News & Events Weekly Update

12 November 2018
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News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond

Parramatta Catholic Foundation thanks Parishioners for their kind-hearted, generous support which raised $1.2 million in the last year for vital ministry and works of Faith, Hope and Charity.  Annually, the Diocese of Parramatta contributes over $3.6 million to sustain the charitable works of CatholicCare, Holy Spirit Seminary, special religious education in schools, and Ephpheta Centre for deaf and hard of hearing people. Thanks to your support, we can more widely proclaim and teach the gospel; and help, heal and serve those most in need.


Memorial Mass for those bereaved by suicide: 20 November
CatholicCare Western Sydney and Blue Mountains together with the Diocese of Parramatta invite those bereaved by suicide to a Mass to honour loved ones who have taken their lives. Mass will be celebrated by Fr Chris de Souza VG PP. St Oliver Plunkett Church, 35 Wigram Street, Harris Park. 645pm for 7pm start. Ph: 02 8843 2530 or

Nigerian Mass in Igbo: 25 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.                

Ordination to the Priesthood: 30 November 7:30pm

Diocese of Parramatta deacons Jessie Balorio, Jack Green, Chris del Rosario and Galbert Albino will be ordained to the priesthood by Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta. All are welcome, however, due to the anticipated size of the celebration, an outside broadcast with seating will be provided in the Cathedral cloister for those wishing to attend. Parking options may be available in the carpark next to Western Sydney (Parramatta) Stadium, O’Connell Street and streets surrounding the Cathedral.

Details of each ordinand’s Mass of Thanksgiving (‘First Masses’) are as follows:

Galbert – Saturday 1st December at 5.30pm at St Anthony’s, Toongabbie

Jessie – Sunday 2nd December 10:30 at St Aidan’s, Rooty Hill, Saturday 8 December at 5:30pm at Holy Family, Luddenham

Chris – Saturday 1st December at 10.00am at Our Lady of the Angels, Rouse Hill

Jack – Saturday 1st December, 12pm at St John Vianney’s, Doonside

‘Laudato Si’ in Action’ Ecology Workshop for Parishes: December 1

A workshop for parishioners interested in linking, learning and sharing together, sowing the seeds for a green parish.  Holy Family Parish, 254 Luxford Rd, Emerton 10:30 – 12:30 (then stay for lunch if you can). For more information   To register:

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.

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Other News

Positions Vacant for 2019 – Family Educators

Applications are invited for the position of Family Educator based in a number of Catholic primary schools in the Sydney Archdiocese. To see locations please go to  to see the application pack. Applications close October 22, 2018. For further information contact

Reflection Day for Women – Preparing our Hearts for Advent: 24 November

As we approach the end of the year  things seem to speed up around us. Don’t get caught in it,  take some time out for prayer and reflection. Cost $25 BYO own lunch, tea & coffee provided. To register or for more information or Ph: 4773 8338

St Vincent’s Westmead Old Boys Association 97th Annual Mass and Reunion: 25 November

Members of the St. Vincent’s Westmead Old Boys Association are invited to the 97th Annual Mass 11am and reunion including BBQ Lunch 12:30pm. Sacred Heart Church, 14 Ralph Street, Westmead. Enquiries Bob McDonald: 0417 214 822.

Holy Hour for Vocations: 6 December

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


Australian Catholic Historical Society Lecture: 8 December

Annual Mass and Christmas Lunch at midday. Mackillop Centre, Mount Street, North Sydney. Visit the ACHS for more information.

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.


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 or phone 0478599241. For more information visit

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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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