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Weekday Masses week beginning 18th February are
Tuesday at 7:00 PM ,
Wednesday at 9:00 AM and
Supporting your Parish
Thank you for your contributions to both the first and second collections, credit card using the Tap and Go machine or by EFT to the Parish bank account. The First Collection is used by the Diocese to pay all Diocesan Clergy so that they are all supported equally.The Second Collection is used to pay the costs of running our Parish. This collection now is 80% of the amount that was being collected before Covid 19 lockdowns. This means at that level (80%) the Parish is operating at a deficit. If that situation continues, we will not be able to continue long as a Parish.It is appreciated that some Parishioners are on fixed incomes (pensioners, young families, etc.) are giving all they can . However, we ask those that can afford to, increase their support of the Parish.The Parish needs to increase its weekly collections by about $400, which when split over the parishioners that can afford it is between $5 to $10 extra a week.Please consider increasing your contributions to support the Parish so we can remove the deficit.
Donations can be made to Our Lady of Nativity Parish Lawson via direct deposit to the bank account below.
Account name: Lawson Our Lady of the Nativity BSB: 067-950 Account Number: 00000164
Father Paul is back and his health is continuing to improve.
Gaza Crisis Appeal Caritas Australia
Help provide urgent humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the conflict.
Donate via www.caritas.org.au/gaza
Pastoral Plan from Synod
Through a combination of prayer, analysis and discernment, six key themes were identified and presented in the Working Document: “Becoming a more synodal Church in the Diocese of Parramatta”:
1. An inclusive and welcoming Church
2. A humble and healing Church
3. A listening Church
4. A Church renewed in spirit and prayer
5. A Church that reaches to the margins
6. A Church walking together.
Full details are in the document here --------------------->.
Invitation To A Lenten Faith Reflection, commencing 13th February.
An opportunity for some group reflection with fellow parishioners on your Lenten journey, using the Gospel of Sundays’ liturgies:
WHEN: Tuesday evenings, 7:30pm, commencing Feb.13th
WHERE: Good Samaritan Sisters CHAPEL (adjacent to Santa Maria Hall).
Please bring $5 along for a Lenten Booklet.
World Day of the Sick Blacktown 13th February, 11am - 12.30pm
RSVP by 6 February to MET@parracatholic.org Details here------------->
Taize Prayer & Song for 2024
You are warmly invited to our first Taize Prayer & Song for 2024 this coming Sunday 18th February at 5pm at Leura Uniting Church. Our theme is "In God my peace and joy" and our worship leader is Lyn Phillips. Sup- per is provided after the service.
We look forward to seeing you. All are welcome at this time for prayer, singing and meditation in the Taize tradition.Grace and peace, Carolyn Craig-Emilsen for LUC Retreat Team, Rev Myung Hwa Park, Annie Cox, Merril Hillis, Margaret Neville.
THE MID MOUNTAINS WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE 2024
is being hosted by the Hazelbrook Uniting Church, Rosedale Avenue at 10am on FRIDAY, 1st MARCH. This is a wonderful opportunity for the Mid Mountains church communities to come together in prayer and friendship at this annual event. If you are able to attend, can you please add your name to the attendance list in the church foyer. This list will be used for catering purposes only. For any further information, you can contact Paula Currie on 0416 185 651. It would be wonderful if we had a reasonable number attending from OLN church community. In appreciation. Paula.
Parish Community Lectors (Readers) and Commentator, 2nd March.
An invitation is extended to parish members, who EITHER are practising (and continue to support) the ministry of Lectors (Readers) and Commentators OR are interested/curious in the practice of these ministries, to gather for some reflection and discussion.
Laurie Woods will be our presenter.
WHEN: Saturday March 2nd, 9:30am to11:15am.
WHERE: Santa Maria Hall.
Sacramental preparation of families in our parish
Please contact the parish office at any time to make enquiries about the process involved in Baptism. Preparation for the other Sacraments will be held in 2024.
The First Reconciliation and First Communion programs commence on 7th February. Children in years 3 and above are eligible to join the program.
If you have not already applied and wish your child to be included please contact the Sacramental coordinator, Maureen Ryan email@example.com ASAP.
Any questions please call Maureen on 0403 931 782.
One Journey, Together
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) recently launched their website One Journey, Together. It offers information and resources for Catholics to help them to better understand the upcoming referendum on the Voice to Parliament. Information, including the Uluru statement, and a prayer by Bishop Vincent, are here
Safeguarding training for Parishes still online
If you are a volunteer at OLN, You are now required to register for the Mandatory 6 points of Safeguarding Training.
If you would like to complete your 6 points online, ‘sign up’ NOW at: https://learning.safeguarding.org.au
Launch out into the Deep
“The Time is now, here in the Diocese of Parramatta, for us all to go into the deep (Luke 5:4) and step into the future that awaits us...”
Bishop Long pg3 Synod Directory -from Bishop Vincent’s invitation letter
Bishop Vincent is looking to make changes to suit the needs of our Catholic Communities in these modern times. He will have the final vote for any changes after listening to and consulting with all the faithful within our Diocese. So, we are all encouraged to make a submission. Please follow the link, Launch out into the Deep , for further details.
Good Samaritan Sisters
Creative Mondays are back on Monday February 13 10.30 - 2.30 in the Santa Maria Hall.
Enquiries to Sr Veronica 0419 532303
We are (still) looking for readers, commentators and ministers of the altar.
If you are interested please call Len Blahut on 0405 916 326 to discuss this ministry.
Catalyst for Renewal Programme for 2023 is here
Blue Mountains Deanery Council explained here
Parramatta Diocesan Synod
The consultative votes will inform the decrees and declarations which Bishop Vincent will officially sign and announce in early 2024. The outcomes of our Synod will directly impact our new Diocesan Pastoral Plan to be developed and launched in 2024.
So, we all need to pray that the members of the Synod will continue to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Full details here ----------------------------------------------------------->
Be Part of Our Synod Journey: Diocesan Synod Report Now Available.
The Diocesan Synod Report is now available for download. The newly released Diocesan Synod Report offers a summary of our first Diocesan Synod assembly, held from October 13-15, 2023, its preparatory stages, in-depth details of the proceedings, and insights from delegates. Download your copy from the Parramatta Synod website, https://parracatholic.org/synod/
From the Bulletin.
Articles you may want to read recently published in the Bulletin.
Masks are strongly recommended To quote the Diocese, "It's everyone's responsibility. Don't forget to wear your mask to Mass."
Office Repair is continuing.
We are in the process of submitting a Development Application to BMCC fto build a modified office and meering room with enough facilities to develop our parish again. Once we have the approval plans will be shared with the parish for comment.
THE PARISH SENIORS GROUP
will recommence this year with an initial meeting in the Santa Maria Hall on Wednesday of next week (31st) commencing with morning tea at 10.30am (supplied) followed by a BYO lunch and concluding around 1pm. Our January meetings are for planning our monthly meetings for the rest of the year including outings which may occur bi-monthly as from March.
Visitors (both men and women) are always welcome to pop into one of our hall meetings to see what we get up to. Some members choose to play board games if an activity is not already planned. There is always lots of talking and laughter amongst us, so if you would like to meet other members of our parish community, come along, you will be made very welcome. Seniors group page is here.
Free English and Citizenship Classes .
Catholic Care Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains are offering English and Citizenship classes at Mamre House, 181 Mamre Rd, Orchard Hills, on a Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 2pm during school terms. Free childcare is available. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact Mamre Crèche on (02) 8843 2506 or Nepean Community College (02) 4724 9000.
Diocesan World Day of the Sick Mass: 10 February 2024
A Mass for the World Day of the Sick, including the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, will be held at 11am on Saturday 10 February 2024 at St Patrick’s Church, Mary, Queen of the Family Parish, Blacktown. All are welcome, including those who may be sick, and those who care for the sick and dying and health care professionals. RSVPs are required by 6 February 2024 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Music for Lent Workshop: 12 February 2024 .
Musicians and Liturgy Planners are invited to attend an evening exploring Music for Lent on Monday 12 February 2024 from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Bishop Bede Heather Centre, Blacktown. The session will be presented by Eric Grella, Music Formation Facilitator, Mission Enhancement Team. To RSVP, please contact email@example.com by 5 February 2024.
Bishop Vincent presents a conversation with Monsignor Tomas Halik: 12 February .
The Diocese of Parramatta invites you to a conversation with Czech priest and theologian Monsignor Tomas Halik on Monday 12 February at 6pm at St Patrick’s Cathedral Hall, Parramatta. Registration is free, but places are strictly limited. Visithttps://parracatholic.org/events/tomashalik/ to register.
Liturgical Ministry Course returns in 2024 .
The Liturgical Ministry Formation Courses will recommence in February 2024. 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 0460 037 795 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website to download an enrolment form at https://officeforworship.org.au/
Bishop’s Good Samaritan Appeal for Aboriginal Catholic Care at Emerton.
Will you be the face of Christ for our First Nations people in need? Your compassionate generosity and prayers will support a welcoming place where Aboriginal people can express their identity, share their culture and knowledge within our community, access practical support and development opportunities, and make so- cial connections. Please give generously to the Bishop’s Good Samaritan Appeal at yourcatholicfoundation.org.au/appeal
Soul Food Podcast – Pastoral Formation.
Do you find life & faith inspiration by listening to the experiences of others?
Pastoral Formation’s Soul Food Podcast features life & faith stories of people from our diocesan family. Listen now, FREE via our website https://pfparra.org.au/soulfood/
Taize Prayer and Song.
You are warmly invited to Taize Prayer & Song at Leura Uniting Church, Grose Street, Leura.
All are welcome at Taize Prayer & Song for prayer, singing and meditation.
Taize Prayer & Song is held on the third Sunday of every month at 5pm.
Refugee and Migrant Support.
One support is through the "Work and Welcome" program, which is a project of St Francis Social Services and the House of Welcome.
Work & Welcome assists people seeking asylum and refugees to be job ready by providing empowering work experience and employment opportunities in supportive host organisations. By creating structured, short term, paid job placements,
It also works through the generosity of the staff, themselves, who pledge a regular amount from their own pay towards sponsoring "Work and Welcome" in their own workplaces.
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. Thank you for your heartfelt prayers and support
Caritas Australia responds to humanitarian crises in Afghanistan and Lebanon and Tonga.
Visit www.caritas.org.au/donate/emergency-appeals/ or call 1800 024 413 toll free to make your donation.
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.
Consider your chocolate your cotton AND Slavery
Each Easter, millions of Australians will enjoy a chocolate egg or bilby, but few consider the dark reality of exploitation that lurks within its supply chains. The chocolate industry has long been tainted by reports of forced labor and slavery, particularly in West African countries such as Ghana and Ivory Coast, which produce most of the world’s cocoa.
The International Labor Organization says that an estimated 1.56 million children are involved in hazardous work in cocoa production in West Africa, with many forced to work long hours, use dangerous equipment, and endure physical and emotional abuse.
“Every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.” ( Pope Francis)
We are (still) looking for readers, commentators and ministers of the altar.
We also need more commentators and readers so if you are interested please call Len Blahut on 0405 916 326 to discuss this ministry and training will be given in our parish.
We also welcome volunteers in a variety of other roles across the parish.
If you are interested in becoming a Lector(Reader) or Commentator
please speak to Fr Paul or Len Blahut
How can we support homeless people?
“To end homelessness we need a plan”.
Find out more at homelessnessaustralia.org.au and show your solidarity in ending homelessness, e.g., by attending or supporting Vinnies’ Community Sleepout supporting the Everybody’s Home campaign and signing their current petition for more social housing attending the National Homelessness Conference (8 –10 Aug in Canberra or online)
Vinnies also has some helpful information on homelessness in Australia on their website under
Sebastian Salaske-Lentern Diocesan Peace Justice and Ecology Co-ordinator.
On the 30th July there was Diocesan Meeting which included all the Deanery Pastoral Councils, the Diocese's Mission Enhancement Team, the Diocesan Pastoral Council and Bishop Vincent Long who was the keynote speaker. A highlight of the day came towards the end when the Diocesan Pastoral Council launched the Council's Radical Inclusivity Statement. This document, subtitled "Living the Call of the Gospel',' is firmly based on Pope Francis' exhortations to welcome our marginalised brothers and sisters into our Catholic Church community.
We are all called both within the diocese and in our local church communities to find ways of welcome and inclusion for everyone, including those who are alienated from our church family, such as those brothers and sisters in the LGBTQI+ community or those who have been divorced and remarried.
Please see the attached Radical Inclusivity Document here ------->
Vinnies need Volunteers.
Lawson Vinnies is in need of more Volunteers for our Community.
Blue Mountains Catholics take Action (previously Gathering of Talents) update is here
Our Parish's Over 50s Group
If you would like to know a little more about our active group, please contact Paula Currie on 0416 185 651. Also see here for 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.
Diocesan “Laudato Si’ Action Campaign”
On Friday 22 April, the annual Earth Day, the Diocese of Parramatta responded 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 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.
Older, Current News
Pope Francis attended the Climate Conference COP28.
He is very concerned about the state of the planet suffering from climate change.
Pope Francis has asked to sign a petition to the president of the Climate Conference. There are 7 parts to the petition.
The first 3 requests are :
1. Accelerate the Transition to Clean Energy and Make It Just.
2. Commit to Concrete and Binding Agreements.
3. Develop and implement a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.
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.
Afghani Crisis Fact Sheet is here -------------->