St. Patrick's is a community united by God through the Gospels, the teachings of the Catholic Church and the pursuit of common goals. Our members offer their unique gifts to God and each other. With these gifts we joyfully proclaim the Word of God, proudly celebrate the sacraments, promote living in solidarity and justice in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.
In God we trust boldly, in the footsteps of Jesus we walk humbly and by the light of the Holy Spirit we love tenderly as we become true Christians who courageously face adversity as St. Patrick has done setting for us a perfect example.
You must stay home.
Only leave your home if you have a reasonable excuse.
The NSW government has announced a target for the easing of restrictions on churches for all of Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong regions.
Churches will be closed to the public until the Monday after NSW passes the 70 percent target of residents having had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Funerals may proceed at this time, with a maximum of ten members of the congregation, following a four square metre rule.
For more information and notices please see Notices/COVID-19 or our latest CLUSTER BULLETIN (pdf). Please feel free to contact us by email or phone. There would also be posters up in the church or on our Notice Boards outside the church or the Presbytery.
With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from today, 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021.
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.
On the feast of St Joseph the Worker (1st May) the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments published an updated version of the Litany of St Joseph, approved by Pope Francis.
The 112 year old litany now includes invocations mainly taken from modern papal texts about St. Joseph, including Pope Francis’ December Apostolic Letter proclaiming a Year of St Joseph and St John Paul II’s 1989 Apostolic Exhortation, “Redemptoris Custos”.
The seven additions to the litany are: “Custos Redemptoris” (Guardian of the Redeemer); “Serve Christi” (Servant of Christ); “Minister salutis” (Minister of salvation); “Fulcimen in difficultatibus” (Support in difficulties); “Patrone exsulum” (Patron of exiles); “Patrone afflictorum” (Patron of the afflicted); and “Patrone pauperum” (Patron of the poor).
The Rosary is made up of twenty "mysteries" (significant events or moments in the life of Jesus and Mary), which, following the Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, are grouped into four series.
The first contains joyful mysteries (recited on Mondays and Saturdays); the second, the mysteries of light (Thursdays); the third, the sorrowful mysteries (Tuesdays and Fridays); and the fourth, the glorious mysteries (Wednesdays and Sundays).
"This indication is not intended to limit a rightful freedom in personal and community prayer, where account needs to be taken of spiritual and pastoral needs and of the occurrence of particular liturgical celebrations which might call for suitable adaptations" (Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 38).
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Dear Father, President Joe Biden of the US, who is a Catholic, has expressed publicly his support for abortion rights, yet he continues to go to Mass and receive Communion. I was surprised to hear this. Should he be allowed to receive Communion?
Dear Father, I saw the recent article in The Catholic Weekly saying that a German bishop is giving Holy Communion to Protestants who ask for it. I thought this was not allowed. My husband is Lutheran and he would like to receive Communion too. Can this be done?
Open Letter to All Parishioners from your New Parish Priest
To anyone requesting, our Parish Priest, to fill in a CONFIDENTIAL PARISH PRIEST REFERENCE FORM:
Please provide, together with the form, a stamped envelope addressed to the school of your choice for your child, if applicable.