EVENTS - PLEASE NOTE THAT MOST EVENTS ARE SUSPENDED DURING LOCKDOWN PERIODS
Sts Joachim & Anne 26 July
St Martha 29 July
St Ignatius of Loyola 31 July.
Euthanasia, Dying and the Dignity of the Human Person
You’re invited! Please join us for a series of on-line talks about Euthanasia, Dying and the Dignity of the Human Person. A Bill allowing for the legalisation of euthanasia will soon be presented to the NSW Government. The talks by theological and medical
specialists on the topic will be held over three Mondays in August, co-hosted by the Dioceses of Broken Bay and Parramatta. You’ll also have a chance to submit questions. Fr David Ranson, VG, will give the first session on 2 August at 7.30pm. For info go to : parracatholic.org/euthanasiatalks or Emma Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org
2021 Catholic Men’s Gathering
“They were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other Apostles, Brothers - what then must we do?” (Acts 2:37) The National Catholic Men’s Gathering will be launched online on Saturday 31 July. Join a diocesan group with your Bishop, or with your Men’s Ministry/Parish group or individually. Three sessions will be provided online, along with reflection questions for group discussion or individual reflection. Cost is free. Register at www.catholicmensgathering.com.au
Aid to the Church in Need Australia
Aid to the Church in Need continues to ensure that spiritual aid and pastoral care reaches areas of need, that distance or harsh terrain do not stand in the way of the spiritual life of the Catholic people. Every year we finance some 400 cars, 200 motor-cycles, 300 bicycles and a couple of boats. Visit www.aidtochurch.org/transport.
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the
free seminar on Wills, Enduring Guardianship and Powers of Attorney is postponed until 25 September. Go to: www.trybooking.com/BPNGJ
The Catholic Weekly Online
Go to www.catholicweekly.com.au
The Winter issue of ‘The Majellan’ is out now. It includes articles on Saint Joseph, fun things for families to do in Winter and how best to deal with interfering family members. For details go to: www.majellan.media/the-majellan-magazine/
Divine Retreat Centre
For Retreats, Youth Ministry, Couples Growth Weekends, Divine Mercy Fridays, Pilgrimages and more see www.divineretreatcentre.org.au
Secular Franciscans - Suspended
Monthly meeting third Thursday of the month at 2pm in the Muldoon Room. Enquiries to Lui Bruni 02 4388 9510. All are welcome to join us.
New BBNews Newsletter
BBNews is a fortnightly newsletter with stories from across the Diocese. Complementing the quarterly Broken Bay News magazine, BBNews will highlight the activity and stories of the Church in Broken Bay and beyond. Subscribe on the website https://www.bbcatholic.org.au/news-events/bbnews/bbnews-subscription
How prepared are you for marriage? Engaged Encounter provides you with deeper insights into each other and into married life. Spend time together to strengthen and enrich your relationship. Visit our website: www.engagedencounter.org.au
The Sydney Statement
The Statement seeks to build bridges between believers of different faiths through a series of shared values and principles. It invites signatories to make 21 practical commitments based on this interfaith charter: www.thesydneystatement.org.au/
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.
Online Catholic Marriage Preparation available anywhere, anytime. Www.SmartLoving.org/Engaged
Please support the shops in the Carnival Hall building 40-48 The Entrance Road. These shops support our Parish.
Natural Fertility Awareness
Are you wondering how you can find out more about your reproductive health during these times of isolation and social distancing? Billings LIFE has the answer!! Why not learn how to track your fertility using Fertility Pinpoint™- it’s more than an App!
It is an online service that provides you with your own personal accredited Billings Ovulation Method® tutor who can help you learn how to track your unique cycles and recognise your fertility and infertility on a daily basis – all remotely and safely. It’s the healthy alternative. For more information go to: www.fertilitypinpoint.com
Little Way Sunday School
Little Way Sunday School is an online evangelisation tool for children developed by a family in the Diocese of Raphoe, Ireland. The engaging videos are produced weekly and are designed to connect children to the teachings of the Church by providing videos with an explanation of the Gospel of the day, a reflection from a priest and a weekly mission for the kids. The Little Way Sunday School’s videos are free to use and suitable for families, children’s and youth ministries or school education. This resource can be accessed via their YouTube channel or FaceBook.
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
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
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.
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
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 email@example.com
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
Parish Precinct Closed
The Church continues to be closed due to the lockdown extension. The Parish Offices are now also closed. For emergencies your call will be forwarded to Fr Bill.
We are still checking our emails if you would like prayers for deceased or sick in the bulletin. Also if you would like any information regarding
Please stay safe and well everyone!
World Day for Grandparents & Elderly
I am with you always (Mt 28:20): this is the promise the Lord made to his disciples before he ascended into heaven. They are the words that he repeats to you today, dear grandfathers and grandmothers, dear elderly friends. “I am with you always” are also the words that I, as Bishop of Rome and an elderly person like yourselves, would like to address to you on this first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. The whole Church is close to you - to us - and cares about you, loves you and does not want to leave you alone!
Did you know there is a Catholic Grandparents
Foster Care Campaign
Are there families in our Parish that may be able to take a child into their loving and supportive homes? CatholicCare is looking for you. To see if you may be eligible to Foster Care go to ww.fostering.org.au
Our first two weeks' winners are:
Week 6 $50 - No 48
Week 56 $25 - No 27
Congratulations Winners and good luck to all!
Kids Club CANCELLED
Kids Club has had to be cancelled this month due to the lockdown extension. We hope to be able to see you all for our get-together (not too close) in August. For more info call the Parish Office on 4332 2216.
Bible Cafe - SUSPENDED
In “Consuming the Word” Dr. Scott Hahn and Mike Aquilina introduce us afresh to the Eternal Word of the New Testament. Much in the style of beloved EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) foundress Mother Angelica, our hosts deliver not simply the text of the Gospels and the Epistles, but the living presence of the Lord Jesus himself, as the chroniclers of the New Testament saw him.
All are welcome to join us for this exciting new 12 week series. Wednesdays 7pm-8pm in the Muldoon Room.
Bible Study - SUSPENDED
Join us for a study of the next Sunday's Gospel under the guidance of Fr Keven O'Grady. Tuesdays in the Muldoon Room after 9am Mass.
Are you a young man seeking to hear God’s voice and discover his plan for your life? Do you know any young men who might benefit from living in Joseph House? The responsibility of nurturing strong vocations lies with each and every one of us. Bishop Anthony looks to all members of the community of the Church of Broken Bay to be the ambassadors of Joseph House, to inspire young men you may know to consider seriously reflecting on God’s call for their life. He looks to each one of us to be partners in the mission of the Church to build a vocational culture, so that our young people might discover the divine purpose of their lives.
For more information about Joseph House, a newly established house of discernment for young men, visit bbcatholic.org.au/josephhouse
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Pay Wave Tap & Go
We now have 4 new donation point tap devices for our First and Second Collections. These devices enable donations to be made with a simple tap of the card. Each time you tap you will be donating $10. For those who wish to donate more you will need to tap again after a break of about 5 minutes. This is a safety measure to avoid repeat taps by mistake. You will note that one device will credit the First Collection and the other will credit Second Collection, with two devices stationed at the front doors and two at the courtyard doors.
The introduction of these Covid-safe devices is for the convenience of those who do not like to carry cash. Cash donations may still be placed in the collection boxes. The First Collection supports all the Priests in our diocese, the Second Collection is for the running and upkeep of our parish. Thank you for your support.
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.)
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 5pm Saturday & 9:30am Sunday Masses. Contact the Parish Office on 4332 2216 to book.
Supporting God's Work
Church Giving can be made via the pay wave tap and go terminals or 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 4332 2216.
Plenary Council Agenda
The agenda for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia has been announced. This is a very important and significant step towards the Council Assemblies. The agenda calls for a missionary, Christ-centred Church. The agenda has been developed in the form of a questionnaire, with a total of 16 questions captured under the themes: Conversion, Prayer, Formation, Structures, Governance and Institutions. Go to the website: www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/
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.
Mass at Home
While unable to attend Mass in person you may like to watch Mass livestreamed from our Cathedral on Sunday mornings at 9:30am, as well as weekdays at 7am. Go to www.youtube.com/user/cathnews
Mass For You at Home is broadcast on Channel 10 at 6am on Sundays and is available at www.youtube.com/c/MassforYouatHome
God the Father of All Mankind
In honour of God the Father of All Mankind we have a special celebration (Covid restrictions permitting) on Saturday 7 August, with Mass at 9am followed by prayers and consecration. There is also an eight day Octave in preparation for the
celebration which recommends daily Mass and prayers, which begins Saturday 31 July. (Booklets will be sent via email to bulletin recipients.)
“Call me by the name of Father, with confidence and love, and you will receive everything from this Father, with love and mercy.”- The Father Speaks to His Children
Adoration - SUSPENDED
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held on all Saturdays of Advent praying for the unborn child: of Lent in preparation for the Easter Triduum,: of June in reparation to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts; of September through Our Lady of Sorrows in reparation; Prayer and quiet time begins from 9:30am through to Benediction at 4:30pm, in the Prayer Room.
Adoration is also held on all first Saturdays of the month.
Sacrament of Confirmation 2021
Confirmation preparations may have to be postponed. We will keep you updated asap.
The Church is currently closed due to the lockdown extension. Upon reopening, it is a condition of entry into the Church and buildings, that attendees must wear a mask, use the QR code (preferred: using the QR code rather than the attendance sheets significantly reduces the labour intensive work of transcribing the details into an
electronic spreadsheet to be provided to the Government within 4 hours) or sign the booking sheet at the doors (please write clearly), use hand sanitiser provided and keep social distance in the pews, while processing to Communion and when leaving the Church. Please be sure to sit in designated spots. Those living in the same household may sit together. The congregation may not join in the singing. Do not congregate
outside the Church buildings. If you have cold/flu symptoms please see your doctor.
Gift Centre Volunteers
If you could help in the Gift Centre, in the Church Foyer, before and after the 5pm Saturday or 9:30am Sunday Mass please let us know at the office on 4332 2216.
The Gift Centre is open each weekend before and after the 5pm Saturday and 9:30am Sunday Masses. You will find us in the foyer of the Church. For any enquiries or purchases during the week please call the parish office on 4332 2216.
Celebrating 35 Years of our Diocese
Thirty five years ago the Diocese of Broken Bay was established. This anniversary is an opportunity to look back and remember the story of our Diocesan journey with hearts of gratitude, so that we might look forward to the future in hope.
We are extremely short of Helpers to assist the Catechists with teaching Catholic Scripture to the children in our 4 state schools within our parish this year. Scripture takes place once a week on Thursdays and classes are for just half an hour. The schools are Brooke Avenue, Killarney Vale, Bateau Bay and The Entrance Public Schools. Lesson materials comprising of comprehensive teacher's manual and student workbooks are provided. A set curriculum is followed. The Diocese also provides free training sessions and fun workshops for Catechists.
If you think you would like to get involved and be part of this enjoyable and rewarding ministry or you would simply like more information please contact me in the Parish Office ASAP: Leanne McGill Catechist Co-Ordinator The Entrance Parish 4332 2216 Tuesdays & Wednesdays.
Help! - the Altar Society
The Altar Society is always in need of able-bodied persons (male or female) to help with Church cleaning on Friday mornings for an hour or less. It’s on a roster basis of teams of four, so not a huge commitment. No vacuuming, just sanitising of pews, dusting and cleaning of Altar and sweeping up of leaves around entry doors to the Church. Please leave your name and number at the parish office. Many thanks.
The Catholic Weekly
The Weekly is a quality Catholic newspaper. Please support the St Vincent de Paul Society by buying your copy of The Catholic Weekly and placing $2 in the poor boxes. Please also support Vinnies by your donations to the poor as well. All donations are very much appreciated.
The Pastoral Care of the elderly is a priority that must form part of a Safeguarding Action Plan of any Parish community. In the encyclical Fratelli Tutti, we are reminded that “no one is saved alone. With this in mind, we must treasure the spiritual and human wealth that has been handed down from generation to generation.” - Pope Francis
For more information go to: www.bbcatholic.org.au/our-faith/safeguarding
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.
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.