Men’s Mass – In Honour of Our Lady of Fatima – 2024

Join us for our annual men’s mass to honour Our Lady of Fatima. Always a great turn out, uplifting homily, opportunity for confession and as usual socialising with other brothers.

8:00pm, 13th May 2024, Croatian Catholic Center St. Nikola Tavelić,  86 – 90 Brisbane Road St Johns Park

7.30pm, Krunica (Rosary) – Confession will be available during this time.

Join us after Mass for Croatian style delicacies plus refreshments.

 

CROATIAN MEN’S CONFERENCE – MILES CHRISTI 2024 – ‘COURAGE IN THE STORM’ – RESOURCES

Friday 8th March 2024

Saturday 9th March 2024

Sunday 10th March 2024

 

UPCOMING MEN’S EVENT’S

  • Men’s Breakfast – Sunday 28th April (7am – 9am) – Croatian Catholic Church – 70 Douglas Rd, Blacktown
  • Summer Hill Men’s Group – Wednesday 3rd April (7.30pm-9.30pm) – St Anthony’s Catholic Church, 15 Prospect Rd, Summer Hill
  • “Men’s Rosary Crusade” – Saturday 6th April – St. Mary’s Cathedral. 1PM
  • Camino of St Joseph – 26th – 27th April – START: St. Anthony of Padua Austral  – FINISH: St. Joseph’s Moorebank
  • A six-week course for Men (Thu 2 May to Thu 6 June), presented by Dr Andrew WoodCourse Title: “Virtues, Grace and our supernatural life” – Thursday Nights 8pm – 9pm – Croatian Catholic Church – 70 Douglas Rd, Blacktown

National Croatian Catholic Men’s Conference – Miles Christi 2024

8th March – 10th March, 2024

Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good. Romans 12:21

Dear Brothers. The time has come for our 6th Annual Croatian Men’s Catholic Conference, a gathering of Croatian Catholic men from across Australia.

Join like-minded men for a powerful and inspiring weekend with powerful guest speakers, engaging small group discussions, meaningful brotherhood with spiritual guidance from Fr Davor and other priests. Be inspired by guest and renowned speakers which include Fr Richard Wallace, Dr Andrew Wood, and Tomasz Juszczak. With time for personal and spiritual reflection, mass and the sacraments, come along to renew your relationship with God and connect to your fellow brothers.

Invite your brothers and mark your calendars for a weekend that promises to be both transformative and enriching.

Bog i Hrvati.”

When God’s warriors get down on their knees, the battle is not over, it has just begun!

Some feedback from previous Conferences

God bless you and the work you do. Thanks be to God for people like you in this world. I have enjoyed this weekend.

 

Really enjoyed my first conference. The pace was outlined really well. The sessions were valuable and provided insight to areas that helped close out open end questions and have key take aways from the event.

 

Thanks for a great weekend mate. I really enjoyed it. A great bunch of blokes all fighting their own battles in life but with the same eye on the one prize. God bless

 

Helpful & beneficial, I firmly believe that all Croatian men, young and old should attend. My experience while I know people I was somewhat shy. Yet my small group leader helped me open up and I loved it, great people & I’ve benefitted. God Bless.

 

Learnt a lot from different speakers & my group about how to be a father to my kids & husband to my wife & to be spiritual leader in household.

 

It was uplifting, I needed this.

 

Really encouraging to see God move so much!!

 

Great spiritual weekend and great bonding with the Knights of the Precious Blood.

 

I have finally seen the light after searching for more than 30 years, I thank you and our God and Saviour above for letting me in.

 

Really enjoyed this weekend good bunch of blokes. Well thought off well done boys!

 

This was my first time, really felt closer to God and there was quite a few light bulb moments.

 

Praise God for the beautiful weekend, all the talks were amazing. Father Marks talk is what hit home with me.

 

Read about previous year’s Conference –

Miles Christi 2023 – “All in for Jesus.” 

Miles Christi 2021 – “Call to Battle” 

Miles Christi 2020 – “Budi Čovjek”

LOCATION
Benedict XVI Retreat Centre
347 Grose Wold Road , Grose Vale, NSW 2753

Croatian Men’s EXODUS 90 – 01 Jan 2024 – 31 Mar 2024

Embarking on a 90-Day Spiritual Odyssey: Join Us for Exodus 90

In the words of Pope Benedict XVI, “The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness!”

As Croatian brothers in Christ, it’s time to break free from the chains of modern-day Pharaohs that entangle us—be it the endless scroll on social media, the numbing embrace of that extra drink, the pitfalls of sins of the eye, or the captivating world of Netflix, Stan, and YouTube. Our culture presents numerous obstacles to true unity with God, and Exodus 90 stands as a transformative journey towards liberation.

As we usher in a new year, many men often focus on resolutions pertaining to their physical well-being. However, it’s equally important, if not more so, to consider resolutions for our spiritual lives. Starting on the 1st of January, Exodus 90 offers a unique opportunity to make a commitment to progress in virtue and holiness, fostering a deeper connection with God as we navigate the challenges of the modern world.

What is Exodus 90?

Exodus 90 beckons you on a 90-day pilgrimage through the Book of Exodus, unravelling the parallels between our lives and the ancient Israelites’ journey and guiding us toward freedom from our contemporary ‘modern Pharaohs.’ Rooted in the wisdom of the early Church’s desert fathers, this spiritual exercise revolves around three pillars: prayer, asceticism, and fraternity.

The Commitment:
With your fraternity, you will embark on a transformative commitment:

Daily Silent Prayer: Dedicate one Holy Hour to silent prayer, Scripture reading, and reflections using the Exodus app.
Fasting and Abstinence: Wednesdays and Fridays mark days of fasting and abstaining from meat.
Cold Showers: Challenge yourself with invigorating cold showers.
Media Detox: Bid farewell to TV, movies, and televised sports for 90 days.
Weekly Fraternity Meetings: Connect with your fraternity of men to share experiences, challenges, and victories.
Daily Accountability: Check in with your Anchor, a chosen brother, on a daily basis.
Overcoming Challenges:
Undoubtedly, this journey may seem challenging, but remember, the path to becoming a man who conquers difficulty lies in embracing challenges. The beauty of Exodus 90 lies in the fact that you won’t tread this path alone. Shoulder to shoulder with a band of brothers, you’ll navigate the challenges, encouraging and supporting each other along the way.

and start Your Journey:

We invite you to join us on this life-altering expedition, commencing on January 1, 2024. Your life may never be the same again, and the rewards will extend far beyond the 90-day mark. To gain insight into the transformative power of Exodus 90, please listen to some testimonials from brothers who completed the journey last year:

As you consider your New Year’s resolutions, ponder not only physical goals but also resolutions for the soul. Exodus 90 provides a structured framework to fortify your spiritual life, cultivating virtues and deepening your relationship with God and your Croatian brotherhood. Will you accept the call to greatness? Join us, and together, let’s forge a path to freedom so we can live our lives as authentically free men, in the way God created us.

For more information contact us using the form below.


FAQ

How Exodus 90 Works

Can I do Exodus 90 alone?

How do I prepare for Exodus 90?

What’s a “Written why” and how do I write one?

Should I talk to my wife before starting Exodus 90?

Resources for Exodus Wives

Croatian Man’s Exodus 90 Testimony

For more general information on the Exodus 90 program.


 

Our Lady’s Call to Battle – JOIN US OCTOBER 7th

Global Men’s Rosary Crusade – Preparation for Battle

The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is fast approaching on Saturday, October 7, 2023. Once again, the annual Global Men’s Rosary Crusade held on the first Saturday of October will fall on this feast day. There has never been a greater need or time to pray the Rosary of our Lady and to enter a prayer crusade. With the moral fabric of our society crumbling and with so many abandoning the faith, we need good men, courageous men who will join Our Lady and prayer for the conversion of souls and make reparation.

WHY PREPARE spiritually for the Global Men’s Rosary Crusade?

Speaking on the Devotion of the Rosary, Pope Leo XIII in the encyclical said:

“This devotion, so great and so confident, to the august Queen of Heaven, has never shone forth with such brilliancy as when the militant Church of God has seemed to be endangered by the violence of heresy spread abroad, or by an intolerable moral corruption, or by the attacks of powerful enemies”. (1st September, 1883)

As any good soldier or even athlete will tell you, you must prepare for any battle or event. St Paul tell us that like every athlete who trains for a race, we have to prepare our bodies for the spiritual battle, practicing self-control and subduing our bodily appetites so they don’t overrun us:

“Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air, but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified.” (1 Cor 9:24-27)

We invite you all to join us in spiritual preparation, to prepare both in body and soul for this Global Rosary Crusade and great feast day. Just like the soldiers who boarded the ships in 1571 to man the Holy League of Nations, they prepared for battle under the instruction of Don Juan with fasting, confession, Mass and Rosary before the engaged the infidel in the Battle of Lepanto.

HOW TO prepare spiritually for the Global Men’s Rosary Crusade:

• Join us in praying the Novena to Our Lady of the Rosary   novena starts Sept 29th 
• Sacrament of Confession (first Friday of the month)
• Fast day before (October 6, 2023)
• Holy Mass (in the morning before the rosary)
• Daily recitation of the rosary

The battle is real and the enemies of Christ and the Church are on our doorsteps. We need to enter into this battle and we need to prepare. That is why we encourage you to participate in the good fight and prepare with our prayer initiatives this month, so that our recitation of the Rosary through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary will reach the her Son and Our Lord Jesus. Only the strength of common prayer and faith in the Lord will bring us good fruits.

Pope Leo XIII continues and encourages us to go out in force to piously recite the Rosary in public:

“Not only do we earnestly exhort all Christians to give themselves to the recital of the pious devotion of the Rosary publicly, or privately in their own house and family, and that unceasingly, but we also desire that the whole of the month of October in this year should be consecrated to the Holy Queen of the Rosary”.

Consecrate yourselves to Our Lady who will never fail you. Prepare for this crusade and great feast day. And have full confidence in her to obtain victory and to defeat the enemies of Christ and His Holy Catholic Church.

HOW TO PROMOTE THE MEN’S GLOBAL ROSARY CRUSADE

1. Approach your local parish priest to see if he can promote it to the men in your local parish; flyers attached (can be printed) and links to promo videos below.

2. Encourage other men to join us on the day, word of mouth is the most effective way.

3. Read and share “Global Men’s Rosary Crusade – Terrible as an Army in Battle Array”


Promo Video Links

Men’s Rosary Crusade 2023

Men’s Rosary Crusade AD2023 – SPANISH

Men’s Rosary Crusade AD2023

Taking Up the Spiritual Sword to Protect Families || Men’s Rosary Crusade || Into the Light

 

Promo Flyer Links

Global_Flyer 01  Word document where you can edit time and locations details to suite your local needs.

Global Men’s Rosary Crusade 7 Oct_editable      Word document editable another version.

 

Gb and Esto Vir

Knight’s Annual – Fundraiser Zabava 2023

The annual Knights fundraiser is on again – Saturday November 25th. Great night for a great cause, and this year all funds raised will be going towards assisting two needy families in Croatia rebuild their earthquake damaged homes. As always this event is a Sell out so get in early and purchase your tickets .

NOTE: This year we set up an event on try-booking to simplify ticket purchases, to purchase your tickets please click on “book now” icon below.

For all inquiry’s and or special table arrangements/seating please email to Robert.zrilic@hotmail.com or call 0430 026 493. Look forward to seeing everyone again.  God Bless you all.

Saturday, November 25, 2023 – 7 pm  

Mass: 6pm

Hrvatski Katolički Centar Blacktown
70 Douglas Road
BLACKTOWN, NSW 2148

 

Men’s Mass – Anniversary of Oluja 95 – Dan Pobjede i Domovinske Zahvalnosti – 2023

Join us for our annual men’s mass to celebrate the Anniversary of Oluja 95 – Homeland Thanksgiving Day – Veterans Day. Always a great turn out, uplifting homily, opportunity for confession and as usual socialising with other brothers, (cancel your sport & other activities for this night).

8:00pm Wednesday, 2nd August 2023

7.00pm Ispovjed (Confession), 7.30pm Krunica (Rosary).

St. Anthony’s – Croatian Catholic Church Summer Hill, 15 Prospect Rd, Ashfield.

Join us after Mass for some traditional Croatian delicacies plus refreshments.

Bog i Hrvati

 

Annual Pilgrimage Walk on the Feast of the Assumption

Join us on Tuesday, August 15, 2023 for our 11th Annual Pilgrimage Walk in honour of Our Lady

August 15, is the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In Australia, it is a holy day of obligation.

On 1 November 1950, in the Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus Pope Pius XII declared the Assumption of Mary as a dogma:

By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.

PILGRIMAGE PROGRAM

  • Beginning with 11.30 am Mass at Franciscan Shrine of the Holy Innocents (8 Greyfriar Place, Kellyville)
  • The walk starts from the Shrine 1pm sharp! (8 Greyfriar Place, Kellyville)
    Along Windsor Road to Parramatta Cathedral – 14km in total
  • First refreshment stop at St. Michael’s, Baulkham Hills – (approx 2.30pm)
  • Second refreshment stop at St. Monica’s, North Parramatta – (approx 4.30pm)
  • Finishing at Parramatta Cathedral with final prayer & readings – (approx 6pm)

 

MORALITY 101: WHAT THE CHURCH TEACHES

Men – Have you ever been challenged by morally confusing situations a moral dilemma? Are you seeking a greater understanding on how to live a moral life?

Join us on this magnificent 6 week journey as Dr Andrew Wood explains how we can navigate more clearly through these morally challenging times. The course is FREE and designed for MEN only, 8-9 pm Thursday nights, starting 18th May thru to 22nd June 2023.

To book your spot hit register now.

CROATIAN MEN’S CONFERENCE – ‘ALL IN FOR JESUS’

Mieles Christi 2023

Like many men, I was reluctant to attend my first annual Croatian Men’s Conference. I’m a busy husband and father, with many conflicting priorities to juggle each weekend. Attending a 2.5 day weekend retreat with a group of Catholic men was very low on my list of priorities in life. After a lot of mental debate and discussion with my wife about managing the kids activities, I decided to make it work and attend. It was clearly the correct decision and 2023 marks my 4th annual attendance.

The Benedict XVI Retreat Centre is an awesome place to experience the tranquility of nature and a contrast to what our lives generally contain. Despite an extensive conference program on offer, spending time away from the pressures of our daily lives in a place where mobile reception is limited provides for a priceless recharge from the usual weekend.

This year’s theme was ‘All in for Jesus’. This sounds quite intimidating and is a statement that many of us struggle to get our heads around, with initial thoughts being ‘Isn’t that what the life of a priest is?’ Through the many different talks we had the privilege of listening to, it became apparent that being ‘All in for Jesus’ is something that all men are called to do. Being a men’s conference we learned that being “All in for Jesus” is a way of life that men cannot strive to achieve on their own – we need our fellow brothers to support us on our journey toward this end goal.

Check-in commenced at 17:00, and gave us an opportunity to catch up with old friends from previous conferences as well as to meet some new faces from outside our local parishes and groups. This year we were blessed with a group from Victoria, a man from Adelaide, as well as 5 men from outside the Croatian community.

Rob Zrilic again did a great job of MC’ing, and got the conference off to a fun start with an interesting ice breaker. Our first speaker for the conference was Dr Andrew Wood, who I think is the most intelligent man I’ve ever come across. He spoke to us on the topic ‘What a man is called to’, and went into depth about ‘what is God’s plan for me’. Dr Wood explained to us that we were made for eternal life, and provided us with a number of tools to include in our daily lives to help us achieve God’s plan for us. Dr Wood has a special way of articulating the Catholic faith, and one line in his presentation that had a deep impact on me and many other men was “life is a waste of time if we don’t get to heaven”. For me, this set the theme for the rest of the weekend, as I wanted to know more about ensuring my life is not a waste of time.

Day 2 started with a group rosary, prayer and Mass. This was followed by a great breakfast, which filled us all up for the big program ahead. If anyone is unsure about attending the conference due to not being fed physically you have nothing to be concerned about. We had an awesome menu across the weekend, and our stomachs were adequately filled to ensure we had energy for the days ahead.

Jakov Perisa presented the topic “You were made to hear his voice”. I always enjoy listening to Jakov who poses challenging questions to us men about how we live our lives. Jakov talked about how to hear God’s voice in our lives, and discerning between the different voices we hear in our heads. Jakov also gave us some important “governing principals” for living our lives as men of God.

The next speaker for the day was Marinko Crnjac, who gave a powerful testimony on the story of his life and his conversion to the faith. I won’t say much about his story, but it had a deep impact on many of the men in attendance. I had the pleasure of spending a few minutes with Marinko at the end of the conference and it was a conversation I will never forget. The testimonies delivered at the conference each year are an important part of the program and show the importance of opening up and sharing our stories with one another as we strive together to build our fraternity of men in our community.

Next up was Mijo Ticinovic. Mijo has a unique style of presenting and his talks go straight to the heart. Like Jakov, Mijo poses many powerful questions to get us men to think about where we are at in our various relationships – with God, our families and our jobs. This year Mijo focused on distractions in our relationships, in particular our relationship with God. Mijo talked about how distractions are like idols, and that as men we fill our lives with these and we don’t know how to rest. Mijo also gave us a great acronym for BUSY – Be Under Satan’s Yoke, which is quite accurate when you break down what we busy ourselves with.

Saturday afternoon saw us have a couple of hours of free time, in which men could look to Fr Davor for some spiritual guidance or further build the fraternity among the men through socialising. It’s a great opportunity to get to know the men we meet across the weekend. Being the Feast of the Annunciation, it gave the Exodus90 men an opportunity to break from their fasting and enjoy a small treat to celebrate the feast day.

In between the presentations we broke out into small groups to give the men an opportunity to discuss their thoughts and feelings on the topics that were presented. It’s an important part of the weekend, as different men form a different understanding of the talks and working through some of their challenges with other like-minded men in small groups is an important part of their spiritual growth and development. For me, it’s a highlight of the weekend, and these small groups can form strong bonds that are taken away from the weekend and can turn into lasting friendships.

Our late afternoon presentation was from Jakov again on the topic of ‘Are you in or out or sitting on the bench’. It was a fascinating talk about being an authentic Catholic man in the world. Jakov used many football analogies which made it easy for Croatian men to understand. My summary of the talk was that we cannot be lukewarm with our faith, and Jakov posed 7 challenges for us men as take-aways from the conference. These included ‘must carry his cross and face persecution’, ‘must make Jesus known to others’, ‘must spend time with Jesus’ and ‘must strive to live an authentic Catholic life’. It posed some good questions to me that I am working on implementing in my life.

Our next speaker was Fr Greg Morgan, who talked about what it means to be all in for Jesus as a man living today. Like the other speakers, Fr Greg posed some challenging points to us men in how we live our faith in the world – “let God’s work continue to be done through you – live your vocation” and “we fail in our vocation when we put other things in front of our vocation”. As a husband and father, I have seen how I struggle with this vocation when I put other things in front of what I am called to put first. Fr Greg has an amazing way of getting us to think about how we live our lives and how to live them better to fulfil our vocation. With the many distractions and mental storms in our lives, Fr Greg said that what God calls you to be will give you peace. Fr Greg finished with a fantastic Q and A, and there were many challenging questions posed during Q and A. A great session.

Saturday night is always a beautiful night where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and reconciliation is offered (and the take up on this opportunity is very big). It is the pinnacle and summit of the weekend. It is a night where men, some for the first time in years, have allowed themselves to hear the Lord speak to them and they are moved to a thorough reconciliation or a deep conversation with the Lord in adoration. I have heard many moving experiences over the years and it brings great joy to the whole group to see the change in some of the men from this experience.

The evening is also a great time for getting to know our brothers even better, and some great conversations were had and friendships formed. Even with the curfew we had a wonderful night of discussion and laughter.

Sunday morning is where the conference organisers wrap up what we have been through and give us some useful information to help us continue on our spiritual journey. Ivica Kovac gave us an overview of the wonderful work he is undertaking in the Men’s Ministry within the Archdiocese of Sydney and how we can “tap in” to the numerous resources available to continue on from what we have learned at the conference.

The penultimate highlight for weekend was the concluding Mass celebrated by Fr Davor. We started with a procession into the Church with incense, candles, the Croatian Men’s Cross, Banner of Christ the King and many other banners. Fr Davor gave us another great homily to wrap up the weekend, and the men’s Masses are always made special through the sound of a church full of men praying and singing together – something truly amazing.

Overall, the weekend was outstanding! I highly recommend this conference to any man who wants to grow in his faith and discern what God’s plan is for him. If you have concerns about anything I’m sure the event organisers or your mates can put them at ease. There are a large supply of ear plugs available (to block out the snorers), plenty of food, coffee and water throughout the weekend to keep you fed, hydrated and awake. Single rooms are also available if you don’t wish to share with anyone.

Bog i Hrvati
Steve F

Some Feedback from Men that Attended

Really enjoyed my first conference. The pace was outlined really well. The sessions were valuable and provided insight to areas that helped close out open end questions and have key take away’s from the event.

 

Helpful & beneficial, I firmly believe that all Croatian men, young and old should attend. My experience while I know people I was somewhat shy. Yet my group helped me open up and I loved it, great people & I’ve benefited. God Bless.

 

Thanks for a great weekend mate. I really enjoyed it. A great bunch of blokes all fighting their own battles in life but with the same eye on the one prize. God bless

 

Praise God for the beautiful weekend, all the talks were amazing. Father Greg’s talk is what hit home with me. I had a thought and it was to have all the talks recorded so we can have the opportunity to listen to again with our family/ wife’s at home. 

 

God bless you and the work you do. Thanks be to God for people like you in this world. I have enjoyed this weekend.

 

Keep it up. Speakers are awesome. Confession is awesome.