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Saturday : 6.00 PM (Vigil)
Sunday : 9.30 AM (Family), 6.00 PM

Weekdays
Monday : 9.00 AM
Wednesday : 9.00 AM
Thursday : 6.00 PM
Friday : 9.00 AM

Indonesian Mass
Sunday : 3.30 PM

French Mass
Every Third Sunday 11.00 AM

Reconciliation
Monday 9.30 AM or by appointment

Reconciliation
Thursdays during Lent at 5:30 PM, followed by Mass 6pm

Baptism
First Sunday - 11am, bookings required

Weddings
By Appointment

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Latest News

Building & Maintenance Committee Update

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the building fund in support of our new Parish bathroom at the back of the Church. This project is long overdue and will make a real difference to the parishioners and families who use our beautiful church. There is still time to make a contribution if you would like to. Envelopes for donations are in the church and you can simply place them in the collection bags during mass.

We are also happy to announce that rectification work on the floor in the Parish Hall will be undertaken over the school holidays. While it was price prohibitive to replace the entire floor, the work that will be done will help smooth out many of the rough boards and make it a safer and more comfortable flooring for the children to sit and play on.

The Lights of Christmas – St Mary’s Cathedral | 6-25 December 2017 – 8.30pm – Midnight

Celebrate the season at Sydney’s most popular Christmas lights show
Join us at the annual Lights of Christmas at St Mary’s Cathedral Square, in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, for a spectacular free sound and light show every night from Wednesday 6 December until Christmas Night 2017. Choirs will sing Christmas carols from 7.30pm, and the new sound and light show celebrating the season of peace, joy and goodwill will illuminate the huge 75m façade of St Mary’s Cathedral at 8.30pm and continue through until midnight. This event continues to capture the imagination of adults and children alike and is now firmly Sydney’s most popular Christmas lights show. For more details: http://lightsofchristmas.com.au/.

CatholicCare Wishes Everyone a safe, peaceful and joyous Christmas

Our CCareline service helps Sydney families find the resources they need in a crisis. We are open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday excluding Public Holidays and can be reached on 13 18 19. Our Parent Line service for parents of children aged 0-18 years is open 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday and 4pm to 9pm on weekends excluding Public Holidays. Call 1300 130 052 to speak directly to a counsellor.

NSW Catholic Charismatic Renewal

are holding their annual weekend retreat the last weekend of January. The main speaker this year is Lalith Perera founder and director of the Community of the Risen Lord, Sri Lanka. The retreat will be held at St. Joseph’s Retreat House, Baulkham Hills. Registrations essential and close 12 January 2018. Enquiries e-mail@ccrnsw.org.au or call (02) 9810 2499.

Position Vacant

Manager, Mission & Outreach. Permanent full-time position. Lewisham-based. For further information please contact Anthony Spata at REACH Human Resources, on 0402 210 055. Applications close 26 January 2018.

Instrument of God’s Presence

Last week there was a big celebration to mark my 25th anniversary of priesthood. It was held at OLSH College Hall and attended by more than 500 people. I was overwhelmed by the well wishes and the celebration, however while people were taking pictures with me, I felt embarrassed as I thought that God should have been the focus of the celebration and not me. Now that the celebration is over, I still carry with me mixed feelings of excitement, gratefulness, but also unworthiness and some worries about the uncertainty of the future.

In the middle of these feelings, I read this weekend’s readings. They address my present situation. The first reading from the book of Prophet Isaiah speaks of gratefulness to God for being anointed and sent out. Isaiah says: “The spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favour from the Lord and a day of vindication by our God. I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy….” (Isaiah 61:1-2a). I feel I am being invited to rejoice in the Lord for his anointing and for sending me to spread the good news. That shifts my focus onto God and his blessings and not on myself and my sense of unworthiness.

Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians reminds us all that prayer is the way of maintaining our focus on God and of keeping alive our spirit’s longing for God.

The Gospel has the same tone. It says that John the Baptist was aware that he was not the Messiah that people were waiting for. John would have been a good and popular preacher who attracted many people to come to listen and to follow him. He could have been tempted to make himself the centre of his message by claiming to be the messiah or a great prophet. However John stated very clearly: “I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, make straight the way of the Lord, as Isaiah the prophet said. Some Pharisees were also sent. They asked him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?…..I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.” This happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing” (John1:23-28).

The message for us today is clear. We should be thankful to God for calling us to be who we are now. He sends us also to do something for others and that is to bring the good news to them. We must thank God for allowing and enabling us to share in his works. We must also be mindful not to claim these works as ours thus making us the focus of what we do. Indeed the focus must never be us; it is God.

Building & Maintenance Committee Update

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the building fund in support of our new Parish bathroom at the back of the Church. This project is long overdue and will make a real difference to the parishioners and families who use our beautiful church. There is still time to make a contribution if you would like to. Envelopes for donations are in the church and you can simply place them in the collection bags during mass.

We are also happy to announce that rectification work on the floor in the Parish Hall will be undertaken over the school holidays. While it was price prohibitive to replace the entire floor, the work that will be done will help smooth out many of the rough boards and make it a safer and more comfortable flooring for the children to sit and play on.