Tuesday, September 27, 2016

5 Weeks until Pray For Someone You Love

 It's now only 5 weeks until we begin Pray For Someone You Love 2016.

 As promised, our team will be sending helpful videos every week as we prepare for this special month of prayer, and this week we kick off our 'pre-season'.

 Register now for Pray For Someone You Love 2016 to receive these free videos every week until November 1 here: TheCatholicGuy.tv/Pray
 Bruce Downes
 The Catholic Guy Ministry

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Your Weekly Journey Catholic Radio Podcast | Episode 164

Journey Catholic Radio Podcast
This week on The Journey (Ep164)

This week on The Journey, we bring you another fantastic interview from the Proclaim Conference with Ajesh Abraham, founder of Servistore, who make ethically-sourced apparel. Of course, we've got some of your favourites as well! We welcome back Fr Graham Schmitzer (Unanderra, NSW) back for the Gospel Reflection, as well as Sr Hilda Scott OSB, and Francine Pirola. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Visit www.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email. Got friends or family who you'd like to hear this show ever week? All you've got to do is send them this email and they can subscribe by clicking here.

The Journey is a weekly program developed by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong and is the only Catholic radio program in Australia aired on general Christian radio.

Listen to the presenter inputs this week below:

INTERVIEW - Ajesh Abraham
GOSPEL REFLECTION - Luke 16: 19-31
HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY - Wisdom From The Abbey with Sr Hilda Scott OSB
PASSION & DOMESTICITY - Smart Loving with the Pirolas

Or listen to the full show (click the below graphic):

You can also listen to all our past shows at www.jcr.org.au

You can also subsribe to the Journey Catholic Radio Podcast on iTunes and have it automatically downloaded onto your iOS Podcast app or your iTunes Store. Click the following link to subscribe via iTunes:

We love to hear feedback and comments on the show too, so drop us an email at journey@dow.org.au or call (02) 4222 2407.

Yours in Christ

Jude Hennessy
Program Director

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What's on in October? | Catholic Faith & Life Events Guide

Catholic Faith and Life Events Guide

What's on in October?

This year is fast coming to a close, but great things are in planning for 2017.  Over the coming months you will be hearing more about two initiatives for outreach and faith sharing – Alpha and Faith Circles

Many within the Diocese have asked us to be more focused on ways to engage and draw people back into active participation in parish life and mass.  These two initiatives will greatly support you in this task.

Liturgy Notes

Liturgy Notes is now available at www.liturgydow.org.au including music suggestions for October, Children's liturgy suggestions for September and October, the latest information on the Year of Mercy, and the latest updates to the Liturgy Handbook.

Contact Paul Mason 4222 2462 or paul.mason@dow.org.au for info.

Conscience & Morality – Making Right Decisions

How can we reason right from wrong? How can we work through complex moral questions? What role does conscience play in our decisions? Led by Fr Stephen Varney, this workshop will outline the methods used to make moral judgments according to church teaching. Registration essential to Lisa Metcalfe on 4222 2403 or lisa.metcalfe@dow.org.au

Parish Meeting Room
St Columbkille's Parish (99 Princes Highway Corrimal)

Parish Hall
St John the Evangelist Parish (36 Cordeaux St Campbelltown)

Catholic Diocese of Wollongong · PO Box 1239 · Wollongong, Nsw 2500 · Australia

Speaker Feature: Sr Brigid Arthur

  • Special Guest Speaker:
    Sr Brigid Arthur
Sr Brigid grew up in the Wimmera rural community of Kaniva, and was educated at St Brigid's College, Horsham. After her profession as a Brigidine she began her long and passionate engagement as an educator, mainly with secondary students in Brigidine Colleges throughout Victoria.

For the past 12 years Sr Brigid has dedicated her all to the plight of asylum seekers and refugees and knows well the despair and hopelessness that they suffer.

A scripture from Matthew 25:35 illustrates her motivation: "I was a stranger and you made me welcome"

Come and be blessed by what she has to say.
Remember if you can't make it to the whole event you can register for the nights or Saturday so don't miss out!

Click Here for more information

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CSA training for new Bishops

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September 2016
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New independent child protection company

The Australian reported this week that the Catholic Church is forming an independent company, with directors drawn from the community, to guard national standards relating to child protection, including education of priests and other clergy.

In response to questions, Truth Justice and Healing Council chief executive Francis Sullivan told The Australian the church was putting in place better oversight structures such as the new body, Catholic Professional Standards Ltd. He said the company would oversee the establishment, maintenance and reporting of national standards. 

An official announcement about Catholic Professional Standards will be made by the ACBC in the near future.

Catholics form company for child protection
The Australian - 20 September 2016


Frankly speaking...

This week we'll hear the final evidence in case study 44 about former priest, John Farrell and the response of the dioceses of Armidale and Parramatta to allegations of abuse. Like all of the hearings it's been difficult for survivor witnesses, families and communities.

Since the Royal Commission's work began in early 2013, Church leaders and their agencies have put in place many changes. Announcing good intentions is one thing, actually making sure those changes translate into a safer, better place for children and young people is another. It will take time and commitment to ensure its not just business as usual once the Royal Commission's spotlight is extinguished.


Latest from the Council

Award for world standard records approach

As Manager of MacKillop Family Services' Heritage and Information Service, Jenny Glare's pioneering work in the supported release of records to care-leavers has had a profound impact on thousands of Australians who grew up in former child institutions. She was recently awarded the prestigious Leadership Award at the Robin Clark Protecting Children Awards 2016 for her work.

The innovative approaches she has developed to allow people to access their records, and the support she and her team provide during the process, have been recognised as international best practice and she is frequently called upon to advise government and non-government agencies all over the world.

Helping unlock the secrets of peoples' pasts
MacKillop Family Services Facebook Page - 9 September 2016

Restoration of trust key to survival of Catholic Church

Since its inception, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been a lightning rod for longstanding disillusionment with the Catholic Church.

Among its critics, an impression seems to have formed that the Catholic Church has been exceptional among the institutions examined in regard to child sexual abuse and that it is, in fact, rotten to its core and in desperate need of root and branch reform.

Given the commission concludes its hearings on Catholic organisations this week, Chris McGillion and Damian Grace say its timely to consider whether what has been learned over the past 3½ years supports or challenges this impression.

Chris McGillion and Damian Grace are the authors of Reckoning: The Catholic Church and Child Sexual Abuse.

Child sex abuse: Restoration of trust key to survival of Catholic Church
SMH - 19 September 2016


Pope's child sexual abuse commission helps train new bishops

Members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors have been invited to address the trainings for new Catholic bishops in Rome.

The commission will also meet with the Congregation for the Clergy, the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy and the Congregation for Consecrated Life.

Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors holds plenary
Vatican Radio  - 14 September 2016


Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald Canberra Speech

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM will present the Blackfriars Lecture in Canberra on 19 October.

'Safeguarding our Young – Empowering our Young – Reflections from a Royal Commissioner', will draw on emerging learnings from the Royal Commission. Commissioner Fitzgerald will look at what has gone wrong across so many institutions, and what can be done to better safeguard children and young people.

Date:  Wednesday 19 October 2016
Time:  5:30pm for 6:00-7:00pm
Venue:  Blackfriars Building, ACU Canberra Campus, 127 Phillip Ave, Watson ACT
RSVP:  Essential, by Friday 14 October, OCD.Canberra@acu.edu.au

Contact: Danielle Leahy (02) 6209 1129 or OCD.Canberra@acu.edu.au.

ACU Invitation: 2016 Blackfriars Lecture Series

Coming up

27 September 2016, Dominican Friars Pre-Chapter Assembly, Templestowe
28 September 2016: St Vincent De Paul social justice meeting
25 October 2016: CSSA Leaders Summit, CLC Melbourne
25 October 2016: St Roch's Parish Pastoral Council, Glen Iris
27 October 2016: Catholic Theological College SRC, Melbourne
2 November 2016: "Lookout" Monthly Meeting, Healesville
3 November 2016: The Quality of Mercy presentation, Melbourne
8 November 2016: Spirituality in the Pub, Notting Hill, Victoria

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