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  • Charitable Works Fund Appeal

    Next appeal will be on the weekend 4/5 November 2023.

    Help keep alive vital ministries of the Church in service to those who need it most. In hospitals, churches, schools, communities and families, your donation is making our world a loving, caring and compassionate place.

    Donate at: https://www.ourfaithourworks.org/give-to-cwf/.

    Give generously. Your tax deductible gift changes lives. Thank you!

    Note: Parishes are invited to share this video at Masses this weekend  Charitable Works Fund - Sydney Archdiocese 2023 - YouTube to promote the appeal.

    Parishes will also find resources including a poster and social tiles here for downloading: www.ourfaithourworks.org/category/parish-resources/

    CWF Appeal (May, August, November)

    Charitable Works Fund DONATE NOW

    Aboriginal Catholic Ministry CatholicCare Chaplaincy Services - Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Ephpheta Centre Seminaries - The Seminary of the Good Shepherd (Homebush) and the Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary of the Neocatechumenal Way (Chester Hill)

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    PULPIT POINTS 26 November 2023

    • ARCHBISHOP’S PASTORAL LETTER - Holiness the measure of synodality proposals (p1-2)
    • Professor Renee Kohler-Ryan on women and the synod (p3)
    • Feasting with the homeless at St Mary’s (p10)
    • Obituary: Monsignor Mullins’ life of service ends aged 99 (p21)
    • Brigid Meney: VAD is here, now what? (p19)
    • Monica Doumit: Baby Indi’s short life of hardship and grace (p17)

    In this week’s edition: 

    UPCOMING SUPPLEMENTS

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    LISTEN TO THE WORD: Prepare for His birth - Advent Companion 2023


    The beautiful Season of Advent is approaching. Let us make the most of this precious time to gather in our parishes and communities to prepare for the coming of Jesus. This free Advent Companion contains Gospel readings for the Sundays of Advent and Christmas, and spiritual reflections by Christian Stephens, Rachel Vala, Milad Khalil, Sr Anastasia Reeves OP, and Fr Matthew Meagher.
    Designed for individual or group prayer, either in-person or online. The resources will be available in parishes of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, and online at www.gomakedisciples.org.au.
    Training Sessions - Learn the basic principles of organising and leading a small group, covering both in-person and online delivery. Training includes tips for practical preparation, invitation, promotion, and leading people in prayer. No experience required – all welcome! See www.gomakedisciples.org.au/cas-events/ for dates and registration. Download the tile to promote in your parish bulletin.


    Two NEW public lectures coming soon to celebrate the 60 year anniversary of Sacrosanctum Concilium

    1 Renowned liturgical scholar Professor Teresa Berger (Yale University Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School) will deliver a public lecture live via Zoom on Monday 6 November 2023, 10am AEDT on the topic of: “Liturgy’s Imagined Futures: Beyond Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.”

    2 Acclaimed liturgical historian and theologian Rev Professor John F. Baldovin SJ (Boston College) who will deliver a FREE public lecture live in person on ACU’s Melbourne Campus on Sunday December 3, 2023, 5pm-6.30pm AEDT on the topic of “A Liturgical Reform in Peril? Sacrosanctum Concilium sixty years on.” Fr Baldovin’s public lecture will also be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person.

    The ACU Centre for Liturgy is shortly hosting two online public lectures: On Monday 6 November 2023, 10am AEDT via Zoom, with the topic of: “Liturgy’s Imagined Futures: Beyond Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.” by renowned liturgical scholar Professor Teresa Berger (Yale University Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School) AND on Sunday 3 December at 5pm via TEAMS (and IN PERSON in Melbourne) with the topic of “A Liturgical Reform in Peril? Sacrosanctum Concilium sixty years on” by acclaimed liturgical historian and theologian Rev Professor John F. Baldovin SJ (Boston College). For more information go to www.acu.edu.au/publiclecturecfl or email [email protected]. 

    We look forward to welcoming people interested in the Liturgy to these very special events to mark this important milestone anniversary.  For further information please contact: [email protected]. 


    60 Years of Sacrosanctum Concilium


    The Second Vatican Council promulgated the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy on 4th December 1963. The Liturgy Office of the Archdiocese of Sydney, in cooperation with the University of Notre Dame Australia, will be hosting four public lectures on Sacrosanctum Concilium in November 2023, in the lead-up to the 60th anniversary, which falls on 4th December.
    DATES AND PAPERS: 

    • Wednesday, 29th November: Professor Clare Johnson - Realising Sacrosanctum Concilium
      vision: Liturgical maturation in the era of Pope Francis

    For more information on the lecture series and to register to attend, visit https://liturgy.sydneycatholic.org/news-events or contact Dr Mariusz Biliniewicz at mariusz.biliniewicz@sydneycatholic.org.
    Download the flyer to promote in your parish.


    2023 Knox Public Lecture INVITATION
     

    This year the lecture will be livestreamed via Zoom on Tuesday 28th November at 7.30pm.


    Advent: a time to slow down and recollect

    Dear Friends,
    Advent is a lovely time to slowdown, to reflect and recollect ourselves in preparation to welcome Christ again on Christmas day. Join us for our Advent Day Retreat on Saturday, 2 December. Please see details below. Click on the image for online registration. We hope to see you on the day. 
    God bless!
    Benedictine Nuns of Jamberoo Abbey

    Summer Series 2023 - 2024

    The Sydney Centre for Evangelisation in the Archdiocese of Sydney is excited to present the 2023-24 Summer Series with events in Sydney, including world-renowned special guests Matt FraddJason Evert, and Dr Christopher West!
    For more information on all the Summer Series events and to register, please visit https://www.sydneycatholic.org/events/summer-series/.
    Download the flyer to promote in your parish.


    Purpose Conference featuring international speakers, Matt Fradd and Jason Evert held on Dec 7-8 at Rosebank College, Five Dock.

    https://sydneycatholicyouth.org/purpose-conference/

     

    Please see below the best way for High School students (yrs 9-12) and Young Adults (18-35) to purchase tickets:

     

    High School Students

    Young Adults

    Time: 10:00-3:00pm 

    (Doors open and registration from 9:00am)

     

    Registration: Students who belong to a Sydney Catholic School (see website to determine if your school is an SCS school) must register through their Religious Education Coordinator. 

     

    Other secondary school students (independent Catholic school, Public school or are home-schooled) contact Sydney Catholic Youth at info@sydneycatholicyouth.org or on 0437863316 for information on how to register.

     

    Also follow our Instagram: @purposehighau for the latest updates!

    Time: 5:00-10:00pm 

    (Doors open from 4:45pm)

     

    Registration: Tickets are now on sale. Visit sydneycatholicyouth.org

     

    Or, if interested in volunteering at the conference please click here to apply.

     

     

    Also follow our Instagram: @sydneycatholicyouth for the latest updates!

     

    If you are a member of the clergy/religious life, your ticket is free! Please email us at: [email protected] for the discount code.


    Mass for Expectant Mothers and those Hoping to Conceive


    All expectant mothers and those hoping to conceive are warmly invited to come to 10:30 Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral on Sunday, 10 December, with an opportunity to receive a special blessing from Bishop Richard Umbers with relics of St. Gerard Majella and St. Gianna Molla.
    Register before 1 December for catering purposes at https://www.trybooking.com/CLMSM 
    Download the flyer to promote in your parish.


    Christmas At The Cathedral 2023
    We invite the community of Sydney to come together at St Mary's Cathedral during Advent to prepare for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Download the flyer to promote Christmas at the Cathedral in your parish

    Join with Archbishop Fisher OP on 14 December 2023 for the stunning opening night of Christmas at the Cathedral.


    Summer School of Evangelisation (Sydney)

    Summer School is a week-long, live-in, life-changing retreat featuring praise and worship, inspiring talks, engaging liturgy, time to chill & learn and more in the midst of a community of 150+ young people aged 16-35. Registrations open 31st October.  Register by 30th November to receive early bird rates (concession $525/adult $625).
    Date: 7-14th January 2024
    Venue: Carmel House, 345 St Andrews Rd, Varroville NSW
    Bookingssummerschool.org.au
    Contact: [email protected]
    Download the flyer to promote in your parish bulletin.


    Theology of the Body: Love & Responsibility In-Person Immersion Course Program
    A not-to-be-missed 5-day immersion course opportunity to participate and learn St John-Paul’s classic work from Dr. Christopher West here in Sydney! Open to all Australians!
    This course is devoted to St John Paul II’s classic pre-papal work Love and Responsibility and examines the philosophical foundation of the TOB. Themes include the dignity of the person as the being that must never be used; sexual attraction and emotion as the raw material of love; integrating sexual attraction and emotion with the dignity of the person; male and female differences; the swallowing of shame by love; and the nature of chastity as a virtue that celebrates the true dignity and goodness of the person and of sexuality.
    Date: 21-26 January 2024
    Location: Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville
    Cost: $1900 AUD. Partial subsidies available for approved students
    Inclusion: Immersion Course with all materials, five nights (single occupied) accommodation and meals
    To download the prospectus and find out more, visit https://tobi.sydneycatholic.org/tob-love-responsibility/.
    Download the flyer for your parish. Download the tile to promote in your bulletin.

    In-Person Immersion Course with Christopher West! Theology of the Body: Love & Responsibility - 21-26 January
    In partnership with the Sydney Centre for Evangelisation and the Theology of the Body Institute, the Archdiocese of Sydney is proud to announce that we will be hosting a 5-day immersion course with Dr. Christopher West on the Theology of the Body with a special focus on St John-Paul’s classic work “Love & Responsibility”.
     
    This not-to-be-missed opportunity to participate and learn from Dr. Christopher West in person here in Sydney is open to all Australians!
     
    Date: 21-26 January 2024
    Location: Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville
    Cost: $1900 AUD. Partial subsidies available for approved students
    Inclusion: Immersion Course with all materials, 5 nights’ accommodation (single room) and all meals
     
    Learn more and find out how to register your spot by clicking on the social media tile below or visit https://tobi.sydneycatholic.org/tob-love-responsibility/.
    Share this incredible opportunity with your friends, family, school and parish using the social media tile and course flyer! The prospectus is also attached for more information.
    Feel free to contact the TOBI representative at [email protected] if you have any queries regarding the immersion course.

    Of Life and Love Marriage Preparation Weekend - February 2024


    Engagement is a beautiful time to intentionally prepare for your vocation. The ‘Of Life and Love’ Marriage Preparation Weekend will help you to understand more deeply the sacramental nature of marriage, offer practical wisdom from married couples and provide opportunity for discussion and prayer. Of Life and Love is a recognised marriage preparation course. The course will take place on the 24-25th February 2024 at St Luke’s Revesby (no overnight stay). More information and registration at www.trybooking.com/CMGTS 
    Download the flyer 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 parishrenewal@sydneycatholic.org and register for the Areté open night at www.aretecentre.org. 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 https://gomakedisciples.org.au/didasko/Download the flyer for your parish.

    Campion College
    Firstly, we have our Early Offer Scheme which is a way for both Year 12 students and recent graduates to gain acceptance into our College before the end of the year. The primary benefit of this is that it will give those considering attending our College the confidence to know that their place is secure for 2024. This will in turn take away some of the pressure that surrounds the transitional period into tertiary studies. Further details can be found here: https://www.campion.edu.au/admission/early-offer-scheme/
    We also have our annual Campion Ball coming up soon which is a fantastic way for young adults to spend time in fellowship with other young Catholics in the greater Sydney region. Further information can be found at: https://www.campion.edu.au/event/campion-ball/
    Some resources you can use are in the links below:

    Become an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion - new online training program
    Effective liturgical celebrations require well-formed liturgical ministers to serve the needs of the assembly. Our comprehensive online training program will prepare you to offer your gifts for the glory of God and the benefit of your local community.
    Created by leading Australian liturgy specialists, this five-week program fosters and develops knowledgeable, well-prepared, highly skilled and hospitable Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. High-quality content is presented in an innovative and engaging way, and it offers quality liturgical formation in a supportive environment – no matter the size or location of your faith community. 
    While this program is designed for new ministers, those with many years of ministry have found it to be an outstanding way to refresh their skills and deepen their understanding of the liturgy.
    Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a certificate of completion from the ACU Centre for Liturgy. This program is supported by the Bishops Commission for Liturgy of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. 

    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?

    APPEALS
     
    Hope in Action
    Caritas Australia’s Gaza Crisis Appeal
    The sudden escalation of hostilities in Israel and Gaza since 7 October has seen unimaginable impacts for the people affected by this conflict.
    The human toll has been devastating with more than 7,000 deaths across Israel and Gaza. Over 5,700 Palestinians have been killed so far, nearly half of them are children, while more than 15,000 people have been injured in Gaza.
    Over 1.4 million people (60% of the population) have been displaced in Gaza with immediate food, shelter, health, and psychosocial needs.
    Caritas Australia is working with our partner Catholic Relief Services (CRS), providing emergency shelter for over 1,200 people and cash support to over 7,100 families so far. We are also assisting with household items, including mattresses, blankets and other materials and support for food assistance and water, sanitation and hygiene.
    Please donate to Caritas Australia’s Gaza Crisis Appeal. You can donate online www.caritas.org.au/gaza or phone 1800 024 413
    Download the resources to promote the appeal in your parish. 
    Caritas Australia’s Global Gifts Cards
    Caritas Australia’s Global Gifts Christmas cards are a great way to spread joy and hope this Christmas season and to make a life-changing impact. Each gift represents a donation that will support vulnerable communities to create a brighter future. Order now to receive in time for Christmas at www.globalgifts.org.au
    Download the resources to promote the global gifts cards in your parish. 
     
    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.
     
    Aid to the Church in Need is running an emergency campaign for Pakistan. Recently up to 24 churches, hundreds of Christian homes and a Christian cemetery were targeted in an attack in Pakistan which was sparked by reports of blasphemy allegations against two Christians accused of desecrating the Qur’an. ACN is working with project partners on the ground to aid the current needs of the Christian people. To learn more and to make an offering visit www.aidtochurch.org/pakistanappeal 
     
    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.


    SERVICES/RESOURCES AVAILABLE
     
    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 http://www.acu.edu.au/centreforliturgy/pastoral-training 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 9113 2189 and leave a message with the patients name and they will provide ongoing support during their stay.
    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

    E: jlowcommunity@gmail.com More information: www.jlowcom.org
     
    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: http://www.pregnancyhelpsydney.com Pregnant? Worried, confused, feeling alone? Want to chat? Call our 24/7 support line 1300 792 798 or visit our website http://www.pregnancyhelpsydney.com.
     
    SMARTLOVING BREAKTHROUGH
     
     
     
    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
    ARCHBISHOP ANTHONY'S NEWSLETTER
    Archbishop Anthony Fisher From Archbishop Anthony
     
    SYDNEY CATHOLIC YOUTH ONLINE YOUTH GROUP
    LIFE, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY
    GO MAKE DISCIPLES
    PARISH EVANGELISATION GUIDE IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC
    COVID-19 UPDATE
    COVID-19 PRAYER RESOURCES
    JUSTICE, ECOLOGY AND PEACE

    EthicsFinder.com
    Home - ACU Australian Catholic University logo
    EthicsFinder is a free, global, digital resource which will be of immense value to interested parishioners. Please feel free to include a link to https://www.ethicsfinder.com/ 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 www.ethicsfinder.com.

    HIGHLIGHT YOUR SPECIAL OCCASION - IT’S FREE
    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 personal.occasions@sydneycatholic.org For more details go to: https://www.catholicweekly.com.au/occasions/
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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:
    www.palms.org.au.

    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
    Email:
    volunteers@broomediocese.org
    Web: www.broomediocese.org
    Mail:  PO Box 76, BROOME  WA  6725

    Marian Court Units
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    Marian Court Units is an independent living village for over 55s, acquired by the Trustees of Catholic Aged Sydney in April 2022. Conveniently located near Strathfield station and shopping centre, we have several vacant units featuring one bedroom one bathroom (46sqm) and two bedrooms two bathrooms (65sqm). There is a sliding scale of entrance and exit fees to suit your circumstances. Please call the Manager on 0400 077 081 for an appointment to see the available units.

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