News & Events Weekly Update

17 April 2024


News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond


Diocese of Parramatta Notices


Easter | Autumn 2024 Catholic Outlook Magazine out now!  

The Easter | Autumn 2024 edition of the Catholic Outlook Magazine is out now! This edition invites us to practise silence, deepen our interior lives and pray for a Gospel change of heart, how our communities celebrate Easter, seminarians preparing to ‘go out into the deep’ plus so much more. Pick up your free copy from parishes and offices across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains today or read it online via 

Synod 2023 Update: Local Think Tank Sessions from May-June 

Parishes and other local faith communities across the diocese are holding local Think Tank Sessions, giving local leaders and anyone involved in ministry to offer feedback on the Draft of the Diocesan Plan for a Synodal Church, and contribute ideas for the practical implementation of our Diocesan Plan. Contact the parish office to inquire about our local Think Tank session, and visit for more. 

Free Online Formation on Synodal Spirituality 

Dive into ‘Synodal Spirituality’ with this FREE online short formation course, taught by Sr Patty Andrew OSU. Part of the FaithLIFE series hosted by the Mission Enhancement Team, the course offers an exploration of communal discernment, active engagement, and creative faith responses to challenges in the mission of the Church today. Enrol now and take part in Pope Francis’s vision for a synodal Church: 

Safeguarding Face-to-face Training Opportunities   

The next session of face-to-face Mandatory Safeguarding Training will be held on Saturday 27 April at Our Lady of the Way Parish, Emu Plains, for Modules 4 and 5. More training opportunities will be available throughout May. Please register directly for this training or for other convenient dates and locations by clicking on the training event at: more information, please email: 

Bishop’s Good Shepherd Appeal for our Holy Spirit Seminarians  

Will you support our seminarians to “go out into the deep” and serve?
Your compassionate generosity and prayers will help our future priests cast their nets wide to nurture faith and meet the spiritual and pastoral needs of our community. Please give generously to the Bishop’s Good Shepherd Appeal at or scan this QR code. Thank you. 

Youth Mass ‘Round the Diocese: 21 April 

Looking for some young adults to worship with? Hunting for an excuse to catch up with Jesus and friends? Wondering what goes on around our Diocese? Mass ‘Round the Diocese is just that! Our young people are visiting different churches around the Diocese for Mass and fellowship afterwards with new and known friends. The next Mass will be at The Good Shepherd Parish, Plumpton, on Sunday 21 April for 6pm Mass. For more information, please contact Sr Christine Ramada CSFN on 

Natural Fertility Billings Ovulation Method Instruction Session: 23 April 

The next session in our Natural Family Planning series is our first for the Billings Ovulation Method®. Meet Margaret Coakley, accredited Billings teacher, and you’ll be set up to chart immediately to help you reach your family planning goals. The session will be held on Tuesday 23 April from 7.15pm to 8.15pm via Zoom. To book your place or for further information, please contact Catherine on or call 0400 427 605. 

Exploring Music for the Solemnities following Easter: 30 April and 2 May 

All are invited to the next music workshop organised by the Office for Worship and presented by Eric Grella. This workshop is perfect for all parish musicians and also for anyone who wishes to learn more about music for the Solemnities after Easter. As there has been a large interest in these workshops there will be 2 locations!! 

  • 30 April at the Bishop Bede Heather Centre, Blacktown from 7pm 
  • 2 May at St Nicholas of Myra Parish, Penrith from 7pm 

RSVP by 28 April to or 0460 037 795. 

Natural Fertility Sympto-Thermal Method Instruction Session: 30 April 

The most important symptom alerting women to ovulation is used in all methods of Natural Family Planning. The Sympto-Thermal Method includes measuring your basal body temperature, which also confirms ovulation! This session will be held on Tuesday 30 April from 7.15pm to 8.15pm via Zoom. To book your place or for further information, please contact Catherine on or call 0400 427 605. 

CCD Formation Opportunities: May and June 2024  

SRE catechists and all members of our faith communities are invited to participate in a series of formation opportunities organised by the Diocesan Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD). Delve into St John’s Gospel with a scripture expert, Dr Laurie Woods, over 5 weeks on 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 May. Continue your Journey of Faith for 5 weeks with Merilyn Hancock (Head, CCD) on 7, 14, 21, 28 June and 5 July.  All sessions will be held at the Bishop Bede Heather Centre, Blacktown, from 9.30am to 1.30pm. For SRE Catechists to be accredited with Level 3 training, they must attend both sessions. Morning Tea will be provided. Enrol for one or both sessions via or email 

Diocesan Pentecost Scripture Reflection Evening: 15 May

What does the Holy Spirit look like in your life? How can Scripture stretch our imagination when comes to Pentecost and the Holy Spirit? Register for the Diocesan Pentecost Scripture Reflection Evening with Dr Michele Connolly rsj on Wednesday 15 May 2024 – 6:30PM to 8:30pm. RSVP via QR or get in touch with the team via 


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 Marisa on 0412 280 017.  

Get your feed on the Soul Food Podcast

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  

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   

Adult Faith Formation opportunities in 2024

  • Preparing for marriage or know couples who are?  
  • Looking to learn more about the Bible, spirituality, theology or practical skills for ministry?  
  • Searching for encouragement and growth by listening to life & faith stories from adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s? 

View and share a copy of the 2024 adult faith formation calendar (link: OR get in touch with the team to learn about more formation opportunities via 

Catholic Care Mamre Supported Playgroup 

Catholic Care Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains are offering a free supported playgroup which operates on Thursdays from 10am to 12pm during school terms at Mamre House, 181 Mamre Rd, Orchard Hills. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact Mamre Supported Playgroup on (02) 8843 2506. 

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. 

Mount Schoenstatt Shrine Time Holy Hour for Youth and Young Adults 

The Mount Schoenstatt community invite young and young adults for Holy Hour every fourth Sunday of the month from 7pm to 8pm at the Mt Schoenstatt Shrine, 230 Fairlight Road, Mulgoa, followed by a social gathering afterwards. There will be opportunities for praise and worship, prayer, reflection, confession and benediction. For more information, please contact Sr M Rita on 0493 026 628 or 

Schoenstatt Men Reflection Day: 20 April 

Men of all ages are invited to a reflection day hosted by the Schoenstatt Men at the Mt Schoenstatt Retreat Centre, Mulgoa, on Saturday 20 April from 9am to 4pm. The day includes Mass and Reconciliation and a talk from Fr Pawel OP from St Joseph’s Parish, Kingswood. Registration is $25 with BYO lunch. For more information or to register, scan the QR code or contact Jim on 0432 487 927 or email 

Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco Come and See: 27 April 

The Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians are invited young women aged 20 to 30 to a “Come and See” event on Saturday 27 April from 10am to 1pm at their community house, 8 Mamre Rd, St Marys. Take time to connect with Jesus, to share your journey of faith and to empower each other to grow in faith, hope and love. This opportunity will then be available on the last Saturday of each month. For more information, please contact Sr Anna on 0409 469 138 or email 

Voluntary Assisted Dying Healthcare Workshop: 4 May 

The Diocese of Parramatta is organising a free healthcare workshop to explore the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s Voluntary Assisted Dying statement: “To Witness and to Accompany with Christian Hope” on Saturday 4 May at the St Patrick’s Cathedral Hall, Parramatta, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Lunch will be provided. To register, please contact For enquires, please contact Deacon Michael Tan on 

Grace & Silence Retreat for Young Women: 5 May  

The Mount Schoenstatt Girls and Young Women ministry invite single women aged 20 to 40 discerning a vocation to marriage and family, single life or consecrated life to a silent retreat day on Sunday 5 May 9.30am to 4.30pm at Bethany, 301 Fairlight Road, Mulgoa. Remaining session is on 2 June. Cost is $25 per day or $90 for the full series. For catering purposes, registrations close a week prior to each event. For details, contact Hannah on 0433 443 384.

Christ the King Primary Jubilee Celebrations 

Staff, students, families and parishioners past and present are invited to celebrate the golden jubilee of Christ the King Primary School, North Rocks. 

  • A Jubilee Family Picnic will be held on Sunday 19 May at Don Moore Reserve, NorthRocks, from 11.30am. You can RSVP here: 
  • A Jubilee Dinner (over 18s) will be held on 29 June at The Epping Club, Epping, from 6pm. Cost is $99 per person and includes food and beverages. Tables are of 10-12 attendees. You can RSVP here: 

For any further information, please contact Erin Wynne, at the school office on (02) 8846 2700 or email 

Central Europe Pilgrimage with Fr Joseph Lam OSA: May 2025 

Cosmos Tour Operators are organising a Central Europe tour for 17 days from 8 to 24 May 2025, travelling through Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and Czechia, accompanied by Fr Joseph Lam OSA from St Finbar’s Parish, Glenbrook. Prices start from $5,076 per person, excluding flights. For more information, or to register your interest, please contact the parish office on 


Other Notices   


Caritas Australia Sudan Crisis Appeal 

Following the outbreak of conflict in Sudan a year ago, 25 million people – including 14 million children – now need humanitarian assistance and support, according to the United Nations. Caritas partners in Sudan have distributed food, as well as delivering cash assistance, water and hygeine services and gender-based violence protection. Please donate to Caritas Australia’s Sudan Crisis Appeal. You can donate online or phone 1800 024 413.  

Missionaries of God’s Love Pentecost Intensive Retreat: 17 – 22 May 

Join the MGL Sisters for Pentecost 2024 as we discover the depths of God’s love through our Banquet Intensive and accept the invitation to radical intimacy with the Trinity. The retreat will be held from Friday 17 to Wednesday 22 May at Carmel House, Varroville. Feast on God’s powerful love for you, open up to the gifts of the Spirit, savour times of powerful input, prayer, and practical workshops, and find the charismatic generosity of God unleashed in your own life of mission and discipleship. To register, please visit For Enquiries, please contact

Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend: 18 – 19 May 

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 18-19 May, with future dates in August and November 2024. For further information and to register, visit 

Christian Meditation Introduction and Renewal Day: 19 May 

You are invited to a Christian Meditation Introduction and Renewal Day on Sunday 19 May from 10am to around 3pm at St Benedict’s Monastery, 121 Arcadia Rd, Arcadia. There will be an introduction to Christian Meditation for newcomers with periods of meditation for ongoing meditators, presentations and prayer with the monks. Mass will be celebrated in the afternoon. Morning tea will be provided, but please bring your own picnic lunch. Donations are welcome. For enquiries, please contact Ann Lomas on or call 0437 340 250. 

Divine Retreat Centre offerings in 2024 

The Divine Retreat Centre in Somersby, NSW is hosting a variety of single-day and weekend residential retreats throughout 2024. For more information and bookings, please contact (02) 4372 1598 or email to confirm attendance. Visit for more information. 


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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