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UPCOMING EVENTS 17/18 Feb                                                     Reconciliation Program, 1st Session 24 Feb                                                           Year of Youth Cross arrives in the Parish 17 March                    6.30pm      St Patrick’s Day Celebration LENTEN EVENTS everyday                    3.00pm                     Divine Mercy Chaplet OLGC (everyday during Lent) 16 Feb                        7.00-8.00pm            The Light is On

Reflection

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DO YOU WANT TO FAST THIS LENT?

In the words of Pope Francis

Fast from hurting words and say kind words
Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude
Fast from anger and be filled with patience
Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope
Fast from worries and have trust in God
Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity
Fast from pressures and be prayerful
Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy
Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others
Fast from grudges and be reconciled
Fast from words and be silent so you can listen
As this Lent begins with Valentine’s Day being the same day at Ash Wednesday,  perhaps we could spend this Lent in “Loving pursuits”.  What would those be for you?

CALL FOR PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL NOMINATIONS

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Like to be more involved in the life of our parish?
Want to learn more about your Catholic faith?
Nominations are now open for 6 new members of our Parish Pastoral Council (PPC). 
 The role of the PPC is to support and advise the Parish Priest in fostering the spiritual and pastoral life of our community. Evening meetings are held about five times a year. 
We are looking for nominees from a wide variety of backgrounds. They should be actively involved in the life of our parish. 
 The term is for 2 years and training will be provided. 
 Nominations close Sunday 11 March, and nomination forms are available at the back of each church.
Fr Jose




24 HOUR ADORATION

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We will commence our 24 Hours directly after the  9.15 am Mass at OLGC on Friday 9 March and finish Saturday 9am.  We need people who love Jesus to roster themselves to sit quietly with him  sometime during those 24 hours.   Clipboards with roster sheets have been placed  at the back of each church.

CATECHIST NEWS

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Thank you to all our wonderful Parish Catechists for attending our first term meeting last Thursday. 

Most of our classes begin end of February/beginning March. 

Please pray for our AMAZING CATECHISTS as they begin the year of “spreading the Good News” to our Catholic children who attend state schools.

CATECHIST GEM

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At our Catechist meeting this week we said our Catechist Prayer together. 
Here are some of the words 
“Lord God, I begin this new Catechetical year with gratitude for Your generous gifts of wisdom, grace, joy and forgivenss. You are calling me to share these gifts with those I teach………………… I ask, in the name of Jesus Christ my teacher and guide, that I might , as a catechist, respond wholeheartedly to this and all the challenges of this new teaching year. Amen”


SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM

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140 Children begin the preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation this weekend.

The children and their families will be attending Masses in the Parish, please make them feel most welcome.

In the sessions this weekend the children will reflect on their Sacramental journey thus far.
They will learn that God loves them “with an everlasting love” and we will discuss what this “looks” like. 
 We will reflect on the story of “The Prodigal Son”



Stational Mass

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One of the beautiful faith traditions is the  Stational Mass – a special opportunity that offers a way to greater prayer with the universal Church during particular seasons throughout the year.

All parishioners are invited to gather and pray as one body on this graced journey to Easter. 
Please join us at one or all of the following Masses celebrated at 7.30pm by Bishop Peter: 20 February St Patrick’s, Gosford
27 February Mary Immaculate Church, Manly
6 March St Agatha’s Church, Pennant Hills,
13 March Our Lady of the Rosary Church,  The Entrance
22 March St Philip Neri Church, Northbridge

NEW OLGC READING & CLEANING ROSTER

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New UPDATED Reading & Cleaning rosters  are now available on the Church Notice Board.  Thank You

St Patrick's Day

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Saturday 18 March (after 5.30 pm Mass)
Join us for our annual St Patrick’s Day celebration in the OLGC Hall. 
BYO & bring a plate & glasses. 
To help us plan, please RSVP on the clipboards at the back of each church , indicating the food you will bring. 
Bring your family! 
Bring your friends!
Prize for best dressed! 
Gold coin donation requested.

WYVERN MUSIC FORESTVILLE

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Ensemble Aspherical brings the Last Rose of Summer to Forestville. Sunday March 4th, 4.00pm OLGC Church Tickets available at the door from 3.30pm. Enquiries: Wyvern Music Forestville 9416 5234

Open Days

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28 Feb St Paul’s, Manly
3 MarchMarist College, North Shore
4 March, Mercy College, Chatswood
8 March Mater Maria, Warriewood
9 MarchSt Augustine’s, Brookvale


PROJECT COMPASSION SUNDAY

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Please take home a Project Compassion box and/or a set of donation envelopes and support Caritas Australia this Lenten season themed “A Just Future”.  You will be empowering young people to build a just future for themselves, their families and their communities.
A Just Future starts with your support!  You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, or by phoning 1800 024 413 or visiting www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion.

PANAMA World Youth Day

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22-27 Jan 2019
If any of our youth are interested in attending World Youth Day in Panama in 2019 please contact the 
Parish Office on 9451 5097

Youth Ministry Coordinator (P/T) - Part Time Vacancy

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French’s Forest Catholic Parish is seeking a Youth Ministry Coordinator (initially 8 hrs p.w.) to plan, resource and implement an interesting program of youth activities for youth aged 12-18, and young adults aged 18-35.
Hours are flexible, but will include some evening and weekend work.

You’ll be a good organiser, with excellent people skills and a keen interest in developing young people within the context of the Catholic Church.

Applications close Friday 16 March 2018. For more info including the selection criteria ring 9451 5097 or email parishoffice@ffcp.org.au

The successful applicant will be required to comply with the relevant provisions of the Commission for Children and Young Persons Act 1998.

Fan into flame the gift of God that is in you… Year of Youth

The Light is ON for You

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Lent offers us a privileged time to reflect on our faith life and reorient ourselves more closely towards God. This year, our Parish is taking part in The Light Is ON, where every Friday evening during Lent, churches will be open for quiet time and prayer, with the Sacrament of Reconciliation available.

OLGC will be open on Fridays during Lent from 7pm-8pm

and you are invited to spend this time with God.

February 16, 23 March 2, 9, 16, 23.

Can You Help

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This year we have 2 classes at Mimosa Public School with no Catechist. Kindergarten and Year 1.
Would you like to be a Catechist?  Are you a retired teacher who would have time to take a class?Are you a grandparent who has time to teach these little ones?  The classes run on a Wednesday at 1.50pm every week.  We have a program to follow and our Catechists are a friendly bunch of people.

Please get in touch with me if you would like to help – Fran 9451 5097 or pastoral@ffcp.org.au



Mission of the Parish

The fundamental vocation and mission of the Parish is to
“be a place in the world community of believers, to gather together as a sign and instrument of the vocation of all to communion, in a word, to be a house of welcome and a place of service to all.” (Pope John-Paul 11)  The religious dimension of education is one way in which this mission is carried out.   The Parish has a responsibility to assist parents in providing a Catholic education for their children according to their circumstances.  For those who cannot or do not attend Catholic schools, SRE or Scripture as it is popularly known, provides a religious dimension in State schooling which contributes to a Catholic formation.   Can you join the Catechist Ministry?  We have two classes without a Catechist this year.   Can you help?   Please call Fran on 9451 5097 or email pastoral@ffcp.org.au

St MARTIN’S CLEANING

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St Martin’s needs more helpers on the cleaning roster. 
The church is cleaned once a fortnight, so you would only be needed once in 6 weeks. 
Perhaps you can only commit to helping a few times a year.
Please contact the parish office or pick up a roster (with contact numbers)  in the St Martin’s foyer.

“ SURRENDER” LENTEN PROGRAM 2018

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Parishioners are warmly welcome to journey with us during this precious time of prayer and reflection.

DATES:  February 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13 & 20VENUE:  St Martin’sTIME:  7pm – 8pm

Booklets will be distributed at the first session

PLEASE REGISTER ... Clipboards available in all churches

Parish Playgroup

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A warm welcome is extended to those who would like to join our parish playgroup

OLGC PARISH CENTRE 
Wednesdays 9 –11am.
Friendly lots of toys and activities.
For more details contact
Bronwyn -  0412 138 895

Children’s liturgy of the word at Frenchs Forest

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Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLW) is an age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word offered and encouraged for all children aged 5 and older .Children under 5 are usually accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Children’s Liturgy Masses are:
OLGC 10am Mass 1st, 3rd and 4th SundaysSt Martin’s 8.30am Mass.2nd, 3rd & 4th SundaysSt Anthony’s 9am Mass every Sunday. There is no CLW during school term holidays and special Parish celebrations.

The children learn about the same Scripture readings as the rest of the assembly.

They are introduced to a simplified main message of the readings and are encouraged to share that message with their parents after Mass.



Attention High School and Older Youth

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Design a sign competition Attention High School and Older Youth
Get with your arty side Contribute to this fabulous spiritual and Environmental Project
Kierans Creek Landcare Group wants you to design a new information sign to be placed at St Anthony in the Fields, Terrey Hills.

$50 Prize for the winning design.  
Competition closes 4 pm Monday 12th February 2018

This is part of the Frenchs Forest Catholic Parish Sacred Forest Project.
See flyers in our churches for the Competition Requirements.

Help Needed

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St Martin’s desperately  needs helpers on our cleaning roster.

We have 3 teams and we clean each fortnight so you would only be needed once in 6 weeks.

Two teams have only 2 /3 helpers and the average age of our cleaners  is 70+ so your assistance would be very much appreciated.

Perhaps you can only commit to helping a few times a year.

We would love to hear from you. 

Please contact the parish office or pick up a roster ( with contact numbers)  in the St Martin’s  foyer

Baptisms at St Anthonys

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The time of St Anthony’s Baptisms will change from 12noon to 11.30am from January onwards. 
This means that all the Parish Baptisms at the 3 churches will be at 11.30am.

New Address

Please let our Parish Office know if you have recently changed your address, phone number or email address.

For parishioners who give via credit card, please let us know if you have received a new credit card and/or a new expiry date.

2018 Dates for your Diaries

Frenchs Forest Calendar 2018
January 29 Wednesday—Teachers Mass February 1 Thursday – Parent Information night for First Reconciliation OLGC Church. February 13 Tuesday (6 weeks) –Lenten Program - St Martin’s Church Foyer 7-8pm February 14—Ash Wednesday February 15 Thursday  – Term one Catechist Meeting - OLGC February 24 Saturday —WYD 2018 Parish information March 9 Friday  – 24 hours Adoration -  OLGC March  14 & 15 Wednesday & Thursday–