Congratulations Ray & Val Eves on the occasion
of your 58th Wedding Anniversary 10 December 2018!
Congratulations Year 6 Students!
Year 6 Graduation Liturgy & Supper Thursday 13 December 6:30pm Church & Parish Centre.
Advent 2nd Rite of Reconciliation
To prepare for the Lord’s coming we will have the 2nd Rite of Reconciliation on Tuesday 18 December at 7pm. Visiting Priests will be assisting.
Son of God: The Daily Gospel Year C-1
This e-book, which may be downloaded free of charge to a computer, tablet or phone, offers the Gospel for every day of the current Liturgical Year C-1 beginning with the First Sunday of Advent. Each daily Gospel has a reflection and may be accessed at the following: www.catholic-thoughts.info/ebook/
We meet on the third Thursday of the month at 1pm in the Muldoon Room. All welcome! Enq: Rove Varman 0411 988 394.
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!
Christian Meditation Group
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.
SmartLoving Engaged Online
Engaged Online leads couples through a comprehensive experience that educates,
inspires and deepens their relationship, with the flexibility of the online delivery. Go to www.SmartLoving.org
Extraordinary Ministers Needed
Extraordinary Ministers are needed to take Communion to parishioners in Killarney Court
Hostel one or two Sundays a month preferably,
or on weekdays. Contact the parish office on 4332 2216.
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
The True Wealth of the Catholic Church
A very informative video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXO48O
Please support the shops in the Carnival Hall building in the shopping centre. These shops support our Parish.
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!
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 0258 for more info.
SmartLoving Marriage Seminars
Enrich and empower your marriage with our seminars. Go to www.smartloving.org or 9319 6280.
The Billings Ovulation Method can assist you to understand your fertility and health naturally. For more information call 1800 335 860 or www.billings.life
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
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.
Any parishioner, and especially families, is invited to take part in the Offertory Procession. If you would like to participate please inform the Acolytes prior to Mass.
Marriage Preparation Programme
Catholic Engaged Encounter offers a preparation weekend for couples contemplating marriage. It is held at Mt Saint Benedict Centre Pennant Hills. Contact 4329 1223.
Fr Bill's 50th Ordination Anniversary
As we celebrate this wonderful Anniversary of 50 Years of Ordination to the Priesthood of Fr Stevens, we appreciate and acknowledge the great gift of service, dedication and sacrifice he has made to God and his flock.
Dear Lord Jesus,
You have given us a holy priest in Father Stevens. We are grateful for the many blessings of this good man who brings us your holy Sacraments of salvation. Father Stevens’ hands and prayers bring us your saving grace in the waters of Baptism, your infinite mercy in forgiving our sins and your sustaining and saving grace in the most Holy Eucharist. We pray that he will have a long life with which to bless your Church and a happy death as he is ushered into your eternal bliss. Just as Father Stevens is there to anoint the dying, grant that he will receive the same grace at his death. We beg you, Jesus, that this holy Priest will be protected from all spiritual and temporal attacks and that his fidelity to the Church and his faith in you will endure, unwavering, until the end. Father in heaven, bless and multiply Father Stevens’ ministry so that your Church will multiply for your glory and for our salvation. Please shower this Priest with your blessings every day. We praise and thank you, most Holy God, for the gift of Father Stevens! We thank you for his 50 years of service and ask you to bless us with many more years with our
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
With the season of Advent just beginning, it is the perfect time to plan when and how you can attend adoration before Christmas. Why? The moment Jesus was born, heavenly angels invited nearby shepherds to adore him, and a star brought Magi from the East to worship the Christ child on bended knee. And ever since this moment, all mankind has been invited to come and adore the Lord – including all of us! This Advent, you can attend Eucharistic adoration in our Prayer Room. Adoration helps us focus on the infinite depths of God’s love, sacramentally present in the Eucharist.
www.xt3.com Brian Pizzalato
Adoration is held on all Saturdays of Advent in the Prayer Room, following 9am Mass and continuing throughout the day until Benediction at 5:30pm.
Bell Tower Update
Many, many thanks for all the fundraising to cover the costs of repairs to our Bell Tower - a local landmark that can now continue to call people to Mass - a wonderful tradition. Contributions from Parish groups have raised over $10,000. It is a tremendous effort that has relieved a real pressure on our Parish finances. Thank you!
When you hear the bell ring...
During this Advent Season let us be
reminded that every child is held in God’s infinite tenderness, and God is present in each of their lives. Evangelii Gaudium Pope Francis
Social Justice - News!
Your Prayers are Needed.
On 5 October 2018 after 11 months of providing mental health care on Nauru, the Nauruan government informed Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) that their services were “no longer required” and requested that their activities cease within 24 hours.
Please pray for the children and families who are mentally shutting down due to lack of any hope.
Margaret Hagan Social Justice Committee Warnervale Catholic Church.
Vocations Ministry News
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
The Pope's Prayer Intentions
Evangelisation – In the Service of the Transmission of Faith
That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.
The FertilityCare System is a medical approach to assisting couples plan their families naturally with confidence and also to assist them, where possible, to restore their fertility when reproductive issues are found to be holding them back from starting a family. For more information call Katie Fullilove, Natural Family Planning Educator for the Diocese of Broken Bay on 9847 0486 or email email@example.com
Supporting God's Work
Financial support to the parish may be made through Planned Giving weekly envelopes, Credit Card, Direct Debit or Special Bequest. Drop in to the office with your details and we will make arrangements for you. Have you ever considered a bequest to your parish in your will? Your generosity and your final gift to your Church can have a huge impact on your parish's future. Speak with Fr Stevens or the parish office staff on 4332 2216.
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.
SVDP Christmas Appeal
The Christmas Tree is decorated with food donation cards and baskets are at the doors of the church for your donations by next Sunday 16 December please.
As in previous years a donation box is placed in front of the Christmas Tree for a special collection towards a Gift Card for the children of families assisted by The Entrance Conference. These donations by next Sunday 16
December too please.
We thank you for your continuous support.
Rosa Mystica - Hour of Grace
The Hour of Grace will be held on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception this Saturday 8 December from 12-1pm with prayers and Rosary during all day Adoration in the Prayer Room.
The Blessed Virgin promised that whatever a person asked her for during this Hour of Grace (even in impossible cases) it would be granted to them, if it were in accordance with the will of the Eternal Father. ‘With this exercise one will receive numerous spiritual and bodily graces. Our Lord, my Divine son Jesus, will be abundantly merciful so long as good men go on praying for their fellow men.’
Happy Birthday Jesus!
OLR Kids Club invites all the children to a very special Christmas Party. Join us for lots of Christmas fun, craft, games, food and birthday cake! Saturday 8 December 4-6pm in the Muldoon Room. For children of all ages (children younger than 5 must be accompanied by a parent/carer. All parents/carers are welcome to stay. Then come along to 6pm Mass with the Children’s Choir. Enq: 4332 2216.
Bible Cafe - New Series
An exceptionally popular speaker and teacher, Dr. Hahn has delivered numerous talks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith. His talks have been effective in helping thousands of Protestants and fallen away Catholics to (re)embrace the Catholic faith.
Once again Dr. Scott Hahn makes a lofty subject intelligible to the average layman, showing how scriptural texts have been tied to public worship from the time of the Jewish temple, through the early Church, to the present day. This series will lift your eyes to the true magnificence of Holy Mass, as it takes you from the beginnings of
ritual worship in Genesis to the astounding apocalyptic liturgy in Revelation.
Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am and 7-8pm in the Muldoon Room.
We have our next two lucky winners:
$50 No 45
$25 No 4
Well done and good luck next week everyone!
We have a new Bible Study Group in our parish. Fr Kevin conducts a short Bible Study of the next Sunday’s Gospel. We meet Mondays after Mass in the Muldoon Room. All are welcome! Enquiries 4332 2216.
* Please note - moved to Tuesday next week due to the Public Holiday Monday.
SVDP Youth Conference
Wyong Region SVdP Youth Conference is an exciting new Youth Initiative. Our youth representatives Teaghan and Kealey Pugsley are the President and Secretary of the newly established SVdP Youth Conference for our region, meeting in The Entrance. Any young person interested in joining the SVdP Youth Conference please contact the parish office on 4332 2216 and one of our representatives will be in touch. The Youth Conference members will seek to live their faith loving and committing themselves to those in need in our neighbourhood.
St Joseph's Workshop
St Joseph’s Workshop is at 18 Dignity Crescent off Mann’s Road West Gosford. Hours are 7am to 12 noon Monday to Friday. We are always looking for help with our projects. For example, making wooden items to sell and generate funds to help St Vincent de Paul in the vital work they do. If you feel moved to join our happy and productive team, we will welcome you aboard. If you have skills great, if not, we would love to teach you. Work done willingly is service, work done lovingly is Christlike. Come and see. For details ring Charles on 0451 445 886.
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.
Transport to Mass
The Parish Bus is available for transport to the 6pm Saturday & 9:30am Sunday Masses. Contact the Parish Office on 4332 2216 to book.
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.
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