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    Charitable Works Fund
    The next Charitable Works Fund Parish Appeal will be on the 5th-6thNovember 2022.

    Caritas Australia
    Right now, the Horn of Africa is facing one of the worst food crises seen in decades. The region is facing multiple challenges at once: drought, flooding, rising food and fuel prices, COVID-19, locust plagues and ongoing conflict and displacement. 18 million people are facing extreme hunger in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. Caritas Australia has launched Make Hunger History – our new appeal to raise funds for the Africa Food Crisis and on behalf of Caritas and our partners, I kindly ask your parish to promote this appeal over the coming weeks.
    We have developed a range of materials to assist with this:
    • A parish bulletin in a word document (attached)
    • Two bulletin images (attached) – these can also be used as social media tiles if your parish has a Facebook page or similar
    • PowerPoint slides for inclusion in an existing PowerPoint. The attached version has a YouTube link if your Church has WiFi. Another version that can be downloaded is available via Dropbox here.
    There is also a range of resources parishes can use to raise awareness of the African Food Crisis available on our website. Thank you for your ongoing support of Caritas Australia and the work of our partners overseas.
    + Ukraine Appeal
    Caritas Australia Ukraine Appeal
    As millions of people are likely to be displaced due to Russia’s invasion, your support is more important than ever for the people of Ukraine. Donate generously to the Caritas Ukraine Appeal: Donations over $2 are tax deductible.
    + Support for the House of Welcome
    HOW Food Bank Flyer HOW Food Bank Flyer
    The House of Welcome works with people seeking asylum and refugees to provide critical casework, housing, employment, food bank and emergency living assistance. During COVID-19 the demand for financial assistance has risen. HoW has increased the Emergency Living Package program by 216% to respond to the amplified levels of distress and hardship amongst their clients. In the last few months House of Welcome has delivered emergency assistance and been able to support clients to maintain their tenancies and assisted those who have come to the centre homeless. There are a number of ways that you can help such as donating to the Emergency Relief Package or donate staple food items to the House of Welcome foodbank.
    Aid to the Church in Need Australia
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    A message from Aid to the Church in Need AustraliaACN is the Pontifical Foundation dedicated to supporting the suffering and persecuted Church.

    Please consider leaving an eternal legacy by remembering Aid to the Church in Need in your will. This gift will ensure that the light of faith continues to shine brightly throughout the world and that persecuted, and suffering Christians will be cared for and given a voice. When you leave a gift in your will to ACN you can also rest assured that ACN will arrange Masses for the eternal repose of your soul. Visit

    + Workplace Giving through Catholic Mission
    Workplace giving is a simple yet powerful way for you to make an impact through regular contributions from your pay. These contributions go a long way in helping Catholic Mission support children, communities and Church leaders in Australia and globally. Visit for more information on how you can contribute.

    Support your Archdiocese of Sydney newspaper: The Catholic Weekly - available in our Church for $2
    The Catholic Weekly

    PULPIT POINTS 2 October 2022

    • Trail of Blessings
    • Pray for Cardinal Zen
    • Boost for Palliative Care research
    • Requiem for a Monarch
    • Movie review: A Terminal List
    • Men gather around the world to recite the Rosary


    Gift of Time 2022 Magazine

    Look for your Gift of Time 2022 magazine liftout inside this issue of The Catholic Weekly


    Our immediate upcoming magazines are:


    ·Spotlight on the Arts – October 2022

    ·Agencies Guide – November 2022

    ·Retirement Living – November 2022

    Available for $2. To order call Rita on (02) 9390-5411
    Nominate your Parish Hero!
    For the past 100 years, our parishes have been the cornerstones of local Australian communities. It’s those special people that help make our nation thrive. As we move into the 21stcentury, who are the people in your parish that stand out and make our community what it is today? Tell us their story and why they deserve to be recognized as a Parish Hero. Email:
    Share your interesting parish news with the Catholic Weekly
    Parishes can help us share news on interesting events or stand-out achievements by your parishioners directly by emailing:
    We also ask all parishes to please include this email address on your distribution list to parishioners each week to help our team keep abreast of interesting news from our parishes.

    Call Steve on (02) 9390 5404 or Katie on (02) 9390 5402 for more details

    + Ignite Conference 2022

    Thursday 29 September-Sunday 2 October Freeman College Bonnyrigg
    This popular conference was postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-lockdowns, but is back this year, featuring the Holy Sacraments of Mass, Reconciliation and Adoration, inspiring speakers, workshops and dynamic music. The event is aimed at all ages with a program of interest to primary and high schoolers, young adults, ministry leaders, families, teachers, priests and religious from across the country. Speakers will include Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, Fr Rob Galea and Therese Mills MGL.
    $100 Discount available for the first 50 young adults who register or volunteer from the Archdiocese of Sydney.
    Email for the Discount Code. Read more about the conference online:

    'Walking with Wisdom Series' (in person or via Zoom), 4 x Thursdays, 6-27 October 2022, 10am-12.30pm. 
    This series offers a time to explore the depths of wisdom in our own heart, to recognise wisdom in the encounter with another … to dwell in the Heart of Contemplation.  Led by spiritual directors Carole Carmody rsm and Julie Adam.  Heart of Life Centre for Spiritual & Pastoral Formation, Rear 41 Stanhope St, Malvern VIC. Cost $30 per session or $100 for the series.  Book and pay via, email, or tel (03) 9890 1101.

    + National Catholic Men’s Gathering – MAX2022 in Sydney @ Benedict XVI Retreat Centre: Oct 7-9

    MAX2022 is a National Catholic Gathering of men which is a collaboration between menALIVE and the Sydney Centre for Evangelisation.
    The theme this year is—RENEW / REFRESH / RECONNECT. After several years of almost no live events, we are looking forward to gather to listen, learn and long for the fullness of life. We desire to grow into the men we were made to be, better husbands, fathers, and men of God. Men from all over Australia will join us and there will be nothing this year in Australia like it! 
    Online registrations open now: Parishes are invited to share this tile on their own social platforms to promote the event.

    + Aboriginal Catholics and Reconciliation - Presented by the Justice and Peace Office, Archdiocese of Sydney

    Aboriginal Catholics and Reconciliation
    Address by 2021 Senior Australian of the Year, artist and educator Dr Miriam Rose Ungunmerr Baumann
    Friday 7 October
    St Mary’s Cathedral School Hall
    Register Online: Aboriginal Catholics and Reconciliation Tickets, Fri 07/10/2022 at 5:30 pm | Eventbrite

    The Bishop’s Blend: A Breakfast for Young Professionals
    Guest speaker: General Manager of PAYCE, Dominic Sullivan. Monday 10 October, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, 7-8:30am
    For more information and tickets, register online:

    On 10 October 2022 (10-11:30am AEDT) the ACU Centre for Liturgy will host the Prof Julie Hanlon Rubio from the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, Berkeley CA, USA, who will give an online public lecture (via Zoom) entitled "Does the Catholic Sacrament of marriage have a future?" Given consistently decreasing rates of Catholic marriage in Australia and other places around the world, it is more important than ever to consider the future of this beautiful and essential Christian vocation. For more information and to register, please go to
    More information about this lecture, including a flyer which can be downloaded and shared with interested staff and parishioners if you wish, can be found on our News, Resources and Events page here. Registration to attend can be done by following this link.

    Based on C.S. Lewis's novel, The Screwtape Letters is a theatre production that follows the story of a senior demon instructing his nephew in the ways of wickedness. Follow Screwtape and Wormwood as they attempt to secure the greatest prize - a human soul. Performances are $38 and are being held at Hurstville Civic Theatre on the 8th and 15th of October at 7:30pm. Book your tickets now at

    School Of Rock The Musical
    Presented by: Sydney Catholic Schools, 2500 students from 150 schools join forces to deliver this high energy musical @ Qudos Bank Arena. Rock got no reason, rock got no rhyme... You better get me to school on time!

    + DidaskĊ Online Adult Faith Formation
    Where: Online via Zoom
    Cost: $25 (includes three sessions)
    Register at For more information, contact Helen Wagner at

    + Feminine Genius

    14-16 October
    Mount Schoenstatt Shrine and Retreat Centre
    230 Fairlight Road, Mulgoa
    For Catholic women, aged 18-35, single or married. A weekend of prayer, talks, silence and fellowship. The retreat begins at 5pm on Friday and concludes at 1pm on Sunday. Accommodation and meals included in the retreat fee. (Single room: $340.00; Shared room: $250.00; please speak to the sisters if financial assistance is needed). Register by emailing the Sisters at: Parishes are invited to promote the event on social media using this tile.

    St Elisabeth Convent in Minsk, Belarus, (Eastern Europe)
    Our community is ministering several institutions which host children and adults with special needs, running rehab centers for addicts, and rendering spiritual, social and financial help to the sick and the suffering who stay at care centers in Minsk.
    Apart from care and spiritual help, the Convent carries out a number of projects aimed at the improvement of the living conditions for the children and at their social and medical rehabilitation.
    We visited your church in 2018 and are very grateful for the hospitality and for the opportunity to continue our work. At the moment we are organizing a trip to visit Christian parishes in Australia for one of our sisters in September - October this year.

    'Mindfulness & Meditation', via Zoom, Saturday 15 Oct 2022, 10am-2pm (AEST).
    When we are present to the 'now', centredness and relaxation become a natural part of life, and we know how to act from a heart of love. We invite you to bring an open mind and heart, for these few hours of prayer in the practice of mindfulness and meditation, to journey with others and within oneself. Led by Paola Cheng, a qualified meditation teacher, spiritual director and social worker, who brings an inclusive and gentle approach to her sessions.  Heart of Life Centre for Spiritual & Pastoral Formation. Cost $50. Book and pay via website, email or tel 9890 1101.


    Please join us on Sunday 23 Oct at 3pm.

    Location: Hurstville Plaza (opposite Club Central & accross from the station)

    Bring a friend!

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE ASHFIELD - Ex Students and Staff Annual Dinner
    After a few years of not being able to celebrate our Ex Students and Staff at an Annual Dinner it is back on for this year.
    25 November 2022 - RSVP Friday, 4 November 2022
    De La Salle College
    24 Bland Street
    Ph: 9797 3200

     + Marriage Preparation Course: Engaged Encounter
    Catholic Engaged Encounter
    Marriage Preparation Course: Engaged Encounter
    How prepared are you for marriage? Engaged Encounter provides you with deeper insights into each other and into married life.
    We give you a chance to spend time together to strengthen and enrich your relationship. For further information visit our website: 
    Register for the weekend of 12-13 November. If COVID-19 restrictions prevent a face-to-face seminar, the CEE weekend will be held via Zoom.

    Catholic Lay Chaplains - St George Public Hospital
    Gary Cartmer and Sister Maria Pineda are Catholic Care Lay Chaplains at St George Public Hospital Tue, Wed and Thu. They are there to provide emotional, spiritual and sacramental support for you or your family member. If you would like their support, please feel free to call the Chaplains office on 9113 2189 and leave a message with the patients name and they will provide ongoing support during their stay.
    Catholic Men’s Fellowship
    Catholic Men’s Formation and Prayer Group currently meet Thursdays 8-9pm, via online conference (zoom). We are a group of men who have met on a regular basis over the past ten years. We invite men to various formation programs, and to conclude with Prayer of the Church. Our chaplain is Deacon Louis Azzopardi. We are currently using Kapaun’s Men, Virtue Series. For details on how to connect, contact Lee Caruana via email
    Come and Listen! Catechesis at Leichhardt
    Everyone wonders about the meaning of life.
    Why did God create me?
    Why does God allow certain things to happen to me?
    Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30pm
    St Fiacre’s Parish Hall
    90 Catherine St, Leichhardt
    Enquiries: David- 0418-245-159
    Jesus Light of the World Communities
    Every Saturday at 3 pm
    “ReCHARGE” Gathering: Praise & Worship + Talk + Prayer & Empowerment + Fellowship
    Where: St Joseph’s Parish Hall
    Walz St, Rockdale, NSW (Parking at Parker St.)
    Enquiries:  Helen 0433 455 114 Ida 0424 267 500
    E: More information:
    Launch of “The Catholic Mass” booklet
    The Sydney Centre for Evangelisation is delighted to present our new resource – ‘The Catholic Mass’ bookletThe companion guide helps captures the mysteries and beauty of the Mass. With explanations of each part of the Mass from Sacred Scripture, Church teachings and the Saints. We especially recommend this as an essential tool for parish RCIA programs, parents of children going through sacramental programs, catechists and students in public schools, and for ongoing formation of parishioners on our primary act of worship. Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP launched the booklet, noting this new resource “unpacks the beauty of our Mass and assists active participation in the sacred liturgy.” The Director of the Sydney Centre for Evangelisation, Mr Daniel Ang, promotes use of the resource as an assistance to clergy in forming their people “so that the beauty and solemnity of the liturgy are better known and the grace of the sacraments is received with greater faith and growing understanding.” Please click on the following LINK to review the booklet. You can now order copies through The Mustard Seed BookshopOnline orders: Mustard Seed Mass Booklet Phone orders: 02 9307 8350
    Pregnancy Help Sydney - Supporting Vulnerable Pregnant Women
    ‘I'm pregnant, scared and don’t know what to do. Can I talk to you?' Pregnancy Help Sydney, a life-affirming organisation, has been receiving these types of calls Australia-wide for over 40 years. Our free, confidential and non-judgemental 24/7 telephone support service has helped thousands of women who have reached out to us. Embarking on motherhood should be a joyous occasion when a baby is planned for and welcomed into the life of its mother. Yet, for a significant number of women, this is not their reality. Our organisation provides an empathetic listening ear to support the woman who is challenged by her pregnancy, and together, explore the best options for her and her baby. So this Mother’s Day, we are thrilled to be launching, as another tool to help women facing a difficult situation, our refreshed website: Pregnant? Worried, confused, feeling alone? Want to chat? Call our 24/7 support line 1300 792 798 or visit our website
    Liberating insights and powerful tools for anyone experiencing a challenging marriage
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    + Catholic Help with Alcoholism and Addiction
    Calix Our Lady Of Recovery
    Do you, a family member, or friend need help with an addiction concern? You can reach out to the Calix Society. Calix is an association of Catholic alcoholics, drug addicts, and family members and friends affected by addiction, who are maintaining their sobriety through participation in their Catholic faith and a 12 Step program. We welcome anyone concerned with the illness of alcoholism or addiction who wish to join with us in prayer for the virtue of total abstinence, promoting our spiritual development, and striving for the sanctification of the whole personality of each member. Contact for meeting times and resources. Perhaps this could be a crucial step toward recovery and saving a life.
    Total abstinence program for Catholics
    Are you or a friend, working a 12-step program but finding the “God as you understand him” insufficient as a Catholic? Established in 1949, the Calix Society is an association of Catholic alcoholics, drug addicts, and family members and friends affected by addiction, who are maintaining their sobriety through participation in their Catholic faith and a 12 Step program. We welcome anyone concerned with the illness of alcoholism or addiction who wish to join with us in prayer for the virtue of total abstinence, promoting our spiritual development, and striving for the sanctification of the whole personality of each member. Contact for meeting times and resources. One of our members will call you, if you provide a contact number.
    Archbishop Anthony Fisher 21 September 2022
    From Archbishop Anthony
    As always, I was delighted to present the Archbishop’s Award for Excellence to the many outstanding Year 12 students from our Catholic schools. In a dedicated supplement you’ll find in this week’s edition of Connect, we celebrate the ways in which each of the award recipients applied their personal gifts for the betterment of local communities and the building up of God’s Church. There are many inspiring leaders amongst them, including Bushra Alsamani from Mary Mackillop College Wakeley who arrived in Sydney with her family as a refugee from Iraq six years ago, speaking no English, and has now won an early entry place in the Bachelor of Teaching program at the Australian Catholic University next year, specialising in Religious Education. Whether volunteering their time as catechists, youth group leaders or helpers of the poor, homeless or people with disabilities, our award winners are role models of living out the teachings of Jesus. My prayers are with you all, that you may bring the face and hands of Christ to the different communities you will soon be part of beyond school. As Jesus’ disciples, you will be torches for the light of God’s love and goodness for others to see.
    God bless you all,
    Archbishop Anthony C Fisher OP
    Australian Catholic University
    EthicsFinder is a free, global, digital resource which will be of immense value to interested parishioners. Please feel free to include a link to on your parish and school websites. Explore Wish you could easily find Church teaching and the best articles, books and videos on bioethics, business ethics, cancel culture, human rights, marriage, subsidiarity, and 100+ other topics? Try ACU’s free digital tool

    Catholic Weekly Occasions
    Feature your Wedding, Birth, Engagement, Confirmation, First Holy Communion, Anniversary or Baptism.
    DETAILS: Send a hi res image, details of the event (ie: names of participants, date where it was held, Celebrant, photographer + 60 words about the occasion to For more details go to:
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    + Kimberley Catholic Volunteer Service
    Call for Volunteer Workers- Urgently Needed.
    The Diocese of Broome, WA, urgently requires volunteers to assist with the work of the local Church on Aboriginal Missions. There are various important voluntary tasks: administration, building maintenance, gardening, shop staffing, cooking, cleaning etc. Placements are preferred for a period of 6 months plus. In return for being part of the team, we offer accommodation, living expenses and an allowance.
    For further details, and an application form, please contact:
    Volunteer Coordinator, Janet Ryan: 08 9192 1060
    Mail: PO Box 76, BROOME  WA  6725

    + Marian Court Units
    Marian Court Units is an independent living village for over 55s, acquired by the Trustees of Catholic Aged Sydney in April 2022. Conveniently located near Strathfield station and shopping centre, we have several vacant units featuring one bedroom one bathroom (46sqm) and two bedrooms two bathrooms (65sqm). There is a sliding scale of entrance and exit fees to suit your circumstances. Please call the Manager on 0400 077 081 for an appointment to see the available units.  

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