God Bless You!
This vocations week we thank our wonderful Priests, Fr Bill and Fr Vincent, our Deacon Paul, and
Br John, who all minister to the needs of our parish.
Nursing Home Mass
Mass and Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated at Killarney Court Nursing Home Killarney Vale
on Monday 10 August at 11am.
Mini Vinnies Formation Program
Vinnies is proud to announce the launch of the Mini Vinnies Formation Program (MVFP) for students in Years 4–6 who wish to undertake Social Justice Formation in their own time. For more information go to https://bit.ly/MVFPinfo and the following link for our Newsletter https://bit.ly/VinniesMetroSchoolsNewsletter2020Term3
A Catholic Response to Domestic Violence
The Broken Bay Domestic Violence Booklet: A Catholic Response to Domestic Violence has been refreshed including a message from Bishop Anthony Randazzo who reminds us that “Through this, may we together become better educated so as to work against the various personal and social factors that contribute to all forms of abuse within our homes.” View and download the booklet from: https://www.bbcatholic.org.au/parish-community/catholic-life-faith-formation/social-justice/domestic-violence
Have you heard of the Memory Innovations Centre?
Programs focus on having fun, connecting with others and stimulating your brain. Cooking, exercise, dance, art and mind exercise programs available. Visit us for a free trial session in Waitara or join our online programs – open to all in the Diocese! Call Jessica on (02) 9481 2659 or visit www.catholiccaredbb.org.au/mic
Join us for lunch and a yarn. Third Wednesday of the month 12 noon at diggers @ the entrance. We look forward to seeing you there. Enquiries: Lui 4388 9510.
We meet on the third Thursday of the month at 2pm in the Muldoon Room. All welcome! Enq: Rove Varman 0411 988 394.
Planned Giving Envelopes
Giving envelopes for 2020 are now available for pick up from the church.
The Catholic Weekly is Back!
Stay up-to-date and informed with all Catholic news. Now available on the Church tables.
Ladies Friendship Group - SUSPENDED
We will now be meeting at the Bateau Bay Bowling Club for lunch at 12noon on the first Wednesday of the month. All welcome, no need to book.
Christian Meditation Group SUSPENDED
We meet every Friday 10:30am - 11:30am in the
Muldoon Room. Come and share the gift of meditation. We look forward to seeing you.
Offertory Procession - SUSPENDED
Children are encouraged to take part in the Offertory Procession. Come to the Offertory Table when invited by the Commentator.
Car Park Warning
The car park gates close half hour after Saturday/Sunday services. Be aware if locked in -the carpark reopens next morning.
Son of God: The Daily Gospel Year A-2
Free e-book (with imprimatur) for your computer/
tablet/phone. This e-book, which may be downloaded free of charge offers the Gospel for every day of the coming Liturgical Year A-2, beginning with Advent, together with a reflection on each daily Gospel. Son of God: The Daily Gospel may be accessed at: www.catholic-thoughts.info/ebook/
Natural Fertility Awareness
Did you know a woman’s health is often reflected in her fertility? Learn The Billings Ovulation Method® to manage your fertility naturally and monitor your reproductive health. Accredited Billing Teachers are available to assist you throughout Australia. For further information ring Billings LIFE on 1800 335 860 or visit www.billings.life
Catholic Engaged Encounter
Engaged Encounter marriage preparation programme provides you with deeper insights into each other and into married life. Go to www.engagedencounter.org.au
We need some new helpers to assist with Church cleaning on Friday mornings for a couple of hours. If you can help see Joy Delandre or office staff. Thankyou!
Welcome New Parishioners
If you are new to our parish please contact us at the office so we can send you a welcome pack with all our parish information!
Going to Hospital?
When you or a relative need to go to hospital remember to register as a Catholic on your admission form. This will help your Church community to serve you while you are sick. If you, on the other hand, would like to help serving the sick in hospital please contact the parish office for details.
Please support the shops in the Carnival Hall building 40-48 The Entrance Road. These shops support our Parish.
Be a Volunteer Out There
Palms Australia volunteers immerse themselves in overseas communities. Contact Palms on 02 9560 5333 or go to www.palms.org.au/volunteer
Catholic Bushwalking Club
Did we meet you at the ACYF? We are waiting to hear from you. Come bushwalking and camping, on canyon and skiing trips. Apply via our website www.cbcnsw.org.au
Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends
Relationship enrichment for married couples at Mt Carmel Retreat Centre Varroville NSW. Bookings online at www.wwme.org.au or Adrian and Janet Sullivan on 0490 774 419 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pro-Life Pregnancy Help
Do you have a phone? Do you want to help those worried by pregnancy issues? Can you work from home? Contact Pregnancy Help Sydney now to find out about their free training course you can do by mail from your own home and 2 in-service weekends in Sydney. You can make a difference. Phone Carmel Jeffreys on 9730 for more info.
Could You Be a Friend to Someone?
Compeer, a special work of St Vinnies, matches volunteers in friendships with someone who is lonely and in the recovery process of a mental health challenge. Training is provided. Contact 0436 111 102 or 4341 0432 or www.compeer.org.au
Latest Restrictions Update
We are now advised to strongly recommend that parishioners use face masks when they attend Church for any Mass, religious service or prayer. Please note that at this stage, it is not a mandate and does not replace any other COVID-19 safe practices, such as social distancing. The use of face masks is another step in helping to keep our communities safe during this time. We are still restricted to 100 people at each Mass. It is therefore necessary again to book in at the office to attend either the 5pm Saturday Vigil Mass or the 8am and 9:30am Sunday Masses. If you have already booked your name as permanent it will be kept on the list for future Masses. If you
are not attending please let us know. Please respect our Marshalls who are parish volunteers. Please everyone obey the rules as fines of up to $52,000 apply and there will be spot checks by police and health officials.
As a condition of entry into the Church and buildings, attendees must be checked off the booking sheet at the front door, use hand sanitiser provided and keep 1.5m social distance in the pews, while processing to Communion and when leaving the Church. We are also instructed not to congregate outside the Church so please disperse after Mass. If you have cold or flu symptoms please do not enter the premises, and contact your doctor. (NSW Government public health requirements.) As the 4 square metre distancing rule still applies please be sure to sit in the designated seating spots. Families from the same household may sit together. There are 103 seats downstairs.
Vocations Awareness Week
This week we celebrated the Feast of St Mary of the Cross McKillop. Our first Australian-born canonised Saint. St Mary took bold new directions in education and care of children. We know her saying ‘Never see a need without doing something about it.’ We pray this week that many young people in our communities may embrace this spirit in response to the call of the Lord to serve as priests or consecrated religious.
For more information contact: email@example.com or 0418 522 449.
Beauty, Truth, Goodness
Beauty Truth Goodness The Fundamentals of Catholicism. Join Father Robert Altier for his clear explanations and insights into our Catholic Faith. Wednesdays 10:30am-11:30am or 7pm-8pm. All Welcome!
Bible Study SUSPENDED
Bible Study is suspended until further notice. See you all in the near Covid-free future!
Gift Centre Open
The Gift Centre is open Saturday evenings before and after the 5pm Vigil Mass and Sunday mornings before and after the 9:30am Mass, with thanks to our wonderful volunteers. Drop by for all your devotional shopping. (Located in the Church foyer.) For any enquiries please call the
parish office on 4332 2216.
Children's Liturgy SUSPENDED
Our Children’s Liturgy is held during Sunday 9.30am Mass, with lots of kids coming along to hear the Gospel at their level and have fun doing activities. We’d love to meet you too, so come along next time and make some new friends. All children aged 3-12 are welcome. Parents welcome too! If you would like to help with Children’s Liturgy contact Alicia Klein on
0412 677 964.
(N.B. Not on during school holidays.)
OLR Kids Club SUSPENDED
Kids Club will be meeting again on Saturday 21 March from 4-6pm in the Muldoon Room. Our theme this month is Easter. We’ll play games, do activities, sing, pray and have FUN! Afternoon tea provided. No need to RSVP, just come along, then join us for 6pm Mass afterwards.
Parish Bus SUSPENDED
Our bus plays an important role in our Parish life - but we cant’ keep it going without several more drivers. Please consider joining our roster of drivers to enable this service to continue and keep the bus rolling. (Light Rigid license required.)
The Parish Bus is available for transport to the 6pm Saturday & 9:30am Sunday Masses. Contact the Parish Office on 4332 2216 to book.
The National Centre for Pastoral Research has just published ‘Listen to what the Spirit is saying’, the final report of the Listening and Dialogue stage of the Plenary Council. The report captures the voices of the more than 222,000 people who shared their submissions, questions and stories of faith during the 10-month process. Access the report at: www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/resources/reports
Saturday Sessions with Katie
Fertility Awareness Education
Would you like to understand your fertility, or know how to manage your family naturally? Do you have fertility issues or know someone who does? Come along to find out how to effectively address these in a healthy and restorative way.
This event is particularly suitable to engaged couples, married couples, single women and all who would like to know about natural fertility.
Presented by Fertilitycare practitioner Katie Fullilove.
This session will be offered online as follows:
Date: Saturday, 2 May 2020
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
For enquiries and to receive the Zoom link to join the meeting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 8379 1631.
Does a life of joy in knowing you are following the Lord as a priest, deacon or in the consecrated life inspire you? Contact the Vocation Office at 0418 522 449 or email: email@example.com
Holy Hour for Vocations
Join our gathering for an hour of adoration, reflection, prayer and music at St Agatha’s Parish Pennant Hills on the first Friday of each month from 7-8pm.
Join us once a month in order to pray, reflect and discover individual vocations or a lifetime call from God. Last Wednesday of the month from 7-9pm.
For more information: 0418 522 449 or vocations.ministry@ dbb.org.au
Help a Child feel Safe, Happy & Secure
There are children in our community who have been through experiences few of us could begin to fathom and who, without our help, will go through a childhood without the love and support of a family. CatholicCare Broken Bay is looking for everyday families who might consider taking a child or young person into their home - to love and support them, whether for one or two nights, a few weeks, months, or long term. This just might be you. If you have room in your heart and space in your home contact one of our team at CatholicCare Foster Care 4320 7700, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.catholiccaredbb.org.au or come to an Information Evening Wednesday 28 February 6pm 1/32 Central Coast Highway West Gosford.
Feast of the Assumption
The Feast of the Assumption is not a holy day of obligation for this year only, as the Covid-19 pandemic has released all from the obligation. One of the most important feasts of the Church year, the solemnity falls on Saturday 15 August, and will be celebrated with Mass at 9am here at the Church, for those who wish to attend. The Assumption completes God's work in Mary since it was not fitting that the flesh that had given life to God himself should ever undergo corruption. The Assumption is God's crowning of his work as Mary ends her earthly life and enters eternity. The feast turns our eyes in that direction, where we will follow when our earthly life is over.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held on all first Saturdays of the month, the next being this Saturday 1 August. Prayer and quiet time will be held throughout the day from 9:30am to Benediction at 4:30pm (before the 5pm Mass).
Adoration is also held on all Saturdays of Lent, June, September and Advent.
We Appreciate Your Help
We still need some help with the following:
Be There for Me
Darcy is a Catholic kid in Year 5 at a public school. She and her friends are looking forward to their catechist returning to teach them about Jesus and his Church. While over 900 catechists are heading back to this wonderful work in our diocese, some are not able to return at this time. So, can you be there for them as a relief catechist?
Already there has been a positive response to the call for relief catechists. Some people have returned to the ministry after taking a break for a few years. Others are coming into the ministry because changed circumstances mean they have time. These relief catechists are doing safeguarding training and will be offered a special introduction to managing classes with good lesson preparation.
Our parish covers four public primary schools: The Entrance, Bateau Bay, Brooke Avenue and Killarney Vale - all close by. Our catechists and helpers visit the schools on a Thursday during school terms. Just call our parish office on 4332 2216 or the Diocesan CCD Office on 8379 1638 and offer be a relief Catechist or Helper.
Supporting God's Work
Regular Planned Giving can be made via the collection boxes at the doors, in person at the parish office, monthly on credit card, direct deposit into the Church account, or through direct debit arrangement. You may also like to consider a bequest to the parish in your will. Your generosity can have a huge impact on your parish’s future. Speak with Fr Stevens or the Parish Office on
100 Club Winners
We have our next lucky winners:
1st Prize $50 No 25
2nd Prize $25 No 83
Well done winners and good luck next week everyone!
SVdP Community Linkers
Our free Community Linking Service on the Central Coast helps people to connect with the services they require. Here is an example of the connections we can assist you with:
St Joseph's Workshop
St Joseph’s Workshop Volunteers Needed
We are looking for volunteers 7am to 12noon one or more days per week, making timber furniture for welfare and sale. Training given. Contact Bob Monday to Friday on 4323 9013 to arrange a visit to the workshop at 18 Dignity Crescent West Gosford.
Working in a Child-Related Ministry
Paid and volunteer workers who have direct face to face contact with children (under 18 years) are required by law to obtain a Working with Children Check number. Please note though exemptions may apply in some cases. The Parish is the employer of the paid or volunteer worker and therefore is required by law to verify the Working with Children Check number. All paid or volunteer workers engaged in a child-related role must have a cleared Working with Children Check to work in a child-related ministry. This disclosure references the legislation, Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.
National Catholic Safeguarding Standards: Leadership, monitoring & improvement
The Parish regularly reviews and improves systems for keeping children safe. Key Elements: Regularly reviews and improves practices, analyses concerns and complaints to identify causes and potential system failures, reports findings of relevant reviews.
Diamond Women's Support
Diamond Women's Support is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to provide help and support to women and families facing an unplanned pregnancy.
No woman should ever feel that she is cornered, or that there are no options left for her except to terminate her pregnancy. Lack of support and education, alongside continual bombardment by the media, instils fear - that an unexpected pregnancy is ‘the end’. But we believe everyone is entitled to support, respect and compassionate care.
If you are pregnant, or think you might be and want to talk, give us a call. We can give you and your family support and help for free. Call us on 4399 7099.
Accessibility to our Church
We are pleased to provide wheelchair access to parishioners and visitors to our Church, Parish Centre and toilets, as well as designated disabled parking spots in our carpark.
The Church and Parish Centre are equipped with a Hearing Loop for those with hearing aids.
The Church also has a big screen with large print of the hymns and responses, for those unable to read small print.