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    PULPIT POINTS 3 March 2024

    • Ukrainians mourn at St Mary’s on war’s second anniversary p1
    • Catholic Schools Week 2024 Magazine – LIFTOUT INSIDE THIS ISSUE
    • Marian devotion grows in Sydney p2
    • Sir Peter Cosgrove addresses Business Network p5
    • Palliative care funding cuts deeper than anticipated p4
    • Monica Doumit: Bishop Saunders case shows the church has learned p17
    • Tools to make the most of your Lent p21

    In this week’s edition: 

    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.

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    REPENT AND BELIEVE: Be Filled with the Love of God
    Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity of inviting your family, friends, parishioners, or colleagues to pray with you this Lent! Many people—including those who do not go to Mass—would welcome an opportunity to pray with others; they just need someone to invite them. The Lenten Companion, “REPENT AND BELIEVE: Be Filled with the Love of God”, contains Gospel readings for the Sundays of Lent until Easter Sunday, and reflections by Marilyn Rodrigues, Mark Lysaght, Sister Maliya Suen, RSM, Dr Kevin Wagner, Hazel Lim, Fr Sam Lynch, and Fr Richard Sofatzis. The resource is available in parishes of the Archdiocese of Sydney and online at Download the tile to promote in your bulletin.


    Lent 2024 Retreats at Jamberoo Abbey

    MGL Sisters Consecrated Life Weekend Discernment Retreat
    A time for single women aged 16-35 to listen for the voice of Jesus, ask questions and experience prayer, talks, sisterhood and sharing to help discern your vocation.
    DATE: Friday 1st March - Sunday 3rd March
    VENUE: Varroville NSW
    For more information contact
    Download the flyer to promote in your parish.

    Emmaus Silent Retreat
    Embark on the sacred journey of the disciples on the road to Emmaus, where the victorious love of God is revealed through the abiding presence of Jesus. Be renewed in spending time alone with the Lord, and watch as He slowly sets your heart ablaze.  This retreat is run by the MGL Sisters and is a retreat for both men and women.
    DATE: Friday 19th April - Sunday 21st April
    VENUE: Varroville NSW 
    More information and registration at
    Download the flyer to promote in your parish.

    Banquet Pentecost Intensive
    Discover the depths of God's love through our Banquet Intensive as we accept the invitation to radical intimacy with the Trinity. Feast on God's powerful love for you, open up to the gifts of the Spirit, savour times of powerful input, prayer, and practical workshops, and find the charismatic generosity of God unleashed in your own life of mission and discipleship.
    DATE: Friday 17th May - Wednesday 22nd May
    VENUE: Varroville NSW
    More information and registration at
    Download the flyer to promote in your parish.

    Awake Day Retreat
    Awaken to a renewed experience of God's love and rediscover the joy of your life with the Risen Jesus during this day retreat with the MGL Sisters.
    DATE: Saturday 15th June
    VENUE: Varroville NSW
    More information and registration at
    Download the flyer to promote in your parish.

    Youth Leaders Immersion Training Weekend

    It will be a great opportunity for anyone 18-30 who is interested in deepening their faith and/or desire to get into youth ministry.


    When: 2-3rd March

    Where: Peter Canisius House, Pymble

    Cost: $95 (we are subsidising over 50% of the cost!)

    We are suggesting that parishes offer to also subsidise a further amount to make the experience more accessible to the youth.


    Attendees can expect:

    - Talks on Truth, Beauty and Goodness in evangelisation

    - Daily Mass

    - Eucharistic Healing Adoration + Confession

    - Yummy food, comfortable beds

    - Opportunity to network and build community

    - Opportunity for Spiritual Direction with our Chaplain

    - FUN

    - Time to reflect and pray on the beautiful grounds


    Please see attached a flyer to promote within your parish and bulletin.

    You can register here

    Leaders Immersion Training Weekend 
    If you are passionate about youth ministry or want to learn more, then this course is for you!
    Whether you're a veteran or new, there's training, formative talks and prayer available, alongside fellowship and networking with other people in the field! Register now for an incredible weeking using the link below!
    DATE: 2-3 March
    VENUE: Peter Canisius house in Pymble.
    18- 35 event only
    More information and registration at
    Spots are limited so register now and invite your friends!
    Download the flyer to promote in your parish.

    Marist College Kogarah - Open Day

    The College is holding an Open Day on Wednesday, 13 March 2024 for students applying for Year 7, 2026. 

    Bethany Open Day 

    A Lenten Retreat Day with the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia

    Women of all ages are invited to join the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia for a Lenten Retreat Day. This day will focus on renewing the foundations of the spiritual life as we strive to live the Paschal Mystery throughout the year. The retreat day will include all day Eucharistic Adoration and Confessions, talks by the Sisters, personal testimony, a Holy Hour, and discussion groups. Morning tea and lunch are included. A $20 fee assists with covering retreat expenses. Women who have attended previous retreat days with the Sisters are encouraged to bring a friend to this event.

    • Saturday, 16 March at St Mary’s Cathedral Hall 
    • From 10am to 4pm, with doors to open at 9-9:30am. Morning tea and lunch included. 
    • All day adoration (in the crypt) and confession. 

    DATE: Saturday, 16 March 2024
    VENUE: St Mary’s Cathedral Hall
    TIME: 10am to 4pm, with doors to open at 9-9:30am
    PRICE: A $20 fee assists with covering retreat expenses
    For more information on the evening and to register to attend, visit:​.
    For questions, please contact the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia at [email protected]
    Download the tile for your bulletin or the flyer to promote in your parish.

    Prayer & the Mission to Proclaim Jesus: Living the Year of Prayer 2024

    Join us as Eric Chow shares how to make our parishes missionary outposts, with prayer as the foundation. Eric will share proven principles, practical tips, and stories of renewal from his extensive experience in missionary leadership.
    DATE: Monday 18 March 2024
    TIME: 7:30 – 9pm
    VENUE: St Martha’s
    ADDRESS: 38 Renwick St, Leichhardt
    PARKING: On-site parking and street parking available.
    COST: Free.
    RSVP: Reserve your place by Thursday 15 March at
    Download the tile to promote in your bulletin.

    Lenten Lectures - 3 part series at Regina Coeli, Beverly Hills 6 March, 13 March, 20 March

    Areté 2024 Foundations in Missionary Leadership Course

    Applications are open for the Archdiocese of Sydney subsidies for the Areté 2024 Foundations in Missionary Leadership course. 
    The Sydney Centre for Evangelisation has a limited number of partial subsidies available for parishioners of the Archdiocese of Sydney who meet the criteria of the subsidy agreement. To apply for a subsidy or to find out more, contact and register for the Areté open night at Places will fill quickly. Download the tile to promote in your bulletins.

    Didaskō Adult Faith Formation
    The Parish Renewal Team has partnered with the University of Notre Dame Australia to deliver a series of five online short courses, each consisting of three evening sessions. Topics include Philosophy, Scripture, Theology, Christology, and Moral Theology. Ideal for beginners and those interested in continuing their formation.
    Special Offer for parishes: Make the most of this opportunity by gathering a group in-person and sharing the learning experience with others. 
    Cost per course: $35 per person or $100 per Parish Group for an in-person gathering (+ booking fees).
    To find out more and to register, visit the flyer for your parish.
    Didaskō Adult Faith Formation
    We cannot love what we do not know (St Augustine)
    God is forever revealing Himself to us. Have you ever been curious to find out more? Join Chris Wolter online for a thought-provoking short course titled God the Beautiful: An Introduction to Theology that will make learning about God both enjoyable and accessible.
    Special offer for parishes: Make the most of this opportunity by gathering a group in-person and sharing the learning experience with others.
    DATES: Mondays 4, 11 and 18 March 2024
    TIME: 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
    MODE: Online via Zoom
    COST PER COURSE: $35 for individuals or $100 per Parish Group for an in-person gathering (+ booking fees).
    To find out more and to register, visit
    Download the tile to promote in your bulletin.

    Parish courses for liturgical ministers in the first part of 2024

    We have listed only those courses at which there are still places available.

    Knowing that not all parishes have suitable venues to host courses, we have also organised some sessions in St Martha’s, Leichhardt, where we are now located. We have a lot of parking available, some great teaching spaces and a beautiful chapel, so if you have people who you would like to be trained but do not have a suitable venue to host a course, feel free to send them to the courses at St Martha’s. If needed, we could even host a course here that would be addressed specifically at your parishioners; if you wish to do that, please get in touch. All information about the courses can be found on our web-page, please direct your parishioners there to check the dates and times, register on-line, etc. We look forward to working you this year and may God bless you in your ministry,

    Divine Retreat Centre: Residential Retreats 2024

    Located around one hour's drive north of Sydney in Somersby, the centre offers several residential retreats throughout the year. Parishes are invited to share this flyer with the schedule for 2024.

    Catholic Help with Alcoholism and Addiction

    Calix Our Lady Of Recovery
    Calix Society 
    CALIX “We substitute the cup that sanctifies for the cup that stupefies”. 
    Stay and sober with the Catholic faith and a 12-Step program. Join is in prayer for: total abstinence, spiritual development, and personal sanctification. Do you “thirst” for more?

    Hope in Action

    As the season of Lent commences, let us embark on the journey of prayer, generosity, sacrifice and spiritual renewal. This is a time that invites us to reflect on our weaknesses and strengths, grow closer to God and realign our focus towards love, compassion and justice.  
    Over the next six weeks, parish communities will reflect, pray and raise funds for vulnerable people around the world. Each week we will send through materials to help bring Project Compassion to life in your parish.  
    This weekend to ignite your parish, we suggest: 

    Are you ready to fundraise online? You can activate your parish page in a few simple steps, simply click here to get started!
    Supporting Project Compassion is a way for us to proclaim the faith that is in our hearts and help our brothers and sisters in need. We thank you and all your parishioners for their support. 

    We are looking for some people to join our team as Diocesan Outreach Assistants in a number of areas around NSW. Attached is our logo and QR code.
    Aid to the Church in Need is running an emergency campaign for Pakistan. Recently up to 24 churches, hundreds of Christian homes and a Christian cemetery were targeted in an attack in Pakistan which was sparked by reports of blasphemy allegations against two Christians accused of desecrating the Qur’an. ACN is working with project partners on the ground to aid the current needs of the Christian people. To learn more and to make an offering visit 
    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.

    Catholic Cemeteries & Crematoria
    Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria manages four cemeteries within the Western Sydney area.
    Online training program for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
    Are you looking for thorough, consistent, world-standard, and locally delivered training for your lay liturgical ministers?  ACU Centre for Liturgy has developed a comprehensive, engaging and truly formative online training program for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (and will add a program for Ministers of the Word shortly). This excellent program has been crafted by expert pastoral liturgy educators specifically for the Australian context using the most informed and contemporary interactive online learning principles and techniques.
    We are planning to start a new training program in March, aiming to prepare parishioners to exercise their ministry with confidence and devotion during the Easter season. If you would like any of your parishioners to join this program I invite you to send along your nomination of suitable candidates as soon as possible. This can be done from our website or by contacting the Centre on 02 9701 4751 or [email protected].
    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 02 9113 2189 and leave a message with the patients name and they will provide ongoing support during their stay.

    "Why the Public Rosary"


    October 13, 1917, Our Lady performed a miracle – the ‘Miracle of the Sun’, which was witnessed by 70 000 people, including atheists, communists and anti-Catholics. Many converted. Here are the five reasons for a Public Rosary: 

    Powerful - “Public prayer is more powerful than private prayer to appease the anger of God and call down His mercy, and the Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, has always advocated it in times of disasters and general distress.” - Saint Louis de Montfort. 

    Public Witness - The Public Rosary is a great way to witness the Catholic faith. Your public witness will inspire other Catholics to persevere in their faith and demonstrate the faith to non-Catholics. 

    Public Reparation - Nowadays sin is openly flaunted. Public sins require public reparation. Your Public Rosary becomes an act of reparation for these sins hurled against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. 

    Evangelisation - Many families no longer know how to pray the Rosary or even know the many benefits of praying the Rosary. Praying the Rosary in public is a great opportunity to share the faith and meet new people. 

    Multiple Graces - “Somebody who says his Rosary alone only gains the merit of one Rosary, but if he says it together with thirty other people, he gains the merit of thirty Rosaries. This is the law of public prayer. How profitable, how advantageous this is!” - Saint Louis de Montfort.

    Rosary and prayers on Zoom every 13th monthly at 7 pm. Zoom Wednesday weekly at 7 pm Praying the Rosary, including the Litany to St Joseph, and The Divine Mercy Chaplet. All are welcome.

    Australia Needs Fatima Website is very informative for those wanting to learn more about Our Lady of Fatima. Website:

    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
    [email protected]
    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

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    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
    Catholic Healthcare has a new consumer campaign called 'Seize The Day' which aims to support all churchgoers aged 65 and over with any home care support they might need. Parish Bulletin Insert or Campaign Landing Page
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    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. 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:
    Catholic Jobs Online
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    Health and Wellbeing Coordinator – The Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia and the Solomon Islands, Sydney – Strathfield
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    Mission: Change their lives… and yours
    Communities in Africa, Asia or the Pacific are seeking Australians from a variety of professions and trades to share their skills with those who have less opportunity to develop their talents.
    Explore 35 positions on our website where you’ll also find news on those currently supported in Timor-Leste, Samoa, American Samoa and Thailand.
    Please enquire further about potential assignments for you or someone you know:
    Contact PALMS on: 0422 472 567 or visit:

    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

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