1) COVID-19 update
All churches across greater Sydney are closed until at least 30 July under a NSW Government lockdown aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19.
Funerals may proceed at this time, with a maximum of 10 people in the congregation.
More information is available on the Archdiocesan website here, including rules parishes must observe around singing at livestreamed Masses: www.sydneycatholic.org/
More information is available online: https://www.sydneycatholic.
2) COVID-19 Prayer resources
The Archdiocese of Sydney website has a dedicated page of prayer resources including links to popular podcasts in this time of pandemic, which you may wish to share with your parishioners. You’ll find the webpage at this address: www.sydneycatholic.org/
3) 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: https://www.catholicmission.
Send a strong message to NSW MPs to reverse the decision to remove faith-based groups from the management of cemeteries
Please visit www.saveourgraves.com.au and sign the petition to protect our sacred Catholic gravesites and the right to a dignified Catholic burial from secular-atheist influence.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has asked for your support in signing an e-petition on this issue to be presented to the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly, since the government’s decision amounts to an attack on religious freedom in NSW.
For more than 150 years in NSW, Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust has been trusted not only by Catholics, but by the Islamic and Jewish communities and other people of faith to bury the dead, maintain their graves respectfully and comfort grieving families.
The NSW Government wants to exclude faith groups from this precious ministry and replace them with a new and costly Government bureaucracy which has no understanding of religious customs around burials, including the importance of leaving graves undisturbed by future generations.
Sign the epetition here: https://saveourgraves.com.au/ You can also write to your local State MP to voice your concern about this proposal. Please also share the attached tile on your parish social media platforms.
5) Support your Archdiocese of Sydney newspaper: The Catholic Weekly - available in our Church for $2
Archbishop Fisher calls on Catholics to sign anti-euthanasia petition, Maronites on Mission for the homeless, Keeping your faith alive in lockdown: The Catholic Weekly Digital Edition, 25 July 2021
While our churches are closed at this time, the Catholic Weekly is producing a free digital flipbook edition.
Sign up for updates directly to your email inbox here: www.catholicweekly.com.au/
Vocations 2021 Magazine
PUBLISHED 1 AUGUST 2021
We are all called. Whether it’s to single life, life as a religious, to priesthood or to sacramental spousal love, we’re all called. The VOCATIONS MAGAZINE provides a unique opportunity for Catholic orders and institutions to speak with the largest, committed, Catholic newspaper audience in Australia.
Call Steve on (02) 9390 5404 for more information.
CLICK HERE to view the Vocations Magazine 2020
The Good Charities Guide 2021 also online HERE
6) Accompanying Children in their Preparation for the Sacraments - Life, Marriage & Family Office
Parent Focused Sessions on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Archdiocesan RCIA Coordinator Simon Yeak provides three parent focused sessions on ‘Reconciliation’, ‘Holy Communion’ and ‘Confirmation’
When: Mondays from 12,19, and 26 July 7:30 PM
Where: Life, Marriage and Family Facebook page -https://www.facebook.com/
7) Parenting Conversations: You don’t have to do this alone!
Life, Marriage and Family Team Leader Steven Buhagiar presents a series of conversations with experts in practical parenting.
When: Thursdays 15, 22, and 29 July 8:00 PM
Where: Life, Marriage and Family Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/
8) A Mind at Peace: An Online Book Study with Discussion and Sharing
Life, Marriage and Family team member Chris Da Silva facilitates, over ZOOM, an in-depth study of a book which will help those who are feeling especially anxious during this time of uncertainly and trial
When: Wednesdays 14, 21, 28 July and 4, 11, 18 August 7:30 PM
Where: Online via ZOOM Register here - https://bit.ly/3kti2vF
9) Raising Fathers Evenings
Three fantastic opportunities for dads to be inspired by powerful, personal testimonies from three of the authors of the new book, Raising Fathers. Studies clearly show that the religious participation of the father is the most influential predictor of whether children will commit to their faith.
All parents and guardians welcome. Visit www.sydneycatholic.org/raisingfathers.
10) St Vincent Pallotti Scholarship Trust
The St Vincent Pallotti Scholarship Trust offers scholarships to enable lay people to further their understanding and skills in leadership/ministry or a specialised activity, such as promoting faith enhancement, social justice and pastoral care.
More information and Applications Forms are available on our website https://pallottine.org.au/
11) Parishes welcome to host ACBC Men’s Conference 31 July 2021
ACBC Men’s Gathering – 31 July 2021
The gathering will include lunch, Mass, and small groups interspersed with four talks from leaders in Catholic men’s ministry from around the country. All men are welcome. The following parishes will be hosting the ACBC Men’s Gathering on Saturday 31 July:
All Saints, Liverpool
St John the Baptist, Bonnyrigg
St Thomas More, Brighton-le-Sands
St Brigid, Marrickville
Please visit https://sydneycatholic.eventsair.com/mensgathering/2020/Site/Register to register.
12) Go Make Disciples Online Lay Leadership Series- “Christ-centered Leadership”
On Tuesday evenings in August, the Parish Renewal Team is offering an online leadership formation series for all serving in parishes and those seeking to serve. Led by the Asia Coordinator at The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, Fr David Braithwaite SJ, the series will focus upon basics in Christian leadership and how we can grow as people who lead others to Christ. Bishop Richard Umbers will attend the first evening to introduce Fr Braithwaite and pray with those attending the series. Topics include:
3 August: The Wounded Servant: The Foundations of Christian leadership
10 August: Leadership for Mission: Responding to Christ’s Sacred Heart
17 August: The Recollected Leader: The Spiritual Practice of Making Better Decisions
24 August: Love that Risks: Creating Communities of Growth and Innovation
If you are currently serving in your parish, please join us as a way to grow in your leadership and better serve Christ’s Mission and His Church. Please also extend an invitation to others you think could benefit or might be interested in learning more about Christian leadership. To register go to https://www.
13) Got Your Wedding Plans Under Control?
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 web site: www.engagedencounter.org.au. Choose any of the coming Weekends: Aug 7-8, Nov 13-14 2021; Feb 19-20 2022.
If COVID-19 restrictions prevent a face-to-face seminar, the CEE weekend will be held via Zoom.
14) The 2021 Archdiocesan Marriage Preparation course, Of Life and Love, will be held on the following dates:
Saturday 14 August commencing at 10 am and then Thursday evenings 19, 26 August & 2 September 2021
To Book Online - https://www.trybooking.com/
For further information, please contact - The Life, Marriage and Family team on (02) 9307 8480 or e-mail steven.buhagiar@
15) Calling on writers!
Entry is now open for The Good Oil 2021 Writers’ Award, an initiative of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, which aims to support and encourage the development of emerging and published writers.
Entrants are asked to draw inspiration from the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10:25-37).
Entries close at midnight AEST on Sunday August 22.
For further information and to download the entry form and guidelines, visit https://www.goodsams.org.au/
16) Plenary Council Ambassadors Gathering Postponement
Owing to the COVID lockdown the gathering for the Parish Ambassadors Gathering scheduled for July 3 has been postponed until August 28.
If parishes would like to send a representative to this event please contact Sr Jo Brady RSJ at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An excellent resource to pray and reflect in preparation for the Plenary Council is Fan the Flame on the Plenary Council website, https://
17) Canice’s Kitchen School Sleepout
Have you ever had to sit in wet clothes with no way to get dry? This is one of the realities our homeless community face on a regular basis. This July, we are inviting young people to understand firsthand what sleeping rough means. Kids aged 12-18 years can pitch a tent, grab a sleeping and connect virtually via zoom, to learn from men and women who experienced homelessness as teenagers and then take part in a series of overnight challenges that mimic the realities of living on the street. Get your community involved today and make a difference in breaking the cycle of youth homelessness. For more information visit www.caniceskitchen.org
18) Jesuit Refugee Service Winter Appeal
Each year Jesuit Refugee Service Australia serves more than 3,800 children, women and men who have been forced to flee their homes and need lifesaving support. This month an important way to support these families is to donate to the JRS Winter Appeal. Find out more and how to donate here - https://aus.jrs.net/en/news/
Due to the new restrictions/lockdown JRS has closed their offices at this time, so is encouraging online donations.
19) Support for the 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 flyer for items needed).
20) A new feature page appearing in The Catholic Weekly called OCCASIONS.
Occasions is a new feature page in The Catholic Weekly newspaper giving our readers the opportunity to tell us about their special occasion.
Whether it be a Birth, Marriage, Engagement, Confirmation, First Holy Communion or a Baptism, we invite you to be part of our feature.
And it’s FREE!
DETAILS: Send your hi res image + details of the event (ie: names of participants, date, where it was held + 60 words about the occasion to email@example.com
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 visit hartfordcollege.com.au