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    PULPIT POINTS 29 January 2023

    • On Fire for Love. Christopher West visits Sydney
    • Thousands expected. Preparations underway for Cardinal Pell’s Funeral
    • Cardiologist examines Jesus
    • Face of Mystery. Author to unpack Riddles of the Shroud
    • Ben Conolly: No faith for wimps

    • Philippa Martyr: Aussie faith by the numbers

     

    In this week's edition:

    • Thousands expected. Preparations underway for Cardinal Pell’s Funeral
    • On Fire for Love. Christopher West visits Sydney
    • Face of Mystery. Author to unpack Riddles of the Shroud

    POPE BENEDICT XVI SPECIAL TRIBUTE MAGAZINE

    To purchase the special tribute magazine go to
    www.mustardseed.org.au

    COMING UP
    GEORGE CARDINAL PELL AC
    Special Tribute Magazine in Parishes with the 12 February 2023
    edition of The Catholic Weekly.

    UPCOMING SUPPLEMENTS FOR 2023

    Our immediate upcoming magazines are:
     
    • Retirement Living – February 2023
    • Catholic Agencies – February 2023
    • Open Days – February 2023
    • HSC Achievers – February 2023

    For information call Steve on (02) 9390 5404 or Katie (02) 9390 5402

    Nominate your Parish Hero!
    For the past 100 years, our parishes have been the cornerstones of local Australian communities. It’s those special people that help make our nation thrive. As we move into the 21stcentury, who are the people in your parish that stand out and make our community what it is today? Tell us their story and why they deserve to be recognized as a Parish Hero. Email: parishhero@catholicweekly.com.au
    Share your interesting parish news with the Catholic Weekly
    Parishes can help us share news on interesting events or stand-out achievements by your parishioners directly by emailing: cweditor@catholicweekly.com.au
    We also ask all parishes to please include this email address on your distribution list to parishioners each week to help our team keep abreast of interesting news from our parishes.

    Call Steve on (02) 9390 5404 or Katie on (02) 9390 5402 for more details.


    Pontifical Requiem Mass for the late George Cardinal Pell AC 2 February

    The Funeral Mass for our late Archbishop will be held on Thursday 2 February at 11am at St Mary’s Cathedral. Members of the public are invited to attend.
    If you’re unable to attend the Funeral Mass, there will also be other opportunities to pay our respects to our late Archbishop, George Cardinal Pell at St Mary’s Cathedral:
    Wednesday 1 February
    9:30am Reception of the Body and Commencement of Lying in State
    1:10pm A Mass for the Dead
    5:30pm Evening Prayer and Vigil 
    8:00pm A Mass for the Dead
    Thursday 2 February
    11:00am Pontifical Requiem Mass (Cathedral Doors open from 9:00am)
    Parishes are invited to share this tile. Please continue to pray for the repose of the soul of our late Archbishop.

     

    Young Catechist Program: Sponsorship Opportunity for World Youth Day

     

    The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) is giving a wonderful opportunity to young adults to obtain a $6000 subsidy to attend World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal from 1-6 August 2023.
    You need to volunteer as a catechist helping Catholic children in public schools learn more about their faith to qualify for the program.
    Read more about the program and apply online here: https://ccd.sydneycatholic.org/ycp/ Applications close on 5 February.
    Parishes are encouraged to promote the program using this flyer and this social tile.


    The Christian’s Final Journey: Catholic Cemetery and Crematoria and partner, the ACU Centre for Liturgy, are offering a one-day workshop on Catholic funerals on 9 February 2023. It has been designed for Clergy, Funeral Directors, Bereavement Teams, Pastoral Associates, Parish Secretaries and Family Faith Educators, Teachers, APRE’s, School Staff and interested individuals. Catholic practices around burial and cremation will be investigated as well as preparation of a funeral (for future discussion with the funeral celebrant) and how to support the grieving. It will be held at the Polding Centre, 133 Liverpool Street, Sydney. Time: 9am-5pm (registration from 8.30am). Registration is essential by 3 February. Cost: $60 (includes lunch and a workbook) ($120 for Funeral Directors who will receive certification for 5 years.) Enquiries: CentreforLiturgy@acu.edu.au or 02 9701 4751. For more information, and to register, go to www.acu.edu.au/centreforliturgy/pastoral-training.


    Divine Renovation Conference with Fr James Mallon


    On 10-12 February 2023, Divine Renovation will be hosting their 2023 Divine Renovation Australasia Conference in Sydney, Australia, with the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney as a Supporting Partner. 
    This conference will be a unique experience for active parishioners and clergy who want to help lead the parish from maintenance to mission. The conference will feature talks and workshops from speakers including Fr. James Mallon, Fr. Chris Ryan MGL and Daniel Ang among many others, on the topics of evangelisation and creating an invitational and missionary church. This is also an opportunity to connect with other parish leaders and hear inspiring stories of parishes that have seen transformation by prioritising mission. For registration and more information, visit https://divinerenovation.org/events/



    Marriage Preparation Course: Engaged Encounter

    Catholic Engaged Encounter
    Marriage Preparation Course: Engaged Encounter
    How prepared are you for marriage? Engaged Encounter provides you with deeper insights into each other and into married life. We give you a chance to spend time together to strengthen and enrich your relationship. For further information visit our web site:www.engagedencounter.org.au. Choose any of the coming Weekends: Feb 25-26, May 6-7. If covid-19 restrictions prevent a face-to-face seminar, the CEE weekend will be held via Zoom.

    Synod of Bishops Continental Stage
    The Church around the world has entered the Continental Stage for the Synod of Bishops on Synodality.
    Groups around the country are praying with and responding to the Document for the Continental Stage, which was published recently.
    Download prayer resources, including for use in liturgies, read the document and access the submission portal at: www.catholic.org.au/synodalchurch


    Catholic Help with Alcoholism and Addiction

    Calix Our Lady Of Recovery
    Do you, a family member, or friend need help with an addiction concern? You can reach out to the Calix Society. Calix is an association of Catholic alcoholics, drug addicts, and family members and friends affected by addiction, who are maintaining their sobriety through participation in their Catholic faith and a 12 Step program. We welcome anyone concerned with the illness of alcoholism or addiction who wish to join with us in prayer for the virtue of total abstinence, promoting our spiritual development, and striving for the sanctification of the whole personality of each member. Contact calixsydney@outlook.com for meeting times and resources. Perhaps this could be a crucial step toward recovery and saving a life.
     
    Catholics maintaining total abstinence using the 12-steps
    Why is Christmas time sometimes called the “silly season”? If you or a friend have a problem with addiction, you can investigate the Calix Society whose members have been working 12-steps of Alcoholics Anonymous since 1947, because the “god as you understand him” of the 12-steps is insufficient. The Calix Society is an association of Catholic alcoholics, drug addicts, and family members and friends affected by addiction, who are maintaining their sobriety through participation in their Catholic faith and a 12 Step program. We welcome anyone concerned with the illness of alcoholism or addiction who wish to join with us in prayer for: total abstinence, spiritual development, and sanctification of the whole personality. The silly season, or the Holy Season? We are not party poopers or wowsers, we enjoy sobriety. Provide your number to calixsydney@outlook.com for an obligation free and confidential phone call, or check https://www.calixsociety.org/
    Are you or a friend, working a 12-step program but finding the 3rd-step “God as you understand him” insufficient? Established in 1949, the Calix Society is an association of Catholic alcoholics, drug addicts, and family members and friends affected by addiction, who are maintaining their sobriety through participation in their Catholic faith and a 12 Step program. We welcome anyone concerned with the illness of alcoholism or addiction who wish to join with us in prayer for: total abstinence, spiritual development, and sanctification of the whole personality.
    Provide your number to calixsydney@outlook.com for an obligation free and confidential return phone call.
     

    APPEALS

    A message from Aid to the Church in Need Australia: ACN is the Pontifical Foundation dedicated to supporting the suffering and persecuted Church.

    Aid to the Church in Need is asking for support to aid sisters in Kenya in building a new mother house and formation centre for their local community. Hunger, illiteracy, and lack of medical provision, combined with desperately poor roads and a lack of clean drinking water make life incredibly difficult for many people in Kenya. The diocesan congregation of the "Visitation Daughters of the Immaculate Heart" were established in order to help this needy population - but to continue their work they need your help! The sisters' work includes caring for expectant mothers, acting as midwives, providing counselling, caring for the sick and looking after the elderly and orphans who are frequently abandoned by society. 

    Your support will help these sisters to continue their mission by providing them with a permanent convent. To make an offering and learn more visit https://aidtochurch.org/monthlyproject.

     

    Hope in Action
    Urgent appeal launched for Democratic Republic of Congo 
    Caritas agencies are responding to support communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who have been facing escalating conflict and displacement since the rebel militia group M23 seized a swath of the east of the country just over a year ago.
     
     
    Support for the House of Welcome
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    The House of Welcome works with people seeking asylum and refugees to provide critical casework, housing, employment, food bank and emergency living assistance. During COVID-19 the demand for financial assistance has risen. HoW has increased the Emergency Living Package program by 216% to respond to the amplified levels of distress and hardship amongst their clients. In the last few months House of Welcome has delivered emergency assistance and been able to support clients to maintain their tenancies and assisted those who have come to the centre homeless. There are a number of ways that you can help such as donating to the Emergency Relief Package or donate staple food items to the House of Welcome foodbank.


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    Catholic Lay Chaplains - St George Public Hospital
    Gary Cartmer and Sister Maria Pineda are Catholic Care Lay Chaplains at St George Public Hospital Tue, Wed and Thu. They are there to provide emotional, spiritual and sacramental support for you or your family member. If you would like their support, please feel free to call the Chaplains office on 9113 2189 and leave a message with the patients name and they will provide ongoing support during their stay.
     
    Catholic Men’s Fellowship
    Catholic Men’s Formation and Prayer Group currently meet Thursdays 8-9pm, via online conference (zoom). We are a group of men who have met on a regular basis over the past ten years. We invite men to various formation programs, and to conclude with Prayer of the Church. Our chaplain is Deacon Louis Azzopardi. We are currently using Kapaun’s Men, Virtue Series. For details on how to connect, contact Lee Caruana via email leecaruana@hotmail.com
     
    Come and Listen! Catechesis at Leichhardt
    Everyone wonders about the meaning of life.
    Why did God create me?
    Why does God allow certain things to happen to me?
    Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30pm
    St Fiacre’s Parish Hall
    90 Catherine St, Leichhardt
    Enquiries: David- 0418-245-159
     
    Jesus Light of the World Communities
    Every Saturday at 3 pm
    “ReCHARGE” Gathering: Praise & Worship + Talk + Prayer & Empowerment + Fellowship
    Where: St Joseph’s Parish Hall
    Walz St, Rockdale, NSW (Parking at Parker St.)
    Enquiries:  Helen 0433 455 114 Ida 0424 267 500
    E: jlowcommunity@gmail.com More information: www.jlowcom.org
     
    Launch of “The Catholic Mass” booklet
    The Sydney Centre for Evangelisation is delighted to present our new resource – ‘The Catholic Mass’ bookletThe companion guide helps captures the mysteries and beauty of the Mass. With explanations of each part of the Mass from Sacred Scripture, Church teachings and the Saints. We especially recommend this as an essential tool for parish RCIA programs, parents of children going through sacramental programs, catechists and students in public schools, and for ongoing formation of parishioners on our primary act of worship. Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP launched the booklet, noting this new resource “unpacks the beauty of our Mass and assists active participation in the sacred liturgy.” The Director of the Sydney Centre for Evangelisation, Mr Daniel Ang, promotes use of the resource as an assistance to clergy in forming their people “so that the beauty and solemnity of the liturgy are better known and the grace of the sacraments is received with greater faith and growing understanding.” Please click on the following LINK to review the booklet. You can now order copies through The Mustard Seed BookshopOnline orders: Mustard Seed Mass Booklet Phone orders: 02 9307 8350
     
    Pregnancy Help Sydney - Supporting Vulnerable Pregnant Women
    ‘I'm pregnant, scared and don’t know what to do. Can I talk to you?' Pregnancy Help Sydney, a life-affirming organisation, has been receiving these types of calls Australia-wide for over 40 years. Our free, confidential and non-judgemental 24/7 telephone support service has helped thousands of women who have reached out to us. Embarking on motherhood should be a joyous occasion when a baby is planned for and welcomed into the life of its mother. Yet, for a significant number of women, this is not their reality. Our organisation provides an empathetic listening ear to support the woman who is challenged by her pregnancy, and together, explore the best options for her and her baby. So this Mother’s Day, we are thrilled to be launching, as another tool to help women facing a difficult situation, our refreshed website: http://www.pregnancyhelpsydney.com Pregnant? Worried, confused, feeling alone? Want to chat? Call our 24/7 support line 1300 792 798 or visit our website http://www.pregnancyhelpsydney.com.
     
    SMARTLOVING BREAKTHROUGH
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    ARCHBISHOP ANTHONY'S NEWSLETTER
    Archbishop Anthony Fisher From Archbishop Anthony
    15 December 2022
    It was wonderful to see so many families from across Sydney last week at the launch of Christmas at the Cathedral. After a year of terrible war in Ukraine and disastrous floods in our state, many are yearning for a more hopeful time. This year’s event centres on the theme of peace and hope amidst struggle and is expressed through a captivating light show that traces the biblical journey of creation through to the birth of the Christ-child. I pray that this year’s Christmas at the Cathedral be a place for God's eternal hope to shine brightly and a reminder of His guidance, peace and boundless love. I warmly invite you all to come and visit Christmas at the Cathedral which runs each night up until Christmas from 7:00-10:30 pm.
    May God bless you and your loved ones with hope and peace in his holy season.
    Archbishop Anthony C Fisher OP
     
    SYDNEY CATHOLIC YOUTH ONLINE YOUTH GROUP
    LIFE, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY
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    COVID-19 UPDATE
    COVID-19 PRAYER RESOURCES
    JUSTICE, ECOLOGY AND PEACE

    EthicsFinder.com
    Australian Catholic University
    EthicsFinder is a free, global, digital resource which will be of immense value to interested parishioners. Please feel free to include a link to www.ethicsfinder.com on your parish and school websites. Explore www.ethicsfinder.com. Wish you could easily find Church teaching and the best articles, books and videos on bioethics, business ethics, cancel culture, human rights, marriage, subsidiarity, and 100+ other topics? Try ACU’s free digital tool www.ethicsfinder.com.

    HIGHLIGHT YOUR SPECIAL OCCASION - IT’S FREE
    Catholic Weekly Occasions
    Feature your Wedding, Birth, Engagement, Confirmation, First Holy Communion, Anniversary or Baptism.
    DETAILS: Send a hi res image, details of the event (ie: names of participants, date where it was held, Celebrant, photographer + 60 words about the occasion to personal.occasions@sydneycatholic.org For more details go to: https://www.catholicweekly.com.au/occasions/
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    Catholic Jobs Online
    Deputy Executive Director – National Catholic Education Commission – Sydney
    https://catholicjobsonline.com.au/job/deputy-executive-director-national-catholic-education-commission-sydney-nsw/

    Youth Minister/Co-ordinator – Parish of St Catherine Labouré, Gymea
    https://catholicjobsonline.com.au/job/gymea-nsw-full-time-part-time-permanent-youth-minister-co-ordinator/

    Executive Manager – Strategic Initiatives – Sisters of Mercy Parramatta
    https://catholicjobsonline.com.au/job/executive-manager-strategic-initiatives-parramatta-nsw/

    Roll up your sleeves; make a difference overseas. Do you require professional renewal, or are you seeking a retirement challenge? Communities abroad are asking for qualified and experienced Australians able to mentor their people in education, health, administration, trades, agriculture and more. Imagine yourself re-engaging your vocational passion in Africa, Asia or the Pacific.  Since 1961 Palms Australia has been recruiting Australians able to offer mentoring that will allow overseas counterparts opportunities otherwise unattainable.  Sharing your skills will strengthen the capacity of workers overseas to serve their communities for generations to come, long after you return home. Communities in American Samoa, Cambodia, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Zambia are seeking to fill a variety of roles. Enquire about those roles via www.palms.org.au or by calling 02 9560 533 or 0422 472 567.


    Kimberley Catholic Volunteer Service
    Call for Volunteer Workers- Urgently Needed.
    The Diocese of Broome, WA, urgently requires volunteers to assist with the work of the local Church on Aboriginal Missions. There are various important voluntary tasks: administration, building maintenance, gardening, shop staffing, cooking, cleaning etc. Placements are preferred for a period of 6 months plus. In return for being part of the team, we offer accommodation, living expenses and an allowance.
    For further details, and an application form, please contact:
    Volunteer Coordinator, Janet Ryan: 08 9192 1060
    Email: volunteers@broomediocese.org
    Web: www.broomediocese.org
    Mail: PO Box 76, BROOME  WA  6725

    Marian Court Units
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    Marian Court Units is an independent living village for over 55s, acquired by the Trustees of Catholic Aged Sydney in April 2022. Conveniently located near Strathfield station and shopping centre, we have several vacant units featuring one bedroom one bathroom (46sqm) and two bedrooms two bathrooms (65sqm). There is a sliding scale of entrance and exit fees to suit your circumstances. Please call the Manager on 0400 077 081 for an appointment to see the available units.  

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