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
UPCOMING SUPPLEMENTS FOR 2022
Our immediate upcoming magazines are:
·School Leaders – 29 May 2022
·The Good Charities Guide – 19 June 2022
·Retreats Guide – 26 June 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. Email:parishhero@
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:cweditor@
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.
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: mglsisters.sydney@
11) Emmanuel Community Pentecost Retreat 2022 4-5th June 2022
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: https://www.trybooking.
Find out more here: https://emmanuel.info/
Parishes are invited to download this poster and share it with your parishioners.
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 www.gomakedisciples.org.au/
18) Marriage Preparation Course: Engaged Encounter
‘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: http://www.
Pregnant? Worried, confused, feeling alone? Want to chat? Call our 24/7 support line 1300 792 798 or visit our website http://www.
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.