Diocese of Parramatta

  • Witnesses to the Resurrection: St Andrew

    Name: St Andrew Death: St Andrew was tied to an X shaped cross, surviving for three days, in Patras, Achaia. Mid to late 1st century AD. Feast Day: November 30 Patronage: Scotland, Greece, Russia, Sicily, Ukraine, Georgia, Barbados, fishermen, singers, rope-makers, butchers, pregnant women, protection against fever, whooping cough...
  • African Catholics dance for the Lord

    The African Catholic community burst with vibrant songs and colourful cultural dress on Sunday 5 November at the All African Mass to celebrate the All Saints of Africa Centre, Blacktown. Msgr Ron McFarlane, Episcopal Vicar for Migrant Chaplaincies was Principal Celebrant of the Mass, concelebrated by Fr Christopher Antwi-Boasiako,...
  • Powerful young voices call for just society

    The second annual Social Justice Day, held on 18 October, at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, gathered students from Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta and other schools to learn about social justice issues and have fun making new friends. Students were challenged by Pope Francis’ call to build an inclusive society...
  • Catholic student movement expands to Western Sydney University

    The Western Sydney University Catholic Campus Ministry is affiliating with the national movement of tertiary Catholics students – the Australian Catholic Students Association, ACSA. Martin Habib, President of the WSU Catholic Society, told Catholic Outlook the group will meet to affiliate some time this year. The Australian Catholic Students Association (ACSA)...
  • Witnesses to the Resurrection: St James the Lesser

    Name: St James the Lesser Feast Day: May 3 Patronage: The Dying, Hat makers, Pharmacists, Uruguay Death: 62AD, Jerusalem. Stoning. Shrine: Basilica of the Twelve Holy Apostles, Rome Scripture and Life: Tradition holds that St James the Lesser was a strict ascetic and prayed so much that his knees were...
  • Holey dollar! Coins from Christ’s lifetime coming to Parramatta

    In a highly publicised move, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, known as the Powerhouse Museum, is coming to Parramatta. The Powerhouse Museum’s coin collection is less well known, including coins from the time of Christ himself. Ancient historian, Dr Nicholas Hardwick, said that the collection would be...
  • ‘Vatican Cricket Team’ a hit for media and interfaith dialogue

    John McCarthy QC, Australia’s Ambassador to the Holy See from 2012-16, met with Catholic Outlook for an interview that will form the basis of a series about the scope and impact of the work of the Australian Embassy to the Holy See. The articles explore with former Ambassador McCarthy how Australia is able to promote its specific issues and interests among the...
  • Witnesses to the Resurrection: St Simon the Zealot

    Name: St Simon the Zealot Death: Late 1st or early 2nd century AD. Disputed location and circumstances. One tradition holds he was sawed to death. Feast Day: October 28 Patronage: Sawyers, Tanners, and Curriers Customs: Bread of the Dead is prepared on this day in some cultures. Shrine: Altar...
  • Witnesses to the Resurrection: St Jude Thaddaeus

    Name: St Jude Thaddaeus Feast Day: October 28 Death: 1st century, AD. The location and circumstances are disputed. Patronage: Armenia, lost causes, hospitals, Chicago Police Department, the Philippines Customs: Praying for impossible causes to St Jude Shrine: Altar of St Joseph, St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. Life Story and...
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