News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond
Diocese of Parramatta Notices
Diocese of Parramatta COVID-19 update
Due to stay-at-home orders from the NSW Government, all church buildings, adoration chapels and other buildings used for prayer and religious services are closed. Public Masses have ceased. Many parishes around the Diocese are celebrating Masses online. For more information, please visit the Diocesan website www.parracatholic.org/covid19
‘The Well’ offers spiritual nourishment during lockdown
Need some inspiration and spiritual encouragement during lockdown? Why not check out The Well? The Diocese’s ‘on demand’ streaming site has a tonne of video and prayer resources for you to explore and engage with during this difficult time. Check it out on www.thewell.org.au
Manage your Fertility Naturally!
Are you looking for a natural effective method to manage your fertility? Are you trying to achieve pregnancy? Are you breastfeeding and looking for a natural way to space your children? Natural Fertility Services – Diocese of Parramatta might just have the answers you’re searching for. For more information, or to book an appointment, contact Catherine on 0400 427 605 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.parralmf.org.au
Catholic Outlook Magazine book giveaway
With thanks to Catholic Healthcare, the Winter 2021 edition of the Catholic Outlook Magazine is giving away three copies of the wonderful book “Sharing the Wisdom of Time by Pope Francis and Friends” just in time for the World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. Entries are now open until 15 July 2021. Enter today via catholicoutlook.org and fill out the form under ‘Book Giveaway’.
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.
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. Find more information at parracatholic.org/diocesanfooddrive.
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 www.parracatholic.org/pmp or call (02) 8838 3460.
Office for Worship Liturgical Ministry Formation Course
The Liturgical Ministry Formation Courses will be running a second time in August. This is formation for anyone interested in serving in the Liturgical Ministries of Readers, Extraordinary Ministers of Communion and Communion to the Sick and Dying and Ministers. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact the Office for Worship on (02) 8838 3456 or email@example.com; or download the August 2021 enrolment form via officeforworship.org.au
Annulment Information Webinar: 21 July
The Diocese of Parramatta’s Tribunal Office, together with CatholicCare Solo Parent Services, are presenting an Information Webinar to help people understand the process of Annulments in the Catholic Church. The event will be held via Zoom on Wednesday 21 July from 7pm to 9pm. Registration is essential. For further details and to register, please call the Tribunal Office on (02) 8838 3480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastoral Council Formation and Training Session: 28 July
The next Parish, Deanery and Diocesan pastoral council formation and training session will be held on Wednesday 28 July from 7.30pm to 9pm via Zoom. This session will be on ‘Listening to the Heart of our Faith’ and presented by Donnie Velasco from the Diocesan Formation for Mission Team. Register at https://tinyurl.com/326esvk6. For any further information, please contact Tanya Quinn on email@example.com or call 0459 133 665.
2021 Faith in Marriage Seminar: 13 August
Guest speaker Robert Haddad will discuss “Living marriage, living faith, ideas to inspire your children” at the Life, Family and Marriage Office’s 2021 Faith in Marriage Seminar on Friday 13 August at St Patrick’s Cathedral Hall, Parramatta, from 7.30pm. The event is free, but booking is required. Free parking will be available at the Cathedral and overflow carpark. Please register your attendance to 02 8838 3460 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult Confirmation: 2 September
Adult Confirmation in the Diocese will be held on Thursday 2 September at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta at 7.30pm. This is for those who have reached the age of 16 years and have yet to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Prior to the Mass, there will be a Catechesis day on Saturday August 21 at the Institute for Mission (IFM) Blacktown from 9.30am to 3pm. For information and registration contact the Office For Worship at (02) 8838 3456 or email email@example.com
- Youth & Networking Coordinator – 12 Month Contract – Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations – Applications close 11.59pm Sunday 1 August
For more details, please visit https://catholicoutlook.org/the-columban-centre-for-christian-muslim-relations-is-hiring/
- Assistant Principal Religious Education – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College, Alice Springs, Northern Territory – Applications close 4pm 19 July 2021
- Expressions of interest – Classroom Teacher – St Francis Xavier Catholic School, Daly River, Northern Territory – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Expressions of interest – Classroom Teacher – Xavier Catholic College, Wurrumiyanga, Northern Territory – contact Rice@nt.catholic.edu.au
For more details, please visit https://www.ceont.catholic.edu.au/employment/current-vacancies/
Fan the Flame – Towards Plenary Assembly One October 2021
“You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while” Mark 6:30-34
Our Aboriginal culture has taught us to be still and to wait… We wait for the rain to fill our rivers and water the thirsty earth… We wait on God, too. We don’t worry. We know that in time and in the spirit of dadirri (that deep listening and quiet stillness) his way will be clear. (Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr, “Dadirri: Inner Deep Listening and Quiet Still Awareness”, Miriam-Roes Foundation, accessed 23 April 2021, https://www.miriamrosefoundation.org.au/about-dadirri.)
Support Mass for You at Home
Many people who are isolated, in prison, in hospital or don’t have internet rely on Mass for You at Home. The Catholic Mass is broadcast free-to-air each Sunday morning on Channel 10 and WIN at 6am. Find some familiar faces from the Diocese of Parramatta celebrating Mass over the coming weeks. Find out more at www.massforyou.com.au
Get vaccinated for the common good
Vaccination against COVID-19 is a morally good thing, providing protection for the person vaccinated and the wider community. Some COVID-19 vaccines are associated with ethically questionable production and research practices, but Pope Francis and the Australian Bishops have advised that it is morally permissible to receive any vaccine made available. More information is available at https://www.catholic.org.au/coronavirus
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: www.madonnamagazine.com.au/article/subscriptions
St Vincent Pallotti Scholarship Trust
The St Vincent Pallotti Scholarship Trust offers scholarships to enable lay people to further their understanding and skills in leadership/ministry or a specialised activity, such as promoting faith enhancement, social justice and pastoral care. More information and Applications Forms are available on our website https://pallottine.org.au/scholarships/st-vincent-pallotti-scholar-shipfor-lay-ministry.html. Applications close 30 July 2021.
National Catholic Men’s Gathering: 31 July
The National Catholic Men’s Gathering for 2021 will be launched online on Saturday 31 July. Join a diocesan group with your Bishop, or with your Men’s Ministry/Parish group or individually. Three sessions will be provided online, along with reflection questions for group discussion or individual reflection. The gathering aims to inspire and encourage all Catholic men with a vision for personal discipleship, service and mission in the family, parish/diocese and the world. Register for free at www.catholicmensgathering.com.au
Finding God in Australia Retreat: 6 – 8 August
Fr John Hill CSsR will be presenting a retreat on “Finding God in Australia” at the St Clement’s Retreat Centre, Galong, NSW, from 6 to 8 August. This retreat will provide an opportunity to reflect about life here in Australia and to renew the foundations of faith for the future. Ensuite rooms are $350, with shared facilities $300. To register, please contact (02) 6380 5222 or email email@example.com
Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend: 7 – 8 August
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 7 – 8 August. For further information and to register, visit www.engagedencounter.org.au/
Worldwide Marriage Encounter Marriage Enrichment Weekend: 21 – 22 August
The Worldwide Marriage Encounter are hosting a Live-Out Marriage Enrichment Weekend from 21 to 22 August at St John Bosco Parish, Engadine. Learn to become the best version of yourselves together and live your best life in love. Book online at www.wwme.org.au or contact Christine and Terry Mahony on 0490 774 419 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more events, please go to: parracatholic.org/events
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