Rio Reunion – One Year on from WYD 2013

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The Diocese’s World Youth Day 2013 pilgrims gathered at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, on Sunday 27 July for a Rio Union, reconnecting with each other and reflecting on the experience WYD 2013 has had on their lives over the past year.

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Keeping our Young People Safe

Catholic Youth Parramatta and the Office for Safeguarding & Professional Standards are hosting “Keeping our Young People Safe”  a mandatory training program for all youth and young adults who are working with young people in the Diocese – from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 16 August at Novotel Parramatta.

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MH17 Disaster: Mass of Remembrance & Call for Peace

xt3: Mass of Remembrance & Call for Peace St Mary's Cathedral, 20 July.

Homily of Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Apostolic Administrator, Archdiocese of Sydney, for the Mass of Remembrance for the victims of MH17, St Mary's Cathedral, Sunday 20 July 2014

In the targeting and destruction of flight MH17, and the loss of 298 innocent lives, the shocking effects of our fallen humanity have once again confronted the world. But what are we now to do with this latest instance of an age–old knowledge?

Read Bishop Peter’s Homily in full at the Sydney Archdiocesan site

The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, said: “We pray for the repose of the souls of all those that died in the tragic and senseless loss of life in the downing of flight MH17.”

“I knew one of the victims, Sr Philomene Tiernan, who was a wonderful woman of faith. We pray that all parties will collaborate to get to the truth about this tragedy and justice with respect to the perpetrators.”

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Living mission together

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To ‘go forth’, as Pope Francis puts it, reminds us who we are and deepens who we are – a people of faith responding to God’s gift of life.

From the Faith in Our Future Blog of Pastoral Planning Office Director Daniel Ang

In his first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (‘The Joy of the Gospel’) and in his preaching, interviews and personal witness, Pope Francis has reminded us that the Church’s identity comes about by its focus on something other than itself – its focus on Christ whose body it is and is called to be, and on the world for whom that sacramental body exists as a sign and reality of hope. Christian life and the life of the Church only grow through an expanding engagement with others.

This is why one of the central aims of our new pastoral plan, Faith in Our Future, is to better share our faith.

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Families: cornerstone of our Church & society

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The mission of the Family & Life Office is to proclaim and support the Church’s teaching on pro-life issues, marriage, family life and relationships, among Catholics in the Diocese as well as in the broader community.

By Family & Life Office Director Ben Smith

The words of St John Paul II, “the future of humanity passes by way of the family” echo today as much as they did when he wrote them in 1981.

Our Diocesan Pastoral Plan has recognised the importance of families and has identified that the Diocese needs to “support our families as the cornerstone of our Church and society”. The first agency action of Faith in Our Future was to establish a Family & Life Office by June 2014, which has now been achieved.

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24 August: Faith in Marriage Conference: Marriage – A Vocation to Love

Loving God and neighbour, not just self

From the Catholic Outlook July 2014 Letter of Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP

The first priority in our diocesan pastoral plan, Faith in Our Future, is supporting our families. Family life is a school for humility, from the first moment parents see their newborn child and realise this came from them but not, ultimately, from them.

If we want to raise our children well, to esteem and extend themselves appropriately but not fall in love with themselves, we can do no better than teach them to love God, to subject themselves to His will, and so to live in service of others.

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Catholic Outlook July 2014: The theology of disability looks at God and human beings from a perspective that takes into account a new way of thinking about time, hospitality and belonging, says visiting theologian, Prof John Swinton.


Bishop Anthony Homily: Mass for 20th Anniversary of Foundation of Catholic Healthcare, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, Monday 21 July 2014

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Homily of Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP - Mass for 20th Anniversary of Foundation of Catholic Healthcare, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, Monday 21 July 2014


Bishop Anthony Homily: Golden Jubilee of Rev Fr Eugene Szondi and Blessing of Church, St Bernadette’s Church, Castle Hill, Saturday 19 July 2014

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Homily of Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP - 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) and Golden Jubilee of Rev Fr Eugene Szondi and Blessing of Church, St Bernadette’s Church, Castle Hill, 19 July 2014


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