Christianity isn’t just about having a great relationship with God. If we are to follow Jesus, then we become brother and sister to all humanity and stewards of God’s creation. Jesus’ outreach was extraordinary in his short life. He reached out to the poor and dispossessed, those who were outcast from their community. His outreach extended to those considered insignificant by the standards of his culture – the widow and child.
Description: CatholicCare, provides family and relationship counselling, grief counselling; and family and relationship education programs to assist adults, children and young people develop and enhance healthy relationships and wellbeing. Go to www.catholiccare.dow.org.au to see the courses being offered.
Location: 55 Worrigee St, Nowra.
Contact: Ph 4227 1122 (Wollongong)
Pastoral Care Team
Description: Pastoral Care Ministers are trained to compassionately attend to the emotional and spiritual needs of people who would like to be supported, or people who are sick, grieving, housebound, or in nursing homes.
Contact: Phone the Parish Centre :: 4423 1712; or Ron D’Souza :: 4441 5723 (Bay & Basin), if you know a person in the parish who would like to be visited by a Pastoral Care Minister.
Member Details: Phone CatholicCare :: 4254 9331 if you are interested in training to be a Pastoral Care Minister.
Catholic Women’s League
Description: The Catholic Women’s League fosters the spiritual, cultural, intellectual and social development of women. It fosters and gives support to the poor, the aged, families, the bereaved, people with disability, social justice issues, Christian marriage and single life, vocations to the priesthood and religious life. It promotes ecumenism and interface dialogue.
Co-ordinated by the Lay Missionaries of Charity, with support of Parish volunteers, the soup kitchen offers a 3 course meal at “The Annex” (in the carpark between St Vincent de Paul and the School of Arts, Berry St, Nowra) each Friday.
Contacts: Shannon Chittick 44470990 or Sue Hill 4447 3197.
St Vincent de Paul Society
The St Vincent de Paul Society is a lay Catholic organisation that aspires to live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.vinnies.org.au | Call: 13 18 12
More than just a treasure trove of bric-a-brac, books, toys, jewellery, furniture, clothing and accessories, Vinnies shops raise funds to allow our members, volunteers and staff to help thousands of everyday people in need of support and hope. The St Vincent de Paul Society reaches out to the most vulnerable in our communities, and by shopping at Vinnies you’re helping us continue our good works, including homeless services for men, women and families; migrant and refugee assistance; support for those living with mental illness; home, hospital and prison visitation; supported employment services for people with intellectual and other disabilities; budget counselling; and youth programs. Visit regularly to check out the many treasures that are looking for their next home – you never know what you’ll discover… Donations of suitable items are welcome – if you’d give it to a mate, it’s perfect to donate! Interested in becoming a volunteer? Pop in and we’ll tell you how.