News & Events Weekly Update

3 August 2021
You're invited to HOME Ground by the Diocese of Parramatta.


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

‘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

Join us on ‘HOME Ground’ over the next four weeks

While in lockdown, you’re invited to ‘HOME Ground’. Online every weeknight for the next four weeks, join us for chat, music, prayer, hot topics and most of all – fun and connection. See the free line-up at The Diocese of Parramatta’s Mission Enhancement Team look forward to seeing you on HOME Ground soon.

Parish Online Ministry during COVID

There are an extraordinary amount of initiatives taking place online across the Diocese in a number of parishes. These include games nights, trivia competitions, formation, scripture studies and wellbeing check-ins. If your community is willing to share these opportunities beyond your own Parish, the Mission Enhancement Team (MET Parramatta) would love to hear from you and help connect others who are struggling at this time. Email

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 or visit

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

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.

**CANCELLED** 2021 Faith in Marriage Seminar: 13 August

We regret to inform you that the 2021 Faith in Marriage Seminar, scheduled for Friday 13 August, has been cancelled. The seminar will be rescheduled to a date to be advised. If there are any issues, please contact the Mission Enhancement Team – Parramatta on

Rouse Hill Parish Mandarin Mass: 15 August

The next Catholic Mass in Mandarin celebrated at Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Rouse Hill, will be held online on Sunday 15 August at 3pm. The Mass will be livestreamed on the parish’s Facebook page. The regular Chinese Tea held after Mass is postponed until further notice. For more information, please contact the parish office on (02) 8883 4063 or email

Pastoral Formation Reflective Ministry Program: Begins 24 August

The Reflective Ministry Program is an online self-paced leadership development program to renew or encourage people in ministry. Produced by the Pastoral Formation team, the program covers biblical spirituality, ministry skilling and pastoral theology. Kick off for the program is 24 August 2021. Express your interest today via



Other Notices


Positions Vacant:

  • Travel Officer – Catholic Education Northern Territory, Darwin – Applications close 4pm Wednesday 4 August
  • 2022 Teaching Vacancies – Urban and Regional schools, Catholic Education Northern Territory – Applications close 4pm Tuesday 10 August
  • 2022-2023 Teaching Opportunities – Aboriginal Catholic Community Schools, Catholic Education Northern Territory – Applications close 4pm Tuesday 10 August
  • Principal – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Thamarrurr Catholic College, Wadeye, Northern Territory – Applications close Wednesday 11 August 2021
  • Re-Advertised Assistant Principal Religious Education – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College, Alice Springs, Northern Territory – Applications close 4pm Sunday 15 August
  • Pre-school Teacher – Ltyentye Apurte Catholic School, Santa Teresa, Northern Territory – Applications close Monday 16 August
  • Re-Advertised Principal – St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, Humpty Doo, Northern Territory – Applications close Monday 23 August 2021

For more details, please visit

Fan the Flame – Towards Plenary Assembly One October 2021

“Set your hearts on his kingdom first, and on his righteousness, and all these other things will be given you as well” Matthew 6:25-34
The Church signifies and builds up the shared life of God’s kingdom. This calls all members of the Church to continual conversion from self-serving egoism to self-giving love and a willingness to “bear each other’s burdens” (Gal 6:2). (Instrumentum Laboris #83)

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

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

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:

St Mary’s Towers Retreat Centre offering online retreats

St Mary’s Towers Retreat Centre in Douglas Park, NSW, is offering a series of online live retreats throughout the month of August. All retreats, ranging from a single day to 5 days, start at 9am on the first date and conclude at 5pm on the final date and will be presented using Microsoft Teams. For further information or to register for any of the retreats, email or visit

Divine Retreat Centre Daily Silent Adoration Livestream

From 1 August, the Divine Retreat Centre in Somersby, NSW, is livestreaming daily silent adoration from 8.45am to 8.45pm on their ‘Divine Healing & Retreat Centre Sydney Australia’ YouTube Channel. You are free to send prayer requests at any time during the adoration. To tune in, visit

ACBC 2021-2022 Social Justice Statement Launch: 5 August

Join us for the national launch of the ACBC Social Justice Statement 2021-22: Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor, online on Thursday 5 August from 5.30pm to 6.30pm AEST. This year’s statement focuses on building the theological foundations of caring for our common home and our human family. To register for the event, visit

**CANCELLED** Worldwide Marriage Encounter Marriage Enrichment Weekend: 21 – 22 August

Dear Friends. With much disappointment, we would like to inform you that our Worldwide Marriage Encounter “Live Out” weekend from 21 to 22 August in Engadine has been cancelled. For more information, please contact Christine and Terry Mahony on 0490 774 419 or

Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth Online Discernment Weekend: 20 – 22 August

The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth offer an online discernment retreat for single women aged 18 to 35 who want to discern their vocation to religious life. The retreat will start at 5pm on 20 August and finish at 12.30pm on 22 August. If you would like to participate, or for more information, please contact Sr Paula on 0449 656 406 or


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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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