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  • Calling young Australians to be part of an international conversation

    Young people across Australia are being called to share their views about life, faith, and their experience of Church through an online survey published today by the Australian Bishops. The survey seeks to capture the opinions and perspectives of young people as part of a national consultation process that...
  • Archduke Franz Ferdinand: Catalyst of WWI and Blue Mountains Fan

    Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, visited the Blue Mountains, of the Diocese of Parramatta in 1893, as part of a world tour. 21 years later, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo, which caused Austria-Hungary to declare war on Serbia, starting the First World War....
  • The sad release of skipping church

    By Ryan Suckling, Eureka Street There came a time for me, as it does for many, when going to church was no longer obligatory. I suspect it’s most common in those middle years of adolescence, when parents feel the need to loosen their hold over you, but with the...
  • 78-year-old Sydney priest to walk an incredible 740 kilometres on the Camino

    In September 2017 Jim Carty​, a 78-year-old Marist priest from Sydney, plans to walk an incredible 740 kilometres on the Camino in France, raising awareness of the plight of more than 10 million people world-wide who are stateless, (3.5 million in Thailand alone). Through sponsorship he will also be...
  • Fatima seers become church’s youngest non-martyred saints

    FATIMA, Portugal (CNS) — Standing before the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pope Francis canonized two shepherd children who saw Mary at Fatima, but more importantly, he said, they heeded the call to pray for sinners and trust in the Lord. “We declare and define Blessed Francisco...
  • Charles Darwin, Biologist and Western Sydney Socialite

    Did you know Charles Darwin visited Parramatta? On January 27, 1836 Charles Darwin had lunch at ‘The Vineyard’, the home of Hannibal Macarthur in Rydalmere. Darwin’s diary entry for the day reads: “Accompanied by Capt. King rode to Paramatta. Close to the town, his brother in law Mr MacArthur...
  • Budget 2017

    Budget 2017: Fairness and compassion should be the cornerstone of our society Fairness and compassion should be the cornerstone of our society. How we treat our poorest and most vulnerable is a measure of our commitment to a fair and just society. Today, Archbishop Denis Hart, President of the...
  • News & Events Weekly Update

    Positions Vacant The Diocese of Parramatta is seeking applications for several positions. For further details, go to https://parracatholic.org/employment/ Volunteer English Teacher –  Catholic Care Social Services For many years now we have been conducting English language classes for Refugee women at Mamre House Orchard Hills – a work of...
  • Bishop Vincent Long’s Diary

    Saturday 13 May 2017 Celebrates Mass at Sts Hoan-Thien Vietnamese Catholic Community Centre, Keysborough Victiora on the occassion of the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima Portugal. Tuesday 16 May 2017 Attends Catholic Mission Conference, Sydney. Wednesday 17 May 2017 Attends a meeting of the...
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