News & Events Weekly Update

22 February 2021


News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond


Diocese of Parramatta Notices


Positions Vacant:

  • Social Justice Coordinator – Diocese of Parramatta – Applications close 5pm 22 February 2021
  • Natural Family Planning Educator (Casual) – Diocese of Parramatta – Applications close 1 March 2021

More details at:

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. It is currently highly recommended that masks be worn 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

‘The Well’ offers new refreshment in 2021

‘The Well’ is back in 2021 and flows again today. The team are hoping to drip-feed new and relatable content every 72 hours that supports your ministry with family, friends, students, colleagues and strangers. Catholic Education and Catholic Youth Parramatta are ‘first cabs off the rank’ with content uploaded today for Lent and the Year of Saint Joseph. Check it out on

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.

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

Life, Marriage and Family Office Marriage Preparation Courses

Dates for the Diocesan Life, Marriage and Family Office’s in-person marriage preparation weekend courses in 2021 are now available, with the SmartLoving Engaged Online course another option to prepare for your marriage. For more information, or to book your course, visit or call (02) 8838 3460.

Institute for Mission 2021 formation programs – sign up today

Interested or already involved in your parish community initiatives? Looking to explore key themes of the Catholic tradition? Express your interest today in the Institute for Mission’s Reflective Ministry and Themes of Faith programs for your life and faith enrichment. They are 100% free and begin in early March in an online format. For more information, contact Sr Grace on 9296 6369 or or Donnie on 0432042140 or

Join the bellringers of St Patrick’s Cathedral

The Peal of Bells of St Patrick’s Cathedral have been officially installed. Bell ringing commences 10.30am Sundays ahead of the Solemn Mass. If you would like to enquire about learning to ring the bells, please contact Fr Christopher Del Rosario on For further information, please visit

Bishop’s Good Samaritan Appeal

Help CatholicCare chaplains bring comfort, faith and hope to the sick and isolated. Your compassionate gifts and prayers will help CatholicCare chaplains provide spiritual, sacramental and emotional support in the footsteps of the Good Samaritan. Please give generously to the Bishop’s Good Samaritan Appeal via Thank you for accompanying them on their journey.

Young Adults Faith Formation: 7 March

Young Adult faith formation sessions continue on Sunday 7 March at The Hustle (4-6 Purdy Rd Minchinbury) at 7pm. Fr Jack Green will speak and lead discussion on the questions of suffering and mortification. We encourage all adults 18-35 to come along and enjoy some faith formation and fellowship! Call Mark on 0477 004 678 for more information.



Other Notices


Positions Vacant:

  • Manager – Infrastructure – Catholic Education Northern Territory, Darwin – Applications close 24 February 2021
  • Behaviour and Wellbeing Education Advisor Teaching and Learning – Catholic Education Northern Territory, Darwin – Applications close 1 March 2021
  • General Administration Assistant – Catholic Education Northern Territory, Darwin – Applications close 4pm 1 March 2021
  • Deputy Principal (Primary) – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Thamarrurr Catholic College – Wadeye, Northern Territory – Applications close 8 March 2021
  • Deputy Principal (Secondary) – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Thamarrurr Catholic College – Wadeye, Northern Territory – Applications close 8 March 2021

For more details, please visit

  • Principal Researcher – National Church Life Survey (NCLS) Research – Uniting Church NSW/ACT – Applications close 22 February 2021
  • Research Development Manager – National Church Life Survey (NCLS) Research – Uniting Church NSW/ACT – Applications close 1 March 2021

 For more details, please visit

Madonna magazine – a gift of spiritual sustenance that lasts a whole year

Madonna magazine, published by Jesuit Communications, is an ideal spiritual companion – containing daily prayers, deep reflections and faith-focused articles. We invite you to subscribe or consider taking out a gift subscription for a loved one for only $53 a year. You can find out more about Madonna, how to subscribe, purchase a gift subscription or donate a subscription on the website:

Mt Schoenstatt Spirituality Centre is taking bookings for 2021

As a COVID-safe registered business, the Mt Schoenstatt Spirituality Centre, Mulgoa, is once again available for personal or small group bookings to discern and plan for what the future might look like. They have also begun taking bookings for 2021, with numbers set to increase as restrictions return to normal. For more information, please call (02) 4773 8338, email or visit

Project Compassion 2021: “Be More”

Support Caritas Australia this Lenten season by taking home a Project Compassion box and/or a set of donation envelopes. Through your generosity, you are assisting some of the world’s most vulnerable people build better futures for themselves, their families and their communities. You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, or by visiting or phoning 1800 024 413.

Project Compassion – Virtual Immersions 

Each week during this Lenten season, Caritas Australia is holding Virtual Immersion opportunities for parishes via Zoom video conferencing. These digital engagements will allow participants to focus on prayer and reflection, Catholic Social Teaching and an interview and Q&A with Caritas International Program staff. Sessions will run Tuesdays and Thursdays for one hour across Australia. You can register for a Virtual Immersion by going to

Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth Online Retreat: 27 February

Women aged 18-35 who want to deepen their relationship with St Joseph are invited to attend an online retreat hosted by The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth on Saturday 27 February from 4pm via Zoom. The retreat will include a reflection, a Q&A session and Evening Prayer. For more information, and to register, contact Sr Paula on 0449 656 406 or

Marist Online Symposium 2021: 2 March

The Marist Association is inviting you to participate in the national Marist Online Symposium “Alive in God” with Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP on Tuesday March 2 from 5pm to 6.30pm AEDT. Drawing on his 50 years of ministry, Fr Timothy will explore and unpack the 2021 Marist Association theme “Breathe: the Spirit of Life.” Registrations are required via For more information, please contact

Jesus Light of the World Communities Healing Retreat: 13 March

The Jesus Light of the World Communities in Rockdale are hosting a healing retreat with Fr Matheus Wuwu MGL on Saturday 13 March from 9am to 4.30pm at St Joseph’s Parish Hall, Rockdale. To book, visit For enquiries, please contact Ida on 0424 267 500, Helen on 0488 037 631, email or visit

Pontifical Holy Land Good Friday Collection: 2 April

The annual Pontifical Good Friday Collection will be held on Friday 2 April around Australia. The collection will continue to support the works of the Holy Land Custody through the generosity of the Australian Church. Your donation is a direct way to make a difference in the lives of those who are keeping alive the Christian presence in the land of Jesus in the face of great odds.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Marriage Enrichment Weekend: 16 – 18 April

The Worldwide Marriage Encounter are hosting a Marriage Enrichment Weekend from 16 – 18 April at the Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville, NSW. Learn to become the best version of yourselves together and live your best life in love. Book online at or contact Christine and Terry Mahony on 0490 774 419 or

Rachel’s Vineyard Healing after Abortion Retreat: 30 April – 2 May

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat offers women and men a sanctuary in which to rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment. The next healing retreat will be held on 30 April to 2 May. Rachel’s Vineyard has created a confidential free online individually guided reflection at a time to suit you. To enquire about these programs, call their confidential number (voice mail): 0400 092 555 or 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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