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  • News & Events Weekly Update

    News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond   2018 Lenten Message from Bishop Vincent To read Bishop Vincent’s Lenten Message in full and watch the video, please visit: goo.gl/2F77m9 Pre-marriage preparation courses The Life, Marriage and Family Office are again offering Pre-Marriage preparation courses for couples...
  • Janaki’s story – A just future starts with empowerment

    For each of the six weeks of Lent, the Diocese of Parramatta is sharing one of Caritas Australia’s  feature stories of lives changed through support and empowerment programs. FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT – 18 February, 2018 In Nepal, Caritas Australia and its partners are assisting the country’s youth to...
  • ‘Dear friends’ – Bishop Vincent’s Homily from 11 February 2018

    Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv DD STL, Bishop of Parramatta Homily for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time in Year B 2018 at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta 11 February 2018     Dear friends, Many years ago, former prime minister Paul Keating gave a powerful speech...
  • Australian Catholic Bishops: Religious freedom is critical in a pluralist Australia

    Religious freedom must be enshrined in Australian law and recognised as a right, rather than an exception or an exemption, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has explained. In its submission to the Religious Freedom Review called by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and chaired by the Hon Phillip Ruddock,...
  • Bishop Vincent Long’s Diary

    Sunday 18th February 2018 at 11:30am Celebrates Pontifical Mass of the First Sunday of Lent with the celebration of Lunar New Year at St Monica’s Parish, North Parramatta. Sunday 18th February 2018 at 2:00pm Presides at the Rite of Election at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta. Tuesday 20th February 2018...
  • IFM – nourishing and enthusing people’s mission

    The Institute for Mission (IFM) is an agency of the Diocese of Parramatta located at Blacktown which focuses on ongoing formation for life in faith for parishes, groups and people 18+. Many programs and resources came from the IFM in 2017, two new ones being the Online Resources Platform...
  • Bishop Gerard Hanna, the media, and ‘fake news’

    In his message for World Communications Day this year, Pope Francis wrote about ‘fake news,’ defining it as “the spreading of disinformation online or in the traditional media… based on non-existent or distorted data meant to deceive and manipulate the reader.” I don’t really love the phrase; maybe because I...
  • Social Justice Update

    The Social Justice Office’s mission in 2017 was to welcome, protect, promote and integrate refugees and all vulnerable people. Here are some highlights from our year and a Christmas message. Human trafficking. Bishop Vincent Long launched Human Trafficking and Slavery by Sr Noelene Simmons SM, for the Australian Catholic...
  • Launch of Project Compassion at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta

    St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta overflowed with the faithful celebrating Ash Wednesday and the launch of Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion with a Pontifical Solemn Mass celebrated by Bishop of Parramatta, Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv. Paul O’Callaghan, CEO of Caritas Australia, spoke after Mass in a panel...
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