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  • PARISH NOTICES Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney

    1) APPEALS
    CWF Appeal - November
    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)
    Caritas Australia
    Right now, the Horn of Africa is facing one of the worst food crises seen in decades. The region is facing multiple challenges at once: drought, flooding, rising food and fuel prices, COVID-19, locust plagues and ongoing conflict and displacement. 18 million people are facing extreme hunger in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. Caritas Australia has launched Make Hunger History – our new appeal to raise funds for the Africa Food Crisis and on behalf of Caritas and our partners, I kindly ask your parish to promote this appeal over the coming weeks.
    We have developed a range of materials to assist with this:
    • A parish bulletin in a word document (attached)
    • Two bulletin images (attached) – these can also be used as social media tiles if your parish has a Facebook page or similar
    • PowerPoint slides for inclusion in an existing PowerPoint. The attached version has a YouTube link if your Church has WiFi. Another version that can be downloaded is available via Dropbox here.
    There is also a range of resources parishes can use to raise awareness of the African Food Crisis available on our website. Thank you for your ongoing support of Caritas Australia and the work of our partners overseas.
    Ukraine Appeal
    As millions of people are likely to be displaced due to Russia’s invasion, your support is more important than ever for the people of Ukraine.
    Donate generously to the Caritas Ukraine Appeal: Donations over $2 are tax deductible.
    Caritas Australia Ukraine Appeal
    Support for the House of Welcome
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    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.
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    Aid to the Church in Need Australia
    ACN is the Pontifical Foundation dedicated to supporting the suffering and persecuted Church. In areas of crisis, churches are often destroyed by violence. Where the faith is growing new churches are needed. ACN supports the reconstruction in these areas because a church is the centre of the life of faith and even the smallest chapel provides people with hope and a spiritual home. Can you help build churches to support the faithful throughout the world? Visit:
    Workplace Giving through Catholic Mission
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    Workplace giving is a simple yet powerful way for you to make an impact through regular contributions from your pay. These contributions go a long way in helping Catholic Mission support children, communities and Church leaders in Australia and globally. Visit for more information on how you can contribute.

    2) Support your Archdiocese of Sydney newspaper: The Catholic Weekly - available in our Church for $2
    The Catholic Weekly

    PULPIT POINTS 21 August 2022

    • Joseph: The greatest patriarch
    • This is how you do it! Parish’s spectacular renovation
    • The new drought: Home ownership
    • Medals honour pillars of parish life
    • Bob Denahy: Husband & father
    • Sydney’s teen beauty queen

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    Our immediate upcoming magazines are:
    ·Retirement Living Magazine – 28 August 2022
    ·Boarding Schools – 28 August (Tabloid)
    ·Gift of Time – 11 September 2022
    ·Agencies Guide – 25 September 2022
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    Call Steve on (02) 9390 5404 or Katie on (02) 9390 5402 for more details
    Nominate your Parish Hero!
    For the past 100 years, our parishes have been the cornerstones of local Australian communities. It’s those special people that help make our nation thrive. As we move into the 21stcentury, who are the people in your parish that stand out and make our community what it is today? Tell us their story and why they deserve to be recognized as a Parish Hero. Email:
    Share your interesting parish news with the Catholic Weekly
    Parishes can help us share news on interesting events or stand-out achievements by your parishioners directly by emailing:
    We also ask all parishes to please include this email address on your distribution list to parishioners each week to help our team keep abreast of interesting news from our parishes.

    3) Didaskō Online Adult Faith Formation
    All are welcome to join our next Didaskō short course with Prof. Renée Köhler-Ryan as she presents on the topic: “How Catholics Can Quietly Transform the World: the Church’s Unknown Treasure of Social Teaching.”  The course will be delivered online over three evenings, with time for question and answer.
    When: Wednesdays 7, 14 and 21 September | 7:30–8:45pm
    Where: Online via Zoom
    Cost: $25 (includes three sessions)
    Register at
    Parishes are invited to promote the course on social media with this tile. 
    For more information, contact Helen Wagner at

    4) Natural Fertility Awareness Week this year is August 22 -28.
    Billings LIFE are presenting a free webinar entitled "Fertility Literacy in the Digital World ~ the best use of fertility tracking apps" on Monday 22nd August at 7.30pm AEST Presenters from Australia, Mexico and NZ will review 3 fertility tracking apps. See the Billings LIFE website or Facebook page for details and registration. Website: Facebook: Natural Fertility Awareness Week is dedicated to helping women understand their fertility and manage it without the need for drugs, devices or invasive techniques. Once learned, fertility awareness can be used throughout a woman’s reproductive life, even when her cycles are not regular. The theme for Natural Fertility Awareness Week 2022 is “Fertility Literacy – Get the Know How”. Monitoring your fertility health is easy when you know how to do it accurately. Visit for more information on events in your area.

    Raising Fathers Evenings Do you want to be a better DAD?
    Receive the life skills and experience the love. The message of these stories is the same: fatherhood really matters! Done well it is world-changing. Done badly it is catastrophic.
    Dads, grandfathers and father figures all welcome to come and join us starting at 7.30pm at one of the locations below:
    • Tuesday, August 23 – St Kevin’s, Eastwood (Parish Hall): Daniel Ang (Free sausage sizzle available from 6.30pm)
    • Wednesday, August 24 – All Saints, Liverpool (Parish Hall): Stuart Brady
    • Thursday, August 25 – St Peter Chanel, Berala (Parish Hall): Stuart Brady

    Register now via
    Parishes are invited to promote the event using this social tile.

    EVENINGS 2022
    Sydney Catholic Schools
    men ALIVE
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    WED 24 AUG
    THU 25 AUG

    6) 'Spiritual Nourishment Days', 25 August 2022, 1pm-4pm AEST, attend via Zoom or in-person, according to personal circumstances
    Those in caring roles live with profound beauty amidst the challenges of daily life. We offer these reflection/retreat days for those who frequently serve others, who may need support, a place of welcome and some nurturing.  Take some time out for yourself, if you are able, and join us for one or both of these reflection days.  Each day is offered as an oasis.  You will have the space and time to be silent, reflect, with the opportunity to share if you wish.  We invite you to re-energise your mind and replenish your spirit.  Led by Heart of Life spiritual directors, Carole Carmody rsm and Cathy Beaton.  Cost $30 per session. Enquiries to Heart of Life Centre for Spiritual & Pastoral Formation, Rear 41 Stanhope Street, Malvern VIC, email, or tel (03) 9890 1101 or book and pay at

    Transformation Retreat

    Fr Chris Eaton, MGL
    Missionaries of God’s Love, Canberra, ACT
    Date: Saturday, 27 Aug 2022
    Time: 9am – 5pm including Mass
    Venue: St Joseph’s Parish Hall, Walz St., Rockdale, NSW
    Booking Essential:
    Morning Tea and Lunch Provided
    Inquiries: Helen 0422 455 114  Ida 0424 267 500

    7) Eucharistic Adoration
    For Healing and Wellbeing Of Body & Soul
    John 15:4; "Abide in me and in you".
    Monday 29th August at 7.00pm.
    Homily on Eucharistic Adoration at Masses - Saturday 27/08 & Sunday 28/08.
    Guided by Fr. Gilbert Carlo SVD
    St. Patrick's Church, Kogarah. Fr.Gilbert Carlo SVD (Divine Word Missionary) has been conducting scripture based meditative retreats since 1989 in many countries to promote prayer, meditation and contemplation in the Church. Contact Fr. Gilbert Carlo SVD Divine Word Missionaries, 22 Woodvale Road, Boronia VIC 3155. Mobile: 0424 202 191 Email:

    Assertiveness - Trusting Your Own Inner Voice (via Zoom), Tuesday evening 30 Aug 2022, 7pm-9.30pm (AEST)
    This reflection event will explore:  assertiveness - what it is and what it is not;  why being assertive is adult behaviour that builds up everyone's strength and capacity to love;  finding within ourselves that voice of God that echoes who I am as good in the eyes of God;  what is it that distorts this perspection and how that influences my judgement and behaviour;  being assertive with God;  being with an assertive God.  Led by Chris Chaplin msc (MSCX, Dip Transpersonal & Experiential Psychotherapy, BTheol, Cert Spir Dir (Siloam)).  Cost $35.  Book and pay by 26/8/22 via   Heart of Life Centre for Spiritual & Pastoral Formation, Malvern VIC, email or tel (03) 9890 1101.

    8) Second ‘Archdiocesan RCIA Certification Course’
    Registrations open for RCIA Certification Course
    Now more than ever, people are coming to realise the desire for God in their hearts, and we in our parish are all called by our baptism to Go Make Disciples. 
    The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney will hold its second official RCIA Certification Course and invites you to learn, live, and share your faith with others!
    Please REGISTER for this free online course of six sessions beginning on the 30th of August.
    Would you like to help those interested in becoming Catholic in their journey towards the Church?Would you like to help those interested in becoming Catholic come to know Jesus Christ and His Church? The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney warmly welcomes and invites you to participate in this year’s first Archdiocesan RCIA Certification Course. Please register via the QR code on this tile. 
    Parishes are encouraged to seize this opportunity with both hands to build/establish RCIA within the community and thus provide spiritual renewal to every sphere of parish life.
    This is a fantastic opportunity for:
    ·Parish clergy to form and equip a parish RCIA team;
    ·RCIA Coordinators to receive further formation in the RCIA process and to form other prospective team members in the parish; and
    ·parishioners to receive an in-depth learning experience and start RCIA in their parish.
    The course will cover the following aspects:
    1. A deep dive into the four periods of RCIA;
    2. Understanding the three major Rites of the RCIA liturgical journey;
    3. The pastoral, catechetical, and liturgical formation that governs the entire process;
    4. Resources to ensure a solid foundation and to stay organised and on track throughout the process.
    The course begins on Tuesday, the 30th of August, and continues every other Tuesday for a total of six online sessions – 13 and 27 September, 11 and 25 October, and 8 November. Please register/share via this link:
    Please use the attached social media image and description below if you wish to post the course on your parish social media accounts or in your parish bulletin/notices (feel free to edit as you please).
    Now more than ever, people are coming to realise the desire for God in their hearts, and we in our parish are all called by our baptism to Go Make Disciples.
    Thus, the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney will hold its official RCIA Certification Course and invites you to learn, live, and share your faith with others!
    Please register for this free online course of six sessions beginning on the 30th of August via the following QR code or at
    For more information, please contact Simon at or 0427 536 356.
    Registrations open for RCIA Certification Course
    The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney will hold its second official RCIA Certification Course and invites you to learn, live, and share your faith with others! Participating in all six online sessions will merit a certificate signed by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP.

    Please register for this free online course beginning on the 30th of August via the QR code below or at

    Parishes are invited to share this social tile with QR code to help promote the course.

    For more information, please contact Simon at or 0427 536 356.

    Mention My Name Service - 7 September 2022 @ 7pm
    Catholic Cemeteries + Crematoria invite you to their annual Mention My Name Prayer Service to remember all those who have lost their lives through suicide and to pray for their grieving family, friends and communities.
    When - Wednesday, 7 September 2022, 7pm 
    Where - St Mary’s Cathedral, 2 St Mary’s Road, Sydney
    Presider: Bishop Terry Brady

    Legion of Mary Centenary Celebration

    Legion of Mary members, past and present, along with their families and friends are invited to attend the Anniversary Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral celebrated by Bishop Terry Brady.

    Saturday 10 September 2022
    10am - Opening Prayers
    10:30am – Mass
    12pm – Lunch
    1pm - Program 

    Promotional flyers are attached here

    9) The Campion College Student Association invites you to attend a medieval masquerade ball.
    10 September 2022
    5.30pm Vigil Mass
    6.45pm Ball commences
    8-14 Austin Woodbury Place
    Toongabbie NSW 2146
    Open to youth/young adults (ages 16-35) … All welcome!
    $80 per person. Purchase your tickets at
    Few resources that you can use to promote the Ball:

    2022 Annual Marriage Mass

    Are you celebrating a significant wedding anniversary in 2022? Renew your vows to each other at Annual Marriage Mass celebrated by His Grace Archbishop Anthony Fisher at 10:30am on Sunday the 16th October at St Mary’s Cathedral. All families welcome! Please RSVP by the 12th of September at For any queries, email or phone 93078480

    Migrant and Refugee Kit 2022
    The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office has published the 2022 Migrant and Refugee Kit. Pope Francis has chosen the theme, Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees, for the 108th World Day of Migrant and Refugees which will be commemorated in Australia on Sunday, 25 September 2022. The Migrant and Refugee Kit are includes stories from local communities, reflections and prayers of the faithful to assist parishes, schools, families and other Church communities in celebrating this important event. 
    The Migrant and Refugee Kit 2022 can be downloaded at:
    Resources are available at:

    10) Ignite Conference 2022
    Thursday 29 September-Sunday 2 October Freeman College Bonnyrigg
    This popular conference was postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-lockdowns, but is back this year, featuring the Holy Sacraments of Mass, Reconciliation and Adoration, inspiring speakers, workshops and dynamic music. The event is aimed at all ages with a program of interest to primary and high schoolers, young adults, ministry leaders, families, teachers, priests and religious from across the country. Speakers will include Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, Fr Rob Galea and Therese Mills MGL.
    $100 Discount available for the first 50 young adults who register or volunteer from the Archdiocese of Sydney.
    Email for the Discount Code. Read more about the conference online:

    School Of Rock The Musical tickets
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    Presented by: Sydney Catholic Schools
    2500 students from 150 schools join forces to deliver this high energy musical @ Qudos Bank Arena.
    Rock got no reason, rock got no rhyme... You better get me to school on time!

    10) Based on C.S. Lewis's novel, The Screwtape Letters is a theatre production that follows the story of a senior demon instructing his nephew in the ways of wickedness. Follow Screwtape and Wormwood as they attempt to secure the greatest prize - a human soul. Performances are $38 and are being held at Hurstville Civic Theatre on the 8th and 15th of October at 7:30pm. Book your tickets now at

    11) Marriage Preparation Course: Engaged Encounter
    Catholic Engaged Encounter
    Marriage Preparation Course: Engaged Encounter
    How prepared are you for marriage? Engaged Encounter provides you with deeper insights into each other and into married life.
    We give you a chance to spend time together to strengthen and enrich your relationship. For further information visit our website: 
    Register for the weekend of 12-13 November. If COVID-19 restrictions prevent a face-to-face seminar, the CEE weekend will be held via Zoom.

    12) DE LA SALLE COLLEGE ASHFIELD - Ex Students and Staff Annual Dinner
    After a few years of not being able to celebrate our Ex Students and Staff at an Annual Dinner it is back on for this year.
    25 November 2022
    De La Salle College
    24 Bland Street
    ASHFIELD  NSW  2131
    Ph:  9797 3200

    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
    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 - 0433455114 Ida – 0424 267 500
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    Launch of “The Catholic Mass” booklet
    The Sydney Centre for Evangelisation is delighted to present our new resource – ‘The Catholic Mass’ bookletThe companion guide helps captures the mysteries and beauty of the Mass. With explanations of each part of the Mass from Sacred Scripture, Church teachings and the Saints. We especially recommend this as an essential tool for parish RCIA programs, parents of children going through sacramental programs, catechists and students in public schools, and for ongoing formation of parishioners on our primary act of worship. Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP launched the booklet, noting this new resource “unpacks the beauty of our Mass and assists active participation in the sacred liturgy.” The Director of the Sydney Centre for Evangelisation, Mr Daniel Ang, promotes use of the resource as an assistance to clergy in forming their people “so that the beauty and solemnity of the liturgy are better known and the grace of the sacraments is received with greater faith and growing understanding.” Please click on the following LINK to review the booklet. You can now order copies through The Mustard Seed BookshopOnline orders: Mustard Seed Mass Booklet Phone orders: 02 9307 8350
    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 babySo 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
    Liberating insights and powerful tools for anyone experiencing a challenging marriage
    Learn how arguments happen
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    Catholic Healthcare
    Catholic Help with Alcoholism and Addiction
    Calix Our Lady Of Recovery
    Do you, a family member, or friend need help with an addiction concern? You can reach out to the Calix Society. Calix is an association of Catholic alcoholics, drug addicts, and family members and friends affected by addiction, who are maintaining their sobriety through participation in their Catholic faith and a 12 Step program. We welcome anyone concerned with the illness of alcoholism or addiction who wish to join with us in prayer for the virtue of total abstinence, promoting our spiritual development, and striving for the sanctification of the whole personality of each member. Contact for meeting times and resources. Perhaps this could be a crucial step toward recovery and saving a life.

    Archbishop Anthony Fisher 11 August 2022
    From Archbishop Anthony
    We celebrate the many wonderful artworks created by our secondary school students throughout the Archdiocese of Sydney for the Clancy Religious Art Prize. The prize was launched in 2009 by my predecessor as Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Edward Clancy, with the hope of recapturing the powerful force that art can be in the service of humanity. Throughout history, the Catholic tradition has recognised the importance of art in shining a light on the good, the true and the beautiful in God and his creation. I congratulate the 18 individual and collaborative work winners, along with parents, teachers and mentors, who in their own unique ways expressed this year’s theme: Scripture: The bridge between heaven and earth. May these wonderful examples of religious art help strengthen the faith of our school and broader parish communities across Sydney and beyond.
    The Church in Sydney rings out with joy this week with the ordination of five new priests! I ask that you keep them in your prayers as they embark on their journey of service throughout the archdiocese.
    God bless you all,
    Archbishop Anthony C Fisher OP
    Australian Catholic University
    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. Explore 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:
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    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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