St. Patrick's is a community united by God through the Gospels, the teachings of the Catholic Church and the pursuit of common goals. Our members offer their unique gifts to God and each other. With these gifts we joyfully proclaim the Word of God, proudly celebrate the sacraments and promote living in solidarity and justice, in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church and faithful to the Magisterium.
In God we trust boldly, in the footsteps of Jesus we walk humbly and by the light of the Holy Spirit we love tenderly as we become true Christians who courageously face adversity as St. Patrick has done setting for us a perfect example.
The NSW government has announced a target for the easing of restrictions on churches for all of Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong regions.
Churches will be closed to the public until the Monday after NSW passes the 80 percent target of residents having had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
People attending churches will need to observe a four square metre rule, with the exception of people from the same household.
Funerals may proceed at this time, with a maximum of ten members of the congregation, following a four square metre rule.
October is the month of the Holy Rosary. We continue praying the Rosary everyday in our church, though with just a very small number of people but it does not matter. I do hope that you pray the Holy Rosary as well in your homes ideally with the whole family. When praying it is wholesome to think of the words of Fr P Peyton, “The family that prays together stays together.”
The Plenary Council of Australia - the gathering of the Australian Church hierarchy and delegates to discern the will of God for Australia, the Church and her people - commenced last Sunday, 3 October. Should you wish to follow the proceedings please go to https://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/. The best we could do at this moment is PRAY and trust that God, through the Holy Spirit, will indeed guide the Plenary Council members and representatives.
With regards to Covid-19 updates, particularly for our church reopening, you may have heard the news that lockdown would be lifted soon. 11 October, Monday, is the start of the first phase (reopening starts at 70% full vaccination) and hopefully, by 25 October, the second phase (80% double dose vaccination, church and ceremonies open to “mixed” congregations). By 1 December we will be fully back to the limelight, in a life of “normality” even if not in the fullest sense of the word as we used to have. Please do not be too excited, we should patiently wait and definitely do not be complacent. Be prudent, observe necessary precautions and think of the well-being of others in the community and especially your family.
The Rosary is made up of twenty "mysteries" (significant events or moments in the life of Jesus and Mary), which, following the Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, are grouped into four series.
The first contains joyful mysteries (recited on Mondays and Saturdays); the second, the mysteries of light (Thursdays); the third, the sorrowful mysteries (Tuesdays and Fridays); and the fourth, the glorious mysteries (Wednesdays and Sundays).
"This indication is not intended to limit a rightful freedom in personal and community prayer, where account needs to be taken of spiritual and pastoral needs and of the occurrence of particular liturgical celebrations which might call for suitable adaptations" (Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 38).
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Dear Father, President Joe Biden of the US, who is a Catholic, has expressed publicly his support for abortion rights, yet he continues to go to Mass and receive Communion. I was surprised to hear this. Should he be allowed to receive Communion?
Dear Father, I saw the recent article in The Catholic Weekly saying that a German bishop is giving Holy Communion to Protestants who ask for it. I thought this was not allowed. My husband is Lutheran and he would like to receive Communion too. Can this be done?
Open Letter to All Parishioners from your New Parish Priest
To anyone requesting, our Parish Priest, to fill in a CONFIDENTIAL PARISH PRIEST REFERENCE FORM:
Please provide, together with the form, a stamped envelope addressed to the school of your choice for your child, if applicable.