News & Events Weekly Update

16 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’

While in lockdown, you’re invited to ‘HOME Ground’. Online every weeknight until 20 August, 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.

UPDATE: Social Justice COVID-19 Food and Toiletries Drive

During lockdown, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and House of Welcome (HoW) cannot receive physical food and toiletry donations. However, many refugee families are still relying on their foodbanks or the provision of food vouchers. In this difficult time, please support JRS and HoW with a cash donation if you can. Find more information at or call JRS on (02) 9356 3888 or HoW on (02) 9727 9290.

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.

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

Pastoral Council Formation and Training Session: 25 August

The next Parish, Deanery and Diocesan pastoral council formation and training session will be held on Wednesday 25 August from 7.30pm to 9pm via Zoom. This session will be on ‘Listening to the hopes, needs, ideas and concerns of Parishioners’ and presented by Sr Ailsa Mackinnon RSM, Chancellor for Ministries in the Diocese of Parramatta. Register at For any further information, please contact Tanya Quinn on or call (02) 8838 3441.



Other Notices


Positions Vacant:

  • 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
  • Re-Advertised Education Officer EAL/D – Teaching and Learning, Catholic Education Northern Territory – Applications close 4pm 30 August 2021
  • Principal – Xavier Catholic College, Wurrumiyanga, Northern Territory – Applications close 1 September 2021

For more details, please visit

  • Diocesan Financial Administrator – Diocese of Broome
  • Finance Officer – Diocese of Broome
  • Secretary/Personal Assistant – Diocese of Broome
  • Volunteer Support & Compliance Officer – Diocese of Broome
  • Finance Assistant – Diocese of Broome
  • Kalumburu Mission Manager – Diocese of Broome

For a confidential discussion about these positions and to obtain a copy of the Duty Statements and Information Pack, please contact Tony Rogers on 0488 032 656 or

Fan the Flame – Towards Plenary Assembly One October 2021

“The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” John 6:60-69
Through appropriate faith formation, God can shape us into deepening our spirituality within the life of the Church, engaging with scripture, encountering God in worship and prayerfully developing our living relationship with Jesus Christ. (Prayerful and Eucharistic – Discernment Paper p. 5)

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

Vinnies Support Centres are still available to those in need

St Vincent de Paul Support Centres across Greater Sydney are still available and taking calls to arrange for food vouchers or other items to be provided to those in need. If you need assistance, call the Support Centres in Blacktown on (02) 8861 9777, Harris Park  on (02) 8861 9757 and Penrith on (02) 8861 9770. To find out more about what support is available, 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:

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

Australian Cardijn Institute Webinar – ‘Lay People and Synodality’: 19 August

The Australian Cardijn Institute is presenting a webinar with French Xavierian Sister Nathalie Becquart, Under Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, on Thursday 19 August at 7pm via Zoom. Sr Nathalie will speak on “Lay People and Synodality,” an important topic in view of the Plenary Council. For more information, and to register, visit

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

Catholic Theological College Engaging Your Faith Series: 21 August – 16 September

The Catholic Theological College is hosting a series of online lectures via Zoom on Engaging Your Faith from 21 August to 16 September. The Engaging Your Faith offers short sessions on a variety of topics including: Meditation and Compassion and Mercy in the Gospel according to Mark. Sessions are $20 each. For more details, and to register, please visit

Australasian Catholic Coalition for Church Reform Convocation 2: 26 August

The Australasian Catholic Coalition for Church Reform invites Australian Catholics to the second in a series of Convocations on Thursday 26 August at 7.30pm to 9pm via Zoom. The second convocation, ‘The Future of Catholicism in Australia’, will bring together diverse perspectives on the current state, and future prospects, for our Church in Australia. For more information, and to register for this free event, visit

Australian Catholic Church Social Justice Sunday: 29 August

The Australian Catholic Church celebrates Social Justice Sunday on 29 August. The Australian Bishops’ Social Justice Statement, Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor, invites us to join in responding to Pope Francis’ invitation to take a seven-year journey towards total ecological sustainability guided by seven Laudato Si’ Goals. Visit the ACBC Office for Justice, Ecology and Peace’s website,, for more information.

Mission: One Heart Many Voices Virtual Conference: 1 – 3 September

The fifth biennial Mission: one heart many voices conference will be held online from 1 to 3 September, with an additional day with young people on 4 September. The conference, convened by Catholic Mission and Catholic Religious Australia, directly identify and explore the challenges of living the Gospel and Leading Mission Now in Australia and globally. To view the program and to register, visit

Worldwide Marriage Enrichment Virtual Weekend: 10 – 12 September

Worldwide Marriage Enrichment is hosting a Virtual Marriage Encounter Weekend on 10 to 12 September via Zoom. Open to married couples, priests and religious, this is an opportunity for you to learn to become the best version of yourselves together and live your best life in love. Book online at or contact Christine & Terry Mahony on 0490 774 419 or


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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