Thursday, 16 November 2017

from Fr. Jose

As we come to the end of the Year of Friendship at Frenchs Forest Catholic Parish we thank all those who shared “Friendship” with those in our Parish Community and beyond.

Bishop Peter Comensoli said last week in his homily to Catechists “Building a friendship takes time, trust and hope. So helping someone to form healthy friendship does not come from a text book or a set of instructions, it comes from a living witness to friendship and an offering of an apprenticeship in friendship.”

How have we in our Parish helped to “build” Friendships?

Sacramental Program, parents and children meeting others and getting to know all Parish Children, not just the ones that attend their schools.

Celebrating events like St Patrick’s Day, Curry Night on the Feast of Assumption, Special family Liturgies, youth retreats, Friendship Walk, Pilgrimage to Berrima, blessing of Married couples, celebrations of Church Feast days.

Catechists going into the schools every week to “share” their friendship with the children and helping them to form a friendship with our Lord.

Opportunity for prayer and reflection through Divine Mercy Sunday, Corpus Christi Procession, Pause and Reflect opportunities, Rosary devotion, Lent and Advent programs and many more.

Of course, our Friendship opportunity does not end here – let us continue this feeling through the Year of Youth, which begins on 2nd December. As we all witness to our family and friends and share the love of God with them we help them to encounter Him in a special way - Friendship.

A Big thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this Year of Friendship so meaningful.

Fr Jose

CWF APPEAL this WEEK-END NOVEMBER 18/19

Our  Charitable Works Fund Appeal is this week-end

The CWF supports five vital services:

  • Special Religious Education in State Schools; 
  • The Ephpheta Centre; 
  • Hospital Chaplaincy; 
  • St Lucy’s School and 
  • St Edmund’s School for students with disabilities and special learning needs. 

Please help these important agencies.

ALL DONATIONS TO THIS APPEAL ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

Outdoor parish mass & CHRISTMAS CAROLS To launch year of youth

SATURDAY DECEMBER 2ND 5.30 PM OLGC school GROUNDS

Bring along your own picnic dinner & goodies or feast on the Indian & Aussie

Cuisine available for purchase.




Mass Changes

There will be NO 5.30pm Vigil Mass at  St Anthony’s on Saturday December 2
(due to the Parish Outdoor Christmas Carol Mass at OLGC)
and Saturday December 9 (due to the Hamper Mass).

ST VINCENT DE PAUL CHRISTMAS HAMPER DONATIONS

We are currently in the process of putting together our Christmas Hampers for clients at Matthew Talbot. On Christmas Day we will provide a three course meal, entertainment and a hamper for all residents & guests.

We are targeting donations of the following suggestions:
Men’s underpants, socks, shavers-blades, shaving cream, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brushes, handkerchiefs, inexpensive wallets, environmentally friend shopping bag.

Leave donations at the back of the church.

FIRST WORLD DAY OF THE POOR

Today is the First World Day of the Poor  which Pope Francis has established to be celebrated annually on the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time. Pope Francis has given the title ‘Let us love, not with words but with deeds.’
He asks us all to ‘draw near to the poor, to encounter them, to meet their gaze, to embrace them and to let them feel the warmth of love that breaks their solitude…

CHILDREN'S NATIVITY ST MARTIN DE PORRES VIGIL MASS

 - SATURDAY 24 DECEMBER 5pm
A family Mass will be held on Christmas Eve at St Martin's. 
We invite children to come dressed as shepherds and angels. 
We will hold a rehearsal for this Mass to give children special roles on Sunday 11th and 18th December after 8.30am Mass at St Martin's. We also invite parents of the children to help with reading, offertory procession & hospitality. 
Please contact Fran in the office or speak to Susanne Bragg if you would like to be involved in this special Mass. 

All Welcome



Catechist News

Catechists Morning Tea on Friday 8th December at St Anthony’s. 
    This is a special Thank you from the Diocese for Catechists in our Deanery.
    Please come along and enjoy the morning. 10am to 12noon. 
    Please RSVP Sharon by 6 December on 98470492

Parish Catechist Lunch Wednesday 13 December.
    Invitations have now been sent. Thank you to all those who RSVP’d. 
    We are looking forward to celebrating together.

Catechist gem

The work of catechesis is at the heart of evangelising, of telling the story of Christ’s presence in our lives. We are each called to proclaim ‘Rabbouni’, teacher, to the one who offers his grace and presence to us. (exert from homily by Bishop Peter A. Comensoli at Annual CCD Diocesan Mass)

CHILDREN’S NATIVITY OLGC CHRISTMAS VIGIL MASS

SUNDAY, 24 DECEMBER AT 5.30PM

This Family Mass is traditionally for the children and every year the children of the OLGC Parish present a Nativity play as part of the Vigil celebration.

All children are invited to participate and in preparation a cast list and practice sessions are planned after the 10am Mass on Sunday 26th November, Sunday 3rd December and final run through on Sunday, 17th December for about half an hour. 

There are roles for readers, Angels, shepherds, stable animals and presenters of the Nativity crib scene and Gospel.  Only the readers of the Prayers of the Faithful have speaking parts. 

During rehearsals, parents and caregivers may like to enjoy an after Mass cup of tea or coffee. 
If you are unable attend the rehearsals but would like your child to be involved, please let Helen know (setting up near the piano) or phone 0415 216617. 

Friday, 10 November 2017

Outdoor Mass and Christmas Carols.

Outdoor parish mass & CHRISTMAS CAROLS

  • OLGC school GROUNDS
  • SATURDAY DECEMBER 2ND
  • 5.30 PM 

Bring along your own picnic dinner & goodies or feast on the Indian & Aussie Cuisine available for purchase.

ADVENT - 2017

Waiting for Jesus Christ through Scripture & Art

Parishioners are warmly invited to a time of reflection as we journey in Advent to prepare for the birth of our Saviour.
Venue: St Anthony’s in the Fields

  • Wednesday evenings 7pm - 8pm
  • November 22 & 29 
  • December  6 & 13.

Clipboards available foir expression of registration at the back of the church.

Please Note Mass Time Changes

There will be NO 

  • 5.30pm Vigil Mass at St Anthony’s on Saturday December 2 - due to the Parish Outdoor Mass & Christmas Carols at OLGC
  • and Saturday December 9 - due to the Hamper Mass.


Next Choir Practice

PLEASE NOTE Next choir practice

  • Wednesday Nov 29 7pm OLGC
  • 7 pm OLGC



Our Youth Christmas Party

- will be on 19th  November at St Martin de Porres.

All youth are welcome, bring along a friend and  a plate to share.
All corny Christmas t-shirts are welcome.

It will be held after the 6pm Mass. If you like to sing, come along and join the choir for practice at 5pm. This invitation also extends to anyone who has helped out with out youth ministry over the past year and more. From our youth leaders, volunteers, choir co-ordinators and cooks. 

Please come along and join us.

You’re invited to a game of golf


- followed by a delicious BBQ lunch
in the Castle Bar at the Castle Cove Golf Club.
Friends of golfers are especially welcome to the lunch.
Details as follows:

  • Sunday 19th November 
  • Castle Cove Golf Course
  • Deepwater Rd, Castlecove.
  • Arrival time 9.45 am. Shotgun start 10.00 am. Ambrose competition.
  •  Lunch 12.30 pm -
    includes steaks, salads, deserts, tea & coffee.

Cost: Golf $16; Lunch $25 pp. Drink bar prices.

CONTACT: Colin Coupland 9451 9870.

REGISTRATION: Clipboards available at back of church to register for the day.

Community Meeting at St Anthony's

All St Anthony's parishioners are warmly invited to attend the next St Anthony's community meeting

Monday 20th November
7:30pm - 9pm in
St Anthony's Kitchen

The aim of the meeting is to create an open, friendly forum to share thoughts and ideas about our community.

Please bring a plate to share for supper.

Christmas Choir – singers wanted

 - young and young at heart!
           
Regular and new singers/musicians are being called for the Christmas vigil at St. Anthony’s.

 If you would like to join in the Christmas Choir/band
please contact Jo Reid on 0411 460 777.

Rehearsals details to come…

Christmas Pageant at St. Anthony’s

Wanted…Angels, shepherds, wise men and more for our Christmas Vigil at St. Anthony’s!

Our Christmas pageant is a tradition at the 6.30 pm Vigil Children’s Mass. 

 People of all ages are welcome to join in the fun! 

There are many parts, including speaking parts for our budding actors. 

Rehearsals will be after the 9am St. Anthony’s Mass, starting from November 26. 

To find out more or put your name down, please contact Jo Reid on 0411 460 777 or joreid@westpac.com.au

Friday, 3 November 2017

Doctor, Nurse or Allied Health Professional?

Please sign this open letter against the legalisation of assisted suicide
www.healthprofessionalssayno.info

Proposed legislation to legalise assisted suicide and euthanasia will be debated in the Parliament of New South Wales on the 16 November. Similar bills are expected to be introduced in other states in the near future.

Let your members of parliament know that you support increased access to better aged care and mental health services, disabilities assistance and excellent palliative care, rather than the legalisation of assisted suicide and euthanasia which would place the most vulnerable patients at risk as well as undermining the relationship between patients and healthcare professionals which is based on trust and mutual respect.

This is an independent petition which has been organised by concerned healthcare professionals.

Friday, 27 October 2017

MASS FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

SUNDAY 19 NOV, 9.30 AM

Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral , Yardley Ave, Waitara.

Enquiries: Steven Buhagiar  9847.0502 0415 600 290

Friday, 13 October 2017

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Playgroups

A warm welcome is extended to those who would like to come to one of our parish playgroups at