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Masses Soon

We are just about to celebrate Mass again once Bishop Vincent opens all diocesan Churches, and that should be when the State reaches 80% double vaccination. This is expected to be in late October.

At OLN we will then be able to have 24 people at each Mass, booking in, then signing on with the QR code on arrival is required. The four-square metre rule, with 1.5 metre social distancing will apply. These rules will then disappear on 1st December, 2021.

Until then, when the church opens for Mass, Weddings and Funerals will also be limited to 24 with the above rules. Baptisms will also re-commence at 80% double vaccination.

Our church will be open for private prayer from Thursday 14th October, 2021 on Thursdays and Fridays (10:00 AM to 12:00 PM) with booking in & sign on required.

Please note that the above represents the latest State Government plan and may change at any time. I look forward to celebrating the Eucharist with you soon.
Fr Paul.

From the Bulletin.

Articles you may want to read inside the Bulletin.

  • First Reconciliation Preparation Program.  It is planned to hold the preparation for this Sacrament for children in year 3 or in higher classes in term 4.  
    Therefore, families are urged to read the letter under Sacrament of First Reconciliation, below. providing important information about this preparation program.

  • Sign the petition to welcome 20,000 refugees fleeing Afghanistan.

  • Thank you to all those parishioners who give and continue to give to our parish by direct debit or EFTS transfer.  If you are not aware of tehprocedures, please see the Bulletin for details of how to give money to the Parish. 

  • Caritas Australia responds to humanitarian crises in Afghanistan and Lebanon.
    In Afghanistan, people have been forced from their homes, with half of the population in urgent need of food, water, shelter and protection. In Lebanon, the country is running out of power, water, fuel, medicine and food. Please donate to Caritas Australia respond to crises like these by visiting caritas.org.au/lebanon or www.caritas.org.au/afghanistan or call 1800 024 413 toll-free to provide much needed support.

Plenary Council bulletin from Parramatta representatives

Including Carol Teodori. The bulletin is  here ----------------------------->

Diocese of Parramatta launches Plenary Council resource website.

A new website provides resources for parishioners in the Diocese of Parramatta to stay involved in the Ple- nary Council, which is exploring what the future of our Church should look like. The first assembly starts in October, so visit parracatholic.org/plenary-2021/ to find a range of information, a Diocesan prayer and more.

Season of Creation 2021.

Join Pope Francis and Christians around the globe in praying and taking action for our common home dur- ing Season of Creation (1 Sept – 4 Oct). For more information, resources, and activities in the Diocese of Parramatta, visit parracatholic.org/seasonofcreation

Sacrament of First Reconciliation UPDATED

First Reconciliation is planned for term 4.  The celebration will be Wednesday 24th November at 7.00pm. Due to the size of the Church, we may also have a provisional, additional celebration of the Sacrament on Tuesday 23rd November at  7.00pm.

 The commencement will be a Parent evening on Thursday 28th October at 7.30pm.

Details are in the document here     ---->

 

Cry of the earth cry of the poor

The signs of the times with regard to the environment are not good.

The updated document (with all 5 articles) to the right outlines some issues

about which to think and pray.

 

Diocese of Parramatta launches Plenary Council resource website.

A new website provides resources for parishioners in the Diocese of Parramatta to stay involved in the Plenary Council, which is exploring what the future of our Church should look like. The first assembly starts in October, so visit parracatholic.org/plenary-2021/ to find a range of information, a Diocesan prayer and more.

Masses online

Apart from the Mass at OLN published on this website each week, many parishes around the Diocese are celebrating Masses online. For more information, please visit the Diocesan website www.parracatholic.org/covid19.

From the Bulletin.

Articles you may want to read inside the Bulletin.

  • First Reconciliation Preparation Program.  It is planned to hold the preparation for this Sacrament for children in year 3 or in higher classes in term 4.
    Therefore, families are urged to read the letter above providing important information about this preparation program.

  • Sign the petition to welcome 20,000 refugees fleeing Afghanistan.

  • Thank you to all those parishioners who give and continue to give to our parish by direct debit or EFTS transfer.  If you are not aware of tehprocedures, please see the Bulletin for details of how to give money to the Parish. 

The Parramatta Way of safeguarding is to ...

act with justice, and state that we have a zero tolerance for any form of abuse or harm to children or any person.     Act with justice and ensure that laws and obligations are upheld, and safety is paramount.

A poster detailing the rest of the Parramatta Way is here.  

Deanery Council News is here.

Refugee Support details are here

Donations to Refugees.

The need to help support refugees and asylum Seekers is now even greater during this current lockdown.

We cannot have a food drive, so donations of money is now our only option. Please see the flyer attached to the bulletin with information on how to make a donation. Please note that there is a pay by phone option for the House of Welcome as well as cheque or direct transfer. With so much bad news all around us, sometimes we feel that we are in the dark. We do not know what we can do! Or maybe, if we can, we can take this opportunity to help brighten someone's day. So let us all remember to
"Let your light shine before others " (Matt 5:16)

Maureen and Carol from the Deanery Pastoral Council.

Pastoral letter to the faithful of the Diocese of Parramatta on the COVID-19 vaccination

Dear brothers and sisters,

As the COVID-19 Delta variant is spreading through Australia, particularly in Western Sydney, with deadly consequences, I am writing to reiterate the importance of vaccination as a means to protect yourselves and others.

It is overwhelmingly evident that the virus is spreading largely among the unvaccinated population. Hence, being fully vaccinated is an important step in not only keeping us safe but also our families and others in the broader community safe, and enabling us to get back to some sort of normality.

I understand some people have concerns about the ethical origins of some vaccines. The Catholic Church, through the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has declared that even the use of such vaccines does not constitute formal cooperation with abortion.

Pope Francis himself has encouraged Catholics to take the vaccine saying in an interview earlier this year, “I believe that morally everyone must take the vaccine. It is the moral choice because it is about your life but also the lives of others.”

Indeed, Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI and many cardinals and bishops have already received their COVID-19 vaccines. For my part, I am fully vaccinated since the end of July.

I call on you to heed this clear and strong message from the Pope. I also alert you to the anti- vaccination movement and those who spread misinformation on social media, and regrettably even some clergy.

The pandemic has caused much uncertainty, pain and suffering to the whole world. Let us pray, however, that it can be an opportunity for renewal and transformation for the human family.

May we grow in the spirit of solidarity and compassion for all who are vulnerable, here and beyond. May we emerge out of this crisis a better people for a better world.

Therefore, all vaccines which are recognised as clinically safe and effective may be taken by

Catholics in good conscience.

Their opposition to vaccines and public health orders is not in accordance with the Catholic

Church.

The Diocese and partners are working with health authorities in facilitating the vaccine rollout to members of the community in more vulnerable areas. Let us do our part for the common good and work together to end the pandemic.

In Christ,

Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv

Bishop of Parramatta

Given at Parramatta on 6 August 2021 The Feast of The Transfiguration of the Lord

The Well, online support produced by the Parramatta Diocese is here 

Need some inspiration and spiritual encouragement during lockdown? Why not check out The Well? The Diocese’s ‘on demand’ streaming site has a tonne of video and prayer resources for you to explore and engage with during this difficult time. 

Mass Times, after restrictions end

Weekend Masses: Saturday 5:00 PM. Sunday 8:00 AM & 9:00 AM. 

Weekday Masses: 5:00PM Tuesday and Wednesday. 9:00 AM Thursday.

Fan the Flame – Towards Plenary Assembly One October 2021.

“You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while”.   Mark 6:30-34

Our Aboriginal culture has taught us to be still and to wait... We wait for the rain to fill our rivers and water the thirsty earth... We wait on God, too. We don’t worry. We know that in time and in the spirit of dadirri (that deep listening and quiet stillness) his way will be clear. 

(Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr, “Dadirri: Inner Deep Listening and Quiet Still Awareness”, Miriam-Roes Foundation, accessed 23 April 2021, https:// www.miriamrosefoundation.org.au/about-dadirri )

www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/fantheflame/

“Gathering of Talents”.

Despite all the disruption by the COVID crisis of the planning of this Gathering on the 19th September, members of the Deanery Pastoral Council are meeting very soon to evaluate what all the people of the
parishes in Emu Plains and the Mountains have asked to be prioritised.

     

Jesus, himself, saw the need for action when he visited the towns and villages;

"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and
helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” " Matt 9:35-38

Sometimes, we are called to be "labourers" and so now is the time to share your ideas for action.

So if you have any ideas that might help our local Christian communities please complete the survey form which you will find on our Parish Website and return the form to maureenpr8@gmail.com or just ring Maureen 0403 931 782.

Please continue your prayers for this Deanery project. The followers of Jesus are sometimes called to be "labourers" but we are always called to pray.

Please see the special page, Gathering Talents, here, for all details

Bishop Vincent’s pastoral letter on the proposed Parental Rights Bill.

Bishop Vincent has released a pastoral letter to the pastors, parents and the faithful of the Diocese of Parramatta on the proposed Parental Rights Bill. The letter can be read here 

Bishop's Good Shepherd Appeal

Please support our seminarians to answer God’s call to the Priesthood.

At our Holy Spirit Seminary, Harris Park, young men are training to become future priests for the Diocese of Parramatta. Your caring gift and prayers are needed to support our seminarians to prepare for a life of service to our community. Please give generously via the Bishop’s Good Shepherd Appeal giving envelopes or online

at yourcatholicfoundation.org.au/appeal. Thank you for your kind accompaniment.

We are (still) looking for more readers, commentators and ministers of the altar, especially Sunday masses for when we resume in 2021

 If you are interested please talk to Len or Richard on the parish phone number 4759 1034 to discuss this ministry.

We also  welcome volunteers in a variety of other roles across the parish. 

If you are interested in learning more, please get in touch by emailing the Parish at olon3@bigpond.com.

 

The Catalyst for Renewal Program for 2021 is Here

Laurie Woods has a new tricky bit, here

'Bible and Hebrew Thought' explores difficulties in translation from the Hebrew.

If you have not looked at these before, they are a great aid to understanding difficult parts of the Christian faith.

COVID guide to Masses

 At Lawson, our church is open for a shortened form of Mass.
   In accord with Diocese recommendations, it is advised that masks be worn

 There will be no music in view of the size of our church and in accordance with government regulation.

  • In addition you will need to register your attendance at OLN by emailing to lawson@parracatholic.org or calling Richard on the office phone number 4759 1034 as this detail is required by law.

  • Also required by law is that each person who attends must record their name and phone number and email on the attendance sheets provided as you enter the church.  OR login with the QR code.

  • Please bring your own pen or use the pencil provided and take it with you. 

  • Hymn books and missals are not to be used. 

  • No objects are permitted to be passed around, hence there can be no passing of the collection plate.  

  • A plate will be left on the Offertory Table for you to drop in your contribution on the way out and to collect your bulletin.

  • We may need your occasional assistance to sanitise the area after Mass.

 Please note most of the news is in the Bulletin available by clicking on the Bulletin link

Older, Current News

  • A notice to Confirmation families and a Holy Spirit meditation please click on the link,  Sacramental Team

  • Masses are being recorded each week and available by clicking on the Recorded Masses link 

  • Letter from Head, Religious Education commenting on changes in RE here

  • Confirmation, First Communion and Preparations in Progress are here

  • Cambodian Catholic Mission Project is here