Events and Opportunities in the Diocese (Term 3 Issue 8)

CatholicCare Choices NDIS Information Days
CatholicCare Choices is holding information days in the Diocese of Parramatta on the National Disability Insurance Scheme: NDIS and YOU – Your Questions Answered. There is no charge, but bookings are preferred Phone (02) 8822 2222,
From 10am-4pm on these dates:
Monday 29 August, 326 High Street, Penrith;
Friday 2 September, 2A Villiers Street, Parramatta; and
Wednesday 7 September, Shop 3/163 Macquarie Road, Springwood.
New Diocesan Ministry Centre at Blacktown
The new Diocesan Ministry Centre is located in Mary, Queen of the Family Parish, 51-59 Allawah St, Blacktown. Tel (02) 8838 3460. These ministries are now at the new centre: Social Justice Office, Office for Worship, Family & Life Office, Pastoral Planning Office and Catholic Youth Parramatta.

Positions vacant

ICT Support Officer: The Diocese of Parramatta is seeking to appoint an ICT Support Officer who will be responsible for the provision of support including the maintenance of hardware & application software under the guidance of the ICT Manager. Based in Parramatta. For further information please visit

Manager, Communications & Marketing: Applications are being considered for this position with CatholicCare Sydney. This is a Maternity Leave contract to March 2017. For further information please visit or contact Anthony Spata at REACH Human Resources tel 0402 210 055.

Project Officer with a focus on the RCIA: This full-time position based at St Stephen’s Cathedral precinct in Brisbane CBD, requires someone with a sound theological background who is a committed Catholic and is prepared to work with the Evangelisation Brisbane project team supporting parishes in the Archdiocese of Brisbane. Addressing selection criteria is essential. For full details of this position, including selection criteria, send an email to tel (07) 3324 3440, visit Applications close at 5pm on 31 August.

World Day of Migrants & Refugees: 28 August
Pope Francis has chosen this year's theme: ‘Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy.’ A resource kit has been prepared by the Australian Catholic Migrant & Refugee Office. To download the kit visit

Praisefest Youth Gathering: 2 September
Part of PROCLAIM 2016, Praisefest is a vibrant gathering of youth celebrating our faith through prayer, incredible music & community. It is a joyful celebration with youth high school aged and older and, in a special way, for pilgrims who have returned from WYD in the city of Mercy, Krakow. Starts with a BBQ at 6pm at Our Lady of Dolours Church, 94 Archer St, Chatswood. For more information, RSVP

Father’s Day Appeal for Retired Clergy: 3-4 September
Your contribution the Father’s Day Appeal for Retired Clergy is a way of acknowledging the priests who have ministered throughout our Diocese over the years and are now in need of assistance. Please give generously to this tax-deductible appeal through donation envelopes available from your parish or online at:

Meet the Catenians
Strengthening the spiritual and social lives of Catholic men through faith-based friendship. Visitors are made welcome at:
* Castle Hill Circle, 7pm on the 4th Tuesday each month, St Joseph’s Conference Centre, MacKillop Drive, Baulkham Hills. Contact: Peter Huby
0411 394 844.
* City of Parramatta Circle, 7pm on the 3rd Thursday each month, Lachlan’s at Old Government House, Parramatta Park. Contact: Michael Tan

Corpus Christi Primary School Market Day: 10 September
Rain, hail or shine, everyone is welcome to this market day where there will be baby animals, face painting, live entertainment, mini-golf, cake stall, pizza, hot dogs, beauty products, and clothes. From 11am-3pm, Andromeda Dve, Cranebrook. For information about stall availability, send an email with subject Spring Market Question to

Campion College Australia 10th Anniversary: 11 September
This year Campion College is proud to be celebrating 10 years since it welcomed the first intake of students. Everyone is invited to a 10th Anniversary Celebration Mass at 11am on Sunday 11 September in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta. Inquiries tel (02) 9896 9318,

Holy Hour for Vocations: 15 September
Everyone is welcome to join the Holy Hour for Vocations from 7pm-8pm for adoration, prayer, music and quiet time in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in St Patrick’s Cathedral, 1 Marist Plc, Parramatta.

Jesuit Mission Indian Bazaar: 17 September
This annual fundraiser supports Jesuit Mission’s work in some of the most marginalised communities in the world, in places like Timor Leste, Cambodia, Myanmar, India and Malawi. Your support for the great work of Jesuits immersed in these communities enables families in the poorest parts of the globe to have access to the basics of life: clean drinking water, food, healthcare and education. To donate gifts for the bazaar, please contact Meg Morrison tel (02) 9955 8585, or send an email to 8.30am-4.30pm at St Ignatius’ College Riverview, 1 Tambourine Bay Rd, Lane Cove.

Celebrating the Journey Mass & Lunch: 18 September
This annual gathering for older married couples and their families is hosted by CatholicCare Social Services. Mass at 11am in St Patrick’s Cathedral with lunch afterwards in the Cathedral Hall. All married couples and their families are welcome with special acknowledgement to couples who have significant wedding anniversaries of 25+ years. RSVP 8 September through your parish office or CatholicCare tel (02) 8822 2222,


Australian Catholic Women’s Colloquium: 17-18 September
The colloquium theme, ‘Women as Witnesses to the Joy of Gospel’, will set the scene for theological and pastoral reflection on Pope Francis’ call to “create still broader opportunities for a more inclusive female presence in the Church”. (Evangelii Gaudium103). The keynote addresses and workshops will examine this theme and consider the issues facing women in the family, women in the Church and women in society. The venue is Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney. Further

Bishop Manning Lecture 2016: 20 September
This year’s lecture will be delivered by Melinda Tankard Reist. ‘Why sex is not work: Stories from the sex trade. How should we respond?’ The Bishop Manning Lecture is a leading Church forum hosted by the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations in celebration of the significant pastoral and social justice achievements of Bishop Kevin Manning. Arrive 5.30pm for a 6pm start, Kirribilli Club, 11 Harbourview Crescent, Lavender Bay. Drinks and canapés will be served following the lecture. Tickets are free but places are strictly limited. Registrations essential:

12th National eConference on Mercy – A Way of Being in the World: 20 September
The Broken Bay Institute, in partnership with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, delivers the eConferences to people across Australia and the globe. The next eConference will commemorate the Jubilee Year of Mercy and take up Pope Francis’ invitation to explore this central element of our faith. Speakers: Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane and Member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications; Sr Veronica Lawson RSM, Scripture scholar and author of the highly praised book, The Blessing of Mercy; Phil Glendenning, Director of the Edmund Rice Centre and President of the Refugee Council of Australia. The Institute for Mission at Blacktown will be a host site, from 10.30am-2.45pm, to book send an email For more information and individual registrations visit:

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend: 23-25 September
Relationship enrichment for married couples at Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville. Book online at or contact Bill and Ardell Sharpe tel (02) 4283 3435,

RCIA 2016 – Foundations and Pathways with Nick Wagner: 24 September
The Office for Worship will be hosting Nick Wagner, author and producer of TEAMRCIA USA, for one day at Parramatta. All parish RCIA teams and those who want to learn more about the RCIA process are invited to attend this conference. From 9am-3pm at St Patrick’s Cathedral Precinct, 1 Marist Plc, Parramatta. Cost: $50 parish team (five members); $20 individuals. To register your parish team or as an individual, tel (02) 8838 3456,

Social Justice Sunday: 25 September
This year’s Australian Bishops’ Social Justice Statement is entitled A Place at the Table: Social justice in an ageing society. The statement celebrates the value and dignity of older people in Australian life. The diocesan launch will take place at Sacred Heart Parish, 18 Inconstant St, Blackheath, commencing with Mass at 9.30am followed by the launch from 11am-noon. To order copies of the statement and to downloaded free resources prepared by the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council,

Come and See: 25 September
The Sister Disciples of the Divine Master warmly invite young women aged between 18 and 30 years who would like to learn more about the consecrated life as a religious sister to ‘Come and See’. The day will begin with the Sunday Eucharistic Celebration at 10am, followed by other activities, shared lunch and conclude with Benediction at 4pm. We're looking forward, with joy, to welcoming you. Our convent is at: 55 Broughton Rd, Strathfield. RSVP: tel (02) 9764 2860 or (02) 9764 6648,