Catholic Life

  • Our Catholic Education Office is hiring!

    Are you the leader of our next-generation school? Santa Sophia Catholic College* will be opening on the site of Our Lady of the Angels, Rouse Hill in 2018 and we are looking for a dynamic foundation principal leader to establish an innovative Catholic learning community from preschool to post...
  • Bishop Vincent, Parra Catholic, Western Sydney Catholic, Blue Mountains Catholic

    Bishop Vincent homily from 14 April, 2017

    Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv DD STL, Bishop of Parramatta Homily for the Solemn Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta. 14 April 2017     Dear friends, The story of the passion that we have just heard on this solemn day...
  • Why kids need outdoor play

    In Australia, we are blessed by good weather and an amazing natural environment. Most suburbs in Sydney have green space for parks and recreation areas. Yet as a society, we seem to be spending less time outdoors due to longer working hours, increasing demands on families, the lure of...
  • 1,400 Young Faithful Finish 21km Good Friday Pilgrimage

    1,400 Catholic youth from Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains participated in the annual 21 kilometre Good Friday overnight pilgrimage from Blacktown to Parramatta. The walkers set off from St Patrick’s Church, Blacktown at 10pm on Friday 14 April and arrived at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta at around 6.00am...
  • From Krakow to Panama: The Synod Journeying with Young People

    Ashleigh Green, a social worker at CatholicCare in the Diocese of Broken Bay, was the Australian Youth Delegate at the conference, ‘From Krakow to Panama: The Synod Journeying with Young People,’ held in Rome from April 5 to April 9. Ashleigh shared her hopes for the upcoming 2018 Synod...
  • Pope Francis strengthens Vatican Secretariat for Communication

    By Ines San Martin, April 12, 2017   Pope Francis has green-lighted the appointment of Jesuit Father James Martin and Michael Warsaw, Chairman of the Board for ETWN, as two of the 13 new consultants for the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications. For American Catholics, those names can’t help but...
  • Bishop Vincent, Parra Catholic, Western Sydney Catholic, Blue Mountains Catholic

    Bishop Vincent homily from 13 April, 2017

    Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv DD STL, Bishop of Parramatta Homily for the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta. 13 April 2017     My dear friends, Tonight, we have come to celebrate what should be considered the essence of what the Church...
  • Benedict XVI’s Historic and Moving ‘Last Testament’

    By Jordan Grantham, Catholic Outlook   “So when you stand before the Almighty, what will you say to him? I will plead with him to show leniency towards my wretchedness.” – Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Last Testament   Unprecedented in the modern era, the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI...
  • Latest Appointments

    Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv has confirmed the following appointments in the Diocese of Parramatta: Miss Amanda Bentley Diocesan Liturgical Commission effective 13 April 2017 for three years Ms Elizabeth Crouch Diocesan Finance Council effective 13 April 2017 for five years Revered Evergisto Bernaldez MSP Assistant Priest – Mary Immaculate...
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