News & Events Weekly Update

1 February 2023


News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond


Diocese of Parramatta Notices


Positions Vacant:  

  • Parish Office Administration Assistant – St Thomas Aquinas Parish, Springwood.  
  • Policy Coordinator – Diocese of Parramatta – Applications close 10pm Monday 20 February 
  • People and Culture Adviser – Diocese of Parramatta – Applications close 10pm Monday 20 February 

 More details at: 

Ordination to the Presbyterate: 2 February 

Bishop Vincent Long and the Diocese of Parramatta invite you to the Ordination to the Presbyterate of Adam Carlow, Matthew Dimian and Jack Elkazzi on Thursday 2 February at 7.30pm at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta. We hope you will be able to join us at this joyous event for our Diocese and our faith community. 

Sr Nathalie Becquart Sydney Public Forum and Lecture: 3 February 

Sr Nathalie Becquart XMCJ, the Vatican’s most influential female, is coming to Australia for a whirlwind tour in February 2023. Sr Nathalie will be in Sydney on Friday 3 February, presenting at a public lecture at 7pm, held at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta. Places are limited, so please register via   

Annual Legal Red Mass: 6 February 

Members of the judiciary and legal community, public service officials, law students and their families are cordially invited to the annual Legal Red Mass on Monday 6 February 2023 at St Patrick’s Cathedral from 7.30pm. The Red Mass is an opportunity to reaffirm a commitment to justice and faith for the new year. For catering purposes, please confirm your attendance by 3 February via or (02) 8839 8400. 

Diocesan World Day of the Sick Mass: 11 February 

A Mass for the World Day of the Sick, including the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, will be held at 11am on Saturday 11 February 2023 at St Patrick’s Church, Mary, Queen of the Family Parish, Blacktown. All are welcome, including those who may be sick, and those who care for the sick and dying and health care professionals. RSVPs are required by 6 February 2022 to  

MET Lenten Music Formation Session: 13 February 

Musicians and liturgy planners are invited to attend an evening exploring music for Lent on Monday 13 February from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Bishop Bede Heather Centre, Blacktown. The session will be presented by Eric Grella, Music Formation Facilitator, MET, and Assistant Music Director at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta. To RSVP, please contact   

Peace, Justice & Ecology Sharing: 15 February 

Peace, Justice and Ecology (PJE) Sharings are quarterly online gatherings for everyone who is interested in Social Justice, Care for Creation or Global Peace. You are invited to join the conversation, this time with a focus on Caritas Project Compassion 2023 on Wednesday 15 February from 6:30pm to 8pm. To receive a Zoom link, please RSVP via email: 

Memorial Mass of St Josephine Bakhita: 19 February 

You are invited to the Memorial Mass of St Josephine Bakhita, Patron Saint of South Sudan and Sudan, and victims of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking on Sunday 19 February at 2pm at St Patrick’s Church, Mary, Queen of the Family Parish, Blacktown. We hope you will join us to commemorate the victims of modern slavery and human trafficking in Australia and worldwide and look forward to celebrating the legacy of St Josephine Bakhita with you. 

MET Lenten Scripture Reflection Night: 21 February 

Looking for a Scripture reflection session on the season of Lent? You and your key contacts are most welcome to attend the 2023 Diocesan Lenten Scripture Reflection Night with Dr Laurie Woods. Tuesday 21 February – 6:30PM to 8:30PM. Downstairs at the Bishop Bede Heather Centre, 1-5 Marion Street, Blacktown. RSVP via 

MET FaithLIFE Scripture Course: Starting 23 February

Want to learn more about the Bible? Sign up for the FaithLIFE 3-night short course on Scripture with Dr Michele Connolly rsj, brought to you by the Mission Enhancement Team (MET). 6:30PM to 8:30PM on three Thursdays: 23 February, 2 March and 9 March. Downstairs at the Bishop Bede Heather Centre, 1-5 Marion Street, Blacktown. RSVP via 

MET – Worship Celebrating Holy Week Seminar: 4 March 

The MET – Worship team are organising a seminar for acolytes and ministers at the altar (senior servers) in preparation for the celebration of Holy Week. Presented by liturgist Chris Ohlsen, the session will be held on Saturday 4 March from 9.30am to 3pm at the Bishop Bede Heather Centre, 1-5 Marion St Blacktown. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. To RSVP by 28 February, please contact or phone (02) 8838 3456. 

Masterclass for Mentor Married Couples: 24 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 24 March at 7.30pm at the Bishop 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 on (02) 8838 3460. 

Last chance to secure your Diocese of Parramatta WYD23 Pilgrimage spot!  

There are only 10 seats left on the Diocesan pilgrimage with Bishop Vincent to WYD23 in Lisbon! Young people aged 16-35 are encouraged to secure their place as soon as possible to avoid missing out. View the pilgrimage itinerary, inclusions, indicative pricing and registration information at 

Liturgical Ministry Formation Courses 2023 

The Liturgical Ministry Formation Courses will recommence in February. This is formation for anyone interested in serving within the Liturgical Ministries either as Readers, Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, Communion to the Sick and Dying and Ministers at the Altar. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact the Office for Worship on 0460 037 795 or or visit our website to download an enrolment form at 

Marriage Preparation Courses in 2023 

Getting married in 2023? Let the Diocese of Parramatta help you prepare. Visit to view weekend course dates in the New Year, to book and pay. An online preparation called SmartLoving can also be booked via the website. For more information, email or phone Karin on 0419 242 435 or Marisa on 0412 280 017. 

MET Natural Fertility assisting couples in 2023 

MET Natural Fertility offers couples a NATURAL option to plan their families. It is suitable for:

  • Women wanting to know more about what their cycles reveal. 
  • Those preparing for marriage. 
  • Breastfeeding women. 
  • Couples having difficulties conceiving. 
  • Couples looking for an effective, natural option to space their children. 
  • Couples wanting to cease contraception.  
  • Peri menopausal women.

For more information or to book an appointment contact Catherine on 0400 427 605, email or visit 

Pastoral Formation Workshops at Your Parish

Looking for post-Covid ways to rejuvenate community attendance and involvement in your parish? Pastoral Formation are offering workshops on welcoming people to Church, digital/social media and reflection days for people in the second half of life. Contact the team via to run any of these workshops face-to-face at your parish.

Soul Food Podcast – Pastoral Formation

Do you find life & faith inspiration by listening to the experiences of others?
Pastoral Formation’s Soul Food Podcast features life & faith stories of people from our diocesan family. Listen now for FREE via our website or on Spotify: 

Diocesan Food and Toiletries Drive for Refugees 

Each week, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and the House of Welcome (HoW) provide much needed food and toiletry items to hundreds of Refugees from across the Diocese of Parramatta. These services depend on donations. You can organise a food and toiletries drive in your parish, school or workplace, or make a cash donation to support JRS and HoW. Find more information at or call JRS on (02) 9356 3888 or HoW on (02) 9727 9290. 

Diocese of Parramatta Tribunal available for in-person, virtual appointments 

The Tribunal of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Parramatta is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm for enquiries regarding marriage annulments. Interviews are being conducted in person with Zoom and telephone interviews available for those unable to attend the office. Please contact the Tribunal office on (02) 8838 3480 or 

St Bernadette’s Lalor Park Wednesday Evening Devotions 

St Bernadette’s Parish, Lalor Park, is hosting weekly devotions to Our Lady of Lourdes and St Bernadette every Wednesday evening at 6.30pm with Adoration and Rosary and special prayers, followed by Mass at 7.30pm. All are welcome. For more information, contact the parish office on (02) 9672 4037 or 

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 11am at Holy Family Church, South Granville, 200 The Trongate, Granville. For more information, please contact community chaplain Fr Chinonye Akamadu on 0451 174 438 or or Stella Nwosu on 0405 478 472. 

Faith and formation session for Catholic Healthcare professionals: 11 February 

You are invited to a faith and formation session for those who work and volunteer in the health care ministries of the Church on Saturday 11 February, from 9am to 10.30am at the All Saints of Africa Centre, 51-59 Allawah Street, Blacktown. Join us afterwards for the World Day of the Sick Mass at St Patrick’s Church, Blacktown. Please RSVP for catering purposes by 6 February to For enquiries, please contact   

Glenbrook Parish Shroud of Turin Presentation and Talk: 21 February 

St Finbar’s Parish, Glenbrook, is hosting a presentation by local parishioner and former journalist William West on the Shroud of Turin on Tuesday 21 February at 7.30pm. William will discuss the history of the Shroud, which he explores in his book Riddles of the Shroud – Questions Science Can’t Answer. Entry is via gold coin donation. To RSVP, please contact  


Other Notices


Divine Retreat Centre offerings in February 

The Divine Retreat Centre in Somersby, NSW is hosting a variety of single-day and weekend retreats throughout February, including a Lenten Growth retreat and its monthly one-day pilgrimage. For more information and bookings, please contact 0468 486 782 or email to confirm attendance. Visit for more information. 

Sydney Alliance Community Organising Foundations Training: 7-8 February 

The Sydney Alliance invites you to a Community Organising Foundations Training. Learn how to address issues in your local community, and win campaigns for the common good through relationship building and strategic planning. 7–8 February 2023, North Parramatta. Register via Parishioners, students or staff from the Diocese of Parramatta: select “Partner Organisation” for a free ticket. 

Redefining Normal: Mental Health Workshop: 10 February 

This workshop will introduce the “Curious Grace” model and focus on practical ways to support people with challenges in the fields of mental health and trauma, alcohol and drug addiction, gambling and other addictive behaviours. Friday 10 February, 9:30am – 12:30pm, St Joachim’s Catholic Parish, 2 Mills St, Lidcombe. Please register at 

Sacred Connections Retreat: Beginning 12 February 

Beginning 12 February Jamberoo Abbey are hosting a series of online retreats pondering the values of Silence/Listening, Reverence and Community, which are integral to both Aboriginal and Benedictine Spirituality. All videos and texts from the retreat sessions will be available on the Jamberoo Abbey website. The cost of the retreat is $300. Register online today at For enquiries and registration, contact 

Christian Meditation Introduction and Renewal Day: 19 February 

You are invited to a Christian Meditation Introduction and Renewal Day at St Benedict’s Monastery, 121 Arcadia Rd, Arcadia, on Sunday 19 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. 

Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend: 25 – 26 February 

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 25-26 February. For further information and to register, visit 

Sydney Alliance NSW Election Assembly: 28 February 

Join Bishop Vincent Long and people from across the Diocese to participate in a NSW Election Assembly with NSW Treasurer Matt Kean (LIB), Shadow Treasurer Daniel Mookhey (ALP) and representatives of the crossbench. The assembly will focus on social justice issues like housing, climate and cost of living. The assembly will be held on Tuesday 28 February from 6:15pm – 8:15pm at the Morley Centre, 2 Darcy Rd, Westmead. Please register at  

Evolutionary Spirituality Retreat: 3 – 5 March 

The Social Justice group of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Seven Hills, invite you to an evolutionary spirituality retreat from Friday 3 March at 7pm to Sunday 5 March at 2pm at the Guntawang Environmental Bushland Retreat at Oakdale. During the weekend there will be times of reflection, dialogue and encounters within natural bushland. Registration is $95 for the whole weekend. To RSVP, please contact or or phone 0429 595 231. 


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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