News & Events Weekly Update

7 April 2021


News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond


Diocese of Parramatta Notices


Positions Vacant:

  • Parish Office Administration Assistant – St Thomas Aquinas Parish, Springwood – Applications close Friday 9 April
  • Young Christian Students Worker (full-time) – Parramatta Young Christan Workers – Applications close Monday 30 April

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. 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. A range of new resources for Holy Week and Easter will be uploaded this week, including a full re-enactment of the Passion of the Lord. 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 House of Welcome on or (02) 9727 9290 or JRS on or (02) 9098 9336.

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.

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

Pastoral Council Formation and Training

The Pastoral Planning Office are hosting monthly Zoom sessions offering tips, tricks and best practice in a variety of areas for healthy and productive parish, deanery and diocesan pastoral councils. Sessions will be held on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm to 9pm. If you are on a council or work closely with our councils, claim this date. Register at or contact Lisa for more information on 0448 652 720 or

Young Adult Faith Formation: 11 April

Young Adult faith formation sessions continue on Sunday 11 April at The Hustle, 4-6 Purdy Rd Minchinbury, at 7pm. Christian Stephens will speak and lead discussion on the topic of Jesus: Liar, Lunatic or Lord? 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.

Greystanes Parish Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations: 11 April

Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish, Greystanes, is celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday on Sunday 11 April with chaplet and prayers from 3pm, Benediction at 3.30pm, followed by Mass. There will be fellowship after Mass, so please bring a plate to share. For more information, please contact the parish office on (02) 9631 8135.

Dr Laurie Woods Gospel Study Series

CCD is pleased to offer a Study of the Gospel of St John with Dr Laurie Woods over 5 Fridays – 23 and 30 April and 7, 14 and 21 May. These sessions, held from 9.30am to 2pm, will open our eyes to the depth of this Gospel and its application to everyday life, and are open to all. Please register with Maree at or phone (02) 8838 3486.


Other Notices


Positions Vacant:

  • Applications Data and Reporting Coordinator – Catholic Education Northern Territory, Darwin – Applications close 4pm 6 April 2021
  • Principal – MacKillop Catholic College, Palmerston, Northern Territory – Applications close 7 April 2021
  • Acting Assistant Principal Religious Education – St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Northcliff, Northern Territory – Applications close 4pm 26 April 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

Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth Prayer Companion Program

Are you thinking about your future life as a woman? Are you searching for God’s Will? The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth are offering a prayer companion program beginning Friday 23 April at 7pm. You can request a sister to pray for you every day through the intercession of our Mother Foundress. To sign up, or for more information, please contact Sr Paula on 0449 656 406 or

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

Pastoral Ministry Network Oceania Webinar: 20 April

The Pastoral Ministry Network, formerly NAPPA, is hosting an online Oceania webinar on ‘Parishes and Schools: One Community in Christ’ on Tuesday 20 April from 11am to 12.15pm AEST. The webinar will be sharing best practice, challenges and initiatives in how parishes and schools collaborate in living out the mission of Jesus Christ. To register, visit

Become Like Water 6-Day Retreat: 23 – 29 April

St Mary’s Retreat Centre, Douglas Park, is hosting a 6-day retreat and prayer weekend from 23 to 29 April. This retreat will notice how we are called to be participants in the life of grace by reflecting on the Mysteries of Light and where we notice the waters of baptism welling up within us. The 6-day retreat is $870, with the prayer weekend of 23-25 April $290. For more information, and to register, call (02) 4630 0233, email or visit

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

Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend: 1 – 2 May 2021

How prepared are you for marriage? Engaged Encounter provides you with deeper insights into each other and into married life. We give you a chance to spend time together to strengthen and enrich your relationship. The next Engaged Encounter Weekend will be held on 1 – 2 May. For further information and to register, 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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