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Bishop Vincent’s address at the 2023 Diocesan World Day for Migrants and Refugee gathering

  Bishop Vincent’s Address to the 2023 Diocesan celebration of World Day for Migrants and Refugees at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Seven Hills. 16 September 2023   Dear friends, I would like to pay my respect and acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which this meeting takes place, and also pay respect to Elders both past and present. We thank them for their stewardship of the land. Thank you for joining us on this Diocesan celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Special thanks to Mr Tony Bleasdale OAM, Mayor of Blacktown, which is one of the most migrant and refugee friendly cities in Australia, with 188 nationalities represented. Of course, Blacktown also has a […] (Read More)

Fr Frank Brennan’s Homily: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus’ story has always slightly jarred with me.  It was one thing for the landowner to be generous, giving everyone a denarius no matter how long they had worked.  But why rub salt in the wound of those who had worked all day and pay the latecomers first so that those who worked all day would realise that though they had been paid the agreed wage, others had received far more favourable treatment? (Read More)

Bishop Vincent’s Homily: Building a new world that reflects the Gospel vision

God’s Word today provides a radical alternative system that defies the trickle-down and merit-based economy. It is one that is based on equity, inclusion, solidarity and preferential option for the poor. It was this system that the pioneering sisters and brothers endeavoured to emulate when they set up Catholic schools, orphanages, clinics, hospitals and other places of care for others. (Read More)

Sense of community reignited at WYD one-month reunion

The energy was high, and the joy was overflowing as World Youth Day pilgrims from the Diocese of Parramatta recommitted to creating community. Gathering on Friday 15 September, the group of over 100 students, teachers and young adult pilgrims celebrated the extraordinary experience of the global Church at World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, and reflected on the difference it has made in their lives. (Read More)

Gentle Tom guided by God on path to priesthood

“I want to love like the Lord loves.” These words of wisdom from Deacon Tom Green will steer his ministry as he prepares for the next step in his vocational journey. (Read More)

Join us for Tom Green’s ordination to the priesthood

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta, and the Diocese of Parramatta invite you to the Ordination to the Presbyterate of Tom Green on Thursday 21 September at 7.30pm at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta. (Read More)

News & Events Weekly Update

News & Events Weekly Update News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond (Read More)

Education Mass celebrates students making a difference

Whether caring for the environment, their community or those in need, hundreds of students, staff, teachers, parents and clergy from throughout the Diocese of Parramatta gathered for the 2023 Education Mass to celebrate what Faith in Action looks like and how they’re making a difference in the world. (Read More)

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Organisers have released the schedule for the first assembly of the Synod on Synodality, which will be held at the Vatican next month, revealing plans for a participant pilgrimage and a prayer evening for migrants and refugees. Source: Vatican News. The post Synod to include pilgrimage for participants, prayer for migrants and refugees appeared first on CathNews. (Read More)

The Church has rejected “unfounded allegations” made by West Australian politicians that it failed to abide by the state’s mandatory reporting laws, saying it takes its reporting obligations seriously. Source: ACBC Media Blog. The post Church provides report on Bishop Saunders, rejects accusations of law breach appeared first on CathNews. (Read More)

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops want the politicians elected in the country’s general election on October 14 to focus on issues that matter, instead of the trivia and scandals that dominate public debate. Source: NZCBC. The post New Zealand bishops urge politicians to focus on issues, not trivia appeared first on CathNews. (Read More)

St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne will host an evening of testimony, prayer and song to honour martyred Christians at the second annual “Night of the Witnesses” in November. Source: Melbourne Catholic. The post ‘Night of the Witnesses’ to honour martyred Christians appeared first on CathNews. (Read More)

Australia’s COVID-19 inquiry will call on premiers to give evidence about how they worked together during the pandemic but will not have the scope to investigate major decisions they took individually, such as lockdowns and school closures. Source: The Age. The post Major state decisions to be excluded from COVID inquiry appeared first on CathNews. (Read More)

Brisbane Archdiocese has unveiled the second iteration of its Reconciliation Action Plan, which covers the period 2023–2025. The post Brisbane Archdiocese unveils RAP 2.0 appeared first on CathNews. (Read More)

Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic Cardinal Louis Sako said he would like more Vatican support as he tries to regain formal recognition as the Chaldean patriarch in the country. Source: NCR Online. The post Cardinal Sako seeks Vatican support to regain authority in Iraq appeared first on CathNews. (Read More)

The St Vincent de Paul Society, the 168-year-old charity, is proof that you’re never too old to embrace technology. Source: Mumbrella. The post How a 168-year-old charity embraced TikTok – and won a legion of young fans appeared first on CathNews. (Read More)

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