News & Events Weekly Update

8 February 2022
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News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond


Diocese of Parramatta Notices


Positions Vacant:

  •  Project Officer – Parramatta Young Christian Workers
  • Graduate Accountant – Diocesan Development Fund, Diocese of Parramatta

More details at:

Diocese of Parramatta COVID-19 update

Parishes across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains are opening their doors for private prayer, Reconciliation and for the celebration of Mass and sacraments such as baptisms, weddings and funerals. Please contact your local parish to check Mass and liturgy times and the COVID-Safe arrangements in place.

Livestreamed Masses from across the Diocese of Parramatta are still available on the Diocesan website For more information, please visit the Diocesan website

Synod 2023: Our Decision Making

Our aim is to make decisions by discerning what the Holy Spirit is saying through our whole community. How well do we do we do this and which Catholic discernment & decision-making methods include everyone? How can we do better?

Have a prayerful conversation with your family, friends or colleagues, and tell Bishop Vincent and Pope Francis what you find!

Online submissions close 26 February. Find out more at

Call Wendy 0427 863 149 or email if you need assistance.

World Meeting of Families: 22 – 26 June 2022

Every three years since 1994, the Church has celebrated the World Meeting of Families in a different city of the world. In 2022 the event will be hosted by the Diocese of Rome with Pope Francis leading special celebrations. However, the Holy Father has also asked that the World Meeting of Families be celebrated concurrently in every diocese of the world in 2022. The idea is for families to gather locally in Parishes and/or Deaneries and explore and celebrate the theme of ”Family love: a vocation and a path to holiness”. Stay tuned for exciting opportunities to participate with the Diocese of Parramatta in 2022

Youth Ministry Leadership Pathway

A new pathway for leadership in youth ministry is here! Duc In Altum is an initiative of Catholic Youth Parramatta designed to provide practical youth ministry training, build community between youth leaders across the Diocese, and offer intentional time for prayer and reflection. For more information and details to sign up visit or email

Pastoral Formation offering leadership and formation courses in 2022

In 2022, we can still deepen our community connections and growth in faith! To encourage this, Pastoral Formation – Diocese of Parramatta has two programs FOR YOU – all offered in a COVID-safe manner.

1) Ministry Leadership Program: Perfect for current and aspiring ministry leaders. 10 or 20 sessions ($10/session).

2) Themes of Faith Program: Ideal for people interested in asking life & faith questions in discussion groups. 10 sessions ($5/session).

See our website or email for more details

Caritas Project Compassion 2022 starts in 2 weeks

Caritas Australia’s Lenten Project Compassion campaign will start on Project Compassion Sunday (27 February) and lead us all the way towards Easter. This year’s theme For All Future Generations comes from the biblical story of the great flood (Genesis 9:12-15). It reminds us that the good we do today will extend and impact the lives of generations to come. Find out more at or contact our Diocesan Director of Caritas on or 0409 399 505.

Marriage Preparation Courses in 2022

Getting married in 2022? Let the Diocese of Parramatta help you prepare. Visit to view weekend course dates, to book and pay. An online preparation called SmartLoving can also be booked via the website. For more information email met@parracatholic.orgor phone Karin on 0403 305 431 or Marisa on 0412 280 017.

Young people of the Diocese – we are with you

“I am with you always” Matthew 28:20. The Diocese has launched a new website in response to the mental health crisis impacting our young people. The website contains links and information about services that can help young people whose wellbeing is suffering. Please share widely with young people and their families.

Diocese of Parramatta Tribunal is open

The Tribunal of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Parramatta remains open and committed to assisting anyone with enquiries regarding marriage annulments. Interviews are being conducted via telephone and Zoom in response to COVID-19. Please contact the Tribunal office on (02) 8838 3480 or email

Diocese of Parramatta launches Plenary Council resource website

A new website provides resources for parishioners in the Diocese of Parramatta to stay involved in the Plenary Council, which is exploring what the future of our Church should look like. Beyond the First Assembly of the Plenary Council, visit to find a range of information, a Diocesan prayer and more as we move into a time of prayer, reflection, maturation and development.

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

Under the remaining influence of the COVID-19 pandemic, 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.

Arabic Mass available in the Diocese

There is an Arabic Mass open to everyone in the Diocese of Parramatta celebrated every Sunday at 7.15pm in St Michael’s Church, Blacktown, celebrated by Fr Chadi Ibrahim SDB, Assistant Priest at Mary, Queen of the Family Parish, Blacktown. For more information, please contact the parish office on (02) 9622 1125.

Mass available for the Nigerian Catholic Community

The Nigerian Catholic community come together to celebrate Mass every second and fourth Sundays of the month at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, 198 Old Prospect Road, Greystanes. For more information, please contact community chaplain Fr Chinonye Akamadu on 0451 174 438 or or Stella Nwosu on 0405 478 472.

God’s Word 2022 daily reflections booklet available at St Pat’s Gift Shop!

God’s Word 2022, a book of daily reflections, offers a great service for all who wish to unite their prayer with the Sacred Liturgy and be spiritually nourished by the Word of God. Copies are now available from St Patrick’s Gift Shop, located in the grounds of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta for $19.95. Visit the website or grab in store on Tuesdays to Fridays 10am-3pm and Sundays 9am-1pm.

St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir returns for 2022

After their January recess, the St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir has returned to the 11am Solemn Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta. They are excited to serve God and you, the faithful, once again, every Sunday until Christmas. Stay up to date with the Cathedral Choir by vising their Facebook page –

**CANCELLED** World Day of the Sick Mass 2022

Dear friends. Please be aware that due to the coronavirus, the World Day of the Sick Mass that was scheduled for 11 February 2022 at St Patrick’s Church, Blacktown has now been cancelled. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact or (02) 8838 3400.

RCIA Lenten Seminar 2022: 16 and 23 February

The Office For Worship will be conducting an RCIA Lenten Seminar on Wednesday 16 and 23 February for RCIA coordinators and teams. This seminar will focus on the understanding of Lent, and will take a closer look at the Scrutiny Readings. To register or for more information, please contact the Office for Worship on (02) 8838 3456 or

Glenbrook Parish Liturgical Formation Day: 19 February

St Finbar’s Parish, Glenbrook, is hosting a liturgy formation day on ‘The Mass – we go there but we don’t get it’ on Saturday 19 February, beginning with Morning Mass at 9.15am and finishing at 1pm with lunch. Fr Peter Williams AM, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia will present a talk, followed by a Q&A session. Cost is a donation for catering purposes. Please RSVP by 15 February to

Celebrating Holy Week formation workshop for Acolytes and Ministers at the Altar: 26 February

The Office For Worship is conducting a seminar for Acolytes and Ministers at the Altar on Saturday 26 February from 9:30 am to 3pm at the Bede Heather Centre (formerly the IFM), Blacktown. The workshop will be an opportunity to refine one’s skills in their ministry with a special focus on Holy Week celebrations. If you are interested or would like to RSVP, please contact the Office For Worship at or (02) 8838 3456.


Other Notices


Positions Vacant:

  • General Manager Finance – Catholic Education Northern Territory, Darwin – Applications close 4pm Monday 28 February

For more details, please visit

Donate to Caritas Australia Emergency Appeal for Tonga

Tonga is reeling after a violent underwater volcano eruption triggered tsunamis, destroyed telecommunications and blanketed the country in ash and rock. Roads, bridges and homes are damaged. Water supplies have been contaminated by volcanic ash and saltwater. Tonga needs your prayer and support urgently. Give now to help with emergency response. Visit or call 1800 024 413 toll free to make your donation.

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 out more at

Catholic Earthcare Parishes Programs

Catholic Earthcare Australia now makes it easy for parishes to take up the Australian Bishops’ invitation from the 2021-22 Social Justice Statement to join them in pursuing seven Laudato Si’ Goals towards more sustainability. The Earthcare Parishes Program offers ideas and guidance. Find out more and register for an Earthcare Audit at

ACU database offers easily accessible Church teaching on ethics questions

Explore Wish you could easily find Church teaching and the best articles, books and videos on bioethics, business ethics, cancel culture, human rights, marriage, family, subsidiarity, and 100+ other topics? Try ACU’s free, digital tool

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:

Divine Retreat Centre Inner Healing Retreat: 18 – 20 February

The Divine Retreat Centre in Somersby, NSW is hosting an Inner Healing Retreat from 5.30pm Friday 18 February to 4pm Sunday 20 February. All retreats are held with NSW COVID-Safe compliance. For more information and bookings, please contact 0468 486 782 or email to confirm attendance. Visit for more information.

Missionaries of God’s Love Sisters Silent Retreat: 18 – 20 February

The Missionaries of God’s Love Sisters are hosting a silent retreat from 18 to 20 February at Carmel House, 345 St Andrews Road, Varroville. Start your year off right and come away for the weekend into the silence, guided by thematic inputs and optional prayer experiences. Spiritual direction is also available by request. To register and for more information, visit

Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend: 19 – 20 February 2022

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 19 – 20 February. If COVID restrictions prevent a face-to-face weekend, it will be held via Zoom. For further information and to register, visit

Christian Meditation Introduction and Renewal Day: 20 February

You are invited to a Christian Meditation Introduction and Renewal Day at St Benedict’s Monastery, 121 Arcadia Rd, Arcadia, on Sunday 20 February from 10.30am to 3pm, with registration from 10am. BYO picnic lunch and other refreshments. No need to register ahead of time. Donations welcome. For enquiries, please contact either Ann Bergman on or Ann Lomas on or (02) 9653 2637.

Divine Retreat Centre Spiritual Retreat: 21 February

The Divine Retreat Centre is hosting a spiritual retreat from 7pm to 9pm on Monday 21 February at St Patrick’s Church, Wallsend. All retreats are held with NSW COVID-Safe compliance and masks are mandatory. Bookings are required and limited numbers are available. Please call (02) 4372 1598 or email to confirm attendance. Visit for more information.

Divine Retreat Centre One Day Pilgrimage Retreat: 27 February

The Divine Retreat Centre in Somersby, NSW is hosting a one-day pilgrimage from 9am to 4pm on Sunday 27 February and will feature praise and worship, Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Mass. All retreats are held with NSW COVID-Safe compliance and masks are mandatory. Bookings are required and limited numbers are available. Please call (02) 4372 1598 or email to confirm attendance. Visit for more information.

St Mary’s Towers Retreat Centre Prayer Weekend: 4 – 6 March

St Mary’s Towers Retreat Centre is offering a “Woman at the wedding” prayer weekend from 4 to 6 March. The retreat is an opportunity for all to hear and see the Good News through the words and lives of named and unnamed women in the Gospels exploring each story through Lectio Divina, poetry, Visio Divina, photography, labyrinth walks, art, midrash and silence. The retreat is $310. download the registration form from their website or email

The Gift of Joy! A retreat in the Spirit of Taizé: 11 – 13 March

The Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville, are hosting a Taizé retreat from Friday 11 March at 6pm to Sunday 13 March at 12.30pm. Rest, pray and reflect in community with the songs and prayers from Taizé in the season of Lent. Workshops, group sharing and personal reflection time will be a part of this retreat. All are welcome, with a special invitation to those aged 18-35. Register and pay at

Palms Australia International Mission Information Session: 17 March

Palms Australia has 60 years of experience preparing and assisting Australians to learn and pass on their skills in another culture. Is one of their assignments your opportunity to Reach Beyond? Join their online forum on Thursday 17 March at 5.30pm via Zoom and hear and engage with a panel of their most experienced program participants. To find out more and to register for the forum, visit or phone 0422 742 567. 


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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