Diocese of Parramatta

  • Witnesses to the Resurrection: St Matthew

    Name: St Matthew Death: Late 1st century AD, disputed death. Feast Day: September 21 Patronage: Accountants, Tax Collectors Customs: Salerno celebrates the arrival of St Matthew’s relics each year. Shrine: Cathedral of St Matthew, Salerno, Italy, since 954AD. Life Story and Scripture: “Born in Caphernaum. He was a tax-gatherer...
  • Witnesses to the Resurrection: St James the Greater

    Died: Jerusalem, 42 AD. Beheaded at the order of Herod Agrippa. Feast Day: July 25 Patron: Spain, Shells, Pilgrimages Shrine: Santiago de Compostela Scripture: James the Greater was son of Zebedee and Salome and brother of St John the Evangelist. As a ‘son of thunder’, he was styled ‘the Greater’ to...
  • Castle Hill home to world’s longest playing parish organist

    A lifetime of service has kept Fred Hawkins of Castle Hill young at heart and beloved by his community. And, it may even have given him claim to being the world’s longest serving parish organist. Fred first played organ for Mass when eight years old at St Felix de...
  • Fr Fernando joins Castle Hill from Mexico via Hong Kong

    Fr Luis Fernando Montano Rodriguez (Fr Fernando) was installed as Parish Priest of St Bernadette’s Parish, Castle Hill on Sunday 20 August 2017. Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta, celebrated Mass with the installation and delivered the homily. “They say God works in mysterious and unexpected...
  • Witnesses to the Resurrection: St Bartholomew

    Name: St Bartholomew Death: Armenia? Arabian peninsular? Feast Day: August 24 Patronage: Armenia, Plasterers, Nervous diseases Shrines: Basilica of St Bartholomew, Benevento; Basilica of St Bartholomew on the Island, Rome. Life story and Scripture: St Bartholomew was born in Cana and lead to Christ by St Philip. “Bartholomew” is...
  • Witnesses to the Resurrection: St Matthias

    Name: St Matthias Death: Late 1st century, disputed location and circumstances. Feast Day: May 14 Patronage: Tailors, alcoholics, protection against smallpox, Trier Shrine: St Matthias Abbey, Trier, Germany Life Story and Scripture: St Matthias was elected to “receive this office of ministry and apostleship which Judas abandoned to go...
  • Bishop Vincent meets refugees who fled from ISIS

    Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta recently held a deeply moving meeting with refugees from Iraq and Syria who fled ISIS. The Syrian and Iraqi refugees fled the persecution of Islamic State (also known as daesh) and now receive support at the Fairfield Centre of STARTTS (NSW Service...
  • Witnesses to the Resurrection: St Paul

    Name: St Paul the Apostle Feast Day: June 29 Death: Beheaded, Rome. Perhaps on the same day as St Peter, ~64 – 68 AD. Patronage: Writers, Missions, Theologians, Soldiers, Gentile Christians, many places. Shrine: Papal Basilica of St Paul, Outside the Walls, Rome. Scripture and Life Story: St Paul...
  • Mary: The Model Disciple – Part II Mary Preaching

    Delivered by Seminarian Jack Green to IGNITE Youth at Saint John XXIII Catholic Parish, Stanhope Gardens on 28 May, 2017.   II – Mary preaching Now, something common to many of the early disciples of Christ was preaching.  John the Baptist, for example, drew people from all over Judea...
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