News & Events Weekly Update

3 July 2024


News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond


Diocese of Parramatta Notices


Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Sunday: 7 July 

On this first weekend in July, the Catholic Church in Australia celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday to acknowledge and celebrate the gifts of Australia’s First Peoples. The 2024 theme is “Keep the Fire Burning: Strong in Faith”. A booklet with information and resources is available at 

Emerton Parish NAIDOC Week Celebration: 11 July 

To commemorate NAIDOC Week, which is celebrated from 7-14 July, you are warmly invited to a family-friendly NAIDOC celebration hosted by Holy Family Parish, Mt Druitt, Catholic Care, Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation and other partners on Thursday 11 July from 10am to 3pm at the Holy Family site, 252 Luxford Rd, Emerton. All are welcome to attend. 

Bishop Vincent presents Dr Myriam Wijlens: 5 August 

Internationally recognised Dutch theologian, ecumenist and consultor to several Vatican bodies, Dr Myriam Wijlens will be coming to Australia to deliver a series of free public lectures on the topic of ‘The prophetic voice of the laity in the renewal of the Catholic Church.’ Dr Myriam will be hosted by the Diocese of Parramatta as part of its “Bishop Vincent Presents” series on Monday 5 August at St Patrick’s Cathedral Hall, Parramatta, from 6pm. To register, please visit 

Safeguarding Kids Art Competition 

As part of our commitment to zero tolerance for any form of abuse or harm to children or any person, the Diocese of Parramatta is running our first Art competition for children and young people! Children and young people aged between 5 and 19 are invited to produce an artwork around the theme “My Church community is a safe place for me”. Entries close on Friday 26 July. For more information and to enter, please visit 


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! The remaining retreats are: 

  • 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 for more details. 

Safeguarding Face-to-face Training Opportunities    

The next session of face-to-face Mandatory Safeguarding Training will be held on Saturday 27 July at St John XXIII Parish, Glenwood-Stanhope Gardens for Modules 1-3. More training opportunities will be available throughout August and September. 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: 

MET Natural Fertility Billings Ovulation Method Instruction Session: 23 July  

The next session in our Natural Family Planning series is the Billings Ovulation Method®. Meet Margaret Coakley, accredited Billings teacher. Following this instruction, you’ll be set up to chart immediately to help you reach your family planning goals. The session will be held on Tuesday 23 July 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. 

Tri-Diocesan Social Justice Evening: 25 July 

You are invited to a Tri-Diocesan Social Justice Evening with keynote speaker John Lochowiak, Chair of NATSICC. The event will reflect on the 2023-24 Social Justice Statement “Listen, Learn, Love: A New Engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People”, and is hosted by the Diocese of Broken Bay, together with the Diocese of Parramatta and Archdiocese of Sydney: 25 July 2024, 6pm, The Epping Club (45-47 Rawson St, Epping). Please register by 17 July at 

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 or email 

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 or contact or call 0460 037 795. 

MET Worship Serving at the Altar Seminar: 3 August 

The Office for Worship are hosting a seminar for Acolytes and Ministers of the Altar (Senior Servers) on “Back to Basics of Serving at the Altar” on Saturday 3 August from 9.30am to 3pm at the Bishop Bede Heather Centre, Blacktown. Chris Ohlsen will present the seminar, which will revisit some of the basic principles in serving at the altar. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. To RSVP by 31 July, please contact or call 0460 037 795. 

MET Natural Fertility Creighton Model Introduction Session: 3 August 

Are you looking for help to track your fertility cycle? Come and explore the Creighton Model FertilityCare System – a Natural, Effective, Healthy and Scientific approach to achieve, space/avoid pregnancy or monitor women’s health. Engaged and married couples, single women and those wanting to know more about their menstrual cycles are welcome to attend. This free session will be held on Saturday 3 August from 1pm – 2pm via Zoom and is valued at $125. To register or for more information, contact or 0400 427 605. 

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 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 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.   

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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   

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 

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  

Young Adult Faith Formation: 7 July 

Young Adult Faith Formation sessions continue on Sunday 7 July at The Hustle (Unit 4, 4-6 Purdy Rd Minchinbury) at 7pm. The speaker is Fr John Rizzo who will talk about and lead discussion on The Eucharist. 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 Learning How to See Reflection Day: 13 July  

The Winbourne Edmund Rice Retreat Centre, Mulgoa, is holding a reflection day ‘Kinds of Prayer: Finding Ways to Pray’ on Saturday 13 July from 9.30am to 12.30pm. One of the keys to wisdom is that we must recognise our own biases, our own preoccupations and those things to which, for some reason, we refuse to pay attention. Cost is $15 per person. For more information or to book, contact (02) 4773 5555 or email 

Jesuit Refugee Services Refugee Showcase Evening: 19 July 

In the spirit of Refugee Week, please join us for a special event featuring a showcase by leaders with lived experience from the JRS Australia Refugee Leadership Program. The event will be held on Friday 19 July in the St Patrick’s Cathedral Hall from 6pm. Attendance is free and all are welcome. An optional $30 donation is available for those able to contribute. RSVP to secure your place at   

Winbourne Key Learnings from Mark’s Gospel Reflection Day: 27 July  

The Winbourne Edmund Rice Retreat Centre, Mulgoa, is holding a reflection day on key learnings from the Gospel of Mark on Saturday 27 July from 9.30am to 12.30pm. The messages in the Gospel are still appropriate in our times and uncovering it could be vital for your spiritual growth. Cost is $15 per person. For more information or to book, contact (02) 4773 5555 or email 

Catholic Care Circle of Security Parenting Series: Begins 24 July 

Catholic Care are hosting the Circle of Security Parenting series for parents and caregivers of children up to 18 years age. Learn how to understand your child’s emotional world, support your child’s ability to manage emotions and ensure your child feels secure. Sessions will be held over eight weeks from 24 July to 11 September from 10am – 12.30pm. Cost is $105 or $5 for concession card holders. To book, call (02) 8843 2500 or email 

Catholic Care Keeping Kids in Mind Parenting Course: Begins 13 August 

Parenting after separation can be difficult for you and your child. This Catholic Care course over five weeks is designed to assist you in supporting your child following family separation. The sessions are held every Tuesday online from 13 August to 10 September from 10am – 12.30pm. Cost is $150 or $50 for concession card holders. A certificate of attendance is issued on completion of the course. To book, call (02) 8843 2500 or email 

Catholic Care Bringing Up Great Kids Parenting Group: Begins 3 September 

Parents and caregivers are welcome to join a parenting group designed by the Australian Childhood Foundation run over four sessions at Catholic Care’s Mamre House, Orchard Hills, from Thursday 3 September from 10am to 1pm. The course is supported by the free Mamre Creche. Numbers are limited, so express your interest by contacting (02) 8843 2500 or 0439 917 129 by 15 August. 


Other Notices   


ACBC Absent from the Table Survey

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is undertaking a research project aimed at investigating why some Catholics do not participate in regular weekly Sunday Mass. The survey, for those who self-identify as Catholics and are 18 years and over and who do not regularly attend weekly Mass on Sunday, is anonymous and will close on 20 August. The survey and information about the project can be found at    

Sydney Alliance Renters Forum: 24 July 

The Sydney Alliance and the Tenants’ Union of NSW in partnership with the NSW Rental Commissioner will be organising a face-to-face forum to listen to the perspective of renters around access to and quality of rental properties, cost of living, energy and climate resistance. The forum will be held on Wednesday 24 July at the Blacktown Senior Citizens Centre from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Please register via  

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.

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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