News & Events Weekly Update

24 August 2020


News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond


Diocese of Parramatta Notices


Diocese of Parramatta COVID-19 update

Parishes across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains have COVID-Safety plans in place requiring social distancing, maximum attendance figures and other safety measures. We also highly recommend wearing masks to Mass and other services. You are encouraged to check with your parish on what measures they have in place before attending. For more information, please visit the Diocesan website

ACBC Social Justice Statement Diocesan Workshop: 31 August

Join with people from across the Diocese to break down the ACBC Social Justice Statement 2020-21 on 31 August from 7pm to 8.30pm via Zoom. Hear from the experts on Mental Health and the everyday tools you can use in your life and ministry, what resources are available in the diocese and how we can work together. To RSVP, please contact

Bishop Vincent Catholic Earthcare Convocation Address: 3 September

Bishop Vincent Long will be speaking during a session of Catholic Earthcare’s Convocation – a virtual meeting celebrating the Season of Creation on Thursday 3 September from 2pm. Bishop Vincent will be discussing ‘Francis and Francis lighting the path: Franciscan eco-spirituality in light of Pope Francis’. To register for his session, visit

Clergy Support Foundation Father’s Day Appeal Update: 5 – 6 September

Due to the pandemic and its social and financial impact on families, communities and Churches, the Diocese’s Clergy Support Foundation will not be holding its annual Bishop’s Collection for Retired Priests, also known as the Father’s Day Appeal, this September. However, donations will always be accepted via their BPOINT portal at If you wish to donate by other methods, please contact for more information.

CEDP Safeguarding eSafety Commissioner Webinar: 7 September

Catholic Education and the Office for Safeguarding and Professional Standards are partnering with the eSafety Commissioner for a series of free webinars for parents and carers. The second session, ‘Tech, teens and time online’ (for secondary students) will be held on Monday 7 September from 7pm to 8pm. To register, please visit For more information, please contact or visit

Pastoral Planning Celebrating and Sharing Our Gifts: 9 – 23 September

The Pastoral Planning Office are offering an opportunity for prayerful discernment about the spiritual gifts God has given us to bring to life God’s mission. Join us for 3 Wednesday evenings of prayer, input and discussions beginning on 9 September from 7.30pm to 9pm. You can register these for evenings at

Office For Worship RCIA Workshops: 14 September – 19 October

The Office For Worship will be running RCIA workshops for RCIA coordinators & teams and anyone who might be interested in understanding the RCIA process. The workshops will run with limited numbers due to social distancing measures on four Monday evenings between 14 September and 19 October at the Institute For Mission, Blacktown. To RSVP by 7 September, or if you would like more information, please contact the Office for Worship on 02 8838 3456 or

Life, Marriage and Family Office Pre-Marriage Weekends: 18 and 20 September

The Life, Marriage and Family Office will host another pre-marriage education course on the weekend of the 18 and 20 September 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 or call (02) 8838 3460.

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 – or visit

Natural Fertility Services is still open

Following COVID-19 restrictions, Natural Fertility Services has reintroduced face-to-face instruction. We will, however, continue with Zoom meetings as this has enabled more couples access to information. We have educators available to teach any of the three methods of Natural Family Planning. If you would like more information, or to book an appointment, please contact Catherine via email 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.

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 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 The office is open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.

Out of School Hours Care accepting enrolments

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 for Term 3. Significant subsidies on child care fees are available depending on your family circumstances. For more information and bookings, please contact

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 For more information contact

St Bernadette’s Lalor Park Wednesday Evening Devotions

St Bernadette’s Parish, Lalor Park, is hosting weekly devotions to Mary Immaculate and St Bernadette every Wednesday evening at 7pm, followed by Mass at 7.30pm. All are welcome. For more information, contact the parish office on 02 9672 4037 or

Social Justice COVID-19 Food and Toiletries Drive

Jesuit Refugee Service and House of Welcome are dealing with a 400% increase in emergency assistance calls and are needing to feed over 1,000 people facing destitution each week. You can help by running a food and toiletry drive or donating yourself. For more information, contact Patrice Moriarty 0409 399 505 or, House of Welcome or JRS



Other Notices


Positions Vacant:

  • Head of Campus – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College, Traeger, Alice Springs, Northern Territory – Applications close Monday 31 August
  • Assistant Principal Religious Education – St Joseph’s Catholic College, Katherine, Northern Territory – Applications close Monday 31 August
  • Assistant Principal Religious Education – Ltyentye Apurte Catholic School, Santa Teresa, Northern Territory – Applications close Monday 31 August
  • Manager – Aboriginal and Islander Education (Engagement and Workforce Development) – Catholic Education Northern Territory Office, Darwin – Applications close Monday 31 August
  • Deputy Principal – Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Palmerston, Northern Territory – Applications close Monday 31 August
  • Deputy Principal – Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School, Darwin, Northern Territory – Applications close Monday 31 August
  • Deputy Principal – St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Darwin, Northern Territory – Applications close Monday 31 August
  • Deputy Principal – St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, Humpty Doo, Northern Territory – Applications close Monday 7 September
  • Religious Education Coordinator – St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, Humpty Doo, Northern Territory – Applications close Monday 7 September

For more details, please visit

Pastoral Ministry Network Webinar: 25 August

The Pastoral Ministry Network, formerly NAPPA, is hosting an online national webinar ‘Knowing the community whom we are called to serve’ on Tuesday 25 August from 11am to 12pm. The webinar hopes to draw on the Parish Social Profiles in dialogue with community leaders to answer questions about our mission to share the Good News in a local context. To register, visit

Pontifical Holy Land Good Friday Collection: 13 September

Due to the global pandemic, Pope Francis moved the annual collection for the support of the church in the Holy Land from Good Friday to Sunday 13 September. This collection helps to provide welfare assistance to local Christians in the Holy Land in areas such as health, education, employment and housing. Please remember the Christians of the Holy Land on 13 September and please also keep them in your prayers.

ACBC Social Justice Statement 2020-21

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the mental health of many members of our parishes, schools and communities. In the Social Justice Statement 2020-21, To Live Life to the Full: Mental health in Australia today, the Bishops invite us all to reject stigmatisation and to call for policies and service provision that meets the needs of the poorest and most marginalised members of our community. Download the Statement at

St Mary’s Towers Retreat Centre Staged Reopening

St Mary’s Retreat Centre in Douglas Park, NSW, is commencing a staged re-opening of its facilities from 3 August, as a lead up to their advertised retreat program commencing on 2 October. As places will be limited for the time being, all appointments and visits will need to be booked through the Administrator: or phone (02) 4630 0233.

54-Day Rosary Novena for the Coronavirus

The National Rosary Crusade 54-Day Novena invites you to join them in prayer for a nation-wide 54-day rosary novena to Mary Help of Christians, the national patroness. The novenas will be run between 15 August, the Feast of the Assumption through to 7 October, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page.


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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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