Apostolic Groups in more detail
Catholic Women's League
The Catholic Women’s League The Entrance branch has a membership of 71. It is the largest branch in Broken Bay Diocese.
The Entrance supports four high schools on the Central Coast as well as Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School at Shelly Beach with scholarships. We also support St Lucy’s School for the Blind children and St Edmunds.
The branch is involved in companion support for the ladies with outings, socials, craft days, annual five day holidays for seniors.
We are involved in parish ministries - church cleaning, State School Catechists, choir, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, visitation of the sick and housebound.
We always begin our meeting days with the Parish Rosary and Mass followed by morning tea. Come and join us - new members are always welcome.
Parish Visitation Team
Visitations are undertaken because people suffer in many ways, such as from loneliness, depression, blindness, frailty and failing health.
Not all persons visited by the visitation team are or have been associated with the parish. St Vincent De Paul for example have expressed the need for a visit to one of their clients.
There are seventeen members of the visitation team attached to Our Lady of the Rosary Parish. These members visit a total of twenty one persons on a regular basis either fortnightly or monthly as the need requires. Thirteen are visited in their own homes the remainder are in self care units or nursing home facilities.
A visit to someone who is confined can be as good as a day trip anywhere. Each visit whether for five or thirty five minutes reveals something new. All members have at one time or another expressed the feelings they have experienced as a result of visitations. These include joy, sadness, self-satisfaction and even exhilaration on occasions but, all have noted the expressions of glee on the persons face and know by doing something as small as a visit they have made someone as well as themselves, feel better within themselves.
St Vincent de Paul Society
Contributions to Local Needs
An international movement renowned for its work amongst the poor and needy.
The St Vincent de Paul Society is a Catholic organization. It is composed mainly of volunteers who give of themselves to help the poor and disadvantaged.
The Society was started in Paris in 1833 and is now represented in Australia, Europe, The British Isles and North America.
The first Conference in Australia was formed in 1881 and has now spread to all major towns and cities throughout our nation.
• Deepen the faith of our members
• Bear witness to Christ
• Share with those most in need
• Shape a more just and compassionate
The joy and hope, the grief and anguish of the people of our time, especially of those who are poor and afflicted in any way, are the joy and hope, the grief and anguish of the followers of Christ as well.
Gaudum et spes No 1
Our Conference Area:
—North Entrance - The Entrance - Long
Jetty - Shelly Beach - Toowoon Bay - Killarney Vale - Bateau Bay - Tumbi Umbi.
• Budget Counselling
• Home Visitation
• Referrals to other Agencies
• Material Aid
• Distribution Centre (Wyong)
• Shop (The Entrance)
• Do you share our mission values?
• Does the quote from Gaudum et Spes challenge you?
• Are you being called to this work of discipleship?
If this sounds like you, give Pauline a call today.
Contact: Pauline (02) 4332 3776
Statistics from The Entrance Conference indicate that there has been a steady rise in the
number of people needing assistance, due to recent unemployment and inadequate
employment opportunities in our local area.
The needs of young families are a constant concern for us.
We do not measure our assistance purely in dollars and cents, but rather in the way in which we share ‘the joys and hopes, the grief and anguish’ of the people we serve.
All Requests for Assistance:
Wyong Call Centre
(02) 4353 3799
The St Vincent de Paul Shop:
11 Victoria Avenue
The Entrance 2261
(02) 4332 3776
(02) 4351 5795
Light of the World Evangelisation Ministry
Jesus is the Light of the world. As a person approaches Jesus, the darkness in his life disappears. The person who walks towards Jesus finds his life being transformed from one degree of glory to another. This continuous walking is often not without momentary setbacks, and yet if the focus continues to remain on Jesus his grace is sufficient for us to move on. Moving away from the Light has the opposite consequences. We would stumble, fall and are deprived of the light. Just as Jesus is the Light of the world, as disciples of the Light, our lives too are lit up and we in turn become lights in a world that seems to be overcome by darkness.
Light of the World is a complete Catholic parish evangelization process.
First, it provides every attendee of the Kerygmatic Retreat the opportunity for a personal encounter with Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Second, parishioners are supported in their faith journey through small faith communities and continuing spiritual education and formation.
Third, LOTWEM promotes parish outreach - to welcome back those who have strayed and to invite those who are seeking the way.
Retreatants are invited to personally encounter the Risen Christ, through a proclamation of the central Gospel message (the "Kerygma"), and through a renewal of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Personal healing and conversion are promoted through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Spiritual growth is encouraged through prayer and discussion.
Light Of The World advances Christian discipleship through "Grow and Persevere" programs. Retreatants are invited to join Small Faith Communities that promote spiritual growth through prayer, edification and study. LOTW also encourages the implementation of adult formation programs, follow-up retreats and parish community-building events.
We have had four Light of the World Kerygmatic Retreats in our parish. Approximately one hundred people have attended the retreats to date and four Small Faith Communities have grown out of those retreats. Our Small Faith Communities have weekly meetings in which we share our lives and work towards growing in our faith together.
Not all retreatants have wished to continue in a Small Faith Community but have found the retreat a very beneficial and rewarding experience bringing them to a greater understanding and appreciation of their faith and best of all, closer to Jesus, our Light.