Feast Days This Week:
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
St Cecilia 22 November
St Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions 24 November
Join us for lunch and a yarn. Wednesday 30 November 12 noon at Shelly Beach Golf Club.
All Welcome! Enq: Lui 4388 9510.
Red Wednesday 7:30pm 23 November 2022
We are lighting up Chatswood Church to remember and pray for persecuted Christians around the world, including our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. Red is the colour of martyrs, and so it is fitting that we remember and pray for persecuted Christians on Red Wednesday by lighting up the façade of Our Lady of Dolours Church Chatswood in red, with Mass celebrated by Bishop Anthony Randazzo. Refreshments will follow in the church forecourt.
November Mass Envelopes
November is a special time to pray for the
Holy Souls. Mass offering envelopes are available and will be placed on the Altar during the month.
Those on the Ministry Roster please notify your availability for Christmas Masses to the parish office. Thank you for all your assistance.
Diocesan World Youth Day Gathering
Saturday 19 November Catholic Youth Broken Bay is inviting youth, young adults, and our Diocesan community to mark Local World Youth Day, in
answer to Pope Francis’ call to gather youth, young adults, priests, families, youth ministers, and teachers for pilgrimage, Mass, food, fun, prayer, and community. Bishop Anthony will celebrate the Mass and help us all to discover the journey that God has in store for each of us. More details are to be released soon, but for now save the date. All are invited to attend.
WYD Lisbon 2023
Only 35 Weeks To Go! There is still time to register your interest in the DBB WYD23 pilgrimage to Portugal. Visit www.bbwyd.org.au
CatholicCare’s Friendship Program
We are seeking volunteers for our Community Visitors Scheme. Our volunteers have flexibility to choose a day and time that suits them, we just ask for a commitment of at least one hour per fortnight. The time will be spent having a cuppa, going on outings, reading together, listening to music, playing games and other activities. All volunteers are supported with regular check-ins. Please call Nicki on 0418 435 304, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.catholiccaredbb.org.au/volunteer.
Lectio Divina Nights
Catholic Youth Broken Bay is offering a space to come together to pray by Lectio Divina, a practice of reading the Scriptures and letting God speak to you through the Word. Groups of 18-35 year olds will meet on the 1st Monday of each month, 7:30-9pm. Men's Sessions will be at Joseph House Willoughby. Women's Sessions St Bernard’s Church Ku-ring-gai Chase Parish. RSVP: https://forms.gle/1myPBeMUZ3gT5vHG7
Our sister churches in Africa, Asia and the Pacific are requesting Australian Catholics to join them to build the skills of those in their community who have had less opportunity than ourselves. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference provide support. Palms Australia, who have prepared Australian Catholics for global mission since 1961, will ensure accommodation and a living allowance is provided to you during your time away. Enquire online www.palms.org.au or phone 0422 742 567.
Aid to the Church in Need Australia
ACN is the Pontifical Foundation dedicated to supporting the suffering and persecuted Church. The diocese of Huancavelica is one of the poorest in Peru. Two priests are now managing to visit every village once a month, celebrating Holy Mass, administering to the sick, and preparing people for the Sacraments. This pastoral care is now bearing fruit, and more and more Catholics are returning to the practice of their faith, but a robust all-terrain vehicle would make it much easier for these priests to minister to the faithful in Peru. Can you help? Visit: www.aidtochurch.org/monthlyproject
Children are encouraged to take part in the Offertory Procession. Come to the Offertory Table when invited by the Acolytes.
Saturday Sessions with Katie
This is an opportunity for anyone curious about the FertilityCare System to find out more. Presented via zoom, these sessions are a convenient way for people to gain an understanding of their fertility, all from the comfort of their home. Contact: email@example.com for more details.
How prepared are you for marriage? Engaged Encounter provides you with deeper insights into each other and into married life to enrich your relationship. For further information visit our web site: www.engagedencounter.org.au
Readers and Commentators Needed
We need more Readers and Commentators for the Masses, especially the 8am and 9:30am Masses. If you can read with a clear voice and project it well, we would love to hear from you. Call the parish office on 4332 2216.
Cana Marriage Formation
A program for married Catholic couples that integrates spiritual formation and individual counselling to help spouses fulfill their call to holiness through the sacrament of marriage. Contact: St Joseph's Baulkham Hills 33 Barina Downs Drive Norwest, 0401 743 089, firstname.lastname@example.org or canamarriageformation.com.au
Do Not Leave Your Car in the Carpark
The car park gates are locked after Saturday/Sunday services until next morning.
There have been two occasions of theft in past years. Please keep your bags in front of you and take them to Communion with you.
Please support the shops in the Carnival Hall building in the shopping precinct. These shops support our parish.
After the Honeymoon
A program for Newlyweds. Subscribe free at www.smartloving.org/newlywed
St Vincent de Paul Help Available
Vinnies Support Centres are available to assist with food vouchers and other items. Call: 4322 5861 or 4353 5614.
The Catholic Weekly Online
Go to www.catholicweekly.com.au
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
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
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
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
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
This Sunday, the Feast of Christ the King, we celebrate our big Parish milestones, the 75th Anniversary of the founding of our parish and the 60th Anniversary of the opening of our Church. Bishop Anthony is celebrating the 9:30am Mass and will also formally install Fr Brian Moloney as our Parish Priest during the Mass.
The celebration will continue in the parish centre after the Mass. Please bring your friends and families to help us celebrate! All are welcome!
Pastoral Works Broken Bay Appeal
Thank you to all who contributed to our Pastoral Works Appeal. We are still collecting donations for the Appeal, so if you missed out last weekend you may add your donation to the collection boxes this weekend, or donate online at www.bbcatholic.org.au/pastoralworks. Please nominate The Entrance Parish when donating online. This Appeal raises funds for the charities in our diocese, such as CatholicCare, The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, St Lucy’s School for children with a disability, St Edmund’s College for children with special needs, and the Ephpheta Centre for the deaf and hearing impaired, and relies totally on your generosity. Our parish has a quota of $37,295 to contribute, with now only two collections per year to raise these funds. Thank you and God bless you for your generosity.
Classes for Seniors
Seniors Classes Bookings Needed
Thank you for the great response to our Brain Games and Let’s Get Moving wellbeing classes. Please remember it is necessary to pre-book, to ensure a place. Call 9481 2659.
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.
If you could help in the Gift Centre, please let us know at the office.
Ministry to the Sick & Housebound
Many of our parishioners take Holy Communion to the sick and housebound in our parish, and we are most grateful to all who are involved in this ministry. We ask that anyone who is taking Holy Communion to the sick or housebound to please let the parish office know the name, address, phone number and day of week they take Holy Communion to any parishioner. It is important that this information is provided to the parish office, in order that we comply with the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy which is designed to not only protect the sick and housebound but also our
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. We thank you for your ministry and cooperation. Please don’t hesitate to speak with Fr Brian or Deacon Paul.
Our Men’s Social Group go on outings once a month on the third Wednesday, to one of the local clubs or venues, for a nice relaxing lunch and a yarn. All are welcome to join them, and as you can see, wives and friends are most welcome too! For any enquiries contact Lui on 4388 9510.
A warm invitation to everyone to attend our Central Coast Secular Franciscan monthly meeting at 2pm on Thursday 17 November in The Muldoon Room. All welcome. Secretary Gerard Price OFS Mobile: 0427 014 151 For additional information about the Franciscan charism, see ofsaustralia.org.au
CatholicCare - Supporting Parishioners
We are here to help and offer many services for people in need including emergency relief financial supports, homelessness and housing assistance, domestic violence support, counselling including financial counselling, disability and seniors supports and more. Call 1800 324 924 or visit www.catholiccaredbb.org.au for more information.
Foster Care Campaign
CatholicCare are seeking families to provide essential support, care and stability for children and young people affected by family breakdown, to enable them to recover and thrive. With foster carers, we can transform their lives. Please contact us on (02) 4320 7777 or visit www.catholiccaredbb.org.au/can-you-help/
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.)
The Parish Bus is Back!
The Parish Bus is available for transport to the 9:30am Sunday Masses. Contact the Parish Office on 4332 2216 to book.
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 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.
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 front driveway gates are open during weekend Masses for drive through drop off and pick up at the front entrance.
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.
Yes - You Can!
You can become a Catechist or Helper! Delight in a spiritually fulfilling mission. Our Parish children are hungry to hear the story of Jesus and the hope and joy he brings. We can give you effective training and simple lesson plans. You can start as a Helper and it will be fun! To find out more contact your Parish Coordinator Leanne on 4332 2216 at the parish office.
Anointing of the Sick
Anointing is held on every first Friday of the month during 11:45am Mass for those over 65 or with serious or long-term illness.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held in the Church from 9:30am-10:30am on all First Saturdays of the month.
KidsClub is a Parish social group for 5-12 year olds (and their siblings) who want to make new friends, have fun, and learn more about Jesus! We have games, craft and activities, with snacks provided. Parents are welcome to stay or you can drop off and pick up (parents must stay for children under 5 yrs). Meetings are COVID safe and our leaders have WWCC. We encourage all to join us at 5pm Mass after KidsClub. No RSVP required, just turn up! KidsClub will not be held in October in lieu of the Night of Light.
Morning Teas are Back!
Parish Morning Teas are hosted by the Family Groups on the second Sunday of the month after 9:30am Mass, in the Parish Centre. All welcome!
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.
Marriage breakdown is a traumatic experience for all those concerned. The Church reaches out in support of those who are divorced, while upholding the permanence of a true Christian marriage. The Broken Bay Office of the Tribunal
extends an invitation to any divorced person who would like to talk about the annulment process. You can be assured that your privacy will be respected. Should you choose to apply for an annulment, you will be guided and supported through the process. For further information please phone the Tribunal Office on 02 9307 8309 or email email@example.com
Come and share the gift of meditation. Join us Fridays from 10:30-11:30am in the Common Room.
Supporting God's Work in my Parish
We thank you for your support of regular Giving, which can be made via the collection boxes at the doors, in person at the parish office, monthly on credit card, electronic funds transfer, or through direct debit arrangement. Electronically, there are several ways in which you can contribute but some incur higher fees than others. Transfer directly into our accounts incurs no fees and saves the parish. You may also like to consider a bequest to the parish in your will. Your generosity can have a huge impact on our parish’s future.
Enquiries to the parish office 4332 2216.
Mass at Home
If 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.