Diocese of Parramatta

  • Growing in Holiness Series: Holy hour essential for James

    The Growing in Holiness article series shares the stories of Catholics in the Diocese of Parramatta who are striving to grow in holiness through the means provided by the heritage of the Catholic Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states in paragraph 2013: “All Christians in any state...
  • Fr Robert gathers wisdom in UK for young Australian Church

    Rev Robert Riedling often wanders medieval monastic ruins in the idyllic Yorkshire countryside. But Fr Robert is no English Country Parson; he is a priest of the Diocese of Parramatta, studying theology at Durham University’s eminent theological faculty. Fr Robert is partway through a MA/PhD program and soon to...
  • 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...
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