Palm Sunday Procession, World Youth Day Mass & Event on Sunday 20 March 2016
Join us at Parramatta Town Hall at 5pm on Palm Sunday as we close Church Street and process through the CBD towards St Patrick’s Cathedral. All priests are welcome but especially our World Youth Day Chaplains. Following the Mass in the Cathedral at 6pm, there will be an event celebrating WYD in the cloister and the WYD raffle will be drawn – first price is a Toyota Yaris.
To register, click + Going on the Facebook event page.
Office of Tenebrae on Monday 21 March 2016
Join the Diocesan Administrator, Very Rev Peter Williams, for a special meditation liturgy during Holy Week. Tenebrae is a liturgy of psalms, Chanting, Motets and Scripture celebrated in the shadows of candlelight at 7.30pm in St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Chrism Mass on Wednesday 23 March 2016
The Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, will preside at this year’s Chrism Mass, which will be concelebrated by the priests of the Diocese of Parramatta, assisted by the deacons. During the Mass, the Oil of the Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick will be blessed and the Oil of Chrism consecrated. These holy oils will then be given to the parishes for use during the year. During the Mass, the priests renew their commitment to priestly service. Everyone is welcome. Mass at 7.30pm in St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Good Friday Walk from Blacktown to Parramatta
Friday 25 March to Saturday 26 March 2016
The Good Friday Night Walk will again begin at St Patrick’s Church at Blacktown at 10pm. The Diocesan Youth Council has developed a program that will deepen our appreciation of the Year of Mercy in the context of Holy Week and our diocesan theme, ‘Mercy has a Face’. Testimonies of young people who have received mercy will be a highlight for reflection at each Station.
St Margaret Mary’s Parish at Merrylands has replaced Sacred Heart Parish at Westmead due to the ever-growing number of pilgrims each year and the popularity of the walk. We expect about 1500 people this year if good weather permits. All participants must register through the Facebook event page.
The schedule for the night:
Mary, Queen of the Family Parish, Blacktown – 10pm
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Seven Hills – 11.30pm
St Anthony’s Parish, Toongabbie – 1am
Our Lady of Mt Carmel Parish, Wentworthville – 2.30am
St Margaret Mary’s Parish, Merrylands – 4am
St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish, Parramatta – 6am
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