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Homily - Midnight Mass, Christmas 2015

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St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta


In 1987, an amateur song writer by the name of Julie Gold, who was working as a secretary for Home Box Office composed a song to reflect her belief in a kind and beneficent God.

The song, she said, is about the difference between how things appear to be, and how they really are. It didn’t go very far at the beginning. She sent it to various performers and record producers but no one seemed particularly interested. There were a couple of singers who recorded it on albums, but these artists weren’t in the major league.

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Cecilia Cycles in Cambodia for Caritas 

Cecilia Zammit
Cecilia Zammit

  

In February next year, Cecilia Zammit, newly appointed Director for CCD, and her husband, will be embarking on an epic fundraising challenge for Caritas.

The challenge will involve 350km of cycling across Cambodia over 7 days, from the remote rural expanse of the Mekong Delta in Siem Reap to Phnom Penh.

They are part of a cycle team that aims to fundraise over $50,000 to empower marginalised communities to manage their own development and become self-sufficient.

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The Holy Spirit alive in Mount Druitt: Former Loyola Students receive Diocesan Youth Award

Michael Constantine Setefano and Walker Falemaota Aloiai. Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane
Michael Constantine Setefano and Walker Falemaota Aloiai. Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane

 

By Elizabeth McFarlane

Two former students of Loyola Senior High School, Mount Druitt have received the inaugural 2015 Diocesan Citation of Merit for Youth Award from the Diocese of Parramatta.

This award encourages and recognises the outstanding contribution and service of Walker Falemaota Aloiai and Michael Constantine Setefano to the Diocese.

Walker and Michael have taken on many faith leadership roles within their own places of study and have volunteered a great deal of time to social justice initiatives within their communities. 

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It’s not about winning, it’s about how you pray the game 

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Students of Xavier College, Llandilo have played a basketball team made up of seminarians, priests and staff from the Diocese of Parramatta today.
 
In a close encounter, the Diocesan team known as “Spiritus Sanctus” narrowly edged out  Xavier 19-16 in the friendly game.
 

The games are organised by Fr John Paul Escarlan, now Assistant Priest at St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish, Parramatta and also part of the Diocesan Vocations team.

The games aim to build school and parish connections and engage students in the life of the Church.

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Happy Anniversary to Very Rev Peter G Williams

Very Rev Peter G Williams
Very Rev Peter G Williams

 

One year ago, today, Very Rev Peter G Williams was elected by the College of Consultors as the Administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta on Thursday 13 November 2014.

Happy one year anniversary to Fr Peter Williams. We thank you greatly for shepherding us in our faith journey, and we pray that God continues to bless you in your work, filling you with abundant graces.

Father Peter was born in Melbourne and educated at Clifton Hill State School and Ivanhoe Grammar. He was brought up in the Anglican Church.

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Farewell to Rev Fr David Roy Scott 

16 March 1926 – 8 November 2015

Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane
Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane

 

A retired priest of the Diocese of Parramatta, Rev Fr David Scott, died on Sunday 8 November at Holy Family Services Retirement Village.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11am on Thursday 12 November at St Paul the Apostle Church at Winston Hills. The Vigil Mass was held in St Paul’s Church at 7.30pm on Wednesday 11 November.

Fr David was Pastor Emeritus of St Paul the Apostle Parish. Appointed Parish Priest in 1970, he retired from active ministry in 2010. 

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CCD Director Paul Worthington retires

Retiring CCD Director Paul Worthington. Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.
Retiring CCD Director Paul Worthington. Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.

 

By Elizabeth McFarlane 

Paul Worthington will retire as Director of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) on 18 December 2015 after close to 13 years in the role.

The CCD was established in Australia in 1958, some 400 years after its genesis, and was introduced to Parramatta in 1987.

The CCD provides adult education for catechists (Special Religious Educators) so that they are equipped to teach the Catholic faith in state schools.

Paul believes there are two major motivators for those who decide to become catechists.

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How do we grow our faith and share our faith?

Richard McMahon is Director of Pastoral Planning & Implementation.
Richard McMahon is Director of Pastoral Planning & Implementation. Photo: Adrian Middeldorp

 

When I share with my friends my new job title, I am often greeted with a quizzical expression. The world of pastoral planning can be perceived as far removed from everyday life.

However, as a husband, father, soccer coach and parish youth group leader, and having worked both in parishes and at a diocesan level in support of faith communities, I firmly believe planning is vital in our Christian life.

Jesus says, “Love God and love your neighbour as yourself.” That seems straightforward. Why do we need to plan? 

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Year of Mercy: The Holy Door in Parramatta 

The designated door for our Diocese will be the eastern door at the top of the entry steps to St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta. Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.
The designated door for our Diocese will be the eastern door at the top of the entry steps to St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta. Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.

 

By Rev Paul Roberts and Sr Mary Louise Walsh ISSM Catholic Outlook, November 2015 

On 8 December this year, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis will open a usually sealed door of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome as a symbolic door of God’s mercy.

During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, millions of pilgrims will pass through this door as a stepping into the arms of God’s mercy and renewal.

The Jubilee will be celebrated in every diocese of the world, where there will also be a designated door for the many of us who are obviously unable to visit Rome. 

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Death is part of the journey that leads us to eternity with God

Traditionally, the month of November has been devoted to remembering and praying for our deceased loved ones.
Traditionally, the month of November has been devoted to remembering and praying for our deceased loved ones.

 

Very Rev Peter G Williams, Catholic Outlook, November 2015 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

When I was about 12 years old I remember my mother telling me that there were certain topics that I should never bring up in conversation with people I didn’t know very well. Those topics were religion, politics and sex!

In the late 1950s and early 60s there was still a view that such matters were reserved to those who were professionally equipped to deal with them, and in ‘polite society’ such topics were taboo. 

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Seminarians minister to the vulnerable and those in need

Adam Carlow at the Aboriginal Services Centre in Emerton. Photos: Elizabeth McFarlane.
Adam Carlow at the Aboriginal Services Centre in Emerton. Photo: Elizabeth McFarlane.

 

By Elizabeth McFarlane 

Five seminarians from Holy Spirit Seminary at Harris Park are currently completing their pastoral placement with CatholicCare Social Services (CCSS).

Matthew Dimian, Jack Green, Andrew Rooney, Chris del Rosario and Adam Carlow are in formation for the priesthood.

Ann O’Brien, Director of Marriage Support and Specialist Services for CCSS, has been working closely with the seminarians to support them in their pastoral placement.

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A Parish in the Hills: Sacred Heart Parish, Blackheath

You’ll find a warm welcome from Fr Bob Sheridan and the community at Sacred Heart Parish at Blackheath.
You’ll find a warm welcome from Fr Bob Sheridan and the community at Sacred Heart Parish at Blackheath.

 

By Adrian Middeldorp and Elizabeth McFarlane 

If there was an award for the most picturesque parish in the Diocese of Parramatta, Sacred Heart Parish at Blackheath would certainly be a contender.

Nestled at the most western point of the Diocese, high in the Blue Mountains, it lies closer to St Michael and St John’s Cathedral in Bathurst than St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta.

Regardless of its remote proximity, it is wholeheartedly aligned to our Diocese through the implementation of the parish outcomes for the Pastoral Plan, Faith in our Future, which the Parish Priest, Fr Bob Sheridan, demonstrates with pride. 

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Latest News

Death of Fr David Scott

Death of Fr David Scott
09/11/2015

A retired priest of the Diocese of Parramatta, Rev Fr David Scott, died on Sunday 8 November 2015 at Holy Family Services Retirement Village.


God wants to build bridges not walls: Reflections on Pope Francis’ trip to the US

God wants to build bridges not walls: Reflections on Pope Francis’ trip to the US
27/10/2015

God wants to build bridges not walls: Reflections on Pope Francis’ trip to the US


CatholicCare Social Services receives Bronze Level GreenBizCheck Certification

CatholicCare Social Services receives Bronze Level GreenBizCheck Certification
26/10/2015

CatholicCare Social Services has achieved the Bronze Level GreenBizCheck Certification.


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