News & Events Weekly Update

8 March 2022


News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond


Diocese of Parramatta Notices


Positions Vacant:

  • Governance, Risk & Compliance Admin Support Coordinator – Diocese of Parramatta – Applications close 10pm Wednesday 23 March

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 of Bishops Local Submissions close this weekend!

The local consultation period for the global Synod on Synodality has been extended. Submissions can now be received through the online portal until Sunday 13 March. Don’t miss out on this chance to take part in a global conversation about the Catholic Church. How are we called to walk together as Christians? How can we listen to one another in making important decisions about our faith and our mission? Find out more and share your contribution at:

MET Lenten Scripture Evening: 8 March

Join us in coming together in prayer and preparation for Lent with a Lenten Scripture Evening on Tuesday 8 March. Dr Laurie Woods will be speaking on ‘The God of Second Chances (Forgiveness and Peace)’ from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Bishop Bede Heather Centre, 1-5 Marion St, Blacktown. To RSVP, please contact

Masterclass for Mentor Married Couples: 18 March

The Diocese is looking to more deeply accompany couples preparing to be married. Have you been married for more than 5 years? Committed to living the sacrament of Marriage? Willing to give time limited assistance to couples preparing for marriage? Join us for a Masterclass on Friday 18 March at 7.30pm at the Bede Heather Centre, Blacktown, on Mentoring engaged couples in your Parish using the SmartLoving Engaged Online program. To book your attendance or to ask further questions, please email or phone Marisa 0412 280 017.

MET Natural Fertility Online Information Session: 22 March

MET Natural Fertility’s online information session on Tuesday 22 March at 7.30pm will focus on how couples observe their naturally occurring symptoms of fertility to space their children. Come along to learn about The Sympto-Thermal Method of Natural Family Planning. To register and receive your Zoom link, contact Catherine on or call 0400 427 605.

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 or phone Karin on 0403 305 431 or Marisa on 0412 280 017.

Caritas Project Compassion 2022

Caritas Australia’s Lenten Project Compassion campaign has begun and will 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: or 0409 399 505.

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

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.

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.

Dr Laurie Woods Gospel Study Series: Starting 29 April

All are invited to join the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) for catechesis on the Gospel of St Luke with Dr Laurie Woods over 5 Fridays starting 29 April. The sessions will be held from 10am to 2pm at the Bishop Bede Heather Centre (formerly the IFM), Blacktown. To RSVP, please contact

Catholic schools across the Diocese are enrolling now!

Our 80 Catholic schools are enrolling now for 2023. Come along to an open day to learn more and see what a Catholic education can offer your child. Find your local Catholic school and it’s open day at

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.

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.

Toongabbie Parish Position Vacant

St Anthony of Padua Parish, Toongabbie are seeking a permanent part time role classified under the “Clerks Private Sector Award 2010” as level 1, or above, dependent on the experience of applicant. The successful applicant will Co-ordinate the Sacramental Program, the Special Religious Education Program (SRE) and provide administrative assistance to the Parish priest and Parish Secretary. Hours will be 18 hours per week, worked over 3 days. Please forward applications and resumes to the parish secretary ( by 16 March 2022.

Arabic Mass available in the Diocese

There is an Arabic Mass open to everyone in the Diocese of Parramatta celebrated on the First Sunday of the month 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 –

Glenbrook Parish Lenten Ecumenical Gatherings

This Lent, three Glenbrook Christian Churches, including St Finbar’s Catholic Parish, are sharing a bowl of soup in ecumenical friendship and to help those in need in the local community. Gatherings will be held on Sunday 6 March at St Finbar’s, 20 March at Glenbrook Baptist Church and 3 April at St Andrew’s Uniting Church and the cost is a donation to a local Blue Mountains charity. For more information, contact the St Finbar’s parish office on (02) 4742 6958 or

Glenbrook Parish Lenten Biblical Studies Program

St Finbar’s Parish, Glenbrook, invites you to their Parish Lenten Biblical Studies program, focussing on the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus according to the Gospel of Luke. Sessions will be held on Tuesday 8 March, Tuesday 22 March and Tuesday 5 April from 7pm to 8.30pm in the Parish Hall. Entry is a gold coin donation. Please RSVP your attendance via

Young Adult Faith Formation: 13 March

Young adults aged 18 to 35 are invited to a young adults faith formation session on Sunday 13 March at The Hustle, 4-6 Purdy St, Minchinbury, starting from 7pm. Seminarian Tom Green will lead discussion on  historicity and reliability of the Gospels. A donation of $5 is suggested. Come along for fun, faith and fellowship! Call Mark on 0477 004 678 for more information.



Other Notices


Positions Vacant:

  • IT Systems Administrator – Catholic Education Northern Territory, Darwin – Applications close 4pm Thursday 17 March
  • Assistant Principal Religious Education – Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School, Wanguri, Northern Territory – Applications close 4pm Monday 21 March
  • Applications Data and Reporting Coordinator – Catholic Education Northern Territory, Darwin – Applications close 4pm Thursday 24 March
  • Assistant Principal Mission – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College, Alice Springs, Northern Territory – Applications close 4pm Monday 28 March

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:

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.

Divine Retreat Centre Lenten Growth Retreat: 18 – 20 March

The Divine Retreat Centre in Somersby, NSW is hosting an Inner Healing Retreat from 5.30pm Friday 18 March to 4pm Sunday 20 March. 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.

Divine Retreat Centre Spiritual Retreat: 21 March

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

Mt Schoenstatt 24 Hours for the Lord: 25 – 26 March

Come and spend time in 24 hours of Adoration before Our Lord and His Mother at the Mt Schoenstatt Shrine and Retreat Centre, Mulgoa. It begins Friday 25 March at 6pm with Holy Mass and a BBQ meal, concluding Saturday 26 March at 5pm with Mass. Reconciliation will be available on Friday from 7.15pm to 10pm and Saturday 4pm to 4.45pm. For more information, contact (02) 4773 8338 or visit the Mt Schoenstatt Shrine & Retreat Centre, Mulgoa Facebook page.

MGL Sisters’ Consecrated Life Weekend: 26 – 27 March

The MGL Sisters are hosting a Consecrated life weekend for young women on 26 and 27 March. Where and how is God calling you to respond to His love? Have you taken time to listen? Here’s your opportunity to come and hear the voice of Jesus, ask questions and experience prayer, talks, sisterhood and times of sharing to help you discern your vocation. For more information or to register, call (02) 9626 8382 or email

Divine Retreat Centre One Day Pilgrimage Retreat: 27 March

The Divine Retreat Centre in Somersby, NSW is hosting a one-day pilgrimage from 9am to 4pm on Sunday 27 March and will feature praise and worship, Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Mass and ministry for children and teenagers. 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.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Marriage Enrichment Weekend: 16 – 18 April

The Worldwide Marriage Encounter team are hosting a Marriage Enrichment Weekend from 22 – 24 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


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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