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  • Our Lady of Fatima Procession 2017

    Come celebrate 100 years since the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima with a huge procession from Our Lady of Lebanon Co-Cathedral, Harris Park to St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta. The celebration is on Saturday 13 May 2017, coinciding with Pope Francis’ visit to Fatima, Portugal and the canonisation of Francisco...
  • Vale Emeritus Archbishop Sir Brian Barnes OFM

    Emeritus Archbishop Brian in his latter years was resident in the Diocese of Parramatta and was known to a number of clergy and people in the Diocese. EMERITUS ARCHBISHOP SIR BRIAN BARNES OFM, DD, MBE, KBE, GCL 1933-2017 It is with great sadness that the Franciscan Friars of the Province of...
  • Good Shepherd Sunday

    Good Shepherd Sunday is being celebrated today in Catholic parishes across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. The Catholic Church invites you to pray for those you might know whom God may be calling to a priestly vocation and would benefit from your prayers. Learn More Watch a video about...
  • TWO SCENES FROM POPE FRANCIS’S REVOLUTION OF TENDERNESS

    From The New Yorker. Five decades ago, in an essay in The New York Review of Books, Hannah Arendt described an exchange she had had with a “Roman chambermaid” about Pope John XXIII. The beloved pontiff had died, of stomach cancer, two years earlier, not long before the Second Vatican Council, which he...
  • Good Shepherd Sunday

    Good Shepherd Sunday will be celebrated in Catholic parishes across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains this Sunday, 7 May. The Catholic Church invites you to pray for those you might know whom God may be calling to a priestly vocation and would benefit from your prayers. Learn More Watch a video...
  • Bishop Timothy Harris Ordained Sixth Bishop of Townsville

    The episcopal ordination of the Most Reverend Timothy Harris as the sixth Bishop of Townsville took place today, on the Feast of St Philip and St James, at the Ryan Catholic College in Townsville. Watch here – highlights from the ordination Watch here – Ordination of Bishop Timothy Harris...
  • Who is Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI?

    By Jordan Grantham, Catholic Outlook   Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, known as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, was born in the German town of Marktl, Bavaria, on April 16, 1927. April 16, 2017 was his 90th birthday. He was born on Easter morning and baptised that day with the newly blessed...
  • Historical Series: Fr James Dixon, Parramatta Pioneer

    By Jordan Grantham, Catholic Outlook   Fr James Dixon was a prisoner priest in the early Colony of New South Wales and said the first Mass sanctioned by the government. The proclamation was read at Government House, Parramatta, and the first Mass was celebrated in Sydney on 15 May...
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