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  • PARISH NOTICES Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
    1) COVID-19 update
    Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) information COVID-19 FAQs NSW Government

    2) APPEALS
    CWF Appeal (May, August, November)
    Aboriginal Catholic Ministry CatholicCare Chaplaincy Services - Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Ephpheta Centre Seminaries - The Seminary of the Good Shepherd (Homebush) and the Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary of the Neocatechumenal Way (Chester Hill)
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    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.
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    Support for the House of Welcome
    "House of Welcome"
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    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.

    3) Support your Archdiocese of Sydney newspaper: The Catholic Weekly - available in our Church for $2
    The Catholic Weekly
    "THE Catholc Weekly 22MAY 2022 $2 ENTER THE KILLERS WHAT EUTHANASIA WILL MEAN FOR NSW P1 Synod splits Anglicans P10 China arrests 90 year old cardinal MOVIE REVIEW P7 THE WOMAN WHO CONFOUNDS LEFT AND RIGHT PAGE PAGE 28 PAGE 12"
    "‎Catholic Weekly EUTHANASIA DESCENDS ON NSW OUR CULTURE OF DEATH EDITORIAL W "culture life" and about the struggle between the "cultureof death, John Paul said the problem were the God and society. "Those allow themselve influenced this climate easily fall into sad vicious circle: when sense Godi also tendency is dignity and life.' Vitae. found As TC The Weekly went print, the "eclipse God and man" was thep process of casting shadow across the State South Wales, the ۔co hold out against euthanasia. Continued P2 TREeH REPORT Page CRIME OF THE CENTURY Pages 11, 25‎"‎

    PULPIT POINTS 22 May 2022

    • Enter the Killers. What Euthanasia will mean for NSW
    • Synod splits Anglicans
    • China arrests 90 year old cardinal
    • The woman who confounds left and right
    • Movie review: The Bad Guys
    • Liverpool Alpha up and running


    Our immediate upcoming magazines are:

     ·School Leaders – 29 May 2022

    ·The Good Charities Guide – 19 June 2022

    ·Retreats Guide – 26 June 2022

    "Catholic Weekly THE GOOD CHARITIES GUIDE Catholic CatholicWekl Weekly 2021 Catholic SchoolLeaders Published 29 May 2022 iopteueq 2021 Published 19 June 2022 retreats Published 26 June 2022 UPCOMING SUPPLEMENTS FOR 2022"

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


    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.

    Share your interesting parish news with the Catholic Weekly
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    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.

    4) Fr Mike Schmitz to Address the Archdiocese of Sydney | Live Online | Saturday 28 May 2022 | 10 – 11:30 AM
    Reclaiming Evangelisation Series
    Presenter of the “Bible in a Year” podcast Fr Mike Schmitz
    Saturday 28 May, 10AM– 11:30 AM
    Fr Schmitz will speak on: ‘Why make disciples? What our Tradition tells us about calling and forming disciples.’
    He will examine the great adventure of calling and forming disciples which saints and sinners have been living from the time of the apostles until the present day.
    Please register
    9) Deeper: Pentecost Intensive

    Join the Missionaries of God’s Love Sisters as we journey together in the experience of Baptism in the Holy Spirit.  Come for a five-day intensive retreat in the lead-up to Pentecost and be encouraged in discipleship, activating the charismatic gifts and being equipped for mission through inputs, discussion, prayer and practical workshops.  
    1-5th June at Carmel House, Varroville. Enquiries: Bookings: Parishes are encouraged to promote the retreat by sharing this attached tile on social media.

    10) Jesus - Light of the World: Parish Notice
    Retreat day to be held in St Joseph's Rockdale in June 4, 9am-4:30pm

    May be an image of fire and text that says "Jesus, Light ofthe world communities Retreat Day LET THE FIRE FALL Saturday 4 June 2022 I 9am- 4.30pm Guest Speakers: Marina George & Ron Maldigri Where: Joseph's Parish Hall, Parker St, Rockdale Bookings essential: Inquiries: Phone Helen on 0433 455 114 or da 0424 267 500 Lunch will be served"

    11) Emmanuel Community Pentecost Retreat 2022 4-5th June 2022

    May be an image of water and text that says "The Emmanuel Community invites you to STREAMS IN DRY LAND 2022 Pentecost Retreat 9AM SAT 4JUNE 4PM SUN JUNE Mt Carmel Retreat Centre 247S' Road Varroville NSW 2566 $135 (Adult) $100 FT Student) includes meals and accommodation REGISTER NOW: BZETG Forfurtherinformation information. contact Ruth en/ sydney www emmanuel.i MY SOUL THIRSTS FOR YOU LIKE A DRY LAND WITHOUT WATER... PS 63"
    The Emmanuel Community is offering a retreat (for those over 18) for Pentecost with the theme “Streams in Dry Land”.
    Venue: Mount Carmel Retreat Centre in Varroville.
    Time: Starts at 9am on Saturday 4 June and concluding 4pm on Sunday 5 June 2022.
    Cost $135 adults, $100 students - including meals and twin share accommodation.
    Please register and pay now through this link:
    Find out more here:
    Parishes are invited to download this poster and share it with your parishioners.

    12) Wellbeing Retreat for Women with the Family Educator at Mater Dei Blakehurst
    Wellbeing Retreat For Women Wednesday 8 June, Elouera Surf Life Life Saving Club 9.30-2.15pm A day of prayer, reflection, meditation, mindfulness, relaxation and friendship Guest facilitator Patricia Thomas from Sydney Catholic Schools A Family Educator Initiative: St Patrick's Kogarah and Mater Dei Blakehurst Please email more information
    Wellbeing Retreat For Women
    Wednesday 8 June, Elouera Surf Life Life Saving Club 9.30-2.15pm
    A day of prayer, reflection, meditation, mindfulness, relaxation and friendship
    Guest facilitator Patricia Thomas from Sydney Catholic Schools
    A Family Educator Initiative: St Patrick's Kogarah and Mater Dei Blakehurst
    Please email more information

    13) Didaskó – Online Catholic Adult Faith Formation
    The Parish Renewal Team is offering Sydney Catholics an opportunity to grow in their faith with spiritual, intellectual, human and practical formation. With a new short course on offer each month, Didaskó seeks to respond to Christ’s Great Commission to “teach them the commands I have given you” (Mt 28:20), by building a culture of formation in our parishes. Courses are delivered online over three evenings by some of Sydney’s best Catholic formators including Rev. Dr Gregory Morgan and Prof. Tracey Rowland. Cost: $25 per course.
    Bishop Umbers will present the first Didaskó course on Mondays 1 and 8 June, and Tuesday 14 June from 7:30pm – 8:45pm, with the topic “What Catholic Christians Believe: An Introduction to the Catechism.” Register at For more information, contact Helen Wagner at


    14) Discernment Retreat for young men
    SILENT RETREAT FOR MEN PRIESTHOOD DISCERNMENT Go out to all the world and tell the Good News 16:15 MARK 24-26 JUNE 2022 MOUNT SCHOENSTATT, MULGOA For more information, please contact us at 02 9307 8424
    Silent Retreat for Men Registration
    Date: Friday 24 - 26 June 2022
    We invite you to immerse yourself in a quiet environment for you to really focus your attention on listening to God. Surrounded by the serene and peaceful bushlands of Mount Schoenstatt Retreat Centre, this weekend will enable you to spend some quality time in prayerful silence with Mass, Rosary, Prayer of the Church, Adoration and much more. This is a silent retreat weekend for young men 18-35 years old considering a vocation to the Priesthood.
    The retreat will be led by the Assistant Director of Vocations, Fr Daniele Russo.
    Registration: $75 (includes accommodation and meals) | Online Registration:
    For enquiries, please call 02 9307 8424 or email us at
    Parishes are encouraged to share this Facebook event invitation: Silent Retreat for Men 2022

    15) World Meeting of Families
    The 2022 World Meeting of Families will be marked in the Archdiocese of Sydney with a local diocesan celebration. This local gathering will take place from Friday 24 June to Sunday 26 June. Initiatives will include a local parish celebration, an opportunity for families to make pilgrimages to sacred locations within the Archdiocese, and will culminate with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP with an associated Sunday afternoon ‘Festival of Families’. Contact Steve Buhagiar, Team Leader of Life, Marriage and Family at / Ph: 0415-600-290. For more detailed information: Download the introductory brochure here, Download the WMofF prayer here, Go to the CAS WMofF page here.

    16) Prayers for the Plenary Council
    Plenary Council 
    Walking in the Spirit: the Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia
    As we move towards the Second Assembly of the Plenary Council the People of God in Australia are invited to make the prayerful journey through the Walking in the Spirit prayer pilgrimage.
    The campaign began on Easter Sunday, April 17, and runs until the Second Assembly, which opens on Sunday, July 3. The resources below have been created for use by individuals, families, schools, parishes and other Catholic communities.

    During the upcoming school holidays this winter we will be running another program called Winter Program which will be a 4-day taster of what it is like to study at Campion College. We have just opened registrations for Winter Program and would like to extend an invitation to those 16-20 years of age in your parish. Any way we would be able to promote our event through your parish would be greatly appreciated whether it be through the bulletin or an announcement at Mass. Please see below for some material you can use:
    During Winter Program, we will be having spiritual, educational and social events, with lectures on philosophy, theology, history and literature as well as a trip to Sydney’s CBD and a movie night, so there is something for all those who attend. There will also be a daily Mass in the morning which all participants are encouraged to attend in order to gain spiritual nourishment and begin their day with the Blessed Sacrament.
    Our generous benefactors have graciously covered our costs for this program so all participants can attend free of charge. However, spaces are limited so we encourage anyone interested to register ASAP.

    18) Marriage Preparation Course: Engaged Encounter

    Marriage Preparation Course: Engaged Encounter Catholic Engaged Encounter Logo
    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 web site: Choose any of the coming Weekends: Aug 06-07, Nov 12-13. If COVID-19 restrictions prevent a face-to-face seminar, the CEE weekend will be held via Zoom.

    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: 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


    Work Learn Connect School Leaver Employment Supports Giving year 12 students with an intellectual disability the right skills for employment and their future. To find out more visit CatholicCare REGISTERED ndis, NDES PROVIDER


    Registrations open for RCIA Certification Course
    Would you like to help those interested in becoming Catholic in their journey towards the Church?Would you like to help those interested in becoming Catholic come to know Jesus Christ and His Church? The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney warmly welcomes and invites you to participate in this year’s first Archdiocesan RCIA Certification Course. Please register via the QR code on this tile.
    Joy of Love
    Catholic Healthcare
    Ageing Well
    Bookings are limited, please register your interest by visiting
    Bringing together a team of clinical experts and professionals in the field of ageing, Catholic Care’s Ageing Well masterclasses will help you live life to the full. Drawing on a the experience and insights from not for profit and government organisations; CatholicCare SydneyCatholic HealthcareGrief CareAustralian Catholic Super and NSW Trustee & Guardian, Ageing Well provides practical advice and support to help you navigate some of the issues around ageing, along with information about services available in your local area. Delivered as a series of masterclasses, Age Well covers everything you need to know from staying connected to community, diet and exercise, navigating the many choices around ageing support, why mental health matters as we age and financial and legal planning. If you or someone you know are interested in coming along, please visit and enter your details to receive an invitation.
    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.

    Archbishop Anthony Fisher 19 May 2022
    From Archbishop Anthony

    In his encyclical Materet Magistra, Pope St John XXIII defined the common good as “the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily.”
    As Catholics, we should go to the polls this Saturday mindful of our duty to cast our vote in a way that supports the flourishing of the whole community.
    There have been some helpful guides produced to assist you in voting this weekend. They outline important policy considerations that go to the heart of the common good and compare the policies of some major and minor parties on these questions.

    We pray that all elected leaders will serve the community with integrity and dedication, seeking to govern for the good of all.
    Sadly, on the day I share this message with you, the NSW Parliament has passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021, laws which are a sad reflection of a “throwaway culture” and which highlight the need for us to rebuild a culture of life and love in this state. Read my full statement here.

    God Bless,
    Archbishop Anthony C Fisher OP
    Australian Catholic University
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    Feature your Wedding, Birth, Engagement, Confirmation, First Holy Communion, Anniversary or Baptism.
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    Position Vacant - CATHOLIC JOBS
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    Do you want to help parishes move from maintenance to mission?
    Divine Renovation Ministry is hiring! We’re currently seeking candidates for 3 Relationship Guide roles for Queensland, NSW, and Victoria. If you (or someone you know) feels called to serve the Church through ministry work by accompanying and offering support to priests and parishes on the renewal journey, we encourage you to check out the position and apply at Please contact us at for more information.

    Parish Secretary: The Parishes of St Patrick’s Summer Hill and St Thomas Lewisham are seeking a part time Parish Secretary. Hours are 9.30am to 1.30pm every Wednesday and Friday. Responsibilities include general administration, phone enquiries and sacramental registers. Experience preferred. Please send your application including a one-page cover letter and CV to If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact Jane Marmotta on 02 9798 6016.