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Mass on Sunday morning is as normal.
The return of midweek masses will be advised as soon as possible.
Vinnies - Volunteers.
Lawson Vinnies is in need of more Volunteers for our Community.
A monthly commitment of a few hours a Month would be a great start.
For more info for a rewarding experience please contact Paul Gannon on 4758 9253 (H) or 0409 592 055
Afghani Crisis Fact Sheet is here -------------->
Please consider signing this petition at the back of OLN,
or emailing the appropriate person listed on the Fact Sheet.
Sacrament Preparations 2022 is via this link
Are You Interested in Learning about the Catholic Way of Life?
If you are interested, you are welcome to join a group of diverse interests and ages who meet each week for an hour to discuss some aspect of Catholic life on Fridays at 4pm.
Please call Len Blahut on 0405 916 326 to enquire and find out more about what’s happening.
Catalyst for Renewal Programme for 2022 is here
The next event is on 21st MAy with Jan Barnett rsj. Please follow the link above for details.
From the Bulletin.
Articles you may want to read inside the Bulletin.
View the Diocesan synthesis for the Synod of Bishops.
All are invited to VIEW the online version of the synthesis from the Diocese of Parramatta Writing Committee for the Synod of Bishops 2023. Visit https://parracatholic.org/synod-of-bishops/ and email email@example.com with your reflections. The Diocese of Parramatta is a ‘listening Church’ we invite continued dialogue through both the website and direct email address.
Our temporary office and facilities are in place and operating.
Our usual office hours of 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM each Thursday and Friday.
Our phone numbers and email address remains as they are.
As the new work will require submitting a development application (DA) to BMCC, it is expected to take some time to complete the repair work.
We will keep you informed of progress.
Plenary Council Walking in the Spirit.
The People of God are invited to make a prayerful journey towards the Second Assembly of the Plenary Council through the Walking in the Spirit prayer campaign. Walking in the Spirit begins on Easter Sunday 17 April and runs until the Second Assembly, which opens on Sunday 3 July. Re- sources have been created for use by individuals, families, schools, parishes and other Catholic communities. Find out more at www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/walkinginthespirit/
Diocesan “Laudato Si’ Action Campaign” Launch: 22 April
On Friday 22 April, the annual Earth Day, the Diocese of Parramatta will respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor by launching a Diocesan “Laudato Si’ Action Campaign”. Via a video message, Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv will invite all Catholic parishes, schools, families, and organisations across the Diocese to participate. Please visit parracatholic.org/laudatosi from 22 April to download the launch video and for further information. Also see the Video here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3YkNMuj7_0
Please also see the Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor document --------------->
Bishop’s Good Samaritan Appeal raising funds for Catholic Care’s Community Drop-In Centres’
Catholic Care is working hard to reach our neighbours in need and to reduce social isolation and loneliness throughout our community. Will you be a Good Samaritan and help Catholic Care reach our
vulnerable neighbours, so they have safe, welcoming places to connect with others and access support? Please give generously to the Bishop’s Good Samaritan Appeal at yourcatholicfoundation.org.au/appeal or scan the QR code. Thank you for your heartfelt prayers and support
Social Justice COVID-19 Food and Toiletries Drive.
Under the remaining influence of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and House of Welcome (HoW) cannot receive physical food and toiletry donations. However, many refugee families are still relying on their foodbanks or the provision of food vouchers. In this dif- ficult time, please support JRS and HoW with a cash donation if you can. Find more information at parracatholic.org/diocesanfooddrive or call JRS on (02) 9356 3888.
The Plight of the Afghan Refugees.
Last August Bishop Vincent urged us all to support the Afghanis in whatever way we can including asking government for an increase in our Afghani refugee intake.
"Catholic and other faith-based groups are joining with refugee advocates in calling on the Australian Government to respond humanely to the crisis unfolding in Afghanistan as the Taliban seizes power." Catholic Outlook magazine pub Parramatta Diocese.
However, the government still needs to take significant action.
Let Pope Francis know about your experiences of belonging to the Church
We are welcome to send a short or long reply directly to
Sr Nathalie Becquart firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sr Nathalie was appointed by Pope Francis as the Undersecretary of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.
The time limit is flexible and submissions could be made over the next few months but it is advisable to send it before the end of April.
Liturgical Ministry Formation Courses 2022.
The Liturgical Ministry Formation Courses will begin early next year in February. This is formation for anyone interested in serving within the Liturgical Ministries either as Readers, Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, Communion to the Sick and Dying and Ministers at the Altar. If you are interested or would like more information please contact the Office for Worship on (02) 8838 3456 or email@example.com
Caritas Australia responds to humanitarian crises in Afghanistan and Lebanon and Tonga. 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 www.caritas.org.au/lebanon or www.caritas.org.au/afghanistan or call 1800 024 413 toll-free to provide much needed support.
Tonga is reeling after a violent underwater volcano eruption triggered tsunamis, de-
stroyed telecommunications and blanketed the country in ash and rock. Roads, bridges and homes are damaged. Water supplies have been contaminated by volcanic ash and saltwater. Tonga needs your prayer and support urgently. Give now to help with emergency response.
Visit www.caritas.org.au/donate/emergency-appeals/pacific or call 1800 024 413 toll free to make your donation.
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 the procedures, please see the Bulletin for details of how to give money to the Parish.
Blue Mountains Catholics take Action (previously Gathering of Talents) update is here
Report on 3rd April and Hear the Cry Workshop have been added.
Our Parish's Over 50s Group
Our Parish's Over 50s Group will recommence this year with an initial meeting in the Santa Maria Hall on Wednesday, 19th January, commencing at 10.30am with morning tea followed by a BYO lunch, morning tea will be supplied. The meeting will finish around 1pm. If you would like to know a little more about our active group, please contact Paula Currie on 0416 185 651. See bulletin for further details.
Catholic Mission page is updated here
Deanery News is HERE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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