News & Events Weekly Update

19 June 2024

 

News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond

 

Diocese of Parramatta Notices

 

Diocesan Homeless Memorial Service: 21 June  

Members of the faithful across the Diocese are invited to participate in the inaugural Diocesan Homeless Memorial Service at St Patrick’s Cathedral forecourt, Parramatta, on Friday 21 June at 5.30pm. Please join us for a special prayer service to commemorate the lives of people who have died while experiencing homelessness. All are welcome. 

Cardinal Marengo Meet and Greet: 22 June 

As part of his Australian visit through Catholic Mission, the Diocese of Parramatta is hosting Cardinal Giorgio Marengo IMC, Apostolic Prefect of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on Saturday 22 June. Cardinal Marengo will celebrate the Vigil Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta followed by a conversation about his mission and service. The event is free, but registration is essential via https://parracatholic.org/cardinalmarengo 

Thank You for Supporting our Catholic Care’s Project Elizabeth 

Fr Fernando Montano, Parramatta Catholic Foundation, and Catholic Care thank you for your generous support of mothers during tough times. Our Bishop’s Good Samaritan Appeal ensures Catholic Care can continue to help uphold the dignity and sanctity of human life, so more families facing challenges can flourish and live life to the full. If you haven’t had a chance to donate, please visit parracatholic.org/appeal or scan this QR code. Thank you. 

MET Natural Fertility Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) Introduction Session: 25 June  

MET Natural Fertility is hosting an initial instruction session on the Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) of Natural Family Planning on Tuesday 25 June from 7.15pm to 8.15pm 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 catherine.bourne@parracatholic.org or call 0400 427 605. 

CYP LIFTED Retreats: 

Looking for an opportunity to get away? Catholic Youth Parramatta’s annual LIFTED Retreat is back – with a twist! This year LIFTED Retreat has transformed into 3 separate retreats, each catering to different age groups!  

  • 5-7 July – Ages 18-24 at Carmel House, Varroville. Cost $150.00. 
  • 12 July – Ages 16-18 at The Shrine of the Holy Innocents in Kellyville, free of charge.  
  • 19-21 July – Ages 25-35 at Mt Schoenstatt, cost $150.00. 

Registration is essential! Please head to parracatholic.org/events for more details. 

MET Worship Music Copyright Workshop: 30 July or 1 August 

Calling all Parish musicians and members of our parish communities who create slides and booklets for our masses. Mr Eric Grella will be holding a workshop on THE IMPORTANCE OF COPYRIGHT. Bring all your questions to the Bishop Bede Heather Centre, Blacktown, on 30 July or to St Nicholas of Myra Parish, Penrith on 1 August at 7pm. RSVP via https://parracatholic.org/connect/events/?series=office-for-worship or email lucy.woodbury@parracatholic.org. 

MET Worship A Journey of Faith RCIA Seminars: Beginning 31 July 

The MET Worship team are holding a series of seminars for RCIA coordinators to come together to learn and ask questions about how to run an RCIA program in their parish. The sessions will be held on Wednesdays (and one Tuesday) from 31 July to 28 August at the Bishop Bede Heather Centre, Blacktown. Participants may attend as many workshops as they are interested in. For more information and to register, please visit https://parracatholic.org/connect/events/?series=rcia-seminars or contact lucy.woodbury@parracatholic.org or call 0460 037 795. 

Adult Confirmation 2024 Formation Day: 24 August 

The Office for Worship will host a Catechesis and Formation Day for those candidates (16+) interested in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this year. This will be on Saturday 24 August from 9.30am – 2.00pm at the Bishop Bede Heather Centre, Blacktown. A light lunch will be provided on the day. It is recommended that all sponsors attend the catechesis day. A contribution of $25 is suggested from the candidates to assist in covering the Catechesis Day. For more information please contact Lucy Woodbury on lucy.woodbury@parracatholic.org or 0460 037 795. 

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 https://parracatholic.org/contribute/volunteer/#food-drive or emailing james.atanasious@parracatholic.org    

Marriage Preparation Courses in 2024  

Getting married in 2024? Let the Diocese of Parramatta help you prepare. Visit www.parracatholic.org/celebrate/marriage/marriage-preparation 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 marriage@parracatholic.org 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 Spotify:www.parracatholic.org/resources/soul-food  

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 tribunal@parracatholic.org.   

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: https://shorturl.at/grLV3) OR get in touch with the team to learn about more formation opportunities via met@parracatholic.org 

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 srrita@schoenstatt.org.au 

Winbourne Kinds of Prayer: Finding Ways to Pray Reflection Day: 22 June  

The Winbourne Edmund Rice Retreat Centre, Mulgoa, is holding a reflection day ‘Kinds of Prayer: Finding Ways to Pray’ on Saturday 22 June from 9.30am to 3pm. Prayer is communication, relationship addressed, respected and taken further. It is letting God get at you, requiring an open heart and mind. Cost is $30 per person, BYO Lunch. For more information or to book, contact (02) 4773 5555 or email info@winbourne.org 

Rouse Hill Parish Carlo Acutis First-Class Relic Visit: 29 – 30 June 

Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Rouse Hill, will host a First Class Relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis throughout the weekend of 29 and 30 June. Opportunities to venerate the relic will be held on Saturday between 11am and 12pm and 4.30pm to 5.30pm before the Saturday Vigil Mass. Blessed Carlo’s International Exhibition of Eucharistic Miracles will also be open on Saturday from 9.30am to 4.30pm and Sunday 9am to 5pm. For more information, contact the parish office on (02) 8883 4063 or email parishoffice@ourladyoftheangels.org.au  

Youth Mass ‘Round the Diocese: 30 June    

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 St Thomas Aquinas Parish, Springwood, on Sunday 30 June for 9:30am Mass. Please join us after Mass for a picnic at Buttenshaw Park. For more information, please contact Laura Burton on laura@stbernadette.org.au 

Upper Blue Mountains Parish Carlo Acutis First-Class Relic visit: 5 – 7 July 

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Parish, Upper Blue Mountains, will host a First Class Relic and the International Exhibition of Eucharistic Miracles by Blessed Carlo Acutis from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 July at St Canice’s Church, Katoomba. The exhibition is free, but a donation can be made to help with the upkeep of the exhibition. The exhibition will be open from 1pm – 3pm on Friday and 10am – 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, contact the parish office on (02) 4782 2804 or email bluemountains@parracatholic.org  

Great Saints of Italy Pilgrimage with Fr Chris del Rosario: October 2024 

Join Fr Christopher del Rosario on a breathtaking pilgrimage on the footsteps of some of Italy’s most well-known saints. Follow their paths etched into our faith heritage, from the great Christian centre of Rome to sacred towns made famous by Padre Pio, St Francis, St Clare, St Catherine and St Anthony. This is an amazing opportunity to deepen our faith and explore the rich tapestry of culture, art and history that Italy has to offer. Pilgrimage commences 21 October 2024. For more details scan the code or visit www.harvestjourneys.com/tour/great-saints-of-italy/. 

Central Europe Pilgrimage with Fr Joseph Lam OSA: May 2025  

Cosmos Tour Operators are organising a Central Europe tour for 15 days from 11 to 25 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 $5,290 per person, excluding flights. For more information or to register your interest contact Ruby Travels Worldwide on 0401 895 998, email june.rubytravels@gmail.com or visit rubytravelsworldwide.com 

 

Other Notices   

 

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 pallottine.org.au/svpscholarship. Applications close 31 July 2024. 

Caritas Australia’s Papua New Guinea Landslide Disaster 

Hundreds of people are displaced and many more affected by a devastating landslide that struck a remote village in Papua New Guinea. Your urgent support is needed now. You can donate online at www.caritas.org.au/png or phone 1800 024 413. 

The Graces of Pilgrimage – A Night of Prayer and Testimony: 23 June 

Fr Andrew Grace and Juliana Elarde give witness about miracles of healing that occurred while on pilgrimage to Medjugorje and Lourdes, which dramatically changed lives. Come and hear their remarkable stories and join us for a night of prayer and testimony. Hosted by Harvest Journeys. Supper will be provided. Sunday 23 June 2024, 7pm – 9pm at St Dominic’s Catholic Church, cnr Hornsey Rd & The Crescent, Flemington. Bookings: www.trybooking.com/CREJM 

Archbishop Fisher Council of Christians and Jews NSW Address: 27 June 

On Thursday 27 June at 6pm, the Council of Christians and Jews NSW will host a lecture by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on the topic “Jews and Christians Walking Together – Where are we in 2024”. The lecture is in honour of the late Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple AO who passed away earlier this year. It will take place at The Great Synagogue in Sydney. All are welcome, and RSVPs are essential via https://tinyurl.com/archbishopfisheraddress or email Emmanuel.Nathan@acu.edu.au. 

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend: 28 – 30 June 

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is offering an opportunity for you to learn to become the best version of yourselves together and live your best life in love! Join the team on 28-30 June 2024 at a Marriage Encounter Weekend at Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville, NSW. Book online via www.wwme.org.au or contact Christine & Terry Mahony on 0490 774 419 or nswbookings@wwme.org.au 

Fr Greg Boyle SJ ‘Tattoos on the Heart’ Australian Tour: October 2024 

Jesuit Priest Fr Greg Boyle SJ, founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, will be visiting Sydney as part of his ‘Tattoos on the Heart’ tour in October. Fr Greg will be speaking on ‘Radical Kinship’ for those in pastoral ministry on 12-13 October and ‘Boundless Compassion’ to secondary students on 14 October, both at St Joseph’s Retreat Centre, Baulkham Hills. To register, please visit https://www.gpbs.com.au/tattoos-on-the-heart/ or scan the QR code. 

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 drcretreatrego@gmail.com to confirm attendance. Visit www.divineretreatcentre.org 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 www.jamberooabbey.org.au. 

 

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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