News & Events Weekly Update

29 November 2023


News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond


Diocese of Parramatta Notices


Positions Vacant:   

  • Youth Coordinator (part-time) – St Bernadette’s Parish, Castle Hill – Applications close Thursday 30 November 2023. 
  • Risk, Governance & Compliance Administrative Support – Diocese of Parramatta – Applications close 10pm Tuesday 12 December 2023.

More details at: 

Bishop’s Christmas Appeal for Catholic Care chaplaincy services 

Will you support our chaplains to listen with the ear of the heart? Your compassionate generosity and prayers will help our 15 Catholic Care chaplains to provide pastoral, spiritual, and sacramental support to seriously ill, lonely, and distraught people this Christmas. Please give generously to the Bishop’s Christmas Appeal at or scan this QR code. Thank you. 

Be Part of Our Synod Journey: Diocesan Synod Report releases on 1 December 

The Diocesan Synod Report will be available for download on Friday 1 December. The report offers a summary of our first Diocesan Synod assembly, held from 13-15 October 2023, its preparatory stages, in-depth details of the proceedings, and insights from delegates. Download your copy from the Parramatta Synod website: 

Br Barry Donaghue Preparing for Advent Series: Starting 29 November  

Br Barry Donaghue cfc is offering 90-minute Advent presentations held on Wednesday evenings, 7:30pm to 9pm for 4 weeks, beginning 29 November until 20 December. Each presentation will be scripture based and have time for questions, reflection and small group conversation. The presentation will be held at Mary Rooms at Edmund Rice Retreat Centre Winbourne, 1315 Mulgoa Road, Mulgoa. Please contact 0478 408 337 or for enquiries. 

‘Eugene Stockton: Blue Mountains Hermit’ Book Launch: 3 December  

The Blue Mountain Education & Research Trust cordially invite you to our Book Launch of ‘Eugene Stockton: Blue Mountains Hermit’ on 2pm Sunday 3 December at Mid Mountains Community Centre, 9 New St Lawson. Additional books at $20 for contributors can be ordered in advance and picked up on the day or posted. Please direct any enquiries to We hope to see you at the launch. 

60th Year of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Commemorative Mass: 4 December  

Bishop Vincent invites all to join him in a commemorative Mass to mark the 60th Anniversary of Sacrosanctum Concilium (The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy) to be held at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta on Monday 4 December at 7.30pm. Please RSVP for catering purposes to 0460 037 795 or Hannah Portelli  

Liturgical Ministry Course returns in 2024

The Liturgical Ministry Formation Courses will recommence in February 2024. 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 

Diocesan Food Drives  

Many vulnerable people in our community rely on the ‘food banks’ run by Jesuit Refugee Services and the House of Welcome, which operate thanks to donations from community food drives. All parishes and schools are encouraged to run a food drive for those seeking safety in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Find out more information about how you can help at or emailing    

Marriage Preparation Courses in 2024   

Getting married in 2024? 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 Marisa on 0412 280 017.   

Soul Food Podcast – Mission Enhancement Team

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

Diocese of Parramatta Tribunal available for in-person, telephone and Zoom 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 appointments available in certain circumstances. Please contact the Tribunal office on (02) 8838 3480 or email   

Rydalmere Parish Perpetual Adoration Chapel 

Holy Name of Mary Parish, Rydalmere, has an Adoration Chapel that is open to the public 24/7 located at 4 Myrtle Street, Rydalmere. The parish welcomes everyone to the Chapel. For after-hours access, please contact the Parish Office on (02) 9684 1541 or   

Rydalmere Parish Wednesday Evening Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Mass  

Holy Name of Mary Parish, Rydalmere, invites you to join us for our Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 6pm every Wednesday. During Adoration, Fr John is available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 6pm to 6:45pm. Holy Mass is then celebrated at 7pm. For further information, please contact the Parish Office on (02) 9684 1541 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 7pm. All are welcome. For more information, contact the parish office on (02) 9672 4037 or   

Quakers Hill Parish Perpetual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help  

Mary Immaculate Parish, Quakers Hill-Schofields celebrates a Perpetual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Wednesday evenings at 7pm in the Church. All are welcome to join. For more information, please contact the parish office on (02) 9626 3326 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.   

Mass available for the South Sudanese Catholic Community  

The South Sudanese Catholic community come together to celebrate Mass every Sunday at 2pm at Mary, Queen of the Family Catholic Parish, 51-59 Allawah Street, Blacktown 2148. For more information, please contact Deacon John Cinya on (02) 9622 1125 or   

Free English and Citizenship Classes  

Catholic Care Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains are offering English and Citizenship classes at Mamre House, 181 Mamre Rd, Orchard Hills, on a Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 2pm during school terms. Free childcare is available. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact Mamre Crèche on (02) 8843 2506 or Nepean Community College (02) 4724 9000.  

Young Adult Faith Formation: 3 December  

Young Adult Faith Formation sessions continue on Sunday 3 December at The Hustle, 4-6 Purdy Rd, Minchinbury, at 7pm. Fr Tom Green will talk about and lead discussion on Religion and Politics. We encourage all adults 18-35 to come along and enjoy some faith formation and fellowship! Call Mark on 0477 004 678 for more information. 

Glenbrook Parish Christmas concert: 10 December 

St Finbar’s Parish, Glenbrook, invite you to their annual Christmas concert event on Sunday 10 December at 7.30pm in the parish church. The evening will include choir and musical performances alongside themed readings for Christmas. Suggested donations for entry are $15 for individuals and $35 for families. For enquiries, please contact 0421 105 017. 

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra St Patrick’s Cathedral Concert: 12 December 

Reel in the festive season with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir on Tuesday 12 December, 7:30PM at St Patrick’s Cathedral for their annual Christmas concert, Noël! Noël!. Gather your loved ones and join us for this beloved festive tradition, as the Brandenburg perform stunning choral works and Christmas classics, conducted by Artistic Director Paul Dyer.   

SPECIAL OFFER: Get four tickets for just $149! There are less than 200 tickets remaining, so head to or call 1300 782 856 to book your tickets now. 

Epiphany Pilgrimage and Fiesta 2024 

Commit the first fruits of your new year to Christ with the 2024 Epiphany Pilgrimage (2 – 9 Jan 2024). Enjoy 7 days of bushwalking, fellowship and prayer as we journey from Emu Plains to the top of the Blue Mountains, experiencing the wonderful hospitality of parish communities along the way. Day 1 is a family-friendly day, with the option for a children’s pilgrimage finishing with the Finnies Fiesta at St Finbar’s Glenbrook. For more information and to register for all or part of the journey, visit 


Other Notices


Donate to Caritas Australia’s Gaza Appeal 

Following a series of surprise attacks against Israel by Hamas in early October, Caritas Australia is supporting partner agencies on the ground to provide emergency cash, shelter, and psychosocial support to those affected by the violence. The efforts of these partner agencies are expected to support 17,000 displaced families, representing around 100,000 of the 1 million people displaced. To support Caritas Australia’s Gaza Appeal, visit or call 1800 024 413 toll free.    

Caritas Australia’s Global Gifts Cards  

Caritas Australia’s Global Gifts Christmas cards are a great way to spread joy and hope this Christmas season and to make a life-changing impact. Each gift represents a donation that will support vulnerable communities to create a brighter future. Order now to receive in time for Christmas at or scan the QR code. 

Are you interested in becoming a pastoral and professional supervisor? 

Transforming Practices offers a rich formation in Pastoral Supervision. Supervision Formation comprises of 5 two-day Modules, held over 7 months. The next Portfolio of Learning Day will be held on Friday 3 February 2024 (with sufficient applicants). For those proceeding – an Introductory Day will be held on Friday 5 April 2024. All training days may be held on Zoom, face to face or in dual mode depending on successful applicant’s location. For program prerequisites, please visit If you are interested in knowing more, please contact the Registrar, Mary Pearson via email 

Sydney Summer School of Evangelisation: 7 – 14 January 2024 

Summer School is a week-long, live-in, life-changing retreat at the Mt Carmel Retreat Centre in Varroville NSW, featuring praise and worship, inspiring talks, engaging liturgy, time to chill & learn and more in the midst of a community of 150+ young people aged 16-35. Registrations open 31 October. Register by 30 November to receive early bird rates (concession $525/adult $625). More info: Bookings: 


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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