Anointing of the Sick
Anointing will be celebrated next Friday 1 March during 11:45am Mass for those over 65 or with serious or long-term illness.
Gift Centre Volunteers Needed
Are you able to volunteer monthly on a Sunday morning for half hour after 8am & 9:30am Masses? Please contact the office on 4332 2216.
The Ladies Craft and Friendship Groups are combining to meet on Monday 25 February in the Muldoon Room at 10am after 9am mass. Come along for a chat, cuppa and craft. All welcome!
Mt St Benedict Centre Lenten Reflection Day
You are invited to our last ever Lenten Reflection day prior to the closure of the Centre at 449D Pennant Hills Road Pennant Hills. Saturday 9 March 10-3pm with Sr Catherine McCahill sgs and Sr Patty Fawkner sgs. Cost $30 includes morning tea. BYO lunch. Bookings by Monday 4 March to email@example.com or 8752 5390.
Men's Social Group
Join our Men’s Group for lunch and a yarn. Third Wednesday of the month 12 noon Diggers @ The
Entrance. We look forward to seeing you there.
Enq: Lui 4388 9510.
Discerning the Way of Jesus
Free booklets are now available on the information tables for praying the Scriptures in Lent Lectio Divina style.
We meet on the third Thursday of the month (21 February) at 1pm in the Muldoon Room.
All welcome! Enq: Rove Varman 0411 988 394.
The Catholic Weekly
For all news Catholic! Now on sale at the Vinnie’s Stall in the Church foyer and on the Church tables. $2 to the poor box please.
Please support the shops in the Carnival Hall building in the shopping centre. These shops support our Parish.
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 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
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.
Final Plenary Council Parish Session
Don't forget that the Listening and Dialogue session of the Plenary Council 2020 ends on Ash Wednesday 6 March. It would be great to see many of the OLR Parish at the last general parish session for one last push to the end, next Friday 1 March 3-5pm in the parish centre.
It is ok to attend more than one of these sessions. It is ok to raise many questions or concerns that are important to you. This is another chance to raise concerns, questions and start dialogues for the future of the Church in Australia and it is a chance given like never before.
Parish Pastoral Council Minutes
Our Parish Pastoral Council met this week for their first meeting of the year. Reports mentioned the upcoming final Parish Plenary Council Session to be held next Friday 1 March in the Parish Centre; the Reconciliation Programme commencing 7 March, run by Br John with the assistance of 6 OLR Teachers and 7 parish volunteers; and the beginning of a new school year with 480 students attending OLR School.
Members then discussed nominations for new members for the Parish Pastoral Council; the sale of new 100 Club tickets after Easter; a parish BBQ to be held on 14 April with an Easter Raffle; a retreat for Council members prior to the new elections; St Vincent de Paul appealing for members this weekend and the Catechists being commissioned to go into our State Schools the following weekend.
Thank you to our Council members for your dedication over the past years.
Can You Handprint Legibly?
Can you give us an hour a week for a few weeks? Our Sacramental Registers now need to be written up by hand. A few people who can print legibly would enable us to update our registers that have been computer printed. As computer prints can be changed, we are now required to update these by hand to protect their legitimacy. With a few people this can be completed over a few weeks. Time at your convenience. Please call the office on 4332 2216.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Adoration is held on all first Saturdays of the month following 9am Mass and continuing throughout the day until Benediction at 5:30pm, in the Prayer Room.
Adoration is also held on all Saturdays of Lent, June, September and Advent.
Choir Members Needed!
Singers and musicians from across the Diocese are warmly invited to lead the congregation in prayerful song at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral 23 Yardley Avenue Waitara for the following diocesan events: Rite of Election Sunday 10 March. Rehearsal in the Cathedral from 12:45pm for 2pm start. Chrism Mass Tuesday 16 April. Rehearsal from 6pm for 7:30pm start. RSVP to email@example.com
The Pope's Prayer Intentions
The Pope’s prayer intention for this month focuses on Human Trafficking:
For a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and
Pope Francis may add a further prayer request each month as current events or urgent needs transpire. They will be published on the Apostleship of Prayer website as soon as they are received by the Vatican. Go to www.apostleshipofprayer.org
As well as praying for our Pope himself, we are urged to always include his intentions in our prayers.
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.
The Parish Bus is available for transport to the 6pm Saturday & 9:30am Sunday Masses. Contact the Parish Office on 4332 2216 to book.
Message for February:
A culture of Safeguarding values compassion. ”Finally all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart and a humble mind.” (1 Peter 3:8)
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
SVDP Members Appeal
This weekend, we welcome Mr Peter Bonwick, Acting Group Manager in our State Support Office in Lewisham. Peter will say a few words about our work in this parish, and our need for new members to ensure that work will continue.
Our Conference meets every second Thursday at 2:30pm in the Brennan Room behind the Church, generally for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Could you please consider helping in this vital ministry to those in need in our Parish area?
Our Catechist and Helpers will be commissioned to go into their schools next weekend at the Sunday Masses. If you are interested in this wonderful ministry please give us a call at the
parish office on 4332 2216.
The Light is On for You!
Lent begins on Wednesday 6 March, and is the season of the Church's year where we look to renew our relationship with God. To help us do this, during Lent our Church will once again take part in "The Light is On," an initiative where churches throughout the Diocese will be open on Friday evenings, 8, 15, 22, 29 March and 5, 12 April from 7-8pm. A warm invitation is extended to everyone to drop in and visit for some quiet time, prayer, and a space to take time out to reflect on faith and life. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be offered for the hour. Take time to experience God's light and peace in your life this Lent. The light is on for you. You are very welcome! Please take some invitation cards from the information tables and invite others also.
For more information please visit www.thelightiisonforyou.org.au
OLR Kids Club is Back!
Join us for lots of fun activities, games and interaction! We meet on the third Saturday of the mongh (16 March is next) from 4-6pm, in the Muldoon Room. It is for children aged 5-12 years. Younger children are welcome but a parent/carer must remain present. All parents/carers are welcome to stay. Afternoon tea is provided. Then come along to the Children's Choir Mass at 6pm. For more information call the parish office on
4332 2216. No need to RSVP - just turn up!
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.
Join us Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am and
7-8pm in the Muldoon Room.
Come along to our Bible Study Group. Fr Kevin conducts a short study of the next Sunday’s Gospel. We meet Tuesdays after Mass in the Muldoon Room. All are welcome! Enquiries 4332 2216.
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.
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, email@example.com or www.catholiccaredbb.org.au or come to an Information Evening Wednesday 28 February 6pm 1/32 Central Coast Highway 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.
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