News & Events Weekly Update

News & Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond.
Catholic Youth Parramatta LIFTED Live! will feature Steve Angrisano on 13 May at Rooty Hill RSL.

Positions Vacant

The Diocese of Parramatta is seeking applications for several positions. For further details, go to

Feedback on the ‘Lead us to Living Water’ Family Lenten Program 2017

Now that Lent is over, the Life, Marriage and Family Office has issued a survey about their recently produced ‘Lead us to Living Water’ Family Lenten Program and they’re asking for people’s feedback on it. Please take the time to fill in this two minute survey by clicking on

Parishes Making Connections NSW Conference: 2 May

Shane Dwyer, director of the National Centre for Evangelisation, keynotes this year’s NSW Catholic Pastoral Conference. Includes presentations and networking with parishes and schools offering successful ministries with small faith groups and with youth engagement. For parishioners, school staff and clergy. Lidcombe, 10.00am-4.00pm, optional dinner. $60 registration: Endorsed by our Pastoral Planning Office. For inquiries and flyer: Greg Byrne tel 0427 918 568,

The Acton Lecture on Religion and Civil Society: 4 May

The Acton Lecture on Religion and Civil Society will host an international consultant to the Vatican and Bishops Conferences on religious freedom. The topic is the importance of virtues over ‘values’ in public debate. Iain Benson is a Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame in Sydney. He is a practicing Catholic and a member of the Order of Malta. 5.45pm on Thursday 4 May at the Centre for Independent Studies Lvl 1, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney.  $15 for non-members. $10 for members. $5 for students. Bookings:

Holy Hour for Vocations: 4 May

The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth cordially invite youth (ages 18-35) to join them for Holy Hour for Vocations Thursday, 4th May 2017, at 7:00 pm. Pizza to follow at 8:00pm. Location: Holy Spirit Convent, 120 Capuchin Way, Plumpton. RSVP: Sr Paula on or 0451 965 638

“My Soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord”: 6 May

Reflection Day for Women on Saturday 6 May 9.30 am – 3.00 pm at Mt Schoenstatt, Fairlight Rd Mulgoa. Hosted by Sr Mary Louise Walsh.

Cost $25 BYO lunch, tea & coffee provided

To register:

St Madeleine’s Parish, Kenthurst invites you to the Kenthurst Country Fair: 7 May
Come for the exciting rides, school “Battle of the Bands”, fresh fruit and vegetables, plants for your garden, second-hand stalls, delicious food, and amazing raffle prizes! Great fun for the whole family! From 9am at 28 Annangrove Road, Kenthurst.

Mother’s Day Concert: 13 May

Thinking of a gift for mum for Mother’s day? Why not take her to a music concert at your local Cathedral? Enjoy the pastoral sounds of a string ensemble, sacred music featuring the Cathedral’s magnificent Pipe Organ, and an assortment of musical treasures. End the afternoon with a cup of tea and some sweet and savoury delights. Bring mum. Bring the whole family. Tickets: $20 per Adult, $15 Concession. $5 per Child (12 years and under) available from the St Patrick’s Cathedral office. From 3pm on Saturday May 13 at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.

Our Lady of Fatima Procession: 13 May

A Procession and Mass to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima is coming up this 13th of May in Parramatta. The procession will start from Our Lady of Lebanon Co-Cathedral Harris Park on Saturday 13th May at 9.00am and then conclude with Mass at 11.00am at St Patrick’s Cathedral Parramatta. Please come along and help celebrate this special day in Our Lady’s honour.

New Testament Workshops: 10, 12 & 13 May

The internationally respected Scripture scholar Prof van Than Nguyen SVD will be conducting three face-to-face workshops at The Broken Bay Institute which will be of practical interest to teachers, parishes and religious communities. Prof Nguyen is the Chair of Catholic Missiology at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and the Director of its widely respected Master of Divinity Program. He has published extensively in the areas of New Testament Studies and on Spirituality in a Pluralistic Society. Topics: Interpreting and Preaching the Gospel of Matthew (10 May), The Lukan Spirituality of Jesus (12 May) and Reading the Bible in the Context of World Christianity (13 May). For further information and to register:

LIFTED Live! Featuring Steve Angrisano: 13 May

Join Catholic Youth Parramatta for our first LIFTED Live! in 2017 at our new central venue in the Rooty Hill RSL. Last year, more than 400 young people were inspired by Catholic musician, singer, songwriter and storyteller Steve Angrisano. You can expect music, prayer, worship, adoration, drama, laughs and a great night as the LIFTED Band and Steve join forces in faith, formation and fun! $5 entry fee to be inspired and upLIFTED for your ongoing ministry! From 7.00pm-10.00pm at Rooty Hill RSL, 55 Sherbrooke Rd, Rooty Hill. RSVP thru the Catholic Youth Parramatta Facebook event. Inquiries to James Camden, Director of Catholic Youth Parramatta, tel (02) 8838 3428 or

Nigerian Mass in Igbo: 14 May

Rev Fr Chukwunonyerem Akamadu, Chaplain to the Nigerian Catholic community, will celebrate Mass at 11.30am at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, 198 Old Prospect Road, Greystanes. Contact Fr Akamadu tel 0451 174 438, Stella Nwosu 0405 478 472.

Caritas Australia: Changing Lives in Cambodia: 16 May

Come and hear Sr Len from Seedling of Hope, Cambodia, share stories of her ministry which empowers people affected by HIV & AIDS through psychosocial support, education, health & livelihood programs.  This is a free event.  All are welcome!  Tuesday 16 May 2017, 6pm at The Two Wolves Community Cantina,  202 Broadway Chippendale. RSVP:  or

Break Free Seminar ‘Exploring the natural alternatives to the pill’: 20 May

Have you experienced any side effects of The Pill and is there a natural alternative that’s just as effective? Hear from educators in natural fertility awareness methods and people’s personal experiences who have made the change. Empower yourselves with knowledge about your fertility.

Sunday 20th May 2017, 2:00pm-3:30pm at St Patrick’s Cathedral Hall, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta. Hosted by the Life, Marriage & Family Office. For more info, go to and register at 88383460 or

The Shrine of Mt Schoenstatt ‘Oasis of Faith, Hope and Love’: 21 May

Come and experience a special day at The Shrine of Mt Schoenstatt – ‘Oasis of Faith, Hope and Love’ – 230 Fairlight Road Mulgoa for the Annual Marian Pilgrimage to be held on Sunday 21st May, 2017. The celebrations begin at 10am with Holy Mass at 10:30 am and Eucharistic Procession and Benediction from the valley to the Shrine at 2pm. There will be an alternative programme for the sick and elderly at the Shrine. This is an Outdoor event. Please bring your own chairs and picnic rugs.  Food stalls available or bring your own lunch. For more details ring 02 4773 8338 or visit

St Anthony’s Parish, Clovelly, Centenary Mass: 21 May

St Anthony’s Parish was formed in 1917, and St Anthony’s Primary School opened in 1918. Past parishioners, students and friends are cordially invited to the Centenary Mass at 10.00am on Sunday 21 May, at which Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP will be Principal Celebrant. Refreshments will follow in the parish grounds. For more information or to indicate attendance, email: Facebook: St Anthony’s Clovelly Centenary

Christian Meditation Introduction & Renewal Day: 21 May

Presentations, Introduction to Christian Meditation, two periods of meditation, Eucharistic Celebration and information exchange. BYO picnic lunch – tea & coffee provided. Arrive 10am for 10.30am, concludes about 3pm. Books & CDs for sale. St Benedict’s Monastery is at 121 Arcadia Rd, Arcadia, tel (02) 9653 1159. Self-catering accommodation may be available in the monastery guest house. Contact Br Terry 0438 282 318. Inquiries: Ann Bergman (02) 9498 2625, or Ann Lomas (02) 9456 4775,

Catalyst for Renewal: 27 May

Catalyst for Renewal invites you to a Forum with Fr Timothy Radcliffe op on Saturday, May 27th, 2017, at Santa Sabina College Strathfield – flyer attached. Session 1: “What Hope can we offer the Young? Lessons from the Frontline with ISIS”.

Session 2: “Making Place for the Conscience of the Laity today – the Challenge of Amoris Laetitia”.

Entry $15 per head. Tickets available through TryBooking or through Catalyst for Renewal, PO Box 265, Swansea NSW 2281 or Telephone Message Bank: 02 9990 7003 or by email to

Shrine Time for Young Adults 18-35: 28 May

One Holy Hour with prayer, reflection, meditation, praise & worship. 2017 is devoted to Praying for Vocations and Devotion to Mary as per our Holy Father’s intentions for WYD 2018 in Panama. From 7.30pm-8.30pm followed by social gathering.

Mary, honoured as the Mother Thrice Admirable, offers 3 graces in the Shrine, this monthly event is a unique opportunity to experience them regularly: Discover your HOME in the hearts of Jesus and Mary; See breakthrough TRANSFORMATION in your life; and Get your spiritual boost to be an authentic WITNESS. In the Shrine at Mount Schoenstatt, 230 Fairlight Road, Mulgoa.

Caritas Australia: Change the World! It’s Up to Us!: 31 May

Are you 18-25 years?  Committed to social justice, changing the world, & having fun?  Come & co-create with Caritas, the world’s second-largest aid & development organisation.  Join us for an initial Call to Action in the Sydney CBD (Venue TBC), Wednesday 31 May 2017 at 6pm. RSVP: or

For more events please go to:

Posted on 24 April 2017.

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