Diocesan Works Fund: one fund working for the good of all
“I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me. Whenever you did this for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.”
- Matthew 25: 35, 40
The Diocesan Works Fund (DWF) supports the ministries and agency services of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Parramatta.
However large or small, any donation you can make to the DWF is gratefully received and helps our ministries to continue their important work.
Donations can be made to the DWF through your local Parish or by contacting the Diocesan Works Fund.
Funding the good works of The Church
By making a donation to the DWF, you will be supporting the ministries and agency services of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta as they carry out their mission and works which benefit thousands of members of our local community.
The agencies and ministries you will be assisting include:
CatholicCare Social Services (CCSS)
CCSS serves the community of the Diocese of Parramatta by overseeing the provision of high-quality social services operating according to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.CCSS programs and services include:
- Aboriginal Catholic Services
- Mt Druitt Community Awareness Project
- New Arrivals Program for African Communities Program
- Blacktown Family Support Service
- Penrith Family Support Service
- Project Elizabeth
- Family Counselling & Parenting Education
(After Hours Family Counselling)
- Catherine Villa Family Support Programs (including Catherine Villa Supported Accommodation and Catherine Villa Family Support)
- Emmaus Disabled Persons Catholic Services
- Blacktown Neighbour Aid
- Financial Counselling
- Relationship Education (including Pre-Marriage Education)
- Responsible Gambling Counselling Service
- Relationship and Family Counselling
- Solo Parents’ Ministry
- HIV/AIDS Ministry
Learn more at the CCSS site
Commission for Ecumenism & Interfaith Dialogue
The Commission for Ecumenism & Interfaith Dialogue is responsible for encouraging everyone in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta to be proactive in promoting ecumenism and interreligious dialogue.
The Commission carries out its work by liaising between members of other churches and other religions, and encouraging parishes and Diocesan Councils to initiate grass roots activities and prayer services where appropriate
Learn more at the Commission for Ecumenism & Interfaith Dialogue site
Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD)
The CCD provides Special Religious Educators (catechists) in Government schools with training programs, personal support and ongoing faith formation and education.
At the parish level, the CCD provides the service of evangelisation through the religious education and pastoral care of Catholic students attending State Schools.
Learn more at the CCD site
Institute for Mission (IFM)
The Institute For Mission (IFM) empowers the people of God within the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, with Adult Faith Formation courses that allow us to explore and deepen our Baptismal calling.
Specialist courses are offered on a regular basis for people wishing to prepare for liturgical ministries in the Parishes: Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, Ministers of the Word; those who are involved in Sacramental programs, all areas of pastoral ministry including Ministry of Care, Spirituality and faith formation.
Learn more at the IFM site
Diocesan Office for Worship
The Office for Worship serves the diocese in the area of liturgical formation, coordination and practice; and assists local parish communities to implement diocesan policy regarding the Sacraments of Initiation for Children (SOI) and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
Services include courses and workshops at diocesan, regional and local level; resources and information and consultancy on request.
Learn more about the Office for Worship
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The RCIA ministry assists the parishes of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta with the establishment and ongoing formation and development of RCIA Liturgy, processes and teams in the Diocese and to provide resources and information regarding the initiation of older children, youth and adults.
Learn more about RCIA
Social Justice Office
The Social Justice Office identifies, reflects on and responds to issues that affect society.
Disseminating information and possibilities for action to the Diocese, the office also liaises with the Social Justice Commission and those who work in the areas of welfare and social justice.
Learn more about the Social Justice Office
Tribunal of the Catholic Church
This office is an originating office of the Tribunal for NSW and the ACT. It is responsible for presentation and assessment of all cases (marriage and otherwise) presented to it by people who reside within the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta.
It prepares formal nullity cases for the Regional Office. It handles Documentary Process Cases and administrative cases to be decided locally or in Rome.
Learn more about the Tribunal of the Catholic Church
Vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta
The Vocation Director’s key role in is vocations to the priesthood for the Diocese.
The Vocation Director welcomes contact regarding any life choice, referring people confidentially to a person or avenue that might best help their enquiries or next step.Learn more at the Vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta site
Catholic Youth Parramatta
Catholic Youth Parramatta helps young people develop an intimate and dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ, and brings together all youth and young adults throughout the Diocese to share in one another’s journey through life and the faith.Learn more at the Catholic Youth Parramatta site
The university chaplaincy provides the caring presence of the Catholic community to all people of the University of Western Sydney (Kingswood, Hawkesbury and Parramatta Campuses), making pastoral care available to staff and students and assisting individuals and groups discern and develop their faith.
Hawkesbury Campus Chaplaincy Contact Details
Kingswood Campus Chaplaincy Contact Details Parramatta Campus Chaplaincy Contact Details
The Centre provides the chaplaincy team for deaf and hearing-impaired people in the Dioceses of Parramatta and Broken Bay and the Archdiocese of Sydney. The Centre provides sacramental and pastoral care, counselling, support and advocacy services. Visitation is an important part of the Centre’s work.Ephpheta Centre Contact Details