a bishop. The only other monsignor in the Diocese of Wollongong is retired priest, Msgr Paul Ryan.

    As part of the nomination process, Bishop Peter provided Pope Francis with a biography of each of the nominees as well as his personal recommendation. As part of his recommendation, Bishop Peter had the following to say:

    Msgr Bryan Jones

    “Fr Jones is well respected by me and the clergy for his practical wisdom and problem-solving ability.  He is a dedicated priest who has served as one of my vicars general for the past 16 years as a diocesan consultor and member of the Council of Priests.”

    Msgr Patrick Faherty

    “Fr Faherty is well-respected by clergy and laity alike as a very worthy priest.  I have used to good effect his pastoral wisdom, dedication and practice to help train seminarians in their pastoral placements.”

    Msgr David O’Brien

    “Fr O’Brien brings a well-grounded pastoral approach to his ministry.  He has cared for the clergy (both ill and well) as the director of Clergy Life and Ministry and was instrumental in the Diocese employing a registered nurse to care for sick and retired clergy which has been of great benefit in supporting the health and wellbeing of all our clergy.  Fr O’Brien is a very effective parish priest, deeply appreciated by his people. He has been a diocesan consultor and member of the Council of Priests for the past 16 years.”

    Msgr Graham Schmitzer

    “Fr Schmitzer is well read and contributes spiritual teaching in the Diocese’s published programs for Advent and Lent that are distributed to a wide audience. He is held in high regard by clergy and laity alike. He has served the Diocese in the capacities of diocesan secretary and tribunal official, chancellor and as a member of the Council of Priests and College of Consultors.”

    We are indeed blessed in the Diocese of Wollongong with many dedicated, hard-working clergy, religious and laity, and I take this opportunity to join with Bishop Peter in congratulating these four worthy papal honour recipients.

    Most Rev Brian G Mascord DD
    Bishop of Wollongong
    20 July 2018

  • Bishop announces new vicar general

    I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Fr Bernard Gordon as the full-time vicar general of the Diocese of Wollongong to assist me in the governance of the Diocese.

    In accordance with Canon 479 §1, the vicar general possesses—by virtue of his Office—the same executive power as belongs by law to the bishop throughout the whole Diocese. This means that the vicar general can perform all administrative acts as the bishop does, with the exception of those administrative acts which the bishop has reserved to himself, or which by law requires a special mandate of the bishop.

    When exercising any authority or carrying out any act, a vicar general does so always in the name of the bishop (hence the use of the title vicar) and according to the “mind and will” of the bishop. A vicar general never acts according to his own determinations; he must always act as the bishop would act on those things that impact on the life of the Diocese.

    As this is a full-time appointment, Fr Bernard will be based in the Office of the Bishop from September 2018. He will be available for supply from time-to-time and will also preside over the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation as well as other public occasions on my behalf when I cannot attend. As vicar general, Fr Bernard will be the principal advisor on the Council of Priests and the College of Consultors, as well as other councils and committees at my request.

    I wish Fr Bernard well in his new role among us and I am grateful for his support. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing vicar general, Monsignor Bryan Jones, for his faithful and dedicated service to the role.

    Most Rev Brian G Mascord DD
    Bishop of Wollongong
    20 July 2018

  • Statement from Bishop Brian Mascord | Archbishop Philip Wilson

    My Sisters and Brothers in Christ

    The word “church” has many meanings. For some it can mean simply the building where we, as faithful, gather for worship, or it can be as an institution with laws, rights and responsibilities. However, no image is more significant than that of the Church as the people of God. All other images lose their significance if there is no living body of Christ.

    Over recent days we have been presented with news that, for many, will disturb, upset and anger, as it involves a member of the hierarchy of the Church—Archbishop Philip Wilson—who had a significant influence in our Diocese during his time as Bishop of Wollongong. A guilty verdict has been handed down by the courts in relation to his failing to inform police about allegations of child sexual abuse when he was an assistant priest in 1976. I understand that he is considering the reasons for the verdict and consulting closely with his lawyers to determine the next steps. I do not offer any comment regarding the particulars of this matter.

    The purpose of this letter is to recognise that many of you will be affected by the present situation with varying emotions ranging from confusion, anger and shame. As your Bishop, I stand with you in these emotions, with the added hurt that the events occurred in my previous Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

    In December 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, released its report with many recommendations. As I mentioned in my Pastoral letter for Lent 2018: “all those who came forward and courageously spoke their truth to the Royal Commission … have given the Church a significant opportunity to reflect on how we are called to be the face of God in our world today. They have been the voice of the Spirit challenging us to be real and authentic in who we are as God’s people. Whilst it has been a difficult time for all, nothing compares to the courage of victims and survivors in coming forth and speaking truth—a truth that calls for action on the part of everyone.”

    On my own behalf, I wish to offer my apology to all who have suffered abuse by members of the Church or are feeling hurt in whatever way by the actions of anyone associated with the Diocese of Wollongong. I wish to assure you that the Diocese is totally committed to the protection of children and young people above all else, and in remaining transparent and open in our communications to ensure that the safety of children and vulnerable people remains paramount. We have rigorous processes in place for dealing with complaints of abuse, and we give full cooperation to all police investigations and child protection authorities.

    Like my predecessor, Bishop Emeritus Peter Ingham, I strongly urge any person with a complaint of mistreatment  or abuse to come forward to the police through the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 or contact the diocesan Director of Professional Standards and Safeguarding, Anna Tydd, on (02) 4222 2405. I also wish to offer support to anyone who is affected. If this applies to you or someone that you know, please contact Anna so that arrangements can be made for the appropriate support.

    I ask that you hold everyone involved at this time in your prayers recognising that, as the body of Christ, we are a wounded people and like Mary stood at the foot of the cross looking beyond the cross to the resurrection.

     

    Yours in Christ

    Most Rev Brian G Mascord DD
    BISHOP OF WOLLONGONG

    Our Lady Help of Christians | 24 May 2018

  • Creating a safe Catholic Church from within: two days with Fr Hans Zollner SJ

     

    The Catholic Diocese of Wollongong and the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta are co-hosting two days of presentations by Fr Hans Zollner SJ (Hans). The two day event is being sponsored by Carroll & O'Dea, Makinson d'Apice and Catholic Church Insurance. The event is also being supported by the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay, Catholic Professional Standards Ltd, the NSW Professional Standards Office and the NSW Ombudsman. Hans will address the most significant issues facing the Catholic Church today with respect to harmful behaviour, including the theological and spiritual implications arising from the abuse crisis and their impact on victims and survivors, together with members of the Church.

    Hans will be providing two distinct and separate presentations on Friday 31 August and Saturday 1 September 2018.

    Hans will explore why and how the Catholic Church needs to change to survive, flourish and ensure the safest place for the most vulnerable.

    Hans is regarded as one of the leading ecclesiastical experts in the field of safeguarding of minors and on areas concerning sexual abuse both in the Roman Catholic Church and beyond. He has been a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors since 2014 and head of the Centre for Child Protection (CCP) at the Gregorian University, headquartered in Rome.

    Hans is a German theologian and psychologist. Since 2003 he has taught at the Institute of Psychology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Hans has been the academic Vice Rector of the Gregorian since 2010. He has been a member of the Society of Jesus since 1990.

    Both days of the conference will be structured by the topics outlined below and will feature audience participation and interactive workshops, which Hans sees at the heart of learning and education.

    Both days will be facilitated by Susan Pascoe. Susan was elected president of the Australian Council for International Development in November 2017. Prior to her appointment, Susan has been the Inaugural Commissioner for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commissioner, and the Commissioner of the State Services Authority in Victoria. Susan comes with a wealth of experience, having recieved the Influencer of the Year award at the Third Sector Awards in 2017, the Outstanding Contibution for Public Administration Award in 2016, and being appointed Member of the Order of Australia in 2007 for her service to education. 



    Note: Clergy, staff (including those from Agencies and Ministries), and volunteers from the Diocese of Parramatta are to register parracatholic.org/safechurch/

    Note: ticketing for this event will close on Friday 17 August 2018 at 5:00pm.

     

    Friday, 31 August 2018 - 10:00AM - 5:00PM

    This presentation will be directed to Catholic Church personnel including child protection and safeguarding professionals, school principals, teaching staff, social welfare leaders and staff, clergy, religious, and other employees and volunteers.

     

    Participants will gain:

    • An understanding of the current workings and view of child protection internationally with specific reference to the Holy See and the relative position of the Australian Catholic Church;
    • Insight into the spiritual and theological impact of the child sexual abuse crisis;
    • An ability to identify the key theoretical and practical changes to make a child safe organisation; and
    • The ability to equip Catholic Church leadership with the necessary tools to create and maintain a safe institutional culture both at an individual and collective level.

     

    Topics of Exploration

    1. A birdseye view from the Holy See—what are the main priorities and challenges that currently face the Holy See with respect to combating harmful behaviour within the Catholic Church? 
      Hans will provide some key insights into:
      1. the most significant issues facing the contemporary and worldwide Catholic Church with respect to harmful behaviour;
      2. comparing the current child protection climate and position of the Catholic Church in Australia to the Catholic Church in other nations;
      3. the current work of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and whether it is getting the support and resources it needs from Pope Francis and beyond; and
      4. the attitude and response of the Holy See with respect to the recent Royal Commission including the final report and its recommendations.
    2. The impact of child sexual abuse and other harmful behaviour on the spiritual and theological.
      Hans will provide some key insights into:
      1. identifying and discussing the impact of the history of child sexual abuse and other harmful behaviour on the spirituality and theology of members of the Church;
      2. from a spiritual and theological perspective, what the leadership can do within the Church to better understand and respond to child sexual abuse and other harmful behaviour; and
      3. what nations around the globe are doing to support current clergy, religious and lay persons in positions of leadership in the Church in this time of crisis.
    3. What would a child safe Diocese look like in five years time?
      Hans will identify the key theoretical and practical changes to make a Catholic organisation child safe. Hans has advocated that a fundamental transformation of the worldwide church must occur if it is to survive, flourish and be child safe.
      Hans will discuss:
      1. in the current climate with massively declining priest and religious membership, the future for religious life and how will it serve the faithful in a safe and meaningful way;
      2. at a local level whether diocesan or religious, the key indicators of a transformed child safe Catholic Church authority; and
      3. the key areas of resistance that could weaken the transformation of the Catholic Church.

    Who can attend?

    Organisations, institutions and departments which have care or responsibility for children and vulnerable adults in Catholic settings are encouraged to attend, including:

    • Parish and religious communities
    • Schools
    • Out-of-home care
    • Disability services
    • Government including the NSW Ombudsman
    • Support and advocacy groups for victims and survivors of harm

    with responsibilities for:

    • Governance/leadership
    • Professional standards and safeguarding
    • Risk
    • Investigation
    • Wellbeing and pastoral care
    • Residential/client services

     

    Saturday, 1 September 2018 - 10:00AM - 3:00PM

    This presentation will be directed to victims and survivors of abuse and their family and friends together with their advocacy and support groups. The presentation will also focus on issues that continue to face faithful members of the Church in the light of the child sexual abuse crisis —particularly parishioners. 

     

    Participants will gain:

    • An ability to identify and understand how the history of child sexual abuse and other harmful behaviour has and continues to impact faithful communities worldwide;
    • An understanding on how victims and survivors of harmful behaviour can be best supported with specific reference to work being undertaken internationally;
    • An understanding of the role of the faithful in the creation and continuation of clericalism; and
    • The ability to equip faithful members of the community to assist them in the transformation of religious communities to ensure they are child-safe.

     

    Topics of Exploration

    1. The significance of harm within the Catholic Church – how it has impacted on faithful communities and how it can be best addressed and rectified.
      Hans will provide some key insights into:
      1. identify and discuss how the history of child sexual abuse and other harmful behaviour has and continues to impact on faithful communities worldwide;
      2. what is being doing around the globe to support victims and survivors of harm – what is working and what hasn't worked; and
      3. what faithful members of the Church can do at an individual and collective level to make the local Church a safer place.
    2. Reality check - the role and responsibility of faithful members of the Church. 
      Hans will provide some key insights into:
      1. the role of the faithful members of the community in the creation and continuation of clericalism;
      2. how faithful members of the community can best combat clericalism at a local level and beyond; and
      3. how parish and religious lay leaders can transform religious communities to empower lay leadership and engagement.

    Who can attend?

    Faithful members of the Catholic Church and/or those who have been harmed by the Catholic Church are encouraged to attend including:

    • Victims and survivors of harmful behaviour in the Catholic Church together with their family and friends;
    • Faithful lay members of parish and religious communities;
    • Persons in position of lay leadership in the Catholic Church including those on parish, diocesan and religious councils; and
    • Advocacy and support groups for victims and survivors of harm.

     

    VENUE AND LOCATION

    The Cube, Campbelltown Catholic Club
    20-22 Camden Road, Campbelltown NSW, 2560

    On each day morning tea and lunch will be provided.
    If you have any medical dietary requirements please ensure they are selected when booking your ticket. If your particular medical dietary requirement is not listed please email rsvp [AT] dow [DOT] org [DOT] au once you have booked your ticket, and indicate your name, and your medical dietary requirement.

     

    CONTACT DETAILS

    For any enquiries please contact us at: rsvp [AT] dow [DOT] org [DOT] au or on 1800 225 922.

     

    ACCOMMODATION

    If you would like to book accommodation for the event we have secured a discount code on rooms available at Rydges Hotel. Rydges is conveniently located next door to Campbelltown Catholic Club, offering guests the luxury of 4.5 star accommodation, complimentary parking, free WiFi and Rydges King dream beds. If you are wishing to book a room at Rydges Hotel please click here or call them on (02) 4645 0500, or email them reservations_campbelltown [AT] rydges [DOT] com. Upon purchase of a ticket you will be provided with a Rydges promotion code that can be used to receive a discounted rate at Rydges. 

    Rydges Campbelltown is located on 15 Old Menangle Road, Campbelltown, NSW 2560.

     

    TRANSPORT

     

    Car

    From Sydney - take the second Campbelltown exit off the M5 motorway and veer left onto Narellan Road. 

    From Canberra, Goulburn and Southern Highlands - take the Campbelltown exit off the M5 motorway and turn right onto Narellan Road. Continue on Narellan Road through two sets of traffic lights. At the third set of lights turn left into Kellicar Road. Turn immediately into Camden Road and right again at the first roundabout into the Campbelltown Catholic Club/CUBE car park. 

     

    Train

    Disembark at Campbelltown Station.

    Head west on Kellicar Road to Camden Road intersection. Turn left into Camden Road. The Cube is located 50m along the right-hand side (adjacent Campbelltown Catholic Club main entrance).

    It is a comfortable 15 minute walk from the Station. The going is flat with a sealed pathway. There is also a taxi rank directly opposite Campbelltown Station. For information on train timetables please visit City Rail at www.cityrail.info

     

    Private Coach

    There is easy access and on-site parking for coaches. Coach operators please call ahead and we will reserve a parking space for you. 

     

    Parking

    There are over 700 off street parking spaces available on site including a multi level underground car park. 

     

    REFUNDS

    There will be no refunds issued after Friday 24 August 2018.

     

     

    Note: Clergy, staff (including those from Agencies and Ministries), and volunteers from the Diocese of Parramatta are to register parracatholic.org/safechurch/

     

  • Are you up for the Challenge? Vinnies CEO Sleepout Wollongong

     

    St Vincent de Paul Society needs the help of local business leaders to change the perception of homelessness and raise funds for much-needed support services across our region.

    The annual CEO Sleepout will be held on Thursday 21 June at St Mary Star of the Sea College, Wollongong, and will see leaders come together to spend a night in the cold for a worthy cause.

    Last year, through funds raised from the CEO Sleepout, Vinnies gave assistance to almost two million people in need across the country, providing more than 1.5 million meals and almost 700,000 nights with a bed.

    By taking part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, you can help shine a light on homelessness and bring some warmth to the longest night of the year – everyone deserves a safe place to call home.

    Visit https://www.ceosleepout.org.au/event/wollongong today to register or donate to the event.

  • He is Risen! | Bishop Brian Mascord's Easter Message 2018

     

    Download a PDF copy of Bishop Brian Mascord's Easter Message 2018

    “He is risen!” (Matt 28:6)

    Everything that matters in Christianity revolves around this central claim.

    Many people attribute great moral teaching to Jesus—his push towards non-violence, turning the other cheek and treating others as we would want ourselves to be treated. Jesus, in many respects, is unrivaled in his attitude towards the outcast, the forgotten and those on the margins of society.

    But there is an elephant in the room. He never claimed to be a great moral teacher. What did he claim? He claimed to be the only Son of God and that he would rise from the dead. So, did he?

    Well, we know something happened because his cowering followers suddenly found a new bravery. Many went to their death fearlessly and willingly, not to take lives, but offering theirs for the sake of the One who rose from the dead.

    For them and for us, Jesus’ resurrection is a moment of redemption. It can redeem our lives from being self-focused, trapped in the day-to-day grind and endlessly searching for meaning in things and people. There is so much more to life than this. We are loved. That is who we are.

    Last year I led a pilgrimage to the Holy Land during which I had the opportunity to celebrate in the tomb of Jesus. What struck me most of all was that the tomb was empty. We are people of the empty tomb—for Christ is risen. We are not a people who sit in mourning, but rather, we live life in the light of the Resurrection. We each bear the Light of Christ.

    This Easter, igniting the Pascal Candle, we will gather together and become a beacon of hope for all to see. Let us continue to pray, reflect and encounter the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus and allow this mystery to draw us deeper into the great love that God has for us. He is risen, yes, he is risen indeed! Alleluia, Alleluia. I pray the blessings of the risen Christ be upon you.

    Grace and peace to you this holy season

     

    Most Rev Brian G Mascord DD
    Bishop of Wollongong
    1 April 2018