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Diocese of Parramatta Notices
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Bishop’s Good Shepherds Appeal
When God calls, will you help them answer? The Holy Spirit Seminary in Harris Park is training 15 young men to be true shepherds of Christ’s flock and future priests for the Diocese of Parramatta. Your gift to Parramatta Catholic Foundation will support our seminarians to prepare for the priesthood and a life of community service. Please give generously via the Bishop’s Good Shepherds Appeal envelopes or online at yourcatholicfoundation.org.au/appeal
New Office for Safeguarding and Professional Standards Website
The Diocese of Parramatta’s Office for Safeguarding and Professional Standards (OSPS) has launched a new website, strengthening their ability to deliver advice and support to parishes, agencies and ministries to ensure the Diocese is safe for all people. Visit the website at www.safeguarding.org.au
Liturgical Ministry Formation Courses
The Office for Worship is taking enrolments for its Liturgical Ministry Formation Courses for those who are interested in being Readers, Extraordinary Ministers of Communion or Bringing Communion to the Sick and Dying. The course will be at the Institute for Mission (Downstairs Hall). NOTE: Introduction Session on 12 August is compulsory. Enrolments close on 5 August 2019. Please see your Parish Office for a form or for more information, contact 02 8838 3456 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All Night Adoration of the Lord: 22 – 23 June
Come and spend some time with the Lord during the feast of Corpus Christi. Adoration will take place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta from 7pm on 22 June to 7am on 23 June. We ask for someone to be present with the Lord at all times. If you are available, please leave your name at the Cathedral Parish office on 02 8839 8400 or email email@example.com
CYP LIFTED Retreat 2019: 5 – 7 July
CYP invites young adults aged 18 – 35 to attend the annual LIFTED Retreat from July 5-7 at the Benedict XVI Retreat Centre, Grose Vale. You can expect great guest speakers, stimulating discussions, adoration, daily Mass, Reconciliation, soul-stirring music and delicious food. The theme is inspired by Pope Francis – ‘Dare to be Different’ Register now @ https://parracatholic.org/cyp-lifted-retreat/
Light Up St Pat’s 2019: 6 – 21 July
In conjunction with Parramatta Council’s Winterlight Festival. St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish, Parramatta are once again hosting the Light Up St Pat’s projections! St Pat’s warmly invites you to visit the Cathedral in this time to view these projections which centre on the theme of Hope. The opening night will be after the 6pm Mass on July 6 at 7.15pm. If you would like to volunteer as part of the Evangelization Team please contact Mindy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office 8839 8411. A mandatory induction night will be held in the St Patrick’s Cathedral Hall on June 25th at 7pm.
An Evening with Cardinal John Dew: 16 July
His Eminence, John Cardinal Dew, Archbishop of Wellington, will deliver a lecture on Servant leadership in the spirit of Pope Francis. Tuesday 16 July at the Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre, Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta from 7pm. RSVP by 12 July to Br Mark O’Connor – email@example.com
IFM Reflective Ministry Program: 20 August
The Institute for Mission’s Reflective Ministry Program – Component 2 starts on Tuesday 20 August. This is a great opportunity to enrich and enthuse those involved in the ministries of the Catholic communities. Go to ifm.org.au for more information and registration, or contact the IFM team on 02 9296 6369.
Adult Confirmation: 10 September
Adult Confirmation for 2019 will be held on Tuesday 10 September at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta from 7.30pm. A Catechesis Day for Adult Confirmation will be held on Saturday 31 August from 9.30am to 2pm. Any adult over 16 years wanting to be confirmed please see your Parish Office for information or contact the Office for Worship on 02 8838 3456 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian Catholic Youth Festival, Perth: 7 – 11 December 2019
ACYF19 is a biennial national gathering of Catholic young people established by the Bishops of Australia. The event involves three days of exciting, large scale Plenary’s, tens of workshops, concerts, prayer experiences, fun, expos and concludes with an outdoor mass with the City of Perth. Bishop Vincent and Catholic Youth Parramatta will be leading an expected 200 participants. Free twin-share hotel accommodation is being offered now. For more information and to register visit www.catholicyouthparramatta.org
Plenary Council 2020:
National Theme for Discernment #1 – How is God calling us to be a Christ-centred Church that is Missionary and Evangelising? This National Theme for Discernment is inspired by the voices of the People of God who shared a passion for participating in the missionary nature of the Church and desire stronger support, involvement and formation among all the baptised who make up the Church. Find out more at www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au
Plenary Council 2020:
National Theme for Discernment #2 – How is God calling us to be a Christ-centred Church that is Inclusive, Participatory and Synodal? This National Theme for Discernment is inspired by the voices of the People of God who expressed a desire for individuals and groups within and also beyond the Church to find a better welcome and be incorporated more into her life and mission. Find out more at www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au
Holy Hour for Vocations: 4 July
Youth aged 18 to 35 are invited to join The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth for the Holy Hour for Vocations at the Holy Spirit Convent, Plumpton, on Thursday 4 July at 7pm. Dinner will be served afterwards. RSVP to Sr Paula – email@example.com or 0449 656 406.
Women in Leadership: 4 – 7 July
The Benedictine Abbey, Jamberoo invites women of any age and any experience in formal leadership positions, and for those who exercise leadership without a formal title in business, schools, homes, offices, parishes, anywhere to the Women in Leadership workshop. The aim is to support women to explore their unique gifts – as people, as women and as leaders. 4-7 July. 02 4236 0533 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Australian Catholic Students Association Conference: 5 – 7 July
This year’s Australian Catholic Students Association Conference – “Be Not Afraid” – will be held at St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill from 5-7 July. All current and deferred tertiary students, alumni aged 35 years and under, as well as campus and youth group chaplains are invited to this gathering from across the country! To register visit https://bit.ly/2YZDdbw or on Facebook: https://bit.ly/2OXfYda
Campion College Winter Program: 7 – 10 July
Campion College’s Winter Program will be held at its Old Toongabbie campus from 7 to 10 July. Open to all high school students over 16, the three day program provides an opportunity to experience college life with sample lectures, sport, movies and a bonfire night. Campion will waive the $220 registration fee for a limited number of participants. For more information and to register, visit www.campion.edu.au/winter
Renaissance of Marriage 2019: 26 – 27 July
Renaissance of Marriage 2019 – Building a Catholic Marriage Culture – will be held on 26 and 27 July at the University of Notre Dame Sydney. Keynote Speakers include Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP and Kevin Donnelly. Registrations open at www.ROM.org.au
ACMRO National Conference: 5 – 7 August
The 6th National Conference on Missionary Clergy and Religious in Australia: Challenges and Opportunities will be held at Rydges South Bank, Brisbane, from 5 – 7 August. The conference will provide an opportunity for our missionary priests and religious to provide and obtain mutual support through sharing experiences with each other. For more information and to register, visit https://www.acmro.catholic.org.au/
Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend: 10 – 11 August
Take the time to step back from everyday distractions and rediscover your relationship at the Worldwide Marriage Encounter Marriage Enrichment Weekend from 10 to 11 August at St John Bosco Parish, Engadine. Book online at www.wwme.org.au. For further enquiries, contact Adrian and Janet Sullivan on 0490 774 419, email@example.com
OLMC Parramatta 50 Year Reunion: 21 September
Did you commence Year 7 at OLMC in 1964, or attend any year thereafter, such that you did your HSC in 1969, or your SC in 1967? It’s OK if you left before your exams, you’re still welcome at our 50th Reunion! Contact Jennifer Newton: email firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook page OLMC Parramatta 1964-1969 50th Reunion (September 2019).
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