On the 8 August, the feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Bishop Bill convoked a diocesan synod. We are preparing for the first session of the Plenary Council to be held in October 2020. Truly this is a remarkable time for both the Church in our Diocese but also the Australian Church and I dare say even for the universal Church. Whilst some are cynical, and probably not without good reason, there is also reason for hope.
The Journey, a Catholic Program, is broadcast each Sunday night on Rhema FM 99.7 at 6.30pm. It is a work of the Diocese of Wollongong, undertaken in partnership with Pulse 94.1FM Wollongong, and aired on a growing number of Christian radio stations around Australia.
How wonderful it is to see, feel and smell that spring has arrived. From 1 September to 4 October, Christians around the world are praying and caring for creation. It’s the “Season of Creation”. The beginning and the end date of Season of Creation are linked with the concern for creation in the Eastern and the Western traditions of Christianity, respectively.
Once again it is Sunday evening and I have returned home from Mass at the Cathedral where we prayed the prayers of the Perpetual Day of Remembrance. I hope these prayers were prayed in every Mass across the Diocese over the weekend. If you missed them please go to The Office of Safeguarding website, where you will find a very short but powerful YouTube video, along with the resources that were produced for this day, September 15. The theme chosen for this year’s Perpetual Day of Remembrance was Shine the Light of Christ, with the strong message of, 'together, we can shine the light of Christ, a light of solidarity and hope.'
I feel privileged to have been asked to write for Tuesday with Teresa. As I have worked in the area of Marriage and Relationship Education for 20 years, I am keen to focus my article on one of the topics we cover with couples when preparing for or enriching marriage.
I write this message on Father’s Day, after having spent the weekend on the Gold Coast celebrating our second daughter’s 40th birthday with family and her friends. It was also wonderful to celebrate Father’s Day surrounded by our children, their spouses and grandchildren.
On Thursday night, I had the honour of presenting, as part of a panel, composed of David Gubbay (Jewish), Farooq Rah (a Muslim) and myself as a Christian, at the Interfaith Dialogue event where we gathered with about fifty very interested multifaith people. The title for the evening was, 'Is there Anti-Religious sentiment in Australia?'
I don’t know about you but so much can happen in a week and this past week has been no different. On this Sunday night of writing this week’s message, Allen and I have just arrived home from Canberra where we visited our son, his wife and our grandson for the weekend. It was a chilly but homely weekend, where we enjoyed the comforts of their new home and just hanging out with each other.