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    PULPIT POINTS 21 April 2024

    Sydney’s week of sorrow and fear ...
    • Assyrian cleric stabbed at altar in Wakeley p2-3
    • Bondi Junction attack leaves six dead p4-5
    • Archbishop Fisher: Do not be afraid to worship p3

    But life will prevail
    • Love, family and life at Day of the Unborn Child p12-13
    • Two new deacons for Sydney p6-7
    • Sisters of Life Tour p8

    Nominate your Parish Hero!
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    Oremus: Living the Year of Prayer 2024

    Our Holy Father has asked the entire Church to dedicate 2024 as a Year of Prayer in preparation for the 2025 Jubilee, ‘in order to foster a renewed ardour for evangelisation’. Join us online for a 3-week short course in which we will consider practical approaches to prayer as the font of renewal and mission in our parishes.
    DATES: Thursdays 4 April, 18 April, 2 May, 2024
    TIME: 7:30 – 8:45 pm
    For more information and to register, go to
    Download the tile to promote in your bulletin or the flyer for your parish.

    Become a Greater Likeness of Christ!

    Join Friar Ben Johnson OFMCap online for a thought-provoking short course, titled ‘Christ the Purgative, Illuminative, and Perfective Way: An Introduction to Christology.’
    DATES: Mondays 15, 22, and 29 April 2024
    TIME: 7:30pm – 8:45pm
    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.

    Sisters of Life - Sydney Tour 2024 - 18/04-24/04
    The Sisters of Life are coming to Sydney this April! University Catholics invites you to come and meet the sisters at any of the many events they will be attending!
    For more information and to book, visit
    Download the flyer to promote in your parish.

    MGL Sisters Consecrated Life Weekend Discernment Retreat
    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.

    Purpose Camp 2024
    This camp is an excellent opportunity for any students who are open and seeking an encounter with the love that Christ offers us, or those interested in learning more about our Faith, and hoping to grow in fellowship and community!
    The camp really has something for everyone and includes:
    • Powerful talks, discussions and Q&A
    • Awesome games and community building activities
    • Beautiful prayer experiences, liturgies and opportunities to receive the sacraments
    • Great accommodation and food
    • Plenty of time for leisure, relaxation and socialising
    Please see attached a flyer for your reference and distribution
     We’ve linked last year’s highlight video HERE.
    $150 DISCOUNT!! – Sydney Catholic Schools is generously offering the first 70 Sydney Catholic School student’s a discount of $150! CODE IS: SCS150

    Prophecy School +
    Prophecy School is designed to stretch you in your understanding and use of the prophetic gifts. Damian Stayne a lay Catholic evangelist with a ministry of prophecy, physical healing and miracles, 
    shares from his own experience and demonstrates prophecy in action. While this conference is primarily for anyone who already moves in the gift of prophecy, it will also inspire those who aspire to have the gift.
    DATE AND TIME: Friday  26th April (7 pm - 9:30 pm) them Saturday 27th April 9am - 9pm
    VENUE: The Servants of Jesus Community Centre
    ADDRESS: 15 Park Road, SEVEN HILLS.
    COST: $120.00
    RSVP: Open until all sold out
    For more information and to book, visit:
    Download the tile to promote in your bulletin.

    Camino of St Joseph 2024 - Overnight Pilgrimage for Men 18+
    An overnight pilgrimage for men (18+ event) in honour of our Spiritual Father for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker. The Camino begins with 8.00pm Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard Umbers on Friday April 26 at St Anthony of Padua, Austral and confession available from 7.00pm. The Camino will conclude with 6.00am Mass at St Joseph's, Moorebank on Saturday April 27 followed by a celebration in fellowship with hot breakfast and drinks.
    The entire walk from start to finish will include 7 churches.
    Each stop will feature a reflection on St Joseph and a short time in Adoration for spiritual nourishment and an opportunity for a quick bathroom break.
    DATE: Friday, 26 April 2024 7:30 PM - Saturday 27 April 2024 7:30 AM
    COST: $20 per adult / Bus Ticket: $12 one-way 7 pm sharp on 26/04 from Moorebank
    For more information and to register, visit:
    Download the tile to promote in your bulletin or the flyer to promote in your parish

    Order in Chaos: Love & Truth Weekend
    Order in Chaos - Retreat for Married and Engaged Couples
    The joys of marriage and parenthood can sometimes be eclipsed by the challenges of raising children, especially in a secular environment. The Emmanuel Community invites married and engaged couples to a weekend retreat, to focus on your relationship with the Lord, life as a couple, and raising children today.
    DATE AND TIME: Saturday 27 April 10:00am - Sunday 28 April 3:30pm
    VENUE: Mount Carmel Retreat Centre
    ADDRESS: 247 St Andrews Rd, Varroville NSW 2566
    COST: $200 per couple
    For more information, and to register:
    Download the tile for your bulletin to promote in your parish.

    Seasons of Renewal: Corpus Christi
    Join the Parish Renewal Team online as we explore practical ideas to assist your parish to prepare for the Feast of Corpus Christi and the Walk with Christ which will be celebrated on Sunday 2 June. All welcome!

    • Thursday 9 May, 3 – 4 pm
    • Tuesday 14 May, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
    • Thursday 16 May, 10 – 11 am

    For more information and to register, go to:
    Download the tile for your bulletin or the flyer to promote in your parish.

    Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (12-19 May 2024)

    Resources are available for parish use and for personal use (

    • Your parish might like to join with other local Christian churches and communities for the Ecumenical Prayer Service (the resources can be adapted to local circumstances).
    • Intercessions could be included in the Prayers of the Faithful at Masses on Ascension and Pentecost.
    • Parishioners might be encouraged to take the prayers for the 8 Days and use them at home or with friends.
    • After Mass people could be invited to stay for a few more minutes to pray together one of the prayers for the 8 Days.

    From the Heart of Jesus – Pentecost Retreat with the Emmanuel Community
    Come away for an experience of intimacy with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, who sends us His Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This retreat, run by the Emmanuel Community, will feature talks, Mass, silent Eucharistic adoration, praise and opportunities for sharing, fraternal prayer, and fellowship.
    Date and time: Saturday 18 May, 10:00 am - Sunday 19 May 2024, 4:00 pm
    Venue: Benedict XIV Retreat Centre
    Address: 347 Grose Wold Rd, Grose Wold
    Cost: $145 / Students: $110
    Register online:
    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.

    Called & Gifted Discernment Process 2024

    The path to discovering your charisms!
    Once again, the Called & Gifted Discernment Process is being offered exclusively for the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. The process is designed to help Christians discern the presence of charisms in their lives, and to motivate and equip them to participate in the mission of the Church more fully. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover how you have been blessed by the Holy Spirit to build the Kingdom of God!
    DATES: 29 April – 15 July 2024 (8 sessions)
    MODE: Online via Zoom
    COST: $140 plus booking fees
    For more information, and to register, go to:
    Download the tile for your bulletin to promote in your parish.

    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.

    DidaskĊ 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.

    Retreat Day for Liturgical Ministers
    The Liturgy Office would like to inform you that on Saturday 11th May 2024 at St Martha’s, 38 Renwick St, Leichhardt we will host a retreat day for liturgical ministers serving in the Archdiocese. The retreat will be run by the Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia in Australia. All liturgical ministers from your parishes are invited, especially those whose contribution can sometimes be overlooked, e.g. Ushers, Greeters, Collectors, AV Operators, etc. Naturally, other liturgical ministers, such as Readers, Acolytes, Cantors and Musicians, Sacristans, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, etc. are also invited.
     The information about this retreat can be found on our web-page here. Attached to this e-mail is a poster which you can print and distribute, e.g. through your notice board in the parish, the parish bulletin, etc.
     Participants wishing to participate in the retreat need to register in advance using this link. The link is also available on our web-page.
     The door opens at 9:30am for a 10am start and the day finishes at 4pm. Morning tea and lunch are provided. The retreat fee is $15. Free parking available on site.
     We will be able to accept around 60 participants, so registrations are essential. This is the first time the Liturgy Office is organising such an event, if it turns out to be successful we will try to organise another day like this in the second part of 2024.
     Please advertise this opportunity among your parishioners and if you have any questions, please get in touch with us or directly with the Sisters at [email protected].
    Eucharistic Retreat Day
    Liturgical Ministers are invited to join the Liturgy Office of the Archdiocese of Sydney and the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia for a Eucharistic Retreat day. This day will help you grow in your love for and devotion to the gift of the Holy Eucharist. In addition to talks, a personal testimony, and discussion, the day will include time for silence and prayer during a Holy Hour. An opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available. Morning tea and lunch are provided.
    DATE: Saturday, 11 May 2024
    TIME: Doors open at 9.30 AM. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    VENUE: St Martha's - 38 Renwick Street, Leichhardt NSW 2040
    COST: $15
    To book, visit:
    For more information, please email [email protected]
    Download the tile to promo in your bulletin

    From the Heart of Jesus – Pentecost Retreat with the Emmanuel Community

    Come away for an experience of intimacy with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, who sends us His Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This retreat, run by the Emmanuel Community, will feature talks, Mass, silent Eucharistic adoration, praise and opportunities for sharing, fraternal prayer, and fellowship.
    Date and time: Saturday 18 May, 10:00 am - Sunday 19 May 2024, 4:00 pm
    Venue: Benedict XIV Retreat Centre
    Address: 347 Grose Wold Rd, Grose Wold
    Cost: $145 / Students: $110
    Register online:
    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.

    Life in the Spirit Seminar


    Please join the Catholic Charismatic Renewal NSW in celebrating Pentecost Eve “Anointing” on Saturday 18th May at Servants of Jesus Centre 15 Park Road Seven Hills for an afternoon of Praise & Worship, Testimonies and Prayer Ministry from 4-7pm hosted by youth from different streams. 

    Booking is essential, register with link. .

    Any inquires email: [email protected]

    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.

    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,

    Hartford College Scholarships
    Hartford College is a new independent Catholic school for boys which commenced in 2023. Hartford is offering academic scholarships for students going in to years 5 to 9 in 2025. The scholarships provide assistance to families of boys seeking a Catholic liberal arts education tailored to develop the whole person and the attainment of academic excellence.
    Applications close by 30 June 2024 and candidates are encouraged to apply early.
    To express your interest please visit or phone 9184 8840.

    HOLY SPIRIT PILGRIMAGE (2024): Europe Pilgrimage and Tour(Medjugorje, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland) from 12/09/2024-27/09/2024;  Spiritual Director: Fr.Emmanuel-tv. Contact Us ASAP For Details: Mobile Number: 0438783641; 0417999553; 0473246029; 0420643949; 0420356428; 0478733578Tel:(08)93413079; Email: [email protected][email protected]


    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.

    Sydney Catholic Singles meetup group
    All the events are free and the group is open to all ages.

    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
    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.
    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

    Register Today for the FREE and Online Suicide Prevention for Seniors Training delivered by Anglicare.

    Older Persons’ Mental Health Webinar Series

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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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    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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