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Reflection

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In the gospel passage today, we have a picture of Jesus preparing himself for his public ministry. He takes himself out into the wilderness, away from all that he has known until this time, to reflect on his life so far and this next vital stage that he is about to enter. In the wilderness, Jesus is tempted. He has to face his own doubts and demons before he sets off on the road of his public ministry. When he leaves the desert wilderness and enters back into Galilee he immediately begins to preach and, in the first words accredited to him in this gospel, Jesus announces that the kingdom of God is at hand and it’s time to repent and believe. It’s a call to open your eyes and get with the program!. This Lent, as we venture with Christ into our figurative deserts, let’s do anything that helps our self-esteem, deal with our anger, attend to why we might work or drink too much, and ensure that we are less stressed. Contrary to what we might think, these activities could be the most helpful

OUR LENTEN PROGRAM

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Adoration at OLGC: Every Monday to Friday 8.45 am to 9.10 am Stations of the Cross: Thursday, 5.00 pm at St. Anthony’s Light is on (sacrament of reconciliation) Friday 7.00 pm followed by Stations of the Cross at OLGC 7.30 pm . Lenten Reflections: February 16- March 23 on Tuesdays 7 pm to 8 pm at St Martins Church 12 hours Adoration: March 5 At OLGC from 7.30 am to 7.30 pm. PLEASE NOTE– Morning Mass on Friday March 5 will be at 7.30am (not 9.15 am) to Start 12 hour adoration Second Rite of Reconciliation: March 25 at St. Martin’s 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm OLGC & St. Martin’s churches are opened from 8 am to 4.00 pm for private visits

CWF - Thank You

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  Thank you to our many generous parishioners for your wonderful support of the CWF Appeal.  To date we have raised $9,125 towards our target of almost $14,098 It’s not too late to donate, envelopes are still available in each church and can be added to the weekend collections. The CWF supports five vital services: Special Religious Education in State Schools,  The Ephpheta Centre, Hospital Chaplaincy and St Lucy’s & St Edmund’s Schools for children with disabilities and special learning needs. All Donations over $2 are Tax Deductible

Vacancy -

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PARISH SECRETARY, FRENCHS FOREST PARISH FULL TIME Frenchs Forest Catholic Parish is seeking to recruit a full time Parish Secretary. This key role provides support in visitor and telephone reception, communications, records and archives maintenance, general administration, financial processes, meeting and event organisation, and compliance requirements. The ideal candidate will have excellent people and office administration skills; excellent Microsoft Office skills and database experience. You’ll also have a good understanding of, and commitment to, Catholic values and teachings. Previous experience in a similar position would be well regarded. For further details, see the Diocesan website: www.bbcatholic.org.au/people/positions-vacant Applications close: Monday, 8 March. The successful applicant must have the right to work in Australia and will be required to undertake a National Police History Check and Working With Children Check

Catechist News

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Our Parish Catechist begin the year of teaching next week. Please pray for them as they begin their Ministry for the Year. We will commission our Catechists on the weekend of 13/14 March. This will be a time for us to pray for them and send them forth as a Parish. Pope Francis has reminded us that we grow in discipleship by doing, by living the Gospel we have received. The ministry of the catechist is a sure pathway of personal conversion and learning. As every teacher and catechist knows, we so often gain so much more from our sharing of faith than we bring. Such is the gift of Special Religious Education.

Rice Night

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Save the Date! Rice Night at St Anthony’s Church In aid of Project Compassion Thursday 18th March

Project Compassion

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Jamila, 22, is a Rohingya woman living in the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh. She was forced to flee the armed conflict in Myanmar to save herself, her elderly mother and her eight-month-old baby. With the support of Caritas Australia, through Caritas Bangladesh, Jamila was able to access emergency food and shelter. She also received counselling, emotional support, and learnt sewing skills to help her earn an income. Jamila now feels less alone, with a sense of community around her. She is able to ‘Be More’ to her little family. “Thank you, and thanks Caritas Australia,” Jamila says. Please donate to Project Compassion 2021 to help mothers like Jamila be more for her family and her community. You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, by visiting www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phoning 1800 024 413

PROJECT COMPASSION 2021

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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 “Be More”. As Saint Oscar Romero said, “Aspire not to have more, but to be more.” Through your generosity and by aspiring to “Be More”, you are assisting some of the world’s most vulnerable people build better futures for themselves, their families and their communities. Thank you for being more! You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, or by visiting www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phoning 1800 024 413

Covid Update

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Church numbers OLGC– 240 St Martin’s - 180 St Anthony’s - 120 You still need to register when attend a parish event including Mass. You need to use the Services NSW QR Code to register when you enter the Church. You will need to have the Services NSW App on your phone. We realise that some people do not have a Smart phone, we will still have paper sign on sheets for those people. It is IMPORTANT that EVERYONE who enters the Church registers with the QR Code or on the Paper list. Masks are no longer Mandatory however are highly recommended. Please do not become complacent and make sure you continue to be vigilant.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FRIDAY 5TH MARCH 2021

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This year’s World Day of Prayer will take place on Friday 5 March, with the theme Build on a Strong Foundation and has been prepared by the faithful Christians in Vanuatu. Celebrated annually on the first Friday in March, this global ecumenical movement is led by Christian women who come together in prayer and action, for justice and peace. The movement aims to bring together people of all races, cultures and traditions in a common day of prayer. Parishes are encouraged to host an event to celebrate the day, joining with other Christian churches within their community. Join us at OLGC on this day for a12 hour Adoration 7.30 am to 7.30 pm

Weekday Mass at St Anthonys in the Field

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Wednesday Mass at St Anthony’s will now be 10.15 am every week

Help wanted………….

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As always we do not have enough Catechists to teach all the Catholic students in our State schools.  If you are interested in this Ministry please contact Fran on pastoral@ffcp.org.au or ring the Parish Office.

Comfort Lent 2021

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The Season of Lent offers us the time to prepare to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus - the heart of our faith. As a group and in private devotion Comfort will provide us with opportunities to pray, discern and renew our faith through various reflections, scripture readings and enjoying religious art. DATES: Tuesday evenings February 16 & 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23 VENUE: St Martin’s Church. TIME:7pm – 8pm. Booklets will be distributed at the first session. PLEASE BOOK by email parishoffice@ffcp.org.au or ring 9451 5097 When entering the Church you need to register via NSW Services Mobile App. NOTE: Wearing masks is mandatory.

TAIZE PRAYER

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FRIDAY 5th FEBRUARY 8PM ST MARTIN”S CHURCH You are every welcome to come and see if this style of prayer is what you are looking for. JUST COME AS YOU ARE

Adult Spirituality Gatherings…. Pause and Reflect

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Would you like to slow down a little to gently reflect upon and deepen your spirituality? When asked once how important prayer is in our daily lives, Pope Francis' message was emphatic: “ How powerful it is! May we never lose the courage to say, 'Lord, give us your peace.’” Throughout the year we offer opportunities to Pause and Reflect on our relationship with God. In a comfortable and confidential environment we listen respectfully, enjoy open-sharing, discussion and quiet reflection. We come together in small groups (10-15 participants) with each session running for 2 hours on a weekly basis for 2, 4 or 6 weeks, depending on the choice of topic. Input and discussion, prayer, morning tea and quiet time for meditation/reflection with handouts included to follow both during the session and for ongoing private use.  “These gatherings are not academic or scholarly undertakings…. you do not need to fully understand what one hears and reads, the focus is on listening rather than fo