Advent and Lenten Small Groups
These groups meet in Advent as a preparation for Christmas and during Lent as preparation Easter. These seasons are a special times in our Christian journey. They are a time of prayer, good works, sacrifice and penance. We are all invited to put aside a little time to get to know the Readings of these seasons through Small Groups.
Telephone: 5152 2942
During the past twenty years we have been very fortunate to have benefited from many Guest Speakers in our region. However due to the availability of a diminishing pool of ‘expert’ speakers and the increasing costs of bringing them to our Parish we have to look at new ways of presenting Adult Faith Formation.
We found eConference – Thanks to the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Broken Bay Diocese for the opportunity to join many others throughout Australia and beyond via the internet.
These eConferences are advertised in the Sunday Bulletin, School Newsletters and the parish website.
Telephone: 0418 148 657
CLC (Christian Life Community)
Meet each Tuesday, 2.30pm at Margaret Sheehan’s home
CLC enables us to commit ourselves
- To bring the freeing power of Christ to our social reality.
- To find Christ in all our varied cultures and to let His grace illuminate all that needs transformation.
- To live as true disciples so as to bring Him to every aspect of our daily life in the world.
- is a lay international Catholic organisation
is a world community lived out in small local communities
- has a common way of life based on the SPIRITUAL EXERCISES OF ST IGNATIUS
has members from all walks of life
helps members to respond more fully to God
helps us find God in our experience
- helps us to integrate our faith and life
helps us to make decisions for more effective action
- CLC is a group that shares insights of where God is active in our life. It is not a discussion group.
Tess Gillies (Guide)
Telephone: 5153 2448
Tuesday Prayer Group
Meet each Tuesday, 7.30pm at Pattie Pruscino’s home
This Group started as a CLC Group but after twelve month of discernment decided to continue with no official connection to CLC. Participants still follow the same process of discernment as CLC and Ignatius Spirituality.
The Tuesday Prayer Group and CLC meet to celebrate the Feast of St Ignatius and share Guest Speakers.
Telephone: 5152 2942
Charismatic Prayer Group
Meet each Monday, 7.30pm at St Mary’s Parish Centre
Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) is a spiritual movement within the Catholic Church. It emphasises the availability of the power and the many gifts of the Holy Spirit in the life of every believer, and the need for a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ in order to live life to the fullest.
- To bring people to Christ
- To be a channel of grace for all who come
- To help people grow in holiness
- To help people to yield to the action of the Holy Spirit in their own lives, and in the service of others
- To give praise to God in all things.
The prayer meeting is characterised by expressive joyful praise, openness to the spiritual gifts including prophecy and healing, and an expectancy that God will speak and work in power within the meeting. Music is an important element, helping to lift the hearts of those present. There are also talks, testimonies and prayer, and prayer ministry is always available.
We see ourselves as an integral part of church life, interceding for the needs of the world, the Church, parish and home. Prayer for healing is always available for those who ask and we have often been asked by members of the wider church community to pray for those in need.
In order to meet the above aims, Charismatic Renewal offer various short courses designed to build faith relationships, focusing on the goodness of God, encouraging people to both welcome and use the gifts of God and to resist untruth in their lives. These are very strongly Scripture-based courses and those who have attended them often state that their lives have been enriched and that Scripture has “come alive” for them. These also help people to understand the teachings of the Church and invite those who attend to balance their faith lives with prayer, study, fellowship, and service.
CCR has its international office in Rome, and consists of thousands of local prayer groups and communities, as well as special ministries and services, in almost every country around the world.
Leo & Maureen Saunders
Telephone: 5152 2344
Spiritual direction is “help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of the relationship.” (William A. Barry and William J. Connolly, The Practice of Spiritual Direction)
- Spiritual direction focuses on religious experience. It is concerned with a person’s actual experience of a relationship with God.
- Spiritual direction is about a relationship. The religious experience is not isolated, nor does it consist of extraordinary events. It is what happens in an ongoing relationship between the person and God. Most often this is a relationship that is experienced in prayer.
- Spiritual direction is a relationship that is going somewhere. God is leading the person to deeper faith and more generous service. The spiritual director asks not just “what is happening?” but “what is moving forward?”
- The real spiritual director is God. God touches the human heart directly. The human spiritual director does not “direct” in the sense of giving advice and solving problems. Rather, the director helps a person respond to God’s invitation to a deeper relationship.
Tess trained at Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality through the Arrupe programme and is qualified to give direction as described in Annotations 18 of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. This means she can lead prayer days or short retreats or see people weekly, monthly or even yearly for individual direction or conversation.
Telephone: 5153 2448