News & Events Weekly Update

16 April 2018

News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond


Diocese of Parramatta News


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CatholicCare has a new website

Remaining committed to their core mission to be the compassionate face of Christ and be a strong and visible provider of care for all in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains with a special concern for the poor, CatholicCare now also has a new website to help them on their journey. Visit the new website at

Positions Vacant

  • Risk Officer                               – Chancery Office, Parramatta
  • Interviewer                               – Tribunal Office, Parramatta

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  • Garden Crew Supervisor            – CatholicCare, Orchard Hills

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  • Youth Co-ordinator                    – Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Greystanes

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  • Assistant Bookkeeper                – St John 23rd Parish, Glenwood-Stanhope Gardens

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Formation 2018         

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta have been holding formation talks on a monthly basis for the past eighteen months.  Topics have included: Sacraments, An Introduction & Overview of the Gospel of Mark, The Temptation of Jesus (Mark) and weekly Lenten reflections. Our speakers are the clergy from the Diocese of Parramatta and invited guests. Sessions alternate from Friday nights to Saturday afternoons in the Cathedral Hall. If you would like to be included on our mailing list for upcoming talks, please email Pat, Parish Secretary on The topic for our next talk is ‘Intercession’. Aim/objective of the talk: To increase in Holiness, to inculcate a habit of daily intercessory prayer and devotion to Mother Mary and the Saints. To use the tools given by our Catholic church and to aspire to be Saints. Date: Friday 27 April between 7.30pm-9.00pm at St Patrick’s Cathedral Hall, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta.

Good Shepherd Sunday: 22 April

Today is the World Day of Vocations and Good Shepherd Sunday which is being celebrated in Catholic parishes across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. The Catholic Church invites you to pray for those you might know whom God may be calling to a priestly vocation and would benefit from your prayers.

To learn more about priestly vocations, the priesthood and seminary life in the Diocese of Parramatta, visit

Catholic Women’s Retreat: 29 April

Theme: Marriage and its challenges. A half-day retreat to enrich us in preparing spiritually for marriage and beyond. Guest speaker/moderator Rev Fr Paul Marshall; Fr Godfrey Emeka Amamchukwu; Fr Anthony Oboshi; Fr John Ssemaganda. St George Preca Parish Centre, Our Lady Queen of Parish, 198 Old Prospect Road, Greystanes. Arrive 3.00pm for 3.30pm start, closes 6.00pm with Mass. This retreat is hosted by Rev Fr Chukwunonyerem Akamadu, Chaplain to the Nigerian Catholic community, tel 045 11 74 438, Chinwe Duru 0403 663 097.

NSW Pastoral Conference: 1 May

NSW Pastoral Conference: Forming Missionary Disciples – Join with pastoral council members, parish clergy, staff and volunteers across NSW to explore strategies for forming missionary disciples. How do we renew our baptismal call and enable our gifts in parish and school life? Tuesday 1 May, Lidcombe, cost $65. Find out more: or contact Tanya Quinn: 02 8838 3441 or

The Permanent Diaconate: 6 May

The discernment program for those who are interested in finding out more about this Vocation will be held at St John 23rd Parish, 160 Perfection Avenue, Stanhope Gardens 2768. Come and learn more about vocations to the Diaconate and have a chat with our team members. We are looking for men aged between 35 to 55 and residing in the Diocese of Parramatta. Our discernment program consists of five sessions, with each session dealing with different aspects of the Diaconate. The meetings will commence at 3.00pm until 6.00pm followed by the Parish Mass and Fellowship. The 2018 dates on Sundays: 8 July, 9 September, 4 November. For further information visit or please contact any of the following deacons: Deacon James – 0425 213 832, Deacon Tan – 0407 270 782, Deacon George – 0408 440 769

Nigerian Mass in Igbo: 13 May

Rev Fr Chukwunonyerem Akamadu, Chaplain to the Nigerian Catholic community, will celebrate Mass at 11.30am at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, 198 Old Prospect Road, Greystanes. Contact Fr Akamadu tel 0451 174 438, Stella Nwosu 0405 478 472.


Other News


Plenary Council 2020

Pope Francis has approved the Australian Bishops’ decision to hold a Plenary Council in Australia in 2020 and 2021. All people are invited to reflect on the question: “What do you think God is asking of us in Australia?” Find out more at:

PROCLAIM 2018: National Conference on Parish Renewal and Evangelisation 12 – 14 July 2018

The Archdiocese of Brisbane, in collaboration with the ACBC’s National Centre for Evangelisation, will host PROCLAIM 2018. This national conference will engage parishes and faith communities in a conversation focusing on five key areas: Leadership, Culture Change, Young People, Belonging and Evangelisation.

During the conference participants can attend keynote presentations, expert panel sessions and discussions facilitated by leaders with ‘on the ground’ experience. Ideally, this will help those participants to contribute to the formulation of some practical strategies to assist your parish or faith community’s own goals in the areas of renewal and evangelisation.

Keynote speakers include Cardinal John Dew (Archdiocese of Wellington, New Zealand), Ron Huntley (Divine Renovation – Canada), Ms Lana Turvey-Collins (Plenary Council 2020 Facilitator), Mons Enrique Fiqaredo SJ (Cambodia) and host of PROCLAIM 2018 Archbishop Mark Coleridge (Archdiocese of Brisbane). To find out more visit and register at our early bird rate.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend: 27-29 April

A marriage enrichment experience for married couples – set in peaceful, picturesque surroundings, away from the distractions of everyday life.  During the weekend, couples have a unique opportunity to reconnect, rekindle and refresh their relationship. Take time out of your busy schedule, to invest in your most precious asset . . .  your Marriage! Date: 27–29 April at Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville, NSW. Bookings online at or Adrian and Janet Sullivan: on 0490 774 419 or

Holy Hour for Vocations: 3 May

The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth cordially invite YOUTH (age 18-35) to join us for Holy Hour for Vocations on Thursday, 3 May at 7:00 pm at Good Shepherd Church and then join us also for pizza at 8:00pm. RSVP: Sr Paula, e-mail: mob: 0449 656 406

Reflection Day for Women: 5 May

Reflection Day for Women, Fairlight Rd, Mt Schoenstatt hosted by Sr Mary Louise. Saturday 5 May from 9.30 am – 3.00pm. Cost: $25 BYO lunch, tea & coffee provided. Register: or 02 4773 8338.

Marist Sisters College Woolwich Annual Reunion: 6 May

Annual Reunion Day for Marist Sisters College Woolwich will be held 6 May at the College, 66 Woolwich Road Woolwich, with Mass at 11am in the School Chapel, followed by luncheon in the School Hall. It will be the 50th anniversary for those who left school in 1968 either in Year 10 or Year 12. For more information please contact MSCW Ex-Students Association, PO Box 96 Hunters Hill NSW 2110, email:, or Facebook: MSCW Ex-Students’ Association. OR call Julie Biber McLeay 0414 689 462 or Louise Shapter Hymas 0403 779 155. RSVP by 15 April.

Get Fired Up: 12 May

One day retreat with Fr Isuru Dinesh Weliwatte MGL, assistant parish priest of St Declan‘s Parish, Penshurst. Fr Isuru is blessed with the gift of Prophecy and Prayer Ministry. From 9.00am – 5.00pm at St Joseph’s Parish Hall, Waltz St, Rockdale, NSW 2195. BYO lunch, coffee, tea and biscuits provided. Enquiries: Helen Aldana Mob. 0433 455 114 or Ida Krisnadi Mob. 0416 464 221. Email: – From Jesus light of the World communities

Healing after Abortion:  12 May

Rachel’s Vineyard, Sydney is hosting a workshop with Jessica Lockhart, author of The Woman at the Tomb, Abortion and Redemption, and Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat ministry to hear about spiritual and emotional healing after an abortion. All welcome – priests, pastoral carers, parish teams, professional health practitioners and those suffering post abortion stress in their own life. Saturday May 12, 10am – 3.30pm at Good Samaritan Centre, 2 Avenue Rd. Glebe. Free. Limited numbers, RSVP essential for catering – or 0400 092 555. Details:

Mount St Benedict Centre: 18 – 20 May

Conversations with the Wisdom of Benedictine Women. A Retreat Facilitated by Carmel Posa sgs. Throughout the ages there have been many Benedictine women who have shared the wisdom they have acquired in their search for God. This weekend retreat will reflect on this wisdom using the writing and lives of St Scholastica, sister of St Benedict, St Leoba German Benedictine missionary of the 8th Century, Heloise of the Paraclete, acclaimed abbess of the 12th Century, Dorothy Day, Benedictine Oblate and Peace activist of the 20th Century and Joan Chittester, Benedictine of our time. For more information: or 02 8752 5390.

St Philomena Association Holy Masses: 19 May 2018

St John Vianney was very devoted to St Philomena. Pope Gregory XVI called her “the great wonder worker”. Mass at midday with Confession from 11.30am: St John Vianney’s Church, 17 Cameron St, Doonside. A short walk north from Doonside station, the one past Blacktown. Please bring a snack to share. Elizabeth tel or text 0423 15 44 63, Facebook: Libby Peoples (events)

Australian Catholic Historical Society Lecture: 20 May

Professor Carole Cusack, Dr Bernadette Tobin AO, The Honourable Deirdre Grusovin AM – Humanae vitae after 50 years. Visit the ACHS website for more information.

Christian Meditation: 20 May

You are invited to our Christian Meditation Introduction and Renewal Days for 2018 at St Benedict’s Monastery, 121 Arcadia Rd, Arcadia on Sunday 20 May. Arrival time at the monastery is from 10am for a 10:30am start.  Conclusion is around 3pm. Mass is celebrated at 2pm. There will be presentations and periods of meditation with the opportunity of an introduction to Christian Meditation for newcomers. Bring your own picnic lunch. Tea and coffee provided. Registration is on the day. There is no set charge, a donation may be made for the monks. There may be accommodation available at the Monastery Guest House enquiries to Br Terry Cavanagh on 0438 282 318. Other enquiries to Ann Bergman 02 9498 2625  or Ann Lomas 02 9456 4775

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