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Faith in Life

Read the Gospel Reflection for the Third Sunday of Advent.

Coming Events

Travelling Overseas: Under the auspices of Swagman Tours (Geelong), Des Mahoney(Colac) and Father Kevin Arundell are leading a 23 Day Overseas Tour in May 2008. The Tour goes to Berlin; to Prague, Warsaw and Krakow; to Budapest; to Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruk; to Munich; to Manchester, York, the Lakes District and Liverpool. There are a few vacancies. If you want further information you could contact Des on 52312957 or Kevin on 5231 6543 or Swagman Tours on 5222 2855 .

Golden Jubilee Celebration: Prompted by the Golden Jubilee of Fr Kevin Murphy’s ordination to the priesthood on December 21, 1957, there will be a Gathering at Our Lady Help of Christians parish complex, 482 Gillies Street, Wendouree, on Saturday, January 19, 2008. 

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Diocesan Fact File

This is the final edition of the Diocesan E-News for 2007. The first edition of the Diocesan E-News for 2008 will be published in the last week of January, 2008.

Christmas-New Year Office Closures: Closure dates for Diocesan Offices: Bishops’ Office, Catholic Development Fund, Catholic Education Office, Centacare, Marriage Tribunal, Pastoral Ministry Office, Youth Ministry are listed with this E-News.

Our Diocesan Community: The last issue of Our Diocesan Community (ODC) for 2007 is now being distributed to parish and school communities. ODC can also be read online at www.ballarat.catholic.org.au

Bishop's Christmas Appeal: Bishop Connors has again invited parishes and individuals to contribute to the annual Christmas Appeal.

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Wednesday, 12 December 2007

General News
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FROM THE BISHOP

In his message for Christmas 2007, Bishop Connors invites us to remember that nothing important starts big.

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Focus On
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THANKS

As World Youth Day 2008 draws nearer, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has recognised the contribution of those working for WYD throughout the country.  There are many young people (as well as people young at heart), helping towards making WYD08 a success in the Diocese of Ballarat and we pass on from the Bishops of Australia, including Bishop Peter Connors, their gratitude to all these people.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Bungaree parishioner Frank Hanrahan knows a great deal about building. After all he spent most of his working life as a carpenter. But he also knows the importance of building a better world in a more spiritual way.

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Faith in Life
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FAITH FORMATION IN 2008

The third year of the Adult Faith Formation program sponsored by St. Columba’s Parish, Ballarat North begins in 2008 with a course of 4 lectures in February-March entitled “Images of God for a post-modern parish”. Application forms are available from St. Columba's and local Ballarat parishes

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AN ADVENT REFLECTION

Advent calls us to watch, wait, prepare for and be aware of the presence of Christ among us - within us and in the people around us. Take time to reflect on this often overlooked season of the Church Year.

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Diocesan News
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FOSTERING ECUMENISM

The Ballarat Diocesan Commission for Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations met recently for the last meeting of 2007. At the meeting it was noted that sometimes the most effective ways of fostering ecumenism take place in local parish communities, and often in an informal manner.

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