News & Events Weekly Update

22 October 2018

News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond


Diocese of Parramatta News

All Souls’ Day Mass: 2 November

All Souls’ Day Mass will be held at 7.30pm on Friday 2 November at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta. Celebrated by Bishop Vincent and with the Cathedral Choir the Mass will include hymns, motets and chants in honour of all the deceased. A special tribute to all those who have been buried from the Cathedral in 2018 will also be included. Mass times for 2 Nov: 6.30am, 12.30pm & 7.30pm. Mass will also be held at St Patrick’s Cemetery at 6.00pm. For enquiries call 8839 8400 or email

The Permanent Diaconate: 4 November

The discernment program for those who are interested in finding out more about this Vocation will be held at St John 23rd Parish, 160 Perfection Avenue, Stanhope Gardens 2768. Come and learn more about vocations to the Diaconate and have a chat with our team members. We are looking for men aged between 35 to 55 and residing in the Diocese of Parramatta. Our discernment program consists of five sessions, with each session dealing with different aspects of the Diaconate. The meetings will commence at 3.00pm until 6.00pm followed by the Parish Mass and Fellowship.

For further information visit or please contact any of the following deacons: Deacon James – 0425 213 832, Deacon Tan – 0407 270 782, Deacon George – 0408 440 769

Liturgy Conference 2018: 10 November

The Diocese of Parramatta Liturgy Conference will be held on 10 November. Keynote Speaker: Fr Peter Williams Vicar General from the Diocese of Parramatta. Tickets are now on sale.  For tickets and a full list of workshops go to: . Cost $30 – includes lunch.


St Matthew’s Windsor Parish Retreat: 10 -11 November

In response to the Faith in our Future initiative, St Matthew’s Windsor and CCR Parramatta will be holding a Parish Retreat at St Matthew’s Catholic Church, 12 Tebbutt Street Windsor, on the weekend of 10th and 11th November. This retreat is suitable for all who wish to: explore the reality of God’s love; enter a deeper relationship with Jesus; experience this new life that He promised; become Spirit-filled Christians who do all things in love and enhance their parish communities. Children of all ages will also be catered for. 9.30am – 5pm Saturday and 9am – 4.30pm Sunday. If you would like more information or to book, contact 4577 3073.


Our Lady of the Nativity Parish, Lawson: 11 November

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv will preside at our 90th Anniversary Mass at 8.30am on Sunday, 11 November followed by Morning Tea. There will be a Photographic, Memorabilia, History display.


Seminar for Couples Hoping to Conceive: 11 November

Waiting for Gabrielis an information afternoon for couples hoping to conceive. You’ll hear testimonies and learn about natural options which assist fertility. For more information contact Natural Fertility Services, Diocese of Parramatta catherine.bourne@parracatholic.org0400 427 605. Sunday 11 November at the IFM 1.30pm-4.00pm.

Sacred Heart Westmead Shopping Trip: 11 November

Come shopping with us on a Full Day, Fundraising Shopping Trip on Sunday 11 November 2018. Raising funds for Sacred Heart Parish Westmead. Includes: coach travel, tea & bistro lunch, lucky door & raffle prizes. Tickets: Adults $62, Seniors/Students $52, Children (5 – 17 years) $22. Tour departs: 7.00am Seven Hills Train Station & Sacred Heart Parish Westmead (14 Ralph Street). For Details, Individual or Group Bookings: 9635 9262; Bookings are essential & close: 28 October 2018

Nigerian Mass in Igbo: 11 November

Rev Fr Chukwunonyerem Akamadu, Chaplain to the Nigerian Catholic community, will celebrate Mass at 12.30pm at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, 198 Old Prospect Road, Greystanes. Contact Fr Akamadu tel 0451 174 438, Stella Nwosu 0405 478 472.

Thanksgiving and Farewell Mass: 7 December

Celebrated by Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, a thanksgiving Mass for the service of Fr Peter Confeggi as he moves into retirement, Fr Luis Herrera as he returns to Columbia and for the service of all those in ministry at Mary, Queen of the Family Parish, Blacktown.Fellowship after Mass.7.30pm

St Patrick’s Church, 51-59 Allawah St Blacktown.

For catering purposes, RSVP to 9622 1125 or


Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ACBC) News
Prison Sunday: 11 November
Prison Sunday will be marked this year on November 11, and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) is providing a number of resources to assist publications, dioceses, orders, schools and agencies in marking the day. To view and download the resources available please go to:



Other News

Positions Vacant

  • Vocations Officer (Part Time) – The Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay is seeking a Vocations Officer to work with the Director of Vocations in promoting and fostering vocations in priesthood and permanent diaconate within the Diocese.
  • Media and Community Liaison Officer – Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations

More details at:


Los Angeles Religious Education Congress 2019: Thirsting for Justice

A wonderful opportunity for a faith formation experience for parishioners, leaders, teachers, catechists … all people in ministry and all people who would like to enrich their faith! Join this pilgrimage group to attend the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress 18-30 March 2019. Cost of pilgrimage $4350 for 12 days with some additional expenses. Please contact Lisa Bright on 9622 1125 or for an information pack.


Holy Hour for Vocations: 1 November

The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth cordially invite YOUTH (ages 18-35) to join us for Holy Hour for Vocations on Thursday, 1 November at 7:00 pm. Join us also for pizza at 8:00pm, Holy Spirit Convent, 120 Capuchin Way, Plumpton. RSVP: Sr Paula on or 0449 656 406.


“We all need a home” Community Forum: 7 November

Sydney’s housing is the second-least affordable in the world.  We can do something about it. Hear speakers on what can be done and what our government is committed to do. Your support is needed to ask local government to implement affordable housing policies now. 6:30 – 8:30pm Parramatta Mission, 119 Macquarie St, Parramatta. Register here:


St Philomena Association Holy Masses: Saturday 10th November 2018. 

St John Vianney was very devoted to St Philomena. Pope Gregory XVI called her “the great wonder worker”. Mass at midday with Confession from 11.30am: St John Vianney’s Church, 17 Cameron St, Doonside. A short walk north from Doonside station, the one past Blacktown. Please bring a snack to share. Elizabeth tel or text 0423 15 44 63, Facebook: Libby Peoples (events)


“The Heart of a Servant” Faith Formation Day 10 November 2018

A gifted Teacher and Formator from the Missionaries of God’s Love in Canberra, Fr David Gallaghan MGL will lead a reflection day organised by Jesus, Light of the World Community. 9am – 5pm, St Joseph’s Parish Hall, Rockdale. For more information contact:


Worldwide Marriage Encounter: 16 – 18 November

Take the time to step back from everyday distractions and rediscover your relationship! 16 – 18 November at Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville, NSW. Book online at– alternatively contact Adrian and Janet Sullivan: on 0490 774 419 or


Healing After Abortion Retreat: 16 – 18 November

Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries, Sydney offers regular healing retreats for those who have experienced an abortion. The retreat offers a sanctuary in which to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion in a safe, supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment. Information and a brochure can found at: or call us on our confidential voicemail number 0400 092 555 or email


Men Alive: Growing Good Men: 15-18 November

A weekend for fathers and teenage sons (13-15) at ‘Lutanda’, Yarramundi, 15 minutes south west of Richmond. An experientially-based program which encourages and enables fathers and sons to strengthen their relationship and to explore important issues of growing into manhood.


Australian Catholic Historical Society Lecture: 18 November

Dr Charmaine Robson – In Paradise, under the sun: Francis McGarry and the rewards of missionary work in 1930s’ Alice Springs. Visit the ACHS website more information.


Christian Meditation: 18 November

You are invited to our Christian Meditation Introduction and Renewal Days for 2018 at St Benedict’s Monastery, 121 Arcadia Rd, Arcadia on Sunday 18 November. Arrival time at the monastery is from 10am for a 10:30am start.  Conclusion is around 3pm. Mass is celebrated at 2pm. There will be presentations and periods of meditation with the opportunity of an introduction to Christian Meditation for newcomers. Bring your own picnic lunch. Tea and coffee provided. Registration is on the day. There is no set charge, a donation may be made for the monks. There may be accommodation available at the Monastery Guest House enquiries to Br Terry Cavanagh on 0438 282 318. Other enquiries to Ann Bergman 02 9498 2625  or Ann Lomas 02 9456 4775

 Grief to Grace – Healing the Wounds of Abuse

This is a spiritual retreat for anyone who has suffered degradation or violation through physical, emotional, sexual or spiritual abuse. The retreat will be held May 26 – 31 2019. To request an application contact Anne by emailing phone 0478599241. For more information visit

For more events please go to:

Please note, some of these notices have been provided to the Diocese of Parramatta, with the request they be made available to parishes and parishioners. The Diocese of Parramatta makes these notices available for information purposes only and does not expressly endorse any of this material, unless otherwise specified. The Diocese of Parramatta cannot be held responsible for any inaccurate or defamatory content.


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