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  • PARISH NOTICES Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
    1) COVID-19 update
    Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) information NSW Government COVID-19 FAQs
    08 November 2021
    Further easing of COVID restrictions
    NSW Health has announced a further easing of restrictions on churches, effective from today.
    People attending churches will need to observe a two square metre rule, with the exception of people from the same household.
    Masks are still mandatory.

    2) APPEALS
    21 November 2021 - CWF Appeal (May, August, 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)
     
    Humanitarian crises unfolding in Afghanistan and Lebanon
    Archbishop's Appeal for Afghan Refugees
    Archbishop's Afghan Refugee Appeal
    This appeal is continuing to raise desperately needed funds and commit the Archdiocesan resources across education, health and welfare to support Afghan families and individuals fleeing their homeland in the wake of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Donations can be made online here.
     
    Catholic Mission: India COVID-19 Appeal
    catholic mission India COVID-19 Appeal
    The aid agency, Catholic Mission, has launched an urgent appeal to provide immediate help for vulnerable communities devastated by COVID-19 in India.  Well over 300,000 people have died from the illness in India and hospitals have been struggling to cope. Through donating to Catholic Mission, you will be playing a key role in supporting the valuable work of mission hospitals in the country. Donate online via the Catholic Mission website here. Please also see downloadable poster pdf with QR code.
     
    St Joseph's Riverwood Market Day Fundraiser at Our Lady of Fatima Peakhurst Saturday 4 December from 9am to 3pm in the Church carpark in Issac St, Peakhurst. The Saturday Foodies & Farmers Market is always a great event and this one will feature a large marquee run by parishioners from St Joseph's Riverwood with fantastic items to delight families. The event holds something for everyone, even an amusement area for children.  All proceeds from the St Joseph's table/s will go towards the Church’s Roof Fund. 
    St Joseph's Riverwood Parish

    3) Support your Archdiocese of Sydney newspaper: The Catholic Weekly - available in our Church for $2
    The Catholic Weekly
    Deliveries of our Archdiocese of Sydney newspaper have now resumed to our parishes as churches have reopened​.​
    PULPIT POINTS 28 NOVEMBER 2021
    • Don’t let this tragedy happen. Leaders warn against euthanasia
    • A new bishop for Sydney
    • Take COVID seriously: Mums
    • No 9-to-5 priesthood
    • Movie review: Red Notice
    • Gentle Knight
    In this week’s edition:
    Archbishop Fisher leads anti-euthanasia rally
    Former Seminary rector appointed new Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney
    Cautious support for discrimination bill
    SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTS MAGAZINE
    Inside this edition of The Catholic Weekly
    The Catholic Weekly
    This publication gives schools a platform to highlight the talents
    and creative abilities of their students.
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    To order call Rita on 9390 5411 or Steve 0429 188 800. To subscribe online go to GIVE A GIFT: www.catholicweekly.com.au/product/are-you-a-new-subscriber/

    4) Advent Companion Available Now – Prepare to Join or Lead a Group in your Parish
    Rejoice! Receiving and sharing the Good News An Advent Companion for Parishes
    Churches have reopened, and Advent is here. With gratitude in our hearts, let us gather in our parishes to prepare a welcome for the newborn Jesus at Christmas and to be channels of His peace and joy to those around us. Joining or leading an Advent group is a great way to do this. ‘Rejoice! Receiving and Sharing the Gift of the Good News’ contains Gospel readings for Sundays and Christmas Day, spiritual reflections, and other resources for Advent. For individual or group prayer, in-person or online gatherings. Available for download on the Go Make Disciples website. The first reflection in the series for the 1st Sunday of Advent features a Gospel reflection from Sr Susanna Edmunds OP.

    5) The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane have worked together over the past year to create Signs of the Times, a theological framework for creating a ‘Culture of Encounter’. 
    Signs of the times
    This framework will be launched at 6.30pm AEDT on 30 November online and all are invited to join Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv in attending. Bishop Vincent will be joined by Aunty Ravina Waldren, Coordinator of Aboriginal Catholic Ministry for the Archdiocese of Brisbane who offer responses to the Project.
    The Signs of the Times – Soft Launch
    5.30pm QLD (6.30pm AEDT) 30 November, 2021
     

    6) Lights of Christmas 2021, St Mary’s Cathedral forecourt, from Thursday, 9-25 December
    Lights of Christmas St Mary's Cathedral Lights of Christmas
    Lights of Christmas 2021
    Join in Sydney’s favourite free Christmas tradition, uniting families, locals and tourists with a display of digital storytelling projected onto St Mary’s Cathedral.
    Find out more: https://lightsofchristmas.com.au/
     

    7) Registration for the Campion College Summer Program is now open! If you know a 16-20 year old with an interest in history, literature, philosophy and theology, encourage them to sign up for one of the immersive four-day programs in January 2022. Attendance is fully funded but spaces are limited! Find out more and register on the Campion College website: www.campion.edu.au/summer-program
    Campion College
    Campion College Summer Program

    8) Become a Catechist or Helper in 2022
    Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (Archdiocese of Sydney)
    Half of Catholic children in Sydney are in public primary and high schools. Share the hope and joy that Jesus brings with them and become a catechist or helper, ready to start in Term 1, 2022. Starting off as a helper, you'll receive easy step-by-step lessons and hand out activity books in primary schools. Find out more about the work catechists do here, whether at primary or secondary level: https://ccd.sydneycatholic.org/. "Being a catechist is the most spiritually fulfilling thing I've done"- Rose. Talk with Fr (INSERT NAME) as Parish Priest or Catechist Coordinator (INSERT NAME/CONTACT DETAILS)

    9) Applications for Sumner House 2022 are still OPEN!
    SUMNER HOUSE
    The Sumner House program runs for 12 months and incorporates the four pillars of Intellectual, Spiritual, Pastoral and Human formation. It will provide you with many unique and profound shared experiences with 9 other men who will journey together in discovering what the Lord wants of you.
    “Whether you are already on the cusp of an important vocational decision, perhaps the seminary or engagement, or just looking to begin discerning in a more intentional way, Sumner House may be a good start" - Fr. Daniele Russo (Sumner House Chaplain & Assistant Director of Vocations)
    If you are interested in applying, please visit the Sumner House website here.

    10) SERVICES PROVIDED
    CatholicCare School Leaver Employment Supports
    Catholic Care support for school leavers with a disability
    Catholic Care is providing young people with an intellectual disability with the rights skills for employment and their future. Book a tour and find out why our school leavers program is the next best step for young adults transitioning into the working world.
     
    Catholic Healthcare
     
    Support for the House of Welcome
    House of Welcome
    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 (see attached flyer.pdf for items needed).

    Hartford College – new Independent Boys School in Sydney
    Hartford College
    Hartford College is an independent Catholic school for boys opening in 2022 in Daceyville. Commencing in Year 5, Hartford will offer personalised education through to the HSC. Hartford’s educational mission educates the whole person, combining the quest for academic excellence with the development of the student's character and faith. For more information and to lodge your expression of interest for 2022, please see Hartford College. Read a message of support for the new school from Archbishop Fisher here(pdf).


    Archbishop Anthony Fisher 18th Edition 17 November 2021
    From Archbishop Anthony
    From the first descriptions of Christian life, we see that God has invited us to praise and honour Him through song and music-making. Throughout history and across cultures, the universal language of music has been inseparable from our faith. It is therefore wonderful to see Sydney Catholic Schools embark on one of its most comprehensive and ambitious investments ever in quality music education - through the Amadeus Music Education Program. You can read more on the program in the article below.
    AMADEUS INSPIRATION  Landmark new music program.
     
    The program will enable students in all 150 Sydney Catholic Schools to benefit from quality music education, especially learning to play a musical instrument. Some of these students will be our musicians of the future, but most importantly, I hope it will instil in them an understanding and appreciation of music throughout their lives. I wish students and teachers all the best in their journey and I look forward to hearing the joyous melodies that celebrate their love of learning. God bless.
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    GO MAKE DISCIPLES
    PARISH EVANGELISATION GUIDE IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC
    COVID-19 UPDATE
    COVID-19 PRAYER RESOURCES
    THE MUSTARD SEED BOOKSHOP & CAFE 
    JUSTICE, ECOLOGY AND PEACE
    CathNews
    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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    Position Vacant - CATHOLIC JOBS
    Catholic Jobs Online
    Vacant Position: Parish Secretary Parish of St Gertrude, Smithfield
    Opportunity is available for a suitably qualified and experienced Parish Secretary. This role is a permanent position operating in a part-time capacity (4 days per week) and be based at the Parish of St Gertrude located at 6 Justin Street, Smithfield. To apply for this position go to https://catholicjobsonline.com.au/ Application for this position closes on Friday 26 November 2021.