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St. Patrick's Catholic Church Kogarah St. Patrick's Catholic Church Kogarah

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    • Parish Mission/Vision

      Our Mission

      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.

      Our Vision

      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.

    • Greater Sydney restrictions

      27 September 2021

      NSW Government announces easing of COVID restrictions

      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.

      RULES FOR FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE

      LIVESTREAM

      Please click on Calendar Date to view Daily Mass Livestream, if direct link is not available please go to YouTube search.

      Sunday Mass 8am, 10am
      Daily Mass 8:45am Monday-Saturday
      Holy Rosary Sunday 9:45am, Monday - Saturday 8:30am
      All services are valid from 11 October 2021 and are subject to change. Please email your queries. Thank you.
    • Parish Bulletins
      Heartbeats from your new Parish Priest Fr Eduardo 
      ‘Good feeling huh’… great relief with the lifting of lockdown and easing of restrictions! Hopefully, we are now on the good side of the road after the announcement for the 11th of October, and will be better by the 25th of October, and the best will come on the 1st of December. We can celebrate Christmas then, as merrily and happily as we can and safely as possible, of course. We look forward to a better future but we cannot be complacent or overconfident, otherwise, the enemy will come back with more allies (coronavirus, delta variant, the Evil One, whatever you name it) and we could become helpless again. We do not want it to turn out even worse than before. So, brace yourself all the time, thinking of the wellbeing of everyone, not rejoicing selfishly but selflessly.
      The 5th Plenary Council, held the whole of last week, seemed to be very informative and fruitful. I have read and watched some of the sessions and proceedings, heard some comments/feedbacks, and all of them seemed to be positive and filled with bright hopes for our local Church here in Australia and an example for the rest of the world. We continue to pray for the blossoming of the Holy Spirit’s work in our country and in Australian Catholics.
      I am really looking forward to seeing you in church, in school, in the vicinity, along the streets, the beach, or wherever possible after the lockdown. Please feel free. We are freer now, so let’s make the best of the opportunity with continued caution and responsible behaviour.
      The initial meeting in the ‘parish chat room’ with the Parish Council is happening soon. If you would like to make a suggestion for our parish PLEASE do so by email, mail or leave some worthwhile notes in our mailbox. We will be glad to consider them. Please also include your best contact details. Thank you! Stay safe. Looking forward to seeing you all very soon. 
      Masses are still restricted - up to only 10 fully vaccinated people till 1st December. One Daily Mass - 8:45am. Two Sunday Masses - 8am & 10am. Please ring or email should you wish to attend or visit our Church.
       
      Heartbeats from your new Parish Priest Fr Eduardo 

      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.

      We will be having an initial meeting in the ‘chat room’ with the Parish Council soon. If you would like to make a suggestion for our parish PLEASE do so by email, mail or leave some worthwhile notes in our mailbox. We will be glad to consider them. Please also include your best contact details. Thank you! Stay safe. Looking forward to seeing you all very soon.
      10 October 2021 28th Sunday Ordinary Time
      Theme: on Choices and Preferences and finally, Decisions
      Human life doesn’t remain at a standstill. Either life progresses or deteriorates, but life can’t remain on the same footing all the time. There comes a time, and it will come for sure, when final decisions have to be made after choices and preferences have been presented, shown its true colour and weighed down. The struggle and the challenge may force one to make a decision one way or the other, and one might choose the more comfortable one, like the (rich and young) man in the gospel this Sunday (Mk 10:17-30). This particular man in the gospel had been faithful to the Law and commandments all his life, and probably expecting a hearty word of approval from Jesus. But He (Jesus) didn’t do that. He told him something more, that he had some further travelling to do on his journey of spiritual life, and He invited him to set out on that journey. The result? The man felt sad and left bad. 
      Yes, choices … preferences… decisions…The Book of Wisdom, 1st reading this Sunday, gives us something to ponder: preferring wisdom than ‘sceptre and thrones,’ hence power, for Wisdom will eventually lead us to countless riches and good things. The Letter to the Hebrews (4:12-13) teaches us that wisdom is in the Word of God, “living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.” These reflections are the voice of God. And the Gospel is like a sword penetrating the heart: “Go and sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then COME, follow me.” 
      Wow, that’s tough! That’s why the man felt sad and left bad. 
      Ahhh yes, that’s why Jesus has only a few friends. But if and when you are a friend of Jesus you have everything in the world! 
      How about you? What’s your choice? What’s your preference? Any decisions made NOW?
       
       
       
       
       
      Terms of Service 
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      For more information and notices please see Parish Notices/COVID-19 or our latest CLUSTER BULLETIN (pdf). Please feel free to contact us by email or phone. There would also be posters up in the church or on our Notice Boards outside the church or the Presbytery.
    • October: The Month of the Holy Rosary

      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).

    • Year of St Joseph
      Saint Joseph
      Pope Francis proclaims “Year of St Joseph”
      With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from today, 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021.
       
      Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
      Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
      To you God entrusted his only Son;
      in you Mary placed her trust;
      with you Christ became man.
      Blessed Joseph, to us too,
      show yourself a father
      and guide us in the path of life.
      Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
      and defend us from every evil.  Amen.
       
      On the feast of St Joseph the Worker (1st May) the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments published an updated version of the Litany of St Joseph, approved by Pope Francis. The 112 year old litany now includes invocations mainly taken from modern papal texts about St. Joseph, including Pope Francis’ December Apostolic Letter proclaiming a Year of St Joseph and St John Paul II’s 1989 Apostolic Exhortation, “Redemptoris Custos”. The seven additions to the litany are: “Custos Redemptoris” (Guardian of the Redeemer); “Serve Christi” (Servant of Christ); “Minister salutis” (Minister of salvation); “Fulcimen in difficultatibus” (Support in difficulties); “Patrone exsulum” (Patron of exiles); “Patrone afflictorum” (Patron of the afflicted); and “Patrone pauperum” (Patron of the poor).
       
      The feast of St. Joseph the Worker is observed on May 1.
    • Litany of St Joseph with New Invocations
      Download File: Litany of St Joseph with New Invocations (93.2 KB .pdf file)