News & Events Weekly Update

8 March 2023
Participants are seen during the Faiths 4 Climate Justice multi-faith service organised by the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) at St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta. Image: ARRCC/Supplied


News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond


Diocese of Parramatta Notices


MET Worship RCIA Workshop: 15 March 

Parish teams involved in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at Easter are invited to a workshop hosted by the MET Worship team on Wednesday 15 March at 7pm at the Bishop Bede Heather Centre, Blacktown. Parish teams will learn how to prepare for the Rites on Holy Saturday and where to after Easter. To RSVP by 13 March, please contact  

Catholic Schools Commissioning Ceremony: 16 March 

New career teachers and newly appointed (first time) Principals and Directors of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta are invited to a Commissioning and welcoming ceremony to commence the academic year. The ceremony will be conducted as Vespers on Thursday 16 March at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. if you would like to attend, please RSVP to Christie Shaylor at or phone (02) 9840 5656 by Friday 9 March 2023. 

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. If you are unable to attend in-person, a follow up Zoom session will be held for interested couples on Saturday 1 April at 10am. To book your attendance or to ask further questions, please email or phone Marisa on (02) 8838 3460. 

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. 

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. 

Greystanes Parish is hiring! Maintenance and Cleaning 

Two employment positions at Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish, Greystanes, are available for 8-10 hours a week, or the possibility of combining both roles. 

  • Role 1: Maintenance and improvement works in the buildings and grounds – Requires proven handy-person skills with trade experience or equivalent.  
  • Role 2: Cleaning and hygiene care for offices, bathrooms and meeting areas – Requires practical experience and pride in work 

Role descriptions are available. Please contact Christine via (02) 9631 8135 or 

Glenbrook Parish Lenten Biblical Studies: Starts 28 February 

St Finbar’s Parish, Glenbrook, is hosting Lenten Biblical Studies exploring the Gospel of Matthew and the Crucifixion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. Presented by parish priest Fr Joseph Lam, these sessions will be held on 28 February, 7 March and 28 March from 7.30pm at the parish.  To RSVP, please contact 

Glenbrook Christians Ecumenical Meal Sharing: From 5 March 

St Finbar’s Parish, Glenbrook, invite you to their ecumenical neighbours sharing soup and bread for Lent gatherings with their Baptist and Uniting Church neighbours. Join them for a meal and chat on Sunday 5 March at St Finbar’s, Sunday 19 March at Glenbrook Baptist and 2 April at St Andrew’s Uniting Church. Donations raised will go to the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group. 

St Patrick’s Day Business Breakfast: 17 March 

St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish, Parramatta, are hosting the St Patrick’s Day Business Breakfast, an annual event acknowledging faith and nation building and connecting Not-For-Profit organisations with business communities. The Breakfast will be held on Friday 17 March from 7am to 9am at the Cathedral Hall, with guest speaker Dr Andrew Charlton MP, Federal Member for Parramatta. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased via or by scanning the QR code. 

Glenbrook Parish Good Friday Music and Meditation: 7 April 

St Finbar’s Parish, Glenbrook, is hosting a performance of the music of J.S. Bach and special meditations and reflections on Good Friday, 7 April, from 7.30pm in the parish church. Offering choral and organ music of J.S. Bach together with special readings and meditations, this annual service will feature several of the wonderful chorale settings from the Passions according to St John and St Matthew. Suggested donations for entry ate $15 for adults, $10 for concessions. Any enquiries, please contact 0421 105 017. 


Other Notices


Positions Vacant: 

  • Mission & Renewal Project Officer (permanent full-time) – Catholic Diocese of Bathurst 
  • Corrective Services Chaplain, Wellington Correctional Centre (permanent full-time) – Catholic Diocese of Bathurst

For more details, and to apply, please visit  

 Divine Retreat Centre offerings in March 

The Divine Retreat Centre in Somersby, NSW is hosting a variety of single-day and weekend retreats throughout March, 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. 

Caritas Australia Turkey and Syria Earthquake Emergency Appeal 

Following devastating earthquakes in Türkiye (formerly Turkey) and Syria, which has killed thousands of people, Caritas Australia’s partners are on the ground as they assess the scale of damage and critical needs. Your donation to Caritas Australia can have a profound and lasting impact on those affected by the Turkey, Syria earthquake. By donating, you will help to provide vital emergency aid and essential items needed during a time of crisis. Visit to show your support. 

Palms Australia: Change their lives and yours 

Communities in Africa, Asia or the Pacific are seeking Australians from a variety of professions and trades to share their skills with those who have less opportunity to develop their talents. Explore 35 positions by scanning the QR code below. On our website, you can also see news including stories from those currently supported in Timor-Leste, Samoa, American Samoa and Thailand. Please enquire further about potential assignments for you or someone you know: (02) 9560 5333 or 0422 472 567 or visit 

Multi-faith Prayer Service – A Prayerful Call to Divest from Fossil Fuels: 9 March 

You are invited to join Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv and people of various faith traditions to reflect on our shared responsibility for our common home on Thursday 9 March from 9.30am to 10.30am at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta. Together we will pray that faith-based organisations may commit to divesting from fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) to address the climate crisis. After the service, you are welcome to stay for morning tea. For more information, please contact  

Jesus Light of the World Community Healing Recollection: 11 March 

Jesus Light of the World Communities is hosting a Healing Recollection Day on Saturday 11 March from 9am to 5pm at St Joseph’s Parish Hall, Walz St, Rockdale. Fr Rey Sentillas MI from the Archdiocese of Sydney will be speaking, and there will be time for Mass. Bookings are essential via For enquiries, please contact Helen on 0433 455 114 or Ida on 0424 267 500. 

Mt Schoenstatt 24 Hours for the Lord: 17 – 18 March 

Come and spend some time with Our Lord and Our Lady in the Mt Schoenstatt Shrine, Mulgoa, beginning with 6pm Mass on Friday 17 March, followed by Reconciliation from 7:15pm – 10pm. On Saturday, Reconciliation will be held at 10am-12pm, and at 3pm-4.45pm with a Vigil Mass at 5pm. The Shrine will be welcoming people for prayer for the full 24 Hours. Groups to lead prayer are welcome. Contact 

MGL Sisters Consecrated Life Discernment Weekend: 25 – 26 March

The Missionaries of God’s Love Sisters are creating an opportunity for single women aged 16-35 to come and listen for the voice of Jesus, ask questions and experience prayer, talks, sisterhood and times of sharing to help you discern your vocation. 25-26 March at the Sisters’ home in Varroville. For more information, and to register, email 

Jesuit Social Services’ 2023 Annual Dinner: 25 March 

Jesuit Social Services invites you to join them at their 2023 Annual Dinner on 25 March at Q Events, 123 Queen Street, Melbourne. Be sure to book soon to avoid missing out on hearing about our work, as well as an evening of great food, wine, auctions, raffles, entertainment and catching up with old friends. Tickets are $230 – tables of 10 are available. To book, visit 


For more events, please go 

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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