News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond
Diocese of Parramatta Notices
- Human Resources Adviser – Diocese of Parramatta
More details at: parracatholic.org/employment
Reopening of church buildings
Parishes across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains are opening their doors for private prayer, Reconciliation and for the celebration of Mass and sacraments such as baptisms, weddings and funerals. Please contact your local parish to check the arrangements put in place.
Livestreamed Masses from across the Diocese of Parramatta are still available on the Diocesan website https://www.parracatholic.org/covid19/#online.
Catholic Outlook Magazine June Edition
The June edition of our quarterly print magazine, Catholic Outlook, has been suspended due to COVID-19. You are still able to read and access the digital version of Catholic Outlook via catholicoutlook.org and https://catholicoutlook.org/subscribe/. Once Government restrictions have been fully lifted, the print production of Catholic Outlook will resume, with the next edition scheduled for September 2020.
CatholicCare is still open and operational
CatholicCare Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains services remain open and operational during the current COVID-19 outbreak. Individual offices have been closed to clients, but the service continues to operate with care and support offered via phone, video conferencing/telehealth and online. Some programs are continuing to run groups via video conference. To make a referral, call (02) 8843 2500 (Mon-Thu 8.30am-8pm, Fri 8.30am-5pm, Sat 9am-1pm), email – email@example.com or visit ccss.org.au.
Life, Marriage and Family Office Pre-Marriage Weekends
The Life, Marriage and Family Office will recommence their pre-marriage education courses from the weekend of 24th and 26th July 2020. Social distancing and hygiene measures will be in place, with other arrangements to be made if government requirements change. To view course dates for the remainder of 2020 and to book and pay for your preferred pre-marriage course, visit www.parracatholic.org/pmp or call (02) 8838 3460.
Natural Fertility Services is still open
The Life, Marriage and Family Office is still open! Natural Fertility Services helps couples achieve and space pregnancy naturally! If you would like to learn Natural Family Planning, please contact Catherine to book your remote instruction via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0400 427 605.
Office For Worship Resources available
The Office For Worship has a range of resources available for purchase for individuals and parishes. Resources such as parent material for a child’s baptism and a collation of prayers can be purchased from the Office For Worship by contacting (02) 8838 3457.
Alpha Online Prayer Ministry
Be part of prayer ministry for the team and participants of Alpha Online beginning 1 June. Alpha invites participants to explore the Christian faith in a friendly and comfortable environment. Alpha Prayer Ministers are invited to pray daily individually or as part of a weekly online prayer group. Visit https://www.parracatholic.org/alphaonline/ or call Lisa on 0448 652 720 to register or find out more.
Share your Good News Stories!
Thank you for all that you continue to do to share the love and peace of God. Our Pastoral Planning Office welcomes your good news stories of hope and encouragement during COVID-19 to share with parishes and communities across our Diocese. If you have a good news story to offer, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/goodnewsstory
Join with others as we create community online to share and grow faith, every Saturday from 11am – 12pm with Saturday Sessions, hosted by the Pastoral Planning Office. Listen to the pre-recorded presentation about a topic of faith and then join an online group discussion via Zoom. Visit the Diocese of Parramatta’s Facebook page each week for details. Contact Lisa Bright on email@example.com to join the mailing list to receive session information.
Catholic Youth Parramatta engaging young people in new ways
Catholic Youth Parramatta has established a dynamic schedule of networking opportunities, formation and resources to support ministry and engagement with young people of the Diocese in new ways. From inspiring quotes and scripture references on Mondays, to faith-filled live performances on Wednesday to launching new home-grown resources on Friday. Check out CYP’s Facebook and Instagram pages and https://www.parracatholic.org/cyp/ to download and share the resources.
Diocese of Parramatta Tribunal remains open
The Tribunal of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Parramatta remains open and committed to assisting anyone who has questions regarding marriage annulments. Please direct all enquires to the Tribunal office on 8838 3480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The office is open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.
Out of School Hours Care accepting enrolments
If you are adjusting to a new work routine and your normal care arrangements have been interrupted by COVID-19, the Diocese’s network of 27 Catholic Out of School Hours Care services are all open and accepting enrolments for children in Years K-6. With the Federal Government’s childcare relief package, the service is free for all families until 28 June 2020. For more information and bookings, please contact email@example.com
SRE learning from home
During the school shutdown, CCD designed some faith resources for families to access for their children as they learned from home. These lessons, which are fun and prepared specifically for each age group 5-13, are a good way to encourage children to converse about topics of faith at home. These lessons which affirm that they we are loved by God can be found at https://www.ccress.org.au/learning-from-home-sre-lessons/. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Compassion update
Due to COVID-19, Project Compassion has been extended and parishioners can bring their boxes or envelopes to parishes, or if they are unable, can contact 1800 024 413 or go to lent.caritas.org.au. A video message from Caritas Australia on how they are helping around the world can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk7AvhdL0lM. For any further support, please contact Patrice Moriarty 0409 399 505 or email@example.com
Institute for Mission – Formation opportunity for adults
The Institute for Mission’s Reflective Ministry Program (Word and Mission) is going ahead starting from 18 August. In keeping with COVID-19 restrictions, the IFM will operate under the relevant health authority guidelines. Part Two is being offered for free as a response to COVID-19 with limited spots available. For details and registration, visit https://www.ifm.org.au/reflective-ministry or contact Sr Grace on firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACU Online Public Lecture with Rev Prof. Mark R Francis
The ACU Centre for Liturgy is hosting the President of the Catholic Theological Union, Rev Prof Mark R. Francis CSV, in a free online public lecture. Titled “The Challenge of Intercultural Liturgy in the Era of Pope Francis,” it will be broadcast live from Chicago on Monday July 20 from 10am AEST via Zoom. Registration is essential by 15 July 2020. Register by visiting https://bit.ly/3h1Rw8e
For more events please go to: parracatholic.org/events
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