News & Events Weekly Update

15 May 2024


News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond


Diocese of Parramatta Notices


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. 

Safeguarding Face-to-face Training Opportunities   

More training opportunities for Mandatory Safeguarding Training 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: For more information, please email: 

Celebrate Laudato Si’ Week: Seeds of Hope (16-24 May) 

Are you ready to sow “Seeds of Hope”? Join the Catholic Church around Australia and worldwide in celebrating Laudato Si’ Week: 16 to 24 May 2024. This annual commemoration of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ encourages us to care more deeply for God’s creation. You can find useful resources at 

Holy Hour for Vocations: 17 May 

Please join us across the Diocese to pray for more vocations to the priesthood. Join us at St Thomas Aquinas Parish, Springwood with Fr Chris del Rosario, on Friday 17 May from 7pm. If you are interested in becoming a priest or would like more information, please contact our Director for Priestly Vocations, Fr Galbert Albino on (02) 4773 4321, 0450 821 812 or email 

Peace Justice Ecology Table Talk “Laudato Si’ Week – Seeds of Hope”: 20 May 

You are invited to an engaging conversation about caring for God’s creation: Hear and discuss inspiring stories from lived experience, and play a role in creating positive change in the spirit of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’. Join this Diocesan Table Talk on Monday 20 May, 6pm – 8:30pm, St Finbar’s Parish Glenbrook. Light dinner will be provided on arrival. Please register by 12 May and find out more at 

MET Natural Fertility Sympto-Thermal Method Introduction Session: 28 May 

MET Natural Fertility is hosting an initial instruction session on the Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) of Natural Family Planning on Tuesday 28 May from 7.15pm to 8.15p via Zoom. The Sympto-Thermal Method includes measuring your basal body temperature, which confirms ovulation! This method is 99.6% effective in postponing pregnancy and helps couples identify the best time to achieve pregnancy! To book your place or for further information, contact or call 0400 427 605. 

Expression of Interest: Ministry to the Sick in Hospitals 

Are you interested in bringing Communion to the Sick in the Hospitals of the Diocese? You will receive formation and information necessary for this ministry. Note you will not be required to do this every week but will be placed on a roster. For more information, please contact by 15 June 2024. 

“The Eucharist is essential for us: it is Christ who wishes to enter our lives and fill us with his grace.” – Pope Francis 

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 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 

Mount Schoenstatt Marian May Devotions 

Everyone is invited to the Schoenstatt Shrine to pray, sing and honour the Blessed Mother daily in the month of May. All are welcome to join the sisters for half hour May Devotions in the Shrine on Sunday to Friday at 5.30pm and Saturdays at 5.15pm. Learn more about the May devotions on their website or Facebook page: 

St Patrick’s Cathedral Mozart Concert: 17 May 

Let the full force of River City Voices carry you through Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor – a testament of power, faith, awe and hope as the choir joins for the first time with the dynamic young Western Sydney Philharmonic at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, on Friday 17 May from 7.30pm. Tickets are $60 for general admission and $45 for concessions. To purchase ticket, please visit  

Catholic Charismatic Renewal Pentecost Eve Gathering: 18 May  

Please join the Catholic Charismatic Renewal NSW in celebrating Pentecost Eve “Anointing” on Saturday 18 May at the Servants of Jesus Centre, 15 Park Road Seven Hills, for an afternoon of Praise & Worship, Testimonies and Prayer Ministry from 4-7pm hosted by youth from different streams. Booking is essential, so please register via Any enquires, please email 

Mount Schoenstatt Annual Marian Pilgrimage: 19 May 

Everyone is warmly invited to the Annual Marian Pilgrimage on Sunday 19 May at the Mt Schoenstatt Shine, Mulgoa. Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available as of 9.30am, Holy Mass will begin at 10.30am celebrated by Fr Andrew Fornal OP, there will be a Eucharistic Procession from the valley to the shrine at 2pm and the day will conclude with Benediction at 3pm. For more information, and a detailed program of the day, please visit 

Winbourne Walking the Labyrinth Reflection Day: 25 May 

The Winbourne Edmund Rice Retreat Centre, Mulgoa, is holding a half-day retreat ‘Walking the Labyrinth’ on Saturday 25 May from 9.30am to 12.30pm. In the labyrinth you enter a spiritual journey. It is a safe space, but one which challenges boundaries in order to create hope. There you may safely bring to the surface that which, held within, needs to come into the light. Cost is $15 per person, with tea and coffee included. For more information or to book, contact (02) 4773 5555 or email  

Grace & Silence Retreat for Young Women: 2 June   

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 2 June 9.30am to 4.30pm at Bethany, 301 Fairlight Road, Mulgoa. Cost is $25. For catering purposes, registrations close a week prior to each event. For details, contact Hannah on 0433 443 384. 

Young Adult Faith Formation: 2 June 

Young Adult Faith Formation sessions continue on Sunday 2 dune at The Hustle (Unit 4, 4-6 Purdy Rd Minchinbury) at 7pm. The speaker is Fr Jeff Miller SDB who will talk about and lead discussion on The Hoy Trinity. All adults 18-35 are encouraged to come along and enjoy some faith formation, pizza and fellowship! If you have any questions, please call Mark on 0477 004 678. 

Winbourne Being Pentecost People Reflection Day: 8 June 

The Winbourne Edmund Rice Retreat Centre, Mulgoa, is holding a reflection day ‘Being Pentecost People’ on Saturday 8 June from 9.30am to 3pm. After his resurrection, with the admonition from the Last Supper to ‘be Him’, Jesus Christ still calls us towards both contemplative and active life. Cost is $30 per person, BYO Lunch. For more information or to book, contact (02) 4773 5555 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 hygiene services and gender-based violence protection. Please donate to Caritas Australia’s Sudan Crisis Appeal. You can donate online or phone 1800 024 413.  

 St Vincent Pallotti Scholarship Trust Applications open 

The St Vincent Pallotti Scholarship Trust offers scholarships to enable lay people to further their understanding and skills in leadership/ministry or a specialised activity, such as promoting faith enhancement, social justice and pastoral care. More information and application forms are available on their website Applications close 31 July 2024. 

Becoming Synodal People Public Lecture: 26 May 

The Australian Jesuits and Catalyst for Renewal are hosting a public lecture with Fr Agbonkhianmeghe Orabator SJ, Dean of Santa Clara University’s Jesuit School of Theology in California and member of the Synod on Synodality, on “Becoming Synodal People: Forming Clergy and Laity”. The lecture will be held on Sunday 26 May at the Ron Dyer Centre, 42 Ridge St, North Sydney, from 7.15pm. It will also be available to livestream. All are welcome to attend, with no registration required. Entry by donation. 

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. 

Lectio Divina Facilitating Manual out now! 

Sr Antonia Curtis OSB from the Benedictines at Jamberoo Abbey, NSW, has released a new manual for facilitating Lectio Divina prayer sessions in your parish, school or local communities. This is a fantastic resource for parish teams, catechists, youth leaders, teachers and spiritual directors. The cost of the manual is $40, with an additional notebook for participants available for $10. To purchase your copy, visit their online shop at 


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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